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“The uncommon thought on the uncommon matter” – Sean Penn


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The uncommon thought on the uncommon matter, as the famous Actor Sean Penn once said, – means that perhaps at some stage something may be breaking through all the conditioning we know and see on this planet.

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The type of conditioning which is neither correct nor humane but being closely linked with the inadequacy of both our government and justice systems, the last nearby or far away.

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The conditioning as well, which applies to the common numbness of an increasing number of people. A conditioning which should not apply, but still is part of the day-to-day reality which encounters many problems all over the world. The way people respond, the way nations respond,  because far too many people have simply no clue on what they inflict on others or simply don’t care. And mind you, at times this runs through families, cultures, countries and generations.

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In all this “the courage factor” is the most important element to face all this, – and not walking away from it.  If you walk away from it you will be followed by the implications of far often an occurring neglect and failure of justice, – both in our close connections, but also in the wider concept of “the world”.

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As we all know, – the pictures of refugees,  detention centres, refugee camps do resonate today at all corners around the world.  Like climate change does.  Like human trafficking does and many others. Things – issues , which affect basic human rights and through which the conditioning of people – the wrong way –  is allowed to endure,  and continue in all the ways we know and see. It’s an image we get from the television. It is an image of day-to-day life, – often in devastating dimensions. We see the pictures of people holding on to boats going to Europe. We see wounded children running crying away from both violence in the air or on the ground, – trying to escape death.

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Look, through history there have been many refugees and as a result of this children from parents arriving from far away have been born e.g. in the rain forest areas of Brazil, or in 40 degrees below zero temperatures upper north in Canada and many other countries.

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They found new roots where they were planted, and those are perhaps someway the lucky ones, –  if they had luck enough to meet and engage with the good colours of humanity as they found it in different way in the countries were they were able to make new home. Where they found ways for education and where they were accepted through the contents of their expression and character. Apart from evil, –  there is much kindness in the world as well, but often it is hidden.

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The ongoing agony is for those who neither find home nor being accepted elsewhere.. People who are not lucky enough with their encounters and fall in the wrong hands, For them the road to freedom is a long one, if they are able to sustain the trafficking, the torture or the rape.

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The question always is what those people became in the long way of the brutality they endured with the pictures imprinted in their heart soul and minds. We don’t speak about those who died along this road.

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If you survive and have to live up to the expectations of civilisation as we know this, for sure this is not the easiest transition,- as long as you are welcome and not judged by whatever some people in your group inflicted.

Some keep praying in their prayers but don’t see light as the darkness in their soul could not reach the light anymore, numb as they became. Perhaps they stood up in the past against domination but the domination was stronger and did beat the light of them. That is what torture can do you know, that is what war can do. We know this all too well as people with PTSD trauma’s after service in Vietnam, Iraq or other countries have already difficulties to be accepted in their own countries, – as the conditioning of far too many other people is wrongly wired the way their prejudgment goes.

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We need to accept that a fair number of refugees have a tribal background who lost all their own connections with what was 10 years ago peaceful living, listening to stories within their elder ethnic groups where there was peaceful and cultural harmony until they became invaded by whatever evil. They had order in their mind but now many of those once mindful people, are totally disrupted in their mindset as the violence sustained is imprinted.

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It is said “the truth sets you free”, but which truth and which future. The truth of the jungle where you need to be alert for any pending danger is a different truth than the truth I live, but I am able to relate to all those people as when the tide of history does change we are all homeless and on the go. The concept I may be able to embrace, still, is a far different concept others are allowed to embrace, through the weird conditioning of our world.

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And still, in some of my connections far way, – I still see shining the colours of courage. People who stop the long wanted prospect of a career and look after ailing relatives amidst the huts and villages where the care is insufficient, – and some are the sole carer for a whole family, working flat out to get a minimum income which goes to the costs of healthcare. And meanwhile some of them are doing the cleaning of their ailing loved ones at night, but still with a hope rarely met by others by day, – despite –so often – the tiredness.

Some people are more restricted than others, – and the gift of a free choice for the “good life” by birth right,  is more the privilege of the few and not the blessing of the many.

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For sure, we have to do what life asks us to do in certain circumstances, – but in the most restricted circumstances the last response of providing ongoing care to someone in a poverty-stricken area is the most ideal expression of humanity. No numbness at all but conditioning at its best.

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Humanity and inter-humane connections across the spectrum of cultures is the golden standard for real progress all over the world. Compassion for your own people and “all people” (please don’t take this literally!) is the standard on which we all will be measured one day. And that day will come. That day will arrive. The day that all those people who sustained the agony of their time and kept the colours of both courage, compassion and faith will be set free, whatever they had to sustain..

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It will all fit the larger picture of a future which we can’t see as yet, but in our dreams it might be alive already and we may say: ”Why not?”

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Believe it, hear it, and see it, – with all those who share this with you, and make it work, – rewind and rewire towards a better condition of humanity!

Thank you so much!

 Paul 

Paul Alexander Wolf

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On the issue of human trafficking


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English: Prostitutes in front of a gogo bar in...
English: Prostitutes in front of a gogo bar in Pattaya, Thailand. Original text: Like slaves on an auction block waiting to be selected, victims of human trafficking have to perform as they are told or risk being beaten. Sex buyers often claim they had no idea that most women and girls abused in prostitution are desperate to escape, or are there as a result of force, fraud, or coercion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

-Speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative past Tuesday, US President Barrack Obama took the remarkable step calling modern day slavery “barbaric” and “evil” as he spoke against trafficking and praised companies, organizations and people taking up the fight against the traffickers: “It ought to concern every person, because it’s a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at the social fabric”. “It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime”.”I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name  –  modern slavery.”

A 2011 paper published in The Human Rights Review  about Sex Trafficking, the trends, the challenges and limitations of International Law,  noted that since 2000 the number of sex-trafficking victims had risen while costs associated with trafficking had declined: “Coupled with the fact that trafficked sex slaves were/are the single most profitable type of slave, costing on average $1890,= each but generating $29000,= annually, leaded to stark predictions about the likely growth in commercial sex slavery in the future.” In 2008, over 12 million people were classified as “forced labourers, bonded labourers or sex-trafficking victims,” – as the study stated. Approximately 1.39 million of these people worked as commercial sex slaves, with women and girls comprising 98% (or 1.36 million) of this population. Trafficking as can be seen is a lucrative industry. It has been identified as the fastest growing criminal industry in the world.  It is second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable illegal industry in the world.
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President Obama signed legislation for domestic federal contracts, and tightening anti-trafficking rules for government contracts. He praised businesses in their industry, church groups for using their faith to tackle slavery and people trying to make sure the products they buy are slave-free. He further said: “Our fight against human trafficking is one of the great human rights issues of our time, and the United States will continue to lead it.” The President also spoke about modern-day slavery in the U.S., from child sex slaves to migrant workers who have their documents taken from them. He said: “Last year we charged a record number of predators with human trafficking… We are going to do more to spot it and stop it.”
What he said should apply to each country, should be the responsibility of each nation, – the rule of each State to make sure there is proper law enforcement to irradiate this crime against humanity, – to ease the burdens of those who are forced to live at the bottom of a total unacceptable social and moral spectrum. A spectrum where the law of criminals rules, where people get abused and tortured for life, if they survive.
 There are countries whose governments fully comply with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA) minimum standards but there are many countries as well whose governments do not fully comply with the TVPA’s minimum standards. Some of them are making efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards. Others however do not comply with the bare minimum required standards and neither are they willing or making efforts to do so.

A White House news release recently mentioned: “More than 20 million men, women, and children worldwide are victims of human trafficking”. “Companies around the world are taking steps to end the potential for trafficked labour in their operations and supply chains, and President Obama is committed to protecting vulnerable people as government contractors and subcontractors perform vital services and manufacture goods procured by the United States.” “As the largest single purchaser of goods and services in the world, the U.S. Government has a responsibility to combat human trafficking at home and abroad, and to make sure American tax dollars do not contribute to this affront to human dignity.”

Why is this single issue so important?
This single issue represents at large the standard of any morality in any country, and failing to comply with the protection of human rights as such in this area is of predictive value as how the social & political standards of counties do evolve, – some of them simply ignoring and blind folded by the gross injustice affecting vulnerable people. Not taking any action against it is similar as allowing the world to become a worse place where cruelties within nations themselves are interlinked with the level of increasing moral decay of institutions where criminals have increasing free play. It is very clear which countries are the worst culprits in allowing this injustice spreading.
In 2009 it proved that seven countries at least demonstrated the highest possible performance in effective policies for the most significant dimensions of protection, even though those countries had problems on this issue as well. At least they did something. These countries were Germany, Australia, the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Sweden and the US. The second best performing group included France, Norway, South Korea, Croatia, Canada, Austria, Slovenia and Nigeria. The worst performing country in 2009 was North Korea, receiving the lowest score. The global extent of the problem is still horrendous. Thousands of children from Asia, Europe, North America and South America are sold into the global sex trade every year. Often they are kidnapped or orphaned, and sometimes they are actually sold by their own families, – a problem still tolerated by many countries all over the world.
Whilst there is still a  lack of understanding of human trafficking issues, poor identification of victims and deficient resources for the key pillars of anti-trafficking, besides identification, protection, prosecution and prevention, – the good thing is that the current US President is voicing his opinion on the matter. It’s an international dilemma and it deserves international attention.
The ignorance of the violent past is inadequate for the even more stormy future if little is going to change on this important aspect of human rights. Whilst ignorance is able to multiply on thousand occasions ,violence against human rights is able to multiply on a million of occasions The occasion is piled high with difficulty like we see amidst a different scenario in Syria, and we must rise with the  occasion. We can’t afford to turn a blind eye against gross inhumanity across the globe without the last and final implication that at some stage we will be ourselves the victim of similar gross inhumanity, as where we allow others to fall we will degrade ourselves as well. People not being educated on the moral issues of our times are lost people, like a child uneducated is a child lost.
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Progress in our general humanity is neither automatic nor can it be escaped, however the road towards increasing justice is as old as Methuselah and requires struggle and suffering, besides the  tiredness efforts and passionate concern of dedicated people who feel compassion, in  which all ethics must take root. Compassion only can meet its full breadth and depth if  it embraces all living people at the disadvantaged level of the human spectrum and  the fight against human trafficking is one of the corner stones of  respecting    human rights, – and international law enforcement on this issue should be at the corner of our international efforts as it is both right and a reflection of human justice.
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Abolishing of human trafficking is at the heart of global civilisation as it will decide our approach on other issues affecting human rights, – both here and around the world!
Human activities during war-time may lead to war crimes against humanity.
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From my perception human trafficking is a crime against humanity and needs to be dealt with accordingly, without mercy for those who commit them.

Thank you!

 Paul 

Paul Alexander Wolf