International Human Rights Day 2009: Every Human Has Rights
It has already been a year. Time goes by so fast… The “60 Signers for the 60th Anniversary” Initiative is already a year old but it is like it was yesterday. It was a great experience and I had the opportunity to meet with very interesting people. The heads of the organizations who signed the initiative such as: Mary Robinson (Member of The ... More
Darfur, Congo, Burma: is ‘good will’ enough?
The plights in Darfur, Congo and Burma are different on many aspects but the initiatives launched by organizations (human rights, humanitarian, etc) all have the same goal: help the people living in danger and provide them assistance when needed. As you may already know, I truly think Tall oaks from little acorns grow, nevertheless I am not naive and I know ... More
60 Signers for the 60th Anniversary Initiative fulfilled!
Last November, I launched the ’60 Signers for the 60th Anniversary Initiative’ on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to support the Every Human Has Rights Campaign initiated by The Elders. As you may have easily noticed, the landmark U.N. document is still not fully respected around the world. This ... More
People of goodwill against the rest of the world? Maybe…
The world is complex and the more we try to simplify it, the more difficult it is to see the large picture in its full complexity per se. This rule is applicable to politics, religion, science, economy and to our daily life. Oversimplifying a situation or an issue by making hasty generalizations will undoubtedly lead to inaccurate conclusions. And basing a ... More
Will 2009 be better or only ‘less worse’ than 2008?
Yes, I know, I am late. Well, not yet. Before writing this post, I read the one I posted last year, on December 31st 2007: Tall oaks from little acorns grow and nothing has really changed since then… I mentioned the plight in Darfur, Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma, and several crisis (environment, food, economics…) threatening us. And I am afraid to ... More
Darfur: a World Wide Role Playing Game
I’m not talking about the Legend of Zelda here or any other MMORPG, but about the much less dreamlike crisis in Darfur in a very specific ‘real life game genre’ I dub World Wide Role Playing Game – WWRPG. Last year I wrote an article titled: ‘Darfur: History, a never ending story’and I was wondering if we could learn from ... More
Tall oaks from little acorns grow
There are only a few hours left before 2008 and this year like the year before, had its good and bad times. I already talked about non-profit organizations and peace movements on this blog, we are approaching the moment of the traditional new year’s resolutions, and this is when I look back and hope the new year coming will be better than this one. I ... More
Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi and a thousand monks. Again.
Recent events in Burma pushed the country onto the front pages on the media. Thousands of peaceful monks protesting since mid-August after the government hiked fuel prices, a 62 years-old lady being under house arrest for more than 10 years because she won the free elections 17 years ago, and a strong military junta who doesn’t want to step down. This ... More
Darfur: when History is a never ending story…
A few months ago, I posted an article on a French web site about the situation in Darfur. I thought it was time to write something about this conflict nobody would care about since no images from the disaster were available. It’s difficult to aware people about a conflict when we can’t show it, everybody knows chaos images are selling just like ... More