Monday Papers: What can go wrong will go wrong
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.
Another explosion in Abyan kills two more and wounds at least ten.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat reports on differences among the Huthi leadership on who can be a leader and who can't, but both 'Abd al-Malik al-Huthi and his top deputy survived recent strikes. Given the ownership of the paper it is wise to be cautious about its reporting, but on the other hand the writer, Arafat Madabish, has previously done an interview with 'Abd al-Malik.
Al-Ghad and one of Waq al-waq's favorite reporters, Muhammad al-Ahmadi has an excellent round-up on last weeks strikes on al-Qaeda positions.
It includes the most comprehensive list of dead AQ suspects to-date. On the jihdai forums I have seen reports of dead Emiratis and dead Pakistanis in the strike in Abyan along with Yemenis and Saudis, but I haven't seen this confirmed anywhere else.
And finally, in the story that just won't die, 'Abd al-Rahman al-Rashd, a columnist for al-Sharq al-Awsat, claims that the US is giving logistic support to the Yemeni government in its fight against the Huthis. I really hope this is not true, but I am beginning to fear that it is true and that the US is passing along "small favors" as a way of attempting to get cooperation in other spheres. This is a mistake.
- The exhaustive report is based on interviews with more than 50 people with ties to the company.
Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.
Sure we know it would be bad, but what do all of these scary numbers really mean?
- At the press time, the value was $21.7 trillion dollars.
- Lots of people know that a default would be bad, but not everybody seems to get how horrible it would be.
- While the risk is low, knowing what would happen if a default did occur is important information for all voters.
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