Chefchaouen, a small town in northern Morocco, has a rich history, beautiful natural surroundings and wonderful architecture, but what it’s most famous for are the striking and vivid blue walls of many of the buildings in its “old town” sector, or medina.
The maze-like medina sector, like those of most of the other towns in the area, features white-washed buildings with a fusion of Spanish and Moorish architecture. The brilliantly blue walls, however, seem to be unique to Chefchaouen. They are said to have been introduced to the town by Jewish refugees in 1930, who considered blue to symbolize the sky and heaven. The color caught on, and now many also believe that the blue walls serve to repel mosquitoes as well (mosquitoes dislike clear and moving water).
Whatever the reason, the town’s blue walls attract visitors who love to wander the town’s narrow streets and snap some beautiful photos.
Not old news, but important news. If the world could put their colonial-imperial bullshit aside, and stabilize this idea that is “nationalism,” electricity generation, and the resulting climate change wouldn’t be any issue.
The most powerful country in the world is today experiencing the erosion of its hegemony. When faced with a similar situation in the past, the U.S reacted by attacking a small country. How might it respond today?
There were and are two possible reactions, then and now, said Ernesto Domínguez, from the University of Havana’s Center for Hemispheric and U.S. Studies (CEHSEU), speaking with Granma: “Assume the decline and attempt to manage it in such a way to preserve a privileged position, or try to detain the process by resorting to the use of force, with several concrete objectives, such as giving a show of power, reaffirming geo-strategic positions, controlling key resources or stimulating the economy with military spending.”"
"I know you will sentence me to death but do not forget that by killing me you will not only assassinate freedom in your country but you will not prevent Algeria from becoming free and independent." —Algerian FLN freedom fighter Djamila Bouhired, on trial by French colonial authorities in 1957. She was tortured, but later released, despite her death sentence.
A night-time aerial view of oppression. The smothering effects of hermetic, rigid, dictatorial ideologies are evident, even from outer space.
The legacy of these sociopathic socialists and communists: famine, brutality, slavery, poverty….economies left in ruin….infrastructure destroyed….families fractured….spirits extinguished….life oppressed into a living death….bleak and dark.
Yet….look to the South….where the light of freedom and liberty shines into the heavens! Spirits soar….a beautiful country is built….economies flourish….laughter pervades….families join together….and life thrives.
When will we ever learn….
Give me liberty, or give me death!
—Patrick Henry (1736-1799)
Can you guess which Korea these slums are in?
Look at this lady’s spirit soaring!
Yup, freedom and prosperity by the bucketful here…
Atta Sabbah, 13, is paralyzed after an Israeli soldier shot him in the spine after buying a soda..
On 21 May this year, Atta wasn’t throwing stones. He wasn’t involved in clashes or provocations with soldiers. Atta committed no known crime.
He completed his final exam and went to retrieve a school bag that had been taken from him by a soldier the day before. On his way to the Jalazone Boys School, he stopped by a small corner shop to buy a soda. He opened the can, saw two soldiers hiding behind a wall, and turned around to run away.
One of the soldiers aimed a machine gun and fired a single bullet, changing his life forever. One “dum-dum” or exploding bullet severed Atta’s spinal cord and he fell to the ground. The bullet ravaged tissues and caused irreparable damage to his spleen, pancreas and liver, and left him with multiple fractured ribs.
Atta is a harmless child who used to spend his free time tending to his pigeons. Every day now — as he tries to maneuver his way through the narrow, uneven streets of the refugee camp — Atta is reminded of his new reality.
New York City: Hundreds of protesters demanding “Hands Off Syria!” march and block traffic throughout Times Square, August 29, 2013.
I think these photos capture the dynamic (and somewhat chaotic) character of this great demonstration.
The pedestrian island next to the Armed Forces Recruiting Station where we usually rally was torn up for construction. It turned out to our benefit — most of the several hundred protesters marched throughout the Times Square area, frequently blocking traffic and spreading our message very widely.
Photos by redguard
Fidel Castro has done more to help the oppressed people of Latin America and Africa in five decades than the United States...