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Google Street View – Potential Opposition in Israel

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Google Street View may be an incredible step in the advancement of the technological wizardry of the 21st century. It has had it’s share of opponents.

A fresh example is in Israel where some government officials are concerned that Google Street View in Israel will arm terrorists with extra information to carry out attacks on public figures.

Some Israeli cabinet members want a safe way for Street View to exist as it will help with tourism.

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Read more about Street View in Israel at NerdChronicle.


Middle East Protests Tweet-Map

February 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Check out this interesting Twitter-Google Map mash-up for the middle east protests:

Twitter google map mashup middle east protests


Ugandan Elections and Democracy

February 18, 2011 Leave a comment


Uganda election nerd

Over 14 million Ugandans, dedicated to a change in government, have come out to vote between major players, President Yoweri Museveni and Kizza Besigye, with six other candidates in the running. Museveni has been president of Uganda for 25 years and Besigye used to be his personal physician.


Land-locked Uganda came to independence in 1962. Every change of leadership has arrived amidst violence and overthrow, such as Idi Amin in 1971 and the 20-year issue involving the Lord’s Resistance Army with Joseph Kony at the helm.

Museveni is still favored for victory in the election but Besigye has stated that he will release his own tallying to counter any possibility of vote tampering and insists that Ugandans are ready to follow the footsteps of Egyptians in a revolt if the results show any sign of strangeness.

The world awaits whether Uganda can cast off it’s cloak of violent political change and embrace an honest democratic win for Eastern Africa.

(via WashingtonPost)


Amazing Pictures of Egypt’s Happiest Hour in 18+ Days

February 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Finally Agrees to Resign!

February 11, 2011 Leave a comment

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Further to the article published earlier, Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian President, has actually resigned and has handed his power to the military.

Though it was beginning to look like an impossibility, Tahrir Square is now the scene of joy, cheering, hugging and flag-waving instead of the violence, protests, anger and shouting that was common-place in the last 18 days.

“In the name of God the merciful, the compassionate, citizens, during these very difficult circumstances Egypt is going through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down from the office of president of the republic and has charged the high council of the armed forces to administer the affairs of the country,” said Vice President Omar Suleiman.

President Hosni Mubarak Quick Facts (BBC.CO.UK)

  • Elevated from vice-president when Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981
  • Supported Sadat’s policy of peace with Israel
  • Maintained emergency law for entire presidency
  • Won three elections unopposed
  • Fourth term secured in 2005 after allowing rivals to stand
  • Economic development led many Egyptians to accept continued rule
  • Survived 1995 assassination attempt in Ethiopia
  • Faced Islamist threat within Egypt, including Luxor massacre of 1997 and Sinai bombings
  • Regularly suppressed dissent, protests and political opponents



Yesha Callahan “Outed” NY Congressman Chris Lee in the Craigslist-Shirtless Photo Debacle

February 11, 2011 Leave a comment

University of Maryland faculty member and single mom, Yesha Callahan, whose “women seeking men” ad last month sparked married New York Congressman Chris Lee to post his shirtless picture to Craigslist, is the woman who contacted Gawker, thus “outing” Lee.

When Lee asked her for a revealing pic in return, Callahan, who already had found out he was married,

contacted Gawker.


“I assumed that other people have probably come across him as well, and he had lied to them. I felt annoyance at just the audacity of people thinking that they’re not going to get found out when they are lying.” Callahan said.

(via PoliticsDaily)

Chris Lee, NY Republican Congressman Resigns After Shirtless Craigslist Surfaces

February 10, 2011 Comments off

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First-term New York Republican Congressman Chris Lee quit on Wednesday, when it was reported  that he sent a photo of himself shirtless to a woman on Craigslist.

Married and father to one, the 46-year-old stated his immediate resignation, and apologized for “the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents.

“I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all… I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness.”

According to the website Gawker, which first posted the story, in the Craigslist personals’ “Women for Men” section, Lee replied to an ad asking “will someone prove to me not all CL men look like toads?” His reply was a shirtless photo, and a description of himself as a “very fit fun classy” 39-year-old lobbyist.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said, “He’s not been a family values guy, he doesn’t seem to be a hypocrite, he seems to be a guy who’s cheating on his marriage and that’s not a political offence.”

Lee was active in in issues pertaining to economic revitalization and was on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Please check out the video and more details over at NBCNewYork.