December 7, 2011
Christopher Boucek, 38, an authority on the Islamic world who had done research on Saudi Arabia and Yemen and was an associate at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, died Nov. 2 at Reston Hospital Center. His wife, Marie Boucek, said he had a heart attack. He lived in Reston. Dr. Boucek first came to Washington in 1994 as an intern at the State Department. In the late 1990s, he worked with several D.C. organizations dealing with U.S.-Arab relations. He moved to Cairo in 2000 to edit an English-language newspaper and then returned to Washington as media analyst at the Saudi Embassy.
May 13, 2008
Developing countries lose about $92 billion a year because fewer girls than boys attend school, a British charity called Plan estimates, based on a study linking low female school enrollment with lowered economic growth. Here are examples of enrollment gaps and estimated losses in gross national income. Country Gender gap Income lost (billions) Yemen 17% $1.5 India 12% $33 Nigeria 6% $1.7 SOURCE: www.plan-international.org/news/girlseducation
November 28, 2009
Tears and rage welled up when I saw the wrenching, heartbreaking photo of a malnourished child in the Mazraq refugee camp in Yemen ["Conflict deepens crisis in Yemen," Nov. 21]. I wanted to post the picture on my Facebook page, but surprise: The online version of the story doesn't include the photo, only a map of the region. That one photograph is worth the proverbial thousand words about the crisis in Yemen, and other countries for that matter, where children are fighting for their lives, often starving to death, thanks to the brutish policies of their countries' leaders.
January 11, 2010 |
SANAA, YEMEN -- Yemen's president vowed over the weekend to track down al-Qaeda militants who refuse to renounce terrorism, as President Obama affirmed in a magazine interview that he has no plans at the moment to send troops to Yemen in response to concerns that the terrorist network's presence has become more dangerous in that country. The comments by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a longtime ruler who has been accused of vacillating about his country's Islamic extremists, underscored a growing sense in Yemen that his government could be imperiled if stronger actions are not taken.
January 10, 2010
THE DISMAL socioeconomic state of Yemen inspires despair in some of those considering what can be done about al-Qaeda's base there. It's the same defeatism that infects the discussion of other hosts to terrorism -- Afghanistan, Pakistan or Somalia. Experts acknowledge that bad or nonexistent governance, extreme poverty, and unchecked proselytizing and intimidation by Islamic extremists create the conditions under which al-Qaeda can train and recruit fighters and prepare attacks against the United States.
February 1, 2012 |
The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal court Wednesday to force the Obama administration to release legal and intelligence records related to the killing of three U.S. citizens in drone attacks in Yemen last year. The lawsuit , filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, charged the Justice and Defense departments and the CIA with illegally failing to respond to requests made in October under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It cited public comments made by President Obama, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and other officials in arguing that the government cannot credibly claim a secrecy defense.
April 26, 2011 |
Tom Donilon, President Obama's national security adviser, has a reputation as a "process guy," meaning that he runs an orderly decision-making system at the National Security Council, and as a "political guy" with a feel for Capitol Hill and the media. Now, facing the rolling crisis of the Arab Spring, Donilon has had to transform into the ultimate "policy guy" — coordinating administration strategy for a revolution that will alter the foreign-policy map for decades. U.S. strategy is still a work in progress.
September 30, 2011 |
THE KILLING of Anwar al-Aulaqi by a U.S. airstrike in Yemen on Friday delivered a significant blow to al Qaeda and — in spite of the cleric's U.S. citizenship — was clearly justified, both legally and morally. Some analysts pointed out that Mr. Aulaqi was not the leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula or its robust operations in Yemen. But that misses the point of why he was dangerous, and why President Obama was right to place him on a target list. Considerable evidence supports the administration's contention that Mr. Aulaqi played a direct role in attempted attacks on the United States, including the failed bombing of an airplane on Christmas Day 2009 and a plot to bring down two cargo planes with explosives placed in packages.
June 7, 2012
Thanks for the June 3 front-page article " Increase in drone strikes in Yemen raises questions . " A quick read told me that, from the president on down, the U.S. government is not questioning itself about the use of drones. It is steadfast in its determination to expand the criteria for the use of drone technology, which already defy both international and U.S. law. This is "waterboarding isn't torture" all over again. Helen Schietinger, Washington