Monthly Archives: August 2016

Using the Power of Words to Make a Difference

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Why I’m speaking out about Syria – conflict zone surgeon

Unsung Heroes: People Shining a Light in a Sometimes Dark World

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0444yy5

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07nch9f

“Few (of us) will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man (or woman) stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, (she or) he
sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
— the powerful and greatly inspiring words of Robert F. Kennedy (with my little insertions in brackets)
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RIPPLES OF HOPE: “FEW (OF US) WILL HAVE THE GREATNESS TO BEND HISTORY ITSELF, BUT EACH OF US CAN WORK TO CHANGE A SMALL PORTION OF…

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“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”

Isis’ promises siren song for loners: Jean-Jacques Courtine

Is It Possible to Defeat Terrorism?: HOW to (as far as possible) combat the scourge of terrorism world-wide

But again, why France? Part of the answer is the dominant feeling among those 50 per cent unemployed youth that there is no future. This absence of tangible hope is the first cause of radicalisation.

Instead of the common expression “the radicalisation of Islam” we should probably be saying the “Islamisation of radicals”, even when this radicalisation proves to be minimal and shallow.

Isis offers each of these disenfranchised youth an imagined glorious future in the paradise of warriors, allowing them to strike back at what they believe is the origin of their misery.

But there is only one promise kept at the end of the day – death.

This also explains the ultimate expression of the terrorist threat; “lone wolves”, ideal warriors, nearly impossible to detect.

Though they may not be as isolated as we believe, they have become the main actors of what we can call, in the…

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Ripples of Hope: “Few (of us) will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events…”