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Zaki Samy Elakawi
The Arab awakening is creating a new socio-political and economic reality in the region, transforming the balance of power, not because states have become stronger, but rather because states have become weak and fragile.
A region in transformation
After three years since the beginning of the Arab uprisings, the emerging political order in the Middle East is marked by considerable ...

By Chris Arsenault
Nearly half the children in Yemen are suffering from malnutrition, the agriculture minister has said, as insurgencies, water scarcity and climate change exacerbate sectarian strife in the Arabian Peninsula's poorest state.
"More than half the population of Yemen suffers from food insecurity... 48 percent of the children suffer from malnutrition," Agriculture Minister F ...

The Houthi armed group and the Yemeni armed forces’ Sixth Regional Command appear to have committed violations of the laws of war during fighting in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, from September 17-21, 2014. The government should investigate alleged violations by both sides and appropriately punish those responsible.
Human Rights Watch documented six incidents that resulted in the death of on ...

Hakim Almasmari
SANAA // Yemen may claim to have a new government but it is clear who is calling the shots.
The Houthi rebels, who overran Sanaa in September, have taken up key positions in government ministries, installed themselves in the country’s main financial institions and taken control of the most important transport hubs.
The rebels, a group with roots in the Shiite Zaidi sect, had ...

Saudi Arabia put their disappointing start to the Gulf Cup behind them with a commanding 3-0 win over Bahrain last night to move to the top of Group A.
The hosts, heavily criticised by media and fans after a 1-1 draw against Qatar, responded with an assertive performance, which was further embellished by some embarrassing Bahrain defending.
The opposition contributed two own goals to the Saudi tal ...

Justin Vela and Ola Salem
The UAE on Saturday named 83 organisations it considers terror groups.
They include the Muslim Brotherhood, its UAE branch Al Islah, ISIL, Al Qaeda and the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Although a number of organisations on the list had previously been named, it is the first the Government has released an official list.
This follows the passage of Federal law 7 of 2014 on comba ...

Author Farea al-Muslimi
Translator(s)Kamal Fayad
Yemeni state institutions suffered a collapse after the fragile political process sponsored by Gulf states and the UN Security Council ground to a halt after three years. This collapse put a definitive end to Western praise for the Yemeni paradigm, considered by some as the model for solving conflicts in the region.
The Gulf Initiative succeeded in ...

Basing expert, David Vine, lays out the U.S. garrisoning structure of the Greater Middle East: just how it was created, how it works, how it supports the Obama administration’s newest war, and why it’s a formula for disaster.
With the launch of a new U.S.-led war in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State (IS), the United States has engaged in aggressive military action in at least 13 ...

The rivalry between Shiite Houthis and Sunni militants, including Al Qaeda's affiliate, has intensified since a power-sharing deal was reached in September. The US is considering a full evacuation of its embassy in Yemen's capital.
By Dominique Soguel,
London — Nearly three years after Yemen ousted a decades-old dictatorship and began a political transition aimed at preventing civil war, th ...

By Frida Ghitis
One look at a map of the Middle East shows why Yemen, a small country bereft of wealth or natural resources, has the potential to create serious problems not just for its neighbors but also for the global economy. Tiny, impoverished and turbulent, Yemen has escaped the spotlight mostly because the troubles in other parts of the region look more acute and more urgent. That, however ...

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