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What’s next for jihadists in Yemen?

Supporters of Shiite Houthi rebels attend a rally in Sanaa, Yemen, on Dec. 5, 2017. (Hani Mohammed/AP) Yemen is becoming the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations. The divisive and violent civil war allowed the resurgence of militant jihadist groups such as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Islamic State, especially since the security and governance vacuum following the Saudi-led coalition’s intervention in 2015. [LISTEN: What militant jihadist poetry tells us about Yemen] Over the past year, the United States and the United Arab Emirates have claimed several key counterterrorism victories against the Islamic State and...

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What’s behind Alexei Navalny’s digital challenge to Vladimir Putin’s regime? 5 things to know.

On Thursday, Russian anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny was briefly detained in Moscow after leaving his dentist. Navalny says he faces charges of organizing illegal protests, which could land him in jail until after Russia’s March 2018 elections. Who is Alexi Navalny, and why is he such a threat? Navalny, a 41-year-old lawyer, spent some 60 days in detention centers last year and found himself barred from registering as a candidate in the March elections. Instead, he has built an organization that has emerged as the most serious domestic political challenge to the regime of President Vladimir Putin. This latest...

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This is how the NRA ‘politically weaponized’ its membership

Veronica Hartfield stands with her son, Ayzayah Hartfield, during a candlelight vigil for her husband, Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield, a victim of the mass shooting there. (Gregory Bull/AP) Editor’s note:  In the aftermath of the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, President Trump praised the National Rifle Association, while NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre accused politicians and the media of exploiting “tragedy for political gain.” This Monkey Cage piece on how the NRA crafted its politically active membership was initially published on Oct. 11, 2017. Once again, in response to a...

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