Keen observations that apply to all such competitions…

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

I’m sure we can somehow twist this into a Guinness record. If not, then let’s get triplets next year.

Miss Lebanon (Rina) and the 1st runner up (Romy) are twin sisters. While I haven’t watched the show in its entirety and cannot judge content (i.e. how they answered those nonsense questions), I can judge based on appearances. And let me tell you, that Rina Chibany is more than a good choice as far as looks go.

I had made some assumptions about how the pageant would turn out (click here). I’m not sure how correct they are but according to what I’ve read, the pageant was not drama free.

One of the girls, Marianne Bechara, withdrew halfway through the competition due to rumors that she had bought her way to the title. Apparently her father dragged her out of there.

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Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Slivers of Peace

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Slivers of Peace.

I wonder
Why everyone talks about peace
About a dream that didn’t come true
The peace that never existed
Or has not been born yet

In my land
Peace is a bite of bread for a laborer
New clothes for orphan kids
Shelters for homeless people
A pair of shoes for a shepherd
Cozy sleeps for mama’s children

But, here is no peace
Peace!
You already abandoned my city
Maybe we were not good hosts
And made you upset,
But we always welcome you
Please!
Don’t abandon my land

By Kamilah

Why The New Coronavirus Unnerves Public Health: Remembering SARS | Wired Science | Wired.com

The concern underlying these developments is that exposure to the new virus seems to have occurred only or primarily in Saudi Arabia, which houses Mecca, the physical heart of Islam — and which, next month, will be the center of the worldwide annual pilgrimage known as the Hajj. The Hajj brings more than 2 million people to the country, in extraordinarily crowded conditions, and when those pilgrims leave, they disperse all over the world.

via Why The New Coronavirus Unnerves Public Health: Remembering SARS | Wired Science | Wired.com.

Clinton Global Initiative Press | President Clinton Opened 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting Emphasizing Action through Social Investment, Empowering Girls and Women, and Designing for Impact

Empowering Palestinian Women In and Through Media

Commitment by: NISAA Broadcast Radio Company

In 2012, 96 NISAA FM, a woman-owned radio station in the West Bank, committed to train and eventually hire community reporters and students in radio reporting and broadcasting. In order to work against gender stereotypes in media by increasing both women’s roles in media leadership as well as positive representations of women in media, every trainee will learn essential reporting skills, such as gathering news from the field, producing audio reports, reporting live, and working inside the NISAA studio.

via Clinton Global Initiative Press | President Clinton Opened 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting Emphasizing Action through Social Investment, Empowering Girls and Women, and Designing for Impact.

Somerville Becomes First City in the Commonwealth to Unveil Agriculture Ordinance

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone announced that, following approvals by the City’s Board of Aldermen (Aug. 16), Planning Board (Aug. 16) and Board of Health (Sept. 20), ,  Somerville is now the first city in Massachusetts to pass an Urban Agriculture Ordinance that  establishes formal guidelines for urban farming and gardening, the keeping of chickens and bees, and other policies governing the growth and sale of agricultural products in an urban setting.  Residents, non-profit agencies or businesses seeking to obtain permits to begin farming or keeping bees or chickens should visit the City’s Urban Agriculture webpage:  http://www.somervillema.gov/urbanag. Information on the initiative and upcoming events can also be found on the Urban Agriculture blog: somervilleurbanag.tumblr.com.

“We are committed to making our city  a great place to live, work, play and raise a family –  and we believe  that ought to include a commitment to promoting a healthy and sustainable community by increasing access to fresh, healthy local foods and reconnecting residents with their food sources,” said Mayor Curtatone.  “Somerville worked hard to become a model of innovation in such areas as government transparency, data sharing, and performance-driven management. Through programs like Shape Up Somerville, we’ve also maintained a focus on promoting healthier lifestyles and better health outcomes for all our residents – and especially our children.  The passage of an Urban Agriculture Ordinance once again demonstrates how, as a community, we continue to embrace innovation and emerging best practices while working in close collaboration with great local partners like Groundwork Somerville and Green City Growers who have spearheaded this initiative.”

via Somerville Becomes First City in the Commonwealth to Unveil Agriculture Ordinance.

THE DAILY STAR :: News :: Middle East :: Palestinian comments land Romney in more hot water

THE DAILY STAR :: News :: Middle East :: Palestinian comments land Romney in more hot water.

Asked at the fundraiser if the “Palestinian problem” can be solved, Romney replied that the Palestinians have “no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish.”

Displaying little nuance about different factions in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, his remarks appeared to dismiss the possibility that any Palestinian leaders are willing to work towards peace with Israel.

“I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say there’s just no way,” he said.


No vision – not qualified for even being a crossing guard for kids going to school.