Abubakr Al-Shamahi

Abubakr al-Shamahi is an output producer at TRT World. A British-Yemeni journalist, he has previously worked at BBC Worldwide and Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, and he writes regularly for Al Jazeera English, The Guardian and The Majalla. Shamahi is the former editor of CommentMidEast.com, a platform for young people to write about the Arab world. He holds an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London).

Beyond Al-Qaeda, the Real Yemen

August 27, 2013

Not all of Yemen’s challenges have to do with al-Qaeda and terrorism. This month’s unidentified threat that led to the closure of the United States embassy and several US drone strikes around Yemen, has once again shone an international spotlight on the country. 

Saudi Interest in its Yemeni Neighbour

February 20, 2012

Abubakr Al-Shamahi traces the Saudi Arabian influence in Yemen back to 1934 and argues that the al-Saud ruling family do not want to see a free and fair democratic system in its southern neighbour.

Bouazizi: A Year On

January 01, 2012

The twelve months following the death of Mohammed Bouazizi have proven that the leaders of the Arab world are not invincible and that change is indeed possible. Over one year ago, on December 17th 2010, a Tunisian fruit and vegetable seller, Mohammed Bouazizi, set himself on fire. This act of...

Does the GCC Deal Portend Democracy for Yemen?

December 16, 2011

The GCC deal presents possibly the most realistic short term resolution to the Yemeni quagmire. It lessens the chance of civil war that would set Yemen back by decades. Nevertheless, it does not meet the demands of the vast majority of those who started the revolution. In the royal surroundings...