Sunday, September 6, 2009
Hello all of you beautiful people! I love Ramadan. It seems like it's the only time of year that all Muslims come together- striving for the same thing. It's the only time I truly feel connected to the Muslim community, like we're all one big family. One thing I would like to see more of, during this incredible month, are uplifting and inspiring lectures. Because another thing about Ramadan is that it is packed full with Khutbahs and halaqas and dars', which are all fancy words for lectures :p and sometimes the people giving them leave me incredibly depressed. And that is not a fun experience.
Ok um on to the meaty stuff? I haven't done a news update in some time so I guess I'll do that today, did any of you hear about the Cali fires being arson? The fires were one of the worst wildfires the state has ever seen. I really do NOT want to be in the shoes of the person(s) who started it.
The hotly contested elections in Afghanistan are going into run off elections because President Karzai only got 48% of the vote and the former minister Abdullah Abdullah had 30% of the vote- one of them needed to get at least 50% to win outright. They actually cannot go into run-offs until the election fraud committe concludes their investigation- which doesn't look like it'll be anytime soon. The EFC declared that around 430 polling stations' ballots will have to be thrown out due to fraud- there are about 14,000 polling stations in Afghanistan.
This week marked the opening of dolphin hunting season in Japan. During the six-month season, thousands of dolphins are corralled into narrow coves and captured for sale to aquariums or amusement parks. Those not captured are killed for meat. Disturbing, I know. Last year filmakers went to the small village of Taiji and covertly filmed the hunting and killing of the dolphins in the documentary "The Cove". So this year the village was flooded with international journalists and activists and has been put front and center in the media spotlight.
So this post was kind of like a test post to see if I could blog from my phone- I can :D and it is awesome :)). So I guess I'll leave you with my miniscule reflection of what's on my radar!
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