Al-Umma [Archives:2005/833/Press Review]

April 14 2005

7 Apr. 2005
Main headlines

– Fierce air and ground shelling of Razammat, efforts for ceasefire awaiting the president's acceptance

– Tribal dispute leads to engagements in Sahar-Saada

– Dailami and Muftah: The trial is a drama, defense declares withdrawal

– Nasserite Unionist Organisation warns against serious consequences of Saada war

– Lawyers warn of neglecting their demands and waver of full strike

The newspaper political editor mentions that the bloody events of Saada and its ramifications all over the country cannot be isolated from the regional and international context in which Yemen is considered the weaker link. Yemen, under fumbling, corruption and violence and recoiling towards totalitarianism, has changed from a state having a historical and civilization weight into a functional state performing certain roles for others. That role is in return for nothing from which the Yemeni people can benefit in economic, social and political aspects. It also does not enhance the country's status regionally and internationally.

Under those policies, Yemen has become fully haunted with developmental, social and political problems in addition to other congestions. Internally, the authority has accepted for itself the partner role in the so-called war on terror with the absence of transparency, the institutional mentality of power and contradiction of interests and directions as it seems to be an escape from confronting requirements of political reform and openness to inside, deep-rooting democracy project and practices of press and trade unions. Inside indicators do not denote what the believers in reform, democracy, development, human rights and the improvement in the level of the citizen's living conditions that the war in Saada and its ramifications torpedoes, and whatever the justifications for igniting it again. According to the logic of law, state, and constitution, it can be solved.