Tuesday Papers: or Al-Qaeda sentencing guidelines
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.
But a closer reading of the piece suggests that this is a story coming from 'Alwan and that the threats in fact came from the prisoners in the dock and not from al-Qaeda itself. So, all in all, a much different situation then if al-Qaeda had threatened the judge, which is not beyond the realm of possibility - but it did seem a bit quick to me.
Finally, there is the fatwa on the defense of Yemeni unity - among the signatories are, of course, 'Abd al-Majid al-Zindani and 'Abd al-Majid al-Raymi. The latter is responsible for the fatwa that led to the formation of a committee for the prevention of vice and the promotion of virtue last year. Considering that these are still a problem, committees such as the one al-Raymi and al-Zindani support (along with it should be added Sadiq al-Ahmar) continue to gain some popular support. Also signing the fatwa is Muhammad al-Imam - this is not really avoiding domestic politics.
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