Author Archives: Jane Novak


Violence is building in Yemen’s northern Sa’ada province as soldiers and pro-government tribesmen attack homes, villages, and public roads despite a truce that ended the four-year war last July. The International Crisis Group warned yesterday the conflict has become “self-perpetuating, giving rise to a war economy,” noting that the “destruction of entire villages and infrastructure […]

Yemen’s three terror fronts

With al Qaeda active on three fronts in Yemen, a deadly suicide attack on tourists raises questions about the Yemeni government’s involvement.

Yemen spirals toward disintegration

Yemen is plagued by war in the North, civil unrest in the South, and terrorist attacks in the capital. The opposition is threatening to boycott elections as civil liberties decline and the government supports extremists.

Al Qaeda in Yemen: mercenaries or terrorists?

Yemen is a hotbed for al Qaeda activities in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. The current government fosters and deploys Islamic extremists as mercenaries and as a tool of foreign policy, according to Yemeni observers.

Yemeni Mobilizes Military to Quell Riots

The Yemeni government has rounded up opposition political leaders in response to several days of riots. The military is in the streets as newspapers and media outlets are being shut down.

Massive protest in south Yemen

Jane Novak reports on Monday’s protest in Dhalie, including a call for “southern liberation,” and offers background on southern Yemen shedding some light on current North-South relations.

Yemen’s Intifada

Jane Novak looks at the internal problems in Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula. Recent unrest may signal a renewed round of fighting and perhaps civil war.