Nagasaki Never Again!

At exactly this time, 72 years ago, Nagasaki was hit with an atomic bomb. Living in Japan, every year I am reminded of this catastrophe as a siren sounds for a minute throughout the country for a moment of silence, as well as for Hiroshima and the end of World War Two for Japan.

A lot of time has passed since the end of “the war to end all wars,” surprisingly said of World War One. Tragically, sirens are now heard in Japanese school yards for missile evacuation drills (1). Will the bold statement above ever be realised?

I have been to Nagasaki several times, the most memorable of which was with a peace-loving group from the United States of America (2). As I experienced visiting Nagasaki with my homestay family 25 years ago, I wanted them to do the same. Now, every year they head to Nagasaki with their homestay families. Sincere gestures like this one, give me hope that we can overcome any obstacle to achieve mutual understanding between cultures, ultimately delivering eternal peace on earth.

For further information, please read my letter of recognition to them: https://www.facebook.com/hita.natsunobouken/posts/975775339231637.

(1) https://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/17/sirens-blare-as-japan-fearing-north-korea-holds-first-missile-drill.html
(2) http://gracearlington.com/hita-film/

Hiroshima Never Again!

Hiroshima is dear to my heart as I represented AIESEC there many years ago as part of the New Zealand delegation to a Global Youth Village sponsored by the Japanese government.

To memorialise the bombing of Hiroshima, 72 years ago to the day, I would like to encourage you to get involved in an initiative that I am passionate about. A year ago to the day, I made my mind up to establish a connection with the Green Legacy Hiroshima (GLH) initiative. It aims to distribute seeds of trees which survived the atomic bombing there worldwide as symbols of hope and resilience.

I was determined to introduce GLH to my home country of New Zealand as it has had a resolute nuclear-free zone status since 1984 (1). I am moved to announce that, as of today, at precisely this moment, New Zealand, in the city of Dunedin, has officially joined the growing number of countries that are determined to bring about a nuclear free world (2). To quote the words of the Mayor of Dunedin, “Green Legacy Hiroshima is really a show of hope, willing for the whole world to take note and stand, united, against such atrocities for the betterment and peace of our planet now and for future generations.”

More information about Green Legacy Hiroshima is available online at www.unitar.org/greenlegacyhiroshima/

(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_nuclear-free_zone
(2) https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/hiroshima-gingko-seed-its-way / https://www.facebook.com/dunedincitycouncil/posts/1492522617460078 / http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=261bdee5-909e-486f-bf0b-378d9b79d31f

Problem-Reaction-Solution; All from the Same Hands!

Before we jump to any conclusions, let’s see what’s going on behind closed doors. Two books taught me the importance of this. One is “Human Race Get Off Your Knees,” by David Icke. The second is a well-known classic: “1984,” by George Orwell. Generally, we like to talk about world issues, but it’s not like we think about what causes the problem.

I think it’s time I explain the “Problem-Reaction-Solution” title.
Step 1 – Problem: Create a problem (illness, terror, cyber attack, etc.)
Step 2 – Reaction: Create a reaction (validate and spread the “problem” via media or the Internet.)
Step 3 – Solution: Create a solution (sell the solution to people who suffer from the problem you created.)

It may sound like a conspiracy to you, but here are two examples that illustrate what I mean.
Example 1: There are cameras everywhere (streets, malls, stadiums, etc.) to protect people and observe for potential offenders. Makes sense right? People think that having a camera everywhere is beneficial to them, but why are so many locations monitored by cameras like in the book 1984?
Example 2: Swine Flu (H1N1 virus) began in Mexico in 2009 just after a big pharmaceutical company patented the H1N1 vaccine in 2008(2). The virus led to fear among people, and they were vaccinated. Insane amounts of pigs were killed for protection, but then we found out that, actually, even pigs were safe(3). So, maybe it’s that the virus was created in labs by humans.
What do you think? Problem-reaction-solution (or we can say “money”). The motto for this article might be “Mankind is Killing Each Other.”

Written by Oguz Yilmazlar

(1) David Icke-Human Race Get Off Your Knees.
(2)http://www.globalresearch.ca/big-pharma-baxter-files-swine-flu-vaccine-patent-a-year-ahead-of-outbreak/14430
(3)http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2009/04/are_pigs_dying_of_swine_flu_too.html

“Bomb The World”

More often songs can contain and explain perfectly the feelings of humans, nations, and the world. This song from Michael Franti sums up perfectly what was (released in 2003.) and still is happening today. Give it a read…

“I don’t understand the reason why

You tellin’ us all that we need to unify

Rally round the flag

And beat the drums of war

Sing the same old songs

Ya know we heard ’em all before

You tellin’ me it’s unpatriotic

But I call it what I see it

When I see it’s idiotic

The tears of one mother

Are the same as any other

Drop food on the kids

While you’re murderin’ their fathers

But don’t bother to show it on CNN

Brothers and sisters don’t believe them

It’s not a war against evil

It’s really just revenge

Engaged by the poorest by the same rich men

Fight terrorists wherever they be found

But why you not bombing Tim McVeigh’s hometown?

You can say what you want propaganda television

But all bombing is terrorism

We can chase down all our enemies

Bring them to their knees

We can bomb the world to pieces

But we can’t bomb it into peace

Whoa we may even find a solution

To hunger and disease

We can bomb the world to pieces

But we can’t bomb it into peace

911

Fire in the skies

Many people died

And no one even really knows why

They tellin’ lies of division and fear

We yelled and cried

No one listened for years

But like, “who put us here?”

And who’s responsible?

Well, there’s no debatin’

Cause if they ask me I say

It’s big corporations

World trade organisation

Tri-lateral action

International sanctions, Satan

Seems like it’ll be an endless price tag

Of wars tremendous

And most disturbingly

The death toll is so horrendous

So I send this to those

Who say they defend us

Send us into harm’s way

We should all make a remembrance that

This is bigger than terrorism

Blood is blood is blood and um

Love is true vision

Who will listen?

How many songs it takes for you to see

You can bomb the world to pieces

You can’t bomb it into peace

Power to the peaceful

And I say, love to the people y’all

Power to the peaceful

And I say, love to the people y’all”

M.Franti

Did any of the lines catch your attention? Which one? Why?

Written by Petra Cvetanovic

http://www.songlyrics.com/michael-franti-spearhead/bomb-the-world-armageddon-version-feat-radioactive-ledisi-lyrics/

 

Equal Rights For All

LGBT (or sometimes LGBTQ) groups have always been fighting for their rights. At the outset of the 20th century, even though homosexual acts were considered taboo and punishable by law in many countries, they persevered. The equal rights movement was nowhere near its current mainstream status.

In recent years, anti-gay trends have been visible in developing countries, but also developed ones. Persisting in the face of these [now] countercultural trends is an indispensable part of the fight for a more inclusive society. There is no single model of fighting for gay rights, and tolerance must come from within local communities. The beginning of change must start at the root—in local perceptions—so that understanding and appreciation of LGBTQ communities can be effective.

Written by Colina Tran

https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/15396/lgbt-inclusion-and-development-november-2014.pdf

Child Assault is Simply Unacceptable.

Recently, the death of a 26-year old female writer from Taiwan has spread throughout China. She chose to hang herself because of the trauma she suffered at the hands of her teacher. Although the incident happened 13 years ago (when she was 13), she continued to be tormented by long-term depression.

This topic raises a heated discussion about child sexual assault. Maybe some of you think of it as a subject far away from us. But, is that true? In 2006, the Institute for Oriental Western Human Sexuality (IOWHS) conducted a survey that interviewed 200 Chinese teenagers. The results found that 19.3% of them experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault at least once before turning 12 years old (verbal harassment 12.5%, touch or kiss breasts or hip 11.2%, touch or kiss genitals 9.8%, expose genitals 7.2%, attempted rape 3.6%, and rape 2.5%).

In 2016 alone, there were 433 cases of child sexual assault (under 14 years old) reported in the news. In short, at least one child is sexually assaulted every day on average. Moreover, officials have identified that the rate of hushed-up cases is something like seven in eight. In other words, for each case that is reported, seven are not. Among these, more than 70% are committed by people with intimate connections, such as elders and teachers. They have a certain stateliness or omnipotence, while parents have no inkling of what they are doing.

What’s worse, in Asia, many parents regard sex as monstrous and sexual education as shameful. Many of us have no idea even how we came to be when we were young. Familial relationships become very strained after parents realise their own child has become a victim. Many of them feel shamed or disgraced and choose to keep silent or even swear their children to secrecy! After being assaulted, a young writer asked her mother, “Mum, what’s your opinion of a student who has been sexually assaulted?” The answer: “That must have happened because the girl was asking for it!” Parents, please! Sexual education for children is never, ever something filthy. It is a protective umbrella for their safety. If a child cannot even describe clearly where he/she has been touched when suffering from sexual assault, how can they get proper protection!

Written by Valentina Tu.

So what could be the missing piece keeping us from lasting peace? Is there something we are just not seeing?

Peace is the essence of us; it is a disposition free of violence and conflict. Obtaining eternal peace on Earth would bring about a state of liberty and happiness for all. All events should run smoothly. However, peace and war have been a focal point throughout history; people have been struggling to avoid unnecessary conflicts on a daily basis. Imagine if you had to cope with disputes every hour of every day? You would end up achieving nothing because you had to solve problems most of the time. The impact on people’s lives only gets worse when larger communities get involved. So what could be the missing piece keeping us from lasting peace? Is there something we’re just not seeing?

Written by Colina Tran

War is Just Beside Us

In the winter of last year, I went to Turkey for an AIESEC volunteer project. Dubbed “Speaking Cafe,” it provides a place for locals to improve their conversational English. There, I met many interesting people. One of them, who was from Yemen, left a lasting impression on me. Unbeknown to me, it would become the first time I realised that war was close to everyone.

My friend, a university student, is safe studying in Kocaeli, Turkey right now. Nonetheless, he had to escape from his homeland to get there! Nowadays, Yemen is isolated with its airports closed so, after he applied for a Turkish government-sponsored scholarship, he had to get to Turkey through Saudi Arabia by bus. This route was doomed to be dangerous as, according to him, Saudi Arabia is afraid of young Yemenis people leaving Yemen and learning the latest technology and knowledge to return home to make Yemen stronger. Not surprisingly, it would be a risk for them. As anticipated, soldiers on the border stopped them and even insulted a girl in their group. Apparently, they were locked in the bus for almost two days without any drink or food until a Turkish officer came to rescue them!

When I asked my friend what the war was like in his country, he told me that there were constant airborne attacks everywhere. Once in Ramadan, an airstrike commenced after he had just finished praying without warning. All his family had to run to the basement where they communicated in complete darkness assuming their final farewells to each other.

My friend could not recall the number of air attacks he had to experience nor speculate how many times his family and compatriots would have to experience them in the future. He is lucky to have come to Turkey to study engineering where he is far away from wars. Notwithstanding, without ample effort to bring about peace to ward off such atrocities, a conflict might break out on your doorstep.

This heartbreaking story opened my eyes to tragic happenings in a fearful world. Have you heard of any similar stories? Maybe the first step to realising how close we are to our neighbours is to speak out about our interactions with them.

Written by Valentina Tu

Nuclear Free Aotearoa (NZ)

Twenty-five years ago, representing my home country at a Global Youth Village sponsored by the government of Japan, I visited Hiroshima. There, I could not help but conclude that the significance of Hiroshima should never be depreciated over time, ever.

Resolutely, given the sensitive nature of geopolitical undercurrents in the Far East, right now–more than ever–is the time to reaffirm the resolve of unwavering forward-thinking peace movements. I am proud to be a citizen of nuclear-free Aotearoa (NZ), a beacon of hope for humanity. It’s consistent message to the world, bolstered by the sincere gesture of honouring home-bred peace activists yesterday, will serve in shedding light on the far-from-endangered elephant in the room: nuclear weapons.

Kiwis who fought for NZ’s Nuclear Free Status reflect on Anniversary

Kiwi to help negotiate United Nations Nuclear Arms Ban

A Humble Solution to a Despairingly Never-Ending Predicament

War and Peace: Two completely different states yet both of them are inseparably related to each other. Sometimes one lightning bolt of a word is enough to spark either of them. Three thousand four hundred documented years of history have passed yet only 236 years of them (1) have been in universal peace. Just 236 years!

Do I want to doubt whether AIESECers can do anything for world peace? I thought a lot about it and found a solution to my dilemma. I want to share it with you. As we know, AIESEC is a non-political organisation that yearns for world peace, and the fulfilment of humankind’s potential yet war and peace are inseparably bound to governments and politicians. So how can we strive for or demand peace if we are not in politics? To be honest, this is the only objection I have of AIESEC. It is similar to not having a job or money but wanting a luxury car. It is as if not being politically active, we do not have the right to wish. At least nobody seems to give the light of day to our concerns.

Here is my solution: We will start by taking a small step and make bigger and bolder strides forward. I propose that AIESEC Alumni International (AAI) establish a new community of people (these people have to have AIESEC values and be experienced members), and who are interested in politics and basic information about history. From each country, experienced members who like politics join this community, too. Every year, 2-3 seminars should be organised by Member Committees as well as 1-2 big congresses by AAI in any country.

In these congresses, we will talk only about world issues especially wars, history, conflicts and how to approach the subject with an AIESEC perspective. We will find solutions and promise to each other that IF I BECOME A POLITICIAN IN MY COUNTRY, I WILL REMEMBER OUR PROMISES AND TRY TO STOP WARS AND BRING ABOUT PEACE. These members will join political parties that endorse our mindset. They will be part of them and slowly, year by year, obtain a leading position. Maybe even mayor, minister, or prime minister. On top of this, they will always have our mindset hardwired into their brain. Imagine having a few countries with AIESECer ministers and prime ministers at the same time. Furthermore, they will keep the promises that they made years ago at an AIESEC congress. They will lead their countries with a peaceful mindset and bring peace to the world.

What do you say? Can it be a solution for world peace? Is it worth a try?

Written by Oguz Yilmazlar

Source:
(1) http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/06/books/chapters/what-every-person-should-know-about-war.html