Madness

Young and Green, Little Green.  She would clean her soft skin. She would shower with warm water. She would paint her toenail. She would sail into her closet to choose the best dress to wear. And out she runs to meet his lips by the water, using the reeds as curtains. Such a madness! What was she thinking?! But she was young and madly in love! A young dove, a Red…

Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves are beautiful even after they fall. They beautify the fields with their lovely colors. They open the door to let in winter. With their fall, they foreshadow snowfall and how the spring will roll to hear summer’s call; they foreshadow our fall. I miss autumn leaves. *** Dedicated to Autumn Leaves, a teacher mentioned in Anchee Min’s memoir, Red Azalea, a book I am currently reading. It’s beautifully…

Falun Dafa

Half of my thanksgiving day was spent in NYC; a portion and the rest of it on a chinatown bus and in Boston.  While in transition, I learned about Falun Dafa (Falun Gong)—a traditional Chinese self-cultivation practice to improve mind and body; you should check it out. Sadly, it’s banned in China and its practitioners are horrifyingly persecuted (according to reports, some of the horrifying crimes against the practitioners include harvesting their…

Of Human Nature and the Fallibility of Ideologies

A Communist should have largeness of mind and he should be staunch and active, looking upon the interests of the revolution as his very life and subordinating his personal interests to those of the revolution; always and everywhere he should adhere to principle and wage a tireless struggle against all incorrect ideas and actions, so as to consolidate the collective life of the Party and strengthen the ties between the…

Egypt in the aftermath of the Jasmine Revolution

The chaos in Egypt, following the uprising in Tunisia, has become the focus of international politics. Egyptians are in the streets of Cairo and other cities, revolting against the Mubarak regime, but an end to Mubarak may not mean an end to the military control of the government as this article explains. The article shows how the military in Egypt has such a strong influence on the Egyptian state apparatus; it…

Religulous

Bill Maher’s take on the current state of world religions. In this documentary, Bill Maher offers his opinionated take on the world’s religions, and it’s not going to please true believers of any stripe. The movie is about organized religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Mormonism, TV evangelism and even Scientology, with detours into pagan cults and ancient Egypt. Bill Maher, comedian, host, writer and debater, believes they are all crazy. He fears…

Trials of Henry Kissinger

“The dark side of Henry Kissinger is very, very dark.” — Seymour Hersh, Author of “The Price of War” “This riveting documentary depicts former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as a warmonger responsible for military cover-ups in Vietnam, Cambodia and East Timor, as well as the assassination of a Chilean leader in 1970. Based on a book by journalist Christopher Hitchens, the film includes interviews with historians, political analysts and…