Monthly Archives: March 2014

Sylvia Plath, Me & her Fig Tree

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Sylvia Plath, Me & her Fig Tree.

Below is my favorite passage from the book ‘The Bell Jar’ by one of my favorite writers, Sylvia Plath. An amazing being ahead of her times, a beautiful tormented woman that eventually succumb to her own expectations and pressures.

‘The Bell Jar, Chapter Seven.

I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story.
From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and…

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Enduring Violence

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by Cecilia Menjívar

Enduring Violence is the culmination of several years of research I conducted in Guatemala, where I had the opportunity to interview and converse informally with Maya and non-Maya (ladina) women in two semi-rural towns and to talk with a variety of people who are in one way or another connected to the women, such as medical professionals, priests and pastors, government officials, etc. In the course of our conversations and interviews, the women related experiences that signaled suffering arising from deep inequalities in their lives. I listened carefully and noticed that even when they did not mention instances of physical violence, the women brought up other forms of suffering brought about by extreme control over their bodies and movements, gossip, humiliations, threats, vulnerability and fear, experiences I came to categorize as the women’s “private terrors.”

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Millions of children affected by Syria war a ‘strategic issue,’ says UNICEF director and former U.S. national security adviser


By Mick Krever, CNN

The plight of the 5.5 million children now affected by the war in Syria – more than twice the number than just a year ago – is a national security issue, not just a humanitarian one, UNICEF Executive Director and former U.S. National Security Adviser Anthony Lake.

“These are not statistics. These are human beings, and these are children. And this is, the governments should remember, a strategic issue,” Lake told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour from the devastated Syrian city of Homs.

“So many of them have been traumatized by seeing things no child should ever see,” he said. “I fear that they’re going to grow up with more vengeance than reconciliation.”

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Without adequate education and counselling, he said, “in the next generation we’re going to see a replication of the same violence and the same problems that will affect both the region and the…

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Ο Μυθικός παλαιστής Μίλων

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The amazing and “extensive work” on Roma of the European Commission

Valeriu Nicolae

The following quotes are real. The author is the middle manager in charge of the Roma Unit of the European Commission. The Unit is part of the Directorate General (DG) Justice.

“The aim of this event [3rd -Roma Summit] is not to consult civil society but rather to provide the opportunity to renew the political commitments and ensure that the implementation of the EU Framework is moving forward where it makes a difference, at local level.”

Price tag for these colossally important renewals, moving forward, making differences, ensuring committed opportunities: a meager 500 000 to 1 000 000 EUR of public money.

The joy and happiness in the hearts of the millions of Roma who will be “moved forward” at the “local level”: priceless.

Hail to the Commission for making it crystal clear that the Summit has one concrete objective:  NOT to consult civil society.

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To πιο παλιό βιβλιοπωλείο στον κόσμο


—της Ελένης Κεχαγιόγλου—

Βρίσκεται στη Λισαβόνα, ονομάζεται «Bertrand Livraria» και άνοιξε τις πόρτες του για το κοινό πριν από 281 χρόνια, το 1732. Έγινε εστία των γραμμάτων και των τεχνών στη Λισαβόνα, την πρωτεύουσα μιας χώρας-ναυτικής δύναμης που ευημερούσε, και έτσι λειτούργησε έως την 1η Νοεμβρίου 1755 (ημέρα των Αγίων Πάντων για τους καθολικούς), οπότε καταστράφηκε ολοσχερώς ύστερα από τον καταστροφικό σεισμό των 9 ρίχτερ που έπληξε τη Λισαβόνα. Το  τρομερό εκείνο φυσικό γεγονός είχε τεράστιο ψυχολογικό αντίκτυπο σε όλη την Ευρώπη (το περιγράφει μάλιστα και ο Βολταίρος στον Καντίντ), προβλημάτισε τον Καντ και άλλους φιλοσόφους, επέδρασε γενικότερα στον πνευματικό κόσμο της εποχής, με αποτέλεσμα να γίνει ορόσημο για τη διάδοση του ορθολογισμού και του Διαφωτισμού, καθώς συνέβαλε στην αλλαγή της δυτικής σκέψης. Στη Λισαβόνα, η ανοικοδόμηση της πόλης λειτούργησε ως ιστορική ευκαιρία προκειμένου να απαλλαγεί η Πορτογαλία —που έως τότε ήταν φανατικά προσκολλημένη στον καθολικισμό— από τις μεσαιωνικές…

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March 7, 2014 · 5:40 pm

A Tenderhearted Kid Goes Vegan…and a lesson on the architecture of the mind.

Homeless Jesus - Tales of a Tenderhearted Kid

In summer of 2010 I read Diet for A New America by John Robbins. John is Baskin-Robbins c0-founder Irv Robbins only son. He grew up eating a lot of ice cream, sometimes with every meal. As he got older, he started to notice his father’s and uncle’s health deteriorate and wondered if that had anything to do with their dairy heavy diet and largley sedentary lifestyle. The more he learned about food and nutrition the more his suspicions were confirmed. He could have been the legitimate heir of an ice cream empire, rich and successful. Instead, he abandoned all that to become vegan, move to Canada with his wife and start a garden. Needless to say, Robbins advocates a plant-based diet for ethical, environmental and health reasons. He is a bestselling author, social activist, and humanitarian. He is the recipient of the Rachel Carson Award, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award…

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