The Ever-Evolving World Through Her Eyes


This is for Saying Yes
April 15, 2009, 1:50 am
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What else is there to say to this, other than I feel completely inspired and full when I listen to this. I want to embody this very poem because this poem embodies so much of how I feel and what I believe in. I hope you enjoy it. I hope it rejuvinates your day, or night, or week, or year. I hope you find hope in it.



In the Name of Love

Today, as I sat next to my parents, on our living room couch, eyes peering up at the television, we listened to Singers, Actors, and prominent American Figures, including the president-elect himself, on the “We Are One, Inauguration Concert.”

To be very honest, I voted for Ralph Nader, mainly because I do not believe in a two party political system, and Ralph’s policies were much more sound to me than Obama’s. But one thing I always knew was that this man inspired hope and change in the people who mattered most- you and I. President-elect Obama is always reminding us, even today, that we must get involved and stay active, keeping him informed of what we, the American people think, what we want to see as ‘the change.’

My eyes filled with tears on many occasions as I saw, these artists come together in a manifestation of what we want to see on a larger level, on a local level, ingrained in our every day selves. It is Love. While it was in the limelight, yes, and the world always shows it’s harsher edges after the glamor has faded, it was still something truly remarkable. And let me say this, it is beauty that never fades, it only changes.

I think the moment that caught me off guard, other than when Stevie Wonder came on stage and I jumped up screaming and dancing, was when Bono from U2 sang to the President. He sang his famous song, written in 1984 for Martin Luther King Jr, Pride. As the song neared it’s close he said these words.

“This is not just an American dream, but also an Irish dream, a European dream, an African dream … an Israeli dream and a Palestinian dream,” Bono said in the middle of U2’s performance of their 1984 hit “Pride (In the Name of Love).”

This was beauty. For so long, the issue of Israel and Palestine has been taboo, especially when any positive light is shown on the Palestinians. And, especially when the issue is in congress. It is time to stand up for justice, of our people at home who live in poverty and in the face of racism, and in the middle-east, where we have financed 1000 times over ongoing massacres in Iraq, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Territories.

Tears streamed down my face as I heard, what Bono had said, and I looked over at my parents, my Lebanese mother and my European father; they too were crying. These two people who created six mixed babies, all of us trying to make this world more just, peaceful, and sustainable. I owe everything to them, and I owe everything to all of you.



2+2=4, Violence in Gaza= War Crimes

On the 22nd day of unabated violence in Gaza, with 1,203 people dead- including 360 Children, and 5,320 people injured of which are 46% Women and Children, Israel has said “The aims of our operation have been met.” Is that the sound of a ceasefire? Even after, Israel turned down Hamas’ deal on a Palestinian state of the 1967 borders, the deal that Israel said was the Palestinian people’s golden opportunity?

And, what were your aims Ehud Olmert? I’m confused because what happened over the last three weeks was not a nation protecting itself, but rather a government perpetrating fear within it’s borders, and the borders of a territory occupied and oppressed.

Frankly, I’m done with this, I am done hearing about the atrocities that you are committing, righteously, as if you were “entitled.” Entitled to violence, as if it were owed to you because of what your people have seen, and gone through. Let me say this, no one is entitled to violence, the history of people throughout this world is bloodied and conquered. When will it end?

Would the American government be so forgiving if African Americans rose up, took over New York or California, due to help from the European Union, and started perpetrating violence in the same ways that Israel does? While, the EU continued to funnel roughly 10 million dollars each day, even increasing funds while civilians were being slaughtered, as the US did a couple weeks ago. For some reason, I don’t think so. The institutions that are supposed to protect us, have been killing young black men for years. Look at the most recent cases of Oscar Grant and Adolph Grimes.

This is war crimes. In the “Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 8 June 1977” under Article 51, the protection of civilians Israel has committed War Crimes. According to Point 4 – the definition of Indiscriminate Attacks, section (c), Continue reading



Sometimes You Just Have to Laugh
January 8, 2009, 7:25 pm
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If You Live In DC – Gaza Memorial Service
January 7, 2009, 6:51 am
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IN HONOR OF THE LOST LIVES— PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY!


GAZA

MEMORIAL SERVICE


Interfaith Candle light prayer, poetry, testimonies…
Saturday, January 10th, 2009
4:00pm – 5:30pm

All Souls Church
2835 16th St, NW, Washington, DC 20009

Funds will also be collected for the
Save the Children Gaza Relief Fund

Please RSVP by 2:30pm on Saturday at gaza.memorial@gmail.com
Sponsored by
Coalition for Justice and Accountability
www.justiceandaccountability.org/

**Program will begin promptly at 4:00pm
For Questions and Information:
973-271-8753; gaza.memorial@gmail.com



We Elected a President
June 26, 2008, 12:30 am
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Written A Month Ago:

So I’m sitting on Nadim’s new balcony in his parents new home in Hamra, vegging out watching football, drinking and eating. Although we’re not watching American football we’re watching the Euro Cup and we’re not eating hot dogs or hamburgers we’re eating Sfi7a, a well-known Ba3lbecki dish, made with goat meat, spices and wrapped in dough, and of course traditionally we’re drinking shai or tea. There’s still lot’s of yelling at the TV and prophetic speeches of who will win it all and who will not, “Hands down, it’s Spain Khulus!”

Life you could say is back to normal, or rather beyond normal; it is as if the past seventeen months were just a bad dream. Now Lebanon has a president, and downtown, which has been closed about just as long as there was a lack of president, has re-opened. This city, which always feels alive, seems to have awoken with deep breaths of fresh air. Not that Libnan’s air quality could use some improvement. I was in the mountains the day Michele Sleiman was elected president, flipping through the TV waiting for my Aunt Edna to arrive, when I passed through the election, parliament reading little slips of paper, “Michele Sleiman.” “Michele Sleiman.” Michele Sleiman….the voice was on repeat over and over. I passed by it seeing as it would be a redundant experience. Ten minutes later, I heard gunshots and RPG (rocket propelled grenades), and knew that celebrations had begun, for our new official president. The rest of the day passed quickly and the next thing I knew my cousin Joe was driving me back to Hamra.

Lebanese flags enwrapped Lebanon, as if we all realized Lebanon was naked and that meant she needed to be clothed. I concretely believe that there were more Lebanese flags after the election of a president, than there were American flags after 9/11- that is not an exaggeration. Michele Sleiman’s face lined the streets, the way he was celebrated you’d believe he solved all of our problems already. But rather, instead his position now filled, represents hope; hope that maybe Lebanon will know stability.

So we Lebanese aren’t that different from the rest of the world, our food may be a bit different, our traditions seeped in it’s own history, but hey we all love football and the future looks so bleak that we hang on to anything that looks like hope.

That sounds pessimistic, but rather I feel I’m optimistic. We may not be able to find hope in the recent elections or the upcoming ones, but we have more solid reminders around us everyday, they are the faces of our loved ones, the ground beneath our feet, the nature of this earth- even if she is not readily around us. We are the hope for the future; we just need to realize that even in bleak political situations, it is the ability to spread our positive light around us, that keeps people unified and whole.