Over Easy

The community that began with Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner continues. Today we collect news from outside the usual, and renew the discussion.

The injunction Southern Dragon left with us is really vital, and one I’d like to send to the many young women in Nigeria whose fate is so uncertain, whose lives ought to be full of wonder and expectations for a future full of good things. The Boko Haram atrocities increased by the slaughter of more they oppose.

 Boko Haram are said to have gunned down groups of unarmed civilians and set fire to a number of buildings, including a police station, during the rampage in the lawless Borno State.

The atrocity emerged as Britain announced it was sending a team of team of experts to join the hunt for the missing schoolgirls.

The mounting reports of dismal to dangerous conditions for construction workers in Qatar has evoked calls for rewriting the rules to eliminate the harm happening to those working there.

Activists have accused Qatar of forcing construction workers to live in squalor and work under poor safety conditions on some building sites.

Amnesty International also said that a number of domestic workers were subjected to physical and sexual abuse by their employers.

And the London-based Guardian newspaper reported in February that more than 500 Indian migrant workers have died while working in Qatar since 2012.

The Kafala system, which requires all foreign workers to be sponsored by their employers, makes it difficult for people working in Qatar to change jobs or leave the country without an exit permit.

Thousands waited in long lines to cast votes in South Africa as little unrest broke out in the country’s fifth democratic election.

 Groups of people in Johannesburg tell DW they fear their vote will have little influence on the future direction of the country. Others, though, say change can only come about when people cast their vote and chose the leader they believe in.


Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.