‘We Are Orphans Here’ – The New York Times

tanding at an intersection in Shuafat Refugee Camp, in East Jerusalem, I watched as a boy, sunk down behind the steering wheel of a beat-up sedan, zoomed through an intersection with his arm out the driver’s-side window, signaling like a Nascar driver pulling in for a pit stop. I was amazed. He looked about 12.“No one cares here,” my host, Baha Nababta, said, laughing at my astonishment. “Anyone can do anything they want.”

Source: ‘We Are Orphans Here’ – The New York Times

Don’t give up on orange-bellied parrots yet, there’s still hope

You might have concluded that Australia’s critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot is heading the way of the dodo, after recent media reports revealed an outbreak of Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease.There are fewer than 50 parrots left in the wild. Most of this year’s tiny crop of parrot nestlings at Melaleuca in southwest Tasmania – the only place where the parrot breeds – have been infected with the usually fatal disease.

Source: Don’t give up on orange-bellied parrots yet, there’s still hope

The Wreckage of Obama’s Legacy – The New York Times

Three days after the election, I gathered with a group of historians at Princeton for a conference about Barack Obama’s presidency. The mood among the scholars, who had just written papers about the underappreciated accomplishments of the Obama administration, was bleak. We were discussing how quickly his programs would be dismantled, now that Republicans controlled the White House and Congress.

Source: The Wreckage of Obama’s Legacy – The New York Times

Travel Trip Journey: Rujm el-Hiri: The Ancient Israel’s Stonehenge

Well, the ancient megalith monument, comprising of concentric stone circles and a tumulus at the center. However, it looks extremely impressive from the air, and barely visible from the ground. The megalith monument walls are just 6 feet high; though the central mound is higher. The ancient place is located in the middle of a bare expanse of field in the Israeli-occupied portion of the Golan Heights. This is large stone monument went ignored for many centuries. The stone monument was captured from Syria in 1967, and then it was discovered by Israeli archeologists after territory was captured.

Source: Travel Trip Journey: Rujm el-Hiri: The Ancient Israel’s Stonehenge

Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519. An Essay – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In a previous Art History class essay we were asked “What is the difference between art and design and do they merge together” At the beginning of that essay I put the following proposition. “I wonder how Leonardo da Vinci would have addressed these questions”. I made this observation because I had previously written about da Vinci for another purpose and given his competence in these areas, I thought it appropriate.

Source: Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519. An Essay – » The Australian Independent Media Network