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Stephen W. Day, Regionalism and Rebellion in Yemen: A Troubled National Union. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya: What made you write this book? Stephen Day (SD): This book had a long gestation period, so answering this question is a bit complicated. I would say the book has been more than ten years in the making. It originates with my doctoral thesis at Georgetown University. I started field research in Yemen in 1995, five years after the ...Keep Reading »
The Betrayal My faith in poetry is betrayed, as blood, gushing from the heart of the square, now masks the face of words My eyes can no longer make out the shape of things, the tone of things Blood, blood, and more blood It shrouds my soul, my tongue it envelopes the horizon and stains people’s bread, falling on plates, coffee cups, and the eyes of children. * * * What dark shadow casts its corpse ...Keep Reading »
“Thanks, Tunisia! Congratulations Egypt! You are the trailblazers of freedom.” The day after Tunisia’s leader fled his country on January 14, a group of Yemeni students at Sanaa University and members of Women Journalists Without Chains, led by Tawakul Karman, marched toward the Tunisian Embassy to show their support for the Arab world’s first popular uprising in 2011. In recent years, leaders of the Yemeni opposition coalition known as the Joint Meeting ...Keep Reading »
Following the removal of Husni Mubarak from power in Egypt, the inevitable question was “who’s next?” As events of the last week have shown, there are plenty of candidates in this extraordinary season of rotating power in Arab countries. King Hamad ibn Isa and the Khalifa family of Bahrain are feeling pressure from protestors in the streets, as is Muammar Ghadafi of Libya. Yet no one may be more ripe for ousting than Ali Abdallah Salih of Yemen, or AAS, ...Keep Reading »
Stephen Day teaches Middle East politics at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. His book Regionalism and Rebellion in Yemen: A Troubled National Union was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.