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Protesters Storm US Embassy Compound In Yemen

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Chanting "death to America," hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen's capital and burned the American flag on Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on American diplomatic missions in the Middle East.

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The Takeaway

How to Leave Your Whole Life Behind

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Prime Minister Riad Hijab joined the list of defectors from Syria on Monday. It's the highest level defection from Syria yet, but what does it take to pack up and leave your life behind?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: The Accelerated Drone War in Yemen

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A report from the New America Foundation has found that the Obama Administration has dramatically escalated its drone war in Yemen. Peter Bergen talks about the report’s findings and their regional implications.

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On The Media

Combatants and "Combatants"

Friday, June 01, 2012

According to an article in The New York Times last week, the Obama administration treats “all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants”. Brooke talks to Chris Woods, reporter for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, who has been working with reporters on the ground to confirm and put names to civilian casualties of drone strikes, about the discrepancies between his reporting and the reports of the US government.

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The Takeaway

State Department Targets Al Qaeda Website in Yemen

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Last night in Florida, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said U.S. specialists hacked into websites run by Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen. The hackers were able to change online ads that boasted about killing Americans into advertisements that underscored the deaths of Muslim civilians in Al Qaeda terror attacks. We're joined by Jamie Doran, a producer for Frontline who worked on the new documentary "Al Qaeda in Yemen."

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The Future of Yemen

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

At least 96 people were killed in the capital city of Yemen yesterday, after a suicide bomber disguised as a Yemeni soldier blew himself up during a military parade rehearsal near the presidential palace in Sana. The bombing was the country's most devastating terrorism attack in years, and the Al Qaeda affiliate that operates within the state has claimed responsibility for the mass killings. Yemen expert Charles Schmitz discusses the country's future.

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The Takeaway

Yemen Suicide Bombing Death Toll Climbing

Monday, May 21, 2012

The fight between al-Qaeda and the Yemeni government continues this morning. At least 38 people were killed today when a suicide bomber attacked rehearsal for a military parade. There is also word that a member of the U.S. military was wounded today in what is being called an attack by Al Qaeda. Joining us from Sanaa is Reuters Correspondent Tom Finn.

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The Takeaway

Foiled Terrorist Plot Reveals Disturbing New Garment Bomb

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The headlines this morning are all about underwear bombs but the man behind this terrorist device, Ibrahim al Asiri, the bomb maker for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, may be the bigger story. The FBI in Washington is picking apart a bomb it says was central to a foiled al-Qaeda plot to blow up an airliner bound for the United States. The garment bomb triggered by chemicals alone, no metal parts, and was found in Yemen where Ibrahim Al Asiri and al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula are based. Joining us now is Tom Finn, correspondent for Reuters based in Sana, Yemen.

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The Takeaway

US to Escalate Drone Campaign in Yemen

Friday, April 27, 2012

The CIA and the Pentagon have been granted new and broader authority to carry out drone strikes in Yemen. The Obama Administration reportedly approved the clandestine campaign's expansion earlier this month, reflecting growing concern over Yemen being a safe haven for Al Qaeda operatives. Greg Miller, national security correspondent for The Washington Post explains what this policy shift will mean for the US's overseas drone campaign.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Jeremy Scahill on Yemen

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Jeremy Scahill, National Security Reporter for The Nation magazine, talks about the United States’ increasingly unpopular counter-terrorism efforts in Yemen.

 

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Outside reaction to the crises in Syria and Iran

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Outside reaction to the crises in Syria and Iran

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The Takeaway

Yemen Elects a New President

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The people of Yemen will go to the polls today to elect a new president. The elections come after a year of violent street protests to get rid of President Ali Saleh. Yemen is now thought to be the biggest base for Islamic militants in the world. Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, the BBC's Middle East correspondent has been to Yemen to file this report.

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Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh Set to Arrive in NY for Medical Treatment

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The departing president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is expected to arrive in New York on Wednesday for medical treatment.

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The Takeaway

Islamic Extremism in Yemen

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

There are increasing worries Al Qaeda is using the instability in Yemen to spread its influence. An American military operation assassinated the radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki last year. One week ago militants took over the town of RaddaStephen Sackur, with our partner the BBC, sent this report.

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The Takeaway

Yemeni President Abdullah Saleh Approved for US Medical Visa

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

For nearly a year, Yemeni President Abdullah Saleh has harshly responded to protesters opposing his government. However, as a long-time partner in America's war on terror, the 200 casualties and 100,000 displaced demonstrators have in large part been overlooked by the U.S. government. Saleh was severely burned in an attack on the presidential palace in June, and has been granted a visa to come to the U.S. for medical treatment.

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The Takeaway

What's the Future of Guantánamo?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wednesday marks the tenth anniversary of the United States opening a detention camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The past decade has seen no shortage of controversy about the base, both on legal and moral terms. Barack Obama campaigned for president on the promise to close the base, but signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act on December 31, which includes a provision allowing indefinite military detention without trial. There are currently 171 prisoners being held there, and no signs of shutting the facility down in the near future.

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The Takeaway

A Look Back at the Arab Spring

Thursday, December 29, 2011

One of the biggest stories of the year was the Arab Spring. Starting in Tunisia and spreading to Egypt, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Bahrain, the ongoing protests across the Middle East and Northern Africa toppled decades-old dictatorships and forever changed the world's perception of the region. 

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Embattled Yemeni Leader Allowed to Seek Treatment in US

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

After fierce internal debate, the White House has decided to allow Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to travel to the United States to seek medical treatment, The New York Times reported on Monday. The decision is expected to be met with controversy. Many Yemenis want to see Saleh prosecuted for the deaths of hundreds of anti-government demonstrators who were killed protesting his decades-long rule. The Obama administration hopes removing Saleh from Yemen will help clear a path for democratic elections next year. Hakim Almasari, editor of The Yemen Post, reacts to the decision from Sana'a.

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The Takeaway

Yemeni President Will Not Step Down

Monday, October 10, 2011

Faced with intense opposition from both politicians and angry protesters who have spent months demanding his ouster, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh raised eyebrows on Saturday with a vaguely worded pledge to step down "in the coming days." By the following day, it appeared his words were hollow when Yemeni officials announced that Saleh would stay in power until elections scheduled for next year.

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Christians and Police Clash Violently in Egypt

Monday, October 10, 2011

In the worst incident of violence in Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February, 24 people died, and more than 200 were wounded after a protest in Cairo turned violent on Sunday. Christians protesting a recent attack against a Coptic church in Aswan province were attacked by police. Thousands filled the streets chanting, "the people want to bring down the field marshal," in reference to Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and the military council that has ruled Egypt since February.

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