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One thing, one thing is better than nothing, Invisible and transparent, flesh appears Touch, sight, life, and feeling Breathe in, breathe out, deep and long Life comes from death, And from our death comes our song Slow days fly swift with our dreaming Antithesis pushes away our fears One thing, one thing is better than … More One Thing
I am grey, I am black, I am silver, I am pink, orange, purple; I am colorless. I am darkness. I let light seep through me, I block it, and I reflect it. I march across the skies in silent testimony, watching earth below; I stop to pound upon the earth, with crashes and bangs … More The Clouds You Yearn to Be
the spider. and its web. working hard spinning invisible traps to catch a wandering prey passing on your way. small and mostly harmless we stand in awe keeping distance from where you wait we co-habit the same space in parallel but opposing universes hesitantly trusting you because you will not go away and each day you build your kingdom … More the spider. and its web.
Aya Hijazi, Mohamed Hassanein (Aya’s husband), and 5 other volunteers have been in prison for 900 days. Their crime: starting the Belady Foundation that was helping street children. Slammed with bogus, false, and ridiculous charges, they have been held in detention beyond the two-year legal maximum permitted by Egypt’s own law. This is a particularly important subject … More #FreeAya – 900 days in prison
When I heard Radiohead’s new song for the first time, “Burn the Witch,” I was left with a foreboding joy of pure brilliance and deep sorrow. There was no doubt in my mind that he, like PJ Harvey, was utilizing his music as activism and that this song was about the hatred burning this world down. I … More #dailyupdate: Burn the Witch
A few days ago, I was working on this 50 page research paper that is dealing with sectarianism in the Egypt, Iraq, and Syria. I’ve tried to avoid dealing with Sharia law in general because I simply do not know enough and haven’t had time to do proper research. However, I realized that I had … More #dailyupdate: on spiritual heartbreak and countering extremism
I read a book this winter called “Birds Without Wings.” Truly a masterpiece about villagers in a small, remote village in Turkey during the fall of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey’s beginning days. It was unique for many reasons particularly the style of how the author presented the story: short stories of different members of the village; … More Book Review: prayer candles and jinn
“In the Founders’ view, the “blessings of liberty” were threatened by “those military establishments which must gradually poison its very fountain.” The Federalist No. 45, p. 238 (J. Madison). No fewer than 10 issues of the Federalist were devoted in whole or part to allaying fears of oppression from the proposed Constitution’s authorization of standing … More #dailyupdate: Scalia re enemy combatant due process rights
Leaping uncontrollably through history, Khairy Shalaby creates a time lapse of Cairo through words, covering thousands of years of history. He writes in short chapters telling a fantastical story of power struggle, of emir’s, sultan’s, revenge, death, and of kingdoms rising and falling. What most surprised me though is the main character, Ibn Shalaby, the … More Book Review: The Time Travel of the Man Who Sold Pickles and Sweets