Articles tagged with: Yemen

Peter Salisbury
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on : Sunday, 20 Jul, 2014

The Houthis’ Next Move

Fighting in Yemen between the Houthis, a Zaydi Shi'a rebel group, and tribal and Sunni Islamist militias has come within miles of Sana'a in recent weeks, sparking fears that the Houthis plan on continuing its march south to the capital. But how likely is it that the group, for six years the underdogs in a stop–start civil war with the government of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, would take such a huge step? Not very. But that does not mean that fighting won’t soon come to S...

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James Spencer
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on : Friday, 11 Jul, 2014

Nor Any Drop To Drink

In classical times, Yemen was called Eudaimon Arabia and Arabia Felix (meaning “fortunate”), thanks to the rains which fell on its mountains, almost unique in an otherwise arid Arabian Peninsula. In those days the rains were heavier, so today less groundwater is now available in the aquifers. Yet as supply has fallen, demand has risen dramatically. According to the World Bank, Yemen’s population was 5.1 million in 1960. Twenty years later it was 7.9 million, and in 2000 it had reached 1...

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Catherine Shakdam
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on : Friday, 27 Jun, 2014

Pushed into the Shadows

“Violence against women is neither inevitable nor acceptable,” wrote Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the former UN Resident Coordinator in Yemen, in the Yemen Observer on Interna...

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Peter Salisbury
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on : Friday, 20 Jun, 2014

One Less Voice from Yemen

The deportation of a US freelance journalist from Yemen highlights the extent to which the international media's interest in peripheral countries depends on a poorly protected bunc...

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Thomas W. Lippman
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on : Wednesday, 18 Jun, 2014

The Water’s Edge

In Saudi Arabia, the “desert kingdom,” Prince Mohammed Al-Faisal was a pioneer in the quest for new sources of water. The prince, a son of King Faisal, was a founder of the cou...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Thursday, 5 Jun, 2014

Yemeni army, Houthis agree ceasefire deal in Amran

Sana’a, Asharq Al-Awsat—Yemeni forces and Shi’ite Houthi rebels agreed a ceasefire deal in the northern province of Amran on Wednesday, following recent clashes between t...

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Catherine Shakdam
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on : Wednesday, 4 Jun, 2014

Fueling Yemen’s Black Market

Yemen’s fuel crisis began in 2011, at the height of the Arab Spring, a time when political activists backed by Yemen’s opposition called for the immediate resignation of th...

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Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
on : Wednesday, 14 May, 2014

The Changing Face of Gulf Aid

Together with Saudi Arabia, the three comparatively wealthy Gulf states of Qatar, Kuwait, and the UAE have provided an estimated 90 percent of all Arab aid financing since 1970. Th...

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James Spencer
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on : Saturday, 10 May, 2014

Making Friends, Qatar-Style

For fifty years during the second half of the twentieth century, the Soviet Union and the West were locked in a Cold War, a period of mostly static adversity marked by ideologi...

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Catherine Shakdam
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on : Wednesday, 7 May, 2014

Yemen’s Information War

Regardless of their political affiliation, ever since the events of 2011, Yemenis have lobbied for stronger, more modern civil institutions, keen to see the reforms so many of thei...

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