Yemen Is Running Out of Water

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by Austin Bodetti The Yemeni Civil War has led to tens of thousands of deaths, but the international community is just starting to appreciate the gravity of a humanitarian crisis that has preoccupied Yemeni policymakers for years: water scarcity. As… Continue Reading  

Will Bahrain Disappear Beneath the Waves?

Manama, Bahrain (Ali Al-Awartany via Shutterstock)

by Austin Bodetti Climate change threatens all the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf, but rising sea levels have endangered one in particular: Bahrain. As a small island country, Bahrain remains just as vulnerable to the perils of coastal erosion,… Continue Reading  

The Real Reason Al-Shabaab Banned Plastic Bags

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by Austin Bodetti Terrorism is no laughing matter. But the notorious Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab managed to become the subject of derision in the news media when it declared last year that it was banning plastic bags. Al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda’s affiliate… Continue Reading  

Answering the Attacks on the Green New Deal

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by John Feffer It’s become a common trope of the Trump era for columnists and commentators to attack the lunacy of the far right at the same time as castigating the “loony left.” These pundits, who usually place themselves in… Continue Reading  

Greening Kuwait

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by Austin Bodetti Kuwait would seem to have little in common with the environmental movement at first glance. Like its neighbors in the Persian Gulf, Kuwait depends on exporting fossil fuels to power its economy. The country joined Russia, Saudi… Continue Reading