Business for Peace Award

Issue #1823


Does the Middle East really need nuclear power?

Published on 2 October 2014 by Ali Ahmad & M. V. Ramana in Opinion

As Iran’s nuclear program inches closer to international acceptance, a number of countries—Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, Algeria, and Egypt—are in various stages of planning the construction of nuclear power reactors.


Some think that since Islah gained the education minister position the party has put their logo on the cover of school textbooks, a claim the ministry vehemently denies.

Alleged Islah symbol in textbooks

Published on 2 October 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Report

While helping her little sisters study one night Hadeel Al-Jawzi noticed that the design on the front cover of her siblings’ textbooks had been changed. At first, she thought that the change was initiated by the Ministry of Education—an effort to keep up with the changes brought about by Yemen’s 2011 uprising.

“Jalal 3” was built in 2012 and named after its inventor Hassan Bin Jalal. Newer models include “Jalal 4,” “Jalal 5,” which includes protection against anti-tank rockets, and “Jalal 7,” which was only built a few months ago.

The man who armors vehicles in Yemen

Published on 2 October 2014 by Madiha Al-Junaid in Report

Military engineer Captain Hassan Bin Jalal has recently been featured in “The tribe’s son and the challenge,” a documentary that was launched in Sana’a on August 16.

Muslims around the world sacrifice a lamb to celebrate Eid Al-Adha. But can everyone afford it? Of late, more Yemenis are turning to installments to pay for their Eid sacrifices. (Archive photo)

The business of Eid sacrifices

Published on 2 October 2014 by Rasheed Al-Mulaiki in Report

As Muslims around the world prepare to sacrifice a lamb to commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, the word “sacrifice” has an added layer of meaning to Yemen’s struggling masses. An increasing number are forced to celebrate the century-old tradition through installation payments.


Some view the practice of giving financial support to the groom as a show of solidarity which should continue, while others feel it places to much of a burden on those who can not afford the extra cash. (Facebook / اعراس يمانية)

Al-jibaya: A controversial wedding tradition?

Published on 2 October 2014 by Mohammad Al-Khayat in Culture

“Al-jibaya,” or “al-rafd,” means “financial support” and is traditionally given to the groom about to marry. It is a tradition that came about in the 10th century, according to independent Sana’a-based Yemeni historian, Nebras Anam.

View Point

Welcome to Aden

Published on 2 October 2014 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in View Point

During this Eid holiday the capital appears deserted. Those who could not afford to travel abroad seem to have realized that Aden is the next best thing.