The new US Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones arrived in Tripoli on June 19 and presented her credentials to the Acting Deputy President of the General National Congress Mr. Saleh Al-Makhzoum.
Photo via US Embassy Tripoli/FB
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In early May, the security situation in Tripoli deteriorated when armed groups seized Libyan government buildings in a dispute over a law regarding officials of the former regime. In response, on May 8, the Department of State ordered the departure of a number of U.S. government personnel in Tripoli.
The last time we featured our man in Australia in this blog was in our election night round up last November. (see Election Night 2012 Roundup — What a Party!). This week, Ambassador Bleich made quite a stir in cyberverse with an FB post on Stopping the Game of Clones timed for the 17th annual UN World Book and Copyright Day.
Wired.com wades in with “Tyrion Lannister would not give a shit” (of course!) in U.S. Ambassador Calls for End to Game of Thrones Torrenting: ‘Tyrion Will Thank You’. Over in the ambo’s FB page, there is an ongoing vigorous discussion whether it should be called stealing or not. It looks like a bunch of people there are real serious about their GOT.
Anyhow, we thought we’d check what else Ambassador Bleich is doing. Don’t you think this photo below is just pretty wild? That’s Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich who posted that “the cage of death is actually pretty fun.” Compared to his Facebook page, this looks almost peaceful, despite that gigantic snout.
Ambassador Bleich in a face-to-face croc encounter from the “Cage of Death” at Crocosaurus Cove, Darwin, Australia (photo via Amb Bleich/FB)
The encounter with the croc kind occurred in Darwin, in the Northern Territory of Australia earlier this week during a trip to welcome the arrival of Lima Company 3rd Regiment, 3rd Marine battalion from Hawaii for training in country.
Quick excerpt from Ambassador Bleich’s FB post:
I spent the past several days in the Northern Territory preparing for the next rotation of U.S. Marines to arrive in Darwin to train with their Australian mates. Each time, I come back to Darwin, I’m reminded of the genuine kindness and hospitality of Territorians. Part of the Marines’ reason for training in Darwin is the ability of our combined forces to practice expeditionary exercises in a large uninhabited training area. But a big part of the attraction is about the people. Our Marines feel truly welcome in Darwin.
By the time I welcomed the Marines onto the tarmac in Darwin last night, I was able to give them three pieces of practical advice: 1) don’t step in any water deeper than your ankle; 2) never pass up a conversation with a Darwinian; and 3) the “cage of death” is actually pretty fun. (See photos!) Welcome Lima Company 3rd Regiment, 3rd Marine. We’re all glad you’re here.
Read in full here. Sky News covered the military rotation here: http://goo.gl/Orz8g and says that the 200 Marines on training in Darwin is the second rotation in a five year program. Next year there will be 1100 Marines and eventually 2500 on six month rotations.
Via US Embassy Ottawa:
Ambassador David Jacobson thanked hundreds of walkers who made their way to the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa in solidarity with the people of Boston on the one week anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Under a blue sky, people walked from Parliament Hill to remember those lost in Boston and to celebrate the enduring human spirit we have witnessed over the last week.
Organized by Phil Marsh of the Running Room and John Halvorsen of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, and supported by several Federal Members of Parliament, the event brought folks from every corner of Ottawa to offer condolences to the U.S. Ambassador and to the American people. Walkers also brought used shoes to tie to the Embassy fence as a symbolic gesture. The shoes will be donated to the Ottawa Mission.
On Monday, April 22nd, hundreds of Ottawans gathered together to show solidarity with the people of Boston following the Boston Marathon attacks. (photo via US Embassy Ottawa/FB)
On Sunday, April 21st, Quebec City showed its solidarity with the people of Boston in the wake of the Boston Marathon attacks by hosting a “Run for Boston”.
Quebec City Consul General Peter O’Donohue thanks Run for Boston participants. — in Quebec, Canada.
(US Embassy Ottawa/FB)
Calgary Consul General Peter Kujawinski participates in the Run for Boston with his family (via US Embassy Ottawa/FB)
USCG Montreal: Kedenard Raymond and Consul General Andrew Parker at the start of the Run for Boston in Montreal.
(via US Embassy Ottawa/FB)
That is such a wonderful gesture of solidarity.
Via the US Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan/FB:
Women’s Day in Badghis
| 500 men and women attended a Women’s Day celebration in Badghis last week. During the program Deputy Governor Shakib spoke about the importance of involving women in education, economic and political processes in Afghanistan. Project manager for Ring Road contractor EMJV Dr. Hamid Scander pledged $100,000 from the Ring Road Community Development program for women’s advocacy programs in Badghis.
via USConsulate Herat/FB
Words would be superfluous.
Via US Embassy Reykjavik:
The U.S. Embassy, Skjárinn and BíóParadís cooperated to present a zombie party and special screening of the first episode of Season 3 of the U.S. television series The Walking Dead. Ambassador Arreaga and other embassy staff joined a large group of zombie enthusiasts who organized a “Zombie Walk” from Hlemmur to BioParadis. At BioParadis, the ambassador presented awards to the Best Dressed, Bloodiest and Scariest zombies.
Ambassador Arreaga during the zombie walk; see, even zombies need eyeglasses!
Photo via US Embassy Iceland/FB
Ambassador Arreaga in his professional get-up before his brain was eaten by zombies
Photo via US Embassy Iceland/FB
More photos of Zombies Invade Reykjavik (46 photos). Ambassador Arreaga also posted about the zombie incident on his blog here.
“In one of the more unusual and perhaps the most fun activities in my foreign service career, Mary and I joined a group of Icelandic zombies on a “walk” from the Hlemmur bus station to Bíó Paradís where we had a chance to watch the first chapter of the third season of “The Walking Dead” a highly successful American television series.”
The event was held by the embassy for a group of young Icelandic zombies in partnership with SkjárEinn, cable television provider of the show, and Bíó Paradís, an independent cinema in downtown Reykjavik.
It looks like they had fun! But think about that for a moment. The targeted demographics are young Icelandic zombies. Now, the next ALDAC cable going out of Foggy Bottom will be asking this question: What are you doing with the young zombies in your host country? We hope you have a handy response.