Saturday Papers (or the South Shall Rise Again)
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.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat leads the way with an article about AQAP's statement. One thing that few people seem to be picking up on is the difference in names between AQAP's statement and the Yemeni government's one. The government claimed it was al-'Ujayri and even published a letter/last will and testament that he addressed to his mother while the AQAP statement gives the bomber's name as Abu 'Abidah al-Jarah, quite obviously a kunya, but still a strange one for a boy supposedly from Taizz to take.
Al-Hayat has more coverage of al-'Awfi's confession - nice picture of him looking much different than he did in the January video for AQAP.
News Yemen reports on the fighting in Ja'ar and the injury count, which will almost surely rise. For those that don't know Ja'ar supplied more than its fair share of men to the fighting in Iraq. The last time things really got bad was last summer, which eventually ended with the deal that the government cut in January to put a number of militants on the government payroll, but the - 0k, a - problem with this approach is that the only people it makes happy are those getting paid, and there are always more people not getting money who are more than happy to fight.
This is all why I strongly recommend this article from the National, particularly Abdulahi's comments.
Finally, President Salih gave an interview to Faysal Mukrim of al-Hayat, I have not had a chance to read it yet, so no commentary, but feel free to opine in the comments.
Update: Mareb Press has more details of the fighting - and a bit of background of what the militants are accused of - and is reporting that four militants, including Muhammad 'Atif are dead.
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
Using advanced laser technology, scientists at NASA will track global changes in ice with greater accuracy.
Leaving from Vandenberg Air Force base in California this coming Saturday, at 8:46 a.m. ET, the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 — or, the "ICESat-2" — is perched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, and when it assumes its orbit, it will study ice layers at Earth's poles, using its only payload, the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS).
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