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Sebastian Chuwa – Tanzania

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Sebastian Chuwa is a man with a vision for his country, his people, and the future generations who will inherit their legacy. For 30 years he has been actively studying environmental problems in his east African homeland of Tanzania and the solutions he has found offer results that benefit not only the land, but all the populations that depend on it for life and sustenance. His methods are based on the two primary objectives of community activism – organizing people to address their problems at a local level, and youth education – influencing the teaching of conservation in schools, beginning at the primary level … (full text).

Who is Sebastian Chuwa?

Sebastian’s interests not only lie with his botanical studies, Seba has a wide and in depth knowledge of his countries natural history and ethnic culture accompanied with a charming personality … (full text).

Video: Sebastian Chuwa Wins Top Arbor Day Award, 9.47 min, added June 8, 2007.

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Sebastian Chuwa – Tanzania

The blog: Africa Unchained, on Sebastian Chuwa, the tree planter.

When Sebastian Chuwa left his childhood home on the southern slope of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro 30 years ago to work as a conservator at the Ngorongoro Crater, he couldn’t have predicted that he would one day be back on the legendary mountain, helping both Kilimanjaro and its people. And yet, since 1991, that’s exactly what he has been doing. The million-plus residents of the agricultural area surrounding Africa’s tallest peak have for centuries relied on the mountain’s generous rainy seasons and glaciers, but severe climate change has led to decreased rainfall and a receding glacial cap … (full text).

Mpingo trees back on slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Chuwa has achieved his success in replanting largely by using Tanzania’s national tree, the African blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) as a flagship species in the fight against deforestation. Usually referred to by its Swahili name, mpingo, this remarkable tree once dotted the entire African dry savannah. Today it is estimated that less than three million mpingo trees remain, with most stands confined to Tanzania and Mozambique … (full text).

His picture.

… Sebastian’s interest in botany led him to discover a completely new plant species in the Ngorongoro Highlands, and this has been named after him. He has also been nominated for the prestigious Rolex Award for his work in propagating indigenous tree species on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. In February 2002 the Olympic Committee honoured his conservation efforts by presenting him with the Spirit of the Land Award in person during a visit to Salt Lake City, USA … (full text).

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Chris Hedges – USA

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Christopher L. Hedges (born 18 September 1956 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont) is a journalist and author, specializing in American and Middle Eastern politics and society. Hedges is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City and a Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University. He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than fifty countries, and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, where he spent fifteen years. Hedges was part of The New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. He received the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism … and: He … describes war as “the most potent narcotic invented by humankind” … and: he says (about Iraq): “We are embarking on an occupation that, if history is any guide, will be as damaging to our souls as it will be to our prestige and power and security” … (full text).

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Chris Hedges – USA

Welcome Home, Soldier: Now Shut Up, June 28th, 2008.

Six months ago, veteran war reporter Chris Hedges and I embarked on an intensive project to answer these questions. We wanted to document and reveal the ugly, under-acknowledged underbelly of the occupation. To do this, we interviewed more than 50 Iraq war combat veterans on the record about their experiences with Iraqi civilians. Many of them described witnessing, and even participating in, atrocities against unarmed Iraqis. Chris and I discovered that war crimes against Iraqi non-combatants have been far more widespread than is commonly known … (full long text, June 12, 2008).

Obama Falls into Bush’s Iran Trap, June 9, 2008.

He writes: … All governments lie, as I.F. Stone pointed out, and it is the job of the journalist to do the hard, tedious reporting to shine a light on these lies. It is the job of courtiers, those on television playing the role of journalists, to feed off the scraps tossed to them by the powerful and never question the system. In the slang of the profession, these television courtiers are “throats.” These courtiers, including the late Tim Russert, never gave a voice to credible critics in the buildup to the war against Iraq. They were too busy playing their roles as red-blooded American patriots. They never fought back in their public forums against the steady erosion of our civil liberties and the trashing of our Constitution. These courtiers blindly accept the administration’s current propaganda to justify an attack on Iran. They parrot this propaganda. They dare not defy the corporate state. The corporations that employ them make them famous and rich. It is their Faustian pact. No class of courtiers, from the eunuchs behind Manchus in the 19th century to the Baghdad caliphs of the Abbasid caliphate, has ever transformed itself into a responsible elite. Courtiers are hedonists of power … (full text, June 23, 2008).

The real consequences when America is at war, June 5, 2008.

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Lenira Maria de Carvalho – Brazil

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

Lenira Maria de Carvalho (1932), in her childhood, had to take care of children instead of playing with dolls. Just like her mother, she faced a working day of twelve hours in exchange for food and a place to sleep. She did not put with that situation. Along with other young women, she took on the task of increasing awareness in the districts of Recife. (1000 peacewomen 1/2).

She says: “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written over half a century ago and we still see a lot of inhumanity. Most of us are not aware of the right to preserve our dignity”.

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Lenira Maria de Carvalho – Brazil

She works for the Sindicato dos Empregados Domésticos da Região Metropolitanado Recife.

In 1988, she founded a Union that provides judicial support to fifty maids per day. For over 50 years, Lenira Maria de Carvalho has pursued ideals to conquer rights for domestic workers.

Lenira was born in a sugar-cane plantation farm inside Alagoas. Her mother worked in the “big house” (the farm owner’s house). Without a father and with no house to call her own, she shared a bed with her mother and sister and she ate leftover food. “My mother worked her whole life and never saw any money.”

Lenira moved to Recife, when she was 14, to work as a maid for her mother’s boss’ son. She managed to enroll in a night school run by nuns, where she concluded elementary school. Her awakening to militancy occurred when she was 24 years old and attended meetings at the JCO – Juventude Católica Operária (a group of young catholic manual workers).

As a missionary in the JCO, Lenira helped organize state and regional meetings. In 1964, with the Military Coup, came the repression. She was taken into prison. After, she continued mobilizing maids. In the 70’s, she founded the category’s association. She traveled to other states and met many leaders to make sure that their rights would be recognized in the 1988 Brazilian Constitution. “We got the right to vacation, to receive prior warning before getting fired, to be paid a 13th salary at the end of each year and to continue getting paid during maternity leave.

Lenira and her partners inaugurated the Domestic Worker’s Union in Recife, which sees about seven thousand people a year. She was elected president of the Union. She also wrote a textbook called “The Social Value of Domestic Work”. Now, 72 years old, she is tireless. Currently, she fights to be able to give domestic workers the right to their own house and to a fair retirement.

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Ny Luangkhot – Laos

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Ny Luangkhot was born in Nongbon village Chaichettha district, Vientiane in 1953. She has a master’s degree in economics from the University of Kiev and another in Sociology from the Sociology Institute of Moscow State University. She worked for the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and was an interpreter for high-ranking officers. She lectured on Marxism to senior members of the Communist Party and worked for NGOs. Currently a consultant on development issues, she trains local workers in community development project evaluation for local and international organizations … (1000PeaceWomen 1/2).

She says: “There are two types of people in this world, the strong and the weak. We can choose to belong to either kind. But for women, I wish they would seek to belong to the strong rather than the weak”.

The Rural Research and Development Training Center RRDTC is an independent, non political Lao Not for Profit Association which is locally managed. We provide training, research and resources for community development in Lao PDR … (full text).

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Ny Luangkhot – Laos

She has two Master’s Degrees, one in economy from the University of Kiev, and one in sociology from the University of Moscow. She has extensive experience of work at village and grass-roots level in rural Laos within a number of professional areas, including water supply and sanitation. She is well versed with applying participatory working methods, and has extensive experience of statistical investigations and studies at village level. At the same time, she has worked with education and process facilitation at high national level, amongst other things she has participated in the development of a national strategy for rural water supply and sanitation … (geoscope.se).

Found on 1000PeaceWomen: … “I feel I am aging and am slow at times. To work with the youth, you need a lot of power. I think if I am no longer hired to work, I will attempt to do small work to share my knowledge with the youth and to give them moral support. No one rules over the other. We all simply want to share our experience and I want to continue working as a stimulant.”

Those are the words of Ny Luangkhot, a development worker who has lived for more than 50 years. She was born in 1953 to a poor farmer family in Nongbon village, Chaichettha district, Vientiane. Her mother was a rice farmer, and her father organized the first charity in Vientiane to make coffins for the destitute. From 19 siblings, only eight survived. The oldest sister among the remaining offspring, Ny Luangkhot had to take on great responsibilities. After school, she collected vegetables and fresh water crabs and fish from a rice field and sold them to earn income for her family.

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Sayed Naqi – Afghanistan

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

Bibi Naqi was born in 1928 in Kabul, Afghanistan and has a BA in Literature. Having worked as a teacher, headmistress and principal in many schools in Kabul since the 1950s, she has a long experience in education. Now she is retired. As a tribute to her efforts, Bibi Naqi was promoted by His Majesty crown prince Ahmad Shah, the elder son of former King Mohammad Zahir, to head of education in Kabul. Thanks to her, many orphan girls and boys were able to attend schools with her encouragement and subsistence. She has received several medals and certificates of honor … (1000peacewomen 1/2).

She says: “Despite the challenges I have faced throughout my life and in my education career, I remained steadfast so that young girls would look at me and overcome their unfortunate conditions”.

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Sayed Naqi – Afghanistan.

Sayed Bibi Naqi, was the only girl among the Sadat families who attended school. But due to economic hardship, she could not attend school after year nine. But she managed to pursuer higher education while working part-time. She went to school during a period when girls’ education and going to school was a sinful act.

Despite all these challenges, in 1950 she studied hard and obtained a BA in Literature. After her graduation she was appointed as a teacher, and later she served as vice-principle of Zarghona girl’s high school and in many other schools. Bibi Naqi was promoted as principle of Zarghona girl’s school, but due to the dominant discrimination against women’s work at that time she was fired from her post.

In 1960’s she was appointed as vice-dean of Faculty of Education. She had also served as Director of Education for the Red Crescent Society of Afghanistan. In 1960’s she was transferred to the ministry of education where she has suffered more from ethnic discrimination and was eventually forced to early retirement.

As her financial status was so constrained, she had to work as a typist in the Radio Afghanistan and Afghanistan Bank for 18 years. Despite facing discrimination, she was applauded for her significant efforts and has received some awards, medals and certificates of honor. Bibi Naqi has always been impassioned to seek knowledge and pursue education.

She traveled to France and Australia to improve her French and English languages and advance her work skill. Her works stand as a pioneering exemplum to Afghan girls who are deterred from education whether by traditional customs or by financial constraints. (1000peacewomen 2/2).

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Gladys Marín Millié – Chile (1941 – 2005)

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Gladys Marín Millié has passed away

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

Gladys del Carmen Marín Millie (July 16, 1941 – March 6, 2005) was a Chilean activist and political figure. She was Secretary-General of the Communist Party of Chile PCCh (1994-2002) and then president of the PCCh until her death. She was a staunch opponent of General Augusto Pinochet and filed the first lawsuit against him, in which she accused him of committing human rights violations during his seventeen-year dictatorship … She died of brain cancer after a long battle which included treatment in Cuba and Sweden. Upon her death the government declared two days of national mourning. In accordance with her wishes, her coffin was exhibited at the former National Congress in Santiago and was viewed by thousands of mourners prior to its cremation. For her funeral the PCCh and her family organized a march through the center of Santiago, where there were between 500,000 and 1 million marchers. An avenue crossing a working class district of Santiago was later renamed after her … (full long text).

She said: “To fight is not to suffer, to fight is to create”.

Gladys del Carmen Marín Millie (Curepto, 16 de julio de 1941 – Santiago, 6 de marzo de 2005) fue una profesora y política chilena, dirigente del Partido Comunista de Chile. Fue Diputada para el período 1965-1969 y reelegida en 1969 … (full text, es.wikipedia) … and: Página de Gladys Marín en el sitio del Partido Comunista.

Gladys del Carmen Marín Millie – Diputado.

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Gladys Marín Millié – Chile (1941 – 2005)

She worked for the Chilean Communist Party (in Spanish: Partido Comunista de Chile). This is a Chilean political party that advocates communism. It was founded in 1922, as the continuation of the Socialist Workers Party.

Gladys Marín, Communist opponent of Pinochet, 8 March 2005.

Con el respaldo de mil firmas. ALCALDE REMITIRÁ AL CONCEJO SOLICITUD DE LOS COMUNISTAS PARA QUE UNA CALLE DE PUNTA ARENAS LLEVE EL NOMBRE DE GLADYS MARÍN. Con el respaldo de mil firmas, la directiva del Partido Comunista en Magallanes, se reunió con el alcalde Juan Morano Cornejo, solicitando que se nomine con el nombre de Gladys Marín Millie, una calle de Punta Arenas, indicando que “el nombre y la figura de Marín convoca la simpatía y solidaridad de millones de chilenos” y “que Punta Arenas no es ajena a ese sentir”. Tamara Avendaño, presidenta del Partido Comunista en Magallanes, indicó que la fallecida dirigente nacional de los comunistas fue “una activa luchadora por las causas del pueblo” y que su figura “es reconocida tanto nacional como internacionalmente”. El alcalde Juan Morano, les manifestó a los dirigentes comunistas, que la solicitud de nominar una calle con el nombre de Gladys Marín Millie, la iba a remitir al concejo municipal para su aprobación, indicando también, que era muy oportuna la solicitud, en el Día Internacional de la Mujer … (centros chilenos blog, 10/03/2007).

Her unofficial life and work.

In September 1973, Gladys Marín, who has died, aged 63, of a brain tumour, had just arrived back in Chile from a tour of Europe when the army chief-of-staff Augusto Pinochet led a military coup against the Popular Unity government of Salvador Allende. Immediately, Marín, a leading member of the Chilean Communist party and a parliamentarian, broadcast a desperate message of defiance on Radio Magallanes. Her name appeared on the junta’s most-wanted list, and she went underground, separated from her husband, the Santiago Communist party secretary Jorge Muñoz, and their two sons … (full text).

Bidding a 2005 farewell to the best and brightest.

Found on 1000PeaceWomen: Gladys Marín’s ‘footprint’ remains. It is in the people of her country and in the world that admired her leadership, just as they admired the fighting spirit that sustained her, in the struggle against the tyranny that devastated Chile from 1973 to 1990. It was the same spirit that gave her the strength to overcome the pain of exile, of knowing that her husband had disappeared, of being far away from her two sons. She believed that, “the ideals of justice, peace and solidarity, the ideals of communism, are going to destroy the awful myths propagated against the left-wing movement.”

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Eric Walberg – Canada

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Eric Walberg is a journalist and writes for Al-Ahram Weekly. He tells on his own website: If you want to see me in action, you can watch a panel discussion about the Annapolis meeting between Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli PM Ehud Olmert: TV Debate, Middle East: Part 1, 5.25 min; part 2, 7.17 min. … (see also all his other videos on Youtube).

He writes: … While Georgians see themselves as part of Europe, “the whole history of Georgia is of Georgian kings writing to Western kings for help, or for understanding. And sometimes not even getting a response,” said its thoroughly Westernised president, Mikheil Saakashvili, in a recent interview. “Not just being an isolated, faraway country, but part of something bigger”. With a population of 4.7 million, this beautiful land, noted for its dozen or so hot-blooded independent-minded peoples, is surrounded by at best indifferent neighbours Armenia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and of course Russia. Its fiery 40-year-old president does not disappoint, with his penchant for thumbing his nose at Russia and lavishly admiring US President George W Bush … (full text, May 7th, 2008).

His personal Website.

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Eric Walberg – Canada

Heart of darkness: Afghan Resistance against Foreign Occupation, June 4, 2008.

… For sceptics about the possibility of some form of LHOP/MHOP, just consider the following: if indeed 6,000 elite business leaders control the world’s fate, surely such an immensely wealthy and powerful coterie could solve the food crisis in a flash. The massive expenditures on arms and the wanton destruction they cause every second, could, if stopped, provide the will and resources to restructure the world to end starvation, let alone poverty, leaving lots left over for the elite to wallow in. There is no organised force of any consequence opposing this world elite. What’s stopping it? (full long text about food crisis).
[Explanation: "Made it Happen On Purpose" (MHOP) ... and: "Let it Happen On Purpose" (LHOP) ...]

Silent tsunami, May 17th, 2008.

Twenty years ago this week the Soviet Union began its withdrawal from Afghanistan, eight and a half years after it was invited by the desperate People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA), which had degenerated into intra-party squabbling and was beset by Islamic rebels massively financed by the United States. The straw that broke the Soviets’ back was when the US began providing Stinger missiles to Osama bin Laden and his friends … (full text).

He asks: “Is there more than meets the eye in the sudden flurry of talk about a world food crisis” … (full long text).

… Eric wrote to me, and I fully agree with his view: “My philosophy of journalism is that it should help shape the historical dialectic. Indeed, I hope that our arguments reach Russian political types and help support the Good in Russian politics – renewing the anti-imperial stance of Soviet Russia. It’s not at all a sure thing, with the strong Zionist lobby in Russia which continues to press and fight Putin. His is not yet primarily a principled position, but the principles have becoming stronger the past few years, as he wrestles with both the domestic and international dragons” … (full text, July 8, 2007).

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John Feffer – USA

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John Feffer serves as Editor of “Foreign Policy in Focus” the journal of international relations administered by the Institute for Policy Studies . Mr. Feffer has written numerous books, including North Korea/South Korea: U.S. Policy and the Korean Peninsula, and articles on the politics, economics and security of East Asia and the world. He is a central figure in the debate on US foreign policy today … (full text in Korean and english).

John Feffer is co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus.

… For the last 20 years, John Feffer has written on a range of topics from Russian economy and Korean literature to U.S. food policy and the global economy. His shorter essays have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, The Progressive, Salon, Newsday and The American Prospect. He has also edited several books, including the FPIF collection Power Trip and The Future of U.S.-Korean Relations from Routledge. Before joining IRC, Feffer was a Writing Fellow at Provisions Library in Washington, DC and a PanTech fellow in Korean Studies at Stanford University. Feffer studied in England and Russia, lived in Poland and Japan, and traveled widely throughout Europe and Asia. (full text).

He says: “I was first led to the study of North Korea because of my interest in communist systems. I studied in Moscow in 1985 and lived in Poland in 1989, which gave me a first-hand opportunity to witness first the Gorbachev reforms and then the Solidarity-led transformations. I was curious why the North Korean state did not collapse in 1989 or later during the food crisis of the mid-1990s. This curiosity led me to conduct further research and, eventually, to take several trips to North Korea” … (full interview text, ).

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John Feffer – USA

America’s Foreign Policy Bubble, June 16, 2008.

He writes: Locavores – the latest trend in dietary activists – speak of reducing “food miles,” of sustaining small farms, of the better taste of produce grown or raised locally (Feffer, 2007). It’s not just Europeans. North Americans are beginning to follow the European lead in prizing local products. Local sourcing – with its application of the term terroir to products other than wine and the rapid growth of direct farmer to consumer marketing through consumer-supported agriculture (CSAs) – has taken up the same radical challenge to factory farming that the organics movement raised a generation ago, but with an additional critique of the global agro-assembly line. In a reversal of the old relationship between emperors and their dominions, people are nowadays assigning greater value to items produced locally … (full text).

Scott Horton Interviews John Feffer, February 13th, 2008.

He says also: … “We urgently need a change in U.S. policy toward North Korea and toward East Asia more generally. I hope that my book will, first of all, raise the profile of Korea on the agendas of progressive organizations in the United States (and in Japan, Germany, and Spain where the book is being translated). I rather doubt that North Korea, South Korea will find its way onto the bookshelves of any Bush administration officials. But I hope that some of the critiques and some of the alternatives find their way into the mainstream debate on these issues in this country. The fact that the book has garnered interest in South Korea has made me quite happy about the undertaking. If we are in the same terrible impasse in November 2004, with the United States continuing to play a negative role on the peninsula, then I would feel very discouraged” … (full interview text, January 1, 2004).

Beyond Detente: New Options on East-West Relations, 232 pages, 1990.

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Emma Goldman – Lithuania-Russia-USA (1869 – 1940)

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Emma Goldman (June 27, 1869 – May 14, 1940) was an anarchist known for her political activism, writing, and speeches. She was lionized as a free-thinking “rebel woman” by admirers, and derided as an advocate of politically motivated murder and violent revolution by her critics. Born in Kaunas, Lithuania (then part of the Russian Empire), to an Orthodox Jewish family, Goldman suffered from a violent relationship with her father. Although she attended schools in Königsberg, her father refused to allow her further education when the family moved to Saint Petersburg. Still, she read voraciously and educated herself about the politics of her time. She moved with her sister Helena to Rochester, New York, in the United States at the age of sixteen. Married briefly in 1887, she divorced her husband and moved to New York City. Attracted to anarchism after the Haymarket affair, Goldman was trained by Johann Most in public speaking and became a renowned lecturer, attracting crowds of thousands. The writer and anarchist Alexander Berkman became her lover, lifelong intimate friend, and comrade. Together they planned to assassinate Henry Clay Frick as an act of propaganda of the deed. Though Frick survived the attempt on his life, Berkman was sentenced to twenty-two years in prison. Goldman herself was imprisoned several times in the years that followed, for “inciting to riot” and illegally distributing information about birth control. In 1906, Goldman founded the anarchist journal Mother Earth … (full huge long text).

She said: If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution” … (on wikipedia/Legacy/picture script); … and: “I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody’s right to beautiful, radiant things” … (in jwa.org); … and: “The free expression of the hopes and aspirations of a people is the greatest and only safety in a sane society” … (in all posters.com).

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Emma Goldman (ca. 1910) – Lithuania-Russia-USA (1869 – 1940)

The Emma Goldman Exhibit: Women of Valor.

… She dreamed of a communistic society where everybody contributes according to ability and takes according to need. During World War I she was arrested because of organizing an anti-draft campaign. In 1919 she was deported back to Russia with other anarchists. Even being first a supporter of the Bolshevik Revolution, she became fast disillusioned with the oppression of free speech and the party rule. Her, in 1923 published book “My Disillusionment with Russia” was one of the first real critiques of the Soviet System. She left Russia and spent the rest of her life in Canada and Europe. She died on May 14th 1940 … (full text).

Her book: My Disillusionment in Russia, 1923.

… She was educated in East Prussia and in St. Petersburg, where she moved with her family in 1881, months after the assassination of Czar Alexander II. Goldman lived in a world ruled by fear and the ubiquitous secret police, a world in which even the mildest expression of dissent would be summarily crushed. As a teenager, she began to embrace the ideas of the Russian revolutionary movement. The movement imagined a society of free equals, a tantalizing Utopia in which all problems could be solved on earth, by ordinary people. Its proponents were committed to removing a Czarist regime at any cost … (pbs.org).

“Union Square is Not For Sale” Declare Activists, June 7, 2008.

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Aijaz Ahmad – India

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Aijaz Ahmad is a well-known Marxist literary theorist and political commentator based in India. Born in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India just before it gained independence from British rule, Aijaz Ahmad along with his parents migrated to Pakistan following partition. After his education he worked in various universities in US and Canada. At present Aijaz Ahmed is Professorial Fellow at the Centre of Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi and is visiting Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto. He also works as an editorial consultant with the Indian newsmagazine Frontline and as a senior news analist for The Real News Network, … (or theREALnews network) … (full text).

He says: … “The first option, I think, the time is gone for, actually, negotiations with the Taliban. The time to negotiate with the Taliban was when they were weak, that is to say, soon after the invasion, when they were in disarray. Today they control virtually as much territory as the Karzai government does. Secondly, I think the resistance from the Karzai government and many other of those tribal forces will be far too great for a real settlement with the Taliban, because the structure of power in Afghanistan has changed completely. Now drug lords are inside the government, outside the government, and so on, and a stable government in Afghanistan of that kind is actually not in their favor. I think that time is gone. So far as the other option, the pincer movement, is concerned, that is what actually a part of the Pakistani establishment is willing to do” … (full interview text).

Find this 4 Videos Reactions to Imperialism and Neoliberalism, November 16, 2007, Toronto:

  • Part one: Introduction by Leo Panitch, 11.11 min;
  • part two: Aijaz Ahmad, 18.30 min;
  • part three: Sabah Alnasseri, 17.33 min;
  • part four: Q+A with Sabah Alnasseri and Aijaz Ahmad, 10.06 min.

Read: ISLAM, ISLAMISMS AND THE WEST, 37 pages.

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Aijaz Ahmad – India

His book: In Theory, Nations, Classes, Literature, by Aijaz Ahmad, 368 pages, 1994.

… The Cuban revolution was one of the key events in the political formation of my generation, just as the overthrow of the Allende government in 1973 was in its negative impact a decisive moment in the history of the global Marxist left. The more recent Latin American developments have been seen in India as both a certain return to what one might call “the Cuban moment,” but also the rise of a very different kind of left. My own writings on Latin America have been designed strictly for an Indian readership and try to grapple with just what this new left, in all its variations, is … (full text).

Video: US troops in Pakistan, 8.47 min.

… THE hastily confected judicial assassination of Saddam Hussein, the last President of independent Iraq, was part of an extraordinary three-month-long offensive that United States President George W. Bush has mounted on all fronts, domestic and international, since mid-October 2006. That offensive has now culminated in the invasion of Somalia by the Ethiopian proxy of the U.S., massive U.S. bombings of Somali territory by huge U.S. cargo planes that have been turned into gunships, and the “invitation” by the puppet regime, which the Ethiopian proxy has imposed on Somalia, to the U.S. to send its troops to this newly occupied country. A “new” Eastern Africa is now as much a U.S. objective as is a “new” West Asia. An integrated offensive from the Caspian Sea to the Mombasa Bay, so to speak … (full text).

Lineages of the Present: Ideology and Politics in Contemporary South Asia, 366 pages, 2000.

… Culture is not reducible to those processes that Marxist political economy studies for its own purposes, but culture is embedded in those processes. The so-called “mass culture” today is quite inseparable from processes of mass production, marketing, profiteering, systems of mass communication, etc. Every social practice and all material production involves signification, but neither communication nor fashion nor any other of those things that Cultural Studies takes as its specific object of study is merely or even mainly a signifying practice. Nor can the relation between cultural production and its basis in economic and political processes be read off anecdotally or epiphenominally; it has to be studied rigorously and structurally. You can’t just throw in a bit of economics here, a bit of technology there; you have to be able to locate individual facts in a complex historical process, and for that you need very considerable theoretical preparedness. In its beginnings Cultural Studies was quite aware of all this, and some have sought to remain true to those very prosaic origins. In the main, though, Cultural Studies has itself become one of those many styles of consumer capitalism that it sets out to study … (full text).

Carter says Israel has 150 nukes – Aijaz Ahmad: Why is corporate media marginalizing a former president, May 30, 2008.

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Saskia Sassen – USA and Netherlands

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Saskia Sassen (born January 5, 1949 at The Hague, Netherlands) is an American sociologist and economist noted for her analyses of globalization and international human migration. She is currently a professor of sociology at Columbia University and at the London School of Economics. Sassen coined the term global city. She is married to the sociologist Richard Sennett. Sassen grew up in Buenos Aires where her parents Willem Sassen and Miep van der Voort moved in 1950. She also spent a part of her youth in Italy and says she was “brought up in five languages” … (full text).

She says: … “The notion of globalisation does not adequately capture this transformation, which leads on to the question, where, precisely, is this foundational transformation happening? My answer is, to a large extent, within, not outside, the architecture of the nation state. Yes, there are novel global formations, but they are thin compared with the nation state, the most complex structure we have produced historically. I think some parts of today’s transformation are partial, contradictory, incipient – they have uncertain trajectories and may well collapse, even as others thrive” … (full interview text).

Global Networks, inked critics, 19 pages.

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Saskia Sassen – USA and Netherlands

Public Interventions … .

… She has recently completed a five-year project on sustainable human settlement for UNESCO. The project established a network of researchers and activists in more than 30 countries and is published in the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems EOLSS.net. She serves on several editorial boards and is an advisor to several international bodies. She is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Cities, and Chair of the Information Technology and International Cooperation Committee of the Social Science Research Council (USA). Her comments have appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, The International Herald-Tribune, and The Financial Times, among others … (full text).

More around the themes she is writing about: international trade; and nation states; and rural depopulation; and transnational/transnationalism; and urbanization..

The goal of a negotiated global open migration policy would be to make universal what is already the reality for the affluent everywhere, making what is now a privilege for some a universal right for all (see Saskia Sassen, “Migration policy: from control to governance,” 13 July 2006). This is not a new proposition. It has been the subject of serious discussion in academic and policy circles for years. Indeed, an ambitious extended debate within openDemocracy, focusing on the reform of European migration policy, included contributions from many policy analysts such as Liza Schuster and Franck Düvell, Nigel Harris and Saskia Sassen, arguing for variations on the proposition of open borders. Still, the issue is a hard sell, and in spite of the manifest failure of present policies and practices, serious consideration of the alternative at the political level has not been achieved … (full text).

Work and the Global Economy: Listen to the Entire Program, September 2, 2002.

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Gore Vidal – USA

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Gore Vidal (born October 3, 1925; pronounced /ˌgɔər vɪˈdɑːl/ or /vɪˈdæl/) is an American author of novels, stage plays, screenplays, and essays, and an erstwhile political candidate. He is an outspoken member of the American political Establishment, and a noted wit and social critic who wrote the ground-breaking The City and the Pillar (1948) that outraged mainstream critics as the first major American novel to feature unambiguous homosexuality … (full text).

He says: ” … “Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies” … and: “(Lying is) the one thing I hate most on this earth. Which is why I do not have a friendly time with journalists” … (find many more dialogues in this text).

His latest book: selected essays of Gore Vidal, June 18, 2008.

Author Gore Vidal will speak with Jay Parini, author and Vidal’s literary executor, on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at the Writers Guild Theater as a part of TOWN HALL’s ongoing Writers Bloc series … (full text, June 12, 2008).

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Gore Vidal – USA

N.Y. Times Magazine Publishes Charge That McCain’s a Phony POW, June 16, 2008.

… “Gore Vidal is America’s premier man of letters,” proclaims Jay Parini, himself a poet, novelist, critic, and biographer. Parini is also an editor, and his pronouncement constitutes the opening sentence of his introduction to a volume of vintage Vidal. If “man of letters” sounds too much like postmaster general, the collection at least confirms Vidal’s preeminence as virtuoso of the essay. He is also a redoubtable novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and memoirist … (full text, June 18, 2008).

Gore Vidal and the Art of the Political Insult.

He was born Eugene Luther Gore Vidal in West Point, New York, the only child of Eugene Luther Vidal Sr. (1895—1969) and the former Nina S. Gore (1903—1978). His birth took place at the Cadet Hospital of the United States Military Academy, where his father was the school’s first aeronautics instructor, and he was christened by the headmaster of St. Albans, the preparatory school he would attend in his youth.[1] His second middle name honors his maternal grandfather, Thomas P. Gore, Democratic senator from Oklahoma … (full text, June 16, 2008).

Spacey adds Shrink to packed schedule, June 17, 2008.

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Erwin Wagenhofer – Austria

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Erwin Wagenhofer is born 1961 in Amstetten, Lower Austria, graduated from the Vienna Institute of Technology TGM, Department of Communications Engineering and Electronics worked for three years as developer at Philips Austria, Video Department 1983–1987 freelance director and assistant camera operator for various productions, feature films and documentaries at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) since 1987 freelance writer and filmmaker … (full bio).

He says: ” … the idea came from an earlier project. We were making a film called Operation Figurini about an art project which took place at the local markets. From the beginning we had planned to make a detailed documentary of Vienna’s markets. When it came time to write the script or do the treatment for this film, I wandered up and down the city’s markets and I thought: what is it about markets that’s so interesting in the first place? And the only thing that interested me was the products. Where does all that stuff come from? The original idea was to start at Vienna’s most famous market, the Naschmarkt, and to look behind the scenes. Where does that stuff come from, where do the tomatoes and all the other products come from? And we actually began with the tomatoes. We did our research and that’s how we ended up in Spain. We just did the tomato story first … ” (full interview text).

Picture Gallery of ‘we feed the world‘.

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Erwin Wagenhofer – Austria

Tout enfant qui meurt de faim est … assassiné – Étant donné l’état actuel de l’agriculture dans le monde, on sait qu’elle pourrait nourrir 12 milliards d’individus sans difficultés. Pour le dire autrement : tout enfant qui meurt actuellement de faim est, en réalité, assassiné. » Les mots de Jean Ziegler, rapporteur auprès de l’O.N.U. sur le Droit à l’alimentation tombent comme un couperet … (scenes et cinés.fr).

ERWIN WAGENHOFER’S BEST MOVIE.

He writes: Every day in Vienna the amount of unsold bread sent back to be disposed of is enough to supply Austria’s second-largest city, Graz. Around 350,000 hectares of agricultural land, above all in Latin America, are dedicated to the cultivation of soybeans to feed Austria’s livestock while one quarter of the local population starves. Every European eats ten kilograms a year of artificially irrigated greenhouse vegetables from southern Spain, with water shortages the result … (full text).

He says also (… about Jean Ziegler): It’s interesting how that came about, because I found Ziegler first. I’ve read his books and followed his TV appearances for years and have great respect for his work. But I chose Jean Ziegler for only one reason–or rather, he interested us for only one reason–and that’s because he works at the UN. Because Jean Ziegler as Jean Ziegler would immediately put everything into the left corner, but since he has this high UN function, that of Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food… that made him interesting for the film. I wrote Jean Ziegler a letter, and because he’s an admirer of the French Revolution, I sent the letter on the 14th of July. I worked a long time on that letter, and two days later he called me. We met in Geneva that October … (full interview text).

Filmography on the NY Times.

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Tripurari Sharma – India

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

Tripurari Sharma (born on 31 July 1956 in Kurukshetra, Haryana) initially chose theater as a means of expression to shrug off middle-class conventions and to seek an identity. It did not take her long to realize that it was more than that: it was an intimate way of revealing and connecting with the lives of women audiences and sharing their perspective with the world. Evolving a play through collective interaction has helped bring theater out of closed spaces, and into the lives of Indian women … (1000peacewomen 1/2).

She says: “Theater has an ancient but male-centric history in India. Tripurari saw it as an intimate way of revealing and connecting the lives of women audiences and sharing their perspective with the world”.

She is an Associate Professor Acting: A graduate in English from Delhi University and Diploma in Direction from National School of Drama. Directed many plays and has been associated with many theatre groups in India and abroad. A playwright of repute and has translated many Indian and Western plays. Has written scripts for films.Was the Indian representative at the first International Women Playwrights’ Conference’ held in USA in 1986. Received the Sanskriti Puraskar award in 1986, and was honoured by Delhi Natya Sangh in 1990. (National School of Drama).

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Tripurari Sharma – India.

She works for Alarippu, and for the National School of Drama.

She graduated in English literature from Delhi University in 1976 and from the National School of Drama in 1979, specializing in direction. Those were the years after the draconian Emergency years, when then prime minister Indira Gandhi had repressed all freedoms and expression in 1975. Tripurari was secretary of the Miranda House College students union at a time when there was acceleration towards social change.

Tripurari comes from a middleclass family, and she chose theatre to free herself from conventions and seek identification. The women’s movement in India was gaining ground: Tripurari saw theatre as a means to share and talk about the lives of women, and she threw herself wholeheartedly into the women’s movement.

She was also involved with trade unions and college students, preparing plays and generating awareness on issues like dowry. Street theatre emerged as a strong sociopolitical medium, an exclusive forum where women audiences could relate to various issues. It was an intimate way of revealing and connecting the lives of women audiences, and sharing their perspective with the world. A play on teasing girls and women, performed by women alone in colleges, served as a device to bring to the fore and evolve a women’s perspective. And this was just one of them.

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Nicholson Baker – USA

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Nicholson Baker (born January 7, 1957) is a contemporary American writer of fiction and non-fiction. As a novelist, his writings focus on minute inspection of his characters’ and narrators’ stream of consciousness. His unconventional novels deal with topics such as voyeurism and planned assassination, and they generally de-emphasize narrative in favor of intense character work. Baker’s enthusiasts appreciate his ability candidly to explore the human psyche, while critics feel that his writing wastes time on trivia (Stephen King notoriously compared Baker’s novel Vox to a “meaningless little fingernail paring”) … (full text).

His author spotlight on random house.

… The lies, according to Kurlansky, were told by the leaders of the democracies, especially Roosevelt and Churchill. Baker had shown, “step by step, how an alliance dominated by leaders who were bigoted, far more opposed to communism than to fascism, obsessed with arms sales and itching for a fight coerced the world into war” … (full text, June 6, 2008).

The Video with Charlie Rose in May 9, 1994, about sex and the death: with Erica Jong, Robert Olen Butler and Nicholson Baker, 58 minutes, added March 7, 2007.

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Nicholson Baker – USA

A Debunker on the Road to World War II.

… The novelist Nicholson Baker’s customary style in books like “The Mezzanine” and “Room Temperature” is to observe the world in slow, painstaking detail, relishing the tiny moment, enjoying the aside for the sake of accuracy, insisting on charting the precise state of things. He has now applied this system to history, to the few years before the United States declared war on Japan and entered into World War II as a full participant. It is clear Baker has not done this as a literary exercise, nor as a new way of amusing himself and his readers, but because of a passionate view of how the war against Germany was conducted by Britain under Winston Churchill … (full text, March 23, 2008).

Even the staunchest opponents of the wars in Vietnam and Iraq are loath to take issue with World War II, the quintessential conflict between good and evil that became the model of a morally just war … (full text, June 12, 2008).

… To research his new book, “Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization,” which comes out next week from Simon & Schuster (March 2008), Mr. Baker read old newspapers online and on microfilm, and he lso borrowed hundreds of books from the library at the University of New Hampshire, about 20 minutes away in Durham, which had granted him professorial privileges. Until just recently, when he began to cart them back, they were all stacked in Mr. Baker’s barn: piles of Churchill; of Herbert Hoover’s postpresidential papers; war records, biographies, letters, diaries … (full text, March 4, 2008).

Was WWII A Good War? June 14, 2008.

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Violeta Vanesa Delgado Sarmiento – Nicaragua

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

Violeta Vanesa Delgado Sarmiento was born in the municipality of Diriomo, in Nicaragua. Her father was Nicaraguan and her mother Honduran, from the village of Olancho, in the East of the country. Olancho is a village of “pistoleros” (gunmen), of men with guns and machetes; fierce, brave people. It is the birthplace of many insurgents and guerrillas. Her father is from Diriomo, a land of witches and enchanters…..When asked, “Do you have more of the witches or of the fighters in you?” Violeta laughs “I have both. They are combined in me“.

She remembers: “The richest part of my childhood, while I was living in my village, was the sensation of freedom. I felt that I could go in and out of the houses of different people as I wished. This community feeling you have when you live in a village doesn’t limit you to within the four walls of your own home. You take your lunch at Juanita’s place, and then you visit Mrs. Teresita, and all the children play among the trees… I think that this feeling of being part of something marked me for the rest of my life” …

She says: “There is no path laid ahead, the path is laid down while you walk–this is my motto. It is from a verse written by Antonio Machado”.

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Violeta Vanesa Delgado Sarmiento – Nicaragua

She works for Women’s Network against Violence.

Why then did the daughter of a conservative office worker, from a lower middle-class, semi-urban family, leave her comfortable environment to be part of the collective, which raised its voice to denounce the inequalities and the violence against women? “I think that the example of the women of my family, who have always been engaged in the search for justice, left its mark on me ever since I was young”. Violeta challenged her family and began a life committed to improving the quality of life of the Nicaraguan people. That was the beginning of her devoted and tireless struggle to defend women’s human rights.

In 1980, during the Sandinist Popular Revolution, Violeta, then 11 years old, accompanied her mother who worked as a member of the Crusade for National Literacy. They went to a community, not far from Diriomo, where they lived for four months with a peasant family in a two-room ranch. “We ate and slept with them, sharing their lives, dreams and illusions.” Later on, she participated in the activities planned by the Sandinist Youth Organization, taking part mainly in activities such as the harvest of coffee beans and cotton, and in the campaign for better health.

When, in 1992, she went to University she was an outstanding student and therefore she was elected as the President of her Faculty. She participated actively and led the fight to raise the budget for the universities in 6 %.

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Matthew Lipman – USA (August 24, 1922 – December 26, 2010)

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Matthew Lipman (born on August 24, 1922) is recognized as the founder of Philosophy for Children. His decision to bring philosophy to young people came from his experience as a professor at Columbia University, where he witnessed underdeveloped reasoning skills in his students. His interest is particularly on developing reasoning skills by teaching logic. The belief that children possess the ability to think abstractly from an early age, led him to the conviction that bringing logic to children’s education earlier would help them to improve their reasoning skills. In 1972 he left Columbia for Montclair State College to establish the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (IAPC) [1] where he began to take philosophy into K-12 classrooms in Montclair. That year he also published his first of many books specifically designed to help children practice philosophy, Harry Stottlemeier’s Discovery. A primary goal of Philosophy for children is to foster critical thinking, defined by Lipman as “thinking that (1) facilitates judgment because it (2) relies on criteria, (3) is self-correcting, and (4) is sensitive to context.” [2]He challenges educators to create a community of inquiry to this end. The IAPC continues to develop and publish curriculum, working internationally to advance and improve philosophy for children … (full text).

He says: “The students become accustomed to asking each other for reasons and opinions, to listening carefully to each other, to building on each others ideas” …

… and he writes: … Philosophy taps children?s natural curiosity and sense of wonder. It engages them in the search for meaning and enriches and extends their understanding. It strengthens thinking and reasoning skills and builds self-esteem. It helps to develop the qualities that make for good judgement in everyday life … (for both full text).

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Matthew Lipman – USA

Video: Philosophy for Kids, by Matthew Lipman (6/7), 9.30 min, added: May 25, 2008.

Lipman and Sharp: Philosophy for Children (P4C) as a method of enquiry, was developed by Matthew Lipman and Ann Margaret Sharp in the late 1960’s. They both still work at the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children at Montclair State University in America. Lipman and Sharp developed specially written texts to be used in the classroom. (children thinkin<em> – link disabeled since</em>).

… Philosophy for Children is an international movement started by the American philosopher and educator Matthew Lipman in 1969 and developed with caring spirit by Ann Margaret Sharp … (full text<em> – link disabeled since</em>).

Matthew Lipman and Philosophy for Children Another important pioneer in what in the United States is termed the Critical Thinking movement, and which we talk about in the UK as the thinking skills, is the American philosopher, Matthew Lipman. Originally a university philosophy professor, Lipman was unhappy at what he saw as poor thinking in his students. He became convinced that something was wrong with the way they had been taught in school when they were younger. They seemed to have been encouraged to learn facts and to accept authoritative opinions, but not to think for themselves. He therefore left his post and founded the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (I.A.P.C.) at Montclair State College, New Jersey. For the last forty years decades, he and his colleagues have been developing material for use in schools, aimed at helping young people (from 6 year-olds to late adolescents) to think … (full text<em> – link disabeled since</em>).

Philosophy with Children Centers Around The World, Sept. 23, 2004<em> – link disabeled since</em>.

… He recognizes that there are different views as to the function of education and schools and that there any several opposing viewpoints that express what the function should be. Some take the stance that schools are designed to make better future citizens, some contend that they should foster a sense of self-worth in a child and engage with their creativity, while still others insist that the school has been rendered almost useless because of the many conflicts that exist within the institution. In this summary of “Thinking of Education” all of these ideas will be touched upon as in the book, Matthew Lipman offered some analysis of these many aspects that are having an effect on education and deciding what its modern function should be. (full text<em> – link disabeled since</em>).

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Kama Steliga – Canada

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

Kama Steliga, born 1967 in Kenniwick, Washington State, USA, came to Canada when she was ten. She is the executive director and driving force behind The Lillooet Friendship Centre Society, an Aboriginal organization that supports individual, family, and community empowerment through culturally sensitive programs and services. Her work at Lillooet Friendship Centre has led to her advising and assisting similar operations at a provincial level …

… Sarah Chandler says about Kama’s work: “it is an outstanding example of bridge-building between cultures, while at the same time protecting and promoting human dignity, human rights, and fundamental freedoms”. (1000peacewomen).

She is elected Secretary of the National Association of Friendship Centres (scroll down).

She signs the Opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq, Jan. 2, 2006.

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Kama Steliga – Canada

She works for the Lillooet Friendship Centre (address, and location by Google map).

Kama Steliga always speaks her mind and has become quite vocal in her opposition to established authorities who downplay social problems in her home town of Lillooett. For example, government officials have denied Lillooett funding for the homeless because it has a population of fewer than 5,000. According to officials, such a small town can not have a problem with homelessness. “Tell that to the people living under the bridge outside town,” says Kama.

She believes communities need a healthy mix of self-reliance and support from outside sources. Especially disappointing to her are recent cuts in the latter. “I really believe in the Liberal motto ‘Communities taking care of communities,’” she says. “But the cuts took away our ability to do that. They were too deep, too broad, too fast, and without enough forethought. There just didn’t seem to be any kind of humane strategy to deal with social health.”

Lack of resources especially touches Kama when she sees the direct effect on individuals. She notes that the population relying on Lillooet’s food bank for meals has swelled to 300 people a month, about 10 percent of the town’s population.

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Walter J. “John” Williams – USA

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(Formally known as Walter J. Williams, his friends call him John … )

Linked with Potential Future Hyperinflation, with Selling War – What WE Say Goes, with Shadow Government Statistics, and with Stephen Lendman, USA.

John Williams aka Walter J. “John” Williams was born in 1949. He received an A.B. in Economics, cum laude, from Dartmouth College in 1971, and was awarded a M.B.A. from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business Administration in 1972, where he was named an Edward Tuck Scholar. During his career as a consulting economist, John has worked with individuals as well as Fortune 500 companies … (Financial Sense Editorials).

NEW RECORD MONEY GROWTH THREATENS MONETARY INFLATION, by John Williams, Executive Editor of SHADOW GOVERNMENT STATISTICS, January 14, 2008.

… But now a man has come out of the woodwork who’s done the real math and properly crunched all the numbers. His conclusion: “If the numbers don’t seem real to the man in the street … they probably aren’t” … (Shadow Statistics, by Doug Hornig).

Federal Deficit Reality, Sept, 7, 2004.

He says: … These overstatements have become such a serious problem that there is a little bit of a disconnect today between what a person on Main Street thinks is happening and the economic numbers you see coming out of the federal government. If you go back, I’m guessing it was five to ten years ago, the Kaiser Foundation conducted a survey of the public’s views on the levels of the CPI, unemployment, GDP growth and such, which was reported in the Washington Post. The gist of all the article was, “Ho, ho, ho, ho. Look how stupid the American people are. They don’t realize that inflation is so low and that unemployment is so low.”

His website Shadow Government Statistics.

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sorry, I found no photo of Walter J.”John” Williams, USA

Gross Domestic Product, Oct. 6, 2004.
 
… John Williams joins a growing list of guest contributors who have provided some terrific material in the short time the GRA website has been in existence. When you have a moment, go to the website’s “Guest Contributions” section on the home page, lower right-hand column) and peruse some of the other work available there. Incidentally, if you did not read the earlier installments of John’s series, you will find them posted in the “Guest Contributions” section … (full text).

Pollyanna creep.

Washington’s Great “No Inflation” Hoax, May 8, 2008. … According to Williams, government realized as long ago as the Kennedy administration that Americans would rather hear good news even if it’s false, and so the manipulation of data began. Unemployment was easy. First they created the “discouraged worker” category (those who’ve given up on finding a job) and counted them separately. Then, under Clinton, they quit counting them at all. Upwards of five million out-of-work people were suddenly no longer “unemployed” … (full text).

GOVERNMENT ECONOMIC REPORTS: THINGS YOU’VE SUSPECTED BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK.

He writes: … Inflation, as reported by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is understated by roughly 7% per year. This is due to recent redefinitions of the series as well as to flawed methodologies, particularly adjustments to price measures for quality changes. The concentration of this installment on the quality of government economic reports will be first on CPI series redefinition and the damages done to those dependent on accurate cost-of-living estimates, and on pending further redefinition and economic damage. The CPI was designed to help businesses, individuals and the government adjust their financial planning and considerations for the impact of inflation. The CPI worked reasonably well for those purposes into the early-1980s. In recent decades, however, the reporting system increasingly succumbed to pressures from miscreant politicians, who were and are intent upon stealing income from social security recipients, without ever taking the issue of reduced entitlement payments before the public or Congress for approval … (full text).
 
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Bruce Marks – USA

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Wall Street made billions off the backs of homeowners. But when the mortgage crisis blew up, a pit bull named Bruce Marks stood up for the Average Joes and, incredibly, got some of the biggest banks to bend … And sadly, a whole lot of desperate people had to turn to Marks for help this year, and a whole lot more will need his emergency services in the year ahead … The CEO of the nonprofit Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, or NACA, Marks works out of a stripped-down office above an electrical-supply store in Jamaica Plain. Yet over the years he has become one of the most feared men in the corporate boardrooms of the nation’s leading financial institutions … (full text, December 30, 2007).

He says: “NACA has received requests for help from some 3,000 Homeowners nationwide whose loans are serviced by Citi” … and: “We have refused to accept anything less than a permanent interest-rate reduction for the homeowner” … (full text, March 25, 2008).

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Bruce Marks – USA

Listen the video: NACA’s CEO Bruce Marks in Global Player, Part 1/4, 14 min, Sep 17, 2007.

BAILOUT BULLIES, ENTITLEMENT CULTURE GONE MAD, April 2, 2008.

His statement: My name is Bruce Marks. I am Chief Executive Officer of the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA), a non-profit housing services and advocacy organization. NACA is known for its “Best in America” mortgage program which offers low and moderate income Americans home mortgages with low interest rates, no down payment, and no closing costs. Perfect credit is not required. Through the NACA program thousands of Americans have realized the dream of home ownership. NACA provides prime loans for “sub-prime borrowers”. NACA has 21 offices across the country with $3.8 Billion committed to the best mortgage in America. The current interest rate for NACA mortgages is 7.5% fixed for 30 years with no down payment, no closing costs, and no fees. In addition, NACA provides comprehensive housing services at no cost to the borrower. It may sound too good to be true but it is the reality for thousands of working people. People can call NACA at 1-888-302-NACA to participate in this incredible program. NACA is also known for its advocacy campaigns against predatory lenders. As the committee is no doubt aware, there are predatory lending companies out there who use misleading sales tactics to take advantage of those who, through little or no fault of their own, have been excluded from mainstream credit institutions. NACA has worked in the street, in boardrooms, in statehouses, and in this building to fight these exploitive lending practices with a great deal of success. However, despite our efforts, these practices continue … (full long text, June 21, 2000).

BOSTON GLOBE NAMES BRUCE MARKS, NACA CEO, BOSTONIAN OF THE YEAR (2007).

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Patrick Cockburn – Ireland

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Linked with Revealed: Secret plan to keep Iraq under US control.

Patrick Cockburn (1950) is an Irish journalist who has been a Middle East correspondent since 1979 for the Financial Times and, presently, The Independent. Among the most experienced commentators on Iraq, he was one of the few journalists to remain in Baghdad during the first Gulf War, and has written four books on the country’s recent history. Cockburn’s on-the-ground reporting on the Iraq War won him the Martha Gellhorn Prize in 2005 and the James Cameron Prize in 2006.

He writes: Bush is acting rather like Tory politicians a century ago who played ‘the Orange Card’ over Ulster, 7 February 2007.

Audio on npr: Journalist Patrick Cockburn on Iraq’s Tenuous Calm, 42.35 min, February 21, 2008 (Click on Listen now).

Révélation d’un plan secret pour maintenir l’Irak sous le contrôle des Etats-Unis, The Independent, 7 juin 2008 … and in english: Pat Cockburn writes, that ” … secret deal being negotiated in Baghdad would perpetuate the American military occupation of Iraq indefinitely, regardless of the outcome of the US presidential election in November … “, Submitted on world war 4 report, by Bill Weinberg, 06/08/2008.
About same item, read on: WSWS, June 6, 2008; and all Google news-search about.

U.S. negotiators say Iraq must sign a bi-lateral security deal or lose billions in oil revenue, June 6, 2008.

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Patrick Cockburn – Ireland

US Holds $50 Billion of Iraq’s Financial Reserves Hostage
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… Cockburn says that the United States is able to use the funds as a bargaining chip because Iraq is still limited by U.N. resolutions enacted when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990 … (full text).

He writes also: … The war in Iraq is now joining the Boer War in 1899 and the Suez crisis in 1956 as ill-considered ventures that have done Britain more harm than good. It has demonstrably strengthened al-Qa’ida by providing it with a large pool of activists and sympathisers across the Muslim world it did not possess before the invasion of 2003. The war, which started out as a demonstration of US strength as the world’s only superpower, has turned into a demonstration of weakness … (full text).

Book Review: Muqtada, from Patrick Cockburn, May 22, 2008.

The last word that Saddam Hussein heard as the executioner’s noose was being tightened around his neck was “Muqtada.” As in Muqtada al-Sadr, the young Shia cleric who had survived his persecutor to lay claim to Iraq. Americans may be tempted to dismiss Muqtada as mainly a nuisance – too young, inexperienced and unstable to thrive in Iraqi politics. But it was Muqtada’s men who executed Saddam, and the movement associated with him has grown enough to threaten U.S. plans for Iraq, most recently by plunging the southern metropolis of Basra into battle and by roiling Baghdad’s Sadr City, the massive Shia district that bears his family name. As veteran British journalist Patrick Cockburn’s authoritative biography should make clear, it is unwise to assume a future for Iraq that does not include Muqtada al-Sadr and his movement … (full text, June 07, 2008).

These Cultures will Become Extinct, Exodus of Iraq’s Ancient Minorities, March 5, 2007.

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Nursyahbani Katjasungkana – Indonesia

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Linked with LBH APIK Jakarta, and with humant rafficking.org.

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

Nursyahbani Katjasungkana (born 1956) is a feminist lawyer and advocate of women’s human rights. In 1995, she founded the Women’s Association for Justice (APIK) and established the Women’s Legal Aid institution in Jakarta, the members of which were initially recruited from among former clients and survivors and trained as paralegals. During the 1998 reformation, along with several other women activists, Nursyahbani founded the Indonesian Women’s Coalition for Justice and Democracy, the first mass-based women’s organization in the country since 1965, and was elected its first Secretary General.

She says: “Strengthening and empowering the community is the key to change”. (1000peacewomen 1/2).

Her CV.

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Nursyahbani Katjasungkana – Indonesia

She works as member for Kemitraan, for Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia, and for Women’s Association for Justice APIK respectively Women’s Legal Aid (LBH) of APIK.

When Nursyahbani began her career as a lawyer and director of the Jakarta Legal Aid in 1987, “women’s rights”, “feminism” and “violence against women” were unfamiliar words in Indonesian legal discourse. Such words were considered irrelevant. Impoverished men and women were both seen as victims of the authoritarian state and its developmental approach, and identifying women as an oppressed group would only undermine the overall goal of establishing democracy and alleviating poverty.

NGOs were only starting to emerge in Indonesia, and only two NGOs were working on women’s issues. But Nursyahbani’s close links with women who were concerned about women’s specific situation, as well as her own sharp awareness of the discrimination that women experience, led her to advocate “women’s human rights.” The term has since become more and more accepted in the Indonesian context.

Even when human rights groups began to rise in Indonesia in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Nursyahbani’s human rights colleagues did not share her notion of gender equality. Violence against women, for instance, was not considered a human rights violation, but a crime in the private sphere. As a human rights defender and feminist activist, Nursyahbani considered violence against women in the private sphere to be a human rights violation when the state does not take action to prevent or remedy it. Her views were quite progressive compared to the traditional human rights discourse in Indonesia during that period. “Violence against women is a human rights violation when it is condoned by the state,” Nursyahbani asserted.

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Sreeram Chaulia – India

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Linked with U.N. Security Council Seat: China Outsmarts India.

Sreeram Chaulia (born November 18, 1978) is an Indian analyst of international affairs for Hong Kong-based Asia Times Online and New Delhi-based Indo-Asian News Service. He is the author of over 205 articles and book reviews in multiple scholarly journals, daily newspapers and magazines, covering topics like diplomacy, national security, war and peace, political economy, human rights, terrorism, literature and arts. He is also Contributing Editor of the book, People Who Influenced the World Over the Past 100 Years b(Murray Books, Adelaide, 2005). As a writer, he presents sharp unconventional insights on burning global issues … (full text).

His full CV on worldpress.org.

He writes: … How prolific does an artiste have to be before being judged a wizard? Jagjit, who is 66 years old today, has been releasing albums practically uninterruptedly for the last 41 years. Productivity knows no bounds for him, with at least two ghazal albums hitting the market in a calendar year. The most amazing part of it is the non-repetition and freshness of every new release. The music world routinely discards burnouts and fizz-outs. Jagjit towers over such temporary pygmies like a giant who reinvents himself with every new offering. There has never been a phase in his career when people felt that his best is past and that he is “living off” his royalties … (full text, June 7, 2008).

His own website.

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Sreeram Chaulia – India

The problem with dictators and disasters, May 13, 2008.

The symphony of South-South cooperation at the recent conclave of foreign ministers of BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) in Russia was jarred by China’s refusal to endorse India’s bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council … (full text, June 4, 2008).

Sreeram Chaulia – Pakistan terrorism, April 01, 2008.

He writes also: … Bush’s attacks on Obama’s engaged diplomacy doctrine is a detour from the tested “domestic” electoral arena and opens a window to undiluted foreign policy discussion, territory that is unfamiliar to the average American. However, if raking up the controversy over appeasement may be a sideshow for ordinary American voters, it attracts international attention because of the high global stakes of American foreign policy … (full text, May 21, 2008).

Democratisation, Colour Revolutions and the Role of the NGOs: Catalysts or Saboteurs, Dec. 25, 2005?

… Mr. Chaulia has worked for international humanitarian and peace organisations in the United States, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines. He has been a regular writer for Hong Kong-based Asia Times since 2001 and has published widely on global politics, trade, human rights and peace in numerous magazines, journals and newspapers. He also wrote a monthly international current events column, GLOBE SCAN, for the Melbourne-based Bharat Times. He is also contributing editor of Peter Murray’s People Who Influenced the World Over the Past 100 Years (Murray Books, 2005, full text).

Undiplomatically yours, May 9, 2008.

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Joseph Ki-Zerbo – Burkina Faso (1922 – 2006)

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Joseph Ki-Zerbo (June 21, 1922 – December 4, 2006, Burkina Faso) was a Burkinabé politician and writer. He spent his youth in Toma where he grew up in a rural context inside a big family. Ki-Zerbo himself declared that his first 11 years passed in a rural context marked his personality and thoughts. He was recognized as one of Africa’s foremost thinkers. He was educated both in is home country in missionary schools at Toma, and Pabre (around 20 miles from the capital). Also, he studied at Faladie in Mali and after at [Sorbonne University], which is one of the most prestigious schools in France. After getting his aggregation degree in History, he returned to Africa. Once back, he became politically active. From 1972 to 1978 he was Professor of African History at the University of Ouagadougou. But in 1983, he was forced into exile, only being able to return in 1992. 50th anniversary of the intellectual career of professor Joseph Ki-Zerbo, 1922- 2006 (portal UNESCO.org).

Ki-Zerbo founded his own party, the Party for Democracy and Progress/ Socialist Party, which he was chairman until 2005 and represented in the Burkina Faso parliament until 2006. Ki-Zerbo was also the best known opponent of the revolutionary government of the President Thomas Sankara. Ki-Zerbo was socialist and an exponent of an independent development of Africa and of Unity of the continent … (full text).

He said: “The Africa which the world needs is a continent able to stand up, to walk on its own feet … it is an Africa conscious of its own past and able to keep on reinvesting this past into its present and future”.

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Joseph Ki-Zerbo – Burkina Faso (1922 – 2006)

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He wrote: … “CEDA conducts research which is actually rooted in our land for the purpose of determining one or more global hypotheses of understanding, liable to inspire action by Africans and capable of integrating ecological preservation, the social praxis and cultural identity, key sectors which are almost invariably treated as secondary in development projects” … (full text).

the book: From Chains to Bonds, The Slave Trade, Capter 11 from Joseph Ki-Zerbo, 2001, 470 pages.

the book: Joseph Ki-Zerbo and DjiBril Tamsir Niane, editors: UNESCO General History of Africa,
Vol. IV, Abridged Edition, Africa from the Twelfth to the Sixteenth Century, UNESCO General History of Africa, IV.

What is the Tonga Definition of Intelligence?

… As a historian, he has published a number of books with endogenous development as the central theme. From 1972 to 1978, Ki-Zerbo was a member of UNESCO’s Executive Council, and was a professor at Burkina Faso’s Universite d’Ouagadougou. In 1980, Ki-Zerbo founded the Centre d’Etudes pour le Developpement Africain (CEDA) … (full text).

Joseph Ki-Zerbo 1922-2006 on Al-Baal Café.

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Caroline Moorehead – England

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Caroline Moorehead is a human rights journalist and biographer. She has written five biographies, of Bertrand Russell, Heinrich Schliemann, Freya Stark, Iris Origo, and most recently, the life of Martha Gellhorn, the wife of novelist Ernest Hemingway. Besides being the wife of Hemingway, Gellhorn was a famous war reporter – unprecedented for a woman in the 1930s – her job was to travel to the most dangerous hot spots in the world … (full text).

She says: “… One of the most difficult refugee problems at the moment are these long-term camps. When they were originally set up, when civil wars began in that part of West Africa, it was envisaged that they would only be there for the time it took for the civil war to be solved. So they were originally seen as sort of holding places where people could stay and be safe for a while. The problem is the civil wars have gone on, and they’ve ebbed and flowed, and the civil wars move around that area of West Africa. So the camps, instead of emptying, got larger, and they are now these huge, desolate places where there is almost nothing, because, in the early days, the World Food Program was able to give them fairly generous rations, but since funds for this sort of thing have gone down, they now get almost nothing. I mean, they live; that’s what they do, they just live … (full interview text, 02/04/2005).

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Caroline Moorehead – England

Where Are the “Lost Girls”? 3,700 young Sudanese refugees made it to America. Why are only 89 of them female, Oct. 3, 2003.

She writes: … Many of the traffickers are in fact women, and most of the girls trafficked out of Moldova today are reported to be duped, recruited, and groomed by women, some of them former prostitutes, who often accompany them reassuringly on the first leg of their journeys. Most unsettling is the fact that some of the “introducers” are boyfriends, “aunties,” or even parents, willing, for a cut, or out of financial desperation, to traduce those they profess to love … (full long text, Oct. 11, 2007).

The Lost Treasures of Troy.

She (Caroline Moorehead) explained how she had been to Cairo and become involved with Liberian refugees, whom she helped to raise money to begin an educaton in Cairo. As a result of this experience she wanted to find out more about where these refugees came from and why they were in this position … (full text).

Books of the year – Caroline Moorehead.

In the aftermath of the second world war, the world seemed to wake up to the persecution of the Jews and other minorities under the Nazi regime. Reading Caroline Moorehead’s book I kept reaching for the hope that one day, in the same way, the world would wake up to the intolerable suffering of millions today in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. However Human Cargo is not a book which sets out to foster such dreams … (full text).

Review of ‘Selected Letters of Martha Gellhorn‘.

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Ala Nemerenco – Moldavia

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

Ala Nemerenco is the director of the Clinic for Primary Health Care of the State Medical and Pharmaceutical University of Moldova. In only two short years since its opening, the center has become a model for the entire country and has set a new standard for offering health services at the highest international levels, for instructing medical students and residents, and for supporting family medicine practices throughout the country.Since the clinic’s inception, she has been responsible for overseeing its day-to-day activities, including planning and building the infrastructure, hiring and training the personnel, operations, administration, and implementation of new pilot project initiatives … (1000peacewomen).

She says: “Life is short, but it is long enough to at least try to do what is right”.

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Ala Nemerenco – Moldavia

She works for the University Clinic for Primary Health Care.

The University Clinic of Primary Health Care was established as part of the Partnership of the American International Health Alliance between Eastern Virginia Medical School, USA and the State Medicine and Pharmaceutical University “Nicolae Testemitanu” of Moldova. Today, two years after opening its doors, the clinic has become a model center for providing medical services at the highest international levels with modern equipment and well-trained professionals.

The clinic is a center for the implementation of new forms of organization in the medical field, as well as the creation of development strategies and management practices for medical institutions. The clinic lies at the center of joint community projects geared towards promotion of healthy lifestyles among the general population, protection of children, and prevention of domestic violence. It also is a leading instruction center for medical students and residents and family physicians, who travel from different parts of the country in order to receive some of the best training available. The clinic’s Skills Teaching and Assessment Center promotes some of the newest medical practices among the graduating medical students.

Concurrent with her responsibilities at the University Clinic of Primary Health Care, Nemerenco acts as a consultant to the World Bank project, “Public awareness Campaign Healthy people, Healthy Future,” in support of the health reforms in the Republic of Moldova. Within the scope of the project, numerous information campaigns have been launched throughout the country. The campaigns aim to explain and support the medical reforms currently occurring, including the implementation of a medical insurance system and the introduction of family medicine practices. On behalf of the project, Ala has organized and edited numerous information campaigns involving TV, radio, and the general print media as well as specialized medical publications. The campaigns also attempt to raise the overall awareness level on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other maladies.

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Megh Ale – Nepal

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Linked with the Nepal River Conservation Trust NRCT, and with Borderlands.

Megh Ale is one of Nepal’s leading figures in rafting. Having spent several years working and exploring the rivers and jungles of Nepal, including four years at the Royal Bardiya National Park as a naturalist, Megh is always ready to share his deep understanding of Nepal and its myriad of cultures, plants and animals. He is the founder and president of the NRCT, Nepal River Conservation Trust and the Managing Director of Ultimate Descents Nepal. (borderland resorts).

3rd Specialized Conference, Decentralized Water and Wastewater International Network 9 – 11 February 2009, Kathmandu, Nepal … (full text, 4 pages).

He says: “Building a new nation will require foresight and emphasis on sustainable development, and so does river management, the Bhote Kosi is the Everest of rafting. Just as the mountain, the river deserves protection and honour”. (Liquid Gold).

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Megh Ale – Nepal

He works for the Nepal River Conservation Trust NRCT, and for the Ultimate Descents Nepal.

His doc: The Karnali: Nepal’s sacred gift to the living earth, 2006.

Namaste! Welcome to Ultimate Descents Nepal. Venturing into the unknown is the spirit of exploration and it is not as difficult as first imagined. Established in the year 1987 by Mr. Megh Ale, Ultimate Descents Nepal is the name of the Nepal’s premier rafting organization. With years of experience in hospitality as well as in Nepal’s whitewater, Ultimate Descents is also very proud to claim the Nepal Tourism Award for last five consecutive years … (full text).

REPORT: NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON CONSERVING NEPALESE WETLANDS, SHARING EXPERIENCES AND BUILDING PARTNERSHIP, 2007, 41 pages.

85 percent of Nepal’s population depends on rivers for agriculture or other subsistence activities. Megh educates river communities to become key players in the environmental conservation of the rivers on which their country depends. He organizes river festivals throughout the country and builds coalitions between environmental organizations and the tourism industry. He has created jobs for river communities by expanding river tourism, in the process educating guides about conservation techniques. Finally, Megh works with schools to build a new generation of children more likely to take action and create a healthier environment in the future. He is an ashoka fellow since 2007.

Dams and Development in Nepal, 117 pages.

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Rolene Miller – South Africa

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Linked with the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust.

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

Rolene Miller, born in 1938, is a qualified social worker from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. For five years, she worked as a teacher specializing in remedial teaching. She started the Mosaic Training Services and Healing Centre in 1993, a non-profit organiztion for abused women. The focus of the organization was to extend reproductive health services, HIV/Aids awareness, legal rights and food security. Rolene is recognized for her efforts in empowering women to take control of their lives and to bring about peace in their homes and in their communities.

She says: “Women are the first agents of change; the first teachers because they are the bearers and nurturers of culture. If change has to happen, it must start with women”.
… both on (1000peacewomen 1/2).

How Amy Biehl (an idealistic Stanford graduate of the Amy Biehl Foundation) was murdered; and: BIEHL’S PARENTS COME FACE-TO-FACE WITH DAUGHTER’S KILLERS, 1997.

The CAPE TOWN NETWORK CONTACT LIST.

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Rolene Miller – South Africa

She works for Mosaic Training Services, and for Healing Centre (not better specified, find all Healing Centres worldwide on Google search).

Rolene Miller and the community workers whom she trained felt honored and privileged to cross the previously forbidden color-bar, getting to know each other personally and learning about each other’s cultures and communities. For Rolene, social worker and volunteer counselor for five years, the change was evident ,when she began to receive many crisis calls from women who were experiencing abuse and domestic violence.

She started the Mosaic Training Services and Healing Centre in 1993, a non-profit organization for abused women. The focus of the organization was to extend reproductive health services, HIV/AIDS awareness, legal rights and food security.

In 1994, she teamed up with a psychologist and developed a one-year full-time educational program to train grassroots women in community and social work skills. Training and supervision of community workers took place in a disadvantaged community.

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Tim Guldimann – Switzerland

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VIENNA, 1 October 2007 – Tim Guldimann from Switzerland took office today as Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo … (full text) … {albanian version /serbian version}.

He is Visiting professor, European General Studies Department, former Swiss Ambassador to Teheran, Professor of international relations (particularly on Islamic world) at the University of Frankfurt, Co-author of the Report on the nuclear impasse in Iran, published by the International Crisis Group. (College of Europe).

Tim Guldimann (* 19. September 1950 in Zürich, Schweiz) ist ein Schweizer Diplomat und Politikwissenschaftler … Seit dem 1. Oktober 2007 ist Guldimann Leiter der OSZE-Mission im Kosovo. Eigentlich sollte Guldimann 2007 den Posten des Botschafters in Israel übernehmen, was jedoch nach internen Auseinandersetzungen im Außenministerium der Schweiz (EDA) in letzter Minute verhindert wurde … (full text).

His Videos:

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Tim Guldimann – Switzerland: The Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo Tim Guldimann After the Elections: what Prospects for Kosovo gestures while giving a briefing entitled in a hotel in Brussels, Monday Nov. 26, 2007.

He says: “Kosovo is not an island and its future status can be decided only in partnership with the international community” … (full text).

He says also: “Ahmadinejad is not number one in the country, his position is comparable to the prime minister in other countries. The religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the supreme leader and he has already been critical of his president’s comments on Israel”. (Iran News Blog).

Iranian peace overtures in 2003 and mysterious non-reaction, 05/29/2006.

He writes: Nowadays information and communication runs ever more over modern media. They have a great influence our picture of the world, which we carry in us. Therefore they also play a role in peace processes. Among the different forms of media pictures hold a special role. Most humans feel directly addressed by them, and they convey a wealth of information. However, pictures can enforce our prejudices. For example people from the western countries often react strongly to pictures of women with head scarves, since we associate this directly to suppression of women, independently of whether these women wear the head scarves on their own will or not. The view on the orient conveyed to the west is strongly influenced by our values and dominant prejudices … (full text).

Who Is Tim Guildimann, by ELI LAKE, February 9, 2007, updated 2/11/07.

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