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 the arms deal with Russia in al-Quds al-Arabi. (Speaking of Khalid, I would recommend his 1999 interview with Tariq al-Fadhli in al-Quds al-Arabi, which I re-read last night mainly because I remembered al-Fadhli having some harsh words for Abu Hasan al-Midhar and Abu Hamza al-Masri. This is much in keeping with our running discussion about the alleged truce and the individuals al-Wahayshi mentioned in his February speech. There were many good parts to the interview - including where al-Fadhli calls al-Midhar a "parasite" - but my favorite was al-Fadhli's last line when he described al-Midhar and al-Masri's ideology as one of pronouncing takfir on everyone they didn't like It was much better in the original Arabic, trust me.)
On the truce, I have yet to see Faysal Mukrim write anything about it in al-Hayat, even though he is the editor of al-Ghad, so depending on how one reads this it could be yet another nail in the coffin of the story.
News Yemen reports on a shooting in Mukalla, but has no information thanks to the refusal of the security head. There isn't really anything reported in the story, but I just like the way News Yemen writes about the story with no information.
Abdu 'Aysh has a report in al-Jazeera that features comments by Said Ali 'Ubayd al-Jumahi, whose book on al-Qaeda I'm currently reading. It is worth checking out. I first came across a link to the report on the al-Faloja forum this morning, so it is being read by a number of people.
Finally, blogging will be a bit light over the next couple of days, as I head to DC for fun in the snow or something like that.
In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.
- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
- Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
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 116th Congress is set to break records in term of diversity among its lawmakers, though those changes are coming almost entirely from Democrats.
- Women and nonwhite candidates made record gains in the 2018 midterms.
- In total, almost half of the newly elected Congressional representatives are not white men.
- Those changes come almost entirely from Democrats; Republican members-elect are all white men except for one woman.
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