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Territory in the southern Arabian Peninsula, ruled since 1990 by the al-Jumhūrīyah al-Yamanīyah

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

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 4.56, Rank: 158, Personal Freedom: 2.67, Economic Freedom: 6.44, Democracy Index: 3.19
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 6.44, Rank: 115
Yemen | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Not Free, Aggregate Score: 17, Political Rights: 7, Civil Liberties: 6
Yemen collapsed into civil and regional war in 2015. Tensions between Houthi forces, which had occupied Sanaa in late 2014, and President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi's government continued into the early part of the year, when efforts to negotiate an end to the political stalemate between competing forces broke down. In January, Houthi leaders rejected a new constitution that would have led to the creation of a federated Yemen and decentralized power. Soon thereafter, Hadi resigned as president and fled the country, eventually settling in Saudi Arabia.

Articles

But Foreign Aid Is Bribery! And Blackmail, Extortion, and Theft Too!, by Jacob Hornberger, 26 Sep 2003
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
The threat is a simple one: Do as we say or lose your dole. For example, when Yemen voted against a UN resolution authorizing United States to use force against Iraq in 1990, UN Ambassador Thomas Pickering walked over to the Yemeni ambassador and said, "That's the most expensive No vote you ever cast." According to writer John Pilger, "Within three days, a U.S aid program to one of the world's poorest countries was stopped. Yemen suddenly had problems with the World Bank and the IMF; and 800,000 Yemeni workers were expelled from Saudi Arabia."
Related Topics: Foreign Entanglements, Turkey
The U.S. Empire Provokes Terrorism, by Sheldon Richman, 8 Aug 2013
Examines the claims and behavior of the Obama administration in response to "terrorist chatter" supposedly intercepted by them and counsels changing the interventionist foreign policy
Without cost or risk, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's successor, and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, head of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (Yemen), can have a big laugh as they send American officials running around as though their hair were on fire ... As a bonus, President Obama's claim about al-Qaeda's degradation is revealed as an empty boast. (Yemeni officials claim they foiled a plot. But who knows?) ... the latest alleged unspecified threat comes from Yemen, 2,000 miles from Kabul ... the Globe and Mail reported earlier that "a suspected U.S. drone killed four alleged al-Qaeda members in Yemen."

Cartoons and Comic Strips

Declaration of Thingamajig, by Mark Fiore, 22 Jun 2011
On the wars ... hostilities ... thingamajigs of the U.S. empire

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Yemen" as of 2 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.