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fractal11) A Fractal Universe: Breaking the Mold by Shahrokh Sharifrazi

Our universe is a mathematical one; look around you, and what you see everywhere are mathematical shapes and objects. They all follow a traditional ‘Euclidian’ pattern – a pattern of perfect straight lines and angles. It adheres to Euclid’s law – a 2 to 3-dimensional universe of ‘synthetic’ objects, designed by humans, for humans –  objects such as mobile phones, cars, houses, appartments, the whole infrastructure, and so on. Our synthetic world conforms to Euclid’s laws. However, if you look at nature, it can hardly be called ‘Euclidian’. That’s because ‘nature’ does not consist of perfectly straight lines, squared  or cubed objects; nature consists of ‘irregular’ lines, broken and uneven  – with no perfect shapes, like squares or cubes. And so, the only geometry that can explain nature is fractal geometry; 




Large-doll-42) Dolls 4 Tibet : TIBETAN-FLEMISH CIRCLE OF FRIENDS PRESENT NEW PROJECT: Donate a doll to a Tibetan child in Mainpat (India) by Dennis Barbion

The association Tibetaanse-Vlaamse Vriendenkring (Tibetan-Flemish Circle of Friends) that is based in Belgium present a new project: Dolls 4 Mainpat. It’s not easy for refugee children to  grow up in exile. Of course a doll is fun to play with but it also provides security and comfort to a child. Dolls 4 Tibet ( is a Dharamsala based project where local Indian women and Tibetan refugees make exquisitely handcrafted Tibetan dolls filled with Himalayan sheep wool. Each doll has its own distinctive personality and it’s a unique toy for a child. The dolls are a precious reminder of Tibet’s threatened identity as they have the appearance of a typical Tibetan with the traditional costume. The advantages of Dolls 4 Tibet are the fact that it provides valuable job opportunities for the Indian and.. 




33) World Refugee Day:Tibetan-Flemish Circle of Friends (Belgium) participates in the World Refugee Day 2013 by Dennis Barbion

Beernem (Belgium), : June 20 is the annual World Refugee Day. The General Assembly of the United Nations has set that day as Refugee Day in the year 2000, to bring the issue of the refugees in the attention and to achieve a better understanding about refugees. The United Nations chose June 20 because the years before was already Africa Refugee Day in some African countries. The Belgian Tibet organization Tibetaanse-Vlaamse Vriendenkring (Tibetan-Flemish Circle of Friends) has also participated in the World Refugee Day. The association found it important to bring the issue of refugees in the spotlight and to show solidarity with many other refugees, not only Tibetans who flee their country because of the oppression by the Chinese government. Perhaps one of the most famous refugees is His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the …



3. The conference4) Conference on Tibet’s Environment at the European Parliament in Brussels 19th June 2013 by Dennis Barbion

On Wednesday 19th June 2013, a Conference on Tibet’s Environment was organized at the European Parliament in Brussels. It was hosted by the Members of the European Parliament Mrs. Satu Hassi (Greens), Mr. Thomas Mann (EPP) and Mrs. Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg (S&D), and jointly organized by the Office of Tibet in Brussels, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO). Keynote speaker was Mr. Tenzin Norbu, Head of the Environment and Development Desk of the Central Tibetan Administration at the DIIR in Dharamsala, India. More than 60 people attended the seminar, including Members of the EP and their assistants, journalists, Belgian Tibet Support Groups such as Tibetan-Flemish Circle of Friends (Tibetaanse-Vlaamse Vriendenkring), Lungta Association Belgium and Lights on Tibet, and officials from the European Commission. Representatives …



Untitled-1-web5) Poetic Heptagon with Brian Stark..

1. “with what she says”   If Silence is Betrayal– what does that say about our behavior? And if Immortal Technique is the Best– why do I not hear such a Blessed Vision! NOFX makes me BOP my head like Wu-tang– Yet what’s the point of Truth when Love doesn’t pay… To Whom does Our Silence betray; the Stars, our Daughters, the World, or just Us? O! Keep your coins– I just want Change! 2 “what is that poem about first” What the what are you fighting for, starting pain doesn’t end up well; is your soul so swell not fit in shell. Down by the sea shore life endures…. all children should able splash in waves! (no matter homeland, religion, nor creed) I plead! As all great men have before me! It is easy to do bad and hard doing good; I can’t wait to die—-get away from you. Before I will go, I’ll …



ants-webcopy6) A Legion of Ants by Shahrokh Sharifrazi 

We are a legion of ants; we are a mechanical order which is in constant motion: waking, working, eating, sleeping – then back to working. We are not permitted to think, or question the ‘status quo’ – but to do as we are told, like a colony of ‘ants’; they are born to work, until they die – so are we. Creativity has been ‘flushed’ into oblivion. In essence, we’ve been dropped into a virtual ‘sieve’ – where we get filtered through, and the ‘lumps’ that get clogged in the mesh are: creativity, individualism, critical thinking, questioning authority, empathy – and so on. We are indoctrinated from a young age on how to think, what to think, what to like, and what to feel – by the most dangerous invention to date: the …


cast-away7) Modern Times by Shahrokh Sharifrazi

Making my way around in life, I have come to the conclusion that I am one of many billions of people who must conform to a life of continuous, familiar rituals:  like everyone else, I proceed to the supermarket  to perform my ‘hunter-gatherer’ duties. As I enter this perplexed ‘Colosseum’, it dawns on me that you must defend yourself like a ‘gladiator’,  or be crushed by the mad ‘rush’ of confused ‘Neanderthals’ attempting to shop. Once I make it to the checkout, the glare of the ‘assistant’ drives me catatonic – so much so, that I don’t even attempt  to interact with her. At  home – which happens to be an appartment suspended 12 feet in the air, on the first floor – with a cube-shaped, 3-dimensional ‘box’ for a living room, linked … 


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