Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 5:47 am
Rape is forcing increasing numbers of Syrian women and girls to flee their homes, according to a new report by the International Rescue Committee.
Women and girls tell the IRC they were attacked in public and inside their homes, mainly by armed men. For many, the assaults occurred in front of their family members. The IRC says this is forcing increasing numbers of Syrians to flee, becoming refugees in neighboring Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq.
The charming roots-folk band Black Prairie got its start as an outlet for The Decemberists' Chris Funk and Nate Query, who wanted an outlet for some of their rootsy, mostly instrumental string-band wanderings.
Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 6:01 pm
This weekend's NYT Magazine had a great article about Lindsay Lohan's role in a new, micro-budget movie. The article mentioned that work had largely dried up for Lohan because her "misadventures" had made her difficult to insure for big-budget films.
Conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim (center) brought members of his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (including his son Michael Barenboim, left, and Kinan Azmeh) to the intimate spaces of Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge.
Credit Ryan Muir for NPR
NPR Music, WQXR and (Le) Poisson Rouge host an intimate evening of music that spans both great Western and Middle Eastern music with members of an inspiring orchestra, led by one of classical music's most eminent artists.
While the professionals used their decades of investment knowledge and traditional stock-picking methods, the cat selected stocks by throwing his favourite toy mouse on a grid of numbers allocated to different companies.
Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 12:24 pm
A few weeks ago, a few of us headed over to the Supreme Court to retrieve a suitcase. It belonged to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and it contained, effectively, her family history in photographs. We sat in the kitchen in her chambers over her lunch break. She ate a bowl of soup and told us stories about the photos.
Some six months after Syria's rebels tried to storm the country's largest city, they can claim the eastern part of Aleppo and perhaps 60 percent overall. In the west, the government army has the remaining 40 percent of the city.
The line dividing these two areas is supposedly the front line in Aleppo's war. But lately the front has gone cold, as people here say in Arabic.