Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search


Sonia Nettnin Poem: The Palestine Olympics

The Palestine Olympics

By Sonia Nettnin

Children run
in Gaza, where
life is a marathon
for survival. Existence
military occupation
is a gasp for

summer heat, skin
sweats into
dreams of

Sea water. Beaches
forbidden by
soldiers with guns
terrorize people
until tears stream

Cheeks. Bodies face
hurdles, air, space
and water, spare
some bread for
mouths of babes. Sweet-

Hearts feel hunger
pangs, hands wave
when bulldozers raze
houses. Sleep between
crossfire wakes
hold heroes’ cries
burn memories
nightmares, read on…

School is scary
children lose
to bullet shrapnel
if the army lifts
and camels
glide through

Needles, thresholds
flex necessity. Women’s
muscles contract –
push checkpoint
babies and
men stand against
the wall. Every day of

The year angels run
for freedom, and they stride
feats in stone rubble and desert sun, catch rays
breath in the home stretch
olive branches, the heart
of a champion
is the Palestinian people.

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news