Business for Peace Award

Issue #1811


IN Brief (Aug. 28 2014)

Published on 28 August 2014 by in News

Last Yemeni detainees released from Afghanistan

SANA’A, Aug. 27—The National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms (HOOD) said that Yemeni Authorities have received the last two Yemeni detainees from Bagram Detention Center in Afghanistan.

Violence continues in Al-Jawf, prominent tribal leader killed

Published on 28 August 2014 by Bassam Al-Khameri in News

SANA’A, Aug. 27—Violent clashes ongoing between the Houthis and opposing tribesmen in Al-Jawf governorate, have left a prominent tribal leader dead.

One soldier killed, three injured in Al-Dhale city

Published on 28 August 2014 by Nasser Al-Sakkaf in News

SANA'A Aug. 27—One soldier was killed and three people were wounded in an attack on an army vehicle in Al-Dhale city by unknown armed men on Tuesday.

Al-Saidi: 40 million Arabs are illiterate, more than 8 million are from Yemen

ALESCO: Illiteracy exceeds 8 million mark in Yemen

Published on 28 August 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in News

SANA’A, Aug. 27 - There are 8.5 million male and female illiterates in Yemen, which accounts for almost a third of the country’s population of 26 million, according to Dr. Yahya Al-Saidi, manager of the Education Administration at the Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization (ALECSO).

Officer assassinated in Dhamar following recent killings

Published on 28 August 2014 by Abdulkarim Al-Nahari in News

DHAMAR, Aug. 27—Unknown armed men riding on a motorbike assassinated Major Fazea Al-Buaithi, the manager of the Relations and Guidance Office for Dhamar governorate’s police, near a qat market in Dhamar city, on Tuesday afternoon.

Tribe occupies Rada’a city after two of its members killed

Published on 28 August 2014 by Ali Saeed in News

SANA’A, Aug. 27—Dozens of armed tribesmen from Gaifah, north Rada’a district, momentarily occupied Rada’a city in Al-Baida governorate on Monday after two of their relatives were killed earlier that morning by unknown gunmen, local sources told the Yemen Times.

Houthi leader pushes forward with demands, exchanges heated rhetoric with Hadi

Published on 28 August 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in News

SANA’A, Aug. 27—Tensions rise in the capital as Houthi leader Abdulmalik Al-Houthi and President Hadi exchange letters and condemn each other in speeches. Al-Houthi says he will not back down and announced that protests will escalate on Friday, while Hadi says he will not bow to pressure from the rebel group.

Yemen Parliament

Cabinet approves annual bonuses for public employees

Published on 28 August 2014 by Bassam Al-Khameri in News

SANA’A, Aug. 27—The cabinet approved the annual bonuses for civil servants, military and security personnel due since 2012, on Tuesday. The payments are set to become effective on Thursday.

Houthi encampents continue to grow in the capital.Guarded by Houthi members these camps have become home to followers of Abdulmalik Al-Houthi, who are calling to topple the government.

Houthi camps in the capital continue to grow

Published on 28 August 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in News

“We are not leaving the square until our demands are met”

SANA’A, Aug. 26— Protest camps in downtown Sana’a are witnessing a daily influx of Houthi supporters from both within Sana’a governorate and from governorates around the country.


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.


Jeroen Verheul‭, ‬former Dutch ambassador to Yemen has been in the country since 2012‭. ‬He has recently been appointed Roving Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hague‭.‬

“Political stability” key concern for Yemen

Published on 28 August 2014 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in Interview

Nadia Al-Sakkaf, the editor-in-chief of the Yemen Times, interviewed Jeroen Verheul, the former Netherlands ambassador to Yemen, at the Netherland’s embassy in Sana’a.

Verheul, who has been in the country since 2012, arriving in the midst of Yemen’s political transition, shared his experience and fondness for Yemen before embarking on a new journey as Roving Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hague.

“I feel very sad to leave Yemen, because both Yemen as a country and its population have touched my heart,” he says.

Talking about his time in Sana’a, Verheul explained his fascination with the rugged terrain and his unending love for hiking in Yemen’s beautiful mountains. Verheul visited Yemen once before, in 2001, where he had the opportunity to sample qat. Like many first-time visitors to the country, he had his share, and the experience was far bitter than he had imagined. He admits that since then, “I’ve not had it again.”

Apart from beautiful landscapes, Verheul has been struck by the friendliness, hospitality, and open attitude of the Yemeni people. He regrets that he was not able to see more of the country and its people, but says he felt restricted due to the security situation. What hurts Verheul most is the plight of the people, due to lack of basic needs such as consistent power, fuel, and water supply.  

In an interview with Nadia Al-Sakkaf, Verheul talks about his remorse after seeing the current political uncertainties stall the country’s progress, and emphasizes the imminent need for political and economic stability. He also discusses the Netherlands’ contribution towards a safe water project and his vision for a brighter Yemen.


Free qat handouts secure a high voter turnout in Yemen's elections.

Politics of Qat by Peer Gatter: The long awaited conference on qat-2002

Published on 28 August 2014 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in Report

The cover page shows an old man with an apprehensive look in his eyes, half-smiling as he hands you a bunch of qat leaves. In the background there is a wild-eyed teenage boy, cheeks swollen from the qat that fills them, peering into the camera.

This 862 page hard-cover book published by Reichert Publications is a weapon in all senses of the word. Besides documenting the ever growing role qat plays in Yemen and in the life of Yemenis, the book also analyses Yemen’s qat policy, the tribal qat economy, and the qat connections of our decision makers.

I had this huge publication lying by my bedside for months before I summoned the courage to pick it up and start reading. This was not only due to its intimidating size, but probably even more so due to its topic. Qat, and the political and economic schemes around it, were to me as a Yemeni always a well-known problem. I just was too afraid to read for myself and acknowledge how I as a citizen am part of a society that enables this culture of qat.

I don’t chew Qat and personally I am ardently opposed to it. But I live in a society where Qat prevails. After years of research, Peer Gatter, the author of  this book, published it in 2012, offering to the world an insight into this drug and what it has done to my country. Gatter was working for many years for the World Bank and UNDP in Yemen and is now heading the Integrated Expert Program for Afghanistan of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ-CIM).

To read more about the book go to

This article has photo galleryTaking Yemen from bad to worse

Published on 31 August 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Report

Yemen has witnessed eight dreadful months, during which it has undergone significant changes .Many citizens consider these changes to have led the country into further decline. Earlier, citizens were feeling hopeful for this year, thinking it would be different from the years following the 2011 uprising. As demands for a better life have gone unrealized, hopes for a better future disappeared.

Illegally tapping into electricity lines comes at a great risk‭: ‬Every day cases of injuries or deaths caused by electrical shocks are registered at Sana'ani hospitals‭. ‬

Illegal neighborhoods in Sana’a lack public services

Published on 28 August 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Report

Around 35,000 households in Sana’a obtain electricity illegally

Given the high rent and costly land in Sana’a, many residents build illegal houses on the outskirts of the capital.

View Point

Scenarios for the near future

Published on 28 August 2014 by Wagdi Muzahem in View Point

No one can predict the future, but by using past experience and current indicators, analysts can assess what is going on and forecast where we are heading.