Al-Shoura [Archives:2003/677/Press Review]

October 16 2003

12 Oct.2003
Main headlines:
– Yemen sits on corruption throne in the Arab region
– Secretary-General of the PFUY: Not worried about dialogue by any of the JMP parties with the authority, prefer to have collective dialogue
– Security arrests a 70-year old man and beats another
– Syria and Hezbollah threaten of retaliation if Israeli attacks repeated
– Aden refinery workers suspend strike
– U.S. demand Yemen to hand over elements accused of terrorism
– Wives and mothers of political security prisoners in Taiz stage a demonstration in front of the governorate building
– 643 teachers in Lahj demand dissolving duality
Columnist Abdulkareem al-Khaiwani says in an article that the Yemenis are unanimous about the existence of corruption. They most of the time complain from corruption practices; the opposition and authority. The astonishing thing is that corruption remains as it is without any change without being affected by the state of unanimity and complaint.
The writer maintains that corruption is a worldly phenomenon and not a Yemeni discovery but the difference is that we hear here and there trial of a minister or sacking a prime minister or an official because of corruption. Whereas in Yemen the one accused of corruption would be rewarded. If it is said a minister was relieved from his office it means he would be a member of the Shoura Council or to be appointed as an ambassador. The important thing is that, along with the increase of suffering from corruption, it remains dominant, and the corrupt are the most prominent achievement. As for confronting corruption is the absent element. This arouses a big question mark on the volume and existence of corruption, whether it is a fact or just an exaggeration and propaganda.