Yemen: U.N. Announces 72-Hour Ceasefire

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen, announced Monday that a ceasefire was set to go into effect after he received confirmation from all warring factions of their commitment. The 72-hour cessation of hostilities began at 11:59 p.m. local time on Wednesday night, with the possibility of further extension. Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi, foreign minister of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's internationally recognized government, posted on his official Twitter account tha...
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The Detention of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr

On October 15th, Saudi Arabia sentenced Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, an outspoken Shia cleric, to death on charges of, “disobeying the ruler,” “inciting sectarian strife,” and, “encouraging, leading, and participating in demonstrations.” Although it is still possible for the ruling to be overturned by appeal or royal pardon, the judgment has sparked a wave of unrest in the largely-Shia Eastern Province not seen since the heart of the Arab Spring uprisings. Al-Nimr is known for his candid and robu...
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Yemen in Crisis: A New Middle East Proxy War?

On Sunday, September 21, Shiite Houthi rebels from the north of Yemen stormed the capital Sana’a, seizing government facilities and forcing a conciliatory ceasefire agreement from the Sunni central government led by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi. To understand this conflict, it is critical to know who the Houthis are. They are followers of a branch of Islam known as Zaidism. The Zaidis ruled northern Yemen for nearly 1,000 years, with their reign coming to an end in 1962. The name “Houthi” ...
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