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Sunday, 1 April 2018

Easter of Blood | Joseph Ceravolo: Lament #2 for Lebanon

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#Vatican Pope calls for end to 'carnage' in Syria in Easter message: image via AFP Photo @AFPphoto, 6:45 AM 31 march 2018


#Vatican Pope calls for end to 'carnage' in Syria in Easter message: image via AFP Photo @AFPphoto, 6:45 AM 31 March 2018



Palestinians on Saturday walked between tents set up at Gaza’s border with Israel.: photo by Adel Hana/Associated Press, 31 March 2018 

 

Palestinians on Saturday walked between tents set up at Gaza’s border with Israel.: photo by Adel Hana/Associated Press, 31 March 2018


"Robin Moyer, USA, Black Star for Time. Beirut, Lebanon, 18 September 1982. Aftermath of massacre of Palestinians directed by Lebanese Forces with the complicity of senior members of the Israeli Cabinet and Defence Forces and conducted by Christian Phalangists and members of the South Lebanon Army in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. Moyer saw flares burst above the camps, and went there to discover piles of bodies - brutally shot. He photographed for hours surrounded by the smell of death, while soldiers joked around. The killers were never brought to justice.
" World Press Photo Winner 1982

Joseph Ceravolo: Lament #2 for Lebanon

                     September 1982

Tomorrow night before the winds blow down
the hungry trees: they're swaying in the mist,
I want to stop this grove from filling.
Stars in our sleep ride the massacre
in corners of destruction's nest.
Suns of chords    unknown
like dialysis or death.

Oh Lebanon
land of wood,   land of wood
defoliated dreams, decapitated screams

Like a pawn you lie
in the middle of the beast,
in the midst of an
old land of sorrows,
of controversy crossing the soul.
A dark walk in the desert!
A scorched memory's toll!

All the fake gods
have gathered in the night

and battle in the blood dawn.

Joseph Ceravolo (1934-1988): Lament #2 for Lebanon (September 1982), from Collected Poems (2013)



Easter of blood in #Palestine... today the Great Return March, 16 dead and over 1000 wounded in clashes on the border with Israel ...: image via Nino Fezza @nfcinereporter, 30 March 2018


 #Gaza: Une manifestation a lieu pour le Land Day. En 1976, le même jour, étaient abattus 6 manifestants arabo-israéliens qui protestaient contre la confiscation de terre Arabe par Israël à la Une sur #AFP @AFPphoto @saidkhatib: image via Jade Montane @jmontane_AFP, 30 March 2018


Forty-two years ago today, Israeli police shot and killed six Palestinian citizens of Israel as they were protesting the Israeli government's expropriation of thousands of donums of Palestinian land. Since then, March 30 has been known as Land Day...: image via Nino Fezza @nfcinereporter, 30 March 2018


The pain of the departed Her foot has been buried here with all the other pain The wounds will not heal #EasternGhouta: image via Amer_almohibany @amer_almohibany, 2:47 PM 31 March 2018



1433 people killed in the countryside of Damascus since the start of the campaign of #EasternGhouta ... : image via Mouneb Taim @mouneb_abo_taim, 26 March 2018


Once upon time Ghouta...today only death and destruction ... #Douma: image via Nino Fezza @nfcinereporter, 31 March 2018 
 

Once upon time Ghouta... today only death and destruction ... #Douma: image via Nino Fezza @nfcinereporter, 31 March 2018


Good morning world ... these children know only the rubble of #Douma... : image via Nino Fezza @nfcinereporter, 31 March 2018



 Children in hell of war #Douma #Syria, 31 March 2018 Photo Anas Mahmoud: image via Eliane Alhussein @ElianeAlhussein, 8:59 AM 31 March 2018 



 Children in hell of war #Douma #Syria, 31 March 2018 Photo Anas Mahmoud: image via Eliane Alhussein @ElianeAlhussein, 8:59 AM 31 March 2018
 

  
 Children in hell of war #Douma #Syria, 31 March 2018 Photo Anas Mahmoud: image via Eliane Alhussein @ElianeAlhussein, 8:59 AM 31 March 2018



 Children in hell of war #Douma #Syria, 31 March 2018 Photo Anas Mahmoud: image via Eliane Alhussein @ElianeAlhussein, 8:59 AM 31 March 2018
 

Living in #Douma means risking your life every day ...: image via Nino Fezza @nfcinereporter, 24 March 2018


This #Ghouta... : image via Nino Fezza @nfcinereporter, 24 March 2018


  The Syrian government has been bombing Idlib Province, which has been a refuge for people fleeing the war.: photo by Ahmed Rahhal/Anadolu Agency, 31 March 2018

  

The Syrian government has been bombing Idlib Province, which has been a refuge for people fleeing the war.: photo by Ahmed Rahhal/Anadolu Agency, 31 March 2018


The government has bused fleeing families and surrendering gunmen to Idlib, where the population has doubled since the war began.: photo by Youssef Badawi/EPA, 31 March 2018


The government has bused fleeing families and surrendering gunmen to Idlib, where the population has doubled since the war began.: photo by Youssef Badawi/EPA, 31 March 2018


The Syrian government and its ally, Russia, have bombed hospitals and clinics in Idlib, including this one in Kafr Nabl, last month.: photo by Yahya Nemah/European Pressphoto Agency, March 2017


The Syrian government and its ally, Russia, have bombed hospitals and clinics in Idlib, including this one in Kafr Nabl, last month.: photo by Yahya Nemah/European Pressphoto Agency, March 2017 
  

Refugees near the Lebanese border waiting to board buses for Idlib last year. Idlib has taken in a mix of fleeing civilians, defeated rebels and hard-line jihadists.: photo by Agence France-Presse, October 2017



Refugees near the Lebanese border waiting to board buses for Idlib last year. Idlib has taken in a mix of fleeing civilians, defeated rebels and hard-line jihadists.: photo by Agence France-Presse, October 2017


Children play outside their destroyed school in a village in rural Idlib last month.: photo by Omar Haj Kadour/Agence France-Presse, March 2018

 

Children play outside their destroyed school in a village in rural Idlib last month.: photo by Omar Haj Kadour/Agence France-Presse, March 2018

 
Update on forced displacement from #EasternGhouta Buses carrying people from the eastern Ghouta to northern Syria were fired at in Tartous by Shabihah and the sectarian population of the area The first statistic indicates the fall of 4 martyrs and 8 wounded: image via Amer_almohibany @amer_almohibany, 6:21 AM 31 March 2018


Update on forced displacement from #EasternGhouta Buses carrying people from the eastern Ghouta to northern Syria were fired at in Tartous by Shabihah and the sectarian population of the area The first statistic indicates the fall of 4 martyrs and 8 wounded: image via Amer_almohibany @amer_almohibany, 6:21 AM 31 March 2018


Update on forced displacement from #EasternGhouta Buses carrying people from the eastern Ghouta to northern Syria were fired at in Tartous by Shabihah and the sectarian population of the area The first statistic indicates the fall of 4 martyrs and 8 wounded: image via Amer_almohibany @amer_almohibany, 6:21 AM 31 March 2018



Update on forced displacement from #EasternGhouta Buses carrying people from the eastern Ghouta to northern Syria were fired at in Tartous by Shabihah and the sectarian population of the area The first statistic indicates the fall of 4 martyrs and 8 wounded: image via Amer_almohibany @amer_almohibany, 6:21 AM 31 March 2018



#Palestinian protesters hold hands to protect a girl from shots as they run for cover during clashes with Israeli forces following a demonstration near the border with Israel, of Khan Yunis, #Gaza: image via said khatib @saidkhatib, 1:12 PM 31 March 2018 


#GAZA STRIP - Thousands of Gazans march near #Israel border in major protest #AFP: image via said khatib @saidkhatib, 10:31 AM 31 March 2018


 
#GAZA STRIP - Thousands of Gazans march near #Israel border in major protest #AFP: image via said khatib @saidkhatib, 10:31 AM 31 March 2018

 

#GAZA STRIP - Thousands of Gazans march near #Israel border in major protest #AFP: image via said khatib @saidkhatib, 10:31 AM 31 March 2018



#GAZA STRIP - Thousands of Gazans march near #Israel border in major protest #AFP: image via said khatib @saidkhatib, 10:31 AM 31 March 2018 


 
#GAZA STRIP - Thousands of Gazans march near #Israel border in major protest #AFP: image via said khatib @saidkhatib, 10:31 AM 31 March 2018



#GAZA STRIP - Thousands of Gazans march near #Israel border in major protest #AFP: image via said khatib @saidkhatib, 10:31 AM 31 March 2018


#GAZA STRIP - Thousands of Gazans march near #Israel border in major protest #AFP: image via said khatib @saidkhatib, 10:31 AM 31 March 2018



#GAZA STRIP - Thousands of Gazans march near #Israel border in major protest #AFP: image via said khatib @saidkhatib, 10:31 AM 31 March 2018


#GAZA STRIP - Thousands of Gazans march near #Israel border in major protest #AFP: image via said khatib @saidkhatib, 10:31 AM 31 March 2018



#GAZA STRIP - Thousands of Gazans march near #Israel border in major protest #AFP: image via said khatib @saidkhatib, 10:31 AM 31 March 2018



#GAZA STRIP - Thousands of Gazans march near #Israel border in major protest #AFP: image via said khatib @saidkhatib, 10:31 AM 31 March 2018



Palestinian protesters hurl stones during clashes with Israeli troops along the border between Israel and Gaza on Saturday.: photo by Mohammed Saber/EPA, 31 March 2018



Palestinian protesters hurl stones during clashes with Israeli troops along the border between Israel and Gaza on Saturday.: photo by Mohammed Saber/EPA, 31 March 2018

5 comments:

TC said...

Arthur Lee & Love: 7 + 7 Is (live, local cable, n.d.)

TC said...

Love: 7 + 7 Is (original 45 mono single 1967)

Wooden Boy said...

Seamless move from Vatican cross to telegraph pole in Gaza.

controversy crossing the soul

All the fake gods

Arthur Lee says it: If I don't start crying it's because I have got no eyes.

TC said...

Duncan, thanks very much for seeing straight into the heart of the matter, if the matter be the post (or history) and the heart be the old land of sorrows, and the controversy forever crossing it, here through or by way of the graphic nexus (accident?) of the two rather forlorn looking juxtaposed crosses, the one fancy, the other as simple as fingers crost in the desert in anticipation of god knows what might now be expected... thousands more dead and ruin'd souls in a place where the jews decided a decade ago no life shall exist without continual torment physical and psychological imposed upon those they have usurped from the land under the guise of some sort of berserk religious nationalism of an insane solipsistic strain based in ancient fairytales told to cozen, and helped along by rich friends in many high places.

And helpfully today the jews, in the great spirit of jew negotiation, have NOT surprised anyone by promising in future to shoot to kill anybody who sets foot near that precious line they drew in someone else's sand! The sweeties they are! Always playing by the rules... the ones they made up!

If the poor longsuffering dude up there on the fancy cross really had any cosmic clout, that solitary strand of wire on the jerrybuilt crap telephonepole cross - gazan make-do tech, more beautiful than the entire Arseboke silicon valley "campus", with its ample lands and grounds all about the fringes of which at this moment the homeless flocks are awakening and scrapping over how to find breakfast and where to locate a proper pot to piss in - would be crackling with news of the arrival on the scene, after all these years, of... hold the presses... dare we say it ... just that wee bit of justice.

TC said...

Keeping in mind of course what nobody wants to keep in mind - forgetting the longer stretch of memory that would include Sabra and Shatila (a memory now ruled off by information border fences, relegated to trivia garbagecan forums in honour of whatever's new on nutflakes or the revival of Roseanne!) - the fact that the jews invaded and rained white phosphorous down upon Gaza in Dec-Jan 08-09 and then in July-Aug 2014 attempted to destroy/eradicate it from Earth entirely, in a onesided air war horror that in many ways has become the new template for regional statement... just so we are ready for what's coming next.

The current smart thing to say about Syria, that the revolution meant nothing, was a figment of orb-gazing saudi diabolists in long skirts, or of whatever strain of terrorist is in worst odour this week, or even of wishful murican thinktank libs and should have been given up long ago in favour of a good job w/benefits and two cars in the carport - amounts to the parallel suggestion Hamas should give it up, troublemakers that they are.

OK my fellow little ragheads let's all lie down and let the tanks run over us then, it's the going thing.