Raison d'être, Random Tankar, United Nations

Random Tankar (random thoughts) 11 april 2016: Nästa steg är inte…”kul” (The next step isn ‘t “fun”)

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In a book on meditations (Raids on the Unspeakable?) written by the Cistercian monk, Thomas Merton, he speaks of his life of solitude in his hermitage, with the artillery guns from Fort Knox firing in the distance. The writing on the box that his propane heater came in had not been totally painted over, per monetary rules, and he could read the words touting the heater as something to have fun with. In light derision he then comments on his life being so much more than…fun.

My VR counselor, still in her career years, wanted to know how much money I wanted to make going back to work. There were other things, than this blog, I could do to make money easier. I tried to get across that I was retired and doing the blog is a calling, not a job. Whatever income I could garner on the Internet I would pay taxes on; then I would use these after-tax dollars to empower transgender and intersex persons, LGBTI refugees, and the 2030 UN CSW60 agenda for the status of women.

Merton died in Bangkok from accidental electrocution, when he was visiting the Dali Lama. Living alone in the woods he touched innumerable peoples’ lives. In 2030 I will be 87 years old. None of us knows how much time we have left. So we do what we can, for one another, while we are here. At least that is the way I see it.

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I en bok meditationer (Raids on the Unspeakable?) skriven av Cistercian munk Thomas Merton, talar han om detta liv av ensamhet i sin hematiga, med artilleripjäser av Fort Knox bränning i fjärren. Låden hans gasolvärmare kom hade inte varit helt målas över, per klosterregler, och han kunde läsa orden försöken practa värmaren som något att has kul med. Mot bakgrund hån, Merton kommenterar sit liv som är så mycket mer an…kul.

Min VR rådgivare, fortfarande i sin karriär ån, frågade mig hur mycket pengar jag vill göra gå tillbaka till arbetet. Det fanns andra saker, än den har bloggen, kan jag göra för att tjäna pengar lättare. Jag försökte få över att jag är pensionerad och gör bloggen var ett kall, inte ett jobb. Oavsett inkommer jag kunde vinna på Internet, jag betala skatt på; använda dessa dollar efter-skatt att ge trans och inter personer, LGBTI flyktingar, och 2030 UN CSW60 för kvinnor ställning.

Merton dog i Bangkok från oavsiktlig elektrisk ström, när han besökte Dali Lama. Bor ensam i skogen, rörde han otaliga människors liv. I 2030 jag vill att vara 87 år gammal. Ingen av oss vet hur mycket tid vi har kvar. Så vi gör vad vi kan för varandra medan vi är har. Åtminstone det är så jag ser det.

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Roberta A Westerberg, MA *Skickat från min svenska IPad.🇸🇪

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Activism, United Nations

UN Live United Nations Web TV –

Are you interested in what goes on at the United Nations? This a link to United Nations Web TV. Put this URL on you browser and add a free news/educational resource to your daily digital viewing. Considering the hypocrisy of American TV/radio news that could care less about balanced reporting and just broadcasts sensationalist crap over and over to help their political cronies garner votes and advertisers sell products, UN Web TV has no advertising. It doesn’t even have money-raising telethons like NPR.

The current US election season illustrates what happens when, in a democratic society, there is no balanced reporting of what is going on in the world. When the uninformed masses are manipulated by a person who comes on like he will have total control over the United States and the world will bow to what he decrees, there is a total disregard of the reality of the existence of a world community, based on law and human rights.

Besides the five default categories, there is a search feature on the website.Programs scheduled are in US Eastern Daylight Time.

http://webtv.un.org/live/

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Human Rights, United Nations

UNHCR: Syrian Refugees Start Over in Canada. Här kommer en YouTube-video till dig!

This short video is about a Syrian family that has come to Canada to make a new life for their family. Produced by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) it speaks of human suffering and the response of ordinary Canadians to help a family make a new life in the New World.

Some of the difficulties in this resettlement that were obvious to me were:

the need for everyone to learn the Roman alphabet and the English language,

the need for the family to learn and adjust to all the little things (managing a bak account, riding public transportation, seeking employment, shopping, paying bills, etc.) that we just
take for granted,

and the role of the Canadian volunteer team to be a family for these new arrivals to their new home.

Here in Salem, Oregon a large number of residents have chosen to be like our Canadian neighbors: welcoming Middle East and African migrants and helping them settle here when vetted and allowed to come by the appropriate US agencies. Some of us are concerned, however, about the rhetoric spewed in the current election season against all Syrians and Muslims because of the actions of terrorist groups in Europe and the US. (In the video a child who looked middle-school age was going to school for the first time in her life in Canada.)

One of the sponsors reminded viewers that Canada is a nation of refugees. So is the United States! My grandparents came to the US to make a new life or flee the constant wars in Europe. To categorize all persons fleeing terrorist armies and persecution in their homelands as dangerous threats to national security is ludicrous. And through treaty and other agreements the US has agreed to receive migrants, like it or not.

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United Nations

Maybe It’s You – Robin & Julia Goldsby – NGO CSW Forum Beijing +20 in Geneva

I joined the NYC Chapter of this NGO last week. This is a powerful group of women committed to lifting up ALL women in the world.

Kolla in det här videoklippet på YouTube:

http://youtu.be/Zwe0rOiFydU

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United Nations

Jungian Analyst/Author Jean Bolen – “Indomitable Spirit in Activists & the Archetype of Artemis”

Today, March 8, 2016, is the United Nations International Women’s Day. This video presentation by Jungian Analyst is very appropriate on this special day to honor women worldwide. The UN has an ambitious program, The Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, which includes the uplifting and empowerment of women around the globe.

This presentation was sponsored by the UN NGO Committee on the Status of Women in March 2015.

Kolla in det här videoklippet på YouTube:

http://youtu.be/hfmlWwcwUM4

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United Nations

UN rights chief welcomes US President’s plan to close Guantánamo detention facility

There are things that should happen and things that can happen. A lame-duck Democratic President is doing what he can to clean up things, but the Republicans won’t let him. And if another Democratic President is elected, it will be “business as usual” with that person also.

Bad feelings still remain about the George W. Bush administration. But even this won’t help to have justice served for detainees who have yet to be charged of any crime. And all this flies in the face of International Human Rights Law, which most Americans don’t know or care to know exists.

The word is out about how the UN feels about GITMO. Will closing GITMO happen? Will the US ever move out of Guantanamo Bay completely? As long as the rent is paid GITMO is part of the US. Why does everyone turn a blind eye to this?

UN rights chief welcomes US President’s plan to close Guantánamo detention facility – http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=53299

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UNHCR – Acting out their trauma, refugees bond with Ugandan hosts

There is a message in this UNHCR post of trauma and healing through integration with nations receiving refugees. Being mentally ill is a label that can bring with it stigma and exclusion. But being in a play and telling others about a journey so many others have died and continue to die doing is “educational” to say the least. This on-stage catharsis affects everyone in ways that may only be apparent later.

Needing and agreeing to undertake counseling for traumas related to forced migration are two different things. And there has been a lot of “bad press” about nations like Uganda where being LGBTI can be a liability. Trauma is trauma whether you are LGBTI or not. And being there as an LGBTI person is different from reading a couple paragraphs about it in a Western, English-language magazine.

People getting to know and accepting other people as persons and not as demonic objects created by fanatics is what UNHCR promotes worldwide. And each and every country has forces within its borders promoting equality in its own way. And the worldwide struggle for LGBTI rights continues.

http://www.unhcr.org/56c5a6339.html

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