Here is the obituary for Perween Rahman, a remarkable woman who risked her life to help the poor in Karachi and was finally murdered. She was a major source of inspiration for “Instant City.” Today a Karachi friend writes, “She was a ray of hope…I feel powerless.”
|—||Novelist Mohsin Hamid to me as we discussed his 228-page “How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.” http://n.pr/Zpe3wV|
A selection of Beirut graffiti for you today. 1. This Live, Love, Beirut stencil is everywhere. 2. Free your mind, Kill your TV. 3. C02 Kills 4. The incredible multi-eyed manic monster I posted about yesterday. 5. Translates roughly to, “A revolution against the regime, not a copy of the regime.” In Arabic a play on words. 6. Free Syria, then a famous Arabic verse, again roughly translated: “If, one day, a people desires to live, then fate will answer their call.” 7. Love is our resistance. 8 Not sure about this one and 9 Cause you have to find a little humor in all of this.
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A chart via the U.S. Census on the growth of America’s foreign-born over the last several decades
My adoption - and my daughter’s. Read the story at The Daily Beast:
How you are unlikely to die
ON FEBRUARY 15th DA14, an asteroid 45 metres across, will sail past the Earth at 7.8km a second (4.9 miles a second). At just 27,700km away, it is well within the range of communication satellites. It will be the closest encounter on record with an asteroid this big. In 1908 an asteroid estimated to be around 100 metres in diameter destroyed 2,000 km² of forest in Siberia. Thankfully, such events are rare.
Events at the Karachi LIterature Festival included a dinner at Port Grand, the wild harborfront development described at the start of this article.