Egypt Independent: Living-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Life%20Style/rss.xml en AP criticized for reference to Amal Clooney as 'actor's wife' http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2456761 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/01/03/499612/amal_clooney.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>In a recent tweet that quickly became controversial, the Associated Press (AP) referred to well-known human rights lawyer Amal Clooney as the &quot;actor&#39;s wife&quot;, associating her with husband and Hollywood actor George Clooney.</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Amal Clooney, actor&#39;s wife, representing Al-Jazeera journalist accused in Egypt of ties to extremists <a href="http://t.co/i6nQg0xPg3">http://t.co/i6nQg0xPg3</a></p>&mdash; The Associated Press (@AP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AP/status/637537065442390016">August 29, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><div>Clooney has had a long and successful career in international, human rights and criminal law. Her latest work has been in representing Canadian Al-Jazeera journalist Mohammed Fahmy who, along with his two colleagues, has been found guilty of broadcasting false news and working without a press license. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>According to a report written by Business Times, Clooney has defended high profile clients, such as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Libya&rsquo;s Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, the son of the former Libyan president, Muammar Qaddafi.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In April 2015, Clooney announced that she would represent former president of the Maldives, Mohammed Nashed, during his ongoing arbitrary detention.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>AP&#39;s Twitter account was bombarded by users condemning the news agency for its comment. They criticized AP for being stuck in the 1950s, when a woman&#39;s value was based on who their husbands were.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Seriously, Amal is just an accessory to her husband&#39;s life, not a successful lawyer in her own right,&rdquo; one Twitter user said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Another user sarcastically mentioned that the tweet was no big deal. After all, when Amal is not being George Clooney&#39;s wife, it&#39;s not as though she&#39;s a high profile human rights lawyer or anything.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A professor from The School of Information and Library Science also weighed in on the topic.</div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">!!! Fixed it for you <a href="https://twitter.com/AP">@AP</a>. Let me know if you need an introduction to the 21st century. <a href="https://t.co/Zj5K0ocvto">https://t.co/Zj5K0ocvto</a> <a href="http://t.co/tgI27xGWhg">pic.twitter.com/tgI27xGWhg</a></p>&mdash; Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep) <a href="https://twitter.com/zeynep/status/637609688943755266">August 29, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">After receiving so many negative responses from Twitter users, AP corrected the name, referring to Clooney as the &quot;human rights lawyer&quot;. The correction was noted by Twitter users, one of whom said &quot;T</span><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">hanks for checking the gender bias qualifier at the door</span><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 18px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><font color="#292f33" face="Arial, sans-serif">&quot;.</font></span></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney criticizes prison terms handed down to three Al-Jazeera English journalists <a href="http://t.co/66vCWMt1Gb">http://t.co/66vCWMt1Gb</a></p>&mdash; The Associated Press (@AP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AP/status/637560475870449664">August 29, 2015</a></blockquote> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:45:00 +0000 Hend El-Behary 2456761 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/01/03/499612/amal_clooney.jpg The dharma of dollars: What Buddhism says about money and meaning http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2456701 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/08/29/501010/buddhism_08-29-15.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Buddhism, which holds that wealth is temporary and no path to happiness, might not sound like the best source for money wisdom.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Not so, says Ethan Nichtern, the prominent Buddhist teacher, who has written a new book, &quot;The Road Home,&quot; on self-awareness and spiritual seeking.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Money is unavoidable and it is people&#39;s attitude to it that causes worry and stress, says Nichtern, who sat down with Reuters to discuss how money fits into a spiritual approach to the world.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Q: Can we escape our connection to money - or should we?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A: We need to have some kind of system for measuring how we consume, produce, and share. So there will always be money in any complex society. And any human who wants to pay the rent has to learn the rules of budgeting.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But it&#39;s not just a necessary evil. Money can also be spiritual or divine, by powering whatever positive activity you want to engage in.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Q: You were raised in money-centric New York City. Did that shape your views?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A: Growing up on the Upper West Side and in the East Village, I certainly realized how important money was. It determines so much of the structure of our world, and it also brings so much stress along with it. Especially in New York, people feel burdened by the need for the security and status that money brings. That&#39;s why we all need to open up and have this conversation. I&#39;ve never had the (billionaire) Koch Brothers in my class, though - that could be awkward.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Q: Why is money seen as the solution to all our problems?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A: In life, we are all wandering around in circles, thinking that our next stop will be exactly what we have always been looking for. But we never arrive - it&#39;s an illusion of an oasis. It is the same thing with materialism: The idea that &#39;If I get the right stuff, I will finally feel at home.&#39; But we can never acquire enough stuff.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Q: Why are we so dependent on something so abstract?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A: First money was gold coins, then it was paper, and at a certain point it just became computer files. Money has become more and more abstract, and we are basically just agreeing that this is the way things are. But that doesn&#39;t make it any less powerful. Even though it is abstract, we cling to it as part of our identity.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Q: People&#39;s foremost money worry is retirement. How can we deal with that anxiety?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A: Buddhism teaches about cause and effect. So by all means, prepare for retirement. There is nothing wrong with that. But the other way to look at it is, if the mind is insecure, then no amount of money will ever make us feel safe. Even if you saved US$50 million, you would just worry about something else, like getting cancer or having a car accident. Just try to remember that everyone else on earth has a similar anxiety. Then you won&#39;t feel so alone. So plan well, and then let go.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Q: How can people use money as a positive tool?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A: We are taught to use money in ways that isolate us. But money is an exchange. If there was only one person in the world, you could be a trillionaire, but it wouldn&#39;t even matter because all that money would be worthless.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Think about how money connects you to other people. From a Buddhist standpoint, you should think about how to use that money to empower others.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Q: Any final messages about the possibilities of money?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A: You can be an awakened human being, and also make a living at the same time. When people say money is dirty, then they are just leaving it all to people who don&#39;t have any spiritual practices or values. That is an abdication of our responsibilities. Those of us with compassion actually need to go deeper into these arenas. With money, we can empower some very meaningful things in the world.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:37:00 +0000 Reuters 2456701 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/08/29/501010/buddhism_08-29-15.jpg Instagram breaks out of the square http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2456684 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/07/17/43/instagram-icon.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>After five years of square-shaped tyranny, Instagram will finally allow users to post portrait and landscape photos and videos.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Facebook (FB, Tech30)-owned photo-sharing tool announced the change Thursday morning. To start posting photos in their original shapes, users must update their iOS and Android Instagram apps to version 7.5. When you select an image or video, a new button will appear in the bottom left corner. Tap to toggle between square and not-square.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For some Instagram photographers, this update is great news. No more cropping out feet, lesser bridesmaids, tops of giraffes or scenic backgrounds. For others who found the constraint inspiring, it might take some getting used to.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Square format has been and always will be part of who we are,&quot; said the company in a blog post. &quot;That said, the visual story you&#39;re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple and fun for you to share moments just the way you want to.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Instagram&#39;s square crop and faded filters were originally designed to mimic medium-format film cameras. You could work around the restrictions and post rectangle photos using third-party apps. But you had to shrink them down and pad them with negative space.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>That hasn&#39;t stopped people from shunning the square. According to Instagram, one in five posts aren&#39;t in the square format.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>If the first big post is any indication, advertising dollars may have played a part in the decision. The official Star Wars Instagram account posted a widescreen video on Thursday morning. The clip has already receive more than 80,000 likes.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Videos will now have the same filters as photos, and you can adjust the intensity as you would with a still image. If you don&#39;t see the new features right away, check back later. They&#39;re rolling out throughout the day.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:46:00 +0000 CNN 2456684 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/17/43/instagram-icon.jpg La Tomatina: The world's biggest food fight http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2456680 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/08/29/501184/la_tomatima.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Each August, around 20,000 people head to the tiny Valencian town of Bunol, Spain for the <u><a href="http://www.latomatinatours.com/"><span style="color:#0000ff;">La Tomatina</span></a></u> festival -- an excuse to hurl 170 tons of ripe tomato slop at one another.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Why?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Well, the origins are obscure.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Some say it started when a spat broke out beside a vegetable stall in the 1940s.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>What&#39;s certain is that it&#39;s the world&#39;s biggest food fight and a major tourist draw.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>To ensure it doesn&#39;t turn into &quot;Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!&quot; there are strict rules in place.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>No throwing tomatoes that aren&#39;t squashed and no throwing anything that isn&#39;t a tomato.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>There&#39;s no dress code, but old T-shirts, perhaps accessorized with goggles seem to be the thing.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>There&#39;s a huge <u><a href="http://www.latomatinatours.com/la-tomatina-after-party.asp"><span style="color:#0000ff;">after party</span></a></u> too.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The booze is advertised as cheap -- probably even cheaper if the order&#39;s a Bloody Mary.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="670" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mE9VBqDe6GQ" width="536"></iframe></div><div>Festival photo by <a href="http://www.latomatinatours.com/"><span style="color:#0000ff;">La Tomatina tours event</span></a></div> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:08:00 +0000 CNN 2456680 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/08/29/501184/la_tomatima.jpg