1575, Section: Opinion
Published on 12 December 2013 by Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed in Opinion
First of all, I wish to express my deepest condolences to the people of Yemen following the sad events of last Thursday. Our hearts are with families and friends of victims that were robbed of the most basic human right of all–the right to life. I have the whole U.N. family in Yemen with me joining in your grief of the lost lives and the wounded.
Published on 10 December 2013 by Manuel Almeida / Aawsat.net / First Published Dec. 4 in Opinion
Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference (NDC) has gathered once more, this time for its final act—or, at least, that’s what Yemenis and the NDC’s international backers anxiously hope. Early on in this session, the NDC issued a statement calling for an immediate end to the sectarian clashes between Houthi rebels and Salafist militants in Dammaj, a town in the northwestern province of Sa’ada. It was a clear reminder of how pressingly an agreement on Yemen’s political future is needed.
Published on 10 December 2013 by Thomas L. Friedman / Nytimes.com / First Published Nov. 30 in Opinion
And so it turns out that there were actually two Arab awakenings.
Published on 5 December 2013 by Ibrahim Sharqieh / Brookings.edu / First Published on Dec. 2 in Opinion
Fed up with managing Israeli-Palestinian negotiations effectively on life support, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed his frustration by publicly warning the Israeli government of the consequences of failed negotiations. He cautioned, “If we do not find the way to find peace, there will be an increasing isolation of Israel, there will be an increasing campaign of delegitimization of Israel that has been taking place on an international basis.” What Secretary Kerry failed to mention, however, is that such isolation will also likely include the United States if Washington continues to align itself with the intransigent policies of a fanatical Israeli government.
Published on 5 December 2013 by Ramzy Baroud / Gulfnews.com / First Published on Dec. 3 in Opinion
Given the mistrust in the very process that is meant to lead the country towards reforms and democracy, it is no wonder the nation is once more on a knife’s edge
Published on 3 December 2013 by Khaled Mansour / English.ahram.org.eg / First Published Nov. 30 in Opinion
I spent a few months this year studying how the U.S. foreign policy machine has been responding to the avalanche of developments in the Middle East since December 2010 when the ostensibly stable region erupted into turmoil that brought its peoples to the streets in an upheaval that has not ended yet. Through written material, documents and interviews in Washington DC and New York, these articles are an attempt to piece together how U.S. foreign policy was formulated and why in this period.
Published on 27 November 2013 by Aljazeera.com Shashank Joshi in Opinion
Even before Western powers and Iran agreed on a historic nuclear deal in Geneva over the weekend, Saudi Arabia saw a troubled region. Since 2011, the Middle East has witnessed its most turbulent phase in 25 years.
Published on 27 November 2013 by Karen Sasahara in Opinion
Millions of young women throughout the world are married before they turn 18—many against their will and in violation of international laws and conventions.
Published on 27 November 2013 by Ecfr.eu Ibrahim Sharqieh in Opinion
The Yemeni popular uprising of 2011 ended with a negotiated settlement when on Nov. 23 President Ali Abdulla Saleh signed a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)-brokered deal in Riyadh.
Published on 30 November -1 by Walid Al-Saqaf in Opinion
The economy is suffering, illiteracy levels are among the highest in the world, most of high school and university graduates are struggling to find jobs, and most devastating of all, the security situation has worsened as assassinations, kidnappings, and other violent activities continue unabated. That is the state of Yemen today. But is it all that bad? Perhaps not. To characterize Yemen this way is unfair to a part of the community that is trying to reverse the country’s trajectory: the youth. My theory that the youngest generations of Yemenis are the country’s greatest asset and that they will help the country get back on its feet, relies heavily on the role of the Internet as a major catalyst for development.