Yemen (Arabic: ٱلْيَمَن, translit. al-Yaman), officially the Republic of Yemen (Arabic: ٱلْجُمْهُورِيَّة ٱلْيَمَنِيَّة, translit. al-Jumhūriyyah al-Yamaniyyah), is a country at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen is the second-largest Arab country in the peninsula, occupying 527,970 square kilometers. The coastline stretches for about 2,000 kilometers. It is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the north, the Red Sea to the west, the Gulf of Aden and Guardafui Channel to the south, and the Arabian Sea and Oman to the east. Although Yemen's constitutionally stated capital is the city of Sana'a, the city has been under Houthi rebel control since February 2015. Yemen's territory includes more than 200 islands; the largest of these is Socotra.
Measures of Freedom
2014: 4.56, Rank: 158, Personal Freedom: 2.67, Economic Freedom: 6.44, Democracy Index: 3.19
2014: 6.44, Rank: 115
2016: Status: Not Free, Aggregate Score: 17, Political Rights: 7, Civil Liberties: 6
Comments on Ted Kennedy's observation that U.S. foreign aid was being used as bribery, expanding to discuss other perverse and destructive consequences of such aid programs
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