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Strings attached to US Yemen ‘aid’ cash

Issue No. 2187

The corrupt government of Yemen won international support and funding to do the US’s bidding in the country last week.

Gordon Brown hosted a conference in London last week to discuss the role Yemen should play in the “war on terror”.

Interest in Yemen has shot up since the failed “Christmas Day bomber” said he was trained in the country.

US president Barack Obama has said the US will not put “boots on the ground”—but has given huge amounts of aid to the country.

It is pledging more and has given $11 million for a “rehabilitation facility” for Yemeni citizens previously held in Guantanamo bay. But this aid comes with strings attached. US special forces are already in the country, contributing to the disastrous myriad of conflicts there.

The Hathi rebels in the north have come under sustained attack by Saudi Arabia.

Bombing and raids have killed hundreds and created hundreds of thousands of refugees.

One separatist activist and leading member of the Yemeni Socialist Party was shot dead on Friday last week.

Reports suggest that this is part of the government’s new offensive against the separatist movement, which has grown in size and confidence in recent months.

Yemen is devastated by poverty and divisions.

Interference from the US and other powers can only make the situation worse.

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Tue 2 Feb 2010, 19:19 GMT
Issue No. 2187
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