Monthly Archives: November 2013

Thinking Aloud: Ye Htut, Burma’s Everyman

Nov. 30, 2013 by Darius Ye Htut, the last surviving member of a band of insurgents who led the fight for Burma’s independence, died earlier this week at age 92.  Ye Htut’s life spanned the history of modern Burma. Htut … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “In ‘Bleeding’ Port City, A Reflection of Libya’s Woes”

“In ‘Bleeding’ Port City, A Reflection of Libya’s Woes” The Washington Post, Nov. 28, 2013, p.A1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/a-year-after-benghazi-attack-libya-killings-continue/2013/11/27/bd582456-5765-11e3-bdbf-097ab2a3dc2b_story_1.html “On a normal afternoon, political opponents and rival militia leaders can be seen warily eyeing one another over espressos from across hotel lobbies. … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Ukraine, a Country Torn

Nov. 29, 2013 by Darius An estimated 10,000 people took to the streets of Kiev today, and it wasn’t to do Black Friday shopping.  Kiev is one of several cities in Ukraine that has seen protests in the last week, … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Malian Separatist Rebels End Ceasefire After Clashes”

“Malian Separatist Rebels End Ceasefire After Clashes” Reuters, Nov. 29, 2013 http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/29/us-mali-rebels-idUSBRE9AS0R520131129 “Separatist Tuareg rebels said on Friday they were ending a five-month-old ceasefire with Mali’s government and taking up arms following violence in the northern city of Kidal.  The … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Nov. 28, 2013 by Darius I just finished reading Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain.  It’s a tale about war and modern America that was very refreshing and honest. Most of the book takes place on Thanksgiving Day.  … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “In Vietnam, Weary Apparatchiks Launch Quiet Revolution”

“In Vietnam, Weary Apparatchiks Launch Quiet Revolution” Reuters, Nov. 28, 2013 http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/28/us-vietnam-politics-idUSBRE9AR0QO20131128 “The Vietnam of today wasn’t what Le Hieu Dang had hoped for when he joined the Communist Party 40 years ago to liberate and rebuild a country reeling … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Captain Phillips

Nov. 27, 2013 by Darius I saw the film Captain Phillips this afternoon, about the story of the hijacking of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama off the coast of Somalia in 2009.  The movie is a bit long but definitely … Continue reading

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