The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (Chapter 1-7)

The book is about a young Pakistani named Change. He meets a US American in Lahore his hometown and tells him about his life when he lived in New York and worked for a big firm. He had a successful life until 9/11 and he had to choose sides.

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I have read 7 chapter of this book. So far I’m not the biggest fan of it. It’s not a book I would pick up personally. For me, the word used in the book is difficult to understand and makes it 10 000 times harder to read. It’s kinda flat in my perspective, but I hope that change because I really want to like it.

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My son the Fanatic and Free for All

The father and son relationship is kinda similar in the short stories. They don’t have a good relationship in general. In “My son the Fanatic” the father feels like he can’t talk to his son and they drifting more and more apart. The son wants to be more Muslim and doesn’t like the way his dad has been more Western than Pakistan, drinking, eating pork etc. He wants to keep the old traditions from his dads home country, while his dad believes England is a better place and don’t want to be “too Pakistan”. They get into an argument and it ends with violence.

In “Free for All” the son has been too American in his dad’s eyes. He wants to play the guitar, and do other typical American teenage things. His dad isn’t very happy for that. The son won’t listen to his dad and do whatever he wants. His dad gets really mad and ends up slapping him. As a typical American, the son knows violence isn’t allowed in the US. He calls the police and the dad gets a punishment and having to pay for a guitar teacher and a new guitar for his son. When he gets back he gets plane tickets to his whole family back to his home country just to abuse his son.

Both the story ends with both fathers snapping and abusing their sons. In “My son the Fanatic” the son is the one that means the western culture is bad, while in “Free for All” the father is the one that thinks that. As I said, in the beginning, their kinda similar. Both stories show us a relationship that’s not really healthy for anyone.

International Day – Reflection

  1. What is the goal of this project? Short introduction about your tasks and the goal of Operation Day’s Work.
  • The goal of Operation Day’s Work is the oil kids. This generation is living through the problem from the oil industry.

 

  1. What did you do in the preparation process: choice of topic, the rooms you chose to be a part of/plan, the information your group made for teachers and students, the posters for rooms and awareness.
  • I was in the rooms “Venezuela” and the Gym. We made a couple of posters about the problems in Venezuela and hang them up. We got people to go in to the room “Venezuela” and tell them what is was about. The school got someone from Bergen University, Leiv Marsteintredet. He talked about the situation in Venezuela,
  • In the gym we helped having control over “Nord – Sør kanonball” That’s when one of the teams have a “handicap”. So it’s unfair and easy for one of the other teams. The other class had the control over that and was planning it

 

  1. How you solved 2.
  • We made people aware of what’s going on. We talked to other students about the situation in Venezuela.

 

  1. What was good and what could have been done better and why.
  • We could have had more information about the topic we were working on. This would have made the whole day a lot easier and it would be easier to talk about.
  • We should have talked and planed more with the other classes. We didn’t really know what was going on in the gym.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Reflection: How did International Day turn out – what was good, what do we need to do differently next time. What did you learn, both from the planning process and from the activities you participated in on International Day. How will you evaluate your own effort and work in planning and executing this day?
  • The International Day was interesting and fun. Everything that was talked about was important to know.
  • I learn how bad it is in Venezuela. The money situation is terrible. I also learn how important team work is and that it is important to communicate with each other.
  • I would say that my effort in planning and executing the day was good. There were things I should have done better of course. The first time doing something the outcome will never be perfect.

Syria

I think of all the poverty and hunger. The kids that’s not able to go to school or kindergarten. The adults that are not able to go to work or the students that won’t be able to finish their studies. All the people that have been harmed or killed because of bombs or guns. The people that have been left alone and have no one to go home to, no house calling home. Running from their homes, friends, and family and leaving the country they thought was safe and loving. Going to a new country not being able to communicate to anyone.

All the kids that were born into wars and don’t know anything else but pain and fear.

Living in tents for so many months, or maybe years. not having clean drinking water and not able to buy what your family

Niger Delta Blues – BANTU (Crew)

“The Niger Delta is the delta of the Niger River sitting directly on the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean in Nigeria. What do we learn about the situation in the Niger delta through this song?”

It’s about how the environment is slowly getting devastated by the oil companies. How the conditions in Niger delta is so inhumane and it makes them feel like they don’t belong in Nigeria. In the villages, there is no school, no medical center, no electricity and no clean water.

The oil is getting everywhere and that makes finding clean water and being able to use the ocean as a food resource anymore.

Girl Rising (2013)

 

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In the documentary “girls rising” we follow nine girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan and their journey to education. The girl’s stories are being told by hard working women that’s well known for being actors and outspoken about equality between the sexes, while the girls are acting it out so we can see what actually happens. You will at least have goosebumps nine different times throughout the movie. As a girl myself and hearing how hard it is for them to get an education is so hard to hear.

The hardest story to hear was probably Suma from Nepal. At the age of six, she was forced to start working for a “master”. That was pretty much the same as kid slavery. She was sent to many different masters, and in the last one, she and the other girls could go to evening school. Where they learned that they have rights and what’s being done to them are illegal. They got help from their teacher to go home and with their new knowledge they helped other girls getting out of slavery and home to their family.

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“One girl with courage is a revolution” is a quote I believe strongly in. If one girl is able to speak up and say how she feels, and what she thinks, are we slowly changing how people are thinking and sees the world. Changing one person’s way of thinking are one step closer to a better world.

I think the message for the documentary is that if we empower girls and let them have a voice, so much can be done and changed.

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Sources:

The movie “Girl Rising”

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OD – Operation day’s work

Operation day’s work or for short OD is an organization that every year donate money to a cause. Students all over Norway give away one day of school to work and earn money and donate all the money they have earned that day.

 

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Operation day’s work

 

This year the money goes to an organization in Nigeria. Every year oil company’s like Shell and Circle K let oil free in the ocean. that means that nature, animals and people are being contaminated. Many places you can’t even cultivate anymore because the food would become too toxic to eat for the people that live there and the animals. OD and the Norwegian organization Nature and Youth are working for people to have clean drinking water and a healthy water source for animals and plants.

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OD and Nature and youth are hoping to get people to understand how important it is to get Shell and the other oil companies to be more aware of what is happening and do something about it

Charlottesville – How I became fake news

Brennan Gilmore witnessed a terrorist attack in Charlottesville and was able to film it and put in on Twitter half an hour later.

 

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Brennon Gilmore

The attack was arranged by James Fields. Fields had smashed his car into a crowd demonstrators and killed Heather Heyer and 19 people were wounded.

 

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James Field and the crime scene 

 

The video Brennon posted made big head lines in less than 27 hours, because of this a lot of people all over the world saw it. He got a call from her sister asking him if he had talked to their parents. She had seen that many conspiracy theories were posted on a neo-Nazi message board, with their parents home address and death threats.

I can see why everyone turned against Brennon, they are scared and wondering how someone could do something like this to someone. They need someone to blame, even they already have the men who did it.

 

 

UN Sustainable Developement Goals

The 17 UN sustainable developement goals are very important and in the perfect world there would be no goals. We would have reached these goals a long time ago.

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It might be hard for many of us to imagine not having clean water to drink. In Norway we have one of the cleanest drinking water. But I have decided to focus on goal 5, gender equality.

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Gender equality is an easy thing to take for granted. We don’t think about it in our daily life, while so many girls and women can’t do the things we do. Like going out for a walk alone, some places they must have someone form the family to follow them, normally a male. I think if we have gender equality it’s easier to accomplish some of the other goals. Like, “quality education”, many schools around the world will only allow boys in the class room and the girls have to be home helping mom clean and make food. Without education it’s harder to get a job, and no job can mean poverty. If you can’t earn money to buy food for your family the hunger will also be one of he goals we lose. You see everything is a chain reaction. If one of the goals doesn’t happen and everything collapse.