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Today at a mini-interview I did with Cambodian-American Amara Chhin-Lawrence, classically trained in Western opera, who’s just finished performing in her country of origin after years of preparation. (Photo courtesy Chean Long)

More Opera updates:

Not Cambodia, but of interest:

Cambodian women face the danger of of acid attacks.
In Afghanistan, they happen too, to keep female students out of class:

“My parents told me to keep coming to school even if I am killed,” said Shamsia, 17, in a moment after class. Shamsia’s mother, like nearly all of the adult women in the area, is unable to read or write. “The people who did this to me don’t want women to be educated. They want us to be stupid things.”

…all I can do is echo a phrase from Amara’s interview: “You are so brave”. What amazing strength and determination.

Bloggery: As the Weblog Awards close, UK nominee Pete Ashton wins his campaign to come in last, and Details Are Sketchy has embraced a similar strategy.
A wrap-up to follow as the reverberations echo through the noosphere. Vote tallies may be adjusted as they were last year.


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