The United States is reportedly planning for a sustained campaign to target the Houthis in Yemen after more than a week of airstrikes have failed to stop the group’s attacks on shipping vessels off the Arabian Peninsula.

Today in The Conversation Canada, James Horncastle of Simon Fraser University explains who the Houthis are and why they’re vowing revenge on Israel for its sustained attack on Gaza. But he points out that by retaliating against the Houthis, the U.S. and the United Kingdom risk the very event they’re trying to avoid — a wide-scale, prolonged and potentially devastating war in the Middle East.

He writes that instead of escalating the conflict with airstrikes, the U.S. should focus on its initial goal to build a maritime coalition force that could help bring the Houthis under control — and dial down the tension in the Middle East.

Also today:

Lee-Anne Goodman

Politics Editor

This photograph provided by the Indian Navy shows U.S.-owned ship Genco Picardy that came under attack on Jan. 18, 2023, from a bomb-carrying drone launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels in the Gulf of Aden. (Indian Navy via AP)

The West’s strikes against Houthis risk igniting a powderkeg in the Middle East

James Horncastle, Simon Fraser University

Since the outset of Israel’s invasion of Gaza, the West has aimed to prevent the conflict from escalating regionally. But strikes on the Houthis in Yemen by the U.S. and the U.K. may ensure it will.

Black people in Canada continue experiencing oppression and dehumanization because of how their skin colour is viewed and represented. (Shutterstock)

Young Black men in Canada face racism, ageism and classism when looking for work

Warren Clarke, University of Manitoba

Young Black men are being denied employment for multifaceted reasons, and when they do find work, are often trapped in low-paying jobs.

Textured surfaces on city pavements can help make public space more accessible to disabled persons. (Shutterstock)

Despite legislative progress, accessible cities remain elusive

Ron Buliung, University of Toronto

Decades of activism have resulted in legislation and infrastructure to make cities more accessible, but the lived experiences of disabled residents shows there’s still a long way to go.

Despite evidence that classroom simulations are beneficial in the training of news professionals, they haven’t been widely used in journalism education. (Sara Mizannojehdehi)

Simulations with actors prepare journalism students to interview trauma survivors

Matthew Pearson, Carleton University

Developing trauma-aware interview skills is part of teaching students how to ethically and sensitively report on traumatic events, and learn how to take care of their own mental health and well-being.

La Conversation Canada

Lors de l’achat d’aliments préemballés, les consommateurs allergiques se fient aux déclarations dans la liste d’ingrédients pour identifier les aliments sécuritaires. (Shutterstock)

Gare aux allergènes : les aliments dits « végan » peuvent contenir du lait et des œufs

Silvia Dominguez, Université Laval; Jérémie Théolier, Université Laval; Samuel Godefroy, Université Laval

Les aliments « végan » sont perçus comme n’ayant pas d’ingrédients d’origine animale par la plupart de consommateurs, mais peuvent en fait contenir des protéines de lait.


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