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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Working Away w/Mid-Week Notations On #Iraq, #Iran, #Freedom & #Hope

Independence Day 2016 W-End here in the United States was quite a weekend.  I had the privilege to work on a number of Community Service Projects including helping to host the Open House for St Timothy's Catholic Parish 's Food Ministry Pantry that I have the privilege to serve as a staff member.   I also worked on supporting the City of Laguna Niguel's 38th Annual Run in the Park and thereafter with my local Scout Troop as the Troop had the first ever Hot Dog Stand.    A Visual Essay was produced for the DailyOutsider Community Page.   

As I was reflecting upon this wonderful weekend of Community spirit, my mind again drifted away half-way around the World as the carnage continued ever more.   As I write this, Bangladesh is witnessing another terror attack on Eid-Fitr Celebrations and a gun battle has been raging on.   I was just numb as I saw reports over the weekend about the Over 250 People have lost their lives in Baghdad.   There seems to be no end to the carnage that has been unleashed by the subhumans that in the name of Islam do whatever it is they are doing.  I compare this to what I saw as Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo cited a verse of the Holy Quran--A catholic hospital quoting a Muslim Verse--on the back of its' business card.

I also helped finish a notation for Outsider on the Chilcot Report on the Iraq War.   The Iraq War was one of the reasons that I took to the Virtual World--without knowing the intelligence, those of us who advocated how wrong the whole war was proved right all along.   This from the Guardian of London said it all:



I caught Tony Blair's Statement.     I will not put much stock in his statement and only note this final thought that says it all in a full rebuttal to his statement:  "...Mr Blair’s impulse to trot alongside a know-nothing cowboy might reflect a deep need to bury the CND badge of his youth and earn some muscular respectability. Mr Corbyn’s ascent is the most ironic of the consequences of his historic mistake. But by far the most serious are still being played out far away – on the streets of Iraq...."  I would also take their comments one step further by underscoring how the whole region is in chaos over this disastrous decision.     

I caught up on the latest Last Page that was on Voice of America's Farsi Service.    There is a scandal brewing in Iran as it has been exposed that Senior Managers (including Ministers) have received hefty pay packages, sweet deals on Loans and expenses that are just beyond the pale.   Some of them, it appears, make more that the President of the United States!!!!   This is some 12 Millon People officially are unemployed and  as repression continues.    I tracked down this beautiful song from a very talented artist who was imprisoned for giving voice to the true challenges in the country right now:  




The song is about freedom and hope  despite all the challenges that the Country faces--and in the end noting that freedom will prevail.   It showcases some of the most successful Iranian Women including Anouseh Ansari (The first Iranian-American Woman in Space that went to space on the Russian Space Station); The winner of the equivalent of the Nobel Prize Maryam Mirzakhani along with Golshifteh Farahani and the Oscar-Nominated Shohreh Aghdaslou.     Here is a translation of the lyrics thanks to the folks at Lyrics Translate: 


We are happy, joyful and full of laughter
Even though we are imprisoned,
Our way is blocked and our feet sore
But we set fire,
We are the generation of roars
And have joined our hands together,
We are covered in blood but we know
that at the end of the story, We're free
♫♫♫
We've been in the prison for 100 years
and won't stay here any longer,
We become windows and vocal cords*
and sing the freedom song
We are the generation of roars
And have joined our hands together
We are covered in blood but we know
that at the end of the story, We're free
♫♫♫
We share the same story and pain
and have made our sorrows into one,
We side by side search every single house
to find our dreams
We are the generation of roars
And have joined our hands together
We are covered in blood but we know
that at the end of the story, We're free
We are covered in blood but we know
at the end of the story, We're free
at the end of the story, We're free
at the end of the story, We're free
He was released on bail--I have not seen anything lately being loaded on his YouTube Page though.     The repression is ever more evident now as three Iranian Music Distributors have been sentenced to jail despite the promises of the current President to change things.

As I was catching up on the "Social Grid" For the night, I ran across this courtesy of a Facebook Friend that I took comfort in--Not easy when one is witness to such a challenging World--but there is no choice--is there? 


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