Yemen

Continued Cronyism Is the Arab Spring's Worst Enemy

Fred McMahon | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Fred McMahon

The violence that spun out of the Arab Spring in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Syria grabbed the headlines but the real problem received little attention -- lack of opportunity. This lack of opportunity for the people of the Middle East is an issue the West largely ignored and partly caused.

Awash In Refugees, Whose Needs Come First?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

We are awash in refugees, today, especially with the disaster taking place in Syria. We have limited resources -- human and financial. We must priorit...

One Way to Create Peace in the Middle East

Karin Kloosterman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada Impact
Karin Kloosterman

I don't know anything about bulls, and bears, candlesticks or hanging men, but as a resident of the Middle East I can testify that green technologies make nations and communities proud to be part of them. Green technologies make places better. Solar projects change people too: they bring jobs, and sweep away pollution. They give security to people without energy security.

If People View Muslims As Intolerant, That's Our Fault

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada
Hina P. Ansari

The film the Innocence of Muslims has recently been thrust into the spotlight and has played the willing role of firestarter to what can be seen as a tinderbox which harbours the sensitive feelings of my Muslim brothers and sisters. You, my dear Muslim brothers and sisters, fell for it. You have played right into the hands of this hate-monger filmmaker and into the hands of his bigoted friends who view Muslims as "crazy," "intolerant," "violent" all in the same breath. And thanks to you we have handed them another high profile example. On a big fat shiny platter.

A Sham Referendum for a Sham Future

Qais Ghanem, MD | Posted 04.22.2012 | Canada
Qais Ghanem, MD

My own opinion is that Hadi's role will be a lot longer than a two year term, and that is exactly what Saudi Arabia, and possibly the United States, wants to see happen, because the conservative devil you know is better than the progressive devil you don't know.

Child Brides: The Cost of saying "I Do"

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.06.2012 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When a young girl is forced to marry, she loses nearly everything. She loses her childhood. She is forced into sexual intercourse, pregnancy, and childbirth before she is emotionally and physically ready. As much as child marriage leads to poverty, poverty leads back around to child marriage.

2012 Brings Gloom

Peter Worthington | Posted 03.01.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Wanna know how 2012 is likely to be? Judging from how 2011 ended, 2012 as it unfolds is going to be a year that doesn't look very encouraging to anyone who isn't a congenital optimist.

The Biggest Story of 2011 for Me? The Arab Spring

Martha Hall Findlay | Posted 02.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Martha Hall Findlay

We have seen such coordination in times of open war, responses to cross-border aggression, and need for territorial defence. But this was different. Neither Egypt nor Libya was attacking anyone else -- this time it was what they were doing to their own people that prompted international action.

Biggest Story of 2011 for Me? The Uncertainty of the "Arab Spring"

Sheryl Saperia | Posted 02.26.2012 | Canada Politics
Sheryl Saperia

While observers optimistically described these events as the "Arab Spring," my colleague Clifford May has aptly remarked, "I don't see any red robins yet." Indeed, my co-workers have labeled these events more neutrally as "the Great Arab Revolt."

Butt Out: U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Interferes With Protests

Qais Ghanem, MD | Posted 02.27.2012 | Canada Politics
Qais Ghanem, MD

For Yemenis, President Ali Abdullah Saleh's continued violence is not surprising. What is surprising Yemenis, indeed enraging them, is the blatant interference in their constitutional right to protest peacefully by the United States ambassador in Yemen, Gerald M. Feierstein.

One of These Brutal Dictators Is Not Like the Others

Qais Ghanem, MD | Posted 02.10.2012 | Canada
Qais Ghanem, MD

Why is the brutal dictator of Yemen different from any other? His supporters will tell you that it is because he is very cunning and scheming, for to an average Yemeni, and I am one, that description is considered to be a compliment. If you can get away with it, good for you. That would be their sentiment.

Major Players in Yemen's Resistance

Qais Ghanem, MD | Posted 01.02.2012 | Canada
Qais Ghanem, MD

Diplomats, like all humans, develop trust and even friendship, which can be used or abused to influence opinions and hence decisions in politics. It is to his credit that Dr. Al-Qirbi has been such an effective ambassador for Ali Abdulla Saleh. But it is equally to the misfortune and detriment of the Yemeni nation.

The Morality of Drone Attacks

Bessma Momani | Posted 12.11.2011 | Canada
Bessma Momani

Human beings are attempting to codify the set of ideal characteristics, virtues, moral commands, moral dispositions and even the capacity of judgment into a set of algorithms to then impart to a machine. However, for thousands of years, humanity has attempted to create good people, without much success.

Doubts Cast On Claims Al Qaeda's Undie-Bomb Maker Killed

AP | Posted 12.02.2011 | Canada

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Al-Qaida's top bomb maker in Yemen did not die in a drone strike on a convoy, a top Yemeni official said Sunday, a report that dash...

Yemen's Saleh Is Back! Now What?

Qais Ghanem, MD | Posted 11.28.2011 | Canada
Qais Ghanem, MD

Speculations about what will happen are rife. But, given the history of Yemen in the past 33 years, and all the facts, what would be the options for Saleh now?

Open Letter to Yemeni Foreign Minister Dr. Abu Bakr al-Qirbi

Qais Ghanem, MD | Posted 11.20.2011 | Canada
Qais Ghanem, MD

Believe me when I say that writing this has also been a painful decision, provoked by the sight of the two Yemeni doctors on TV, who might have been the two of us 30 years ago, clamoring for medical equipment and ambulances.

Good News From Libya -- at Last

Qais Ghanem, MD | Posted 10.22.2011 | Canada
Qais Ghanem, MD

The inner circle of Gaddafi is fraying and the news of Abdessalam Jalloud's defection must be heartening for the opposition. Although it is a significant psychological gain, one wonders why some of the big fish in the inner circles of defeated tyrants make their moves so late in the game.

Good News From Yemen -- at Last!

Qais Ghanem, MD | Posted 10.18.2011 | Canada
Qais Ghanem, MD

Will Yemen's national council achieve anything? I have no doubt that the group will be attacked by so many agents of the regime. There will be differences of opinion within the group about the direction and speed of action to be taken. In the milieu of tribal Yemen, which has never known democracy, anything is possible.