“The opposite of consumption
is not thrift, but generosity.”
~ Raj Patel ~
— Ignatius Loyola —
Ignatius of Loyola was my boyhood hero and, for a young boy growing up, there was much to admire — a dashing knight in the service of his king, his skill and courage in combat, plus suggestions of a love for poetry, vice and pleasure.
Life changed dramatically for Ignatius one day when he had a vision while lying in his hospital bed, recovering from the wounds of battle. Renouncing his worldly status and all the trappings of a privileged life, Ignatius began a life of poverty where he developed a strange dominion and command over devils.
His biographer, Ribadeneira, accounts “he lived amongst the meanest sort of people, being despised and contemned, and desirous to be so: his desire was to be mocked and laughed at by all, and if he would have permitted himself to be carried on by the fervour of his mind, he would have gone up and down the streets almost naked, and like a fool, that the boys of the town might have made sport with him, and thrown dirt upon him.”
Over time, men of similar mind gathered themselves around Ignatius and their Company of Men went on to become that what we now know as the Jesuits. In 1965 I assumed the name of Ignatius at my Confirmation.
“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall
be called the children of God.” ~ Jesus.
This is Norman Cole, now well into his 90s, and the eldest surviving founding member of the “Riverside Community”. Riverside was established in 1941 by a small group of New Zealanders who refused to attend World War Two, conscientious objectors, men who went to prison rather than to kill.
Today, the Riverside Community continues to practise its founding principals — peace with humanity and peace with the planet.
I recently wrote on the Children of Palestine, my heroes, who, for more than 60 years, have been butchered, brutalised and imprisoned — silent witnesses to Israel’s cruel and brutal occupation of their home.
This week the UK Foreign Office released its new and shocking report on “Children in Military Custody” . . . which details Israel’s routine abuse and unconscionable practices in their treatment of Palestinian children and I have posted a selection of related reports, commentaries and references on my Wall at Google-Plus, here:
● My Heroes (4)
In his book Stuffed and Starved, the UK economist, academic and activist Raj Patel conducts a global investigation into why half the world is malnourished while the other half is obese. His findings show that both are symptoms of a corporate food monopoly, where a few powerful distributors control our food supply from plantation to plate — and the health of our entire world.
Raj Patel explains the steps we might take to regain control of the global food economy, stop the exploitation of farmers and consumers, and rebalance our global sustenance:
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The Children of Palestine who, for more than 60 years, have been butchered, brutalised and imprisoned; dispossessed, their lands stolen and homes destroyed. And yet, despite these injustices, they remain undefeated — silent witnesses to Israel’s war on humanity.
― RELATED ―
UK Foreign Office report
details Israel’s routine abuse
and unconscionable practices
Today marks the 64th anniversary of the catastrophe that Zionism has inflicted on the Palestinian people and I have posted a selection of references and resources about this horrific event on my Wall at Google-Plus, here:
● Deir Yassin Day
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
In recent years, Israel’s cruel and brutal occupation of Palestine has seen many tens of thousands of Palestinian people (men, women, and children) locked up in Israeli prisons without charges being brought — no trial, not even a hearing of any evidence against them.
The Israeli’s call this “administrative detention” whereby prisoners are held indefinitely, simply at the military’s behest, and in conditions that contravene the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Today is the 5th of May and Palestinian society asks that we stand in support of the 2,000 prisoners currently on hunger strike protesting their inhumane treatment. To mark this day I have posted a selection of articles, references and resources on my Wall at Google-Plus:
Today is Palestinian Prisoners Day:
Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons — including children — are subject to harsh and illegal treatment that violates International Law, and the Fourth Geneva Convention to which Israel is a signatory.
Today, around 1600 Palestinian political prisoners commenced an open-ended hunger strike to protest their illegal detention and I have posted a selection of related Links and resources on my Wall at Google-Plus, here:
― Maewyn Succat ―
Many travellers assume road names and mine is that of childhood hero and patron saint who was born Maewyn Succat in 387 AD at Kilpatrick, Scotland, the son of Calpurnius and Conchessato who were Roman officials in local government.
At 16 years of age, Succat was kidnapped by pirates and taken to Ireland where he was sold to a Druid high priest in Antrim. Working as a shepherd slave, Succat became fluent in Irish and knowledgeable in Druidism.
After many years of captivity Succat escaped, returning again sometime after 432 AD — an ordained priest and bishop using the name “Patercius” or “Patritius” (derived from two Latin words ‘pater civium’ meaning the father of his people) which was conferred on him by Pope Celestine.
Succat died on 17 March 460 AD and is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Today, Succat is known as Patrick . . . which is my given name.
In what has now become an annual event, the world is invited to visit Palestine during the second week of Easter and over 1500 human rights defenders and activists from the International Community are scheduled to arrive between the 15th – 21st April, 2012.
As in previous years, Israel will prevent anyone from challenging their brutal siege of the Occupied Territories and all visitors will be detained on arrival, then deported . . .
Some paperwork for tourists visiting Israel . . .
“What must be said . . .”
Günter Grass, an 84-year old German writer and Nobel prizewinner, has been attacked for daring to speak his mind in a poem about Israel’s intention to bomb Iran. His poem and a selection of related articles have been posted on my Wall at Google-Plus, here:
“Palestinian Land Day” — Yom al-Ard — commemorates the 1976 killing by Israeli forces of six young Palestinians as they protested the Israeli government’s seizure of Palestinian land. The day has become a symbol of Palestinian resistance to land theft, colonization, occupation and apartheid.
On this, its 36th Anniversary, thousands of Palestinians and supporters from all over the world will be joining a Global March to Jerusalem in opposition to Israel’s apartheid and ethnic cleansing . . . to demand access to Jerusalem for all peoples, and to uphold Palestinian rights under international law, including refugees’ right of return.
Here is a selection of related articles, plus Links to groups and supporting organisations from around the world, over on my Wall at Google-Plus:
— Free Palestine —
Hana Shalabi is a 30 year old woman from the village of Burqin in Palestine, locked up in an Israeli jail awaiting death.
Shalabi, one of nine children in a family of farmers, is a political prisoner being held by the occupying Israeli authorities without charge or evidence under a four-month term of “administrative detention”.
Currently nearing the 40th day of a hunger strike protesting her detention, Shalabi is a sad yet powerful symbol of Israel’s cruel and brutal occupation of Palestine.
Here is a selection of relevant articles, references and updates that I’ve posted on my Wall at Google-Plus:
● Hana Shalabi
Love not Hate
One of my favourite images — it reminds me of Rachel Corrie
who, nine years ago this week, was killed by the Israeli military.
Armed only with her bright red fluro jacket and a big heart,
Rachel was attempting to prevent Israel’s destruction of
Palestinian homes in the Occupied Territory.
The Israelis, in a move that typifies their brutal war on humanity,
simply crushed her body beneath the tracks of their bulldozers.
Lest we forget, a selection of articles on my Wall at Google-Plus: