Yemen: a violence spectacular

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A series of attacks on the Yemeni defence ministry on 5 December killed at least 52 people. Frank Gardner of the BBC comments ‘This is what's called "a complex attack", using a carefully timed combination of a suicide car bomb followed up by an armed assault. It was aimed at the heart of Yemen's defence and security …

Yemen: murder and hunger

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Since 2002 Yemen has been subjected to assassination of suspected al-Qa’ida terrorists by US drones as part of the "Global War on Terror". At a joint press conference on 22 October Human Rights Watch released a report on drone attacks in Yemen and Amnesty International a parallel report on drone attacks in Pakistan. …

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Reuters reports that militants believed to belong to al-Qa’ida in the Arabian peninsula (AQAP) killed about 40 people in attacks on two targets in Shabwa province in south on 20 September, one at a military camp in al-Nashama and the other in the town of Mayfaa. We circulate below a Reuters report on the latest phase of the …

The Arab spring: what next?

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Developments in Egypt have driven even Syria off the headlines, but it is clear that the major changes throughout the Middle East which began in Tunisia in 2011 are still working themselves out. Below are three attempts to take a broader view. The first by Max Rodenbeck Cairo-based chief Middle East correspondent of the Economist attempts a comprehensive survey and concludes that the current feeling that the scorecard looks overwhelmingly negative is only the end of the beginning. The second published on the London Review of …

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Violent incidents continue in all parts of , including attacks attributed to al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and killings by US drones. According to various reports a bomb killed three soldiers in Sana’a on 6 July, the main oil export pipeline was blown up on 7 July (the second attack in a week), a colonel was killed on 8 …