Odds-n-Ends from the South
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.
The news is starting to come from various parts of the south about yesterday's protests, which by most accounts were relatively low-key.
Al-Tagheer has a story about 25 people arrested in Mukalla for burning stores and engaging in some looting. Mareb Press has an earlier take from Mukalla.
Reuters has a bit more about a Yemeni soldier killed, and al-Ayyam has a condensed version of al-Fadhli's speech in Zanjibar. I have yet to read it, but here is the link.
Time permitting I hope to post a bit more on President Salih's recent speech admitting wrongs in the south and the similar sentiments expressed by Vice President Hadi and in a literary flourish read these two speeches through the immortal work of Muhammad 'Abd al-Wali, particularly his short story: ya Akhi ikhtiraj.
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