Must-Reads from Around the World: February 21, 2012

Ballot for One – Yemen heads to the polls on Tuesday to replace long-time ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh. Interestingly, the only candidate on the ballot is Vice President Abd-Rabbua Mansour Hadi, who took power after Saleh stepped …

Ratings Already in the Toilet, al-Qaeda Loses its Star Televangelist

The prominence of Anwar al-Awlaki in al-Qaeda had been a symptom of the organization’s degradation under the relentless attack of U.S. and allied intelligence services over the past decade. For the U.S.-born Yemeni Youtube preacher was not exactly your battle-hardened field commander who’d made his name as a leader of men in battle; …

Yemen in Tense Political Limbo

Jeb Boone reports for TIME on the tense situation in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a. As Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh recovers in Saudi Arabia from an attack on his home, many ordinary Yemenis celebrate his (at least temporary) departure. But, as Boone reports, a climate of fear and uncertainty remains suspended over the city and …

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