Business for Peace Award

Issue #1865


The Youth House in Al-Baida city, occupied by Houthi militants, was targeted by members of AQAP. (A-Baida news website)

Dual explosions rock Al-Baida

Published on 4 March 2015 by Ali Aboluhom in News

SANA’A, March 4—Two explosions targeted Houthis Tuesday in the districts of Al-Baida and Al-Zaher in Al-Baida governorate, leaving a total of ten people dead and 15 injured.

Houthis, GPC refuse to hold talks in Riyadh

Published on 4 March 2015 by Bassam Al-Khameri in News

SANA’A, March 4—Both the Houthis and the General People’s Congress (GPC) rejected calls by Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi on Tuesday for political talks to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Al-Houthi’s announcement was mocked on social media. This photo had the following caption: “If you men keep working at it, we will have a budget surplus that rivals the budgets of all the Gulf states combined.”

Al-Thawra plagiarizes report, social media mocks Al-Houthi’s economic proposals

Published on 4 March 2015 by Khalid Al-Karimi in News

SANA’A, March 3—Following a speech by the leader of the Houthis stating precious stones can be used to save the economy without foreign aid, Houthi-controlled Al-Thawra newspaper—once run by the state—plagiarized an old report on stones by Saba News Agency.

Habra was a Houthi representative to the NDC and signed the final NDC outcomes document on behalf of the group in January 2014.

Prominent Houthi member allegedly under house arrest

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

SANA’A, March 3—There are conflicting reports as to whether Saleh Habra, a leading figure in the Houthi movement and the former head of the group’s Political Office, is under house arrest.


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.”

View Point

With focus on Houthi crimes, don’t forget Hadi’s past

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.