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Experts: Yemen should not completely depend on Arabs, army now needed
Yemen's ministry for foreign affairs on Saturday authorized the Arab coalition which has been conducting airstrikes against militants to impose a blockade on the country's sea ports.
 

Violence in Yemen: proxy war and a card, not a goal for power
Houthi militants are seeking to expand warfronts in South Yemen in what appears to be a bid to threaten a civil war and energy projects and in the end gain a card for future negotiations.
 

Analysts: Prospects for deal on Yemen deadlock not promising
Prospects for a deal to end the political deadlock in Yemen are promising despite reports the UN-backed talks between Yemeni factions are about to be culminated with a consensual solution to the constitutional vacuum.
 

Yemen in complete constitution vacuum, solution not expected soon
Political uncertainty is deepening further in Yemen after the transition president and government resigned days ago.
 

Will Yemen constitution hold or be killed in bud
The Houthi Militant Group on Saturday abducted Director of Yemen President's Office Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak in what appeared to be a move to derail the political process further.
 

As AQAP claims Paris attack, suspicious role of others possible
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on Wednesday claimed responsibility for the last week's attack on the French Newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
 

Why Houthi takeover of Yemen oil-rich Marib unlikely
The Houthi Militant Group expanded by force in Yemen seizing nine cities including the capital Sanaa in 2014 but it seems the Houthis will not be able to expand in more cities including Marib.
 

Problem of violent Yemen: ineffective restructuring of forces
Yemen has received 2015 with deadly bombings that killed around 200 people and injured scores of others in the first week of the year.
 

Report: Militants seize 70% of Yemen's army equipment
The Houthi Militant Group has seized around 70% of the Yemeni military equipment in 2014, a recent report said this week.
 

Attacks on energy infrastructure "big challenge" to Yemen economy
Yemen's economy is on the edge of collapse due to deepening financial problems which are mostly blamed on repeated attacks on oil infrastructure.
 

2014 the bloodiest in Yemen, more violence expected
The last year was the bloodiest ever in Yemen due to conflicts and grave developments including the Houthi takeover of the capital city of Sanaa in September.
 

Houthis from day 1: How did they emerge to power in Yemen?
The Houthis remain a group difficult to definitively characterize as military, religious, or political in nature, especially since the 2011 revolution and subsequent peace talks.
 

Corruption is holding Yemen back

While Yemen is battling to get its institutions back on track following 2011 uprising and calls for comprehensive reforms, experts have often warned that unless officials are willing to address the country’s corruption crisis, no amount of funding will benefit the nation since aid will end up lost in some dignitaries’ pockets.

 

Yemenis strain under aggravated economic pressure, social gap widens

As Yemen officials are getting ready to attend the Friends of Yemen Conference in London (April 29, 2014) in order to discuss the impoverished nation’s financial and economic needs, Johannes van der Klaauw, UNHCR Yemen Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator was keen earlier this week to underscore the widening of Yemen’ social and humanitarian crisis.

 

Who did really die in Yemen’s military strike against al-Qaeda?

Last week Yemen President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi authorized the biggest military operation to date against al-Qaeda positions across several provinces: Abyan, Shabwa and al-Bayda. Over two days (April 20-21) al-Qaeda militants and its training camps became the target of an intensive airstrike and large ground operation, in which an estimated 55 to 60 militants reportedly died.

 

Yemen to set minimum age on marriage

Rights Organizations in Yemen represented by Seyaj, the country’s most prominent child rights organization urged the government to speed up the approval of the draft law, stressing that such piece of legislation will ensure that children are duly protected under the law. The rights groups also suggested that, in order to reflect ground realities and circumstances, the minimum age could be exceptionally reduced to 16 at the full discretion of the authorities.

 

The autopsy of a strike

Days after Yemen Defence Minister, Major General Mohammed Nasser Ahmed and several of his aides came back from Washington where they met with US military officials to discuss Yemen’s counter-terror strategy President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi declared war on al-Qaeda with an intensity and violence never witnessed before.

 

Caught in between a rock and a hard place

As Saudi Arabia and Qatar continue to feud over the now infamous Muslim Brotherhood and its alleged link to radical Islam, countries such as Yemen have found themselves caught in a complicated net of allegiances and alliances.

 

How to stabilise Yemen

Recent developments in Yemen demonstrate that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is restive, capable and emboldened, but the militaristic approach of the United States is only worsening the situation.

 

Sa`ada After Yesterday: Rich History, Modern Challenges

The Yemeni geographer Al Hamdani (ca 900 AD) writes much about the city of Sa`ada and its surrounding. From him we know that Sa`ada used to be known as Yemeni region well before Islam. He mentions that Sa`ada lies in the middle of Qaraz region. Qaras is an Accacia tree from which juice and the gum "Arabicum" used to be extracted. In the surrounding of Sa`ada are some of the best wadis with horses, fruits, grapes and much animals.

 

Yemen discusses national security in extraordinary session

As Yemen faces an aggravated terror threat since al-Qaeda has increased the frequency and reach of its attacks against both the military and security apparatus, President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi has been driving the counter-offensive, determined to oppose this new wave of terrorism.

 

Could the Houthis really attempt to take over the Yemeni capital?

When the Houthis (a Shiite group based in the northern province of Sa’ada organized under the leadership of Abdel Malek al-Houthi) first attacked Salafis militants in Dammaj back in late October 2013, at the heart of their dominion, little did government officials or the public have ever imagined that such a campaign was the premise of a grander regional expansionist plan.

 

Women rights in post-revolution Yemen

Categorized the worst place to be for a woman, back in November 2013, two years after the Arab Spring movement swept across the Middle East, the women of Yemen remained determined to turn the impoverished nation into a modern civil state where women are respected and protected within their own rights, free from patriarchal stereotypes, in keeping with principles of equality and personal freedom.

 

Yemen Media Freedom 2013 report

Yemen’s most prominent media watchdog, the Freedom Foundation hosted an event in Sana’a to mark the publication of its 2013 Media Freedom report and announce the nominee of its 2013 Media Press Freedom award.

 

Looking through the key-hole, Yemeni analyst speaks of the Houthis crisis

Ever since last October, when Houthis militants laid siege on Dar al-Hadith Salafi religious centre, in the northern province of Sa’ada, Yemen has been in a state of great turmoil, with media and politicians speaking of an impending war should the central government fail to diffuse the situation.
 

 

Al-Ahmar versus Saleh, when Yemen power houses stand at odds

As battle lines have been drawn in Yemen highlands in between the Houthis (Shiite group organized under Abdel-Malek al-Houthi’s leadership) and the Salafis (Sunni ultra-orthodox group affiliated to al-Islah, Yemen’s most prominent Sunni radical faction), weeks of mounting tensions and bloodshed have

 

The long journey home, the plight of one Gitmo’ detainee

For the third time since his election at the president US President Barack Obama has reiterated on Monday his determination to close down Guantanamo Bay terror penitentiary and arrange for all detainees to be repatriated back to their country of origins.
 

 

Yemen versus France: President Hadi threatens TOTAL with international court over LNG prices

Faced with an aggravated economic crisis and dangerously low foreign currencies reserve, President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi first had to turn toward the oil sector to try to establish how best to maximize Yemen’s income revenues, when he took power in 2012. Since the oil and gas industry represents over 70% of Yemen’s national budget, it was only natural for President Hadi to want to how so far his predecessor, former President Ali Abdullah Saleh had managed the country’s main source of revenues.
 

 

Yemen moves to criminalize child marriage

As Yemen prepares to draft its new constitution now that NDC representatives have laid down the ground work, rights activists were pleased to learn that Yemen intends to honour its commitment toward civil liberties by entrenching values such as freedom of thought, expression, gender equality and women’s rights directly into the constitution.
 

 

What of Yemen’s terror detainees?

A hot topic, Guantanamo Bay terror detainees’ repatriation has acted a centrepiece to many conversations and many debates both in Yemen and abroad as rights activists, lawyers and politicians have argued back and fro, weighting national security parameters versus civil liberties.

 

President Hadi’s remarks ahead of NDC final curtain call

Amid reports that tensions in between the Houthis and the Salafis have re-emerged in the province of Amran, located directly north of the capital and a sudden surge in assassination, Yemen President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi called on his countrymen to stand by him as he wished to oppose such “forces of evil.”

 

Is Yemen really winning its fight against terror?

Although Yemen President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his anti-terror American partners have been keen to assert they have indeed weakened al-Qaeda’s network through a clever combination of ground intelligence and military fire-power, security experts have begged to differ, pointing instead to a much different reality.

 

Solving the southern issue, Mohammed Abulahoum opens up on his vision for a better and stronger Yemen

A veteran politician, Founder and Head, Justice and Building Party, and state dignitary, Mohammed Abulahoum, who has dedicated his time to solving Yemen’ southern issue in his quality of vice-president of the southern committee at the National Dialogue, opened up last week to reporters on Yemen’s political progress so far.

 

The regime’s last song, political analyst Aref Abu Hatem speaks of Yemen’s battle of will

In a report published earlier this week in al-Jazeera, Aref Abu Hatem, a political analyst, looked at Yemen’s current political predicament as the old and the new battle for power, both entities intent on claiming Yemen’s future for its own.

 

Salafis are taking heavy casualties as sectarian tensions continue in Sa’ada

Almost two months after the Houthis (Shiite faction which stronghold is based in Sa’ada) and the Salafis (Sunni radicals) decided to turn Dammaj and the entire northern Sa’ada province into a battle ground, sources close to the matter have revealed that the death toll has dramatically increased since late earlier this month.

 

Yemen is fighting a sprawling giant
"Prisoners who are in the jails of the oppressors because of their religion" and told them to "rejoice ... as your brothers are pounding the walls of injustice and demolishing the thrones of oppression... We have not forgotten you and will never forget you,” said Nasser al-Wahishi this August. Little could Yemenis have foreseen that those words would signal an unprecedented return in violence and insecurity across the country.
 

 

 

Human Rights Watch calls for the release of political prisoners
When Yemenis took to the streets of the capital, Sana’a, back in 2011 to call for the ouster of then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh, emboldened by the Arab Spring movement, dozens of protesters were picked by the state security apparatus and thrown
 

 

 

Scramble for the Island of Bliss: Socotra!

Socotra (Yemen) derives its magic name from the Sanskrit "dvipa sukhadhara" ("Island of Bliss"). Dragon's blood trees that look like flying saucers perched on trunks, trees that look like elephants' legs with pink flowers on top, unique birds of song such as Socotra's starling, sunbird, and grosbeak.

 

Could President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi be a president without a country?

Having inherited a nation plagued by a multitude of inter-connected and over-lapping crises President Hadi, a veteran of the Saleh's era, could not if he had wanted to, fathom what intricate maze he would have to navigate through before ever hoping to shine a light on the ancient land of Sheba.

 

Reconciliation and Federalism: Yemen’s National Dialogue

“You are a Bangladeshi. Did your country benefit from seceding from Pakistan?”  This question was asked of me in Yemen. I had been invited to meet with members of the National Dialogue who are debating and discussing the future of the Yemeni state.  

 

Yemen journalists: repression and political pressure

In a recent article to Global Post, Belkis Wille, a researcher with Human Rights Watch put the focus on Yemen journalists, revealing the hidden scars and untold trauma endured by press people in Yemen as their work have literally taken over their lives.
 

 

The Fleet of the Dragon in Yemeni Waters

Zheng He was a remarkable commander whose voyages of trade exploration and goodwill led to the exchange of knowledge and goods as far a field as Yemen and the East coast of Africa. As the “Admiral of the Western Sea”, Zheng He lead China`s 

 

Overlooked debacle overseas: U.S. drone strikes are ratcheting up

Many Yemeni people justifiably fear the U.S. more than they fear al Qaeda. Here's the shameful reason why
 

 

Yemen water woes

Impoverished, ragged and unstable, Yemen continues despite unprecedented international financial sponsorship to titter on the edge of a political and financial abyss, threatening to turn the most populous nation of the Arabian Peninsula into a failed state.

 

Hadi, Washington and al-Qaeda

Propelled to the presidency on the wake of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh's resignation in 2012, President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi made his debut as Yemen's first democratically elected president following three decades of a semi-authoritarian regime without any real home political backing.

 

Yemen – India Relations: An Overview

Yemen has been integrally linked to South East Asia over the course of many centuries. Geographically and socially diverse, one may trace this diversity through the cultural interactions and hybrid architectural fabrics of various regions.

 

The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a illegally taking passports away from American Citizens in Yemen

More than 20 known cases of Yemeni-Americans who have tried to renew their passports in Yemen have surfaced in the last four months. The Yemeni American News has learned that the usual scenario is that American citizens of 

 

Yemen's African Refugees; a harrowing tale of torture and betrayal

Desperate to escape the horrors of war and famine tens of thousands of African refugees are continuing to make the dangerous crossing over the Red Sea to reach the shores of Yemen in the hope they will manage to reach the promised Eden, the land of plenty - Saudi Arabia.

 

Fresh Look at the Red Sea Region and the Battle for Yemen – Bab Al-Mandab = 1/2

The Arabian Peninsula Seas contain two of the most important strategic waterways in the world: Bab Al-Mandab and Strait of Hormuz. Without them much of the geopolitics of the Horn of Africa and South West Asia would make little sense.

 

What can Yemen National Dialogue really achieve?

As Egypt has proven, the aftermath of any revolutionary movement remains murkier and often unpredictable, periods of calm precuring times of great instability and chaos, making predictions not only foolish but rather impossible to make.

 

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