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The situation in Yemen grows worse

Al Jazeera is covering the latest story coming out of Yemen, in which 15 protesters were killed after being shot at from a rooftop by security forces.  The article suggests the moment of critical mass is approaching quickly.

Meanwhile, the New York Times is reporting a policy shift in the Obama administration:

The Obama administration had maintained its support of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in private and refrained from directly criticizing him in public, even as his supporters fired on peaceful demonstrators, because he was considered a critical ally in fighting the Yemeni branch of Al Qaeda. This position has fueled criticism of the United States in some quarters for hypocrisy for rushing to oust a repressive autocrat in Libya but not in strategic allies like Yemen and Bahrain.

That position began to shift in the past week, administration officials said. While American officials have not publicly pressed Mr. Saleh to go, they have told allies that they now view his hold on office as untenable, and they believe he should leave.

Finally, BBC News has an article on whether or not we’ve hit the tipping point for Yemen.  They include, at the end of the article, the social indicators chart that we’ve seen before.  The last time I took a cursory glance at the chart, my takeaway was that Libya and Yemen were the most ripe for revolution.

 

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