“The Choke Points of Power”

Earlier this morning, I watched a documentary entitled “The Choke Points of Power” in Al Jazeera English. If you’re into global politics and economics, trade, geography, and power-play, then this film is a MUST-WATCH.

For centuries, ocean-borne trade has been the backbone of global economy. Nations, which aspire to attain global power, compete in controlling maritime trade routes–such as sea lanes that are EXTREMELY crucial in the transportation of oil from the petroleum-rich countries of the Middle East.

The film projects that the West (with the US reigning as top superpower) is now facing an eventual decline of control over these maritime “choke points.” I love how this documentary really gets down to exposing and discussing some of the most CRUCIAL POINTS that explain how the affairs of our world work. The politics, feuds, and alliances between and among key nation players are really explained well in this film. Kudos to the directors and researchers!

(Tsk, I should have taken notes while watching this earlier.)
PS: I tried looking online for a copy of this film but failed to see any. It may be possible to catch a replay of this documentary in Al Jazeera English. This film was made by Alexandre Trudeau and Jonathan Pedneault and is also entitled as “The New Great Game.”

PPS: If you want to catch this in AJE, a replay might be shown during these times. Accordingly: “Al Jazeera World can be seen each week at the following times GMT: Tuesday: 2000; Wednesday: 1200; Thursday: 0100; Friday: 0600; Saturday: 2000; Sunday: 1200; Monday: 0100; Tuesday: 0600.”


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!”


(Read more: Bosnia to bury 409 Srebrenica victims)

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.”

Thoughts: Herbaria “Fears” Commercial

While it is creative, I wonder whether this advertisement sends its message across well. To “drown your fears with a cup of soothing tea” may indeed be a good message to send but I’m not sure whether this commercial does just that. If eerie shots are shown, with no clear resolution of calmness right after–for as you can see, this might still disturb, scare, or haunt some viewers–the ad may fail in creating a positive connection with its target market.

Personally, I like how cinematic this ad looks, along with the dream-like portrayal of the tea bag drowning one’s fear. The bloody-like contamination of the water, which you can say is the tea bag filling your cup, is also an exquisite shot. When you usually think of tea, most ads produced are “calm”, “peaceful” and “soothing”. This ad, however, with its ghastly music bed, is its complete opposite. Think it works?

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.”