Posts Tagged With: Al Jazeera

Happy And Sad News, Haiku And Two Grievances, Or Why We Are Cranky…

By Kiki Keane and Rachel Womek

The results of the Egyptian election have come in and the results are disappointing for some. The choices are the Brotherhood’s Mursi and former PM Shafiq. The future might be bleak for Egypt. Here’s Richard Engel’s analysis of what could happen if either man is elected. He doesn’t really see much of a silver lining.

Sadly, there was another deadly attack in Syria today. Ninety-two people were killed, 32 of which were children. This is the deadliest attack since the peace plan took affect April 12, 2012. According to Al Jazeera, the Free Syrian Army will no longer abide by the ceasefire if the UN does not take “urgent steps for the protection of civilians.” Ban Ki-moon and Kofi Annan have officially condemned the attacks in “the strongest possible terms,” said UN spokesman Martin Nesirky. Here is the Al Jazeera report. And here is Engel’s report of NBC Nightly News.

In happier news my (Rachel’s) middle brother graduated from High School earlier this week! New Mexico has a shockingly bad school system: I believe the graduation rate is about 63%. The school my brother went to is the best charter school in the state with a 97% graduation rate. The school centers their learning around the arts. My brother graduated as a Culinary Artist and won an award for culinary excellence as well as an award for the biggest comeback: going from very poor behavior and grades to the top Culinary Artist in his school. Congratulations Arthur! 


Silver safety pins

Ornament the tassled cap.

May graduation.


In light of world events, the following is no doubt frivolous and silly. However, Rachel and I are sitting here in one of our local bookstores stewing in annoyance. We are annoyed for different reasons. I am annoyed at the couple with a baby. Normally, I’d be annoyed at the baby, but right now all I think is that poor kid doesn’t stand a chance. The kid is old enough to walk, but is unsteady. He’s still in diapers. Still requires a stroller. He is remarkably well behaved. The child wandered a bit, but was close enough and wary enough that he did not move beyond his parents reach. The mother told the little boy to “come here.” The child, a bit distracted by all the things around him stayed where he stood. Again, with in his mother’s easy reach. The father (I assume) stood up, picked up the child, hit him and lectured him. Now, I’m no expert, but in my, admittedly limited experience, a child that young does not understand much of what is being said to him. And he didn’t deserve to be hit. Now that man has right to raise his child as he sees fit and I’m not objecting to reasonable discipline for a wrong action. By the violence with which the man spoke to kid and the force he used to pick him up and hit him seemed way out of proportion for the situation.  I mean, I was a bit scared for the kid. The guy was obviously frustrated and upset about something, but that’s no reason to act that way. He could have easily hurt the little boy. And if he overreacts to something so small what’s to say he won’t really hurt the kid next time. The whole thing reminded me of those people who kick their dogs. The lady, though, upset me more. What was her reply? A very nice, “Thank you, baby!” Thank you? Really? Really? 

That bothers me (Rachel) too. I don’t condone any violence; especially not violence towards children or animals. 

Another thing that is bothering me is the name of one of the blended coffee drinks in the establishment we are currently patronizing. They are selling a blended coffee drink they are calling a “Spicy Buddha”. This bothers me because I know that no establishment in this country; at least not one as widespread as this one would ever dare to offend the major religion in this country and create a “Spicy Jesus” drink, but they have no such compunctions about a less mainstream religion. In my view if an establishment is going to make light of religious figures they should do so equally. Maybe a Spicy Buddha and a Funky Jesus? Or, probably the wisest course, they should steer clear of any such references. 

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Egypt’s Presidential Election Matters And Other Important News, Or Why I’ve Become An Obsessive…

By Kiki Keane 

History is being made as I write. Egyptians have spent the last two days voting in their first free presidential elections. Ever. Why is this important? Well…the elections have the potential to change Egypt and the Middle East and have huge implications for the U.S. and Israel. Here is an analysis by Richard Engel of who is running and why the elections matter to us. I wish I were there to witness this historical event, but I will have to content myself with obsessive news gathering…

Here are some reports about the elections from CNN, MSNBC and Al Jazeera.

Al Jazeera — latest news and has lots of links to other stories about the elections

CNN –has some interesting videos toward the bottom

MSNBC — Most of these are by Richard Engel: Egypt at a crossroads , Voters head to the pulls, Election makes history, Richard Engel’s interview with Carter, Politics is a new family affair

In other news: 

Iran nuclear talks

Vegas grocer accused of war crimes sent to Bosnia

Syria violence spreads to Lebanon

Inside Syria

Drone strike hits Mosque, kills 10 in Pakistan 

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World News, Because We Are too Tired to Be Original…

So… we’ve haven’t had much time to  think (or anything else, for that matter), but here are some news items that caught our attention in recent days. FYI, most of the links will be from MSNBC because it is my (Kiki) current favorite news site.

1) Yesterday, an Afghani family living in Canada were convicted of the “honor killings” they had been charged with in 2009. Mohammad Shafia, 58; his wife Tooba Yahya, 42; and their son Hamed, 21, were found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder. The victims were Shafia’s first wife and their three daughters. Details can be found here.

2) An Afghan woman was strangled to death by her husband and mother-in-law after giving birth to a third daughter. The mother-in-law has been arrested, but the husband–a militia member–is still at large.

3) Things in Syria are heating-up. According to MSNBC, the events of the last few days may signal a turning point in the conflict.

4) A pesticide commonly used by beekeepers may be exacerbating the virus responsible for decimating the honeybee population, MSNBC reports. The virus called Colony Collapse Disorder could have major implications for us in the future. Honeybees are the primary pollinators of food crops in most of the world.

5) Japan’s population is on the decline.

6)  Elderly laboratory Chimpanzee’s are the subject of debate, according to Rock Center. Dr. John VandeBerg, director of the primate research center argues that the quality of life in such centers has greatly improved, with spacious open air habitats. On the other hand, Dr. Jane Goodall, legendary anthropologist and chimpanzee expert says, that the experiments are torture and in her opinion the senior chimps deserve a retirement.

7) According to Al Jazeera, there is a question regarding the future of a group of stateless muslims in Myanmar, called the Rohingya. They were stripped of their citizenship and are victims of other human rights violations by the Junta. The article asks wether or not Suu Kyi will help them should she be elected.

8) Here’s something just for fun. This blog has some of NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent, Richard Engel’s reporting. It’s good stuff. I (Kiki) really enjoyed his travel piece on Timbuktu (a small personal obsession).

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