THE YEMENS: Murder and Menace

Double deaths in a crisis zone

Even for the Arabian peninsula, where the art of politics still involves tribal feuds, intrigue, murder and bloody coups, it was an extraordinary week: within 48 hours the Presidents of both North Yemen (the Yemen Arab Republic) and South Yemen (the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen) were killed. The double deaths mean political instability for the two neighboring states at the southwestern tip of the Arabian peninsula. Both countries are strategically important for they can control access to the Strait of Bab el Mandeb, through which...

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