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Archive for April 3rd, 2016

There are No Palestinian babies

They are born

Wired for mischief

There are No Palestinian babies

They are born

A knife in their hand

To slaughter and stab any moving creature

There are No Palestinian babies

They are best served to be burned in their cribs

How come this night was so calm?

I slept the sleep of the caves tonight.

Inconsequential and soft dreams were forgotten by the morning.

It was a “dreamless night

The morning news were anything but quiet:

Fighter jets and drones bombed villages

Rockets buried entire families.

Many blew themselves in crowded market places, kids’ schools, restaurants

It was a “dreamless night”

Last night was pretty loud:

Thunder claps, wind rattling doors and windows,

Sleet rocked roofs, millions of tin roofs

Millions of shacks and refugee tents.

It was a dreamless night

Dogs, wolves, jackals barked and howled

Rats squealed

Millions of insects and animals were devoured

A million procreated to cover up the loss

In the struggle of survival among the livings

It was a dreamless night

A few feet from ear shot

Hundreds of prisoners were tortured

Kicked, slapped, boxed, drowned, burned

Suffocated, drenched in freezing water

Screams we opted to shut off

From our hard ears, minds and hearts.

The horror of silent nights:

In Waiting, the silence of the coming horror

Persistent and violent knocks on your door:

Your house is burning

Your neighbour was shot dead

The enemy invested your town

Dozens are being rounded up

Don’t take anything. Run for your life.

Last night was not calm:

New-borns were crying their heart out

Babies freezing to death

Kids dying of famine

Sick people kept moaning

Hundreds died in car accidents, handicapped

Airplanes disintegrated in the sky

Passenger ferries and ship sank

And yet, tonight was a calm and dreamless night

Tomorrow night and the nights after

Will be louder and leaden with nightmarish dreams.

Tomorrow is another day.

Violent and brutal

Good night all. stories for survival

Among the livings.

Architecture’s Esteemed Anomaly: Tracing the Legacy of Zaha Hadid

In life and now, following her sudden death at age 65, Zaha Hadid often was referred to as “the most important female architect of our time.” The superlative varies here and there, but one word—“female”—usually sticks.

That qualifier would be out of place in other disciplines (who, in 2016, would think to say, “she was the greatest female actor of our time?”), but architecture has a stark and persistent gender gap.

When the American Institute of Architects last counted, in 2013, it found that although roughly half of students enrolled in architecture programs were women, they comprised just 18 percent of licensed architects. (Maybe the problem is in the licensing procedure?)

The number is even lower—5 percent—when you look at women who work as technology directors at architecture firms.

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Zaha Hadid’s mathematical mind, professional resilience, and yes, her gender, made her an anomaly.|By Margaret Rhodes

Hadid was an anomaly. She pushed technology to adapt to what she drew by hand, not the other way around. Her avant-garde work with parametric design—algorithm-driven work done in software that can test the limits and parameters of certain forms—became a style all its own called parametricism.

In 2004, Hadid became the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize; the second woman, Kazuyo Sejima, who won six years later, shares the honor with her husband and design partner, Ryue Nishizawa.

Hadid was also the first woman to receive the British RIBA Gold Medal, in 2015. Upon accepting it, Hadid remarked on the difficulty of being of being a woman in a discipline dominated by men: “We now see more established female architects all the time. That doesn’t mean it’s easy. Sometimes the challenges are immense.”

“I remember her telling me how hard it was for her as a woman, a Muslim, and an Arab, going to [the Architectural Association] in London, which was really an old boy’s club,” says Kathryn Hiesinger, the curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art who worked closely with Hadid on the 2011 exhibit, Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion.

“She must have looked like a creature from another planet, and she arrived with a headscarf, which she says she lost quickly. It distinguished her in a way she didn’t want.”

Hadid quickly gained greater distinction for a mathematical mind and professional resilience. She established her London practice, Zaha Hadid Architects, in 1979, just seven years after finishing at the Architectural Association. In 1993, her work on the Vitra Fire Station in Weil Am Rhein, Germany, catapulted her to fame.

The building, small when compared to Hadid’s more recent works, is composed of concrete planes and shards, one of which is cantilevered toward the sky, as if in salute. It’s largely based on conceptual, abstract drawings by Hadid, but worked perfectly and practically as a fire station.

“I was still in school, but everyone looked at that as one of the most interesting projects we had seen,” says Elaine Molinar, a partner in Snøhetta’s New York office. “She exploited the potential of digital technology when it was still early.”

The Vitra Fire Station was severely angular; Hadid’s later works grew more voluptuous. The Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, which won the London Design Museum’s Design of the Year award in 2014, resembles a snowy hilltop made of ribbon.

The London Aquatics Center evokes the shape of a stingray. People most often use words like futuristic, abstract, and swooping to describe Hadid’s aesthetic, something Hiesinger says is frequently compared to Arabic calligraphy. “It’s another way to think about her work, what she expressed from her cultural background,” Hiesinger says.

Could you say the same thing about Hadid’s style, in terms of what it expressed about being a woman? “It’s hard to say that,” Hiesinger says. “Her style was so distinctive, and so her own. She was herself, driven, with these freeform geometries. They’re just hers.”

Indeed, few architects have a style as instantly recognizable as Hadid’s. Her buildings defied many things: an industry run by men, ideas about what a building should look like, and often, it seemed, even gravity.


Saudis seek virtual freedoms denied in real life

Saudi at computer

When it comes to freedoms, human rights organisations will tell you Saudi Arabia doesn’t have the best track record. (No tracks whatsoever)

And perhaps because compared to elsewhere there is limited personal freedom, defiance across the region has gone digital.

In this part of the BBC’s special series Saudis on social we tell the stories of three anonymous accounts on Twitter which all tell of searching for virtual freedom in Saudi Arabia.

But what impact does this secret life have on those who live this way?

“Hussein” tells of what life is like for a religious minority in the kingdom.

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20-year-old “Youssef” tells of the perils of being a transsexual in Saudi Arabia.

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“Mazen” lost his eyesight when he was seven. Here he tells how online tools for the blind changed his world and gave him freedom of faith.

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To follow and join the conversation about life in Saudi Arabia, search for the hashtag #SaudisOnSocial.

Produced by Mai Noman and Hind Suleiman

Animations by Ashley Choukeir and illustrations by Hanane Kai, voiced up by actors.

Anniversary of Palestinian Land Day 1976-2016: Sticking to the robbed land

I watched the account on this Land Day on the news and how it took a life of its own in the territory of 1948.

On 30 March 1976, the Israeli occupation confiscated thousands of acres of the lands that were owned by Palestinians in Upper Galilee and mainly in the towns of Arabe, Sakhnine, Deir Hanna and others.

The Palestinians confronted this plan by peaceful demonstrations, but the Israeli occupying forces opened fires on demonstrators and killed about 48 and injured many more; more Palestinians demonstrated, and more were killed.

On that day, the land was saturated with Palestinian blood, and strikes were carried out all over Palestine and the Palestinian refugee camps in host countries. This day became the Land Day of Palestine.

On this day of every year Palestinians, with liberals all over the world, commemorate this occasion to confirm their rejection of the Zionist plan that is based on expropriation of land from its people.

They also confirm their rejection of the policies of displacement, expulsion and deprivation of refugees to return to their homes and villages in violation of international and human rights laws.
Land’s Day became the day of upholding the right of return.

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Palestinian Land Day 1976-2016

Mahmoud Zeidan's photo.

في مثل هذا اليوم 30 اذار 1976 قامت قوات الاحتلال الاسرائيلي بمصادرة آلاف الدّونمات من الأراضي التي يملكها الفلسطينيون في الجليل الأعلى وتحديدا في قرى عرابة وسخنين ودير حنا وإقرث وبرعم وعرب السواعد وغيرها.
واجه الفلسطينون هذا المخطط بالاضراب السلمي، فما كان من قوات الاحتلال كعادتها سوى مواجهة المحتجين العُزل بالنار والرصاص، فانطلقت الجماهير في تظاهرات عارمة ضد القتل، وقامت اسرائيل بقتل المزيد من الأهالي.
في ذلك اليوم إرتوت الأرض بدماء الشهداء وعم اضراب امتد على مساحة فلسطين واماكن تواجد اللاجئين الفلسطينين في الدول العربية، ومن يومها بات هذا اليوم يعرف بيوم الارض الفلسطيني.
وفي مثل هذا اليوم من كل عام يٌحي الفلسطينون، ومعهم كل أحرار العالم، هذه المناسبة للتأكيد على رفضهم للمشروع الصهيوني القائم على تفريغ الأرض من أهلها، كما يؤكدون على رفضهم لسياسات الاحتلال الصهيوني التهجيرية ولممارسات الطرد والحرمان من حق عودة اللاجئين الفلسطينين الى أرضهم خلافا لكل القوانين الاعراف.
واليوم أكثر من أي وقت مضى أصبح يوم الأرض يوم التمسك بحق العودة.






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