UPDATING this post (I will be doing this more periodically rather than creating so many posts - so if a topic interests you, you may want to bookmark the item? Connie)
FIRST on JORDAN - A Report from Human Rights Watch here
SECOND from Latin (Central) America - While those watching await to see whether or not the USA: SOA/WHINSEC "School of Torture" will have to be more accountable (A Bill is in the House Today that would require transparency and human rights) and relates specifically to our Latin Neighbors - so I'm posting this as the top item here June 24, 2009:
"Justice cannot be killed!" Archbishop Oscar Romero spoke those words almost 30 years ago.
El Salvador: Ghosts at the Polls By Don North June 24, 2009“If they kill me, I shall arise again in the Salvadoran people,” said Archbishop Oscar Romero 29 years ago, just two weeks before he was gunned down by a sniper while saying mass.Today, many Salvadorans believe that Romero’s prophecy has been fulfilled with the election and inauguration of Mauricio Funes, the FMLN’s candidate for president, the first time the Left has won a national election in El Salvador’s history.
Archbishop Oscar Romero, his writings - his life - his love and dedication to the poor and to his understanding of Christ as a lover of the poor and voiceless - have been with me now for several decades! He haunts my dreams...
Perhaps a NEW start for El Salvador & some hope & inspiration for others? here
From the Gallery of 20th century martyrs at Westminster Abbey- Mother Elizabeth of Russia, Revd. Martin Luther King, Archbishop Óscar Romero and Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer
This statue of Óscar Romero sculpted by John Roberts fills a prominent niche on the western facade of Westminster Abbey in London. The statue was unveiled in the presence of Queen Elizabeth in 1998. Barry Woods Johnston sculpted the statue of Óscar Romero displayed in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The Italian sculptor, Paolo Borghi crafted the catafalque that covers Romero's tomb in the crypt of the San Salvador cathedral and shows Romero "sleeping the sleep of the just" as four Evangelists stand guard.
More Cultural NOTES: In 1981, Brazilian classical composer Jorge Antunes wrote a choral-symphonic work entitled "Elegia Violeta para Monsenhor Romero" ("Violet Elegy for Monsignor Romero") using texts from Che Guevara, Vassili Vassilikos, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Psalms, and Archbishop Romero himself as lyrics. The work finishes with the children's choir repeating, each time more strongly, "¡No se mata la justicia!" ("Justice cannot be killed!": the very words in which Archbishop Romero replied to a Brazilian reporter's question whether the archbishop were afraid he'd be killed because of his defense of the poor and his protest against the murders of priests) – until their voices are muted by seemingly panicked, sincopated instrumental sounds.
Brazilian Bishop Dom Pedro Casaldáliga immortalized Romero as "San Romero de América" ("Saint Romero of the Americas") in a famous poem by that name written shortly after the archbishop's assassination. The poem, a variation on the Angelus, popularized the use of the phrase "San Romero" (instead of "Saint Oscar") throughout Latin America (and, for example, in Escalet's "San Romero" paintings or in the "San Romero de América" UCC Church in New York City).
PALESTINE : ART, MUSIC & CULTURE:
NEW SHORT FILMS SHOWCASE BREADTH OF PALESTINIAN CINEMA
By Maymanah Farhat, The Electronic Intifada, 24 June 2009
Of the 27 films featured in the 2009 Chicago Palestine
Film Festival held last April, two exceptional shorts
demonstrate the breadth of recent Palestinian cinema.
Approaching the Israeli occupation from contrasting
vantage points, Be Quiet(2006) and The View (2008) press
viewers to imagine life under a system that dictates
virtually every minute of one's being. Maymanah Farhat
reviews for The Electronic Intifada.
PALESTINE : DIARIES: LIVE FROM PALESTINE:
AUDIO: A REPORTER TRIES TO BUY NEW EQUIPMENT IN GAZA
By Rami Almeghari, Live from Palestine, 24 June 2009
In late 2008, I needed to replace my old recording
equipment that had poor sound quality and purchase a new
audio recorder. Unfortunately, with the ongoing Israeli
siege, this simple task of obtaining a new recorder was
nearly impossible. The following audio diary tells the
story of my efforts to receive a new audio recorder from
the US so that I could continue documenting the many
untold stories of the people of Gaza. Rami Almeghari
writes from the Gaza Strip.
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