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News

Friday News Bites: McKinney Protests, Tony Awards, Obits + More

Greetings, all. We have some notable deaths to cover, some interesting entertainment news, and more, so let’s get started:

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News in Europe

News in Europe: Germany – inches ahead

Greetings, citizens, from your friendly unicorn watching the news in Germany. I have to say though, they’re much the same depressing heap of hopelessness over here. Let’s get to it.

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News

Friday News Bites: Bugs! Bears! Barrowman! Ohhh Myyy.

Despite my silly headline, we do have some serious stories to cover this week. Let’s get to those first, and you shall be rewarded with some amusing stories to see you into the weekend.

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Perspectives

Expat Ramblings: A Week in the Life of a German Person

Apparently I’ve won the World Cup.

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News

Friday News Bites: LGBTQ Coverage, Malaysian Airline Shot Down, Obits + More

We’re on an LGBTQ bent again with this week’s newsy roundups, along with news about the Malaysian Air flight that was shot down and some recent obituaries. Let’s get to it.

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Movies

What I Watched Last Night: The Flat (2011)

The curse of Netflix is its excessive supply: most nights it takes us half an hour to choose something. While browsing movies last night, my husband chose The Flat based on its intriguing description — and then watched in puzzlement for 15 minutes before realising it wasn’t in fact a thriller.

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News

End Of The Week News: Return To Planet Of The News

Oh honey pot, doodle face, little poodles and cats. Welcome back.

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Books

Ask A Librarian: A Brief and Incomplete History of the Middle East

Recently, a friend asked me for books, preferably fiction, to help her understand the history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. I don’t think I can adequately cover that subject (ever, it’s just so big), but I can offer some suggestions regarding Israel, Palestine, Syria, and the changing face of the Middle East. I do want to […]

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News

News in Africa: 1/31/2013 (The Article Where I Talk a Lot About Women)

African women have been in the news a lot lately, whether it be women succeeding in various fields or a call for better education and protections for women. It seems only fitting to focus on these various stories for this week’s article. More details after the jump.

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News

Mid-Week News: Just Keep Swimming

Kittens, it’s Wednesday. That means we have survived a few more days, which is about as best as you can ask for these days if you gauge it by the way the world is tumblin’.

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News

The News in Haiku Needs a Vacation

The news in Haiku is a few days early because I’m going on vacation to a place without phone or Internet. Coco will have her updates to the news on Friday.

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News

News Appetizers: I Got The Mid Week Blues

Hello, kittens, and welcome back! Here we are at another round of news recap, where I, your dark current events overlord, Kitten McTavish, will be highlighting this week’s highs, lows, and all that fluffy stuff in between. Where will we go from here? Is this where we want to be? Doesn’t matter because the world […]

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Perspectives

About A Bomb

When reading Middle Eastern news, one must always ask themselves this question, “Who will get rich and who will get hurt?” The answer, though often predictable, gives a clear and concise way to sort through the muck that can be weighed down by the region’s heavy censorship laws and long-winded official reports.

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LadyGhosts of TV Past

Mad Men: Exile in Babylon

Last time on Mad Men: Everything was kind of terrible and sad, except for the short story-writing rivalry among the Smarmies, which was hilarious. Pete didn’t deserve Trudy, but then again he never does. Peggy tried to be a good secretary and mostly succeeded. Joan won, but then again she always does.

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Ladyguides

Understanding The Nakba

Al-Nakba is known in Arabic as “the catastrophe” and known in Israel as the day of independence. For Palestinians, it is a day of mournful commemoration as it marks a period when 700,000 Palestinians were forcefully removed from their cities and villages and displaced into Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Gaza, and the West Bank.