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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Jorge Luis Borges: Jactancia de quietud

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Refugees in a rubber boat off Lesvos: image via MSF Sea @MSF_Sea, 8 February 2016
 
 
Escrituras de luz embisten la sombra, más prodigiosas que meteoros.
La alta ciudad inconocible arrecia sobre el campo.
Seguro de mi vida y de mi muerte, miro los ambiciosos
y quisiera entenderlos.
Su día es ávido como el lazo en el aire.
Su noche es tregua de la ira en el hierro, pronto en acometer.
Hablan de humanidad.
Mi humanidad está en sentir que somos voces de una misma penuria.
Hablan de patria.
Mi patria es un latido de guitarra, unos retratos y una vieja espada,
la oración evidente del sauzal en los atardeceres.
El tiempo está viviéndome.
Más silencioso que mi sombra, cruzo el tropel de su levantada codicia.
Ellos son imprescindibles, únicos, merecedores del mañana.
Mi nombre es alguien y cualquiera.
Paso con lentitud, como quien viene de tan lejos que no espera llegar.


Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1996): Jactancia de quietud, from Luna de enfrente, 1925




 Syrian children Musa Dik, 5, in the rear bed, and Raghad Dik, 9, in a hospital in the border town of Kilis, Turkey, after they were injured in a Russian airstrike: photo by Bryan Denton for The New York Times, 8 February 2016

 

Rajaa Dik, a Syrian, right, sat with her children Musa, 5, in the rear bed, and Raghad, 9, in a hospital in the border town of Kilis, Turkey, after they were injured in a Russian airstrike: photo by Bryan Denton for The New York Times, 8 February 2016

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Serious traffic jam on the back roads of beautiful #Lesvos this morning.
: image via MSF Sea @MSF_Sea, 8 February 2016

Jorge Luis Borges: Boast of Quietness   

Writings of light assault the darkness, more prodigious than meteors.
The tall unknowable city takes over the countryside.
Sure of my life and death, I observe the ambitious and would like to understand them.
Their day is greedy as a lariat in the air.
Their night is a rest from the rage within steel, quick to attack.
They speak of humanity.
My humanity is in feeling we are all voices of that same poverty.
They speak of homeland.
My homeland is the rhythm of a guitar, a few portraits, an old sword,
the willow grove's visible prayer as evening falls.
Time is living me.
More silent than my shadow, I pass through the loftily covetous multitude.
They are indispensable, singular, worthy of tomorrow.
My name is someone and anyone.
I walk slowly, like one who comes from so far away he doesn't expect to arrive.

(English version by Stephen Kessler, 1999)


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Refugee crisis: 35 die off Turkish coast
: image via dromografosNews @dromografosNews, 8 February 2016

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Siege of Aleppo takes West even further from achieving its key goals in Syria: image via AFP news agency @AFP, 9 February 2016

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Syrians living in a makeshift camp inside a farm near the Oncupinar crossing gate in Kilis. By @Kilicbil #AFP: image via AFP Photo Department @AFPphoto, 9 February 2016

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#migrantcrisis A woman waits to return to #Syria at the Oncupinar crossing gate, #Kilis, #Turkey #AFP by @Kilicbil
: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 8 February 2016

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Sorry kids, @realDonaldTrumpsays no, after all you might be terrorists (photo by @kilicbil): image via Kaycee Nightfire Aurelia BAILLY @KcNightfire, 8 February 2016


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 Syrian families line-up waiting to go back to Syria near Kilis. By @Kilicbil #AFP: image via AFP Photo Department @AFPphoto, 8 February 2016


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 #UPDATE Turkey sends in aid for stranded Syrian refugees: image via AFP news agency @AFP, 8 February 2016



 

 Syrians fleeing Aleppo arrived at the Turkish border-crossing gate in northern Syria on Saturday. A United Nations report found that the Syrian government had mounted a “systematic and widespread attack” on civilians.: photo by Bulent Kilic/Agence France-Presse, 8 February 2016


 Syrians trying to cross into Turkey.: photo by
Bunyamin Aygun/Associated Press, 8 February 2016

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This futuristic fighter jet was just unveiled to America during the #SuperBowl #SB50: image via Dan Lamothe @Dan Lamothe, 7 February 2016


 Newton was harassed by Broncos defenders all night
: photo by Chang W. Lee /  The New York Times, 8 February 2016


Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was sacked six times and fumbled twice against the Denver Broncos on Sunday: photo by A J Mast for The New York Times, 8 February 2016


Newton did not have much to say during his post-game news conference
: photo by Kevin C. Cox / The New York Times, 8 February 2016


Beyoncé and Chris Martin of Coldplay during the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday
: photo by Chang W. Lee / The New York Times, 8 February 2016

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Beyonce takes US by storm with new activist role: image via AFP news agency @AFP, 9 February 2016

Marco Rubio Campaigns Ahead Of New Hampshire Primary...NASHUA, NH - FEBRUARY 08:  Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) sips coffee before doing a television interview at Norton's Classic Cafe during a campaign stop February 8, 2016 in Nashua, New Hampshire. Rubio is hoping for a good showing on Tuesday when people in New Hampsire head to the polls in the 'First in the Nation' presidential primary.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) **BESTPIX**

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio sips coffee before doing a television interview at Norton’s Classic Cafe during a campaign stop in Nashua, New Hampshire: photo by Chip Somodevilla via FT Photo Diary, 8 February 2016

Nepalese Hindu women cover themselves with plastic sheet and take cover as it rains during Swasthani Bratakatha festival  in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. During this festival, devotees recite holy scriptures dedicated to Hindu goddess Swathing and Lord Shiva. Unmarried women pray to get a good husband while those married pray for the longevity of their husbands by observing a month-long fast. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Nepalese Hindu women cover themselves with a plastic sheet, and take shelter from the rain, during the Swasthani Bratakatha festival in Kathmandu: photo by Nepal: photo by Niranjan Shrestha/AP Photo, 8 February 2016

Saudi-led ongoing conflict victims in Yemen...epa05149787 A wounded boy poses for a picture at a hospital after he was injured in ongoing conflict, in Sanaía, Yemen, 08 February 2016. United Nations figures show nearly 6000 people have been killed and more than 32,000 injured so far in the ten-month conflict in the war-torn Yemen since March when the Saudi-led coalition launched a military campaign against the Shiite Houthi rebels.  EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

A wounded boy at a hospital after he was injured in ongoing conflict, in Sana’a, Yemen: photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA, 8 February 2016  

Waves break against the Boulogne-sur-mer harbour pier

Waves break against the Boulogne-sur-mer harbour pier, France: photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP, 8 February 2016

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#WAVES break against a pier in Les Sables-d'Olonne. #AFP Photo by @LoicVenance: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 9 February 2016

Rioters throw bricks at police in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Hong Kong's Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaotic scenes as protesters and police clashed over a street market selling fish balls and other local holiday delicacies. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Rioters throw bricks at police in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaotic scenes as protesters and police clashed over a street market selling fish balls and other local holiday delicacies: photo by Vincent Yu/Ap, 8 February 2016

Horse mounted policemen patrol as thousands of Indian Hindu devotees gather to perform rituals at the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati on "Mauni Amavasya" or new moon  day, the third and the most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month long Hindu religious fair "Magh Mela" in Allahabad, India, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the confluence, hoping to wash away sins during the month long festival. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Thousands of Indian Hindu devotees gather to perform rituals at the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati on Mauni Amavasya or new moon day, the third and the most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month long Hindu religious festival Magh Mela in Allahabad, India: photo by Kumar Singh/AP, 8 February 2016

International Space Station crew member Volkov performs spacewalk outside ISS...International Space Station (ISS) expedition 46/47 crew member, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov performs a spacewalk outside the ISS in this Roscosmos image released on February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Roscosmos/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.

Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov performs a spacewalk outside the International Space Station: photo by Roscosmos/Reuters, 8 February 2016

Estacio de Sa samba schooll's Drum Queen Luana Bandeira performs during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome...REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO IN "CARNIVAL"Estacio de Sa samba schooll's Drum Queen Luana Bandeira performs during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 7, 2016.   REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Estacio de Sa samba school’s Drum Queen Luana Bandeira performs during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro: photo by Sergio Moraes/Reuters, 8 February 2016

Carnival revellers dressed as "Peliqueiros" run along a street in Spain's northwestern village of Laza

Carnival revellers dressed as “Peliqueiros” run along a street in Spain’s northwestern village of Laza. “Peliqueiros”, or ancient tax collectors, pursued villagers through the streets ringing their cowbells and hitting villagers with their sticks: photo by Miguel Vidal/Reuters, 8 February 2016

TOPSHOT - An Indian scavenger searches f...TOPSHOT - An Indian scavenger searches for coins offered by Hindu devotees at Sangam during the annual Magh Mela festival in Allahabad on February 5, 2016

An Indian man searches for coins offered by Hindu devotees at Sangam during the annual Magh Mela festival in Allahabad
: photo by Sanjay Kanojia/AFP, 5 February 2016


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 MEXICO - A municipality worker fumigates a home to prevent the spread of Zika in Acapulco: image via AFP Photo Department @AFPphoto, 9 February 2016

  
Protected by a mosquito net, Nadia Gonzalez recovers from a bout of dengue fever at a hospital in Luque, Paraguay Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Dengue, like the Zika virus, is transmitted by the same vector, the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Zika was discovered in a Ugandan forest in 1947 and until last year, the virus had never caused serious disease. It has now spread to more than 20 countries. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

Protected by a mosquito net, Nadia Gonzalez recovers from a bout of dengue fever at a hospital in Luque, Paraguay. Dengue, like the Zika virus, is transmitted by the same vector, the Aedes aegypti mosquito: photo by Justin Sullivan via FT Photo Diary, 5 February 2016

 A girl paints a mural that edu...TOPSHOT - A girl paints a mural that educates people about a mosquito control project in the village of San Diego village, in La Libertad, Salvador, on February 4, 2016. People in San Diego are fighting the Aedes aegypti mosquito, vector of the Zika virus, which might cause microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome in unborn babies.   AFP PHOTO / MARVIN RECINOS / AFP / Marvin RECINOSMARVIN RECINOS/AFP/Getty Images

A girl paints a mural that educates people about a mosquito control project in the village of San Diego village, in La Libertad, Salvador. People in San Diego are fighting the Aedes aegypti mosquito, vector of the Zika virus: photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP, 5 February 2016

This photo taken on February 4, 2016 sho...This photo taken on February 4, 2016 shows a woman working next to cats at a shelter on the outskirts of Yangon. The shelter houses over 200 animals and are provided food and basic medical treatments which owners say were rescued from Yangon streets. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THUYe Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

A cat shelter on the outskirts of Yangon. The shelter houses over 200 animals which are rescued from Yangon streets. The shelter provides food and basic medical treatments.: photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP, 5 February 2016

Democratic Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton And Bernie Sanders Debate In Durham, New Hampshire...DURHAM, NH - FEBRUARY 04:  Democratic presidential candidates former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks on stage during a break as she debates with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during their MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire on February 4, 2016 in Durham, New Hampshire. This is the final debate for the Democratic candidates before the New Hampshire primaries.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks on stage during a break as she debates with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during their MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire. This is the final debate for the Democratic candidates before the New Hampshire primaries
: photo by Justin Sullivan via FT Photo Diary, 8 February 2016

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Woman who accused Bill Clinton of assault to campaign against Hillary: image via Reuters Top News @Reuters, 9 February 2016


Senator Bernie Sanders at the Palace Theater in Manchester, N.H., on Monday.

Senator Bernie Sanders at the Palace Theater in Manchester, N.H., on Monday
: photo by
Todd Heisler/The New York Times, 9 February 2016

 
 

Senator Bernie Sanders held a campaign rally at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H., on Saturday. As the United States is battling the Islamic State, and coping with an aggressive Russia and an economically weakening China, Mr. Sanders has steadfastly refused to say much about America’s place in the world.: photo by Todd Heisler/The New York Times , 8 February 2016

Thailand's economy is forecast to grow at 3.7 percent in 2016...epa05140834 A street food vendor walks in front of a colorful graffiti painted on a wall in Bangkok, Thailand, 03 February 2016. Thailand's economy is forecast to grow at 3.7 percent in 2016 revised down from earlier projected of 3.8 percent driven by the private consumption and investment as well as government stimulus measures and billion-dollar investment in infrastructure project, according to the Fiscal Policy Office.  EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL

A street food vendor walks in front of a colorful graffiti in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s economy is forecast to grow at 3.7 percent in 2016 revised down from earlier projected of 3.8 percent driven by the private consumption and investment as well as government stimulus measures and billion-dollar investment in infrastructure project, according to the Fiscal Policy Office: photo by Diego Azubel/EPA, 3 February 2016

Gendarmes walk through makeshift shacks during the evacuation of a Roma migrants' camp deemed insecure and unsanitary, on former railway tracks along Boulevard Ney in northern Paris

Gendarmes walk through makeshift shacks during the evacuation of a Roma migrants’ camp deemed insecure and unsanitary, on former railway tracks along Boulevard Ney in northern Paris: photo by Dominique Faget/AFP, 3 January 2016

Horse mounted policemen patrol as thousands of Indian Hindu devotees gather to perform rituals at the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati on "Mauni Amavasya" or new moon  day, the third and the most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month long Hindu religious fair "Magh Mela" in Allahabad, India, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the confluence, hoping to wash away sins during the month long festival. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Thousands of Indian Hindu devotees gather to perform rituals at the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati on Mauni Amavasya or new moon day, the third and the most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month long Hindu religious festival Magh Mela in Allahabad, India: photo by Kumar Singh/AP, 8 February 2016

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Siria: esodo da Aleppo. Ue richiama Turchia sui confini: "Accogliere rifugiati è dovere"
: image via la Repubblica @repubblicait, 6 February 2016 


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Turkey prepares for huge refugee wave as Syrians flee govt attack #AFP
: image via Agence France-Presse @AFP, 6 February 2016


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FBI confirms Hillary Clinton email investigation
: image via Yahoo News @YahooNews 9 February 2016


Donald Trump in New Hampshire on Monday: photo by Damon Winter/The New York Times, 8 February 2016


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At thriving gun clubs across New Hampshire, good people strive to be as lethal as bad ones: image via NYT Opinion @nytopinion, 9 February 2016

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View of a figure of the Santa Muerte (Holy Death) at a sanctuary in Santa Maria Cuautepec, Tultitlan, Mexico
: image via Yuri Cortez @YuriYurisky, 9 February 2016


Share traders dressed in carnival costumes work a their desks in front of the DAX index at the stock exchange on Shrove Tuesday in Frankfurt...Share traders dressed in carnival costumes work a their desks in front of the DAX index at the stock exchange on Shrove Tuesday in Frankfurt, Germany February 9, 2016. Frankfurt's bourse traders follow a long tradition by wearing carnival costumes on Shrove Tuesday.  REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Share traders dressed in carnival costumes work a their desks in front of the DAX index at the stock exchange on Shrove Tuesday in Frankfurt, Germany.  Frankfurt’s bourse traders follow a long tradition by wearing carnival costumes on Shrove Tuesday: photo by Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters, 9 February 2016

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Donald J. Trump held a town hall event at the Derry-Salem Elks Lodge in Salem
: image via the New York Times @nyt, 9 February 2016




Hillary Clinton spoke with patrons at the Chez-Vachon restaurant in Manchester, N.H., on Monday: photo by Richard Perryr/The New York Times, 9 February 2016  

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Syrian Air Force destroys large rebel convoy heading to northern #Aleppo #Syria
: image via Al-Masdar News @TheArabSource, 9 February 2016


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#FSA Jaysh al-Mujahdeen send reinforcements to #Aleppo
: image via Stork @NorthernStork, 9 February 2016

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In #Aleppo, underground schools face bombardments and burnout
: image via Al Arabiya English @AlArabiya_Eng, 7 February 2016


the plain sense of things
 


............ "we had come to an end of the imagination"
 
and all the major
and minor
structures fallen down
. breathe
every few seconds
then wait
then breathe again
all through the night
but no -- I'm not on
or under
fire in
or fleeing
Aleppo
or floating on a drifting rubber boat
on the dark cold sea
off Lesvos


stock markets fall sharply...epa05140690 Pedestrians are reflected in a stock market indicator board in Tokyo, Japan, 03 February 2016. Japan's market plummeted following sharp declines in US stocks and after crude oil prices tumbled below 30 dollars per barrel. The benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average lost 559.43 points, or 3.15 per cent, to end at 17,191.25.  EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON
 
Pedestrians are reflected in a stock market indicator board in Tokyo. Japan's market plummeted following sharp declines in US stocks and after crude oil prices tumbled below 30 dollars per barrel: photo by Franck Robichon/EPA, 3 February 2016

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Global stocks hit the rocks after Asian markets slump: image via Reuters Top News @Reuters, 9 February 2016

Costumed revelers in protective helmets throw oranges during Carnival in the northern Italian Piedmont town of Ivrea, Italy, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. The traditional orange-throwing battle has its roots in the middle of the 19th century. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Costumed revellers in protective helmets throw oranges during Carnival in the northern Italian Piedmont town of Ivrea, Italy: photo by Luca Bruno/AP Photo 9 February 2016

Beached Hunstanton Sperm Whale Dies...HUNSTANTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05: Crowds gather as a sperm whale lies dead after becoming stranded on a beach between Old Hunstanton and Holme on February 5, 2016 in Hunstanton, England. The whale is the 29th to have died after beaching in Europe in the past two weeks. Due to its weight of between 25 and 30 tonnes, the mammal was unable to be rescued. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Crowds gather as a sperm whale lies dead after becoming stranded on a beach between Old Hunstanton and Holme in Hunstanton, England. The whale is the 29th to have died after beaching in Europe in the past two weeks: photo by Ben Pruchnie via FT Photo Diary, 5 February 2016

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TURKEY - A Syrian woman holds a baby as she waits with others to return to Syria near Kilis. By @Kilicbil
: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardafp, 8 February 2016