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02/19/2013

Yemen's new museum - to former President Saleh, by Saleh

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A cardboard cutout of President Ali Abdullah Saleh hangs by a noose over the anti-government protest camp, "Change Square" in Sanaa, Yemen on Feb. 24, 2011. Saleh was pushed from power a year later. (Michelle Shephard/Toronto Star)


Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak was given a life sentence for his role in the deaths of hundreds of protesters - a conviction that was overturned last month. He remains in custody until his retrial.

Libya's Moammar Gadhafi faced a brutal end. Tunisia's former president escaped to Saudi Arabia. Syria's Bashar Assad clings to power in a conflict that the Toronto Star's Paul Watson brought home in horrific detail in his series of reports from Aleppo.

Yemen? Well, as the two-year anniversary of the March 18 massacre nears (the day government snipers fired on civilian protesters from rooftops, killing 52) former President Ali Abdullah Saleh has reportedly opened a museum - to honour himself. Al Arabiya News reports that the museum documents his 33 years in power, including a display of some of the clothes he was wearing when he was injured in a June 2011 assassination attempt.

The Yemen Post asks, "one is left to wonder what Yemenis will make of this rather extraordinary display."

The museum is expected to open to the public soon.


Michelle Shephard is the Toronto Star's National Security correspondent and author of "Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism's Grey Zone." She is a three-time recepient of Canada's National Newspaper Award. Follow her on Twitter @shephardm

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