The director of the film ‘Saving Face,’ Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, has just been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World (http://ti.me/Jg6ano). Her film looks at a part of Pakistan where it’s not uncommon for women to have had acid thrown in their face. I profiled Obaid-Chinoy and her film in a piece earlier this year (http://yhoo.it/yAOMIY).
Israel must be wiped off the map?
Israeli Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy, Dan Meridor, says Ahmadinejad never actually used those words: http://bit.ly/HT2PJi [via YNet]. A top Iranian adviser said the same to me in an interview last month: http://on.cnn.com/HXSujf
Syria: Plan B?
Where will U.S. lead on Syria? The cease-fire is failing. U.S. allies are now asking is there a Plan B. Check out this post from John Rogin’s blog The Cable: http://bit.ly/667VtP
Does Foreign Aid help or hurt Africa?
The graphic showing the six fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa fascinates me http://bit.ly/IRfjDi [via AlJazeera]. On the other hand reports say that the explosive population growth in Africa is dangerous as economic growth is not keeping up in Sub-Saharan Africa.