South Korean film Parasite has been named best picture at this year’s Oscars, becoming the first non-English language film to take the top prize. – BBC
Only 11 non-English language films have ever been nominated in the category. The cast and creative team for “Parasite” took the stage on Sunday to accept the award for best picture, capping off what was a huge night for the film and a significant night for global cinema. – CNN
On Monday, the director Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite,” a genre-defying film about class warfare, won that award and three other Oscars, including best director. It was a historic moment for both the Oscars and South Koreans – NY times
The Korean people were all really happy and excited. I can’t believe it!
Bong Joon Ho, Oscars Best Director
In his acceptance speech of Best Director, he said “Thank you. After winning best international feature, I thought I was done for the day and was ready to relax.
Thank you so much. When I was young and studying cinema, there was a saying that I carved deep into my heart, which is that ‘The most personal is the most creative.’
That quote is from our great Martin Scorsese. When I was in school, I studied Martin Scorsese’s films. Just to be nominated was a huge honor. I never thought I would win.
When people in the U.S. were not familiar with my films, Quentin [Tarantino] always put my films on his list. He’s here, thank you so much. Quentin, I love you.
And Todd [Phillips] and Sam [Mendes], great directors that I admire. If the Academy allows, I would like to get a Texas chainsaw, split the award into five and share it with all of you.
Thank you. I will drink until next morning, thank you.”
Producer Kwak Sin-ae also said: “I’m speechless. We never imagined this to happen. I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now.“
What’s the difference? Why did this happen?
I watched a parasite movie myself and even wrote reviews, but I couldn’t really feel the difference. I think, “Is this enough to attract global attention and awards?”
From my point of view, I saw nothing but the contrast between the life of the rich and the lower class, the detailed elements hidden in it and some interesting parts. I’m trying to figure out which part of parasite has won so many awards. I will post a more analytical posting next time.
The Nobel Peace Prize 2018 was awarded jointly to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.” Their contribution is focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes. Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said “If we want people to say ‘no more war’, we have to show how brutal it is” in interview.
She also said, “Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims. Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others.”
“Each of them in their own way has helped to give greater visibility to wartime sexual violence, so that the perpetrators can be held accountable for their actions.”
The physician Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist and surgeon, has spent large parts of his adult life helping the victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since the Panzi Hospital was established in Bukavu in 1999, Dr. Mukwege and his staff have treated thousands of patients who have fallen victim to such assaults. Most of the abuses have been committed in the context of a long-lasting civil war that has cost the lives of more than six million Congolese.
(CNN) Mukwege said he was in the middle of carrying out surgery in his hospital when he heard that he had won the award — and that he dedicated it to all survivors of sexual violence around the world.
“For almost 20 years I have witnessed war crimes committed against women, girls and even baby girls not only in my country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, but also in many other countries,” he said. “To the survivors from all over the world, I would like to tell you that through this prize, the world is listening to you and refusing to remain indifferent. The world refuses to sit idly in the face of your suffering.” He added that he was honored to be named alongside Murad, whom he praised for her strength and courage.
“Denis Mukwege is the foremost, most unifying symbol, both nationally and internationally, of the struggle to end sexual violence in war and armed conflicts. His basic principle is that ‘justice is everyone’s business,'” said Reiss-Andersen.
Nadia Murad is herself a victim of war crimes. She refused to accept the social codes that require women to remain silent and ashamed of the abuses to which they have been subjected. She has shown uncommon courage in recounting her own sufferings and speaking up on behalf of other victims. In 2016, at age 23, she was made a UN goodwill ambassador for the dignity of survivors of human trafficking.
(CNN) Murad was in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when she learned she had won the prize. “I hope that it will help bring justice for those women who suffered from sexual violence,” she told a Nobel official.
In August 2014, the Islamic State (IS) launched a brutal, systematic attack on the villages of the Sinjar district. In Nadia Murad’s village, several hundred people were massacred. The younger women, including underage children, were abducted and held as sex slaves. While a captive of the IS, at her age 21, Nadia Murad was repeatedly subjected to rape and other abuses. Her assaulters threatened to execute her if she did not convert to their hateful, inhuman version of Islam. (The world support to eliminate #CoerciveConversion, another article) After a three-month nightmare, Nadia Murad managed to flee.
If you want to feel more vividly about the brutal situation, it is helpful to read her article. (The Guardian) This article begins with the sentence ‘The slave market opened at night.’ I admire her for her courage to tell the truth. Nadia Murad said “Deciding to be honest was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made, and also the most important.”
International law will change the world
Berit Reiss-Andersen said, This year marks a decade since the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1820 (2008), which determined that the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict constitutes both a war crime and a threat to international peace and security. This is also set out in the Rome Statute of 1998, which governs the work of the International Criminal Court. The Statute establishes that sexual violence in war and armed conflict is a grave violation of international law. A more peaceful world can only be achieved if women and their fundamental rights and security are recognised and protected in war.
Alfred Nobel’s will On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament. Nobel’s will said prize should be given to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work forfraternitybetween nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
This year’s Nobel Peace Prize is firmly embedded in the criteria spelled out in Alfred Nobel’s will. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad have both put their personal security at risk by courageously combating war crimes and seeking justice for the victims. They have thereby promoted the fraternity of nations through the application of principles ofinternational law.
Connection with DPCW
So far, international lawhas not ended the war. So many people had to suffer and be sad because there was no peace. But they have the ‘Right to Peace’. In 2018, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) recognized the Universal Declaration does not include a separate article on “Right to Peace”. Already, HWPL is creating a new order for the world. The purpose of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) is to end the war. If so, war crimes can be eliminated. Actually, DPCW has an article to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
Not at all, Law experts agreed that the DPCW is fully aligned with the UN Charter & the UDHR and this Declaration not only encapsulates and supports all of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
DPCW Article 1 – Prohibition of the threat or use of force
1. States should solemnly reaffirm that they refrain from the use of force in all circumstances, save where permitted by international law, and should condemn aggression as constituting an international crime.
3. States should prohibit any act or threat of violence, whatever its motives or purposes, that occurs for the advancement of an individual or collective criminal agenda.
DPCW Article 3 – Friendly relations and the prohibition of acts of aggression
2. States have the duty to refrain from any forcible action that deprives peoples of their rights to self-determination.
4. States should promote accountability, including by investigating alleged violations of international law, in particular, grave violation of the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, and should take measures to ensure that states, citizens and corporations do not contribute to the commission of violations of international law.
Onward to a World of Lasting Peace!
DPCW has articles to make a world of lasting peace. Regardless of their nationalities, ethnicities, and religions, DPCW will pave the way for developing peace processes in our world at both national and international levels. The reason of 80% of whold war is Ideology and Religion. DPCW is a fundamental and powerful solution.
DPCW Article 8 – Freedom of religion
2. States should activate and participate in systems to enforce and protect fundamental human rights, eliminating discrimination on the basis of religion or belief, and should refrain from and prohibit the usage of religion by governments, groups, or individuals in order to justify or to incite acts of violence against others. These systems should include, inter alia, judicial mechanisms.
DPCW Article 9 – Religion, ethnic identity and peace
3. Recognising the threat to peaceful coexistence that violent religious extremism may cause, states should implement, in good faith, legal measures against individuals or groups attempting to perpetrate or assist in gross and systematic acts of violence in the name of religion. Such measures should, in extreme cases, include the proscription of faith groups – including sects or cults – that perpetrate acts of violence against the territorial integrity and political independence of any state.
DPCW Article 10 – Spreading a culture of peace
4. States should promote a culture of peace including ensuring conditions in which- (a) citizens are able to participate in the political affairs of the state as equals regardless of religious or ethnic differences; (b) a free media is maintained which allows grievances to be aired and addressed; (c) education is imparted to promote respect and mutual understanding among different religious, belief and ethnic groups; (d) the right to development of peoples, including the achievement of the UN sustainable development goals, can be realized; and (e) the wellbeing of all human kind with the participation of women and men to ensure peaceful coexistence amongst nations, states, and peoples may be guaranteed.
Hon. Emil Constantinescu, Former President of Romania
“Youth and women can become the most persuasive advisories of peace in the present and in the future. Both avoiding war and establishing peace-building processes require a laborious effort to create a culture of solidarity outlining a pragmatic style in which the statements should followed by effective actions. I believe that the Declaration of World Peace proclaimed in Seoul can get everyone around the world, no matter if they are men, women, youth or children, ready to unite under the mantle of peace and take the responsibility to promote the message of peace to the entire world. We are one.“
H.E. Viktor Yushchhenko, Former President of Ukraine
“I am deeply grateful to be able to implement the cause of peace in a specific way. This is truly a worthy cause. I was deeply impressed to see the DPCW with its refined and profound wisdom. I think it is worth the support from all leaders of the world. This is because the DPCW is a perfectly balanced document that was drafted through the great effort of international legal experts and is of fundamental value.”
H.E. Ivo Josipović, Former President of Croatia
“It is necessary for the two leaders(Kim Jong-Un and Moon Jae-In) to meet and discuss face-to-face. I believe that we can understand one another and accept each other’s differences through cultural exchanges, such as music and sports.”
Also, he emphasized “Presenting the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to the United Nations as a resolution, with our intention to build peace in the world, is novel and important.”
Mr.PravinH.Parekh, President of the Confederation of Indian Bar
“Today one country saying ‘yes, Chairman Lee I accept your declaration’ is not enough, even 10 countries saying this is not good enough. Therefore, we need the United Nations.
In fact, the United Nations came out in 1948 from the Human Rights Declaration and that is a very good document but things have changed from 1948 until now and, therefore, it is necessary that the United Nations adopts the Declaration made by us…so that when the United Nations accepts it, it becomes binding to all the countries in the world.
That is the effort Chairman Lee had been doing and we should all support Chairman Lee in ensuring that this becomes a United Nations document.”
H.E. Gennady Burbulis Former State Secretary of Russia and President of Baltic-Black Sea Forum
He declared support for the DPCW on behalf of the Baltic-Black Sea Board of Directors. He stated, “The MOU and MOA express our intention to work together in this important issue. Sometimes we can think that this problem or question of promoting peace is difficult or sometimes we can think that is very utopian, but we shouldn’t forget that there are many international or law organizations that unfortunately today, even the UN, do not function according to the purpose for which it was established.
So that brings the threats to all humanity…. We cannot ignore these facts. So, in our work together we should take into consideration this reality. With all of that, we eagerly support the DPCW and we really believe that it is a very important declaration,” reaffirming support for the adoption of the DPCW at the UN.
War begets more war. The Korean War began on June 25, 1950. Many people went through a lot of hardships. They had frequent brushes with death. The iron of war had entered into their souls. The Korean War ended in 1953 with a cease-fire. The Korean War left Korea devastated. Also it divided our country into two halves. The war has branded unforgettable scars on our minds.
2018 inter-Korean summit Highlights
“With a single step Kim Jong Un broke decades of hostility and distrust. He is the first North Korean leader to cross the dividing line between the two Koreas since fighting ended in the Korean War in 1953. Kim then invited South Korean leader Moon Jae-in to step into the northern side of the DMZ.” – CNN
Kim Jong Un signed at the Peace House
He wrote “a new history begins now” and “an age of peace, at the starting point of history”
3 Key points of summit
♦ High-stakes summit
: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in met for the first time in more than a decade.
♦Deal to end Korean War
: The two leaders vowed to formally end the Korean War, the leaders announced on Friday afternoon.
: Kim and Moon “confirmed the common goal of realizing, through complete denuclearization, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.”
Where is real peace?
Where did the War take place?
Wars of mankind : total 14,513 times.
Reason of War: 80% Religious war
Victims of War : 3.7 billion
Nobel Peace prize rewarded : 124 times
How long should we wait? We can’t stand it anymore. It is so hard and painful. My family and friends are dying. Who can compensate you for their death? To Whom? What can you do? Money never can pay it back. Nothing can repay this!
DPCW is the Ultimate Solution
Chairman Lee proclaimed “HWPL has made peace agreements with present and former presidents and heads of state, chiefs justices of Supreme courts, university presidents, religious leaders, and the heads of international organizations, and this news has been broadcasted allaround the world. The cessation of war and world peace will become a reality because everyone desires for peace rather than war” and finally “We have the answer to peace which is the DPCW.” I’m sure it will cure the world more beautifully.
DPCW is the solution!!! Let’s become the messengers of peace!
The Closing Ceremony of PyeongChang Peace Olympics
Pyeongchang‘s final night starts with electronic music and a dark-breaking sound of geomungo. The final stage of the Pyeongchang Peace Olympics was a festival that included volunteers as well as athletes. The CNN in the United States praised, “The PyeongChang Peace Olympics will certainly be remembered for a long time.” They focused on the scenes not seen in any other Olympics. It is more than just sports festival. Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), told the crowd: “The Olympic Games of PyeongChang 2018 are the games of new horizons. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for your(Korean President Moon) personal commitment and determination to make these Games so successful in every way.” Moon said, “Here in Korea, we will continue our endeavor to broaden the horizon of peace that began in Pyeonchang.”
What opens up a new horizon?
The Olympic Truce for PyeongChang
The core contents of the Olympic Truce are as follows:
– Urging the cessation of hostilities (from sevendays before until sevendays after the Olympic Games)
– Sports in promoting ‘peace, sustainable development, human rights’
– Expectations that PyeongChang 2018 will be a meaningful opportunity to foster an atmosphere of peace on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia
The President of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee stated :
“I will make the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games a world-backed peace Olympic event with the adoption of the Olympic Truce resolution.”
HWPL supports and expects the PyeongChang Olympic Games to be a Peaceful Olympics! I agree, too.
The PyeongChang Peace Olympics Message of Support From the World
Prof. Leonid Tymchenko International Law Professor at the University of State Fiscal Service of Ukraine
“I strongly support the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula and sustainable world peace. The Organization HWPL from Seoul has concentrated its efforts on reaching peace on the Korean Peninsula and in the world for many years. The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War(DPCW) elaborated under the aegis of HWPL must be the focus of attention of the United Nations and the governments of all States. I wish every success to all the participants of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games and for the soon peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula.”
H.E. Stanislaw Shushkevich
Former Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Belarus
“I wish this Olympiad would serve as an impetus for another important work, which is world peace. Starting from the peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula, because the equally diligent, equally creative people of North and South Korea deserved the right to live together from a long time ago. And people of both nations should convince their head leaders to peacefully unite this magnificent country.”
Prof. Dr. Enver Hasani Professor of International Law, University of Prishtina
“Through this message I want to convey my warmest gratitude and greetings for peace at the Korean Olympics and to welcome the UN resolution of November of last year and support the Olympics in Korea with the best wishes, that the whole Peninsula lives in peace and is reunited.”
“Work for peace!We are living in a time of many wars and the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive and dynamic.” – Top 10 secrets to happiness, Pope Francis
One man was expelled from school for drug problems. After graduation he wandered friends’ couches because he could not find a job. He spent every day as usual without any definite life goals or strong values. How awful! He doesn’t even have money! The other man is one of the most influential power bloggers in the United States with more than two million subscribers. He has written columns to various media and is receiving the attention of major media outlets such as CNN, New York Times, Time, Forbes, and Wall Street Journal for his keen insight and direct style. In addition, he established INFINITY SQUARED MEDIA LLC, a global consulting company, and operates it. As you may have already noticed, the above two men are identical. Mark Manson!
Mark Manson : Who is he?
Now his media power is second to that of the major media, and he got thousands of emails from the public who want to know the answer of the life day to day. He is busy touring more than 50 countries and teaching people around the world. His book ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life’ was the 53-week bestseller at Amazon and topped the bestseller list of Amazon and New York Times. What is it to they? It can make the turning point in your life. ‘We will leave the most important thing behind and erase anything else!‘ It started from acknowledgment that that life involves pain, not the illusion that I am especially unhappy or the pretense that I should be superior to others.
It’s two months of anti-government protests in José Martí Square of Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. Police fired tear gas and masked youths threw petrol bombs. Anger, hatred, resentment, discord, crash, lackofunderstanding…It stands to reason that we are all suffocated even when we think about it. It may be exactly same to Venezuelan violinist.
However, the day was different.
Violin melody came from somewhere. The roar of the tear gas and shouts of protesters ‘It’s dangerous!!!’ mingled in a violin melody. It was an extraordinary landscape. A young man of Venezuela(Venezuelan violinist) with helmet bearingthenational flags wasplaying the violin. He didn’t seem to mind that or anything. He was only focus on the violin melody. He didn’t have any weapon and protection equipment. It gives a strong impression to me.
It was on air by CNN.
What is the meaning?
On May 3, the 18 year-old Venezuelan violinist and member of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra was shot dead during an anti-government demonstration. His name is Armando Cañizales. He said, “I fought for my country” and participated in demonstration. Cañizales was in El Sistemamusiceducationprogram for low-income youth inVenezuela. So of course, his funeral was full with weeping young musicians when Venezuelan flags were flapping.
This mournful violin melody maybe means anotherexpression of protest for Armando Cañizales.
What do you think about photographers? They are aimed at the moment. That moment is very important for their life. Because a good chance is never again. When I see my next, my friend is not there. Astonishingly he was running. He didn’t shoot but was taken in camera. He is a photographer and activist Abd Alkader Habak. This one picture resounded around the world loudly. This is a story of Aleppo, Syria. A lot hashappened until now in Syria. Let’s see.
Three Children of Syria : Cry Out for Peace
Do you remember ‘Alan Kurdi‘? You already know it. He appeared dead on the beach. While trying to go to Europe to avoid civil war, his mother(35) and his brother(5) were drowned. Then all the world wanted to help Syria refugees.
Do you remember ‘Omran Daqneesh‘? He was rescued after being buried in collapsed buildings in Syria Aleppo. One picture shockedpeopleall over the world. He was sitting in an ambulance with stained with blood and dust. I cannot repress my astonishment.
Bana Alabed, who broadcasted the current situation in real time, is also same. She got 233,653 followers. Her first words were “I need peace”. It was retweeted over 1000 times.
This three children informed the world of the misery of the Syrian civil war. They changed world’s movement for Syria.
Woeful Plight: 126 killed, 68 was children
Bombs hit a convoy of buses carrying evacuees. If you saw it with your own eyes, can you sleep? My head must be too sick. It’s horrible. 68 was children.
“This child was firmly holding my hand and looking at me,” he said.
An image taken by another photographer, Muhammad Alrageb, shows Habakdashing towards an ambulance, the child and his camera in his arms. He maybe only thought ‘We need to save lives’. No matter how much he took hundreds of the miserable children, his figure is much more touching. I have never seen pictures like this. And one more picture is also really touching.
Overwhelmed, Habak collapsed.
An image, shot by another photographer, shows him on his knees sobbing near the boy’s body.
“I was overcome with emotion,” he told CNN. “What I and my colleagues witnessed is indescribable.“