The (Saudi) King is Dead; Long Live the King (Or: The Many Challenges For King Salman)

First, a Lion King reference.  Now, to serious business. What's it mean to be a king?  Our popular image is of some bro, richly dressed, sitting on a fancy throne, throwing edicts left and right and being waited on hand and foot.  Most importantly, we believe a king can do as he likes; he's the … Continue reading The (Saudi) King is Dead; Long Live the King (Or: The Many Challenges For King Salman)

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Al-Qaeda Returns: Or, Why The Hell Hasn’t Al-Qaeda In Yemen Been Dealt With?

Last week's attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris still has fuzzy details, but we seem to be united on at least one: al-Qaeda is back.  Truthfully, though, al-Qaeda never went anywhere; like Jason Voorhees, al-Qaeda was always just waiting in the woods.  The Islamic State may have been Terrorists of the Year in 2014, but … Continue reading Al-Qaeda Returns: Or, Why The Hell Hasn’t Al-Qaeda In Yemen Been Dealt With?