May 31, 2009 § Leave a comment
They sit in the back room
Surrounded by guns in glass cases
He raises a lighter for her,
Who is rocking on his chair
Inside his legs
Between his hands,
His fingers pinch her neck
The other hand
Grasping at her skirt
Scratches her thighs with a metal tip
She is too young
Not to like it
The guns tell her
As they look down on her
With one eye cocked
& one eye closed
Chewing her upper lip
The lighter jitters
The Bible sits on a shelf
Just out of her reach
Outside dandelions have grown old
Nails tucked in plastic boxes
Like sleeping children
By fingers or flesh
May 29, 2009 § Leave a comment
internet has not been working the past couple of days so i am behind on email, blogging, and basic keeping in contact with the world. so please take no offense if i have not gotten back to you soon. i am feeling a bit swamped.
May 24, 2009 § 4 Comments
Today is Mubarak’s 81st birthday. To mark this, and to mark the fact that he’s been in power for 28 years – 1/3rd of his lifetime – here’s a list of 28 of the wonderful things which have happened under his beneficent and wise reign rule.
- Seventy killed in the Moqattam Hill rockslide in 1993.
- 37% of Egypt’s urban population live in informal housing
- Three years imprisonment for Kareem Amer
- Four years imprisonment for Ayman Nour
- A five-year battle by Bahais for the right not to have to lie about their faith.
- April 6th 2008: the death of three people in Mahalla killed by the police has not been investigated.
- 85% of rural female household heads are illiterate
- 8.7% unemployment rate
- Laila Haddad and her two kids detained in Cairo Airport for around 30 hours. Because Laila is Palestinian
- Egypt has the highest prevalence of Hepatitis C in the world (roughly 11% of the population)
- 12 – 15 million people live in slum housing
- 45% of Egypt’s female population over 15 can not read
- $50 billion in US aid received since 1979
- 60% of steel market share owned by Ahmed Ezz with government support.
- Between 16,000 – 20,000 people in administrative detention
- Seventeen people die after being tortured in 2005 (The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights http://www.eohr.org)
- Activists detained for 45 days after 2006 peaceful protests against constitutional amendments.
- A 19th century palace, house of the upper house of parliament catches fire on August 18th 2008. A month later on September 27th, a downtown theatre catches fire, the same month as the Beni Suef theatre fire which killed 45 people in 2005.
- February 20th 2002: 370 die in train blaze.
- 20% of population below poverty line
- Twenty-two people convicted in the widely-criticised Mahalla trial. Sentenced to between 3 and 5 years imprisonment.
- Thirty Sudanese asylum-seekers and refugees killed when police violently break up the Mostafa Mahmoud sit-in.
- 35% illiteracy rates
- 12,000 people live in graveyards in Egypt
- 2,000,000 cars on the streets of Cairo. 60% over ten years old.
- Seventy-nine cars in Mubarak’s flotilla
- Twenty eight years of emergency rule.
May 22, 2009 § 5 Comments
ok so i tried my hand at a short story. i have only written a couple of short stories in my lifetime. which is strange because i love to read fiction, but i dont really write it. hmmm…..
anyways any and all feedback would be appreciated and is encouraged.
i am working on illustrations for this piece…they will appear soon…inshallah…
Ellie startled awake that winter morning and sat up in her bed. She rubbed her aching shoulders, her arms, and then reached between her shoulder blades. Two large bumps were growing on either side of her upper spine. She grabbed the hand mirror off the nightstand, and raced to the full-length mirror. Dark burgundy nubs poked out the back of her camisole. She held her breath and touched them again. She was growing wings.
Last time she had seen her dad his wings were stuffed in the blue trench coat he always wore. He looked toward Ellie and smiled. He dropped his coat on the front door’s threshold. His wings popped open like a spring-loaded umbrella and he flew off the porch. Her dad flew over the world and sent nothing more than a postcard photograph of flowers every once in a while.
She was fairy too.
May 21, 2009 § Leave a comment
looking out the windows of our new apartment….
May 21, 2009 § 2 Comments
“Bloggers are at the vanguard of the information revolution and their numbers are expanding rapidly,” said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. “But governments are quickly learning how to turn technology against bloggers by censoring and filtering the Internet, restricting online access and mining personal data. When all else fails, the authorities simply jail a few bloggers to intimidate the rest of the online community into silence or self-censorship.”
Turkmen soldiers guard an Internet cafe in Ashgabat. (Reuters)
Relying on a mix of detentions, regulations, and intimidation, authorities in Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Egypt have emerged as the leading online oppressors in the Middle East and North Africa. China and Vietnam, where burgeoning blogging cultures have encountered extensive monitoring and restriction, are among Asia’s worst blogging nations. Cuba and Turkmenistan, nations where Internet access is heavily restricted, round out the dishonor roll.
In 2008, CPJ found, bloggers and other online journalists were the single largest professional group in prison, overtaking print and broadcast journalists for the first time.