Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)
Elizabeth Taylor was arguably the most beautiful star ever to grace the silver screen. She was married eight times (twice to Richard Burton) and was divorced seven times. We first saw her in Lassie Come Home, then National Velvet where fans marveled at her violet eyes and her natural beauty. She was given movie roles not necessarily for her acting ability as much as for her star quality. She did win two Academy Awards, one for Butterfield 8 and the other for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf but will probably be remembered most as a humanitarian for her contributions to the cause for AIDS research.
Can the Rebel Warriors in Libya beat Gaddafi?
It will take a great deal to turn the ragtag rebel into a fighting force strong enough to take down Gaddafi. Operation Odyssey Dawn intends to do just that. However, Gaddafi is confident that the rebels are no match for his troops. They have a great deal of enthusiasm, are willing to risk their lives, but have neither discipline nor structure. In addition, no one is sure who is leading the rebels or whether the fighters are trained to obey. Paranoia exists; fighters talk about spies in their midst and snipers lurking on rooftops. They are getting help though from air strikes which are destroying the opposition’s tanks. It is only six miles to Ajdabiyah but for Libya’s rebels, victory seems far away.
The Young People of Japan Rise to the Challenge
The March 11th earthquake, the tsunami that followed and the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has the citizens of Futaba fleeing from shelter to shelter with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. There are 360,000 homeless people undergoing the costliest natural disaster the world has ever seen. Young Japanese are volunteering to help earthquake victims bringing time, money and social networking expertise to reunite missing family members and coordinate the aid efforts. Nearly 1 in 10 of these young Japanese is unemployed and almost one-third of its university graduates get no job offers. Only part-time work is available. The more serious problem is the lack of leadership for these youngsters. Japan has had five Prime Ministers in the past four years. The current PM, Naoto Kan, is no different. The young people, though, have become energized by the disaster and are keenly interested in the politics of the country. This is an encouraging sign.
Time Magazine – April 4, 2011 Issue