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WESTERN BALKANS: SAFE COUNTRIES ACCORDING TO GERMANY

The German parliament decided to add Bosnia, Macedonia and Serbia to the list of safe countries of origin. This list varies from one country to another, and included so far in Germany the other countries of the European Union, Ghana and Senegal. 68 more words

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Dedicated Follower of Fashion/ Redux

This piece from years ago always sticks out to me when I am rambling around in my past work.  I am never quite sure if I like this piece which is an odd thing for me.  267 more words

Favorite Things

An important point

Regardless of how much many affluent pastors might love their state-of-the-art air-conditioned church sanctuaries with their coffee bars, bookshops, and valet parking lots, we cannot forget that Jesus died on the cross naked and empty-handed.

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Church

GREECE: NEW CONDEMNATIONS BY THE ECHR

Greece has just been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights for the inhuman and degrading conditions in detention centers again.

In one of the two judgments, it emphasizes the excessive length of the continued detention. 113 more words

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GREECE: DESIGNATED SMUGGLERS

The mission of Christian Peacemaker Team in Lesbos enabled them to observe how the Greek coastguard designate among the exiles came on the same boat supposed smugglers who are thus imprisoned for several months in anticipation of their trial, with few defenses against a procedure they can’t understand well. 12 more words

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Moss Garden (Gioji)

Perhaps this moss
still harbours something of her
intoxicating fullness.
The temple garden
seems made for sweeter tones
than the monks’ severe austerities.

Spurned and jaded… 133 more words

Poetry

GREECE: PIKPA IN DANGER

PIKPA is an self-organised shelter of exiles created by the inhabitants of the island of Lesbos, near the Turkish coast (https://goo.gl/maps/pAonT), in a place provided by the municipality. 76 more words

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