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I follow Micahel Yon's blog after being introduced to it by [livejournal.com profile] geneli4 a while ago. He's a former soldier and now is a war photographer and journalist.

Some of you heard the news about two war photographers in Libya being killed during an airstrike. Michael posted a message from a correspondent there that really touched me.

I’ve been reading traffic from a private worldwide group regarding the sad loss of journalists Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington in Libya. The people discussing the loss include names you sometimes see on national television, in books, and so on and so forth.
The bylaws of the group preclude my publishing names or emails without permission. When Nancy Youseff’s message came in from Libya, the importance of the substance of her message was clear.

With Nancy’s permission, I have deleted a few names and here it is, fresh from Nancy in Libya:
 
Dear [D] and [J]:

Thank you for posting these messages. I came back from Tim and Chris' memorial here in Benghazi to [A’s] message. It was disappointing to say the least especially after watching Libyans and non-Libyans gather to remember Chris and Tim's spirit and humanity. There were protests in Misrata yesterday over their deaths. Yes, those who lost family members and friends gathered to share in their outrage over what happened to Tim and Chris. And at the memorial, the British envoy told a story that is worth repeating. (I am paraphrasing based on my memory.) A resident of Misrata came to him to express his sympathies. The Brit said, "But you have lost thousands?" And the Misrata said "This is different. They came to help us and tell our story. We are indebted to them."

This morning Benghazi's bishop, who stayed here to help the wounded and sick despite the mass fleeing of Christians at the start of the uprising, held a prayer for Tim and Chris.

That is, this is not the story of how we are forgetting the thousands killed in Misrata; it is about how two people from distant lands have touched the people of Libya through their work and their dedication to telling the story of Misrata. They are a reminder that even in war, one can find beauty.

Nancy A. Youssef
Pentagon Correspondent
McClatchy (formerly Knight Ridder) Newspapers


- taken from Michael Yon's blog


on a sidenote: why is it so hard to make a post using your Rich Text, DW??? Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy??? ;__________; 

well.

Jun. 5th, 2010 07:13 am
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Ready? Here you go: An Arizona elementary school mural featuring the faces of kids who attend the school has been the subject of constant daytime drive-by racist screaming, from adults, as well as a radio talk-show campaign (by an actual city councilman, who has an AM talk-radio show) to remove the black student’s face, and now the school principal has ordered the faces of the Latino and Black students to be changed to Caucasian skin.
 


I literally have no words.
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Condolences to those who lost friends or relatives to Padang earthquake.

We felt some swaying here and it scared us so I can't imagine what you're going through. May you stay strong.

Al-Fatihah.

RIP
 
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The Kulim-Bandar Baru MP has instead proposed in his blog that SIS change its name to Ikatan Wanita Kosmopolitan (Cosmopolitan Wo-men’s Alliance) – IWK being a reference to the sewerage treatment company – as “most of its members do not wear the tudung” and “are unmarried”.

First of all, it appalls me that he can say something like this and see nothing wrong with it. The man stands for everything I hate in the so-called 'religious' group of men who are actually heads of political parties and teach and shape the minds of the young. I mean, he basically said that only women who wear the tudung and are married can call themselves Muslimah. I bet he thinks Muslim women should also stay at home and do housework because the Quran says so. even though the Quran was referring to a society hundreds of years ago. and that the Quran placed particular emphasis on the empowerment of women. seriously, WTF.

Secondly, I am even more appalled at Pakatan Rakyat for not taking any disciplinary action against him. I don't care if he's speaking from a personal point of view. he's a Member of Parliament and represents his people. not to mention he insulted an NGO that helps Muslim women who wouldn't have a chance otherwise. thanks for destroying my faith in you, PR. thanks a lot.

I can't talk anymore about this coherently. my head's going to explode. I would just like to say, on behalf of Malaysia, that not all Malaysians are as narrow-minded and chauvinistic as this guy. really.
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an interview with Simone Bitton, who made the film "Rachel", which investigated the death of Rachel Corrie through her unique point of view.

Still, I was very moved by the story because it was the first time that somebody who came to protect the Palestinians was killed. It was the whole notion of protection, of nonviolent resistance. It was a red line which has been crossed. It was very frightening.

it's fascinating, especially when she talks about Rachel as a person, and she clearly admires her. and what she said about how her generation had failed to stop the occupation, and now that responsibility has been passed down, because that's what I think about almost every single day. she also talks about how people know it most likely won't work but try anyway.

yesterday, I found out a member of the Al-Qaeda was working in my state.

...yeah, there's not much I can say about that.

on to things that have made me happy lately:

I still don't like their singing voices, but man, are they entertaining




this actually had me crying from laughter you guys. I can't even tell you which parts were the best, you'll just have to watch it yourselves.

you big gay threesome, you


it's in korean but whatever, it's still ridiculoously entertaining. Ji Sung:*points to all three of them* Gay. Carlos not paying attention and Pat looking baffled and going all "Translate, Ji!"



oh, and I'm thinking of doing fic recs but I also think it would be a bit redundant, since you all have probably read the fics I'm only reading now ages ago (I'm slow like that).
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I thought that I'd post something worth posting for once. I heard this through [livejournal.com profile] hackthis. link to her post.

Sharron Pearson is a high school student at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles and she has been accepted to attend the Oxford Tradition to study drama and *creative writing*.
yep, it's that really famous school in England. Her scholarship covers room and board and food, but it doesn't include airfare and miscellaneous. since her family can't afford the expenses, her school is trying to raise enough money to send her. as someone who has gotten rejected by scholarships, I feel for her and I truly hope they can get the funds. I don't have enough money to donate, but if you have, like, $10 bucks lying around, you totally should. or you can just spread the word.

Inquiries on how to donate can be sent to Crenshaw High School Assistant Principal Paul Scibetta at: pscibett@lausd.net
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*facepalm*

not that I don't agree with him, but talking to reporters is not the best plan of action, I must say.

before this, I didn't know you could sue the Sultan! (what's the plural for sultan, anyway? sultans? sultana? sultan?)
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the things you can discover on the CNN website

Charting the psychology of evil
what if somebody told you to electrocute someone, even after they were screaming for mercy? Apparently, 70% of people would electrocute someone up to 450 volts. Power is heady, as they say.
I can't wait to know the results of the Everyday Heroism project, though. what makes people heroic?

Women right's activist beheaded in Iraq
the thing is, it looks as if the reporter decided that should only take up less than half of the entire article. the rest is about the political arrests of officers that have links to Saddam's former party.

Beckham in Milan
wait, wait. Beckham will actually play for the first team? also, I just found out Senderos got injured again. :(

do you want to help someone while getting free music?
Coconut Records (Jason Schwartzman's band) is giving away Microphone, a track from their new album, Davy, for free on Amie Street. for every download, Amie Street will donate $1 to Mr. Hollands Opus Foundation, which gives musical instruments to kids.
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WHOO BOY. just like old times, eh?
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I checked The Star's website today and found a surprisingly good article on a research of convicted rapists. The research was done for the production of a handbook, "Rapist & Rape - Who & Why". It focuses on the rapists and their motives instead of the victims (and if you know the situation on that over here, you'd be going "Amin", too). The research was done through interviews and though it wasn't very in-depth, I'm heartened by the fact that it's a step in the right direction.

However, the rapists' response to some questions made me see red.

The rapists also blamed pornography and uncontrolled lust as the main factors which caused them to rape. Only two of them said women were to blame but over 60% agreed that women were temptresses.
Asked why they did not turn to prostitutes to release their uncontrollable lust, the rapists replied that prostitutes were “repulsive” and “dirty”.

I might laugh at the irony that they find other people 'repulsive' and 'dirty' but it's just too depressing.

also, bye Ole. I hope you never forget how much we all love you. *waves*


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Oh shit. The thing that worries me most is that NST says he's 'in hiding' but Malaysiakini says he's 'gone missing'. This just stinks of something really really bad.

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Jun. 17th, 2008 12:49 pm
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Pato's holiday pictures (and the ensuing comments) made LOL. the first one looks like the pictures you see all the time in tourism brochures.

and I'm trying my hardest to avoid reading Ronaldo's current status but it's really freaking hard.


and I came across this news item: a father beating "the demons" out of his son, a two year old.

Six-and-a-half minutes for two men to try to stop a father from beating "the demons" out of his two-year-old son in the middle of a dark country road. Six-and-a-half minutes for a young woman to crouch in her car and watch in helpless shock. Six-and-a-half minutes for a police officer to land in a helicopter, run across a cow pasture, and shoot the man squarely in the forehead.

Six-and-a-half minutes of horror.

Fucking hell. I really don't know which is scarier, whether he really was possessed or that was just another facet of human nature.
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Rooney blooms in Ronaldo's shadow. *chucks Wayne under the chin and squishes him*

and an awesome, awesome video: What Wayne Knows

Kevin McCarra fanboys Scholesy.

an article on Rio's conscious effort to change his image. not really anything anybody doesn't know already, I think, but

eeee! I just sow Gaz on tv! Gaz in a suit!

- oh, right. but he sounds very sensible and determined. uhm, I had something else to say but I forgot.


oh! is Mourinho really going to Inter? because I just heard about Lampard. and congrats to you Inter and Fiorentina fans!
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Rec: The Tale of the Soldier by [profile] guede_mazaka
Luis Figo/Adrian Mutu. set in Alternate World Romania and loosely based in 1476. I don't usually like historical AUs but this one definitely sucked me in. I was biting my nails while reading the last part even though I know next to nothing about the characters and, well, I won't spoil it for you. fair warning though, you will probably need to keep those tissues handy.

I don't live in England nor do I support England's NT but this article by Simon Barnes about the English obsession with heroes was too good not to post. and personally, I think that applies to the people here as well. we're always disappointed when they don't do the impossible but we believe in them because they did the impossible in the first place.

and this is by Simon Kuper. how Drogba's new autobiography reads like a romance novel. (the romance is of course between him and Mourinho. I mean, who else?)

also, I thought last week's World Football podcast was really good. and I think they have a new podcast up already but I haven't had time to listen to it yet.

eta:
I'm listening to it right now and guess who's being interviewed? PETER SCHMEICHEL. also, Porto were found guilty of match-fixing a few matches in 2004? wtf?


I read an article in the newspaper this morning and it made me cry. in that article, many were not as lucky as Yang Liu.

and words fail me when it comes to this. so I rely on the pictures and other people's resilience and determination to ably describe what's happening.
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I got an A in last sem's Physics final. but I can't really stop thinking about these happenings

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so, [profile] nz_bonjovi_gal   ordered her flist for updates and I live to serve.


...okay, my life is seriously this boring. I can't think of anything else.

oh, yeah. there's that little Man U vs Wigan thing. when is it again? *scrathes head* since I can't watch it live, I will distract myself from the unnecessary stress (you all better update! *glares at flist*).


alright then. football matters

does anybody know where Mourinho's going next season? anybody? last I heard, it was wither Spain or Italy. and play offs vs goal difference. what do you think?

Giggly Keano alert! Giggly Keano alerteta: an awesome video of BBC's extended interview with Roy Keane.  "I look back now and I'm very sure I was very hard work for some of the managers"  hehe.  it's a lovely interview, on the whole. Keano The Gaffer sounds incredibly wise when he talks.

Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be infuriating. (to those who don't support Man U, anyway. and even some who do.)

Free-scoring Sandersen hails half-century

When Lianne Sanderson set herself a target of 50 goals at the start of the season, she kept it a secret. Understandably, the England star didn't want any flak if she failed to scale those dizzy heights.

She needn't have worried. Sanderson reached her half-century as long ago as April 16 in the County Cup Final win against Millwall and, after the rarity of two games without a goal, has since taken her tally to 52. Not bad for someone who was still a teenager at the start of February.


40 goals a season doesn't look like much in comparison, huh? Damn those Gunners.

2 goals down and playing with 9 men, San Lorenzo can still beat you.

eta: a very interesting article on the Premier League's academies setup.

When McClair is asked when the next Scholes or Giggs or Beckham is coming, he answers thus. If the current academy system had been in place in the late 1980s United would not have signed Beckham, who grew up in Essex. McClair does not believe they would have signed the Nevilles either, as they would have been snapped up by Bury at an early age and a prohibitive price put upon them. Scholes, he says, would have been at Oldham Athletic's academy. Giggs would not have had the chance to leave Manchester City for the club he supported. United might have got Butt; they might not.

for the world at large:
Burma's military governmentwent ahead with voting for the new constitution. this is despite the fact that more than a million of their people don't have food, shelter, clean water, and clean clothes and 62000 dead or missing. what. the. FUCK. to make matters worse, it seems that the aid delivered are used to entice voters.

...it appeared that some resources for cyclone victims was diverted to the vote campaign. In some cases, generals' names were scribbled onto boxes of foreign aid before being distributed...

A resident of Yangon said refugees seeking shelter in schools were evicted so the buildings could be used as polling places, the newspaper reported.


*sigh*

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so, LJ ate up this long post I wrote(by my standards). if it was physically possible to stab LJ, I totally would. but violence is not the answer. the answer is a condensed form of my post.

music:


this is the official video for The Age of Understatement, the new song by The Last Shadow Puppets. it's a joint side project by Alex Turner (of the Arctic Monkeys) and his boyfriend, Miles Kane (of The Rascals). I'm a huge fan of Arctic Monkeys but know nothing about the Rascals. so if you know anything about them, EDUCATE ME. I think the video is about their first date. Apparently, it involves auditioning in churches in front of a tired pope(?) and a very boring family, a ride on top of a war tank and running along a row of tanks in a snowy field. you know, just to be contrary. side note: Alex looks tiny. (and not at all twenty two years of age.)

a live rip of the song
The Age of Understatement (live)
not exactly quality, though.

secondly, the Charlatans just put out their newest album You Cross My Path. for free. no catch. if you don't want the whole thing, you can download the songs individually. get it here.

general election:

The Election Commission (whose responsibility is to make sure that the election is fair) pulled the plug on its plan to use inedible ink on polling day. days before polling day (it's this Saturday). originally, the use of inedible ink was going to be implemented to curb multiple or phantom voting. the plan was said to be scrapped because the police received reports of some people planning to smuggle in the ink and sabotaging the voting process. or maybe it's because they haven't amended the Fedral Constitution yet so that inedible ink could actually be used. no, don't ask me why they didn't address this issue before they spent millions of ringgit on purchasing the ink.

also, I am seriously sick of those BN ads. they couldn't even be bothered to make those ads good. and whatever happened to the art of subtlety? *sigh*
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hi, guys! sorry i haven't been around much. I'm not even supposed to be giving into the distraction of the internet right now since I have a presentation tomorrow and my chem test on friday. but here's a quick question. what do you think when football and gay rights are mentioned in the same sentence? probably, HUH?, Justin Fashanu, or footballers/football fans trying to insult people by calling them faggots, depending on who you are and if you're even interested in football/sports at all.

well, an Austrian gay rights group has launched an international poster competition to raise awareness about homophobia in football during Euro 2008. I just found out about it from [livejournal.com profile] lemongrasstea and decided to pass it around in case anyone on my flist is interested. pass the news for me (us)?

eta:
relatedly, an article by David James, a goalkeeper for Portsmouth, a football club in the English Premier League.

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