Yousef Tuqan Tuqan

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My journal of things that I find interesting, or ridiculous, in my life.

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    Nigeria's Boko Haram 'More Extreme Than Al-Qaida,' Journalist Says →

    This interview with Alex Perry (the person who wrote the Boko Haram cover story for Newsweek) is pretty amazing, and horrifying. Unlike Al Qaeda, he paints Boko Haram as a group of thugs with no real ideology or endgame, just incredibly uneducated people from whom “the killing has become the religion.”

    As I said, a lot of the beheadings and stuff - there’s a very - there’s a ceremonial aspect to this. And this - you know - the killing becomes not a means to an end but actually the end in itself. And that’s what’s so scary about these new groups is that there’s no scholarly mind at work here. There’s no great plan, you know. It’s just an orgy of destruction.

    — 21 hours ago
    Five days after Meredith’s crushing realization/disappointment, I think it’s safe to post this.. (at Springs 15)

    Five days after Meredith’s crushing realization/disappointment, I think it’s safe to post this.. (at Springs 15)

    — 1 day ago
    Reading: The Struggle, by Tim Parks →

    "The conditions in which we read today are not those of fifty or even thirty years ago, and the big question is how contemporary fiction will adapt to these changes, because in the end adapt it will. No art form exists independently of the conditions in which it is enjoyed."

    — 2 days ago
    'We Are Prepared to Defend Kurds in Iraq at Any Cost' →

    VICE News recently caught up with Cemil Bayik — known among his comrades as Cuma — about 75 miles east of Mosul. In 1978, Bayik became one of the cofounders of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and for years he ran its military wing, having himself trained in Syria and Lebanon military camps.

    Though never far from controversy, he has long been a key figure in the Kurds’ fight to establish their own autonomous state in parts of what is now Syria, Turkey, Iran, and Iraq. He believes ISIS’s advances in Iraq and Syria have been aided by others in a premeditated, coordinated plan to thwart the gains Kurds have made in the region.

    — 2 days ago
    The many crimes of Mel Hall →

    He was a flamboyant player, a charismatic coach, and a sexual predator.

    — 3 days ago
    This girl.. (at Springs 15)

    This girl.. (at Springs 15)

    — 5 days ago
    Why Apple’s Swift Language Will Instantly Remake Computer Programming →

    "Part of Swift’s edge is that it’s built for the average programmer. It’s designed for coding even the simplest of mobile apps, and with a rather clever tool Apple calls “Playgrounds,” it offers an unusually effective way of teaching yourself to code. But the larger point here is that such an enormous number of programmers have an immediate reason to use Swift..” 

    — 5 days ago
    God Loves Cleveland « →

    Why LeBron James — unparalleled NBA genius, heir to Michael (and Larry and Magic) — went home

    — 6 days ago
    shepherdsongs:

I was driving past a business here in the Houston Heights, when I glimpsed this painted on the side of the building. I recognized that iconic WWII poster before I realized it was not just any woman, but 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was attacked for wanting an education. The words next to her are her quote, ( “I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school.) All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one.”
(at the Avis Frank Gallery, 1606 White Oak Dr., Houston, TX 77009)

I love this!

    shepherdsongs:

    I was driving past a business here in the Houston Heights, when I glimpsed this painted on the side of the building. I recognized that iconic WWII poster before I realized it was not just any woman, but 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was attacked for wanting an education. The words next to her are her quote, ( “I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school.) All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one.”

    (at the Avis Frank Gallery, 1606 White Oak Dr., Houston, TX 77009)

    I love this!

    — 6 days ago with 228872 notes
    Boko Haram: Terror’s Insidious New Face →

    "Among those moved to demand #BringBackOurGirls have been Jesse Jackson, Angelina Jolie, the Iranian government, the Coca-Cola Co. and the prime minister of Nepal. Michelle Obama used her husband’s weekly address to tell Americans: “In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters.” The U.S., Britain, Israel and China have offered drones, spy planes and advisers to assist Nigeria’s government in the girls’ recovery.

    None of this has done anything to bring the girls home.”

    — 1 week ago
    Inside the Viper Room: Hollywood’s Most Exclusive Poker Game →

    How did a 26-year-old cocktail waitress end up running a private weekly poker game for some of Hollywood’s highest rollers, including the likes of Leo, Ben, and Tobey? In an adaptation from her new memoir, Molly Bloom, who has since gained notoriety as “the Poker Princess,” recalls her lucky break, at the infamous Viper Room; the millions that crossed her table; and the biggest winners—who could also be the worst losers.

    — 1 week ago
    What Lance Armstrong's Life in Exile Looks Like →

    After a great fall, what do we remember? We remember the cheating, and the lies. We remember the cult of personality that we eagerly embraced, and then felt betrayed by. But what of the man who fell? What about the work he didn’t cheat at? What about the 16 years Lance Armstrong spent building a global cancer advocacy? Did it matter? Does it still? Does it matter that Livestrong, the foundation that kicked him out, now wants him back? Do we care what happens to the great work a man has done, after a great fall?

    — 1 week ago