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America, Britain and the Saudi War on Yemen

As the humanitarian crisis in Yemen drags on, the Saudi-led coalition has managed to buy off opposition in most of the media and among politicians in the West. Protest Sign on Bus about MBS Visit to England A notable exception in the U.S. thus far is a senate resolution recently introduced in Congress by Senators Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont, More...

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By Daniel Martin Varisco On Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

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 Sara El-Zelit On Friday, February 23rd, 2018

UN Secretary-General Deeply Alarmed by Escalating Situation in Ghouta, Syria

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres is deeply alarmed by the escalating situation in eastern Ghouta and its devastating impact on civilians.  Nearly 400,000 people in eastern Ghouta have been subjected More...

By Alma Bydén On Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Tripoli airport clashes in Libya

In mid-January 2018, the Mitiga International Airport (MJI) in Tripoli was forced to close for six days due to military clashes inside the airport. In the days following the airport closure, a series of airstrikes, More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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...