Follow the Metaphorical Footprints in China

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“Backward Progress: The Long March Project.”

http://artasiapacific.com/Magazine/56/TheLongMarchProjectBackwardProgress

“China at 60: Military marching lockstep with economic growth.”

http://www.calona.kelowna.com/forums/topic/china-at-60-military-marching-lockstep-with-economic-growth

“China in mind, India, Japan expand footprint in Indo-Pacific.”

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/china-in-mind-india-japan-expand-footprint-in-indo-pacific/article1-1177022.aspx

“China Unfettered: Redefining The Rules Of The Seas.”

http://sgtalk.org/mybb/Thread-China-Unfettered-Redefining-The-Rules-Of-The-Seas-by-Lee-Kuan-Yew

“Footprints of History: Fireworks Project for the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.” (Photo Source)

http://www.caiguoqiang.com/projects/footprints-history-fireworks-project-opening-ceremony-2008-beijing-olympic-games

“Friend and Foe March for Peace”

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From: The Economist April 13, 2012

“With nothing tangible yet to show for six months of talking, public faith in the peace negotiations between Colombia’s government and the FARC guerrillas has shown signs of eroding. That prompted tens of thousands of Colombians, many of them dressed in white, to march in Bogotá on April 9th to show their support for the talks.

The march brought together some strange bedfellows: President Juan Manuel Santos was joined by politicians who are FARC fellow-travellers, and guerrilla victims rubbed shoulders with FARC political activists. The main dissenter was Álvaro Uribe, Mr. Santos’s predecessor, who has done his best to sabotage the talks. He complained that the march was a “deception” and that a peace agreement will allow the FARC to get away with murder.”

TODAY’S UPDATE, January 23, 2014:

Colombia’s government has stepped up military operations against FARC, killing 26 in a series of clashes since the weekend, according to the army.

Uruguay’s president Jose Mujica plans to meet in Havana with Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC guerrilla leaders to urge them to accelerate peace talks. “Never before in the 50 years since this confrontation began, has peace been so close.” said President Mujica.

The talks have been underway in Havana since November 2012, with preliminary agreements reached on two of five agenda points. Negotiators are currently discussing how to deal with drug trafficking, an industry that has fueled the conflict. Other issues that remain unresolved are compensation for victims of the conflict and the disarming of the rebel forces.

 http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/115422-uruguay-offers-to-mediate-in-colombia-peace-talks

Tightly-Knit Community Marches through Pain of Loss

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Three days after the school shooting rampage on February 27, 2012, students marched to Chardon High School in Ohio paying tribute to those killed and wounded.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/02/us/teenager-charged-as-juvenile-in-ohio-school-shooting.html?_r=0

The First Reconciliation Walk in Canada

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Reconciliation isn’t a physical, visible thing. It happens in our hearts. But an intentional walk by ten thousand people to demonstrate the reality of reconciliation – that’s an example of ‘feet delivering a message’.

The four-kilometre walk through downtown Vancouver in September 2013, followed hearings by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a fact-finding commission set up between the Canadian government, victims of residential school abuse and various churches.

 Bernice King, daughter of the civil rights hero Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was the chosen orator at the beginning of the march.  She outlined her vision that Canada would “be the great nation that it’s called to be.This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action,” She reminded them of her father’s words that human progress was neither automatic nor inevitable. “Every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle.”  As she spoke about Canada’s destiny she emphasized leadership, action, community and mutuality.

There were further demonstrations: a lighting of a fire of reconciliation before the hearings began and a canoe gathering of all nations.

 http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09/22/bernice-king-reconciliation-walk_n_3972656.html