Tag Archives: Peace

Yasmin Mogahed’s position on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict:

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Author’s-Note:
Yasin Mogahed’s spin on the issue takes us to a place that we ca all relate to: it sets us up & forces us to truly reflect upon the different scenarios that she presents, and how we would view them, had they been in place of the Palestinian-Israeli issue.

I used to wonder why some Palestinian people would engage in actions that could only provoke the aggressor further. Then I realized that to ask a people to live quietly, while they have no justice and no freedom, is to ask them to live “peacefully” as slaves. “Peace” without justice or freedom is slavery. It’s like asking a battered woman to live “peacefully” with her abuse. We all want the bloodshed to stop. But what about the daily humiliation and institutionalized oppression?

I was reminded of a part in “The Hunger Games” when Katniss considers abandoning the resistance against the oppressor, in exchange for “safety”. Gale’s response was telling. He said: “Safe to do what? Starve? Work like slaves? Send their kids to the reaping?”

Consider this: If a woman is being raped, things would be a lot more “peaceful” if she didn’t resist. But, asking her not to resist–just because her attacker is physically stronger–is asking her to accept her own abuse and oppression for the sake of “peace”. This is what the world is asking Palestinians to do.

And sometimes what seems to the world as just ineffective tactics, like throwing a rock at a tank, is in fact an act of resistance. It is a powerful statement to the oppressor–and the world–that they refuse to be enslaved. That dignity and self-respect are even more beloved to them than their own lives.

It is a statement that you can take their lives. But not their freedom.

Yasmin Mogahed/2014

For more info. about Yasmin Mogahed:

http://www.yasminmogahed.com

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I’m One with the Wind:

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I am that newly fallen Leaf, in October…

…flying in the Wind, when Summer’s over.

I dash across the seas & oceans, like the Atlantic…

…leaving all stress behind me, I’m not at all frantic.

You cannot keep-up with me, I’m up, too high, in the Sky…

…You didn’t want me when I was here, so time to say “bye”.

Your loss, not mine…

You could have been with me, among the Eagles.

Now, you’d rather send me away…

But, it’s okay; I’m totally free from your shackles.

There’s no return, once I’m gone…

…and, I do not mind being alone.

The Wind, which carries me, to any place that I wish, will compensate for you not having you here…

…Being out and about, without a care in the World, takes away the pain of you not being near.

Gareth Bryant/2013

Fuck the Police-State!!!

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Author’s note:

This following poem is a commemoration, of the famous, classic Rap-Song, “Fuck The Police”, by the famous/infamous Rap-Group, known as “NWA/Niggas With Attitude”. Although, raunchy & vulgar as this particular hit was/is, it truly brought the point home, concerning how policing in Non-White neighborhoods, play-out, and are ethno-politically biased, from jump-street, and keep in-mind that this song is about 30-years old, yet, ironically, the same exact policing-policies, all across this nation, we call the United States of America, have barely changed, if at all. Fortunately, my poem is not vulgar, as the song I’ve mentioned is, yet it is just as (in the words of my loving, Muslim brother, Cyrus McGoldrick) “Radical”, in fact, just as radical, if not more radical, than this top-charting urban ballad, written & recorded, over 3-decades ago.

 

Big-Brother is outta control, because, his parents are not home.

He’s able to kill anyone he wants, with just the strike of a drone.

 

He rapes & locks-up, chains, cuffs, and slaps-up, anyone he chooses, with the support of his malicious War-Machine…

…Millions of illiterate, gun-toting, teens & young-men, sent to the frontlines, to simply kill, and, be killed, to be supreme.

 

The time is now…we can’t wait!!!

We must resist the Police-State!!!

 

He gestures, with dangerous-threats, using his weapons; he has no regard for the oppressed, or their loved ones…

…He’s a murderer, swindler, thief; his entire life has been spent upon insatiable control, with his nukes, and, his guns.

 

He uses billy-clubs, bombs & Napalm, to beat-down, destroy & disintegrate.

These tools are solely meant to exploit, disrespect, abuse & to utterly berate.

 

The time is now…we can’t wait!!!

We must resist the Police-State!!!

 

This Police-State, which we all call home, is supported by Banksters, Lobbyists & Politicians.

These same people flood Churches, on Sundays, and masquerade, as god-fearing Christians.

 

It grants full-support to the corruption, caused by Wall Street, as they, like greedy Hawks, pillage Main Street & prey upon the feeble…

…When you really examine, who gets away with what & who gets persecuted, it’s pretty easy to tell the difference between good & evil.

 

The time is now…we can’t wait!!!

We must resist the Police-State!!!

 

How many “We shall overcome” hymns should we hum, before we rise-up & fight back, with courage & much more?!!!

 

When are we gonna stop yelling, at rallies “No Justice…no Peace”, before we stand firm & prepare to wage war?!!!

Gareth Bryant/2013

Gareth Bryant’s Keys to Happiness:

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Having hope in what we can’t yet see.

Appreciation, for all of what could be.

Patience, upon all the many tests which lie ahead.

Piety, always ensuring that your heart isn’t dead.

Incorporating respect & love in your daily-routine.

Never become ungrateful, nor treat people mean.

Educate others about Allah’s mercy & respite.

Set an example, lead people to Islam, the light.

Stay upon these rules, and you are assured a happy life.

Gareth Bryant/2012