North versus the south
Jane Novak describes the Yemeni intifada.
Yemen is facing instability unseen since its 1994 civil war. A war with Shiite rebels in the northern Sa’ada province left over 50,000 internal refugees. The rebellion ended in June but threatens to re-ignite as neither side has fully implemented the cease-fire conditions. ...
Unrest in southern Yemen has its roots in northern hegemony following the 1990 unification of North and South Yemen. The Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP), which formerly ruled the south, was marginalized following Yemen's 1994 civil war. Dr. Aidroos Naser al Naqeeb, head of the YSP’s Parliamentary block, said, “The YSP Central Committee indicated that the South was treated as the spoils of war including land, people, companies and wealth. The YSP also noted the violence against the current protesters reflects the type of politics which has dominated after the outcome of the war.”
A lurid description of the kind of corruption found in Yemen was featured in the Middle East Times.
Corruption has become so rife in Yemen that it is not just causing widespread popular discontent but also impeding economic development in one of the world's poorest countries, experts say.
Graft permeates every level of society, from the modest baksheesh (tip) handed to soldiers standing guard at ministries and who cannot otherwise make ends meet, to kickbacks on contracts and the "surcharge" that every importer must pay.
"Corruption is becoming an economy in itself in Yemen," said one independent analyst who asked not to be named.