Thursday, December 23, 2010

YemenWatch: Thursday December 23, 2010

Yemen has asked Interpol for help in tracking down 90 suspects, not all of them terror related.

A ceasefire early this year stopped the 6th Saada War between the Yemeni government and the Houthis.  New figures show how badly that war went for the government.  Yemen Post quotes the figures as 3,000 soldiers dead and $3 billion spent (I think they mean $3 million).

More fighting between Houthis and tribesmen, at a Houthi checkpoint.

Another Yemeni fishing boat was hijacked by Somali pirates.

A meeting was held in Cairo for the Arab Justice and Interior ministers.  One of the 5 agreements they reached was in regulating prisons.  Let's hope that means less torture.

President Gul of Turkey will visit Yemen in January.  I wonder if his visit will overlap with the visit by some US congress people?

The Yemeni Center for Strategic Studies did a poll asking about what could help Yemen out of its current crisis. [Not sure if they mean the Sheba Center for Strategic Studies.]

A Yemeni man won the Star of the Gulf singing competition held in Dubai.  He's a music teacher in Taiz province.

Interesting article by a US journalist:  An American Woman Peeks Behind Yemen’s Veil.

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