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Fish Feat

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almost 5 years ago

Fossilised footprints dating back 395m years have shed new light on the “evolutionary milestone” of the transition of aquatic fish into terrestrial animals.

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Early Election Returns

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almost 5 years ago

With unemployment hovering around 10%, it looks likely the Democrats could lose a substantial number of seats in the 2010 midterms. In fact, the economic climate already seems to have claimed its first casualties, with two longtime Democratic senators announcing yesterday that they would not seek ...

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For Those Brave Souls Not Yet Weary

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almost 5 years ago

For those of you who have not yet grown tired of hearing me talk - and trust me, at this point even I'm getting a bit sick of the sound of my own voice, thankfully I'm back from the holidays and family members that were beginning to parrot my most well-worn statements on the phone that would never ...

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Sada al-Malahim

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almost 5 years ago

For those of us who have been watching al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and its predecessor groups al-Qaeda in Yemen and al-Qaeda in the South of the Arabian Peninsula (note all these groups are distinct from the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula group in Saudi Arabia in 2003-06) for the past few ...

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The Arhab Tribe: A Primer

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almost 5 years ago

Given all the time and attention the Yemeni military has spent on the Arhab tribe recently, which we have followed here at Waq al-waq by also spending a great deal of time on the tribe and region, I thought it would be helpful to go a bit more in-depth about the tribe, particularly since so many ...

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Investing in Yemen

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almost 5 years ago

One thing your buddies at Waq al-Waq like to do is talk about the broad scope of Yemen, including its economy. I'm sure you've all heard that it is: not good. Which is why I was delighted to see this article on smartmoney.com titled, wonderfully, "Yemen and Your Portfolio". It is nothing ...

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Muhammad Ahmad al-Haniq

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almost 5 years ago

Both Marib Press and News Yemen as well as a number of wire reports are reporting that Yemen has arrested Muhammad Ahmad al-Haniq, the individual from Arhab it has been looking for this week. Muhammad and two men that are being described as guards were arrested at a hospital in 'Amran, following ...

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Losing Their Religion

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almost 5 years ago

I recently finished Daniel Radosh's Rapture Ready!, a book exploring Christian pop culture and some of its stranger manifestations, from theme parks like Florida's Holy Land Experience to the Ultimate Christian Wrestling pro circuit (no joke). But one event that he paid special attention to was ...