Archive | August, 2016

Why I’m speaking out about Syria – conflict zone surgeon

29 Aug

Unsung Heroes: People Shining a Light in a Sometimes Dark World

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0444yy5

and

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07nch9f

“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 for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, (she or) he
sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
— the powerful and greatly inspiring words of Robert F. Kennedy (with my little insertions in brackets)
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RIPPLES OF HOPE: “FEW (OF US) WILL HAVE THE GREATNESS TO BEND HISTORY ITSELF, BUT EACH OF US CAN WORK TO CHANGE A SMALL PORTION OF…

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Concussion link to cognitive difficulties

24 Aug

Sharing some Information and Thoughts on Head and Brain Injury

http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11699987

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“Sharing, informing, educating, encouraging, empowering, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even) inspiring”

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Your Life Can Change in a Minute

20 Aug

LIFE is God's Novel: A Book (or three or four or TEN) being written as "life unfolds"

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“I want to share my life experience as a cautionary tale of how your life can change in a split second.  Adversity can be overcome with an indomitable spirit and positive mental attitude and I want to serve as an inspirational role model to others.”

– Ryan Stoltz

Source: Your Life Can Change in a Minute

and

https://craigsbooks.wordpress.com/2016/08/19/your-life-can-change-in-a-minute-2/

“Sharing, informing, educating, encouraging, empowering, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even) inspiring”
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Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”

Golden Dawn Publishing

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Isis’ promises siren song for loners: Jean-Jacques Courtine

7 Aug

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

But again, why France? Part of the answer is the dominant feeling among those 50 per cent unemployed youth that there is no future. This absence of tangible hope is the first cause of radicalisation.

Instead of the common expression “the radicalisation of Islam” we should probably be saying the “Islamisation of radicals”, even when this radicalisation proves to be minimal and shallow.

Isis offers each of these disenfranchised youth an imagined glorious future in the paradise of warriors, allowing them to strike back at what they believe is the origin of their misery.

But there is only one promise kept at the end of the day – death.

This also explains the ultimate expression of the terrorist threat; “lone wolves”, ideal warriors, nearly impossible to detect.

Though they may not be as isolated as we believe, they have become the main actors of what we can call, in the…

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Book Review: The Girl Who Beat ISIS: Farida’s Story by Farida Khalaf

1 Aug

Ajoobacats Blog

A horrifying retelling of Farida’s story, a nineteen year old Yazidi girl from Iraq, whose family and life as she knew it was torn apart by ISIS. Her painful experiences and will to survive the torment her captors put her through are simply remarkable.

Giving the reader a true inside view into what the extremism of ISIS means to the people whose homelands have been desecrated by these terrorists, The Girl Who Beat ISIS is a difficult and sinisterly reminiscent read of oppression and genocide.

I am glad I picked up this book and was able to put myself in the position of the women in these war-torn areas and know of the real terror they experienced.

When you hear emotive headlines in the tabloids about refugees and those fleeing ISIS, it is sobering to read a first-hand account of what these people are fleeing.

A well-written emotional and factual…

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