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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 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...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Get Ready for Trumpageddon

The unilateral decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has ignited a political backlash throughout the Middle East. Not surprisingly, this major shift in U.S. More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Mark Twain on Who Owns Palestine

As another year draws to a close, it is hard not to think in larger terms of the course of the last century. The world has seen two world wars and far too many atrocities since 1908 to think of our technological More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Friday, December 8th, 2017

Bedouins on Mars

A recent video posted on youtube by the UAE for the World Government Summit of 2017 announced the Emerati version of Star Trek. Given its recent entry into the space race, the oil-fluent UAE appears to be planning More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Monday, December 4th, 2017

Ali Abdullah Salih reported Dead

The former president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Salih, broke with the Huthi alliance over the weekend in a move said to be engineered by the UAE.  As a result the Saudi coalition announced that it would grant amnesty More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Have the Houthis lost Yemen?

The past few days have seen an escalation of fighting in Sanaa, Yemen. It seems that at last former President Ali Abdullah Salih has turned on the Houthis, with whom he made an alliance over three years ago to regain More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Sunday, November 26th, 2017

BS on MBS by TLF

Recently the New York Times correspondent Thomas L. Friedman (hence TLF) published a commentary entitled “Saudi Arabia’s Arab Spring, at Last.” The first sentence began: “I never thought I’d live long More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

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...