Tuesday Papers (Late Edition)
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-Ghad is finally out, and the paper is reporting about potential threats to oil facilities in Aden. This is of particular concern to a number of people, and there is one target in particular (not the one mentioned in this story) that could almost destroy Yemen's economy if it were taken out in an attack.
Al-Ghad also discusses the suicide attack in Shibam and makes what to my mind is a potentially plausible link between the recent opening of the trial of the 16 al-Qaeda suspects, two of whom were part of Hamza al-Qu'ayti's cell and from Hadramawt. At least it is more plausible than the idea that the attack was connected to the capture of al-Harbi in Taizz on the same day.
The article does mention the al-Harbi arrest, but doesn't make the connection that some in the Yemeni government were mentioning immediately following the attack.
New research identifies an unexpected source for some of earth's water.
- Our planet hides majority of its water inside: two oceans in the mantle and 4–5 in the core.
- New reason to suspect that water is abundant throughout the universe.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- Some are concerned about the proliferation of space debris in Earth's orbit.
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