Posts Tagged ‘Revolution’


Force of a million souls—marching
force of a million souls—chanting
the force of a million souls

Revolutions hold us silent
between the chanting streets
a mother’s warmth comforts
a child’s fingers grasp
silent children
child silence

Eyes that escape us now
lost amid a mid-evil tapestry
those eyes



08 2011

The Human Microbiome: The Bacteria That Make Us

[src] bacteriality.comUsually, when we think of bacteria, we occasionally have a negative perception of such small microorganisms. We are all raised to avoid and hate everything about them. How can these small one-celled organisms that have a spherical or rod-like shape really influence us in a good way? However, in reality with the current research this perception is rapidly transforming, as we are starting to understand how bacterial dynamics are affecting our health. There is now clear evidence that there consists of good and bad bacteria within us and are necessary for our survival.[1]

A microbiome is the totality of microbes, their genetic elements, and environmental interactions in a defined region. For example, the human microbiome is the human body. The human microbiome contains over 10 times more microbial cells than human body. It has been suggested that the human gut alone, where most of these microbes live, contain more than 900 species. We can confidently say that the majority of our body is compromised of bacterial cells.

These small microscopic bacterial cells dynamically interact within us to help sustain us. In essence, our bodies absorb and utilize these small cells in order to help us in our day-to-day life. They act as an interface to our immune system, and constantly interact and function simultaneously with our bodily functions.[1,2]

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03 2011

Revolution Cry

I haven’t felt a rush of pride quite like the one I experienced while watching the revolution in Egypt. It was so heartening to see something relatively non-violent (on the part of the protesters, anyway) and so grass-roots. This was something that the people really wanted, and they persisted. It was beautiful to see. It’s the kind of event that would have made Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi proud.

I’m also thrilled to see that the seeds of revolution planted in Tunisia and Egypt are expanding to other parts of the Arab world. Libya, Yemen and Bahrain are the latest countries banding together to overthrow dictators.

I’ve long suspected that if the United States hadn’t interfered in conflicts in Iraq, the people would have taken up the cause themselves to create a more organic overthrow. There’s only so much time that anybody can stand under an oppressive regime.
I do hope, though, that the pictures of violence we’ve seen by rulers unwilling to leave in Libya and Bahrain abet.

It’s sad and disgusting to see Muslim rulers take out their frustration at their population in such a terrifying way. There’s obviously a change coming, and they’re too reluctant to bend to the people’s will.

It’s also been pretty maddening to see American pundits, mostly conservatives but also a fair share of others, who aren’t happy with the way things happened in Egypt. There’s concern over the Muslim Brotherhood taking control. I’ve heard people saying that democracy is just not meant for Arabs. It’s apparently not “part of their DNA.”
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02 2011

What about Libya?

The Arab world is fired up right now. Paving the way, the people of Tunisia and Egypt have successfully removed their dictators and are in the process of rebuilding their countries. The revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt have sparked anti-government movements across the entire Arab world, after decades of stagnation. And there is no turning back now.

Furious protests are happening now in Libya, Bahrain and Yemen. Governments are scrambling to do everything they can to stop them, by any means necessary. Still, hundreds of thousands of people are out in the streets protesting with no fear, ready to die in the name of freedom.

Libya is in one of the most dire situations right now. Libyans have suffered under Gaddafi’s tyranny for 42 years. As the longest running dictator in the Arab world, Gaddafi has ruled the nation with an iron fist. Please don’t be fooled by his perceived harmless, flamboyant dress or eccentric behavior. And Arabs, please don’t be bamboozled by his supposed anti-imperialist rhetoric and criticisms of Israel.  His actions speak louder than his words.

Gaddafi’s regime has a poor record for human rights.  He is responsible for the arbitrary arrest, torture and murder of countless prisoners, even without charge or trial. The judiciary is controlled by the regime, and there is no right to a fair public trial. The rights to freedom of speech, press, assembly, association and religion are restricted.  Although Gaddafi pretends to be some sort of defender of the Palestinians, he ordered the ethnic cleansing of 30,000 Palestinian refugees from Libya.  His criticisms of Israel are merely a way to deflect criticisms of his own regime. Gaddafi has maintained his rule by using his wealth, playing up the tribal loyalties in Libya and instilling fear in the population.

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02 2011

Muhammad: A Revolutionary Prophet

A revolution is “the overthrow of an established government by those formerly under its authority” [1] It may also refer to a “great change in a condition”[2]. The American Revolution is dubbed as such because it broke off from the monarchical political system and established a brand new governmental foundation for the colonial states based on a new set of values garnered from the Enlightenment period of thinking. A revolutionary is an individual who is involved in that radical change.

The prophet of Islam, Muhammad ibn Abdullah, was a revolutionary. The Prophet Muhammad brought forth a new basis for life in its major spheres— religious, social and political. As in any society there is overlap between these facets of life. In pre-Islamic Makkah the head tribe, the tribe known as Quraysh, gained much of its wealth from the tribes that would make pilgrimage to Makkah which was an important holy site for the polytheistic religions of the nomadic Arabs. The Arabs “worshipped spirits associated with natural features such as stones and trees”[3] as well as other sculpted idols. When the Prophet brought about the most important aspect of Islam, Tawhid (Uniqueness and Unity of God), this very basic (though foundational) principle immediately challenged the existing religious order because it disavowed and rebuked the worship of other tribal idols. Tawhid is illustrated in the 112th chapter of the Qur’an.

The Makkan elite “saw him as a revolutionary leader espousing an ideological message that threatened their social, economic, and political dominance.”[4] Eventually, Muhammad would enter Makkah and approach the Ka’ba to “purify it by smashing the polytheistic idols”[5] which represents a sort of capstone of the physical manifestation of his religious revolution in terms of its theological tenets.

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01 2011