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Felicity Arbuthnot – England

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Linked with John Pilger – Australia & England, with Keith McHenry – USA, and with C.T. Lawrence Butler – USA.

Felicity Arbuthnot lives in London. She has written and broadcast widely on Iraq, one of the few journalists to cover Iraq extensively even in the mid-1990’s during the sanctions. She with Denis Halliday was senior researcher for John Pilger’s Award winning documentary: Paying the Price – Killing the Children of Iraq (see its video, 03/06/2000 ITV, 75 min. runtime). She is also the author, with Nikki van der Gaag, of recently published Baghdad in the educational Great Cities of the World Series for World Almanac Library. (on Selves and Others).

See also this videos: Mumia Abu-Jamal, When War BackFires! The Message Stupid – Iraq’s Bastille Day, 6.21 min., from Suryu, by Felicity Arbuthnot, Added on August 03, 2007 … and: Iraq: The Hidden War, 05/29/06, 49 min. runtime (this video contains images that should only be viewed by a mature audience) … and: Gaza’s Reality, 5 min. runtime … and more videos, scroll down and click in the window on the wanted title …

Criminals’ literary profits, Open Letter to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Nov. 20, 2007.

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Felicity Arbuthnot – England

Look at the whole blog: between two rivers.

She writes: This was my 18th visit to Iraq since the Gulf War. The last four have been very close together: last October, January/February, I went back at the end of March and then again in May. Each time I am struck by the deterioration. Each time there is another horror. In March it was the daily bombing of the infrastructure. The electricity has just died. Many people can’t afford candles and use makeshift lamps. People put a wick in a bottle with oil and quite often the bottle explodes. The injuries have soared. The burns are horrendous and there is no treatment, not even cling film as an emergency measure to cover the wounds. There are no painkillers. There is no plastic surgery. There were two other things I noticed. Like with every embargo in history, there was a small amount of profiteering in money dealing. You have a fraction of the population at the top of the regime who have family abroad sending in dollars. There are restaurants springing up. You can get Christian Dior sunglasses, absolutely anything. Yet 98 percent of the population don’t have a way of sterilising burns. The other thing that struck me was the breakdown in the spirit of these very brave people. They feel that it is never, ever, going to end. Yet when I became ill on this trip, they were so concerned. I suddenly collapsed in the hotel foyer in Mosul and was virtually unconscious. My interpreter and my driver kept letting themselves into my room, touching me on the head and saying: “Are you all right? Shall we get a doctor?” They were saying, “You keep coming back here and Iraq has made you so ill”. (full long text on iraqchat.com, not dated).

Tony Blair: The Quartet’s ‘ Peace Envoy’, Discredited, Deluded, Disgraced, by Felicity Arbuthnot, July 10, 2007.

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Robert Reich – USA

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Robert Bernard Reich (born June 24, 1946) was the twenty-second United States Secretary of Labor, serving under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. Reich is a former Harvard University professor and the former Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. He is currently a professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. Mr. Reich is also on the board of directors of Tutor.com He is a trustee of the Economists for Peace and Security. He is an occasional political commentator, notably on Hardball with Chris Matthews. (full text).

He says: “Wages are increasing for the top 5 percent [of the population]. Median wages of production workers, who comprise 80 percent of the workforce, haven’t risen in 30 years, adjusted for inflation. The reason is globalization and technological displacement. That is, employers can get cheaper labor either by going abroad or getting software to do it”. (full interview text).

Robert Reich’s personal Blog.

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Robert B. Reich – USA

Robert Reich Looks Askance at ‘Supercapitalism’.

Hear Robert Reich, read from, and discuss the book, 47.23 min.

How did a self-described “lifelong libertarian Republican”, son of Jewish immigrants and follower of the controversial 1950s philosopher and author Ayn Rand, become the most powerful force in the American economy for most of the past two decades – including the entire duration of the Clinton administration? As Alan Greenspan reveals in his memoirs, his success was due, first, to being in the right place at the right time. He was appointed chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, America’s central bank, at a time when Keynesianism – the belief that government could wisely stabilize the economy through spending and taxing – was becoming discredited, and when America began relying as never before on its central bank to do that job. Greenspan was also fortunate to enter government just as Republicans were in the ascendant … (full text, Dec. 19, 2007).

America needs immigrants’ ambition, Dec. 26, 2007.

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Meiqing Hua – China

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

Hua Meiqing is a policewoman serving at the Pingan Road Police Station of the Sifang Substation of the Qingdao Public Security Bureau. In 1993 she began to work supervising prostitutes; in 2002 she started to take on tasks aimed at tackling domestic violence. She took care of victimized women and created a way in which the police could intervene in domestic violence. She writes extensively on the subject.

She says: “As a grassroots policewoman, I work little by little, adding one drop to another, in legal advocacy work. The prevention of domestic violence is an important task”.

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Meiqing Hua – China

She works for the Qingdao Public Security Bureau.

Hua Meiqing lived in the countryside as a young girl. At the age of 17, she graduated from Shandong Police School, and began her career as a policewoman. Today, 23 years later, she is in the same job. She is now an instructor in Pingan Road Police Station of Sifang Substation, Qingdao Public Security Bureau.

She has taken on all kinds of police tasks. In 1993, she began to work at supervising prostitutes in Qingdao Detention House; in 2002, she started to take on tasks against domestic violence.

Hua Meiqing has always striven to do her work in a conscientious manner. After she read “Outline of Women’s Development”, she started to develop an interest in women’s work, and took up volunteer work for women. She also continued to read on these issues.

Hua is concerned about disadvantaged groups. In 1993, she began to get in touch with prostitutes in detention houses. At first, she was contemptuous of them. But later, an activity named “A letter to my mother” changed her mind. When she saw the letters the prostitutes had written, the feelings they had expressed, Hua was moved to tears.

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Jihui Zhang – China

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

Zhang Jihui is a head nurse in the general ward of the No. 1 Hospital in Guangzhou City. During the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) in China in 2003, she accepted the assignment to work in the temporary Sars ward without hesitation. She worked 12 to 16 hours per day for 83 days without adequate supplies of oxygen and water. She served patients selflessly with love and courage. Her efforts have deeply impressed each of her patients, who come to understand what an “angel in white” really means.

She says: “Let us give others convenience, and give ourselves difficulties; give others happiness, and give ourselves sadness; give others safety, and give ourselves risks”.

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Jihui Zhang – China

She works for the no.1 People’s Hospital in Guangzhou City.

Zhang Jihui, born in 1963, is the head nurse of no.1 People’s Hospital in Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province. During the SARS period in 2003, she cared for patients without considering her own safety. Later she published a book called ‘Diaries of the Head Nurse’, which was much acclaimed by the public.

In the most critical period of SARS, Guangzhou set up a special ward for SARS patients. As an ordinary head nurse of the no.1 People’s Hospital, Zhang volunteered to work at the frontline. She worked continuously in the special ward for almost three months, days and nights.

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Raymond (Ray) McGovern – USA

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Linked with Fact-Based Intelligence Prevails on Nukes and Iran, with Ex-CIA: War with Iran in the offing, and with Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity VIPS;

Raymond (Ray) McGovern is a retired CIA officer turned political activist. He was a Federal employee under seven U.S. presidents over 27 years, presenting the morning intelligence briefings at the White House for many of them … (full text).

He says: “My former colleagues got really good, incontrovertible evidence that the (Iranian) program, such as it was, has been ordered stopped since 2003. The evidence was such that not even Dick Cheney could deny it. That’s why the report was not produced until three weeks ago,” McGovern said, adding that the Bush administration has been putting “spin” on their rhetoric ever since”. (full interview text).

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Raymond (Ray) McGovern – USA

See this videos: Interview with 27-Year CIA Veteran Ray McGovern, 56.29 min., January 14, 2007; Ray McGovern on the Neocons and Impeachment, 9.35 min., March 09, 2007; Ray McGovern 0wns Donald Rumsfeld, 3.15 min., May 04, 2006; Ray McGovern Confronts Rumsfeld, 9.50 min., May 5, 2006; Ray McGovern on Tucker Carlson, 1.11 min., April 30, 2007; Ray McGovern on need for independent intelligence Part 2, 8.42 min., July 27, 2007; and the rest of the 103 videos indicated by Google video-search with the key-word ‘Ray McGovern’.

He says also: “I’s actually very simple. There’s an inscription at the entrance to the CIA, chiseled into the marble there, which reads, ‘You Shall Know The Truth, And The Truth Shall Set You Free’. Not many folks realize that the primary function of the Central Intelligence Agency is to seek the truth regarding what is going on abroad and be able to report that truth without fear or favor. In other words, the CIA at its best is the one place in Washington that a President can turn to for an unvarnished truthful answer to a delicate policy problem. We didn’t have to defend State Department policies, we didn’t have to make the Soviets seem ten feet tall, as the Defense Department was inclined to do. We could tell it like it was, and it was very, very heady. We could tell it like it was and have career protection for doing that. In other words, that’s what our job was. When you come out of that ethic, when you come out of a situation where you realize the political pressures to do it otherwise ‘you’ve seen it, you’ve been there, you’ve done that’ and your senior colleagues face up to those pressures as have you yourself, and then you watch what is going on today, it is disturbing in the extreme. You ask yourself: Do I not have some kind of duty, by virtue of my experience and my knowledge of these things, do I not have some kind of duty to speak out here and tell the rest of the American people what’s going on”. (full interview text).

Former CIA Analyst: Government May Be Manufacturing Fake Terrorism: A Government openly promoting torture, A President acting like a King cannot be trusted, must be impeached.

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Anjali Gopalan – India

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Linked with the Naz Foundation (India) Trust.

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

Anjali works with the most marginalized groups of society-women and children, and gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexual communities. Her work on HIV/AIDS issues over the past two decades has changed the way India’s policymakers address these issues. When the Naz Foundation (India) Trust, which Anjali established in 1995, first began work, there was remarkable resistance to even acknowledging that HIV was a problem. However, through the sustained lobbying of groups working on education, health and women’s empowerment, Anjali has not only educated and trained them to incorporate HIV issues in ongoing programs, but also challenged the laws and norms that marginalize women and sexual minorities.

She says: “This work has to be a lifelong commitment”.

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Anjali Gopalan – India

She works for the Naz Foundation (India) Trust.

Anjali Gopalan was born in 1957 in Chennai. Her father was an officer in the Indian Air Force and her mother a homemaker. She studied in both India and the US, and her degree in political science, a postgraduate diploma in journalism, and a Masters in international development have helped her immeasurably in her radical work.

Anjali lived and worked in New York for nearly a decade before she returned to India to continue her work on HIV/AIDS and marginalization issues. She had begun work on HIV/AIDS and related issues in New York with undocumented migrant labor, schoolchildren, and South Asian communities.

Moving to India with this experience in hand, in 1995 she established the Naz Foundation (India) Trust, an HIV/AIDS service organization that concentrates on prevention and care. The foundation works on issues of sexuality, rights, and training, and runs an orphanage-and-home for children and women living with HIV.

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Indrani Sinha – India

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Linked with Sanlaap India, with Oxfam (India) Trust, New Delhi, and with Terre des Hommes, divers groupes indépendants, also with its India Programme.

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

When a study on sexually abused children took Indrani Sinha (born 1950) to the brothel areas of Kolkata, the lives of the women there shook her to the core. From then on, she and Sanlaap (sanlaap means dialogue), the organization she set up, have been working to eliminate stigma, and to integrate women in prostitution and their children into mainstream society. While the setting up of safe homes and motivating government agencies have been significant victories, Indrani’s greatest triumph is the fulfilling lives that the women in and from Sanlaap’s shelter homes now lead.

She says: “When I started in 1989, I did not have any role models from whom I could learn. Therefore, I learnt from the women in red-light areas through listening to their needs”.

Drawing a parallel with another form of violence, the use of child labor, Indrani says, “Would we advocate that child labor be legalized just because it exists? A form of violence cannot be accepted merely because it is there and has been for centuries; the basis of its existence needs to be challenged”.

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Indrani Sinha – India

She works for Sanlaap.

Indrani Sinha was born in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in West Bengal on 15 March 1950, and grew up in Patna, Bihar. She completed her graduation in English literature from Kolkata’s Jadavpur University. Indrani’s life, as a young woman, was tough: when she was only 17, her father’s retirement meant that she had to manage both her work and studies, and shoulder the financial responsibilities at home.

She was married in 1973, but soon realized that she was in a dysfunctional marriage; nonetheless, she waited for their son to grow up before she left it. She married a friend who respects her work in 1985, and has two daughters now.

Although Indrani’s career began with teaching English, in 1973-76, in a well-known Hindi-medium school in Calcutta, she soon realized that her interest lay in the development sector.

In 1982, she joined Terre des Hommes (see the India Programme), “a network of ten national organizations working for the rights of children and to promote equitable development without racial, religious, political, cultural or gender-based discrimination” (see also on wikipedia), and then moved on to the Oxfam India Trust, where she worked for five years in women’s empowerment.

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Meghiben Samariya – India

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

Meghiben has inspired some 2500 women in the entire Pachcham area to take up the cause of human rights, empowerment, and justice for women. She has successfully combated the stigma associated with her status as a divorcee. For the past ten years, she has been working to strengthen women’s grassroots collectives and women’s involvement in the socioeconomic arena in her village and district. Her work with legal aid has been crucial to women’s lives in the area. Most innovative of all her efforts, though, is the printing of a newsletter for neoliterates, encouraging them to express themselves in print and thus making a public space available to women.

She says: “I am interested in seeing women sell the products that they are producing or value-adding in a fair price market. Not only that, I would also like to see them control the resources thus generated, resulting in complete socio-economic empowerment of rural women”.

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Meghiben Samariya – India

She works for Ujjas Mahila Sangathan UMS.

Meghiben Samariya was born in 1966 in village Habay, Bhuj district, as one of four children. Married off at 16, she stayed with her husband for a year. During that time, she worked in the salt pans and developed a skin rash, which gave her in-laws the opportunity to abuse her as a “leper” and evict her. She was only 17 years old. She sought legal redress, but it was seven years before she was awarded a compensation of Rs 10,000.

Meghiben is now divorced and lives with her parents. Although not formally educated, her keen mind and instinctive grasp of situations has helped her building herself into a force to reckon with.

When members of the Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan (KMVS) began working in her area, Meghiben took an active part in their activities. She started out aiming to support herself, and then gradually became part of the core team that took on the responsibility of building the capacities of the grassroots women’s collectives.

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Hakkuben Theba – India

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Linked with Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan – KMVS.

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

Hakkuben Theba was born in 1966 into a poor farming family from the highly conservative Theba community in Gujarat. Her journey, from a destitute widow to a community leader and a trainer of leaders, was arduous. In the past 15 years, this woman has inspired more than 3000 women to become active members of a women’s collective. Gradually, Hakkuben and her colleagues have changed the nature of the village through women’s empowerment, generating alternative sources of income during drought, and ecological regeneration.

She says: “I would like to create a platform for the next generation of women so that they can learn from our experience and their life becomes easier”.

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Hakkuben Theba – India

She works for Saiyerejo Sangathan (not on the internet).

Hakkuben Theba (born 1966), from Dador in Gujarat, is a rural farmer from a marginalized family involved in dry farming (rain-dependent and prone to crop failure) and animal husbandry.

Dry farming is characteristic of the region, which is both drought-prone and suffers from high groundwater salinity. She belongs to the Theba, a small, conservative Muslim community. They marry their daughters within the community, are very proud of their culture and heritage, and do not encourage or practice dowry. This is one of the many reasons why there is absolutely no case of domestic violence, another being that people from the community do not drink alcohol. They are close-knit, usually frowning upon women and girls working outside the home.

Hakkuben was a farmer herself before her parents married her off at the age of 14. Since then, she has given birth to three boys and a girl, of whom only a boy and the girl survive. She was widowed in 1998, and her brother-in-law and his wife encouraged her to make an effort to be financially independent. This is when she came into contact with, and joined, the Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan KMVS, which had been working in the area since 1991–92.

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Lataben Sachde – India

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Linked with Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan – KMVS.

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

For 15 years, Lataben Sachde (born 1963) has been working with elected women, and studying their perspective on good governance. The change her leadership has brought about is evident in the way that women leaders execute their positional power in their respective villages. i.e., responsibly. An estimated 500 “leaders” have stepped out of their restrictive social mores, challenging the patriarchal setup. Lataben and her team are the quiet force that has initiated a powerful grassroots movement of women claiming their public spaces.

She says: “I am hopeful that in the next ten to fifteen years, women will be more actively involved in the ‘governance movement’ and that it will translate from paper to reality. My role will be to provide as much information to as many women as I can”.

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Lataben Sachde – India

She works for the Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan KMVS.

Lataben’s specialty lies in interacting with women who have been elected, and understanding their perspective on what comprises good governance.

Lataben Sachde was born in 1963 into a lower-middleclass family from a village close to Bhuj in Gujarat’s Kutch district. After completing her higher secondary school, she had to give up studying, as she was married into a traditional family.

She began working with the Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan (KMVS) a little over 14 years ago. Her husband’s friend came to know about KMVS, and that it was looking for a local woman who could work with the community. Lataben was initially not too keen on taking on the responsibility, but her husband encouraged her to at least give it a shot. He supported her quietly through the difficult days that followed her decision to join.

Over the years, she has had to struggle with her in-laws’ opposition to her work in an unconventional environment. She also had to overcome her own lack of exposure and specific educational skills within the organization. Today, Lataben is one of the leaders of the KVMS.

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Alkaben Jani – India

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Linked with Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan KMVS.

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

Alkaben Jani’s work in the Kutch area of Gujarat is informed by her intimate knowledge of the oppressive social fabric of the region. For the past 15 years, she has been extensively organizing, mobilizing, and training rural women, focusing on capacity-building and leadership training. The result of these efforts is the emergence of a strong and motivated team of 12,712 leaders at the community level, who are leading other women in the area to surface and take the reins both in their homes and outside.

She says: “The human sea is full of pearls that need to be identified and polished so as to give them the shine. I was identified and groomed and now I feel it is my moral responsibility to groom the rest”.

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Alkaben Jani – India

She works for Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan KMVS.

Alkaben Jani (born 1964) is a single woman who has had to struggle against family expectations and pressures to pursue her convictions and work with women less privileged than her. She hails from a middleclass Kutchi Brahmin family. Her father, a manager in a cotton company, had passed high school, and her mother had studied up to grade VII. The couple had three daughters and three sons, five of whom are, at the least, graduates. Alkaben is a postgraduate, having completed her Masters in Commerce.

She was in Kutch until the age of seven, and then her father was transferred to Karnataka, where she completed her education. Alkaben’s background, therefore, is a mixed-urban culture. She returned to Kutch as soon as she completed her university education, and joined a school as a teacher. She realized soon, though, that she was compromising heavily on her values and principles.

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Hilda Marina Morales Trujillo – Guatemala

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

She says: “Do not dismay. For the life of the women, not even one step backwards will be taken”.

A woman of contrasts. Brave in confronting struggles. Sympathetic. Wise. Serene, as she meditates on what to do. Of solid principles and strong roots. An Ambassador of Conscience. Gentle like the breeze. Persistent. Disapproving of exaggeration. A life full of obstacles in the search for justice. 61 years of hard work against the current tide. Hilda Marina Morales Trujillo, Guatemalan, dreams of a world with equal opportunities for women and men.

She says also: “I saw that women did not have much support to gain access to justice. There were no women’s shelters, which are indispensable, otherwise they have to go back home, where they might suffer even more violence. People used to say that the legislation was advanced, but, in fact, it discriminated women”.

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Hilda Marina Morales Trujillo – Guatemala

She is a University professor in Family Law and Human Rights. She drew up the academic basis for the Diploma in Gender Studies and the Post graduate Certificate in Women’s Rights for the University of San Carlos de Guatemala, where she holds the post of head professor of that subject. She also teaches at the University of Rafael Landívar.

Hilda Marina Morales Trujillo was born in a poor home in the Petén province of Guatemala, on the border with Mexico. Her mother, housewife, dressmaker, owner of a bazar; her father: agriculturist. Hilda has become independent thanks to her mother’s example and her father’s approval.

She was initially a primary school teacher. During her time at university studying law, she became aware of the problem of mistreated women. “Nowadays, you hear about it, but in those days you did not hear so much. Then, women who were victims of violence and slanders had no alternatives”.

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Chea Vannath – Cambodia

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Linked with Center for Social Development CSD.

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

Chea Vannath (born 1948) is President of the Center for Social Development CSD, which promotes school curricula on transparency, monitors the courts and parliament and organizes public debates on the Khmer Rouge tribunal, corruption and other issues. After the Khmer Rouge seized power in 1975, Chea was forced to work in labor camps before escaping to Thailand and on to the US. After living as a refugee in America for more than ten years, she returned to Cambodia in 1992 to participate in rebuilding her country.

She says: “Not anymore will I allow only one party to lead my country”.

She says also: ““He (my father) was committed, had tremendous energy and effort, and possessed a progressive vision. He did not blame others. When he talked, he made me think. Once he was asked by other villagers while we were forced to work in the field by the Khmer Rouge, how it feels to not be rich anymore, and he replied that he still felt very fortunate. He did not pay attention to money but to human beings”.

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Chea Vannath – Cambodia

She works for the Center for Social Development CSD.

A daughter of a jeweler, Vannath grew up in a secure and elegant environment. As a girl, she went to school in a chauffer-driven car. Vannath speaks three languages fluently: Khmer, English and French. After getting her diploma in public financial management, she worked as a fiscal officer in the treasury department. She married a physician, a major in the Cambodian army. They have one son.

Then came the Khmer Rouge in April 1975. Vannath’s life would never be the same again.

From “year zero”, as the Khmer Rouge regime called their reign of terror, Vannath along with her parents and her husband and son were forced to leave home and made to work the fields in several provinces along with millions other Cambodians. In three years and eight months, together with many other people, she moved to different places, wherever the Khmer Rouge needed forced labor. She got up at four in the morning to pick tobacco, and saw men being taken away never to be seen again.

Vannath witnessed, for the first time, death, torture, and misery. In short, human suffering. From these experiences, she learned to understand life and suffering, life as ever changing and not permanent.

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Harvey Franklin Wasserman – USA

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Harvey Franklin Wasserman is the author and co-author of a dozen books, and a renewable energy and anti-nuclear energy activist and journalist/historian, fighting for a renewable green future and the restoration of democracy to the United States of America. He has been a featured speaker on Today, Nightline, National Public Radio, CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight and other major media. Wasserman is senior advisor to Greenpeace USA and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, an investigative reporter, and senior editor of The Columbus Free Press and www.freepress.org, where his freepress.org coverage, with Bob Fitrakis, has prompted Rev. Jesse Jackson to call them “the Woodward and Bernstein of the 2004 election.” (full text).

Will Congress plunge us (again) into the nuke power abyss? December 14, 2007.

He writes: “Those American soldiers torturing and sexually abusing Iraqi prisoners have made criminals of us all. And there are only two possible responses to this horrible outrage: get out of Iraq. Now! And imprison the man responsible, George W. Bush. Any fantasy that the United States could ‘bring democracy’ or inject stability or somehow do something praiseworthy for the Iraqi people irrevocably died with the publication of those photographs” … and: “As always, Bush takes no personal responsibility. His radio rodents like Rush Limbaugh say the photos were fake. That Bush couldn’t have known about any of this. That those reports circulating for weeks about widespread torture and abuse in the Iraqi prisons -not to mention an unknown number of apparent murders – could not have been seen by Bush, and therefore he was not responsible” … (full text).

Ohio Secretary of State confirms 2004 election could have been stolen, Dec. 14, 2007.

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Harvey Franklin Wasserman – USA

Harvey Wasserman is (also) a senior advisor to Greenpeace USA and Nuclear Information and Resource Service.

Two Critical (But Tentative) Green Victories Hang in the Balance, Dec. 11, 2007.

Harvey Wasserman has been at the forefront of raising awareness about the dangers of nuclear power. He helped found the grassroots anti-nuke movement in the early 1970s, advises the Nuclear Information and Resource Service. He’s senior editor of the Ohio-based freepress.org and editor of nukefree.org. Harvey Wasserman has also co-authored two books on the 2004 election. They are How the GOP Stole America’s 2004 Election and Is Rigging 2008 and What Happened in Ohio: A Documentary Record of Theft and Fraud in the 2004 Election. (full text, Dec. 18, 2007).

Spending Bill Includes $24 Billion Loan Guarantees for Nuclear Industry, Dec. 17, 2007.

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Heidi Tagliavini – Switzerland

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She says (about Abkhazia): “This area is such a forgotten spot, which is of course not in the interest of a world that gets smaller and smaller and more inter-dependent”. (full text).

Swiss ambassador Heidi Tagliavini, Head of the UN Peace mission in Georgia from 2002 to 2006, delivers an address.

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Heidi Tagliavini – Switzerland

She works for UNOMIG, United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia.

She says also: “Well, I believe, certainly one of the most important achievements, in my opinion, is the fact, that we kept stability on the ground. You remember that we had in previous years [instability], in 1998 there were clashes, in 2001 there had been difficulties, including in the Kodori Valley. In 2002, we again had a fight in the Kodori Valley and we were very often very narrow[minded] to an overtaking of, I would say, just the readiness not to keep the stability. So, I believe this is a very important achievement. The second thing I think, maybe this is not me who should actually judge this, but I really understand that the relations between the interlocutors on both sides have dramatically changed. It is a very positive relationship with all the differences they have in their approach, but dialogue has never been really interrupted. Even when it was interrupted, it was with the clear intention to let the situation clarify and to come back to the negotiation table. So, there is a good atmosphere, which I think in part I am the reason for”. (full text).

STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR HEIDI TAGLIAVINI, DEPUTY STATE SECRETARY AND HEAD OF THE DELEGATION OF SWITZERLAND, AT THE FOURTEENTH MEETING OF THE OSCE MINISTERIAL COUNCIL, Brussels, 4 and 5 December 2006.

“Developments in Sri Lanka in the past months have seriously endangered the peace process,” said Switzerland Foreign Affairs Deputy Head Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini who gave the opening address wishing the facilitator and the Parties better understanding, in Geneva Saturday. Stressing the need for “confidence in the Norwegian Government as facilitator seeking ways to lead the delegations to a better mutual understanding, confidence in the other Party as a partner with whom one can engage,” Ms. Heidi Tagliavini said the International Community the recent developments in Sri Lanka have caused considerable concern within the International Community. (full text, Oct. 28, 2006).

Secretary-General Appoints Heidi Tagliavini of Switzerland As Special Representative for Georgia, Head of UNOMIG.

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Guadalupe Hernández Dimas ‘Nana Lu’ – Mexico

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

Guadalupe Hernández Dimas, o Nana Lu, como la conocen en su comunidad, nace a la orilla del Lago de Pátzcuaro, en el estado de Michoacán. Es poeta e integrante de la Academia de la Lengua P’urhépecha. Elaboró junto con el Instituto de Antropología de la Universidad Autónoma de México la primera gramática en lengua p’urhépecha, Lanhaskapani, y fundó la organización Uarhi (mujer), donde se impulsan unidades productivas en manos de las mujeres indígenas y se realizan talleres de reflexión, encuentros, movilizaciones, publicaciones y denuncias. (inmujer).

She says: “Poverty has the face of a woman”.

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Guadalupe Hernández Dimas ‘Nana Lu’ – Mexico

She works for Uarhi (Woman).

She says also: “When I was a little girl, my grandmother told me: ‘You will be a woman soon and you must be careful in this life. You have to walk in safety and you have to know where to go and that you never have to do anything alone’. Her name was Susana. My father died when I was 22 days old, and my mother went to live with my grandparents. My mother’s name is Angela Dimas Villa. She is a very brave woman who sings indigenous songs, ‘pirekuas’. I also sing, because I was taught to. I was taught to dance and to participate in the ceremonies of our community”.

A lake and an indigenous community are her historical references. She is the only daughter of two women: her mother and grandmother. She is unique in a man’s world. Guadalupe Hernández Dimas is known as “Nana Lu”–an honorary name given to her in recognition of her work for the P’urhepecha people (indigenous people located in the State of Michoacán, in the West of Mexico, its cities are built in the brooks of the big lake Pátzcuaro, Guadalupe’s birth place).

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Guixin Yu – China

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

She says: “To contribute to issues that are to the benefit of the community and society at large, I think this is worthwhile even if it is at the expense of personal interests”.

After she was transferred to the Women’s Federation of Qianxi County, Yu Guixin was able to build up a much deeper understanding on women’s issues. She and her fellow workers in the Women’s Federation attend courses on related legislation, and organize legal and gender training for women in the villages. She also set up a domestic violence complaints center, and provides forensic medical services, with the overall goal of promoting the protection of women’s rights.

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Guixin Yu – China

She works for the Women’s Federation of Qianxi County, Hebei Province.

Yu Guixin is the chairperson of the Qianxi (county) Women’s Federation in Hebei Province. She was born to a peasant family in 1962. In 1982 she was admitted to the Yutian Normal School and became a teacher after graduation. In 1988 she was transferred to the Qianxi Women’s Federation. Since then, she became more concerned with and has worked relentlessly in promoting women’s rights protection. In the rural areas, people, officials in women’s federation included, often lack legal knowledge and have a low level of awareness on gender equity. Guixin took the lead and made use of her spare time to study law to become a qualified legal practitioner in 1997. Many of her fellow workers were inspired and followed suit. To make women’s rights protection more professional, organized and efficient, Guixin set up work objectives and regular appraisal systems. Guixin also worked with the public security bureau and court, and carried out the popularization of legal education at the county level.

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Rosemarie Jackowski – USA

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Rosemarie Jackowski is an advocacy journalist living in Vermont, USA. On March 20, 2003, she was arrested for her participation in a peaceful protest against the war. After her arrest, she was incarcerated, hand cuffed, booked, finger printed, photographed, arraigned, tried, convicted and sentenced. The jury arrived at a guilty verdict in less than 10 minutes. The conviction was appealed in the State Supreme Court and overturned. Then the government announced plans to hold a second trial and seek a conviction again. After years of legal proceedings, all charges were finally dismissed. Rosemarie’s main focus has been on the civilian deaths in U.S. war zones. She is a strong advocate for the payment of reparations to all who have been adversely affected by U.S. policies. Of special interest is the issue of Diego Garcia. For more information, please click here. Rosemarie has been an advocate for children since 1970. Other areas of interest are farm worker rights, and the contamination of the world-wide food supply with GMO’s. She is a member of Veterans for Peace and a grandmother. (mwcNews, June 1, 2007).

9/11 is the goose that laid the Golden Grenade, Sept. 10, 2007.

She is The conviction was appealed and overturned in the State Supreme Court. The government then announced plans to retry the case. Finally, after years of legal proceedings, all charges were dropped. She can be reached by e-mail. (india interacts).

Her portrait. Another portrait.

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Rosemarie Jackowski – USA

Labor Pains, Sept. 2, 2007.

Rosemarie Jackowski, 70, made national headlines last year after being arrested for protesting the war at Bennington’s Four Corners. The grandmother and veteran refused to accept a plea bargain that would have let her off with a fine because she insisted she had done nothing wrong. The state eventually dropped the charges after the Vermont Supreme Court overthrew her conviction for disorderly conduct. “One very good aspect of this is their focusing on Congress which people should have been doing all along,” she said. “Too many people have been protesting the president when it’s the Congress who has the power to declare war. It’s too bad our Congress has subcontracted to the executive branch the power to declare war”. Jackowski said it was good to hear that college students were getting involved in the anti-war movement. She said she usually takes part in monthly vigils organized by the local citizens group, Vermont Peace Train, and wished there were more young people. “They are missed. I wish they could come out and join us next time,” she said. (full text, December 8, 2007).

Reparations for Iran, Aug. 9, 2006).

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Amma Sakinah – Afghanistan

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

Amma Sakina is an Afghan human rights activist. For more than a decade, she has been working hard to raise people’s awareness of and campaigning against violations of human rights and the eradication of all forms of discrimination against women.

She says: “With peace we can perceive the real concept of life”.

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Amma Sakinah – Afghanistan

She works at grassroots as well as on organizational level to concert social work and efforts of community-based groups and NGOs. She has also worked with people with disabilities and special needs. She advocates education for all children and has run her own house as a school.

Amma’s work was triggered by her observation of the extreme injustices and discrimination against women that has prevailed in Afghanistan for decades. As an active participant in the peaceful resistance movement, she witnessed the incarceration of her own son for five years. In spite of these circumstances, she did not waiver in her commitment to achieve her goal of helping women in Afghanistan.

At present, Amma works closely with vulnerable people, such as women, children and disabled groups. She is optimistic about the future of women in Afghanistan, especially after the incorporation of an article that codifies equal rights for men and women in the Afghan constitution. In order to draw an example for women to gain self-confidence Amma has nominated herself to the presidential elections.

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David R. Smock – USA

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Linked with United States Institute of Peace USIP, with Comprehensive Peace Agreement CPA, and with When Religion Brings Peace, Not War.

David R. Smock is the vice president of USIP’s Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution and associate vice president of the Religion and Peacemaking program, one of the Centers of Innovation. Previously he served as director of the USIP’s Grant program and coordinator of Africa activities. He has worked on African issues for over thirty years and lived in Africa for eleven years. As a staff member of the Ford Foundation from 1964 to 1980, he served in Ghana, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, and New York. (full text).

He writes: “Is it true, as some claim, that democracy is basically a western concept and ideology and therefore fundamentally at odds with the values and principles of Islam? If so, then the Muslim world, consisting of 55 countries populated by more than 1.4 billion people, is doomed to dictatorship and oppression. Moreover, Muslims would have to choose between their religion and democracy. In introducing the discussion, Radwan Masmoudi asserted that there is no inherent contradiction between Islam and democracy and that democratic ideals and principles are also Islam’s ideals and principles. Thus, the explanation of why so many Muslim countries are not democratic lies in historical, political, cultural, and economic factors, not religious ones. “Not only must we understand these reasons, but we must also find out what needs to be done to correct this situation. What can we as Americans and especially as American Muslims do to promote democratization in Muslim countries?” (full text).

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David R. Smock – USA

He says: ” … Moderate religious leaders had the responsibility to rein in extremists, and all leaders should educate themselves about the religious “other” … and: “Therefore, political leaders needed to make understanding religion a priority in the same way that they study missiles and munitions. Additionally, religious leaders had a role in conflicted societies, which political leaders could not fill” … (full text).

He writes also: If the Darfur situation is not significantly improved soon, further implementation of the CPA Comprehensive Peace Agreement could be threatened. Without peace in Darfur, the nation-wide elections mandated in the CPA for 2009 could be postponed or cancelled. This would undermine the CPA and would be very destabilizing for the whole country. Consistent with the terms of the CPA, oil revenues have begun to flow to the government of South Sudan, but the CPA’s requirements for oil revenues to be paid to other outlying regions have not been implemented. All international actors need to collaborate in pressuring the GOS to adhere to its earlier agreement about peacekeeping and to renegotiate the DPA. Given the level of its investments in Sudan, China is a critical player. The Chinese have exerted some behind-the-scenes pressure on the GOS but they are unlikely to make strong public statements. Nor are they willing to be as forceful as the United States in pressing Sudan. Overall, the international community needs to increase the pressure on the GOS and the rebel groups, while also being realistic about the leverage it actually has to force them to make the needed concessions. (full text, April 2007).

Read: Ijtihad, Reinterpreting Islamic Principles for the Twenty-first Century, 8 pages.

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Simone Clara Kossianga – Central African Republic

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

She says: “In Central African Republic during the tribal wars, women, the mothers of humanity, stood up like one person, green leaves in their hands to ask the opposing combatants to stop the bloodshed”.

She says also: “Throughout the world history and in particular in Africa, history has often demonstrated that the woman have been and remain the foundation of peace. If God, the Creator of entire Humanity did not stand to see man die, why does man please himself in the loss of his brethren? In Central African Republic, during the tribal wars, women, the mother of humanity stood up like one person, green leaves in the hands to ask the opposing combatants to cease to spill blood”.

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Sorry, I can not find any photo of Simone Clara Kossianga (see also my comment ‘Brave women without photos‘).

She works for the Union of Baptist Churches / Union Fraternelle des Eglises Baptistes Ufeb – mentionned on EBM/MASA – Europäische Baptistische Mission [European Baptist Mission] in Afrika und Lateinamerika, (see also their homepage).

Simone Clara Kossianga (49) leads a religious-based organization, the Union of Baptist Churches (Ufeb). She is a secondary school teacher and helps women to assist one another, gain additional training through religious-based seminars, and thus be peace and reconciliation facilitators in Central Africa. “Being the head of this Women network for Peace, I am sustained by conviction,” says Mrs. Clara Kossianga.

She is well placed to advocate for peace because she has lived through crisis, political disturbances and riots. The search for a long lasting peace has become a daily labor of love. “The courage of the women, their determination enables me to go on fighting to the end”, she says.

Living in a country that has known political and military turmoil, Mrs. Kossianga has had to make a lot of sacrifices to visit local provinces to work with women’s groups. With limited funding, visiting remote areas particularly those beyond 1200km of the Capital is but a labor of love – she often has to use her own resources to do that. Her salary as a school teacher and additional incomes from odd jobs are what enable her to meet the demands of her children including school fees and to supplement the organization as necessary.

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Joan Hinton / Han Chun – China & USA

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

In September 2004, Joan Hinton (Chinese name: Han Chun), an 83-year-old American who had worked in China for more than 20 years, became one of the first 28 foreigners to get a Foreigner’s Permanent Residence Permit in Beijing. She started working with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Mechanization Sciences in 1979, after a lifetime of raising and studying cattle. She was thrilled that she could finally fully embrace her “second hometown”. (full text).

She says: “As long as there is war, science will never be free. Are we scientists going to spend our lives in slavery for madmen who want to destroy the world?”

She says also: “Are we scientists going to spend our lives in slavery for madmen who want to destroy the world?” and “can we not vision the world of tomorrow? Will it be a world of destruction and misery, agonizing death by radiation or will it be a world where mountains are moved by atomic bombs to change the course of rivers and make rich green land out of deserts? Where is our imagination?”

And she denounced the bomb (of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) as ‘a crime against humanity’.

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Joan Hinton / Han Chun – China & USA
She works for the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Mechanization Sciences.

These were the words of Joan Hinton (Han Chun), an American nuclear physicist who defected to China in the 1940s and has just been granted a green card. Rarely do I turn on CCTV 9 these days, but with my DVD player inoperative I thought I’d take a look. On the interview programme, Dialogue, appeared this frail 83-year-old widow, chuckling at her own aphorisms, so used to speaking Chinese that she struggled to find the English words, spouting her theories on the progress of communism. It does strike you as a little odd that it took 56 years for her to get a residence permit. Also odd that a scientist with experience on the Oppenheimer project was assigned to agricultural development by the new communist authorities (though she understandably said she did not wish to participate in further nuclear research) … (full text).

Joan Hinton (Chinese name Han Chun) loves science and physics, but the better things became for her in physics, the more depressed she would become. Born in 1921, Hinton was very determined to become a scientist when she was a young girl. She recalled: “even in grammar school, I can especially remember forcing the teachers to let me study Faraday’s The Candle instead of taking Latin. In high school I concentrated on chemistry, oblivious to all my other courses. Finally, in college, I settled on physics, building a Wilson cloud chamber in my sophomore year and spending as much time as I could getting in the way of the cyclotron boys at Cornell. From college I went to Wisconsin where I studied as a graduate student for two years.

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Roger Burbach – USA

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Roger Burbach is director of the Center for the Study of the Americas in Berkeley, California, and a visiting scholar at the Institute of International Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru in the late 1960s, resided in Chile at the time of the military coup by Augusto Pinochet in 1973, and reported on Central America during the revolutionary conflicts of the 1980s. He has written widely on US foreign policy, Latin America and globalization, publishing ten books. His most recent is Imperial Overstretch: George W Bush and the Hubris of Empire, co-authored with Jim Tarbell. The updated Spanish edition of The Pinochet Affair: State Terrorism and Global Justice was released in January in Santiago, Chile. (The Guardian).

Read: The Battle in Bolivia, ‘New Left’ President Evo Morales Faces Opposition to New Constitution, Dec 01, 2007; and: Oil Billions Fuel Venezuela’s ‘Petro Power’ Socialist Dream, Nov. 30, 2007.

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Roger Burbach – USA

Electoral Fraud and Rebellion in Mexico, 2006/07/10.

While international attention is focusing on President Hugo Chavez and the Sunday referendum on the Venezuelan constitution, a conflict that is just as profound is shaking Bolivia. Evo Morales, the first Indian president of the country, is forcing a showdown with the oligarchy and the right wing political parties that have stymied efforts to draft a new constitution to transform the nation. He declares, “Dead or alive I will have a new constitution for the country by December 14,” the mandated date for the specially elected Constituent Assembly to present a constitution for the country to vote on by popular referendum. (full text, Dec. 1, 2007).

Ecuador’s Leftist New Leader Sizes Up the U.S., March 6, 2007.

He writes: … But the real problem of Mexico runs much deeper. The entrenched political classes along with the Electoral Tribunal, and the Federal Electoral Institute before it, will not make any concessions to Lopez Obrador because they are afraid the entire system of privileges will collapse if they make even modest concessions. The campaign slogan of Lopez Obrador was straightforward: “For the good of all, the poor first.” His program during the campaign was actually quite reformist. In a country where half the population lives below the poverty line Lopez Obrador pledged to provide a stipend to the elderly and healthcare for the poor. Millions of jobs would also be created, particularly by undertaking large construction projects to modernize Mexico’s dilapidated transportation system. He also promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States, particularly the clauses that allow the importation of cheap subsidized grains that undermine Mexico’s peasant producers … (full text).

After Pinochet, prosecute Kissinger, Dec. 15, 2004.

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Dao Thi Bich Van – Viet Nam

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

The work of Dao Thi Bich Van in the trade union of the Department of Education and Training requires patience, devotion, the ability to convince and encourage, and profound love. She organizes initiatives to improve the lives of disadvantaged people, especially teachers, handicapped people, and street children.

She says: “I am an ordinary woman with very simple work”.

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Dao Thi Bich Van – Viet Nam

She works for the Department of Education and Training Hanoi, named on Asia Link, and on Frontier/South-East-Asia/.

She made trips to the countryside, where she came to understand the unhappy lot of teachers and students in remote regions. What she saw brought tears to her eyes and she pledged to improve their lives. She has established and managed humanitarian programs at the Hanoi Education and Training Department and the Department’s trade union, using all possible resources to guarantee their success.

In the past 10 years, she has mobilized teachers in the Department to donate to humanitarian programs and participate in humanitarian and social activities. She has raised billions of dong annually, totaling more than US$ 1.5 million in ten years.

For street children, she has marshaled vocational training teachers in Hanoi to give free classes in reading, writing and vocational training; she convinced the Swiss organization Terre des Hommes to finance the building and equipment and called on the Italian Motherless Association to donate US$30,000 to upgrade the classrooms.

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Michael C. Ruppert – USA

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Linked with The Archive of ‘From The Wilderness’ FTW, with jenna orkin’s Act 2: From the Wilderness’ Peak Oil.
And also with Michel Chossudovsky – Canada, with Cynthia McKinney- USA,
and with Center for Research on Globalisation.

Michael Ruppert is the founder and editor of ‘From The Wilderness’, a newsletter and website dedicated to investigating political cover-ups. On August 16, 2006 Ruppert announced that he was leaving the United States permanently, citing years of harassment for his ongoing dissident activities … (full text).

See also: BY THE LIGHT OF A BURNING BRIDGE, his permanent Goodbye to the United States).

He writes: FTW (the newsletter ‘From The Wilderness’) is really screwed up right now. Everybody knows it and I am not going ignore it. I am in bad shape too. I am not going to hide that either. I have been in Caracas for 14-plus weeks and am facing a serious combination of medical ymptoms that were described by Carlos Ruiz in “Living with Mike Ruppert in Caracas.” (full text).

FULL DISCLOSURE – THE LAPD RECORDS OF MICHAEL C. RUPPERT.

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Michael C. Ruppert – USA

More articles on CIA & Drugs.

OPENING REMARKS OF MICHAEL C. RUPPERT for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Michael Ruppert is the author of Crossing The Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil. Published in September 2004 and is one of the three best-selling books globally and in the US about the attacks of 9/11. Rubicon is the only book to show that Vice President Richard Cheney, the US government and Wall Street had a well-developed awareness of Peak Oil before the 9/11 attacks and that US policy since then has been consistent with Peak Oil imperatives. In May, 2006 Crossing the Rubicon was added to the Harvard School of Business library and released in a French version with distribution throughout all major book stores in France. (’Outside the box‘, scroll down).

1996 Dark Alliance Investigative Report, Google Scolar-articles about.

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Webster Griffin Tarpley – USA

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Webster Griffin Tarpley is an author, lecturer, and critic of US foreign and domestic policy. He maintains that the events of 9/11 were engineered by the military industrial complex. He envisions a model of false flag terror operated by a rogue network of independent operatives in the privatized military intelligence sector and corporate media … he earned an AB at Princeton University in 1966 in English and Italian, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Fulbright Scholar at University of Turin, Italy. Master of Arts in humanities from Skidmore College.
(full text).

He says: “The other aspect is ‘synthesis’, meaning ‘drawing things together’ like bringing elements together that are disparate and don’t seem to belong together, but really do. And that’s the conceptual framework I offer in there, and some charts on the back, and at various points in the book. The question of the moles, patsies, the professional killers, and the command center which coordinates all of that within the framework of a brainwashed world of controlled corporate media. In particular I try to show, in the case of the patsies, leaning on some research by Daniel Hopsicker, who has been delving around in Florida for some years, that in the case of Atta and some of the other pilots training at the airport in Venice, Florida, they are the products of the precise airports that were being used by Oliver North and Secord, and Felix Rodriguez in the Iran/Contra scandal of the 1980s, for gun running into Central America and bringing back crack cocaine and heroin and other lethal narcotics into the United States. That’s what Atta comes from and it’s very interesting that the 9/11 patsies are so closely connected to the Iran/Contra infrastructure. These are the kinds of elements of continuity that I try to show in the book”… (full interview text).

See his website.

Listen his video: 9/11 L.A. Symposium – Webster Griffin Tarpley on 911 Evidence, 1.06 h, 04.08.2006.

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Webster Griffin Tarpley – USA

Read on his website: George Bush, The Unauthorized Biography, by Webster G. Tarpley & Anton Chaitkin, on his website: Table of Contents (Introduction and chapters 1 to 25). Scrolling down of the same page: You can get the entire book at once, by dowloading the following compressed file: bushbook.zip. (The zip file is about one Megabyte. It contains all the chapters in HTML format.)

He says also: “The thing about the anthrax is that 9/11, the Pentagon and the WTC Towers are far away from rural America, the Midwest… there are large parts of the US where people could say, ‘As long as it’s skyscrapers, there’s no skyscraper here…’ and there were tens of millions of people who felt that they were not on the hook. But of course the one thing that just about everybody does is go to a Post Office box or a mail slot at home, or your mailbox, and get out your daily mail. And as you remember, when you did this, you’re always thinking, how many anthrax spores are in this envelope and every unidentified piece of junk mail you opened up you wondered if you were gonna get white powder in it. So this was very effective psy-war, it was also used, very consciously by the FBI to take investigators, who were supposedly looking into 9/11 and to divert them to something completely different. It’s very interesting that the FBI has never solved this crime. I think it’s a key to the bankruptcy of their investigative procedures in general, if that were still needed. The one thing that’s clear is that the anthrax spores that are involved here come from US military labs”. (full interview text).

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Zumra Nuru Mohammad – Ethiopia

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founder of Awra Amba

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He can’t read or write, but Zumra Nuru created a society that would have made Karl Marx proud. The 60-year-old Ethiopian farmer founded and cochairs Awra Amba, a commune where men cook, women plow, and religion has no place. His inspiration came from his childhood: He was sent to the fields instead of to school and beaten for eating meat at his Christian neighbor’s home. His mother had to work much more than his father … In the 1980s, Nuru finally launched the egalitarian society he dreamed of with 19 other people who adopted his vision. Today Awra Amba has some 400 members and is lauded as a model to alleviate poverty and promote gender equality in a country where women generally hold a subservient status to men. (full text).

He says: “It made me sad, when I asked my parents about it … they acted as if I were foolish” … and: “Everybody I ask tells me that mankind has one root some say that it started from Adam and Eve and others prefer to say it was Adem and Hawa,” … and: “I decided then to ignore such lines, which create differences among human beings, and establish a heaven that has a place for all by giving love to each other and avoid all causes of conflict among themselves”.

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Zumra Nuru Mohammad – Ethiopia

Father of the village.

Bio, exerpt: … In 1972 when he first settled in Awramba, there were 66 households who agreed to live according to his new lifestyle. As other people in the surrounding districts politicized his activities and began accusing him, he began to realize what he dreamed of since childhood wasn’t going to be easily realized … and: In the final days of the Derg regime in 1989 when they heard that the neighborhood is going to massacre Zumra and all of his followers, the whole Awaramba community left their homes in the middle of the night and descended on Bonga town in southern Ethiopia, to save their lives. (full text).

Den Karl Marx cung phai u hao.

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Rodrigue Tremblay – Canada

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Rodrigue Tremblay (born October 13, 1939) is a Canadian-born economist, humanist and political figure. He teaches economics at the Université de Montréal. He specializes in macroeconomics, international trade and finance, and public finance. He is a prolific author of books in economics and politics. Born in Matane, Québec, Canada, he has a B.A. from the Université Laval (1961), a B.Sc. in Economics from the Université de Montréal (1963). Tremblay did his graduate work at Stanford University where he obtained a M.A. in Economics (1965) and a Ph.D. in Economics (1968) … He is a rare and versatile economist whose accomplishments touch many fields of economics and economic policy. He is known for his contributions in three areas of economics … He is also a public intellectual who is known for his contributions to the understanding of international, Canadian and Quebec politics. His blog on world geopolitics is read in fifty countries and in seven languages. His book The New American Empire was published in English, in French under the title “Le nouvel empire américain” and in Turkish under the title of “Yeni Amerikan †mparatorlu›u”. His political analyses have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail and numerous French-language newspapers such as Le Devoir, La Presse (Canada), Le Soleil, and several other publications … (full text).

A Fed Panic and a Massive Bailout of American Banks Paid for by the Entire World, September 22nd, 2007.

He writes: The global dollar-based financial system is in crisis and is threatening the prosperity and stability of many economies. Financial excesses of all kinds have undermined its legitimacy and its efficiency. The U.S. dollar is losing its preeminence as the main international reserve currency while many banks are caught in the turmoil of the subprime credit crisis … (full text, Nov 16, 2007).

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Rodrigue Tremblay – Canada

Listen to his video: The deconstruction of Iraq, 2 min., October 4, 2007.

He writes also: When religious extremists use their tax-free access to TV to openly call for a nuclear confrontation between America and Iran, and when they try to demonize the European Union by calling it “the Antichrist”, it is time to ask what’s going on in the U.S. —Is this wind of collective madness subsiding or getting up steam? Are the Armageddonite fanatics calling for the end of the world and the Second Coming of Christ, in an Armageddon war supposed to kill two billion people, turning the U. S. into a madhouse, where the inmates seem to be in charge? There are, indeed, as many as 30 million Armageddonite Americans—ten percent of the population—most of them members of the evangelical religious fundamentalist movement, to which GWB subscribes as an evangelical born-again Christian, and from which he borrows his religious language in defense of his policies. (In the 2004 elections, exit polls showed that more than three-quarters of white evangelical Christians voted for President Bush.) Many among the evangelicals are known to nurture the crazy idea that if their preachers’ end-of-the-world scenario were to be accomplished, they would be ‘raptured’ and would enter into some ‘Heaven’, without going through a ‘Judgment Day’. Since the leaders of this movement are frequently invited to the White House for off-the-record policy sessions, and since many congressmen attend their meetings, it might not be so foolish after all to look at what these delusional characters have in store for the world. (full text).

Canada and Bushs North American Union.

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Virgelina Chará – Colombia

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

She says: “Peace cannot be reached with bullets because then so many lives are lost. You cannot buy it or sell it with blood. It is a process that must be built from within the family”.

She says also: “They have threatened me with death” … and: “I worked from the age of six helping my family” … and: “When you are helping people in the community, you realize what is going on”.

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Virgelina Chará – Colombia

She works for the Cooperativa Multiactiva Interétnica Nuevo Horizonte Limitada (Inter-ethnical Multi-active Cooperative).

Virgelina Chará is an African Colombian, born half a century ago in the Valle del Cauca, in Colombia.

She has been threatened with death five times and cannot remember how many times she has been displaced from her home. She has been arrested, kidnapped, beaten and persecuted. She has seven children, three grandchildren and she never rests “because of my desire to live and to live with under dignified conditions”, says Virgelina Chará when talking about her life, which has lasted for half a century, punctuated by displacements and persecutions.

She was the first of four children born in Cauca, in Colombia. She was Afro-Colombian and poor, raised by her mother and grandmother. From ages 12 to 18, she worked as a maid in Calí. She managed to go to school in the evenings and graduated from the primary level at age 24.

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Xiaoying Zheng – China

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Linked with Classical Music Struggles to Be Heard.

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

She says: “I wish to present wonderful music and peaceful life to the public and popularize exquisite classical music to the best of my ability” … and: “A symphony which represents Western music, is a most complex yet splendid artistic form” … “Compared with China’s big cities like Beijing and Shanghai, Xiamen, with a population of only 400,000, has done very well”.

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Xiaoying Zheng – China

She works for China’s Central Opera Theater (named in China today).

Zheng Xiaoying is China’s first female opera and symphony orchestra conductor, and is the first Chinese orchestra conductor to take the international opera stage. She is now the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra. Zheng has been awarded a variety of prizes in acknowledgment of her outstanding art achievements on the following four aspects:

I. Rebuilding of the Central Opera Theatre’s orchestra from ruin after the Cultural Revolution and excellent opera conducting:

Zheng has often been invited to give performances on important occasions in China since 1978. She has conducted many Chinese and foreign operas. She also offers tremendous support to the creative works of young composers and assists in the trial performance and spread of Chinese works. Her conducting is considered enthusiastic, conscientious, exquisite, and inspiring.Zheng has been invited more than 30 times to lead opera and symphony concerts or give lectures in more than 20 countries like USA, Russia, Japan, Australia, and European countries. She is the first Chinese conductor to take the podium in a foreign opera theatre and continues to receive such invitations even now. Zheng’s performance on the international stage has changed prejudices against Chinese and oriental women.

II. More than 50 years of brilliant teaching achievements:

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Müyesser Günes – Turkey

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

She says: “All guerrillas, soldiers, and prisoners are my children. I shall be there for all of them. I will continue to struggle for peace so that they do not die”.

She explained: “I was no longer a mother in fear. That person had vanished and was replaced by a strong and knowledgeable mother. I began to follow the news. I read newspapers and books, which helped alleviate my pain. As soon as I put the kids to sleep I would turn on the television and watch programs such as Siyaset Meydani (Political Arena) and Teke Tek (One to One). I could no longer sleep at night. I began to understand that there was a Kurdish question in Turkey. I wanted to do something to overcome our problems, and so that I would never be faced with the news of Mehmet’s death. Whenever I traveled or met new people, I was compelled to befriend them and explain the real situation in Turkey. I was no longer an ordinary housewife. I would talk about the situation and I tried to organize the older women to take a stance. I told them, ‘Mothers need to do something. Today I am living through all this but tomorrow it may be your turn’. I knew the pain all too well and I knew that it would grasp us all, all over Turkey. Without knowing it, I was becoming a peace militant and a peace mother”.

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Müyesser Günes – Turkey

She works for the Peace Mothers (there exist worldwide many local groups named ‘Mothers for Peace’).
Muyesser Gunes has spent most of her life as a typical Kurdish village woman. She was born in Bitlis/Ahlat to a family with seven siblings. Her mother died at age 29, during the birth of her last child, because there was no village doctor to assist her. After losing their mother, the girls were forced to stop attending school to look after the younger children; Muyesser left school when she was five. At age 14, she was married off to a 12-year-old cousin and her responsibilities increased tremendously. She had to care for her sick mother-in-law and young husband. At age 17, she had her first child and for the next ten years, she lived in the village, milking the animals, baking bread, cutting and harvesting the fields, and producing yogurt and cheese.

The Kurds were completely self-sufficient since the Turkish state did not supplement their living in any way. Eventually, her village’s name, Mezik, was banned, along with thousands of others, and changed to the Turkish, Burcu Kaya. Her eldest son, Mehmet, was subjected to harassment by Turkish students and state forces and was kicked out of school for being a Kurd. Their house was regularly raided and at one point, Mehmet was taken into police custody and tortured.

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