Stop supporting the Murderous Yemeni Government

It is absolutely outrageous. Yemeni government snipers murdered 12 peaceful protestors in Sana'a.  President Saleh's plainclothes thugs hurled rocks at protesters and beat those who tried to escape with steel batons.  Other sources suggest that many more were killed--at least 26 people died and 500 were wounded when Yemeni forces turned on its own citizens.  And … Continue reading Stop supporting the Murderous Yemeni Government

Tawakul Karman and the Women of Yemen Who Stand For All of US

It's no surprise that the Yemeni government brutally beat and injured numerous women celebrating the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Tawakul Karman in the streets of the capitol, Sanna'a, today.   This same regime, led by the much vilified Ali Abdullah Saleh, has routinely attacked, injured, and killed peaceful protesters who have dared to speak … Continue reading Tawakul Karman and the Women of Yemen Who Stand For All of US

Yemeni Women's Rights

I was glad to see that the NYTimes had the sense to publish this letter from TAINA BIEN-AIMÉ, Executive Director, Equality Now, about a recent article that misrepresented women's rights in Yemen. “Offended Yemeni Women Protest President’s Remarks” (news article, April 17), you noted that Yemen’s conservative customs concerning women are not legislated as in neighboring Saudi … Continue reading Yemeni Women's Rights

Whither the Revolution for Women in Egypt and Yemen?

Where are the brave, feminist women and men who helped to bring down Mubarak in Egypt, and who have long been agitating against Saleh in Yemen, now?  About a quarter of the million protesters who brought down the Egyptian dictator were women.   Tawakul Karman, who has led anti-government protests at Sana'a University for years, … Continue reading Whither the Revolution for Women in Egypt and Yemen?

Nonviolence vs. U.S. Support for Repression in the Middle East

Some things that the brave protestors in the Arab and Persian worlds have taught us: 1.  Non-violence is the most effective weapon against violence. As Gene Sharp notes in "From Dictatorship to Democracy" Since 1980 dictatorships have collapsed before the predominantly nonviolent defiance of people in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Slovenia, … Continue reading Nonviolence vs. U.S. Support for Repression in the Middle East

Muslim Feminists Disappear from the Headlines: on Tawakkol/Tawakul Karman

At last the New York Times wakes up to the revolutionary action going on in Yemen.  But there is nary a word about توكل كرمان, Tawakul Karman, the feminist activist and head of Women Journalists without Chains, who on January 23 was arrested (without a warrant) and jailed by the authorities for organizing a protest against … Continue reading Muslim Feminists Disappear from the Headlines: on Tawakkol/Tawakul Karman

Tawakul Karman: Brave Muslim Feminist Arrested in Yemen

What is happening in Yemen and why should we care?  Tawakul Karman, a feminist activist was arrested today for her role in student demonstrations against the government last week.  She and her husband, Mohamed Ismail al-Nehmi, were making their way home yesterday evening when the police came for her.  He has no idea where she … Continue reading Tawakul Karman: Brave Muslim Feminist Arrested in Yemen