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Situation In Yemen Worsens As President Resigns 
Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has resigned just days after Houthi rebels battled their way into his presidential palace, plunging the unstable Arab country deeper into chaos.

Hadi had conceded to the demands of Houthi fighters, who overran the capital of Sanaa, seized the presidential palace, and surrounded the president’s home. Hadi expressed willingness to accept a power sharing deal with the Houthis and to amend a draft constitution opposed by the rebel group.

In exchange, the Houthi fighters agreed to withdraw from areas around the palace, the president’s and prime minister’s homes, and a military base. They additionally agreed to release Hadi’s chief of staff, Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, whom they abducted Saturday.

Instability is causing concerns that the country cannot avoid an economic collapse, which could be devastating considering two-thirds of Yemen’s population are already in need of humanitarian aid, according to reported U.N. figures.

Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia, which has long been Yemen’s economic lifeline, cut most of its financial aid to Yemen after the Houthis seized the capital in September. The Houthis deny receiving any Iranian support, reports The Washington Post.

25 Years After The 1990 World Poverty Report
Lyn Squire of the Brookings Institution examines what has been learned about the poor and their well-being, beneficial interventions, and the concept of poverty since the release of the 1990 World Poverty Report.

“The last quarter-century has witnessed a stunning decline in extreme poverty. Indeed, the Millennium Development Goal of halving the 1990 level was achieved five years before the target date of 2015. What will the next quarter century bring? The answer of course depends on what countries do. Current discourse in policy circles does not bode uniformly well. Thus, the attention presently given to “inclusive growth,” growth that benefits all segments of society, runs the risk of detracting from efforts to give special consideration to those in greatest need,” writes Squire.

Will Integration Solve The Problem Of Islamic Radicalization?
Writing on the War on the Rocks blog, Lorenzo Vidino argues that the issue of integration has been widely overblown by commentators on the left and the right and that a failure to integrate may not be responsible for fomenting radical passions.

“What is really interesting is the assumption that poor integration causes radicalization. It seems intuitive and sensible, but is it true? Several studies seem to disprove the connection. A recent and extensive study conducted at Queen Mary University on a relatively large sample of young British Muslims, for example, showed that those most at risk of radicalization were 18- to 20-year-olds involved in advanced education from wealthy families who spoke English at home,” he writes.

He cites further analysis by Dounia Bouzar, director of the Centre for Prevention Against Islamic Sectarianism, that found two thirds of the families that had contacted her because their children were becoming radicalized actually were middle class.

Moreover, according to another study, 23% of French jihadists in Syria are converts. Discrimination against Muslim immigrants could hardly be seen as the factor triggering the radicalization of this sizeable cross section of French jihadists

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