Let’s not forget Raif Badawi…
Those who keep track of the fate of the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, most especially his brave family, will know that this year is marked by a special kind of sad anniversary: on 17 June Raif Badawi will have completed his fifth year in prison.
Five years at the hand of a spiteful regime that does not seem to know the difference between concerns about overdue reforms and blasphemy. Five years of isolation from his beloved family, from all that might sustain his spirit during his imprisonment. And on top of all this Raif Badawi has suffered a cruel public flogging – 50 out of the inhuman total of 1000 lashes. As far as we know he has not been subjected to another flogging. But the threat, that his horrible punishment might be resumed, keeps hovering like Damocles’ sword that might fall again anytime.
All this has happened, because Raif…
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Hope is a state of mind, not a state of the world. Either we have hope within us or we don’t.Hope is not a prognostication—it’s an orientation of the spirit. You can’t delegate that to anyone else.
Hope in this deep and powerful sense is not the same as joy when things are going well, or the willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but rather an ability to work for something to succeed.
Hope is definitely NOT the same as optimism. It’s not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
It is hope, above all, that gives us strength to live and to continually try new things, even in conditions that seem as hopeless as ours do, here and now.In the face of this absurdity, life is too precious a thing to permit its devaluation by living pointlessly, emptily, without meaning, without love, and, finally, without hope.
Today I’d like to share with you my latest project. Since my childhood I have loved to be among cats and kittens. Already back then I had loved to collect cat stories. Now inspired by the particular feline whom this post is dedicated to, I have decided to start this project anew, this time in the form of a blog.
Thus, if you share that very same passion for our feline companions, take your time to have a look to this project and if you want to, you can share your own cat story.
Work is still in progress. At this point everything is just in English, other languages are about to follow….
Cats of all characters, sizes and colors have always played an important role in my life. This spring however I discovered something that indeed changed my life. It was a pure coincidence but it has affected me so intensely. I was looking for some cute kitten therapy on YouTube when I stepped over Tinykittens for the very first time. Soon however I discovered that it gives me so much more than just some cute feline distraction from the sorrows of the everyday life. I have learnt so much about cats, especially about feral ones, since then and this whole process has brought my passion and appreciation to an unprecedented level.
Besides the fact that it provides you with online kitten therapy as much as 24 hours a day, it is Tinykittens’ philosophy that has touched me so much. Basically it is that every cat as an individual deserves the chance…
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Here is another human rights case I have been following through the last years. Therefore I’d like to share this excellent post writen by CiLuna, which not only sums up Shawkan’s story and ordeal, but also provides some advise how to help to end this injustice.
There is also a sequel to this post by the same author named Sky for Shawkan that proposes another way to show your support to this imprisoned photojournalist.
Mahmoud Abu Zeid who is better known under the name „Shawkan“ is a young Egyptian photographer. He is 28 years old and he worked as freelance photographer and contributed to the photo agencies Demotix and Corbis. His photographs were in many well-known and well-regarded newspapers and magazines like the German newspaper Die Zeit and the US Time magazine. He made photos of daily life in Egypt, including festivals and street life. With the beginning of the Arab Spring uprising he also covered political protests. You can find a sample of his amazing photos here.
Shawkan has been in prison for almost three years without a trial or a judgement. By his ongoing detention, Egypt violates International law, but also their own laws. Pursuant to Art. 134 Egyptian Code for Criminal Procedures the pre-trial detention must not exceed two years (if the alleged offence is punishable by life imprisonment or death, in other cases…
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