So what is going on for the Yezidi in Sinjar? Why did this massive ‘problem’ fall off the radar after US decision to bomb IS in Iraq and Syria? What do the 200 girls taken by Boko Haram have that the Yezidi don’t in order to make their situation stay on a public radar? Does our media only care about Christians and Jews?
I subscribe to Syria Comment and received this post yesterday. It is a fascinating 26 minute youtube video of an interview with Mathew Barber where Joshua Landis probes the circumstances in Sinjar for the Yezidi with IS fighters and discusses the situation in Mosul for Christians confronted by IS. The nonsensical framed hierarchy of religious fundamentalism is discussed with a focus on the simplistic term of being “of the book”.
Take some time with this its worth it. All you people with free downloads and unlimited spare a thought for those of us who pay exorbitant rates for bytes and think yourself privileged! For others get to a free wi-fi spot now.
Brief Post Script: On worthy blogging, ‘pain blindness’, bloody Tony Abbott and his Nazi friends
I have had some time away from my blog to consider where it is going and where it is taking me. Someone said they other day if my blog was about Arabs or Israeli’s they were ‘over that shit’ and we should just ‘nuke them all’ because things would ‘always be fucked over there.
I defended my postings saying the problem I was confronting was this sense that people who were comfortable didn’t care about most things happening outside their own lives until it directly effected them.
They recognised this was the case but maintained their position on ‘nuke em!’.
I then pointed out that mainstream information was pap and lies designed to deceive and maintain that ‘dumbed down’ zone.
They agreed and said they were sick of hearing about IS. They asked if I was writing about Putin. I told them I had some posts on the Ukraine situation, and said my work was not solely on the Middle East. ( I must remember to put something on Abbot’s disgusting ‘matey’ bullshit with Poroshenko yesterday but maybe it’s enough to give you a link to read Stephen Lendman’s article on Global Research Dec 7th in new window, here. )
I told them I also had some music, I had posted political cartoons that might not be seen oversees and some posts relating to issues for Aboriginals and that I was not solely writing about the Middle East.
I was basically told I was wasting my time because most people didn’t want to read this stuff, especially if it was too long.
Point taken, and stored for further reflection. Like many bloggers I am not writing for ‘followers’ I am writing because I have an interest in questioning dominant discourse – especially bleedingly obvious lies and propaganda. But the black holes are equally intriguing if not more so.
‘Compassion fatigue’ was a term used to describe the withdrawal of people particularly in the ‘helping professions’ from the pain of others tragic tales. I think that was a very generous term when it was globally used to define populations.
The term I prefer to use is ‘Pain Blind’.
I would still like to catch some ‘pain blind’ readers if I can to provide them with something to think about.
I have also made some blogging decisions;
- Only re-blog if;
a) Its interesting and not something readily available.
b) Put some of yourself into the repost, why you like it what it says to you etc.
- Hone your writing skills.
- Master categories and tags.
- Chose your battles, write soundly.