Thursday, 29 January 2015
Asylum seekers and migrants living in destitution in the port city of Calais experience harrassmet at the hands of French police. The abuses include beating and attacks with pepper spray as the migrants and asylum seekers walk in the streets or hide in trucks in the hope of travelling to the United Kingdom. We should not forget these ongoing methods of repression against migrants that continue to happen on a daily basis.
Also when European politicians from the extreme centre parties justify the deaths by drowning in the seas surrounding Fortress Europe on the grounds that this will dissuade people fleeing in search of a better life, We should not fail to notice why these people are here in the first place, humans trying desperately to escape conflict ridden countries trying to escape suffering, fleeing from extreme poverty, seeking refuge from violence and persecution.We should remember who actually creates these unfair conditions in the first place. Is it not time to create and enforce a fair, coherent and humane asylum system. We must stop these individuals from being dehumanised. Often their journeys fraught with danger, with at least 23,000 people estimated to have lost their lives trying to reach Fortress Europe since 2001.
No person should be illegal, no borders are necessary.
Posted by teifidancer at 15:30
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
A film made by Pembrokeshire animator from Newport by the name of Gemma Green-Hope to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz- Birkenau .We should never forget this legacy of heartbreak, those that died in these Nazi Concentration Camps. The gays, slavs, poles, Anarchists, Communists, gypsies, Jehovah witnesses, resistance fighters ,trade-unionists, those with mental or physical illnesses, who did not fit into the Nazis warped view. Today I remember all the precious human lives lost during this holocaust. It would be so sad to forget even one precious life extinguished so ruthlessly. The past still tragically around us, in continuing crimes against humanity.
Posted by teifidancer at 12:20
Sunday, 25 January 2015
(for Jane and all lovers)
St Dwynwens spirit lives again today,
dances on the earth, echoes amongst heartbeats,
she opens up our eyes, to unite and embrace,
with residues of light, releases feelings of joy,
traces the smiles of laughter and deep expression,
the breath of kindness, the bliss of kiss,
moving us together, on paths of harmony,
as we walk on strong, together hand in hand.
She wraps her arms around us gently,
to comfort and protect, the flow of shining time,
shimmering with protective potency,
under a star-studded sky,
she heals again, answers our whispering cry,
fortifies and keeps us warm, in the name of love,
her flame planting chords of harmony and peace,
infuses the world again, with scents of passion,
lifts us to places that contain no fear, no blame,
an emblem of hopes true power,
allows poetry to flourish, to be shared,
moments to cherish, to breathe in and out,
a sparkle that flutters amongst the crazy folds of life.
Posted by teifidancer at 14:15
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
It is time to free Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger who is to be publicly flogged 50 times, each week who is to be publicly flogged 50 times, each week over 20 weeks for daring to criticise Saudi Arabian clerics, despite appeals around the world for him to be pardoned.
Flogging is prohibited under the convention against torture a law which Saudi Arabia is party to. Badawi was found guilty last year of insulting Saudi Arabian clerics on his blog Free Saudi Liberals, a now shut website he created.He was given a sentence of a decade in prison and 1,000 lashes. A court had originally sentenced him to 600 lashes and 7 years in prison, but a judge increased the sentence after appeal.
All that he did was write about secularism, and about what it meant for him, a free society and freedom of expression.He has become a symbol for many thousands of other men and women who are in prison for doing nothing more than expressing their opinion.
We must stand with him and condemn the use of this cruel inhuman and degrading punishment in all circumstances.
His flogging has been postponed on medical grounds, but this does not mean his suffering has ended. His flogging could resume at any time.
Keep up the pressure.
Posted by teifidancer at 12:38
Monday, 19 January 2015
As billionaires and politicians gather in Switzerland this week for their annual meeting of the World Economic Forum at Davos, we should remember that 1% of the world's population still owns more wealth than the other, in the 21st century surely a ridiculous state to be in.
But we should also remember how the oligarchs that rule are world, like to distract us from these inequalities, how they want to maintain their status quo, through the media that they own, keep feeding us a steady diet of entertainment, disinformation and lies, designed to distract and misdirect us.
The world of television and modern media has become a tool of de-evolution and propaganda and social control. Since the rise of the Tavistock institute in the early 20th Century, nearly unlimited resources have been applied to understanding how to manipulate the human psyche through television and other forms of mass media.
What we have today is an increasingly sophisticated full-spectrum assault on free will and psychological well-being, and we have come to a point where it is no longer even necessary for media institutions to attempt to hide their blatant work of manipulating public opinion, manufacturing consent and creating winners and losers in the minds of an already brain-washed public.
With the increasing pace of globalisation, the ownership of many mainstream media resources like newspapers, television channels and radio stations, are increasingly concentrated in the hands of an enormous smaller number of enormous companies.
As a result, the tiny number of individuals that own and control these companies enjoy effective control over a huge percentage of information that is seen by the public. So what happens is the news becomes to reflect certain oligarchs own world views, shedding their own distortions. I'm talking about the likes of media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
The focus on sensationalism and entertainment lend initially to short segments composed of 'sound bites' making it extremely difficult to introduce concepts that fall outside so called 'accepted wisdom' of a particular wisdom. This is how the 'status quo' excercises its control, seeks to blind us, in accepting their versions of truth, try to prevent us for looking for alternatives, new models of fairness, paths towards more tolerance and understanding, routes of progress, where avenues of social justice can be truly addressed.
We have to learn to start thinking outside the regulators box, find other sources to tell our truths, or the world of George Orwell's totalitarian control will be upon us.
The internet has already proved to be an effective to overcoming barriers put in our way, beyond their corporate spin, it has been proven to be effective too in building an impressive network of support, sharing alternative ideas to a mass audience. A revolution already taking place in cyberspace, where people are already learning to think outside their box.
However in light of recent events, where freedom of expression was attacked, the powerful now uses tragedy to censor free speech even more, blocking the sharing of information, hinder innovation and control how internet users get online, they want to monitor everything we say on social media, to try to shift the blame on the state of the world on a small minority of users, in a way that enables them to stay in control, in charge. As is often the case, it is a small amount of people trying to make these decisions behind closed doors, about how we should all operate, threatening our freedom to connect and communicate. We must be allowed to carry on speaking out, defending our internet freedom.
I personally will continue questioning, find my own perspective, think outside their box. beyond the hierarchies of coercion and control, continue looking for sources of hope, allowing our collective struggles to be grown and exchanged.
We must move forwards, find another way, a brave new world , if we try hard enough it could all simply be round the corner.
Posted by teifidancer at 15:00
Thursday, 15 January 2015
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Following recent posts, I am reminded that the ability to be mocked, or mock yourself is a cornerstone of our humanity, so it was funny to see at the weekend, a rogues gallery of 40 world leaders, perpetrators of imperialist wars, colonial occupiers, feudal despots and serial jailers of inconvenient journalists, gathered together in defence of freedom.
So today I remind you of what has been done in the name of the leading marchers,who seemed to be as they walked to be spreading hypocricy in all its many directions.
So we have Prime Minister Rajoy of Spain, whose government has just passed a new gag law placing historic restriction on the right of protest in Spain, who was responsible for 16 lawyers of Basque political prisoners being arrested, and 11 Anarchists arrested merely for their beliefs.
Next comes Foreign Minister Lavrov of Russia, who last year jailed a journalist for "insulting a government servant."
Then we get Foreign Minister Shoukry of Egypt who has detained Al Zazeera staff and the Journalist Shawken for around 500 days.
Along comes King Abdullah of Jordan - who last year sentenced a Palestinian journalist to 15 years in prison with hard labour.
Followed nearby by Prime Minister Davutegbu of Turkey, which imprisons more journalists than any country in the world.
Oh lest not forget Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel, whose force was responsible for killing 17 journalists in Gaza, last year, then their is Foreign Minister Lamamra , which has detained Abdessami Abdelhai for 15 months without charge, then Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates who in 2013 held a journalist incommunicado for a month. According to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, freedom of speech is severely restricted here, Amnesty saying that more than 100 peaceful activists and government critics have been detained since 2011.
Prime Minister Jomaa of Tunisia - jailed blogger Yassine Ayan for 3 years for 'defaming the army'.
Next we get the Prime Ministers of Georgia and Bulgaria both of whom have a record of attacking and beating journalists.
Still with me, next their is the Attorney General of the U.S where police in Ferguson have already detained and assaulted Washington post reporters, lest us forget Guantanamo, and the wars of division that have been fostered in America's name, and guess how many times the U.S has bombed Al -Jazeera.
Prime Minister Samaras of Greece - who riot police beat and injured two journalists recently.
The Secretary General of Nato, he really had to join in didn't he, an organisation who are yet to be held to account for deliberately bombing and killing 16 Serbian journalists in 1999 bombing of Bedgrade, an organisation intent on warmongering too, and spreading fear.
President Keita of Mali, where journalists are routinely expelled for covering human rights abuses.
Foreign Minister of Bahrain - here's the 2nd biggest jailor of journalists in the world per capita ( they also torture them).
Sheikh Mohammed Ben Homad Ben Kalifa Al Thani of Qata, which jailed a man for 15 years for writing the Jasmine poem.
Palestinan President Mahmoud Abbas who had several journalists jailed for insulting him in 2013.
Prime Minister Cera of Slovenia, which sentenced a blogger to 6 months in prison for defamation in 2013.
Prime Minister Kenny of Ireland, where blasphemy is considered a criminal offence.
Prime Minister Kopaaz of Poland , raided a magazine to seize recordings that were embarrassing for the ruling party.
Prime Minister Orban of Hungary - the autocrat who Amnesty International recently said - " has put an end to the free press in Hungary.
Last but no means least we have our very own Prime Minister Cameron of the UK, where authorities destroyed documents obtained by the Guardian and threatened prosecution, who as I type wants to reintroduce 'internal exile' a hallmark of the worlds most oppressive regimes, yet more civil liberties stripped by the Tory regime.
Yes my mind truly boggles at times, here we have predators of press freedom, mingling with terrorists and other suppressors of freedom, taking part in a rally against terrorism, in support of freedom of speech in what must amount as an example of shameless political opportunism, in a cynical photo op, that seemed to suggest that they were leading the million people gathered. Freedom lives, so above are a list of people we can continue to seek out to criticise, hypocrites all, enemies of the poor and oppressed every single one of them, we would be fools if we ignored these simple facts, we carry on then, pointing the finger at those that richly deserve the piss being taken out of them.
So in this time,let us remember the hundreds of journalists targeted and silenced.
The above so called defenders of free speech, should continue to be mocked and scorned, because this is what freedom is for, so this is why today my pen pours scorn on theses powerful yet corrupt leaders of privilege, let our freedom of expression and thoughts continue to seed,and rebel against all, those that seek to rule us with tyranny and oppression, and speak up for the powerless.
Posted by teifidancer at 13:04
Monday, 12 January 2015
A link to what is for me, to be one of most thoughtful and melancholy poems the great Charles Bukowski ever wrote, a poem whose words I feel immensely.Filmed in Forest Hill, London Dec 1, 2010. I for one am still looking for Nirvana.
Posted by teifidancer at 14:07
Friday, 9 January 2015
(an experimental utopian prose adventure)
In dangerous times, we need to remember what we have almost lost. Take a walk and climb, look out to sea, let the salt waves surge over gorse flower, peace to arrive softly, mingling with our days,with restorative sigh.
Remember too, that no friendship, no kindness is ever wasted. Tiptoe gently through the land, allow words of comfort to scatter,leave them on park benches, allow them to float down easily, for anyone to claim. There is no such thing as loving in vain, true, one can love someone who does not return it back. But for every unrequited love another bigger love is born. The more people you like, the more people will like you.I really wish it was as simple as this.The more you give, the more will be yours to give, forget about profit, forget about war.
Remember that the more smiles you put into circulation, the more will fly back. Let love and friendship and smiles be the currency of life. Not to be hoarded, to be shared, for all to benefit, to be kept in constant circulation, then, we all benefit, under the moon and sun, every scent and seed spread, wonderful, all born in individual moments, all born equal, not tarnished by injustice, essences of innocence born strongly with new beginnings.
These are dangerous times, but our infinite possibilities contain keys to unlock the doors, we are denizens all, here for a short time, tread carefully, follow hands and the trail of sunsets, adventures mixed with diversity, return to tomorrow, be alive with mystery, knock on doors of memory, when moments come calling with doubt and bewilderment, shoulder to shoulder, we can learn.Together we are strong, strained of all its worries and misfortunes, life could be unendurable, shaped with the glow of possibility, breathing gently, unveiling a future world of heddwch/peace.
Posted by teifidancer at 14:58
Wednesday, 7 January 2015
I personally do not follow any Gods or masters, I believe though in the realities of the rain and wind, the dark shadows that fall, light and shade.
The savage attack on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are simply atrocious, it is an attack on our fundamental freedom of thought and expression, and Europes vibrant press culture. It is a dark time when voices are silenced in this horrific way. I personally follow too solidarity's breath, so this is why I must stand with the victims of this barbaric attack. This evil in religions disguise now spreads across our lands, and I cannot condone, a twisted exploitation of sacred pieces of paper, that only seeks to divide people in the name of unreason, and does not represent the words and deeds of the majority of followers of Islam., we must support those muslims, who might be attacked because of what some madmen have tried to exploit.
This is not the first time that the offices of Charlie Hebdo have been attacked, and sadly unfortunately wont be the last time that it will be either .A magazine well known for its satirical content, that has caused deep offence to many different faiths. Yet those who kill for the mere reason of offence have done more damage to their faith and community relations, than anyone with a pen or a cartoonists brush.
Allahu Akbar the alleged attackers shouted ' God is Great' in Arabic, this is not an act of religion though, it is an act of war, I express my sympathy with the victims, and my condolences and compassions to all muslims who I believe will be as horrified as the world. I hope the French people also reject the persecution of innocents, and resist the temptation to resort to stereotyping.
And though I do not defend or endorse everything that has been published in this magazine,today though Je suis, Charlie Hebdo
Posted by teifidancer at 17:21
image - Palestinian artist Imad abu Shtayeh
As Palestine seeks to join the International Criminal Court, powerful Palestine rises triumphantly: Despite the destruction, they remain steadfast, the Palestinian voice grows stronger day by day - they have not lost their hope or their dignity. Even though they have experienced pain and loss in an unimaginable way, they will not give up until they get their deserved freedom, and an end to their ongoing repression. The survival of the Palestinian people is their strongest resistance, they do not see themselves as victims, but a people whose hopes and aspirations grow stronger everyday.
The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination remains undiminished and it is up to the international community to respect their rights and remind Israel of its obligation to respect this.
Remember too that the International Criminal Court specifically finds that "Crimes against Humanity" under the Rome Statute of 2007, Article 7, states that these offences include murder, forcible deportation or transfer of members of a group, torture, persecution of members of an identified group (ie the Palestinians ) and the crimes of apartheid.
May 2015 bring Peace and freedom, this freedom means refugees finally being allowed to return home. A freedom that means that the Palestinian people can move around without having to hide from checkpoints or walk around walls. A freedom that means not being discriminated against, not being denieid passes. A freedom that means having a functioning economy, that has not been stolen by the occupier, that has seen it taking over the Palestinians tourism, agriculture, industries, land and natural resources. A freedom that does not see friends and relatives killed or homes demolished.
From the rivers to the sea I hope Palestine will be free, we should all keep asking for justice and dignity for today's generation of Palestinians and the next ones to come, but we should also remember that freedom is never given voluntarily by the oppressor it must be demanded by the oppressed. This freedom must be allowed to prevail, as it did in South Africa, I strongly believe that the arc of the universe is bent towards, this goal, even when at times, it does not seem to look this way. This is one of my dearest goals.
Thursday, 1 January 2015
Sadly the country is still full of people who will continue to vote for the Conservatives in May, but if we have any sense at all, surely it is time to show them the door.Currently in Great Britain Tax cuts are given to the rich, bankers are getting 35% pay rises... and even last week I read that the government has nearly doubled its intake of champagne, all paid for by us. Food poverty grows daily, and the governments plan for recovery will mean that people on low incomes, things will get a whole lot worse, before it gets any better.
Their arrogance and lack of empathy is astonishing. The sooner the Conservatives and their allies are consigned to the dustbins of history the better.We must cleanse ourselves of the shreds of their corruption and finally show the sheer magnitude of their rampant theft and pillaging of our countries assets.
The media I guess is part of the problem, because the media is not going to stand up against a system that its owners benefit from, a few voices get through but it is not enough. Sadly the opposition is weak too, so I'm not holding my breath for a good outcome.
"The Revolution will not be televised"
Anyway happy new year/ blwyddyn newydd dda, hope change is truly on its way, best wishes , heddwch/peace. One final determined push should do it.