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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Euripides: Religion and Power (A fragment) / Smart City

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An Indian policeman takes cover behind an armored vehicle as Kashmiri protesters throw stones at him during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir on Tuesday: photo by Dar Yasin/AP, 30 August 2016

India Kashmir

An Indian policeman takes cover behind an armored vehicle as Kashmiri protesters throw stones at him during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir on Tuesday: photo by Dar Yasin/AP, 30 August 2016

  
Day 53 #Srinagar #Kashmir August 30, 2016: image via Faisal Khan @lookaround81, 30 August 2016
Euripides: A fragment

Doth some one say that there be gods above?
There are not; no, there are not. Let no fool,
Led by the old false fable, thus deceive you.
Look at the facts themselves, yielding my words
No undue credence: for I say that kings
Kill, rob, break oaths, lay cities waste by fraud,
And doing thus are happier than those
Who live calm pious lives day after day.
How many little states that serve the gods
Are subject to the godless but more strong,
Made slaves by might of a superior army!

Euripides (c.485 BC-406 BC), Bellerophon, fragment 286 (Nauck), translated by John Addingon Symonds in The Greek Poets, Second Series (1876)



Curfew reimposed in Indian occupied #Kashmir after fresh clashes with protesters: image via Kashmir Spring @KashmirSpring, 29 August 2016


Enough of Kashmir inquiries w/o outcomes. India should repeal impunity law on lethal force.: image via Kenneth Roth @KenRoth 29 August 2016


[In Kashmir]: image via Ather Zia @aziakashmir


poems : In Kashmir, it is the boys, [and everyone] @baalegibreel @shrimoye_n @_Faysal: image via Ather Zia @aziakashmir, 31 August 2016

Danish Manzoor, 28, shot dead by army personnel a short while ago in North #Kashmir. No. of civilian killings in Kashmir has reached 71.:  tweet via Fahad Shah @pzfahad, 30 August 2016


Kashmiris decimate middle ground-indian apologist brand of politics. word! #KashmirCrisis: image via Ather Zia @aziakashmir, 30 August 2016


#Srinagar downtown youth hold protest rally. #Kashmir: image via Nomy Sahir @NomyPti, 30 August 2016


Very Strange but true, It is an occupation when you being a native have to prove your identity to outsider #Kashmir: image via Kashmir Freedom @KashmirFreedom7, 28 August 2016

 
Dogs between invisible uniformed dogs and #Kashmir protesters, Day 53rd of Kashmir #Intifada: image via Kashmir Spring @KashmirSpring, 29 August 2016
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A man pedals his cycle rickshaw during monsoon rains in New Delhi



A man pedals his cycle rickshaw during monsoon rains in New Delhi, India on Wednesday: photo by Cathal McNaughton/Reuters, 31 August 2016

A man pedals his cycle rickshaw during monsoon rains in New Delhi

A man pedals his cycle rickshaw during monsoon rains in New Delhi, India on Wednesday: photo by Cathal McNaughton/Reuters, 31 August 2016

 
Heavy morning downpour in delhi #DelhiRains @SkymetWeather @weatherofindia: image via Ganpat Teli @GanpatTeli1, 30 August 2016



Smart city? #DelhiRains: image via Poornima mishra @poornima_mishra, 30 August 2016


Smart city? #DelhiRains: image via Poornima mishra @poornima_mishra, 30 August 2016


Smart city? #DelhiRains: image via Poornima mishra @poornima_mishra, 30 August 2016


Does this look like morning to you? It's pouring in Delhi! #DelhiRains: image via Hindustan Times Verified account @htTweets, 30 August 2016


Did you reach here in boats, @JohnKerry asks IIT-Delhi students #DelhiRains: image via Economic Times @EconomicTimes, 31 August 2016



Have you (students) come here in boats? asked US Secy of State @JohnKerry on his arrival at IIT-Delhi  #DelhiRains: image via Economic Times
@EconomicTimes, 31 August 2016


All flights delayed at Delhi's #IGIAirport due to heavy rainfall, 1 flight diverted to #Jaipur: image via Economic Times@EconomicTimes, 31 August 2016



#DelhiRains: Roads flooded with rain water as heavy rainfall lashes the capital city
: image via Economic Times
@EconomicTimes, 31 August 2016



#DelhiRains: Roads flooded with rain water as heavy rainfall lashes the capital city
: image via Economic Times
@EconomicTimes, 31 August 2016



#DelhiRains: Roads flooded with rain water as heavy rainfall lashes the capital city
: image via Economic Times
@EconomicTimes, 31 August 2016



#DelhiRains: Roads flooded with rain water as heavy rainfall lashes the capital city
: image via Economic Times
@EconomicTimes, 31 August 2016

#Live: Heavy downpour brings #Delhi, NCR and #Hyderabad to a halt #DelhiRains: image via Economic Times@EconomicTimes, 31 August 2016


INDIA - Pedestrians walk with umbrellas during rainfall in Shimla. By @AFPphoto #AFP: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 30 August 2016


INDIA - Indian commuters make their way along a road during a heavy rainfall in Siliguri. By @DIPTENDUDUTTA #AFP: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 30 August 2016


Rising waters in India
: image via Reuters India Photos @IndiaPhotos, 29 August 2016

How many little states that serve the gods
Are subject to the godless but more strong,
Made slaves by might of a superior army!
 

Fearing people see merits of critics, Palestinian authorities arrest them (eg this rapper): image via Kenneth Roth @Ken Roth, 30 August 2016

Smoke and debris rise from the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Sanaa

Smoke and debris rise from the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Sanaa, Yemen on Wednesday: photo by Khaled Abdullah/Reuters, 31 August 2016

Smoke and debris rise from the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Sanaa

Smoke and debris rise from the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Sanaa, Yemen on Wednesday: photo by Khaled Abdullah/Reuters, 31 August 2016

British Prime Minister Theresa May holds a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's country retreat Chequers to discuss department-by-department Brexit action plans on August 31, 2016 in Ellesborough, England. The Prime Minister confirmed there would be no second referendum on Britain's withdrawal from the EU.

British Prime Minister Theresa May holds a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s country retreat Chequers to discuss department-by-department Brexit action plans in Ellesborough, England: photo by Stefan Rousseau/Pool/PA, 31 August 2016

British Prime Minister Theresa May holds a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's country retreat Chequers to discuss department-by-department Brexit action plans on August 31, 2016 in Ellesborough, England. The Prime Minister confirmed there would be no second referendum on Britain's withdrawal from the EU. 
 
British Prime Minister Theresa May holds a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s country retreat Chequers to discuss department-by-department Brexit action plans in Ellesborough, England: photo by Stefan Rousseau/Pool/PA, 31 August 2016

4 comments:

STEPHEN RATCLIFFE said...

Tom,

Euripides a man ahead of his time, just "Look at the facts themselves," -- pictured here in these photos of things happening out there in the world . . .

Sandra said...

if we could measure happiness in different people we will be amazed !!

Wooden Boy said...

The old false fable

Nothing can begin or change without disillusionment. Especially hope.

The Kashmiri Intifada keeps on: they're not yet subject to the godless.

TC said...

Many thanks to all

This notorious little fragment, revealing the dubious view and dangerously impious attitude of the reclusive, mysterious, famously unhappy in love Euripides, is a small hint as to how it is that, now, he is the one of the several famous tragedians we can still read and stand back before and even learn from, almost as though he were writing for us...

He seems to have writ some ninety plays, of which some two dozen survive more or less complete. And there are a lot of bits and pieces of others. Busy fellow he was, at the writing.

"As Philochorus relates, most of his tragedies were composed in a dark cave in the isle of Salamis, which was an object of curiosity many years after his death."

Euripides: The Chorus to Iphigeneia ("For evil has conquered the race, / There is no power but in base men")