By Helena Norberg-Hodge / localfutures.org. For people in the modern world, there may be nothing more difficult to comprehend than the group calling itself the Islamic State, or ISIS. The beheadings, rapes, and other acts of cruelty seem beyond understanding, as does the wanton destruction of priceless ancient monuments. Perhaps most mystifying of all is the way ISIS has been able to recruit young men — and even some young women — from the industrialized West, particularly Europe: the conventional wisdom is that the cure for ethnic and religious violence is “development,” education, and the opportunities provided by free markets. This seems not to be the case.
Justice for Women
March 18, 2014
The UN estimates that each year, nearly 4,000,000 men, women, and children are sold into slavery through human trafficking. Ships, planes, trains, trucks and vans worldwide transport them. The victims of this $10 billion industry (40% of whom are women and children sold into sex indenturment) do not willingly purchase tickets for their rides — they are victims of kidnap, extortion, and trickery.
While the international collaboration to find the likely sunken Malaysian aircraft 370, and the lost lives in its cabin, (12 crew members and 227 passengers from 15 nations) is a good sign, the failure of technology apparent, the lack of military psychics who are trained to see ‘everywhere and everywhen’ not surprising, but disappointing none the less. Forensics might reveal gas warfare-like traces in the bodies of the passengers, explaining the lack of cell phone texts to loved ones, and perhaps notice one male and one female no longer on board who parachuted to their sea rendezvous, where they were secreted away by boat, having put the plane on auto pilot knowing its fuel supply would only go so far, who were in fact hired by Russia to distract attention from their invasion of Ukraine. Everyone can imagine a good story line when no one yet knows what the true one is. That’s the power of TV, to draw us into stories other than those that are true. That any of it passes for news is dubious, that it brings higher ratings, obvious.
Moving Toward the Millionth Circle: Energizing the Global Women’s Movement, Conari Press, 2013 and the upcoming events at the United Nations working towards a Fifth World Conference on Women www.JeanBolen.com
FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 55 – Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Link to full text of the bill www.4VAWA.org The House passed the inclusive Senate VAWA reauthorization! The bill will be sent to the President to sign! In a strong, bipartisan vote, the House has just voted 286-138 for S. 47, […]