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Thierry Falise – Belgium & Thailand

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Linked with Working out of disaster, with The Online Burma/Myanmar Library, and with stolen innocence.

Also linked with Vanida S. Thephsouvanh – Laos & France, with Lao Movement for Human Rights LMHR, with Les Lao-Hmongs et leurs droits de l’homme, and with about human rights in Laos, with Texts about Economy and Indigenous Peoples, with Douangdeuane Bounyavong – Laos.

The Belgian photojournalist Thierry Falise has covered South-East Asia and beyond since the mid-eighties, both features and news reporting (as a correspondent for Gamma photo agency and today for Bangkok-based Onasia photography agency). In 2003, TV colleague Vincent Reynaud and Falise were arrested in Laos after completing a forbidden story on a Hmong minority waiting for the return of its former American ally. Sentenced to 15 years of prison, the two reporters were released after five weeks in jail thanks to an international solidarity campaign. Falise also worked on corporate, NGOs and institutional assignments. In 2005, he published his first novel in French, “Les Petits Généraux de Yadana” – Anne Carrière). He is Based in Bangkok. (Read all on Thierry Falise).

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Thierry Falise – Belgium & Thailand

Look at some of his photos made in Far-East.

He is a Belgian freelance reporter and a regular contributor to the French weekly magazine L’Express. He and the freelance French cameraman Reynaud were arrested in Xieng Khuang province (northeast of Vientiane) on 4 June 2003, along with the Rev. Naw Karl Mua, a US citizen of Hmong origin, and four Laotians.

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Theodor Rathgeber – Germany

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Linked with Adivasi.

He is Teaching assistant (Lehrbeauftragter) at the University of Kassel, Germany.

UN Norms on the Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations: Theodor Rathgeber, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, April 2006 – Theodor Rathgeber summarizes the essential arguments for attributing responsibilities for human rights to transnational corporations, seeking in particular to respond to the concerns of trade unionists, but also business representatives. He reminds that on the whole, past experience with voluntary codes indicates the need for a coherent approach that can subject the natural dynamics of global systems to minimum standards of human rights. The easiest way to organize a body of rules like this would be within an international institutional framework that can apply a minimum of democratic, transparent and participatory procedures to implementing the contractual instruments … (Read all on Geneva-Office of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung).

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Theodor Rathgeber – Germany / see a better photo on Adivasikoordination.

He works for the German Human Rights Forum of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Germany. And he works for the Adivasikoordination.

Read: NGOs call on Member States to adopt Draft Convention on Enforced Disappearance, March 22, 2006.

Reform of the Commission on Human Rights: An introduction into the present debate on the reform of the Commission on Human Rights was given by Theodor Rathgeber on the basis of his paper “Reforming the UN Commission on Human Rights.

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Aida Touma-Suliman – Israel

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Linked with Women agains Violence WAV.

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

She says: “The majority of women feminists in our society are aware of the repression against them and reject it silently. But very few of them take the initiative to change the situation.”

She says also: “There is an increased awareness by Israel Arab women that they are no longer passive victims”.

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Aida Touma-Suliman – Israel

She works for Women Against Violence WAV.

13 years ago in Nazareth, Aida Touma Suliman – a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship – and six other women founded Women Against Violence (WAV), an organization that advocates Palestinian women’s rights. In 1993, WAV founded the first shelters and crisis centers for battered women in the Arab world. The group also established a halfway house for women trying to rebuild their lives after leaving abusive husbands.

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Vanida S. Thephsouvanh – Laos & France

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Linked with Lao Movement for Human Rights LMHR, with Les Lao-Hmongs et leurs droits de l’home, and with about human rights in Laos.

And with Thierry Falise – Belgium & Thailand and Douangdeuane Bounyavong – Laos, with Promoting the Rights, Voices and Visions of Indigenous Peoples, with
Texts about Economy and Indigenous Peoples, with The Online Burma/Myanmar Library, and with Indigenous Webs for Information.

She says, that “the health system (of the Lao-Hmong minority) is characterized by high mortality and morbidity, low use, poor quality of services and inefficient public spending … nearly a third of children between the age of 6 and 14 do not attend school”, and “about one half” of the students who start school drop out before completing Grade 5″, according to this report. Its conclusion suggested that in order to ensure the success of the LPDR’s eradication of poverty plan, the LPDR government “must do all that is possible to ensure that all national budget allocations, international loans or donor funds reach their intended project targets, and do not become part of the cycle of externally funded corruption”. She also denounced the desperate plight of the Lao-Hmong minority from the Saysomboun and the Bolikhamsay regions, “which is being tracked down day and night in the jungle by the armed forces, which is being denied the right to food and is forced to live out of roots and leaves, unable to cultivate the land or pick the fruits from the forest, unable to build permanent homes, for fear of being spotted and killed by the army”.

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Vanida S. Thephsouvanh – Laos & France

She works as Président for the Lao Movement for Human Rights

LAOS –Absence of the Economic and Social Rights denounced at the UN – Geneva, Wednesday 30 March 2005: At the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Vanida S. THEPHSOUVANH, president of the Lao Movement for Human Rights (LMHR) and member of the General Council of the Transnational Radical Party, on behalf of which she spoke on Wednesday afternoon, denounced the situation of health service and education in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (LPDR) as being “at the very limit of what is acceptable”, pointing more particularly at the situation of the 80% portion of the population living in rural zones, in spite of the hundreds of million euros of aids received from the international community.

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Sihem Bensedrine – Tunis

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In 1980, she became a reporter for the independent journal Le Phare. When the journal stopped publication, she became political chief at Maghreb, and then at Réalités. When Maghreb ceased publication because of the food riots in 1983, she became editor-in-chief of Gazette Touristique and founded l’Hebdo Touristique. At the same time, she was overseeing the opposition newspaper El Mawkif. (wikipedia).

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Sihem Bensedrine (born October 28, 1950) is a Tunisian journalist and human rights activist. She was born at La Marsa, near Tunis and went to France to study at the university in Toulouse, where she took a degree in philosophy. She founded the publishing house Arcs in 1988, but it became bankrupt in 1992 because of the human rights crisis. In 1998, she became literary chief for the publishing house Noir sur Blanc.

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Gabriela Ngirmang – Palau

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Linked with LA SUBSISTANCE ET LA POLITIQUE.

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

She says: “All I am trying to do is to make a little difference so that future generations may enjoy a beautiful and peaceful future, united with respect for one another and respect for the environment”.

She says also: “I came here because the women feel that our interests are not being satisfactorily protected, and out of concern for the Palauan citizens. The Compact is hundreds of pages long, it is written by lawyers, and the political education on the document is biased to support the political needs of the President of Palau. Despite much public relations and efforts to sell the Compact, we clearly understand that the implementation of the Compact gives the United States the right to conduct military operations on as much as one-third of our land – forever. We see that the Compact says military rights may end in 50 years if mutually agreed. This means, we understand, that if the United States wishes to continue its control of our land, it needs only say so and this will go on forever. This is unacceptable.”

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Gabriela Ngirmang – Palau

Whatever view you hold of Gabriela Ngirmang as a peace activist (unheard of in Palau) or a Mirair (traditional title), a matriarch of Ikelau clan, she has made a lasting impression.

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Hedwig Vinyou – Cameroon

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Linked with Action by Christians Against Torture ACAT.

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

She says: “They are my brothers and they love me. All of them feel that I am one of them and they even call me ‘the chief of prisoners’. Indeed – I am one of them”, and:“ Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I should die in active service?” .

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Hedwig Vinyou – Cameroon

She works for Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture ACAT.

Sister Hedwig Vinyou was born in 1955, in Mbiim Djottin, North-Western Province of Cameroon. From 1962 to 1968, she attended St. Peter’s School, Mbiim. In 1973, she entered the Franciscan Congregation, committing her life to religion and service. She now lives in Bamenda, West of Cameroon, and has worked for many years among prisoners and fought for their rights. Since 1998, she has decongested the Bamenda Central Prison by negotiating and obtained the release of some 2000 prisoners who, for a long time, had been awaiting trial for minor offences.

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Nils Daulaire – USA

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Listen to the GHC Panel, Intro with Nils Daulaire, Stan Bernstein, By Ian on Tuesday, May 30, 2006.

Read: Hands on Health Care. He is president and CEO of the Global Health Council, the world’s largest membership alliance dedicated to advancing policies and programs that improve health around the world. The Council, founded in 1972*, has built a global coalition in more than 100 countries that promotes improvement and equity in health for all the world’s citizens.

Listen audio or see video about: The Global Health Crises and Child Survival.

He says: “It is wrong when a woman dies because she cannot afford the basic care that could save her life. And it is socially and politically destabilizing to have a world divided into medical ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ “.

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Nils Daulaire – USA

He works as President and CEO for the Global Health Council.

Read his Keynote Address at International Conference on Healthcare Resource Allocation for HIV/AIDS.

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Millicent Obaso – Kenya

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Linked with The African Women’s Initiative AWI, and with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

She says: “My long-term goal is to save the lives of women. There is so much death in Africa, and so much disease — malaria and AIDS are just part of the problem. I want to work with the most vulnerable to improve their lives.”

Millicent Obaso works as a reproductive health officer in the Great Lakes region of Africa – she works in fourteen countries. She is married for the second time and has three children. But she says she has paid a price for her professional career – the cost was a painful divorce from her first husband which was not accepted at her first by her family. (Listen to her video on BBC).

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Millicent Obaso – Kenya

She works as Senior Officer for the African Women’s Initiative AWI, and for the American Red Cross. See also: the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Earlier this year, American Red Cross President Dr. Bernadine Healy appointed Millicent Obaso as special advisor on international women’s health issues.

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Henny Yudea – Indonesia

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

She says: “The spirit and determination of the people we are working with really keep us going. Their wisdom in living truly gives us a good lesson in life”.

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Henny Yudea – Indonesia

She works for Health Study Institute (Lessan).

Henny Yudea (born 1968) is a health rights activist. Her main interest is developing traditional medicines, which she believes is an answer to the health problems of poor people. Herbal medicines can be made from ingredients which are mostly cheap and easily accessible to many. She works with hundreds of farmers, including women, encouraging them to plant herbs, and educates them in ways to develop medicines and secure a better future that stems from better health. Henny Yudea recalls: “I started my work in the late 1980s when villages surrounding Yogyakarta were going through hard times and the economic situation wasn’t good. The government was so repressive that people couldn’t express their opinions and views as citizens.” As a young activist, she wanted to help people cope with their situation and live better.

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Kongosi Onia Mussanzi – Dem. Republic of the Congo

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Linked with Refugee Women’s Association, with Centre Médical Evangélique CME, and with Centre de Résolution des Conflits CRC / Alternative Dispute Resolution ARD.

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

She says: “I long for the day I will return home and continue with the peace building process”.

Kongosi is, with her husband Ben, cofounder of the Centre for the Resolution of Conflicts (CRC) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In June 2001, her life came under threat and she was evacuated to the UK. She is currently studying for an MA in Peace Studies at Bradford University. (Read much more on refugeewomen.org).

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Kongosi Onia Mussanzi – Dem. Republic of the Congo

She works for the ‘Centre Médical Evangélique’ CME, and for the ‘Centre de Résolution des Conflits’ CRC / Alternative Dispute Resolution ARD.

Kongosi Onia Mussanzi (52) has spent ten years campaigning and advocating for peace. She co-founded the Centre Résolution Conflits (CRC) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but had to flee to the UK because of death threats. She is involved in conflict resolution, trauma counseling and reconciliation, with NGOs, churches and political leaders, students and women traumatized through rape.

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Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka – Poland

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

She says: “I believe Poland soon will be among countries realizing equal rights policy for everyone, regardless of their gender”.

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Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka – Poland

See her own website in polish language.

On the english wikipedia.

Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka went into politics in 1991, shortly after Poland’s political system had transformed from communism to democracy. An ethnographer specializing in Mongolian culture, she quit her scientific career and was a co-founder of the Union of Labor (she left the party in April 2004). She was Poland’s first Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Status of Men and Women. Fifteen years after the beginning of her political career she became Deputy Prime Minister. She is known for her uncompromised fight for human rights, especially those of women and sexual minorities.1989: a historic date for Poland. The country’s political system begins to change from communism to democracy. Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka, an ethnographer specializing in Mongolia, a mother of two daughters, married to Jerzy Pawel Nowacki, considers entering politics. She is not sure if she can manage. Fifteen years later she is Deputy Prime Minister and a politician known for uncompromised fighting for human rights – women’s and sexual minorities’ rights in particular.

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María Cleofé Sumire López – Peru

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

She says: “For us, women, peace is justice. It is respect for our original culture”. She says also: “I feel powerless, because I cannot change this world; I feel pain, because of the injustice in my country. But everything that happened in the past has marked me, has affected me and made me stronger and more able to move forward.” For María Cleofé, “Peace is Justice”.

Read: ‘El país ya tiene nuevos padres de la patria por cinco años‘, 25 de julio , 2006. Also the quechuanetwork, and their Homepage.

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María Cleofé Sumire López – Peru

She works for the Andean Women’s Association AMA.

Perú: Lengua quechua: del miedo y desprecio al respeto, Rodrigo Montoya Rojas; ALAI, América Latina en Movimiento, 2006-08-24 – Cuando las señoras Maria Cleofé Sumire de Conde y Hilaria Supa Huamán, juraron sus cargos de congresistas en quechua, lengua de los Incas, la Dra. Martha Hildebrant, una de sus colegas encargadas de tomarles ese juramento no pudo esconder su indignación. Tres semanas después, cuando la señora Supa habló en quechua en una de las Comisiones de trabajo y se negó a hablar en castellano, sus colegas exigieron que hable en castellano. Esta simple historia es un ejemplo de fractura profunda de de la sociedad peruana. (Read all on Coordinadora Andina Organizaciones Indigenas).

María Cleofé Sumire López (54) was born in Cuzco, Peru. She followed the path of her father, who was arrested several times because of his fight for land on behalf of the peasants.

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Adolfo Pérez Esquivel – Brazil

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Linked with Servicio Paz y Justicia.

He got The Nobel Peace Prize 1980.

He said: “Our hands seek to speak the language of those who labor, to add to the effort to construct a new world solidarity founded on love, justice, liberty and truth” (in the Nobellecture, December 1980).

Read the article ‘Eternal Debts‘, by Adolfo Perez Esquivel, August 2004. Same in german, in french, in russian, in spanish, in arabian.
He wrote: ” … you closed your ears and your heart when the United Nations, churches, humanitarian and human rights organizations demanded that the rule of law and the consideration of the people had to prevail. You were not interested in hearing it” … (in A Letter to President Bush, April 30, 2003).

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Adolfo Pérez Esquivel – Brazil

As a child, he admired peace heroes like Mahatama Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. As an adult, he desired to put his faith into action as he had seen these men do. In the early 1970s, he traveled to Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, and Honduras to work for peace with local movements, often aiding poor peasants in their struggles against the large landowners. In 1976, he was arrested in Ecuador and expelled from the country during a pilgrimage across Latin America. He was arrested again on April 4, 1977 in Argentina, where he was detained for fourteen months without a trial and was subjected to psychological and physical torture.

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Hildegard Goss-Mayr – Austria

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Linked with Deepening the Work, with International Fellowship of Reconciliation ifor, and with Servicio Paz y Justicia.

Hildegard Goss-Mayr is the honorary president of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation. Her latest book, How Enemies Become Friends, has been published in German, Italian, and French. (See on Fellowship).

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

She says: “The life of every person has an absolute value”.

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Hildegard Goss-Mayr – Austria

She works for the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR), and for the Service for Peace and Justice (SERPAJ), Brazil.

Hildegard Goss Mayr is one of the world’s leading experts on non-violence. She is the honorary president of International Fellowship of Reconciliation, the world’s oldest organization dedicated to the principles of non-violent resistance. The efforts and training of Hildegard Goss Mayr, along with those of her husband Jean Goss, were a major factor in the successful and peaceful overthrow of the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines.

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Palwasha Hassan – Afghanistan

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Linked with The Afghan Womens Network, and with Canadian women for women in Afghanistan CW4WAfghan.

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

She says: “I know that securing women’s rights in Afghanistan will be a long process. But I am confident that with diligent collaborative efforts of dedicated men and women we can overcome all challenges.”.

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Palwasha Hassan – Afghanistan

She works for the Afghan Women’s Education Center (AWEC), for the Afghan Women’s Network (AWN), and for the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan’s Gender Network (UNAMAGN).

Palwasha Hassan, born in 1969 in Kabul, Afghanistan, obtained a BSc in the Science Program from a government-run college in Islamabad, Pakistan. She is the founder of the Afghan Women’s Education Center, a well-established Afghan women’s organization. She is also a co-founder of the Afghan Women’s Network.

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Dylan Avery – USA

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First my remark: we are not willing and not able to imagine fellows abel to create such an horror (including the biggest question of all, why the United States would do this to itself). Maybe a bad guy like Osama, but not some compatriots living with us. We do not WANT imagine they could create this horror, just to allow them war-on-terror, with hope for world power .

But who said, facts go always much farer than our imagination?

So let’s look at some questions:

Dylan Avery, together with Korey Rove and Jason Bermas put a puzzle of questions together to a film named Loose Change2. You can download it on 911 blogger.com.

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Dylan Avery – USA

FIVE years after September 11, more than one-third of Americans believe the US Government was complicit in the attack on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. This extraordinary reaction to one of the most widely witnessed, reported and investigated incidents of modern times has been fuelled by what adherents like to call the “9/11 Truth Movement”. (Read all on adelaide now, Sept. 11, 2006).

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Rose Kabuye – Rwanda

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Linked with Assuming Authority.

She says: “At some point, I realized that other women were not there—that I was alone in all the meetings”. And: “Why should their (women’s) ideas be left behind? I always remind people that we can’t ignore 54 percent of the country—whether in the army, in the police, in decision making. We are leaving a big part of the population out. I say all the time, don’t look at them as women, look at them as … people! As Rwandans”. (See on women waging peace).

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Rose Kabuye – Rwanda

go to Harvard’s JFK Jr. Forum Video and Podcast Archive, click there on the Nov 13, 2001 video: ‘Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Societies‘, and listen to it (1h 21 minutes).

A difference that Kabuye has already made is with talking to women from other conflict areas. “In the course of a day, I work with women from both [Hutu and Tutsi] groups. We get new ideas and hear about new ways to tackle the obstacles we face.” Rwandans throughout the country have been trying to bridge the divide between Hutus and Tutsis.

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Stanford G. Mukasa – Zimbabwe

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He is Professor of Journalism – Indiana University of Pennsylvania USA), Senior journalist and news editor of The Chronicle (Zimbabwe).

Read his today’s article: Mugabe has planted the seeds of mass protest in Zimbabwe on Africa database-people.

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Stanford G. Mukasa – Zimbabwe

Read his (not dated) article: Press and Politics in Zimbabwe.

Bio: Dr. Mukasa was for four years a senior journalist and news editor of The Chronicle, a daily newspaper in Zimbabwe. He also covered the war between government troops and rebels in western Zimbabwe. During his post doctoral program at Ohio State University, Dr. Mukasa conducted a survey research on the role of the new information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the productive capacities of low-income farmers in eastern and southern Ohio. He co-authored with Professor Lee Becker of Ohio State University a research report on Africa’s information and communication education resources and needs. Prior to joining IUP, Dr. Mukasa was visiting assistant professor of communications at Bethany College, West Virginia.

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Thierry Fagart – Haiti & France

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Linked with HURAH INC. Human Rights Accompaniment In Haiti, with Shocking Lancet Study about Haiti, with The economic development program for Haiti, and with Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti.

Linked also with Paul Farmer – USA / Haiti, with Marie Carmèle Rose-Anne Auguste – Haiti, and with Haiti’s Election – Looking Back.

He is a french lawyer and the the director of the human rights section of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), PHONE: 011.509.244.9650.9660, FAX: 011.509.244.9366/67, Or, Fax, Office of General Secretary (New York) – 212.963.4879. And UNHCHR Field Offices Contacts.

He says: “Since the beginning of the procedure until today, the fundamental rights, according to national and international standards, have not been respected in the case of Mr. Neptune and Privert”, … and: “I would like to tell those people they should also pay particular attention to the fact that the judicial treatment of Mr. Neptune and Mr. Privert has proved to be illegal since their arrest,” … and: “more than 95 percent of Haiti’s prisoners are kept in prolonged custody without seeing a judge”. (See the whole article on Peninsula, May 4, 2005).

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Sorry, I found no photo of Thierry Fagart. But this picture about the situation in Haiti (by the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti).

Read Haiti Report May 2006.

The Politics of Finger Wagging, Canada, the UN and “Judicial Reform” in Haiti, by Stuart Neatby, April 19, 2006, ZNet.

Thierry Fagart pointed out at a news conference that the Haitian Constitution calls for suspects to be tried in the criminal court sessions with a jury in cases of alleged “blood crimes” (the term “blood crimes” is not defined in the Constitution but is often construed as crimes resulting in death).

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Guirong Tian – China

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

She says: “Until my last breath, my struggle in environmental protection will never stop! I am taking a path no one has ever taken before.”

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Guirong Tian – China

She works for the Xinxiang City Environmental Protection Volunteers Association (see their Homepage). See also Voices of Grassroots.

She is the Legal Representative of Alibaba.com, China.

Tian Guirong set up a village-based environmental protection NGO. As a world-famous environmental protection volunteer, she has been awarded several times. (Read all on 1000peacewomen).

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Svetlana Gannushkina – Russian Federation

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Linked with On the situation of Chechens outside Chechnya, with The Civic Assistance refugee.ru / Komitet Grazhdanskaya pomoshch, and with Civil G8 — is your opportunity to discuss global problems!

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

She says: “People rely on us, they come to us, write letters with appeals for help. That is why we take on even hopeless cases and, against all the odds, sometimes manage to succeed.”

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Svetlana Gannushkina – Russian Federation

She works for the Komitet Grazhdanskaya pomoshch = the Civic Assistance refugee.ru, the russian committee for refugees.

Svetlana Gannushkina (born 1942) has been engaged in peace activism since the beginning of the Karabakh conflict (1988), helping to free hundreds of Azerbaijani and Armenian prisoners of war.

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Sunita Narain – India

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Linked with the publication Down to Earth, with Time to tell the truth … , with the Centre for Science and Environment, with ECONOMYWATCH, and with Bt fails in China.

She’s petite, but she does pack quite a punch. Some say Sunita Narain makes too much of a noise, others call her gutsy. But everyone agrees she can grab their attention. Whether it is waking up the Delhi government to the usefulness of CNG in buses, whether it is checking out what, besides water, is packed in that bottle of mineral water you drink, or, whether it is whipping up a storm over the hard facts behind that soft drink you guzzle. She can move and shake—systems. (Read the whole long article on Financial Express).

Read her article ‘Divert, deny and dismiss’, published in DOWN TO EARTH, August 29, 2006.

She says: ”You have to be driven to bring about change—like a dog with a bone”.

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Sunita Narain – India

Read her article ‘Non-negotiable standards’, published in DOWN TO EARTH, August 15, 2006.

She says also: “We initially started with mineral water. When we took a sample of the raw water that is used by these companies, we found huge amounts of pesticides in it. When we then took a sample of the so-called treated water, we found pretty much the same pesticide content. Around that time, someone told us to look into soft drinks too. That’s how this controversy began. Any case, now the cola episode is behind us and we are on to other things.”

Stockholm Water Prize for Sunita Narain, special correspondent, The Hindu, Aug. 27, 2006.

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Massimo Trombin – Luxembourg

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Linked with IRFF.

He says: “living for the sake of others is a way of life”.

Read this IRFF Guatemala Disaster Report.

See his profile on findCE.com (and their Homepage).

Read his article of May 2005: Spring Of Service 2005.

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Massimo Trombin – Luxembourg

He works for the International Relief Friendship Foundation IRFF; and for IRFF Europe.

With this organisation, he workes out Humanitarian Projects. Here some of them:

Project: CHITTAGONG/ABURKHIL, BANGLADESH 1995, January 15-19, Thirty five participants, Three nations – The 3rd Bangladesh national project took place in Aburkhil, the nations largest Buddhist village with a population of 12,000, located one hour from Chittagong.

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Bassam Tibi – Syria

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Bassam Tibi, born 1944 in Damascus, is a political scientist of Syrian origin with German citizenship known for his analysis of international relations concerning Islamic countries and civilisation. Being a Muslim himself, he is considered to have a more fair and unbiased view of Islam. He studied in Frankfurt am Main and habilitated in Hamburg, Germany. Since 1973 he teaches international politics at Göttingen University. In 1982 he was Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, and is currently an A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. He has done research in Asian and African countries. He publishes in English, German and Arabic. (See more on wikipedia).

Read the article ‘Islamism, Peace, and the Maghrib‘, by Bassam Tibi.

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Bassam Tibi – Syria.

Read the article ‘Bassam Tibi joins Advisory Board for the international Stories of Faith Project‘, July 21, 2006 on OpenPR).
Professor Tibi is board member of many significant institutions and the recipient of many prizes. The then President of Germany, Roman Herzog, awarded him in 1995 the highest Medal of the State/First Class for his accomplishments.

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James J. Puplava – USA

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He is a Certified Financial Planner, Licensed Registered Representative, Registered Principal.

He says: ”… Yes, we have created a way of life now that is entirely dependent on long-distance transportation of food and other essential resources. And of course division of labor is nothing new it goes back to the beginning of agriculture itself, but division of labor has increased tremendously during the industrial revolution, so that today the average person is completely dependent on people that he or she has never met, never will meet, who may live thousands of miles away, who are producing everything that we rely upon”.

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James J. Puplava – USA

He is the President of Puplava Financial Securities Inc. (PFS), an investment advisory and money management firm. Founded in 1985, PFS specializes in investment, retirement, tax, and estate planning services. Mr. Puplava is also president of Puplava Securities Inc. a Broker-Dealer and Member of NASD/SIPC. He is a member of the Market Technicians Association and a CMT candidate.

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Michael W. Hodges – USA

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He says: “Just think, for every 100,000 dollars of a citizen’s assets, the international buying power dropped $26,000 this past year vs. the Euro. Not only does that wipe-out incentive for foreigners to invest in dollar assets to help finance our savings-short, deficit economy, (but also it wipe’s out American incentive.) Americans neither”.

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Michael W. Hodges – USA.

He wrote further: “I think many scared eyes these days are on the US dollar, now down 26% vs. the Euro past year, also down against many others including 21% vs. Swiss franc. To help place this decline in historic perspective, look at my long term trend chart which comes from my chapter called ‘Grandfather Foreign Exchange Report”. (Read this whole article of 2003 on Gold Eagle/Editorials).

Considering the times and the wish of many for quickies with the numbers, I have created that page called Grandfather Debt Summary Table Report. Financial Sense is publishing my new table as of today, but I encourage you to visit often as the numbers will unfortunately increase. (See all on Dept Summary Table Report).

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Devaki Jain – India

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Linked with The Singamma Sreenivasan Foundation – India.

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

Read also on wikipedia.

Devaki Jain is a pioneer in the field of women’s studies in India, and an institution-builder who combines an academic vision with practical, even marketing, wisdom.

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Devaki Jain – India.

She works for the Singamma Sreenivasan Foundation.

Devaki Jain (born 1933) is a pioneer in the field of women’s studies in India and an institution-builder who combines vision with practical wisdom. She is also a grassroots worker, despite a heavy schedule of national and international commitments. Apart from her academic work, Devaki has been involved in marketing products generated by rural women and training these women to market medicinal herbal plants.

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Schuma Schumaher – Brazil

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

She says: “One way to find peace is to understand that it is not natural for women to be in second place”.

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Schuma Schumaher – Brazil.

She works for Rede de Desenvolvimento Humano (REDEH). REDEH foi fundada em 1990.

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Yuet Lin Yim – Hong Kong

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

She says: “Sex work is work.”.

Yim Yuet Lin joined the workforce in Hong Kong with only a few years of basic school education. In the late 70s, Yim started to be involved in the labor movement. She saw how workers were exploited and she herself faced unjust treatment from her employer. In 1996, Yim and three other friends founded Ziteng (“Chinese wisteria”), a sex workers’ concern group, which aims to provide support to sex workers.Yim Yuet Lin is a founding member of Ziteng (meaning “Chinese wisteria”), a sex workers concern group in Hong Kong. Since it was established in 1996, Yim has been working with this non-governmental organization, both in good times and in bad. Of the two sex workers’ organizations in Hong Kong, Ziteng is the more vocal one, particularly on issues relating to decriminalization of sex work and police abuses and injustices.

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Yuet Lin Yim – Hong Kong

She works for Ziteng (Chinese wisteria), a Hong Kong-based sex worker’s interest group fighting for the destigmatization and decriminalization of sex.

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