“Through his foundation, ‘Stop War, Start Tennis’, Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi is donating five tennis wheelchairs to Iraq. Donations have already been made this year to Sri Lanka and Cambodia, with Pakistan and Syria due to receive wheelchairs too…”
I know that if I was in a wheelchair in a sweltering war-torn area where participating in anything perceived as Western makes one a target, I would say “Hell yeah!” if someone asked, “Anyone for tennis?”
I made light of his recent travails on this blog about five weeks ago, but I am a Robin Williams fan. Yet while reading of the outpouring of grief, it occurs to me what a shame it is that there are not more comedians in Iraq. Or Afghanistan. Or the Ukraine. Or Burma (Myanmar). Or…
Russia takes aim at McDonald’s burgers as U.S. ties worsen
By Maria Kiselyova and Olga Sichkar; Reuters; July 25, 2014
MOSCOW (Reuters) – “McDonald’s burgers and shakes may become the latest victims of worsening ties between Moscow and Washington after a Russian consumer watchdog agency accused the U.S. chain of sanitary violations…”
Why must people vent to restaurant workers about things beyond their control?
“The CIA has revealed it once considered creating and using a very different type of weapon in the fight against terrorism: a doll.
“An Osama bin Laden action figure with an evil-looking face.
“The spy agency began quietly developing the bin Laden doll in 2005, as first reported by The Washington Post, and recruited the help of the former head of the Hasbro toy company, Donald Levine.
“The CIA’s proposed plan, according to the newspaper, was to produce the dolls, with their bright red faces and spooky green eyes, and hand them out to children in Afghanistan in hopes of turning them away from the al Qaeda leader…”
Would these kids be familiar enough with Star Wars to recognize that the bottom center one resembles baddie Darth Maul? It’s immaterial, because the CIA would be just as likely to actually create a likeness of bin Laden as they would be to create the real one qua terrorist mastermind. Yeah right. We’re probably also supposed to believe that his death on 5.2.2011 was staged.