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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Black Skies / Wislawa Szymborska: The Turn of the Century

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A shepherd and his sheep near Qayarrah, Iraq @AFPphoto By @TomCoex: image via Jean-Marc Mojon @mojobaghdad, 25 November 2016
 
Wislawa Szymborska: The Turn of the Century

It was supposed to be better than the others, our 20th century,
But it won't have time to prove it.
Its years are numbered,
its step unsteady,
its breath short.

Already too much has happened
that was not supposed to happen.
What was to come about
has not.

Spring was to be on its way,
and happiness, among other things.

Fear was to leave the mountains and valleys.
The truth was supposed to finish before the lie.

Certain misfortunes
were never to happen again
such as war and hunger and so forth.

These were to be respected:
the defenselessness of the defenseless,
trust and the like.

Whoever wanted to enjoy the world
faces an impossible task.

Stupidity is not funny.
Wisdom isn't jolly.

Hope
Is no longer the same young girl
et cetera. Alas.

God was at last to believe in man:
good and strong,
but good and strong
are still two different people.

How to live -- someone asked me this in a letter,
someone I had wanted
to ask that very thing.

Again and as always,
and as seen above
there are no questions more urgent
than the naive ones.

 

Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012): The Turn of the Century, from Miracle Fair (2001), translated from the Polish by Joanna Trzeciak



12 year old Wijdan Moofik arrives at a field hospital in Mosul. She is severely wounded. @aftonbladetnyheter tomorrow: image via Magnus Wennman @Magnus Wennman, 1 December 2016



Black Skies Above #Mosul Photo by @cmcgrath_photo: image via Photojournalism @photojournalink, 2 December 2016   




Black Skies Above #Mosul Photo by @cmcgrath_photo: image via Photojournalism @photojournalink, 2 December 2016   




Black Skies Above #Mosul Photo by @cmcgrath_photo: image via Photojournalism @photojournalink, 2 December 2016 

 


Black Skies Above #Mosul Photo by @cmcgrath_photo: image via Photojournalism @photojournalink, 2 December 2016  



#Iraq Shiite fighters from Hashed al-Shaabi drive through a desert area near Al-Boutha al-Sharqiyah #mosul @AFP Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 2 December 2016




#Iraq Shiite fighters from Hashed al-Shaabi drive through a desert area near Al-Boutha al-Sharqiyah #mosul @AFP Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 2 December 2016




#Iraq Shiite fighters from Hashed al-Shaabi drive through a desert area near Al-Boutha al-Sharqiyah #mosul @AFP Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 2 December 2016




#Iraq Shiite fighters from Hashed al-Shaabi drive through a desert area near Al-Boutha al-Sharqiyah #mosul #AFP Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 2 December 2016


#Iraq Baghdad's al-Shahid (martyr) Monument, which commemorates Iraqi soldiers killed in the Iran-Iraq war #AFP Photo by Sabah Arar: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 2 December 2016


Lightning strikes in the sky over Kuwait City: image via AFP news agency @AFP, 3 December 2016


#Iraq Boys play football in front of oil fields burned by Daesh fighters at Qayara, #Mosul By Goran Tomasevic @reuterspictures: image via Photojournalism @photojournalink, 28 November 2016


#Romania A military medical student sits in a bus before taking part in the National Day parade in #Bucharest. By @vghirda @AP_Images: image via Photojournalism @photojournalink, 2 December 2016


#Cuba Sisters await the arrival of the convoy carrying #Fidel Castro's ashes in El Maja By @EdgardGC @Reuters: image via Photojournalism @photojournalink, 2 December 2016


#Cuba People on trucks head towards the convoy carrying the ashes of #Fidel Castro, in Jatibonico #AFP Photo by @rschemidt: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 2 December 2016


Supporters of Adama Barrow, leader of the 7-party opposition coalition in #Gambia, arrive at a rally in Wellingara. By@mlongari @AFPphoto: image via Photojournalism @photojournalink, 2 December 2016


Over 500 arrests and serious charges, including rioting and conspiracy, 've been made against #NoDAPL protesters since April. By @olsongetty: image via Photojournalism @photojournalink, 3 December 2016



Activists camp near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation as they try to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline #DAPL: image via AFP news agency @AFP, 3 December 2016 


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An abandoned pushchair near destroyed vehicles used as barricades by rebels in Hanano, Aleppo: photo by Reuters, 2 December 2016


#syria A child who fled with his family from rebel-held areas holds a sandwich at shelter in Jibrin #Aleppo #AFP Photo by @YoussefKarwasha
: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 2 December 2016

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No words can explain the fair in her eyes #Save_aleppo #standwithaleppo: image via Ahmad Alkhatib @AhmadAlkhtiib, 3 December 2016



I will tell God that #Assad and all who stand with him displaced me from my home in Suburb of #Damascus and send me to die in #Idlib: image via Ahmad Alkhatib @AhmadAlkhtiib, 3 December 2016
 

YALA #YOLO, You Only live Ones May God bless you old man The besieged #Douma: image via Ahmad Alkhatib @AhmadAlkhtiib, 2 December 2016

 
Hope from The besieged #Douma: image via Ahmad Alkhatib @AhmadAlkhtiib, 2 December 2016
 

Rain it's better than Bombs That what the people in #Aleppo and #Douma agree for it The besieged #Douma: image via Ahmad Alkhatib @AhmadAlkhtiib, 2 December 2016 
 

The wall in the background of this old man, Documented the #Assad bombs by this small holes The besieged #Douma: image via Ahmad Alkhatib @AhmadAlkhtiib, 2 December 2016
 

Slowly my Son, Don't let the water went to your shoes The besieged #Douma: image via Ahmad Alkhatib @AhmadAlkhtiib, 2 December 2016


Yes, Drive bicycle so Fast No bombs no shillings fell happy for while, Assad Jets away from here The besieged #Douma: image via Ahmad Alkhatib @AhmadAlkhtiib, 2 December 2016


What are you looking for My shoes? it's ok fine for me I like your anger face oh beautiful boy The besieged The besieged #Douma: image via Ahmad Alkhatib @AhmadAlkhtiib, 2 December 2016


Lovely weather for School and playing with little brother, The besieged #Douma: image via Ahmad Alkhatib @AhmadAlkhtiib, 2 December 2016
 

Hi world, it's a bit cold with this rain But it's better than Barrel bombs and air strikes, The besieged #Douma: image via Ahmad Alkhatib @AhmadAlkhtiib, 2 December 2016


The children's of #Gaza also suffering because of the Cold and siege From #Syria our hearts with you: image via Ahmad Alkhatib @AhmadAlkhtiib, 2 December 2016

 
With winter storms arriving, children took the opportunity to go sledding down a hill near the Standing Rock protest camp on Thursday: photo by Cassi Alexandra for The New York Times, 3 December 2016



With winter storms arriving, children took the opportunity to go sledding down a hill near the Standing Rock protest camp on Thursday: photo by Cassi Alexandra for The New York Times, 3 December 2016


A converted warehouse in Oakland, Calif., that was hosting an electronic dance party caught fire on Friday night: photo by Richard Calewarts/The New York Times, 3 December 2016

 

A converted warehouse in Oakland, Calif., that was hosting an electronic dance party caught fire on Friday night: photo by Richard Calewarts/The New York Times, 3 December 2016



A firefighter inspected the damage on Saturday at a warehouse in Oakland, Calif, where at least nine people were killed. Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland called the fire “an immense tragedy.”: photo by Jim Wilson/The New York Times, 3 December 2016



A firefighter inspected the damage on Saturday at a warehouse in Oakland, Calif, where at least nine people were killed. Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland called the fire “an immense tragedy.”: photo by Jim Wilson/The New York Times, 3 December 2016


Oakland officials said they were investigating possible code violations in the building: photo by Jim Wilson/The New York Times, 3 December 2016



Oakland officials said they were investigating possible code violations in the building: photo by Jim Wilson/The New York Times, 3 December 2016

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Trinidad, Colorado: photo by Jorge Guadalupe Lizárraga, October 2016

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Trinidad, Colorado: photo by Jorge Guadalupe Lizárraga, October 2016

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Trinidad, Colorado: photo by Jorge Guadalupe Lizárraga, October 2016

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Trinidad, Colorado
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Trinidad, Colorado
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Trinidad, Colorado
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Bachechi Open Space, Bernalillo County, New Mexico photo by Jorge Guadalupe Lizárraga, December 2016

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Bachechi Open Space, Bernalillo County, New Mexico photo by Jorge Guadalupe Lizárraga, December 2016

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Bachechi Open Space, Bernalillo County, New Mexico photo by Jorge Guadalupe Lizárraga, December 2016