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Holy War Threat

over 4 years ago

A group of influential clerics in Yemen are threatening to declare jihad, or “holy war”, if foreign troops are drafted into the region to battle the spread of Al-Qaeda. “The edict is a clear warning to the United States as it plans to step up its military involvement in the country. The leaders said ...


Gunfire Apocalypse

over 4 years ago

Sporadic gunfire, a symptom of the mounting anger and despair, rings out across Haiti’s earthquake-ripped capital Port-au-Prince as locals endure a third night on the torn streets. “Much of the aid remains at the Haitian capital's airport and some relief workers and officials say they are too scared ...


Voodoo Wasps

over 4 years ago

Scientists are planning on recruiting a tiny species of wasp, nicknamed “voodoo wasps”, in the war on agricultural pests and as part of a wider effort to boost food production. “The wasps are only 1 or 2 millimetres long fully-grown but they have an ability to paralyse and destroy other insects ...


Watching the Halema`uma`u Crater

over 4 years ago

The collapse pit within the Halema`uma`u Crater at Kilauea taken January 7, 2010. Image courtesy of the USGS/HVO. Eruptions reader Boris Behncke pointed out that things are afoot in the Halema`uma`u Crater at Kilauea. To steal his description: " the lava lake returned triumphantly to the active ...

Brave Green World

Haiti’s Deforestation Epidemic

over 4 years ago

This September, I traveled with a group of 20 environmental journalists from around the world to attend the World Climate Conference, in Geneva. The international conference was hosted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) – sort of a lead-up to Copenhagen. Our group (brought together by a ...

Novel Copy

Google and the Red Dragon

over 4 years ago

After travelling through China with a local guide who was quite independent and critically minded, reports on the country from reputed American sources like the New York Times began to frustrate me. In one way or another, most articles would accuse Chinese authorities of using propaganda to (mis ...

Waq al-Waq

Threats to al-Sahwa

over 4 years ago

Brian noted yesterday that we have been neglecting the south and southern issues here at Waq al-waq and he is right, but that is not the only thing we have been neglecting in our scatter-shot approach to the news. We have also been neglecting the Huthi conflict (not that we haven't read stuff about ...