J.M.Jakus is a wordsmith who works as an independent writer, researcher, and editor with a focus in Human Rights, Geopolitics, Global Political Economy, and International Relations. With a deepening background in photojournalism and empirical research, Jakus writes to tug at the threads of ideas we may have absent-mindedly taken for granted.
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Alongside her work as a writing and editing consultant, J.M.Jakus is pursuing an M.A. in International Relations: Europe, Turkey, and the Middle East at Boğaziçi Üniversitesi in İstanbul, Turkey. Previously, Jakus studied International Studies and Economics before venturing to Cauca, Colombia to fulfill a photojournalistic position serving victims of the armed conflict. Through this textual and visual portfolio, JM Jakus offers writing and editing services as well as guest-writing and co-authoring opportunities for underrepresented voices.
THE DEEP DIVE into THE HUMAN STORY
This project has three focal points: writing, photography, and you.
Although Jakus' native artistic language is writing, photography is a close second. Expressing the diversity of life itself and the human story that thrives within it is an endeavor that demands both mediums. There is a reason why the subtitle above declares the singular «the human story» as opposed to (a multitude) of «human stories». Jakus writes according to the philosophy that there is only one story, albeit with an unimaginably rich and diverse cast of characters. In this way, we are far more connected than we are divided: communally, regionally, and internationally.
With this philosophy in view, producing this content has not been an isolated effort. Many thanks are extended to all of those who have made this project possible, from the interviewees featured in the article, the models who allowed a piece of their souls to be immortalized within these photos, the many editors who volunteered to review this site and all others who have participated in the production of this content. This would be impossible without your support.
Photographically, many of these pieces are inspired by the unflinchingly documentary work of conflict photographers such as Lynsey Addario, Sebastião Salgado, and Raymond Depardon. Their work speaks to the photojournalistic content that Jakus aspires toward.
Documentarily, the content of this site features geopolitical analyses, reports, and reflections that juxtapose contemporary regional developments with the evolving body of international relations theory, empirical political science research, and raw reporting.
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During bad circumstances, which is the human inheritance, you must decide not to be reduced. You have your humanity, and you must not allow anything to reduce that. We are obliged to know we are global citizens. Disasters remind us we are world citizens, whether we like it or not.
Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
It takes a great deal of courage to look at the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it.
World belongs to humanity, not this leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.