Category Archives: Human Rights

Gandhi in Egypt

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Gandhi is still alive

Photo by Mariam Abuhaideri

An Egyptian youth reads “Gandhi” at a local cafe in Downtown Cairo. There seems to be some hope for the youth of a country whose adults seem to have lost track of self restraint and non-violence.

Gandhi once said, “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.” Egypt is on its way to permanent blindness, if the youth are ignored and if the violence doesn’t cease. The youth are the future of Egypt, the adults will soon perish leaving behind nothing but dust.

He also went on to say, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We need not wait to see what others do.”

These sayings are so befitting for the current developments in Egypt, and hope that every youth reads a copy of Gandhi and applies some of his teachings into the future of what will hopefully become an independent and prosperous Egypt.

Hypocrite

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Genre: Serious Satire
A film produced using “found” and “archival” footage. I remixed videos to create new meaning! Sit back, and enjoy “Hypocrite” and learn about the American dream!!

The project was produced for a class that uses found footage. Ideas expressed in the video are mine alone. For a complete list of sources, please contact the producer.

 

 

What about the Inalienable rights of Palestinians?

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Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms,
” Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.”

The drafters of the UDHR meant well when the UN General Assembly adopted the document on 10 December 1948. Somehow however, their successors have adopted selective enforcement. They impose the rights guaranteed by the declaration as they deem suitable. Thus it can be concluded, that there is no such thing as universal human rights. The document is worthless. Why else would the US continue to support Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land?  Why would they  then harshly criticize the Iranian government for its crackdown on the protestors post 2009 elections? They seem to be suffering from bipolar justice disorder.

It is common knowledge that the US has a long track record of human rights abuses. The list is endless-racism, unnecessary wars, war crimes, treatment of Guantanamo prisoners, and most recently the government’s crackdown on the Occupy movement participants in New York and a number of other US cities. It is shocking then, that they shift their rhetoric toward other leaders who oppress their population or their opposition. It is even more shocking that they keep calm in the presence of continuing oppression of Palestinians. How is it that Palestinians have no human rights and Israelis do? Many analysts have argued that the Israel-Palestine situation is way beyond resolution, and it will stay unresolved if the human rights of Palestinians continue to be violated. Others argue that it will take a genocide of the Palestinians for the US to act as it did following WWII for German Jews. Then there are a few who believe that a whole generation change would be the single most important step toward a solution. The oppression however, must cease.

On a closer study of the Articles of the UDHR, Israel is in violation of all the rights listed in the document in some capacity or the other. If the document is legit, shouldn’t Israel be prosecuted for the grave violations? The Zionist lobby in the US will prevent that from happening, and the US government remains non-compliant despite changes in the administration. It can therefore be concluded that the US government is a puppet organization. They don’t deserve the respect accorded to them for being powerful, because in essence, they are not! This disregard for US power from international allies will perhaps hold them back from forcing their values (which they don’t even follow) on other nations,  unless of-course, they can be fair and just themselves. If they continue to disregard the rights of Palestinians to their homeland, essentially ignoring the UDHR they should consider giving up the power position they hold in the international community before their (and their controller’s) power is shamefully displaced or ousted  from the global community,  just as their colleagues in the Arab world.

But can the US government be trusted on defraying from their position to recognize and uphold the rights of Palestine? Perhaps. They have betrayed every partner in the Middle East they had once supported- the Shah of Iran, Mubarak,  and Saddam Hussein. Have we forgotten that they (the CIA) were responsible for creating Osama bin Laden by supporting the Mujahedeen to fight the Soviet Union? Does anyone else see the trend continue with NATO support of rebels in Libya. More on this in a separate post. For now, let us continue to embed some humanity into the heart and mind of  the US government.