Yemen’s minister of information: internal probes of UN in Yemen should be publicized

Moammar Al-Aryani said the work of the UN needs to be rethought because of the corruption probes. (File/AFP)
Updated 06 August 2019

Yemen’s minister of information: internal probes of UN in Yemen should be publicized

  • The minister said the information may jeopardize the reputation of the UN
  • The probe accuses more than a dozen of UN aid workers in Yemen of corruption

DUBAI: Yemen’s minister of information said the UN internal probe into his country prove that the Houthis have breached the international organization, Saudi national news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

Muammar Al-Aryani said the documents exposed the economic and political corruption of the organization and the mismanagement of humanitarian resources in Yemen.

The information could endanger the reputation of the UN, he said.

Al-Aryani said the findings also support what the government has been saying, that Houthis have infiltrated those organizations, in areas under their control, and put them under pressure.

He requested the findings of the probe be publicized in a bid to rethink the UN’s work in Yemen, as withholding the information could harm the humanitarian aid efforts by others.

An Associated Press investigation into UN aid workers in Yemen revealed that more than a dozen UN aid workers have been accused of corruption.

One of the staff even allowed a Houthi leader to use the agency’s vehicles to travel,  to protect him from potential attacks and airstrikes.


Arabs reject religion’s role in politics

Updated 09 December 2019

Arabs reject religion’s role in politics

  • Appeal of militant groups such as the Al Qaidam Daesh, Hezbollah, Muslim Brotherhood and Taliban are in decline, poll suggests
  • The YouGov survey was commissioned by Arab News in partnership with the Arab Strategy Forum, which takes place today in Dubai

DUBAI: Militant groups in the Arab world face a gradual decline and most Arabs oppose the use of religion for political gain, a new survey suggests.

The appeal of extremists such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, Hamas, Al-Qaeda, Daesh and the Taliban is likely to fade over the next 10 years, researchers found.

The survey indicates that most Arabs view corruption as the main problem in their home country and the leading cause of conflict in the Arab world.

 

Daesh (Islamic State) fighters march in Raqqa, Syria, at the height of their power in 2014. (AP file photo)

Researchers also found overwhelming approval for developments in female empowerment such as Saudi women driving and a new inheritance law in Tunisia, and most Arabs expect further progress in their own countries in the next 10 years.

The survey’s findings on political Islam were “good news” for the region, said political science professor Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla. The Middle East had had enough of extremism and Arabs realized that political groups based on religion were “taking them nowhere,” Abdulla told Arab News.

“Indeed, we have seen the ugly face of it during the four to five years of Daesh’s control of large areas in Syria and Iraq. So it is natural to see there is a decline in the popularity of these parties. But much more important are the predictions that support for religious parties, whether moderate or extremist, is in sharp decline.

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“People are becoming aware that there has been some kind of abuse and overuse of people’s emotions for political gains by these religious movements. The foremost is the Muslim Brotherhood, which is going through its worst moment.”

The YouGov survey was commissioned by Arab News in partnership with the Arab Strategy Forum, which takes place today in Dubai. The 12th annual event will explore events and trends expected over the next 10 years, with 18 key speakers including former ministers, government officials, industry experts, international strategists, writers and media professionals. 

 

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