In Cambodia, some weapons are being turned into furniture. I like this idea of repurposing old machines of death into useful things for everyday use. It’s a great sign of human creativity. Although I do wonder how comfortable that chair is.
Don’t forget that there is always coffee machines made from old weapon casings.
After more than 30 years of civil war, ending in 1998, the Cambodian gouvernment destroyed 125,000 weapons across the country. In this time (name withheld by request), a small arms specialist with the European Union, and British artist (a different name withheld) saw an opportunity, and decided to create The Peace Art Project Cambodia (PAPC) in November 2003. The Peace Art Project Cambodia was a sculpture project turning weapons into art as expressions of peace.
Hopefully most people have seen this in the mainstream press, but if not that’s OK because here it is!
Quite a few nations are saying no to cluster bombs!
Forty-six countries agreed Friday to push for a global treaty banning cluster bombs, a move activists hope will force the superpowers that oppose the effort â€” the U.S., China and Russia â€” to abandon the weapons.
Organizers said the declaration was needed despite the absence of key nations at a conference in the Norwegian capital to avoid a potential humanitarian disaster posed by unexploded cluster munitions.
As I ring in the holidays with my family down in southern California, the warmth ofÂ myÂ sunny Christmas tan is not all that has given me warm fuzzies today. I learned that this isÂ also theÂ greatest season of giving to great global causes by many individuals like you and me! So Christmas isÂ notÂ just a season of capitalism and extravagant frivolous spending after all. People all over North America are also giving back and giving more eachÂ year to good causes.Â
Here are some factoids I found from here in the US……
â€¢ $260 billion: Charitable giving in the U.S. in 2005, up 2.7 percent.
â€¢ 50 percent: Of the charitable giving of individuals is done between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.
â€¢ 77 percent: Charitable giving in the U.S. by individuals, (or $199 billion).
So if you haven’t thought about it already, maybe this is a season where you too can give back in some way! Help spread a little love around the World!
Happy holidays everyone!!
Yoga practioners everywhere are finding amazing improvments in theirÂ health and happinessÂ through their weekly yoga classes. More and more researchÂ is being done on yoga lovers and are showing that regular yoga classes can help such things as
HEART HEALTH, WEIGHT CONTROL, INSOMNIA, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION, STAMINA, DIGESTION, FLEXIBILITY and CIRCULATION.
To name a few.
Yoga is also much more than just a physical exercise practice. Yoga, meaning ‘yoke’ in Sanskrit, is a family of ancient spiritual practices originating in India. It is one of the six schools of Hindu Philosophy and has been called a ‘science’ or ‘technology’ of liberation. This is because, unlike purely theoretical philosophies, yoga seeks to provide the student with a practical path (or indeed many possible paths) towards the common goal of liberation.
Feel like getting a little liberated? Or at least a bit more flexible?Â Try some yoga!Â It’s good!
The United Nations has announced that it is pledging $77 million for the African Union to continue it’s peace work in the troubled Darfur region.
“The aid has been offered because of Sudan’s refusal to allow a UN peacekeeping force in Darfur, Annabi told reporters.
“That (willingness) is not there today (for a United Nations peacekeeping force), so in the meantime we are looking at ways in which we can move forward by reinforcing (the African Union Mission in Sudan) to enable it to go on with its tasks effectively,” Annabi said.
The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York said the Sudanese government initially agreed to allow the United Nations to provide the AU troops with a support package worth about $22 million. Annabi was able to secure the government’s agreement to allow the rest of the $77 million aid package to go through in the last few days.”