From the Genocide Intervention Network

Published April 27, 2007 · Estimated reading time: 3 minutes · Share your thoughts
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This was an email that was forwarded to me from the Genocide Intervention Network [wiki]. The organization is American oriented, however, they have a very global platform and have been very sucessful lobbying in Washington for populations affected in unstable regions. I like their focus, and I hope that more advocacy groups like this begin root in other places around the world. I thought I’d share the email with anyone who might be interested. For people who aren’t hanging out in Montreal (not that it’s not fun here) I hope you have a great summer!

Genocide Intervention Network

April is a month where we bear testimony to some of the most gruesome atrocities of the twentieth century. Ironically, the century that brought us the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights also witnessed the Holocaust and genocides in Armenia, Cambodia and Rwanda.

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Montreal Darfur Event

Published April 24, 2007 · Estimated reading time: 0 minutes Less than a minute · Share your thoughts
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For anyone here in Montreal, this event held on the global day for Darfur looks to be very promising and informative. Hope you can make it!

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So it goes

Published April 13, 2007 · Estimated reading time: 1 minute · One response so far
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The most important thing I learned on Tralfamadore was that when a person dies he only appears to die. He is still very much alive in the past, so it is very silly for people to cry at his funeral. All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist. The Tralfamadorians can look at all the different moments just that way we can look at a stretch of the Rocky Mountains, for instance. They can see how permanent all the moments are, and they can look at any moment that interests them. It is just an illusion we have here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone it is gone forever.

Kurt Vonnegut

Oh my god… one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century… Kurt Vonnegut is dead! Heart pain. 🙁 🙁 🙁

I don’t know what to say. On personal level I am sorry I never had the chance to write to him to tell him that somewhere in the world another person was absolutely inspired by his work. There are only a few writers who I can say have transformed my being and helped defined my views about life and the world. He was one of them. I am just glad, grateful that he lived in at time where his visions, his writings, his art, his satire was needed the most. He’s not gone forever, his legacy, his flame… he will always be here.

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