“There are no shortcuts to changing the system” “When they distort  articles I have written…” “We just have to stop looking to our ‘leaders’ and start looking to each other” “Most of us are poor” “You will not liberate yourselves by toppling a puppet government” “There is possibly nothing more alienating than violence” “No one owns ideas”

Patient, funny and friendly

Protect the Rohingya joined consultations with both Jamila Hanan and Shahid King Bolsen, earlier this year, on how multinational corporations can be held accountable for human rights violations in the countries where they do business. Shahid put forward the idea of lobbying multinational corporations, to speak and act on the Rohingya issue and so the Unilever campaign began, as part of #WeAreAllRohingyaNow. He elected to put his full support behind the outreach project as opposed to the boycott...

Thinking outside the box was always one of the most important features of Mr. Bolsen

“His ideas have impressed us and motivated us to participate, especially after the Rohingya campaign that has achieved good results over a short interval of time and after we got the attention to the multinational companies investing in the Myanmar economy. The campaign adopted his strategy of reaching out to the companies so they can intervene immediately in ending the atrocities and genocide committed by the Government of Myanmar against the Rohingya. We started finally saw ourselves...

We admire his indomitable spirit and energy to help others and seek justice for the oppressed

I met Shahid Bolsen about 2 months ago when I joined a chat group on Twitter (set up by my awesome and respectable friend and activist Jamila Hanan) to work on the Rohingya cause which is very close to our hearts. When I read Shahid’s messages I was blown away by his words. He was extremely enthusiastic, determined and highly intelligent. As days went by it came apparent to me that Shahid is just what the Rohingya cause needed. His ideas, convictions, aspirations and writings were...

His vision can be used and applied to achieve justice

“This is extremism!” He said to me. These words were the very first he told me when I commented on one of his posts saying that all the present regimes are just facades since not one single government is applying the Islamic Sharia and there is no real democracy anywhere. I replied that the only way out of this is to take up arms and fight them since they are corrupted. I finished it off by saying that the only way to achieve the needs of the peoples is armed resistance. Before this...

He rejected all forms of violence directed against states or governments

From the various private conversations I had with him, I was able to perceive how he rejected all forms of violence directed against states or governments. This rejection was based on a wide knowledge about the freedom experiences various countries of the world went through, and which were often fruitful. His outspoken attitudes against violence placed him so notably in opposition to all the conventional jihadi currents. ~ Abu Umar...

“There are no shortcuts to changing the system”

Real revolution; real change, will not happen by a dramatic event, or a spontaneous transformation. The actual process of change is not only long, but often tedious, frustrating, and even boring...

“When they distort articles I have written…”

they cannot prevent people from reading what the articles actually say, which bears no resemblance to their allegations...

“We just have to stop looking to our ‘leaders’ and start looking to each other”

There is an underlying unity in our conditions and aspirations which it takes great skill to make us overlook...

“Most of us are poor”

Most of us are exploited. Most of us are struggling. We are the overwhelming majority...

“You will not liberate yourselves by toppling a puppet government”

The strings that control it will simply be attached to the next government you install...