Israel has an $80 billion generating economy a year. People of Palestine do not. Many jews in the USA and around the world make large gains from stock market and funds investments. Many Palestinians do not.
So, to make a difference for the people in Palestine, click on pic above to go there for Palestinian children and their families. (more…)
A word about bankers, political games, greed of a wealthy few and the topic of war propagation.
Like all things wisely considered, finding the balance is key. In a multitude of counselors there is safety.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.9.12~
In Syria, China, South Africa, USA news bites:
The Syrian atrocity: Activists: 5000 people killed in Syria in August.
South Africa on USA, UK’s past: Tutu: Bush, Blair should face trial at the Hague.
Curbing the justification of USA’s war-thirst culture, while renewing purpose in culture: US waves goodbye to the gas-guzzlers.
China Watch: NZ dollar falls on China data.
South Africa: South Africa to withdraw miner murder charges
Insider Trading & Privacy Breach-Zone IT Alerts NZ: Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff wary of Govt data in ‘cloud’
All News Links: NZH. Our thoughts are with Syria’s people today.
Key words via the Red Crescent website for Syria’s people are: health, migration, risk reduction, capacity building, promoting principles and values, humanitarian diplomacy, humanitarian logistics, disaster law, disaster management, youth.
If those words interest you click on top pic to find out more how you may be able to help and get involved.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.9.12~
Paratrooper Scott Meenagh is one of those to benefit from Horseback UK (Picture: Getty)
In New Zealand we are known for our brave soldiers as we are our equestrian sporting events. I was heartened today to read this story:
From the wilds of Afghanistan to the Wild West – soldiers injured on duty are taking their first tentative steps to recovery by learning cowboy skills.
“Struggling to deal with debilitating injuries sustained in the line of duty – and the mental trauma of serving on the front line – the servicemen get time to come to terms with life away from the forces at the unique courses where they learn ranching skills, bushcraft and how to drive a herd on the open range.
One of those taking part is Pte Scott Meenagh, of the Parachute Regiment, who had both legs blown off when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan last year.
The 23-year-old lost his friend in the bomb blast, but was praised after taking up several sports to raise cash for veterans’ charities.
Working with an American Quarter horse, known for their calm temperament, the 23-year-old from Cumbernauld, Scotland, has learned western horsemanship, rural skills and done adventure training to help him come to terms with his injuries.
The project is the brainchild of husband and wife team, Jock and Emma Hutchison, who set up Horseback UK three years ago to help former soldiers. Mr Hutchison said: ‘We act as a link between clinical recovery and the rest of your life.”
For Scott’s recovery process, what a true hero. For more on life’s redemptive rehabilitory, life-giving activities of recovery, Hup2ItHere.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.8.12~
Afghanistan, New Zealand, losing soldiers, military SAS capability and Politics & The Security Council seat prerequisites:
The above topics are on the table in Afghanistan and New Zealand citizens involvement in a war that is incurring heavy losses for NZ troops. On The Close Up Show, Mark Sainsbury interviews, NZ’s PM John Key, Defence Force Chief Lieutenant General Rhys Jones and Jim Veitch.
Mr Key said: “In Afghanistan NZ is in a club that consists of about 50 nations.” Stakes are high. NZ must be seen to be contributing to peace keeping efforts in the world as New Zealanders travel a lot as a people, so for the safety of travel, fighting in Afghanistan is a part of ensuring safety (paraphrased). It was also noted that Mr Key was guided by Lt. Gen. Rhys Jones on all military issues.
Rhy Jones said: “The losses are hard. SAS capability is perhaps needed in Afghanistan.” (paraphrased).
To watch the interview, click on top pic.
Sainsbury noted that New Zealanders are known to be good soldiers in Afghanistan. A secret of the war. (paraphrased).
Massey University Lecturer Jim Veitch, (view him here) talks further on the high stakes of war in Afghanistan. New Zealand troops are not only fighting against the Taliban, they are also fighting for a Trade Agreement to be derived from their war efforts. (more…)
2 SOLDIERS LOST IN AFGHANISTAN NAMED & THOUGHTS OF KIWI SOLDIERS VALUE IN SOUTH PACIFIC SURVEILLANCE PLANNING
The news on two New Zealand soldiers lost in Afghanistan made us all stop in New Zealand and think of the life of our soldiers. Watch.
Scotty Morrison and team have the story in news rheel above.
TV3′s Patrick Gower wrote: “The Afghans who attacked and killed the New Zealand troops in Bamyan have come back for more.
It has been revealed they mounted a second attack this morning on the Kiwi base at Do Ab. They fired rockets into the New Zealand camp, where some of those involved in the weekend’s fatal fire fight were based.
This afternoon, more details about the victims of that attack were revealed. They were Lance Corporals Rory Malone and Pralli Durrer, both 26. Killed in the line of duty, the men were on their first tour of Afghanistan, shot dead in a fire fight with insurgents.
“These were shot in a fusillade, or a volley of fire from insurgent forces,” Defence Force Chief Lieutenant General Rhys Jones said.
Kiwi troops had gone to the rescue of Afghan National Directorate of Security officers, who were ambushed in efforts to catch a bomb-maker responsible for improvised explosive devices (IED).
“This was not us being targeted by the insurgents coming through,” says Lt Gen Jones.
Wise Commentary today is Bishop Desmond Tutu talking of lessons from war in an open commentary piece.
“(CNN) — In the coming days I will be in Juba and Khartoum, the capitals of South Sudan and Sudan.
Tutu hopes to speak to both sides of a continued and increasing conflict in the two countries to allay more war in the region.
Read more at the cap.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.7.12~
יְהוָ֖ה אִ֣ישׁ מִלְחָמָ֑ה יְהוָ֖ה שְׁמֹֽו׃
The Lord is a man of war.
Queens Birthday Weekend June 2012.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.6.12~
The Huffington Post reports today: “MSNBC’s Chris Hayes sparked controversy and debate on Sunday when he said that he felt “uncomfortable” calling soldiers killed in action “heroes” because the term can be used to justify potentially unjust wars. He later apologized for the statement.”
America must be divided on this issue 50-50 as it’s the number one news story in the USA today. More at the jump.
A lot of wastage happens in war and weapons manufacturers and suppliers win the biggest in war stories trade-offs. Perhaps Chris was referring to the economic cost of war to Americans’ future, and wasn’t intending on being demeaning to the families of soldiers lost.
At the time of writing, the USA and Britain are the largest nations of weapons sellers in the world.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.5.12~
Photographer Lisa Davidson captures The Rolling Thunder rally that took place in Washington DC in a procession from Arlington (just outside of Washington DC) to the Pentagon. The Ride for Freedom event this weekend in D.C. honors veterans of war each year and is specifically to bring awareness to POW/MIA issues. The ride began at the Pentagon and ended at the Vietnam Memorial statue.–That’s a whole lot of gasoline and steel in these photos, right?!
Photo captions 1: Paul Felin 56 with his son Jason Felin, 34. Photo 2: Paul’s POW/MIA bracelet. Photo 3: Tourists and residents gather at the Rolling Thunder parade. News source: Washington Post.
At the time of writing the USA has 1 in 10 citizens listed as veterans of war (about 30 million people). However, Info.Com has the numbers at this link. The price of war has been colossal.
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In non military news, the number of missing persons reported in the USA each day is 2,500, or 900,000 each year: David Kracijek critiques the numbers here.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.5.12~
[Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks arrive at the special screening of their film, Man On A Ledge, held at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on Thursday (January 19) in New… Read More Here]
Elizabeth Banks , the native of Pittsfield, Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, landed the role of a police negotiator playing opposite Sam Worthington and Jamie Bell, where Banks is responsible for talking down the title character in Man on a Ledge.
Elizabeth is generating huge buzz at the moment with her appearance as Effie Trinket in the upcoming The Hunger Games movie franchise, a series of films where television entertainment in the world of Panem’s Capitol, consists of watching children kill each other on live TV. It’s a world of brutality as spectatorial.
In garnering criticism as to whether Ledge & THG encourage voyeuristic ‘exploitation of life’ in watching others being harmed or in danger, Banks focuses on the theme of today’s society in her answer to The Fab Life website on both films. Says Banks:
““Well… Yeah, ’cause they’re definitely blood thirsty as well.” But Banks doesn’t necessarily blame the crowds for wanting a good story. “Just think about your day: You’re walking down the street, and you come upon this scene. There’s a guy out on a ledge … and you look up, the guy’s out there, and after a few minutes he goes back in the window. All right. Or, you go home that night and tell your friends at dinner, ‘You’re not going to believe what I saw today. Oh my god, I was walking down Madison Avenue and this guy was out on a building and then he jumped to his death right in front of me.’ Way more interesting.”
Basically, Banks said wryly, this kind of gladiator-audience mentality is human nature. “I just feel that people want the craziest version of every story. We watch boxing for the knockout; we don’t watch it for 12 rounds of going to the scorecards. We don’t watch NASCAR to watch the cars drive around in a circle.””
If we live in a bloodthirsty culture based on blood sports or oil bleeding sports too (same/same really!) in games of war–what does this say about what society has become or is becoming? Or is our link to the earth’s resources and how we value people a factor to look at here also, in slowing this attitude of “blood thirst” down a few notches… in real life. Being blood thirsty is an addiction, like any other addiction. Perhaps this needs some attention in our Western culture.
I think all round – we’ve got to start honoring life more. Thinking green. That would be smart! I like Banks openness to talk about the issue. Raises healthy debate.
[Credit - Stephen Lovekin; Getty Images]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.1.12~
Imagine if North Korea invaded South Korea’s borders resulting in war?
Actually don’t imagine that, because the trailer of the movie The Front Line, has already done that already.
Incidentally the film is South Korea’s Foreign Language Film Entry for consideration at the Oscars this year. What a premise! Click on pic above to view trailer at Nikki Finke‘s Deadline Hollywood website. The film was written by Sang-yeon Park and directed by Hun Jang. Stars of the film include Ha-kyun Shin, Soo Go and Seung-su Ryu.
Gospel rocker Larry Norman‘s famous ballad I Wish We’d All Been Ready is worthy of a listen too. Peace!
Or, I kinda shared a dream post on the weekend on… the topic. If worried about this reality, just pray about it more.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.1.12~
shoot of peace
shine and grow
the red-tipped dawn
–Poetry by Apirana Taylor, from the book A Canoe in Midstream
~Always gotta give it up for the centuries old Maori poetic tradition of New Zealand. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.12.11~
Reading the Druge Report today, I was alarmed to read that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is sounding a rallying call to find allies to war against Iran.
Iran has nuclear weapons. So does, America, France, North Korea, Russia, India and Pakistan. Just like Iran.
Actually Netanyahu’s defence minister is doing all the talking. Via The AFP (Yahoo News) comes this story:
“The “time has come” to deal with Iran, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Sunday, refusing to rule out military action to curb the Islamic republic’s nuclear ambitions.
Barak, speaking on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS program, indicated that Israel’s patience was wearing thin — and provided an ominous response when asked about the growing speculation of an Israeli military strike. (more…)
A Bucket of Blood for a Dollar
a conversation between Uncle Sam and the Rt. Hon. Keith Holyoake, Prime Minister of New Zealand
‘You’ll have to learn,’ said Uncle Sam,
‘The Yankee way of work
Now that you’ve joined in our crusade
Against the modern Turk;
The captial of the Commonwealth is
Not London, but New York.’
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‘Don’t tell them that,’ cried Holyoake,
‘In Thames or Dannevirke.’
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‘Then use your loaf,’ said Uncle Sam,
‘Newspapers hit the eye;
If you get trouble from the men
That you can’t bluff or buy,
Just spread the word that they’re all Reds
And let the rumours fly.’
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‘I’ll bang the drum,’ (more…)