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Issue #1855


The National Southern Body for Liberation and Independence brings together 13 southern fractions.

New body seen as step toward unifying south

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

SANA’A, Jan. 27—Following its formation in Aden on Monday, prominent southerners have announced their support for the National Southern Body for Liberation and Independence. The body was created by 13 Southern Movement factions, including political parties, student organizations and unions, and aims to unify the many different factions within the pro-secession Southern Movement. 

Tribal leaders from Mubarak’s hometown in Shabwa’s Al-Nasab district negotiated for his release.

Bin Mubarak release unconditional, Houthis say

Published on 28 January 2015 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in News

SANA’A, Jan. 28—Tribal leaders and Houthis confirmed on Wednesday the release of Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak, the director of the president’s office, the previous day. Mubarak was apparently released without condition following negotiations with tribal leaders from Al-Nasab district in Shabwa governorate. 

Anti-Houthi protestors were met with violence after changing location in an attempt to avoid further arrests and beatings.

Student protests defy violent Houthi opposition

Published on 28 January 2015 by Bassam Al-Khameri in News

SANA’A, Jan. 28—Dozens of Sana’a University students staged anti-Houthi protests on Wednesday afternoon on Al-Siteen Street. The demonstrators were forced to change their location from Change Square in front of Sana’a University to avoid clashes with Houthis.

According to a Houthi source, the group is looking for a “substitute for the president” who is willing to implement Al-Houthi’s demands.

Houthi leader calls for national dialogue on Friday

Published on 28 January 2015 by Ali Aboluhom in News

SANA’A, Jan. 28—In a televised speech delivered on Tuesday night, Houthi leader Abdulmalik Al-Houthi called for a meeting to be convened on Friday to discuss the current government crisis. 

Around 650 officers in training walked out in protest of the Houthis’ presence at the academy. This photo, taken Tuesday, shows a Houthi member in traditional clothes manning security at the entrance.

Students walk out of Sana’a War Academy

Published on 28 January 2015 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in News

SANA’A, Jan. 27—Officers in training have not attended their courses at the War Academy in Sana’a since Tuesday, a day after Houthi personnel entered the compound and allegedly seized military equipment. 

The three parties released separate statements on Sunday declaring their refusal to join negotiations that began Friday, Jan. 23, following fighting between Houthis and government forces days earlier.

Islah, Nasserist and Socialist parties refuse to resume negotiations

Published on 28 January 2015 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in News

SANA’A, Jan. 27—As of Wednesday evening the Yemeni Socialist Party and the Islah and Nasserist parties continue to refuse talks over Yemen’s political future, saying they will only begin negotiations once three conditions are met: An end to the house arrests of members of government, the withdrawal of Houthi gunmen from the Presidential Palace, and non-interference in peaceful anti-Houthi protests.


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

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

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


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


Did a 13-year-old boy join Al-Qaeda?

Published on 29 January 2015 by Ahlam Mohsen in Report

Mohammed Al-Duaayman was the third person in his family killed in a drone strike. His father and brother were killed in 2011.

At this entrance to Sana’a’s Old City the Houthis have a clear presence, with their slogan widely visible. However, the men sitting at the entrance said they do not consider themselves Houthis. Rather, they are locals who are co-operating with the group f

Are popular committees all Houthi?

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

Popular committees existed in Yemen long before the Houthis’ rise to power. However, since the group took over Sana’a on Sept. 21, the term “popular committee” has been commonly used as an equivalent to “the Houthis” in areas under the group’s control. 

View Point

Goodbye Hadi, hello Houthis

Published on 29 January 2015 by Ahlam Mohsen in View Point

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