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I’d read about the torrential rain in Cusco (and other regions in Peru) this year from the Peruvian blogs that I follow, but it only made international news when the tourists got trapped in Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes after the Urubamba river swelled up and cut off the railroad tracks, forcing the government into helicoptering them back to Cusco. What never seemed to make the news is the ruined lives of the indigenous who live in pueblitos in the mountains, whose house have been destroyed, whose little stock of food has been swept away.


every one’s been talking about it: the $700 billion Wall Street bailout. An economics illiterate, i cannot comment. Let’s just assume that this in the long run is better for tax payers. It’s taking some money away from them, true, but the other scenario would be much worse. So the government is just choosing the lesser evil. Let’s agree on that.
But what about all the public schools, healthcare system, pollution, ok, nothing new, they’re all so old, but they’re not worth rescuing?

What to read after the Times of India, DNA, Express, after Reuters, AP, after bomb blasts, and floods, and bankruptcy?
Vie de Merde
Overheard in New York

Ahmedabad in shock after blasts

This is the city i’m going to for next semester. The organization i’ll be working for focus their effort exactly on this kind of problem: the tension between the hindu and the muslim communities. Yes, i’m fascinated by their work and that’s why i chose to work for them. But, to be honest, i’m scared, not sure if i’ll be able to deal with all the complexity of the situation, and also for my own security. Except that i’m not saying any of these things to my parents lest they be worried.
That’s how it is in my family. We deal with problems by ourselves because we don’t want to trouble others. My parents try to encourage my sister and me to confide in them and consult with them, especially since we’re away most of the time, but they always do exactly the opposite. This has been going on for so long that now i’ve ended up with this habit: either i don’t talk about the problem, or i’d make it lighter and put on a bold front. This helps in another way since my parents don’t seem to understand that i can be happy with my choice and be worried about what it might lead to at the same time. Like, i’ve been really stressed out about finding a job in Vietnam after i graduate. Let’s face it, a degree in sociology doesn’t mean much here. And all the NGO jobs i’ve been checking out requires years and years of experience which i don’t have. I’m not at all confident that i’ll be able to live out my idealistic life. My parents don’t need to know this: they’ve always talked about why i should regret not majoring in something like economics. No, mom and dad.

On a different note, kinda related to the first news:
Israeli force kill two Palestinians on the West Bank city of Nablus; Islamic Jihad threatens retaliation
I almost stayed there as well, at An-Najah university where they had the camp. I don’t think this even made to the headlines, a trite story probably.