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Really easy tea leaves

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GENEVA - The United Nations food agency said on Friday a lack of funds had forced it to cut back rations for around one million people in Yemen, despite growing chronic hunger. How this plays out will go a long way in telling you how closely rhetoric and reality will match up.

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Congress Tackles Qat

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So I've been battling a cold the last few days, and have been losing. You know- foggy, can't think straight, haven't had the energy to blog. So imagine, if you will, the curative powers that overcame me, as if I were dipped into the healing waters of Warm Springs, when I found out that Congress ...

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Quick Links

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James King, an expert on Zaydism, has a good and accessible over-view of the situation in Yemen at Truthout.org He was also kind enough to email me a link to a paper he has written titled "Zaydi's in a Post-Zaydi Yemen". I look forward to reading it and blogging about it, as I think that it is too ...

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The Other Approach

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Of course, conferences are great and all, but- and I know we've forgotten this after eight years of diplomacy- there are also military options when it comes to combating terrorism. The big story today is the Post scoop about US/Yemeni operations to fight AQAP. Here is the money quote. The ...

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London Conference

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Big day today. Nothing less than the future of Yemen- and, indeed, the world- is at stake, and it will all be decided in the matter of the next two days. OK, that might be a touch of hyperbole. But this is an important conference, if it is done right, and focuses on more than al-Qaeda. I was ...