This blog is a little different to what I usually post. This post is written through frustration, anger, sadness and disgust. I am sick and tired of seeing nothing but hatred, fear and violence in the news. Firstly, this year so far there have been approximately 202 terrorist attacks and how many of them have you actually heard about in the news? I can think of four, possibly five that may have been reported on in a big way. Secondly, no, not all of these terrorist attacks are from Islamic Extremist groups and no, not all of these attacks are against White Westerners.
What Is Really Going On In The World?
On Easter Sunday, unless you have been hiding under a rock, you will already know about the suicide bomber attacks in Sri Lanka. Before that, the Christchurch Attacks, and before that, the New IRA bombs sent to various locations in the UK. But did you know that on Easter Monday, 37 people were beheaded in Saudi Arabia? Maybe you did, maybe you didn’t. If you search for this incident on BBC news you will have to dig deep to find the reporting on it. This truly saddens me.
Meanwhile, 30,000 people have been forced from their homes in Libya due to the ongoing civil war for the control of the country’s capital Tripoli. The city is being described to be turning more and more into a battle field on the daily, according to Al-Jazeera world news. However, despite the vast amount of people this is affecting, this news is only reported very briefly deep into the website. You may argue that this doesn’t affect us here in the UK, but it affects me. Imagine that happening here in our little island of England. You can’t imagine it can you...?
My main point of this post is this; there is so much awful stuff happening all over the world every day. The events mentioned above have only happened this week or last. Yet, only a small fraction of the world news ends up “viral” or making major headlines.
Yet, the Notre Dame fire is still being reported on in this weeks news. On the 16th April 2019, a huge, and agreeably devastating fire broke out in one of the worlds most famous land marks. There has been lots of controversy about this on social media and the like, and here is my view on the situation, for what it’s worth.
Although I agree that the Notre Dame Cathedral is a huge part of French history and a huge generator or tourism for Paris year on year, as well as a sacred place of worship and peace, I have never seen so many people #prayforparis. It is important to mention that NO ONE WAS KILLED in this fire, and since, wealthy families and businesses from all over the world have pledged millions of euros to help rebuild this extraordinary piece of history. The latest headline today reads “Notre-Dame Fire: Has Too Much Money Been Given For The Rebuild?” This absolutely horrifies me. When was the last time you read “Too Much Money Has Been Pledged To Bury The Victims Of Terror Attack”. More than likely, never. How is this justifiable?
To me, it isn’t.
Time after time am I seeing adverts from NGO’s pleading for the public to donate towards emergency situations all over the globe and yet the Notre Dame can raise £650 million in just 10 days?
This isn’t on. There needs to be a shift in our priorities.
It’s Not All Bad Though. Here’s The Good News.
In a world continually growing in hatred and violence, I thought I would share a few of my favourite reminders that it’s not all doom and gloom, and in fact, there is some good news this week. Here are my favourites below:
1) Corbyn boycotts Trump’s Banquet During UK State Visit. At least Corbyn has decided to say something sensible, hey?
2) U.S Supreme Court to Hear Sexual Harrassment Cases from Gay and Lesbian Men and Women. A sign of the LGBQT+ progression in the States. Finally. We’re in 2019 not 1909 after all.
3) Three Falcon Chicks hatch on Norwich’s Cathedral Spire. How April appropriate.