More than 240 health-care workers have been infected by Ebola during the West African outbreak. “The emotional burden of doing this is high,” said Walter Lorenzi, head of mission for Doctor Without Borders in Sierra Leone. “The stress, sometimes, can be too much.” (via Birthplace of Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone | The Washington Post)

How a chicken farmer, a pair of princesses, and 27 imaginary spies helped the Allies win World War II. (via The Most Amazing Lie in History | Mental Floss)

Très ravi de fêter aujourd’hui le #mariage de mon ami Kamel et sa belle fiancée Amira. Meilleurs voeux aux nouveaux mariés !

“The reason we are seeing this explode is because, inevitably, Ebola is appearing in some of the weakest states in the world.”

بنات الحومة / homegirls
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It’s hard to explain to regular people how much technology barely works, how much the infrastructure of our lives is held together by the IT equivalent of baling wire. Computers, and computing, are broken. (via Everything Is Broken — The Message — Medium)

I conduct really lengthy—and at times, very personal and somewhat emotional—interviews with the guys whose portraits I ultimately make. I try to start at a very visceral level, where I say, “What does being a successful man mean?” We talk … a while about that. And they start to explain what makes a successful man in their place. Then once we’ve established that, I introduce: “Do you feel like a successful man?” That’s where the conversation usually gets pretty interesting. (via Photographer Pete Muller: Encouraging Men ‘To Be Better than We’ve Been’ ← Ochre)

Instead, the United States puts its thumb on the scales in favor of the stronger party. In this surreal, upside-down vision of the world, it almost seems as if it is the Israelis who are occupied by the Palestinians, and not the other way around. In this skewed universe, the inmates of an open-air prison are besieging a nuclear-armed power with one of the most sophisticated militaries in the world.

If we are to move away from this unreality, the U.S. must either reverse its policies or abandon its claim of being an “honest broker.”

Window study, overlooking the Casbah
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“I met Jim Foley once or twice working in the Middle East, but knew him mostly by his reputation: A friendly, laidback guy who could make people laugh even in the most dire situations. Now that he’s gone, I wish I could believe that such an extraordinary person died striving to inform an American public yearning to know the truth. It’s harder to accept what really happened, which is that he died while people eagerly formed opinions on his profession and the topics he covered without bothering to read the stories he put in front of them.”

When you are at a party and are thrust into conversation with someone, see how long you can hold off before talking about what they do for a living. And when that painful lull arrives, be the master of it. … Just ask the other person what they do, and right after they tell you, say: “Wow. That sounds hard.”

Because nearly everyone in the world believes their job to be difficult. I once went to a party and met a very beautiful woman whose job was to help celebrities wear Harry Winston jewelry. I could tell that she was disappointed to be introduced to this rumpled giant in an off-brand shirt, but when I told her that her job sounded difficult to me she brightened and spoke for 30 straight minutes about sapphires and Jessica Simpson.

La mer
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“Xi’s comments were widely taken as an indication that China would begin arming moderate factions in Missouri, in the hopes of overpowering rogue regime forces and preventing extremism from taking root. An unknown number of Kurdish peshmerga military “advisers” have traveled to the region to help provide security. Gun sales have been spiking in the US since the crisis began.”