AL-THAWRI: Sanaa weekly, 13-8-98. [Archives:1998/33/Press Review]

August 17 1998

(Yemen Socialist Party)   Main Headline:
1- Security is stepped up in and around the US embassy compound in Sanaa following threats of violence against the embassies in Yemen, Egypt and Malaysia. US embassy in Sanaa has stopped issuing visas to Yemeni citizens.
2- The Council of Ministers ratifies a law regulating mass rallies and demonstrations. Referring this draft law to parliament during its summer recess aims for its endorsement by a republican decree. The law stipulates, in addition to an official permission, supplying the organizers’ names and the duration of the demonstration.
3- Former prime minister of the Aden colony died in exile in Egypt.
4- Tribal fighting over a piece of agricultural land in Abyan leaves 2 dead and 5 injured. The dispute has been reviewed by the courts for the last 2 years. No final decision is reached yet.
Article Summary:
Yemen & Saudi: Faulty Politics – By Mansour Hayil
The dispute between Yemen and Saudi Arabia is not purely over the border demarcation, Yemen’s support for Iraq during the Gulf war or a case of exchange of conspiracies. It actually lies in the following:
1- backward mentality and lack of political acumen;
2- ancient heritage of violence, suspicion and conspiracy mentality; and
3- deeply entrenched division all over the Arab world.
Unity and integration can start on the public level and move up to the regimes, not the other way round.