One feared dead, several injured, as car bomb explodes near diplomatic mission in western city of Herat
“The University of Cambridge released a statement late Wednesday saying that Hawking had told the Israelis last week that he would not be attending “based on advice from Palestinian academics that he should respect the boycott.”
Earlier, the university said that news reports saying Hawking was boycotting the conference were wrong, and that the noted physicist’s decision to cancel his visit to Israel stemmed from health reasons alone.”
“Manohar Lal Sharma said his clients will plead not guilty to all charges tomorrow when they make their next court appearance. His comments come as Indians have reacted with outrage to the opinions of politicians and a religious preacher who have accused westernized women of inviting sexual assaults. Sharma said the male companion of the murdered 23-year-old was “wholly responsible” for the incident as the unmarried couple should not have been on the streets at night.
” “Until today I have not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady,” Sharma said in an interview at a cafe outside the Supreme Court in India’s capital. “Even an underworld don would not like to touch a girl with respect.” “
“Tomrorow [sic], the United Nations General Assembly will adopt a resolution ratifying all of the 2012 resolutions and decisions of its subsidiary, the 47-nation Human Rights Council.
While a handful of these decisions were good, many were despicable. One stands out for its ignominy: the appointment of a top official whose life’s work—authoring books on World War II that make Germans the victims and the Allies the war criminals—has made him a hero to Holocaust deniers.”
(Personal note: I have to stop saying “This is as bad as it could possibly get”, because, every time I think I’ve seen it all, something like this comes along to show me that, no, it could always be worse!)
“St. James’s Palace announced the pregnancy Monday, saying that the Duchess of Cambridge — formerly known as Kate Middleton — has a severe form of morning sickness and is currently in a London hospital. William is at his wife’s side.”
(This isn’t just “Windsor watching” for me - I had the same thing she had, & I really feel for her!!)
A delegation of Muslim imams from France pray during a memorial ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum in Jerusalem, November 13, 2012. The religious leaders later visited the graves of those shot by a terrorist in Toulouse in March 2012.
My Note: Truly snatching some victory from a vicious tragedy
“Israel’s prime minister says the Israeli military fired artillery shells at a U.N. compound in Gaza after militants opened fire from the location.
Ehud Olmert says Israeli forces ‘were attacked from there and the response was harsh.’
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon expressed ‘outrage’ over the Israeli shelling of the compound Thursday.
At a meeting between the two, Olmert called the shelling a ‘sad incident’ but said militants were responsible. The U.N. denies the Israeli allegation.”
“Numbed by the murder of an American ambassador in their city, furious with jihadist militias lording it over them and frustrated by a government too chaotic and intimidated to react, ordinary Benghazians took matters into their own hands.”
(I am awed, humbled, & hopeful)
“….We learned the news by way of Chicago’s The Civil Right Agenda (TCRA) an LGBT-rights advocacy group, who report that Chick-fil-A has penned a letter saying, “The WinShape Foundations is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas.” That letter was addressed to Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno, who along with Boston mayor Thomas Menino, said they would block the chain for its anti-gay views. WinShape is the chain’s not-for-profit charitable arm that had previously donated to groups opposing gay marriage. TCRA adds, “In meetings the company executives clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations, such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage.”