| A man identifying himself as the boyfriend of a young woman whose grisly death in Iran's postelection protests was captured on amateur video said Monday that she only wanted democracy and freedom for the people of Iran.|
In the video, Neda Agha Soltan is lying on the ground as blood flows from her mouth and nose and onlookers scream. Her last moments spread around the world on Youtube, Facebook, blogs and Twitter, turning her into an icon in the clash between Iran's cleric-led government and protesters.
"She only ever said that she wanted one thing, she wanted democracy and freedom for the people of Iran," Caspian Makan told an Associated Press reporter during a telephone call from Tehran.
Makan, a 37-year-old photojournalist in Tehran, said he met the 27-year-old music student several months ago on a trip outside the country. The AP was unable to verify his statements independently because of reporting strictures.
But Makan did provide photographs of himself with a woman he identified as Soltan and also had her as a friend on his Facebook page and said he had intended to marry her. "I still feel her, I still talk to her," he said.
Makan said that they had argued in the days before her death about her decision to attend the protests, which were part of the self-described "green wave" movement that claims hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stole his June 12 re-election.
He said he had asked her not to go out for fear she would be arrested or shot. "I tried to dissuade her from going out in the streets because I'd seen in my work as a journalist that, unfortunately, there are a lot of merciless behaviors," Makan said.
"But she said that our attendance would be worthwhile even if a bullet hits my heart," he said. "Unfortunately, that is how she died, a bullet hit her heart and her lung, and maybe 5 or 6 minutes later, she died."
Internet accounts say that Soltan's father was at her side during her death. But Makan said a white-haired man who is seen pressing on her chest in the video and repeatedly saying "don't be afraid, Neda dear, don't be afraid" was actually her music teacher.
She'd grown dissatisfied with her theology studies and had taken up music, as a pianist, he said.
They first met on a vacation in Izmir, Turkey, a town on the Mediterranean, on a vacation tour from Iran. He described Soltan as a plain-spoken woman who loved poetry ? Iran's Rumi and America's Robert Frost were her favorites.
Makan said that her pacifism made Soltan a "real Iranian."
"She didn't believe that we always have to fight and quarrel and be violent and have death," said Makan. "There's only one thing (Iranians) must fight and that's ignorance. And you don't fight ignorance with a sword or a gun. You turn on a light."
|Sleepless nightmares I miss you||6/23/09|
the sight of the world
ingratitude a character i hate more in a man than lying drunken babbling or any other taint of vice which may inhabit our frail blood
or dying inside these confinments
bound by lies
truth in disguise
all these lil spies
i begin to despises all those who i thought wise
theres no prize im not suprised
supressed by childish fears
surrounded by tears
longing for peace
wheres my release
lost and entriced
nothing seems right
wahts the point in this fight
i put my pride on the line
yet im still the one hurt still the one broken and token
so underspoken doesnt matter how hard i try
im never heard
such a songless bird cage and flightless
moments in between seem to bring me to the road of nowhere
and i try to escape
but im down to one breathe
this is my hearts dieses
your love is the reason im like this
i dont deserve this
i never promised u a ray of light
i never promised there be sunshine everyday
i gave you all i had the good the bad
i dont belong
just see me as I am
im only human and thats my saving grace
feels like its all coming down
tears will nt stop raining down
so stand in the rain
stand your ground
stand through the pain you won't drown stand up when its all coming down
and one day whats lost can be found
alone in this fight myself and the fears whipsering
wants to be found
only way out is thro everything im running from
wants to give up and lie down
stand up when its all crashing down..
look foward and keep moving
look closer the door is open
theres beauty from pain
if its supposed to be like this
y do most of us ignore the chance to miss?
torn apart at the seams and my dreams turn to tears
im not feeling this situation
run away try to find that safe place you can hide the best place to be when you're feeling like this
once more you tell those lies to me y can't u just b straight up wit honesty
wear your heart on your sleeve make things hard to believe im not feeling this situation
suffocating under words of sorrow
its just to hard to follow
what can i do to make to make u see
what can i do
your so predictable
why am i here again
why cant i just let you go?
the trust is gone
and u know my shame
concious calls the guilty to come home
why do u have to cause this pain
the path i walks in the wrong direction
my last breathe and im hoping
this will last
it only takes one more time
and i realise
i open up
and i cant believe i actually miss you
|that wretched thing||6/9/09|
that wretched thing you call a heart so fake its bleeding lies alway seems to pull at the strings of my soul its almost as if im a pupet..tired of being used and abused its so decietful its almost painful my sanity is on the brink of extinction and despite it all i still see you..
my saving grace
i cant believe i let myself fall
its almost impossible to believe that this could be something so real..
just seems so much like a nightmare
i cant seem to wake up..
just wish the sun would rise...
im tired of this moonless dark
You know how they say, "you can't live without love"? Well, oxygen is even more important but your the reason I keep breathing I love him<3
so i have major writers block but i suppose you could say that im an observer and thats where most of my art comes from i look at things and draw it the way i see it or feel about it..
the same kinda goes with my writing
its mostly about how i feel
or what im thinking about but lately.. i been kinda contempt.. almost numb..
but my eyes wont seem to close and its amazingly strange despite bein so undone and not myself i wont stop lookin at things and wont stop expressing myself..
things are starting to get better now that i have met him and i guess all i can do is hope for the best...
look for peace<3
Humans sicken me, will fight a war for fossil fuels,bear the burden of hate because they lack the courage to love lack the courage to see, so much hate we don't know how to be but angry, so much pain its rain down in a sea full of troubles.. Does it hurt to smile? Despite it all I find myself living and I realise that I can find comfort in this world through expression.Each breathe maybe another battle and this world may be in a war already lost but we can't stop fighitng for hope for change.Look for peace and it will be found,express yourself.<3
I have an idea about life and I know its difficult and I've learned that you can't have a rainbow without a little rain, I have hopes and I have dreams and goals and I know what I want in life and I know that things can change so quick and things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.I 've also come to be more understanding. I'm complex and I don't let people in. Trust is like a mirror once its broken you can never look in it the same way again. You want me to trust you give me something to trust because trust is a gift,not easily given its like sharing a part of your soul it takes time and comes in small pieces but once gained its a powerful tool its like having a key to each and every emotion that most keep locked away. To have trust broken is an agonizing thing. It's as if someone,has smothered a piece of your soul.Seems you may never recover but the wounds will heal and scars will remain and maybe one day you will find the strength to trust again. Those wounds are still healing and I'm not ready to be hurt again.
|micheal ughhh |
if i can still smile than so can u...
u cant have a rainbow with out a lil rain
i know it always seems to rain the hardest on those who deserve the sun
but thats life
look i know i mean the world to you
i understand that
but the thing is...
i already have one junkie alcoholic in my life i dnt neeed another
u say u hate the way ur then change....
i understand ur human ppl make mistakes i forgive u i dnt hate u
my weakness is that i care to much..
im pissed cuz u lied cuz u came around should i let u fall lose it all so maybe u can remember yourself? making me insane and all i can say is i cant help u fix yourself
i tried to help u once
saw u goin down
but u never realised that ur drowning in the water and i offered you my hand
compassions in my nature
cant help u fix yourself but at least i can say i try
i promised to stand by u
and i promised to help u..
but u can lead a horse to water but u cant make it drink
im sorry but i gotta move on wit my own life..
you say i made u a better person i helped u better yourself
yet your still broken
i never promised u a ray of light i never promised u there be sunshine everyday
i gave u everything i had
the good the bad
y do u put me on a petastool?
im so up high i cant see the ground below
so help me down
u got it wrong i dnt belong here
one thing is clear i wear a halo when you look at me but standing from here you wouldnt say so..
i opened up let u in
but it was the biggest mistake i've made yet..
i always said id make mistakes im only human and thats my saving grace
but im done
im tired of forgiving
i tried 2 give u a second chance
but its a lil to late....
|I'm imperfect and thats probably my best quality and maybe you'll find something in me worth keeping||5/31/09|
| Every story has an ending but in life everything ending is a new begining.Sometimes things fall apart so better things can fall toghter.|
The Heart Is Forever Inexperienced.
my heart is a grenade...kabloom
our lovee is likee a songg
&& i dont think your beautiful;i think your beyond it.
Things fell apart
I was hopeless
but then I found you and now this heart beats for you
and you are all that i need to live to breathe
i am thankful each and everyday that i have you
Smile; It's The Second Best Thing One Can Do With One's Lips.
you taught me that...
I can't understand why I am so blessed to have you but I'll always be around until you say that you don't want me anymore.. and even then you'll always have my heart
Im Imperfect And That's Probably My Best Quality. Maybe You'll Find Something In Me Worth Keeping..
|Pride and Prejudices and Zombies||5/27/09|
Ok Now I personally have never read the book "Pride and Prejudices and Zombies" So I can't say if it is a good book or not. It maybe a great book however I find it a bit disrespectful that they would do that to an amazing classic. I do have a good sense of humor and think the book could be very entertaining and quite funny but I still feel that it is disrespect to Jane Austen a very talented author.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies -- "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton?and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers?and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read.
Jane Austen is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature.
Seth Grahame-Smith once took a class in English literature. He lives in Los Angeles.
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2009-04-27 | 10:45 AM | Robert Earl
Zombies make everything better except breakfast cerial. I want to read Robin Hood and His Merry Men vs. Zombies. I think Jane Austen would be seized by fits of laughter over this. "Class Warfare" indeed!
Have a sense of humor
2009-04-26 | 11:20 PM | GT Bondurant
If Jane Austen were alive today she would not only authorize this, but would laugh as heartily as I did. Have you actually ever read her work? As for rolling in her grave, that would certainly make an excellent follow up. You shouldn't fear though as zombies are attracted to brains.
2009-04-25 | 10:17 PM | Kathryn Bausch
This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard of and have ever seen. Way to ruin one of the best romance classics out there. I bet Jane Austen is rolling in her grave right now.
|lifes like photography we learn from the negatives..|
The word photography derives from the Greek word 'photos'- meaning light and 'graphien'-to draw.
photography is away to capture the beauty of a moment so that we may relive it.
Sir John Hercshel popularside the term in 1839, however modern photography began in the 1820's with the first perment photographs and since thing has grown into what we know it as today.
Photography has become a big part of our lives we see it everywhere..It helps us to see and learn whats going on in the world and it helps us to see what places around the world look like.
|Tears of blood a look at genocide questions the worst crime against humanity||5/25/09|
|Humanity at its worse |
This isn't war: It's death. Before 1944, the term "genocide" didn't exist. That was before the Nazis sought to destroy entire groups of people in the Holocaust, which claimed over 6 million lives. That was before the death toll in Cambodia reached over two million in 1979. That was before Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and now Darfur. Does genocide mean anything anymore?
?The conflict in Darfur began in early 2003 when ethnic African rebels took up arms against the Arab-dominated government. Critics accuse Sudan of arming the janjaweed militias and have terrorized Darfur villages ? a charge Khartoum [the capital of Sudan] denies,? reports The Associated Press. Systematic assaults have continued against the same groups of the Fur, Zaghawa and Masaalit. What?s going on is ethnic cleansing, and while the government and janjaweed blame rebel forces, it is they who have perpetrated the violence. Media outlets dispute the death toll in their headlines, but the United Nations estimates it?s reached over 400,000 people. Not surprisingly, the Sudanese government claims that the numbers are fewer than 10,000.
The United Nations reports that the four million people needlessly suffering in Darfur represent nearly two thirds of the population. Another 2.5 million people have fled and are living in refugee camps in either Darfur or Chad. These people whose villages have been burned, whose families have been raped if not killed, these people who have nothing left but the hope that they can make it through another day on what little aid ?if any- they receive, are considered the lucky ones.
Humanity doesn't get any worse than this. UN peacekeeping forces in Darfur have unfortunately made little progress. Sudan?s President Omar al-Bashir refuses to comply and agree to ceasefire, even after the UN Commission of Inquiry concluded that "crimes against humanity and war crimes have been committed in Darfur and may be no less serious and heinous then genocide.? President al-Bashir has yet to flinch, considering any crises a ?media fabrication.? The only real issue with media coverage is that there is too little of it.
The refugees in Darfur don't know of those who look past the headlines of death and unnecessary war, they don't know of the people who can afford to give but turn a blind eye, all they know is that today they're alive. But what about tomorrow? Let's not keep ignoring genocide as it continues every day. Years from now, we can't look back and ask how did this happen, how could this happen? We're letting it happen. When genocide goes unnoticed, it goes unstopped. These people don't need much. But they need you. Save Darfur.
Health Care In America....
Healthcare in the United States as compared to places like France and London.
In the United States it costs a person an arm and a leg for an emergency room visit, in France and London it costs you nothing. Many United States hospitals turn away patients because they do not have sufficient healthcare; leaving people to die.
One enraging example is of a young child who went into a hospital with a 104+ degree fever, in need of medical attention. Her mother called an ambulance and the ambulance came and took her to the hospital. The hospital then consulted the mother?s insurance company and said that they could not treat her at the hospital and she had to take her child by car to a different hospital supported by her insurance. Having been transported to hospital a by the ambulance, she didn?t have a car with her. After begging the hospital to treat her daughter she finally received transportation to the other hospital arriving just in time for her daughter to go into cardiac arrest. Her daughter had then ?expired? not long after arriving at this hospital.
A similar illness happened over in France. A young child around the age of four had an extremely high fever and was taken to the hospital. She was treated and looked after for three days with no charge and no hassles and she is still alive today.
Why is it so hard for a mother in the United States to get healthcare for herchild, but in France you walk in and are treated immediately with no charge? In France they have national insurance; everyone is entitled to the right to healthcare, whereas in the U.S. you can get health care if you are wealthy enough to afford it.
Another example is 9/11. Since the government didn?t help the volunteers and heroes that saved lives, many have suffered major bronchial and lung disorders and PTSD. Here is the irony: You know the Al-Qaida terrorists that the government imprisoned? They got state of the art health care in prison. People who risked their life and damaged their health serving as heroes for our country got turned down when looking for decent health care.
In France, hospital waits are no longer than an hour in emergency rooms, and the infant mortality rate and the life expectancy are better. Even Cuba has better health care services than we do here. Cuba is one of the poorest countries in the world and they can take care of their people, why can?t we take care of ours?
Tears of blood a look at Genocide questions the worst crime against humanity
Genocide: In Webster's Dictonary, it is defined as the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group, This term, coined by Polish-born Raphael Lemkin in his 1944 book, Axis Rule in Occupied Europe: Laws of Occupation - Analysis of Government - Proposals for Redress, describes one of the most horrid crimes known to man. But it?s a crime that sadly goes unnoticed until too many lives have been claimed. As Lemkin, one of my personal heroes said, "How is the killing of millions a lesser crime then the killing of an individual?" Of course, the murderers are brought to justice, but usually years after they spill the blood of countless people. Even more depressing, most people don't even know what it is. To get a better glimpse, a good example of genocide is the Holocaust in World War II, where Adolf Hitler's forces wiped out 11 million people, six million of whom were Jews, including members of Lemkin's family.
Obviously, the Holocaust isn't the only case of genocide that has ever happened. Thousands throughout recorded history have occurred, but we will just stick to six major cases in the past century. The first is the Armenian genocide that lasted through 1915 to 1918. Two million Armenian Christians were slaughtered by the Ottoman Empire, which is modern day Turkey. The Turkish government has since denied any genocide occurred, but meanwhile there have been newspapers found that state that the government had announced they would "exterminate" the Armenians, due to a "revolt." Hitler based his attack on this case, thinking he could get away with it, stating, "Who has even heard of the Turkish slaughter of the Armenians?"
Another case is the Cambodian genocide. It started in the early 1970's, and it was conducted by the Khmer Rouge, under the rule of Dictator Pol Pot. Two million people, mainly Vietnamese immigrants and people of intelligence were massacred and thrown into mass graves, known as killing fields. Others were forced into labor on farmland, until 1975.
The third case is that of Saddam Hussein's attack on the Kurds of Iraq from 1986 to 1988. Thousands of Kurdish civilians were killed and poisoned with mustard gas by Hussein's forces. Many UN officials compared this attack to the Holocaust.
The fourth case is the Bosnian genocide, where Bosnian Muslims were killed by the Serbs from 1993 to 1995. Muslims were forced into camps horrifically similar to concentration camps, then slaughtered.
Another case is the Rwandan genocide of 1994, one of the most horrific, due to the fact that in three months, hundreds of thousands of Tutsi civilians were slaughtered by rival Hutu militiamen.
The last case is still occurring as we speak. I speak, of course, of the Darfur genocide. The Sudanese government has ordered Muslim assassins, known as the Janjaweed, to kill civilians. Thousands have been killed, and the number is growing, especially now that the International Criminal Court has filed for the arrest of the Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir.
Now that I have informed you more about genocide, please take time to think. How much blood needs to be spilled before the world responds to this heinous crime? Why can't we all stand up to act against this? What can I do to help? The answer to the last question is simple. Look into it; find a website like Save Darfur that aids Darfur. Write to politicians, do anything in your power to act!
Raphael Lemkin's dream was to end genocide, but as this world is, that may not be currently possible. But if we all take a stand, maybe one day the word genocide will appear only in history books.
|cant stop thinking about.....||5/25/09|
despite it all there stills a lil part of my heart that wants to smile and be happy..
but it takes so much courage and strength to go one when u know u've already lost the battle
and it hurts so much
does it hurt to smile?
especially when u'ev seen the world at its worst..
ugh i can't believe this...
the way i have fallen for u and i cant even tell u
and every time u come to me im always there i always help u
yet u still love her.
im just going to have to move on and be happy for u..
and the worst part to know is im the reason your even toghter..
well doesn't this suck..
but i guess i can't let it get me down there are other things in this life..
I wish the hollow Earth people weren't just a theory and I could live there for ever and be away from this world and never have to see his face again
but then id only end up missing him and just end up seeing him in my dreams every night...
but ehh whats its matter his face already haunts my dreams now...
i want so much to forget but my hear wants to savor this feeling...
what can I do?
it will never be
try moving on but it doesnt help..
try dating other ppl but only his name comes to mind..
|The most deadly and decieving illusionist |
so tantalizing its paralyzing
corruptions flows through his vaines
plays on your symmpathy pulls on the strings of your soul
begging to be let in
so heartless and cruel
suffocating and unable to sleep...
don;t fall into his trap...