CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2000
Regarding your recent articles concerning life in Yemen: I served two years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Yemen in the capital of Sana (1985-1987); I offer a few cultural observations based on my experiences at that time. While it was not easy for me to adapt to life in Yemen, I was not afraid for my safety. Furthermore, several of our social ills were simply nonexistent in Yemen. There was zero drug and gang violence. There was very little street crime. Families were close.
October 11, 2009 |
Aisha Sufi, a woman with tired eyes and nine children, waits for a water truck in a nation of drought. She is one of an estimated 150,000 Yemenis who have left their villages this year bound for Sana, Yemen's capital, in search of basic needs. Water and jobs, for example, are increasingly scarce in rural regions where many populations have quadrupled since the 1980s. "It's not good here or there, but it's better to be here," said Sufi, who lives in the Hoshaishiya neighborhood of Sana.
October 2, 2011 |
Osama bin Laden's death was cheered, I suspect, by 99.99% of Americans. But there was that 0.01% — and a slightly higher number abroad — who doubted the legality of simply pumping two bullets into the Al Qaeda leader rather than trying to arrest and Mirandize him. Likewise, amid the general rejoicing over the death of Anwar Awlaki, one of the leaders of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a few civil libertarians are raising questions about whether...
December 8, 2009 |
There's disagreement in the dagger market. The old man with the gold-threaded turban and magnifying glass has set a price, but the younger man examines the curved blade, shakes his head and walks away into the shadows that play off awnings in the late morning light. "He'll be back," says Shalan bin Yehaye Hbubari, a merchant of supreme patience, sliding the magnifying glass into his blazer pocket and brushing dust from his tunic. He offers a sweet. Another man makes an inquiry and conversation turns to the black rhinoceros, whose horns for centuries were carved into dagger handles.
May 15, 2005 |
A Yemeni court convicted two men Saturday of being Al Qaeda members, and President Ali Abdullah Saleh offered amnesty to jailed followers of a slain rebel cleric if they renounce extremist ideas. Khadr Abdel Rabou was sentenced to three years in prison. Abdullah Ahmed Remi was sentenced to four years. Both men planned to appeal. Yemen has long had a reputation of tolerating lawlessness and Islamic militancy and has witnessed attacks on foreign targets, including the 2000 bombing of the U.S.
February 15, 2010 |
Holding her baby above her head, Rihanna Mohammed tumbled out of a boat in rough seas and swam to the Yemeni shore. "It is a wicked, wicked journey," said the refugee from Somalia, her feet wrinkled and yellowed, her face speckled white with sand. "Waves were crashing over us the whole way. We were terrified." But she was lucky. Mohammed, her 1-year-old daughter and 48 others made it alive, fleeing the war and poverty of their native land for the uncertainties of a new one. Thousands make the journey every week in fleets of battered fishing boats sailed by smugglers.