Thursday, May 18, 2006

White Sox lose

I wouldn't normally post when I'm so far from home. But I saw two things that made me come out of mourning for Arsenal. First, the White Sox lost two to Tampa Bay - and al-Zabaniya is predicting that the Cubs take the inter-league series.

Second, a piece (which I have yet to read) but which looks very good on al-Qaeda in Yemen from al-Sharq al-Awsat. This looks like one that the paper may give a synopsis (not a translation) into English later this week.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The Final 2-1

I once saw a friendly in Paris at the Stade de France between France and the Czech Republic, the latter was up 2-0 with 10 minutes to go when Zinedine Zidane took over and scored 3 goals in the next 12 minutes (including extra time) to win the game. Unfortunately, I don't see any such miracles in Arsenal's bag of tricks tonight. They are about to go down in a massive collapse, giving up 2 goals in the final 15 minutes of play.

Five minutes to go - we are in trouble.

It is over and we have lost.

The mighty are falling

The mighty ones at al-Nawadir are in trouble, as Arsenal has dropped back even with Barcelona following a late goal. I was up in arms on seeing an Arsenal player sent off early in the game - and as I type Barcelona has pulled ahead 2-1 - oh, no.

Gunners, my mighty Gunners - what has happened.

Disaster, pure disaster has struck.

Couple of Highlights

I'm still away from home, so the blogging will have to be short, but I wanted to highlight a couple of articles.

First, two from the Yemen Observer. The first on the release of 100 more al-Huthi followers, hopefully this will help to end the low-level insurgency, but more on that later. Second, a supposed assassination attempt against the head of the Aden-Abyan Army. Here is the original article from al-Sharq al-Awsat.

Finally, an article by Gregory D. Johnsen in the Arab Reform Bulletin on Salih trying to restore his reformist credentials.

Just a few highlights to get me through the day.