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    warrington1

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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/07/tawakkul-karman-profile



    Known to some of Yemen's opposition movement as the "mother of the revolution", Tawakkul Karman has emerged as a crucial figure among the youth activists who began camping out at Change Square in central Sana'a in early February, demanding the end of President Ali Abdullah Saleh's three-decade rule.

    In Yemen, a 32-year-old mother of three may seem an unlikely leader of the fight to overthrow the president, but Karman – a journalist and human rights activist – has long been a thorn in Saleh's side and has been jailed many times.

    She was catapulted into the international spotlight this January after being seized from her car and slung into prison. Thousands of people poured on to the streets of Sana'a calling for her release. It was a key moment in Yemen's uprising when the tide began to turn against Saleh.

    Despite her tireless campaigning, the news that Karman had received the Nobel award was greeted with shock by many Yemenis on Friday. "My initial reaction was shock and disbelief. We are not accustomed to good news these days," said Atiaf Al-Wazir, a Yemeni-American blogger and activist. The award comes at a tense moment in Yemen's uprising. In the past fortnight protesters have found themselves caught in the middle of fierce gun battles between regime forces and defected soldiers who have been guarding the main protest camp since March. More than a 100 protesters have been killed in the latest round of bloodshed.

    "Hopefully, this peace prize will raise people's demand for peace and prevent a civil war from happening in Yemen," said Rana Jarhum, a young female protest leader from the coordinating council at Change Square.

    "This puts Yemen on the map, not for 'terrorist links' but for promotion of peace," said Salem Ben Mubarak, a leader of the coordinating council of revolutionary change.

    She was discussing an escalation of tactics with protest leaders in her tent in Change Square when she received news of the award. Soon swarms of jubilant protesters had gathered around her tent, shouting slogans and celebrating.

    Karman identifies herself first and foremost as a campaigner for Yemen's alienated youth, but she is also a member of Yemen's leading Islamic opposition party, the Islah, which has been co-ordinating many of the protests against Saleh and buying food and medical supplies for the thousands camped out in Change Square. It has caused alarm in the west, mainly because of its most notorious member, Abdul Majeed al-Zindani, a former adviser to Osama bin Laden considered a terrorist by the US.

    But Karman's relationship with the Islah is complicated. She maintains it is the best party in Yemen for supporting female members, but last October ran into trouble after publishing a paper condemning ultra-conservative party members for blocking a bill to make it illegal to marry girls under the age of 17. "The extremist people hate me. They speak about me in the mosques and pass round leaflets condemning me as un-Islamic. They say I'm trying to take women away from their houses," she told the Guardian in March.

    Some student protesters have accused her and her party of trying to hijack their movement in a bid for power. Karman responded: "Our party needs the youth but the youth also need the parties to help them organise. Neither will succeed in overthrowing this regime without the other. We don't want the international community to label our revolution an Islamic one." Last year she narrowly escaped with her life when a female assassin tried to stab her with a traditional dagger known as a jambiya. Karman says her crowds of supporters helped her survive the attack.

    Many see Karman's award as recognition of the growing involvement of Yemen's women in the uprising. In a country where most women are neither seen nor heard, thousands have taken to the streets in recent months, defying authority and the weight of tradition to call for the fall of the regime, and the sight of 10,000 of them marching down a six-lane motorway in mid-April after Saleh accused them of "mingling with men" was too much for some to bear.
     

    marx

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    iam yemeni and proud about miss karman ..when she get nobel prize

    best regard
     

    ابن نفل

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    I am proud of Tawakkul Karman .. and hope she will succeed in

    bringing down the Corrupted Regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh

    I also hope one day she will be our President reflecting the return of Queen Ballgis to Happy Yemen

    Say: Ameeeeeeeeeeeeeen
     

    yemenreform

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    This Lady is something
    May Allah reward her and keep her on the right path to benefit Yemen
     

    الشاب عادل

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    TK is the new FACE of Yemen

    why not, and she's the grand daughter of BALQEES AND ARWA

    :smile:

    I HOPE TK STAYS in the REVOLUTION leadership TO MAKE SURE ITS GOALS ARE ACCOMPLISHED

    CHEERS