As a writer, I go to dangerous places, but usually limit my time at the front lines. In Libya, I went up to the fighting to have a sniff from time to time, but high-tailed it whenever mortar fire threatened to get in range. For the photographers, the luxury of piecing together what happened by visiting hospitals and interviewing survivors just isn’t there. Every time I pulled back from the fighting in towns like Ras Lanuf, Brega, and Ajdabiya in eastern Libya, there were photographers in my rear-view mirror.
Sent to us today by one of our Facebook Fans. Abdo Masoud reports:
I am part of a citizen network that is exchanging information about the situation in Egypt. Pictures are coming in from citizens using their cell phone cameras and sending them to the network. I help pass those along and make as much noise as possible to get the world’s attention to the situation. I can continue to post things on your page as i get them. Things are pretty bad right now in Suez where people started shooting back at the police that was using live ammo on them, also in North Sinai there are reports of Bedouins using RPG’s and heavy weapons against the government.
This Day in History - October 22, 1962 - President John F. Kennedy appeared on television to inform Americans of the existence of Russian missiles in Cuba. The President demanded their removal and announced a naval “quarantine” of Cuba. Six days later, the Russians announced they would remove the weapons. In return, the U.S. later removed missiles from Turkey.
This Day in History - October 21, 1879 - Thomas Edison successfully tested an electric incandescent lamp with a carbonized filament at his laboratory in Menlo Park, NJ.
In this photo: 131 years later many people still do not have electricity in their homes. Two girls in Obane, Ghana study using a kerosene lamp. However, in rural Ghana, Empower playgrounds has created an innovative solution - electricity generating playground equipment. With these devices, students can now use clean, energy-efficient LED lamps to study at night. PHOTO: Taylor Weidman