The humanitarian situation remains grave. Why doesn’t it receive
the attention given to similar situations elsewhere? With over 10 million people hungry, 13 million without
access to water and sanitation, 1 million children malnourished, and about 700,000
IDPs and refugees, there is no doubt that there is a need for urgent
Though intended to be
temporary in nature, Agamben argues that the ‘state of exception’ has become a
permanent fixture of democratic governance. This ‘war’, declared by the US and
its allies against a tactic, and therefore unbound by time or space, is
The Shari’a is largely irrelevant to most important issues of policy and
administration in the economy and in government. Its historical and symbolic
locus is on family and sexuality: patriarchal rights, segregation of the sexes,
enforced female modesty.
Women led many of the protests, and were vital in the
sustainability of the movement during the Yemeni revolution, but as
preparations for the national dialogue to be held under the transitional
unity government go ahead, many women fear that the rival political parties will only
unite around one matter: excluding women’s issues.
ثورة الشاب اليمنية شاركت العديد من النساء في الثورة فقادت المظاهرات،
وشاركن في القرارات، وكن بالفعل جزءا مهما في استدامة حركة التغيير، والان
نحن على مشارف التحضير للحوار الوطني في ظل حكومة وحدة وطنية انتقالية،
ويخشى العديد من النساء أن الأطراف المتنافسة السياسية ستتوحد حول شيء واحد
فقط :اقصاء قضايا المرأة.
By mid-2012, those demonstrators supporting a unified
democratic Yemen were out-manoeuvred by separatists who now dominate the southern
movement both in Aden and in Mukalla, the other main southern city. What are
Eleven months after the signature of the Gulf Cooperation
Council’s [GCC] initiative and the
formation of the new Government of National Unity and nine months after the
election of the interim President, where are we with Yemen's National Dialogue? Things are different this time - but are they any more likely to last?
This is not a debate about “blasphemy”, about freedom
of expression; this is a debate about a carefully orchestrated provocation,
hate crimes and murder. Is it too much to ask that Americans be a little less
“innocent” and that all the players who provoked these violent and
surreal events be held accountable?
The fall of autocratic regimes in the Arab world have led to the inevitable rise to power of Islamist groups who have had no real competition. These groups however are ill-equipped to tackle the economic, social and political problems that these countries face today.
How does al-Qaida see the tumult in the Arab world, the persistent conflict in other regions - and its own prospects? The movement commissions its longstanding management consultants to write a report, which is exclusively published on openDemocracy.
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