That is how I would once have described a typical market (or souk) in Yemen. Skeletal structures of buildings and stalls lie empty where once vibrant businesses sold coffee, spices, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, clothes and children’s toys.
By contrast, on the other side of the world a lucrative market in high-tech weaponry is positively thriving.
The crown prince is attempting to raise non-oil revenue and improve public finances because of low oil prices worldwide.
To be sure, Houthi opposition forces have killed and injured civilians in Yemen with impunity using imprecise battlefield weapons in residential areas, displaying a total disregard for civilian lives.
Such indiscriminate attacks violate the laws of war and may amount to war crimes.
Also, retirees and social security recipients will receive 3 each month.
The terms of the deal were announced Thursday by the Department of Defense.