Yesterday I sat on a street corner in Cuenca, Ecuador and talked with Cesar from Maracaibo, Venezuela. He was sitting with his 5 year old daughter. His wife had gone to the hospital with their son as he had developed a fever. They had walked 18 days across Colombia and halfway through Ecuador. They left their home, car (no fuel or money) and the friends who had not yet fled. Cesar’s family were solidly middle class, but food shortages worry them so much they decided to leave.
Boycott Saudi Arabia Support human rights and end the arms trade with religious fascists. Raif Badawi Deserves to Live The backward and abusive Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is again making clear its views on free speech. Recently its fundamentalist patriarchs sentenced blogger Raif Badawi to 1000 lashes for criticizing Islam. This may well kill him. Raif, who started the Liberal Saudi Network, has been lashed and is dying in Saudi prison. Of course his website was closed down by S
“the rich have got their channels in the bedrooms of the poor
and there’s a mighty judgement coming, but I may be wrong” —Leonard Cohen, Tower of Song I have been very moved by the recent reports from Europe of hundreds of people drowning trying to reach Italy’s south shore. Let us step away from all the racism, unfounded critiques and quick solutions and contemplate what these people are really going through. For those of us from countries where we can travel relatively free