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An Offering to the Bitter Moon

An Offering to the Bitter Moon news — breaches of peace around our world, in our town, on our street — kindle for the flames a blood-spattered list of those who’ve died; I kiss it one last time my journal entries — anguish blackening the pages a few photos — everyone believes my smile happy my prayer, take these; let me have nothing to give when next you rise (This is the third in a series of poems by Poetess SylvIa Vaughn which The Arachneed will be publishing in the coming days. ) Sylvia Riojas Vaughn is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. She has been selected as a Houston Poetry Fest Juried Poet three times.  She belongs to the Dallas Poets Community. Her work appears in Red River Review, Triadæ, HOUSEBOAT, Diálogo, Desde Hong Kong: Poets in conversation with Octavio Paz, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems … Read entire article »

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“Ghana’s Graduation with Honors”: The Two Turnover Test

“The “two turnover test” is a measure of democratic consolidation propounded by political thinker Samuel Huntington, where the consolidation of a democracy takes place if the party or group that takes power in the initial election at the time of transition loses a subsequent election and turns over power to those election winners, and if those election winners then peacefully turn over power to the winners of a later election.” The question of whether Ghanaian democracy was consolidating or merely surviving has been answered with this 2016 election. Democratic consolidation refers to a state of irreversible democracy functioning within the conceptual framework of representative political culture. Ghana entered it’s 4th Republic in 1992, with the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as the party in power post 1992 general elections and transition from Provisional National … Read entire article »

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Dreaming of Utopia for Kids

    Dreaming of Utopia for Kids The elephant stepped on her newborn in the zoo. The youngster, inconsolable. Human parents are better. Right? Your silence, telling. It’s louder than gasps of children abandoned in hot cars. Softer than rumbles of empty stomachs. Lost amid screams of unspeakable abuse. Peppered with gunshots in schools, neighborhoods. I want to hear hammers pounding nails into change — soothing voices offering teddy bears, singing lullabies, chatting while serving sandwiches with the crusts cut off. (This is the second in a series of poems by Poetess SylvIa Vaughn which The Arachneed will be publishing in the coming days. ) _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Sylvia Riojas Vaughn is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. She has been selected as a Houston Poetry Fest Juried Poet three times.  She belongs to the Dallas Poets Community. Her work appears in Red River Review, Triadæ, HOUSEBOAT, Diálogo, Desde Hong Kong: Poets in conversation with … Read entire article »

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Falun Dafa ayuda a armonizar cuerpo, mente y espiritu.

¿Qué es Falun Dafa?, Falun Dafa es una práctica de qigong que consta de dos partes esenciales, una parte está formada por los ejercicios para mejorar la energía interior y la otra parte la forma la filosofía de vida basada en los principios del universo de Verdad Benevolencia y Tolerancia. Estas dos partes de la práctica son esenciales en su conjunto cuando entendemos nuestro ser como un todo entre el cuerpo, la mente y el espíritu. La armonización entre los tres y poder tener una conciencia lúcida de la existencia de estas tres partes, entenderlas y cuidarlas se consigue con la práctica de Falun Dafa. Con la parte de los ejercicios se trabaja la energía interior y se consigue un estado físico y mental optimo por el que se mejoran y … Read entire article »

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