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Yemen, the Middle East, and the World Beyond

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The Last Refuge Reviewed

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over 1 year ago

Earlier today Bruce Riedel, writing for the Daily Beast, posted the first review of The Last Refuge.  His review opens like this: Obama will have to face the growing menace of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the failing state in Yemen that it thrives on. The response must be ...

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Sanaa Notebook: al-Qaeda and Electricity

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over 1 year ago

On Tuesday, October 2 the lights in Sanaa went out.*  The power cut in the Yemeni capital wasn’t particularly surprising.  Yemen has been suffering rolling blackouts for years; a problem that only grew worse during the 2011 uprisings that forced the country’s long-serving president, Ali Abdullah ...

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'Adnan al-Qadhi and the Day After

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over 1 year ago

Earlier today an apparent US drone strike targeted and killed 'Adnan al-Qadhi in the area of Sanhan, just south of Sanaa. I say apparent drone strike, because while there is no confirmation from the US - as is usual in events like this - the attack took place at night and Yemen has often said ...

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Event List

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over 1 year ago

I will do my level best not to turn this site into a constant stream of book promos and the like in my transparent attempt to sell copies - I'll try. But for those who are interested in book news there are three events coming up in New York, Washington DC, and Denver between November 12 ...

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Two Things for those with Electricity

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over 1 year ago

Hurricane Sandy hit Waq al-waq hard - although, mercifully, not nearly as hard as many who are still suffering - knocking out power and forcing us to become one of those people of the dark, scurrying about town trying to find a place to plug in a trio of mac products with laughably short battery ...

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Security in Sanaa

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almost 2 years ago

Feelings are difficult to quantify and contextualize.  By nature they are fleeting and nearly impossible to judge according to any accurate barometer and yet they are still there dancing around the margins of our mind, and whether we admit it or not they often shape the way we think. Over the ...

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To Yemen and Back

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almost 2 years ago

As some of you may know, I recently took a short trip to Yemen to see for myself how things on the ground had changed since Salih was forced to step down as president.  I had several productive interviews and meetings and I'm currently writing up some of what I found.  Many of my impressions and ...

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A Hill in Sanaa

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almost 2 years ago

Despite appearances I have not forgotten about Waq al-waq, and while I'll spare you the usual and tired excuses for my lack of posts I will direct you to the National, which today ran an op-ed I wrote on the US Embassy attack last week in Sanaa. Here is the first paragraph:  Forty years ago ...

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Guest Post: Reflections on a Riot

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almost 2 years ago

Ed: Brian O'Neill, the co-founder of Waq al-waq, returns home with this piece on today's attack on the US Embassy in Sanaa.   (Before we start, I’d like to thank Greg for inviting me to guest post.  Writing on Waq al-Waq is like returning home, if home had somehow moved to a newer, nicer ...