What an amazing young woman: Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani education campaigner shot by the Taliban, has donated $50,000 (nearly £31,000) towards the reconstruction of schools in Gaza. The Nobel peace prize winner, speaking after receiving the World Children’s Prize for the rights of the child in Marienfred, Sweden, on Wednesday, said the money would be […]
Category Archive for 'Higher Ground'
With your compassion muscle! As chronically annoyed as I am, I’m still (I like to think) a compassionate person — much to the dismay of those who know me. They get pretty annoyed with my habit of seeing the other side of everyone’s situation. (I remember my father throwing down a paintbrush in frustration and […]
Somewhere, Christopher Reeve, who raised so much money for spinal cord research, is smiling: A man who was completely paralysed from the waist down can walk again after a British-funded surgical breakthrough which offers hope to millions of people who are disabled by spinal cord injuries. Polish surgeons used nerve-supporting cells from the nose of […]
From Perth, Australia. I am firmly in favor of singing and dancing in public:
Those damned union thugs! Of course, this is part of the master plan to keep poor people dependent.. oh wait, it’s not? It’s just kindness? My bad: Marvin Callahan, a first grade teacher at public school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has started a program to send backpacks full of food home with some of his […]
Thomas Frank interviews Bernie Sanders for Salon. Go read it all: I’ve followed what you have been saying for a long time. You and I are both concerned about the big change of our time, which is the concentration of wealth in this country, deindustrialization, the slow decline of the middle class. The not-so-slow decline […]
In case you missed yesterday’s news coverage.
Not all Christians are buying into homophobia — at least, not on this campus! When an anti-gay preacher decided to visit a Virginia university yesterday (16 September), he was expecting a perfect opportunity to spout his nonsense for everyone to hear. But it turns out, not many people could hear his sermon. Instead, the James […]