A Yemen Primer

I want to share a number of links to help people get up to speed with the extent of our participation in the war in Yemen. Most of our media breezes over the details or buries the lead under the 24-hour news cycle, but you can put it together if you read enough and cross reference. This is just scratching the surface.

The beautiful classical piece I used to soften the impact is Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers.

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The Origins of Al Qaeda in Yemen (AQY) and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)

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Arming radical Sunni organizations is an American strategy that hearkens back to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan during the Cold War. During the Soviet occupation, the CIA armed, trained, funded, and built tunnel complexes for groups of mujaheddin that eventually became both the Taliban and Al Qaeda. AQAP in Yemen is a direct successor to Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Yemen in Crisis – A Buried Lead

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Here’s a great example of a subject the media effectively buries the lead on. There’s just enough published that folks who follow the issue know about it, but it’s so sparsely reported that many people in North America aren’t even fully aware of the conflict. So what’s going on in Yemen? Why are millions of people facing starvation and epidemics?

Single-Payer Medicare For All – A Look at Universal Health Insurance

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Single-Payer Medicare For All. What is it? Is it a government takeover of all healthcare? Will it cost more than a free market system? How do we even know it’ll work?