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Waq al-Waq

Threats to al-Sahwa

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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 ...

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Ghosts of Dixie

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Well, I guess the south of Yemen isn't really considered Dixie, but I also hate coming up with titles, so we're going to stick with it. Over at the BBC Adam Curtis has an interesting essay on the British in Aden in the 60s, on the rebellion that kicked them out, and on the effects that has today ...

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"Unwavering Support"

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Barack Obama has launched the first large-scale aid programme in his career as President, pledging the “unwavering support” of America to earthquake-wrecked Haiti on Wednesday. “Within hours of Mr. Obama being informed of the quake in Haiti on Tuesday, United States officials were plotting a ...

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Eco-Terror

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A blogger muses on a recent act of so-called “eco-terrorism” which he says “hit the wrong target” after activists committed arson on allegedly non-eco homes: “I’m not a fan of eco-terror. In fact, I think it is a very ineffective form of protest and gives environmentalists a bad name. For example ...

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Case Abandoned

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The fourth court case against the son of one of New York’s most notorious modern gangsters, John Gotti Junior, has been dropped by prosecutors. “In the course of five years, juries in four trials failed to reach a verdict against John Gotti on charges of murder and racketeering. Justice officials ...

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Jamestown Tablet

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“With the help of enhanced imagery and an expert in Elizabethan script, archaeologists are beginning to unravel the meaning of mysterious text and images etched into a rare 400-year-old slate tablet discovered this past summer at Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in America ...

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Religious Zeal

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Seven Hindu pilgrims were killed on Thursday in a stampede at a religious festival on the river Ganges in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, according to police officials. “The crush happened as hundreds of devotees rushed for places on a ferry to take them to the pilgrimage site on Gangasagar ...

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Dinosaur Shark

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A man has been killed by a great white shark of “dinosaur-like” proportions off a beach near Cape Town, South Africa. “Lloyd Skinner, 37 – whose mother was born to British missionaries in Mozambique – was standing about 20 yards from the shore at Fish Hoek when the shark struck. ‘We saw the shark ...

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Forgiveness?

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Pope Benedict XVI has opted to turn the other cheek and yesterday met and forgave the woman who attacked him in Rome during Christmas Eve Mass. The woman, 25-year-old Susanna Mailo, had a history of mental illness and had been prevented from carrying out a similar attack before, met with the pontiff ...

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Veiled Message?

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French President Nicholas Sarkozy has put his full political backing behind a move to ban the full Islamic veil in the country saying it was “not welcome” for reasons of sexual equality. “The president, who had shied away from speaking on the issue recently, used his new year's speech to express his ...