Caroline Kennedy launches new book of poems

AOL Patch.com
April 21, 2011

Text and photo by Ted Regencia

SKOKIE, Ill — Underscoring the importance of poetry in her family, Caroline Kennedy appeared before a large audience in Skokie on Wednesday to launch a new book of poems.

The only surviving child of the late President John F. Kennedy and wife Jacqueline, Caroline greeted an estimated 500 people and signed her book She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems at Barnes and Noble in Old Orchard Mall on Wednesday.

In her new book, which is inpsired by her reflections after turning 50 years old in 2007, Kennedy writes, “When everyday life distracts us, poetry can help us feel centered.”

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Former Iraq minister: Corruption, foreign intervention fester country

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April 01, 2011

Text and photo by Ted Regencia

CHICAGO — Addressing a crowd of foreign policy experts, former Iraqi finance minister Ali Allawi warned corruption and overt meddling by neighboring countries threaten his Iraq’s young democracy.

Allawi told members of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs that “the continuous involvement of foreign powers in the internal affairs” of Iraq “is a very dangerous phenomenon,” pointing to Turkey, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United States as the culprits.

He said the “weakness” of Iraq’s political leaders created a vacuum for foreign interference.

“Everybody, in one way or another, got involved in the Iraqi political scene mainly because, I think, of the weakness, to some extent cowardice, of the Iraqi politicians,” said Allawi, who now serves as a fellow at Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

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