Behind the unrest in Yemen
Thousands of Yemenis attend a protest Thursday calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign after being in power since 1978.
January 28th, 2011
07:50 PM ET

Behind the unrest in Yemen

The people of Yemen have joined the protests in the Middle East and Africa against long-running regimes.

The unrest in Yemen - the poorest country in the Arab world - would not be as significant on its own. Within the context of uprisings in nearby countries such as Egypt and Tunisia, however, it takes on a new meaning, said Asef Bayat, professor of sociology and Middle Easter Studies at the University of Illinois.

"The demonstrations in Egypt and Tunisia has caused a 'demonstration effect,'" says Bayat.

Half of Yemen’s population is illiterate, so if the young and educated spread their message against President Ali-Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year reign to tribal leaders, a groundswell of tribes may join in.

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  1. chrissy

    @ ruffnutt why dont u just do urself a favor and try a different line of work? and u had to know this was going to happen eventually right?

    January 30, 2011 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    I wasn't calling RUFFNUT a 'troll'. He mentioned that he had been trolled aka someone else was using his name, and I was trying to make sure it was really him.

    January 30, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    @RUFFNUTT...have you ever been to Yemen? I was stuck there for 56 days when I was a young man working in the oilfield. Yemen was having their civil-war back then. Our drilling rig was inside a fenced in barrier patrolled by private military contractors to defend us from the crazies. I was only supposed to be ther for 28 days as per my contract, but the war broke out and we couldn't get anyone to fly in and transport us back because of all the rockets being fired. I watched through binoculars as cargo ships ported at Aden. The cargo (weaponry) was offloaded, and some of the trucks went one way, and the others went the other way. Both sides were being armed by the same suplier. Now who would arm both sides of a war?

    January 30, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    Haha, HelenHull102951 got censored. Good.

    January 30, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
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