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.
Yemen has long been compared unflatteringly to both Afghanistan and Waziristan not only in the English press but also in Arabic newspapers and even local Yemeni reports. Back in 2005 Hazim al-Amin for al-Hayat spent a lot of time comparing Yemen to Afghanistan and in 2007 after the retaliatory strike following the July 2007 suicide attack on a convoy of tourists, Arafat Madabish compared Marib to Waziristan.
These comparisons and the growing sense that al-Qaeda is growing and regrouping in Yemen along with the fact that the Yemeni government seems unable to destroy it could eventually lead to a grafting of the drone policy in Pakistan onto Yemen. Two weeks ago, there were reports in the local Yemeni media that a US drone crashed in Yemen. I am usually wary about these reports, since from time to time falling rocks and other debris are reported as US drones - a phenomenon that has grown since the US used a drone to kill Abu Ali al-Harithi back in November 2002. But this latest report was confirmed by sources to my satisfaction.
I don't think it is a secret that the US is flying drones over Yemen, but if the US grows sufficiently concerned about al-Qaeda in Yemen to start using the drones as attackers then I think there will be a real problem. Yemen is not Pakistan and using drones to attack al-Qaeda in Yemen would be a huge mistake that would have long and lasting consequences for the US.
UPDATE: I've heard from some who are unsure about the report of the drone crashing in Yemen, and so I've double-checked my sources in Yemen (both governmental and non-governmental) and they are standing by the story.
Research shows that the way math is taught in schools and how its conceptualized as a subject is severely impairing American student's ability to learn and understand the material.
- Americans continually score either in the mid- or bottom-tier when it comes to math and science compared to their international peers.
- Students have a fundamental misunderstanding of what math is and what it can do. By viewing it as a language, students and teachers can begin to conceptualize it in easier and more practical ways.
- A lot of mistakes come from worrying too much about rote memorization and speedy problem-solving and from students missing large gaps in a subject that is reliant on learning concepts sequentially.
The surprisingly simple treatment could prove promising for doctors and patients seeking to treat depression without medication.
- A new report shows how cold-water swimming was an effective treatment for a 24-year-old mother.
- The treatment is based on cross-adaptation, a phenomenon where individuals become less sensitive to a stimulus after being exposed to another.
- Getting used to the shock of cold-water swimming could blunt your body's sensitivity to other stressors.
Maybe try counseling first before you try this, married folks.
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