2013-12-07

Weekend Report: 2013-12-07

Here's a roundup of what's been going on.

Lesbian Marine reservist / waitress caught in homophobia hoax ... has reportedly started refunding the donations she received for her fraudulent pity story.
'NBCNewYork.com reported Friday that three people who sent money to a PayPal account set up in her name say their donations were refunded. ...'

Boko Haram attacked a military base in northeast Nigeria in the early hours of Monday morning. Long War Journal calls the attack BH's "most audacious yet" and notes the jihadis' ability to retreat with apparent impunity to neighboring Cameroon, Niger, and Chad.

Meanwhile, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan paid a private visit to Germany amid an official tour of Europe - this after falling ill in London a few weeks ago.

Christian refugees seek safety ... in a Central African airport.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Thousands of Christian civilians sought refuge at an airport guarded by French soldiers Friday, fleeing from the mostly Muslim ex-rebels with machetes and guns who rule the country a day after the worst violence to hit the chaotic capital in nine months. ...

Outside the barbed wire fences of the airport, bodies lay decomposing along the roads in a capital too dangerous for many to collect the corpses. Thursday's clashes left at least 280 dead, according to national radio, and have raised fears that waves of retaliatory attacks could soon follow.

Michael J. Totten visited Cuba recently, and has a lot to say about Havana. Totten, who knows a thing or two about Beirut, quotes Theodore Dalrymple:
“Havana” Theodore Dalrymple wrote in City Journal, “is like Beirut, without having gone through the civil war to achieve the destruction.” Actually, it’s worse even than that. Beirut pulses with energy. Parts of it are justifiably even a little bit snobbish like Paris. Even its poorest neighborhoods, the ones controlled by Hezbollah, aren’t as gruesome as most of Havana.
What's it like to live in this Communist country?
Roofs have collapsed. Balcony doors hang not vertically but at angles, allowing passersby to see inside homes where the interior paint is just as peeled as it is on the outside. I could even see inside some people’s homes through gashes in exterior walls. The weight of rain water knocks whole buildings down as if they were dynamited.

When your roof caves in, you can’t just call a guy and have him come over and fix it. You have to wait for the government.

You will wait a long time.

Trust me: you would not want to live there, especially not on a ration card and the government’s twenty dollar maximum salary. Not that additional money would do you much good. Where would you spend it? Not even in the slums of Mexico have I seen such pitiful shops. They are not even shops. They are but darkened caverns on the ground floor which stock a mere handful of items that could be scooped up and placed in one box. ...
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Juliette "Baldilocks" Ochieng is raising money for a trip to Kenya. Please help if you can.