Continued Unrest in Yemen

Via the BBC:  Yemen tense as capital sees huge rival rallies

Anti-government protesters predict their biggest rally yet to demand the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in power since 1978.

Addressing a rally of his supporters, he said he was ready to hand over power but only to "safe hands".

While condemning bloodshed, he also urged his supporters to "stand firm".

Of course, the key to the above is whose hands are “safe” (and “safe” for whom) and what standing “firm” means in a context where 50 protestors have already been shot dead.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter