Weekly News Update 29 November 2012

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Trouble again in the north
The Economist — 24 November 2012
Government troops are allowed to man their positions in a kind of unofficial stand-off, provided they do not attack the rebels, while armed Houthi fighters control checkpoints and let government soldiers receive their salaries. Across Yemen’s northern provinces, where the Houthis espouse a Shia-derived version of Islam known as Zaydism, their supporters have emerged from the shadows, spreading their writ into the neighbouring provinces of Amran, Hajjah and Jawf. Their influence extends even to Sana’a, where their slogan—“God is Great! Death to America! Death to Israel! Curse the Jews! Victory to Islam!”—is a common graffito on walls.

National Dialogue Conference’s share distribution decided
Yemen Times — 29 November 2012
The numbers give 50 percent to Yemenis from the south, 30 percent for women and 20 percent for youth. Additionally 62 seats of the participants will be allocated for President Hadi to fill in the gaps and add figures from the community as well as other entities such as marginalized, religious minorities, handicapped, artists, displaced persons, emigrants, businessmen, new parties, academics, religious leaders and so on.

Saudi Arabia and the Future of Yemen
Al-Tagheer via Al-Monitor — 26 November 2012
Although the Saudi leadership is keen on ensuring the success of the political settlement and implementing the Gulf Initiative, and is aware that exerting pressure and threatening both parties of the crisis with international sanctions was the main reason for the success of the political settlement until now, the kingdom has so far not shown any willingness to use its influence with the most prominent leaders of the secessionist movement at home and abroad, and try to pressure them to persuade them to participate in the national dialogue conference and abandon their impossible terms.

Killing of Saudi Diplomat:
Yemen offers reward to catch killers of Saudi diplomat
Reuters — 29 November 2012
Yemen offered a $25,000 reward on Thursday to catch the killers of a Saudi Arabian diplomat, a day after he was gunned down in an attack that security authorities have blamed on al Qaeda. The killing on Wednesday of Khaled al-Enizi, a military officer at the Saudi embassy, and his Yemeni bodyguard underscored the challenges facing the U.S.-allied state since an uprising last year that ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Gunmen in Yemen kill Saudi army officer
AP via Google News — 27 November 2012
Gunmen in Yemen opened fire on the car of a Saudi Arabian army officer working with his embassy’s military section on Wednesday, killing him and his Yemeni bodyguard, officials from both countries said. Yemeni officials said the Saudi officer, who had diplomatic status, was traveling to the embassy when he was shot by gunmen wearing army uniforms in another car. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

U.S. Buys Yemen a Fleet of Spy Planes for Growing Shadow War
Wired — 27 November 2012
That’s the upshot of a recent U.S. military message to the aviation industry. The Navy asked earlier this month for 25 “Light Observation Aircraft” — small, two-seater Cessna-style planes, good for short-range reconnaissance over, say, a patch of land that an  al-Qaida affiliate is trying to overrun. That’s in addition to all of the American remotely piloted aircraft that already fly over Yemen, which has become the hottest undeclared battlefield in the global U.S. drone campaign. The planes have to be configured so the U.S. can teach Yemenis how to be their own eyes in the sky, and they need to be in Yemen in under 24 months. “Austere environment landing/takeoff capable” is a must. The push for the aircraft is somewhat reminiscent of the Pentagon’s “Project Liberty” crash program to rush small, relatively cheap Beechcraft planes to the Iraq and Afghan warzones so troops could trick them out with advanced sensors and cameras. It remains to be seen if that’s in the works for Yemeni pilots.

Investigators Said to Question How Detainee Died of Overdose
New York Times — 26 November 2012
The circumstances of the death of the prisoner, Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, have been murky since the military announced more than two months ago that a guard had found him “unconscious and unresponsive” in his cell and that attempts to revive him had failed. Yemeni officials refused to accept Mr. Latif’s remains until they got answers about what had happened to him. This month, the Pentagon’s top detainee policy official, William K. Lietzau, delivered an autopsy report to the Yemeni ambassador in Washington. It concluded that Mr. Latif’s death was a suicide, which the Web site Truth-out.org first reported this week and several officials confirmed. Mr. Latif’s body has been taken to Ramstein Air Base in Germany. It was not embalmed, in accordance with Muslim custom, but had been frozen, one official said. In recent days, Yemeni and American officials have discussed arrangements to transport the body to Yemen, probably in the next week or so, according to several officials.

Military, tribal leaders seek understanding in Marib
Yemen Times — 26 November 2012
Sheikhs from four Marib tribes met Saturday with Abdulkhalek Ahmed Shuwait, chief of  staff for the 312th Brigadier, eventually agreeing on several points to solve tensions between the groups. Frustrations among the tribes and the military hit a high point Wednesday when the armed, tribal groups ambushed a military unit, killing a high-ranking military officer and injuring two others. Colonel Ali Al-Asdi, leader of the Tanks Battalion of the 312th Brigade, died, and Staff Colonel Saleh Al-Bukair and soldier Faris Ali Al-Jabri were injured. Naji Al-Salehi, a journalist in Marib, said the Eial Bani Saeed, Aal Hajlan, Aal Jezailan and Aal Al-Qasab tribes flocked to the 312th Brigadier’s headquarters and met with Shuwait.

Govt condemns terrorist attack in Sana’a
Saba Net — 25 November 2012
The government expressed Sunday its strong condemnation of the terrorist attack targeted a gathering of citizens in the capital Sana’a on Saturday. Three people were killed and 13 others were injured in the attack occurred while people were leaving the hall “Zaharat al-Mada’en” in al-Jiraf areas.

Arms trade thrives in Yemen
Yemen Times — 22 November 2012
There are numerous arms markets all over Yemen and Yemenis seem keen to continue to buy them. They are often a mark of prestige. Jalal Al-Haddad, a youth activist, said, “Because of arms in the streets, people can be killed at any moment. Arms have spread amongst residents because they feel that the authorities are unable to control the arms industry or provide security.” According to Dar Al-Salam Organization, Yemen is the largest market for arms in the Gulf region, and it continues to grow. Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Marwani, head of Dar Al-Salam Organization,   a Yemeni Peace group, says there are more than nine million light weapons in Yemen, mainly owned by government employees, tribesmen and arm dealers.  Light weapons refer to arms that can be carried.

4 killed in rocket-propelled grenade attack on Shiite gathering in Yemen’s capital
AP via Washington Post — 24 November 2012
Yemeni security officials say that four Shiites were killed when unknown assailants fired a rocket-propelled grenade into a gathering of worshippers observing the holy day of Ashoura. Officials say the attack took place Saturday in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, near the airport road.

Yemeni president bans child recruitment in army
Al-Shorfa — 27 November 2012
Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Tuesday (November 27th) banned the recruitment of children under the age of 18 into the country’s army or security forces, Al-Hayat reported.

Child recruitment for armed conflicts a ‘large-scale’ problem
Yemen Times — 29 November 2012
According to a report issued the General Assembly of the Security Council last year there continue to be gross violations against children in Yemen, with child recruitment for armed conflicts being a particularly large-scale problem. “As many as 159 children were killed in Yemen during 2011 and 363 others were injured,” Zoroki said.  According to the report, many children in Yemen join a diverse range of armed groups including the Republican Guards, military heckpoints, groups in Zinjibar and Khnafar and the Houthis in Sa’ada.

Three Zaidis dead, 13 injured in targeted bombing attack
Yemen Times — 26 November 2012
The Military Affairs’ Committee, headed by Defense Minister Mohammed Nasser Ahmed and Interior Minister Abdulkader Qahtan, condemned Saturday night’s targeted attack on residents in Zahrat Al-Madaen Hall in Al-Jeraf. Three people died and 13 others were injured when a bomb exploded in Zahrat Al-Madaen Hall, where members of the Zaidi Sect were commemorating the religious anniversary of Ashora.

Smuggled gun parts shipment confiscated in Hodeida Harbor
Yemen Times — 26 November 2012
Customs authorities in Hodeida Harbour reportedly confiscated a container loaded with 225 gun parts on Saturday. The parts were hidden inside a shipment of baby diapers, which triggered the initial suspicions that it contained smuggled goods.

Marib pipeline attacked, military leader dead in tribesmen ambush
Yemen Times — 22 November 2012
One soldier died and others were injured Wednesday morning when tribesmen in Wadi Habab ambushed them. Colonel Ali Al-Asdi, leader of the Tanks Battalion of the 312th Brigade, died and Staff Colonel Saleh Al-Bukair was injured along with several other soldiers.

Campaign works to end violence against women
Yemen Times — 26 November 2012
The United Nation’s Population Fund (UNFPA), in cooperation with the Yemeni Women’s Union, inaugurated on Sunday an anti-female violence campaign that will run for 16 days, under the slogan, “I am Against Violence.”  The movement coincides with the World Day for Opposing Violence Against Women on November 25th.  On the first day of the campaign, short films made by local filmmakers that depict female suffering were shown.

‘The Last Refuge’: Yemen, Al-Qaida And The U.S.
NPR — 27 November 2012
“The argument that AQAP has been making for the past several years has been that just like Iraq and just like Afghanistan, Yemen, too, is a legitimate theater of jihad,” Johnsen tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “That is, Yemen is under attack from a Western military force and therefore all Yemenis need to group together, need to fall under al-Qaida’s banner and fight back in self-defense.”

In Yemen, business leaders call for legislation to help family businesses
Al-Shorfa — 26 November 2012
Participants at the Third Family Business Conference, held November 17th-18th in Sanaa, called for regulating and strengthening family-owned businesses in Yemen. The conference was organised by the Yemeni Businessmen Club under the slogan “Parents’ wisdom and children’s efficiency”. It welcomed businesspeople, experts and consultants from around the world. Participants recommended that the Yemeni government draft legislation to regulate the work of family-owned businesses and ensure their continuity, particularly since these businesses comprise around 90% of all local companies and therefore have a direct impact on the national economy.

Government imposes motorcycle regulations in major Yemeni cities
Yemen Times — 29 November 2012
On Tuesday, the Yemeni government initiated steps towards implementing a ban on using motorcycles in major cities like Sana’a, Aden, Yaiz and Makkala between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. The ban would also seek to prevent motorcycles use in unsuitable weather conditions. Qais Al-Eryani, the General Manager of Traffic in Sana’a, told the Yemen Times that the ban would be implemented over a three month period. He said that motorcyclists inability to commit to traffic regulations caused the government to issue this decision.

Yemenis fret over oil shortages
UPI — 26 November 2012
Yemen is facing a fuel crisis because of repeated attacks on an oil pipeline feeding a major refinery in Aden, a state-owned operator declared. The 272-mile Marib oil pipeline, which feeds the country’s Aden refinery, has been attacked repeatedly by saboteurs this month. It carries about 110,000 barrels of oil per day from oil fields in Marib and Shabwa provinces in central Yemen. State-owned SAFER E&P said there may be shortages of oil in Yemen because of downstream consequences of pipeline attacks, the independent Yemen Post reports. It blamed local tribesman in central Yemen for the attacks, saying they were using the attacks as a bargaining tool with the government.

Yemen to upgrade wireless internet services
Al-Shorfa — 27 November 2012
Yemeni officials recently began building technical installations that aim to extend broadband wireless internet services to many institutions and individuals across the country. According to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the first phase of the project will extend wireless internet services to Sanaa and Aden by way of 28 transmission stations, at a cost of 591 million riyals ($2.8 million). The startup of the new technology is scheduled for early 2013.

World Bank approves $ 90 million for road projects in Yemen
Saba Net — 24 November 2012
Minister of Public Works and Roads Omar Abdullah al-Kurshumi has said that the World Bank approved US$ 90 million to finance a number of projects in the roads sector in Yemen. In a statement to Saba on Saturday, al- Kurshumi described Yemen’s talks with the World Bank’s mission held recently in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, as successful.

Yemen, Turkey sign agreements to boost relations
Saba Net — 24 November 2012
Yemen and Turkey have signed a series of agreements to boost their relations and economic cooperation. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc oversaw the inking of the agreements as part of meetings of the 6th Joint Economic Committee in Sana’a.

Yemen, Egypt talk on investment projects
Saba Net — 25 November 2012
Head of General Investment Authority Yahya al-Wazir discussed Sunday with the official of the Commercial Representation Office at Egyptian embassy in Sanaa, Mohammed Ajami, investment projects in Yemen and Egypt. Al-Wazir reviewed the Egyptian investment projects registered at the Authority, which amounted to 41 investment projects at a total cost of 27.5 billion riyals and provided 1,460 jobs.

Red Badges in all airports of the republic in preparation for a strike
Yemen Times — 22 November 2012
The Yemeni Company for Land Service employees posted red badges in syndicate offices in airports across the country to indicate an impending strike. Red badges are the unofficial markers used by striking workers in Yemen. Waleed Ameen Al-Molaiki, head of the syndicate, announced the strikers’ intentions. They will continue to display red badges until Tuesday and then initiate a partial strike.

Turkish businessmen desire to invest in Yemen: Arinc says
Saba Net — 24 November 2012
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister expressed Saturday the Turkish keenness on Yemen’s stability and security that would help in flowing the Turkish investment to Yemen. During his meeting with Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa, Bulent Arinc voiced the strong desire of the Turkish businessmen to invest in Yemen.

Workshop outlines business opportunities for Yemeni youth and women
Yemen Times — 22 November 2012
The Youth Economic Empowerment Project, created by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), held a workshop on Tuesday to outline the primary results of a study evaluating market requirements and training needs in Sana’a, Taiz and Aden. Doctor Muneer Saif, a member of the team, said the study’s results were presented to more than 40 relevant government and private sector bodies, civil society organizations and interested people.

New cafés emerge in Sana’a to reduce Qat chewing
Yemen Times — 22 November 2012
Several cafes have recently emerged in Sana’a, presenting a new cultural trend in Yemeni society. Frisco Cafe and Facebook Café are the newest to join the city’s coffee culture. Both cafes are now among the growing community of coffee shops, where a new tributary to the cultural movement of Yemen’s youth—male and female—are flocking. “Cafes have become places where many educated young people go to avoid qat sessions and escape the restrictions of customs and traditions,” Ghofran Al-Khatab, the public relations officer for Frisco Cafe, said.

Anti-qat campaigners raising noise
Yemen Times — 26 November 2012
For many years, anti-qat campaigners have been working to eradicate or at least curb the use of qat in Yemen.  Despite several campaigns, initiatives, and associations started to raise awareness about the health hazards and the environmental impact of the leaf, Yemen remains inundated with consumption of the mild narcotic.  However, over the last several months, the battle cries of anti-qat campaigns have noticeably increased.

Socotra: An island rife with discovery
Yemen Times — 26 November 2012
A Yemeni-Russian team that has been working together for five years in Yemen discovered last week a building on Socotra Island that dates back the eighth century A.D., according to Khalid Ali Al-Ansi, an archeology expert in the General Authority for Antiques. Al-Ansi told the Yemen Times that the archeological site, found in the Foahr Sha’awb District on the island, dates back to the pre-Islamic period. After initially discovering the building, the team went on to find a whole compound consisting of square and circular buildings separated from one another by lanes.

Nonnative animals threaten indigenous life on Socotra
Yemen Times — 29 November 2012
Due to the island’s isolation, “the animals living on Socotra are free of epidemic diseases,” according to Mahmoud Mohammed Abdulrahman, head of the Yemen Organization for Animal Protection.  However, this untouched environment was recently threatened when approximately 30 goats were brought to the island via a military plane from Sana’a Airport.  Although the entry of all foreign plants and animals are banned from the Socotra, animals like these goats can be admitted if they are used specifically for their meat and not allowed to breed.  This is only permitted on the condition the animals are tested by agricultural labs, which the goats were not.

National Dialogue:
Yemeni parties reach agreement paving way for holding of national dialogue – UN envoy
UN News Centre — 28 November 2012
The United Nations envoy for Yemen said today that an agreement has been reached to resolve the last contentious issue of the allocation of seats for the all-inclusive national dialogue conference that is a key element of the country’s democratic transition. The agreement paves the way for the holding of the national dialogue, which is scheduled to take place later this year and the outcome of which will feed into a constitution-making process that is to conclude in late 2013, enabling general elections to take place in February 2014. “I am pleased to announce this evening that a resolution has been reached to the recent deadlock amongst all stakeholders over the allocation of seats at the upcoming national dialogue conference,” Jamal Benomar, the Special Adviser on Yemen, said in a statement issued in the capital, Sana’a.

Yemen Political Experiment Moves Cautiously Forward
dVoice of America — 27 November 2012
​​The NDC, now slated to begin in December, will convene Yemen’s diverse political landscape for six months of discussions aimed at drafting a new constitution and preserving the unity of the state. Preparations for the dialogue have been underway since mid-year, when the president tasked a 25-person “preparatory committee” with deciding the structure of the conference.

Man sets self on fire outside Yemen Cabinet building to protest dispute with Canadian employer
AP via Washington Post — 27 November 2012
Medical officials say a Yemeni man set himself on fire outside the Cabinet building in the capital Sanaa. The officials say Abdel-Hakim Hamoud Qasim is in critical condition after Tuesday’s self-immolation. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

Parliament to form new oversight committee for prison detainees
Yemen Times — 29 November 2012
Parliament’s Freedom and Human Rights Committee formed a special subcommittee Monday that will be responsible for monitoring new and old cases of prisoners and those who have gone missing. Parliamentarian, Abdul-Karim Shaiban, took the lead in forming this new division, but said that details and logistics are still being worked out.

Houthis and OCP on way to reaching peace agreement
Yemen Times — 29 November 2012
The Opposition Coalition Parties (OCP) said they reached to an agreement with Houthi movement supporters to establish a coordination committee on both sides to settle any rifts. In a press statement released Wednesday, the OCP said the two parties agreed on the refusal of the provocative sectarian language being used because such words would hurt the country during the delicate transition and render further conflicts.

Still no official date for National Dialogue
Yemen Times — 26 November 2012
The National Dialogue Conference (NDC), which was slated to begin mid-November, still has no definite start date, according to Sultan Al-Atwani, the deputy head of the conference’s Preparatory Committee. In a statement to the Yemen Times, he said a final report that outlines the breakdown of dialogue participants will be submitted in the next several days to President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, who will then select an exact date for the dialogue to begin.

Yemen offers separatists half of seats at national talks
Reuters — 26 November 2012
Yemen’s government has offered southern separatists half of the seats at a planned reconciliation conference, a top official said on Monday, in a bid to salvage a meeting deemed crucial for the success of last year’s power transfer deal. Restoring stability in Yemen is an international priority due to fears of disorder ripping apart the Arabian Peninsula country that flanks top oil exporter Saudi Arabia as well as major shipping lanes.

Yemen Tribal Leaders Offer Support for National Dialogue
Al-Khaleej via Al-Monitor — 26 November 2012
Tribal sheikhs in Yemen launched an initiative designed to produce a just and practical solution to the crisis in the south. They called for “a political agreement between political parties in the north and south under the supervision of international mediator Jamal bin Omar and representatives of regional and international parties sponsoring the Gulf Initiative.” They also suggested that the president and the national reconciliation government “issue a decision to draft a governance system that would preserve Yemen as a unified federal state, as opposed to two separate regions in the north and south.”

Political analyst Thabet Al-Ahmadi speaks to the Yemen Times
Yemen Times — 26 November 2012
It is said that there is currently a Houthi-Islah conflict and people in the north are concerned with the way this could go. What do you think? I agree there were political and cultural disputes at the beginning and later on there were media conflicts between the two parties, but I’m optimistic for a resolution because the Houthis signed a media settlement with Islah. In fact the Houthis haven’t presented a national agenda. They went from being the oppressed to the oppressors. People had sympathy for them until they waged their 6th war against the state. When the revolution took place, the Houthis adopted two stances: one with the revolution and the second against it and we all know this.

Challenges to National Dialogue In Yemen
Al-Hayat via Al-Monitor — 22 November 2012
Legal experts believe who have spoken to Al-Hayat believe that the ‘Transitional Justice and National Reconciliation’ draft law (required by foreign states in political and military conflicts) seeks to placate the victims, award them compensation and restore their rights. It does not protect those accused of committing crimes or violating human rights so much as it seeks to reconcile the competing demands of justice and reconciliation without recourse to criminal or legal prosecution. It will work to reveal the facts behind the repression of youth and civilian protesters are disclosed through vigorous investigations conducted by an independent, specially appointed commission.

Families of revolutionary detainees and hidden prisoners escalate their protests
Yemen Times — 26 November 2012
The families of revolutionary detainees and hidden prisoners have never given up. Though they have only achieved a few successes in their fight for justice, they continued to demand that authorities reveal the truth behind their relatives’ imprisonment and release them. Mohammed Al-Asa’adi, an uncle of Abdulela Al-Asa’adi, one of those arrested, said he would continue to demand the release of his nephew. Abdulela Al-Asa’adi was accused of being linked to the explosion, which happened in the Al-Nahdin Mosque of the Presidential Compound targeting former president Ali Abdulla Saleh.

Pro-governor march through Taiz deemed controversial
Yemen Times — 22 November 2012
Taiz activists have displayed a variety of reactions regarding Tuesday’s march in the governorate. Organizers said the purpose of the march was to stand by Taiz’s governor, Shawqi Ahmed Hael, so he would work harder to improve the governorate. However, critics say supporters of the former regime, loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, instigated the march.

MPs call for revoking immunity given to senior state officials, call for equality under the law
Yemen Times — 22 November 2012
Parliamentarians (MPs) said Tuesday that immunity from prosecution—something granted to high-ranking officials—should be revoked, saying equality for all people before the law must be upheld. SEMC head Mustafa Nasr said a solution matrix was prepared six months ago, with the cooperation of 120 judges and law specialists who searched for the constitutional texts that present a barrier toward fighting corruption in 13 governorates. The matrix was organized by the Studies & Economic Media Center (SEMC), in coordination with constitutional committees in parliament and with the good governance project GIZ. According to Nasr, the matrix is in its final phase and still needs to be presented to MPs concerned with drafting legal legislations regarding Yemeni law.

Protest travels to Sana’a, calls for replacement of Damar governor
Yemen Times — 22 November 2012
Hundreds of locals in Damar governorate organized a protest in front of President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi’s house in Sana’a on Wednesday, calling for the replacement of current Governor Yahiya Al-Amri. Protestors traveled to the capital city from Damar, more than 100 miles south of Sana’a, for their self-titled “March of Salvation.” The protest ended in front of Hadi’s house, where demonstrators lifted signs and chanted slogans.

One year later: Is Saleh’s influence gone?
Yemen Times — 22 November 2012
Almost exactly one year has passed since the signing of the Gulf Initiative, a deal brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that ended former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule after months of political protests and uprisings in Yemen.  In agreeing to accept the proposal, Saleh was granted full immunity from persecution, but had to hand over the presidency to then-vice president, Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi. From the onset, the deal generated controversy especially amongst the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), the major opposing political party to Saleh’s General People’s Congress (GPC).

Yemen to hold human rights conference
Sahwah Net — 22 November 2012
Human Rights Minister Houria Mashhour has said that Yemen will hold a human rights conference on December 9th, pointing out that it will discuss human trafficking, a draft law of refugees, the Yemeni new constitution and other issues.  She also spelt out that workshops on terrorism combating and civil society will be held in the framework of the conference.

Yemen’s path towards stability a year after Saleh not smooth
The National — 22 November 2012
Mr Hadi said that a preparatory committee for the national dialogue, which will have the job of drawing up a new constitution and electoral law, had completed 95 per cent of its work. “The remaining five per cent will be completed in the coming few weeks,” he said at the news conference. The dialogue sessions have been delayed as various groups refused to participate. Among those are southern Hirak movement that is seeking an independent state, the pro-Shia Houthis who are seeking a greater role in government, and youth activists.

The Press:
Journalists Under Attack – a call for action to improve journalists’ safety
Yemen Times — 26 November 2012
Well over 100 journalists have been killed so far this year – the highest number since the International Press Institute (IPI) began keeping count of journalists’ deaths in 1997. All across the world – from Africa, Asia and Europe, to the Middle East and Latin America – journalists continue to be systematically and brutally targeted because of their work. Some are caught in the crossfire while reporting on conflict, but most are targeted by criminal groups and individuals who want to prevent information from getting out, corruption and other crimes from being exposed and critical views from being disseminated.

Efforts continue to seek justice for journalists who died in 2011
Yemen Times — 26 November 2012
It’s widely said by most Yemeni journalists that 2011 was the most violent year for journalists because of the protests and subsequent uprising that broke out, culminating with the ouster of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had been in power for 33 years. The Yemeni Journalists’ Syndicate recently released a report indicating 330 violations were committed against Yemeni journalists in 2011. According to the report, some of those violations include the 93 assaults on journalists, 76 confiscated newspapers, 47 threats, 25 journalists illegally arrested and 17 kidnappings.

Anniversary in South:
Yemen marks 45th anniversary of ending British colonization in south
Yemen Times — 29 November 2012
On Friday, Yemenis will commemorate the revolution that drove the British colonizers out of Aden on Nov. 30, 1967, after an occupation that lasted 129 years. The anniversary comes at a time when divisions between southerners has reached new heights, with some supporting the continued unity between north and south Yemen and participation in the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) and others calling for a complete secession of the south from the north.

Political changes marked Southern transition
Yemen Times — 29 November 2012
Adel Ameen, a political analyst, told the Yemen Times that the Socialist Party that ruled over the south after the independence unified the divided sultanates created during British colonization under one central government and established a better central state based on law and order. Ameen said that central state was better and stronger than that of the north, adding that after independence, there was a law inherited from the British colonization that eliminated tribal disputes and revenge. But despite the positive achievements that resulted from independence, Ameen said there were some negative developments. For example, the Southern regime nationalized people’s prosperities, so local and foreign investors left the region. Consequently, people relied on subsidies and salaries from the government, and the private sector was entirely undone.

Yemenis celebrate Independence Day: but what is it?
Yemen Times — 29 November 2012
With the end of Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 33-year dictatorship and the handing of the presidential mandate to Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi and the Government of National Unity, this Independence Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the past whilst looking toward the future. As Yemen moves toward the start of the National Dialogue, a process that will shape the long-term political vision of the country and affect the atmosphere for political change, Nov. 30 takes on special significance. Although Yemen continues to face many challenges during the transitional period, Independence Day signals the country’s ability to overcome adversity and to build sustainable and positive relationships.

Independence Day in the eyes of Yemenis
Yemen Times — 29 November 2012
Yemen Times talked to numerous Yemenis in Sana’a and asked them about their awareness of Independence Day and what it means—or doesn’t mean—to them.

USAID helps rehabilitate Sana’a schools
Yemen Times — 29 November 2012
The project, which focused on the issue of water scarcity in Sana’a and in Yemen, implemented rooftop rainwater and collection systems and tanks. The water collected from the low roofs during rainfall is transferred to water tanks to be later used. These systems harvest rainwater for each school’s gardens and restrooms.


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