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Returned South Yemen Leader: 'Peaceful Struggle' May Yet Win

Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012 | Farea al-Muslimi

Mohammed Ali Ahmed, a former South Yemeni leader who recently returned from exile, survived an assassination attempt on September 10. Al-Monitor's Farea al-Muslimi interviewed Ahmed, who rarely speaks and remains mostly in seclusion, earlier this summer on topics ranging from al-Qaeda to South Yemen’s prospects for independence.

Imagined Heroism of the Saudi 'Nail Polish Girl'

Wednesday, May. 30, 2012 | Madawi Al-Rasheed, Columnist

Madawi Al-Rasheed weighs in on the viral video of a Saudi woman confronting religious police and says that as long as Saudi women remain unorganized, Saudis and the rest of the world will continue to watch YouTube clips of futile disconnected incidents, grounded in sensationalism and imagined heroism.

Saudi Arabia Turns Blind Eye To Rising Youth Suicide Rates

Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 | Madawi Al-Rasheed, Columnist

A young Saudi man's March 2012 public suicide was caught on video. Madawi Al Rasheed writes that in line with its policy of denial, the regime’s response has been to blame the victim, invoking psychological disorders and Western influence in an attempt to depoliticize the wave of public suicides and ignore the demands of Saudi Arabia's youth.

Iran Picks Awkward Time to Escalate Gulf Tensions

Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 | Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Contributor

With his provocative visit to the contested island Abu Musa, Ahmadinejad has demonstrated that even after seven years he is still a political novice.

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