What next?

By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Revolutions raise more questions than answers. The prime one: What happens after the thrill of protest victory wears off? Zen master Alan Watts once said there are only four basic questions that apply to anything: What are we going to do? Who's … [Read more...]

Roots of the Arab Revolts and Premature Celebrations

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By James Petras* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Introduction Most accounts of the Arab revolts from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Yemen, Jordan, Bahrain, Iraq and elsewhere have focused on the most immediate causes: political dictatorships, unemployment, repression and the wounding and killing of … [Read more...]

Middle East Intifadas

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By Stephen Lendman * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Initially in Tunisia, popular revolt spread regionally across North Africa and the Middle East, erupting in Algeria, Jordan, Egypt and Yemen. On January 27, Al Jazeera reported revolutionary fervor in Egypt, saying: "On Thursday, protesters hurled … [Read more...]

Yemen: Al Qaeda Presence Not Credible

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"Al Qaeda" Call For Attacks On America, Not Israel, Under Suspicion By Gordon Duff * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz The people of Yemen simply don't believe in Al Qaeda or Osama bin Laden, and for good reason. When Abdullah al-Faqih, professor of political science at Sana University told the New … [Read more...]

Arab in Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2007

It's time of the year for Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2007. With all my reservations regarding Reporters Without Borders neutrality (having doubt after knowing that France is their financial supporter, although they are an NGO!), yet, their report was always a good indicator, if not the closest to reality - … [Read more...]

Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2006

In the fifth annual Reporters Without Borders Worldwide Press Freedom Index, in between 168 indexed countries, our beloved Arab countries makes sure to be among the worst. Here is the list in order from "best" to "worst": Kuwait - 73 United Arab Emirates - 77 Mauritania - 77 Qatar - 80 Morocco - … [Read more...]

Press Freedom in the Middle East

WAN Press Freedom Report: The Arab World One of the Most Troubling Regions The World Association of Newspapers's press freedom review was presented to its Board, meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 14 November. The report states that the Middle East and North Africa is one of the most troubling regions in … [Read more...]

Bird flu feared in Yemen

Bird flu at our door steps (Arabic): Large numbers of chicken perished in south Yemen triggering fears bird flu, reports said Monday. The Daily al-Ayam reported an unidentified disease is spreading quickly among birds in the province of Kabita, and cats and dogs that ate the dead birds also … [Read more...]

Rocket fired at Saudi Arabia from Yemen?

Searched everywhere on the Arabic media to confirm this, but could not find it except on United Press International: Saudi Arabia said Monday a rocket fired from inside Yemeni territory exploded on the Saudi side of the border. Daily al-Watan quoted a security source as saying an explosion, which … [Read more...]

A New Day in Old Sana�a

Yemen�s first ever feature film "A New Day in Old Sana�a" is accepted by Cannes Film Festival as part of the Film Marche. However, the film will not be part of the competition in the festival this May 11-22. … [Read more...]