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Waq al-Waq

On Saying Silly Things

almost 5 years ago

Veteran Waq al-Waq readers can probably skip this post, as it reiterates things we've been saying on the blog for about a year now (and to our incredibly lucky family and friends for much longer). But as Yemen has had an incredibly quick rise to the top of the news in the last couple of weeks, we ...

Waq al-Waq

Huthi News

almost 5 years ago

Greg mentioned below that there is news about the Huthi rebellion being drowned out a little by all the AQAP coverage. For those new to the blog, we won't get too deep into the history of the war. Suffice it to say that even if your only concern is al-Qaeda, this is a draining and distracting ...

Waq al-Waq

Monday Papers

almost 5 years ago

Waq al-waq topped 5,000 visitors yesterday, which is a new high for us, welcome to all you newcomers. For those that don't know, I run a periodic (that is, whenever the mood strikes me) round-up of the morning papers on Yemen. Here is today's effort: Both News Yemen and al-Sahwa report on the ...

Daylight Atheism

Stigmata Scars

almost 5 years ago

By Sarah Braasch I'm scared to expose myself like this. But, I'm tired of the shame and the guilt and the fear. I have something important to say. And, I want to comfort other victims of religious abuse who feel alone and afraid. I grew up in an abusive Jehovah's Witness home. When people ...


Dead As A Dodo?

almost 5 years ago

A brilliantly preserved skeleton of the extinct dodo bird, found in Mauritius in 2007, could provide valuable DNA information which could lead to the genetic resurrection of the species.