Tuesday Papers (Late Edition)
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.
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In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.
- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.
- Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
- The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
- Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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