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The Optimistic Muslim

The Optimistic Muslim – Yemen: Place of Hope, or Newest Middle East Hotspot?

Yemen, the only pure republican democracy in the Middle East, is also the poorest, most trouble-stricken country on the planet. And like many other Arab States it too is sinking into armed rebellion. Running out of water and oil, and with al-Qaeda lurking in the backcountry, is it running out of time as well? Join the Optimistic Muslim as he talked to two women in the middle of it all: Canadian Development Specialist - Donna Kennedy-Glans, working with the Yemeni diaspora throughout the world to bring peace and prosperity back to their country, and Maria al-Masani, Yemeni ex-pat, ex-Yemeni diplomat and still proud Yemeni-Canadian, about the challenges and hopes facing Yemen, and what’s really happening there on the ground today. Can Yemen’s woman leaders even make al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki sing a different tune?