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Old wooden window in Mirbat, Oman by Eric Lafforgue
Mirbat, like most of coastal towns in the province of Dhofar, South Oman, was involved in the frankincense trade. It look over the port tradition from al-Balid in the 17th-18th centuries and became a wellknown port, trading also with Hadramaut in Yemen.Today, almost the entire historic city has been abandoned in favour of a new modern center. © Eric Lafforgue www.ericlafforgue.com

Girl with Collared Necklace (day 102)

Song: Falling Out Of Reach by The Guillemots

Stressful day at work altogether. It was rainy and foggy and generally gloomy. Stopped at HM after work to feel better. Ended up trying on clothes for like, 2 hours.

Something that made me laugh: Getting Taco Bell in Penn Station with Jovel and discovering that it has the most on point playlist. New York’s Hottest Club.

Something that made me upset: Jaz’s ship got turned towards Yemen in response to suspicious Iranian activity.

What I googled today: USS Roosevelt Heads to Yemen

Major protests in Baltimore, Loretta Lynch’s Attorney General nomination passing through the Senate, the announcement of a drone strike that killed hostages (including an American), and the retreat of the Iranian cargo ship convoy that was heading to Yemen; today’s been a big news day.

Izrael bombázhatott le egy szudáni fegyvergyárat

Az éjszaka rakétatámadás ért egy fegyvergyárat vagy fegyverraktárt Ombdurmanban, Szudán fővárosa mellett. Ombdurmán a szudáni fővárossal, Kártummal szemben fekszik a Nílus partján. A Yemen Today értesülései szerint a támadást Izrael követte el, és erről számolt be a Haaretz is.

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Gulf-trained fighters arrive in Yemen to join fight against Houthi rebels

Gulf-trained fighters arrive in Yemen to join fight against Houthi rebels
The Iran-backed Houthis and their allies took control of the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, in a surprise offensive last autumn, and placed the president, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, under house arrest. Hadi fled his detention to his southern stronghold in Aden …
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Oil down after 2015 high; Saudis’ Yemen action and dollar weigh
Still, a Reuters poll on Monday suggested commercial crude stockpiles had risen nearly 2 million barrels last week, building for a record 17th straight week. Industry group American Petroleum Institute will issue on Tuesday its own expectations for …
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Yemen Then and Now: The Sad Chronicle of a Failed State
Today, Yemen is imploding. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is seizing territory on the periphery. Last month, its forces seized Mukalla, now a city of some two hundred thousand. They emptied the prison, looted the provincial branch of the Central …
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Yemen talks May 17 could bolster anti-Houthi alliance

ADEN (Reuters) - Yemen’s president has called a meeting of political forces on May 17 to discuss his country’s war that will include former associates of a powerful ally of the Houthis, a move that could bolster the ranks of opponents of the Iranian-allied force.

Yemen confirms 'limited' coalition ground force in Aden

Aden (AFP) - A “limited” number of Saudi-led ground troops deployed in Yemen’s second city Aden on Sunday to support loyalist militia fighting rebels, a government official and a militia commander said.  

“A limited coalition force entered Aden and another force is on its way” to the southern port city, said the official who requested anonymity.

The Saudi-led coalition has been conducting an air war against the Huthi rebels and their allies since March 26 but this is the first reported ground deployment inside the country.

A leading member of the popular committees, a locally recruited militia loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, told AFP that the force “will start helping us in fighting the (Shiite) Huthis and (former president Ali Abdullah) Saleh’s forces”.

He said the troops will mainly back pro-Hadi fighters around the rebel-held international airport, which was the focus of renewed heavy fighting overnight.

Other militia commanders confirmed that a few dozen coalition soldiers, mostly Saudis and Emiratis of Yemeni origin, were on the ground in Aden. 

The coalition declared an end to its Operation Decisive Storm on April 21, saying the campaign would enter a new phase dubbed Renewal of Hope focused on political efforts, aid deliveries and “fighting terrorism”.

Coalition spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed Assiri had said repeatedly during the first phase that a ground intervention was on the table if needed.

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As a onetime foreign correspondent who wrote from places like Northern Ireland, Iran, Pakistan, India, Vietnam and the Philippines, I see the riots in Cairo, the assassination in Benghazi and the friction in U.S-Israeli relations as part of one picture: a portrait of the Middle Eastern world preparing for war between Iran and Israel. There is no glue between the events in Libya and Egypt, and today’s demonstrations in Yemen, Morocco, Sudan, Iraq, Iran and Tunisia, except a deluded Israeli-American’s amateurish, offensive film about the Prophet Mohammad - in one scene the director has the Prophet put his head between a woman’s legs to see for himself there is no “devil” there.



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Today's Top International News: Yemen, Russia & Iran

1) An ISIS-affiliated group in Yemen released a video showing militants killing 14 Yemeni soldiers, 10 by execution-style shooting and 4 by beheading.

2) NATO told the U.S. Congress that they believe Russia is preparing for a new offensive in Ukraine based on evidence that they are equipping and training their forces.

3) A new UN report says that Iran was seeking to buy nuclear technologythro…

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On Native GroundIS the 2012 Election the Last Gasp of White Male Privilege?

As a onetime foreign correspondent who wrote from places like Northern Ireland, Iran, Pakistan, India, Vietnam and the Philippines, I see the riots in Cairo, the assassination in Benghazi and the friction in U.S-Israeli relations as part of one picture: a portrait of the Middle Eastern world preparing for war between Iran and Israel. There is no glue between the events in Libya and Egypt, and today’s demonstrations in Yemen, Morocco, Sudan, Iraq, Iran and Tunisia, except a deluded Israeli-American’s amateurish, offensive film about the Prophet Mohammad - in one scene the director has the Prophet put his head between a woman’s legs to see for himself there is no “devil” there.



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Yemen's Houthis to investigate public figures, including Nobel laureate

DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemen’s Houthi rulers have launched an investigation against dozens of public figures, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakul Karman, state news agency Saba said late on Tuesday, following a complaint that could amount to treason.

Today's Top International Stories: Libya, Sudan & Kazakhstan

1) The bodies of five journalists were found with their throats slit near the city of Benghazi in Libya. The journalists (four Libyan and one Egyptian) worked for a local Libyan news station and went missing in August of last year. The Libyan army believes ISIS is responsible for the deaths.

2) President Omar al-Bashir won re-electionin Sudan during a vote boycotted by opposition parties.…

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We bought this ‘dashboard incense burner’ in #jeddah. Now installed in #culturunners RV (plugs right into cigarette lighter). Hitting the road today with sandlewood from Yemen and Sage from South Dakota … Having spent the night by Mystic River in Boston. #eoausa #ArtJameel (at Mystic River)