Business for Peace Award

Issue #1807


Death of imprisoned AQAP suspect raises questions

Published on 17 August 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in News

SANA’A, Aug. 14—There are conflicting news reports about the death of Sabri Birsam Bin Talib, the only suspect arrested for the abduction and killing of 14 soldiers by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on Friday in Hadramout.

Jalal Baleedi

Who is Jalal Baleedi?

Published on 14 August 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in News

Jalal Mohsen Saeed Baleedi Al-Marqashi, also known by his nickname Hamza Al-Zinjibari, is the field commander of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the governorates of Abyan, Shabwa, Lahj, Hadramout, and Al-Beidha, where the group brands itself to locals as Ansar Al-Sharia.

IN Brief (Aug. 14 2014)

Published on 14 August 2014 by Wagdi Muzahem in News

15 years of imprisonment for three convicted gang members

SANA’A, Aug. 13—The Specialized Criminal Court in Sana’a convicted three accused members of an armed gang in Marib governorate on Wednesday.

Prices of basic commodities still stable, government says

Published on 14 August 2014 by Ali Saeed in News

SANA’A, Aug. 13—The Ministry of Industry and Trade said on Wednesday that prices of basic commodities, including wheat, bread, and sugar, are still stable and no increase was reported after the government removed fuel subsidies on July 30.

Controversy surrounds alleged Houthi courts in Amran

Published on 14 August 2014 by Madiha Al-Junaid in News

SANA’A, Aug. 13— Fawwaz Saleh, an engineer in Amran who was sentenced to death on Sunday by an improvised tribal court suspected to be affiliated with the Houthis, has had his death sentence suspended, sources told the Yemen Times.

Bomb explosion in Lahj kills 8, wounds 34

Published on 14 August 2014 by Amal Al-Yarisi in News

SANA’A, Aug. 13—Eight people were killed and about 34 others injured on Wednesday when a bomb placed near the Saber Central Security in Saber area of Tebn district in Lahj governorate detonated as bomb disposal experts were trying to defuse it.

Renewed clashes in Al-Jawf result in casualties

Published on 14 August 2014 by Nasser Al-Sakkaf in News

SANA’A, Aug. 13—Clashes between Houthis and armed tribesmen renewed in Al-Ghail district of Al-Jawf governorate on Tuesday causing dozens to flee into peaceful areas of Al-Jawf or neighboring Marib governorate.

Many news agencies‭, ‬including the GPC mouthpiece Al-Motamar Net‭, ‬are accusing the Houthis of having dug the tunnel in an attempt to assassinate the former presidentرa claim the group vehemently denies‭.‬

Tunnel found near Saleh’s house, investigations underway

Published on 14 August 2014 by Amal Al-Yarisi in News

SANA’A, Aug. 12—Local media associated with the General People's Congress (GPC) announced late Monday that a tunnel leading to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh's house was discovered, deeming it a plot to assassinate him.


A crisis a century in the making

Published on 14 August 2014 by Vali R. Nasr in Opinion

America’s tentative return to the battlefields of Iraq, however reminiscent it is of unfinished American business there, is also a deadly reminder that the Arab world is still trying to sort out the unfinished business of the Ottoman Empire, a century after it collapsed.

Iraq crisis: West’s “mandate” limited by national borders—and don’t dare mention oil

Published on 14 August 2014 by Robert Fisk in Opinion

In the Middle East, the first shots of every war define the narrative we all dutifully follow.

Leaked files confirm surveillance company helped Bahrain spy on activists

Published on 14 August 2014 by Phoebe Bierly in Opinion

On August 4 a hacker made a post on the social media website Reddit announcing that she or he had stolen 40 gigabytes of data from Gamma International, a UK-based surveillance technology company.


Wadi Sa‘wan in Bani Hushaysh district: A minibus was recycled as a watchtower to guard qat  fields.

This article has photo galleryPolitics of Qat by Peer Gatter: Donor demands and qat

Published on 14 August 2014 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in Report

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).

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A group of seven students at Hadramout University built Yemen's first model drilling platform which can be used to teach future students how petroleum platforms are functioning‭.‬

From the old, something new

Published on 14 August 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Culture

University students in Hadramout build model drilling platform using recycled goods

Many women in Sana’a say the addition of a sidecar makes travelling by motorbike safer, more comfortable, quicker, and more socially acceptable than the normal two-wheeler.

Motorcycle sidecar attracts women riders in Sana’a

Published on 14 August 2014 by Abdullah Al-Samei in Culture

Khaled Ameen, a motorcycle taxi driver in Sana'a, was surprised to see a woman waving for him to pull over, as it is unusual for women in Sana’a to travel by motorbike. He initially thought she was just going to inquire about directions or ask him a question, but the woman, in her 40s, asked Ameen for a ride.

The picture above was painted by Hashim Ali Abdulla Al-Dawbala‭, ‬who was born in 1945‭ ‬and is considered by many Yemeni artists to be a key figure in the emergence of Yemen's modern arts scene‭.‬

Does creativity require money?

Published on 14 August 2014 by Mohammed Al-Khayat in Culture

The bankruptcy of fine arts in Yemen

Many Yemeni artists link the beginning of the country’s modern arts scene to the central  figure of Hashim Ali Abdulla Al-Dawbala. Born in Hadramout in 1945, the artist lived and practiced art in Taiz for most of his life. Training several famous local artists, such as Hakim Al-Aqel and Amina Al-Nusairi, and establishing the Yemeni Artists Association in 1986, Al-Dawbala shaped Yemen’s emerging modern arts scene.

View Point

Finally some action

Published on 14 August 2014 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in View Point

We have been waiting for quite some time for a proactive political move to take place in Yemen. Since the conclusion of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) there has been a standstill on the political front except for reactionary damage control, triggered mostly by security incidents.