Earlier today, President Obama gave a speech outlining US policy toward a changed Middle East. It was his first comprehensive response to the Arab Spring. He said the US would dole out fresh aid to countries in the region that support democracy.
Writer Patrick Symmes had plans to check out Yemen’s nascent tourism industry when he visited in March. Instead he found himself in the midst of political upheaval and widespread demonstrations. Eventually he was kicked out of the country along with most other foreign reporters.