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Yemen, the Middle East, and the World Beyond

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Money

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over 5 years ago

All at once, it seems, Yemen's neighbors have decided the whole "let it become a failed state" plan might not be in their best interests. Kuwait has agreed to float Yemen a cool $50 million loan, in the framework of the $200 million pledged to Yemen at a donors conference. The money is supposed to ...

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Monday Papers

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over 5 years ago

Ayman al-Zawahiri released a new audio tape yesterday, which focused on four different subjects. The second of these was on Yemen. His message was not that different form al-Wahayshi's last week. Namely, he called on the tribes in Yemen to live up to their reputation, and act more like the tribes ...

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Foreign Policy

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over 5 years ago

Getting a bit tired of short blog posts, and looking for something more to really sink your teeth into over the weekend? Well, then, I would suggest this piece at Foreign Policy by "Gregory D. Johnsen and Christopher Boucek." A bit pretentious to insist on being listed with your middle initial ...

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al-Wahayshi's Speech

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over 5 years ago

One of the dangers of having access to a blog is the temptation to post instant analysis on anything and everything that happens, which can be quite dangerous and often misleading. That caveat firmly in place, I have a few initial thoughts on al-Wahayshi's speech that was posted to jihadi forums ...

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Thursday Papers

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over 5 years ago

There is a great deal of news coming out of Yemen and Saudi Arabia this morning. Khalid al-Hammadi, in al-Quds al-Arabi, as well as a number of others write about the second American UAV crash in as many weeks. Others are talking about renewed calls to boycott the elections by the JMP. More ...

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New Name

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over 5 years ago

We are still getting the hang of this blogging thing and so we ask that you bear with us as we continue to iron a few things out, like, say, the name of the blog. The address is going to stay the same, but we thought it would be more in keeping with the tone that we are aiming for if we adopted the ...

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Congratulations

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over 5 years ago

Congratulations are in order to a good friend - who wishes to remain nameless - who successfully defended his/her dissertation this morning, and will surely play an important if behind-the-scenes role in US-Yemeni relations.

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A Longer Vision

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over 5 years ago

We seem to have fallen into a pattern here: Greg provides the judicious review of breaking events, and I am the bearded wierdo on the corner yelling "Doom! Doom!". If you knew us you'd know this summation is: fairly accurate. But we'll start with some good news. Over 80% of the wheat supplies ...

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Follow-Up Food Post

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over 5 years ago

Below we discussed some of the security implications for the rising price of food in Yemen. Here, briefly (I hope) are a few things that show just how bad the situation is, and how much worse it is getting. (By the way, when we discuss the security implications of poverty and hunger and the ...

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Let the Speculation Begin

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over 5 years ago

Now that it is confirmed that al-'Awfi is back in Saudi Arabia's custody, everyone has a chance to speculate on exactly how he came in from the cold and what this means for al-Qaeda in Yemen. Thomas over at Jihadica, who has some very kind words for this blog, suggests that the surrendering himself ...