Sunday, May 04, 2008

Domine, in adjuvandum me festina - 5/4/2008

Myanmar (Burma)
VIDEO: Cyclone devastates Myanmar
Reuters - 1 hour ago
May. 4 - Hundreds of people have been killed after a powerful cyclone pounded parts of Myanmar. Myanmar's military government declared disaster areas in five states on Sunday after Cyclone Nargis pounded the Irrawaddy delta region.
At least 351 reported dead as cyclone hits Myanmar (3rd Roundup) Monsters and
Cyclone toll exceeds 350

Violence flares during autonomy vote in Bolivia
AFP - 37 minutes ago
SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (AFP) - Violence erupted at some polling stations in the Bolivian province of Santa Cruz on Sunday as the territory held an autonomy referendum deemed illegal by leftwing President Evo Morales.
Video: Bolivia's Red Ponchos call to arms - 04 May 08 AlJazeeraEnglish
Bolivia's richest region votes on autonomy drive Washington Post

Zimbabwe opposition: Will they join a runoff vote?
Christian Science Monitor - 3 hours ago
Ongoing violence may impede a runoff between President Robert Mugabe and the opposition's Morgan Tsangirai. By Scott Baldauf | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor JOHANNESBURG, South Africa; and HARARE, Zimbabwe - More than a month after ...
Zimbabwe to fix presidential run-off date 'soon': officials AFP
Zimbabwe Electoral Officials to Meet Soon on Presidential Runoff Date Voice of America

Zimbabwe to fix presidential run-off date 'soon': officials
AFP - 1 hour ago
HARARE (AFP) - Zimbabwe's electoral commission said Sunday it would soon fix a date for the presidential election second round, as the opposition continued to consider under what conditions, if any, it would take part.
Zimbabwe Electoral Officials to Meet Soon on Presidential Runoff Date Voice of America
Zimbabwe opposition mulls conditions for run-off Reuters India

Tibet - China
Dalai-China talks end abruptly as Beijing talks tough
Times of India - 1 hour ago
BEIJING: The much-awaited talks between the Dalai Lama's envoys and China ended abruptly on Sunday, hours after the two sides met for the first time since the unrest erupted in Tibet in March, with Beijing demanding "credible moves" from the the ...
Talks start between China and Tibetans International Herald Tribune
Dalai Lama Representatives Meet With Chinese Officials Voice of America

Dalai Lama leads prayers for victims in Tibet - 3 May 2008
Dharamsala, May 3 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama presided over a special prayer meeting here Saturday in remembrance of those Tibetans who have been killed in recent anti-China protests in Tibet.

Palestine - Israel
Rice pushes for peace progress; Israel denies hidden agenda
The Associated Press - 1 hour ago
JERUSALEM (AP) - Facing mounting Palestinian frustration at the pace of peace talks, the United States leaned on Israel on Sunday to lift restrictions that chafe West Bank residents and stifle an already limping economy.
Rice: Mideast peace deal possible by end of year CNN International
Rice calls for concrete steps to improve life in West Bank AFP

Israel Hints at Uprooting Settlements in Peace Deal
Voice of America - 33 minutes ago
By David Gollust Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni indicated Sunday Israel may uproot some of its West Bank settlements as part of a peace accord with the Palestinians.

Iraq: Al-Sadr Refuses to Meet Baghdad Delegation In Iran
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty - 3 hours ago
By RFE/RL analyst Kathleen Ridolfo Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki dispatched a delegation of leading Shi'ite figures to Iran last week in order to present Tehran with mounting evidence of Iran's support for rogue militias in Iraq.
Iraq says no hard evidence of Iran support for militia AFP
Iraq says to probe claims of Iran meddling Washington Post

Iraq's first lady unharmed after her motorcade is bombed
The Associated Press - 5 hours ago
BAGHDAD (AP) - A bomb hit a motorcade carrying Iraq's first lady through Baghdad on Sunday, while the US military said a roadside explosion killed four Marines in the deadliest attack in western Anbar province in months.
5 US, 2 Georgian Troops Die in Iraq, Officials Say Washington Post
Turkish military says it killed 150 Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq CNN
Kurds dispute toll in Turkey's airstrikes in Iraq Los Angeles Times
More than 150 PKK rebels killed in N Iraq Xinhua

Irak: au moins 13 morts dans les combats à Sadr City (armée ...
Le Monde - Il y a 5 heures
Au moins treize miliciens chiites ont été tués depuis samedi soir dans des accrochages à Bagdad avec des unités américaines, à Sadr City, un bastion du chef radical antiaméricain Moqtada Sadr, a annoncé dimanche l'armée américaine. ...
Bagdad évite de mettre en cause l'Iran Le Figaro
Neuf activistes tués dans la nuit à Sadr-City La

Global food crisis
Asia fears lost decade, unrest from food price shock
Reuters - 1 hour ago
By Andrew Hay MADRID, May 4 (Reuters) - Soaring food prices may throw millions of Asians back into poverty, undo a decade of gains and stoke civil unrest, regional leaders said on Sunday as they urged a boost to agricultural production to meet rising ...
Asian Development Bank rethinks its strategy for reducing poverty International Herald Tribune
Asian bank in food crisis warning BBC News

O God, you feel the anguish that troubles billions of hearts and hear the cry of every creature. It is a very small thing that we should hold before you the pains and fears of your creation for it is in you and by your grace that all things exist. We turn to you for the unexpected grace, the deep wisdom, the hope-filled perseverance, and the renewed energy to join in your work of creation and redemption, to become your channels of sanctification here and now. Look with compassion upon the world you cherish so passionately and upon us who stand before you that all things may be brought to wholeness. Amen.
--the BB


Grandmère Mimi said...

Paul, it's a beautiful prayer.

Rice: Mideast peace deal possible by end of year

I'm not holding my breath. After all, this is Condi talking.

See ya.

Paul said...

Thanks, Mimi. I have not written any prayers for a while now. Just was moved (and I did not bring that huge heavy Pentecostarion with me to NOLA).

I had the same reaction to the headline about Rice and mideast peace processes. Sounded like a politically expedient thing to claim in an election year and there will so many convenient and available excuses if it doesn't happen.

FranIAm said...

Your prayer stopped my heart.

In a good way.

May I request using it elsewhere with credit to you by either your real name or BB?

You tell me- whatever you say is fine by me.

And I could not agree more about the LeCondel b.s.


Paul said...

Anywhere you like, Fran. I would prefer my real name for liturgical material, whether it's informal and "my online friend Paul" fits or "The Rev. Paul E. Strid" for formal stuff or somewhere in between. You pick.