where did the money go to rebuild iraq?

rebuild iraq

The Department of Defense is unable to account for the use of $8.7 billion of the $9.1 billion it spent on reconstruction in Iraq.

Source: Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.


no one knows about persian cats.

کسی از گربه های ایرانی خبر نداره . . . go and see it!

a 2009 Persian film directed by Bahman Ghobadi. written by Bahman Ghobadi and Roxana Saberi; director of photography, Turaj Aslani; edited by Hayedeh Safiyari; released by IFC Films. In Persian, with English subtitles. Running time: 1 hour 41 minutes.

also, the NYT movie review

mohja kahf

[Hijab Scenes]

‘You people have such restrictive dress for women,’ she said, hobbling away in three inch heels and panty hose to finish out another pink-collar temp pool day.

No, I’m not bald under the scarf
No, I’m not from that country
where women can’t drive cars
No, I would not like to defect
I’m already American
But thank you for offering
What else do you need to know
relevant to my buying insurance,
opening a bank account,
reserving a seat on a flight?
Yes, I speak English
Yes, I carry explosives
They’re called words
And if you don’t get up
Off your assumptions
They’re going to blow you away

hooks on inspiration + love

left work exhausted, suffocated, and heart-broken yesterday. alas, was re-inspired:

“I have been thinking about the notion of perfect love as being without fear, and what that means for us in a world that’s becoming increasingly xenophobic, tortured by fundamentalism and nationalism.” bell hooks

looks can be deceiving

a tattoo adorned with beautifully intricate cherry blossoms garnered these words: “looks can be deceiving” on the arm of a young and handsome HIV+ patient we rounded on today. he presented with bullous dermatoses on his well-toned legs, bilaterally. on his other arm read, “absolutely no regrets.” i’m not sure what about his presence left such a strong impresion on me, as we finished rounds through the rest of the ward.