If data is the next black gold, can it pollute, spill, and poison like crude oil?

If data is the next black gold, can it pollute, spill, and poison like crude oil?

I use a number of technology platforms to stay in contact with my global AIESEC friends. Most of these platforms are offered free to the user. When they are free to me, access to me and my data is the service. As AIESEC alumni, we can be the change we want to see in the world. What do we want the future of our data to be?

Drafted by Chris Gassman

#SDG16 #Trust #Oil




Remembering the Battle of Gallipoli on ANZAC Day

Remembering the Battle of Gallipoli on ANZAC Day

In previous articles, I have already written about the wrong and immoral sides of wars a few times. This article will be different:

At the time I wrote this article, the 18th of March was getting close. And that reminded me of the Battle of Gallipoli a.k.a the last gentlemen’s war (now Çanakkale City on the west side of Turkey).

In my opinion, even though the ANZAC attackers (Australia, New Zealand Army Corps) were part of the Allied Powers, they had no idea why they were brought to Gallipoli from miles away. The defenders (Ottoman Turks) had hardly any economic might but had the spirit to defend their lands.

Days, weeks and months passed slowly, illnesses, lost hopes, death enclosed Gallipoli. One side lost, one won the war, but can a war build a bridge of friendship spanning thousands of kilometres? Can a battlefield be a place for sharing items like food and tobacco? Do attackers and defenders carry each other’s wounded soldiers and help them recover? Even years later, can opposing sides meet in the same place and hug each other?

It’s called “the last gentlemen’s war” because all these things happened during and after it. When the battle paused, both sides (Ottoman/ANZAC) helped each other to carry their wounded soldiers to an infirmary. ANZACs shared their bread even if they had less to offer and got a meal and some tobacco from Turks in return. They shared whatever they had, feelings, tears, longing, sadness, maybe even happiness.

This battle raised awareness on both sides: ANZACs realised that they could govern their respective nations independently, Turks realised that they still could defeat others.

In Turkey still, the 18th of March is celebrated as a significant victory, and the 25th of April is ANZAC day, a public holiday in New Zealand and Australia. Great-grandchildren of ANZAC soldiers visit Turkey from miles away to remember that day and pray that it never happens again.

Have you ever observed an aftereffect of war where an “enemy” visits that country and conducts a service to mark the day annually?

Could you ever conceive that a commander of an army could say the following about the “enemy”?

“Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives … You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours. You, the mothers who sent their sons from faraway countries, wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well” —Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

The 18th of March is almost upon us; I would like to remember those soldiers who fought and died for an aim gentlemanly. R.I.P all. Let such heartfelt ceremonies help bring about eternal peace to the world.

Drafted by Oguz Yilmazlar


Was Everything Already Planned?

Was Everything Already Planned?

A few books I have read (Human Race, Get Off On Your Knees, The Lion Sleeps No More by David Icke, Rothschild Family/Rockefeller Family by Ali Kuzu, 2050 by David Passig Nita Kurrant etc.) shocked me touching on what lies beneath our lives.

Are we all living a planned life conceived by someone else?

These books talk about a thing called the “New World Order.”

The NWO aims for one global realm void of self-governing states. Everything will be controlled by “one hand.” At present, humanity numbers seven billion, but with the NWO we would only number two billion. If you are not elite enough, in one way or another, you will “be removed.” Pardon me for circulating conspiracy theories, but maybe this is the reason for world wars and all other small ones, just to manage the population?

Not only war but another one of the most significant problems of this era may be the illness cancer. I believe humans, either advertently or inadvertently, created the disease. Even if someone finds a cure for it, he/she would be in trouble for doing so!

Similarly, according to the authors, some political leaders serve the NWO, while others against it are “transferred.”

Underprivileged people must die to make someone else more “productive.” That’s why in wars disadvantaged people often become cannon fodder. Meanwhile, weapon traders earn a lot of money.

Social media is helpful, but there is another side to it. People in emerging countries can easily follow from afar the state of other nations and compare living conditions causing resentment.

Maybe just the tendency to create more and more prominent unions is a sign of things to come. I mean arrangements like the African Union or European Union which may lock heads with each other in the distant future. The ultimate aim appears to be to establish one world order without independent nations and tribes, and people of this state will be owned, controlled, watched, and directed by it as in George Orwell’s book 1984 published years ago.

I also strongly suggest you read Nostradamus’s prophecies. Even though he lived in the 16th century, he prophesied WW3 which may very well pave the way for the NWO.

Will our generation gain such foresight like in the books mentioned, or laugh them off into antiquity?

Should we be concerned at all about such conspiracies or remain complacent and keep our heads down?

Drafted by Oguz Yilmazlar

This Land is Mine

War is a big game of life and death. It is a global game that we have been unable to avoid since the dawn of the first era. As long as humanity subsists, this game will continue.

Contrasts confront war: day/night, summer/winter, dry/wet, heavy/light, life/death…

All of us appear to hope for eternal peace, but is it enough to just wish for it? To be blunt, I do not think so. So, what is there to do about this seemingly endless predicament? How many generations will continue to confront war face-to-face?

Or, will we accept it as a necessary part of life, like taking a breath or eating?

There are many more issues to write about on this topic, but I prefer to stop here and get you to watch the video clip below. It will shed light on the darkest of dilemmas.

– Oguz Yilmazlar

Treating the Symptoms

Too often, we’ll look at a problem and look for superficial solutions instead of treating the root cause of the disease. This is an issue that permeates many industries, not just the medical one. Short-term results are sought in business for profits, politics for votes, standardized tests for bonuses, and more.

Our communities and leaders have opted for short-term results at the expense of the long-term benefits of holistic problem-solving. The majority of us who live and interact with our communities understand that it’s those very same communities that will enrich future generations. How does that translate at the decision-making level? My guess is that it doesn’t, at least not very well.

While building up communities makes sense in theory, what do the economics say? Well, take a look at how we incentivize our leaders, and it becomes easy to see why our system struggles to effect change. We are acting only by considering ourselves and our present situation, while long- term plan and project solution proposals can affect future generations. Wall Street incentivizes quarterly gains instead of sustainable growth; votes are rewarded for impulse decisions instead of the long-term benefit to citizens; Big Pharma regularly crosses ethical lines with doctors—which then affects our care.

Until we take a hard look at how we encourage and compensate decision making, how much can we really expect decisions to change?

Drafted by Julian Legrand

Water Wars

Can Hybrid Cars Stop the War in the Middle East?

You might ask “what’s the relevance?”

Since oil was discovered in the Middle East at the beginning of the 20th century, countless tears and blood have been spilt in its name. Seemingly, Superpowers are continuously racing to get even one more litre oil. No one seems to care about the local lives lost, not even their political leaders.

Alright, so we need oil for our cars, but can’t we get it without the fight?

Thanks to new technology, hybrid car development has grown exponentially. Hybrid cars are less noisy, cleaner, and will become cheaper when we have enough infrastructure. We know that some developed countries like Germany are working on hybrid vehicles and the infrastructure to support them. They are planning to have more hybrids than petrol cars on the road by 2030(1).

So now, is it plausible to think that hybrid car technology will stop the bloodshed in the Middle East? Maybe not, but perhaps it can ease some of the pain. We might even say “yes!” but there is another problem. How do you generate electricity? Water. Even if 70% of the planet is covered in water, only 1% of it is easily accessible.

The Middle East is the most water-scarce region in the world because of the climate, but there are three long rivers: the Tigris, Euphrates, and Nile. These three sustainers of life have been providing water to the region for centuries. They are so essential that their importance is often highlighted in holy books. These rivers direct people’s life, lifestyles, production, consumption, and tastes; in other words, everything about their existence.

As I wrote, as hybrid cars become more popular every year, we will need sources to generate the electricity for them. It’s possible the Middle East will be a region where superpowers will focus on once again. And, as some political specialists say, the scarcity of water there can start a conflict(2).

So, it seems like shortly the new cause of the conflict might be water instead of petrol. Now that’s a scary thought. How can AIESECers step up to the plate and alleviate such tension?

Drafted by Oguz Yilmazlar

(1) http://www.hybridcars.com/german-official-says-all-new-cars-sold-should-be-emissions-free-by-2030/

(2) https://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2016/09/02/water-scarcity-cooperation-or-conflict-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa/


“Be the Change that You Wish to See in the World” – Mahatma Gandhi.

October 2nd marks the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the world’s symbol of non-violence. It is also the International Day of Non-Violence.

This day is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness.” The resolution reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence.” Some claim that there have been only 26 days of peace in the history of the world—these are defined as days without any war or warlike activities.

We, who live in peaceful countries, take peace for granted and rarely feel the terrible consequences of wars still happening around the world. Thus to end violence and promote peace by 2030, we need to ensure that we are accountable for the changes we want to see. Each of us must become ambassadors of non-violence, no matter where we are in this world!

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi.

Drafted by Colina Tran



A Dark Future Predicted by Oracles, Scientists, and Politicians?

In reality, dark or bright, everything is in our hands. It doesn’t take much to tip the balance between choosing either, influencing the future.

Humankind has endured many kinds of wars until now. Face to face with swords and shields, bullets, gunners, tanks, planes, and atom bombs. And now war and political experts are talking about a new way: CYBER WAR!

We have already faced cyber war(1). Some developed countries choose this way to keep an eye on their adversaries and make them weaker, a prelude to further offensive operations. Due to this approach, one faction can corrupt communication from within the other faction, and also weaken morale. Other steps can be done easily, like cutting telephone lines at war in the past, but this is a new way.

Another new way to attack is “HAARP(2),” affecting the ionosphere and creating earthquakes using high frequencies. Not only earthquakes but ocean waves can be influenced, polar ice caps can be melted, and the ozone layer can be degraded to name just a few apocalyptic harbingers of doom – get ready for the world ever more altered by humankind.

In the past, prophets believed that our future was in the hands of God. But, for fear of sounding paranoid, I guess we can assume that not only God is managing our world but “big brother,” and his eyes are on us all the time!

Written by Oguz Yilmazlar

(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_cyberattacks_on_Estonia / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberattacks_during_the_Russo-Georgian_War

(2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foLDKQ00XJc