Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Yemen's Electricity Ministry's Employee Acid Attacked

Yemen's Electricity and Energy Ministry has always been notorious for its corruption. It won't be an exaggeration to say that it is the top ministry which has the biggest negative impact on the citizens with it's utter bad performance. It's responsible of handling all those incidents when the country gets in total blackout. On the news the blackouts are reported as caused by some tribal attacks. That's not necessarily true. There is a huge element of corruption in the ministry, in which electricity has became a powerful card to pressurize the citizens. Accordingly, and thankfully, a group of Yemeni activists have been mobilizing the people and campaigning against the ministry's corruption and the blackouts, with a campaign established in June 2013 named, 'Menawera ya Hokoma w al Sha'ab tafi'.


One of the active members in the action and also an employee at the ministry, Adnan Al-Madani had to pay a painful price for his courage and activity. On "September 7th, 2014 at eight o’clock in the morning while he was on his way to the headquarters of the Ministry, an acid has been thrown to Adnan’s face by unidentified people who were riding a motorcycle and fled after1."


"Adnan Al-Madani is the victim of corruption." via Bassam Hassan














The unfortunate incident was captured by a surveillance camera in a nearby building2:



I asked one of the members in the campaign, Ghada Al-Wazeer if she knows Adnan in person? "yes, I do know him personally," she replied, "he was the one giving us all the corruption-related documents, and before I left to the US, we organized an event at the Basement with him."


"I believe he was targeted because of his activism in the campaign. Plus, he has been threatened many times and the last time was 2 days before the incident, and other employees at the ministry who are following up the Adnan's case are being threatened now."


Adnan has been hospitalized to Jordan and he remains in a critical condition. His colleagues at the ministry try to send him moral support through their Facebook page here.




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1http://www.hurryat.org/en/?p=303
2http://m.voice-yemen.com/news83059.html

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

South's Independence Day Revives Hirak Movement


From today's massive celebration. 



A lady holding the old southern's passport.


And the following video is from the yesterday's prepartions for today's anniversary celebration:




Shia rebels seize control of port city and province in Yemen

"Shia rebels who recently overran Yemen’s capital seized control of a key port city on the Red Sea and a province south of Sana’a on Tuesday.

The development indicates that the rebels, known as the Houthis, may be determined to carve out a mini-state within Yemen, taking advantage of the weakness of the central government and the disarray in the army and security forces.

The Houthis, who are widely believed to be supported by Iran, already control the provinces of Saada and Omran north of the capital.

On Tuesday, they pushed into the Red Sea port city of Hodeida, west of Sana’a, and the capital of a province with the same name, which they have besieged for days.." - AP

 

Funeral for last week's victims

Today, a grand funeral was held for the victims of last week's bombing attack in Tahrir square. Rest in peace!



"What’s wrong with the Houthi?" New Song Teases Houthis' Recent Moves (Lyrics in En)



The song beautifully sums it all up - all that political analysis pouring on us about the current situation in the country is described in the lyrics. Very nice and clean. Listen & follow the lyrics below!



[Verse 1]

What’s wrong with the Houthi? what’s wrong with him?
He forgot what he told us
He used to say my concern is my country
And he had mercy for the citizens
And today he terrorises and kills, across every street and house
And nothing which he has not removed
I swear this can't be for too long..


[Repeat Verse 1]


Those who take back their words
They surrounded it to his (Houthi) hands
That’s the business of the state
The Houthi is not alone in this
Is it me who betrayed?
It’s clear that it’s you the offender
There is a loyalty to A’afash (Ali Abdullah Saleh) besides to an Irani deal



An a’afashi, Houthi coup
He couldn't win popularity
He couldn't hide from the start his bad intention


What’s wrong with the Houthi? what’s wrong with him?
He forgot what he told us
He used to say my concern is my country
And he had mercy for the citizens
And today he terrorises and kills, across every street and house
And nothing which he has not removed
I swear this can't be for too long..



Death to America means love it to the max
Let America live and let the (Yemeni) nation die
The Houthi’s contradicts his walk
Especially now when all is clear for him
Especially now when all is clear for him
What’s wrong with the Houthi? what’s wrong with him?
Why wouldn’t him behave his men?
Hey my people! tell him to behave his kids
Why wouldn’t him behave his men?
Hey my people! tell him to behave his kids




What’s wrong with the Houthi? what’s wrong with him?
He forgot what he told us
He used to say my concern is my country
And he had mercy for the citizens
And today he terrorises and kills, across every street and house
And nothing which he has not removed
I swear this can't be for too long..



Hey Saudi riyal! Hey Emirati dirham!
You make sure it’s my end, then it’s my beginnings
What goes around comes around
Don’t rush for what’s next
What goes around comes around




An a’afashi, Houthi coup
He couldn't win popularity
He couldn't hide from the start his bad intention


What’s wrong with the Houthi? what’s wrong with him?
He forgot what he told us
He used to say my concern is my country
And he had mercy for the citizens
And today he terrorises and kills, across every street and house
And nothing which he has not removed
I swear this can't be for too long..



What’s wrong with the Houthi? what’s wrong with him?