Posts Tagged With: NATO

Finally Done With The Packing! Now On To The Panic Attack!

By Kiki Keane

Holy Moly! Rachel and I leave for Cairo in about 30 hours! I am finally packed. Everything. My whole life now fits in a large duffle bag, a much smaller bag, a backpack and a purse. Actually, it is probably entirely to much, but I figure I can dump as I go. Or, if I am really, really, really, really, really lucky, I will soon have an actual paying job and will be able to afford a small apartment or room in which I will be able to store all this stuff. (And accumulate more, of course!)

Anyway, with all the packing and unpacking I’ve been doing, as well as worrying myself to distraction, I haven’t really done much else. I’ve only paid a little attention to the news (how about that 48 minute speech by Bill Clinton?!) and bought a few Kindle books. Here are the few news stories/analysis I’ve noticed in the last week:**

Syria/Arab Spring: Analysis by Richard Engel

Afghanistan: A Suicide bomber kills six at NATO HQ in Kabul. This story includes a video about Prince Harry’s new deployment to the country.

Russia: This is just giggle worthy! Putin is all dressed up to lead some rare birds in flight.

Lebanon: The new smoking ban in enclosed public places has many Lebanese upset.

Mali: Islamists Rebels Seize Control of Douentza

China: Here are a few photos of a an HIV-postive boy in China and his teacher. He was denied admittance into the local school because of the disease.

And some “fun” stuff:

What does your bookshelf say about you? — From the Guardian

Mexico City’s Aztec Past Reaches Out to Present — From the New York Times

What is the point of exclamation? (Yes, I am well aware that I abuse the exclamation point!!!!!! I like it, okay?) — From the New York Times

Oh! This made me cringe. Huffington Post published this bit about the books that make you look hot. I would rank most of these titles at the very bottom of the “Makes You Look Hot List.” Actually, I would put them on “Not Even If I Were Desperate” list or the “Not Even If You Were George Clooney And Naked In My Bed” list. I might make an exception if it’s the Chandler, Hemingway or Murakami…maybe.

**Most of the news stories come from NBC.

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Syria, Afghanistan, Tanzania And Mars, Or Boldly Going Where No Man Has Gone Before (Except In The Case Of Syria, Tanzania and Afghanistan)

By: Kiki Keane and Rachel Womek

To be honest, we have not thought this blog post through. What can we say? It has been a very, very, very busy day for us. Work is just…well, it’s work. It’s the end of the week, but not really. Technically, it’s Thursday for us. And heads-up: those goals we set a week ago…yeah…

We would, however, like to mention some news stories that should be shared:

1) The Red Cross has successfully negotiated the evacuation of wounded Syrian women and children. There are mixed messages about how many people have been evacuated, so far. According to Tweets by ICRC Head of Public Communications, Carla Haddad Mardini, 27 people had been evacuated as of 6 hours ago. No journalists were among them. Here’s the latest report on NBC Nightly News, by Richard Engel.

2) Twelve people have been killed in protest over the burning of copies of the Quran on a NATO in Afghanistan. Here is the latest from the MSNBC website.

3) Ex-Astronaut, Dorothy Jemison is negotiating a sizable grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to determine the feasibility of long term space travel. To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before! I hope they figure it out. I’d (Rachel) like to live on Mars. Read more about it here.

Here’s a fun little something from my (Kiki) favorite reporter. It is the second installment of Richard Engel’s Hidden Planet (featured on Rock Center’s iPad app and the website). It’s about two tribes in Tanzania. Very fun!

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