Winter has begun.
This week we have honored the Solstice, and in so doing have been reminded by the earth, sun, and elements that this is a season of transition. Life cycles have come to completion, laid to rest, as the soil and elements prepare for a new day.
Looking back on 2015
“Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is … we cannot expect things to be much better in this world. … We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.”
As the days shrink into long dark nights and the heightened activity of the holiday season accelerates time so that December seems fleeting, FOR staff and I pause to reflect and find peace by counting our blessings.
Wow — 2015 was an incredible year!
Early in the morning of Nov. 15, a 24-year-old black man named Jamar Clark was shot by police near the Fourth Precinct police station in Minneapolis under uncertain circumstances. Some witnesses say that he was shot “execution style” while handcuffed. His family removed him from life support, and he tragically died later that day.
18 December: International Day of Migrants: Need for a UN-led World Conference on Migration and Refugee Flows
18 December was set by the UN General Assembly to call attention to the role of migrants in the world society. The date was chosen mark the creation of the UN-negotiated International Convention on the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families .
The Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change, Twenty-first session (COP21) came to an end in Paris, Saturday afternoon, 12 December 2015, a day longer than planned to allow for last moment compromises and an agreement with a few States, mainly Saudi Arabia and Venezuela so that they would not block a consensus agreement.
During this holiday season, I pause as a Muslim, as I do every year, to rehearse the reasons why I should not feel alienated in my own land, the place of my birth.
9 December is the anniversary of the 1948 Convention on Genocide, signed at the UN General Assembly held in 1948 in Paris.