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Stanley Milgram – USA (1933 – 1984)

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From Milgram’s reply to Baumrind’s ethical critique of the obedience experiments: I started with the belief that every person who came to the laboratory was free to accept or to reject the dictates of authority.

Stanley Milgram

This view sustains a conception of human dignity insofar as it sees in each man a capacity for choosing his own behavior. And as it turned out, many subjects did, indeed, choose to reject the experimenter’s commands, providing a powerful affirmation of human ideals (1964).

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Martha Craven Nussbaum – USA

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Martha Nussbaum (born Martha Craven on May 6, 1947) is an American philosopher, with a particular interest in ancient philosophy, political philosophy and ethics. She was born in New York, the daughter of George Craven, a Philadelphia lawyer, and Betty Warren, a homemaker. She studied theatre and classics at New York University, getting a Bachelor of Arts in 1969, and gradually moved to philosophy while at Harvard, where she received a MA in 1972 and a PhD in 1975, studying under G. E. L. Owen. This period also saw her marriage to Alan Nussbaum (divorced in 1987), conversion to Judaism, and the birth of her daughter Rachel, who would become a professor of German History.

She taught philosophy and classics at Harvard in the 1970s and early 1980s, before moving to Brown. Her 1986 book The Fragility of Goodness, on ancient ethics, was particularly influential, and made her a well-known figure throughout the humanities. (full text wikipedia).

Martha Craven Nussbaum – USA

Download: Martha C. Nussbaum: ‘Women and Human Development, The Capabilities Approach, Feminism and International Development‘, 316 pages.

The debate over whether philosophy should play a mandarin or public role has been a contentious one throughout American intellectual history. In the hands of thinkers like Sidney Hook and John Dewey, philosophy turned its attention “from the problems of philosophers toward the problems of men,” as Dewey wrote in “Reconstruction in Philosophy” (1920). After the Second World War, the mainstream of American philosophy became reclusively “analytic,” orienting itself around the study of logic, mathematics and the philosophy of science,
while maintaining only a tenuous connection to the world at large. With John Rawls’s “A Theory of Justice” (1971), academic philosophy initiated a wary rapprochement with its more socially engaged past, using the analytic idiom to address age-old questions of justice. Nussbaum’s work has played an important part in this revival, as she has extended Rawls’s liberal insights to examine questions of gender, race and international development. She insists that philosophy be rigorous and, above all, useful. Whereas Ludwig Wittgenstein once
compared philosophers to garbage men sweeping the mind clean of wrongheaded concepts, Nussbaum believes they should be “lawyers for humanity” – a phrase she borrows from Seneca, her favorite Stoic thinker. Part wonk, part sage, Nussbaum is determined to make philosophy relevant to the modern world. (full text).
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Raya Dunayevskaya – Ukraine & USA 1910-1987

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Linked with our presentation of Marxism and Humanism by Raya Dunayevskaya.

Raya Dunayevskaya (1910–1987) is the founder of the philosophy of Marxist-Humanism. She concretized that philosophy during a lifetime in the revolutionary movement as she participated in all the freedom movements of our age—whether of workers, women, the Black dimension, and youth.

Raya Dunayevskaya – Ukraine & USA 1910-1987

She said: “ Ours is the age that can meet the challenge of the times when we work out so new a relationship of theory to practice that the proof of the unity is in the Subject’s own self-development. Philosophy and revolution will first then liberate the innate talents of men and women who will become whole. Whether or not we recognise that this is the task history has “assigned,” to our epoch, it is a task that remains to be done.” New Passions, 1948.

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Marjane Satrapi – Iran & France

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The website ‘Asia Source’ is a best-link for informations about the Asia Society. I found there this interview of May 9, 2005.

Marjane Satrapi, Iranian writer living in Paris

Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 in Rasht, Iran, and currently lives in Paris. She has written several children’s books and her commentary and comics appear in newspapers and magazines around the world, including The New York Times and The New Yorker.

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Marla Ruzicka – USA (1976 – 2005) death in Baghdad

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Marla Ruzicka was killed in Baghdad on Saturaday 4/16/05. She will be missed by everyone who knew her and everyone who was touched by her amazing life as a peacemaker.

Marla Ruzicka

Later, Oktober 01, 2005: Please find hereafter some links – for memory:
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Suheil Badi Bushrui – x

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Linked with Academy of Leadership,

Professor Suheil Badi Bushrui is a distinguished author, poet, critic, translator, and media personality who is well known in the United States, Europe and the Arab world. From 1992 until 2005, Professor Bushrui held the Bahá’ì Chair for World Peace, which he founded and established. In addition to raising over three million dollars during his tenure, he also achieved both national and international recognition for the Chair, and initiated a number of different projects at national and international levels.  At present, Professor Bushrui is the Director of the Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace in the Center for Heritage Resource Studies at the University of Maryland. Professor Bushrui was appointed as an Affiliate Faculty member with the University of Maryland’s School of Public Affairs in 1999; in 2004, he was saked to serve as an Affiliate Faculty member with the University of Maryland’s Center for Heritage Resource studies, an interdisciplinary program which promotes the study of culture, architecture and archeology. Most recently, in 2006, Professor Bushrui was invited to be a Senior Scholar with the Center for International Development and Conflict Management and with the Academy of Leadership … (on


Suheil Badi Bushrui – (original country not found).

… In 2006, Professor Bushrui had the privilege of editing with Professor David Cadman a volume entitled Selected Speeches and Articles of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales; and in June 2007, he contributed to a special book submitted to the G-8 Summit meeting entitled The Power of Dignity—Rethinking Globalization. In addition to other books (both Arabic and English) not listed here, Professor Bushrui is the author of numerous scholarly articles on topics such as literature, religion, inter-cultural communication, conflict resolution, and global issues. Dr. Bushrui is also one of the world’s foremost English-Arabic and Arabic-English translators. (full text his CV).

He will speak on November 20, 2008, 12 – 1.30 pm; Location: Lucille Maurer Leadership Library, 1126 Taliaferro Hall. (on, scroll down).

Find him:

… Bushrui not only publishes widely, but also maintains a full schedule presenting lectures at international conferences, scholarly seminars, literary gatherings, and student-organized events at the University of Maryland and other local, national, and international campuses. Professor Bushrui is an active participant in many international organizations dedicated to the promulgation of peace and conflict resolution. He is a founding member of the International Dialogue on Transition to a Global Society. He also serves on the Board of Governors of The Temple of Understanding, a world-wide interfaith organization which is an affiliate of the United Nations, and he is an International Fellow of the Temenos Academy in London. Bushrui was recently appointed Creative Member of The Club of Budapest … (full text).

links: The Interfaith Movement named:

This World People’s Website

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Written by Kashi Nath Pandita: This website has been created for providing an opportunity of discussing human rights issues from more than one perspective (1).

The essential question is: who violates whose rights?

This identification can be clarified – not by attacking one or the other group – but by engaging them in an intellectual and academic debate.

This will help in bringing better awareness of the future direction of international community.

You can freely and fearlessly convey your views and opinions through the medium of this website and thus engage wider sections of civil society in the urgent process of a movement towards more integrated and cooperative humanity.

See also my statement on op-icescr on Aug. 31 on the NGO Blog.

(1) including debate about the op-icescr at the UNO.

What about this people’s blog?

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Hello, I am Heidi, and with this blog I have a dream. I name it World Peoples Website. This title is regarding my vision, my dream, my wish to sustain the developing humanity. The dream is: our humanity is able to recognise itself as an existing, thinking, enjoying, communicating and living entity. This, in my opinion, means giving due importance to the individual person AND the whole humanity.

The vision is: we make the planet of earth a place for a good life for all individuals and the humanity they make. We learn how to manage our contradicting viewpoints and beliefs.

The World Peoples Website is made to sustain what makes US ALL to become Peoples of this whole World. How? With learning by doing. We discuss, exchange, create projects, make it together. One step is to be constantly aware of what others are doing. Individuals at work.

Berhane Tewolde Medhin – Switzerland

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Update: Our Secretary in 2011:

.Berhane Tewelde-Medhin 2011 - 20p. still hard working in 2011


Voir aussi sa présentation sur son Development Blog, au 25 Octobre 2007.


He is the secretary of our Geneva Office since September 2005.

Nationality: Eritrean


1991-1993, Certificate/Sociology of the 3rd World, Faculty of Economic & Social Sciences, University of Geneva,  Geneva

1974, Prince Bede Mariam Laboratory School/ Haile Selassie I University (HSIU), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Administrative Experiences at the Loacal &  Internatiional Level

1992-1994,  Board Member, Eritrean Community  Centre of Geneva, Switzerland

1994-1998, Assistant Project Coordinator, African Commission on Health & Human Rights Promoters, Geneva, ECOSOC Status 1995

1995-2005,  Representative to United Nations Office in Geneva, International Committee for the Respect of the  African Charter on Human & Peoples’ Rights (ICRAC), ECOSOC Status 2002

1996-2000,  Representative to the  United Nations Office  in Geneva, African Bureau on Educational Sciences, Specialized Agency of the Organisation of African Unity ( OAU)

2000-Present,  Adviser, Espace Afrique International, Geneva, ECOSOC Status 2007,

1995-Present  Asst-Secretary General, Interfaith International, Geneva, ECOSOC Status 1998

2005-Present, Secretary, Asian Eurasian Human Rights Forum, Geneva

2005-Present, Staff Support  Member, Geneva Institute for  Human Rights, (GIHR), Geneva

2007-Present,  Representative to the  United Nations Office in Geneva, Al-Hakim Foundation, ECOSOC Status 2007

Kashi Nath Pandita

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Vice-President of the Geneva Office and Secretary General of the Headquarter in Delhi. He is the Initiator of our Human Rights NGO, the Asian-Eurasian Human Rights Forum.
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To see his presentation go on this blog to Kashi NathPandita – India, April 30, 2006.

Heidi Barathieu-Brun

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I am 79 years old (in 2015), born in the german speaking part of Switzerland, having been married some times to a french guy, long enough to create four magnific children. These today very grown up individuals are the best result of this time.

.50p Heidi Thailand 2013. .10p Thailand H&co IMG_0237.

Now I live on the 12th floor of a colored city, out of the windows you can contemplate the Jura, a smooth mountain coline between Switzerland and France. Downstairs greening chestnut threes, from the west arrive photogenic clouds and lights. I have time to look around me with some distance. Some of my reflections you can find on my personal blogs in german, french and english, and some of my photos on Heidi’s privat photos.

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Mission – Objectives – Goal – Philosophy

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Our Mission can be summurized as follow :
- To promote the application of Human Rights for all individuals without discrimination and in all parts of the world.

Our principal objectives are :
- Working towards a World Citizenship consciousness ;
- Support the resolution of potential or existing conflicts between different communities and peoples through peaceful means and constructing sustainable peace.

Our ultimate goal is :
- to contribute to the process of stabilization of world peace and to the improvement of living standard of all people.

Our philosophy of intervention is :
- Support (good will) not denounce (bad pupils) ;
- Highlight and give prominence to success stories and inspiring examples;
- Sensitize, go with (coaching), move forward.


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This is the world peoples blog belonging to the website of the Asian-Eurasian Human Rights Forum, the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that develops and promotes the concept of

World Citizenship



We open this blog to all individuals or groups interested in our common development toward a humanity we dream about and want to work for. A humanity giving every one of us the full possession of what is promised by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Heidi Barathieu-Brun