“At the very corner of this old map is a country I long for. It is the
country of apples, hills, lazy rivers, sour wine, and love.
Unfortunately a huge spider has spun its web over it, and with sticky
saliva has closed the toll gates of dreams” wrote the Polish writer, Zbigniew Herbert. Today, this country is free, independent and stronger than ever! HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY POLAND!
Oscar Lopez Rivera, a Puerto Rican independence activist convicted 35 years ago of a conspiracy against the U.S. government, will be freed from prison after President Obama commuted his sentence. Although lower-profile than the pardon of Chelsea Manning, the U.S. soldier convicted of giving classified information to WikiLeaks, the Rivera pardon has another distinction — it was personally campaigned for by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
In May 2016, before the Democratic primary in Puerto Rico, Sanders drew attention to Lopez Rivera’s imprisonment. It didn’t rise to great prominence as an issue, and Hillary Clinton easily won the primary.
But from that point, Sanders was invested in the cause that had also attracted the support of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and “Hamilton” songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda. In October, Sanders recorded a video with his campaign group, Our Revolution, telling the president that “all over the world, in the United States and in Puerto Rico, thousands and thousands of people are demanding that” the “Vietnam War hero” Lopez Rivera be released from jail.
this day in 1948, Indian pacifist and leader of the independence movement, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was assassinated by Nathuram Godse. Gandhi was famous for his
non-violent struggle for Indian independence from British colonial rule, disavowing violence and instead advocating mass civil
disobedience to secure India’s independence. For instance, in 1930 he led the Salt March, which saw thousands of protestors defy the British monopoly on salt production by marching to the coastline and producing their own salt. Gandhi’s goal was achieved a
year before his death, with Indian independence secured in August 1947. However, in January 1948, he was shot at point-blank range while walking
to a platform to address a prayer meeting. The assasin was Nathuram Godse, a Hindu nationalist
who believed that Gandhi was sympathetic to Muslims and responsible for
weakening India by insisting on payment to Pakistan. Gandhi was mourned across India and throughout the world, with thousands flocking to his funeral. He remains a revered figure today, honoured in India as ‘Father of the Nation’ and respectfully referred to as ‘Mahatma’ (’Great Soul’) and ‘Bapu’ (’father’).
Focus on yourself. Please. Don’t let your world revolve around someone else, because people are temporary. Do your own things; have your own likes. Don’t do things for them. Do things for you. Don’t stick around waiting for them, don’t give up your all for them because I guarantee you they will leave. Please. Live for yourself.