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1551, Section: Report


Many stores in Sana’a specialize in selling cassettes with religious songs that support specific political and religious groups in Yemen. (

The politics and business of religious songs in Yemen

Published on 24 July 2014 by Dares Al-Badani in Report

“The other day I went to buy a cassette with religious songs and was surprised when the vendor asked me whether I am associated with the Houthis, the Islah Party, or any other party so that he could pick an appropriate song for me,” says Omar Abdulaziz Naji, a 28-year-old resident of Sana'a.

Ramadan in Bani Matar

Published on 24 July 2014 by Luca Nevola in Report

How the Houthis disrupted a community’s social fabric

An increasing numer of visitors use the steps, open spaces, and green areas surrounding the Saleh Mosque as a park.

The contested space of Saleh Mosque

Published on 24 July 2014 by Mohammed Al-Khayat in Report

The Saleh Mosque in Sana’a is a highly contested space, both politically as well as culturally.

A qat farmer in Wadi Sa‘wan of Bani Hushaysh district proudly presents qat trees planted in his birth year, 35 years prior (2006).

This article has photo galleryPolitics of Qat by Peer Gatter: Changes in qat politics following president Saleh’s ascent to power

Published on 24 July 2014 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in Report

When Ali Abdullah Saleh came to power in 1978, the office of president was anything but a stable institution. A joke widely circulating in Yemen during the fall of 1978 illustrates the perception of the longevity of political rule and the expected ‘half-life period’ of the country’s leaders at the time:

This article has photo galleryGerman Shepherds: Deployed to sniff out mines

Published on 30 November -1 by Ali Abulohoom in Report

A mixture of English, German, and Indian words have been used to train Tina, a female German Shepherd dog, to sniff out the TNT explosives inside land mines. Tina is quick to respond to orders, being able to sniff out and indicate the location of an explosive deliberately buried under the soil within two minutes.

With traditional weddings in Sana’a often costing more than residents can afford, many are instead opting to hire stand-up comedians in place of singers and musicians.

Stand-up comedy: a new wedding fad

Published on 22 July 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Report

Weddings in  Sana’a are usually held in private halls rented by the groom’s family or in big tents set up in neighborhood alleys. Preparations typically take about two weeks—reservations are made for the hall or tent, traditional clothes are bought for the bride and groom, and catering is arranged. For more elaborate weddings, singers and musicians are often hired, but these days it is becoming increasingly common to see comedians perform at weddings who charge lower prices.

Nearly 70 percent of Sa’ada food insecure: UN

Published on 22 July 2014 by Yemen Times Staff in Report

More than 40 percent of the population–over 10 million Yemenis–do not know where their next meal will come from, according to preliminary findings of a new survey released last week by UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Yemenis arrested for taking injured to hospital

Published on 22 July 2014 by Mohammed Al-Khayat in Report

"I suffered from unbearable pain and was shouting loudly after the car accident happened, but nobody took me to the hospital,” said Ehab Masood, a 22-year-old student from Sana’a.

Besides producing fruit, the cacti have been put to a number of different uses. Cactus juice is used in plaster and the cochineal insects that are drawn to the plants have long been a source of red dye.

This article has photo galleryPrickly Pears

Published on 17 July 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Report

Already a source of income for many, could the prickly pear be the answer for Yemen’s cash-strapped, vulnerable  farmers

This article has photo galleryPolitics of Qat By Peer Gatter: Revolutionary Yemen and the Issue of Qat

Published on 17 July 2014 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in Report

With independence from the British in southern Yemen and the end of Imamate rule in the north, a generation of modernizers and technocrats came to power in both parts of the country, dreaming of rational development and scientific socialism.