AL-MITHAQ: Sanaa weekly, 26-1-98. [Archives:1998/05/Press Review]

February 2 1998

(People’s General Congress)
Main Headlines: 1- The President Delivers an important speech to the people of Yemen on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr. 2- PGC Secretary-General congratulates the political leadership on Eid. 3- PGC General Secretariat continues its meetings to set the appropriate mechanisms for PGC action program of 1998. 4- Foreign Minister, Dr. Al-Iryani to head Yemen’s delegation to arbitration hearings on the disputed Hunaish Island in London. 5- Minister of Interior: “The President’s call for tolerance does not contradict the trial of the secessionists and subversive elements.” Article Summary: Is Liberty on Trial in France? – By Mohammed Al-Lawzi The trial of the Islamic thinker Raja’a Garoudie is disconcerting for many thinkers and intellectuals around the world. It seriously harms freedom of expression. Such a trial raises many questions in a country which is considered by many as an advanced model of liberty and respect for human rights. The Zionists have riddled Europeans with so much guilt in order to be able to continuously blackmail them. Garoudie’s banned book exposes the Zionists’ exaggerated claims regarding the Holocaust. The French law which criminalizes everyone who casts doubt, even if based on historical facts, on the Zionists’ allegations represents the beginning of curbing freedoms and violating human rights.