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

July 14 2003

8 July 2003
Main headlines:
– 51 children saved from being smuggled for trading purposes
– Rebellious group regroups itself in Sarrar
– Saudi fear of American presence in Yemen
– Abu Isba'a: Yemen judiciary does not know independence
– Students back from Iraq stage a sit-in in front of presidency.

Columnist Ahmed al-Ashwal says in an article that it is said Yemen is among the countries receiving the most care of international organizations in various fields. It is nonetheless still topping the list of the most backward countries and the lowest level in incomes and living. Well-informed observers indicate that there are many factors behind this phenomenon, the main one is the lacking of good planning for directing loans and make use of aid. The reason is not the inability of those in charge but rather because most of them have been installed in senior positions by luck without having the condition of specialty that their post requires. This happens despite the fact that the country is rich with skilled people with whom it can boast of in the region. If the latter were lucky by being appointed at secondary positions they are the first to be included in measures of administrative reform and would be deemed surplus labor.