Al-Wahdawi [Archives:2007/1088/Press Review]

September 24 2007

Tuesday, September 18
Main Headlines

– JMP Spokesman: Opposition is concerned with defending people's rights, has no intention to overthrow the regime

– Yemen exerts efforts to repair its relations with Iran and Libya, resends its ambassadors to Tehran and Tripoli

– Marib JMP condemns detention of Sheikh Ghaleb Al-Ajda'a's son at Sana'a Airport

– 85% of Yemen's agricultural land exposed to deterioration, study finds

– Monthly income of 40% of Yemeni families is less than 50 dollars, poverty is a rural phenomenon

– Sana'a University Teaching Staff Syndicate condemns detention of two staff members

– Abdulbari Atwan: Osama Bin Laden lives either in a big city or a mountainous area in Yemen

The weekly reported that the outspoken author Abdulbari Atwan said that Osama Bin Laden could be living in disguise in a big city or in the mountains of Yemen. Atwan is the last western journalist to interview the Al-Qaeda leader. The outspoken journalist addressed the Brisbane Writer's Festival, after Australian immigration authorities in London finally granted him a visa. He blamed “Islamaphobia” in the Australian Government for the delay in his visa approval, but he left the controversy behind and was received warmly by his Brisbane audience.

As the editor-in-chief of London-based newspaper Al-Quds Al Arabi, Atwan was invited to interview Bin Laden in the Tora Bora caves in 1996. He said he was “reluctant” to accept the invitation, but after a perilous journey, he met the man who would eventually become the world's most wanted. “He was a really peaceful man at that time, and he was handsome, I admit, so I wasn't surprised when British women voted him the sexiest man in the world,” he joked.