This Brave New World, CXIX
for Emad Soliman Robaya Robaya, a lifelong Rafah resident in Gaza who plays his flute to lift children's spirits and keep himself calm as the Israel-Hamas war rages on
next to mounds of rubble
breathes out what's inside him
to a circle of hungry kids
FYI: I have so many memories here... I can't leave this place. I feel at peace in it. If they bomb all of Gza, I won't leave it...I think playing music is a form of rebellion. I rebel with every song I play... What can we do. This is a test from God.
-- Emad Soliman Robaya Robaya, Dec. 4 interview with CBC News
Added: No More Fairy Tales, XXV
waves of lobbyists
swarm into the conference room ...
this smell of hot air
FYI: Democracy Now, Dec. 5 2023: Record 2,500 Fossil Fuel Lobbyists Descend on COP28 U.N. Climate Summit in Dubai
... there are at least 2,456 lobbyists at COP28, the U.N. climate summit in Dubai — nearly four times as many as last year — from companies like Shell, Total and ExxonMobil. The lobbyists outnumber the delegations of every country other than Brazil and the United Arab Emirates, which is hosting the summit, presided over by the CEO of the UAE’s national oil company, Sultan Al Jaber...