Mysteries of the North
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.
There is still no word, at least that I have heard on the two major mysteries of the past year in Sa'dah.
1. What exactly happened to the remaining six kidnapping victims and who is behind their abduction and the death of their three colleagues?
2. Will Saudi Arabia confirm the death of two wanted militants, including a former Guantanamo detainee, in the fighting in Sa'dah? Word is that the authorities are waiting for DNA confirmation, but they need the bodies first, which they don't have as of last report. But all this begs the questions as to what these two Saudis were doing in Sa'dah in the first place?
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.
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