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  • 29th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Violence flared in southern Yemen yesterday after a month of relative quiet.  Reuters reports that shelling and gunfire between security forces and southern separatists continued for over an hour in Zinjibar (Abyan province) around the house of a relative ofTariq al-Fadhli, the...
  • 28th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A headline at Almotamar, the Yemeni ruling party's website,  announces: "UK confirms its stand by Yemen in facing up the rebellion". Displaying the British and Yemeni flags side by side, it announces that Britain is "ready to increase its development aid to Yemen" and that "the United...
  • 28th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Al-Azhar – Egypt's ancient Islamic university – could face legal action for discriminating against female students, Almasri Alyoumreports. Some female students have complained that the admissions process is prejudiced as the university requires higher standards for females, it says. ...
  • 27th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The plight of Iraqis who worked as interpreters for the British army in Iraq is highlighted in The National. One of them, identified as "Hussein", resigned after a few months when insurgents began targeting interpreters as traitors and two of his colleagues were killed. He then fled to...
  • 27th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Two Saudi al-Qaeda suspects have been killed in the fighting in northern Yemen, al-Hayat newspaper reported yesterday. One of the dead men, Fahd Saleh Sulaiman al-Jatili, aged 27, was No 62 (out of 85) on the kingdom's most-wanted list. The name of the other man has not been...
  • 26th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Two articles from the Institute for War & Peace Reporting highlight a growing language gap between Arabs and Kurds in Iraq. “Arabic is officially the second language of Kurdistan and the primary language of Iraq,” Najeeba Mohammed writes. “Though studying Arabic is currently compulsory...
  • 25th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Morocco's fun-loving king, Mohammed VI, has run into trouble with environmentalists for having one of his luxury cars flown to Britain for repairs. The car, an Aston Martin DB7, travelled from Rabat in a specially-chartered Hercules transport aircraft. The Sun newspaper hasphotographs ...
  • 25th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Three-quarters of web users in Algeria regard the internet as "indispensable", more than 90% of them go online at least once a day and on average they spend one to two hours a day in front of the screen.  These are some of the findings from a survey of almost 6,000 Algerian...
  • 24th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Food is running out for tens of thousands of civilians displaced by the conflict in northern Yemen, the UN warned yesterday. "The continuation of hostilities, the failure of the truce and the closure of roads has prevented humanitarian agencies from coming to the aid of the displaced,"...
  • 24th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    I hadn’t been intending to say any more about Farouk Hosni and his unsuccessful bid to become head of Unesco, but his unseemly behaviour yesterday – blaming a Jewish conspiracy – merely confirms his unworthiness for the post. Sections of the Egyptian media are spinning a...
  • 23rd September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Four Emiratis – two men and two women, all in their twenties – have been jailed for six months each in Dubai for having sex in a five-star hotel. One of them, a married woman, was convicted of adultery along with her lover. Her unmarried sister-in-law was found guilty of having sex with a lover...
  • 23rd September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There’s satisfaction in the Egyptian blogosphere today at the Mubarak regime’s failure to foist culture minister Farouk Hosni upon the rest of the world as head of Unesco. Reporting of the contest for the job (eventually won by Bulgarian diplomat Irina Bokova) focused mainly...

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