“When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.”
― Pittacus Lore.

Several of topics could be related to this week’s POW, but the best of it could be always reaching for hope, whether it was in Palestine, Ferguson, Iraq, everywhere.

Adel (right) and Mohammed spend the afternoon in the only room of their home that was not totally destroyed when an Israeli missile struck their apartment building during fighting between Israel and Hamas in the north of the Gaza Strip. (Roberto Schmidt / AFP - Getty Images)
Adel (right) and Mohammed spend the afternoon in the only room of their home that was not totally destroyed when an Israeli missile struck their apartment building during fighting between Israel and Hamas in the north of the Gaza Strip. (Roberto Schmidt / AFP – Getty Images)
Protesters march in the street as lightning flashes in the distance in Ferguson. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police. (JEFF ROBERSON / AP)
Protesters march in the street as lightning flashes in the distance in Ferguson. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police. (JEFF ROBERSON / AP)
A Liberian Army soldier, part of the Ebola Task Force, beats a local resident while enforcing a quarantine on the West Point slum on Aug. 20, in Monrovia, Liberia. The government ordered the quarantine of West Point, a congested seaside slum of 75,000, in an effort to stop the spread of the virus in the capital city. (John Moore / Getty Images)
A Liberian Army soldier, part of the Ebola Task Force, beats a local resident while enforcing a quarantine on the West Point slum, in Monrovia, Liberia. The government ordered the quarantine of West Point, a congested seaside slum of 75,000, in an effort to stop the spread of the virus in the capital city. (John Moore / Getty Images)
A slipper lies near bloodstains on a street after recent shelling in the settlement of Makiivka, on the outskirts of Donetsk. (MAXIM SHEMETOV / REUTERS)
A slipper lies near bloodstains on a street after recent shelling in the settlement of Makiivka, on the outskirts of Donetsk. (MAXIM SHEMETOV / REUTERS)
A bright flash of lightning strikes through the eye of a storm cloud over farmland near Broken Bow, Nebraska. (Vanessa Neufeld / Solent News)
A bright flash of lightning strikes through the eye of a storm cloud over farmland near Broken Bow, Nebraska. (Vanessa Neufeld / Solent News)
the Dalai Lama with students attending a course on Tibetan Medicine at the Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute during their meeting at his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India. (Tenzin Jamphel / OHHDL)
the Dalai Lama with students attending a course on Tibetan Medicine at the Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute during their meeting at his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India. (Tenzin Jamphel / OHHDL)
Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers search for survivors in the rain. Heavy rain delayed a search on Friday for more than 50 people believed buried under a deadly landslide on the edge of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, as opposition politicians rounded on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his handling of the disaster. The death toll currently stands at 39. (Toru Hanai/Reuters)
Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers search for survivors in the rain. Heavy rain delayed a search on Friday for more than 50 people believed buried under a deadly landslide on the edge of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, as opposition politicians rounded on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his handling of the disaster. The death toll currently stands at 39. (Toru Hanai/Reuters)
Peasants try to lift a horse dying from hunger at the El Rosario farm in San Francisco Libre town, Nicaragua. According to a recent report by USAID, low rainfall linked to the El Nino weather phenomenon has led to drought in parts of Central America, causing widespread damage to crops, shortages and rising prices of food, and worsening hunger among the region's poor. (Oswaldo Rivas / Reuters)
Peasants try to lift a horse dying from hunger at the El Rosario farm in San Francisco Libre town, Nicaragua. According to a recent report by USAID, low rainfall linked to the El Nino weather phenomenon has led to drought in parts of Central America, causing widespread damage to crops, shortages and rising prices of food, and worsening hunger among the region’s poor. (Oswaldo Rivas / Reuters)
Peshmerga fighters stand guard at Mosul Dam in northern Iraq. Despite its structural faults, the country's biggest dam at 3.6 km long, built by a German-Italian consortium in the 1980s, is a vital water and power source for Mosul, Iraq's largest northern city of 1.7 million residents. Control the dam and you control the 'keys' to the city. With that in mind, Islamic State insurgents who captured swathes of Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate, wrested control of the dam from Kurdish forces in recent weeks. While Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured the dam with the help of U.S. air strikes on Monday, "the most dangerous dam in the world" - as a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report described it - still has the potential for catastrophe. (Youssef Boudlal / Reuters)
Peshmerga fighters stand guard at Mosul Dam in northern Iraq. Despite its structural faults, the country’s biggest dam at 3.6 km long, built by a German-Italian consortium in the 1980s, is a vital water and power source for Mosul, Iraq’s largest northern city of 1.7 million residents. Control the dam and you control the ‘keys’ to the city. With that in mind, Islamic State insurgents who captured swathes of Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate, wrested control of the dam from Kurdish forces in recent weeks. While Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured the dam with the help of U.S. air strikes on Monday, “the most dangerous dam in the world” – as a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report described it – still has the potential for catastrophe. (Youssef Boudlal / Reuters)
A nurse holds the hand of a premature baby, who was born at five months of pregnancy, after feeding it with expressed breast milk on the first day of donation at a hospital in Medellin on August 20, 2014. Nursing mothers who have volunteered will supply the milk bank to offer a more nutritious alternative for children whose mothers are not able to provide them with breast milk. (Fredy Builes / Reuters)
A nurse holds the hand of a premature baby, who was born at five months of pregnancy, after feeding it with expressed breast milk on the first day of donation at a hospital in Medellin, Colombia . Nursing mothers who have volunteered will supply the milk bank to offer a more nutritious alternative for children whose mothers are not able to provide them with breast milk. (Fredy Builes / Reuters)
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