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Mar 9, 2023

Rudy, Carson, Eric and Rob sit down to talk about the only socialist state in the Arab peninsula, and arguably in the Arab world: The People's Democratic Republic of Yemen, also known as South Yemen. We discuss its origins, the struggles of the left factions to pursue a socialist path, its economic policies and political turns, as well as the factors that led to its demise through reunification with the north. We also briefly talk about the revival of South Yemeni sentiment during the present war. 


Helen Lackner - Yemen’s Socialist Experiment Was a Political Landmark for the Arab World

Anne-Linda Amira Augustin  - South Yemen's Independence Struggle: Generations of Resistance
Noel Brehony - Yemen Divided: The Story of a Failed State in South Arabia
Fred Halliday - Revolution and Foreign Policy: The Case of South Yemen, 1967-1987
Joseph Kostiner - The Struggle For South Yemen
Joseph Kostiner - South Yemen's Revolutionary Strategy, 1970 1985: From Insurgency To Bloc Politics
Helen Lackner, Husayn Abd Allah Amri - P. D. R. Yemen: Outpost Of Socialist Development In Arabia
Miriam M. Müller - A Spectre Is Haunting Arabia: How the Germans Brought Their Communism to Yemen