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Missing Relatives / Vermisste Verwandte / Parentes Desaparecidos / Parientes Desaparecidos

The majority of missing people return fairly quickly, but around 1% do not. Their cases remain open for a year or more, some for much longer. Some may even have to wait a whole generation. Relatives must live with the uncertainty as it remains unclear what has happened to the missing relative. It becomes an ...

1954-07-13 Mexico City, Mexico / The weeping Woman / Die Weinende / Bela da Noite / La Llorona

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Kahlo's paintings are concerned with medical imagery, which is presented in terms of pain and hurt, featuring Kahlo bleeding and displaying her open wounds. Kahlo's medical paintings are especially dealing with childbirth and miscarriage and have a strong sense of guilt, of a sense of living one's life at the expense of another who has ...

2007-07-12 Bagdad, Iraq / Collateral Murder / Kollateral Mord / Assassinato Colateral / Asesinato Colateral

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'Well it’s their fault for bringing their kids into a battle,' one of the Apache soldiers is heard saying. 'That’s right,' another agrees. Kristinn Hrafnsson, an Icelandic investigative journalist who worked with WikiLeaks to investigate the ‘Collateral Murder’ video described what he saw as 'a testimony of evil.' Hrafnsson was sitting in a Reykjavik cafe with WikiLeaks Editor ...

There are no such Things as Things / Es gibt keine Dinge wie Dinge / Não existem Coisas como Coisas / No hay Cosas como Cosas.

I find it a little difficult to say what the subject matter of this seminar is going to be, because it's too fundamental to give it a title. I'm going to talk about what there is. Now, the first thing, though, that we have to do is to get our perspectives with some background about ...

Society is in so much Pain / Die Gesellschaft hat große Schmerze / Sociedade está em tanta Dor / Sociedad está en tanto Dolor

You live in a critically ill Society that is in need of healing. Injustice, falsity, and corruption are escalating rather than being eliminated. Distrust, conflict, and confrontation are intensifying instead of being resolved. Degraded moral ethics, rampant violence, decadent and vile cultures are being disseminated even to your children. Abnormality is being accepted as and ...

The adults Power Game / Das Machtspiel der Erwachsenen / O jogo do poder dos Adultos / El juego del poder de los Adultos

Even though you may feel small and powerless, everything you do matters and everyone matters. The experiences you have in childhood of growing up in systems of power and control create a world-view that persists into adulthood. You learn to believe that domination is just the way the World works. You take it for granted that ...

2014-07-08 Belo Horizonte, Brazil / National Humiliation / Nationale Demütigung / Mineiraço / Mineirazo

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Regrets are about bad choices. Not bad things that happened to me, or the way that life has punched me in the face. Regret is my deep sorrow about something I did, and/or failed to do. It is the anger at myself for having had enough experience/infromation to have made the right decision, but I ...

Fall in Love with Existence / Sich in Existenz Verlieben / Apaixone-se pela Existência / Enamórate de la Existencia

When you learn to fall in Love with existence, when you thrive not because you are forced to, but because thriving allows you to fall more in Love with existing then you truly live and do not to merely exist. The master key for life is Love. The single most important energy on Earth, what merely ...

Eyes are the mirror of the Soul / Augen sind der Spiegel der Seele / Os olhos são o espelho da Alma / Los ojos son el espejo del Alma

You can tell a true smile from a fake smile by looking at a person's eyes. The mouth shape of a smile is easy to fake - you do it all the time out of politeness. But the eyes are the giveaway: When you are truly happy, you not only smile but also your eyes ...

Abandon all Hope / Alle Hoffnung Aufgeben / Percam a Esperança / Abandona toda Esperanza

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As the Earth’s ecological systems upon which we depend accelerate in their slouch towards catastrophe, our Society faces an existential crisis. The effects of climate change are far direr than we initially expected. The two degrees of warming that is the final major threshold before permanent, large-scale climatic shifts leading to ecological collapse, is no longer some far-off possibility, ...

Truth about modern Life / Wahrheit über das moderne Leben / Verdade sobre a vida Moderna / Verdad sobre la vida Moderna

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You use your smartphone twice as much as you think you do, an average of five hours a day - that is roughly one-third of your total waking hours. Do you use your smartphone because you are bored or because you are trying to avoid dealing with stressful or unpleasant things in your life. Excessive smartphone ...

2000-07-06 Warsaw, Poland / The Pianist / Der Pianist / O Pianista / El Pianista

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Władysław Szpilman and his family were forced to move into a 'Jewish quarter' – the Warsaw Ghetto – on 31 October 1940. Szpilman managed to find work as a musician to support his family, which included his mother, father, brother Henryk, and two sisters, Regina and Halina. He first worked at the Nowoczesna Cafe, where the patrons sometimes ignored his ...

1971-07-03 Paris, France / This is the End / Das ist das Ende / Este é o Fim / Esto es el Fin

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Due to his poetic lyrics, distinctive voice, wild personality, performances, and the dramatic circumstances surrounding his life and early death, Morrison is regarded by music critics and fans as one of the most iconic and influential frontmen in rock music history. To this day Morrison is widely regarded as the prototypical rock star: surly, sexy, scandalous, mysterious. ...

Beauty Within / Innere Schönheit / Beleza Dentro / Belleza Dentro

Beauty is not passive. It is fierce, an energizing force that draws you forth and shapes your life. Native American traditions know this. The Navajo and Apache hold that you need to walk in beauty. Beauty within is the seventh direction, lived in harmony with Earth, Sky, East, South, West and North. It is the center through which ...

Escaping from Reality / Flucht vor der Realität / Fugindo da Realidade / Escapar de la Realidad

As fugitive, you go throughout your life escaping from your reality, running and hiding, seeking redemption from this evil reality wandering around alternate realities in order to enter in the realm of sweet dreams where everything is possible. Are you condemned to live your whole life escaping from reality to encounter short periods of bliss ...

1961-07-02 Ketchum, USA / For whom the bell Tolls / Wem die Stunde Schlägt / Por quem os sinos Dobram / Por quién doblan las Campanas

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Hemingway arrived home in Ketchum on June 30, and he deliberately shot himself with his favorite shotgun in the early morning hours of July 2, 1961. He had unlocked the basement storeroom where his guns were kept, gone upstairs to the front entrance foyer, and shot himself with the double-barreled shotgun that he had used ...

2004-07-01 Los Angeles, USA / Bad Boy / Böser Junge / Menino Mau / Chico Malo

Brando earned a reputation as a 'Bad Boy' for his public outbursts and antics. Brando had no code, only his instincts. He was the gangster leader and the outlaw. He was antisocial because he knew Society was crap; he was a hero to youth because he was strong enough not to take the crap. At the 1973 Academy ...

All in the Mind / Alles im Kopf / Tudo na Mente / Todo en la Mente

There are innumerable definitions of happiness. Everybody has their own definition depending on their outlook about life. Some get it from money, or fame, or helping others while others get it by being close to their loved ones. The word happiness produces close to 50 million Google results! Irrespective of the inputs, happiness is a ...

2015-07-01 Slough, England / Children’s Transport / Kindertransport / Transporte de Crianças / Transporte de Niños

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On 15 November 1938, five days after the devastation of 'Kristallnacht' in Germany, a delegation of British, Jewish, and Quaker leaders appealed, in person, to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Neville Chamberlain. Among other measures, they requested that the British government permit the temporary admission of unaccompanied Jewish children, without their parents. The Cabinet debated the issue ...

The new story of Self / Die neue Geschichte vom Selbst / A nova história do Eu / La nueva historia del Yo

What really matters in life? While you are asking the big questions, who are you and where are you going? Every culture has stories about the people and answers to these questions. And the way we answer them has profound effects on the health of both the people and the planet as a whole. There ...

2003-06-29 Fenwick, USA / My own single Self / Mein eigenes Ich / Meu próprio Eu / Mi propio Yo

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As a child, Hepburn joined her mother on several 'Votes For Women' demonstrations. The Hepburn children were raised to exercise freedom of speech and encouraged to think and debate on any topic. Hepburn said she realized from a young age that she was the product of two very remarkable parents, and credited her enormously lucky upbringing ...

Life is Motion / Das Leben ist Bewegung / A vida é Movimento / La vida es Movimiento

Life is a journey that never stops, filled with lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys, celebrations and special moments that will ultimately lead you to your destination, your purpose in life. The road will not always be smooth; in fact, throughout your travels, you will encounter many challenges. Some of these challenges will test your courage, strengths, weaknesses, ...

A moment for its own Sake / Ein Moment um seiner selbst Willen / Um momento para o seu próprio Bem / Un momento por su propio Bien

Ambedo, a kind of melancholic trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid sensory details - raindrops skittering down a window, tall trees leaning in the wind, clouds of cream swirling in your coffee - briefly soaking in the experience of being alive, an act that is done purely for its own sake. It is ...

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