Long Awaited Post

It’s been entirely too long since my last post! One of the pitfalls of being a freelance writer/journalist is that sometimes you need to take on projects just to pay the bills and often these can take up a lot of energy and free time normally reserved for blogging.  

In any case, RestlessRani is still restless and will return with more posts.  

In the meantime, I hope you can check out the Portfolio link above to read some of the work I’ve been doing.  

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If everyone opposes slavery, why has the Trafficking Victims Protection Act died?

I was lucky enough to cover the President’s speech at the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2012. In the thick of a hard-fought campaign, with Mitt Romney having spoken to the same crowd earlier that day, the President gave a decidedly apolitical speech regarding the plight of the trafficked woman/girl/sex worker and the human rights atrocities taking place all over the world. It’s disheartening to hear about the TVPA being quashed and one hopes another similar bill will take it’s place or there will be renewed support for this one. As Hilary Clinton leaves the State department, it is a concern whether issues directly affecting women and girls will once again be put on the back burner….

LIVE BLOG: Jyoti Singh Pandey, women’s rights, and the future of India

PolicyMic.com is once again hosting a LIVE BLOG I will be continuously updating with news regarding the tragic and brutal gang rape and beating of Jyoti Singh Pandey and the spark it ignited for Indian women.  Protests and candlelight vigils continue as police violence against protesters calms.  The pre-trial hearing was today in Delhi and there were naturally some shocking things happening…(links within the live blog to previous pieces for more in-depth coverage.)  I’ll be updating with some first-hand accounts from protesters and journalists in India as well.

 

Glad to hear Secretary Clinton is back at work and laughing!

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Hillary Clinton went back to work as secretary of state this morning and was greeted by colleagues showing off their sense of humor.

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UPDATE: This isn’t just more brown people protesting…My take on the Delhi protests

I’ve written a follow up to my previous article and post, a roundup of events concerning Indian government officials and politicians.  Please pass on for those interested!

Here’s the piece.

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2013: Year ahead

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I hope you all get to laugh, dance, and know more in 2013, Happy New Year!  It’s been a year of ups and downs, a move, a career change, and a host of other experiences.  Here’s to a better, brighter, less stressful next year!

Taking a cue from my Twitter friend, @KimLW over at Midnight Snark, I’m not making resolutions.  I’m making a To Do list!

In no particular order, 35 things I’d like to do or accomplish in 2013:

1.  Continue with the FiftyFifty.me challenge, see here. Did horribly this year due to  the year mentioned above, but I’m more positive about 2013.

2. Get my scuba diving certification.

3.  Get to a beach. Desperately.

4. Use my frequent flyer miles.

5. Take a long bike ride.

6. Join a book club.

7. Get a byline on a major website or publication.

8. Complete a 5k.

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9. Fit into *that* dress.

10. Try at least 10 new recipes.

11. Pay off my credit card debt.  If I were to rank them, this would be #1.

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12. Get a professional headshot taken.

13. I’m learning Spanish, so, keep doing that.

14. Take an improv/flying/something new class.

15. Have someone introduce me as a journalist/writer/etc. I call myself these things in an attempt to legitimize my career change, but I want and need someone else who is more established to introduce me as one.

16. Volunteer my time to an organization that helps the homeless, veterans, or children.

17. Make a piece of jewelry.  I’ve lost one of so many pairs of earrings, part of this is coming up with a better way to organize what jewelry I have.

18. Compile all my digital photographs in one place.

19. Take another sewing class.

20. Make it through at least 60% of my Instapaper queue by end of each month.  I’m just accumulating articles without reading them.

21.  Write a letter to an Editor.

22. Get a piece of paid travel writing published.

23. See a live show, preferably someone like The Roots.

24. Go to at least 3 museums.

25. Start my ‘Pictures of Libraries’ photo series.  It’s exactly what you think it is.

26. Write 2-3 blog posts a week.

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27. Cook something with herbs I’ve grown (in my apartment window sill)

28. Add to a retirement account.

29. Buy a nice DSLR camera. Learn how to use said camera properly.

30. 3 words: Flash. Dance. Mob.

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31. Become a morning person. (I can’t stop laughing at this one.)

32. Get my parents a really great anniversary gift. I wasn’t able to this year.

33. Play Fantasy Football. Haven’t done it in years.

34. Renew my professional certifications and memberships.

35. Feel like this about something:

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I’ll probably add to the list as the year goes on and will do periodic reviews!  Happy New Year everyone! What are you planning to do in 2013?!

This isn’t just more brown people protesting…My take on the Delhi protests

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…but unfortunately, outside India, in the West, that’s what many may see.  There’s been a dearth of coverage outside the subcontinent regarding the protests taking place right now in Delhi, India.  On 16 December, a 23 year old medical student who we now know as Damini, was riding a bus with her boyfriend.  She was brutally beaten, gang raped, and then thrown out of the bus while it was moving.  So severe was her attack that she had massive organ damage.  It was reported yesterday by Reuters, that she had passed away after being flown to Singapore for additional treatment.  Western media is now paying attention to the story.  

Of course, hers not the only gang rape, the only tragic situation.  In India, there are hundreds, maybe more, and because of the media the stories are now getting coverage.  My hope is that these victims realize all the support they have and are not ashamed that their stories are made public.  Social media seemed to have a fairly comprehensive coverage of the events that media here in the States did not.  I was able to talk to some people in Delhi covering the events as well.  Please pass this story on to those fighting for women’s rights, it’s an important story from the world’s largest democracy.  

 

I’ll be updating this post with links and pieces of information, as I can.  

From ThirdEyeMom, a piece answering the question many of us have regarding refugees.

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The onset of the Syrian conflict over 21 months ago has been utterly devastating. Thousands of Syrians have been displaced and over 540,000 Syrians are registered refuges in the neighboring countries of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt. Unfortunately the refuge crisis is only getting worse. Bordering countries have seen a huge sudden increase of over 140,000 refuges in just the last six weeks. Furthermore, on Wednesday The UN predicted that if things don’t calm down in Syria and the ugly Civil War does not end soon, the number of Syrian refuges could explode to over 1.1 million by early summer.

As winter blankets Syria and her neighbors, the conditions at the refuge camps are grim. In some camps, women and children represent over 75% of the refugees such as in Zaatari, Jordan, which has 30,000 refugees at the moment. Families are struggling to survive and feed their families, living…

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LIVE VIDEO: Obama to nominate Kerry for secretary of state (1:30pET)

Hey, old, wealthy, Northeastern, white guy..it’s your year. Your. Year.

All joking aside, i think Senator Kerry would make an excellent Secretary of State, but having Susan Rice at the helm could have carried on all the wonderful work Secretary Clinton has done for women and girls around the world.

First Word: NRA says to get more armed cops in schools

This ‘press conference’ was nothing short of a television commercial. They decided not to take questions, advocated for armed guards in each school in the country, and attacked the media as one of the main culprits in the tragedy of Newtown. So, all in all, a winning performance for the NRA. Absolutely no mention of background checks, assault weapons ban, or a constructive mention of mental health issues and ability to obtain firearms. As I said in my earlier post/article – even responsible gun owners will tell you, there is no need for semi-automatic and automatic weapons. As Tamron Hall of MSNBC noted today: “You don’t have to be anti-gun to be anti-assault weapons.”