Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Travel Is Fatal To Prejudice, So Get Moving!

YJI reporters Mary Majerus Collins of Connecticut, U.S.A., and Laura Espinoza Jara of Quito, Ecuador each spent about a month in each other's countries. While in Connecticut, they visited the Travel is Fatal to Prejudice exhibit at The Mark Twain House & Museum. While photography is not allowed inside the exhibit, visitors are allowed to pose on and take photos of special travel-themed sets like this one of an Alpine trail, all built by the Theaterworks company in Hartford.

By Mary Majerus-Collins    
Senior Reporter
HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – For those interested in seeing Mark Twain’s top hat, steam trunk and other personal items, the Travel is Fatal to Prejudice exhibit at The Mark Twain House & Museum is the place to visit.
In addition to artifacts that belonged to Twain, the exhibit which will be open until January 26, 2016 – includes general artifacts used for travel in the time period.

Mary Majerus-Collins and Laura
Espinoza Jara on the set replicating
an Indian market.
Centered around three of Twain’s books about travel, The Innocents Abroad, from 1869; A Tramp Abroad from 1880 and Following the Equator from 1897, the exhibit looks at prejudice, race and politics.
The exhibit gets its name from a quote from the conclusion of Innocents Abroad: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
In his life, Twain journeyed alone and with his family on trips that took him to many parts of the globe, including the Middle East, Europe, India, Australia, South Africa and Bermuda.
Travel “certainly helped” change Twain’s mind about the world, said James Golden, director of education at The Mark Twain House & Museum.
A unique factor that sets this exhibit apart from past Twain house exhibits are three interactive sets, which visitors are allowed to use for photo backdrops.
Built by Hartford’s own Theaterworks to function like stage sets they include a boat, the French Alps and an Indian market and allow visitors to better picture the locations being described in both the exhibit and Twain’s works.
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Generations After His Death, JFK Story Comes To Life At Sixth Floor Museum

A view of Dealey Plaza from The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, Texas.

By Mugdha Gurram and Sydney Hallett
Senior Reporters
DALLAS, Texas, U.S.A. – A key spot at Dealey Plaza – the public park that pays tribute to the late President John F. Kennedy – is The Sixth Floor Museum.
The museum documents different points in Kennedy’s presidency and after his assassination.
It was from a “sniper’s nest” on the sixth floor of this building that assassin Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
After you enter the building and buy your ticket, you are given an audio tour with a headset that lets you listen, as well as read, through the tour.
The tour begins where a window used to be.
“Imagine you’ve passed through a window into history,” begins the audio tour, narrated by Pierce Allman, a reporter who was stationed right outside the depository at the time of the president’s assassination. 
Senior Reporter Mugdha Gurram
inside The Sixth Floor Museum.
The museum leads visitor through a path of pictures and text that put Kennedy's life on display, from the charisma that attracted voters to his struggles with passing civil rights legislation.
It pays tribute to its location by putting a lot of emphasis on Kennedy’s trip to Texas. Visitors get a look at trip itineraries, seating arrangements, video footage and more.
But nothing beats the glimpse, from six floors up, of the place the president was shot while riding in the back seat of a convertible.
The road, marked with a white “x” to show where Kennedy was hit, can be seen from the museum.
Tourists at Dealey Plaza take the quick, risky dash into the road to get a good picture of the iconic spot. In the museum, it’s possible to see it from the exact same spot where Oswald shot his gun.
In the museum collection is an exact replica of the gun that Oswald used. It’s visible near his escape route of 52 years ago. The Carcano Model 91/38 stands there through a plastic wall with boxes piled around it.
Though it was almost three generations ago when Oswald shot Kennedy, the museum brings the past to life in vivid detail.
You can learn so much just from visiting the historic landmark in Dallas. The Sixth Floor Museum is definitely a must-see for anyone interested in history, politics and news.
More information on Kennedy and The Sixth Floor Museum is on the museum website: www.jfk.org.

Read another YJI piece about Dealey Plaza and The Sixth Floor Museum from the 50th anniversary year.

Senior Reporters Mugdha Gurram of West Hartford, Connecticut, and Sydney Hallett of Oakville, Missouri at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas.
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Filipino Youth Protest APEC Summit

Marc Lino Abila / youthjournalism.org
Thousands march from Rizal Park to Philippine International Convention Center, the venue of the APEC leaders' meeting.

By Marc Lino Abila
MANILA, Philippines – Despite the government ban on rallies during the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, thousands of people protested near where APEC leader were meeting.
Youth and student activists gathered last week and criticized the effects of APEC and United States-backed economic and education policies on the Filipino people.
“Don’t be fooled by flowery slogans of inclusive growth and building a better world. APEC’s development model has only resulted in worsening poverty and inequality for poor countries like the Philippines, said Vencer Crisostomo, national chair of the youth organization Anakbayan (Sons and Daughters of the Nation.)

Marc Lino Abila / youthjournalism.org
Youth activists raise their fists to show their resistance to the imposition APEC and US-backed economic policies in the Philippines.

According to Crisostomo, APEC promotes low wages and the use of contract workers to make the country attractive to foreign investors.  At the same time, there are price hikes on basic commodities, electricity, water, and privatized education and health services.
Marc Lino Abila / youthjournalism.org
Vencer Crisostomo, leader of the youth group Anakbayan (Sons and Daughters of the Nation) blasts the police for barring the groups from expressing dissent against APEC near the venue of the summit.

The League of Filipino Students attributed the spiraling cost of tuition and other school fees to APEC’s thrust for privatization and deregulation of education.
“Under the dictates of foreign financial institutions such as the IMF-World Bank and corporations investing in education, increases in tuition and other school fees have been relentless,” said Charisse Bañez, who chairs the League. “The government has also reduced its spending in education to push public schools and universities to rely on corporate partnership.”
According to Bañez, the APEC’s aggressive push for privatization and deregulation in education has left many millions of children out of school across the globe.
Activists coming from the International League of Peoples’ Struggle also joined the rally to “Junk APEC.”
Canadian Malcolm Guy, who is the general secretary of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, criticized Justin Trudeau, his county’s new prime minister for covering up environmental destruction by Canadian mining companies in the Philippines and elsewhere.
“We see 1.7 billion people living in extreme poverty. Social conflicts erupt and big power rivalry between the US, China and others intensify,” said Guy.
Marc Lino Abila / youthjournalism.org
Protesters torch an effigy of a vulture to symbolize the predatory character of APEC towards poor economies like the Philippines.
Renato Reyes Jr., secretary-general of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan or New Patriotic Alliance, a national democratic alliance of progressive organizations in the Philippines, also spoke at the rally.
“Over the past two decades, APEC and imperialist globalization have only benefited the rich countries while further impoverishing developing countries like the Philippines,” said Reyes. “Neoliberal economic dictates have caused severe unemployment, migration, depressed wages, landlessness and land-grabbing as well as the degradation of the environment,” said Reyes.
In a statement, Reyes’ group also slammed the Philippine government’s security preparations, which they said included blockades against protesters, the cancellation of more than 1,300 flights, detention of street dwellers and the closure of several main roads.

Marc Lino Abila / youthjournalism.org
Police forces violently disperse protesters near the venue of APEC leaders' meeting at Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.
The groups also denounced the Philippine government’s deployment of anti-riot police forces which tried to disperse and doused the protesters with water cannons in Manila.
But the groups stayed and held a program to express their opposition to APEC and its policies. They ended the rally by burning an effigy of a vulture dressed in the colors of the United States flag, symbolizing the predatory character of APEC and its support from the U.S. government.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

London Youth Responds To Attacks On Paris: We Are All Defenders Of Liberty

Emily Couch / youthjournalism.org
The London Eye, lit in the colors of the French flag.

By Emily Couch
Senior Reporter
LONDON, United Kingdom – I was reading about the English response to the reign of terror in Revolutionary France when I checked the BBC News app on my phone.
Gunmen had opened fire in the Stade de France.

I stared numbly at the page. Every time I refreshed the article, a new location appeared. Le Carillon, Le Petit Cambodge, rue de la Fontaine au Roi, La Belle Equipe bar, Boulevard Voltaire, Bataclan concert hall.
The death toll rose with each addition.
I was just six years old when the world watched two planes fly into the twin towers of the World Trade Center.  But the futile horror my younger self had failed to feel in 2001, I felt now as photographs, figures, and footage started to emerge from Paris.
My first thought was: How can this happen again?  I realized that I had wrongly come to see terrorist attacks as one-off events.  America had suffered 9/11, the UK the 7/7 bombings, and Paris the Charlie Hebdo shootings in January.  My mind reeled. How could France suffer two attacks in one year with Friday’s atrocities even worse than the first?  A new reign of terror, planned this time by Islamic State, had begun.  
The next day my friend and I walked through London.  A somber, subdued atmosphere pervaded the streets, and almost every person we passed seemed to have Paris on their lips.  City authorities cancelled an annual fireworks display for the Lord Mayor’s show, out of respect for the victims of the attacks.
Instead of the lively bangs of fireworks, there was silence as London tried to comprehend what had happened to its sister city across the channel.  
The British have always had a love/hate relationship with France, but they abandoned all such petty rivalry after Friday night.  In Trafalgar Square, thousands of people attended a rally in solidarity with Paris, waved the Tricolour, and sang “La Marseillaise.”
Emily Couch / youthjournalism.org
The National Theatre in London, illuminated with the French flag.
Walking along the South Bank, I saw Tower Bridge, the National Theatre, the London Eye, and the Royal Festival Hall illuminated with the French flag.  The flags of Somerset House and Westminster flew at half-mast.  It struck me to see how the attacks were not just another news story to be glanced over on a smart phone, but an act of inhumanity that struck the hearts of the nation.   
There are many who decry this public display of mourning.  Why were there no Lebanese, no Japanese, no Kenyan flags projected onto London’s landmarks when those countries suffered loss?  Why is Britain only ‘standing with France’ – as the popular Twitter hashtag says – when it ought to be standing also with the other nations enduring heartbreak?
While I agree that the media is Euro-centric, I do not agree with the derision or shaming of those who mourn for Paris.  If all lives matter, as these critics claim, then French lives matter no less than those of any other nation.
I am appalled to see some people claim that Paris should stop being ‘selfish’ when it is still counting its dead.  For those who number a parent, a child, or a friend among the dead, it must feel like salt in a gaping wound to have unconcerned, anonymous people tell you to sympathize with strangers in other countries.
We are bombarded daily with stories of unimaginable suffering caused by terrorism, primarily from the Middle East.  If we let ourselves become emotionally involved with every instance, we would be mourning every second of every day.  As individuals, we cannot handle this.  Detachment is self-defense.
When people fly the French flag, they are not doing so to deny or ignore the countries for whom terror attacks are a regular occurrence.  For me and for many others, the assault on Paris unleashed renewed vigor to the pain and anger we feel at all terrorist attacks.
Many British people have been to France.  It is the closest thing we, as an island nation, have to a neighbor. Few British people have not dreamed of making their pilgrimage to the City of Light.
For the last three days, my social media accounts have been filled with my friends’ written and visual memories of their visits to Paris. They express pain and disbelief that such a horrific assault could be made on the city where they had such wonderful experiences.
I’ve been to Paris four times.  My most recent memory is of sitting on a café terrace in a sun-bathed square near the Sorbonne and feeling an unbridled sense of happiness.  Rightly or wrongly, this peaceful and romantic atmosphere is what Paris represents to the world.  It is a city of unparalleled symbolic significance.  An attack on it was felt by Britain, as it was by many other nations, as an attack upon the fundamental ideals and dreams we share.
The attack on our closest continental neighbor sent shockwaves through British society.  Friday’s horrors were a brutal reminder after the Charlie Hebdo murders that terrorist attacks do not just happen ‘over there’ in already unstable countries, but can happen anywhere – even here.
For the British, as for many nations, Paris symbolizes resilience and beauty in the face of terror.  Several people I know posted the famous scene from Casablanca where patrons of the Café Americain sing the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise,” to drown out the Nazi soldiers, linking the French resistance during World War II to the remarkable resilience and determination of the French people after Friday’s attacks.
The 1792 anthem was written to mobilize French citizens against tyranny and foreign invasion.
A military response is underway, but the attacks on Friday showed that we don’t have to be soldiers to be defenders of liberty.
When the terrorists’ aim is to destroy our way of life, the very act of living becomes an act of defense.  The Parisian returning to his favourite café for a morning coffee, the Londoner going for a pint of beer with his friends – in short, all of us – now participate in the battle of freedom.
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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Teenage Shepherd Boy's Beheading Not A Priority For Tunisian Government

Ameni Mathlouthi holds a sign that says, "Tunisia you have Allah," "RIP Mabrouk" and "RIP Humanity." It also says "I am Tunisia" and "I am shepherd."

By Ameni Mathlouthi
Senior Reporter
BEJA, Tunisia – The same day that terrorists attacked Paris, killing more than 120 innocent people, two Tunisian families suffered unspeakable horror at the hands of similar men.
Terrorists beheaded a teenage shepherd boy, Mabrouk Soltani, and ordered his young cousin to take the grisly evidence – the 15-year-old’s head – back to his family.
On Friday, the shepherd boys – Mabrouk and his 16-year-old cousin Hamed Soltani – were kidnapped in Sidi Bouzid, the place where the first flame of the Arab Spring was lighted.
They slaughtered the younger boy, Mabrouk, ripping his head from his body and giving it to his cousin to carry back home, dumping the body elsewhere.
There hasn’t been much news coverage of this despicable crime – what little I’ve heard is from local radio reports on Jawhara FM and Mosaique FM.
Mabrouk’s family kept his head in the refrigerator at home and spent time looking for the rest of his body. It was found by his dog, but not by the police.
Mabrouk’s mother is lucky enough to not to see her precious child’s head parted from his body. She is lucky, as she doesn’t have to suffer from the images of her son’s blood all over.
She is lucky that she can’t see what we all have engraved in our heads.
Mabrouk’s mother is lucky because she is blind. And so is our government.
Instead of the instant response we’d want to see from our elected government, they were nowhere to be found. Our president went to Paris and issued a statement of solidarity with France.
That’s good. I’m glad Tunisia was among the first to respond to the attacks in Paris. But what about these Tunisian families who suffered unimaginable loss and will never be the same?
It took 24 hours for the Tunisian Ministry of Women and Children to begin to respond to these families’ needs.
Google maps

Tunisia, with an indicator for Sidi Bouzid, where the shepherd boy was killed, and where the Arab Spring began.
Maybe because of the lack of response, this shook me more than the murders in Paris, which mark a turning point for the world as far as terrorism. There’s little doubt that there will be a response to it, like there was following the 9/11 attacks.
With Friday’s horror, Paris became closer to Carthage than Sidi Bouzid. It is a human and diplomatic necessity to show solidarity to France and to the world.
But what happened in Sidi Bouzid makes hearts weep.
Tunisia is undergoing real terror and living horror while our government stumbles to respond to the senseless slaughter of an innocent shepherd boy.
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Shaken But Never Sunk: Terror In Paris

Sara Chatterjee / youthjournalism.org
Messages of solidarity and flowers placed at Boulevard Voltaire, just around the corner from The Bataclan concert hall in Paris. The street is now cordoned off.
 By Sara Chatterjee
Senior Reporter
PARIS, France – Ten months after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, Paris came under siege again after shootings shook the city in four different neighborhoods and at least two bombs exploded at the national football stadium in St. Denis last night.
As the night went on and the worst attack on France since World War II unfolded, terrorists took people inside the Bataclan, a renowned theatre in the heart of Paris, hostage during a rock concert and executed audience members at random.
The gravity of the situation dawned on residents relatively late. Some initially thought they heard firecrackers, others suspected a bar brawl. But sirens sounded through the streets in the early hours of Saturday morning as the armed forces gathered at the Place de la Bastille, preparing to raid the Bataclan.
In the meantime, all borders were closed and French President François Hollande declared a state of emergency.
In the face of such adversity, Parisians showed exceptional courage and solidarity. The hashtag #porteouverte ("open door") on social media helped local residents offer their homes as safe havens to people near sites of attack.
Sara Chatterjee / youthjournalism.org
In front of the bar La Belle Equipe, another site that was attacked Friday night in Paris.
Local taxi drivers turned off their meters and took passengers home for free. Many Parisians who had been out – like on any other Friday night – were stranded at bars and restaurants, where they remained hidden until it was safe to come out.
Such was the case for Tenzin Paldon, who had been out for a birthday dinner with friends in the Oberkampf neighborhood, minutes from the sites of attack.
'We hid in the restaurant until 2 a.m. I held many hands, and hugged many people," she said in a Facebook status which she admitted was difficult to write.
Sara Chatterjee / youthjournalism.org
People left flowers in front of the bar La Belle Equipe in Paris, a site of a terrorist attack Friday.
Late this morning, the Islamic State, or ISIS, claimed responsibility for the attack, denouncing the "perversity" of Paris in a chilling declaration that describes the assaults Friday as being "only the beginning of the storm."
It is now the evening after. A climate of uncertainty still prevails, and it's difficult to distinguish news from rumor on social media. One thing, however, is for certain: Parisians are thankful for the everyday signs of business as usual.
"Never have I been so happy to see people doing their grocery shopping, having a coffee, going to the boulangerie, or walking their dog," says Elise Brunet, a graduate student at Sciences Po university.
As Parisians respond to calls for unity and venture out into the streets again, the city's Latin motto – fluctuat nec mergitur, which means "shaken, but never sunk" – seems more fitting than ever.
Indeed, since the attacks on journalists and others at Charlie Hebdo magazine, French society began a deep introspection into its values and inclusiveness.
As France comes to terms with what has been called the Parisian 9/11, and commentators warn that backlash against French Muslims is exactly what ISIS wants, that debate is more relevant today than ever. 

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In Any Language, Paris Needs Peace

Ameni Mathlouthi / youthjournailsm.org

By Ameni Mathlouthi
Senior Reporter

BEJA, Tunisia – Paris, the City of Light, is darkened and mournful.
When your heart is already shattered by the killing of a 15-year-old Tunisian shepherd by terrorists there, there isn’t much more to break when you learn about the attack on Paris that same day.
This lightning strike one dark evening on the City of Light claimed more than 120 lives. People died near a soccer stadium where a match between France and Germany was taking place.
The assault Friday, which included shootings and suicide bombings in several places, wasn’t far from the office of the Charlie Hebdo magazine that terrorists struck early this year.
As a result, French President François Hollande declared a state of emergency and ordered national borders closed.
What can nations do to prevent this kind of strike from happening?
When will the world be free from terrorism?
My fear now is this historic incursion will affect the Muslim community more than any other.
Just like after 9/11, the so-called “Islamist” attacks leave moral and physical damages that deeply affect Muslims, who are too often the subject of suspicion. They were at times treated more seriously at check points and common Arabic names, such as Jihad, could cause a person a lot of trouble. It might even be cause for choosing to live somewhere besides the U.S.  Some people feared bearded men, or women wearing a veil.
Thankfully misunderstandings got clarified in America but certainly it took time. Will we see the same scenario in Europe? Maybe not. The world is much smarter now and people can make a better distinction between Muslims and terrorists.
We can only watch and see how history unfolds.
Peace, سلام, paix. 
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Friday, November 13, 2015

Grieving For Paris, Fearing An Aftermath

By Lama Tawakkol
Senior Reporter
CAIRO, Egypt – I am in bed, listening to music and getting ready to get some sleep when I come across the news.
Paris is “under attack.” It doesn’t register, and the more I search for news, the more it didn’t make any sense. Everyone seems as confused as I am.
There are terrorist attacks on Paris that vary between bombings, explosions and straight out shootings, depending on the report. There is also a massive hostage situation and shooting at The Bataclan concert hall.

These shootings have targeted innocents – men, women and children – out enjoying a soccer game, a concert or just casual bar company.
I frantically switch from one news website to the other and continuously refresh my Twitter feed in desperate quest for solid news.
Witness reports are shocked, scared, worried and confused.
Everything is chaotic as reports come of more casualties, injuries and reported attacks. Naturally, they seem to be coordinated.
I look for more news. I want something concrete. How many restaurants were targeted? Two or more? And have the hostages been rescued yet?
French President Francois Hollande has spoken after a meeting with the French prime minister and minister of interior. He looks shaken, they say, but he has deployed the military into the city, advised people to stay home, declared curfew and closed off the borders.
Paris is under attack.
U.S. President Barack Obama has also spoken, declaring the U.S. to be standing firmly with France.
New York City police have tightened security around the French Embassy, and there have been reports about a counterterrorism meeting in the U.S. to ensure there are no similar attacks.
I was eight in 2001, but I remember how shocked my mother was as she watched the 9/11 events unravel.
I believe I now know exactly what that felt like. Shocked doesn’t even begin to describe it.
So far, French police have reported seven different attacks in Paris tonight. They have shut down streets, evacuated sites and kept people away.
Just a short while ago, they stormed into the theater, killing two attackers and freeing the rest of the hostages who had been pleading for help on social media. Reuters reported the death toll there to be at least 100.
There are telephone numbers being circulated on social media for people who want to check up on loved ones. Embassy numbers have also been spread.
Facebook set up a “Safe” option for people in the vicinity. Once they check it, it shows on their profiles, reassuring their family and friends.
There is so much going on in my head; I can’t even wrap my mind around it.
Why? Why would anyone do this?
Witnesses report the attackers had shouted Allahu Akbar (God is Great), labeling them Islamists, and many on social media have spoken up against Muslims, Islam and refugees.
This reaction was to be expected, but it doesn’t make it any easier, because no God could ever condone this. Not mine, definitely.
Looking over my Facebook and Twitter feeds, I can see that the few Egyptians or Arabs awake right now share my sentiments.
They are shocked and outraged at something so brutal. They question what kind of person would do this. They are furious at the news and recall how tragic this week has been. First Lebanon, now this.
They are also desperately trying to speak out against the Islamophobia they know is sure to have surfaced by tomorrow morning.
Whatever these people believe they are fighting for, it is not Islam. The Islam we know would never allow the killing of innocents and terrorizing of adults and children alike.
They are scared of a backlash at refugees in Europe, and are reminding everyone that this is exactly what these refugees have been wanting to escape so desperately, not caring if they died in the process.
My hearts and prayers go out to France, the French people and anyone who is worried about a loved one in Paris.
Tonight will probably go down as one of the bloodiest, most brutal and most heartless attacks in history, but I hope it doesn't go down as the day France – or Europe, or the world – punished all Muslims or Arabs for something that breaks their hearts just as much, if not more, because of how it defames their religion.
Tonight’s attacks, like every other terrorist attack, have targeted innocent humans. I hope we remember that our humanity is something we all share and that, though located in France, these attacks have targeted and affected us all.
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Helplessly Watching Terror Attack On Paris

By Kiernan Majerus-Collins
LEWISTON, Maine, U.S.A. – In the 21st century, the world experiences horror in real-time.
Blasts and bullets break the peace of a Friday night in Paris, and smartphones across the globe buzz with the news. I am shocked, and then saddened.
Reports now say more than 100 people are dead, but the number seems likely to be higher than that.
The New York Times can’t say who’s responsible, but they note that on Twitter, supporters of the Islamic State cheer the bloodshed. Reading this across the Atlantic, my shock and sadness turns to disgust, tinged with confusion and anger.
It is impossible for me to see the world through their eyes. How could a person celebrate at the death of innocent people?
I read that the hostages held in a Parisian concert hall pleaded with the police to storm the building – the shooters were killing them one by one. At this, I feel a rage well up inside me, coupled with an unbearable helplessness.
Once, several years ago, I was in Paris. It was the last stop on a jazz band trip, my high school friends and I roamed the city. We marveled at Notre Dame, climbed the Eiffel Tower, and more, falling in love with the city, the history, and in some cases, each other.
Paris was a golden moment in our young lives; it had given us a taste of the immense beauty humans are capable of creating.
Now, four years later and an ocean away, Paris is not beauty and love, but blood and terror. 
And here I sit, comfortable and secure, reading update after update. What are we supposed to do? The stories keep coming. We have the tools to know in astounding detail exactly how our fellow human beings are meeting their violent ends, and there’s not a damn thing we can do about it.
I don’t know why this keeps happening. Not just in France, which has seen far too much destruction and death in the last year, but all across the world.
We are intimately acquainted with the absolute worst humanity is capable of – school shooters, suicide bombers, genocidal tyrants.
Their most despicable actions are delivered to us, day-in and day-out. And sometimes … sometimes the blood and the helplessness gets to be too much.
I suppose I should be grateful that this night, the evil of man has overlooked my corner of the world, that the Angel of Death has business elsewhere. But I’m not. My heart breaks tonight for the people of Paris.
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