A Glance at Edinburgh

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A Glance at Edinburgh

Here’s another photo to make up for my lack of activity.

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2012: My Life

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2012: My Life

Here’s a graph showing the ups and downs of my life in 2012.  I calculated it by giving every day a grade and then taking an average for the month.  It’s interesting to see my best month being May, when the exams were. I know which factors caused this chart to take the shape it is – for example, June onwards really should be much higher if some awful things hadn’t happened – but that might be getting too personal for this happy blog. So I’ll leave you with this cloudy window into my life.

UN General Assembly Resolution 76/19

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A few days ago the UN overwhelmingly voted to upgrade Palestine to a non-member observer status. This map shows how isolated the Israel-USA position on the issue is, with reds voting against the resolution, greens voting for, and yellow abstaining (blue countries were not present).

Palestine is the issue which always seems to break the typical ‘West/Rest of World’ divide, with the USA seeming to abandon its support for freedom and self determination in attempts to placate Israel. You can tell it’s a complex issue when North Korea and Japan all vote the same, for instance.

It is difficult to say what effect this resolution will have, but it’s certainly a significant step towards the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. Though it appears to have also inflamed Israeli opinion over the issue.

Back in Tahrir Square

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After watching scenes of jubilation from Cairo’s Tahrir Square – the focus point for protests during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution – following the resignation of President Mubarak, I thought scenes like this would become confined to history books; hopefully to be remembered as the day Egypt won its freedom. Yet here we are, 22 months later, back in Tahrir Square, as the Egyptian people must still fight for their liberty.