Saudi Arabia Abandons Yemen’s Saleh, Calls for Transition

By: Wednesday March 23, 2011 11:45 am

Riyadh has propped up Saleh in the past, even after he supported Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. But they have also kept close contacts with the Yemeni military. I imagine their preferred outcome is a military coup.


President Saleh Offers to Step Down a Year Early in Yemen

By: Tuesday March 22, 2011 12:30 pm

The embattled President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is creeping slowly toward the position of the protest movement. He has offered to step down next year, a shift from his initial offer of not seeking re-election in 2013. But the protesters don’t consider anything short of an immediate departure to be good enough. And Saleh, for the moment, isn’t interested in resigning, and has amped up the rhetoric over a potential coup.

US-Backed Yemen Government Kills Three Dozen Demonstrators, Hundreds Wounded

By: Friday March 18, 2011 12:40 pm

In news coming out of Yemen, the UK Guardian is reporting that “soldiers and plain-clothed government loyalists opened fired on protesters trying to march through the Yemeni capital” Sana’a earlier today, killing “at least” 35 people and wounding hundreds, even as the U.S. government gives unqualified support to the Yemen government.

Administration Maintains Radio Silence on Yemeni Protests

By: Tuesday February 15, 2011 6:08 am

Secretary Clinton has characterized the American message on these protests as consistently on the side of freedom of assembly and opportunity.

But Justin Elliott notes that this isn’t entirely true. In fact, one country’s protests haven’t been noted by the US government – those in Yemen.

Arab Uprising: Snapshots from Around the Region [Updated]

By: Monday February 14, 2011 9:00 am

The Egyptian uprising has not yet ended, and with the military banning labor strikes and workers energized by the spark of revolution not heeding this call and demonstrating for better pay and conditions, we clearly have a long way to go before that country’s affairs are settled. The role of labor in the uprising is unique and fascinating, and deserves more scrutiny. For now, however, let’s spin around the globe.

I’ll Take Choice “C:” Civil Society

By: Sunday August 15, 2010 12:30 pm

Barely expressed in the NYT’s long story about our use of paramilitary strikes in places we’re not officially at war is a conflict between three choices. The NYT piece describes the first two–a covert war run by CIA and briefed to Congress, or a covert war run by JSOC subject less oversight–as the choice the Administration is currently debating.

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