Editorial: Just Noise
By Catherine Clyne
“My hearing’s fine. It’s whether I’m listening that’s
the issue.” Recent wise words from a close friend.
It’s hard to truly listen when we are constantly bombarded with noise:
a relentless roaring of information, headlines, stories and words containing
important facts or just flat-out BS. Here at Satya, we have spent time really
listening, trying to separate out some of the most powerful stories from the
In this double issue, we offer for your summer reading a collection of extraordinary
stories of ordinary people who, when faced with certain circumstances, simply
chose to do something about it. In original interviews, these individuals offer
you unique voices, a certain undeniable truth and perspective.
A Few Introductions
What happens when you give a tape recorder to a South African teenage girl, who
is full of life and love? Find out when you read Thembi’s story, of her
struggle with AIDS, her coming out about it to her boyfriend and parents, and
in doing so, inspiring others to embrace who they are and learn to live with
Meet Vera Ngassa and Beatrice Ntuba, two Cameroonian women who listen to the
plights of their fellow country-women and make (legal) changes for the better.
We also bring you interviews with some of the story collectors, radio producer
Joe Richman and documentary filmmaker Kim Longinotto. Find out what journalist
Jimmie Briggs learned when he spent six years seeking the stories of child soldiers.
And Meet Nina Berman, who has been photographing injured soldiers recently returned
from Iraq and hear their experiences in war and of being wounded.
Have you been able to make sense of the noise over the Darfur peace process?
Hear the unique perspective of a Darfurian rebel who has been directly involved
in negotiations. Find out why he feels the agreement doesn’t address the
root causes of the conflict and what it all means for the people of Darfur. How
do you make peace with a genocidal government? Where is the justice?
Get to know punk rocker Ian Mac-Kaye, most commonly known as the singer of Minor
Threat and Fugazi. Many know of his music, but in the first of a two-part interview,
he shares some of his thoughts on politics and his personal worldview.
These are but a few of the many extraordinary stories in our pages.
So sit back and listen to their voices. Be moved by them. What you choose to
do with the inspiration is up to you.
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