Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Last week on June 25th, I attended a rally for peace in Iran. For the most part, I felt as an outsider. Most of the participants spoke Farsi and had lived in Iran for at least some part of their lives. I have only lived in the United States. As of yet, I haven't been outside of here for any extended period of time. I have studied history and other governments, but I do not know what it is like to live under a truly repressive regime. I admire all of the people who came out to the candlelight vigil. They are speaking out on something in which they believe. I hope their voices are heard.
I believe in these people who speak out. As they continue to work from the inside, I will continue to hold up my candle and not forget about them. What will you do?
Friday, June 19, 2009
I have come to view this situation with a unique perspective. I am not a layperson. I have a BA degree in International Relations specializing in Political Science. I interned at Americans for Democratic Action the summer before my senior year. I know how things work in Washington, DC. Still, I would not call myself an expert, at least, not yet. I will be starting my Master's this fall in Political Science and specializing in International Studies. Iran has been, at best, politically erratic for the past thirty years, especially when it comes with dealing with the United States. This is why as a government, the United States, must tread very carefully. It was thirty years ago when US citizens were taken hostage in Tehran. This was a direct result of the US openly supporting a corrupt regime. Now, President Obama must not appear to take sides in Iran's presidential elections. This could prove very dangerous for the United States and it's allies. North Korea is also stretching it's arms to see how far it can reach. With the incarceration of Laura Ling & Euna Lee and the threat of sending missiles toward Hawaii, North Korea is becoming increasingly unstable. Many believe it is because Kim Jong Il is dying, and his replacement, his son Kim Jong Un, must prove his mettle. With lack of better information, it seems that this theory is the most appropriate one. Still, the US should not view the situation with Iran as separate from the situation with North Korea. My instinct says that these are intertwined. If elections are not re held in Iran, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad remains in power, then North Korea will find a dangerous ally. At best, the situation would become explosive. At worst, well, you can use your imagination. The US government, for the time being, must continue to remain silent and not take sides in the internal affairs of Iran. It would be dangerous and very costly to do so. At the same time, US citizens should continue to help protesting Iranian citizens to spread news about what is going on there. We are all humans in this world. We should do what humans do best: help each other.
Below is a link to Nico Pitney's liveblogg on Huffington Post. Stay informed... It is critical.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
1)Laura Ling & Euna Lee
The North Korean government released information at about 1am eastern standard time this morning that Laura Ling & Euna Lee received a sentence of 12 years of labor prison for undisclosed "crimes against the state." What a load of horse bull! It appears that the North Korean government is using these women as pawns in their pursuit of nuclear arms and so forth. I know that this is all part of the diplomacy game, but that doesn't make it right. These women are human beings and deserve to be treated as such. On top of everything else, Al Gore seems strangely silent regarding his two employees. Yes, these two women work for him at Current TV. It amazes me that this has not had more attention. Citizens should be screaming from the Atlantic to the Pacific. I don't know about anyone else, but I will be calling and emailing people in our government and in the United Nations tomorrow. Something must be done. This situation is akind to a hostage situation. North Korea has taken two of our citizens. We want them back!
2)websites of note
Op-Ed: "Don't fall for North Korea's Trap"
Incidence of Rape in Democratic Republic of Congo Soaring
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Right-wing’s hijacking of ‘racism’ unfunny
Victims of trafficking need more than words
Lakhdar Boumediene: I was tortured at Guantanamo
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
I will be starting graduate school this fall at University of Central Florida. I feel I am standing on the threshold of real change in my life. I will be studying International Studies in the Political Science department, but my focus will be on the study of Human Rights. It took me a while to come to this point. It almost feels I have come full circle, but this time I know where I want to go and what I want to do. Fighting for Human Rights is my real passion. And so, this blog is going to document my journey fighting for people who either have lost their voice or never had a voice of which to speak. I will be posting different stories, videos, and articles to help keep anyone who follows this informed about what is going on in the world outside. This will also follow my own personal journey through the pursuit of my master's at UCF and hopefully, of my Ph.D. at a school yet to be determined. I am excited about what's to come. The presipice of real change is at my feet. Let's jump in...