Friday, April 27, 2007

Where the Darfur are you?

I became a writer for OUTLOUD, a newspaper for teens a couple a months ago and one of my goals was to write an article on Darfur's genocide. I figured it would'nt be so hard. After my first attempt, the editor told me that it was to technical, to which I agree and to try again. After rewriting the article, I was confidant that it would pass the inspection. But once again, it was rejected, due to it not ''concecting'' with the readers. I did feel bummed and disapointed for not being able to write a simple article about a region in Africa and the mass murder of a race. Fortunatly, the staff decided to write an editorial on it and at least I'm given credict and hopefully more people will find out about Darfur.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Jeffrey Sachs - Reith Lecture

Today Jeffrey Sachs (Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University), gave the first Reith Lecture, a series of discussions on BBC Radio, which tackle some of the challenges facing our world today. This first lecture was very relevant and in tune with the work of Never Again, and our methodology of critical thinking and connectivity.

He ended by quoting former US President Kennedy:
"So, let us not be blind to our differences - but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."

I recommend you to listen to his speach or read the transcript. His next lecture will be delivered from Peking University, Beijing in China [for those of us in London, he will also be delivering one at SOAS; and for us in New York, at Columbia].