Not the Whole Truth

Two versions of Obama’s Iftar Party, one by the White House one by Press TV One would not imagine it was the same event. Please scroll down and read both versions before making your mind up. An account by an attendee

President Obama Hosts Iftar Dinner at the White House

President Obama hosts 2014 Iftar dinner

President Barack Obama hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room of the White House, July 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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The Gaza Bombardment – What You’re Not Being Told

The corporate media isn’t just distorting the facts on the Gaza assault, they’re flat out covering them up.

On July 7, 2014 Israel began a massive assault on the Gaza strip of Palestine. In the first week aloneIsrael dropped over 400 tons of bombs, killing over 130 Palestinians. Most were civilians, about half of them were women and children. By the time you are watching the the number will be higher.

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Life in Occupied Palestine

Anna Baltzer, a Jewish American, gives her eyewitness perspectives on average citizens living in occupied Palestine. Baltzer spent 5 months in the West Bank working with the International Women’s Peace Service. Her presentation highlights how the Israeli government’s policies have drastically and negatively affected normal Palestinian life, and how this perspective has been omitted from most news outlets in America. A must-see for anyone interested or curious in Israel/Palestine relations.

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Architecture as a way of life and place making

Rafiq Azam lecture


When: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM MONDAY, JULY 28

Where: At The Center

Rafiq Azam is the principal of SHATOTTO architecture for green living, based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He will introduce us to his work and city, which is also home to works by Louis Kahn. Azam’s “green” is not about global ratings or the current sustainability trend. It is his response to the sky, water, and vegetation that surround him and his city. There is an apparent simplicity in Azam’s work that disguises and belies a complex fabric revealing the wonders of the cosmos. “Shatotto” in Bangla means “doing something continuously.” Azam creates spaces and structures for one’s senses and thoughts in the context of South Asia’s past and future. His presentation will coincide with the New York introduction of his monograph by SKIRA, the first ever published about a Bangladeshi architect.

Reception: 5:30 – 6:00 PM
Lecture: 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Opening Remarks
Lance Brown, FAIA, 2014 AIANY President

Umberto Dindo, FAIA, Committee Chair, Architecture for Education

Rafiq Azam, Principal SHATOTTO-architecture for green living, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Rosa Maria Falvo, International commissions editor for SKIRA

Closing Remarks

Price: Free for AIA and Asia Society members, and for students; $10 for non-members
Register Here

Sponsored by: AIANY Committee on Architecture for Education

Supported by: Asia Society New York


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by Sudeep Sen


Soaked in blood, children,

their heads blown out

even before they are formed.


Gauze, gauze, more gauze —

interminable lengths

not long enough to soak


all the blood in Gaza.

A river of blood flowing,

flooding the desert sands


with incarnadine hate.

An endless lava stream,

a wellspring red river


on an otherwise

parched-orphaned land,

bombed every five minutes

to strip Gaza of whatever

is left of the Gaza strip.

With sullied hands


of innocent children,

we strip ourselves

of all dignity and grace.


Look at the bodies

of the little ones killed —

their scarred faces smile,


their vacant eyes stare

with no malice

at the futility of all


the blood that is spilt.

And even as we refuse

to learn from the wasted


deaths of these children,

their parents, country,

world— weep blood. Stop


the blood-bath — heed, heal.


Sudeep Sen is widely recognised as a major new generation voice in world literature and ‘one of the finest younger English-language poets in the international literary scene’ (BBC Radio). 


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You take my water

You take my water
Burn my olive tree
Destroy my house
Take my job
Steal my land
Imprison my father
Kill my mother
Bomb my country
Starve us all
Humiliate us all


I am to blame: I shot a rocket back

You take my water

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The Long, Winding History Of Prison Camps Infographic

By Aubree Ritter

Courtesy of: Infographic World
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Some Deaths Really Matter 

The Disproportionate Coverage of Israeli And Palestinian Killings

By Media Lens

July 03, 2014 “ICH” – “Media Lens” - Israeli deaths matter much more than Palestinian deaths. This has long been a distinguishing feature of Western news media reporting on the Middle East. The recent blanket coverage afforded to the brutal killing of three Israeli teenagers highlights this immutable fact.

Channel 4′s Alex Thomson offered a rare glimmer of dissent:

‘Curious to watch UK media living down to the Palestinian claim that 1 Israeli life is worth 1000 Palestinian lives.’

Major broadcasters, such as BBC News, devoted headlines and extended reports to the deaths, and included heart-rending interviews with grieving relatives in Israel. The Guardian ran live coverageof the funerals for more than nine hours. But when has this ever happened for Palestinian victims of Israeli terror? Continue reading

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“I think it is natural to expect the caged bird to be angry at those who imprisoned her. But if she understands that she has been imprisoned and that the cage is not her rightful place, then she has every right to claim the freedom of the skies!” Kalpana Chakma

Dress belonging to Kalpana Chakma. Photo: Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World
Dress belonging to Kalpana Chakma. Photo: Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

Eighteen. The legal age to vote. The age of sexual consent. The threshold of adulthood when one ceases to be a child. Eighteen. The sections of the Mahabharata. Eighteen armies fighting over eighteen days. Eighteen, the number of years we have waited for justice. Eighteen years that you have been gone Kalpana, my sister.

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Where will India’s poor go?

Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy

IN Pakistan, apprehensions are rife about Narendra Modi’s flamboyant success. But fervent Modi supporters in the Indian middle classes prefer to place him in the economic governance arena. Dawn recently talked to renowned Indian writer, Arundhati Roy, in Delhi to explore what Modi’s rise means for India.

“The massive, steeply climbing GDP of India dropped rather suddenly and millions of middle-class people sitting in the aircraft, waiting for it to take off, suddenly found it freezing in mid-air,” says Ms Roy. “Their exhilaration turned to panic and then into anger. Modi and his party have mopped up this anger.” Continue reading

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