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1654, Section: View Point

View Point

We can do better

Published on 30 November -1 by Ahlam Mohsen in View Point

On Saturday, 24 migrants, refugees and asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa drowned when their boat capsized in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) told the Yemen Times that the latest tragedy brought those killed at sea en route to Yemen to more than 250 this year, more than the previous two years combined. The number of deaths at sea in 2014 has been unprecedented since 2010, according to the International Organization on Migration (IOM).

Workers have rights, government needs to enforce them

Published on 4 December 2014 by Ahlam Mohsen in View Point

A recent report by the Yemen Times on construction workers and the enforcement of labor laws should leave us all feeling ashamed. The people building our homes, workplaces, schools, hospitals and grocery stores often work in extremely dangerous conditions, without basic safety equipment or training.

Armed militias need to stay away from universities

Published on 27 November 2014 by Ahlam Mohsen in View Point

College campuses are political places, and they should be. But armed militias should stay out of students’ spaces. For about a month now, the Houthis have had an armed presence at Sana’a University, mostly at the gates, but they have also been entering and leaving campus regularly.

Expecting a new Yemen without accountability is insane

Published on 20 November 2014 by Ahlam Mohsen in View Point

The military and the Houthis may be closely cooperating, as per the instructions of President Hadi, but those whose rights were violated during the fighting between the two sides are still owed some reckoning.

Time to clean house

Published on 13 November 2014 by Ahlam Mohsen in View Point

Yemen now has a new Cabinet, that now has eight months to turn things around—an ambitious goal if there ever was one.

US and Yemen’s atrocious treatment of Sharif Mobley must end

Published on 6 November 2014 by Deputy editor-in-chief Ahlam Mohsen in View Point

The governments of Yemen and the US have a lot of questions to answer regarding the abduction, detainment, and disappearance of US citizen Sharif Mobley, who lived with his family in Sana’a.

What’s missing? Transitional justice

Published on 30 October 2014 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in View Point

Looking back at the past three years of Yemen’s transition, since the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative in November 2011, there are three major mistakes that I believe have led us to the chaos we are experiencing today:

The new cabinet

Published on 23 October 2014 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in View Point

As expected, the political parties could not agree on a new government and so we are left awaiting its formation. What is interesting is the recent statement announced by the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) coalition which declared their new position towards the new cabinet.

Secession or federalism? NDC is the answer

Published on 16 October 2014 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in View Point

The news from the south is very disturbing. Already we are going through a ridiculous takeover by the Houthis in the north and it was yet another disappointment to have the Southern Movement, also known as Hirak, rise again with secessionist demands.

Welcome to Aden

Published on 2 October 2014 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in View Point

During this Eid holiday the capital appears deserted. Those who could not afford to travel abroad seem to have realized that Aden is the next best thing.