Yemeni rappers find a voice that echoes traditional styles

(Originally posted on The National ) The 20-year-old Yemeni woman is leaning on an old stone wall in front of an ancient door leading to Sana’a’s biggest souk when she suddenly breaks into rhyme.“I put everything on you, I threw everything at you,” she says.“I didn’t trust you or believe you after all we went […]

Ammar Basha Shines light on Yemen through Fiction Film

(Originally posted in Yemen Today Magazine) Oceans away from the glamour and pizzazz of Hollywood, in stone-built ground floors decorated with Qumariyah windows (geometric colored pattern windows), some of Yemen’s most promising filmmakers create their films, bring imagination to life and create a world of art. Scattered between bakeries and other residential homes, a young […]

Winning War Through Racism & Propaganda

With all this media hype around the recent terror alert that went out on Tuesday, I felt compelled to write a post. I’m not going to get into the nonsense details of the hype because i believe it’s completely dramatized.. so if your interested about that nonsense, go google it. Instead it’s 3 a.m. and i […]

A Ban on airstrikes approved in Yemen

A Transitional Justice proposal that would prohibit drone strikes and criminalize extrajudicial killing in all its forms (drones/cruise missles/cluster bombs, etc) has reached it’s final stage at the National Dialogue Conference in Yemen. According to Baraa Shiban, an NDC delegate and Reprieve’s Yemen Project Coordinator, said the proposal was  passed  yesterday with 90% consensus. The […]

10 Reasons you should be OUTRAGED on the Drone Wars:

10. Bombing civilian communities and destroying homes, schools, hospitals, and pharmacies, is a form of terrorism. Saying oops and labeling them collateral damage is not OK. They are human beings with stories and histories. These are War Crimes. Ex. On Dec 2009, a U.S. Tomhawk cruise missile hit al-majalah, a village in Yemen and dropped cluster bombs […]