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Olivier Roy – France

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Linked with Secularism confronts Islam, and with Neo-Fundamentalism. Added March 29, 2008: linked also with Gruesome Islam-video.

Olivier Roy (born 1949) is a research director at the French National Center for Scientific Research CNRS and a lecturer for both the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences EHESS and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris IEP. Since 1984, he has acted as a consultant to the French Foreign Ministry. In 1988, Roy served as a United Nations Office for Coordinating Relief in Afghanistan UNOCA consultant. Beginning in August of 1993, Roy served as special OSCE representative to Tajikistan until February of 1994, at which time he was selected as head of the OSCE mission to Tajikistan, a position he held until October of 1994. Roy received an “Agregation” in Philosophy and a Master’s in Persian language and civilization in 1972 from the French Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales. In 1996, he received his PhD in Political Science from the IEP … (full text).

Islamism’s failure, Islamists’ future.

He writes: Today’s religious revival among Europe’s Muslims is no importation of religious traditions born in the Middle East or the wider Muslim world. Rather, it reflects many of the dynamics of contemporary American evangelical movements. No surprise then that, instead of being tolerant and liberal, it is a movement based on dogmatism, communitarianism, and scripturalism … (full long text).

A website in french with some of his publications.


Olivier Roy – France

His website in french at Science-Po.

Watch the video: Conversations with History, The Political Imagination of Islam, with Olivier Roy interviewed by Harry Kreisler, on Berkeley, 55 min, 31 May 2007. On this edition of Conversations with History, UC Berkeley’s Harry Kreisler talks with Olivier Roy, senior researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris. Their discussion covers Islamic movements, the rise of fundamentalism, the failure of political Islam, and relations between the West and the Islamic world. Have the same title on University of California TV uctv, 54 min, 8/5/2002.

(March 29, 2008: Sorry, the original link here leaded to a video. The website shows now two links for an audio and a transcript). Please find instead this other video: The Future of Radical Islam in Europe, 59.27 min, Nov 6, 2007.
He says: “He (Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams) was referring to civil law, which is essentially the issue of marriages, divorce, child allowance and things like that. The same way for instance that there is Catholic canon law and Jewish law on marriages, inheritance and things like that. There are some informal or at least not state-recognized Jewish orthodox courts. But the people who go to these courts do so on a voluntary basis of course, and the big issue with so-called Sharia courts in the West is: who will go to these courts?” … (full text).

The end of history and the long march of secularisation.

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Baba Amte – India (1914 – 2008)

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(born Murlidhar Devidas Amte)

Linked with Love in the time of want, and with Take Heart India THI.

Baba Amte passed away at the age of 94 on February 9th, 2008. Baba never regretted anything in life and he faced death as usual with bravery and he passed away peacefully. He led series of lives in one life. He always cherished fulfillment in life and he will ever remain in our thoughts, actions and spirits. (

He said: “I believe in leading series of Lives in one life”. (take heart India).

Baba Amte (Marathi) (December 26, 1914 – February 9, 2008), born Murlidhar Devidas Amte, was a respected Indian social activist. He was the founder of several ashrams and communities for the service of leprosy patients and other marginalized people that were shunned by society. Anandwan (literally, “Forest of Joy”), located in the remote and economically less privileged district of Chandrapur, Maharashtra, is the most well-known amongst them and was his home … (full long text).

Baba Amte dedicated his life to various other social causes, the most notable of which were environmental awareness, wildlife preservation and the Narmada Bachao Andolan.

His blog ‘walking with you‘.


Baba Amte (born Murlidhar Devidas Amte) – India (1914 – 2008)

Lok Sabha condoles death of MPs, Hillary, Baba Amte.

At first he let his hair and fingernails grow long, a holy man’s guise that looked odd in a lawyer. After that, when the scavengers came to him with grievances one week, he decided to try their work, scraping out latrines for nine hours a day. His family, landowner Brahmins who had given him a costly education and a sports car, were scandalised; and the more so when, in 1946, he married a Brahmin girl, Sadhna, who thought nothing of leaving her own sister’s wedding to help a servant-woman do the washing … (full text, Feb 25, 2008).

Baba Amte, 93; Champion of Lepers and Outcasts.

As became known on Saturday, 9 February 2008, the 1991 Right Livelihood Award Laureate Baba Amte from India died at the age of 94. Murlidhar Devidas Amte, popularly known as Baba Amte, received the Right Livelihood Award together with Medha Patkar and the Narmada Bachao Andolan ”…for their inspired opposition to the disastrous Narmada Valley dams project and their promotion of alternatives designed to benefit the poor and the environment.” Apart from his fight against the Narmada Valley dams project Baba Amte devoted his life to the care and non-discrimination of leprosy patients. India is in grief about the passing away of this popular Gandhian leader. (right livelihood).

Wisdom Song, the life of Baba Amte.

Find him on Google Video-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

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Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed – England & Bangladesh

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Linked with, with UN Humanitarian Intervention in East Timor, a critical appraisal, and with Structural Violence as a Form of Genocide, the impact of the international economic order.

Nafeez Ahmed is a British-born Muslim of Bangladeshi ethnicity. He is the author of The London Bombings: An Independent Inquiry (London: Duckworth, 2006) and The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation and the Anatomy of Terrorism (New York: Olive Branch, 2005). His research on international terrorism was officially used by the 9/11 Commission in Washington DC, and on 22 July, 2005 he gave expert testimony in US Congress on the failure of Western security policies at the hearing, “9/11 Commission Report One Year Later: Did They Get it Right?”. In addition to his testimony, his written submissions on Western collaboration with Islamist terror networks were entered into the Congressional Record. Career: … (full text).

His favorite books and links (scroll down).

His blogs:

Afghanistan, the Taliban and the United States, the role of Human Rights in western foreign policy.


Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed – England & Bangladesh

Listen to his video: Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed: The_Hidden_Holocaust, our Civilisational Crisis, 1 h 21 min, Nov. 27, 2007.
He says: “It was entirely predictable, in this context, that the [9/11] Commission would fail to pursue a meaningful investigation that might expose the alarming extent to which powerful political, military, and economic interests connected to the government are… ” … listen the rest in the following audio interview with Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed.

Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed on State Sponsored Terror, found on Famous for 15 megapixels, Steph’s blog.

As Ahmed demonstrates the attacks can only be fully understood in the ight of extensive co-operation between the Islamist extremists and Western Intelligence in Central Asia. The London bombings, much like the attacks on New York in 2001, were a widely predicted consequence of the West’s global strategy. If we do face a future of terrorism we should at least understand the extent to which our governments have accepted this as the price of business as usual. Looking beyond the platitudes and deceptions of the war on terror, Nafeez asks what exactly we mean by the national interest and whether we are really well served by policies that promote terror abroad and tolerate extremism at home. (full text).

Armageddon on the Horizon?

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Oddom Van Syvorn – Cambodia

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

Oddom Van Syvorn (born 1962) is a Cambodian woman who has dedicated her life to promoting peace and non-violence through the annual peace walk to war-ravaged areas in Cambodia. She joined the first Dhammayietra, which literally means walking with dharma, in 1992 and has coordinated the pilgrimage since 1999. In her work, she teaches Buddhist precepts to the young, blesses and plants trees to raise awareness about environmental preservation and promotes compassion for people living with HIV/Aids.

She says: “The Dhammayietra is not waiting for the next war to begin but comes to spread information everywhere and to call all to a change of heart, a Khmer heart, a soft, kind, gentle heart”.

She says also: “Before the war, my father wanted us to leave for Thailand, his motherland. He said we will face difficulties in this country (Cambodia) when communists come. My mother refused to leave. They lived separately for three months before they reunited. I remember my father said ‘I would die without you seeing the smoke” (not having a funeral rite).


Oddom Van Syvorn – Cambodia

She works for the Dhammayietra Center for Peace and Non-violence.

Oddom Van Syvorn, a small, quiet and humble Cambodian woman is an engaged Buddhist. She practices dharma in her daily life. She dresses simply – a long-sleeved plain shirt and a sarong. Her offices are temples, schools, and prisons. The soft-spoken Syvorn can be seen negotiating bad roads, pedaling her way to the villages to teach villagers about meditation. At other times, she meditates with older traditional midwives, visits the sick in her community, and plants trees to raise awareness about the environment.

But Syvorn is not an ordinary woman.

Underneath her smiling face and soft voice is a determined woman who won’t allow any hurdle to get in the way of her quest for peace. In contrast to her humility, Syvorn is fearless in her encounters with powerful figures when she seeks explanations for the delays in the approval of her requests to hold a peace walk.

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Mithre J. Sandrasagra – USA

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Linked with NGLS – UN Non-Governmntal Liaison Service.

Mithre J. Sandrasagra has been covering the the United Nations for IPS since 1999. Before that he administered a sustainable development trust in Sri Lanka. As UN Correspondent, he has covered political wrangling at the UN, with regard to peacekeeping, disaster relief, health, human rights and gender. In 2007, he was appointed Editor at Large … He also serves as IPS Administrator for the North American region … (full text, IPS).

In the Nuba mountains region in Southern Kordofan, for example, the indigenous Nuba tribe expressed concern over the damaging of trees and other vegetation due to the recent presence of the camel-herding Shanabla tribe. Like many pastoralist communities, the Shanabla have been forced to migrate south in search of adequate grazing land lost in the north to agricultural expansion and drought. Some Nuba warned of “restarting the war” if this damage did not cease, according to UNEP. Many sensitive areas are also experiencing a “deforestation crisis” which has led to a loss of almost 12 percent of Sudan’s forest cover in just 15 years. Some areas are expected to undergo a total loss of forest cover within the next decade … (full text).


Mithre J. Sandrasagra – USA

WATER DAY: Key Development Goals Stagnating.

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 29 (IPS) – A new treaty designed to promote and protect the rights of the world’s 650 million persons with disabilities opens for signature at the United Nations on Friday. At its core, the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ensures that persons with disabilities enjoy the same human rights as everyone else, and are able to lead their lives as fully-fledged citizens who can make valuable contributions to society … (full text).

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Women’s Lives Unraveling in Occupied Iraq.

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 18 (IPS) – The protection and well-being of children in Sudan are at a critical juncture, according to a report released Wednesday by Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, a global network of non-governmental organisations. Despite the 2005 peace agreement that ended 21 years of civil conflict between the government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, Darfur remains host to one of the largest humanitarian operations in the world: 92 NGOs and Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and 14 UN agencies maintain a presence there … (full text).

DEVELOPMENT: Digital Divide Becoming a Vast Chasm.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that more than two million women are living with fistula in developing countries and an additional 50,000 to 100,000 new cases occur each year. These WHO estimates are based on the number of women seeking treatment, and are likely to be gross underestimates. The estimates were also made in 1989. There are no new statistics because “the problem of fistula is a neglected, under-prioritised issue”, Kate Ramsey, project analyst of the Reproductive Health Branch of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), told IPS. “We suspect the number of victims is much higher,” Ramsey stressed, following a panel discussion on efforts to eliminate fistula that took place here on the sidelines of the 50th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women … (full text).

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Jerry Okungu – Kenya

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Linked with Can an African Country Defy America And Get Away With It, with Nepad is Not in the Construction Business, and with ODM-K’s best bet is Raila.

Jerry Okungu is a political analyst and Media Consultant on African Affairs based in Nairobi. He is also media consultant, Nepad, Kenya secretariat.

A former Senior Staff of the Nation Media Group, he is currently a Director of Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Media Consultant for the International Republican Institute while serving as the Communications Specialist for NEPAD Kenya Secretariat covering the Eastern Africa Region. (Afro Articles).

He writes: “I may be a pessimist, but as early as the Somali peace deal was signed in Nairobi and warlords elected Abdillahi as interim president, I predicted disaster and failure. I did not do so because I had known him. I did so when I saw the circumstances of his election against his track record as a warlord. Now, two years later, my prediction has come to pass. However, what worries me, and I hope other realists too, is why the international community, Africa and the rest of mankind cannot see that backing Abdillahi Yusuf to bring peace and stability to Somalia is like asking a goat to negotiate with a crocodile. (full text).

Who is a lesser devil? Robert Mugabe or IMF’s David Andrews?


Jerry Okungu – Kenya


He writes also: … When one talks of Kano (see the CIA World Fact-Book/Kenya/Background), one remembers Apondo Disi, Nduru dho Nam Lolwe, Migingo, Rabuor, Nyalunya, Nyan’gande, Nyachoda, Awasi Border, Oren, Ong’eche, Kaswa, Thur Dibuoro, Gee Liech, Olasi, Ayweyo, Kimira, Wang’anga, God Waradho, Sidho Gweng’ Lwanda Magere and Legio Maria Arch-Bishop Ondeto. The clans inhabiting Kano Plains are many and varied. They have over the centuries lived in harmony, inter married, mourned their dead and celebrated success together from time immemorial. There has never been conflict from among the Kano clans even with immigrants from Kisumo, Nyakach, Bunyore and Kisii who came and settled among them in the last 100 years, a remarkable peace record achievement if you ask me … (full text).

On Dr. Robert Mugabe, President of The Republic of Zimbabwe, May 8, 2005.

Jerry Okungu’s article titled “Kenya’s spoilt exiles have nothing to give this country” in “The Standard” of 5th January 2005 (east standard), was a candid and frank effort to address a subject that has been ignored for too long, and Jerry needs to be commended for this very brave move … (full text).


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Pélagie Nduwayo-Ndikuriyo -Burundi

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Linked with Yvonne Ryakiye – Burundi.

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

She says: … “I decided to come back. I came and stayed at Musaga. By then my daughter-in-law was dead. Only my uncles were there. I stayed with them. I met Yvonne again in the Association. She helped me once more. She is like a parent to me. She persuaded the Association to assist in rehabilitating my home. They built a house for me. They put on doors. I am very grateful … (full text, testimonies).
A student, adopted by Pélagie, says: “Nous sommes qui nous sommes grâce à elle” … “We are who we are, thanks to her”.


Pélagie Nduwayo-Ndikuriyo -Burundi

She works for Solidarité pour Aider les Sinisterés Burundais SASB (no mention found).

Pélagie Nduwayo-Ndikuriyo works with women, students, girls and the disabled. She supports disadvantaged people in different ways with the aim of reducing poverty. She offers sewing courses for women and girls, provides seeds to ensure the survival of families, and pays for children to receive an education. She works with people of different ethnic groups.

In a refugee camp, she once met a woman who owned nothing except a paigne, the brightly coloured piece of cloth that is commonly worn in Africa, wrapped around the waist. The woman had her menstruation and was crouched in a corner. Without a change of clothes or another piece of cloth, she was messed up and could not move from that spot.

Uprooted from her relatively sheltered life as a Tutsi and wife of a former Burundi prime minister, Pélagie Nduwayo began to support individual women in the camp by distributing clothes, food and sometimes also money. This was at first merely a drop in the ocean, but eventually picked momentum. The women organized themselves into a group as they realized that this help might one day cease. So they asked Pélagie Nduwayo to assist become self-reliant.

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Yvonne Ryakiye – Burundi

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

She says: “It makes me incredibly happy when I see people alive who I saved from death”.

… Mais Léonie refusa d’accepter la situation de tension montante, et avec son ex-voisine Yvonne Ryakiye elle osèrent traverser la rivière pour se rendre visite. Comme elles étaient sans armes d’autres personnes suivirent leur exemple … (full text).


Yvonne Ryakiye – Burundi

She works for Twishakira amahoro (published on Africa Recovery, copied by, and for Search for Common Ground Burundi.

Yvonne Ryakiye lives at the foothills of Bujumbura, where many Tutsi families were killed or driven away during the 1993/1994 genocide. Yvonne, a Hutu, started her organization by hiding Tutsi refugees.

With the Hutu and the Tutsi entrenched on either side of the Kanyosha River, she took the initiative to re-establish contact with her former Tutsi neighbor Léonie Barakomeza. The two women risked their lives as they crossed the river to visit one another. This began the warming-up of the relations between two hostile ethnic groups.“As women, we have done our best to make the Hutus and Tutsis live together peacefully again, because we do not want to lose our husbands and children,” says Yvonne Ryakije, a Hutu farmer who lives in Busoro village at the foothills of Bujumbura, where the river Kanyosha flows through a deep gorge.

During the 1993 – 1994 genocide the Tutsi were driven to the other side of the river, while the Hutus had to flee from the opposite bank to Busoro. In the beginning, Yvonne hid Tutsi refugees in her house, but this soon became too dangerous. The river was considered a natural boundary. Recalls Yvonne, “It was like a wall protecting us from being murdered, because nobody dared to cross it.”

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Johann Hari – England

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Linked with The battle for Labour’s soul.

Johann Hari (born January 21, 1979) is a British journalist and writer. He is a columnist for The Independent and the Evening Standard. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, Le Monde and Ha’aretz. Hari was born in Glasgow and raised in London. He attended Aylward School, John Lyon School, North Cheshire Theatre School, Weald College and Woodhouse College. He graduated with a double first in Social and Political Sciences at King’s College, Cambridge in 2001 … (full text).

We’ll save the planet only if we we’re forced to.

He writes: In Kabul hospital, half the patients who need opiate-based painkillers are writhing in agony because they have none—while in the fields outside and across Afghanistan, farmers trying to grow opiates are having their fields trashed and livelihoods destroyed by western troops. This is just the most ironic intersection between the west’s “war on drugs” and what the World Health Organisation calls “an unprecedented global pain crisis … (full text).

His homepage.


Johann Hari – England

Rowan Williams has shown us one thing – why multiculturalism must be abandoned.

Spielberg has taken a stand. We must too.

He writes also: Liberal America may be slapping itself on the back that the two main contenders for the Democratic ticket are a woman and a black man, but the elephant in the room is a pink one. Where is the gay candidate? The republicans are all heterosexual males – that goes without saying – but for those who had higher hopes for the Democrats, disappointment is the name of the game. When Bill Clinton first won the White House, Fleetwood Mac reformed and played at his inauguration. But hell will freeze over before the Village People get back together and sing YMCA while the Pink Prez and his First Boyfriend waltz into the Oval Office. (on public interest blogspot).

Jeremy Kyle, a moral hero of our time.

… We don’t need to speculate about what these British sharia courts would look like. They already exist in some mosques across Britain, as voluntary enterprises. Last month, a plain, unsensationalist documentary called Divorce: Sharia Style looked at the judgements they hand down. If a man wants a divorce, he simply has to say to his wife, “I divorce you” three times over three months. The wife has no right of appeal, and no right to ask for a reason. If a woman wants a divorce, by contrast, she has to humbly ask her husband. If he refuses, she must turn to a sharia court, and convince three Mullahs that her husband has behaved “unreasonably” – according to the rules laid out in a pre-modern text that recommends domestic violence if your wife gets uppity. Irum Shazad, a 26-year-old British woman, travels from her battered women’s refuge to a sharia court in East London. She explains that her husband was so abusive she slashed her wrists with a carving knife. The court tells her this was a sin, making her as bad as him. They tell her to go back to her husband. (They grant a divorce half a year later, after a dozen more “last chances” for him to abuse her.) … (full text).

Reshuffling the Deck Chairs on the National Review cruise.

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Paul Craig Roberts – USA

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Linked with The Independent Institute.

Paul Craig Roberts (born April 3, 1939, in Atlanta, Georgia) is an economist and a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate. He served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration earning fame as the “Father of Reaganomics“. He is a former editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Scripps Howard News Service. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He was a post-graduate at the University of California, Berkeley, and Oxford University where he was a member of Merton College. In 1992 he received the Warren Brookes Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 1993 the Forbes Media Guide ranked him as one of the top seven journalists in the United States.[1] His writings frequently appear on,, Lew Rockwell’s web site, and CounterPunch … (full text).

What Do We Stand For?

His videos on YouTube.


Paul Craig Roberts – USA

He is research fellow at The Independent Institute.

He writes: The Brownshirt Party has chosen John “hundred year war” McCain as its presidential candidate. Except for Cheney, Norman Podhoretz, and billy kristol, McCain is America’s greatest warmonger. In a McCain Regime, Cheney will be back in office with another stint as Secretary of War. Norman “Bomb-bomb-bomb-Iran” Podhoretz will be Undersecretary for Nuclear War with General John “Nuke them” Shalikashvili as his deputy. Rudy Giuliani will be the Minister of Interior in charge of Halliburton’s detention centers into which will be herded all critics of war and the police state. billy kristol will be chief White House spokesliar. The whole gang will be back–Wolfowitz, Perle, Wurmster, Feith, Libby, Bolton. America will have a second chance to bomb the world into submission … (full text, Febr. 9, 2008).

Audio: Church Harder interviews Paul Craig Roberts.

Audio: Scott and Paul Craig Roberts discuss the London bombings, the media, the terror war, the Iraq war and the neo-Jacobins, July 9, 2005.

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Jayati Chowdhury – India & Belgium

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Born in 1973 (September 13th), Kolkata, Jayati graduated with English honors. Happily married with Rajeeb and mother of Rajat, she lives in Brussels, Belgium. She is an EX School teacher of International Indian School in Middle East. Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life (Mark Twain) that Jayati leads now. (


  • Eclipsed by impulsiveness,
  • Decision without deliberation.
  • The fragmented photo frames,
  • The broken vase and the wilted rose.
  • The hollow emptiness,
  • Reverberates, I am with you no more
  • … (full text).

A Letter to a Friend.


Jayati Chowdhury – India & Belgium

Some poems:

Someone somewhere, a poem by Jayati Chowdhury, page one, and page two.

She captures subtle moments in verse and strongly believes that poetry is like symphony, composed by emotions and perceptions, not by rule. She has also penned few articles. A trained vocalist, Jayati loves to sing ghazals. She is a registered poet with and her poems are also published in sites like, and Her philosophy in life is: I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires – khalil Gibran. She is selected as Poet of the Week on January 8, 2006 and again on August 26, 2007.(

Trip to the Rainbow Nation, South Africa, Johannesburg.

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Yongchen Wang – China

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

Wang Yongchen is a journalist at China’s Central People’s Radio Station and convener of Green Earth Volunteers (GEV). She realizes the strength of the media in environmental protection, using her professional expertise to promote environmental protection. A pioneer of radio programs on environmental concerns, such as “Classroom on Wednesday” and “Journalist Salon”, she opens platforms for public education and debate, and aims to change and raise public awareness on the environment, the relationship between humans and nature, and social responsibility in the protection of nature.

She says: “I am often regarded as a woman who is building a grand environmental-protection project. But I think that I am part of nature. And I am only doing what everyone should be doing”.


Yongchen Wang – China

She works for the Green Earth Volunteers GEV (named as member of The Virtual

Wang Yongchen, native of Anhui Province, was born in Beijing in 1954. She graduated from the Library Department of Beijing University and is now a journalist for China’s Central People’s Radio Station and convener of Green Earth Volunteers (GEV), a non-governmental organization on environmental protection. Over the past 16 years, she has been active in China’s environmental protection movement in the capacity of a journalist.

It all began in 1988 after Wang worked on the stories on the hunting of wild Yaks in the Qinghai-Tibetan highland and a bird-loving primary school children in Jiangsu Province. She was deeply shocked by how people brought about the destruction of nature in the former and was impressed by the love and passion for nature in the later. This has served as the motive and the driving force for Wang’s dedication in her 16-year cause for environmental protection. She recalled, “I was really touched. From then on, environmental protection is to go to nature, to get to know nature, and make friends with nature. Only then can we live in harmony with our neighbors – animals in nature.” The children gave the lie to Wang’s belief that only rich and free undertook environmental protection. The students loved birds very much and they were very poor. The sight of some wild animals being killed in Tibet also inspired her to focus on environmental protection.

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Jean Piaget – Switzerland

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Linked with The Jean Piaget’s Genetic Epistemology, with The Jean Piaget Society JPS, and with The Jean Piaget Archives.

Jean Piaget (August 9, 1896 – September 16, 1980) was a Swiss philosopher, natural scientist and developmental psychologist, well known for his work studying children, his theory of cognitive development and for his epistemological view called “genetic epistemology”. He created in 1955 the International Centre for Genetic Epistemology in Geneva and directed it until 1980. According to Ernst von Glasersfeld, Jean Piaget is “the great pioneer of the constructivist theory of knowing” … (full long text).

He said: “Intelligence is an adaptation…To say that intelligence is a particular instance of biological adaptation is thus to suppose that it is essentially an organization and that its function is to structure the universe just as the organism structures its immediate environment”. (human intelligence).

Scientific & philosophical development, the stages of cognitive development.

His major contributions:


Jean Piaget – Switzerland

Listen the video: PIAGET’S DEVELOPMENTAL THEORY, 4.00 min, March 22, 2006.

He said also: “Education, for most people, means trying to lead the child to resemble the typical adult of his society … But for me, education means making creators … You have to make inventors, innovators, not conformists” … (and many more).

J. Piaget’s Genetic Epistemology and the Teaching of Elementary Mathematics.

Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development.

Jean Piaget, the pioneering Swiss philosopher and psychologist, spent much of his professional life listening to children, watching children and poring over reports of researchers around the world who were doing the same. He found, to put it most succinctly, that children don’t think like grownups. After thousands of interactions with young people often barely old enough to talk, Piaget began to suspect that behind their cute and seemingly illogical utterances were thought processes that had their own kind of order and their own special logic. Einstein called it a discovery “so simple that only a genius could have thought of it” … (full text).

(He) elaborated the stages of childhood.

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Eric Reeves – USA

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Dr. Eric Reeves is professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. He has spent the past seven years working full-time as a Sudan researcher and analyst, publishing extensively both in the United States and internationally. He has testified several times before the Congress, has lectured widely in academic settings, and has served as a consultant to a number of human rights and humanitarian organizations operating in Sudan. Working independently, he has written on all aspects of Sudan’s recent history. He has recently received a generous grant from the Humanity First Initiative of the Omidyar Network to support his research and travel. He is presently at work on a book surveying the international response to ongoing war and human destruction in Sudan. (wikipedia).

His book: A Long Day’s Dying: Critical Moments in the Darfur Genocide (Paperback).

Eric Reeves will receive an honorary degree from Smith College on March 6, in recognition of the work he’s done to alleviate the suffering from the conflict in the Sudan. “This is a particularly special moment for Smith,” said media relations director Kristen Cole. It is the first time a sitting faculty member has received an honorary degree from Smith College … (full text, Febr. 12, 2008).

Watch the video SWAT HLP, 9.01 min, January 24, 2007.


Eric Reeves – USA

How many deaths in Darfur? Aug. 20, 2007.

Darfur, counting the deaths, May 26, 2005.

He writes: … What accounts for this unconscionable delay of a UN-authorized peace support mission, with Chapter 7 auspices? Unsurprisingly—and now increasingly publicly acknowledged by UN diplomats—the answer lies in defiant obstructionism by the National Islamic Front (NIF) regime in Khartoum (which has expediently and euphemistically renamed itself the National Congress Party). Though notionally the senior member of a Sudanese “Government of National Unity,” the Khartoum security cabal represents only ruthless survivalism, and is animated only by a determination to retain its stranglehold on Sudanese national wealth and power. But the NIF has extremely limited domestic political support; their confident obstruction of international efforts to halt what has become a grim “genocide by attrition” in Darfur must be explained in other terms. And here the key is Chinese support for the regime—support of longstanding that has taken economic, military, and diplomatic form. To be sure, the Arab League—Egypt in particular—has been supportive of Khartoum, as has the Organization of the Islamic Conference. But to survive international pressure, especially by the US, to flout with disdain Security Council resolutions, and to thrive economically despite the crushing burden of its more than $25 billion in external debt, Khartoum has depended upon Beijing. Beijing has abstained on, or blocked through a threatened veto, virtually every action the Security Council sought to take prior to passage of Resolution 1769. China did finally vote for this resolution, but only after significantly weakening its mandate and insisting that there be no sanctions threat against Khartoum, even in the event of non-compliance with the resolution … (full text, February 8, 2008).

UN inaction persists and Darfur crimes too, January 28, 2008.

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Rebecca Adamson – USA

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Linked with INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND PHILANTHROPY, Colonialism by other means, and with Articles for Indigenous Peoples on our blogs.

Biographical Highlights: Rebecca L. Adamson, half Cherokee, established and continues to remain president of the First Nations Development Institute as well as the founder of First Peoples Worldwide. With her belief that Native Americans should be in control of their own schools and education, she soon became a promoter of economic independence for tribes as well. She has sought ways to develop sovereignty among the Indigenous People through creating projects that stem from their original cultures and beliefs. Since 1970, Adamson remains working directly with the tribes and assists them in finding the most sufficient ways of developing successful small businesses and economies apart from the Federal Government without compromising their customs. Furthermore, her organization has raised and distributed millions of dollars to help with these ventures. Adamson obtained a Masters of Science in Economic Development from the University of Southern New Hampshire1 where she also teaches a graduate course on Indigenous Economics within the Community Economic Development Program (Indian Country Today) … (full text).

She is mentionned as betterworld heroe.


Rebecca Adamson – USA

Find her Bio on Native-Wiki.

She says: “Economic development, more than any single issue, is the battle line between two competing world views. Tribal people’s fundamental value was sustainability, and they conducted their livelihoods in ways that sustained resources and limited inequalities in their society. What made traditional economies so radically different and so very fundamentally dangerous to Western economies were the traditional principles of prosperity of Creation versus scarcity of resources, of sharing and distribution versus accumulation and greed, of kinship usage rights versus individual exclusive ownership rights, and of sustainability versus growth. In the field of economic development, economists like to think Western economics is value-neutral, but in truth, it is not. Success is defined according to production units or monetary worth. The contrast with successful indigenous development is stark. For example, since they understand the environment to be a living being, the Northern Cheyenne have opposed coal strip mining on their reservation because it kills the water beings. There are no cost measurements of pollution, production, or other elements that can capture this kind of impact. There is an emerging recognition of the need for a spiritual base, not only in our individual lives, but also in our work and in our communities. (betterworld heroes).

Rebecca Adamson selected as 2003 National Women’s History Month Honoree, her work to be archived in the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College.

She writes: … First, we have to peel away the widespread misconception that conservationists speak for Indigenous people. They do not, many of them have a different agenda. They can be complementary but right now they are not, and often they are in opposition. Donors, in particular, have to become much more aware of the unintended consequences of their funding of these kinds of conservation strategies. In many cases NGOs are putting themselves on a track where they have to get so many thousand hectares into protected area status and the clock is ticking. They?’re getting more and more and more aggressive in order to meet the donors’ objectives. So they’re running roughshod over whatever’s in their way to bring these projects in on line … (full text).

Public Women, Public Words: A Documentary History …

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Azza Mint Moma – Mauritania

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

Born in Atar, in the mountainous region of Adrar, Azza Mint Moma (39) is well-known in her country for her struggle to liberate Mauritanian women. She claims the right of women to liberty and to freedom of choice in their life, especially in their choice of husband.

She says: “If only women united, we would be able to stop talking about injustices and human rights violations”.

She is noted as political heroe.


sorry, no photo found (see also my comment ‘Brave women without photos‘).

Azza Mint Moma – Mauritania

Azza Mint Moma’s struggle is centered in the mountainous region of the Adrar within a very religious community that is closed to external influence and rigid in the face of world change.

Madame Azza Mint Moma was lucky enough to go to school; this was believed to be a big adventure and a great risk. Her mother, who was divorced from her father, removed her from her traditional family environment and placed her in a school against the will of the paternal family. After brilliant primary and secondary school studies, Azza specialised in computer science in Morocco.

She returned to Mauritania with her diploma and attempted to re-integrate herself into her family environment, but her reputation for an open-minded spirit and progress preceded her and she faced serious difficulties and a lack of understanding.

Azza faced resistance from traditionalist elements who saw her as a western woman trying to introduce a behavior that is foreign to them. Azza decided to take up a courageous fight against the closed minds and religious and social intolerance that, according to her, are the sources of many conflicts and injustices.

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Mehdi Parvizi Amineh – Netherlands

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Mehdi Parvizi Amineh studied political sciences and philosophy at the at the University of Amsterdam and holds a PhD in Political Sciences at the university. Since 2002 he is member of the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research ASSR. He is a Adjunct professor of International Relations at the Webster University, and senior lecturer at the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences ISHSS, University of Amsterdam. He is also senior research fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies and programme director of the research programme-Energy Programme Asia EPA at the same institute and Associated Fellow in post-Soviet Eurasia, the Middle East and the Caspian Region at the Clingendael International Energy Programme, The Hague, The Netherlands. His current fields of interests are the political economy energy, comparative political economy of successful and failed industrialization in East Asia, the Middle East and Central Eurasia and globalization and (politicized-) Islam. Amineh is Editor-in-Chief of the book-series: International Comparative Social Sciences ICSS, Brill Academic Publishing and a member of the editorial Board of the journals: Perspectives on Global Development and Technology PGDT and Come Sociologyparativ CoSo … (full text).

Caspian Energy: A viable alternative to the Persian Gulf?


Research Interests: His main fields of study are International Relations, International Political Economy and Social History. His main research topics are politics and society in the Middle East and Central Eurasia in a historical perspective; the rise of political Islam as response to globalisation in a historical perspective; Global energy security and geopolitics; EU-energy security and its impediments and rethinking International Relations theories. (His personal website).

Globalisation, Geopolitics ans Energy Security in Central Eurasia and the Caspian Region, June 19, 2003.

Find him and his publications: on his personal website; on amazon; on e-bay; on Barnes & Noble; on allBookstores; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search;
on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search; on UNjobs.

Sorry, his texts are not available for free in the internet.


Perspectives on Global Development and Technology;

Selected Academic Publications (scroll down);

The Complexity of Central Eurasia;

Europa e China na Ásia Central: a questão energética II;

The Energy Security in Central Eurasia: the Geopolitical Implications to China’s Energy Strategy.

Beggzadi Mahmuda Nasir & Masuda Banu Ratna & Nanda Rani Das

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Please find below three Women of Bangladesh having been proposed for the 1000 Women Nobel Peace Price 2005, and about whom only some lines are published, one without a photo, both with no other text in the internet. These Peace Women are also named: on adhunika/heroes among us; on NEW AGE Dhaka; and on


Name: Beggzadi Mahmuda Nasir

She says: “We wanted to establish a college where girls from all religions would get quality education in a sound atmosphere.”


She set up the Central Women’s College in 1956 and the Central Women’s University in 1993 for which she works (both no own website, but second’s worry described on wikipedia. My comment: if there is a quality problem, then she has to be helped, not shut down. You cannot ask a group to have elitists performances, when centuries before they were submitted in uneducation. So ones has to help them … ).

When Beggzadi Mahmuda Nasir began her work on women’s education in 1950, women in Bangladeshi society had no space in public life. Coming from a liberal and educated family, Beggzadi had an advantage. Since she believes that education is essential to women’s status, the deplorable condition of women’s education disturbed her. Pursuing a dream with remarkable single-mindedness, Beggzadi set up the Central Women’s College in 1956 and the Central Women’s University in 1993. (1000peacewomen).

Beggzadi Mahmuda Nasir on adhunika/heroes among us.

Linked with  Asia Pacific Disability Forum APDF.

Masuda Banu Ratna

She says: “My son is my university. I have learnt a lot from my son. I had to innovate many things for my child. I want to replicate those things, mainly some treatment devices, among the village people”.


Sorry, no photo found (see also my comment ‘Brave women without photos‘).

She works for the Sustainable Centre for the Disabled SCD (no website found).

Masuda Banu Ratna has been able to channel her personal anguish toward building a better society where disabled persons such as her son can claim their due as productive, stigma-free members of society. To this end, she established the Sustainable Centre for the Disabled, which trains local people in providing physiotherapy to the disabled, enabling economically deprived children to access treatment. The SCD also has a school and orphanage for girls with disabilities, perhaps society’s most vulnerable section. (1000peacewomen).

She is member of the Conference Committee of the Asia Pacific Disability Forum / (organizing) the 3rd General Assembly and Conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh, February 27-29, 2008.

Name: Nanda Rani Das

Linked with a piece of Nanda Rani’s live.

It is said: Despite barely scraping by, and hounded by death threats and false suits, Nanda’s work with the landless is a symbol of her indefatigability.


Nanda Rani Das – Bangladesh

She works for the Jharabarsha Women’s Landless Organization.

Nanda Rani Das (born 1960) is much of many things: women’s rights activist, mobilizer of the landless, an ideal of courage and integrity. For more than 24 years, ignoring her own hand-to-mouth existence, she has been organizing landless people to regroup for their rights. Fighting corruption in its every den, she was the first to bring up the issue of land rights for minority community women at the local level. (1000peacewomen).

Sorry, no other texts found.

Ebadon Bibi – Bangladesh

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

It is said: Today, Bangladesh’s fundamentalist forces find that they cannot cope with the organized power of the common people united under Ebadon Bibi’s leadership.


Ebadon Bibi – Bangladesh

She works for the Landless Organization of Hosenpur. I found no website, but as locality Hosenpur is shown: on Google Earth/satellit, and on Google/map (hybrid not possible on this low scale).

Ebadon Bibi (born 1945), once a daily-wage laborer, is now a spirited activist fighting for the rights of landless people like herself. Bold and innovative, Ebadon is a natural motivator. She is credited with popularizing the Rokeya Day celebrations on the birthday of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (renowned educationist and philosopher), which remain a clarion call to defeat fundamentalist and regressive forces. Her work has brought about a sea-change in the lives and attitudes of the landless people in her village and its surrounding areas. (1000peacewomen).

Ebadon Bibi is named: on adhunika/heroes among us; on One World South Asia; on Bangla; on Chowdhury … and all publications enumerating the names of the 1000 Peace Women nominees.

I have not put all texts naming Ebadon Bibi, being not sure she was meant. Therefore sorry, no more texts.

Shirin Banu – Bangladesh

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

She says: “We are all warriors in our own small orbits and these efforts will lead us toward a society free of religious obstacles, bring freedom from hunger, and end all kinds of discrimination”.


She works for the Prip Trust.

Shirin Banu (born 1951) has blended very effectively her experience in politics and with the women’s movement in her work on the empowerment of grassroots-level women leaders. She has motivated women leaders of the Union Parishad (grassroots legislative unit) to coalesce into an elected women’s forum that can collectively bargain to assert their rights and powers. She has also worked to create local women’s groups to unite women in rural Bangladesh against fundamentalism. (1000peacewonem).

Shirin Banu is named on adhunika/heroes among us;

Shirin Banu on Muktadhara (scroll down);

Speakers at memorial meeting: Collaborators of Kibria’s killers still active;

Shirin Banu on Muktadhara (scroll down).

It seems there exist other persons named Shirin Banu on the web, but I understand they are not ‘our’ peace women.

Rafiza Begum – Bangladesh

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

It is said: From despair to hope, Rafiza has traveled far. She now wants to devote her time to making that journey easier for other women.


Sorry, no photo found (see also my comment ‘Brave women without photos‘).

She works for the Thana Federation, and for the Narikuli Women’s Group.

From a timid wife whose husband abandoned her to a Union Parishad leader, Rafiza Begum (born around 1965) has traveled a long, bumpy road. When she contacted the NGO Proshika and its women’s microcredit group, she could hardly imagine that one day she would be looking well beyond her own life toward improving the lot of all women in her village. Nor did she think that she would inspire scores of village women to break social, religious, and cultural barriers and move toward empowerment. (1000peacewomen).

Some articles and texts naming her (I have not put all texts naming ‘our’ Peace Woman, being not sure she was meant):

Rafiza Begum is named on adhunika/heroes among us;.

Sheikh Hasina warns govt of dire consequence if killing of opposition activists are not stopped, Febr. 8, 2008;

Maternal Mortality is high in Bangladesh: on news network;;

… and on access library;

Health Care Undelivered;

Untitles Doc, sorry, somewhere mentionned in these 27 pages.

Rokeya Kabir – Bangladesh

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Linked with Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha BNPS.

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

She says: “It is not just in Bangladesh, everywhere in the world inhumanity and fundamentalism are major forces now! If we are to make a good future, more people need to be more proactive”.


Sorry, no photo found (see also my comment ‘Brave women without photos‘).
She works for the Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha BNPS.

Rokeya Kabir (born 1952) was one of the first activists in Bangladesh to forge the crucial link between grassroots women and the national and international women’s movements. To materialize this global interconnection of grassroots movements, she and other women’s activists set up the Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha in 1986. For 25 years now, she has been working on women’s rights and minorities issues, incurring the wrath of the country’s fundamentalist forces. Undeterred, she wades on-downsizing her operations and functioning with practically no funding. (1000peacewomen).

Some articles and texts naming her (I have not put all texts naming ‘our’ Peace Woman, being not sure she was meant):

Rokeya Kabir is named on adhunika/heroes among us;

Address some crucial issues urgently or they may cast a shadow on election, Discussion in city told, Jan. 19, 2008;

Economic freedom not possible without democratic govt, January 19, 2008;

World Bank IMF Advice Reproduce Poverty: We Must Prepare Our Own Strategy, April 15, 2005;


Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha BNPS;

Institute of Environment and Development;

Rokeya Kabir’sWomen’s Dev Centre launched;

Rokeya Khatun on Muktadhara (scroll down);
find her also on ZoomInfo.

Hena Das – Bangladesh

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

She says: “I have been fighting all my life. This society is not the society I dreamt of. We have won some battles. But there is much we have yet to achieve”.


Hena Das – Bangladesh

She works for the Bangla Mohila Parishad, named on; on Southern Illinois University; on UNESCAP; on; on NewsVoa.

When Hena Das (born 1924) was barely 13, she joined the struggle for independence against then-undivided India’s British rulers. That was the beginning of a lifelong struggle against every form of injustice. Although best known for her pioneering work in the field of gender justice, she has also been deeply involved with the communist party, farmers’ rights, teachers’ rights, and labor rights. At a time when stepping out of the home was virtually prohibited to women, Hena was enunciating women’s empowerment and the rights of women. (1000peacewomen).

Some articles and texts naming her (I have not put all texts naming ‘our’ Peace Woman, being not sure she was meant):

Hena Das is named on adhunika/heroes among us;

Women dev policy soon to ensure gender equality: CA, Jan. 19, 2008;

Tales of Endurance and Courage;

Eminent citizens worried over AL deal with bigots;

Democratic forces of Bangladesh express deep concern on continued house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi;

We, the Citizens of Bangladesh Demand Security;

Birth anniv of Sufia Kamal observed.

Abdelwahab Meddeb – Tunis & France

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Abdelwahab Meddeb is a high-profile French writer of Arab origin. He was born in Tunis in 1946 and comes from a long family line of theologians and scholars. He studied art history and literature, beginning his working life as an editor for a major Paris publishing house. Between 1974 and 1988, he edited his own series of literary titles at Editions Sindbad. He has published the novels Talismano (1976) and Aya dans les villes (1999). His book The Malady of Islam (2003) gives a precise analysis of contemporary Islam. He lives in Paris. (sigt and, scroll down).

He says: ” … Because at that time, the Islamic world was home to a large, well-educated upper class which encouraged debate. Throughout the medieval period, there were renowned literary salons in major cities like Baghdad that were run by aristocratic patrons and merchants and whose sole raison d’être was to bring together Christians, Jews and various sects who did not agree at all on questions of faith. The Pope is wrong to speak of a single Islamic doctrine; there were many, and they were often the subject of open disputes. In Tunis, the capital of the Maghreb, the Sultan explicitly placed progressive theologians under the protection of the freedom of opinion and defended them against attacks by the people. Of course, the majority of simple Muslims were uneducated and hardly willing to be persuaded by the power of logic and arguments as the intellectuals hoped. Today, we have comparable Muslim masses, but there is little trace of an educated elite capable of leading the discussion … (full interview text – Islam’s heritage of violence/05/10/2006 … originally appeared in German in Die Zeit – dem Islam ist die Gewalt in die Wiege gelegt/September 21, 2006.).


Abdelwahab Meddeb – Tunis & France

Abdelwahab Meddeb, né en 1946 à Tunis, est un écrivain et poète franco-tunisien. Directeur de la revue internationale Dédale, il enseigne la littérature comparée à l’Université Paris X. Il est aussi professeur invité dans de nombreuses universités (dont Yale et Genève). Il anime l’émission Cultures d’islam sur France Culture … (tout le texte sur

Transatlantic Intelligencer: Barak on Hamas, Barcelona Plot, and Tariq Ramadan, on World Politics Review Exclusive, by John Rosenthal, 05 Feb 2008.

For Abdelwahab Meddeb, the Koran is the product of man. In an interview conducted by Gilles Anquetil, Abdelwahab Meddeb, the Frano-Tunisian poet and writer believes that “the return to the Mutazilites, these 9th Century rationalist theologians, is priceless. Didn’t they defend the idea of a ‘created Koran’ against those literalists who took the Koran as ‘received’? What is the ‘created Koran’ if not the belief in writings inspired by God and translated into the language of man? This human mediation implies the necessity to situate the text in the context of its proliferation and to go back to the time of its relevation, which is anthropologically outdated. Its meaning is thus relative. What happened with the Bible at the end of the 17th Century is happening with the Koran today. There are many Muslim researchers who are participating. Our role is to bring the results of this research to the largest number of people possible” … (on english Courrier International janvier 18, 2008 – a translation from Comment guérir l’islam?, on Nouvel Obs, 17 Janvier 2008).

Vidéo en français du salon du livre en Tanger: Interview de Abdelwahab Meddeb, March 3, 2007.

Vidéo en français pour son livre ‘la maladie de l’Islam‘, 1.51 min.

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Philip Stott – England

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Philip Stott is a professor emeritus of biogeography at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and a former editor (1987-2004) of the Journal of Biogeography … (full text).

It is written: More than 2,000 of the world’s leading scientists who sit on the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) are agreed. Global warming is happening – and it’s connected with fossil-fuel use. But there are disbelievers, too. Here are six climate-change deniers who have shot to fame for their views – and their talent for attracting publicity … Philip Stott is bit of a newcomer to global warming – his previous stomping ground was promoting GM food – but he’s been grooming himself to become Britain’s leading climatechange denier. ‘The myth of global warming was invented in 1988,’ claims the emeritus professor of biogeography at London University. Climate change, he argues, is unexceptional and anyway ‘humans have always coped with change’. Stott, an ardent self-publicist, regularly appears on radio and television. His favoured method is to cite carefully selected, contradictory data to undermine the IPCC consensus. A contrarian, it seems, in more ways than one, Stott claims to belong to the political ‘Left’ while maintaining a fiercely pro-industry stance … (on Toxic sceptics).

See Philip Stott’s latest lectures.

The video: Green_House_Conspiracy.wmv TVT, 51.49 min, 25.03.2007.


Philip Stott – England

Stott regards himself as a Humeian ‘mitigated sceptic’ [15] on the subject of global warming. He has not published scholarly articles in the field of climate change, although he has published books on the subject. Also, he has researched on the construction of environmental knowledge, including global warming as a Barthesian myth, for over thirty years … (Global warming).

In a letter to The Guardian on climate change, Stott attacked the scientific consensus as the problem, saying, ‘It is surely time in the UK for a more adult scientific openness about the limitations of our current knowledge.’ Yet in the case of biotechnology he seems unwilling to acknowledge any limitations or uncertainties. In fact, according to Stott, genetic engineering can already be confidently declared ‘an advance vital for human development’ and indeed, ‘essential for human survival’, being the ‘finest of all human adaptations’. These quotations come from an article which he describes as ‘one of my more balanced pieces’ (personal communication) … (full text).

Motion: Global Warming Is Not a Crisis – Read about the panelists participating in the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate over whether global warming is an actual crisis … (full text).


Political Science, February 3, 2007.

Find him also on the University of Adelaide; on Google Video-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Boook-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search; on wikipedia.

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Keepu Tsering Lepcha -India

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

Keepu Tsering Lepcha (born 1942) has devoted her life to the uplift of her Lepcha community, indigenous to the Himalayan region of Sikkim. A teacher and retired civil servant, she helps educate members, especially the girls, of this diminishing tribe, which today numbers around 30,000. With the help of European donors, she has founded an NGO, the Human Development Foundation of Sikkim (HDFS), which has been working since 1997 with underprivileged families.

It is said: Keepu Tsering Lepcha, teacher and retired civil servant, has devoted herself to the survival of her rapidly diminishing Lepcha community, particularly educating the girls of this tiny tribe.


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

She works for the Human Development Foundation of Sikkim HDFS.

Keepu Tsering Lepcha (born 1942), a native of Sikkim, was driven by the need to help members of her Lepcha community, an indigenous Sikkimese tribe whose numbers have dwindled to 30,000-odd today, and whose members have found it hard to keep pace with an increasingly competitive society.

Keepu’s father was a government official whose job took him to the remote areas of Sikkim, so she grew up hearing her father talk about the need to do something for the community. She fulfilled her father’s desire through her careers as teacher, government official, and eventually, social activist.

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Sister Cecilia – Indonesia

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

Sister Cecilia (born 1958) is a courageous nun who hails from Bali. Since conflict broke out on Timor Island in 1999, she has been working tirelessly to help women refugees in West Timor. She offers free counselling for women seeking shelter in refugee camps, which can be hostile to women. She founded the Forum Peduli Perempuan Atambua FPPA, a Women’s Concern Forum in the refugee town Atambua. Sister Cecilia is also a critical commentator on local policies concerning refugees. She says: “I felt very touched by the survivors I counseled everyday. They suffered very complicated lives and were traumatized and unhappy. I could feel their fever under my skin”.


Sister Cecilia – Indonesia

She works for the Forum Peduli Perempuan Atambua FPPA (contact: you have to register first), and for the Sisters of the Holy Spirit SSPS (see also on wikipedia).

Sister Cecilia (born 1958) was brought up in a Balinese Hindu family but was educated in a Catholic boarding school, where she made friends with Christian students and came to appreciate Catholicism.

She became a Catholic in 1976. In 1980, she decided to enter the convent and become a nun. Her first assignment was to East Java, where she handled issues of children and youth in matters related to religion. She was sent to West Timor in 1990. She now lives in Atambua, near the border of East Timor.

Atambua is a small town of approximately 70,000 people where some 24,000 East Timor refugees live in the 41 refugee camps in Atambua (Source: Center of IDP Service and Oxfam Great Britain, West Timor Program, 2004). A nearby district, Betun, is also accommodating a large number of refugees in 75 refugee camps.

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Ana Montenegro – Brazil (1915 – 2006)

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Ana Montenegro has passed away.

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

Ana Montenegro (1915) has been a communist militant since her youth. She was part of the creation of many women organizations. With the military coup of 1964, she went into exile with her two small children. After 15 years, she came back to her country to continue her battle. As a lawyer, she helped, for free, women suffering with domestic violence. Journalist, writer and a poet, she was an unmistakable reference in the recent history of Brazilian social struggles.

She said: “Respecting the people is to see to their needs”.



Ana Montenegro – Brazil (1915 – 2006)

1945 was not just any year. It celebrated the end of the Second World War and of one more Brazilian dictatorship, of Getúlio Vargas government. It was an interesting year: against fascisms and massacres, in favor of freedom and human rights. It was also the year when Ana Montenegro affiliated herself to the Brazilian Communist Party.

Ana wrote for the party’s newspapers and magazines. She also wrote for the radio and for diaries of the great press, about health, salaries, education. She was part of the foundation and the daily life of women and social organizations. She was a lawyer convinced that the people are the great master. So much so that, (2005) at the age of 90, she advised young lawyers “to be sensitive to popular needs”.

In 1964, with the tanks on the streets and the military truculence on its way, Ana left for a long exile. But she did not stop. Ana walked around Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Palestine, Eastern Germany. The distance allowed her to improve her thoughts on Brazil. The fight against racism and for women became primary to her.

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Paul Krugman – USA

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Paul Robin Krugman (born February 28, 1953) is a professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University. He is also an author and a columnist for The New York Times, a twice-weekly op-ed for the newspaper since 2000. Krugman is well known in academia for his work in trade theory, which provides a model in which firms and countries produce and trade because of economies of scale and for his textbook explanations of currency crises and New Trade Theory. He was a critic of the “New Economy” of the late 1990s. Krugman also criticized the fixed exchange rates of the island Asia nations and Thailand before the 1997 East Asian financial crisis, and of investors such as Long-Term Capital Management that relied on the fixed rates just before the 1998 Russian financial crisis. Krugman is generally considered a neo-Keynesian [1: see in this article], with his views outlined in his books such as Peddling Prosperity. His International Economics: Theory and Policy (currently in its seventh edition) is a standard textbook on international economics without calculus. In 1991 he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal by the American Economic Association. Krugman is an ardent critic of the George W. Bush administration and its foreign and domestic policy. Unlike many economic pundits, he is also regarded as an important scholarly contributor by his peers.[2: see this reference] and [3: in this article]. He has written over 200 scholarly papers and 20 books [4: in this article] – some academic, and some written for the layperson … (full long text).


Paul Krugman – USA

Video: The Conscience of a Liberal, by Google economic Talks, 71.17 min, December 18, 2007.

The Official Paul Krugman Web Page, the old version; and the same in the new version on NYT.

His publications: on his own website (old web-version); on columns of the PK-archive; on New York Times NYT; on the NYT’ blog, its unofficilial Paul Krugman Archive; on amazon; on wikipedia; on Google Video-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google blog-search.

He writes:

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Pauline Tangiora – New Zealand

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Pauline Tangiora is a Maori elder from the Rongomaiwahine Tribe on the East Coast of the North Island of Aotearoa (New Zealand). She is the former president and currently vice president of Womens International League for Peace & Freedom WILPF Aotearoa, (their Homepage), former representative for the World Council for Indigenous Peoples, a member of the Earth Council and an Earth Charter commissioner. (She is also) life member of the Maori Women’s Welfare League, and a committee member of Rigoberta Menchu Tum Nobel Laureate Indigenous Initiative for Peace. Pauline Tangiora has represented Aotearoa (see also on wikipedia) at many international meetings for peace, the environment, spiritual well-being and indigenous rights. In 2005 she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the 1000 Women for Peace project. Pauline Tangiora is one of the 50 Council Members of the World Future Council (see also on wikipedia), an international organization created by Right Livelihood Award founder, Jakob von Uexkull, which works for a sustainable future in the fields of environment, governance, human development and human rights and peace. (see on betterworld heroes)

Listen her video on brightcove, 5.13 min, added Jul 27, 2007.


Pauline Tangiora – New Zealand

She works also for the World Forum for Fisher Peoples WFFP, (see also on nyeleni), for the Indigenous Initiative for Peace, as an ‘outreach workers’ for the Peace Foundation, for the Mahia Office of the She has represented Aotearoa at many international peace, indigenous and human rights conferences, and was a Consultant to the International Steering Committee of the World Court Project (see them on the Disarmament & Security Centre, and on the world court project). She has written papers on health, the environment, indigenous issues, spiritual well-being and peace.

Find her publications on Disarmament & Security Centre;

She says: “People who recognise that others have something to share must make themselves available too. I’m humbled to be able to offer our basket of the spirit for others to draw from, as well as to learn from other participants to increase my own awareness of what is happening in the world”. (dropping

Charity (is) not the answer, says fisher-folk.

She says also: “My idea of government is that you run a country not with a party stick but with what you really have to offer. People come together with all their skills from whatever background and work for the benefit of the whole community.”

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Flavia Agnes – India

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Linked with MAJLIS, with Bilkis Bano’s Brave Fight.

Flavia Agnes is a women’s rights lawyer and writer and has been actively involved in the women’s movement for the last two decades. She has written extensively on issues of domestic violence, feminist jurisprudence and minority rights. Her books are widely acclaimed and are popular among advocates, paralegal workers, law students and women who have been victims of domestic violence. Currently she co-ordinates the legal centre of MAJLIS and is also engaged in her doctoral research on Property Rights of Married Women with the National Law School of India. (SPARROW online).

She is named as Ashoka Fellow.

Her book: Women and Law in India: An Omnibus Comprising/introduction by Flavia Agnes. New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2004, 676 pages, $39. ISBN 0-19-566767-0


Flavia Agnes – India

She works for MAJLIS.

Times Foundation rewards women achievers.

Law and Gender Inequality maps the issue of gender and law reform upon a broad canvas of history and politics, and explores strategies which could safeguard women’s rights within India’s sphere of complex social and political boundaries. Written in a lucid style, this book provides an invaluable analysis of the current trends of the debate on the Uniform Civil Code and goes on to expose the communal undertones of some recent judicial pronouncements. Readership: The book will be of interest to scholars and students of law, gender studies, activists and NGOs. (webstore).


What is most significant is the fact that Flavia married after high school was a battered mother of three. Way back in the Seventies she came to a women’s group in Mumbai for support. It took her a long time to break free of the marriage and the domestic violence within it. Once she did, she penned a very moving autobiography called My story…Our Story of Rebuilding Broken Lives. The story was widely translated into different languages including Punjabi. A decade ago a play based on her life story was presented in Punjabi all over Punjab with Paramjit Tewari as director.(full text).

Domestic Violence Act.

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Hyun-Sook Lee – South Korea

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Linked with Women Making Peace WMP.

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

Hyun-Sook Lee is the cofounder and former Executive Director of Women Making Peace, an organization established in 1997 with the goal of creating a culture of peace and reunification on the Korean peninsula. She helped open the door between North and South Korea by getting the first humanitarian aid to the North and encouraging the first people-to-people visits. Hyun-Sook is also cofounder of the Korea Women’s Hotline, which provides guidance and support to victims of domestic abuse, and which was instrumental in establishing domestic and sexual violence as criminal acts in South Korea.

She says: “We have suffered for over half a century. That is too much. We firmly believe it is now time to live together with parents, sisters, brothers, all our families, in a reunited, peaceful Korea”.


Hyun-Sook Lee – South Korea.

She works for Women Making Peace WMP: in english, in korean; for the Council of Unification Education, and for the Global Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict, Northeast Asia Region GPPAC (people building peace).

Hyun-Sook Lee She seeks to open the door wider in this century and is challenging those who continue to rattle swords, both in her country and abroad. Women Making Peace is a multi-dimensional organization that views gender equality, demilitarization, denuclearization, respect for human rights, and the eventual reunification of North and South Korea as several of the necessary steps to making peace a reality. Like the organization she co-founded, Hyun-Sook is a multi-faceted and passionate activist for peace, devoted to building the women`s movement in South Korea.

This wife and mother is steadfast in her support of democratization efforts and helps to educate the international community about the plight of the Korean peninsula.

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Shereen Sazawar – Afghanistan

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Linked with The Afghan Independent Journalists Association, and with The price of free speech.

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

Shereen Maira Sazawar, born in Afghanistan, is a talented journalist. She writes regularly in the local newspapers on issues concerning women and human rights. She is an active member of the Women’s Council in Mazar-e-Sharif. For the past three decades Shereen has been active through the media and has also penned numerous poems in Dari and Uzbeki. She has recently written an article in a local newspaper about the grievous condition of women and the degrading attitude of the warlords towards them, thus risking her life and attracting accusations of blasphemy by the religious extremists.

She says: “Peace is the continuation of life … Peace is life”.


Shereen Sazawar – Afghanistan

She works for the Journalist Association of Afghanistan JAA, for the Women’s Council in Mazar-e-Sharif, and for the Independent Writers Association IWA. No one of these associations was found, but see below some links for Afghan women and Afghan Journalists).

Maria Shereen Sazawar was born in 1956 in Emam Sahib Village of Sar-e-Pil province. She received her early education at Mirman Khatool girls’ school. Due to her family’s unstable financial conditions she could not pursue her higher education.

But, later she joined the work in a local newspaper and for 28 yaers she has been an eminent journalist and correspondent for the Balkh Print Media. She also wrote several poems in both Dari and Uzbeki languages. All her poems are about peace, love, patriotism, ending of violence against women and peaceful coexistence. Many of her poems and articles are printed in several local and national newspapers and magazines.

During the Taliban era, that banned the education of girls and women, she was involved in providing home schooling for girls and women, which put her life at grave risk from the Taliban guerrillas. She has been selected as representative of women from Balkh area to both the Emergency Loya Jriga and Constitution loya Jirga.

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Tony Colman – England

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Linked with The World Future Council, and with africa

Anthony John Colman (born July 24, 1943) was the Labour member of Parliament for Putney, Former Labour MP for Putney London. He won the seat in the 1997 election, defeating David Mellor, but lost it in 2005 to Justine Greening. Before being elected to Parliament he was a councillor and leader of London Borough of Merton between 1991 and 1997. He also enjoyed a successful career in business which included being a director of the Burton Group. Since 2006 he is a founding member of the World Future Council … (wikipedia).

He says: “Constituency casework is the area in which I can make most difference to people’s lives. For example, I helped a woman retain her part-time job and incapacity benefit and restored, she said, “her faith in humanity and in politics”. (guardian).

Listen his short video: Tony Colman talks about the World Future Council, 1.54 min, August 02, 2006.


Tony Colman – England

His intervention in the House of Commons debates, 25 November 2004: about United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.

The fourth meeting in the series was entitled Ahead of the Curve: Why the UN needs the capacity to think. This meeting was chaired by Tony Colman MP, Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on the UN; and the (full text).

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