Archive for the ‘Africa’ Category

The Woman Who Would be King

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The great kingdom that lies along the banks of the river Niger is Nigeria. A woman controls the wealth of this natural resource rich nation. (more…)

Kony 2012

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Kony 2012 is, to me, the latest patronising hype of the Good Western Society for the poor Africans, who are not as developed as us. (more…)

Division by Skin Color…Reality rears its Ugly Head

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Ethiopian Boys playing at an Israeli absorption Center [Vadim Lavrusik]
In what is quickly becoming a trend of protests throughout Israel (beginning with the tent protests which started in Tel Aviv last summer, and including the current gender equality campaign) another voice is now calling for attention. (more…)

Libya edges closer to freedom

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Colonel Gaddafi facing his last days as leader of Libya

In the past few weeks, the world has watched with amazement at the scenes in Libya. Thousands of protesters have lined the streets, demanding the resignation of Colonel Gaddafi. Only a few weeks previously in Egypt, the former president Hosni Mubarak refused to step down. Yet he was fully aware that he had lost control and respect of his people. Colonel Gaddafi on the other hand, is still under the illusion that he can hold onto power in Libya. Only today he stated: ‘all my people love me’.

Colonel Gaddafi still has a following of loyal supporters. A minority of people who believe that he should not step down. However, the vast majority of the population in Libya crave the resignation of their leader. The only last defence for Gaddafi is the capital city of Tripoli.

While other areas of the country have been taken over by those opposed to the regime, the capital of Tripoli still remains as a stumbling block. However many argue that it is only a matter of days before the activists take control of the city. Accoring to reports in The Independent, many areas in outlying districts of Tripoli have been abandoned by the security forces.

The uprising in Libya has proved to be very eventful and intriguing to watch. The world has watched with disdain as reports stated that forces loyal to Gaddafi had shot and killed large numbers of protesters. It appears that only Tripoli stands in the way of the activists and Gaddafi. The dictator may still believe that ‘all his people love him’, but once the rebels take control of the capital city, Gaddafi’s reign of power will have reached a distasteful conclusion.

Rhinos on the Run

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Poaching of the endangered African rhino is on the rise, driven by increased demand for rhino horns from Asia and the Middle East as traditional medicine and ornaments, the Telegraph newspaper reports.

Liberian MP freed after ‘assault’

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Police surround the house of Liberia’s deputy speaker to arrest him for allegedly ordering the flogging of a policeman.

Fifa ‘pressures’ Mandela on final

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Nelson Mandela’s grandson says Fifa has put “extreme pressure” on the former president to attend Sunday’s World Cup final.

Tunisia ‘terror plot’ men jailed

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Eight men are jailed for to up to 12 years in Tunisia after being found guilty of inciting terror, their lawyer says.

Facebook campaign changes fate of Nigerian football team

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Nigeria’s president says posts on his Facebook page helped persuade him to reverse his ban of the national football team from international competition.

UN urged to provide Somalia force

Monday, July 5th, 2010

East African leaders renew their calls to the UN to replace the beleaguered African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia.

Ex-SA police chief guilty of corruption

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

South Africa’s former chief of police and ex-Interpol president Jackie Selebi is found guilty of accepting bribes.

Solar lamp wins award

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

The developers of a solar lamp that aims to replace kerosene-burning lights in developing countries wins a prestigious environmental award.

What is the What & A blessed day

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

I am so untethered in this world. I often have to ask what day of the week yesterday was and find myself laughing that the very next day I had already forgotten.

I am often lost in thought, but find now, recently, thoughts fly through me more readily and I am supremely grateful for this change, that no longer makes me need, want, struggle to hold onto thoughts.

I recently posted about seeing birds, and then yesterday, none swooped before my car. I had been sick the night before and I think I did not awake with an open heart and the birds were not drawn to me. Today, I awoke differently and within several hundred yards, I had to duck as I drove, so close the first bird came, and I had to smile because it hit me, I had opened my heart.

I am reading a book: What is the What, by Dave Eggers, a fictionalized account of one man’s life, a Sudanese Refugee. The Preface, in part, set forth:

“Even when my hours were darkest, I believed that some day I could share my experiences with readers, so as to prevent the same horrors from repeating themselves. This book is a form of struggle, and it keeps my spirit alive to struggle. To struggle is to strengthen my faith, my hope, and my belief in humanity. Thank you for reading this book, and I wish you a blessed day.”

-Valentino Achak Deng

I read the last seven words over and over again…”and I wish you a blessed day”.

I was stunned, astounded and touched, that this person, the voice of the book, What is the What, wished me, a reader a blessed day.

In turn, I wish you, “a blessed day”.


The Beginner’s Quest to Deeksha

Monday, June 11th, 2007

13 Graces

posted a piece, entitled “One More Time” and wrote about a process of enlightenment called Deeksah.

I gravitated toward this immediately and 13 Graces was kind enough to guide us in our beginning path.

It is said that upon reaching a number of 64,000 enlightened human beings, our world will not only stand a chance, but will step into the prophesied Golden Age.

I am at a loss to fully understand the process of Deeksha, but here is what I know so far…

1. You can be who you are

2. Your only goal need be enlightenment of yourself and others

3. You need not give up yourself or your proscribed religious path

4. There is a chance for humanity.

Now, I am on the learning curve here, being a spiritual seeker, I will continue to find out more…in the meantime, go check out 13 Graces’ post…she has some good resources to get you started.



Ethiopia & Children

Monday, June 4th, 2007

A picture speaks…

how many words?

Surge in Adoptions Raises Concern in Ethiopia

Ben Garvin for The New York Times




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American Idol & Global Kids: Children need us

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Updated: April 25th

Are you kidding me?

Go give a dollar. I dare you to click below.

Say what you want.



Tonight watch it for one reason.

For the children of the world.

They are all ours.

We owe it to them to make this world better.


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