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Index July 2007

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Jürgen Cain Külbel – Germany

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Linked with Journalisme et services secrets, with A Biased Investigation, and with .

He is a former criminal investigator of the GDR, who became a journalist after the reunification of Germany, Jürgen Cain Külbel is the author of a counter-investigation on the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, which the Voltaire Network presented to the Arab public during a widely covered conference in Damascus, May 7, 2006. In this interview, he discusses the political role of the UN Commission and the unexploited leads pointing to Israeli responsibility. (on his english homepage).

See his international homepage.

He says: “Syria is innocent and has nothing to do with that crime or the other assassinations” (of Rafik Hariri). (on souria.com).
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Jürgen Cain Külbel – Germany

… The thing about this book is; everything is documented and the writer expected this war six months before it happened. The murder of Hariri was the beginning of a large scale destabilization plan of all Lebanon, and it tracks, lead to the Lebanese civil war and ends in the Washington, New York and Jerusalem in recent days … (full text).

When going too far is never enough.

Anti-neocon Book Scuttled.

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Yue Chen – China

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

She says: “I would like to tell the women inmates and the policewomen in the prisons that we should be self-confident, self-respecting, and hopeful about the future”.

Se says also: “Women are weak in many aspects. Many inmates in our prison had turned to destruction as a way to rebel against the injustices of the society. I think that Inmates with better understanding of the laws are able to protect their own rights and to protect themselves”.

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Yue Chen – China

She works as a policewoman in the Women’s Prison of the city of Jianyang, Sichuan Province.

Chen Yue is a Communist Youth League member. On one occasion she fought against armed robbers and, along with her younger brother, sustained injuries. The public’s initial indifference to their plight is what led Chen Yue to understand the importance of human compassion and work as a policewoman with women prisoners.

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Ernest Callenbach – USA

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Ernest Callenbach Visit: August 16, 2007, Carbondale Economic Localization, Colorado /USA.

Born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, he attended the University of Chicago, where he was drawn into the then ‘new wave’ of serious attention to film as an art form.

After six months in Paris at the Sorbonne, watching four films a day, he returned to Chicago and earned a Master’s degree in English and Communications … Recently, Callenbach has introduced the story of a real-world community movement in Japan that is reminiscent, in its aims and practices, of his Ecotopian society. He visited Japan and investigated the Yamagishi movement. It encompasses some three dozen intentional communities founded on the same underlying principles: living an ecologically based integration of people with agriculture (pig, cattle, and chicken livestock rasing, and organic-vegetable and fruit farming), and living a social life based on principles of democracy, mutual understanding, support, and health. Each individual settlement is referred to as jikkenji (‘demonstration community for the world’). (full text).

He is a signatory to the 9/11 Truth Statement.

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Ernest Callenbach – USA

Read: A Citizen Legislature, Stretching our thinking about how we govern ourselves.

He says: “It is time to think of the Plains in new ways. As Native Americans are demonstrating by their reintroduction of bison on many reservations, bison can again become part of the natural Plains landscape–and, for Indian people, not only a source of self-sufficiency in food production but also a powerful spiritual and religious presence. For whites, bringing back the bison and their companion grazers on a large scale in Plains parks and on other public lands will provide us the opportunity to see what a sustainable ecosystem in the Plains is like. And growing numbers of bison on private ranch lands will help us learn what a permanently viable agricultural system could be. Moreover, because the Plains are also very windy, they could become producers of a significant amount of wind-generated electrical energy, making the region self-reliant in energy. (full text).

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Muhammad Anwar Dar – Pakistan

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Linked with The GIFT University, and with The Rosni Homes Trust.

Mr. Muhammad Anwar Dar is a renowned personality of Gujranwala. He chairs a progressive business organization, the Dollar East Group that has a diversified portfolio and operates in the areas of financial services, stock market, education and poultry medicines. He is a person strongly committed to the welfare of the people of his native region and has been strenuously working for their uplift, particularly the youth. He envisions emergence of Gujranwala and its environs as an affluent and progressive region contributing towards the progress of the country. (full text).

Read: First Convocation Ceremony (at GIFT University).

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Muhammad Anwar Dar – Pakistan

He says (about GIFT University): ”We are promoting opportunities for learning and sharing best practices. We are deeply committed to our values of lifelong learning as a premier educational institution. These values and commitment are inherent in each and every alumnus, in our faculty, administration and staff. Our co-curricular activities and programmes enhance life long learning, foster personal growth and develop leadership qualities. We remain committed to excellent teaching that prepares students for the changing economic, social, and moral challenges of our society”.

President’s speech echoed at annual general assembly meeting of NGO group for CRC, Switzerland. (full text).

A revolution begins with a great idea. In the case of GIFT University, it was the vision of the Chairman, Mr. Muhammad Anwar Dar and his associates, who wanted to provide the country with gifted people instead of degree toting individuals. That is why he named this institute as GIFT University for all those who seek to become enlightened individuals rather than be a part of the spoon-fed educated population. (full text).

Read: Principal Officer US Consulate visits Roshni Homes.

Roshni Homes is a private charitable trust being run by a Board of Trustees. Roshni Homes is devoted towards housing and educating the orphaned-abandoned children of the community. Roshni Homes believes equal treatment and non-discriminatory practices and cares for children regardless of race or creed. We help children who are orphaned or abandoned, and we give these children an opportunity to build lasting relationships within a family. We provide care and education to enable these children to become active members of their community. (full text).

Sorry, no more english news found in the internet about Muhammad Anwar Dar, Pakistan.

Mary Brownell – Liberia

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Linked with Liberian Women’s Initiative LWI, with Women in Peacebuilding Program WIPNET, and with Mano River Women’s Peace Network MARWOPNET.

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

She says: “We are not waiting for you to take up arms for our cause, but at least to hear on the BBC or receive letters of encouragement saying, we recognize ourselves in you”.

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Sorry, I can not find any photo of Mary Brownell, Liberia (see also my comment ‘Brave women without photos‘).

She works for the Liberian Women’s Initiative LWI (named on the Human Rightds Databank),
for the Women in Peacebuilding Network WIPNET (named on WANEP.org),
and for the Mano River Women’s Peace Network MARWOPNET.

Mary Brownell, chairperson of LWI and founding member of MARWOPNET was born in Maryland, Liberia, holds a degree from the University of Liberia and studied school administration and supervision in San Francisco. When war broke out in Liberia she transformed women’s engagement from humanitarian aid to active peace building and also managed to involve civil society in a process that was pivotal to success.

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Sr. Paola Battagliola – Italy

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Linked with The Salesian Sisters.

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

She says: “The East Timorese have to start from zero. They have to build their freedom into reality. They must take it one step at a time. Within time, progress will come about”.

She says also: “I always wanted to serve the people. It was the highest goal in my life. I was ready since the beginning”.

And she says: “I love my work; I still visit East Timor regularly. As long as I can serve the people, I am very happy to work anywhere”. Paola declared that her greatest joy is being able to meet with the children she guided over the past 16 years. Sharing her reasons for enduring the work. I received cultural inputs and felt more patient. The work makes me understand people more. I learned a lot from the East Timorese. The fact is, I take more from them and I should have given them more. I still need to give them more”.

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Sorry, I can not find any photo of Sr. Paola Battagliola, Italy (see also my comment ‘Brave women without photos‘).

She works for the Salesian Sisters.

Sister Paola Battagliola (born 1952) is a dedicated missionary from Italy. She moved to East Timor in 1988 and set up two orphanages and a vocational training school for young girls in remote villages of Los Palos. Ever since, she has helped hundreds of East Timorese children attain better education and shelter in a volatile environment until the 1999 catastrophe. She now resides in Jakarta, as a Superior of a Salesian Sisters’ School for East Timorese future young sisters.

Sr. Paola was raised and educated in Brescia, Italy. “I am the oldest in my family. Our father is a carpenter and mother worked in a factory”. Little Paola was raised within a Catholic environment and religious atmosphere. She felt summoned to work for God.

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Irene Chaluluka – Malawi

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Linked with ‘Why wait?’ (for sex).

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

She says: “Funding polices shock me. Donors do not seem interested in our work because we promote abstinence, not condoms, which have proved ineffective here. Prevention is all about behavioral change”.

She says also: “I believe in going to the grassroots of our society and educating young people to adjust some things in our culture”.

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Irene Chaluluka – Malawi

She works for the Sub-Saharan Family Enrichment program SAFE,
for the ‘Why Wait?’-program,
for ‘Blantyre Young Voices’,
and for the Children Promotion Organisation.

Irene Chaluluka is a field coordinator for the Sub-Saharan Africa Family Enrichment program SAFE. For eleven years, Irene has been involved in implementing ‘Why Wait?’, a life skills and HIV/Aids educational program in Malawi.

Through ‘Why Wait?’ Irene has successfully promoted abstinence among the youth. She has trained thousands of trainers on the initiative. Irene has also helped to export ‘Why Wait?’ to Uganda, Kenya and Nigeria. Her major challenge in promoting the initiative is inadequate funding. She has personally endured the HIV/Aids affliction.

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Florentine Bodo Ramambasoa – Madagascar

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

She says: “I will focus on building a democratic culture where everyone can contribute to national development. Education and an improved economic situation will create better lives for everyone”.

She is also named on political heroes.

She says also: “In an effort to coordinate their activities, women organizations came together under the National Council of Women, DRV. They aimed at sensitizing directors/leaders and the populace to the need to promote peace and justice. The action became a catalyst to other movements, like that led by the Protestant Church and several NGOs to raise public awareness on several development issues, including justice, peace, environment, globalization and gender”.

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Sorry, I can not find any photo of Florentine Bodo Ramambasoa, Madagascar (see also my comment ‘Brave women without photos‘).

She works for the Women National Council,
for the Association For The Well Being Of The Family, ‘The Health Of The Mother’ (Fianakaviana Sambatra, or FISA, named on WISER EARTH, and on UN info service Vienna).

Florentine Ramambasoa, a 66-year-old Florentine Ramambasoa, lives in Antananarivo, Madagascar and is the widow of the late Joseph Ramambasoa, a former Grand Chancellor of the Republic of Madagascar.

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Latifabano Mohammad Yusuf Getali – India

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

She works for the Al-Fazal Educational and Charitable Trust AFEC.

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Latifabano Mohammad Yusuf Getali – India

The very worst situations bring out the very best in some of us: that is what the Gujarat riots of 2002 did to Latifabano Mohammad Yusuf Getali.

From the uneventful life of a Muslim housewife to a relief and peace activist, she has walked a long mile. Braving the wrath of her conservative community, Latifabano has helped hundreds of Muslim women in the state gain access to relief and legal assistance. She backs this up with capacity-building activities for the women, helping them rebuild their lives.

Latifabano Mohammad Yusuf Getali (born 1962) led a normal life until 2002, a Muslim housewife living in Godhra with her husband, two sons, and two daughters. And since the carnage had begun at Godhra, Latifabano was right at the epicenter.

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Jonathon Espie Porritt – England

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Linked with The Forum for the Future.

Jonathon Espie Porritt, CBE, (born 6 July 1950) is a British environmentalist and writer. Porritt appears frequently in the media, writing in magazines, newspapers and books, and appearing on radio and television regularly. Jonathon has recently started his own blog. (full text).

He is also Programme Director of Forum for the Future and Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission. (full text).

He says: “We’ve made this assumption that it’s the next generation that is going to have to deal with climate change. For a politician it is classic not-in-my-term-of-office stuff. It is absolutely right now, not one generation versus another. And it’s our generation that needs to start”. (full text).

Read: Victor Manuel Ochoa, an environmentalist on the front line, Honduras, July 5, 2007.

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Jonathon Espie Porritt – England

Download: SDC submission to the DTI Energy Review: Meeting the challenge, energy policy for the 21st Century, 36 pages, April 2006.

He says also: “I didn’t really come into environmentalism through a love of nature; I came into environmentalism through looking at what happened to children whose lives were blighted by there being no nature”. (full text).

Read: The Great Global Warming Swindle, July 13, 2007.

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Marcel Barang – France & Thailand

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He is a translater of Thai Literature and fictions into english and french / il traduit de la Litérature et des textes Thai en anglais et en français. Born 1945. Trained as a language and arts teacher. 1970-92: journalist. Since 1993, literary translator from the Thai. Bangkok-based since 1978. (Homepage Thai-Fiction, et en français).

Homepage of his website (Menu in english & Menu en français). (IMPORTANT: beaucoup des sites mentionnées ci-après existent aussi en français, le lien se trouve dans les sites elles-memes).

His profile on the word hunter. En français: Traqueur de mots.

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Marcel Barang – France & Thailand

His publications/translations on amazon.

Read: The Twenty Best Novels of Thailand, an anthology by Marcel Barang.

Read: Time in a bottle, a 1985 novel translated from the Thai, by Phongdeit Jiangphatthana-kit and Marcel Barang, Editing, postscript and revision by Marcel Barang.

Read: The Man and the Tiger, by Seksan Prasertkul, English and French translations by Marcel Barang.

Read: mad dogs & co., by Chart Korpjitti, translated by Marcel Barang, From “mad dogs & co.” Thai Modern Classics, unpublished.

Read: the story of jan darra, by Utsana Phleungtham, translated by Phongdeit Jaingphatthanarkit, From “the story of jan darra,” Thai Modern Classics, Bangkok 1995, 263 pp. Afterward by Marcel Barang. ISBN 974-89283-0-6.

Look at ‘Formated Sheet‘ (in excel), from the Webster University, Thailand.

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Daofu Chen – China

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

She says: “The value of the news lies in truth. The harmony of the community lies in goodness. The pursuit of life lies in beauty”.

She works for the Economic Daily, for the China Association of Female Entrepreneurs (named on China.org.cn), and for the Capital Association of Women Reporters.

Chen Daofu is editor of Economic Daily, director of the China Association of Female Entrepreneurs, and director of the Capital Association of Women Reporters.

She has been working as a journalist for 20 years and has persisted in maintaining professional ethics, that is, the principle of taking on-the-spot interviews to obtain information.

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Daofu Chen – China

She always pays attention to vulnerable sectors of the population such as peasants and national minorities. She is also concerned about China’s situation since the reform and opening-up, such as the quality of its entrepreneurs.

She is also concerned about China’s situation since the reform and opening up, particularly the quality of entrepreneurs. She founded the China Association of Female Entrepreneurs together with her friends to provide a fair and open working space for female entrepreneurs in the commercial community.

Chen was sent to work in the minority area in Northeast China as an urban youth. This helped her develop a good understanding of the situation of the poor. She found many extended families living in humble shanties when she was reporting from Harbin in Heilongjiang Province in 1992.

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Gulnara Derbisheva – Kyrgyzstan

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Linked with Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan.

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

She is named also on Political Heroes.

She says: “Helping the poor is the main goal of my work. Anybody, who needs support, must get it without fail” … and: “I always want to be there, where people need me” … and: “Young people are alone with their problems and are easily subjected to the propaganda of political and religious parties of extremist character, similar to Hizb ut-Tahrir”.

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Gulnara Derbisheva – Kyrgyzstan

She works for Insan-Leylek (named on IATP), and for the Babushka Adoption Fund (named on Swiss Cooperation Fund).

Gulnara Derbisheva is a human rights activist who lives in one of the poorest regions of Kyrgyzstan. She is committed to helping the unemployed, destitute and elderly people of rural Kyrgyzstan through her work with two funds that serve as lifelines for many. Gulnara is active in local government and community affairs, and reaches out to the media to bring attention to the problems of her region.

She is also a tireless advocate for the removal of landmines along the border territories. More than 100 civilians have been killed by these deadly mines, including friends and colleagues. Over the past ten years, Gulnara Derbisheva has been teaching in one of the poorest areas of Central Asia.

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Guangren Zhou – China

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Linked with The Piano Is My Life – female pianist Zhou Guangren.

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

Zhou Guangren was the first Chinese pianist to be placed in an international piano competition. Electing to remain in her homeland in spite of invitations and offers to do otherwise, Zhou Guangren has become almost a legendary name connected to piano music and music education in China. She survived the many vicissitudes of her life: her parents’ objection to her choice of profession, her husband’s suicide during the Cultural Revolution, her hand injury while working on thefarms, a crushed hand when a piano collapsed on her. Each time she recovered, triumphant and determined. Today, she is happily remarried to a longtime family friend, Liu Shuoyong. (full text).

She says: “When you make efforts to realize your dream, you may encounter hardships. But as long as you make an effort, your dream will definitely come true”.

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Professor Zhou Guangren with her husband, Professor Liu Shuoyong

She works for the Zhou Guangren Piano Art Center (mentionned on Sendai International Music Competition simc.jp).

Zhou Guangren, one of the most distinguished Chinese women of the 20th century, is a famous pianist, educationist, and music/social activist. She has made a tremendous contribution to the popularization of piano education by promoting piano grade examinations and conducting international competitions in China.

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Bahia Hariri (Bahiyya Hariri) – Lebanon

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Linked with The HARIRI FOUNDATION, and with HUMAN RIGHTS LEARNING, A PEOPLE’S REPORT.

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

Bahia Hariri is a Lebanese politician and sister of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. (Answers.com).

She says: “Education is a national developmental prerequisite. Human resources in the Arab world are our greatest asset. Building a brighter future is subject to enhancing educational and cultural status”.

She emphasized: “The condition of Arab women and the question of democracy are the weakest link in our society. Much work is required and the road to development and prosperity for all is a long one”. (both on 1000PeaceWomen).

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Bahia Hariri (Bahiyya Hariri) – Lebanon

She works for the Lebanese Parliament, for the Hariri Foundation,
and for the Arab Network for NGOs (ANNGOs).

Bahia Hariri (born 1952) is one of only three women of 128 Lebanese Ministers of Parliament. Her high profile as head of the Commission for Education and Culture (CEC) in Lebanon placed her at the forefront of fighting for the preservation of Lebanese cultural heritage. In recognition of her work on cultural issues, Bahia Hariri held many international posts, such as the Unesco Goodwill Ambassador in 2000, membership of the committee of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank (PNoWB) and Head of the Women’s Committee in the Arab Parliamentarian Union (HWCAPU).

April 13th 1975 is considered by many to be the day that the Lebanese civil war began. For 15 years the country and its capital lay divided along sectarian lines, and not until the Ta’if peace agreement of 1991 was some semblance of peace restored to the country. The emerging political leadership in the country was, however, almost entirely male dominated, with Bahia Hariri serving as one of only three women post-war MPs (out of 128). Mrs. Hariri has remained in the Lebanese Parliament to date, representing her home city of Sidon.

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Byubyusara Ryskulova – Kyrgyzstan

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Linked with Crisis Center for Women and Family SEZIM, with Kyrgyzstan, Domestic Violence, Tradition Or Crime? and with Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan.

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

She says: “I prefer to work with the people, giving them real help and support. Our activity is not restricted to the borders of our Republic. All those who need our help, will get it”.

Kyrgyzstan: Domestic Violence, Tradition Or Crime? by Bermet Egemberdieva, June 20, 2006. At least 17 women have died in Kyrgyzstan in the past two years at the hands of physically abusive husbands. It is a sad reminder that many Kyrgyz women are unable to escape the horrors of domestic violence. Statistics from the country’s crisis shelters — where many of the most serious cases end up — suggest that 80 to 90 percent of Kyrgyzstan’s victims of domestic violence are women.

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Byubyusara Ryskulova – Kyrgyzstan

She works for the Psychological Crisis Center for Women and Families SEZIM. (Website in russian).

Byubyusara Ryskulova is a human rights activist dedicated to preventing domestic abuse and protecting those who have been victimized. She founded the first domestic violence prevention center in Kyrgyzstan. This organization is committed to assisting and rehabilitating abused women, providing protection for victims, researching the roots of violence within the Kyrgyz society, and the education of rights. Byubyusara gives hope to many people. She carries out her mission against violence through peaceful measures including seminars, campaigns, advocacy, protests, and education.

Byubyusara Ryskulova is Director of the Psychological Crisis Center for Women and Families “Sezim” in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She is from the village of Belogorka in the Chuysk Region of the Kyrgyz Republic. Coming from a family of rural workers, her life took a different turn at the age of nine when she left her native village to study music at boarding school in the capital city of Bishkek. Independence and adult responsibility came early for Byubyusara.

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Itsmania Erohyna Pineda Platero – Honduras

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Linked with ¿QUIÉN ES ITSMANIA PINEDA PLATERO?

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

She says: “The person who, in his neighborhood, is depreciated for being a criminal or a drug addict, or a thief, in Xibalbá is treated and respected as a useful and important person, as an artist”.

She says also: “The Mayan people believed that hell was to be found in their personal encounter with selfishness, envy and all that that oppresses happiness. Xibalbá was the God of hell, not the hell conceived by Christians, but a hell, which is located inside each person … “.

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Itsmania Erohyna Pineda Platero – Honduras

She works for Xibalbá, Arte y Cultura.

Honduras is a country broken by the chronic inequality that has excluded young people from the centers of economic and cultural opportunity, forcing them to survive on the margins of society, with the violence and inscrutability of the gangs. With the foundation, in 1989, of Xibalbá, Itsmania Pineda created a space and an opportunity where young people have the chance to change their lives and channel their artistic energies into different socially beneficial projects.

With these activities they are able to discover new identities, based on admiration and respect from the community.The director of an important Honduran newspaper called her to intercede on behalf of one of his photographers who had been threatened by a gang called Mara Salvatrucha. As the president of Xibalbá, Itsmania Pineda was a recognized social activist in Honduras and respected for her work for the defence and social rehabilitation of the gangs called maras.

She knew very well that the territory where that particular mara operated was a neighbourhood near to Tegucigalpa, the capital city. It was not very advisable to walk in those streets by night. But at dusk she decided to go there accompanied by her husband and another woman from the organization.

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Stephen A. Marglin – USA

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Professor Stephen Marglin holds the Walter S Barker Chair in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. Over a career that now spans more than four decades, he has contributed to various aspects of economic theory, including benefit-cost analysis, economic development, the organization of work, and the relationship between growth and distribution. One theme running through this distinguished career has been a concern with development economics. Beginning with his work in the 60s as an advisor to the Indian Planning Commission, Marglin has questioned the assumption that development equates to nothing more than growth of GNP. More broadly, Marglin’s professional life has been an attempt to change the way economists think about economics – to get economists to see the whole enterprise of economics as one way of seeing the world rather than the way of seeing the world. His latest effort towards this goal is the forthcoming book: The Dismal Science: How Thinking like an Economist Undermines Community. (text source).

And with other new members he is newly-elected Chair of the Executive Committee of the World Future Council.

Listen to his video, 3.42 min., from World Future Council.

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Stephen A. Marglin – USA

Read: Radical Interpretation of Economic History (what do bosses do?), part one, 28 pages; same, part two, 19 pages.

Read: Science, Technology, and International Development.

Read: Rethinking the Western Model of Modernity.

He asks:

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Toita Yunusova – Russian Federation

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Linked with Zarema Omarova – Russian Federation, and with Fatima Gazieva – Russian Federation.

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

She says: “I cannot conceive of a higher aim for myself than helping orphaned and disabled children who are the victims of the cruel war in the Republic of Chechnya”.

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Toita Yunusova – Russian Federation

She works for Ekho Voiny / Echo of War (mentionned on Prague Watchdog).

Since 1995 Toita Yunusova has actively participated in the anti-war movement trying to stop the bloodshed in Chechnya. She is a peace activist and a member of the NGO Ekho Voiny (Echo of War). Working on humanitarian projects to help refugees in the Caucasus region and cooperating with Russian NGOs fighting for a peaceful solution to the Chechen problem, Toita has collected photo and video materials which she hopes will become evidence of war crimes and human rights violations in Chechnya.

Toita Yunusova was born in 1966 in a village high in the mountains of Checheno-Ingushetia. She is an farmer by trade. After graduating from the Vocational School of Farming in Sernovodsk, Toita worked as a brigadier in a vineyard in the Naur region and later as a nurse in the Ivushka kindergarten.

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Chalmers Johnson – USA

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Linked with AntiWar.com, with JPRI The Japan Policy Research Institute; with about Chalmers Johnson’s “Nemesis”-book, with Iraqi Wars – (or how to end it?), and with his presentation of February 19, 2006.

Chalmers Ashby Johnson is an author and professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego. He is also president and co-founder of the Japan Policy Research Institute, an organization promoting public education about Japan and Asia. He has written numerous books including, most recently, three examinations of the consequences of American Empire. (full text).

Read: Empire v. Democracy, Why Nemesis Is at Our Door, February 1, 2007.

He says: ”In early 2003, on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, I was putting the finishing touches on my portrait [The Sorrows of Empire] of the global reach of American military bases. In it, I suggested the sorrows already invading our lives, which were likely to be our fate for years to come: perpetual war, a collapse of constitutional government, endemic official lying and disinformation, and finally bankruptcy. At book’s end, I advocated reforms intended to head off these outcomes but warned that ‘failing such a reform, Nemesis, the goddess of retribution and vengeance, the punisher of pride and hubris, waits impatiently for her meeting with us” … (full text).

Read: Cold Warrior in a Strange Land, March 22, 2006.

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Chalmers Johnson – USA

He works for the Japan Policy Research Institute JPRI.

Read: Republic or empire: A National Intelligence Estimate on the United States, January 2007.

Listen to his longer interview on AntiWarRadio (February 5, 2007).

See his blog: The American Empire Project.

He says also: “By the end of the first century BC, Rome had seemingly, again, “inadvertently” acquired an empire that surrounded the entire Mediterranean Sea. They then discovered that the inescapable accompaniment, the Siamese twin of imperialism, is militarism. You start needing standing armies. You start having armies that are demobilized, of men who have done nothing but spend all their lives in the military. It’s expensive to pay them. You have to now provide them, in the Roman Empire, with farms or things of this sort. They become irritated with the state. And then along comes the military populist, the figure who says, “I understand your problems. I represent your interests against the Roman Senate.” And, certainly, Julius Caesar is the model for this. “The only requirement is that I become life dictator for this” — Napoleon Bonaparte, Juan Peron, this type of figure.

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Lester Brown – USA

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Linked with Earth Policy Institute, with Plan B 2.0, and with Search for an Eco-Economy.

Lester Russell Brown (born 1934) is an environmental analyst who has written several books on global environmental issues. He is the founder of the Worldwatch Institute and founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute which is a nonprofit research organization in Washington, D.C. Though he has written over twenty books, he is best known for Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble. With books in more than forty languages, he is one of the world’s most widely published authors … ” (full text).

Read: ENVIRONMENT: Replanting the Planet, Analysis by Lester R. Brown, July 10, 2007.

Listen to his speech on poptech.com, (no time indication).

He says: ”Our global civilization today is on an economic path that is environmentally unsustainable, a path that is leading us toward economic decline and eventual collapse”.

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Lester Brown – USA

Read: Bill Boyne: Corn that fuels cars can’t fill stomachs, June 29, 2007.

Listen to his videos on google (with hereafter a short selection):

He says also answering the question, ‘Can the Earth support three billion more people?’: “The question is, if we look at it just in food terms, at what level of living? If we’re talking about living at food-consumption levels today of, say, the average person in India, then the current world harvest can support 10 billion people. But if we’re talking about the U.S. level of consumption, then we’re talking about a world that will support two and a half billion people.

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Richard Rodriguez – USA

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Linked with Mexicans in America, and with Keynote Address by RICHARD RODRIGUEZ …

Richard Rodriguez (born 31 July 1944) is a Mexican-American writer who became famous for his 1981 book, Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez (ISBN 0-553-27293-4), a narrative about his development as a literate, American student. (full text).

He says: ”Bilingual-education advocates say it’s important to teach a child in his or her family’s language. I say you can’t use family language in the classroom — the very nature of the classroom requires that you use language publicly. When the Irish nun said to me, “Speak your name loud and clear so that all the boys and girls can hear you,” she was asking me to use language publicly, with strangers. That’s the appropriate instruction for a teacher to give. If she were to say to me, “We are going to speak now in Spanish, just like you do at home. You can whisper anything you want to me, and I am going to call you by a nickname, just like your mother does,” that would be inappropriate. Intimacy is not what classrooms are about”. (full text).

The Browning of America is a phrase coined by Rodriguez to describe an increase in the mixing of cultural, racial, and ethnic identities in the United States during the late 20th and early 21st century. (full text).

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Richard Rodriguez – USA

Richard Rodriguez is a contributing editor at New America Media in San Francisco. He writes regularly for several newspapers and magazines, both in the United States and in England. He has also written an autobiographical trilogy on class, ethnicity and race: “Hunger of Memory” (1982) “Days of Obligation: An Argument With My Mexican Father,” (1992) and “Brown: The Last Discovery of America” (2002). He is currently working on a book concerned with the ecology of the desert and monotheism. (full text).

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Jianhua Wang – China

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

She says: “To this, my whole heart I have given, and from it, not a rock I shall keep. Tao Xin Zhi, the great educator, has shown us the way. We shall only do better”.

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Jianhua Wang – China

She works for the Xin Zhi Women’s Vocational School.

Wang Jianhua is one of the most influential people in private education in China. Since quitting her government job in 1989, she has invested every penny of her own and her family’s to establish the Xin Zhi Women’s Vocational School, which caters especially for young women from villages and rural areas. In the past 15 years the school has helped thousands of young women to find jobs, enabling them to pursue their dreams.

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Jiuhua Wu – China

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

Wu Jiuhua is chairperson of the Women’s Federation in Wangdu County, Hebei Province. She founded the ‘Help the Poor Children Fund’ to help alleviate poverty among young girls. She has also established more than 30 training bases to train women to change their lives of poverty.

She says: “Peace shall come only when everyone’s rights are protected”.

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Jiuhua Wu – China

She works for the Women’s Federation, Wandu County.

Wu Jiuhua had served in different posts in the village government. In 2002, she started to work as the chairperson of the Women’s Federation in Wangdu County. In whatever post, Wu worked wholeheartedly for the people.

She earned the reputation of being ‘the life saving village head’ when she was appointed to head Zhao Zhuang Village in 1999. It was an unusual year for the peasants in Zhao Zhuang Village, as their wheat fields were attacked by some kind of worms. They were very anxious when they saw the wheat stocks were being eaten by the worms but could do nothing.

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Xiaoxia Zhu – China

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

The Working Committee on Women and Children.
She says: “My goal is to share happiness and woe with the common people and take their business as my own business”.

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Xiaoxia Zhu – China

She works for the Working Committee on Women and Children, and for the Communist Party of China CPC, Xihua County Committee.

Zhu Xiaoxia has introduced scientific marital and family planning ideas into her work for women and children, and has tried to convince families that happiness does not only lie in having male children. She has appealed to the community to pay attention to the vulnerable sectors of the population and has called on local civil servants to help poor schoolchildren and Aids orphans by initiating various programs for them.

Zhu Xiaoxia was born at the end of the 1950s. She was sent to the rural areas as an educated rusticated youth during the Cultural Revolution. She became a worker after she returned to the city. Eager for knowledge she kept learning while she worked and obtained a master’s degree.

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Thomas Stocker – Switzerland

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Linked with Past Global Changes.

Thomas Stocker is Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern and head of the Division of Climate and Environmental Physics of the Physics Institute since 1993. He developed the first climate models of intermediate complexity, and he investigates the role of the carbon cycle in the climate system, in particular, the impact of abrupt climate changes on the biogeochemical cycles. He is the coordinator of the chapter “Global Climate Projection” in the forthcoming Fourth Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC. (full text).

He says: (Question: Where did the carbon dioxide come from?) “This is one of the grand unsolved puzzles in climate research, about 50% of the 80-ppm glacial-to-interglacial increase can be explained by a change in the solubility of carbon dioxide. Warmer ocean water carries less carbon dioxide than colder water. However, there are complicated biochemical processes in the ocean, such as pH, the depth of the dissolution level for calcium carbonate, and the net primary productivity of the marine carbon cycle that are also playing a role”. (full text).

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Thomas Stocker – Switzerland

He works for the laboratory for Climate and Environmental Physics, Univ. Berne (Switzerland).

Research Interests are: Dynamics of the Climate System, Climate Modelling, Past and Future Climate Change, Abrupt Climate Change, Ice Core Analysis, Isotopes in the Environment, Radiocarbon. (full text and his homepage).

Stocker’s guest lecture was entitled: ‘The latest results from EPICA (the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica): Greenhouse Gases and the Bipolar Seesaw’. Thomas Stocker is a Professor at the University of Bern where he is leader of the Climate and Environmental Physics group. He was in Bergen as part of a three-day workshop involving participants in the project entitled, ‘Patterns of Climate Variability in the North Atlantic (PACLIVA)’. (full text).

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Nimalka Fernando – Sri Lanka

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Linked with APWLD Women’s Alliance for Peace and Democracy, Sri Lanka, and with The International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism IMADR.

She is a founding member of APWLD Women’s Alliance for Peace and Democracy, Sri Lanka. (full text, scroll down).

An attorney-at-law and women’s rights activist. She is President of the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) and the Women’s Forum for Peace in Sri Lanka. Nimalka is a founding member of ARENA and was a member of the ARENA Executive Board 1994 – 1997. (full text).

And she is a member of the Democratic People’s Movement in Sri Lanka which is a coalition of people’s movements, NGOs and trade unions initiating action and dialogue for alternative development paradigms. (full text).

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Nimalka Fernando – Sri Lanka

She says: “The issue here is that the sense of insecurity that majority Sinhalese feel is that most of the LTTE training camps were in India. This is not my position but this is a feeling that Sinhala extremists sometimes propagated.

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Asha-Rose Migiro – Tanzania

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Linked with Promotion of Rural Initiatives and Development Enterprises Tanzania PRIDE, and with HONOR YOUR PROMISE CRY THE ONDOA UMASKINI CAMPAIGN.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.
Asha-Rose Mtengeti Migiro (born July 9, 1956 in Songea, Ruvuma Region, Tanzania) is a Tanzanian lawyer and politician. On January 5, 2007, she was named as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. She was formally appointed and assumed office on February 5, 2007. She is married to Cleophas Migiro, and the couple has two daughters. (full text, and her profile).

Read: Somali peace, President Kibaki appeals to the International community to assist.

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”. (1000PeaceWomen).

Read: Migiro urges comprehensive approach to tackle ‘feminization of AIDS’.

She says also: “In all I do I will strive to bring about a more integrated United Nations, which delivers as one, I am also fully committed to supporting the priorities set by the Secretary-General, strengthening the work of the United Nations, enhancing trust between member states and the Secretariat, and bolstering the working culture of the Organization to ensure it is equipped to meet the mandates our membership has given us” … and: “I look forward to the task ahead with excitement and enthusiasm, but equally with profound humility, and above all I look forward to working with the Secretary-General to implement his vision”. (full text).

Read: Kenya: UN Official Calls for Unity in Achieving Development.

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Asha-Rose Migiro – Tanzania

She works for the Family Planning Association of Tanzania UMATI (named on UN.org), for the Tanzania Association of Non-Governmental Organisations TANGO, and for the Promotion of Rural Initiatives and Development Enterprises Tanzania PRIDE.

Read: Political unity solution to Somali crisis: UN.

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Zarema Omarova – Russian Federation

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

She says: “Peace is when children can be merry, when it is possible to carelessly enjoy the sun and the wind, the rain and the snow. I live with the hope that such peace will return to Chechnya”.

“O ursoaica, murind de foame, a decis sa–si manance propriul pui. Dar mai intai l–a tavalit prin noroi, ca sa nu–l recunoasca,” spune un proverb cecen. Asa a procedat Rusia cu noi, mai intai ne–a aruncat in noroiul terorirsmului, ca sa ne poata inghiti cu usurinta, – imi spunea zilele trecute Zarema Omarova. (full text).

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Zarema Omarova – Russian Federation

She works for Ekho Voiny/Echo of War (mentionned on Prague Watchdog), and for Dieti Chiechni/Children of Chechnya.

Victims of Stalin’s deportation of the Chechen people to Central Asia, Zarema Omarova (born 1941) and her parents returned to their motherland in 1957. Zarema has worked in different educational establishments in Grozny introducing progressive teaching techniques. She also worked as a secretary at the regional Communist Party committee and for the Deputy Minister of Education of Chechnya. In both these positions, she promoted inter-ethnic peace.

An active member of the NGOs Echo of War and Children of Chechnya, she is engaged in peace activities and providing humanitarian aid to Chechnya. Zarema Omarova is a remarkable representative of Chechen women. After 13 years of deportation in Central Asia and Kazakhstan she returned to her homeland to shoulder a heavy burden, which was also a very inspiring challenge – the cause of the Chechen national revival.

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Cissé Hadja Mariama Sow – Guinea

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Linked with the West Africa Early Warning & Response Network WARN, and with the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding WANEP.

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

She says: “The economic promotion of women is one of the fundamental ways of giving women a sense of dignity”.

Read: Religions for Peace.

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Sorry, I can not find any photo of Cissé Hadja Mariama Sow, Guinea (see also my comment ‘Brave women without photos‘).

She works for l’Union des Femmes Oulémas de Guinée UFOG, for the Coordination Office of the Associations of the Muslim Women of Guinea, (both not found in the internet), and for the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding WANEP.

Cissé Hadja Mariama Sow was born into a large Peuhl family in the region of Labé in Guinea and is a national of that country today. She is president of the Union of Oulémas Women of Guinea (UFOG) and has had a brilliant political and professional career. She is married and is the mother of eight children. Mariama Sow has never given up work despite her advanced age since, according to her, there are always challenges and it is necessary to confront them.

The success of her work is measured by how she propelled Guinean women into an African women’s movement. The fight of Guinean women under Ahmed Sékou Touré (1958-1984) was so well conducted that she served as a reference for women of other African countries, especially French-speaking countries.

Hadja Mariame Sow had a lot to do with raising the consciousness of Guinean people.

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Katsuko Nomura – Japan

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

She says: “My trick is to talk to people using ordinary language in an ordinary manner that allows them to relate to my cause. It’s ineffective to raise yourself above the people whose support you want”.

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Katsuko Nomura – Japan, 2004 (in interview)

She works for the Livelihood Cooperative Association, for the Women’s Occupational Association, and for the Laborers’ Families’ Organization.
Further she had worked for the Consumers’ Union of Japan, and she founded the Overseas Citizens’ Activities Information Center, as also the Information Center for Public Citizens.
(Sorry, no website found with an english text for one of these NGOs, they may exist in Japanese).

Katsuko Nomura, called the pioneer of Japan’s NGO movement, has helped to ensure social justice for Japan’s citizens for more than half a century.

After the war, appalled by the scarcity of food, Katsuko lobbied general headquarters for a consumer cooperative law. As a result, the Japan Life Society Cooperative Law was passed in 1948. The law placed more rights into the hands of consumers, who as a result became more effective in solving the problems of daily life in post-war Japan.

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Gertrude Ibengwe Mongella – Tanzania

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Linked with Southern African Regional Poverty Network SARPN, with Assessing the Scope of National and Supra-National Parliaments to Form African Policies, and with African NGOs and the Pan African Parliament.

Gertrude Ibengwe Mongella is the president of the Pan-African Parliament. She was born in 1945 in Ukerewe, Lake Victoria, Tanganyika, Tanzania.

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

She is also a Better World Hero.

She says: “If we are to remain free, if we are to enjoy the full benefits of Africa’s rich resources, we must unite to plan for our total defence and full exploitation of our material and human means in the full interest of our peoples. To go it alone will limit our horizons, curtail our expectations and threaten our liberty”. (full text).

She says also: ” … the problem (of youth joblessness) largely contributes to fast spread of AIDS as some jobless youths have turned to immoral practices for their livelihood. (full text).

Contact information of Pan-African Parliament.

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Gertrude Ibengwe Mongella – Tanzania

She is member of of the following groups:

Until the African parliament is elected by universal suffrage in early 2009, some its resolutions still require confirmation by the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government. All the other institutions of the AU government, including the African Union Commission, are subordinate to, and accountable to the Parliament. (full long text on her activities).

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Alicia Amalia Rodríguez Illescas – Guatemala

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Linked with The BEIJING COMMITTEE in GUATEMALA, and with CLADEM, the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women’s Rights.

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

She says: “Fight for earning rights” … and: “No matter how big or small my knowledge is, it must be for the good of the women of my country” … and: “These generations are not submissive anymore. They demand autonomy, both collectively and for the individual. It is important and therefore it is worth fighting for”.

She says also: “Peace is the basis of democracy. Without democracy there is no peace. All men and women must become part of our commitment to give it life all over the world. Peace is not an isolated condition. If that harmony is going to be produced there must be articulation in an international context. Conflicts must be resolved by dialogue and negotiation. The mechanism of coercion as a means of bringing about decisions must be rejected. There cannot be any harmony within a framework of inequality and oppression. Peace is the fundamental aim”.

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Alicia Amalia Rodríguez Illescas – Guatemala

She works for the Beijing Committee in Guatemala.

And she says: “When the confrontation is between women that means that you already have a lot to do, for example, to develop a critical consciousness. This is a pending item even if it is part of the process, and that is frustrating. We give ourselves the right to suffer and cry, to question why things are the way they are, but we must rise to the occasion. We must do what we have to do” … and: “We Guatemalan women have begun the process: to dream of peace, to commence the transition in order to build a different State. As in the rest of the world, the oppression of women and indigenous people is an unresolved matter”.

Alicia Amalia Rodríguez Illescas (57) is mother, diplomat, Doctor in Political Science, professor, feminist, promoter of laws, and defender of the human rights of women. She has built her life on wisdom, uprightness and devotion. She dedicates her life to engineering a better future. Along with other women, she rebels, makes proposals and takes decisions.

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