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MENDING ZEBRA CROSSING - A SHORT STORY BY HELMI BEN MERIEM

For A.R.

“Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. . . Praying is more rewarding than sleeping.” On these words I wake up every morning.

I put on my pyjamas and went to the bathroom. 1,944 more words

Fiction

When planning falls short: the challenges of informal settlements

Informal settlements house around one-quarter of the world’s urban population. This means roughly 1 billion urban dwellers live in settlements that have emerged outside of the state’s control. 559 more words

The Conversation

Foggy Colmar Christmas Market

First time I have posted from my smart phone. Hope it works. I have been in Colmar, France, in the Alsace, for the last two days. 27 more words

Photography

Reuniting of Friends

Hello all!

The Christmas Initiative! Light the World is easily one of the most touching videos I have ever seen. It depicts the Savior and how he serves. 371 more words

Companions

Den Bosch, wandering in wonder

After living in NL for almost 2 years when I hear something about Brabant I think about the news I’ve read about the region – there’s almost daily an article about the marijuana fields and drug trafficking happening in the area. 867 more words

By Years

PNC Park 

Passion. Pride. Pittsburgh Pirates.

The organization has this saying all over the stadium especially behind the scenes. It’s really motivational and a great slogan.

We were in Pittsburgh recently for the Steelers vs. 507 more words

Baseball

Why is EPA chief Gina McCarthy speaking at a conference full of private water company execs?

Opponents of water privatization are criticizing EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for planning to give the plenary address at a conference sponsored by private water companies. You’d think she might be more leery of the industry, considering that it played a role in the tragic debacle with drinking water in Flint, Michigan. 754 more words

Politics