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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 Middle East and North Africa.” Given the poll predictions of a Clinton victory over Trump in the 2016 U.S. election, one should not More...

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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 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...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Wednesday, 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 Sunday, 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 Alma Bydén On Friday, November 2nd, 2018
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Turkey latest country to adopt language tests in asylum procedure

Following a deal made with the European Union to help increase border security and slow down the flow of migrants and refugees travelling through the country, Turkey has published a call for Technical Assistance More...