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 body of Muhammad Salih al-Hanashi, the Guantanamo detainee who committed suicide, has arrived back in Yemen and will be taken to Abyan where he will be buried. This article from News Yemen points out that he was held without charge since 2002 and that he was often on a hunger strike.
Yahya Muhammad 'Abdullah Salih makes a rare appearance in the pan-Arab press talking about the importance of Yemeni-Saudi relations, following Salih's recent trip to the Kingdom, which I neglected to cover. He also brushes off worries about secession, perhaps a bit too glibly. But unlike other members of the president's inner circle, Yahya appears to be someone with both a patronage network of his own and the smarts to put such a network to good use. In fact, he along with a couple of other individuals were the subject of a paper I gave at MESA last year on the politics of succession in Yemen, which doesn't mean much save that I think he is someone to watch.
In other news, I continue to make my way slowly through Sada al-Malahim in my spare moments and I hope to have some more to post here in the coming days.
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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