Thinking of Venezuela – Putting the Puzzle Together

In the last post on Venezuela, I shared some of my thoughts on what is going on in the country and how complex it can be to truly understand such situations through media.  The process is one of mining different media sources for reliable information and insights, and putting all the pieces of a puzzle together.

And just like any puzzle, you cannot go through this process mindlessly.  What I would like to share here is a very simplified framework of analysis that can serve as a guide. Continue reading

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The Ultimate “Local” Activism

Image courtesy of Nujalee / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Nujalee / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Before I post my part 2 on Venezuela, I wanted to get this post out.

While we tend to think of being an activist as something political or for a large social cause (and that is true), it is not the whole picture. To me, an activist is someone that seeks change for the better. It is someone who does not spare her voice for what she believes is right, one that does not settle for the status quo.

And if you think of it, we can apply that to any realm of life.

Yesterday, my friend reached out after she faced a problem at work. She was frustrated because she felt her hard work on a particular project was dismissed, and that the way the decision was made was not logical. While she knew something could have been done, she felt she would not be heard again. “I really don’t care at this point,” she said. Continue reading

Thinking about Venezuela

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the reasons I wanted to launch this blog was the situation in Venezuela.  Over the past few weeks, I have seen countless news articles about people protesting, as well as many disturbing images on social media.

One YouTube video, “What’s Going On in Venezuela in a Nutshell,” made by Andreina Nash (who was born in Valencia, Venezuela, but moved to Florida at the age of nine) had caught an international attention. The video has been widely shared through social media and has been viewed almost 3 million times so far.  I was also first alerted to the situation in Venezuela through this video.

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“Ridding the world of nuclear weapons will take courage”

In examining the issue of nuclear weapons, it is always important to remember their humanitarian consequences. This is not an abstract theory – it is a real threat.

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ICAN closing statement to the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

February 14, 2014

[Ray Acheson of WILPF’s Reaching Critical Will project and a member of ICAN’s International Steering Group, read the following statement during the closing session of the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Nayarit, Mexico.]

Ray Acheson speaks on behalf of ICAN Ray Acheson speaks on behalf of ICAN

I am speaking on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a coalition of over 350 organisations in 90 countries.

We have been given over the past two days a chilling reminder of what nuclear weapons are, and what they do.

They do not bring security. They bring death and destruction on a scale that cannot be justified for any reason.

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Nice to meet you!

Be the Change“Dialogue is an adventure, an adventure available to anyone. And sometimes it’s an adventure whose outcome can change history.”
— Daisaku Ikeda

I wanted to start this blog to inspire and empower people. Our society today faces many issues, and at times it is so easy to feel powerless. But there is always a way to take action.

What does an ideal future look like? To me, it is where each person can truly express his or her full potential. It is where we value the dignity of life more than anything else. And creating a better future requires that we become better people. It means to me that each of us determine to live our values and principles everyday.

To me what connects the two, the macro of society and the micro of individual, is the principle of nonviolence and nonviolent action. By creating social movements for change, we return the power to where it should belong: the people.  People are sovereign.

I hope I can make a small contribution in providing a space for dialogue, where we can seek solutions and together “change history.”