Today: Shavuot – the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
Today: Ethiopia goes to the polls
Here, Peter Wolodarski interviews the President of India, the world’s largest democracy. He will be visiting Sweden this coming week…
Ramadi (nothing to do with Lord Rama)
Other heroes: The Shia militias which along with what’s left of Iraq’s regular army will be taking on Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Islamic State terrorists whose aim is to consolidate – if only they could, the Anbar province and then to take Baghdad.
BBC: Iraq Forces lack will to fight – understandably , the Sunni elements in the Iraqi forces are reluctant to fight ISIS since they too are completely Sunni – and they would much prefer to fight the devil instead
Heroine: A very brave and committed woman by the name of Ronahi Avsin – a Kurdish fighter on two fronts
“Social media is about making others lose” – Nathan Hamelberg
And starting tomorrow 25th May and lasting twelve days is the Arctic Challenge 2015 in which Sweden will be participating in jet exercises with NATO members (100 planes in the air!)
Some great rapping by Timbuktu: Nolltolerans
As soon as I turn on my computer – you can call it extra sensory perception if you will or in this era of the busybody’s mass surveillance, the sort of paranoia that fulfils a psychological need – but I have this uncanny feeling that there’s always somebody there, waiting. Of course, I have incontestable proof of this precognition, almost on a daily basis but I’m no terrorist so I don’t worry about exactly who they are.
On putting on my computer this morning here was I, at first staring at the blank white page of Microsoft word before scribbling all of the above and before any of that, thinking of Robert Burns’ To a Mouse
So, in the same vein, “all is vanity” and I write to my imaginary friend, in verse or to make it all rime would take just a little longer, like lines to Ramona. As Touchstone the clown said, “much virtue in “if” and of course there’s some redemptive virtue in “like” too…
Hello Barrow –
Today I can make three predictions (not prophecies) about what shall come to pass in the Middle East – almost making everything else that could be said to become irrelevant.
Are you already here to see how I will fill this space with the freedom of speech which you pretend to espouse but which you deny me?
One-eyed jack in the land of the blind of what are you afraid? Your image as king of your little cyberspace kingdom or empire, tarnished? How could that ever be? By saving myself from me? The world is 6,000 years old man, almost as old as you, older than Adam and certainly a lot older than the CIA guys I knew in the jungle and elsewhere. I can smell their eau de cologne a mile away…
Let me tell you this: On the planet of the apes, I won‘t interrupt your show as you “elevate” the conversation – your pretty inter-lectual conversations on the terms that you set within the spider-webs that you weave in your bringing what you believe to be your civilizational light to darkness, and you can have some fun, you can quote Mudimbe and Foucault and Mbembe to the flock as much as you want, as your holy reference points. And then I wonder whatever happened to the aesthetics of conceit, and what happened with chapter 3 “The Aesthetics of vulgarity” – can we quote some of that too from his “On the Postcolony “?
I’ve seen it happening elsewhere and it’s always some big white hairy ape carrying a can of light to darkness, the guardian of the universal mind so to speak and that’s what happens when the cat’s not around, undeterred, the little white mice suffering from a neo-colonial complex are at liberty to take over completely and are promoted to become little company directors – you choose, you nominate, you recommend and in no time at all we have the Adis, the Ochis, Idis and the Kongis etc. bestriding your biosphere and with regard to “what we say goes” what about the Chomsky?
Just Before that Ireland had declared with a resounding 62% YES vote for same-sex marriage.
That’s alright with me too, as long as they don’t start proselytising and converting the little people in their kindergartens.
Very surprising coming from a very Roman Catholic country. I guess that there is going to be much greater resistance in Jamaica and in Africa North of South Africa and in all Muslim countries. And Israel? Well Tel Aviv is already the Holy Mecca of the Gay and very proud of it. Indeed!
“You’re going to Sodom and Gomorrah
But what do you care? Ain’t nobody there would want to marry your sister” (Jokerman)
If things are going to change much when their Messiah comes, that’s another question that maybe a referendum will not be allowed to decide.
Oddly reminded of these Leonard Cohen lines :
“It’s coming through a hole in the air,
from those nights in Tiananmen Square.
It’s coming from the feel
that this ain’t exactly real,
or it’s real, but it ain’t exactly there.
From the wars against disorder,
from the sirens night and day,
from the fires of the homeless,
from the ashes of the gay:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.”