Mimi Writes…….: Dona Nobis Pacem ~ The Dream: Trees In The Courage of Time

I don’t have mortar shelling in my life, violence at my door or bloodshed on my streets like so many are experiencing at the moment. I have wild noises in the woods.  And trees full of lichen. Inconvenient mishaps that trip me up at the smallest sound of trouble. I’ve had a lot of that lately. And worries. Stress. Life is full of challenges big and small. How does one stay peaceful in the midst of chaos? I’ve asked that out loud quite a lot lately. You see one thing through and something else shows up to throw you off your game. And just when you convince yourself it’s OK to have a temporary pity party, you realize your blessings and the things you think catastrophic are nothing in comparison to children in the sand with no food.

Sometimes I am shadow and sometimes I am light.

That is what it means to be human.

via Mimi Writes…….: Dona Nobis Pacem ~ The Dream: Trees In The Courage of Time.

Sandy left many more marks – as painful as those in NYC and Jersey.

Through the Eye of the Needle

The dreaded Sandy arrived on our shores after having caused severe damage in Jamaica and Haiti. In her strong and organized path she left a trail of destruction and desolation in many eastern provinces, the most affected being Santiago de Cuba. After seeing the dreadful images of the damage caused, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that the majority of the affected homes are in very precarious conditions, that many of them would have easily succumbed to a strong gust of wind. Some were simply turned into piles of rubble. Many roofs, ripped off of buildings, revealed their poor condition and fragility, the result of a decades-long history of neglect.

For the vast majority of the population it is almost impossible to maintain their homes, much less prepare for a climatic event of this type, principally because articles of hardware are sold in convertible currency and at very high prices…

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Do not be too proud and Germany/France – cut them a deal!

24/7 Wall St.

Spain’s National Statistics Bureau reported today “El número de parados crece en 85.000 personas y alcanza la cifra de 5.778.100. La tasa de paro se incrementa 38 centésimas hasta el 25,02%.” In other words, the country’s jobless rate was above 25% in the third quarter. Based on this number alone, it would be foolish to believe that Spain does not need a very large bailout.

The media and economists have made the point before that Greece, and perhaps Spain, have begun to descend into a period much like the Great Depression. The most obvious difference is that the United States had no bailout mechanism to which it could turn. If it had, the Depression might have been shortened by years. It would not have taken World War II to revive economic growth.

Spain will not have a major war to help trigger a recovery. The posturing of the government about the need for aid is as useless as it is careless…

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The World of Special Olympics

The following is a guest post in the form of an open letter from Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens to Ann Coulter after this tweet during last night’s Presidential debate.

Dear Ann Coulter,

Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow.  So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult?

I’m a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow.  I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you.  In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night.

I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child…

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The Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) / Living in a Minefield: Panjwayi after the US Surge

The Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) / Living in a Minefield: Panjwayi after the US SurgeAANs Borhan Osman travelled to Panjwayi in late September to look at how the surge changed the situation. He found that it did not help to stabilise the area and, in some parts of the district, even has backfired.

The long and the short of this seems to be that in war everything gets even more confusing. Mistakes, revenge, profiteering, personal feuds, corruption, and spin make it very difficult to find even a sliver of truth. Two things are plain though… war brings out the best and worst in everyone – and too often it sets the stage for another bloodletting later on, instead of the peace that was one of its goals.

Who cries or mourns for the un-named or not famous victims? We all should and work for no more victims – named or un-named…

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

Ghazi Bou Karroum. He was killed when Marwan Hamadeh was targeted.

Rima Bazzi, Yamama Daher, Abd l Hamid Ghlayini, Zahi Bou Rjeili, Ziad Lthahabi. They were all killed when Rafik Hariri was assassinated.

Nicolas Flouti and Andre Mrad. They were killed when Gebran Tueini was assassinated.

Ralph Chikhani. He died when Antoine Ghanem was assassinated.

Georgette Sarkissian. She died when Wissam Al Hassan was targeted in Friday’s Achrafieh Explosion.

Khaled Ido. The son of assassinated MP Walid Ido.

Francois el Hajj, Wissam Eid…. these are people who were assassinated but who somehow rank less on the Lebanese scale of importance when it comes to assassinations because their deaths are not as relevant to political causes.

There are much more victims than this. But these are the only names I remember. They are the victims practically one remembers whenever a top Lebanese official gets assassinated. They…

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Go for it!

Nuestra Vida, Nuestra Voz

Five activists registering people to vote This summer, NLIRH hosted our Southern Regional LOLA Training in Charlotte, North Carolina. Latinas from 8 states in the region including, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky and Virginia met to network, strategize and organize with other new and experienced Latina activists around reproductive justice.

In this blog post, I highlight the work of three Poderosas from Virginia who met each other for the first time at our LOLA training, left our training inspired and motivated to take on the challenge of creating a Latina Advocacy Network (LAN) in the DC-MD-VA area.

The new “DMV LOLA” has moved full force with several Soy Poderosa and My Voice Matters events. Two Sundays ago they teamed up with Voto Latino and hosted a successful Voter Registration Drive in a Latino neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia. Activist registering someone to vote

Their next event is a Happy Hour Meet & Greet where they want to invite all interested folks…

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