Knock-on Effects (Dominoes) is a 2-minute animated short film created by Yann Benedi and Celine Desrumaux for the World Wildlife Fund. Have you ever wondered to yourself “What can I do….?” You’re not alone! We all have more power than we think, especially if we act together. Your actions can make all the difference, and you could be the decisive link in a chain that has important impacts across the world.
In this animated short film, while going about his daily life, Colin begins to have concerns about the environment that he wants to express. By the simple act of writing, Colin and many others like him end up being able to make far-reaching changes in the wider world.
Political dissent in Iran in the aftermath of last week’s national election has spread not only to the streets of Tehran, but also online, where protesters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and election observers have battled to get news out of the country for three days. Cellphone service was restored on Sunday after it had been down since Saturday, but Iranians could still not send text messages. Government filters have also cracked down on opposition party websites and social networking websites. Satellite internet connections have also been disrupted.
Foreign media outlets have found themselves coming under attack as they attempt to report on the protests ever since the official announcement that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won a resounding victory in Friday’s poll. However, the government’s crackdown hasn’t prevented Iran’s young bloggers and activists from reporting by using proxy servers to get around the censors in a game of cat and mouse. Iran’s youthful and Web-savvy population has proven adept at using Twitter, blogs, mobile phones and social networks to spread the word about the post-election discord. Technology has proven to be extremely important in bypassing the government’s attempts to crackdown on dissent.
Millions of young bloggers are challenging the conservative government of Iran, at great personal risk. Iran: A Nation of Bloggers is an “infographic” video from the Vancouver Film School that powerfully tells this story in just 2 minutes. It explores how the digital world allows many Iranians access to ideas and freedom of expression they haven’t had for close to thirty years. Iran: A Nation of Bloggers is a visual essay that illustrates how blogging is a major cultural outlet for thousands of Iranians, despite it being a sometimes dangerous practice. Blogging is, in essence, a means of revolution.
Iran: A Nation of Bloggers
Reporters Without Borders: For Press Freedom Here.
Long Journey is Crowned: President Barack H. Obama, 44th President of the U.S
Witnessed by an elated, celebratory crowd of more than a million admirers, Barack Hussein Obama marked his place in history as America’s first African-American president. President Obama called for a disheartened country to unite in hope against the “gathering clouds and raging storms” of war and economic woe. At this extraordinary moment in the life of America, people of all colors and ages waited in freezing cold weather for hours on Tuesday to witness a young African-Americn man with a foreign-sounding name take command of a nation founded by slaveholders. It was a ceremonial event watched in fascination by many millions, perhaps even billions of people, around the world.
For the previous three days of pre-inaugural celebrations, President Obama had been cheerful and relaxed. But he was very solemn as he stood on the Capitol steps, placed his left hand on the Bible used by Abraham Lincoln and repeated the inaugural oath “to preserve, protect and defend” a Constitution that had originally defined blacks as only three-fifths of a person. At that moment, deafening cheers went up.
In his Inaugural Address, President Obama remarked that, “We gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.” But he stated that in our present discouraging economic and political climate, “What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility, a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly….This is the price and the promise of citizenship.”
President Barack H. Obama’s Inaugural Address
The Obamas Leave Their Limo and Walk the Inaugural Parade Route
Music Video: Yes We Can!
Music Audio/The Late Mahalia Jackson Sings Amazing Grace:
Today, December 1st, is the 20th Annual World AIDS Day, a day when individuals and organizations from all around the world come together to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic. According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 39.5 million people living with HIV, including 2.3 million children. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 years-old, and they are killed by AIDS before they are 35. Around 95% of the people with HIV/AIDS live in developing nations.
However, HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world. Started in 1988, World AIDS Day is not just about raising money, but is also about increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.
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Bruce Springsteen: The Streets of Philadelphia
“Many words may make it sound contrived
But somehow we’re alive
The survivors-Our heads bowed
The survivors-At memorials for other faces in the crowd
Teachers and artists
And Saturday girls
If life is worth living,
It’s got to be run
As a means of giving,
Not as a race to be won
Many roads will run through many lives
But somehow we’ll arrive.”
Housing and Foreclosures: The Devastation of American Dreams
The number of homeowners ensnared in the foreclosure crisis grew by more than 70 percent in the third quarter of this year compared with the same period in 2007. Across the nation, nearly 766,000 homes received at least one foreclosure-related notice from July through September. By the end of this year, more than a million bank-owned properties will have piled up on the housing market, representing around a third of all properties for sale in the U.S.
But looking beneath the financial experts’ surveys and statistical projections, one finds that in many foreclosed properties there is often furniture still sitting in the rooms, food left out on the table and clothes hanging in the closet. These are but some of the remains that tell of the many sad stories that were lived out during the last days of these homes. Every foreclosed home tells a story about somebody’s dreams having been destroyed.
Inside Obama’s Victory Rally in Chicago’s Grant Park
Senator Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States of America. In an amazing moment in American history, the ultimate color line has been broken. The last few days had challenged Obama’s sense of calm like never before, his election-day stress amplified by the fatigue of an 18-month campaign and the death of his grandmother just yesterday. A sense of history stalked Obama everywhere during election day. A huge crowd of more than a hundred thousand people celebrated Obama’s victory in Chicago’s Grant Park, where President-elect Obama appeared to make his victory speech.
Inside Obama’s Chicago Rally
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Journey: Don’t Stop Believing
Audio Music: Yes We Can:
Inside Obama’s Victory Rally in Chicago’s Grant Park