Happy birthday to David Bowie, who’s written too many great songs to count. This might be my favorite:
Considering that Wall St. has moved its attentions to the commodities market, I expect this is only a matter of time:
Two people have been killed and hundreds injured in continuing protests in Algeria, as the government meets to discuss ways of halting the rising food costs and unemployment that have sparked the unrest.
At least 300 of the 400 people injured in the riots were police officers, Dahou Oul Kablia , Algeria’s interior minister, said on national radio on Saturday.
One of the two men killed was named as 18-year-old Azzedine Lebza. He was shot dead in Ain Lahdjel in the M’Sila region, 300km from Algiers, the capital.
“He died in an attempt to break into a police station,” Kablia said, confirming the incident reported earlier by the Arab-language daily El Khabar.
A second demonstrator was killed on Friday in Bou Smail, a small town 50km west of Algiers, he said.
“He was picked up in the street, wounded. A pathologist said he had died from wounds to the head, but the cause of death has not yet been established.”
[...] Algeria has seen three days of unrest over the rising costs of living and unemployment, which government figures show standing at about 10 per cent, but which independent organisations put closer to 25 per cent.
Hmm. Just like us!
Costs us more money in fraudulent charges than anyone. Maybe someone should do something about it?
Thunderclap Newman was a band put together by Pete Townsend to play the songs of Who roadie Speedy Keene. Pete played bass and did the string arrangements. Lead guitarist was Jimmy McCulloch, later of Wings:
Another 2-4 inches today, but the big one’s supposed to hit Tuesday. When did I move to Buffalo?
Whee! Global warming is pretty!
An all-too-rare moment of common humanity, but it’s a ray of hope:
Egypt’s majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night. What had been a promise of solidarity to the weary Coptic community, was honoured, when thousands of Muslims showed up at Coptic Christmas eve mass services in churches around the country and at candlelight vigils held outside.
From the well-known to the unknown, Muslims had offered their bodies as “human shields” for last night’s mass, making a pledge to collectively fight the threat of Islamic militants and towards an Egypt free from sectarian strife.
“We either live together, or we die together,” was the sloganeering genius of Mohamed El-Sawy, a Muslim arts tycoon whose cultural centre distributed flyers at churches in Cairo Thursday night, and who has been credited with first floating the “human shield” idea.
Among those shields were movie stars Adel Imam and Yousra, popular preacher Amr Khaled, the two sons of President Hosni Mubarak, and thousands of citizens who have said they consider the attack one on Egypt as a whole.
“This is not about us and them,” said Dalia Mustafa, a student who attended mass at Virgin Mary Church on Maraashly. “We are one. This was an attack on Egypt as a whole, and I am standing with the Copts because the only way things will change in this country is if we come together.”
In the days following the brutal attack on Saints Church in Alexandria, which left 21 dead on New Year’ eve, solidarity between Muslims and Copts has seen an unprecedented peak. Millions of Egyptians changed their Facebook profile pictures to the image of a cross within a crescent – the symbol of an “Egypt for All”. Around the city, banners went up calling for unity, and depicting mosques and churches, crosses and crescents, together as one.