High on the Hague: the Philippines in Deep Waters following the High Court Ruling


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Chinese citizens took to the streets last week to protest KFC, Apple and McDonald’s following an international court ruling attempting to resolve a longstanding land dispute in the South China Sea between the Philippines and China. The Hague court’s landmark case ruled in favor of the Philippines, deciding that the area in dispute fell within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.  So what does KFC, Apple and McDonald’s have to do with the Philippines and their exclusive economic zone exactly?  Well, it all stems from China’s accusation that the United States has instigated and embroiled an already heated dispute over what is known as the Scarborough Shoal off the coast of the Philippines.

While the U.S. has stated that its bolstered presence in the region has only been to re-establish a balance of power between neighbors, the Chinese response to the U.S. and more recently, the Hague have been less than desirable.  Chinese citizens are now protesting and demanding that U.S. companies like KFC and McDonald’s be immediately removed from the country, while simultaneously calling for the boycott of all imported Philippines products. The Chinese government was quick to comment on the situation, publicly denouncing the protests, referring to them as “jingoistic and ultimately a bad representation of national patriotism”, but while their public statements condemn the protests, China’s contradictory political maneuverings have long engaged in dissident behavior towards the West and their Southeast Asian neighbors.

While China’s political maneuverings this week are focused on the Philippines, they are not the only country whose borders have been encroached upon by the Chinese.  Most of Southeast Asia including Japan has been disputing the territories that fall within what is known as China’s “Nine Dash Line”.  A seemingly arbitrary line spanning across the entirety of the South China Sea, a line whose creation was solely determined by the Chinese government in 1947, but has still yet to be corroborated by the international community.  China’s Nine Dash line challenges not only the geographic claims of it’s neighbors but in addition, it also challenges international maritime law, both of which serve to illustrate China’s consistent record of disregard and disrespect for both international law and the international community at large.

Despite China’s blatant disregard for the international community the question still remains, what exactly is driving the dispute?  Why all the attention to a series of uninhabitable land masses in the middle of the South China sea?  The Philippines has suggested that the region is rich in oil, giving better insight into China’s recent obsession with the area.  Despite the apparent economic gain there is still no international consensus concerning the ownership of the area and the Hague court’s recent ruling ultimately calls into question China’s claims, inevitably having lasting implications for the other regional disputes in the South China Sea.

Not surprisingly though, China’s government officials were quick to denounce the Hague court rulings, explaining they would “not accept, not participate and not recognize” the legal proceedings of the court, referring to the arbitration and the court as an illegitimate tribunal whose findings are of no real consequence. It is clear that no matter whether China is silencing citizen protests or disregarding the legal claims of international neighbors, they consistently show their disdain for dissenting opinions, while stubbornly maintaining their own. The question plaguing the U.S. and the Philippines right now is to what lengths will China go to maintain control of the disputed regions within the nine dash line?

Over the weekend reports coming out of the the Philippines shed further light on China’s intentions concerning the dispute over the Scarborough Shoal.  The Governor of Zambales in the Philippines,  Amor Deloso told the Manila Bulletin Saturday that the Chinese military is currently present in the Sta. Cruz municipality of Zambales.  He went on further to explain that they are inhabiting an area of 500 hectares previously sold to the Chinese, by former Governor Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr. and ever since the Hague ruling, a United States warship has been watching over the area in question.   With an increased Chinese military presence now in and around the Philippines, it is clear how China intends to maintain control of the Scarborough Shoal.  While the future of China’s “Nine Dash line” is unclear, what is clear is how they plan on maintaining their control of it.  China’s increased presence and their unwavering dedication to disputing claims of the waters and land within the South China Sea implies a willingness to escalate if necessary. Whether it be through compromise or conflict, China seems poised to act accordingly, and with the United States in deep waters defending its interests in the region, it would seem that the Philippines may be in the center of a battle far greater than its squabble for the Scarborough Shoal.

 

by: Justin Blush        July 25, 2016

 

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The Idea of Open-Source Politics and Crowd-Sourcing Leadership


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The hallowed halls of a once respected US government are now filled with the hollow promises of an impotent governing class. In a political landscape riddled with indecision, political pageantry and growing despotism, the people are hungry for a leadership that represents them. Instead, we are faced with a corporatocracy – one hellbent on the consolidation of wealth and power rather than the proliferation of freedom and justice.

Believe it or not, there was a time when representative government worked on behalf of its people, but those days have long succumbed to the political distortions of misguided leadership. Thus, the age old questions remain: If it is possible to revitalize the self-governing power potential of the ‘We the People’, then what might be a viable alternative or how might we augment the current system to provide the proper infrastructure for a change of guard? Perhaps by looking to the revolutionary ideas of the internet and the co-creative force of its users and developers we can begin to find answers to those difficult questions.

One of the groundbreaking ideas that the internet has provided is that of open-source development, which promotes the universal access to a product’s design as well as redistribution of that design. This developmental model set by programmers and software developers exemplifies the highest order of free trade, and serves to utilize the best ideas for the overall benefit of the system. If we are to apply a similar model as the framework for government, we begin to see parallels between open-source programming and the ideas put forth by America’s founding fathers.

Unfortunately, the fundamental ideology of the US political system has been absent from view for quite some time. The growing disconnect between the people and their representatives has led to a lag in public representation, thus resulting in a severe lack of people’s interests and ideas being properly expressed by US legislation and leadership.

A recent example of this contrast is illustrated in the debate over the legalization of marijuana, where an overwhelming public support for legalization has not been echoed by the government, nor the legislation regarding the issue. However, the ‘War on Drugs’ is only one of many examples which illustrates the delay we are experiencing in our current democratic process.

In a world where efficiency and speed are essential to human progress, it’s unfortunate that our legislative powers have become cumbersome and inefficient. However, the internet’s crowd-sourcing concept could provide us with the possibility to facilitate some level of autonomy, where the average individual has the ability to exercise their right to self-representation.

The idea of crowd-sourcing was first referenced by Jeff Howe of Wired magazine, and can be best understood as the purposeful re-appropriation of resources for achieving a particular goal by an indeterminate group of individuals.  Much like open-source programming which relies upon a multitude of contributors, so too does crowd-sourcing rely upon the involvement and contributions of the collective.

There are many examples of crowd-sourcing being used throughout the internet today.  Chemists have crowd-sourced protein folding techniques, YouTube has done so with entertainment, Facebook with different language versions of it’s site, while politicians and artists alike have crowd-sourced funding for their campaigns and projects. If this is a successful tool for science, entertainment and finance, could it also be possible to crowd-source political leadership?

Endless possibilities could present themselves once we focus the “spare processing power of millions of human brains” towards the evolution of political representation. For example, a truly participatory system could unfold which no longer relies upon single individuals to represent the will of many, but instead allows all people to become micro-leaders in a process of collective representation. Although this idea may seem farfetched, it’s not far from the framework that helped to build this country’s political system.

The founding fathers believed that public office should be held by its citizens, to act as contributors as well as beneficiaries in a collective effort to provide society with a fair and just governing body. As we continue to evolve socially and intellectually, it’s the hope that our leadership would incorporate the enlightened ideas of the past as well as those that propel us into the future. If they don’t, ‘We the People’ can and will find ways to represent ourselves through active participation in the political process.

As more and more people wake up to the corruption of the current system and the lack of political reflection on a federal level, passive acceptance of oligarchical rule will end, soon to be replaced by an active contribution in the political progress of this country, and ultimately, the world.

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A Pattern of Tyranny & the War Machine of the West


 

 

 

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The political game of the United States has become a spectator sport for the People of a once great country.  We watch in the comfort of our homes as our politicians feign leadership, while wielding a war machine that was never meant to be.   On the heels of shattered promises, we find ourselves in familiar territory as President Obama makes his case for war once again.  A case that eerily echoes the controversy of Bush’s WMDs and Iraqi despotism at the beginning of this dysfunctional story.

 

But unlike the coalition of his predecessor in 2003, Obama’s recent, seemingly strong, coalition of support now wavers in the wake of a devastating defeat in the halls of the British Commons. Britain’s lawmakers have decided not to follow us into our attack on Syria.  So why the change of heart?  Could it be Britain and the rest of the world have begun to recognize the inconsistencies of United States regurgitated rhetoric.  Or maybe it is due to the deplorable decision-making of our so-called democratic practitioners.

 

In either case the world now waits for the evidence we hold against Syria.  All of us have been promised this evidence, a so-called proof that has apparently laid the groundwork for these future strikes on Syria, but in our foolish anticipation for the smoking gun, what we shall soon find is that the United States is the only one whose finger is on any trigger. A lone gunman, on a global stage, in a perilous drama of playback politics, and recycled rhetoric. It’s players, playing for an audience of fools and fanatics, acting out the script given to them and those who came before. A bitter cast of thugs and thieves driving a war machine that no longer represents the best interests of the American People and the world.

 

The People of the world are waking up and recognizing that United States aggression around the globe is not rooted in heroism but hubris. In our fight for Freedom, it is not Freedom we dispense but rather it is tyranny, a tyranny that continues to impose its will upon the world in the pursuit of selfish gain.  A tyranny that represents the worst parts of human nature and neglects to nurture the best aspects of what humans can be.

So let the dogma of United States democracy, no longer close its doors to dissent, and let us stand in opposition to the warmongering tactics of our lost leaders.  Protest war proliferation, call your Congress, speak out against attacking Syria , stand up for Liberty and fight against the despotism of overgrown military establishments such as this one. If our capacity for peace was developed as well as our capacity for war, just imagine what we might achieve. John Lennon once said “War is Over if You Want It.”  The Fight for Freedom is ours to fight, We the People have the power to drive the decisions of our Leaders but it requires action and to win the fight we must break our silence.

Just. B.

“Overgrown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to liberty” George Washington.

 

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Naked: The Fragmented Thoughts of an Imperfect Thinker


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This is a collection of my broken ideas and meandering thoughts which have yet to become.

Just. B.

 

Contradiction, Confusion & Complacency 1/18/2013

In a time riddled with contradiction, confusion, and complacency we are beginning to find our heroes in the most unlikely of places.  The moguls of the modern existence are no longer the source of reason and inspiration, but rather give us reason to beware and inspire us towards new paradigms of political progress.  Our leaders are nothing more than a den of wolves moving in on the kill, a kill which consists of you and I.  Justice no longer holds a place in the illustrious halls of the rule of law, because swindlers and hustlers have  stolen the keys and have commenced with the joyride of selfish pursuit rather than pursuing the task of selfless service of the common good.  In the era of drone strikes, indefinite detention and fiscal cliffs, isn’t it time we

A Line Removed 9/24/2012

Nurture and teach your children, as they are our future.  Tend to your parents, for they are our past. The present moment is yours, so act immediately and create the world with which you dream, because it is the only thing that matters.

 

Title Unknown   10/19/2012

While the masses marvel over the masquerades of the mundane, I walk as the naked ape awestruck over my own existence. We play with our technological toys micro-atomic universes with which we manipulate the matter found within.  Our journey began with a lonely soul searching for continuity between the cosmos and his cognition, and while looking into the heavens asked “What the fuck???”  What is this? What are we doing here? What does it all mean?  Out of these questions formed fundamental understandings about the natural world, and these built a great edifice of understanding.   The human experience is one of language and it is unique in that we decode the vibratory language of the universe and re-code that information through our own linguistic representation. We decode, recode and encode the makeup of our individual and immediate universes.  We become and are the multi-verse. We scrawl upon the canvas of our consciousness  these representations which gives rise to the imaginings of our intellect.  We synthetically create our existence in a sort of merging of new ideas.  Through this collaboration of consciousness we bring forth the future and pull ourselves up to meet it.

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Masquerading in the mundane I walk as the naked ape awestruck over my own existence.

The polarization of the political landscape has set the stage for an unrest which is growing quickly into a fervent rage.  The question is to what end do we pursue such a path?  We race towards confirmation, all the while giving no attention to our path as precarious as it may be.  Will we continue to be content with the stagnant waters of our disagreements, or will our disagreements become something more?  We keep the company of wolves and are surprised when we find ourselves victims of their voracity.  For I shall not come to the aid of liars and the cunning, as they are my enemies and deserve my disdain.  The poison of the apple is concealed within the confines of it’s beauty and it is our belief in that outward appearance which gives rise to our ruin.

Change your Mind, Change your Life   11/2/2012

It has become clear to me, that the process of changing a leader in order to induce change within society has less than favorable results for all involved.  In fact it has minimal and in many cases detrimental effects upon the masses.  Even still soon the people will choose their new leader and many will feel emotionally and politically displaced, while others will cheer much the same way they do when their favorite football team wins a game.  The euphoria and depression will soon subside and we will engage in the next season of our political drama. Unfortunately we have become addicted to the drama of it all, and discarded authenticity for reality tv political personalities.  Instead of caring for the issues we care about the face.  We believe somehow an individual will deliver us from darkness.  Never the less we will elect and erect a new straw man to be touted and tortured much to our pleasure and displeasure.  We have found in our President a scapegoat for personal responsibility.  It is a responsibility to our community, to our environment, to our laws, to the well-being of our society and ultimately to ourselves that we have so selfishly abandoned.  Not all, but many of us have bought into a false notion that our representative government is more than just that.  We have grown to believe that these men are meant to lead us, when quite the opposite is true.  We are not electing leaders next week, but rather representatives who are to represent our values and beliefs, our hopes and dreams.  So instead of focusing on who will win we should be focused on their policies and issues.  It is not a President that will deliver us, only we can accomplish that task.

 

 

Title Unknown  10/28/2012

Our love for youth is a manifestation of our denial of death.  one day we will be consumed by the past, by the memories of our loved ones as we pass from the present into their memory. What saddens me is that one day I may not be able to take part in the beauty of this enchanted place.  To be lost from the smiles of family and friends, to be a fading face amongst the illusion of life.  Into an abyss of uncertainty, all things must pass.  From one dream into another.  I love you all that loved me and maybe we meet again.

 

 

Title Unknown   11/7/2012

Humans and plants have been inextricably linked since the dawning of human consciousness.  The forbidden fruit of the tree We as humans are intrigued by mind-altering substances and are naturally drawn to them.  Today marks an amazing moment in United States politics, as the state of Colorado voted to legalize marijuana for recreational consumption.  This will ultimately open the discussion on a national level concerning the validity of the West’s devotion to silly prohibitions.  It will become an ineviteable discussion due to the controversy that is sure to ensue following the ratification of Colorado’s Amendment 64.  We can only hope for the future that this will turn the tide on our policies concerning the criminalization of drugs in this country.  Colorado now serves as the first domino in a long line of tetering domino states interested in passing legislation

 

Lance Armstrong 6/14/2012

Lance Armstrong is now under investigation for drug use, and this is an investigation that could cost him all his titles.  I am not usually a sports person, but what I am fascinated by is the incessant witch hunts that we perform upon these athletes that our society holds in such high esteem.  We are in awe of their talents and achievements but are so swift to strip these titans of their accolades due to drug use.  Simultaneously we demand for more, we demand that they be faster, more agile, and supreme performers that lack all flaws.  Our demands seem to be creating a sort of paradox with which these athletes are trapped within.  Our desire to see faster, better, etc. is leading us into a super-human realm of athleticism.  Our demands are exceeding the capabilities of the human body, and somehow we still decide to be apalled when one of our heroes has been pumping human growth hormones, steroids and the like into their veins for the past decade.  We will eventually have to decide to temper our desire for the greater, the faster, and the more agile or we will have to succumb to the fact that we have plateaued.  So we either come up with new games in order to break new records, or admit that we want to see super-human athletes that are pumping drug fueled blood? The question really is; when is it enough, when has our desires exceeded our reality.

Whether we speak of, real estate, Wall street’s toxic investments, perpetual credit card debt, war in the middle East, or something as trivial as a man who rides a bike, we have to ask ourselves if our desires have devoured us and our moral judgment.  When is more, too much? We somehow believe ourselves to be invincible, and we are willing to keep pushing past the realm of possibility, in order to show ourselves how amazing we are.  But to what end, and once we arrive will we be satisfied with what we have become? We are reaching a time in history that requires that we are honest with ourselves.

 

 

Title Unknown   6/12/2012

We have become a society of selfish, perpetual children hoping that someone else will take the time to clean up our own mess.  We have crowned the cunning and have given accolades to criminals and thugs.  We look to them for our image of courage, the age of the anti-hero is upon us and we seem to revel in our own filth as if it was new fashion.  This is the age of politicians that read prepared speeches and act out calculated hand gestures and positive posturing. The age of closed eyes and tight lips, too afraid to speak out against the Attrocities being committed the world over.

 

 

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We etch our hearts across the world, from bathroom stalls to cave walls we impress our intellect upon the world in an attempt to be remembered. Let it all be remembered from a child’s handprint in concrete to the skyscrapers on wall street, let the universe know that haveWe fight against nature to have a history,

 

 

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We live in a world that believes itself smarter and more advanced than that which precedes it.

 

 

On the Road to Nowhere  2/26/2012

It is my belief that there are only a few personality types within the world but an infinite number of variations upon those types.  The first grouping deals with the notions of good and evil; the first type within that grouping is one that is an inherently good person but on occasion performs evil acts while the second type is an inherently bad individual and on occasion performs good acts.  Between these two main types exist an infinite amount of variations due to their experiences, environments, wealth, and knowledge of the world.  We can expand these personalities into the realms of industry where they begin to diversify in terms of how they express their personalities.

 

 

 

Our Children & the Mystery School of the Future    3/14/2012

Maybe it is time to begin to enstill our children with a sense of critical thinking.  Maybe we have diminished our children’s full potential by assuming somehow the best way for them to learn is through repitition and standardized tests.  Instead we might find by integrating subjects like that of Philosophy, Linguistics, Ethics, etc. we would begin to see our children formulating their own ideas at an early age instead of the mere regurgitation of information.  Information and Ideas are two different things and the use there of implies a completely different trajectory or directive.  Information has limits, while ideas are boundless. As technology propels us towards a seemingly boundless reality, we must evaluate as a society what our goals are in terms of intellectual freedom.  Are we interested in nurturing knowledge, wisdom, and a sense of wonderment about the universe or are we content with the notion that parroting information and does the confinement of creativity serve as an adequate education for our children?  I am not proposing that we catapult our children into the clouds but we must create in them an impenetrable intellect which is capable of critically approaching any situation with confidence.  I am not speaking of the hollow confidence that stems from the modern educational practice that everyone is a winner but instead a confidence rooted  in their own ability to critically think about new ideas.  We must level the pyramid and give the so called “higher education”

 

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NDAA, Drone Strikes and the Death of Freedom


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It could be argued that the United States began it’s descent decades ago, spiraling out of control into the depths of its own misconduct and manipulation.  But, there is one distinct moment that lives on in the collective memory that marks the fall of an Empire of Freedom & Justice, it was the moment on September 11, 2001 at 9:59 am when the south tower fell and with it fell the idealism and aspirations of a young country.  In that moment the world was united, but soon the whole world would witness the decline of an American century, the degradation of an American value system steeped in a long history of Justice, Equality & Freedom.

The next year would bring the Patriot Act and the establishment of the Guantanamo Bay Detention center. The trauma and tragedy of a single event would bring forth a new era of American oppression and like the shifting scenes of a bad dream, Americans would find themselves struggling to keep up with an ever-changing landscape of an American legal system that was slowly doing away with the Bill of Rights.  Propaganda would propel the delusions of an entire nation that struggled to believe that they still stood for Freedom and Justice.

Almost an entire decade would be dedicated to the pursuits of war and terror, but the Presidential elections of 2008 would bring a reinvigoration of hope to the nation.  Promises of peace and diplomacy were the rhetoric of the day, but time would soon turn the tide on the political pandering of the populace.  We have now come to witness what the peace and diplomacy of this administration has to offer. We continue to lose rights with draconian laws like that of the  NDAA with its indefinite detentions and the death of Habeus Corpus.

In addition to the provisions of the NDAA, drone strikes on foreign nations are stretching the limits of International humanitarian law and show blatant disregard for the Geneva Conventions.  Americans now stand knee deep in the blood of 4,700 dead from these drone strikes, 178 of which are dead children, while civilian deaths have been reported as high as 800.   If our declarations of war upon foreign nations were not enough, our leaders now deem it legal to use lethal force on American citizens on U.S. soil.

Following a 13 hour filibuster concerning this issue, Thursday Senator Rand Paul declared victory when he received notice from Attorney General Eric Holder that the President would not use lethal force on “non-combatant” United States citizens.  Unfortunately, I do not share Senator Paul’s enthusiasm, as this still leaves the door open for the possibility of lethal force against American citizens.  This elaborate dog and pony show only assumes the act of opposition and provides one more public presentation of legal justification for the unconstitutional acts of a despotic leadership.

This marks a new era in American politics.  The battlefield now on American shores and a declaration of war made by the Government against its own citizens.   With questionable war tactics and failed human rights policies we join the ranks of the oppressors of history, a new chapter in the book of tyrants who have made it their practice of showing indifference to the world.  Kings attempt to masquerade as common men, but no mask can hide the true intentions of a tyrant.  Freedom hangs in the gallows and the citizens of the world look on with disgust.  We must rise against the despotism of the new American war machine otherwise we too will hang alongside Freedom in the gallows.

Just. B.

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The Information War and the Struggle between Peasants and Kings


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A king piece in chess, with three pawns. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A resurrection of the Kings of old has begun the world over, as a struggle for power ensues.  The rising tide of the people is coming ever-closer to the shores of  a once unreachable court.  But now common peasants hold court with Kings in the magnificent cyber-structures of a new revolution. There is a growing unrest from the masters to the masses, and the voices of the people will not be silenced.  Presidents and Prime Ministers alike race to close the gates on an information revolution that is storming the castle walls.  The Anonymous keystrokes of a dissatisfied youth can now have the power to bring nations to their knees.  Warfare, is swiftly moving from the battlefields, to the neural networks of a computer interface, and the governments of old struggle to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of a technology that they helped to create.   But, the cat is out of the bag and the people are beginning to realize that their leaders are frauds and frontmen for a corporate controlled money and power grab.  But power is soon to be the product of information more so than a product of wealth.  The business model of the globe is rapidly changing and the word on the street holds more value now than debates held in the stuffy chambers of an archaic governing class.  The Media, once a medium between governments and their subjects is now evolving into a platform for the people to speak their peace. We the citizens of the world are moving into a future that will include the crowd-sourcing of leadership, the real-time streaming of public opinion and citizen voting, and the creation of laws that mirror the will of the people rather than the will of a dying oligarchy.

This new future of course will not come without a fight, as our leaders are beginning to use Executive orders, drone strikes, and indefinite detention as instruments of control against their citizens.  As their stranglehold on the power structure begins to whither and wane, their will to hang on to their control will inevitably become increasingly more powerful and their attempts more desperate.  The People’s saving grace will be their hunger for the  Truth, their dreams of righteous leadership and their realization of the true meaning of freedom.  It is the freedom to know and teach, the freedom to listen and speak, and the freedom to be active participants in the shaping of their own reality.  The days of intermediaries and representatives are coming to a close and the new revolution of information is giving rise to a leadership that can be found on the streets of commoners. An enlightened peasantry, undoing the shackles of oppression and becoming the leaders that they for so long have been searching for.  So Stand and Fight for your Freedom to Be.

Just. B.

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Dead Children: The Legacy of U.S. Drone Strikes


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These are the names, ages and genders of all the children that have been killed by U.S. Drone Strikes since 2004.  My heart goes out to every parent that must live with the horror of a lost child. Rest in Peace…

Compiled from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports

Name | Age | Gender

PAKISTAN
Noor Aziz | 8 | male
Abdul Wasit | 17 | male
Noor Syed | 8 | male
Wajid Noor | 9 | male
Syed Wali Shah | 7 | male
Ayeesha | 3 | female
Qari Alamzeb | 14| male
Shoaib | 8 | male
Hayatullah KhaMohammad | 16 | male
Tariq Aziz | 16 | male
Sanaullah Jan | 17 | male
Maezol Khan | 8 | female
Nasir Khan | male
Naeem Khan | male
Naeemullah | male
Mohammad Tahir | 16 | male
Azizul Wahab | 15 | male
Fazal Wahab | 16 | male
Ziauddin | 16 | male
Mohammad Yunus | 16 | male
Fazal Hakim | 19 | male
Ilyas | 13 | male
Sohail | 7 | male
Asadullah | 9 | male
khalilullah | 9 | male
Noor Mohammad | 8 | male
Khalid | 12 | male
Saifullah | 9 | male
Mashooq Jan | 15 | male
Nawab | 17 | male
Sultanat Khan | 16 | male
Ziaur Rahman | 13 | male
Noor Mohammad | 15 | male
Mohammad Yaas Khan | 16 | male
Qari Alamzeb | 14 | male
Ziaur Rahman | 17 | male
Abdullah | 18 | male
Ikramullah Zada | 17 | male
Inayatur Rehman | 16 | male
Shahbuddin | 15 | male
Yahya Khan | 16 |male
Rahatullah |17 | male
Mohammad Salim | 11 | male
Shahjehan | 15 | male
Gul Sher Khan | 15 | male
Bakht Muneer | 14 | male
Numair | 14 | male
Mashooq Khan | 16 | male
Ihsanullah | 16 | male
Luqman | 12 | male
Jannatullah | 13 | male
Ismail | 12 | male
Taseel Khan | 18 | male
Zaheeruddin | 16 | male
Qari Ishaq | 19 | male
Jamshed Khan | 14 | male
Alam Nabi | 11 | male
Qari Abdul Karim | 19 | male
Rahmatullah | 14 | male
Abdus Samad | 17 | male
Siraj | 16 | male
Saeedullah | 17 | male
Abdul Waris | 16 | male
Darvesh | 13 | male
Ameer Said | 15 | male
Shaukat | 14 | male
Inayatur Rahman | 17 | male
Salman | 12 | male
Fazal Wahab | 18 | male
Baacha Rahman | 13 | male
Wali-ur-Rahman | 17 | male
Iftikhar | 17 | male
Inayatullah | 15 | male
Mashooq Khan | 16 | male
Ihsanullah | 16 | male
Luqman | 12 | male
Jannatullah | 13 | male
Ismail | 12 | male
Abdul Waris | 16 | male
Darvesh | 13 | male
Ameer Said | 15 | male
Shaukat | 14 | male
Inayatur Rahman | 17 | male
Adnan | 16 | male
Najibullah | 13 | male
Naeemullah | 17 | male
Hizbullah | 10 | male
Kitab Gul | 12 | male
Wilayat Khan | 11 | male
Zabihullah | 16 | male
Shehzad Gul | 11 | male
Shabir | 15 | male
Qari Sharifullah | 17 | male
Shafiullah | 16 | male
Nimatullah | 14 | male
Shakirullah | 16 | male
Talha | 8 | male

YEMEN
Afrah Ali Mohammed Nasser | 9 | female
Zayda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 7 | female
Hoda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 5 | female
Sheikha Ali Mohammed Nasser | 4 | female
Ibrahim Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 13 | male
Asmaa Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 9 | male
Salma Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | female
Fatima Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 3 | female
Khadije Ali Mokbel Louqye | 1 | female
Hanaa Ali Mokbel Louqye | 6 | female
Mohammed Ali Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | male
Jawass Mokbel Salem Louqye | 15 | female
Maryam Hussein Abdullah Awad | 2 | female
Shafiq Hussein Abdullah Awad | 1 | female
Sheikha Nasser Mahdi Ahmad Bouh | 3 | female
Maha Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 12 | male
Soumaya Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 9 | female
Shafika Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 4 | female
Shafiq Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 2 | male
Mabrook Mouqbal Al Qadari | 13 | male
Daolah Nasser 10 years | 10 | female
AbedalGhani Mohammed Mabkhout | 12 | male
Abdel- Rahman Anwar al Awlaki | 16 | male
Abdel-Rahman al-Awlaki | 17 | male
Nasser Salim | 19

Commerce and the Cannibalism of Modern Conquest


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united states currency seal – IMG_7366_web (Photo credit: kevindean)

We have become cannibals and the catalyst is commerce, just like the fruits of  the conquest of Columbus we adorn our bodies with jewels pulled from the Earth with blood stained hands.  The spoils of our conquest come to us in the form of gadgets and gifts, the sacrifice of human life laid upon the alter of consumerism.  Much like the communion of Christians we too, the consumers of the Earth, consume of the body and blood of those sacrificed, which lay before us as pre-packaged and high priced goods.  We give offerings of our labor in the form of currency in return for the spoils of unseen atrocities.  We in the first world, enjoy consuming those luxuries which have been brought to us by the lives of those in the neighboring third world.   We even go as far as to presumptuously relabel them as developing nations, because to assume some sort of rank troubles our hearts and we rather see them as having a chance of reaching our first world status instead of being condemned to poverty.  But the Truth is much darker than that, because as we consume the products of their lives and labor, so too, do we consume their futures and dreams. We assume here in the west that since we have overcome one form of slavery, that there is not another waiting there in its place to tempt our hearts.  Unfortunately, our story has not changed much over the course of time, only the scene and it’s characters.

Just as in the times that precede our own, rare goods and new technologies lie at the helm of our modern conquest.  While we enjoy our diamonds, iphones and androids we forget or choose to be ignorant of the fact that those goods come to us upon the backs of human lives.  Diamonds, one of our many spoils, are brought to us by royals and dynasties who employ the most unsavory of characters to force poor and downtrodden souls to slave at the cost of their lives in some cases, in order for us to adorn our bodies with the shine of their hard labor.  Iphones and Androids like many of the toys of our time rely upon battery power that needs certain minerals, these minerals just so happen to come to us from poor countries and warzones the world over, including Afghanistan which is near and dear to our hearts here in the United States.  How much of U.S. wars are a product of corporate conquest for cheaper prices of new technologies?  We have become cannibals consuming the lives and dreams of the weak to further empower our own lives and dreams via rare goods and new technologies.

If we are to change the world, it will be to work towards a future that does not depend upon slavery and the greed of capitalistic conquest.  If we are to overcome barbarism and truly become civilized creatures then we must lay to waste our hunger for more no matter the cost and consequence.  We must work towards a future that is selfless and mindful of all involved, instead of being selfish and mindless consumers, that rather not be involved.  The future is ours to shape but it is up to each of us to choose a path which protects as much as it produces.  We must change the future of human history by being mindful of the people and practices we support and not merely succumbing to greed and selfish gain.  We are the future, and those generations that follow us depend upon us to make a future that is greater than our own.    So make a future you can be proud of and make choices that shine brighter than the spoils of modern conquest.  Change the world…

Just. B.

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People, Information and the True Source of Freedom


 

 

 

The fight for the human mind

As the internet continues to proliferate the free flow of information to all people and most importantly the poor and un-educated, we will begin to see a revolution of the mass mind.  What once was a mass of misdirected and easily controlled, will learn to control the direction of their own will.  This revolution of thought will give rise to a new paradigm concerning the governance of the planet.  People will realize that they no longer will need leaders and representatives to serve that which is best for all people.  It will be the first in real-time representation which all will be ever connected and ever connecting to.  We will more and more each day find more inventive and ever more creative ways of representing ourselves.  This rise of self-representation will be the new skin of humanity which will be unveiled through the shedding of corporate controlled governments and media.

We are seeing now that the people are providing news and information in some cases faster and in a more honest way than media outlets can.  In a world that used to be dependent upon a paperboy delivering  yesterdays news printed by corporate controlled, government mouthpiece, media houses, we now  as individuals have the power to provide the most up to date information in real-time with a raw and unfettered truth.  This of course now is at its infant stages, but we can see on the horizon a new media.  This new media will be closer in spirit to what the founding fathers spoke of here in the U.S. at the inception of the bill of rights.  It will become a media by and for the people and will be the birthing of a new revolution of thought.

Just as we see the move away from corporate controlled media delivering stale and un-interesting infotainment, so to will we see the people move further away from stale and archaic government systems.  As the people become wise enough to make conscious decisions on their own behalf, they will begin to recognize that government representation is not born out of the necessity of the people but rather out of  the greed and self-promotion of a few and far between. The power that “the few” has wielded for much of history is rooted in their knowledge and their monopolization of information.   Fortunately, information is quickly being diversified among the masses and is ever-increasingly less controlled and with this uninhibited information, will be born the liberation of the mass mind from the shackles of dependency.  The independent mind of the individual will be free to represent itself without intermediary or misinterpretation.  It will become the new truth, which all other truths will be forced to follow.  This is the future of mankind.  The truth of the individual, representation of reality by real people, not actors and teleprompters.  We only need to realize our true capacity for self governance and representation to become fully free.  Then “The Freedom of the People” will no longer be something we say but instead will be something we do.

Just. B.

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