United Arab Emirates-Backed Forces Square Off with Saudi Allies in Southern Yemen; FROM THE ARCHIVES: The History of Protest in China; Global Notes: El Paso Processes Grief Through Music

In this file photo taken Saturday, March 21, 2015, members of a militia group loyal to Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, known as the Popular Committees, chew qat, Yemen’s favorite drug, as they sit next to their tank, guarding a major intersection in Aden, Yemen. The United Arab Emirates, one of the most powerful parties in Yemen’s war, has begun to draw down its forces in past weeks in 2019, leaving the Saudi-led coalition with a weakened ground presence and fewer tactical options. The withdrawal of several thousand troops comes amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iran, and as the Iranian-allied Yemeni rebels known as Houthis increase their attacks on Saudi Arabia.
In this file photo taken Saturday, March 21, 2015, members of a militia group loyal to Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, known as the Popular Committees, chew qat, Yemen's favorite drug, as they sit next to their tank, guarding a major intersection in Aden, Yemen. The United Arab Emirates, one of the most powerful parties in Yemen’s war, has begun to draw down its forces in past weeks in 2019, leaving the Saudi-led coalition with a weakened ground presence and fewer tactical options. The withdrawal of several thousand troops comes amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iran, and as the Iranian-allied Yemeni rebels known as Houthis increase their attacks on Saudi Arabia. AP Photo
In this file photo taken Saturday, March 21, 2015, members of a militia group loyal to Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, known as the Popular Committees, chew qat, Yemen’s favorite drug, as they sit next to their tank, guarding a major intersection in Aden, Yemen. The United Arab Emirates, one of the most powerful parties in Yemen’s war, has begun to draw down its forces in past weeks in 2019, leaving the Saudi-led coalition with a weakened ground presence and fewer tactical options. The withdrawal of several thousand troops comes amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iran, and as the Iranian-allied Yemeni rebels known as Houthis increase their attacks on Saudi Arabia.
In this file photo taken Saturday, March 21, 2015, members of a militia group loyal to Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, known as the Popular Committees, chew qat, Yemen's favorite drug, as they sit next to their tank, guarding a major intersection in Aden, Yemen. The United Arab Emirates, one of the most powerful parties in Yemen’s war, has begun to draw down its forces in past weeks in 2019, leaving the Saudi-led coalition with a weakened ground presence and fewer tactical options. The withdrawal of several thousand troops comes amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iran, and as the Iranian-allied Yemeni rebels known as Houthis increase their attacks on Saudi Arabia. AP Photo

United Arab Emirates-Backed Forces Square Off with Saudi Allies in Southern Yemen; FROM THE ARCHIVES: The History of Protest in China; Global Notes: El Paso Processes Grief Through Music

On today’s show:

  • Separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates seized a Yemeni from Saudi-backed government forces, potentially causing a rift between the two allies.
  • Jonathan Spence, former Professor of History and Yale University joined us in 1999 to talk about the history of protest in China.
  • Following a mass shooting that claimed 22 lives in El Paso, the song “Amor Eterno” has become an unofficial anthem for vigils in the victims’ memory.