Host Azza Altiraifi speaks with Yemeni journalist and political commentator, Sama'a Al-Hamdani, and discusses current events in the Gulf region, including Saudi Arabia's continued war in Yemen and arrests of members of the royal family, the death of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the ongoing diplomatic crisis in the GCC, its legal implications, and more.
Sama'a Al-Hamdani is an independent writer, researcher, and analyst focusing on Yemeni politics and women affairs. In the past year, she has provided a Yemen analysis to the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Her work has been published in Almonitor, the LawFare blog (Brookings), The National (UAE), MENAsource (The Atlantic Council Blog), Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, Fikra Forum (The Middle East Institute Journal), Quartz Magazine, Yemen Observer, Yemen Times, and several other prominent publications and academic journals. She has written for the blog Yemeniaty.com since 2010.
Al-Hamdani is also a regular expert commentator on Yemeni political affairs for major international media outlets including CNN International, CNN America, BBC World Service, Al-Jazeera English, Al-Jazeera America, Huffington Post, RRTV American, RTTV international, France 24, Chinese CCTV, Canadian CTV, and Alhurra news. She has been a guest on NPR Radio, BBC World Service, Voice of Russia Radio, Sputnik Radio, and Follow the Money podcasts. She has spoken as an expert on Yeman at several institutions, such as Chatham House and Brookings Institute.
Azza Altiraifi is an award-winning disabled Afro-Arab organiser based in Washington, DC whose advocacy centers on radical inclusion and access, racial and disability justice, and collective liberation. She has served on the Steering Committee of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), and has organised with the Justice for Muslims Collective (JMC) and Black Lives Matter (DC).
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