Video: Syria's Wounded Generation
At an after-care center near Turkey’s border with Syria, civilians and combatants recover from life-altering injuries. The Times’s Mac William Bishop speaks to casualties of Syria’s brutal civil war.
An entire generation is being killed, maimed, and traumatized. However the conflict turns out, this can’t bode well for the country’s future.
Syrian Death Toll Approaches 93,000, U.N. Says
Ms. Pillay said the killings of “at least 6,561 minors, including at least 1,729 children under 10 years old” were documented, and that there were “well-documented cases of individual children being tortured and executed, and entire families, including babies, being massacred — which, along with this devastatingly high death toll, is a terrible reminder of just how vicious this conflict has become.”
And to think that sources suggest these figures are probably understated.
Tallinn: The Former Soviet City That Gave Birth To Skype : NPR
The Estonian capital is a blend of medieval towers and Soviet architecture that belies its status as one of the world’s most technologically advanced cities. Residents use a smart card to ride the bus. They mail packages and pay for parking with their phones.
Estonia has been on my travel list for some time. I can’t wait.
Depiction of Mansa Musa, ruler of the Mali Empire, from a 1375 Catalan Atlas drawn by Abraham Cresques. Musa, who was the tenth mansa or “King of Kings” of Mali, is shown holding a gold nugget and wearing a European-style crown, signifying his status as one of the richest and most powerful rulers in the world.
The Mali Empire, which covered much of West Africa, once produced half of the world’s gold and salt, becoming a major economic and trading power in and beyond the continent (that’s why the Malian city of Timbuktu, which was a major center in the empire, remains prominent in our vernacular to this day).
By some accounts, Emperor Musa — also known as the Emir of Melle, Lord of the Mines of Wangara, Conqueror of Ghanata, Futa-Jallon, and at least another dozen titles — amassed around $400 billion during his reign from 1312 to 1337, which would make him the richest man in human history.
A devout Muslim, he built mosques, universities, observatories, and other public works throughout his empire, often hiring Europeans and Arabs as architects. At its height, the empire encompassed 400 sophisticated cities which drew in visitors and students from Africa, Europe, and the Middle-East.
During his famous pilgrimage to Mecca, the pious Musa donated his money freely to the poor, and reportedly built mosques every Friday wherever he went. In fact, he spent and gave away so much gold that he reportedly (and inadvertently) triggered economic inflation in the region. This is the only time in recorded history that one man directly controlled the price of gold in the region. His gold even indirectly financed the Italian Renaissance.
The amount of things to see and do in the world can be overwhelming at times. Even within my hometown of Miami, Florida, USA, there is still much left for me to explore. Then there’s the state of Florida and all its varied offerings, then the entirety of the US and all its cultural and geographic diversity, and then the wider world of over 200 other countries and territories.
Even the smallest cities have so much to take in and see, let alone entire countries, continents, and the world. I’m lucky to even be able to learn about these places, given how much is out there. Every photo, article, video, or personal account only whets my appetite for more personal exploration. If only traveling and studying was a paying job.
In any case, this wanderlust will certainly spur me to get to work on pursuing my career in diplomacy and international public administration, the closest I’ll come to making the world a part of my everyday life.