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Viva la revolucion!

The Pharaoh has finally let the people go!

Long live the spirit of the Egyptian Revolution!

A new era has begun!

I guess my next question is much the same for many … who’s next?  will the revolution continue to spread?

My bet is probably Yemen, although many of my classmates think it will be Jordan.  eh, I think the situation in Yemen is a lot more dire, people are more poor, more angry, perhaps… but, really, who knows?

I need to look up how Africans (ahem, sub-saharan Africans) are following the news, are they gonna go on and get inspired too? It seems 2011 is going to be a very interesting year.

Right now, it feels like anything is possible, kind of like the extreme happiness I felt when America finally elected its first black President.  It’s the sensation that whatever you might think or lean political or ideologically you have to be proud of the fact that people had their voice heard.  And in particular, the youth saw what can happen when they aren’t dissaffected.  I’m inpsired… to what, I don’t know… but vamos a ver.

Studying Arabic just got a whole lot more interesting 🙂 …  I’m happy to be in a milieu that forces me to digest this information in its natural habitat.  Of course, I’ve got my eye on Syria, and I won’t lie, whatever happens in the next few will certainly affect the choices I make with regards to Damascus living.  I’m thinking of perhaps living as close to the American embassy as possible (if only I were joking).

But Syria was never as bad as Egypt, so we’ll see.  At this point I think that  “never say never” when talking about the future is about we can do.


on K’Naan


I love his new album!    …  I have not kept track of music trends nowadays… mostly listening to random (what I consider to be) classics.

His has one song in particular this is in English and Somali,  I was actually surprised that I could pick out words (though not general meaning).   Sigh, I need to get back on the Somali train, then again Spanish and Arabic are feeling neglected these days too.

I love albums that I can play and have in the background while I work and this is definitely one of those.  There are of course songs that I enjoy more than others, but I don’t think I skip any of them (well not yet anyway…lol).

I feel like I can relate to so much of what he talks about, maybe because of Sierra Leone’s war, and certainly because of the immigrant experience, I find myself laughing at songs like 15 minutes away, which is about making wire transfers  the chorus is “You can pick it up today, it’s 15 minutes away”

or ABCs which talks about the harsh reality of life in a war torn county ( I love the beat… times like this I wish I was still on a dance team so I could choreograph something to it, it has this throwback to the 1990s feel to it… oh well… those days are gone).

Then there is the song Fatima, which is about, well the harsh realities of a war torn country again… oh yes, I think his voice sounds awesome in the song Fire in Freetown… which is not really about Salone oh well, he has some Somali words in it.

Oh yes and waving flag, which is inspirationalish without being cheesy ( I hate cheesiness)

Yay Africa!   Yay Muslims!  Yay Somalia!

On Politics… So over it… almost


Alright, I’m done. Yes the election that will signal a shift of an era,blah blah, blah.

But I’m tired. What about the issues? So what if Clinton is a woman… duh! and so what if Obama is black (duh).

Maybe it’s because the primaries are dragging on, maybe its because either one of the Democratic candidates would be historical… Maybe its because their policies aren’t that different (hence not much to debate) Maybe it’s for neither of these reasons.

But I feel like there is too much focus on the fluff and not enough on the good stuff. Yes, Clinton Has experience (got that). Yes, Obama represents changes (check).

But what does this all mean?

What about the fundamental differences between their healthcare policies? foreign policies? etc? yes, this stuff is talked about during the debates, but I can’t count the number of pieces and articles I’ve come across that address mudslinging, women and their head vs. heart conundrum, campaign strategies (and in the case of the Clintons gone bust… and MCcain last summer, I believe)likeability etc.

Is this a campaign of personalities because that’s what the public is wants to vote on? or is it what’s constantly being stuffed in our faces?

At any rate, I’m just about over it… let  me know when you have the confirmed number of delegates, and have picked a vp candidate (this goes for both sides).