Blog archive: Yemen

  • 21st August 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In a TV interview today, Yemen's ex-president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, appeared to invite Russian military intervention in the country's conflict. He talked of reactivating old Yemeni agreements with the Soviet Union and offfered "all the facilities" of Yemen's bases, ports and airports to Russia...
  • 26th July 2016
    By
    Thanos Petouris
    On March 26, 2015, civil war officially broke out in Yemen. On that day, Saudi Arabia marshalled a hastily convened coalition of the willing to forcibly intervene in Yemen’s internal affairs, launching an all out armed conflict between forces loyal to the ‘legitimate government’ of president ‘Abd...
  • 23rd July 2016
    By
    Sebastian Sons and Toby Matthiesen
    During the 16 months that Saudi Arabia has been waging war in Yemen there has been little discussion of the kingdom's media strategy, though in some ways it is almost as important as the military strategy. In the article below, Sebastian Sons and Toby Matthiesen argue that the kingdom is...
  • 23rd May 2016
    By
    Helen Lackner
    There is no doubt that the military stalemate is a major reason leading to the Kuwait negotiations. After 14 months of full-scale war, the military situation is largely unchanged. Thirteen months into the full scale war which has encompassed the country, negotiations started in Kuwait on 21...
  • 17th May 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saudi Arabia is not only denying that its forces have committed war crimes in Yemen; it is now also denying that human rights organisations have been on the ground investigating them. Interviewed on NPR radio yesterday, General Ahmad Asiri, spokesman for the Saudi-led military coalition, ...
  • 26th April 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Renouncing Islam is a crime punishable by death in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. In practice, though, the law isn't implemented nowadays. On the rare occasions that an apostasy case comes to court, the accused person is usually allowed to flee the country or...
  • 9th December 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Seven mercenaries – six Colombians and their Australian commander – are reported to have been killed fighting near Taiz in central Yemen. According to the local Saba News agency: "The army and popular committees repulsed an attempt of the mercenaries of the Saudi-led coalition to...
  • 6th December 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The assassination of the governor of Aden this morning places a further huge question mark over the Gulf states' strategy in Yemen. Major-General Jaafar Mohammad Saad, who was appointed governor less than two months ago, died along with several others when his car was blown up ...
  • 2nd December 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Simmering differences between Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is still widely described as Yemen's president, and Khaled Bahah, the man he appointed as vice-president and prime minister, turned into an open rift yesterday when Hadi announced a cabinet reshuffle and Bahah rejected the changes...
  • 28th October 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Satellite image of the Colombian training camp in the UAE The Saudi-led aerial bombardment of Yemen entered its eighth month on Monday – an occasion marked by a series of strikes that almost completely destroyed a hospital in Saada province supported by Médecins Sans Frontières...
  • 6th October 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Today's explosion at the Qasr hotel in Aden It's easy to forget that there's a full-scale war raging in Yemen. Events in Syria which have more obvious repercussions internationally – the refugee crisis and Russian intervention, for example – tend to push it off the news agenda. Besides that...
  • 29th April 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Prince Mohammed bin Nayef saw Yemen as a failed state The changes in Saudi Arabia's royal pecking order, announced overnight, raise the question of what they are likely to mean for Yemen.  Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 34-year-old defence minister, appears to have been...

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