Can Saleh’s Death End Yemen’s “Equilibrium of Misery”?

It would be no small irony if, in death, former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh advances the cause of peace in his impoverished homeland far more than he ever seemed interested in doing during the final years of his life.

Can Saleh’s Death End Yemen’s “Equilibrium of Misery”?
Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh speaks during a ceremony to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the founding of the Popular Conference Party, in Sanaa, Yemen Aug. 24. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

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