‘Last summer, Tim ­Alsiofi saw a lake for the first time in almost 10 years. It was Eid Al Fitr, and Alsiofi and some friends travelled from Idlib into the Aleppan countryside, where they spent the day swimming, playing in the lake and learning to fish. After seven years of war, much of it spent…

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How a Syrian photographer and a rapper are documenting a Syria under siege — News Of The Revolution In Syria

In his recent article for New York Magazine, Children of Ted, John H. Richardson ruminates on the recent rise of a fringe political movement centered on the writings of Ted Kaczynski, the ecoterrorist widely known as “the Unabomber.” On its face, Richardson’s article amounts to an eccentric human-interest story for a mainstream publication. Yet, in typical […]

via The Ableist Logic of Primitivism: A Critique of “Ecoextremist” Thought — Protean Magazine

The Ableist Logic of Primitivism: A Critique of “Ecoextremist” Thought — Protean Magazine

‘The Syrian régime has imprisoned thousands of women and children, who are subjected to systematic torture and assault. Some of the women who survived these inhumane Syrian prisons were hosted in Turkey’s Istanbul as part of an event organized by 10 nongovernmental organizations, including the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH). Two of these women who use the…

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Syrian régime prisons are a ‘real hell’ and inmates prefer death, say survivors — News Of The Revolution In Syria

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The late 2nd– early 3rd Century Roman author Quintus Serenus Sammonicus is particularly notable amongst researchers of ancient magic and medicine for being the first to propose the use of the word ABRACADABRA, and in treatment of tertian fever. The traditional ubiquity of this word in association with modern magic tricks has highlighted this use, though it would not have seemed unusual as a Roman phylactery.

The instructive text reads:

“Rather more deadly is what in Greek words is commonly called hemitritaion. This no one could express in our language, I believe, and neither did parents wish for that. Write on a sheet (of papyrus) the word ABRACADABRA, repeat it rather more often underneath, but omit the last letter, so that more and more individual letters will be missing from the lines, the elements that you remove, which you continually snatch away, while you commit to writing…

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Testing ABRACADABRA: Sammonicus’ Magical Amulet

Would you believe that the 27th October is National Black Cat Appreciation Day? This year it’s on a Saturday – sorry, #Caturday – and it’s right before Halloween. Whilst you’re reading this, I’m in Whitby for the Goth Weekend. It’s like the dark side of every moon just aligned! Please enjoy some carefully curated content […]

via National Black Cat Day: Goth Holiday! — The Blogging Goth

National Black Cat Day: Goth Holiday! — The Blogging Goth

What is Socialist Feminism? A Class Series From Analyzing Oppression to Theorizing Liberation and Organizing Starting Saturday November 17, 2018, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Art Share L.A., 801 E. 4th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013 This seven-part class series will critically examine four of the main socialist feminist theories of gender oppression: Social Reproduction, Alienation, Intersectionality, Gender…

via What is Socialist Feminism?  A Class Series From Analyzing Oppression to Theorizing Liberation and Organizing — Alliance of Middle Eastern Socialists

What is Socialist Feminism?  A Class Series From Analyzing Oppression to Theorizing Liberation and Organizing — Alliance of Middle Eastern Socialists

This month, having advanced in much of Syria thanks to Russian airpower, the Assad regime has been trying to consolidate its authority by notifyng relatives of detainees who were killed years ago. One of the thousands of detainees is Yahya al-Sharbaji. Last week, Sharbaji’s next of kin were finally given the news as they went…

via How the Assad Regime Killed the “Man With the Roses”: The Death of Activist Yahya al-Sharbaji — EA WorldView

How the Assad Regime Killed the “Man With the Roses”: The Death of Activist Yahya al-Sharbaji — EA WorldView

I wrote the following for Megaphone News on Global Voices (link soon). You can watch the Megaphone video (Arabic with English subtitles) it was based on above. If the video doesn’t appear in your browser, click here. In recent months, the Lebanese government, and in particular its foreign minister and head of the Free Patriotic…

via Why Syrian refugees in Lebanon fear going back to an Assad-controlled Syria — Hummus For Thought

Why Syrian refugees in Lebanon fear going back to an Assad-controlled Syria — Hummus For Thought

A number of people have asked for more info on the micronutrient ratios that we include in the Nutrient Optimiser reports. But it has been hard to find a reliable go-to resource to recommend on the topic. So I thought it would be worth putting something together on the pros and cons of micronutrient ratios…

via micronutrient ratios and why they are important — Optimising Nutrition

micronutrient ratios and why they are important — Optimising Nutrition

Below are links to videotapes of three New York Left Forum panels (June 9, 2018) on “Syria and the Left” as well as two interviews conducted by Stanley Heller, administrator of Promoting Enduring Peace, and host of the TV program The Struggle. The first interview is with Robert Cuffy, supporter of the Socialist Workers’ Alliance of…

via At New York Left Forum: Socialists Supporting Syrian Revolutionaries Challenge Socialists Supporting Assad — Alliance of Middle Eastern Socialists

At New York Left Forum: Socialists Supporting Syrian Revolutionaries Challenge Socialists Supporting Assad — Alliance of Middle Eastern Socialists