The Value of Change

National Yemen

Fakhri al-Arashi

Change contains different meanings to identify what someone in life wishes to obtain. What one person desires to change can still be unacceptable to someone else who sees such change as meaningless.

A lot of this comes down to individual and groups identifications, who often agree with the agendas of certain political parties in the interest of moving forward.

In this regard, I would like to confirm the failures of political change in Yemen from the past revolutions, from 1962 until now. However, I still do agree it is not the revolutions, but humans who have spoiled the concept of positive change in the community.

Yemen has been classified as one of the best examples of the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011, adopting the best political theories of positive change. At that time, many people referred to Yemeni wisdom and the goodwill of politicians to apply the principles of democracy.

Unfortunately, the clarity of public demand for change in Yemen transformed into the suspension of people’s hope and the restoration of the old political regime to maintain its influence on the future.

This is what is happening today in Yemen, adding to the crimes of the old regime, who symbolically handed over the political power on one hand and still fight for it on the other hand.

While change means doing something good for people around you, the change in Yemen brought people back five decades of political power, dictated by the same hand that ruled over it in the past.

It is very simple to say that change in Yemen has cost the poor more than it has cost the fighters who are now being invited to second round of dialogue in Riyadh.

The results of these revolutions have been surface solutions and more divisive policies. The good and well-educated individuals in Yemen are losing the hope for the country’s improvement and they seek to escape it altogether, aiming to establish peace and build a better generation from abroad.

The real political change in Yemen was not the 2011 Revolution, it was not the Houthi coup of September 2014, and it certainly isn’t the ongoing war of 2015 designed to restore the “legitimacy” of President Hadi.