How Academic Insincerity Prevents Peace in Yemen

Sami Hamdi #TheOtherNarrative

There is an alarming trend among researchers on Yemen who insist on claiming ‘neutrality’ and ‘objectivity’ as if all actions committed by parties are equal in moral weighting. We are taught that democracy, freedom, and justice are all noble concepts that ensure the integrity of human beings. Although this has consistently been denied to Arabs by global superpowers (including those …

Yemen War: An Agonising Catch-22

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Yemen

The Yemen war shows no sign of ending despite witnessing a humanitarian crisis that could be described as one of the worst in modern times, as well as widespread destruction of basic infrastructure, compounded by the absence of an environment conducive to a genuine peace process. Moreover, instead of a traditional war of two sides, the already fractured social fabric …

The War in Yemen: When will it end?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Yemen

The Houthis believe that as long as they continue to hold Sanaa and international blame and condemnation for the humanitarian crisis continues to be directed at Saudi as opposed to their spectacular coup, then it is merely a matter of time before Riyadh are forced to the negotiating table on their terms.

Iran v Saudi Arabia: it’s politics

Abu Bakr Al Shamahi Middle East/North Africa, Saudi Arabia

There have been a lot of articles and amazingly fascinating fact boxes on the split between Shia and Sunni Muslims, written, I’m guessing, by people who don’t know their Karbala from their Kelloggs, in an attempt to explain the dispute between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Normally, when I read an article that says something along the lines of “the people …

The Saudi-ISIS myth and the Iran Deal PR imbalance

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Saudi Arabia

The Iran deal has been good for Iran from every angle, particularly on the PR front. By agreeing to the stringent technical conditions on its nuclear program, Iran has presented itself as a country genuinely striving for peace in the midst of animosity and a country demonstrating restraint and perseverance in this endeavour. In particular, it has presented itself as …

Suicide bomber kills security personnel in a Saudi Mosque in Abha

Insights Middle East/North Africa, Saudi Arabia, World Politics

06 August 2015 – A suicide bomber has reportedly killed at least 13 after bombing a mosque in Abha, Asir Province, Saudi Arabia. The dead are believed to be from the security forces. Abha is situated not far from the Yemeni border and is initially being treated as being linked to the ongoing conflict in Yemen. Saudi Arabia is a key …

Iran Deal: What happens now in the region?

Sami Hamdi Iran, Middle East/North Africa, World Politics

After tense, lengthy negotiations, the P5+1 and Iran penned the long awaited nuclear deal that will see sanctions lifted and the Iranian nuclear programme reined in to lengthen the time Iran would need to build a nuclear weapon. However given the ongoing situation in the region; notably Iran’s support for rampant militias in Iraq; a brutal regime in Syria that has plunged the country into a bloody civil war; and Hezbollah in Lebanon which has effectively prevented the appointment of a President for over a year and half, the concessions granted to Iran are nothing short of incredible.

Yemen: The Human Story

BaraashIban Middle East/North Africa, Yemen

It has been 46 days since the Saudi-led air strikes started targeting Houthi bases across Yemen, instigating a heated debate between all political factions of the country on the legality and necessity of such an act to save a President and government that came to power after 33 years of dictatorship. In the midst of this debate, the human story is usually forgotten.

‘Iran is an empire and Baghdad is its Capital’ – a statement of truth

Sami Hamdi Iran, Iraq, Middle East/North Africa

Ali Younsi, advisor to President Hassan Rouhani on religious and minority affairs, stated that Iran is now an empire and Baghdad is its Capital. Such a brazen statement appears to have generally been ignored as fanciful and wishful thinking at best. However, in reality, Ali Younsi’s statement carries much truth as Iraqi forces, led by Hadi al Amiri publicly and …