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Date archive forJanuary, 2018
By Daniel Martin Varisco On Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Houthis, Separatists and an exiled Hadi

The fighting that erupted in Aden over the weekend is still going on, but army forces loyal to exiled president Hadi appear to be on the losing side. Al-Jazeera is reporting that the Southern Transition Council More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Monday, January 29th, 2018

Hadi on the Ropes

Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the last president of Yemen who was elected in an engineered referendum where he was the only candidate and expected to be a transitional figure, has little chance of ever returning from More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Sunday, January 28th, 2018

Camels in the News

The camel, once referred to as the “ship of the desert” for the Arabian Peninsula, is one of the most enduring icons of Arabia. As Richard Bulliet argued almost half a century ago, the camel became the beast More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Thursday, January 25th, 2018

A New Front in Yemen’s War

As the brutal Saudi-led campaign against the Huthis, who control an area in which most Yemenis live, drags on close to the end of a third year, the likelihood that the allegedly “legitimate” president Abdrabbu More...

By Ingrid Eckerman On Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Alis resa från Sverige till Iran

Först av allt vill vi tacka alla underbara människor i Sverige som hjälpt mig att hjälpa Ali som blev deporterad till Afghanistan i våras. Den halvårs långa mardrömslika tillvaron är över. Vi är innerligt More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Qat and Famine in Yemen

The Economist recently posted a short article called Qat-Wrenching: The Drug that is Starving Yemen. The byline reads “Famine in Yemen could be avoided if the men chewed less qat.” It is bad enough that the More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Just a Video Game?

This is the generation of gamers, from Grand Theft Auto to World of Warcraft, a generation hooked on action-packed video games. Most are fantasy, but there are also the ones that simulate wars and real events of More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

New Year, Old Crises

Ringing in the new year brings with it all kinds of wishes for something better. When it comes to the political, economic and environmental crises facing people in the Middle East, however, this is usually wishful More...