Ah, Times Square. That place has everything--Broadway shows, naked body painting, anti-Semitic Elmo. This weekend, it was also the site of an ugly race-based attack. An unidentified man was captured on video swearing at Times Square demonstrators, including a woman wearing a hijab, who he called ... More >>
Three women received the Nobel Peace Prize today at a ceremony in Oslo. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, social worker Leymah Gbowee, and Yemeni journalist and activist Tawakkul Karman were all "chosen for their non-violent struggle against injustice, sexual violence and repression." ... More >>
After footage of a police officer dousing students with pepper spray went viral, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi announced she is forming a "task force" to look into the incident. She told CNN, "We really want to look into this very carefully and take action ... make sure that it will never happen ... More >>
The joys of pen pals. (Not a letter from Gaddafi.)Following the death of "one of the world's longest-serving dictators," former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, on October 20, the New York Post has found one person, his 81-year-old pen pal Louis Schlamowitz, a retired Brooklyn florist, who is a ... More >>
The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to three women: Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee, and Yemeni rights campaigner Tawakkul Karman. They're being recognized "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full partici ... More >>
Documents tying the CIA to the Qaddafi-led Libyan government were found in an abandoned office in Tripoli, the New York Times reports. The findings, which have not been verified for authenticity, allude to the practice of the American intelligence agency handing over terror suspects to the Li ... More >>
Maybe start with the outfits?Muammar el-Qaddafi is looking to revamp his image a bit. The Libyan dictator's reputation, while never good, has taken a hit recently as civil war tears his country apart and the whole world condemns his 42-year iron-fisted rule. Being a corrupt strongman is a tou ... More >>
One of Muammar Qaddafi's sons, 29-year-old Seif al-Arab Muammar el-Qaddafi, was killed in a NATO airstrike yesterday along with three Qaddafi grandchildren. Qaddafi and his wife, who were at their son's house in Tripoli at the time, survived. The house was reportedly destroyed. A Qaddafi spok ... More >>
Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi keeps a fleet of personal nurses sometimes referred to as his "harem." As his country comes under attack from dissenting protesters and allied forces including the United States, Gaddafi has lost a few of his closest allies, namely the medical ones, with Oksana ... More >>
via GothamistThe Libyan uprising has "reached the capital's doorstep": anti-government forces have taken a town 30 miles from Tripoli, the capital. Yesterday, the U.N. approved sanctions against Libya and President Obama said that Moammar Qaddafi should step down. [NYT] Mohammed Ghannouchi, the ... More >>
This didn't really make me LOL or anything, but hey: an Israeli journalist's parody video of Libyan president Muammar Qaddafi is an Internet sensation in the Middle East. Noy Alooshe, creator of the clip, used Qaddafi's speech from Tuesday and set it to a Pit Bull song called "Hey Baby." Libyans a ... More >>
via CNN A U.N. security panel is meeting today to discuss how to go about fixing the situation in Libya. They're discussing whether or not to impose international sanctions on the Libyan government, including travel bans on Muammar Qaddafi and those who are close to him. The U.S. has already clos ... More >>
According to unconfirmed reports, including from the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm, ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who resigned last week after almost three weeks of violent protests in his country, is in a coma. Other (pro-government) sources say that the 82-year-old former presi ... More >>
Hosni Mubarak, president of Egypt for three decades, "has waived the office of president," said Vice President Omar Suleiman in a speech that lasted less than a minute at 6:00 p.m. local Egypt time today, Friday February 11, 2011, eighteen days after massive protests started in Cairo. The arm ... More >>
President Obama addressed the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at the White House this afternoon. He lauded the peaceful nature of the protests, as well as the patriotism and restraint of Egypt's military. "The people of Egypt have spoken," he said, "Egypt will never be the sam ... More >>
Hosni Mubarak's resignation as President of Egypt today has left an immense vacuum in world politics. Yes, this means that he is no longer 20th on Parade Magazine's List of the World's Worst Dictators. Who will slide into his now-vacant slot? We've got the scoop! SPOILER ALERT: Do not click " ... More >>
On the seventeenth day of protests in Egypt, Hosni Mubarak may finally be stepping down, according to reports from Britain's Channel 4 News. Mubarak is expected to transfer power to his newly appointed vice president, Omar Suleiman. Lindsey Hilsum, a Channel 4 reported, said on Twitter that H ... More >>
via ReutersHey everyone. It's looking like a nice Sunday out there! Not that you're even reading this, because today's the Super Bowl. You morons. Today in Egypt: the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group long banned by Egyptian authorities, is joining other opposition groups in meeting with Vice P ... More >>
Anonymous -- the scattered, non-hierarchical and anarchistic hacker group best known for their prolonged campaign against Scientology -- have transitioned recently not only into a pro-WikiLeaks group, but also into fervent supporters of revolution in the Middle East. Yesterday, about 500 memb ... More >>
Just not yet! This according to ABC News' Christiane Amanpour, chased through the streets of Cairo just yesterday, who today became the first journalist to see Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak since protests broke out on January 25.
via ReutersThe latest out of Egypt: thousands of protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square are demonstrating, even though the military is firing shots into the air to scare them off. New protests are also being reported in Alexandria Suez. Yesterday, Pres. Mubarak appointed Omar Suleiman (whom the Time ... More >>
Diplomatic relations between the United States and Egypt have been strained and "delicate" for years, according to new cables released by the government-bearing organization WikiLeaks on Friday morning, as protests in Cairo turned violent. Thousands are braving police violence, including the use of ... More >>
Last night, Djoniba Mouflet gave his last dance and drum class at the studio he founded 16 years ago. Djoniba Dance $ Drum Centre, named after the Senegalese dance master, was the city's first cultural center dedicated to Pan-African dance and music. But like many other arts spaces, it can no longer ... More >>
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