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Daniel Martin Varisco | Mellanöstern Tidningen Mellanöstern och Nordafrika Tidningen
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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 Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
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Arabic Dictionaries Online

In 1981, while visiting Egypt for a consulting assignment with USAID, I purchased the old Cairo edition of the massive dictionary Tāj al-‘Arūs of Murtaḍā al-Zabīdī (d. 1790). This was in about 10 large More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
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Nikki Haley’s Uncomfortable Ignorance about Yemen

In Saturday’s New York Times the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, offered what she referred to as “The U.N.’s Uncomfortable Truths about Iran.” Iran is singled out for rebuke as “destabilizing More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Monday, February 19th, 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s Filthy Lucre

“Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.” (Titus 1:11) Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged to provide over More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Sunday, February 11th, 2018
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Hearts of Glass

A recent film produced by the Sisters Arab Forum for Human Rights documents the impact of the three-year war in Yemen on women and their families. This is a powerful short film that everyone should watch. It is More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Sunday, February 4th, 2018
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Yemen’s Heritage at Risk

The relentless bombing campaign and human rights violations in Yemen on all sides have led to one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.  There is another aspect of the conflict that should not be forgotten. More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
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Houthis, Separatists and an exiled Hadi

The fighting that erupted in Aden over the weekend is still going on, but army forces loyal to exiled president Hadi appear to be on the losing side. Al-Jazeera is reporting that the Southern Transition Council More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Monday, January 29th, 2018
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Hadi on the Ropes

Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the last president of Yemen who was elected in an engineered referendum where he was the only candidate and expected to be a transitional figure, has little chance of ever returning from More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Sunday, January 28th, 2018
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Camels in the News

The camel, once referred to as the “ship of the desert” for the Arabian Peninsula, is one of the most enduring icons of Arabia. As Richard Bulliet argued almost half a century ago, the camel became the beast More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Thursday, January 25th, 2018
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A New Front in Yemen’s War

As the brutal Saudi-led campaign against the Huthis, who control an area in which most Yemenis live, drags on close to the end of a third year, the likelihood that the allegedly “legitimate” president Abdrabbu More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Saturday, January 13th, 2018
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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...