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Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

  With the worst power and fuel crisis of its history, Yemen’s already shaken economy is being pushed towards the edge of a precipice. With the majority of its people living on less than $2 per day, Yemenis are struggling to make do. Over the past few weeks, food prices have skyrocketed, forcing families to […]

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Airstrikes in South Yemen

Airstrikes in South Yemen

A Yemeni General called on the international community to intervene in Yemen, saying that the entire region was about to slip into chaos. As al-Qaeda militants continue to hold on to their positions in Abyan, the government has decided to resume its airstrikes to block their advances. Problems in the south started just around the […]

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Saudi Arabia: The Fear of Change and the Yemeni Dilemma

Saudi Arabia: The Fear of Change and the Yemeni Dilemma

It all started with the death of an unknown and poor fruit seller in the streets of Tunisia. Little did the world realize that one man’s desperate act of retaliation against a regime that had robbed him from his future and dignity would set ablaze revolutionary sentiments of such intensity that they would bring about […]

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The Yemeni Revolution: the Opposition and Saleh to sign GCC Agreement

An envoy of officials from both the Yemeni government and the Opposition are said to be traveling to Riyadh on Wednesday in order to sign the agreement brokered by the GCC. Sultan al-Barakani who is the deputy secretary of the People’s Congress, the Presidential party, has said that the government had indeed “received an invitation […]

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Al-Maweri's Theory on Yemen

Muneer al-Maweri who is an exiled Yemeni political analyst and a bit of an expert when it comes to presidential maneuvering, has been warning against what he believes to be the president secret plan.  According to him, Saleh is following the same pattern he has for his entire political career: to rule by deception. While […]

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The Unlikely face of Yemen’s Opposition

The Unlikely face of Yemen’s Opposition

  On the heels of the Egyptian Revolution, Yemen’s uprising is gaining momentum with every passing day. And as the World Medias are turning their attention to this forgotten country of the Arabic Peninsula; one cannot escape the fact that the face of this pro-democracy movement is that of a woman. Given that Yemen is […]

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Yemen: Tipping Point

After a month of widespread national protests against the government and the increasing pressure on Yemen’s President to resign his position; the nation’s political crisis is fast approaching its tipping point. The opposition is demanding drastic economical and political reforms in order to palliate to the chronic corruption of the elite, the spreading poverty and […]

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Violence flares up in Yemen

As Yemen enters its fourth weeks of protests, the anti-government movement shows no sign of weakening. It continues to relentlessly ask for the immediate departure of the President. In recent days, as many more MPs presented their resignation and many Sheikhs decided to join the ranks of the protesters, the government has upped its game […]

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Yemen: a Country Rises

Yemen: a Country Rises

  In a surprising move, which neither the government nor the international community saw coming; the province of Ibb staged a massive rally in its regional capital. Thousands upon thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered in the town centre, voicing their anger. With growing unrest in the south of the country, armed clashes within the Oil […]

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Yemen's Transition of Power

  As waves of national protests continue to be staged in Yemen, the opposition is attempting to show a unified front. The different factions opposed to the President have realized that if Yemen is to survive this social and political crisis, a plan need to be put forward. Unlike Egypt and Tunisia, Yemen cannot count […]

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Yemen: Figures of the Opposition

With ongoing protests raging against the Yemeni government and no clear end in sight; many feel uncertain about the future. If most do not approve of the current regime, the idea that “better the devil you know, than the one you don’t” is deeply rooted within the minds. Ali Abdullah Saleh has been posing for […]

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Yemen: The President’s Eroding Power

After weeks of protests fueled by the success stories of Tunisia and Egypt, Yemen’s youth Movement is starting to get attention from the political class. If the President tolerated a somewhat open criticism of his rule and his legitimacy and did not attempt like in Libya to exert a sadistic crackdown on the opposition; he […]

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How Israel Views the Egyptian Revolution

 Over the past few weeks, if the World was glued to its TV screen following the events in Egypt unfold, none did it with more interest than the State of Israel. The entire nation’s media dedicated most of its air time and editorial space to Egypt’s uprising. But, rather than marveled at the Egyptian’s courage […]

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Yemen’s Revolution: Opposition is mounting

Yemen’s Revolution: Opposition is mounting

          As the Middle East is being swept off by a revolutionary wind, many analysts are drawing parallels between the Egyptian Revolution and the uprising in neighboring countries. However, recent events in Libya prove that if indeed a need for Freedom and self political determination unify the protesters across borders, each and every uprising […]

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Understanding Yemen Unrest

Understanding Yemen Unrest

  The recent social unrest in Yemen has brought this rather unknown south Arabian country in the mainstream media. However, even though the news coverage has increased, little is really known of the country itself and its political/social landscape. Many often associate Yemen with Al Qaeda, as it is believed to be one of its […]

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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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