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Miriam Makeba – South Africa (1932 – 2008)

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Added November 10, 2008: Miriam Makeba dies (1932 – 2008).

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Miriam Makeba (b. March 4, 1932) is a Grammy Award-winning South African singer, also known as Mama Afrika. Miriam Zenzi Makeba was born in Johannesburg in 1932. Her mother was a Swazi sangoma and her father, who died when she was six, was a Xhosa. As a child, she sang at the Kilmerton Training Institute in Pretoria, which she attended for eight years … Her marriage to Trinidadian civil rights activist and Black Panthers leader Stokely Carmichael in 1968 caused controversy in the United States, and her record deals and tours were cancelled. As a result of this, the couple moved to Guinea, where they became close with President Ahmed Sékou Touré and his wife … In 2002, she shared the Polar Music Prize with Sofia Gubaidulina. In 2004, Makeba was voted 38th in the Top 100 Great South Africans. Makeba started a worldwide farewell tour in 2005, holding concerts in all of those countries that she had visited during her working life. She is still touring as of May 2008 … (full long text).

Listen to: Pata Pata, 3.03 min; Paul Simon & Miriam Makeba, 4.03 min; The Click Song 1966, 2 min; N’Kosi Sikeleli Africa, 6.53 min; Amampondo, 5.40 min; Soweto Blues, 5.23 min.

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Miriam Makeba – South Africa (1932 – 2008)

Miriam Makeba: A True South African musical legend.

Find her profile on Al-Ahram: After Cairo — this recent visit was her first — she returns to South Africa to make final preparations for a tour of the US which kicks off in Boston on 1 November. The tour will also take her to San Francisco, New Orleans, New York and Washington, where, at the invitation of the wives of the Arab ambassadors, she is to sing in honour of Mandela at the Kennedy Centre together with her old friend Belafonte. Thus will all the strands of her life — all the people Miriam Makeba has been, all the places she has seen, and all the causes for which she has raised her voice — come together at last … (full long text).

Her unofficial website, with: Photo Gallery; her story in german, in english; on records; honours and awards; appearances in movies and on TV.

She says: … “At the end of one show, two men come to see me. I can tell right away by their Dutch looks, and by the way they look at me as if they own me, that they are Afrikaners. The two men from South Africa do not seem happy. One of them says:
- We came here because we thought we’d hear music from home. Why don’t you sing any lietjies? A lietjie is a white folk tune in Afrikaans. I could say to these men that I do not know Afrikaans. That would not be unusual for a native. But, as I say, I am getting a little bit bolder. – When you start singing in my language, I tell them, I will start singing in yours” … (full text).

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Berenice Abbott – USA (1898 – 1991)

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Berenice Abbott (July 17, 1898 – December 9, 1991), born Bernice Abbott, was an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930s … full long text) … more on wikipedia: changing NY; scientific work; Approach to photography; Europe: Photography and poetry.

… During the 1920s Abbott became “the semiofficial portraitist of the intelligentsia” in Paris and New York. Her straightforward, detailed, powerful images of such luminaries as James Joyce, André Gide, and Peggy Guggenheim made her famous. In the 1930s, Abbott continued her portrait work while completing a 10-year project commissioned by the Works Progress Administration: documenting the changing landscape of New York City … (full text).

Accomplished American photographer Berenice Abbott may be best known for her photographs of New York City’s changing cityscape, but she also made memorable images of lesbians, bisexuals, and gay men in Paris in the 1920s and in New York from the 1930s through 1965 … (full text).

She said: “I didn’t decide to be a photographer; I just happened to fall into it” … (full text).

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Berenice Abbott – USA (1898 – 1991)

Some of her photos:

Inspired by Berenice Abbott.

Abbott’s photographs consistently reflect her innate appreciation for the profound documentary capacity of rigorously conceived images to impart information in an aesthetically engaging way. Within four major thematic categories – Portraits (1920s-1930s), New York City (1930s-1940s), Science (1940-1950s), and American Scenes (1930s-1960s) – Abbott’s photographs effectively unite the personal and the impersonal in one penetrating body of work. Her systematic documentary photography of New York City for the Federal Arts Project during 1935-1939, Changing New York is the subject pictured here … (full text).

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Michel Husson – France

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.Linked with … Producers Unlawfully Arrested At the RNC, and with Amy Goodman – USA.

Michel Husson (born 1949) is a French economist specialised in econometrics. Husson is a member of the body of administrators of the French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (english website). He is equally a member of the Copernic Foundation (french website) and of ATTAC’s scientific board. (IIRE).

(He) is an economist and a member of the Scientific Council of ATTAC in France … (full text).

A larger Bio (formation, militant activity) on speedy look.

Michel Husson est un statisticien et économiste français travaillant à l’Institut de recherches économiques et sociales et connu pour ses travaux sur la politique de l’emploi. Né le 3 avril 1949 à Lyon, il a milité au PSU puis à la LCR et est aujourd’hui militant altermondialiste … (full text).

His Homepage/ son site web (with articles in many languages).

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Michel Husson – France

Videos in french with Michel Husson: Congrès Marx 5, 22.07 min, Juin 29, 2008; Refutations, 67.34, May 7, 2007 … (Plus 4 Videos avec ses collègues sur la politique actuelle: Refutations et d’un, 18.04 min, Avril 30, 2007; Refutations, et de deux, 15.31 min, Avril 30, 2007; Refutations, et de trois, 15 min, avril 30, 2007; Refutations quattre, 16.46 min, April 30, 2007).

À propos d’une étude sur le marché du travail, le 2/01/2008.

La relación salarial, 10-8-2008.

Published on his website, by European Labour Network for Economic Policy elnep, Brussels: Financial crisis threatens employment and growth, Policy responses needed, 60 pdf pages, May 2008 … Résumée en français: La crise financière met l’emploi et la croissance en péril – des réponses politiques sont nécessaires, 4 pages.

Ideology Factories, Oct. 17, 2007.

He says: … It shows that the scope of the crisis requires “intervention at the heart of the ’game,’ that is, by radically transforming its structures” and observes that within the European Union, “any transformation runs up against the unbelievable protection the treaties found it necessary to accord financial capital.” Then it proposes two precise objectives: the abrogation of Article 56 of the Treaty of Lisbon and restriction of the “freedom of establishment” provided for in Article 48 that prohibit all restrictions on capital movements. Certainly, this is inadequate to define an overall policy, but it does allow us to conduct a concrete campaign around a key question, that of the necessary control of capital movements. And Europe is a vast and integrated enough economic unit for another policy to be envisaged at that level … (full interview text, April 17, 2008).

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Giordano Bruno – Italy (1548 – 1600)

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Linked with die Giordano Bruno Stiftung GBS from April 08, 2007, and from June 15, 2007, and with german GBS/Homepage and its german Newsletter (see internal link on their homepage).

Giordano Bruno (1548 – February 17, 1600) was an Italian philosopher best-known as an early proponent of heliocentrism and the infinity of the universe. In addition to his cosmological writings, he is also notable for his extensive works on the art of memory, a loosely-organized group of ancient mnemonic techniques and principles. Until about fifty years ago he was most often considered an early martyr for modern scientific ideas, in part because he was dramatically burned at the stake as a heretic by the Roman Inquisition. More recent assessments, beginning with the pioneering work of Frances Yates, suggest that Bruno was deeply influenced by magical views of the universe inherited from Arab astrological magic, Neoplatonism and Renaissance Hermeticism. Other recent studies of Bruno have focused on his qualitative approach to mathematics and his application of the spatial paradigms of geometry to language … (full huge text).

His detailed Biography: on punkerslut.com; on Seti League;

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Giordano Bruno – Italy (1548 – 1600)

Google download books:

  • The Ash Wednesday Supper, (La Cena de le ceneri) by Giordano Bruno, Edward A. Gosselin, Lawrence S. Lerner, Renaissance Society of America, 238 pages, edited 1995;
  • Cause, Principle, and Unity, by Giordano Bruno, Robert de Lucca, Richard J. Blackwell, Alfonso Ingegno, 228 pages.

Giordano Bruno: The Forgotten Philosopher.

Fillipo Bruno (1548-1600) was born in Nola near Naples. Taking the name Giordano upon becoming a member of the Dominican order, he was educated in the Aristotelian and Thomist traditions and eventually came to espouse a mystical Neoplatonism mixed with ideas imbibed from a resurgent interest of that time in the works of the apocryphal Hermes Trismegistus … (full text).

Giordano Bruno.info (in many languages).

Find his name and his publications: his latin texts on Google inauthor-search; on Ars Memoriae; on esoteric archive; on Intre Text Digital Library; on the Giordano Bruno Collection; on Bruno’s Latin and Italian works online; his complete work on … The Warburg Institute … ;  on sacred texts; on amazon; on IMDb; on radical academy; on Google Video-search, specially on YouTube; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on books that mention him – by specific Google search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search; and Giordano Bruno on Google News-search: with a new book, Philosopher/Heretic, reviewed: by M.M. Bennetts, and by Ingrid D. Rowland; also The heretic, by Laura Miller; with The Forbidden World; and with Cosmic Crusader.

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Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury – Bangladesh

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also called Sallah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

Linked with Must He Die? Meet A Muslim Dissident, with Choudhury speach to IFLAC’s writers’ symposium, and with BLiTZ (the english online Version). And linked with Bangladesh: Prolonged State of Emergency.

SALAH UDDIN SHOAIB CHOUDHURY is EDITOR & PUBLISHER of BLiTZ, THE ONLY ANTI-JIHADIST NEWSPAPER in Bangladesh.

His country wants to hang him, and this could happen within the next few months. Sallah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is a Bangladeshi journalist, publisher and peace activist who has left the fold of Jew hatred and Muslim supremacy that is infecting his country in recent years. For that, he is accused of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘hurting the image of Islam’ … (full text, August 14, 2008).

… Mr. Choudhury, who calls himself a “Muslim Zionist,” was arrested in Nov 2003 at the Dhaka airport for the “crime” of responding to an invitation to travel to Israel to address the Hebrew Writers Association on the subject of peaceful relations between Muslims and Jews in the Middle East. Mr. Choudhury was charged with blasphemy, sedition, treason, and espionage on behalf of Israel, any one of which is punishable by death in Bangladesh … (full text, August 20, 2008).

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Sallah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury – Bangladesh

Irwin Cotler Joins Shoab Choudhury’s Defence, December 08, 2006).

… Choudhury’s aborted speech needs to be read (on Interfaith Strength). In passionate yet surprisingly serene tones, he confronts the irrational hatred primarily directed against Jews and Israel that is inflaming the Muslim world, including its semi-religious belief in Holocaust Denial.  Choudhury commends Israel’s democracy and progress, and proposes creating what he calls a Culture of peace’ with justice and tolerance for all people as opposed to the culture of death. His stated mission is to take personal responsibility to break down the firewall of lies and ignorance that separate one people from another, using his talents as a writer and publisher.  Are you hearing echoes of Reagan’s famous command, Tear down this wall. You should … (full text, Aug 13, 2008).

Tackling the global fertilizer crisis, Aug 24, 2008.

He fired the first salvo in 2003 and has been sticking his thumb in Islamist eyes ever since.  Bangladeshi journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury describes himself as a “Muslim Zionist.” He is unabashedly pro-US, pro-Israel, and anti-Islamist. More importantly, he remains all of that from within the Muslim world, which he refuses to leave.  I have fielded any number of asylum requests for him, and he declined them all.  Retreat is not in my vocabulary,” he says, for he believes that if he were to leave his country, his credibility would be gone, and Islamists would claim victory; a satisfaction he refuses to give them.  “Bangladesh is my country,” he says.  “Let the radicals leave!” … (full text).

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Holt Ruffin – USA

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Linked with Civil Society International CSI.

Holt Ruffin is the founder and executive director of the Civil Society International. “He is a graduate of Stanford University (BA, 1966) and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University (MPA, 1975). Mr. Ruffin’s work experience includes six years in the Economics/Policy Research Department of Bank of America and in the International Division of Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco. Articles by Mr. Ruffin have appeared in the Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Freedom Review, Money Manager, Crisis, and other publications. Most recently, he was lead editor or author of The Post-Soviet Handbook: A Guide to Grassroots Organizations (revised edition, 1999), Civil Society in Central Asia (1999, co-edited with Daniel Waugh), and Internet Resources for Eurasia (2001). The Post-Soviet Handbook and Civil Society in Central Asia were each co-published with the University of Washington Press. “Mr. Ruffin was a short-term research fellow at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, in 2000; he also participated in a six-week seminar on the theme of civil society, held at Boston University under the leadership of Dr. Peter Berger in 1994 … (full text).

… At present, Mr. Ruffin is guiding CSI through the process of expanding its focus to countries where democracy and civil society are most repressed. He received an M.A. in International Relations and Economics from the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs at Princeton University in 1975, and a B.A. in Political Philosophy and Modern History from Stanford University in 1966. Colleagues comment that Mr. Ruffin is someone with “perseverance and ability to hold a vision” who “provides leadership that brings practical results.” His proposed project is “The Globalization of Philanthropy”. (full text).

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Holt Ruffin – USA

download: The Globalization of American Philantrophy, 48 pages, Oct. 2003.

The Global Review of Ethnopolitics, 2 pages, March 2003.

The Who’s Who in International Organizations, Volume 6, published by the Union of International Associations.

The Post-Soviet Handbook: A Guide to Grassroots Organizations and Internet Resources in the Newly Independent States, April 1996, 392 pages; also on Arrowbead Library System.

Book-Review: Civil Society in Central Asia, 331 pages, ISBN: 0-295-97795-7:

  • - … with the insights of individuals who have been on the front lines of the struggle for civil society in Central Asia itself–representatives of organizations such as Counterpart, Internews, and the Kazakstan International Bureau for Human Rights. Topics addressed are as diverse as the legal framework for independent associational activity, grassroots movements for environmental protection, the resurgence of Islam and the viability of the Soviet-era collective farms. A 75-page appendix provides a guide to many of the most significant projects being carried out by local and international NGOs in the region. M. Holt Ruffin is executive director of Center for Civil Society International, based in Seattle, and Daniel C. Waugh is Associate Professor of History and International Studies, University of Washington. A co-publication of Center for Civil Society International and the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. (full text).
  • - on Googles download book (display will be limited);
  • - REVIEWED BY AMYN B. SAJOO, 6 pdf-pages;
  • - by UW Press;
  • - listen the audio: OSI Forum: Whither Civil Society in Central Asia? September 28, 2005 in NY.

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James Petras – USA

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Linked with Reflections on Twenty-First Century Socialism.

James Petras is a retired Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, SUNY, New York, U.S., and adjunct professor at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who has published prolifically on Latin American and Middle Eastern political issues … (full text).

… He’s also a prolific author of hundreds of articles and dozens of books, including his newest due out in late August: “Zionism, Militarism, and the Decline of US Power” to be discussed on a future program. Petras writes extensively on the Middle East, the power of the Israeli Lobby, and the possibility of war on Iran to be discussed during the hour … (full text).

He argues: … “The use of paramilitary death squads promoted/financed and protected by the Uribe regime to murder and ‘disappear’ popular leaders serves several strategic political goals” … (full text, Aug. 22, 2008).

The James Petras webwsite. (his essays are available there also in spanish).

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James Petras – USA

James Petras speech at ‘Axis for Peace 2005′ conference,  11.51 min, Nov 18, 2005.

… ‘Ammunition’ for imperialists? Petras charges that “the effect of Castro’s anti-FARC articles has been to provide ammunition for the imperial mass media to discredit the FARC.” He attempts to answer the Cuban leader by presenting a glorified picture of the guerrilla group. “Marulanda’s prolonged guerrilla war strategy relied on mass grassroots organizing based on close peasant ties with guerrillas, based on community, family and class solidarity, building slowly and methodically a national political-military people’s army,” Petras writes, whereas “Castro’s guerrillas were recruited from the mass of urban mass organizations, methodically organized prior to and during the formation of the guerrilla foco in 1956-1958.” “Marulanda built, over a period of 40 years, a bigger guerrilla army with a wider mass base than any Castro-inspired guerrilla force from the 1960s to 2000,” he says … (full text, August 25, 2008).

Inflation and the Spectre of World Revolution, Aug. 06, 2008.

His Bio on flickr.com.

Colombia, Laboratory of Witches: Democracy and State Terrorism, Aug 12, 2008.

… Presidential candidates competed with each other in swearing their total and unconditional servility to Israel, swearing their utmost to back any and all past, present and future Israeli military attacks. Hillary Clinton promised to implement the equivalent of twelve holocausts against Iran’s 70 million citizens in her rant to ‘obliterate Iran’ if it endangered Israel. Obama backed the ultra-orthodox Jewish demand to give Israel sole control over Jerusalem, and joined John McCain and Clinton in promising to bomb Iran if it continued its uranium enrichment program (which they equated with a nuclear weapon – despite the objections of the IAEA and the US intelligence community) … (full text).

Racism and Genocide: Lies of Our Times, Aug 06, 2008.

China Bashing and the Loss of US Competitiveness, Oct 22, 2005.

Stephen Lendman’s review of his book: The Power of Israel in the United States, Oct 29, 2006.

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Terry Glavin – Canada

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Terry Glavin (born 1955) is a Canadian author and journalist. Born in the United Kingdom to Irish parents, he emigrated to Canada in 1957. Glavin has worked as a journalist and columnist for The Daily Columbian, The Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail, and The Georgia Straight. Glavin’s writing covers a wide range of regional and global topics from natural history and anthropology to current politics. His first book, A Death Feast in Dimlahamid (1990), dealt with the struggles of the Gitksan and Wet’suwe’ten peoples, drawing on an account of the oral traditions of Dimlahamid, also known as Temlaham, (sorry, this link leads to Gispwudwada) an ancient city said to have existed in that region. His second book, Nemiah: The Unconquered Country (1992), a cultural and historical account of British Columbia’s Chilcotin District, included some of the Tsilhqot’in people’s perspective on the Chilcotin War of 1864. Among his best known works is The Last Great Sea: A Voyage Through the Human and Natural History of the North Pacific Ocean (2000), which was nominated for the Bill Duthie Prize and the Roderick Haig-Brown Prize, and was the winner of the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. In 2006, Glavin came under fire from some progressives and from anti-war activists for a Georgia Straight column in which he had expressed support of the American and Israeli positions in the July 2006 invasion of Lebanon. He is also a signatory of the Euston Manifesto … (full text).

… His several books traverse anthropology, natural history and cultural geography. They include A Death Feast in Dimlahamid, This Ragged Place and The Last Great Sea: A Human and Natural History of the North Pacific Ocean. His latest book is Waiting for the Macaws (and Other Stories from the Age of Extinctions), which argues that environmentalism is inadequate to the task of accounting for the global vanishing of animals, plants and languages. Terry is the editor of Transmontanus, an imprint of New Star Books; he teaches part-time at the University of British Columbia … (full text).

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Terry Glavin – Canada

His blog: Terry Clavin, Chronicles and Dissent.

A Day In The Life of Tylere Couture: Soldier, Activist, And Fellow CASC Member, July 11, 2008; followed by ‘An Excellent Sad Post from Terry Glavin’: Terry Glavin’s frustrations with former allies gets some pretty clear expression in this post … (full text, Aug 13, 2008).

The video: Terry Glavin-Waiting for the Macaws-author interview, 6.27 min, Feb 28, 2007.

Audio-Interview with Terry Glavin, April 13, 2006 (click on listen).

He writes: To say what we think without fear of repercussion, to walk down the streets without fear … it is our responsibility to spread this freedom all around us, and around the world. Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean, Canada Day, 2007 Nikolai Tsyrempilov can’t say what he thinks without fear of repercussion. He can’t walk down the street without fear. He would like Canada, and other western democracies, to do something about it. I recently met Mr. Tsyrempilov in Ulan Ude, the capital of Buryatia, an impoverished Russian republic of about a million people that shares a border, a language, a Buddhist heritage and a great deal of history with Mongolia … (full text, July 12, 2007).

Inside The Cult That Runs The “Mobilization Against War and Occupation”: Part II, February 07, 2008.

He writes also: Things started at a July 18 demonstration in Montreal, when a small group of young Lebanese showed up with a sign that read “Peace for Lebanon and Israel”. They were shouted at and shoved around and driven off. Their sign was torn up. The event then proceeded, with people carrying placards that bore the flag of the fascist organization Hezbollah and pictures of Hezbollah’s rabidly anti-Semitic leader, Hassan Nasrallah. Before the month was out, you could fairly mark July 2006 as one of the most squalid months in the history of the “left” in Canada … (full text, August 3, 2006).

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Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. – USA

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Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. (born November 20, 1942) is the senior United States Senator from Delaware and the presumptive Democratic Party candidate for Vice President in the 2008 presidential election, running alongside presumptive Presidential nominee Barack Obama. He is a member of the Democratic Party, and is currently serving his sixth term … (full long text on wikipedia, last modified on 23 August 2008, at 08:29. See also Wikipedia’s Biden disambiguation).

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The Video: Joe is Right, 1.34 Min, added November 16, 2007.

His positions on Civil Rights: See also 20 full quotes on Civil Rights; and background on Civil Rights:

  • 1978: opposed busing except for gov’t-intended segregation. (Jul 2007)
  • 1968: Wilmington riots failed at conversation between races. (Jul 2007)
  • Nobody asks if you’re gay in a foxhole. (Jun 2007)
  • Civil unions ok; gay marriage is probably inevitable. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 78% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007).

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Tubbs Jones – USA (1949 – 2008)

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… It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, beloved mother to Mervyn Jones II, sister to Barbara L. Walker, dear colleague, loyal servant and friend to all … Her death followed a full day of activities, including planning for an upcoming forum on electoral reform and other administrative duties yesterday. Congresswoman Tubbs Jones was scheduled to travel to Denver on August 24, 2008 to attend the Democratic National Convention as a superdelegate … (full text).

… “She dedicated her life in public service to helping others and will continue to do so through organ donations. Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time” … (full text).

Tributes to Tubbs Jones roll in.

Her Biography: short on the Directory of the US Congress, full long on wikipedia.

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Tubbs Jones – USA (1949 – 2008)

Stephanie Tubbs Jones – Photos and Memories on Ohio daily blog.

Positions and quotes; Stephanie Tubbs Jones’ voted:

* Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
* Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
* Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
* Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
* Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
* Voted NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
* Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
* Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice. (Jan 2001)
* Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
* Rated 92% by the ACLU, indicating a pro-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
* Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
* Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
* Rated 97% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
* Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
* Supported legislation on violence against women & safety. (Jul 1999)
* Supported funding for women’s and disadvantaged businesses. (Jul 1999)

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Dennis John Kucinich – USA

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Linked with Impeachment Begins, with Kucinich gets his day, and with Bruce Fein – USA.

Dennis John Kucinich (born October 8, 1946) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives and was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2004 and 2008 elections. Kucinich currently represents the 10th District of Ohio in the House of Representatives, which he has been serving since 1996. His district includes most of western Cleveland as well as suburbs such as Parma and Cuyahoga Heights. He is currently the chairman of the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He is also a member of the Education and Labor Committee … (full huge long text on wikipedia).

He says on Gun Control:

  • “We have babies dying in the streets; ban handguns. (Jul 2007)
  • Ban sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns. (Nov 2006)
  • Require background checks, licensing, and fingerprinting. (Jan 2004)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)”.

The video: ALL of Dennis Kucinich’s replies @ 11-15-07 Dem. debate, 8.41 min, Nov 16, 2007.

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Dennis John Kucinich – USA

His Impeachment proceedings against Dick Cheney.

His Plan to ban handguns.

Bush Impeachment Articles Introduced.

His website: the page for signing the impeachment petition.
His personal homepage.
His official U.S. House website.

Electoral history of Dennis Kucinich.

The Kucinich Resolution.

He writes on his website: September 10th, the day before the world changed, could be the day WE change the world! Send a history-making message to Congress: 1,000,000 signatures for impeachment. On September 10, 2008, we want to deliver ONE MILLION signatures to Congress urging them to exercise their Constitutional authority and mandate to hold this President – and all future Presidents – accountable. Please sign NOW! And ask everyone you know to sign. The power to change the world is in your hands! His message. The latest Impeachment News.

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Sumaiya Khair – Bangladesch

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Linked with Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit RMMRU.Net.

Sumaiya Khair is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and an Instructor at the Department of Clinical Legal Education Programme. She has a Ph.D. from U.K. and has obtained her LL.B.(Hons.) and LL.M. degrees from the University of Dhaka. She holds executive positions in a couple of University-based research bodies and is also actively associated with other research and advocacy initiatives outside of the University. Her areas of interest and specialisation include human rights, child rights, gender issues and governance. She has written extensively on law, justice and human rights and has to her credit a number of articles and publications in both national and international journals and books. She has also served as a consultant for international and domestic agencies on legal and policy issues. (zoomInfo, Nov. 18, 2007).

Dr. Sumaiya Khair, Department of Law, University of Dhaka, member of the Advisory Council, British Standard School.

She is Researcher on Development Research Center DRC for Migration, Globalisation and Poverty.

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Her book: Child domestic workers in Dhaka city, 2004.

download: Philanthropy and Law in South Asia, Recent Developments in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, prepared by the PALISA group, September 2007, 60 pdf-pages. Same on SSRN, December 2007.

She is Syndicate and Academic Council of the Atish Dipankar University, Dhaka.

She cooperates with biiss.org, and its research projects.

Bibliography: Sumaiya Khair, ‘Taking Children’s Rights Seriously: Areas of Concern’ in Towards Gender Equity, Poverty, Rights and Participation, Report of the Regional Workshop, 15-18 February, Dhaka, 1998; UNICEF, Children of Bangladesh and Their Rights, Dhaka, 1997 (scroll down).

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

Chapter 7 in the Google-download book: Reconsidered the employment of the girl child in the Bangladesh garment industry, page 119.

… In addition, she also offers consultancy to various committees commissioned by ILO, and various projects sponsored by UNICEF, The Asia Foundation, CIDA, etc. Dr. Khair has participated in a dialogue on ‘South Asia and the US after the Cold War’, 1994, at Dhaka. (full text).

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Josephine Bernadette Devlin McAliskey – England

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

Josephine Bernadette Devlin McAliskey (born 23 April 1947, in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland), also known as Bernadette Devlin and Bernadette McAliskey, is a Socialist republican political activist. She served as a Member of Parliament at Westminster from 1969 to 1974 for the Mid Ulster constituency … (full long text).

Bernadette Devlin McAliskey (born 1947) was a student at Queen‘s University, Belfast, when the Civil Rights Movement in Northern Ireland took to the streets in 1968. Bernadette became its radical icon and she was elected to the House of Commons in 1969. Having lost that seat in 1974, she campaigned for the Irish Republican Army (IRA) hunger strikers in 1980/81. In recent years, she has opposed the Good Friday Agreement of April 1998 on the grounds that it cemented British rule and Irish partition … (1000peacewomen 1/2).

She says: “Many people who have come through 30 years of struggle have found themselves isolated, disowned at the most personal level. The post revolutionary period has no time for enlightened criticism”.

Read: Chapter 12 from her book: ‘The Price of My Soul’, by Bernadette Devlin (1969).

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Josephine Bernadette Devlin McAliskey – England

She works for the Irish Republican Socialist Party IRSP.

Listen her on this video: Bernadette McAliskey – James Connolly commemoration, 4.58 min, May 23, 2008.

… She was saying jokingly that “between the pomposity of Bew and the extravagance of McCann, I might look like the sane one”. (full text, August 2, 2008).

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

… Her radical left-wing politics resulted in conviction of incitement to riot in December 1969. She had actively engaged, on the side of the residents, in the ‘Battle of the Bogside’, which is widely marked as the beginning of Northern Ireland’s 30 year “Troubles”. She served a short jail term. After being re-elected in the 1970 general election, Devlin declared that she would sit in Parliament as an Independent Socialist … (full text).

Biography Research Guide.

(1000peacewomen 2/2): … “So, people now want much more than they would happily have settled for. If, instead of beating our heads on 5th October 1968, the government had given us housing and votes, we would probably all have gone home and left it at that,” says Bernadette Devlin McAliskey.

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Bret Benjamin – USA

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… Bret Benjamin is an associate professor of English at SUNY Albany, author of Invested Interests: Culture, Capital, and the World Bank, and a contributor to Foreign Policy In Focus … (full text).

… His most recent work is in transnational cultural studies, studying in particular various aspects of globalization and alter-globalization social movements. His current book project, Invested Interests: Culture, Capital and the World Bank, develops a cultural critique of the World Bank. The project argues that the Bank must be understood as a cultural institution-an institution that not only affects global cultures, but also one that, given its role in the post-war mapping and remapping of the globe, has been intimately bound up in the construction of “culture” as a theoretical category, and “cultural studies” as an academic discipline. Contrary to assessments of the Bank that figure the institution as a metonymic stand-in for “globalization,” this book reads the Bank as a protean institution that has undergone a series of transformations during its sixty-year history, in which we can see the World Bank maneuvering to contain resistance and manage crises … (full text).

His teachings; his vita; his projects.

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Bret Benjamin – USA

World Bank Literature … Under Control, reading the facts ans FAQs of population control, page 201.

He signs the Open Letter Opposing War in Iraq.

The book: A Guide to On-Line Writing, by Daniel Anderson, Bret Benjamin, and Bill Paredes-Holt. Ed. Allyn and Bacon, 1998.

Find his publications on AddAll; on bookfinder; on amazon.

Book-review – Invested Interests, Capital, Culture, and the World Bank, 304 pages, 2007:

  • … by Bret Benjamin:Benjamin maps the (World-) Bank’s contemporary rhetorical maneuvering in the wake of ever-intensifying protests, offering close readings of the World Bank’s corporate literature, the activities of the antiglobalization World Social Forum, and the writings of prominent Bank critic Arundhati Roy, including her novel The God of Small Things. Deftly investigating the World Bank’s ideological struggles over six decades, Invested Interests develops a conceptually and politically nuanced critique of the Bank as a cultural institution deeply enmeshed in the last century’s historical transformations of imperial power and anti-imperial struggle. (full text).
  • by Phil Wegner;
  • by books xyz; BOOK SYNOPSIS: Despite the World Bank’s profound impact on economic, political, and social conditions during the post–World War II era, cultural critics who rigorously theorize other institutions of colonialism and globalization have largely ignored the institution. Working to correct this blind spot, Bret Benjamin’s Invested Interests presents the first extended cultural analysis of the World Bank … (full text);

World Social Forum Pictures.

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Janusz Korczak alias Henryk Goldszmit – Poland (1877 – 1942)

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Linked with The Janusz Korczak International News, with JKB Korczak Prize in Burundi: Encouraging peace, and with Center for the Protection of Children, Bishkek.

Janusz Korczak, the pen name of Henryk Goldszmit (July 22, 1877 – August 1942):

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Janusz Korczak alias Henryk Goldszmit – Poland (1877 – 1942)

The video: Story of a Hero, Janusz Korczak … , 3.32 min, Added: May 19, 2007.

A voice for the child.

King of children, July 23, 2008.

From 1911, Janusz Korczak led the orphan house, Dom Sierot. He developed the ideas of a peaceful and classless society. In 1919, he created another children’s house called, Nasz Dom, which means “our house.” Janusz was always fighting for a better community and education for the children. He was a principal for the children houses, a doctor, a publisher of a children’s newspaper, as well as an author. Korczak was also an expert witness in the district court of minors. In this position, he always sided with the children … (full text).

Yad Vashem marks 66 years since the murder of Janusz Korczak and the children, August 6, 2008.

Find him also on the polnish wikipedia; on about.com; on Britannica Online Encyclopedia; on Warsawghetto; as Dr Henryk Goldszmit (Janusz Korczak) 1878-1942; as stamp (scroll down): Dr Henryk Goldszmit (Janusz Korczak) 1878-1942; on Encyclopedia /Henryk Goldszmit; on Science surf; in the book: The King Of Children, as Henryk Goldszmit.

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Nigar Ataulla – India, Bangalore

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Linked with Muslim Women: The Dangerous Triangle, with Indian Muslims And The Media, and with ISLAMIC VOICE.

Nigar Ataulla is the Associate Editor of the Bangalore-based magazine Islamic Voice.

She writes: … Muslim representation in the Indian media is dismal, while Muslims’ share in media ownership is even more pathetic. Muslims do not have any considerable hold over the media. In northern India, several Urdu newspapers owned by Muslims have gradually closed down or rapidly lost circulation. In contrast, Urdu dailies from centres like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Aurangabad, Kolkata and even Bangalore are doing well and look professional. Muslims are yet to have any major presence in TV channel ownership, though the two or three that exist today devote a large share of time to religious issues, rather than on other social-economic issues facing the community … (full text).

Struggle Against the Odds: The Story of a Muslim Youth, January 13, 2008.

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Sorry, I found no photo of Nigar Ataulla – India, Bangalore

Calligraphy: art works from the heart, 25 June 2007.

She writes also: The Quran and Sunnah are the two primary sources of the religion of Islam. Sunnah narrations are known as Hadith. Hadith stands for what is transmitted by a chain of narrators as Prophet Muhammad’s (Pbuh) words, deeds, what bore his tacit approval, or the description of his person … (her review of the book Fake Pearls).

Non-Muslim Voices Speak for Muslims, April 2003.

And she writes: It was a perfect picture of peace and harmony, as eminent intellectuals, social workers and human rights activists-all non-Muslims stood up in one voice in favour of the Muslims and the riot-hit victims in Gujarat. VOICES, an NGO in collaboration with ActionAid India, organised a seminar on “Gujarat, Governance and the Media” recently. Ashish Sen, Director, VOICES, put across a very pertinent question-how many publications really carry items that are of relevance to the common man-like death of the tribals, oppression on minorities? … (full text).

She reviews books in children’s corner, October 2001.

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

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Sam Akaki – Uganda

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Linked with Is Africa A Cold War Battleground;

Sam Akaki is Executive Director, Democratic Institutions for Poverty Reduction in Africa DIPRA (no own website found).

… Mr Sam Akaki, the FDC International envoy to the United Kingdom and the European Union said, “I have heard with deep sorrow the tragic death of Dr Kiggundu who passed away this morning. He was a towering monument of national unity who proved wrong those who have claimed that politics has divided Ugandans on tribal and religious lines. He was a Muslim while I am a Christian, and he was a Muganda while I am from Lango. But in Dr Kigundu, I and millions of Ugandans from religious and tribal backgrounds found a kind and loving brother, unlce, father and a friend. It was Dr kigunddu who introduced me to Abu Mayanja who was another unifying Ugandan. Inalilahi Wa Inalilahi” … (full text of ‘FDC’s Sulaiman Kiggundu is Dead‘, June 20, 2008).

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Sam Akaki – Uganda

Sam Akaki Quotes.

He writes: … I congratulate Sunday Vision for the interview with ANC leader Jacob Zuma titled, “No racism in South Africa.” The interview will send a clear message to the British and other Western countries that they are not going to use the crisis in Zimbabwe, which they created, to divide either the African National Congress (ANC) or the African Union so to control Africa again. The West, especially the British, had been trying to push Zuma to swallow their bait by publicly criticising Robert Mugabe thus driving a dangerous wedge between him and President Thabo Mbeki who has been pursuing quiet but fruitful diplomacy to defuse the problems in Zimbabwe … (full text, 27th July, 2008).

Sam Akaki says the tragedy in Zimbabwe blinds us to worse calamities afflicting other African nations, July 15, 2008.

For Mr Akati, the solution to all this unfair and nasty bullying of the Mugabe regime is the return of a Conservative government: … “Only with the Conservative Party in power in the UK can that country hope to salvage its rapidly deteriorating relationship with Zimbabwe and Africa. Isn’t it now plainly clear that the British relationship with Zimbabwe in particular and Africa in general will not improve until the Conservative Party takes over in the United Kingdom” … (full text, 03 June 2008).

He has said (he is cited by Fred Khumalo): … ““The first step is to recognise that liberal democracy, which they are enjoying in the UK today, did not happen overnight, but it took centuries, during which King Charles was beheaded. Therefore, it is totally unrealistic to expect Africa, which is only 50 years old, and Zimbabwe, which is just 28 years old, to practise perfect Western liberal democracy” … (full text, July 15, 2008).

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Paul Jay – Canada

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Linked with China – Olympics – Capitalism – Naomi Klein.

Paul Jay is a Canadian journalist who is currently chair of Independent World TelevisionThe Real News, a project to establish an independent news and current affairs network without government or corporate funding TheRealNews.com The network will be supported by its viewers … (full text).

He says: …”We’re fundamentally about being able to speak to a mass audience. We’re not trying to be another source that supplements the kind of information sources that already exist for very politicized people. If you’re very political and you’re at all web-savvy, there are actually a lot of places you can go to get information right now. In the final analysis, that’s not our target audience. Of course we want those people to be with us, and we’re very much going to depend on them for financial support, for spreading the word, for helping us get angles on stories, and even for citizen journalism. But we want to get to that thirty, forty, or fifty million who know there’s something wrong, who know the television news they’re getting is bad, who know the country is headed in a very dangerous direction — not just the country, the world. In the U.S. there are at least forty or fifty million people out there who do not believe Saddam was connected to 9/11, who don’t think that weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq. If you look at the polls, 40% or 50% of the country is quite clear on the issues. We want to be big enough to make an impact” … (full interview text).

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Paul Jay – Canada

Video: Paul Jay, CEO of The Real News Network, is interviewed by Daljit Dhaliwal, host of PBS Foreign Exchange, on RealNews.com, 9.10 min, August 10, 2008:

The Real News CEO and Founder Paul Jay interview at NCMR07

Paul Jay Speaks about The Real News Mission.

Jay was also the creator and executive producer of CBC Newsworld’s flagship debate program counterSpin.

In the final segment of the interview, Paul Jay summarizes the current situation and asks Professor Sahimi: “Where do we go from here?” Watch the interview on The Real News Network. See also on j films.

Movie search for Paul Jay.

Jay is also: the founding chair of ‘Hot Docs‘, the Canadian international documentary film festival.

Reviews: of Hitman Hart, wrestling with shadows; of Return to Kandahar: on Macleans review, on Globe and Mail review, on Ottawa Citizen.

The REAL News: Paul Jay talks to Eric Margolis.

Find his name also: on Google Video-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search. (As Paul and Jay are common names, you may find works of other persons in these links – mainly in all kind of book-searches).

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Margaret Hassan – Ireland-England-Iraq (1945 – 2004?)

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Linked with The Tragic Last Moments Of Margaret Hassan.

Margaret Hassan (also known as Madam Margaret), born April 18, 1945 was an aid worker who had worked in Iraq for many years until she was abducted and murdered by unidentified kidnappers in Iraq in 2004, at the age of 59. She was born Margaret Fitzsimmons in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland, to parents Peter and Mary Fitzsimmons. However, soon after the end of World War II her family moved to London, England, where she spent most of her early life and where her younger siblings were born. At the age of twenty seven she married Tahseen Ali Hassan, a twenty-nine-year-old Iraqi studying engineering in the United Kingdom. She moved to Iraq with him in 1972, when she began work with the British Council of Baghdad, teaching English. Eventually she learned Arabic and became an Iraqi citizen, as was required of foreigners under Saddam Hussein’s government. She remained a Roman Catholic throughout her life and never converted to Islam as was widely reported after her death. A requiem Mass was held for her, after her death was confirmed, at Westminster Cathedral by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor … and: Aftermath: … At least eight other women kidnapped by insurgents during the conflict were released unharmed by their captors (Simona Pari, Simona Torretta, Florence Aubenas, Giuliana Sgrena, Teresa Borcz Khalifa, Hannelore Krause, Marie Jeanne Ion, and Jill Carroll) … and: … It is unclear why Margaret Hassan, who was opposed to the war, was killed; the kidnappers did not identify their group nor their aims … (my comment: for me the revenge of a secret US-ultra right wing commando makes the only real sense, just because she was against war) … (full text).

It is said: “Margaret’s loss is not only to her family but also to the Iraqi people for whom she worked tirelessly and for whom she gave her life”.

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Margaret Hassan – Ireland-England-Iraq (1945 – 2004?)

Sister in plea over Hassan’s body, June 4, 2006.

UK tactics ‘led to Hassan death’, June 4, 2006.

… Downing Street has declined to respond to Mrs Hassan’s call for British troops to stay out of Baghdad and quit Iraq … (full text, October 22, 2004).

… Arab network Al-Jazeera reported, “Al-Jazeera has obtained a video showing a masked militant shooting a blindfolded woman, who was referred to as Margaret Hassan, in the head using a handgun. Al-Jazeera decided to wait on reporting the news until it confirmed the authenticity of the tape” … (full text, Nov. 17, 2004).

Mystery remains over who killed Margaret Hassan.

… Mrs Hassan was snatched by gunmen two weeks ago. She has since been shown on videotapes pleading for Britain to withdraw troops from Iraq. Zarqawi’s Tawhid and Jihad group, believed to number up to 500 militants, is suspected of the direct kidnapping and beheading of a number of Westerners in Iraq, including Mr Bigley last month. Many of the killings have been videotaped and broadcast over the internet. Mrs Hassan, 59, was born in Dublin and has family in Kenmare, County Kerry although her sisters Deirdre and Catherine Fitzsimons now live in London. Mrs Hassan, who has British, Irish and Iraqi nationality, was seized on 19 October by unidentified kidnappers. A Foreign office spokesman would not comment on the latest events, saying the government’s position of not negotiating with kidnappers had been made clear … (full text, Nov. 2, 2004).

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Devinder Sharma – India

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Linked with mindfully.org, with Food policy and Globalization, and with Indian Food Policy IFP.

Devinder Sharma is an Indian journalist, writer, thinker. He is well-known and respected for his views on food and trade policy. Trained as an agricultural scientist, Sharma has been the Development Editor of the Indian Express, the largest selling English language daily in India at that time. He quit active journalism to research on policy issues concerning sustainable agriculture, biodiversity and intellectual property rights, environment and development, food security and poverty, biotechnology and hunger, and the implications of the free trade paradigm for developing countries. He has been a Visiting Fellow to the International Rice Research Institute, in the Philippines; Visiting Fellow at the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia, Norwich/UK; and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge/UK … (full text).

He says: … “Before 1995, it was not a dead world, we had seen trade for the last 10,000 years and trade is always between equal partners. Today’s model tells us whether you have surplus or no surplus, you must buy. But that was not the pattern earlier. All this is owing to misplaced priorities. There is no frontal attack on eradicating poverty. We are trying to remove poverty by trade. Somebody someday will stand up and say this is not what we want. People’s voice is the ultimate power to attaining equality and justice. Today it’s the dream of a few companies which is controlling the global agenda. I am sure people would understand and the process has already begun, and now we realize the strength in numbers. (full interview text, Jan. 07, 2004).

Displacing farmers: India Will Have 400 million Agricultural Refugees, Neoliberal Reforms Wreak Havoc.

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Devinder Sharma – India

… His recent works include, three books: GATT and India: The Politics of Agriculture; GATT to WTO: Seeds of Despair; and In the Famine Trap. Among the forthcoming titles is Keeping the Other Half Hungry, an incisive analysis of how the globalisation is accelerating the process of marginalisation of farmers in the Third World … (full text). See his Bio on Food-Security.

Famine as commerce, August 2002.

World Food Summit 2002 — The hungry will have to wait, July 06, 2002.

Bt cotton fiasco — Pushing farmers into a `booby’ trap, Nov 14, 2003.

GM Food and Hunger, a view from the South, Nov. 01, 2003.

Charity In The Name of Science, Nov. 25, 2003.

India’s New Farm Policy SERVING THE AMERICAN INTEREST, July 2000.

Dr Sharma criticised: Unless we bring out a price structure – a structure of our own, we cannot bail out Indian farmers from the prevailing crisis, said Dr Devinder Sharma of Forum for Biotechnology and Food Security, New Delhi … and:
In the name of ‘rising productivity,’ the total scenario is being mechanised. By 2050, there will be only robots in the world to perform the works which are presently handled by human beings. In the name of green revolution, the money power of rural areas have been taken to urban areas … (full text, December 20, 2007).

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Howard L. Fuller – USA

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Linked with The Black Alliance for Educational Options BAEO.

He is college administrator; school administrator; founder … (full long bio and work).

… While well-known in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a long-time proponent of better educational opportunities for the city’s minority student population, and as a high-profile superintendent of the city’s public schools from 1991 to 1995, Fuller also has achieved national stature for his forceful and eloquent advocacy of fundamental education reform … Since 1995, Fuller has been a distinguished professor of education at Milwaukee’s Marquette University, where he also is the founder/director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning. Prior to his tenure as Milwaukee schools superintendent, he served in a number of public service positions, including director of the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services, and dean of general education at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. He has received numerous awards and recognition over the years, including three Honorary Doctorate Degrees. When the third annual symposium for emerging black leaders convened in Milwaukee in early March this year (2001), it was attended by more than 600 educators and activists from 35 states. At the opening session on March 2, Fuller delivered a passionate speech on “The Continuing Struggle of African Americans for the Power to Make Real Educational Choices” … (full text, including an abbreviated version of his speech on the same page).

His video: Dr. Howard Fuller – Black Alliance for Educational Options, 9.17 min, Added October 10, 2006.

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Howard L. Fuller – USA

Read: No Child Left Behind: A Debate on the Privatization of Education, March 12, 2004.

He says: … “I never realized back then, as they obviously did, the importance of having choices for my education. Today I am fighting to make sure that children from low-income and working-class families in Milwaukee, indeed all over this country, have the same opportunity. The term “choice” is often misunderstood by well-meaning people or distorted purposefully by people who want to discredit it. Choice is often equated only with vouchers. Vouchers are indeed one form of parental choice—a very important form. However, parental choice involves more than just vouchers. It means providing families with the .capacity to choose from a wide range of learning environments” … (full text, fall 2002).

Community Voice or Captive of the Right? A Closer Look at the Black Alliance for Educational Options, not dated.

He writes: … In fact, since 1965 Wisconsin taxpayers have spent more than a quarter of a billion dollars to help students attend private, religiously affiliated colleges. More than $100 million in taxes supports tens of thousands of children at private day care and in child development centers, many religiously affiliated. More than 100 public high school students are taking taxpayer-financed courses this year at religiously affiliated colleges and universities. They do so under a 12-year-old state program that was expanded in 1991 to include private universities. If students may use taxes to attend religiously affiliated colleges and early childhood programs, why haven’t our constitutional pillars crumbled? Because these students and their parents do so voluntarily, with no state coercion … (full text, June 12, 1998).

Find him and his publications on answer.com; and by oogle-search, with other Howard Fullers, on Google Book-search.

He writes also: … After hearing and seeing decades of philosophizing about the need to protect the traditional public school system’s funds and institutional prerogatives, and looking past the expressed concerns about a Jeffersonian separation of church and state, it is clear that the real issue in America is not choice—it is who has it! … (full text,

Google download-book: Picky Parent Guide: Choose Your Child’s School with Confidence, 464 pages, 2004.

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Danilo Dolci – Italy (1924 – 1997)

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Danilo Dolci (Sesana, June 28, 1924 – Partinico, PA, December 30, 1997) was a social activist, sociologist, popular educator and poet. He is best known for his opposition against poverty, social exclusion and the Mafia on Sicily and is considered to be one of the protagonists of the non-violence movement in Italy. He became known as the “Gandhi of Sicily” … Antimafia: Dolci became aware of the stranglehold of the Mafia upon the poor in Sicily. He did not attack the Mafia at first but he did come up against them at once challenging their monopoly of water supply with the project of the Iato River dam. Later he became too well-known in Italy and abroad to be dealt with without too much adverse publicity. He began his crusade against the Mafia by claiming that government officials were receiving help in their elections from Cosa Nostra. Rather than making his accusations only in Sicily, he would travel to Rome to participate before the Antimafia Commission to ensure that his worries about the Mafia in Sicily were heard. His willingness to stand up to the Mafia in his quest to improve the living conditions of Sicilians helped him to gain the confidence of the locals … Legacy: Dolci has been proposed for the Nobel Peace Prize, denounced by the Cardinal Archbishop of Palermo; he has won the support of many Communists and some Jesuits, been threatened by the Mafia, and been prosecuted for obscenity by the Italian government for his book Inchiesta a Palermo (Report from Palermo). Dolci was a great writer. His books are remarkable accounts of the society he surveys, and their accuracy and insight have helped to give a realistic basis to any schemes for improvement. Above all he has given a voice to the abandoned, forgotten, despairing, nameless, suffering people of Sicily. Unforgettably he enabled peasants and fishermen, mothers and prostitutes, street urchins, outlaws and bandits, police and mafiosi to tell their stories … (full long text).

The Obituary for Danilo Dolci, by Andrew Gumbel, Jan 1, 1998.

Danilo Dolci, Vivid Voice Of Sicily’s Poor, Dies at 73, by JOHN TAGLIABUE, December 31, 1997.

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Danilo Dolci – Italy (1924 – 1997)

Danilo Dolci by Jaclyn Welch; by Frank Walker; by Vincenzo Salerno.

He said: “I had never heard the phrase ‘conscientious objector’, … and I had no idea there were such persons in the world, but I felt strongly that it was wrong to kill people and I was determined never to do so” … (full text).

The website Danilo Dolci.com.

The video: Danilo Dolci, 5.00 min, added March 25, 2008.

He said also: “It is senseless to speak of optimism or pessimism. The only important thing to remember is that if one works well in a potato field, the potatoes will grow. If one works well among people, they will grow. That’s reality. The rest is smoke” … (Ohio Citizen.org).

Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Dolci, Danilo.

Sanctity is hard to explain—even when it is present. Saints have often been impossible people who undertook impossible tasks and succeeded in highly improbable ways. Such a one is Danilo Dolci, a 41-year-old Italian who for 14 years has headed a volunteer movement designed to lift a few Sicilian villages out of a squalor unmatched in Europe and to raise the inhabitants from the torpor of despair. Dolci (TIME, April 9, 1956) has been proposed for the Nobel Peace Prize, denounced by the Cardinal Archbishop of Palermo; he has won the support of many Communists and some Jesuits, been threatened by the Mafia, and been prosecuted for obscenity by the Italian government for his book Report from Palermo … (full text, April 08, 1966 ).

Dolci and the Mafia, May 12, 1977.

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Michael Albert – USA

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Linked with Amy Goodman – USA, with Parecon and Aspirations,

with Mandisi Majavu – South Africa, with Participatory Economics, with again Alternative Economy, with the parecon idea, with ParEcon – A Participatory Economy, with Which Way Venezuela, with the London Project for a Participatory Society LPPS, with Social Reports 2005 and  with Life After Colonialism. Michael Albert (born April 8, 1947) is a longtime activist, speaker, and writer, is co-editor of ZNet, and co-editor and co-founder of Z Magazine. He also co-founded South End Press and has written numerous books and articles. He developed along with Robin Hahnel the economic vision called participatory economics. Albert identifies himself as a market abolitionist and favors democratic participatory planning as an alternative. During the 1960s, Albert was a member of Students for a Democratic Society, and was active in the anti-Vietnam War movement … (full text).

Michael Albert is one of the nation’s leading authorities on political economy, U.S. economic policies, and the media. A veteran writer/activist, he currently works with Z Magazine and the website Znet.

He says: … “Capitalism is a horrific system. Capitalism is a system that breeds an environment in which dignity is robbed, in which people are out—nice guys finish last, in the words of a famous American baseball coach, or in my more aggressive formulation, garbage rises, meaning it’s a competitive environment in which you care about others, you suffer. If you violate others, you advance. It’s an environment in which there’s about 30 million poor people. There’s about seven million homeless people and seven million empty hotel rooms. There’s war, and so on. And the question for me was always, starting right at the beginning in 1968, ‘67: what do we replace it with? If we’re about changing this fundamentally, then we have to be about not just better values, people controlling their own lives, equity, justice, diversity, solidarity, we have to be about institutions that would make those values real. So parecon or participatory economics is a model” … “Yes, and it’s not a brilliant choice, I’m told. It’s an economic system, a set of institutions to accomplish production and consumption and allocation, stuff that makes up economics, and to do it in a way that the act of doing it gives people control over their lives, gives people solidarity with others, gives people an equitable share of the social output, gives people a range of options that’s fulfilling” … (full long interview text, April 17, 2007).

His personal website with cooking recipes and photos.

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Michael Albert – USA

His videos with Michael Albert:

… In an article entitled “Which Way Venezuela?” published in a recent issue of Znet.org, Michael Albert writes that Hugo Chavez became President of Venezuela “largely due to the ravages of neoliberal reforms in the 80s and 90s … the Venezuelan poverty rate had reached 50% … the aim and promise of Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution was to not only eliminate rampant, raging, poverty, but to attain a new economic and social system consistent with the highest standards of human fulfillment and development” … (full text, July 25, 2008).

Albert’s memoir, Remembering Tomorrow: From SDS to Life After Capitalism (ISBN 1583227423), was published in 2007 by Seven Stories Press.

And as Google download book: Parecon: Life After Capitalism, by Michael Albert, 311 pages, 2003.

Venezuela’s path, Nov. 06, 2005.

Find him and his publications on BSF Audio Library, on Zmag.org/Parecon; on Z Communications; on Google Video-search; on Google Book-search.

David Schweickart versus Michael Albert, Nov. 2, 2006.

… Not surprisingly we began compulsively trying to develop, advocate, and win support for a new type economy. But why would anyone, we asked ourselves, like one economy, such as parecon, and not like some other economy, such as capitalism or what’s called market socialism or centrally planned socialism? Robin and I decided the only sound grounds for judging economies was to determine whether they fostered values we liked. So we had a problem. What were our values? What were the values a good economy should promote by its operations? And that’s what the first part of the book, Parecon, is about … (full long text).

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Bruce Fein – USA

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Linked with the American Freedom Agenda AFA, with Liberty, and with Kucinich gets his day.

Bruce Fein is a lawyer in the United States who specializes in constitutional and international law. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and his father was the famous Louis Fein who pioneered the internet and electronics for spy planes. His father spent much of his career at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Under President Ronald Reagan, Fein served as an associate deputy attorney general from 1981 to 1982 and as general counsel to the Federal Communications Commission. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1972. In March 2007, he founded the American Freedom Agenda AFA with Bob Barr, with David Keene and with Richard Viguerie. Notable published writings by Fein include articles advocating the impeachment of former U.S. president Bill Clinton and current U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney and president George W Bush … Fein has authored numerous articles on constitutional issues for The Washington Times, for Slate.com, for The New York Times, for Legal Times, and is considered an authority on civil liberties. In 2008 he was nominated to receive the World Peace award for his efforts in civil liberties … (full text).

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Bruce Fein – USA

Watch his video: Bruce Fein on Revised FISA Legislation, 3.30 min, added October 09, 2007.

… He expressed disappointment with the lack of any real pushback against presidential power by Congressional Democrats. “The Democrats in Congress have done absolutely nothing to tell the president he is not a king and we do not live in a monarchy. They are allowing him to trash the Constitution because most of them know nothing about the Constitution and are concerned only with making headlines about minor issues and getting themselves reelected” … (full text).

Notes from the Non-Impeachment Hearings, July 27, 2008.

… In sum, the CSRT decreed Parhat was an enemy combatant because he was trained to fight Chinese government oppression by an ETIM leader whose organization might become hostile to the United States and may have used a training camp provided by Taliban. If President Bush had his way, Parhat would remain imprisoned indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay for emulating the American Minutemen at Concord and Lexington. He would be denied access to the Great Writ of habeas corpus to challenge the legality of his detention. But the Supreme Court repudiated the President in Boumediene v. Bush (June 12, 2008), offering Parhat an assured habeas corpus avenue to freedom. The CSRT’s outlandish enemy combatant finding has already been voided by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Parhat v. Gates … (full text, June 30, 2008).

… “The primary and chief purpose of government is to make us free to develop our faculties and to pursue what Jefferson called happiness,” said Bruce Fein, chairman of the American Freedom Agenda, during a discussion for the Cato Institute … (full text, July 3, 2008).

Fein argues, the history of the persecution of the Tamil people “easily justifies Tamil statehood, with boundaries to be negotiated,” and points out, “The Declaration of Independence proclaims: “[W]hen a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce [a people] under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security” … (full text).

BRUCE FEIN’S PLEA FOR YOUR EVIDENCE.

… Fein currently writes weekly columns for THE WASHINGTON TIMES and CAPITOL LEADER, and a bi-weekly column for the LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER devoted to legal and international affairs … (full text).

Impeach Cheney, The vice president has run utterly amok and must be stopped, June 27, 2007.

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Prabhu Guptara – India and Switzerland

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Linked with The World Future Council.

Professor Prabhu Guptara (born 1949 in Delhi, India) is an authority on the impact of technology on globalization, on strategy, on knowledge management, on corporate social responsibility, on comparative and cross-cultural ethics, and on management and leadership issues Widely known as a speaker and broadcaster, he is or has been Chairman, Director or Board Member of various companies and organisations. As Executive Director, Organisation Development, at Wolfsberg – The Platform for Business and Executive Development (a subsidiary of UBS, one of the largest banks in the world), he is responsible for the Wolfsberg Think Tanks on a wide variety of market and global issues. A Freeman of the City of London, and of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, and Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; he is Fellow: of the Institute of Directors, of the Royal Commonwealth Society, and of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts Commerce and Manufactures; and Member: Executive Board, IFB Institute of Management, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland; International Advisory Council, Development Alternatives, India; Member of the International Advisory Panel for the Tomorrow’s Global Company Report by Tomorrow’s Company, U.K. … (full text).

… He has written for Financial Times, The Guardian, and The Times, and enjoys being a judge for international competitions in the fields of fiction, poetry, and executive development. Prabhu is a Hindu follower of Jesus. He and his wife Philippa have four children and reside in Switzerland. ( full text).

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Prabhu Guptara – India and Switzerland

4 Videos: he interviews Michael Jackson, Chairman of Shaping Tomorrow, England, April 30, 2007: Part 1, 4.40 min; part 2, 2.36 min; part 3, 2.00 min; and part 4, 2.06 min.

His video: Conflicts of Interest, 7 min, February 01, 2005, (he talks about how the charging of interest exacerbates the difference between the rich and poor).

Future Event: Talking on “The World Financial System and the Institutionalisation of Greed”, Thursday, October 9th 2008, 6pm, St Stephen’s Church, St Stephen’s Avenue, Bristol BS1 1EG,  £5 pay at the door. Reserve place by email.

His Blog: Renaissance: Insights for Action in Today’s World.

His official website.

Professor Prabhu S. Guptara is Chairman of the Career Innovation Group, acting as a thought-leader for the Group and building links with individuals and organisations around the world. His role in Ci is one of the external activities he undertakes as Director of Executive and Organisational Development for the Wolfsberg Executive Development Centre, a subsidiary of UBS AG … (full text, see also the homepage of career innovation ci).

He says: … “Developments such as sub-prime crisis and growing defaults in loans and credit card repayments in the US are the result of jungle competition among the global financial giants. On the contrary, the situation in the Indian banking industry is largely healthy” … (full text).

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Danny Schechter – USA

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Linked with Congress, banks and home owners.

Danny Schechter, nicknamed “The News Dissector,” is a television producer, independent filmmaker, blogger, and media critic who writes and lectures frequently about the media in the United States and worldwide … Schechter worked as a civil rights worker and communications director of the Northern Student Movement, and worked as a community organizer in a War on Poverty program. Schechter also served as an assistant to the Mayor of Detroit in 1966 … Schechter is also the executive editor of MediaChannel.org, for which he is the “blogger-in-chief” and writes a nearly-3000-word daily blog entry on media and society … (full text).

(He is an) Emmy-winning journalist and filmmaker whose latest project takes a look at the growing problem of debt in America. The new film is called “In Debt We Trust: America Before the Bubble Burst.” The film opens in select cities this month and next. Here now, a scene from “In Debt We Trust.” (full interview text).

He says: … “When I started to make this film people asked me, what are you doing a film about debt about? Nobody’s gonna be interested in that. Nobody wants to talk about money. This doesn’t affect anybody. What we’re seeing now is that this is one of the leading economic crises in our society. Two million Americans face foreclosure in their homes. Millions of people are straddled with debt. Credit cards started basically as a luxury; they became a necessity, and now they’re a noose for many people in our country. College students leaving school with $30,000 in debt; people unable to pay their bills” …

His Homepage, with his bio, with music and activism, and with more films and videos.

Audios and videos with Danny Schlechter on DemocracyNow. More on the same web, July 17, 2008.

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Danny Schechter – USA

Listen his audio-interview by Tavis Smiley, April 12, 2007, or read its transcript.

He writes: … Yes, Jay asked me to write because my film “In Debt We Trust” (InDebtWe Trust.org)–released in a final updated form in 2007, not 2006– was being promoted as important by KPFK. One of my concerns has been that when the film played in LA, none of the press there, mainstream or “alternative” bothered to review it or write about it. The issue was thought too obscure. Now its at the center of a global economic meltdown. The issues I raised, considered “alarmist” by some, later led to the ongoing financial crisis. That fact that it was ignored does not make my reporting inaccurate. If anything I understated the calamity to come even as I was exposing subprime lending, a subject that most of our “all around” muckrakers ignored. Others have called me prescient but not the former news editor. He knew better!
… (full text, July 6, 2008).

Homeowners ‘March’ Against Foreclosure, July 23, 2008.

His interview with Amy Goodman: … … “And South Africa, they will—I’m hoping that this film Viva Madiba will be seen in the United States eventually and in other countries around the world. It’s not just about him. It’s about the struggle of a people for freedom, a struggle that they prevailed on, and a time when so many progressive battles have been lost. And so, I think we need to respect what he’s done and try to learn from it. And that, to me, is the reason I’ve been involved in all of this. I think there are lessons in the South African struggle that apply here in the United States: non-racialism, non-sexism, unifying a people of all groups, working with labor, working with church and other progressive people, building a coalition that can win. I think that those are some of the lessons from South Africa that’s inspired me” … (full text, July 17, 2008).

Freddie Mac, When Are You Coming Back? July 14, 2008.

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Edward Wadie Said – USA and former British Palestinia (1935-2003)

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Edward Wadie Saïd, MRSL (1 November 1935 – 25 September 2003) was a Palestinian American literary theorist, a cultural critic, a political activist, and an outspoken advocate of Palestinian rights. He was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and is a founding figure in postcolonial theory … Saïd was born in Jerusalem (then in the British Mandate of Palestine). His father was a wealthy Protestant Palestinian businessman and an American citizen who had served under General Pershing in World War I, while his mother was born in Nazareth, also of Christian Palestinian descent. His sister was the historian and writer Rosemarie Said Zahlan. Said referred to himself as a “Christian wrapped in a Muslim culture” … (full very long text).

He said: “With an unexceptionally Arab family name like Said connected to an improbably British first name (my mother much admired the Prince of Wales in 1935, the year of my birth), I was an uncomfortably anomalous student all through my early years: a Palestinian going to school in Egypt, with an English first name, an American passport and no certain identity at all” … (on wikipedia/Life).

Notre collaborateur et ami Edward W. Said est mort le 24 septembre 2003, de la leucémie qu’il combattait avec un remarquable courage depuis plus de dix ans … (le Monde Diplo).

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Edward Wadie Said – USA and former British Mandate of Palestinia (1935-2003)

Listen this audio: Humanism, Freedom, and the Critic: Edward W. Said and After: Andrew Rubin, 22.46 min, during the “The Legacy of Edward Said” panel at the 30th Aniversary Symposium: Arab Studies, A Critical Review, March 31, 2005.

In 1991, Said was diagnosed with leukaemia and afterwards he stopped giving interviews. In September 2003, nonetheless, he made a final exception and for more than three days spoke about his life and work. The Last Interview begins with a Roland Barthes quote: “The only sort of interview that one could, if forced to, defend would be where the author is asked to articulate what he cannot write.” Said’s topics and arguments in the documentary obviously much overlap with his writings in Reflections on Exile, yet they gain force by his passionate and eloquent speech (even in response to a seemingly pre-arranged set of questions) … (full text).

He said: “Sleeplessness for me is a cherished state to be desired at almost any cost; there is nothing for me as invigorating as immediately shedding the shadowy half-consciousness of a night’s loss, than the early morning, reacquainting myself with or resuming what I might have lost completely a few hours earlier. I occasionally experience myself as a cluster of flowing currents. I prefer this to the idea of a solid self, the identity to which so many attach so much significance. These currents, like the themes of one’s life, flow along during the waking hours, and at their best, they require no reconciling, no harmonizing. They are “off” and may be out of place, but at least they are always in motion, in time, in place, in the form of all kinds of strange combinations moving about, not necessarily forward, sometimes against each other, contrapuntally yet without one central theme”. (Out of Place: A Memoir, 1999).

Selected articles about, and tributes to, Edward Said published since his death (scroll down), September 25, 2004.

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Matt Stoller – USA

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nked with videos concerning the US, with blogpac bp, and with Finding Your Obviousmeter.

Matt Stoller writes at the progressive strategy site OpenLeft.com and is the President of the political action committee BlogPAC. He consults for the Sunlight Foundation on open government, for Actblue, and for Working Assets, a progressive phone company (scroll down to the bottom).

His video on RealNewsNetwork: Can the netroots change politics? Matt Stoller of MyDD and openleft says the netroots don’t yet have the strength to leverage real power, 6.03 min, July 19, 2008. (Netroots is a recent term coined to describe political activism organized through blogs and other online media, including wikis and social network services. The word is a portmanteau of Internet and grassroots, reflecting the technological innovations that set netroots techniques apart from other forms of political participation. In the United States, the term is used mainly in left-leaning circles … from the english wikipedia).

And a written text on the same item: Netroots Nation.

And his video: Matt Stoller: Take Back America, 3.24 min, added: June 19, 2007.

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Matt Stoller – USA

His blog: OpenLeft.com.

… The discussion of the panel (which also includes Dean Nielsen, David Goldstein, Blair Butterworth and Matt Stoller) is largely focused on the influence of the Netroots among political campaigns, specifically for the U.S. House … (full text, July 19, 2008).

On Friday, I was on the phone with Darcy Burner, who told me that she got a call from people affiliated with the conservative Jewish political group AIPAC. They told her to distance herself from the new pro-peace group J Street, which they said is full of radical leftists who believe in capitulation to the forces of the Arab world who would overrun and destroy Israel. Like most conservative arguments, it is utter nonsense backed up by a political threat designed to suppress alternative legitimate political views … (full text, June 30, 2008).

He writes: For Personal Democracy Forum’s Rebooting America, I wrote about something called an Obviousmeter: … I used the example of members being unable to post Youtube videos on their official web sites as a clear example of how Congress is unprepared for the future. As it so happens, the controversy over member restrictions on web use is now heating up … (full text, July 11, 2008). (The Obviousmeter compares cultural trends and existing power centers and asks, “Can a sixteen year old do something our government can’t?” If the answer in any particular area is yes, then that’s a place to find out where the future is going to smack us in the ass).

As Open Left blogger Matt Stoller recently predicted, 21st century politics could look a lot like the 19th century, “with a politicized business community, much stronger local political machines and engagement levels at 80 percent or 90 percent … (full text, June 30, 2008).
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Nadya Boneva – Bulgaria

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Linked with Women’s Earth Alliance WEA, and with Wiser Earth.org.

Ms. Nadya Boneva is well-known within Bulgaria and the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development. She has deep experience working within governmental, business arenas and has created partnerships among NGOs and different citizen movements living and working in rural areas of Bulgaria. She is working with many municipalities in remote parts of the country, where the communication is difficult and follow-up is essential. Nadya helped the municipalities to establish NGOs, and has worked to strengthen NGO’s capacity with training, fundraising, and running advocacy initiatives. She is a member of Women’s Earth Alliance.

Read: External evaluation of the impact of WHO environmental health policies and action plan in Bulgaria, 19 pdf pages, December 2002.

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Nadya Boneva – Bulgaria

She is of the Board of Directors of the Regional Environment Center REC .

CONCORD Development Education Forum, Action Plan 2008: Development education is an active learning process, founded on values of solidarity, equality, inclusion and co-operation. It enables people to move from basic awareness of international development priorities and sustainable human development, through understanding of the causes and effects of global issues, to personal involvement and informed action.
Development education fosters the full participation of all citizens in world-wide poverty eradication, and the fight against exclusion. It seeks to influence more just and sustainable economic, social and environmental, human rights based national and international policies … (full long text).

She writes: … 8. Outputs, Outcomes and Dissemination, page 27:

  • Explain differences in actual outputs against those agreed in the initial ‘Project Implementation Timetable’ and the ‘Project Outputs Schedule’, i.e. what outputs were not or only partly achieved? Were additional outputs achieved? There are no changes in the actual outputs compared to the initial Project proposal during the reporting period.
  • Provide details of dissemination activities in the host country during the year, including information on target audiences. Will dissemination activities be continued by the host country when the project finishes, and how will this be funded and implemented?
  • More than 100 people participated in the public discussion of National Action Plan for Biodiversity and 80 people participated in the launch of National Action Plan for sustainable land management. The project products are listed on the web sites of TIME Eco projects Foundation with 5000 visitors visiting the site and Web page ekoobrazovanie.net in russian language, (see also the english site Education for sustainable development), specially dedicated to nature conservation, education, environmental education and education for sustainable development. The hosting and web page maintenance will be continued after the project completion by the Bluelink network and TIME Foundation content manager. The publication of ECOPOLIS newsletter will continue after the project implementation. TIME Foundation has been producing this newsletter for more than 8 years so far. Other dissemination activities are listed above – for example the teachers workshops forthcoming National Conference … (full long text of 27 pdf pages concerning the Darwin Initiative for the Survival of Species, Annual Report, April 2005 – March 2006).

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Mallika Sarabhai – India

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Linked with The Darpana Academy of Performing Arts. Linked also with another dancer, Tripurari Sharma – India, and her dancer school, the National School of Drama – New Delhi.

Mallika Sarabhai [Born 1954 (to be confirmed)] is one of the most renowned Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dancers in India today.[1] Multi-faceted Malika holds a MBA and a doctorate from IIM Ahmedabad and has experience in acting, film-making, editing, and television anchoring. Mallika is the daughter of reputed dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai and renowned scientist Vikram Sarabhai. She started to learn dancing when she was quite young and started her film career in parallel cinema, when she was just 15. Mallika played the role of Draupadi in the Peter Brook’s movie The Mahabharata. Mallika has won many accolades during her long career, the -French Palme d’Or being one of them, which she won for the Best Soloist Artist. As well as a dancer, Sarabhai is a social activist. She, along with her mother, manages the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts located at Ahmedabad. She made headlines when she complained that the Narendra Modi government of Gujarat was harassing her due to her public criticism of their role during the 2002 riots; the government in late 2002 had accused her of human trafficking. The Gujarati government dropped the case in December 2004. Her son Revanta and daughter Anahita are upcoming classical dancers … (full text).

See the Videos: An Evening of Classical Indian Dance (Mallika & Group), 7.04 min (scroll down); Mallika Sarabhai’s Interview, 30 min, Mar 22, 2008.

She asks: “Why am I being crucified”.

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Mallika Sarabhai – India

False Case Against Mallika Sarabhai, a letter From Mallika Sarabhai, not dated.

… In the 90s she had choreographed V for … lashing out at the violence in society; violence against women and human beings in general has been the focus of many of her works. “Capitalism and globalisation are by definition violent. Globalisation rapes the earth. Violence is also usually about making money. Anyone who feels powerless will take it out on someone…there is an ‘eat me’ chain out there.” Media’s glorification of consumption only adds to this, she avers. “We are pushing toward a less equitable society. Nobody glorifies kindness” … (full text).

Find her on Google Video-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search; on PIPL; on FANDANGO.

… Here is a previous example of the price that Sarabhai has to pay fro speaking up against Modi. (full text).

… In Indian dance there is no great tradition of creative choreography. It was Mrinalini Sarabhai who first used the Bharatanatyam vocabulary to speak of moods and themes other than the traditional devotional ones. She talked of bride burning and of pollution in her dance dramas. Mallika performed in these and absorbed the ideas but it is only in the last decade that she has started to choreograph herself, her company and even her mother. As she started to crystallize what it was she wanted to express through her work she drew on many elements to create her choreographic vocabulary … (full text).

… Mallika Sarabhai, who is under proceedings of Indian justice system, November 19, 2003 … (full text).

… Always an activist for societal education and women’s empowerment, Mallika began using her work for change. In 1989 she created the first of her hard-hitting solo theatrical works, Shakti: The Power of Women. Since then Mallika has created numerous stage productions which have raised awareness, highlighted crucial issues and advocated change, several of which productions have toured internationally as well as throughout India … (full text).

Does Gandhi still live in modern India? July 10, 2008.

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Alberto J. Mora – USA

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Linked with Nieman Watchdog, with Cruelty as a weapon of war, and with Ten lessons from recent torture hearings.

Alberto J. Mora is a recently retired General Counsel of the U.S. Navy. He led an effort within the Defense Department to oppose the legal theories of John Yoo and to try to end coercive interrogation tactics at Guantanamo Bay, which he argued are unlawful … (full long text).

His Campaign against coercive interrogation techniques at Guantanamo Bay.

He says: … “This responds to your request at reference (a) for a statement that chronicles any involvement by the Department of the Navy Office of the General Counself (OGC) or me personally in the development of the “interrogation rules of engagement” (IROE) for Operation Enduring Freedom. The following narrative adopts a slightly broader focus. It seeks to describe any such knowledge or involvement as OGC or I had on any impact of the interrogation techniquest used of contemplated following September 11, 2001, including participation in legal analysis or discussion of such issues. In the end, it is largely an account of my personal actions or knowledge. Unless otherwise indicated, the use below of the term “OGC” includes my personal knowledge or activity as well as that of other OGC attorneys or personnel. Before discussing the specifics of this involvement, four key factors or events warrant mention by way of background: … (full statement text, July 7, 2004).

Alberto J. Mora’s Memorandum for Inspector General, Dept. of the Navy, June 18, 2004.

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Alberto J. Mora – USA

Listen the Audio: Dan Rather Interviews Alberto J. Mora, Former U.S. Navy General Counsel, 43.45 min, Nov. 2, 2006.

… For his efforts, Mora was honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2006, which is administered by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation … (wikipedia/aftermath).

Alberto Mora, the former general counsel for the U.S Navy said torture has not prevented attacks or made the country safer. In fact, the short and long term costs of torture weaken the United States’ defenses by hurting alliances needed for the war on terror, he said. Virtually all countries the United States wants to ally with during war consider torture criminal, Mora said … (full text, this article is not dated).

In December 2002, Alberto J. Mora, then general counsel of the United States Navy, was alerted by Navy investigators to reports that detainees held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay were being subjected to cruel and unlawful interrogation practices … (full text on John F. Kennedy Library Foundation).

He says also: … “Our nation’s policy decision to use so-called ‘harsh’ interrogation techniques during the war on terror was a mistake of massive proportions” … (full text, July 16, 2008).

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Alex de Waal – England

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Linked with Sudan and the International Criminal Court: a guide to the controversy, and with Social Science Research Council SSRC. Added Aug. 25, 2008: and linked with Justice Africa, London.

Alex de Waal is a British writer and researcher on African issues. He is a fellow of the Global Equity Initiative at Harvard University, as well as program director at the Social Science Research Council SSRC in New York City. De Waal is also a co-director of Justice Africa, London. De Waal received a D.Phil. in social anthropology at the University of Oxford for his thesis on the 1984-5 Darfur famine in Sudan. The next year he joined the Africa division of Human Rights Watch, only to resign in December 1992 in protest for HRW’s support for the American military involvement in Somalia / Unified Task Force. He was the first chairman of the Mines Advisory Group at the beginning of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. From 1997 to 2001, he focused on avenues to peaceful resolution of the Second Sudanese Civil War. In 2001, he returned to his work on health in Africa, writing on the intersection of HIV and AIDS, and poverty and drought. In 2004, he returned to his doctoral thesis topic of Darfur as the conflict there worsened. During 2005 and 2006, de Waal was seconded to the African Union mediation team for Darfur … (full text).

He says: ” … I joined the peace process late, as an adviser. The Sudan government objected to me and I was smuggled in as a personal advisor to the chief mediator, Salim Salim. I didn’t dictate that process. My advice was sometimes followed, more often not. I declined the invitation to join the last mediation in Sirte [Libya] because the advice I have been giving was not followed at all. I and others involved have scrutinized and criticized every aspect of the process. Knowing how agonizingly close we came to an agreement in Abuja, and looking at the small things that might have made the difference, I search my memory and conscience every day to examine what I might have done differently … (full interview /debate text, 7 pages, 2007).

His blog: Making Sense of Darfour.

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Alex de Waal – England

The CCI accusation of Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir:

Alex de Waal, a former adviser to the African Union and co- author of “Darfur: A Short History of a Long War,” said an indictment of al-Bashir may jeopardize the country’s peace process. In 2005, Muslim northern Sudan and the mainly Christian and animist south signed the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended a 21-year civil war … (full text, July 15, 2008).

It is said: There are many who live by writing, which is brave enough, but few who write to keep people alive. Alex de Waal is in the latter category, an indefatigable writer with an urgent message: There are tribes in mortal danger, whole populations marked for genocide … (full text, June 22, 2008).

He writes: … Over long months of negotiation, we in the Mediation could not find a consensus. The warring parties were too far apart. The Movements, especially, hardly shifted from a maximalist negotiating position. Instead we proposed a position in between. There was an intense debate within the Mediation on how to handle this and what positions to propose. The first reaction of the Movements and their sympathizers is that the AU proposals fall well short of their legitimate demands and are a sell-out to Khartoum. I urge them to read the text carefully, to examine what actually they gain … (full text, May 4, 2006).

Justice Off Course In Darfur, June 28, 2008.

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Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya – Canada

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Linked with The Med Union, dividing the Middle East and North Africa.

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya est auteur indépendant à Ottawa, spécialisé dans les affaires du Moyen-Orient et d’Asie Centrale. C’est un Chercheur Associé du Center for Research on Globalization (CRG). Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya est un collaborateur régulier de Mondialisation.ca. … (full text).

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya is a writer and geopolitical analyst based in Ottawa who specializes on the Middle East. He is currently Research Associate at the Centre for Research on Globalization … (Global Research.ca, scroll down).

He writes: … It is no mere chance that before the upcoming summit in Tehran that three important post-Soviet organizations (the Commonwealth of Independents States, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, and the Eurasian Economic Community) simultaneously held meetings in Tajikistan. Nor is it mere coincidence that the SCO and CSTO have signed cooperation agreements during these meetings in Tajikistan, which has effectively made China a semi-formal member of the CSTO alliance. It should be noted that all SCO members are also members of CSTO, aside from China … (full text).

Opening a Pandora’s Box: Kosovo “Independence” and the Project for a “New Middle, Febr. 20, 2008.

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sorry, no picture found of Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Canada

The March to War:

He writes also: According to a wide range of reports, several nuclear bombs were “lost” for 36 hours after taking off August 29/30, 2007 on a “cross-country journey” across the U.S., from U.S.A.F Base Minot in North Dakota to U.S.A.F. Base Barksdale in Louisiana. [1] Reportedly, in total there were six W80-1 nuclear warheads armed on AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missiles (ACMs) that were “lost.” [2] The story was first reported by the Military Times, after military servicemen leaked the story. It is also worth noting that on August 27, 2007, just days before the “lost” nukes incident, three B-52 Bombers were performing special missions under the direct authorization of General Moseley, the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force. [3] The exercise was reported as being an aerial information and image gathering mission. The base at Minot is also home of the 91st Space Wings, a unit under the command of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) … (full text).

EUROPE AND AMERICA: SHARING THE SPOILS OF WAR.

The Levant could be the starting point of a major international conflict with global ramifications and which could quickly spin out of control. Such a conflict could even involve the use of Israeli or American nuclear weapons against Iran and Syria. Syria has additionally declared that it is preparing for an inevitable war with Israel despite the fact that it believes that the chances of a war in 2008 are slim. In the scenario of a war against Iran, the reaction of Syria will be pivotal. Damascus plays a central role and how it acts and reacts will have a definitive impact on Israeli military strategy in regards to Iran. It is in this context that Israel, the U.S. and the E.U., with the help of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt, have been attempting to undermine and ultimately destroy the alliance between Syria and Iran. This is part of a geo-strategic stride to foreclose the possibility of a Mediterranean battle-front that might emerge in the Levant as a result of an attack on Iran … (full text).

The Mediterranean Union … on misc.activism.progressive.

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M.K. Bhadrakumar – India

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M K Bhadrakumar, a former career diplomat who served as India’s ambassador to Uzbekistan, argues that the two organizations may eventually merge. “The SCO may focus on the range of so-called ‘new threats’ [terrorism] rather than on the conventional form of military threats, while the CSTO would maintain a common air-defense system, training of military personnel, arms procurement, etc.” … (full text, June 25, 2008). (See also: The new NATO of the East’ takes shape, Asia Times Online, August 25, 2007).

M K Bhadrakumar has parlayed a distinguished career in the Indian Foreign Service, with postings in Moscow, Seoul, Colombo, Bonn, Islamabad, Tashkent and Ankara into his current eminence as one of the country’s foremost thinkers on foreign affairs … (full text, July 3, 2008).

China, India, play it again for Uncle Sam, March 1, 2008.

Yushka Fisher, A Warmonger in Disguise? June 19, 2008.

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M.K. Bhadrakumar – India

India tiptoes to the new Middle East, June 21, 2008.

He writes: … Whereas, the reality is that we live in savage times where realpolitik and not morality often enough happens to be the guiding force inciting our monstrous enemies. A need arises, therefore, to take a more honest look at any hidden sewers that may exist. Such an exercise cannot and should not in any way detract from the total condemnation that the terrorists deserve. But it will serve an important purpose in so far as we do not fall into a false sense of innocence … (full long text).

India blows up a monsoon, July 4, 2008.

… Meanwhile, Bhadrakumar offers a lot more to chew on while we await the Senate testimony of Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq. For instance, chew on this:

  • It appears that one of the most shadowy figures of the Iranian security establishment, General Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, personally mediated in the intra-Iraqi Shi’ite negotiations [to end the fighting] … ;
  • US military commanders routinely blame the Quds for all their woes in Iraq. The fact that the representatives of [the] Da’wa [Party] and SIIC [the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council] secretly traveled to Qom [in Iran] under the very nose of American and British intelligence and sought Quds mediation to broker a deal conveys a huge political message.

Now swallow this: … (full text, 11 Jul 2008).

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Sylvia Schmelkes – Mexico

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She is of the Ministry of Public Education (Mexico), and also Chair of Centre for Educational Research and Innovation Governing Board, OECD Directorate for Education.

… Throughout the 20th century, Indian people of the Western Hemisphere have fought to gain control of their own education and to fulfill the aspiration to base their curricula for Native students upon their own languages and cultural values. However, many such schools have come and gone. Certainly there are those in Mexico who would call Schmelkes unduly optimistic; nevertheless, the quality of those who sustain this most heartfelt of Native aspirations is to create new opportunities, regardless of temporary setbacks. Northward to the U.S., a vanguard Indian school seems to have folded in California during a time of mourning for one of its luminary founders and major individual spirits. That school is D-Q University, a venerable and trend-setting college named after two American Indian mytho-historical characters, the Aztec hero, Quetzalcoatl and the Iroquois Peacemaker, whose name is generally spoken only in ceremony. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, after warnings last year, withdrew accreditation for DQU in January. The loss of accreditation came as the second semester was slated to begin and left many students in a lurch. A new 13-member board of American Indian professionals, including five of the original board members, joined to tackle the issues last year, but these proved insurmountable. Among the numerous problems confronting the college is maintaining the necessary 51 percent American Indian enrollment to satisfy BIA funding requirements – a particular challenge in California, where many tribes don’t have federal recognition. Accusations of fiscal mismanagement, a lack of qualified administrators and diminishment of educational standards have surfaced, and apparently even the university’s land is in jeopardy as a result of loans. Largely the moves of desperation as budgets dwindled, the fiscal mismanagement issues loom large and this long-struggling and pioneering Indian educational institution appears to be in terminal trouble … (full text).

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Sylvia Schmelkes – Mexico
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Listen her short spanish statement: SYLVIA SCHMELKES, LORE, LAU, 30 secondes.

Read: The need and use of evidence by policy makers, 7 pdf-pages.

Innovative Learning Environments, Francisco Benavides, OECD-CERI, 13 pdf pages.

She writes: La primera mesa de debate llamada “Escenario Nacional y Regional de la Universidad y la Interculturalidad”, consistió en la conferencia de la destacada académica mexicana Sylvia Schmelkes, actualmente parte de la Universidad Iberoamericana de México. La expositora es socióloga y tiene una Maestría en Investigación y Desarrollo de la Educación en la Universidad Iberoamericana de México. Destaca su trabajo en el Centro de Estudios Educativos, del que fue investigadora y Directora académica entre 1970 y 1994 … (full text).

ED464800 – Unequal Schools, Unequal Chances: The Challenges to Equal Opportunity in the Americas. The David Rockefeller Center Series on Latin American Studies.

La Dra. Sylvia Schmelkes, Coordinadora General de la Educación Intercultural Bilingüe de la Secretaría de Educación Pública, visitó las instalaciones del Colson, y particularmente la Unidad de Pueblos Indígenas del Noroeste, por invitación de la Dra. Catalina Denman Champion, Rectora de nuestra institución, con el objeto de conocer y vincular el trabajo que realiza El Colegio con el organismo a su cargo. (Colson.edu, with picture in the right column, febrero de 2004).

Mtra. Sylvia Schmelkes, OBRA PUBLICADA, 18 pdf pages.

Learning – What do we know today, Anne Sliwka, University of Trier.

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Rand Clifford – USA

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Rand Clifford is a writer living in Spokane, Washington, with his wife Mary Ann, and their Chesapeake Bay retriever, Mink. Rand’s novels CASTLING, TIMING, VOICES OF VIRES, and PRIEST LAKE CATHEDRAL are published by StarChief Press. (Find this on Countercurrent.org).

He writes: Imagine mainstream media reliably telling Americans the truth about the most vital issues of our time. Indeed, that’s quite a stretch—but try forgetting for a moment the millions of Americans oblivious to rampant omission; citizens who, after so much manipulation and deceit, also still believe lies on the fresh list. Just envision a well-informed population that knows their way past omission, while knowing the difference between lies/propaganda, and the truth. Envision the New World Order dead in its tracks … (full text, July 9, 2008).

Beyond the Speed of Lies.

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Rand Clifford – USA

Only One Kind of Science, May 14, 2007.

Any hope of resuscitating our Constitutional Republic, and keeping our nation from descending into the tar pit of One World Fascist government, exists in an informed population throwing off apathy, turning OFF corporate media, paying attention to what is really happening, and making sacrifices only by which the psychopaths now in power may be exposed for their crimes and brought to justice. They don’t have our guns, yet, but with martial law just one more false flag terror contrivance away (all “legalities” are in place, along with the 800+ Rex 84 “camps” WE paid for), they think they have already won. Surely, the odds are in their favor, and they’re getting cocky—giving us our last, best window of hope—if enough Americans can still think for themselves. (full text, May 2008).

The Spark That Lit The War.

He writes also: Astonishing as it is, the daily load of lies dumped on Americans by mainstream corporate media (CorpoMedia), lurking a step beyond is the reality of most of the lies finding belief. Respect of being told the truth is not earned by swallowing whatever lies are in the load—that simply earns what we have: CorpoMedia as the propaganda arm of our corporate-fascist federal government (CorpoGov). Millions still seem to believe that some kind of law dictates media honesty. But to CorpoMedia, truth, facts … largely illusion, often an enemy. Media conglomeration has left us with only a few monster corporations controlling virtually all mainstream “news”—a stupid liars’ gumbo rich with moral supremacy, victimization, innocence and righteousness cranked with MSG and corn syrup and fat … (full text, April 17, 2008).

The Google book download TIMING, 448 pages, 2005.

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Nurjahan Begum – India

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Nurjahan Begum was born on June 4, 1925, as Nurun Nahar. Her father, renowned journalist and editor of the monthly Shawgat, Mohammad Nasiruddin, lived in Kolkata, while she, “Nuri”, lived with her mother, Fatema Begum, in Chalitatoli … she is named as adhunika heroe … She says: “When I came to Kolkata, my father, to the utter dismay of my mother, had my nose-pin cut off and my hair sheared into a ‘China bob’ cut!” … and: “I had a wonderful childhood,” she says. “We did everything, from singing and dancing to acting.” She even wrote, directed and acted in college plays. “But it was all within the walls of the school and college” … (full text).

The reality is these modest village enterprises give a whole new definition to small business. In fact, they’re the smallest of the small, all of them built up over a few years starting with a no-collateral microloan equivalent in takas, the Bangladeshi currency, to a lousy couple of hundred Australian dollars. Grameen-inspired, they’re many and varied, be it sewing the country’s traditionally colourful saris, selling them locally at affordable prices, or handmade mats from bamboo husks. No formal education or training, as such, is required. Point being, these women and 6 million others just like them throughout Bangladesh, have neither of these things. But, thanks to their microbusinesses, they told us, now their kids will … (full interview text).

Her photo made in 1946.

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Nurjahan Begum – India

English video, translated in french: interview with Nurjahan Begum about the Grameen bank, 4.07 min, linked with/lié avec: Madame Begum, de la Grameen Bank, invitée vedette des Dialogues en Humanité, juin 18, 2008.

Making Inroads for the Others.

If ever there was a profession suited for women it most certainly is journalism. Women are by nature sensitive, compassionate and lovers of honesty – all attributes needed to be a good journalist. Which is why there are more and more women in the print and electronic media today all over the world … It was especially difficult for Bangali Muslim women of the time for whom social stricture was compounded by religious sanction … But Nurjahan Begum, the editor of the weekly, was extremely lucky on that count. Her father, renowned journalist and editor of the monthly Shawgat, Mohammad Nasiruddin, was a progressive, forward-thinking man and wanted her daughter to be the same. He also did not believe in the social customs like observing purdah. “When I came to Kolkata,” reminisces Nurjahan Begum, “my father, to the utter dismay of my mother, had my nose-pin taken off and my hair sheared into a ‘China bob’ cut!” … (full long text).

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… A great cover story women working: Thanks to Star Weekend Magazine for its cover story “Leading Women to Change” published on March 11, 2005. I enjoyed reading the article and pay my tribute to the renowned journalist and social worker Nurjahan Begum. Nurjahan Begum did many things for women’s development which was not an easy task during that time. These days we do not find equally determined and courageous women working for the progress of women. In spite of religious conflict and social blindings, she has always aspired to do better for women. May we be blessed with more women like Nurjahan Begum, who acts for the betterment life of women not only politically but also socially. (Mamunur Rashid Tomal … Department of English, DU, on The Daily Star, March 25, 2005).

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Kaisha Atakhanova – Kazakhstan

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Linked with Women’s Earth Alliance WEA;

Kaisha Atakhanova is the Founder and Director of EcoCenter in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, and the Coordinator of the national Anti-Nuclear Campaign in Kazakhstan. This campaign, spearheaded by Kaisha and her colleagues, mobilized largely women citizens to stop the government from weakening the legislation against commercial import and storage of radioactive waste in 2003. In recognition of her accomplishments, Kaisha received the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2005, which she plans to use to establish a Socio-Ecological Investment Fund to support women’s initiatives and NGO activists in the region. (Women’s Earth Alliance).

She says: … “The greatest challenge was lack of finances. My university helped some by letting my colleagues and me continue to use equipment and a laboratory, so long as we worked for free and trained students. My husband also helped, as he was then in business. It was not a big help, but it helped us to survive. Another early challenge was the old communists in the government, who were very aggressive. They said, “Kaisha is selling the country’s secrets abroad for dollars,” and tried to keep me from sending my results to Europe and the U.S. One threatened to use the successor of the KGB to stop my work. They couldn’t do too much since I worked with famous scientists. When they threatened me, it was like they were threatening the scientists. Those who were against my research back then now sometimes come to my seminars and receive certificates from the center” … (full interview text).

Kaisha Atakhanova received $125,000 award.

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Kaisha Atakhanova – Kazakhstan

Guerrières pour l’Environnement, des Femmes qui protègent la Terre.

… Creating a Roadmap for Democracy: As a result of Atakhanova’s efforts, the nuclear waste legislation not only was stopped, but the visibility of nuclear contamination issues has reached new heights across the country. The budding grassroots civil society movement asserted its right and ability to challenge government’s anti-democratic interests in an entirely new way. In addition, under Atakhanova’s leadership, EcoCenter has helped develop an environmental movement through EcoForum, a network of more than 100 NGOs nationwide … (full text).

She is mentionned as political heroe.

The Republic of Kazakhstan bears the scars of its Soviet past. Intensive agriculture has drastically shrunk the inland Aral Sea, creating one of the world’s worst ecological disasters, while decades of nuclear testing have poisoned the landscape and its people. The country – which is dominated by vast stretches of steppe grassland, and underlain by rich oil and mineral deposits – currently harbors some 237 million tons of nuclear waste … (full text).

Crude Accountability.

She saysw also: … “I am from the city of Karaganda, which is near the southern perimeter of the testing area. During my childhood we always felt these small earthquakes, but we didn’t understand what they were. We were 400 km [about 250 miles] away from the explosions, and so we couldn’t see the nuclear mushroom. But we could always feel the earthquakes. The dishes on the shelves would clink, the light fittings would shake, everything shook. Our parents guessed that the earthquakes probably had something to do with the military, but didn’t know for sure. People who lived closer to the site also weren’t sure what was happening. The military would only tell them not to go out on the street and not to look at the sky. Now cancer is the main disease in our region. My father, my mother, and my sister all died of cancer, and only the day before yesterday I buried my brother, who also died from cancer. When people in my family die, they die of cancer” … (full interview text).

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Bülent Ersoy – Turkey

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Bülent Ersoy (born 1952) is a Turkish celebrity. She is a popular singer of Ottoman classical music. Over the years, Ersoy has become a symbol for the increased tolerance to LGBT figures in Turkish media. Later Life: Already one of Turkey’s most popular male singers and actors, Bülent Ersoy gained international notoriety in 1981 for a sex change operation by Dr. Mındıkoğlu in her native country. Ersoy kept the name “Bülent” even though it is more common among males. After the operation, Bülent found herself in opposition to the homophobic and transphobic regime of Kenan Evren. In a crackdown on “social deviance,” Ersoy’s public performances were banned along with those of other transsexual and transgendered people. From Ersoy’s standpoint, the ban should not have even applied to her, as she was an actual woman and not simply a man dressed as one. To circumvent the ban, she petitioned the Turkish courts to legally recognize her as a woman. The petition was rejected in January of 1982. Days later, Ersoy attempted suicide. In 1983 she left the entertainment industry in protest of the Evren regime’s repressive policies. Later that same year, Evren left office and many of his policies were rescinded … // … Ersoy sparked major controversy in February 2008 when she publicly criticised Turkey’s incursion into Northern Iraq and said she “would not send her sons to war” if she were a mother. An Istanbul public prosecutor has subsequently filed charges against her for “turning Turks against compulsory military service”, an article which also brought prominent Turkish intellectual Perihan Magden to trial in recent past. The Turkish Human Right Foundation (IHD) have stood up to Ersoy’s defence. The attention to the fact that she is an extraordinarily talented singer with an unequaled command of her voice, often distracts one from Ersoy’s transsexual status. In the show ‘Popstar Alaturka’, Bulent Ersoy has announced that she will be beginning a new album project very soon and the album is expected to be ready by the end of Summer 2008… Although she did not announce what would be genre of the album, it is expected that it will be cross breed between Turkish Classical Style and ‘Arabesk‘… Selami Sahin who is a famous songwriter in Turkey is also said to have composed two new songs to Bulent Ersoy. (full text).

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Bülent Ersoy – Turkey

Videos:
Bülent Ersoy Mini Konser – 2, 9.58 min;
BULENT ERSOY-YAKTI BENI, 3.58 min.

Célèbre pour sa voix et ses talents d’actrice, Bulent Ersoy, reine de la vie nocturne turque, défraye les chroniques il y a quelques jours en déclarant dans une émission de télévision, que si elle avait été en mesure d’avoir un enfant, elle ne l’aurait jamais laissé partir au front. Cette déclaration provoque un tollé et vaut à la chanteuse transexuelle une mise en examen pour “atteinte au prestige de l’armée” … (texte entier).

On ne touche pas au service militaire en Turquie.

… A popular transsexual Turkish singer went on trial Wednesday on charges of trying to turn the public against military service. Bulent Ersoy could face more than two years in prison for saying during a live television show that if she had children, she would not want them to join the army to fight Kurdish rebels … (full text).

Listen her on LAST fm.

… The European Union, which Turkey wants to join, is pressing Turkey to do away with laws that stifle free expression. Under EU pressure, Turkey amended a law in April that barred the denigration of Turkish identity and institutions. The law had been used to prosecute Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk and other intellectuals. But human rights groups said the changes did not go far enough and pointed to other freedom-curbing laws, such as the one used against Ersoy … (full text).

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Martha Isabel “Pati” Ruiz Corzo – Mexico-Jalpan

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Martha “Pati” Ruiz Corzo is a recognized leader for building a bottom-up civil conservation movement in central Mexico. Located in the Sierra Gorda mountains, Pati and her husband began organizing concerned citizens for a regional rescue program based on environmental education, economic development, forestry management, and community development specifically directed to women who are the heads of household in the rural extreme poverty communities due to high rates of migration of working age men to the USA … (full text).

She is a social entrepreneur recognized by Ashoka … (full text).

In l984 she and her husband Roberto, an accountant, decided to abandon their professions and comfortable middle class, urban lifestyle in Querétaro City. They moved to Roberto’s home region, in the mountains of Sierra Gorda, to live a self-sufficient life with their two sons Roberto and Mario. “I was plagued with health problems, as was [Mario], one of my two sons,” Ruiz explains. “Through research I came to understand that the way we were living, the toxicity of Querétaro City, was literally making us sick” … (full text).

Martha Ruiz Corto has long used music and songs to educate children about the environment (scroll down).

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Martha Isabel “Pati” Ruiz Corzo – Mexico-Jalpan

Video: For a sustainable economy; tourism as a tool to empower local communities and conservation in the Sierra Gorda, Mexico, 3.07 min.

Where she lives: Martha Isabel “Pati” Ruiz Corzo, Address: Jalpan MexicoCategory: Activists, Used in the following map: WGGAN Global Map – Martha “Pati” Ruiz Corzo is a recognized leader for building a bottom-up civil conservation movement in central Mexico. Located in the Sierra Gorda mountains, Pati and her husband began organizing concerned citizens for a regional rescue program based on environmental education, economic development, forestry management, and community development specifically directed to women who are the heads of household in the rural extreme poverty communities due to high rates of migration of working age men to the USA. (Community Walk).

Find her living place on this google-map.

… The Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda, which she and her husband founded, addresses the survival needs of the 100,000 men, women and children living in this biosphere by promoting alternative economic approaches while preserving the area’s endangered ecosystem. As a result of its visible success, in 1997, the Mexican government designated the area as the first federally protected reserve in Mexico.
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Document ID: C25112 – Education and communication for conservation: co-management of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, Mexico.

Pati Ruiz and a citizen effort spearheaded by the Sierra Gorda Ecology Group (Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda) have, through a long process of negotiation, created the one-million acre (383,567-hectare) Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve to protect Mexico’s most eco-diverse region. Thanks to their leadership, this unique environmental treasure is protected, and damaged areas are beginning to recover … (full text).

Google download-book: Communicating protected areas, 311 pages, 2004; also on IUCN;

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Gareth Porter – USA

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Linked with Antiwar.com, and with Consortium News.com.

Gareth Porter (born June 18, 1942 in Independence, Kansas) is an American historian, investigative journalist and policy analyst on U.S. foreign and military policy. A strong opponent of U.S. wars in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, he has also written on the potential for diplomatic compromise to end or avoid wars in Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Korea, Iraq and Iran. He is the author of a history of the origins of the Vietnam War, Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam … (full text).

Among his books are Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam (University of California Press), Vietnam: A History in Documents, Vietnam: The Politics of Bureaucratic Socialism (Cornell University Press), and A Peace Denied. Dr. Porter’s many articles on international affairs, including the mass killings and mass starvation of Cambodians under the Khmer Rouge, have appeared in such publications as The Guardian, The Nation, and Foreign Affairs. (full text).

He says: … “that US House Res. 362 suggests the use of force with new bill … “, (video on the real news, 5 min, July 2, 2008).

Pentagon blocked Cheney’s attack on Iran, June 10, 2008.

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Gareth Porter – USA

POLITICS: Official Says Iran Accepts P5+1 Talks Proposal, July 2, 2008.

Clawson and Eisenstadt conclude that a military strike against Iran by the United States could be successful, but they acknowledge that such a strike “might cause Iran’s leadership to conclude that the country needed nuclear weapons to deter and defend against the United States” … (full text, July 2, 2008).

He says also: … “that aggressive policy towards Iran from both the US and Israel is partially responsible for the rising price of oil”.

… This is, I think, very important for the simple reason that it does provide a kind of smoking gun evidence, if you will, that this whole unfolding threat to Iran has not been simply a psyops, simply an intimidation operation. We know now for a fact that Dick Cheney did, in fact, propose within the Administration that they attack Revolutionary Guard bases in Iran that were supposedly connected with supplying or training the Iraqi Shiite militiamen coming back to Iraq to fight U.S. occupation forces. And this would be done if and when they could get some kind of concrete evidence that would basically convict the Iranians of some direct involvement in the fight in Iraq … (full interview text, June 27, 2008).

US pushes Iraqi Shi’ites closer to Iran, June 26, 2008.

… The assumption that the United States should exploit its military dominance to exert pressure on adversaries has long dominated the thinking of the US national security and political elite. But this central tenet of conventional security doctrine was sharply rejected last week by a senior practitioner of crisis diplomacy at the debut of a major new centrist foreign policy think-tank. At the first conference of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), ambassador James Dobbins, who was former president Bill Clinton special envoy for Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo and the George W Bush administration’s first special envoy to Afghanistan, sharply rejected the well-established concept of coercive diplomacy … (full text).

Cheney, Lieberman and Iran War Conspiracy, August 16, 2007.

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Eric Alterman – USA

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Eric Alterman is a Distinguished Professor of English, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and Professor of Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He is also “The Liberal Media” columnist for The Nation and a fellow of the Nation Institute, a senior fellow and “Altercation” weblogger for Media Matters for America, (formerly at MSNBC.com) in Washington, DC, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, where he writes and edits the “Think Again” column, a senior fellow (since 1985) at the World Policy Institute at The New School in New York, and a history consultant to HBO Films. Alterman is the author of seven books, including the national bestsellers, What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News (2003, 2004), and The Book on Bush: How George W. (Mis)leads America (with Mark Green, 2004). The others include: When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and its Consequences, (2004, 2005). His Sound & Fury: The Making of the Punditocracy (1992, 2000), won the 1992 George Orwell Award and his It Ain’t No Sin to be Glad You’re Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen (1999, 2001), won the 1999 Stephen Crane Literary Award, and Who Speaks for America? Why Democracy Matters in Foreign Policy, (1998). His newest book is Why We’re Liberals: A Political Handbook to Post-Bush America, (2008). (on FORA.tv).

Termed “the most honest and incisive media critic writing today” in the National Catholic Reporter, and author of “the smartest and funniest political journal out there,” in The San Francisco Chronicle, Alterman is frequent lecturer and contributor to numerous publications in the US, Europe, and Latin America … (full text).

His blog at the Huffington Post.

His personal website on FORA.tv.

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Eric Alterman – USA

Video, authors at Google: Eric Alterman, 57 min, April 21, 2008.

One of the many (many) salutary aspects of Barack Obama’s impending presidential nomination is the sea change his victory marks in the battle for the mind-set of the American foreign policy establishment. Not only was Obama unambiguously opposed to the American invasion of Iraq back when it mattered but – in marked contrast to the Clinton campaign – so were most of his advisers and supporters. Indeed, without this essential distinction from his opponent, coupled with her unwillingness to repudiate or apologize for her vote for George W. Bush’s war, the Obama campaign would likely never have found the base of support it needed to mount a serious nomination fight … (full text, June 29, 2008).

Is Obama a Conservative or a Progressive Realist, June 30, 2008.

He writes: … Taking its place, of course, is the Internet, which is about to pass newspapers as a source of political news for American readers. For young people, and for the most politically engaged, it has already done so. As early as May, 2004, newspapers had become the least preferred source for news among younger people. According to “Abandoning the News,” published by the Carnegie Corporation, thirty-nine per cent of respondents under the age of thirty-five told researchers that they expected to use the Internet in the future for news purposes; just eight per cent said that they would rely on a newspaper … (full text, March 31, 2008).

Out of Print, the death and life of the American newspaper, March 31, 2008.l

Blowhards and windbagsUS elections 2008: The media’s myopic obsession with campaign narratives over events of real significance does a disservice to the public … (full text, January 11, 2008).

The Ideological Crossroads: Will Americans Choose Liberalism, Conservatism, or Something Different in 2008, June 16, 2008.

As Eric Alterman pointed out in a recent New Yorker article, “In the Internet Age,… no one has figured out how to rescue the newspaper in the United States or abroad.” Print circulation is at its lowest level since records have been kept and online revenue from advertising and subscriptions are nowhere close to making up for those declines. It is well known that journals and scholarly presses are also struggling to adapt their business models … (full text, June 26, 2008).

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Sebastian Chuwa – Tanzania

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Linked with Stockholm Challenge, and with the African Conservation Foundation ACF.

Sebastian Chuwa is a man with a vision for his country, his people, and the future generations who will inherit their legacy. For 30 years he has been actively studying environmental problems in his east African homeland of Tanzania and the solutions he has found offer results that benefit not only the land, but all the populations that depend on it for life and sustenance. His methods are based on the two primary objectives of community activism – organizing people to address their problems at a local level, and youth education – influencing the teaching of conservation in schools, beginning at the primary level … (full text).

Who is Sebastian Chuwa?

Sebastian’s interests not only lie with his botanical studies, Seba has a wide and in depth knowledge of his countries natural history and ethnic culture accompanied with a charming personality … (full text).

Video: Sebastian Chuwa Wins Top Arbor Day Award, 9.47 min, added June 8, 2007.

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Sebastian Chuwa – Tanzania

The blog: Africa Unchained, on Sebastian Chuwa, the tree planter.

When Sebastian Chuwa left his childhood home on the southern slope of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro 30 years ago to work as a conservator at the Ngorongoro Crater, he couldn’t have predicted that he would one day be back on the legendary mountain, helping both Kilimanjaro and its people. And yet, since 1991, that’s exactly what he has been doing. The million-plus residents of the agricultural area surrounding Africa’s tallest peak have for centuries relied on the mountain’s generous rainy seasons and glaciers, but severe climate change has led to decreased rainfall and a receding glacial cap … (full text).

Mpingo trees back on slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Chuwa has achieved his success in replanting largely by using Tanzania’s national tree, the African blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) as a flagship species in the fight against deforestation. Usually referred to by its Swahili name, mpingo, this remarkable tree once dotted the entire African dry savannah. Today it is estimated that less than three million mpingo trees remain, with most stands confined to Tanzania and Mozambique … (full text).

His picture.

… Sebastian’s interest in botany led him to discover a completely new plant species in the Ngorongoro Highlands, and this has been named after him. He has also been nominated for the prestigious Rolex Award for his work in propagating indigenous tree species on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. In February 2002 the Olympic Committee honoured his conservation efforts by presenting him with the Spirit of the Land Award in person during a visit to Salt Lake City, USA … (full text).

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Chris Hedges – USA

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Linked with truthdig.com.

Christopher L. Hedges (born 18 September 1956 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont) is a journalist and author, specializing in American and Middle Eastern politics and society. Hedges is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City and a Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University. He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than fifty countries, and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, where he spent fifteen years. Hedges was part of The New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. He received the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism … and: He … describes war as “the most potent narcotic invented by humankind” … and: he says (about Iraq): “We are embarking on an occupation that, if history is any guide, will be as damaging to our souls as it will be to our prestige and power and security” … (full text).

Videos with Chis Hedges:

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Chris Hedges – USA

Welcome Home, Soldier: Now Shut Up, June 28th, 2008.

Six months ago, veteran war reporter Chris Hedges and I embarked on an intensive project to answer these questions. We wanted to document and reveal the ugly, under-acknowledged underbelly of the occupation. To do this, we interviewed more than 50 Iraq war combat veterans on the record about their experiences with Iraqi civilians. Many of them described witnessing, and even participating in, atrocities against unarmed Iraqis. Chris and I discovered that war crimes against Iraqi non-combatants have been far more widespread than is commonly known … (full long text, June 12, 2008).

Obama Falls into Bush’s Iran Trap, June 9, 2008.

He writes: … All governments lie, as I.F. Stone pointed out, and it is the job of the journalist to do the hard, tedious reporting to shine a light on these lies. It is the job of courtiers, those on television playing the role of journalists, to feed off the scraps tossed to them by the powerful and never question the system. In the slang of the profession, these television courtiers are “throats.” These courtiers, including the late Tim Russert, never gave a voice to credible critics in the buildup to the war against Iraq. They were too busy playing their roles as red-blooded American patriots. They never fought back in their public forums against the steady erosion of our civil liberties and the trashing of our Constitution. These courtiers blindly accept the administration’s current propaganda to justify an attack on Iran. They parrot this propaganda. They dare not defy the corporate state. The corporations that employ them make them famous and rich. It is their Faustian pact. No class of courtiers, from the eunuchs behind Manchus in the 19th century to the Baghdad caliphs of the Abbasid caliphate, has ever transformed itself into a responsible elite. Courtiers are hedonists of power … (full text, June 23, 2008).

The real consequences when America is at war, June 5, 2008.

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Eric Walberg – Canada

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Linked with Opium of the masses – part 2.

Eric Walberg is a journalist and writes for Al-Ahram Weekly. He tells on his own website: If you want to see me in action, you can watch a panel discussion about the Annapolis meeting between Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli PM Ehud Olmert: TV Debate, Middle East: Part 1, 5.25 min; part 2, 7.17 min. … (see also all his other videos on Youtube).

He writes: … While Georgians see themselves as part of Europe, “the whole history of Georgia is of Georgian kings writing to Western kings for help, or for understanding. And sometimes not even getting a response,” said its thoroughly Westernised president, Mikheil Saakashvili, in a recent interview. “Not just being an isolated, faraway country, but part of something bigger”. With a population of 4.7 million, this beautiful land, noted for its dozen or so hot-blooded independent-minded peoples, is surrounded by at best indifferent neighbours Armenia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and of course Russia. Its fiery 40-year-old president does not disappoint, with his penchant for thumbing his nose at Russia and lavishly admiring US President George W Bush … (full text, May 7th, 2008).

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Eric Walberg – Canada

Heart of darkness: Afghan Resistance against Foreign Occupation, June 4, 2008.

… For sceptics about the possibility of some form of LHOP/MHOP, just consider the following: if indeed 6,000 elite business leaders control the world’s fate, surely such an immensely wealthy and powerful coterie could solve the food crisis in a flash. The massive expenditures on arms and the wanton destruction they cause every second, could, if stopped, provide the will and resources to restructure the world to end starvation, let alone poverty, leaving lots left over for the elite to wallow in. There is no organised force of any consequence opposing this world elite. What’s stopping it? (full long text about food crisis).
[Explanation: "Made it Happen On Purpose" (MHOP) ... and: "Let it Happen On Purpose" (LHOP) ...]

Silent tsunami, May 17th, 2008.

Twenty years ago this week the Soviet Union began its withdrawal from Afghanistan, eight and a half years after it was invited by the desperate People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA), which had degenerated into intra-party squabbling and was beset by Islamic rebels massively financed by the United States. The straw that broke the Soviets’ back was when the US began providing Stinger missiles to Osama bin Laden and his friends … (full text).

He asks: “Is there more than meets the eye in the sudden flurry of talk about a world food crisis” … (full long text).

… Eric wrote to me, and I fully agree with his view: “My philosophy of journalism is that it should help shape the historical dialectic. Indeed, I hope that our arguments reach Russian political types and help support the Good in Russian politics – renewing the anti-imperial stance of Soviet Russia. It’s not at all a sure thing, with the strong Zionist lobby in Russia which continues to press and fight Putin. His is not yet primarily a principled position, but the principles have becoming stronger the past few years, as he wrestles with both the domestic and international dragons” … (full text, July 8, 2007).

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