Press Review [Archives:2001/29/Press Review]

July 16 2001

Main Headlines:
Yemen Possesses 10% of World’s Light Weapons
New Differences between Yemeni and American INvestigators 
Arab Parliamentary Union Convenes In Sana’a
Algerian Ambassador to Yemen: No Israeli Participation in Algeria World Festival for Youth & Students
A Ruling Party Leading Official Promises Retraction from Many Amendments
Politicians: Amending Elections Law in Favor of the Regime
British Embassy in Sana’a Refuses Granting Visas to Yemeni Journalists
Aden Journalists Express Solidarity with their colleague Sadiq Nasher
Government Preparations to Effect New ”Doses”
Opposition Parties Demand Equal Representation in Elections Supreme Committee
Security Forces Shell Old City of Ibb With Heavy Weapons
Yemen Shows Flexibility to Washington’s Demands, No Return of Cole Investigators
New Yemeni Ambassadors to Number of countries, Named
Verdict on British Embassy Bomb Attack On Monday
Intellectuals, Politicians from Sana’a Call for Maintaining work for Lifting Sanctions on Ira 
Fire Devour Oil Tankers in Sana’a
U.S. Embassy in Sana’a Resumes its Services
Islah & GPC Exchange Charges on Mareb Events 
30 Thousand Teachers in Taiz Demand Settlement
Parties of Coordination Council, Islah & September Agree on Bases of Stabilization of Democracy 
President Saleh’s Visit to Washington Postponed
Training Programs for Local Councils Officials in Governorates
Excerpts from articles published in some local Yemeni newspapers.
RAY weekly, organ of Sons of Yemen League Party, 10 July 2001.
The newspaper’s editorial says that the elections draft law proposed by the government is a kind of hurricane that plucked the fig leaf and disclosed the defects of that some who are greatly annoyed by atmosphere of institutional democracy. Those who would not tolerate the atmosphere of programmed competition and organized work, the atmosphere of social partnership in pushing forward the march of construction and development.
The editorial maintains that it is strange for the some to deal blows to democracy through democracy itself. Nowadays the political parties gather at a table put on it a draft law, the major axis of its presence is exclude the presence of the parties from the arena of democratic action through marginalization of their role in general elections and to render competition to a faint individual competition replacing the institutional one, the newspaper editorial added.
Al-Ihya’a Al-Arabi weekly, organ of the Arab Baath Socialist party, Iraq organization, 10 July 2001.
The newspaper’s editorial says that since the beginning of this month, and because of the escalating Palestinian Intifada and the successive defeats of the US policies in the region, American direct and indirect statements began propagating for the UN resolutions 242 and 338. The actual aim behind that is not for putting them into effect but rather as a basis for a dialogue of the Palestinians with the Zionist entity.
The editorial maintains that while the Arab regimes involved in settlement projects have considered this American shift and promoted for it as success to their defeatist pursuit, the fact is that the US aims at jumping over those resolutions and drag the Arab parties to the arena of its projects. These projects are in harmony with the Zionist vision targeting at stabilizing its absolute domination over tracks of the so-called Palestinian-Zionist negotiations. This state of affair should be an impetus for struggle of the nation’s forces for continuation of the Intifada and strife for the liberation of entire Palestine.
Al-Wahdawi weekly, organ of the Nasserite People’s Unionist Party, 10 July 2001.
This week’s editorial of Al-Wahdawi newspaper is devoted to commenting on the extraordinary meeting in Sana’a of the Arab Parliamentary Union on discussing the Palestinian cause and the situation in the occupied territories. The editorial says the importance of the meeting stems from the need of the nation of embodiment of Arab people’s will in resolutions and legislations sanctioned by Arab parliamentarians obliging Arab governments to implement. Arab parliamentarians have the power of directing their governments as well as the authority to translate the will of their people into mandatory stands having their effect in future.
The Wahdawi editorial has further asked the Arab parliamentarians, while discussing affairs of the Palestinian Intifada, adopt a courageous stand with the conscience expressed by masses of the Arab nation in their demonstrations in various Arab countries. Arab masses’ ambition is that the meeting of Arab Parliamentary Union would adopt legislation activating the nation’s energies in support of the Palestinian cause. Arab material and human capabilities and potentials are huge and can change the balances of power in case are utilized in a proper way.
26 September weekly, organ of Yemen Armed Forces, 12 July 2001.
26 September editorial has also discussed the emergency session meetings of the Arab Parliaments Union held recently in Sana’a. he meeting has been devoted to support the Palestinian uprising and offer more political and moral support to the Palestinian stand especially in the light of the dangerous step up of Sharon’s government’s policy of violence and aggression in a bid to suppress the uprising and abort its gains. The Palestinian uprising has managed to impose a new reality in the march of the Palestinian struggle for getting freedom and independence and establishing the Palestinian state on the Palestinian land.
At the time when conspiracies and desperate attempts have increased for undermining the uprising under various justifications and slogans, the republic of Yemen has realized the importance of standing up to those conspiracies and preparing climates for maintaining the torch of the uprising. Hence came the call for holding the emergency session of the Arab Parliaments Union in Sana’a on 11-12 July 2001.
On the low-level representation of some Arab parties in the meeting, the editorial described it as a kind of expressing indifference towards the dangers the uprising is exposed to and that history alone would give its judgment on such stances and single them out according to the criterion of Arab interest and backing up of Arab nation issues.
The editorial calls for severing relations and stopping all forms of normalization with the Zionist entity. It also calls for investment of Arab relations and big economic interests with friendly countries for exercising more pressure on the Zionist entity to stop its aggression and abide by international legitimacy resolutions related to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
As-Sahwa weekly, 12 July 2001.

The political editor of the newspaper published a front page article discussing the 7 July anniversary confirming that the unitary victory achieved on the 7th of July 1994 was not merely a transitory event. It is the day marking the fall of illusions and the fact had been confirmed in practice. It is a day marking that the Yemeni people and the homeland had decided their option regarding the unity and omitted for good the history of partition.
The task of the people’s pioneers is to always be inspired by the facts and their meanings so that the tragedy would not occur again. The events of an entire year of tension have proved that there are some who are keen to impose on others their options and individual ambitions as sublime national choices. They would utilize their potentials and illusions and financial power to spread fear and horror and instigate grinding crises. The homeland and the people would reap from these stances but more misery and suffering. All those bettings have failed because they were against the movement of history and against the people’s expectations and hopes for unity, freedom and equality and justice.