Summer Flying in Jerusalem

The Real Jerusalem Streets

Every year as the month of August comes to an end, 

sign in Hebrew

there are certain signs of the end of summer, 

besides the outdoor performances at the Jerusalem Theater.

Facebook is full of posts of those returning from overseas.

Another summer, time has flown by with visitors and festivals.

 All over Jerusalem, Israel, as every year until school starts, 

  parents will call on extended family and friends or strangers,

or just make it another ‘take your kid to work’ day,  

in all kind of offices, and even banks.

For those with time and energy there is the Bloomfield Science Museum.

people in the Jerusalem market, shuk photo

 Also, always a good venue for a day trip,

 the Machane Yehuda market, the shuk,

but when it gets crowded, holding on is a great idea.

Teddy Park fountain at night

New this year, the Teddy Park fountain has proven extremely popular.

And,

photo kites, Kite Festival

the annual Kite Festival

Israel Museum Kite Festival

at the Israel Museum

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Egypt in Flames

TalesAlongTheWay

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Coptic Christians holding hands in solidarity and  protection while Egyptian Muslims pray in the streets of Cairo.

One of my favorite  memories ,when visiting Egypt years ago, was meeting some Coptic Christians in a 1000 year old farm village.  We were there as guests of Moslin, whom we had met on the streets of Cairo.  He was studying to be a travel guide at American University.  This is an important position in a country that depends on tourism  to survive economically.  His English was perfect so conversation was easty.  He told us that he was Muslim and in fact had been part of an elite military  squad that had been the first to attack Israel  through the Sinai  in the war of 1967.  I have to admit that was startling as I have always been pro-Israel and had  never thought much about the attackers of Israel in other than a negative way…

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Bahraini oppression of women

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from Bahrain says about itself:

May 27, 2011

BAHRAINI WOMEN ARE SUFFERING! PLEASE HELP THEM!

Over 100 girls imprisoned
cases of rape and sexual assault
threats and physical assaults
humiliated and violently attacked
their husbands and family members imprisoned
houses raided at night

it continues till today but everyone turns a blind eye

please help them and demand the release of women prisoners

From the Bahrain Center for Human Rights:

20 Aug, 2013

Report to The Committee On The Elimination Of All Forms Of Discrinination Against Women

On the occasion of the review of Bahrain‘s Third Periodic Report at the Committee’s pre-sessional working group, July 2013

Submitted by The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) with the support of FIDH

In cooperation with Caram Asia and with the support of FIDH, BCHR submitted an alternative report to the Committee in 2008. This report focused on the situation…

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Capturing Light, Thailand

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

Photo taken by contributor n23art who has struggled with depression for much of his life. Most of the time it’s manageable, but there have been a few times when it has hit him very hard. He is originally from the UK, but currently lives in Thailand.

About this photo: “Chiang Mai, Thailand. August 2012. I’d love to say that this image was an example of my mastery of capturing light………………..but it’s not true. Here’s the mundane truth. I was having coffee with my friend Linda, she’s also a photographer (and probably a better one than I am) I had just bought a new Speedlite, so I decided to test it out and as a fellow photographer Linda was happy to sit there while I tried the Speedlite in different positions and snapped away.

I didn’t think any more of it until a few days later when I took a look at…

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