Saturday, May 31, 2008

Reason #24 To Fly A Peace Globe ~ South Thailand




Here's Reason #24....

The Insurgency in South Thailand

escalated in 2004

Where? The Pattani region of South Thailand in southeast Asia (borders Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Andaman Sea and Burma)

Who?

The Royal Thai Armed Forces and
the Patani United Liberation Organization along with many other militant groups

Why? Separatism ~

The militants desire a free and independent Patani
To eradicate the unrest, in 2006 the Royal Thai Army staged a coup d'etat against elected government of the Prime Minister, just before the elections. It was the country's first non-constitutional change of government in fifteen years. Elections were cancelled, the Constitution suspended, Parliament dissolved, protests were banned and the media was suppressed and censored. The arrest of Cabinet members followed and martial law was declared. Schools were ordered closed due to previous violence directed at women teachers in the schools by the militant groups. Elections were later rescheduled and the new rulers announced their commitment to restore a democratic society.


The Thirty Days Thirty Reasons Series: There are thirty ongoing violent conflicts waging right now around the globe. The United Nations defines Major Wars as military conflict inflicting 1,000 battlefield deaths per year. Wikipedia expands that definition to include wars that cause destruction and humanitarian crisis of outstanding severity." Ongoing civil wars fueled by racial, ethnic, or religious differences come with a new twist that distinguishes them from wars in previous generations - civilian casualties. During World War I non-combatants made up less than 5% of casualties. Today, the number is a staggering 75% civilians killed or wounded. Less than TWO days from now we will engage in another BlogBlast For Peace. By my research and estimation, there are at LEAST 30 very good reasons to fly a peace globe. To begin your activism. To increase our awareness of the suffering of others. To talk about peace. To write about peace. To be part of a larger voice for peace. To invoke peace. To pray for peace. To focus on peace.


To wage peace
I am appalled by the needless suffering in my world.
If words are powerful, then this matters.

June 4, 2006
Won't you join us?


Here is a peace globe from the southeast Asian country of Malaysia.



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