Archive | March, 2015

How do we ease this suffering? Is this a problem for the Middle East or a problem for humanity?

10 Mar

YOU can be a Champion of Hope (to others)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11414023

How do we ease this suffering? Is this a problem for the Middle East or a problem for humanity? Is inaction even an option?

“On my return to New Zealand, I pick up Finn. He feels heavier than he did before. Somewhere, deep in my consciousness, I feel as if I’m carrying the weight of Salah and Ali too. Every child, surely, has the right to live in a world where there is food, warmth and security. And surely humanity should strive to help out however it can.”

– New Zealand journalist, Rachel Smallie

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“Few (of us) will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man (or woman) stands up…

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How do we ease this suffering? Is this a problem for the Middle East or a problem for humanity?

10 Mar

YOU can be a Champion of Hope (to others)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11414023

How do we ease this suffering? Is this a problem for the Middle East or a problem for humanity? Is inaction even an option?

“On my return to New Zealand, I pick up Finn. He feels heavier than he did before. Somewhere, deep in my consciousness, I feel as if I’m carrying the weight of Salah and Ali too. Every child, surely, has the right to live in a world where there is food, warmth and security. And surely humanity should strive to help out however it can.”

– New Zealand journalist, Rachel Smallie

PPS

“Few (of us) will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man (or woman) stands up…

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Forgotten Millions of Syria: ‘I don’t want anything other than my sisters’ safety’

9 Mar

The International Correspondent: Peace Pursuit

Forgotten Millions of Syria / ‘I don’t want anything other than my sisters’ safety’ – Rachel Smalley meets a 12-year-old hero who won’t give up – World – NZ Herald News

Broadcaster Rachel Smalley and photographer Jo Currie visited Iraqi Kurdistan and Lebanon, to help raise awareness of the millions of children left homeless by war in Syria. In the first of their reports for the Herald, they tell the story of Adel, a 12-year-old boy whose childhood ended the day his father was killed but who still dreams of a better future for himself and his family

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11413136

Also see

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11414023

and

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11413583

“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.”

– Dali Lama

“What we do for ourselves dies with us.

What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

– Albert Pine

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A New Dawn

4 Mar

A New Dawn extract

light-great2from https://newdawnwriter.wordpress.com/tag/craig-lock/

2006
“Don’t shed blood, shed hatred.”
– the words of Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India
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“Together, one mind, one heart, one life, one small step at a time, let’s link hands and march into a new tomorrow, a better and brighter future. TOGETHER we can do it”

– c

TOGETHER, one mind, one heart, one soul, one small step at a time, we can make some difference towards a better world, a brighter tomorrow

“SHARE, ENCOURAGE and SPREAD, HOPE, LOVE and LIGHT”

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ISIS: “THE WARRING STATE”

3 Mar

“I write, i share, I dream”

Is It Possible to Defeat Terrorism?: HOW to (as far as possible) combat the scourge of terrorism world-wide

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SIS: “THE WARRING STATE”

from http://www.internationalcorrespondent.wordpress.com and https://journalistandwriter.wordpress.com/

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Submitters Note:

After some online research, here are some notes on the most pertinent points (my view) from these two fascinating books: ISIS: INSIDE THE ARMY OF TERROR by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan . This book is a detailed investigation that draws on extensive interviews with IS supporters and victims, as well as as US intelligence and diplomatic sources.

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and THE ISLAMIST PHOENIX: THE ISLAMIC STATE AND THE REDRAWING OF THE MIDDLE EAST,

by Loretta Napoleoni (Seven Stories Press $24.99

The Islamist Phoenix

As “inspired by” (to further research the origins of ISIS) an excellent and revealing article in The Listener magazine (New Zealand) titledTHE WARFARE STATE by Rebecca McFie

click on  .http://www.listener.co.nz/current-affairs/foreign-affairs/the-warfare-state/

I hope these points (short)  may be of interest and illuminating to you

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Syria (by Rodrigo Abd)

“Islamic State appreciates that extreme violence sells the news.”

-the words of international…

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How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting ‘The Rise of Islamic State’ while under attack in Baghdad

2 Mar

Idler on a hammock

I still find it astonishing that no foreign governments spotted the growing strength of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (formerly known as Isis) in the 18 months before it captured much of northern Iraq in June 2014.
There was plenty of evidence that Isis and al-Qa’ida-type organisations were getting stronger by the day in Iraq and Syria, but in January of that year President Obama flippantly compared Isis to a junior university basketball team which was never going to hit the big time and whose activities could be largely ignored.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/how-books-can-defeat-isis-patrick-cockburn-was-able-to-update-his-agendasetting-the-rise-of-islamic-state-while-under-attack-in-baghdad-10009778.html

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Debate misguided as to how ‘Islamic’ Islamic State is

2 Mar

Is It Possible to Defeat Terrorism?: HOW to (as far as possible) combat the scourge of terrorism world-wide

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Meditation on a messaniac death cult
Writers conclusion that the jihadists are true believers triggers a storm of debate

Debate misguided as to how ‘Islamic’ Islamic State is

By Ishaan Tharoor
From page A8 | February 21, 2015 |

WASHINGTON — What does the Islamic State really want? The extremist militants have carved a fiefdom of their own in the imploding nation-states of Syria and Iraq. They have proclaimed a caliphate and lured thousands of foreign fighters to their ranks. They have butchered untold numbers of innocents, enslaved women and beheaded hostages.

But to what end?

This week, the Atlantic answered the question in the form of a 10,000-word cover story by Graeme Wood. Through interviews with a number of Islamic State supporters and sympathizers, Wood builds a case for why we should take the jihadists’ religious worldview seriously.

“The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic,”…

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