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Hazel Singer

Hazel Singer
Seattle, Washington,
January 04


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MAY 31, 2011 9:57PM

China and Laos

This morning, the BBC news featured a commentary from one of their correspondents reporting from the Laos/China border.  One the Chinese side of the border are massive plantations of rubber trees.  These trees do not satisfy the needs of China.  So, apropos previous blog posts, the Chi/… Read full post »
They have poisoned their wells with unsafe mining practices.  They have ruined villages and wreaked environmental havoc with dam building.   They have continued farming and food production with unsafe practices that sicken and kill their own people.   And, not content to rob developing… Read full post »
MAY 24, 2011 10:04PM

Blood Brothers: Putin & Mugabe

Joe Nocera's opinion piece in today's NYT had a great sub-heading: "What Putin & Pals want, Putin & Pals get".  This observation is in regard to the trial, and today's conviction, of Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky and Platon L. Lebedev. 

Also in today's NYT is a review of Peter Godwin's neRead full post »
MAY 21, 2011 2:31PM

More on South Africa and Libya

Ah, confirmation that the revolutionary brotherhood between Che Zuma and Che Gaddafi is rent asunder by truth in actions.
South Africa on Friday accused Libyan leaders of spreading “misinformation†about the fate of a South Afr
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MAY 21, 2011 2:23PM

Calcified Mugabe

Robert Mugabe insists that his age is no deterrent to seeking re-election and continued despotic rule in Zimbabwe. Citing his excellent health in the face of claims to the contrary, he says that doctors have told him they are amazed and his good bone structure: perhaps he misinterpreted their diagnos/… Read full post »
The South African official view of Libya:
History of Relations
Unofficial relations between South Africa and the Great People's Socialist Libyan Arab Jamahiriya are of long standing and go back to the days of the struggle against apartheid. The first South African formal accreditation was establishe/… Read full post »
MAY 14, 2011 2:57PM

Accolades for Emma Donoghue

RoomRoom by Emma Donoghue

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I dreaded starting this book as it sounded just so traumatic and creepy.  But, it was a page turner, beautifully written, and well worth putting aside feelings of horror and dismay at the subject matter.

MAY 13, 2011 4:30PM

Crackdown in Syria

Just a year ago, my husband, son, his girlfriend, and I ate falafel sandwiches near this square in Damascus


 The above video is from this article from the Los Angeles Times.

You can also find more videos from Syria at this link.

MAY 11, 2011 5:27PM

Crackdown in Syria

Just a year ago, my husband, son, his girlfriend, and I ate falafel sandwiches near this square in Damascus


 The above video is from this article from the Los Angeles Times.

You can also find more videos from Syria at this link.

MAY 6, 2011 7:37PM

As the sands shift........

Saudi Arabia is taking preemptive action amidst change and unrest in the Middle East.  Unsure of its future relationship with the US, it is looking to diversify its supply chain by reaching out to.....China!  See/hear this story from NPR.  Ah,  opportunistic China.

Now this is an interesting development

Iran has been strangely silent throughout the unrest in Syria.  D. Parvaz was born in Iran.....
MAY 2, 2011 7:01PM

D. Parvaz is Missing in Syria

Former Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter is missing.  She landed in Damascus last Friday, 29 April, and has not been heard from since.  There is a Facebook page dedicated to information on her.  A former colleague, Joe Copeland has written a story in the online newspaper, Crosscut.&n/… Read full post »

Pakistan high court frees five accused of retaliation rape

"In a ruling seen as a setback for women's rights in Pakistan, the country's Supreme Court on Thursday freed five men accused of gang-raping a woman on the orders of a village council."
Los Angeles Times
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The Tiger's WifeThe Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book very much, but was disappointed only based on the hype it had received in the literary press. Some of the images are haunting and will stick with me and I thought the idea of/… Read full post »
How timely and appropriate.  There was an interesting article in The New York Times on Friday 15 April, titled "Phonetic Clues Hint Language is Africa-Born".  A biologist from New Zealand has used the model of DNA analysis that has shown the likely spread of humans out of Africa to the rest/… Read full post »
One dedicated person can make a difference.  With some help, she can blaze a trail of good news!  An article in Sunday's New York Times profiles Dr.Grace Phiri, a pediatrician committed to saving children in Lesotho from HIV/AIDS.  She now has help from several physicians from USA, who/… Read full post »
APRIL 5, 2011 1:53PM

Spring, again

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A recent trip to Palm Springs, California included excursions to several places that were excellent examples of "only here could this exist"!  These were: Cabot Yerxa's Pueblo in Desert Hot Springs and The Edward-Dean Museum in Beaumont.  More along the lines of normal were Moorten  BoRead full post »
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and LossThe Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss by Edmund de Waal

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a fabulous book!  A book about family, history, achievement, accumulation, and loss.  It is both personal yet a story to which anyone can relate.  It is full of insight, ref/… Read full post »
MARCH 22, 2011 2:33PM

Thoughtful Pieces of Writing

The eminent thinker and sociologist, Daniel Bell, died in January.  Very early on in his intellectual explorations he realised the bankrupt nature of Communism and ideologies in general, yet was able to study and understand the social needs and underpinnings of societies/communities and why they/… Read full post »
From left: Chloé, Christian Dior, Chanel, Hermès The Chanel number is actually something an ordinary human could wear!