Al-Sahwa [Archives:2004/716/Press Review]

March 1 2004

26 February 2004
Main headlines
– Waiting for a new price dose
– Al-Kuhlani refuses to abide by prosecution order,
– Islah condemns threatening Nasher
– Islah general secretariat of Islah's letter to journalists conference,
– Your efforts the first tributary for change and defence of rights and freedoms
– Parliament and Shoura approve Sana'a Grouping
– For fear from bird flu, Yemen returns Chinese chickens shipment
Columnist Zaid al-Shami says in his article the existing economic policies based on raising prices and throwing on the citizens the burdens of the economic reform, has proved the failure of those policies because they have led to increase suffering of the people and an economic failure despite of the government's insistence on the alleged successes. The volume of unemployment expanded and the rate of poverty jumped up, investment shrunk and incidents of suicide increased. The services of health and education have also deteriorated. Nothing was able to solve our problem, neither internal borrowing nor external loans and the only thing they are proud of is the national currency value although its value ranges between stability for a short period after which to drop.
It is known that peoples' oil wealth would yield prosperity and development for their sons except in our country. Since the discovery of oil we have been facing problems and crises. Oil products prices are raised, sometimes under pretext of increase in world prices and at other times because they have dropped and the state is need for covering its expenditures and there must be some price doses and always the citizen is the victim and the loser as is asked to announce his applause to the programs that rendered his life into hell.