Yemen Times http://www.yementimes.com Newscoop - The open content management system for professional journalists. en Copyright 2014, Yemen Times Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:03:43 +0100 60 Newscoop http://www.yementimes.com/templates/images/logo-rss.gif Yemen Times http://www.yementimes.com 147 49 Gender issues in the new Yemen http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/opinion/3760 <img src="http://yementimes.com/images/thumbnails/cms-thumb-000003630.jpg" border="0" align="left" hspace="5" /> When it comes to women and gender in Yemen, I see the discussions inevitably alternating between what is happening in politics and then back again to the same old arguments about women’s rights. I think the problem is that we always look at women’s issues from a very narrow lens even though we profess to uphold women’s rights, whatever those are and by whoever’s definition. After working for the past 20 years in development programs that have spanned different agendas and a variety of target groups and where gender analysis always featured largely, I can safely say that this whole concept of gender mainstreaming was introduced to Yemen without being communicated through more culturally sensitive strategies. The result has been considerable confusion. Because it was introduced by Western agencies, it was sometimes greatly misunderstood, implemented poorly and misused by people with vested interests, just as some men with vested interests have misinterpreted the role of women in Islam. <br clear="all"> Opinion Sourcefabric Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:31:32 +0100 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/opinion/3760 UNDP country director to the Yemen Times: "While the reforms are important.. people can't wait for them to finish before services improve." http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/intreview/3759 <img src="http://yementimes.com/images/thumbnails/cms-thumb-000003628.jpg" border="0" align="left" hspace="5" /> Mikiko Tanaka was excited about coming to Yemen well before she was appointed as the United Nations Development Program’s country director, and it was not just because of the Arab Spring—the event that drew the attention of the entire world. Before starting her assignment in Yemen in December 2013, Tanaka had been working for the UNDP in Timor-Leste, where she says there are many people of Yemeni descent. Mari Al-Katiri, who was the first prime minister after independence in Timor-Leste, has Yemeni roots. <br clear="all"> Interview Sourcefabric Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:20:15 +0100 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/intreview/3759 Climate change and drought in the Middle East http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/opinion/3758 Reports about climate change were published after a series of meetings in preparation for a climate summit to be held in New York on Sept. 23, 2014. In the first report published in September 2013, wide coverage was given to the role of humans in climate change. <br clear="all"> Opinion Sourcefabric Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:13:19 +0100 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/opinion/3758 Resolving the Gulf crisis http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/opinion/3757 In March, in an unprecedented move, three Arab Gulf states (Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain) withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar. This move reflected a break with the Gulf monarchies' tradition of behind-the-scenes conflict management. <br clear="all"> Opinion Sourcefabric Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:10:51 +0100 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/opinion/3757 Human development coaches—a burgeoning trade http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/report/3756 <img src="http://yementimes.com/images/thumbnails/cms-thumb-000003627.jpg" border="0" align="left" hspace="5" /> Walking around the streets of Sana'a, one is likely to come across posters on walls advertising human development coaches, many of them self-styled. <br clear="all"> Report Sourcefabric Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:09:14 +0100 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/report/3756 When even dying is too expensive http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/report/3755 <img src="http://yementimes.com/images/thumbnails/cms-thumb-000003625.jpg" border="0" align="left" hspace="5" /> Poor say prices of burial are unaffordable—grave-diggers accused of over-charging <br clear="all"> Report Sourcefabric Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:59:21 +0100 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/report/3755 Once off limits, children increasingly used as bargaining chips in disputes http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/report/3754 <img src="http://yementimes.com/images/thumbnails/cms-thumb-000003624.jpg" border="0" align="left" hspace="5" /> Tribal arbitrations have been around longer than the state of Yemen, and are a well-tested means of resolving difficult disputes between parties. But a worrying new trend is emerging and has already threatened to end at least one arbitration of a 13-year dispute. <br clear="all"> Report Sourcefabric Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:57:34 +0100 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/report/3754 Taiz’s Freedom Street remains closed http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/news/3753 <img src="http://yementimes.com/images/thumbnails/cms-thumb-000003623.jpg" border="0" align="left" hspace="5" /> SANA’A, April 21—Despite an agreement on Saturday between youth representatives of the 2011 uprising and the Interior Ministry, Freedom Street in Taiz remains closed—continuing to impact traffic and business in the area. <br clear="all"> News Sourcefabric Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:51:39 +0100 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/news/3753 Armed men kill security officer in Sana’a http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/news/3752 SANA’A, April 21—Unknown gunmen on a motorbike shot two security officers in Sana’a on Monday, killing one, according to colonel Mohamed Hizam, deputy director of public relations at the Ministry of Interior. <br clear="all"> News Sourcefabric Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:49:40 +0100 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/news/3752 Air raid in Al-Beida kills 14 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/news/3751 <img src="http://yementimes.com/images/thumbnails/cms-thumb-000003622.jpg" border="0" align="left" hspace="5" /> SANA’A, April 20—Fourteen people, including four civilians, were killed Saturday morning in an air raid on Al-Soma’ah district of Al-Beida governorate in central Yemen, according to the Ministry of Interior website and a local source. <br clear="all"> News Sourcefabric Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:46:02 +0100 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/news/3751 Uzbek doctor freed, kidnappers still at large http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/news/3750 SANA'A, April 21―An Uzbek doctor kidnapped from Marib city was released Sunday after a week in captivity in Marib governorate. <br clear="all"> News Sourcefabric Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:43:28 +0100 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/news/3750 Dozens reported dead in two days of air strikes http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/news/3749 <img src="http://yementimes.com/images/thumbnails/cms-thumb-000003621.jpg" border="0" align="left" hspace="5" /> SANA’A, April 21—Dozens were killed in a series of air raids on Sunday and Monday in Abyan, Shabwa and Marib governorates, according to the Ministry of Defense. <br clear="all"> News Sourcefabric Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:36:44 +0100 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/news/3749 Hodeida farmers protest diesel shortage http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/news/3747 <img src="http://yementimes.com/images/thumbnails/cms-thumb-000003619.jpg" border="0" align="left" hspace="5" /> SANA’A, April 21—Hundreds of farmers in Hodeida demonstrated outside the local council office in Al-Dhahi district, Hodeida on Sunday to protest diesel shortages. <br clear="all"> News Sourcefabric Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:35:47 +0100 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/news/3747 115 African migrants arrested while attempting to cross into Yemen http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/news/3748 <img src="http://yementimes.com/images/thumbnails/cms-thumb-000003620.jpg" border="0" align="left" hspace="5" /> SANA’A, April 20—Coastguard and military units on Saturday arrested 115 migrants and refugees traveling in two boats. The detained are from Somalia and Ethiopia. <br clear="all"> News Sourcefabric Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:34:31 +0100 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1774/news/3748 Working at the car wash http://www.yementimes.com/en/1773/photoessay/3746 <img src="http://yementimes.com/images/thumbnails/cms-thumb-000003612.jpg" border="0" align="left" hspace="5" /> The days are long at Al-Khaled car wash, where employees work 11-hour-days, seven days a week, starting at 8 a.m. Mohsen Al-Alawdi opened the Al-Khaled car wash 20 years ago. It has been his source of income ever since. Opposite Al-Dailami school, Al-Khaled car wash is located near Al-Misbahi roundabout. Car washes are often sites of visible inequality, where laborers who are unlikely to ever set aside enough money to purchase a car wash vehicles of Sana’a’s middle and upper-middle classes. An actual car wash establishment charges between YR2,000 and 3,000  ($10-$15) per car. Those who wash cars independently, often on the streets, earn much less. <br clear="all"> Photo Essay Sourcefabric Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:40:49 +0100 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1773/photoessay/3746 Foreign aid: development or ‘de-development’? http://www.yementimes.com/en/1773/opinion/3742 The idea of foreign aid is rather attractive—at least theoretically. However, when examined carefully, foreign aid in its very nature entails a process of injecting large sums of money into developing countries otherwise gripped by poverty, war, and conflict. While in theory, that money should improve people’s lives and alleviate poverty leading to sustainable growth and development, the stark reality is that foreign aid has often presented more challenges than opportunities. <br clear="all"> Opinion Sourcefabric Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:29:20 +0100 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1773/opinion/3742 Religious and cultural expression http://www.yementimes.com/en/1773/variety/3745 Article 19 radio show this week discussed the freedom of expression and respect for religious and cultural diversity. <br clear="all"> Variety Sourcefabric Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:26:11 +0100 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1773/variety/3745 The challenge of youth unemployment http://www.yementimes.com/en/1773/report/3744 <img src="http://yementimes.com/images/thumbnails/cms-thumb-000003611.jpg" border="0" align="left" hspace="5" /> Just off one of Sana’a’s main roads, a man in his twenties, Zakaria Al-Ghanmi, sits with a bent back on the sidewalk selling sweets and small food items. Like many of his contemporaries, he has a forlorn look about him and he prays that things do not get any worse. <br clear="all"> Report Sourcefabric Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:16:00 +0100 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1773/report/3744 Education matters http://www.yementimes.com/en/1773/viewpoint/3743 Most politicians and decision makers would not disagree with the fact that investing in education is vital to a country’s development. However, only a few ever act on this point. <br clear="all"> View Point Sourcefabric Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:37:10 +0100 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1773/viewpoint/3743 Bringing Muslims back to science http://www.yementimes.com/en/1773/opinion/3741 The most important rule in Islam is “judgment on anything is a branch of conceptualizing it.“ To determine whether a belief can be accepted by a Muslim or not, this is the first and most often repeated principle. However, when it comes to matters scientific, this indispensable rule for correct judgment is paradoxically the most disregarded one. <br clear="all"> Opinion Sourcefabric Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:18:38 +0100 http://www.yementimes.com/en/1773/opinion/3741