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First Lady Michelle Obama Reaches out to the families of abducted Nigerian girls, advocates education

Please click to watch the video with First Lady Obama's awesome Mother's Day message!

And Happy Mother's Day to all of you, my beautiful World Pulse sisters! ♥


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Thanks dear Hanasazi

Dear Hanasazi,

First, let me thank you for sharing your post. I certainly value the goodness in your heart for always igniting a spark at World Pulse.

I shall differ a little with the content of Michelle Obama's 'worded speech' -- as I found it to be rather ironical in many areas. Although, I am not disputing her warm maternal and soft attributes as a human, I am just amazed, rather astounded at how superficial the video seems in such an expression reading off from a screen in front of her. Mother's Day is an important occasion to celebrate a woman - thus, where are the millions of Afghan and Iraqi children supposed to find their dead mothers from a senseless war conducted by Michelle Obama's husband who has had a significant role to carry on George Bush's agenda? To which mother shall these toddlers and children wish - some of their mothers were raped and killed by the soldiers? In the Americas, it is super wonderful to have the luxury of having a mother's day in full celebrations, howsoever, there are many women in Americas who do not live Michelle Obama's lifestyle and are literally trying to survive the brutalities and realities of war-stricken residues. Personally, I find Michelle Obama another 'plastic' figure in society, who plays a wonderful tune on her violin -- afar from the echoes and cries and laments of lil bones on 'mother's day' in Central Asia and Persia. My career is in social and international development, as such, I have seen what I can-not un-see -- of the many countries where American foreign policies have ripped the gut of those countries in a sense-less war of oil in guise of fighting against terrorism. (but that is another topic, 'terrorism'). Thus, Michelle Obama's speech made absolutely no difference to me, but, just sparked a sense of banality of what she really signifies in her worded speech that has no sound of compassion. Before we all celebrate Mother's Day, we must also look at the real women in the world who live life in tatters and yet feed their children even with a single bread -- that to me is a woman of substance.

Please do not think I am targeting you at all, dear friend, for, it is I and you, who can at the least commence dialogue on such subjects in the future at this profound platform. Wishing you loads of happiness.


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I deeply respect your opinion...

And share it in many ways. And Shaheen, I also appreciate your tactfulness and assurances that your response is not personal. I have to confess that US foreign policy sickens me, the damage it has done around the world is so profound and heartbreaking and disgusting. Our military is wracked with a terrible culture of violence; 26,000 rapes per year happen within the military alone, yet the only recourse those women have is to report rapes to their commanding officers, who are often the perpetrators. Many years ago the daughter of a friend of mine was one of those rape victims, and she has never been the same.

My husband saw it coming 6 months ahead of time, and when it did my family was alone in our dread during the leadup to the first Gulf War. We were frequently silenced by the disapproval of friends and family who had bought the propaganda. When the first night of rockets and missiles began, we were doing laundry in a public laundromat and I just broke down sobbing. It felt like the end of the world to me, and in many ways it was, wasn't it? Nothing has happened to make us change our minds about the obvious motivations behind such "actions" and the poorly considered (if considered at all) repercussions, the trail of tears and destruction they leave behind. If anything, everything we were saying 20 years ago is now proving to be absolutely true. I still get myself in trouble all the time by reminding people of the many Iraqi women, children and unborn babes sickened and killed by our depleted uranium weapons and other such monstrosities, and as heartrending as it is, that's just the beginning of sorrows. Now I know we were not alone, but that my cousin, who was a reporter covering Iraq at that time, saw it in just the same way, and still does. He even wrote a book about it to try and mend the relationships between our people, if not our governments. His name is Greg Barrett, and his book is The Gospel of Rutba. I'll write about them another time.

I don't agree with the idea of American exceptionalism and feel we should be held to the same standards as all other countries. We are certainly no paragons of virtue; our actions have shown that we take away as easily as we give, and often when we give, the result is ongoing obligation on the part of the recipient. We have engaged in horrific practices on every level - against our own citizens as well as against the world community - and the multilayered problems have become so complex, intertwined and chronic that it's hard to see how any of it can be repaired. We had high hopes for President Obama, but he's no Savior. Just another man doing his best in the face of insurmountable odds.

So I try to support any ray of hope, and right now the Obama administration, as imperfect as it might be (and I hate their close ties to the GMO seed/chemical companies), is doing its best to hold back a flood of much worse policies and actions that (in my view) would immediately cloak the world in a greater darkness and a much more desperate struggle to survive than we see now. They are having trouble accomplishing anything in a straightforward manner due to the internal strife between parties that has immobilized our Congress, and our friends and sisters around the world are not the only ones who suffer. These dark forces within our government, funded by wealthy corporations with no allegiance to anything but their own profits, seek to rob us of liberties, rights and privileges that our ancestors and elders fought long and hard for, to remove regulations on industry that were instituted to keep them from killing us all off, to take away our voices and votes with convoluted changes to voting rules, propaganda and every sort of chicanery. They have no problem cutting off funding for school lunches, knowing that for a huge number of kids that is the only food they get each day. They simply do not care about anything but remaining in power. One thing about our democracy is that it is rife with corruption, and we seem to be in a continual state of trying to figure out who is the lesser of the evils from which we must choose. Then we have to live with them, and the surprises they reveal once in office. It might be better than a dictatorship, but maybe not as much better as many people would think. It's hard to find a constructive unity amongst 330 million people.

It's not just embarrassing, it's terrifying, and many thinkers here are on edge. We do the best we can to work with what we have, and what we have now is more people in government who seem to genuinely care, ready and willing to contend with both those who are "bought and paid for" and those anarchists who are there just to do their part to deconstruct the government piece by piece, obstruction by obstruction. I am proud of the Senators in my state for their consistent attempts to serve the will of the people, but I know it's not that way in every state - not by a long shot. Even though Mrs. Obama was clearly reading from a teleprompter, I found it encouraging to hear that they have something planned to help bring those poor Nigerian girls who were in class writing their final exams when they were deceived into getting onto the trucks of their abductors back home, something few former presidents would have undertaken. I do believe the Obamas are trying their best to do right by the American people and the world in the face of odds that are stacked against them due to prejudice, ideological differences, a CIA out of control, corporations writing legislation that favors themselves that is passed without ever being read by our "representatives," and the abuse of procedural rules. However stilted Michelle O may have sounded, she is a mother of two girls who could so easily have been in the very school from which those girls were taken, and I'm sure her concern for the missing girls is genuine. God only knows what else might have been happening in the White House behind the scenes to make her feel so tense.

So, I appreciate your forthrightness and I don't want you to think that you have put me on the defensive. On the contrary, you have drawn out some things that I don't necessarily talk about openly as much as I would like. It breaks our hearts to know how much hope people store in the thought of coming to America, yet when they arrive they're in for little more than slave labor and prejudicial treatment most of the time. It breaks my heart every time we say we're going to do something to "help," knowing that in American backwards-speke that has to mean that someone's going to get hurt, and hurt badly. But someone needs to do something and we can't just sit here paralyzed by the unrighteousness of our government, and we can't be immobilized by the fact that in our names they do things we would NEVER approve of. So I try to let people know that, while in many ways we do have a better life here in the States, there is much to be concerned about, and that no one should count on us for true and lasting change.

Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall, but women keep bearing children, children grow into adults, and humanity goes on. WE need to be the source of true and lasting change. WE have to demand that our needs and concerns are effectively addressed, and that with neither prejudice nor favor to any one country or ideology of any kind. It is the PEOPLE of this world that give it its beauty, its richness of culture and heritage. It is the PEOPLE who suffer in too many ways to tell every day, silenced by the myriad of devices set against them. And it is the PEOPLE of the world who will have to take the responsibility of making this the world we want. We are the stewards of this planet, and we have let it fall into chaos and destruction. We will need all the help of those governments and organizations that recognize this if we will succeed, and we do need to have these conversations with each other if we are ever to achieve the unity required to make these changes happen. And yet all we have discussed here in our two comments is still just the tip of a monstrous iceberg. There is so much more to say about the roots of these evils, and the beautiful souls who have died trying to right these wrongs, and the brave souls struggling to survive under their burdens. Every living being on this planet sits in the balance between survival and extinction, and it's hard to see what will happen when the caretakers are in such disarray.

I for one will serve Peace - in my family, my community, and my world. Not because I want to live in peace (though I most certainly do) but because I want EVERYONE to be able to live in peace, to have a peaceful world, and healthy, thriving and diverse ecosystems and beautiful, diverse and culturally rich peoples loving and caring for it as they did before the Age of Industry started wrecking everything beautiful we have ever known. This is why I love World Pulse, because I see so many loving, genuinely warm and caring, intelligent, strong and compassionate women who are more than concerned about the dive into darkness our world is taking, but are doing something, anything, to stem that tide on whatever level they can. To not be overcome with evil, but to overcome evil with good.

I love you, I love all of you, and pray from the depths of my heart that together we can pull this off. I admire each and every woman here, and pray for success in every endeavor they have undertaken, in their own worlds and around the world. I get excited about the things they are working toward and every little success like a mother gets excited as her little child learns to walk, to talk, to think, to do. I watch in amazement as my own daughter participates in World Pulse even as she reaches out to women in her own community, too. You all give me hope that this might not be a lost cause, but that healing for all women, for our planet, and for every living being that dwells with us here is possible and worth continuing to struggle for. The tears I shed and the ache in my heart are my witness, dear sister, that all you have said is true, and that I agree with you. I, one of the little women of this world with no real connections, money or power, am doing all that I am able to do with what I have available to me. What I have available is a world full of strong, beautiful, and inspiring women like you whom I want to encourage and to pray for so this terrible state of affairs might be lifted, especially from those who suffer most. And a computer and internet service that connects me to them.

Thank you for commenting, Shaheen, my beautiful sister. I will look forward to learning more about your creative endeavors to push back against the injustices of this world. And I am close to picking up my paintbrush and painting things I have never had the courage to do until now. Please pray for me. ♥ Hannah

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Thank you

Dear Hannah,

Thank you for your earnest and reflective reply. More then the video or even my comment, it is your response that weighs a brilliant volume - you have thought and written in a very balanced vein, where you certainly have brought a myriad of issues for us all to reflect. One of the main reasons I try to pen at World Pulse is to commence a dialogue where we can reflect and probe world issues that face humanity in a very inhumane way - here is the space for us to exchange insight and collaborate with our 'pulse' to address daily living - be it on a cultural, intellectual, social, religio-political, creative and economical issues.
Actually, your comment to me can actually serve as post - it is well thought, balanced and certainly you are very humane -- I can see it in your expression, but, more so, 'feel' it.
Here is an abode for US to see, feel, think, probe, extend, expand and grow as women -- thus, I salute your creative and humane endeavours, dear Hannah.
Please do paint and share it at World Pulse -- send me a message when you post it, as I do not check World Pulse daily due to work deadlines, but, certainly I would be thrilled to see your artistic side, too. Wishing you loads of happiness and you are in my prayers.


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...And, I forgot to mention: your second last paragraph surely arrested my heart, as you have poured the 'blood-ink' in its' most raw and ripe vein. It takes courage and love to pen as you have and I am grateful that World Pulse has you as a significant member of our world here. I fathom the tears you shed, for, it is the humanness in being a human, that, you captured my fullest attention by your honesty without the many human façades that often plague our world. Stay gold...keep penning..keep painting...most of all, keep lighting our path(s). Much love.


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Bless you, dear one!

I appreciate your efforts to inspire dialogue such as this and you've warmed my heart with your kind words. I have learned (or should I say I am trying to learn) to watch my tongue, as much of what I have to say doesn't go over well in "average" company. fortunately I am blessed to have many above average friends and I know I'm not alone. Still, it is others who inspire me to speak and to write, and once I get going it can be difficult to stop! I do find a lot of inspiration here at World Pulse...You sure have inspired me - when I looked at my reply to you just now I could hardly believe how long it was! Thank you for your patience and for reading it through. And thank you for being who you are. I count myself fortunate to share this planet with people like you. I am so grateful for World Pulse!


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