why trump and jenner are not worth my words.

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Lately all I see in American news is what seems like a Kylie Jenner obsession or the Donald Trump show.

I actually, to be honest, had no clue what the whole Kylie Jenner saga was when at lunch with friends who seemed to know the details of her latest life story. I said I would Google what they were talking about later, but never did so I won’t even get into it here.
Then there’s Trump running for president, who is hard to avoid with his racist imitation of Chinese business men, his anger against a respected South American reporter, his comments on immigration that sent France and Germany to call him America’s worst nightmare.
Internationally, he confirms the narrow minded stereotype of Americans. I read a meme recently, “if you like that Donald Trump speaks his mind, you simply are saying I’m a racist.”
And I just can’t believe him and this Kylie are still parading our news when the Egyptian government has killed and imprisoned innocent journalists. Not to mention the war torn country of Syria who far deserves words in mainstream media over them.
The people who are caught up in American current events may not have even heard of or know very little of what’s happening in Syria. Mainly because of what shadows their daily newsfeed and front pages of newspapers. Syria is hardly one of those topics.
So wait for it, it’s news that may not entertain you but trust me, is truly worth reporting on.
The violence in Syria began in March 2011 to now. The middle eastern country has been crippled by a brutal civil war.

Since then, the United Nations estimates more than 200,000 people have died in the clashes between President Bashar al-Assad’s government and rebel forces who want him out.

At this point 9 million people have fled their homes in Syria, and over half of those refugees are children.

In 2011, when I read (in an international, NOT U.S., article)  that 15 school children had been arrested and reportedly tortured – for writing anti-government graffiti on a wall, I wanted to protest with those mothers.

The protests were peaceful demands asking to release the kids.

The government responded angrily, and the army opened fire on protesters, killing four people.

The following day, they shot at mourners at the victims’ funerals, killing another person.

As if that wasn’t enough.

Last year in 2014, ISIS entered eastern Syria to gain power and land.

You know ISIS, the crazy fundamentalist group that has destroyed countless ancient world treasures.  And since their invasion, destruction has become normalcy in Syria.

ISIS reportedly placed improvised explosive devices (IEDs) around the 2,000 year old ancient ruins of Palmyra, in Syria, after capturing the adjacent city of Tadmur.

In the city of Aleppo, 60% of the Old City, a Unesco World Heritage site, was destroyed in the fighting.

People are forced to leave their homes.

It is the largest refugee movement in recent history. And the violence doesn’t look like it’s going to stop.

Listen I’m not a reporter but at the humanitarian level, this is crazy. It is now the world’s biggest internal displacement crisis, with more than nine  million people forced from their homes but remaining in the country.

And then there is the boy. Now this, I saw in my newsfeed. 

syrian boy

This boy, Aylan Kurdi is 3 years old, the same age as my daughter. His body washed ashore on a Turkish beach recently, as him and his family filed for and tried to seek refuge with relatives in Canada.
So, as you continue to watch the Trump show, remember we don’t need a “smart business man” running our country whose main offering is knowing how to “play the game” at being an ambassador of the world who would eventually aid in decisions that affect countries like Syria.
This is not a game of Monopoly Mr. Trump. We need someone who values a relationship with money, with all humans, with education, with morality, with our changing world and its complexities that affect people like Aylan and the the millions of Syrian refugee children, our own nation’s colorful families and yes, even Kylie Jenner.
References:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-22798391
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/16979186
http://www.wsj.com/articles/image-of-syrian-boy-washed-up-on-beach-hits-hard-1441282847

 

Comments

  1. I agree with your comments about Donald Trump but don’t you fall into the same category by charging money for group meditation? Group meditation should be free to all and many of us that need it, cannot afford it. I am disabled and would have to give up part of my grocery money to join the group meditation, which I would like to do. Do you not see how hypocritical
    this is? Group meditation should be for all to enjoy and benefit, not just those who can afford it, which makes it an elite activity. Do you know see the correlation? I am very disappointed as I enjoy the meditation you gave away for free months ago, why charge now for a group meditation. Is this a capitalistic venture? It was not when it was free and I understand you must cover your costs but charging for a group meditation is rather bizarre. Please re-consider this and open it to all, rich, poor and those in between. I was highly offended by reading the fact that a payment had to be made for this. Aren’t you trying to help people, especially those who find it difficult in this world of crazy economics to help themselves. Show who you really are and open this to all. Then, people will see you are not like the others and proposing things like meditation simply to make money. I was quite saddened when I read the price you were charging and that you were charging at all. Group meditation is very powerful, however, those of us who cannot afford your group will either meditate alone or search for others in the same position who cannot afford a rather high monthly charge. I hope you remember your original goal and try to help all, not just the select few who follow you with their credit cards. I was upset and disappointed when I scrolled down and read the charge for the group meditation. I am sure you can offer this once a month for free for those who do not have the means to pay. Please consider this as I believe it is part of your message, to help all who are disadvantaged. There are many people who could benefit from this but simply skip it knowing they cannot afford it. I beg you to look into yourselves and re consider.
    Patricia Wolskee, PhD

  2. Hi Patricia,

    I haven’t been active here on my site, but saw this and wanted to respond. Many of the costs are simply for basic operation and website fees, for technical staff and all that goes into offering online rather than in my home living room 🙂 I perform and offer my meditation and yoga as well as other professional services in person as my seva around the world to those who cannot afford it. If you fall into that category, please let me know, I would be happy to help you out. We are on this journey together and while I found your comment quite defensive at first, I saw then the light around it, reaching out, and want to respond with love. Thank you for being here and may you have a blessed day. Namaste

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