Saturday, December 11, 2010

Till next year...

As announced last week, all my blogs will be taking a break over the Christmas period, returning Jan 4, 2011.

I'd like to thank readers for their continued support throughout the year, a year which saw tragedy strike far too many countries. Many of you will have been affected by conflict and natural disasters, suffered loss and pain. Others may have been victims of tyrannical regimes, persecuted for having the courage to speak out against what you know and believe to be wrong. I hope that in some small way, this blog has let you know, that although the mainstream media may often forget or ignore you, myself and many others will do what we can to bring attention to the plight of the forgotten and the betrayed, regardless of race, religion, gender or age and without favors to those who seek to perpetrate injustice and denial of basic rights.

Whether it be violations of the rights of the child, indigenous peoples, religious, gender, racial or sexual persecution, this blog as well as Mike Hitchen Unleashed, will be back to highlight these and other issues, as it has done for five and a half years.

I would also like to thank those media organizations and NGOs, for their continued support and cooperation. Without them, this blog would not be possible.

There are many words that can be rightly used to describe all that is wrong with the world, to describe the cruelty, the injustice, the persecution of the weak and the "different". Only three words however, are needed to put it all right - peace, love, tolerance.

Till we meet again in the new year...

Wherever you and your loved ones may be - may you all be safe.