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Crashing a Funeral

by Marivel Guzman

Crashing the Funeral

Thousands participated in the funeral prayers of killed militant commander Zakir Musa at his native Noorpora village of Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. (FPK Photo/Wasim Nabi)

The Indian forces love to show up at social and religious gatherings, funeral processions, and public protests. They are easy at shooting pellets and live ammunition against the crowd regardless of who get hit. Truth, protesters pelt security forces with small rocks that could easily dent the heavily armed soldiers helmets or armor, but to respond with live ammunition or pellets is just excessive.

A man has been killed and at least 70 people have been injured during clashes between protesters and New Delhi forces in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Some fifty people were taken to a local hospital after Indian government troops fired shotgun pellets and live bullets to push the protesters back in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Wednesday.

Witnesses said that thousands of villagers poured onto roads as two suspected fighters fought a gun battle with soldiers from inside a house in the area. Protesters pelted government forces with stones to give the fighters cover to escape, they said. May 29 (PressTV)

When Kashmirs assemble to protest a local or state measure police and army forces appears in the hundreds. But, during funeral processions they show up in the thousands.


video credit by Ruptly


During funerals, It is common to see slogans against India and photos of slain militants. This practice outrages the army, who turn any public event into a “violent crashing” event.

Kashmir bid the last goodbyes to Zakir Rushid Bhat (Mousa Zakir,) thousands took to the streets to bid farewells and to protest his death. He was seeing as a hero who could bring independence to the valley. For India, he was just a terrorist in its list of most wanted list. But the truth is that his death won’t bring peace or security to the valley. Every time one militant is killed or incarcerated, the unrest grows, and more youth abandon school to join the ranks of militancy.



Indian occupied Kashmir, otherwise known as “India administered Kashmir” is one of the spots on earth more militarized. There are close to a million troops patrolling cities, villages, highways. roads, phones, social media, WhatsApp and every aspect of life of the population.

Very annoying don’t you think? Besides all this Orwellian big brother control, at the first sigh of ‘unrest’ internet and mobile services get disconnected.

The Constitution of India grants citizens the fundamentalr right to freedom of speech and expression, including the right to gather information and exchange thoughts withing and outside India. Press freedom has been read into the freedom of speech and expression. in 2017, a landmark Supreme Court ruling recognized privacy as a fundamental right embedded in the right to life, liberty, and freedom of expression.

According to Internet Shutdown Tracker website, only in 2019, India has 320 internet shutdown instances , 162 are in Jammu and Kashmir area. These are few of the shutdowns and the reason for it, according to official sources.

Mobile internet suspended as a precautionary measure in the wake of a cordon and search operation. May 31, 2019

Mobile internet services were suspended as a precautionary measure after security forces launched an encounter operation against militants. “Jun 01, 2019

In the wake of killing of two militants in an encounter with government forces at Satipora area of Shopian district in south Kashmir, mobile internet services were suspended on Sunday, 12th May 2019 in the district.

Since 1990, the Indian Parliament adopted the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA, ) which gives the army unlimited powers to act in the occupied areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to Foreign Policy in Focus website, In 2010, Indian forces shot and killed more than 135 unarmed civilians. Nearly half of them were teenagers, and the youngest was eight years old.

“Cordon and Search Operation” (CASO), “terrorists killed,” “fire exchange with militants” and “encounters with militants” are some terms used by mainstream media to report on deaths of militants or civilians. The line gets blurred here because Indian forces blamed the civilians for their own death. According to Indian officials, during encounters with militants, the civilian population enter CASO areas at their own risk. Take in consideration that these operations occur in every city and village of J&J. More than often such operations end with the destruction by fire of homes where militants are found hiding regardless if  such place was his home. India uses incendiary devices to drive the militants out of their hiding and often they leave unexploited bombs in the area that claim civilian lives.

Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), in effect in Kashmir since 1990, guarantee impunity to military personnel accused of these crimes and others outlined in the UN inquiry (2017) and “Torture Report,” (2019.)

On July 08, 2016, Burhan Wani was killed in an army operation. Thousands came out to the streets to pay respects to the young Commander. The same day
At least 16 persons were killed and over 200 were injured in protests and clashes. Two weeks later that number climbed to 25 civilians killed during the protests.

“On 8 July, Wani wasn’t the only man killed. Along with him were two others – Pervaiz Ahmad and Sartaj Sheikh. Clashes in the valley over Wani’s death have already claimed over 45 lives.

“Behind Burhan Wani’s killing lies a story of deception and betrayal in which his death was just collateral damage — the original target was the man accompanying him,” reports The Indian Express, quoting interviews with police officials, intelligence officials and secret documents” The Quint, July 25, 2016

On May 23, Zakir Musa was killed in an army operation. Indian websites portrayed him as the most wanted terrorist. In J&K he was a hero and now martyr. Right after his death, the valley went out to the streets to protest the killings, the situation and to mourn the militant.

Since Wani was killed two years ago J&K was surrounded by Cordon and search operations ( COSO,) in an attempt to curtail the violence, the army said, but the truth is that these operations had left more innocent killed than militants.

Again thousands of Kashmirs came out to the streets to mourn and say their last farewells. As usual, his murder sparked protests in all the Valley and the cycle of violence continues.

After a long year of recorded cases of civilians deaths, on May 2017, the United Nations issued a report, asking an inquiry into human rights violations in Kashmir, where Indian forces are charged  with using extreme force and live ammunition during protests and funerals.

On February this year, a new 550-page report, by Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) and Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS)”Torture Indian State’s Instrument of Control in Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir was published with documented cases of torture. This report may be used, reproduced, or translated freely for non-commercial purposes, with due acknowledgment and attributions.

“Torture is the most under-reported human rights violation perpetrated by the state,” the report noted. “Due to legal, political and moral impunity extended to the armed forces, not a single prosecution has taken place in any case of human rights violations” in the region, the report said.

India denies all allegations of torture, excessive use of force, murder of civilians, destruction of private and public property.

Indian authorities said they would study the report before commenting on it. In the past, officials have acknowledged torture exists in Kashmir but have denied that Indian forces strategically use sexual and other abuses to control the population, AP said

“Indian authorities said they would study the report before commenting on it. In the past, officials have acknowledged torture exists in Kashmir but have denied that Indian forces strategically use sexual and other abuses to control the population.” said AP.
#Kashmir #Occupation #Wani #Zakir

The truth told should not be taken as insult!

By Marivel Guzman

Palestinian medics evacuating an injured protester during clashes with Israeli security forces near the border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, last year.
(Credit Adel Hana/Associated Press)

The truth told, should not be taken as insult!
Voices are usually silenced, when it comes to Israel.

Very often, we see public figures and government officials including members of Congress to receive a backlash of “angry voices” claiming that any statement make in regard of Israel, if isn’t favorable, then is antisemitism.

On July 12, four days after the latest war in Gaza began, hundreds of Israelis gathered in central Tel Aviv to protest the killing of civilians on both sides and call for an end to the siege of Gaza and the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. The New York Time

In my opinion, the tragedy of WWII is an open wound for Palestinians, who still carry on their backs the horrific events that took place in Europe.

Before and after the end of the war, their destiny [Palestinians] was marked by the partition of their land.

The Jewish people, who emigrated to Palestine by force or by their own will, found safe heaven there, as Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib said, during a Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery.”

71 years later, Palestinians are suffering persecution, oppression, occupation, incarceration and a slow ethnic cleansing.

For Palestinians, the Holocaust is not a painful memory, but a crude reality.

Israel converted Palestine into a pastrami sandwich.

“What is to become of the Palestinians?” Churchill asked. “We’ll make a pastrami sandwich of them,” Ariel Sharon said.

Winston Churchill III recalled his 1973 encounter with Sharon during a National Press Club

By Sharon’s statement, it is obvious the plan to install settlements-Settlements are illegal under International Law, was to take more land, and to uproot more Palestinians.

#humanrights #occupation #Holocaust #Palestine

Highway to heaven

By Marivel Guzman

Somewhere in Kashmir, paradise on earth
(Photo credit Kaiser Ahmed)

A letter to India in regard to the closure of the 300km-long Baramulla-Jammu national highway that connects the disputed Kashmir region to the outside world

To be honest #India, I wholeheartedly believe, that it is safest for your troops not to move at all in J&K’s territory.

Your 750,000 troops will be better off serving Hindus in India proper territory. Don’t you think?

What is this insane fixation of yours [India] on trying to administrate a territory with people that do not accept your arrangements?

You guys have a different language, different religion, and different traditions. Really nothing in common.

How much those 750,000 soldiers make patrolling unhappy people? You know well, Indian ITS make more money in the developed nations. Shouldn’t you be investing in your youth’s education rather than putting them in harm ways?

How much money do you invest in this one-sided affair? Billions I imagine. You could invest in housing and health for your people. I’m sure those soldiers will be happier constructing their own houses than pelting boys in Kashmir

I’m sure, you are not doing it just for ego, right? I mean, is this like a cricket game against Pakistan you try to win? Or, are you really interested and the well-being of the Kashmir people?

Perhaps water is your interest in J&K? If that the case, wouldn’t be safer and cheaper to negotiate some type of economic arrangements with J&K?

Whichever is your interest in Kashmir, for sure is not in the best interest of the Kashmir people.

Categories: Kashmir, Kashmir, Ocuppied Land

Kashmir blocks of society

By Marivel Guzman

I shall put this article side by side with the comments published in Facebook’s profiles from both scholars Dr. Shah Faesal and Dr. Mehboob Makhdoomi

For now, I’m reading the two sides of their stories-I will add their views at the end of this piece.

Faesal, who according to the J&K government website of current employees, as August 07, 2018, Faesal is pursuing a Mid-career on Master Programme in Public Administration, at the Edward S. Mason Harvard University, also, the an employee with the title of Senior time scale 15600 39100 Plus a GP of 6600. And Makhdoomi lives outside the crude reality of Kashmir.

Both scholars with political tendencies—Even if they part from their scholar research for “truth.” Politics like the devil are in the details.

As I was giving the last edits to this essay, I received a clip from Greater Kashmir newspaper, that Faesal is leaving the government to pursue politics. I mention this fact because Faesal stressed out in a Facebook comment that he wasn’t a man of the “system.”

The laughable fact is that he posted in his Twitter that the reason to resign is the “unabated killing of Kashmiris.”

Anyway, I digressed from my paper to comment on Faesal’s retirement to join the pro-India National Conference Party, said GK.

After reading Makhdoomi’s comments, I have to agree with every one of his statements. He is one hundred percent right on Faesal. Faesal is an opportunist working his way up into the system, and he is appealing to the people’s sympathy to climb as a political leader.

I want to think than me being a total stranger of the Kashmir struggle, an outsider per se, well other than learn it from conversations with Kashmirs, blogs, alternative media and Indian official channels. I believe I can analyze a move like a spectator of a chess game that is sure, he knows better the next move because he doesn’t hold the stress of the game.

A little background of my interest for justice. Back on 2003, I attended Richie Corrie’s parents lecture and a plight for help to continue their daughter journey to liberate Palestine. Since then, I became an active member of the Palestinian Solidarity Movement. My activism came with attachments. I couldn’t activate only for Palestine as I learn of Kashmir struggles.

Obviously “Indian Administrated Kashmir” got my attention and I in 2010 funded the page “Palestine and Kashmir Occupation needs to End.”

I have tried my best to stay informed and tell others about Kashmir.

During the years I have covered Kashmir I categorized the players-Blocks of the Kashmir population—in compartments of relation with the land and the struggle:

Social-economic convenience block, where all workers of the Indian occupied Kashmir government infrastructure fit. Majority of them live for the most part with a decent salary and are more or less comfortable with the situation. Internet or electricity cuts often seen by them as something out of control, but part of the Indian apparatus administration.

Political aspiration persons, those who take a political post with hopes to climb the ladder of power. They see the freedom fighters as a nuisance to their political career and will do anything to win the favor from India and at the same time keep happy and at bay the Kashmirs.

They stay away from speeches that denounce the Cordon and Search Operations (CASO,) that usually end up killing resistance fighters and civilians, also they are mute of disappeared persons. In Kashmir, they live in a small world, almost forming a block with J&K government w m workers. In other words these two blocks are the cushion that sustain Indian occupation from crumbling.

Political career persons, usually Pundits, Sikhs and Muslim Kashmir, who managed to position on posts of power and pretend India will stay forever as it is. Same as the political aspiration block, they see the struggle as a nuisance to their political post, but they enjoy more freedom both of speech and movement.

Survival modus operandi group, all those people who care less for their neighbors but only care to bring food to the table.

Intellectuals, all people who make a living out of the conflict, being lecturing around the world, writing books and/or giving interviews to TV stations, magazines and newspapers.

Scholars and university students, the real thinkers of Kashmir. They are full of ideas on how to liberate Kashmir. They are the energized block of the population. Fresh minds who want the best for the land and the people.

They are continuously studying the solutions and seek freedom from foreign powers, but they entertain the cons and contra of compromise.

All parties Hurriyat Conference. They seem as good people with different solutions for the same problem. They are persecuted by the system, but they want the goodwill of the people.
Except that they are not clear if they want self-determination or everlasting Pakistani protection

Even though they have observer status at The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, it seems that Kashmirs don’t enjoy any protection from the 157 members states.

The only worthy thing they have “achieved” for Kashmir is the official publication the Office Of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights report on June 2018.

The resistance fighters, the real heroes who can not see oppression, occupation, and repression as something irremediably, they seek the solution now, yesterday was late for self-determination.

They can not compromise on the land. They see the martyrs as a sacrifice to the land, usually Muslims who see in martyrdom exchange for paradise.

And finally the common Kashmir farmer and their family, and the common worker, both blocks of the population seek nothing but their land as an inherited right. They cheer for the martyrs, freedom fighters escapades, but also they cheer for the leaders that promise “things.” In their naiveness, they believe the political figures that give great speeches are true leaders.

What I see from far away is that the Kashmir Valley is subject to religion extortion from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and a cruel military occupation from India. Both nuclear powers are playing a chess game in Kashmir, and they are sacrificing all the pieces.

  • The Valley is drenched with blood, the mothers are mourning their martyrs while politics plays high in round tables with endless discussions going, no where.

Until all the valley is one block standing strong with one voice for self-determination, there will be millions of voices compartmentalized in blocks. All speaking different languages, different strategies, different goals and off course many “agendas.”

That is the scenario I see from my vantage point.

And the band played on–Book Review

And the Band Played on

By Randy Shilts (1987)

Book Review

By Marivel Guzman


And the Band Played On, cover book by Randy Shilts

The beginning of the AIDS epidemics creates a blurred line in the history of the United States, nobody, that could have done something to stop the spread of the epidemic did anything of substance, except for their relatively small almost intrusive hand in the political game of the times.

Scientists and the first victims of AIDS will be exonerated by history. The gay community was scared, uninformed and was caught out of the guard, and the scientific community was left to their fortunes to try to stop the disease from disseminating.

I was in nursing school back in 1977 all the way to 1981. In those years the word AIDS did not exist in the pathology book we have to memorize to pass the class. Cancer in those days, it was a new disease being researched, but already making inroads in the life of Mexican women in hospital wards of Mexico.

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome is the name given to the disease, a shorter and less scary name for a Syndrome that will definitely kill anybody with the virus, which by 1980 was killing ‘gays people’ without having been properly known.

The scientific community of the US and France were in a battle for recognition, both nations top scientific did not really know what they were confronted with.

Shilts 657 pages The Band Played On book indeed did a good job into chronologically recording the juiciest aspects of the gay community with their “bathhouses” and their organizations.

Randy Shilts makes 273 references to Bathhouses all throughout the book and The “Blood-industry,” is repeated only 41 times, blood transfusion(s) is brought out only 67 times, but none of those mentions makes the blood industry to come clean for partaking in the spread of the HIV.

Presently a person with AIDS’s life expectancy is about 78, with medical treatment.

Coincidentally I did my one-year clinical practice in Mocorito, Sinaloa, Mex., which it was known as the town of the gays.

I was the head nurse of the rural hospital in Mocorito Health Center, I do not remember to see troves of gays with Kaposi sarcoma, actually, I do not have any recollection to see cancer cases at all. I do remember, we were running a program to eradicate Tuberculosis and Hepatitis, and for a town with so many gay people, it is strange not having a memory of AIDS cases.

In June 1981, the CDC published a report of five gay men from Los Angeles, Ca., who contracted a life-threatening disease, PCP pneumonia, which was never seen on people with an intact immune system. Also, in July of the same year, published the cases of a rare type of skin cancer that kills young gay people with AIDS, Kaposi’s sarcoma.

I appreciate the dignified pity Shilts dedicated to the gay community victims of AIDS, but I reproach the way he brushes off the blood industry for the spreading of AIDS. Stanford University, the biggest supplier of blood is the main responsible for the spread of the AIDS virus. The scientific community of United States has its big share of guilt, as well of Congress and the federal government.

By the way, Shilts makes so many references of the “bathhouses” all throughout the book, makes me believe he blames the bathhouses for the spreading of the disease.  Shilts makes 201 references to Bathhouses and 72 references to “bathhouse.” This insistence on focusing so many chapters to the gay community as the culprits of the sin of AIDS is unfair.

AIDS being a new disease taking everyone by surprise should have put the media in a state of alert, but also, they fail to give the AIDS epidemic the attention it required.

The earliest press releases by the CDC confirmed that they were already taking measure to tackle the disease, but Reagan did not have any hurry in “tarnishing” his image with the epidemic. Shilts does not make a great effort to call onto the Reagan administration, or Congress into doing more allocating bigger budget for the investigation and treatment of the disease that it was costing so many lives.

I have to give him credit for taking such paramount job into writing the story of so many known guys affected by the disease in its earliest stages. He does fail to do more investigative reporting in other cities, he concentrated his stories in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York, and by lack of imagination, he did not wonder in other towns and cities hospitals.

As an RN nurse and with knowledge of infectious diseases, I know that a disease such as AIDS, it wouldn’t have city lines.

Coincidentally as I write this review, I found a recent article in the New York Times, a self-conscience judgment.

“The New York Times had a spotty record of covering the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s — and gay culture in general. Times staffers reflect on the paper’s past, and what we can learn from it today.” The New York Times, April 28, 2018.

Shilts makes few allusions to the press of the time, their passivity to cover more aggressively the first instances of the epidemic. That could have been a game changer. If the news were doing their job, perhaps, the Reagan Administration could have done more, perhaps Congress could have made the blood industry to stop cold from distributing “one more once of blood.”

“If AIDS is indeed sexually transmitted, why have there been so few cases?” If scientists were doing the math, they should have known that gays right groups were correct to ask this question. Shilts isn’t preoccupied with investigating the stats of gays affected with the immune syndrome.

I’m very critical of this book narrative, which focuses, it is more emphasizing that gays are the vehicle of the agent of AIDS, rather than shifting the blame to the blood transfusions.

By mid-1982, Dr. Edgar Engleman, Stanford’s immunologist for the blood bank, had already figured out, that the disease could be spread in blood transfusions as well, “By early 1983, three AIDS cases were lying in Stanford University Hospital wards; for all three, their only “risk behavior” was having a blood transfusion in San Francisco,” Shilts said.

This statement was a good “scientific clue,” that blood transfusion should have been halt until further investigation on the cause of the virus was found. Why keep pounding on the idea that AIDS is spread through “Bathhouses.”?

I can understand that Shitls being gay wanted to highlight the life of the gay community in those bathhouses, perhaps, Shilts, the intent was to normalize the idea that gays are human beings like every other individual in American society. At one point on the narration, Shilts relates the funeral of a gay victim of AIDS, where the mother of disease asked the lover out of the service. I only can try to analyze Shilts’s intentions by making gays’ sufferings to resonate with American society.

If Shilts meant to write the tragedy of the gay community from LA, Miami, and NY, he nailed the story, but to have written this 657-page book as a chronological recorder of the evolution of the disease in American gay’s communities, it just does not add up. By the time he wrote “And the Band Played on,” there was plenty of scientific evidence that AIDS was not an only gay disease.

Yes, I agree that he incorporated the political climate of those years and it played perfectly well with his stories of gays sentenced to death. Another scoring point for Shilts is his liberal and literal use of the “word anal.” He feels that is entitled to say what he enjoys as a gay man without having to explain further. Kudos to him on this.

Shilts missed the opportunity to expose the government coverup—an epidemic spreading like wildfire, and the federal government isn’t declaring an emergency, it isn’t allocating millions of dollars for research.  As a journalist and a gay person, Shilts missed the focal point of the spreading of AIDS.

Multi-Center AIDS Cohort Studies by 1982, had already guarantee grant money for research, no mention of that in Shilts’s book.

According to Shilts, The Department of Public Health still had not produced one piece of informational literature on AIDS, he said. But, public records show that the CDC has already published a press release advising the scientific community of the epidemic.

The CDC is the main actor in Shilts’s book, he mentioned the CDS 564 times all through the book, for a 567 pages book, the mentions are a little bit exaggerated. In all credit to the CDS, by June 1981, it has already published a press release, and by May of the same year the MMRW (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report by the CDC have already confirmed 5 cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) among previously healthy young men in Los Angeles (1). All of the men were described as “homosexuals”; two had died. Local clinicians and the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer stationed at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, prepared the report and submitted it for MMWR publication in early May 1981.

As an RN, I find the book to lack the scientific sources, to be considered a “breakthrough” literature on AIDS.

If you want to learn about the beginning of AIDS, Inventing the AIDS Virus by Peter H. Duesberg, professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California at Berkeley, and a pioneer in retrovirus research. His book it is a great read with peer journal references to his studies and an outstanding credible researcher, which articles have appeared in several scientific journals.

Shilts’s The Band Played On, it is a good book, which brings the human side of gays and as a gay journalist, he dared to expose the hypocrisy in politics and the little care they have for the wellbeing of Americans.

AIDS took the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. In the beginning, the “Blood Industry,” which is a multi-billion dollar business refused to throw away their existing batches of blood in their banks.

Even if it was not thoroughly investigated, thousands of patients got infected through blood transfusions.

The blood industry is as guilty as the US government from the AIDS epidemic.

“And the Band Played on” by Randy Shilts (1987) explores thoroughly the beginning of AIDS in the US.




Categories: News

UNRWA free of United States interference

By Marivel Guzman


Last week the White House stopped its funding to UNRWA, the agencyiin charge of supporting and protecting Palestinians refugees.

At this point is expected that it will continue its mission through personal donations. According to uts official page, UNRWA also receives funding from the European Union and partner organizations.

Skipping the middle man! This could be the best opportunity to sideline the US government, which have been the main obstacle for peace in Palestine—The US Congress also is to blame having funded the Israeli’s military with billions of dollars. This funding have emboldened Israel.

At this moment the future of UNRWA US is unsure. I share their page, but I’m skeptical if the funds can be delivered directly to the occupied territories without official channels. Also taking in consideration that Israel receives the money before is handled to the Palestinian Authority.

UNRWA is a non-profit, that functions as a direct dependent of the UN, which was funded in the same year the agency was funded–In 1949 UNRWA was created with the sole purpose to assist and protect Palestinians dispossessed of their lands, homes and livehood after the partition.

At this point we don’t know what is going to happen to UNRWA. It is true several countries and private organizations also help in its funding, but we need to hear more information from the WH regarding its standing regarding UNRWA—Will the WH allow UNRWA to function without government interference?


UNRWA Facebook page


SacState Run Fun for Palestine

by Marivel Guzman


Marivel Guzman, at California State University, Sacramento, The Well Fun Run race. I’m running for my team “Running for Freedom,” on April 19, 2018, Sacramento, Calif. (Photo/Cintia Lopez)

Hello family, friends, and brothers and sisters in humanity. This is one of the essays for my Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration class. RPTA 100 is an upper division class I took to complement the 120 units requirements to graduate. To pass the class, we have to create two major discovery events of leisure and recreation, that serve us in all aspects of our psychological and physiological needs.

By the time, I enrolled for the race, I have done my two main discovery events, but I could do it for some extra credit (5 points), not bad if you consider that 5 points could be the difference between getting a BA or not.

Everybody that is close to me knows, that I started my journalism career, as a way to serve the Palestinian cause.

“I’m studying journalism to be a better peace activist, to be a better writer for the cause of justice,”Akashma

I know my shortcoming with the English language. English is not my native language. I have struggled for years to master the art of writing a good essay, or even a good article without having to resorts to a grammar edition software, which is probably used by every English book writer, and every accomplished journalist.

This small essay is a simple example of how everything I do in my assignments as a student at Sac State is turned into an activist piece for Palestine.

In the past, I tried to merge my identity as a peace activist and my journalistic career, but it did not come too well. In college, my writings were not published and here at the university, my audacity got me in problems with the then editor in chief of the Hornet, Sacramento State’s student newspaper.

According to my adviser, the and EIC  of the Hornet, me, as a student journalist I cannot write for my the newspaper on issues of Palestine, the newspaper alleges Bias, and conflict of interest because I’m peace activist. I alleged that I’m peace activist, and because of it, I know about the issues played on in society, but also, I argued that me, I’m a professional journalist, who will cover events and report on the merits of the event, really in all conscience, I cannot lose my identity as a human being. I must continue what I feel is right. Is being biased for truth and justice is a conflict of interest, then so be it.

I have found other ways to serve my biased cause of justice: Here is one simple example, not for a journalist class but, this essay gets to be published in the wires.

Race results 

Without further due; The Essay 5k Fun Run Running for Palestine 5K Fun Run

Short video of the last few seconds of the race




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