The Global Citizen: Other
A full two and a half years after the start of the Arab Spring, it seems that things are not as well off as would have been hoped. The deluge of democratic populism that flooded Tahrir Square in 2011 has given way to a depressed apathy (at best) and a simmering anger (at worst) for President Mohamed Morsi's Freedom and Justice Party government. According to a Pew Research Center study from mid-May, Egyptians are "increasingly glum," with 62% dissatisfied with the state of the country (only 7 percentage points below pre-revolution 2010), and only a lukewarm 39% think the country is better of post-Mubarak. Further, 56% of Egyptians interviewed feel dissatisfied with the way democracy has been working in the country. Perhaps, though, this might change.
This Sunday, April 7th is World Health Day, which celebrates the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO).
The World Health Organization's mission is one that is truly captivating. Often those in developing nations suffer from illnesses that were eradicated in the developed world decades-sometimes even centuries ago. So here is an update on what international organizations like the United Nations and WHO are doing right now.
There are two major campaigns in the works as of this year to fight both malaria and polio. In many nations, those who have polio are often ostracized from society and once they are paralyzed, they have almost no chance of survival.
Malaria cases have decreased, according the World Malaria Report in 2012 but progress has been slower than in previous years. There is new technology out there to fight malaria but the majority of it has not reached those who need it most. The health sector needs to focus on prevention, quick diagnoses, and effective treatments.
Barbie is an iconic doll, who has been around since the 1950s. I had numerous Barbies (most of who were decapitated by my younger brother). I had Baywatch Barbie, Texas Longhorn cheerleader Barbie, teacher Barbie, wedding Barbie (with Ken) and all the Barbie books to match. I can thank my aunt for signing me up for the Barbie book club, in which Barbie, and her siblings/friends, went on all kinds of adventures. Barbie had numerous jobs in these books, to match her doll personalities. She was a vet, a doctor, nurse, pre-school teacher and a fashion designer.
Although it is encouraging to show girls that Barbie can have a variety of careers, there was never a real-world Barbie. Barbie is distorting the way girls think about themselves because Barbie is not representing issues that girls are going through. Barbie never shows real world problems--she's never been abused, drank too much, or been sexually assaulted. Barbie never ages, doesn't gain weight, doesn't commit crime and doesn't fall into depression. Barbie has never had an eating disorder, depression, or anxiety. She's perfect--and not realistic. Recently, a woman spent $80,000 on plastic surgery to look like Barbie and she's absolutely terrifying. Isn't it time that Barbie begins to look more like the rest of the world's female population?
On December 10th, Human Rights Day, we lost a wonderful friend and leader. Floyd Ramp was a great supporter of human rights and world peace. During World War II he served as an ensign in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific where he witnessed the testing of the atomic bomb and the devastation wrought in Japan. He became committed to world peace and developing the laws and institutions to make it possible.
Have you ever wondered what you would do in a zombie apocalypse? If you have, you are not alone. It seems like zombies are kind of the "in" thing right now; The Walking Dead is a wildly popular show on AMC and zombie themed shows are all over a number of other networks. At this point you may be asking yourself, "Why are we talking about zombie hordes right now, wasn't the Republican National Convention in August?" Well, it was. But seeing as how it is Halloween, I thought it would be interesting to look at this phenomenon through a critical lens.
There is no doubt that there is a psychological basis to this phenomenon. Being overrun by a horde plays on a fundamental fear that humans have. Combine that with the age-old fear of unknown repercussions of scientific discovery, which dates back to the myth of Icarus at the earliest, and you have an instant classic.
While there is certainly a gross-out horror factor that tends to bring in viewers, the questions that follow from a hypothetical zombie apocalypse are more interesting, and in my opinion, the main reason why zombies are so popular.
Thousands of Muslims around the world have exploded in anger in response to an anti-Islam film titled The Innocence of Muslims, which, putting it lightly, depicts the prophet Muhammad and his followers in a negative light. On September 11, 2012, protesters in Cairo breached the outer perimeter of the US Embassy and proceeded to vandalize the property. Since then, Egyptian police have secured the Embassy and are guarding it against further protests.
On the same day as the Cairo protests, the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked during protests against the film. Tragically, Ambassador Christopher Stevens, former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, and information management officer Sean Smith were murdered in the line of duty. As of September 15th, Al-Qaeda has assumed a sort of removed responsibility for the killings, citing the attack as a response to a drone attack that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri’s lieutenant.
In the wake of the initial protests in Cairo and Benghazi, violence and protests surrounding the film have spread to Yemen, Kuwait, Sudan, Tripoli, Lebanon, Australia, Paris, and Jerusalem.
The violent protests against a U.S.-based film that started in Egypt last Tuesday continue to spread throughout the Arab world. The most notable of these occurred outside the U.S. embassy in Libya, where four American diplomats lost their lives. Anti-American demonstrations have also been reported in Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, and Gaza City.
Among the four Americans lost, was the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens. Ambassador Stevens was a career diplomat who was committed to working with the Libyan people. He was the American envoy to the revolutionaries during the uprising in Libya, and helped bring down Moammar Gadhafi. Ambassador Stevens embodied what it truly means to be a diplomat. He was passionate about building a relationship between the United States and Libya, and cared about the people, not just the politics. He helped free the Libyan people, and his death is a tragedy for American diplomacy.
Among those killed, was also U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith. Smith was assigned to Libya on a temporary mission. Our diplomats overseas are more than just our representatives or negotiators; they are our peacemakers, our community builders, our innovators, and our trailblazers. They commit their lives to serving the greater good.
UPDATE (6/27/12): Earlier today, President Morsi announced that he would appoint a woman as one of his vice presidents, and a Coptic Christian as his other. On the whole, this move should help to assuage the concerns of those who feared that Morsi's affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood would lead him to adopt radical Islamist policies. In addition, this announcement followed news that an administrative court in Cairo has overturned the military's declared right to make warantless arrests. Overall, a good day for democracy in Egypt, though, of course, much work remains to be done.
This past Sunday, Egypt took another tenuous step along the road to democracy, as the Supreme Presidential Election Council declared the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mohamed Morsi, the winner of Egypt's first presidential elections since the fall of Hosni Mubarak. According to statistics released by the Election Council, Morsi garnered 51.7% of the popular vote, compared with a 48.3% share for his opponent, Ahmed Shafiq.
It all started with a bar of soap in a Pennsylvania hotel room. Derreck Kayongo was spending his first night in an American hotel room when he became aware of the careless custom of replenishing bars of soap every day. Derreck is a native of Uganda and has seen hardship and illness. He thought of the millions of people that all these barely used bars of soap could help, and had the idea to recycle the discarded bars. Thus, in 2009, the Global Soap Project was born.
Despite President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline plan, Senate Republicans want to add an amendment to the transportation bill that would mandate construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The vote is expected to take place Tuesday.
Don't let the promise of jobs and cheaper gas prices fool you; as the Natural Resources Defense Council reports, the pipeline company itself stated that only a few hundred permanent jobs will be created for Americans-the State Department estimated fewer than 100 jobs. This pipeline was created to help big oil companies, not the United States. What Big Oil also fails to clarify is that this pipeline is for export, meaning gas prices in the United States would not become lower but would actually increase.
The environmental damages will be massive. Greenhouse gas emissions and destruction of Canada's great Boreal Forest will prove to be a higher cost to the mythical "benefits" of this pipeline. Since this pipeline would be for tar sands extraction, it will be more likely to spill and harder to clean up.
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