Yemen Post : A Step in the right Direction
On February 16, Yemen Post will launch two of its many upcoming surprises to the
Yemeni Media.The first, will be its top of the art new design for the Yemen Post
Newspaper. The new design will not only compete with local newspapers, but with
the top international newspapers in content, structure, and design as well.
What does Al-Qaeda Want in Yemen?
Even though 2009 is only one month old, this year already seems to show that
Al-Qaeda will have a strong presence in the country, especially after the new
alliance with Al-Qaeda members in Saudi Arabia.
Opposition Playing a Dirty Game
Over the last six months
opposition parties represented in the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) have been as
fierce as ever against the ruling party, after many years of fake opposition.
Shame on you Saleh
President Saleh made history this week by not attending the Arab Summit after
being the first Arab leader to call for it. The way he made history is because
no Arab leader has ever declined to attend a summit after openly calling for
Can we All be Jews?
President Saleh announced earlier this week that each Jewish family living in
Amran governorate will be moved to Sana’a at the expense of the government.
That’s not all, each family will also be given property and a house under their
1000 Innocent Lives
What the world is watching today, and has been watching since Saturday is a live
example of a country killing hundreds for the sake of killing.
Tourism in Yemen still Many Steps behind Turkey
The last two weeks saw a big turnaround in my personal tourism experience. Two
weeks ago we were experiencing the beautiful tourism festivities held in Izmir,
Turkey, which were organized here in Yemen by Universal.
Yemeni Jews are Family as well
As Muslims were celebrating the Eid Al-Adha holiday last weekend, Jewish
minorities in Yemen were mourning a dead son, when Moshe bin Ya’aish was
brutally killed in his hometown of Raydah.
The worse is still coming
What we saw this week in the opposition protests was the beginning or what
political observers feel will be the beginning of the new Yemen.
Sa'ada Children Still Afraid
A recent study on
the war effect on Sa'ada children revealed that the majority of children still
suffer from the effects of war, even though it ended three months ago. One would
ask why children suffer now while peace is in their region.
Political Crisis Within the Ruling Party
Over the years, numerous rumors from inside the ruling party came out to the
open that strong differences exist between high ranking members of the ruling
When Politics go Bad
With the parliamentary elections less than six month away, and both sides,
(ruling party and opposition), still as far apart as anyone could imagine,
Shiekh Hamid Al-Ahmar decided to add more pain to the already existent wound
between both sides.
Happy Anniversary Yemen Post
Last year on November 3rd, the Yemen Post published its first issue, bringing a
new face to the Yemeni press. Throughout the ups and downs during the year,
nothing other than marvelous could be said to what the Post accomplished.
Rain Storms Teaching us a Lesson in Life
Yemen witnessed this week the strongest rainstorms in more than a decade. No one
expected it to be so big and widespread, as rain fell on nearly 70 percent of
Sadly 100 Years Behind
This week I attended a conference in Washington DC, and what I saw made me
really understand how far back Yemen is, and how long it would take the country
to reach a small percentage of what other countries have already reached.
When Life has no Value
The last three weeks have by far seen the most tragic deaths for Somali refugees
coming to Yemen. Dying in different ways, it was most shocking for me to hear
that 52 Somalis, who were trying to come to Yemen, were all found dead on the
boat that was taking them.
Exactly What I said
Last month in my editorial, I stressed that President Saleh was desperately
trying to end all his problems with the different sides. He started with the
Sa’ada peace treaty, which everyone believes the country lost a lot in the
Poor Little Samra
For most of us who live in Yemen, you would know that one of the quietist time
of the day is when people break their fast as streets become empty and silence
covers the country for at least 30 minutes.
Helping yourself by
During this blessed month of Ramadhan, we as Muslims strive to get closer to god
and repent from previous sins, as we see this month as the month of forgiveness
and mercy. Ramadhan is also known as the month helping, sacrificing, worship,
and last but not least the month of giving.
Ramadhan: Should it be
the Quiet Month?
As all of us might already know, Ramadhan is a time were people tend to follow a
quiet way of life, whether in their professional, business, or even personal
lives. This could be considered by many as a positive aspect, whereas in reality
it is negative in many different ways.
Opposition Will not
Boycott the Elections
For those who have been following the ongoing negotiations between the ruling
party and the opposition Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), you'll understand that the
opposition was only threatening to boycott the next parliamentary elections,
which are due to be held early next year.
Poor President Saleh
Attack after attack, by Al-Qaeda over the last five months, has given President
Saleh a new issue to worry about, especially after he thought that making peace
with Houthi loyalists would make his life easier.
Yemen Not the Most
This week, I visited a number of countries including Azerbaijan. Over the past
five years, I have believed that Yemen is one the most corrupt countries in the
world and international studies prove that case.
Is Sayoun Attack
Friday morning a strong car bomb
exploded in front of a governmental security complex killing and injured nearly
20 citizens, among them six women.
Is Sa’ada War Really
A couple of days ago, President Saleh announced the unexpected. He announced the
end of the Sa’ada civil war. Politicians, intellectuals, and locals were all
surprised to hear the news and most Yemeni citizens felt relieved.
Yemeni Detainees in
Guantanamo not wanted back by government
I met earlier this week with the lawyer of over a dozen Yemenis detained in
Guantanamo and was sad to hear from him that after long discussions with Yemeni
officials, Yemen still refuses to accept the detainees that are being held in
Guantanamo on the excuse that the conditions set by the U.S. government are not
Hundreds of Soldiers
Since last month, over 500 soldiers have been surrounded in Marran Mountains,
Sa'ada by Houthi loyalists. The soldiers surrounded, completed most of its
food and water this week and face dying from hunger, while the government
finally announced that it will send help with new leadership to break the siege
and rescue its forces before they die.
Good Job Mr. Interior
n my opinion, this week will be remembered for a long time for one reason. The
Minister of Interior, Mutahar Rashad Al-Masri started a nationwide campaign to
close down all weapon shops throughout the country.
Can Yemen be a Liberal
After a long stay in Turkey this week, and seeing the changes that a liberal
government can do to a country, I asked myself one thing, can a complete liberal
system work in a country like Yemen?
Save What’s Left of it
This week Yemen is celebrating its 18th anniversary for the unification of the
North and South, even though problems and calls to damage the unity is in the
Arwa, the 7-year-old
Just weeks after the country was shocked to hear about Nujood, the 8-year-old
bride, who demanded the court to divorce her from her husband, today comes a
much shameful case, as Arwa, a 7-year-old girl got married to a 35-year-old man
in Ibb governorate.
Waiting 17 Hours to
Fill up your Car
Throughout this week, huge and long lines of citizens
waiting in front of gas stations hoping to fill up their vehicle quickly were
seen, as the country faces one of its strongest diesel droughts in years.
Don't make Yemen a
Regional Hub for Drug
many reasons ranging from weak security in its waters to its geographical
position, Yemen has turned into a hub for drugs coming from southeast Asia on
its way to enter other Arab countries in the region, and even to Europe and
Charity Work in the
Charity organizations claiming to work for the benefit of the poor have also
witnessed holes in their work, making us believe that corruption could also be
witnessed in such fields.
2008 Another Wasted
to the Arab world, this year’s Arab Summit did not come out with anything new.
For most observers who watched the summit, it was a complete shame on behalf of
all Arab leaders.
Media Setbacks in 2008
week has by far seen the most attacks and oppression against journalism, as
media rights have seen strong setbacks so far in 2008.
Love to Threaten Citizens
couple of days ago, journalists were asked to attend a protest. I accompanied
them and went early, as I witnessed something that was a shame to our country,
which calls its self free and democratic.
Yemen Turning Deadly
President Saleh finally spoke out. He indirectly threatened South movements who
are asking for the two state solutions. Soon after he finished, he then started
his attack on the opposition calling them not qualified as they might lead Yemen
to be the next Somalia or Iraq.
Civilians are Dying,
not Hamas Members
Sadly, hundreds of innocent citizens have died or
have been injured in Gaza over the last week. I will not talk about who is right
and who is wrong, but what I want to focus on is the reason for the attack on
of Price Hikes
During the previous presidential elections, President Saleh promised
people that prices will not increase, and will improve the country's
financial situation. He promised that Yemen will be free from poverty in
2008. However, since then prices of basic foods and necessities have
increased at a rate between 50 to 350 percent.
Denmark, Why the Cartoons This Time?
Once again Denmark takes international criticism for reprinting the
cartoons that picture Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him) as a
terrorist and with inhumane characters. It's sad to see that people
still try to hurt others by publishing such pictures.
with Somalia not Emirates Please!
Earlier this week, I met with a governmental official who was not happy
with the way citizens in Yemen complain about the sudden price hikes and those
who claim that life style in Yemen is very expensive. He started attacking
citizens who went to the street and demanding change, as he called them, “People
who have too much free time”.
Attack on Civilians
The grenade attack that killed and injured nearly thirty near Sana'a
University this week is a strong reason why the government should play
a bigger role in banning weapons in major cities. Students were just
passing by not knowing what was ahead of them, when suddenly the
explosion caused fear for students who were even walking a mile away.
Diesel Crisis in Yemen
Throughout most major cities
in Yemen, gas stations have stopped selling diesel to customers, hoping to sell
it for more in a week span when prices rise 50 percent. Even in the capital
Sana'a, only one gas station sold diesel while others stopped. Al-Tawfik gas
station saw lines of over 100 cars waiting to fill up their vehicle.
Serve the Country
not the Party
Over the last
three months, strong tension has been witnessed when the Ruling Party and
the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) express their opinions of one another.
Each side tries to reveal the bad of the other, while forgetting the main
goal, which is to serve to the best interest of Yemen.
Don’t start harassing citizens!
For over three
years, the Yemeni government has been very careful in avoiding any hand
contact with protesters and demonstrators. This was seen as a human
rights success and a matter in which all Yemeni's were proud of.