Al-Thawry [Archives:2003/650/Press Review]

July 14 2003

10 July 2003
Main headlines:
– Al-Mikhlafi: A Jihad-related organization planned and implemented the killing of Jaralla Omer
– An Arab body is formed for following u the case of martyr Jaralla Omer
– 300 western ship watch Yemen's coasts,
– Coast guard forces a step towards more American support

Columnist Fikrat Mahmoud says in an article our government claims that it seeks for building a civilized state whose affairs are to be run by law and constitution and some good social norms. But in the course of time the reality confirms that the reality of our state has a backward tribal stamp the administrative and social institutions are built on personal considerations and interests and tribal loyalties that increase the gap of corruption and backwardness between the people and their rulers. This interprets behavior some of the uneducated and uncultured officials who are still dealing with people's issues and interests out of tribal loyalty that had been used during the imamate reign. Furthermore there are some officials who prefer to be given the title of sheikh to be distinguished from others. Some senior officials have got their posts in compensation for what happened to their fathers the sheikhs, and thus they have been awarded posts that helped them much in inflicting injustice on people especially in the areas they are sheikhs. These are used as cards in the hands of authority especially during the times of elections. How come then we would allege that we are a modern democratic and civilized state where the human and the homeland are built on scientific bases?