Perhaps what America needs as it continues on its neo-imperial journey is a Rudyard Kipling. In riveting poetry and prose Kipling brought the glory, the blood, the savagery, and the sacrifice of the common soldier home to Britons.
Not long after my trip there, Yemen bowed into itself, and became a troubled state, off-limits for travelers and adventurers. But a friend and former colleague, Brid Beeler, who spent much of her career conducting tours throughout the Middle East, moved to Yemen with her husband Richard. After many months, I heard from again.
As Yemen is gripped by its worst-ever humanitarian crisis, with 10 million going hungry and more than five million in urgent need of assistance, this year's Ramadan is proving harder than ever.
No Arab country is ready for comprehensive political reforms without first developing a democratic culture, creating the environment that encourages the formation of political parties and develops a clear political platform that is freely promoted to the public.
Attacks are unlikely on Somali ships and for a fee tourists can hitch a ride from Yemen with some cargo. In my case, there were a lot of cookies involved.
It is the product of a powerful military industrial complex in the United States which sees the use of force as the first step to resolving disputes rather than a last resort, notwithstanding the strictures of the UN Charter.
Citing a "dramatic increase" in the United States' use of targeted killings in the last few years, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings has just released a report decrying the lack of accountability in the U.S. overseas killings by unmanned drones.
This is the time to start publicly acknowledging we've won the war the United States declared in 2001 against those who "planned, authorized, committed or aided" the September 11 attacks, and those who harbored them. It's time to embark on a more rational counterterrorism policy.
The United States' use of cyberweapons against Iran threatens to undermine the critical and sensitive ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.
At a time of historic political transition, nearly half of Yemen's population is without enough to eat, and nearly 1 million children under the age of 5 are malnourished, putting them at greater risk of illness and disease. This is a humanitarian crisis that requires collective global action.
Is misogyny prevalent and gaining traction in the Muslim world and why did most women vote for Islamists in Middle East elections?
International attention should not only be focused on al Qaeda and its affiliates -- the need to hold human rights violators to account and a deepening humanitarian crisis should also be high on their agenda.
When it comes to the TSA, you may know less than you think.
The real reason why this was a victory is that the bomb was stopped "en route," meaning that it never had a chance to be placed aboard the aircraft. It never got near an airport.
The world will not necessarily stop, as postponement and delay could cause a backlash against the Arab region and the United States in the form of a major concern and a monster that can only be restrained at a very high cost.
Not only do "signature strikes" increase the risk of killing civilians and people who have no dispute with the U.S.; their existence is crucial to the question of whether the drone strikes are legal.