Helpless

I feel so helpless, fellow sojourner… )’: Whenever I see so much injustice going on, I can’t help but feel so little and incapable. I feel weak because I couldn’t do anything strong enough to end such atrocities. It hurts me, really, to know that I can only do *this much* right now. It pains me to see hundreds of people die from greedy wars. But somehow… It pains me more that I couldn’t do anything to stop it.

If only I had more power–be this political, economic or social–I would go out and be dauntless in defending those who are severely persecuted. If only I were in a position of great influence, I would honorably maximize every connection possible so as to deliver a stronger blow against large forces that continue to abuse, harm and dehumanize people. I would not be afraid to speak up and go against the Goliaths of this generation. Let the David rise up against the oppressor.

Oh God… May you help me help other people better.

Never Forget: SREBRENICA Genocide

In 1995, nearly 8,000 Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) have been targeted and killed in what is now known as the SREBRENICA GENOCIDE. This mass murder has been referred to as the worst heinous crime to have been committed since the WWII. Today, thousands gather in Bosnia to commemorate the 18th anniversary of this genocide. 409 newly-discovered bodies of victims will receive a proper burial, years after the massacre.

Again and again, I’ve wondered, how can such genocides even happen. Don’t we ever learn? What was the rest of the world doing then when thousands of people were being murdered?

We may come from different ethnicities, speak different tongues, and have various creeds but ultimately, all people are of ONE ESSENCE. We are of one humanity.

As the Persian poet Saadi once conveyed:

“Human beings are members of a whole, in creation of one essence and soul. If one member is afflicted with pain, other members uneasy will remain. If you’ve no sympathy for human pain, the name of human you cannot retain!”

LET THIS NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.

(Read more: Bosnia to bury 409 Srebrenica victims)

What If?

I’ve been besieged by too many sentiments regarding the election. It’s a travesty. It’s a tragic hoax.

They say that this is a FREE and FAIR ELECTION. What is free in this?

This is all just a farce.

Where shall the vote go then?

Should the vote go to ‘ABSTAIN’? Or will voting for ABSTAIN be a detrimental move–for it denigrates the best candidate available and exalts the conservative opposition instead?

Choose between the two: Abstain or the Lesser Evil?

Go on, choose.

–Wait.

–What if.

What if we abstain from voting at all?

What if we end the game and we, the people, abstain from the charade?

Go on, choose.

Justice Includes Access to Water (Potable Water, Of Course)

In Ramallah, Palestine, 70 liters of water/day is allotted for each Palestinian in the West Bank. Meanwhile, 300 liters of water/day is allotted for each Israeli (including settlers). The Israeli state controls all major water sources in the West Bank and determines how much water Palestinians can use.

Humane? Just? Equitable? NO.

Not Enough Water in the West Bank? (By: Visualizing Palestine in partnership with EWASH)

Visit the Visualizing Palestine Team for more info-graphics: http://visualizingpalestine.org

An Anti-Child Abuse Advertisement

Featured above is a brilliant campaign for a very important cause. The video explains how ANAR Foundation manages to send out distinct images and messages to two specific target markets: The adults and children.

By utilizing an outdoor lenticular, this advertisement gets its messages across, and reaches out to abused children even when they are walking directly beside their aggressors.

Simple, but brilliant idea.

Video Description:

Título: Sólo para niños
“ANAR Foundation manages in Spain the european unique phone number 116 111, to attend children and teenagers under a risk situation. On this telephone number, only for minors, they can find the help they need in a totally anonymous and confidential way. But, how can we get our message to a child abuse victim, even when they are accompanied by their aggressor?

Knowing the average height for adults and children under 10,GREY has created two different messages. Using an outdoor lenticular we show adults an awareness message, while children see a message where we offer them our help and show them the telephone number. A message only for children.”

Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim

All I can say after watching this presentation is: “HEAR, HEAR!” It’s not only the USA that suffers from this type of corruption. Other countries too, which seek to emulate the democracy of the world’s reigning superpower, most probably also suffer the same type of problem. Lo and behold, the corrupted political economy existing in many republics today.

Hello to all the politician-puppets of the super elite club.


Video Synopsis:

“There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. That’s the argument at the core of this blistering talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig. With rapid-fire visuals, he shows how the funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and issues a rallying bipartisan cry that will resonate with many in the U.S. and beyond.”

Why the Innocents are Spared

Original Oil Painting Palette Knife by Ginette

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“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

-Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Oh, Palestine

END $30 BILLION OF U.S. MILITARY AID TO ISRAEL!

Today, the VISUALIZING PALESTINE Team launched a billboard campaign throughout Washington DC with the “US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation”. As the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) meets for its annual Congressional lobby, the campaign calls for an end to the $30billion in US military aid promised to Israel over the coming decade. The three different posters highlight the ways in which US funding to Israel could instead be used to fund communities’ needs.

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We live at a time where we are still plagued by many problems both here and abroad. Sometimes, these problems are so atrocious that it baffles me to much to know that these circumstances still continue. I understand that these problems often involve too many complications. However, this should not stop us from demanding for SOCIAL JUSTICE. This should not stop us from wanting to see CHANGE. Let us not be content by how things are, especially if we know that there are thousands, even millions, who are still deprived of INDEPENDENCE. When millions are constantly being land-grabbed, when millions are still denied of basic rights which people–of all races, creeds, and sexuality–should have, how can we just rest, and go on with our own lives while being blind to these? We cannot be apathetic to the sufferings of others. We cannot. Their suffering is also our suffering–it hurts the essence of humanity.

Call me a raving lunatic for wanting such high ideals–for demanding the “impossible”. I’d rather be one anyway than a dull realist who has lost hope in all things “possible”. Tell me, what is “the impossible” anyway? Isn’t “impossible” just a word imprisoned over time? That “the impossible” of today may be “the possible” of tomorrow. I hope that we never lose the zeal–the burning idealism–to fight for social justice. We may never see the fruits of our advocacies come into complete fulfillment during our lifetime, but at least, our children, or the children of our children, WILL.