Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Ascot Sample Sale

My dear friend, the lovely Alessandra is showcasing her first line of ascots (male scarves) at 138 Cumberland St . This calls for a perfect night in Yorkville. Before you have dinner some may prefer get a little shopping done, so why not pop into the shop and purchase an adoring ascot! What more can you ask for? This is perfect for the fashion curious male who wants to add something to their ensemble and one who has the confidence to pull of this formal look. The ascot definitely has the power to make some men look effortlessly chic, sophisticated and well put together.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Well articulated answer...

So I actually LOVE the view. (Don't Judge) Whenever I get a chance to watch it, I find it incredibly entertaining. The comfortable setting that allows these women to speak their minds and express opinions is necessary when encouraging friendly debate. What makes this such a great show is that the women on the view have different experiences, which inevitably makes an impact on their opinions. Most of the things they talk about may be considered frivolous but when they do talk about real issues such as gay marriage it is worthy to tune in. ACTUALLY, I'm lying it's ALWAYS WORTHY TO TUNE IN.
Most of the time,I feel as if WHOOPI speaks the truth. Whereas Elizabeth...most of the time I just want her to shut her mouth. But as hypocritical as I may be, I actually appreciate her comments. It's healthy to have disagreements. We can't all agree on the same things or else our society wouldn't progress.

Friday, December 4, 2009

my new favorite song

I think I'll be playing this on repeat for the rest of the month....

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It's almost Christmas.....

I can't believe it. It's already December.

School is driving me absolutely nuts. Two and a half more weeks and I get a long deserved vacation...

I recently just picked up a copy of Toronto Life's December issue and read a cadid article about Lawrence Hill, a Black Canadian author, who wrote "the Book of Negroes". I highly suggest reading the article and picking up his book. I received this book as one of my many stocking stuffers from last Christmas, so hopefully once I'm finished this term from hell, and after I steal it back from my roommate I'll get a chance to read it.

Ta ta for now.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

O.U.C.H 2009

If you've heard of O.U.C.H, you'll know how ridiculously exciting this dance competition is becoming!!
O.U.C.H stands for Ontario University Competition for Hip Hop, which showcases university hip hop teams from all over Ontario. I'm a little bias, but McMaster's University's team is so incredibly talented and entertaining! They hold try outs every year, so they hand pick the best of the best!
Since we won last year, and the year before, and...I've lost count... we have the privilege of once again hosting this event! This hip-hop competition started off really small and I think it's starting to gain some momentum. It just keeps getting better year after year! I'm so pumped for it! :) It's like Americas Best Dance Crew....well...not exactly...but close enough !

Date: November 21, 2009
Where: McMaster University-Hamilton
Time: 7:00

Definitely Come to Steel City, you won't be disappointed! This is probably one of my favorite events of the school year!


Two weeks ago a couple friends and I went to see the Sound of Music at the Princess of Wales Theatre in T.O!
Its such a refreshing musical to see with your friends, family, and kids. . Now, if you've watched the Sound of Music, you'll know its quite easy to pick up the lyrics to the songs and sing along. Just like I did all night..and I never sing. The music, the set, the singers and the actors were amazing! A tremendous amount of effort was put in the set, which was incredible. I'm not exaggerating, this set was unbelievable. The children in the musical were absolutely adorable. I was either smiling or laughing the whole time.

If you're a student, YOU NEED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS GREAT DEAL! You can buy tickets 2 hours before the show for a mere $25. Honestly, the price of the tickets at regular place, where we sat, were probably at least $80 to $100. Even if your not a student, I know times are tough but everyone needs some culture in their lives! Take in a show, an art exhibition, a play or musical because great conversations revolve from what you are able to see and experience! So perhaps, start saving your money instead of going out for dinner or buying that drink you don' t need and splurge one night on dinner and a show! Christmas is coming and tickets to the Nutcracker is a must!

...so long farewell

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

So What do you think of 'naked' Scanners???

At Manchester's airport in England they are testing to see if an electromagnetic scanner is worthwhile to use during security checks. Officials ensure the images will be deleted soon after. YA RIGHT! The government has gone completely mad. However where do we cross the line? In one sense this might be an efficient way of going through security checks since we know what a hassile it can be. On the other hand this is such an abuse of power. I already feel violated enough already going through the security checks.

To check the actual article by the BBC CLICK HERE

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

Huge Surprise

I, like most of the world was completely shocked when it was announced President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. It is such a great honor but I mean seriously? I am huge supporter, don't get me wrong. But I think it's a little soon for him to getting such a prestigious award. He's only been in office for 10 months and of course we all know he is working very hard to try to gain much needed exposure to the most important things OUR generation has to worry about such as climate change, the economy, nuclear wars, clash of religions and many more.
However, doesn't it seem that he is being awarded for something he hasn't actually accomplished yet. Isn't it a little premature? It's like a scientist getting an award for an experiment he hasn't completed yet!
In any case, I congratulate him because he is definitely on the right track, and even though he hasn't done anything that we can materialize yet , Obama continues to offer the change our generation wants to see in the world.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Ahmadinejad vs Obama


Friday, July 3, 2009

Are you blood thirsty?

Remember the days when Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the 'IT' show. I sure do. HBO has taken on "True Blood" , a show, based on the "The Southern Vampire Mysteries" series of novels by Charlaine Harris. It's been on HBO since September 2008. The context is placed on the premise that vampires have been "accepted" into our society. I have "accepted" in quotes because obviously not everyone agrees on this, and there are religious right winged conservatives who consider the acceptance of vampires as blasphemy. Go figure. The show is HOT HOT HOT, and a sure eye-opener.

Fighting for fundamental rights

If you have been following the news since mid-June you are probablly well aware of the voting scandal which has rocked havoc in Iran. IF not, click here, for an interactive time line crafted by the New York Times describing the contentious issue. This one election could have potentially changed Iran's civil society toward a more liberalized nation, only to find itself in complete turmoil as massive numbers of people protest against the outcome of the current elections.

There are many Iranians, especially the younger generation, who not only disagree with the outcome of the election but are disillusioned by the highly conservative regime. They are outraged with the lack of freedom within their society, lack of connection with the outside world and refuse to continue with the current mandates which infringe on their rights as individual human beings. These individuals have come out in numbers protesting their government, as they continue to exercise what they believe should be considered fundamental rights and freedoms. However, the reining power that holds in Iran deems these actions as unacceptable and will go through any measures to halt these massive protests. And that includes violence. This violence has cost the lives of many, and especially Nida, a peaceful activist who in particular made headlines world wide.

New York Times Interactive Time Line

Thursday, July 2, 2009

You're a Jerk

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Do you google your name?

Sometimes I like to google my name and see what comes up....Do you? DONT LIE! I know ya'll do it. LOL
Anyways, I stumbled upon an article which I was summoned to write by my English teacher. While I was reading it, I had no recollection in my memory ever writing this article. Mind you, I wrote it three years ago, while I was in grade 12 and since then I've written endless essays regarding topics which blow my mind. So a humorous article such as this one didn't stick out. Needless to say, as I was reading it I realized, YES I would have written something like this. It's just that I forgot about it because I remember the assignment was assigned in April and it didn't get published till July! I'm so happy I googled my name because I would have never known my article was published. Anyways, here it is.....It's a book review about one of my favorite books, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

Click here -BOOK REVIEW


I've been in Rome for just over a week and half and I am having such a splendid vacation. My brain mind been enriched with so much Roman history. It's incredibly overwhelming but I think that I've learned alot in the last few days and hopefully I'll be able to retain all this new knowledge in my head. There is just so much to see here. Rome is literally an open museum. Everywhere you look there is sculpture, monument, bridge , arch and so on which has some historic significance. Yesterday I went to Galleria Borghese which houses artwork by Caravaggio and sculptures by Bernini. I've always liked art but I've never really been completely amazed by what I've seen. I mean apart from the Sistine Chapel, which is unbelievable this gallery is a gem. The gallery is small and intimate kind of like the Frick in NYC but the art work this gallery holds is just extraordinary. So many sculptures and paintings dating back from Ancient Rome have been restored to its original splendor. It's truly astonishing and very interesting learning the history of this artwork. I was completely amazed by all the great works this gallery has acquired over the years. This particular gallery made me have a new appreciation for art.

19 is the number of days that I'm in Rome for and right now it is Day 11. I chose to stay here for almost 3 weeks, partially because staying here for that amount of time was the cheapest, and from my last post when I was talking about spontaneously and perhaps irrationally booking my ticket it was the best deal! When I got here, I was regretting it because I was a little homesick and this was the first time I was traveling by myself without any friends or family. But I mean, I think it's good that I'm staying here for almost three weeks because I've gotten a better sense of the the city, and not everything is rushed as many tour groups plan. I feel like I live here, but not really. I've learned how to take the bus and train all all by my lonesome. I've got my map in one hand and guidebook in another. Also, I was getting really irritated because everything was written in Italian. I had the worst time when I was at the post office because I didn't know what line to go too and well long story short...Italy is a foreign country where english is not the native language...so Why should they have to make bilingual signs?
So here a couple photos that I've taken since I've been here. I'll fill you in the next couple days..until then. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Way I see it #21

I was drinking my non-fair trade coffee today, from Starbucks ( I was desperate) & I particularly liked this quote.

"People need to see that, far from being an obstacle, the world's diversity of languages religions and traditions is great treasure, affording us precious opportunities to recognize ourselves in others"

Monday, May 25, 2009


I'm such a huge fan of Ellen! I mean..who isn't! I'm not graduating this year but I really took what she said to heart. There are millions of people in the same situation even if they aren't a graduate. She just says what's real in a very simple, humorous and witty manner. People of all race, culture, sex and so on can relate to her and understand her. I got a good chuckle out of it and I'm sure you will too!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

It has been declared the Sri Lanka Civil War has ended

So in my last post about the Sri Lankan civil war I ended off saying that it would probably take another couple years for this present issue to reach it's end. Well I was wrong. Just a couple days go the Civil War has ended after 26 years. The rebel leader of the Tamil Tigers has been bumped off. The Sri Lankan government has a strong hold of the area that once used to be occupied by the Tigers. However, this change in events does not say that another Tamil Separatist organization will rise again against the Sri Lankan government.. After all theyre still protesting off in Queens Park.

This is so Crazy!

So Nice to See a female beat boxer doing her thing :)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

To All The Hipsters

If you rocking some fly sneakers and some tight jeans this dance is for you! Warning: it is a lot harder than it looks :P

Friday, May 15, 2009

Off to Italy

I recently booked a round trip air fare to ROME!! In my mind, it was a goal of mine for the summer. I literally walked passed the travel agency, did a double take, inquired about airfare and when the price was right I pulled out my Visa and SWIPE!! I'll be leaving the end of June and I'll be staying for almost three weeks! It's a long time but it was the only flight I could get which was inexpensive. My airfare budget was less than $1000. And I was lucky to find one for $800 and then I also bought travel insurance for $50. I love to travel and this is one of the first times I'll get to travel by myself in a foreign country. In the past I have travelled with my parents, school mates and friends. But this time it'll be me on my own, living in Italy for three weeks with relatives. I'm so grateful that I don't need to stay at a hotel. It would have cost me so much money and this way, I can save money on meals and hopefully learn the language a little bit. My relatives who I am staying with, do not speak English well, so hopefully while I am there I can help them improve and they can teach me a little Italian. Who knows maybe I'll come back again and teach English ;)

Italy has many ancient sites, great monuments and breathtaking and magnificent architecture. Traveling to a different country is such an amazing opportunity, and I truly want to experience the historical sites of the world. For example: Rome is home to St. Peters Basilica in the Vatican City and ancient catacombs of Rome. Due to my love for culture and politics, it would be a great opportunity to experience and marvel at a place where many philosophers, writers and politicians openly expressed great ideas, which are still discussed and debated in our modern society. In addition, I'm hoping to visit Naples, Pompeii and most importantly the Island of Capri for some r and r. If anyone has any suggestions about my upcoming travel let me know ;) I think the most important thing for me right now is to resist the temptation of buying things and save in order for me to spend money in Italy :)

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All for a good protest!

So I know I'm offering my opinion on this contested issue a little too late but better now than never right? I'm exercising my freedom of speech. So as many of you know, the historical civil war in Sri Lanka is a particular issue which has been gaining alot of buzz due to the increase of protest world wide, not just in Toronto but in London as well. However, in London supporters of the Tamil Tigers who are waving the flag are arrested because the Tamil Tigers is recognized as a Terrorist Organization. Basically the civil war involves the Sri Lankan majority and the Tamil minority. The group that represents the minority of people is the The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE or Tamil Tigers) who are fighting for a seperate state. Since the 1980's this militant organization or to many western countries, a terrorist organization, has been able to attract many Tamil supporters who have been disenchanted with the ruling system and have come together in order to fight for self-determination and freedom of their culture. However, their motives and ways in achieving their goals have not always been peaceful. As mentioned, they are a military organization and will use any force necessary in order to recapture their culture and land and what ever agenda they hope to accomplish. Toronto, has a very large Tamil diaspora and it is obvious they would turn to their host country in order for the government to take action. Through the medium of protest, they are trying to draw attention to the genocide that is going on in Sri Lanka. Their hope is to call for foreign government to help arrange a cease fire between the Sri Lankan government troops and the Tamil Tigers.

I'm all for a good protest. I've never been to one, probably because I've never been passionate about a particular cause. But it looks exciting and liberating. Its a chance to shake up social order, take a stance on an issue and voice your opinion. We have journalists and such to keep the government in check, but a protest shows that people are aware and are passionate about what they are voicing their opinions for. The point of a protest is to make a statement and express dissaproval on something that is meaningful or you think needs to be adressed, debated about and so on. Sometimes protests go unntoticed, so extreme and sometimes radical measures need to be taken place in order for more attention to be drawn upon the issue. The recent protest on the Gardiner Expressway only proved that the Tamil people will go through any lengths to disrupt the status quo and make a statement. Even though it wasa peaceful protest, and while protesting on the Gardiner expressway was quite drastic I think it was very foolish and irresponsible for adults to bring their children. The logic was probably if we bring our children, they probably won't violently remove us from the highway. But, putting your children in danger while occupying a public highway is the wrong way to protest. I understand the immense amount of civilian causalities that are taking place in Sri Lanka, but one needs to protect themselves here instead of put themselves in danger. In addition, I understand that their intentions are good but let us remember that the Tamil Tigers is a recognized terrorist organization. I hear of protesters condemning Prime Minister Harper, and saying that he is not doing enough. But it all truthfulness, there is nothing that him or the Canadian government can do. It is not the Canadian government responsibility to deal with these kinds of affairs. That is the way international politics works. The Canadian government does not have that kind of authority, and even if they have a responsible to protect these innocent civilians, meddling in other countries sovereignty becomes a very slippery slope. The international community is well aware of what is going on, and I agree something should be done. But it is very difficult to sort this issue out, most especially if both sides inherently have their own interest and are unwilling to negotiate peace.

I feel like this such an important issue to be aware about, and it is just as important to call out what is relevant and to point out what is not there.Has anyone noticed there is not alot of newspaper reports or photos of the carnage? Isn't it strange? Well I can tell you there is an absence of coverage because journalist are not allowed in this area which allows for information to be filtered through claims and counter claims. We truly do not know what is going on over there first hand. There are so many allegations its very hard to see what is relevant and what is not.
Right now reports say, there is about 50,000 civillians trapped in an area in Northern Sri Lanka, who are being held hostage by the Tamil Tigers. The civillians will be shot down by the Tamil Tigers if they try to escape and in addition the civilians are being used as 'human shields' from incoming conflict by the Sri Lankan government. Regardless, there is no one side that is correct. Both sides should be charged of war crimes because of the kind of tactics that are being imposed on one another......this is such a contested issue..which will take many more years to be resolved if ever...

Friday, May 8, 2009

Back On Point

So I've been gone for a quick minute due to school and getting myself organized after moving back home for the summer. I just last minute decided to take a Political Science class which specifically deals with International Relations. At first I was super pumped but now I'm a little nervous because I have to participate like crazy. Participating and talking during lecture is not my forte. But it is a big component of my mark. I'm more of a reflective thinker who likes to think carefully of what I'm saying. Hence, I like writing and being very thoughtful before I speak out. It's very hard for me to articulate when I speak infront of a group of people. I guess I'll need to practice and get used to it....

Monday, April 20, 2009

Monday, April 6, 2009


study mode for the next 3 weeks..

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Monday, March 2, 2009

Shame on him!

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I can't believe something like this happened... This is a clearly wrong on all levels. I'm sure this is not the first teenager or person this officer has assaulted. I mean..this is such an abuse of power. I understand that it is wrong to assault an officer..but i mean...this girl is only a teenager. Did he really have to go beat her like that? Did he really think she posed a danger to him? Of course not. He did it because he knew he could, and he probably didn't think he was going to get caught. This kind of behavior probably happends all the time. His reaction to a little attitude was totally uncalled for. Police officers should be firm but patient. His aggressive reaction toward the teenager made me afraid of the kind of people the police academy is hiring. Thankfully, this was in the U.S but anything is possible, even in Canada. This is unacceptable behavior and even though there are many loop holes this officer will go through in the system to be found not guilty, I hope this will not be the case. He needs to be found guilty of his actions. The justice system needs to send a message to condemn this behavior. This should not be tolerated.
This cop could probably use a couple years in prison, to see how its like. Hopefully he'll learn from this experience. ughh.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Oh How I wish I didn't procrastinate during my reading week

I wish I got some work done earlier this week and last weekend because I really wanted to go to treck out to Ottawa and catch a glimpse of Obama...Oh well at least I got to watch him on TV while he was in Canada.
Anyways, I took this photo of the CN Tower while I was in Toronto on Valentines Day. I like how I captured the busyness of the city and the bright lights. I just got a D40 for Christmas and I'm still experimenting with it, but hopefully I'll learn to take some beautiful photos..until then..I'll leave you with this one..

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Worthwhile Canadian Initiative by Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria is a pretty intellectual guy. Personally, I've been a fan of his writing and his accomplishments- he always has something of substance to say about issues. In a nut shell Zakaria talks about how the US can learn from Canada and why we are not in such a predicament as as the US is in. All this is due to smart economic decisions are government made for the long term. His argument proves to be very persuasive and compelling. If you have the time... Check this article out.

The legendary editor of The New Republic, Michael Kinsley, once held a "Boring Headline Contest" and decided that the winner was "Worthwhile Canadian Initiative." Twenty-two years later, the magazine was rescued from its economic troubles by a Canadian media company, which should have taught us Americans to be a bit more humble. Now there is even more striking evidence of Canada's virtues. Guess which country, alone in the industrialized world, has not faced a single bank failure, calls for bailouts or government intervention in the financial or mortgage sectors. Yup, it's Canada. In 2008, the World Economic Forum ranked Canada's banking system the healthiest in the world. America's ranked 40th, Britain's 44th.

Canada has done more than survive this financial crisis. The country is positively thriving in it. Canadian banks are well capitalized and poised to take advantage of opportunities that American and European banks cannot seize. The Toronto Dominion Bank, for example, was the 15th-largest bank in North America one year ago. Now it is the fifth-largest. It hasn't grown in size; the others have all shrunk.

So what accounts for the genius of the Canadians? Common sense. Over the past 15 years, as the United States and Europe loosened regulations on their financial industries, the Canadians refused to follow suit, seeing the old rules as useful shock absorbers. Canadian banks are typically leveraged at 18 to 1—compared with U.S. banks at 26 to 1 and European banks at a frightening 61 to 1. Partly this reflects Canada's more risk-averse business culture, but it is also a product of old-fashioned rules on banking.
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Canada has also been shielded from the worst aspects of this crisis because its housing prices have not fluctuated as wildly as those in the United States. Home prices are down 25 percent in the United States, but only half as much in Canada. Why? Well, the Canadian tax code does not provide the massive incentive for overconsumption that the U.S. code does: interest on your mortgage isn't deductible up north. In addition, home loans in the United States are "non-recourse," which basically means that if you go belly up on a bad mortgage, it's mostly the bank's problem. In Canada, it's yours. Ah, but you've heard American politicians wax eloquent on the need for these expensive programs—interest deductibility alone costs the federal government $100 billion a year—because they allow the average Joe to fulfill the American Dream of owning a home. Sixty-eight percent of Americans own their own homes. And the rate of Canadian homeownership? It's 68.4 percent.

Canada has been remarkably responsible over the past decade or so. It has had 12 years of budget surpluses, and can now spend money to fuel a recovery from a strong position. The government has restructured the national pension system, placing it on a firm fiscal footing, unlike our own insolvent Social Security. Its health-care system is cheaper than America's by far (accounting for 9.7 percent of GDP, versus 15.2 percent here), and yet does better on all major indexes. Life expectancy in Canada is 81 years, versus 78 in the United States; "healthy life expectancy" is 72 years, versus 69. American car companies have moved so many jobs to Canada to take advantage of lower health-care costs that since 2004, Ontario and not Michigan has been North America's largest car-producing region.

I could go on. The U.S. currently has a brain-dead immigration system. We issue a small number of work visas and green cards, turning away from our shores thousands of talented students who want to stay and work here. Canada, by contrast, has no limit on the number of skilled migrants who can move to the country. They can apply on their own for a Canadian Skilled Worker Visa, which allows them to become perfectly legal "permanent residents" in Canada—no need for a sponsoring employer, or even a job. Visas are awarded based on education level, work experience, age and language abilities. If a prospective immigrant earns 67 points out of 100 total (holding a Ph.D. is worth 25 points, for instance), he or she can become a full-time, legal resident of Canada.

Companies are noticing. In 2007 Microsoft, frustrated by its inability to hire foreign graduate students in the United States, decided to open a research center in Vancouver. The company's announcement noted that it would staff the center with "highly skilled people affected by immigration issues in the U.S." So the brightest Chinese and Indian software engineers are attracted to the United States, trained by American universities, then thrown out of the country and picked up by Canada—where most of them will work, innovate and pay taxes for the rest of their lives.

If President Obama is looking for smart government, there is much he, and all of us, could learn from our quiet—OK, sometimes boring—neighbor to the north. Meanwhile, in the councils of the financial world, Canada is pushing for new rules for financial institutions that would reflect its approach. This strikes me as, well, a worthwhile Canadian initiative.

From: http://www.newsweek.com/id/183670

Monday, February 9, 2009

M.I.A Rockin on Stage on her due date

I was introduced to MIA's music a couple years ago by some good friends, and I've been such a huge fan since. She's got a unique style compared to alot of the artist out there.'. I prefer MIA's older album KALA, which was one of my faves. She's also done a ton of mash ups of other songs. One in particular that I loved was with Madonna's "Hung Up' (Thanks Clara, if you ever read this). She's no longer that underground artist who people used to get excited about, since her hit 'paper planes' has made its way through the club scene and her music has now been incorporated into a lot heavy hitter rap artists music. It's not that I'm bothered that she's a more main stream, but there are times when you hear a song over and over again, it eventually gets over played and then you lose interest.... I can't help it! Anyways, she's got a lot of talent and is very committed to not only music but politics and culture. Check out her performance as she rocks out in her lady bug inspired outfit..and killer shades. I don't know if she's singing, it doesn't really sound like it...but eh she looks absolutely stunning! Totally Wicked. The whole time I was thinking what if her water broke. It would been like "swagga like...uhh.AHHHH.(with a stunned look on her face)..I think my water broke.." Could you picture it like I can?? Anyways, just check it.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


A different kind of way of going about art that you don't regularly conceive of.
A Man with a concealed face and a razor, for his creative skill and imagination. His moves are stealth...considering how illegal it is cutting up ads and placing them on other advertisements in a collage style. This secretive madness is going on in NYC subways.
Clever? I think so...

Henry Matyjewicz aka Poster boy, the street artist based in NYC, artistic passion just got him arrested....It's art they need to get over it.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

He's Just so Cool

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Obama in Canada

The Star: U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Canada on Feb. 19.



Wednesday, January 21, 2009

First Day at work on Pennsylvania Ave

Wednesday: Israeli soldiers started too pull out from Gaza.

Wow, it's quite extraordinary to see Barack Obama in the Oval office were many great presidents such as FDR, Kennedy, and Clinton have once sat in. There are so many people who believe in Obama and he gives everyone hope for a better America.' He's not only touched Americans, but he has spread his charismatic personality and beacon of hope to us in Canada, down in Australia, Singapore, France, Kenya and so much more.
It is important to understand that there are great expectations for this great man and we need to be mindful of what is to come. Before Obama succeeds he will most likely fail, as the great Michael Jordan has quoted. But he's just inherited two hot wars, an economic crisis, America's tarnished reputation in the world and there is a great need to rebuild America's infrastructure. Indeed, he has a chosen a well rounded group of advisers who will most likely bicker about what is best for the country and tell him what kind of decisions to make. But those appointed people are only advising him. Ultimately only Obama can make those kinds of executive decisions for the people of America. And the foreign policy decisions he makes will obviously make an impact in the world. Can't you just see it now?? the OBAMA DOCTRINE in all the political science/world issue textbooks.
JFK, said in one of his speeches.."ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country." I think this is quite important. People question " how is Obama going to unite the country?" Obama has the ability to inspire people from all across the nation and the world. When I see photos of Obama, and watch clips of him interacting with different people who live in the towns and cities he visits, he establishes a personal conversation with them. Obama looks at the person with great sincerity, shakes their hand and listens to what people are saying to him. More importantly, he recognizes them as citizens of a country whom elected him to serve his country and its people. He doesn't seem as if he is better than any of them just because he's the president. Obama, not only represents the first Black or half Black president, but he represents someone that anyone could look up too and become. It seems as if the politicians that I hear about in the media are corrupt and perhaps out for their own political agenda. These politicians have no disregard for anyone but themselves. They think they are untouchables and above the law. But I feel as if Obama is different. He represents someone we can respect as a role model for young people, and trust. He's not there for himself, but he's there for the people whom elected him. I don't know if this is a trend, and I hope that it doesn't fade away now that Obama is president, but there are more young people getting involved in the whole political process. He inspires young people to get involve with their community and their country. He is also trying to make the government more transparent so people, especially the younger generation will become involved in the political process. Our generation now has to live with all the mistakes, past generations have made regarding the economy and environment, and the only way we can change that is to get involve and engage with the government. If we want to see change in the future, change needs to start right now.
For me, I've come to recognize many things in the world that greatly needs to be improved on and when I look at Obama, I see a glimpse of hope that he can change America to become that force for good. Now more than ever, the world needs it. America's foreign policy needs to be geared toward multilateralism and establishment of more accountability and transparency in the financial system and governmental sectors. In regards to foreign policy, the world that we live in now is more fragile than ever. We're living in a post 9/11 era, where not only states can only call war or perhaps invade other states but there is a threat against external actors such as terrorist groups. There will be countries and external actors who will test the response of America's newly elected president. Whatever happens, it seems Obama is the right man for the job and has a good head on his shoulders. On the other hand, he hasn't exactly done anything yet because he's new at his job...but I will and I'm sure the rest of the world will be monitoring every move he makes. As I said in the beginning, before he succeeds...he will fail..everyone is going to be very critical of him....you most definitely can count on that.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Palestinians vs. Israeli's Crisis

It is very depressing to see what is going on in the world right now...with the Economic Crisis on its way and the war going on in the Middle East, there is too much conflict and not enough cooperation going on. It's absoloutely horrifying seeing these pictures....but regardless..

I'm just going to say that I am not pro-Palestine or pro-Israel. Many people come to their conclusion based on the bombardment of information they hear or read from the media sources. People turn to mass media as a source of information. Newspapers and news stations usually deliver a biased stance on on events and will unlikely have an impartial stance on things. But if you are looking to truly have an objective stance the mass media is the wrong place to look. Studying the historical context to influence your attitudes and ideas about the whole situation is essential. I'm not an expert on this whole problem but from what I've learned is What has been going on in the Middle East between the Palestinians and Israel has been going on for a very long time and is not some erratic action Israel decided to take on out of nowhere such as launching rockets into the Gaza Strip. Ever since the British and the rest of its allies "decided" to give the land Israel, to the Jews after WW2, the Palestinians land was taken away from them and given to the Jewish People. These Palestinian refugees are currently living in the outskirts of Israel in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Hamas, who is the overarching government in the Gaza strip have constantly launched rockets into the south of Israel on a daily basis. That is prior, to this whole occurrence, there was an established cease fire. If you can understand, Israel, has taken matters into their own hands and has decided to defend it self and the reason so many have civilians have been killed is because Hamas likes to situate themselves in social settings, such as schools, hospitals, mosques etc. Even though they are a recognized terrorist group by the U.S and it's allies because of their chosen tactics to further their political goals (i.e. suicide bombings), they were democratically elected by the Palestinian people. Hamas has done alot of good for the Palestinians in terms of executing much needed social programs such as providing adequate healthcare and proper schooling.

Hamas's soldiers are indistinguishable from regular civilians and most would say, their military capabilities are disorganized and less developled than the Israeli's. The Israels military system is quite efficent and sophisticated compared to other military regimes in the Middle East. Israels goal is to try demobolize Hamas in order for them to stop sending their missiles/rockets over into Israel. In addition- there is a religious conflict at large. Israel (a Jewish state) is surrounded by Muslim countries, and perhaps there justification of launching these air strikes is their way of trying to deter Hamas and inevitably protect themselves against the religious revival of Muslim states. However, the US will always back them up thanks to strong Jewish lobbying in the states.

In any case, my point is...try not to rely solely on the mass media when you base an opinion, because media sources are incredibly bias and sometimes leave it little bits and pieces. Sometimes, what is being reported may be taken way out of context. I'm not saying newspapers are wrong - they offer the counterpoint and keeps governments in check, but their main goal is to try to sell newspapers and perhaps certain stories will tend to be sensationlized. Check the facts and don't take things at face value. I've come to realize between Israel and Palestine that both sides are at fault and the United Nation mandates can only do so much..Once History starts it is very difficult to come to a peace negotiation or resolution because both parties are out for their own self interest and if a decision isn't made without both sides being entirely satisfactory than nothing is accomplished, and innocent people are left to fend for themselves...