Blog archive: Yemen

  • 2nd April 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Have British-made weapons been used by Saudi Arabia in air strikes that caused mass civilian casualties in Yemen this week? The question was raised yesterday in the Daily Telegraph, a popular newspaper among Britain’s military top brass. While the Telegraph merely reported calls for an...
  • 1st April 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There was a very informative and wide-ranging discussion of the situation in Yemen earlier today, which I had the privilege of chairing. It was organised by CAABU, the Council for Arab-British Understanding. The speakers were Abubakr al-Shamahi, a British-Yemeni journalist, and Baraa Shiban who...
  • 30th March 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The words "Iranian-backed" and "Houthi" are now coupled together in virtually every media report about the conflict in Yemen. Nobody – least of all, the Iranians – would deny that Iran supports the Houthis. But how extensive is that support and what forms does it take? Where some kinds of...
  • 25th March 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    5 March 2015 As political crisis turns into civil war, Yemen’s embattled president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has appealed for international help. Yemen’s northern neighbour, Saudi Arabia has already said it will "take necessary measures if needed” and today the kingdom is reported to be...
  • 5th February 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Sir Alan Duncan on Yemen: "I fear that the only rational view one can take now is of pessimism."  Yemen may be facing a "nearly catastrophic" scenario "to the point where it resembles the worst characteristics of Somalia and Afghanistan", Sir Alan Duncan, the British government's...
  • 13th January 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In what appears to be yet another blow against religious tolerance, an Iranian member of the Bah'ai faith is to go on trial in Yemen – charged with spying for Israel. The Yemeni government news agency, Saba, reports that 51-year-old Hamid Mirza Kamali Srostani, was arrested last year...
  • 9th November 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      Still causing trouble: ex-president Saleh waving to his supporters from a balcony last week. Photo: Yemen Times Amid objections from the Houthi movement and supporters of ex-president Saleh, 30 out of 36 members of Yemen's new government were sworn in on Sunday. Three of...
  • 8th November 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      President Hadi with General Subaihy Almost a month after being asked to form a new government, Yemen's prime minister designate, Khaled Bahah, yesterday announced his ministerial line-up. Coinciding with that, the UN security council imposed sanctions on ex-president Ali Abdullah...
  • 7th November 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saleh supporters gathering in Tahrir Square, Sanaa. Photo posted by @omeisy. Supporters of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh are gathering in Sanaa this morning to protest against "foreign interference" in Yemen. The "interference" in question is a move by the UN security council, at...
  • 30th October 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      A controversial NGO headed by a man who once ran a fake university in Norway is playing a central role in efforts to solve Yemen's political crisis. The Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), together with Yemen's National Center for Human Rights and Democratic Development (...
  • 17th October 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    One of the less-discussed effects of political turmoil in Yemen over the last few years has been the proliferation of media. Despite widespread illiteracy, Yemen now has around 90 newspapers published weekly or more often and the state's monopoly on broadcasting has been broken; there are several...
  • 26th September 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
       The Houthis celebrate in Sanaa with fireworks    LAST WEEKEND Houthi fighters took over key parts of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and celebrated with a massive fireworks display. Government security forces are now said to be cooperating with them in guarding the city...

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