Wednesday Papers (No al-'Ujayri here)
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.
The center where al-'Ujayri, the Shibam suicide bomber, was reported to have studied is denying any links to him.
Al-Alimi is denying in public what some claim he reported in private, namely that elements of al-Qaeda had penetrated Yemen's security services. Personally, I have a difficult time imagine that he would say such a thing. I think it is much more likely that an over eager member of Islah heard something or wanted to hear something and then ran with it. But many people disagree with me, including Munir al-Mawiri, who is quoted in this News Yemen piece.
AFP is reporting that three of the 16 members of al-Qaeda fought in Iraq.
Update: Mareb Press is reporting that four members of the center where al-'Ujayri is alleged to have studied have been arrested. The article also claims that the center is known as a Surriri center after Muhammad al-Surrur Zayn al-Abidayn.
Journaling can help you materialize your ambitions.
- Organizing your thoughts can help you plan and achieve goals that might otherwise seen unobtainable.
- The Bullet Journal method, in particular, can reduce clutter in your life by helping you visualize your future.
- One way to view your journal might be less of a narrative and more of a timeline of decisions.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
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