Monthly Archives: February 2012

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Shocking view of life when it’s quiet in Homs, Syria – a city turned into an utter warzone. Advertisements

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An ode to Anthony Shadid,  University of Wisconsin – Madison graduate, two-time Pulitzer-winning reporter,   and one of the best of our era.  We’re all immensely poorer for his death in Syria last Thursday. It’s hard to believe he died … Continue reading

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R.I.P, Anthony Shadid

An excerpt from Anthony Shadid’s House Of Stone.  He died in Syria Thursday, while covering the uprising there. In Arabic, the word “bayt” translates literally as house, but its connotations resonate beyond rooms and walls, summoning longings gathered about family … Continue reading

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Omar Khayyam

Your hand can seize today, but not tomorrow; and thoughts of your tomorrow are nothing but desire. Don’t waste this breath, if your heart isn’t crazy, since “the rest of your life” won’t last forever. translated by  Juan Cole, from … Continue reading

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Milton & Steinbeck

From John Milton’s Paradise Lost: “If thou beest he — but Oh how fallen! how changed From him! — who, in the happy realms of light, Clothed with transcendent brightness, didst outshine Myriads, though bright — if he whom mutual … Continue reading

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“Breaking the silence over #Hama atrocities,”   three decades later. “Witnesses of the bloody events in the Syrian city in 1982 speak as protests force open the veil of fear and secrecy,” run by al Jazeera a few days ago.

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Video from the last month in Homs, Syria. Some footage of the Free Syrian Army; lots of the devastation wreaked by Bashar al-Assad’s military on the citizens of Syria (Source: http://player.ooyala.com/)

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