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Friday, 14 July 2017

Death from the sky (stars made in alabama fall over raqqa) / Head and fingernails emerge from green slime water / J. H. Almeida: To myself

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A displaced Syrian child at a temporary camp in the village of Ain Issa on July 11, 2017. DELIL SOULEIMAN / #AFP: image via Delil souleiman @Delilsouleman, 12 July 2017


A man Faints before his kids during the attempt to flee #Raqqa #Syria #ISIS: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 12 June 2017




SYRIA - Damaged buildings are seen during an offensive by Syrian Democratic Forces to retake #Raqa from IS fighters. Photo @Kicbil #AFP: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 12 July 2017


 SYRIA - A displaced child who fled IS group of Raqa is seen silhouetted on a UNHCR tent at temporary camp in Ain Issa. Photo @Delilsouleman #AFP: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 12 July 2017



Baalbeck: image via Quentin Sommerville @sommervillebbc, 29 June 2017


Displaced #Syrian children at a temporary camp in the village of Ain Issa on July 11, 2017. DELIL SOULEIMAN / #AFP: image via Delil souleiman @Delilsouleman, 12 July 2017



Displaced #Syrian children at a temporary camp in the village of Ain Issa on July 11, 2017. DELIL SOULEIMAN / #AFP: image via Delil souleiman @Delilsouleman, 12 July 2017



Displaced #Syrian children at a temporary camp in the village of Ain Issa on July 11, 2017. DELIL SOULEIMAN / #AFP: image via Delil souleiman @Delilsouleman, 12 July 2017


SYRIA - With the Syrian Democratic Forces (Kurdish and Arab fighters) during an offensive to retake #Raqa from IS fighters. Photo @Kilicbil #AFP: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 12 July 2017



SYRIA - With the Syrian Democratic Forces (Kurdish and Arab fighters) during an offensive to retake #Raqa from IS fighters. Photo @Kilicbil #AFP: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 12 July 2017



SYRIA - With the Syrian Democratic Forces (Kurdish and Arab fighters) during an offensive to retake #Raqa from IS fighters. Photo @Kilicbil #AFP: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 12 July 2017


Thousands of civilians still trapped in #Raqqa: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 14 July 2017


SYRIA - Wounded Syrians rest on the front line in eastern #Raqa during an offensive to retake the city from IS fighters. Photo @Kilicbil #AFP: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 14 July 2017


Map of the battle of Raqqa, 11.07.2017: image via Gargari @Gargaristan, 11 July 2017

 
Windy night in Desert Hot Springs: photo by Jody Miller, 25 March 2014


At an Airport (Huntsville, Alabama): photo by Austin Granger, 5 March 2014


#Raqqa photo Shows Coalition warplanes targeting AL Moshlab Neighborhood by White phosphorus, Which is internationally prohibited #Syria: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 8 June 2017


#Syria In #Raqqa there are not only #ISIS, there are many civilians "our colleagues, friends and families": image via Hussam Eesa @HussamEesa, 8 June 2017


 

#US-led Coalition targeting #Raqqa city neighborhood with WP ammunition. Syria.: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 8 June 2017


#US-led Coalition targeting #Raqqa city neighborhood with WP ammunition. Syria.: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 8 June 2017



#US-led Coalition targeting #Raqqa city neighborhood with WP ammunition. Syria.: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 8 June 2017



#US-led Coalition targeting #Raqqa city neighborhood with WP ammunition. Syria.: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 8 June 2017


In Country (Willie Peter comes to the party)

We lived our little sort of drama
We kissed in a field of slightly off white
And stars made in Alabama
And packed into little cluster bomblets
Carrying Great American Death Seeds
 By the possessors 
Of GOOD AMERICAN JOBS
Fell on that cellphone tree
Disguised as a saguaro cactus
Down by the border
Near where the Transparency wall
Is going up
So don't throw your drugs over it
Just yet
Last night



#RAQQA #Syria
: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 9 June 2017


#Syria #Raqqa No different from #Russia when it's their turn
: image via Hussam Eesa @HussamEesa, 9 June 2017

 

#Raqqa for the second day in row #US-led Coalition targeting #Raqqa city neighborhoods with WP ammunition #Syria
: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 10 June 2017


#Raqqa for the second day in row #US-led Coalition targeting #Raqqa city neighborhoods with WP ammunition #Syria: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 10 June 2017


#Raqqa for the second day in row #US-led Coalition targeting #Raqqa city neighborhoods with WP ammunition #Syria
: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 10 June 2017

 


#Raqqa for the second day in row #US-led Coalition targeting #Raqqa city neighborhoods with WP ammunition #Syria: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 10 June 2017


#RAQQA #Syria: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 3 June 2017


#RAQQA #Syria: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 6 June 2017


#RAQQA #Syria: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 6 June 2017


#RAQQA #Syria: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 8 June 2017


#RAQQA #Syria #ISIS #YPG: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 11 July 2017


Military service now compulsory in SDF areas of Raqqa #RAQQA #Syria #ISIS #YPG: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 10 July 2017


#RAQQA #Syria #ISIS #YPG: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 10 July 2017


Photos of the civilians who have been killed and injured by the international coalition airstrikes and #SDF shelling on #Raqqa city: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 9 July 2017


Photos of the civilians who have been killed and injured by the international coalition airstrikes and #SDF shelling on #Raqqa city: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 9 July 2017


Photos of the civilians who have been killed and injured by the international coalition airstrikes and #SDF shelling on #Raqqa city: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 9 July 2017


Photos of the civilians who have been killed and injured by the international coalition airstrikes and #SDF shelling on #Raqqa city: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 9 July 2017


Photos of the civilians who have been killed and injured by the international coalition airstrikes and #SDF shelling on #Raqqa city: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 9 July 2017


Photos of the civilians who have been killed and injured by the international coalition airstrikes and #SDF shelling on #Raqqa city: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 9 July 2017


Photos of the civilians who have been killed and injured by the international coalition airstrikes and #SDF shelling on #Raqqa city: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 9 July 2017


Photos show the destruction in Alwadi street and other parts in the city center of #Raqqa city by the coalition airstrikes and #SDF shelling: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 9 July 2017


Photos show the destruction in Alwadi street and other parts in the city center of #Raqqa city by the coalition airstrikes and #SDF shelling: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 9 July 2017


Photos show the destruction in Alwadi street and other parts in the city center of #Raqqa city by the coalition airstrikes and #SDF shelling: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 9 July 2017


Photos show the destruction in Alwadi street and other parts in the city center of #Raqqa city by the coalition airstrikes and #SDF shelling: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 9 July 2017


The Battle for Raqqa is one of destruction and displacement: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 9 July 2017


#RAQQA #Syria #ISIS: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 5 July 2017


#RAQQA #Syria #ISIS: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 4 July 2017


ISIS strongholds are collapsing, but the group still remains #RAQQA #Syria #ISIS: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 4 July 2017


#RAQQA #Syria #ISIS: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 4 July 2017


Raqqa: ISIS justifies their escapes, but prevents civilians from leaving #RAQQA #Syria #ISIS: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 1 July 2017


Raqqa: People remain, but life does not #RAQQA #Syria #ISIS: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 30 June 2017


The Battle for Raqqa this past week #RAQQA #Syria #ISIS: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 28 June 2017


The Battle for Raqqa this past week #RAQQA #Syria #ISIS: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 28 June 2017


The Battle for Raqqa this past week #RAQQA #Syria #ISIS: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 27 June 2017


#RAQQA #Syria #ISIS: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 22 June 2017


#RAQQA #Syria: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 21 June 2017



#RAQQA #Syria #ISIS #YPG: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 20 June 2017



#RAQQA #Syria: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 20 June 2017


#RAQQA #Syria #ISIS: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 19 June 2017


#RAQQA #Syria #ISIS
: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 16 June 2017


#RAQQA #Syria #ISIS
: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 15 June 2017


Syria as we know it is over #RAQQA #Syria #ISIS: image via Abu Mohammed @Raqqa_sl1, 21 June 2017


Andy Serkis in “War for the Planet of the Apes.”: photo by 20th Century Fox, 14 July 2017



Andy Serkis in “War for the Planet of the Apes.”: photo by 20th Century Fox, 14 July 2017


Going to watch planet of the apes: image via Captain Kidd @kidd_kong78, 14 July 2017



The US-led coalition battling IS in Iraq and Syria killed as many as 744 civilians in June, Airwars reports: image via david vujanovic @davidvujanovic, 13 July 2017


The old city of Mosul.: photo by Bram Janssen @BramJanssen, 14 July 2017


#Mossul some of my pictures for our report with @OliveFlore for @ParisMatch Some civilians are still locked inside, and fighting is not over
: image via Laurence Geai @laurencegeai, 14 July 2017


 
#Mossul some of my pictures for our report with @OliveFlore for @ParisMatch Some civilians are still locked inside, and fighting is not over: image via Laurence Geai @laurencegeai, 14 July 2017

 
#Mossul some of my pictures for our report with @OliveFlore for @ParisMatch Some civilians are still locked inside, and fighting is not over: image via Laurence Geai @laurencegeai, 14 July 2017


Documenting Life Amid the Battle for Mosul, @CengizYar for @the intercept: image via Photojournalism @photojournalink, 14 July 2017


Suicide vehicles made by Islamic State militants are displayed at Iraq Federal Police headquarters in Mosul
: image via Reuters Pictures @reuterspictures, 14 July 2017


 
WEST BANK - Protesters clashes following a demo. against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in Kfar Qaddum Photo Jaafar Ashtiyeh: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 14 July 2017



FACT: In March, a US-led coalition attack killed 105 civilians when targeting just TWO Islamic State snipers #Mosul: image via AmnestyInternational @amnesty, 11 July 2017
1) Replying to @airwars @amnesty Civilian deaths steeply escalating according to monitors, NGOs, intl agencies. Instead of shooting messengers, @CJTFOIR must explain why. Read the full @amnesty report  - which lays out how civilians were trapped between the warring parties at Mosul: tweet via Airwars @airwars, 12 July 2017



2) Number of alleged Coalition events across Iraq, Syria in June (223) exceeds peak tally of Russia allegations (215) during Aleppo Nov 2016: image via Airwars @airwars, 12 July 2017


3) Coalition munition use sharply escalated in June. Up fourfold at Raqqa (to 4,400); up 21% in W Mosul even as area under attack contracted: image via Airwars @airwars, 12July 2017


4) We presently estimate that a minimum of 529 to 744 civilians likely died in Coalition actions in June – a rise of 52% on May: image via Airwars @airwars, 12 July 2017
 

5) Mosul monitoring partly broke down in June as fighting intensified. Based on intl media, NGO fieldwork, casualty estimates may be too low: image via Airwars @airwars, 12 July 2017


6) Despite Raqqa being far smaller city it's already experiencing levels of bombardment seen in West Mosul assault. High casualties reported: image via Airwars @airwars, 12 July 2017
 

7) In Raqqa area alone, 54 children and 34 women were credibly reported killed by Coalition strikes in June. It's becoming a regular pattern: image via Airwars @airwars, 12 July 2017


8) Our numbers should be seen in context. Many hundreds of civilians were murdered by ISIS in June as they fled Mosul and Raqqa: image via Airwars @airwars, 12 July 2017


9) High casualties always anticipated from final stages of the war against Islamic State. Even so, every month we now track many more deaths: image via Airwars @airwars, 12 July 2017


10) We urge @CJTFOIR to look at why civilian deaths from their actions are now consistently running so high - and at how they can come down: image via Airwars @airwars, 12 July 2017

 

#Iraq counter-terrorism continue to pull out #ISIS #ISIS militants from underground tunnels in #Mosul Old City, 28 captured most of them foreign.: image via Iraqi Day @iraqi_day, 12 July 2017


This used to be someone's Palace - not any more #Mosul: image via Jonathan Beale @bealejonathan, 13 July 2017


City of God (2002) Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund DP: César Charlone Production Design: Tulé Peake: image via Cinema Palettes @ColorsEffect, 13 July 2017


SYRIA - A Syrian man prays on at a cemetery in Khan Sheikhun, 100 days following a suspected toxic gas attack.  Photo @omar_hajkadour #AFP image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 12 July 2017


GAZA STRIP - A man works at a metal workshop during the few hours of electricity supply the residents receive per day. Photo @saidkhatib image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 12 July 2017


#India Customers shop at a fruit and vegetable market in Ahmedabad. Photo Sam Panthaky #AFP: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 12 July 2017  

#Vietnam A boat driver waits for customers at a riverside park on the river Song Hau river in Can Tho. Photo @robertoindelhi: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 12 July 2017 



#India Pedestrians carry umbrellas as they walk through heavy rain showers in Mumbai. Photo @punitpix #AFP: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 12 July 2017

Generation -- aye, that's the rub -- more and more of these hideous wigglers getting squirted out every minute now, and still no end in sight!


My favorite picture I've seen of #POTUS and #FLOTUS #GreatestGeneration #WWII #Paris #BastilleDay: image via HiCaliberLi'lGal @HiCaliberLilGal, 14 July 2017



Make the guillotine busy again #BastilleDay: image via andrew _osborne @andrew_osborne, 14 July 2017  

 
President Donald Trump and #flotus bid adieu after viewing France's July 14 military parade as guests of President Emmanuel Macron.: image via Stephen Crowley @Stcrow, 14 July 2017



President Donald Trump and #Flotus viewing France's July 14 military parade on the Champs-Élysées w President Macron and Brigitte Macron.: image via Stephen Crowley @Stcrow, 14 July 2017



Amazing show put on by French military at #BastilleDay with #macron and #trump hugging as they watch: image via Melissa Bell @MelissaBellCNN, 14 July 2017


President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump board Air Force One Wednesday, en route Paris, France
: image via Stephen Crowley @Stcrow, 12 July 2017



It was a great honor to represent the United States at the magnificent #BastilleDay parade. Congratulations President @EmanuelMacron!: image via Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump, 14 July 2017

France Trump
 
French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump walk in the courtyard of the Invalides in Paris as part of an official welcoming ceremony, Thursday, July 13, 2017. Trump is in Paris for a high profile two-day visit during which he will be the guest of honor of his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at the annual Bastille Day parade.: photo by Matthieu Alexandre, 13 July 2017

France Trump

US President Donald Trump exits his car as he arrives for a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday, July 13, 2017. Trump will be the parade's guest of honor to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. U.S. troops will open the parade Friday as is traditional for the guest of honor.: photo by Markus Schreiber/AP, 13 July 2017

Trump France

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, and his wife Brigitte Macron tour Napoleon Bonaparte's Tomb listen to David Guillet, director of the Army Museum, at Les Invalides in Paris, Thursday, July 13, 2017.: photo by Carolyn Kaster/AP/Pool, 14 July 2017


A wild cow hits a reveller with its hoof as it enters the bullring in Pamplona: image via Reuters Pictures @reuterspictures, 14 July 2017

Spain Heat
A dog rests next to an air conditioner vent placed in a clothes shop during a hot summer day in Madrid, Thursday, July 13, 2017. A new heat wave has seven provinces in southern Spain on the highest alert as thermometers are expected to register highs above 44 degrees Celsius (111 Fahrenheit) in certain areas, weather authorities said.: photo by Francisco Seco/AP, 13 July 2017

Gaza Daily Life
Palestinians play volleyball on the beach as the sun sets over Gaza City, Thursday, July, 13, 2017.: photo by Khalil Hamra/AP, 13 July 2017
 


"Principal Skinner, I got carsick in your office.": image via Trump Jr Wiggum @WiggumTrump, 12 July 2017



"My son is a high-quality person, and I applaud his transparency": image via Public Benjamin @PublicBenjamin, 11 July 2017


"Oh boy! Sleep! That's where I'm a viking": image via Trump Jr Wiggum @WiggumTrump, 12 July 2017

I...worked on this story for a year...and...he just...he tweeted it out: image via Captain Kidd @kidd_kong78, 12 July 2017

 

"I kissed a light socket once and I woke up in a helicopter!": image via Trump Jr Wiggum @WiggumTrump, 13 July 2017
 

Opinion: All roads now lead to Jared Kushner: image via the New York Times @nytimes, 13 July 2017


Slime eels cover the highway after a truck carrying them in tanks overturned in Oregon: image via Reuters Pictures @reuterspictures, 14 July 2017
J. H. Almeida: To myself

To myself:
I say America ya ya. 
Filthy and strong 
grazing buck, a
fig eater.
With what do I sit by
Observe!
Disgust, ya ya 
Automated, not yet. 

To my partner:
I remember a rage
we once had, all of us.
Not old yet, but still
No wars stopped
No ice cream finish, cold
  and sweet,
but a dog running into
cars makes a breath
be drawn. Traffic halt.
Brilliant! 
 we would say

To our friends:
we see you as you see us.
Pigeons fumble in the underground
to get out.
Quite beautiful, a sight
Frantic and calm
  no toes still 
our friends.
Remember, with rage
and good. America ya ya.

Young, we tried to pull up
   the roads.
A towel on the beach
with our stone poems.
ya ya, we are still, now
  with age.



A horse runs from burning grasslands of the Long Valley fire, as wildfires rage across California: image via Reuters Pictures @reuterspictures, 14 July 2017

Window. | by tetyanabunyak

Window [Jaroslaw, Poland]: photo by Tetyana Bunyak, 12 July 2013

Window. | by tetyanabunyak

Window [Jaroslaw, Poland]: photo by Tetyana Bunyak, 12 July 2013

Window. | by tetyanabunyak

Window [Jaroslaw, Poland]: photo by Tetyana Bunyak, 12 July 2013

Untitled | by N.Teerapenun

[Kolkata]: photo by Nakarin Teerapenun, 29 October 2013
 
Untitled | by N.Teerapenun

[Kolkata]: photo by Nakarin Teerapenun, 29 October 2013

Untitled | by N.Teerapenun

[Kolkata]: photo by Nakarin Teerapenun, 29 October 2013

memories | by vasilisnkl

memories. made in hometown.: photo by vasilis nkl, 2 October 2016

DSCF1813 | by Le Duc Giang

DSCF1813: photo by Giang Le Duc, 2 May 2017

DSCF1813 | by Le Duc Giang

DSCF1813: photo by Giang Le Duc, 2 May 2017

DSCF1813 | by Le Duc Giang

DSCF1813: photo by Giang Le Duc, 2 May 2017

Untitled | by Jack Simon

Trainspotting leaving Edinburgh for Skye: photo by jack Simon, 10 July 2017

Untitled | by . STUART PATON .

[Untitled]: photo by STUART PATON, 21 May 2017

Untitled | by . STUART PATON .

[Untitled]: photo by STUART PATON, 21 May 2017

Untitled | by . STUART PATON .

[Untitled]: photo by STUART PATON, 21 May 2017

get warm | by maciej.zdun
 
get warm [Lviv, Ukraine]: photo by Maciej Zdun, 5 December 2016

Scarecrow of the vineyard. | by Yasuyuki Oomagari

Scarecrow of the vineyard [Fukuoka, Japan]: photo by Yasuyuki Oomagari, 5 August 2012

Scarecrow of the vineyard. | by Yasuyuki Oomagari

Scarecrow of the vineyard [Fukuoka, Japan]: photo by Yasuyuki Oomagari, 5 August 2012
 Scarecrow of the vineyard. | by Yasuyuki Oomagari

Scarecrow of the vineyard [Fukuoka, Japan]: photo by Yasuyuki Oomagari, 5 August 2012

Untitled | by aliiosse

[Untitled]: photo by Aliioss E, 2 July 2017

Untitled | by aliiosse

[Untitled]: photo by Aliioss E, 2 July 2017

Untitled | by aliiosse

[Untitled]: photo by Aliioss E, 2 July 2017

mx-6948 | by Ed Peters 286

[Oaxaca]: photo by Ed Peters, 2 May 2017

DSC00677 | by kanrapee.chok

DSC0627 [NYC]: photo by Kanrapee Chokpaiboon, 29 June 2017

DSC00677 | by kanrapee.chok 

DSC0627 [NYC]: photo by Kanrapee Chokpaiboon, 29 June 2017

DSC00677 | by kanrapee.chok

DSC0627 [NYC]: photo by Kanrapee Chokpaiboon, 29 June 2017

Untitled | by Pau Buscató

Kolkata 2017: photo by Pau Buscató, 9 February 2017

Untitled | by koushiksinharoy1


Untitled | by koushiksinharoy1

Untitled. Kolkata, 2017: photo by Koushik Sinha Roy, 27 May 2017

Untitled | by gilhurtado1
 
Untitled: photo by Gil Hurtado, 28 September 2010

* | by Sakulchai Sikitikul

[Songkhla, Thailand]: photo by Sakulchai Sikitikul, 9 July 2017

* | by Sakulchai Sikitikul

[Songkhla, Thailand]: photo by Sakulchai Sikitikul, 9 July 2017

* | by Sakulchai Sikitikul

[Songkhla, Thailand]: photo by Sakulchai Sikitikul, 9 July 2017

Untitled | by Md. Imam Hasan

[Varanasi]: photo by Muhammad Imam Hasan, 27 June 2017 

DSC_0595s | by ilanbenyehuda

DSC0595s [Jerusalem]: photo by ilan Ben yehuda, 6 July 2017

DSC_0595s | by ilanbenyehuda

DSC0595s [Jerusalem]: photo by ilan Ben yehuda, 6 July 2017

DSC_0595s | by ilanbenyehuda
 
DSC0595s [Jerusalem]: photo by ilan Ben yehuda, 6 July 2017

Untitled | by Larking About

[Untitled]: photo by Danielle Houghton, 6 July 2017

Southampton, 2017 | by [Photom]

Southampton, 2017: photo by Tom, 12 July 2017

Southampton, 2017 | by [Photom]

Southampton, 2017: photo by Tom, 12 July 2017 

Southampton, 2017 | by [Photom]

Southampton, 2017: photo by Tom, 12 July 2017 

L1070692-st-petersburg2017 | by Emil Gataullin

L1070692-st-petersburg2017: photo by Emil Gataullin, 27 July 2017 

S&R #09 #Abstract | by sameerwalzade

[Vancouver]: photo by Sameer Walzade, 25 June 2017

S&R #09 #Abstract | by sameerwalzade

[Vancouver]: photo by Sameer Walzade, 25 June 2017

S&R #09 #Abstract | by sameerwalzade

[Vancouver]: photo by Sameer Walzade, 25 June 2017

@ | by Ania Klosek

@ : photo by Ania Klosek, 21 July 2014

Nakano | by Dan Szpara

Nakano [Tokyo]: photo by Dan Szpara, July 2017
 
Nakano | by Dan Szpara

Nakano [Tokyo]: photo by Dan Szpara, July 2017

Nakano | by Dan Szpara

Nakano [Tokyo]: photo by Dan Szpara, July 2017  

dark side | by Krunky again

dark side: photo by Krunky again, 26 May 2017  

dark side | by Krunky again

dark side: photo by Krunky again, 26 May 2017 
 
dark side | by Krunky again

dark side: photo by Krunky again, 26 May 2017 
 
Our Little Garden | by _Joris Dewe_

Our Little Garden: photo by _Joris Dewe_, 21 April 2017

Our Little Garden | by _Joris Dewe_

Our Little Garden: photo by _Joris Dewe_, 21 April 2017

Our Little Garden | by _Joris Dewe_

Our Little Garden: photo by _Joris Dewe_, 21 April 2017

attachment | by pastor-chris-online

attachment [Raqqa]: photo by Pastor Chris, 8 July 2017

A fraction of Mosul, Syria's Raqqa no less challenging | by arif_shamim

[Raqqa]: photo by arif shamim, 9 July 2017 

4 comments:

TC said...

Ella and Louis: Stars Fell on Alabama

Tom Palmer said...

This past week your posts are mostly so painful to witness from a summer easy chair. So brutal. The children. The people. The destruction. It's too much. The Abu Mohammed cut line got it right: 'People remain but life does not.' One feels furious and helpless at once. Like that black horse running from the fire one doesn't think much about what's left in the dust. Well, so, your poem J.H. Almeida: To myself' brought to mind a 2014 Jackson Browne tune, 'Yeah Yeah' for some reason. 'America ya ya' I guess. I'm always humbled by how hard you work, Tom. For me, these posts are not to be missed.

Wooden Boy said...

"Perpetual war for perpetual peace' - first words that came to mind when I saw the pictureS of the kids on the trolleys. Same old shit that O'bama was at.

Good American Jobs - there's no steadier business than the arms trade.

TC said...

Thanks very much, Tom and Duncan.

Painful to witness yes, perhaps even worse to make.

They say the rural white trash and the big city elites are not cut from the same cloth, but for me, the "production personnel" of DC and Huntsville simply break down to company-town service workers of different status levels employed in the same national industry, the production of death and harm for profit.

Bodies now being thrown into the river in Mosul, to float anonymously downstream and join the toll, the ever-growing log.

But what was anyway thought to be coming as the long term result of "our" governments' successive strangling of every dissident political element in Western Asia since forever? Chase out, kill, torture, bomb, otherwise eradicate all resistance to "our friends" the entrenched top dog sheikhs and monarchs who hold the black gold we all crave and require for the sustenance of this mad freeway rat race to destroy the planet, a "way of life" that makes all the shining good sense of a tyre fire.

(That trillion ton ice chunk that broke off Antarctica last week certainly got a lot less attention than the ever so fascinating larval wigglings of the drumpfklan.)

The delusion that exterminating every last miserable daeshi, while continuing on with the policies and practises which after the 2003 invasion produced IS in the first place, remains as insane as every other "core tenet" upon which "our" "civilisation" is now however shakily founded.

The fellow who does the site Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently asks the simple question, once Daesh, with its dark ideation, has been finally dispatched for good and all, what glorious shining idea will fill the resulting conceptual void? The idea of doing a deal? Of being able to jump in the SUV and pick up something at safeway or jump on a plane to Paris for a bit of complicit escapist fun?

The suggestion that the guillotine be put back into use on occasions like the drumpfvisit with the macronons seems sound enough, though 'twould be a pity to see a good blade dirtied up like that.

So now we've had the great MAGA Revolution. One fears for the what the next great "popular" Revolution might look like. But meanwhile as we wait and wonder (not), where O where is the ghost of Charlotte Corday?

One imagines her for a moment incarnate in the camouflage jumpsuit of a YPG female fighter, somehow sneaking by night into the shower facility at CENTCOM and... or maybe vaulting over the fence onto the pristine lawns of the Casa Blanca and...

The old can only dream, and vaguely remember things that probably never even happened.