Pain is weakness leaving the body. The question isn’t how much more can...
I wish Afghanistan was not a country But instead a dry land And no one lived...– These are the words of Tabasom, a woman from the city of Kabul. Her poem, “I Wish My Country Was Not My Love” describes the tolls poverty and war has taken on Afghanistan and her want for peace, or, at the very least, a moment of calm. Tabasom is one of the many voices being heard through the...
devon and golritz, co-creators of soulpancake recently got married and shared a short video of their wedding day. one: this is the coolest ceremony ever and two: im def playing “hey ya” at my reception as well. LOVE.
What's the Point of the Revolution if We Can't... →
the minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you...– maureen dowd
feminist vs flotus? →
Feminists have a fraught relationship with Michelle Obama’s political agenda — or lack thereof.
I fall asleep listening to the rain pelt the puddles on the pavement outside my...– coco mcabe from oxfam blogs.
resolutions and more resolutions: does UN language... →
Today in Mexico, the United Nations held its 5th Annual World Young Women’s Forum. Sponsored by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the conference addressed issues women face across the globe. The forum focused on gender-based violence and called for a UN resolution to protect young women from sexual violence in conflict. However, news this week from the Democratic...
mass rapes of 200 women and children confirmed in... →
UN peacekeeping base was 10 miles away.
from NYT: Courtroom Paintings Raise Questions on... →
we are running running and time is clocking us from the edge like an only...– lucille clifton
This I know for sure is what matters. For me, it’s the only goal worth...– OPRAH! lorrrdd this woman is an icon for a reason. more of her end of summer thoughts here, “what i know for sure.”
You talk from heart of an Afghan woman Who eats pain three times And drink...– a poem by Roya, an Afghan women writer from this amazing org, Afghan Women Writer’s Project that i’m going to be doing a feature on next week.
what im reading this morning, 8.19
interesting nytimes piece on illegal mining in india wash post on donor fatigue (and even possibly UN staff fatigue) in relation to Pak. floods. also, why the eff aid has been so, so slow. this donor chart from OCHA with detailed country and org acct of aid committed verses aid pledged. and to put it lightly: china and canada need to get it together. NATO disputing claims that their night...
an oldie but goodie: BBCs philip dodd speaks to... →
media coverage of pakistan floods raises... →
In various ways, this week’s media coverage of the flood has highlighted the issue of aid distribution. As the UN’s appeal for aid went out, the Taliban called on Pakistan to refuse any aid or relief assistance in order to “maintain sovereignty and independence.” On Tuesday, an article inThe Globe and Mail noted the presence of Islamist charities as part of the relief effort and seemed to...
what does it mean to look african? →
running now on Clutch via BGLH..good read.
Lastly, we shouldn’t lose sight of some pretty bad things that could have...– from stephen walts latest 5 not so awful things in FPmag.
It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.– rollo may this quote applies so much to me and the people in my life. i think we all need a moment to be still and stop colliding into our own confusion. a little peace, a little space, a little slower and then perhaps.. perhaps, things would sort out on their own.
what im reading this morning
slain aid workers were bound by their sacrifice. from nytimes. pakistan floods will hamper growth, fight against militancy unless intl community send aid & support democratic institutions. from CFR. Rwandan Election Chief Says Kagame Set to Seal Re-Election. from VOAfrica. meditation for weight loss? from O magazine. india asks: should food be a right for the poor? from my boss via...