Youssef Chahine alias yousef shaheen – Egypt (1926 – 2008)

Linked with The Patriarchal See of Alexandria, and with Youssef Chahine, the life-world of film.

Youssef Chahine ( January 25, 1926–July 27, 2008) was an Egyptian film director active in the Egyptian film industry since 1950. He was credited with launching the career of actor Omar Sharif. A critically acclaimed director frequently seen in film festivals during decades, Chahine also had his reach to wider international filmgoers’ audiences as one of the co-directors of 11′9″01 September 11 … (full text).

… Youssef Chahine has won many awards for his movies, including a lifetime achievement award on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival. He is a loved, well-known and respected film director around the world. A lot of actors in the world wish to work with him. I hope to follow in his footsteps in the future. (full text).

… Chahine’s work is rooted in the rich traditions of popular Arabic culture … (full text, 10 décembre 2007).

Adieu Chahine – Creativity has indeed lost one of its greatest champions. Youssef Chahine passed away on 27-07-08 in his home in Cairo … (full long text with photos and poems in arabic and in english, August 2, 2008) … Yousuf Shaheen’s funeral takes place in Cairo … on Global Voices … Youssef Chahine: an appreciation.

YOUSSEF CHAHINE, director of some 40 films, is probably the most independent of Arab film-makers, producing what he thinks is important, even at his own expense, and raising issues that disturb … (full text, 01 August, 2003).

Welcome page of his official website.


Youssef Chahine alias yousef shaheen – Egypt (1926 -2008)

Watch these videos in arabic:

Grande figure des cinématographies arabes, Youssef Chahine a subi le sort de nombre de grands auteurs des cinémas du Sud : la reconnaissance internationale et la marginalisation dans son pays. Mais par l’énergie de sa veine populaire, son impertinence et son refus de l’intégrisme, il a su incarner la voix d’un cosmopolitisme engagé, agissant comme la conscience de ces cinématographies … (longue Bio en francais).

Youssef Chahine, le cinéaste Egyptien, hospitalisé, 17/06/2008.

Addio a Youssef Chahine, il maestro del cinema egiziano, Lug 27, 2008.

Find him and his publications - as Youssef Chahine - on amazon with DVDs; on IMDb; on his website /films; on Middle East Times; on; on Alex Cinema; on Film; on Movie Industry today; on wikipedia /filmography; on Google Video-search; = Youssef Chahine); on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

And find him and his publications – as yousef shaheen – on arab film posters; on technorati (with many mouvies); on yahoo movies; on Google Video-search; on; on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

He said: … ‘Our Leaders are Ignorant and Corrupt, and Continue to Embarrass Us’. “There are supposed to be among us many who are expert and talented, whose role is to think, because our leaders are ignorant and corrupt, and continue to embarrass us inconceivably – except that they have strangled our freedom. We have reached a situation where an Egyptian strikes an Egyptian and an Arab strikes an Arab. At the beginning of the Kuwait war [i.e., the first Gulf War], Bush Sr. asked us to send 50,000 men [to fight against the Iraqi army], and we sent them. I personally knew that half the Iraqi army was Egyptians, because I used to go to Iraq” … (full interview text, June 16, 2004).

… THIS IS CHAOS (2007): Chahine’s last film was co-directed by Khaled Youssef, as Chahine’s failing health prevented him from making the greater part of the film. Yet because of the film’s sensitive subject matter of police brutality in contemporary Egypt, it was a laudable act of Chahine’s in insisting that his name appear on the film in addition to that of Youssef, since this gave the film, and its main director, some measure of protection. This is Chaos was the last film by Chahine to be shown at international festivals, and it was screened last year at the Venice Film Festival. (full text, 31 July – 6 August 2008).

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Lara Shankar – India

Linked with India: Homeless Street Children, and with Children’s Rights and You CRY.
Added Dec. 4, 2008: and linked with Shabana Azmi – India.

Lara Shankar is a social worker and child-rights activist who has spent over five years working with street children and addressing issues concerning children and their rights. After completing her master’s in child development from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University, Lara has worked with several organizations, including Salaam Baalak Trust, Butterflies, Youthreach, Childline India Foundation and Child Rights and You (CRY) in Delhi and Mumbai. She continues to research, document and fight for the realization of child rights. Lara Shankar lives in Mumbai with her husband, Manu Chandra, a strategy and management consultant. (Penguin books India), presenting her book: Midway Station: Real-Life Stories of Homeless Children, Oktober 2006; (also on; on online; and on amazon).


Sorry, no photo found for Lara Shankar, India (… and no other text found about her bio and work than her book’s presentation. Despite this, I want her work to be acknowledged.
More down you may find some more NGOs and articles regarding Street Children in India)

She writes: … The Juvenile Justice System in India claims to exist for the care, protection, rehabilitation and development of neglected and delinquent children. Children who are without homes must derive good from this system and find a place where they feel safe, protected and cared for. However, inspite of these noble intentions, the children feel anything but benefited. More often than not, they are forcibly brought to these socalled ‘homes’ and the general feeling among them is that they have been ‘caught’ and put into ‘jails’. They recall being beaten, held by the neck and taken to juvenile welfare courts, without being given any explanation. “When the hearing for children takes place at the children’s courts, the magistrate asks us if we have anything to say. But they do all the proceedings in English and then they just take us out of the room. We do not get a chance to speak,” claimed a 14-year-old boy living in an observation home … (full text in Voices of the Future, not dated).

There are millions of children in India today who spend their childhood on the streets, in railway stations and jail-like shelters, living on the edge and taking each day as it comes. Some have been abandoned; others have chosen to run away from harsher realities at home; yet others have been born on the streets and know no other life. In Midway Station child-rights activist Lara Shankar records the voices of eleven such children living in shelters in Delhi. We meet, among others, Mohan, who hopped on to a train in Chennai when he was four to escape from his stepmother; Allam, who sends money to his mother whenever he can and visits her in Bihar during Id; and Rani, who thinks life in the shelter is too comfortable and looks back with nostalgia on her days as a domestic servant. What emerges from these narratives is a nightmarish world of poverty and neglect, rape and murder, Mafiosi-like gangs and police brutality. Yet there are redemptive stories of courage too, of friendships made and kindnesses repaid. Poignant and hard-hitting, these real-life stories of homeless children are testimony to their resilience in the face of adversity, their will to carry on and determination to build a life of dignity. ‘The author discovers a world most of us close our eyes to. It is the world of homeless children living rootless, incomplete lives. Midway Station is a work of care and concern and an effort to make all of us think of the invisible and underprivileged child, who is also the face of tomorrow’s India.’ -Shabana Azmi, actor and social worker … (on sifyMall). Same on;

Street Children in India – some NGOs and articles:

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Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti – England-Scottland and USA

Linked with The Padded Bed: The Epileptic in Western Medicine.

Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti is a British poet and author living in the United States who has published widely in the United States and in Europe. Although she has written for print publications, she is most widely known as a result of her prolific output online. Besides running the blog she founded tantmieux she also serves as a regular contributor to Blogcritics, is an established writer for various online and print magazines (specifically writing about Bob Dylan, Lewis Carroll as well as cultural and political issues), and is Senior Cultural & Political Editor with Cyrano’s Journal Online. Ranson is also a well-established poet both in the United States and in Europe. She is the founder of The Tant Mieux Project, incorporating Bob Dylan on Tant Mieux … (full text, last modified on 19 October 2008).

… Even if you’re a relative newcomer to Blogcritics, you’ve undoubtedly encountered Sadi by now. A contributor since May of 2004, longtime readers know her to be a writer of uncommon candor and perception. The honesty that suffuses her musings on music and film and her many personal essays never fails to strike a chord with readers, as is easily gleaned from a casual glance at the comments her posts garner. Her grasp of the ties that bind us together as human beings and her willingness to put herself under the microscope are hallmarks of her work … (full text by Lisa McKay, April 03, 2006).

She says:… “I find sleep a waste of time. Why sleep, I think, when I could be up writing. That I may be tired the next day simply does not occur as a reasonable thought. If Hans were here, this fuzzy logic would make sense to him, I think” … (full text).

Find some of her poems on the Adroitly Placed Word.

her PEN American Society Member Page.

all sadi ranson-polizzotti’s blogs.


Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti – England-Scottland and USA

tant mieux – poems and chants.

auntie sadi’s advice for girls.

so much the better … .

She writes: … These signs combined with “just a feeling”, assuming you are not a paranoid person, then you may wish to pursue your feeling further. I won’t say the word suspicion because it’s a word cheaters use all the time. You are made to feel as if you are crazy or nuts for thinking that they are cheating on you. Your spouse may even tell you you are crazy. That you are a nag, that you are boring because this is all you talk about etc. etc. This is a diversion tactic and don’t fall for it. The best thing you can do is NOT approach your partner at this time but go about finding out the truth of the situation so that you can decide what you want to do: whether you stay or go, the choice is yours and either option is valid. The goal is to live honestly — and both options are there because different people bear different things … (full text, December 9th, 2004).

epilepsy and exorcism – all the rage? January 17, 2006.

I remember Saul Bellow, July 23rd, 2006.

electroencephologram, poem on Tant Mieux, December 9, 2004.

She writes also: love, like life, can be so painful at times that it twists and turns and we yearn. it confuses and bends and stretches. it comes unexpected, it leaves if neglected, sometimes not. sometimes it thrives regardless, like the weed (which is just another name for a flower that some would say is ‘unwanted’.) But whether we want to love or not, or to be in-love, we are stuck with it regardless and there is no getting around it. One can be like Penelope from the Odyssey, waiting for her lover hanging on to only hope where perhaps there is no sign of it for as long as twenty  – an endless tableaux and a folly to a love that is perhaps impossible – or not. Who can say. What i do know for sure is that where there is love there will be happiness, there will be joy, and there will be grief. (on tantmieux, late march, 9.42 a.m., 2008).

Wired: Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Epilepsy, and Me, November 10, 2006.

of fugues & fireflies – a.k.a. Grand Mal, 17th June 2005.

to make a difference through my writing, Oct 5, 2007.

Find her and her publications on internet; on amazon; on wikipedia (1 Early career, 2 Lumen Editions & Publications, 3 Background sketch, 4 Vogue – Authors Worked With, 5 Lewis Carroll – Bob Dylan – Editorships, 6 Original Poetry & Essays About Poetry, 7 Books & Notable Works, 8 Webpages and Online Writing, 9 Some Epilepsy Writings, 10 Essays & Reviews about Ranson-Polizzotti); on linkedIn; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

And she writes: I have to keep moving forward, regardless of what any doctor may say or any health official or anyone in the field. It seems I get yet more and more bad news and yet I am the furthest thing from a hypochondriac (in fact, I’m not even clear on how to spell the bloody word) and yet, I seem to bring with me a plague of illness ever since I was a young child … (full text, January 16, 2006).

masked & anonymous bob dylan – jack fate tells us ours, Feb. 09, 2008.

She says also: “I am a liar.
It’s a hard thing to admit, but there it is … (full text, May 21, 2005).

lettre pour un ami, May 23, 2008.

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Vikram Chandra – India and USA

Vikram Chandra is an Indian writer who has won awards and critical acclaim for his novels and short stories. He is married to writer Melanie Abrams, who, like Chandra, teaches creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley. Chandra currently divides his time between Mumbai (Bombay), India and Oakland, California … (full text).

Biography on his website; on Contemporary Writers; .

He says: … “I guess I had a general sense that I wanted to get a sense of the place as people lived in it in the turn of the century (1999 to 2000, not 1899 to 1900….for a moment I was confused and I thought I may have read the wrong book) and now. I think the way I went about it was to try to keep close to the various experiences of the characters. In other words, Sartaj sitting around in a traffic jam, which we often do in the city, so it was staying close to the physical and mental state of the characters during that time. And I guess what happens is if you achieve that detail from one scene to the next it all adds up to something that suggests the whole. Though you can’t really capture it, it’s always illusive” … (full interview text).

His website.


Vikram Chandra – India and USA

Watch the video: Story Hour in the Library – Vikram Chandra, 57.23 min, March 2, 2008.

Sacred Games is a novel as big, ambitious, multi-layered, contradictory, funny, sad, scary, violent, tender, complex, and irresistible as India itself. Steep yourself in this story, enjoy the delicious masala Chandra has created, and you will have an idea of how the country manages to hang together despite age-old hatreds, hundreds of dialects, different religious practices, the caste system, and corruption everywhere. The Game keeps it afloat … (full text of Amazon Editorial Review, Aug. 7th, 2008).

Find him and his publications on amazon (121 Results); on his website /partial Bibliography; on wikipedia /list of works; on Google Video-search; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

Over 8,000 Indian professors are enriching university campuses all across the United States with many holding top positions in their respective fields and making their mark.
In an era of the global economy some of the brightest minds shaping international economics include Amartya Sen of Harvard University and Jagdish Bhagwati of New York’s Columbia University … Several noted Indian-American writers like Bharati Mukherjee, Vikram Chandra and Amitava Ghosh teach creative writing in major US universities … (full text, February 20, 2007).

… Last week’s coverage of the Assam bomb blasts had something new and something very old. Something very old: constant interruptus, the television disorder afflicting anchors who invite someone to speak but never allow them to. As in:

  • Vikram Chandra (The Big Fight): Jayanti Natarajan, why is the Centre, so slow to act in Maharashtra?
  • Natarajan: I don’t agree with the framing of your question, there were three different cases…
  • Chandra: Alright, let’s take an audience poll on how many of you think the Centre was slow? Everyone.
  • Natarajan: That’s because you did not let me finish my sentence … (full text, Nov 14, 2008).

And then he says: … “I’ve been interested in this for a long time, just like anybody else reading the newspapers. Then, when I was writing the last book, which was the collection of short stories in which Sartaj Singh first appeared, I made contact during my research with some people from that world, though that story had nothing to do with organized crime. I became friends with a couple of these guys and they would tell me stories about what really went on behind the headlines. So as I was finishing my last book, I was already starting to think of this as a possible topic” … (full interview text).

… The characters themselves are swept up by circumstances beyond their control. While their stories begin very far apart from each other, they are eventually linked with each other. In one inset, we are told about K. D. Yadav, the intelligence operative, who kills two people involved in the Naxalite movement in the late 1960s or early 1970s somewhere in eastern India. In another inset very late in the book, the son of one of these people recruits a struggling but educated Muslim youth called Adil. After a career as a revolutionary, Adil becomes disillusioned and escapes to Bombay, where he organizes small robberies … (full text, September 24, 2008).

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Yosepha Alomang – Papua, Indonesia

Linked with A Papuan woman fighting for human and environmental rights, and with Working toward sustainable Development.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Yosepha Alomang (born 1950) is a true human rights defender who fights for the right of indigenous peoples to reclaim the titles of their land in Timika from Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., a multinational mining company. Human rights violations are rampant in Timika and Yosepha has been detained several times for protesting either against the mining company or the military that backs it up. She chairs the Mama Yosepha Center, which provides counseling to women and empowers women’s groups … (1000peacewomen 1/2).

Yosepha Alomang (Mama Yosepha) is from the Indonesian province of Irian Jaya (West Papua), one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. She was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2001, for her efforts on organizing her community to resist the mining company Freeport-McMoRan’s mining practices over three decades that have destroyed rainforests, polluted rivers, and displaced communities. (on wikipedia).

More Bios on SourceWatch; on Political Heroes.


Yosepha Alomang – Papua, Indonesia

She works for Yahamak (named on Mines and Communities).

She says: “Many people speak of freedom. But what is freedom for Papuans? Freedom is when people are educated, when people are free from poverty and sufferings. That is freedom in our language” … and: “They took our land. They didn’t even ask our permission. I was just a young girl. I remember my father gave them the land” … and: “One day, a group of men came to our house. They talked with my parents. I hardly remember their conversation. They were warning my father to follow the company’s request. They said if we wanted to eat well, we had to make sure that they could eat well also” … (1000peacewomen).

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION, Washington, D.C. 20549, FORM 8-K, CURRENT REPORT, Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

The book: Yosepha Alomang: Pergulatan Seorang Perempuan, Papua Melawan Penindasan, by Benny Giay and Yafet Kambai, ISBN: 9789799744029.

Find her and her publications on ; on the Austin Chronicle; on pipl; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

Yosepha Alomang, pergulatan seorang perempuan Papua melawan penindasan.

Yosepha Alomang – yang lebih banyak dikenal melalui panggilan kesayangannya Mama Yosepha – adalah seorang perempuan tokoh Amungme, Papua. Ia terkenal kaerna perjuangannya membela hak-hak asasi manusia, khususnya masyarakat di sekitar PT Freeport Indonesia … (full text).

… Mama Yosepha has now focused her passion for promoting human rights on an organization she manages in Timika named YAHAMAK, an Indonesian abbreviation for the “Foundation for Human Rights and Anti-Violence.” YAHAMAK focuses on improving the human rights conditions for Papuan women and their children. In Timika, YAHAMAK’s work complements that of Thom Beanal’s LEMASA (Amungme foundation), which is establishing the LEMASA HAM (human rights) Center. Thom Beanal is the key local Amungme tribal leader. In concurrence with our company’s commitment to human rights, PT Freeport Indonesia has been fully supporting the establishment of both human rights centers … (full text).

… Mama Yosepha really opposed the attitude of glorifying men, while women were held in a lower position. So her emancipation was very evident. She challenged cultural currents that demeaned the dignity and position of women. Maybe this wouldn’t be a problem in another tribe, but here this was not allowed at all. And Yosepha challenged all this openly – she is a very strong woman. (p.xv). (full text).

Ternyata, dia perempuan yang sederhana berusia setengah baya, dengan postur mungil yang sekilas nampak lemah, tapi dengan garis wajah yang tegas. Perempuan mungil tapi perkasa itu adalah Yosepha Alomang, perempuan suku Amungme yang berasal dari lembah Tsinga, yang mendapatkan Yap Thiam Hien Award dan Goldman Environment Award karena perjuangannya untuk hak-hak asasi masyarakat asli Papua yang terampas oleh Freeport dan aktif melakukan advokasi issu-issu lingkungan terkait kegiatan penambangan yang dilakukan Freeport … (full text).

… In 2002, we helped establish and provided support to a Center for Women and Children in Papua, operated by an indigenous Papuan organization, to meet the special human rights needs of women and children. The center now has 28 programs for women and children. (See insert, “Local Human Rights Centers Thrive,” p. 6-7) Also, human rights training, which began with our security and social development departments, continued throughout our operations in 2002 … (full text).

… Among Yosepha’s many protests against the company and the military security guards in its pay, was an attempt to bring some benefits to local people. Assisted by the church, Yosepha and several other women set up a cooperative, called Kulalok, to market their fruit and vegetables. Yosepha felt that Freeport should support the local people by buying from them, but the company imported these goods from outside Papua, flying them into Timika airport. So the women planned a way of drawing Freeport’s attention to their group by destroying the imported fruit and vegetables. With the money earned from the co-op, the women paid for homes built with batako (concrete bricks) and supplied with electricity … (full text).

(1000peacewomen 2/2): … Yosepha Alomang is a simple woman from the Mimika district in Papua, where her Amungme tribes people live. She is physically small, but she has bravely stood up to powerful interest groups in defense of her people’s right to their land. Yosepha lived with her family in Tsinga village, Tembagapura, Mimika, a hillside area, until the mid-1950s, when a local church that provided health and education in the remote areas of Papua encouraged them to move near the south coast.

As a little girl, Yosepha went to elementary school, but she dropped out in the fourth grade after the death of her parents. She recalls her first encounter with Freeport McMoran, the world’s biggest gold mine, located in Timika.

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Leonardo Boff – Brazil

Leonardo Boff was born 14 December 1938 in Concórdia, Santa Catarina state, Brazil. He is a theologian, philosopher and writer, known for his active support for the rights of the poor and excluded. He currently serves as Professor Emeritus of Ethics, Philosophy of Religion and Ecology at the Rio de Janeiro State University … and: He was almost silenced again in 1992 by Rome, this time to prevent him from participating in the Eco-92 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, which finally led him to leave the Franciscan religious order and the priestly ministry … (full text).

More about him on wikipedia (last modified on 31 October 2008):

His Bio:as Third World Traveler Heroe, (and on their general Heroe-page); on Betterworld Heroe; on Right Livelihood Award; on Spirituallity and Practise; on; on Univ. of Florida.

The Welcome Page on his official website (leading to a Homepage en Português, en Español and in English).


Leonardo Boff – Brazil

Watch this video en portugese: Leonardo Boff – Nosso Planeta, 56.10 min, March 01, 2007.

Two Interviews: to the Comunita Italiana, novembro de 2001; and: LIBERATION THEOLOGY IS INCREASINGLY TIMELY, Jan. 26, 2005.

He says: … Today social justice represents one of the most serious challenges to the conscience of the world. The abyss between those who are within the world ‘order’ and those who are excluded is widening day by day. The use of leading-edge technologies has made it possible to accumulate wealth in a way that is fantastic but perverse because it is unjustly distributed. Twenty-percent of humankind control eighty percent of all means of life. That fact creates a dangerous imbalance in the movement of history … (full text Quotes).

Find him and his publications on the english part of his website (click on publications); on amazon; on flickr; on Library Thing; on bookfinder; on Google Video-search en portugese; on Google Images-search; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Photo-search Picasa; on Google Blog-search.

He writes: The elevation of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to Pope of the Catholic Church has brought satisfaction to some, and concern to others. Two factors cause these concerns: his style of governing the Church, and his basic attitude vis-a-vis today’s pluralistic world … (full long text, April 25, 2005).

Dica de site – Leonardo Boff, 8.11.2008.

Leonardo Boff, l’économie spéculative n’a pas d’avenir, Oct. 27, 2008.

Sefaletle dolu bir dünyada Hristiyan olmak, TEMEL SORU: SEFALETLE DOLU BİR DÜNYADA HIRİSTİYAN OLMAK, 18 Kasım 2008.

He says also: “Solidarity, compassion, caring, communion and loving. Such values and inner powers can lay the foundation of a new paradigm of civilization, the civilization of the humanity reunited in the Common House, on the Planet Earth … our mission is to celebrate the greatness of Creation and connect it again to the Core where it came from and to where it will go, with care, lightness, joy, reverence and love.” (on Right Livelihood Award).

A crise econômico-financeira remete à crise de humanidade
, 07/11/2008.

Teologia da Libertação: Leonardo Boff e Frei Betto, 27.10.2008.

Carta de são Francisco de Assis aos governantes dos povos, 31/10/2008.

Professor Ratzinger: Una Chiesa ripiegata su se stessa
: Spaventata dal nuovo. Che punta su dottrina e disciplina, non sulla speranza. L’atto di accusa al papa del teologo della liberazione Leonardo Boff, 30 ottobre 2008.  La Teología de la Liberación: Leonardo Boff y Frei Betto, 23.10.08.

… I totally support Greenpeace in their effort to block palm oil shipments because palm plantations are a horrible natural catastrophe for our sacred forests and our lovely and holy mother land. Stop forest clearing for oil plantations and for any other purposes. Remember we only have one earth and outside this world there is no salvation. Remember also that the cry of the earth is also the cry of the poor, to quote the theologians Paul Knitter, Edward Schillebeckx and Leonardo Boff … (full text FRANS EFBE, Bandung, 16 Nov 2008).

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Harro von Senger – Switzerland

Harro von Senger is a leading expert in sinology. He has doctorates in both law and classical sinology, and is a professor of sinology at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and author of The Book of Stratagems … (full text).

… He is regarded as a leading Western expert on the subject having devoted several decades to the research of Chinese ancient military strategy. Uncertain of his readers’ reactions, the professor only wrote about the first 18 ’stratagems’ in the first volume of his book published in German in Berne in 1992. But it became so popular that it has since been reprinted many times and translated into 12 languages, such as Dutch, Italian, Chinese, English and French. The total print run so far is 500,000. In 2000, the second volume illustrating the remaining 18 stratagems came out. August 2006, meanwhile, witnessed the return of the ancient Chinese tactics to their home as the complete Chinese manuscript of two volumes was published in China … (full text).

Harro von Senger (* 1944) ist ein schweizer Jurist und Sinologe … (full text).

The 36 stratagems are a set of powerful Chinese aphorisms embodying the essence of the ancient Chinese art of cunning. First mentioned about 1,500 years ago, and committed to paper nearly 500 years ago, the 36 stratagems have been gaining popularity in Chinese business circles since the 1990s. Though more than 80 books have been published recently in the Far East recommending the use of the 36 stratagems in the modern business world, these books are as yet unknown in the Western countries. Managers at all levels will therefore benefit from this English -language book evaluating the 36 stratagems and detailing how to apply them in management as well as “economic warfare.” Entertaining and thought provoking, the text includes examples of managers who have been able to achieve objectives using the strategems. The 36 stratagems encourage flexibility and new ways of thinking about business issues, making this handbook widely adaptable to changing conditions … (full text).


Harro von Senger – Switzerland

Seine private Webseite auf deutsch.

… Rather this book has some messages:

  • Every plan includes an oversight by the opponent?;
  • Sacrifices can be amazingly large, if only you know what you’re doing and your plan is backed up by profound reading;
  • Less surprisingly: let your strategy be based on positional judgment.

… (full text).

The book of stratagems, tactics for triumph and survival, by Harro von Senger, edited and translated by Myron B. Gubitz, NY Viking, 1991.

… I’ve been reading Swiss scholar Harro von Senger’s book on the 36 ancient Chinese military Strategems. And I just realized that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos might be an expert … (full text).

Recommended Reading
For On The Other Side Of The Eye, Dec. 12, 2007. l

Business: MAKE NOISE: Beat the grass to startle the snake! (Stratagem No. 13), by Andreas Wiedow, on 8-Feb-06, on Asia, and on arow-biz.

… The Thirty-Six Stratagems are divided into a preface, six chapters containing six stratagems each, and an afterword that was incomplete with missing text. The first three chapters generally describe tactics for use in advantageous situations, whereas the last three chapters contain stratagems that are more suitable for disadvantageous situations … (full text, 23 Sep 2008).

Find him and his publications on amazon; im Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek; auf deutsch: wichtigste Werke; on eBay; on; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

Synopsis: … Managers at all levels will benefit from this first English translation of a set of powerful Chinese aphorisms rooted in deception, subterfuge, and guile. The 36 stratagems first appeared 1,500 years ago … (full text).

Strategeme – Zhi – Shi … Excerpt from article (on the stratagems, written by Yang Jiaqing: this fine ecademist) -  “In the beginning, the dean stood by my side. However, after my second letter, he said it would be difficult to work with me. After that, this important person no longer supported me. At that time, I was at level zero regarding the stratagems. It was too bad that I considered them as something confined to China in spite of my knowledge of the subject. When I started to write the first volume of Stratagems, I realized that I had fallen into the professor’s trap as he had used the stratagem of sowing discord between the dean and me, namely, the 33rd of the 36 stratagems. If I was aware of that, I wouldn’t have sent the second letter to the dean. Thus I have understood that it was very useful to learn these stratagems and very harmful to ignore them” … (full text).

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Komal Srivastava – India

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Komal Srivastava (born 1960 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh) into a middleclass family of modest means but high ideals. She is the third of five sisters. Her father was an officer in the Survey of India, her mother taught Hindi at a government school. Komal studied at the MGD School in Jaipur, and went on to complete her Masters in 1981 in geography from Rajasthan University.

(She) set up the Rajasthan chapter of the Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti (India Knowledge and Science Center, BGVS) in 1992. Since then, she has convinced the state government of the need for a people-centered, democratic approach to literacy, and set up Samata, a women’s forum for equality, education, and peace, which was very important for developing women’s leadership within BGVS. Komal’s single-minded commitment to social equality and her persuasive and principled leadership have changed Rajasthan … Komal has inverted the top-down approach to the development of the dispossessed, moving beyond rhetoric and devising innovations that have broken ground in equity and participation.

She grew up a quiet, reflective woman who worked hard at her academics and her responsibilities at home. Her first engagement with social activism came in 1981, while she was still doing her Masters. The Rajasthan University Women’s Organization (RUWA) had organized a meeting for women on their growing insecurity on the campus, and on the exigency for an effective women’s organization. … (1000peacewomen 1/2).


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She is member of Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti BGVS.

See also the Community based Monitoring of Health services under NRHM, where she is CSO Representation (Komal Srivastava, Member BGVS, Jaipur).

… Interestingly, all the five chosen women are sisters-in-arms, joining the struggles and common issues from the time of Deorala sati in the late eighties in Rajasthan. In fact Ms.Roy, Ginni, Kavita and Komal made a formidable team during the past two decades fighting oppression and injustice, never resorting to violence – both physical and verbal … (full text).

Find her and her publications on Google Book-search, and on LinkedIn.

Press Note: Rajasthan High Court Accepts Sati Writ Petitions – Issues Notices. The 12 petitioner organisations are: All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), Women’s Rehabilitation Group (WRG), Rajasthan University Women’s Association (RUWA), National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW), Vividha: Womenís Documentation and Resource Center, National Muslim Women’s Welfare Society (NMWS), Women’s Cell, All India State Employees Federation, All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA), Vishakha: Women’s Education and Resource Group (VWERG), Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti, Rajasthan (BGVS), Academy of Socio Legal Studies, Jaipur (ASLS), Peopleís Union for Civil Liberties, Rajasthan (PUCL) … (full text, Jaipur, 6th August, 2004).

… As you know the starvation and drought situation in Baran district in Rajasthan is very bad. We have a proposal from Komal Srivastava from BGVS Rajasthan and are in touch with her. BGVS, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and Sankalp Sansthan, another NGO had done a study of the situation and sent their demands to the chief minister. While they are demanding effective govt. programmes, BGVS itself is also planning to set up some relief programme. They have currently asked for Rs.1 lakh for immediate relief from AID … (full text, November 08, 2002).

Attack on Freedom of Speech and ex-pression in Rajasthan, (by Ranbir Singh, Surendra Joshi, Prem Krishna Sharma, Dilip Singh, Vidya Sagar Upadhaya, Sabir Khan, Rajendra Saiwal, Om Prakash Mathur, Komal Chand Jain, Dr. Narendra Gupta, Mamta Jaitly, Vakar-Ul-Ahad, Nishat Hussein, Komal Srivastava, Sumitra Chopra, Shri Prakash, Rajaram Bhadu, Sunil Ghildiyal, Ajay Jain, Ashish Maharishi, Teesta Setalvad ,Kapil, Manish, Ishwar, Lokesh, Kavita Srivastava and many others), February, 2004.

(1000peacewomen 2/2): … When a student of the university was killed for dowry by her in-laws, Komal took part in the protest rally. Although she has since been involved with the women’s movement in Rajasthan, her activism became truly serious only after a sati (outlawed self-immolation on a husband’s pyre) occurred in 1987.

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Adam Curtis – England

Adam Curtis (born 1955) is a British television documentary maker who has during the course of his television career worked as a writer, producer, director and narrator. He currently works for BBC Current Affairs. He is noted for making programmes which express a clear (and sometimes controversial) opinion about their subject, and for narrating the programmes himself … // … Curtis subsequently taught politics there but left for a career in television. He got a job on the show That’s Life! where he learned to find humour in serious subjects. He went on to make documentaries on more serious subjects but retained his playful tone.  Curtis’s intensive use of archive footage is a distinctive touch of his. An Observer profile said: Curtis has a remarkable feel for the serendipity of such moments, and an obsessive skill in locating them’ … // … The Observer adds “if there has been a theme in Curtis’s work since, it has been to look at how different elites have tried to impose an ideology on their times, and the tragi-comic consequences of those attempts.” Curtis received the Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2005.[1] In 2006 he was given the Alan Clarke Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television at the British Academy Television Awards. Curtis is amongst those on the editorial ’steering committee’ of the weekly email gossip newsletter Popbitch. [March 10, 2007: Forget Osama, fear Blair] … (full text).

He asks: Should we be worried about the threat from organised terrorism or is it simply a phantom menace being used to stop society from falling apart? (BBC: the Power of Nightmares, Baby It’s Cold Outside, 3 August 2005).

HE STATES: We dreamed up al-Qaida. Let’s not do it again with evil ideology … (full text, August 30 2005).


Adam Curtis – England

Watch these videos:

Scare at Virginia Tech, Nov. 13, 2008 – … Adam Curtis, VT Freshman: “It was really scary because all the stuff going on, I just had no clue what happened”.

Century of the Self, Oct. 23, 2008: … Today we want to explore that history through the words of Adam Curtis …

Neo-Fantasies and Ancient Myths: a long Interview with Adam Curtis on The Power of Nightmares, by Robert Koehler, not dated.

… His new series will be about the world economy in the nineties. Head of BBC Current Affairs, Peter Horrocks, said: “It is excellent that Adam has rejoined the BBC and a reflection of the creative health of current affairs on BBC TWO that he has decided that he wants to work here … (full text, Nov. 6, 2002).

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on IMDb; on wikipedia /documentaries; on Google Video-search; on Google’s self created video-search for Adam Curtis; on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

… Adam Curtis, who wrote and produced the series, acknowledges the difficulty of saying such things now. “If a bomb goes off, the fear I have is that everyone will say, ‘You’re completely wrong,’ even if the incident doesn’t touch my argument. This shows the way we have all become trapped, the way even I have become trapped by a fear that is completely irrational.” So controversial is the tone of his series, that trailers for it were not broadcast last weekend because of the killing of Kenneth Bigley. At the BBC, Curtis freely admits, there are “anxieties”. But there is also enthusiasm for the programmes, in part thanks to his reputation … (full text).

He says: … “If you look at The Trap, there is no conspiracy – the word doesn’t enter into it. It’s a straight history of ideas which have shaped psychology, politics, culture and science over the past 30 or 40 years. It fits them together. These ideas have been out there – they influenced Mrs Thatcher, they influenced Richard Dawkins, and many of them can be traced to the Cold War. Now someone would argue this is a new form of censorship. Systems that purport to be open and free – systems of political management, and the internet – are becoming ways of shutting debate down. Of simplifying – not of controlling, that’s the thing – a new simplified sense of order. In an age where people don’t know what’s what, we sort of agree with that. We look for order and want that. And our politicians can’t give it to us – our media elites can’t give it to us because they don’t know what’s what anymore. So far from creating a new richness and openness, we all work together to create a new system of agreed order, because we want it. It’s not that we’re not bad people, that’s what happens in an age of populism, a populist democracy. The elites have given up, so no one’s telling you what’s what any more, we don’t want that any longer – so we’re beginning to work together sooner and actually, that’s exactly what I was being accused of. So what we’re living through is a period of intense conformity. It is the great paradox of the age … (full interview text).

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Reinhard Erös – Germany

Linked with The International Council on Security and Development ICOS, with Kinderhilfe Afghanistan /German Aid for Afghan Children GAAC, and with POPPY FOR MEDECINE.

Reinhard Erös, born in 1948, was Colonel in the Medical Corps of the German Army and lectured on Intercultural Competence at national and international military academies. On behalf of NATO, the UN and international aid agencies he has worked in crisis areas in Ruanda, East Timor, Iran, Albania, Bosnia, Bangladesh and India. For the last twenty years he has been operating on a personal basis on behalf of Afghanistan. Since taking early retirement he lives with his wife Annette and their five children near Regensburg. His involvement with Afghanistan has earned him the highest German military award (First Class), the Marion Gräfin Donhöff Prize and the European Social Prize among others. In 2002 Bavarian TV selected him as ‘Bavarian of the Year’. His bestselling Tee mit dem Teufel. Als deutscher Militärarzt in Afghanistan (Tea with the Devil – Army Doctor in Afghanistan) was published by Hoffmann & Campe in 2001. More information on Kinderhilfe Afghanistan (German Aid for Afghan Children GAAC).

Reinhard Erös (* 1948 in Tirschenreuth) ist Oberstarzt der Bundeswehr a.D. und lebt in Mintraching bei Regensburg. Zusammen mit seiner Frau Annette und seinen fünf Kindern betreibt er seit 1998 die Kinderhilfe Afghanistan, die in den Ostprovinzen Afghanistans mit dem Bau von Dorf- und Oberschulen, Waisenhäusern, Krankenstationen, Computerausbildungszentren und Berufsschulen humanitäre Hilfe und Wiederaufbauhilfe leistet … (ganzer Text).

Hohe Auszeichnung im Doppelpack für Erös, Sept. 22, 2006.


Reinhard Erös – Germany

Watch the video debate in german, Münchner Runde – Afghanistan, July 25, 2007 – 5 videos: 1/5, 9.46 min;  2/5, 9.54 min; 3/5, 9.58 min; 4/5, 9.33 min; and mainly 5/5, 5.50 min. (My comment: our (American and European) elites’ refusal on Reinhard Erös’ proposal for POPPY FOR MEDECINE lets me ask: WHO has a profit by selling rather arms to Afghanistan than start projects leading to a real change?)

… The Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung deserves a lot of credit for addressing key themes facing the transatlantic alliance, such as the future of NATO, Iran and Afghanistan.  I am delighted with the turnout and I am honored to be part of your series on Afghanistan. I understand that you recently hosted an impressive program with former Bundeswehr physician Dr. Reinhard Erös who now leads a privately organized humanitarian aid program securing education for girls in the post-Taliban era … (full text, 23. April 2008).

… Although Rübling’s murder comes as a shock to other local aid workers, they agree that withdrawing would send the wrong signal, partly because it could encourage the murderers. “Show your face, show your flag and get out,” advises Reinhard Erös of Kinderhilfe Afghanistan, a German aid organization headquartered in Bavaria. Erös, who already worked in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation, is part of a successful effort to build schools in the country’s Pashtun east … (full text).

… About two years ago I learned about the Kinderhilfe Afghanistan (German Aid for Afghan Children). This organisation is completey privately driven by the Erös Family. What they have achieved over the last decade as NGO (none government organisation) is simply outstanding ! Last year I met Dr. Reinhard Erös the first time personally and I have to admit never having spoken to someone with so much passion for his work, with so much knowledge of what he is talking about and who is that charismatic as he is. Since then I try to collect fundings and other items of need for him via my website Swyx Forum … (full text).

Find him and his publications on ; on Hoffmann und Campe; on Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek; on Google Video-search; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

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Kate Michelman – USA

Linked with Naral Pro-Choice America,

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

In 2005, Kate Michelman announced that she was stepping down as president of Naral Pro-Choice America in order to help elect a pro-choice president of the USA. Under her leadership, Naral has become the nation’s premier reproductive rights group. Kate’s more than 20 years of advocacy have led to legalization of abortion and access to birth control information and devices. As she educates women about their bodies, Kate also awakens in them their right to autonomy and their right to live in a peaceful world, inspiring countless young women to join the struggle worldwide for women’s rights … She says: “I decided that one of the most important ways I could contribute to healthier children and families was to empower women to bring children into the world under circumstances of their own choosing” … (1000peacewomen 1/2).

Kate Michelman (born 1942) is an American political activist known for her involvement in the pro-choice movement. She served as president of NARAL from 1985 to 2004, and testified against Supreme Court justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito in their respective confirmation hearings. She wrote her memoirs in With Liberty and Justice for All: A Life Spent Protecting the Right to Choose (2006). (wikipedia).

Her Bio also on the Harry Walker Agency; and on Source Watch.


Kate Michelman – USA

She works for Naral Pro-Choice America.

Listen her video: Kate Michelman and Cate Edwards – Women’s Forum Webcast, 23 min, Nov 11, 2007.

Kate Michelman, The Public Face Of a Woman’s Right to Privacy, January 12, 2006.

Find her and her publications on think/ with her quotes; on amazon; on Harry Walker Agency Inc.; on Google Video-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

She says also: … “They threaten women’s rights to reproductive freedom and choice. And they threaten the practice of medicine because they criminalize the doctor’s work” … and: “Bush uses often the slogan of compassionate conservative to describe himself. But it hardly describes the record he has compiled as governor when it comes to ensuring women’s reproductive health and rights. Last year alone, Governor Bush signed seven measures restricting rights, adding to the 11 provisions enacted in previous years” … (full text).

Fmr. NARAL Head Kate Michelman on Alito and Her Own Pre-Roe v Wade Experience Getting an Abortion and Consent From the Husband Who Abandoned Her, January 09, 2006.

Long ‘Roe’ to Hoe, By Frances Kissling & Kate Michelman, January 17, 2008.

And she says: … “The question I have been asking myself is how do we best bring America together in shared purpose, prosperity and, especially, equality. Barack Obama is also calling our nation to the greatness that we all want but that we’re uncertain we can still achieve. Many who had given up on politics are re-engaging. Many who had grown tolerant of the intolerable are now ready to demand more ­ and not just from themselves but others” … (full text, 3 Nov 2008).

She writes: … Senator Obama is not just prepared to lead ­ as our beloved Teddy and Caroline Kennedy have said, he is prepared to lead in a way different than we have seen for decades. Not out in front with us behind him, but rather with us beside him. And that difference is all the difference. That difference separates just any president from a great president; and right now, we need a great president. Barack Obama will be that great president. He will bring us all together. And together, we will change our country. During these past many years, we have lost the sense of what we could do together, who we could be, what was possible. That’s changing. And Barack Obama is the one changing that. With him, greatness is again within reach. (full text).

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Aruna Roy – India

Linked with The Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan MKSS, India, with the National Campaign For People’s Right To Information NCPRI, India, and with The idea of India.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Through struggles for the right to minimum wages and employment, Aruna Roy (born 1946) united the people of central Rajasthan under the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS). In 1994, the MKSS began the Right to Information movement. What started as a local intervention against corruption now stands as a national movement that has won freedom of information laws in ten states and at the center. The way in which Aruna bridged the interests of the middle class and the impoverished is remarkable. She says: “While the right to information in India is logical, it is conspicuous in its absence in the quotidian workings of the establishment. The sufferers are the impoverished” … (1000peacewomen 1/2).

Aruna Roy is an Indian political and social activist. She served as a civil servant in the Indian Administrative Service from 1968-1975. She is best-known for her campaigns to better the lives of the rural poor in Rajasthan … (full text on wikipedia).  And: Career; Personal Life.

This year’s Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership and International Understanding has been bestowed on J Arputham, President, National Slumdwellers’ Federation and Aruna Roy, Sept. 2000 … (full text).

She is also a Better World Heroe.


Aruna Roy – India

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She works for Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan MKSS.

RTI: Aruna Roy for another campaign, to implement the act, 11/3/2008.

RTI Act yet to make impact in villages, say policymakers, Nov. 6, 2008.

She says also: … “Many collectives of the poor people struggling for change gave us the ideas and the commitment to bring about meaningful change. In fact, this has been one of the outstanding lessons of my 25 years of work in rural Rajasthan. I owe my ideas to the clarity of others; my courage to being with people who confront injustice with fearlessness and equanimity; my hope to the persistence and resilience of men and women struggling to get themselves heard; my generosity to the poor family that shared its last roti (bread) with me and my sense of well being to the many who have supported me in difficult moments of my life” … (full interview text).

Desert Storm: Saathin Solidarity, September 11, 2004.

Find her and her publications on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

Another Interview With Aruna Roy: Janadesh 2007, by Santosh H K Narayan.

And she says: … “The pity is that there is no accountability in the present system of governance. All human rights depend on the basic right to know, to demand accountability. In India, the feudal social fabric has exploited the formal democratic system to its advantage because the literate are too busy building careers and empires to bother about social inadequacies. That’s why RTI has a widespread appeal for everyone. Every citizen of the state has a fundamental right to say: “You are spending my money. Render me the accounts.” But most people are unaware of this power and suffer as a result their inaction and ignorance” … (full interview text).

Aruna Roy is a recipient of Magsaysay award – valued as the Asian Nobel prize – for community leadership and international understanding. Aruna Roy was an IAS officer until 1974. She resigned from the IAS to join the Social Work and Research Center in Tilonia, Rajasthan, which had been set up by her husband Sanjit Roy. She worked at the SWRC until 1983, then moved to Devdoondri in 1990 and set up the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathana, a group which is a working example of a transparent organization. She is a strong supporter of the movement for Right to Information, which succeeded in getting the Rajasthan Right to Information Bill passed … (full text).

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Kate Fereday Eshete – Ethiopia and England

Linked with KATE FEREDAY ESHETE helping the needy in Ethiopia, and with Kate, a girl who can’t say no.

For five years Kate Fereday Eshete has lived in a mud hut on the edge of Gondar city with her Ethiopian husband (Asnake Eshete), their adopted children (Tomas and Menen, two years old) and their menagerie. Kate and Asnake both work at the Tara Centre. Born in Cheshire – a county in the north-west of England – in 1961, Catherine (Kate for short) Fereday is the elder of identical twin sisters. In 1966 her family moved to Scotland, spending one year near Inverness before settling in the Orkney Islands, off the northern Scottish coast. Kate attended Kirkwall Grammar School, attaining ‘A’ in nine Scottish O’ Grades. At 17 she left Orkney to travel … // … In 1994 an impulse took Kate to Ethiopia to help street children. Five years later she walked about 500 miles from Addis Ababa to Gondar via Lalibela with a donkey she called Dinkenesh, celebrating the Millennium near the remote Takeze River in an area where no white person had ever been before …// … A note about Kate’s name: Ethiopians have just one name and use their father’s name as a second name. For a third name, they use their paternal grandfather’s name (for example, Asnake Eshete Tefera). They do not have family surnames and women do not change their names after marriage. (full text).


Kate Fereday Eshete – Ethiopia and England

She  is the founder of two English charities: the KINDU TRUST for needy children in Ethiopia, (named on GondarLink, on and on KINDU’s weblog, our Vision: The Kindu Trust stengthens vulnerable families affected by poverty by making them financially secure, which in turn prevents children drifting on to the streets); and of  the Dinkenesh Fund for needy animals in Ethiopia (named on about Kate, and on smart change).

Kate runs also the Tara Centre, a community centre where integrated projects help people, animals and the environment. Named also as Ethiopian partner on coldembersvocalistnick’s blog.

In September 2007 Kate opened the Empress Mentewab School, a primary school that provides quality, full-day education to disadvantaged children from poor families in Gondar’s inner-city slums, (see on her Homepage).

… It is only by your support we have been able to achieve so much and change the future for so many children and families in Ethiopia … // … Inspired by the work of Kate, with your support, we can and do make a difference in a world of poverty … (full text).

Find her and her publications on Google Blog-search.

… The Kindu Trust’s Ethiopian partner, the Tara Centre, is a community centre in the centre of Gondar city, Ethiopia. It serves the poor families living in the inner-city slums in a variety of ways and it is coordinated by Kate Fereday Eshete, our founder. The Tara Centre and the Kindu Trust are partners in our work to improve the quality of life on behalf of hundreds of disadvantaged people in Ethiopia – in particular through child sponsorship … (full text).

… Kate explained: “We first heard about Teseme and his siblings in June, 2003, when our social worker, Havard Fikkan, noted the poor conditions in which the family was living. The tragic story of two-year-old Teseme prompted Lorraine Shearer to sponsor the Ethiopian family. The youngster is pictured with his dad Mulualem Gebayehu in their home. We added Teseme to our list of needy children waiting for a sponsor and Teseme’s father, Mulualem Gebayehu, brought us a document from the chairman of the local council, confirming the desperate circumstances of the family” … (full text).

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Gillian Tett – England

Linked with Media Talk: Predicting the crash, with Ann Pettifor – England,  .

Gillian Tett is an assistant editor of the Financial Times and oversees the global coverage of the financial markets. In 2007 she was awarded the Wincott prize, the premier British award for financial journalism, for her capital markets coverage. She was named British Business Journalist of the Year in 2008. (on Frontline Club, London).

… She joined the FT in 1993 and worked in the former Soviet Union and Europe, and in the economics team. In 1997 she was posted to Tokyo where she became the bureau chief, before returning in 2003 to become deputy head of the Lex column. She is the author of Saving the Sun; How Wall Street mavericks shook up Japan’s financial system and made billions (Harper Collins and Random House). Gillian Tett has a PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge University, based on research conducted in the former Soviet Union in the early 1990s. She speaks French, Russian, moderate Japanese and Persian … (full text).

She says: ““People who come from a background of arts and humanities and social studies tend to think that money and the City is boring and somehow dirty” … and: “But if you don’t look at how money goes round the world you don’t actually understand the world at all. When you try and join up the dots about how money can be linked to politics, can be linked to culture, then it’s electrifying” … (on Press Gazette, Oct. 31, 2008).

Gillian Tett was trained as a social anthropologist but became a journalist while doing fieldwork in Soviet Central Asia during the communist period in Russia. Since that time she has risen through the ranks of the Financial Times, holding positions on its economics desk before becoming the bureau chief in Japan. She now lives in London. (on Random House Group).

Watch video Talk from the Frontline Club, London, UK, 1.28′22 h, Nov. 7, 2008.


Gillian Tett – England

The banking world ignored Gillian Tett when she predicted the credit crisis two years ago. Laura Barton hears how her training in social anthropology alerted her to the danger … (full text, October 31 2008 – see also: Corrections and clarifications, Oct. 31, 2008).

She writes: … This was the idea that the 21st-century financial system and global economy had become so stable and sophisticated that dramatic swings in activity had seemingly disappeared. Volatility, in other words, was supposed to be an issue of the past … (full text, Oct. 27, n2008).

Gillian Tett: ‘Derivative Thinking’, June 1, 2008.

Communications and External Relations for Central Banks and Financial Regulators, 8 pages.

Investors left dazed by violence of recent swings, by Gillian Tett, October 27 2008.

Behind the applause, fears of downturn and debt loom, by Gillian Tett in London, October 15 2008.

Listen the audio: The role of the media; and the effects on the future of the banking industry, by Gillian Tett … (on Financial Times).

Find her and her publications on (blogs); on ; on LA Times; on Random House; on newstin; on amazon; on; on Google Video-search; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

Stages of Grief – the 2007/2008 credit crunch, by Gillian Tett, Financial Times, 9 pages.

She writes also: … “Every one was looking at the City and talking about M&A [mergers and acquisitions] and equity markets, and all the traditional high-glamour, high-status parts of the City. I got into this corner of the market because I passionately believed there was a revolution happening that had been almost entirely ignored. And I got really excited about trying to actually illustrate what was happening. Not that anyone particularly wanted to listen. You could see everyone’s eyes glazing over … But my team, not just me, we very much warned of the dangers. Though I don’t think we expected the full scale of the disaster that’s unfolded” … (full text).

Today: Bank of England interest rate cut 08 Nov 08 [Best of Today].

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Kip Tiernan – USA

Linked with Rosie’s place, and with Why are people homeless. Added Nov. 16, 2008: and linked with Poor People’s United Fund PPUF.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

At a time when society believed that women’s place was in the home, Kip Tiernan reached out to those women who had no home. In 1974, she founded Rosie’s Place, the United States’ first drop-in, emergency shelter for women. Kip has been at the center of the fight for economic and social justice for nearly three decades, advocating and lobbying for affordable and accessible housing, health care, education, jobs, civil rights, and peace. She currently serves as codirector of the Poor People’s United Fund, which she founded … She says: “If we care enough to take the risk of being human, together we can change the world”. (On 1000peacewomen).

Kip Tiernan is an American activist who may be best known as founder of Rosie’s Place. She has been an advocate for economic and social justice for nearly three decades. Tiernan has protested and lobbied for affordable and accessible housing, health care and education as well as jobs, civil rights and peace. Drawing from her early roots in the radical Catholic left movement, Tiernan encourages people “to take the risk of being human” … // … Tiernan was also a founder of the Boston Food Bank (see the Greather Boston Food Bank) and co-founder of the Boston Women’s Fund, Health Care for the Homeless and Community Works (see Police and Community Youth Club). In 1980 she co-founded the Poor People’s United Fund, a “spare change” funding source for grass roots community groups involved in issues of homelessness, hunger and access to justice, and she currently serves as the co-director. In 1990 she established the Ethical Policy Institute, a multi-disciplinary community of people engaged in political analysis, economics and community activism. Tiernan also teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts. A popular public speaker and social commentator, Tiernan has lectured at hundreds of high schools, colleges, churches and conferences and written articles in local as well as national publications … (full text).

Her Bio on Rosie’s Place.


Kip Tiernan – USA (left)

She works for Rosie’s Place, for the (Greather) Boston Food Bank, and for the Poor People’s United Fund PPUF.

When has anything that Kip Tiernan and Fran Froelich done been conventional? Last night in a program sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and campus volunteer programs, the pair referred to as “the conscience of Boston” spoke about their outsider political theology in their book, Urban Meditations. (on, a Bostons’ students paper).

… Kip is a native of Connecticut who was orphaned as a child and raised by her grandmother. Always unorthodox, by the time she was 16 she was taking flying lessons and playing jazz piano … (full text).

She says also: (Alice) … “taught me patience, kindness, street smarts… I still miss her more than I can say.”

One of the very first people I ever heard challenge homeless advocates to go beyond services to structural solutions was Kip Tiernan, a Boston activist out of the Catholic Worker mold. Kip is still around and at 77 continues to direct Boston’s Poor People’s United Fund with her longtime associate Fran Froelich … (full text).

Find her and her publications on ; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

Provides a $40,000 stipend and benefit package for one year to a woman, over 21 years of age, so that she can develop and carry out a special project that will further the mission of Rosie’s Place anywhere in New England … (full text).

Rosie’s Place Spring Gala: On 5/2, more than 200 guests gathered at the Channel 5 studios in Needham to mark the 80th birthday of social justice activist and Rosie’s Place founder Kip Tiernan. The event featured cuisine from celebrity chefs and a live auction, raising more than $350,000 for Rosie’s Place, a shelter for poor and homeless women. (Boston Magazine).

More than three decades after publication of the taboo-shattering book on female health, “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” activists are still struggling to bring attention to women’s health issues amid the national debate over medical insurance coverage, said one of the book’s authors and feminist pioneer Judy Norsigian … // … The discussion was moderated by Kip Tiernan, co-founder of Community Works in Boston, an organization supported through Harvard’s Community Gifts program (see box). (A scheduled participant, Byllye Avery, founder of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, was not able to attend due to a family health matter) … (full text).

Kip created a sanctuary of love when she opened the doors to Rosie’s Place 33 years ago and we continue to provide a community of support and hope for our most vulnerable sisters. With meals, groceries from our food pantry, advocacy services, emergency shelter, adult education, permanent housing, and more, Rosie’s Place has created a critical set of services that help all women make real and lasting changes and reach for their dreams. The following examples highlight some of our achievements across the organization this past year: … (full text).

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Brigitta Renyaan Sr. – Indonesia

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Sister Brigitta was born in Langgur, Southeast Maluku on October 7, 1953. She wanted to be a nun since she was a little girl. As a teenager, she sang in a band, was a swimming champion and dated boys. But when a man proposed to her, she declined and instead entered the religious life. She graduated from the Fajar Langgur Teacher’s College in 1973. After finishing teacher’s college, she took her vows as a nun of the order of the Sacred Heart of Princess Mary and devoted herself to guiding the youth. With the outbreak of violence in Maluku, she focused her efforts on women and established the Forum for Women’s Welfare Gerakan Perempuan Peduli (GPP) in 1999, and she worked in Soya, Ambon, at a camp for internally displaced persons. Working with refugees, Brigitta has met people at their most vulnerable. She is acknowledged as a counselor, teacher and mediator.  Sister Brigitta Renyaan is a nun from the order of the Sacred Heart of Princess Mary or Putri Bunda Hati Kudus (PBHK). She is well known as at teacher of thousands of children at Xaverius Catholic School, which she founded.The sister’s determination emanates from a gentle heart. She says she was inspired by her late father, Ernest Renyaan, a teacher who was educated in colonial Dutch and Japanese schools. When the Japanese government summoned Ernest to go to Papua in the 1940s, he refused, choosing to quit his teaching job so he could remain in his native Maluku, where he worked as a farmer, carpenter and grassroots teacher … (on 1000peacewomen 1/2).

She says: “I will continue to defend the children and women, in war or in peace” … and: “We decided to form a foundation, I represented the Moslem women and children, because they were still in an alert situation. I counselled the Moslem children and helped them gather in Air Kuning, even though at the time we had no guarantee of protection” … and: She recalls, “That evening some of the orphans wearing their veils were ready at the 733rd army dorm. But people surrounded the area from everywhere, so they had to be picked up by an armed vehicle and dropped off at the monastery’s front door” … and: “I am not a teacher of religion, but a general teacher who tries to support children’s development and creativity according to their respective religious values, I am glad to see the parents support this” … (on 1000peacewomen).


Brigitta Renyaan Sr. – Indonesia … click on the picture for greather size

She works for Gerakan Perempuan Peduli GPP (existing on yahoo groups, and named on Geocities), and for the Putri Bunda Hati Kudus–Order of the Sacred Heart of Princess Mary (no website found).

THE SITUATION IN AMBON / MOLUCCAS: Report 310, Aug 19, 2002; and Report 317, September 11, 2002.

Find her and her publications on Google Blog-search (4 results in Indonesian language).

Indonesian texts: on;, Oct. 29, 2001; on, Dec. 26, 2002; another on, 28 Agustus 2006.

From here all text from 1000peacewomen 2/2: … The story of her father’s rebellion inspired Brigitta, who heard the story told over and over again. She says that her father’s discipline and attitude inspired her to become a nun. A dynamic church community also formed her and provided her with the opportunity to join social movements and become an activist. The outbreak of violence in Maluku in 1999 was her first experience in emergency work, counselling and working with victims of violence, especially marginalized groups. That same year, she formed the Gerakan Perempuan Peduli (The Forum for Women’s Welfare) in Maluku, which focused on women’s issues, gender awareness and child education.

The conflict in Maluku worsened with the deployment of military troops. Maluku was declared unsafe, and many people were evacuated. Sister Brigitta refused the suggestion by the church to evacuate from Maluku, choosing to stay with the people affected by the conflict, especially the women and children. During the conflict, the economy in Maluku turned into a nightmare. Life was very difficult for the community, especially the women who had to make sure they could feed their families. In camps for internally displaced persons (IDP), women and children had to live with poor sanitation, poor health, lack of education, lack of nutritious food, lack of love, not to mention sexual violence, sniper attacks, bombs, and other problems.

The women’s lives were changed forever. The faced the risk of losing their family members, of physical violence, the lack of political participation, and libel. In some instances, women had to resort to prostitution in order to feed their children. With most of the men out fighting, the women were left to keep the family together. But it was not safe for the women to walk in the streets. Many women, who got up early to go to the market before sunrise, were not safe from snipers.

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Elizabeth Betita Martinez – USA

Linked with Where was the Color in Seattle?

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Elizabeth “Betita” Martínez (born 1925) is a Chicana feminist and a long-time community organizer, activistauthor, and educator. She has written numerous books and articles on different topics relating to social movements in the Americas. Her best-known work is the bilingual 500 years of Chicano History in Pictures, which later formed the basis for the educational video Viva la Causa! 500 Years of Chicano History. Her work has been hailed by Angela Y. Davis as comprising one of the most important living histories of progressive activism in the contemporary era … [Martínez is] inimitable … irrepressible … indefatigable … (full text).

Her Bio also on South End Press.

… In 1997 she co-founded and currently directs the Institute for MultiRacial Justice in San Francisco, a resource center that aims “aims to strengthen the struggle against white supremacy by serving as a resource center to help build alliances among peoples of color and combat divisions”. Most recently, Betita was named as one of the 1000 women from 150 countries (40 from the U.S.) who have been nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. (full text).

She says: “If being a writer implies sensitivity to the complex reality of human existence, then how can one not seek to end the conditions that suffocate all but a tiny number of those who walk this earth?”(1000peacewomen).

Listen the videos: Elizabeth Betita Martinez, 2.59 min, Sept. 24, 2008; and: Elizabeth Betita Martinez’ Message About Efren Paredes, Jr., 1.33 min, April 23, 2008.


Elizabeth Betita Martinez – USA

She works for War Times-Tiempo de Guerras; for the Institute for Multi-Racial Justice (named on abc otv online); and for the Bay Area Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement.

Towards Social Justice: Elizabeth ‘Betita’ Martinez and the Institute for MultiRacial Justice, by Chris Crass, December 24, 2004.

Find her and her publications on allBookstore; on amazon; on wikipedia /selected publications; on Google Video-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

Betita Martinez responded to one of my questions at her Detroit book signing by saying, ¡Vive la mujer radical! (Long live the radical women!). I need to summon her unwavering purpose to keep my energy up! (on a book without cover).

Help for Elizabeth (Betita) Martinez, 10th March 2005.

If ever there has been a chapter of the U.S. left with deep cultural roots in every sense, it is the movimiento of New Mexico. The roots include social relations, economic traditions, political forms, artistic expression, and language—everything that defines peoplehood. They are Native American, Spanish, and Mexican mestizo (mixed) and they go back centuries. Migrant workers of the last 150 years have played a crucial part, but “immigrant” does not describe the totality of those roots … (full text A View from New Mexico: Recollections of the Movimiento Left, by Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez).

… Morales got the idea for the film while interviewing Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez. Perhaps best known for her book “500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures,” Martinez already was politically active in the early 1950s when her daughter was born … (full text, 23 Oct 2008).

… Second, the vital critique of white privilege in the Global Justice movement that was initiated by Elizabeth Betita Martinez in her essay “Where Was the Color in Seattle”.  That essay and others that followed it made race and power burning issues throughout the movement … (full text).

… She’s perhaps best known as the author of the classic 500 Years of Chicano History which remains a profusely illustrated testament to our people’s storied resistance throughout centuries of oppression. Betita, as she prefers to be called, was in town last week, however, to speak to students and people in the community about her latest book 500 Years of Chicana Women’s History. (Rutgers Press).

Starting where her classic text left off, Betita’s newest book is a bilingual historical exhumation of the long obscured stories of Chicana women in resistance. All too often faced with a male dominated triumvirate chorizo-fest image of the Chicano Movement, Betita’s book is a breath of fresh air and further more, an absolute necessity! … (full text).

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Barbara Ehrenreich – USA

Linked with When Pastors go Postal, and How Positive Thinking Wrecked the Economy.

Barbara Ehrenreich (born August 26, 1941, in Butte, Montana) is an American feminist, socialist and political activist. She is a widely read columnist and essayist, and the author of nearly 20 books … (full text). Her Biography.

Her Bio on her own website.

She says:… No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots … and: America is addicted to wars of distraction … and: If men were equally at risk from this condition – if they knew their bellies might swell as if they were suffering from end-stage cirrhosis, that they would have to go nearly a year without a stiff drink, a cigarette, or even an aspirin, that they would be subject to fainting spells and unable to fight their way onto commuter trains – then I am sure that pregnancy would be classified as a sexually transmitted disease and abortions would be no more controversial than emergency appendectomies … (more quotes on think

Barbara’s Blog: Barbara Ehrenreich comments on working in America. And Her official website.

She writes: In a culture where credit rating is the key measure of self-worth, the increasing response to huge debts is “Just shoot me!” … // … The alternative is to value yourself more than any amount of money and turn the guns, metaphorically speaking, in the other direction. It wasn’t God, or some abstract economic climate change, that caused the credit crisis. Actual humans – often masked as financial institutions – did that, (and you can find a convenient list of names in Nomi Prins’s article in the current issue of Mother Jones.) Most of them, except for a tiny few facing trials, are still high rollers, fattening themselves on the blood and tears of ordinary debtors. I know it’s so 1930s, but may I suggest a march on Wall Street? (full text of Suicide Spreads as One Solution to the Debt Crisis, July 29, 2008).


Barbara Ehrenreich – USA

Watch the video: Ehrenreich – This Land is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation, 44.17 min, added July 16, 2008.

Announcement: A professor at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County will discuss a book that chronicles a women’s experience with the working poor on Nov. 13, 2008 … Associate sociology professor Ann Herda-Rapp will discuss how author Barbara Ehrenreich took low-wage jobs in three different states to detail struggles that prevent workers from fulfilling basic necessities … (full text, November 5, 2008).

UWMC to perform Nickel and Dimed, Nov. 4, 2008.

… Nickel and Dimed is Joan Holden’s stage version of Barbara Ehrenreich’s first-person story Nickel and Dimed, on (Not) Getting by in America. The play, like the book, is about Ehrenreich’s experiences working in low-wage jobs and trying to survive for a year … (full text, November 5, 2008).

Do You Think Americans Reject The Notion Of Spreading The Wealth? October 18, 2008.

She writes also: … So happy birthday, Communist Manifesto – although I’m hoping that capitalism survives this one, if only because there’s no alternative ready at hand. At the very least, we should get some regulation and serious oversight out of any bail-out deal, meaning that, yes, the economy will look a little less like free enterprise. But one thing we should have learned in the last week, if not the last year, is that, when applied to enterprise, freedom can be just another word for someone else’s pain. (full text).

Find her and her publications on The Nation; on Alternet; on her blogs; books on her official website and articles on its archives; on wikipedia: see her books, her essays, and translations made in many languages; on Barbara Ehrenreich Quotes; on Google Video-search; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

… And yet, once the microphones were on, Barbara Ehrenreich spoke movingly about America’s infuriating blindness to our poor. Tom Friedman (Hot, Flat, and Crowded) spoke rousingly about our crucial need to be as imaginative about ET (environmental technology) as we’ve been about IT (information technology) … (full text).

She is member of United Professionals.

… Featured speakers include Barbara Ehrenreich, author of “Nickle and Dimed,” and William McDonough, an architect known for his sustainability efforts. Other things to look out for are a green film festival, a reggae concert Saturday morning and a closing celebration on Saturday evening … (full text).

… Class warfare is what the wealthy and their puppets have been waging against the rest of us. One day, if unchecked, it will boil over and the McCains and Bushes and Cheneys of this country will learn what class warfare is– like the French aristocracy did. Meanwhile, perhaps they could get a glimmer from the introduction to This Land Is Your Their Land, the fantastic new book by Barbara Ehrenreich. She writes that “we’ll need a new deal, a new distribution of power and wealth if we want to restore the beautiful idea that was “America” … (full text).

… Speaking several years ago from the perspective of the newly diagnosed, Barbara Ehrenreich waged war in the pages of Harper’s against the “cult” of cheery pink consumption. She insisted that breast cancer survivors have all too readily taken up the role of complacency, embracing everything from pink teddy bears to pink angel pins while sacrificing what Ehrenreich clearly believes is well-placed anger … (full text).

… Based on Barbara Ehrenreich’s 2001 book of the same name, “Nickel and Dimed” follows the author’s real-life quest to try to survive on a minimum wage. Ehrenreich, in the New York Times best-seller, lived in three different states over a few months in the least-expensive lodgings she could find and worked a series of poverty-wage jobs – house cleaner, hotel maid, Wal-Mart salesperson and waitress among them … (full text).

Report from the Socialist International Conspiracy, Oct. 21, 2008.

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Ricky L. Jones – USA

Raised by his maternal grandmother in the hard-scrabble housing projects of Atlanta, Georgia, Ricky L. Jones not only became the first member of his immediate family to graduate high school, but by age 29 he had also earned a Ph.D. Currently, Jones is associate professor, past chair, and Director of the Center for the Study of Crime and Justice in the Black Community in the Department of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville. He is an honors graduate in Political Science from Morehouse College (Martin Luther King, Jr.’s alma mater). He was only the second African American to receive a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky where he specialized in Political Philosophy and Comparative Politics … (full bio).

Read a profile of Ricky Jones in his adopted hometown’s newspaper: When Conscience Calls, 6 pdf-pages, June 8, 2003.

He says: “Have No Fear, Stay Strong, Stand on Truth, Do Justice, and Do Not Leave the People in the Hands of Fools.” (on /

His Research Interests: African American Politics and Leadership; Political Theory; African American Nationalism; Violence and Resistance; the African American Male … (full text).


Ricky L. Jones – USA


African American political Pundit, on blog talk

Find him and his publications on allBookstores; on amazon; on; on blog talk; on University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky 40292; on; on Barnes and Noble; on UN jobs; on his books, his audios and videos; on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search.

The Google download-books:

  • American Icons, By Dennis Hall, Susan G. Hall, 2006, … and there a chapter: Martin Luther King, Jr., by Ricky L. Jones, on page 363;
  • The Hazing Reader, By Hank Nuwer, 2004, 314 page, … and there a chapter: Examining Violence in Black Fraternity Pledging, by Ricky L. Jones, on page 110;
  • What’s Wrong with Obamamania? By Ricky L. Jones, J. Blaine (FRW) Hudson, 2008, 144 pages.

He writes: Since 2002, Ricky L. Jones has written the Message to the People in Louisville’s most popular alternative weekly – the Louisville Eccentric Observer(LEO). Over the years, the Message has covered a wide range of topics including: local, state, national and international politics, police brutality, urban renewal, activism, progressivism, religion, individual and structural racism, education, history, poverty, and many others. It is a three-time winner of the Louisville Society of Professional Journalists’ “Best Minority Reporting Award.” The Message is published the last Wednesday of each month. (See on LEO’s Homepage, and in the Archives of Message to the People.

… Raised by his maternal grandmother in the hard-scrabble housing projects of Atlanta, Georgia, Ricky L. Jones not only became the first member of his immediate family to graduate high school, but by age 29 he had also earned a Ph.D. Currently, Jones is associate professor, past chair, and Director of the Center for the Study of Crime and Justice in the Black Community in the Department of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville. He is an honors graduate in Political Science from Morehouse College (Martin Luther King, Jr.’s alma mater). He was only the second African American to receive a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky where he specialized in Political Philosophy and Comparative Politics. Outside the academy, Jones has written the Message to the People for the city of Louisville’s most popular alternative weekly, the Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO). The Message won the Best Minority Reporting Award from the Louisville Society of Professional Journalists for three consecutive years. Recently, because of his commitment to the community as well as his work, Jones was named one of Louisville’s 25 Young Future Leaders by Louisville Magazine … (full text).

Sorry, exept the Google download books no texts of Ricky L. Jones are openly awailable in the internet.

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Paul Grignon – Canada

Linked with It’s a strange system, and it’s not in our best interests. Also linked with G. Edward Griffin – USA, with some Publications, with … and specially this publication, with The Fed, with Bibliography: The FED,Money, Gold, Economy, Society, with … und speziell noch dieses Buch. And also linked with Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

(He is a) Canadian Artist Paul Grignon creates in paint, print and pixels … (see on his website).

Paul Grignon was born in Toronto, Canada on May 5, 1948. He was always drawing and painting as a child, and began working in oils at the age of thirteen. Self taught in the technical skills of painting landscapes and still life realistically, his “artist soul” was awakened during a year at Toronto’s New School of Art, where he immersed himself in figure drawing up to 6 hrs per day and experimented with abstract expressionist painting … (full text).

He says: “Born in Toronto, Canada in 1948, I first became suspicious of our money system when I was in high school in Ottawa. We were studying logarithmic functions such as interest and it struck me that a money system in which money accrues interest at every turn could only function with exponential growth of the money supply. Something did not make sense to me. I wasn’t sure what it was but I had strong feeling that banking was a scam designed to benefit bankers at the expense of everyone else. I vowed never to get into debt to bankers” … (full text).

Reviews of his video Money as Dept.

Watch his 4 videos:


Paul Grignon – Canada

Sites showing Paul Grignon’s paintings and drawings: on Cathedral Grove; on Carole Martin; on Gallery Sookeharbourhouse; on Himalayan Festival; on Kinsol Trestle; on whiter rock gallery; on world wide renaissance;  on graced haven’s; on Kevan and Allison’s Wedding; and on Gallery 1080.

Ecrivent aussi de sa vidéo/resp. la montrent: Daily Motion, 15 oct., 2008; David Abiker, sur France Info, le 14 oct. 08; François Xavier, le, le 8 oct. 08; André Gunthert, l’école des hautes études en science, 14 octobre 2008; Astrid Girardeau et Erwan Cario dans Libération, 15 octobre 2008.

… Une vidéo à ne pas manquer, qui nous décrit les artifices financiers appliqués par les banques avec la complicité des gouvernants. Ca fait froid dans le dos. Mais il ne suffit pas de regarder, il s’agirait également de revendiquer les quelques pistes qu’y sont proposés. A l’aube d’une séquence ou nos civilisations vont devoir opérer un virage à 180°c, il serait bon d’anticiper les pénuries et la fin des ressources terrestres à bas couts, la fin de la récré a sonné! Pour plus de débat, consulter également le site Arrèt sur Image, dont ci-dessous un article et liens associés. Skapad. LE FILM DE PAUL GRIGNON: dit non à l’usure … (full text, 25 octobre 2008).

The Google download-book Pier 21, By Anne Renaud.

Find him and his publications on Google Video-search (actually with 151 results); on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

… Zeitgeist II film (and website) is dark, foreboding, and dire.  Its appeal will be most effective with the disaffected who recognize the problems and yearn for positive direction.  I loved it; the film resolved my ambivalence over boycotting the vote. Zeitgeist II spends the first half of the film explaining the monetary system.  That’s a good thing; most of us have no clue how money really works.  My three college econ courses never explained the creation of money through debt.  Nor did they warn of the ramifications of this century-old pyramid scheme that is today collapsing before us.  Dennis Kucinich recently recommended Paul Grignon’s 47-minute animated documentary, Money as Debt, for an introduction to our monetary system.  So do I.  Zeitgeist II takes the instruction further, and then moves into an interconnected exposé of corporations and capitalism … (full text, 12 Oct 2008).

Find also Paul Grignon’s video: on Webatlantis on Bonjour Planet Earth; on need 2 know; on
snips & snaps; on Running ‘Cause I can’t fly’; on Hey Guys … and more than 7000 other blogs on Google Blog-search.

Paul Grignon is a fine landscape artist and a tireless advocate for the land and for peace. He lives on Gabriola Island … (see a landscape).

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Richard Hayes Phillips – USA

Linked with Mark Crispin Miller – USA.

Richard Hayes Phillips has been the leading investigator of the fraudulent 2004 presidential election in Ohio. His work was relied upon by John Conyers in challenging the Ohio electors in Congress, by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. in his article for Rolling Stone magazine, and by Algenon L. Marbley in issuing his federal court order protecting the ballots from destruction. Assisted by teams of volunteers equipped with digital cameras, Phillips amassed some 30,000 images of forensic evidence. Then he analyzed it all himself, examining 126,000 ballots, 127 poll books, and 141 voter signature books from 18 counties in Ohio … (full text).

“Richard Hayes Phillips worked day and night for three years compiling irrefutable evidence of how the Republicans stole the 2004 presidential race in Ohio.  This landmark investigation is a testament to what private citizens can accomplish when government officials fail to protect our right to vote and to count those votes as cast.  Every American – Republican and Democrat – should read this book, and join the fight for democracy’s most fundamental right” … (full text).

His article: Was the 2004 Election Stolen? Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted – enough to have put John Kerry in the White House. (ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR. June 01, 2006).


Richard Hayes Phillips – USA


Whatever the outcome of the US elections, a question mark will hang over the irregularities that have taken place in the run-up to the polls and the actual voting process itself; particularly the electronic voting devices being used, about which there have already been several complaints. An increasing number of Americans are calling for electoral reform and a return to paper ballots … (full text, Oct 30, 2008).

Listen also the audio: Presidential Election Audit Finds Every Vote Doesn’t Count, published on Democracy for New Hampshire, July 23, 2008.

… While we can admit that some people may always try to commit voter registration fraud, such fraud is far less important or successful than the tactics committed by the Republicans in the last two Presidential elections. It must be ended! If there is one activity that stinks of being un-American, it would be trying to take away another’s right or ability to vote … (full text, November 01, 2008).

The Twelve Step Program, YES! Online – Election 2008: 12 Ways You Can Safeguard the Vote, by Fran Korten – Download the pdf-text.

… Phillip’s analysis uncovered the fact that Miami County’s ballot count was off in each and every one of its 82 precincts. A return of soiled ballots might have helped sort this out but they were destroyed. Why? Three counties, Stark, Summit, and Warren, failed to return any unvoted ballots making it difficult to determine if unvoted ballots were marked and substituted for voted ballots. Stark and Warren said it was standard procedure to destroy unvoted ballots 60 days after an election. Summit didn’t bother to offer an explanation … (full text, 8 November 2007).

Find him and his publications on Google Video-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

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Maria Varela – USA

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Maria Varela has been a community organizer for nearly 40 years, beginning in 1962 when she joined the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee. Assigned to Selma Alabama, Varela’s job was to teach literacy. Instead she found herself a student of the rich African American culture of the black belt south. Dissatisfied with existing literacy materials, Varela began to create filmstrips and photo books that proved useful both in training community leaders and teaching literacy … (full text).

She says: “Breakthroughs are possible only if we can gather the courage to risk stepping outside our colonized worldviews” … and: … She argues:”Collaboration can provide the opportunity for the kind of cross-cultural communication that is necessary to address social, economic, and environmental problems … But unless the issues of race, class, and culture are faced head-on, I question whether collaboration can make a dent in deeply held ethnocentrism, rooted in still deeper historical legacies. Breakthroughs are possible, but only if we can gather the courage to risk stepping outside our colonized worldviews” … (both on 1000peacewomen).

Her profile on LinkedIn.


Maria Varela – USA

She works for Rural Resources Group.

… TOPPENISH – The Yakima Valley’s economic future does not rest on the shoulders of farmers, ranchers or tourism developers. National rural resources expert Maria Varela says it rests, instead, in each Valley community’s ability to teach a diverse population the ABCs of economic literacy. The lessons are worthy of people of all ages and cultures, and could start being taught as early as middle school or junior high, she adds. Varela’s message was directed to the graduating class of Heritage College last weekend. In an interview, Varela says she gained as much from the graduates as they might have gained from her … (full text).

The book: Rural Environmental Planning for Sustainable Communities, by Frederic Sargent, Paul Lusk, Jose Rivera, Maria Varela.

Find her and her publications on amazon; on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search.

The Google download-books:

Women of Color, By Lillian Comas-Díaz, Beverly Greene, 1994, 518 pages;

Encyclopedia of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, By Matt S. Meier, Margo Gutiérrez, 2000, 293 pages.

… As a community organizer, Maria Varela specializes in small miracles. “What I do is to unlock people’s hopes and abilities,” she says of her part in the work of establishing a series of successful self-help ventures that have improved the lives of the people of her community without compromising their cherished rural traditions. While Varela prefers to go about her business without fanfare, her efforts have not gone unnoticed. Last summer she was honored with a prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship, a so-called genius award with a $305,000 no-strings-attached stipend that left her flustered and—no use denying it—thrilled. “I was stunned that they chose a community organizer, because community work is not often recognized” … (full text).

She writes: Definitions by Maria Varela:

  • 5. nikojunkie – One smitten with, obsessed by, in love with Nikolai Fraiture, bass player and god-like beauty, of the Strokes. NOT me…  Jun 23, 2006
  • 4. Paul Banks – Lead singer of dirge band Interpol. Blonde, blue-eyed and beauty marked this man is a Slavic-looking stunner. His v…  Nov 15, 2003
  • 3. Julian Casablancas – Incredibly gifted Puerto-Rican looking singer and songwriter for NY band the Strokes. His dad was a creep; he’s not….  Nov 15, 2003
  • 2. the libertines – Ostensibly an English band comprised of four members but only two are ever seen: look up Carlos Barat and Pete Dohert…  Nov 15, 2003
  • 1. nikolai fraiture – Franco-Russian soft-haired and soft-spoken bassist for the Strokes. Often found in the background of photos and obsc

… (on Urban Dictionary).

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Barbara Smith – USA

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Barbara Smith is an author, activist, and independent scholar who has played a groundbreaking role in opening up a national dialogue about the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender. She was among the first to define an African American women’s literary tradition and to build black women’s studies and black feminism in the United States. She has been politically active in many movements for social justice since the 1960s. Currently, her focus is on neighborhood and community organizing, especially regarding youth issues, in the poor black community where she resides. She says: “We are not hated and abused because there is something wrong with us, but our treatment is absolutely prescribed by the racist, misogynistic system under which we live”.  (on 1000peacewomen).

Barbara Smith (born December 16, 1946) in Cleveland is an American, lesbian feminist who has played a significant role in building and sustaining Black Feminism in the United States. Since the early 1970s she has been active as an innovative critic, teacher, lecturer, author, independent scholar, and publisher of Black feminist thought. She has also taught at numerous colleges and universities over the last twenty five years. Smith’s essays, reviews, articles, short stories and literary criticism have appeared in a range of publications, including The New York Times Book Review, The Black Scholar, Ms., Gay Community News, The Guardian, The Village Voice, Conditions (magazine) and The Nation. Barbara has a twin sister, Beverly Smith, who is also a lesbian feminist activist and writer … (full text).


Barbara Smith – USA

She works for:

History and activism.

Her Bio on

She is one of the 37 Women Named Bunting Institute Fellows for ‘96-97.

She is also a Betterworld Heroe, see Her Bio.

Some of the Google download-books she authored or co-authored:

She says also: “What I really feel is radical is trying to make coalitions with people who are different from you. I feel it is radical to be dealing with race and sex and class and sexual identity all at one time. I think that is really radical because it has never been done before”. (on Betterworld Heroes).

Find her and her publications on wikipedia /writings; on inauthor Google-search; and on Google Blog-search.

Many persons have the same name, disambiguations are often uncertain.

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Susan Sygall – USA

Linked with Mobility International USA, MIUSA, with Access for All: USAID’s Commitment to Accessible Programs, and with Resources for Disabled Travelers.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Susan Sygall is an internationally recognized expert in leadership programs and international educational exchange for persons with disabilities, with a particular emphasis on women. From her wheelchair, Susan inspires people to achieve more than they–and society–thought possible. She has changed the lives of countless women, often in the most isolated parts of the world. She cofounded Disabled Women’s Coalition, the Berkeley Outreach Recreation Program, and Mobility International USA, where she serves as executive director. She says: “Personally, I’ve been unbelievably fortunate. Amazing things have happened in my life that have allowed me to do work that I’m passionate about and that has made an impact”. (1000peacewomen).

… Ms. Sygall, CEO and co-founder of Mobility International USA, serves as a trainer, presenter and consultant throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia on a variety of topics related to leadership, international exchange, inclusion and services for people with disabilities. Ms. Sygall has conducted leadership trainings with people with disabilities, educators and policy makers in Vietnam, Micronesia, Bosnia, Brazil and Mexico. Most recently, Ms. Sygall co-led MIUSA’s third international Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), which brought together 30 grassroots women leaders with disabilities from 30 countries. Ms. Sygall has co-authored a long series of publications and materials, including: Building Bridges: A Manual for Including Persons with Disabilities in International Exchange Programs (4th edition), and Building an Inclusive Development Community: A Manual on Including People with Disabilities in International Development Programs and has contributed her extensive experience to the publication Survival Strategies for Going Abroad: A Guide for People with Disabilities … (full Bio).


Susan Sygall – USA

She works for Mobility International USA, MIUSA, for the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchanges, and for the Disabled Women’s Coalition (named on disability history, see on 1974: Disabled Women’s Coalition founded at UC Berkeley by Susan Sygall and Deborah Kaplan. Other women involved include Kitty Cone, Corbett O’Toole, and Susan Schapiro. The coalition ran support groups, held disabled women’s retreats, wrote for feminist publications, and lectured on women and disability).

Women Who Light the Dark: Michael Krasny speaks with an array of women who are actively and innovatively progressing communities around the world … also with Susan Sygall, CEO and co-founder of Mobility International USA and recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Oct 8, 2007: download the AUDIO on KQED radio.

Building an Inclusive Development Community: A Manual on Including People With Disabilities in International Development Programs; Author(s): Heinicke-motsch, Karen; Sygall, Susan.

She writes:

… The goal is to cultivate leadership among these young people and find ways of broadening their lives, according to Susan Sygall, co-founder of MIUSA.  Since 1981, the nonprofit organization has coordinated exchange programs for people with and without disabilities from more than 90 countries …
(full text).

Sports Programs Where a Disability Is No Barrier to Having Fun, Last in a four-part series on life for people with disabilities in the US, April 1, 2007: Download context with windows media player, or Download its pdf-transcript,  both in different languages possible, on VOICE ONE … (full text).

The Google download-books:

Gender, Development, and Diversity, by Caroline Sweetman, 2004, 90 pages;

Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door 2008, by Rick Steves, 2007, 676 pages.

She says also: “I believe that all people with disabilities are members of a global family. Working together across borders is our most powerful way of effecting changes”. (on MIUSA/about).

Find her and her publications on amazon; on SourceWatch; on; on; on Bancroft Library, Berkeley; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

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Mark Crispin Miller – USA

Mark Crispin Miller is professor of media studies at New York University and the author of the book: Fooled Again, How the Right Stole the 2004 Elections. He is known for his writing on American media and for his activism on behalf of democratic media reform. His books include Boxed In: The Culture of TV, Seeing Through Movies, and Mad Scientists, a study of war propaganda. Miller writes in his book, Fooled Again, that the 2000 U.S. Presidential election and 2004 U.S. Presidential election were “stolen”. Miller presents extensive documentation, backed by 56 pages of notes, supporting his contention that the outcome of both elections was altered and controlled by a small minority. He states that the American voting populace can no longer assume that their votes will be accurately assessed, and that the installation of electronic voting machines in state after state is a fundamental flaw in the U.S. electoral system. He appeared in the 2004 documentary Orwell Rolls in His Grave, which focuses on the hidden mechanics of the media, its role as it should be and what it actually is, and how it shapes (to the point of almost controlling) U.S. politics. He is a signatory to the 9/11 Truth Statement … (full text).

Mark Crispin Miller is professor of media studies at New York University and the author of the book: Fooled Again, How the Right Stole the 2004 Elections. He is known for his writing on American media and for his activism on behalf of democratic media reform. His books include Boxed In: The Culture of TV, Seeing Through Movies, and Mad Scientists, a study of war propaganda. (Carolyn

Another Bio on

His blog.


Mark Crispin Miller – USA

The video: Mark Crispin Miller – Elections: Fooled Again, 80 min, April 4, 2007.

Obama’s Election Too big to steal? + Addendum, October 29, 2008.

He says: “The Right will steal the next one too – unless we stop them” … and: “The integrity of our elections is certainly not a partisan concern or a left-right issue, but a civic matter of immeasurable importance. If we aren’t free to vote our representatives and leaders in and out of office, we really aren’t free at all, whether we declare ourselves as Democrats, Republicans or independents” … and: “Big brother is you, watching” … (on wikipedia /Quotes).

Votelaw: Edward Still’s blog on law and politics, October 21, 2008.

Citizens face major problems when polling machines malfunction, October 28, 2008.

DAILY MAUL: Bill Moyers Talks with Mark Crispin Miller About the Deeply Scandalous U.S. Electoral System.

Absentee ballots badly screwed up in Louisiana
, Oct. 29, 2008.

Online video: Mark Crispin Miller with Bill Moyers  interview, 15 min.  See also its transcript on the same page.

Find him and his publications on wikipedia /Bibliography; on Google Video-search; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

Early Voting Sees Reports of Voter Intimidation, Machine Malfunctions, October 22, 2008.

He says also: ““If this movement were to be given a name, I think it would be most appropriate to call it Christo-Fascism, and if anyone objects to my using the word fascism, because it seems so redolent of the Axis powers, and after all we valiantly defeated fascism once, well understand this about fascism: when it arrives it never shows up in the discarded costume of some other country, and when fascism comes here, it’s not going to be wearing a toothbrush mustache with a luger in his belt and go goose-stepping around the mall, because that’s Germany. And it’s precisely characteristic of fascism, that it seems absolutely, totally expressive of the homeland; it seems completely familiar, it’s when 150% America puts a flag on its lapel and a cross around its neck and a real folksy way a talkin’. But just because it’s red, white and blue, doesn’t mean it’s American.” – Mark Crispin Miller, A Patriot Act … (on wikipedia /Quotes).

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Andrea Smith – USA

Linked with INCITE – Women of Color Against Violence, and with Soul Wound: The Legacy of Native American Schools. Added Nov. 2, 2008: also linked with the Boarding School Healing Project, (on Oct. 03) with INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND BOARDING SCHOOLS, and with American Indian Boarding School Experiences: Recent Studies from Native Perspectives.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Andrea Smith combines intellectual study, professional skill, and personal passion to shed light on violence against women of color in the USA. The violence comes from many corners of society, including family members, immigration officials, police, and employers. Andrea began her advocacy work as a rape crisis counselor with Chicago Women of All Red Nations. She co-founded INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, a national organization that uses direct action, dialogue, and grassroots organizing to end violence against women of color. Andrea teaches at the University of Michigan. She says: “It is futile to try to combat interpersonal violence without addressing the fact that we live in a world structured by violence”. (1000peacewomen).

Andrea Lee Smith is a Cherokee intellectual, feminist, and anti-violence activist. Smith’s work focuses on issues of violence against women of color and their communities, specifically Native American women. A co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, the Boarding School Healing Project, and the Chicago chapter of Women of All Red Nations, Smith centers the experiences of women of color in both her activism and her scholarship. She is currently a professor of American Culture and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI … (full text).


Andrea Smith – USA

She works for INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence.

Listen her video: Andrea Smith: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide, 76.30 min, 20 janv. 2007:
In this lecture, author, scholar, and activist Andrea Smith of INCITE! Women of Color against Violence discussed sexual violence in American Indian communities and the role of sexual violence in genocide. Smith argues hat sexual violence is an inherent part of the colonial project. She also asserts that sexual violence – as a weapon of both patriarchy and colonialism – must be approached from an anti-colonial perspective. Finally, she shares her thoughts on organizing against sexual violence and argues for a “mass movement” against sexual violence that exists outside of current non-profit structures.

Smith’s book sheds light on the inherently oppressive definitions of sexual violence, especially towards indigenous women. Sexual violence is a tool. It can be traced back to colonial times. It enforces the patriarchy and colonial goals, of exploration of the Native community … (full text, oct. 6, 2008).

The Google download books:

Find her and her publications on wikipedia /Selected publications; (as her name is very current, there are other persons than our peacewomen mixed up in all these Google-search-results): on Google Video-search; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search. (Same mix-up with other persons): on amazon.

Andrea Smith of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence spoke of these connections when she described how “hetereo [sexual] patriarchy is fundamental to empire because patriarchy is what naturalizes social hierarchy, the idea that men naturally rule over women, that elites naturally rule over everyone else.  In the history of Indian genocide, the first task that colonists took on was to integrate patriarchy into native communities who wouldn’t accept colonial domination until native men started treating native women the way that white men treat women.”  Smith noted that sexual violence against native women served as a “primary tool” for colonialism and white supremacy “by rendering women inherently rapable, our land inherently invadable and our resources inherently extractable” (radio

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Patrick Bond – South Africa

Linked with New African Resistance to Global Finance, and with School of Development Studies – South Africa.

Patrick Bond is professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where he has directed the Centre for Civil Society since 2004. His research interests include political economy, environment, social policy and geopolitics. In the period 1994-2002, Professor Bond authored/edited more than a dozen government policy papers, including the Reconstruction and Development Programme and the RDP White Paper. Professor Bond’s recent books include: Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society (2007, co-edited with Rehana Dada and Graham Erion); Enclavity in African Economies (2007); The Accumulation of Capital in Southern Africa (2007, co-edited with Horman Chitonge and Arndt Hopfmann) and Looting Africa: The Economics of Exploitation (2006). (wikipedia).

Patrick Bond has longstanding research interests and applied work in global governance and national policy debates, in urban communities and with global justice movements in several countries. He is professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Development Studies where since 2004 he has directed the Centre for Civil Society. His research focuses on political economy, environment (energy, water and climate change), social policy and geopolitics, with publications covering South Africa, Zimbabwe, the African continent and global-scale processes. In service to the new South African government, Patrick authored/edited more than a dozen policy papers from 1994-2002,including the Reconstruction and Development Programme and the RDP White Paper … // … Patrick currently also serves as visiting professor at Gyeongsang National University Institute of Social Sciences, South Korea. He is an external examiner at the University of Mauritius, and was also visiting professor in 2008 at State University of New York (Geneseo) … (full long text /BIO).

Watch the video: Prof.Patrick Bond Of South Africa Comments, CTMCA, 3.25 min, Nov 28, 2007.


Patrick Bond – South Africa

… The challenge is to help channel this amazing energy and address the local grievances in a structural manner, so that society can quickly move to both a post-nationalist and post-neoliberal footing. The Zimbabwe situation has such an adverse balance of forces that getting to the first stage will be difficult enough, since Mugabe appears ready to cling to power at all costs – and the second stage may be foiled by the heavy hands of bumbling Western diplomats … (full interview text).

Zimbabwe’s Descent, March 27, 2007.

He writes: Whether we thrive in a future world without the Bretton Woods Institutions (the World Bank and IMF) very much depends on why and how we get rid of them (not to mention the WTO). The radicalization of development finance is crucial, so that: … (full text).

Find him and his publications on University of Kwazulu Natal (scroll down); on School of Development Studies (scroll down); on ZMag; on Google Video-search; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

… The capitulation was largely the fault of Indian and Brazilian politicians, according to geopolitical analyst Walden Bello of the Bangkok NGO Focus on the Global South.  “In the end,” says Bello, “the developing  country governments caved in, many of them motivated solely by the fear of  getting saddled with the blame for the collapse of the organization.”  Bello  says Pretoria’s delegation was a problem this time only insofar as Mpahlwa  feebly agreed to services privatization at the last moment … (full text).

From False to Real Solutions for Climate Change, Jan. 6, 2008.

The Google download books:
Fanon’s Warning, By Patrick Bond, 2002, 228 pages;

… Patrick’s talk, “After Bali: The Global Fight for Climate Justice”, March 4, 2008,  (see also the video – 7/7 – of 9.41 min), and: (After Bali: The Global Fight for Climate Justice, 1/7 – of 7.49 min), focused in particular on Africa, where there is a growing wave of grassroots protests against the Kyoto Protocol’s “Clean Development Mechanism.” He showed that many CDM projects are at best scams, at worst ways to offload the north’s carbon enissions problems onto those least able to cope with them … (full text).

The embattled Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) will not go down without a fight. So vowed its director, Professor Patrick Bond, after a university announcement that the centre is to be closed. However, the university has back-pedalled and now says no final decision has been taken. “We will fight for survival and the centre will emerge strengthened and hopefully more autonomous within this institution, as recommended in a university research review,” Bond told the Mail & Guardian. “Since it opened in 2002, the centre has become important to Durban” …  (full text, Aug 12 2008).

Carbon trading kills the forests and enriches the bankers, Sept. 16, 2008.

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Raheel Raza – Pakistan and Canada

Linked with Their Jihad … not my Jihad, and with Raheel Raza Diversity Inc.

Author of THEIR JIHAD…NOT MY JIHAD, Raheel Raza is an Inter-Cultural & Inter-faith Diversity Consultant, Author, Public Speaker, Film Maker and Journalist. Growing up in a culture where women were supposed to “be seen and not heard”, Ms. Raza turned to writing at a young age, addressing issues of race, culture and gender. A fervent advocate for human rights, Ms. Raza believes ignorance is the biggest enemy and has taken on the challenge of helping to create an ongoing dialogue between communities in the interest of world peace. Ms. Raza bridges the gap between East and West, promoting cultural and religious diversity through a variety of mediums. Being an International traveler, she brings a fresh global perspective to her mandate “there is unity in diversity”. Her specific strength lies in the combined talent of being an award-winning writer plus an acclaimed and well respected public speaker. Ms. Raza has appeared in print, on television and radio throughout Canada, to discuss diversity, harmony and interfaith. For her untiring commitment towards building bridges of understanding, she has received many awards.  She is a recipient of the City of Toronto’s Constance Hamilton award and is the first South Asian woman to narrate a CBC documentary on “Passionate Eye”. In a presentation at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ms. Raza received a standing ovation for her speech called “Celebrating our Differences” … (full text).

Her website.


Raheel Raza – Pakistan and Canada

… Some Canadian Muslims believe that the community’s homogeneity is polarizing. “Diversity is the backbone of Canada and the value of living here is that you get to mix and mingle,” said Raheel Raza (left), an author who has lectured at York University about the portrayal of Muslims in the media. “Especially after 9/11 when we see more polarization of Muslims, it’s important to be seen as part of the community” … (full text).

… Raza is an immigrant from Pakistan, settled in Canada since 1989. Married with two grown up sons, she is a polyglot, an award winning writer, public speaker, media consultant and interfaith advocate. In her book, entitled “Their Jihad… Not My Jihad”, she has put together a collection of her newspaper columns in the Toronto Star over the past five years arranged in themes. The first theme is “Political Jihad – A Struggle for the soul of Islam”. The second theme is “Gender Jihad – A Struggle for Women’s Rights”, while the last one is “Spiritual Jihad – A Struggle to Know Each Other” … (full text).

She says: … “It had been happening here in Canada to the extent that hate was being spouted through places of worship and by people who make it their day job to incite young people in this hatred. Towards what they perceive to be the imperial powers, the western occupation of parts of the world”. Raza says parents are the first line of defence when it comes to making sure their children aren’t susceptible to an imported hatred of Canadian values … (full text).

She writes: This year marks the 20th anniversary of my arrival in Canada. People who have been here for less time are busy trying to change the face of this wonderful country I call home. Not to be left behind, I take this opportunity to look ahead another 20 years: There will be a separate school at every corner. Each religious and ethnic community will have their own school so there will be Sikh, Jewish, Hindu, Christian and its denominations plus Muslims and their 72 sects, to name a few. Since it’s unhealthy for boys and girls to study together, there will be separate schools for those who support gender segregation. Schools will further be divided along the lines of race and colour. White, black and brown schools will take the lead, other colours can follow … (full text).

… Raza told the town hall that the habit of hyphenating nationalities could be divisive. “At what point do we stop being hyphenated Canadians… I don’t want to be a Pakistani-Canadian. I am a Canadian. We’ve got to get rid of the hyphen. It’s only then that I’ll feel a sense of belonging, and perhaps Canada will [feel] that I belong as well” … (full text).

Find her and her publications on amazon; on the writer’s union of Canada; on the Photo Gallery of her website; on Google Book-search; on Google Blog-search.

She says also: … “”God does not reside only in the four walls of a mosque,” … “Initially it was shock and awe, especially from the males,” said Raheel Raza, a Pakistan-born freelance journalist in Toronto who has since led congregations of men and women. “Sometimes a person has to do something that is considered radical to get the whole process moving.” After being invited by two Toronto Muslim organizations, Raza became the first woman in Canada to lead mixed-gender Friday prayers in April 2005. Raza had led many interfaith prayer services in churches, temples and synagogues, but never among a Muslim-only congregation. “My idea of doing this was only to set a precedent,” Raza said. “To say that men and women are spiritually equal in the eyes of God. That’s what I got from the Quran.” People who support women leading prayers note that the Quran, the sacred text of Islam, does not forbid female spiritual leadership. Khaled Abou El Fadl, a leading scholar of Islamic law at UCLA, issued a fatwa in favor of women-led prayer … (full text).

Raheel Raza : L’islam politique menace nos libertés – Political Islam : A Threat to Our Freedoms.

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Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio – France

Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, or J.M.G. Le Clézio (born 13 April 1940) is a French / Mauritian novelist. The author of over thirty works, he was awarded the 1963 Prix Renaudot and the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature … (full text).

Biography; Works and writing; Awards.

More bios: on PEGASOS; on Svenska Akademien; and on letterature.

He says: … “I consider myself an exile because my family is entirely Mauritian. For generations we were fed on Mauritian folklore, food, legends and culture. It is a very mixed culture, a fusion of India, Africa and Europe. I was born in France and raised in France with this country’s culture. I grew up telling myself that there was a somewhere else which embodied my true homeland. One day I would go there, and I would know what it was. So in France I always thought of myself a little bit of an “outsider”. On the other hand, I love the French language which is perhaps my true country! But thinking of France as a nation, I must say I have rarely identified with its priorities” … (full long interview text).

PARIS — The Swedish Academy on Thursday awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize for literature to Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, a cosmopolitan and prolific French novelist, children’s author and essayist regarded by many French readers and critics as one of the country’s greatest living writers … (full text). More on Nobel Prize: on Times online; and on Google News-search by keyword Jean-Marie LeClezio, oct. 09, 2008. A writing life in 7 pictures.

(He is an) “author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization” (


Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio – France

Telephone interview with Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio immediately following the announcement of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature, 9 October 2008. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Listen to the Interview (Oct. 2008, 7 min).

French Video on France-Inter, 11.58 min, oct. 9, 2008.

He says also: … “I am very happy, and I am also very moved because I wasn’t expecting this at all. Many other names were mentioned, names of people for whom I have a lot of esteem. I was in good company. Luck, or destiny, or maybe other reasons, other motives, had it so that I got it. But it could have been someone else” … (full text).

The Google download book: Onitsha, by Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, Alison Anderson, 1997, 206 pages.

… Le Clézio received much attention with his first novel, Le procès-verbal (1963; The Interrogation, 1964). As a young writer in the aftermath of existentialism and the nouveau roman, he was a conjurer who tried to lift words above the degenerate state of everyday speech and to restore to them the power to invoke an essential reality. His debut novel was the first in a series of descriptions of crisis, which includes the short story collection La fièvre (1965; Fever, 1966) and Le déluge (1966; The Flood, 1967), in which he points out the trouble and fear reigning in the major Western cities … (full text).

For the fifth time in a row, the Nobel Prize for Literature has been received by a European.

And he says: … “Well, let me think about that! It’s a … in a way it’s a very intimidating situation, because I’m not familiar … it’s not my habit to give messages, and to express thoughts. I would say, rather, I would prefer to be read, and to, that my writings might inspire some people. I, anyway, there is of course the speech I have to deliver to the Nobel Academy, so maybe I will find some, some messages to express at that time” … (full interview text).

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Krishnammal Jagannaathan – India

Linked with Land to the tillers, and with Land for Tillers Freedom LAFTI.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

… Early lives (1930-1950): Krishnammal Jagannathan was born to a landless Dalit family in 1926. Despite her family’s poverty, she obtained university level education and was soon committed to the Gandhian Sarvodaya Movement, through which she met her husband, Sankaralingam Jagannathan (born in 1912), also a noted Gandhian. Sankaralingam Jagannathan came from a rich family but gave up his college studies in 1930 in response to Gandhi’s call for non-cooperation and disobedience. He joined the Quit India Movement in 1942 and spent three and a half years in jail before India gained its independence in 1947. During this time he already had considerable impact as campaigner on behalf of the poor. Sankaralingam and Krishnammal married in 1950, having decided only to marry in independent India … // … Further achievements and honours: In their lives, Sankaralingam Jagannathan and Krishnammal Jagannathan, either independently or together, have established a total of seven non-governmental institutions for the poor. Besides this, Krishnammal Jagannathan has also played an active role in wider public life: she has been a Senate member of the Gandhigram Trust and University and of Madurai University; a member of a number of local and state social welfare committees; and a member of the National Committee on Education, the Land Reform Committee and the Planning Committee. These activities have gained for the Jagannathans a high profile in India and they have won many prestigious Awards: the Swami Pranavananda Peace Award (1987); the Jamnalal Bajaj Award (1988) and Padma Shri in 1989. In 1996 the couple received the Bhagavan Mahaveer Award “for propagating non-violence.” In 1999 Krishnammal was awarded a Summit Foundation Award (Switzerland), and in 2008 an ‘Opus Prize’ given by the University of Seattle … (full text right livelihood).


Krishnammal Jagannaathan – India

She works for Land for Tillers Freedom LAFTI.

Listen her video: Krishnammal Jagannaathan, Founder of LAFTI, 9.21 min.

She says: “I realized then that being a peasant woman was hard enough, but to be a Harijan woman was harder still” … and: “Father disciplined us with corporal punishment,” she remembers. “We simply weren’t allowed to mingle with village children. Mostly, we were taken outside the village during the day and brought back home only at night” … and: “Those were three memorable days,” says Krishnammal. “Gandhi and many of us went around collecting money for the cause of the Untouchables” … and: Of her mother, she recalls, “Mother had no knowledge of the outside world. During the day, she used to work very hard under the hot sun in the paddy fields, and at night she used to pound and husk the paddy with her own hands to sell in the market” … (1000peacewomen).

… As a young student, Jagannathan worked with Mohandas Gahndhi and later with Vinobha Bhave to help untouchable bonded laborers. Krishnammal will receive an Opus Prize Award in a ceremony at Seattle University on November 18. She will travel to Sweden in December to receive the Right Livelihood Award at a ceremony in the Swedish Parliament … (full text).

Sankaralingam Jagannathan and Krishnammal Jagannathan believed that one of the key requirements for achieving a Gandhian society is by empowering the rural poor through redistribution of land to the landless. For two years between 1950 and 1952 Sankaralingam Jagannathan was with Vinoba Bhave in Northern India on his Bhoodan (land-gift) Padayatra (pilgrimage on foot), the march appealing to landlords to give one sixth of their land to the landless. Mean while Krishnammal completed her teacher-training course in Madras (now renamed Chennai). When Sankaralingam returned to Tamil Nadu to start the Bhoodhan movement the couple, until 1968, worked for land redistribution through Vinoba Bhave’s Gramdan movement (Village Gift, the next phase of the land-gift movement), and through Satyagraha (non-violent resistance). Sankaralingam Jagannathan was imprisoned many times for this work. Between 1953 and 1967, the couple played an active role in the Bhoodhan movement spearheaded by Vinoba Bhave, through which about 4 million acres of land were distributed to thousands of landless poor across several Indian states … (full long text).

Find her and her publications on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

(1000peacewomen): Freedom-fighter and Dalit activist Krishnammal Jagannaathan (born on 16 June 1926) is often referred to as India’s Joan of Arc. Krishnammal believes in a participatory approach, motivating people to change their own lives. In 1981, she cofounded Land for Tillers Freedom (LAFTI) to facilitate the distribution of land to landless peasants. LAFTI takes bank loans to buy land; the peasants pay the organization back over time. She has also mobilized women on many issues, including wages, land, housing, and sexual harassment, and encouraged many of them to better their own lives.

Born into a Dalit family in a village near Batlagundu, Tamil Nadu, her earliest memories are of segregation.

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Daniel Goeudevert – France


(He is) One of the Most Remarkable Lateral Thinkers in the Guild of European Industry Leaders, Bestselling Author: Daniel Goeudevert became one of the most renowned managers of the European car industry, having been appointed to the board of Citroën Germany, Renault, Ford Werke in Cologne and finally Volkswagen Group. His unusual career has led him to be First Vice President of Green Cross International, serving with GCI President and Founder Mikhail Gorbachev, until 1999. In April 1998 he was appointed Vice President of FEDRE (Fondation pour l’Economie & le Development de Regions d’Europe) and in October 1998 Vice President of EFI (Europe Finance et Industrie). Daniel Goeudevert’s management style is regarded as unconventional, creative and highly innovative and has earned him the title of “Querdenker” or “Lateral Thinker” … (full bio).

Daniel Goeudevert is a remarkable lateral thinker and business visionary. Following his roles as CEO of Volkswagen and Deputy Chairman of the VW Group, Mikhail Gorbachev, the President and Founder of Green Cross International, GCI, invited him to become its first Vice President. He is truly one of Europe’s leading and original management innovators. A radical business leader skilled at creating innovative cultures … (full text).

More bios:


Daniel Goeudevert – France

Videos in german:

Bedeutender Querdenker unter Industriemanagern in Europa.

Find him and his publications on amazon;on; on UNBISNET; on Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek; on AbeBooks (in german); on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

He says: … “And that’s not the only deficiency? There’s also dearth of basic cohesion. Many executive board members only know their customers – how they live, what they think – by means of hearsay, and naturally as a statistical dimension in business reports. Apart from that, an executive board is a separate, self-contained world in which there is not much to laugh about. The executive board meetings are meticulously prepared, agendas and seating arrangements as well as stacks of documents do not allow any spontaneity, every half-sentence is – not the least due to legal liability reasons – is recorded. Nevertheless, when I occasionally told a joke in the board meetings or addressed an “extraneous” subject that the colleagues vainly sought for in the agenda, an awkward silence usually prevailed. Once, in a meeting about the future sales opportunities in Eastern Europe in a discussion a few years before the fall of the Iron Curtain, I commented that the German division would be overcome in the foreseeable future. The subsequent silence was not only awkward, but embarrassing. And that wasn’t all. After the meeting the personnel chairman approached me in a peculiar, conspiratorial manner and reported – proudly and assiduously – that he made sure that my comment was removed from the minutes” … (full long interview text).

possible topics (as speaker):

  • Managing in a changing society;
  • Creative Thinking in Global Markets;
  • Economy & Ecology;
  • Holistic and Networked Thinking in Management;
  • New Challenges of Global Businesses;
  • Innovative Changes and Creative Management Approaches.

… Skills learned during years of academic study, such as conducting research and evaluating information, are of growing importance in a global workplace that requires and rewards knowledge management. Graduates of the humanities are increasingly finding the doors open to higher management levels. Just two examples are Daniel Goeudevert (German Ford AG) and Guido Barilla (Barilla Company), who ran or are running international companies. More and more, students with a liberal arts education are entering job sectors outside the traditional realm of the humanities because their special talents are needed there … (full text).

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Roberto Saviano – Italy

Linked with Roberto Saviano: an Italian dissident, and with Sign for Roberto Saviano – Firma per Roberto Saviano.

Roberto Saviano (born 1979) is an Italian writer and journalist. In his writings, articles and books he employs prose and news-reporting style to narrate the story of the Camorra (a powerful Neapolitan mafia-like organization), exposing its territory and business connections. In 2006, following the publication of his bestselling book Gomorrah (Gomorra in Italian), where he describes the clandestine particulars of the Camorra business, Saviano has been threatened by several Neapolitan “godfathers”. The Italian Minister of the Interior has granted him a permanent police escort. Because of his courageous stance, he is considered a “national hero” by important author-philosophers such as Umberto Eco … (full text).


He says: … “”…l’errore più grave che si fa quando si osserva il fenomeno camorra e quello di considerarlo un fenomeno criminale quando invece è un fenomeno di potere dove l’aspetto criminale e solo uno degli aspetti”. (full text).


Roberto Saviano – Italy

Listen the video in italian, Roberto Saviano – parte 1,  7.11 min.

La nueva Camorra, SA: El grupo criminal, el más poderoso de Italia, se vuelve más flexible y extiende sus tentáculos más allá de Nápoles.

His 2 websites: in italian, and in french and some english.

Man who took on the Mafia: The truth about Italy’s gangsters

… The trouble for Saviano is that “Gomorra” takes a detailed look at the Camorra, as the Naples mafia is known. In fact it’s a play on words, comparing Naples to the sinful Old Testament city. But Saviano — who has also written about the mob for the Neapolitan paper L’Espresso — doesn’t merely describe the mafia’s influence in Naples. He also provides detailed descriptions of the inner workings of the criminal organization. And he names names … (full text).

Why Is the Pope So Silent About the Mob?

Find him and his publications on Google News-search; on IMDb; on nazione indiana (in italian); on Google Video-search (for the moment all in italian); on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.


FRANKFURT — Amidst the raucous parties and frantic deal making of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the international publishing industry’s largest gathering of the year, there was a salient reminder that writing can be a dangerous business … (full text).

Salman Rushdie: Gomorrah author in greater danger than I was under fatwah.

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Linda Burnham – USA

Linked with The Women of Color Resource Center, and with The Great Unmasking.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Linda Burnham has been an organizer and a human rights activist for her entire life. In 1990, she founded the Women of Color Resource Center, which organizes and trains women of color to work on social justice issues. In 1995, Linda led a delegation to the UN World Conference on Women in Beijing and a delegation in 1999 to the UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa. She has worked locally and nationally with coalitions that oppose war, as well as groups that protect civil liberties and immigrant rights.  She says: “If you’re still moaning, time to get up. There are war crimes being committed in Fallujah as we speak. We have a domestic agenda without end. We have work to do. Get up off of the moaning bench”. (1000peacewomen).

… Burnham has written extensively on topics of Black politics and women’s rights. She was the first editor of Race File, a publication that compiles and analyzes articles highlighting key trends in communities of color. Currently Burnham is an editor of Crossroads, a magazine that promotes dialogue and debate on the left side of the political spectrum. The numerous articles she’s published include: “Has Poverty Been Feminized in Black America,” “Race and Gender: Analogous or Not,” “A Sledgehammer Message from L.A.,” and “Recruiting for the FBI: Reflections on The Bell Curve” … (full text).


Linda Burnham – USA

She works for for the Women of Color Resource Center, for the Third World Women’s Alliance (named on Women of Color Resource Center/article), and on Duke University Libraries); for the Alliance Against Women’s Oppression (named on Journal for the Study of Radicalism 1.1 (2007) 135-137, reviewing the book: Living for the Revolution: Black Feminist Organizations, 1968–1980, by Kimberly Springer, Durham: Duke University Press, 2005. 240 pp., ISBN 0-8223-3493-3).

Obama’s Candidacy: The Advent of Post-Racial America and the End of Black Politics?

The Google download book: African Americans in the U.S. Economy, page 309: Racism in US Welfare Policy.

She writes: Talk about an election that has had it all: complicated conflicts over race, gender, age, generational transition, religion and more – all against the backdrop of a sinking economy and a couple of raging wars. I didn’t think the presidential campaign could get much more interesting than it was during the primaries when a hundred mini- dramas unfolded within the frame of a core narrative that was itself  mesmerizing. But it just got more interesting, especially for those who identify as feminists … (full text).

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Gayle Williams – South Africa and UK (1974 – 2008)

Linked with Serve Afghanistan, and with UK charity worker killed in Kabul.

(Sorry, actually I can’t find a real biography – it will be added as soon as available).

… “She was working with disabled children: blind children, deaf children and children hurt and maimed by the fighting” … (full text).

THE mother of a London aid worker murdered by the Taliban in Afghanistan made a moving tribute today to her “humble, loving” daughter: … She said: “Gayle was serving a people that she loved, and felt God called her to be there for such a time as this. We know her life was blessed and she was a blessing to those around her. “No one could have asked for a more humble daughter with a more loving heart. She died doing what she felt the Lord had called her [to] and she is definitely with him” … (full text, Oct. 21, 2008).

Watch the Video: Praise for aid worker killed in Afghanistan, 1.33 min, Oct. 20, 2008.


Gayle Williams – South Africa and UK (1974 – 2008)

She worked for Serve Afghanistan.

… These brave and selfless people are not serving governments or nation states or “the West”. They are serving Christ. Let’s be clear what that means. Miss Williams’ proud and grief-engulfed parents said that their daughter died “doing what the Lord had called her to do.” Mr and Mrs Williams can say whatever they like at this time, or nothing at all. But let us not allow that phrase to let a breath of justification into the Williams family’s loss. The work of Miss Williams and her friends is indeed profoundly vocational, though far from all of them will be consciously motivated by religious faith. For the Christians among them, the Lord can indeed be said to call them to perform it. But the Lord did not call Miss Williams to be gunned down … (full text).

Not in my name: The Taliban have perpetrated another barbaric act in the name of Islam – and all Muslims have a duty to condemn them … by Ziauddin Sardar, October 21 2008.

You may find her on Google Blog-search.

… Serve Afghanistan chairman, Mike Lyth, denied claims by the Taliban that she had been proselytising. “This was an opportunistic killing with Christianity used as an excuse. The Taliban work quite closely with criminal elements in the city and tell them if you see an aid worker, kill them” … (full text).

Her photo also at Reuters (in a better quality).

… Equally, the Taliban have regularly targeted aid workers, alleging that they are “spies” when they are not “missionaries”, because they know that the legitimacy of the Afghan government and of the international presence in Afghanistan depends on reconstruction and development. No aid workers mean less aid which means less development which in turn makes local people more prone to support the Taliban – the choice being between security now with no development, or no security with the dim prospect of some development at a much later date. Finally, killing aid workers drives the international community back even further behind the blast walls and the barbed wire and the already minimal contact between the foreigners and those they are meant to be helping is diminished even further. Alienation, resentment, mutual misunderstanding and therefore further support for the Taliban are the result. (full text).

… and 1667 related articles actually on Google News-search.

… (more as soon as available) …

Added 24.11.2008: A statement on the Serve Afghanistan website said: “Gayle will be remembered as one of the inspiring people of the world who truly put others before herself. She was killed violently while caring for the most forgotten people in the world; the poor and the disabled. “She herself would not regret taking the risk of working in Afghanistan. She was where she wanted to be – holding out a helping hand to those in need” … (on lasting … Your memories: Add your memories or message: (Sign in to your account – To add something to Lasting Tribute you need to be a registered user. Either sign in below or complete the simple registration form and proceed).

Sister Emmanuelle – Belgium and France (1908 – 2008)

Linked with the New Civilisation Network NCN.

PARIS (AP) — Sister Emmanuelle, a nun who lived for years among scavengers in Cairo’s slums and who won wide acclaim for defending the rights of the poor and marginalized, died Monday at age 99. A spokeswoman for her association, Sandrine de Carlo, said the Belgium-born nun died in her sleep at a retirement home in Callian, a town in southeastern France. Sister Emmanuelle spent more than two decades working with Cairo’s zabbaleen, or garbage collectors, who eke out a living through scavenging. She helped create a network of clinics, schools and gardens to serve the children of the slums, and an association she founded now operates in eight countries, from Lebanon to Burkina Faso … (full text).

Sister Emmanuelle, whose real name was Madeleine Cinquin, was born in Belgium on 16 November 1908 … The Roman Catholic nun, who dedicated her life to helping the poor in North Africa and France, died Monday. A spokeswoman for the association that Sister Emmanuelle founded said she died peacefully in her sleep at a retirement home in southeastern France … (full text).

Sister Emmanuelle – Her Life (full long text).

Listen this short french video on the TV channel France24.


Sister Emmanuelle – France and Belgium

She works for Notre Dame de Sion … (also on wikipedia).

Born in Brussels, Belgium, the daughter of a family of lingerie manufacturers. At the age of six she saw her father drown. She was educated at the Sorbonne, earning a degree in philosophy. In 1929, she took her religious vows and became a nun. She worked in Notre-Dame de Sion high school in İstanbul in the 1930s. In 1971, she witnessed the impoverished conditions of the trash collectors in Cairo, Egypt, and decided to live among them. She remained there until 1993, when she returned to France. It was upon her return that she gained the status of a media sensation in France, as she was well received by audiences and talk-show hosts. In addition to her charity work, she is known for her unorthodox religious views, including approval of the use of contraception and favouring the idea of allowing priests to marry. She has been voted one of the most popular people in France, and has been compared to Mother Teresa. (Although she viewed the comparisons with Mother Theresa as “ridiculous”). In 2003, French television broadcast Soeur Emmanuelle: An exceptional woman.She died on 20 October 2008 aged 99 of natural causes and old age. She died on October 20, 2008 in Callian … (full text).

… France’s favourite woman.

At the age of 62, Sister Emmanuelle decided to leave her home in France to work with the “Garbage people of Cairo” (the “Zabblin”) the approximately 40,000 strong “pariahs” of Egyptian society who make their living collecting and sorting the 16,000 tons of trash produced daily in Cairo. Sister Emmanuelle didn’t just work with the garbage pickers, she lived with them and through her ministry tried to lessen their suffering – especially the children. She realized that education was the only means of escape for these youngsters and so in the middle of the garbage dump she has opened kindergartens, schools and hospitals. At first the garbage pickers and the residents of Cairo thought she was crazy but when she stuck around, the citizens, and ultimately the government of Cairo took notice and provided support. (New Civilisation Network).

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Terry Greenblatt – USA

Linked with Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights UAF.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

After a rigorous international search, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF) is pleased to announce its new Executive Director, Terry Greenblatt, a well-respected human rights and transnational peace and justice activist. Terry began working with UAF on June 1, 2008, and officially succeeded co-founder, Julie Shaw, on July 1, 2008 … (full text).

She says: “Borders are no obstacle for women. Led by our feelings and instincts, women will cross them. Even when we are women whose very existence contradicts each other, we will talk; we will not shoot”. Terry Greenblatt, formerly director of Bat Shalom, Israel’s national women’s peace organization, and activist in residence at the Global Fund for Women, has been a women’s rights and antioccupation activist in Israel for the past 20 years. She lectures and lobbies internationally on the enforcement of equal rights for all in Israel and Palestine–Jews and Arabs. She cofounded Kol Ha-Isha (The Women’s Voice) Center of Jerusalem, Shani (Israeli Women Against the Occupation), and the Community School for Women’s Studies and Economic Development.  (1000peacewomen).


Terry Greenblatt – USA

Terry Greenblatt began working with UAF on June 1, 2008, and officially succeeded co-founder, Julie Shaw, on July 1, 2008.  She worked also for Bat Shalom, for Kol Ha-Isha, and for Shani.

She says also: … We call upon all women and men, young and old, to join us in our sincere quest to preserve life, human dignity and freedom in our region. Dehumanization, hatred, revenge, and oppression contribute nothing to the resolution of a century of conflict. Mutual recognition and respect of each other’s individual and collective rights will pave the way for peace making. (full text, her speak before UN Security Council, May 7, 2002).

We Will Talk, We Will Not Shoot, 25 Feb 2002.

Further she say: … “By including an international constituency, we want to communicate that the international community has responsibility inside of this. People have been calling for years for some sort of international intervention, international participation, to help to resolve the issue because we can identify the international contribution in perpetuating the situation as it has evolved. The initiative for this committee wasn’t only to keep us calm and moving forward. It was also an effort to bring to the table all of the stakeholders in the resolution” … (full text, 9.8.2005).

And she adds: … And lastly, you are mandated to promote social progress and better standards of life, for until you do, until there is the degree of humanitarian aid for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the devastation of Palestine and her people, until the Israeli people can fully trust that international bodies are committed to ensuring our survival, neither nation will be able to begin to address the ultimate challenge of creating a culture of peace in our region … (full long text, before UN Security Council on 2002-05-07).

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Elise Marie Biorn-Hansen Boulding – USA

Linked with WILPF, with International Peace Research Association IPRA, with the United States Institute of Peace USIP, and with The American Civil Liberties Union ACLU.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

For more than 50 years, Elise Boulding has helped to create networks of peace. Her work is founded in her Quaker faith and a spirituality that is grounded in listening and sharing. She has a special gift for envisioning a peaceful future and teaching others how to use envisioning to create peace. Elise cofounded the International Peace Research Association with her husband and served as its secretary general. Since its beginning, the organization has held 17 conferences in 16 countries. Elise is also former president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom WILPF. She says: “The range of human activity that can be retuned to contribute to peace-building is vast”. (1000peacewomen).

Her book: The Effects of Industrialization on the Participation of Women in Society, by Elise Marie Biorn-Hansen Boulding.


Elise Marie Biorn-Hansen Boulding – USA

She works for the International Peace Research Association, for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom WILPF, United States’ Section, and for the United States’ Institute of Peace.

Find her on Google Book-search.

… Peace is more than the absence of war; it is human security, equality and opportunity. These basic ideals don?t come easily, if at all, to most of the world?s people. The 1,000 brave women being honored spend their lives trying to make the culture of peace a global reality. ?This is a great honor for me, and also for all the women of CODEPINK who’ve been working so hard for peace over the last three years. And this is an amazing opportunity to promote the work of all 1,000 women on this list, who in their own special ways are pushing and striving and protesting for peace and justice,? was Medea?s response after hearing the news. Forty of the 1,000 women nominated are from the US. In addition to Medea, five of the women nominated are contributors to CODEPINK’s newest book Stop The Next War Now, CodepinkAlert, Barbara Lee, Cynthia McKinney, Elise Marie Biorn-Hansen Boulding, Noeleen Heyzer and Holly Near … (full text).

I saw these CODEPINK women protesting in front of the White House and was inspired by their energy, the information in their material and the humor they delivered it with…. Their book has delivered the same. Thoughtful, informative, easy access, well presented, deeply inspiring and heartful. The breadth and depth pulled me in so that I couldn’t put it down. I am ready to Stop the Next War Now! … (full text).

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Alasdair Chalmers MacIntyre – England

Linked with Alasdair MacIntyre and Holistic Marxism, and with The Shock Doctrine.

Alasdair Chalmers MacIntyre (born January 12, 1929 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a philosopher primarily known for his contribution to moral and political philosophy but known also for his work in history of philosophy and theology. He is the O’Brien Senior Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame Indiana) … (full long text). Biography. Philosophical method. Virtue ethics. Politics. Religion.

Alasdair MacIntyre is one of the most controversial philosophers and social theorists of our time. He opposes liberalism and postmodernism with the teleological arguments of an updated Thomistic Aristotelianism. It is this tradition, he claims, which presents the best theory so far about the nature of rationality, morality and politics … (full text).

He says: “”A striking feature of moral and political argument in the modern world is the extent to which it is innovators, radicals, and revolutionaries who revive old doctrines, while their conservative and reactionary opponents are the inventors of new ones” (on quotes/quotationsbook).



Sorry, no photo found for Alasdair Chalmers MacIntyre – England

International Society for MacIntyrean Philosophy: Revolutionary Aristotelianism, Thomism, Virtue Theory, Social Theory, and Politics.

When we talk about “Justice” or “reason” we assume that people know what we mean. This is not always true, of course, because we have differing concepts of justice and rationality, which MacIntyre skillfully lays out in this book. This is not so much a sequel to After Virtue as much as it is a Prequel. MacIntyre has a very easy to read style, which is helpful, because the concepts he tackles are very complicated. (LibraryThing).

The MacIntyre Reader, Edited by: KELVIN KNIGHT (London Metropolitan University).

Find him and his publications on wikipedia: selected works,  and secondary literature; on amazon; on LibraryThing; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search.

He says also: “The hypothesis I wish to advance is that … the language of morality is in … grave disorder…. What we possess, if this is true, are the fragments of a conceptual scheme, parts of which now lack those contexts from which their significance derived. We possess indeed simulacra of morality, we continue to use many of the key expressions. But we have—very largely if not entirely—lost our comprehension, both theoretical and practical, of morality”. On Quotes.

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Ellen Barry – USA

Linked with Legal Services for Prisoners with Children LSPC.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

… She is Co-Chair of the National Network for Women in Prison, a US-based coalition of organizations and individuals which sponsors national Roundtables for activists and advocates working with women in prison and women who are formerly incarcerated along with Leadership Training Institutes for formerly incarcerated women by and for women who have done time. Ms. Barry currently works as a consultant on Women and Justice issues. She is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a US-based movement which challenges the growth of the prison industrial complex and its detrimental effect on education, health and human services. She is a former member of the California State Bar Section on the Delivery of Legal Services, past co-chair of the State Bar Committee on Legal Services for Prisoners, and a member of the Statewide Commission on Female Inmates and Parolees (SCR 33 Commission which issued a statewide report on women in California prisons, 1992). She has served as lead counsel or co-counsel on over a dozen class action lawsuits challenging conditions of confinement for women prisoners, pregnant and parenting women in prison, pregnant women and pregnant substance dependent women, and women prisoners denied adequate medical care and programming. She has written and spoken extensively on issues affecting women prisoners, their children and family members. In 1997, she received a Soros Senior Justice Fellowship to work on behalf of women prisoners, their children and family members. In 1998, she was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship … (full text).

Find her on The NY Times.


Ellen Barry – USA

She works for the Legal Services for Prisoners with Children LSPC,
and for Critical Resistance prison abolition movement.

She says: “I believe that many people are starting to realize that we’ve made some deep, deep mistakes by building prisons to the detriment and exclusion of building up our educational systems”. (1000peacewomen).

Ask Ellen Barry about herself and she’ll invariably tell you about someone else. The celebrated San Francisco-based advocate for women in prison isn’t exactly shy, but she’d much rather talk about her clients. For instance, there’s the story of Delores, a former heroin user who sought to turn her life around a few years ago after learning she was pregnant with her third child. Delores signed up for a drug recovery program and turned herself in for a probation violation … (UTNE Reader).

She says also:  … “I have so much admiration for people who face tremendous odds, who go through a journey to hell and come back” … (on BetterWorldHeroe).

Ellen Barry is a prison rights activist, lawyer, and organizer who speaks out about the crucial issues facing women in US jails and prisons. Ellen founded the Legal Services for Prisoners with Children LSPC and is a central figure in the Critical Resistance prison abolition movement. She has devoted much of her life to challenging the rapidly expanding prison system in the USA; with more than two million prisoners, it is the largest in the world. She has exposed the darkest prison abuses and has helped bring about significant, hard-won improvements to the California state prison system. (1000peacewomen).

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Candi Smucker – USA

Linked with Ten-Thousand-Villages.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Candi Smucker believes the workers of the world deserve to earn a sustaining wage. And she knows that there are many shoppers who want to purchase goods that benefit the people who created them. Her first belief is grounded in humanitarianism; the second comes from solid experience. Her success as a retail manager for bookstores and fair trade gift stores prompted her to begin working with Ten Thousand Villages, a job creation program for third world artisans. She spearheaded the creation of five stores, authored a training manual, and trained 150 ‘Ten-Thousand-Villages’-storeowners. (1000peacewomen).

She says: “Fair trade plays by a different set of rules than normal commerce. Instead of exchanging goods or services based on clout and driving hard bargains, it is based on economic and social justice”.

Sonoma Handcrafts Store has a Gift for Saving Energy, Money and the Environment. Download also the Success Story: Baksheesh – Handcrafted Gifts from the Developing World.


Candi Smucker – USA

She works for Ten-Thousand-Villages.

She says also: … “The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded for big things and big things are wonderful, but where change really happens is when multiple people do small acts over and over again. This project honors all those small acts. … It is many people doing small things that makes the biggest difference for world peace” … (full text).

Small businesses cut costs by conserving resources.

… Fair trade activist and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Candi Smucker spoke to a group of five students and community members about the importance of fair trade in room 225 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library on Monday … (full text).

Further she says: … Awareness of that potential is crucial, says Candi Smucker, co-owner of Baksheesh fair trade stores in Sonoma and Healdsburg (a St. Helena location opens later this month). “Fair trade” means the weavers, seamstresses and others artisans are guaranteed to earn a living wage in their country. Smucker says it’s possible to develop a healthy fashion conscience in small, do-able increments. “The first step is to just read the label,” Smucker explains. “It doesn’t mean buy it or don’t buy it; it just means educate yourself about where it’s from.” Next, ask the sales clerk what the company’s policy is on clothing made in a particular country. “The clerk won’t know,” Smucker adds wryly. “If you’re really into it, ask who in the company would know. And if you’re really, really into it, don’t buy it” … (full text).

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Kate Donnelly – USA

Linked with The War Resisters League WRL.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Kate Donnelly has spent 30 years participating in movements for social change. The focus of her work is teaching about nonviolence, and includes teaching conflict resolution skills, training people to participate in nonviolent direct action, and campaigning against war toys. Her belief in the intelligence and compassion of young people and the efficacy of local, grassroots struggles for social change are the core of her life and work. (1000peacewomen).

She says: “Let’s face it – as without intelligent, compassionate youth, there’s not much hope for our planet, never mind our movement”.


Kate Donnelly – USA

She works for the War Resisters League WRL. What they do::

  • War Tax Resistance: What would you do if someone came to your door with a cup in hand asking for a contribution to help buy guns to kill a group of people they didn’t like? (Wally Nelson). The War Resisters League works with war tax resisters and works with NWTRCC, the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, and other war tax resistance groups. We produce the annual “federal budget pie chart,” Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes, the comprehensive book War Tax Resistance: A Guide to Withholding Your Support from the Military, and other war tax resistance resources.
  • New Campaign: 2008 War Tax Boycott Redirects over $325,000 from War to Peace!War tax resisters met in Birmingham, Alabama, over the weekend of May 2-4, 2008, and held a press conference at the Greater Birmingham Ministries in downtown Birmingham on May 3. Antor Ndep from the Common Ground Health Clinic in New Orleans was on hand to accept checks and pledges for $50,329.61. Staff members of Direct Aid Iraq who provide health and support services to Iraq Refugees joined the press conference with a live internet hook up. DAI received $44,396.46 and expressed their gratitude for money that was taken from war to care for people. Over 500 people around the U.S. joined the war tax boycott and gave another $232,000 to humanitarian programs of their choice, including food banks, programs for the homeless, books for prisoners, environmental projects, peace groups, and hundreds of other nonprofit organizations.
  • A People’s Campaign to Defund the War: For over five years peace activists have voted, lobbied, marched, and taken direct action to first prevent and then end the war in Iraq. Courageous soldiers have refused to fight the war. But Congress repeatedly votes to appropriate billions of dollars to continue the war and appears ready to authorize a future military attack on Iran. It’s time for taxpayers who oppose this war to join together in nonviolent civil disobedience and show Congress how to cut off the funds for this war and redirect resources to the pressing needs of people.
  • This campaign to boycott and redirect war taxes was launched in September 2007 as Congress began its consideration of a Bush Administration request for an additional $190 billion appropriation for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was begun in the fall, ahead of tax season, so that those who want to refuse to pay for war could explore the options, decide what to do, and prepare to resist well before 2007 taxes are due.
  • This campaign was initiated by the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee and is being promoted by Voices for Creative Nonviolence, War Resisters League, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Veterans for Peace, and the Nonviolent Direct Action Working Group of United for Peace and Justice. The campaign is being promoted by peace activists around the country and is partnered with CODEPINK’s “Don’t Buy Bush’s War” campaign.
  • Redirection Projects: Refusing to pay taxes because of war is an act of civil disobedience, but it also provides the opportunity to use that money for positive, healing, and rebuilding programs. War tax boycott participants are encouraged to redirect their resisted taxes to a project providing health care among Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Syria, a health care center in New Orleans providing care to survivors of Katrina, or to a humanitarian project of their own choosing:
    - The 2008 War Tax Boycott and Redirection built toward April 15, 2208, Tax Day. However, if you would like to sign on as a resister or for more information to prepare for Tax Day 2009, please submit the online Registration Form  or download the form here and mail it in;
    - See the list of public signers here;
    - The Getting Started in War Tax Resistance guide will help you prepare to refuse to pay for war, to understand the consequences, and to redirect your war taxes.

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Barbara Lee – USA

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Barbara Jean Lee (born July 16, 1946), is an American politician, and has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1998, representing California’s 9th congressional district (map). She is the first woman to represent that district. Lee is the First Vice-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Lee is notable as the only person in either chamber of Congress who voted against the authorization of use of force following the September 11, 2001 attacks. This made her a hero among the anti-war movement (peace movement), but also caused her to receive death threats.[2] Lee has been a vocal critic of the Iraq War and supports legislation creating a Department of Peace … (full text).

She says: “Today we come together to say no to the loss of innocent lives in a war that is totally unnecessary. And we are here to say yes to peace. George Bush has woken a sleeping giant in our country”. (1000peacewomen).

Her bios and actions as representative: on the Federal Election Commission /Barbara Lee, on, on project vote smart, on the US Congress database /the Washington Post, on her official campaign site, Official web site for (US) Representative Barbara Lee (D – CA).

Her blog: where I stand.


Barbara Lee – USA

Her issue positions and quotes.

She works for the House International Relations Committee (named on Phil Taylor’s Web Site), for the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and for the Congressional Black Caucus CBC.

The Videos: Barbara Lee from WAR MADE EASY, 1.08 min, added: August 03, 2007, and Rep. Barbara Lee on the Iraqi War, 5.38 min, added January 20, 2007.

… “My favorite brave American, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, has again done a courageous thing: she has written a personal and powerful story about her life … Lee is not only a hero and a champion of the marginalized and under-represented, she is also a marvelous teacher”. (full text, Sept. 13, 2008).

The Californian Partnership, Fall 2006 Newsletter.

Barbara Lee, democratic California congresswoman, gained international attention as the only member of congress to vote against the post-9/11 resolution giving president Bush unbridled power to use military force against anyone suspected of having committed the acts, or intending to do so in the future. She is a leader in promoting policies that foster international peace, security, and human rights, and is at the forefront in promoting legislation to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and promote treatment. She consistently advocates for the most vulnerable, especially women and children. (1000peacewomen).

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Roselle Bailey – USA /Hawai

Linked with Ka ‘Imi Na ‘auao O Hawai’i Nei.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Roselle Bailey’s life work is to teach and preserve Hawai’ian culture. She served as caretaker of one of the most significant sites to hula practitioners and helped to launch the Ka Ipu Kukui leadership training program at Maui Community College. Roselle also founded the halau Ka ‘Imi Na ‘auao o Hawai’i Nei, whose goal is both to maintain traditional Hawai’ian culture and traditions and to heal ethnic and cultural divisions among Hawai’ians and between people of all cultures. (1000peacewomen).

She says: “Not until we lived in Iraq did I begin to take hula and my heritage seriously. It was then that I began to have dreams of home and the Hawai’ian language. It redirected my life–or did it”.


Roselle Bailey – USA

She works for Ka ‘Imi Na ‘auao O Hawai’i Nei.

A Kaua`i Living Treasure.

… After growing up in Hawaii blessed with a strong Hula influence in her everyday life, for several years Roselle, her husband Jim and their two daughters, Sharon and Pohakalani, lived in the Middle East and then traveled through Europe, where she continued to teach and perform Hula … (full text).

In “The Hula Lesson” we join Hawaiian Hula teacher Roselle Bailey and her halau of multicultural women to find out what hula is, what it means to Hawaii, and why so many non-Hawaiians love it.

… Roselle Bailey, who was raised in Lahaina, is concerned that “developments are being proposed on ag land, when those lands are needed for sustainable agriculture” … (full text).

… Roselle Bailey testified in support of Ka‘anapali 2020 being placed within UGB. “No Ka‘anapali 2020 is a slap in the face for not being placed on the map. Listen to the people, not just what you think,” she said … (full text).

On 21 JULY, 2007, Kaua`i Museum honored its 2007 Kaua`i Living Treasures, among them was Roselle Bailey. Every two or three years, the Museum bestows this title on a small group of people whose service to the community and its culture has been outstanding. Past honorees have included archaeologist Pila Kikuchi, scholar Frances Frazier, musician Jose Bulatao, weaver Esther Makuaole and leimaker Irmalee Pomroy. Roselle came to Kaua`i on 19 May for a photo shoot at the Museum. Ever exuberant Tim Delavega took the pictures, while we took pictures of him taking pictures … (full text).

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Aileen Clarke Hernandez – USA

Linked with The African American Women’s Institute AAWI, and with NOW and Abortion Rights /Reproductive Issues.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Aileen Clarke Hernandez (born 1926) has worked tirelessly for labor rights, women’s rights, and civil rights for US people of color for over 50 years, and sees these issues as ultimately interconnected. Her life of service includes public appointments and innumerable projects at local, state, and national levels. A committed feminist, she was the second national president of the National Organization for Women, and is currently chair of the California Women’s Agenda, a coalition of 600 local women’s organizations. (1000peacewomen).

Find her Biography on; on e-notes; on spock; on NWHP; on AAWI.

She says: “Racism and sexism have made it possible to institutionalize mediocrity; by eliminating these evils we can free minds of all women and men to focus on the humane solutions to the world’s problems”.


Aileen Clarke Hernandez – USA

She works for the California Women’s Agenda.

She is named in the following books : Betty Friedan, 189 pages, 2008; Women’s Issues, 1041 pages, 2008; Black Women in America, 2136 pages, 2006; Great Lives from History, 1961 pages, 27 Dec 2006; and the rest result of Googl’s book-search.

… She is the State Chair of the California Women’s Agenda, a network of 600 organizations serving women and girls; the Coordinator for the Bay Area’s Black Women Stirring the Waters; and Chair of the Coalition for Economic Equity, which advocates for increased contracting opportunities with the private and public sectors for businesses owned by women and minorities.  She was the second national president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and currently serves on the Steering Committee of the California Coalition for Civil Rights and the Board of Directors of the Center for Governmental Studies. In 1995, she was one of the 1000 women globally nominated collectively for the Nobel Peace Prize. (full text).

Feminist Chronicles 1953 – 1993.

She says also: “My comments to the thousands of persons at the peace march [the 1971 Another Mother for Peace march in Los Angeles] were directed not just against the Vietnam War, but against all war, against the masculine mystique which glorifies violence as a solution to problems, and against the vast diverting of American energies and resources from socially needed programs into social destructive wars”, (on

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