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Aug 18, 2013

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Government surveillance spurs Americans to fight back
'For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction'

Designers trying to help people fight government surveillance: Activists turn to fashion to provide ways to block eavesdropping, confuse cameras and thwart drones — and to provoke conversations about U.S. surveillance programs. Read article and view photo gallery on The Washington Post.




Aug 3, 2013

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François Hollande : panthéonisez des femmes !
Pour le prochain "grand homme" au Panthéon, nous voulons… des femmes !

Alors que le Panthéon a vocation à honorer les grands personnages qui ont fait l’Histoire de France, seules deux femmes y reposent pour 71 hommes : Marie Curie, deux fois prix Nobel, pionnière de la physique nucléaire, et Sophie Berthelot … pour ne pas être séparée de son mari Marcellin Berthelot, chimiste et homme politique. L’histoire française a jeté dans l’oubli des milliers de femmes qui ont, par leur vie au service de la science, des arts, de la philosophie, de la politique ou encore par leur engagement politique ou militant, écrit l’histoire de notre pays et fait progresser l’humanité. Parmi elles Simone de Beauvoir, Louise Michel, Olympe de Gouges, Germaine Tillon, Solitude, Lucie Baud, Aimée Marie Eléonore Lallement, Lucie Aubrac… C’est justice que de leur rendre hommage. C’est essentiel de graver leurs parcours exceptionnels dans notre mémoire collective afin qu’elles puissent être source d’inspiration pour les femmes et les…Read more




Jul 25, 2013

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Bill Clinton meets President Kennedy
Future-President Clinton shaking hands with President John F. Kennedy on July 24, 1963




Jul 20, 2013

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President Obama’s remarks on Trayvon Martin
'Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago...'

President Obama discussed the George Zimmerman acquittal in the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin during a surprise appearance at the White House briefing on Friday. “You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African- American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African- American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that — that doesn’t go away…” Source: The Washington Post




Oct 11, 2012

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‘The American dream has become a myth’
The grass isn't greener on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean

In this times of crisis in Europe, many people still believe in the so-called American Dream. But according to Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz in a recent interview with Der Spiegel, they shouldn’t. Stiglitz says the finance industry is to blame for the growing divide between the rich and poor in the United States, and he accuses the industry of preying on the poor and buying government policies that help them get richer. Interview from Der Spiegel: SPIEGEL: Professor Stiglitz, how do you expect the next President of the United States to tackle the problem of unequal distribution of wealth? Stiglitz: First, he has to recognize that there is a problem at all. Watching inequality grow is like watching the grass grow. You don’t see it happening day by day, but over a period of time it becomes visible. SPIEGEL: What is the scale this inequality? Stiglitz: In the last…Read more




Oct 10, 2012

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Tesla says it will be profitable by December
The company is on the verge of becoming cash flow positive

I know, last month I talked about cars in Fast cars and Hollywood stars. I love powerful, stylish cars but most of all, I like them ‘green’. And the good news is, these cars sell well and Tesla will even be profitable by December, says Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Charlie White posted on Mashable: Is electric car maker Tesla a “loser” company, as presidential candidate Mitt Romney charged in Wednesday’s debate? In a blog post written a few hours before the debate, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said no — the company will in fact be profitable by the end of next month. Musk felt journalists and analysts were reading too much into the company’s forecast last week of slower manufacturing of its Model S sedan (pictured above), and says he thought the press also misinterpreted the reason why the company wanted to raise an additional $150 million. While the financial…Read more




Sep 22, 2012

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The Inconvenient Truth Behind the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands

I read a lot about the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute but it’s hard to fully understand what this dispute really is about. Hopefully, Nick Kristof published on his blog On The Ground, an article written by Han-Yi Shaw is a Research Fellow at the Research Center for International Legal Studies, National Chengchi University, in Taipei, Taiwan. ‘Japan’s recent purchase of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands has predictably reignited tensions amongst China, Japan, and Taiwan. Three months ago, when Niwa Uichiro, the Japanese ambassador to China, warned that Japan’s purchase of the islands could spark an “extremely grave crisis” between China and Japan, Tokyo Governor Ishihara Shintaro slammed Niwa as an unqualified ambassador, who “needs to learn more about the history of his own country”. The Japanese government maintains that the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands are Japanese territory under international law and historical point of view and has repeatedly insisted that no dispute exists. Despite that…Read more




Aug 2, 2012

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Kandaka: Resurrecting the Sudanese Queens

This article was published on Sudanese independent online magazine 500 Words, ‘an amalgamation of various thoughts and opinions on Sudanese society, culture and life. It is concerned with the opinions of the Sudanese youth on all things regarding the two Sudans.’ Once again, it is an intellectual pleasure to read one of the many articles published on this website, especially when it come to History. In Kandaka: Resurrecting the Sudanese Queens, Dalia Abdelrahman writes: ‘The Kingdom of Kush was an ancient Nubian state centred on the confluences of the Blue Nile, White Nile and River Atbara in what is now the Republic of Sudan. Kushite kings ruled as Pharaohs of Egypt for a century, which is a historically insignificant period of time, I am very proud nevertheless, and will tell anyone who listens. The Kingdom was a prosperous land ruled from the capital, Meroe. They farmed, traded with Greeks and…Read more




Jul 20, 2012

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The League Of Extraordinary Women

Last month I read on Fast Company website : Meet The League Of Extraordinary Women: 60 Influencers Who Are Changing The World. Ellen McGirt writes: ‘The previously untold story of how an unprecedented network of high-achieving women from the world’s largest companies, innovative startups, philanthropic organizations, government, and the arts combined forces to change the lives of girls and women everywhere.’ Promising, isn’t it? This article is indeed truly inspirational and every woman reading it can imagine accomplishing big things. Among the women listed as ‘example’ there are LEILA JANAH CEO, Samasource; CHARLOTTE OADES, Global director, Coca-Cola’s 5 By 20; PAT MITCHELL, CEO, The Paley Center for Media; LAURA PINCUS HARTMAN, Founder, Zynga.org; TORY BURCH, Founder, Tory Burch Foundation. And many more. Full list of Extraordinary Women available here. As always, I would say ‘easier said than done’. But one thing is for sure: women should be more confident and…Read more




Jun 28, 2012

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Support #SudanRevolts and take action!

My interest in Sudan started with Omar-Al Bashir’s military coup in June, 1989. I was young but I already knew it could change the fate of Sudan and its population forever. Since then, I always kept an eye (let’s say two) on the country, doing my best to raise awareness on the situation, especially when Darfur happened, and more recently Blue Nile and South Kordofan. For decades now, I have heard Sudan was not a priority. That the International community was not interested, they had (and apparently always have) other fish to fry. Even the media have been shy about covering Sudan. A few days ago, I asked a journalist about ‪#SudanRevolts‬ lack of media coverage and I got a bewildering answer: ‘Not enough deaths for the frontpage. ‪Syria‬ has more, daily’. For years, and despite the amazing work done by activists, organizations and even some brave journalists, the least we can say…Read more





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