So far the Arab revolutions have toppled three heads of state: Egypt’s Mubarak, Libya’s Gadaffi and Tunisia’s Ben Ali.
Many commentators have been asking: who’s next? But Nadia al-Sakkaf, the editor-in-chief of the Yemen Times, the country’s first and most widely read English language newspaper, has been contemplating a different question. Namely, “how the fate of the recently ousted Arab leaders has resembled the crimes they committed against their own people.”
Al-Sakkaf and her journalists are themselves in the middle of their own revolution as Yemenis publically protest – for the ninth month – the thirty-three year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Just this week, the paper reports, 21 people were killed in clashes with government forces in the country’s capital Sanaa. And this despite an official ceasefire announced this past Tuesday October 25.
Al Sakkaf ends her editorial by saying she is not sure of the fate of President Saleh but that she “dreads” what will happen with Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.