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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 deplorable humanitarian crisis in Yemen is so seldom given the coverage it deserves, but this mischievous article adds only to the misinformation More...

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By Daniel Martin Varisco On Thursday, January 11th, 2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Sara El-Zelit On Sunday, November 19th, 2017
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UN Security Council Fails for Fourth Time

Due to the veto of a permanent member, the Security Council on Friday failed for the fourth time in three weeks to renew the mandate of the investigative body formed to determine the perpetrators of chemical weapons More...