I am such a provincial American. By that I mean, like so many in my country, I tend to forget about the rest of the world much of the time. Yet when I look at Google Analytics I see that I have visitors from 153 locations!
Here’s the map that Google renders:
If you look closely, you’ll see that the most readers are in English speaking countries. What surprises and delights me is I have readers all over the map!
What started me thinking about this is a job posting over at Global Voices. In truth, I don’t qualify although it looks like a heck of an interesting gig. But I started poking around on their site and ran smack into Syria: Cartoonist Detained For Criticizing Assad. Ali Farzat, a 60 year old cartoonist, wasn’t only detained, he was beaten and they broke his hands!
As I looked over their home page, I realized it’s not all bad news, although there are some shockers there. What I was seeing and I encourage you here in the U.S. to really look, was a global view – a view I have to work to get, although it’s easier these days with sites like Global Village.
Check out their Threatened Voices Project, and note we have four cases right here in the U.S. This project is: A collaborative mapping project to build a database of bloggers who have been threatened, arrested or killed for speaking out online and to draw attention to the campaigns to free them.
We writers need to know about these incidents. We need to speak out. I’ve added a Global Voices banner over on the right and it will take you to their site.
Check out Projects and consider taking one on. I’ve made an appointment with myself to look this page over carefully and consider how I can help.
When I look deeply within I notice a couple of things:
First, in many ways I’d rather not know… about pain and hunger, and murder and rape, and…
Second, I also know that as long as one person is being mistreated, I cannot be truly free. We are all connected. As Thich Nhat Hanh says, “we interare.” He’s right, however you say it.
Waking up from time to time, I try to help. How about you?