Avazz up.dat!!!

Från förra veckan men lika akuelt idag. ge Mogadishu din kärlek!!!
 
 
Today two car bombs killed at least 13 people in Mogadishu, Somalia. Many of those killed are there as peacekeepers to help keep the city safe in preparation for elections. And in other recent attacks women and children have also been killed.

Al-Shabab, a local ally of al-Qaeda, has claimed responsibility. The whole world united in horror when this happened in Nice, Brussels or last week in several German cities, -- but this is the tenth deadly attack on Muslim cities recently, and our global response now is even more crucial.

ISIS and al-Qaeda want to split the human family. To divide the world's 1.6 billion Muslims from everyone else, and even against each other. Muslims have been their greatest victims -- and if we say nothing when scores of our fellow humans are massacred in Somalia, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh or Syria -- terror wins.
 
Click to send a message of love and unity to the people of Mogadishu. Let’s join together - Muslims and Non-Muslims - to declare we are undivided. Our messages will be plastered across Mogadishu to fiercely show our solidarity and overwhelm hate with our love: 

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/undivided_for_somalia/?bcBRTgb&v=79496&cl=10426822883&_checksum=a2af795ce0bcaa255f143d6a27b43d85534a0b0445e79ef462036d3427049374

It can feel like ISIS, al-Qaeda want and their xenophobic counterparts like Trump, Farage and Le Pen are growing in strength. That is exactly what they want us to believe. In truth the massive overwhelming majority of us - Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, agnostic - live in harmony with each other, respecting our diversity. Only a tiny minority use bloody weapons, and violent lies to create the most powerful tool - fear - to drive us apart.

But our small actions can challenge that fear. We covered Nice, Paris and Beirut with posters of love after those attacks, and when people saw messages from around the world -- they smiled, saying it quelled their anxiety and strengthened their sense of humanity. 
 
Of course this cannot be the only global response -- military action is required to go after ISIS and those that fuel their rise, as are policies to defeat the misery that has given rise to ISIS, and deal with disenfranchisement and Islamophobia. We also need to recognise and consider how to help those who turned to ISIS because as they were being brutalised or lost their way, the world ignored them, lamented, or did nothing.

Let’s ensure that love, the transformational antidote to terrorists' hate, blooms between Muslims and everyone else everywhere. THAT would be ISIS' and al-Qaeda's worst nightmare -- that their terror campaign backfired to create an even stronger weave of love, that could even give the young people they aim to recruit cause to hesitate. Click to send a message of unity to show our sympathy and solidarity as one human family:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/undivided_for_somalia/?bcBRTgb&v=79496&cl=10426822883&_checksum=a2af795ce0bcaa255f143d6a27b43d85534a0b0445e79ef462036d3427049374
 
 
These are dark times, and terror and division are spreading fast and deep, everywhere. Our people have met moments like this before by listening to each other more deeply. If we can follow the words of Jo Cox MP, who was brutally assassinated, and see that there is truly more that unites us than divides us, these violent groups will lose the sea that they swim in, and drown. 

With love and determination,

Luis, Meredith, Lisa, Risalat, Emma, Wissam, Fadi, Fatima and the whole Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION

Somalia attack: Twin car bombs explode by Mogadishu airport (BBC News) http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36892048

Al-Shabab bombs target African Union troops in Somalia (Al Jazeera)
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/huge-blasts-heard-airport-somalia-mogadishu-160726035504889.html

Foreign troops in Somalia struggle to keep al-Shabaab at bay (The Guardian)
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/jul/15/foreign-troops-in-somalia-struggle-to-keep-al-shabaab-at-bay
 
Avaaz is a 44-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
 

Stoppa Yulin Hund Ätar festivalen i Kina!!!

Nej detta är för sjukt att förstå att det är sant. Hur kan människor tillägna en hel festival
till att slå halft ihjäl vackra hund och låta dem dö, för att sedan tillaga dem och äta?
Läs igenom och var med och protestera.
 
 
For the Yulin dog meat festival, dogs are stolen from their owners, then beaten or bled to death. They're hung upside down from hooks, a slit cut from their anus and skin ripped off their bodies, then sold to be eaten.

The suffering must be unbearable -- new research shows that in terms of emotion, dogs' brains are much like ours, something dog owners and lovers understand well. When we see dogs for what they are -- living beings with thoughts and feelings -- the torture they endure at this 'festival' becomes inexcusable.

Thousands of Chinese citizens have protested the festival, but authorities won’t act until they see how badly it’s hurting China’s global image, which they’ve been working hard to improve. That’s where we come in. Let’s show the Chinese government that the world is calling on them to stop this puppy slaughter immediately!

When our numbers are great enough, Avaaz will take out ads, work with influential celebrities, run the first independent national poll on dog-eating in China, and put this issue on front pages everywhere until Chinese authorities act. Add your name and tell everyone:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_puppy_slaughter_99/?bcBRTgb&v=76386&cl=9942580355

Thanks to brave Chinese activists, the festival gets smaller each year, and Yulin authorities eventually withdrew their sponsorship of the festival and even banned their employees from attending. Momentum is building. If millions of us raise our voices now, we can save thousands of pups from unimaginable torture.

The Yulin festival isn’t a centuries old tradition -- it was started in 2010! And many argue that it was mainly to boost industry sales -- not so much to sustain an old tradition.

Time is running out. Sign the petition then forward this to friends and family -- let's make this huge!

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_puppy_slaughter_99/?bcBRTgb&v=76386&cl=9942580355

Our community has campaigned against the most cruel bull festival in Spain, against the discarding and killing of male baby chicks in Germany, and against terrible conditions on farms in Spain and France. Now it's time to speak out for 'man's best friend', and get this puppy slaughter stopped for good.

With hope, 

Rewan, Danny, Luis, Patricia, Jooyea, Mike, Ricken and the entire Avaaz team 

More information:

Yulin Dog Meat Festival 2016: New pictures emerge of 'nightmare' conditions for animals involved in Chinese event (The Independent)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/yulin-dog-meat-festival-2016-new-pictures-emerge-of-nightmare-conditions-for-animals-involved-in-a6973021.html#gallery

Chinese public urges government to crack down on dog meat industry (Channel NewsAsia)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/chinese-public-urges/2665086.html

This Year, China Needs to End Its Horrific Dog Meat Festival (Observer)
http://observer.com/2016/04/this-year-china-needs-to-end-its-horrific-dog-meat-festival/

Animal Rights Activists Target China Dog Meat Festival (VOA)
http://www.voanews.com/content/animal-rights-activists-target-china-dog-meat-festival/3283551.html
 



Avaaz.org is a 44-million-person global campaign network
that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

The UN is about to choose their next Secretary-General!!!

The most important job in the world is up for grabs — and for the first time ever candidates are taking questions from us, the citizens of the world!

The UN is about to choose their next Secretary-General. This could be somebody independent and strong who could lead us in solving the multiple crises in our world, or somebody weak and beholden to only a handful of the richest, most powerful countries. Those few countries have always controlled who gets this job, and nominations have been kept secret, while the seven billion of us that it affects have had zero say...until now!!

After pressure from Avaaz and others, any country can now nominate candidates -- and in 2 days all declared candidates are joining the first ever public debate as part of this selection process! Even better -- the debate organisers have agreed to allow citizens around the world to help choose the questions. This is our chance make them say what they'd about the issues that matter to all of us.

Click below to take a 3 minute survey to say what you want answered:

Take the Survey

The UN is our only global system to solve the world's biggest problems, from conflict to climate change. It has often been kept weak by powerful countries that jealously guard their power, but our world needs the UN too much now, as a matter of our survival, so it's time to choose the best leader to help humanity work together.

With hope,

Danny, Allison, Iain, Rewan, Ana Sofia, Ricken, and the rest of the Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION

The next UN secretary general: meet the candidates (The Guardian)
https://membership.theguardian.com/event/the-next-un-secretary-general-meet-the-candidates-24257038455



Avaaz.org is a 42-million-person global campaign network
that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.