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Yemen’s former leader opens museum dedicated to himself, Notebook

Yemen’s former leader opens museum dedicated to himself

Yemen’s former dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh recently returned to the country’s capital Sana’a in order to open a museum about himself. Undeterred by the revolt that toppled him last year, in which demonstrators chanted “Saleh, leave, all the people hate you,” the ex-leader has decided to affirm his place in the country’s history through displays of his personal possessions.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 20 February 2013 at 5:08 pm

The Photography Blog: A quick chat with Samuel Aranda, 2012 World Press Photographer of The Year, Arts

The Photography Blog: A quick chat with Samuel Aranda, 2012 World Press Photographer of The Year

His photograph of a mother cradling her son during the protests against the Yemeni government won the 2012 award. We catch up with him at home in Barcelona to talk about his award, his photography and playing Playstation in a war zone.

By | Arts | Sunday, 5 August 2012 at 4:00 am

‘Revolutionaries’ are not armed by the West, The Foreign Desk

‘Revolutionaries’ are not armed by the West

The arguments for war in Libya are quickly falling apart. Gaddafi’s forces retain control of most of the country, with rebel forces unable to advance further than the dictates of our bombing campaign. On Saturday, one of those ‘precision’ bombs killed 14 rebels just east of Brega, in what the mainstream media have conveniently termed as ‘friendly fire’.

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 3 April 2011 at 5:11 pm

The only way to justify war, is to dehumanise its victims, Notebook

The only way to justify war, is to dehumanise its victims

It is not normal to look at photographs of explosions and destruction and to celebrate.  It is not logical for people to agree with spending hundreds of thousands of pounds to send jets half way around the world to drop bombs on another people’s country, whilst their family members lose their jobs and their local [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 4:19 pm

As Saleh clings on for dear life, Israel bombs Gaza, The Foreign Desk

As Saleh clings on for dear life, Israel bombs Gaza

If soon to be ex-President Ali Saleh thinks the Yemeni people can be tricked so easily, he really has “lost it”.  He will leave by the end of the year he says!  Wasn’t it going to be by the end of his term, in 2013, a few weeks ago?  The continued strength of the people [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 23 March 2011 at 11:04 am

War is peace: A Reply, Notebook

War is peace: A Reply

Here we go again. As military operations wind down in Iraq and the consistent trickle of casualties in Afghanistan are over-shadowed by the thousands drowned in Japan and the hundreds battered in Northern Africa,  the anti-war protesters need a new hook from which to hang their banner. So, in the name of shouting loudest, reasoned [...]

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 22 March 2011 at 10:40 am

For every Yemeni death, President Saleh digs his grave a little deeper, Notebook

For every Yemeni death, President Saleh digs his grave a little deeper

When the President of a country and the head of his security forces have the same surname, you know there is a problem. When the Yemeni police attacked demonstrators camped out in Tagheer Square on Saturday, they signed the resignation papers of Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Yesterday, the killing continued with police firing live [...]

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 15 March 2011 at 12:58 pm

Only some revolutions will be televised, Notebook

Only some revolutions will be televised

Another ‘million person march’ happened in an Arab state earlier this week.  Headline news, you might think. At least on Al Jazeera?  Whilst the media continue to focus exclusively on events in Libya, the huge march in the south of Yemen was ignored.
The Qatari-based news channel has played an intriguing role throughout the recent wave [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 10 March 2011 at 3:55 pm

When will they learn?, Notebook

When will they learn?

Ali Abdullah Saleh, the President of Yemen, recently announced that he would not seek re-election in 2013. That is extremely generous of him; after all, he has only been in power for the last thirty-one years.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 16 February 2011 at 9:34 am

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