Sharif S. Elmusa: Only Flogged

Sharif S. Elmusa: Only Flogged

This moved my heart and probably my soul.

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For Ashraf Fayadh, a Palestinian poet sentenced in Saudi Arabia.

Rejoice

Our dear poet

Was re-tried

By a tolerant judge

And won’t be

Beheaded

Only jailed

For 8 years

Only flogged

800 lashes

And not all at once

They will be dispensed

In standard doses

Of 50 lashes

Red tattoos

On the lyrical body

An organic cure

For delusions

In standard doses

Of 50 lashes

A recurrent infliction

Of pain

The way the good books

Picture Hell

Rejoice

Our dear Ashraf

Will be only jailed

Only flogged.

Copyright 2016 Sharif S. Elmusa. First published in Mada Masr.

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Noam Chomsky: On the Love of Teaching

Noam Chomsky: On the Love of Teaching

Chomsky is the ultimate communicator. His wisdom travels across so many various terrains.

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We certainly want people, both faculty and students, to be engaged in activity that’s satisfying, enjoyable, challenging, exciting–and I don’t really think that’s hard. Even young children are creative, inquisitive, they want to know things, they want to understand things, and unless that’s beaten out of your head it stays with you the rest of your life. If you have opportunities to pursue those commitments and concerns, it’s one of the most satisfying things in life.

That’s true if you’re a research physicist, it’s true if you’re a carpenter; you’re trying to create something of value and deal with a difficult problem and solve it. I think that’s what makes work the kind of thing you want to do; you do it even if you don’t have to do it. In a reasonably functioning university, you find people working all the time because they love it; that’s what they want…

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Video: Donald Trump and Fascism

Video: Donald Trump and Fascism

Trump leads a divided unhappy party.

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With Donald Trump named as the presumptive Republican Party nominee, his views are coming under increased scrutiny. People as varied as Robert Reich, George Clooney, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto have criticized Trump by invoking Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. And in fact, Trump has retweeted quotes by Mussolini. Is Donald Trump really a fascist?  Amy Goodman puts the question to the father of fascism studies, Robert Paxton, professor emeritus of social science at Columbia University and author of several books, including The Anatomy of Fascism.

With thanks to Democracy Now for sharing this video.

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