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Sunday, July 2, 2017: Damascus, Syria and Mosul, Iraq

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Washington Post

While we in the United States have been preoccupied with the Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, the steady drip of leaks concerning the investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, and the Orange One’s deranged attacks on the media, the fight to retake Mosul from ISIS in Iraq continues. Today, I came across this CNN video from June 6 that I urge you to watch if you haven’t seen it already. If the human cost of war can be told in a child’s face, it is right here, not once, not twice, but several times — and absolutely heartbreaking.

I wonder if Donald Trump thinks this is fake news.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017: Mosul Iraq, and Raqqa Syria

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We don’t normally think of what’s happening now in Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria as terrorism but the consequences are the same for their residents. Having already suffered under ISIS rule, millions of innocent civilians are now subject to indiscriminate car bombs, mortars, aerial bombardment, and gunfire as attempts are made to retake both cities. Food and water are in short supply, and death tolls are rising in neighborhoods that have been reduced to rubble. Caught between opposing forces, families face the agonizing choice to remain in their homes or flee, knowing that neither option comes with a guarantee.

After reading the accounts below, I’m reminded of that classic quote from Vietnam: “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.”

Forty years later, is there nothing we’ve learned?

NY Times, March 28, 2017

Washington Post, March 28, 2017

NY Times, March 27, 2017


Thursday, November 24, 2016: Prayer Flag Medley

The last thing I expected to do this Thanksgiving was to post 3 different entries calling attention to recent terrorist attacks and the grave situations faced by civilians in Aleppo, Syria and Mosul, Iraq.  

Returning to our regular programming, I’m not quite sure what to make of this odd juxtaposition. The images below are mashups of Buddhist prayer flags: At the end of the day, I seek reassurance in their message of peace and wholeness for all sentient beings.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016: Thanksgiving Day

Let the world give the people of Aleppo, Syria something to be thankful about in the upcoming days and weeks.

And let us not forget the unfolding humanitarian tragedy occurring in Mosul, Iraq.


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