Thursday's loose ends
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 National warns that it is midnight in Yemen with this editorial.
Laura Kasinof has this piece in the Christian Science Monitor, in which I weigh-in with my thoughts on the accuracy of the recent claims that al-Qaeda in Pakistan is relocating to Yemen.
I promised a bit more information this morning on the surrender of Nayif al-Harbi, but I was busy most of the day with another project and ran out of time to track down more details. But I did a quick check of the list of 85 suspects that Saudi recently put out and his name is not on it. So neither 'Alwan nor al-Harbi (who is from the same tribe, al-Harb, which is quite large, as al-'Awfi) were on the list. This could suggest any number of things, from questionable Saudi intelligence to growing numbers of Saudis headed south - I tend to favor the latter explanation over the former.
Are university safe spaces killing intellectual growth?
Our experience of time may be blinding us to its true nature, say scientists.
- Time may not be passing at all, says the Block Universe Theory.
- Time travel may be possible.
- Your perception of time is likely relative to you and limited.
From questionable shipwrecks to outright attacks, they clearly don't want to be bothered.
- Many have tried to contact the Sentinelese, to write about them, or otherwise.
- But the inhabitants of the 23 square mile island in the Bay of Bengal don't want anything to do with the outside world.
- Their numbers are unknown, but either 40 or 500 remain.
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