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Jane Novak's blog about Yemen

Yemenis protest for return of assets stolen by deposed dictator, Yemenia factsheet

Filed under: Transportation, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:36 pm on Saturday, September 29, 2012

Returning hundreds of millions or maybe 32 billion the Saleh family looted would help the Yemeni govt face the dire poverty of its citizens and would take an important weapon out of Saleh’s hands. However, the Obama administration steadfastly opposed such a move, and the protesters demands, for well over a year.

The US demanded Saleh be absolved of his war crimes in a major break with international law, and he can keep the all fruits of decades of gross corruption. For example, the chairman of Yemenia was Saleh’s son-in-law. Yemenia’s fact sheet shows 60 million spent in renovations since 2000, including 20 million for an upgraded maintenance facility. The fleet is comprised of six functioning aircraft with 12 more inoperable. Several planes are on order but their status is unclear. Update: Transportation Minister pledges to recover stolen funds, assets/

Sun Herald: SANAA, YEMEN — Thousands of protesters marched in the Yemeni capital on Friday, demanding the return of millions of dollars that were allegedly stolen by the country’s former authoritarian ruler, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The protests in Sanaa come a week after several nations backing Yemen’s political transition pushed for sanctions against Saleh’s loyalists for undermining the country’s shift to democracy after a year of turmoil and bloodshed. The non-military sanctions could include freezing financial assets or travel bans.

Saleh had reportedly accumulated significant wealth during nearly 30 years in power in Yemen, which is the poorest country in the Middle East. He stepped down earlier this year after a popular uprising forced him into relinquishing power in return for immunity from prosecution. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was elected president in February to replace Saleh. (Read on …)

DP World sells off Yemen contract

Filed under: Aden, Ports, Transportation, Yemen, govt budget — by Jane Novak at 7:52 am on Sunday, September 23, 2012

NYR | DP World sold Thursday its 50 percent stakes at the Port of Aden just four years after taking over operational responsibility.

The Dubai-based terminal operator has received around $27 million for its share in the Aden Container Terminal (ACT) from its joint venture partner Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation, according to the JOC. (Read on …)

Dubai Ports Int’l threatens lawsuit after corrupt contract terminated

Filed under: Aden, Ports, Transportation, govt budget — by Jane Novak at 12:27 pm on Thursday, September 6, 2012

Not to mention the grievances of the workers at Port Aden, the mismanagement of Aden port by DPI is thought to be a deliberate corporate strategy, because Aden is the direct competition to Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, also managed by DPI. Kuwait actually had a better bid and many including myself warned against awarding the contract to DPI in 2005.

Yemen Times: : ADEN, Sept. 5 — An official source at the Ministry of Transportation said the Dubai Ports International Company (DPIC) is planning to file a lawsuit against the Yemeni government because of the termination of their contract last month. The source said Yemen’s government could compensate the company an estimated $30 million if DPIC wins.

The source said the company’s evidence and claims are unsubstantiated, considering the company did not keep pledges with regard to operating Aden Port, in addition to its neglect toward the port. The company was not alert to heed Yemeni government cautions, the source said, adding that Aden’s port used to receive 160,000 ships annually under DPIC’s operation of the port; however, the port received 800,000 ships in 2007, prior to the start of the government’s contract with DPIC.

The source said the termination came after a team from the Ministry of Transportation travelled to Dubai in August to inform the company about upcoming procedures, but they didn’t respond. So, the agreement was terminated.

Abdullah Al-Khawlani, director of the Arab and International Economic Department, said in an interview with Al-Thawra newspaper that Yemen should avoid getting involved in international trials with DPIC because trials usually take a long time. He said the cost of the trial could cause more losses than gains for Yemen.

Al-Khawlani said Yemen has to solve the problem amicably, particularly because it could cause a political crisis with the United Arab Emirates, the support of which Yemen needs.

Al-Khawlani said DPIC’s argument could be stronger if they used the pretext of a lack of stability because of the political turmoil in Yemen at the time when they started to work in Aden.

He said DPIC has professional lawyers in maritime disputes, while Yemen doesn’t, giving the company an advantage should the issue require court involvement.

Me, 2005:

Selling the Port: In a stunningly blatant act of economic malfeasance, the Yemeni government recently entered into a 30 year contract for the port of Aden with its largest competitor, Dubai Ports International (DPI). World Bank documents state that Dubai is in direct competition for container transshipment business with Aden. The port of Aden is located along international shipping routes, giving it a strong advantage over ports in Dubai which are 1600 miles away.

The majority owners of DPI also are the managers of the Jabal Ali free zone in Dubai. DPI will pay 83.5 million US dollars as a rent over 30 years for the Aden free zone, an area of 32 million square meters, effectively paying less than one penny per square meter in monthly rent. A Kuwaiti firm’s substantially higher tender was rejected in favor of DPI. (Read on …)

Yemen’s Air Force uprising spreads to seven provinces

Filed under: Military, Transportation, photos/gifs — by Jane Novak at 6:56 pm on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Air Force wants to overthrow the president’s brother.

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Al Shawa: The (pro-rev) army (led by Ali Mohsen al Ahmar) said in a statement yesterday that Mohammed Saleh al Ahmar left in a Russian cargo plane yesterday that took off from Sanaa airport, in “the process of smuggling money abroad after the protests plaguing the rest of the pillars of the family and the most recent sit-air forces to demand the dismissal of Mohamed Saleh al Ahmar, who is about to catch up with his brother Ali, God’s favor, as a result of these protests.”

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black; Ali Mohsen is another big thief and murderer.

Actually Wednesday was the fifth day but details in English:

Yemen troops demand dismissal of Air Force chief (AFP)

SANAA — Thousands of soldiers continued sit-ins Tuesday for a second day in Yemen demanding the “official” ouster of the Air Force commander they accuse of corruption, AFP correspondents and military officials said.

They are demanding the dismissal of General Mohammed Saleh al-Ahmar, a half brother of President Ali Abdullah Saleh who left Yemen on Sunday for the United States following a year-long uprising against his 33 years in power. (Read on …)

Sanaa airport shut

Filed under: A-INFRASTRUCTURE, Sana'a, Security Forces, Transportation, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:11 pm on Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Arhab thing takes a twist…

Damage not caused by shelling, four jets damaged and possible inside job, airport receiving.

National

Another military official, who also requested anonymity, said the blast on Sunday night inside the military base could be a signal of division in the air force led by Mohammed Saleh Al Ahmar, the half brother of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. (Read on …)

US to help establish airport protocals in Yemen

Filed under: Counter-terror, Transportation, USA, Yemen, airliner — by Jane Novak at 11:28 am on Saturday, December 4, 2010

Control of the airports was transferred from the Political Security to the National Security several years ago when many jihaddists were overtly traveling to Iraq to target American troops. Since then the National Security has done a great job in prohibiting activists, journalists and opposition politicians from leaving the country.

SCD: The US Government is committed to improving airport security at home and abroad. The Transportation Security Administration announced today that a new security program will be established in Yemen, where an Al-Qaeda affiliate is believed to be based. The affiliate, which goes by the name, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has claimed responsibility for a cargo bomb plot in October, which deployed printer cartridges rigged as bombs. (Read on …)

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