Another Red Line Crossed: The Taverna attack and the killing of foreigners just because they were foreigners | Afghanistan Analysts Network

As news continues to come in, it has as of now (Saturday evening) been confirmed that the dead included the well-liked Lebanese owner of the restaurant, Kamal Hamade (read an obituary here); the resident representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Wabel Abdallah, who was also Lebanese; three UN staff including UNAMA’s Senior Political Officer Vadim Nazarov, a Russian diplomat who had worked on Afghanistan since the 1990s and, apparently, Basra Farah, sister of prominent Somalian novelist Nuruddin Farah; a Danish member of the EUPOL mission and her British security guard, Simon Chase; another Brit, Dharmender Phangurha (Del) Singh, who was due to stand in elections to the European Parliament in the spring and, along with a Malaysian victim of the incident, Gnanathurai (Gnana) Nagarajah, had been working with the Adam Smith Institute as an adviser; two as yet unidentified Canadians; and two Americans who worked at the American University in Kabul. Of the Afghan dead, we still only have the details for two of the eight: the BBC’s Bilal Sarwary named one on Twitter as a friend of his, Haji Amin, a 22 year old trader, who, it seems was killed along with his wife of seven months. They were buried today. Three Afghan guards are also believed to be among the dead. The accounts of two of the Afghan kitchen workers who survived (see here and here) suggest that none of the diners made it out alive and that the owner ran down into the restaurant with a gun when the blast happened, trying to defend the diners.

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That Pussy Riot – Yuri Kozyrev Shoot: Fashion as Defiance — BagNews

It looks like the propaganda battle between Putin and Pussy Riot has germinated the ultimate merger of politics and protest, celebrity and fashion. Back on the streets after serving 21 months of a two year prison sentence for performing a protest song, band members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, in alignment with NOOR’s gifted photographer, Yuri Kozyrev, use youth, beauty, glamour, shopping, culture, earnest conversation, dancing, landmark cityscape, citizen journalism, social freedom, of course, and new glossy pastel iPhone 5c’s in TIME’s almost-frolicking slideshow to refashion activism as allure.

As target, antagonist but otherwise classic backdrop, the Kremlin must regret letting go of that prison garb. Because what signifies uniform submission has here been turned inside out, the woman using the garments for martyrdom credit and the material of repudiation. The jacket as conscience couture, resistance is now what’s in vogue.

via That Pussy Riot – Yuri Kozyrev Shoot: Fashion as Defiance — BagNews.

Rima Najdi walks the streets of Beirut with a TNT bomb | Interview

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Rima Najdi, aka Madame Bomba, in costume in Beirut

Rima Najdi, aka Madame Bomba, recently gained attention by walking around Beirut with a mock TNT strapped around her. Based in Berlin, she got tired of Lebanon’s volatile situation and decided to take things into her own hands. She walked around Manara, Down Town, Gemayzeh, Spinneys, Ashrafieh, Ras el Nabe3 and Hamra. I ‘sat down’ with her and asked her a few questions.

Why did you decide to walk around with a mock TNT bomb? What do you hope comes out of it?
My decision to walk around with a mock TNT bomb came out of the political situation that we live in Lebanon and especially after the two bombs – I won’t say last since one just happened today in Hermel – that exploded within a week of one another. The constant looking for where another bomb might be hidden made me paranoid and terrified. As a performance…

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Habitat for Humanity New York City Volunteers Build on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream Through Service in Queens – Press Release – Digital Journal

QUEENS, NY–(Marketwired – January 17, 2014) – Habitat for Humanity New York City hosted its 15th annual \”Building on a Dream\” Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend of service to recognize Dr. King\’s vision and continue his dream by organizing volunteers to rehabilitate vacant homes as well as revitalize the Roy Wilkins Park Family Center in Queens. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, President Barack Obama\’s national call to service initiative.

More than 160 volunteers led by 16 AmeriCorps members partnered with future Habitat NYC homeowners for this year\’s event. The volunteers were joined by hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the country who participated in the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

\”This weekend, Habitat NYC volunteers and future Habitat homeowners came together to honor Dr. King\’s legacy of service and advocacy by making a significant contribution to their community,\” said Neil Hetherington, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat NYC. \”Their hard work echoes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.\’s message of social justice and service.

via Habitat for Humanity New York City Volunteers Build on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream Through Service in Queens – Press Release – Digital Journal.

Job (Cincinnati): Part-time Educator –

Women Helping Women is seeking a part-time (20 hours per week) School and Community Educator to join our Education and Prevention team. The School and Community Educator is responsible for providing prevention programming in middle and high schools, assisting with maintaining the Education and Prevention team social media sites, and providing community awareness presentations. Successful candidates will have strong public speaking skills, experience in curriculum development, and an understanding of violence prevention. Expertise in sexual assault and teen dating violence are required. This position is primarily weekdays with occasional weekend and evening hours. Flexible schedule, team approach, and access to reliable transportation are necessary.

Bachelor\’s degree in Human Service or Education related field or equivalent education and/or experience plus 1-2 years experience in the field of sexual assault/domestic violence is required.

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Tip Of The Hat To Legend Rita Moreno: Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, With Puerto Rico In Mind

She was and is an inspiration to all at many levels!

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This article by Bryan Llenas appeared in Latino Fox News.

Her real name is Rosa Dolores Alverio.

But her collection of showbiz awards read simply “Rita Moreno.”

“You know what comes to mind when ever something really, really special and important happens to me? Puerto Rico.”- Rita Moreno

The legendary Puerto Rican actress is an American icon. She is the only Hispanic, and one of just 11 actors, to ever win all four of the major awards (Oscar, Tony, Emmy x 2, and a Grammy). And on Saturday night, the 82-year-old, best known for her 1962 Academy Award winning role as Anita in “West Side Story,” will receive yet another accolade, becoming the Screen Actors Guild 50th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed by the union of actors.

“I think in its own way it’s more prestigious even than the Oscar,” Moreno told Fox…

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