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WNYC News

Yemeni New Yorkers Watch Unrest Back Home And Organize

Sunday, February 20, 2011

For a number of Yemeni-Americans, the grievances about life in Yemen revolve around a clear set of problems: the poverty, the endless bureaucracy, the seemingly endless rule of President Ali Abdullah Salleh, who is facing the greatest challenge in his 33-year reign. But more than anything else, it is the collective memory of corruption that seems to fuel resentment and makes Yemenis abroad convinced that Salleh must go.

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The Takeaway

Small Protests Continue in Cities Across Yemen

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Protests continue in Yemen with thousands of people taking to the streets in cities across the country in the hopes of forcing President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign. According to the Associated Press, 2,000 police officers faced off with protesters yesterday in the capital of Sana, firing guns in the air and blocking students from joining the demonstrations. We talk with Hakim Almasmari publisher and editor of The Yemen Post, who is currently in Sana, Yemen. 

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WQXR News

Protests Spread in Iran, Bahrain, and Yemen

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Demonstrations are sprouting up in the Middle East, on the heels of recent uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Protestors are taking their message to the streets in Iran and Bahrain, among others this week.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Middle East, Budget, G20 Summit

Monday, February 14, 2011

With protesters in Egypt successfully overthrowing President Hosni Mubarak, following successful protests in Tunisia, we take a look at Yemen. That country has seen protests all weekend — not from the opposition but from the youth of the country, who have organized primarily via text messaging. Noel King, managing producer for The Takeaway, looks at why the U.S. should be keeping a close eye on what's happening in Yemen, as well as in Iran. 

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The Takeaway

Mideast Protests and President Bush's 'Freedom Agenda'

Monday, February 07, 2011

As political unrest spreads across the Middle East, analysts here in the United States wonder whether and how U.S. policy has influenced the protestors. How does the U.S.’s increasing role in the Middle East since 9/11 — in Afghanistan, Iraq and in the Israel-Palestine conflict — relate to the current political instability in the reigon?

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The Takeaway

Amid Political Turmoil in Arab World, Yemen's President Pledges to Step Down in 2013

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Following massive protests in Egypt and Tunisia, longtime president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, announced he would not seek re-election in 2013. He also pledged that he his son would not be his successor. The concessions come ahead of planned anti-government protests in Yemen today.

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It's A Free Country ®

Egypt Protests One Week In

Monday, January 31, 2011

This is Egypt focusing on Egypt. Yes, Mubarak has been one of the major allies of US administrations for decades now, and they knew very well that he was a dictator and ran a police state, but this revolution is about getting rid of his tyranny and his dictatorship of 30 years. It has nothing to do with the US and Israel. It has everything to do with Egypt saying this it the time for our freedom and dignity..

Mona Eltahawycolumnist and public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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It's A Free Country ®

The Mix: From Washington To Cairo

Friday, January 28, 2011

Welcome to It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips from this week's news and mix 'em up. Remember the State of the Union address? This week felt like it was split in two - pre- and post-game for President Obama's big speech; and then all attention turned to the Middle East, where pro-democracy protests spread from Tunisia to Yemen and then, on Friday, rocked the streets of Egypt.

The Mix reflects this week's two halves, with clips from our coverage of the State of the Union followed by the reaction to the Arab protests from Hillary Clinton; Yemeni blogger Walid Al-Saqaf offering a word of caution;Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign relations talking about the implications of Egypt's protests; and write Mona Eltahawy with an optimistic view of the spread of democracy.

[beats from Sabzi and J. Cole]

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It's A Free Country ®

Protests in Yemen

Friday, January 28, 2011

All of them have one common denominator, which is injustice, social injustice. All of those regimes had privileged certain groups in society and amassed wealth through illegal means like corruption...The people needed to be the rulers, not the other way around. If Tunisia did it, why shouldn't we do it?

Walid Al-Saqaf, founder and administrator of Yemen Portal, speaking about protest in Yemen and the rest of the Arab world on The Brian Lehrer Show

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WQXR News

New Protests Erupt in Yemen as Demonstrations Continue in Egypt

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thursday marked the third day of protests against President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, and new protests against the ruling government in Yemen — the latest country in the region to experience demonstrations against the government.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Unrest in Egypt

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Unrest in Egypt

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The Takeaway

Videos of Radical Cleric Removed From YouTube

Thursday, November 04, 2010

YouTube has removed a number of videos from its site featuring Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical cleric credited with recruiting extremists to commit acts of violence against the West. Awlaki, who is an American citizen born in New Mexico, is based out of Yemen and affiliated with Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. YouTube acted after American and British officials pressed for the videos to be removed.

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WQXR News

Mail Bombs Discovered in Greece

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

The BBC reports that two mail bombs exploded in separate incidents on Tuesday, one at the Swiss embassy and another at the Russian embassy in Athens, Greece, and that additional suspicious packages addressed to other embassies in Athens were also intercepted. No injuries were reported.

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The Takeaway

After Attempted Bombing, Can the Global Economy Afford to Increase Cargo Security?

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

The bombs found in UPS and FedEx packages last week have raised the issue of security screening for international cargo carriers. Since August 1st, 2010, all cargo loaded onto passenger planes in the U.S. is subject  to mandatory screening, but that isn't the case in many other countries. Only some of the packages traveling on cargo-only flights, on the other hand, are generally screened. Should UPS, FedEx and other shippers be doing more to safeguard air transport?

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The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, November 01, 2010

The NYT's David Sanger joins Kerry Nolan to talk about the terror scare in the mail from Yemen, as well as the death of JFK speech writer and confidant, Theodore Sorenson.

The Takeaway

Increasing Roles for Yemen, Saudi Arabia in Terror and Counter-Terror

Monday, November 01, 2010

The discovery of explosive devices hidden on cargo planes bound for the U.S. has become a clear reality of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula’s strong presence in Yemen, as well as the Saudi Arabian government's increasingly necessary role in counter-intelligence in that region. 

A tip from the Saudi counter-terrorism intelligence agency was the key that led to the discovery of the bombs, which were destined for addresses in the U.S.

 

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WQXR News

President Obama Confirms Packages Found Overseas Had Explosives, Sweeps in New York Area Friday Are Clear

Friday, October 29, 2010

In a speech from the White House Briefing Room on Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama confirmed that suspicious packages found overseas did contain explosive material.

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WNYC News

Obama Confirms Packages Found Overseas Had Explosives, Sweeps in New York Area are Clear

Friday, October 29, 2010

In a speech from the White House Briefing Room on Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama confirmed that suspicious packages found overseas did contain explosive material.

The president said he was informed on Thursday night of suspicious packages from Yemen, en route to the U.S. — specifically, two Jewish sites in Chicago. Those packages were intercepted, and found in Midland, England, and Dubai. Obama said additional precautions are being taken at the nation's airports — including additional checks of cargo — as investigations continue.

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The Takeaway

A Decade After USS Cole, Assessing Terror in Yemen

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ten years ago today, in the deadliest Naval attack in more than two decades, the USS Cole was bombed in Aden, Yemen. Al Qaida claimed responsibility for the suicide attack that killed 17 American sailors and injured 39 others. It was the first time many Americans had heard of the terrorist organization and Anwar al-Awlaki, the man who later be know for his involvement in the Fort Hood shooting and working with the "underwear bomber" in 2009.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Oath: Filming in Yemen

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Laura Poitras, documentary filmmaker and director of The Oath, discusses the film about Osama Bin Laden's bodyguard Abu Jandal and her two years spent filming in Yemen.

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