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by Joshua Radin

some are reachin’
few are there
want to reign from a hero’s chair
some are scared to fly so high
well this is how we have to try
have no envy and no fear

have no envy no fear

brother brother we all see
your hiding out so painfully
see yourself come out to play
a lover’s rain will wash away
your envy and your fear

so have no envy no fear

when your sister turns to leave
only when she’s most in need
take away the cause of pain
by showing her we’re all the same
have no envy and no fear

have no envy no fear

every day we try to find
search our hearts and our minds
the place we used to call our home
can’t be found when we’re alone
so have no envy and no fear

have no envy no fear


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This past Wednesday after work I walked from Ben Taub to the Museum of Fine Arts/Houston and purchased five student tickets (totaling $30) to Lifting the Veil/Afghanistan Unveiled.  Good thing, because it turned out to be sold out (people had to sit in the stairstep aisles!).  After work today, I walked to McDonald’s in BTGH’s main building’s basement (chicken nuggets, a parfait, and orange juice) and ate dinner in Hermann Park.

At the museum, I saved two seats on either side of me near the center, sprawling my belongings.  I tried to read, but I was getting antsy because seats were filling up quickly (crowd outside trying to get in although the viewing was sold out) and I couldn’t call out due to no reception.  I really hoped they wouldn’t be late.  People were asking if the seats were taken, saying “This shouldn’t be allowed” in a frustrated/disdaining tone.  Even the row behind me, which was originally reserved, were filled up when they removed the reserved sign.  Finally, we all sat together and watched the film.

Afterwards there was a Q&A period with the journalist in person!  Anyone could tell Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy was very knowledgeable and passionate about not only the film but everything surrounding the backdrop.  She shared the story of how money donated wasn’t used efficiently (they bought chickens and had them transported from so far away that they were dead on arrival), and was very detailed and forthright in her answers.  She is from Pakistan but Afghanistan has captured her heart.  She’s married, but we never hear anything about him or her children.

More information:

  • Directed by Hugh Thomson, 2006 , Color, 50 Minutes.  Cosponsored by the World Affairs Council of Houston. Special thanks to Kirsten Davis.
  • http://sharmeenobaidfilms.com/afganistanunveiled.html
  • In 2001, Beneath the Veil revealed the plight of women living under the Taliban in Afghanistan, uncovering evidence of women being denied employment, education, and freedom. In this follow-up, journalist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy returns to Afghanistan to find out how life has changed. Her journey starts in the bustling city of Kabul; then takes her to Herat, on the Iranian border, where the suicide rate for women is shockingly high; and on to the remote rural areas in the north where Afghan life is at its most basic.
  • http://www.marigoldfund.org

Afterwards we went to A&W for some food.  They were closing up the “here” but we could still order “to go” so we used their restroom then ordered through the drive through.  We climbed into the other car, and the two cars discussed the movie with rolled down windows.  No one admitted to crying.  I couldn’t get over how the girls were in first grade (well, that’s me counting the age) and sold by their parents to pay for their entertainment debts.  One husband murdered his wife because she was so outspoken and was more known than he was.  It was interesting that Obaid-Chinoy is a Muslim and she was outraged by how the Taliban was warping the Koran (or Qur’an or however you spell it).  I wonder how these males grow up viewing females, especially their family (mother, sister, daughters).

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It’s been ten years since the birth of the Vagina Monologues and how they are helping end violence against women (rape, incest, female genital mutilation, battery, abuse, assault, slavery, trafficking and emotional, psychological harassment like being subjected to demeaning and domineering attitudes) across the globe.  Today and tomorrow they will be hosting their V to the Tenth anniversary events in New Orleans.


Reminds me of when I was at the University of Texas with their Take Back the Night.  I wanted to go to their Clothesline Project (also in El Paso), but somehow I never got around to it.  Also, in Skirt! magazine, Teresa Rodriguez wrote an article about the mutilation and murders of the women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico:  http://skirt.com/node/2863.

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Today is the International Day for the Commemoration of the Genocide in Rwanda.  Below is a list of other places that has experienced / is experiencing genocide:

  • Armenia
  • Cambodia
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Rwanda
  • the Darfur region of Sudan
  • Somalia


“Can you swim?” Jama asked. But it hardly seemed to matter. Back on dry land, in Somalia, an entire country was drowning.

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