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.
Anyone else having problems with al-Falluja (not spelled that way in the address)? Of course, this is the problem with following jihadi forums, as the loss of al-Ikhlas last September showed us all.
Speaking of al-Ikhlas, I was listening to NPR yesterday and heard this report by Dina Temple-Raston on a training manual that was uncovered by the team at West Point, and then I heard this line: "Researchers at West Point recently stumbled on the 51-page manual while they were visiting a jihadi chat room, called Ecles."
Predictably, the line sent me into a panic until I was figured out that the report was actually referring to al-Ikhlas, but failed to mention that the forum is no longer active. (The pronunciation didn't help either.) Periodically, I have problems with some of the interesting transliterations of English words into Arabic, but now we have curious transliterations of Arabic words into English - at times the two seem more like their own pidgin languages than poor mirrors of the original.
Update: The forum is back up.
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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