We can all stomach endless grainy video images of boatloads of people drowning in the sea.
Yes, we’ll huff and puff a bit about how awful it is, but then we quickly get back to our own comparatively comfortable, non-drowning lives.
Yet one pin-sharp image of a three-year-old boy washed up on the shoreline and we stop and shudder in collective horror.
A horror that lingers, that cuts deep into our consciousness, that is far harder to casually etch from the mind.
I can’t stop thinking about Aylan Kurdi and I’m damn sure you can’t either if you’ve seen the photo.
Not the one of him being carried away by the Turkish police officer, because that conveys an air of humanity and kindness.
No, the photo I can’t stop thinking about it is the one of Aylan lying face down on the edge of the water.
His small dead body being lapped by the cold surf.
His soaking red T-shirt pulled half way up.
His pants crunched.
His tiny shoes baring their sodden soles to the sky.
Further down the beach lay his brother Galip, aged just five.
Their mother is also believed to have perished.
In total, 12 Syrian refugees lost their lives in this tragedy.
They’d been packed onto a tiny boat that set off from Bodrum in Turkey for Kos in Greece, a hazardous 5km journey that represented their best chance of reaching Europe.
Aylan’s family fled Kobane in Syria last year to escape the Islamic State, a group that delights in beheading, torturing, shooting and setting fire to anyone that displeases them.
And a group that wouldn’t now have such an iron grip in Syria were it not for the appalling, shockingly shameful decision by the United States and its chief ally Britain to invade Iraq in 2003 with lies and deception (actual reason for invasion – OIL) – the war that started the region’s slide into barbarity.
The barbarity Aylan and his family were trying to flee.
They, and millions like them in Syria, aren’t ‘migrants’, as so many ill-informed people on social media seem to think, and as some in mainstream media disingenuously encourage us to think.
They’re not trying to pursue a better economic life for themselves, something which is perfectly acceptable but which should be liable to strict immigration checks and balances.
No, they’re trying to save their lives.
They’re fleeing a country so ravaged by five years of war that it now resembles an inferno of hell.
Sixty per cent of all the refugees met by the International Rescue Committee on the Greek Islands are from Syria.
They are refugees in the purest sense of that word.
People so desperate that they will risk death to seek sanctuary.
Imagine being Aylan’s parents as they paid their last savings over to some cut-throat mercenary in a final effort to make their kids safe again.
I have four children and if I had been in that situation, I’d have done exactly the same. Hoping and praying that if I made it to Greece, then somebody with a heart would help us.
Where is our heart now?
What have we become if we can’t deal with this tidal wave of despair?
Let’s be clear: we have a moral, ethical and legal duty to help them.
Syria is not one country’s nor one continent’s problem.
It’s everyone’s problem.
The repercussions of that conflict have had a direct impact on the security and finances of everywhere else in the world.
So what are we all doing about it?
Britain has taken in just a few hundred Syrian refugees so far, and Prime Minister David Cameron seems shamefully reluctant to increase that commitment.
This from a nation that went to war in Iraq on the spurious trumped up pretext of Saddam Hussein having WMDs. A totally unnecessary war that stirred up the hornet’s nest out of which ISIS and its barbaric ilk have emerged and thrived.
WE are thus largely to blame for this fiasco, and WE must take responsibility for the innocent victims of it.
America is just as culpable.
Since the Syrian conflict started, the United States has taken precisely 1,234 refugees.
Think about that for a moment. In fact, think about it for several long moments.
Because it’s an absolute bloody disgrace.
These people are fleeing the very mayhem which America and Britain helped create.
Yet neither the UK nor U.S. governments seem to give a damn about them.
The US State Department announced last week a new target of taking in up to 8,000 Syrian refugees in 2016.
To which my response is: PATHETIC.
Compare and contrast to Germany, the most powerful country in Europe.
It has pledged to take in 800,000.
That’s 100 times as many as the world’s most powerful country.
And that’s called proper leadership in the face of one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our times.
Cameron and Obama love to act the big brave boys on the global stage when it comes to standing up to terrorism.
They’ll order fighter jets and drones to rain down bombs on people’s heads.
Yet when it comes to stopping little children dying as they try and escape both the same terrorism and the military efforts to combat it, the same two men have shown themselves to be little more than timid, callous cowards.
Today, there is as much fevered debate about whether news organisations should have published the image of Aylan as there is as to what caused him to be dead in the first place.
We saw the same argument last week when a young female TV journalist and her cameraman were shot dead live on air.
‘We can’t publish the pictures because they are too horrendous!’ came the cry.
Yet that’s exactly why we should publish them.
As with that diabolical ISIS video of them setting on fire and killing a Jordanian pilot trapped in a cage, sometimes we need to SEE the full horror to fully understand it and be shocked enough to act on it.
The civil rights movement changed irrevocably in the ‘50s when a young black boy named Emmet Till was brutally mutilated and murdered by the Ku Klux Klan and his mother insisted on a public funeral with an open casket, allowing the world to see exactly what these evil bastards had done to her son.
I believe that if Americans had been allowed to see images from inside Sandy Hook school after the massacre of 20 young children in 2012, then new draconian gun laws would have been implemented within months.
(One family member told me each child was shot three to 11 times and each bullet wound was the size of a golf ball. Think the NRA could spin their way out of those pictures?)
Dramatic pictures have always told a thousand words, sometimes a million.
And this one of Aylan Kurdi is no different.
Look at it, digest it, recoil from it, get angered by it, shed a tear over it, and demand action from your politicians across the globe.
We owe it to Aylan to stop this cruel madness, and to stop it fast.
Because if we don’t, many more young kids will be washed up on the shores.
And their fresh young blood will be on all our hands.
Are Muslims Barbaric and Violent as the Media portrays?
And Again….Where To Draw The Line?
Please be sincere and honest to yourself first… you will never uncover the oppression and lies of the media against Islam and the Muslims unless you keep aside the preconceived notions about Islam that you have been spoon fed for several decades through the Media..
I know very well that most of you hate Muslims and Islam from the depths of your hearts.We dont blame you for that!
We, as Muslims are partially to take the blame for our horrible behavior and unworthy character that many of us have portrayed to you…The other half of the blame goes to the Media (ABC,BBC,CNN,Al Jazeera ,etc) on how they portray us to fulfill their well sponsored Agenda.
If you are sincere in clearing the dust off your eyes about Islam and Muslims, please do not judge Islam by the actions of the Muslims.
Muslims, by definition, are a group of human beings who are mostly born to parents who are Muslims or have Muslim names. They don’t necessarily represent the teachings of Islam.
In every community, there are Black Sheeps. But the Media, takes the Black Sheeps among the Muslims, portrays them in big screens and says to you – ” Look! This is how All Muslims are!”
So if you want to clear off the dust and look at Islam as it sincerely is..please read the Quran ( Islamic scripture). If you can, please get a copy of the Quran with translation of whichever language you speak best, at any authentic Islamic book stores around your place or ask your Muslim friend for a copy. If you are unable to get one, then please visit any authentic Islamic websites which includes –
Nowadays hardly we come across parties, get togethers and meetings without vine, beer and other alcoholic drinks…
But is the little enjoyment and entertainment we get from drinking, worth the shot?!
lets find it out…..
Alcoholism and chronic use of alcohol are associated with numerous medical, psychiatric, social, and family problems.
Family members, including children, exposed to a first-degree relative’s alcohol problem are at risk for problems.
Children of parents with alcohol addiction, for example, show higher rates of alcoholism than children who do not have parents with an alcohol addiction.
It is important for social workers to keep in mind that alcohol and alcohol problems affect the health, safety, and well-being of themselves and those around them.
Lets see how alcohol affect you and those around you.
First let see how does your body react to alcohol!
BENEFITS TO YOUR BODY
Consumption of 355ml of beer or 25ml of spirit/ a glass of vine per day is beneficial to health.
It does have a positive impact on cardiovascular health.
Reduces the chance of Diabetes.
Reduces the chance of blood clots formation in the blood thus preventing strokes and heart attacks.
Note –“ Even so, the evidence about the possible health benefits of alcohol isn’t certain, and alcohol may not benefit everyone who drinks” – MayoClinic
Harmful effects to your body
Surely a picture can say a thousand words…
Drinking too much alcohol can also considerably increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the:
Immune System: Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease. Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who do not drink too much. Drinking a lot on a single occasion slows your body’s ability to ward off infections – even up to 24 hours after getting drunk.
Harmful effects to the society (in US alone)
Alcohol related crashes kills one person every 22 minutes. This does not only affect the alcoholic drivers but how many more innocent lives do they take by crashing into other vehicles and people?
105,000 alcohol related deaths annually due to drunken drivers and alcohol related injuries and disease.
Alcohol related accidents are the leading cause of deaths among young people.
Drunk drivers are responsible for 1/2 of highway fatal injuries.
Rape – More than 1/2 of rapists had been drunk while commiting the vile act.
Child abuse – mothers convicted are 3 times more likely to be alcoholics – fathers 10 times more likely. Hence destruction of family..Guess what’s going to happen to these children when they grow up?
Suicide – Up to 36% of victims were drinking just before. The suicide rate of alcoholics is 30 times that of the general population.
Heavy drinking is involved in 60% of violent crimes, 30% of suicides, and 80% of fire and drowning accidents.
9% of 1,000 live births have fetal alcohol syndrome.
God says in the Quran about alcohollic drinks –
They ask thee concerning alcoholic drinks and gambling. Say: “In them is great harm, and some benefit, for men; but the harm is greater than the benefit.” They ask thee how much they are to spend; Say: “What is beyond your needs”. Thus does God make clear to you the Signs, in order that ye may give thought– (Quran – 2:219)
Yvonne Ridley (born 23 April 1958) is a British journalist and Respect Party activist best known for her capture by the Taliban and subsequent conversion to Islam after release. Yvonne Ridley has, among others, worked for Press TV news channel.
Yvonne Ridley attended the London College of Printing. As a journalist, she has written for The Sunday Times, The Independent on Sunday, The Observer, The Mirror and the News of the World. She was deputy editor of Wales on Sunday and was chief reporter when the Sunday Express sent her to Afghanistan after 9/11 event. She has also delivered lectures on issues relating to Iraq, Israel, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Kashmir and Uzbekistan, Women in Islam, the War on Terror and journalism at universities across the United States of America, Australia, South Africa and the Middle East. She has written two books called In The Hands of the Taliban and Ticket to Paradise.
Yvonne Ridley is a patron of the UK-based pressure groups Cage-prisoners, the European President of the International Muslim Women’s Union and the Vice President of the European Muslim League based in Milan and Geneva. She is a member of the Stop the War Coalition, at whose rallies she has spoken, and the Respect Party, for whom she has stood in parliamentary elections.
Yvonne Ridley : “… They were bombing and decimating the population for reasons only known to the USA and its Allies. The poor Taliban had no idea why America wished to invade Afghanistan. They had heard of this as a ‘mishap’ but had no idea of the enormity of the tragedy. They did not know of the complexity of the buildings and people jumping out of towers 100 stories high, as they did not have TV’s nor did they know a tower when they were told about it…”
BE INSPIRED, AS YVONNE RIDLEY, A PASSIONATE BRITISH JOURNALIST, DESCRIBES THE STORY OF HOW SHE WAS HELD CAPTIVE BY TALIBAN SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN.
INTIMIDATED BY THEIR PRESENCE, SHE PERSISTED WITH GREAT FIGHTING ZEAL TO RETURN HOME TO HER AWAITING FAMILY. SIT WITH HER IN INTERROGATIONS, WAR TORN AFGHAN JAIL FACILITIES AND THEN SHED TEARS OF SORROW AND JOY AS THIS TOUCHING STORY UNFOLDS. JOIN HER AS SHE CHALLENGES TALIBAN SOLDIERS AND FALSELY LABELED “TERRORISTS”; ONLY TO LATER FALL IN LOVE WITH THEIR CHARACTER, MORALITY, FAITH, COMPASSION, RESPECT AND WAY OF LIFE.
INDULGE YOURSELF IN AN UNTAINTED DEPICTION OF THE TRUE STORY OF AFGHANISTAN AND THE REAL WAR ON TERROR – IN THE EYES OF A WESTERN BORN JOURNALIST WHO WAS IN SEARCH OF THE TRUTH, AND FOUND IT, IN ISLAM… “IN THE HANDS OF THE TALIBAN.”
In the simplest possible terms, globalization is, “A process by which regional economies, societies, and cultures have become integrated through a global network of communication, transportation, and trade.” The term globalization however, has come to encompass a wide variety of meanings to different people.
The term can be stretched as far back as the 15th century in Asia, where some of the first great movements of trade and empire were demonstrated. Today, most people referring to globalization are recognizing issues such as world trade, global financial institutions, global-corporate interests and global-political interests.