While I am here in United States, I am learning more about the political environment. I have always been interested and open to political conversations. It is time to name new candidates in the political parties, I listen many enthusiastic people talking about the nomination of Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party, some supporters talk convinced that she is the most qualified candidate because of her experience. At the same time, Jeb Bush is another potential candidate in the Republican Party, “he is a liberal candidate and will change the face of our country” is stated by other enthusiastic followers. The reality is that these two last names were in the presidency 20 years and potentially other 8 years.
What future awaits the Middle East? This question remains pivotal since the outbreak of the Arab revolutions four years ago. The question keeps popping up as regional developments arise, especially with the decline of democracy and presence of revolutionary forces in most of the Arab countries. The region’s resort to military tools is increasing due to the rise of terrorism, violence, political polarization, decline of charismatic leaders, and lack of support for institutional structures as well as for democratic transitions. In a Middle East where “there is no winner,” we have to answer two vital questions: Is the Arab revolution the reason behind this chaos and collapses? And what are the future scenarios for this inflamed region?
If you are an atlas corps fellow serving in DC, Passport DC is an event that you shouldn’t have any excuse to miss. As an annual celebration of international cultures, it showcases more than 70 embassies in DC with tours of and hundreds of events including street festivals, performances and exhibitions. Visiting 10 countries (embassies) in one day is no longer a dream.
Passport DC 2015 was a whole month-long celebration and the embassy open house is an important part of it, which was split into three weekends – one for Latin America countries, one for Europe, one for Asia, so that you make flexible choices and arrangements.
So, I am a child rights activist. I am an active voice to ensure child rights and protection. I make advocacy campaign for children, I give pressure to the policy makers to formulate policy on child marriage and gender based violence, I stand on rally with other activists to execute crude punishment for the rapist, I clap when a child goes to school without facing tease or any forms of gender based violence from the passers by and I smile when they say, they are enjoying their rights, freedom and choices.
Violent crime in Central America’s Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) has reached shocking levels. Honduras has the world’s highest homicide rate, and El Salvador and Guatemala are not far behind.
In addition to headline-grabbing murder rates, less visible crimes such as extortion and robbery are commonplace. This makes it difficult to start and run businesses or save for the future, deepening the traps of unemployment and poverty that feed violence. Dysfunctional justice and security systems have led to widespread mistrust of government institutions.
Today, we are in a universe that is facing many issues: Thousands of people are suffering, dying, or living under unjust circumstances (I say there is something wrong with the human project). When I look around the world I see many good things going on; people are doing their best to help and support others who are really in need. But, reality always shows us that winners are from the bad side, our rulers are from the bad side or they controlled by the bad side (I say there is something wrong with the human project). More powerful countries show less commitment to reducing their own arms substantially and continue to pursue their own “national interests.” They affect many others around the world. According to Stakeholder International, world military expenditure in 2012 is estimated to have been $1756 billion, representing 2.5 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) or $249 for each person in the world. The total is about 0.4 percent lower in real terms than in 2011, the first fall since 1998. Nonetheless, the total is higher than in any year between the end of World War II and 2010 here(I say there is something wrong with the human project).
Every year on May 17th the International Community (not so much the United States for some reason) celebrates International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, currently known as IDAHOT. The internet, the social networks and media are filled with messages of support for LGBT Rights in all the languages and in all forms of digital expression. In some countries like in El Salvador there are marches, rallies and protests advocating for structural change in a system that discriminates because of sexual orientation or gender identity.
This Blog covers some of the questions you may have about IDAHOT.
“Loneliness doesn’t come from having no one around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that are important to you.” Carl Jung
Expression is freedom. Some say we are water, some say we are flesh and bone, some say we are other things, but I don’t think we can disagree with the notion that we are all, at the end of the day, stories. Their words push us into motion every day. Sometimes we do not understand what they want from us or why we feel or do as we do. Perhaps sometimes we feel our story is not worth being listened to, and that derives to a profound feeling of sadness, or echoing loneliness.
Am never a fan of drama series but One Tree Hill was too good to ignore back then! It was an American television series set in the fictional town of Tree Hill in North Carolina following the lives of two half-brothers, Lucas Scott and Nathan Scott who compete for positions on their school’s basketball team and more, the drama around their high school relationships that involved that one particular pretty girl, Peyton Sawyer whose luck never last for the guys would somehow just leave! She was so good at her role that it seemed so real- so real that I always relate it to our life’s journey.
I’ve been in the U.S. for about 4 months now, with each passing day bringing unique (some unexpected) experiences. From families with dogs smiling at you while passing by to people who’re happy to speak with absolute strangers on a road crossing: at the expense of sounding cliched, it feels home away from home!