Men in the news
01 September, 2011
Men in the news

Summer is over, school is in and children all over the world are handing in their essays about what they have done over the summer.

I haven’t done much on my three weeks off, stayed in like a hermit crab and tried to enjoy the gentle bliss of the summer vacation. For that to happen I had to disconnect from the rest of the world. I buried my iPhone in the flower pot, disconnected the house l

ine, locked up my computer in the attic and hid all remote controls.

The peace and quiet reigned for two weeks until it became too peaceful and I broke down and turned on the TV. I tuned in on yet another report on CNN on fighting in Libya, or so I thought, but I must have been out of touch with the world for too long, as the fighting from Tripoli Libya had moved to Tripoli in Lebanon. I can see how easily one must get confused, after all there are two Tripolis in two foreign countries, and although CNN has been covering one Tripoli for months now, they really shouldn’t be held accountable. After all, if they haven’t settled on the correct spelling of Colonel Gaddafi’s name, why should they have to settle what Tripoli NATO will be fighting in this week? I’ve had some personal dealings with CNN producers, so the mistake did not surprise me, but it did get me smiling. I didn’t break down in giggles like CNN reporter Anderson Cooper did over his report on Gerard Depardieu’s recent public urination in an isle of an airplane, but to be fair urine jokes rarely get me, as I am not a ten-year-old boy.

Next appliance to come on line was my computer. I had to dust off the numerous cobwebs as spiders here are very industrious, and reconnect to the outside world. If only the US Congress was that industrious, we might have found a way out of the gloom and doom economists predict for our immediate future. Nothing says “Fix your economy” like an eight-hundred-point drop on Wall Street. But economy was on the front pages of every newspaper before I went into my hermit like existence, since then it has disappeared out of Newspapers completely. Instead of articles on the status of US economy I find a piece in  New York Times about the final dismissal of a criminal case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. There is still a civil suit and another sexual assault case awaiting the would be President of France back home, perhaps that is why he is in no hurry to go there, but as far as NY district attorney’s office is concerned, the case against him is done.

From one bizarre ending of a court drama, I go to find another bizarre commotion on a Russian website that celebrates a victory for Abkhazian presidential elections. This election, like every election they have held was lawless and ridiculous. One cannot pretend there has been democratic voting when people who happen to be Georgian and still living in the region are forced out and not allowed to vote, as they watch Russian soldiers signing ballots for them. The law of the land is Russian, the passports are Russian and any president they put there is a Russian puppet. So does it matter who won the illegal elections? Does it mater that they even had elections? “Yesterday, no one lost. Yesterday, we all won,” said the acting President Ashuba, speaking of the election victory for the former vice president Alexander Ankvab. Wise words for someone who is in the know, and yet I wonder what language did he use to say those words in?

There was another wise man with wise words who liked to laugh and hug and tell the world that his people loved him and nothing in the world could make them stop loving him. Where is he now? Not even CNN knows. They are still trying to figure out how to spell his name.

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