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  • The Widows’ Plight in Yemen

    3 weeks ago

    The civil war in Yemen has been taking its murderous toll for over a year. It has affected virtually every household in some way or another; husbands have been killed, wives have become widows and children have become orphans. According to the United Nations, the death toll has...

  • Can a united community still work miracles? Ask the Yemenite Jews

    April 12, 2016 | 2:11 pm

    Passover is a time for family, for tradition, and for festive celebration. It’s also a time to fix a paradox.

    As we read the Haggadah, we reflect on our past travails and miraculous redemption as a Jewish people. But if we look only at the past we risk overlooking the incredible...

  • Women and armed conflict: A need for a united resolution not a UN resolution

    December 10, 2015 | 10:49 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    The turmoil engulfing the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) today is at one of its most vicious and aggressive phases. It would seem that everywhere you look around there is a state falling apart, a nation being divided, an...

  • End of the Houthis?

    October 21, 2015 | 9:32 am

    This artice first appeared on The Media Line.

    Thirteen months ago the Iranian-backed Houthi stormed into Sana’a taking control over large swathes of Yemen in the process. Attempts between the group and the incumbent President Abd Rabu Mansur Hadi to cooperate eventually collapsed...

  • At U.N., Yemen accuses Iran of pursuing its destruction

    September 29, 2015 | 4:52 pm

    Yemen's president accused Iran on Tuesday of pursuing the destruction of his country, where government forces and a Saudi Arabia-led coalition are fighting Tehran-backed rebels.

    Speaking at the United Nations, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi thanked Saudi King Salman for acting...

  • Rouhani says Iran ready to help bring democracy to Syria, Yemen

    September 28, 2015 | 2:52 pm

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Tehran was ready to help bring democracy to war-torn Syria and Yemen, and blamed the spread of terrorism in the Middle East on the United States.

    In a speech to the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York, Rouhani...

  • Fighting for good grades

    September 17, 2015 | 10:34 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    A recently leaked document written by the Houthi Supreme Revolutionary Council highlighted this phenomenon. According to the text, sent to The Media Line from a source within the Ministry of Education, exam boards have been...

  • Preparing to invade Sana’a, Hadi’s forces amass hundreds of armored vehicles

    September 2, 2015 | 9:45 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Dozens of families are fleeing Sana’a in response to a military buildup in preparation for the expected invasion of Yemen’s capital, a battle which could prove pivotal in the country’s ongoing civil war. Forces loyal to exiled...

  • Growing number of civilians being killed at Houthi security checkpoints

    June 29, 2015 | 10:36 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    A string of killings linked to Houthi fighters have been blamed on the group’s use of underage fighters to man security checkpoints. More than 100 deaths in Sana’a have been attributed as accidental killings – people killed by...

  • Fear and uncertainty in Yemen’s Mosques

    June 23, 2015 | 12:00 pm

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    SANA'A - One hour after each prayer session must be dedicated to condemning Saudi Arabia’s air campaign. Imams in all mosques will preach sermons advocating key principles, and will not deviate from the prescribed message.

  • Al-Qaeda deputy leader killed in U.S. bombing in Yemen

    June 16, 2015 | 10:51 am

    The deputy leader of al-Qaeda, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, has been killed in a U.S. bombing in Yemen, the group and the White House said on Tuesday, removing the director of a string of attacks against the West and a man once seen as a successor to leader Ayman al-Zawahri.

    A close...

  • Houthis detain US citizens in Yemen

    June 1, 2015 | 9:54 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    At least two Americans are being held by the Houthis, the Iranian-backed Shi’ite jihadist group that today controls most of Yemen. A source close to the Houthi group, which is known as “Ansar Allah”, told The Media Line that two...

  • ‘Wanted’ list spreads fear in Yemen among critics of the Houthis

    May 27, 2015 | 9:42 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    A “list of shame” has been published, on street corners and on public transportation throughout cities in Yemen. The roll call includes 54 names, all individuals who have criticized Yemen’s de facto rules, the Houthis or...

  • Houthis aunch assault on critical media in Yemen

    May 26, 2015 | 12:09 pm

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Sana’a, Yemen -- An atmosphere of intimidation is silencing Yemen’s journalists. At least 100 media outlets have closed out of fear that they will be targeted by Houthi fighters who are waging a campaign to mute criticism of the...

  • Houthis launch assault on critical media in Yemen

    May 20, 2015 | 4:52 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    An atmosphere of intimidation is silencing Yemen’s journalists. At least 100 media outlets have closed out of fear that they will be targeted by Houthi fighters who are waging a campaign to mute criticism of the Shi’ite Islamist...

  • Suicide bombers kill 126 in Yemen mosque attacks

    March 20, 2015 | 10:19 am

    Suicide bombers in the Yemeni capital Sanaa blew themselves up during Friday prayers at two mosques used by supporters of Shi'ite rebels, killing 126 people and wounding 260, medical sources said, in the country's deadliest militant attack in years.

    Islamic State, an al Qaeda...

  • How much does it cost to watch a suspected militant? Lots.

    February 24, 2015 | 1:03 pm

    In 2011, U.S. intelligence informed French authorities that a French citizen had slipped into Yemen, probably for terrorist training. In November, the French security services placed the man, Said Kouachi, under surveillance. They wiretapped his mobile phone, as well as that of his...

  • Yemen’s last Jews eye exodus after Islamist militia takeover

    February 15, 2015 | 10:56 am

    A few worried families are all that remain of Yemen's ancient Jewish community, and they too may soon flee after a Shi'ite Muslim militia seized power in the strife-torn country this month.

    Harassment by the Houthi movement – whose motto is "Death to America, death to Israel,...

  • I miss Yemen

    February 9, 2015 | 11:42 am

    I miss Yemen.

    That may come as a surprise since whenever the country makes headlines — as it has over the past few weeks — the overwhelming themes are war, violent radicalism, the impending doom of failed statehood and whatever other ominous sounding crisis (water shortages,...

  • Yemen suffers power vacuum after president, premier quit

    January 23, 2015 | 10:24 am

    Yemen drifted deeper into political limbo on Friday after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned in exasperation at a Houthi rebel takeover of the country, a move that appeared to catch the Iran-backed group off balance.

    Hadi, a former general, blamed the Houthis' control of...

  • New Saudi king seeks to reassure on succession and policy

    January 23, 2015 | 10:08 am

    Saudi Arabia's new King Salman pledged continuity in energy and foreign policies on Friday and moved quickly to appoint younger men as his heirs, settling the succession for years to come by naming a deputy crown prince from his dynasty's next generation.

    King Abdullah, who died...

  • Pressure from powerful Houthis proves too much for Yemen’s Hadi, president resigns

    January 22, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, held virtual prisoner at his home by political adversaries this week, resigned on Thursday, his two-year-old attempt to steer the fragile country to stability exhausted by opposition from Houthi rebels.

    His term as head of state of the...

  • Yemen leader expected to accept demands of Houthis who defeat his guards

    January 21, 2015 | 11:20 am

    Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi expressed readiness on Wednesday to concede to demands for constitutional change and power sharing with Houthi rebels, saying the Shi'ite Muslim group had a right to be appointed to posts in all state institutions.

    Gulf neighbors denounced...

  • Al Qaeda claims French attack, derides Paris rally

    January 14, 2015 | 9:42 am

    Al-Qaeda in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, saying it was ordered by the Islamist militant group's leadership for insulting the Prophet Mohammad, according to a video posted on YouTube.

    Gunmen killed a total of 17 people in...

  • Hostage taken north of Paris during manhunt for Charlie Hebdo killings

    January 9, 2015 | 1:57 am

    At least one hostage was seized in a town northeast of Paris on Friday during a huge manhunt for two brothers suspected of killing 12 people at a satirical weekly, according to a police source.

    Five helicopters were seen flying over an industrial zone outside the town of...

  • Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for Sanaa suicide bombings

    October 10, 2014 | 11:58 am

    Al-Qaeda's wing in Yemen on Friday claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on Yemen's powerful Shi'ite Houthi group that killed at least 47 people.

    On Thursday, a suicide bomber detonated a belt packed with explosives at a Houthi checkpoint in the center of the capital...

  • 17 Yemeni Jews secretly airlifted to Israel

    August 14, 2013 | 3:04 pm

    Seventeen Yemeni Jews were airlifted to Israel in a covert operation.

    Four of the Jews were flown directly from Yemen to Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday, Haaretz reported. The rest were taken clandestinely from Buenos Aires after being smuggled to the Argentinian capital...

  • Americans in Yemen fear kidnappings

    July 25, 2013 | 9:56 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Luke, an American photographer and editor for an English-language local newspaper, lives in one of the tall historic buildings in the city.  With increased kidnappings of Westerners in Yemen, he also lives in fear.

    The number...

  • New dangers accompany US passports as Egypt erupts

    July 10, 2013 | 9:58 am

    This story originally appeard on themedialine.org.

    When Brian Dennison was considering where to study Arabic abroad, the 23-year old’s choices were limited.  Yemen?  It has an Al-Qa’ida affiliate that feasts on foreigners.  Syria?  It is enmeshed in a civil war where dodging...

  • Is Obama George W. — or even Nixon? The secrecy factor

    May 14, 2013 | 10:05 am

    The Obama administration has in recent weeks suffered a 1-2-3 scandal outbreak:

    – The Benghazi tragedy-as-fiasco gained legs when internal emails emerged suggesting a massaged timeline of who knew what, when;

    – The IRS owned up to focusing on conservative groups in delaying...

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