Third Time for the ID
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 third time is the charm. 26th of September and a number of other newspapers are now reporting that Sunday's suicide bomber has been identified as Abd al-Rahman Mahdi Ali Qasim al-'Ujayri. (I'm following the Yemen Observer's vowelling on the name, maybe mistakenly.)
The 26th of September also reprints what it says is al-'Ujayri's letter to his mother on page two. The back page has a list and picture of 12 individuals that the Yemeni government is seeking in connection with the attack, including the 25-year-old 'Amr Mushin al-Mihlfi, whom the government claims recruited al-'Ujayri.
Much of al-'Ujayri's story is remarkably similar to that of Muhammad al-'Umda, who recently gave an interview to Sada al-Malahim about his road to jihad. Al-'Umda, also known by the kunya Abu Ghrayb, grew up in the same neighborhood of Taizz as did al-'Ujayri and like al-'Ujayri he spent time at an Islamic center in Taizz - although I believe al-'Umda's training came at the al-Furqan Institute run by al-Maqtari, which has since been shut down.
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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