Tragedy in Afghanistan

Six chidren killed Tuesday morning when a rocket explodes in their schoolyard.

I am ready to quit blogging about war and politics and all of the horrible, seemingly uncontrollable shit that is nearly impossible for a news-crazed, internet junkie like myself to avoid.

But with all the yammering that continues regarding Iran, Iraq, and the increasingly less surprising revelations from the White House…

… how about a little perspective.

The U.S. has turned over operations in Afghanistan largely to UK-led UN forces, however, this particular rocket, according to first reports, landed just short of a U.S.-led coalition base, landing instead “in the yard of Salabagh School in Asadabad.”

“Shrapnel from the rocket slashed through the children who were studying in the yard because there aren’t enough school buildings,” Hasan said. “Six were killed.”

This is the Afghanistan we liberated and “fixed,” just over four years after allegedly driving the vicious Taliban regime out of power.

This rampant irresponsibility is downright sickening – and everyone is to blame.

And… We’re Back!!!

My apologies for the feigned death of Everything Between over the weekend… call it a classic weekend bender as the site celebrated a bit too hard in its transition into flashier, more spacious digs over at BlueHost.

After a bumpy .sql upload and multiple re-upping, we have landed. And the view is great. (as an aside, the Cubs swept the Cardinals, further proof that this MAY BE THE YEAR)!

Triple-Suicide Attack on Shi’ite Mosque in Baghdad

The violence doesn’t seem to be weaning at all in Iraq…

AFP: Three suicide bombers, two of them disguised as women, killed at least 69 people and wounded 130 as worshippers left a popular Baghdad Shiite mosque after weekly prayers, in the second major attack on Iraq’s majority community in as many days…

In other unsurprising news, no disputes from the White House after allegations that President Bush approved the Plame leak bubbled to the surface.

Cory Doctorow to Join USC Center on Public Diplomacy

Cory DoctorowVery exciting news announced this week for those of us involved in the study and facilitation of public diplomacy…

From the USC press release:

Canadian novelist and technology visionary Cory Doctorow will join the USC Center on Public Diplomacy as a visiting scholar beginning in September, the Canadian Fulbright Commission announced.

Doctorow, who edits the widely read culture and technology blog site Boing Boing, will be the first to hold the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Public Diplomacy.

[…]”I’m looking forward to being part of the academic discourse on the ways that technology can either liberate or control us,” Doctorow said.

In addition to his work at Boing Boing, Cory regularly releases podcasts of his literary works at his website, CrapHound.

Doctorow was a staff member for several years (and remains a fellow) at the Electronic Frontiers Foundation.
Get your Che Doctorow t-shirts at Giant Robot now.

(This blogger is particularly psyched as he will have the privilege of working with Cory as the primary web editor for the USC Center on Public Diplomacy).