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Interview

Arab Spring Party head to the Yemen Times: “Women are absent from the political scene”

Published on 28 January 2015 by Khalid Al-Karimi in Interview

In the wake of the 2011 uprising against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh a number of small political parties were formed. One such party, the Arab Spring Party, is unique in that it is the first officially recognized party in Yemen to be led by a woman. Passionate about getting Yemeni women more involved in the country’s politics, and encouraged by the notable involvement of women during the 2011 uprising, party President Amal Al-Thawr established the Arab Spring Party that year. According to her, the party aims to be fully inclusive and to bring together a mix of youth and people from different social backgrounds. 

 

Born in Sana’a, Al-Thawr is the daughter of a Shura Council member and former minister. Though she did not continue schooling after graduating high school, Al-Thawr says politics is in her blood. She spoke to the Yemen Times about the marginalization of women from politics, the difficulties she has faced as a woman, as well as her hopes for the future. On Jan. 22, hours before the government announced its resignation, Al-Thawr said, “I do not think the government will be able to make it in such inappropriate conditions,” and questioned how the government could exercise its authority in the absence of the state. After the government’s resignation, she talked to the Yemen Times about what the government’s resignation means for small parties. 

Cruel, inhumane and illegal? Locking up children with adults

Published on 19 January 2015 by Bassam Al-Khameri in Interview

Yemen’s penal code and international human rights law have done little to protect juvenile offenders from being imprisoned with adult convicts, leaving them liable to abuse and subject to the inhumane conditions that are common in the country’s prisons. As a signatory to Article 37 of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Children, Yemen has an obligation to protect its children from capital punishment and life imprisonment, as well as any “cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment.”

Yemen Times radio staff sits down with Abdul Karim Al-Bukhaiti and Khalid Al-Sherahi from Yemen’s Civil Defense Authority, and Mohammad Hamzeh, whose store burned down in an electrical fire in April 2014.

Yemen’s emergency response services: A cause for alarm?

Published on 25 December 2014 by in Interview

The Civil Defense Authority, established by republican decree in 2007, is tasked with responding to natural or man-made disasters, including fires.

(Sana'a TEDx / Flickr)

Laila Al-Hebshi “Hardship could be an opportunity and a pathway that leads you down the road to success”

Published on 16 December 2014 by Khalid Mohammed Al-karimi in Interview

Laila Al-Hebshi, a TEDX Sana’a 2014 speaker, is an author, cancer survivor and a shining example of hope for many. She was not born successful, but rather, created success for herself. “The first step to achieving success is to determine your goals and aspirations,” she says. In this exclusive interview, Al-Hebshi talks about her past, present, and future, and gives advice as to how others can lift themselves up from hardship as well.

The Basement says all are welcome to come and share ideas, art and projects.

This article has photo gallery‘We give space to people who might otherwise express themselves in the worst way’

Published on 4 December 2014 by Ahlam Mohsen in Interview

Young members of “The “Basement,” a non-profit cultural foundation, are no strangers to controversy. They have attracted a fair amount of attention the past few years for their mixed-gender activities including lectures, workshops, political debates and art and cultural events.

Katherine Abu Hadal earned a part-time income by posting cooking videos of Yemeni dishes online‭.

This article has photo galleryKatherine Abu Hadal to the Yemen Times: ‘Yemeni-American families maintain a strong sense of food identity’

Published on 27 November 2014 by in Interview

In 2009 Katherine Abu Hadal had her first taste of Yemeni food at a nondescript restaurant in Sana’a. She doesn’t remember much other than the malawah bread—a flat bread typically made with glee—and the dabeekh—a stewed vegetable dish—which she thought were delicious. She was hooked on the cuisine.

“There are a large number of cities, towns and villages in Yemen that are home to important historical and Islamic sites. We have a number of historical mosques and old centers of learning that would make attractive tourist destinations.”

Can Islamic tourism save Yemen? The Malaysia model

Published on 20 November 2014 by in Interview

A major trend in today’s tourism market is the increased popularity and potential for Islamic Tourism. According to Research and Markets, which calls itself the world’s largest market research store, the Islamic tourism market’s extraordinary potential and speedy growth means it is expected to comprise nearly 30 percent of the global tourism market by 2018.

Southern Youth Coalition Spokesman Shamsan Bin Monis

Southern Movement Youth Coalition spokesperson: “Our problems will not be solved as long as we remain part of the north.”

Published on 6 November 2014 by Ali Aboluhom in Interview

The Southern Youth Coalition grew out of the pro-secessionist Southern Movement four years after it was founded in 2007. Since its establishment, the coalition has been mobilizing youth from all southern governorates to participate in Southern Movement activities.

Mohammed Al-Saberi to the Yemen Times: “The party will not participate in the new government unless it is subjected to criteria of real nati

Published on 28 October 2014 by Bassam Al-Khameri in Interview

Mohammed Al-Saberi is a leading figure of the Nasserist Unionist People’s Organization, commonly referred to as the Nasserist Party, and member of its Central Committee. He talked to the Yemen Times about his party’s current political role and future. He criticizes the Houthis, whom he accuses of having “murdered the country.” Al-Saberi also calls the Nasserist Party’s withdrawal from the current government in September “responsible.” He argues that “no party should have continued in the government given the current situation of the country.”

Al-Bukhaiti to the Yemen Times: “The Houthis’ takeover can not be called an invasion”

Published on 21 October 2014 by Khalid Al-Karimi in Interview

The Yemen Times sat down with Hussein Al-Bukhaiti, a self-described Houthi activist who is familiar with the inner workings of the group.

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