“It’s much more dangerous, and twice as expensive, to defect from North Korea since Kim Jong Un took power in Pyongyang three and a half years ago, refugees and experts say, and far fewer people are escaping from the repressive and impoverished country.” 

Recognize the Armenian Genocide

On April 24, 1915, Ottoman Turkey began the annihilation of the Armenian people, killing 1.5 million Armenians, and creating the first genocide of the 20th century. Turkey has attempted to keep this genocide forgotten, however, the blood that runs in the veins of the descendants of the survivors has not allowed that to happen. While some countries have recognized it as a genocide, we still have struggled to obtain complete worldwide recognition. The Turkish government continues not to take blame for what their forefather have done. They deny any and all of those actions, despite the outstanding amount of evidence.

Tumblr, what I ask you today is to please reblog this to educate your followers, so that they may pass it on as well. Within this month, do something small. Maybe, post something on your social media having to do with the genocide, so that the people you know may be educated and pass the word on. If you are really wanting to get involved, there will be marches all over the world to get recognition. I know this is a website full of people who stand for activism. Please, help educate the world on this matter. It would mean a lot to me, who lost ancestors during that time, and other Armenians who share the same story. Thank you.

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Before he became known as one of the most amazing actors in history, Steve Buscemi was a firefighter for New York’s Engine 55. Upon the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, Buscemi dug out is old gear and volunteered to rescue the trapped and recover the deceased. It’s inspiring to know that a person who could do nothing and take no flack for his choice decided to do everything he could because he knew that there were family members and friends who needed closure, and he knew that the sooner the job was done, the sooner an entire nation could begin to heal. He was skilled and equipped to make it happen, and he also had a caring, genuine, humanitarian heart.

On this anniversary of the attacks, I don’t want to rile everyone up with the “America! F**k, yeah!” attitude. I just want to remind people that, at one time during my lifespan, the citizens of the USA were truly united. Not because of patriotism or politics…but because many were devastated, and the rest had reached such a deep level of empathy that they could be nothing but helpful and supportive of their neighbors. For once in my lifetime, humankind was something to be proud of. Why’d we forget so quickly?

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Soon after becoming a UNICEF ambassador, Hepburn went on a mission to Ethiopia, where years of drought and civil strife had caused terrible famine. After visiting UNICEF emergency operations, she talked about the projects to the media in the United States, Canada and Europe over several weeks, giving as many as 15 interviews a day. It set a precedent for her commitment to the organization.

In the years that followed, Hepburn made a series of UNICEF field trips, visiting a polio vaccine project in Turkey, training programmes for women in Venezuela, projects for children living and working on the street in Ecuador, projects to provide drinking water in Guatemala and Honduras and radio literacy projects in El Salvador. She saw schools in Bangladesh, projects for impoverished children in Thailand, nutrition projects in Vietnam and camps for displaced children in Sudan.

As she would reflected: ‘I’m glad I’ve got a name, because I’m using it for what it’s worth. It’s like a bonus that my career has given to me.’ Perhaps Audrey was suited for the job and according to Robert Wolders, since 'she was a composite of reactions against bias, intolerance, and anger. Not necessarily directed toward her, but based on observation. This is why she was so even and fair with everyone. Her indignation toward intolerance grew to where there was a range toward the injustices she observed.’ About her work for Unicef, Audrey also would say: 'I’ve been auditioning my whole life for this role, and I finally got it.’

Asked about “what you really do for UNICEF?”, she would answer: “My task is to inform, to create awareness of the needs of children. It would be nice to be an expert on education, economics, politics, religions, traditions and cultures. I’m none of those. But I am a mother and I will travel.”

Hepburn also worked tirelessly for UNICEF when not making field trips. She testified before the US Congress, took part in the World Summit for Children, launched UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children reports, hosted Danny Kaye International Children’s Award ceremonies, designed fundraising cards, participated in benefit concert tours and gave many speeches and interviews promoting UNICEF’s work.

Hepburn received the United States’ highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in December 1992. During that year, though ill with cancer, she had continued her work for UNICEF, travelling to Somalia, Kenya, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France and the United States. x x

How many of us can say we know exactly where our clothes come from? Not many right? It’s almost impossible, in fact it may just be impossible. Up until a few days ago, I wasn’t aware of the cruelty and injustice that comes simply with making clothes because almost everything in this world Is behind closed doors. So many cooperate companies make money off of innocent people in developing countries and treat them like garbage so that they can have a more privileged life. It’s disgusting. How many of you have heard of the term ‘sweatshops?’ Maybe a lot of you have or maybe you havnt. There is no single definition of what a sweatshop is, but in general, a sweatshop can be described as a workplace where workers are subject to extreme exploitation, including the absence of a living wage or benefits, poor working conditions, and arbitrary discipline, such as verbal and physical abuse and working 16+ hrs a day. Since sweatshop workers are paid less than their daily expenses (20-60 cents a day!), they are never able to save any money to improve their lives. They are trapped in an awful cycle of exploitation. Not one human on this earth deserves that. I was reading so many interviews and these poor people are risking their lives to make our clothes, to the point where they are beaten if they make a mistake. It’s heartbreaking. No matter who they are (men, women & children of all ages), they deserve a life of freedom and education. They deserve clean water, food and a safe home and the fact that millions of people don’t get these simple rights kills me. It truly makes me so mad. I’m still on the verge of finding everything out but the first thing I did was Google what companies in Australia use/don’t use sweatshops because I firmly believe in ethical Rights of humans/animals/literally anything & always will want to know what my money contributes to. I suggest that you all also maybe take time out of your day & find out what you’re contributing to. As consumers we have a right to know what our money does/doesn’t support. No one deserves to be treated so poorly, especially for something as little as clothes. #humanrights

I don’t get why people want to climb Everest. It is freezing cold and there is a real chance you could die. Plus it costs like a million dollars or something. I get that you want a challenge but why not just give all of your money to a poor community in rural India or Africa and then try living in one of those communities for the rest of your life, that would be a real challenge and you would be a bigger hero than the 5000th or so person to climb a particular mountain. 

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“As a parent, I can not imagine a greater horror.”-Special envoy Angelina Jolie in Iraq