New political parties for similar players
La Voix Du Yemen — 26 May 2013
Since the start of the transitional process in Yemen, after that former president Ali Abdallah Saleh was removed from office, the Committee for Affairs of Political Parties and Organizations (CAPPO) recognized 16 political parties and unions during the past two years. According to the CAPPO, only 22 parties were registered between 1995 and 2010. Only two out of the 16 new parties got official representation in the process: the Justice and Building party, founded by former General Popular Congress (GPC) members – Saleh’s ruling party – who defected from the regime during the 2011 uprising, and the salafi Rashad Union. They both received seven seats at the conference.
The Myth of the “Yemen Model”
Huffington Post — 29 May 2013
Each NDC participant receives $100 or $180 (for those coming from outside the capital) per day, in a country where 40 percent of the population lives under $2 a day. A participant told me “I don’t believe this [NDC] will bring about any change, but I can’t find a job either, so why not participate?” This not only destroys any sense of civic duty but it is also in contrast to the two years of civic engagement felt during the uprising. The wide range of volunteer activities by revolutionaries was an important stop in promoting civic engagement. Yet, the way the NDC is organized is also reminiscent of Saleh’s patronage system. It creates what writer Ibrahim Mothana calls, “Per-diocracy” rather than democracy. These challenges have made the NDC the butt of new nicknames: “the market of illusion”, “national sleep hypnosis conference”, and “the foreign national dialogue”. The role of external players in Yemen is perceived negatively for a number of reasons.
Battered By Revolution, Old Sana’a Could Lose Its World Heritage Designation
Wall Street Journal — 28 May 2013
Since the start of Yemen’s 2011 revolution, the inhabitants of this Medieval-era city took advantage of the chaos to repair their crumbling buildings, slapping cement on cracks and replacing traditional carved wood doors with cheaper metal. More than 6,000 houses in Sana’a’s old city create a maze of castle-like structures known for their gingerbread architectural design – where heavy red earth-colored brick buildings with lavish stark-white arches encircle stained glass windows. But this June, UNESCO will determine whether to place old town Sana’a on its list of “World Heritage Sites in Danger,” which could lead to a delisting. Sana’a’s old city was made a UNESCO heritage site in 1998 and the Yemeni government must present a report to UNESCO on how it will preserve the old city to keep its status as a World Heritage Site. The municipality of Sana’a is responding by providing low interest loans to residents of the old city to preserve their homes and shops as long as repairs stay true to the architectural style. And Sana’a’s city council will also provide $1.5 million to finance a “containment plan,” to maintain the old city. Continue reading