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Chris Nineham – England

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Chris Nineham is a British Trotskyist and a member of the Central Committee of the british Socialist Workers’ Party. He is a member of the Steering Group of Globalise Resistance In 1985 Chris Nineham served as the drummer of indie-pop band The June Brides. (wikipedia).

He says: “We’ve shown the warmongers that far from disappearing, were still growing, and we’ll stay on the streets until we win”; Police estimated the numbers marching at 110,000. But Chris Nineham, a spokesman for the Stop the War Coalition, said that 350,000 had joined the protest … (full text).

4 videos:

Stop the War Coalition’s public meetings – DEFENDING THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY: Stop the War has organised a series of rallies to defend the Muslim community, starting next week. If one of these rallies is being held in your area, please attend and publicise as widely as you can. PUBLIC MEETINGS (3 to 12 June 2008, Geat Britain): … (full text).

At an impasse? Anti-capitalism and the social forums today, Issue: 115, Alex Callinicos and Chris Nineham, 2 July 2007.

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sorry, no photo of Chris Nineham – England, but you can see him on all the here mentionned videos.

STOP THE WAR COALITION NEWSLETTER No. 1043, 27 May 2008, e-mail, T: England 020 7278 6694, Web: The protest will be in London on Sunday 15 June 2008 and will also call for an end to the British government’s support for these shameful wars … (full text).

Photo Gallery of Globalise Resistance.

He writes: … The narrow focus of Cultural Materialism also begs the crucial question-what exactly are the dynamics of production in society? Without a general theory of how society works, Cultural Materialism can degenerate into empiricism. In the end Cultural Materialism encourages us to analyse culture in isolation from wider society. Williams had some (often vague) notion of capitalist relations and he often talks about class, but other writers in his wake have arbitrarily seen race, gender or sexuality as the key determinants … (full text).

Attempt to hijack Euro demo.

… Little did I know when I resolved on a series of posts about the Socialist Workers’ Party that I would shortly be able to cite a prime and topical instance of what the Observer columnist Nick Cohen has aptly termed that organisation’s parasitism … (full text).

Social Forum, Open up London ESF bid.

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Cornel Ronald West – USA

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Cornel Ronald West (born June 2, 1953) is an American scholar, public intellectual, sociologist, critic, pastor, and civil rights activist. Formerly a professor at Harvard University, currently West is a professor of Religion and director of African American Studies at Princeton. West is known for his combination of political and moral insight and criticism, and his contribution to the post-1960s civil rights movement. The bulk of his work focuses upon the role of race, gender, and class in American society and the means by which people act and react to their “radical conditionedness”. West draws intellectual contributions from such diverse traditions as the African American Baptist Church, Marxism, pragmatism, transcendentalism, and Anton Chekhov … (full text).

His Biography: on wikipedia; on IMDb; on answers.com; on Dictionary of Literary Biography; on Human Archives.org; on Robert S. Boynton.

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Cornel Ronald West – USA

Listen his video: Race Matters, from about 4.50 min to 52 min.

He says: “I begin with the notion that we are all cracked vessels, meaning that as vanishing organisms in space and time, we have fears, insecurities, anxieties, sometimes even inner demons with which we all have to come to terms. And given that humanness of each and every one of us, we’re all part of a certain family, community, society, culture, history, which is shot through with different forms of xenophobia. This is what, in part, human history has been. So the question is going to be: what kind of courage do we have to examine those prejudices that we do have in order to become more decent and compassionate human beings?” … (full interview text).

On Philosophical Literature, May 26, 2008.

Kevin Powell, author, commentator and political activist; the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, President, National Rainbow/Push Coalition; Susan Taylor, former Editorial Director, Essence magazine; the Rev. Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network; Dr. Iva Carruthers, General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference; Kimberly Crenshaw, Columbia and UCLA law professor; Roland Martin, CNN Analyst; Makani Themba-Nixon, Executive Director, Praxis Project; Dr. Cornel West; Bev Smith, National Radio Talk Show Host … have been invited to participate at the recently held Second State of the Black World Conference SOBWC, on May 5, 2008.

Booknotes/the Cornel West Reader.

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Eliane Potiguara – Brazil

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

Eliane Potiguara (1950) was born in an indigenous ghetto in Rio, formed by indigenous people from Paraíba, a poor state in the Northeast of Brazil. Eliane is the founder of Brazil’s first indigenous organization, the Grumin (Woman and Indigenous Education Group), which has now been transformed into the Network of Indigenous Communication. As a writer, Eliane also articulates a group of indigenous authors that fight for the preservation of their culture …

… She says: “In the process of oppression of the indigenous people, women suffered the most. But the spirituality of my people is deep and it will not disappear easily”.
(1000peacewomen).

Her personal website in portuguese.

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Eliane Potiguara – Brazil

She works for Rede de Comunicação Indígena (Network of Indigenous Communication), and for Rede de Escritores Indígenas (Network of Indigenous Writers).

Eliane Potiguara is the founder and president of Brazil’s GRUMIN (the Group of Indigenous Women Educators).

Eliane Potiguara, also known as Eliane Lima dos Santos , was born in Rio de Janeiro after her family emigrated from the impoverished state of Paraiba, home of the Potiguara Indigenous tribe. At just twelve years old, she discovered her vocation for teaching; working at her neighborhood school teaching students to read and write. In high school, she taught, attended classes and worked as a telephone operator, seven days a week. In an effort to guarantee a better future for Brazil’s 220,000 Indians, she has created a nationwide network of indigenous women. Among her many achievements, she has organized the Group of Indigenous Women Educators (GRUMIN). GRUMIN currently employs twenty-six regional coordinators implementing a basic program of education and consciousness-raising among women in hundreds of villages … (full text).

Video in portuguese: Eliane Potiguara – Algumas Palavras, 9.42

1000peacewomen-text: … Eliane’s memories of her childhood are of a life marked by poverty and exclusion. Raised in an indigenous ghetto near one of the city’s prostitution areas, her family reached to point where they had to live on the streets. Her grandmother used to sell bananas at the entrance of the school where Eliane studied. Her inspiration for her efforts to defend indigenous women comes from the drive and the interest in literature of the women who raised her. “We live a historical violence; my grandmother left her tribe after being molested at age 12”, she says.

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Linh Dinh – Vietnam and USA

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Linh Đinh (born 1963) is a bilingual poet, fiction writer, essayist and translator, publishing in Vietnamese as Đinh Linh. Born in Saigon, he left Vietnam on April 27, 1975 under the fake name of Lý Ký Kiệt. After living in Washington, Oregon, California and Virginia, he moved to Philadelphia in 1982, where he studied painting at the University of the Arts (at the same time as Phong Bui) … (full long text).

Sinh tại Sài Gòn, Việt Nam năm 1963, đến Mỹ năm 1975, sinh sống và lớn lên tại thành phố Philadelphia, Đinh Linh là tác giả của hai tập truyện và bốn tập thơ. Tác phẩm của anh từng được chọn cho nhiều tuyển tập uy tín của văn chương Mỹ. Anh còn là nhà biên tập và dịch giả giới thiệu nhiều tác giả và tác phẩm văn chương Việt Nam cho người đọc tiếng Anh … (Đôi dòng về tác giả).
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The Video: The Holloway Series in Poetry – also with Linh Dinh, all poets together for 80.41 min, added April 03, 2008 (Linh Dinh from 21.30 – 76.33 min, then answering questions … with a video-patchwork near the end) … Poetry that “raids and reinvents the language with an ardor bordering on delirium” … .

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Linh Dinh – Vietnam and USA

Linh Dinh on PEW, fellowships in the arts.

It is said: Among Asian American poets few have risen to heights of Linh Dinh. His poetry is full of disturbance and grace and the work is worth the sit because of the feeling of unease it causes … follows an interview … (chicago postmodern poetry).

His blog Detainees.

He remembers: When I think about the Vietnam war, I remember Hamburger Hill, so called because American soldiers were ground up there in the late 1960s; the battle for Hamburger Hill was one I watched on television as a child. The American guide to Hamburger Hill was CBS newsman, Ed Bradley, best known these days for his recent interview of Michael Jackson. To think about Hamburger Hill not as a battle or as a place (which doubtless has another, Vietnamese, name), rather as the name for a battle, is to think about how language is often used in contemporary poetry to describe suffering … (full long text).

Eight Postcards from Vietnam, Essay.

… In his poem “Earth Cafeteria,” Linh Dinh writes: “To eat stinky food/ is a sign of savagery, humility, / identification with the earth.” The poem quotes Lin Yutang and Mikhail Bakhtin; it ends with lines that suggest the straddling of customs that recent immigrants confront daily, a reality that beautifully complicates U.S. identity, but one which the likes of Hollander do not regard as desirable DNA for poetry. Dinh’s poem ends: “To eat with a three-pronged spear and a knife./ To eat with two wooden sticks./ To eat with the hands. To snack on a tub of roasted grasshoppers at the movies” … (full text, May 8, 2008).

Description of his book Fake House.

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Jamyang Kyi – China/Tibet

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currently imprisoned by Chinese authorities

BEIJING — The Chinese authorities have detained a prominent Tibetan television broadcaster and intellectual who is also a popular singer, suggesting that the government crackdown after the disturbances in and around Tibet has yet to run its course … There has been no official confirmation of the detention … (full text, April 18, 2008).

Two of her songs in videos: Tibetan Song Phayul Dren lu Singer Jam Yangkyi, 3 min; Tsering gyurmey and jamyang kyi song -Le tro, 4.02 min.

Her blog in Tibetan language … just now not accesssible! Her blog is apparently very popular among young Tibetans, but it has not been updated for some months now (see on free muse.org)

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Jamyang Kyi – China/Tibet

The Window of Jamyang Kyi, created for her on flickr, to give your comments.

Her husband said in a telephone interview: “She is in serious trouble, I’m very worried for her safety. I’m very sorry. I can’t say more” (NY Times, April 18, 2008).

… she composes herself the songs that she interprets, with evocative titles as “Prayer”, “Karma”, “distant Lover” and “Heart Message” (made) in 1997 (that) shows her sensibility. Jamyang Kyi is also a journalist of television, and a writer. She composed essays on the fate of Tibetan women. She published articles including one on the illegal dealings in girls (Qinghai Daily, edition in Tibetan language, 11/30/05) and the statute of women in the Tibetan society … (soc.culture.asean).

Some pictures of her LIVE CONCERT on April 22nd 2006.

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On April 27th, 1998, the patriot Thupten Ngodup set himself on fire in Delhi, and died for the cause of Tibetan independence … (full long text, 13 May 2008).

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Videos with other Tibetan singers and musicians (modern youngsters and traditional):

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William Jack Baumol – USA

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William Jack Baumol (born February 26, 1922) is a New York University economics professor (although he is also affiliated with Princeton University) who has written extensively about labor market and other economic factors that affect the economy. He also made valuable contributions to the history of economic thought. He is among the 500 best economists in the world according to IDEAS/RePEc. Among his better-known contributions are the theory of contestable markets, the Baumol-Tobin model of transactions demand for money, Baumol’s cost disease, which discusses the rising costs associated with service industries, and Pigou taxes [Baumol, W.J. (1972), ‘On Taxation and the Control of Externalities’, American Economic Review, 62 (3), 307-322]. The 2006 Annual Meetings of the American Economic Association held a special session in his name, and honoring his many years of work, where 12 papers on entrepreneurship were presented (AEA Annual Meeting Papers). The British magazine, The Economist published an article about William Baumol and his lifelong work to develop a place in economic theory for the entrepreneur (March 11, 2006, pp 68), much of which owes its genesis to Joseph Schumpeter. They note that traditional microeconomic theory holds a place for ‘prices’ and ‘firms’ but not for that (seemingly) important engine of innovation, the entrepreneur. Baumol is given credit for helping to remedy this shortcoming: Thanks to Mr. Baumol’s own painstaking efforts, economists now have a bit more room for entrepreneurs in their theories. Baumol is a trustee of the Economists for Peace and Security … (full long text).

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William Jack Baumol – USA

His Video: William Baumol, conversation with Harold Channer, originally aired 06-12-99, 59 min, added on web March 19, 2008.

He says: … “It is true that in money terms our productivity will be slowed down by the shift in labor from agriculture, manufacturing and services like telecommunications into services like health care and education, but if you count the number of students who have graduated or the number of people who have been taken care of after a heart malfunction, that is not going down” … (full text, August 13, 2007).

Absurd remedies to cost disease.

… When Mozart composed his String Quintet in G Minor (K. 516), in 1787, you needed five people to perform it—two violinists, two violists, and a cellist. Today, you still need five people, and, unless they play really fast, they take about as long to perform it as musicians did two centuries ago. So much for progress. An economist would say that the productivity of classical musicians has not improved over time, and in this regard the musicians aren’t alone. In a number of industries, workers produce about as much per hour as they did a decade or two ago. The average college professor can’t grade papers or give lectures any faster today than he did in the early nineties. It takes a waiter just as long to serve a meal, and a car-repair guy just as long to fix a radiator hose. The rest of the American economy functions differently … The result is that in industries where productivity is flat costs and prices keep going up. Economists call this phenomenon “Baumol’s cost disease” … (full text, July 7, 2003).

Find his CV/Bio: on his own homepage at econ.nyu.edu; on Pioneers of Industrial Organization; on all biographies.com; encyclopedia.farles.com … etc etc …

William Baumol and his co-authors have analyzed the impact of differential productivity growth on the health of different sectors and on the overall economy. They argued that technologically stagnant sectors experience above average cost and price increases, take a rising share of national output, and slow aggregate productivity growth. Using industry data for the period 1948-2001, the present study investigates Baumol’s diseases for the overall economy … (full text).

Citations of William Baumol.

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Meredith Tax – USA

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Linked with Women’s World, and with Women’s Voices.

Meredith Tax was born in Wisconsin and educated in the Milwaukee public school system. She attended Brandeis University, where she majored in English and graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with Fulbright and Woodrow Wilson fellowships, both of which she took at the University of London. In London, she became involved in the antiwar movement and decided she wanted to become an activist rather than an academic. Returning to the US in 1968, she continued her antiwar work and was one of the initiators of Bread and Roses, an early socialist-feminist organization in Boston. Her first important piece of writing, “Women and Her Mind: the Story of Everyday Life,” (1970) is considered a founding document of the women’s movement. She has described her early women’s movement experiences in an essay in The Feminist Memoir Project: Voices from Women’s Liberation (Crown, 1998) … (full biography).

She is also Board member of Women’s World.

She reads in her book: Jewish womens and the feminist revolution, an audio.

download her books: Rivington Street, 2001, 432 pages; and Union Square, 2001, 437 pages.

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Meredith Tax – USA

Familias, Families in the feminist press.

She says on Stereotypes about Women: “We have to imagine what we could have been if we had not been taught from birth that we are stupid, unable to analyze anything, intuitive, passive, physically weak, hysterical, overemotional, dependent by nature, incapable of defending against any attack, fit only to be the housekeeper, sex object, and emotional service center for some man or men and children. And then only if we’re lucky – otherwise we must act out a commerical mockery of those roles as someone else’s secretary”. (colorado.edu).

In the Year of Harry Potter, Enter the Dragon, by Meredith Tax, January 10, 2002.

Because most children’s books are written by women, a large majority of the authors they have targeted are female, among them Meredith Tax, President of Women’s WORLD. Archive/Library of Women’s World.

… Although Christian fundamentalists in the United States usually attack feminists through legal means rather than death threats (except in the case of anti-abortionists, who are responsible for a number of murders), they are no less virulent than fundamentalists of other faiths. Many of their campaigns are coordinated through the Christian Coalition, which has been particularly active in trying to censor children’s literature in schools and public libraries, concentrating on books with gay or anti-authoritarian characters, or magical themes. Christian fundamentalists have led campaigns against sex education in the schools; persecuted women’s studies and gay studies programs at the university level; and institutionalized the “gag rule,” which prevents abortion counseling in connection with any US-funded health programs. Because most children’s books are written by women, a large majority of the authors they have targeted are female, among them Meredith Tax, President of Women’s WORLD … (full text).

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Gege Katana Bukuru – Dem. Rep. Congo

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

Gege Katana Bukuru (44) is called the “Iron lady” in Uvira, South Kivu province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She earned this name for her courageous activism for women’s rights and the rights of other oppressed people. She has been imprisoned several times and witnessed others being tortured. Despite the pain of being betrayed, Gege will not abandon her people …

She says: “What gives me energy is the success in the setting-up of peace centers in villages: our principle of non-violence in action”.

She says also: … “Among the constraints and the threats I have faced are torture and intimidation, and lack of freedom of movement from 1996 to 2003 … and: “there has been high treaso” by other women whose ambitions were to divide and rule through ethnic divisions. Other colleagues, friends and neighbors abandoned me for fear of threats by different armed groups” … (1000peacewomen 1/2)

Lives blown apart: Despite the desperate situation in DRC much good work goes on. Gégé Katana Bukuru has set up an organisation for training women activists and helping people stand up for their rights.

Watch a video of an interview with Gégé Katana Bukuru, Sofad.

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Gege Katana Bukuru – Dem. Rep. Congo

She works for the Solidarity of Activist Women for Human Rights SOFAD.

… She has lived through robbery, systematic looting of her belongings and trauma. Despite the pain and the odds, Gege picks herself up, forgives and continues to unite people. She is driven by a desire to serve her people.

She is the eldest daughter of a traditional chief, Katana, who instilled in her a strong conscience of her responsibilities toward her people.Gege is religious, though not very verbal about it. Her deep spiritual life enables her to sacrifice even when others abandon her. Her belief in God helps her focus on her tasks despite her personal shortcomings. She can identify people and circumstances that are resourceful for her activities. Her ability to express herself clearly and simply earns her the respect of even her opponents. Her frail appearance hides her perseverance and the strong will that has earned her the nickname “Iron Lady”.

Gege holds a degree from the National University. She was trained in the Pedro Freire Method in Mauritius in 1983 and has attended group advisor training at the Iwacu centre in Rwanda in 1990. In 1991 she attended training at the Pan African Institute. She has also conducted research and participatory training in ARDI in Kigali and rural mobilization from the Study, Research and Documentation Centre in 1992. She has been involved in the defense and protection of human rights since 1981. Gege’s other activities involve the structuring the rural environment, providing adult education and promoting community development.

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Bernd Senf – Germany

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Linked with post-autistic economics, with the Natural Economic Order, with die natürliche Wirtschaftsordnung, with AIRLEAP, with Real World Economics; with Die Verantwortung der ökonomischen Theorien; and, concerning an analogue treathment of Wilhelm Reich and Silvio Gesell by the elites, also with Eric Breteau – France. Then with Manufacturing a Food Crisis, with Speculation and collapse: enough, with debitism and other economics, with Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, and with G. Edward Griffin – USA, and his book: The Creature from Jekyll Island, a second look at the Federal Reserve.

And added March 15, 2009: Linked with Matthias Chang – Malaysia.

Bernd Senf (* 1944) ist seit 1973 Professor für Volkswirtschaftslehre an der Fachhochschule für Wirtschaft Berlin… (Full text) / (he is professor for economy in Berlin).

Er sagt: “Die Lösung der Blockierung ist die Lösung. Behutsam, nicht gewaltsam” … ” und: “Das, was als Wissenschaft erscheint, ist von Grund auf ein Glaubenssystem. Die Neoklassik ist ein Glaubenssystem im Gewand von Wissenschaft und sie hat sich mittlerweile den Rahmen einer neuen Weltreligion erarbeitet” … und: “Es ist verständlich: Wenn man sich erstmal auf den Baum der Wissenschaft hochgearbeitet hat, erst im Studium, dann macht man das Diplom und die Doktorprüfung, die Habilitation und man kriegt tatsälich eine Prof-Stelle … und: “Man versucht sich einen guten Ruf zu erwerben, national und auch international” … und: “Dann sitzt man da oben und plötzlich kommt so’ne Flegel an, rüttelt unten am Stamm und zeigen einfach nur auf: Guck mal, der Stamm, die Wurzel ist doch völlig morsch und faul! Ja, die Wenigsten werden mit Begeisterung darauf reagieren und sagen: Nagut, dann komm ich mal von da oben wieder runter. Die meisten werden die Leute, die sie da oben neben sich haben, nehmen, und denen da unten über Kopf hauen. Das ist ganz grob bildlich angedeutet die Struktur des Wissenschaftsbetriebs im Bereich der Wirtschaftswissenschaften” … (Systemfehler.de).

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Bernd Senf – Germany

Bernd Senf’s Hauptartikel in german /auf deutsch: auf seiner Webseite; bei amazon; bei BestBookBuys; bei Google Video-search; bei Google Book-search; bei Google Scholar-search.

Seine Bücher, Videos und Artikel: The Political Economy of Silvio Gesell: A Century of Activism, Oct. 2000; Index zu seinem Buch: Der Nebel um das Geld; Zinssystem und Staatsbankrott; “Wachsende Schulden – wachsende Geldvermögen – wachsende Spannungen“16. August 2005; Die destruktiven Gesetzmäßigkeiten des Zinssystems und Wege zu seiner Überwindung; Sein Video: Teil 1/2, Probleme des Geldsystems, 1.22 Minuten; .

Er sagt auch: Angenommen zu Beginn unserer Zeitrechnung wäre ein Pfennig mit fünf Prozent Zinsen angelegt worden und hätte, unberührt von Inflationen, Steuern oder Währungsreformen, ungehindert wachsen können – sein Wert hätte 1990 bereits 134 Milliarden Goldkugeln vom Gewicht der Erde entsprochen, allein durch Zins und Zinseszins. Es sind die Zinsen, die unsere Wirtschaft zu fortwährendem Wachstum – und damit zwangsläufig immer wieder in den Zusammenbruch – treiben, sagt Bernd Senf, Professor für Volkswirtschaft an der Berliner Wirtschafts-Fachhochschule im Interview mit P.M. MAGAZIN … (full text, 15. Februar 2008).

I found no texts and articles of Bernd Senf in english, but as he speaks mainly on Wilhelm Reich, Victor Schauenberger and Silvio Gesell, please find here their main texts in english:

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Venantie Bisimwa Nabintu – Dem. Rep. Congo

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

Venantie Bisimwa Nabintu (45) is the executive secretary of Women’s Network for Justice and Peace (Rfdp) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Since 1992, Rfdp has fought against all forms of discrimination and violence against women and other vulnerable members of society. She is a human rights activist and she mobilizes women to repel violence.

She says: “In our discriminative societies there are women, including traditional ones, who have become role models because they manage public property in a satisfactory manner”.

She adds: “With sustained hope any action, however small, towards building a just society, will give chances to women. That society will already have sown seeds for needed change”.

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Sorry, I found no photo of Venantie Bisimwa Nabintu – Dem. Republic of the Congo

She works for Women Network for Justice, Rfdp (no website). She works also as executive secretary for the Réseau des Femmes pour la Défense des Droits et la Paix.

Venantie Bisimwa (45) is convinced that the world was created for men and women and she should not have to ask for permission to live better. She is a human rights activist and the Executive Secretary of Women Network for Justice and Peace (RFPD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

A married mother of three, Venantie holds a university degree. Her professional experience helps her encourage other women, who in her opinion, benefit the society and must therefore be valued. She notes: “In our discriminative societies there are women, including traditional ones who became role models because they managed public property in a satisfactory manner.” These examples she says impelled her to form two women NGOs.

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David Harris (the protester) – USA

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Linked with Anti-War.US, and with some newest anti-war articles.

David Harris (born 1946 in Fresno, California) is an American journalist and author. He is known chiefly for his role as an anti-war activist during the Vietnam War, most notably as a leading opponent of the Draft … He has written several other books, as well as many articles for the Rolling Stone, the New York Times Magazine and other periodicals. On October 27, 2004, Harris published a new book which draws on rare interviews with American, Iranian, and European participants in the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, called The Crisis: The President, the Prophet, and the Shah – 1979 and the Coming of Militant Islam (see rewievs below). In it, Harris tells the story of the 444 days from an insider’s perspective. (full text and Biography).

He tells: … “I was transported, as federal prisoners are transported, in leg irons with a chain through my belt loops and my hands shackled to the chain in my belt loops. With myself and two federal marshals, one on each side of me, we got on the elevator in Oakland; and we got up about three or four floors and stopped, and in steps a woman who had business up in the courthouse, I guess. She got in and the door closed, and she looked at me and I’d been in jail a month at this point and been on strike and hadn’t had a shower for almost that entire month. I’m all chained up and she looks at me and says, Boy, what did you do to get all chained up like that? You must be an awful bad man!’ I looked at her and I said, I didn’t kill anybody. And she said, Oh, you are a bad man” … (full text).

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David Harris (the protester) – USA, the Vietnam War draft resister David Harris addresses the AFSC peace event, “Remember the Draft”, Lydia Gans photo.

Vietnam War overview.

His book: The Crisis: The President, the Prophet, and the Shah 1979 and the Coming of Militant Islam, 470 pages, October 27, 2004, ISBN:0316323942 – The conflict between militant Islam and the West was catalyzed in Iran in 1979, making this the best kind of history: a book that helps us understand not only the past, but the present. Harris traveled to Iran and Europe to interview participants whom previous books had ignored, so for the first time we also get the full, inside story of what happened. A few book reviews:

  • … He barely discusses the origins of militant Islam as a political movement. His account is not so much about the three main actors cited in the title—President Jimmy Carter, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and the shah—as about the maneuverings of their top aides … (Middle East Forum);
  • … So when the embassy staff saw the Muslim Students running around the courtyard “like little kids in an amusement park,” in the words of one Marine, they assumed this would be a repeat of the Valentine’s Day seizure. Surely rescue would soon be on its way, … (Goliath);
  • … In the coffee shops of the Middle East, where only conspiracies are believed and the simple truth is considered naivete or duplicity, America’s motives are invariably assumed to be malicious … (NY Times);
  • the book on Google Scholar-research (but there are also other David Harris’);
  • and on Google Book-search – schowing comments, references etc, (but there are also other David Harris’);
  • Listen David Harris on this audio of WNYC-radio, March 2, 2005, telling about the 444 days.

Buy the book on amazon.

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Eric Breteau – France

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Linked with Zoe’s Ark, with Children do not belong to their parents, with Chad’s children, with Mes réactions concernant les enfants du Tchad, (yes, last year I believed what mass-medias told us), with Marc Garmirian – Lebanon and France, and with the betrayal on Darfour’s children.

Eric Breteau, the Chairmain of the notorious „The Ark of Zoe“, that Non-Governmental Organization that dominated the news some six months back in connection with alleged orphans from the Darfur region, spilt the beans the other day by claiming that French officials backed their endeavor to surreptitiously extricate 103 orphans from that region last fall and to convey them to France. A couple of days after receiving the presidential pardon of President Idriss Debi Itno from Chad, Eric Breteau at last has voiced and couched his side of the story. Breteau has opined that advisers to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France as well as officials of the French minister of Foreign Affairs Bernard Kouchner were not only privy to and aware of their agenda but also gave them the go-ahead and the backing to take orphans from the Darfur region to foster families in France. It should be noted that president Debi grant the members of this organization presidential pardon because France staved off the overthrow of his regime some weeks ago. Breteau alleged that it was agreed on that the former first lady Cecilia Sarkozy and the French minister of Justice – Attorney General Rachida Dati would officially welcome the said children at an airport in Paris … (full text, April 17, 2008).

He says: in this french 3 minutes TV-interview (my translation): ” … they were orphans … the proces in N’Djamena showed after 5 minutes they came from Darfour, not from Chad … and that the so called families were not their parents … but then it was said: you are condemned in any way … (YouTube: Arche de Zoé, Eric Breteau: “c’étaient des orphelins”, April 08, 2008.

Chad president pardons French charity workers, April 1, 2008.

He says also: … “One can not organize such an operation without the benefit of support in political high places,” Breteau was quoted as saying on the Le Figaro website … (full text) … and same in french: (Breteau, qui a repris des forces après avoir semblé très affaibli par ses cinq mois de détention, assure aujourd’hui encore que: “on ne peut pas organiser une telle opération sans bénéficier de soutiens politiques haut placés”) … (full text).

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Eric Breteau – France

Zoe’s Arch on wikipedia, last modified on 17 March 2008.

He says also: “the adoption was to be discussed later, it was as an option in the head of all French participants”. .. (full long text, in July 2007, thus BEFORE going to Darfur).

His fresh book in french “les dessous de l’affaire d’Etats” (the hidden part of the states affair), ISBN: 978-2-259-20922-9, Plon, 2008.

You knew this was coming, right? Eric Breteau, the leader of the Arche de Zoé, claims that he had the backing of the French government for his operation, that he received advice from “advisors of Nicolas Sarkozy and Bernard Kouchner,” and that Rachida Dati and Cécilia Sarkozy were set to welcome 103 “rescued children” personally at the Vatry airport. He has written a book in captivity and will be marketing it assiduously with a full media blitz. (on French Politics).

… “The presidential pardon is accorded to Eric Breteau, Emilie Lelouch, Dominique Aubry, Alain Peligat, Philippe Van Winkelberg and Nadia Merimi,” said a presidential decree, read on state radio in the former French colony. (full text, March 31, 2008 ).

Arche de Zoé: Éric Breteau contre-attaque, April 7, 2008.

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Fredric William Brown – USA (1906 – 1972)

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One of the most ingenious American crime and mystery writers, who published science fiction to overcome – as he said – the too real aspect of detective fiction. Brown also wrote television plays for Alfred Hitchcock series. Brown’s plots were inventive, he used often humour and paradoxes, and his sex scenes were gleefully provocative … (full long text).

He said: “Base your villain on someone you like. That’ll give him some sympathetic traits and make him much more believable”. Mouse, by Fredric Brown: Bill Wheeler was, as it happened, looking out of the window of his bachelor apartment on the fifth floor on the corner of 83rd Street and Central Park West when the spaceship from Somewhere landed … (full short story).

SOLIPSIST, a 5 minutes video, based on a Fredric Brown’s short story.

A Homepage dedicated to Fredric Brown’s life and work.

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Fredric William Brown – USA (1906 – 1972)

His writing career.

He said also: “There are no rules. You can write a story, if you wish, with no conflict, no suspense, no beginning, middle or end. Of course, you have to be regarded as a genius to get away with it, and that’s the hardest part – convincing everybody you’re a genius”. (thrillingdetective.com).

Books from 1955 with US copyright not renewed. (KingKongDemon).

… For anyone who only knows Brown’s writings by his vast number of humorous stories and novels, The Lights in the Sky Are Stars may come as a shock, for although optimistic, it is a serious novel, although a moment of levity occurs when Max describes an old science fiction novel which he is sure is now out of print and which turns out to be Brown’s own What Mad Universe, sadly currently, temporarily we can only hope, out of print. Although The Lights in the Sky Are Stars may not be as fun a read as What Mad Universe or Martians, Go Home, it does present a different side to Fredric Brown and should be more widely read than it is.
(SFsite.com).

The story is “Answer”, from Angels and Spaceships, by FredricBrown (Dutton, 1954).

… Fredric Brown’s work continued in print after his death in1972. A decade later, his many stories written for magazines and anthologies earlier in his career were collected for the first time in a definitive edition. It ran to 16 volumes.

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Felisa Tibbitts – USA

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Linked with The Human Rights Education Associates HREA.

Felisa Tibbitts is director and co-founder of Human Rights Education Associates HREA, an international non-governmental organisation dedicated to education and learning about human rights. HREA was founded in 1996 in Amsterdam as the successor organisation to the human rights education programming that Ms. Tibbitts directed for the Netherlands Helsinki Committee from 1992 to 1996 … (International Network 1/2).

Watch her Blog from Darfur: Felisa Tibbitts, Executive Director of HREA, was in Sudan in June to evaluate the effectiveness of training for the African Union peacekeeping forces. She kept a blog while traveling to the various regions of Darfur, June 2007.

Building Human Rights Communties in Education.

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Felisa Tibbitts – USA

She works for HREA.

Service Learning, Lessons, Plans ans Projects, 134 pages.

She writes: … Another important dynamic is the interaction of order and culture. Human rights education affects both. An example can be found in the Pakistani law against blasphemy. In Pakistan, no one committed blasphemy until the government passed a law forbidding it. In other words, there was disorder, the government intervened, and this had an effect on culture. Another example can be drawn from the experience of Bhutan. The king declared that his decisions would be based not on his people’s rights but on their happiness. He then decided that people’s happiness would be improved by wearing particular clothes. In other words, the king introduced (dis)order, and this has an effect on culture. Human rights education must examine this interaction … (on page 3/5 of the full long text).

Testimony of Felisa Tibbitts before the Massachusetts Joint Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Human Rights for All Bill (HB706), June 7, 2005.

She says: “we have really built some kind of consensus over the last years about key features of human rights education.

  • Education in and for HR belongs in the schooling sector
  • We are talking about the full range of human rights
  • It is the responsibility of governments to carry out HRE
  • Participatory methodologies should be used
  • Human rights education has to do with thinking, feeling and doing.

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Khalid al-Maaly – Iraq and Germany

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Khalid al-Maaly, born in as-Samawa, Iraq in 1956 is a leading Arab writer, poet and publisher. He has published seven books of poetry in German, as well as in Arabic, and translated other Arab poets into German. From Cologne, Germany, where he currently lives, he wrote along with Mona Naggar in German a “Lexicon of Arab Authors in the 19th and 20th Centuries.” More recently, he gained attention for an essay in the Berliner Zeitung on the dual nature of Arab intellectuals, in which he suggests that many leading thinkers display differing attitudes on issues like human rights and foreign policy before Western and domestic audiences. (wikipedia).

His poems on geocities.

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Khalid al-Maaly – Iraq and Germany

The story of a daring publisher.

He says about himself: … First of all I would like to establish this: I am someone who loves to read. I am also a writer. And as an Arabic reader and writer I have soon found out that many works of the great thinkers of Europe have not been translated into Arabic and, if they have been, not from the original language. This is also the case with Nietzsche. Thus Spoke Zarathustra was, for a long time, the only book by Nietzsche that was translated into Arabic. This is really astonishing! And this translation of 1937, for example, was done from French. As it became clear to me, I began to translate and have translated those books that I myself have read and liked. Already early on Nietzsche counted as one of my favorite authors. Therefore it was obvious for me to translate his work into Arabic some day. Now this day has arrived. And of course I see myself in my activity as a publisher also as a mediator of culture, as a translator of cultures that begin to touch, cross over into, and intertwine with one another in the act of trans-lation” … (nietzsche circle.com).

Three poems, (from 21 Iraqi Poets).

He writes: … The Arab intellectual behaves like a despotic father. No internal family matter may be exposed to the outside world; regardless of what the reality may be, a façade of unbroken unity must be maintained. This is especially evident with respect to such matters as relations with Israel, the scandal over the fatwa against Salman Rushdie, the attacks of 9/11, the Danish cartoons of Muhammad, or the recent war in Lebanon. In private talks with such people, one hears opinions that are radically different from what they publish in the newspapers the next day. It is as if the views propounded in the Arab media are not based on independent thinking, but formulated as opportunistic statements for public consumption … (full text).

Philosophy on stage#2.

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4 peacewomen: Xuan Wang, Yuzhen Yin, Guimei Zhang and Fenglan Liu – China

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All these four last chinese women are a part of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005. Unfortuntely there were provided only some few lines about their work and biography. Regardless here the few we may know:
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1. Xuan Wang – China

She says: “The bacteriological warfare of the Japanese army was not only a crime on the Chinese people, it was a war crime against humanity”.

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In 1995, Wang Xuan joined the Japanese bacteriological warfare fact-finding mission. After a lawsuit of seven years, the Japanese court for the first time admitted the fact that Japan had used bacteriological weapons on the Chinese people during its invasion of China in Word War II. With her mission Wang Xuan upholds the dignity of victims, lives and the pride of the Chinese nation. (1000PeaceWomen).

any links: There are links with this name in the internet, but obviously not concerning our peacewomen.

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2. Yuzhen Yin – China

She says: “I would rather die of fatigue from fighting the sand than be bullied by the sand and wind”.

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Yin Yuzhen has worked with an indomitable spirit for years, turning desert area into an oasis with more than 300,000 trees over nearly 10,000 acres. Seeking expert advice, with various other resources and by holding family symposiums, she created a scientific method for effective sand area restoration. (1000PeaceWomen).

any links: no, beside being mentioned in the 1000 peacewomen-project

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3. Guimei Zhang – China

She says: “The children gave me the honor of being a teacher, the consolation of being a mother, and the happiness of being a woman. My life is in my teaching”.

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She works for the Minzhu Middle School (?), and for the Hua Ping Children’s Home.

Zhang Guimei is a teacher working in a destitute ethnic minority region. Regardless of the difficulties and sorrow of losing her husband and being ill herself, she has brought up and educated 54 orphans. Her students have not quit school and neither have they suffered from poverty. (1000PeaceWomen).

any Links: There are links with this name in the internet, but not sure if concerning our peacewomen.

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4. Fenglan Liu – China

She says: “Villagers’ rights are not given, but gained through struggle. Benefits cannot be protected by relying on others, but by being active”.

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Liu Fenglan, an ordinary woman from Baishihang Village, Zhaoyuan City, Shangdong Province, has spent virtually her entire life in the service of others, offering and giving help whenever she can. She shares her gains and experiences without reserve because her dream is to live in a world that is full of love, and where life is peaceful and serene. (1000PeaceWomen).

any links: There are links with this name in the internet, but not sure if concerning our peacewomen.

Amy Goodman – USA

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Linked with Amy Goodman’s ‘Empire’, with Democracy Now, and with Leslie Cagan – USA.

Amy Goodman, born April 13, 1957 in Washington, D.C. is an award-winning American liberal broadcast journalist and author. A 1984 graduate of Harvard University, Goodman is best known as the principal host of Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now program, where she has been described by the Los Angeles Times the peace and human rights movements – and support of the independent media – are the hallmarks of her work. As an investigative journalist, she has received acclaim for exposés of human rights violations in East Timor and Nigeria. … (full text).

Her Investigative journalism career.

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Amy Goodman – USA

She works for the radio and TV station Democracy Now.

She is interviewing As’ad AbuKhalil, professor of political science at the California State University, Stansilaus and the creator of the Angry Arab News Service blog.

Listen, read and watch her on this Tavis Smiley page.
King Features managing editor Glenn Mott said, “Amy Goodman’s syndicated column is unique, in that it brings an award-winning journalist and firebrand from independent media to newspapers. Goodman has said, ‘I see the media as a huge kitchen table that stretches across the country, one where we all sit around to debate and discuss the most critical issues of the day: war and peace, life and death. Anything less than that is a disservice to a democratic society.’ In practice, Goodman’s is a civic journalism with a belief in the craft’s obligation to public life. Her syndicated column is meant for people who want to read the news and analyze its content, not just for information’s sake, but for thought” … (full text).

Download the video: Independent Media In A Time Of War, 29.13 min.

She says: “With a career spanning more than six decades, Gore Vidal is one of America’s most respected writers and thinkers, authored more than twenty novels, five plays. His recent books include Dreaming War, Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace and Imperial America: Reflections on the United States of Amnesia. His latest is a memoir; it’s called Point to Point Navigation … (full text Interview of Gore Vidal, May 14, 2008).

Her Bio on Americans Who Tell the Truth.

Amy Goodman didn’t know if anyone was listening. It was the morning of September 11, 2001, and the host of the muckraking radio news program Democracy Now! was broadcasting from her studio in a converted firehouse just blocks from the World Trade Center. She was hunched over her microphone, intent on painting an audio portrait of the “horrific scene of explosions and fires,” but the truth was she didn’t know if anyone could hear her. The phone lines were dead or temporarily blocked, and she had already overshot her slated hourlong broadcast time. More serious, she had recently been banished from her professional home at Pacifica Radio after a hostile internal shake-up, and she was only being aired by twenty or so affiliate stations … (full long 6 pages text, May 5, 2005).

a book: Standing Up to the Madness, Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times, by Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, and David Goodman, ISBN: 1401322883.

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Maria Domingas Fernandes Alves – East Timor

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Linked with Fokupers.

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

Activist, leader, civil servant, and founder of the women’s organization, Fokupers, Maria Fernandes began her life’s work for human rights and justice for East Timor in high school. She was instrumental in mobilizing the population to vote during the UN-sponsored referendum for independence in 1999 and organized the first National Women’s Congress in 2000 that produced a National Platform for Action. She currently serves as the Director of the Office for the Promotion of Equality and directly advises the Prime Minister on all issues relating to gender equality. Her activism began in high school. She went on to become a prominent leader of the women’s resistance movement against Indonesia’s occupation of Timor-Leste, following the invasion in 1975. (1000peacewomen).

She says: “I feel that this is a big responsibility and I am grateful for the trust given to me, after considering the many opinions and trying to understand better the fight for women’s emancipation” … (full text, 11 October 2001).

Timor-Leste: Humanitarian update, 21 Apr – 09 may 2008.

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Maria Domingas Fernandes Alves – East Timor

She works for Fokupers.

Maria Fernandes was one of the main women leaders organizing resistance activities against Indonesian occupation of Timor Leste, after the invasion in 1975. When her child died, as did hundreds of other children, of a suspected overdose administered in the Indonesian campaign to kill off the Timorese people, Maria and her husband sent information to international organizations to highlight the abuses and try to prevent further deaths.

When her husband was imprisoned by the Indonesian administration, Maria had to raise and provide for her children alone but she continued to support the resistance movement against the Indonesian occupation, and more particularly against the abuses women were suffering.

She helped set up the Popular Organization of Timorese Women (OPMT) and worked as a civil servant in the Department of Industry and Commerce, a dual role that involved many risks to her personal safety.

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Ruedi Luthy – Switzerland and Zimbabwe

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A leading Swiss doctor who gave up a distinguished career in his native country to devote his life to helping HIV/AIDS sufferers in Zimbabwe tonight was presented with the European of the Year 2007 Award by Reader’s Digest magazine. Dr. Ruedi Luthy, 65, received the award and 10,000 Swiss francs for his HIV/AIDS foundation from Switzerland’s Foreign Minister and next president, Micheline Calmy-Rey, at a packed and highly emotional ceremony in Zurich. (full text PRnewswire).

… Er war Professor an der Universität Zürich. Er hatte eine gutgehende Praxis. Und er war der bekannteste Fachmann für die Behandlung von Aids-Kranken in der Schweiz: Dr. Ruedi Lüthy. Im Jahr 2003 schloss er seine Praxis in Zürich und wagte mit 60 noch einmal einen Neuanfang … (full text SF1 1/2).

Reader’s Digest Honors Dr. Ruedi Luthy as the European of the Year 2007, Jan. 18, 2007, and same: Swiss Aids expert is European of the Year.

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Ruedi Luthy – Switzerland and Zimbabwe

Click first on the button for a swiss german/german/english spoken video of 25.00 min.!

Books he participates:

He says: “I HAD TO HELP – I could not bear sitting in y lovely home while hundreds die of Aids in Zimbabwe every day.” These were the thoughts of Professor Ruedi Lüthy, the eminent Swiss HIV and Aids specialist. In Africa AIDS is the cause of an imminent humanitarian disaster. A countless number of people are already infected with HIV, millions are dying of Aids and tragically millions of children have become orphans. It is time for us to reach out to help” … (DIVA international)

Detection of low copy numbers of HIV-1 proviral DNA in patient PBMCs by a high-input, sequence-capture PCR (Mega-PCR).

His preview profile on BiomedExperts, and: Latest papers.

He says also: “Samuel Gerber designed several excellent solutions for a clinic expansion for us under difficult economic and political circumstances (in Harare, Zimbabwe). His support on difficult legal and financial issues was highly professional. We are grateful to him for this superb achievement, which he donated to us without charge as a contribution to humanitarian assistance”. (Samuel Gerber.ch).

Europeo del año.

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Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard – Germany

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Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard (born October 20, 1942 in Magdeburg) is a German biologist who won the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in 1991 and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1995, together with Eric Wieschaus and Edward B. Lewis, for their research on the genetic control of embryonic development … (full text).

She is Director of Abteilung 3 (Genetics), of the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology … (CV).

Her Autobiography.

She says: … “I would like to thank my collaborators, past and present, for their contributions: for their skill, understanding, thoughtfulness, brilliance, patience, enthusiasm, and support. I also wish to thank Siegfried Roth, Stefan Schulte-Merker, Stefan Meyer, Darren Gilmour, Nancy Hopkins, Peter Overath, Michael Granato and Judith Kimble for suggestions and help with the manuscript” … (Lecture on the occasion of the Nobel award, December 8, 1995, 22 pages).

Her Homepage at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology.

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Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard – Germany

Nüsslein-Volhard and Wieschaus introduced “Big Science” into biology by conducting a spectacularly successful large-scale mutagenesis project that illuminated the embryonic development program of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster … (full text).

See a video (and click on play), 6.36 min.

Press releases of the Nobel-Committee: The Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute has today decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 1995 jointly to Edward B. Lewis, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and Eric F. Wieschaus for their discoveries concerning “the genetic control of early embryonic development”, and the photos of the three laureates.

Her current work.

She writes: … Basic research on a good model system has thus led to powerful insights that might one day help us understand human development. What these insights have already provided is a satisfying answer to one of the most profound questions in nature – how complexity arises from initial simplicity … (in: Gradients That Organize Embryo Development, A few crucial molecular signals give rise to chemical gradients that organize the developing embryo).

Solving a Mystery of Life, Then Tackling a Real-Life Problem.

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Salim Lamrani – France

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Linked with Changes in Cuba?

Salim Lamrani is a French professor, writer and journalist who specializes on U.S.-Cuba relations. He has published the books Washington contre Cuba (Pantin: Le Temps des Cerises, 2005), Cuba face à l’Empire (Genève: Timeli, 2006) and Fidel Castro, Cuba et les États-Unis (Pantin: Le Temps des Cerises, 2006). (STWR)
… (I found no personal datas like birth date or place or nationality about Salim Lamrani).

… The Bolivarian government successfully challenges the neo-liberal doctrine, which is unsustainable in social, economic and political terms and that explains the anger of the White House. Despite several aggressions and threats coming from the U.S., President Chávez launched signs of opening to Washington by saying: “If they change that attitude, we will respond in the same way. Everything can be improved if they show respect for our sovereignty, respect for our decisions”. However, is not very probable that reason and dialog lie in the heart of the belligerent Bush administration. (full text, March 11, 2006).

Fidel Castro and Cuba’s Future, March 15, 2008.

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Salim Lamrani – France

His video: Superpower Priciples – U.S. Terrorism against Cuba, 55 min, Oct 28, 2006, and shown by Google: Related videos, running under THE SAME LINK (why this new furt, instead of giving each’s video link separately?):
Michael Parenti: Race, Gender and Class Struggle, 68 min.
Michael Parenti: Terrorism, Globalism and Conspiracy, 60 min.
Embracing Humanity: Truth in a Time of War with Howard Zinn, 88 min.

Thanks to the control achieved by information transnationals , the world elites imposed on humanity a vision of reality that is very limited to a given ideological framework. These set doctrine barriers aimed at marginalizing any alternative thinking that may question the good reasons of the current world order. That is, the role of the media is not that of providing the people with objective information but defending the social, economic and political order that has been set using effective means such as propaganda, disinformation and censorship … (full text, February 15, 2006).

The Economic Sanctions Against Cuba: the Failure of a Cruel and Irrational Policy.

The economic sanctions imposed on Cuba by the United States are unique in view of their longevity and of their complexity but they are consistent with the real objectives of the first world power. In order to show this, it is necessary to base this analysis on the following postulate: the blockade is part of a scheme designed not to promote democratic values, as the administration in Washington would have us believe, but to control the natural resources of Third World nations through subjugation. And the history of the United States ? characterized mainly by violent and bloody conquest of new territories ? proves this unequivocally … (full text, 2003).

The role of the alternative media: A wall against the manipulation of reality, February 2006.

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Abdourahman Ali Waberi – Djibouti

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Abdourahman Waberi is novelist, essayist, poet and short-story writer. He was born in Djibouti in 1965. He studied literature at the université de Bourgogne, France. Waberi worked as a literary Consultant for Editions Le Serpent à plumes, Paris, France, as a literary critic for Le Monde Diplomatique, Paris, France. He has been a member of the International Jury for the Lettre/Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage (Berlin, Germany), 2003 & 2004. Furthermore Waberi worked as an English teacher at Caen, France. He was awarded with several honors including the Stefan-Georg-Preis 2006, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, the Grand Prix Littéraire de l’Afrique noire 1996 and the Prix biennal « Mandat pour la liberté » – offered by PEN France, 1998. In 2005 he was chosen amongst the “50 Writers of Future” by French literary Magazine “Lire”. He was a DAAD Berliner Kunstlerprogramm in 2006 and lived at Berlin. He is currently a Donald and Susan Newhouse Center Humanities Fellow at Wellesley College, USA. His work is translated into more than ten languages. in 2007 Waberi participated in the Stock Exchange of Visions project … (full text).

He says: “If you are so electrolyzed, if you are so computerized, if you are so dependent on devices and tools, electronic tools, maybe we’ll see people who are more and more sedentary, so less and less nomadic and maybe trying to control everything remotely with a distance, I mean with devices. And then, less and less kissing, less and less hugging, less and less touching which is, for me, a kind of a nightmare because as an African, even as an Arab, I’m used to touch and to feel people. I will imagine some kind of human beings with big cranium, with a big skull and a small body. With less hands, and a big skull … (in stock exchange of visions, 04.06.2007).

Son website en françaishis / his official website in french.

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Abdourahman Ali Waberi – Djibouti

Listen to him what he says on (or read the transcript of) some short videos: about technology; about balances; about religion; about cities; about mass media; about water; about globalization; about growth; about evolution.

Portes d’Afrique”: une opération littéraire et maritime.

He writes: “For almost two hundred years now, since the defeat of Napolean III., the collapse of the colonial empire and the ensuing hegemony of the United States, sweet ‘ole France is really very tiny. This country has become a trusted landscape for me. I study the natives in their natural environment. However formidable, the major difference between me and professional anthropologists is that I don’t work for any investigative institution, but instead do it at my own expense. My moneybag suffers because of it, but who really cares. In Africa, investigations and apprenticeships are devaluated to such an extent that mothers already begin to worry about their daughter’s future as soon as they are old enough to marry, telling their admirers, “Hey, you! Go work or teach!” … (full text).

His bio.

French-speaking Africa has produced a constellation of phantom writers who live in Western Europe and primarily write for — some say cater to — a Western readership. The most prolific Guinean writer, Tierno Monénembo, lives and writes in France, as do the novelists Abdourahman A. Waberi of Djibouti; Fatou Diome of Senegal; and Henri Lopes of the Congo Republic, who has also been Brazzaville’s ambassador to several European countries … (full long text, 4 pages).

Abdourahman A. Waberi is among the writers who have joined UNESCO in its fight against illiteracy. Here is an extract from his text on the subject to be published by the Organization in its forthcoming book “The Alphabet of Hope”. (UNESCO).

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Shabnam Hashmi – India

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Linked with Act Now for Harmony and Democracy ANHAD, and with Campaign Pains.

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

Shabnam Hashmi (born 1957 in Aligarh, a small town about 80 miles from Delhi) has worked for more than 20 years to combat communalism in India. She was associated with the creation and running of Sahmat, formed by artists and intellectuals in memory of her activist brother, who was murdered while performing a street play in 1989. After the Gujarat carnage, she understood the need for an outfit to systematically counter fascist propaganda, and the NGO Act Now for Harmony and Democracy (Anhad) was born in March 2003. Working voluntarily and without fees and with limited funds, Shabnam has emerged as a single-person pressure group. She was the youngest of five children. Although her family belonged to Delhi, Partition reduced her grandfather’s business to ruin.

She says: “The fascist forces are very organized and gaining ground. It is a battle for the hearts and minds of the people”.

Statement of Facts.

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Shabnam Hashmi – India

She works for Act Now for Harmony and Democracy ANHAD.

While some relatives decided to move to Pakistan, her father, Haneef Hashmi, decided to stay put: he had much at stake, having spent years as a student leader, as well as four years in British jails during the freedom movement. Faced with a deep financial crisis, the family decided to relocate to Aligarh.

While Haneef joined the university, her mother, Qamar, who came from a highly-educated family of writers and poets, soon found life in Aligarh claustrophobic. The Muslim clerics in the area had started objecting to the fact of her oldest daughter walking around in frocks and skirts. Disgusted, Qamar shifted to Delhi and took up a job as a school principal.

In 1964, she brought her children to Delhi. The family had just about enough wherewithal for three meals a day; all the children went to government schools. In 1969, Haneef also found a job in Delhi as editor of a magazine.

Shabnam was brought up on the stories of the freedom struggle and of World War II and classical literature. The first book that made a deep impression on her, when she was 13 years old, was The Diary of Anne Frank. By the time she finished school, she had read most Soviet, Russian, and English classical literature.

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Mrinal Gore – India

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

Influenced by Mahatma Gandhi’s Quit India exhortation as a youngster, Mrinal Gore (born 1928) chucked in a promising career in medicine to devote herself to organizing the poor and the disenfranchised. For more than half a century, she has been involved with a series of organizations and leading protests both on the streets and in the corridors of power, focusing on women’s rights, civil rights, communal harmony, and trade union activities. She was fortunate to have had extremely enlightened parents: her father was a professor of physics at Mumbai’s Elphinstone College, and her mother came from a family of intellectuals. Of her six other siblings, three went on to become doctors and two engineers … It is said: Mrinal Gore’s sacrifice of her medical career for lifelong social activism was one of a kind with postindependence idealism and the establishment of a democratic superstructure of governance. (1000peacewomen).

Known as a political reformer, Mrnal Gore was a member of the Bombay Municipal Corporation. As a politician, she constantly brought into focus the woes of the common woman, earning the admiration of the masses. For her vociferous protests against water shortages in the city she was called Mumbai’s ‘Paaniwali Bai’. She had won the election with the largest margin of votes ever in Maharashtra. (women in politics online).

A Socialist State leader, (she) was a Member of Parliament, Member of State Legislature and Mumbai Municipal Corporation, uninterruptedly from 1961 to 1990. A staunch supporter for Women’s empowerment and is in public life as a socialist since 1948. (Nagari Nivara Parishad).

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Mrinal Gore – India

She works for Swadhar (named on Gov.India, and on NIC.in ), and for the Keshav Gore Smarak Trust KGST (described on MIT.edu, USA, and on AIDprojects.org, India).

Oral History Recordings, Women In Progressive Movements, Mrinal’s short statement: click on ‘Hear the audio‘.

It was during a family vacation to the nearby town of Palghar that Mrinal came in contact with the Rashtriya Seva Dal RSD (named on UNIFICATION OF HINDUS), a voluntary organization connected with the Indian National Congress. At the time, India’s freedom struggle was at its height, and the atmosphere was charged by Mahatma Gandhi’s Quit India exhortation.

Mrinal had taken up medicine for her higher studies, and although a brilliant student, she decided to drop her academic career in favor of devoting herself to organizing the poor and the disenfranchised. She had passed the first MBBS examinations with flying colors, but in 1947, the year of Independence, Mrinal departed medical college, choosing to become a fulltimer with the RSD, organizing housewives for sociopolitical work.

She spent a year with the Congress, leaving in 1948 with a group of Socialist youngsters who decided to form the Socialist Party, which became a critical thorn in the Congress party’s flesh. The same year, Mrinal married Socialist leader Keshav “Bandhu” Gore. The two were from different castes and were breaking the prevalent caste taboo by marrying. The Gores lived and worked in Goregaon, a rural area that has now become part of suburban Mumbai.

In 1950, Mrinal joined the Goregaon Mahila Mandal * as its secretary. The Mahila Mandal worked for the uplift of women in the area; in 1951, the organization put in place the Family Planning Center under Mrinal’s guidance. She was a step ahead of the Indian government, which introduced its family planning programs only in 1952.

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Elizabeth Edattukaran – India

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

Sister Elizabeth Edattukaran was born in 1938 into a humble Christian family in village Malla, Trichur district, Kerala. She has worked fearlessly and relentlessly under the most trying circumstances, and at considerable personal risk, to provide healthcare and relief to people affected by conflict and violence in northeast India. She has also been instrumental in setting into motion several conflict resolution initiatives, and in providing livelihood options to women affected by ethnic violence. Her deep faith in god and her humane touch have helped dispel much of the fear and distrust that result from endemic conflicts.

It is said: In many, many ways, Sister Elizabeth personifies the words “in the service of God”, bringing together two neighboring communities separated by ethnic distrust.

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She works for the Salesian Sisters.

She had six siblings. From her parents, who were both very involved with social service, she absorbed the Christian values of giving and service to society.

Elizabeth is trained to be a nurse and holds a PCBSc degree in nursing. She has also obtained a diploma in administration, and higher training in geriatric nursing. She has worked in Northeast India since 1956, founding the Rapsun School of Nursing in 1979 (which she handed over to the Holy Cross Sisters in 1988).

Since 1984, Elizabeth has been directly involved with providing health services and relief to people affected by violence. The ethnic violence in the Northeast deeply disturbed her: during the eponymous 1984 Nellie massacre of an immigrant community in Assam, she was an important player in healing the wounded and the affected. She was also key in the rehabilitation work that followed an upsurge of ethnic violence in Meghalaya. In 1985, she received a presidential award for her exemplary services.

Since 1991, Elizabeth has been working under very difficult circumstances in Assam’s Kokrajhar district. In 1996, when communal and ethnic violence erupted in the area, she immersed herself completely in providing much-needed medical and emotional support to the broken communities. She is deeply involved in healthcare, with a special focus on reproductive health for the most marginalized tribal communities.

Elizabeth has also been instrumental in setting into motion confidence-building and conflict-resolution initiatives. An intercultural peace meet was organized, with her as a key member of the committee. She played a leadership role in providing basic necessities, healthcare, and trauma-counseling to victims who had witnessed the killings of their dearest ones. Equally remarkable is her work on enhancing skills and providing livelihood options to women affected by ethnic violence.
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Urvashi Butalia – India

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

Urvashi Butalia, born 1952 in Ambala in Punjab, is the face and voice of feminist literature and publishing in India. In 1984, she set up Kali for Women, India’s first feminist publishing house, from a little office in a garage and with almost no funds. Two decades later, Kali has succeeded in bringing to the fore the marginalized voices of Indian women. Her parents, Subhadra and Joginder Butalia, had relocated to what became India after Partition when The Tribune, where Joginder worked, had shifted there. Her mother began as a teacher, and taught both at school and university.

She says: “Early in my life I realized that knowledge is a most powerful weapon, and the silence of women across the world was premised on the denial of knowledge and information”.

Find her on wikipedia.

She is a consultant for Oxfam India.

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Urvashi Butalia – India

She works for Kali for Women (Feminist Publishing in Asia), which is part of Zubaan Books.

The third of two brothers and a sister, Urvashi was brought up to believe in honesty and self-reliance. Her mother worked even as she bore four children, and looked after her own brother and sister, who became refugees after Partition. Urvashi’s parents brought up their children with no thought to gender inequity.

They were all educated in a co-educational school. When her father was offered a job with The Times of India in Delhi, Urvashi and her sister Bela went to a girls’ school where their mother taught, and where education for them was free.

Urvashi earned a Masters in literature from Delhi University in 1973 and a Masters in South Asian Studies in 1977 from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Involved in student politics while at university, she became leader of the students’ union in her college, Miranda House, and worked for women and girl students. She was the vanguard of a campaign for women’s colleges to become members of the Delhi University Students’ Union, until then the preserve of male students.

Urvashi participated in crusades to make the university a safer place for women, for better hostel conditions for girl students, against the commodification of women through beauty contests, and several other campaigns. It was this that led, in the early 1970s, to her involvement in the then nascent women’s movement in India, where she was initially part of a large umbrella group called Samta (Equality), the parent group that founded the journal Manushi.

Urvashi was on the original founding collective of this now-legendary journal.
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Sushobha Barve – India

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

For more than two decades, Sushobha Barve (born 1949) has been working tirelessly, often without any organizational support, to create dialogue and reconciliation in conflict-stricken areas. Her philosophy is based on the need for reconciliation, whether it is in Maharashtra, Bihar, Sri Lanka, or Jammu and Kashmir. Sushobha believes that people do not need state agencies to solve their problems. Born in 1949 in Mumbai, she grew up in a middleclass Maharashtrian- dominated area, the Hindu Colony in Dadar, one of the older parts of the city. Her family encouraged liberal thought and unfettered questioning. Both home and school environments bolstered the spirit of service and social work. The walls of the family sitting-room were adorned with the photographs of the freedom movement’s leaders … It is said: Sushobha’s sensitive and democratic approach to conflict resolution has led to inimical communities accessing each other’s mutual survival desires, and to building bridges over choppy waters. (1000peacewomen).

Conference on JK calls for ‘truth commission’, May 7, 2008.

THE India-Pakistan peace process has been stalled for almost a year now. Its negative impact is seen most in Jammu and Kashmir where people feel discouraged and disheartened about their problem ever being resolved. It was against this gloomy backdrop that the first intra-Kashmir women’s conference, ‘Connecting women across the Line of Control’, was held in Srinagar recently. It helped to lift spirits and revive hope … (full long text).

Her book: Healing Streams: Bringing Hope in the Aftermath of Violence, by Sushobha Barve, 30 May 2003.

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Sushobha Barve – India

She works for the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation CDR (a project of Himmat online.net).

New Delhi, May 06: A conference on Kashmir has been conducted quietly for the past two days at a resort near Mehrauli off MG Road, which connects New Delhi to Gurgaon.Thirty-eight leaders from Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK), Gilgit-Balwaristan and Jammu and Kashmir are attending this meet. At the end of the first two days of deliberations, the message that has emerged is that if something concrete is not done to resolve the Kashmir dispute soon, the Valley could see another violent uprising. The strictly “closed-door” conference, organised Sushobha Barve of the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation … (full text, May 6, 2008).

Her book in Roupies.

Sushobha Barve demonstrates that communal conflict in India can be addressed through dialogue. Working in the most violence-ridden regions of her country, she engineers conversations that involve all parties in an exploration of the social and economic factors that led to their conflict, and leads them toward practical solutions. Paying no heed to those who doubt the power of discussion, she has helped feuding groups make and implement strong plans to end violence, recover from it, and avert it in the future … Sushobha plans to apply the systems and techniques she developed through years of work in hot spots like Kashmir, Malegaon and the slums of Mumbai to communal conflict in the whole of South Asia. She is now spreading her methods through programs for teachers, community leaders, police, and citizens throughout the region. (full text on ASHOKA Changemaker).

Forging New Paths in Peacemaking in Times of Conflict and Violence.
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Veteran Gandhian Nirmala Deshpande – India (1929 – 2008)

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Veteran Gandhian Nirmala Deshpande passed away in the national capital early on Thursday morning. She was 79 … (New Delhi, May 1, 2008).

Linked with Remembering Nirmala Deshpande: South Asia has lost a great crusader of peace,

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

Nirmila Deshpande, a well known peace crusader of India, died on May 1, 2008, after a long period of illness. She was 79-years-old and left behind so many followers who like her, wanted peace. From her early years she was a Gandhian and an enlightened person whose only aim in life was to work for the cause of humanity … Didi will be remembered for her time as a peace crusader in a region which is on the verge of self destruction by racing to acquire nuclear arms over the importance of feeding millions of poverty ridden people (full text).

She said: “Nirmala is a pioneer of peace work, especially in terms of mobilizing women and girls to engage in establishing pacifism-and the subcontinent is the net gainer” … (1000peacewomen).

She received the National Communal Harmony Award 2004.

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Veteran Gandhian Nirmala Deshpande – India (1929 – 2008)

Her official Website.

Listen her video: Nirmala Deshpande: Limitation, Complexity and Interdependenc, 5 min, June 25, 2007.

She said also: “Gandhi belongs to the world”.

She worked for All-India Harijan Sevak Sangh AIHSS (named on blogs about Harijan Sevak Sangh), for Akhil Bharat Rachanatmak Samaj ABRS, (named on her official website), and for the National Centre for Rural Development NCRD.

She helped also the Association of Peoples of Asia, the Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia WIPSA (scroll down), the Adhyatma Jagaran Manch (named on her website), and the Peoples Integration Council (named on AICC.org).

She was Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) (Nominated twice): First term from 1997-1999, Second term from 2004 onwards. (on her website).

Photo-Gallery.

(From 1000peacewomen): Nirmala Deshpande (born on 17 October 1929) was the quiet, reflectiv face of Gandhianism in a world torn apart by strife and communal hatred. A pioneer of peace work, Nirmala has been especially successful in mobilizing women and girls, founding several organizations that function as platforms for people who believe in peace and nonviolence to come together.

Also crucial were her numerous Track II initiatives to establish peace with Pakistan at a people-to-people level. To the many people whose lives she’s touched, Nirmala was known as just didi (elder sister).

She was born to P.Y. Deshpande and Vimlabhai Deshpande in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Her father, a Member of Parliament, brought her up in an open and free environment, encouraging her to take up higher studies. Nirmala did her Masters in political science, and then worked as a lecturer at Morris College, Nagpur.
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Dominique Plihon – France

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Dominique Plihon is Professor at the Department of Economics of Paris-Nord University (France). He is in charge of a Master Program (Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées) in Banking and Finance. (Alternativer ECOFIN.org 1/2, scroll down).

He writes: … It is vain to sit and wait for governments and international institutions to spontaneously take account of the current situation and to commit themselves to putting things right by challenging neo-liberal dogma. The reforms we have just described will never come about unless there is a social movement on a national and international level capable of demanding them. Today’s international movement against financial globalisation, of which Attac is a part, shows the way forward. (full text).

2 french videos:
1) la crise des subprime et ses conséquences, 1 h 31 min. 25 sec, du 14 décembre 2007.

2) Cours vidéo d’Attac France: Les fonds d’investissement et la crise financière, 15 min, avril 4, 2008.

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Dominique Plihon – France

Speculation and Collapse: Enough ! European Left Demands Control of Finance Capital … (fresh ink, April 2, 2008). See also Spéculation et Crises, cela suffit / Speculation and collapse: enough.

… The final essay by Dominique Plihon gives a good condensed summary of developments in the world economy since the 1970s: the growing power of finance capital, the globalisation of production networks, and so on. These transformations have helped shift the balance of power between labour and capital strongly in favour of the latter, undermining the Fordist consensus of the post-war era. One of the main consequences has been a diminution of labour’s share of the cake, as Table 3 shows … (full long text, April 15th, 2008).

Libéralisation financière et crises bancaires dans les pays émergents.

Dominique Plihon est professeur d’économie financière à l’Université Paris XIII et participe à l’édition de plusieurs revues. Militant altermondialiste, il est par ailleurs président du conseil scientifique de l’association Attac … (full text fr.wikipedia).

Find him and his publications on BookFinder.com; on amazon; on Google Video-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

Regulation theory has always taken crises to be a manifestation of contradictions within the mode of regulation, as well as a source of new configurations. Robert Boyer, Mario Dehove and Dominique Plihon, who have studied financial crises over the long term, examine here the various forms such crises have taken in recent years and propose reforms of the globalised finance which is characteristic of capitalism today … (full text, April 2005, 6 pages).

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Glen Ford – USA

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The son of famed disc jockey Rudy The Deuce Rutherford, the first Black man to host a non-gospel television show in the Deep South, Columbus, Georgia, 1958, Glen was reading newswire copy on-the-air at age eleven. Glen’s first full-time broadcast news job was at James Brown’s Augusta, Georgia radio station WRDW, in 1970, where The Godfather of Soul shortened Glen’s surname to Ford. Glen Ford worked as a newsperson at four more local stations: in Columbus, Georgia, Atlanta, Baltimore, where he created his first radio syndication, a half-hour weekly news magazine called Black World Report, Washington, DC. In 1974, Ford joined the Mutual Black Network, 88 stations, where he served as Capitol Hill, State Department and White House correspondent, and Washington Bureau Chief, while also producing a daily radio commentary. In 1977, Ford co-launched, produced and hosted America’s Black Forum ABF, the first nationally syndicated Black news interview program on commercial television. … (full text).

Historic “firsts,” “mosts,” and “onlys” are the hallmarks of Glen Ford’s long career.

He says: “The consequences of vast and growing U.S. economic disparities are fatal for the poor – and getting worse. In the space of 20 years, affluent Americans have increased their longevity relative to the poor, and may have reaped most of the benefits of the medical knowledge accumulated during that era … The poor die quicker, as audio (click on link), or read it on the page (watch the whole radio archive of The Black Agenda Report, in audio AND as text).

Corporate Reporters Tell Lies for a Living, 23 April 2008.

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Sorry, I found no photo of Glen Ford, USA, certifying it’s the one of the Black Agenda Report .

His commentary: The state with the harshest record for putting African Americans behind bars has become the first to pass a law that would assess the impact of new criminal justice legislation on minorities. Iowa imprisons Blacks at 13 times the rate of whites – more than twice the national average of racial disparity in incarceration. Prison activists have long called for impact statements at every stage of the criminal justice system, so that gross racial biases could be systematically eliminated. If there is to be a national dialogue on race, it should begin with the Black American Gulag, which comprises nearly half of what is by far the world’s largest prison system. Click the flash player to hear this Black Agenda Radio commentary.

Bigger Than Hip Hop, a look at the state of black political leadership.

He writes: Tavis Smiley never wanted to pick a fight with Barack Obama. In point of fact, it is not in the media entrepreneur’s nature to pick fights with persons of power or popularity. But Obama’s zealots do not accept anything less than abject, unqualified loyalty to their leader, whom they treat more as a messiah than a Chicago politician with close ties to Wall Street … (full text).

Cancer in the Congressional Black Caucus CBC as that body has become increasingly Pro-Corporate and Anti-Community, by Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report.

ALSO, there appears to be some growing dissatisfaction with Barack Obama among some African-Americans who feel he’s wrapped up the black vote without making any promises about improving the lives of people of color. Glen Ford of the Blackagenda Report writes that Obama “never lied to Black America” because the candidate hasn’t promised blacks anything: “Without really trying, in fact, without committing a single purposeful act, Black America has succeeded in rendering itself totally irrelevant this election season,” writes Ford. “About 90 percent of Black America has allied itself with a candidate that never promised them a damn thing.” Ford goes on to say Black America has become ‘irrelevant’ in this election. It’s pretty provocative stuff … (full text).

American History, Black History and the the Right to Bear Arms, April 19, 2008.

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Jianmei Guo – China

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

Guo Jianmei was born in 1961, and has been engaged in the protection of women’s rights, and related research. In 1995 she initiated the establishment of the Center for Women’s Law Studies and Legal Services of Peking University. This center provides free legal aid, and endeavors to develop the protection of the rights of women in need in China. It has contributed greatly to the progress made by lawyers and NGO’s working for civil rights.

She asks: “If laws cannot protect poor and helpless persons like my litigant, why should we lawyers exist?”

GROWTH AND SUSTAINABILITY: HOW WOMEN ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE, THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE WOMEN’S FORUM ASIA, Shanghai, the Pudong Shangri La hotel, 15-17 May 2008: confirmed speakers, and public program.

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Jianmei Guo – China

She works for the Center for Women’s Law Studies and Legal Services of Peking University.

After she became a lawyer for public legal aid, the first case that Guo Jianmei took was of a woman trying to pursue a lawsuit for her son; on her way to Beijing, a car knocked her down, causing damage in the clavicle and lumbar regions and blinding her in one eye. According to all relevant departments, the other party in the accident should have taken full responsibility but they paid merely 30 thousand yuan, which was a pittance – an artificial eye would have cost 100 thousand yuan. To make matters worse, the 30 thousand yuan was later stolen. Guo was devoted to the case. The procurator script was over 10 thousand characters and Guo gave it her best, debating vigorously in court.

This was the first case that Guo took up after the establishment of the Women’s Laws Research and Service Center in the Law School of Peking University. And it was during the proceedings of this case that she became determined to be a lawyer for public legal aid.

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