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Bloggers Unite: Human Rights Day

Tomorrow — December 10, 2009 — is “Human Rights Day”.

Most people don’t realize how many people around the nation — not just around the world – are denied their basic rights. some of these are constant court battles in the U.S., so at least they are being addressed… but what about people around the world? Privileges that we take for granted on a daily basis are something that many people yearn for their whole life in other parts of the world.

To name just one of the many issues i am concerned with, don’t you think medical care should be a right that everyone has? to think of how many people in the U.S. alone are not able to receive medical care because they can’t afford it or health care insurance and then to think about those across the world who lack the technology, the science, and enough educated doctors to be able to provide medical care is beyond devastating.

Blogger’s Unite lays out the Objective of “Human Rights Day” as to “celebrate Human Rights Day and stand up with people all over the world who want to make human rights a reality for everyone”.

For a little more background information:
Human Rights Day marks the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) adopted on December 10, 1948 that set down the basic principles at the very heart of the human rights movement. The UDHR has enabled remarkable progress in human rights, inspiring international human rights standards, laws and institutions that have improved the lives of many around the world.

Click here for more information on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

I came across “Guidelines to Live by” on here earlier, quite randomly, and thought i would share it since it’s the same subject matter:

You are human.
In that, you are the same as everyone else; no more and no less.
You have a right to be here. You have a right to the necessities of life, 
including food, shelter, warmth and companionship.
You have a right to stand tall. Accept your individuality. 
Be honest about it, for your individuality is who you are.
You have a right to be respected. No matter what you look like, 
what your beliefs may be, or where you come from, you have a right to 
be free from persecution.
You have a right to strive for what you value.
You have a right to be happy.
In your interactions with others, remember that every one has the same rights as you. 
Respect one and all. Before all else, do no harm – and let no 
harm be done due to your own inaction.
Seek not to impose your beliefs on others. People are not ignorant. 
They have their own beliefs, equally precious as yours.
Do not judge others by your own standards, for those standards will always be biased. 
Judge instead, if you really must, on whether their intentions are good.
When conflict comes – which it will, given the diversity we live in – listen. 
Seek common ground. Strive to act in ways to limit the conflict, not compound it.
Remember that when you are gone, 
others – many yet to be born – will inherit the things you leave behind.
They too have their rights. Therefore, seek ways to leave them peace. 
Seek ways to leave them prosperity.
Seek ways to leave them with the resources and knowledge they need
 to build their lives as they see fit.

Pervez Musharraf Resigns

In the midst of facing impeachment, Pervez Musharraf resigned today as Pakistan’s President.

We’ll see what this move does for the future of Pakistan.

Cheeseheads Propel Another Obama Victory…

The big international news today was of course that Fidel Castro resigned as President of Cuba and commander in chief of Cuba’s military, saying that he would:

“not aspire to, nor … accept the position of president of the council of state and commander in chief. I wish only to fight as a soldier of ideas. … Perhaps my voice will be heard.”

I read online earlier in the day that the U.S. embargo, however, on Cuba is to remain in place.

Now to the election coverage in the U.S.:

The latest spin against Obama have been accusation of him plagiarizing! Obama has been accused of borrowing lines from Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. On CNN Political Ticker, I read that people from Obama’s campaign came back though, saying that Clinton had a pattern of borrowing some of the Illinois senator’s signature phrases, including “Yes, We Can” and “Fired Up, Ready to Go.” Anyone who has watched Clinton’s speeches knows very well she has used Obama’s words over and over again, so she should be the last one to make allegations.

Obama’s campaign circulated a YouTube clip which deals with the allegations and shows Hillary Clinton (pre-Iown caucus) saying “…We have seen thousands and thousands of Iowans over the last week and we are fired up and we are ready to go because we know America is ready for change and the process starts right here in Iowa”.

Tonight was the primary in Wisconsin (for both parties) and Hawaii (just democrats), along with the caucus in Washington (just republicans).

In the Wisconsin primary, the winners were McCain and Obama. So far Obama has won the last nine in a row. Obama will most likely win Hawaii as well, which means that he will have won ten in a row by the end of tonight. 🙂

Speech wise, this time around McCain learned his lesson and came out and gave his speech as soon as the Wisconsin polls closed, considering that last time he waited to give a speech after Obama and was no where near as good. McCain threw out another shot at Obama in tonight’s speech, saying: “I’ll make sure the Americans aren’t deceived by an eloquent, but empty promises of change”.

My favorite quotes from Obama’s speech tonight: “I’m running because of the fierce urgency of now. Because there is such a thing as too late” and “Hope is not blind optimism…hope is imagining for, then fighting for what never seemed possible before.”

I’ll update the final results later tonight or tomorrow. February 21st is the next debate for the democrats..and the next major primaries are on March 4th: Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont.