YEMEN: The Imam's Peace

When the fierce old Imam of Yemen clumped off to Rome five months ago to treat his arthritis, rheumatism, heart trouble (and reportedly drug addiction), all the malcontents produced by his eleven years of absolute rule thought they saw their chance. No sooner was the Imam gone than his troops mutinied, his courtiers began to intrigue, and tribal chieftains began to fight out their ancient grudges against each other. Swayed by Egyptian advice, the Imam's bumbling caretaker son. Crown Prince Badr, unsuccessfully tried to buy off the dissidents by promising "reforms"—the appointment of a representative council, more army pay and...

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