Thursday, June 30, 2005
Stop at the chiropracter (who's pretty hot).
On the way back, passed by the square with Thursday live music. Usually swing, but salsa today. I ran, put my bags down for a minute, and grabbed the last dance with an old man with a pot belly and a cap with "Cape Cod" on it.
There are days when I like it here.
"The countries with the highest aid per capita (including Pacific countries) have had the slowest growth. But, in political terms, forgiving debt that they are not servicing from African countries is much easier than reducing the subsidies that western Europe, the US and Japan give their farmers at a cost of $300 billion annually to developing countries. So is increasing the volume of aid to $100 billion a year by Western taxpayers.
The international NGOs, led by Geldof and his singers, are facilitating yet another betrayal of Africa." (The Australian)
BBC reports on the state of gay marriage around the world.
It will be interesting to see the rate of progress in this movement of prodding countries in granting and recognizing the rights of gay couples globally. There is so much cultural history and identification in marriage as between a man and a woman only. However, we don't have a uniform definition of a form of marriage globally. In some place it is between one man and one woman only, and in some it involves more than a pair and these differences reflects the diversity in socio religious aspect of the community they reside.
I predict that gay marriage will be granted in most of Western world quite rapidly (except in United States) and extend to only a handful of South East Asia and Latin America countries.
Homoesexuality still doesn't receive acceptance in a lot countries. Heck, you can even be persecuted for being gay, which I think is a gross injustice.
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Read the full story here. We discussed this only recently. This is a dispassionate perspective from another angle.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything ? all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. "
"There are three people sitting on a balcony talking about religion. Each from a different religion and openly discussing their views on the world and asking and answering questions about theirs and others' religions. The situation is enough to blow one's mind, let alone the fact that all three were getting along perfectly well, learning and growing without fighting or disagreeing. For last night's conversation alone I am ever-thankful to AIESEC."Sounds like this whole "Salaam" concept is working out pretty well :)
Monday, June 27, 2005
At first I thought in what could that help... on relieving debt so economically, countries could stabilize, although good governments were needed to make that debt condonation really worth it and helpful instead of making it a window for corrupt people in poor countries take that money to their own expense.
My government (El Salvador) had a better idea. As we have been taken out of the list of poor countries 5 years ago, and we are an A- B+ client in terms of debt payment to other countries... and given the fact that external debt is raising as fast as becoming 29% of our GDP... they went out lobbying to those countries they owe the most (Spain, France, USA and Japan) with the following proposal:
"Trade interests gerated through international debt with projects to finance education programmes, training for the police bodies, projects to ensure massive assistance to elections and more"
Why should poor countries be exonerated from debts and responsible countries that are still not developed be kept accountable. Let's reward those small countries responsibility. Its not debt condonation, its a prize for responsibility...
Spain and France have already approved this initiative, Spain will support the education programmes for about $68MM of interests generated through our debt to them and France will cooperate in training the police and financing projects to restructure the local transportation systems.
I know it comes so late. No need to say that I had no time to put my Malaysian pics up on the internet until I realised that I was about to leave the country. Oh, I'm afraid I'm going to miss you sooooo much... Enjoy the pics!
"....then the other usual question came "Where are you from", and I once again mumble Malta expecting to have to answer the usual question ? "I have never heard of it, where is it?" but the next statement was different - "Ahhh I have many maltish friends" I didn?t really believe him, but I thought, ah this guy is smart ? I never got that before!!!! Then his guy went on still following on my fast pace and shouted out "Mhux Problema" Which means "no problem" in Maltese ? it was definitely Maltese as you could never confuse the mix of Arabic (mhux) and Italian (problema) for any other language but Maltese. And from then on he got my full attention!"May the Maltese continue to populate Ethiopia....
Friday, June 24, 2005
If anyone is travelling between Egypt and Europe, and is willing to bring over some of my stuff with them, I will reward you handsomely. Money, drugs, sexual favours, whatever you ask, I will happily provide. I really, really need this stuff, and am about to blow over 300 euro just to get it.
Well, they are back baby. Live 8 for 2005 is planned for July 6 with "Make Poverty History" theme just in time for the leaders of the G8 countries summit in Scotland. They are having 7 concerts in 7 different countries on that day. Tickets are off course long sold out and can only be bought by way of selling one of your kidney.
You can track the commentaries in the blogosphere using this site http://live8.technorati.com/.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
This decision has enraged many US bloggers in the blogosphere today and can be summarized in this dissenting opinion
"Any property may now be taken for the benefit of another private property, but the fallout from this decision will not be random," she wrote. "The beneficiaries are likely to be those citizens with disproportionate influence and power in the political process, including large corporations and development firms.
"As for the victims," Justice O'Connor went on, "the government now has license to transfer property from those with fewer resources to those with more. The Founders cannot have intended this perverse result.""
There is also a link to the site that explains how you can create your own travel tracker. Check it out here.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
For all y'all Northern Hemispherists (is that what we are called?): The lowest-hanging Full Moon in 18 years is going to play tricks on you tonight!!!!
Check out this cool article from the beloved NASA on tonight's full moon
Summer Moon Illusion
Here are the AFI top 25 most memorable movie quotes:
1. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Gone with the Wind, 1939
2. "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." The Godfather, 1972
3. "You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am." On the Waterfront, 1954
4. "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." The Wizard of Oz, 1939
5. "Here's looking at you, kid." Casablanca, 1942
6. "Go ahead, make my day." Sudden Impact, 1983
7. "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." Sunset Boulevard., 1950
8. "May the Force be with you." Star Wars, 1977
9. "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night." All About Eve, 1950
10. "You talking to me?" Taxi Driver, 1976
11. "What we've got here is failure to communicate." Cool Hand Luke, 1967
12. "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." Apocalypse Now, 1979
13. "Love means never having to say you're sorry." Love Story, 1970
14. "The stuff that dreams are made of." The Maltese Falcon, 1941
15. "E.T. phone home." E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, 1982
16. "They call me Mister Tibbs!" In the Heat of the Night, 1967
17. "Rosebud." Citizen Kane, 1941
18. "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!" White Heat, 1949
19. "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" Network, 1976
20. "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." Casablanca, 1942
21. "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti." The Silence of the Lambs, 1991
22. "Bond. James Bond." Dr. No, 1962
23. "There's no place like home." The Wizard of Oz, 1939
24. "I am big! It's the pictures that got small." Sunset Boulevard, 1950
25. "Show me the money!" Jerry Maguire, 1996
"On my most recent trip to the region, I visited the Jantho camp for displaced people in Aceh, where I met a woman who had lost nine of her 10 children. As one of the camp leaders, she introduced me to the youngest camp member: a 2-day-old boy. She said the child's mother wanted me to give him a name. I asked if there was an appropriate Indonesian word for "new beginning" and was told that there was: "dawn," which in their language is a boy's name. I think a lot about that little boy, and our obligation to give him a new dawn. We can do it together."
The little boy's name is given name Fajar, which means dawn in Indonesian. It's rooted from the Arabic word Fajr, which is also the term for the first prayer (pre-dawn prayer) in the five daily prayers in Islam.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Questions will be posted weekly and trainees will answer these on their blogs. Check out awesome photo's, someone's first experience outside the US, what to do in the event of an entire city black-out and our newest Arab blogger.
The community is open to anyone to comment, ask questions and learn more about US and Arab culture !!
Monday, June 20, 2005
"How can that be the case? It certainly isn't anything about the intelligence of the Arab people. It certainly isn't anything about their aspirations. It's about the absence of freedom and the absence of liberty."" (NYTimes)
wanting to raise awareness of my favourite 'academic' blog run by the globalisation institute, pushing free trade NOT fair trade. I couldn't agree more. In fact those of you on the csrblokes yahoogroup may have seen some discussion on this too (related to G8 meeting in Edinburgh).
doesn't Fair trade sound, well, fairer, than free trade? If only it was....
Look at that sexy portuguese flag....
Congrats Tiago. Tomorrow I'll post something about it in my blog. Wishes of a great week to everyone.
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Now everybody can play this game. You can also create your own theme and have it 'played' on nomadone.
This is what you need to do.
0. Name your theme (and add some funky description if you want to)
1. Create the header and footer image (if you can, use your own nice photographs or others in the community; let's promote original works) in similar size or smaller to the one you see right now.
2. Create a mock up image of your theme with color information for the text and links.
3. Send it to me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rules? we don't need no stinkin' rules. Go wild but readable.
Your masterpiece will be shown the following week (Saturday or Sunday;depending on my level of sobreity) and you will be credited at the bottom this blog.
Friday, June 17, 2005
Ryan Burbach (Rabat)
Mike G (Cairo)
Kaitlin J (Cairo)
Jessica Rae (Cairo, Quoted below on nl)
Not on Salaam but a couple other blogs that have some great/hilarious entries:
Andy (Wisconite who is traveling all over Europe; Hilarity Ensues)
Did I miss any? What blogs is everyone else reading?
50,000 euro partnership signed with UBS to support a global learning network
The first ever blog posting by a PAI?
Who's coming to transition party?
UPDATE: Another $80,000 just rolled in. You heard it first on the AI weblog
Thursday, June 16, 2005
ASIA:Screenshots by Jeff Ooi of Malaysia. (English)
AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST:Shared Pains of Afghanistan (in Farsi)Al Jinane of Morocco (in French)
EUROPE: ICT lex of Italy (in Italian)
AMERICAS:Pressthink by Jay Rosen of the U.S.A. (in English, obviously)
IRAN: Mojtaba Saminejad, who has been given a two year prison sentence. (in Farsi)
INTERNATIONAL: Netzpolitik, focusing on global open-source technology and freedom of expression (in German).
(From: Global Voices Online)
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Philippine security forces were on maximum alert in Manila and the presidential palace had been fortified with barbed wire and container trucks. But by late Sunday afternoon, there had been no sign of any significant opposition protests.
On Saturday, about 5,000 marchers, under the gaze of anti-riot police, sang songs and chanted slogans calling for Arroyo to step down to avoid dividing the country.
"She should face the people to tell us whether she cheated in the election," Father Joe Dizon, a Roman Catholic priest linked to the opposition, said during mass for a few dozen supporters on Sunday.
He called on Filipinos to stage anti-Arroyo protests "in their factories, in schools and in their communities".
Nothing has been proven against the president or her family, who have denied any wrong-doing. But the opposition has been trying to whip up the kind of anger behind "people power" uprisings that toppled leaders in 1986 and 2001.
With inflation high and corruption pervasive, Arroyo?s ratings show she is the most unpopular president since dictator Ferdinand Marcos was overthrown 19 years ago.
Analysts have said the allegations are unlikely to be enough to unseat Arroyo but could distract her government from its economic reform agenda.
I know this is a bit random, but I need help asap...
I just downloaded a German version of Adobe Photoshop CS. But because I don't speak German and can't read it, I can't figure out how to change the language setting to English.
If anyone knows how to change the language of Adobe Photoshop CS, please reply back to this post.
Monday, June 13, 2005
Saturday, June 11, 2005
I have an opportunity for someone that is interested in being a community manager (150k members) and also be involved in viral/guerrilla/grassroots marketing activities. This can be a job placement or AIESEC traineeship. Email me at sitima(at)gmail.com if you are interested.
Friday, June 10, 2005
A lot of the AI bloggers are newbies, so be patient. But some old timey bloggers like me, Orianna and Chris are holding things down. Like anything new and high potential, expect it to grow with age. But why wait? Jump on board now and join the fun.
* Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
* You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
* Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.
* You can "do" your nails with a pocket knife.
* You can be President.
See the rest of the list on my blog.
The United States and Britain have reached an agreement on how the billions of dollars that the world's poorest nations owe to international lenders can be erased, removing the last impediment to an accord long sought by the richest nations, a senior official involved in the negotiations said Thursday.
The plan would free 18 countries, most of which are in Africa, from any obligation to repay the estimated $16.7 billion they owe the international lenders
The 18 countries eligible for debt relief are: Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guyana, Honduras, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. "
Top 10 list:
Download the report (pdf)
Thursday, June 09, 2005
"What should the white band look like?
This is entirely up to you. Some suggestions are wrist bands, arm bands, head bands, lapel bands, etc. This action was chosen because it is simple for anyone to get involved - you can just make your own white band with a piece of fabric."
If you live in America, check out http://one.org.
When this thing happen, nomadlife will put up one or more clickable red flags near the top of this main page for your attention. The flag will be removed when the situation improves and our nomads are safe.
The newspaper suggest this route instead
"Yet there is one step that rich countries could take that would help Africans in both well-governed and poorly-governed states: curbing the agricultural subsidies and health-and-safety regulations that keep African products out of rich-country markets."
Check out the whole thing for a fairly intense bit of reading....Stay safe Thea.
"Nothing really happened in the area where I am living, or the office area? though loads of troubles happened around our Base Stations in Addis, some of the Employees told me that they heard shooting, not further than 50mtrs from where they were, and somewhere else they were burning busses, I got all these first hand accounts from all the employees I was trying to contact to make sure they are safe!!!!
I also spent a whole day trying to figure out an evacuation plan for the expats!! (who can imagine I would be doing this! I was terrified!!) as well as trying to figure out which embassy is going to take care of me!!! As obviously there are no Maltese Embassies in
!!! Nevertheless I have a good contact with the Swedish Embassy, who is meant to take care of me!!!" Ethiopia
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
I've heard lots of chatter about opportunities to meet other nomadlifers in person...here's your chance.
Party starts Friday afternoon as people roll into town and continues through til Sunday. There is no formal 'schedule' or 'agenda'.
And everyone is welcome, despite the seemingly clubbish title.
Are you in?
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
If you want to see video images from Sudan (and a compilation of recent NY Times Op-Ed stories), click here:
NY Times Video: The First Genocide of the 21st Century by Nicholas Kristof
Spread the word - Educate yourself. Educate others.
I'm tracking this issue to see what effect this has on our China based nomads.
From the sample, I can only presume the following:
1) Men are driven purely by sexual libido (very sadly, rather low on the spiritual totem and Maslow's hierarchy)
2) If not #1 then men are extremely insecure as witnessed by their inability to express their 'genuine' desires and dreams
3) If not #1 or #2 then men are incapable of viewing women as significant others deserving of the position of equal interlocuter in a dialogue" (la contessa)
check out the sample data.
Monday, June 06, 2005
They are looking for a Spanish-speaking young person to help them on some major business oriented projects for a year. Specifically, building a movie theater and teaching the youths of the island to manage that theater.
Please comment if you know someone that might be interested, or have relevant contacts in Puerto Rico.
"It's simple," one woman here explained. "When the men go out, they're killed. The women are only raped."" (Kristof)
We were too young to understand and to care what happened in the genocide of Rwanda back in 1994 years ago and we anguished and be shocked after the fact about it and many of us cry on the movie of "Hotel Rwanda" depicting the horror 11 years ago.
So 11 years from now, will we have any excuse on this sickening repeat of genocide in Darfur, Sudan?
Can we blame the world back in 1994 for not doing enough in time to prevent the genocide and yet stand silently right now witnessing river of bloods flow in the dry dusty land of Darfur?
The world is not doing enough right now and the next decade will curse us for our indifference just like we did to the last.
Sunday, June 05, 2005
European Union passport-free zone, abolishing checks on the country's border by 2007, according to final results from a two-issue national referendum Sunday." (Carissa)
hotdog got pictures of the opposition ads.
"However, there is One point about the multi-cultural flag of singapore that I would like to emphasize: Dividing a country based on race is the most ridiculous thing that reeks of colonial/imperial times. A very odd thing that Singapore still use it. A first world country with a third world citizen classification."(fida)
Friday, June 03, 2005
I have similar opinion on the issue but I will limit that statement in a narrower manner to "five reasons the business of private social networking doesn't work (like Friendster, linked-in, etc)".
I will add one more reason why they don't work; tyranny of login/password.
Why would you force people to login to a website which purpose is to reveal your identity to as many people as possible. It doesn't make a damn sense. Open your network up.
In the land of social networking ecosystem, bloggers are king.
And little seems to be reversing that trend
In the Western African nation of Niger, one of the poorest countries on earth, despite being prohibited, slavery is rooted in the traditional customs and the culture of the country. There are more than 800,000 slaves in Niger ? more than seven percent of the population ? and although some of their conditions have improved over the years, slavery remains a fact of life in this Saharan country. " (abcnews)
It is estimated that there are more slaves right now than 200 years ago.
Go visit http://antislavery.org and get educated.
Scene from tonight's episode of The SIMPSONS:
Maggie, Bart, & Homer go to the Simthsonian Exhibit on American Culture and History. Outside is a sponsorship banner from "Omnitouch" a mobile phone company. Maggie asks:
"Why does the US government need to have Omnitouch sponsor this exhibit? Shouldn't the US government fund the preservation of our history and culture?"
Out pops a Omnitouch representative who says:
"The US government needs to spend our money on the essentials: anti-tobacco programs, pro-tobacco programs, the donkey preservation act, and Israel"
Thursday, June 02, 2005
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Capitalism may collapse because it does not allow prices to tell the ecological truth.
-Oystein Dahle, former Vice President, Exxon, Norway -
9 European countries already ratified the EU constitution before the French went to poll a couple of days ago (and today for the Dutch)
Germany, Spain, Slovenia, Austria, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, and Slovakia.
Why do people in these countries agree to constitution and not France (nor most possibly the Netherland)?
How much economic factor actually influence the result in comparison to cultural and nationalistic fear ?