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Ali Abdullah Saleh Family in Yemen Govt and Business

Filed under: Presidency, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:05 pm on Saturday, April 8, 2006

This is a rough sketch, duplications and all, here for storage purposes only.

Ahmed Ali ABDullah Saleh Special Forces and Republican Guards Commander Eldest Son
Al-Haj Company For Heavy Equipments and Cars

Ahmed Al-Kohlani Governor of Aden and member of parliament Father in law to his 18 year old last bride Alraida Group for Engineering.

Ali Abdullah Saleh President, Field Marshal, Chief of Staff, Head of Judiciary System, Chairman of GCP, First Scout A messenger from God Partner of Twfick Abul-Raheem The Sole Distributor of Gas and Petroleum Products

Ali Mohsen Al-Hamar # 1 The Army, Commander of First Artillery Corp and Military Commander Northern and Western regions Half brother according all sources Hawan For Petroleum Services and Alraida Group for Engineering.

Faris Al-Sanabani Owner Yemen Observer, Media Secretary for Saleh, Group Four Company for Army Uniforms

Khalid Alarhabi Deputy Chief of The Presidential Palaces Son in-law Yemen Space Company

Mohamed Saleh Al-Hamar Air Force Commander Half Brother Alhashidi Petroleum Company

Yahya Mohamed Abdullah Saleh Commander Of Security Central Forces Nephew Almass Company For Petroleum Services and Ha Wi Cable Chinese Company

Ali Mohsen Al-Hamar # 1 The Army, Commander of First Artillery Corp and Military Commander Northern and Western regions Half brother according all sources

Mohamed Saleh Al-Hamar Air Force Commander Half Brother

Ahmed Ali ABDullah Saleh Special Forces and Republican Guards Commander Eldest Son

Tarke Mohamed Abdullah Saleh Commander Private Forces Nephew

Yahya Mohamed Abdullah Saleh Commander Of Security Central Forces Nephew

Amar Mohamed Abdullah Saleh Deputy National Security Organization Nephew

Ahmed Abdullah Al-Hajry Governor of Taiz Brother in law to second wife

Abdu-Wahab Abdullah Alhajry Ambassador to Washington D.C. Brother in law to second wife

Abul-Rahman Alkwaa Minster of Youth and Sports Brother in law to third wife

Khalid Abdul-Rahman Alkwaa Under Secretary, Foreign Ministry Son of The Brother in-law

Khalid Alarhabi Deputy Chief of The Presidential Palaces Son in-law

Abdl-Kareem Al-Arhabi Minister of Planning and International Co-Operation In-law

Tawfick Saleh Abdullah Saleh Chairman of The National Tobacco Company Nephew

Abdul-Khalek Al-Qadi Chairman of Yemen Airways Son in-law

Abul-Khalik Al-Qadi Commander of Almajed Forces in Taiz Uncle

Tawfik Abdul-Raheem The sole distributor of Oil & Gas products Business Partner

Shaher Abul-Haq Saba Mobile Phones, Mercedes-Benz, Coca Cola, Yemen International bank, Oil Exploration Business Partner

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MILITARY

1-Brigaider General Mohamed Saleh Al-Ahmar, Commander of the Air Force
half brother of president Saleh ( one mother ).
2-Brigaider General Ali Saleh Al-Ahmar, chief of staff of the general command
half brother of president Saleh.
3-Brigaider General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, commander of the first tank division , commander of the north western military zone .
half brother of president Saleh.
4-Brigaider General Mehdi Makwala, commander of the southern military zone
( Hashd tribe and Sanhan village of Saleh ).( Aden Zone )
5-Brigaider General Mohammed Ali Mohsen, Commander of the Eastern
Military Zone ( Hadramout ).
(Hashed Tribe and Sanhan Village of President Saleh )
6-Colonel Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh , Commander of the Republican Guards
and Commander of the Special Forces.
son of the President Saleh .
7-Colonel Yahya Mohamed Abdullah Saleh , commander of the Central
Security Forces .
son of Saleh’s brother .
8-Colonel Tareq Mohammed Abdullah Saleh, Commander of the Special
Guards.
son of Saleh’s brother Mohammed.
9-Colonel Ammar Mohammed Abdullah Saleh , Chairman of the National
Security.
son of Saleh’s brother Mohammed.
10-Brigaider General Saleh Al-Dhaneen , commander of Khaled Forces
( Hashed tribe and Sanhan Village of Saleh. )

COMMERCIAL

1- Ali Abdullah Saleh
Al-Gar Farm . Huge farm for fruits mainly Mango , exporting its productions
to Saudi-Arabia and Gulf States .
-Partner of Tawfiq Group for Fuel ( covering large scale of activities in the field
of fuel .
– The Economy Establishment ( previously the Military Economic
Corporation) .
2- Ali Mohsen Saleh Al-Ahmar and his son Mohsen Ali Mohsen
Hadwan Oil Services and Support.
Pioneer Engenering Group.
3-Yahia Mohamed Abdullah Saleh( son of his brother Mohamed )
Al-Maz Group ( dealing with cotton plantations, tourizm, trade of weapons
and oil activities .
Hawai Cables Company .
4- Mohammed Saleh Al-Ahmar ( half brother of Saleh )
Al-Hashdi Petroluem Company .
5-Ahmed Al-Kuhlani.( brother in-law of Saleh and Governor of Aden )
Pioneer Engenering Group
Al-Atheer Contracting Company.
Gavlar Special Company .
6-Khaled Al-Arhabi ( brother in-law of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh )
Yemen Space Company .
7-Saleh Al-Dhaneen ( number 10 above )
Raidaan Contracting Company , works in roads , districts roads, Taiz roads,
and football stadium .
8- Ali Al-Shater , chairman of the political directorate of the armed forces and
editor of the 26 September newspaper. ( his son Bassam Ali Al-Shater )
Al-Qusoor Contracting Company , dealing in contracts with ministry of
defence from buildings to supply etc.
9-Abdul Salam Ghaleb Al-hamesh ( son of chairman of political security )
Al-Kaoon company for Communications.and oil support and Services.
10-Noman Duwaeed and Ali Ahmed Duwaeed ( brother in-law to Saleh )
The Yemen International United Company
dealing in heavy duty equipment, manufacturing, factories of cements ,etc.

79 Comments

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Comment by Beth

4/9/2006 @ 1:47 am

Holy crap, Jane, that’s almost laughable it’s so outrageous!

ALMOST.

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Comment by Jane

4/9/2006 @ 6:05 am

do you believe it? i didnt think there would be so many.

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Comment by ALHARETH

4/9/2006 @ 3:36 pm

DEAR JANE

YOU MENTIONED ONLY SO LITTLE OF WHAT THEY REALY OWN

THEIR REAL FORTUNE IS MUCH BIGGER

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Comment by Saba

4/9/2006 @ 4:09 pm

That is only one of the reasons which prevents and makes the foreign investors be reluctant to come to Yemen. And it is one of the reasons it makes the internal investors escape the country and look for more secure & fair investment environment. The question now is whether the World Bank face the govt. with such realities, and what is their reply?. The problem is that they are saying in their media Yemen has one of the best Investment law in the region!!!!!!! do you believe it?. I do not.

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Comment by Jane

4/9/2006 @ 9:09 pm

Hi Alhareth! Saba, I dont undertand the disconnect between what is real and what is said. Its like they are pretending.

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Comment by Abdallah A.Noman

4/11/2006 @ 3:10 pm

Dear Jane,
This is just a drop compared to what they plunder from the poor Yemeni people.Add to that, their looting of public funds, military budget, fake contracts, purchases, soliders salaries, customes duities, Taxs, and Foreign Aid.

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Comment by Dr. Nasir Ali Al-Khobani

4/13/2006 @ 10:48 pm

What do you want from that america woman
better for you to stop this insult to our good yemeni president woman.

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Comment by Abu Dougana

4/13/2006 @ 11:01 pm

YOU ARE REALLY VERY STRANGE AMERICAN NON GOD BELIEVER INTRODER, DONT YOU HAVE A MAN TO GARD YOU? A FATHER, BROTHER OR HUSBAND? TO EDUCATE YOU AND GUARD YOU AND PREVENT YOU FROM BECOMING A STREET IMPOLITE WOMAN? YOU ARE KAFFIRS.
WE BELIEVE IN OUR SHIEKH ALZINDANI AND OUR GOOD MOSLIM PRESIDANT WE DOT WANT YOUR BAD DEMOCRACY? WHY DONT LEAVE YEMEN POLITICS AND GET COSERNED WITH YOUR HUSBAND IF YOU HAVE ONE! MAY BE YOU WILL PRODUCE CHILDREN THIS IS THE REAL FUNCTION OF WOMAN IN THE SOSIAEITY . STAY IN YOUR HOME IF YO HAVE THE LEAST DIGNITY,
I AM READY TO SEND YOU EMAN BOOKS IN ENGLISH WOMAN.

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Comment by Jane

4/13/2006 @ 11:01 pm

Insult? How is it an insult? Either its true or not true. If a large amount of Saleh’s family have high government positions, how is it an insult to him to say that? Im reaaaly not following the logic here. He is the one who made it that way, if its true. Are we all to pretend that its not true out of deference? Its not actually a secret, and if he’s not proud of it, maybe he should think again. If his actions shown publicly are an insult, its not the reporter that has made the mistake.

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Comment by Jane

4/13/2006 @ 11:10 pm

Abu Dougana, my husband is very wonderful, very strong and very supportive. My kids are happy. What is the problem to talk about Yemen? Why is it all a big secret? I am only saying the Yemeni people deserve their rights. This is what Saleh has been saying for a decade or two. So what is the problem? The Yemeni people decided for themselves the political system, not me.

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Comment by Beth

4/13/2006 @ 11:20 pm

Abu Dougana, are you part of the Saleh family business then? Is that why you take offense to Jane’s work?

I AM READY TO SEND YOU EMAN BOOKS IN ENGLISH WOMAN.

From what you are saying about women, I don’t think your books sound very appealing.

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Comment by NASIR ABDULJABAR

4/27/2006 @ 5:18 pm

MS./MRS. JANE IT IS TRUE EVERY WORD ..BUT …………………………………

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Comment by ABULJBAR

4/29/2006 @ 9:42 am

Ms./Mrs. JANE THE INFORMATION YOU BUT IS ALMOST TRUE,WHATSOEVER,I HAVE QUESTION(S)…..

WHY CHOSEN YEMEN IN PARTICULAR ?

DO NOT YOU THINK THAT THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE IN THAT GOV. ARE NOT GUILTY AS YOU’VE DESCRIBED?you’ve but a Journalist as an effective member,etc.

USA ITSELF HAS WHOLE A LOT OF PROBLEMS IN (( ECONOMY IS BAD, CRIME IS WIDELY THERE, GOV. IS NOT THAT GOOD,POVERTY IS THERE .AND AROUND THE WORLD

I AM SURPRISE WHY ALL THIS ATTENTION TO THE YEMENI SITUATION?

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Comment by Jane

4/29/2006 @ 10:34 am

Why not Yemen? Thata a good question too. Theres many people in the govt working for the good of the people but they seem to get targeted a lot. US has lot of problems and lots of people writing about them including many people in Yemen.

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Comment by yassin

4/29/2006 @ 9:22 pm

abubar ,,u r right ,,that s really important question ,,,and jane should care abt iraq more ,and i m wondering where when
but they seem to get targeted a lot

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Comment by ABULJBAR

4/30/2006 @ 4:41 pm

Well, you can’t tell people what to think, write,and express. Whatsoeve, still the main POINT is the info. she puts there is true.

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Comment by ferdinando

6/1/2006 @ 9:23 am

i have been with the saleh for a number of years… think tey are beautyfull people… to be that powerfull though

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Comment by esam yahya

6/10/2006 @ 12:39 pm

all what is written is true .
but what is the use of giving such information. while we all yemeni knows about .
the quastion why this is happening to us , how to change

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Comment by esam yahya

6/10/2006 @ 12:41 pm

we need just littel support to change this zoo we are living in now into a heaven for all yemeni not just abn al ahmar and his famiily

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Comment by abu alhassan and hiethem

6/23/2006 @ 1:38 am

U see JANE this what i said before people like Dr. Nasir Ali Al-Khobani and Abu Dougana its either they work for the Ali baba and the 40 thieves
or just plain simple ignorents what does what Jane is writing have to do with her family and belive grow up guys look where Yemen was When Abrahim Alhamdi toke the zero to some thing when he was assassinated By u favorite Thife ali abudullah and Ahmed algashmi he left the country at that time with 17 billion dollar in budget plus look where is yemen now the poor is getting poorer and the rich is getting richer have Pride Man Rahem allah Alamam and our past presdents they didnt have shit compare to ali and his family to clean the country we need revalution it wont even work if he leave office is his family and friends going to leave with him tell u what Hell no they not they only way to Portect Yemen is by new revalution to clean it from the cancer its eating it and thats the ALAHMER family

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Comment by faisel bin shemlan

8/30/2006 @ 11:01 pm

WHY DON’T U GOT FUCK UR SELF JEAN NOVAIL

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Comment by faisel bin shemlan

8/30/2006 @ 11:05 pm

GO AND FIND SOMEONE TO SATISY UR DESIRE

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Comment by Beth

9/3/2006 @ 7:35 pm

I see faisal has nothing to debate.
The best the boy can come up with is foul-mouthed drivel. Haha!

Sorry, faisal, you lose the debate.

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Comment by Jane

9/3/2006 @ 8:29 pm

No nothing there at all and too much a coward to use his own name. This name he’s using is of the presidential candidate.

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Comment by saddam

4/12/2007 @ 6:18 am

fuck you all motherfucker

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Comment by adam Hakim

11/22/2007 @ 3:42 pm

this is an interesting site. I dont find it incredible. it is this way throughout the world. here in the US with the same board members on the few companies/corp. that possess the wealth of the world let alone the country. Ali Saleh is merely making sure that he isn’t bumped off. At least others are getting some. better than the trickle down theory of the 80s.
On the other hand, Yemenis, real yemeni’s do not insult women just because they are women. Women are revered and encouraged to learn. And beneath the footsteps of mothers is where paradise is. What do you all have to offer yemen if you love it? It is good to know where the money and power is. I doubt that if any of us had the will as well as a way to improve yemen these men would reject your goodwill. What is it you all want? That they should open a hall somewhere and to a line of people pass out wads of money? And then if they did; what will you do with it? These people did something to get where they are. Sure, like all rulers, they did things objectionable. And that is the thing we take notice of quickly. I repeat, since you all are good of taking notice to whom has what and how much. Then to them offer your services and you shall be compensated. The truth is, myself included, we are envious. And from what i have read here? we’d be even greedier? brothers? i have no brothers. Off with him or his head. PEACE.

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Comment by sharif

11/29/2007 @ 12:37 am

god bless u jane and god bless america the land of the free.now to the subject;these sanhanis bloodsuckers are taken over everything.i,m from the south and i know how thigs are since day one.peoples are fed up with this bull.childmelsters,killers,takeig peoples rights, rascist ,ignorent,motherf@#kers.love u jane peace!

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Comment by Jane Novak

11/29/2007 @ 5:51 pm

Thank you.

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Comment by sara

12/6/2007 @ 8:43 pm

Hey what are your primary sources i am actually writing a paper about that!

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Comment by Saleh Al Saeed

5/17/2008 @ 6:13 am

While Ali Abdullah releases yet again another terrorists for attacking western buildings and people in Yemen he tightens his strangle hold on journalists and freedom of speech activists.

In Yemen if you’re a terrorist and from a large clan linked to his own tribe you can do anything otherwise if you’re from the South and of a small tribe and a journalist then you are stuffed.

Yemen today is one big cesspool tyranny, extremism, corruption, nepotism, incompetence, bigotry and injustice we need a new leader with a new vision for the youth of today and the people of tomorrow. Out with the old corrupt order in with the new !

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Comment by Anonyomous

7/11/2008 @ 7:12 am

Family run business, family run conglomerate, .. family run country!!!!!!!! wellllll
no comments

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Comment by Khalid

1/14/2009 @ 3:05 pm

Don’t you guys have countries and your own presidents to worry about.. and for these whom are outside Yemen, or afraid to write down their names when commenting such stupid and unfair comments.. I think you do not have the right to share this comment until you live inside this country, work for it, and believe in it no matter what are the conditions are.. This is the only way to earn the right to say anything about this country or its’ people or leaders.. You ran away, you left everything behind you, and now you are speaking out loud and do not like anything about Yemen!! That is really shame and sad.. Please, worry about your new life and new country, and spare us from your fake and deceiving tears and emotions.. Everybody here is doing the beast they can with the limited and humble resources we have.. You cause more troubles to this country with your lies then help.. We will be ok inshallah.. You are so far away, so please act that way, and do not even bother worrying about us.. Yemen goes back in History, and we will be ok.. Please, to these who are not Yemenis, just worry about your own life and countries because we imported all bad things and corruption from your systems, and still suffering from the policy of your governments and their own interests, and to those who pretend to be Yemenis, spare us from your crap cause you deserted this country, so this country does not need you and your corrupted opinions. By this, you will get the appreciation of Yemen and its people.

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Comment by Sam

1/20/2009 @ 9:42 am

I think you must have missed some of his family. Like his unlce Abdulilah Al-Qadi. And all of his children and their families for example. There is not a single member of Ali Abdullah Saleh’s family except that he has been given a significant government or military post. It is a chaotic democratic monarchy, that uses democracy to legitimise itself. They have plundered Yemen’s riches and laundered the funds out of the country.

Of remarkable note, Ali Abdullah Saleh started life as the son of a peasant. His mother would carry firewood on her head. And the young general would scrounge fags off others in true Yemeni fashion when he was strapped for cash, those he scrounged off are still around to tell the tales.

The ignobility of the family shows in the traits of many of them. Like the Al-Qadi clan who are notorious for their enjoyment of Yemen’s prostitute girls.

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Comment by 007

1/23/2009 @ 6:50 am

y we only put the fingers only to yemen. almost all the muslim world like this. only iran out of it thats why they are allredy flying away. peace

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Comment by ammar alkady

5/6/2009 @ 4:51 pm

ali Abduallah saleh have more then any one else in the world,he have a billion of dollars and we 30 millons work for him what else he need??????????
ibb alawdi

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Comment by Mohamed Ali

9/25/2009 @ 7:06 am

Dear Jane,

I would give an A- for that job!!

I was really amazed at the info that u got, but not everything is true. There is a couple of people are not in Ali Abdullah salah’s family. Indeed, Alahmar Family impossibly could let the people below to engage or to legally get involve with their activities. I’ll let discover why lol.

1- Shaher Abul-Haq

2- Ali Al-Shater

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Comment by Mohamed Ali

9/26/2009 @ 8:18 pm

“u* After let”

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Comment by qamar

12/5/2009 @ 1:02 pm

dear janet…
thank you very much for speaking out foro yemeniz,i know some weak minded are bafraid to speak out about what we facing in yemen..ali abdullah saleh and his family controling every little thing in gov,media,army…….!he is just like any other arab leader who dont leave his chair either god take his evel soul away,or ………..u know.just like saddam hussien,,,

he should be ashamed of himself he talks about democracy,and humman rights in yemen……i use to like him when i was little girl,but now idont cuz i know the truth he is copy from saddam hussien,,,,,,
sallamz

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Comment by AL Modwahi

12/13/2009 @ 10:45 am

I think that this president no way can be removed except the same way he removed by his guns when he shot Ibrahim AL Hamdi our former president , This president is directly involved in hidden relations with isreal and US , he is the man behind all the troubles that Yemen is into , where are the schools , hospitals , and education , He is just killingG and killing to stay in power , .
Yemen GP is less than 7 billion dollars , yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world , Sanaa has no electric power or water and this is the capital so what about the poor villages.
I think that american media has to move aginst his crazy war in Saada , this man he is just calling history to stay and poor kids in this cold weather are suffering.
This man with all his family members will never protect him when the bullet will cross his dead heart aginst his own citizens .

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Comment by wanna

1/2/2010 @ 3:27 am

god bless you jane! keep up with all the good that you are doing, you are right about everything you wrote about ali abdullah saleh and his fallowers. look at what he being doing in the north starting all the wars and stopping it once he recieves the funds he gets from other nations until finnally it got out of his hands and he cant stop it at all in the end, the weapons in yemen is brought in by him and all the problems in yemen is started by him, look at what he is doing to the innocent people in the south we from the south are the ones that got united with the north in good faith thinking it was for the good of the country then he started killing our leaders 1 by 1 by 1994 a war started and he killed so many people so he could take full cover of the whole country now that the people in the south are fedup with his lies and the way he treats us and 90% of the population in yemen dont have jobs and some cant even provide food and shelter for there families. so the only way is to get out in the street and protest and hope for other nations to look at us and find a salution for the mafia we got in yemen. he is killing the innocents and claiming that they were with some kind of terrorists groups lying to the world to get funded for fighting terrorism when he is the leader of terrorist in yemen ever runs by him before its done but it will come to an end soon very soon he will go down. the US should go to yemen and investigate on what goes own in the south and everywhere in yemen them selves instead of believing what he tells them, he is all about lies, thanks jane for that you are doing for yemen,

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Comment by Aldhahry

3/6/2010 @ 10:46 pm

Dear Jane,
Thanks for all your efforts to unveil the hidden ugly face of the ruling family in Yemen and the annexed and occupation Southern Arabia known as South Yemen!
It is not strange though shocking that the cause of all the problems in Yemen are created by this ruler who came to power from the unknown wilderness. Even though there is no clear of his originality or source Mr Saleh was born and raised as a deserted child where nobody knows who his father was or even where he came from. But as sources close to Sanhan, the raising village of Mr. Saleh say that his father was originally a Turkish immigrant who came to Yemen with the Othmanite empire as a servant soldier. But before his completion of his military service he became sick and deserted the military, refused to return back to his country and left Haja (a city in north Yemen where he was serving) and disappeared.
Life was not as easy as he thought, his father seek refuge and went in hideous in the city of Dhamar (a city south of Sana’a) where he was begging in Dhamar grand mosque and became a homeless in Dhamar. Few years later, a farmer from Al-ahmer family, offered him a job in a farm as a labour. The father accepted the generous offer unhesitantly and moved from Dhamar to Sanhan and started his job as a farm cleaner, a Sheppard and a servant. At that moment these types of jobs where handled by only those who are at the bottom of the society and a very low class people. Anyhow, the father found this opportunity was precious for many reasons, such to improve his language, to find a hideous from the Turkish military, to find shelter and food, etc..
However, in the farm he was introduced to many men and women who worked as cheap labourers in the farm against a free shelter and a leftover food from the farm owner. One day the father asked a friend if there is a way to satisfy his manhood?!! The friend reviled a very risky secret and introduced him to a homeless lady in a nearby village with four fatherless kids!! He took the chance and became a fried to the lady by providing her some food from the farm whenever there is some!! Unfortunately, and unexpectedly the lady became pregnant. When she disclosed the news to the father-to-be he was so disappointed, so scared of the consequences, confused and ashamed at the same time, he deserted his job and found himself in the homelessness again. He left the village and vanished, leaving the lady face her new reality with a new baby from an unknown man, she gave birth to a baby boy named Ali Abdullah Saleh. A name she created from the previous three different fathers of her five babies!
Later on the boy raised in the farm where his father used to work and became the new Sheppard in the same farm, with the same wages (left over food whenever available).
Following his fathers steps Mr. Ali left his mother and brothers and went to Sana’a(without saying goodbye to the man who was so kind to him and his family) looking for his father and at the same time for making a living. Fortunately, he was recruited to the military as a servant working as cleaning servant for a meal and shelter. From there he found himself in a middle of a large military uniform the size of his father.
By the end of the ‘50s he found himself as an official soldier serving with the king of Yemen military. By the time of the revolution, he fought against the king of Yemen, who was again so kind to him and extended his hands when he was nowhere to turn in this world. Anyway, Mr Ali fought and kept his new employment with his hands, nails and teeth knowing this is his only chance of survival, as there is no other places in Yemen at that time to hire someone who is not originally from Yemen. By the 70s Mr. Ali found himself in a very big position in Taiz and became a colonel in the army. While there, he used to smuggle alcohol from Djibouti to Yemen using his military position. By the year 1977 he plotted a conspiracy and killed the person who trusted him and promoted him to a colonel, that person was President Ibrahim Alhamdy and Subsequently, succeeded him as a president of Yemen.
Once he became the president he promoted himself from an illiterate colonel to a brigadier general with a Masters degree!! and controlled all the wealth and resources of the Yemeni people. Again he Betrays the trust of the yemeni people who intrusted him and made him where he is now.

….TBC…>

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Comment by east-ways

3/7/2010 @ 10:07 pm

All this should be translated to Arabic ..

We should show the yemeni people & the whole world the reality about that Traitor presedint & his Dirty family.

At same time i would like to mention that ONE DAY, SOMEDAY, SOMEHOW THE CORRUPTION WILL END, NO MATTER WHAT #

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Comment by Abu-kareem

3/8/2010 @ 1:49 am

Thank u Jane from all of my heart for your time and effort your putting to unveil this crooked, thug, and dictator (Ali A. Saleh). All i can hope that he and his ruling family face the same consequences that Saddam Hussien and his sons faced.

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Comment by Jane Novak

3/8/2010 @ 9:20 am

Wow, I knew some of that but not all. The fact that he was an uneducated wine smuggler is in some history books, and his mothers four husbands also.

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Comment by Dr. William Zelinka

5/16/2010 @ 7:22 am

we thank the writer for the research

it may be appropriate to say that Saudi Arabia, The Gulf states, Syria, Jordan, Sudan, Lebanon, Egypt Morocco all suffer from “royal families” and these families all run all of their properties, often called nations.

Yemen suffers from three such families, one in the south which may seem to have more proper foundations and in fact does not, the north is well described above, and the Kudt nation, those families growing a bush which does produce some say a slight narcotic effect by chewing the leaves of this bush.

the northern family did it’s best to outlaw the Kudt family but in fact did little to lessen it’s growth since the customers of the Kudt family growers sell extensively to all of east and south africa, where in fact you will find the origins of the Yemeni tribes all the way back to bilquis, Queen of Sheba.

what we have then is a typical arab governance often overflowed into Africa. We may as non-citizens find this governance anything from criminal to unjust yet, the millions of arabs who live under these ancient systems do so as just a way of life. not more, not less.

It is good to document the world of governance and best not to comment at all on it if you are personally not a part of it

if you are a part of any of the arab world, you have two choices, one to accept what always was, or try to change it….rather than batting around the issue of the Filistine village states as an issue, it may be that the entire Arab world needs to change but only if it’s people want to and have the courage to.

After 40 years in the Arab world of business and education, one comment stands out ‘give me liberty or give me death’ and the British did hang the speaker, but his words shout loudly today an d keep versions of democracy alive and well knowing that governance is and can only be …by the people, for the people, and of the people…this somehow takes courage i do not find in the Arabs so far yet their mixed African ancestry seems to have little problem with courage.

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Comment by Free

7/12/2010 @ 4:35 pm

Damn Ali Saleh to hell. My wish to see him dead soon.

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Comment by Akrm Alsamma

9/22/2010 @ 4:54 pm

I am totally against you all ,actually i think its going
overboard here..
to be honest sometime i respect the western people when they
say Arab People are stupid…
I was flabbergasted when i read some of the comments ,some of them
are happy for what just happen for Saddam Hussien and for Iraq!!!
actually some of them wish.

….Please if anyone is going to write something think and use your
mind before engaging your bloody fingers….

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Comment by Akrm Alsamma

9/22/2010 @ 5:08 pm

and for you Jane ,what’s wrong with Ali’s Family ? its unnegotiatble
issue ..its just a matter of possessiveness,i mean if George Bush
or Obama or any American president had a family he would certainly
do the same.
and its obvious no one will put someone in a big position unless
he trust him, so who would be more trustful more than your brother
or your son!!!!??

though thanks to for information..

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Comment by Jane Novak

9/22/2010 @ 6:14 pm

no of course its illegal in the US to give a person a government job because of their family, not their qualifications. its an extremely bad practice that undermines the upward mobility of talented and hard working people.

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Comment by Solidrock Al-hashidi

11/14/2010 @ 8:29 pm

Hi Janet.

You have spoken the truth as far as Yeman is concerned. The grim reality is that;Yeman can be ruled by such a powerfull famiily with tribal gravity.

It’s true Yeman is indifferent from any other third world countries where corruption, unjustice and rule of jungle is dominant.

the blame is equally shared by the western countries, and the USA who only pursuit thier own interest and not interest of Yeman. Therefore, it’s better for the west & the USA to impose restrictions and thier powers to change such systems of evil in countries like Yeman instead of adopting hot pursuits against what’s so called ‘Al-Qaida’, where billions of dollars are spent.

Once the west & the USA has enforced a democratic course in Yeman, the ghost of ‘Al-Qaida’ shall eternally vanish from yeman.

People want bread,security, equality & justice. The western countries at the time would definetly find thier interest in such a stable yemen, and not a Yeman run by a few hoodlums.

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Comment by Jane Novak

11/15/2010 @ 12:36 pm

I agree the democratic approach is the best way.

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Comment by JAMAL Musaid

12/10/2010 @ 5:24 pm

Dear Jane I wish you’d take the time out to address the real issues we deal with on a daily basis in our great nation (USA) like unemployment, poverty, crime, and the two wars were fighting. Not to mention all the embarrassing information WIKI LEAKS has released

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Comment by Knight4Justice

2/2/2011 @ 10:20 am

What Jade has said is absolutely true… but like one of the commentators have already pointed out.. Yemeni people already know all the information that was provided here.

The question though Jane is why does the U.S support these dictators? Why do they offer them a specific amount of funds yearly intended to be used to combat terrorism and to improve the living conditions of the Yemeni people? Does the U.S not even have a slight doubt that the funds provided will only be used for personal use by our corrupted government officials?

Although what you have said is true and I don’t disagree with you.. but if it makes you feel any better our (Yemenis) lack of freedom is being funded mostly by U.S taxpayers money.

Other than that Ali Abdullah Saleh should be brought down and will be brought down sooner or later .. whether it shall be by force or by his own will… the day will come for him… Yemeni people are soo nice that they accepted him with open arms and gave him all of their trust. However throughout these years Yemenis have always maintained that their President will change his behavior for the good but nothing for more than 30 years now has took place.

Ali Abduallah Saleh as much as I hate to say his name.. will come down along with is so called close high ranking officials…it will just be a matter of time…

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Comment by Yemeni Man

2/2/2011 @ 11:23 am

This is all true, the Man has captured the country and ruling it as if was one of his farms. Yemenis are starting to realize that, Feb 3 will be the uprising of Yemenis against this regime….

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Comment by Yemeni Man

2/2/2011 @ 11:26 am

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABULKARIM AL-ARHABI MENTIONED IN THE LIST ABOVE WON THIS YEAR A WORLD BANK PRIZE FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT PRACTICES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHAME ON WORLD BANK

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Comment by Jane Novak

2/2/2011 @ 12:15 pm

the world is so out of touch with the reality of Yemen. thanks YM.

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Comment by amin

2/4/2011 @ 12:47 am

I had high hopes for feb 3 that maybe change is coming to yemen but i think the yemeni people are not at the boiling point yet
soon they will be and i hope this day comes sooner then later

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Comment by Jane Novak

2/4/2011 @ 9:00 am

the people are also very spread out, 70% in the rural areas, but i know what you mean

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Comment by Jack Numan

2/14/2011 @ 5:20 pm

Where is the long list you had years ago. The old list is more extensive and detailed of their other non-family commercial affiliates.

Please Jane. I rather think that old list is more important for the people to look at so they know who are the people that work for the regime and under what companies. This a safety and precautionary valve for the innocents who should be alarmed.

Thank you Jane for being our friend over the years.

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Comment by ana

3/2/2011 @ 4:45 pm

A list of shame
a great shame that these people live

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Comment by HAMZA

3/3/2011 @ 12:20 am

I think that every president in this world has some sort of shady back round. I feel that Yemen is a country with great potential and it needs a new leader sooner or later, but at this critical time President ALI should finish his term so a few presidential candidates could have their time to show what have to offer before rushing into, electing another dictatorship government. I personally feel that ALI is not such a bad president; I think it’s more of his elected officials being corrupted and money hungry. And he has no way to fight that. Plus another big issue maybe the biggest issue that I think is bigger than just the president is, QAT. The entire country is on this drug that keeps them in a dream perhaps I should call it fantasy. They sit there and chew it comparable to cows and get nothing done. In YEMEN it’s a shame to be a butcher or a barber, or to grow vegetables and sell. The people who do such things are considered low class. Which is FU***** stupid that’s why even if there’s new president, the country would still be stupid they have to change their backward mind and plaint, produce, trade, sell and the country will flourish. The government has to charge a tax and not become a partner of successful individuals. Until this happens nothing will improve. I THANK THE PERSON WHO CREATED THIS SITE IT’S CALLED FREEDOM OF SPEECH TO THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS GOOGLE IT..

GOD BLESS THE WORLD….

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Comment by ali

8/6/2011 @ 9:24 pm

OMG !
I am from Pakistan who lives in USA.I thought the president of Pakistan is the only one who lead corruption but when i read the above post, i am shock and just speechless. That is outrageous and insane,unbelievable.
God bless Y !

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Comment by Jane Novak

8/7/2011 @ 8:20 am

Hi Ail, You have some background understanding of what corruption is. When I started researching Yemen, I didnt even really understand what it means to have to pay everybody to get anything done and then the govt steals everything for themselves anyway. I was so shocked really.

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Comment by yemeni-american

4/13/2012 @ 12:28 pm

this is why i don’t want to invest my money in my country because of Mr.President Ali Abdullah saleh and his Family are basically controling every investing ideas that i want to do. This is not fair.
Mr.President, just like you want to live and be successful i want to do the same and be the same as you and your sons.

Mr.president why cant we all the same. We don’t mind if you have lot of money but you should also let us have money and live like you.

Mr.President, I am yemeni just like you, you used to be very poor when you were 16 and you quit school and went to the army so you can support your self and your mother. Why didn’t you make other citzens who are like you when you used to be poor. Mr.president, i don’t want to kick you out or go on revloution against you, but i want to live. I want to go back to my country and live like everyone else in the world.

Mr.president i wish you read this message, i wish you can regeret the people who died because of hunger, and poor days. Remember each person in yemen should be treated like you want your son Ahmed to be treated. May god protect us all.

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