1558, Section: View Point
Published on 4 March 2015 by Ahlam Mohsen in View Point
These are difficult times. You don’t need a magic 8 ball to know that the situation in Yemen is about to get a lot more difficult. In times of crisis, we are asked to put aside many of our values and focus on security and stability. Worst of all, a cloud of amnesia emerges about our past, and those in power today—with the complicity of the media—shape our memory of the past.
Published on 25 February 2015 by Farouq A. Ibrahim in View Point
The current political instability facing Yemen is being clearly reflected on the economy. It seems that nations don’t learn except from their own experiences. This lesson is neither easy nor cheap, as we shall pay an expensive price to get it. However, the more painful the lesson, the greater the results we will get.
Published on 18 February 2015 by Farouq A. Ibrahim in View Point
Every year, the Yemeni job market receives an influx of fresh university graduates. After four years of hard work (six if you have a master’s degree!) students enter the market full of excitement and grand expectations, eager to start their careers and find good, stable employment.
Published on 29 January 2015 by Ahlam Mohsen in View Point
If recent behavior is any indication of what Yemen is in for, the Houthis will not be tolerating any dissent against their rule.
Published on 22 January 2015 by Ahlam Mohsen in View Point
In his speech Tuesday evening, Abdulmalik Al-Houthi informed the country he was not removing Hadi from power—for now. The clashes, he said, were a warning. Al-Houthi then laid out four demands. If Hadi does not move forward with these demands, Al-Houthi has warned that all options are on the table.
Published on 15 January 2015 by Ahlam Mohsen in View Point
Emad Hassan was cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay in 2009 by no less than six different within the American government—including the CIA and FBI. Yet, he remains in prison, where he has tragically spent a third of his life.
Published on 1 January 2015 by Ahlam Mohsen in View Point
The Houthis have ordered the doors of shops painted green in Ibb for the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed, and have painted parts of Sana’a’s Old City green, too—including a number of historic mosques. The move may be seen as a show of power by the Houthis, who only a few years ago had to settle for more restrained and private commemorations. By ordering all shop owners regardless of religious sect to paint their doors, the Houthis are asking for sectarian tensions in a country that has historically had very few.
Published on 25 December 2014 by Ahlam Mohsen in View Point
Following their takeover, the country was forced into a marriage it didn’t ask for. But once the marriage was final, even the most cynical of us thought: maybe there’s still room for a happy ending? After all, we were married to Ali Abdullah Saleh for 33 years.
Published on 30 November -1 by Ahlam Mohsen in View Point
On Saturday, 24 migrants, refugees and asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa drowned when their boat capsized in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) told the Yemen Times that the latest tragedy brought those killed at sea en route to Yemen to more than 250 this year, more than the previous two years combined. The number of deaths at sea in 2014 has been unprecedented since 2010, according to the International Organization on Migration (IOM).
Published on 4 December 2014 by Ahlam Mohsen in View Point
A recent report by the Yemen Times on construction workers and the enforcement of labor laws should leave us all feeling ashamed. The people building our homes, workplaces, schools, hospitals and grocery stores often work in extremely dangerous conditions, without basic safety equipment or training.