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New phase for Yemen

June 11, 2011


There was much rejoicing in Yemen over the departure of Ali Abdallah Saleh, but the shelling and clashes that left more dead also signal that Saleh’s exit marks the beginning of a new phase that presents as much danger as the battle to remove the president.

Yemeni regime sources tried to spin Saleh’s trip to Saudi Arabia as a temporary visit, but all indications point to this dictator having served his last day in office. The Saudis, after months of trying to ease Saleh out through three failed deals to transfer power, will certainly exert more efforts to keep him from returning to Sanaa.

While the disgraced ruler might be out of the equation — and that is cause for joy — a broad consensus existed that he must go, so now a whole host of conflicting interests must be confronted. The question is whether the people of Yemen, who demonstrated such admirable courage and restraint in demonstrating for months largely unarmed against a brutal and unscrupulous regime, can forge a new, democratic regime and will not let tribal animosities plunge the country into civil war. ...

Regional and world powers will be paying close attention to Yemen — with so much of the world’s oil supply passing through the Red Sea — but they must proceed carefully. There are many wise Yemenis who led the struggle to get rid of Saleh, and now that he is mercifully gone, the international community must support these groups to build the democracy that Yemen deserves — for this post-Saleh stage, as all must realize, could also easily deteriorate into civil war and the dissolution of the country.


Richard Heckler 7 years ago

Speaker of the House John Boehner is taking heat for allegations of marital infidelity. The National Enquirer reports that Capitol Hill insiders and political bloggers have been buzzing about an upcoming New York Times probe detailing an alleged affair that Boehner had with Washington lobbyist Lisbeth Lyons.

The National Enquirer cites unnamed “Capitol Hill insiders” and “sources” as saying that Boehner has been having an affair with lobbyist Lisbeth Lyons. While using supermarket tabloids as primary source material is generally frowned upon, the Enquirer was first to break the John Edwards’ infidelity story.

Lisbeth Lyons is the Vice President, Government Affairs for the Printing Industries of America. She is responsible for providing direct advocacy before Congress and the Administration on key industry legislative initiatives, as well as for the strategic direction of the organization’s grassroots and external outreach activities.

According to the Enquirer, Boehner, 61-year-old married father of two, had cheated on his wife Deborah with at least two different women: Lisbeth Lyons and Leigh LaMora, the former press secretary to ex-Colorado Congressman Joel Hefley.

Indeed, an extramarital affair, given the right amount of publicity, is enough to stall the career of any politician.

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jhawkinsf 7 years ago

And you chose to post this here why? The article is about Yemen, or do you simply cut and paste without looking?

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