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.
Yemeni security forces try and fail (for the second time) to arrest Ahmad Salim Ahmad Salum al-Sabayhi, a member of the Southern Movement's Leadership Council.
In other news, Yemen demonstrates that countries really don't need an ambassador if you have the right special envoys. In this case, after an Omani official said that dialogue was the solution to Yemen's problems, President Salih dispatched his son Ahmad, head of the Special Forces and Republican Guard, to Oman to meet with Sultan Qabus.
This is an interesting choice and it, once again, fuels speculation about succession. Ahmad is not a diplomat and to dispatch him to Oman, I think, suggests something about how President Salih is arranging his pieces.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.
A lazy buzz phrase – 'Is this the new normal?' – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it's worse than that – we're on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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