“We been drinking brew for breakfast, so Rudie can’t fail.” Welcome to Bluefields, home of the breakfast beer

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I’d never really given the lyrics of The Clash’s Rudie Can’t Fail much thought before coming to Bluefields, but a day and a night in the city and a couple of transits through it helped lend perspective. A few cold beers for breakfast seems pretty normal in Bluefields…and it helps explain the number of drunks weaving their way through the commercial district and port area.

Bluefields, the major city on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, is a seedy introduction to the eastern side of the country…and as a hard working but impoverished port town, its as far from most people’s idealised vision of the Caribbean as possible. Since it connects the rest of Nicaragua to the Caribbean coast and the Atlantic, if you want to explore some of this region Bluefields is pretty much unavoidable.

I don’t want to be unkind to Bluefields because for decades it, and the rest of the Nicaraguan…

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Ed Miliband asked 13 times whether Labour would borrow more

During a chaotic radio interview, the Labour leader was questioned 13 times over the details of how he would afford policies intended to boost economic growth including building projects and a VAT cut.

Mr Miliband’s aides were also later forced to clarify the party leader’s policy on benefits for pensioners after he suggested that Labour would consider limiting winter fuel allowances and free TV licences to the poorest older people.

The 15 minute set-piece interview was part of a series of features with party leaders running this week on BBC Radio 4’s World at One. Nick Clegg and David Cameron are also due to be questioned.

Mr Miliband clashed repeatedly with the programme’s presenter, Martha Kearney, who at one point resorted to asking him for a “straight answer”.


Lagniappe – Something Extra from Marcha Blanca

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Growing up in Mississippi placed me close enough to Louisiana’s creole culture to learn the word langiappe, which means something extra.   How surprised I was to discover that the word’s origins come from a Quechua word!

Yesterday’s Marcha Blanca walk for peace exhausted my camera’s batteries while I snapped  over 3G worth of photos.  I present to you this token lagniappe, a little something extra from the walk for peace!

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BBC exhumes old white phosphorus canard

BBC Watch

An article entitled “Israel ‘to stop using white phosphorus shells’” appeared in the Middle East section of the BBC News website on April 26th 2013.

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This badly composed piece uses a recent announcement – relating to the intention to replace smokescreen shells containing white phosphorus with an alternative – as a hook upon which to hang old insinuations and accusations.

The article (which has been amended since its original appearance) opens reasonably:

“The Israeli military says it is to stop using artillery shells with white phosphorus to create smokescreens on the battlefield.

It says shells will be replaced with types based completely on gas, which will create the same effect.”

But immediately after that, the report goes downhill by creating fictional linkage between the use of smokescreen shells containing white phosphorus – which are not restricted in weapons conventions – and types of munitions which are not…

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Parkinson’s Awareness Month

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Over the past month there has been a lot of talk about PD, many runs and walks nationally and internationally. Funds exchanged, hugs given and awareness raised. But one thing that I hope comes loud and clear from all of these well wishes is that PD is far more than a one month event. It’s an incurable progressive neurodegenerative disorder that has NO CURE. so all the walk and talks and awareness means nothing if the people who run the drug companies and research centers don’t do anything with it. So please if any of you read this do something. Be brave Be bold make decisions and move forward with the research. Learn from our international peers. The UK has an amazing PD community, yet as a Yank I often feel that the USA moving forward in any type of care is so often hampered by red tape and big…

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BBC claims attacks on Israelis in Judea & Samaria are “rare”

BBC Watch

Early on the morning of Tuesday, April 30th, thirty-two year-old Evyatar Borovsky from Yitzhar (the father of five children) was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist whilst standing at a bus stop at the Tapuach junction in Samaria.

An article on the subject titled “Israeli settler killed in West Bank” appeared in the Middle East section of the BBC News website shortly afterwards. 

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The article, which has been amended several times since its initial publication, opens:

“An Israeli settler has been killed by a Palestinian at a bus stop in the northern West Bank, police say.”

Interestingly, the BBC writer found it necessary to describe the Israeli man as a “settler” both in the headline and the article, although audiences would have understood the sentence perfectly well without that political addition. The use of the word “killed” does not reflect the fact that the assailant was in…

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