Tag: Freedom

Malaysia: The Few Fighting Against the Masses

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One can expect political violence when a ruling UMNO-led coalition is bent on the furtherance of the Institution. Democracy without change is merely an ideology of subjugation; stagnant with fear and bloated from the resources bled for the elite few.

Originally published on zashnain.com

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Rohingya: A Dying Community

http://akrockefeller.com/media/rohingya-the-forgotten-people/

They are branded as one of the most persecuted communities in the world by the UN, yet nobody knows their name. They are the forgotten people.

In recent weeks, the escalating violence has displaced more than 90,000 Rohingya people. Villages are being burnt, people are being abducted, concentration camps are being created, women are being raped and children mercilessly killed. The persecution against the Rohingya can be described in no other terms but that of ethnic cleansing and genocide.

Check out: Burma’s Rohingya – The Human Story

 

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An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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Contradiction of Behaviors, The Arrogance in Time

Time. I feel life seeping out from hunger, from that dreaded cold we find in humanity. Left behind, we are running out of time. Society cannot help itself, nor does the cosmos demand such.

Last night, as I slumped into the shadow reality, I saw the contradiction of civilized behavior. We claim to know much, yet we use the skills and opportunities in pursuit of materialism, a ghastly illusion.

Society is unfamiliar with our own doom; we find nothing in the presence of chasing that erroneous perception of time. Our greed, is like a snake hastily devouring its tail, bent on satisfying its hunger.

time in Bangkok

 

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An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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Demonstration: Land Rights and Poverty in Thailand

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There was over 900 marginalized people in front of the Government Building on 2 Oct 2012 [Bangkok]. They gathered, to show solidarity and for the government to address their needs and concerns affecting their land, homes and rights. Many are poor folks, those living in urban slums, in hardship and a minority of those struggling against statelessness. 

Despite the incredible heat and humidity, hundreds listened to the speeches of their community leaders. Some spoke about the delays of development, others mentioned rights to land, housing and an identity, while words of unhappiness against the encroachment of corporations and people who live by the whims of greed.

By evening, I was informed that the Government of Thailand had responded to act upon the issues expressed by the demonstrators. I admit, I found that their prime minister, Yingluck, has proactively set a culture of assembly where Thais can gather to express themselves on most issues. I eagerly hope that more Thais embrace the peaceful concept of demonstrations and the government sets the benchmark of good governance for and by the people.

The right to a land is not just a human right, it sparks the life blood of a community. These folks seek to remove themselves from poverty and peacefully advocated their rights to a better life. 

P-MOVE = Justice for the Poor

 

Read Isa Ibrahim’s post: Faces of the Ostracized

 

 

Zashnain

An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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The Only Destiny That Matters: West Papua

West Papua.

An island populated by an indigenous community. Vast mineral wealth, incredible bounty of the Earth on a single piece of land. Beautiful forests, matched with an incredible and ancient eco-system.

Occupied West Papua.

Colonised and battered. This nation is under a brutal occupation, the iron fist of Indonesia grasping and choking the life within.

Self-determination is non-existent. Papuans are not Indonesians, they never wanted to be a part of slavery or to be subjugated. Rightfully so, no community should ever tolerate imperialism or fascism.

Freedom.

West Papua resists Indonesia, every day, for the right to be free from slavery. Freedom from oppression, and to walk their land, swim in their rivers as free people.

Despite the carnage inflicted by the violent conquerors, the people of the land seek a furtherance of their future. They seek to be masters of the present for the inevitable: their destiny, WEST PAPUA.

 

Zashnain

An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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My Neighbourhood – Official Trailer – A Just Vision Film

(25 mins) When a Palestinian boy loses half of his home to Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem, he joins his community in a campaign of nonviolent protests. Efforts to put a quick end to the demonstrations are foiled when scores of Israelis choose to stand by the residents’ side.

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An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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The lost child gnawing at the edge of reality

Children, roaming aimlessly, many with worries on their faces. Faces are drawn and haggard from homelessness and work. Even when human rights are championed by the protectors of humanity, the void of child poverty grows wider. Such fiendish hypocrisy is fed by the elitism of social causes, preferring trendy concerns over beggarism.

Everyday, young people are depleted of their hopes and dreams, living at the mercy of barbaric neglect and by a knowledge-bent, refined society. It is not as if we do not have the skills and resources to respect and acknowledge the rights of young people and children. Instead we prefer the madness of ignorance, the addictive sensation of being selfish.

We, humanity, are sucked into this agony of self-righteousness. We prefer the bliss of not being poor, or marginalized. Many children are made vulnerable because of our prejudice at their way of life, their resistance against the establishment and the fact that they are poor. We are the monsters that prey on the future of streetkids, we choose to abandon them to their fate.

Homelessness and poverty

 

Zashnain

An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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BBC News on #Bersih 3.0 – What the govt doesn’t want you to know

Feast your eyes on what was reported and what was censored.

 

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An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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Temptation of another trip, another adventure.

In 2009, I traveled to Bangalore and Mysore. Spent a week in the sprawling provincial capital, absorbed the sights and sounds of the elites and the poor. I traveled into the maze-like networks of back lanes and confusing alleys; my outreach led me to the slums. Then I spent time in Mysore, a dusty and hot city. The long journey from Bangalore to Mysore was bearable as I was on an adrenaline-rush.

I have tried to subdue this wader-lust, but with little success. Ah, I need to travel, and impatience is something I hesitate to fight. Thoughts wander randomly, and I am about to surrender to the sensation — I am already making mental notes of my next adventure.

 

Zashnain

An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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Who is @PurePapua and what does he stand for?

  On Twitter he is simply known as @PurePapua « a Papuan-rights activist. His goal is to see the liberation of West Papua from the imperialist, Indonesia. He believes in self-determination, he believes in the right of an ancient indigenous population to decide on their future, their land, their sea, their heritage, and their children.

Can @PurePapua achieve what he and many others have decided decades ago? West Papuans risk their lives, their families, their livelihood, their way of life ~ they risk everything, to be free from the yoke of slavery, to live without the rotting touch of the colonists, to embrace each other and live as free men and women of their land.

He tweets, like a frenzied whirlwind abomination gripped by hunger. He tweeted:

“West Papua: Loss of freedom, violent assault, environmental destruction and total disregard for human life”

A simple tweet, but meaningful, heartfelt, surrounded by depths of burning emotions, especially one that displays a cynical view of West Papua, the lack of international attention, and the continued tyranny of Indonesia.

Follow him, ignore him, hate him, admire him, I don’t fucking care. I know that he can count on me for support, for my arm, for my fist, for my compassion and for my desire to see freedom for West Papua. I see @PurePapua as my brother, and I stand by his side in our quest to enable West Papuans the freedom for self-determination. For the Present, for the Future, for Life.

Zashnain

An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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