SSN wants the territory to have law-making powers, raise taxes, control own natural resources · Sovereignist movement argues Sarawak is one of three constituent nations of Malaysia · Sarawak Chief Minister Taib against any move: union brought "stability and peace" · International organizations accuse Taib of corruption, deforestation, "skirting laws and taxes"
INTERVIEW. Professor Stephen W. Day specializes in Yemen and says "it is difficult to imagine a full revival of the old South" because of social and political changes undergone since unification with the North in 1990 · Yemen president proposes a federal model with five self-governing regions; he risks being branded a "traitor to the nation", Day warns
NEWS IN BRIEF. Senator Richard Tuheiava admits the proposal "will be rejected"
Catalonia considers declaring itself sovereign tomorrow, a path that has been followed by tens of countries in the course of last three decades · In some cases, the declaration has led to full independence, be it internationally recognized or not · On other occasions, sovereignty has been used as a basis for a negotiation with the central state