"I only understood a little, but things were not going well." —Max Payne
The first weird thing that happened to me in South Korea was when I was doing a favorite thing: sitting in my boxers, eating pistachios. I was in front of my computer talking to a friend from home when someone knocked on my door. This was unusual. I’d only just moved to Korea to teach English and no one knew where I lived and no one had any reason to visit. Reasons for others to intrude into your life accumulate without your awareness all the time, and in strolled five police officers clad in black track [...]
While everything stopped here in America to watch the alleged nail-biter, or what the TV told us would be a nail-biter, how did the rest of the world react?
• "Today’s table topics: Egypt’s constitution-to-be, a proposed restaurant and shop curfew, the need for interior ministry reform. The U.S. presidential election? Not on the menu. 'We’ve got more than enough to worry about with Morsi,' the 42-year-old Somaya says, roughly chopping a bundle of molokheya, bitter greens common in the Egyptian kitchen. 'I didn’t even know about the U.S. election, and I don’t care. Whoever wins won't make a difference to us.'"
• "I confess to [...]
These protests in Sudan are awesome: "52 women were arrested on Tuesday as they protested outside the country’s justice ministry." The trigger for the demonstration: a video of a woman being flogged, in public, by "laughing police officers." There is video but I haven't watched it and don't feel any need to share it. I mean, it's of someone being humiliated and flogged in public by the state, and the description of the video alone should upset people.