…syrian refugees? and a child shall welcome them…

…unlike those responsible for their misfortune…

As the adults forget to cower in fear under their beds at the prospect of those Syrians invading their country, their children bring joy to the hearts of the refugees, their parents’ hearts and the hearts of other non-exceptional people worldwide. As the Independent (some freebies, then firewall) reports, Canadian children sang the same song for refugees that was sung to Mohamed when he sought refuge        Read the rest of this entry »


…but soft! what light through yon window…?…

…yes, it is that time again…

On the tops of walls, balconies and in homes, lighted deyas will herald the Festival of Lights, third day of the five day Divali. And in a demonstration of what civilised really means, in some cultures Christians will join Moslems, those of other faiths and non-faiths to celebrate the HIndu festival, as will the Hindus theirs. A day of celebration.

…may the warm light of the deya melt those ‘civilised’ hearts unfeeling?…


…heading to eid…

…and to further religious (and racial)  tolerance…

The country most involved in the world, militarily in particular, continues blissfully unaware, unconcerned of such events – unlike so very many other countries.

As the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) ends, World Prepares for Eid – TeleSUR informs us.

…should that instead be, the ‘world (except the us) prepares…’?…


…real madrid lights a candle of hope into the stygian darkness…

…as that darkness of an erratic, yet destructive, imperialism continues to overwhelm…

Real Madrid with one simple gesture of kindness unwittingly exposes the culpability (and callousness) of those countries that have created the humanitarian disaster in the Middle East (and other countries not reported on). And in a gesture that will transcend (and shine an embarrassing light on) the reputation and rhetoric of other ‘world leaders’, we have Cristiano Ronaldo.

We let RT tell the story, Cristiano Ronaldo meets Syrian boy tripped up by Hungarian camerawoman (VIDEO) Read the rest of this entry »


…el papa francisco preaches just economics for the altiplano and the lowlands…

…a clarion call to life and living, and being human in a wounded world – economics of the good life…

Bolivia, just as Ecuador, a country on Pope Francis’ itinerary whose President was almost overthrown in 2008 because of the very policies that Pope Francis (and many millions of other non-neoliberals) is so joyfully praising?

The Guardian gets to the point with the headline, Unbridled capitalism is the ‘dung of the devil’, says Pope Francis. Sample of the news report of his speech in Santa Cruz, Bolivia,

Pope Francis has urged the downtrodden to change the world economic order, denouncing a “new colonialism” by agencies that impose austerity programs and calling for the poor to have the “sacred rights” of labor, lodging and land.

In one of the longest, most passionate and sweeping speeches of his pontificate, the Argentine-born pope used his visit to Bolivia to ask forgiveness for the sins committed by the Roman Catholic church in its treatment of native Americans during what he called the “so-called conquest of America”.

And the thing is, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trans-Atlantic Investment Partnership (TTIP), and Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) so obsessively promoted by the US President have yet to be destructively unleashed on an already oppressed and increasingly disadvantaged and dispossessed world.  Read the rest of this entry »


…as we await the sunset, a new beginning for a rich culture?…

…a dance – as we wait, and even after?…


in the us, terror, tragedy, theatre …

…just another reflection on a very violent yet tragic society…

In South Carolina, innocent people in a church, innocently and fervently showing devotion. Suddenly murdered – but for one faithful congregant. A horrific tragedy that should be mourned, and resolutely acted on, provides opportunity for theatre and theatrics. Read the rest of this entry »