I was recently in Nepal photographing a medical trip into the remote regions of the far west of the country. I returned home 48 hours before the earthquake hit. There were many immediate emotions, concern for friends, sadness for the tragedy for so many, the desire to be back to help, and the memories of the many beautiful people I met in Nepal. With continued prayers, I decided to post the faces of those I met along the way. The people of Nepal.
There are three much-photographed Victorian houses on Carré St. Louis. You’ll even see them in the Wikipedia entry for the square. One has red trim (here is the door I sketched a few years ago), one has teal blue trim and then there’s my favourite —the purple house. Since we’re having some kind of September heat wave in Montreal, I took a little time to sketch that house today. It’s especially nice in the morning when the sun travels across the door.
my eyes were heavy
my thoughts were fuzzy
I just wanted to lie in bed
but my neck was cramped
from sleeping with my head
twelve inches high
my back and hips oh my
hurt and hurt and hurt
my knees and shoulders
don’t want to move
feeling like they need oil
feeling like lead is attached
I took a handful of pills
one for hypertension
one for acid reflux
one for pulmonary hypertension
four milligrams of steroids
a pill for the lupus
another one for the lupus
the antibiotic I take regularly
for a chronic infection
a bunch of vitamins to help
I wanted to go back to sleep
I wanted to cry for the pain
for the pain to stop
I can take a pain-killer
but then I’ll…
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Journalist, Jurgen Todenhofer, age 75, claims to have managed to be embedded within Islamic State in his newly released book “Inside IS – Ten Days in the Islamic State” and warns that the terror group, self-proclaimed as the new Caliphate and ruler of lands larger than the United Kingdom with borders across central Iraq and southern Syria is planning the most horrific religious cleansing in world history. The one thing which must be made clear is planning or even believing is a far cry from actually doing. As a child I dreamt about many unattainable goals including being the next King of Siam after watching Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr in the King and I (imagine my upset when I realized that Siam was no longer a country and had become Thailand). The attack Mr. Todenhofer writes about, as disclosed in an excerpt released from his book, entails “the terrorists…
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In terms of world affairs, these are unnerving times. We’ve got Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, a migration crisis of epic proportions, and more. We’ve got Russian President Vladimir Putin looking like a modern-day Machiavelli.
And last, though certainly not least, we’ve got U.S. President Barack Obama dithering in the White House. The bipartisan concerns about Obama’s foreign policy are nothing new. People have been worried for quite some time.
People were worried before Obama pushed the Iran deal through as an executive agreement. They were worried before the shifts in U.S.-Cuba relations. And they were worried before Russia bombed anti-Assad forces in Syria.
What’s so unfortunate is that, in spite of Washington’s diverse array of miscalculations and blunders, things probably won’t get much better in the near-term.
Below is the full transcript of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks before the United Nations General Assembly on October 1st, 2015.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you greetings from Jerusalem. The city in which the Jewish People’s hopes and prayers for peace for all of humanity have echoed throughout the ages.
Thirty-one years ago, as Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, I stood at this podium for the first time.
I spoke that day against a resolution sponsored by Iran to expel Israel from the United Nations.
Then as now, the UN was obsessively hostile towards Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East.
Then as now, some sought to deny the one and only Jewish state a place among the nations.
Throngs of Palestinians took to the streets on Thursday night to celebrate the brutal slaying of an Israeli couple in a shooting attack in the West Bank.
The festivities included the launching of fireworks and the waving of flags in the streets, Ofir Gendelman, a spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Gendelman posted on Twitter a photo of the scene. Most of the flying banners were of the Palestinian Fatah faction, the armed wing of which claimed responsibility for the attack that killed Eitam and Naama Henkin. Revelers in Nablus, near the site of the shooting, set off fireworks, he said, adding that Palestinians on social media networks were “ecstatic” about the killings.