From the Jasmine to the Lotus: Getting the Constitution Right

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From the Jasmine to the Lotus:  Getting the Constitution Right


By Hwaa Irfan

Having faith in the wealth of what one has is something that many of us have to awaken to whether it be on a personal or social level. When Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution seemed to pass through its period of unrest to vote in a new government on December 23 2011, a number of the Egyptian youth revolutionaries looked on with envy – they had made it, so it was believed. However, just as protests erupt on the streets of Cairo again amidst the air of “I told you so” as a growing number of people realize that they were too ready to handover governance of their country through a questionable though peaceful electoral process to SCAF and the National Justice and Freedom Party (Muslim Brotherhood). Simply, in the struggle for a people’s democracy the people have…

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March 30 in history


240 BC 1st recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet.

1282 The people of Sicily rebelled against the Angevin KingCharles I, in what became known as the Sicilian Vespers.

1296 Edward I sacked Berwick-upon-Tweed, during armed conflict between Scotland and England.

1746 Francisco Goya, Spanish painter, was born  (d. 1828).

1811 Robert Bunsen, German chemist, was born (d. 1899).

1814 Napoleonic Wars: Sixth Coalition forces marched into Paris.

1814 – Joachim Murat issued the Rimini Declaration which later inspired Italian Unification.

1820 Anna Sewell, British author, was born (d. 1878).

1842 Anesthesia was used for the first time in an operation by Dr Crawford Long.

1844 One of the most important battles of the Dominican War of Independence from Haiti took place near the city of Santiago de los Caballeros.

1853 Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter, was born  (d. 1890).


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fast car



Tracy Chapman – 1988

I remember falling in love with Tracy Chapman’s music when I saw the video for Give Me One Reason on VH1 (back when they played music videos). Probably on one of those days I pretended to be sick so I could stay home from school, get comfortable in my parents room with the blinds closed and watch day time TV (the soaps, the music, the talk shows… Ricki Lake and Sally!).

You can dream to this song. We don’t all have the perfect lives we want… can you say you haven’t hoped someone would take you away from it? White knights and shining armor. And even they aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

Learning to play it on the guitar.

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The David Bowie Story – Part 5: Out Of Characters, Into Suits

What Happened Again?

This is the fifth part of The David Bowie Story, a BBC documentary series about the life and times of one of the greatest and most influential artists in popular music. Listen to the previous parts here: Part 1: The Apprenticeship, Part 2: One Man Against the World, Part 3: Fame, Part 4: Don’t Normalise It.

12-david-bowie-080208Bowie is now more confident and with the 1980 album Scary Monsters, partly recorded at Keith Richard’s house in Jamaica, he finds a new balance. He now wears suits on stage and reaches a new peak in popularity with Let’s Dance, his best selling album to date and – ironically – also his most criticized.

Listen here:

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The David Bowie Story – Part 5

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Atlas shrugged, too


Obamacare got its day in court. But I wonder if it really matters whether we keep it, or not. The underpinnings of our society are shifting in chaos. Unless a just and merciful God intervenes, I wonder if my child will know half of the freedoms and advantages I have known.

Atlas Shrugged 2 is being filmed. They offered Jerry Doyle a part as a stand in. On his show today, he turned them down. I understand. Its not so much that he doesn’t want to play a part in awakening our society. Its just….who really wants to have their role relegated into insignificance?

After all, isn’t that what it is all about. Jerry Doyle wants to matter, so he wants to do voice overs….or at least, do something more effective than having a bit part as a stand in. Obama wants to matter. So he drums up this health…

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