Around Iraq, TVs in offices, cafes and homes are tuned to live feeds of the protests in Egypt. It seems like all of Iraq is talking about what it might look like if another longtime Arab dictator falls.
Yet, as with a lot of things in Iraq, the reaction to the uprising in Egypt depends on whom you ask.
In a Shiite neighborhood, amid the battery of checkpoints, one policeman says he figures he ought to be more polite now, because people might take to the streets and try to get the police fired.
Florida is the epicenter of a prescription drug abuse epidemic. Each day in communities from Jacksonville to Fort Lauderdale, thousands of doses of powerful narcotics like oxycodone are dispensed in pain clinics — storefront operations also called "pill mills."
When he started at the Broward County Sheriff's department 30 years ago, Al Lamberti says, the department was raiding crack houses and busting junkies.
"Nowadays, the drug dealers are working out of strip malls," he says.
This week, for the second time, a federal judge has struck down part or all of the health care law enacted by Congress last year. But legal experts caution against drawing any conclusions from these decisions.
In December, Federal District Court Judge Henry Hudson in Virginia struck down the section of the law requiring citizens to buy health care coverage or pay a penalty. This week, Federal District Court Judge Roger Vinson in Florida invalidated the entire law. However, two other federal judges have upheld the law.
Waving Egyptian flags, chanting slogans and holding signs saying "Out to President Hosni Mubarak," about two-dozen protesters gathered in the cold recently at the back lawn of the White House. In the crowd of mostly young demonstrators was 60-year-old Egyptian-American Hossam Mohammed, who said he never thought he'd live to see the revolution.
"Never, never," he said. "Today, I have the time of my life. Today, I feel proud of my country, of myself. Time to get rid of this dictator."
The power of the Internet to promote change has been part of the story in Egypt. However, there is a darker side — another success story online: using the Internet to promote violence and recruit terrorists around the world.
Countering that threat was the focus of a meeting of top counterterrorism officials and specialists recently in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The experts there used complicated terms like "radical narratives" and "counter-narratives." Then, one young American woman brought all the concepts down to the emotional and the concrete.
This is a dish that I created using leftover ingredients I had on hand, but is very much in the style of any Chinese stir-fry in Trinidad, using meat, sweet soy sauce, rum and hot pepper as key ingredients. It is good with plain white rice or a flat bread such as pita or roti. Chicken, shrimp or beef can be substituted for the pork.
Makes 4 servings
1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (available in Chinese markets)
Bean cakes made from kidney or black beans, and even sometimes black-eyed peas, are a local variation on Chinese moon cakes made from adzuki beans. Popular in Trinidad and, even more so, Guyana, I've never seen a home cook prepare these, as a number of good local bakeries usually have them on hand. Here is the recipe I've developed for these cakes, which you will find varies slightly in taste and appearance from the authentic Chinese version. The recipe is adapted from my book Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago (Hippocrene 2010).
Dasheen pork melds local ingredients with old-world Chinese cooking style. It is an iconic Trinidad Chinese dish. Dasheen is the local word for taro. The recipe is adapted from my book Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago (Hippocrene 2010).
4 to 6 servings
2 pounds boneless pork shoulder
1 bay leaf
1 clove garlic, slightly crushed, plus 2 cloves garlic, minced
5 whole cloves, slightly crushed
4 medium taro roots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices (available in Asian, Caribbean or Latino markets)