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Below is a quote from an article that i wanted to read in the independant newspaper here is the link to the new article.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/aung-san-suu-kyi-a-triumph-of-the-spirit-2299748.html

An hour later, filming done, she sits beneath a huge screen print of her father, General Aung San, the man who led Burma to independence before being assassinated in 1947, when she was just two years old. She is encouraged to hear news of the popular uprisings in North Africa. “When I see people in the Arab countries doing the same kind of things that our young people did in 1988, showing the same kind of needs and the same kind of courage and determination to change their lives, then I feel that we are all one, and this warms my heart.”

It was in 1988 that she arrived back in Burma to visit her sick mother, leaving her British husband and two children in the UK. She never returned, realising she had to stand alongside the saffron-clad monks as they led thousands of ordinary people trying to overthrow the military. Three thousand protesters were killed and 10,000 imprisoned, and despite further popular uprisings, notably in 2007, the generals still retain their grip on power.

“We have to work for change all the time,” she says. “There may be times when we feel that what we have done has not really achieved great results, sometimes there may be regressions, but that doesn’t matter. The world is not a static place, it shouldn’t be static.

“We should be moving all the time, moving to bring about better change, instead of just sitting there and letting things happen the way other people who are not so desirous of good change wish them to happen.”

No one alive today is a more recognisable symbol of peaceful resistance in the face of obdurate tyranny, and her passion for non-violent revolution is the more remarkable given the suffering of the Burmese people and the imprisonment of so many pro-democracy leaders. But her luminous conviction that working for the common good is our best calling is undimmed by any passing doubts. She wishes younger people were more politically active, even if some consider it “rather boring”.

“I don’t think it’s boring to work for other people. I don’t think its boring to think about how you might improve the lives of other people. I don’t think altruism is boring. I don’t think faith in freedom is boring. I would like young people to understand that: that these things are not boring at all, that these are the things that make this world the kind of place where you can shape your own destiny.’

 

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“Hey, mister music, sure sounds good to me!

I cant refuse it: what to be got to be!

Feel like dancing, Dance cause we are free!

Feel like dancing, Dance come dance with me!”

– Robert Nesta Marley

The words of Stephen’s father ring clear to everyone who has ever had a listen to the Marley’s music. It is a form of music that unities and fully reaches the human soul, it feeds the soul whilst being a form of protest. Reggae gives the average person a voice in the international community and produces strictly positive results. For someone who has grown up in England and grew up going to local sound system dances I feel proud to say the music I enjoy the most is roots reggae.  Its message of righteousness and clean living will always be at its soul what the music is always about; people coming to dance their worries away to dance the night away. I feel its important to dance to music that reminds us that there exists an indifference to global poverty and issues that affect us all. Kofi Annan once said that a world where one person exists at the expense of another is unrealistic and i completely agree with that statement. I have recently stumbled across Stephen Marley’s new album Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life  which is awesome it really revisits the roots of reggae. The best songs being Jah Army and Break us Apart have the groove and the riddim is strictly send ing a positive message. A long side this we have the Italian reggae don Alborosie’s latest effort 2 Times Revolution which I have to say is not as good as his early albums but still i find it very impressive. This poducer moved from Italy , Sicily to Jamaica to capture the vibe, so he could make riddim’s that are full of roots. These two are both a testament to the music’s international grassroots status. I cant stress the importance of reggae to me and to humanity and generally; it will always serve as the voice of the oppressed for as long as we allow people in our governments and international institutions to continue to steal and divide humankind. Then reggae will continue to support the majority of men and women on this planet below are some photos of the major protagonists in Reggae throughout its history. I hope you like; also just as a quick side note stay tuned for a reggae inspired shirt and a clothing range in the next year or two. Enjoy

Invoice.

My work is always dealing with real or fake, authenticity and value and how value relates to current political and social understandings and misunderstandings

SOURCE: CNN  Ai Wei Wei 
So this artist has been given the honor of becoming a member of the Royal Academy, I can not think of anyone more worthy.
Ai has been active in questioning what we humans value materially and politically he has created artworks that really give you an experience. The objects he has sculpted and brought into being educate and confront you visually even poetically exploring major issues involving materiality. For example how we distinguish what is valuable, what type of spaces are valuable and how do we interact with them are what i believe he is really concerned about. On top of being a really good artist he finds time  for activism through blogging he was going to protest the horrible fact that chinese officials saved money on building proper schools and when an earthquake struck a lot of children died. He could not forget especially after helping china to build a national emblem in the birds nest stadium. Ai has been beaten to with an inch of his life and is now been detained unlawfully his rights ignored by his government. This artist is an example of a great human being as well so i fully believe that he deserves to be a member of the academy.