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Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Salih, Before and After

Yemen's ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Salih spoke on Yemeni TV today from his hospital bed in Saudi Arabia, and said he had eight operations since the bombing which injured him June 3. Al Jazeera English shows us Salih now (left) and before the attack:

It goes without saying that, while he's proven he isn't dead by appearing on television, he has also undercut attempts by some in his government to minimize his injuries and suggest his return is imminent. Does this appearance strengthen or weaken his likelihood of resuming power? It will be worth watching, I think.

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