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1544, Section: Report


The Poet Abdullah Al-Baradoni Street (left) and The Martyr Gar Allah Omar Street (right). At the bottom of both signs it reads “Revolutionary Committee,” and no government markings can be found.

Houthi Revolutionary Committee changes 11 street names

Published on 25 February 2015 by Nasser Al-Sakkaf in Report

The Houthis have had a great deal on their hands since seizing control of the capital in September but, while most Sana’anis may not have noticed, the occupying forces also have an eye for detail and symbolic value, as evidenced in a recent campaign to change the names of well-known streets in the city.

Political parties may use vendors for self-promotion, but the popularity of political posters is also a reflection of public opinion. Demand for posters of Abdulmalik Al-Houthi and Ahmed Saleh (both pictured) has grown in recent months.

Street vendors: Just making a living, or hired hands on the campaign trail?

Published on 23 February 2015 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Report

Politicians use various methods to promote themselves and their political parties in order to better get their message across to the masses. Appearing on television and radio, releasing books, or distributing brochures, posters and stickers are just a few of the usual methods employed by politicians in countries throughout the world.

Nearly 200 of Al-Shumo Foundation’s staff members have found themselves out of work since Feb. 5, when Houthis seized their offices and started using their printing press to print pro-Houthi materials.

Newspaper closed, forced south by the Houthis

Published on 23 February 2015 by Mohammad Al-Samawi in Report

Former staff and journalists have been protesting the Houthi takeover of Al-Shumo Foundation and its affiliate newspaper, Akhbar Al-Youm, which have since moved their operations to Aden.

Following months without pay, public media employees have taken matters into their own hands. Live broadcasts at Saba TV ended Saturday, and desperately needed funds have been sought in new advertisement deals.

Saba TV staff strike in demand of salaries

Published on 18 February 2015 by Mohammad Al-Samawi in Report

Live programming at state-run Saba TV channel has been off-air since Saturday, when staff at the channel escalated protests and refused to continue work. Their salaries have not been paid since November.

The remnants of a once thriving community, Yemen’s Jews speak of an increase in abuse and persecution under Houthi rule. Those who remain are reconsidering their place in the country.  (

“Damn the Jews” proving more than just a slogan

Published on 18 February 2015 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Report

Yemen’s dwindling Jewish population reports abuse, fear of the Houthis

With little more than wooden rulers, plasters and cotton, traditional bonesetters treat a wide range of injuries. Although cheaper and traditionally acceptable, if not done properly it can lead to permanent damage. (Photo by Bassam Al-Khameri)

The lure of traditional orthopedics in a volatile economy

Published on 16 February 2015 by Bassam Al-Khameri in Report

With its low ceilings and narrow, winding steps, Akram Mohammed Sulaiman’s apartment looks like most others in Sana’a. Approaching the building on Al-Dairi Street, however, an inconspicuous sign hanging on the door tells visitors they are in fact entering an orthopedic clinic. Of sorts, anyway.

“The problem isn’t just the hospitals, it’s the ministry and the [health] office — we don’t have a minister,” said the manager of private medicine at the Ministry of Public Health and Population. (photo by Amal Al-Yarisi)

Government failure extends private healthcare crisis in Sana’a

Published on 16 February 2015 by Nasser Al-Sakkaf in Report

Over a year and a half has passed since several hospitals were ordered to close due to malpractice, but a follow-up investigation by the Yemen Times reveals they are continuing to operate in sub-standard conditions.

This article has photo galleryAnti-Houthi protests: For or Against?

Published on 11 February 2015 by Nasser Al-Sakkaf in Report

Feb. 11 marked the four year anniversary of the beginning of Yemen’s 2011 uprising. Since that day, two presidents have stepped down. Cabinet has been reshuffled, dissolved then reformed and—like Parliament—no longer exists. A rebel group took over the capital on Sept. 21, 2014, and has since expanded its control over much of the north of the country. While the Houthis extended their reach—often at the barrel of a gun—agreements were signed and discussions were held between rival factions, facilitated by the UN.

Al-Hamadi in the Central Prison on Jan. 30, 2015, where he has been held for over two years.

Detained without evidence: The forgotten victims of Saleh’s assassination attempt

Published on 11 February 2015 by Ali Aboluhom in Report

For five-year-old Ghazal Al-Hamadi, Fridays are a special day. Once a week she accompanies her mother to a mysterious building in Sana’a, its entrances guarded by heavily armed men. She has grown fond of the high, long wall and the giant gate—she is told her father Ibrahim is well-protected while he completes his “secret mission.”

Critics within the muhamasheen community say the Houthis are exploiting them for political gain. Others say the two groups’ shared history of marginalization should make them natural allies.

Will the Houthis help empower the muhamasheen?

Published on 12 February 2015 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Report

Ansar Allah, as the Houthis prefer to be known, have won over non-Zaidi’s since their Sept. 21 takeover of the capital. One of the speakers at the three-day national dialogue that Ansar Allah held last week was a member of the muhamasheen, or the “marginalized.”