UNESCO World Heritage Site Under Fire in Yemen

Earlier this month, The Southern Transitional Council (STC) captured the remote Island of Socotra, 350 miles east of Somalia. The ancient island is the largest of four islands in the archipelago corridor of Yemen, famed for  unparalleled biodiversity and mystical landscape. Socotra is referenced in several historical texts – including […]

Civil War, Starvation, And COVID-19: Yemen’s Fate Now Heavily Dependent On Its Local Proxies

UNICEF has reported the crisis in Yemen to be the worst humanitarian crisis across the globe, with over 80 percent of its population, or 24 million people, in need of humanitarian aid. Yemen’s situation is complex, leaving the country trapped by several external forces that stifle its ability to recover. […]

Yemen Is Hurtling Towards A Human Catastrophe – Appealing To Western Self-Interest Is The Only Way To Avert It

A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has, this week, warned that 24 million Yemenis are in “a race against time” to survive. This comes as Yemen’s healthcare system is beginning to collapse due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and UN aid to the country is running […]

Yemen’s Children Deserve Better: The UN’s ‘List of Shame’

On 15th of June, the United Nations removed Saudi forces from their annual blacklist of parties who have violated children’s rights. The decision came as a shock to many, given the UN’s own investigators found that there were hundreds of children who were killed or injured last year in Saudi […]

UN May Have To Halt Three-Quarters Of Aid Programs In Yemen

The United Nations has been forced to request additional aid from donors for humanitarian programs in Yemen. Even though $2.4 billion was requested, just $1.35 billion was pledged. However, the organization reports that only 47% of the pledged funds have actually been received. Representatives from the UN are calling on […]

Millions Of Lives Under Immediate Threat As Yemeni Humanitarian Aid Faces Cuts In Funding

The United Nations warned on Wednesday that Yemen faces a severe lack of funding for its humanitarian response to its ongoing war, as well as for COVID-19, putting millions of lives at major risk. After an online “pledging event” hosted by the UN last Tuesday, only $1.35 billion was raised, […]

Journalists Face Death Penalty in Yemen

On April 11 2020, four journalists were sentenced to death by the Houthi-led rebel Government in Yemen. The journalists were convicted of spying and “broadcasting rumours, fake news, and statements in support of the enemy Saudi Arabia.” The situation has attracted an outpouring of concern from over 150 non-governmental groups, […]

The Humanitarian Crisis In The Arab World’s Poorest Country

A multilayered humanitarian crisis has reached its tipping point in Yemen. The civil war between the internationally recognised government and the Houthi rebel forces has been ongoing since 2015. It has since devolved into a full blown proxy war between the Saudi led coalition and the Houthis, which are said […]

Al-Qaeda Link Found After Officials Break Encryption On Florida Attacker’s iPhone

Latest Developments On Monday, the United States Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that the perpetrator of the Pensacola Naval Base terror attack on December 6th, 2019 was linked to branches of al-Qaeda. The assailant was found to have had continued communications with the terrorist group up […]

‘Sportswashing’ In The Premiership: Newcastle’s Imminent Takeover By The Saudi Crown Prince 2

The Issue At Hand Newcastle United Football Club is on the verge of a £300 million takeover by a Saudi-led consortium, backed by the nation’s Public Investment Fund. If the deal goes through, the group would control 80% of the club, making Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MbS), who chairs […]

Can Yemen Rely On Consistent Humanitarian Relief From The United States?

Since COVID-19 first broke out and swept across the globe, the world’s most well renowned and developed nations have been devastated by the deadly virus. As of Thursday May 7th, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Italy have a combined coronavirus count of almost 650,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile, […]

The First Wave Of COVID-19 Clusters Hits Yemen Days After Southern Transitional Council Declares Self-Rule In Southern Region

On April 25th, the Southern Transitional Council (STC) seized government buildings and the central bank in the southern port city of Aden. The separatist militant organization waved the flags of the former Southern Yemen and declared self-rule in the country’s southern districts. The move threatens to add a new dimension […]

British Arms In Yemen: Lack Of Accountability Leads To The Deaths Of Children

A month ago, a grim milestone was reached, 5 years of conflict in Yemen, fueled by a Saudi Arabian-led coalition. The war has devastated Yemen, which “has topped an annual watchlist of countries most likely to face humanitarian catastrophe in 2020, for the second year running…about 80% of the population…will […]

East African Food Shortages: Second Wave of Locusts Rocks the Region’s Food Supply

A wave of locust swarms is descending upon east Africa for the second time this year, according to a report update released by the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) last week. The swarms threaten to devastate the food security and livelihoods of over 25 million people in the region. […]

MENA Governments Account For Majority Of Global Confirmed Executions

Countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region witnessed the vast majority of confirmed executions last year, according to data released by Amnesty International today. The report, entitled Death Sentences and Executions 2019, reveals that Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq together accounted for 81% of the world’s confirmed […]

United Nations Envoys In The Middle East Push For Immediate Ceasefire

The United Nations envoys for the Middle East are calling for an immediate ceasefire in the region. This appeal aims to redirect focus to addressing and responding to the growing threat of COVID-19. The region has been ravaged by various ongoing conflicts, which have resulted in serious damage to health […]