Every day when my husband goes to work this is how we routinely say goodbye.

We hug for a bit at the door, pressed against it. His arms around me and sometimes I’m fiddling with his collar or picking at his shirt. I tell him have a good day, to drive safely, and to take care of himself. He says it back to me and tells me he loves me and kisses me.

Then he starts inching out the door where we say I love you and kiss in between probably about 3-5 times, and when he’s about to close the door he always opens it up again with a cheesy grin for one more kiss and to say I love you one more time. I always grab his face or put my hand up to his cheek as our final farewell. Then after he closes the door he taps on it with his finger tips and I respond back.

Every day.

I don’t care if that’s too much. I think after being together for 10 years and we’re still so excited to be together and not want to leave each other, I think it’s great. He’s my best friend and everything I need. Why shouldn’t I still be excited?

Jan. 5, 2012. Librada Martinez, member of the Ava Guarani ethnic group, resists arrest by police as she and others are evicted from Uruguay square in Asuncion, Paraguay.(Jorge Saenz-AP)

March 29, 2012. Two protesters are sprayed with water from an anti-riot vehicle at the University of Santiago de Chile. A group of young people clashed with police in the vicinity of the university following the Young Fighters’ Day, which commemorates the death of two young brothers during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile. (Ariel Marinkovic-EPA)

September 26, 2011. A kid playing with a hammock in Aldea Vasca, Guatemala.(Pep Bonet-NOOR)

November 1, 2011.A woman sits next to a grave at a cemetery on the outskirts of Mexico City. Mexicans celebrate the Day of the Dead and pay homage to their dead relatives by preparing meals and decorating their graves. (Berna—Reuters)

March 25, 2012. A girl wearing a ballet dress plays on the street in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.(Ramon Espinosa-AP)

June 21, 2012. A Panama border police officer dressed as a clown rests on a cot before entertaining residents of the Darien province, on the border with Colombia, Panama.
Arnulfo Franco-AP)


Josh Haftel
Yangon I, 2013


La Paz (AFP) - Bolivia on Wednesday renounced a visa exemption agreement with Israel in protest over its offensive in Gaza, and declared it a terrorist state.

President Evo Morales announced the move during a talk with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba.

It “means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state,” he said.

The treaty has allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia without a visa since 1972.

Morales said the Gaza offensive shows “that Israel is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life and the elementary precepts of rights that govern the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of our international community.”

More than two weeks of fighting in Gaza have left 1,300 dead and 6,000 wounded amid an intense Israeli air and ground campaign in response to missile attacks by the Islamist militant group Hamas.

In the latest development, 20 people were killed after two Israeli shells slammed into a United Nations school, drawing international protests.

Bolivia broke off diplomatic relations with Israel in 2009 over a previous military operation in Gaza.

In mid-July, Morales filed a request with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prosecute Israel for “crimes against humanity.”

Photos: Bolivian ambassador to the UN Sacha Llorenti wears keffiyeh in solidarity with Palestinians, July 2014. 


Campesinos March for Land Rights in Mexico City

An estimated 50,000 campesinos and supporters turned out to march in Mexico City on Wednesday. Agricultural organizations from throughout Mexico attended.

Under the banner “The Countryside Is for All,” attendees marched in support of farmers, food sovereignty, Indigenous land rights, and against recent energy reforms that would allow for fracking and appropriation of farm lands.

Organizers were able to obtain a meeting with Interior Secretary Osorio Chong to discuss concerns.

Images via Aristegui Noticias, El Barzón

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