Monday Papers: What can go wrong will go wrong

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.

NYTimes exposé reveals how Facebook handled scandals

Delay, deny and deflect were the strategies Facebook has used to navigate scandals it's faced in recent years, according to the New York Times.

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  • The exhaustive report is based on interviews with more than 50 people with ties to the company.
  • It outlines how senior executives misled the public and lawmakers in regards to what it had discovered about privacy breaches and Russian interference in U.S. politics.
  • On Thursday, Facebook cut ties with one of the companies, Definers Public Relations, listed in the report.
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Russian reporters discover 101 'tortured' whales jammed in offshore pens

Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.

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  • Russian news network discovers 101 black-market whales.
  • Orcas and belugas are seen crammed into tiny pens.
  • Marine parks continue to create a high-price demand for illegal captures.
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What would happen if America defaulted on its debt?

Sure we know it would be bad, but what do all of these scary numbers really mean?

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  • 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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