South Sudan and Civil Liberties

July 9, 2012 by

Reporters without Borders, an international press freedom organization with headquarters in Paris, visited South Sudan in May and released in July 2012 an investigation report titled South Sudan: World’s Youngest Country Yet to Embark on Road to Civil Liberties. Reporters without Borders concluded that South Sudan is not currently prey to concerted and systematic harassment of its media.

Turkish-Syrian Relations Amid the Syrian Uprising

July 9, 2012 by

As turmoil continues in Syria, the international community continues to press for an intervention to stabilize the situation. As President of the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party Bashar al-Assad refuses to relinquish his iron grip over Damascus’ government, more prominent world leaders are calling for him to resign. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has gone far enough to classify the Syrian Uprising as a full-blown civil war.

Living with Drones

July 9, 2012 by

Funny or Die, the sometimes funny and satirical website had some tips for living in a world of drones, “Wonderful World Of Drones with Christopher McDonald”. Among the tips: 1) “Celebrate Matrimony Quietly and not in Afghanistan” or in other words, don’t get married in Afghanistan. 2) “Probably Combatants” or always remain a civilian. 3) “Seriously no weddings”. Again don’t get married in Afghanistan.

Peace Corps Diary: Ethiopia 1962-1964 Part 14

July 9, 2012 by

The Bath of Fasiledes has now been restored with the help of funding from the Government of Norway. When my son, John, and I visited Gondar in 2006 the work was still in progress with stone masons rebuilding walls. This fascinating structure was created during the reign of Emperor Fasiledes (1632-1667). It is a stone walled compound within which there is a giant rectangular pool. Situated within the pool is a three story castle. The Bath was only a short walk from my house. In fact, it was across the road from the third compound of our school where all the school gardens were located.