Aasif Mandvi interviews Fox Business commentator, Todd Wilemon.
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Be silent, Only the Hand of God can remove the burdens of your Heart.
- ~Rumi (via journeytowardsjannah)
As every day goes by, realize that a part of you goes with it.
Oseola McCarty a cleaning lady who from working all her life accumulated great savings, donated to the University of Southern Mississippi $150,000 for a student scholarship program.
“I want to help somebody’s child go to college,”
"I’m giving it away so that the children won’t have to work so hard, like I did."
"Menelik II created the country of Ethiopia as we know it today and united the people in order to fight against the invading Italians who were late to the Colonial race and wanted to create an Italian East African empire. He assembled the largest army in Ethiopian history at the time of over 100,000 soldiers of both men and women.
It wasn’t just the sheer size of the army that was impressive but the fact that every ethnicity was represented and led by the generals and princes of their region. They knew if they were not united they would not be strong, they knew they had to fight for their lands, their homes, their families, and their independence.
This army marched to Adwa in northern Ethiopia with Menelik at the head and his wife accompanying him leading her own battalion of soldiers
The Italian army tried to launch a surprise 3 column strike at night but the Ethiopians were ready and surrounded them and destroyed them in one night with barely any casualties. Ethiopia won its independence and Italian Colonial ambition was dead. They were shouting “Viva Menelik!” in the streets of Rome, the people of Italy wanted their soldiers home and thousands of Italian citizens signed petitions to remove their army from the horn of Africa. The Pope even sent letters to Menelik asking to please release Italian POWs.
Adwa put Ethiopia on the world stage. Ethiopia resisted colonialism and defeated a European colonial power and retained its freedom. Racially it was a victory of black over white. Adwa shocked Europeans and encouraged people of color all over the world being oppressed by Europeans like the United States with the Jim Crow laws at the time, and Apartheid in South Africa.
Psychologically Adwa has given the Ethiopian people a deep rooted sense of pride and independence which continues to live on in the hearts of the future generations. I am no exception. These are the stories I heard growing up and the stories I’ll tell my children one day….”
—-Elsh talking about Menelik on the Selam Project
WHO IS HANDALA?
From approximately 1975 through 1987 Naji Al-Ali created cartoons that depict the complexities of the plight of Palestinian refugees. These cartoons are still relevant today and Handala, the refugee child who is present in every cartoon, remains a potent symbol of the struggle of the Palestinian people for justice and self-determination.
Naji Al-Ali wrote: “The child Handala is my signature, everyone asks me about him wherever I go. I gave birth to this child in the Gulf and I presented him to the people. His name is Handala and he has promised the people that he will remain true to himself. I drew him as a child who is not beautiful; his hair is like the hair of a hedgehog who uses his thorns as a weapon. Handala is not a fat, happy, relaxed, or pampered child. He is barefooted like the refugee camp children, and he is an icon that protects me from making mistakes. Even though he is rough, he smells of amber. His hands are clasped behind his back as a sign of rejection at a time when solutions are presented to us the American way.”
Handala was born ten years old, and he will always be ten years old. At that age, I left my homeland, and when he returns, Handala will still be ten, and then he will start growing up. The laws of nature do not apply to him. He is unique. Things will become normal again when the homeland returns.
I presented him to the poor and named him Handala as a symbol of bitterness. At first, he was a Palestinian child, but his consciousness developed to have a national and then a global and human horizon. He is a simple yet tough child, and this is why people adopted him and felt that he represents their consciousness.” Naji Al-Ali
Photo credit; RSpencer, Nazareth, 1/14
“I call to you and I am behind you …”
Words of the song (Arabic) European peace activists are singing for Palestine in Cairo Airport after Egyptian authorities prevented them from entering into Gaza from Egypt
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