By Vincent Lyn

It started about ten years ago, my journey with minimalism. I was single at the time living in NYC.

Looking back, I don’t think I would have called it minimalism. But I would have told you that, at some point, I looked around my life and realized I had collected a lot of stuff and that I would never really be able to pursue what mattered most to me if I wasn’t able to let go of my physical possessions. Actually, I would have emphasized, it wasn’t just my possessions, but the way I thought about them.

By Vincent Lyn

Most Americans would admit that we makes mistakes. Despite our best efforts, we do sometimes produce what we like to call “collateral damage” as the U.S. goes after the evildoers, but a terror regime? Not us. Never.

And this is part of the reason I’m writing you. I keep wondering how, it’s been possible to hold onto such fictions so successfully. I wonder why, at least some of the time, you aren’t jumping out of your skin over what the U.S. government does, rather than what they’ve done or might prospectively do to us. …

By Vincent Lyn

On February 22nd, 1845 the HMS Eclair, a British naval steamer tasked with interrupting the slave trade along the western coast of Africa, made port in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Though the crew left England with a clean bill of health, by the time the Eclair made it home in late September 1845, more than two-thirds of the original crew of 146 had died of yellow fever. …

By Vincent Lyn

A Disposable Society is Only Fit for Disposable People

Pope Francis frequently speaks about a “throwaway culture” in which unwanted items and unwanted people, such as the unborn, the elderly, and the poor, are discarded as waste.… Francis stated that in a throwaway culture, even human lives are seen as disposable.

Today I was at the Humane Society and noticed quite a number of bunny rabbits that weren’t there a week ago. Nothing really out of the ordinary except the fact that their owners got tired of the pet bunnies and palmed them off on the Humane…

By Vincent Lyn

What happens to culture when an entire generation can’t be bothered with the past?

After research I was completely shocked to see how so many Millennials and Generation Z’s are clueless about certain key events in history. For instance I was shocked to find out that 41 per cent of American millennials surveyed in a recent poll could not identify what Auschwitz is, according to a study released on Holocaust Remembrance Day that found that knowledge of the genocide that killed 6 million Jews during World War II is not robust among American adults. Twenty-two percent of…

By Sushank KC & Vincent Lyn

In order to care for those affected by poverty, it’s important to understand what poverty really looks like. You may envision an overcrowded urban slum. Globally, however, 85 percent of the world’s poor live in rural settings and rely on agriculture to survive.

When things are going well, farming can produce enough food for people to feed their families and a surplus to sell for a sufficient income. Trees restore land by anchoring topsoil, increasing organic matter, and helping the soil absorb water. They also contribute to healthy water cycles by pulling water from…

By Vincent Lyn

Photo courtesy of Vincent Lyn

In Damascus’s Umayyad Mosque, Roman paganism, Christianity, and Shiite and Sunni Islam all intersect.

The ‘Grand Mosque’ of Damascus was originally the site of a temple of Hadad, a Pagan (Semetic) storm god. In Roman times, it became a shrine to Jupiter which, in turn, was converted to a Christian church devoted to Saint John the Baptist during the rise of Christianity. In this era it was worshipped jointly by Christians and Muslims as both religions saw John as a prophet. Thus, the Muslim capture of Damascus in the 630s CE did not initially affect the church…

By Vincent Lyn

Here in Damascus, Syria — Mosque and Christian Church sitting side by side.

SINCE the dawn of mankind, humans have attempted to answer the most complex and perplexing questions of the universe through religious beliefs. Questions such as why are we here? How did we come to be?

Religions worldwide set out a set of moral and ethical guidelines on how one should live and interact with the world. This leads to a vast number of teachings on peace and conflict, how to behave when at war and how to avoid it all together.

Before Buddha, Jesus and Mohammad there was Zoroaster. Some 3,500 years ago, in Bronze Age Iran…

By Sofia Rodrigues & Vincent Lyn

Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. Glaciers have shrunk, ice on rivers and lakes is breaking up earlier, plant and animal ranges have shifted and trees are flowering sooner. Effects that scientists had predicted in the past would result from global climate change are now occurring: loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise and longer, more intense heat waves.

Millions of years ago the earth was very different from what it is today. Ten thousand years ago, we entered the Neolithic revolution, many experts would consider this period…

By Ambassador Malik Nadeem Abid & Vincent Lyn

A Kashmiri Human Rights activist, from New York, remembers that “Kashmiri Women’s Resistance Day” began as an effort to recognize the struggles of women living under the Indian occupation. He reminds us how Indian forces, since 1989, continuously employed mass rapes as a weapon of war to suppress the people’s will in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOK), and how the world aided and abetted by being a silent spectator. …

Vincent Lyn

Founder-We Can Save Children. Director Creative Development-African Views Organization, United Nations. Middle East Correspondent at Wall Street News Agency

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