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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 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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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...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On lördag, oktober 6th, 2018
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What makes Yemen a “legitimate” state?

The media, reinforced by a mischievous U.N. resolution, consistently refer to the exiled Yemeni interim president Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi as the “legitimate” leader of Yemen.  The Huthis, who with the aid of More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On måndag, oktober 1st, 2018
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The Banana Republic with very few Bananas

The Saudis are feeling offended that another country might criticize their dismal record of human rights. Last August Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland tweeted that a Canadian citizen, Raif Badawi, and More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On måndag, september 17th, 2018
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How many Children have to die?

The exact number of Yemeni children killed by Saudi bombing and malnutrition caused by the war has yet to be officially determined, but the number is certainly in the thousands. Overall the fighting and its consequences More...