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According to eye witnesses the helicopter came right over the boat and started firing, at which point the migrants held up flash lights and yelled we are “Somali” then the shooting stopped, however damage was already done. (AP Photo/Abdel-Karim Muhammed)

42 Somali killed by military helicopter attack

Published on 21 March 2017 by Yasser Rayes in News

A military attack helicopter opened fire on boat carrying Somali migrants on Friday March 17 heading for Sudan just off the cost of Hodeida province.

According to sources, drones and helicopters conducted air strikes in various areas inside Al-Baida Province.

20 US forces airstrikes against AQAP militants and infrastructure in 24 hours

Published on 3 March 2017 by Yasser Rayes in News

The total death toll of the strikes is currently unknown but according to Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Yemen Yasser Hassan, three AQAP members were killed in Al-Saeed City in Shabwa Province. 

Dr. Nevio Zagaria, WHO Acting Representative in Yemen, administers polio vaccination to an infant. (Photo: WHO/Khaled Duaed)

Yemen launches national immunization campaign to ward off polio

Published on 23 February 2017 by Yemen Times in News

A nationwide polio immunization campaign was launched Monday by the national health authorities with support from WHO and UNICEF, aiming to immunize five million children under the age of five. High-risk groups, such as internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees are also targeted.

The attack was preceded by multiple drone strikes, then came the air landing which was performed with the help of three Apaches according to local sources.

First operation against AQAP during Trump’s presidency leaves 57 dead

Published on 29 January 2017 by Yasser Rayes in News

The attack was preceded by multiple drone strikes, then came the air landing which was performed with the help of three Apaches according to local sources.

The blockade imposed on Sana'a International Airport has caused a lot of suffering to most of the Yemenis

Twitter campaign to lift blockade on Sana'a International Airport

Published on 25 January 2017 by Yasser Rayes in News

On Tuesday, January 24, 2017 a Twitter camping was launched at 8:00 PM local time featuring the Hashtag #End_Yemen_Siege and demanding an end to the coalition’s blockade on Sana’a International Airport.

Alabsi was renowned for pursuing information and tips regarding purported corruption which has always been a major issue in Yemen.

After close to month of residing in morgue, journalist Mohammed Alabsi finally laid to rest

Published on 14 January 2017 by Yasser Rayes in News

Alabsi was renowned for pursuing information and tips regarding purported corruption which has always been a major issue in Yemen.

Benomar warns of military threats against political transfer in Yemen

Published on 31 May 2012 by Khalid Al-Karimi in News

SANA’A,May 30- UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, warned in his report delivered to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday that spoilers of the transitional period will be punished and that the patience of the international community is running thin.

Tribal leader in Ibb threatens to stage demonstrations

Published on 31 May 2012 by Mohammed Al-Samei in News

SANA’A, May 30 - On Tuesday a coalition of tribal leaders in Ibb governorate decided to allow one more week before the final deadline to hand over personnel from the security forces. The personnel are alleged to have killed five people and wounded four from Ibb’s Al-Kafr district in March in the capital Sana’a.

UNICEF: Urgent need for immediate action in Yemen

Published on 31 May 2012 by Muaad Al-Maqtari in News

SANA’A, May 27- “There is an urgent need for immediate action to aid 13 million children who make up more than half of Yemen’s population,” said UNICEF’s Representative to Yemen Gert Kabileri in a press release issued last Wednesday.

The stand of the Islamic clerics with Hadi represents a more support to his legtimacy in the religious Yemen.

Islamic clerics demand Hadi to quicken army reorganizing

Published on 31 May 2012 by Muaad Al-Maqtari in News

SANA’A May 30- in their first meeting with the new President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi on Tuesday May 29th, a group of Sunni Islamic clerics have demanded that he hasten the army reorganization and purge it of any partisan or personal loyalties.

Head of the new party [Development and Building Organization], Mohammed Abu Lahoom said that the purpose of his party is to contribute in establishing a modern civil sate based on justice, equality and state of law.

Declaration of a new political party in Yemen

Published on 31 May 2012 by Khalid Al-Karimi in News

SANA’A, May 30- Under the slogan, “building a civil state based on justice, freedom and development,” the preparatory committee of the Development and Building Organization (DBO) held an inauguration ceremony and press conference on May 28th in the capital Sana’a.

Electricity outages double the spread of Dengue fever in Hodeida

Published on 31 May 2012 by Mohammed Al-Samei in News

HODEIDA, May 30 — “Ongoing power outages have doubled the spread of pandemics such as Dengue fever in Hodeida,” Abdulrahman Jar Allah, director of the Public Health Office in Hodeida, told the Yemen Times.

Left: Mukbil Ghuthaim, right: Asqander Al-Asbahi

Saleh media loyalist defies orders to step down

Published on 31 May 2012 by Amal Al-Yarisi in News

SANA’A, May 30 — Asqander Al-Asbahi has been unable to fulfill his duties as general manager of the state-run Television and Radio Corporation since his appointment by Information Minister Ali Al-Amrani last Monday.

The participants placed roses on the martyrs' ‭ ‬posters‭, ‬which were plastered to a wooden wall colored with blood‭.‬

Yemeni youth mark anniversary of Al-Sabeen deadly bombing

Published on 31 May 2012 by Nadia Haddash in News

SANA’A, May 30- A week after more than 100 soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack in Al-Sabeen Square in Sana’a, Yemeni youth organized a gathering at the site to distribute invitations to commemorate the event in person and through Facebook.

Abdullah Al-Khaledi, the Saudi diplomat hostage was appeared this week in a video clip posted by Al-Qaeda. Analysts say that Al-Qaeda aims by kidnapping foreigners to get money.

Al-Qaeda’s new technique to gain money

Published on 31 May 2012 by Ahmed Dawood in News

SANA’A, May 30 — In addition to taking over cities and carrying out suicide bombings, Al-Qaeda has begun stepping up the kidnapping of foreigners in Yemen.

In Taiz water comes only once a month, leaving many households with no access to water. The government plans to carry out a desalination project in Al-Mokha port on the Red Sea to provide water access to three governorates including Taiz, Ibb, and Al-Baid

Water: the challenge that faces Yemen

Published on 31 May 2012 by Emad Al-Saqqaf in News

TAIZ, May 30 — The Yemeni Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) held the “Regional Water Forum” in Taiz on Saturday morning. It was held in cooperation with the Responsive Governance Project (RGP), a USAID-funded project.

Tawakul proudly displays her Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo along with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Liberian women’s rights campaigner Leymah Gbowee

December: A good month for Yemenis

Published on 12 December 2011 by Shatha Al-Harazi in News

SANAA, Dec.11 – In the last month of 2011 four Yemenis won international awards in everything from human rights to signing competitions.

Contaminated medication confiscted last year in Sana'a

Counterfeit medications in circulation

Published on 12 December 2011 by Malak Shaher in News

SupportYemen began as a Twitter hashtag but has grown into a global campaign.

Protesters march for justice and human rights

Published on 21 December 2011 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in News

Hundreds of anti-regime protesters held a march during the launch of the SupportYemen campaign on Saturday.

Riots in Dhamar prison

Published on 21 December 2011 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in News

Old city gate in Zabid, which had seven historical gates surrounding the old city. Only four remained until today.

Arson attack destroys historical landmark

Published on 22 December 2011 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in News

A bitter businessman whose bid for a wood deal was not selected is thought to have set to the timber Friday, also destroying a historical site where the wood was stored.

Overloaded Somali trade boat sinks off Yemen

Published on 22 December 2011 by Malak Shaher in News

Two women and a child are still missing in the Gulf of Aden after a Somali trade boat sank on Wednesday on route to Somalia, according to the Coast Guards Authority (CGA).

Opinion

I have a dream

Published on 16 August 1999 by Shaker Al-Ashwal in Opinion

As Yemenis abroad we celebrate Yemen's progress and we are filled with pride when it does, we are also saddened when Yemen regress and when conditions worsen.

Time for a Saudi rethink

Published on 9 January 2017 by Abdel Bari Atwan in Opinion

2016 was a bad year for Saudi Arabia and its partners, and 2017 will be worse if they do not change political course both at home and in the region

The ex-president’s regime tried to use the public’s inclination toward conservatism to drive a wedge between the revolutionaries and the people who have chosen not to take part in demonstrations.

This article has photo gallerySana’a freedom square women: Substantial presence in the face of conservative culture

Published on 31 May 2012 by Ibrahim Al-Ansi in Opinion

From the very beginning of Yemen’s uprising, women have stood at the forefront of revolutionary crowds, their presence an extension of struggles waged by male peers to advance the call for change. Yet some have opposed women’s participation in these demonstrations, charging that women could be subject to harm either inside or outside the squares due to Yemen’s prevalent social conservative customs forbidding close contact between men and women.

The difficulties of moving forward in Yemen

Published on 27 December 2011 by The National Interest Jonathan Ruhe in Opinion

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s surprising decision to transfer power to his deputy on November 23 has been greeted with approval in Riyadh, Washington and at the United Nations. Yet it has elicited a broader range of emotions in Yemen itself, including jubilation, indifference and outright hostility. Saleh’s agreement to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) transition plan represents the first of many steps toward addressing – though not necessarily resolving – one of the Middle East’s most intractable crises. It also unleashes divisions that will complicate the tasks of shaping and installing a successor government. Given the upheavals of the past year, prospects for positive change are uncertain.

Plotting the 2012 war against

Published on 27 December 2011 by End World Hunger William Lambers in Opinion

Last month the UN World Food Programme (WFP) held a meeting in Rome to discuss strategy for fighting a growing hunger crisis in Yemen. The WFP’s executive board approved a USD 32 million budget increase for its plan to distribute rations to families suffering from high food prices. The total budget for this 2011-2012 operation stands at over USD 122 million.

Interview

Ambassador Abdul Samad Othman is optimistic about Yemen’s future

Malaysian Ambassador Abdul Samad Othman to the Yemen Times, “2009 is a crucial year for Yemen”

Published on 9 February 2009 by Salma Ismail in Interview

Yemen and Malaysia recently signed several agreements to help Yemen learn from the Malaysian experience in developing agriculture, tourism and industry at a conference entitled "Industry is the future of Yemen" in Hadramout. It aimed to search for strategic alternatives for the future of the Yemeni economy, particularly in the industrial sector.

Mohammad Zaid

A self-taught physicist with ideas to help Yemen

Published on 17 May 2010 by Mohammad Ghoath in Interview

Mohammad Zaid, 30, has given lectures on physics at the University of Sana’a. He has been mentioned in the Yemeni press, and says that he has a plan for water desalination that could save the Yemeni government millions of dollars. But Mohammad doesn’t even hold a bachelor’s degree.

Rashad Mohammad Ismail, leading member of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

AQAP responds to death of bin Laden

Published on 5 May 2011 by Muneer Al-Omari in Interview

Moneer Al-Omari interviewed Al-Qaeda leader Rashad Mohammad Ismail, known widely as Abu Al-Fida, over the phone to discuss several topics including his views about Sheikh Osama bin Laden’s death and the future of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

We have unfair prejudices and stereotypes against tribes.

A woman among the tribes

Published on 20 July 2009 by Amel Al-Ariqi in Interview

Her dedication in addressing tribal conflict, one of Yemen's most challenging issues, makes her one of a kind.

Dr. Mohammed Al-Mikhlafi

Dr. Mohammed al-Mikhlafi to the Yemen Times: “The current situation is an appropriate opportunity for transformation”

Published on 2 January 2012 by Mohammed bin Sallam in Interview

Dr. Mohammed Al-Mikhlafi was chosen by the traditional opposition to run the Ministry of Legal Affairs in the newly National Unity Government. Al-Mikhlafi has been contributing to the human rights advocacy in Yemen. Al-Mikhlafi was the chairman of the Yemeni Observatory for Human Rights (YOHR), is a member of the Yemen Socialist Party Political Office and a leading figure in the JMP.

The Magrabi hospital had to close down for around three weeks during the armed conflict on Zubairi Street, now operations are back to normal although the bullet holes remained.

Dr. Mahfouth A Bamashmus to YT: “Yemenis need to take more care of their eyes”

Published on 28 December 2011 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in Interview

Dr. Mahfouth Bamashmus, FRCSEd FRCOphth, is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Sana'a University. He is also the Medical Director of the Yemen Magrabi Hospital in Sana’a and is a well known as a Cornea, Refractive and Phaco Surgeon. He talked to The Yemen Times about several issues that concern eye problems in Yemen.

You are one of few ophthalmic surgeons in Yemen for cornea transplantations. Is there a demand for this in Yemen? And where do you get the corneas from?

Report

These dinosaur footprints were the first to be discovered in the Arabian Peninsula. (Photo: sciam.com)

For the second time in Yemen, dinosaur tracks discovered in Sana’a

Published on 22 June 2009 by Amel Al-Ariqi in Report

Only a few dinosaur fossils have been reported so far in the Arabian Peninsula, including isolated bones in Oman and possible fragments of a long-necked dinosaur in Yemen.

Masha Nahari’s children gather around a family photo. His murder was the alarm that alerted the Jewish community and pushed them to leave Yemen. The three older daughters of Masha have also immigrated to Israeli with their aunt two weeks ago.

This article has photo galleryA Jewish family’s journey from Yemen to Israel

Published on 26 February 2009 by Mohammed bin Sallam in Report

Members of the family – Saeed Ben-Yisrael, his wife and their seven children – arrived at Bin Gurwin Airport in Tel Aviv. They currently live in a temporary residence in B’r Al-Saba area until the Israeli government provides them with a permanent residence in Bait Shimis located near Jerusalem.

The story of the Yemeni singer who made headlines: Fouad Abd-Alwahed, first place winner of the Gulf singing contest

Published on 23 December 2010 by Raghda Gamal in Report

“I was dumbfounded. It was awesome to see the huge crowd cheering with my name. During the competition we were not allowed to use the phone or the internet so that we do not persuade people to vote for us. So I really did not expect it but it was a delightful surprise,” said a grinning Fouad.

A social expert talking with an inmate (right most) of Al-Mansoura women’s prison in Aden, while other women prisoners idle around with their children in the prison yard.

Female prisoners: Guilty to death

Published on 30 March 2009 by Kawkab al-Thaibani in Report

“Women prisoners are guilty until death, they don’t need to wait for the verdict because the judge, prosecution and society have already sentenced her as guilty."

Over the past ten years, Yemen has become one of the best countries in which to study Arabic.

Yemen is the best destination to study Arabic

Published on 6 November 2008 by Khaled Al-Hilaly in Report

Most students come to Yemen after having heard of the benefits of studying Arabic here by word of mouth from other students or friends.

Saudis top list of foreigners marrying Yemenis in 2009

Published on 15 February 2010 by Khaled Al-Hilaly in Report

The increase in the number of Yemeni-Saudi couples in recent years reflects the close cultural ties between the two countries, but a disparity in gender shows the difficulty for Yemeni men to marry Saudi women.

Tribe members celebrate Sadiq Al-Ahmar becoming head of the Hashed tribe in Yemen.

The political role of tribes in Yemen

Published on 5 April 2010 by Saddam Al-Ashmori in Report

A recent study conducted by Yemeni researchers, headed by Adel Al- Sharjabi, professor of sociology at the University of Sana’a, has called on the state to close the Tribes Affairs Authority in Yemen in order to better implement the rule of state law among tribes.

Most students spend more time on English than on the other subjects.

Yemeni undergraduates struggle with English

Published on 5 April 2010 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Report

To better prepare Yemen’s work force for a globalized world, universities in Yemen teach some of their subjects in English. But Yemeni high school graduates complain that their English is not good enough to follow everything that the professors are saying.

Despite Al-Qaeda's spiritual leader, Anwar Al-Awlaki, the American born cleric of Yemeni origin said to be killed, there will be no much significance of his death toward Al-Qaeda's performance, said a Yemeni expert on AlQaeda.

Details of Al-Awlaki’s death

Published on 3 October 2011 by Ali Saeed in Report

Al-Awlaki, said to be the spiritual leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is said to have plotted some “terrorist” operations including the failed Detroit underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in late December 2009, and the Fort Hood mass shooting by an American soldier of Palestinian origin, who on November 5, 2009 shot dead 13 people on the US army base and wounded another 29.

Conflicts put women at risk

Published on 5 December 2011 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Report

Amnesty International stated that women's rights are routinely violated because Yemeni laws as well as tribal and customary practices treat them as second class citizens, indicating that women are not free to marry who they want and some are forced to marry when they are children.

New smaller shisha sizes come with small carry boxes and most girls use these as it is easier to hide in public.

Smoking increasingly popular among Yemeni girls

Published on 20 January 2011 by Shatha Al-Harazi in Report

In Yemen men and women who do the same thing are often looked upon differently. Smoking is a prominent example. Among men smoking is considered a habit that might harm one’s health, but it is not at all inappropriate. However, when people see a woman having a cigarette they forget about her health and instead concentrate on her reputation: many will even think of her as a whore.

Sexual harassment deters women from outdoor activities

Published on 19 January 2009 by Ali Saeed in Report

Women living in Sana’a complain of regular sexual harassment on the street, in buses and public places. Ninety percent of a sample of 70 interviewees said they had been harassed in Sana’a one way or another. About 14 percent said they are continuously harassed and around 37 percent said they are harassed physically by men outdoors.

A mediator (center) carries the belt and jambiya of an alleged criminal in his left hand at a tribal arbitration session.

Tribal conflicts cause political, social and economic loss

Published on 2 March 2009 by Almigdad Mojalli in Report

Tribal conflicts have weathered Yemen’s history for thousands of years and a complex tribal justice system has arisen as a result. Although today illiteracy eradication and development projects have played an important role in reducing tribal disputes, much remains to be done to address long-standing truces and other unresolved tribal arguments.

One of the huts where slaves are kept to multiply and raise children.

This article has photo galleryThe untold story of slavery in Yemen

Published on 22 July 2010 by Omar Al-Omqi in Report

A number of human rights activists have discovered that despite being in the 21st century there are still men and women known as slaves in some regions of Yemen. Some were poor, some were not, some were more educated than the others, but all of them had one thing in common: they were not born free.

Treading into male territory: female journalists in Yemen

Published on 1 November 2010 by Shatha Al-Harazi in Report

Women working in the media is still a new concept in Yemen, and one that is yet to be socially acceptable. However, through their work many female journalists have taken long strides towards shattering many of the stereotypes about women in Yemen. They are proving once again that they can work on an equal footing with men.

Directions to get you lost

Published on 15 November 2010 by Shatha Al-Harazi in Report

People sometimes wrongly direct you with such confidence, that you put a lot of effort into going completely the wrong direction.

A new Braille printing press would provide Yemen’s blind children with more entertaining reading material to round off their education.

This article has photo galleryRaising the dots in Yemeni publications for the visually impaired

Published on 7 May 2009 by Alice Hackman in Report

Here, in a plane where each combination of raised dots is a letter or number, lies a secret universe of poems, book summaries, profiles of famous people and news.

Fifteen male and female refugees graduated last week from a cooking training course held by ADRA. They are now chefs looking for employment.

Refugees cook their way to success

Published on 24 February 2011 by Ali Saeed in Report

According to the UNHCR, between the beginning of 2010 and October, over 42,000 registered African refugees have arrived in Yemen. This is an average of about 140 people a day including women and children.

The second issue of AQAP’s English language publication Inspire detailed operations against the Yemeni Military in Abyan in 2010.

This article has photo galleryThe emergence of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)

Published on 21 February 2011 by Mohammed bin Sallam in Report

Three armed factions may define Yemen’s future: the Southern Movement, the Shiite Movement (i.e. the Houthis) and the Sunni Movement (i.e. Al-Qaeda).

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Yemeni women take on the harassers

Published on 20 April 2009 by Khaled Al-Hilaly in Report

Yemen and Egypt have the worst reputation for sexual harassment in the Arab World, according to Egyptian film director Mohammad Al-Assyuti, who has made a documentary about sexual harassment in Egypt.

Reasons why Islam prevents child marriages

Published on 18 June 2009 by Shawqi Abdulraqib Al-Qadhi in Report

A field study prepared by the Women and Development Studies Center, Sana'a University, says that it is more common girls to be married off an a young age that it is for boys. Up to 15 percent of married women were married before the age of 15, and up to 65 percent of them were married before they were 18.

For 21 years, al-Qaeda has survived and spurred dozens of smaller clones. This 'success' reflects the enabling conditions that breed militants and militancy. (Photo by War News Updates)

Al-Qaeda chronicles in Yemen

Published on 5 October 2009 by Abdul Elah H. Shai’a in Report

About two weeks before 8th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, AlQaeda carried out an attempted assassination of Prince Mohammed ben Naif, a Saudi and regional security personality in his Jeddah palace.

Mohanned, 5 years old, lies on a bed in the Abs hospital in Hajjah, a governorate in Yemen which has some of the highest numbers of severely and acutely malnourished children. (Photo © UNICEF/Fuad)

Yemen: a place of hunger and misery

Published on 4 January 2017 by Yasser Rayes in Report

Hunger is the most dominant thought on Yemenis minds during this period. After months of living without their salaries, the public sector employees, the majority of employees in Yemen, are living in dire conditions.

A rare look inside Al-Qaeda’s Yemen operations

Published on 31 May 2012 by David Ignatius / washingtonpost.com / First published on May 28 in Report

Osama bin Laden wrote before he died that Yemen was the place where al-Qaeda had its best chance of establishing its own state — if it acted carefully and avoided alienating the local population. I suspect that bin Laden, who was something of a TV news junkie, would be encouraged and also worried by a new PBS documentary from inside the terror group’s Yemeni operations.

Saving Yemen from disaster

Published on 31 May 2012 by Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed / Alarabiya.net / First published on May 25 in Report

Yemen’s exports are not much. They consist of about 200,000 barrels of oil daily, a little natural gas, few coffee beans and salted fish. For this reason, the annual government budget is less than $ 6 billion. Yemen has a population of a little over 24 million, of whom 45 percent are under the poverty line according to international statistics.

A woman in her family’s destroyed house in Al-Hasaba area where fierce clashes took place between Saleh’s forces and armed supporters of Al-Ahmar family.

This article has photo galleryYemen in 2011

Published on 2 January 2012 by Yemen Times Staff in Report

Mohammad Al-Sayaghi, a freelance videographer and journalist, said that photojournalism in Yemen difficult and dangerous, needing a lot of focus and an ability to accommodate people.

This article has photo galleryWhy is it difficult to take pictures in Yemen?

Published on 31 December 2011 by Malak Shaher in Report

Yemen is a challenging place to take pictures. Despite its unique beauty and interesting culture, photographers have to deal with an array of issues from people refusing to have their photos taken or just being too eager to getting in the shot, to insecurity and violence.

Despite having spearheaded Yemen's peaceful revolution, youth say they have been neglected by both the opposition and the Gulf initiative.

All you need to know about the Youth Movement

Published on 29 December 2011 by Shatha Al-Harazi in Report

Despite ten months of marching and protesting, the youth were entirely excluded from the GCC agreement. It is thus worth investigating who and what the Youth Movement now is, and how they have developed.

US drone strikes have been carried out in different times against the area of Azzan in Shabwa, east Yemen.

Azzan: A town run by armed Islamists

Published on 19 December 2011 by Ali Saeed in Report

Surrounded by mountains and valleys, the peaceful market town of Azzan, in the east of Yemen, is mostly populated by farmers and herders. It is also controlled by armed Islamists, affiliated with Al-Qaeda.

Open days give children the opportunity to learn about their rights.

Building happiness and confidence for Hodeida’s children

Published on 21 November 2011 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Report

JMP parties between partnership and withdrawal

Published on 31 May 2012 by Ahmed Dawood in Report

Disagreements were voiced by the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) recently after President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi's decree forming the Outreach Committee for the comprehensive National Dialogue.

Culture

Some say this is the result of arranged marriages, being tied to someone that you don't know, or love.

Arranged marriages under scrutiny: Where is the love?

Published on 20 December 2010 by Safia Aljabry in Culture

Some wonder how arranged marriages work. Others are born believing that it’s the right way, while many remain confused about the issue.

An increasingly infamous reputation and the competition of cheap VCDs has led Yemeni cinemas into financial trouble, causing some to close down.

Yemenis don’t like going to the cinema

Published on 16 March 2009 by Almigdad Mojalli in Culture

Despite the popularity of cinema halls in the late eighties, today Yemeni culture does not encourage movie theaters because of the social stigma associated with movie halls and the increase in religious conservative thinking. To catch up with the latest in the cinema industry, Yemenis instead resort to satellite television channels and DVDs.

The minaret is located in the south-eastern corner of the mosque. It was built next to the mosque’s main gate on a large square base to enable it to carry the 20 meter high minaret.

Al-Rawda Grand Mosque

Published on 10 November 2008 by Mahmoud Assamiee in Culture

Al-Rawda Grand Mosque is located historical city of Al-Rawda, north of the capital Sana'a. The mosque was built over 400 years ago in 1046 A.H. by Ahmad bin Al-Imam bin Al-Qasem known at that time as Abu Taleb, from whom the current Abu Taleb family members, still powerful in the area, are descendants.

Women and murder testimony

Published on 11 January 2011 by Faisal Al-Safwani in Culture

The Yemeni judiciary system refuses to accept a woman's testimony in murder cases simply because she is a woman. Some consider this clear discrimination against women in Yemen.

Photographer Boushra Al-Mutawakel in traditional Yemeni hijab

This article has photo galleryHijab, politics, fashion and identity

Published on 16 December 2010 by Yazeed Kamaldien in Culture

Yemeni photographer Boushra Al-Mutawakel, who has lived in America for half her life, decided to respond through her work to what she feels has been an increase in discrimination against Muslims, particularly women who wear the Islamic headscarf or hijab.

Muslims believe that they can protect themselves from demons by avoiding sin, reading the Qur’an and praying regularly.

Exorcism: souls possessed by demons find spiritual cures

Published on 23 December 2010 by Shatha Al-Harazi in Culture

Demons can possess a person’s body and spirit and it’s not always easy to get rid of it. Demonic work has an Islamic response while psychologists offer opinions too. Personal stories reveal the dark side of demonic interference.

This article has photo galleryThe dazzling white mosque of Rada’

Published on 20 September 2010 by Mahmoud Assamiee in Culture

Visit Rada’ in Al-Baida for the first time and you will spot a dazzling white mosque surrounded by a luscious green yard. Topped with eight domes, the mosque was once an important center of Islamic learning.

This article has photo galleryYemeni photographer Ibi Ibrahim: “Love has no religious or political affiliation.”

Published on 23 August 2010 by Nadine Ibrahim in Culture

Ibi Ibrahim, 23, grew up in the Middle East but now works as a photographer in New York. His latest portraits, exhibited last month in the US, provoke a lively debate about identity in the context of the social and religious norms of the Islamic world. The Yemen Times interviewed him about his work, including his latest collection of thought-provoking black and white photographs, and the concepts that they challenge.

Throne of Balqis in Mareb. German archaeologists have been conducting excavation and restoration works in Yemen for 30 years now and have helped to preserve some of Yemen’s most valuable ancient sites.

Ruins upon ruins: the legacy of queen of Sheba

Published on 12 January 2009 by Salma Ismail in Culture

Officials are calling for adequate security personnel to protect the sites while no excavation is being carried out. Most security personnel are Bedouins and do not understand the importance or the historical value of the sites.

Novelist Ali Al-Muqri

This article has photo galleryNovelist Al-Muqri: “Writing is a deep excavation into human suffering.”

Published on 22 February 2010 by Khaled Al-Hilaly in Culture

In his latest novel, The Handsome Jew, Al-Muqri narrates the story of the educated daughter of a Mufti who falls in love with a Jewish man and marries him. The novel, set in seventeenth century Yemen, addresses the issue of tolerance of other religions and social classes.

For people in Sana'a, shafout, or bread soaked in yogurt with coriander, is also served for lunch on Fridays and social occasions. It is also served daily during the fasting month of Ramadan.

Yemeni food habits between tradition and variety

Published on 21 May 2009 by Khaled Al-Hilaly in Culture

The average Yemeni family's meal is a combination of culinary influence from different parts of the world such as India, Turkey, and Africa. However, most families serve exclusively Yemeni meals. Throughout the week, although healthy, the meals are of little variety. Fridays are the days most people look forward to because it’s usually a special meal. Social occasions also call for special foods.

In Hadramout palm tree baskets are used mainly to keep dates from spoiling when they are still on the trees. This process is called

This article has photo galleryPalm leaf handicrafts in Hadramout

Published on 15 January 2009 by Yemen Times in Culture

The Hadrami culture is very rich and includes various aspects that are linked to business and trade. Many of the trades and trade routes go back centuries and are still very much alive today. Using palm leaves to manufacture baskets and other objects is still popular in Hadramout despite the availability of metal and plastic utensils all around.

Drumming and Sana’ani flute was only for Mazayyna Yemenis. Today new forms of music have been created merging traditional music with modern instruments and – except for traditional drumming – making music has become for all. (Photo by Fadhl Al-Amdi)

Social discrimination still dominates Yemeni culture

Published on 29 June 2009 by Ola Al-Shami
 in Culture

More than 50 decades ago, there were only two visible classes, the Imam and his family who were descendants of the Prophet, and the rest of the public. But after the Imamate rule ended, three classes emerged: the Hashemite or saada, the tribes, known as a’raab or qabail, and the mazaayina, also known as atraaf.

A minaret made entirely from mud bricks. (Photo by Khaled Al-Hilali)

Borrowed from nature: the amazing brick architecture

Published on 18 October 2010 by Ashwini Bhanagay in Culture

A country with a past boasting of zero-waste cities, where there literally used to be no waste and even human waste was collected and reused, Yemen has lived ‘green’ throughout the ages and continues to do so, at least as far as building houses is concerned.

Al-Mualla main road in Aden has been blocked by Southern movement demonstrators who control all  squares  in Aden except one square in Crater which is run by the Islah party.

Aden’s coffee shops talk secession

Published on 31 December 2011 by Shafee Jamal in Culture

I was sitting in a coffee shop with a friend of mine the other day in the southern Yemeni port town of Aden, when an argument broke out over the television. 

 The Roman Catholic Church in Tawahi district of Aden.

Aden’s rich religious heritage

Published on 12 January 2012 by Shafee Jamal in Culture

Religious tolerance can be hard to find these days, and especially difficult to find in conservative, Islamic Yemen. But the southern port city of Aden was once a city of religious tolerance with Christians, Hindus, Jews and Muslims living and working together.

“Immoral needs” and mobile chat

Published on 5 January 2012 by Marwa Najmaldin in Culture

Abdurrahman Fadhl has taken the name of ‘Essar 9’ (or ‘hurricane 9’ in English) as a handle on the mobile chat service provided by local mobile phone companies for a cheap price.

Meet Marwan Al-Mekhlafi, the revolution’s comedian

Published on 5 January 2012 by Amira Al-Arasi in Culture

His audience are mostly internet browsers. On Facebook and YouTube, his satirical videos has given voice to those who wish to oust the regime.

Business

Water tanks made of fiberglass are resistant to high humidity and hence are popular in the coastal areas.

Fiber glass use in Yemen

Published on 17 November 2008 by Ali Saeed in Business

Fiberglass, also known as glass fiber, is a material made from very thin threads of glass. It has the virtue of a good weight to strength ratio, rust resistance, and ability to be molded in a wide variety of ways. Used as a reinforcing agent for many plastic products, the resulting material, known as glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) is commonly, although erroneously, also referred to as 'fiberglass'.

Mansour Muqbil, 40, has been using this machine to sand stone for 15 years. He also handles machines to drill holes and decorate stone, but does not use protection to do so. “When you have experience, you don’t need it,” he says.

Yemeni workers unaware of their rights

Published on 25 October 2010 by Shatha Al-Harazy in Business

Five dollars a day for some people is a good wage as they can’t find anything better. Their need allows the employer to pay them less, and most of the time there are no contracts.

Most handicrafts are made by the male members of the family, because they are done in shops in the market place such as goldsmiths and pottery. However, women are heavily involved in making baskets and textiles, which are manufactured mainly at home.

Reinventing the handicrafts industry of Yemen

Published on 4 November 2010 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in Business

Many Yemeni traditional handcrafts are gradually being forgotten and replaced with modern equipment. A Yemeni government agency has just made a breakthrough, saving tens of handicrafts that were on the brink of extinction and bringing a new source of income for many poor families.

In Yemen, laborers are seen as unimportant people, “although the most brilliant projects here were achieved by them.” In other countries, workers or laborers are appreciated as effective and productive people.

Poor workers' compensation insurance in dangerous jobs

Published on 19 April 2010 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Business

According to the Yemeni Social Insurance Law, “The rights of injured workers include: medical care, compensation of temporary disability, compensation or pension in the case of constant disability, and pension in the case of death.”

Honey is one of the main exports of Yemen. The Hadramout honey business alone is worth YR 2.25 billion riyals (USD11.3 million) and represents 26 percent of total honey production of Yemen.

Fate of the bee season in Hadramout

Published on 17 November 2008 by Majed Saleh Ba-Amran in Business

Scores of medical studies have found that honey boasts regenerative and healing properties, in addition to its cosmetic and aphrodisiac qualities. However, honey production in Hadramout is under threat after floods destroyed thousands of beehives in the southeast regions.

Smoke billows from a brick oven where they are slowly fired to ensure a strong, solid brick.

Bricks, Yemen’s sustainable building material

Published on 19 March 2009 by Almigdad Mojalli in Business

Since ancient times, Yemenis have been making bricks to build their homes, mosques and palaces. Many of these buildings continue to bear testament to the brick’s durability and the uniqueness of a profession untouched by technology.Bricks are blocks of clay that have been hardened through being fired in an oven or dried in the sun.

Even safe tourism sites witnessed no flow of tourists, leading hundreds of tourism and travel agencies to shut down.

Tourism sector loses over USD one billion in 2011

Published on 29 December 2011 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Business

Yemen's tourism sector has experienced a near-total collapse this year, leaving travel agencies with closed doors and many employees without jobs.

Many in Sana’a are forced to make do with just one or two hours electricity a day amid chronic power shortages.

Yemen: Back to the dark ages

Published on 21 November 2011 by Malak Shaher in Business

Many in Sana’a are forced to make do with just one or two hours electricity a day amid chronic power shortages.

The National Unity Government has promised to bring stability to the rial, which has been fluctuating for two years.

Economic highlights of the new cabinet’s two-year plan (part 2)

Published on 12 January 2012 by Ali Saeed in Business

Mohamed Basundwa, Yemen’s interim prime minister, made a tour of the Gulf states this week to mobilize support and seek financial assistance for the cabinet’s two-year economic program.

In last Thursday’s issue, the Yemen Times covered the first of the government’s plans to boost the economy. Today we present our second part on the economic plan. We’ll keep you updated in future issues as the plan progresses.

Parliamentarians suggested to the government increasing micro-finance for small businesses to reduce poverty instead of expanding beneficiaries of the social welfare fund.

Economic highlights of the new cabinet’s two-year plan (part 1)

Published on 5 January 2012 by Ali Saeed in Business

After a 10-month uprising that has brought Yemen’s economy to a standstill if not to a complete collapse, the new “National Unity” government obtained last week parliament’s endorsement for its two-year program to address the country’s current political, humanitarian, and economic crises. 

Variety

Ravid Kahalani

Yemeni Jew brings native music to international ears

Published on 17 March 2011 by Yemen Times Staff in Variety

I guess I love my roots and the beautiful way of the Yemen Blues with such an organic sound.

The world’s most expensive abaya, tagged at around USD 350,000.

Abayas: Faith or fashion?

Published on 3 March 2011 by Safiya Al-Jabry in Variety

Muslim women who like to wear designed clothes also want to wear designer abayas. Fashion houses are now starting to shift focus so as to meet the demands of this demographic. An increasing number of websites and fashion shows feature abayas, and some top European labels like Blumarine have showcased models wearing couture abayas.

Shadi Mohammad Qasim, 25, shows off his muscles at the gym.

Pumping it to look like Arnie

Published on 14 September 2010 by Ismail Sheikh Abdoh in Variety

Bodybuilding is surprisingly popular in the Yemeni capital. Around 100 people attend five daily training shifts in the gym at the Bodybuilding and Wrestling Association. There are over ten gyms spread across Sana’a, with an average subscription cost of YR 2,000 a month.

Arabica coffee cherries from Taiz where 20 percent of the country’s coffee production comes from.

Importing coffee to coffee land

Published on 14 October 2010 by Ismail Sheikh Abdoh in Variety

Yemeni coffee costs more than the foreign variety because there are so many middle men between the coffee producer and the shop keeper in Yemen.

"The woman who fell from the sky"

Published on 27 September 2010 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in Variety

She was a woman who fell from the sky in robes of dew and became a city…

"I used to be a doctor in Yemen"

Published on 6 December 2010 by Malak Shaher in Variety

Claudie Fayien worked in Yemen during the period from 1951 to 1952, and found a country living in the darkest of dark eras. The French doctor said that the world should know about Yemen. At that time only a few people in France had even heard of Yemen.

The Plastic Jambiya is not imported from China as many people believe, it is made in Yemen.

Authenticity matters: Yemenis reject plastic jambiya

Published on 12 November 2009 by Khaled Al-Hilaly in Variety

About a year ago, the plastic Jambiya came to the market and nobody except its inventors knew it is made of plastic. People were deceived by the nice looking handle because the materials used in making it added transparent colors which make it look like original rare rhino–horn.

This article has photo galleryOsamu Tezuka: A Japanese godfather of modern day manga

Published on 17 May 2010 by Eyad N. Al-Samman in Variety

Tezuka as a manga artist and animator has created 700 stories which included more than 150,000 pages of manga and more than 60 anime that contained themes of progress, technology, environmentalism, tolerance, transformation and reincarnation.

This article has photo galleryWas the 2011 uprising worth it?

Published on 15 January 2015 by Mohammed Al-Qalisi in Variety

It is nearly four years to the day that over 16,000 Yemenis took to the streets of Sana’a demanding change, sparking a nationwide uprising that eventually led to President Saleh’s resignation.

Almond blossom and dry river beds of the capital's villages

Published on 1 March 2010 by Judith Spiegel in Variety

Somewhere I heard or read that Sana’a is the fastest growing city in the world. Whether this is true or not I cannot say. What is undeniably true though, is that Sana’a grew in little more than 50 years from a small town that only consisted of the Old City into an ever expanding city, now nibbling at the feet of old villages and creating new ones.

Yemeni-Americans have been swift to condemn the actions of a few, says Gazali.

Yemeni-Americans in the spotlight

Published on 1 March 2010 by Naji Gazali in Variety

Media coverage of the Fort Hood killings and the Christmas day plane at- tack has thrown unsuspecting Yemeni-Americans into the spotlight. They have been approached by neighbors and colleagues eager to know more about Yemen, a country described in the media as a training ground for terrorists. Naji Gazali wrote to the Yemen Times about reactions in the Yemeni-American community.

What you didn’t know about Yemeni names

Published on 25 November 2010 by Malak Shaher in Variety

Yemenis have witnessed, and continue to witness, wars and tense situations. This has been reflected in the naming of children. During the revolution of 1962, the names Burkan (volcano), Thaer (revolutionary) and Sharar (spark), were common.

Female tour guides show the way in Socotra.

This article has photo galleryFemale guides welcome visitors to Socotra

Published on 20 January 2011 by Bohdana Rambouskova in Variety

A steep goat path leads up to Hoq Cave. A group of tourists are moving slowly, panting. They are following a tiny Soqotri woman covered in a black balto and niqab despite the heat. Their feet in sophisticated outdoor shoes step on sharp stones and reddish soil which her plastic ipops had touched just a moment ago. They still have a long way to go.

Socotra is home for Dragon’s blood trees and different bird and plant species.

This article has photo gallerySocotra’s island’s memorable guides

Published on 16 December 2010 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Variety

The air was fresh and warm as we gazed at a great variety of unusual plants, including Socotra’s distinctive Dragon’s Blood trees synonymous with the unique island. Rare Egyptian vultures ew around us as we looked out on a calm blue sea, with white waves.We spent an exhausting but memorable four days on Yemen’s famous and fascinating island of Socotra.

Basheer Al-Yaremi made a lantern that he claims to be the biggest lantern in Yemen, but he couldn't sell it to anyone because of the absence of promotion and the scarcity of exhibitions.

Yemeni handicraftsmen neglected

Published on 12 February 2009 by Almigdad Mojalli in Variety

Despite the huge number of intricate crafts and products Yemeni handicraftsmen produce, they complain of complete negligence of the government towards them, especially the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Culture.

For thousands of years the almond had only been eaten by kings and the wealthy, as commoners couldn't afford them.

This article has photo galleryAlmonds from Seed to dish of nuts

Published on 9 November 2009 by Mohammed Ghoath in Variety

Yemeni farmers are paying considerable more attention to the almond tree. This interest has increased recently due to a wide demand for the trees' products, both seeds and oil, in the local as well as the international markets, according to agriculturist Mahmoud Ali.

“I’ve been working here for 20 years. I learnt to cook salta from my uncle and now I think I’ve become a better student.”

This article has photo galleryThe savior of old city cuisine

Published on 25 March 2010 by Oliver Holmes in Variety

Everyday scores of men gravitate towards Souq Al-Mileh (Salt Souq) to enjoy a boiling hot dish of salta. The meaty soup is made in minutes over blow torches. Cast-iron pots are used to withstand the soaring temperatures. It has a brothy consistency, and the streets are full of women selling different types of bread to soak up the juices.

Abdulla Bawazir: a notable Hadrami political and social short story writer

Published on 12 January 2009 by Eyad N. Al-Samman in Variety

Bawazir is considered one of the renowned short-story writers in Yemen with his distinct literary and cultural works. His diverse oeuvre includes collections of short stories, novels, articles, dramas, children’s books, and autobiographic books.

A day in a public office is more like a day in hell

Published on 10 February 2011 by Atiaf Zaid in Variety

While activists are fighting a big reform battle in the streets of Sana’a, I am fighting for my husband’s right to obtain residency in the public offices of Yemen. I moved back to my beloved country of birth about four months ago with a foreign husband.

Yemeni coffee served in Ark Cafe is roasted on the premises to a medium level.

This article has photo galleryYemeni coffee big in Japan

Published on 10 February 2011 by Ross West in Variety

Yemen Mocha Mattari coffee is very popular in Japan, but few people know that it comes from Yemen. In fact, few people even know where Yemen is. On a recent trip to Japan I sat in a small cafe talking to the owner about Yemeni coffee in Japan.

The camels work in three hour shifts for six hours a day to grind down sesame seeds, producing five to ten liters per day.

The camels of the Bab Al-Yemen

Published on 17 February 2011 by Iona Craig in Variety

For hundreds of years the camels of the Old City, Sana’a have been turning the mills, or ‘zeers’, to grind the red and black sesame seeds to make oil or ‘jiljel’.

Ismail Al-Akwa'a, a diligent and impartial Yemeni historian

Published on 22 June 2009 by Eyad N. Al-Samman in Variety

Al-Akwa'a, Ismail Ali, Yemeni scholar, historian, genealogist, researcher, politician and diplomat. He was born in Dhamar City on March 11, 1920. Al-Akwa'a studied at his village's kuttab (small religious school attached to a mosque) and learned the Holy Qur'an and its sciences, math and calligraphy.

Abdulilah Alshaief, Fouad’s brother-in-law who works part time with him, stood up to leave the gathering and go wait for one of Fouad’s dispatch.

Driving halal in America

Published on 23 October 2008 by Shaker Lashuel in Variety

The phone rang and Fouad Alghaithi quickly picked it up to answer; “United Cab Service,” he said with confidence. With one hand holding the phone and the other reaching for the pen, Fouad listened to the request of the caller and began to write the address on the piece of paper in front of him. He told the caller that the car would be in front of the caller’s house in five to ten minutes.

Old-fashioned sesame oil grinders are still used in more than four places in Sana’a alone.

Sesame oil production in Hadramout

Published on 29 December 2008 by hadramout.info in Variety

In most Arab countries since civilization began, sesame oil has been the preferred cooking oil for its enticing smell and flavor. The use of pure sesame oil in all kinds of food, including salads and beans, dates back to over 4000 years in most Arab countries, according to some resources.

A worker pours sesame seeds into the press to produce sesame oil

Sesame oil: the master of all oils

Published on 15 January 2009 by Nasser Abdullah Nasser Salah in Variety

Sesame oil production has long been a feature of Arab history, especially in the Yemeni governorate of Shabwa. One of the first oils to be pressed and an early condiment, sesame oil was used in former times as an appetizer mixed with cardamom, butter, ghee and honey, because it is less fatty than most other types of oil

Girls also chew qat

Published on 11 December 2008 by Saddam Ashmori in Variety

In the governorate of Amran, some 50 kilometers north of Sana'a, chewing qat and smoking among women is strongly disapproved of by society.

Isaac Asimov, a prolific and polymathic American writer

Published on 10 August 2009 by Eyad N. Al-Samman in Variety

Asimov is widely considered one of the best-known writers of the science-fiction genre. He was also one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written more than 500 books and estimated 9,000 letters and postcards. Beside his eminent works in science fiction, his other nonfiction works dealt with sociology, ancient and modern history, mathematics and science. 

Niels with the children from the supported family.

Dutch couple saves Yemeni family from street life

Published on 27 November 2008 by Khaled Al-Hilaly in Variety

It all started with a photo of a child beggar and his sister taken in 2006 and published in a recent issue of the Yemen Times. A few days after the paper came out, Niels Nieman, a Dutchman living in Yemen, called in to say that the children in the photo are no longer in the streets. He and his wife sponsored the two kids along with their three siblings and widowed mother, and they now go to school, live a decent life and are happier than ever.

Nujood receiving the Year Award 2008 from Glamour Magazine.

This article has photo galleryAfter emerging from her marriage ordeal: Nujood in New York

Published on 27 November 2008 by Yemen Times Staff in Variety

With the exception of her moving to Hajja, a three hours drive north of Sana'a, for her unfortunate marriage to a man three times her senior earlier this year, it was Nujood's first time outside of Sana'a. In New York, she was awarded for her bravery in finding a way out from an unjust marriage, and her lawyer Nasser was awarded for her courageous support to both Nujood and other child victims.

Some Yemeni men feel awkward about holding a rose in public, so they cover the rose in a bag so no one sees it. (YT Photo by Fatima Al-Azani)

Why Yemeni men too shy to hold a rose in public

Published on 31 May 2012 by Mohammed Al-Samei in Variety

Flowers are barely noticed among most in Yemeni society. Yemeni people live in a warlike environment, with increased instances of violence and terrorism, according to Abdulaziz Mohamed, a university student in Sana’a.

View Point

...And what about women?

Published on 27 December 2011 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in View Point

The new government is in place. With the exception of two ministers, the new cabinet has been sworn in and has begun work immediately. It was disappointing after so much talk of a 20 percent quota to have only two female ministers and one female state minister named. A 20 percent quota calls for at least seven women.

Health & Environment

The Nabak tree has been used both as a fruit-bearing and medicinal plant in Yemen since ancient times.

The all cherished Nabak tree

Published on 23 March 2009 by Nasser Abdullah Nasser Salah in Health & Environment

The Nabak tree has been used both as a fruit-bearing and medicinal plant in Yemen since ancient times. Dotted over Yemen’s various governorates, the blessed tree enjoys villagers’ devoted protection and many families consider the tree to be an indispensable part of their lives.

An autistic child for whom parental love has done wonders, Osama, here with his father and little sister, is exceptionally affectionate with his family and strangers.

Autism: from denial to acceptance and adaptation

Published on 22 June 2009 by Alice Hackman in Health & Environment

Autism is four times more likely to strike boys than girls, and recent studies suggest that up to one child in 150 can be autistic. A disability that affects normal brain function and impedes the ability to learn from experience, autism can vary in its severity.

The painful bottom

Published on 22 November 2010 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment

An anal fissure is a small tear in the skin around the opening of the anus. It can cause sharp pain, especially when passing stools. Anal fissure is a common disorder but many people don’t seek medical advice for it.

A last resort for curing an ailment: a cauterized back

Cauterization between efficacy and sorcery

Published on 28 July 2005 by Yemen Times in Health & Environment

Cauterization is considered one of the most popular ways of treating chronic diseases. It dates back to ancient times in history, some say to the time of old Greek and Pharaoh civilizations.

8 delicious facts about kiwi fruit

Published on 26 April 2010 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment

Kiwi fruits are native to China (“Chinese Gooseberry”). They were unknown to the western world until as late as the 20th century!

Rehabilitating rainwater cisterns has brought water closer to many homes.

This article has photo galleryCollecting raindrops in mountainous Hajja

Published on 16 April 2009 by Alice Hackman in Health & Environment

To help an overburdened government to improve water supply, Yemeni and foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been restoring old water structures and experimenting with dew collection to improve the water situation and bring the governorate's inhabitants closer to a brighter future.

Black and White Rhinoceros horns were equally prized by jambiya craftsmen for dagger handles up until the 1990s, and Yemeni demand has been a notable factor in the rise in poaching and plummeting of African rhinoceros numbers over the last three to four decades.

Jambiya craftsmen encouraged to substitute rhinoceros horn with garnet

Published on 1 December 2008 by Ismail Al-Ghabri in Health & Environment

Jambiya craftsmen, concerned authorities and academics this month attended an awareness-raising workshop on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), during which experts urged craftsmen to replace rhinoceros horn with alternative materials in their daggers.

8 delusional beliefs that prevent you from losing weights

Published on 5 May 2011 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment

Many of us could do with losing some weight, but it’s often easier to come up with excuses instead of getting to work. While you may have genuine and honest reasons for not being able to shed the kilos, there will always be some who need a reality check for their excuses. Read on to know if you are one of them.

12 tips to steer clear of breast cancer

Published on 8 November 2010 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment

For women, breast cancer is the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths, following only lung cancer.

Signs of impending death

Published on 25 April 2011 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment

None of us can predict the moment of death. However, physicians and nurses involved in end-of-life care know that certain symptoms are usually associated with the body's shutting down.

How to say good-bye when someone you love is dying

Published on 31 March 2011 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment

It’s hard to say good-bye. But, putting off meaningful conversations is perhaps the number-one source of regret.

Hana and Bushra struggle to carry water to their families on a perilous mountain track near a village in Taiz governorate.

The many dangers of Yemen’s water shortage

Published on 15 November 2010 by Malak Shaher in Health & Environment

In the best case scenario water is carried on a donkey’s back, but in most parts of Yemen, it is largely women who take up the burden of climbing up and down mountains to fetch water from springs and deliver it to their houses.

Drop irrigation, here in a vineyard in Bani Hoshaish, is less wasteful than the traditional flooding method, says the WEC.

A different approach to addressing the water crisis in Yemen

Published on 13 July 2009 by Alice Hackman in Health & Environment

Groundwater levels have plummeted and water springs have dried up, but still demand increases as the country's population grows at the rapid rate of 3.7 percent a year. And the population will double, if the United Nations' projections are accurate, by 2025.

Grey water from one house’s kitchen and the local mosque has revived a small section of Maqshama Al- Wushali (top left), but the rest of the garden remains dry.

Grey drops could revive parched gardens in Old Sana'a

Published on 13 July 2009 by Alice Hackman in Health & Environment

Grey water is usually water from washing in the kitchen or bathroom. Like the more polluted wastewater, it is today an important alternative source of irrigation water when groundwater in running out.

Have you had an egg today? 7 health benefits of egg

Published on 27 September 2010 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment

Consuming three or four eggs a week is good for health. Since eggs are available all year round, it is really easy to incorporate eggs in your diet. Eggs can be a delicious meal on their own. They are also essential ingredients in a number of recipes.

20 tips to wake up fresh in the morning

Published on 12 April 2010 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment

For many of us, getting out of bed every morning as soon as the alarm goes off is almost impossible. We sit till late night surfing the net or watch a movie on television. Or we chew qat and discuss world affairs till the wee hours of the morning and go to bed reluctantly. We eventually get out of bed, only to feel rushed and frantic because we are late for the office.

“Our climbing activities have two aims here in Yemen. The first is to teach Yemenis how to climb, so eventually they’ll be able to buy their own gear and come climbing themselves. Maybe one day they’ll set up a club.”

This article has photo galleryClimbing enthusiast uses sport to promote environmental awareness

Published on 12 April 2010 by Oliver Holmes in Health & Environment

“Our climbing activities have two aims here in Yemen. The first is to teach Yemenis how to climb, so eventually they’ll be able to buy their own gear and come climbing themselves. Maybe one day they’ll set up a club,” said Maricich.

When the skin is sucked into the cup it creates negative pressure, which is used to drain excess fluids and toxins, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue.

Cupping therapy (hijama), a flourishing alternative medicine

Published on 27 April 2009 by Ali Saeed in Health & Environment

Today, cupping is mainly recommended for the treatment of pain, gastro-intestinal disorders, lung diseases especially chronic cough and asthma, and paralysis, though it can be used for other disorders as well. The areas of the body that are fleshy are preferred sites for cupping.

Managing and coping with high blood pressure

Published on 22 February 2010 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment

Persistent hypertension is one of the risk factors for stroke, heart attack, heart failure and arterial aneurysm, and is a leading cause of chronic renal failure.High blood pressure, the silent killer

What triggers headaches

Published on 10 February 2011 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment

There are several areas in the head that can hurt when you have a headache. Headaches can originate from a network of nerves that extends over the scalp, face, mouth, and throat. Headaches can also be from muscles of the head, blood vessels found along the surface and at the base of the brain.

Most Yemenis cannot differentiate between a good or bad cooking pot. Well-made pots are strong, bright and made by a recognizable company.

Bad and cheap cooking pots threaten Yemenis’ health

Published on 10 February 2011 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Health & Environment

Many Yemeni factories fail to adhere to quality standards when manufacturing cooking pots, which can in turn can cause cancer and other diseases according to Riyadh Al-Harazi, head of the Environmental Health Administration in the Al-Safia district of Sana’a.

From hydrogenated fat to high fructose corn syrup, what’s the worse food you can eat?

Published on 6 April 2009 by Anna May Kinney in Health & Environment

Never did I think anything could equal the damage that hydrogenated fat does to the human body, but one of the foods that I’ve found that is even WORSE is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).

Why women are more susceptible to anemia

Published on 19 April 2010 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment

Women with heavy periods are at risk for iron deficiency anemia because they lose excessive blood, month after month, during their periods.

Yemen’s national animal, the Arabian leopard, is endangered with extinc- tion. This beautiful animal also is found in Melhan.

Refuge in Al-Mahwit to protect Yemen’s wildlife

Published on 24 February 2011 by Ali Saeed in Health & Environment

The General Authority for Environmental Protection in Al-Mahwit has pronounced Melhan district as a wildlife refuge after conducting four surveys of the district to learn more about the geographic and environmental features of the area.

Preachers to help remove stigma against HIV and AIDS

Published on 17 February 2011 by Malak Shaher in Health & Environment

In a conservative country like Yemen, there is a stigma surrounding those with HIV or AIDS that they were infected by having sex with a prostitute. However, a large percentage of Yemen’s population does not know that there are other ways of being infected with the HIV virus.

10 sure ways to beat fatigue and regain energy

Published on 17 February 2011 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment

Many people accept their tiredness as part and parcel of their daily lives. However, it needn’t be the standard way of life. Yes, we are more over-worked and stressed than ever but the following 10 lifestyle changes can make all the difference.

Volunteers from the Association for Children with Special Needs in Lahj are taught a set of interactive exercises on reproductive health.

This article has photo gallerySexual and reproductive health education in Lahj

Published on 13 December 2010 by Tom Finn in Health & Environment

The campaign uses an interactive approach, rather than simply dictating or pointing to diagrams. The organizers intend to engage the children and encourage discussion.

An Eritrean girl protests against FGM. FGM has been banned in Eritrea and other African countries.

Male adolescents prefer marrying circumcised girls?

Published on 9 November 2009 by Huda Ashwini Mubarak in Health & Environment

Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves procedures that intentionally alter or injure female genital organs for non-medical reasons. An estimated 100 to 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM. In Africa, about three million girls are at risk for FGM annually.

The different types of FGM and how they differ to the normal female anato- my. Type I, clitoridectomy, Type II, excision, Type III, infibulation.

A national plan to accelerate FGM eradication in Yemen

Published on 17 November 2008 by Salma Ismail in Health & Environment

It is perhaps the single most social, brutal procedure surviving the 21st century that can be inflicted on a female. Internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), or ‘khitan’ as it is known in Arabic, includes procedures that intentionally alter or damage female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

Delicious watermelon on a hot sunny day, but at what cost? The environment and health administration at the Ministry of Public Works is responsible for ensuring that any provision of food items is according to international stan- dards, yet with its shortage in resources, it is virtually impossible to trace street vendors selling foodstuff.

Hygiene in public food places

Published on 13 April 2009 by Ali Saeed in Health & Environment

Food establishments that must be inspected according to law are restaurants, cafeterias, bakeries, food importing corporations, food production labs in factories, slaughter houses, fish shops, and tourist hotels. All of these places must apply the health and safety rules to provide customers with healthy and useful products.

To prevent vitamine D deficiency which can cause osteoporosis people in Yemen should take vitamine D supplement, or sit in the sun for around 20 minutes a day.

This article has photo gallerySun and sport to prevent brittle bones

Published on 28 September 2009 by Alice Hackman in Health & Environment

Although the old-age bone disease of osteoporosis usually affects people above the age of 50, doctors in Yemen have diagnosed cases in patients as young as 40. Part of prevention is more sun and more sport, say doctors.

Among Yemen’s top two most valued food assets, alongside with coffee, the production of grapes is under threat from climate change and urbanization. (Photo by Amira Al-Sharif)

Health benefits of grapes, grape seed and grape oil

Published on 29 December 2008 by Salma Ismail in Health & Environment

Grapes have a long and abundant history. While they’ ve grown wild since prehistoric times, evidence suggests they were cultivated in Asia as early as 5000 BC. The grape also played a role in numerous religious stories, being referred to as the “fruit of the vine.” Grapes were also pictured in hieroglyphics in ancient Egyptian burial tombs.

People often slip and can be seriously wounded because the steep and slippery mountain.

This article has photo galleryClimbing for precious water

Published on 5 October 2009 by Ali Saeed in Health & Environment

The trip to the spring is dangerous, as the way is muddy and stony, making pedestrians slip. Injuries from falls, and even deaths have been reported from this and other nearby mountains when unlucky water carriers lose their balance in the rough peaks.

Leopard cubs at the zoo are separated from their mothers at birth and suckled by dogs. This is because in captivity stressed mother leopards sometimes eat their offspring. (Photo by Dr. Jane Edmonds)

Great cat of Yemen on the verge of extinction

Published on 14 June 2010 by Alice Hackman in Health & Environment

Aeons ago, when Arabia was connected to Africa, wild animals roamed the mountains of Yemen. According to the Greek writer Agatharhides of Cnidus who lived in the second century BC, the northwest of the country once abounded with lions, wolves and leopards. But now Arabian lions are believed to be extinct. Only a few of the great cats survive, and their existence is threatened with human settlement and the depletion of their natural prey.

Warning signs of heart attack that you should take seriously

Published on 23 November 2009 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment

Heart attacks and cardiac deaths are so common that they almost seem natural and inevitable. Cardiovascular disease is responsible for about one of every three deaths. A healthy lifestyle can help you control risk factors leading to heart attack and prevent it.

Some food labels list high fructose corn syrup in their ingredients. Other do not.

Guess what’s lurking in your food: the goods and bads of high fructose corn syrup

Published on 23 February 2009 by Salma Ismail in Health & Environment

High fructose corn syrup, also called isoglucose, is a thick liquid that lurks in all sorts of items at your local grocery store’s shelves and many fast food menus. You can find it in yoghurts, ketchup, cereals, pancake syrup, icecream, soft drinks, cookies, canned soup and fruit juices, among many other items.

Wonder why dozing off after sumptuous meal?

Published on 17 March 2005 by Khaled Al-Nsour in Health & Environment

Have you ever felt like needing a nap after having a heavy meal? And do you know why you feel cold too?

How do you know if you are obese -- the slim guide to obesity

Published on 9 June 2005 by Khaled Al-Nsour in Health & Environment

Obesity is more than just being a few pounds overweight. Those who are obese have a much greater strain on their heart and other organs than other people. Obesity is a chronic condition that develops as a result of an interaction between a person's genetic makeup and their environment.

Things you should know about nicotine

Published on 25 August 2005 by Khaled Al-Nsour in Health & Environment

Nicotine is a naturally occurring liquid alkaloid. An alkaloid is an organic compound made out of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and sometimes oxygen. These chemicals have potent effects on the human body.

Children are the victims of infectious diseases made worse by low winter temperatures. The majority of people in Melhan live below the poverty line and cannot afford needed medications.

Infectious diseases spreading in Mahwit

Published on 2 January 2012 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Health & Environment

Locals in Melhan, a district in Mahwit Governorate in northwest Yemen, have been complaining about the breakout of new and strange diseases this year.

Polio can cause irreversible paralysis in a matter of hours and in some be fatal, says the WHO.

Yemen works to stay polio- free

Published on 21 November 2011 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Health & Environment

More than four million Yemeni children under the age of five were immunized as part of a new campaign to keep the country free of the virus.

Controllable risk factors for heart diseases

Published on 28 December 2011 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment

Heart diseases are the number one killer across the globe. It doesn’t discriminate anyone. It strikes males and females, young and old - basically all and any. When we say heart diseases, we mean multiple conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. Heart disease includes coronary artery disease, pulmonary heart disease, and hypertension.

Foods that will lower cancer risk

Published on 2 January 2012 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment

Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. — Hipocrates

Food prices went up significantly in 2011, with the cost of bread in Sana’a going up by 50 percent in just six months, says WFP.

$100m boost for Yemeni food aid

Published on 16 January 2012 by Garnet Roach in Health & Environment

The United Nations World Food Programme has allocated $213 million towards providing food aid for Yemenis in 2012.

Photo Essay

A model of a man preparing food during Imam Yahiya’s rule using kitchenware of the time.

This article has photo galleryThe lasting legacy of imam Yahiya

Published on 26 September 2013 by Yemen Times Staff in Photo Essay

Imamate rule ended on Sept. 26, 1962 when those fighting for a republic led a coup against Imam Mohammed, who had only been in power for one week following the death of his father, Ahmed.

A lot of journalists and actors meet in this place to smoke cigarette, drink Adeni tea and argue about politics and social issues.

This article has photo galleryRestaurants' street: A place where culture, intellect and tradition meet around a cup of Adani tea

Published on 6 May 2010 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Photo Essay

There is an old side street in the Tahreer square of Sana’a city which is full of cafés and small snack shops. Not everyone in Sana’a knows about this street, but once you have been there you will definitely return.

Members of RocknCity and Blast Boyz at Beit Bous, an old village overlooking Sana’a, where they were  lmed dancing for a new documentary about break- dancing in Yemen.

This article has photo galleryBreakin’ Bab Al-Yemen

Published on 27 January 2011 by Tom Finn in Photo Essay

Crowds gather quickly at Bab Al-Yemen, the bustling gateway to the picturesque Old City of Sana’a. So when a group of boys arrived with a sound system and began unrolling a large chequered mat on the ground in front of the gate, a huddle of intrigued onlookers was quick to follow.

Press Release

Adam Saleh with young fans in Coldwater, Michigan, Sept 2016

Youtube Sensation Adam Saleh unites fans for North American tour

Published on 8 March 2017 by Tamara Apmann in Press Release

At a time when the country is becoming more and more divided, Adam spreads an important message of hope and acceptance for groups and individuals who often feel marginalized because of their race or religion.

Internally displaced Yemeni sisters Dalal, four, and Radha, three, cling onto their toys at a makeshift camp near Sana’a, Yemen.  © UNHCR/Mohammed Hamoud

UNHCR gravely concerned by intensified hostilities in Al Mokha affecting Yemeni civilians

Published on 2 February 2017 by in Press Release

GENEVA - UNHCR is deeply concerned about the plight of thousands of Yemeni civilians fleeing or caught up in heavy confrontations between the warring parties in the Red Sea districts of Al Mokha and Dhubab in Taizz governorate.

UNFPA and partners addressing gender-based violence in Yemen are working to eliminate violence against women and girls. This year’s global theme is ‘peace in the home to peace in the world: Make education safe for all’. (Photo by Giacomo Pirozzi-UNICEF)

Three million women and girls at risk of violence in Yemen

Published on 25 November 2016 by in Press Release

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2016

Snapshot

A man relaxes his way down empty Sana’a streets.

A man relaxes his way down empty Sana’a streets

Published on 27 December 2011 by Malak Shaher in Snapshot

“Valedictorians in other countries are honored and given jobs, here they protest!” reads one of the posters held by a protester outside the Ministry of Finance. Another one reads “why??! Does the Ministry of Finance stand against giving jobs to valedictor

“Valedictorians in other countries are honored and given jobs, here they protest!”

Published on 18 November 2014 by Mohammad Al-Khayat in Snapshot

“Valedictorians in other countries are honored and given jobs, here they protest!” reads one of the posters held by a protester outside the Ministry of Finance. Another one reads “why??! Does the Ministry of Finance stand against giving jobs to valedictorians, despite them having completed the necessary procedures in relevant ministries?” On Sunday top graduates from across the country came to Sana’a, demanding to be offered teaching positions at universities like previous valedictorians.

A young girl checks out reading material at one of Sana’a’s small libraries.  Illiteracy remains a huge issue in Yemen with one of the highest rates in the region, according to UNICEF. About 60 percent of women are illiterate and 30 percent of men.

A young girl checks out reading material at one of Sana’a’s small libraries.

Published on 17 September 2013 by in Snapshot

A man outside of Bab Al-Yemen protects himself from the sun as he offers kudum, a nutrient-rich Yemen bread, to potential buyers.  Many families say they haven’t been able to keep up with the rising cost of food over the past few years, forcing many to ma

A man outside of Bab Al-Yemen protects himself from the sun as he offers kudum, a nutrient-rich Yemen bread, to potential buyers. Many fami

Published on 12 September 2013 by Mohamad Al-Hassani in Snapshot

Kudum for sale

Though didn't make it in Arab Idol, Ammar won hearts of the audience

Published on 26 February 2017 by in Snapshot

Children resort to working as street vendors because they cannot pay the pavement rent, 50,000 riyals per month.

This article has photo galleryChild laborers make ends meet

Published on 20 August 2012 by Samar Qaed in Snapshot

Over a year ago, Ahmed Al-Makha  boldly started his own business. His daily earnings  uctuate between YR 2000 and 3000.

This article has photo galleryYoung men tap their basic business skills to combat unemployment

Published on 1 November 2012 by Amal Al-Yarisi in Snapshot

A two year old boy plays with Jambiya or Yemeni dagger, acting up scenes of armed conflict after being influenced by the current uprising in Yemen.

The little boy with a dagger

Published on 11 October 2011 by Marwa Najmaldin in Snapshot

Eshraq, a female student, killed when a Saudi-led airstrike destroyed her school in Nihm district last week.

Innocent victims of war in Yemen

Published on 14 January 2017 by in Snapshot

Don't even think of it: “A’ar” It is a gesture made by slightly tapping outwards the back of one ear with the index finger. It is used to dare someone and warn them that if they go ahead and do it, the consequences won’t be good.

This article has photo galleryReading the body gestures of Yemenis

Published on 3 May 2010 by Hoor Abdulkarim Al-Saidi in Snapshot

Up to 1.8 million people die every year from diarrheal diseases including malaria, of whom 90 percent are children under five, mostly in developing countries, according to the World Health Organization, and 88 percent of these are attributed to unsafe water supply, inadequate sanitation and hygiene. In Yemen, to reduce waterborne health hazards such as gastrointestinal infections, rainwater, in particular, should be filtered prior to human consumption.

This article has photo galleryFrom clay to safe water

Published on 1 June 2009 by Alice Hackman in Snapshot

Children who have survived the aerial bombardments are caught between a rock and a hard place, famished and ready to die.

This article has photo galleryPro-Houthis artists paint a picture of war atrocities

Published on 31 December 2016 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Snapshot

International Migrants Day

Published on 25 December 2014 by in Snapshot

Hadda Bridge officially opened

Published on 20 November 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Snapshot

Calling former president Saleh for presidency

Published on 11 November 2014 by Brett Scott in Snapshot

Pro-Saleh demonstration

Published on 9 November 2014 by Brett Scott in Snapshot

Sana’a University students protest

Published on 4 November 2014 by Mohammed Al-Imad in Snapshot

Zakaria and his colorful motorbike

Published on 30 October 2014 by Brett Scott in Snapshot

Pro-government rally

Published on 7 September 2014 by Brett Scott in Snapshot

Diesel shortage hits the nation

Published on 24 April 2014 by Micah Reddy in Snapshot

Day of Dignity observed

Published on 20 March 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Snapshot

Modern meets traditional

Published on 20 February 2014 by Shohdi Al-Sofi in Snapshot

Tamarhindi business

Published on 6 February 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Snapshot

The plight of a Syrian mother

Published on 16 January 2014 by Veronika Adaskova in Snapshot

Water vendor

Published on 5 December 2013 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Snapshot

TEDxSanaa

Published on 14 November 2013 by TEDxSanaa in Snapshot

On Wednesday four Sana’a schools were recognized for their achievements in community service at the Cultural Center.  The Soul foundation sponsored the event.

Community service

Published on 31 October 2013 by Sina Al-Qubati in Snapshot

Live from the Basement

Published on 22 October 2013 by The Basement in Snapshot

The amusement park

Published on 10 October 2013 by Samar Qaed in Snapshot

“Express your suffering with a candle”

Published on 8 October 2013 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Snapshot

Yemenis say enough

Published on 7 April 2015 by Yemen Times in Snapshot

Friday of Dignity four years later

Published on 18 March 2015 by Nasser Al-Sakkaf in Snapshot

"The Last Chance"

Published on 3 October 2013 by Sara Al-Zawqari in Snapshot

Solidarity and confidence

Published on 1 October 2013 by Ali Abulohoom in Snapshot

Sana’a—Twelve participants prepare to compete in the 2013 Arab Boxing PRO Championship on Monday. Yemeni—English boxer Prince Naseem Hamed was the guest of honor at the event. Yemeni National Moncef El Hmoukhani, 56 kg., won the featherweight division of

Arab Boxing PRO Championship

Published on 10 September 2013 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Snapshot

Chewing qat

Published on 5 September 2013 by in Snapshot

Drowning in trash

Published on 19 March 2012 by Shawqi Al-Saqqaf in Snapshot

A Houthi demonstration in Sa’ada on Friday calling for an election boycott. The Houthis in the north and the secessionist Southern Movement have the same position on the election.

Houthis to boycott election

Published on 23 February 2012 by in Snapshot

Poultry for sale in Sana’a

Published on 22 August 2013 by Samar Qaed in Snapshot

A child in Nhim, 30 km north Sana’a playing with spent ordinances left by the shelling between the republican guards and local armed opposition erupted last May 2011.

A child in Nhim

Published on 5 March 2012 by Mohamed Al-Emad in Snapshot

“Bintul sahn,” a sweet Yemeni dish, baked on election day with the words, “Yes to the consensus president”.

Yes to the consensus president

Published on 27 February 2012 by Foad Al-Hrazae in Snapshot

Soufis celebrate the birth of prophet Mohammed in old Sana’a.

Celebrating Maulid Annabi

Published on 13 February 2012 by in Snapshot

    Children from Amran, a fishing village overlooking the Arabian Sea. Four children drowned in 2010 while working. Photo courtesy of Sule Caglar

Children from Amran

Published on 6 February 2012 by Sule Caglar in Snapshot

truck bubles

Something went wrong

Published on 30 January 2012 by Garnet Roach in Snapshot

Students at Sana’a University

Published on 11 December 2014 by Mohammed Al-Emad in Snapshot

Need fuel? Get in line

Published on 9 April 2015 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Snapshot

Essays

Catch them young: developing young Yemeni learners into proficient bilinguals

Published on 13 March 2017 by Dr. Ramakanta Sahu in Essays

There is an ardent need of an efficient link language, which can undeniably be English. The network of education in the fitness of things, produce young men and women who are proficient in at least two languages - Arabic and English so as not to be handicapped by the lack of knowledge of an appropriate medium of communication while working in these fields.

The caged bird

Published on 25 February 2017 by Dr. Shafiqa Anwar Fakir in Essays

There was an obvious uneasiness in her manner that her mother and sisters noticed, but which escaped her father. He sat swallowing the fish with an exceptional appetite. And, Zeinab kept struggling with the feeling of blurting out the words that surged within her—no matter what I would not marry my cousin.

Layman's guide to the art of public speaking

Published on 23 February 2017 by Dr. Ramakanta Sahu in Essays

The principles of public speaking are very similar to those of social interaction, such as conversation. If we are able to carry on conversation with a friend or a few others with ease and confidence, we can easily learn to speak before an audience because public speaking is no more than conversation with a relatively large group of listeners.

Arabic Words and the love-idiom of Hindi film lyrics

Published on 21 February 2017 by K. M. Tiwary in Essays

Language is the most readily available medium of expression which can give voice to love delicately and subtly, with fidelity and freshness. But then the language of love must bee as privy to the heart as is the emotion of love; it must be alive with the passionate vigor peculiar to love. Thus there must be a symbiosis between the heart and the language that peaks its private feelings.

(Photo: www.openequalfree.org)

Improving English language competencies of Yemeni learners

Published on 20 February 2017 by Dr. Ramakanta Sahu in Essays

In terms of the targeted learning outcome, the FL curriculum should ideally ensure that an average leaner, by the end of the period of his academic training, displays as his terminal behavior, an adequate command of 'what' to say, 'whom', 'when' and 'how' in the target language (TL).

An SMS from an exiled woman

Published on 25 February 2017 by Salwa Yehia Aleryani in Essays

She sat down looking around like a cat in a cage. After two or three minutes the young gentleman stood at the door and announced her name. He looked so proud to mention her name, as if her name would touch him with a blessing. She stood up and left the room. A waterfall of gossip rushed down from all directions.

Memories

Published on 19 March 2012 by Rame Sharaf in Essays

Ingredients of happiness from the Yemen I know

Published on 5 March 2012 by Manal Abdul Wahed Sharif / [email protected] in Essays

I am so grateful for having spent the years of my adolescence in a very simple place like Yemen, for I feel it was relatively balanced. I had just enough sheltered family love and satisfaction to bear the exposure to the “real life” I saw there.

First cars and buses in Arabian Pensinsula

Published on 5 March 2012 by Mubeen Esam / [email protected] in Essays

Have you ever asked yourself what it was like when cars were first introduced into Yemen – or what our means of transportation were before cars appeared?

The revolution’s success

Published on 23 February 2012 by Sultan Munassar in Essays

February 21 represents a day of victory for Yemen's people – a day that has a distinguished flavor, as it will be the result of the ongoing peaceful revolution that has prevailed all over the country.

A peaceful revolution until the end

Published on 14 February 2012 by Naji Gazali in Essays

This revolution has shown us the bright side of Yemenis in many ways. It has shown us that we are really peaceful people despite the fact that we ranked second after the US in the world for possessing firearms per citizen.

Exam phobia; Triple Fs and a lack of time

Published on 6 February 2012 by Taha Yaseen Abdu Ahmed in Essays

Youth Talk: Do you believe in the law of attraction?

Published on 30 January 2012 by Yemen Times Staff in Essays

Do you believe in the law of attraction, where you bring into your life whatever you think about? Have you ever thought something will happen and it does? Or remembered someone and then they call?

People-powered development

Published on 5 March 2012 by in Essays

International support is crucial to secure a stable future for Yemeni people, says Progressio, a UK-based charity organization.           

A talk with a candle

Published on 5 March 2012 by Khalid Mohammed Al-karimi in Essays

Candles boast of their ability to mitigate the gloomy hours of the night. The blaze of one candle suffices, allowing us to complete our assignments, compose paragraphs or even an essay. Indeed, we are indebted to all candles. Once the power is on, they are all extinguished. Yet the smart candle retorts “Soon I will be the sole recourse.’’ As a consequence, I had the following conversation with a candle:

3rd March 1924 – The day Ummah shook

Published on 5 March 2012 by Sharique Naeem in Essays

The first war of its kind the world had ever seen, was started by states based on the creed of capitalism. World War 1 was called the ‘Great Game’. A Game in which a plan was meticulously put forth to achieve what the imperial West had tried in vain for centuries to do, that is, to put an end to the Caliphate.

Different fingers of one hand

Published on 14 February 2012 by By: Hanan Mohammed / [email protected] in Essays

Every single organ in our body represents a great message: the heart stands for love, eyes for a clear vision, and hands – which have fingers of differing length and size – stand for beauty. Take a moment to mediate on the differences of the fingers of one hand. If we suppose that they are the same, they are useless, ugly. The reason for this difference is that it has wisdom behind it – but we don’t realize it. Viewed nicely, people in this life have different thoughts, ideas, concepts, beliefs and parties, but we still have the beauty of their differences. Unfortunately, these days each person looks at others as enemies, not because they are real enemies, but because they have different thoughts. What is happening these days in Yemen is the best example of this scenario. The picture that is drawn, of hatred, blood, and killing represents a horrible perspective for each Yemeni. Each person starts to hurt the other in one society. They forget that they are different fingers of one hand:  if we hurt one of the fingers, the whole hand will feel the pain.

Arabia Felix

Published on 13 February 2012 by Bilal Ahmed Homran in Essays

I am far from my motherland (Yemen) and I am worried: Worried for my loved ones, worried for the children of a failing united society, worried for the lady I met in Change Square weeping over her son's body, and sadly I am worried for the whole Yemeni nation as it discovers the reaction to its freedom from a long and cruel 33 year dictatorship rule under Saleh. 

February 21: a day of change

Published on 23 February 2012 by Naji Gazali in Essays

We Yemenis have seen a lot of bad days – but we are all Yemenis, and we are awaiting a day of change. This day will fortify our peaceful revolution and show the rest of the world that we are really a dignified and distinctive people when compared with other parts of the Arab world that have been liberated and tasted the joy of freedom.

London Somalia Conference – Hypocrisy of democracy?

Published on 5 March 2012 by Sharique Naeem in Essays

The London Somalia Conference held at Lancaster House, UK, on February 23, is another example of the hypocrisy of democracies. It shows how the torchbearers of democracy are eager to impose models based on their own vested interests in foreign lands. Two years ago, the same Lancaster House hosted the London Afghanistan Conference, in which the UK government proposed its plans for stability in Afghanistan, in order to minimize threats to the UK. However, to date Afghanistan is a country suffering due to occupation, where the native population is not only subjected to physical occupation but their beliefs are also ridiculed and insulted.

The Arab Spring

Published on 5 March 2012 by Awadh Mubarak in Essays

The revolutions of the “Arab Spring” inspire optimism in each individual who suffered the yoke and despotism of the region’s autocratic regimens. These revolutions mark the beginning of a new era for the Arab World.

Early Divorce

Published on 30 November -1 by Mohammed Mutahar in Essays


It’s easy to write on the issue of divorce but for a divorce to take place, for there to an end in a marriage complexities arise. For a divorce is not a simple matter. Many divorces tend to take place in the first year of marriage and there are several reasons for this.

A heart-rooted belief

Published on 14 February 2012 by Abdulghani Muthanna in Essays

For several decades the country is being ruled

Will you participate in the presidential election on February 21? Why?

Published on 13 February 2012 by in Essays

Hussain Fatehallah, 46
I am looking forward to voting on February 21 to choose a new president for Yemen.

Words for every dreamer

Published on 23 February 2012 by Fatima Salem Ballaswud in Essays

We all have dreams that keep us awake through the starry, extended nights. 

youth talk

What will be your first demand for something to be changed or fixed once Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi takes over in office?

Published on 27 February 2012 by in Essays

Do you think Ali Abdullah Saleh will stay in Yemen after presidential power is handed over to Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi? Why?

Published on 5 March 2012 by in Essays

Basam Al-Forari, 26, English teacher

According to my mind, he will not stay because he has committed lots of crimes. So he cannot live safely .He was granted immunity but it cannot protect him from victims’ families. They will look for him in order to take revenge.

Youth Talk

Published on 19 March 2012 by in Essays

The National Dialogue Conference will take place by the end of March, according to the GCC Initiative and its implementation mechanism. What topics would you most like to be discussed and highlighted during this conference?

In most other countries, including the developed ones, female children are brought up in such a way that they grow weak, meek, submissive and domesticated, based on the belief that biology is destiny. (Photo: Bushara answers teacher's questions at Al Mostaqbel School in Hays, Hodeidah governorate.  Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam)

Genderism in society, schools and colleges

Published on 18 February 2017 by Dr .M.N.K. Bose in Essays

In most other countries, including the developed ones, female children are brought up in such a way that they grow weak, meek, submissive and domesticated, based on the belief that biology is destiny. This belief is instilled in girls through socialization practices such as male chauvinism and institutional sexism in male-dominated institutions such as schools, colleges and work places.

Tawahi district in 1959 (Photo: www.alamree.com)

The different faces of Yemen – past and present

Published on 22 February 2017 by Samira Ali BinDaair in Essays

I saw images of aborted childhood in the fishing villages of Fukum, Bureika, Hodeida, which broke my heart and made me feel like a fool preaching armchair philosophy about going back to school within the backdrop of grinding poverty and the struggle for survival.

Meissen and Dresden classy and prim and proper porcelain teapot

This article has photo galleryL’affaire teapot

Published on 16 February 2017 by Amrita Satapathy in Essays

Apart from being the mundane apparatus for pouring tea into a cup, teapots ooze a sense of style and are extremely classy much like a Victorian dame. They can be used for haute décor, as collectorsʼ item, as a centerpiece, as childʼs play thing and anything else that your wild imagination can convert them into.


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