NIKO IS – George Jefferson (prod. KRIKOS)


From the collaborative album by Colours Of The Culture, ROYGBIV: What a Colourful World

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WHEN THE GRASS IS CUT



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From Obama’s meeting with the Pope to Putin’s annexation of Crimea – lot has been going on this past month.

Republicans are still dishing last minute attempts to stifle Obamacare, but to their misfortune it doesn’t seem to be working.

And then there’s Kobe Bryant’s remark about the Trayvon incident which seemed to be a little pre-mature. I do think we should cut the guy some slack – it’s twitter, and we all know what the media is out to do – fan the flames. Still, I must say, Kobe’s inner-snob showed face, a trait he’s been carrying with him since the first echos of Jordan-Kobe comparisons became a topic of consideration. Anyway, it was Kobe’s remarks that drew me do some research, coming across the editorial cartoon pictured above; a blatant criticism of right-wing attempts to justify the stand-your-ground laws used to justify the tragedies like that of young Trayvon (RIP).

Let’s face it, the media in America is extremely self-interested; lot of Obama bashing and Tea Party cynicism feeding the masses – fueling boiling angers amongst conservatives.

Apparently, a young girl has requested the Pope’s assistance in preventing her father’s deportation from America. The immigration issue is as pressing as ever – being a struggling immigrant myself, I sympathize and applaud this courageous girl’s effort. God speed.

fAs for the Ukraine – Obama slipped up when he said America had no self-interest in Iraq. Perhaps America didn’t – but the Bush Administration did. That brings to light another issue I’d like to bring up – the actions of few americans should not be excused in order to preserve american exceptionalism – instead let’s be honest about our past so we can procure a better future – so we can distance ourselves from the fundamentalistic policies of the Bush era.

What the world is currently experiencing is a rebalancing of global power – meanwhile certain groups/entities are doing whatever they can to keep it unbalanced – through means of propaganda, war, intelligence operations, etc.

Where are we headed now? We have a tyrannical monarchy in Saud which we must cut ties with; an Egypt in turmoil, endangered by radicalism and foreign meddling; a Syria caught in the midst of a tug-o-war between East and West (and zionism); Palestinians blockaded and starved in Gaza; a worldwide refugee crisis; a vindictively anti-Western South America; and in culmination of all these phenomena, the ultimate consequence: a potential world war.

There is a particular ideology being challenged by the world. That is the ideology of imperialism. Once the balance of power is reestablished – once the grass is cut – the snakes will show.

The following are the links to the articles regarding Bill Day’s gun-rights themed editorial cartoon and the young girl’s petition to the pope respectively:

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2014/03/26/la-girl-whose-dad-faces-deportation-asks-pope-francis-to-push-for-us/

A Struggling Syrian


Just ran into some fellow syrians at the Austin airport in Texas. They work for BEATS – RHYMES – RELIEF – a nonprofit organization that fundraises and raises awareness about the ongoing tumult in Syria. Almost a million refugees have been forced to relocate, and thousands of lives have been lost. The cause of the conflict is up to debate still – to the misfortune of many Syrians, especially the innocent victims. The ideological, religious, and ethnic divide in Syria has become more clear than ever – but there is no telling if these tensions preceded the crisis – or if they merely formed out of it. Fundamentalism is rampant in today’s world, from the pews of Utah – where evangelism and mormonism are the norm – to the Wahhabi districts of Saudi Arabia. This type of fundamentalism is pouring into Syria; whether it is in resistance to the Syrian government or merely a foreign plot. This is where the tale is at this moment – who is to blame? Well, I must say, it is extremely awkward to run into Syrians nowadays because I can feel the religious undertones gripping the consciences of every one of them even in the lightest of conversations. It is a really sad epidemic – this religious dogmatic fear-mongering-inspired prejudice. This phenomenon grips the whole world though – and has since the dawn of time – evident in conservative traditions and laws. The West struggles to break free from Judaic-Christian dogmatism in search for a lighter, more loving, peaceful (liberal) version; The East struggles to break free from an equally dogmatic militant-buddhist-ascetic and authoritatively indoctrinated atheism (from China to Malaysia to Myanmar); and in the Middle East; it is a struggle against the dogmas of Wahhabism, salafism, zionism, christian zealotry, self-righteous authoritarian theocratic Islamism (versus moderate Islam). Everywhere in the world, this struggle ensues; in all levels and scales; from minor conversations over coffee between friends and neighbors to the battlefields in Kashmir; philosophy collides. When all groups collide and there is no longer room for debate – when minds are freed and hate eradicated – it’ll give us purpose to live eternally basking in the struggle to maintain philosophical truth. The struggle is equally economic as much as it is social and religious – it is all in one. I guess that makes it beautiful – despite all the ugliness we see. But then again – there is a little beauty in ugliness – is there not?

From Marlon Brandon and the Native Americans to Maduro and the fate of Venezuela


From Marlon Brandon and the Native Americans to Maduro and the fate of Venezuela

What an evening. I’ve read some of the most interesting stuff today. From this features BI article about Marlon Brando and his gesture to not attend the Oscars in 1973 for his lead role in ‘The Godfather’, to coverage of Maduro’s Venezuela, I cannot say this has been a boring not for journalism. What do the two have in common? Well, I could’ve posted many other things. In fact, I might have preferred to replace the Maduro section with an article about Bashar al-Assad, president of my country, Syria, which has been in turmoil for about three years now. Syria, like Venezuela, Ukraine, Egypt, and many more, are the modern playing fields of the world’s greatest powers. These are the outlets of the cold war; where the axes meet – East, and West. In many parts of the world, the struggle is imminent. But what struggle? From the Zapatistas of Mexico, to the Palestinian Resistance, what is this universal struggle facing mankind in different areas of his earthly soil? Who are the players in this ‘game’? The Native Americans lost half the earth to Christian Imperialism. Today, Zionism threatens the existence of the Palestinian nation — or what is left of it. Don’t look so far – the effects are spilling over into neighboring regions of the Middle East, from Lebanon to Egypt. The war between good and evil is still going on dear friends. Which side are you on? 

a maschine & new york city


wouldn’t mind that. a flat in manhattan. manflattan. post up. whiskey. 12 blunts. the smell of freshly floored cherrywood. ah, the life. studio life. maschine and coffee. cigarettes of course. my homie yousef stopping by every once in a while with christina for the spins. this is the life. just wait.