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The eruption that was the Arab Spring, seen six ways - The Boston Globe

Theater-maker Sulayman Al-Bassam was born in Kuwait to a Kuwaiti father and an English mother. He spent his first 12 years there before being sent to boarding school in England, after which he attended the University of Edinburgh and later started a theater company in London. A year after the 9/11 a

BOSTON GLOBE - 2018-01-19 08:00:00

Be Careful What You Wish For: A 'Persian Spring' Would Be a Disaster

The experiments with regime change in the Middle East are not encouraging. After a week of violent demonstrations in several large cities and small towns, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), announced that the "sedition" has been defeated.

NATIONALINTEREST.ORG - 2018-01-19 00:47:28

Saudi Arabia Sends $2 Billion to Shore Up Yemen's Currency

Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday that it is transferring $2 billion to the central bank of Yemen to shore up the Yemeni riyal, which has depreciated alarmingly as the civil war in Yemen drags on. The Saudis blamed Yemen's civil war and attendant economic crisis squarely on Iran and its allies in

BREITBART - 2018-01-18 23:24:04

Malaria stalks Yemen amid collapsing health system

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After enduring three years of war, hunger and disease, Yemenis could now be at heightened risk of catching malaria due to a collapsing health care system, aid agencies said on Thursday. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that malaria cases rose in 20

REUTERS - 2018-01-18 19:02:51

HRW accuses Saudi Arabia of repression despite reforms

DUBAI (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch accused Saudi Arabia on Thursday of violating international humanitarian law in Yemen and stepping up arrests and prosecutions of activists seeking reform or voicing peaceful dissent. In its World Report 2018, which reviews human rights practices in more than 90

REUTERS - 2018-01-18 20:56:54

Trump's excellent five-point plan for Syria

In Syria, President Trump is showing a strategic competency that his predecessor most definitely lacked. Over the past 12 months, Trump has enabled the U.S. military to engage in a more robust and tactically flexible campaign against ISIS. That choice has led to the caliphate's territorial implosion

WASHINGTON EXAMINER - 2018-01-18 20:56:15

HRW annual world report highlights 'populist challenge'

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] published its annual report [text, PDF] Thursday, covering global human rights issues from late 2016 through November 2017, and more than 90 countries. It highlights human rights problems occurring in Turkey, Egypt, Libya, Russia, China, Yemen, Bu

JURIST.ORG - 2018-01-18 22:06:00

Displaced by war, some Yemenis sift through garbage for food

HODEIDAH, Yemen (Reuters) - After persistent Saudi-led air strikes on their home area in northwest Yemen, the Ruzaiq family packed their belongings and fled to the relative safety of Hodeidah port on the Red Sea. But with no money or relatives to shelter them, the 18-member family joined a growing

REUTERS - 2018-01-18 14:18:04

Rising Yemen currency sparks hope of relief for millions

Aden (AFP) - A sharp rise in the currency of war-torn Yemen Thursday following a $2-billion Saudi bailout sparked hope of relief for millions at risk of famine and reliant on imported food. The Yemen conflict has claimed more than 9,200 lives since Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened to help the

YAHOO! - 2018-01-18 17:05:43

Tillerson: US will keep troops in Syria indefinitely; Russia subs sniff around undersea cables; Budget talks heat up; Innovation board's advice to Mattis; and just a bit more...

SecState Tillerson "committed the United States to an indefinite military presence in Syria" on the same day he walked back the U.S. military's messaging on that coalition-trained Border Force in Syria, the Washington Postreports. The purpose for the enduring commitment: "to ensure that neither Ira

DEFENSE ONE - 2018-01-18 14:59:25

No clear path ahead for Yemen aid as 30-day lift of blockade expires

A ship carrying four mobile cranes purchased by the World Food Programme and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development has arrived in Yemen's Hudaydah Port to allow faster delivery of relief items. Photo by: WFP / Fares Khoailed NEW YORK - A temporary lifting of a blockade at one of Ye

DEVEX.COM - 2018-01-18 12:02:00

3 million Yemeni children born in war face uncertain future, UNICEF says

A child in the ICU awaits treatment in Althawrah Hospital, Sana'a, Yemen. More than 3 million children have been born in Yemen since violence ravaging the country escalated in 2015, according to a UNICEF report. Photo by: UNICEF NEW YORK - More than 3 million children have been born in Yemen since t

DEVEX.COM - 2018-01-18 12:02:10

UN briefing on Yemen crisis: Diphtheria cases continue to rise, cholera decreasing

In a follow-up in the rapidly spreading diphtheria outbreak in Yemen, Communications and media officer for the World Health Organization (WHO), Ms. Fadela Chaib said at a press briefing Tuesday that the current numbers are 678 probable diphtheria cases and 48 associated deaths reported with a case f

OUTBREAKNEWSTODAY.COM - 2018-01-18 06:23:45

Yemen: All Sides Fuel Humanitarian Crisis

(Beirut) - The Saudi-led coalition involved in the conflict in Yemen repeatedly attacked populated areas and deepened Yemen's humanitarian crisis through its blockade in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2018. Houthi-Saleh forces also blocked humanitarian assistance to some Yem

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH - 2018-01-18 08:25:00

Yemen still starved of food and fuel after month-long suspension of blockade

Despite last month's temporary lifting of the Saudi led-coalition blockade of Yemen's northern ports, in the past three and a half weeks only 18 per cent of the country's monthly fuel needs and just over half its monthly food needs have been imported through these ports, Oxfam said today. These por

RELIEFWEB.INT - 2018-01-18 08:00:00

Yemenis displaced by fresh violence face bleak winter

ADEN, Yemen - Having endured almost three years of conflict in Yemen's Red Sea governorate of Al Hudaydah, the Saad* family were finally forced to flee their home after fresh fighting that swept the area in recent weeks destroyed their neighbour's home and left them in fear of their lives. The famil

RELIEFWEB.INT - 2018-01-18 08:00:00

WHO airlifts 200 tonnes of health supplies to Yemen

SANA'A, 18 January 2018 - The World Health Organization has delivered 200 tonnes of life-saving medicines and health supplies to Yemen. Four United Nations planes carrying the cargo landed in Sana'a Airport this week. The shipments include essential medicines, insulin vials, antibiotics, rabies vacc

RELIEFWEB.INT - 2018-01-18 08:00:00

Middle East Conflicts Spur Disastrous New Trends for Region

Download PDF (341.85 KB) (Beirut) - Lawless armed conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) morphed into disastrous trends for the region in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its 2018 World Report. "Failed leadership, failed governments, and failed policies have brought not

RELIEFWEB.INT - 2018-01-18 08:00:00

UAE: Abuses at Home, Abroad

(Beirut) - The United Arab Emirates was involved in abuses at home and abroad in 2017, arresting one of the last outspoken rights critics in the country and playing a role in torture and disappearances in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2018. In March, the UAE detained Ahmed

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH - 2018-01-18 08:20:00

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The government will run out of money on Friday. Republicans have introduced a stopgap funding measure, but Democrats say they won't vote for anything without protection for DACA recipients. Rachael Badeis a congressional reporter for Politico. She joins The Takeaway to talk about the latest in the g

PRI - 2018-01-18 05:00:00