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.
Khalid al-Hammadi writes about violations of press freedoms in al-Quds al-Arabi, which goes well with this report from the National on a proposed new press law in Yemen.
Of course Minister of the Interior al-Masri's supposed remarks that there is no al-Qaeda presence in the country is getting a lot of play. I don't believe that is what he meant, I think he was just talking about a list of 4,000 was indicating that there was no al-Qaeda presence on that list but rather that they were all petty criminals.
(CAUTION:) Mareb Press is reporting that Muhammad al-'Awfi, one of the former Guantanamo detainees, who traveled from Saudi to Yemen and showed up in a video back in January has turned himself into authorities. As Henry pointed out in the comments yesterday, some guys tend to show up over and over. Initially it was reported that Qasim al-Raymi was killed in August 2007, then he was supposedly killed months later, but he is of course still around. My hunch is that this story will be modified in the coming days. There were reports that some Saudis were captured, which if al-'Awfi was one of the ones captured then it would be big news, but we'll have to wait for some sort of confirmation.
The news continues to be bad out of Abyan, today the head of the court had his car stolen from in front of his house in Ja'ar, which has long been a producer of militants, many of whom fought in Iraq.
For those interested in a bit of history of the Imamate, News Yemen conveniently reposts this item about the assassination of Imam Yahya in 1948, although for some reason they include the picture of Imam Ahmad, his son. I think I remember reading that while no photographs of Yahya exist, there is a sketch done by the American Anthropologist Carleton Coon, who also enjoyed measuring heads.
Update: More and more news outlets are reporting the capture of Muhammad al-'Awfi, one of the relapsed Guantanamo detainees.
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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