Business for Peace Award

Issue #1774


The protesters have been occupying an important street in the city of Taiz since 2011‭ ‬until now‭.‬

Taiz’s Freedom Street remains closed

Published on 22 April 2014 by Najma Ali in News

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.

Armed men kill security officer in Sana’a

Published on 22 April 2014 by Yemen Times Staff in News

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.

The four civilian victims were construction workers‭, ‬according to Abdulla Abdu Rabu Al-Khashm‭, ‬a resident of Al-Soma'ah district and an acquaintance of the civilian victims‭. ‬They were traveling in a Toyota Hilux at the time of the strike‭, ‬accordin

Air raid in Al-Beida kills 14

Published on 22 April 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in News

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.

Uzbek doctor freed, kidnappers still at large

Published on 22 April 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in News

SANA'A, April 21―An Uzbek doctor kidnapped from Marib city was released Sunday after a week in captivity in Marib governorate.

Fifty-three people were reportedly killed on Sunday‭.‬

Dozens reported dead in two days of air strikes

Published on 22 April 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in News

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.

African migrants whose boat capsized in Yemeni waters before approaching the coast‭.‬

115 African migrants arrested while attempting to cross into Yemen

Published on 22 April 2014 by Nasser Al-Sakkaf in News

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.

Cars queue for fuel at a Sana'a gas station‭. ‬

Hodeida farmers protest diesel shortage

Published on 22 April 2014 by Madiha Al-Junaid in News

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.


BinDaair urges Yemenis not to take such a West-centric view of gender. “We in the Arab world tend to underestimate our rich cultural heritage and the expertise of old and skilled hands in various fields. People in the squares during the “Arab Spring” went

Gender issues in the new Yemen

Published on 22 April 2014 by Samira Ali BinDaair / / First published April 15 in Opinion

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.

Climate change and drought in the Middle East

Published on 22 April 2014 by Tuğba Evrim Maden / / First published April 18 in Opinion

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.

Resolving the Gulf crisis

Published on 22 April 2014 by Mansour A. Albogami / / First published April 16 in Opinion

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.


Tanaka says she is impressed with the business community in Taiz‭, ‬which is eager to help the country move forward‭.‬

UNDP country director to the Yemen Times: "While the reforms are important.. people can't wait for them to finish before services improve."

Published on 22 April 2014 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in Interview

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.


Human development training has taken off in Yemen‭, ‬where some coaches claim to earn as much as‭ $‬30‭ ‬or‭ $‬40‭ ‬per hour‭. ‬The spread of the profession and accrediting institutions has raised concerns and led some to call for the profession to be reg

Human development coaches—a burgeoning trade

Published on 22 April 2014 by Mohammed Al-Khayat in Report

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.

The increasing trend among Sana'a's well-to-do is to reserve burial plots‭. ‬Doing so is driving up prices‭, ‬according to the Ministry of Endowment‭. ‬Officially‭, ‬burial plots are free‭. ‬Yemenis only pay the grave-digger for his labor‭. ‬

When even dying is too expensive

Published on 22 April 2014 by Dares Al-Badani in Report

Poor say prices of burial are unaffordable—grave-diggers accused of over-charging

Once off limits, children increasingly used as bargaining chips in disputes

Published on 22 April 2014 by Esam Al-Qadasi in Report

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.