Despite a campaign being launched by Yemen’s armed forces, Al-Qaeda has remained successful in perpetrating acts of violence throughout the country. Yemen’s military lacks manpower and the modern equipment necessary to properly counter AQAP, and also has no long-term strategy to ensure that once regions are cleared of militants, they are not able to reestablish their strongholds elsewhere. Continue reading
The Nobel peace prize laureate and Yemeni activist, Tawakkol Karman has stated that the announcement by Sisi that he is resigning from the military government so he put himself forward as a presidential candidate is effectively an installation of a new Pharaoh in Egypt.
Turkey witnessed 9% growth in the number of tourists coming from Arab states last year, with over 3 million Arabs visiting the country for a number of reason. Tourists come to Turkey from around the Middle East for a variety of reasons, including shopping opportunities, hair transplants and to purchase homes. Continue reading
Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird recently congratulated Yemen on the success of its National Dialogue Conference. Baird considered the conference a historical achievement, paving the way for freedom, democracy, human rights and the Rule of Law in Yemen. The Foreign Minister also confirmed that Canada will continue to support Yemen during this period of political transition.
Members of youth and volunteer organizations in the Hadhramout region of Yemen held a silent vigil on Saturday to condemn the killing and assassination of members of their community. Unfortunately, the photos from the original article are no longer available.
Yemen’s House of Representatives met for the first session of the current period. The session comes in the wake of a deadly terrorist attack last week and continuing civilian casualties from US drone strikes in the country.
The Libyan National Solidarity Party has released a statement condemning the suicide bomber and gunmen who attacked Yemen’s defence ministry this morning. The party is calling for national unity, as well as support for the armed forces and the president in the wake of the attack. Yemen has faced major instability since the uprising of 2011, and extremist groups (many linked to Al-Qaeda) have mounted several attacks on Yemeni security forces since 2012.
The on-going Yemeni insurgency, it’s proximity to Somalia and Yemen’s role as gatekeeper to the Arabian Peninsular from the African continent sees a large number of contraband items smuggled into the country. A recent report by Yemeni authorities mentions attempts made to control the large number of firearms as well as recent efforts in clearing mine fields in the Abyan, Sa’dah, Ibb, Hadramaut, Amran and Dali’a provinces.
The reunification of Yemen in 1990 left a gap in the legal system in regards to legal marital age of girls. Opposed by clerics and Islamist parliamentarians, progressives and human rights organizations are attempting to push a new law into effect.