About

ABUBAKR AL-SHAMAHI

I am a British-Yemeni freelance journalist, the Media Researcher at the MBI Al Jaber Media Institute, Sana’a, and the editor of CommentMidEast.com.

Previously, I worked for BBC Arabic in London, working on their London 2012 Olympics coverage, and then with the social media team, as well as the Nuqtat Hewar (Talking Point) show’s production team.

As a freelance journalist, I have covered events such as the 2011 revolution in Yemen and the conditions facing Syrian refugees in Turkey.

My work has been published by outlets such as BBC News, Al-Jazeera English, the Guardian, Institute for War and Peace Reporting, The Majalla, Common Ground News, Open Democracy, Bikya Masr, Arab News, Khaleej Times, Yemen Times, and Daily Star Lebanon.

I have also provided analysis and commentary on Arab issues for BBC World News Television, BBC World Service Radio, BBC Radio 4, Huffington Post Live, Islam Channel (UK), and others. As well as this, I have spoken at Chatham House on various occasions.

My experiences during the Yemeni Revolution were featured as an essay in Demanding Dignity: Young Voices from the Arab Revolutions.

I hold a BA Politics degree and a MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies degree, both awarded by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

WANDERING IN YEMEN

This blog is an attempt at showing a different side to Yemen, one removed from the dominant narratives presented in the international media. Yemen is more than just terrorism, kidnappings, and poverty; it is a land of breathtaking scenery, beautiful and heart-warming people, and one of the world’s oldest civilisations.

It would be disingenuous to not discuss politics in this blog, Yemen is going through a tumultuous period in it’s history, even by Yemeni standards. It would also be wrong to pretend that all is well and good in Yemen. However, I will make an effort to also present Yemen’s culture and society, to introduce real Yemenis and their stories, and to explain Yemen to the uninitiated.

One comment

  1. Osman Bagharib

    Your comments and on the situation in Yemen have been very informative – I hope to tune in to more your programme on the BBC World Service

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