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Three days after peace deal, all scenarios including bad ones possible in Yemen

Yemeni people are still looking forward to a presidential decision naming a new prime minister, three days after the government and Houthi militants signed the peace and national partnership agreement.

 

Yemen's government and the Zaidi Houthi militants are close to reach a deal in order to put an end to the battles and weeks-long protests in the capital city of Sanaa.

The deal comes amid continued violence in the capital which has seen fierce battles between Houthis and the armed forces for the past few days.

 

Energy-sector corruption costs Yemen tens of billions of dollars in six years

Yemen has lost tens of billions of dollars because of systemic corruption in the oil and gas sector, Yemeni officials said on Wednesday, days after the launch of a project to enhance the transparency of its extractive industries.

 

Yemen wary of intensifying Iranian meddling

President Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Saturday called on Iran to adopt wise policies over Yemen at a time when the Houthi rebels are continuing the escalation of their protests inside and outside the capital city of Sanaa.

 

Analysts: Yemen walks in "vicious circle" amid endless games of politics

Yemen's Transition President Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi has ordered a 12% rollback of the recently hiked fuel prices be effective as from Thursday in what appeared to be an act to demonstrate goodwill to resolve the current crisis.

 

Agreement with rebels for new government could not be solution

A new government will be formed under an agreement between Yemen's Presidency and the Shiite Houthi rebels who have been gathering inside and on the outskirts of the capital city of Sanaa for days.

 

Analysts say Houthi rebels seek power under change slogans

The Shiite Houthi Group has been rallying its militants on the outskirts of Yemen's capital city of Sanaa in a bid to challenge the government and end a recenlty approved oil subsidy reform.

 

President Hadi seeks to broker tentative truce with the Houthis

Following an announcement on Friday that President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi ordered the establishment of a popular army formed of pro-government tribal militias to oppose and rebuff the Houthis in the northern province of al Jawf, officials have revealed that a negotiating committee has been charged with brokering a truce.

 

Despite financial problems, AQAP hits back strongly in Yemen

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) raided on Thursday the branch of the International Bank of Yemen in Mukalla city and looted the money in it as it continued to target military and security personnel, headquarters and camps in southern and southeastern regions.

 

The Season of Grapes

Grapes and raisins in Banu Hushaish are a staff of life. A day without them is unthinkable. They are part of every day meal day after day, year after year. They have meaning and importance which has nothing to do with monotony.

 

Yemen IDPs want to go home

Since the Houthis (Zaidi tribal faction organized under the leadership of Abdel Malek al Houthi) have officially handed back control of northern Amran to the government, IDPs (Internally Displaced People) have expressed a strong desire to return to the province in order to rebuild their life.

 

Exploring Spaces: Bura Mountain World

Bura is a protected area in Yemen in Al- Hudaydah governate. The mountain rises 2,200 meters and is covered by natural forest resembling the rainforests of Africa. There are many flora and fauna varieties in Bura.

 

Amran presidential visit and what it could mean for Yemen

When Yemen President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi visited the northern province of Amran on Wednesday, intent on calling on all parties to “turn a new leaf” and start afresh in the spirit of national cohesion and collaboration, not everyone in the impoverished nation, least of all Al Islah was satisfied.

 

Yemen still cannot access foreign aid

In a recent interview published in Al Hayat, Amat al-Alim Alsoswa, Executive Director of the Executive Bureau for the Acceleration of Aid Absorption and Implementation of the Mutual Accountability Framework (SEBAA) warned Yemen’s inability to address political instability and widespread insecurity had hindered foreign aid disbursement, thus putting Yemen in a conundrum.

 

Yemen Post Editor to RT: Yemeni government fueling Amran Crisis

During the continuing crisis between the government and Houthis Hakim Almasmari, the Yemen Post Editor told RT (previously known as Russia Today) that there are clear occurrences that prove that factions within the government are fueling the Amran crisis.

 

Yemen food crisis needs to be addressed

While Yemen has long battled hunger and food insecurity, most and acutely since 2011 when the uprising came to upset an already fragile balance, plunging millions under the poverty threshold, the impoverished nation has reached an unsustainable food crisis level, where famine has become not a threat but a reality.

 

Yemen Post Editor to AlJazeera: the Houthis will not invade Sana’a

On the wake of Amran’s fall to the Houthis (Zaidi faction organized under the leadership of Abdel Malek Al Houthi), Hakim Almasmari, Yemen Post Editor in Chief talked to Al Jazeera International of the repercussions such a bold move would have on Yemen, both politically and militarily.

 

Is Yemen the next domino to drop in the region?

When Yemeni state officials confirmed last week that the Houthis (Zaidi tribal faction organized under the political denomination, Ansar Allah) seized complete control over the northern province of Amran, a bastion of Al-Islah (Sunni radical party) and ancestral home of al-Ahmar (Yemen’s most prominent tribal family as its leader, 

 

Living in misery – How Yemenis have been robbed of their dreams of a better future

If Yemen rose anew under the impetus of the Arab Spring movement back in 2011, its people having found at last a sense of pride and political determination, the past three years have but laid waste the hopes of a nation, its dreams crushed under the boots of ruthless politicians and opposing powers.

 

The Houthis, the new Hezbollah of the Arabian Peninsula?

Ever since the Houthis (a formerly rebel group organized under the leadership of Abdel Maleh al Houthi) grew in influence on the back of Yemen 2011 Arab Spring movement, analysts, politicians and commentators alike have likened the Houthis to the Hezbollah, keen to draw parallels in between the two entities due to their religious affiliation.

 

A Top Reporter In Yemen Explains What's Really Going On In The Country's Secret US Drone War

Yemen Post Editor in Chief Hakim Almasmari was interviewed two years ago on the war against al Qaeda. The details he mentions are the ones that stand today. Here are the details of the interview:

 

Ramadan 2014, how post-revolution Yemen sees the future

A country in perpetual crisis, Yemen has been often been portrayed as the ever-suffering poorer cousin of the Arabian Peninsula’ a state plagued by insecurity, crippling poverty and political instability.

 

Press Release: Yemen: New Report reveals inequities have greatest impact on children

Nutrition remains a major challenge with high levels of stunting wasting and underweight, cutting across both rich and poor.

 

Journey to the Mountains of Barat

The mountains of Barat occupy the northern plateau and eastern slopes. This is also the place of man's unavoidable meeting with the destiny of nature.

 

Yemen’s human rights commitments need to be uphold

Speaking to the press on Yemen’s human rights situation, Nadim Houry, Human Rights Watch deputy Middle East and North Africa director noted, “Yemen agreed to important initiatives that could address the country’s longstanding impunity and prevent further abuses. Now the authorities need to deliver on these commitments to improve human rights protections for Yemenis.”

 

Indebted Yemen, when the going gets tough

This Saturday al-Qaeda Yemen, also known as AQAP, denied President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s claims that most terror fighters are foreign nationals.

 

The ailing house of Saleh, Yemen’s former president is standing on quick sand

Often called the survivor of the Arab Spring for he managed to emerge relatively politically unscathed from such unprecedented revolutionary turmoil, Yemen former President Ali Abdullah Saleh might have ran out of luck altogether.

 

Mogib Hassan – Yemen Looted Funds’ whistle-blower

Mogib Hassan, a rather well-known political and rights activist was called to sit on Yemen Looted Funds Recovery body, AWAM, back in 2013 as a liaison officer.

 

The Crossing Places: Wadi Khabb

Wadi Khabb valley has for thousands of years formed a garden retreat of great natural beauty and wealth, where traditional clay houses lie hidden among the dense palm groves, flowering orchards, and lush green fields.

 

Yemen’s war on terror: Winners and Losers

Since Yemen President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi declared open war on al-Qaeda back in April 20, Yemen has witnessed an eruption of violence and bloodshed of such intensity that many Yemenis have come to question their president’ strategy against terror militants.

 

My take on the Recent FoY in London

I just returned from London where I attended the 7th meeting of the Friends of Yemen. The meeting discussed how the international community will support Yemen to complete the transition, implement the outcome of the historic national dialogue, and lay the foundation for a democratic modern civil state. 

 

Amid reports of new US-led drone strike UK denies any military involvement

Amid reports of yet another US-led drone strike in Yemen, a not-for-profit anti-war organization based in Britain said to be concerned over allegations that the UK would have stepped up its military footprint in Yemen by teaming up with the US military drone program in Yemen.

 

Al Qaeda Poses New Threat in Yemen

The al Qaeda branch with one of the global terror group's largest fighting forces pledged to step up attacks in Yemen's main cities as a government offensive forced the militants to yield ground.

 

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.
 

 

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