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Ishmael Beah

  • Ishmael Beah’s celebrated memoir A Long Way Gone, which is about his time as a boy soldier in Sierra Leone, is being called into question by Sydney newspaper The Australian. If it turns out to be fabricated, it will join a lengthening list of debunked memoirs that includes A Million Little Pieces and Love and Consequences. Beah’s book is a bestseller, having sold more than 700,000 copies. Beah, who appeared at UB in October as part of its Distinguished Speakers Series, is up for a Los Angeles Times Book Award.
  • The death toll for American soldiers in Iraq hit 4,000 on Sunday, just four days into the fifth year of war.
  • Pakistan has just elected Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani. He promises to pass a resolution demanding a U.N. probe into the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, whose party he’s a member of. Gilani, who was imprisoned for five years by President Pervez Musharraf, will also seek the release of judges detained when Musharraf declared a state of emergency last month.
  • Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is voting to adopt democracy today. The small Buddhist state, which lies between China and India, has been under the rule of an absolute monarchy for the past century. The landmark vote was proposed by Bhutan’s royal family to peacefully transition to a constitutional monarchy. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 28, has traveled the country with his father for the past five years, hawking democracy to his 670,000 subjects. He’s expected to maintain an important role in running the new government.
  • Times article ensures that Arkansas teen will be bullied into perpetuity.
  • Over one-quarter of Yellowstone’s migrating bison population has been sent to the slaughterhouse this winter. The bison are being hauled off because they’ve wandered outside of park boundaries in search of food, where they could possibly transmit a disease called brucellosis to local cattle populations. While park employees are doing all they can to keep the animals inside the snow-covered national park, the herds are starving, but can find food in lower elevations. So far a record 1,195 bison have been killed. Said an exasperated Amy McNamara of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, “By next week they’ll be in somebody’s freezer.”