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Daniel Martin Varisco

Anthropologist and historian with 40 years of experience researching and working in Yemen. Current President of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies and expert advisor to MENA Tidningen.

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Thursday, July 20th, 2017
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Arabic Sign Language

While living in Doha, I was fascinated by the amount of transliteration of store names in to Arabic. I realize that store names are often trademarks and thus tend to be sounded out in Arabic letters rather than More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Sunday, May 14th, 2017
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A Good Offense?

Yemen is now in the third year of a bombing campaign and mercenary-fueled ground war that has created one of the most pressing humanitarian crises in the world. The bombing started in March, 2015, when Saudi Arabia More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Monday, May 8th, 2017
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Divide and Don’t Conquer

The Saudi-led coalition that launched a devastating bombing campaign on northern Yemen has continued over two years. It is largely a coalition of those willing to be bought (such as Egypt, Sudan and Somalia) alongside More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Friday, April 7th, 2017
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Bombing al-Asad and Arming the Saudis

The world was rightly aghast at the recent callous use of sarin gas by the desperate regime of Bashar al-Asad on Syrian civilians in Idlib last week. Twitter-and-trigger-happy American President Trump, reeling from More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Monday, April 3rd, 2017
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The Toxic Proxy War over Yemen

A little over two years ago a coalition led by Saudi Arabia began a bombing campaign against its southern neighbor, the poorest and most populous country on the Arabian Peninsula. Although it was named “Decisive More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Friday, March 17th, 2017
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With Friends like this…

The old saying goes “With friends like this, who needs enemies.” This is especially apparent in the visit of Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to meet newly elected American President Donald Trump in mid-March. More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
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The Politics of Famine

In the year 1798, just at the start of the French Revolution, an English parson named Thomas Malthus published a book that would have major repercussions, including influence on a young Charles Darwin working on More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
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Banning (Muslims) Terrorists in the Trump Era

The only thing worse these days than the twittering rhetorical effluvium of President Trump is the impact of his executive disorders. Without consulting seasoned diplomats at the State Department, nor with the approval More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Monday, January 30th, 2017
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The Statute against Liberty

In 1886, slightly more than a century after the birth of the United States of America, the government of France gave a gift to my country: the iconic Statue of Liberty in New York City’s busy harbor. Less than More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
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War with the Sexes

Much has been written about the age-old war “of” the sexes, pitting males against females. When Muslim women in niqab are written about in the West, it is invariably about the patriarchal mode that is said More...