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Raising Up Through Hip-Hop

Nas-produced documentary Shake The Dust follows b-boys and crews from Yemen to Uganda, showcasing the resilient spirit of hip-hop.

Shake the Dust premieres on Vimeo today. Special thanks to Bond/360 for images

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Activist Groups Launch StuckInYemen.com to Rescue Americans

They also filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government for its failure to rescue American citizens.

Bay Area resident Mokhtar Alkhanshali made a harrowing escape from the war-torn country.

Although the violence in Yemen has rapidly escalated in the past several months as Houthi rebels battle for control of the government and a Saudi Arabia-led coalition of Arab governments bombard the country with airstrikes, the U.S. State Department announced that it does not currently have any evacuations plans in place for Americans trapped in the embattled country. In reponse, three activist groups—the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee , Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the Asian Americans Advancing Justice Asian Law Caucus—launched a site to aid those Americans who are looking for a way out. The site, called StuckInYemen, features a form where American citizens can report themselves and recieve assistance for evacuation. Already, more than 200 entries have been made.

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Yemen’s Banksy Uses Street Art to Fight Sectarian Violence

Murad Subay’s designs bring much-needed attention to the drone strikes, corruption, and violent political chaos that has plagued the tiny Middle Eastern nation.

While elusive British artist Banksy has kept a rather low profile since his controversial New York City residency in 2013, his “Middle Eastern counterpart” has been causing quite a stir. Murad Subay, a 27-year-old painter and former literature major from Yemen, has been making waves online and on the streets of Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, with his politically-charged, crowd-generated murals. The city, which in recent years has seen numerous sectarian clashes, is a landscape of telltale bullet holes and battle-weathered buildings. As part of Subay’s creative call-to-action, he has spearheaded 2,000 murals across Sana’a and beyond in just over two years, inviting others to join and help in their creation.

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Less Oil, More Unrest: Are Declining Resources Driving the Arab Revolutions?

It's no coincidence that the countries that are feeling the first effects of peak oil are also the ones going through revolutions.


Back in early February, we wondered about the role that oil played in Mubarak's downfall. Of course, the citizens themselves who took to the streets deserve all the credit they've been given. But what of the underlying economic conditions that set the stage for revolution? The fingerprints of peak oil are all over the Arab Spring.

Here's the simple math: Egypt and many other growing, arid Arab states depend on persistent and significant food imports. Historically, these countries have covered for those imports by producing and exporting a surplus of oil. When oil production peaks, and eventually sinks below domestic consumption, suddenly these countries become an oil importers. And that's a bad place for a nation to be, particularly if it also needs to import food.

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Feast Your Eyes: The Angriest Sandwich Ever (UPDATED)

Why is this Yemeni protester wearing bread on his head?


This photo of a Egyptian Yemeni protester with bread taped to his head popped up on BoingBoing earlier today, where it has attracted a range of more or less amusing comments (sample: "When you are too poor to afford meat helmets then it really is time for revolution" and "Cat with bacon taped to it salutes this man").

But what is going on here? Perhaps it is a kind of decorative armor, with Viking-style horns and a circular badge in front, designed to inspire fear and awe in all who see it? Or is it instead a form of functional head protection? Bread certainly does have a useful shock-absorbing quality—as a former grocery bag packer, I can tell you it makes a great cushion for eggs.

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Socotra Island: A Different View off the Coast of Yemen

Those Doctor Seuss trees are real, and they can be found at Socotra Island. Just off the coast of Yemen, over millions of years,...

Those Doctor Seuss trees are real, and they can be found at Socotra Island. Just off the coast of Yemen, over millions of years, life on the archipelago of Socotra evolved in interesting ways. Buzzfeed has a lovely collection of photos, which provide a rather nice rejoinder to recent media discussions that country. See a few shots after the jump.

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