Books Worth a Look

  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave - This book is a must read. Better than anything else I've read, it takes you vividly into the life of a person in the 3rd world who has no choice but to escape. It is brilliantly written & works well as an audio book. Often I've sent info about the wonderful refugees I've met in Europe. We know only so much of their plight as it is painful for them to recall much less live through again by recounting it. But over time it is clear what they've lived through. This book is excellent as you discover the horrors of their world. Somewhat how to me, it is like being in Europe near a Concentration Camp. One has an obligation to visit it. 'Never to Forget.' In this case, to have our eyes opened.
  • Garbage King by Eliz Laird - The book is set on the streets on Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia and here lives Mamo and his sister Tiggist. When Mamo's "uncle" offers a job, he soon sets out on a bus to work. Little does he know that he is actually being sold into slavery...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Politics - oil & BP as seen here

Sadly its inherent nonsense knows no national boundaries.

Boris Johnson, the quirky London mayor, and some Tories have blasted the President & others for attacking Britain over the BP oil disaster. I checked with Sid who devours the news. Seems not the case, as I suspected.

Newspaper are not to be denied. They go on and on about it. Commentators of ocurse cannot be left in the dust!

One problem for Britain in some pension funds are heavily invested in BP. That said, they did choose to invest in oil - not an inherently conservative investment.

As an interviewee on Radio 4 as I type says: BP is an incredibly important company to Britain.

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Thoughts on the amazing people I get to meet.

Rich, my 19 year old friend, soon to be Franciscan and recent community member at Haley House in Boston. An article he wrote.