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.
These five main food groups are important for your brain's health and likely to boost the production of feel-good chemicals.
We all know eating “healthy” food is good for our physical health and can decrease our risk of developing diabetes, cancer, obesity and heart disease. What is not as well known is that eating healthy food is also good for our mental health and can decrease our risk of depression and anxiety.
Infographics show the classes and anxieties in the supposedly classless U.S. economy.
For those of us who follow politics, we’re used to commentators referring to the President’s low approval rating as a surprise given the U.S.'s “booming” economy. This seeming disconnect, however, should really prompt us to reconsider the measurements by which we assess the health of an economy. With a robust U.S. stock market and GDP and low unemployment figures, it’s easy to see why some think all is well. But looking at real U.S. wages, which have remained stagnant—and have, thus, in effect gone down given rising costs from inflation—a very different picture emerges. For the 1%, the economy is booming. For the rest of us, it’s hard to even know where we stand. A recent study by Porch (a home-improvement company) of blue-collar vs. white-collar workers shows how traditional categories are becoming less distinct—the study references "new-collar" workers, who require technical certifications but not college degrees. And a set of recent infographics from CreditLoan capturing the thoughts of America’s middle class as defined by the Pew Research Center shows how confused we are.
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