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Pictured: An anti-Houthi protest in Ibb city. As protests have increased in the governorate, so have the number of violations against protesters and others opposed to the Houthi takeover of the governorate.

Instability in Ibb continues since Houthi control

Published on 5 March 2015 by Bassam Al-Khameri in Report

Ibb governorate remains unstable and unpredictable despite having been under the control of the Houthis, also known as Ansar Allah, since October 2014. Activists and residents in the governorate regularly stage protests against the group in protest over violations they claim the Houthis have committed against the local population.

Rhetoric vs. Behavior: Houthi rhetoric by the liberal wing of the movement is relatively progressive on the subject of women’s rights, but the behavior of popular committees toward women on the ground has raised concerns that these rights are at risk.

What does the Houthis’ rise mean for women? (Part II)

Published on 4 March 2015 by Fareed Al-Homaid in Report

This is part two of a two-part series on the Houthis and women’s rights. Part one, published March 3, looked at how women in Sana’a have been affected since the Houthis’ takeover of the capital on Sept. 21. Part two, below, examines the difference between the movement’s professed values regarding women and how women are actually being treated, as well as the situation for women in other governorates under Houthi control, such as Sa’ada and Amran.

Houthi gunmen, some in military uniform, positioned near a pro-Houthi demonstration in the capital Sana’a in mid-February.

The legal and political ramifications of declaring Sana’a an “occupied city”

Published on 4 March 2015 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Report

The soap opera that is Yemeni politics took another dramatic turn on Feb. 21 when President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi fled house arrest and made his way to Aden, declaring himself the country’s sole legitimate ruler. Then on Sunday, March 1, he said that Yemen’s capital is an “occupied city.”

Rasha Abdulkafi told the Yemen Times she was repeatedly harassed at Sana’a University by armed Houthis who ordered her to wear an abaya and threatened to sexually assault her.

This article has photo galleryWhat does the Houthis’ rise mean for women? (Part 1)

Published on 2 March 2015 by Fareed Al-Homaid in Report

This is part one of a two-part series on the Houthis and women’s rights. Part one looks at how women in Sana’a have been affected since the Houthis’ takeover of the capital on Sept. 21. Part two, which will be published on March 5, will examine the difference between the movement’s professed values regarding women and how women are actually being treated, as well as the situation for women in other governorates under Houthi control, such as Sa’ada and Amran.

The closure of the Saudi embassy (pictured) has made it difficult for Yemenis to get visas for the wealthy Gulf country, affecting those planning to go for pilgrimage or work, among other things.

In aftermath of embassy closures, ordinary Yemenis suffer the consequences

Published on 2 March 2015 by Bassam Al-Khameri in Report

While the country continues to calculate the political costs of the mass embassy exodus in Sana’a, ordinary Yemenis are already feeling the pain.

Plans to renovate damaged museums and other cultural sites have been put on hold following the resignation of the government. (unhcr)

Abyan declared ‘culturally afflicted’

Published on 2 March 2015 by Ali Aboluhom in Report

In December 2014, Yemen’s then Minister of Culture Arwa Othman released a press statement in which she referred to Yemen’s Abyan governorate as being culturally “afflicted.” The statement was released shortly after Othman completed a tour of the governorate and surveyed its cultural institutes. As a result of continued clashes between the Yemeni army and militants from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), many such institutes have been damaged and turned into makeshift homes and camps for the region’s internally displaced persons (IDPs).

The Poet Abdullah Al-Baradoni Street (left) and The Martyr Gar Allah Omar Street (right). At the bottom of both signs it reads “Revolutionary Committee,” and no government markings can be found.

Houthi Revolutionary Committee changes 11 street names

Published on 25 February 2015 by Nasser Al-Sakkaf in Report

The Houthis have had a great deal on their hands since seizing control of the capital in September but, while most Sana’anis may not have noticed, the occupying forces also have an eye for detail and symbolic value, as evidenced in a recent campaign to change the names of well-known streets in the city.

Political parties may use vendors for self-promotion, but the popularity of political posters is also a reflection of public opinion. Demand for posters of Abdulmalik Al-Houthi and Ahmed Saleh (both pictured) has grown in recent months.

Street vendors: Just making a living, or hired hands on the campaign trail?

Published on 23 February 2015 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Report

Politicians use various methods to promote themselves and their political parties in order to better get their message across to the masses. Appearing on television and radio, releasing books, or distributing brochures, posters and stickers are just a few of the usual methods employed by politicians in countries throughout the world.

Nearly 200 of Al-Shumo Foundation’s staff members have found themselves out of work since Feb. 5, when Houthis seized their offices and started using their printing press to print pro-Houthi materials.

Newspaper closed, forced south by the Houthis

Published on 23 February 2015 by Mohammad Al-Samawi in Report

Former staff and journalists have been protesting the Houthi takeover of Al-Shumo Foundation and its affiliate newspaper, Akhbar Al-Youm, which have since moved their operations to Aden.

Following months without pay, public media employees have taken matters into their own hands. Live broadcasts at Saba TV ended Saturday, and desperately needed funds have been sought in new advertisement deals.

Saba TV staff strike in demand of salaries

Published on 18 February 2015 by Mohammad Al-Samawi in Report

Live programming at state-run Saba TV channel has been off-air since Saturday, when staff at the channel escalated protests and refused to continue work. Their salaries have not been paid since November.

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