'Abd al-Malik al-Huthi Interview
Gregory Johnsen, a former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Johnsen has written for a variety of publications on Yemen including, among others, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, The Independent, The Boston Globe, and The National. He is the co-founder of Waq al-Waq: Islam and Insurgency in Yemen Blog. In 2009, he was a member of the USAID's conflict assessment team for Yemen.
Intrepid Yemeni journalist, Arafat Madabish, scored an impressive coup for al-Sharq al-Awsat (he also runs the al-Tagheer website) by getting an interview with 'Abd al-Malik al-Huthi. The interview is fairly extensive and should be read by everyone looking to understand the al-Huthi conflict.
In an effort to cut back on blogging in the face of multiple other commitments I am not going to go into a full analysis, but I was interested to hear that Badr al-Din al-Huthi is still alive and doing well. This confirms what the Yemeni government suspected by putting Badr al-Din on its list of 55 suspects back at the beginning of this round of conflict in August. (Still as one friend told me over the weekend, if Badr al-Din was really alive why isn't he in any of the videos the group's increasingly sophisticated media is putting out?) Interestingly of the 55 only 3 were members of the al-Huthi family.
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