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Yemen, 8 months and counting

Yemen, 8 months and counting

Yemen’s popular uprising started on the wake of the Tunisian and Egyptian’s revolution, in a movement now know as the “Arab Spring”. Just as Egyptians were celebrated the ouster of their dictator, Husne Mubarak, following weeks of mass protests, Yemenis gathered in solidarity near the Egyptian Embassy, wanting to express their joy. The World watched […]

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President Saleh’s August Speech: Analysis

President Saleh’s August Speech: Analysis

About three weeks ago, President Saleh delivered a televised speech to the nation, in which he reassured his followers that he would indeed be coming back, his convalescence coming to a close. His rather lengthy address put to rest rumors that the Saudis and the Americans had managed to exert enough political pressure on the […]

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The Children of Yemen

The Children of Yemen

For the past 8 months, Yemen has been thrown into the midst of a popular uprising of such intensity that it has left its governmental institutions in tatters and its economy in ruins. Enthralled in a fight against alleged Islamic militants in the south and a tribal war in the north, Yemen has had to […]

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Nasser Maweri, Yemen and its Youth

Nasser Maweri, Yemen and its Youth

I recently interviewed Nasser Maweri, a Yemeni pro-Democracy activist with a serious understanding of Social Media. Be it Facebook or Twitter, Nasser has been from the get go a permanent fixture of the online Yemeni revolution. A fervent defender and promoter of peace, Nasser represents Yemen’s brightest and vibrant youth. And because he is willing […]

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Brigadier General, Yehia Saleh Opens up on Yemen

Brigadier General, Yehia Saleh Opens up on Yemen

Brigadier General Yehia Mohamed Abdullah Saleh, one of President’s Saleh nephews and head of the Central Security Forces recently told Reuters in an interview that although he was willing to engage into talks to get Yemen out of the current political stand-off, he was also ready to “break the necks” of whoever would try to […]

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War of Words in Yemen and Contradictions

War of Words in Yemen and Contradictions

A few days ago, the London based Saudi paper, Asharq al-Awsat, published that officials in Saudi Arabia are claiming that the US and the KSA have successfully convinced President Saleh to remain in Riyadh for good. The paper further wrote that under the pressure of both of his strongest allies, the US and the KSA, […]

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Child Soldiers in Yemen

Child Soldiers in Yemen

Since the beginning of the popular uprising, Yemen’s government has had to intensify its military recruitment campaign. With the recent waves of defections and the opening of several new fronts, the army is in great need of fresh blood. But most importantly, the government is trying to gather new loyalty under its banner in order […]

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President Saleh to Return to Yemen?

President Saleh to Return to Yemen?

Just as the Saudi officials announced that President Ali Abdullah Saleh was being discharged and moved to a private residence in Riyadh, the most senior Yemeni spokesman, al-Ganadi, declared that the President would be returning home before the end of Ramadan. Since Saleh failed to return to Sana’a on the anniversary of his appointment as […]

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The Voices of the Yemeni Revolution

The Voices of the Yemeni Revolution

The following is an interview that I conducted with an inspiring young female Yemeni activist. Despite being in Canada, Yusra A. has become a valuable asset of the Yemeni Revolution, inspiring her generation to follow in her foot steps and build a better Yemen. From her hometown of Halifax she has been relentlessly fighting for […]

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Arhab: The Northern Frontline of the Yemeni Revolution

Arhab: The Northern Frontline of the Yemeni Revolution

  Over the past few weeks, the Yemeni government has been pounding the village of Arhab, which is situated on the northern outskirts of the capital, Sana’a. As a result, thousands of villagers have had to flee the war zone and seek refuge in the neighboring mountains; hoping that they will be able to return […]

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How “Change Square” is Changing in Yemen

How “Change Square” is Changing in Yemen

  “Change Square” in Sana’a has become like Tahrir in Cairo, the epicenter of the Yemeni Revolution in the capital. For over 5 months now, Yemenis from all walks of lives have demonstrated day after day against a Regime they abhor, determined to bring about the fall of the House of Saleh. In recent weeks […]

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Competing Political Rallies in Yemen

Competing Political Rallies in Yemen

On Thursday evening, embattled and injured Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh made his first TV appearance since the attack on his compound only a few days ago. The speech, which essentially conveyed no specific message other than that he was still very much alive and kicking, ignited an array of feelings amongst his fellow countrymen. […]

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Rights Groups Warned of the Deaths of Many Civilians in Yemen

Rights Groups Warned of the Deaths of Many Civilians in Yemen

Human Rights Watch, which is a leading human rights group, announced that more than a dozen of civilians were killed in the south province of Abyan in Yemen, caught in the fight between alleged al-Qaeda militants and the military. Since a group called “Ansar al Shariah” invaded Zinjibar several weeks ago and advanced on other […]

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President Saleh’s Speech to the Nation

President Saleh’s Speech to the Nation

A month after the attack on his Presidential Palace, embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, addressed his nation in a televised appearance from his hospital room in Saudi Arabia. This is the transcript of his speech: “I would to convey my sincere thanks to all the Yemeni people inside and outside the country, men and […]

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General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar Opens up to CNN…What is He Really Saying?

General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar Opens up to CNN…What is He Really Saying?

On Tuesday, General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, dubbed the most powerful military man in Yemen, opened up to CNN in a lengthy interview. General Mohsen famously defected from the Regime in March 2011, breaking away from President Saleh after 30 years of loyal services. Now a supporter of the Revolution, Ali Mohsen remains however a senior […]

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About the Author

Catherine Shakdam
Catherine Shakdam

Although French by birth, my studies and my professional life led me to live for many years in the United Kingdom and in the Middle East.
Armed with a Master in Finance, a Bachelor degree in Psychology and 5 languages under my belt I managed to make my way through the maze of the Trading World of Wall Street, as an equity consultant. However, my interest for Politics and the Middle East gave me the necessary push to launch me as a "writer". Since then, I have voiced my opinions via my Blog and various publications such as the Middle East Post, the Guardian UK, and now Foreign Policy Association. I currently live in London.

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