Originally posted on e MORFES:

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Cats love sitting in window to watch the birds and passing pedestrians or just to bask in the sun. Being curious by nature, they are attracted to anything that moves and there is obviously a lot of movement outside.

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Originally posted on Stop NATO...Opposition to global militarism:

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

American writers on peace and against war

George Santayana on war and militarism

George Santayana: Fatal wars: equally needless, equally murderous

George Santayana: Such blind battles ought not to be our battles

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George Santayana
From The Last Puritan: A Memoir in the Form of a Novel (1935)

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Her moral ideal was democracy, but a democracy of the elect. There could be no oppression in imposing uniformity on people who were really all alike; and such a society exacted from its members only what, if they were honourable, they would exact from themselves. She couldn’t conceive life except in a clan, where all the peers should have equal rights and similar virtues. Beyond the pale there could be nothing but utter darkness – an alien, heathen, unintelligible world, to be kept as remote as possible. If they couldn’t grow tea at…

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Originally posted on Stop NATO...Opposition to global militarism:

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

American writers on peace and against war

George Santayana: Fatal wars: equally needless, equally murderous

George Santayana: If dreadful outer world became troublesome, it would be necessary to make war on it and teach it a lesson

George Santayana: Such blind battles ought not to be our battles

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George Santayana
From Reason and Society (1905)

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A military class is…always recalling, foretelling, and meditating war; it fosters artificial and senseless jealousies toward other governments that possess armies; and finally, as often as not, it precipitates disaster by bringing about the objectless struggle on which it has set its heart.

Since barbarism has its pleasures it naturally has its apologists. There are panegyrists of war who say that without a periodical bleeding a race decays and loses its manhood. Experience is directly opposed to this shameless assertion.

To delight in war…

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Originally posted on Stop NATO...Opposition to global militarism:

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

American writers on peace and against war

George Santayana on war and militarism

George Santayana: If dreadful outer world became troublesome, it would be necessary to make war on it and teach it a lesson

George Santayana: Such blind battles ought not to be our battles

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George Santayana
From The Last Puritan: A Memoir in the Form of a Novel (1935)

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“I know, in the old days, a brilliant boy like that would have gone into the army, and there are wars everywhere in which to be killed. Mothers had that trial to endure; and I suppose it’s no worse now with motors and aeroplanes and submarines, and whatever else those scientific busybodies may find to invent. We blame those dangerous innovations and those fatal wars, both equally needless, equally murderous…”

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Odds and ends of learningstuck pleasantly in his…

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Originally posted on Eradica:

The charms of women can be irresistible. Tales past and present have chronicled their seductive power. If the legends are true even entire nations have gone to war over their affection. Nature gives all creatures the ability to survive even thrive. Women are given superabundant beauty in their youth for a purpose.

As in the animal kingdom for millions of years women ruled mankind through sexual fiat. It was only with the rise of religion, private property, and organized warfare that patriarchy was established five thousand years ago creating civilization. Male rule is therefore artificial and very shaky. Its upkeep dependent on male values like courage, individualism, strength, integrity, and ambition. When these things decline in importance society drifts back to its matriarchy roots as it has in Murka.

Women are permanent residents of a community. Men however are the transients who must prove …

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Originally posted on Arabic Literature (in English):

Al-Araby al-Jadeed posted a review of Nael Eltoukhy’s Women of Karantinasnappily translated by Robin Moger, on Feb. 14 as an act of love:

Tunnels feature prominently in the book. Tunnels feature prominently in the book.

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If you only read translated Arabic literature you might get the impression Egyptians are a rather serious lot. While so-called “sarcastic” Egyptian novels are very popular, they’re generally seen as non-literary and often are not translated.

But Nael Eltoukhy’s recent Women of Karantina, published in Arabic in 2013 and in English in 2014,crosses the line from satiric to serious and back again. “Many writers describe the book as a sarcastic work but I don’t think so,” Eltoukhy said at a recent book event in Cairo. He agrees it has a sense of humor but it “is not sarcastic.”

Funny books are usually written off as second-rate by Arab critics. But Eltoukhy does not places his…

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