Semi-Charmed Life


Syrian Blogger Kidnapped

This is sad:

A great, feisty Syrian blogger, Amina Abdallah Araf al Omari, who went by the name Gay Girl In Damascus, has been disappeared. Some twenty-something goons, assumed to be agents of Assad, grabbed her on the street. Her last post was a poem, which just brought tears to my eyes. It's worth reprinting in full:

The bird flies free
Knowing no boundaries
Borders mean nothing
When you have wings

My heart and my soul
Long to follow and soar
Out over mountains
And deserts and seas

I have no wings
And earth presses in
Wrapped in a sheet
Forever to lie

Weighed down by dirtclods
Never to feel
Wind on my wings
Sun on my back

Soaring and flying
Freedom is coming
Here am I wanting
To know it one day

Pray for her, wherever she is. And for the people in her country, who are yearning to fly.


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Help Japan

A very depressing morning.


TDW makes a list:

The American Red Cross has set up a special designation for disaster relief efforts in Japan. To donate, click here, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to instantly donate $10.

International Medical Corps says it is putting together relief teams and supplies to aid Japan “and other affected countries.” Donate here.

GlobalGiving’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.

World Vision’s Disaster Response Fund.

Click here to donate to AmeriCares’ emergency relief response.

Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund.

HuffPo has more:

Salvation Army personnel are organizing efforts in Tokyo and will soon send a team to help the severely damaged city of Sendai, Japan. To contribute to earthquake relief, text 'JAPAN' or 'QUAKE' to 80888 to make a $10 donation or visit

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is sending two three-person teams to the Iwate and Miyagi prefectures in Japan. To learn more about the organization's efforts or make a donation, visit

Other relief organizations are also sending representatives to disaster sites, including AmeriCare and Shelterbox.

MercyCorps is gathering donations for its overseas partner, Peace Winds Japan, which currently has personnel on the ground distributing emergency relief in Japan.

Along with an appeal for monetary donations, Operation USA has also announced efforts to collect bulk corporate donations of health care supplies. If you are interested in donating bulk medical items, visit

For any who have loved ones abroad, Google has stepped up to help. Along with a tsunami alert posted on its front page, Google has launched the Person Finder: 2011 Japan Earthquake to help connect people that may have been displaced due to the disaster. Google has also launched a crisis response page filled with local resources and emergency information.

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The Help Japan poster is now available to preorder in the Signalnoise Store, and will be gin shipping on March 18. All profits made by the sale of this poster will be donated to help relief efforts in Japan. Head to the Signalnoise Store now to see full details.


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