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Sometimes you just need to laugh

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In spite of recent events (the car bomb in Marib, the cancellation of all 4th of July activities, the Yemeni gov't preventing us from touring outside of Sana'a), it's still good to take a step back and laugh a little. All the recent stuff reminded me of an Onion article, so I thought I'd post it here:

http://www.theonion.com/content/news/middle_east_conflict_intensifies

And just for fun:

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/30345

Posted by mc327503 01:15 Archived in Yemen Arab Republic Comments (0)

Sometimes you just need to laugh

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In spite of recent events (the car bomb in Marib, the cancellation of all 4th of July activities, the Yemeni gov't preventing us from touring outside of Sana'a), it's still good to take a step back and laugh a little. All the recent stuff reminded me of an Onion article, so I thought I'd post it here:

http://www.theonion.com/content/news/middle_east_conflict_intensifies

And just for fun:

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/30345

Posted by mc327503 01:15 Archived in Yemen Arab Republic Comments (0)

More fallout

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So this little bombing is really getting everybody into a tizzy, and of course we're getting screwed in the mean time. The Yemeni government is refusing to approve travel permits outside of Sana'a, so our trip this weekend to Manakha, the complete opposite direction of Marib, is cancelled. If this keeps up, we might not be able to go to Wadi Hawdramout, which is kinda one of the whole reasons for coming to Yemen in the first place. The governments show of force extended today to the air force booming along ove the skyline today. From what I was able to tell, it was about 8 or 9 jets, althought they might have been circling around. The jets I did see were F-5's and Su-22's, which are used for attacking ground targets, interestingly enough. Anyways, here are some links to the story from CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/07/03/yemen.blast.ap/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/07/02/yemen.blast.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

Posted by mc327503 04:16 Archived in Yemen Arab Republic Comments (0)

More fallout

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So this little bombing is really getting everybody into a tizzy, and of course we're getting screwed in the mean time. The Yemeni government is refusing to approve travel permits outside of Sana'a, so our trip this weekend to Manakha, the complete opposite direction of Marib, is cancelled. If this keeps up, we might not be able to go to Wadi Hawdramout, which is kinda one of the whole reasons for coming to Yemen in the first place. The governments show of force extended today to the air force booming along ove the skyline today. From what I was able to tell, it was about 8 or 9 jets, althought they might have been circling around. The jets I did see were F-5's and Su-22's, which are used for attacking ground targets, interestingly enough. Anyways, here are some links to the story from CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/07/03/yemen.blast.ap/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/07/02/yemen.blast.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

Posted by mc327503 03:48 Archived in Yemen Arab Republic Comments (0)

On the 4th of July

This is the first time I'll be missing 4th of July celebrations in America. I'm going to miss it even more considering the relatively few 4th of July celebrations put on by the American expat community have been cancelled in the wake of recent events. This includes even unofficial parties, like the YLC BBQ, which is disappointing. It's almost cliche to say that you appreciate America most when you've been overseas and seen the difference, but it's only cliche because it's so true. I'm in the middle of 6 months over here, between Oman and Yemen, with less than a month in between the two. Spending this much time in the region has really made me miss certain parts of home. Most of the time its easy to forget about it everything back home since we're so busy, but the 4th of July definitely can make a wayward traveler homesick. At times, the idea of being in a country that doesn't have to worry about car bombs, or secret police, or targeted killings almost seems like some mythical paradise. So, with the 4th of July just another day here in al-Yemen, I'm once again reflecting on the meaning(s) of freedom, and at least for one day, wishing I was back home.

Posted by mc327503 22:06 Archived in Yemen Arab Republic Comments (0)

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