The goal of violence in American media

In 1938, Walt Disney released the cartoon Snow White. The scenes of Snow White fleeing through a dark and threatening forest were so frightening to many children that they urinated on the theatre seats.

Fast forward to today. Children of today would scorn the previous generations’ fear and scoff at “Snow White”’s images. They are exposed to far worse virtual and real media images, complete with sophisticated and sublimal scores. It is deeply sad that today’s children are so brutalized and stripped of innocence; Walt Disney’s scary scenes were the beginning of that process aimed specifically at children. That is child abuse. Violence and frightening images, shootings, sexual violence, people beng tortured or brutally murdered, camera angles with the viewer as victim, sequences and scenes to startle are the routine stuff of video games, music videos, movies, and television plots. Video games award the player for people killed. How long before reality shows become snuff movies, before society welcomes a return to the evil spectacles of the Roman Coliseum?

Psychologists say that those who are bystanders to abuse suffer the same impacts as those who are abused. There is little difference between fantasy abuse and actual abuse – witness the pounding heart, the breathlessness, the emotional reactions to a scary movie or action movie. The body, psyche, and soul experience these assaults – every child, every adult who witnesses them. These assaults are not entertainment. They are real, and they have real effects. And they create a society which is abused and assaulted, and this experience is considered acceptable. It is even considered entertainment.

Popular TV shows use subtle psychological techniques to get viewers to identify and cheer on actors protraying the U.S. military intelligence community or even frackers. Together with propaganda and marketing hype from all directions about good guys and bad guys, the situation in the United States is of societal and historical illiteracy, sensory addiction, widespread acceptance of anti-social speech, norms, and behavior, and shrug-the-shoulders apathy all to often.

Animation has been used as a medium because it’s easier to “sell” ideas (as well as products; Disney was an innovator in that regard — another abuse of the children in his audience). The popular program, “The Simpsons”, has for years promoted new norms of acceptable behavior, including disrespect, rudeness, and foul language. The film “Despicable Me” makes villainy cute and cuddly, complete with huggable yellow minions that work for history’s worst criminals. Unpack this movie and its packaging; evil is cunningly re-badged and played for laughs. What the movie and its successor films push in large part is darkness as they desensitize audiences.

It’s difficult to be a critic in today’s climate, because the new norm is consumption and thoughtlessnes, and society is resistant to looking in the mirror. After all, this is “just for fun”. As people become increasingly isolated, distracted, and disconnected from each other and from society, increasingly addicted to and damaged by technology, as relational skills atrophy or never develop, and those blue screens become the only “eyes” they look into, the world is in a very dangerous place.

In such an environment, those whose goals are profit and power have more and more room to operate, free of opposition. History is very clear where that leads.

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Syrian children sing «May there always be sunshine» in Russian (VIDEO)

From RusVesna.su

January 27, 2017

Children at one of Aleppo schools learnt popular Russian song «May there always be sunshine» and sang it in Russian.

Children in one of Aleppo’s schools are beginning to get back to regular classes, which include an educational programme about Russia. Footage from the school shows pupils drawing the Russian and Syrian flags together as a symbol of friendship between the two countries.

Aleppo is Syria’s second largest city and the biggest industrial and economic centre — since 2012 it was partially under terrorists’ control.

READ ALSO: Russian sappers and Syrian children: touching footage on Engineering troops Day in Aleppo — «Russian Spring» exclusive rep (VIDEO, PHOTO)

In autumn 2016 SAA performed a range of operations which resulted in full liberation of Aleppo by mid-December.


http://rusvesna.su/news/1485546756

Saudi-led coalition demands removal from ‘wildly exaggerated’ UN blacklist of child-killers in Yemen; UN caves to pressure

From RT

© Khaled Abdullah

UN adds Saudi-led coalition to blacklist for ‘killing & maiming’ children in Yemen

From RT

June 3, 2016

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People walk on the rubble of an electronics warehouse store after a Saudi-led air strike destroyed it in Yemen’s capital Sanaa February 14, 2016. © Khaled Abdullah / Reuters

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has slammed the Saudi-led coalition for “killing and maiming” children in Yemen, adding it to an annual blacklist of countries and armed groups that have violated children’s rights in conflict.

“Grave violations against children increased dramatically as a result of the escalating conflict,” a report released by Ban on Thursday states.

“In Yemen, owing to the very large number of violations attributed to the two parties, the Houthis/Ansar Allah and the Saudi Arabia-led coalition are listed for killing and maiming and attacks on schools and hospitals,” the secretary-general stated in the document.

According to the report, the coalition was responsible for 60 percent of child deaths and injuries in Yemen last year, killing 510 people and wounding 667 others.

The coalition was also behind half of the attacks carried out on schools and hospitals in Yemen.

The UN report added the coalition to its blacklist of groups that “engage in the recruitment and use of children, sexual violence against children, the killing and maiming of children, attacks on schools and/or hospitals and attacks or threats of attacks against protected personnel, and the abduction of children.”

The coalition began a military campaign against Houthi rebels in March 2015. It sides with the exiled President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while the Houthis are aligned with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who resigned in 2012 following a popular uprising against his rule. The conflict has left nearly 4,300 dead since March, half of them civilians, according to UN figures.

The Houthis have been on the UN blacklist for at least five years, and are considered “persistent perpetrators.”

The UN report also named armed groups in other countries, including in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Iraq, Mali, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Colombia, Nigeria and the Philippines.

Government forces in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Myanmar, South Sudan, Sudan and Syria were also named on the blacklist.

But although the UN’s report cited a deadly US airstrike on a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Kunduz, Afghanistan, it said the attack was carried out by “international forces” and did not add the US to the blacklist.

Ban did, however, urge all 193 UN member states to ensure their engagements in conflicts comply with international law.

“It is unacceptable that the failure to do so has resulted in numerous violations of children’s rights,” he said.

https://www.rt.com/news/345333-saudi-coalition-un-blacklist/

The future of us: why nature, trees, and children matter

By Nina Beety
Global Research, December 23, 2015

This is a magnificent universe.

Everything is alive and conscious. Children know that. Indigenous people know that. And in your bones, you know that. It is your deepest dream and desire.

Atoms and particles are alive. Where else would life and consciousness come from? Everything around us has life, from the atomic level on up. You are surrounded by friends and allies. You are not alone.

How is it that we turn our backs on such a glorious reality? Why do we cut ourselves off from such knowledge, learning, communication, and friendship?

The secret life of plants

Westerners often wonder how indigenous people know what plants to use for healing. The simple answer is: the plants tell them. Indigenous people cultivate relationships with the creatures around them. All of us can do that.

In 1966, polygraph expert Clive Backster hooked up his house plant to a lie detector machine to see if it would indicate when it needed watering. Instead, he made very different discoveries. He found that plants have profound awareness, they feel pain, they have a range of emotions, they go into shock when overwhelmed with events or emotions, they exhibit compassion and love, they communicate with each other instantaneously across distance without regard to distance, they telegraph threats to each other, they care about the people who care for them, and they connect with those people across distances. These discoveries, as well as those by other people, are detailed in The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird.

Biophilia is the birthright of every human – real fellowship with all living beings. It is no wonder that many humans, particularly in Western society, feel so lost and alone. This level of relationship is what we’re made for.

Nature is reality and wisdom

Trees, plants, and mycelium are chief examples of the highest species on Earth.

They are integrated into existence, into life. They are rooted and interact and interface with the very elements which are the foundation of life. Think of that.

Their interaction with the earth includes this essential rootedness to a place and to the Earth. Humans, the most mobile species, are the least connected. Mobility comes at a high cost: connection and belonging. When home and rootedness are removed, with its related earth wisdom, humans are lost — uncertain who they are, unhappy, refugees and aliens in their own land, prey to hucksters, reduced to survival, their moral base gone. Look around.

The wise thing to do is to root and land, to learn from trees and plants, to connect to place, and to spend time outside sitting, listening, and seeing.

Children are most connected to rootedness, and they grow deeper, stronger, calmer, wiser, healthier, more compassionate, and more independent the more time they are in nature and with trees. They are our teachers. The most important thing for communities and our world is to free children to spend their time outside so they can show us how to be connected.

In a healthy society, every child would have a connection to trees, would have their own garden, would have special places outdoors, and would be expert in the nuances, the seasons, the species, the sounds, and the wisdom of those places. Those places would be laboratories of learning and study. Each child would be a teacher of his or her discoveries. Children would be leaders in our communities.

The more connected humans are, the more content and capable they are and the less need for material things, for status, or to be placated or soothed. We become free when we are connected.

Freedom is our birthright. Examples surround us — wolves, horses, prairie dogs, coyotes, snakes, streams and rivers, mountains, trees, and children. These are our teachers and mentors.

Happiness and creating the future

Plants and trees harm no one in order to live. Think of that. This is true of bees and butterflies and other species. They are life-positive. They take what they need to live and harm no one. Their lives are a constant and beautiful gift, full of abundance, and they are essential for the rest of us. The oxygen alone from trees and plants makes our lives possible.

What vast wisdom is in these life-nourishing people that use no violence. To create thriving, diverse, happy, and healthy societies, we begin by sitting at their feet and listening and learning.

Universities of life

Skills permeate every bit of life from the atomic level, as well as

  • resources
  • insights, knowledge, and wisdom
  • community
  • values, and
  • love

They are intrinsic to life, a part of the “is-ness” of reality. They are in cells, molecules, atoms, particles, and light. They are part of all beings.

The highest education is the most connected to nature, the most rooted and local-based, the most integrated, and the least technological, with only the most porous of walls. The true universities are outdoors and integrated with nature. The best universities would be the forests.

Can you talk with trees and plants? Can you hear nature’s wisdom and messages? Are you rooted and connected to a place? What do you know about your home? These are the most important skills and knowledge.

Places of learning would be typified by diversity and teaching flowing back and forth; all would be students and teachers. No degrees or pieces of paper. One’s life is the only reliable proof of learning and wisdom.

This type of education would be free. No college debt. And no SAT, GRE, or ACT tests required.

Real world skills would include creating new healthy systems of food, water, energy, building, and production, eliminating waste, and recycling. Each person would discover for themselves what is good and valuable and important.

These learning places would be characterized by languages, community, healing arts. They would be everywhere — vibrant, pulsating with honest, open dialogue, with life and happiness, authentic, open, heart-based, and earth-based, for all ages and species. Each would learn many skills.

Trees, plants, mycelium, and other species transmute elements by the “technology” of their own beings. Water responds to spoken or written words. What incredible skill sets to include in any curriculum.

Trees

Trees are very special among Earth’s people. Wise and beautiful, their deep, abiding qualities have been honored throughout time, and many regard them as sacred.

As a long-lived people, they acquire a deep wisdom and perspective. Because they are place-based, they embody and create home. They are protectors, strong, often tall, fragrant hiding places for people large and small, with fruits and flowers available to all, and amazing voices. They offer deep and soul-nourishing friendship to all who wish it.

They are our hope for the future. The Ents of J.R.R. Tolkein’s stories were not a huge stretch of the imagination. Trees are wisdom keepers, mentors, teachers, and friends.

Trees are people. They are not fuel or building material or oxygen factory. They are not extra or unimportant. They are living, breathing, feeling, tremendously wise and good people. When humans cut down a tree, they murder a person. Protecting trees is of the very highest importance.

Trees can help us be at home, wherever we are on Earth. Their friendship can bring us joy, fulfillment, and peace. Trees are willing to be a part of our lives into the future.

Trees are the master teachers living everywhere who can help us create life and peace, prosperity and health beyond the 7th generation. They stand ready to be partners in creating communities brimming with life and happiness.

Healing life

The only hope for the world is if we realize the reality and goodness that surrounds us, if we start paying attention to all the people, whether they have leaves, bark, fins, wings, horns, fur, scales, feathers, cilia, many legs, or no legs, and understand, in the midst of all the other benefits, that we belong to a community of extraordinary people.

Our partners wait. The future is possible. The rest is up to us.

 

Nina Beety is a researcher, writer, and public speaker on foreign policy, the environment, and wireless radiation hazards. Her 2012 report for public officials “Smart Meter and Smart Grid Problems: Legislative Solutions” is on her website http://www.smartmeterharm.org. She lives in Monterey, California.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/our-future-nature-children-and-the-moral-imperative-of-saving-trees/5497589

 

Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire brings a message to the UK from Syrian children

From Stop the War Coalition

By Mairead Maguire
07 December 2015

Syrian children who have suffered so much from violence and war in their young lives, send a message: ‘UK please do not bomb our country’.

Children of Homs

On 28 November 2015, Mairead Maguire visited a school in Homs, where children have suffered from violence and war.


Mairead Maguire was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work in promoting peace in Northern Ireland. She has since won many awards for her tireless campaigning for peaceful resolution to conflicts round the world, particularly in the Middle East.

On 2nd December, 2015 the United Kingdom Parliament voted to bomb Syria and the world watched as British planes, equipped with the latest bombs aptly named ‘Brimstone’ are dropped on Syrian targets and country.

On 28/ll/2015 during my visit to Homs and at a school in the heart of Old Homs, Syrian children who have suffered so much from violence and war in their young lives, send a message: ‘UK please do not bomb our country, we love Syria’.

Having returned from my third visit to Syria, the message from the Syrian people is, they do not want outside military interference in their country, they want through peace and reconciliation to stop all violence and build a just and peaceful Syria, and they are already doing this themselves.

Children of Homs

Syrian children send a message: ‘UK please do not bomb our country, we love Syria’.

Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate. www.peacepeople.com

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Canada’s state crimes against children: Duplessis orphans and Indian boarding schools — kidnapping, rape, torture, lobotomies, experimentation, murder, trafficking, genocide

Over 350,000 children were taken and used by Canadian and religious authorities. Many were murdered.

More than 50,000 First Nation indigenous children disappeared and were murdered in Church of England and Catholic boarding schools, and 300,000 children (some of whom were United States citizens) were sold or were incarcerated in mental hospitals in Quebec to make money from the Canadian government.

From RT
Duplessis Orphans (S3E8)
December 13, 2015

A special edition of In the Now: A story of an atrocity against children, a cover-up, and the sheer strength of survivors. One Canadian “Duplessis Orphan” shares what she had to go through in her childhood.

Video at: https://www.rt.com/shows/in-the-now-summary/325769-duplessis-orphans-atrocity-children/

From Hidden No Longer

More than 50,000 children died in “Indian residential schools” operated jointly by the government of Canada and the Roman Catholic, Anglican and United Church of Canada

http://hiddennolonger.com/

Report
Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust
http://canadiangenocide.nativeweb.org/genocide.pdf

Background documents
http://canadiangenocide.nativeweb.org/intro.html

Canada speaks so passionately about human rights. Then why do they murder, enslave, and experiment on their own children?

There is still no justice for these children.