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Archive for November, 2011

Esraa Abdel Fattah (photo credit: Vital Voices)

I had the honor of introducing Esraa Abdel Fattah at the Middle East Institute’s 65th annual banquet dinner this week.  Esraa, 33, now famous as Egypt’s “Facebook Girl,” helped mobilize the January 25th demonstration in Cairo which sparked the Egyptian revolution that brought down President Mubarak.  In recognition of her efforts, Esraa was considered for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.
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Canvasback duck

We are all feeling the impacts of declining economies in Greece and Italy. These two member countries of the 17-member “Eurozone” are impacting global stock markets as they struggle to service their debt with declining revenues. These defaulting countries are risking the survival of the Euro, the common currency of Eurozone members. To avoid a “catastrophic collapse,” Germany has taken the lead to offer solutions which if successful, will save the Euro at the expense of the citizens of Greece, Italy and other struggling European countries who will be forced to accept a more austere lifestyle. So what does this have to do with ducks?
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Occupy DC photo credit: Molly Riley/Reuters

The “Occupy Wall Street” movement excites me. I have seen Occupy DC protesters peacefully march down K Street and camp out in the heart of our nation’s capital. I read the op-ed commentators who search for a “message” and try to distill the protestors’ demands. Up to now, the media coverage has been largely dismissive by characterizing the Occupiers as “unemployed folks with nothing better to do.”(My stomach churns as these well-paid TV anchors try to marginalize young people who have come together for social change.) (more…)

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