Universal Declaration of Human Rights

There are many things we think we know and take for granted until we are asked what they truly are. This has recently happened to me while engaging in conversations about human rights: rights that are ours for the sheer fact that we are human beings. There are 30 of them, (as I shamefully just found out), but I only could mention a few. So here is the condensed information I gathered through my humble research. [n.b.: none of the below is written by me]

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.

THE STORY OF HUMAN RIGHTS

THE DOCUMENT

Preamble

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

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GONE MISSING: Mr. Perspective – WANTED for crime: Mr. Media

Lives prematurely taken away by wars and related attacks are always a devastatingly sad and shameful event. As a human being, I for one am ashamed. Nonetheless I refuse to mourn European lives more than that of any other human being on the planet and I disagree with Mr. Media who wants me to. I call for equality and ask Mr. Media to proceed with his 24-hour special breaking-news high-rating edition on European victims of a “terrorist” attack on European soil. But I also ask him to increase his coverage of armed conflicts worldwide even at the cost of a lower share. To increase his coverage of what has become a manufacturing business with an average daily production of 146 “casualties” in its Syrian facility alone and 468, worldwide.

I want Mr. Media to be honest and unbiased, to carry out his duty and tell the truth. But that’s probably too naïf! He works for the private sector after all! Stakeholders and shareholders.

Honesty and perspective are needed. We cannot continue to act surprised and appalled if we do not even attempt to end armed conflicts globally and support a one trillion dollar a year, moneymaking weapon industry worldwide. In case Mr. Media had not told you yet, it is your money governments spend to arm themselves against “the enemy”. And it is those same weapons bought by governments that reach the hands of just about anybody, i.e., the highest bidder.

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Argos – Jacta Alea Esto

argos copertina defUna giornata come le altre, diversa in nessun modo. Argos è ormai vecchio e stanco – entrato nel vortice dei riti quotidiani e delle rimembranze –; passeggia, come ogni giorno, per le vie di Roma alla mercé della generosità di chi ormai lo conosce da anni.

È la voce pensiero di Argos ad accompagnarci nel racconto: il suo racconto in tre tempi, per la durata di un solo giorno.

Ci racconta del presente, di ciò che vede, osserva, sente; descrivendo Roma, gli edifici, le piazze, la gente, le storie, le botteghe, i cambiamenti.

Ci racconta di un passato non troppo lontano, durato due anni, quando la sua amata immortale gli era accanto e lui era felice e felice di esserle fedele. Penelope è sempre nei suoi pensieri e tutte le giornate passano allo stesso modo, nel tentativo di trovare il coraggio di tornare da lei.

Ci racconta del suo passato tout cout: una vita fatta di incontri e di solitudine. Nella sua vita Argos conosce e trascorre del tempo con varie figure di rilevanza storica, dal 14° Dalai Lama a Salvador Dalì, passando per Sergey Koroliev, Bobby Fisher, Frank Costello, Churchill, Kissinger, David Bowie, Ernest Hemingway ed altri ancora. Stringe rapporti con questi personaggi, non necessariamente all’apice della loro carriera, ma in momenti di fragilità, umiltà, necessità, ripercorrendo a suo modo la sua vita ed il XXesimo secolo.

Ma chi è Argos?

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Argos – Jacta Alea Esto

argos copertina def“No beings, with the exception of man, feel surprised at their own existence.” Arthur Schopenhauer

“Yet, observing Salvador, I assumed that his way of living life might have been, somewhat paradoxically, far more respectful towards it, than any alleged spiritual journey in search of enlightenment, or whichever self-set primary goal to achieve before death. Perhaps because I better understood, then, as now, the immediacy of smiles and laughter, that the silences of coveted, mystical, transcendental, or arduous and distressing, serenity. Salvador lived the present as if it were the only one to count; he lived for the beauty and joy of the moment, regardless of the past and blind to the future. Although seemingly arrogant, he was probably the humblest of all: he did not give his soul a transcendental mission, nor his life an obsessive purpose, other than to be – or become – himself.”  – Argos

Published in 2016 – Isbn: 9788892312593
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