New years wish -life for the children of Aleppo

They cannot play, sleep or attend school. Injury or illness could be fatal. There is no food, nor water, no electricity and no hope. They live with their parents in windowless underground shelters — which offer no protection from the powerful bombs that have turned east Aleppo into a kill zone.

Among the roughly 250,000 people trapped in the insurgent redoubt of the divided northern Syrian city are 100,000 children, the most vulnerable victims of intensified bombings by Syrian forces and their Russian allies. Iranian militias are stalking the “liberated” streets and executing everybody they find, mainly women and children.

The Syrian regime has made it abundantly clear to all that it will take Aleppo at any cost.

At the cost of lives, dreams and freedom of human beings?

Our new years wish is a free and amiable life for the children of Aleppo, not only from this war, but also for their entire future to come.

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Source: Unicef


Sources: The telegraph, by Hamish De Bretton – Gordon. December 14, 2016. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/14/can-still-save-500-aleppos-children-avert-christmas-massacre/
The New York times, by Rick Gladstone. September 27, 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/28/world/middleeast/syria-aleppo-children.html

Human rights day 10 december 2016

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights, and reaffirms our common humanity.

Wherever we are, we can make a real difference by behaving in a just and generous manner. These small acts gather up and builds a fence towards the disrespect for human values, intolerance and hatred.

Let us all keep ourselves reminded of this, every day.

Sources: http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/

 

The rise of populism in the world

Another attack on freedom, another transmission of fear, extremism hit both Berlin and Ankara yesterday.Policemen investigate the scene where a truck ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in the German capital last night in Berlin

 

The word populism is widely used in media but not often defined. Populism derives from the Latin word populus meaning people. Ideologically it is ultimately defined on the society being divided into two separate and antagonistic groups: the free people and the corrupt elite.

Populism is often linked to the radical right political parties. Empowered by the election of Donald Trump, Brexit and not to mention the recent terror attacks in Europe, populist parties are moving across Europe spreading nationalistic and euroskeptic opinions with great impact on the upcoming European elections.

These far-right groups including The National front in France, The alternative for Germany, The Party for Freedom in the Netherlands and the Sweden Democrats Party are increasingly popular among voters.They are all using words like freedom and democracy to attract voters but the message is quite the opposite and intentions are clear; to build walls, to keep to themselves, to act without compassion and responsibility for the worlds future. In effect they are doing exactly what the extremists are asking for. Owen Jones at the Guardian put it well: “If, in a century’s time, historians ask why the west fell into a spiral of decline, the answer will not be that we were overrun by fanatics, but that we succumbed to their wishes.”

A placard reading "Why?" is placed at the Christmas market in Berlin

Images source: Reuters