Yemen

American Reset?

The next U.S. president will have to take on the Middle East. But do contenders know their Baghdad from their Basra? BY Roshanak Taghavi, Safa Joudeh, Ammar Abdullah, Suadad Al Salhy and Maher Abu Khater It is a truth universally acknowledged that when it comes to the Middle East, pragmatism trumps idealism for U.S. presidents.

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Prison Break

The city of Taiz in Yemen has turned into a veritable prison for its residents BY Nasser Al Sakkaf After Houthi rebels had ousted the government in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa last year, they set their sights on the provinces, confident of victory. But the rebels have faced stubborn resistance in many of these

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Yemen’s Socotra Island Bans Use of ‘Qat’

ADEN, Yemen, Nov. 22 – Authorities on Yemen’s Socotra island burnt two tonnes of the mild narcotic drug qat on Saturday, a shipment seized from smugglers trying to defy last week’s ban by the archipelago’s governor, local officials said. Yemenis have chewed qat for centuries and although widespread, its use is seen as a social

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Daesh Claims Attack on Yemen’s Army in Hadramawt

ADEN, Yemen, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Daesh claimed responsibility for an attack on the army in the eastern region of Hadramawt on Friday that a security source said killed at least 19 Yemeni soldiers and 35 militants. Earlier on Friday a different security source said Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was responsible for

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Yemen’s Exiled President Returns To Aden

ADEN, Nov. 17 – Yemen’s exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi returned to the southern port city of Aden on Tuesday to rally forces loyal to him in the country’s civil war and oversee a campaign to retake the city of Taiz, a presidency official said. Hadi’s loyalists made advances amid heavy fighting in the southwestern

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All The Kings’ Men

The Gulf’s ruling families send their sons to Yemen’s frontline By Leila Hatoum “It is always good [to have] true men by your side,” wrote Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed Al Maktoum on his Instagram page some five weeks ago under a photo from the battlefield in Yemen. The image shows the young leader, 26, standing next

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Yemen: Girls With Guns

Female university students join the resistance BY Nasser Al Sakkaf By most measures, Amal Al Wafi is like most college students. She wakes each morning at 7, boards the bus and studies hard to earn her administration degree at Taiz University, hoping it will earn her a position as a manager someday. But since renewed

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The Cost Of War

Health needs in conflict zones must be addressed BY Dr. Ala Alwan www.twitter.com/WHOEMRO Prior to the current conflict in Syria, immunization rates in the country were among the highest in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. More than 90 percent of Syrian children were vaccinated against diseases like measles and polio and there was no incident of

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Saudi Arabia: The Bold And The Dutiful

Saudi Arabia Shuffles its Geopolitical Card BY Leila Hatoum Over the past century, three countries have led the Middle East’s political hegemony: Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran. But never, has the Kingdom, since the days of King Faisal —who cut off Saudi oil from the West—  been as assertive and firm in its stand and

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Over 40,000 Displaced in Yemen Cyclone says U.N.

ADEN, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Aid flights rushed food and tents to the Yemeni island of Socotra, local officials said on Wednesday, after it was hit by a rare cyclone the United Nations said has displaced 40,000 people there and on the mainland. Cyclone Chapala killed three people when it made landfall on Monday on

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