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Najat M’jid – Morocco

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Linked with the BAYTI Association, and with Interview de Madame Najat M’jid.

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

She says: “I made many personal sacrifices to achieve my life-long goal: the protection of children’s rights. I live in a rented flat and use my old car in order to pay the tuition fees of my daughters”.

She says also: “First of all, I love children. On returning to Morocco after my studies in France, I was walking one day through the streets of Casablanca and I saw a kid who seemed to have spent several days on the streets. I asked him what he was doing there, and was shocked when he replied that he lived on the streets. I did not think that went on in Morocco. A lot of anger welled up inside me and I realised the situation needed to be put right”. (full interview text).

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Najat M’jid – Morocco

She works for the Mother and Child Clinic, and for the BAYTI Association.

Najat M’jid is the drive force of the advocacy for children’s rights in Morocco over the last sixteen years. She has lobbied for and participated in effectuating new legislative reforms in the country, denouncing violations of Children’s Rights and raising awareness of children’s severe vulnerability.

Dr. M’jid has assumed her grassroots work through a number of foundations concerned with children’s welfare, at both national and international levels. She is a consultant for the UNICEF and the State Secretariat for Childhood, NGOs, and is the regional focal point for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), analyzing and evaluating issues regarding children sexual abuse, health, education, poverty and family rejection.

In 2000 Dr. M’jid was awarded a national prize for her work on Human Rights and was nominated for the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honor) in France. Najat has worked hard towards the adoption of national rehabilitative plans for vulnerable children and for the establishment of state-run agencies to deal with children’s problems.

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Fatimata Toure – Mali

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

She says: “I will retire the day when no one fears for their safety”.

Fatimata Touré was born in Gao (the sixth administrative region of Mali) in 1956. She is the leader of the Association of Women for Peace and Development in Northern Mali, an organization that works particularly in the regions of Gao, Tombouctou, and Kidal.

The Association of Women for Peace and Development in the North (AFPDN) has always worked for the awareness, formation, support and research of peace as well as its consolidation. Thanks to these varied efforts, communities have become aware of the necessity of voluntarily collecting weapons. She showed courage in denouncing the outlaws as well as the trafficking of war weapons …

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Fatimata Touré – Mali

She works for the Association des Femmes pour la Paix et le Développement au Nord Mali.

… The association has generated much more participation by women in questions of peace and development in the northern regions in particular and in Mali more generally.

Madam Touré Fatimata Touré, as leader of the association of women, has won the favor and confidence of the armed security forces and the communities of the north. She did not want there to be mistrust between the people in charge of security and the communities.

She is also involved in the process of reintegration of the former fighters of the Touareg movements. Three thousand former rebels were absorbed into the Malian army, the French police force and customs authorities. Those who were not employed were helped to find activities allowing them to reintegrate into civilian life.

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Nancy Rivard – USA

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Linked with Airline Ambassadors, with Wings of Love, and with Nishikant Waghmare – India.

She says: “In 1993, I delivered my first bag of aid to a refugee camp in Croatia. From this singular act spawned Airline Ambassadors International (AAI). Over the last decade, our members have been at the forefront of a growing movement called “voluntourism.” Voluntourism offers a way for caring individuals to become positively involved in the global community by traveling To make a difference. Our members have traveled the globe, helping to lift children and communities out of poverty and, in the process, create lasting bonds of friendship and kindness throughout the world”. (full text).

Watch the video: NBC News with Brian Williams, Nancy Rivard, 2.55 min, added May 01, 2007.

Nancy Rivard lost her 54-year-old father suddenly to bladder cancer on Christmas Eve 1983. “I wondered what life was about that it could be taken from us like that,” she recalls. “I began to evaluate where I was going.” Nancy purposely got herself demoted from the management track at American Airlines and went to work as a flight attendant. With low-cost travel passes and a flexible schedule, she toured around the world, searching for a calling – for healing. “I kept asking, how can I make a difference?” she says. That pursuit of service eventually led her to becoming World Woman of Peace in 1999. (full text).

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Nancy Rivard – USA

She works for Airline Ambassadors.

Nancy Rivard has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Southern Methodist University and 25 years experience with American Airlines in management, sales, instruction and as a flight attendant. When her father died suddenly, she found herself deeply reevaluating her life priorities. She left a management job to return to flight attendant status to have time off to travel and pursue post-graduate research.

Extensive travel on a personal quest for meaning engendered in her a deep desire to serve humanity and a new vision for the travel industry. She lived with the Hopi Indians, adopted a girl in Sri Lanka, spent a month in the high Andes, and searched for spiritual teachers in Thailand, Africa, India, the Philippines and the former USSR.

She founded Airline Ambassadors International in 1996 for airline personnel, like herself, who were able to travel frequently, in hopes of inspiring the public to also match their unique interests and skills to actual world need. The non profit organization is a voice in the travel industry for environmental and social responsibility. It has been recognized in the US Congress and is an NGO affiliated with the United Nations … (full text).

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Felister Chinthunzi – Malawi

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

She says: “There is no other time that I feel on the top of the world then when a childless couple conceives after years of trying”.

She says also: “I have kept my vision alive through determination and dependence on God, because it isn’t easy. It’s difficult to deal with people, as there is nothing for free mentality”.

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Felister and Prince Chinthunzi – Malawi

She works for Fasu Consultancy and Maternal Life International (FAMLI).

Felister Chinthunzi (50) is a trainer of trainers in natural family planning, reproductive health and HIV/Aids with FAMLI, a community-based non-governmental organization in Lilongwe. She heads the training service, sensitizing women on sexual abstinence before marriage and fidelity to avoid HIV infection. She is currently organising a community orphan care center for over 60 children.

“A happy family is but an early heaven.” Felister likes to quote John Bowring.

If all families had proper family planning methods and lived happily with each other, she would retire happily. She heads training at FAMLI, an organization that focuses on family planning and marriage counseling in Malawi. Since 1985, she has worked tirelessly in training families in natural family planning methods.

Thousands of women have changed their attitudes towards contraception through her efforts. Felister’s work has turned the misery of marriage and child bearing into healthy and happy homes. In her 20 years of work, Felister places lack of resources as a number one challenge.

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Siv O’Neall – Sweden

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Linked with Axis of Logic.

Siv O’Neall was born and raised in Sweden where she graduated from Lund University. She has lived in Paris, France and New Rochelle, N.Y and traveled extensively throughout Europe. Siv retired after many years of teaching French in Westchester, N.Y. and English in the Grandes Ecoles (Institutes of Technology) in France. In addition to her own writing, Siv has also provided Axis of Logic with translation services. She has been living in France, first Paris, then Lyon for 30 years. In addition to her political activism and writing, her life is filled with family, music, animals, reading, traveling and “anything that pleases the eye or the palate”. (full text).

Bienvenu/Welcome aux pages web de/to the web pages of Siv & John O’Neall.

She writes: “The world has been taken hostage in the most gigantic, megalomaniac and malevolent plot that has ever been conceived by man. Words like democracy and freedom no longer have any meaning. We are all pawns in a huge game of ‘get-the-booty’ and ‘rule-the-world’. Individuals have strictly no value. People only exist so as to be used as slaves until they die from exhaustion or survive in utmost misery and total insecurity, until their children can take over in the same kind of miserable treadmill … (Read full long text: The Cracks in the Façade are Widening, The corporation is king, Published on Axis of Logic, by Siv O’Neall, Sep 13, 2007).

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Update: Thanks for this photo received from Siv O’Neall on July 26, 2011.

She works for Axis of Logic, today publishing as Intrepid Report.

She writes also: n the sixties and seventies, a group of right-wingers in the United States formed a society of vindictive and power hungry men who thought they could reinvent reality. Initially they received little notice and operated inside the American Enterprise Institute; that think tank became the womb for these megalomaniacs and their monstrous ambition of remaking the world. Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz were among them and the movement was to turn into a preposterous beast. The group called themselves Neoconservatives although they were hardly conservatives in the traditional sense and were very much out there on a new and tenuous limb … (Owning the World, The Great Illusion, April 16, 2007).

Read: The New World Order, or Stop Globalization, I want to get off, (A Crisis Papers Guest Essay, March 23, 2004); and: The Corporate Empire Rules the Planet, A View from Europe, July 19, 2005.

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Fatima Gazieva – Russian Federation

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Linked with Women’s Information Network, Russia, and with Toita Yunusova – Russian Federation, and with Zarema Omarova – Russian Federation.

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

She says: “This is the will of God. He has granted me life so that I can help the least privileged victims of war. I have no right to betray them. They are waiting for me”.

Download: THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS, 31/03/2005, 285 pdf-pages.

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Fatima Gazieva – Russian Federation

She works for Ekho Voiny / Echo of War (named on Prague Watchdog, on Chechnya Weekly, on FIIA Report 2003, on this fidh report on chechnya) and for Soyuz Zhenshchin Severnogo Kavkaza (Union of Women of the Northern Caucasus, as part of the Women’s Information Network).

Fatima Gazieva was born 1960 in Kazakhstan. At the beginning of the 1990s, she returned to her historical motherland, Checheno-Ingushetia. Since 1995, Fatima has been taking part in the anti-war movement. Being an active member of the human rights organizations Soyuz Zhenshchin Severnogo Kavkaza (Union of Women of the Northern Caucasus) and Ekho Voiny (Echo of War), she strives to help the people of Chechnya who have become victims of the atrocities of the bloody Russian-Chechen wars. Her activities are getting more and more dangerous under the pressure of the Russian authorities.The war broke out in Chechnya in November 1994. Endless chains of roaring tanks moved along the roads, airplanes bombed innocent civilians in the streets. The tragedy of her people led Fatima Gazieva to the antiwar movement.

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Thomas Hammarberg – Sweden

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He says: “Of course we are watching closely the issue on arrests of journalist. Moreover, we are generally evaluating human rights situation and for this reason we attach due importance to other fields. In December last year government approved action plan on human rights. The issue we take interest in most of all is to clarify to what extent exact and in details this plan is being realized now”. (full text, Sept 18, 2007).

Watch Thomas Hammarberg’s video, Sept 07, 2007: Not Returning IDPs to Their Homeland Violates Human Rights: Council of Europe’s Commissioner on Human Rights.

Download “Human Rights for Human Dignity: a primer on economic, social and cultural rights“.

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Thomas Hammarberg – Sweden

The Economist magazine asked a very important question on 22 March 2007: “Are not access to jobs, housing, health care and food basic rights too?” According to The Economist, such rights are not human rights: “…few rights are truly universal, and letting them multiply weakens them.”

Amnesty International disagrees. The right to adequate food, the highest attainable standard of health and education are as much human rights as are freedom of expression or the right to a fair trial. Nearly sixty years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted recognising the principle that human rights are universal and indivisible — that all human rights should be enjoyed by all people. This is at the heart of AI’s mission … (full text).

Thomas Hammarberg was elected Commissioner for Human Rights on 5 October 2005 by the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly.

He took up his position on 1 April 2006, succeeding the first Commissioner, Mr Alvaro Gil-Robles. He was nominated for the post of Commissioner for Human Rights by the Swedish government.

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María Beatriz Aniceto Pardo – Colombia

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Linked with UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and with Articles for Indigenous Peoples on our blogs.

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

She says: “Life and earth are the same. In our Nasa communities we fight for respect for our autonomy, our territory and our lives” … and: “I will remain here explaining and spreading the rights of my people”.

She says also very clearly: “the indigenous people have to organize themselves because they are constantly being attacked”.

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María Beatriz Aniceto Pardo – Colombia

She works for the Asociación de Cabildos NASA CHXACHXA (named on poverty and conservation.info), and for the Colombian Women’s Pacific Path (named on 4th European Social Forum).

“To speak about respect for our territory and for our lives is exactly the same, because life and the earth are the same and life depends on the earth”, says Maria Beatriz Brown Aniceto, a 40-year-old indigenous Colombian woman. She was born in a Nasa resguardo, in the Valley of the Cauca, west of Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia.

Resguardo is the way she refers to her Nasa community and the territory where she was born, and from which she will never go away.

But once, when she was very young, she left the valley. “As the resguardo was far from the city and there were no highways, the children were first sent to school when they were older than usual, when they were able to undertake the long walk”, remembers Maria. But Maria Beatriz had to begin to work early in life as a domestic worker and school was left behind. In the house where she worked she had to withstand maltreatment.

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Viviane Bikuba Cibalonza – Dem. Republic of the Congo

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

She says: “We have to work together for a better world” … and she notes: “It has not always been easy, considering the lack of financial support I face in running my organization. The African culture too has been misconstrued to keep women silent about violation of their rights or the defense of her rights when violated by her husband. Society and certain women do not make it easy”, she is quoted in ‘Diagnostic’, a UN Newsletter. “Unfortunately we often notice that the worst enemies of the woman are her fellow women. Congolese women do not realize that when they go against other women, they perpetuate their inferior status in society and frustrate efforts to improve their condition.”

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Viviane Bikuba Cibalonza – Dem. Republic of the Congo

She works for Action for Law Education (AED),
and for the Centre d’Assistance Medico-Juridique (CAMEJ).

Viviane Bikuba (36) is a lawyer and founder of Action for Law Education (AED) and Center for Medical-Judicial Assistance (CAMEJ). She defends and promotes human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes Region. She specialized in human rights, pacification and specifically the fight against torture.

She says also: “We realized that violence against women was on the increase and especially in South Kivu. The victims were suffering from medico-sanitary problems that aggravated their trauma. The different forms of violence against women were identified as: violence by fellow women (family members, in-laws or neighbors), domestic rape or forced prostitution, notably from public servants who were no longer receiving their salaries and forced girls into prostitution and sexual harassment”.

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Ibrahim Warde – USA

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Ibrahim Warde is adjunct professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (Medford, Massachusetts).

He writes: … The two activities became interchangeable. A new acronym, AML-CFT (“anti-money laundering – combating the financing of terrorism”), was instantly and uncritically adopted, joining two fundamentally different issues. Money laundering is based on crime-for-money; it involves large sums and transforms illegally obtained cash into seemingly legitimate funds. Terrorist financing, by contrast, is a political phenomenon, involving relatively small amounts, and, at least since 9/11, the financing happens outside international banking channels … (full long text).

In the powerful new work, “The Price of Fear”, author Ibrahim Warde exposes the claims that the US is combating the extensive financial networks of the terrorists. His well-supported argument maintains, in fact, that there are no extensive financial networks of which to speak. Terrorism, he finds, is not supported by millions and millions of dollars, and as such is not susceptible to financial peril. As more and more of the rhetoric of the Administration comes to ring hollow, this book demonstrates yet another instance of the present government failing to understand its enemy. (Venture).

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Sorry, I can not find any photo of Ibrahim Warde, USA.

He writes also: … In the past decade, Islamic finance has grown at rates exceeding 20% a year. It is now a $200 billion industry, with operations in over 70 countries. This book explains the paradox of a system rooted in the medieval era thriving in the global economy. It traces the evolution of Islamic finance, explores its significance from a historical and comparative perspective, and considers the strategic, marketing, managerial, political, economic, regulatory and cultural challenges faced by Islamic institutions. Based on rigorous academic research as well as considerable empirical work, this authoritative book is set to become an invaluable reference work for all those with an interest in Islamic and Middle Eastern economics, business and finance … (full text).

Read: Security for a New Century, A Study Group Report, March 2005.
Private enterprise is much taken with education, especially universities. In the United States the race to get hold of academic disciplines that bring in the money has already increased conflicts of interest between research and business. Under cover of a ‘marketplace of ideas’, the logic of the market could turn academics into entrepreneurs and endanger the unity of our universities … (full text, 03/06/2004).

His publications:
on Le Monde diplomatique; on Harvard book store; on pickabook; on amazon.

Ibrahim Warde exposes the Bush administration’s much ballyhooed, but often duplicitous ‘war on terrorist finances’ which has nabbed few bad guys, ruined many innocents, frozen little hot money and vastly complicated worldwide banking for the greater glory of a burgeoning American bureaucracy. (uc.press.edu).

Read: Die Wirtschaft der amerikanischen Vettern, die Freiheiten im neuen Irak-Business sind bedroht; and Paradoxes de la finance islamique, sept. 2001; and George W Bush: Flight from Reality; and Ce que cache l’affaire Clearstream; and End of the new workplace: smiling serfs of the new economy, March 2002.

Warde exposes the Bush administration’s much ballyhooed, but often duplicitous “war on terrorist finances” which has nabbed few bad guys, ruined many innocents, frozen little hot money and vastly complicated worldwide banking for the greater glory of a burgeoning American bureaucracy. (ibtauris.com, scroll down).

links:

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Bustani seminars focus on Mideast, 2007-09-13;

International Wildlife Adventures Trip Leaders;

Foreign Languages & Literatures Events Archive, web.mit.edu, 2002;

The middle east panorama blogspot;

Combating Terrorist Financing, A Key Aspect of the War on Terrorism.

Albertina Duarte Takiuti – Brazil

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

Albertina Duarte Takiuti (1946) is known as one of the best gynecologists in the country. She participated actively in the implementation of PAISM (Program for Integral Assistance to Female Health) and of the Program for Integral Assistance to Adolescents. Her work has the goal to transform health assistance into a right of all citizens.

She says: “I do not have to sleep to dream; I dream while I am awake”.

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Albertina Duarte Takiuti – Brazil

She works for the Projeto de Apoio à Mulher e ao Adolescente, Secretaria do Estado de Saúde de São Paulo, and for the Centro da Mulher Brasileira.

She was not even ten years old when her parents left Portugal and moved to Brazil. Her parents wanted their children to escape from the Salazar dictatorship and from the war in the African colonies. A cousin of Albertina lost an eye in Angola. He told Albertina that the worst part was the other eye that saw everything.

In Brazil, she would discover other wars: the military dictatorship (1964-1988), childhood mortality, domestic violence and the difficult access to quality health assistance. She participated in the student movement and was almost extradited. She was scared for her children’s safety. In the hospital where she worked, she illegally helped patients who had been exiled from neighboring countries that were also under dictatorship, and Brazilian women who were being persecuted. “One day, cops came looking for a patient and I hid her in the bathroom.”

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Genoveva Ximenes Alves – East Timor

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

She is a history and cultural history professor at St. Paul’s High School in Timor-Leste, Genoveva Alves is a peace trainer. She led the transformation of St. Paul’s into a school for peace.

When the Ministry of Education under joint United Nations governance and local East Timor self-governance opened schools across the country, there were no desks, chairs, chalkboards or textbooks. The District Education Officer, in cooperation with the Catholic parish, decided to open one secondary school, St. Paul’s High School. Genoveva and others taught there first as volunteers in trying conditions.

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Genoveva Ximenes Alves – East Timor / Timor Leste

She works for the Saint Paul’s High School,
and for the Maryknoll Sisters.

A history and cultural history professor at St. Paul’s High School in Timor-Leste, Genoveva Alves is a peace trainer and founding partner in the transformation of St. Paul’s into a school for peace. She trains, oversees, and assists the students in a peace program that teaches skills in dialogue, negotiation, and mediation.

Prior to that, Genoveva worked in the forest with the East Timor resistance movement to fight the decades-long occupation by the Indonesian government. She played an integral role in the Timor Women’s Organization (OMT) in support of the liberation movement.

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Nandita Haksar – India

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1857 to 2007 – Imperialism, Race, Resistance – an international conference on the 150th anniversary of the 1857 uprisings, 6 October 2007. Speakers include eminent historian Sumit Sarkar, writer Tariq Ali and human rights lawyer Nandita Haksar. REGISTER NOW FOR THE CONFERENCE AS PLACES ARE LIMITED.

Linked with The Forced Migration Review FMR, with BASJAK’s report on Jammu and Kashmir, with JAMMU AND KASHMIR: A SMOULDERING CONFLICT … , and with Professor Pandita’s Blog about Kashmir and IDPs.

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

She says: “Being a feminist involved with human rights concerns, Nandita faced problems on the ideological front. It was important to create a synergy between the then parallel movements”. In her three decades as a feminist and human rights lawyer, Nandita Haksar (born 1955) has contributed immensely to the development of a rights-based perspective on complex political issues. Her work in exposing human rights violations by Indian security forces in the northeast, and her efforts to bring to the fore the underground Naga movement were pioneering. Nandita has managed to win for political dissidents not judicial pity but a change in the courts’ view of human rights. She was also instrumental in bridging the gap between the feminist and the human rights movements in India. (1000PeaceWomen).

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Nandita Haksar – India

She works for the Supreme court of India.

She says also: “Mohammad Afzal has been sentenced to death by hanging for the offence of conspiring to attack the Indian Parliament on December 13, 2001. The news that the date for his hanging has been fixed for October 20, 2006, has been greeted by most of the media with approval, if not celebration. But before we endorse the decision to hang Afzal we need to inform ourselves of the hard facts of the case without emotion. It is important to remember that we are not discussing whether Afzal was or was not a part of the conspiracy to attack the Parliament. He has already been found guilty of the crime and convicted. The question is on the sentence. There are three principal reasons why hanging Mohammad Afzal would violate basic principles of natural justice and equity … (full text).

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Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta – Australia

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Disambiguating: Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta seems to be a ‘collective name for the Senior Aboriginal Women’, from Coober Pedy, South Australia. The members: Ivy Makinti Stewart, Eileen Wani Wingfield, Eileen Unkari Crombie, Angelina Wonga, Emily Munyungka Austin, Myra Tjunmutja Watson.

Linked with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, with Irati Wanti, with The Irati Wanti declaration; and with Articles for Indigenous Peoples on our blogs.

They are collectively one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

They say: “We are only the caretakers of the country. If we look after it, it will look after us. Government has big money to buy their way out – but big happiness that we won against government”.

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The Collective of Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta – the ‘Senior Aboriginal Women’ from Coober Pedy, South Australia.

They work for Irati Wanti, and for the Senior Aboriginal Women’s Council of Coober Pedy (named on the Australasian Legal Information Institute).

They say also: “People said that you cannot win against the Government. Just a few women, us. We just kept talking and telling them to get their ears out of their pockets and listen. Government has big money to buy their way out but we never gave up. We always talk straight out. In the end he (the sdid not have the power, we did. He only had money, but money does not win. We are winners because of what is in our hearts, not what is on paper. Big happiness that we won against the Government. And the family and all the grandchildren are so happy because we fought the whole way. Kids growing up, babies have been born since we started. And still we have family coming. All learning about our fight.

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Haris Ibrahim – Malaysia

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Linked with Haris Ibrahim’s blog: The People’s Parliament, with all Philosophy, and with “Islam-as I say-tion”.

He is a Malaysian Lawer, defending people’s apostasy from Islam.

He writes: Dear YB Chew, Did you watch your cabinet and parliamentary colleague, Syed Hamid Albar, on BBC’s Hardtalk? What did you think of all that he said? Did you catch the part where he says that we are neither a secular nor a theocratic state, but we are an Islamic state based on Islam Hadhari? Will you and your MCA colleagues rise in Parliament and chastise Syed Hamid for this irresponsible statement that was telecast worldwide? Will your MCA colleagues protest this at the next cabinet meeting on 19th September, 2007? Or are you still in ‘internal discussion’ mode? Do tell us about your concrete plans to deal with this irresponsible fellow, if indeed, you have any. I am, as always, anak Bangsa Malaysia, Haris Ibrahim, September 16, 2007. (on the People’s Parliament).

He says: ”We are many colors, we are one dream”, (on his blog).

He says also: “I had to laugh out loud,” said lawyer Haris Ibrahim, representing a widow who was jailed for two years as an ‘apostate’ for trying to renounce Islam. (more on ZoomInfo).

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Find him on Google blog-search. Find him also on ZoomInfo, and on Screenshots, January 2007: pictures, and texts. Also on Digressions.

He writes also: “By democratic right, all Malaysians born here are sons of the soil irrespective of which race they belong to. We should all be Malaysians, not bumiputeras and non-bumiputeras. Why should one race always be given crutches?

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Dahr Jamail – USA

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Linked with Dahr Jamail’s MidEast Dispatches.

Dahr has spent a total of 8 months in occupied Iraq as one of only a few independent US journalists in the country. (full text).

Presentation – October 17, 2007, Wednesday, October 17, 7 p.m.: The Center for Economic Research and Social Change and The Nation Institute present Dahr Jamail and Jeremy Scahill Beyond the Green Zone, a talk, book launch, discussion, and book signing. (Tickets $5 at the door), at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 601 West 14th Street on Broadway, New York … (full invitation text).

Read: Fighting Amongst Shias Adds to Violence, written by Dahr Jamail, September 12, 2007, by Dahr Jamail & Ali al-Fadhily.

Listen and read him: on Voices in the Wilderness; on Google’s book-search; on Google’s blog-search; on Google’s VIDEO-search; on YouTube.

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Dahr Jamail – USA

Independent News From the MidEast: In late 2003, Weary of the overall failure of the US media to accurately report on the realities of the war in Iraq for the Iraqi people and US soldiers, Dahr Jamail went to Iraq to report on the war himself. His dispatches were quickly recognized as an important media resource. He is now writing for the Inter Press Service, The Asia Times and many other outlets. His reports have also been published with The Nation, The Sunday Herald, Islam Online, the Guardian, Foreign Policy in Focus, and the Independent to name just a few. Dahr’s dispatches and hard news stories have been translated into French, Polish, German, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Turkish. On radio as well as television, Dahr reports for Democracy Now!, the BBC, and numerous other stations around the globe. Dahr is also special correspondent for Flashpoints. (full text).

Read: Too Many Search Hopelessly for the Kidnapped, Sept. 05, 2007.

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Naomi Wolf – USA

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Read: Author Naomi Wolf to Speak On Ethical Leadership.

Naomi Wolf (born 1962) is an American writer. At a relatively young age, she became literary star of what was later described as the ‘third-wave’ of the feminist movement and she is also known for her advocacy of progressive politics. Wolf was born in San Francisco, California in 1962. She attended Lowell High School and debated in regional speech tournaments as a member of the Lowell Forensic Society. She matriculated at Yale University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in 1984, and later at New College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar … (full text wikipedia).

Read: Fascist America, April 24, 2007, in 10 easy steps.

She says: “When you are physically detained by armed agents because of something that you said or wrote, it has an impact. On the one hand, during these heightened searches of my luggage, I knew I was a very small fish in a very big pond. On the other hand, you get it right away that the state is tracking your journeys, can redirect you physically, and can have armed men and women, who may or may not answer your questions, search and release you”. (full text, Sept. 13, 2007).

Read: Aux USA plus de 100 000 opposants sont interdits de prendre l’avion, Sept. 6, 2007.

Are You on the Government’s ‘No Fly’ List? (see also their homepage).

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Naomi Wolf – USA

Search results for Naomi: on Google News-search; on Google scholar-search; on Google book-search; on Google blog-search; on Google videos; on YouTube.

The last few years have shown that the most effective way for western women to engage on these issues without risking cultural imperialism is to raise their voices and use their vote to insist that the international bodies such as the World Bank and the United Nations, as well as their own countries’ foreign policy, channel resources and respect to local women’s groups in the developing world so that those women can set their own agendas most effectively. Witness Madeleine Albright changing US policy on genital mutilations in response to African women’s activism. (full text, Sept. 11, 2001).

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David Vaughan Icke – England

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First my comment: David’s conspiracy theories has two levels: one for this planet with social & economic conspiracy theories. The second level concerns speres outside this planet, with items we can not control and for which exist only strongly controverted indices.

Looking at the first level, on our planet: my own comments tell about economic conspiracies, which I observe through the existence of the worldwide Federal Bank-System (see above link). I understand it like that: these banks are loaning us – through our national banks – virtual money (they create it out of nothing), but the loans given to our economic stakeholders are paid back in ‘real money’, means, behind this real money we have really created new values in form of work and goods.

This Federal Banks are privat enterprises working for their own profit. I claim: the privat owners of this Federal Banks (some very fortunate families) are the owners of our common work and wealth.

Going on with this logic, I find, the owner of these banks NEED our needs for loans, and best would be, we never stop to need new loans.

Wars, economic crashes and so on are the best garanty we need always new loans … think the rest for youself …

Looking at the second level of David’s claims, the extraterrestrial level: I am much more interested in the hysterical laughters such claims are provoking. I just think: if there is ‘nothing’, we don’t need to become hysteric about.

In any way: so many people around me believe new age conspiracy theories, and they ALSO are a part of the world’s people.

And this IS the world people’s blog!

But the controversy about this second level is so strong and so bitter, and it is not only outside of our ‘known world’, it is also inside of ‘OUR OWN UNKNOWN’ we carry with us.

My decision: I let this second level where it is, until we get commonly accepted proofs.

Meanwhile, we the people we have enough work to take back our economy, and to understand and begin to control the first level of David’s conspiracy theories: our planet, to make of it a good home for us all.

Heidi

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David Vaughan Icke – England

David Vaughan Icke (born April 29, 1952) is a British writer and public speaker who has devoted himself since 1990 to researching “who and what is really controlling the world.”

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Jianli Yun – China

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

She says: “People who know me understand that it is because I care, while those who do not know me wonder what I am after”.

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Jianli Yun – China

She works for Green Han River (mentionned on PBS).

Yun Jianli, born into a family of teachers in Xiangfan City, was once a high school teacher, a profession that is now looked up to. She retired in 1988 at the age of 55.

At this turn of life, she decided to become a full-time volunteer in environmental protection, which was a great surprise to her family and colleagues. As she got more and more involved in environmental protection, she felt it was not enough just to have enthusiasm.

A structure that provided a space and platform for the development of volunteers was needed. In 2002, she initiated the formation of a group, Green Han River, virtually with no resources whatsoever, but devoted wholeheartedly to environmental protection.

Jianli traveled by cycle searching for office space and asking for help; she donated equipment for office use. The people were not aware of environmental issues and many failed to understand her. “You are already so old, don’t you have something better to do then running around and asking for this and that?” they would say.

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Severn Cullis-Suzuki – Canada

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She says: “When you are little, it’s not hard to believe you can change the world. I remember my enthusiasm when, at the age of 12, I addressed the delegates at the Rio Earth Summit. “I am only a child,” I told them. “Yet I know that if all the money spent on war was spent on ending poverty and finding environmental answers, what a wonderful place this would be. In school you teach us not to fight with others, to work things out, to respect others, to clean up our mess, not to hurt other creatures, to share, not be greedy. Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do? You grownups say you love us, but I challenge you, please, to make your actions reflect your words.”

I spoke for six minutes and received a standing ovation. Some of the delegates even cried. I thought that maybe I had reached some of them, that my speech might actually spur action. Now, a decade from Rio, after I’ve sat through many more conferences, I’m not sure what has been accomplished. My confidence in the people in power and in the power of an individual’s voice to reach them has been deeply shaken … (full text).

Listen to her audio and videos: on the green chain podcast; on EramosaInstitute; on the great warming; on speaker’s spotlight; on archives radio Canada; on BC Compassion Club Society; on Google Video; on common ground; on YouTube.

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Severn Cullis-Suzuki – Canada

She works for the Skyfish Project.

She says also: … “In my life, I have dreamt of seeing the great herds of wild animals, jungles and rainforests full of birds and butterfilies, but now I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see. Did you have to worry about these little things when you were my age? All this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions. I’m only a child and I don’t have all the solutions, but:

  • I want you to realise, neither do you;
  • You don’t know how to fix the holes in our ozone laye;
  • You don’t know how to bring salmon back up a dead stream;
  • You don’t know how to bring back an animal now extinct;
  • And you can’t bring back forests that once grew where there is now desert;
  • If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it” … (maps google).

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Kavita Ramdas – India & USA

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Linked with Global Fund for Women.

She says: “MHC was life changing in far-reaching ways. It gave me confidence in myself at a time when I was unsure and searching for direction. It opened a whole world of strong women achievers to me, from math professors to crew members who were my dorm mates. It let me choose a wide variety of courses and to revel in learning. And it made me a more open and tolerant person as I made friends with Latina and African American women, out lesbians, and women from countries I had been taught were enemy nations. Meeting my husband at Mount Holyoke was wonderful, but it could have happened anywhere. The rest, however, was not accidental – it was a part of what makes MHC so special”. Kavita Ramdas helps Girls and Women build new lives by investing in their dreams.

She says also: “worldwide, more girls and women between 15 and 44 die from violence than from cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined. Domestic violence, dowry deaths and discriminatory laws that prevent women from having control over their bodies, owning property or participating in civic affairs are the largest threats women face at the global level”. (full text).

Listen to her on the Google-video ‘Investing in Women, a strategy that yields high returns‘, 56 min., May 26, 2006.

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Kavita Ramdas – India

Kavita Ramdas has been the President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women. Ramdas was born and raised in Mumbai, India. She received her B.A. in international relations from Mount Holyoke College in 1985 and her M.P.A. in international development and public policy studies from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1988. Ramdas is currently on the Board of Trustees at Mount Holyoke. She is also a member of the advisory board for the Gruber Prize for Women’s Rights. (wikipedia).

Read: Need a Safe Abortion? Go to Mexico City.

Before joining the Global Fund, Kavita supported both domestic and international initiatives in economic development and population as a program officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, Illinois. She earned a master’s degree in international development and public policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a BA at Mount Holyoke College. Kavita was born and raised in India, and speaks Urdu, Hindi, English, German, French and Spanish … (full text).

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Lina Kostenko – Ukraine

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

PAGAN CHILDHOOD: “I was born in the same year as Charlie Chaplin, Tolstoy’s Kreutzer Sonata, the Eiffel Tower, and Eliot, I think,” Anna Akhmatova wrote in one of her autobiographical notes. Lina Kostenko was born several days after the newspaper Pravda carried Stalin’s article “Dizzy with Success.” This happened on March 19, 1930, in the village of Rzhyshchiv, situated on the banks of the eternal river.

Many years later Kostenko said that Rzhyshchiv once reminded her of Macondo from Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. The Nobel Prize-winning Columbian author described Macondo as “a small settlement with two dozen huts built of clay and bamboo on the banks of a river that carried its transparent waters over a stone bed of white polished boulders the size of prehistoric eggs.” Macondo is inhabited by odd people, who time and again find themselves afflicted by strange maladies. In their world reality merges with fantasy and fable. What was Lina Kostenko’s fable of Rzhyshchiv like? (full text).

She says: “No human being or living creature deserves to be killed or eliminated. His destiny cannot be solved here, on earth”.

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Lina Kostenko – Ukraine

Lina Kostenko, born in 1930 near Kiev is considered one of the greatest contemporary Ukrainian poets. She was just a young girl when the Second World War began and Ukraine was occupied. This marked her for life and she started to put her feelings into poems at the age of 14.

Later she had to fight another battle: the struggle for freedom of thought and identity in the dark years of Soviet totalitarianism. The Ukrainian language and culture were more or less banned and she was among a handful of writers who had the courage to defend those ideals.

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Helen Munthali – Malawi

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

She says: “I have done my part. If I die today, I believe I have left a legacy that can be carried on to greater heights”.

She says also: “We counsel the sick, look into the special needs of orphans and engage village leaders in discussions on cultural and behavioral change that they must champion”.

And she says: “Church pastors even told their congregations that they should not go near Tovwirane. We lacked the political will. Our volunteers were scorned. We had no cars or bicycles to cover the distances. It’s like a miracle, when I think back”.

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Sorry, I can not find any photo of Helen Munthali, Malawi (see also my comment ‘Brave women without photos‘).

She works for the Tovwirane HIV/Aids Organisation.

Helen Munthali is the executive director of Tovwirane HIV/Aids Organisation, based in Mzimba in the northern part of Malawi. She was born in 1946 in Nazala Village near the country’s commercial city of Blantyre to a Malawian mother and an Indian father.

Tovwirane (”Let’s help each other”) was launched in 1993. Since then it has assisted thousands of people infected and affected by HIV/Aids. It offers orphan care, counseling of people living with HIV/Aids and their caretakers through outreach campaigns and community-based projects.

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Kongdeuane Nettavong – Laos

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

She says: “I have a dream for Lao children to have bright and clear faces, happiness in their mind, when they are reading books. This is why I am eager to dedicate my time to them”.

She says also: “The Palm-leaf manuscripts contain Dharma, Buddha teaching, the history of Lord Buddha, history, astrology, magic, folk tales, indigenous medicinal herb texts, indigenous medical treatment and other important things such as folk law and village law. The National Library will publish these in Lao language for people to read. If Lao people can read Dharma alphabets in Palm-leaf, they can get doctorate degrees without having to go to abroad to study”. The program received a Gold Medal at the Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany.

And she says: “Children in our country have less opportunities to read books. That is why I proposed this project to government, which presented it to foreign organizations”.

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Kongdeuane Nettavong – Laos

She works for the National Library of Laos.

Kongdeuane Nettavong was born in 1947 to an upper class family in Muang Chiang Kwang, northern Laos, when France colonized the country. After finishing secondary school in 1970, she went to Laval University in Quebec, Canada for her Bachelor’s Degree in Geography. In 1973, she went to Paris for her Master’s Degree in Archives at Saint Cloud, graduating in 1974, for her Master’s degree in Archives.

She returned to Laos and taught geography and history at the Teacher Training College. She has pursued a literacy program for the Laotians by setting up libraries, publishing books in Lao and encouraging people to read. She has been Director of the National Library of Laos since 1989. She was also assistant teacher of French and English and consultant for academic affairs in Laos.

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Nuria Costa Leonardo – Mexico

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

She says: “Nowadays there is a tendency to attribute micro credit for reasons for which sometimes I feel responsible, as I was a pioneer in this matter. But they have changed my idea, distorting it. Today, they function as a kind of loan company that charges women an interest rate of 5% for nothing. We shall build a social bank, with strategies to facilitate the process of empowerment. For us, credit is a means, and not a goal. A means, which allows women to organize themselves, to be active. It gives them the means to use their own skills, the means to have a better life and the means to be happy. The right to be happy can be affected by cultural matters. Nevertheless, I believe that this is fundamental. It is something that has the ability to expand you, to make you feel things fully, to make you strive to achieve things. It also makes you aware that to experience things fully, you have to live in harmony with the rest of your environment”.

She says also: “The essential part of our work concerns the organization and the personal development of rural women. We are not management offices. We do not give out grants or food. I don’t come to see if I can. I come because I know I can. I don’t like confrontation, even if I am very demanding. I look for strategies. I have worked for peace on all sides. I am a builder, a guerrilla for peace. I am always making proposals and I try to turn them into reality, step by step”.

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Nuria Costa Leonardo – Mexico

She works for the National Network of Rural Women (direct website not found, but there are many rural women networks, see some down after ‘links’).

When Nuria Costa Leonardo was 13 years old, she helped in her father’s publishing house. She learned to work hard, to value her independence and to be firm in her judgments. With the richness of her background, she went to the mountains at the age of 19 and lived in rural Mexican communities for the next 20 years.

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Yinxiu Zhu – China

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

She says: “I have no regrets and I will fight again against such injustice in the future”.

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Yinxiu Zhu – China

Zhu Yinxiu, a brave peasant laborer, appealed against the township government’s ill-treatment of her family’s arbitrary fines, detentions and searches, and infliction of personal injuries. The incident was exposed in the media and the arbitrary levies on peasants were corrected to a large extent.

Zhu Yinxiu’s brother-in-law, migrant worker Chen Jiabao, returned to his home in Anfu, Jiangxi Province during the SARS period in China. His family reported his return to the local township government since anyone coming in had to be quarantined for a certain time because of the SARS epidemic. Several officials visited and imposed a fine of 1,000 yuan without any reason.

The family was helpless, they pleaded with the officials, even trying to bargain with them, but to no avail. Finally the amount was decided at somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 yuan, but the family did not have the money to pay right away and neither could they arrange for a loan in such a short period. The cadres threatened to take away their cattle.

Chen Jiabao safely passed the quarantine period during which the cadres returned twice to demand the fine. Chen Jiabao could not arrange for the money since he was quarantined and the cadres took away the cattle and one of the motorcycles without giving a receipt or indicating the equivalent value of either in cash. Zhu wanted to take some photos as evidence.

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Zohl de Ishtar – Australia

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

She says: “Women, cherish yourselves and engage in acts of passionate resistance and resilience for this can create a force so potent that it banishes the darkness and brings peace back into the world”.

She says also: “I have chosen these strategies because it is my responsibility as a White person to work with and encourage other White women / people to realize and undo the damage caused by our colonialism, our racism and xenophobia. Being Irish by heritage affords me insights into what it is to have one’s lands, language and lives stolen by an invading and occupying dominant society. I feel a deep rage at the injustices perpetrated by colonialism (historical and contemporary) and I have learnt to turn that rage to the advantage of the Indigenous peoples in whose lands I was born and live as a result of the Irish diaspora caused by English colonialism”.

And she says: “I have been taught, and sometimes challenged, by their determined insistence to name injustices I had not yet perceived, including my own unsuspected behaviors and attitudes. Above all I have been inspired by the determination of the women elders to strive against all odds to pass their cultural knowledge onto their young ones, so that they might grow proud of who they are and strong in their cultural heritage. I continue to hold the Indigenous women in admiration for their ability not to hate, despite the terrible destruction wrought upon their peoples by White society. These women are my guides and mentors, and for that I am blessed”.

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Zohl de Ishtar – Australia

She works for the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Movement NFIP (named in PEACE-Magazine), for the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, and for the Lesbian movement.

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Maria de Jesus Haller – Angola

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

She is also named on political heroe.

She says: “I was standing barefoot in the warm African earth and my mother said to me, ‘This land is ours, go tell the world that this land is ours”.

She says also: “We live on our mothers’ backs, our skins are fastened. That imbued me with Africa. It is something I have never forgotten” .

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Maria de Jesus Haller – Angola

She works for the Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola MPLA, and for the Union of Angolan Writers/Uniao dos escritores Angolanos .

The first woman ambassador from Angola, Maria de Jesus Haller, was born in 1923 to a 12-year-old Angolan mother. Her father, the Portuguese owner of the plantation, sent her to Portugal at the age of three.

Twelve years later a short-lived but decisive reunion with her mother provided the incentive for her political commitment. She became a teacher, then a journalist fighting racism and discrimination.

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Nishikant Waghmare – India

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Updated correctly November 11, 2009:

CONDOLENCE ON DEMISE OF NISHIKANT WAGHMARE, published on Ambedkar Times.com, Letters, (scroll far down until TRIBUTE TO NISHIKANT WAGHMARE): Editor, Ambedkartimes.com, September 12, 2008, with condolences letters.

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Linked with Vision India – Together We Can, and with A Vision for 21st Century. Added end of September 2007: and linked with the Goi Peace Foundation, with Airline Ambassadors.org, with the World Peace Prayer Society, and with Nancy Rivard – USA.

He is a determined self-made man, who had chosen to become his own path finder on the road to success and fame. This is the story of the poor boy from the village called Khed (Satara) M.S. India, Who had the pride and pragmatism to make good his Dreams … (full long BIO-text).

He says: ”RACIST MEDIA is worst than the South African Apartheid, who as a matter of convenience put lid on dalit issues–atrocities and their rallies, particularly blacking out the Dhamma Pravartan News, when news rooms of BBC is giving the widespread news. It is disgrace to take a birth and call an Indian Dalit. Politicians are impotent as well”! (full text).

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Nishikant Waghmare – India

He works for the Goi Peace Foundation, Japan, for the World Peace Prayer Society, also as Government Officer, and for the Airline Ambassadors.org.

He says also: “World Peace Starts from ‘You’. With all the fighting, wars and terrorist attacks, is world peace still possible in our lifetime? The answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no’. It is ‘yes’ if most people in this world say ‘yes’ to peace and ‘no’ to war, hatred and discrimination, and view differences of other people with compassion and empathy. The answer is ‘no’ if you think world peace is the sole responsibility of world leaders, governments, peace activists, or anyone but you. World peace can begin only from within—within the hearts of individuals. Anyone can contribute to world peace by making peace with himself through meditation and thereby developing compassion even toward people who have mistreated him. We can spread peace and joy to others and forgive people who have wronged us only if we have enough peace and joy in our hearts”, April 8, 2007. (southasiamedia.net).

Read these texts by Nishikant Waghmare:

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Eric Hobsbawm – England

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Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm CH (born June 9, 1917 in Alexandria, Egypt) is a British Marxist historian and author. Hobsbawm was a long-standing member of the now defunct Communist Party of Great Britain and the associated Communist Party Historians Group. He is president of Birkbeck, University of London.

One of Hobsbawm’s interests is the development of traditions. His work is a study of their construction in the context of the nation state. He argues that many traditions are invented by national elites to justify the existence and importance of their respective nation states. (full text).

He says:

  • about History: ‘History is being invented in vast quantities … it’s more important to have historians, especially sceptical historians than ever before.’
  • about Communism: ‘I was a loyal Communist Party member for two decades before 1956 and therefore silent about a number of things about which it’s reasonable not to be silent.’
  • avout Blair: ‘Labour Prime Ministers who glory in trying to be warlords – subordinate warlords particularly – certainly stick in my gullet.’ (Guardian).

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Eric Hobsbawm – England

He says also: “I look back in amazement rather than regret, that not only I but humanity have made it through the past hundred-odd years”. (full text).

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Man of the extreme century: Eric Hobsbawm is one of Britain’s greatest historians .The events of the twentieth century are as much components of his life as subjects of his books. In this wide-ranging conversation with Tristram Hunt, one of Britain ’s new generation of historians, he reveals how he continues to believe in a spirit of progress as the surest route for happiness. (full text).

His weekly comments on the Guardian.

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