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hope, promise & defiance

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home sweet Homs no longer

  Drones are sometimes used for bombing. They’re also used for taking pictures and videos.

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a nursery rhyme for violent times

    hack and kill a poem by punkie   Hack and Kill went up the hill To see whom they might slaughter. Just for kicks they fired their sticks Amidst a bunch of squatters.

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wreck the halls and fa la la la la for a world gone mad

    I’m really tired. We’re all really tired. “We” being the vast majority of people worldwide who are fed up with the violence, torture and killing a small crazy percentage continues to wreak on innocent others using all kinds of weapons large and small. It’s time it all stopped. Enough is enough no matter what […]

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What do Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US NSA whistleblower Edward Snowdon have in common?

    Something fundamentally world changing it would seem. Justin Trudeau is the newly elected Prime Minister of Canada, sworn into office Wednesday, November 4, 2015. Eric Snowden is the US National Security Agency whistleblower who gained notoriety in 2013 for leaking information about the NSA and mass surveillance.

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25 WOW! Women Rocked TED Global 2014 #TEDWomen

I’ve been a TEDster for almost a decade, and have had the good fortune of attending TED Global not once but twice. Lucky me! As a feminist, I also advocate for more women on TED and TEDx stages worldwide. For the past several years before each TED and TED Global conference I’ve compiled a list […]

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48 pictures of the wall between Israel and Palestine

I visited Ramallah in Occupied Palestine’s West Bank in spring 2011 to attend a TEDx conference. Getting there overland was onerous and I spent six hours at the border crossing where I had my passport taken, was interrogated and humiliated by Israeli immigration officials, had items stolen from luggage, and witnessed the humiliation of others.While in […]

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Let’s talk about Israel and Palestine. Or not.

  Wow. We can’t even talk about the Middle East amongst friends:    

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O Canada In Birthday Poetry

O Canada! A bright red cardinal sings Happy Birthday In morning mist.  

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10 Things I Loved About @TEDGlobal Day 1 via TED Live

I love TED. I have since I watched my first TED talk about eight years ago. And I’ve watched many, many, many others since. I’ve even spoken myself, at TEDxAjman, on the subject of gender parity on world stages.

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