From the Albany Project: Race for War Kids -
While serving in Iraq, I witnessed firsthand the devastation that war brings to a country. In 2003, I visited St. Hannah's Orphanage when a nun took me aside and requested that I and my fellow soldiers not return to the orphanage which we had supported in previous months. The insurgents threatened to kill all of the children if we ever visited the orphanage again. This and many other horrific moments inspired me to conceive a program that provides aid and assistance to Iraq's war kids. That's why I started War Kids Relief. There's More...
South African soldier / peacekeeper / blogger Werner Klokow recently returned home from Darfur, Sudan: “Driving from the airport in Johannesburg to Pretoria. What a sweet feeling to be back home. After three days of demobilisation we were allowed to go to our homes. Even though I was happy to arrive home I am still thinking about the people of Darfur. My thoughts are with you.”
This first novel by Palestinian author Susan Abulhawa is amazing. The Scar of David may actually be one of the most important pieces of contemporary literature. At once a difficult and emotional read, it is also about hope for an abused people. There is so much life contained within its pages, that those who think that the Palestinian people are only about death and martyrdom will be
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Times Union writer Tim O'Brien blogs about how Capital Regionites can get a piece of Public Library in Don’t borrow the books, buy the shelves
NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg is considering a residential parking permit plan...
Hillary Clinton has a new look.
The Haitian Eclectic links to the trailer of a Haitian film that “follows two gang leaders who took over a slum in Haiti right before Aristide’s 2004 forced exit.”
Drop Tube: Reel Pop on how new hip hop magazine Drop is putting video interviews on YouTube.