Three articles I read over the past few days that I couldn’t get out of my head. They left me sitting back and pondering, thinking about what I just read. The topics in itself of none of the articles was new to me, one is about the hostage taking in the school in Beslan in Setember 2004, the other about life in Chechnya, the third about the harassment and persecution of dissidents in China. But all are so powerfully written.
The third is a blog entry I found on Global Voices, it consists almost exclusively of translated excerpts taken from the blog of Zeng Jinyan, wife of a Chinese AIDS-activist. She writes about how she deals with becoming a target of the Chinese secret police herself. The full text on Global Voices is here and Zeng’s blog is here (in Chinese).
All three articles are must-reads in my opinion, some of the best I have come across recently.
Other than this, I have been trying to keep up with what is happening in Lebanon now. While definitely not agreeing with Hezbollah‘s actions, I think bombing Lebanon is way out of proportion. Anarchistian has some good posts on what it’s like living in Lebanon these days. Also, Lisa Goldman pointed me to Lebanese Bloggers, a very regularly updated blog from Lebanon. Global Voices has an overview of what Lebanese bloggers are saying, and both Lisa and Anarchistian have links to Israeli blogs.
While I was in Lebanon last year, my boyfriend and I spent some time in the south and at one point we drove all the way down to Naqoura, where the UN peacekeeping forces are based (I wonder what they are doing these days, there’s not much peace to keep anymore). On the way, we were listening to Israeli radio (the only station we could find with normal music) while driving through Hezbollah-country, a very weird experience in itself (don’t worry, we had the windows closed). Southern Lebanon is a world apart from the rest of Lebanon, with the possible exception of southern Beirut, another Hezbollah stronghold. There were posters and banners of guns, bearded men (Nasrallah and others) and the Hezbollah flag on every streetsign, electrical pole and wall along the main road. In Naqoura there was an official streetsign pointing to the road towards Israel, only the streetsign didn’t say Israel – it said Palestine.
My boyfriend has been out all day, so I don’t know if he has talked to his family yet. They live in a town in the Christian area north of Beirut, so they should be okay, but still it’d be nice to get confirmation…