Houthis write to UN expressing commitment to peace plan

The Houthis in Yemen have reportedly written a letter to UN General Secretary  Ban Ki Moon expressing commitment to a Muscat-brokered seven-point peace plan which includes a ceasefire, the withdrawal of militias from occupied cities, as well as the return of the capital Sana’a to government control. The letter comes amidst continued fighting in Taiz and Ma’rib as the Arab …

President Hadi returns to Yemen

  President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi has reportedly landed in Aden. The president had fled in March to Riyadh following a Houthi advance on Aden which saw air strikes on the presidential palace in an attempt to assassinate the president. In July, the Houthi forces were driven back from Aden by local militia and coalition forces. “The return of his excellency …

Tunisia: Hechmi Hamdi calls for protests

Tunisia – The Leader of Tayyar al Mahabba and former Presidential candidate Mohamed El-Hechmi Hamdi, has called for protests in solidarity with the unemployed. In a march called ‘National Day for the unemployed and unemployment benefit’, Hamdi repeats a recurrent theme in his politics which he summarised during his presidential campaign as the need for a “health service, unemployment benefit, and …

Yemen: Fighting continues in Ma’rib and Taiz

Fighting continues in the Yemeni cities of Ma’rib and Taiz as the Arab coalition seek to cement their foothold in preparation for a campaign to restore the capital Sana’a to the internationally recognised government of President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi. The Houthis reported via their television outlet Al-Maseerah that it had taken Emirati and Saudi hostages, ransoming the former in …

Universities strongly react to Cameron’s ‘naming and shaming’

The School of Oriental and African Studies, Queen Mary, Kings College and Kingston Universities have strongly denied accusations by the Prime Minister’s office that they have hosted radical and extremist speakers. Laura Gibbs, registrar at SOAS stated that “we were disappointed to see that the announcement made today by the Prime Minister’s Office includes some inaccuracies. We have not hosted …