All Parts of ONE

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Do not focus too much on the east and forget the west. And do not ignore the south, to speak for the north. What happens in the east has effects in the north, as the west has in the south. And do not focus on one species and ignore the other. Or love your father but ignore your mother, or love your sister but ignore your brother. Do not forget each other. We are all part of each other. We are all ONE. – Suzy Kassema2a_linkname=”SIK”;a2a_linkurl=”http://www.styleisking.blogspot.com”;

Don’t Forget about the Gorillas


WHAT IS COLTAN?

Coltan, short for Columbite-tantalite is a metallic ore consisting of Niobium and Tantalum, found mainly in the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formally Zaire). When refined, coltan becomes a heat resistant powder, metallic tantalum which has unique properties for storing electrical charge. Of the 525 tons of tantalum used in the USA in 1998, 60% was used in tantalum capacitors, with a predicted growth rate of 14% per annum (from Uganda Gold Mining Ltd web site).

It is therefore a vital component in the capacitors that control current flow in cell phone circuit boards.

MINING COLTAN

Coltan is mined by hand in the Congo by groups of men digging basins in streams by scrapping off the surface mud. They then “slosh” the water around the crater, which causes the Coltan ore to settle to the bottom of the crater where it is retrieved by the miners. A team can “mine” one kilo of Coltan per day.

The tech boom caused the price of Coltan to rocket to as high as US$600 per kilogram at one point, compared to a previous value of US$65 per kilogram, although it has settled down to around US$100 per kilogram at the moment. A Coltan miner can earn as much as US$200 per month, compared to a typical salary of US$10 per month for the average Congolese worker.

80% of the world’s known coltan supply is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which the UN says is subject to “highly organized and systematic exploitation.”

COLTAN FINANCING THE WAR

A recent report by the UN has claimed that all the parties involved in the local civil war have been involved in the mining and sale of Coltan. One report suggested that the neighboring Rwandan army made US$250 million from selling Coltan in less than 18 months, despite there being no Coltan in Rwanda to mine. The military forces of Uganda and Burundi are also implicated in smuggling Coltan out of Congo for resale in Belgium.

A report to the United Nations security council has called for a moratorium on purchase and import of resources from the Democratic Republic of Congo, due to the ongoing civil war that has dragged in the surrounding countries.

COLTAN AND GORILLAS

The main area where Coltan is mined, also contains the Kahuzi Biega National Park, home of the Mountain Gorilla. In Kahuzi Biega National Park the gorilla population has been cut nearly in half, from 258 to 130 as the ground is cleared to make mining easier. Not only has this reduced the available food for the Gorillas, the poverty caused by the displacement of the local populations by the miners has lead to Gorillas being killed and their meat being sold as “bush meat” to the miners and rebel armies that control the area. Within the Dem. Rep. of Congo as a whole, the U.N. Environment Program has reported that the number of eastern lowland gorillas in eight Dem. Rep. of Congo national parks has declined by 90% over the past 5 years, and only 3,000 now remain.

Due to the damage caused to the Gorilla population and their natural habitat, companies that use Coltan are now starting to demand that their Coltan only comes from legitimately mined sources and is not a byproduct of the war. American-based Kemet, the world’s largest maker of tantalum capacitors, has asked its suppliers to certify that their coltan ore does not come from Dem. Rep. of Congo or from neighboring countries. Such moves could lead to “Gorilla Safe ” cellphones being marketed, much in the same way that Tuna meat is now sold as “Dolphin Safe”.

If you have children under 4 years old, there will be no more gorillas for them to see by the time they reach 30. Enjoy them now, or urge cell phone companies to stop using coltan. Choose the life of a gorilla over your cell phone. Coltan is wiping out our entire gorilla population. Force companies to find an artificial substitute so that no more blood is shed.

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PASS THIS ON – FOR ALL OF HUMANITY

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Every time you hear of a negative reaction done to protesting civilians anywhere in the world – DO NOT buy anything for 7 days. TRY HARD. TRY very hard. Our governments will feel the difference.

Slow down your consumption of all material goods starting TODAY. It will work to your benefit – there will be lots of sales in the future. Do not buy gas from BP. Even if you have to pay a little more, do it for all the dead animals in the sea. Try to conserve your gasoline usage. Buy lots of water and keep it stored. Cut down on soda. Brown sodas have been proven to be cancerous (their coloring). Try to spend your weekends without making major purchases. You should already have everything you need, even if it’s just weed. Nobody cares what you wear, what you drive, or how you do your hair. That game is long over, my friends. In these times, nobody even cares if you wear the same shirt and just keep washing it. Everybody has their own problems.

Do not be distracted by corny pop culture – or their pop tart vultures and bullshit icons that lack substance and have nothing of value to say. Create and converse amongst yourselves without spending money. We will do this slowly as a silent protest, and if they retaliate by hiking prices – we will take to the streets. You should not be constantly worrying about tomorrow or the end of the month. You should only be caring about living happily TODAY. THAT IS what is called “LIVING”.

In the words of Abraham Lincoln: “If by the mere force of numbers, a minority should deprive a majority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution.” – Suzy Kassem aka BLUE PANTHER 777

Mabrouk Ya Masr!

The first stage of victory is completed. A new dawn is here, but the battle is not over yet. Mabrouk ya Masr! I am very proud of the children of the sun for finally RISING — collectively. Again, alf mabrouk!

The Age of Apathy

Those that choose to remain ignorant, passive, and asleep now, are the selfish types of people that will STAND UP only when their comfort of living is severely threatened. Today’s man does not care for the outside world as long as he has a roof and walls to contain his own. – Suzy Kassem

Remove the Voice That is Afraid of Yours

Egyptians are rated as one of the top three cell phone users in the world. They are also in the top three for the highest percentage of Facebook users in the world. They are tech-savvy, electromagnetic, and can’t live without a cell phone or internet connection. If you take that away from them, you are only asking for trouble. I think it is one of the biggest mistakes a government can make.

The Many Reflections of Truth


Remember this, and remember this well: when someone is telling the TRUTH and exposing information that is meant to be hidden from the masses, the side that is being attacked and accused will use all their resources and associations to try to discredit and discount the professional and moral character of the person revealing the threatening information. They will do everything to make that person look smaller than they really are. Look at Jesus and Moses! Look at Gandhi and Martin Luther King! Study your history! Study Bush and Saddam and 9-11! Study Court TV! ALWAYS study all perspectives. Always remember that there is always one TRUTH — and many exaggerations and lies to every story no matter where it’s being sourced. There are many panels and reflections to every crystal just as there’s more than one angle to every story and to every man. Just as you would conduct a SWOT analysis for your business, do one for every story you hear. Only when you reach out for Truth will you find Her. She will not come to you sitting in front of a TV or behind a newspaper. — Suzy Kassem

THE TIME IS NOW. NOW IS THE TIME.

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2011 everybody should be awake like 7-11. The vibration of your deeds in this lifetime must surpass your death. That is how your heart gets measured. Your conscience is the tongue of your heart. And only through your heart can you speak in the tongue of God. He who stands by his heart – stands with the cosmic heart of the universe. All else is irrelevant.

Ask your heart anything and it will show you to Truth. Rise up for Truth. Stand up for Truth. Speak up for Truth. That is what we have to do. TRUTH.
– BLUE PANTHER 777 aka Suzy Kassem

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Egyptians Call Obama “Black Bush”

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EGYPTIANS RISE UP

The entire world celebrated the advent of Obama as a beacon of hope for a new peaceful world. The Egyptians on the streets heralded him as a light messenger, and his visit to Cairo was the most talked about event since the coming of the last messiah. Even long after his post-election speeches to the nation, his ads ran on Egyptian television like a Mister Roger’s episode for years — reminding the world that real change was on its way.

As 2010 came to a close, that flicker of hope in the eye of the average Egyptian quickly faded, and any remaining optimism on the near horizon was replaced with simmering rage. The unemployed college graduate will sit at a café all day smoking a hookah – while watching the price of tomatoes from the cart dealer in front of his eyes inflate 400% in one day. This kid watching the world glide by in despair was once hopeful about his future. Now he sits bored and frustrated on the sidelines of life watching suffering and desperation collide all around him.

His father earns six hundred pounds ($120) a month as an eye doctor. His sister is a professor of Linguistics at Alexandria University making $2000 a month, and his mother just returned from London for a heart surgery that wiped out the family’s savings. He can’t get married and meet the demands of marriage without a job, and he can’t have a relationship with a woman without getting married. By the end of 2006, boredom and sexual frustration were the source of weekly rapes throughout the country and drug usage was at an all time high.

As an American of Egyptian heritage who left the U.S in 2006 to live in Egypt, I quickly discovered that the grievances I heard from my colleagues and the youth of America were no different than those of Egyptians. The common complaint amongst all voices of my generation was that of suffocation and frustration. Both regimes have the same review cards amongst the general population in both countries. However, the social, economic, and political landscapes of Egypt are more accelerated. What is happening in Egypt now, is an excellent forecaster of what is about to hit America.

Banks are offering these unemployed college graduates easy access to large loans they know they won’t be able to pay back with ease. In the U.S, credit cards are easiest to get if you sign up at a college because APRs are ceiling high and kid buy into the free t-shirt perks. Banks are suffocating Americans by hiking variable APRs at will. In fact, they are getting so nasty they will claim they never received your payment just as an excuse to flip the switch up a notch. A good person with a conscience can turn ugly under desperate situations – and banks are making even the most beautiful people – turn very ugly.

A human being can only take so much when their basic rights as a citizen of the earth are being denied to them – or sold at a high cost. When you have to pay for clean water, a sustainable roof that won’t collapse, a C-class car that costs double because of duty taxes, and have to tolerate bribes and corruption on every level just to get your mail, pay a bill, get a document, buy your bread, or open a business – eventually steaming water starts boiling and whistling loudly. And Egypt has finally whistled to their captain that they’ve had enough.

Occupation inheritance still rules the regime since the days of the Pharaohs. But how is America any different? Obama? The charismatic saint that wooed the globe is now being cursed on the streets of the Arab world as the “Black Bush”. Egyptians have proved they are tired of waiting for any messiah to pull them out of their depression.

The annihilation of the middle class created a collapse between the poor and rich. And the rich kept kicking down at the poor until they just couldn’t take the beatings anymore. The imbalanced sharing of Egypt’s wealth, resources, privileges, jobs, and free market participation in various industries (and aggressive monopolies) is the primary source for the civil unrest rippling throughout the country. Mubarak has built his own royal pyramid using blocks that stumped on Justice and equality for all. His legacy was built by forcing his stern hand in every major industry and pocket – leaving those under his heel with nothing but tainted grains of bread, white cheese, and watered down fol madamas.

Egypt is just one of many countries where its populace is finally standing up for their basic rights to be treated as civilized humans. When you take the living out of a man, he can turn into a savage — or one who will take a strong stand to live and breath. All it takes to win a revolution is momentum. And when the Egyptians do win, let us pray they are given true light to lead them. Otherwise, the hope on the horizon is just another illusion like a mirage on the oasis.

Suzy Kassem
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