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Human rights activist since 1985. Live in Johannesburg, South Africa. My blog name is based on my first two names. Love and kindness are the most important things. Activist, producer, humanist, mom, Africa-lover, Quaker-Buddhist, knitter, global villager, optimist, obsessive reader, Facebook addict (and not necessarily in that order...)
Live above the Bioscope in downtown Joburg.
Spread kindness. Choose life. Live adventurously. Listen, watch and read. Choose good energy movies, books, and music. Drink a beer/Savanna after a hard day's work. Meditate and pray.
The mantra of the neo-liberal ANC government is jobs and investment at any price. If we have to deprive communities of their land and their wealth, destroy their culture, their ways of living, their means of subsistance and their environment in order to create a handful of empowered fat cats and a few hundred dead end and demeaning jobs, it is a small price to pay. Viva! The party of the people Viva!
Richard Spoor, South African human rights, rural and health and safety rights lawyer - on Facebook 12.4.2011
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Created by Amanda Louise Spayd 

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Created by Amanda Louise Spayd 

Cartoon: The Guy  Who Was Raised by Cats

Cartoon: The Guy  Who Was Raised by Cats

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inothernews:

HERONS NOT SHARIN’ Two grey herons fight over a piece of fish on a frozen lake in Berlin.  (Photo: Theo Helmann / AFP-Getty via the San Francisco Chronicle)

inothernews:

HERONS NOT SHARIN’ Two grey herons fight over a piece of fish on a frozen lake in Berlin.  (Photo: Theo Helmann / AFP-Getty via the San Francisco Chronicle)

pantslessprogressive:

An Iranian protester burns a U.S. flag during a protest outside Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran April 11, 2011. Students of Tehran’s universities protested against Saudi Arabia’s support of Bahraini leaders in the suppression of Bahrain’s anti-government protests. The U.S. government has also faced criticism for sending mixed messages on its diplomatic handling of the recent unrest in the Middle East. [Photo: REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl]
Bahrain, Ivory Coast, Swaziland, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen News Roundup: April 11
Bahrain:
Torture fears as activists die in jail | BBC
Bahrain accuses human rights leader of faking pictures of beating | Guardian
Bahrain Questions Leading Activist in Ongoing Crackdown | VOA
Bahrain expels 16 Lebanese people amid unrest | AFP
The Crackdown on Bahrain’s Jocks for Justice | The Nation
CNN arrests expose crackdown in Bahrain | CNN
In Iran, dozens of students attack Saudi embassy with firebombs to protest Bahrain crackdown | AP
Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights: Bahraini Authorities Attempt to Gag Cyber Activists
Human Rights Watch: Drop Charges Against Editor of Independent Daily Al-Wasat
International Federation for Human Rights: Grave concern for human rights defenders
Opinion: Back human rights in Bahrain | POLITICO
Ivory Coast:
Ivory Coast death toll 800 and rising | News24
Gbagbo held after assault on residence | BBC
Ouattara urges Ivory Coast calm | BBC
African Development Bank: Ivory Coast under sanctions | Reuters
Gbagbo’s Capture May Set Ivory Coast’s Economy on Long Road to Recovery | Bloomberg
Obama warns new Ivory Coast leader on governing inclusively | LA Times
Ivory Coast Gbagbo must be treated with respect, says UK FM Hague | Reuters
A success for France’s army, but a failure of its diplomacy | The Independent
Features: The double tragedy of Cote d’Ivoire | AJE
Swaziland:
Democracy Activists Plan Protests Tuesday | AllAfrica
Swazi pro-democracy group says 5 activists arrested ahead of planned protests | AP
Syria:
Student reportedly shot, killed; Muslim Brotherhood throws support behind protests | LA Times
Student protest at Damascus University turns violent while thousands attend funerals in Banias | AP
At least 117 anti-government activists arrested in Syria since early Monday, says Insan | CNN
In Syria, Death Toll Continues To Rise | NPR
London, Rome condemn Syria crackdown | AFP (h/t news-intercom)
Hague says Syria should respect right to speech, protest | Reuters
As Violent Crackdown Intensifies in Syria, Freed Egyptian-American Engineer Mohamed Radwan Recounts Ordeal in Syrian Jail | Democracy Now
VIDEO: Conspiracies and condemnation | Inside Story, AJE
Opinion: Syria wants to topple the Media | Asharq Al-Awsat
Opinion: Syrian crackdown stamps on economic dream | Reuters
Opinion: Syria-Sly Mr. President, Turn the Heat Up on Assad | Former US Ambassador to Morocco Marc Ginsberg
Russia + Syria + Hizballah = Hamas | Council on Foreign Relations Blog
Tunisia:
Former secretary general under Ben Ali arrested, says state media | Reuters
Tunisian revolution yet to solve inequality | AJE
United Arab Emirates:
UAE arrests democracy activists | BBC
Yemen:
Yemen’s president reiterates his promise to give up power when his term ends in 2013 | Guardian
Opposition rejects Gulf Arab proposal | BBC
Yemeni troops kill 11 Al Qaeda militants, says ministry | AFP
Laid off construction workers join protests | IRIN
A trip to the heart of Yemen’s youth revolution | Tom Finn
VIDEO: Gregory Johnsen and Professor Charles Schmitz discuss the unrest in Yemen | Yemen Peace Project
Opinion: Yemen terrorists are pawns of power | The Australian

pantslessprogressive:

An Iranian protester burns a U.S. flag during a protest outside Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran April 11, 2011. Students of Tehran’s universities protested against Saudi Arabia’s support of Bahraini leaders in the suppression of Bahrain’s anti-government protests. The U.S. government has also faced criticism for sending mixed messages on its diplomatic handling of the recent unrest in the Middle East. [Photo: REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl]

Bahrain, Ivory Coast, Swaziland, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen News Roundup: April 11

Bahrain:

Torture fears as activists die in jail | BBC

Bahrain accuses human rights leader of faking pictures of beating | Guardian

Bahrain Questions Leading Activist in Ongoing Crackdown | VOA

Bahrain expels 16 Lebanese people amid unrest | AFP

The Crackdown on Bahrain’s Jocks for Justice | The Nation

CNN arrests expose crackdown in Bahrain | CNN

In Iran, dozens of students attack Saudi embassy with firebombs to protest Bahrain crackdown | AP

Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights: Bahraini Authorities Attempt to Gag Cyber Activists

Human Rights Watch: Drop Charges Against Editor of Independent Daily Al-Wasat

International Federation for Human Rights: Grave concern for human rights defenders

Opinion: Back human rights in Bahrain | POLITICO

Ivory Coast:

Ivory Coast death toll 800 and rising | News24

Gbagbo held after assault on residence | BBC

Ouattara urges Ivory Coast calm | BBC

African Development Bank: Ivory Coast under sanctions | Reuters

Gbagbo’s Capture May Set Ivory Coast’s Economy on Long Road to Recovery | Bloomberg

Obama warns new Ivory Coast leader on governing inclusively | LA Times

Ivory Coast Gbagbo must be treated with respect, says UK FM Hague | Reuters

A success for France’s army, but a failure of its diplomacy | The Independent

Features: The double tragedy of Cote d’Ivoire | AJE

Swaziland:

Democracy Activists Plan Protests Tuesday | AllAfrica

Swazi pro-democracy group says 5 activists arrested ahead of planned protests | AP

Syria:

Student reportedly shot, killed; Muslim Brotherhood throws support behind protests | LA Times

Student protest at Damascus University turns violent while thousands attend funerals in Banias | AP

At least 117 anti-government activists arrested in Syria since early Monday, says Insan | CNN

In Syria, Death Toll Continues To Rise | NPR

London, Rome condemn Syria crackdown | AFP (h/t news-intercom)

Hague says Syria should respect right to speech, protest | Reuters

As Violent Crackdown Intensifies in Syria, Freed Egyptian-American Engineer Mohamed Radwan Recounts Ordeal in Syrian Jail | Democracy Now

VIDEO: Conspiracies and condemnation | Inside Story, AJE

Opinion: Syria wants to topple the Media | Asharq Al-Awsat

Opinion: Syrian crackdown stamps on economic dream | Reuters

Opinion: Syria-Sly Mr. President, Turn the Heat Up on Assad | Former US Ambassador to Morocco Marc Ginsberg

Russia + Syria + Hizballah = Hamas | Council on Foreign Relations Blog

Tunisia:

Former secretary general under Ben Ali arrested, says state media | Reuters

Tunisian revolution yet to solve inequality | AJE

United Arab Emirates:

UAE arrests democracy activists | BBC

Yemen:

Yemen’s president reiterates his promise to give up power when his term ends in 2013 | Guardian

Opposition rejects Gulf Arab proposal | BBC

Yemeni troops kill 11 Al Qaeda militants, says ministry | AFP

Laid off construction workers join protests | IRIN

A trip to the heart of Yemen’s youth revolution | Tom Finn

VIDEO: Gregory Johnsen and Professor Charles Schmitz discuss the unrest in Yemen | Yemen Peace Project

Opinion: Yemen terrorists are pawns of power | The Australian

12 April: big protest day in Swaziland

Google for more info - it’s trending in South African media

thisbrokenwheel:

Peacock fight! @megmagdah will like it. 

thisbrokenwheel:

Peacock fight! @megmagdah will like it. 

inothernews:

zainyk:

Mystery    “scars” on Obama’s head has conservatives asking: “Has the President had brain  surgery?”

He has been plagued with questions and doubts concerning his background throughout his first term as President. Questions like - is Barack Obama actually American? Is he a Muslim? Is he actually an alien from another planet? - have frequently been asked. The next question circulating on the internet - has President Obama had brain surgery?
In pictures, Obama appears to have a long scar which goes up the side  of his head and over his crown.
Some conspiracy theorists claim  they are scars that you would see on someone who has had brain surgery.
But without  medical records (along with his school records and birth  certificate) no one seems to be able to provide an answer as to the  cause of the mystery scars.
Ben Hart, a blogger for Escape The  Tyranny, a website which presents itself as a Social Network & Forum  For Conservatives, said:  ‘Obama’s almost done with his first term, and  we still know almost nothing about the background of the President of  the United States.
‘Whatever happened to create that scar, it was clearly something serious. Was it a brain operation? Has it  affected his thinking?
‘No one is allowed to see his birth  certificate. He is just one big mystery man, which adds intrigue to what that huge scar is all about.’


And deeper they sink.

Bet you a dollar that in less than a day we’re going to hear conspiracy theories about how the President is hiding his birth certificate inside his skull.

inothernews:

zainyk:

Mystery “scars” on Obama’s head has conservatives asking: “Has the President had brain surgery?

He has been plagued with questions and doubts concerning his background throughout his first term as President. Questions like - is Barack Obama actually American? Is he a Muslim? Is he actually an alien from another planet? - have frequently been asked. The next question circulating on the internet - has President Obama had brain surgery?

In pictures, Obama appears to have a long scar which goes up the side of his head and over his crown.

Some conspiracy theorists claim they are scars that you would see on someone who has had brain surgery.

But without medical records (along with his school records and birth certificate) no one seems to be able to provide an answer as to the cause of the mystery scars.

Ben Hart, a blogger for Escape The Tyranny, a website which presents itself as a Social Network & Forum For Conservatives, said:  ‘Obama’s almost done with his first term, and we still know almost nothing about the background of the President of the United States.

‘Whatever happened to create that scar, it was clearly something serious. Was it a brain operation? Has it affected his thinking?

‘No one is allowed to see his birth certificate. He is just one big mystery man, which adds intrigue to what that huge scar is all about.’

And deeper they sink.

Bet you a dollar that in less than a day we’re going to hear conspiracy theories about how the President is hiding his birth certificate inside his skull.

There was this one friend who came to me, after asking permission to do so, every afternoon about four o’clock, sat me down in a chair in the living room, took off my shoes and socks and massaged my feet. He hardly ever said anything. He was a Quaker elder. And yet out of his intuitive sense, from time to time would say a very brief word like, ‘I can feel your struggle today,’ or farther down the road, ‘I feel that you’re a little stronger at this moment, and I’m glad for that.’ But beyond that, he would say hardly anything. He would give no advice. He would simply report from time to time what he was sort of intuiting about my condition. Somehow he found the one place in my body, namely the soles of my feet, where I could experience some sort of connection to another human being. And the act of massaging just, you know, in a way that I really don’t have words for, kept me connected with the human race.


What he mainly did for me, of course, was to be willing to be present to me in my suffering. He just hung in with me in this very quiet, very simple, very tactile way. And I’ve never really been able to find the words to fully express my gratitude for that, but I know it made a huge difference. And it became for me a metaphor of the kind of community we need to extend to people who are suffering in this way, which is a community that is neither invasive of the mystery nor evasive of the suffering but is willing to hold people in a space, a sacred space of relationship, where somehow this person who is on the dark side of the moon can get a little confidence that they can come around to the other side.

anneyhall:

 Paul Newman (American, 1925–2008)

anneyhall:

 Paul Newman (American, 1925–2008)

Koala as Art
poculum:

Artist Ivan Lovatt has recreated the iconic faces of music legends the  Beatles, Michael Jackson and Jimi Hendrix using nothing but chicken  wire. The incredibly lifelike pieces are made of just under 100 feet of  the unusual material, and they take Lovatt more than a month to twist  and pin into shape. Here, a koala bear created by Lovatt clings  tenaciously to a tree.
Ivan Lovatt / Solent News & Photo Agency

Koala as Art

poculum:

Artist Ivan Lovatt has recreated the iconic faces of music legends the Beatles, Michael Jackson and Jimi Hendrix using nothing but chicken wire. The incredibly lifelike pieces are made of just under 100 feet of the unusual material, and they take Lovatt more than a month to twist and pin into shape. Here, a koala bear created by Lovatt clings tenaciously to a tree.

Ivan Lovatt / Solent News & Photo Agency

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