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Top 10 Things You Need To Know About Yemen

September 15, 2009


1)    Chandler lied to his girlfriend and told her he was moving here.
2)    The Bin Ladens are from here.
3)    It used to be two countries during the Cold War (North and South Yemen, aptly named), but since 1962, it’s just plain old Yemen.
4)    It’s running out of water in a serious way.  (“Drought” doesn’t begin to cut it.)
5)    It’s is the poorest country in the Arab world.
6)    There’s a tribal insurgency in the north (the “Houthis”) that is testing the limits of the central government’s control.
7)    There are separatists in the south, who are testing the limits of the central government’s control.
8)    Al-Qaeda is making a comeback, which is testing the limits of the central government’s control.
9)    Foreign policy wonks really enjoy referring to it as “the next failed state.”
10)     It’s where the ancient kingdom of Saba, or Sheeba (as in, Queen of), used to be, back when Frankincense was hot. Holler.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. MMB permalink
    September 16, 2009 5:00 am

    Yikes!

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