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.
One of the things I regret here at Waq al-waq is how little time we spend writing about anything besides what is going wrong in Yemen - really what I'm saying is that there isn't enough of the real waq al-waq or dhu al-fiqar in our posts.
But in an effort to alleviate the unbalanced focus we have on politics here at Waq al-waq here is a link to a story on one of Yemen's greatest 20th century authors, Zaid Dammaj, whose novel "The Hostage" has been translated into English. I can't say he is my favorite Yemeni author of the 20th century, Muhammad 'Abd al-Wali still reigns supreme in my heart, but he is good and essential reading for those seeking to understand Yemen at a deeper level than consulting reports and news articles.
There is also a new website devoted to him, which is available here.
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