GALLERY: The Jets gather at centre ice before their first home game. Todd Korol/Reuters
so happy for Winnipeg :’)
I miss Tanner Glass!
Snapped outside of Thursday’s #OccupyDC rally in Freedom Plaza. Check out our full report here.
Student debt bankrupting a generation
In 2006, Nereid Lake was a single mom with an undergraduate degree in French linguistics from Simon Fraser University and well on her way to a master’s degree in linguistics when Canada Student Loans informed her she had exceeded the lifetime lending limit of the federal program and would have to leave university — without her degree.
At the time, she had accumulated about $60,000 in student loans.
“Even though I had an armload of academic awards, I was forced to leave,” she says. “My aspiration was to work in the field of voice recognition cognitive science, getting computers to understand human language. Instead I had to take the first job I could, as a low-earning court clerk. Now I’m nearly 40 just barely making ends meet and still owe more than $50,000 in student debt. I naively thought student loans would be the great equalizer. Instead I’ve plunged into a student debt nightmare.”
Ms. Lake is not alone. Nearly two million Canadians have student loans. That debt is worth about $20-billion and includes federal and provincial government loans and personal debt in the form of credit cards, family loans and lines of credit all used to finance post-secondary education. And that number is only set to grow as student loans owed to the government of Canada alone increase by $1.2-million a day. At the same time, the amount of unrecoverable student loan debt now sits at $149.5-million.
Read this in the newspaper the other day. It’s a must-read.
The story of Eman al-Obeidy, a Libyan woman who burst into a Tripoli hotel full of foreign journalists in April to say she’d been raped by Muammar Qaddafi’s security forces, has taken another improbable turn. Al-Obeidy escaped from informal house arrest in Tripoli in early May, fleeing to the Tunisian border with two defecting Libyan military officers and driving to the French embassy in Tunis with French diplomats. At the time, CNN’s Nic Robertson reported that al-Obeidy had subsequently traveled to Doha, Qatar because the Libyan rebels had representatives there and Qatar was a rebel ally. “This could certainly be a place where she could expect to get their help … and feel safe,” he said. Days after al-Obeidy arrived in Qatar, her parents left their home in rebel-controlled eastern Libya and joined her.
Now, Robertson is reporting that Qatar wasn’t so safe or helpful after all. On Thursday, he writes, al-Obeidy was forcibly removed from a Doha hotel by Qatari authorities and deported back to rebel-held Benghazi in Libya on a military plane. Al-Obeidy, speaking to CNN by phone from Benghazi, said she’d gone into hiding, adding that the Qataris had beaten and handcuffed her and seized cell phones, laptops, and money belonging to her and her parents, who were also deported. Hours before her deportation, al-Obeidy told CNN that armed guards had appeared outside her room to prevent a representative from the U.N. High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), which had been preparing to resettle al-Obeidy in another country, from helping her. CNN’s Elise Labott reports that the U.S. State Department is now working with international organizations to help al-Obeidy find asylum in “a third country.”
The reports are bizarre. Al-Obeidy, after all, escaped from Qaddafi’s regime. So why would the Libyan rebels—Qaddafi’s enemies and vocal champions of al-Obeidy’s cause—interfere with her resettlement? Even if the rebels had a reason to interfere, why would they do so heavy-handedly? And why would al-Obeidy be deported only to then go into hiding? A couple explanations have surfaced.
One explanation is rather banal: an expired visa. Vincent Cochetel at UNHCR tells Robertson that Qatari authorities had informed his organization that they had a court order about al-Obeidy’s visa expiring, even though UNHCR argued that it had already granted al-Obeidy refugee status.
The other explanation suggests the relationship between al-Obeidy and the rebels had soured recently. The opposition’s Transitional National Council in Benghazi, Robertson notes, facilitated al-Obeidy’s escape to Qatar. But al-Obeidy “believed the Council was using her, and had made public statements saying so. The Council denied that—but her presence in Qatar appears to have become an embarrassment to the TNC.” The Washington Post’s Simon Denyer adds that al-Obeidy “had been under pressure from the rebels to return to her home country for some time, and had come under fire for complaining about the lack of support she had received from the rebels and in particular from rebel official Mahmoud Shammam in Doha.” An unnamed opposition official tells Denyer that the rebels asked Qatari authorities to send al-Obeidy home. Denyer also learns that the Emir of Qatar had given al-Obeidy cash to go shopping and deployed a security guard by her hotel door when she first arrived, but had gradually withdrawn those privileges in recent days.’
Can’t this woman catch a fucking break?!? Jesus Christ.
This is not cool, not cool at all.
The English version of Egyptian activists’ May 27th demonstration demands list. Found via Zeinobia at Egyptian Chronicles.
Important day for Egypt tomorrow. Hope it all goes well.
Protesters clash with policemen during a demonstration responding to an initiative launched by the group dubbed “Youth Without a Future” on the Internet, in Madrid on May 15, 2011, to protest against professional and social conditions of the youth in Spain. Spain’s unemployment rate for those under 25 stood at 43.5 percent in February, more than twice the average for the country and the highest youth unemployment rate in the 27-nation European Union.
AFP PHOTO / PEDRO ARMESTRE
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My country Spain is going through a social revolution, many people from all kind of social groups are joining together a revolution for a change in the politics. We’re tired of our politicians only doing things to please the banks and corporations and not the common people. We demand a new system for all of us and we have started to do pacific marchs and sit-down protests to show our fellows we can do an Island revolution here in Spain.
We need support and media coverage, we are not just a bunch of young punks as police and corporate media are telling, but people from all kind of ages and social statuses.
PLEASE I BEG YOU FOR REBLOGGING THIS MESSAGE, WE NEED TO SPREAD THE WORD!!!
Wait, wait! Before you upload that episode of “Lil’ Bush” to YouTube, stop and ask yourself: Would I like to be a felon? Because if a new bill sponsored by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Cornyn (R-TX) passes, you could be. Under current law, streaming copyrighted content is considered an unauthorized public performance, which isn’t a felony. The new law would change this classification, meaning that the seemingly-benevolent act of sharing “Freddie Got Fingered” with the world could land you in prison for five years. The law wouldn’t apply to viewers of illegal streaming, only providers, but still. Five years? source
NO. STOP THIS NOW.
The Disappearing Country: With 80% of the country less than one metre above sea level, the residents of the Maldives’ 1,200 tropical islands have long been aware of their vulnerability to rising sea levels. In 2008, it was announced that the government would start diverting a percentage of the nation’s income from tourism into a fund to buy a new homeland. The deep irony that the island nation’s economy relies heavily on tourists arriving in polluting aircraft has not been lost on the islanders. (Sakis Papadopoulos)
TEPCO officials confirmed today the months-long of suspicion that the Reactor No. 1 at Fukushima suffered a full meltdown. According to the disclosure today, workers discovered earlier this week that No. 1’s containment vessel has been leaking water and today discovered a sizeable hole they believe was created by fallen fuel pellets. The water leakage not only indicates that the clean up efforts will take longer than originally expected but also that the worst case scenario was already underway when TEPCO said it had been avoided.
Read more at The Atlantic Wire
This makes me incredibly sad.