YEMEN: Revolt & Revenge

If the Imam of Yemen failed to inspire one of Edward Lear's famous limericks, it was only because Lear never heard of him. To this day little is known about this Moslem kingdom, the size of Nebraska, at the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula. That is the way Yemen's despotic ruler, the Imam Saif el Islam Ahmed, wants it. He bars foreigners and does everything he can to keep out of print. But last week there was print without stint: there had been a revolt against the Imam of Yemen....

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