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Yemen, the Middle East, and the World Beyond

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More Truce Speculation

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over 5 years ago

I exchanged a number of e-mails yesterday with contacts and friends in Yemen about the truce that al-Ghad reported, most of them are cautiously optimistic and mostly believe that the truce is legitimate. I'm a little more wary and would like to see some more evidence before I jump on the bandwagon ...

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Weekend Papers

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over 5 years ago

Leading the way over the weekend is news on the al-Huthi front. We speculated last week on the possibilities of renewed clashes in the wake of the postponed elections and the military deal with Russia and while it is still much too soon to declare that war has once again broken out things are not ...

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Friday Papers

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over 5 years ago

Brian is now a cog in the federal justice system so it is up to me to carry the weight, at least for today. Husayn al-Jarabani of al-Sharq al-Awsat reports that Ahmad Naji was among the three individuals that Yemen authorities arrested yesterday in San'a. For those with an incredible memory, Naji ...

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The Salafi Spectrum

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over 5 years ago

One can sometimes get the impression - not from reading this blog, of course - that all Islamists are violent, even if they aren't all al-Qaeda. For those, I would recommend this piece in the February issue of the CTC Sentinel on "Deconstructing Salafism in Yemen" by Laurent Bonnefoy, a bright ...

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Jihadi Vocab

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over 5 years ago

I have thought for some time now that a book that is really needed is some sort of jihadi dictionary, explaining common words phrases and allusions that often pepper jihadi magazines and videos. Not that the book would really sell beyond a few hundred copies, but still.... Anyway, one particular ...

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Thursday Papers

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over 5 years ago

Presumably there is more news than me finally being able to transfer al-Wahayshi's latest speech on to my i-pod so that I can listen to his creaking voice as I manuever around campus. The news services are following what we have been reporting for a couple of days now, and saying that parliamentary ...

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Speculation to Fact

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over 5 years ago

Major newspapers employ individuals who fact check their articles, including the opinion pieces of columnists, yes? Someone please enlighten me if this is not the case. I have written a few op-eds, some of which have even been published in newspapers and I always had to provide some documentation ...