Yemen Celebrates as Saleh Flees for Treatment, But Will He Be Back?

June 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Jason Ditz

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Workers fix an electricity cable damaged during recent clashes between police and tribesmen loyal to the tribal leader Sadiq al-Ahmar in Sanaa June 8, 2011.

REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Yemen erupted in celebration today over the news that long-time dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh had fled to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment. Saleh’s compound was attacked on Friday, and despite claims he only sustained “minor” injuries he needed surgery.

For protesters this was the culmination of months of rallies demanding Saleh’s ouster and free elections. In the interim Major General Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi would be serving as president, but it seemed a big victory.

But the Saleh government certainly doesn’t see things that way, and despite rushing Saleh to Saudi Arabia for surgery, they still see him as the head of state on little more than an unplanned vacation.

The protesters clearly don’t want him back, and are promising to do everything they can to prevent his return. Still, the apparent ouster of Saleh isn’t nearly so straightforward as it seems on the surface, and it is unclear if the situation will be resolved in any obvious manner soon.

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Multi-Cultural Festival Celebrates Diversity on Father’s Day Weekend with Food and Fun

June 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Preparations continue for the 16th Dearborn Arab International Festival with the Dearborn City Council approving a permit Tuesday for the Annual cultural celebration. The Festival is scheduled for June 17, 18 & 19.

“We’re excited and we look forward for a Festival rich with fun and celebrations,” said Fay Beydoun, Executive Director of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, the organizer of the Festival.

The Festival, which attracts an estimated 300,000 visitors from the United States and Canada converts  12 blocks of Warren Avenue between Schaefer Road and Wyoming Street in Dearborn into a world-class street festival every year.

The festival has about $7 million of economic impact on the Dearborn area and improves the bottom line for multiple sectors of the local economy including hotels, restaurants, shopping and other activities beyond the Festival area.

It is a great cultural event, featuring food, crafts and entertainment from the Middle East. It also features a large carnival highlighted by a Ferris Wheel that overtakes East Dearborn and an interactive children tent that includes crafts, face-painting, clowns and puppeteers.

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