In September you can see a lot of national flags on the streets, since Sept 18 is national patriot day and people prepare for the celebration.
But there is other big event, where people use the flag to manifest a forgettable event, o rather an event for not forgetting as if to say “Do you remember that day?”
Conflicts in Gaza, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, etc…many civilian (including kids) are being deprived of their rights and lives. And I share this feeling with the majority of the people in the world: “Please stop it!”
This was further strengthened by reading a book about the right of education “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” (Malala Yousafzai, 2013).
Even though I wrote several times about her on my previous entries, this book gave me more insights on how and why she became such an international icon on girl’s education (in other words, I didn’t know the detail). Through this work, I also learned a little bit about the Islamic values which has something to do with many conflicts occurring over time.
While everyone talks about the crying of Japanese politician, there is other type of political strategy on the other side of the earth, Bolivia.
About three months to the presidential elections in Bolivia, the current president Evo Morales did something interesting to prepare (?) the victory of his third term in power: giving a book about his infancy to school kids on the Day of Children – April 12 (According to the Chilean Newspaper “El Mercurio”)
Thanks to Japanese development promoted by the previous generations including my parents, I did not have to suffer from neither poverty nor lack of education.
To talk of development, it is essential to think about how and why the prosperity has occurred in some countries and not in other countries. In other words, it’s important to analyze why poor countries continue to be poor.
These issues are well explained in the book called “Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty (Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson. 2012).
My short article was published on ODA magazine!
For those of you who thought “what are you talking about?”, let me explain briefly what ODA is and what I did.
ODA, Official Development Assistance, is basically a financial and technical help given by “developed countries” to “developing countries” for the latter to have economic and societal development. One of other main objectives is to have other countries LIKE your country. For sure it has a variety of approaches to engage with ODA.
And I wrote down one short article to show one of its approaches, and it was published on Japan’s ODA magazine, so I wanted to share it here.
Since it was all in Japanese, let me translate it:
April is symbol of change in Japan:
beginning of a new school year, entry of new workers, the breathe of spring and the bloom of cherry blossom (one of the things I really miss about Japan).
While welcoming a fall season on the other side of the earth, Chile is also about to face some changes at a political level because of a new government.
Since the issue of Crimea is getting more intense given that Russia might absorb it as a part of the country, I came to think how vague the notion of the border is. It is made up by human beings, especially those with forces (winner of war)
For the last couple of days, I also had several occasions to think about what the border and territory are.
Yes, I went to Patagonia, very south of the earth.