Here are some of the events and stories that have happened over the past week. [Trigger warnings for rape and violence.]
From college funding to anti-discrimination to my using a weird word in a headline — it’s time for another sampler platter of news stories to see you into the weekend.
Happy Friday, friends. We have a grab-bag of politicians making some … questionable decisions, LEGO being awesome, and the Amazon Overlords being rather Overlord-y. Let’s get started.
I am still getting over a nasty cold, so these news appetizers will be more like amuse-bouches since I don’t have much in me to write longer summaries. Please bear with me, and I’ll have more for you next week.
News from Africa for the past week is a bit of a mixed bag. Highlights include a change in imperialistic attitudes from Europe toward Africa and a woman being elected to a prestigious office for the first time. Lowlights include a war criminal and unstable governments. More details after the jump.
Newwwwws! The last week has been tough for me in terms of “the world is awful,” so my goal for this week is to find the silver lining.
Want to wear out a metaphor with me? The Arab Spring. It’s turned into Fall, or was it Winter? Or is it now raining blood? Were the leaves falling from the trees of the dictatorships or were the good men and women of the Arab world readying for holiday? Maybe it was the one with […]
In the ongoing battle for Libya, a disquieting stalemate that has all but stopped regular news updates. Really, there hasn’t been much to say – that, or only a few hours later the entire story changes. For the many towns that have been under heavy fire for the past few months, the only thing one […]
Watching the battle in Libya has been like watching a deadly pendulum swing back and forth. One day the rebels take control of a town, the next day they lose it. One day Gaddafi’s forces take a blow, the next day his soldiers fire shells into civilians queuing for bread. On the news there is […]
As clashes and uprisings continue throughout the Middle East, much of the attention of the world audience has waned. The news cycle has once again focused on celebrities, politics, and the common household item that you’re probably using right now that may kill you. Yet clashes are still raging on and women, the long overlooked […]
Because of its relative isolation in the past few decades, not many people know or understand the history of Libya. They think of it as some strange, archaic backwater with that one crazy guy. Oh and don’t forget that Lockerbie thing. This is such a shame as Libyan culture is ancient and vast.
Perhaps one of the most frustrating aspects of the conflict in Libya has come from my own friends and family. A group of mostly progressive, well-educated, reasonable people who are now bandying about propagandist talking points and railing against foreign intervention in Libya.
Events are taking place! Things are occurring! And in Libya, all manner of myth and reality is being born. I’ve heard some interesting opinions, ideas, and flat-out myths during the weekend. Nobody is really sure what all this Western involvement means for North Africa. Then the world comes to find out that the Arab League, […]
I think we can all agree that 2011 has already seen many incredibly shitty things happen in the world. Early in the year, we saw Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords targeted in a mass shooting in which six other people were killed. In the last few weeks, people have been killed in droves in Libya, and Japan […]
On the evening of March 17th, the U.N. voted to enact a no-fly zone in Libya. I watched as Libyan friends and neighbors breathed a sigh of relief and let themselves take a moment of cautious celebration. Yet there have been a lot of questions about what this all means.