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CyberSurfing Yemen’s Arab Spring

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Daniel Martin Varisco


The Prophet Muhammad is reputed to have said “Seek knowledge, even unto China” in a tradition that has inspired the…More

Posted in December, Featured Posts, Opinion | Tagged | 1 Response
Cold Weather Acacia grows in desert areas of Middle East. Photo courtesy wikicommon

Chilling Prospects for the Arab Spring

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Daniel Martin Varisco


As President Franklin Delano Roosevelt prophesied, December 7th, 1941 is a day that lives in infamy, even some seven decades…More

Posted in Featured Posts, November, Opinion | Tagged | 1 Response
Outline of Syria. Photo Courtesy United Nations Cartographic Section

Poison Gas, Cruise Missiles and Drones

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Daniel Martin Varisco


As I write this post the media is awash with speculation that the United States will unilaterally punish the regime…More

Posted in Featured Posts, Opinion, September | Tagged | Leave a comment
Egyptian Flag during the protests in Tahrir Square, Cairo. Wikicommons Photo courtesy Jonathan Rashad

On Pharaohs, Pundits and Scholars

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Daniel Martin Varisco


The removal of Mohammed Morsi as president of Egypt has generated a frenzy of talking head punditry that shows little…More

Posted in Featured Posts, July, Opinion | Tagged | 1 Response
Hezbullies in Syria

Hezbullies in Syria

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Daniel Martin Varisco


The bullet and bomb-blast battle of the bullies is raging in Syria.  The biggest bully is Bashar al-Asad, son of…More

Posted in June, Opinion | Tagged | 1 Response
Sex beyond Sects

Sex beyond Sects

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Daniel Martin Varisco


The civil strife in the wake of the unending Arab Spring has captured the attention of the world for its…More

Posted in May, Opinion | Tagged | Leave a comment
Gender Jihad and Body Politics

Gender Jihad and Body Politics

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Daniel Martin Varisco


The Arab Spring that began two years ago is still thawing out after decades of dictatorial rule in the Middle…More

Posted in April, Opinion | Tagged | Leave a comment
Life without Honor

Life without Honor

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Daniel Martin Varisco


“What is life without honor?”  This is a question posed recently by the daughter of the Sultan Jamalul Kiram III…More

Posted in March, Opinion | Tagged | 2 Responses
Roads to and from Damascus

Roads to and from Damascus

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Daniel Martin Varisco


The roads to and from Damascus are drenched with blood these days. The political unrest that toppled dictators in Tunisia,…More

Posted in February, Opinion | Tagged | Leave a comment
Drone Strikes

Drone Strikes

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Daniel Martin Varisco


The Error in the War on Terror In 1978 I arrived in the Yemen Arab Republic to begin 18 months…More

Posted in January, Opinion | Tagged | 4 Responses
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