World Issues Archive

Woke up today with the definite chill of Autumn in the air. I will have to start bringing plants in soon, from the front porch. The linoleum floor in the kitchen is cold, so very cold under my bare feet. Coffee mugs warm my hands as I walk back to the computer room. The Dragons [...]

Smash down the cities.
Knock the walls to pieces.
Break the factories and cathedrals, warehouses
and homes
Into loose piles of stone and lumber and black
burnt wood:
You are the soldiers and we command you.

Build up the cities.
Set up the walls again.
Put together once more the factories and cathedrals,
warehouses and homes
Into buildings for life and labor:
You are workmen and citizens [...]

Yesterday I put an Obama/Biden sign in my front yard. I have a bumper sticker for my car, and a Women for Obama, button on my purse. This is the first time in my voting life that I have been this political. But to be honest I am truly scared. I listen to all the [...]

by Pablo Neruda. (trans. Alastair Reid.)

And now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.

For once on the face of the earth
let’s not speak in any language,
let’s stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines,
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.

Fisherman in [...]

So many thoughts vie to be written here, but I can’t find the body that fits the tale I am telling. Its as if at the very last second the words all get stage fright and the understudies can not be found.

Lately so many odd thoughts rambling round the brain pan.

Are we creating now the [...]

A constant theme through out my life, seeking out both for the lessons they hold.

Of the following I don’ think I need to specify which is which.

The Question is, which one has more people shaking their heads and say ” Thats right!”

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China tells living Buddhas to obtain permission before they reincarnate – Times Online

quote from the above article, by Jane Macartney Times Online

Tibet’s living Buddhas have been banned from reincarnation without permission from China’s atheist leaders. The ban is included in new rules intended to assert Beijing’s authority over Tibet’s restive and deeply Buddhist people.

Tibet’s living [...]