Yemen. Most of the news reporting, has been by foreigners; most of whom have very little knowledge or understanding of Yemen. Many, have never been to the country, and of those who have been to Yemen -- they have been to very few places. Many, if not most, of these reporters claim to be experts or to have knowledge of the country; but, from their reporting, for anyone who knows Yemen and understands its geography, history, complex culture, many varied and different regions and its thousands of tribes -- it's clear that most of these reporters do not know or understand the country. How can a foreigner who has been only to Sana'a (or/and a few other main cities), spent a few months or even years in these places, attended a few qat sessions -- claim to be an expert on Yemen? How can someone who does not know Arabic or very little of it, profess to be an authority or a pundit on the country? How can someone who does not know most of the twenty-one Yemeni provinces say "I am an expert on Yemen"? How many of these reporters have been to and have knowledge of: Dhalea, Raymah, Lahej, Hajja, Mahra, Mahweet, Al Jawf, Shabwa, Socotra or the many other Yemeni regions? How many know the historic towns of Tarim and Yarim? How many know that there are several towns/villages in the country, all with the same name: Al Hawta? How many know the differences between Wadi Hadhramaut, Wadi Do'an and Wadi Sa'ah? Even Arab news reporters, and so called 'analysts' and 'experts' -- non seems to have real, deep knowledge and understanding of Yemen: they didn't get it right in 2011 or after that; and they, too, seem lost today.
25 February, 2015
|Hadhramaut International Schools|
30 January, 2015
|TEDx Mukalla (تيدكس المكلا)|