Nafeesa Syeed is a freelance writer and editor based in Washington, D.C. She spent four years as a staff writer with The Associated Press, reporting on domestic and international news. From South Asia to North Africa, she has worked as an independent multimedia journalist for several publications. She is currently co-writing a book on Arab women entrepreneurs.
Beji Caid Essebsi accused the Ennahda of hamstringing the country after the revolution, insisting that the ruling party's Islamist ideology prevents it from building broader consensus, writes Nafeesa Syeed.
In a country where art galleries are few and far between, artists have transformed walls in public places into canvases. Critics of the form recently defaced graffiti displays across the country, but Yemeni artists are pushing new mural and sculpture projects to advance the idea of public art, writes Nafeesa Syeed.
The walls not only provide outlets for protest, but canvases for intricate pieces in Taiz, a city in southern Yemen. A group of young artists there took to the streets last summer to recreate the paintings of acclaimed Yemeni artist, Hashim Ali, which were defaced by autumn.
Tear gas, protests, chants and slogans occupied the streets of Sanaa in Yemen on Friday, in response to an anti-Islam video that has sparked unrest across the region. Nafeesa Syeed reports from the scene, where many protesters admitted to not having seen the clip, by choice or circumstance. Still, people are perplexed about the purpose of the video.
Eighteen months after Yemen's revolution, some worry the country is slipping backward. Nafeesa Syeed talks to activists, politicians and everyday people in Taiz, the intellectual heart of the revolution, about their fear that Saleh's remnants have too much control, Iran and the US are fighting on their soil and women's rights are being ignored.
Even as world headlines from the Middle East focus on upheaval and violence, the region's culture continues to thrive. Here's our look at some groups and individuals making their mark on arts and culture in the region.
With Berber roots, Souad Massi picked up the guitar as a teenager, studied classical music in Algeria, and indulged in flamenco and Turkish music. Often compared to Tracy Chapman and Joni Mitchell, she is doing a series of concerts in the US to mark Algerian independence. Nafeesa Syeed talks the world music queen.
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