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Category Archives: Politics + Human Rights

No 7: Update on ceasefire

Last night was a god damn mess in this Country. At approximately 7 pm, Israel started bombing the shit out of Hezbollah ‘owned’ areas. They didn’t stop until 8 am…

No 6: Bombings

We were seated in the Forum today, with approximately 900 individuals to be evacuated. The day was good… Until somewhere between 2:30 and 2:45 pm when we heard the bombs….

No 5: Photos so far…

Flying over the Greek islands and in to Larnaca, August 11th 2006: Sunset over Lárnaca as I landed, August 11th, 2006 at approx 7 pm: Having my morning coffee in…

No. 4: Mascara plans foiled

Am safe and in Lebanon; will tell you about my two drunk helicopter pilots later, inshallah. What’s below is a little out of sequence; I wrote this while in Frankfurt…

No. 3: Leaving for Lebanon in 45 min

Right. So, as we were landing in Cyprus at sunset yesterday evening, saw this beautiful island in it’s glory. Pulled out my camera a little too late, but did manage…

Evacuation does not = Beauty

I am sitting in the Airport, traumatised (and without spell check, so forgive my errors). Since some idiots tried to bomb something or else, I AM GOING TO SUFFER. I…

Update no. 1: Itinerary

What a hellish 18 hours past. I didn’t get much sleep last night; as soon as the excitement wore off, the fear kicked in. Mama tried to change my mind,…

Leaving for Cyprus and then on to Lebanon

Negotiations began at 4 pm today and I just received this moments ago from work (this is when work gets fun!): “You are confirmed for departure this Thursday August 10…

World Cup Football and Memories of Gaza

My very first memory of futbol was as a baby of less than four years. My father played on a local team and my mom and I would watch and…

Pics from last few weeks

As previously mentioned, I’ve had an extraordinarily busy few weeks past. This is the first ‘dispatch’ of some of the events which have kept me busy and that really stand…

Letter to the Editor

I’d not written a letter to the Editor for a few years. The reason I did on the 18th of May was because I was (& continue to be) so…

Through A Lense

While volunteering with UNRWA 3 summers back in the Palestinian Territories, I managed a few days out on the Mediterranean coastline in Gaza. I was having a completely shit day…

U2 & UN

.1. This is why U2 should only be seen in Montreal. During the entire show on Friday night, T & I were quite aware of the difference in delivery and…

When they say "bow"

.1. As I left the court room today, I was asked to “bow to the bench” before they’d allow me to exit. I didn’t know what that meant (I should,…

Tragedy Khadafi

This coming Monday, on November 7th, Booker Sim will have his NYC premiere of Tragedy: The Story of Queensbridge. I honestly wish I could be there. First and foremost because…

My first

Prior to the Measuring Security Measures happening I attended Wednesday evening, I met two women who were shooting footage of the event. One of them is Aisling (pronounced Ash-ling). Chatted…

IronMan & Security (of your ears)

.1. Is it unnatural that I set my alarm clock for Saturday morning cartoons? .3. I was really pleased with last night’s event. There was a huge turnout and all…

Hias from NYC

Have just completed another week of work outside of Ottawa; uneventful as usual, but work went well (although cutting into holiday time). Except for today, the weather has been absolutely…

Remember, Val Kilmer & Sophie

.1. Srebrenica. .2. I hope everyone has had…a relatively calm weekend. All friends and family are well in the UK; have spoken with everyone and am looking forward to getting…

Comments, consumers & disengaging

.1. Comments section have been opened for all post sabbatical entries. Zippy, from Rafah Pundits, has encouraged me to do this, even in the face of Bob the Viagra Spammer….

Almrei & austereograms

.1. Interesting how the stories are being spun, obnoxious they (here and by different writers in most other articles) refer to Hassan Almrei as the “accused terrorist”, “suspected terrorist”, completely…

Rafah Pundits

Check it out >> I just received a little note from the exceptional minds at Rafah Pundits that they have “created a whole category in your honour – – you…

PTSD: Friedman, Massey, Trudeau & Dallaire

Was at the Post Traumatic Stree Disorder (& the Global Village) conference both Thursday and Friday past…searching for clues and narratives that may lead to a burning question I should…

Posh Notes

.1. There I am, new photo taken only hours ago before dad picked me up for the posh party we attended at the National Arts Centre and put on by…

Petitions to have Tamer Hagras 2ukhtubni

.1. As I was waiting in line this morning at Tim Horton’s, I was forced to watch the woman in front of me attempt to order an x-large by motioning…

CEPAL Notes

.1. As I was seated in my car early last evening, Bruce started singing ‘Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town’ (not a minute too soon). I rocked out in the…

Colin Farrell and Virtue

.1. Saw Colin Farrell on the Ellen show today and I was rather impressed with how many buttons a man can keep undone, yet remain mysteriously appealing. Colin must have…

Eyeballs

.1. Had an unexpected and (as always) wonderful evening with Heidi last night, which no matter what the topic always found itself back to Heidi banging her fists down on…

Seeing Boaventura de Sousa Santos

.1. Doors opened at 5 pm and D and I arrived at about a quarter after. Got brilliant seats, centre 2nd row (because everyone was outside getting liquored up). .2….