Business for Peace Award

Issue #1809


IN Brief (Aug. 21 2014)

Published on 21 August 2014 by in News

Taiz public transport benefits from 20 percent hike

SANA’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.

Tribal leader assassinated in Sana’a

Published on 21 August 2014 by Amal Al-Yarisi in News

SANA’A, Aug. 20—Unknown armed men assassinated Abdulkareem Al-Dhahab in Sana’a on Tuesday, leaving two of his bodyguards inured.

Presidential committee in Al-Jawf meets tribal leaders, agreement reached

Published on 21 August 2014 by Amal Al-Yarisi in News

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.

JMP declines GPC’s reconciliation offer

Published on 21 August 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in News

SANA’A Aug.19—The Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) refused the reconciliation document on tuesday presented by the General People’s Congress on Monday.

Clashes in Hadramout; Banks shut down

Published on 21 August 2014 by Bassam Al-Khameri in News

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.

Houthi camps along the West of Sana'a‭ ‬

Houthis threaten to topple Hadi government; Crisis deepens in the capital

Published on 21 August 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in News

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.


The scourge of Shiaphobia

Published on 20 August 2014 by Eldar Mamedov / / First published Aug.19 in Opinion

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.”


The government-run Al-Thawra Al-Iqtisadi newspaper denounces the loss of‭

Politics of Qat by Peer Gatter: Ups and downs in qat politics after 2002 (part 2/2)

Published on 21 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).

To read more about the book go to

While gangs used to be prevalent in Sanaصani neighborhoods like Musaik‭ (‬right‭) ‬or Quraish‭ (‬left‭), ‬residents nowadays report a noticeable decline of gang activities‭.‬

Disappearing with time or turning into a more serious problem?

Published on 20 August 2014 by Madiha Al-Junaid in Report

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.

Private institutes that offer expensive lessons to students from better-off backgrounds are worsening the class gap in Yemen‭.

Education gap: Public schools vs. private institutes

Published on 20 August 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Report

“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.

Around 1,500‭ ‬Salafis who fled from Dammaj are now living in Sana'a's Sawan neighborhood‭, ‬which is known for its large Salafi population and its Al-Fardaws Mosque‭ (‬see picture‭).‬

Salafi refugees: Settling in Sana’a nostalgic of Dammaj

Published on 20 August 2014 by Mohammad Al-Khayat in Report

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.

View Point

First things first, a new government is due

Published on 20 August 2014 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in View Point

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.