Archive for July, 2011

  • First impressions of Trawangan, Gili Islands, Bali
    The Gili Island of Trawangan itself is much much different from what I was expecting. I think the good old days of relaxed backpackers, drinking mushroom shakes and hanging out on the beach in bean bags like what was described to me by Indonesian locals in Sanur is long gone. I’m not sure how often they update the Lonely Planet guide, but the one we have is from...
    by at July 31st, 2011 at 05:07 pm
  • Little Ethiopia on Fairfax south of LACMA
    Messob's on Fairfax Ave There’s a string of Ethiopian restaurants and food shops in one short block on Fairfax south of LACMA on the Miracle Mile in LA. In fact, you don’t really need the sign that says you’ve arrived in Little Ethiopia. Picking a spot to eat was strictly right-brained and we were so lucky to stumble into a lively eatery filled with...
    by at July 28th, 2011 at 09:07 pm
  • A social day at LACMA with Ray’s Stark et al
    There’s plenty of art to see, but there’s also a social life to be enjoyed at LACMA (Los Angeles County Art Museum). Ray's for lunch White sails in the noon sky Topiary in the plaza Kinetic interactive sculpture Free Afro-American-Latino Jazz concert Stark's bar with video of The Mourners Ballet   Happy Hour  
    by at July 28th, 2011 at 08:07 pm
  • LACMA permanent collection of Islamic Art is almost as impressive as Gifts of the Sultan
    Carved Ivory tusk, Moghul India with human figures from the permanent LACMA Islamic art collection (as all photos on this page.) At LACMA, we visited the Gifts of the Sultan exhibit with an impressive collection of gifts either given by various Sultans of the Ottoman Empire to other crown heads, such as the Tsar of Russia, or received by them. Photography was not allowed...
    by at July 28th, 2011 at 04:07 pm
  • 1001 Inventions at LA Science Center: Islamic Science in Golden Age plus Arabia 3D
    1001 Alchemist tents The interactive exhibit at the LA Science Center is definitely worth checking out. Geared to kids, as most of the Science Center is, there is something there for all of us children at heart. The achievements of the Islamic World during the time of the European Dark Ages are impressive. Too often we think of the Arab-speaking world as the repository...
    by at July 28th, 2011 at 03:07 pm
  • More Faces of Freedom Fighters in Gaddafi’s war on his people @wheelertweets
    The battle for Free Libya rages. These are more faces of the young men who are giving everything to make a new country of hope. American James Wheeler is there, in the hospitals of Tunis with them, recording their stories via twitter. Please see the many articles posted on sandraoffthestrip which recount the heroic stories of the bravery and sacrifice of these Libyan Lions....
    by at July 16th, 2011 at 06:07 pm
  • Ali, legs lost in Misrata, waited 27 days to sail in fishing boat to Tunis hospital @wheelertweets
    Meet Ali, an inspirational son of Libya July 14. Tunis hospital. Meet Ali, an inspirational son of Free Libya.  He’s a Misrata freedom fighter hit by a Gaddafi Grad on May 13. Both legs amputated. Ali said the Grad exploded at his feet and the blast threw him 10 meters away. One of his comrades was literally cut in half.  He waited 27 days to get...
    by at July 16th, 2011 at 02:07 pm
  • Twitter with Purpose
    Like all writers, I love words. I like to play with them and caress them, putting just the right ones in the right combinations to tease the senses or trick the mind. My fiction is sprinkled with phrases that linger between poetry and prose. I also like to write pithy, straight forward facts and opinions expressed directly, with no frills, no icing on the cake. That’s...
    by at July 15th, 2011 at 02:07 pm
  • Extending my Bali visa
    Visa extention is in the works. Guy came by the dive shop yesterday and I gave him my passport and 500,000 rupiah [US$58.]  [8500 rupiah roughly to the US dollar or 9000 to the AUS Dollar]. He said it takes about a week  for everything to go through, so he’s going to send me a txt when its done. The process is underway, but I won’t have my passport for...
    by at July 15th, 2011 at 12:07 pm
  • On Federal debt deadlock and GOP risk to America
    Op-Ed by Frank Harbinger “The current deadlock in Washington over the expansion of the Federal debt ceiling is a threat to America’s economic stability. It (not the debt, but the deadlock and criminal failure to act) is a severe risk for the world’s economy and a grave financial a danger to countless individual Americans. It is also an unprecedented...
    by at July 14th, 2011 at 03:07 pm
  • Conditions in Tunis Hospital for Libyan FFs by @WheelerTweets
    Live 3am. 1st floor of this private hospital in Tunis where many Libya FFs are patients. Raw sewage everywhere. Bad Live (3 am): 1st floor of this private hospital in Tunis where many Libyan FFs are patients. Raw sewage everywhere. Bad. Some injured FFs I know from Misrata, Zintan and Kikla are on this floor. I’ve been staying nearby recently, since returning from...
    by at July 14th, 2011 at 12:07 pm
  • Récits de tortures et de viols dans la prison libyenne Abu Salim par @WheelerTweets
    Libya Moyen Orient et Afrique du Nord / WheelerTweets / 12 juillet 2011  Traduite par Isabelle Madesclaire @IsaMadesclaire Cet homme a été torturé dans une prison de Tripoli pendant 84 jours. Cet homme a été torturé dans une prison de Tripoli pendant 84 jours. Electrocuté dans l’aine. Des crosses de fusils pressées à fond sur l’estomac....
    by at July 13th, 2011 at 03:07 pm
  • Sen Diane Feinstein’s reply to my message on Libya support
    Thank you for writing to express your views about international military operations in Libya.  I appreciate hearing your position on this issue and welcome the opportunity to respond. Please know that I support the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-led efforts to enforce a no-fly zone and arms embargo over Libya aimed at protecting civilian populations from...
    by at July 13th, 2011 at 02:07 pm
  • Beer, massage and Irish pub and music in Sanur Bali
    Last night had a pretty big adventure here in Sanur. I started just kinda wandering around, trying to get a feel for the area, and somehow ended up walking in circles like 3 times. By this point, I was getting really overheated and started feeling light headed. So I popped into a bar and got an ice cold beer and sat under a fan for a while which cooled me down. At this...
    by at July 13th, 2011 at 12:07 pm
  • Tales of torture and rape in Libyan prison Abu Salim – from @WheelerTweets
    This man was tortured in prison in Tripoli for 84 days. This man was tortured in prison in Tripoli for 84 days. Electrocuted in his groin. Gun shafts twisted in his stomach. Burned with cigarettes. Beaten. Ligaments crushed. The list goes on. Too much for Twitter… Can’t show his face or disclose his name. He still has family at risk in Tripoli. For...
    by at July 12th, 2011 at 09:07 am
  • Strumpton Coffee Roasters in NYC serves up great brew
    Strumptown Coffee Roasters, Ace Hotel, NYC I love a good coffee shop and am always looking for the right place to get the right foam in the right atmosphere. This article was posted by Christine C Quinn who has been New York City Council Speaker since 2006. She represents the council’s 3rd district with all the great neighborhoods of Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Hell’s...
    by at July 12th, 2011 at 08:07 am
  • @WheelerTweets “Freedom Fighter Stories” from Tunis hospitals – tales of bravery and no money
    3 Guys from Kikla at a tunis hospital. Rida (far right) says the pain is gone when I'm there. That's me, James Wheeler, the guy with the camera. Many of the freedom fighters are in a long-term care facility in Tunis. Libyan FFs here are the most forgotten of all. Lights are turned off to save electricity (expensive in Tunisia). Untended cleaning carts litter the...
    by at July 11th, 2011 at 12:07 pm
  • Misrata July 6 Rally: LIBYA LIBYA LIBYA LIBYA
    Watch and be thrilled, inspired and proud. The JOY of it. Gaddafi eat your heart out. Are these the beeble who love you?
    by at July 6th, 2011 at 11:07 am
  • Brave Faces in Gaddafi’s war on his own people @WheelerTweets
    Mohammed 9 yrs old hit by Gaddafi Grad This is Mohammed. 9 yrs old. He was hit by a Gaddafi Grad while playing outside his house at 5 pm on June 5 in Zintan Libya. His left hand and two toes were ripped off in the blast. His face was pummeled. A piece of shrapnel remains in his eye. I’ll never forget the way Mohammed looks at his left arm and feels it with...
    by at July 6th, 2011 at 10:07 am
  • Ibn Thabit “Tripoli is calling”
    by at July 5th, 2011 at 09:07 pm
  • Gaddafi family launches PR campaign with TV interviews featuring Saif al-Islam and Aisha while Gaddafi threatens Europe
    The Gaddafi’s are obviously on a PR campaign to win sympathy. And from the look of their dress, both Aisha and Saif are hoping to appeal to the traditional world. Saif has a new beard and North African robes in contrast with his college boy look shown in the photo below taken from a CNN interview the first days of the conflict. Aisha appeared for her French TV interview...
    by at July 1st, 2011 at 10:07 am