Blog archive: Yemen

  • 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
       LAST WEEKEND Houthi fighters took over key parts of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and celebrated with a massive fireworks display (see video above). Government security forces are now said to be cooperating with them in guarding the city. This extraordinary turn of events has...
  • 12th August 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemen's rumour mill has gone into overdrive after the reported discovery of a tunnel, some 80-90 metres long, running between what appears to be a large warehouse and the home of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Supporters of the ex-dictator are claiming this was part of an assassination plot...
  • 31st July 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
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  • 1st July 2014
    By
    Mareike Transfeld
    The British withdrawal from Aden in 1967 left Yemen divided into two states – north and south – both of them aspiring to national unity. After a lengthy period of on/off negotiation and occasional conflicts they eventually unified in 1990. Unification soon turned sour, however, and in...
  • 18th June 2014
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      Earlier this year, Yemen embarked on plans to create a federal state comprising six regions. For some, a "United States of Yemen" offers the best hope of preserving national unity in the face of separatist activism. Others fear it will exacerbate separatist tendencies, possibly leading to...

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