Torture – Does This Represent American Value?

Miami : Under the rainy Sunday afternoon sky of Jan 11, 2015 the peace activist – artist Huong and 75 people join in the nation wide protest from their hub in Miami in front of the gate of the Southern Command in Doral.
Their demand is the same as it has been for 13 years : GUANTANAMO – CLOSE IT NOW !
As the rain water soaked and darkened Huong’s white gauge canvases stained with red paint carried on the shoulders of the protesters, the paintings sent a wave of shock; to see pain, suffering, torture and to realize the dirty practice by Uncle Sam is a subject that can be easy be pushed aside most of our living days, but to expose the public the truth of torture leaves us stunned and still. Holding high above the fen is another commanding message: NO TORTURE is a set on mural panels painted by artist Serefima Solokov, who worked along with Huong from the beginning of Iraq war Protest in 2004 as a newly graduated Intern from FIU. These No Torture paintings present the face of horror victims and the torture techniques being inflicted on them. The mural images pierce through your soul , sinks your heart and questions your conscience: Torture – Does this represent The American value? Huong asked the crowd and lets them soak in their own answers.

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This call to end torture and cultivate peace is at the center of Huong’s artwork, who was a mother, war refugee, boat people and former a journalist, she escaped at the end of the Vietnam war in 1975. Facing the barrier of a new language Huong broke the pen and trades for a brush, continuing her Journalism through her art. Huong has had more than 100 solo exhibits nation wide, addressing the world issues of war, peace and Justice. For her current works google: Miami artist Huong.

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For more information on the Close It Now movement please visit the following press release links:

Miami Herald coverage

NBC 6 coverage

Fight Back News coverage

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Child Soldiers

Children are the most vulnerable things on earth, and unfortunately when it comes to war, they are never left out of the equation. Child soldiers have been used throughout history with the first mention of them with the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. Unfortunately, child soldiers have become the norm in too many impoverished and neglected countries in the world even to this day. One country alone is already too many.

Children are feeble minded and thus incredibly susceptible to propaganda and brain washing. They are preyed on by ruthless warlords around the world and turned into little machines of death and destruction. The warlords kill their families and take them under their wings and transform them into mindless assassins. Many of the times they are drugged up over and over until they are dependent on the drugs and willing to do anything to get their supply.

The United Nations has done their best to pass international laws and regulations but it only goes so far against criminals who have no care for any kind of law. Even still, it is legal for many countries to have children as young as fifteen serving in the army. We must pressure the world on acting accordingly as we cannot live in a world where children are taught to pick up guns and use them on any living creature, let alone a human being.

The places that are mostly affected are the countries where the term “third-world” may be considered an upgrade from what they are. A host of countries in Africa including the Ivory Coast, Sudan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, and Uganda. It doesn’t get any better as you go on to Asia with easily over a dozen countries using child soldiers. Some of those countries include Afghanistan, Burma/Myanmar, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Nepal, The Philippines, and Palestine. It doesn’t get much better when you go to Latin American countries such as Bolivia and Colombia where the drug wars over the years have been so out of control.

Child soldiers have been used all throughout history as militants, messengers, spies, crooks, and even guards. This despicable crime continues even to this day where many countries continue this practice while engaging in wars, crimes, and numerous other conflicts between political factions. Continents all around the world suffer from these hostile environments which breed warlords and criminals of all kinds. It is a practice we all have to do our part to stop because the future of the world is being corrupted. But the sad truth of the matter is that these kids have already had everything taken from them, and if we don’t do our part to help them now, there may never be a future for them to look forward to.

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