After a year and a half of being inactive or semi-active on social media, mainly due to a phase of reflection and depression, I began to tweet from time to time after the start of the war. While some of my views my had shifted a bit, the core remained the same. I continued to… Continue reading War Rant War Rant- Part 2: War Awakens Burried Prejudices
As war continues to ravage Yemen, mainstream media focuses mostly on the political leaders, and often neglects the majority of the people or the looming catastrophic humanitarian crisis. Information is provided about the war without a human context. Victims are introduced as numbers without souls. It is as if the people don't exist, as if… Continue reading Living is Resisting
Last week, my young cousin in the second grade ran inside after an explosion shook the windows. “I don’t mind when the house shakes, I just don’t want to die in it,” he said out of breath. “You won’t.” I reassured him. He then went back to play. I followed him outside to find a group… Continue reading It’s not a Sunni- Shi’a Conflict, dummy!
With the support of the international community, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi came to power in Yemen as the consensus candidate – when the opposition coalition and the former ruling party signed an agreement on political transition put forward by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). After months of turmoil, the agreement ended the 33-year rule of… Continue reading Time for Hadi to move beyond managing power struggles
A Yemeni activist and I were talking while walking in downtown Sana'a one hot morning. An old man kept turning back to look at us and eventually asked him with curiosity: "where are you from?" my colleague simply responded with a smile. "Ethiopia, Somalia?" asked the old man. Anyone who has navigated the streets of… Continue reading Yemen’s ‘Muwaladeen’: The struggle for equal citizenship-
"Airplane of the Sick" is what employees at Cairo Airport call the Yemenia plane that arrives from Yemen. Why? because on that plane, there are often a number of sick people arriving for medical treatment. Anyone who flew on Yemenia, from Yemen to either Cairo or Jordan will notice the high number of sick patients… Continue reading Yemen’s “Airplanes of the Sick”
First published in Aljazeera English In 2011, the colorful tents of Change Square flourished with hope and a dream of a dignified life. Three years later, like the tents, hope of regime change has disappeared for many independent revolutionaries. While many positive steps have been taken in the past three years, including the official removal… Continue reading Is Yemen’s Revolution Defeated?
Every day, Mohammed Afeef, a native of Aden, skipped out on lunch at school, and saved his daily allowance in order to go to Regal cinema - later named Shahinaz cinema- at the end of the week. Along with his friend, Mohammed took a bus to watch a film every week. "It was best to… Continue reading The birth and death of cinema in Aden
WASHINGTON: A U.N. Special Envoy arrived in Washington today to help a country on the brink of chaos. The delegation, composed of Special Adviser to Secretary-General on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, along with Yemeni experts and tribal leaders, will share their knowledge on dialogue and conflict resolution. “Given our ongoing support to Yemen, we believe it’s… Continue reading Yemeni Delegation Arrives in the U.S. to Train on Dialogue Process
Moving from tree to tree, an old man shows off his treasure. He is so engrossed in his task that, at times, he forgets who is around. His hand, tanned and wrinkled by years of working under the sun, cautiously extends toward a stem and carefully handpicks coffee cherries, while explaining the delicate and intricate… Continue reading Coffee, Yemen’s Golden Commodity