peace organisation

The Signs - Wants & Needs
  • ♈ ARIES:
  • Wants: To win. Excitement and adventure. To receive praise. To achieve greatness. To always have fun in life.
  • Needs: A varied routine. To accept defeat gracefully. To think before they act. To understand their weaknesses.
  • ♉ TAURUS:
  • Wants: Peace and quiet. To be useful to others. To get away for a while. To do things in their own time.
  • Needs: A space for themselves. To vent anger in a healthy way. To notice when being taken advantage of.
  • ♊ GEMINI:
  • Wants: To express all their thoughts. To release their inner child. To make new friends. To feel only happiness.
  • Needs: To slow down. A soul mate. A shoulder to cry on. Emotional intimacy. To be truly understood.
  • ♋ CANCER:
  • Wants: Material comforts. To hide away. To rant about their troubles. A long lie-in. Less responsibilities.
  • Needs: To let things go. To remove their guilt. A good laugh. Frugality. Someone who will sit and listen.
  • ♌ LEO:
  • Wants: Devotion. To be remembered. To be pampered and spoiled. To make people laugh. To be complimented.
  • Needs: Kindness. To learn to love themselves without other people's flattery. Loyal friends who won't flake out.
  • ♍ VIRGO:
  • Wants: To prove their intelligence. A peaceful lifestyle. An organised plan. To be classy. To have a snappy comeback.
  • Needs: To admit when they need help from others. To understand nobody's perfect. To be spontaneous sometimes.
  • ♎ LIBRA:
  • Wants: Everybody to get along. To be told what to do. To avoid negativity and conflict. To procrastinate.
  • Needs: To take charge and make decisions. To do things now. To cut toxic relationships. To trust their own abilities.
  • ♏ SCORPIO:
  • Wants: To give a good impression. Intimacy. To be in control. To keep secrets. To be mature and respected.
  • Needs: To stop stifling themselves. Body acceptance. A physical outlet. To admit they are wrong sometimes.
  • ♐ SAGITTARIUS:
  • Wants: To prove themselves. Good stories to share. To be admired and praised. To never miss an opportunity.
  • Needs: To relax/meditate. A long hug. To find a balance between work and relations. To vent their frustrations.
  • ♑ CAPRICORN:
  • Wants: To inspire. To share their wisdom. To play it safe. To be wealthy. To keep neutral opinions.
  • Needs: To take risks sometimes. To trust in others. To unlock their emotions. Someone/something to care for.
  • ♒ AQUARIUS:
  • Wants: To be unique. To be independent. To have many different talents. To make good connections.
  • Needs: A helping hand. To shoulder less burdens. To take their ambitions steadily. A strong support system.
  • ♓ PISCES:
  • Wants: Emotional support. A knight in shining armour. To escape. To daydream. To cry it all out.
  • Needs: Independence. To accept the truth. To voice their concerns. To focus. To build a stronger backbone.
Little Red

Pairings: Bellamy / Reader

Warnings: Anger/ Swearing/ Smut/ NSFW

Imagine getting into a heated argument with Bellamy Blake. You raise your arm to slap him, but he catch your wrist. They back you up against the wall and lean down to your ear. In a low, husky voice they whisper “Wanna try that again sweetheart?

A/N: I kind of borrowed this imagine from @multifandom-gabi but i desperately wanted to write it! 

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You’d never been so angry in your entire life, in fact you were surprised that there wasn’t steam coming out of your ears. Of all the stupid things to do, and damn had they done a lot this took the biggest prize.

Not caring that there were Delinquents everywhere shouting at you to stop, you marched to Bellamy’s tent pushing your way in and slamming a hand down on a nearby crate to get his attention.

Bellamy looked up from the make shift desk he’d been sat at, eyes narrowing slightly when he saw it was you. The main group of Delinquents that followed him around had finally caught up and Miller grabbed your arm trying to pull you from the tent.

“Get the fuck off me Miller” you whispered, angry enough right now that you were going to forget your mother raised you to be lady, and hit him real hard someplace he wasn’t going to enjoy.

“Let her go Miller, it’s alright”

“Bellamy?” Miller asked his grip on your arm remaining. Bellamy just waved him off and with a last look at you Miller finally let go and left the tent leaving you alone with Bellamy.

You turned back to the main focus of your rage, eyes glinting with sparks as he just came around the desk leaning against it, crossing his arms over his chest. “Whatever is the matter little red?”

“Don’t call me that” you warned stalking towards him “I am not in the mood for your shit Blake”

“Really! And what is it I’ve done to upset you this time?”

“Don’t play innocent” you were tempted to smack him and that stupid smirk off of his face. “You sent people to a peace meeting with guns! That was our one chance to make peace with the grounders and you screwed it up”

“Well I’m sorry we can’t all be cosy cosy with the grounders Y/N” he was getting angry now himself the flare of his nose a sure fire give away. “Some of us remember how many people we’ve lost to grounder spears”

“You think I don’t know that. How do you suppose we stop that though Blake? For god sake surely you have some brains in that pretty boy head”

“Y/N” he growled getting up from the desk to put his body close to your own face hovering just above yours. You were tall for a girl meaning he barely had to lean down. “Be very careful with your words right now”

“You don’t intimidate me Blake” sneering you raked your eyes up and down his body “I’ve dealt with guys like you all my life”

“No you haven’t”

“Really and what makes you so special? You think you’re better than everyone else? Think your some sort of leader?” laughing you shook your head at him. “You’re not, a leader would do anything they could to save their people, what you’ve done is sentence us to a battle with people who’ve been fighting their entire lives. Every single one of those kids out there trusts you to protect them, and now every one of their deaths from now on is on your head”  

Bellamy grabbed your upper arms squeezing tightly as he twisted you around so you were pressed between the desk on his body. “You have a big mouth Red”

“I have a brain” breaking his grip on you, you pushed at his shoulders hard making him take a step back so you had room to move once more. “This was our one chance Bellamy and now it’s screwed up”

“The grounders wouldn’t have given us peace Red” Bellamy pushed his hair out of his face glaring at you “I have enough of a brain in my head to realise that. No matter how many peace talks we organise. We’ve stole their land, tortured one of their people and killed others. There is no peace to be had”

“You didn’t know that”

Bellamy snorted “You know what Red if we’re all so stupid around here why not go join the fucking grounders? You’re more like them anyway”

“Maybe I will” shouting you pushed away from the desk to get back into his space, temper igniting once more. “Their friendlier than everyone here anyway”

Bellamy’s mouth curled into a disgusted grimace “yeah well, not all of us can make friends by fucking them”

Yeah, there went all your mother’s lessons, flying straight out of the window as your anger broke free of all its restraints. Raising your hand you went to slap him, hard. Of course Bellamy Blake couldn’t even let you have that much, he grabbed your wrist before your hand could connect. Pulling you forward he pushed you into the pole of the tent your bodies pressing against each other. Raising both your hands above your head and holding them tightly there with one hand.  

“Want to try that again sweetheart?” he asked into your ear as his spare hand gripped your hip hard.

“Get. Off. Me”

“Why?” he nuzzled his nose into your neck as you pulled at your hands. “Don’t like it rough Red?”

“I don’t like you” you spat out eyes flashing. Bellamy laughed the hand on your hip moved to the band of your pants flicking open the button there fingers slipping underneath to rest flat against your lower stomach.

“You sure about that?” he asked “If I move just the tiniest bit further down here what exactly will I find red?”

You didn’t understand why you weren’t moving, why you weren’t trying to throw him off of you. All you knew was that your anger was rapidly changing to something else completely. “Bodies lie”

He really was laughing this time an evil light coming to his face “want to try and prove that red?”

“I told you to stop calling me that” raising your knee in a quick move you took the wind out of his stomach making him finally let go of your hands. He stumbled backwards as you moved forwards pushing him back to his bed.

You tumbled down there with him on his back and you landing on top of him straddling his hips. “One time deal Blake” you warned as desperately you ripped at each other’s clothing.

“Sure Red” he was agreeing to easily but you couldn’t concentrate because somehow he’d flipped you over on the small bed so he was back in charge, pulling quickly to rid you of your pants and underwear. “Open your legs” he ordered. When you didn’t comply instantly his hands went to the inside of your thighs dragging them wide and instantly dropping down burying his face between your legs.

“Fuck” the groan was dragged from your throat as Bellamy’s tongue licked up the juice there.

He was relentless making you writhe underneath him in desperation, all he did though was use his hands to clamp your hips still so he could punish you some more.

“Blake… please” you were begging and uncaring anymore of your pride. You just needed him to finish you.

“Please what?” he asked against your skin.

“I… don’t… Blake”

“Say it red” he order, torturously licking his tongue through your folds once more.

“Let me cum” you finally got out making him smirk.

“Whatever the lady wants” his mouth fastened back against your clit and within moments you’d broken, crying out hoarsely as you laced your fingers through his hair holding him there.

Bellamy crawled back up your body dropping the odd kiss on your hot, sweaty skin until he reached your mouth. “I like you so much better when you’re being friendly Red”

“I can be friendlier” wrapping your legs around him you rolled once more so you were on top of him. “Want me to show you?”

“Fuck yes”

You reached between your bodies taking his cock in one hand moving slowly up and down it a few times before lining him up with your body and sliding so he was deep inside of you.

Using his chest as a stabiliser you let your hips rock back and forth. Riding him hard and fast.

Bellamy sat up underneath you so his face was suddenly close to your own as he kissed you. “God red”

“shut up” you ordered as your rhythm started to fail, orgasm building back up, his hands went to your hips helping you with the movements as you both panted hard, he buried his face in your neck as shuddering you came around him once more, the spasms of your muscles pulling him along with you.

You stayed there for a moment longer getting your breathing back under control before climbing off him and grabbing your clothes from the floor.

“Red?”

“I don’t want to talk Bellamy” you finished with your clothes pulling your hair out from under your shirt. “I’m still furious with you”

“I can tell”

You could hear the smile in his voice so refused to look at him, knowing it would only incite your rage once more. “I have work to do”

“Hey Red?”

“What?” looking at him finally from the door way of the tent, he hadn’t moved still sat naked on his bed, smile plastered on his face as he wiped his mouth with one hand.

“Knew you were a natural red head” he pointed to his head with the statement, you grabbed the nearest thing you could find to hand, his shoe you thought and flung it at his head as you stormed from the tent, the only thing you could hear his annoying laughter.

You hated Bellamy Blake. There was nothing else there. You. Hated. Bellamy. Blake.

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@angryares

“Every government that intends war is as much our enemy as ever the Germans were… The safeguard of peace is not a vast army, but an unreliable public, a public that will fill the streets and empty the factories at the word ‘War’, that will learn and accept the lesson of resistance. The only way to stop atrocities is to refuse to participate in them.”
- Alex Comfort, Peace and Disobedience, in Peace News (1946), pp. 6-7

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VLD WLW MONTH DAY 13 - future

10-15 years in the future when the galra are defeated, Allura is leader of an intergalactic army that ensures peace, Shay runs an organisation that goes around the galaxy setting free balmeras and generally helping populations in need and last but not least, they’re married!

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A season five finale fix-it, told from Shaw’s POV, in honour of it being her day today. 


This is how it begins.

I.

The payphone rings and you pause with Bear in the middle of the sidewalk. You debate whether answering it is a good idea. You almost walk away but something holds you back. Your hand stretches out to the warm black plastic and you pick it up, hold it to your ear.

           Times Square. 24.

           The phone is set back down and you turn around with a new spring in your step.

           You shoot the Machine a smile.

II.

The apartment door is slightly ajar. You enter with caution, hand on the weapon tucked into the waistband of your jeans. Bear tugs on his leash. You let him go and the lights flicker on.

           She’s there, at her desk, like she never left.

           “Hello Sameen.”

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tumblingxelian  asked:

I can't be the only one who is sick of people acting like Blake's background makes her a "Spoiled princess" can I? Like, seriously, yeah maybe it could have been foreshadowed better or like an old mentor could have been used. But ultimately, she was a child soldiers under a budding mass murderer & abuser for five years, since she was 12, and was marching in protests seeing the discrimination firsthand. She's got plenty of reason for anger.

yeah, plus i don’t think people quite realise that it’s all very recent, and when Blake was a child she probably wasn’t living the well-to-do life her parents live now

Ghira retired as High Leader of the White Fang roughly 5 years prior to the start of the series. that big fancy house in Menagerie? that’s where he lives as Chieftain of Menagerie - it’s unlikely Blake grew up in that kind of luxury and very likely didn’t spend much time in that house (if at all) before running away to stay with the White Fang as it was rebuilt from a peaceful protest organisation into a terrorist cell - she spent her formative years as a child soldier heavily involved with an abuser, that’s going to have an effect on her

and even before that though, there’s no indication she would’ve had it easy - we know from her own admission that she was directly involved in protests, meaning she was likely travelling with her parents between Kingdoms for these peaceful rallies (which wouldn’t exactly be a stable home life), and seen for herself the discrimination her people face due to the likely response to some of those rallies. and the strength and reach the White Fang has at present is very likely to be a result of how they now go about acquiring resources (by stealing them and engaging in violence). The White Fang when Blake was a kid, a peaceful protest organisation likely smaller in scope and more than likely funded by charity groups if not out of pocket by those running it with whatever resources they could gather, probably wasn’t the most luxurious thing to be a part of growing up

namely i think a big part of the problem is that the show doesn’t fully clarify that the Belladonna family’s current wealth and influence (which Blake hasn’t been a part of for years anyway) is a very recent thing, because we haven’t had a full contrast between the White Fang in the past and how it is presently - the show leaves you to put that together yourself

this also leads into the answer to the question “why does no one recognise that Blake is the daughter of the former leader of the White Fang and current Chieftain of Menagerie?” (obviously there’s the point that Menagerie was created as a ‘put them there and pretend they don’t exist’ option, so very likely there’s no special attention paid to the political situation in Menagerie, especially as they don’t have their own towers connected to a CCT, as it’s technically just another ‘small town in the middle of nowhere’), Blake’s the daughter of a guy who ran a more than likely small protest organisation. no one’s interested in who they might be. Ghira’s name might be public record but as everyone is so overly focused on how violent the White Fang is now that that’s all most anybody really knows or cares about the situation

it’s more than possible that before Sienna Khan took over, the White Fang wasn’t even a commonplace name that the majority of the population were even aware of (we see this with Sun, who was completely unaware that the organisation existed and was very different before their violent turn a few years before)

Fascinated

Fandom: Sherlock

Word count: 1867

Characters: Sherlock x reader, Lestrade, John

Warnings: mentions of graphic murder and drug dealinge, Sherlock being arrogant

Summary: Requested by @littlemercedesstuff. Lestrade, your boss, asks you to work a case with two of his friends.

You liked it in your office. It was calm and peaceful, organised just the way you liked it, and no one disturbed you there. You could work by yourself, without anyone else to distract you. Not to mention that you had an amazing view- it was three floors up, and you could see what felt like the whole of London.

And you needed the peace to try and work out this particular case. It had been bugging the police for weeks- a lot of couples had been brutally murdered in their flats. They were all young, apparently happy, and on the way to being successful, but there was no apparent motive and no other link between them. Whoever was killing them was also apparently very good at hiding their tracks.

Leaning back in your chair, you flicked through the latest file, hoping to see something you’d missed. These murders felt personal to the killer. At the crime scenes you’d attended, you had picked up a sense of viciousness, of the killer letting go- maybe taking their anger out on the couples? That would suggest that they were in a relationship they weren’t happy in, but still didn’t give you any idea who they might be. Or who they would attack next.

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anonymous asked:

Would you mind adding Roadhog to the soulmate react? If that's okay. By the way, I love how you write, and it helps me feel a lot more comfortable with reactions. Most are so female dominant and orientated, that it causes me dysmorphia to act up. And as someone who is forced to act female even though I'm trans-male, it isn't fun. Thanks for setting up this blog and sharing your work. It really brightens my day.

Thank you so much, anon. I’m really happy you enjoy my imagines!


So, without further ado, I have to say …

Boy, this Soulmate AU turned out to be way popular! Thank you all so much for liking it and requesting more, it’s really made my week!

Here are links to the first parts:
[Part 1] with Reaper, Junkrat, Hanzo, and Zenyatta
[Part 2] with Soldier 76, McCree, and Widowmaker
[Part 3] with Genji, Reinhardt, and Ana Amari

and now Part 4 with Lúcio, Mei, D.Va, Roadhog, Winston, and Zarya!

I will do the rest (Tracer, Mercy, Symmetra, Pharah, Torbjörn, and Bastion) tomorrow, the day after at the latest :)

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How to life

Short guide to becoming aware of what being an independent, organised and peaceful human being implies .

(feel free to complete the list)

1. Stay organised

  • Keep a journal
  • Manage your budget. Think before you spend money and take a couple of moments to decide whether you need that certain thing or naw. Ask yourself : Do I need it? Can`t I live without it? When it comes to spending money please don`t be a spoiled ass bitch. Don’t let money control you. You don’t belong to it, it belongs to you. It’s yours. Use it smart and wisely.
  • Manage your activities. (school+job+leisure)
  • Plan your day, week, month, year if needed. ( Set specific goals - so you won`t fail)
  • Have a calendar or planner attached on a wall. Stare at it, see the big picture of what your day, week, month looks like and imagine how you`ll go through what`s coming. 
  • Manage your time. I`ve said it before in a quote and I am going to say it again : Don’t let time control you. You don’t belong to it, it belongs to you.It’s yours. Use it smart and wisely. 


2. Know how to

  • cook
  • treat others
  • behave, act ( good manners are the key)
  • take care of your home ( know how to repair some things )
  • take care of yourself 
  • dress up
  • make up
  • drink alcohol ( don`t be garbage. have fun, get drunk af but know what drinks can be mixed with what drinks and same with drinks and pills. you`re a smart person. act like one.)
  • be alone, do things alone (get used to spending time with your own self)
  • pay bills ( money management + where to pay them)
  • treat yoself (self respect  etc)


3. Know where to

  • call when you have an emergency ( care provider, 911 etc.) ( here would be more than helpful a list with all them numbers and addresses)
  • shop (good prices, sales etc.)

♈ ARIES:
Wants: To win. Excitement and adventure. To receive praise. To achieve greatness. To always have fun in life.
Needs: A varied routine. To accept defeat gracefully. To think before they act. To understand their weaknesses.

♉ TAURUS:
Wants: Peace and quiet. To be useful to others. To get away for a while. To do things in their own time.
Needs: A space for themselves. To vent anger in a healthy way. To notice when being taken advantage of.

♊ GEMINI:
Wants: To express all their thoughts. To release their inner child. To make new friends. To feel only happiness.
Needs: To slow down. A soul mate. A shoulder to cry on. Emotional intimacy. To be truly understood.

♋ CANCER:
Wants: Material comforts. To hide away. To rant about their troubles. A long lie-in. Less responsibilities.
Needs: To let things go. To remove their guilt. A good laugh. Frugality. Someone who will sit and listen. 

♌ LEO:
Wants: Devotion. To be remembered. To be pampered and spoiled. To make people laugh. To be complimented.
Needs: Kindness. To learn to love themselves without other people’s flattery. Loyal friends who won’t flake out. 

♍ VIRGO:
Wants: To prove their intelligence. A peaceful lifestyle. An organised plan. To be classy. To have a snappy comeback.
Needs: To admit when they need help from others. To understand nobody’s perfect. To be spontaneous sometimes.

♎ LIBRA:
Wants: Everybody to get along. To be told what to do. To avoid negativity and conflict. To procrastinate.
Needs: To take charge and make decisions. To do things now. To cut toxic relationships. To trust their own abilities.

♏ SCORPIO:
Wants: To give a good impression. Intimacy. To be in control. To keep secrets. To be mature and respected.
Needs: To stop stifling themselves. Body acceptance. A physical outlet. To admit they are wrong sometimes.

♐ SAGITTARIUS:
Wants: To prove themselves. Good stories to share. To be admired and praised. To never miss an opportunity.
Needs: To relax/meditate. A long hug. To find a balance between work and relations. To vent their frustrations.

♑ CAPRICORN:
Wants: To inspire. To share their wisdom. To play it safe. To be wealthy. To keep neutral opinions.
Needs: To take risks sometimes. To trust in others. To unlock their emotions. Someone/something to care for.

♒ AQUARIUS:
Wants: To be unique. To be independent. To have many different talents. To make good connections.
Needs: A helping hand. To shoulder less burdens. To take their ambitions steadily. A strong support system. 

♓ PISCES:
Wants: Emotional support. A knight in shining armour. To escape. To daydream. To cry it all out.
Needs: Independence. To accept the truth. To voice their concerns. To focus. To build a stronger backbone.

I just want to go and scream in Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson’s faces for ruining our future. It’s not the Brexit adults who’ll have to deal with this, it’s young people like my little sister and I who’ll be dealing with the brunt of this decision for the rest of our lives, despite the fact that I voted to remain in the EU and remain in a stable, peaceful organisation. I didn’t want this. The majority of people aged 16-24 did not want this, and yet those under 18 couldn’t vote regardless of the fact this directly affects their future

Because we’re more informed than we’ve ever been, and we’re educated enough to know that scaremongering and complete blatant lies are not legitimate reasons to vote for such a drastic, damaging change. (Yes, Farage, creating imaginary figures for how we’re supposedly paying £19billion to the EU each year and then claiming that it will be spent on our NHS is a blatant lie - so is labelling only Syria and Iraq on a map intended to show which new countries will be joining the EU, despite the fact neither of those countries are set to join). 

But at the end of the day, the electorate is primarily comprised of adults, many of which - without meaning to be insensitive - will not have to live through the full repercussions of their decision to leave the EU. And why did these people vote to leave? Because of immigration. The EU allows free movement and labour between its member states, and the older generation - many of whom are now retired and living comfortably on secure pensions and therefore unaffected by this movement of labour - were so afraid of a surge in immigration taking ‘British jobs’ that they were willing to put their hatred ahead of their country’s, and their children’s and grandchildren’s, best interests. Whether this was caused by racism, susceptibility to shamelessly false propaganda, or a misplaced leap of faith into the unknown, the fact remains that it’s the younger generation who have to deal with the consequences. We don’t want this. We don’t want the United Kingdom to become divided and split into perhaps three different individual states because of the mistakes and ill judgement of the older generation. The EU referendum gave unfair and unjustified power to citizens who were hungry for immediate change and will not have to suffer the ongoing effects their entire lives. We’re a small state, we cannot stand apart from the EU and the dramatic decrease in the value of the pound has already started to show that even within the first 12 hours.

We need another referendum, free from deceitful propaganda and better informed by the severe consequences we have already seen today, and we need to allow the younger generation who will actually feel the effects of this decision to have their say and vote. 

  • iroh: *learns from past mistakes*
  • iroh: *explains key concepts of daoist philosophy in an easy to understand way*
  • iroh: *teaches zuko about electricity*
  • iroh: *learns from the teachings of other cultures*
  • iroh: *is a member of an intercultural peace organisation*
  • iroh: *encourages a man who tried to mug him to follow his dreams of pursuing a gender-atypical profession*
  • iroh: *is basically one of the best firebenders ever but only uses his powers when necessary to keep peace and protect loved ones*
  • iroh: *acts as a spiritual mentor for nephew as well as TWO avatars (aang and korra)*
  • iroh: *values tea as much as oxygen*
  • iroh: *is basically the best part of avatar and no one can tell me otherwise*

Mairead Maguire (b. 1944) is one of the founders of the Women for Peace, an organisation dedicated to find a peaceful resolution to the Troubles in Northern Ireland. She received the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts.

Women for Peace eventually became the Community of Peace People, and extended their scope to promote pacifist views in an international context. In 1981 Maguire was the co-founder of the human rights organisation Committee on the Administration of Justice. She has been a vocal critic of nuclear weapons and has campaigned heavily for their abolition worldwide.

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21/8/2015: Crown Prince Hussein said that Youth are the strategic asset and the real wealth. “This is what I see every day in the youth of my country, Jordan, and in my peers around the world.”

Addressing the Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security, which kicked off today King’s Academy, Madaba, he said Jordan will work through its membership in the United Nations Security Council for the Council’s adoption of an agenda on youth, peace and security to ensure the inclusion of youth in efforts towards building sustainable peace and security. “This is how we grew up here in Jordan, with the involvement of all men and women. We built a resilient nation with the hard work of young people and the foresight of their fathers,” the prince said.

Following is the full text of Prince Al Hussein’s speech:

In the name of God, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It has been said that “The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.” That rings true for this house, my home, Jordan.

So, let me welcome all of you, friends, to my beloved country Jordan. And know that your presence enriches us; because while Jordan’s foundations of peace and mutual respect are deep, they grow ever stronger with each new friendship.

We are proud that ours is a house that has never turned away a neighbor seeking refuge and relief; and a home for all who seek peace and progress because peace is not just a policy, not just a value or ideal, it is a human trait and it is the pillar that holds up the roof over our one global family.

Welcome to Jordan and a special thank you to our partners: the UN system and its visionary leadership, the United Network of Young Peacebuilders, and Search for Common Ground.

Brothers and sisters,

“Youth are the future” this perhaps one of the most frequently cited statements on how to affect the future through shaping its generations, and part of the discourse of heads of states, politicians and political parties.

Those who possess the key to young minds can unlock the doors of the future. This is the strategy followed by all those who seek to shape generations, because when youth believe in a mission, they will dedicate their lives to fulfill it.

Unfortunately, if we look back on our modern history, we will find that tyrants, occupiers, and terrorists in any shape or form including Al Qaeda and Daesh have all exploited young people and their potential.

Has not the time come to utilise this formula to make peace? To build strong generations that won’t be swayed by the slogans of those who seek to advance their own agendas, whatever they may be!

This formula has never been more appropriate, for the world has never been as young as it is today. Therefore, there has never been a greater opportunity to influence the future, especially in the Arab world, where youth under 25 years old make up around 70 per cent of the population.

Youth are the strategic asset. They are the real wealth. This is what I see every day in the youth of my country, Jordan, and in my peers around the world. Youth are the ones most ready to dedicate their lives for the future of their country. They are the peace builders who go to serve their brothers and sisters in disaster areas. They are the doctors who volunteered to aid their Arab brethren in times of catastrophes in Gaza.

They are the teachers helping in refugee camps so that children are not deprived of education and knowledge. They are the millions of youths who create networks that give unconditionally, not expecting anything in return. These are but examples of what I have seen and experienced. This is my generation; these are the peacemakers.

I assure you that the young people of my generation do not lack the will to take action. On the contrary, they are the most aware of the challenges facing their homelands. They are the most knowledgeable of the advancements of their times; and they are the most capable of listening to the world and communicating with it because they have mastered the language of this age, with the cyberspace carrying their voice from East to West across all borders and restrictions.

This is my generation, and its youth are well-equipped to be partners in setting a future strategy that suits them.

This is why we are here today, because we have the opportunity to make a fundamental change in the future an opportunity that we must seize quickly because youth are targeted by many, and we are in a race to win their minds.

We are in a race against agendas on the hunt for the youth’s capacities to serve their own goals. We are in a race with time because our future cannot afford to waste the capacities of today’s generation.

We are here to build on the outcomes of the Security Council’s open session on the “Role of Youth in Countering Violent Extremism and Promoting Peace”, which was organised by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan during its presidency of the Council in April.

We are also here to reach a consensus over a declaration on youth and their role in peace building and combating extremism.

This may be the first conference of its kind in terms of strong participation and the ability to bring together all stakeholders from representatives of the United Nations, governments as well as national and international organisations, to the party most concerned: Young people themselves and their organisations.

But I also hope that the Forum will be the first of its kind in the tangible outcomes that it yields, realised through a genuine involvement of youth, not sideline participation or modest representation.

It is the first of its kind because young people themselves will draft the recommendations, with the support of the experts we have here with us, for what we need as young people is a space to work, not readymade templates that limit us.

This conference will contribute to creating stronger networks that seek to empower youth and give them the chance to express their ambitions and their belonging to humanity.

Our dear guests,

Today, I announce to you that Jordan will work through its membership in the United Nations Security Council for the Council’s adoption of an agenda on youth, peace and security to ensure the inclusion of youth in efforts towards building sustainable peace and security. This is how we grew up here in Jordan, with the involvement of all men and women. We built a resilient nation with the hard work of young people and the foresight of their fathers.

I have recently read a saying that caught my attention: A boy becomes a man the first time his dream dies.

Something has pushed me not to settle for this statement as is, but ask all of you here today to take on the responsibility of making it right.

Economic, social and political challenges have turned our youth into men and women capable of shouldering their responsibilities, and it is our duty to offer them an environment that nurtures vibrant, achievable dreams that can change the course of their lives; for there is no dream without hope, and hope is a fundamental right for each and every young man and woman. We are here to reaffirm this right, and to push them to dream bigger and farther every time not only to be the largest young generation in history, but also the generation that made the world’s largest leap towards peace and coexistence.

May God’s blessing and peace be upon you.

(Source: Petra)

well ok let me do this real quick while we’re at it

when i was in palestine last month, i brought up the conversation multiple times with regards to who can and who can’t go to palestine because i wanted to get various opinions from palestinians who live in palestine. i asked many people around like a taxi driver, a vendor, a shopkeeper, a neighbour etc. almost each one of them comes from a different background and had different political affiliations even. and yet, you might be surprised to know that all of them, without fail, had the exact same response. 

when i asked them how they felt about non-palestinians coming to palestine they said that they did not mind it at all. when i said that there are people out there who shame and try to stop those who want to come and visit palestine, they all expressed shock and disappointment. they all told me that palestinains are isolated from the rest of the world. hardly anyone knows about our struggle and let alone wants to visit. some of them were literally horrified that there are palestinains out there, living in privileged circumstances, who maybe only ever come to palestine to spend their summers, would advocate to further isolate their own people who are quite literally trapped on the inside.

some of them did not even believe me when i told them that. when i said that it is coming from the opposition of normalising things with israel, their response was along the lines of: they’d be paying the prisoners a visit, not the prison keeper. to all of them, it was seen as a lazy attempt by arm-chair activists who, perhaps unknowingly, speak over palestinians without so much care as to what those palestinians living in palestine want.

they would tell me that they want people to know how things truly are on the ground. some of them told me that no matter how much those living outside of palestine would read, watch films, go to protests and so on, none of that would give them so much as a glimpse of the reality that palestinians live. many of them wondered as to how are we going to accomplish anything on the way to liberation if we deny people’s support?

this is not to say that all palestinians share these ideas and opinions, but we cannot disregard the opposing opinions either especially since they come from those who have daily confrontations with a violent occupation.

these non-palestinian volunteers in palestine have done so much. we can’t deny it no matter how ~problematic~ their presence seems to us or how their ~white saviour complex~ is apparent to us. to many of us, it has become a trend of “lol fuk white ppl” and nothing beyond that.

take the village of yanoun for example. the village has been surrounded by illegal settlements. violent settlers would attack the villagers on a daily basis, many residents have been killed and many badly wounded. thousands of olive trees were burnt and groves were destroyed. this has been happening for over a decade now. in 2002, those attacks got so violent that all of the residents of the village had to flee, which is something that never happened since the naksa where an entire palestinian village is evicted forcibly. however, in order for the residents of the village to return and continue their presence, a group of internationals from peace groups and organisations have volunteered to live in the village among the palestinian residents ever since, in order to protect it and its residents. needless to say, settler attacks went down by almost 90% according to the residents of yanoun.

we don’t like it when foreigners interfere in our struggle, i get it. but we shouldn’t downplay their importance to many palestinians as well. not only do they offer solidarity work, but they do a lot for refugee camps, medical care, education (especially english courses), summer camps, art and music etc… there are activists that are mainly there to walk palestinian kids to and from school so as to protect them from settlers, and there are others whose main job is to keep paramedics safe and so on.

so who are we to deny palestinians these opportunities? how selfish of us. many of us speak from a place of privilege that we forget that these struggles we’re trying to advocate for from a distance are faced by others on a daily basis. we forget them and what it really means to live under occupation and ongoing threat.

anonymous asked:

Burr volunteers at a local library that the Hamilsquad uses for studying, and he takes his job far too seriously, because he has a DUTY to the good patrons of the library to ensure they have peace and quiet and organised shelving! He's constantly kicking Alexander out for talking non-stop/debating with everyone rlly loudly whenever he's there. Alex takes it as a challenge to make as big a scene as possible. Angelica always times how long it takes Burr to show up and evict him from the premises.

Ahhh I love this

After a while burr probably sees him come in and is just like

“out”
“but I didn’t do anything yet”
“but you will and I’m not going to deal with it. Get out before I make you”
“Oh of course, I’d love to go out with you!!”
“….that’s not what I meant”
“but will you?”
“…maybe”