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Russia, Georgia Mark One Year After War for South Ossetia

Today is the one year anniversary of the war between Russia and Georgia. The two countries were fighting over the South Ossetia area which was legally a part of Georgia but is more closely linked to Russia. After a long period of military build up on both sides last year, Georgian troops moved into the area and were repelled by Russian troops. Russia has declared the area to be independent while Georgia still maintains South Ossetia lawfully belongs to them, Bloomberg.

Oddly, the anniversary may have something to do with the denial of service attack that brought down Facebook, Livejournal, and Twitter yesterday. A 34-year-old Georgian man says that his online accounts were the targets of the attack yesterday. The man, whose username is Cyxymu, is a pro-Georgia blogger. He feels the attack was an effort to remove his content from public viewing and that the interference with Twitter and other applications was just collateral damage. We’ll be following this story, CNN.

The new leader of the Tamil Tigers, Selvarasa Pathmanathan, has been arrested by Sri Lanka. The Tamil people suffered a cripping offensive by the Sri Lanka military earlier this year. Sri Lanka claimed that Tamil Tiger militants were using civilians as human shields. It is unknown how many died, New York Times.

Iraq has suffered a rash of attacks against mosques and pilgrims. At least 30 are dead and 88 were injured by a car bomb in Rasheediyah, Iraq that detonated outside a Shiite mosque as worshippers were leaving Friday prayers. 20,000 police have been deployed to Karbala, Iraq in an effort to protect pilgrims as they make their way to the city to celebrate the birth of Mohammed al-Mahdi, the 12th Shiite imam. It is believed that he will return to earth bringing peace and harmony. Pilgrims have been killed and injured by bombing on the roads to Karbala, but no incidents have taken place inside the city. The event is being looked at as a test of the competence of the Iraqi security forces, Associated Press.

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Iran Protest Supporters Rally Around the World

Supporters of human rights around the world are coming out to rallies today to show their support for the protesters in Iran, CNN. Follow United 4 Iran on Twitter for updates.

In the space of 24 hours, two toddlers, one in Las Vegas and one in South Carolina,  have accidentally shot their older siblings after playing with improperly secured guns, BBC News. Earlier this week, a five year old boy in Las Vegas died after he shot himself in the head with a gun he found in his father’s car. The child’s father has been charged with endangerment, Las Vegas Sun.

US Vice President Joe Biden reaffirmed America’s support of the aims of the Ukraine and Georgia to join NATO, Washington Post.

Suicide bombers attacked a courthouse in Khost, a city in southeastern Afghanistan. The attackers wore burqas to conceal bombs they had placed on their bodies. Four people were injured in the attack and all seven attackers were killed as they attacked the complex. One managed to set off explosives in a car before being shot by police. Two police and two civilians, a woman and a child, were injured, Associated Press.

President Obama’s weekly address discusses the impact of health care reform on small businesses.

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Homeless Man Jumps Into Canadian River to Save Teen

Laos officials announced today that a British woman accused of drug smuggling in the Asian country won’t face the death penalty because she is pregnant. 20-year-old Samantha Orobator, arrested last August, has been charged with carrying a pound of heroin, which usually results in death by firing squad, but it is illegal to sentence pregnant women to death in Laos. Orrobator became pregnant while imprisoned, with some reports claiming she had also been two months pregnant when arrested, but miscarried in prison, CNN.

Jestina Mukoko, a Zimbabwe human rights activist, has been sent back to jail after planning to overthrow President Robert Mugabe from power. 17 others have also been ordered back, and some say they gave false confessions after being tortured, BBC News.

The American Tony award nominations have been announced with Elton John’s musical Billy Elliot receiving 15, the most of any show. God of Carnage‘s four leads – James Gandolfini, Hope Davis, Marcia Gay Harden and Jeff Daniels – all received nominations, NY Times.

Georgia says a brief mutiny has been settled at a military base near Tbilisi. The government had initially blamed the mutiny on Russia, but has since recanted and said the aim was to disrupt NATO exercises, Wa Po.

A Winnipeg homeless man jumped into a river to save a teen who had fallen off the Provencher Bridge on Sunday. Farron Hall jumped into cold water to save the boy and made his way against the current back to the riverbank with the teen. Hall has been released from the hospital, but the boy’s condition is not known. Hall has been hailed a hero by the town, CBC.

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UGA Professor/Athens Shooter Zinkhan Was Reclusive, Neighbor Says

More information is surfacing about George Zinkhan, the University of Georgia marketing professor who killed three near downtown Athens this morning. Three people were shot fatally, including Zinkhan’s wife (also reported as his ex-wife), Marie Bruce and two men, Tom Tanner and Ben Teague. Two others were injured. Zinkhan is currently still at large.

CNN has information from a board member of the Town and Gown Players who says the theater group was hosting a reunion picnic. Marie Bruce was president of the Town and Gown Players.

Athens is hosting one of its biggest events year today. 30,000 people are currently in town for the Twilight Criterium, an annual professional cycling event and festival. Police presence is high as the search for Zinkhan continues.

Zinkhan was a respected academic, although his neighbors say he seemed more like a blue collar worker than a professor and that he kept to himself. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes that Zinkhan wrote a poem (which now seems chilling) that was posted to a page of the American Marketing Association Web site:

“the dark department head is always lurking,

making the rounds with a crooked, yankee-trader smile,

full of false promise about a better time to come.”

Update: More poetry from Zinkhan at the American Marketing Association website (fyi, a few links are not working).

Here is the full text of the above-sampled poem:


ARC:Etc.:Arts:Marketing as Life: sailing on the accountancy

ARContribution by George N. Zinkhan

“sailing on the accountancy”
over the years, our accounting department reaps great
benefits, because of the large numbers of students who
clamor to wet their beak at our fountain of knowledge

of course, in the long run, this is
so much better than the opposite situation —  the dying discipline,
staffed by shadowy faculty members and thin excuses

nonetheless, in the short run, this means that we teach many,
many, many (extra) classes — always
with vague promises of relief in the future

the dark department head is always lurking,
making the rounds with a crooked, yankee-trader smile,
full of false promise about a better time to come


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