– all the protestors in the Middle East fighting for freedom should be inspired by this poem – Cairo by Manash Bhattacharjee. One verse:
Your cries brought the
sky down at Tahrir Square,
the Pharaoh shook
in his dreams,
-some great photos of all the uprisings (Wall Street Journal) ;
– novelist Ali al-Muqri on the protests in Yemen (New York Times) ;
– Perry Link on China’s view of the Middle East revolutions (New York Review of Books) ;
–A Suez moment ? (Paul Mason)
– away from the Middle East, Ken Jennings, on being one of the two human players who competed against IBM’s “Watson” supercomputer:
Watson has lots in common with a top-ranked human Jeopardy! player: It’s very smart, very fast, speaks in an uneven monotone, and has never known the touch of a woman. But unlike us, Watson cannot be intimidated. It never gets cocky or discouraged (Slate)
– Dr Maya Angelou, when awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom last week:
See the future as your career, as your job. This is not a rehearsal. This is your life.
– a reminder of a great Robert Kennedy speech :
Too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things….Gross National Product does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile (ThinkProgress)
So have a good weekend (an extra long one in the US) and enjoy your life.