By Mary Esho :: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 :: 19009 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends
California, USA – An unlikely duo seem to breaking through the information blackout of Iraq’s desperate situation. Contrary to news coverage that Iraq is healing, few if any major media outlets are covering Iraq’s minority persecution.
Chaldean Catholic Cardinal Emmanuel-Karim Delly of Baghdad, Iraq, expressed sadness over what he viewed as a chronic lack of concern and concrete action to stop the violence and protect all of Iraq's citizens. Greater attention and pressure are needed so that the Iraqi government can "be just and fulfill its duty toward its citizens," he said.
Echoing the Cardinal’s call urging everyone to help call attention to the injustice, Chaldean star rapper Timz, winner of the Hollywood Film Festival's "Video of the Year" and nominee for the MTV Video Music Awards' "Video of the Year," releases another hip-hop masterpiece titled “Do Something.” A powerful call to action that begins with a hypnotic beat mixed with middle eastern flair beginning with a message from Timz himself to “Change the world, not the channel.”
“We have a Cardinal appealing to world leaders and we have a creative musical genius speaking to the young. It brings me real hope. When Chaldeans work together nothing is impossible,” says Nancy Bashi of San Diego. “There is so much that so many people can do. God uses the most unlikely of people to change the world. Anyone who can help, should go their local Chaldean church and share their ideas, get involved, help end the massacre of Christians in Iraq.”
The newest effort from Timz serves as a wake up call to those who have grown numb to the reality of life, and replaced it with the 'reality' of television. Timz's inspirational message to the public during these difficult times is simple - Change the world, not the channel.
"Do Something" picks up where Timz's previous video, "Iraq," left off. "Iraq," which was the winner of the Hollywood Film Festival's "Video of the Year" and nominee for the MTV Video Music Awards' "Video of the Year," got right in our faces and exposed the shocking and ugly truth of the Iraq war.
Media outlets across the world covered Timz and the video, but not all of the attention was how Timz would have liked it. "My new video touches on a lot of the negative and unfair press I received following the release of the Iraq, many of which questioned my patriotism. But it's the opposite. It's my love for America that inspires me to continue to speak out and ask for change," says Timz.
“The media has been coloring so much of reality. Everyone talks about the failure on Wall Street. They should also add the colossal failure of the media to fairly and accurately cover real issues in the world. Instead they force opinions and propaganda down your throat, rather than just reporting the facts.” says Bashi.
Cardinal Delly, an elderly spiritual leader, who considers himself a foot soldier for Christ has been traveling all over the world urging world leaders to act. The Chaldean Catholic patriarch, who was attending the Oct. 5-26 Synod of Bishops on the Bible, said he was thankful for the increased attention and concern for the plight of his country's Christians. "But I would have liked this (concern) to be shown before the last minute," he said in an Oct. 23 interview with Catholic News Service.
Cardinal Emmanuel-Karim Delly of Baghdad, Iraq, said he hoped the tragedy of violence and threats against Christians in Mosul finally would spur world leaders to work together to bring peace to his country.
Saying he was referring to "not just the Americans, but the whole international community," the cardinal said, "Up to now you have been silent and you have not spoken about us despite all of the sufferings we have had to bear the past three or four years and more than half a century."
Iraq is one of the poorest countries in the Middle East, he said, despite being rich in natural resources such as water and petroleum.
The cardinal called on people not to be "greedy toward their brothers and sisters who live in a foreign country like Iraq," but for politicians and people of good will to band together for the good of all humanity.
The patriarch said what Iraq needs is not just material aid, but the concerted "moral support" of all world leaders to ensure peace and normality return as soon as possible.
Greater attention and pressure are needed so that the Iraqi government can "be just and fulfill its duty toward its citizens," he said.
The rights of all Iraqis, including those of the Christian minority, must be protected, he said. "We Christians don't want privileges; we want our rights in full, and our rights are to live in peace and tranquility," and to have the same rights as "our fellow Muslim, Arab, Kurdish brothers and sisters," he said.
The Iraqi government "wants to do the right thing," but it is weak and unable to carry out its promises, said Cardinal Delly. The government "must be supported," not just by the United States, but by the whole world; even the smallest or poorest nation could do something, he said.
He said that, unfortunately, there are people in Iraq who do not have the country's best interests at heart, but perhaps that would change "when they see the whole world loves Iraq and then they, too, will love their fellow brother and sisters with whom they have lived for many years."
The violent massacres and mass emigration of Christians from Mosul was considered deplorable, but few world leaders bothered to act. Iraqi prime minister promised the Christian delegation "he would do whatever was possible because he himself said Iraq cannot live without its Christians," the cardinal said.
While the Patriarch of Chaldeans meets with world leaders, he also calls each and every individual to take action in whatever way, talent, or effort they can muster to help end injustice, in Iraq and the areas where they live.
American born, Bashi feels the media is washing America’s heritage of defending the innocent, helping the meek, and being the world’s moral leader. “The media pressures you and makes you out to be bad, if you take a stand against immorality. They label you unpatriotic, judgmental, and hateful.”
Bashi excitedly adds that she loves the end of Timz video, “because it is the essence of how you are treated by the media when you take a moral stand. They cut you off, they silence you, and refuse to report the issues they know will bring to light the immorality and decadence that plaques America.”