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A Yemeni reporter's story on the attack in Sanaa, on a line of young men seeking to join the police, with a bomb killing fifty and injuring a hundred:http://blog.haykal.sg/the-yemen/51-m...ayhem-in-sanaa

I cite one passage on what security means for the Yemeni people themselves:
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There is one constant truth in Sanaa these last few years : the Yemeni government, the police, the army and the various militias who populate the Yemeni capital are too busy with their own fights to provide Yemeni citizens with any form of security. In Sanaa, each man has to be personally responsible to protect his home, family and children.
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A short guide and comment on the apparently relentless demise of the Yemeni state:http://soufangroup.com/tsg-intelbrie...ploding-yemen/
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Default As Yemen nears the abyss, DoD is calm

As the Yemeni government goes through a difficult time, in Washington DC Michael Vickers, a DoD Under-Secretary, seems unperturbed as the Houthis appear to take greater power.

To be fair the political contortions, mainly followed on Twitter, are - well - Yemeni. The President resigns, his ostensible replacement is a place man for the former president; parliament refuses to accept the resignation and speculation is rife that the south will pursue a different path. Ah, the parliament was last elected in 2003. its term ended in 2009 and has been extended by them since then.

Back to Mr Vickers public statement; in summary:
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Despite alarmist news reports, the Barack Obama administration appears to have adjusted to the rise of the Houthis in Yemen and is continuing attacks on al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Link:http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/orig...#ixzz3Pa2g6WpC
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Default The End Of Yemen?

Gregory Johnsen, a non-residnet now SME, writes a column entitled: 'Yemenís constant state of political crisis reached a new zenith on Thursday with the presidentís resignation. But the worst may be yet to come:http://www.buzzfeed.com/gregorydjohn...men#.twEY7nbor

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.....as more regions drift out of the orbit of Sanaa, AQAP will likely attempt to exploit the situation by seizing as much territory as it can. Indeed, that is what much of Yemen has become: a land grab for any group strong enough to hold what it claims.
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Default An introduction to Yemen's emergency

An article from a Yemen SME, who it appears is still in country which helps IMHO:https://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-a...%27s-emergency

I had been wondering how the Huthis had reached Sanaa, without much fighting and the author's answer reflects the byzantine ways of the Yemen:
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How did the Huthis rise from being a minority regional politico-military movement to taking complete control over the formal state in less than one year? Long suspected by most Yemenis, but ignored by the international community, and denied by both concerned parties, the alliance between the Huthis and Saleh has been the main factor behind their military success. The vast majority of the Huthisí armed forces are military and security units loyal to Saleh who follow his orders. Moreover even senior Huthi leaders take orders from Saleh.
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A press release from Oxfam on the humanitarian situation:
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More than half of Yemenís population needs aid and a humanitarian crisis of extreme proportions is at risk of unfolding in the country if instability continues, Oxfam warns today.
  • Throughout the country there are 16 million people in need of aid, meaning one in three people needing help in the entire Middle East is Yemeni.
  • Ten million Yemenis do not have enough to eat, including 850,000 acutely malnourished children.
  • Millions have no clean water and are unable to access basic healthcare services.
Unless the deepening crisis in Yemen is addressed soon it will be almost impossible to prevent this dangerous situation from becoming deadly, putting huge numbers of lives at risk.

It appears for depth there is an OCHA report with more details linked in.

Link:http://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pr...ons-lives-risk
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A map recommended via Twitter by a SME, it comes from the AEI Critical Threats Project:http://www.criticalthreats.org/yemen

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