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By /Thomas C. Frohlich
After sliding for four consecutive years, the United States moved up two places for the second year in a row in the World Economic Forum's competitiveness rankings, from fifth last year to third in 2014. A combination of factors, including improving business sophistication and institutional frameworks, helped the U.S. improve, despite perceptions of inefficient government an ...

Hakim Almasmari
A decade after Yemen’s Houthis fought the first of six wars in five years with the central government, the group may finally get its way in Sanaa.
The Houthis, also known as Ansarullah, a group with roots in the Zaidi sect of Shiite Islam, are the driving force behind four weeks of protests by hundreds of thousands people to demand the restoration of fuel subsidies and the fa ...

Yemeni authorities should immediately investigate the use of unnecessary lethal force against demonstrators in Sanaa on September 7 and 9, 2014. It should hold military personnel and other security forces found responsible to account. Altogether eight protesters and an ambulance driver were killed and at least 67 were wounded.
Houthis, a Zaidi Shi’a resistance group from northern Yemen, held ...

By Ken Dilanian and Eileen Sullivan
While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria — a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, and Europe — poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb makers to target US aviation, American officials say.
At the center is a cell known as the ...

By/ Mohammad al-Absi
Since the youth uprising in 2011, there have been many street graffiti initiatives and campaigns in Yemen. As armed groups and fighting spread, and the regions outside the state's control grow, graffiti campaigns are increasingly used as ways to resist the violence and address the political conflict through art.
A few weeks ago, young painter Dhi Yazan al-Alawi launched a draw ...

By Peter Salisbury
Over the past few weeks, an encampment has been taking shape alongside an abandoned quarry in Hizjaz, a garrison town just outside the Yemeni capital of Sana'a.
The men who set up the encampment came well-prepared, using bulldozers and tractors to flatten the ground before erecting tents in sufficient numbers, they say, to house several thousand people. They have even set up a b ...

by Krishnadev Calamur
Yemeni soldiers hold up their weapons at an area seized from al-Qaida in the southeastern province of Shabwa, Yemen, on May 8. President Obama on Wednesday said the U.S. would pursue against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria would be similar to how it targeted al-Qaida affiliates in Yemen and Somalia.
Yemeni soldiers hold up their weapons at an area seized from al-Qai ...

Middle East Report
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
The power balance in Yemen’s north is shifting. In early 2014, Zaydi Shiite fighters, known as the Huthis or Ansar Allah (Partisans of God), won a series of battles, in effect consolidating their control over Saada governorate, on the border of Saudi Arabia, and expanding southward to the gates of the capital, Sanaa. Now a patchwork o ...

A follower of the Shi'ite Houthi movement waves the movement's flag as he stands in front of riot police vehicles along a main road leading to the airport in Sanaa September 7, 2014.
Yemen’s troubled transition is at a crossroads more dangerous than any since 2011. The Houthis, a Zaydi Shiite movement also known as Ansar Allah, are mobilising in the capital, organising demonstrations callin ...

Al-Qaeda remains a weakened but significant force around the globe
by Sara Hassan
Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on New York, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people died, triggering the U.S.-led global war on terrorism as George W. Bush’s administration vowed to eradicate Al-Qaeda’s infrastructure for turning hijacked planes into weapons ...

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