This gallery contains 16 photos.
A symbol of death and despair for many
Rid of all hope and warm merriment
A sign of hatred and mistreatment
Broken hearts and vengeful intentions
Deeming the end of somethings existence
A fallacious judgment preconceived
Look behind its’ enigmatic nature
And you will see a concealed beauty
In its’ velvety silk pedals
Wrapped in elegance and perfection
A Bearer of true devotion and love
As rare as the rose itself
Welcome to the real world.
We have to take care of our planet. It is more important than oil, money, arms, greed, jealously, bigotry, injustice, hatred and war. We must take care of Mother Earth. Our planet has changed greatly during just my lifetime. There is a supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park. If it blows, it will destroy most of America. Yet we continue fracking, mining, polluting the earth and the air. We must stop. To choose not to stop is to commit suicide.
give us hearts to understand;
never to take
from creation’s beauty more than we give;
never to destroy wantonly for the furtherance of greed,
never to deny to give our hands for the building of earth’s beauty;
never to take from her what we cannot use.
Give us hearts to understand that to destroy earth’s
music is to create confusion,
that to wreck her appearance is to blind us to beauty;
that to callously pollute her fragrance is to make a house of stench;
that as we care for her she will care for us. Amen —U.N. Environmental Sabbath Program
This is one of the prize-winning photos by Bahraini photographer Ammar Abdul-Rasool. It depicts a peaceful Bahraini pro-democracy demonstrator presenting flowers to police, hoping to defuse a tense situation.
From the Bahrain Center for Human Rights:
29 July, 2014
As part of a wider repressive campaign against freedom of opinion and expression in Bahrain, the number of detained Bahraini photographers rises to six.
The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses its concern for the Bahrain authorities’ continuing disregard of calls by international human rights organisations to end the security clampdown on Bahrainis demanding freedom and democracy. The BCHR is particularly concerned about the targeting of journalists, photographers and human rights activists whose peaceful activities have managed to break through the government’s news blackout and widely disseminate the far-reaching violations of the Bahrain government.
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