I've been following, at a distance, the "debates" on torture. Since I'm in a race against time to finish (in draft ) The Doves by May 31 (I finished Chapter 19 yesterday), I've pretty much punched out of current events. My husband, the writer Philip Gold, sends me articles he thinks I should read, such as this one on Russian death squads
a memorial to war, this monument
holds all the grief
of those now silent
unable to remember
this grey green tower guards
the beauty of insignificant lives.
their memory lives
in the names etched on this monument
in the wreaths left to guard
against forgetfulness, a grief
worse than to remember
all these silent
why are you silent
are there too many lives
here to remember
too many similar monuments
all pointing to the same grief
all statues in the same guard
A woman who joins the US military probably expects to be exposed to life-treatening situations, traumatic violence and harsh living conditions. She probably doesn't expect to be raped by her comrades in arms.
You may still be grappling at the title of my post but read on.
One of the most active rebel groups fighting in Darfur and the government in Khartoum have agreed to sign a so-called "declaration of good intentions" which could further lead to a possible peace deal in the region.
What does it mean?
Mama Cash is an international women's fund known for its support of daring women's human rights initiatives worldwide. Since 1983, Mama Cash has granted over 35 million Euros to approximately 6,000 women's organisations fighting for safety, economic justice and full participation for women in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Middle East, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Right now, Mama Cash is hosting the first-ever global dinner party for women's rights, and you are invited.
"Oh you mzungu's," (mzungu basically means white person in Swahili)
a skeptical Kenyan journalist said to me. "You just tell bad stories
about us here. There is never any good news."
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