Yemen, As Simple as Possible

The biggest battle of Yemen's most recent civil war is underway, and honestly, there's good reason not to know much about what's going on. From Reuters: Arab coalition troops stormed the airport in Yemen’s main port Hodeidah on Tuesday and captured large areas of the compound in battles with Iran-aligned Houthis, a Yemeni military source, … Continue reading Yemen, As Simple as Possible

Saudi Arabia Plans To Starve Yemen’s Houthis Into Submission

From Reuters: Global food crises worsened significantly in 2016 and conditions look set to deteriorate further this year in some areas with an increasing risk of famine, a report said on Friday. "There is a high risk of famine in some areas of north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen because of armed conflict, drought … Continue reading Saudi Arabia Plans To Starve Yemen’s Houthis Into Submission

Why the hell is Yemen shooting at the U.S. Navy?

(Note: This article originally incorrectly stated that Ali Abdullah Saleh was a Sunni; he is in fact a Zaydi.  It also stated that Bahrain and Kuwait's royal families descended from Yemeni tribes; they do not.  The content has now been updated to correct these inaccuracies.)  Of course, it isn't Yemen shooting the Navy at all, but … Continue reading Why the hell is Yemen shooting at the U.S. Navy?

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?

Al Qaeda is Jason Voorhees

Virtually every movie of the Friday the 13th movie should have been the last.  And yet, despite the best efforts of both lucky teenagers and determined writers, Jason Voorhees just keeps coming back.  Why?  Because a hardcore group of people out there keep demanding to see him. Al Qaeda is not so different.  Bin Laden … Continue reading Al Qaeda is Jason Voorhees