Monthly Archives: January 2010

Contrast of the World – Haiti Earthquake and Golden Globe Awards

Our world is globalized; from the magical box called tv, i was looking at the news which broadcast on Haiti earthquake with piles and piles of bodies being buried while minutes later, a hollywood enthusiasts and fashion commentator discussing on Golden Globe Awards fashion. As a  third-party view, I feel weird; on one end, humans are struggling for justice, praying for the slightest hope that government could send in aid to save their loved ones who might still be breathing under the bricks or caught a curable disease, but just waiting for the right treatment or medication or maybe just having the access to clean water. On the other end, humans dressed in silk, spent $$$$ on hair, face, accessories, stage, dinner and only make a donation of $100, 000?

I believe all those who attended Golden Globe Awards would have spent more than this amount! Even if Haiti no longer need more money, the money could have spent wisely elsewhere too. I wonder how many people at the dinner realized that in another corner of the world, a city named Jos just had a religious conflict again that killed at least 15o human lives. In my view, religious conflict has always been a secondary reason, the primary reason lies with money related issues like property and natural resources. The same go for the incident in Jos, if some money spent at Golden Globe Awards could be spent at Jos to reduce poverty, would have the innocent 150 lives be taken? This brings back the ubuntu logic.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8468456.stm

Have a look at the video. I do not believe that those Nigerians are barbaric, they are simply desperate; desperate to have a job, desperate to feed a family, thats all.

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Fish-lovers

I love to eat fish. Grilled, crumbed, steam, i love it all. I used to think that i can have fish everyday. Now, thats an ignorant thought. There are so many fishes facing the fate of extinction because of fish lovers like me. Why? the process goes like this;

  1. fish really taste that yummy that me and many others want to have it almost any other day
  2. demand of fish increase
  3. in a capitalist society where money matters, everybody flocked into fishing business to have a slice of the profit
  4. your neighbour or uncle’s friend could be a wholesaler in your country
  5. these wholesalers need to find the cheapest and best quality source of fish
  6. fertile fishing ground that used to be the ground of the locals are now invaded by foreigners or foreign hired fishermen
  7. fishes reproduction cannot catch up the fishing rate
  8. fishermen get desperate and slit the bellies of the female fishes to get the foetuses out which could very well be next year’s catch
  9. competition between local and foreign fishermen increase
  10. the rich and powerful foreign countries would then buy ‘RIGHTS’ to fish on those ground
  11. the poor but fertile countries cannot resist the offer because they are usually heavily indebted
  12. fishing continues; fishes continues to face extinction; poor continues to face unfair competition; rich continues to do whatever they want which makes them still rich or richer

If it sounds anywhere familiar, because it’s an example between the European Union (EU) and some African countries like Mauritania or Senegal. I heard of developed countries taking over developing countries’ assets like oil, river, rainforest, and now FISHING GROUND. Seriously, it is not a big news anywhere, but its a BIG DEAL, isn’t it? the fishing ground can be the lifetime career for the many local fisherman there. just as we dream of BMW, they dream of having a full meal everyday. Well, since now the situation is very unfavourable with less fishes around to continue their survival, they save extremely hard to take a ship out as refugee. As on whether they had been able to reach a good country (as in capitalist perspective) or able to get a residential rights, both you and I won’t know.

Now, is it a sin to eat fish? I seriously hope the answer is no.

Movie, Avatar speaks the truth

Apologies for the long negligance here, I was really busy working .

Besides, I flocked to the cinema like the majority to catch Avatar, the top movie of the year. After watching it, I came to the conclusion that both the effects and story made it a success. Effects aside, the movie really engage us emotionally; let’s flashback to the scene when the tree in the village was destroyed, the fear and sadness that engulfed the Na’vi were captured so vividly. It, too affected us, in our minds we were thinking why humans could have done something so horrible to innocent tribe group and insisting that if we were in the human position, we would definitely choose a amiciable solution. Luckily, the movie has a perfect ending. Hence, our accumulated fustration in the midst of the movie were dissappated immediately after seeing the evils being subdued.

However, in our world, the ending has never been so perfect. Amazon, the biggest rainforest in the world contains tribes too who arn’t as lucky as the Na’vi. Take example, Ecuador. She do not have what amazing stone that sells at 20 million per kg, but she is oil rich – the current most valuable asset in the world. As the norm, foreign major companies came in and controlled it, while the locals were slaved. Like a snowball, problems get bigger and bigger; those companies priority is profit, hence who is going to care about the oil spill ? o yes, the tribes living there! but since when history allowed slaves to speak up? Just like the Na’vi who never get the chance to negotiate and resort to war means. Lets be truthful here, our dear tribes in ecuador’s amazon has no some magic dinosaur-bird to assist them if they were to go to war. They would only die miserable under the gun-fire that those countries have been investing continuously and massively. Ok great, now we in the civil world can come up to the tribes and say ‘hey you know you guys can file a lawsuit!’. Well, a lawsuit is going to take years, maybe in our new year 2010, the tribes are accounting the debts in 1990! We are all fighting for all children’s futures, while the tribes are securing the forest which is their home, we are only concerned that our children get the best piano or tuition teacher. We are all fighting for cultures, while the tribes are securing their languages and traditions, we are only concerned that music and games would be more impressive.

Our world is definitely as beautiful as Pandora, let’s make a little effort by giving back to the nature since we are already in a system that seemed really irreversable.