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Battleground Yemen
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 1/12/2010
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently described the current situation in Yemen as "a threat to regional stability and even to global stability." She was referring to the fact that Yemen is the latest failed state to become a haven for elements of the Sunni global jihad. Like Afghanistan and Sudan before it, Yemen is becoming a key regional base for al-Qaida.

Suddenly, the Arab World Wakes Up to Yemen's Rebellion
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 12/20/2009
The 30th summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council, meeting in Kuwait this week, expressed its solidarity with Saudi Arabia in its fight with the Shi'ite Houthi rebels in northern Yemen. The Kuwaiti emir noted that Saudi Arabia is facing "flagrant aggression that targets its sovereignty and security by those who have infiltrated its territory."

More Martyrs in Yemen
Ron Coody - 7/27/2009
In June unknown assailants kidnapped four singles and a family of five in the northwest part of Yemen . The group consisted of a German family, two German ladies, a Korean lady, and a British man. Assailants took them while they were picnicking not far from a hospital where they worked. Within days Yemeni authorities recovered the bodies of the three women; all had been tortured and shot to death. The German family and British man are still being held by unidentified captors. The Yemeni government has offered a $250,000 reward for any information about the hostages.

Letter To President of Yemen From The Family Of USS Cole Victim
Gary Swenchonis - 1/18/2008
President Saleh,

It has been over seven years now since our son and his mates were brutally murdered in your country on October 12, 2000 when terrorists attacked the USS Cole and murdered 17 innocent young sailors and injured 39 more. Let me begin by thanking all the Yemenis who called us at our home and sent letters of condolence. The kindness, compassion, warmth and sympathy expressed in those calls and letters comforted us and gave us a strength that we carry with us today.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Yemeni MP Ahmed Said Hashed - "There Are No Human Rights In Yemen"
Jane Novak - 11/14/2007
Mr. Ahmed Saif Hashed serves on the Yemeni Parliament's Freedom and Human Rights Committee. An independent MP, Mr. Hashed represents constituency 70, which includes parts of Lahj and Taiz. Mr. Hashed is a prominent human rights activist with a special interest in the condition of Yemeni prisoners. He heads the Al-Tageer human rights organization and owns the Al-Mostakela newspaper. Jane Novak interviewed him for the Global Politician.

The Cole Bombing in Yemen: A Seven Year Perspective
Jane Novak - 10/12/2007
On October 12, 2000 two Yemeni suicide bombers rammed an explosives-laden dingy into an American destroyer, the USS Cole. Seventeen US service members were killed and forty-nine injured. The destroyer had been invited by the Yemeni government to refuel in the port of Aden.

Yemen's Internal Shia Jihad
Jane Novak - 3/21/2007
Do the Yemeni government’s actions against a band of Shiite rebels comprise an internal Jihad?

The upper levels of the Yemeni military, judiciary and intelligence services are inculcated with hard core Salafism, and many aspects of Yemeni state institutions support jihaddist campaigns all over the world, including Iraq . It is in this context that the Yemeni Ministry of Defense recently published a fatwa on its website authorizing and obligating the use of deadly force against the Believing Youth, a small band of Shiite Zaidi rebels that has been battling the government on and off since 2004. Essentially Yemen ’s military leadership declared a jihad on the group.

Yemen: Democracy Without Minority Rights
Jane Novak - 10/26/2006
Yemen extracts benefits from the West, notably the US , in return for its cooperation in global anti-terror efforts. Likewise Yemen's efforts at democratization, especially the improved conduct of September's presidential election, should result in an increase in badly needed donor funds. However, in the aftermath of the election, the Yemeni regime has begun discrediting, arresting and harassing opposition leaders, activists and voters. In one bizarre case, the regime has alleged a human rights activist is linked to al-Qaeda, casting doubt on the sincerity of both Yemen's democracy promotion and its efforts against terrorism.

Yemen's Natural Gas: Who Benefits?
Jane Novak - 8/7/2006
Freedom House recently noted Yemen as among the world¡¯s most corrupt developing nations. With the personal interests of the ruling elite taking priority over national development, nearly half Yemeni children are malnourished and out of school. Unemployment is high and medical services scarce. A looming water crisis threatens to destabilize the country. Claims of development are little more than government propaganda with the gap between the extremely rich and the extremely poor widening and infant mortality remaining high year after year.

The Presidential Drama in Yemen, Act Two
Jane Novak - 6/26/2006
Thursday could have been a historic day. That was when President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen refused to accept his party's nomination for the presidency, declaring "I am not a taxi to hire for a ride." It was a good line in a bad play.

Yemen: A Day in the Life of a Failing State
Jane Novak - 6/13/2006
An outbreak of chickenpox in Yemen goes a long way in demonstrating the challenges of daily life for Yemeni citizens. The incident is also a snapshot of the factors that may lead Yemen toward state failure. Barhan is a typical village in Yemen where most villages have no electricity, no sewage system and no clean water. Nationally, one in ten kids dies by age five; contaminated water contributes to half their deaths. Of the millions of kids not in school, the highest percentage is among rural girls.

Yemen: Democracy or Failure
Jane Novak - 2/19/2006
Ahmed Al-Rabei recently described the worst case for Yemen as, "an Afghan scenario and a civil war that will spread to the borders of GCC countries." Al-Rabei, a columnist for Alsharq Alwasat, wrote with great affection for the Yemeni people of his concern for the future of Yemen. Al-Rabei is not alone in his assessment of an uncertain future for Yemen. A variety of international organizations and reports have highlighted increasingly dysfunctional Yemeni institutions and governance.

Al-Qaeda Escape in Yemen: Facts, Rumors and Theories
Jane Novak - 2/18/2006
One theory circulating in Yemen these days is that the recent escape of 23 prisoners from a maximum security intelligence facility was orchestrated to transfer them to U.S. custody, circumventing Yemen's extradition laws. Certainly the U.S. would have interest in obtaining custody of the escapees. Several were convicted of complicity in the bombing of the USS Cole which killed 17 US service members on October 12th 2000. Others include convicted bombers of the French oil tanker, the Lindburg, and an American, Gaber Elbaneh, convicted in the U.S. of involvement in an al-Qaeda cell in Lackawana, New York.

Yemen: An Attack on All
Jane Novak - 2/14/2006
Much discussion lately has been centered on what limits a responsible media should place on itself. At the other end of the spectrum remains the burning issue of censorship, propaganda and governmental limitations on the flow of information to the public. For some years the reformist posture of the Yemeni regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh had credibility internationally because of the existence of a lively Yemeni press. One reason confidence in Saleh's commitment to democratization has diminished is a prolonged and systematic assault on Yemeni journalists, as an informative press is the bedrock of a government run by the people.



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