Sunday, March 13, 2011

News

There are hundreds of articles written about Afghanistan and the impact the war and Taliban has had in the population, but the images from Time’s special on Afghan women are as striking as the story behind them. Mind you it is not an easy story to swallow:

The Taliban pounded on the door just before midnight, demanding that Aisha, 18, be punished for running away from her husband's house. They dragged her to a mountain clearing near her village in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan, ignoring her protests that her in-laws had been abusive, that she had no choice but to escape. Shivering in the cold air and blinded by the flashlights trained on her by her husband's family, she faced her spouse and accuser. Her in-laws treated her like a slave, Aisha pleaded. They beat her. If she hadn't run away, she would have died. Her judge, a local Taliban commander, was unmoved. Later, he would tell Aisha's uncle that she had to be made an example of lest other girls in the village try to do the same thing. The commander gave his verdict, and men moved in to deliver the punishment. Aisha's brother-in-law held her down while her husband pulled out a knife. First he sliced off her ears. Then he started on her nose. Aisha passed out from the pain but awoke soon after, choking on her own blood. The men had left her on the mountainside to die.

This didn't happen 10 years ago, when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan. It happened last year. Now hidden in a secret women's shelter in the relative safety of Kabul, where she was taken after receiving care from U.S. forces, Aisha recounts her tale in a monotone, her eyes flat and distant”

Read more in TIME and read what Editor Richard Stengel’s has to say about the story’s cover image and how it was chose. And how she looks now after going  through reconstructive surgery,

A great ad asking to stop the bullets and the killings:

On weird turn of events a woman get her US Nationality at the age of 101. Just imagined that, she went into the US when she was six months old, so it only took 100 years and 6 months to gain her nationality!!

And last Newsweek has a great graphical way to show “The world’s best countries” of course the typical ones are on the top stops (Nordics, Japan, Canada, Australia, etc.) but what’s the top country from Latin America? Chile of course in Number 30 followed by Costa Rica in 35 and Panama on 41, but what about the home of Mr. Chavez? 71!! We are sure doing some improvements ah!, we are the lowest of all 100 countries on Economic Dynamism and 77th on Political environment.

Nothing like a good experiment to get things started, what do you imagine will happen to a happy meal after 6 months? I imagined that it would grow mould and decompose at least in 2 weeks time. We’ll it so happens that I was completely wrong. You say you don’t believe it? Go and check Sally Davies Happy Meal project set in flickr and see it for yourself.