Muslims in Long Island still remember when their congressman, Peter King, visited their mosque, weddings, and even cut the ribbon at the opening of their new prayer hall. But all that changed on 9/11. And now, what began as a broken relationship between King and Long Island Muslims has festered and grown into what some perceive as a nationwide Congressional investigation into the Muslim American community slated for late February. And as trepidation spreads, Long Island Muslims say they feel a mixture of shame, regret and frustration that the bitterness between them and King could soon pose a threat to the relationship of U.S. Muslims as a whole with their fellow Americans.
At first glance, it might seem that Yemen -- like Somalia -- is a place we should best forget about. It has few proven natural resources, its hinterland is largely barren and inaccessible, and it has a long history of being virtually impossible to govern. But first impressions can be misleading, and if Yemen were to sink into a state of anarchy the implications for the Gulf region and beyond would be profound.
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