The War on Terror - How's That Going?

Rula Jebreal: Why America is losing the war on terror — and the Islam debate is so flawed - Salon.com
An enemy that had comprised a couple of hundred desperate men hiding in caves in eastern Afghanistan when the “war on terror” got underway following the 9/11 attacks is incarnated today as 20,000 fighting men in the Islamic State movement. And far from hiding in caves, ISIS has brazenly raised its black flag over vast swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq – countries that, in 2001, had been two of the most secular societies in the Middle East.

The Trees By Philip Larkin

I studied Larkin at school. He is a very good poet. But he's hard to admire as a man. Despite some sycophantic biographies since his death in 1985, there has always been a suspicion that he was a Thatcherite (which he was) and a racist. I read a book of his letters to his mistress, spanning 40 years, recently. What comes across is a small-minded, mean-spirited, tight-fisted hypochondriac who didn't have much time for other poets or poetry. In contrast to the finer feelings of his poetic persona as in this (out of season) poem, which is new to me.
The Trees
The trees are coming into leaf
Like something almost being said;
The recent buds relax and spread,
Their greenness is a kind of grief.
Is it that they are born again
And we grow old?
No, they die too,
Their yearly trick of looking new
Is written down in rings of grain.
Yet still the unresting castles thresh
In fullgrown thickness every May.
Last year is dead, they seem to say,
Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.


Girls Club - Edith And Marlene 1952

Foreign Policy Delusion - Obama And Sarkozy In 2011

Sunset At Home 19.11.2014

America’s 500th Drone Strike

As of today, the United States has now conducted 500 targeted killings (approximately 98 percent of them with drones), which have killed an estimated 3,674 people, including 473 civilians. Fifty of these were authorized by President George W. Bush, 450 and counting by President Obama. Noticeably, these targeted killings have not diminished the size of the targeted groups according to the State Department’s own numbers.


Snow Storm By Edna St. Vincent Millay

No hawk hangs over in this air:
The urgent snow is everywhere.
The wing adroiter than a sail
Must lean away from such a gale,
Abandoning its straight intent,
Or else expose tough ligament
And tender flesh to what before
Meant dampened feathers, nothing more.
Forceless upon our backs there fall
Infrequent flakes hexagonal,
Devised in many a curious style
To charm our safety for a while,
Where close to earth like mice we go
Under the horizontal snow.
Snowstorm By JMW Turner

SNP Rally At Glasgow Hydro 22.11.2014

This was the biggest political rally ever to take place in Scotland and I had the privilege to be there. Great music and inspirational speeches. Historic.

اضرام النيران في الإطارات ضمن جولات عصيان الحرية - سترة سفالة 22/11/2014 Bahrain

Courtyard in Bowe - Walter Steggles