Yemen Times Newscoop - The open content management system for professional journalists. en Copyright 2014, Yemen Times Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:56:47 +0100 60 Newscoop Yemen Times 147 49 IN Brief (Aug. 21 2014) Taiz public transport benefits from 20 percent hikeSANA’A, August 20—The Transportation Fees Committee in Taiz governorate approved a 20 percent increase in fares for all public transportation in the governorate on Tuesday. <br clear="all"> News Sourcefabric Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:07:34 +0100 Tribal leader assassinated in Sana’a SANA’A, Aug. 20—Unknown armed men assassinated Abdulkareem Al-Dhahab in Sana’a on Tuesday, leaving two of his bodyguards inured. <br clear="all"> News Sourcefabric Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:07:34 +0100 Presidential committee in Al-Jawf meets tribal leaders, agreement reached SANA’A, Aug. 19—The presidential committee tasked to reach a ceasefire agreement in Al-Jawf governorate reached an agreement on Tuesday with tribal leaders in Al-Jawf to be approved by President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi. <br clear="all"> News Sourcefabric Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:07:34 +0100 JMP declines GPC’s reconciliation offer SANA’A Aug.19—The Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) refused the reconciliation document on tuesday presented by the General People’s Congress on Monday. <br clear="all"> News Sourcefabric Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:07:34 +0100 Clashes in Hadramout; Banks shut down SANA’A, Aug. 19—Military units associated with the 2nd Military Command in Hadramout governorate stormed a villa on Al-Siteen Street in the capital city of Mukalla late Monday. The villa was used by militants to plot terrorist attacks, according to the state-run Saba News Agency. <br clear="all"> News Sourcefabric Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:07:34 +0100 Houthis threaten to topple Hadi government; Crisis deepens in the capital <img src="" border="0" align="left" hspace="5" /> SANA’A, Aug. 20—Houthis welcomed the formation of the ten-member negotiation committee that President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi established on Wednesday, after a meeting with members of parliament, the Shura Council, and cabinet ministers. <br clear="all"> News Sourcefabric Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:07:34 +0100 Politics of Qat by Peer Gatter: Ups and downs in qat politics after 2002 (part 2/2) <img src="" border="0" align="left" hspace="5" /> The cover page shows an old man with an apprehensive look in his eyes, half-smiling as he hands you a bunch of qat leaves. In the background there is a wild-eyed teenage boy, cheeks swollen from the qat that fills them, peering into the camera. This 862 page hard-cover book published by Reichert Publications is a weapon in all senses of the word. Besides documenting the ever growing role qat plays in Yemen and in the life of Yemenis, the book also analyses Yemen’s qat policy, the tribal qat economy, and the qat connections of our decision makers. I had this huge publication lying by my bedside for months before I summoned the courage to pick it up and start reading. This was not only due to its intimidating size, but probably even more so due to its topic. Qat, and the political and economic schemes around it, were to me as a Yemeni always a well-known problem. I just was too afraid to read for myself and acknowledge how I as a citizen am part of a society that enables this culture of qat. I don’t chew Qat and personally I am ardently opposed to it. But I live in a society where Qat prevails. After years of research, Peer Gatter, the author of  this book, published it in 2012, offering to the world an insight into this drug and what it has done to my country. Gatter was working for many years for the World Bank and UNDP in Yemen and is now heading the Integrated Expert Program for Afghanistan of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ-CIM).To read more about the book go to <br clear="all"> Report Sourcefabric Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:07:07 +0100 Disappearing with time or turning into a more serious problem? <img src="" border="0" align="left" hspace="5" /> As you walk into Sana’a’s Musaik neighborhood, one does not have to search long to find heavily armed young men, members of the neighborhood’s gang, congregating in one of their hang-out places. <br clear="all"> Report Sourcefabric Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:26:33 +0100 Education gap: Public schools vs. private institutes <img src="" border="0" align="left" hspace="5" /> “In the beginning I could not believe that the teacher who teaches me in the morning is the same who teaches me in the afternoon,” high school student Rasheed Al-Shammakh said, describing his teacher who teaches him mathematics in school during regular hours and afterschool for private lessons at an institute. <br clear="all"> Report Sourcefabric Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:26:33 +0100 Salafi refugees: Settling in Sana’a nostalgic of Dammaj <img src="" border="0" align="left" hspace="5" /> Walking into Al-Fardaws, or “Paradise,” Mosque in Sawan area gives you the feeling you are in an airport, bustling with people of different nationalities, from every corner of the world. What’s common is that they all don beards, which they cherish, and are dressed in short garments (thawbs) reaching their ankles. <br clear="all"> Report Sourcefabric Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:26:33 +0100 First things first, a new government is due President Hadi held a high level meeting of national bodies as well as political and social figures on Wednesday to create a national synergy amongst political entities against the Houthis. <br clear="all"> View Point Sourcefabric Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:46:08 +0100 The scourge of Shiaphobia During a meeting with a delegation from the European Parliament last November, an advisor to the Saudi interior minister, Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef, touted a widely-acclaimed Saudi de-radicalization program for extremist youth in the kingdom. Describing the program in detail, he emphasized the promotion of religious tolerance as one of its pillars. In presenting the program, he contrasted it with what he described as Iranian intolerance, exemplified by Iran’s denial to permit Sunni Muslims to build or operate a mosque in Tehran, since the 1979 Revolution. When asked by the delegation how many Shia mosques there are in Riyadh, the advisor became flustered and responded, “there is none, and there would never be since, unlike the Iranians, we do not pretend to be tolerant.” <br clear="all"> Opinion Sourcefabric Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:44:40 +0100 Clashes between two tribes in Sana'a leave one dead, several injured SANA'A, Aug. 18—Clashes between the Al-Qanis and Al-Zaidi tribes erupted on Saturday during a wedding ceremony in Sawan neighborhood in the capital of Sana’a, leaving one dead and seven injured, according to Abdulaziz Al-Ajli, the security manager of Sho'oub district in Sana’a governorate. <br clear="all"> News Sourcefabric Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:01:11 +0100 Clashes in Hadramout between military and AQAP suspects SANA’A, Aug. 18—Four alleged Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) members and a soldier were killed on Sunday in clashes between gunmen and the military in Al-Qatan city in Hadramout governorate, according to the Defense Ministry’s website. <br clear="all"> News Sourcefabric Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:22:07 +0100 Diesel shortage affects pomegranates season in Sa’ada <img src="" border="0" align="left" hspace="5" /> Pomegranate farmers in Sa'ada governorate are frustrated about the earnings of this year's season, as the price of a 20kg basket went down from YR5,000 ($23) last year to YR2,500 ($11.5) this year. <br clear="all"> Report Sourcefabric Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:10:17 +0100 Children being used to settle disputes Taking advantage of the security vacuum, some resort to kidnapping children <br clear="all"> Report Sourcefabric Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:56:17 +0100 In Brief <img src="" border="0" align="left" hspace="5" /> “The Tribe’s son and the Challenge” documentary launches in Sana’aSANA’A, Aug. 18—The Ministry of Culture launched on Saturday the documentary film “The Tribe’s son and the Challenge,” which is a biography of the military engineer Captain Hassan Farhan Bin Jalal. <br clear="all"> News Sourcefabric Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:45:25 +0100 Can hip-hop stop the Jihadis? The number of foreign fighters who have flooded into Syria throughout the past three years now exceeds the total number of jihadists who fought invading Soviet troops in Afghanistan in the 1980s, according to a report by the Soufan Group. <br clear="all"> Opinion Sourcefabric Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:45:15 +0100 Today is World Humanitarian Day Every year on August 19, the world marks World Humanitarian Day (WHD) in honor of aid workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The day was  designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. That bombing claimed 22 lives. <br clear="all"> Opinion Sourcefabric Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:43:52 +0100 AQAP announces support for ISIL SANA’A, Aug. 17—Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) published a statement on its Al-Manbar website on August 14 announcing support for the operations of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which now calls itself the Islamic State, in Iraq. <br clear="all"> News Sourcefabric Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:42:15 +0100