thepoliticalnotebook:

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei covers “Gangnam Style.”  Can’t quite believe it. Certainly can’t stop watching. His cover has, of course, some political commentary. Ai Weiwei’s remix of South Korean rapper Psy’s megahit is called “Grass Mud Horse Style.” The phrase “grass mud horse” is a dirty pun in Chinese used in dissident jabs at Chinese authoritarianism as a symbol of anti-censorship struggles: the meaning and use of the phrase are explained more fully in this 2009 NYT article by Michael Wines

[The Lede Blog]

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vanityfair:

The Passport to Prove It | A Stamped History of Marie Colvin’s Career
From the Colvin Family.

There is just something about flipping through the pages of this passport and looking at the stamps.  There is something very personal about being able to look through all of the dates and locations.  I realize millions and millions of people pass through the same airports that I do, but it’s still strangely exciting to see the same stamps and think of the places.  
I wasn’t familar with Marie Colvin’s work, but as I sit here in Cairo, I can’t help but look into it…

vanityfair:

The Passport to Prove It | A Stamped History of Marie Colvin’s Career

From the Colvin Family.

There is just something about flipping through the pages of this passport and looking at the stamps.  There is something very personal about being able to look through all of the dates and locations.  I realize millions and millions of people pass through the same airports that I do, but it’s still strangely exciting to see the same stamps and think of the places.  

I wasn’t familar with Marie Colvin’s work, but as I sit here in Cairo, I can’t help but look into it…

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aljazeera:

Suu Kyi set for first trip abroad in 24 years

aljazeera:

Suu Kyi set for first trip abroad in 24 years

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thepoliticalnotebook:

Myanmar’s opposition are claiming a victory for Aung San Suu Kyi in her parliamentary seat race. If confirmed, this marks a major milestone, both for the globally noted pro-democracy activist and her followers, and for Myanmar as a country.
[Mikhail Galustov/Getty]

thepoliticalnotebook:

Myanmar’s opposition are claiming a victory for Aung San Suu Kyi in her parliamentary seat race. If confirmed, this marks a major milestone, both for the globally noted pro-democracy activist and her followers, and for Myanmar as a country.

[Mikhail Galustov/Getty]

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reuters:

“Young general” seen poised to take over North Korea dynasty


New Tumblr: “Kim Jong-Un pointing at things?”  Someone on the internet needs to make that happen!  

reuters:

“Young general” seen poised to take over North Korea dynasty

New Tumblr: “Kim Jong-Un pointing at things?”  Someone on the internet needs to make that happen!  

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What do a radical Islamist radio station in Somalia and a company in Florida have in common?

thepoliticalnotebook:

They both give away AK-47s. The Florida business gives free AK-47s to new customers, and the radio station gives free AK-47s to children who win a Qur’an recitiation contest. Not even kidding.

Uh, whoa.  I’d feel safer if everyone had a drawer full of t-shirts covered in logos in size XXL instead of a gun-rack full of AK-47s.  

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motherjones:

As Salon’s Glenn Greenwald points out, could you imagine any US politician saying that, ever?

motherjones:

As Salon’s Glenn Greenwald points out, could you imagine any US politician saying that, ever?

good:

Austin, Texas is already home to Whole Foods, but that won’t stop a group of entrepreneurs from founding a new grocery store right in the natural food behemoth’s backyard. While the new store In.gredients will also specialize in local and organic ingredients, there’s one major difference between this venture and its hometown competion: In.gredients promises to be the country’s first ever ”package-free, zero waste grocery store.”
The idea is so simple, it’s surprising that no one in the United States has implemented it yet. (The United Kingdom, on the other hand, got the bulk food-only Unpackaged in London last year). Just like many people bring tote bags to the grocery store, shoppers at In.gredients will be encouraged to bring their own containers to pack up items like grains, oils, and dairy. If a shopper doesn’t have his own containers, the store will provide compostable ones. It’s as if the specialty bulk food section rebelled and took over the rest of a traditional grocery store. In.gredients will replace unhealthy, overpackaged junk with local, organic, and natural foods, and moonlight as a community center with cooking classes, gardening workshops, and art shows on the side.
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Zero-Packaging Grocery Store to Open in Austin, Texas - Food - GOOD

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Austin, Texas is already home to Whole Foods, but that won’t stop a group of entrepreneurs from founding a new grocery store right in the natural food behemoth’s backyard. While the new store In.gredients will also specialize in local and organic ingredients, there’s one major difference between this venture and its hometown competion: In.gredients promises to be the country’s first ever ”package-free, zero waste grocery store.”

The idea is so simple, it’s surprising that no one in the United States has implemented it yet. (The United Kingdom, on the other hand, got the bulk food-only Unpackaged in London last year). Just like many people bring tote bags to the grocery store, shoppers at In.gredients will be encouraged to bring their own containers to pack up items like grains, oils, and dairy. If a shopper doesn’t have his own containers, the store will provide compostable ones. It’s as if the specialty bulk food section rebelled and took over the rest of a traditional grocery store. In.gredients will replace unhealthy, overpackaged junk with local, organic, and natural foods, and moonlight as a community center with cooking classes, gardening workshops, and art shows on the side.

Read more on GOOD →

Zero-Packaging Grocery Store to Open in Austin, Texas - Food - GOOD

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