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1554, Section: Opinion


Yemen’s Brain Drain

Published on 28 August 2014 by Dr. Murad Alazzany in Opinion

Intelligent, well-educated and experienced individuals constitute a precious resource to any society, but are particularly crucial to Yemen as it seeks to implement the outcomes of its National Dialogue Conference. The country’s fight to retain human capital and avoid “brain drain” is vital, as a loss of talent and minds will pose a serious threat to its political transition and development. Talented and intelligent people provide valuable role models to Yemen’s youth who must be inspired to stay and work in their home country.

The fall of Amran and the future of the Islah Party in Yemen

Published on 28 August 2014 by Charles Schmitz / Middle East Institute / First published Aug. 25 in Opinion

As the world’s attention was riveted on the lightening conquests of the Islamic State in Iraq, Yemen’s Houthi movement made an equally stunning but largely unnoticed military advance on Amran governorate and captured the provincial capital, Amran, in July. The fall of Amran has extraordinary political significance: The Houthi advance dislodged the Al-Ahmar family’s grip on the leadership of the Hashid tribal confederation, a central political pillar of the Yemeni Republic since 1962, and threatens the survival of the Islah Party itself.

Why Arabs Betrayed Gaza

Published on 28 August 2014 by Ramzy Baroud / / First published Aug. 25 in Opinion

Ask any Arab ruler, and they will tell you of the great sacrifices their countries have made for Palestine and the Palestinians. However, both history and present reality are testaments, not only to Arab failure to live up to the role expected of them and stand in solidarity with their own oppressed brethren, but also to the official Arab betrayal of the Palestinian cause. The current war on Gaza, and the dubious role played by Egypt in the ceasefire talks between Hamas and Israel are cases in point.

Summary executions in Somalia

Published on 28 August 2014 by Laetitia Bader / / First published Aug. 24 in Opinion

Recent executions in Somalia put the quality of justice delivered of military courts into question

Somalia's military court sentenced three men to death on July 30 for alleged membership in the armed Islamist group Al-Shaabab and involvement in attacks in Mogadishu, the capital. Four days later, the Somali media posted to Twitter photographs of their limp, hooded bodies tied to poles.

Exposing the great “poverty reduction” lie

Published on 26 August 2014 by Jason Hickel in Opinion

The UN claims that its Millennium Development Campaign has reduced poverty globally, an assertion that is far from true.

Being a Yemeni

Published on 26 August 2014 by Afrah Nasser in Opinion

It takes a lot of effort to process the load that comes with being a Yemeni citizen—whether you are inside or outside the country.

Egyptians tolerating cuts in subsidies—for now

Published on 26 August 2014 by Mohannad Sabry in Opinion

On one smoldering July weekend that also happened to be during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Egypt's regime, led by military strongman Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, announced that it was reducing fuel subsidies.

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.”

Can hip-hop stop the Jihadis?

Published on 19 August 2014 by William Barnes / / First published Aug. 13 in Opinion

The number of foreign fighters who have flooded into Syria throughout the past three years now exceeds the total number of jihadists who fought invading Soviet troops in Afghanistan in the 1980s, according to a report by the Soufan Group.

Today is World Humanitarian Day

Published on 19 August 2014 by Trond Jensen / Head of UN OCHA Yemen in Opinion

Every year on August 19, the world marks World Humanitarian Day (WHD) in honor of aid workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The day was  designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. That bombing claimed 22 lives.