Press Review [Archives:2002/40/Press Review]

September 30 2002

Al-Mithaq weekly, organ of the General People Congress (GPC) ruling party, 22 Sept.2002
Main Headlines:
-President Saleh emphasizes importance of documenting Yemen Revolution history
-Beginning of October, a protocol regulating Yemeni-Gulf relations to be signed
-Registering of voters starts beginning of October
Columnist Dr. Abdulaziz al-Makalih writes this week on women’s rights under the revolution. He says admits festivities marking the Yemeni revolution’s 40th anniversary, we have to pinpoint the gains scored by women in Yemen through these years since the eruption of September and October revolutions, which have been permeated with undeniable obstacles and setbacks and conflicts.
Yemen woman has managed to prove her existence in the new reality. The birth of the revolution can be presumed as beginning of a new history of the Yemeni women. It has ushered the date of her joining the primary, preparatory, secondary and university stages of education. It is the beginning of going to work beside her brother, forming a united force of joint change and energy for achieving development.
No one can exaggerate to mention that the woman has realized her complete victory over years of deprivation estrangement from reality. She has, however, a long way to go. But the distance both man and woman have traversed can be considered amazing compared to the condition they were leading before the revolution. It is quite sufficient to cast a glance at education statistic that mentions that two million female children and girls are presently continuing their study in schools and universities, opposed to “Zero” before the change country has seeing by virtue of the revolution.
Attariq weekly, 24 Sept. 2002
Main Headlines:
-Parliamentary committee meets detainees at Security & Criminal Investigations Station
-An unidentified persons denies arrest of Ramzy bin al-Shaibah
-PM Bajamal call for restructuring Hadramout Wadi economies
-Sheik bin al-Ahmar: Aims of 26 September Revolution not confined to one part of the homeland
-Inspection committee conducts investigation into conditions of al-Razi public hospital in Khanfar
Columnist Khalid Ali Tuaiman says despite that the strategic vision of Yemen’s economy put the growing unemployment at the forefront of blocks on the road of salvaging it. Nevertheless, the government says repeatedly it is not concerned with tackling the aggravating unemployment, but within the limits of demand and supply laws of labors market. The government is taking the “labor market” a veil to hide behind and a pretext to run away from a problem into a crisis, because there isn’t any real labor market in our country. Our country is still labeled among the least developed countries and lacks to simplest founding a labor market. One wonders about what labor market our government is talking about.
Our government is ignoring a number of facts indicating to causes of escalating rates of unemployment. These causes and factors do not lie in existence of variation between demand and supply in the alleged labor market, but rather in absence in practical plans and programs for comprehensive development. They also lie in the huge amounts of public funds devoured by corruption.
This and other factors our present government should not have ignored or skip over while claiming its being serious in treating the deep failures. It should do so lest its media address should change into a kind of a practical joke.
RAY weekly, organ of the Sons of Yemen League party, 24 Sept. 2002.
Main Headlines:
-Elections Committee assails RAY party
-National Security Apparatus 25 officers to leave for U.S.A for training
-Investigations into Raudha events disclose secrets related to “al-Qaeda”
-Yemeni suspect terrorist seeks political asylum in Switzerland
-Israel threatens to deport Arafat, Ahmed Yassin
-Military, leaves suspended in precaution to Eritrean escalation.
Mr. Abu Usama has written an article commenting on the recently-held expatriates conference in Sana’a. He says the government wants the expatriates return to invest in their home. The citizen also awaits this return and the expatriate is seeking it.
The government it is keen to offer all facilities and guarantees to the investors. Yemeni expatriates who posses capitals demand the removal of all hindrances on the road of their return. They complain of bureaucracy, inefficiency of infrastructure.
They demand for complete judicial system in order not to lose their rights and they are afraid of weakness of security and control of the influential.
These are rightful and reasonable fears and demands. The expatriates do not want to venture with their capitals. They would not be convinced by mere speeches and conferences lacking of practical steps.
Al-Balagh weekly, 24 Sept.2002.
Main Headlines:
-Under American pressure, political security refuses releasing terror-suspect detainees
-After much effort, the parliament team managed to meet detainees suspected of terror
-Eritrean provocation’s, the cause of tension with Yemen
-Bohra sect responsibilities: U.S. ambassador incapable of penetrating the sect
-American intelligence readies for a large-scale secret operation in our country
-American military building-up in the Horn of Africa targeting Yemen, Iraq, Somalia
-Yemen demands America to repatriate the Yemenis detainees in Guantanamo
The newspaper’s editorial is devoted to the 40th anniversary of the Yemeni 26 September revolution. It says celebrating the revolution anniversary indicates that the revolutionary will is still active to realize the essential goal of the revolution; i.e. building the Yemeni man and liberating him from injustice and chains of poverty and backwardness.
Undoubtedly, freedom, which is the groundwork of the start for building the self, has become the object our country’s pride and pride of the political leadership that laid foundation of the freedom and still working on stabilizing it. The editorial maintains that while celebrating the revolution anniversary, the revolutionaries’ determinations to develop and upgrade the citizen’s status, must not got waned.
Determination must increase and take the course of uprooting deformation and corruption the revolution march has met with in its course.
Al-Sahwa weekly, 26 Sept. 2002.
Main Headlines:
-Islah party assistant secretary-general al-A’ansi: We reject bartering public interests for private interests
-Deputy parliament speaker al-Ra’ie attacks MP al-Wajeeh, parliamentarians withdraw in protest
-Interior ministry admits violating the law
-Eritrea maintains its provocations, arrests a number of fishermen
-Bintalib: detainees wait for a decisive decision by the parliament
Columnist Zaid al-Shami wrote an article on the 26 Sept. revolution confirming that the revolution came to represent great expectations for the Yemenis to move towards broader horizons of justice, equality and progress and talking part in the political life. Throughout forty years, many achievements have been realised and the citizen got the right to learn, assume the highest positions, he feels his freedom and dignity are safeguarded and he can sue any one. The citizen has also gained the right to work and earn his living and to move freely inside the country. Unfortunately, the writer maintains, these rights or gains began to dwindle and equality and justice have changed into a dream. Duties are not at he same footing for all and the situation could also be applied to rights. Thus differentiation and nepotism have become the prominent characteristic prevalent in all dealings.
As for the rights they have become threatened; the right to education, medical treatment, public jobs and his right to political participation. Thus we have gone back to the situation more than forty years ago in fields of justice, and equality and these are factual remarks we put them before our officials.
Al-Wahdawi weekly, organ of the Nasserite People’s Unionist Organization, 24 Sept. 2002.
Main Headlines:
-Security bodies continue arresting those wanted by Washington
– Aden governor lays hold of government house, sells for YR 45 million
-500 US commandos, 800 snipers and agents prepare to enter Yemen
-Overseeing and basic committees refuse parties replacement of their representatives
Mr Ahmed Jaber Afif says when the 26 September revolution erupted the Yemeni people were looking for a salvaging outlet from the despotic Imamate rule. The revolution was an outcome of the struggle of the national movement since the beginning of the thirties. The maturity has reached the stage of conviction, i.e. all the people were wanting the change and salvation. Differences aggravated among people, especially since the seventies, were because of overweighing the personal interests and running after material benefits. I have been always supporting the ”dissolving” of differences between classes because there were not differences in the full sense of the word. At present we are surprised that the real differences have not been known but at the present time. Those who devastated, and plundered the public property under the pretext of the revolution are not to be deemed as from among the revolutionaries.
The 26 September revolution, and before it the revolution of 1948, and all their sincere men have worked for achieving equality among people and social justice. This is the essence of the aims of the revolution and its principles, added to them education and health.