Egyptian Aak 2014. Week 9 ( Feb 24- Mar2)

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Egypt and Gaza

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This piece is published in Daily News Egypt

Last Friday, a small group of Palestinians protested near the Egyptian border demanding the opening of the Rafah border. Their congregation ended uneventfully, however, it highlights a brewing crisis between post-Morsi Egypt and the Hamas government in Gaza that can easily explode at any time soon. Moreover, Tony Blair, the special envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East arrived in Cairo on Monday in his second visit in 2014. The two events may not be directly related, but it is plausible that Gaza will be on the agenda of his meeting with the Egyptian officials.

In 2008, a group of Palestinians blew up the wall separating the Egyptian Rafah side from the Palestinian side in protest of the isolation of the Gaza strip. Thousands of Palestinians streamed into Sinai, and stayed for several days before the Egyptian authorities took control…

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America Is Ready to Elect Its Fourth-Most-Popular Recent First Lady as President – The Wire

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Two new polls tossed onto the already putrefying pile of 2016 surveys offer good news for Hillary Clinton. A majority of Americans want her to run in 2016 and most people don’t see her gender or husband as disqualifying. Hell, nearly a fifth of people under the age of 30 think Clinton’s not even 50 years old. Good news all around.

via America Is Ready to Elect Its Fourth-Most-Popular Recent First Lady as President – The Wire.

Disney to End Support for Boy Scouts of America Over Ban on Gay Leaders | News | PND

The Walt Disney Company will end its support for the Boy Scouts of America in 2015 because of the organization’s membership policy that bans gay leaders, CNN reports.

Disney’s VoluntEARS program, through which Disney employees can convert volunteer hours to cash donations for the charities of their choice, will no longer allow employees to direct funds to the Boy Scouts, the entertainment conglomerate told CNN. Disney does not directly support the national BSA organization or local councils.

According to Disney’s charitable giving guidelines, organizations that “discriminate in the provision of services unlawfully or in a manner inconsistent with Disney’s policies on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical ability, or sexual orientation” are ineligible to receive funds. While BSA voted last May to allow openly gay youths to join its ranks starting this year, it maintains its ban on gay adult leaders.

via Disney to End Support for Boy Scouts of America Over Ban on Gay Leaders | News | PND.

New words and music by Palin and McCain on the Fox Network! The Charge Of The Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Half a league half a league,

Half a league onward,

All in the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred:

‘Forward, the Light Brigade!

Charge for the guns’ he said:

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.

‘Forward, the Light Brigade!’

Was there a man dismay’d ?

Not tho’ the soldier knew

Some one had blunder’d:

Theirs not to make reply,

Theirs not to reason why,

Theirs but to do & die,

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,

Cannon to left of them,

Cannon in front of them

Volley’d & thunder’d;

Storm’d at with shot and shell,

Boldly they rode and well,

Into the jaws of Death,

Into the mouth of Hell

Rode the six hundred.

Flash’d all their sabres bare,

Flash’d as they turn’d in air

Sabring the gunners there,

Charging an army while

All the world wonder’d:

Plunged in the battery-smoke

Right thro’ the line they broke;

Cossack & Russian

Reel’d from the sabre-stroke,

Shatter’d & sunder’d.

Then they rode back, but not

Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,

Cannon to left of them,

Cannon behind them

Volley’d and thunder’d;

Storm’d at with shot and shell,

While horse & hero fell,

They that had fought so well

Came thro’ the jaws of Death,

Back from the mouth of Hell,

All that was left of them,

Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?

O the wild charge they made!

All the world wonder’d.

Honour the charge they made!

Honour the Light Brigade,

Noble six hundred!

via The Charge Of The Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.