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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 Saturday, August 24th, 2019
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The Antichrist, by the numbers

There is an irony of biblical proportions in the high level of White Evangelical Christian support in America for Donald Trump, which hovers around 70% these days. This is much higher than among Black Protestants More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
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Polls can be Appalling

The BBC has just released results of a BBC poll with the following take-away: “Arabs are increasingly saying they are no longer religious, according to the largest and most in-depth survey undertaken of the More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Thursday, June 20th, 2019
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Animal House in the 14th Century

One of the most entertaining Arabic compendia on animal life, taken in the loose sense of the term for things that breathe or are thought to breathe, is the Ḥayāt al-Ḥayawān (Life of Animals) of the Egyptian More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Sunday, May 26th, 2019
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Chewing on the “Khat” Issue

Before the recent conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the most likely story in the media about Yemen generally had to do with the stimulant qāt, usually glossed as “khat” in English. The plant in question More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Wednesday, May 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 Monday, 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 Monday, March 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 Thursday, January 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 Sunday, January 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 Friday, 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...