View Point

A nightmare worse than Libya

Published on 29 March 2015 by Yemen Times

Today there is an estimated 320,000 combatants spread across 11 factions in Yemen and all are preparing for war. The majority of these combatants are young people between the ages of 15 and 24. They are under-fed, under-equipped, and under-trained youngsters who have little knowledge of where this is heading, but what they do know is that there is violence coming down the road. In such a situation, their AK-47 is going to be their best friend and potential life saver, which they can not afford to let go silent in the near future.

On anniversary of Friday of Dignity massacre, the killing of Abdul Karim Al-Khaiwani

Published on 18 March 2015 by Yemen Times

The Yemen Times newsroom is still processing the news that journalist Abdul Karim Al-Khaiwani was assassinated Wednesday morning. The symbolism behind assassinating him on the fourth anniversary of the Friday of Dignity massacre isn’t lost on us.

Poised for a comeback

Published on 12 March 2015 by Yemen Times

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

Published on 4 March 2015 by Ahlam Mohsen

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.

Slogans vs. deeds

Published on 25 February 2015 by Farouq A. Ibrahim

The current political instability facing Yemen is being clearly reflected on the economy. It seems that nations don’t learn except from their own experiences. This lesson is neither easy nor cheap, as we shall pay an expensive price to get it. However, the more painful the lesson, the greater the results we will get.

When preparation fails expectations

Published on 18 February 2015 by Farouq A. Ibrahim

Every year, the Yemeni job market receives an influx of fresh university graduates. After four years of hard work (six if you have a master’s degree!) students enter the market full of excitement and grand expectations, eager to start their careers and find good, stable employment.

Goodbye Hadi, hello Houthis

Published on 29 January 2015 by Ahlam Mohsen

If recent behavior is any indication of what Yemen is in for, the Houthis will not be tolerating any dissent against their rule.

What happens in Marib?

Published on 22 January 2015 by Ahlam Mohsen

In his speech Tuesday evening, Abdulmalik Al-Houthi informed the country he was not removing Hadi from power—for now. The clashes, he said, were a warning. Al-Houthi then laid out four demands. If Hadi does not move forward with these demands, Al-Houthi has warned that all options are on the table.

Close Guantanamo, free Emad and others

Published on 15 January 2015 by Ahlam Mohsen

Emad Hassan was cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay in 2009 by no less than six different within the American government—including the CIA and FBI. Yet, he remains in prison, where he has tragically spent a third of his life.

The risk of sectarianism

Published on 1 January 2015 by Ahlam Mohsen

The Houthis have ordered the doors of shops painted green in Ibb for the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed, and have painted parts of Sana’a’s Old City green, too—including a number of historic mosques. The move may be seen as a show of power by the Houthis, who only a few years ago had to settle for more restrained and private commemorations. By ordering all shop owners regardless of religious sect to paint their doors, the Houthis are asking for sectarian tensions in a country that has historically had very few.