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Yemen protests and crackdown continue despite deal

SANAA — Protest leaders said they feel betrayed by the international community and see little in the agreement to persuade them to leave the streets.

Clashes continue in northern Yemen, death toll rises

Shiite rebels attacked a Sunni Islamist school in northern Yemen Saturday, killing more than 20 people and wounding 70 others.

Yemen president signs deal to end his rule

SANAA — Saleh said his party welcomed a “real partnership” with the opposition, while Saudi Arabia hailed the signing as a “new page” in Yemen’s history.

Protestors to Arab League: suspend Yemen

As the Arab League meets in Morocco to formalize their decision earlier this week to suspend Syria, anti-regime protesters are urging the league to do the same in Yemen.

In UN plan for Yemen, Yemenis are left out

UN envoy says only Yemenis can solve Yemen's crisis. But UN resolution is anything but Yemeni.
A man holds up a dagger as he shouts slogans in support of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh during a protest in the capital Sanaa on Feb. 14, 2011, where thousands of students and lawyers also took to the streets to demand that Saleh step down. (Mohammad Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Jamal bin Omar, said Tuesday that Yemenis themselves must resolve the conflict that has plagued the country for more than 10 months now.

"The solution to the issue of Yemen can only be Yemeni," the envoy said.

Yet the UN resolution that is now before Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is anything but Yemeni.

The resolution, which was unanimously approved by the UN Security Council (which doesn’t include Yemen), calls on Saleh to sign a power-sharing agreement that was first drafted by the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, a regional grouping led by Saudi Arabia.

That power-sharing agreement was drafted by regional governments and Yemen’s political opposition. Negotiations did not include the protesters who have been in the streets since January.


Yemen: At least 9 killed in Taiz fighting, as UN envoy visits Sanaa

Witnesses told Reuters that a woman and two young children were among the people killed in the tank and mortar fire aimed at two residential neighborhoods.

Nobel Laureate Tawakkol Karman demands Security Council take action on Yemen

CAIRO — Before the Arab Spring even had a name, Yemeni authorities threw Tawakkol Karman in jail for two days for helping stage a rally. Now she's a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Drone Wars: The great debate (VIDEO)

PBS Newshour talks to Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap and David Cortright to get both sides of the argument.
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An activist in Abottabad, Pakistan holds a placard during an anti-U.S. protest in May 2011. (ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)

As U.S. President Barack Obama amps up his Drone War, targeting suspected terrorists in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, the public is starting to ask questions, and so are the experts. There are strong arguments on both sides. Proponents of the drones say they can reach where traditional military weapons can't and that they reduce collateral damage and civilian casualties. Others fear they are making war too easy and lack transparency and accountability.

PBS Newshour on Monday night spoke to Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap, executive directory of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University Law School. Dunlap also served as a top lawyer in the Air Force. Dunlap tells PBS that the drones allows the military, or the C.I.A., to retrieve the necessary intelligence before an attack occurs, limiting mistakes and civilian deaths.

"This is a way of using technology in a way that minimizes the threat or the danger not only to the U.S. personnel employing the drones, but also to the people on the ground, because drones give you the opportunity for persistent long-term surveillance before striking a target," he said. "In addition, the technology, the weapons technology, allows for very precise strikes. Do innocent people get killed? Of course they do. But it is the nature of war is such that that is inevitable. This is a way of limiting those unnecessary deaths."

Arguing for the other side is David Cortright, director of policy studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame. Cortright says that although the drones can strike where foot soldiers can't, they do not resolve the political and social problems that give rise to terrorism in the first place.

"These weapons can destroy targets, but they cannot achieve the political goal of ending the threats from terrorism," he said. "And they have posed many grave dangers in terms of security, legal and moral questions for our country. As you said, the technology is spreading. As many as 50 countries may now be developing or purchasing this technology, including countries like China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Iran. Hezbollah has deployed an Iranian-designed drone aircraft."


Drone Wars: The rationale

The United States, having fully embraced the armed and unmanned aerial vehicles as its weapon of choice, is deploying them in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Somalia.

Yemen's President Saleh says he is stepping down within days

"I don't want power and I will give it up in the coming days," Saleh said in a speech on state TV.
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