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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, a Senior Postdoctoral Scholar at the Institute for Social Anthropology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and an expert advisor to MENA Tidningen.

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
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Saudi Arabia’s Newest Citizen

Saudi Arabia, one of the most conservative countries in the world, is not generally known for granting citizenship to foreigners, except by the whim of the royal family. Apparently, it is easier, even for a female, More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Monday, October 9th, 2017
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Mapping the Middle East

Since the earth as we know it today is a globe, the directions of east and west are contextual. Yet the maps that direct our way of thinking about global directions still resonate with the idea that there is a More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Sunday, September 3rd, 2017
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Of Cholera, Cluster Bombs and Summer Vacation

There is an old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, but there are some pictures that go beyond anything one can say. Before reading this commentary, look at the photographs that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia More...

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...