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220 new appointments in Yemen by political affiliation

Filed under: GPC, Islah, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:11 pm on Friday, October 19, 2012

President Hadi did what he’s supposed to do; he split the ministries and appointments between the GPC and Islah. The failure of the US sponsored GCC transition plan is that it reinforces partisanship in a hyper-partisan context. The Yemeni parliament- which has been sitting since 2003- deadlocked and was unable to implement required electoral reforms or any reforms for that matter. The stalemate following the 2006 presidential election led to the delay of the 2009 parliamentary election. The opposition parties had little to do with the 2011 revolution in its inception, organization or demands. The revolution was a reaction to the dysfunction of the party system. Yet the US plan divides the ruling apparatus between Saleh’s ruling party (the GPC) and the opposition coalition (the JMP) mainly the Islamic party Islah.

In the process the Obama plan, or the Feierstein plan rather, gave the fundamentalists in Islah a greater credibility, power and status than they had at the height of the revolution when the demand for a civil state (not military and not theocratic) was gaining traction . At the same time, moderates, civil society and democrats remain entirely marginalized and excluded from the political scene. The revolutionary goal was to overcome ingrained corruption, nepotism and cronyism and establish a system based on merit, talent and ability. But when the US divided up the ministries by party, affiliation to the moribund political system took precedence. Again it was loyalty over talent in determining the following 179 229 new administrators. The new hegemony of Islah in the Sanaa school system is concerning for many.

RSF Unveils Dividing Lists in President’s Appointments
The revolution salvation front RSF has disclosed the most important violations involving the president’s decrees, rejecting public job sharing and dividing policy.
The RSF expressed an increasing concern over public job dividing policy, condemning the revolution circumvent and warning about so-called counter-revolution exercised by some forces.
In a statement made by RSF, it called honest national forces to express its anger and to seriously consider managing violations and general resolution manipulation. It also called the President of Yemen to dissociate the military and tribal forces that said it sought tight control of the state through imposing appointing loyal figures.
The technical committee chairman of the peaceful revolution salvation front MP Ahmed Saif Hashid called Islah and GPC affiliating youth forces to free themselves from traditional forces’ dominance of their parties which he said it once again sought control of public affair and exploit country resources for their advantage.
The RSF reported names of the figures appointed by presidential decrees according to their partisan affiliation, with names of the provinces they belong to. The list showed influential figures monopolizing of overall military forces appointments, with general Ali Muhsen, representative of Islah military Flank, ranking as first. The president Hadi ranked as second, followed by the tribal flank representative of Islah party. The RSF lists showed Islah and GPC shared appointments in civic sector, with some injected appointments from other parties.
The presidential decrees are as follows:
Military sector:
S. No Name Title province affiliation
1 General Ali Salem Qaten South military Region commander Shabwa An Abdu Rabo affiliate
2 Mahdi Maqwala Deputy army chief of staff for manpower Sanhan GPC affiliate
3 Brigadier-general Sadeq Saleh Haider Aden Security directorate General Shabwa GPC affiliate
4 Brigadier-general Tareq Mohammed Abdu Alla Saleh 37th Armored Division Brigadier Sanhan GPC affiliate(not started work yet)
5 Brigadier Mohammed Saleh Akahmar Defense Minister’s Assistant for Martial Maft Sanhan GPC affiliate
6 General Staff Mohammed Ali Muhsen Alahmar Deputy staff chairman for land forces affair Sanhan GPC loyal to Ali Muhsen
7 General staff Rowis Abdulah Ali Mujawer Deputy staff chairman for marine forces affair Shabwa GPC
8 Brigagier Mohammed Ali Almaqdashi Deputy staff chairman for technical affair Dhamar Loyal to Ali Muhsen
9 Ali Ali Mohammed Algaifi East military Rigion general. 27th martial Division general Hamdan. Sana’a GPC. Loyal to Ali Muhsen
10 General staff Ahmed Saif Muhsen Midst Martial Region General. 12th Infantry Division Lahej GPC loyal to Abdu Rabo
11 Brigadier pilot Ruken Rashed Air Forces Commander Wosab-Dhamar Independent
12 Brigadier Abduallah Salem Ali Abdu Allah Sea Forces Commander Shabwa Loyal to Abdu Rabo
13 Colonel pilot Rukn Abdul Malik Chief of Staff of the Air Forces and Air Defence Amran Loyal to Hameed Alahmar
14 Brigadier-general: Abdul Rahman Alhalili 3th Armored Division commander. Republican Guards Sana’a. Bani Matar Loyal to Ali Muhsen
15 Brigadier pilot Rukn Faisal Alsubaihi Air Forces Hodeidah 67th Aviation commander Lahej Loyal to Ali Muhsen
16 Colonel Hefdullah Alsadami 29th Division Mika Ibb Loyal to Ali Muhsen
17 Colonel Abdurabo Mahdi 3th Infantry Division Sana’a Loyal to Ali Muhsen
18 Colonel Saleh Mohammed Abdu Rabo Special Republican Guards Abyan Loyal to Abdu Rabo
19 Colonel Abdul Khaleq Ahmed Shuwit Staff Major 312 Infantry General Sa’ada Loyal to Ali Muhsen
20 Colonel Mohammed Ahmed Ali Alhubashi 39th Armored Division Staff Ibb Independent
21 Brigadier Naji Ali Alzaidi Defense Minister consultant for Air Defense Affair Mareb GPC
22 Brigadier Ali Nasser Lakha’ Deputy Interior Minister Shabwa Loyal to Abdu Rabo
23 Brigadier Abdul Rahman Abdul Hkaleq Undersecretary of the Interior Ministry for Public Security Sector Amran Loyal to Hameed Alahmer
24 Brigadier Mohammed Ali Alsharqi Undersecretary of the Interior Ministry for Financial Sector Hajja Loyal to Ali Muhsen
25 Brigadier Mohammed Ali Muhsen Alzalab Chief of Prison Dept. Amran Loyal to Ali Muhsen
26 Brigadier Ali Mohammed Alsaeedi Deputy immigration, Passport, Nationality Dept. Ibb Islah affiliate
27 Colonel Abdullah Saleh Haran Dean of Police Faculty. Dhamar Loyal to Ali Muhsen
28 Colonel Qaideen Qaid Deputy Dean of Police Faculty for Education Affair Shabwa Loyal to Abdu Rabo
29 Colonel Abdul Wali Ahmed Saleh Deputy Dean of Police Faculty for Financial& Managing Affair Hajja Loyal to Hameed Alahmer
30 Brigadier Fadhl Yahya Alqawsi Central Security commander Dhamar
31 Mohammed Gumai Alhkader Undersecretary of National Security Apparatus for external Affairs Sect. Shabwa Loyal to Abdu Rabo
32 Brigadier Hassen Mohammed Hassen Patrol Forces commander Abyan Loyal to Abdu Rabo
33 Yahya Ali Abdullah Patrol Forces Staff Hajjah Loyal to Hameed Alahmer
34 Colonel pilot Rukn Adnan Alasbahi Alanad Air Base & 90th Air Division commander Taiz Loyal to Abdu Rabo
35 Colonel pilot Ali Qassem Muthana Aldalei Deputy 90th Air Division commander for Operation Affair Dhalei Loyal to Abdo Rabo
36 Brigadier Ahmed Bin Ali Almaqdisi Taiz Security Directorate general Dhamar GPC
37 Brigadier Nasser Abdulah Altuhaif Under-security assistant of Immigration, Passport, Nationality Dept. for Arab & Foreign Travel Sana’a Loyal to Ali Muhsen
38 Colonel Abdu Hussen Alsharb Personal & Facilities Guard police commander Taiz Loyal to Ali Muhsen
39 Colonel Ali Mahdi Alhkawlani Deputy commander of Patrol Forces Sana’a Loyal to Ali Muhsen
40 Brigadier Abdul Hameed Mohammed Alsosowa Financial Dept. Manager Dhamar GPC
41 Brigadier Abdullah Ghaleb Alkabudi Retirement Dept. Manager Dhamar GPC
42 Brigadier Mujahed Ghuthaim Military Attaché Dhamar GPC
Civil Sector
No Name Title Province Affilliation
1 Mohammed Hadi Mansour Especial secretary of the president Abyan GPC
2 Yahya Ahmed Alarasi Press secretary of the president Ibb GPC
3 Waheed Ali Rasheed Aden Mayor Aden Islah
4 Tawfieq Abdul Wahid Undersecretary of Water Supply Ministry Ibb Socialist Party(SP)
5 Adel Yahya Alhadad Chief of Public Rural Water Association Ibb GPC
6 Mohammed Ali Alsuraimi Chief of Water Resource Association Rada’a Islah
7 Abdul kader Abdullah Hanash Chief of Water & Sanitation Ministry Sana’a GPC
8 Dr.Nabeel Taher (brother of former Finance Minister Undersecretary of Social Affair Ministry &Manpower Sector Sana’a GPC
9 Dr.(Not a doctor) Ali Mohammed Alnasery Undersecretary of Social Affair Ministry for public Relations Sect. Radda’a GPC
10 Salem Mohammed Mujawer (brother to former prime minister) Chief of Yemen Social Studies Center Shabwa GPC
11 Marwan Faraj Bin Ghanem Chief of Arab Yemen-Libya Board of Directors Hadramout Independent
12 Saleh Sarei Ali Deputy Mayor of Lahej Lahej GPC
13 Ibrahim Ali Ahmed Alshami Deputy Mayor of Hajja Hajja Islah
14 Zaid Ali Argash Deputy Mayor of Hajja Hajja Unified, people Nasserit Party
15 Ahmed Ali Saleh Deputy Assistant of Abyan Province Abyan
16 Najjeb Saeed Thbit Undersecretary Assistant of Folklore Sector Aden SP
17 Zakeria Alkamali Match Sport Paper Editor in-chief Taiz Independent
18 Mohammed Awad Bin Human Central Bank Manager Hadramout Independent
19 Mohammed Ahmed Alsaiani Deputy Central Bank Manager Ibb GPC
20 Ahmed Aubaid Alfadly Deputy Minister of Finance & representative Abyan Independent
21 Munasser Saleh Mohammed Central Bank Board Member Abyan independent
22 Hamoud Ali Alnajjar Central Bank Board Member Ibb Islah
23 Ammen Mohammed Ali Central Bank Board Member Ibb Alhaq Party
24 Hisham Abdul Kareem Ahmed Central Bank Board Member
25 Mohammed Abdullah Muqbil Chief of Board of National Bank of Yemen Hadramout Independent
26 Nabeel Hassen Alfaqeh Chief of Board of National Tobacco &Match Co. Sanhan Justice &Development Party
27 Fadhl Abdul Wahab ALamri Undersecretary of Central Bank of Yemen for Local Banking Operation Ibb
28 Dr. Tareq Yahya ALkipsi Deputy Assistant of Economic Statistics. Central Statistic Apparatus Sanaa’a Independent
29 Hassen thabet Farhan Chief of Central Statistic Apparatus Taiz Islah
30 Omar Abdul Aziz Abdulghani Deputy of Ministry of Planning for World Coop. Taiz GPC
31 Dr. Abdullah Abdul Aziz Abdulmageed Deputy of Ministry of Planning for Project Programing Aden Islah
32 Abdullah Hassen Deputy Minister of Planning Sana’a GPC
33 Dr. Abdulqawi Ahmed Nouman Deputy Assistant Minister of Planning Taiz Islah
34 Abdulbari Mohammed Taher Chief of General Book Association Hodeida SP
35 Dr. Senan Muqbil Ali Deputy Mayor of Albaida Radda’ GPC
36 Saeed Muhsen Hussain undersecretary Assistant Mayor of Abyan Lahej Independent\businessman
37 Mohammed Bin Mohammed Almaswary Undersecretary of externally financed Beverages Hajja GPC
38 Suleman Ali Mohammed Qutabri Undersecretary of Development Plans & Programs Sect. Taiz SP
39 Dr. Ali Qaid Ahmed Yahya Chief of Technical Office in Ministry of Planning Raima Independent
40 Salem Awadh Chief of Board of Yemen Arabian Sea Corp. Hadramout Independent
41 Osama Ali Salem Deputy Chief of Board of Yemen Arabian Sea Corp. Aden Independent
42 Abdulhafez Ahmed Alkuaiti Consultant of Transport Minister Hadramout SP
43 Dr. Abdullateef Haider Hassen Chief of Board of Academic Accreditation & Quality Assurance Taiz
44 Ali Abdulla Ahmed Consultant of Education Minister Mahweet GPC
45 Dr. Mansour Mohammed Ahmed Chief of Board of general Association for Agricultural Researches Abyan Loyal to Abdurabo
46 Mohammed Saleh Mohammed Deputy chief of Board for Finance &Managing Affairs Dhamar
47 Moneer Taha Awn Chief of Board of Credit Housing Bank Taiz SP
48 Mohammed Ahmed Ghanim Chief of Aden TV Sector Aden GPC
49 Fares Abdulaziz Salah Deputy Chief of Aden TV Sector Lahej Independent
50 Saleh Abdullah Alwali Chief of public Land Trans. Affair Association Aden Loyal to Abdurabo
51 Sami Saeed Farea Executive Manager of Aden Port Corp. Taiz
52 Abdulla Mohammed Fudail Deputy Executive Manager of Aden Port Corp.
53 Yasser Mohammed Alrefaie Executive Manager Public of Sea Affairs
54 Murad Ali Mohammed Deputy Executive Manager Public of Sea Affairs
55 Tareq Abdo Ali Aden Intern. Airport Director General Aden
56 Shafiqa Saeed Abdo Chief of National Women Committee Taiz Unified, people Nasserit Party
57 Dr. AbdulKareem Mohammed Saleh Althwra Hospital Director General KHawlan. Sana’a GPC
58 Ahmed Masoud Alalwani Chief of Yemen Airlines Board Abyan Independent
59 Abdulkhaleq Saleh Alqaddi Consultant of transport Minister Sanhan GPC
60 Salem Ahmed Salem Prime Minister Office Director Yafei Islah
61 Ali Mohammed Ali Assistant Prime Minister Office Director Sana’a Member of People Force Union’s General Secretariat
62 Dr. Yahya Saleh Mohsen Executive chief of Public Investment Authority Hajja SP
63 Abdullah Ahmed Zaid Ministry of Legal Affair consultant Taiz SP
64 Sultan Mohammed Algaradi Ministry of Legal Affair consultant Taiz SP
65 Abdulraqeeb Saif Fateh Deputy Minister of Local Admn. Taiz Unified, people Nasserit Party
66 Abdulrahman Almasani Albarah Factory Manager Taiz Unified, people Nasserit Party
67 Abdulrahman Qassem Bagash Director of Board of Althawra Newspaper Taiz GPC
68 Abdulla Abdulla Alsafani Deputy Director of Board of Althawra Newspaper Sana’a GPC
69 KHaled Ahmed Nasser Deputy Director of Board of Althawra Newspaper for Finance Affair Sana’a GPC
70 Yaser Hussen Ali Director General of Economic Corp. Sana’a GPC
71 Sultan Alsuraimi Media Consultant Embassy of Yemen in Cairo Taiz SP
72 Waheeba Sabra Deputy of chief of Research and Studies Center. Sana’a Ibb SP Political Office Member
73 Abdulqader Ali Hilal Secretary general of the capital. Sana’a Sanhan GPC
74 Ali Mohammed Alsarari Media &Political Consultant of Prime Minister Taiz GPC
75 Dr. Ali Mohammed Mujawer Ambassador to U.N Org. Geneva Shabwa GPC
76 Fahad Dahshoush Member of Shoura Council Hajja GPC
77 Khaled Mohammed Alshamsi Chief of Red Sea Fish Public Authority Sana’a
78 Dr. Abdullah Awadh Alghurabi Chief of Arabian Sea Fish Public Authority Hadramout
79 Nasser Abdulla Ali Alnasabi Chief of Aden Gulf Fish Public Authority Shabwa GPC
80 Dr.Kamal Mohammed Mahiob Undersecretary of Local Ministry Adms. Ibb GPC
81 Hasen Abdulla Alshaikh Undersecretary of Planning Sect &Quran Schools Hodeida GPC
82 Undersecretary of Custodianship Sect. Ministry of Empowerment Sana’a GPC
83 Mohammed Mohammed Hizam Undersecretary of Hajj & Omra Affairs Ibb Islah
84 Abdul Rahman Ahmed Almazlam Chief of Technical Empowerment Office Raima GPC
85 Muqbil Murshed Alkadahi Secretary-general of Higher Board of Empowerment &Guidance Ibb GPC
86 Tareq Abdo Alaswadi Undersecretary Assistant of Hajj &Omra Sect. Taiz GPC
87 Muneer Mohammed Dabwan Undersecretary Assistant of Hajj &Omra Sect.for Accounting Affair Taiz Islah
88 Kamal Andulla Bahurmos Dean of Higher Institute of Guidance Abyan Independent
89 Salem Hassen Almamari Deputy Dean of Higher Institute of Guidance Taiz Islah
90 Alkhader Ali Mohammed Deputy Minister of Transport for Finance Affair Sect. Abyan GPC
91 Ahmed Ali Abdula Baobaid Consultant of Transport Minister for Yemen Red Sea Port Corp. Abyan GPC
92 Ali Hassen Alahmadi Chief of National Security Apparatus Shabwa GPC
93 Ahmed Muhsen Alyafeie Chief of Military Intelligence Department Lahej Independent
94 Naser Taha Mustafa President’s Office Director General Sana’a Independent
95 Hisham Sharef Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research Taiz GPC
96 Ahmed Abdulla Dares Minister of Oil & Mineral Aljawf GPC
97 Mohammed Salem Bin Abbod AlJawf Mayor AlJawf Islah
98 Mohammed Hasen Dammaj Amran Mayor Ibb Islah
99 Abdulghani Gameel Sana’a Mayor Sana’a GPC
100 Aldaheri Alshadadi Albaida Mayor Albaida Loyal to AliMusen
101 Ali Mohammed Alanisi Ambassador in Foreign Ministry Dhamar GPC
102 Dr. Abdulhadi Alhamdani Ambassador in Foreign Ministry Sana’a GPC
103 Ali Saleh Alahmer Ambassador in Foreign Ministry Sana’a GPC
104 Ali Mansor Bin Saffah The republic’s secretary general Hadramout GPC
105 Kahlan Mujahed Abu Shawareb Member of Revolution Council Amran GPC
106 Mohammed Nasser Alamri Member of Shoura Council Albaida GPC
107 Ahmed Ali Hasen Shabwa Mayor Shabwa Islah
108 Mohammed Kulaib Safer Executive Manager
109 Mohammed Hussain Alhaj Oil Minister Consultant

List of partisan appointments by Minister of Electricity and Power
No Name Position Affiliation
1 Ahmed Al namer Deputy director general of Electrical power Corp. for Financial & Managing Affair Islah
2 Aref Ghaleb Abdulhameed Dhamar Electricity Director General Islah
3 Hisham Abdulhameed Almurshidi Managing Affairs Director General (of Dhamar Electricity) Islah
4 Saleh Suhlol Ibb Electricity Director General Islah
5 Abdullah Shaiban Purchased Electricity Director General Islah
6 Abdulkareem Thabet Computer Director General Islah
7 Abdussalam Ghaleb Rada’a District Director General Islah
8 AbdulGaleel Alshareef Safer Project Girector General. Mareb Islah
9 Fuad Hizam Albadani Deputy Director General of the Procurement Islah
10 Waleed Almatri The Financial Director General of the capital’s Electricity Islah
11 Zuhair Alzubairy Deputy Director of the Training Center Islah
12 Hamza Alzubairy Deputy Director General of the computer Islah
13 Mohammed Alkhalqi Commercial Manager in the fourth Area
14 Abdulsalam Almarzuh Taiz Electricity Director General Isla
15 Hussain Alhamay Areas Legal Affair Director Islah
16 Sadeq Muthana Aqlan Director of Dispute in Legal Affairs Islah
17 Abdulla Alwashah Deputy Director of Electricity in the province Islah
18 Adel Sharaf Alfudail Financial Director in the fourth Area Islah
The schools monopolized by Islah, only in Sana’a
No Name School District
1 Ibraheem Ali Hamoud Muhii Aldeen Nashwan Secondary School-Boys Old city of Sana’a
2 Samera Mohammed Hamoud Yahya Gabirbin Hayan School Old city of Sana’a
3 Ali Qaid Hassen Almahfadi Primary School Azal
4 Samiha Abdullah Abdulrahaman Kamaran Primary & Secondary School-Girls Azal
5 Ruwada Adbulaziz Fadhel Alariqi Altawheed Primary School- boys Azal
6 Lawza Musleh Ahmed Thu Alnourain Primary school-boys Alsafia
7 Ahmed Yahya Ahmed Faqeed Aloma Primary School Althawra
8 Amat Allah Mohammed Nasser Fatah Altawqi Primary School- boys Althawra
9 Moneer Farhan Mohammed Alnasr Primary School-boys Alsabeen
10 Faiza Mohammed Abdulla Altihami Alzahra Primary&Secondary school- Girls Alsabeen
11 Ali Ahmed Mohammed Hassen Nov 30th Primary & secondary School Shuob
12 Abdo Naji Ghalib Mohammed Hassan Harml Primary School Shuob
13 Fathia Naji Ali Khairan Alwishah Primary School- co-education Shuob
14 Fadhel Ali Ahmed Muqbil Abu Mosa Alashari Primary School-boys Banil Hareth
15 Abu Zaid Abdul Qawi Naji Alhors Secondary School- Boys Alsabeen
16 Ali Mohammed Hassen Almikhlafi Darul Aitam Primary Secondary School Alsabeen
17 Hiam Qassem Ahmed Albana Ahmed Hameed Primary School-boys Alsabeen
18 Nabeel Abduaziz Ali Alsiaghi Ali Abdul Mughni School Alwahda
17 Samah Rasheed Abdul Rahman Dhat Albroug Primary School Alwahda
18 Gamila Manei Hussain Alkhawlani Alquds Primary &Secondary School-girls Alwahda
19 Gamal Shwqi Ahmed Muhammed Hassan Alamri Primary School Altahrir
20 Hana Ahmed Yahya Alzindani Alfath Primary School Altahrir
21 Amal Hamoud Ali Gar Allah Alolofi Primary School Altahrir
22 Mariam Mohammed Mashouf Salahudeen Primary& Secondary School Maien
23 Nasser qassem Othoman Akhusain Primary School. Co-education Maien
24 Ahmed Saleh Ahmed Alhakeem Abdulateef Primary School Alsabeen

While continuing unveiling exercises of political Forces,
RSF Calls People of Yemen to Reject Sharing and Dividing Policy in Judicial Sector
The dividing and sharing policy continues to be unveiled by PRSF. Significant positions in ministries and corporations are being divided among feuding political parties and influential figures, especially Islah, GPC, president of the republic, general ali Muhsen, sons of Alahmar, with purpose of intensify control over all civil and military apparatuses. The judicial sector is most prominent. The RSF calls public opinion to reject such policy that damage the homeland and hamper aspirations of its peoples, and to pay attention to the divided posts in judicial sector, which would be core of the hoped new civil democratic state if its appointments were made as per standards of competency. The following list shows divided positions in judicial authority.
No Name Position Province loyalty
1 Ali Nasser Salem Higher judicial Board Member Abyan GPC. Abdo Rabo
2 Isam Abdul wahab Alsamawi Chief of Supreme Court. Member of Judicial Council Dhamar GPC. Ahmed Ali Saleh
3 Murshid Alarashani Minister of Justice. Member of the council Arhab Islah. Ali Muhsen
4 Ali Alawash Deputy General. Member of the Council Sana’a GPC
5 Haza’a Alusufi Secretary general of the council Islah
6 Yahya Alansi Chief Appeal court of the capital. Member of the council Mareb Islah
7 Rashid Haredi Chief of Judicial Inspection Board Aden AbduRabo
8 Shafeq Zqwqari Member of the inspection Board Aden Abdo Rabo
9 Mohammed Abdulla Ahmed Judicial Council Member
10 Mohamed Ahmed Alwadie Supreme Court Member Amran GPC
11 Muhie Aldeen Ali Ahmed Member of civil . Board (a) Ibb GPC
12 Ahmed Yahya Almutawakil Member of civil Circle. Board (a) Dhamar GPC
13 Jamal Qassem Almisbahi Member of Penal Circle. Board (a) Taiz GPC
14 Mohammed Abdulla Baswedan Member of Penal Circle. Board (b) Hadramout Independent
15 Hamoud Taher Alqassemi Member of Penal Circle. Board (b) Sana’a GPC
16 Ali Abdulwahed Amuhalil Member of Penal Circle. Board (d) Taiz Ali Muhsen
17 Nasser Muhsen Alaqil Member of Appeals exam Albaida Islah
18 Ahmed Mohammed Alaqida Member Sana’a Gpc
19 Abdul monim Mohammed Aliriani Member Ibb GPC
20 Alizi Mohammed Alazani Member Rada’a Independent
21 Ali Ali Awadh Member Independent
22 Abulrazaq Saeed Alakhali Member Taiz Independent
23 Ali Ali Albadani Chief of Sana’a & Aljawf Appeals Court Ibb Islah
24 Zaid Naji Aldumaini Chief of Al-baida Appeals Court Ibb Islah. Officer in First Armored Division
25 Abdulmalik Mohamed Algharasi Sa’ada Appeals Court Sana’a GPC
26 Mohammed AbduAsad Alariqi Chief of Mareb Appeals Court Taiz Islah
27 Mohammed Mansor Alshahab Chief of Raima Appeals Court Taiz GPC
28 Abdulwahab Mohammed Abdulrahan General Penal Division. Ibb GPC
29 Abdu Muhsen Mohammed Alwan Third Penal Division. The capital Appeals Aden GPC. Abu Rabo
30 Fadhel Mohammed Ahmed Chief of Third civil Division. The capital’s Appeals Ibb GPC
31 Sultan Omar Mohammed saeed Chief of First commercial Division. The capital’s Appeals Court Taiz Unified, people Nasserit Party
32 Mohammed Muhsen Alfareh member of First commercial Division. Ibb Ibb GPC
33 Abdulkareem Sharaf Alhamadi Chief of public Property Division. The capital’s Appeals Court Taiz Islah
34 Ahmed Ali Sultan Alkamali member of public Property Division. The capital’s Appeals Court Taiz Islah
35 Abdulhadi Abdulraqeeb Member of civil Penal Division Taiz GPC
36 Nouman Ahmed Saif Algalal Member of civil Penal Division Taiz GPC
37 Abdullah Abdo Mohammed Member of First Penal Court. The capital (Sana’a) Ibb Islah
38 Mohammed Ahmed Alshameri Member of Second Penal Court. The capital
39 Mohammed Aidh Member of Personal Appeals Court. The capital
40 Ali Ali Ribshan The capital’s Member of Commercial Division Mareb Islah
41 Fuad Ahmed Abdul Rahman The capital’s Appeals Court Member Taiz independent
42 Abdullah Ahmed Massoud Alusofi Taiz Appeals Court Member Taiz GPC
43 Nabeel Abdulhabeeb Alnaqeeb Member of Commercial Division. Hodeida Appeals Court Taiz GPC
44 Najeeb Mohammed saleh Qadery Chief of Third Penal Court. Hodeida Ibb GPC
45 Mohammed Abdulghani Saleh Alshamiri Member of Civil Division in Hodeida Appeals Court Taiz Islah
46 Ahmed Ameen Abdulla Almilaiki Member of Penal Court Division. Ibb Appeals Court
47 Abdulnaser Saleh Muslih Alsaeed Chief of Second Penal Court Division. Ibb Appeals Court
48 Mohammed Ahmed Jumsan Member of Penal Court Division. Hadramout Appeals Court Taiz Islah
49 Abdullatif Ismail Saleh Chief of Civil Court Division. Ammran
50 Nabeel Abdulwahab Juma’an Amran Appeals Court Member Sana’a GPC
51 Ameen Abbas Almaqtari Member of Civil Court Division. Alduraima Appeals Islah
52 Ibraheem Mohammed saeed A judge in Bani Alhareth Court

Raima Islah
53 Abdullatef Abdulrahman Member of Hajja Appeals Court Taiz Unified, people Nasserit Party
54 Nabeel Abdu Othoman Alhalimi The capital’s Prime Commercial Court Ibb GPC
55 Hilal Hafed Ali Mahfal chief of Specialized Court. The Capital Raima Islah & Ali Muhsen
56 Mohammed Ahmed Qaid Alshaghdri Chief of Taiz Commercial Court Taiz Islah
57 Shatila Ahmed Abdul Rahman Albattah A judge in Alqatn’s Court Aden Arbitrarily moved, due to a case about Minister of Justice
58 Abdullah Saleh Ahmed Chief of Hamdan Prime Court Aldhalei Islah
59 Abdulhafez Hizam Abdulla Chief of Northern Hodeida Prime Court Islah Islah
60 Mustafa Mohammed Mohammed Kashm Chief of Hodeida Commercial Prime Court Taiz GPC
61 Mohammed Abdulalim Abdulraqeeb Alsarori Chief of Hajja Prime Court Taiz Islah
62 Ali Hamoud Alaqari Chief of Qaffer Shamar’s Court Amran GPC& Hameed Alahmar
63 Mohammed qaid Mothana Chief of Aldhalei Prime Court Aldhalei GPC. Abdrabo
64 Ali Ahmed Hussain Chief of Jahran Prime Court Dhamar Islah
65 Ahmed Ali Yahia Chief of Alsharq Prime Court Hajja GPC
66 Abdulghani Abdulwali Hameed Chief of Alodain Court Ibb GPC
67 Ameen Mohammed Abdurahman Almajidi Chief of Mareb Prime Court Taiz Islah
68 Ahmed Yahya Sharaf Ali Chief of Orar Prime Court Almahwet GPC
69 Wazei Sadeq Akadri Zabid Prime Court Ibb Both are independent and arbitrary moved from Hodeida Commercial Court, violating the criteria approved by the judicial council
70 Qassim Mohammed Ali Alfalahi Zabid Prime Court Ibb

13 dead in Amran, competing narratives

Filed under: Amran, Civil Unrest, Houthis, Islah — by Jane Novak at 9:55 am on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Yemen Post Staff: At least 13 people have been killed and injured in renewed clashes between Houthi rebels and tribes in Yemen’s Amran province over the past few days, the September 26 website said on Saturday. (Read on …)

1st Armored Div protests for Ali Mohsen al Ahmar dismissal, prisoner release

Filed under: Islah, Military, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:21 pm on Saturday, March 10, 2012

There were a lot of articles on the anti-Mohsen protest on Saleh regimists funded “independent” websites, but I finally found it on what looks to be a non-aligned site. Continuing and growing momentum in the protests against corrupt military leaders and other top corrupt officials (known jointly as the institutional revolution) is a good development. Ali Mohsen’s history and connection to extremists is just as bad as the Saleh boys and nephews. The protesters also demanded that Ali Mohsen release all the prisoners he’s holding without any basis. The hegemony of Islahis, because of their funding and muscle, in the square derailed the drive toward a civil state and divided the protesters.

Mersad: Observatory – rebounds: Protest this morning outside the house of the President Hadi Street, sixty in the capital Sanaa, thousands of officers described the soldiers of the north-west and the First Armored Division, demanding dismissal and the trial of General Almends Mohsen al-Ahmar commander of the First Armored Division – revolutionary youth popular- as a result of crimes committed against them and the rights of the people of Yemen. (Read on …)

CCYR denounces takfirism by officials, asks Islah to clarify position

Filed under: Civil Rights, Civil Society, Islah, Religious, Transition — by Jane Novak at 2:42 pm on Thursday, February 16, 2012

Saleh frequently resorted to denouncing his opponents in religious terms and framing armed clashes as legitimate jihad with fatwas from his clerics. The CCYR supports equal rights, intellectual freedom and a civil foundation for the impending state and is highlighting the increasing use of fatwas and taqfirism by hard liners to short circuit reform, and intimidate the public at large and activists in particular.

Yemen: Civic Coalition of Youth Revolution condemns Takfirism campaign

“The Civic Coalition of Youth Revolution” CCYR has reviewed the dangers besetting the homeland and revolution with its supreme goal of the new democratic civil Yemen, for sake of which people made big sacrifices.

The CCYR noticed a most important hint in such a historical moment represented in a return to language of Takfeer /Takfirism, exclusion and cancel of others . These are the same values practiced by the former regime throughout 33 years, for which the people of Yemen took to streets.

Most importantly is that it is an influential player within one of the biggest joint meeting parties’ components that practices such behavior and while such a player did not abide by the declared political program of the Islah party, it also did the same for the first goal of revolution represented through establishing the new civil democratic country that respect freedom of thought, belief and of expression.

The CCRY, having condemned such behavior of past black era logic, confirms continue peaceful struggle against any obstacles facing the new Yemen dream of the people.

The CCYR calls Islah leadership to express their attitude towards such practices in a clear manner, for it is an influencing individuals in Islah party who did so.

The CCYR informs all forces of modernization and civilians with care about future of Yemen to practice role of raising awareness on such risks and to fight them everywhere.

The CCYR confirms solidarity with all involved in the Takfirism campaign, Bushra Almaqtary, Fikry Qassem, Salah Aldakak, Muhsen Aed, Sami Shamsan, Adel no’man being last of them.

A letter supporting activist Ms. Bushra Maqtari under threats in Taiz

Filed under: Islah, Media, Religious, Taiz, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:00 pm on Sunday, January 22, 2012

I add my support. Google translation below:

بيان إدانة واستنكار

في استهداف واضح ومتعمد لحرية التفكير والتعبير، واستمرار لنهج الإقصاء والاستقواء بالدين؛ تتعرض الكاتبة بشرى المقطري لحملة تكفير من قبل جماعات متطرفة تعمد إلى استحضار ثقافة إلغاء العقل، وتجريم الفكر الحر.

وأطلت القوى الظلامية المدججة بفتاوى الإلحاد وتغليب منطق التكفير على رؤى التفكير مجدداً بحملة واسعة النطاق على خلفية مقال كتبته بشرى المقطري الناشطة في أهم ساحة من ساحات الثورة، ساحة الحرية بتعز، لتستعيد موروث التكفير، وتعمل على التحريض ضد الكاتبة بهدف إرهابها، ومنعها من ممارسة حقها في التعبير عن الرأي، قبل أن تتطور تلك الحملة حتى وصلت حدّ التحريض على استهداف حياة المقطري، وقيادة مجاميع متطرفة للمطالبة بإدانتها واستهداف حياتها بحجة الإساءة إلى الدين والذات الإلهية.

إن التكفير هو الداء الرجيم الذي دفعت اليمن ثمنه باهظا من ثلاثينيات القرن الماضي، وقتل بسببه أفضل علماء اليمن ومفكريها بتهمة اختصار القرآن، وشنت بواسطته حرب ضارية على الثورة اليمنية في الشمال والجنوب بتهمة الإلحاد والكفر.

وكان التكفير هو السلاح الذي اغتيل بواسطته أهم مناضلي الثورة اليمنية أيضاً، مثلما كان أحد أهم أسلحة علي عبد الله صالح الذي نشره في طول اليمن وعرضها، حيث تشهد اليمن هذه الأيام سقوط مدن وبلدات بأيدي التنظيمات التكفيرية التي تقاوم الدولة وتقيم إماراتها الخاصة التي تمارس فيها نهجاً وحشياُ في التعامل مع البشر، فتنتهك الحقوق والحريات، وتعدم الأبرياء أو تشوه أجسادهم بزعم إقامة الحدود كما يحدث في جعار وزنجبار ورداع.

إن شن حملة التكفير على الكاتبة بشرى المقطري على إثر مقال كتبته خلال الأسبوع الماضي هو امتداد لثقافة النظام الذي قامت الثورة ضده، والصمت الجبان على هذه الحملة التكفيرية هو معادل لفعل التكفير. (Read on …)

When Islahis attack (protesters clash in Yemen)

Filed under: Islah, Transition, Yemen, political violence, protests — by Jane Novak at 4:33 pm on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

35 hurt in Yemen protester clashes AFP

SANAA — Clashes between Yemeni youths divided over a power transfer deal that grants President Ali Abdullah Saleh immunity from prosecution left 35 people injured on Tuesday, witnesses and medics said.

“Some 2,000 members of the Islamist Sunni Al-Islah (reform) party, among them dissident soldiers, attacked our camp at dawn, injuring 35 people,” Khalid al-Madani, head of the camp backed by supporters of Shiite Zaidi rebels, told AFP. (Read on …)

The un-mentionableness of Ali Mohsen

Filed under: Islah, Media, Military, Post Saleh, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:32 am on Thursday, November 3, 2011

Islah’s repression of independent thought and revolutionaries continues:

Yemen Post: Islah profile: As revolutionaries in Yemen are celebrating their victory in eventually obtaining some worldwide attention, and relishing in the fact that western nations have taken up the matter of Saleh’s presidency to the UN Security Council, the main opposition party, al-Islah is slowly but surely high jacking the revolution, rallying to its cause more and more protesters. (Read on …)

The (Yemeni Nobel Winner) Tawakkol Karman controversy

Filed under: Civil Society, Islah, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:46 am on Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My article on the Tawakkol/Nobel/ Muslim Brotherhood controversy is here, click. It says Islah founder al Zindani openly advocates jihadist violence, but he’s Saleh’s buddy, not Tawakkol’s. Furthermore the protesters reject the ineffectual opposition parties entirely and advocate a parliamentary system that will reinforce political diversity and empower small parties, minorities and independents. (The US backed GCC plan will empower the radicals, Islah and the status quo; one reason the protesters reject it entirely.)

This is a current interview and video of Tawakkol at Democracy Now and her statement with Ban Ki Moon is here

I am astonished that so many conservative commentators jumping in with both feet, meme of the day. Two of the most informed and rational are linked in my article, but there’s a dozen others going off who never covered the blood bath in Yemen or Saleh’s relationship with AQAP and are now obsessed with trashing Tawakkol as a radical solely because she belongs to the Islah party. Then logically all the Democrats should resign their party because of Bill Ayers (among other reasons).

Some analysis is based on Wikipedia depth understanding of Yemen. One theme was, Why doesn’t she join/create another party? Its Yemen. Tawakkol couldn’t get a license to text message news or establish a news paper for two years. No non-Saleh loyalist can create a new party. When I say the JMP is “diverse,” I mean Islamist oriented Islah joined with the secular YSP, socialist remnants of the ruling party of the former southern state, the PDRY, to form the JMP. The reason Islah itself is diverse is that the southerners’ YSP is the only other opposition party that has any seats in Parliament, due to the hegemony of the ruling GPC. Options to oppose Saleh from within the political system are limited to Islah or the socialists, and both have long been compromised and not fully within the opposition.

But overall, how Tawakkol feels about homosexuals (now that we know what she thinks about Jews) is much less relevant than the fact that Saleh is inserting National Security operatives (and paying al Qaeda) to create chaos in Abyan and the fact that he regularly releases AQAP operatives in a quid pro quo arrangement. Saleh asked for and got a fatwa against protesting. He plays the religion card internally and the terrorism card externally. The threat to US national security is not Tawakkol Karman.

Defector Ali Mohsen is very well deserving of scrutiny in this regard, as are US sweethearts, Saleh’s relatives, security force commanders and CT partners, the Four Thugs. Tawakkol Karman is a democracy activist representative of thousands of other democracy ideologues in Yemen. The backlash against her is more about the politicized Nobel Committee.

Updates: Rusty gets it, see The Arab World, It ain’t Switzerland

The same principle holds in Yemen where a woman with ties to Islamists won the Nobel Peace prize. I don’t give the Nobel Prize much credence as anything more than what Norwegian politicians think, but the reaction about Tawakkol Karman sharing in the prize has been, well, kinda stupid.

This isn’t the choice between a pro-American dictator and Lockean liberals, it’s the choice between a Pakistani like “ally” which pays lip service to the GWOT but who had deep ties to al Qaeda and Saudi style Islamists and those that oppose him. That the opposition is made up of other Islamists is just part of the game you play in the Arab world. It’s also made up of socialists, Baathists, and whatever other insane and discredited ideology still lingering in the region.

Yes, exactly, there are actually Nasserites. All the parties are left over from before 1990’s unity and have a stale ideologies. They don’t really function as parties in that they are top down organizations that don’t ask their members for input or have real transitions of power or transparency themselves.

There are plans in work for a democratic party, but Saleh has to go before it can be founded.

Below is a write up from MEMRI that notes Tawakkol is of a liberal mindset. The MEMRI article says she renounced her Islah membership in favor of the democratic demands of the revolution. Like my article, it highlights her activism in favor of journalists, villagers and women’s rights. It also says that she advocates safeguarding against extremists stealing the revolution by advancing a pluralist model of a transitional government.

There’s a couple of good citations including, “Her preference of liberal over Islamist views was also reflected in her call, during an interview, for equality between Muslim Yemenis and religious minorities such as the Jews, which would include the right to run for president.[13]”

“During the protests against President Saleh, Karman stood out as an independent leader representing no partisan position. Thus, for example, she refused to negotiate with the regime, though her party did negotiate with it.”

There are a few minor factual errors in the MEMRI article including, Tawakkol is not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, whether or not they claim her. She is not and never was a member of Parliament. (She was elected to the ruling council of Islah because she is so popular, to the dismay of the hard liners in the party.) The name of her NGO, Women Journalists without Borders was stolen by a regime clone in 2006, the correct name for her NGO is Women Journalists without Chains.

Tawakkul Karman, one of the three women awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year, is a leader of the Yemeni protest movement who advocates nonviolent struggle for regime change in her country. A 32-year-old mother of three, she was born to a rural family in Taiz province. Her father, ‘Abd Al-Salam Khaled Karman, is a politician and lawyer, and her sister, Safa Karman, is a news editor for Al-Jazeera TV.[1]
After the family moved to San’a, she earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Science and Technology there, followed by a master’s in political science and a certificate in general education from Sana’a University. She also studied investigative journalism in the U.S.

Karman is active in trade unions, human rights organizations and media institutions in Yemen and outside it. She is a member of the Yemeni parliament on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood party, Al-Islah, and of the Youth Revolution Council. She is also the chair of Journalists without Borders in Yemen, and a prominent advocate of free press, women’s rights and human rights in her country. (Read on …)

Sheikh al Zindani’s son trashes Nobel Prize as Zionist something something, derides Yemeni winner, Tawakkol Karman

Filed under: Civil Rights, Islah, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:45 am on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Excellent! It shows the acres and acres of daylight between them: “Zindani: Nobel Prize is not supervised by a Moslem and is given to the Jews and their collaborators” who undermine Muslims, promote mixing of the genders, hatch plots blah blah. I was rather surprised by several leading US conservatives who, upon hearing the news of the Nobel Peace Prize, promptly published incorrect conclusions and/or speculation about Tawakkol and her relationship to Islah and Zindani without any real knowledge of any of them or of the position of the Yemeni revolutionaries on the political parties, religious pluralism or equal rights.

These public innuendos were made in the media without even researching Karman’s years of work in defense of civil liberties, to raise the marriage age, on behalf of Yemeni Jews, journalists, poor villagers, dialysis patients etc etc. Instead they wondered how she feels about…bin Laden without a shred of evidence beyond a strained and tenuous relationship with Islah, which is a very complex party to start with. This should streamline my response to one sentence: al Zindani’s son called her a Zionist.

Update: No, I’m not a Muslim, but a Roman Catholic Republican New Yorker (for the brain surgeons asking me to identify my religion), and I know who the extremists are in Yemen and who the heroes are. (Read on …)

Yemeni Activist Tawakkol Karman wins Nobel Peace Prize

Filed under: Civil Rights, Islah, Yemen, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 5:48 am on Friday, October 7, 2011


Update: this is Tawakkol’s English website at Woman Journalists Without Chains (WJWC) that has all her reports on press freedom and clips of several of her interviews. I’m posting it for those people who have no idea of who she is, fail to do research and yet feel compelled to jump to bizarre conclusions based on her association with Islah, a relationship which is in reality quite fractured. Islah is the main opposition party in Yemen and contains many wings- tribal, reformist, fundamentalist, activist and modernist- it’s a compendium of often competing interests. Islah formed an alliance in 2003 with the Shiite parties, the Socialists, the Nasserites and the Baathists that is called the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP). The Youth Revolution of which Tawakkol is a leader notes the JMP is ineffectual, corrupt and opportunistic, and the youth have rejected all JMP negotiations on their behalf. And al Zindani was a long time ally of President Saleh; in fact, Saleh launched his presidential campaign from al Iman university in 2006.

Original: I’m rather touched and very happy to learn of Tawakkol Karman winning the Nobel. Not only did Tawwakol lead the Yemeni protests since February, she led them in Freedom Square for the two years prior, protesting for a newspaper license and media freedom and a range of other causes that came along. I’m glad the committee made such a good choice this year. Tawwakol heads a journalist organization since 2005 which for published semi-annual reports on widespread abuses and denial of media freedom, and they published several on corruption showing exactly who in the the state stole the billions where and how. Tawakkol supported a wide range of civil rights issues in Yemen. She is a leader of the current Yemeni revolution, always on the front lines facing down the rifles. Update: “Yemen will remain happy, and will even spread it’s happiness to the whole world,” Tawakol Karman said today.
(Read on …)

Houthis vs. Islah in al Jawf

Filed under: Islah, Local gov, Saada War, Tribes, al Jawf, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:10 am on Monday, October 3, 2011

The YT has a good write up of the conflict in al Jawf and comes to the conclusion the Houthis are expansionist.

Yemen Times: Sunni-Shiites war in Al-Jawf

War broke out five months ago between Houthi rebels – who are Shiite Muslims – and the locals of Al-Jawf governorate – themselves Sunni Muslims – 143 km northwest of the capital city of Sana’a.

Around 470 Houthis were killed and over 85 of Al-Jawf’ s citizens lost their lives in this four-month-long war, Sheikh Arfj Bin Hadban, a local tribal leader in Al-Jawf, told the Yemen Times. (Read on …)

Saudis funded Islahis in al Jawf for battles against Houthis

Filed under: Dammaj, Islah, Media, Sa'ada, Saudi Arabia, al Jawf — by Jane Novak at 12:34 pm on Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The following interview with the manager of Saada Radio gives a glimpse into Saada and al Jawf including the recent clashes between the Houthis and local Islahis:

Yemen Times
Q: But, some locals in Sa’ada told us that the Houthis do not allow anyone to air an opinion against them, for instance, describing them as Twelver Shiites.

A: First of all it is misleading to say that the Houthis are Twelver Shiites. They are not. They are Zaydis.

Are you a Houthi?

No I’m not Houthi, I’m a state-employee at Sa’ada Radio. We used to be against the Houthis. I’m Zaydi and over 99 percent of the population in Sa’ada is Zaydi, but there is no group here called Twelver Shiites.

And it is not true that the Houthis prohibit others from expressing their opinions. If this were true, they would prevent the Salafists from practicing their traditions such as Taraweeh prayer [a prayer done at night during Ramadan after the Al-Esha festival], which does not exist in the Zaydi school.

But if you went to Sa’ada today, you would find the religious traditions of both Zaydis and Salafists performed in their mosques with no problems. They are not going to bring their prayers out of the mosque and argue that our Zaydi School approves of this religious practice. And not only Salafists, but Islahis practice there as well.

There is also hard-core group of Salafists called Muqbil group. They are extremists and they have their school in Damaj, Sa’ada. They carry out their traditions in complete freedom. (Read on …)

Bomb in Sanaa, assassination in Amran, truce and car bomb in al Jawf, double dealing in Abyan

Pop quiz: Q: What was the characteristic response of the Saleh regime to power sharing demands following unity in 1990 that precipitated the 1994 civil war? A: Assassinations. Hundreds of southern political leaders were assassinated, often by veterans of the Afghan jihad who were allied with Saleh.

Five protesters wounded in Sanaa by an explosive device thrown from a car with police plates.

War planes bomb Arhab, five dead. Three houses, a mosque and many farms damaged. Clashes in Nehm, 20 km south of Arhab, eight wounded.

The Yemen Post reports Hamid Al-Qushaibi of the 310th escaped a car-bomb assassination attempt in Amran province but al Sahwa reports Major Ismail al-Ghurbani, commander of the 310th Armored Brigade of the 1st Armored Division was shot dead in an assassination in Amran

A truce between Islah and the Houthis in al Jawf will go into effect 8/17 when the JMP declares the national council; Fares Manna, UN sanctioned weapons dealer and long time associate of Saleh, will be replaced as governor by Sheikh Hussein Al-Thaneen from the Islah Party.

One person was killed and three wounded Sunday evening when a suicide car bomber detonated at a gathering of Houthis near the health center in al Jawf, News Yemen reported. The Houthis blamed the US, saying “The process shows the intense action and malicious plots by the Americans and the targeting of Yemen in general and the northern areas in particular.” Mareb Press reports dozens of injuries. Interior Ministery says 14 dead and the hallmarks of al Qaeda.

16 suspected al Qaeda were killed Sunday as clashes in the province take place in seven areas. The tribesmen (like the commander of the 25th Mechanized) say that the government is arming the al Qaeda militants and providing other support.

Yemen Post: Local tribesmen in Abyan province, fighting with government against militants, are accusing the government of helping al-Qaeda fighters stay strong by attacking tribal posts and arming the militants.

According to tribal sources in Abyan, at least 19 tribesmen have been killed by government attacks.

A senior Yemeni Defense Ministry official denies that the toll is that high, but did not deny that government raids did kill tribal fighters in accidental attacks.

Over the last month, tribes have succeeded to retake more than 60 percent of the province from the hands of suspected al-Qaeda militants after the government failed to show progress in its fight against the militants since May.

At least 1600 tribesmen are fighting al-Qaeda militants in the province.

More than 15 al-Qaeda fighters were arrested on Thursday by the tribesmen as their push to cleanse the province from the militants nears the final steps.

Update: Sultan al Barakani says Hamid al Ahmar is the prime suspect in the bombing on the presidential palace because the sims cards used in mobile phones belonged to SabaFone.

Truce in al Jawf, robbery in Hodeidah, lies in the media

Filed under: Hodeidah, Islah, Saada War, Yemen, al Jawf — by Jane Novak at 8:07 am on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The former governor of Ibb mediated a truce to the four months of clashes between the Houthis and tribes loyal to Islah. News Yemen Ah, an English article at the Yemen Post:

Clashes in the northern Jawf province ended on yesterday after Sheikh Ali Qaisi, a prominent Yemeni tribal leader, succeeded in reaching a ceasefire agreement between the Houthi fighters and Islah Islamist party fighters.

At least 110 people were killed over the last month in Jawf clashes. Islah party still controls the majority of the areas in Jawf provinces, while Houthis are trying to expand in the province. The fighting in Jawf started in late May and was non-stop until this week.

Islah party supporters control the military bases the government left behind after being pressured by pro revolution youth to leave the province.

Al-Hudaidah, an armed group broke into Hais post office and rob 16 Million Yemeni Ryals: NYR

US Embassy in Sana’a Disappointed at Fabrications in Governmental Media: Ting Wu, the economic officer at the US embassy in Sana’a expressed the embassy’s disappointment at governmental media outlets for sending fabricated news sourcing the US embassy in Sana’a as saying that the United States believes that President Saleh must return to Yemen in order for Yemen to resolve the political and economic crisis. YP

Media Woman’s Forum documents violations against protesters

Filed under: Islah, Protest Fatalities, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 5:04 pm on Sunday, July 17, 2011

This comprehensive timeline compiled by the Woman’s Media Forum (MWF) includes violations against the protesters by the Central Security, Republican Guard, the First Armored Division (after Ali Mohsen defected to the protesters) as well as the Organizing Committee in Sanaa’s Change Square, an arm of Islah:

MWF monitors the number of violations of human rights in the recent events taking place in Yemen (Read on …)

Houthis battle Islah in al Jawf

Filed under: Islah, Post Saleh, Sa'ada, Saada War, Saudi Arabia, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:48 pm on Friday, July 15, 2011

Its been a low grade conflict in al Jawf for some time, as discussed earlier, the Islahis take turns with the regime forces fighting the Houthis.

Reuters: (Reuters) – Factional fighting in Yemen’s north entered its fifth day on Tuesday, bringing violence closer to the border with Saudi Arabia, while the United States’ top counter-terrorism official visited Sanaa.

Twenty-three people have been killed and dozens injured in the northern province of Jawf since clashes broke out on Friday between members of Yemen’s main opposition party Islah and northern Shi’ite rebels known as Houthis. (Read on …)

“We did not expect Obama to be so weak”

Filed under: GPC, Islah, JMP, USA, VP, Yemen, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 5:48 pm on Friday, July 15, 2011

This weeks compendium of ridiculous US statements about Yemen, including during the Brennan visits to Saleh in SA and with Prince Ahmed and the JMP in Sanaa, comes on the same day the US and the international community recognized the Libyan rebels as the legitimate authority in Libya. In Yemen though the US continues to blame the protesters for the uptick in al Qaeda activity, instead of the illogical and unprincipled US policy fostering the stalemate. The Obama administration also threatened the JMP that the international community would not to recognize a transitional council, should one be formed as the protesters have been demanding. Such a transitional council would be “meaningless” said another western diplo because of the presence of a parliament, VP and government. The reality is that the current parliament’s term expired two years ago and prior to that, it functioned as a rubber stamp for Saleh and an instrument of grand corruption. The parliament is another rigged institution of GPC hegemony, comprised of loyalist Sheikhs, businessmen and active duty generals. Most of the reformists within the GPC resigned in March.

In Saudi Arabia Brennan asked Saleh “to fulfill expeditiously his pledge to sign the GCC-brokered agreement for peaceful and constitutional political transition in Yemen,” according to a White House statement. How could Brennan even say it with a straight face? The US is just stalling.

Al Masdar 7/6/11: JMP opposition leader Yahya Abu-Osbu’a.spoke of threats from some Arab and foreign countries not to recognize the Transitional Council, which the opposition intends to form to manage the affairs of the country which is living under a vacuum for a month. Abu Osuba at a political forum Monday evening in Change Square that the countries that had threatened to do so are Saudi Arabia and the United States and European Union countries. (Read on …)

Elections in two months in Yemen a recipe for disaster

Filed under: Elections, GCC, Islah, Post Saleh, USA, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 2:38 pm on Friday, April 29, 2011

The voter rolls were disqualified a few months ago.

The official opposition is willing to provide immunity to Saleh and his gang, and give him a month to tie up loose ends. Most protesters continue to demand that Saleh leave immediately, while others think Sharia will solve everything, reports Nasser Arrabyee

Ahram: Yemen’s official opposition and President Ali Abdullah Saleh have agreed on a US-backed, Saudi-led, Gulf Cooperation Council plan to see Saleh step down in one month from signing. Wednesday was the date set by the GCC officials for the Yemeni conflicting parties to sign the plan in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Sources from both sides confirmed to Al-Ahram Weekly on Tuesday they would sign the agreement in Riyadh on Wednesday or Saturday at the latest. Earlier in the week, the Islamist-led opposition coalition, which includes socialists and Nasserites (Arab Nationalists), had refused to form a unity government with the ruling party before Saleh steps down, as called for in the plan. American Ambassador to Yemen Gerlad Feierstein convinced the opposition to agree on the plan as a whole. (Read on …)

Yemen’s Islamic Party, Islah, Scribed

Filed under: Islah, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:53 am on Thursday, January 20, 2011

An analysis of the The Islah Party posted on Scribd.

Houthis arrest Islah student at Saada checkpoint

Filed under: Islah, Saada War, prisons, suicide attacks — by Jane Novak at 10:51 am on Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Yemen Post reports a student from the Islah party was arrested in Saada. At least the Houthis acknowledged he is in detention, unlike the Yemeni government which holds people incommunicado for months. Also I think it is unlikely the Houthis are going to get drunk and torture him for fun, like happens sometimes in southern prisons. During the sixth war, the Houthis gave the captured soldiers qat, a true sign of humanity, and released video to show their good health, a comfort to the families. For the first time we get to watch the Houthis rule. They have already arrested some homosexuals who were hanging out in a market. If they continue to arrest people of various stripes, as time goes on they will have to set up some kind of Sharia based court.

When the Taliban insurgency established a judicial system in Afghanistan, they would up whipping many teen age girls and publicly executing Afghan government workers. I expect more maturity and self control from the Houthis and a judicial system is based on individual responsibility and facts, not the global grudge match that characterizes the criminal court system in Yemen. But the issue is, as it is everywhere in Yemen, command and control. The loosely organized Houthis, once they took responsibility for the local population, are also responsible for the actions of every fighter toward the locals.

Yemen Post: Houthis arrested a student participating in a conference for Islah Party that took part in Saada province. Local sources said that Ahmed Ali Alhamati, a student in Saada University, was arrested at a Houthi checkpoint in Aned town and taken to Houthis Headquarters in Thahian district. Tribal sources told Yemen Post that Houthis confirmed the detention of the student, denying any effort to release him.

On the other hand, the General Union of Yemeni Students denounced the detention, asking Houthis to free him, and calling to keep away students from conflict with the authorities. At least 26 people have been killed and several wounded in two suicide bombing attacks against Houthis in northern Yemen two weeks ago.

Three oppositionists face death penalty for pre-electoral violence

Filed under: Elections, Islah, Presidency, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:58 am on Sunday, November 21, 2010

Three men in Yemen had their death sentences sent to the President for ratification in mid-October. If the sentences are ratified by the President, they could be executed at any time.

Amnesty International: The three men, Shaikh Khalid Nahshal, Mabkhout ‘Ali Nahshal and Abduh Muhammad Nahshal, were among 32 people charged in connection with the killing of at least one government official in the district of Khayran in northern Yemen in September 2006. This happened following a dispute over the local and presidential elections and an exchange of fire between a group of armed men and the government official in charge of Khayran. In 2007 six of the defendants were sentenced to death, but three had their sentences commuted to prison terms in June 2009, following an appeal. The remaining 26 received prison sentences. In January 2010, Shaikh Khalid Nahshal, Mabkhout ‘Ali Nahshal and Abduh Muhammad Nahshal had their death sentences upheld by the Supreme Court.

More on the Abyan Airstrike: killed “al Qaeda” chewed qat with officials and were on state payroll

Filed under: Abyan, Air strike, Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Islah, Parliament, Security Forces, USA, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 3:17 pm on Saturday, February 13, 2010

An Islah MP gave an interview to al Sahwa following the delay in the parliamentary session meant to discuss the airstrike in Abyan that killed dozens of civilians. Abdul Karim Shiban said that the “al Qaeda” killed in the strike were released from a PSO prison two years earlier. Since then, they moved back and forth from Shabwa to Abyan openly and freely. It was known by the security forces who would have been able to capture them easily. In fact, the men used to chew khat with security officials and received an allowance from the state.

al Sahwa Those targeted in the strike were closely linked to power (Read on …)

JMP’s al Sa’adi: There is no good will

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Elections, Islah, JMP, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:32 am on Tuesday, September 8, 2009

This is a very interesting interview at the Yemen Post with Mohammed Al-Sa’adi
Assistant Secretary General of Islah Party, and not just because of al Saadi’s charcterization of the official media. At the same time the JMP produced a 90 page document on a national rescue plan:

Abdul Baset Al-Qaedi: The crisis is inflicting the country from its north to south together with an economic crisis, while the opposing Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) passively acts. Are you waiting for the regime’s collapse to be the alternative?

Mohammed Al-Sa’adi: I think you need to reconsider your vision. What is lost in people’s judgment is the objectivity. As a responsible person in JMP, let me tell you that we do bear the national concern. This is evidenced by the national vision proposed by JMP in which the situation of Yemen at different levels is diagnosed and solutions are put forward.

AQ: Some say that JMP is pushing towards complicating the situation in order to be the alternative?
MS: The ruling party is weak. Solutions provided in the past are no more effective. We have selected the best ways through which the peaceful transfer of power can be made including elections. We are trying to follow electoral channels and mechanisms which lead to a peaceful transfer of power. (Read on …)

New TV Station Closed: Kuwait Caves to Pressure from Sana’a

Filed under: Civil Rights, Islah, JMP, Kuwait, Media, Political Opposition, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:43 am on Thursday, August 27, 2009

Update 8/30/09: Kuwaiti diplomat denies the station even asked for a license and thus Kuwait never pulled it despite Yemeni government statements to the contrary.

Original post: Yemen is trying to shut down speech that they find too illuminating everywhere- including here in the US. Did Zindani ever get his programing up and running? That initiative was welcomed by Saleh but Hamid Al Ahmar’s satellite channel was fought vigorously through diplomatic channels. There was some prior tension between Yemen and Kuwait when Sana’a set up mourning tents for Saddam.

Kuwait government’s decision of closing down Suhail TV Channel, welcomed
Tuesday, 25-August-2009
al Motamar – A Yemeni official information source on Tuesday welcomed a decision taken by the Kuwaiti government on closing down transmission of Kuwait-based Suhail Satellite TV Channel owned by Hamid al-Ahmar.

The source said that positive decision has been received with big welcome by by the yemerni people’s circles owing to what that channel was broadcasting of programmes promoting to oisons of sedition , division and delusion of the public opinion and offending the reputation of the Yemeni people.

The source has , meanwhile , praised the brotherly relations between yemen and Kuwait and that of their two political leaderships in addition to the steady development of those relations in interest of the two Yemeni and Kuwaiti peoples.

Yemen also regrets the Iranian media “provocative campaign.”

299 Yemeni MPs Fail to Provide Financial Disclosure Forms as Required by Law

Filed under: Crime, GPC, Islah, Parliament, Reform, YSP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:56 pm on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The financial disclosure law was passed in 2007, and its a great concept, but it lacks enforcement mechanisms. Two of 301 MP’s submitted the required form to date. This is not a Parliament that’s going to take the tough position of standing against “the powers that be” for reform, transparency or equal rights. There’s a lot of mafia types. Parliament is an institutionalizaton of tribal authority structures. The Parliament is a tool of Saleh with little autonomy, but a lot of latitude. Crimes are rarely punished and flourish. The Parliament is somewhat more outspoken lately but is not even remotely a counter-balance to the executive. Yemen’s decision makers are a shadow government (Saleh and his family and cronies), and the public has no mechanism of acountability.

Update: Yemen Times “There are around 36,000 officials who are included in the public sector and are obliged by the financial disclosure law to admit their financial disclosures every two years,” she (Vice-Chairman of the Supreme National Authority for Combating Corruption Dr. Bilkis Abu Osba’) continued. “Since we created the financial disclosure sector, around 10,000 financial disclosures have been received.”

al Tagheer: Mohammed Al-Matari, head of the financial disclosure the Anti-corruption “Parliament” still ranks high on the list of backward and Late to provide financial disclosure statements. . . لافتا في تصريح لـ”الوحدوي ” إلى أن من بين 301 عضو هم عدد أعضاء البرلمان , تقدم فقط عضوان اثنان بإقرارات الذمة المالية . He noted in a statement to “unitary” to that of the 301 members are members of Parliament, the only two members of financial disclosure.

مبديا أسفه واستغرابه من عدم وجود تفاعل وتعاون من قبل البرلمان في هذا الشأن لما يمثله من سلطة دستورية وقانونية عليا في البلد . He expressed his regret and surprise at the lack of interaction and cooperation by the Parliament in this regard because it represents the authority of the constitutional and legal positions in the country. في حين لم تتلق الهيئة سوى 12 إقرارا بالذمة المالية من مجلس الشورى لعدد But it has not received the recognition of only 12 financial disclosure of the Shura Council of the number

أثنا عشر عضوا من أصل 111 عضوا هم عدد أعضاء مجلس الشورى .. Twelve members of the 111 members who are the number of members of the Shura Council ..

Hamid on al Jazeera: The Saleh Era Must End

Filed under: Biographies, Islah, Parliament — by Jane Novak at 9:29 am on Thursday, August 6, 2009

because he’s destroying Yemen… Hamid has a reasonable plan, the VP steps in until early elections, but the issue of the electoral reform is still unresolved. But Hamid is right that the continuation of Saleh’s dictatorship is a failed strategy and progress requires some change, if not an administrative purge.

Hameed Al-Ahmar (the Son of Abdullah Al-Ahmar), who is a member of the Yemen Parliament as well as of the Islah party, gave an interview on 05/08/09 with Al-Jazeera.
He openly and honestly spoke of the condition and events in Yemen, and pointed the blame directly to the Yemeni president Ali Saleh for the country’s failure.
He also gave a direct message to the president to step down from the Presidency and and hand it over to his vice president Al-Ariani, while carrying out immediate elections for a new president.
He also accused the Yemeni President of defying the constitution by giving all the governmental and military posts to his sons and relatives, and not giving the Southerners a chance, thus accusing the president of being a traitor.Hameed condemned what is happening in the South of Yemen and what is being done to the Southerners from oppression and ill-treatment.
Hameed spoke very boldly about the situation, and when asked by the t.v presenter whether or not he was going to return to Yemen, he replied with a bold “Yes”! Explaining that his tribe is going to protect him, and will not let anything happen to him.

Reported: Rasha Rashed

His tribe is also Saleh’s tribe.

Update: Abdelmalik al Houthi is taking it as a Saleh-enduced call to dialog and responding with a bit of bluster.

Update: Al Sahwa has a write up:

Sahwa Net – Yemen’s opposition senior leader and Member of Parliament Hamid al-Ahmer has urged Yemen president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down, hand over power to his vice-president Abdu Rabo Mansour Hadi and set an appointment to elect a new president.

(Read on …)

Faris Manna and Hamid al Ahmar in Saudi?

Filed under: Islah, Saada War, Saudi Arabia, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:49 pm on Sunday, July 26, 2009

According to the Houthis they are..

According to informed sources to the news that Sheikh Sa’dah / Manna Knight Chairman of the Committee for mediation between the authority and Houthis are extensive discussions in Saudi Arabia, accompanied by Sheikh / Red Hussein. (Read on …)

Yemeni Opposition Party Harassed

Filed under: Islah, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:58 pm on Sunday, July 26, 2009

President Saleh calls for dialog as he prevents the opposition party form holding its conference. Am I the only one who sees the irony here? al Sahwa

Sahwa Net- The Assistant Secretary-General of the Islah party Mohammad al-Saadi has expressed sorrow over the involvement of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in preventing the Islah party in Adhala’a province from holding its congress. (Read on …)

10 Killed In Clashes Over Control Of Yemen Mosque

Filed under: Islah, Religious, Saada War, YSP, land disputes — by Jane Novak at 3:32 pm on Monday, July 20, 2009

The Sa’ada War didn’t start as a sectarian conflict but a political one. The concern here is the clashes were in Al Jawf. There’s infiltration into Hajjah and Amran also, the Yemen Post points out in a detailed article.

SANA’A, Yemen (AFP) –Ten people have been killed in clashes over control of a north Yemen mosque between Shiite Zaidi rebels and militants from the country’s main Sunni opposition party, both groups said Monday. (Read on …)

Zindani Mobilizes al Hikma Grads Against Southerners

Filed under: Civil Rights, Islah, Religious, South Yemen, personalities — by Jane Novak at 12:10 pm on Friday, July 17, 2009

Deviants he calls them…

Al Motamar

Al-Zandani calls for clear stabs towards calls for apostasy
Wednesday, 08-July-2009 – Sheikh Abdulmajid al-Zandani called Wednesday on those reciting the Holy Koran to translate it on the ground. In a ceremony honouring 550 persons finishing a course in Koran recitation held by Al-Hikma al Yamania Society in Yemen this morning, al-Zandani said the entire nation is in need of competing the structure through learning Islamic sciences. He clarified the reality of the Yemeni nation is divided into two realities; an honourable reality and a deviant reality. The deviant reality calls for colonization of Yemen and calls on world countries to “invade us and impose guardianship on us.” He asked was not what happened to Iraq because of some deluded ones who called long time in Iraq, questioning what the result was after occupation. One million martyrs and two million wounded. (Read on …)

Three Opposition Election Observers Sentenced to Death

Filed under: Education, Islah, Targeted Individuals, Targeting, Trials, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 1:45 pm on Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Yemen’s judiciary is a tool of political vengence.

This is the same brutal dictatorship that is now promising to solve all problems by empowering the GPC dominated local councils, but has not yet changed the electoral laws as promised in 2006.

Sahwa Net – The Supreme Council of the Joint Meeting Parties has called human rights and freedom organizations to stand against an unfair sentence of death against three of Islah’s representatives in poll centers during the presidential and local council elections held in 2006.

Khalid Nahshal, Mabkhoot Nahshal and Abdu Nahshal were sentenced to death last week on charges of killing an officer and a soldier in crossfire during the presidential and local council elections led held in 2006.

In a statement, JMP said that the sentence was a settlement of political accounts and political pressures were practiced on justice and there were several violations to judiciary.

“The sentence was issued inside the jail, not in a court and that apparent evidence of legal violations” said the statement.

Opposition Party Leader Suspended in Yemen

Filed under: Islah, Reform, political violence — by Jane Novak at 1:47 pm on Thursday, June 18, 2009

What do we think “suspension” means in this case? Arrested, detained?

Sahwa Net – The Dialogue-preparation Committee recently formed by Yemen’s opposition parties has expressed its deep concern at the suspension of Abdul-Wahab al-Anisi, the Secretary-General of the Islah party, while he was heading to attend a meeting of the Dialogue-Preparation Committee which aims at diagnosing Yemen’s current stalemates and solving them.

Security elements of the Central Security Organization had suspended on Tuesday Abdul-Wahab al-Anisi, the Secretary-General of Yemen’s main opposition party, the Islah.

An official source of the general secretariat of the Islah party strongly denounced the accident, demanding to investigate the security elements and identify the authorities involved in the incident.

The source also considered the event of seizure a form of wrong polices followed up in the governance, stressing that the Islah retains its rights to hold the involved accountable.

Hamid and Ali Nassir Chat

Filed under: Islah, JMP, Political Opposition, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:40 am on Thursday, June 11, 2009

Interesting. The Yemen Post has some good quotes. And its entirely true that the best outcome is a unified, just system, but in order to do that, the current authorities have to be replaced. There’s a huge confidence gap in terms of some southerners view Hamid and the JMP though. How he would demonstrate his sincerity and committment to equal rights is a difficult question.

Earlier this week, Sheikh Hamid bin Abdullah al-Ahmar met President Ali Nasser Mohammed in Damascus confirming that the visit was his own initiative in an effort to discuss with President Ali Nasser Mohammed the ways for contributing to take Yemen out of the current crises, and preserving Yemen’s entity, achievements and unity. Al-Ahmar expressed his satisfaction with Ali Nasser’s fixed and well-known attitude towards Yemen’s unity that showes great readiness to continue and intensify his efforts in order to maintain Yemen’s stability, unity and integrity.

The Secretary of the Preparatory Committee for the National Dialogue confirmed in a statement having many views in common with Ali Nasser, including being very keen on Yemen unity, believing that the authority in Yemen is responsible for the current critical situation, and that a real change is needed for Yemen to be brought out of the crisis and for safe and prosperous future. He added that it is time for those who harmed Yemen to pay for it , and that Yemen is no longer able to bear the power’s mistakes that led to this complex and dangerous situation, explaining that repression and confiscation rights is not the way to counter any separatist calls, and that justice, bringing rights back to their owners, and addressing the real reasons that made people, who earlier took up arms to defend unit, today call for secession adding that misusing power and using it to penetrate the Constitution and breaking the law every day is the key reason of any behavior against the Constitution or the law by individuals or groups.

On the same regard, Al-Ahmar said that what authorities recently did, charging people of acting against national unity, taking advantage of having a complete control on the media, in addition to being able to breach the Constitution and the law to confiscate the freedom of opinion and insulting national figures, pointing out to Mohammed Salem Basendwah, all this shows nothing but being bankrupt which has become clear to all and everyone.

Al-Ahmar was also quoted as saying that the storm that the authority made through media outlets might be an attempt to justify a separatist step by the authority itself to ensure keeping power, even if it sacrificed Yemen’s entity, security and integrity explaining that recent words and actions by the authority proved that its only aim is keeping power and not the country, which justifies its inability to believe that still there are people whose only aim is just the people and the country.

Interesting concept but I think they just never learn.

(Read on …)

The Virtue Conference: Mostly al-Iman Students

Filed under: Civil Rights, Islah, Presidency, Religious, Women's Issues, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:09 am on Sunday, July 20, 2008

Having played the terrorism card to exhaustion, Saleh plays the religion card with some trick to divide the Islah party, something to bolster his political capital at a time of weakness. Whatever it is, its a furtherance of the growing Talabanization of Yemen. This is an interesting post by a Yemeni woman entitled “Yemen, Sexual Harassment and Women”, who writes:

The problem in Yemen and Saudi in my opinion stems from the sexual objectification of women and a culture that views them as inferior, not only are they physically weaker but intellectually and morally inferior….The strict segregation is part of the cause as well, it creates lack of interaction and familiarity between the sexes. I consider it unhealthy that relatives for example cannot mingle with each other, instead females retreat hastily in another room if a man is approaching without even a greeting. Curtains are used to separate the sexes when talking to each other, those situations sexualise a perfectly normal environment. Any interaction between the sexes is deemed to be sexual.

The above author concludes , “It’s important that we strike a middle and balanced ground in order to have a healthy society and when pursuing virtue not achieve the opposite.”

An article from the Yemen Oserver notes the attendees of the conference were mostly al-Iman students, so the whole thing is looking like an al-Zindani creation, including the declaration that any women in the work force will lead to chaos in society and sex in the streets. Meanwhile the vice in Yemeni society is concentrated among its elite and leaders who steal food daily from the mouths of starving children. They are the ones who need moral guardians on an hourly basis. As the Italians say, a fish rots from its head. And of course and predictably, the conference focused on villifying journalists in particular.

The Yemen Observer: An alliance of Yemeni religious scholars and tribal leaders has decided to watch and safeguard the morals and values of the society through holding annual meetings rather than permanent committees, which were strongly criticized before being established.

Under the slogan “It’s the guards of virtue who will protect the ship from drowning,” the clerics and tribesmen – the self-appointed guardians of virtue – decided to hold a yearly conference, called “The meeting of promoting virtue and combating vice.” They backed down from a previous proposal submitted to President Ali Abdullah Saleh last May, for establishing virtue committees (religious police) and for monitoring the activities of individuals and institutions by banning any vice-related activity such as selling alcoholic drinks, night clubs, hotels, restaurants, or massage centers.

The clerics and tribesmen retracted from establishing their committees of promoting virtue and combating vice after strong criticisms from journalists, writers and politicians, who viewed the job of such committees as the responsibility of the state.

No single woman attended the one-day meeting held on Tuesday July 15 by the tribesmen and the Sunni religious scholars. The meeting was chaired by the tribal leader, Sadeq Abdullah al-Ahmar – sheikh of Yemen’s most influential tribe, the Hashed – and cleric Abdul Majeed al-Zandani, who is accused by the United States of supporting terrorism.

Most of the nearly two thousands male attendees were students of Al-Eyman University, a religious university run and owned by al-Zandani. The rest of the attendees were Salafi clerics and tribesmen. No prominent politicians from the Islamist party Islah attended the meeting except Sheikh al-Zandani, who has his own Salafi current inside the party. The politicians of Islah refused the demand of establishing committees for virtue, saying that it was only a political trick from the president Saleh to divide the Islah party, the largest opposition party on the one hand, and divide the opposition alliance which includes the Islah Islamists, Socialists and Nasserites on the other.

“Talking about committees for virtue has political reasons behind, aiming to mix the cards and confuse political life in an official attempt to divert the attention from its helplessness and corruption of the government, and thus holding others responsible for its faults including weakening the effectiveness of the official bodies and working outside the constitution and law,” said the alliance of the three parties in a statement issued three days before the meeting of the clerics and tribesmen. (Read on …)

Hussain al-Ahmar

Filed under: Biographies, Islah, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:23 pm on Saturday, April 26, 2008

Libya is a commercial relationship, but SA is a historic one.

Mareb Press

Southern crisis is political and rioters must be tried for high treason, says Al Ahmer
Wednesday 23 April 2008 / Mareb Press

The Head of the National Solidarity Council (NSC) and Member of Parliament, Hussain al-Ahmer, described his relations with Saudi Arabia as historical while he said, “his relation with Libya is commercial one and it is currently suspended but it will be resumed at any time”.

Al-Ahmer said in interview with Mareb Press the current southern crisis is political crisis.
“Some parts in Yemen want to exercise political pressures by moving the street in order to achieve their goals. I wonder if there is any Yemeni person boasting of secession” he added.

Al-Ahmer accused the committees which were formed to resolve the issues of the southerners of procrastination.

He added there is no problem in arresting and trying those people who carried out sabotage and riot acts. He demanded to try them on the charge of high treason.

About the aim of opening new branch for the NSC in Aden city, al-Ahmer said “The aim is to stand with people irrespective of their partisan affiliation and to spread awareness among them and to solve their problems.”

Zindani’s Herbal Aids Cure

Filed under: Islah, Medical, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:13 pm on Saturday, April 12, 2008

Mareb Press

Head of al-Eman Religious University, Sheikh Abdul Magid al-Zandani, revealed that about 25 cases of HIV/AIDS were cured, 9 cases of them were completely cured while in the other cases, the AIDS virus was decreased.

He confirmed that he has used the drug on the HIV-infected unborn children and they were free from the virus when they born.

He said the laboratories of American Marinz confirmed the effectiveness of the drug.

AlZanday said in a lecture at the margin of the first Medical Conference which coincides with the sixth medical exhibition for drugs and medical equipments in the Capital Sana’a said, “Some AIDS patients have used the three-kind drug and the result was positive. We are still working in our researches and very soon you will hear good results.”

He clarified that the drug was experimented in the University of the King Abdul Aziz in Saudi Arabia.

He added the drug has also been experimented on animals in the Hospital of Science and Technology and the result showed that “the drug causes no poisonous or side effects.”

Sheikh AlZandani said that AlEman University intended to build a hospital for modern, Chinese, Arab and Prophet Medicine.

Also, he showed that his university is ready to cure free all AIDS patients in the Prophet medical research center in the university.

Yemen Times:

SANA’A, April 13 — The World Health Organization (WHO) denied that it received any official letter regarding Abdul Majeed Al-Zandani’s claim that he discovered a cure for HIV and AIDS, either from the Yemeni government or from the Ministry of Health and Population.

“The organization follows particular and scientific specifications in determining the efficiency of authorized medicines,” said Rasheed Rajab, WHO administrative officer, claiming that there is no prove of the existence of any medication that can terminate the HIV virus.

Abdul Majeed al-Zandani, chairman of Al-Iman University, announced on Friday at a press conference during the first international medical conference in Yemen that nine out of ten sampled people have been proved to be free of the virus after they received his medicine. He noted that the samples were taken by the Ministry of Health and Population and given to the WHO, which then transferred the samples to the American Laboratory of the Marines in Cairo to prove whether they are HIV-free or not.

In December 2006, Al-Zindani stated to the media that he carried out tests on an herbal formula that cured HIV patients, but he refused to expose the formula, claiming that international companies would steal it.

“I’ve been doing my own research to find a cure for this disease for twenty years now with a group of scientists and scholars known as the “Miracle Team,” a team that is made up of people from different Arab countries like Egypt, Saudia Arabia and Yemen, and the main objective of this team is to work continuously to find cures for different diseases,” said Al-Zindani.

He explained that he first began with a woman infected with AIDS and tried to find a cure for her. He gave her a prescription for a particular medicine, by which he claims she was completely cured within 45 days. After that, he applied his medicine to 13 other infected people and said that 10 of them were completely cured. Al-Zindani added that the second experiment could be verified by German and Jordanian laboratories. He accused the Ministry of Health and Population of hindering his discovery instead of adopting it and supporting him. “I’m really surprised by the ministry and their negative response. Though the tests have been proved by them, the ministry didn’t react or even ask to adopt this medical discovery. In addition, I’ve been told to watch out for myself and not talk bout it,” said Al-Zindani.

Earlier news from 2006 can be found here.

New al-Ahmar Alliance with Saleh

Filed under: Islah, LNG, Ministries, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:02 am on Monday, April 7, 2008

A gas tender, a Parlimentary speakership and a Minstry, the boyz sold their postions cheap. Yes, dissappointing.

Yemen Times

These challenges facing the tribally-backed regime have pushed Saleh not to forward concrete actions, but revamp cracks in his tribal coalitions with Al-Ahmar family. Suddenly, the president was able to normalize his relationship with the sons of Al-Ahmar, extending a gas tender to Hamid, appointing another as vice speaker of Parliament and another as deputy minister of sports and youth. Hussein, who set up the tribal National Solidarity Council to irritate the regime, has been seen on TV with the president in some events.

This attests to Saleh’s allegations that these vocal and critical “boys” want their share of the cake and nothing more. Yes, this is the question. This restructuring of the tribal coalition is meant to challenge disturbances in Sa’ada and in the southern provinces. It is a coalition against the public’s demands. People were naively fooled when they believed that the sons of Sheikh al-Ahmar would side by the public and their pains.

Saleh has tried to develop a loose coalition with the tribe and Al-Ahmar family in particular but found it difficult, and therefore preferred to compromise with the new young leaders of Hashid. Such a technique might serve to extend the hold up of his regime, which is going through hard times, but will not rein in the outrageous people who felt disappointed in the man who promised to improve their living standards in the 2006 elections and now tells them to drink “sea water,” a gesture of recklessness.

At the same time, the protesters demanding separation are serving the regime’s interests, for the people are not in favor of separation. The solution to our problems which are embroiling the country into turmoil is not splitting again into south and north. The country cannot simply split into north and south. It would rather mean complete disintegration and fragmentation of the whole country, which means a bleak future for everybody, without exception.

Now, as the country is on the edge of a precipice, concrete solutions are urgently needed before it is too late and everything falls apart.

Islah Bargaining

Filed under: Islah, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:22 am on Thursday, March 27, 2008


Islah bargains on a big government complex in return for elections
Thursday, 27-March-2008 – Local media sources disclosed Thursday a political extortion practiced by the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen, the Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah) party over control of one of the largest government buildings to be taken as headquarters of the party in the capital Sana’a with the aim of expanding its trade activities and investment projects without taking into consideration the rest of the Joint Meeting Parties.

While the sources indicated to ongoing negotiations and dialogue between the Joint Meeting Parties and the president of the republic on formation of the elections committee, the sources disclosed about an agenda of the Islah as part of its negotiations. According to a report by Elaf private sector newspaper in its latest issue quoting political sources as saying that the Islah demanded to be given its own headquarters suitable for its status in the political arena, proposing the Defence complex located in Bab al-Yamen or the building of the General Command located in Al-Qiyada Street.

The Islah individual request came in coincidence of the negotiations and dialogue going on about formation of the elections committee a few days from finishing a study of amendments concerning the elections law by the specialised parliamentary committee.

Chairman of the special committee entrusted with studying the amendments presented by the government on the election law Sheikh Mohammed Bin Naji al-Shaef told Elaf newspaper that members of the committee from the opposition parties have for the third time proposed postponement. He indicated that delegates of parties parliamentary blocs were told to inform their parties that the concerned committee, in addition to a chairman and a reporter would on Saturday as the last date given to those parties by the committee, would take measures they are authorized with constitutionally and legally for referring its report to the parliament on the amendments related to formation of the higher committee for elections from judges.

Al-Shaef added that they at the committee worked to observe the political character of amendments and give a chance for the parties accord particularly that there are dialogues, similar to negotiations between the parties and the president of the republic to reach an accord result between the two sides concerning the supreme commission for elections.

Elaf newspaper said the opposition parties leadership prefers negotiation and dialogue with the president of the republic personally.

Attacks Against Female Schools

Filed under: Elections, Islah, Religious, Women's Issues, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 12:43 pm on Saturday, March 22, 2008

Yemen Observer

Principals of all girls’ schools in Sana’a staged a sit-in at the 7th of July school on Wednesday, condemning the attack and at the same time condemning the silence of official authorities and the teachers syndicate about the previous attack that targeted 7th of July school principal Shafia’a al-Seragi. Supporters of al-Seragi said that this silence encouraged the terrorists to launch the second brutal attack.

“Any man that beats a woman, whether she is a teacher, a principal or even an ordinary woman is a coward, as are the officials that close their eyes to violence committed against women,” said the principal of al-Nizari girls’ school.

Three principals of girls’ schools, including al-Seragi, have been attacked in the past two weeks. The three attacked principals are believed to be political and social activists that promote girls’ education and the adoption of new educational methods that prohibit violence in schools.

In addition to the beating of Shafia’a al-Seragi by three men, a principal of a school in Hodeidah was beaten by five women from the Islah Islamic party and also received threats of having her house blown up. A third principal’s car was stolen and had its seats and tires stripped. Her house electricity was cut off by unidentified persons at the same time that the other two female principals were attacked.

Women Worth Half of a Man in Yemen

Filed under: Islah, Parliament, Reform, Women's Issues, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:04 am on Thursday, March 20, 2008

Yemen Times

Reviewing the legislative system of Yemen for the first time, one gets the impression that the laws are well-drafted and ensure the rights of both men and women. Upon analyzing and dissecting those laws and regulations, one will inevitably realize that certain elements of this system, which regulates private and public relationships, involve a considerable degree of discrimination against women. This conclusion is supported by the legal teams formed by the National Women’s Committee (NWC), which have been working since 2000 to examine Yemeni laws for gender bias.

The NWC wanted to ensure this system complies with the Islamic tenets and principles as the main source of legislation, with the Constitution and with the international conventions ratified by the Republic of Yemen, particularly the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The legal review teams came up with proof that there is flagrant discrimination embedded in some provisions, most severely in the Personal Status law, the Nationality law and the Penalty law.

The Personal Status law does not specify an appropriate age of marriage, which as a result, inadvertently permits early marriage among young females – an especially common problem in rural areas. Early marriage in turn affects girls’ ability to continue their education. With early marriage comes early pregnancies, which can cause problems like fistula (a condition that causes incontinence) or even to death during childbirth. (Read on …)

Islah’s Shura Council

Filed under: Islah, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:20 am on Friday, March 7, 2008


Islah Shoura Council calls for escalating peaceful struggle

March 25, 2008- The Shoura Council of the Yemeni Congregation for Reform(Islah), the Yemen’s main opposition party, has called Islah and the Joint Meeting Parties’ members to escalate peaceful struggle and stand by the oppressed people, stressing the importance of combating corruption and arbitrariness of the Yemeni authorities.

The Shoura Council also affirmed in its regular round concluded on March 17 that terrible political and economic situations and living standards endanger all classes of Yemeni people and that such situations were an inevitable outcome resulted in by wrong policies of the ruling party.

It also discussed the dangerous updates in the Southern and eastern governorates, expressing deep concern over the catastrophic consequences coming up as a result of the authorities’ wrong policies which jeopardize national unity.

It also confirmed its solidarity with citizens in the southern governorates and their fair demands through peaceful struggle and refused any repressing practices, asking the authorities, in the meantime, to give the military and civil retirees their financial rights fully.

It warned the ruling party of amending the state-constitution individually and apart from its political partners, voicing concern over the economic decline which led to hard poverty, unemployment, lack of equal opportunities.

The Islah’s Shoura Council also warned of any potential risings of oil derivatives, demanding to expose the smugglers of oil.

Regarding Saada conflict, it called for faithful and devoted efforts and tackle the damages of the fighting, slamming the secrecy and silence about the Qatari- mediated deal signed with al-Houthi rebels.

It further stressed the citizens’ rights to demonstrate and protest through peaceful struggle and possession of private media, renouncing the authority’s interference in syndicates and NGOs.

It also denounced all forms of repression, kidnappings, pursuits, raids, and arrests, imprisonments practiced against activists, journalists and citizens.

Zindani, GPC Head and Saddiq al-Ahmar call for resistance

Filed under: GPC, Islah, Media, Palestinians, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:37 pm on Monday, March 3, 2008

News Yemen

Head of Al-Eman religious university, member of Yemeni Clerics Association, sheikh Abdul-Majid al-Zindani has called for changing the Organization of Islamic Conference into an Arab-Islamic federation and to set up a Yemen-based satellite channel for the federation. (Read on …)

District Director Breaks into Health Center

Filed under: Islah, Medical, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:56 pm on Saturday, February 16, 2008


February 12, 2008 – Gunmen raided Monday a health care centre belonging to the Islah association in al-Mahweet governorate.

Eyewitnesses said that gunmen accompanying the director general of Bani Saad district in al-Mahweet broke the center’s doors and their locks. .

The chair of the Islah association in Mahweet , Yahya al-Shahdi accused the director of raiding the centre and confiscating all its contents .


Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Islah, Religious, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:19 am on Saturday, February 9, 2008

Yemen Post

Valentine’s Day was different this year, as the country witnessed a large campaign by preachers calling the celebration of the day forbidden. The controversy grew as Valentine’s Day this year was made special with the visit of famous Syrian-Bahraini Singer Asalah Nasri, however, it caused Al-Qaeda to issue its first threats connecting to Valentine’s Day.

In a message released few days before staging Aden’s 1st Artistic Festival, Al-Qaeda Organization in Yemen issued a message threatening Asalah with assassination in case she rejects their warnings and comes to sing. However, the message spoke not about her fellow singing partner Egyptian singer Essam Kariuka.

‘Your fate will be the same as that of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto,’ said the message adding that they are against perversion which opposes the true spirit of Islam.

Al-Qaeda warnings caused Nasri’s family to worry about her safety and some advised her not to go. They also caused Aden’s local authorities to tighten security measures and to make Nassri cut her singing concert short.

The concert was timed with Valentine Day Celebrations and perhaps the organizers intentionally considered this fact in mind during their preparations for the festival. (Read on …)

Monopolies Continue

Filed under: Business, Islah, Yemen, banking — by Jane Novak at 3:07 pm on Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Yemen Observer

The Parliamentary committee of Commerce and Industry refused an amendment of the trade law presented by the government last Sunday.

The amendment was to be applied to article number 22 of the 2004 Commerce Law, proposing that foreign traders be permitted to trade their commodities freely on the Yemeni markets.

The proposed amendment of this article was presented by the government in response to Parliament’s recommendations following the price hikes of wheat due to the monopoly being practiced by Yemeni wheat traders and brokers.

However, the committee of commerce and industry rejected this amendment after consulting businessmen members of Parliament and other Yemeni businessmen who insisted on keeping the current article that dictates allowing foreign traders to market their commodities to the Yemeni markets only in cooperation with a Yemeni partner.

The government insisted on the amendment of this law so as to meet the criteria of joining the World Trade Organization and to end the monopoly being practiced by some Yemeni businessmen on certain commodities, particularly wheat, sugar, rice and milk.

Saba Bank owned by Islah? – The Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah) Party had last moth culminated its efforts aimed at hindering the process of development in its adoption and support for anti-national actions by an attack launched by its representatives at the parliament against amendment of the law of Islamic banks and the commercial law.

The two laws which the parliament approved their amendments, and according to economists including some from Islah leaderships are a practical step for giving opportunity to foreign investment to participate in the process of development by breaking the commercial and investment monopoly at the banking sector both the Islamic and the commercial.

At the parliament meeting that discussed the amendment of the Islamic banks law the Islah MPs were changed into advertising boards demonstrating the advantages of the existing Islamic banks specifically Saba Bank that is owned by the Islah party.

The government proposal to the parliament on amending the commercial law for allowing foreign investors to practice trade in Yemen without the condition of a Yemeni partner has also aroused resentment of the Islah MPs who supported the trade and industry committee calling for confining the trade without a Yemeni partner to trading with wheat, flour, rice and sugar.

Thus the Islah party proves to be lacking of any national vision towards many of the major issues related to development and stability and works hard to be a stumbling stone before endeavours for the homeland’s progress.

Zindani and Two Al-Ahmar’s Call for Jihad Against Israel

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Islah, Palestinians, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 2:15 pm on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Just dandy.

It would be nice if anyone in Yemen was even half as worked up about the seige on Yemeni people in Sa’ada.

And it completely escapes everyone’s attention that the blockade (which by definition is collective punishment) is in response to a barrage of 150 rocket attacks per day from Gaza on Israel. Maybe if Hamas stopped launching rockets, things might be better. They continually sabotage the peace process. At some point, the cycle of violence has to end.

Yemen Observer
Thousands of Yemeni citizens demonstrated and rallied in al-Sabeen square today in Sana’a.

The demonstration was headed by Sheikh Abdul-Majid al-Zindani, the Head of the Shura Council of the Islah Fundamentalist Islamic party, Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar, the newly elected president of the Public Committee for Supporting Palestine and his brother Sheikh Hamid al-Ahmar, a member of the Supreme Council of Islah party.

The demonstrators vowed to break the siege being imposed against the Palestinian people in the Gaza strip and called for Jihad to liberate Palestine. “Rulers of states open their gates for jihad,” warned the masses.
They also called on the Egyptian people to use all possible means and pressures to break the siege against the Palestinian people and to open the Rafah crossing. (Read on …)

al-Yadomi Head of Islah

Filed under: Islah, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:03 am on Tuesday, January 8, 2008


January 7, 2008- Higher Committee of the Islah party held Sunday a meeting headed by the deputy of the Islah party, Mohammad al-Yadomi.

It said in a statement that it mandated Mohammad al-Yadomi to work as the acting head of Islah until the general congress of Islah is held and elects a successor of the late head Shikh Abdullah Bin Hussain Al-Ahmer who passed away lately of the last month in the Saudi Capital , Ryadh .

” Islah will elect its head in its general congress according to its own regulations” added the statement .

Hamid Calls for An End to Revenge

Filed under: Islah, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:13 pm on Thursday, January 3, 2008

Al-Ahmer’s son calls on Yemeni tribes to end revenge

[02 January 2008]

SANA’A, Jan. 02 (Saba) – The Son of the late parliament speaker, Hamid al-Ahmar has called on all Yemeni tribes to sign a one-year truce agreement during which they can put an end to revenge cases and tribal conflicts throughout the country, the independent al-Ghad newspaper reported on Wednesday.

On the day of escorting his father, the deceased Abdullah bin Hussein al-Ahmar, to his final resting place, Hamid al-Ahmar emphasized the significance for all Yemeni people to take the responsibility for preserving the constitution and the republic system.

Sheik Al-Ahmar Passes

Filed under: Islah, Parliament, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:15 am on Saturday, December 29, 2007

Quite an iconic figure in Yemeni history.

Yemeni warrior dies after life full of glories

[29 December 2007]

SANA’A, Dec. 29 (Saba) – The Parliament speaker Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hussein al-Ahmer, 74, has died at the Specialized Faisal Hospital in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Al-Ahmar who was born in 1933 was arrested in 1950s in Hodeidah province by the ruler of Yemen Imam Ahmed and was jailed for three years until the revolution in 1962.

Sheikh al-Ahmar held several positions during his career. In May 1964 he was nominated a Minister of Interior and held that position under three sequent governments.

In 1969, he was named a head of the national council which was tasked with the formulation of the Yemen Arab Republic’s constitution, and in 1975 chairman of the Shoura Council till the work with the constitution was suspended.

During 1979-1190, he served as member in the Consultative council. In 1990, he was nominated a head of the Higher Preparatory Committee of the Formation of the Islah Party (Yemeni Congregation for Reform) and served as the party head until his death.

In April 1993, al-Ahmar could gain the trust of the Yemeni people to win at his constituency, and in May of the same year he was nominated the speaker of parliament, the first parliament under the united Yemen.

He was re-elected as speaker of the parliament in 1997 and 2003.

Al-Ahmar made contributions to protect the revolution, unity of Yemen and Arab interests through the posts he had held such as head of the Public Committee for Defending al-Aqsa and Palestine, head of the parliamentary committee of Palestine and Quds and member of the Trustees Council of the Islamic International Mission Organization.

Al-Ahmar was deputy of the Quds Trustees Council in Yemen, head of branch of the Quds Organization in Yemen, and head of the Public Committee for Supporting the Kuwaiti People after Iraq invasion of Kuwait.

SANAA, Dec 29 (Reuters) – The speaker of Yemen’s parliament, Abdullah bin Hussein al-Ahmar, has died in Saudi Arabia after a long illness, officials said on Saturday.

It was not clear who would succeed Ahmar as head of the Yemeni parliament, a position he had held since 1993, or as head of the main opposition Islah (Reform) Party.

Born in 1933, Ahmar was head of the powerful Hashed tribal confederation and has played a key role in the turbulent politics of the impoverished Arab state for almost half a century.

Ahmar took part in elections through his Islah party, which combines tribal and Islamic elements, following the unification of northern Yemen with the communist south of the country in 1990 after years conflict.

Yemen mourns death of Sheikh al-Ahmar

[29 December 2007]

SANA’A Dec. 29 (Saba)- Yemen announced a official three-day mourning starting from Saturday on the death of Parliament speaker Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hussein al-Ahmar.

Al-Ahmar died Saturday morning in the Saudi capital Riyadh at the age of 74 years after a long-term suffering from an acute illness.

An official source told Saba that the funeral will be next Monday morning in his cemetery in the capital Sana’a. – The Yemen’s Presidency has on Saturday mourned the death of late Speaker of the parliament sheikh Abdullah bin Hussein Al-Ahmar who died in Riyadh Saturday the capital of Saudi Arabia at age of 74 years after suffering from a chronic disease.

A presidency statement sadly announced the death of the parliament Speaker Sheikh al-Ahmar Saturday to the people of Yemen and the Arab and Islamic nation following a long life of struggle he spent serving the homeland, the revolution, the republican regime, unity , democracy, development and service of the issues of his Arab and Islamic nation.

The statement said the deceased was one of the great national symbols and strong pillar of the revolution and the republic as well as a prominent nationalist and Islamic personality that served his homeland and, the Arab and Islamic nation. Sheikh al-Ahmar played a great role in the outbreak of the Yemeni revolution and the march of defending it at its various difficult and historical stages.

Hamid al-Ahmar, The Strong Man of Yemen

Filed under: Islah, Political Opposition, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:19 am on Friday, December 28, 2007

Hamid is a young, modern educated businessman. He’s got the national name recognition and but the Southerners might not trust him enough to give him a chance.

from the Yemen Times:

The Strong Man of Yemen

Hameed bin Abdullah bin Hussein Al-Ahmer, now at the age of 40, has become one of Yemen’s most influential men. This huge achievement is only partially due to being born into one of Yemen’s most powerful families—Al-ahmer family of the Hashed tribal confederation. His father Abdullah bin Hussein Al-Ahmer, was and still is the paramount leader of the Hashid confederation. Senior Al-ahmer is still, at least nominally, the Speaker of the Yemeni House of Representatives (HR). He is also the most respected living revolutionist. For more than four decades, senior Al-ahmer has been known as the presidents’ maker and breaker, but he never sought the highest office for himself.

Hameed Al-ahmer was born in an era of turmoil not only in north and south Yemen but also in the Arab world. In less than a decade, senior Al-ahmer lost his father and a very bright brother to the cause of political change. In addition, the battle between the republicans and the royalists was still raging. In such a political environment, Hameed was named after his politically ambitious, popular, and talented uncle, who was executed by the Imam.

While it was extremely rare for the sons of sheiks to worry about education during the 1970s and the 1980s, Hameed had a personal inclination to education. It was something inside him that led the son of this powerful, albeit traditional, family to educate himself to the best possible. As a youth, Hameed would travel to the U.S to spend summers where he would stay with an American family in order to learn English.

In the early 1990s, Hameed, who is now a fluent speaker of English, attended Sana’a University and earned a bachelor degree in economics with honors. Like his other brothers, Hameed must have enjoyed the support of his rich and powerful family. Unlike his brothers and most sons of Yemeni sheiks, however, he opted for the hard way in life.

One of his professors privately conveyed to the author that he used to double check Hameed’s exams to search for mistakes. The professor was afraid that people would not believe that a son of sheik Al-ahmer would get a full grade in an economic course. One of the students who attended school at that time said that Hameed, who would usually be followed with many armed bodyguards, would reach the gate of the College of Trade and Economics and hand over his small gun to the university police in order to keep it for him until he picks it up on his way out from classes.

The late professor of economics at Sana’a University and the founder and then publisher of the Yemen Times Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Saqqaf interviewed Hameed, the young entrepreneur, in one the early issues of Yemen Times. That interview reflected a professor’s fondness of a young man who seemed keen on making a difference in the life of his country and people. But late professor Al-Saqqaf himself might not have thought that Hameed in a few years over a decade would become one of Yemen’s most achieving businessmen, owning icons such as Sabafone—a cellular telecom with more than a million and a half subscribes—the Islamic Bank of Saba, and at least a dozen other businesses.

But Hameed is not only a brilliant businessman. He is also a courageous, diligent, innovative, and goal oriented politician. Capitalizing on the power and influence of his family, Hameed was elected to the Yemeni HR for the first time in 1993, reelected in 1997 and again in 2003. It is worth noting that while Hameed’s older brother—Saddiq—remained politically independent and his younger brother Hussein joined the ruling General People’s Congress (GPC), Hameed from the onset ran on the ticket of the party presided over by his father—the Yemeni Congregation for Reform—which is known by its short Arabic name Islah (meaning reform).

It was no coincidence that Hameed would find himself after a decade and a half of multi-partisan politics as one of the top leaders of Islah which is unequivocally the largest opposition party in the country. It is very likely that senior Al-Ahmer, a father of many sons and daughters, and one of the most shrewd politicians in today’s Yemen had saw in Hameed—his second son—what it takes to inherit his father’s powerful political role. It is also worth noting that the rise of the political star of Hameed has paralleled the gradual withdrawal of senior Al-ahmer from political life partially due to deteriorating health conditions.

Whereas senior Al-Ahmer has been most of the time out of the country for treatment and rehabilitation over the past few years, junior Al-ahmer has been calling the shots in his father’s place. While not outsider to politics, Hameed’s rise to the nation’s top rank of outspoken politicians took place in the last three years. His acquisition of an important political role coincided with many developments in the Yemeni political scene. For one, the old alliance between senior Al-ahmer and President Saleh started filtering. The immediate causes are many but the single, and probably most significant long-term cause, is a struggle over power among the younger generation of the Hashid confederation. For another, senior Al-ahmer as said earlier has been gradually withdrawing from public life partially for health and partially for political reasons.

And, regardless of the causes of the rift between senior Al-ahmer and President Saleh, politics in Yemen seems to have dramatically changed over the past few years thanks to Hameed’s entrepreneur skills, political ambition, and determination. It is widely believed that Hameed has played a vital role in solidifying the opposition’s stand against Saleh in September 2006 presidential elections. At that time, Saleh, with no signs of credible competitor in the horizon, had hoped for a smooth renewal of his term in office. To his dismay, junior Al-ahmer surprised him with a fierce elections’ battle that attracted the attention of friends and foes.

While accompanying the Joint Meeting Parties’ presidential candidate engineer Faisal bin Shamlan in his camping trail across Yemen, Hameed seemed to have redefined the contemporary politics of Yemen. He proved the old slogan of tribal politics, which states “my nephew and I are against the outsider,” to be inaccurate. The most telling moment, probably in the politics of modern Yemen, occurred in the summer of 2006 when Hameed with the support of some of his brothers mobilized tens of thousands of Hashid’s tribesmen for the opposition parties’ presidential candidate bin Shamlan’s campaign stop in the city of Amran to the north of the capital of Yemen—Sana’a.

It is true that Saleh is the one who decided to shift from the politics of consensus to the politics of competition. It is truer, however, that junior Al-ahmer is the one who defined what the politics of competition looks like today and will look like in the future. And, while the door for reconciliation of differences among the younger generation of Hashid is not completely closed, the likelihood of reconciliation and a return to the politics of consensus seems remote. The best the sons of Hashid can hope for in the future is not the impossible return to the politics of consensus, but the attainable goal of acceptance of the right and legitimacy of the role of each other.

Hameed, who is widely perceived among the opposition—specially the youth—as their strong man, repeatedly asserts that he is ready for the long haul of political competition and struggle. In response, the regime has been keen on targeting him. Since he openly started opposing Saleh’s rule and policies and calling for deeper and comprehensive political reforms, the regime has reacted hastily, using state institutions, resources, and public media outlets to undermine his flourishing businesses, and to tarnish his reputation. But despite being subjected to all types of harassment, Hameed seems to be undeterred. In a recent interview, Hameed, an optimist and a strong motivator, told his supporters and opponents too that he is ready to pay the price for the cause he believes in.

Some of Hameed’s friends, however, fear for his life. One of his proponents wrote a long article in 2005 asking “will Hameed become the Harairi of Yemen?” referring to assassinated businessman and prime minister of Lebanon Mr. Rafiq Al-harairi. For those who know him well, the fate of his late uncle at the hands of the Imam raises a legitimate concern.

Unlike his friends, Hameed prefers to look at the bright side of events. After all, the heinous murder of his ambitious uncle and grandfather led his father to mobilize the Hashid tribes, normally supporters of the Imam, to the side of the revolution when it broke out in north Yemen in 1962. The efforts of his father, family, and tribesmen eventually led to the permanent demise of the Imamate’s 11 centuries’ rule. “We are now better off” said Hameed, in a recent interview, comparing the conditions of opposition leaders today to those of the 1960s revolutionaries in the southern and northern parts of Yemen.

The author is a professor of politics at Sana’a University. For comments, please email the author at:

Parliamentary Presidency to GPC

Filed under: Islah, Parliament, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:57 pm on Monday, December 24, 2007

Yemen Online

After Al Ahmer: Expectations – Al Ra’ei to Lead the Parliament; Yadoomi to Lead Islah Party , & Sadeq to lead Hashed Tribes
The opposition Islamic Party Islah considered that selecting a successor to Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hussein Al Ahmer is “GPC business which is the owner of the majority of votes”. Expectations indicate that Vice Chairman of Islah will chair the party “temporarily”.

Vice Chairman of the GPC bloc in the Parliament Yaser Al Awadi said to Yemenonline that the party will choose someone from GPC to replace late Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hussein Al Ahmer who died last Saturday in one of Saudi hospitals in the Saudi capital, Ryadh.

Al Awadi added: “it is too early to talk about a successor to Sheikh Abdullah; however, the upcoming chairperson for the Parliament will be from GPC since it has the majority of votes.”

Vice Speaker of the parliament for organizational and technical issues, Yahya Al Raei, is the luckiest candidate to succeed Sheikh AL Ahmer, especially when he has been practically heading the Parliament during the past two years 2006 and 2007 after the deterioration of the Chairman’s health.

Al Ra’ei has occupied the post of assistant secretary general for economy and services in GPC since December 2005.

A responsible source in Islah Party said that selecting the successor of Sheikh Abdullah bin Hussein Al Ahmer to chair the parliament is “an issue that concerns GPC since it has the majority of votes in the Parliament.”

The chairman of the Islah bloc Mr. Abdulrahman Ba Fadl, said in a statement to Marib Press, commenting on Al Awadi statement, “the current Parliament presidency could continue the legal period of the Parliament which ends in April 2009, indicating that Islah will not object to Al Ra’ei nomination but will not nominate him.”

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hussein Al Ahmer, chairman of the Islah Party chaired the Parliament which has 229 seats for GPC out of 301, 58 seats for all opposition parties together, and 14 seats for independents.

The Parliament in 2003 elected Al Ahmer as a Chairperson by consensus, after the announcement of Mr. President, Ali Abdullah Salleh, in a TV speech that Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hussein Al Ahmer is the candidate of GPC for heading the Parliament (because he is the link between all parties).

On the other hand, a responsible Islah source, expects that Vice Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Islah, Mohamed Al Yadoomi, to chair the party “temporarily” until holding the general conference of Islah in February 2009.

The source said in a statement to Yemenonline, who asked not to reveal his identity, that electing a chairman for the Supreme Committee does not take place without a general conference and he thinks it is unlikely to be hold currently. He indicated that it is not in the power of the Supreme Committee or the Shura Council to elect a chairperson for the party. He also added: “I think the Vice Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Islah will chair the party until holding the general conference next year.

Islah Deputy

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Islah, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:53 am on Saturday, November 10, 2007

SANA’A, NewsYemen

Deputy chairman of the Islah High Authority Mohammad al-Yadomi said the leaders of Islah do not play their proper role and promised that they will be in front of protest marches to be organized by Islah as “Jihad for Allah and peaceful struggle to get rights”.

Al-Yadomi also criticized in a lecture for Islah’s supporters entitled “Joint Meeting Parties among Political Powers” in Sana’a on Tuesday what he said “the violence and injustice of the regime”, and called for “peaceful struggle and protecting the national unification and defending it with our blood”.

“The Unity is God’s gift to Yemeni people and those voices calling for separation are conspirers against the country and people,” said al-Yadomi

We have differences with the ruling party, but the unity is not a point of dispute. We, in Islah party, will defend unity and sacrifice our lives in favor of it,” he said.

“This bad situation will not be changed unless we have a strong determination to change it,” said al-Yadomi. “The matter is in our hand, but we need to be patient”.

He advised the running party to listen to voices calling for power transference as the best means of pushing democracy forward. He said the ruling party should stop to refuse other views.

Islah Participation in the Democractic Process

Filed under: Elections, Islah, USA, YSP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:55 am on Thursday, October 4, 2007

Engaging Islmaists and Promoting Democracy

Path to Reform. Yemen’s path to reform has been dogged by widespread poverty, high
illiteracy rates, and endemic corruption. Significant democratic reforms were implemented
in the 1990 unification of North and South Yemen, including the legalization of opposition
parties, creation of an independent electoral system, and expanded press freedoms.
Parliamentary elections were held in 1993. However, Yemen’s democratic opening was
marred by numerous setbacks, capped in 2001 by a presidential consolidation of power
that amended the constitution to extend both parliamentary and presidential terms. The
president also gained new powers to dissolve the parliament and extended his control over
the legislature by enlarging the president-appointed upper house. (Read on …)


Filed under: Civil Society, Islah, Presidency, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:08 pm on Sunday, September 30, 2007

Yemen Times

Social Capital is a very new concept to Yemen, it stands alone as an isolated understanding of Yemen limited to several micro-developmental organizations, known also as charities. Although splendid in numbers, according to statistics by the Ministry of Social Affairs, little impact do the people of Yemen see as a result of over 3,000 registered charities, with an exception of a handful charities which have a contribution towards poverty reduction in the Country.

Although poverty in Yemen has been reduced from 41.8 percent in 1998 to 35.5 percent in 2005, according to the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation. Ironically, the key issue is that 41.8 percent of the population in 1998 was 7.5 million people, while 35.5 percent of the population in 2005 was 7.7 million people, considering the annual population growth rate of 3.4 percent.

The Holy month of Ramadhan is an excellent occasion to study the role of charities in building social capital and reducing poverty, Most recently Al-Islah Charitable Society for Social Welfare has proclaimed that its activities directly affect half a million people. Since its establishment in 1990 in Hodieda governorate, which is the most impoverished governorate in the country, Al-Islah charity has grown to become the country’s largest charitable organization, with operations ranging from Orphan care and vocational training to reproductive health and humanitarian assistance. (Read on …)

Lawsuit Against Official Paper Countered

Filed under: GPC, Islah, Media, Religious, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:07 pm on Sunday, September 30, 2007

Yemen Observer:

Samir Rashad al-Yousefi, Editor-in-Chief of the al-Jomhoria newspaper has called for the prosecution of the opposition Islah Party for abandoning Islamic values, which call for unity, brotherhood, and non-discrimination.

Al-Yousefi’s comments come after Islah declared it would start legal proceedings against him and his newspaper after he wrote an opinion article under the title of the Separaist Pretext of Islah in which he said that the main aim of the Islah is to gain power, even if allied with the devil, at the expense of any religious principles or values, whether religious or secular.

“What I wrote in the article is just my viewpoint and Islah should accept that in the context of freedom of opinion and not resort to the courts,” al-Yousefi said. (Read on …)

No Paramilitary to be Deployed in the South???

Filed under: Civil Rights, Civil Unrest, Islah, Security Forces, South Yemen, YSP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:49 am on Wednesday, September 19, 2007

No jihaddis? No tribesmen?

Al-Motamar, the website of the GPC, criticizes Islah’s militia’s participation in the 1994 civil war. Al-Motar fails to mention the Islamists fought on behalf of Saleh. Does this mean the regime will not deploy the Aden Abyan Islamic Army and the tribal irregulars in the South? I mean redeploy them from Sa’ada to Aden? Its an interesting angle of denounciation of the JMP, considering the former PM BaJammal threatened to re-arm the northern citizens in order to battle the southerners, and the military needed the tribesmen to fight in Sa’ada.

I was expecting to see the Sa’ada pattern emerge in the South if things continued to escalate: food and medicine embargo, random bombardment, jihaddis and tribesmen deployed, media incitement, arbitrary arrests, communications disrupted. But there’s several thousand Houthis and several million Southerners. And the military couldn’t win against the Houthis. Hopefully, there will be a good faith settlement from the regime, but it is currently breaking its promises in Sa’ada. Its hard to imagine it will keep them in Aden.

Al-Motamar: The reasons of the enmity of the Islah and the YSP towards the army and the security can be explained through remembering the historical past of those parties grouping inside the JMP especially the Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah) and the Socialist Party.

The Islah, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen, does not differ in its foundation and ideology from the rest of Islamic parties in the Arab and Islamic world which derived the concepts of jihad and building militias as ways in their endeavours to take power. And the Islah party is no different from the rest of Islamic parties. It possesses armed militias trained on resort to armed violence and the participation of the Islah militias in the secessionist war is considered an evidence of the approach followed by the Islah in its political pursuit. Most of its higher leaderships, if not all, have military and security history.

The Islah stand of refusing the decision of banning weapons perhaps reflexes the truth that it is not different from the rest of the Islamic movement that considers the armed militias as a means for its seizure of power in case it attained it,

The Yemeni Socialist Party is no different in its dependence on armed militias for taking power and rather the socialist parties in the world, including the YSP, depended on incorporating the army and the security into the party structure to an extent that the party, the army and the state formed one structure which is the party structure that depends on the armed force in controlling and running the country.

All here remember the tragedies the southern part of the country had seen before the unity as a result of armed conflicts that governed the work of the YSP. The vents of 13 January 1986 still represent the strongest evidence of the ideology that the YSP adopted in settling the disputes inside the party organisations.

On the other hand the Yemeni official newspaper Al-Thawra last Tuesday assailed in its editorial the wrong partisan mobilization against the armed forces and the security as well as boycotting by the JMP leaderships of any activities concerning the military and security establishment the latest of which was the ceremony held last Monday for the graduation of a number new military batches.

The editorial said it was not the first time such narrow-minded persons disappear on such occasions despite their full knowledge that the military and security establishment is that of the people and the homeland and its loyalty is to Yemen and it is not a party establishment.

The newspaper added that what arouses astonishment and surprise is that those party leaderships harbour enmity to the armed forces and security while this national establishment has being providing them and preparing for them climates of political emergence and to practice political and party action openly amid secure and stable atmospheres throughout the past years.

GPC should relinquish power

Filed under: GPC, Islah, Political Opposition, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:32 pm on Wednesday, September 12, 2007

September 11, 2007-09-11- Al-azab, senior leader of the main opposition party, the Islah, said that the ruling party must relinquish power, stressing that its return to power would be a catastrophe.

He called for holding early parliamentary and presidential elections, expressing surprise at the ruling party’s calls regarding handover power to the opposition.

“It fought bitterly and puttered public money in the last elections in order to monopolize power” he said emphasizing that those calls unrealistic.

He further demanded the ruling party to stop repressing peaceful protests and sit-ins, stressing that they are in accordance with the state constitution and laws.

Also call for early elections


September 8, 2007- The Member of Parliament, Abdul-Karim Shaiban, called upon the ruling General People Conference party to abandon power and hold early elections, accusing it of failing in managing the state’s economy.

“The current Yemeni government has no strategies, policies” he accused the government after commodities prices extremely soared.

“The government could not keep stability of wheat prices without having clear strategies; it does not know how wheat much Yemen needs? If you ask the Commerce and Industry ministry the last question, indeed, it can’t indeed answer” added Shaiban.

He further said that the government could not control prices when some officials are the merchants themselves.

University Students Demand: Get Soldiers Off Campus

Filed under: Education, GPC, Islah, Military, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:22 am on Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Yemen Times SANA’A, Sept. 9 – In a statement to Yemen Times, the head of the Islah Party at the Faculty of Trading and Commerce, Belal Al-Nehari demanded civil guards for the university instead of the military ones.

Al-Nehari accused the military guards at the university of attacking students in the University yard while they were defending their rights in registering at the University peacefully. He, also, refuted the accusation of the GPC head Abdulmaleq Al-Sayaghi at the Faculty that the students shot fires towards the military guards. “We absolutely refuted the accusation of Abdulmaleq Al-Sayaghi that we shot fires towards the soldiers or even used sticks against them. we are sorry that the ruling party defends the crimes of security soldiers. Therefore, we ask for civil guards fit the message that the University presents.” Al-Nehari said.

This deny comes as a reply to the statement released by Al-Sayaghi in Yemen Times on the August 19th in which he accused the Islahi students at the University of shooting fires towards the soldiers and spread riot at the University yard.

Sana’a University witnessed riot and strong clashes between new students and security soldiers during the enroll period in the middle of August. The clashed lead to injuring the student Ameen Al-Shubati on head when one of the soldiers beat him by the back of his pistol. The security administration at Sana’a University refused to give information about the reaction of the administration towards the incident or about the number of the security soldiers at the University.

The Sana’a University witnessed clashes between the Students of GPC and Islah in 2005 during the elections of the General Union of the Yemeni Students. The head of GPC Abdulmaleq Al-Sayaghi stated that the Islahi students by this demand just wants to attract the sympathy of the new students in order to attract them to the Islah party . Al-Sayaghi added that the Islahi students want to get rid of the military security because they can’t attack them since it is a crime according to the law while it is easier for them to attck the civil guards and to spread riot in the University. “ the one who doesn’t want security, is the one who wants mass.” Al-Sayaghi stated.

Al-Sayaghi stated that the law prevents any political activities in the worship places and the public places such as the University.

Regime Breaks Shabwa Blockade of Oil Tankers for Al-Noba’s Release

Filed under: Civil Society, Islah, Local gov, Oil, Political Opposition, South Yemen, Targeting, Tribes, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:39 pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2007


Release of 50 gas tankers in Shabwa

September 4, 2007- Provisional government sources in Shabwa province told “” that security forces controlled a blockade which had been installed by tribes were demanding to release the retired general ,Nasser al-Nowba, who had been held on Monday in Aden.

They affirmed that government forces attacked the blockade and released the 50 held gas tankers which had been seized by tribes.

Moreover, several barriers were installed in Shawa province to protest the kidnapping of the general Nasser al-Nowba .

For its part, the Islah party renewed its call for the Shabawa people to adopt peaceful struggle, not armed struggle.

September 5, 2007- Provincial sources in Shabwa governorate told “” that two soldiers were wounded on Wednesday in shootout between security forces and tribes protesting arrests of demonstrators who were protesting Saturday against price hikes in Aden and Hadramout provinces.

The sources added that a tribal mediation led to ceasefire, but they did not explain whether that mediation managed to release gas tankers had been seized by the tribes.

Next the Students

Filed under: Children, Civil Rights, Education, GPC, Islah, Security Forces, Targeting, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 3:14 pm on Tuesday, August 21, 2007

educational opportunity like everything else is politicized

Saada War
The Southern protests
Tribal tensions
Taiz and other cities protests
The students

SANA’A, August 19 — Strong clashes occurred between soldiers and students enrolling at Sana’a University last Sunday in the yard of the Faculty of Trading and Commerce.

An eyewitness confirmed that soldiers and students fired shots during the enrolling process. One student, Ameen Al-Shubati, was injured and taken to the hospital after a soldier beat him in the head with the back of his pistol. The eyewitness indicated that the incident occurred in sequence with student protests against the enrolling committee at the Faculty of Trading and Commerce, accusing the faculty of unfairly distinguishing between students in the enrolling process. The eyewitness added that four of the soldiers were carrying weapons and about four others carried cudgels.

The General Union of Yemeni Students condemned the firing of shots and bashing of students with cudgels during the enrolling process. Redhwan Mass’oud, head of the General Union of Yemeni Students considered these acts as terrorism against university students and asked the concerned authorities to transfer the soldiers to the judiciary to be punished and to substitute the military guards with civil guards.

Abdul Malek Al-Sayiaghi, head of the General People’s Congress (GPC) at the Faculty of Trading and Commerce, considered that Mass’oud’s demands were geared toward clearing the university yard of security in order to encourage fighting and to attack university guards attempting to quell ensuing violence.

Al-Sayiaghi affirmed that the incident occurred when a group of Islah-affiliated students started distributing some enrollment forms and partisan slogans to students. He added that one of the Islah-affiliated students was the first to fire shots.

Al-Sayiaghi expected further incidents in the future and considered such incident the result of a lack of awareness among students of enrollment procedures.

There were more than 1,000 students and only one committee to receive students’ documents while there were three committees last year.

It is expected that Yemeni universities, in which the enrolling period started Saturday, August 18, will receive about 65,000 students for the 2007 – 2008 academic year.

Political Violence Flares

Filed under: GPC, Islah, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:04 pm on Sunday, June 24, 2007 – Gunmen from the Yemeni Islah party in Hdeidah governorate attacked Friday a leading official from the General People’s Congress (GPC) in the district of Al-Hali, Hudeidah.

Local sources mentioned that the GPC official Ammar Fuad Ali Abbas is now at a hospital for treatment from serious injuries in the head and limbs caused by being beaten with sticks and iron clubs by elements from the Islah party, one of the opposition parties with hardliner religious orientation after they have lured him out of his house Friday evening.

Te sources told that the attackers who were almost killing him have previously carried out similar attacks on a number of citizens in the district just because of their different political affiliations.

The sources also attributed the latest attack to former differences erupted between the GPC official and Islah elements during the presidential and local elections held last September.

Meanwhile, security men in the governorate were able to arrest the Islah official Abd Rebah al-Farawi the main suspect in this incident and he is being interrogated while they continue chasing the other elements accused in this attack.

Sheik Al-Ahmar’s Letter

Filed under: Islah, Presidency, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:52 am on Monday, June 4, 2007

This is a good explaination of the nuances of the letter in an oped in the YT written by the same guy who was kidnapped two years ago about, held incommunicato and then charged with bogus charges.

On May 10, the 26 September Weekly published a letter from Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hussein Al-Ahmar addressed to Sa’ada tribal leaders among them the sheikhs of Sahar, Juma’a, Khawlan Bani Amer, Munabeh, Razeh, Ghamr, Shada, and other tribes. The letter coincided with a time period having its own unique political impression when two stances contradicted each other. According to the issue No. 147 of Al-Wasat Weekly, Sheikh Al-Ahmar suggested that President Saleh contains the issue at the very beginning but the latter refused saying that he is capable enough to settle the issue (the Sa’ada fighting) within three days. Since then, Sheikh Al-Ahmar hasn’t interfered in the issue until President Saleh asked him to do so over the past few days.

It is logical that Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hussein Al-Ahmar may have a say, an opinion and a viewpoint, be they positive or negative, about the Sa’ada crisis, but the wind doesn’t usually blow along the direction of ships. The ruler tried his arrogance in escalating the crisis by devastating Sa’ada but he reaped nothing except for thorns. This is why he turned once again to seek the advice of Sheikh Al-Ahmar. For the reading of Sheikh Al-Ahmar’s letter to be closer to logic and more objective, some key points have to be taken into consideration as a background of the letter and its effect. (Read on …)

Libya Funding Yemeni Political Parties

Filed under: Islah, Libya, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:30 am on Monday, April 23, 2007

I thought it was the Yemeni Ba’ath party that Libya was funding.

Islah? Now it’s Islah supporting the Houthis? Errrr, no. This is the ruling party’s website so…. agencies – Arab and world news agencies, newspapers and electronic websites disclosed recently those Yemeni poetical parties have received more than $ 6 million in financial support from external sides that were indicated of their involvement in supporting terrorist acts in Saada governorate.

According to the American news agency the Libyan leader Muamar Gaddafi offered support to two major parties of the Yemeni opposition parties in Yemen amounting to about $ 6 million. It added that the Libyan support included the parties of Yemen Congregation for Reform (Islah) and the Nasserite Unionist, $ 6 million to the Islah party and $ 250 thousand to the Nasserite Unionist Orgaisation, pointing out that the latter receives Libyan sort for long time.

Akhbar Libya newspaper that published the news in its internet website under the title | Gaddafi supports Islah and the Nasserite with more than 6 million dollars” mentioned that the leader began from Yemen implementing his declared promise of adopting nationalist and Islamic movements in the Arab world.

Related: Khaddafi, the same guy who wants to create Israerastein, advocates for a North African Imamate; via Memri. I think people just lose their minds after 20 years in power.

Women in Islah, Aden Branch, 15 % of Posts

Filed under: Islah, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:15 am on Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Good. Yemeni women are very talented, intelligent and have a lot to contribute politically.

AS: The Executive Office of Islah Party in Aden affirmed its intent to grant women wide chances of assuming posts in the party during its local conference to be held on the coming Wednesday under the motto of ” Rights, Freedoms ,administrative reform and services ”

The head of the office, Wahid Ali Rashid, said that the office aims to give women over 15 percent of posts.

Islah Final Statement

Filed under: Islah, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:54 pm on Thursday, March 29, 2007

Mar 29 ,2007 – The Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah Party)concluded its fourth local conference in the capital, Sana’a, on Thursday.

It denounced, in its final statement, arbitrary imprisonments practiced in Sana’a by the political and national apparatuses against citizens. It further affirmed that such violations are clear-cut infringements to the state constitution which reads to not imprison any citizen whiteout issuing judicial rulings against.

The Islah Party also stressed ,in its final statement, the importance of widening public awareness thorough all possible means and peaceful struggle in order to obtain rights and freedoms and communicating citizens closely .

It also recommend to realize all objectives aiming at political reforms in all fields ,appreciating at the same time Islah’s members efforts who had vividly struggled in the past local and presidential elections .

The final statement also called on to broaden dialogue circles among all political and ideological forces in frame of Yemeni revolution , the state constitution and the Comprehensive National Political Agenda in order to achieve positive results which could solve the growing problems in the country .

Additionally, It denounced the detention of Sheikh Mohammad al-Moayad and Mohammad Zayed by U.S. administration and suffers they are experiencing in U.S. after they were lured by an American agent to Germany. It also demanded to immediately release all Yemeni Guantanumo detainees.

Moreover, it condemned violations occupied in the past elections, expressing sorrow of economy deterioration,increasing poverty and widespread unemployment.

Saleh Meets al-Hikmeh Chairman

Filed under: Civil Society, Islah, Presidency, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:29 pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2007

This is the same charity that al-Tajamoa said was helping fighters get to Iraq. al-Hikmeh denied it.

from al-Motamar: President Ali Abdullah Saleh received Sunday a number of scholars, members of the Yemeni Charitable al-Hikmeh Society who informed him on activities of the society in the areas of religious calling, charity and humanitarian activities and its members role in enlightenment about the religion of Islam in addition to the activity through adopting charitable and humanitarian projects especially in education, health and building mosques as well as care rendered to orphans and the youth.

Chairman of the society and its members extolled the president’ stands and his care and attention he pays to scholars and preachers for performing their message in enlightening on bases of national unity and moderateness as well as the call for the good and unity and whatever unifies the ranks of the people and abandons all forms of fanaticism and instigating dispute and sedition and sectarianism among the people. They also expressed their appreciation for the president’s pan-Arab and Islamic stands.

On his part the president praised the society’s efforts in its Islamic call as well as its charitable and its humanitarian role. He also praised their national stances at all circumstances for the good of the homeland and its progress and prosperity. The president added that the Yemeni al-Hikmeh society members have served moderateness in their pursuit for discarding extremism and fanaticism away from greed’s of life, authority or prestige and money.
The president stressed the role the scholars should undertake in awakening the people on affairs of their religion and to know about the facts of religion and to make loved by the people in general.

Islah’s Conference

Filed under: Islah, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:45 pm on Saturday, March 3, 2007

What a insightful analysis this it:

from the Yemen Observer: In its 4th congress held earlier this week, Yemen’s main opposition Islamist party, Islah, has disappointed those who saw it as a strong leader for an effective opposition coalition, by keeping the Shiekh Abdullah al-Ahmar as a president for the fourth time since it was established in 1990.

In spite of the fact that al-Ahmar did not attend the congress for unknown reasons, he was chosen by recommendations as a president of Islah’s supreme council for a fourth term contravening the internal bylaw of the party, which bans re-electing leaders after three terms.
The party’s veterans said there was a compelling need to violate the bylaw in order to re-elect al-Ahmar as a president, arguing that this move was in the best interest of the party and the opposition coalition Joint Meeting Parties alike.

However, the younger generation in the party did not see the need for al-Ahmar to be president especially after his announcement that he would not stand for the top post again.
Only days before the congress, while controversy was going on about the importance of changing Islah’s leadership in order to serve as an example for the ruling party and other opposition parties, al-Ahmar announced that he no longer wanted to be president of the party.

So, it seems that some of the party’s influential think-tanks have imposed the idea of keeping al-Ahmar in power on the young generation who were looking forward to the change and expecting the rules and bylaws of political work to be respected. “I can assure you that 85 percent of the young people in the party did not agree with recommending al-Ahmar inside the working sessions, but no one could convince those who were saying it was necessary to keep al-Ahmar as a president,” Abdu salem, a mid-level Islah leader, told Yemen Observer.

“And even more, I think this idea of keeping al-Ahmar as president, was imposed on al-Ahmar himself, a lot of us felt that he was forced into it,” Salem said. Al-Ahmar, the most influential tribal sheikh in Yemen, represents the tribal wing in the Islah party. As for other leadership positions below the president, including vice president, secretary general, and chairman of the Shura Council (the central committee of the party), they were either removed from office or changed positions.

Former vice president, Yassin Abdul-Aziz al-Qubati, who represents the Muslim Brotherhood wing in the party, was elected as a member of the supreme panel. The former secretary general Mohammed al-Yadomi was elected as the vice president of the party. The former chairman of the Shura Council, Abdul Majeed al-Zindani, who represents the religious hardliners wing, was replaced as chairman, though he remains a member of the council.

The former assistant secretary general, Abdul Wahab al-Ansi, was elected as secretary general of the party. Remarkably, women fared relatively well at the congress, despite the conservative attitudes inside the party, which prefer that they stay at home. A total of 13 women were elected to the 130-member Shura Council (the central committee of the party), or 10 percent of the members. This is the first time that any woman has ever been elected to the council, though the number elected is less than the 15 percent wanted by women and their supporters inside the party.

The former president of the women’s sector in the party, Amat al-Salam Raja was ranked 10th of the 130 members of the Shura Council, who were ordered according to the number of votes each member received. Raja’s popularity, reflected in the number of votes she received, showed the the evolving position of women and the increasing understanding inside the party of the women’s role in public life.

Raja is known for her courage and boldness in publicly demanding and defending the rights of women. She has been lobbying with other parties and NGOs for quota system to ensure a minimum number of women are represented in decision-making positions. Before the voting, and during the working sessions of the congress, which closed last Monday, there were serious disagreements and debates about the role of women in politics and in public life in general. About six hundred female Islah members participated in the congress among the more than 4,000 men.

Only one of the six hundred female participants had her face uncovered, while the others were completely covered in black Sharshafs during the three-day congress. They had their own seats on one side of the room, and their own entrance and exit to and from the conference hall. A male participant among those holding the most extremist views on women’s pubic participation expressed his opinion on the matter succinctly by saying, “the best place for women is in the house.”

In turn, a female participant stood up and confidently refuted the man’s assertion by citing verses from the Quran and the Hadiths (the sayings of the prophet Mohammed) to support her position that the house is not the only place for women as it is not the only place for men. “There was a lot of approval and consent of the style of that sister, who had convincingly refuted the argument of that brother, and this was obvious from the cheers of the men and women who were chanting Allahu Akbar Wallelah Alhamd (God is most great; praise be to God,” said one senior Islah official who was supporting the women.

“But then, surprisingly, another brother stood up wondering if it is religiously permissible to greet women by loudly saying the phrase: Allahu Akbar Wallelah Alhamd?!,” said the same official who was eventually elected to the party’s Shura council. Allahu Akbar Wallelah Alhamd is a phrase chanted by most of the Islah members to greet someone when he or she does or says something good in public gatherings instead of applauding which they say, is a western fashion. Why it should be impermissible to greet a woman this way is open to speculation.

As for the Joint Meeting Parties, the five-party opposition coalition led by Islah, the congress confirmed that Islah would maintain its alliance with the Yemeni Socialist Party, Unionist Nasserite Party, Union of Popular Forces Party, and Al-Haqq Party. This was mad clear by the warm applause and cheering that the participants of the congress gave during the speech of the secretary general of the Yemeni Socialist Party, Yassin Saeed Noman, in its opening session.

Noman, speaking not only on behalf of his party but also on behalf of the three other opposition parties, said Islah is one of essential guarantees for the future of thoughtful political pluralism in Yemen. Responding to the question of how Socialists can ally effectively with Islamists, he said that both parties have changed since their rigid beginnings. Ideas are like water, if they do not run, they stagnate, he said.


13 Woman on Islah’s Shura Council

Filed under: Islah, Women's Issues, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:09 pm on Friday, March 2, 2007

from the Gulf News:

Sanaa: A total of 13 women were elected to the 130-member Shura Council (the central committee of the party).

This was 10 per cent of the members, which was 5 per cent less than the percentage sought by women and their supporters inside the party.

Former president of women’s wing in the party Amat Al Salam Raja ranked 10th of the 130 members of Shura Council, according to the number of votes each member received.

The high popularity of Raja (the large amount of votes she got) clearly reflects the increasing understanding inside the party of women’s role in public life. Raja is known for her courage and boldness in demanding and defending the public rights of women. She has been lobbying with other parties and NGOs for women’s quota in decision-making positions.

Before election and during the working sessions of the congress which closed last Monday, there were serious arguments and debates about the role of women in politics and public life in general. About 600 Islah women members participated in the congress with more than 4,000 men.

Only one woman of the 600 women participants did not cover her face while others were covered in black sharshafs (full veils).

A congressman expressed his opinion on women saying “the best place for women is the house”. In her turn, a congresswoman refuted that citing verses from the Quran and Hadiths to support her view that the house is not the only place for men or women.

Islah Conference

Filed under: Islah, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:07 pm on Sunday, February 25, 2007

from Al-Sahwa:

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hossain al-Ahmer was reelected today, Sunday as the head of Islah Pary by over 4,000 representatives attending the party’s fourth general congress held at Apollo Hall in Sana’a.

The representatives of Islah also elected Mohammad al-Yadomi as the deputy of the Supreme Board of the Party and Solaiman al-Ahdal as the head of Judicial Board of the party .

They will also elect 130 members of the Shoura Council .Over 250 candidates compete for the positions, most are youths.

The fourth conference had discussed in its past session the report presented regarding Islah’s performances in the last two years .

They notified that Islah media don’t fit its leverage as the Yemen’s main opposition Party.

On the other hand, the congress referred a letter raised by the Shoura council regarding the false accusations issued against Sheikh Abdul-Majid al-Zandani by US.

More from Al-Sahwa: (Read on …)


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