Al-Balagh [Archives:2003/683/Press Review]

November 6 2003

28 Oct. 2003
Main headlines:
– Al-Qaeda wing opens dialogue on the internet with its supporters
– UN resident coordinator in Yemen Rawley: Negligence and disregard of law in Yemen weakens the people’s trust in the state system
– In a remark to minister of interior and general prosecutor, a person accused of killing at large under protection of a sheikh at al-Taweela district in Mahweet
– Fight and fire shots at the Jumhouri hospital in Mahweet
– Report on international corruption: Yemen occupies fourth place in corruption among twelve Arab states
The editor in chief of the newspaper tackles in his article this week a habit that has taken the form o a phenomenon in the beginning of the month of Ramadhan in Yemen. That habit is represented in burning old tires in the streets the time the advent of the month of Ramadhan is announced. The writer says the capital secretariat has announced it has taken all necessary arrangements to stop the habit of setting fire to old plastic tires a matter which affects the environment and makes Sana’a covered with a cloud of smoke anyone entering it would hate its atmosphere. The writer remarks that the measures taken by heads of the districts were not strict enough to raise to the level of the decisions but their decisions and measures were just on paper.
By reporting this phenomenon the columnist says we want to call the attention of officials and decision-makers to the necessity of following up implementation of their decisions and taking due measures for their implementation as well as imposing punishments on those violating them. He says our laws and decisions are among the best but the essential problem is in reality that is far away from the spirit of those laws. The question is that we are n longer in need of other laws as much as our need for implementation of the existing ones. We do not need officials from another planet as much as our need of officials who would follow up implementation and application of the laws and commit to the regulations. We are in need of an administrative revolution gives the laws and regulations their value and grants the state a power enabling it implement its programs.