One in 12 marriages are now interracial, according to government statistics. Increased in Hispanic and Asian population are the factors, as marriage between blacks and whites remains stable, although more accepted than in decades past. It is important to note that one partner does not need to classify as "white" to constitute an interracial marriage.
Peggielene Bartels was a secretary at the Embassy of Ghana in Washington, D.C., when she discovered she had been named king of a Ghanaian village at age 55. She became the first female leader of a male-dominated community thousands of miles away from her home in the U.S. Her new book is called "King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village."
Self publishing has never been lower in cost. Electronic publishing allows writers to write what they want and offer it on-line, sell by the unit and build and audience. The printing press has been democratised allowing writers to do what they like, with optional editing and print editions only when they can afford it or there is a demand. Much of the on-line books are fluid, meaning the author can change them at will, instead of being fixed in ink and paper. Readership may be small, but a larger dollar amount goes to the author and the ability for fast feedback and communication through websites, discussion boards and e-mail is a welcome one for most writers, changing how the entire industry operates.
Student loan debt is now higher than credit card debt. Escalating tuition, book costs and cost of living in this "post" recession period are costing students more than ever before. Cuts by states in schools, leading to a decrease in experienced faculty, majors, classes and class sections, have made much higher costing private schools attractive. These schools can guarantee the courses and the faculty, although there are other issues under constant investigation by the government.
Zabadani, the regime had negotiated a cease-fire with local elders. But the following day, government troops launched an assault that looks very much like the one in Homs -- relentless shelling of civilian neighborhoods followed by house-to-house raids. Unlike in Homs, the Free Army in Zabadani has melted away. And the civilians are paying the price. A simliar offensive is now being launched in Daraa. This latest offensive makes it impossible for the international community to ignore the bloodshed, but still, analysts say "cheap" solutions like arming the opposition would only make matters worse.