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Before the Houthis took Sana’a drivers without sidecars did not dare to drive in the middle of Sana’a. Now they are plentiful and traffic police officers are looking the other way.

The return of the two-wheeled taxi

Published on 21 October 2014 by Nasser Al-Sakkaf in Report

Ayman Mohammad is ecstatic. Like other motorcycle taxi drivers in the capital, he is now able to zip around Sana’a’s crowded streets on his two-wheeler without having to worry about traffic officers ticketing him.

A southern woman holding a passport from the former South Yemen, which unified with North Yemen in 1990. (The Southern Media Network)

Abaad Report: The south’s separation countdown

Published on 21 October 2014 by Ali Saeed in Report

According to a report released last week by the Abaad Studies and Research Center, southerners in Yemen feel that after the Houthis seized control over Sana’a their time has come to achieve independence from the north.

Most Houthis in military uniform remain distinguishable from military personnel through the public display of their slogan (stickers or badges put on their weapons and clothes).

Rebels in disguise

Published on 16 October 2014 by Nasser Al-Sakkaf in Report

Armed Houthis in military uniforms are not an uncommon sight in Sana’a

Initially planned by Hadi to be turned into March 21 Park, the Houthis now say they will turn Ali Mohsen’s former 1st Armored Division camp into September 21 Park.

Houthis announce September 21 Park

Published on 16 October 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Report

To celebrate the success of what he hailed as the “people’s revolution,” Houthi leader Abdulmalik Al-Houthi announced in a televised speech on Sept. 23 to turn the 1st Armored Division’s military camp, located in Sana’a, into a public park, called “September 21.”

Now out of the media spotlight, the story of young lovers Arafat and Huda once captured the attention of the worldwide press in 2013. It has been 11 months since the couple last saw each other.

A forgotten love story

Published on 16 October 2014 by Mohammed Mahdi Al-Samawi in Report

One year on, Yemen’s “Romeo and Juliet” remain apart

The ongoing rivalry between President Hadi and former President Ali Abdullah Saleh is proving to be detrimental to the country’s political transition process.

The GPC: A party divided, but still intact

Published on 16 October 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Report

The General People’s Congress (GPC) witnessed many divisions in 2011, when Yemen’s popular uprising led dozens of high-ranking officials to resign from the party.

The campaign depends on people spreading the word through social media. The two-man team has managed to attract dozens of young participants, who have helped paint portraits, provide ideas, or donate materials.

This article has photo galleryA graffiti campaign to stop violence

Published on 14 October 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Report

The 2011 uprising succeeded in weakening constraints on freedom of expression in Yemen.

From the mosque to the battlefield

Published on 14 October 2014 by Mohammed Al-Khayat in Report

Around five years ago, in the Al-Sunna Mosque in Taiz, supporters of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) tried to recruit young men to wage jihad in the southern Yemeni governorate of Abyan.

Some think that since Islah gained the education minister position the party has put their logo on the cover of school textbooks, a claim the ministry vehemently denies.

Alleged Islah symbol in textbooks

Published on 2 October 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Report

While helping her little sisters study one night Hadeel Al-Jawzi noticed that the design on the front cover of her siblings’ textbooks had been changed. At first, she thought that the change was initiated by the Ministry of Education—an effort to keep up with the changes brought about by Yemen’s 2011 uprising.

“Jalal 3” was built in 2012 and named after its inventor Hassan Bin Jalal. Newer models include “Jalal 4,” “Jalal 5,” which includes protection against anti-tank rockets, and “Jalal 7,” which was only built a few months ago.

The man who armors vehicles in Yemen

Published on 2 October 2014 by Madiha Al-Junaid in Report

Military engineer Captain Hassan Bin Jalal has recently been featured in “The tribe’s son and the challenge,” a documentary that was launched in Sana’a on August 16.