Weekly News Update 13 September 2012

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Highlights:
Turmoil Spreads to U.S. Embassy in Yemen
New York Times — 13 September 2012
In Sana, witnesses said Yemeni security forces had tried to disperse a crowd at the fortified embassy compound in the east of Sana, the capital. But protesters broke through an outer perimeter protecting the embassy, clambering over a high wall and setting fire to a building. They were forced to retreat after trying to plunder furniture and computers, the witnesses said. The protests came hours after a Muslim cleric, Abdul Majid al- Zandani, urged followers to emulate the protests in Libya and Egypt, Sana residents said. Mr. Zandani, a onetime mentor to Osama bin Laden, was named a ”specially designated global terrorist” by the United States Treasury Department in 2004.

The Case for Federalism, Not Separatism, in Yemen
Al-Khaleej via Al-Monitor — 9 September 2012
Here, federalism appears to be the wisest national choice for the both the north and the south. For the alternative is endless conflict between the two regions, inviting regional interventions and escalating militarization of society, to say nothing of the conflicts between contrasting visions and agendas within the south itself. Moreover one must take the lesson from history, insofar as the south was divided against itself into several districts throughout British occupation. The fear today is that separatist calls will not fall silent even if the south parts ways with the north.

Analysis: Al Qaeda in Yemen suffers another blow as top Saudi member is killed
CNN — 11 September 2012
There are also signs of division and defections within AQAP. A Gulf security analyst briefed by Saudi and other regional counterterrorism agencies tells CNN that a number of Saudis within AQAP have given up the fight in recent months. One of them was another former Guantanamo inmate, Adnan al-Sayegh, who gave himself up to Saudi authorities in late July. According to the Saudi newspaper Al Hayat, al-Sayegh and other Saudi fighters disagreed with the focus on fighting the Yemeni military and had grown weary of constantly shifting locations to dodge drone strikes. In addition, in an atmosphere of growing distrust within the group, AQAP commanders had banned Saudi militants from making unsupervised phone calls to their families, according to the newspaper, for fear of infiltration. In April a British mole within AQAP working for Saudi intelligence thwarted a plot by the group for him to target a U.S.-bound airliner on a suicide bombing. One senior official in the region said the bomb was more advanced than any the group had previously made.

National Dialogue:
Yemeni Nobel Prize Winner Says Government On Track to Equality
Al-Tagheer via Al-Monitor — 7 September 2012
Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakul Abdul Salam Karman said that the Gulf initiative is not a compromise, but rather a transitional political process that was produced by the peaceful and popular youth revolution and will continue until it achieves all of its goals. She added that Yemen is moving toward the future, toward building a civil state that is based on equal citizenship, where everyone is entitled to rights, freedoms, a decent life and fair and equal national partnership. It will be a state where all of its children live as citizens and not as foreign nationals, as partners and not as followers.

Sultan Al-Atwani, the rotating head of the JMP and the general secretary of Nasserite Organization speaks to the Yemen Times
Yemen Times — 10 September 2012
Concerning opinions about the current Yemeni situation, particularly the view of the Joint Meeting Parties (JMPs) about the National Dialogue Conference, the southern issue, the government’s performance and President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, Sultan Al-Atwani, the alternating head of the JMP and general secretary of the Nasserite Organization, said those pessimistic about holding the National Dialogue Conference should put aside their pessimism. Problems cannot be resolved but by dialogue.

Returned South Yemen Leader: ‘Peaceful Struggle’ May Yet Win
Al-Monitor — 11 September 2012
Inside the meeting sat the target of the assassination attempt: Mohammed Ali Ahmed, a South Yemeni leader who returned to the country in March after 18 years of exile in Britain. Ahmed fled the country after South Yemen lost the 1994 Yemeni civil war. In a July 12 interview with Al-Monitor, Ahmed said “peaceful struggle” is the way for southern Yemenis to achieve their rights. But Ahmed did not forswear returning to violence to achieve his goals.

Thousands rally for South Yemen independence
NOW Lebanon — 10 September 2012
Thousands of Yemenis gathered Monday in the southern city of Daleh demanding the secession of the formerly independent South which was merged with North Yemen in 1990, witnesses said. The demonstrators, who are supporters of the separatist Southern Movement, gathered at a stadium to pay tribute to those killed in clashes with authorities since the movement was launched in 2007, witnesses said. Yemen’s main southern opposition leader, Hassan Baoum, who was released from jail last year took part in the rally amid cheers from the participants who waved his pictures alongside those of former vice-president Ali Salem al-Baid.

Saleh back to the fore
Al-Ahram Weekly — 6-12 September 2012
Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh is still plying politics, with millions of supporters around him. On Monday morning, 3 September, he was driving in the middle of capital, Sanaa, with hundreds of bodyguards and loyal politicians on their way to the country’s biggest conference hosting location.

Yemen’s struggle between old and new threatens success of national dialogue
The National — 11 September 2012
The national dialogue is part of the Gulf Cooperation Council-backed transition deal that removed Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen’s longtime president, from office in February after a year-long uprising. But critics are sceptical that the talks will be productive, given the difficulties Mr Hadi has encountered in restructuring the military mostly controlled by loyalists of the former president, appeasing the southern secessionist movement and suppressing militants in the country’s south. “The Gulf initiative fault is that it wanted the removal of Saleh but the stay of his regime, which is impossible,” said Abdulbari Taher, an independent analyst in Sanaa. “Saleh did not build a state but a gang that is still controlling the army and security forces which make it impossible for change to take place; the deal granted him immunity from prosecution and released his hand to spoil the transition”, he said.

Yemenis march demanding prosecution of ex-leader
AP — 7 September 2012
Tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of the capital Sanaa demanding the prosecution of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the longtime autocratic leader who stepped down in February after a year-long uprising. Protesters raised banners Friday reading, “The trial is coming.” Witnesses say demonstrators marched in other Yemeni cities as well.

Prosecuting an infamous murder
Yemen Times — 10 September 2012
The Court of Appeals in Sana’a on Saturday started prosecuting those accused of killing many people in Sana’a’s Change Square on March 18, 2011, in what was called the Friday of Dignity (Jummat Al-Karama). For the first time since President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi was nominated to his post, the relatives of the victims and their lawyers attended a hearing.  Judge Abdulwali Al-Sha’bani, chief judge of the court, called out the names of 78 people charged in the case. However, only seven defendants were standing on the dock, which raised anger among the relatives of the dead.

Yemeni election monitoring network calls for speedy implementation of electoral reforms [Arabic]
Al-Masdar Online — 9 September 2012
The Yemeni Election Monitoring Network (YEMN) expressed deep concern for the tardiness in beginning the implementation of electoral reforms, the lack of which has been one of the principle factors exacerbating political tensions between political parties in past years.

The woman in the square
Yemen Times — 10 September 2012
“There’s still a revolution; we haven’t accomplished what we set out.” Futanni’s tent is the lone women’s tent in the square. Ask most of the men in the square where the women live, and they’ll tell you women no longer live there. When the uprising began, she left her one-room apartment and has lived in the square since. Asked if she feels safe—a woman surrounded by men with only some tarp and rope protecting her from the elements—she says it’s the safest she’s felt in her life.

Visit to Revolution ‘Birthplace’ Shows Yemen Still on Edge
Al-Monitor — 6 September 2012
For some public officials, however, getting Taiz’s own house in order must come first. At the head of the Taiz governorate, is Shawki Ahmed Hayel Saeed, the province’s reluctant governor. Saeed, who wears a graying goatee, was content as chief financial officer of Hayel Saeed Anam Co., his family’s group of companies, which has a turnover of some $8 billion and 12,000 employees in Taiz, and another 13,000 around the world. When President Hadi made the appointment in April, Saeed was shocked, though he had previously served as the province’s head of finance and planning. In his first days in office, he said many streets were blocked; people were rampantly brandishing arms; car-jackings and other crimes were frequent; schools, universities and hospitals were closed because of demonstrations and riots; the water supply in some areas had been off for months; and most public employees weren’t in their offices. “So my first priority was just to get things back in order,” he said.

Security:
Yemen’s president replaces security chiefs after Sanaa attack
Reuters — 12 September 2012
Yemen’s president replaced security officials and some ministers late on Tuesday, state media reported, in an apparent move to reduce the influence of former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh following an attempt on the defense minister’s life. A car bomb targeting the motorcade of Defense Minister Major General Muhammad Nasir Ahmad in Sanaa on Tuesday killed 12 people and wounded dozens but left him largely unscathed.

Vital replacements to intelligence, MOD
Yemen Times — 13 September 2012
Different views arose regarding President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi’s latest decrees late Tuesday, replacing people at the helm of the Ministry of Defense, the Intelligence Department and several governorates. Hadi issued the decrees, meant to make radical changes, on the heels of the apparent assassination attempt on the Defense Minister Mohammed Nasser Ahmed Tuesday in the vicinity of the Cabinet compound, leaving 12 dead.

Who is the new head of national security Ali Hassan al-Ahmadi? [Arabic]
Al-Masdar Online — 12 September 2012
President Hadi announced Tuesday night the firing of the head of the national security apparatus Ali Mohamed Anisi and the appointment of Ali Hassan al-Ahmadi as his replacement in a step that resulted from the assassination attempt on the minister of defense in a car bomb that killed 12 people. Ali Hassan al-Ahamadi al-Awlaqi was born in 1956 in the village of Sirr in Shabwa Province. He was one of the distinguished leaders of the Yemeni student movement from the period 1972-1985 and he participated in many political and global student youth conferences. He completed his undergraduate and doctoral studies in international economic relations in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1991. He was appointed provincial governor of al-Bayda Province and served from June 1991-September 1994, after which he became the governor of Hajja Province until May 2001. At that time, he was appointed the minister of fisheries, and in May 2003, he was appointed a member of the Shura Council. In October of that year, he became the Yemeni ambassador to Kuwait. In May 2008, he was chosen by local councils to be the governor of Shabwa, running as a candidate of the GPC. He remained loyal to Saleh during the revolution.

Car Bomb Kills 12 in Yemen, but Targeted Minister Escapes Harm
New York Times — 11 September 2012
A car bomb exploded Tuesday alongside a convoy of vehicles used by Yemen’s defense minister, killing seven bodyguards and five civilians in the heart of the capital, Sana, while the minister escaped unharmed, government and hospital officials said. The attack came one day after a top operative of Al Qaeda in Yemen was killed in what Yemeni officials called an American drone strike.

US dispatching more drones to Yemen – Source
Asharq Al-Awsat — 8 September 2012
Informed Yemeni sources, speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on the condition of anonymity, revealed that the al-Anad Air Base in southern Yemen’s Lajih province had received a new fleet of US drones, accompanied by American soldiers. The source said that “an American military plane entered Yemen over the past few days carrying unmanned drones, accompanied by US soldiers,.” He said that this fleet of US drones represented reinforcements for the US forces in Yemen as part of the international efforts to combat terrorism.

Yemeni tribesmen kidnap Turkish man in south’s Abyan
Reuters — 12 September 2012
Yemeni tribesmen kidnapped a Turkish bus driver in the southern province of Abyan on Wednesday to push the government to release a jailed kinsmen, a senior security official said.

Killing Yemen Al Qaeda’s No. 2 is no death blow to the group
Christian Science Monitor — 11 September 2012
AQAP may be challenged, but it is far from defeated. Since the start of the military offensive in Abyan, AQAP-linked militants have been blamed for a number of attacks targeting members of the Yemeni military, including the assassination of southern military commander Gen. Salim Qattan in the southern port of Aden in June and a May attack on a military parade rehearsal in Sanaa that left nearly 100 soldiers dead.

Yemeni militia leaders survives attack by suspected Islamists
Reuters — 8 September 2012
The commander of a tribal militia fighting Islamists in southern Yemen has survived an assassination attempt by gunmen suspected of belonging to al Qaeda, a local official said. Abdul Latif al-Sayed, a commander with the Popular Committees which in June helped the government to oust an Islamist group from the towns of Zinjibar, Azzan and Shaqra after a year-long occupation, was ambushed on a road in Abyan Province on Friday.

Car accident reveals terrorist plot targeted three provinces: President
Saba Net — 9 September 2012
President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi said on Monday that an accident of a car bomb has revealed a terrorist plot targeted three provinces. During his meeting with Shura council’s members, the President said the disclosed plot aimed to carry out three car bomb attacks in public areas at Crater city in Aden, Bab Alyemen area in Sana’a and at Dar al-Musufa in Tarim city in Hadramout.

Yemen army kills four suspected Islamist militants
Reuters — 8 September 2012
Four suspected Islamist militants have been killed in a gunfight with Yemen’s army and allied tribal fighters in the impoverished country’s turbulent south, which has become al Qaeda’s most formidable base, a local official said on Saturday. Up to 50 militant fighters were battling government forces and their tribal allies in mountains near the town of Jaar, which the army recaptured in June after a 15 month occupation by Ansar al-Sharia.

In Yemen, tribal militias in a fierce battle with al-Qaeda wing
Washington Post — 10 September 2012
A U.S.-backed offensive this summer by Yemen’s military and tribal forces eviscerated al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terrorist network’s branch in Yemen, in swaths of the country’s south. But a shadowy conflict has followed, punctuated by suicide attacks, car bombings and assassinations in this strategic corner of the world near crucial oil shipping lanes. It is a conflict fueled by tribal rivalries and spies, more intense than previous battles, on a landscape that the United States and its allies consider as important a front line as Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Southern Yemeni politician survives assassination attempt
Reuters — 10 September 2012
A southern Yemeni politician who recently returned from exile survived an assassination attempt on Monday, security sources said, the latest in a series of such attacks in a state where Washington is fighting Islamist militants. Mohammed Ali Ahmed, an interior minister in a short-lived breakaway government in south Yemen in 1994, returned home in March after 18 years in exile.

Yemen says kills deputy regional head of al Qaeda
Reuters — 10 September 2012
A Saudi national freed by U.S. authorities from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who then became second-in-command of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, was killed in Yemen, a Yemeni government website said. The Yemeni Ministry of Defense website said Said al-Shehri was killed on Monday, along with six other militants, in what it called a “qualitative operation” by Yemen’s army in the remote Hadramout province in eastern Yemen. It gave no further details.

Operations persist to capture AAS
Yemen Times — 10 September 2012
The People’s Committees and security apparatuses in Abyan governorate are continuing operations to track Ansar Al-Sharia (AAS) affiliates in Abyan to terminate violence and install security. Ali Abdu, spokesman for the People’s Committees, said on Saturday, the group, backed by security forces, held a large campaign to pursue AAS militants—who are affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula—in Shoqra and the controlled Al-Kalasi Mountain. Moreover, They patrolled Moneeb Valley and sent the militants out.

The capital city of revenge
Yemen Times — 10 September 2012
Many years ago, a large number of Yemeni families fled to the capital city from the villages. They escaped from the ferocious revenge problems in their hometowns. Ahmed Al-Sahmi, from Sahman village in Khwalan district, said he departed his village 20 years ago to avoid problems and tribal disputes. “I felt safe in the city; I forgot the village problems; however, I am no longer safe because revenge has reached Sana’a. It has not been limited to the village.”

The End of al-Qaeda? On Patrol in Yemen by Yuri Kozyrev
TIME — 10 September 2012
There was also a risk we could hit a landmine: the retreating jihadists had planted thousands of them on the roads leading to the major towns of Zinjibar and Jaar. In those towns, many homes and offices were booby-trapped, designed to kill civilians (many of whom had fled when al-Qaeda had taken over) as they came home.

International:
Sources: The Security Council will hold a meeting on September 18 to discuss the situation in Yemen [Arabic]
Al-Masdar Online — 7 September 2012
The Defense Ministry’s website said that the Security Council will hold a meeting on September 18 to discuss the situation in Yemen and the implementation of the political settlement. The website quoted informed sources saying that UN envoy Jamal bin Omar will deliver a detailed report on the situation in Yemen and the implementation of the GCC initiative. Bin Omar arrived in Yemen on Thursday and met with President Hadi.

Binomar: U.N. was not a part of the Saleh immunity law
Yemen Times — 13 September 2012
Jamal Binomar, the U.N. envoy to Yemen, said he would hand over his report about Yemen to the Security Council Sept. 18 to discuss the accomplishments, the challenges and the obstacles facing the political process. From there, the council will take necessary procedures and decisions. “The U.N. doesn’t support absolute immunity because international law doesn’t grant immunity, particularly in crimes that violate it,” Binomar said.

Source says U.S. offers gliders, helicopters to Yemen air force
Yemen Times — 10 September 2012
A source in Yemen’s air force said Yemen is studying an offer from the U.S to support Yemen with twenty gliders and five helicopters for security operations, guarding the Yemeni borders and observing the Yemeni coastline. The source said Yemen welcomes any support given to the air force to help combat terrorism, asserting that the 20 Cessna gliders and 5 Casa helicopters will arrive in early 2013 and will be used for surveillance, within the international support for Yemen to combat extremism.

UN to carry out $1.5 bln projects in Yemen in 2012 – 2014
Saba Net — 9 September 2012
The UN will carry out $1.5 billion projects in Yemen during the transitional stage 2012 – 2014, UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Yemen said Sunday.

Yemeni prisoner who died at Guantanamo was once ordered freed
Reuters — 11 September 2012
A prisoner who died in his cell at the Guantanamo Bay naval base during the weekend was a suicidal and mentally ill Yemeni who had won a U.S. court order for his release, only to have it overturned on appeal, according to his lawyer and court records. The military identified the dead detainee on Tuesday as Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, 32, from Al Udayn, Yemen.

Economy/Governance:
Demands continue for unofficial employees seeking official rights
Yemen Times — 13 September 2012
Tens of unofficial employees demonstrated Tuesday in the front of the Cabinet, demanding implementation of the Prime Minister Basindawa’s promise to officially hire 60,000 employees appointed in May 2011. The demonstrators called for their rights to have their jobs and salaries, saying that this problem has continued for 14 months.

Aden’s Port in the Storm
Sada — 6 September 2012
In late August, Yemen’s National Unity Government took a step toward greater independence and a stronger north-south unity by cancelling a contract to Dubai Port Worlds (DPW), signed by the government of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country’s erstwhile and longtime ruler. The deep drama of the move is hidden from the headlines by an overwhelming bureaucratic dryness. While the developments lack the pulse-quickening panache of drone strikes or the past year’s full-throated protests, they are key to understanding where Yemen is going and what the new government hopes to accomplish as it pulls itself out of the last regime’s wreckage.

Yemen’s Maarib oil pipeline hit by new explosion: official
Reuters — 9 September 2012
Yemen’s main Maarib oil pipeline has been blown up for a second time in less than a week while repairs were being carried out to fix damage from Tuesday’s attack by tribesmen, a government official told Reuters on Sunday. The Maarib pipeline used to take around 110,000 barrels a day (bpd) of light crude to the Ras Isa export terminal on the Red Sea coast until a spate of attacks in 2011.

War-torn Yemeni firm Sabafon says winning back some customers
Reuters — 10 September 2012
Yemeni mobile phone operator Sabafon, which last year blamed the government for attacks on its network infrastructure and reduced services for customers, said on Monday it has since won back a fifth of the 1 million subscribers it lost due to service disruptions. In December, the firm, which is 27-percent owned by Bahrain Telecommunications Co (Batelco), said it had come under repeated attack from state forces due to its chairman’s support for protests aiming to end the 33-year rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh. A government spokesman denied that Sabafon was deliberately targeted.

Monopolizing food, crafts all across Yemen
Yemen Times — 10 September 2012
According to popular descriptions of popular Yemeni meals, the village Al-Shaibani is famous for making bread, grilling fish and meat and soup. Therefore, Mohammed Abdu Al-Shaibani, the owner of a restaurant offering popular meals, strives his best to save his name from impersonation. Al-Shaibani is not interested in politics, but he struggles to save the sign of Al-Shaibani from being manipulated by new restaurants whose owners are not from Al-Shaibani village. Some name their restaurants under the name of Al-Shaibani due to the fact that this name has been ascribed with offering popular, high-quality meals for years.

Crackdown on motorcycles in Sana’a streets leads to protests
Yemen Times — 10 September 2012
Tens of motorcycle drivers demonstrated Saturday in the capital, demanding the release of their motorcycles and exemptions from taxes. The demonstrations occurred after capital city police caught more than 116 unlicensed motorcycles, 97 of them without license plates, on Saturday in a crackdown organized by the capital city in some Sana’a districts.

Report: Gulf countries don’t want Yemeni labor
Yemen Times — 10 September 2012
An economic report released by the Social Economic Center for Development Research accused Gulf countries of creating false justifications so as not to absorb the Yemeni work force. The Gulf countries claim that Yemen’s laborers don’t have sufficient knowledge and skills to be accepted in Gulf markets, the report said, asserting more than 80 percent of the Yemeni work force in the Gulf’s private sector do not hold secondary school qualifications.

Sweden tops, Yemen last in getting most out of Internet, study says
Los Angeles Times — 6 September 2012
Money is the main reason the World Wide Web isn’t really worldwide, the group said. Broadband connections to the Internet cost almost half the average monthly income across dozens of countries surveyed. In Africa, getting access to the Web cost more than the average monthly income, the group found, compared with less than 5% of the average monthly income in the Americas and just 1.7% in Europe. As a result, many of the poorest countries studied, such as Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, were also among the lowest on the Web rankings. The lowest-ranked country was Yemen.

Artistic piracy in Yemen is still covered with corruption [Arabic]
Al-Masdar Online — 9 September 2012
Yemen is still an open arena for many different types of violations that keep artists from obtaining their rights. Some welcomed the issuance of a law protecting copyrights in July, the first Yemeni law protecting intellectual property rights. But the text is essentially still just ink on paper, and it faces severe opposition from intellectuals and activists because of its controversial material. The novelist Ali Mokri calls the law a spiritual and material insult to writers and artists, pointing out that the law does not grant authors and artists the exclusive right to their work. Article 42 of the law gives public libraries, cultural bodies, and educational institutions, without permission of the author or artist, to photocopy a work on the condition that the copy meets the needs of the group’s activities and does not harm the legitimate interests of the author.

New year, new costs: School fees continue climb
Yemen Times — 13 September 2012
Osama Al-Barq, an owner of a stationery shop, said prices increased by more than 15 percent not only because of the price increase in raw materials but also because of the increase in paper prices, consequently causing an increase in notebook prices. Although the Ministry of Education announced free education for all students—except for the approximately 400 riyals paid to facilitate the financial work of the school administration— some principals insist that fathers buy school equipment such as stationery, chairs and tables. Otherwise, their children won’t be accepted in the school.

Yemen toy market poses danger
Yemen Times — 13 September 2012
Low-quality children toys have spread through Yemeni markets without government censorship, and few people are able to differentiate what is safe and what is harmful. Abdullah Al-Sharfi, manager of the Identification Certificate Issuance Unit and Brand in the Yemeni Standardization and Quality Control Organization, said the organization has been working with countries associated with the Gulf Standardization Organization since late last year to apply a set of regulations regarding child-related toys.

Discussion of measures to reopen and operate Saada airport [Arabic]
26 September Net — 9 September 2012
The leadership of the local authority in Saada with the director of the Saada airport Abdel-Ghani al-Khawlani and the engineering team commissioned by the General Authority for Civil Aviation for the repair and installation of various equipment in Saada airport, measures related to the rehabilitation and running of Saada airport. The director of the airport said that it will be open by mid-October this year to coincide with celebrations of the September and October revolutions.

Women:
Lamia al-Eryani: Yemeni women break boundaries in technical education
Al-Shorfa — 7 September 2012
Yemeni women have broken boundaries in the male-dominated world of technical training. So says Lamia al-Eryani, Yemen’s deputy minister of technical education and vocational training for girls’ education. Al-Eryani told Al-Shorfa that Yemeni women are now specialising in areas that were long exclusively the purview of men — like electricity — and forging new paths in fields like cartoon animation and fashion design. The girls’ education sector is only three years old but has managed to accomplish a great deal in terms of encouraging girls to enter technical fields so they can develop a marketable skillset, in addition to raising societal awareness, al-Eryani said.

Culture:
Rap, hip-hop, breaking and Yemeni youth
Yemen Times — 13 September 2012
Although free studios and art institutes in Yemen are unavailable, rap and hip hop music have started to dramatically spread among young Yemenis. Today, there are many rap music bands in Yemen such as Monsters of Yemen, Military Mind, Sari Killer and Mad Marino. But that wasn’t always the case.

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