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Daniel Martin Varisco

Anthropologist and historian with 40 years of experience researching and working in Yemen. Varisco is currently the President of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies, Senior Fellow at the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg of Bonn University, and an expert advisor to MENA Tidningen.

By Daniel Martin Varisco On onsdag, maj 1st, 2019
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War and the Housing Crisis

After four years of bombing and military exchanges, Yemen remains a humanitarian disaster made by human hands and arms, not by nature. The number of direct deaths from the conflict continues to rise every day, More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On måndag, april 1st, 2019
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One-Stop Searching of Arabic Dictionaries

In a previous post I listed a number of Arabic dictionaries available online. For anyone interested in searching a broad array of dictionaries, both classical and modern, there is now one source for 51 different More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On måndag, mars 18th, 2019
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In a Pig’s Bloody Eye

It is tempting, oh so tempting, just to ignore the insanity of President Donald Trump’s torrent of tweets. When someone accumulates a set of lies in less than three years that is rapidly on its way to 1,000, More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On torsdag, januari 10th, 2019
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Open Bible, Closed Mind

The current U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, a former CIA director and congressman, gave a speech Thursday, January 10, at the American University of Cairo. He began by pointing out that he was an evangelical More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On söndag, januari 6th, 2019
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I dvrc u

The surreal Saudi reform inaugurated by the Crown Prince MBS to give women more rights (at least some rights) has a new twist. In addition to being able to drive a car and to attend some football games (obviously More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On fredag, december 7th, 2018
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Peace Talks and War Talk

Sweden is the site for the current negotiations between the so-called legitimate government of Yemen, with Mansur al-Hadi as the ongoing interim president, and the Huthis, a movement also known as Ansar Allah, who More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On onsdag, december 5th, 2018
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Mark Twain on what a Muslim is

According to all three major monotheisms even God needed time to take a rest and so the sabbath was created. With the ongoing conflict, spate of bombings, humanitarian crisis, torture of prisoners and outright More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On söndag, november 4th, 2018
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What One Death Means

The photograph of an emaciated seven-year-old Yemeni girl named Amal Hussein was featured in a major New York Times article, published October 26, on the devastation of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. On November More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On torsdag, november 1st, 2018
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Is the Bombing of Yemen about to End?

The fallout from the Saudi murder of journalist Jamal Kashoggi in Istanbul has far-reaching consequences. Not only did the investment fair of Davos in the Desert see some major deserters, but Bin Salman actually More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On tisdag, oktober 16th, 2018
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Kashoggi, Yemen and the War on Journalism

For the past week, the news cycle on the Middle East has been focused, for obvious reasons, on the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Turkish authorities More...