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Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

In from peacepaceselam, Music, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace on October 29, 2009 at 10:34 pm

credit: Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

A couple of weeks ago I had to absolute privilege of seeing Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra live.

Suffice to say the experience (and yes it was quite an experience) was nothing short of an emotional journey, a metaphysical roller-coaster, a theoretical debate and a conversation about humanity. IT WAS INCREDIBLE. Absolutely the best live performance I’ve seen to date, it’s left me wanting more ever since. They brought new meaning to the word LIVE turning the Itsy Bitsy Spider and Happy Birthday into musical masterpieces (beyond the classics they all ready are, of course).  I only wish I could provide video of the performance, instead I give you the next best thing(s): a youtube of Wynton and the JLCO playing “Portrait of Louis Armstrong,” an excerpt of one of Wynton’s many interviews with Charlie Rose and my strong encouragement to catch them live next time they’re in your city!



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A 12 year old demands 7 minutes of silence for the environment…

In World News on October 29, 2009 at 9:54 pm

12 year old Severn Suzuki delivered a speech on behalf of ECO, the Environmental Children’s Organization, at the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit.  For 7 minutes she got state representatives from all over the world to listen to, and hear, what she had to say about environmental responsibility and accountability to the Earth and its citizens.



Photo Essay: Mogadishu – A City Under Siege []

In Africa, World News on October 29, 2009 at 9:22 pm

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Nearly two years after Ethiopian forces led an armed intervention to oust Somalia’s Islamic Courts Union from power, the impoverished country has seen some of the deadliest violence in its history. Devastated by an Islamist insurgency, Somalia is facing a humanitarian catastrophe that rivals Darfur, with Mogadishu at the forefront. A staggering 600,000 Somalis have fled the capital city from February to November of 2007 alone. Nearly half of the city is deserted with over one million internally displaced persons, IDPs, taking refuge in one of the hundreds of over crowded camps in and around the city, predisposed to fatal diseases due to unsanitary conditions and malnutrition. Read the rest of this entry »

The End of the World…In a Nutshell.

In from peacepaceselam, World News on October 14, 2009 at 9:21 pm

A friend of mine showed this to me the other day (thanks Nicole). I figured since I post articles about what’s currently hapenning in the world it’d only be appropriate to share a youtube cartoon about how its going to end.

If nothing else, this video is proof that everything sounds better with an accent…



Google Wave: What’s All the Fuss About? [TIME]

In Technology on October 14, 2009 at 9:03 pm


For a company founded and still largely run by a bunch of engineers, Google apparently knows a lot about human nature. Just as they did with Gmail, the Googlers have made their newest product invitation-only. You can’t just use Google Wave; you have to be chosen. It’s like Willy Wonka and the golden ticket. By the time I finally got my Wave invitation, I actually felt grateful. In some part of my brain, I really believed that instead of using a browser-based communications app, I was attending a totally excellent party.

I guess I should be grateful, since Google Wave is both free and pretty cool. Its main defect is that it’s almost impossible to explain. Google spokespeople have described Wave as what e-mail would look like if it had been invented now instead of 40 years ago. (Fun fact: the first e-mail was sent in 1971 between two Digital PDP-10 computers.) Keep in mind that until the mid-1990s, when e-mail went mainstream, the network environment was very different. Bandwidth was a scarce resource. You had your poky modem and liked it. Which is why e-mail was created in the image of the paper-postal system: tiny squirts of electronic text.(See the 50 best websites of 2009.)

But now we’re rolling in bandwidth, and power-wise, my phone could make a PDP-10 cry. Google has server farms the size of actual farms. And yet we’re still passing one another little electronic notes. Read the rest of this entry »

Timeline: Gaza Crisis [Al Jazeera]

In Middle East, World News on October 14, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Around 1,300 Palestinians have been killed since Israel began its assault on December 27 [AFP]June 19: An Egyptian-brokered six-month ceasefire between Israel and Hamas comes into force.

November 5: Israel closes all of its crossings with Gaza.

December 14:
Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal announces the six-month ceasefire with Israel will not be extended.

December 19: Six-month ceasefire between Hamas and Israel officially expires.

December 21: Tzipi Livni, the Israeli foreign minister, says that her primary goal if she wins Israeli elections, will be to overthrow Hamas.

December 27: Israel begins assault on Gaza, codenamed “Operation Cast Lead”, by launching air raids that kill more than 225 Palestinians.

One Israeli is killed and six others wounded in missile attacks by Palestinian fighters. Read the rest of this entry »

“It’s China’s world. (We just live in it)” [Fortune Magazine]

In Africa, Asia, World News on October 14, 2009 at 8:27 pm


After a shopping spree for natural resources, the Chinese are shifting to automakers, high-tech firms, and real estate. Where will they strike next?

You wouldn’t think the men who run the oil-rich country of Nigeria would have much spring in their step these days. The nation is plagued by a never-ending guerrilla war, one that has trimmed the country’s oil production to two-thirds of its potential capacity.

But now Nigeria is in the process of renewing production licenses for some of its most prolific offshore fields, and there’s a new player in town making the traditional oil powers from the West (Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA), Exxon Mobil (XOMFortune 500), Total (TOT)) very nervous — and the Nigerian government very happy.

CNOOC (CEO), one of China’s three largest oil companies, is trying to pick off some of the licenses; indeed, the Beijing-based company wants to secure no less than one-sixth of the African nation’s production. And CNOOC, apparently, isn’t screwing around.

Tanimu Yakubu, an economic adviser to the Nigerian President, recently told the Financial Times that the Chinese company is “really offering multiples of what the existing producers are pledging [for licenses].” Then he added giddily: “We love this kind of competition.” Read the rest of this entry »

“Why the Nobel Peace Prize Should Go to Nuclear Weapons” [TIME]

In World News on October 14, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Smoke billowing 20,000 feet above Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945, after the first atomic bomb was dropped on the city. The Japanese city of Hiroshima has marked the 64th anniversary of the world's first atomic attack as its mayor called for the total abolition of nuclear weapons in the coming decade. (AFP/The National Archives/File)

Smoke billowing 20,000 feet above Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945, after the first atomic bomb was dropped on the city. The Japanese city of Hiroshima has marked the 64th anniversary of the world's first atomic attack as its mayor called for the total abolition of nuclear weapons in the coming decade. (AFP/The National Archives/File)

President Barack Obama‘s Nobel peace surprise was given “primarily for his work on and commitment to nuclear disarmament,” according to Agot Valle, a Norwegian politician who served on the award committee. Valle told the Wall Street Journal that the stewards of the prize wanted to “support” Obama’s goal, as expressed recently at theUnited Nations, “of a world without nuclear weapons.”

It’s tough to think of a goal more widely espoused than the dream of an H-bomb-free planet. Ronald Reagan and Jane Fonda, political opposites, came together on this one – in his second term, Reagan stunned his own advisers and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev by suggesting a treaty that would take nuclear arsenals down to “zero.”(See pictures of President Obama’s first eight months of diplomacy.) Read the rest of this entry »