Salafi mission calls into question Saudi concept of moderation

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by James M. Dorsey Plans to open a Salafi missionary centre in the Yemeni province of Al Mahrah on the border with Oman and Saudi Arabia raise questions about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s concept of a moderate form of Islam.… Continue Reading  

The Killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh – Is Peace in Yemen Possible?

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by James M. Dorsey Based on remarks at a 19 December 2017 NUS Middle East Institute seminar The Middle East being the Middle East, everything is interrelated. What happens in the region impacts Yemen and what happens in Yemen impacts… Continue Reading  

Dragging U.S. Intelligence into the Anti-Iranian Mud

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by Paul R. Pillar The most widely remembered episode of a U.S. administration using an intelligence-based public presentation to stir up hostility toward a country with which it was intent on picking a fight was Secretary of State Colin Powell’s… Continue Reading  

The Killing of Former President Saleh Could Worsen Yemen’s War

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by April Longley Alley The dramatic collapse of the Huthi-Saleh alliance is likely to prolong Yemen’s war and the suffering of its people. After killing former President Saleh, the Huthis, viewed by their enemies in Riyadh as Iranian proxies, are firmly… Continue Reading  

60 Minutes Imagines a Different War in Yemen

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by Derek Davison The November 19 episode of the CBS News program 60 Minutes devoted its first segment to covering the humanitarian atrocity taking place in Yemen. Or rather, it devoted its first segment to covering a fictional crisis loosely… Continue Reading