I met Jesus today

Poetry for Palestine

By Nahida the exiled Palestinian

I met Jesus today

His name was Palestinian

Issa… Jesus he was called

On the altar of “chosen-ness” he was crucified

Time and time and time again

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His face was Palestinian

Olive, with a hint of agony

Yet

Years of torture fail to conceal the glow

The purity of his soul peeks through

The sparkle in his eyes invites you to dive in

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His pain was Palestinian

The colour of his words

Grips your guts

And squeeze… squeeze … squeeze

Until you lose consciousness

You fall on your knees

Begging for forgiveness

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His faith was Palestinian

“Their sadism too much to bear

In the street I waited for a car

No way out but to kill myself

Twilight hour the fall of night

The call to prayer woken my heart

Healing balsam caressed my soul

Maybe…. In this life… still…there is something…

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What Colour is your Soul?

Poetry for Palestine

Someone posed a question
“What colour is your soul?”
They asked

“If you answer this questionnaire
You will find out the colour of your soul!”, they said

My soul is a rainbow, I said
No need for a questionnaire
I know

My soul is a rainbow, I said

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All shades of green
All tones of yellow
All shadows of blue
Sand and soil … grass and sky
Olive and almond … peach and plum

Flaming orange and burning red
Copper and crimson
Pink and purple
Coral and lilac
Silver and gold
Indigo and violet
Cobalt and scarlet
Aquamarine azure

My soul is a rainbow , I said

LET-GO-AND-LET-RAINBOW

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Mexico’s student massacre has unravelled the federal government

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Mexico’s student massacre has unravelled the federal government

This new stage of civic insurgency cannot be ignored. People want an honest explanation and change from the top down

Luis Hernández Navarro

The Guardian, Wednesday 3 December 2014

Teachers Guerrero Mexico Teachers of the state of Guerrero and students of Ayotzinapa throw stones at the local congress during a protest. Photograph: Jesus Eduardo Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images

On 23 September, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto received the World Statesman Award 2014, with the Appeal of Conscience Foundation citing his leadership and his country’s recent achievements. Three days later, his government entered the deepest and most dramatic crisis of any Mexican administration since 1968.

In the weeks since, in classrooms, on the streets and using social media, millions of angry citizens, especially young people, have been demanding Peña Nieto’s resignation. The federal government has come adrift. Its strategy seems to be to buy time, waiting for the…

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Gaza Fisherman Shot, Critically Injured by Israeli Navy

Israeli naval boat on Wednesday opened fire at 23-year-old fisherman Fakher Abu Rayyala, while he sailing within the six-nautical-miles allowed fishing zone, seriously injuring him.

Abu Rayyala was transferred, with critical wounds, to a hospital for medical treatment, where he was set to undergo urgent surgery.

WAFA noted that Israeli navy continues to target Palestinian fishermen sailing off the coasts of Gaza despite a ceasefire deal, made on August 26th, and which recently put an end to the latest Israeli military aggression on the region.

via Gaza Fisherman Shot, Critically Injured by Israeli Navy.

Tim’s El Salvador Blog: Significant effects of Obama executive action on undocumented Salvadorans

Obama’s action may affect more Mexicans than any other group, but it is expected to have a seismic impact on Salvadoran immigrant communities, the two largest of which are in Los Angeles and greater Washington. More than a third of the estimated 675,000 illegal immigrants from El Salvador live in the Washington area.

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, when the president’s new action is added to previous protections, nearly two-thirds of all Salvadoran immigrants will probably be legalized — a higher percentage than any other undocumented group. Immigration officials will start accepting applications in May.

For the first time, thousands of Salvadoran parents with children born in the United States, as well as adults of any age who arrived in the country before turning 17, will be free to drive without fear, work for formal wages and assert themselves when they feel the are mistreated by probing police or stingy bosses. Many also will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits.

“This will be transformative,” said Mark Lopez, director of Hispanic research at the Pew center in the District. “It’s not just about individuals getting temporary work permits and protection from deportation. It’s about their families and communities becoming more stable and being able to plan for the future.”

via Tim’s El Salvador Blog: Significant effects of Obama executive action on undocumented Salvadorans.