Archive for March, 2009

Children’s Drawings

Rod Cox has initiated a cultural and educational exchange of children’s pictures between Gazan schoolchildren and schoolchildren in the U.K. Health authorities in Gaza say it is really important for children’s mental health that they maintain positive contact with the rest of the world and that this project will help them.

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Victor Jara was an outspoken supporter of Salvador Allende’s populist politics and helped to get him elected president in 1970. Upon the coup of 1973 and General Augusto Pinochet’s grasp of power, Victor Jara was arrested, brought to the national stadium with thousands of others, and over three days was electrocuted, his hands broken, and finally shot to death on September 15, 1973. According to his wife, with broken hands he wrote his last poem on scraps of paper that were smuggled out of the stadium by survivors. The final words of which include:

“Silence and screams are the end of my song.”

Which begs the question: What would you do for the struggle of your people?



P.S. “El Derecho de Vivir en Paz” means “The Right to Live in Peace”

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Art by Ben Heine

Art by Ben Heine



Some say I’m only dreaming, putting meaning in peace meetings

That I believe in all these things that no one else is seeing.

and I feel my heart beating when I hear the voices pleading

scream in bitter agony like a two year old who’s teething


All these fantasies unhealthy like eating empty calories

And it’s hard to see possibilities when planes bomb factories,

Destroy economies and all the hopes inside of me.

All this shit is killing me like clogged pulmonary arteries


And I can’t separate myself from it, see this struggle’s a part of me.

So that explains the pain I’m feeling, why it’s so hard to breathe

And as I step in puddles of blood, my eyes grow watery

Subtly wipe the tears away, and request you to pardon me


‘Cause these constant calamities have made me complicit and compliant

Find myself falling to my knees when I used to stand defiant

It might be a thousand years before all these guns become silent

So I’ll stick to these dreams as a means to free me from the violence


It started before they reported disorder in 1948

Before they cornered three quarters of my people and forced’em to evacuate.

It’s evil.

How one people promised the land of a second people to a third people,

Spurned people to give birth to an absurd people,

a preferred people who transfer people.

Rape and murder people,

ignore world consensus and commit human rights offenses

then hide the evidence, building security fences

claiming self defense while massacring the defenseless.


So I’m patiently waiting for the creation of a sovereign nation

cuz a two-state negotiations is useless if it won’t end the occupation,

So I’m basically wasting my breath on deaf and dumb populations

the situation mishandled, so dismantled like Russian space stations


And I see them change the information to control the debate.

Say my peace is a dream, but it seems I’m the only one who’s awake.

I’m sorry if I’m mistaken, though this situation’s got my knees shakin

I can’t accept the feeling that this whole fuckin’ time.

I was only dreaming. 



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America’s Next Top Retard


God bless the streets of NYC. One day thousands will protests in the streets for civil rights, the next they’re being stampeded while trying to be on a reality TV program. 




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Everything is so amazing and nobody is happy

oh, this is too good…

“…Now we live in an amazing, amazing world and it’s wasted on the crappiest generation of just spoiled idiots. This is what people are like now…they’ve got their phones, and theyre like “ughh it wont turn…” Give it a second! Its going to space..can you give it a second to get back from space?…”

“I was on an airplane and there was internet on the’s the newest thing I know that exists…. then it breaks down..the guy next to me goes “pssh, this is bullshit!” Like how quickly the world owes him for something he knew existed only ten seconds ago…”

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It’s Shocking, But You Eat It

It’s a reaction that feels “a little north of Pop Rocks, and south of putting a 9-volt battery in your mouth,” says Keith Dusko, director of operations for Haru, a chain of restaurants in New York, Boston and Philadelphia… .The plants are known in the U.S. as “Szechuan buttons,” “sansho buttons” or “electric buttons”…

Although the recommended serving size is only part of a button, guest host Robert Smith decided to pop a whole one into his mouth. “Oh. It’s like eating grass,” Robert says. “Oh… oh… oh… There’s a total tingle on the tip of my tongue… I’m producing massive amounts of saliva.”

i’ve totallyyy gotta get my hands on some…

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Readings of Islamic texts

i have an interest in the idea of an islamic reformation and a rereading of islamic texts… not to say i support the entire movement or every attempt to reform the faith because id rather not have 15 editions of the Quran, but when a cleric is telling men they can be breastfed by female coworkers, i have to draw the line somewhere… and the topic in general is just filled with some pretty interesting debates.

maybe its not a wholesale reformation that we need, just a filtering out of the idiots.

anyway one example of this is a discussion i heard on the radio about a verse in the Quran that talks about God transforming humans into apes and swine: Shall I tell thee of a worse (case) than theirs for retribution with Allah? Worse (is the case of him) whom Allah hath cursed, him on whom His wrath hath fallen! Worse is he of whose sort Allah hath turned some to apes and swine, and who serveth idols. Such are in worse plight and further astray from the plain road. (5:60)

there are couple of other verses that make this reference too. the host mentioned how in the popular culture of the middle east, many muslims treat the verses as a reference to jews…and some clerics will invoke the verse as an insult to jews…in saudi school books for example, the verses are explained in that way.

anthropology professor Gregory Starrett explained the origins of the phrase as addressing the children of israel and chastising them for their disobedience. The professor said the verse is a warning to anyone who disobeys God, whether they be Christians, Jews, or Muslims. Obviously, a literal reading would be that God in fact transformed a group of Hebrews into apes and pigs. A more metaphorical reading would be that God is simply telling his children that if they disobey his commandments, then they might as well be akin to apes, who lack reasoning abilities. there’s a debate among Muslim theologians to this day over these verses… i guess the main issue that underlies most of these conflicts having to do with how islam is practiced and understood, is that of interpretation and authority. are certain verses to be taken literally or metaphorically, and who has the right to expolate these verses? the problem is especially prevalent within the sunni world, where there is no clearly defined religious leadership or hierarchy of scholarship.

i guess the saga continues…

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