1568, Section: Interview
Published on 5 December 2013 by Samar Qaed in Interview
The Tehama Movement—an organization based in Hodeida that emerged in March 2012—claims it has been regionally marginalized and that members have faced illegal land appropriation by highland sheikhs. They advocate for improved regional representation and economic reparations from the state. Their grievances, they say, have been put on the back burner.
Published on 26 November 2013 by Mohammed Al-Hassani in Interview
As the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) drags on, political parties are intensifying criticisms of the international community’s role in the nation’s reconciliatory talks, which are slated to lead to a new constitution and national elections. The role of U.N. Special Envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar has been the most contentious for some political parties. The General People’s Congress (GPC), Yemen’s former ruling party, which has been accused of having its own agenda of destabilizing the nation, has been particularly critical of Benomar, accusing the U.N. representative of meddling in Yemen’s affairs.
Published on 21 November 2013 by Mohammed Al-Hassani in Interview
Dammaj, asmall town in Sa’ada governorate has been engulfed in fierce fighting between two groups for over a month now, leading to dozens of casualties and limited access for humanitarian groups to enter the area.
Published on 19 November 2013 by Anthony Biswell in Interview
In exclusive interviews with the Yemen Times, two attorneys involved in the June 2011 Presidential Palace bombing court case discuss the judiciary’s proceedings for the five men still being detained in connection to the bombing and the politically charged claims surrounding the case. An article regarding the case ran in the previous issue of the Yemen Times. The following are excerpts from two separate interviews with the lawyers.
Published on 5 November 2013 by Rammah Al-Jubari in Interview
As the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) winds down, participants are getting more vocal about the end of Yemen’s transitional period which, according to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative, is meant to culminate in national elections in early 2014.
Published on 29 October 2013 by Mohammed Al-Hassani in Interview
The National Dialogue Conference (NDC) has resumed its concluding plenary sessions, which first began on Oct. 8. While many are praising the conference’s progress, the Southern Issue, Sa'ada Issue and State Building Working Groups—the committees tasked with dealing with the most decisive issues being discussed at the conferences—have not yet submitted their final reports. The continued boycott of the concluding sessions by Southern Movement and Ansar Allah (Houthi) members has left many concerned.
The conference has now more than a month past its intial six-month deadline. Will the conference’s 565 members be able to deliver on the promises made to the country? If agreements are made, will they be lasting? Hassn Al-Humran, Ansar Allah's external and diplomatic relations officer, speaks with the Yemen Times oh how his group is affecting the conference in its expected final days.
Published on 24 October 2013 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Interview
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Published on 30 November -1 by Mohammed Al-Hassani in Interview
The end of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) is almost here. Many representatives say they are close to announcing the shape of the state. However, the reconciliatory talks have been plagued by divisive indecision the entire conference. Media reports have leaked information about potential divisions of regions for a federal state. Although the following regions have not been endorsed by NDC representatives, they may serve as a basis for region division: Eastern Yemen region which would include the areas of Al-Mahra, Hadramout, Socotra Archipelago and Shabwa; the Al-Janad Region, which would include Taiz, Ibb, Al-Dale’ and Lahj; and Saba Region which would include Marib, Al-Jawf and Al-Baida’a. Other governorates have not been publically included in the divisions yet.
Published on 19 September 2013 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Interview
Every day, Yemenis stand in front of Sana’a’s newspaper kiosks hesitating about which piece of reading material to select. There are dozens of options, some in English, some politically affiliated and some government owned. The choices can be overwhelming. Yemenis say there is also such indecision when it comes to news websites and TV channels.
Published on 10 September 2013 by Mohammed Al-Hasani in Interview
The National Youth Conference, the first of its kind since Yemen’s popular uprising in 2011 led to the ousting of former President Ali Abdulla Saleh, was held almost two weeks ago.