Swat deal or Pak's bitter pill?

This is easily the most unenviable time in modern Pakistan's history. Within days of a Sharia law-for-peace deal between Taleban-style insurgents and the country's newly-elected government in the beleaguered Swat Valley of northwest Pakistan, a Geo TV reporter was shot dead. ...more

WVFC Monday Newsmix

Kandahar candid: ...more

Release of kidnapped Canadian journalist highlights growing dangers in Afghanistan

Canadians got the good news yesterday that Canadian Broadcasting Company journalist Melissa Fung had been freed in Afghanistan, nearly a month after being kidnapped. Their happiness was leavened with surprise, though, because the public hadn't been told that Fung had been in danger. ...more

Getting a "scoop" isn't nearly as important as saving a life. Thanks for your ...more


I know, I know. Another commemorative 9/11 post. Still. There are times, like today, when it seems more than a little surreal that the events of a morning seven years ago led to my dad being deployed to Afghanistan. Where he has been for months, is right now and will be for some time to come. Talk about the personal being the political.   ...more

Wow.  Talk about strength. Thanks.more

Military Families Blogging Deployment

My favorite thing about participating in the blogosphere is the opportunity it provides to walk a mile (or two, or twenty) in the shoes of people in very different life experiences from my own.  I have been learning much lately by reading some of the blogs by parents holding down the fort at home while their spouses are deployed overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Many of these families are blogging their journey with great honesty and courage. ...more

My twin brother is full-time Army and his unit was deployed from Ft. Dix, last month.  ...more

As my daughter turns 4, I'm thankful for health care

In less than a week, my firstborn child, my baby girl Ava will turn 4. While this isn't often considered a major milestone, it is still very dear to my heart, being her mother and all. It got me thinking about how good we have it here in North America. I feel fortunate to live in a country where we have access to things such as clean water, nutritious food and medical care. ...more

 When my daughter was about 5, she got the flu. It was one of the worst cases ever. She ...more

Bloggers Unite For Human Rights (May 15) is another opportunity to raise awareness about maternal health, Myanmar relief

On Thursday, May 15, Blogcatalog.com is challenging bloggers to Unite for Human Rights by posting words, pictures and/or videos. While the words might change from country to country and are sometimes taken for granted, human rights represent one of the universally agreed upon ideas — that all people are born with basic rights and freedoms that include life, liberty, and justice. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations. ...more

Thank you all for posting the links to your Bloggers Unite posts. I added them to a post on ...more

Mother's Day + Economic Stimulus + Comment Love = 3 Occasions to Donate to Save Women's Lives

After reading Denise's BlogHer post last week that the gift of maternal health is the perfect Mother's Day gift, I thought "this really is perfect!" I blogged it and suggested that not only is it a great cause, but it is also a great consumerism/stuff-free gift, something that I feel, in our consumerism-driven society, is so important, but so ofte ...more

I thought I might get away with the blog post I made about giving my mom the gift of maternal ...more

Let's help! Donate via BlogHers Act (including Myanmar cyclone victims) and we'll match your donation with $3,000

Right now, thousands upon thousands of women and children like these (above) who took shelter in a Buddhist temple need our help. This morning, BlogHers Act and GlobalGiving expanded our Mother's Day fundraising initiative to save women's lives to include the tens of thousands of people devastated by Cyclone Nargis. Now, in addition to donating to hand-picked and carefully vetted programs to help women and children in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Darfur, Nepal and South Africa, you can use the BlogHers Act donation widget (see below and the left-hand column on every page of BlogHer.com) to help get water and shelter to thousands of people whose lives are in danger. And we'll help! ...more


I wonder, though, how on earth will they get all this into the country? Junta ...more