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Toby Ng - The World of 100

Have you ever asked yourself, what would the World look like as a small community of 100 people? Probably not. However, it is something to think about, as the reality would be startling - as much as you’d think so, the village would only have 7 computers, and only 1 person in the World Village would be educated at University level.

These facts are something that designer Toby Ng has thought about very carefully, and turned the results of his findings into a series of twenty infographics depicting ‘The World of 100’. Although aesthetically beautiful, with sharp lines and bold, vibrant colours, these infographics are often horrifying. 

The posters look as though they have come straight out of a children’s book; is this to mirror the naivety of those that are most likely to be looking at them on their computers?

“Look, this is the World we are living in.”

- Toby Ng

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France bans public Muslim prayers | The Australian

By Adam Sage, The Times

September 16, 2011

MUSLIMS will be banned from praying outdoors in France from today in the latest move by officials to remove Islam from the public sphere.

The ban, announced by the government yesterday, infuriated French Muslim leaders, one of whom accused President Sarkozy’s government of treating them like cattle.

They say that Muslims, who pray outdoors only because of a lack of space in mosques in France, feel stigmatised.

But Claude Gueant, the Interior Minister, said that the sight of hundreds of people gathering in the streets of Paris and other cities for Friday prayers was “shocking”.

It comes after laws to prohibit pupils from wearing headscarves in schools and women from wearing the niqab, the full Muslim veil, in public.

Mr Gueant described outlawing street prayers as the latest brick in the wall that is shoring up the secular nature of the French state. He said that he had nothing against Islam, but wanted it out of the public eye.

“Street prayers must stop because they hurt the feelings of many of our compatriots who are shocked by the occupation of the public space for a religious practice,” he said.

Police could be asked to arrest Muslims who continue to pray in the street, Mr Gueant warned, but officials will initially try to persuade them to move into a mosque.

Debate has focused on the Goutte d’Or district in northern Paris. Dozens and sometimes hundreds of Muslims pray in the surrounding streets.

Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front, was accused of racism when she said that the worship amounted to an “occupation” - a word that for many French is associated with the Nazi invasion during the Second World War.

But the government now appears to be on the same wavelength, with Mr Gueant agreeing that street prayers would “upset” his fellow countrymen.

He said that officials had made available a disused fire station in the Goutte d’Or with room for 2700 people for a rent of €30,000 ($A40,330) a year.

But Muslim leaders said that the site would be open to worshippers only on Fridays.

Mohamed Salah Hamza, imam at a mosque in the Goutte d’Or district, said: “We are not cattle. Our demands have not entirely been satisfied.”

He said that he feared worshippers would continue to pray outside.

“I am in an uncomfortable position and I am afraid there will be a climate of anarchy,” he said.


Image: French Muslim pray in the street outside an overcrowded mosque in Paris. (Exploring Islam in Paris: Pt 1 | Life and a Lens)

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The Longest Dictatorship in the World is Brought Down to its Knees

This development, with the capital creating its own nationalist mythos of revolutionary participation, is the very best thing that could have happened. Instead of being liberated (and somewhat subjected) from the outside by Berber or Cyrenaican revolutionaries, Tripoli enters the Second Republic with its own uprising to its name, as a full equal able to gain seats on the Transitional National Council once the Qaddafis and their henchmen are out of the way. There will be no East/West divide. My hopes for a government of national unity as the last phase of the revolution before parliamentary elections now seem more plausible than ever. Tellingly, Tunisia and Egypt both recognized the TNC as Libya’s legitimate government through the night, as the Tripoli uprising unfolded. Regional powers can see the new Libya being born.”

Juan Cole: The Great Tripoli Uprising

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A tortured choice in famine: Which child lives?


In this photo of Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, three-year-old Ibrahim Abukar Abdi is fed using a nasal tube at Somalia’s Banadir hospital.

DADAAB, Kenya (AP) — Wardo Mohamud Yusuf walked for two weeks with her 1-year-old daughter on her back and her 4-year-old son at her side to flee Somalia’s drought and famine. When the boy collapsed near the end of the journey, she poured some of the little water she had on his head to cool him, but he was unconscious and could not drink.

She asked other families traveling with them for help, but none stopped, fearful for their own survival.

Then the 29-year-old mother had to make a choice that no parent should have to make.

“Finally, I decided to leave him behind to his God on the road,” Yusuf said days later in an interview at a teeming refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. “I am sure that he was alive, and that is my heartbreak.”


Please Give.


Bill Keller, Executive Editor of the New York Times, on the decision to run the front page photo of a starving child in Somalia in Tuesday’s print edition:

We realize, of course, that the story du jour is the debt vote — to which we devoted the lead story and upwards of four pages this morning — but there’s no reason that has to eclipse a human catastrophe in Africa. Readers can follow more than one important story at a time.

Jeffrey and Tyler went to great trouble and some risk to get as close as they could to the calamity in Somalia. They sent us a harrowing story and vivid, arresting photographs. We put them before the attention of our readers. That’s our job.

Via the Huffington Post

Original story: Somalis Waste Away as Insurgents Block Escape From Famine

This is not an exceptional photo.  That is the scary part.  This is what the famine looks like.  This is the norm.  It is called a humanitarian catastrophe for a reason.  We’re watching 11 million people starving to death in front of us in the most grotesque manner possible and people are actually questioning whether or not it deserves to be on the front page instead of the neverending coverage of the ridiculous circle jerk that has become American economic policy “discussions”.

Please give, especially to your national committee for UNICEF if you are so inclined.  It is the largest supplier of therapeutic and supplementary nutrition in Somalia.  Almost two thousand metric tons of supplies were sent to Somalia by UNICEF in July, and this week, 11 flights carrying life-saving nutrition supplies will arrive in Mogadishu. UNICEF has been operating across Somalia since 1971 has never been banned and never stopped working in the South.  Unfortunately, the World Food Program has been banned from Somalia and had to stop operating there in 2010.  They are an excellent place to donate to support the huge influx of Somalian refugees suffering from malnutrition in Kenya and Ethiopia. 

Seriously, even if you don’t have any money to spare, take some time out of ogling attractive celebs or movie spams to spread the word. 


Horn of Africa Crisis: By the Numbers

Graphic by Rich Clabaugh/Monitor staff

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This is a video to Tumblr from Dadaab, Kenya, the largest refugee camp in the world. Thousands of people are streaming into Dadaab as they flee the famine in southern Somalia. We’re working hard to make sure they get the life-saving food and nutrition they need, but we need your help—and your blog—in order to do it!

Donate today! And when you’re done, pull up the dashboard and blog about it. Put one of our banners on your site and let all of your followers know that millions of people across the Horn of Africa need their help!

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"Oh no, something bad happened - let’s hold hands and sing Kumbaya so it gets better!"


I’ve seen lots of reactions like this all over the internet. Non-Norwegians calling for the death penalty, using this tragedy as a platform to critique the Norwegian legal system and calling our prisons ‘luxury hotels’, shouting for revenge, urging us to have tighter security and increase our use of guns, calling Norway’s reactions too soft. I have one thing to say to you: your ignorance and hate are uncalled for and offensive. You have no clue.

The one good thing that has come out of this tragedy is that Norway has joined together, and shown an incredible amount of strength and compassion. The atmosphere in this country right now is indescribable. I was at a torchlight procession yesterday, and I was teary just seeing all the people rushing to the city center, wanting to show that they cared. People were embracing, comforting each other, holding hands.

No one here is retaliating this attack on everything we stand for by endorsing a tightening of security, more armed guards, more distance between us. Our answer is instead more democracy, more openness, and more respect. There has been a significant surge in youth wanting to get involved the last few days - joining political parties, volunteering, voicing their opinions and showing their support. People are urging each other to use their right to vote in the upcoming election, regardless of political stance.

As for the terrorist behind this? We’re trying to consign him to oblivion. He would rather be hated than forgotten, and we refuse to give him what he wants. He is a nobody, a loser, a sad and disillusioned man. Survivors of 22.7 on Utøya who have stared the killer in the eye have said that he doesn’t deserve a quick and easy death - he should instead be isolated for the rest of his life. And he does not deserve a place in our collective consciousness - let’s instead think of the victims, their loved ones, and the survivors, and let’s honor them by fighting for the very principles this country was built on.

The perpetrator purposefully went after politically active youth in Norway’s biggest political party, Arbeiderpartiet (Labour) - a party that fights for an inclusive and multicultural society. He wanted to destroy it completely, and stop further recruitment to the party. He succeeded in killing some of Norway’s leaders of tomorrow, but he cannot and will not crush our democracy.

Norway is an open, peaceful country. Government officials are so approachable they can often be seen walking on the street, always without security. We have low crime rates and a police force that is not armed. Norway has substantial freedom of speech, and tries to carve a place for every one of its citizens. Facing this terrible tragedy, let’s fight it by holding on to our values and to each other. Let’s continue showing love and empathy, and focus on the unity that this country has shown and continues to display. Hate is useless, revenge is futile. We will get through this not by dreaming of the terrible fate this terrorist deserves, but by standing up for our free, diverse, wondrous, and peaceful society.

This is not ‘too soft’. This is not insignificant. This is the only way we will survive.

Posted 3 years ago with 91 notes
originally thedamnablebell


Apparently, terrorism is only terrorism if committed by a Muslim. Otherwise, it’s extremism.

For much of the day yesterday, the featured headline on The New York Times online front page strongly suggested that Muslims were responsible for the attacks on Oslo; that led to definitive statements on the BBC and elsewhere that Muslims were the culprits.  The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin wrote a whole column based on the assertion that Muslims were responsible, one that, as James Fallows notes, remains at the Post with no corrections or updates.  The morning statement issued by President Obama — “It’s a reminder that the entire international community holds a stake in preventing this kind of terror from occurring” and “we have to work cooperatively together both on intelligence and in terms of prevention of these kinds of horrible attacks” — appeared to assume, though (to its credit) without overtly stating, that the perpetrator was an international terrorist group. 

But now it turns out that the alleged perpetrator wasn’t from an international Muslim extremist group at all, but was rather a right-wing Norwegian nationalist with a history of anti-Muslim commentary and an affection for Muslim-hating blogs such as Pam Geller’s Atlas Shrugged, Daniel Pipes, and Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch.  Despite that, The New York Times is still working hard to pin some form of blame, even ultimate blame, on Muslim radicals:

Terrorism specialists said that even if the authorities ultimately ruled out Islamic terrorism as the cause of Friday’s assaults, other kinds of groups or individuals were mimicking Al Qaeda’s brutality and multiple attacks.

“If it does turn out to be someone with more political motivations, it shows these groups are learning from what they see from Al Qaeda,” said Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism researcher at the New America Foundation in Washington.

Al Qaeda is always to blame, even when it isn’t, even when it’s allegedly the work of a Nordic, Muslim-hating, right-wing European nationalist.  Of course, before Al Qaeda, nobody ever thought to detonate bombs in government buildings or go on indiscriminate, politically motivated shooting rampages.  The NYT speculates that amonium nitrate fertilizer may have been used to make the bomb because the suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, owned a farming-related business and thus could have access to that material; of course nobody would have ever thought of using that substance to make a massive bomb had it not been for Al Qaeda.  So all this proves once again what a menacing threat radical Islam is.

Then there’s this extraordinarily revealing passage from the NYT — first noticed by Richard Silverstein — explaining why the paper originally reported what it did:

Initial reports focused on the possibility of Islamic militants, in particular Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, or Helpers of the Global Jihad, cited by some analysts as claiming responsibility for the attacks. American officials said the group was previously unknown and might not even exist.

There was ample reason for concern that terrorists might be responsible.

In other words, now that we know the alleged perpetrator is not Muslim, we know — by definition — that Terrorists are not responsible; conversely, when we thought Muslims were responsible, that meant — also by definition — that it was an act of Terrorism.  As Silverstein put it: 

How’s that again? Are the only terrorists in the world Muslim? If so, what do we call a right-wing nationalist capable of planting major bombs and mowing down scores of people for the sake of the greater glory of his cause? If even a liberal newspaper like the Times can’t call this guy a terrorist, what does that say about the mindset of the western world?

What it says is what we’ve seen repeatedly: that Terrorism has no objective meaning and, at least in American political discourse, has come functionally to mean: violence committed by Muslims whom the West dislikes, no matter the cause or the target.  Indeed, in many (though not all) media circles, discussion of the Oslo attack quickly morphed from this is Terrorism (when it was believed Muslims did it) to no, this isn’t Terrorism, just extremism (once it became likely that Muslims didn’t). 

NY TIMES: Death toll from Norwegian terrorist attacks up to 87.


The political party targeted in these attacks is a social-democratic party that has been the largest party in Norway since 1927.

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Norway Attacks News Round Up:

Oslo Bombing: A bomb that exploded today near the Oslo offices of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg claimed the lives of at least 7 people and injured several others, some seriously. The Prime Minister was not in the building at the time and is currently in a safe location.

Summer Camp Shooting: A shooting incident involving a Norwegian-looking gunman disguised as a police officer took place on the island of Utøya at a gathering of the ruling Labour Party’s youth wing, where Stoltenberg was reportedly due to speak tomorrow (former PM Gro Harlem Brundtland was due to attend today). Nine, “perhaps ten” killed, according to police.

Connection: Police believe the attacks are related; AP: Man arrested at Utøya linked to Oslo bombing.

Body Count: The death toll in both incidents is expected to rise, with witnesses reporting at least 20 dead at Utøya youth camp.

Weapon: Some reports suggest the explosion may have been set off by a car bomb; multiple explosions have also been reported; police have asked residents to stay away from the city center for fear that unexploded bombs may be present.

Responsibility: An obscure terrorist group called Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami (Assistants of the Global Jihad) has claimed responsibility for the attacks, calling them retribution for Norway’s “occupation of Afghanistan” as well as “unnamed insults to the Muslim prophet Muhammad”; others have speculated that the attacks, if carried out by al-Qaeda, were likely acts of revenge for the death of Osama bin Laden’s death, involvement in Afghanistan, and/or retaliation for Danish Muhammad cartoons republished in a Norwegian newspaper; an al-Qaeda bomb plot against Norway was uncovered last year.

Reax: President Obama expressed his condolences, adding that the attacks offer “a reminder that the entire community has a stake in preventing this kind of terror from occurring”; Swedish FM: “We are all Norwegians.”

Live Updates: BBC, The Guardian, Alexander Nørstad.

[nyt / newsinenglish / globeandmail / @breakingnews / @reuters / wired / fastcompany / atlantic / photo: latimes.]

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originally thedailywhat


A BBC map detailing the drought in the Horn of Africa shows the incredibly large percentage of the Horn that is in danger. It also shows that the worst effects are concentrated in the South: the Al-Shabaab controlled areas.

This is particularly bad news, because Al-Shabaab, Somalia’s notoriously brutal Al Qaeda cell, is denying that there is a famine at all. Their spokesman, Ali Mohamud Rage said yesterday that the idea that there was a famine was “utter nonsense, 100 percent baseless and sheer propaganda.”  They say their ban on aid groups in the areas under their control would remain in effect. Meanwhile, nearly half of the Somali population faces a crisis that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said will take $300 million to address.

Read more at Al Jazeera and the BBC.

4-year-old hit by drunk driver. Drunk driver serves six months. Mother charged and faces THREE years.


[Raquel]Nelson, 30 and African-American, was convicted on the charge this week by six jurors who were not her peers: All were middle-class whites, and none had ever taken a bus in metro Atlanta. In other words, none had ever been in Nelson’s shoes:

They had never taken two buses to go grocery shopping at Wal-Mart with three kids in tow. They had never missed a transfer on the way home that caused them to wait a full hour-and-a-half with tired and hungry kids for the next bus. They had never been let off at a bus stop on a five-lane speedway, with their apartment in sight across the road, and been asked to drag those three little ones an additional half-mile-plus down the road to the nearest traffic signal and back in order to get home at last.

And they had never lost control of an over-eager four-year-old as they waited on a three-foot median for a car to pass. Nor had they watched helplessly as a driver who had had “three or four” beers and two painkillers barreled toward their child.

That’s right: Because Nelson did not lug her exhausted little ones three-tenths of a mile from the bus stop to a traffic signal in order to cross five lanes of traffic, she is guilty of vehicular homicide. Because she did as her fellow bus riders, who crossed at the same time and place, and because she did what pedestrians will do every time – take the shortest reasonable path – she is guilty of vehicular homicide.

Blog post here.

The drunk driver has a history of hit and runs.  He served six months in jail.  Nelson faces three years in jail.  Justice?

There is a petition to support her.  Please sign it.

this is what I’m talking about when I say that mothers get harsher sentences than the person who actually killed the child does. 

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I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being—to prove that we are a human race, to prove that our love outweighs our need to hate, that our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame.
— Dame Elizabeth Taylor (in 1993, when she accepted a special Oscar, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award)

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Photo Series of the Day: The first photos of the so-called Fukushima Fifty — the fifty heroic nuclear reactor employees working around the clock to prevent a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant — have finally emerged.

An additional 150 workers have since joined the original fifty, of which five are believed to have died. Many of those inside the plant readily admit that, while they are still alive, they know radiation poisoning will eventually kill them.


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originally thedailywhat