yemen

  • The intellectuals of Yemen

    Art, culture, and civil society are aspects playing a part in the Yemeni conflict that are being overlooked in mainstream media. Just in June of this year, a new Yemeni media initiative emerged focusing on Yemeni art, culture, and civil society, and their role in building bridges within the...
  • The call of Yemen and the deafness of the world

    The conflict in Yemen is complex because on the one hand, it involves political, social, humanitarian, military and cultural issues that directly and violently affect civil society. On the other hand, the diversity of actors that are part of the conflict have antagonistic interests, as well as shifting ones,...
  • Why peace in Yemen could depend on women

    The war in Yemen, often called “the forgotten war,” has caused the death of over 10,000 people, including many civilians. Today, over 18 million people are in need of humanitarian aid and the country is facing one of the most severe famines to date and the world’s worst epidemic...
  • Keep your friends close

    In what some will see as the latest step in the political ladder to Cold War version 2.0, Russia has been denied a place on the UN’s Human Rights Council after the UN General Assembly failed to vote for it as one of 14 new members. Brazil, China, Cuba,...
  • The rules of dis-engagement

    Yemen is a country in the grip of a civil war, which has far reaching implications, not just for its regional neighbours, but also for the Western powers that have long sought supremacy in the battle to claim the spoils of their Middle Eastern pie.  For the UK, these implications...
  • Lives for Sale: Saudi Arabia and the Arms Trade

    In January this year a leaked UN report by a panel of experts on the situation in Yemen confirms that at least 119 airstrikes by the Saudi forces have been targeting civilians. Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) have been first hand witnesses as a number of their medical facilities have been attacked repeatedly. The fact...
  • Have You Forgotten About Yemen?

      Proximity and novelty are two fundamental elements of making a subject newsworthy. The refugees crisis in Europe, and related to it, the situation in Syria, or the upcoming election in the United States, seem to dominate the headlines these days. However, another important element to newsworthiness is impact...
  • Yemen’s Bridge of Sighs

    When most people hear of the Bridge of Sighs, they automatically think of the bridge in Venice, Italy that stretches out across the Rio di Palazzo or Palace River. While their assumption is true, there is another bridge that goes by the same name located in Yemen’s ‘Amran governorate,...
  • Yemen Tuesdays: The Alien Beauty of Socotra

    The name Socotra derives from a Sanskrit name, meaning “The Island of Bliss”; these Islands are known as the most alien place on earth. The island is situated in the Indian Ocean between Somalia and Yemen, two countries torn by war, and it is filled with the most beautifully illogical...
  • Yemen Tuesdays: Mud Skyscrapers and Palaces of Wadi Hadhramaut

    Yemen ’s Hadhramaut Valley or Wadi Hadhramaut, is situated in the southeastern part of Yemen and characterised by mountains, valleys, and deserts. It is known to have been inhabited since the Stone Age. The Hadhramaut Valley is mentioned in the Quran, the Islamic holy book, as the place where...
  • Yemen Tuesdays: Old City of Sana’a

    Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, is the oldest inhabited place in the world, and according to popular legends, the city was founded by Shem, the son of Noah. Sana’a is home to the ancient Ghumdan Palace, a 20 storey building, sometimes acknowledged as the world’s first skyscraper. Today, only a few...
  • Yemen Tuesdays: Gingerbread Houses and Mud Skyscrapers

    Preserving Yemen’s Cultural Heritage Yemen is one of the most isolated countries in the world. At one point, it hardly made international news except when it came to the United States’ war on terror against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, otherwise known as AQAP. But, much has changed over...
  • Child Marriage in the MENA Region

    In the wake of the Syria crisis, dozens of stories circulated about the forcible marriages of Syrian refugee girls in Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. These accounts prompted local and international organizations to tackle this issue in humanitarian settings. But, why should we wait for a humanitarian catastrophe to occur...