Ibrahim Asiri, Rock Center and a nerd dream fulfilled
I encourage Waq al-waq's readers to tune in to Rock Center with Brian Williams this evening at 10 pm EST for a segment on Ibrahim Asiri - who I wrote about here - and AQAP, in which I'll be talking about the organization with NBC chief foreign correspondent and, as I found out, fluent Arabic speaker Richard Engel.
There is a two-minute teaser clip in which I have - what is for me - some dramatic comments. There is also a good behind-the-scenes post by the story's producer Solly Granatstein. You can watch and read here.
Earlier today I participated in a 30 minute discussion on Huffington Post Live with Jeremy Scahill, Joshua Foust, Naureen Shah and Heather Hurlburt. The clip from that discussion is available here.
On Monday, The Last Refuge was officially launched at an event generously hosted by the Overseas Press club. Many thanks to all the people who so kindly came out for drinks and Yemen talk.
The next day I was in DC for an event hosted by the Brookings Institution and moderated by Dan Byman. Ibrahim Sharqieh, who wrote this piece in the National, and I spent an hour-an-half discussing Yemen.
And it was here that my nerd dream came true. A secret, but perhaps not unexpected dream for guy like myself - who loves BookTV and Washington Journal (even with the crazy callers) - is to appear on C-Span. It wasn't until @Yousefkaid tweeted about it that I realized C-Span had been there and filmed the event. Nerd dream, fulfilled. You can see the 90-minute all Yemen discussion here.
Many believe that the internet has made it easier for us to participate in political activism. But is that really true?
- Protesting in person is costly in terms of money and resources; some people have children to take care of, jobs that can't be away from, or may not have time to attend a planning event.
- The internet was supposed to be a way to sidestep this barrier to political activism. But this doesn't consider the other barriers preventing poor and working-class folks from participating in digital activism.
- In particular, these people lack ASETs: access to computers, the skills to use them, the empowerment necessary to feel that using Twitter or other social media is for them, and the time to make use of digital platforms in an effective way.
Some games are just for fun, others are for thought provoking statements on life, the universe, and everything.
- Video games are often dismissed as fun distractions, but some of them dive into deep issues.
- Through their interactive play elements, these games approach big issues intelligently and leave you both entertained and enlightened.
- These five games are certainly not the only games that cover these topics or do so well, but are a great starting point for somebody who wants to play something thought provoking.
The bid to buy Greenland is unlikely to become seriously considered.
- Greenland and Danish officials alike think the idea is ridiculous.
- The island is an autonomous state, and it's unlikely the Danish would sell it because of yearly subsidies costs.
- After hearing the Danish Prime Minister call the idea absurd, Trump cancelled their forthcoming meeting.