By Fulana Bint ‘Alan
The editors of La Voix Du Yémen announced its rebirth as a cultural e-zine. I hope it will be much more than that. Just as the diwans of Baghdad were great cultural engine rooms, they were also political workshops. Often, the two spheres collided to great effect – think of Abu Nuwas, or Ibn Fadhlan, whose politiciking was clothed in superb prose and poetry. That’s’ what I hope for, too.
To read some articles, one would think that The Street had been beaten by the System, and that Youth was back in its box, as the all-too-Loyal Opposition was back in cahoots with the cliques. While the latter may be true, the former is most certainly not!
It’s true that the Youth have mostly dispersed from the Squares, but not before winning the battle. And make no mistake about who won – it was not Hashid’s qabilis, nor Ali Muhsin’s jundis who budged Ali Abdullah and his family from office. It was the Youth, using Ghandi-esque tactics of non-violent demonstration. While “Amir” Ali Abdullah’s fellow monarchs and courtiers may have eased his exit, the Street’s campaign continues. La Voix must be a cyber-domain where Yemenis from all walks of life and parts of the globe can e-congregate and co-operate to help Yemen forward in a non-partisan way. Indeed, it would be great to see some artistic political satire!
There’s no need to re-invent the wheel either. If there’s a good idea being used somewhere else – and there are all too many places which suffer from the same problems as Yemen – we should take it, adapt it and run with it – just as we did with Ghandi’s non-violent demonstrations. With enough people, the work and the cost can be shared to manageable levels.
Having mentioned one great Indian idea, here’s an example of what I mean. Like us, India has a huge corruption problem. People got together, and developed www.ipaidabribe.com Easily tackled corruption fell off almost immediately (there’s still much to do, but it’s a start.) Great idea? Yes indeed – and guess what? Our Tunisian brothers and sisters have just formed their own I Watch, and set up a similar system “Billkamcha“.
And who knows – we might get some good poetry out of it. Well, amusing poetry anyway!
“There was a young man from Sanhan,
Who grabbed what he could, then he ran.
Yemen’s Youth brought him down,
And stripped off his crown.
Now he’s an interfering old man.”
Yallah, ya Yemeniyun!
The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect La Voix du Yémen’s editorial policy.Français
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