Journalists trapped in Syria ask for assistance. Above is a video from wounded French journalist Edith Bouvier. In English:
I need to be operated on as soon as possible. The doctors here have treated us very well, as well as they are able to, but they cannot perform surgical operations so I need a ceasefire to be imposed as soon as possible, a vehicle that has medical supplies or at least that is in a good enough state to be able to take us to Lebanon, and an operation as soon as possible.
The rest of the video features a Syrian doctor, Mohammed Al-Mohammed, who has frequently appeared in videos from Homs, who details her injuries (in Arabic) and reiterates her need for assistance.
A similar video is up for British photographer Paul Conroy, a colleague of the late Marie Colvin’s at the Sunday Times. He says:
Obviously any assistance that can be given by government agencies would be welcome and we’ll work on the same premise on the ground.
Alabama’s harsh immigration law affects people.
That is the message Hollywood director, Chris Weitz, says he hopes will come through in a mini-documentary series he directed and presented during a panel at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington on Wednesday.
Have you listened to Wael Ghonim’s interview on NPR Fresh Air today? His interview about the Egyptian revolution and his new book, Revolution 2.0 (which is at the top of my reading list), is fascinating.
“It’s basically the power of the people that made this revolution happen, not the power of Facebook, or the power of Twitter or social media.”
His discussions of how different versions social media supplemented the revolution and his heartfelt discussions of his own activism are must-listens.
Haiti still devastated two years after the earthquake
The Haitian people mark the second anniversary Thursday of the devastating earthquake that ravaged their impoverished Caribbean country, as president Michel Martelly held out new promises to rebuild the shattered land.
The 7.0 magnitude quake on Jan. 12, 2010, lasted only 10 to 20 seconds but toppled buildings and homes like cards and killed roughly 300,000 people and left more than 1.5 million homeless. (Photos: Swoan Parker/Reuters; Thony Belizaire/AFP/Getty Images)
Iran sentences alleged U.S.-born ‘spy’ to death as uranium enrichment begins
Iranian and Western sources said on Monday Iran had switched on a uranium enrichment plant deep inside a mountain, a momentous step that aggravates Tehran’s nuclear dispute with the West.
In a separate development that will infuriate Washington, Iran also announced that it had sentenced to death an Iranian-American dual citizen it arrested last month as a spy.
The moves come at a time when new U.S. sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear program are causing real economic pain. Tehran has responded with threats to international shipping that have spooked oil markets. And a parliamentary election in two months is widening Iran’s internal political divisions.
U.S. drone penetrated 250 km into Islamic-republic airspace: Iran
The U.S. drone which Iran said it had brought down penetrated 250 kilometres inside the Islamic republic’s air space, state television’s website reported on Friday.
In a letter of protest to the United Nations, the government said “the American RQ-170 spy plane violated 250 kilometres inside Iranian airspace before confronting the reaction of Iran’s armed forces,” the website reported.
“Provocative and secret actions by the American government against the Islamic republic in recent months” have been on the increase, it charged.
A Palestinian woman holds a torn holy Koran from the rubble of her former home which was demolished by Jerusalem municipality workers, December 5, 2011.
“Israeli troops came at five in the morning to demolish the house and were done by 7 am. They also demolished our barn that had some poultry in it,” said Burhan Burqan, the owner of the house in the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. (AFP)
A confidential EU report accuses the Israeli government of using settlement expansion, house demolitions, discriminatory housing policies and the West Bank barrier as a way of “actively pursuing the illegal annexation” of East Jerusalem.
It notes that although Palestinians in the east represent 34% of the city’s residents, only 5%-10% of the municipal budget is spent in their areas, leaving them with poor services and infrastructure.
Israel issues fewer than 200 permits a year for Palestinian homes and leaves only 12% of East Jerusalem available for Palestinian residential use. As a result many homes are built without Israeli permits.