Posts Tagged ‘Ethics’

AVAAZ.org – Make Some Noise!

// May 22nd, 2007 // 4 Comments » // Blog

I'm sure that most of you have heard about this great-yet-simple activist site by now. For once, i was not the last one to know. I have been following them for a while, but kept on forgetting to mention them here. So, for the few of you who don't know about Avaaz.org, please check out the site right this minute, and get involved. It's so easy, but it will hopefully be an effective stratagem to grab the attention of the world's movers and shakers, to actually encourage them to move and shake in an ethical manner!

The latest campaign is to help keep Iraq's oil in Iraqi hands. Extract from the e-letter:

Amidst rising bloodshed, President Bush has told the Iraqi Parliament they have till the 31st of May to pass a flawed oil law that could give multinational companies unprecedented control of Iraq's oil fields. But some Iraqi leaders are daring to resist – and they need our help.

Two weeks from now, members of the Iraqi Parliament — including Sunni, Kurdish and Shia leaders — are planning to read Avaaz's petition of solidarity from the floor of Parliament. They say this statement of global support for Iraqi sovereignty will strengthen the resolve of their colleagues to face down Bush and big oil companies by opposing this law. So sign the petition today–let's make 100,000 voices heard in Iraq's Parliament before they vote:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/iraq_oil_law

Our simple message: we support Iraq's sovereign right to its own oil. Revenue from oil should be distributed fairly to the Iraqi people. And the Iraqi national parliament should decide this without foreign influence.

Oil accounts for 70% of Iraq's national income. The proposed oil law would give multinational companies broad control of those revenues for three decades — a deal more generous than any in the Middle East. In most countries, oil corporations perform services under contracts with governments. In Iraq, foreign companies would sit on the national council that gives out the contracts.

Here's how the head of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Hassan Jum'a Awwad, put it:

“Iraq is passing through the most difficult of times, because all and sundry are hounding it and covet a share of its riches. Everyone knows that the oil law does not serve the Iraqi people, and that it serves Bush, his supporters and the foreign companies at their expense.”

It's a rare sign of hope to see Iraqis coming together on anything, but this law is bad enough to unite almost everyone. Iraqis are asking for our help. Let's tell them the world supports their right to set their own future. Sign on and help us reach 100,000 voices before they present the petition to the Parliament:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/iraq_oil_law

We are always signing petitions, and often nothing gets done in response. But these guys seem to be combining petition power with real activism, and i am praying that with enough support, things will change – one step at a time, inshā’Allāh. This will not bring about world peace in itself, but it's a start, and we have to start somewhere, right?

Just Five Minutes

// May 5th, 2007 // 26 Comments » // Blog

I want to know what you're thinking, but i'm afraid to ask.
I'm afraid to know the answer.
I'm afraid you won't look at me the same, anymore, after i utter the question.

Have you ever been in this situation? I'm sure that you have, with all sorts of people, at many different times in your life.

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Funny, The Things You Miss

// February 19th, 2007 // 3 Comments » // Blog

I seem to be making a number of embarrassing 'confessions', of late. Well, here's another one to add to the collection: one of my favourite films is… (more…)

A Question of Guilt

// February 16th, 2007 // 1 Comment » // Blog

Italy orders CIA kidnapping trial

Who is more guilty?

The Americans who ordered the rendition, the Italians who assisted them, or the Egyptians who performed the torture?

Personally, i think they're all sick.

Animal Cruelty

// December 20th, 2006 // 2 Comments » // Blog

I'm no vegetarian.

I love my meat.

Chicken, lamb, beef… shove them in a curry, and i'll eat them!

But watching this video brought to light how poorly such animals may be treated before ending up on my plate.

** Warning: Video contains graphic images of animal slaughter **

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