Guinness Helps Brings Sapeur Culture to Life in Mini-Doc
We’ve seen them in countless pictures and photo-documentary projects, but how many times have we glimpsed actual Congolese Sapeurs present themselves in through their own words? In this 5 minute documentary put together by Guinness, we get to meet and know more about these bold, elegant, dapper and dandy gentlemen of Brazzaville.
Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. One of its founders, Robert Sayre, spoke at CreativeMornings/Pittsburgh as part of our month on Rebel.
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- Egyptian General Abdul-Fatah al-Sisi, leader of last year’s military takeover, has announced his military resignation and presidential bid.
- The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 682 others went on trial on a variety of charges, a day after the capital sentencing of 500 plus supporters of former president Morsi.
- The Ethiopian government is importing European and Chinese technologies to spy on the electronic communications of the opposition.
- William Langewiesche reports for GQ from South Sudan, where he observed G4S (a British “global security” contractor) and their ordnance-disposal teams in action.
- A makeshift refugee camp near the airport in the Central African capital of Bangui holds tens of thousands of people in an incredibly precarious situation.
- Peacekeepers in CAR have declared war against the anti-balaka, a Christian militant group, after the group’s attacks against their troops.
- More than three million Nigerians are suffering the results of the Islamic militant uprising. [NOTE: The AP’s numbers on population percentages here seem to be really off - as a TWIW reader has noted. Grain of salt…]
- The US is sending 150 USAF Special Operations forces and CV-22 Osprey aircraft to assist the Ugandan government in its efforts against Joseph Kony.
- The Arab League summit was held this week despite deep tensions over Syria and Egypt.
- Turkey blocked Twitter ahead of an electoral vote.
- 53.6% of Syria’s chemical weapons have been destroyed or removed.
- Turkey shot down a Syrian warplane.
- Islamist rebels in Syria captured a small town on the Turkish border.
- Syrian troops overtook the Crusader castle on the Lebanese border, a UNESCO world heritage site with symbolic value to the rebels who had controlled it since 2012.
- 20 members of Yemen’s security forces were killed in a militant raid on a checkpoint.
- The entire board of Iraq’s electoral commission resigned this week, citing political interference.
- RFE/RL’s Baghdad bureau chief, Mohammed Bdaiwai Owaid Al-Shammari, was shot dead by a member of the presidential guard.
- Reporters Without Borders expresses concern about Iraq’s official treatment of journalists.
- A global spike in executions is sourced to those carried out in Iran and Iraq.
- Iran says one of its five border guards held hostage by a militant group has been killed.
- Well-known Afghan journalist Sardar Ahmed, his wife and two of his three young children were among those killed by a militant gunman at the Serena Hotel last week.
- The chief judge in former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf’s treason trial has quit, recusing himself after repeated accusations of bias against Musharraf.
- Peace talks began between the Pakistani government and the Pakistani Taliban.
- A mass grave has been discovered in Bosnia, containing the remains of 147 Bosnian Muslims, believed to have been killed in 1992 in the town of Kozarac.
- Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine’s former prime minister, has announced a bid for the presidency.
- Russia is re-investing in Afghanistan as the US pulls out.
- Russia calls on its prominent artists to publicly express support for the Crimean annexation, a move that many artists reject as a return to Soviet-era tactics.
- Increased signs of the annexation in Crimean daily life: the currency is now the ruble, and the Russian Investigative Committee has set up its new offices and legal procedures are in limbo.
- Russia staged military training exercises in the separatist Moldovan region of Trans-Dniester, considered a possible next target for annexation.
- CNN reports that a new US intelligence assessment believes that Russian incursion into eastern Ukraine is more likely than previously thought.
- According to Time, Putin’s aversion to texting presents a challenge to US spies.
- Japan is turning over more than 700 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium and 450 pounds of highly-enriched uranium to the US.
- The death toll in Venezuelan protests rose to 34.
- Tens of thousands of Chileans marched for constitutional reform.
- On the rise and fall of unusual Army Special Forces Major Jim Gant.
- How British satellite company Inmarsat narrowed the search for flight MH370.
- The White House prepares NSA reforms, which Shane Harris points out still contains wins for current NSA practices.
- Abu Ghaith, bin Laden’s son-in-law, was convicted of terrorism charges by a federal jury in New York City.
Photo: Raqqa province, Syria. An image from a militant website shows a group of fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has become entrenched in the province. Associated Press.
Desire itself is movement
Not in itself desireable;
Love is itself unmoving,
Only the cause and end of movement,
Timeless, and undesiring
Except in the aspect of time
Caught in the form of limitation
Between un-being and being.
Sudden in a shaft of sunlight
Even while the dust moves
There rises the hidden laughter
Of children in the foliage
Quick now, here, now, always—
Ridiculous the waste sad time
Stretching before and after.
How strange it is. We have these deep terrible lingering fears about ourselves and the people we love. Yet we walk around, talk to people, eat and drink. We manage to function. The feelings are deep and real. Shouldn’t they paralyze us? How is it we can survive them, at least for awhile? We drive a car, we teach a class. How is it that no one sees how deeply afraid we were, last night, this morning? Is it something we all hide from each other, by mutual consent? Or do we share the same secret without knowing it? Wear the same disguise?
Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe was an anti-apartheid activist. He founded the Pan Africanist Congress in 1959 after leaving the African National Congress. He became the PAC’s first president and supported the Defiance movement against the apartheid government.
His largest call to action was the demonstration he led to protest pass laws, this was the demonstration where the Shapreville Massacre occurred on March 21, 1960.
After the Sharpeville Massacre, the ANC and the PAC were banned. Sobukwe was convicted of incitement and jailed for three years. A new law known as the “Sobukwe clause” was introduced giving the Minister of Justice the power to renew prison sentences annually at his discretion. After his release from Robben Island in 1969, his freedom was severely restricted through a banning order until his death in 1978.
The news that Sofia Coppola will direct a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid probably, rightfully will be lauded as an encouraging development for women in Hollywood. There are a number of successful female directors in the film industry (although not nearly enough), but it’s still shockingly rare that one gets assigned such a high-profile studio project.
Yet the producers of the film deserve props not (only) for choosing a woman director, but for choosing the perfect director for the story they’re going to tell.
Coppola’s films are known for their aesthetic beauty and moody, dream-like atmosphere. But her works all share something else, too. She’s not a political filmmaker per se, but the world that she depicts is one in which women are oppressed—not necessarily by men, but by cultural myths. Whether portraying a strictly traditional monarchy (Marie Antoinette), a fame- and image-obsessed society (The Bling Ring), or the all-American horny teenager (The Virgin Suicides), Coppola’s films rebel against a world that dictates the rules for women and then punishes them for playing by them.
The Little Mermaid follows the exact same template, but takes the punishment even further.