NYT: Puerto Rico Gets First Olympic Gold as Monica Puig Surprises in Tennis — Repeating Islands

A report by Christopher Clarey for The New York Times. See below for links to other reports kindly sent to us by Peter Jordens. The Puerto Rican anthem had just been played for the first time at an Olympic medal ceremony. Monica Puig was wiping away her tears when the two women she had defeated in […]

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Rio 2016: Puig overcomes Kerber to make Olympic history for Puerto Rico | Sports | DW.COM | 13.08.2016

Monica Puig produced a devastating final set to beat Angelique Kerber 6-4 4-6 6-1 in the women’s final and claim gold for Puerto Rico, their first in Olympic history.Puig, ranked 34 in the world, went into the match as the underdog as she faced off against in-form Kerber, the world number two and reigning Australian Open champion.Puig, by contrast, had never made it beyond the quarter-finals in a Grand Slam tournament – and the odds were stacked against her.The 22-year-old claimed the first set as Kerber suffered a shoulder injury. But the German roared back in a close second, only for Puig to run away with the third.Victory for Puig came in a dramatic seventh game of the final set when she saved six break points before taking gold on a fourth match point when a Kerber forehand sailed wide.”Oh my God,” she screamed before breaking down in tears and parading her national flag around centre court.

Source: Rio 2016: Puig overcomes Kerber to make Olympic history for Puerto Rico | Sports | DW.COM | 13.08.2016

Israel erases Palestine-related contents from school books in J’lem – PNN

The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) in Occupied Jerusalem has omitted all texts and pictures that are related to Palestine and the struggle against the occupation from Palestinian school books before its distribution.According to the Hebrew newspaper Iroshalim, the Israeli municipality and the ministry of education deleted Quranic verses, poems and other contents from Palestinian curriculums advocating the Palestinian struggle against the occupation.The IOA recently distributed these books that contained some blank pages and blackened lines to Palestinian schools in the holy city. Among the lines that disappeared from those books are texts talking about the unity of the Muslim nation and the importance of the Aqsa Mosque.The Palestinian map, flag and anthem were also removed from text books. The Israeli municipality justified the measure by claiming that it would not allow the presence of educational books encouraging violence

Source: Israel erases Palestine-related contents from school books in J’lem – PNN

For Simone Manuel, Gold Ripples Beyond the Pool – The New York Times

She was just bawling,” Neal said. “She was like: ‘I’m so happy you guys are my teammates. I couldn’t have done this without you guys. I love you.’”Manuel’s sentiments meant the world to Neal, who was disappointed when she did not qualify for these Games in an individual event.“Why I broke down in tears and why I felt so much emotion when she won was because I was there with her every step of the way,” Neal said. “I knew exactly what it took to get to that point and win a gold medal firsthand.”How long will it take for swimming in the United States to become colorblind? Is one gold enough to change the questions Manuel and Neal face?“I think this definitely catapults us many steps forward,” Neal said, adding, “I think just that one medal will bring so many different people into the sport and inspire so many different people.”Manuel, who on Friday qualified for Saturday’s 50-meter freestyle final, said she looked forward to the day when she is known simply as a champion.After the 100 final, she said, “I would like there to be a day where there are more of us and it’s not Simone, the black swimmer, because the title ‘black swimmer’ makes it seem like I’m not supposed to be able to win a gold medal or I’m not supposed to be able to break records.”

Source: For Simone Manuel, Gold Ripples Beyond the Pool – The New York Times

Incoherence of Blindness (Extremism)

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Amid the race behind blood…

A state of madness is taking over the scene.

It is fanatically crazy. I don’t know where we are heading.
Everything is so mixed, we cannot differentiate anymore. Our extremism and theirs. Them and us.
What happened on the Greek airlines with the Arab passengers and the mad Israeli mass was by all means not different than the madness in opposing the Dabkeh in Bir Zeit University.
For the first instant. One would think… what? What are you talking about?
But if we just give our selves a passing breath of air we will realize that we are all driven by the same panic. A fear of something dark that will overwhelm our existence if we let go. We seem to protect ourselves with this shield of fear.
To arrive a level of radical extremism that cannot but defined by “apartheid” and “racism” in the…

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I am breaking with my tradition of posting only one article on weekends so I can spend more time doing stuff other than thinking about the world going to crap. Since I was young and living in Europe I have been a Ferrari fan…..I was living on the island of Mallorca and one day I […]

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