Jan 30, 2012
Is it possible that corporate science has beyond the most basic human ethics? Is it possible that cells of human beings are being added to the most mundane every-day food products to manipulate our taste buds? Can our corporate and political leaders rationalize the violation of the most fundamental respect for human life? And how does that impact our increasingly "virtual" and "remote control" relationships in an increasingly densely populated world? This article from the Wall Street Journal and ABC news details how one State Senator in Oklahoma took a stand to expose the controversial use of fetus cells for use in artificial snack food. Since this issue has not been widely exposed and kept a trade secret among corporations, should we be considered as unwilling cannibals? Kudos to Oklahoma State Senator for initiating legislation that would ban sale of such practices.
Jan 25, 2012
This commentary from Singapore's respected Rajaratnam Univerity's School of International Studies looks into the situation of Egypt one year after the "Facebook Revolution" or "Arab Spring." Can there be freedom in North Korea?
One needs to compare in this period the 21st Century with anti-democratic China still strong enough and a growing military and political/econ presence throughout region to assert blocking influence and the West's weak economy and US hobbled by ten years of wasteful wars, to the East Europe "Velvet Revolution" and "German Reunification." Eastern Europe and Germany changed in 1988-90 due to collapse of Soviet Union after their ten years of wasteful war in Afghanistan and failed suppression in East Europe, and a growing strong US and Britain under focused strong leaders. And West Germany did not see the East German as simply cheap laborers to work in their corporations' industrial parks to be built in the East. Today, could North Korea and other Asian dictatorship countries truly have a revolutionary "People Power" change like in the late '80s?
To understand is happening politically and socially in Middle East Arab countries, especially Egypt, has much merit in understanding the dynamics of today's world.
From article: Revolutionaries in other Middle Eastern and North African societies in transition may well conclude from the Egyptian experience that it is a fatal mistake to simply topple an autocratic leader and not to push for the ultimate uprooting of a failed system.
In other words, the Facebook revolutionaries didn't have a political/social/economic development plan. Can such a plan be developed for North Korea even today that embodies the UN Millienium Development goals for human security? as well as pragmatic economic development at the grassroots and national levels?
Aug 16, 2011
August 16, 2011
The "perfect storm" of international economic, social, political and environmental calamities is creating an increasingly difficult environment to sustain humanitarian responses. Governments and international institutions lack the resources with or without input of non-governmental organizations. In response to the urgent needs, Asia America Initiative's humanitarian and peace building programs are expanding despite the "impossible" conditions. We have little government funding and no input from U.S. Government. Our success, however, is due to our willingness to accept the sacrifices and to build unselfish team efforts within our organization and with local and global partners.
Our emphasis on accountability, consistent effort and building trust with local communities has tapped the idealism and energy of youth volunteers who have been our saving grace. We have learned that social entrepreneurship can involve private companies in ways where they can share material resources rather than money. During August 2011 we are conducting three substantial programs involving education and environmental awareness, conflict mediation between Christians and Muslims and Cancer Treatment and livelihood training for women and children from dramatically impoverished communities.
BUILDING A CULTURE OF PEACE THROUGH EDUCATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS:
The AAI Peace Caravans have received increasing support, although modest in scope, from business and civic organizations in Manila. On August 5, 2011 Standard Chartered Bank employees teamed with AAI staff to conduct a day of fun workshops at Maharlika Elementary School where each overcrowded classroom lacks basic school supplies for an average of three daily shifts of 65 students per teacher. The bank also donated 5 computers to the school to enhance all-around learning activities. Many of the children are from "squatter" families who fled Mindanao and live in makeshift huts surrounding the community mosque. They are lucky to have one meal per day.
INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW DAY FUN RUN HOSTED BY PHILIPPINES ARMED FORCES:
The Human Rights office of the Philippines Armed Forces organized a public awareness and inter-agency team building run at their Headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo on August 12, 2011. AAI sent our "impromptu" marathon team including Muslims and Christians to participate in the event. We were joined by soldiers, members of the Philippines Red Cross, the National Commission on Human Rights, and the private GroupAid organization.
CANCER TREATMENT FOR THE POOR:
In August 2011, AAI has entered into a Global Challenge listed on the GlobalGiving.org social networking web site. This program provides life saving medicines for 20 children and 30 women afflicted by cancer, especially mothers and grandmothers with cancer whose families earn less than $5 per day. The program includes an art component to instill positive attitudes, love and care. In addition, the program also provides essential literacy and basic livelihood training to help the women to overcome dire poverty and whose unexpected survival can inspire their communities. By surviving, and experiencing Hope, mothers will inspire their children. Adult literacy and education will enable surviving women to provide better lives for their families. For children living in dire poverty without their mothers or grandmothers, the influence of violent crime and militant extremism is a constant temptation. This holistic program intends to empower entire communities.
At the time of this mailing, we have met 3 of the 4 criteria required to be permanently listed on the GlobalGiving.org web site. In order to achieve permanent partnership, we still need slightly more than $1,000 in contributions to qualify. These funds will be used specifically to purchase medications required by the children. You are welcome to assist us by sending contributions of any amount to the Global Giving link: