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Yemen: In Southern City Of Aden, A Hotbed of Secessionist Revolt

Anti-government protestors in the southern city of Aden, are not just calling for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign, they also want to separate from the north. Chronicle of a divided revolution.

The Yemen flag, a symbol of the country's unity (Sallam)
The Yemen flag, a symbol of the country's unity (Sallam)
Erik Dejour

ADEN – The residents of Aden stroll down Queen Arouah Street as if nothing has happened. They pay little attention to the revolutionaries. Dozens of tents have been erected on rough ground. It is late in the afternoon and a muggy breeze flows through the historic center of this port city in southern Yemen. It is just cool enough to take the edge off the ferociousness of the sun that keeps residents closed indoors, and enables President Ali Abdullah Saleh's opponents to kick off another round of of protests.

"The weather is not helping us," concedes Jamil, a teacher, sitting cross-legged on a mat. And neither does the city's topography. In Aden, the "revolution of the youth" has as many gathering places as there are districts in the city: Khor Maksar, Ma'alla, Mansura, and others. Unlike the Yemen cities of Sanaa or Taiz, there isn't a focal "Change" or "Liberation" square.

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Taking A Position: A Call To Regulate Yoga In India

Trained practitioners warn that unregulated yoga can be detrimental to people's health. The government in India, where the ancient practice was invented, knows this very well — yet continues to postpone regulation.

Prime Minister Modi at a mass yoga demonstration in Lucknow, India

Banjot Kaur

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the observance of the eighth International Yoga Day from Mysuru, in southwestern India, early on the morning of June 21. Together with his colleagues from the Bharatiya Janata Party, he set out to mark the occasion in various parts of the country — reviving an annual ritual that had to take a break for the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yoga is one of the five kinds of alternative Indian medicine listed under India’s AYUSH efforts — standing for "Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and naturopathy, and Homeopathy." Among them, only yoga is yet to be regulated under any Act of Parliament: All other practices are governed by the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM), Act 2020.

Yoga and naturopathy are taught at the undergraduate level in 70 medical colleges across 14 Indian states. The Mangalore University in Karnataka first launched this course in 1989; today, these subjects are also taught at the postgraduate level.

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