Ariel Ky

Ariel Ky
Oakland, California, U.S.
October 11
ESL Teacher
The English Center
I consider myself a generalist, a dreamer, a visionary, an idealist. I walk both worlds, the inner world of spirit and this outer world we all share in.


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AUGUST 7, 2012 3:14PM

Jeju Video You Must See

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I'm clipping in a message that I just received from Bruce Gagnon of the Global Network.  I've been on a visa run to Hat Yai in Thailand and spent the past few days near the Taman Negara national park on the northwest coast of Malaysia where I built a tree altar on the beach for peace.
So I wasn't on the Internet for a few days and am playing catch-up.  I am excited by all the efforts people are engaged in to make peace work. 
Global Network
2:18 AM (52 minutes ago)
to GN
The Dignity of Creation
The Gangjeong village and their growing team of supporters just organized a peace walk around their entire island.  Almost 1,000 people walked in two groups going east and west.  They met in Jeju City on August 4 for a big rally and concert.
Sung-Hee Choi writes from Jeju Island:

A music video with collection of photos and videos by a grand march report team.  See here

Directed by the Sajahooo TV

March participants' flight to the Jeju Island and march experience for 5 nights 6 days recorded in the collection of photos and videos : 'Peace Is the Way.' 

The lyric of background song titled, "To the country of happiness," ... 'Open the curtain, open the window[..] Let's feel the breeze again. Please let me walk on the grass field. I want to laugh and cry. Please touch my heart[..] I will dance overcoming rain and thunder. I will go to the country of happiness.[...] The wilderness is vast. The sky is blue..Let's all go to the country of happiness...' 

'You, all the marchers are winners'

My Take:
These folks are for real and they are creating an unstoppable momentum that very well could shut down this Navy base construction/destruction project.  This love, spirit, and non-violent determination, in such an epic local struggle, is a true model for all the world to see and feel.  If we all just did a bit more to help, this fight could be won.  God knows our international peace movement could use a "win" for once.  The Jeju Navy base fight connects all the dots:
  • Obama's "pivot" of military and foreign policy into Asia-Pacific to "contain" China.
  • This strategy is hugely expensive and our rotting country can't afford it!
  • Jeju is a pristine environment jewel which makes it imperative that the enviro-community should be on-board this peace train.
  • Human rights violations and suppression of local democracy is a dramatic issue in this fight as Gangjeong villagers are subjected to daily outrages.
  • Just call it a local fight where the oligarchy is waging war on "the dignity of creation".  Not much more to be said after that..........
Please take a moment and watch this video.  You don't have to speak Korean to understand any of it. 
Thanks and best wishes,
Bruce K. Gagnon
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
PO Box 652
Brunswick, ME 04011
            (207) 443-9502  (blog)

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