1955 or 2015?

Bewildering that in 2015, hatred, ignorance and racism continue to prevail to such an extreme extent.

On Tuesday, February 17, 2015 a black man in central Paris was forbidden and repeatedly pushed and blocked from boarding a crowded subway train [Richelieu – Drouot station) due to the color of his skin. The aggressive group of white Chelsea soccer fans pushed the man out of the way while proudly chanting:

“We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it.”

This is immediately reminiscent of the December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks incident, in Montgomery Alabama when public transportation segregation was in full effect. How can anything even remotely similar still occur in our present day and age, considering all our social advances? Not only is this embarrassing for our society it’s truly despicable!

To top it off, a day prior to the Paris subway incident, renown Italian World Cup manager and coach Arrigo Sacchi, firmly stated:

“To see so many coloured players, to see so many foreigners, is an insult to Italian soccer…Italy has no dignity, no pride…”

Coach Sacchi, the insult to our society is YOU, not the talented young ‘coloured’ players that are in fact, of extreme value to your country’s promising soccer teams.

History has proven what this type of xenophobia, extremist and racist mentality can create and cause! It mustn’t be tolerated. EVER!

Watch the viral February 17, 2015 Paris subway incident:

Is Access to Clean, Potable Water a Basic Human Right?

Detroit - Water Shut Off - October 2014

Isn’t it? You would think that in a developed country, such as the United States, having access to clean, potable water would never be an issue. Yet, here we are in 2014 and Detroit has been “aggressively disconnecting the water for non paying customers” since spring, leaving thousands of households without water access. Winter is slowly creeping upon us. Are we really leaving our impoverished children, our single parents and our elderly without water, without such a vital necessity? Why has this been an issue since spring?

Water is a Human Right - Detroit - October 2014

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Teenage Girl Hero: Malala Yousafzai, Youngest Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

‘One child, one teacher, one book & one pen can change the world.’

Malala Yousafzai, 17 is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, announced today, October 10, 2014. Two years prior, in Pakistan, the young teenager was shot in the head by the Taliban due to her resilient campaigning for girls’ education.

Malala Yousafzai

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: ‘The true winners today are the world’s children.’

Shame on you, Sudan!

Mariam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag, a 27-year-old pregnant Sudanese mother is currently locked in Omdurman Women’s Prison, near Khartoum with her 20-month-old son for committing adultery (violation of Article 146 – 1991 Criminal Act – forbidden union between a Muslim woman and a Christian man) and apostasy (Article 126 – 1991 Criminal Act – ‘renunciation of the creed of Islam or public declaration of renunciation’). If she does not renounce her Christian faith by Thursday, May 15, 2014, she will face public flogging for adultery and death for apostasy. Again, Mariam is a 27 year old pregnant mother raised by a Christian Ethiopian Orthodox mother (her Muslim Sudanese father abandoned the family when Mariam was 6 years old) and has been married since 2012 to Dr. Daniel Wani, a US Citizen Sudanese Christian doctor. Despite all this evidence, Sudanese authorities insist she is in fact Muslim.

Mariam Yahya Ibrahi Ishag

Her religion and her husband’s religion are her only crimes and for this she faces death!

Stoning in Sudan

This case is unique in Sudan.

 We call upon the government of Sudan to respect the right to freedom of religion, including one’s right to change one’s faith or beliefs…approach Ms Mariam’s case with justice and compassion that is in keeping with the values of the Sudanese people – the embassies of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands said in a joint statement.

woman whipped by police in SudanFlogging Whip

“It’s not only Sudan. In Saudi Arabia, in all the Muslim countries, it is not allowed at all for a Muslim to change his religion.” –  Ahmed Bilal Osman, Sudan’s Information minister.

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URGENT! PLEASE put a STOP to this injustice by writing to the Sudanese Embassy!

Save Mariam! 




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Bring Back Our Girls!

April 15, 2014, north-eastern Nigeria; almost 300 young girls are viciously abducted in the middle of the night from their boarding school and the building set on fire. In a region in which the rate of female high school graduates is as low as 8%, in a region, which has been in a state of emergency for a year due to consecutive terrorist attacks, these 300 young girls risked their lives by daring to be educated.

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These brave students knew that the only way they could escape a future of violence and poverty was through education.

Access to education is a basic right and an unconscionable reason to target innocent girls. We must stand up to terrorism. #BringBackOurGirls.” Hillary Clinton

Nigeria - Chibok   Members of the Muslim extremist group Boko Haram (Western Education is a Sin) have been relentless in their fight against education. Last year alone, over 50 Nigerian schools were destroyed by militants. Bring Back Our Girls - 1Bring Back Our Girls - 4

Boko Haram is selling these young, educated girls into sexual slavery, auctioning them off for as little as $12. Is this really happening in 2014? Young girls unable to attend school safely, parents and relatives sending their children to school in fear… This isn’t a period piece, an old movie, an old documentary. This is happening right now and it is truly unfathomable!

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Now, almost three weeks later, what have we done to ‘bring back our girls’? The parents and relatives of these young girls are absolutely outraged at the lack of commitment demonstrated by President Goodluck Jonathan’s corrupt Nigerian government. We must pressure the Nigerian government, we must pressure all the nations of the world to step forth and put a stop to human trafficking, to sexual slavery, to violence and to inaccessible education for young girls.


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Terrorist leaders are educated, smart individuals, fully aware that the power of education is absolute!

We cannot allow anyone to interfere with the education of our youth! We must speak up!


Bring Back Our Girls    https://www.facebook.com/bringbackourgirls


April 4 – International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

The United Nations has a proud record of helping millions of people in mine-affected countries. On this International Day, let us resolve to mobilize the resources, partners and resolve we need to further advance our vision of a planet free from mines.”  –  United Nations Secretary – General Ban Ki-moon


In 2005, the UN General Assembly has declared April 4 the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

Millions of landmines and UXOs (unexploded ordnances) exist in over 60, mostly poverty stricken post war countries around the globe, causing the tragic death of over 15, 000 mostly civilian victims, including children, adolescents and women. Physical injuries are extremely severe, such as loss of vision, hearing and loss of limbs.

War Affected Children

However, the injuries are not merely physical. Imagine the mental state of a landmine victim. Injured male victims can no longer work to provide for their families. Injured children can no longer continue their education and lose hope of a better future. Injured women can no longer take care of their household and their families. The previously agriculturally rich land can no longer produce crops and feed its inhabitants. Clearly, it severely affects the victims, physically, mentally and socially. Note that the casualty number is merely a low estimate, as many injuries and deaths are not reported. Considering our current technology, the United Nations estimates another 1,100 years for the complete global clearing of landmines.


April 4 brings renewed awareness and interest in this critical problem. The high number of deaths and the even higher number of casualties is unacceptable!

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Mine action aims to bring safety to those that live in landmine areas. Mine action aims to discard the world of landmines. Mine action aims to provide counsel to victims and their families and educate in order to promote safety and action.


How can people create a new life in countries recovering from war and conflict when they face the danger of landmines? How can children walk to school safely when they face the danger of landmines? How can women go to the market when they face the danger of landmines? How can men go to work and provide for their families when they face the danger of landmines? Imagine living in constant fear not only for yourself but for your family, your loved ones and your land.

Countries with the highest number of landmines: 

1. Egypt – over 23 million

2. Iran – over 16 million

3. Angola – over 15 million

4. Afghanistan – over 10 million

5. Iraq – over 10 million


International Campaign to Ban Landmines ICBL  https://www.icbl.org/intro.php

United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs http://www.un.org/disarmament/convarms/landmines/