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Paula Clermont Péan – Haiti

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Linked with Haiti and its problems, and with Pyepoudre Cultural Centre.

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

She says: “I want to create a place to dream, to open up the windows to the future, to nourish hope and spread the wings of regeneration”.

And: “From my point of view, one of the crucial threats to peace is the inability to think and to react against disagreements and failures, because that can make us fall into the temptation of despair and anger. In order to build a world in peace, and above all, to maintain this peace, we have to measure the nature of this state. I believe that each person, each one of us in our own field of action, can contribute to peace by promoting the necessary spiritual state, especially by promoting the principles of empathy, of active solidarity, of justice and equality“.

She says also: “I would like to take peace by its roots, bury it with my bare hands, water it with rain water, see its stem shooting up and its grains passing through thousands of other hands, see its leaves growing, and its white flowers singing and smiling to the world”.

Book: Le chant de Miraya, Paula Clermont-Péan.

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Paula Clermont Péan – Haiti

She works for the Pyepoudre Cultural Center.
Actress, theater director, writer, professor of literature and theater, Paula Clermont Péan is the director of the Pyepoudre Cultural Center. It is a center for animation, training courses and public readings, founded by Paula, in Puerto Príncipe, in 1989. She was educated in France and in the United States. After returning to her home country, Haiti, she dedicated her work towards the promotion of popular culture and to the building of a network for the association of young people, affiliated to the Worldwide Federation of the Associations, Centers and Clubs of Unesco.Paula Clermont Péan has done things that anyone would consider personal successes.

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Thierry Meyssan – France

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He says: … “The third thing that has not been clarified in any way was the issue of the fire in one of the buildings adjacent to the White House on September 11. We are used to seeing the famous picture of the White House and a large park. But right next to the White House there is a large building, which is rarely shown because it is very ugly, and it is related to the 1930s. It is called the Eisenhower Building. All the U.S. presidential services are located in that building. This building was completely destroyed by fire, but no explanation was given. Why has nothing been said about the third Manhattan tower and about the building adjacent to the White House? It’s very simple. They did not have any plane that could serve as a pretext. It could not be said that some plane crashed here, and that this was the handiwork of Islamists from overseas. Therefore, since there was no plane, no explanation could be given. So it is presented as if nothing happened” … (memri.org).

He says also: “We see that what America says officially is not only incomplete but also falsified. If we examine some details carefully – particularly details pertaining to the Pentagon – we will realize many things” … ( memri.org).

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Thierry Meyssan – France

Thierry Meyssan is a French journalist and political activist. Thierry Meyssan was born in a traditionalist Catholic family. He is the author of investigations into the extreme right wing (particularly about the National Front Militias, which are the object of a parliamentary investigation and caused a separation of the extreme right wing party), as well as into the Catholic Church (Opus Dei, for example), and the discrimination of homosexuality, among others. Thierry is best known for his controversial book 9/11: The Big Lie, in which he challenged the official account of events of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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Bhagat Singh – India (1907 – 1931)

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Linked with Bhagat Singh and the Revolutionary Movement, and with Why I am an Atheist?

March 23 is the death anniversary of one of the most heroic figures of the Indian freedom movement. Few people remembered it, though. Forget the rest of India, even the children of the village where he was born, do not know anything about him. And to think that the young man in question, Bhagat Singh, gave up his life for the ideal of a free and better India! Today, over 50 years after Independence, the people of his village still do not have access to drinking water and a tap, writes The Indian Express newspaper. (Read more on pitara.com, March 2001).

He stated: “I am not a terrorist and I never was, except perhaps in the beginning of my revolutionary career. And I am convinced that we cannot gain anything through these methods. One can easily judge it from the history of the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association. All our activities were directed towards an aim, i.e., identifying ourselves with the great movement as its military wing. If anybody has misunderstood me, let him amend his ideas … “. (See on revolutionary democracy).

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Bhagat Singh – Indian Freedom Fighter (1907 – 1931).

… While in jail, Bhagat Singh and other prisoners launched a hunger strike advocating for the rights of prisoners and undertrials. The reasons for the strike was that British murderers and thieves were treated better than Indian political prisoners, who, by law, were meant to be given better rights.

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Ferial Haffejee – South Africa

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Linked with An incomplete freedom, and with Genderlinks GL.

She is a board member of the Health-E News Agency and of M&G Publishing, and a BA graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a previous winner of the Sanlam financial journalism awards; was named as one of 10 Shoprite / Checkers women of the year in 2004 and was also named as one of The Media magazine¹s Top 10 women in media for the same year. Ferial is a judge for the annual Inter-Press Service global correspondent competition, the Vuka awards and the Mondi awards for magazine journalism.

She says: ”I love the energy and the changes of Joburg, and, it is where my family is”.

And: “With the ending of Ramadan recently there were immigrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh selling chicken and spices – it was quite special”.

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Ferial Haffejee (or Haffajee) – South Africa

She works for M&G Publishing.

Johannesburg: A South African Indian woman has become the first woman editor of a national newspaper in this country. Twelve years ago, Ferial Haffajee started her journalistic career as an intern at the Weekly Mail. On February 1, she will take over from another intern at the time, Mondli Makhanya, as editor of the weekly now known as the Mail and Guardian. Makhanya will move to the weekly Sunday Times as editor … Outgoing editor Makhanya said Haffajee had one of the finest minds in journalism.

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María Brigada GONZALEZ de CARTAGENA – Colombia

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She is Laureate for the Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life 2006.

She says: “Non-violence subdues terror”.

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María Brigada GONZALEZ de CARTAGENA – Colombia

She works for the San José de Apartadó Peace Community.

It takes an extraordinary measure of creativity, courage and faith to maintain a non-violent, environmentally friendly community in a region where state and guerrilla terrorism kill and maim daily, especially when your own child and spouse have died as victims of this terror. (Her beloved15 year old daughter was brutally murdered in December 2005 by a grenade thrown into a small group of members of the community accused by the army of being “terrorists”).

Maria Brigada (52), mother, artist, farmer and educator, is a leading member of the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado since 1996. Such peace communities are a new event in the 60 year Columbian Civil War, the oldest on the planet. It involves the civilian population deciding to have nothing more to do with any of the armed groups, and working together to build healthy, self-sufficient communities practicing the principles of sustainable development and non-violence. Such communities need international support as they are being deliberately targeted by the Columbian government and its paramilitaries, who do not want to see other models of social or economic development.

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Deepak Chopra – India & USA

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He says: “It was a great opportunity for me to show people that using their minds and influencing their emotions have a direct effect on their biology. I hope to co-develop other products with Wild Divine that will help in the treatment of addictions, asthma, irritable bowels, migraines and other stress-related disorders. I see a time when, instead of giving a patient a pharmaceutical for a more common stress-related disorder, you actually ask the patient to play the Wild Divine game and see if the symptoms are eliminate”. (Interview on organic authority).

He says also: “The body must be credited with an immense fund of know-how”.

Deepak Chopra, M.D., (born October 22, 1946 in New Delhi, India) is a medical doctor and writer extensively on spirituality and diverse topics in mind-body medicine. His main influences are two: the teachings of Vedanta and the Bhagavad Gita from his native India and quantum physics. (wikipedia).

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Deepak Chopra – India & USA

Listen to his 3 1/2 minutes video on Big Picture.
He explains how the environmental crisis directly challenges the way humanity perceives reality. Science has spent hundreds of years making distinctions that don’t really exist. As a result, we think of ourselves as separate from the environment. The reality, he explains, is that we humans are an integral part of the environment – and that the environment is part of us. As a physician, public speaker and best-selling author, Deepak Chopra is “undoubtedly one of the most lucid and inspired philosophers of our time” (quoting a citation from Mikhail Gorbachev). Having established himself as a world leader in the field of holistic health, Dr Chopra co-founded the “Chopra Center for Well Being” in 1995. Through the center he continues to revolutionize the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Dr. Chopra is a prolific author of more than 35 books that have sold over 20 million copies worldwide. They include “Perfect Health: Ageless Body, Timeless Mind” (1993) “How to Know God” (2001) and “Peace is the Way” (2005). (On this Big-Picture link).

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Galina Drebezova – Belarus

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Linked with Byelorusskaya Assotsyatsya zhenshchin-yuristov BAZY.

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

She says: “The victory over the fear inside oneself is the first step towards freedom and happiness”.

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Galina Drebezova – Belarus

She works for the Grazhdansky soyuz antibankrotnykh menedzherov GSAM, and for the Byelorusskaya Assotsyatsya zhenshchin-yuristov BAZY (Association of Women-Lawyers of Brest).

Galina Drebezova (born 1950) has worked as a lawyer for many years. In 1995 she headed the local branch of the Association of Women Lawyers in Brest, and was later to be elected its national chairwoman. She leads a major movement to protect the human rights of Byelorussian citizens. It was Galina who uncovered the rigged results of the referendum on the amendments to the Constitution (1996). Heading the Civil Union of Anti-Bankruptcy Managers (Bazy), she has earned the reputation of an excellent crisis manager. She is a deputy of the parliament.Galina was born in 1950 in Vitebsk region (Belarus). After graduating from the Belarus State University in Minsk, she worked for many years as a lawyer in this city’s industries.

In 1995 Galina began her private legal practise. She became the head of the regional organization of private lawyers. The next stage of her career was her election as president of Assotsyatsya zhenshchin-yuristov Bresta.

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Daphne Economou – Greece

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

She says: “Disabled children have enormous potential, but it often goes unnoticed because of public ignorance and disregard”.

She says also: “In my work I am often disheartened and exhausted, particularly as the lack of funds and government support makes everything so difficult and frustrating, but somehow I cannot give up”.

And she says: “It is only when young people can learn to accept and share their lives with their less advantaged contemporaries that we can hope for a more just and humane world, where everyone can live in peace and harmony with one another. I believe that people with disabilities are not asking: ‘How can I be the same as you?’ All they are asking is, ‘Please give me your hand and travel with me!’ We need to hold hands and travel together, all the way.”

Find many of her publications on the University of the AEGEAN, on the Uni Trier-Server, on the ACM Digital Library, on the Manchester Metropole University, and on the Scientific Literature Digital Library.

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Daphne Economou – Greece

She works for the Cerebral Palsy Greece (see World Wide Links), and for one of the two Societies: the International Cerebral Palsy Society ICPS, or the newly founded International Cerebral Palsy Society I.C.P.S..

Daphne Economou has worked to improve the lives of people with cerebral palsy in Greece, to increase public awareness and eliminate physical, social, and legal barriers. With her leadership, commitment and love, she is the inspiring heart and soul of Cerebral Palsy Greece and has pioneered a wide range of essential services.

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Leena Joshi – India

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Linked with Apnalaya, with Ankur, with SHACK, Slum Dwellers International SDI, with Women in Slums, an UN study, with W.O.M.E.N., with Hope in the slums: women’s work in Bangladesh, with Rethinking resettlement in Mumbai, with TERI The Energy and Resources Institute, with Nirbhay Bano Andolan, and with Mumbai pavement dwellers finally get their homes.

Also linked with Shanta Devi – India, and with Background-Report on Cities in Transition.

She says: “We lack political and economic will to make the necessary changes. Those in the ruling parties are apathetic because they personally never have to deal with the pds (Public Distribution System)” … “Many of the poorest people don’t even get cards because they don’t have documentation. And the government ensures that only Below Poverty Line (bpl) families rather than all poor people get free rations. Therefore, because we’ve drawn a faulty and unscientific poverty line, many poor people have to buy food at open-market prices. In the ration shops, the grain sold is adulterated and under-weighed; people don’t get their full quota; kerosene is diverted to the black market; and shopkeepers create bogus cards to keep this charade going. At every opportunity they tell cardholders that their quota hasn’t arrived.” (Tehelka).

List of Telefon numbers of NGOs working in Mumbai (August 20, 2006).

Read: Interview with Leena Joshi.

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Leena Joshi – India

She works for Apnalaya (which has no direct own website, see this NGO through descriptions of other NGOs. See also some summary description on our NGO Blog).

Read: Report on Disaster Management Workshop on December 22, 2005, at the Times of India office in Mumbai. See here photos of this workshop.

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The problem: … Every day, 500 (new) migrant families come to the city, settling in areas like Andheri’s Ambedkar Nagar, Dharavi, Wadala’s slum pockets and South Mumbai’s Reay Road, all of which share the same basic features — makeshift houses, … (read the whole long article on Tehelka, August 05, 2006).

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Nestor Garcia Canclini – Mexico

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Linked with Policies for Cultural Creativity, and with The Future of the Privatization of Culture.

He says: ”… The thesis I propose here derives from the fact that when we speak of the privatization of culture today, this is not the same as the process of fifty or even twenty years ago. We can no longer speak of the dichotomy of the public and the private, or, to use the terms that frame that opposition, the State and the market. Nor can we characterize the issue before us as the conflict between the creativity of art and its commercialization, which gave rise to many of the agonies suffered by artists and writers from Balzac and Baudelaire to the happenings, performance, and installation artists working outside of commercial circuits, or who subvert commercialization through irreverence and other challenges. At this turn of the century, the debate on the privatization of culture is part of the struggle to shape the epochal transformation that the concept of modernity is undergoing” … (more on nyu.edu).

Go to his 20 books on amazon.

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Nestor Garcia Canclini – Mexico

Néstor García Canclini is born in Argentina in 1939, he studied letters in 1975 in the National University of the Silver and, three years later, with a scholarship granted by the Conicet, doctor in the University of Paris. It exerted teaching in the University of the Silver (1966-1975). He is an anthropologist and head of the programme of studies in urban culture at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico.

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G. Edward Griffin – USA

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Linked with Freedom Force International.

He says: “Reading another book or attending another seminar or sending carbon copies of letters or emails around to our friends – while that’s all very good and exhilarating, it still doesn’t change anything. So about two years ago, I began to change my orientation. Out of that came an organization which we call Freedom Force International. The purpose of this organization is to actually show people how they CAN do something to turn events around. How they can not just be complainers, but actually become ‘doers’ “. (Read the whole interview on WHALE).

Read: The War on Terrorism, The Future Is Calling (Part Four), © 2004 – 2005 by G. Edward Griffin, Revised December 15, 2006, 23 pages.

Go to Big Eyes text-archive with texts about The Federal Reserve System.

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G. Edward Griffin – USA

Listen this Google video: G. Edward Griffin – Inflation, and this Google video: G. Edward Griffin – A World Without Cancer, The Story Of Vitamin B17.

Buy The Creature from Jekyll Island, A Second Look at the Federal Reserve. A “SUPERB ANALYSIS” OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE, says U.S. Congressman Ron Paul!

Try the book The Cultural Devastation of American Women for your Christmas gifts. Try the documentary America: From Freedom to Fascism by Aaron Russo. Try the book The Creature From Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin. Give gifts of truth rather than electronic tracking devices this holiday season. For once in your lives, buy wisely while you still can. (Read the whole on American Chronicle.com).

Go to the Editorial Opinions of G. Edward Griffin on Reality Zone.

Read: A Talk by Edward Griffin, Author of The Creature from Jekyll Island.

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Marta Drury – USA

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Linked with Responsible Wealth, and with the Global Fund for Women.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.
She says: “I receive so much more from my work than I am able to give back. I live with gratitude that I get to do such transcendent and meaningful work”.

She says also: “Washington is handing out tax breaks to millionaires with one hand and shredding the safety net with the other. It’s obscene.” (see more on Responsible Wealth).

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Marta Drury – USA

She works for the Heart and Hand Fund, for Responsible Wealth, and for the Global Fund for Women.

Marta Drury, who believes in the power of women to lead sustainable peacekeeping, provides support from her own personal resources to grassroots organizations throughout the world. She tells the stories of women who are making a difference, and created The Resourceful Women Awards, which honor and reward women who work at the frontlines. Marta is an outspoken member of Responsible Wealth, a national network of wealthy Americans who believe it is wrong to give tax breaks to the rich. Marta Drury, who believes in the power of women to lead sustainable peacekeeping, provides support through her Heart and Hand Fund to grassroots organizations throughout the world from her own personal resources. She tells the stories of women who are making a difference and created The Resourceful Women Awards, which honors and rewards women who work on the frontlines. Marta is an outspoken member of Responsible Wealth, a national network of wealthy Americans who believe it is wrong to give tax breaks to the rich.

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Peter Sloterdijk – Germany

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Linked with .

Symposium – Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and Arts, Hertogstraat 1, Brussels, February 23, 2007.

He says: ”…Cynicism is enlightened false consciousness. It is that modernized, unhappy consciousness, on which enlightenment has labored both successfully and in vain. It has learned its lessons in enlightenment, but it has not, and probably was not able to, put them into practice. Well-off and miserable at the same time, this consciousness no longer feels affected by any critique of ideology; its falseness is already reflexively buffered”. (more on autodidactproject.org).

He says also: “Where relationships are ‘international’ they are generally inter-megalomaniac too. In the context of a renewed effort to create a political psychology, we grasp the language of diplomacy as a therapeutic discourse in an open institution that is the political collective”. (See on Haus der Kulturen der Welt).

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Peter Sloterdijk – Germany

Sloterdijk studied philosophy, Germanistics and history at the University of Munich. In 1975 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg. Since 1980 he has published many philosophical works, including the Critique of Cynical Reason. In 2001 he was named president of the State Academy of Design, part of the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe.

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Caroline Lucas – England

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Linked with The War on Iraq and the Occupation, and with ECONOMIC JUSTICE.

She is a Green Party MEP (Member f the European Parliament), representing the UK’s South East region. She is also an Advisory Board Member of the ‘Protect the Local, Globally’ think-tank. She is a tireless environmental campaigner and has written extensively on trade issues, globalization, the aviation industry, nuclear disarmament and GM. Caroline Lucas talks about the energy options confronting us. She discusses her preference for clean renewable energy and why she thinks nuclear power has little future. She remarks on the many win-win policies that could precipitate a rapid shift towards efficient and sustainable energy supply, but acknowledges a lack in the political required to bring this change about. She talks about the new production and consumption patterns that need to be encouraged, expressing doubt that economic growth can be sustained globally at 3% per annum. (Listen to her 6 minutes video on Big-Picture, recorded in December 2004).

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Caroline Lucas – England

Her work – both within the Parliament and in her constituency – includes peace and human rights, international trade and development, transport, planning and health issues and animal welfare. Caroline has also recently worked on the campaign against aviation expansion, worked with farmers affected by the Foot and Mouth crisis,
and campaigned against GMOs and in support of local food markets in the South-East. She is currently fighting against the GATS as a part of her work on globalisation/ localisation. See also her Homepage.

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Christina Nsekela – Tanzania

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Linked with Uzazi na Malezi Bora Tanzania UMATI, and with Tanzania Association of NGOs TANGO.

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

She says: “The approach to population and development should be interdisciplinary. Learn people’s priorities and become their partners in development. That approach will promote a peaceful and hopeful future”.

She says also: “Even at an early age, I wished something could be done to alleviate the suffering,” she recalls. “As I grew up the memories of the misery experienced by families in my community stayed with me. Later I realized that the situation also existed in other communities in Tanzania and other developing countries in the world”.

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Christina Nsekela – Tanzania

She works for the Family Planning Association of Tanzania UMATI (described on Cambridge Journals), the Tanzania Association of Non-Governmental Organisations TANGO, and the Promotion of Rural Initiatives and Development Enterprises Tanzania PRIDE, see also this link.

And she says: “I believe that if the they are enabled to access financial facilities without collateral and unnecessary bureaucracy, the world will witness change and improvement in the lives of poor and vulnerable communities”.

Download: THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MICROFINANCE MODEL TO SUPPORT YOUTH MICRO BUSINESSES (February 2004, 81 pages in pdf), REPORT ON BEST PRACTICES WITH REFERENCE TO LENDING MICROFINANCE ORGANISATIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA.
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Geoff Mulgan – England

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Linked with Demos, with Background-Report on Cities in Transition, and with Geoff Mulgan’s Spring Conference 2006.

He says: ” … I want to focus this evening on the other face of the state: the idea of the state as servant, an idea associated with duty, care and guardianship; and with power as a gift, to be reciprocated and shared through service. If you examine the historical evidence this other face turns out to be almost as ubiquitous as that of the commanding master. As Weber pointed out most states aspire to legitimacy as the precondition for survival and loyalty. I want to argue that looking back at the evidence, states claims to legitimacy have followed a remarkably consistent pattern broadly fitting into a fourfold architecture of ethical claims and duties”. (LSE Lecture).

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Geoff Mulgan – England

founder and director of the think-tank Demos, became director of the Young Foundation in September 2004. Between 1997 and 2004 he had various roles in government including director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office. He has been a reporter for BBC TV and radio and a columnist for national newspapers including the Guardian and Independent.

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Sangeeta Mahajan – India

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Published on The Hindu Businessline, Oct, 13, 2006, by Aparna Pallavi.

She is one of the best-known media photographers in Nagpur, India and has a host of awards. She also runs her own photography business, and is a fiery activist working to better the lot of slum women.

She says: “My life would have been no different from that of other rural girls had it not been for my mother, a Gandhian and Marxist, who had a very different vision of life”.

She says also: “In my years in the slum, I saw much up close. Goons, alcohol, violence, the works. A goon once stubbed his cigarette on my arm. Another time, I reasoned with a goon who walked into our hut with a knife and sent him back.

My mother’s relentless courage against such intimidation also gave me a different vision of my own life”. (All three on The Hindu Businessline).

Read: When a Woman Wields the Lens.

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Sangeeta Mahajan – India

She works as the only female press photographer in the city of Nagpur.

And she adds: “If my work was not twice as good as anyone else’s, I was useless. And if my work was good, the bosses used it to taunt my male colleagues, who became, if anything, more insecure and resentful”.

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Shanta Devi – India

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Linked with Ankur.

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

Not for nothing is 75-year-old Shanta still revered as ‘the dharna (protest) lady’ and as ‘Shanta toofani’ (thunderous=indefatigability), as a huge range of issues defines her work.

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Shanta Devi – India

She works for the Ankur-Society for Alternatives in Education.

Shanta Devi’s work with nonformal education is driven by her conviction that education is essential to a person’s understanding of the world. She worked alone, and then with the Ankur-Society for Alternatives in Education, trying to reach out, particularly to women, children, and youth. Beside having supported human rights issues, Shanta campaigns for slum dwellers’ rights, supporting HIV+ persons, sexual minorities, and fighting for nuclear disarmament. (Read all on 1000peacewomen).

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Hongxia REN – China

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She is Laureate for the Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life.

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Hongxia REN – China

She works for reforestation.

Early 2000, the Chinese government issued a policy accelerating the development of deserted mountains, wild slopes, waste- and swampland; especially encouraging civil servants to take up the challenge of reforesting and developing these areas. Ren Hongxia (40), who was born and brought up in rural areas, was familiar with the living conditions of rural women in such regions. With great courage, she contracted to develop 313 hectares (over 1200 acres) of a bald mountain – the first woman civil servant to accept such a challenge. The mountain she contracted to reforest was in a remote area with no roads or electricity. People and animals used water from the same ponds. Villages were isolated and the standard of living was extremely low.

Hongxia Ren started by organizing the people to build a 17 km road, one pump station for water and 42 wells. She then organized 200 young people to plant over a million trees. There are now 1.19 million trees, including 253 hectares of ecological forest (i.e. trees planted essentially to stabilize and regenerate the landscape) and 60 hectares planted mainly with fruit trees of different varieties (peach, apricot, walnut, pear, etc). She met major disasters with equanimity and courage, such as the 2000- 2001 drought, which almost wiped out the project right at the onset. But the area is now covered with trees, and an aging, balding mountain is now a source of great activity and significant income.

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Hilda Liria Domicó Bailarín – Colombia

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Linked with the Colombian Indian Organizations ONIC.

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

She says: “The people of our ethnic groups are only happy in the forest, where we have our roots. The forest keeps our traditions alive. We want to return. We cannot live in villages or urban places”.

She says also: “It was very sad to see my people suffering from hunger, when in the forest we had everything”.

“Do you envy something of the beauty of the western woman?” they asked her on a television program. “No”, she responded safely: “We are beautiful as we are”.

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Hilda Liria Domicó Bailarín – Colombia

She works for Multiethnic Organization of Antioquia.

Hilda Domicó (30), is a displaced Colombian. She was born into the Embera-Katio ethnic group.
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Mark Baimbridge – England

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Linked with Labour Market Flexibility and Foreign Direct Investment, and with The Bank that rules Europe? The ECB and Central Bank Independence.

Book Review: Britain & the EU, Alternative Futures, by Mark Baimbridge, Brian Burkitt & Philip Whyman (April 2005): This timely contribution to the growing debate in Britain and across Europe on the need for fundamental change in how European countries work together in the 21st century provides a groundbreaking analysis of the economic and democratic effect that EU membership has had on Britain. Published by the CIB, this important new book offers not only a concise examination of the costs of EU membership but also a well reasoned study of alternative relationships Britain, perhaps together with other European countries, could more beneficially forge in the future. Options scrutinised include a defence of the status quo through to various renegotiations of membership and options for withdrawal. (Read more on Referendum.org).

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Mark Baimbridge – England

Book Review: ‘Implications of the Euro – A Critical Perspective from the Left’, Mark Baimbridge, Brian Burkitt, Philip Whyman – … critical analysis of the EMU project has largely been advanced from the centre-right spectrum of British politics.

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Mohau Pheko – South Africa

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Linked with New social justice movements in a changing reality, with The WDM Death Counter, with The International Gender and Trade Network IGTN, and with The World Development Movement WDM.

She says: ”The Collapse of the WTO Doha negotiations are good for Africa and Women. This is an opportunity for Africa to move away from the myth that the Doha Round was a ‘developmental round’. Nothing could be further from the truth. From the start, the aim of the developed countries was to push for greater market openings from the developing countries while making minimal concessions on their part. Invoking development was a cynical ploy to make the process less palatable. The break down of the talks, is a turning point for Africa to contribute to developing a multilateral trading system based on developing Africa, women’s rights and sustainable development”. (Read the whole, on July 2006, on International Gender and Trade Network/ see also their Homepage ).

Read: THE NEW AFRICAN INITIATIVE IS A TRAGEDY FOR WOMEN.

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Mohau Pheko – South Africa

Go to: The Ethical Globalization Initiative.

She asked the following questions (October 2002, but still valuable): I will try to address the following questions:

Why should Africa and African feminists be concerned about Europe’s move to the right? How are right-wing policies influencing the trade & economic discourse in Africa? What are the policy implications, in terms of gender justice?

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Eric Donald Hirsch – USA

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Linked with The Core Knowledge Foundation CK.

(Eric Donald Hirsch is an) American literary critic and educator who is best known for his work on cultural literacy. ‘What Every American Needs to Know’, 1987. He cowrote The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy 1988 (with Joseph F. Kett and James Trefil) and was the main editor of A First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy 1989. Born in March 22, 1928, Memphis, Tenn., U.S. (Read more on Britannica).

He says: ”Gramsci saw that it was a serious error to discredit learning methods like phonics and memorization of the multiplication table as ‘outdated’ or ‘conservative’. That was the nub of the standoff between himself and another prominent educational theorist of the political Left, Paulo Freire. Like Gramsci, Freire (a Brazilian) was interested in methods of educating the poor. Unlike Gramsci, Freire has been quite influential in the United States”. (Read more on daily times).

… He is currently a University Professor of Education and Humanities and the Linden Kent Memorial Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Virginia. He is best known, however, for his writings on cultural literacy. He is considered the founder of the ‘back to basics’ movement. Hirsch holds degrees from Cornell University and Yale University. (Read more on wikipedia).

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Eric Donald Hirsch – USA

I would label myself a political liberal and an educational conservative, or perhaps more accurately, an educational pragmatist. Political liberals really ought to oppose progressive educational ideas because they have led to practical failure and greater social inequity.
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Macaria Barai – Guinea-Bissau

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Linked with Guinea Bissau Leaders Seek New Strategies for Donor Money.

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

She says: “My faith is my strength. But having said that, I am convinced that religion has become a tool used to regulate our society”.

She says also: “You know when you have a vision and you tell people and they have to think about it, especially in terms of Guinea Bissau that nobody now believes that it is capable of staying away from conflict definitively”.

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Macaria Barai – Guinea-Bissau

She works for the Women In Peace-building Network WIPNET, the Chamber of Commerce of Guinea-Bissau, and for Citoyens de bonne volonté.

A national of Guinea-Bissau, Madame Macaria Barai is very devoted and always available to give people her time. Having studied in Guinea-Bissau and Portugal, today she lives with her mother and her children and has 15 years of experience in fighting for peace on the one hand and on the other hand fighting for the emancipation of Guinea-Bissau women.

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Sabine Lichtenfels – Portugal

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Linked with the Tamera Peace Village, and with IGF Institut für Globale Friedensarbeit.

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

She says: “We must develop a new system of living together, where one can learn to live in peace in an elementary way. My longing was great and it would not let me adapt to the usual system of normality”.

She says also: “In order to achieve planetary peace, we need a new relationship between the sexes. There can be no peace on earth as long as there is war in love. Communities of the future are based on the development of a balance between male and female forces.”

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Sabine Lichtenfels – Portugal

She works for the Tamera Peace Village, and she heads the Institute for Global Peace Work / (Institut für Globale Friedensarbeit).

And she says (about Israel-Palestina): “It is not only a question of reconciliation, but of a new perspective. The people involved must realize that their distress is a part of a global problem.
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Sanjay Chaturvedi – India

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He says: ”India and Pakistan needed to understand the importance of petroleum in the current world scenario. The West had reached a plateau of its oil supply while the Asian countries were still in the process of using a heavy quantity of oil. In this background the political history of the two countries needed an immediate reconsideration. Excessive geopolitics was one of the reasons of Partition in the world order” (Read all on Chandigarh Tribune, January 2004).

He said also: “There was a need for India and Pakistan to work in unison in the changed world order. Study of geo-economics had become more important than study of geo-politics in the changed world order”, said Dr Sanjay Chaturvedi, Department of Political Science, Panjab University, here today. Dr Chaturvedi was speaking at a talk on ‘ Geopolitics of Indo-Pakistan relations’ organised by the local unit of the Association of British Scholars. (Read the whole article down on Chandigarh Tribune, February 2004).

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Sanjay Chaturvedi – India

Sanjay Chaturvedi’s area of specialization is the theory and practice of Geopolitics; with special reference to Polar Regions and the Indian Ocean. He is currently the Coordinator, Centre for the Study of Geopolitics, Department of Political Science and Honorary Director, Centre for the Study of Mid-West and Central Asia, at Panjab University, Chandigarh.

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Sister Dorothy Stang – Brazil & USA (1931-2005)

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She said: “I don’t want to flee, nor do I want to abandon the battle of these farmers who live without any protection in the forest. They have the sacrosanct right to aspire to a better life on land where they can live and work with dignity while respecting the environment”.

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Sister Dorothy Stang – Brazil  USA (June 7, 1931–February 12, 2005)

Look at these memory pages of Sister Dorothy Stang.

People walk 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) on the transamazonic highway carrying the coffin containing the body of American missionary Dorothy Stang from the airport to the Santas Missoes Church (Holy Missions Church) where Stang’s wake took place in Anapu, northern Brazil, Monday, Feb. 14, 2005. Stang was gunned down Saturday Feb. 12, 2005, at the Boa Esperanca settlement where she worked with some 400 poor families near Anapu, a rural town about 1,300 miles (2,100 kilometers) north of Rio de Janeiro. (See the AP-Photo/Paulo Santos on commondreams.org).

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Karl-Henrik Robèrt – Sweden

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Linked with The Natural Step TNS, and with … a way of talking about “systems thinking”.

He says: ”How do we get from reductionist to systems thinking? A system is, as everybody knows, constructed by a concept of overall principles for the system. In football, for example, you have eleven players in each team in that system, you have one ball, two goals and a lot of other rules. You don’t approach the referee before the match and say, “Please couldn’t we have fourteen players in our team today?” All the players share the overall principles of what football is and those rules are non-negotiable, at least while you play the match. There are people with different skills in the team: a goal-keeper, attackers and so forth, and they can work together as an intelligent organism because they share the non-negotiable rules of what they are doing. They have exact images of that. (Read the 12 pages of The Ecology of Business).

Karl-Henrik Robèrt, M.D., Ph.D., is one of Sweden’s leading cancer scientists. In 1989, Robèrt initiated an environmental movement called The Natural Step TNS.

Read: Seeding a quiet revolution.

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Karl-Henrik Robèrt – Sweden

Karl-Henrik Robèrt is one of the world’s foremost sustainability experts. In 1988 he founded The Natural Step in Sweden, an international environmental non-for-profit that coaches organizations to become role models in sustainability.

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Maria Szyszkowska – Poland

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Linked with about the European Civil Society.

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

She says: “It is imperative there should be kindness towards truths other than ours”.

She says also: ““We have founded the club (Don Quixote) because we say ‘no’ to conformism. We want to encourage people who live differently, who are in minority To exist fully is to exist according to one’s values, often against those of others”.

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Maria Szyszkowska – Poland

She works for the Internationale Gesellschaft ‘System der Philosophie’, for the , and for the Don Quixote Club.

Maria Szyszkowska, is a senator, professor, philosopher, lecturer, and writer. She lives according to Kant’s philosophy that law should guarantee freedom for everyone.
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Khushi Kabir – Bangladesh

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Linked with Nijera Kori.

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

She says: “It is the people themselves who have resisted this invasion into their communities and their lives. We came to strengthen the movement, add voice, and support it”.

Read: In celebration of friendship.

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Khushi Kabir (left) – Bangladesh, with Karen Seabrooke

She works for Nijera Kori.

Khushi Kabir (born 1948) embodies the very spirit of the socioeconomic empowerment of women, peace, and democracy in Bangladesh. For more than 30 years, she has been involved with working-class rural communities on issues ranging from people’s control over their own resources, challenging antipeople policies and programs, secularism, and human rights. She has been integral to the forging of strong national coalitions of civil society groups, and the creation and sustenance of global networks and coalitions for human rights, gender equality, and democracy.

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Raisa Kadyrova – Kyrgyzstan

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Linked with Foundation for Tolerance International FTI.

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

She says: “My desire to help my community, my belief in equality and justice remain central for me. I want to see Kyrgyzstan as an example of peace, equality, and tolerance for the entire region”.

She says also: “If you really love your country, if you really want the people to live in peace, if you really care about your children and your family, you have to do something if you see something wrong around you”. (Read all on peace-sandiego.edu).

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Raisa Kadyrova – Kyrgyzstan

She works for the Foundation for Tolerance International FTI.

Raisa (Raya) Kadyrova (born 1957) is the president and founder of the Kyrgyz NGO Foundation of Tolerance International (FTI), operating within the cross-border communities of Central Asia.
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