Aden, Once The Lively Beach Resort of Yemen, Struggles Under Sway of Al Qaeda
Wall Street Journal — 6 June 2013
Today, kidnappings are a common occurrence in Aden and the threat of Al Qaeda looms large. The terrorist organization’s Yemen branch is considered its strongest and wreaked havoc in the city in 1994, during the country’s civil war. Long disgusted with the liberal oasis Aden provided on the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam, al Qaeda promptly set its sights on the city’s beer factory at the time, using it as target practice for its rocket propelled grenades. Armed men then rampaged throughout the city, destroying beach bars, liquor stores and shops selling revealing clothing to women. After a lull in activity as Yemen’s government clamped down on the terrorist group due to U.S. pressure after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, al Qaeda was emboldened during Yemen’s 2011 revolution.
Yemen: Crackdown on Protest Leaves 9 Dead
Human Rights Watch — 13 June 2013
Yemeni authorities used lethal force against an apparently peaceful demonstration in Sanaa on June 9, 2013, that caused at least nine deaths and several dozen injuries. The government should ensure that its promised investigation into the incident is carried out promptly, impartially, and thoroughly, and results in appropriate prosecutions of those responsible for serious abuses About 500 supporters of the Huthis, a religious minority in northern Yemen that has fought against the government in recent years, had gathered outside the office of the National Security Bureau (NSB), one of the country’s intelligence agencies, to demand the release of 10 Huthis who have been detained for months without charge. Earlier in June, the authorities had released 17 political activists held without charge, and the Huthis had sought similar treatment.
Agricultural policy in Yemen’s highlands and lowlands
La Voix Du Yemen — 13 June 2013
73.5 percent of Yemen’s population is involved in the agricultural sector in the countryside. They either work directly in agricultural activities or in related services and activities that serve the rural and urban residents. We can say that there is one approach for the implementation of the “agricultural policy” in the highlands and a different one in the lowlands, in line with the theory of the two Islamic schools “-Zaydi” and “Shafi’ei”. While the “permanent partnership system” exists in the highlands, the lowlands apply the “renewable lease theory”. Continue reading