All Further Articles for 2010-08-17

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Pushing the Boundaries, Like They Should Be
Amnesty International is staging protests and events at the Edinburgh Festival as part of their campaign to free imprisoned Burmese comedian Zarganar, serving a 35-year jail sentence for criticizing his government. The campaign includes a Stand Up for Freedom comedy night and a soccer game in which comics and critics battled it out while badmouthing each other. Video of the match here. Background here and here ; Amnesty's petition here . "Freedom of expression is the most important thing in the world to comedians."
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The Bestest of Parties and Mayors (If They Exist)
We want to move to Reykjavík, Iceland for its cool mayor. Jon Gnarr, an actor elected as head of his own Best Party, offers a singular "Welcome to Reykjavik" in which he ponders existence, elves, Schrödinger's cat, the EU and other mysteries. His campaign video - "We want a city that's cuddly and clean and cool" - is also the bestest. His platform ranges from free towels in swimming pools to a drug-free Parliament by 2020. "The odds of you being in Reykjavík are not great. The greatest part of mankind is elsewhere...Does this mean that I always existed, or that I never existed and do therefore not exist now?...I hope these thoughts shed some light on the history of Reykjavík and its culture."
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CREW: The Hammer Belongs in the Slammer
Tom Delay - Former House Majority Leader, recipient of many goodies from lobbyist Jack Abramoff, aspiring dancer and dubbed the most corrupt member of Congress, which is going some - will not face federal corruption charges after a six-year investigation. He still faces criminal charges in Texas, the only consolation to CREW, which blasted the decision. "The Hammer belongs in the slammer. Mr. DeLay still has crimes to answer for in Texas - generally not considered the best place to be a criminal defendant."
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Despite All, Gaza's Children Take to the Skies
Hope - life - springs eternal. Gaza's children are hungry, traumatized, unschooled, victimized daily by the hardships of an Israeli siege they have done nothing to deserve. Still, over 7,000 kids gathered at a UN summer camp to break two world records - bouncing basketballs and flying kites - just like kids anywhere. Uplifting, heartbreaking. "We still want to live and we still want to be joyful." - Amsiyat Awaja, 13, whose house was destroyed and her brother killed.
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