Wednesday, June 1, 2011


SANAA, Yemen (AP) – Street battles between government forces and armed tribesmen killed dozens of people and spread to new areas of Yemen’s capital on Wednesday, forcing residents to cower in basements or brave gunfire to fetch bread and water. Nearly four months of mass protests calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s ouster have exacerbated already dire poverty, shuttering businesses and forcing up prices of essential goods. It’s a trend that does not bode well for long-term stability in this gun-ridden corner of the Arabian Peninsula, home to an active al-Qaida branch and other armed Islamist groups. Yemen’s mainly peaceful protests gave way to fighting last week between Saleh’s security forces and fighters loyal to the head of Yemen’s most powerful tribal coalition, Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar. At least 41 people were killed Wednesday as clashes spread to new quarters of the city.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saleh’s refusal to step down was prolonging the crisis. “We cannot expect this conflict to end unless President Saleh and his government move out of the way to permit the opposition and civil society to begin a transition to political and economic reform,” she told reporters in Washington.   
Fighting in the capital raged from early morning though midday, sending the crackle of gunfire and the booms of artillery strikes across the city. The clashes spread Wednesday from the Hassaba neighborhood where tribesmen have seized more than a dozen government buildings, to new areas.

The fighters of the powerful tribal clan Sadeq al Ahmar, are seeking to overthrow President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has spent three decades in power.  The armed conflict erupted on May 23 after Saleh refused to accept a deal to transfer power to Vice President and call for general elections.  After more than 30 years ruling the country, it's time to step aside and allow others to come to power. But the eagerness to continue enjoying without thinking that at some point this will end, keeps us tied to the endless desires

Can one find happiness in this world? ... The cycle of enjoyment and renunciation of that enjoyment is seen in our patterns of work and vacation, eating and not eating, and so forth. ... Why do we desire a never-ending, ever-increasing happiness, a happiness not dependent on any experience of sadness, in a world that doesn’t seem to afford such a phenomenon? In other words, if such happiness doesn’t exist, why would anyone look for it? The answer is that we are not of this world, but rather, are eternal spiritual beings unnaturally encased in a body of matter in a world of matter. We have as our spiritual heritage varieties of loving exchange with the Lord, exchanges that are, indeed, full of ever-expanding ecstasy which continues forever without a tinge of suffering.

Śrīmati Urmila devi dasi :
“Unending happiness: possible?”

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