Qaddafi: an Enemy of the People
So far, most people power revolutions have been peaceful and successful. The Jasmine Revolution, the Smiling Revolution, the names tell it all. The central idea behind a people power revolution is, after all, peaceful but forceful and determined protest. And the end-goal is always very clear: let my people go. Muammar el-Qaddafi, for 40 years the bizarre and outlandishly corrupt and cruel dictator...
Inuksuit at Park Avenue Armory →
So I may have listened to Radiohead’s new album, The King of Limbs, something like 20x since I downloaded it last Friday. First of all, for me, every Radiohead album demands some time to get used to (except Kid A, which wowed me the very first time I listened to it). Secondly, The King of Limbs starts off with a promising start, the lush and haunting Bloom. You notice, once again, the...
Urgent Message to President Obama.
You warned the Egyptian government not to use violence against its people. Please don’t be selective and remain quiet about the violence going on in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen.
Radiohead, new album, The King of Limbs. Out February 19, 2011. Oh yeah, I guess you already knew that. Rejoice.
Egypt's torture chambers must go.
I don’t know about you, but I grew up under a dictatorship where thousands of people were maimed, tortured and killed. There is no excuse for such atrocities. In Egypt, the first thing to do is to dismantle the Mukhabarat, the police force that’s been responsible for torturing and killing their own citizens. The Mukhabarat should be punished for their crimes, and the Egyptian people...
Profound thought on the first day of the year of...
I suspect that, if you are mean to others, instant karma, as John Lennon said, may or may not get you. Using Pascal’s Wager as my argument, I choose to err on the side of kindness. Though I fear this is a lonely struggle.
Inadvertent self-portrait. Or, How old were you today? Somewhere between 42nd & 50th.
People Power in Egypt.
People defying military rule, standing up to tanks, offering soldiers food, tea, and an occasional hug. Sound familiar? It would if you were in Manila in 1986, the year of the so-called People Power Revolution that finally toppled the Marcos dictatorship and started a trend around the world. The blueprint seems to remain the same (and I say this only with the dubious authority of hindsight): once...