Dozens of people with disabilities have clashed with police in Bolivia during a protest calling for higher state subsidies. The protesters - who had travelled for 100 days to reach La Paz - wanted an annual state subsidy of about $400 (£254). They currently receive about 30% of that.
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Egyptian protesters and Syrians living in Egypt pray during a demonstration calling for the expulsion of the Syrian ambassador outside the Syrian embassy in Cairo, on February 17, 2012.
Bashar al-Assad’s forces have killed “well over” 7,500 Syrian civilians since the beginning of the Syrian uprising last March, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for political affairs Lynn Pascoe told the U.N. Security Council Tuesday. [Getty Images]
UN’s estimate of Syrian death toll increases with recent surge in killing
- 7,500 killed in Syria since last March, UN says source
» “Indiscriminant bombardment by tank and rocket fire”: Those were the words of the UN’s undersecretary general for political affairs, Lynn Pascoe. The killing in Syria has reached something of a fever pitch in past months, with the bombardment of Homs in particular leading to grim headlines, and truly ghastly footage. The UN currently estimates that over 100 people per day are being killed by Bashar al-Assad’s security forces. Said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on Assad as a war criminal: “I think that based on definitions of war criminal and crimes against humanity, there would be an argument to be made that he would fit into that category.”
The younger generation is strange. Their concept is that Asian roles should always be higher class. They’re upset that I played prostitutes [like Suzie Wong]. They sneer at non-glamorous, outcast parts. I’m bothered by that reasoning. It’s like saying that the English shouldn’t play butlers. Characters are treasures whether they are dramatic or light. My prostitute did not cease being a human being. It was not a lesser role. I gave her all the power and humanity Suzie Wong deserved. An actor should be able to play a lower class character with all the depth and humanity they deserve as a full human being. This generation of Asian actresses thinks that they always have to play Grace Kelly parts. They are missing the point that you do what you can with a role you are given. - France Nuyen
American and French journalists among 35 people killed in Syria
Marie Colvin’s final call to CNN, hours before she was killed
I know I don’t usually post much about Syria. But American war reporter Marie Colvin’s along with 35 other people, some other international journalists, have just been killed in Homs by heavy shelling. Hours before her death, she gave this final moving interview to CNN live from Homs about her experience watching a young baby die from shrapnel penetration in front of her eyes. Every brave reporter and war journalist has my indescribable respect, as I wish to be a war reporter one day.
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It is worth listening to.
Heavy Shelling Rages Across Cities in Syria
Heavy Shelling Rages Across Cities in Syria
A round of heavy shelling hits rebel strongholds in Syrian cities like Homs and Aleppo, sending smoke into the air and tanks onto streets. (Feb. 21) From:
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… Dear God.
Within minutes of this photo being taken, the sandstorm hit us. We barricaded ourselves in our tent, the wind howling all around us. We were plunged in a different reality, where everything is the color of burnt-orange.
The oil spill examined: The first criminal charges to be filed against BP, regarding the explosion and subsequent oil leak at the Deepwater Horizon well, are being prepared by federal prosecutors. The charges, to come out next year, are expected to center on a group of engineers and whether false or misleading information about the safety of drilling at such deep depths in the Gulf of Mexico was submitted on federal documents. The spill in totality is very relevant right now — a couple months ago, the Obama administration approved BP for more drilling in the Gulf, despite no changes to spill-related financial liability laws. (Photo courtesy of ideum) source
Some facts about Morocco (the country, not Mariah Carey’s child)
- Contrary to popular belief, the following things are difficult to come across on an average day walking around the streets of a major city: camels, belly dancers, sand storms, harems, snake charmers, Aladdin and Jasmine, and genies.
- In 1786, Sultan Mohammad III signed a Treaty of Friendship with John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, making it the first and longest lasting treaty between a foreign country and the United States after independence.
- Morocco, like any other country in the world, is a country of extremes with both luxuries and poverty. It has Africa’s largest shopping destination, but also the highest illiteracy rate in the region. These are the results of post-colonial development that has been directed by the state.
- No, you don’t have to veil in Morocco. This is an image of the King’s wife, Lala Salma:
- Morocco is not just desert. Although the Sahara comprises a significant part of the geography, there are also two coastlines (Atlantic and Mediterranean), the Atlas Mountains, and dense urban areas along with rural areas.
- While Arabic is the official language, no worries, you can get by in French, English, and even Spanish if you’re in the North.
- Morocco is predominately a Muslim country, but you won’t get stoned or set on fire. André Azoulay, the senior royal adviser, is one of the highest ranking politicians after the king, and yes, he’s Jewish. There are even massive cathedrals in Morocco, such as the Cathédrale Sacré-Coeur in the middle of Casablanca. You can’t miss it. It’s huge.
- And for fucks sake, please don’t base your understanding of Morocco from what you saw and heard on the Real Housewives of NY.