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Dr. Muhammad Abd al-Malik al-Mutawakil Assassinated


The violence in Yemen continues to spin out of control with killings every day.  Today we learn that Dr. Muhammad Abd al-Malik al-Mutawakil was assassinated on the streets of Sanaa.  As a major voice for tolerance and peace, the loss of Muhammad is a tragedy not only for his family, but for all of Yemen.  I have known Muhammad for more than three decades and had the privilege to attend his Ph.D. thesis defense in Cairo. This was not the first time an attempt was made on his life.  But he continued as a tireless defender of a peaceful future for Yemen despite the threats.  That this tragic event occurred on Shari‘ al-‘Adal, Justice Street, is a sad irony on the current plunge of Yemen into senseless violence.

Ya ahl al-Yaman, wayn al-qabyala…


أوباما يبحث مع هادي

الصحاف، 2014-10-18
أوباما يبحث مع هادي سبل تجاوز الاضطرابات في اليمن

 بحث الرئيس الأمريكي باراك أوباما مع نظيره اليمني عبد ربه منصور هادي، في اتصال هاتفي، يوم الجمعة، جهود الحكومة اليمنية لتجاوز الاضطرابات التي عصفت بالبلاد في الفترة الأخيرة مهددة عملية الانتقال السياسي.

وقال بيان صادر عن البيت الأبيض الأمريكي، إن “أوباما تحدث مع هادي مؤكداً له دعم الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية القوي لحكومته والشعب اليمني وهم في جهدهم لإنجاز تغيير حقيقي من خلال عمليتي التحول السياسي والإصلاح الاقتصادي للبلاد بما في ذلك كتابة مسودة للدستور الجديد وبدء جهد تسجيل الناخبين وإجراء الانتخابات”.

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Who Lost Yemen?


Obama calls it a “model” for fighting terror. So why didn’t anyone notice last month’s coup?

By CHARLES SCHMITZ,  Politico Magazine, October 15, 2014

Nobody saw it coming. On Sept. 20, Yemen’s Huthi movement executed a political coup so stealthy that the world hardly noticed, and so momentous that local commentators are dividing modern Yemeni history into before and after the Huthi assent to power. The Huthis, a Shiite-led rebel group with a power base in Yemen’s far north, have been waiting for this moment since the early 2000s, when their civil rights campaign was forced to take up arms in self-defense.

The Huthi coup is not only reshuffling the Yemen political deck, but also regional political calculations, particularly in the Arab Gulf, because the Huthi maintain good ties with Iran. And it poses problems for President Obama’s war against Yemen’s al Qaeda affiliate.

Over the last six months, Huthi militias extended their control over regions adjacent to the Huthi stronghold in Saada, 230 kilometers north of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. They wrested leadership of the powerful Hashid tribal confederation, destroyed military units allied with the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islah Party, and ousted their Salafi opponents from the Dammaj Valley, a few miles southeast of Saada. Finally, the Huthi descended upon Sanaa, destroyed the last remaining military units loyal to Gen. Ali Muhsin al-Ahmar, the once-powerful commander of the 1st Armored Division, and his allies in the Islah Party, and took control of the Yemeni government without much resistance – and surprisingly little international coverage.
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Hirak and the Houthis


Southern Yemen After the Fall of Sanaa

by Susanne Dahlgren | MERIP, October 7, 2014

The mysteries in the September events in Sanaa loom large. Who decided that security forces should not try to stop the Houthis from entering the Yemeni capital? Why didn’t Hashid tribes, closely tied to the political elites of Sanaa, stop them? These are questions that southerners are asking when trying to make sense of what happened on September 21 when Ansar Allah, the militia of the Houthi political group, stormed the largest city in the north.

What many believe is that the Houthis were used by former president ‘Ali ‘Abdallah Salih to dislodge Maj. Gen. ‘Ali Muhsin al-Ahmar, a long-time player in the Yemeni political elite and his former righthand man, and to weaken al-Ahmar’s political affiliate, the Islamist party known as Islah. For decades, the Sanhan tribe to which Salih and al-Ahmar belong has monopolized power in Sanaa, excluding not only the Houthis but also the biggest tribal confederation, the Bakil. These tensions have hindered state building in northern Yemen since the 1960s, but have very little to do with the south, where the hirak, a movement for autonomy from the capital, continues to build momentum.

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The one woman for Yemen’s future


امرأة واحدة بينهم .. اسماء مرشحي المؤتمر والاصلاح والحوثي والحراك والناصري لرئاسة الحكومة

2014-09-30T11:11:58.0000000+03:00 أخر تحديث للصفحة في

براقش نت – قالت صحيفة الشارع ان المؤتمر الشعبي العام قدم مرشحين لرئاسة
الحكومة هم شوقي أحمد هائل , وعبدالعزيز المخلافي و محمد لطف الارياني , فيما قدم حزب الاصلاح كل من أحمد بازرعة و عبدالله الصايدي ويحيى العرشي ونبيل الفقية .
وذكرت ان الحزب الاشتراكي اليمني قدم كل من أمة العليم السوسوة و محمد ابولحوم وفيصل سعيد فارع , فيما قدم التنظيم الوحدوي الشعبي الناصري ثلاثة مرشحين هم , عبدالرحمن الحمدي , والدكتور عبدالله دحان وعبدالحميد حاميم .
ونقلت الصحيفة عن مصادرها قولها ان الحراك المحسوب على الرئيس هادي قدم مرشحين هم فريد مجور و محمد علي الشدادي و ومحمد بن همام واحمد عوض بن مبارك , فيما قدمت جماعة الحوثي مرشحا واحدا هو الدكتور أيوب الحمادي , وان اتلجماعة كانت قدمت محافظ البنك محمد بن همام غير انه اعتذر , وان حسن زيد امين عام حزب الحق طرح أسم الدكتور محمد مطهر .

AIYS and YCSR Conference on National Dialogue

The Outcomes of the National Dialogu​e: The Risk of Failure and the Horizon of Implementation
by Dr. Salwa Dammaj , Resident Director of AIYS
The American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS) in Sana’a organized, in collaboration with the Yemeni Center for Studies and Research (YCSR), a seminar themed: The Outcomes of the National Dialogue: The Risk of Failure and the Horizon of Implementation. The function was held on September 2, 2014, in the headquarters of the Yemeni Center for Studies and Research (YCSR) in the capital Sana’a.
As Resident Director of the (AIYS), I gave an introduction in which I said: “Firstly, I would like to express thanks and gratitude to Yemen’s great poet and outstanding national and intellectual figure Dr Abdul-Aziz al-Magaleh, the chairman of the Yemeni Center for Studies and Research who always has been a genuine supporter of the (AIYS) activities; thanks also goes to the staff and management of the (YCSR). I would like also to convey to you the greetings of the president at AIYS, Prof. Daniel Martin Varisco.
I continued, saying that this seminar is being held amid a very critical crisis while the country has been experiencing serious complexities and acute variations among the different political forces and social constituencies. It is an alarming dilemma that embodies existential threats which have seriously destabilized Yemen and have grave impacts on Yemeni peoples. Likewise it highlights the pressing need to invoke immediately the National Dialogue’s outcomes.

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