News Analysis Regine May L.

Abarquez IS 41 – XB February 24, 2010 Title: Yemen’s elusive deal: A bloody blame game Author: Unknown Written in Cairo Source: The Economist Magazine, p. 53 Date of Publication: February 6th – February 12th, 2010 issue Summary Yemen is facing its sixth year skirmish between its central government and the Houthis, the tribesmen from the northern mountains of the country. The war went into the extremes and seems to be its bloodiest round for six months but this time both parties exchange not just bullets but accusations that one is blocking a truce. More than that the continuous fighting gives rise to more refugees with the estimated number of 250, 000 people displaced from their homes, and aid-giving agencies are reluctant to give aids for they want the government to focus more on fighting the Al-Qaeda terrorists. There was already a negotiation between President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen’s president and the Houthi rebels. The President gave them five preconditions on its initial negotiation and added one to protect its rich neighbor, Saudi Arabia. The Houthis have also come into battle with the Saudis when they attack Saudi along the northern border of Yemen, this left 80 Saudi soldiers dead motivating Saudi to send its air force to help Yemen in seizing the attacks. Last January Saudi released a statement that they already expelled the rebel forces but they are still bombing them. The Houthis said on the other hand that they withdrew voluntarily as a reponse to the President’s sixth condition in exchange for the soldiers captured by the Saudis. For the Houthis the battle against the government will not stop until they met the agreed terms by opening roads and removing mines. This conflict overshadowed Yemen’s acute domestic problems such as poverty, rapid population growth and severe water shortage. And also the pending threat coming from the Al-Qaeda on which its influence have penetrated the country. At the moment the president was pressured by both Arab and western countries to create economic and administrative reforms before the aid conference starts later this month. Analysis The news provides sufficient details about the conflict, the current effects of it and the recent efforts to resolve the issue. However the discussion of the news is not quietly linked to its title. What is this kind of accusations they are referring to? Where’s the “blame game”? What do we mean by aborting a truce? It’s just one of those minor problems of the report but it did well in orienting the reader a little about the conflict like how long it has been going on and that the negotiation just happened recently but it needed a little push to the start of the conflict. In the report, the rebels appears to be only after with the opening of new roads and the dismantling of mines, if this is the problem it’s a shallow reason to start a conflict. They also put another actor in the story and that is the Al- Qaeda, what is their role in the conflict? Again we didn’t find the answer in the news but somehow it gave us an idea of the possible threats if these issues will not subdue.

immasculating the state to its maximum level. power could someday rest on their hands especially if they can gain support coming from the Al-Qeda group who has lots of connections all over the region. we don’t want Yemen to be swallowed by these terrorist groups it will only prompt military intervention and particularly that Yemen is already facing humanitarian crisis. the pending threat of Al-Qaeda is also a critical point to consider. We need to know a deeper reason why these Houthi rebels chose to challenge the government and why the Yemeni government has to wait for the call of its neighboring countries and allies to negotiate with the problem. With regards to giving aids. And what if the government cannot fulfill its job given a little to prepare. And here we have Saudi Arabia to back the Yemeni government with more military forces. it will add up to the reasons of the intervention. It has been six years already since the start of the conflict and internal problems of the country have been neglected causing more innocent lives to be sacrificed in the battle field.Yemen seems to be facing to most crucial crisis in its history. Administrative policies are necessary to hear out the voice of different sectors in the country and perhaps the reason why these Houthis rebelled against them because the government failed to listen to them in the first place and now they use violence to attract the attention of the government. . perhaps what Saudi Arabia wants to happen is that they want an assurance that the Yemeni government will have to do something before the start giving. what would be Saudi Arabia’s response to this? Saudi Arabia shouldn’t rest on a couch because remember they share a certain border and if the number of refugees continuous to rise. The government indeed needs economic and administrative reforms especially that Yemen’s economy is too dependent on oil and they can’t sustain the number of displaced people inside its border. it’s a strategy and here we are compelling the government to fulfill its role however what’s so sad about this is that the number of people who need the aids are rising and it is at this critical moment that they needed it the most. The war between them and the Houthis was just temporary and it’s unlikely for the Houthis to voluntarily surrender considering that they are challenging a weak Yemeni government. As for the case of its government. Lastly. they will also be their problem especially that it is starting to flock on its southern border. for if they can’t they will lose the support of its people and makes the rebels easier to topple them down. they should attend to this conflict as soon as possible and bring all possible negotiations on the table for these Houthis. When there’s intervention it will all the more cause commotion to the already disturbed region.