Weekend Reading: or the Star goes to Yemen
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.
For those looking for something to read this weekend, I would recommend this piece by Michelle Shephard of the Toronto Star (and not just because she says some nice things about me.) Michelle and the Star's photographer, Lucas Oleniuk, spent a lot of time in Yemen and were able to get a great deal of access to former Guantanamo detainees (not the ones currently in AQAP - those are all Saudis.)
There is also this video with some footage and still photos of the detainees and everyone's favorite Shaykh, 'Abd al-Majid al-Zindani.
There is, I think, about to be a lot of attention (or at least a lot more) paid to Yemen and Guantanamo and this article is a good place to start for those looking to get an insight into the problem.
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- A new study suggests that drinking alcohol can affect how memories are stored away as good or bad.
- This may have drastic implications for how addiction is caused and how people recall intoxication.
- The findings may one day lead to a new form of treatment for those suffering from addiction.
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