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Timeless Setembro 11, 2007

Filed under: Inspirational,poetry — looking4good @ 10:30 pm
Man uses his own time, but time waits for no one.

Time moves inexorably on and on unmindful of the myriads of scenes
it passes through.
It does not stop or pause to even consider the most devastating
events that unfold as it goes along its way.
No one can stand the ravages of time.
Monuments and dreams crumble along its precise and unswerving
paths.
Kings and despots, rulers and monarchs, peasants and non entities
alike,
They all go down the sands of time when their alloted times have
run out.
Who can say, “I have conquered time?”
Who can say, “I have mastered its ways and unstoppable surge?”

When we were younger, it seemed that time was inexorably slow.
We wanted it to run faster as we eagerly anticipated adulthood.
As we grew older, we sensed that time was running so fast, we could
not keep pace with it.
We somehow prayed that it would slow down as we denied from our
minds our eventual demise.

What has been done cannot be undone.
What has been recorded in the sands of time can no longer
be erased.
And as we feel the vital energies being slowly drained from our
mortal bodies,
We take a final glimpse of the ravages of time and finally
acknowledge that,

Man uses his own time, but time waits for no one.

Time After Time by Cindy Lauper

Mel Avila Alarilla
Philippines
Poetry/Inspirational

 

:: Ariane Krischke ::

Filed under: Art — looking4good @ 9:25 pm

Ariane Krischke
(German)
Ariane Krischke ist eine vielseitige Künstlerin,
vor allem allerdings in der Ölmalerei begabt,
wie ich finde.
Hier haben die Bilder einen schönen Kontrastwert.
Als Inspiration (neue Stile) kann man diese Seite
schon ansehen.

(the same like on the top, but in english)
Ariane has lots of interessts.
But for me, she makes really good Oilpaintings.
Those pictures has a great contrast,
and her site could be a good inspiration for something new.

 

المقال الاسبوعى لابو مفراح

Filed under: Uncategorized — looking4good @ 7:35 pm
هل هذه نهايه طاغيه
بقلم ابو مفراح

هل هذه نهاية طاغيه
لا و الله ليست تلك هي النهاية
ليست نهاية الطاغية أن يزوره ملك الموت و يقبض روحه و هو قابع على كرسى حكمه في القصر الجمهوري
لقد أمنا أن الله سبحانه و تعالى جعل من الطغاة عبره و عظه لغيرهم
انظروا ماذا فعل الله بالنمرود
و انظروا ماذا فعل الله بفرعون و هامان و جنودها
بل انظروا لاى طاغية و حاكم ظالم كيف كانت نهايته

و هل يضيع الله حق الآلاف من طاغية في الدنيا قبل الاخره كانت تقدم له تقارير تعذيبهم على يدي كلابه و حراسه و تكدس على مكتبه ، هذا مغتصب في امن الدولة و الأخر منتهك حرمته في بيته و أمام أهله و الثالث قاموا بحرقه بالنزين …… و هذا مقتول و محروق……… لا و الله لن يضيعهم الله .

و هل يضيع الله حق الملايين من طاغية في الدنيا قبل الاخره حمى يوسف والى بعدما انكشفت المئات من الوثائق الحية و التقارير الموثوقه و التي تكشف تخريب الزراعة و استيراد المواد المسرطنه و أصابه أكثر من ثلث الشعب المصري بالفشل الكلوي و السرطان بل وأمثال يوسف والى و الكثيرين من شاكلته الذين يتحكمون في مصير الشعب ووزاراته ……… لا و الله لن يضيعهم الله.

و هل يضيع الله حق الملايين من طاغية في الدنيا قبل الاخره قام بتزييف أراده الشعب و تزوير الاستفتاءات و إقرار قوانين الطوارىء حتى يلجمهم الخوف و يضرب بيد من حديد كل من سولت له نفسه أن يتحدث عن سياسة الفرعون الملهم………. لا و الله لن يضيعهم الله.

و هل يضيع الله حق الآلاف من المحبوسين ظلما و عدوانا في السجون و المعتقلات لا لشى سوى أنهم قالوا كلمه حق………. لا و الله لن يضيعهم الله .

فإذا مات الطاغية تلك الموته الطبيعية و كانت تلك هي مشيئة الله فلن أستطيع أن احبس دموعي و أهاتى ليس لأنه مات و ليس لأنه لم يأخذ الله معه روح آمراته الشمطاء ولا ابنه الوريث ولا بكره الفاسد الذي يمتلك المليارات من دماء هذا الشعب بل لان امنيتى لم تتحقق في أن أتابع وقائع محاكمه الطاغية أمام منصة العدل في الدنيا واتابع في لهفة و فرحه كل ايادى المظلومين و المعذبين تحمله إلى حبل المشنقة و تأمر بشد المقصلة فتطلع تلك الروح الخبيثة من ذلك الجسد الخبيث .

أؤمن أيمانا عميقا بان الاخره خير و أبقى و لكنى أؤمن إيمانا لا يتزعزع بان الله لا يهضم عنده حق مظلوم أو مقهور.
أو حق أم قتل طفلها و حرقت مؤخرته
أو حق زوجه قام كلاب حرسه و أمنه بإلقاء زوجها من الدور الثالث فأردى قتيلا في بحر من دمائه .
أو حق مكلومه على ابنها الذي ألبسوه لباس الحريم و شردوه في الشوارع أمام المارة فلم تتحمل ووقعت مشلولة .
أو حق من صعدت روحه ظلما و قهرا و هو يلهث في المياه تتابعه أحجار كلاب الأمن و المخبرين.

وهذا غيض من فيض و قليل من كثير و نقطه ماء في بحر واسع من جرائم الطاغية محمد حسنى مبارك هو و حاشيته و ابنه الوريث و زوجته و كل من مشى في ركابه أو عمل لحسابه .
فمن أين أتيت يا طاغية بكل تلك القسوة و المرارة و الحقد على شعب منحك رقابه و أطاعك طاعة عمياء و تمنى عليك أن تنصفه فزادت كراهيتك له .
فانا لا أجد مبررا في كرهك لهذا الشعب و تلك ألامه و كيف تمنح ثلاثة من ضباط التعذيب أوسمه ونياشين رغم كل ما فعلوه وما يفعلوه و كيف تقدم كل فاسد و تقلده زمام الأمور و تأتى بكل داعر و تجعله قائدا و حكيم.

و ارجع و أقول بأن كل ذلك قطرة في محيط من الانتكاسات والهزائم والدموع والصمت الذي يلوذ به المصريون انتظارا للملائكة التي ستهبط وتنقذهم من يدي طاغية .

صحيح بان الله لن يسكت على الظالمين و قادر على أن يخسف بهم الأرض إلا أن ذلك مرهون بان يفيق المظلومين .
فحتى ذلك التاريخ.

ابو مفراح
جمهوريه مصر العربيه
11/9/2007

 

A Man Speaks about Atheism

Filed under: video — looking4good @ 3:26 pm

I found this video quite thought provoking and amusing. I’ve always had an affinity for outright atheism because sometimes it offers a fresh perspective from which we can view our problems and the problems of the world.
I think this video speaks to the merits of confidence in ones well analyzed conclusions. But rightly criticizes the dangers of blind faith in the unknowable.
So just as a suggestion, from now on when you’re about to engage in a passionate debate:stop. Ask yourself if you’ve considered the possibility that what you believe so strongly is incorrect. And if it is incorrect, what does that say about the world you live in. Regardless of your conclusion, I think you’ll find the experience an enlightening one.

 

The towers

Filed under: terrorism — looking4good @ 1:09 pm

It was a cold and cloudy morning when I saw them for the first time. I arrived to the city that would be my new home on May 1st, 2000. I was leaving behind everything I knew to start a new life (an adventure) in a country that I only knew in movies, photographs and stories.

Without knowing what to expect I disembarked the plane in which I had cross the country from coast to coast (that behemoth of land that Americans call home) Everything was so big (terminals, airplanes, meals, people) that I felt like Gulliver in Brobdingnag. A stream of sentiments rushed down on me making my heart race so fast, as if it was trying to escape from my chest. I was finally in the threshold of my new life, a life that started in the Newark International Airport corridors.

I traveled in the backseat of my uncle’s van for the last part of my trip to the city that never sleeps. Through the window I watched the industrial scenario that rolled on both sides of the wide freeway on which we traveled. Despite their coldness and dirty-looking presence, the industrial buildings, refineries, seemingly never-ending railroads and the sentiment of being in the middle of a factory complex that mass-produced life left me in awe.

After several minutes (maybe hours) of traveling through industrial and residential zones and crossing toll booths, bridges and highway interchanges we arrived at the end of the largest suspension building I had ever seen, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the connection between Staten Island and Brooklyn. A voice inside me said that that bridge represented the last connection between the life that I was leaving behind and the one I was about to start. I had a feeling that many surprises and wonders waited on the other side. I didn’t have to wait long for them to arrive.

twintowers

I saw them for the first time when we were crossing the bridge. My uncle pointed to them, on his left hand side, and said: “Welcome to New York”. The twin towers of the World Trade Center stood like two concrete and steel giants guarding the busy port below them. They were much taller than the rest of the skyscrapers of downtown Manhattan. They reached the sky, that morning their summits were covered by the clouds that hung low the city sky.

I couldn’t express with words the feeling that those monuments to the economic power of a country created on me. My soul was suddenly crushed by my condition of expatriate, fugitive and refugee. The feelings of freedom and hope, however, also arose inside me with that first majestic sight that marked the beginning of a new life. That memory still lives vividly inside me.

My new life developed under their shade during the following six months. Their ever-present form became part of my daily routine and their immense existence part of my life. The twin towers, surrounded by minor concrete gods, were the last sight I beheld on my way to work everyday before the F train went underground between Smith-9th Streets and Carroll Street stations. That they one day would be gone was an unconceivable thought.

I left New York on September 11th of 2000. That night I took a bus that would take me to the state of Ohio, where I would go looking for my American dream. Before that new chapter in my life I walked the streets of Manhattan one more time. I didn’t know that would be the last time I would see them standing, tall and ceremonious, touching the sky just like that very first time that cold and cloudy May morning…

In Memoriam

Ben

 

Slovenia; Where We At?

Filed under: Uncategorized — looking4good @ 8:03 am

Recently I visited a French city named Perpignan (at the Spanish-French border), a place where the world’s biggest festival of photojournalism Visa pour l’image takes place every September. Ofcourse, as a photojournalist I circled amongst the city’s streets for a few afternoons to make some shots of the urban folks living in Perpignan. It’s a quite variable mix of nationalities, they have there. A lot of people, families left or fled countries in the Middle East and/or North Africa to make a new life for themselves in France, Perpignan in this case.
At one point, I was taking photographs of a familly on their doorstep and the father asks me where I come from. Slovenia, I say. Aaaa, Slovenia… Russia, Soviets…, replies the man, obviously sure into the fact Slovenia is one of the countries which once belonged to the Soviet Union. No, no, Ex Yogoslavia, not Russia, I say, contemplating once we de facto were a part of something bigger, something just like Soviet Union, but that went down the drain and now I live in Slovenia, a modern country, a member of the EU. True, we’re small, there’s only 1.95 million of us, so what? The guy just doesen’t quit; aaaa, yes, Ante Pavelic… he goes on, pointing his finger at Ante Pavelic (1889-1959), a leader and founding member of the Croatian fascist “Ustaše” movement in the 1930s …
That made it clear to me – the guy never even heard of Slovenia and he lives 900 miles away … So I tried a different approach. I said, Slovenia is a country which yesterday (5’th September) defeated France in basketball at this year’s European Basketball Championship 67:66. The guy starts laughing and saying “Slovenia good sport, good sport …”
Yeah, we’re good in sports, yesterday we also beat Germany 77:47 and before that we ran over Italy and Turkey, but that’s not the point.
The point is, we’re all talking how small the world is and we don’t even know our neighbors. Do you know where Andora is? I didn’t and I was in Perpignan, 130 miles away from Andora and I must say I was really surprised to find out I do not know where Andora is and I live just 1000 miles away … Wait, doesen’t the father, who didn’t know where Slovenia is, live just 900 miles away from it? And did I sense I blame him for that?
I guess the world isn’t so small after all, huh?

 

The situation

Filed under: Uncategorized — looking4good @ 6:38 am

Report by Ms Selvy,
Office of the LTTE Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Spokesperson,
Tamileelam.
8th September 2007.

Drawing the world’s attention to the plight of Tamil
civilians in the Tamil homeland
The situation


Sri Lanka has targeted Tamil civilians in the Tamil homeland for decades. Killings, abductions, shelling, aerial bombardments, claymore attacks, attacks on fishermen at sea were and still are carried out by the Sri Lankan armed forces against the Tamil civilians. The attacks and all forms of human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law particularly increased after the current President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapakse, assumed power in November 2005. Since then, the overall human rights situation has worsened dramatically. In this report, we focus on this worsening human rights situation during the rule of this President.
In this period of 21 months under scrutiny, 1974 Tamil civilians were killed by the Sri Lankan Armed forces and its allied paramilitaries and 842 Tamil civilians were either arrested or abducted and then disappeared by the same forces, see chart below.
The chart show that the trend set in by the current regime in Colombo has shown no signs of correcting despite some critical assessments by the United Nations and others. What we have presented below are just the harsh facts and statistics. Behind these raw statistics, a massive human tragedy, genocide of a people is evolving. Destruction of habitat, confiscation of habitat, destruction and denial of, livelihood, health services, and educational institutions are unfolding.
In many parts of the Tamil homeland, even people who are living in their own homes are facing
numerous hardships due to the economic blockade and the closure of high ways including the A-9 high
way.
Military offensives are being launched on the Tamil homeland and hundreds of thousands of Tamil
people are forced to flee their homes. The displacement, in addition to the hardships caused by large
scale forced movement, denies the children their education, causes loss of property, and loss of the
produce from their farms which they suddenly have to leave behind. The Internally Displaced Persons
(IDPs) in almost all cases languish in welfare centers without basic facilities.
In the east, the IDPs were forced by the Sri Lankan State to resettle in areas chosen by them Sri Lankan
State. The IDPs were not allowed to go back to their own houses. They are in fact resettled in plastic
tents without drinking water and sanitation facilities. The IDPs of Mutur east and Sampur areas are
denied access to go to their own habitats and these areas have been defined by the GoSL as High
Security Zones.

Children
Over 69 of those who were killed during the study period were children under the age of 16. The names and ages and the circumstances in which they were killed are tabulated in the chart below. In addition to these killing of children, more than 150 civilians, among them many children, have sought safety in the Jaffna Human Rights Commission in fear of their life.

Those who serve the community
Sri Lankan State has also deliberately targeted journalists, Tamil civilian political representatives, and humanitarian aid workers. More than 45 humanitarian aid workers, 11 media workers, and 4 Tamil members of parliament were killed by the Sri Lankan Armed forces and its paramilitaries. Details of these killings are charted below.

Tamil struggle

Tamils struggle for their legitimate rights began around 50 years ago. Since then, the successive Sinhalese majoritarian governments have used violence to subjugate the Tamils and their fight for freedom. Tamils struggle for the right to self determination is based on the UN charters and it is carried out according to the international humanitarian law. Sri Lankan State has been engaged in numerous human rights violations and violation of international humanitarian law especially in the territories such as Amparai, Batticaloa, Jaffna, Mannar, Trincomalee and Vavuniya which are under occupation of the Sri Lankan military. The government tries to cover up the violations by its armed forces and its paramilitaries by blaming the LTTE and others for every incident.


Appeal

The international community should recognize the ground reality in the historical Tamil homeland and the gross human rights violations and breaches of international humanitarian law being committed there by the Sri Lanka State.
On behalf of the Tamil people, who are oppressed by the Sri Lankan State, and the leadership of the LTTE we call upon the international and UN representatives who visit Colombo, to also pay a visit to the Tamil homeland and find out first hand the ground situation. We hope Ms Louise Arbour, UN Human Rights Commissioner, Mr.Manfred Novak, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Mr. Walter Kalin,Representative of UN Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced People who are scheduled to visit Sri Lanka in October, November and December will not sideline the Tamil areas under our administration.

For further information: Tele: +94 21 2283959
Email: selvyltteps@gmail.com