Notes from The Lost Weekend (Not in the Billy Wilder way)
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.
We've managed to avoid a number of stories coming out of Yemen over the weekend, including the increasing rhetoric between the government and the Huthis - never a good sign. But what can I say, blogging isn't a paying gig, and sometimes other obligations - which force us to use correct grammar and punctuation - intrude.
I have yet to give a close and detailed screening to the video we teased on Friday, which AQAP just put out. But I disagree with those who think that this tells us something about whether or not AQAP will be putting out a statement on the kidnappings in Sa'dah. The evidence is, in my opinion, inconclusive.
The video had obviously been in the works for sometime, particularly given al-Wahayshi's opening article in issue 9 of Sada al-Malahim.
For those looking to add a book on Yemen to their reading list, Brian Whitaker has just e-published a book on post-unification Yemen. It is available here. Also, I would strongly recommend, for those looking for a bit of humor, 'Abd al-Karim al-Razahi's hilarious play al-Baramil, which I'm reading at the moment. I tend to be a bit biased, as I think 'Abd al-Karim is extremely funny in person - and his escapades in the US a few years ago deserve to be immortalized in film.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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