Israel wildfire roaring through Haifa started by ‘politically motivated’ arsonists, authorities say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Mostly political bullying and lying, I expect.

Many of the fires were also reported to be caused by extreme wind gusts and drought, with no rain reported in large parts of Israel for months.

Source: Israel wildfire roaring through Haifa started by ‘politically motivated’ arsonists, authorities say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Who Are the Millions of ‘Bad Hombres’ Slated for US Deportation? Mostly imaginary people and scapegoats. Next will be whomever opposes Trump – you!

The time for Latin America to resist bigotry and racism has thus arrived. In this task, we must not resort to nationalist discourses that merely mirror, from the other side of the looking glass, the stereotype of evil gringos who hate bad hombres.Rather, Latin American responses to racism should draw both from humanism and an accurate knowledge of the past, as well as of human rights and international law.Two positive steps we could take are addressing the countries’ own crime problems while respecting rights and due process, and treating with dignity the approximately 500,000 Central American immigrants who cross into Mexico each year.Like it or not, history and geography have now made Mexicans the vanguard of resistance, and the world will be watching.

Source: Who Are the Millions of ‘Bad Hombres’ Slated for US Deportation?

Thanksgiving began to spread liberal values. Let’s keep that going | James Nevius | Opinion | The Guardian

The Pilgrims became the de facto founders of America at the expense of all others. Even a casual perusal of the facts would have pointed to Jamestown, Virginia, as the first English colony, as well as to earlier Spanish settlements. Even the Dutch were trading in Manhattan before the Pilgrims embarked on the Mayflower. But that history was erased in favor of the Pilgrims, whose abolitionist descendants had prevailed in the civil war. So at your Thanksgiving table this year, when your guests try to normalize “alt-right” politics, or if talk turns approvingly toward a Muslim ban or wall-building, keep this in mind: they are violating the spirit of the holiday – history and Sarah Josepha Hale are on your side. At my house, we’ll be raising a toast to Hale and her belief that Thanksgiving should be a charitable day of “benevolence of action” and that “every American home” be a “place of plenty and of rejoicing”. It’s a worthy sentiment, and I’m with her. But if you mention Trump at my table, you’re still risking a pie to the face.

Source: Thanksgiving began to spread liberal values. Let’s keep that going | James Nevius | Opinion | The Guardian

Germany supporting ethnic cleansing in Kurdish Iraq – www.german-foreign-policy.com

BERLIN/ERBIL/BAGHDAD (Own report) – In the wake of the war against IS (Daesh), the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq, which is supported by Berlin, is forcibly displacing the Arabic-speaking inhabitants, aimed at a consolidation of the Kurdish dominated territory, as was reported by Human Rights Watch (HRW). According to HRW’s investigation, the Kurdish Peshmerga has deliberately destroyed the homes of Arabic-speaking Sunnis in at least 21 villages and towns in northern Iraq, while leaving intact the Kurdish-owned houses. The Kurdistan Regional Government under President Masoud Barzani is striving to incorporate as many areas as possible – particularly the oil rich region Kirkuk – into the Kurdish autonomous region before seceding from Iraq. For decades, Barzani and his clan have been cooperating closely with politicians from the Federal Republic of Germany. Berlin was also promised access to the large oil reserves in the autonomous region. In return, Germany, above all, has been supporting the Peshmerga in its war against Daesh, while refusing similar aid to the Baghdad government. The German government is also ignoring the eviction of the Arabic-speaking inhabitants of the predominantly Kurdish region.

Source: www.german-foreign-policy.com

Giving Thanks #thanksgiving

poetry penned in moon dust

red-fall

With open hands tho little here

I offer thanks this time of year

tho seasons change and winds grow cold

 there’s warmth in smiles of young and old

kindled kindness shared with all

warmly given every fall

gifts of heart like waters flow

from these pools love can grow

foul the water where anger prevails

no tears can quench harsh travails

come look up on bended knee

bountiful is God’s beauty

Today in the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving. It may to some be represented in the food eaten but in our hearts it is for the freedoms we enjoy.

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Behind the Elevator #poetry #photography

poetry penned in moon dust

hall

Beckoned to the mystery

something I might dread

there has to be something

behind the hallway of my head

my finger shudders, lingers

on THE button slowly now

once I press it “Open”

“Close” may not be allowed

my hand makes the decision

reason swirls with dismay

one thing I can tell you

I’ll never be the same

If I told you what I found there

you’d be in a tangle too

but I signed a special paper

you’ll wish in part you knew

the question now arises

where am I am I not

if you knew the answer

you’d stand to lose alot

Wishing all the Poet’s United folks a happy Wednesday and Happy Thanksgiving (for those who are celebrating) and thanks Sumana for the prompt “Hyperbole.”

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