Al-Shoura [Archives:2004/722/Press Review]

March 22 2004

17 March 2004
Main headlines
– Tension prevails Rada' area, 6 persons killed
– After five years, al-Aleemi confesses killing an old man
– Businessmen, capitalists warn from imminent economic collapse
– Defence body of journalist Thabit sticks to hunting down kidnappers
– Demonstration of military veterans to the presidency
– Journalist Syndicate Council discusses 2004 plan
– Large-scale storming campaigns in the capital secretariat
Columnist Jammal A'mer says in his article the authority in Yemen an via its official source quickly welcomed the signing of the interim constitution in Iraq and further has welcomed that by evaluating the 'positive role played by Mr Bremer' head of the provisional civil administration of the coalition forces in Iraq. This statement by an official source is similar to many statements given without depending on an objective or political reading comprehending the situations of overlapping and contradictory realities. The regime in Yemen considered rushing to welcoming the signing of the Iraqi interim constitution as a form of getting closer to America.
Yemen is one of the Arab states that did not recognize the governing council and its authorities were more hostile to the occupying forces and as they were sincere in refusing the war on Iraq. The problem is that rectifying those stances was by taking wrong attitude in time and venue.
Part of Yemen's regime impasses is that in its policies deals in dependence on hasty reactions and usually not firm on any stand to the end. This is also because of the non-existence of institutions making decisions based on realistic data and logical calculations. Thus I think Yemen would continue far from influencing as long as the mentality of the ruler deals with foreign policy as if with tribal sheikhs.