Thursday, August 21, 2008

we want the chinese president to come to costa rica, because...?

chinese security forces opened fire on a crowd this week in eastern tibet and may have killed 140 people, the dalai lama told a french daily on thursday.

"the chinese army again fired on a crowd on monday august 18, in the kham region in eastern tibet," he told le monde. "one hundred and forty tibetans are reported to have been killed, but the figure needs to be confirmed."

he said that since march, when china cracked down on protests against chinese rule in the himalayan territory, "reliable witnesses say that 400 people have been killed in the region of (tibetan capital) lhasa alone."
"killed by bullets, even though they were protesting without weapons. their bodies were never given back to their families," said the tibetan spiritual leader who is in france for a 12-day visit.

original news from afp here and the whole interview with the dalai lama can be found (in french) here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

into my arms

written by nick cave for the boatman's call album, this is one of my favourite songs by him and the bad seeds. this song is simply beautiful. read and enjoy the song!

into my arms

i don't believe in an interventionist god
but i know, darling, that you do
but if i did i would kneel down and ask him
not to intervene when it came to you
not to touch a hair on your head
to leave you as you are
and if he felt he had to direct you
then direct you into my arms

into my arms, o lord
into my arms, o lord
into my arms, o lord
into my arms

and i don't believe in the existence of angels
but looking at you i wonder if that's true
but if i did i would summon them together
and ask them to watch over you
to each burn a candle for you
to make bright and clear your path
and to walk, like christ, in grace and love
and guide you into my arms

into my arms, o lord
into my arms, o lord
into my arms, o lord
into my arms

and i believe in love
and i know that you do too
and i believe in some kind of path
that we can walk down, me and you
so keep your candle burning
and make her journey bright and pure
that she will keep returning
always and evermore

into my arms, o lord
into my arms, o lord
into my arms, o lord
into my arms

Thursday, August 14, 2008

when olympic sports and world politics collide...

georgia vs russia in beach volleyball... the funny thing is that, apparently the georgian players are brazilian and have only been to georgia twice in their life. couldn't we do that with some good football players from abroad? maybe we can win something that way.

photograph by dan chung. more georgia vs russia pics in the guardian.