Talking loud and walking down the street – the same thing?

Night Owl Poetry - Dorinda Duclos

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Uncertain of how the world views me
I take my phone and hold it
Arms length from my face
And click the button

The lonely soul looking back at me
Is someone I do not recognize
I must be doing something wrong

I take more pictures, too many to count
Determined to capture
Through someone else’s eyes
The image I see of myself

©2014 Dorinda Duclos All Rights Reserved

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Don’t discount Sabahi in Egypt’s presidential race


Sabahi-Sisi photo

( Photo via South China Morning Post )

This piece is published in Al-Monitor

Egypt’s presidential campaign has formally started, and political talk shows have become the new frontier for candidates Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabahi to flex their muscles and charm the public. Although it’s hard to assess the real impact of these talk show interviews on viewers, they have clearly highlighted crucial aspects of the candidates’ manifestoes, personalities and styles. Contrary to earlier assumptions, the performance of both candidates in TV interviews has changed the perceptions of some and raised alarm bells for others. Overall, they have increased the prospect of a competitive election. Many who considered Sabahi’s candidacy a meaningless exercise are now asking themselves whether he can in fact gain enough support. However, a question mark hangs over the percentage of votes Sabahi can win.

In Egypt’s fluid and occasionally stormy political scene, the benchmark…

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Sharp rise in French Jews leaving for Israel | Maan News Agency

Kandel told AFP that the reasons for the hike in numbers were a “climate of anti-Semitism” and the prevailing gloomy economic situation in France.

France’s Jewish community is one of the largest in Europe and pegged at around 500,000.

The number of French Jews leaving for Israel has been growing steadily. A total of 1,907 left in 2012 and it rose to 3,280 in 2013.

More than three million people have emigrated to Israel since 1948, including some 90,000 from France.

via Sharp rise in French Jews leaving for Israel | Maan News Agency.

More Lebanese women are choosing to emigrate – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

The excuse about “maintaining the reputation” has fallen. A newly graduated Lebanese woman faces great difficulties finding a job in Lebanon that provides her with a minimum salary. The excuse about the risks in a foreign country has also fallen, at a time when females face difficult challenges in a country where employment discrimination still exists between males and females.

If what people say annoys some parents who are trying to prevent their daughters from traveling, the difficult reality has made what people say not matter much. A Lebanese woman finds herself facing two choices: either to stay in Lebanon surrounded by her parents but often without work, or to take the harder choice and emigrate to a place that may appreciate her talents and capabilities and where she could gain the social and economic status she aspires to.

Unlike the traditional reasons for emigrating, such as following her husband, Lebanese women are emigrating to start their careers. Thus they leave Lebanon alone, in search of an alternative homeland that allows them to achieve their ambitions without worrying about social or employment discrimination.

via More Lebanese women are choosing to emigrate – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.

Avian Flu Diary: CDC : 2nd Imported MERS Case Confirmed In Florida

Avian Flu Diary: CDC : 2nd Imported MERS Case Confirmed In Florida.


The unidentified HCW left Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and flew to London on May 1st, and began to feel unwell on the flight.  He then flew on to Boston, then Atlanta, and finally arrived in Orlando Florida. The CDC is doing airline contact tracing for those who may have had close exposure to this patient (a number that could approach 500 contacts on US flights alone).

The patient went to a local Emergency Room on May 8th, was admitted, and state public health testing subsequently identified this patient as being infected with the virus.   The CDC confirmed the results last night.

The press conference was conducted by CDC director Dr. Tom FriedenDr. Anne Schuchat, and Florida Surgeon General John H. Armstrong, who all stressed that the risk to the general public is extremely low.

High school student’s “rape culture” artwork banned from showcase for being “inappropriate”

“I started at an early age at a Christian school, locally, and we were always taught that it was our responsibility as women to cover up and be modest, and if a man was to ever get aroused or turned on or be interested in us, it was our fault,” said Holtzclaw. “Eventually, I had gotten sexually assaulted. It was true when it happened. Everyone blamed me for it and told me it was my fault and that just led the way into this art piece.”

“I know I’m not the only girl in high school that’s been sexually assaulted and felt like it was my fault, so I wanted to get the word out there and tell people, ‘It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault,’” said Holtzclaw. “Things that need to be talked about shouldn’t be taboo, because people struggle and we need to talk about those kind of things that people struggle with.”

So, basically, the whole point of Holtzclaw’s piece was to break the taboo around discussing sexual assault and victim-blaming — a taboo which was then perfectly illustrated by the school district’s response to it. Come on, people. At least we can help ensure that Holtzclaw’s piece — and important message — gets an even wider audience on the interwebs.

via High school student’s “rape culture” artwork banned from showcase for being “inappropriate”.

Media Statements – MOH: ‘8 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded’

5 new deaths

The total number of the confirmed cases over the past 24 hours: 8 cases

Recovered and discharged cases that previously tested positive and are now negative: 6 cases

The total number of deaths: 5 cases (2 cases were recorded over the past 24 hours and other 3 cases were previously recorded, one of the cases )

via Media Statements – MOH: ‘8 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded’.

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Don’t Hit Me Anymore

Don’t hit me anymore—I am your mother.

Untie the knot of violence;

leave the ancient custom behind.

Don’t hit me anymore—I am your sister.

My heart is soft, kind, like a kingdom.

Don’t hit me anymore—I am your wife.

Do not drag me in the soil.

Why do you blind me, spite me?

Can’t you see my wisdom?

Thirty years of war have hurt us.

You blame me.

Don’t hit me anymore—I am your daughter.

Can’t you, with your red eyes and angry face,

see my pain?

Don’t hit me anymore—I am your life partner.

Blind man, you can’t see anything.

Don’t hit me anymore—I am your mirror,

your success, your movement forward.

All your achievements are related to me.

When you cry, I wipe your tears.

When you fall, I lift you up.

Simple Man, you are a bird.

Your small eyes cannot see my strengths.

You would fly far away, not knowing

I am your wings.

Fighter man, don’t hit me anymore,

I am your crown,

the secret to your success.

This is your violence, Talib,

but you cannot take the right to my rights

because I am a woman—

the Mother of a Nation.

By Nelab

Photo: Nick Rain

via Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Untitled.

Shorter men live longer, scientists find – Telegraph

They may not have the easiest ride in life, enduring accusations of inferiority complexes and jokes at their expense, but it appears short men will have the last laugh after all.

Scientists have found evidence that they are likely to live longer, with those under five foot two having a greater chance of surviving to old age.

via Shorter men live longer, scientists find – Telegraph.

Caramelized Onion, Spinach & Avocado Quesadilla Recipe

An avocado a day keeps the doctor away. Okay, that statement may need some fact-checking, but I do eat a whole avocado most days — so I’ve made it my motto as well as my M.O. Adding avocado to a hot, melty quesadilla may seem strange, but let me assure you: it just works. For these Caramelized Onion, Spinach, and Avocado Quesadillas, you simply add the sliced avocado at the very end of the cooking process so it doesn’t get overly hot or mushy.

via Caramelized Onion, Spinach & Avocado Quesadilla Recipe.