The Fall Of The Berlin Wall Was Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea

I am ashamed to say that in all my years of living in Germany I never went to Berlin and visited the sight of the Berlin wall. It is one of the things I kick myself for not doing while I had the chance. Why didn’t I take the time to check out one of the most historical landmarks in the world? The closest I ever came to Berlin was when I went to Dresden. Dresden is about 187 kilometers (116 miles) or about a two-hour drive from Berlin. Now today is the… Read More

A Chat With Omar Farhad About Debut Novel ‘Honor And Polygamy’

Can a foreigner ever understand the harsh reality of the constant struggle of the Afghanistan people and their culture?   Omar Farhad’s début novel gives readers a closer look at what it takes for people to survive in a world where chaos has become the norm, but  where deep cultural rituals and habits are kept alive. While Farhad’s story is fictional the novel sheds light on real living conditions in a world constantly torn apart by war. Honor and Polygamy shows Afghanistan’s plight from a different perspective.   Nicholas Blake, a UN… Read More

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity Living Off The Land

I enjoy traveling because learning becomes interactive. My visit to Jamaica revealed that poverty is real. In the United States people can go most of their life without seeing or meeting homeless. However, that is getting more difficult as economies remain unstable. I was impressed with the Jamaican people, that no matter the difficulties of their struggles, the Jamaicans are a positive and resilient people. In Montego, Jamaica stands a statue of  Samuel Sharpe,a revered freedom fighter against slavery.  Sharpe, a leader in abolishing slavery in Jamaica, and aided towards eventual independence from Britain. “…Jamaica slaves… Read More

Columbia Students Bring Out Mattresses To Support Senior Emma Sulkowicz’s Rape Survivor Project

Columbia Students Bring Out Mattresses To Support Senior Emma Sulkowicz’s Rape Survivor Project. A rape victim speaks out with her Art. Read the article and then take the poll. Has Emma Sulkowicz gone too far? Are our great teaching insitiutions ignoring rape on their campuses?     Related Stories: How Colleges’ Lenient Sexual Assault Policies Allow Serial Rapists To Escape Punishment What We Can Learn From The Largest International Study On Rape That’s Been Conducted So Far Sexual Violence Statistics  

Join Us in the Fight For Net Neutrality

Learn How Net Neutrality Will Affect You Personally. WordPress blogger Paul Sieminski, reports on how the Internet, as we know it will never be the same, if we let it. Read the article, and express your feelings on net neutrality. #netneutrality #brouhahaaccess

October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In the wake of the domestic violence reports with Ray Rice, former NFL player for the Baltimore Ravens, DomesticViolence Month is just around the corner starting in October. It is sad to see that domestic violence still a common occurrence, and that many are so surprised by the violent act. Janay Rice has released an apology for her part in the “cringe” worthy scene caught on the elevator surveillance video released by TMZ. In hindsight it cannot be easy for the abused  to leave  an abuser. Knowing this, I was still shocked… Read More

One Hundred and One Nights- Book Review

Author Benjamin Buchholz weaves a touching story, with twists and turns, in One Hundred And One Nights. You can feel the anguish coming through Abu Saheeh, the book’s main character. His return to his homeland Iraq gives Abu cause to review his life past and future. Abu’s story tells heart-wrenching stories of the different people in his new place of residence in Iraq bordering on Kuwait. Abu feels like a foreigner among his own people. It doesn’t help that he is new to the a city that is stuck in limbo. With the Americans still using… Read More

Commemorate The Lives Of Those Lost In The Tragedy For All Nations

    It is  9/11 and my thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families who have been left without the ones they cherishes the most. Regardless who caused the tragedy the outcome remains the same. The tragedy was not prejudice in who it took only that it did. Remember their lives and celebrate it. Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them. George Eliot   Related articles The anniversary of 9/11: Are schools marking the day? (blogs.ajc.com) Turning Tragedy into Triumph (wdednh.wordpress.com) What 9/11 Taught Me… Read More

What Killed Soldier In Afghanistan Who Died While Skyping With His Wife? : The Two-Way : NPR

What Killed Soldier In Afghanistan Who Died While Skyping With His Wife? : The Two-Way : NPR. By Mark Memmott Related articles Wife Skyping with soldier saw bullet hole, family says (abclocal.go.com) Wife saw bullet hole while Skyping with soldier (miamiherald.com) Army: No Bullet in Soldier Skype Death (myfoxphoenix.com)

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