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Fun Fridays!: Jack Rebney RV salesmen

In Fun Fridays! on February 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm

someone needs to get this cat into a yoga class.




Ending Fistula-Empowering Women: Help Young Women Reclaim Their Lives and Transform Villages

In Africa, Miscellaneous on February 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm

above: a documentary about fistula in Ethiopia

below: a little something you can vote for to help end fistula in Ethiopia. 



Click HERE to vote for the Ending Fistula-Empowering Women: Help Young Women Reclaim Their Lives and Transform Villages project in the Dell Social Innovation Competition. 

Deemed inadequate, a 13 year old girl is abandoned by her husband and father and left on the outskirts of town in a doorless hut so hyenas could eat her. Cause of abandonment: obstetric fistula, a condition eliminated during the 19th century in US. Although this 13 year old girl made it to the hospital, few girls do. The consequences of obstetric fistula can leave a girl physically impaired, emotionally scarred, psychologically damaged and socially ostracized. Lack of obstetric care plays a significant role- currently only 1 midwife per 100,000 people- yet child marriages are also a primary cause of fistula.  

Project Resilience will work with young Ethiopian (15-23) post-surgery fistula survivors that have been ostracized from their villages. We will serve as a center for healing and self-empowerment.  Collaborating with Addis Ababa’s Fistula Hospital and Black Lion Hospital, Project Resilience’s innovative model will provide living quarters for a period of three years during which time they will gain both classroom and hands-on midwife training, gain administrative/managerial skills, learn about family planning methods and the dangers of early childbearing. Each woman will then be assigned to a rural area where she will provide health education and services, midwife and maternal care & job opportunities significantly contributing to  fistula rate. Outreach programs will create jobs for young girls and educate young children beginning a necessary shift in the cultural and economic perspectives of women. Project Resilience uplifts communities by empowering women. Strong and healthy women create strong and healthy communities. 

New Dangers for the World Economy [The Economist]

In World News on February 23, 2010 at 7:47 pm

When the crisis started, governments helped save the world economy. Now they are the problem.

LAST year it was banks; this year it is countries. The economic crisis, which seemed to have eased off in the latter part of 2009, is once again in full swing as the threat of sovereign default looms.

Europe’s leaders are struggling to avert the biggest financial disaster in the euro’s 11-year history (see article). This week all eyes have been on Greece. If it defaults, it will be the first EU member to do so. AsThe Economist went to press EU leaders were meeting to discuss what to do, and there was talk of a German-led rescue scheme. If it happens, other European candidates may be queueing up. Bond markets are worried about the capacity of Spain (see article), Ireland and Portugal to repay their debts, forcing these countries to increase taxes and cut spending, even as they remain mired in recession.

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President Isaias Afewerki on Talk to Jazeera [Al Jazeera]

In Africa, World News on February 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm

The Eritrean president in a rare interview with al Jazeera’s Jane Dutton.

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Twenty years after the liberation from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Africa’s youngest nation, has emerged as strategically vital to the stability of the region and the wider global agenda.

Eritrea is struggling to balance the needs of its people with the perceived threats to the nation.

Al Jazeera’s Jane Dutton conducts a rare interview with Isaisas Afewerki, the president of Eritrea.

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Border City of Juarez Pays Price of Mexico Drugs War [BBC News]

In Americas (South & Central), World News on February 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Business owners in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, at the centre of the country’s drug-fuelled violence, have learned that rising crime is not only measured as a body count, but as a factor hitting hard on their financial bottom lines.

Ciudad Juarez is located right on the border with the US

According to estimates by the local chamber of commerce, the increasing violence has forced more than 5,000 shops to close since late 2006, when President Felipe Calderon deployed security forces in the area for a head-on confrontation with the cartels.

The head of the business chamber of the state of Chihuahua, where Juarez is located, has said up to 100,000 people have left the city in the past few years.

A local businessman, who prefers not to be named, has experienced this trend first hand.

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Anti-Retrovirals Could Halt Aids Spread in Five Years [BBC News]

In Africa, World News on February 23, 2010 at 12:38 am

Anti-retroviral treatments (ARVs) and universal testing could stop the spread of Aids in South Africa within five years, a top scientist says.

Dr Brian Williams says the cost of giving the drugs to almost six million HIV-positive patients in the country would be $2-3bn per year.

Only about 30% get the life-saving drugs, he said, but early detection and treatment would prevent transmission.

This, he said, should be complementary to the search for an Aids vaccine.

An effective vaccine, he said, was still a long way away.

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Music Monday: Sade- King of Sorrow

In Music on February 23, 2010 at 12:01 am

In honor of her return, a throwback…



Listen to more Sade at her Official Site.

The Irvine 11

In Americas (North), Middle East, World News on February 19, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Micheal Oren, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, was recently invited to UC Irvine for a speaking engagement. During his speech eleven members of Students for Justice in Palestine stood up to protest the unjust actions of the state of Israel against the Palestinian people.

This is difficult. Not only is the Arab/Israeli conflict one of the most complex and divisive of our time, if not ever, but this situation in particular has started a lot of debate. Some, while in support of the cause, disagree with the disruptive manner in which “the Irvine 11” decided to go about their protest, others feel their disrespect is totally justified as it is nothing in comparison to the heinous acts committed against the Palestinian people.

What struck me most about the video though is how angry and truly hateful everyone is toward each other. I’ve never seen so much pure HATE in peoples faces, its incredible, sad, pathetic and just really gives me no hope for the future of this planet.

(thanks for the heads up on this Hanna and Huda)

this is gross so no fun friday this week just the promise of more coverage soon to come.


Read more about and from the Irvine 11, the University actions against them and how you can support the students and their cause at

Slideshow: AIDS In America By Krisanne Johnson [The FADER]

In Americas (North), World News on February 19, 2010 at 10:08 pm

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Krisanne Johnson spent time in both Mississippi and New York photographing young black women with HIV and AIDS. They are the quickest growing demographic of those positive in the United States. For an extended edit of the photo essay, Johnson and Lolisa Gibson (who is featured in some of the photos) talk about life with AIDS and the stigma and facts surrounding the disease’s rise in our country.


Slum Tours: Real or Real Tacky? [National Geographic]

In World News on February 19, 2010 at 9:37 pm

An Indian boy surveys a yard paved with drying clay bowls. Photo credit: Jonas Bendiksen

The Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire has made the world’s poor urban districts a popular tourist destination. Is it supportive or exploitive? National Geographic Traveler takes a look.

There was a time when most travelers tried to avoid the dicey parts of town. But an increasing number are now seeking them out on so-called reality tours. From Rio’s favelas to Mumbai’s Dharavi slum to Nairobi’s Mukuru district, the trend is gaining steam as the latest frontier in travel. The phenomenon shows no sign of waning as more travelers rethink indulgent vacations in favor of more meaningful travel experiences. It’s partially a byproduct of the global economic crisis. Another, sadly, is that the ranks of the poor are growing.

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California’s Prisons: Jailhouse blues [The Economist]

In Americas (North), World News on February 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm

California must reduce its prisons’ overcrowding and cost. But how?

ONE never quite knows whether Arnold Schwarzenegger, California’s governor, is joking or serious. So it is with his three most recent ideas for solving one of the state’s biggest problems: its prisons. They are overcrowded, to the tune of about 40,000 inmates according to a federal court, and often inhumane. And they are too expensive, exacerbating California’s desperate budget crisis.

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Fun Fridays: Drinking Out of Cups

In Fun Fridays! on February 11, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Give a grown man LSD, stick him in a closet with a tape recorder and this is what you get.

Just say no kiddos! (thanks for the heads up nicole).

happy friday.



Trailer: “I’m Here” by Spike Jonze [Fader]

In Movies on February 11, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Spike Jonze makes robot love.





Poster Boy: Artist + Vigilante

In Artsy Fartsy on February 11, 2010 at 6:35 pm

street art: beatiful + free. yum.



Portraits of Ethiopia’s Tribespeople [TIME]

In Africa, World News on February 11, 2010 at 6:27 pm

The Cradle of Mankind

Photographer Joey L’s portraits of tribespeople from Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, where lush jungles and harsh drylands make the region one of the most diverse in the world

The Funeral Procession of the Bodi Tribe
The Omo Valley is a three day drive from Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, and remains one of the most diverse regions in the world. Each bordering tribe speaks their own language, and practices their own customs and beliefs. When a member of the Bodi tribe dies, the men perform a ceremonial death procession and will keep the body safe for three days. After this, the tribe will gather together and consume the body as a sign of respect and to ensure passing into the next world.

Olochia of the Mursi Tribe
It is the duty of the young boys to guard the cattle at night. Before being photographed, Olochia shot an invading Hyena with a Kalashnikov rifle.

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