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Jean Baudrillard – France (1929 – 2007)

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Linked with This is the Fourth World War. Read also Definitions: The Intelligentsia.

Jean Baudrillard (July 29, 1929  – March 6, 2007) … was a French cultural theorist, sociologist, philosopher, political commentator, and photographer. His work is frequently associated with postmodernism and post-structuralism … (full text).

More on wikipedia:

French theorist Jean Baudrillard (1929–2007) was one of the foremost intellectual figures of the present age whose work combines philosophy, social theory, and an idiosyncratic cultural metaphysics that reflects on key events of phenomena of the epoch. A sharp critic of contemporary society, culture, and thought, Baudrillard is often seen as a major guru of French postmodern theory, although he can also be read as a thinker who combines social theory and philosophy in original and provocative ways and a writer who has developed his own style and forms of writing … (full text, April 22, 2005, Stanford Encl. of Philosophy).

He said: … “There are really only two interesting moments in history: the Big Bang and the Apocalypse” (citation used by Andy Martin as a comment about CERN) … (full text, 10 Sep 2008).

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Jean Baudrillard – France (1929 – 2007)

His video in french/en français (one of many): Jean Baudrillard, French Super-philosopher Who Inspired Matrix, 12 min.

A moment of Baudrillardian irony appeared in the NY Times this morning. Jean Baudrillard is the French philosopher-critic whose concepts of the Hyperreal and Simulacra landed him many frequent flier miles during the late 1980s and 1990s. Mistaken for a post-modernist, he’s actually more of a nostalgic and perhaps melancholic modernist, I think. His passage on the hyperreal was summarized in The Matrix by Morpheus in the oft-sampled: “Welcome to the Desert of the Real” … (full text, Oct. 21, 2005).

… It also summarizes the way modern warfare has become central to the media overload that French media philosopher Jean Baudrillard (a Brown favourite) calls the “whole pornography of information and communication” … (full text, Sept. 18, 2008).

hannah arendt and jean baudrillard: pedagogy in the consumer society, by Trevor Norris, 2004.

… These children of Jean Baudrillard dare you to deny their ball-busting bounce, ear-bleed volume, and bloodless hooks, sans even the cartoon/anime-cool, featureless, anti-human “faces” of Daft Punk, or the too-cool-for-school ‘tude of, say, Death From Above 1979. As with their recently banned video for “Stress,” Justice are tinkering with pop violence, devoid of true gore, a.k.a. passion … (full text, Sept. 17, 2008).

… Wow. This means that a Turkish professor in a university who sympathizes with, say, Jean Baudrillard rather than Auguste Comte might find himself to be on the “traitor” side. And if he travels to somewhere to join a conference sponsored by some “global power,” his “treason” will be confirmed. Similarly, media pundits who toy with postmodern ideas could also be on the black list of the military … (full text, Sept 6, 2008).

… “Smile and others will smile back,” Jean Baudrillard thinks. “Smile to show how transparent, how candid you are. Smile if you have nothing to say. Most of all, do not hide the fact you have nothing to say or your total indifference to others. Let this emptiness, this profound indifference shine out spontaneously in your smile” … (full text, Sept. 6, 2008).

Find him and his publications on wikipedia /bibliography; on Google Video-search; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

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Elizabeth Teixeira – Brazil

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Added oct. 07.2008: Linked with World War 4 Report – see also: Subsequent world wars on wikipedia.

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

Elizabeth Teixeira (1925) is a national symbol in the fight for the right to have land. When she was young, she faced prejudice from her father, a small landowner, and she ran away from home to marry a black and poor man. As an adult, mother of 11 children, she took over her husband’s battle when he was murdered by powerful landowners … Elizabeth Teixeira (1925) is a national symbol in the fight for the right to have land. When she was young, she faced prejudice from her father, a small landowner, and she ran away from home to marry a black and poor man. As an adult, mother of 11 children, she took over her husband’s battle when he was murdered by powerful landowners. She says: “To have peace is to be able to see the female rural worker planting and harvesting in her own land, her family healthy and her children at school” … and: “My life is protesting against misery, lack of health and education, and the abandonment of the rural population” … (1000peacewomen 1/2).

3 short Videos en portugese (Adorei as três partes deste vídeo onde esta mulher de muita fibra chamada Elizabeth Teixeira, encanta e emociona a todos):
Depoimento de Elizabeth Teixeira – parte 1: Elizabeth Teixeira é viúva do fundador das Ligas Cam…, 4.19 min;
Depoimento de Elizabeth Teixeira – parte 2: Aos 82 anos de idade, Elizabeth Teixeira fala sobre sua luta …, 9 min;
Depoimento de Elizabeth Teixeira – parte 3: Final, Elizabeth Teixeira no 5° Congresso Nacional do MST em Brasília, 2.40 min.

Que continuem a luta de João Pedro e a minha”, diz Elizabeth Teixeira, 14/06/2007.

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Elizabeth Teixeira – Brazil

Foto: Maurício R. Martins /Jornal de Limeira /AE: Confronto entre integrantes do Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem-terra (MST) e a Tropa de Choque da Polícia Militar no acampamento Elizabeth Teixeira, em Limeira … (full text).

MST Moviment dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement).

Interviste : Notizie dal Brasile: “Che continui la lotta“, 22 Giugno 2007.

No último sábado (8) comemorou-se o Dia Internacional da Mulher, dia que poderia ser todos os dias, pois ser mulher neste país, apesar dos avanços, ainda não é uma coisa muito fácil. Estatísticas sobre o comportamento, a saúde, o poder, o mercado de trabalho, a violência e tantas outras foram recorrentes na mídia brasileira nos últimos dias. Belas ou feias a imagem da mulher foi publicizada de várias maneiras, com o intuito de reconhecê-la enquanto ser humano, coisa que Eva tratou de estragar nos últimos milênios. E já que é para homenagear trago uma história que uma mulher que não viveu no paraíso como Eva, nem teve grana para fazer lipoaspiração, colocar silicone e botox na boca, nem muito menos exerce um cargo de renomada importância intelectual ou jurídica. Essa mulher chama-se Elizabeth Teixeira, uma camponesa que lutou em defesa não apenas da mulher, mas o ser humano que busca incessantemente por justiça e dignidade. Leia a matéria: … (full text).

Two pictures: looking at videos with Elizabeth Teixeira.

(1000peacewomen 2/2): … She started to receive threats. Her ten year old son, Paulo, promised to avenge his father’s death, in the future. He was shot in the head and was left with permanent health problems. Policemen once again surrounded her house, this time searching for Elizabeth. When she returned from prison, she found her oldest daughter, Marluce, who, at the time, was 17 years old, dead. “She drank poison.”

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Sir Anthony Barnes “Tony” Atkinson – England

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Sir Anthony Barnes “Tony” Atkinson, FBA is a British economist and has been a Senior Research Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford since 2005. He served as Warden of Nuffield College from 1994 to 2005. Before that he held positions at the University of Cambridge, University College London, the London School of Economics, the University of Essex and the University of Oxford. His work is predominantly on income distributions. There is an inequality measure named after him: the Atkinson index. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1984, a Fellow of the Econometric Society in 1974, Honorary Member of the American Economic Association in 1985 and Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994. He was President of the Econometric Society in 1988. He was knighted in 2000 and made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2001. (wikipedia).

Cambridge Uni: short bio, and full bio.

The Atkinson index, (also known as the Atkinson measure) is a measure of economic income inequality developed by Anthony Barnes Atkinson. The distinguishing feature of the Atkinson index is its ability to gauge movements in different segments of the income distribution.

His homepage.

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Sir Anthony Barnes “Tony” Atkinson – England

Tony Atkinson teaching at LUISS University Rome for the Master in European Studies in the year 2008/2009: (Elective Course: European Welfare and Labour Economics) … He has edited for many years the Journal of Public Economics, he is member of the Research Council of the European University Institute in Florence and of Section 37 of the Comité National du CNRS in France, as well as chairman of the Foundation for International Studies in Social Security. He has been member of the Conseil d’Analyse Economique, advising the French Prime Minister from 1997 until 2001. His latest publications, out of a long list, deal with problems of economic inequality and social distribution of income in the European Union, as well as social security and public finance (full text).

His books (inclusive Google download-books):

Find him and his publications on Joyner Library Catalogue; on Nation Master Encyclopedia; on alibris; on NLA Catalogue; on amazon; on ECON papers; on IDEAS; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search.

Sorry, professor Atkinson’s TV-debate shows an economist who is concerned by economic justice and human development, and with a good logic for economic managment, but beside the Google download-books there seems none of his written texts being available on the normal internet.

links: Public Economics, 1994, 558 pages.

Mark Vernon – England

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Linked with Neither a borrower, nor a lender be.

Mark Vernon is a writer, broadcaster and journalist. He began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England: it may not seem an obvious step from there to journalism but writing a sermon is remarkably similarly to writing a feature; and speaking to parishoners is remarkably like talking to a microphone. His academic interests led him from physics to philosophy via theology. Michel Foucault introduced him to the ancient Greeks on friendship; he thinks that Plato has it just about right on that one at least. He has a PhD from Warwick University in philosophy, degrees in theology from Oxford University and Durham University, and a physics degree from Durham University … (full text).

He says:

  • “What Not To Say is about the moments in life when you are silenced – overwhelmed with embarrassment, gobsmacked, dumbstruck. Someone confronts you with a situation, and you have no idea how to respond.
  • What Not To Say takes those situations, unpacks them with philosophy, and – understanding gained – explores what’s at stake.
  • Why philosophy? Because ever since Socrates, philosophy has always been gripped by questions of life. The ancient Greeks saw it as something of an art. They understood that the moments when we are stunned or confounded – when lost for words – are some of the most valuable in life: it is then that people find themselves at the limits of their understanding of things and are ready to learn more.
  • Some of the situations considered in What Not To Say: …
  • … (full text).

Watch the video: Mark Vernon – Science, Religion and the Meaning of Life, 9 min, added May 10, 2007.

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Mark Vernon – England

Two Podcasts to be listened (click in the left column of his blog):

  • What is friendship?
  • How to be an agnostic.

His Homepage.

In an uncertain age, writes Mark Vernon, we need to question our beliefs: … The idea of agnosticism sounds strange only in a culture with a lust for certainty. Thomas Henry Huxley coined the term. This other “Darwinian bulldog” never lost sight of the fact that science has its limits. His neologism was a rebuke to all those who peddle their opinions as facts in the name of religion or science. “The things one feels absolutely certain about are never true,” opined Oscar Wilde, neatly summing up the more rigorous argument of the philosopher Karl Popper, that any intellectual system which cannot doubt itself is suspect. The more the militants of the mind dominate debate, therefore, the poorer they leave us all … (full text).

Not so highly evolved, Aug. 18, 2008.

He writes about himself (on his blog): I am an English writer, journalist, and author of The Philosophy of Friendship, After Atheism: Science, Religion and the Meaning of Life, What Not To Say: Philosophy for Life’s Difficult Moments and 42: Deep Thought on Life, the Universe, and Everything. I used to be a priest in the Church of England, live in South London, and am an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck College, London. My new book is Teach Yourself Humanism – just out – and that will be followed in September ‘08 by Wellbeing. This is one of a new series of popular philosophy books called The Art of Living I am also editing. Do contact me: Mark Vernon.

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Anne Firth Murray – USA and New Zealand

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Linked with Global Fund for Women: on December 2006, and on September 2007.

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

Anne Firth Murray, a New Zealander, was educated at the University of California and New York University in economics, political science, and public administration, with a focus on international health policy and women’s reproductive health. She has worked at the United Nations as a writer, taught in Hong Kong and Singapore, and spent several years as an editor with Oxford, Stanford, and Yale University presses … Currently, she is a scholar/activist at the Union Institute and a Consulting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University … (full text, on her website at Stanford).

Anne Firth Murray, a New Zealander, is the Founding President of The Global Fund for Women,  which provides funds internationally to seed, strengthen and link groups committed to women’s well being … For the past 25 years she has worked in the field of philanthropy, serving as a consultant to many  foundations. Between 1978 and 1987, she directed the environment and international population  programmes of the Hewlett Foundation in California.  She is currently a scholar/activist at the Union Institute and a Consulting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University. Ms Murray serves on several boards and councils of non-profit organisations, including the African  Women’s Development Fund, Commonwealth, GRACE (a group working on HIV/AIDS in East Africa),  Hesperian Foundation, and UNNITI (a women’s foundation in India) … (full text, Aug. 21, 2006).

Watch her video: Authors – Google Anne Firth Murray, 48.58 min, added March 27, 2007.

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Anne Firth Murray – USA and New Zealand

She works for The Global Fund for Women (in 8 languages).

She says: “I came to understand that ‘what’ we do in our lives is important, but that ‘the way we do our work’ is even more important in transforming our world”. (1000peacewomen).

… “For the past twenty-five years, she has worked in the field of philanthropy, serving as a consultant to many foundations. From 1978 to the end of 1987, she directed the environment and international population programs of the Hewlett Foundation in California. Ms. Murray serves on several boards and councils of non-profit organizations, including the African Women’s Development Fund, Commonweal, GRACE (a group working on HIV/AIDS in East Africa), Hesperian Foundation, and UNNITI (a women’s foundation in India). She is the recipient of many awards and honors for her work on women’s health and philanthropy, and in 2005 she was nominated as one of a group of 1,000 women for the Nobel Peace Prize” … (full text).

Some acticles:

Her book: From Outrage to Courage: The Unjust and Unhealthy Situation of Women in Poor Countries and What They are Doing About It: From sex-selective abortions to millions of girls who are “disappeared,” from 90 million girls who do not go to school to HIV/AIDS spreading fastest among adolescent girls, women face unique health challenges, writes Anne Firth Murray. In this searing cradle-to-grave review, Murray tackles health issues from prenatal care to challenges faced by aging women. Looking at how gender inequality affects basic nutrition, Murray makes clear the issues are political more than they are medical. In an inspiring look, From Outrage to Courage shows how women are organizing the world over. Women’s courage to transform their situations and communities provides inspiration and models for change. From China to India, from Indonesia to Kenya, Anne Firth Murray takes readers on a whirlwind tour of devastation-and resistance. (allStarBooks).

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Rahul Mahajan (the blogger) – USA

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(Disambiguate with Rahul Mahajan, the son of Pramod Mahajan, a prominent Indian politician)

Rahul Mahajan is a noted American blogger and author of The New Crusade: America’s War on Terrorism, and Full Spectrum Dominance (also on wikipedia). He has a PhD in particle physics from the University of Texas at Austin … He currently serves on the Administrative Committee of anti-war coalition United for Peace and Justice, the Board of Directors of Peace Action and the Advisory Board of website Occupation watch. In 2002 he ran as the Green Party of the US candidate for governor of Texas. Mahajan has been particularly involved in campaigning around issues relating to Iraq. He was an opponent of the sanctions regime imposed on Iraq under the auspices of the UN during the 1990s. He was actively involved in opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and has remained an outspoken critic of the ongoing occupation. He has travelled to Iraq twice and reported from Fallujah during the siege in the month of April 2004. (full text).

Rahul Mahajan, is an independent journalist and author of Full Spectrum Dominance: U.S. Power in Iraq and Beyond (Seven Stories). He has a Ph.D. in particle physics and teaches at New York University. He runs a blog called Empire Notes. He has been to Iraq twice and reported from Fallujah during the siege in April 2004. (Selves and Others).

Download the audio: Rahul Mahajan’s Interview (and other interviews on The Progressive).

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Rahul Mahajan (the blogger) – USA

He says about himself: “Still Thinking … Like to explore new horizons, innovate science. Enjoy to work on innovative concepts in technology. Latest passion: Mobile computing and Artificial Learning (on his blog JSF Future and my experience). His other blogs: Empire Notes; Rahul Mahajan on Blogger.com.

He says also:… “The United States has completely lost control, and even the mildest of people are now absolutely enraged at what is being done in Fallujah, and want the United States out…anyone that didn’t have a gun today could pick up a gun tomorrow” … and: frankly, I don’t do anything to protect myself. I have the slight advantage that I look very much like many Iraqis. There are — a lot of them are darker skinned and indistinguishable from an Indian, which is my origin, so if I play deaf and dumb, I’m not particularly a target. Others, women, there’s — you won’t find a single foreign white woman in Iraq who doesn’t wear a head scarf whenever she leaves. You will see Iraqi women without a head scarf. You will never see an American woman without one. I have heard that even some of the more delicate-featured men, with very striking blond hair, do the same thing. But, in general, there’s nothing you can do to protect yourself. Everybody’s got a kalashnikov, and it’s just of matter of luck. I just try to keep my head down … (full long interview text, April 13, 2004).

His book: The New Crusade: America’s War on Terrorism.

Find him and his publications (please disambiguate this results with Rahul Mahajan of India, the son of Pramod Mahajan, a prominent Indian politician): on amazon (with 69 results); on Zspace; on Selves and Others; on the free dictionary; on Google Group-search.

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Holly Near – USA

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

If Woody Guthrie were alive today he would be Holly Near. This kind, gentle person is one of the great folk singers, writers, activist and teachers alive. She was the one of the first women to ever create an independent record company called Redwood Records over thirty years ago. She has been a major presence in the LGBT, feminist, peace and justice movements her entire life. When one thinks of champions of civil rights and human rights you think of Holly Near. Most of all, Holly is a brilliant singer and entertainer who has sung in all corners of the world. Coming from a left, feminist and activist viewpoint, we asked her to discuss her support of Obama with us … (full text, Sept. 15, 2008).

She says: “We are a gentle angry people We are a land of many colors We are gay and straight together We are a peaceful loving people And we are singing, singing for our lives”. (1000peacewomen).

Find her personal life on wikipedia.

Some videos of Holly Near singing, on YouTube:

  • I am Willing, 2.13 min;
  • Language of Your Love, 3.35 min;
  • The Gypsy Dances On – Holly Near, 2.55 min;
  • Holly Near – Gentle Angry People, 1.42.

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Holly Near – USA

Find her on Redwood Records, with her Art and Activism, her Bio, her photoalbum, her concerts, her discography and with her music.

… Holly Near was a singer and performer from a young age.  She grew up with parents who were passionate about their world and their country.  Holly had many musical experiences, including a time in “Hair” on Broadway.   When she was in her early 20s, she met some of the most well-known political activists and expressed her own anti-war sentiments through her music … (full text).

Comparisons: The most obvious comparisons to Holly Near are her contemporaries: Joan Baez, Janis Ian, Mary Travers, and Joni Mitchell … (full text).

Radical lesbian activist and Vietnam War protester Holly Near has been a respected voice in the women’s folk movement – and the women’s movement itself – since the early 1970s … (full text).

She says also: … “I didn’t work for any of the candidates. I don’t like either party much and have always worked outside of the mainstream political system. But I do vote. Kucinich’s ideas were probably the closest to my own. I have a friend who voted for Edwards by absentee ballot but by the time the actual California Primary happened, he had withdrawn so her vote was wasted. Clinton would have been her second choice. It is crazy her vote didn’t count. We need a new system. I voted for Obama in the primary” … (full text).

Holly Near’s sense of justice, sense of culture, and sense of humor continue to delight and astound. Her new material keeps her solidly positioned as one of the nation’s finest political artists. And she adds surprising renditions of songs by Harry Nilsson, Cheryl Wheeler and Paul Simon! Guest musicians include Michael Manring, June Millington, Alex de Grassi, Jackeline Rago, Mark Ford, Quique Cruz … (full text).

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Fumihiko Sueki – Japan

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Linked with International Association for the History of Religions IAHR, with Religion and Peace, with The Buddhist Community at Stanford and with York Centre for Asian Research YCAR.

SUEKI Fumihiko studied at the University of Tokyo and received his Ph. D. degree in 1994. He became Professor in the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology at the University of Tokyo in 1995, where he teaches Buddhism, in particular Japanese Buddhism. He works mainly on the reconstruction of the intellectual history of Buddhism in Japan from ancient to modern times. His recent research also covers Zen philosophy and comparative studies of modern Buddhism. His publications (in Japanese) include History of Japanese Buddhism (Tokyo, 1992), Miscellaneous Essays on Japanese Buddhism (Tokyo, 1993), Studies in Buddhist Doctrines in the Early Heian Period (Tokyo, 1995), Studies in the Formation of Kamakura Buddhism (Kyoto, 1998), and Rethinking Modern Japanese Thought (2004). He has contributed several articles in English to the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies and other journals. He was Guest Professor at Ruhr University in Germany in 1997, was Guest Researcher at Renmin University in China, and Directeur d’Études Invite de la Section des Sciences Religieuses de l’École Pratique des Hautes Etudes in 2001 … (full text).

Find his datas on ReaD (Directory Database of Research and Development Activities).

Find his Bio on UNESCO.

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Fumihiko Sueki – Japan

He writes: … Conclusion: We have examined some of the works included in Nichiren B. These works cannot be conclusively demonstrated to be either Nichiren’s authentic works or apocryphal ones, but there exists the possibility that they are Nichiren’s work. Usually the ideas developed in them are not identical to those of Nichiren A, but they are often more fully elaborated expressions of ideas found in Nichiren A. For this reason, we cannot disregard them when we consider Nichiren’s ideas, but neither can we treat them as being on the same level as those of the Nichiren A category. This is the reason why we must acknowledge the category of Nichiren B (along with its ambiguity), and not just Nichiren A and Nichiren C. We cannot always deal with medieval literature in clearcut scienti³c terms but must sometimes acknowledge some ambiguity. (full 20 pdf pages text about Nichiren’s Problematic Works).

Shigaku zasshi, Vol.109, No.1(20000120) pp. 104-114, The Historical Society of Japan ISSN:00182478 (in japanese).

He writes also: Japanese Buddhism is sometimes called “funeral Buddhism” contemptuously. Buddhism is often criticized in that it serves only the dead and does not useful for the living. In truth, the main duties of Buddhist monks are to perform funeral services, maintain graves and perform memorial services for the dead in Japan today. Modern Buddhist leaders in Japan tried to argue against such criticism and insisted that Buddhism in origin was not a religion for the dead but for the living. In the post-modern situation, however, the philosophy of the dead is becoming necessary instead of the philosophy of the living that has been prevalent in modern ages. The living human beings cannot live without thinking of the dead. For example, the war victims in Auschwitz, Hiroshima, Nanjing and other places do not forgive us even today. In this situation, it is necessary to evaluate Buddhist tradition in Japan that shows us the way how to go with the dead. In this paper, first, I will introduce the philosophy of Tanabe Hajime (1885-1962) who insisted the existential co-operation with the dead under the influence of Zen Buddhism and next, examine some Mahayana Buddhist sutras from the viewpoint of the relation between the living and the dead. (Buddhist Philosophy of the Dead, on the XXII World Congress of Philosophy, July 30 to August 5, 2008, Seoul, Korea).

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Ali Ahmad Jalali – Afghanistan and USA

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Ali Ahmad Jalali (born 1940) is an Afghan American and a Distinguished Professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies of the National Defense University,  which is located in Washington, D.C. He is also the former Interior Minister of Afghanistan, (who served from January 28, 2003 to September 27, 2005) … (wikipedia).

His Bio on Afghanistan online.

Afghanistan: Top Security Official Resigns Amid Controversy.

He says: … “I will not work as Interior Minister anymore. Maybe there are reasons for this and maybe not, but one of the main reasons is that I wish to resume my academic research”, … and: “All these rumors are baseless, and I seriously reject them”, … and: (he is) more committed than anyone else in the fight against drugs” …(full text, September 28, 2005).

… Prior to joining the Afghan government, Jalali lived with his family in suburban Maryland. His family remains there, and his children continue to attend Prince George’s County schools … (full text).

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Ali Ahmad Jalali – Afghanistan and USA

… Trafficking amongst children has turned into one of the major menaces of a developing society amongst which Afghanistan, a war, torn and socio-economically dilapidated nation has turned into one of the major breeding grounds of such a menace after illegal narcotics trafficking … ‘Afghan children are being kidnapped on their way to school or while playing in parks. The Afghan interior minister, Ali Ahmed Jalali, says that both boys and girls are abducted for both domestic and international markets, to be used for sex or labor, or to provide human organs’. (full text, 03 May, 2008).

Many speculations have been made about his retirement from Karzai but nothing has officially been confirmed as the real reason for his leaving his post. He told Afghan television on Tuesday there were “various reasons” for his resignation, primarily a desire for the “more relaxed” life as an academic … (full text).

Find him and his publications on amazon; on Encycopedia; on EMM; on INSS; on Google Book-search;
on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

Fun Summer Reading: I am finally getting around to reading, The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan, Lester W. Grau and The Other Side of the Mountain: Mujahideen Tactics in the Soviet-Afghan War, Ali Ahmad Jalali and Lester W. Grau.  For some reason, The Other Side of the Mountain is about twice as long as The Bear. Go figure … (full text, Aug. 7th, 2008).

… “The Afghan authorities have always said that if Pakistan’s government does not prevent cross-border activities by the militias, they will pose a serious threat to Pakistan’s government itself,” former Afghan Interior Minister Ali Ahmad Jalali, who is a professor at the Near East South Asia center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, told RFE/RL. “The security situation inside Peshawar is now worse than the security situation inside most Afghan cities. Therefore, the first phase of this Pakistani military activity is aimed at forcing these militants out of these areas.” Jalali expressed his “hope [that] this operation continues until it creates such a situation that, on one hand, it destroys the strongholds of the militants inside Pakistan from which they attack NATO and Afghan forces across the borer, and on the other hand, until it creates such a situation in [Pakistan's] tribal areas that militants no longer pose any threat to Pakistan or Afghanistan or the region” … (full text, July 3, 2008).

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Beena Sarwar – Pakistan

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Linked with No honour in killing, with Global Sisterhood-Network GSN, with The real choice before Pakistan., and with Human Development Foundation HDF.

Beena Sarwar is a writer and filmmaker active in the women’s rights, human rights and peace movements in Pakistan.

Beena Sarwar was IPS correspondent in Lahore from 1992 to 1999 when she left to join Goldsmiths College, University of London, to do a master’s course in TV journalism. She was a producer with Geo Television News, Pakistan’s first 24-hour news channel, from May 2002-Nov 2004. After a stint as editor for OpEd and Features with the prestigious ‘The News’ (Jang Group of Newspapers), Karachi, she returned to IPS this year. Sarwar is a founding editor of ‘The News on Sunday’, a weekly newsmagazine launched in 1994 which comes out of Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. She has been a Research Fellow of Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA, Sept 2006-June 2007; Nieman Fellow, Sept 2005-June 2006; British Chevening Fellow, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK, Sept 2000-Sept 2001. She holds a M.A. (Distinction) on Television Documentary, Goldsmiths College, University of London, Sept 2001; a B.A. double major Studio Art and English Literature, Brown University, Providence, USA, May 1986, and ‘A’ Levels, (Art, Literature, History): Karachi Grammar School, Karachi, 1981. (IPS.org).

Watch her video: Beena Sarwar: Musharaff’s actions are … , 5.41 min, on VodPod (from the Real News Network), Dec 8, 2007.

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Beena Sarwar – Pakistan

Hindus touched by report on untouchables, September 06, 2008.

… Our mutual friend Beena Sarwar (in the photo above, with Saneeya) has made a 14-minute documentary called Celebrating Saneeya. It was screened at the 5th Karachi International Film Festival in December 2005 … (full text, 20 April 2007).

Beena Sarwar is an artist, journalist and documentary filmmaker focusing on human rights, gender, media, and peace. She was Features Editor of ‘The Frontier Post’, Lahore, founding editor of weekly ‘The News on Sunday’, Pakistan and is on the Editorial Board of monthly Himal Southasian, Kathmandu (www.himalmag.com). Since doing her Masters in Television Documentary she has made several documentaries and worked as a producer with Geo Television news. She was Op-ed Editor of The News before going on to Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow and Fellow at Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. She is currently based in Karachi working on a freelance basis and runs a postings list at yahoo groups

She writes: … In resigning today, Musharraf avoided the impeachment that loomed over his head (another first) which would have carried confrontation further. As I left on August 12 for Jakarta to participate in a forum on Islam and Democracy in South Asia, someone remarked that I would be returning in five days to a transformed Pakistan. Not likely, I replied. Even if Musharraf went during this time, there would be no dramatic change. Inflation would continue to break the people’s backs, violence in the name of religion would continue to take lives, unprincipled forces would continue to try and sabotage the democratically elected government, hidden hands would continue to needle India and Afghanistan, and the lawyers would continue to agitate for restoring the judiciary that Musharraf had axed during his imposition of emergency on November 3 last year that the ruling coalition is dragging its feet over … (on BAITHAK, August 19, 2008).

Find her art and her publications on The 2007 KSG Gallery; on CHOWK; on the blog: Daiy Online Alochona; on Google Video-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

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Nigar Ahmad – Pakistan

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Linked with the AURAT FOUNDATION.

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

An academic and a social activist, she was a brilliant student who came top of her Masters of economics year in Punjab University and went on to study economics at Cambridge University. She was also a Commonwealth Scholar. While pursuing a career in academia she taught economics for 16 years at the faculty of the Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad and was drawn into the struggle of Pakistani women against the anti-women policies of the military dictatorship headed by Zia-ul-Haq. She was a member of the Women’s Action Forum for two years (1983–1985) , the pioneering women’s organization that was formed to protest these political developments … (1000peacewomen 1/2).

Under Nigar’s leadership, the Aurat Foundation has taken up provocative issues, from mobilizing women candidates for local government elections to generating debate on intellectual property rights.

She is named on Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, DEPARTMENT OF ISLAMIC STUDIES.

She is a nominee from Pakistan of the Global Sisterhood-Network.

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Nigar Ahmad works for the Aurat Foundation: Aurat Foundation is a women’s rights organization based in Islamabad, Pakistan. Aurat Foundation does active lobbying, advocacy on behalf of women. it holds demonstrations and public-awareness campaigns. (wikipedia).

NGOs demand action against rapists: Representatives of NGOs including Ms Katherine of AMEN Society, Bina Qureshi of Hum Log, Nigar Ahmed Aurat Foundation, Farida Shaheed Shirkat Gah, AGHS Shah Taj Qazilbash, Samina Rehman Women Action Forum, Nighat Saeed Asr Resource Centre and Neelum Hussain of C Murgh termed the act ‘the worst of its kind,’ ‘its culprits must not be spared.’ First, they stated, the accused spoiled the honour of the girl and then ruined her life by distorting her face through acid … (full text, Sept. 11, 2008).

1000peacewomen 2/2: Nigar Ahmad (born in 1945) has worked tirelessly for nearly 20 years for the political, social, and economic empowerment of Pakistani women, as executive director of the Aurat Publication and Information Service Foundation. Under her stewardship, the Aurat (woman) Foundation has taken up a range of “provocative” causes, from mobilizing women candidates for local government elections to generating debate across the country about the World Trade Organization and the controversial issue of intellectual property rights …

… Since 1986, Nigar, who now lives in Lahore, has been associated with Aurat, a civil society organization which works for women’s empowerment in tandem with a countrywide of citizens’ groups and civil activists.

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Nani Zulminarni – Indonesia

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Linked with PEKKA, with Rumah Olin (mainly in indonesian language – see there photos, music, blog, general online-contact, contact to report an abuse (without registering first), and links), and also linked with her text: A JOURNEY TO THE WORLD WITHOUT HUSBAND.

Nani Zulminarni is a gender and development specialist, facilitator and consultant with an interest in community organizing and economic and political empowerment of women. She is the coordinator of PEKKA, the “Women-Headed Households Empowerment Program”. PEKKA organizes women, helping them build their vision for change, capacity, networking and advocacy skills. PEKKA works in 8 provinces in Indonesia – Aceh, West Java, Central Java, West Kalimantan, NTB, NTT, North Maluku and Southeast Sulawesi, reaching more than 300 poor villages and 10,000 families. Nani is also the chairperson of The Center for Women’s Resources Development (PPSW) and a member of the executive committee of two regional networks – the South East Asia for Popular Communication Program (SEAPCP) and the Asia South Pacific Bureau for Adult Education (ASPBAE). Her main responsibilities in the network are policy development, program planning, monitoring and evaluation, and facilitating workshops and training. (just associates).

She says: “The society only recognizes men, not women, as heads of family”.

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Nani Zulminarni – Indonesia

She works for Program Pemberdayaan Perempuan Kepala Keluarga PEKKA.

As a student activist in the early 80s, Nani protested with other young Muslim women for the right to wear head scarves (at the time under Soeharto, these were not allowed). For them, it was a critical struggle to defend their rights, even though the covers led to discrimination in public schools and offices. Her desire to challenge women’s subordinate status led Nani to become a field worker for PPSW, organizing poor rural women … (full text).

Notes from conversation with Nani Zulminarni regarding shared movementbuilding – organizing challenges: 3 pages.

Violence against women is not just a human rights violation. It is also a serious public health problem. It can take the form of psychological, physical, or sexual abuse, and can have serious implications for a woman’s health. What is not commonly recognized is that violence against women has both economic and social costs to individuals, families, and communities. Nani Zulminarni, Chair of Indonesia’s Pusat Pengembangan Sumberdaya Wanita (PPSW) (Center for Women’s Resources Development in Indonesia), struggles on with her mission … (full text).

Find her, the bio and the publications on ashka; on catalogue; on SourceWatch; on book finder; on Google Group-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Blog-search.

… Another peacewomen, Nani Zulminarni also speaks on her experience as the head of PEKKA (women household headed program), a program which support women as head of their households/widow or single mother, in several provinces in Indonesia (including Aceh). She have also works for more then 20 years as an activist. Last but not least, the discussions was moderate by Vivi Zabkie from the News Office of 68H (KBRH 68) … (full text and photos).

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Ruth Manorama – India

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

Ruth Manorama (born 1952) grew up seeing her parents engaged in active social work. She has been consistently associated with a range of issues-the rights of slum dwellers, domestic workers, unorganized labor and Dalits’, and the empowerment of marginalized women. She sees the interconnectedness between these issues, and the common cause that marginalized people share the world over … (1000peacewomen 1/2).

Ruth Manorama (born 1952) is widely known in India for her contributions in mainstreaming Dalit issues, especially the precarious situation of Dalit women in India. Ruth, herself from the Dalit community, calls the women “Dalits among the Dalits”. This has highlighted the plight of Dalit women in the community and the media. Ruth has also contributed enormously to breaking the upper-class, upper-caste image of the women’s movement in India. In 2005, she was one of 1000 nominees for the ‘1000 women for the Nobel Peace Prize’ campaign. In 2006 she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award … (full text).

She says: “I have tremendous confidence in the capacity of the poor to transform not only their own lives but also to build a just, humane, and democratic society”.

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Ruth Manorama – India

She works for the National Alliance of Women, for the National Federation of Dalit Women, and for Women’s Voice (there are different groups in many countries under this name).

Recognition for courage and causes.

She received the Right Livelihood Award, 2006 (also known as the Alternative Nobel). She is India’s most effective organiser of and advocate for Dalit women, belonging to the ’scheduled castes’ sometimes also called ‘untouchables’ … (full text).

Ruth Manorama, voice of Dalits.

… Ruth Manorama , Right Livelihood awardee, said no form of violence is acceptable. She urged the state to provide relief and compensation to victims and book state and non-state perpetrators of violations. Right to employment , food, security and freedom of expression and religion must be protected, she added. (full text, 29 Aug 2008).

Bangalore: Students, Activists, Secular Forces Gather to Protest Orissa Carnage, August 30, 2008.

… Dalit women in India, constituting half of the approximately 200 million dalit population, and 16.3% of the total Indian female population, not only suffer oppression as a result of class and caste, but also from gender inequalities resulting from a patriarchal system. These injustices really make me want to work for their rights and freedom, said Manorama who is involved in several regional and international rights campaigns … (full text).

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Neal Ascherson – England

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Charles Neal Ascherson (born October 5, 1932), is a Scottish journalist. He was born in Edinburgh and educated at Eton and King’s College, Cambridge, where he read history. He was described by the historian, Eric Hobsbawm, as “perhaps the most brilliant student I ever had. I didn’t really teach him much, I just let him get on with it.” After graduating with a triple starred First,  he declined offers to pursue an academic career. Instead, he chose a career in journalism, first at the Manchester Guardian and then at The Scotsman (1959-1960), The Observer (1960-1990) and the Independent on Sunday (1990-1998). He contributed scripts for the 1974 documentary series World at War and the 1998 series The Cold War. In recent years, he has also been a regular contributor to the London Review of Books.He has lectured and written extensively about Polish and Eastern Europe affairs. As of 2008 Ascherson is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He has been editor of Public Archaeology, an academic journal associated with UCL devoted to CRM and public archaeology issues and developments, since its inception in 1999. Neal Ascherson is married to fellow journalist, Isabel Hilton. They currently live in London with their two children, Iona and Alexander. (wikipedia).

Neal Ascherson is a journalist and writer. He was for many years a foreign correspondent for the (London) Observer. Among his books are The King Incorporated: Leopold the Second and the Congo (1963; Granta, 1999), The Struggles for Poland (Random House, 1988), Black Sea (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1996; reprinted 2007), and Stone Voices: the Search for Scotland (Granta, 2003). (openDemocracy).

His Bio on Spartacus Schoolnet.

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Neal Ascherson – England

The Black Sea, Chapter 10.

May 3 elections: A disaster and a mystery – After a farce of spoiled ballots and confused voters, Scotland awakes to a new political landscape … (full text).

He says (about freedom gained): “The new right for which I am most grateful has to be visa-free travel. A right still limited to certain parts of the world. But the knowledge that, within a few hours of an impulse, I can be not just in a capital city (Prague, Warsaw, Berlin) but wandering down Piotrkowska Street in Lodz, or standing on the cobbles of an East Bohemian village inhaling its scent of pork chops and cabbage, or buying the real original Weihnachtsstollen at the Christmas Fair in Dresden — that’s still miraculous. Do I regret the long waits at frontier stations, the sound of jackboots slowly moving along the corridor from compartment to compartment? No, it’s all been perfectly preserved in novels. And if you still hanker for that paranoia kick, just put on a burqa for your return journey to Britain”. (full text).

His statement: If the West had learnt the lessons of the past, it would now be supporting even the smallest countries’ dreams of freedom, August 17, 2008.

I returned from our last trip desiring to read more about Scotland. I was especially pleased with Longitude’s list. One title I’m particularly looking forward to reading is Stone Voices: The Search for Scotland, by Neal Ascherson. With some books, the introduction/foreward/preface alone is worth the price of admission. To wit, this passage from the opening of the Preface to Stone Voices: “Some countries are tidy with their past. Until recently, English historiography resembled the work of a landscape gardener at a stately home: vistas of Saxon lawn and Norman shrubbery led up past Tudor and Hanoverian flowerbeds to the terrace of the present, where the proprietor sat contentedly surveying his estate … (full text, October 27, 2007).

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Marcel Votlucka – USA

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Linked with Let the House of Cards Tumble.

Marcel Votlucka is a writer living and working in New York City (yes another one). His work has appeared in the Stony Brook Press, the Stony Brook Independent, the Suffolk Standard, and Strike the Root. As you might’ve guessed, he’s a graduate of Stony Brook University. His passions include writing (duh!), Japanese language and culture, and cooking. Most of the articles and essays on here focus on politics and society, but also LGBTQ issues. You’ll also find the occasional bit of satire, as well as some fiction. Neverland: Voices from the Holocaust was part of a project started several years ago in the wake of 9/11. It’s been long discontinued in favor of other ventures, but some of the completed chapters are available on the site. Eventually we’ll get around to putting some more cool (IMHO) stuff in the Extras section … (full text on his homepage).

He writes: The hegemonic powers that be hate, above all else, the following question: “Why?”  And we the people are more than happy to avoid asking it.  For that dangerous question is often the first step toward any positive personal, political, or social transformative process … (full text, July 22, 2008).

His Homepage.

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If Only the Super Bowl Could Replace Politics, February 4, 2008.

… How much blood will continue to be spilt because people refuse to see themselves as individuals first and foremost; because loyalty to their own lives and values, their family, friends and kin is not good enough for them?  How much blood will have to be spilt over feuds between one “team” and another –Muslims, “Westerners,” Tutsi, Hutu, Sunni, Shi’a … How much good comes of this?  Even if your “team” is victorious over the ethnic, political, or religious “opposition,” in a conflict that should never have had to exist in the first place, you’re not free, you’re not liberated; you’re still just a pawn in the machine, a brick in the wall … (full text, February 19, 2008).

My Million-Yen Naoki Prize Money is Taking a Nap, english translation.

Marcel Votlucka understands that the true meaning of the July 4th is the assertion of our unalienable rights, including the right to secession: A recent poll on this site asked if respondents planned to observe (U.S.) Independence Day this year. My belated response is a “yes,” I did observe Independence Day as I always do ­ and not just because I like having a day off from work. I did so because I know what the holiday really means … (full text, July 9, 2008).

I’m an Anarchist, and I Don’t Hate the Troops, Jan 30, 2008.

Marcel Votlucka of SB Independent, a publication of the Stony Brook University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, offers a good analysis of the Downing Street Memo for students and faculty at the university. The writer noted in a June 18, 2005 post: … (full text).

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Yuri Kochiyama – USA

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Linked with The National Women History Project NWHP.

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

A daughter of Japanese immigrants, Yuri Kochiyama (born 1921) grew up in California. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, her life changed dramatically in 1942 when people of Japanese ancestry in the USA were sent to internment camps. After World War II, she joined movements for civil rights and black liberation in New York City; she opposed US imperialism and supported radical grassroots organizations and political prisoners. She has spoken out for racial justice and human rights for over 40 years. (1000Peacewomen).

She says: “Don’t become too narrow. Live fully. Meet all kinds of people. You’ll learn something from everyone. Follow what you feel in your heart”.

Unitarians schedule Labor Day program: … The civil rights activist, feminist, and author Yuri Kochiyama and her family were among the 120,000 Japanese Americans on the West Coast who were rounded up and confined in camps in a wave of anti-Japanese hysteria that followed the bombing of Pearl Harbor … (full text, Aug 29, 2008).

BLACK HISTORY MONTH – Malcolm X and Yuri Kochiyama, Feb 1, 2007.

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Yuri Kochiyama – USA

She works 1) for the Organization for Afro-American Unity (named on AfricanAmericans.com; on wikipedia; on Answers.com; on Britannica online Encyclopedia; on wordpress.com); 2) for the National Committee for the Defense of Political Prisoners (mentionned in the NYT), and 3) for Asian Americans for Action (there exist: Asian American Action Fund and its AAA Fund Blog; Media Action Network for Asian Americans; Asian American Action Figure Home Page; Asian American support for affirmative action).

Recognizing APA Community Organizers: … Yuri Kochiyama, Ling-chi Wang, Thomas Abraham, Gloria Caoile and Sandy Dang are just a few of the community organizers who have made a difference in the lives of the APA community over the last thirty years who have never held elective office … (full text, Sept. 10, 2008).

Asian/ APIA Feminism/ Women’s History Month, March 1, 2008.

Find Yuri Kochiyama on video: Freedom Fighters trailer, 6.31 min, added: February 14, 2007; on the blog Learn to question.com; on the blog 100 voices her video as Freedom Fighter, with transcript in japanese; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search.

… “A story Ms. Kochiyama is often asked to retell is how she first met Malcolm X in Harlem. Ms. Kochiyama had been an admirer of Malcolm X for sometime when she happened to see him walk into a courthouse in Brooklyn, where he was instantly surrounded by people shaking his hand. Ms. Kochiyama was shy at first of approaching him amongst all his African followers, but when he met her eyes she found herself asking if she could shake his hand. “What for?” Malcolm had asked, almost suspiciously. When Ms. Kochiyama finally answered, “You’re giving direction [to your people]”, Malcolm strode out of the crowd with a smile, and shook Ms. Kochiyama’s hand” … (full text).

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Rodrigue Tremblay – Canada

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Linked with The U.S. 2008 Presidential Election: An Evaluation. Find him also on our website on December 04, 2007.

Rodrigue Tremblay (born October 13, 1939) is a Canadian-born economist, humanist and political figure. He teaches economics at the Université de Montréal. He specializes in macroeconomics, and international trade and finance, and public finance. He is a prolific author of books in economics. Born in Matane, Québec, Canada, he has a B.A. from the Université Laval (1961), a B.Sc. in Economics from the Université de Montréal (1963). Tremblay did his graduate work at Stanford University where he obtained a M.A. in Economics (1965) and a Ph.D. in Economics (1968). He has been a professor of economics at the Université de Montréal since 1967. He is professor emeritus since 2002 … (full text, last modified on 22 July 2008).

He says: “One of the greatest benefits of a well functioning democracy is its capacity to bring about change: change of government, change of policies, change in the distribution of income and wealth … etc., and avoid stagnation and immobilism” … and: “The world should take notice when someone with a fanatic mind and with powerful means, receives his marching orders from Heaven” … (full text quotations).

Visit:his blog site, and its archives (in many languages ); Author’s Website; the book The New American Empire; Check Dr. Tremblay’s coming book The Code for Global Ethics: The central message of the book is that it is not necessary to be very religious to act morally, and that on the contrary, when people are religious to the point of fanaticism, they become immoral … (full text).

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Rodrigue Tremblay – Canada

Géopolitique et stratégie: Why Not Simply Abolish NATO?  Aug 19, 2008 / Pourquoi ne pas abolir l’OTAN, tout simplement? Aout 26, 2008.

The US Economy and Bad Government Policies, 31 Jul 2008.

America The Plutocracy, August 14, 2008.

Candidate McCain: A Risky Choice, June 3, 2008.

He says also: “It would be nothing less than scandalous for the United States, which was founded on humanistic and democratic principles, to attempt to replace the old empires of the past and to deny the fundamental democratic right of other peoples and other nations to self-determination” … (full text quotations).

Find him and his publications on the University of Montreal; on wikipedia with published books, and Contributions to economics, and Contributions to politics; on Global Research.ca; on amazon; on Google Video-search; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

And he says: “An incompetent politician who surrounds himself with competent people can pull it off. However, if he is dumb enough to surround himself with like-minded people, failure becomes a certainty” … and: “The two biggest curses of humanity have been religions and wars, and both are often intertwined” … (full text quotations).

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Rafil A. Dhafir – Iraq and USA

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Dr. Rafil A. Dhafir is an American Iraqi-born physician, who was sentenced on October 28, 2005, to 22 years in prison for violating the Iraqi sanctions by sending money to Iraq through his charity front Help the Needy, (disambiguation), and for fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, and a variety of other nonviolent crimes. Five other people, including his wife, had already pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the case. Dr. Dhafir is believed to the only U.S. citizen ever to be held in prison for violating the sanctions on Iraq. His attorney filed a motion to dismiss as he accused the U.S. government of selective prosecuting Dhafir by singling him out because of his race, religion and cultural background. In February 2005 Dhafir was convicted of 59 out of 60 charges. Dhafir had run an unregistered (and unaudited) charity, “Help the Needy”, and most of those charges were related to that charity. The 59 convictions included:

  • not recording the $400,000 of his own money that he contributed to the fund;
  • using a portion of the funds he collected to aid needy for his own benefit;
  • circumventing the laws against sending funds to Iraq, without a license;
  • defrauding Medicare.

In one of his few interview from prison Dhafir told the New Standard website, “This is part of a campaign against Muslims and Arabs” … (full long text wikipedia, last modified on 10 September 2008).

Nov. 3, 2005 – The Central New York physician who founded and ran an unregistered charity for Iraqis suffering under UN sanctions and the rule of Saddam Hussein was sentenced last week to 22 years for a series of white collar crimes including fraud, money laundering, tax evasion and violations of the US law enforcing the Iraq sanctions … (full text).

Free Rafil Dhafir.

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The video: Dealing with Non-Muslims, Shaikh Rafil Dhafir explains on dealing with non Muslims, 3.23 min, June 25, 2008.

Memo To Obama And McCain: Add To Your To-Do List, Aug 05, 2008.

Syracuse oncologist Rafil A. Dhafir – Iraq and USA. (He) was arrested 19 months ago by the Justice Department and was described by Attorney General John D. Ashcroft as a terrorism supporter. But no terrorism-related charges were filed against him. (Operation Free Dhafir).

FREE DR RAFI DHAFIR … (Press Release:), Aug 28, 2008: Appeal for Syracuse Doctor Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for Helping Iraqi People … (Cleveland Indy Media Center).

Muslim doctor gets 22 years for filtering donations to Iraq.

News of Reckoning August 2008, by day-of-reckoning  “Dr Rafil Dhafir, a Syracuse oncologist who helped raise almost $5 million in humanitarian supplies for the Iraqi people,” is appealing a conviction for wire fraud and other charges connected to his efforts to help Iraqis … (full text).

Campaign in his favour: We ask for your aid in helping free Dr. Rafil Dhafir, a 56-year old oncologist of Arab descent who was arrested February 26, 2003, for breaking the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (Iraqi Sanctions) in Syracuse, NY by sending humanitarian assistance to Iraq. He is believed to be the only person ever to be jailed for sending humanitarian aid to Iraq … (full text, Feb 11, 2005).

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Donald Rayfield – England

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MARCCH.org – Medical Aid and Relief for the Children of Chechnya.

Donald Rayfield is emeritus professor of the school of modern languages, Queen Mary University of London. Among his books is Stalin and his Hangmen (Random House, 2005), which has appeared in five other languages. He is editor-in-chief of the Comprehensive Georgian-English Dictionary (Garnett Press, 2006), a work of 1,440,000 entries and nearly 1,800 pages in two volumes. (openDemocracy).

Donald Rayfield (born 1942) is professor of Russian and Georgian at the University of London. He is an author of books about Russian and Georgian literature, and about Joseph Stalin and his secret police. He is also a series editor for books about Russian writers and intelligentsia. (wikipedia).

He writes: It is a bold historian who writes a history of the Caucasus, as events of the past week have made all too clear. The region may not be much bigger than England and Wales, but its history involves three unrelated indigenous groups of people – the Abkhaz and Circassians in the north-west, the Chechens, Ingush and Dagestanis in the north-east, the Kartvelians (Georgians, Mingrelians and Svans) in the south – and representatives of many Eurasian groups (Iranian, Turkic, Armenian, Semitic, Russian) who have settled there over the past 2,000 years … (full text).

The Georgia-Russia conflict: lost territory, found nation, 18 August 2008.

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He says: “An intimate past and bitter present make it hard for Russians and Georgians to live as neighbours but impossible to separate completely”. (live journal).

Solzhenitsyn’s literary career spans more than 60 years, from verse he composed and memorised in prison and the camps before Stalin’s death, to the handful of short stories and novellas (A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Matriona’s Yard) of the 1960s which propelled him to fame, together with Khrushchev’s de-Stalinisation, and the major novels, In the First Circle and Cancer Ward (both 1968), composed simultaneously with the monumental historical documentation of Stalin’s political penal system The Gulag Archipelago (1973-8) … (full text).

He has just been awarded an OBE for Chekhov: A Life and for his work on Russian history.

He writes also: … The third Russian illusion about Georgia is one of patronage, that Moscow can effectively direct Tbilisi’s choice of political leader. The extraordinary antagonism displayed by Vladimir Putin’s officials and army officers towards Georgia can be perhaps explained by their initial support for the “rose revolution” of 2003-04 that brought Mikheil Saakashvili to power: so great was their hatred for Eduard Shevardnadze (Saakashvili’s predecessor as Georgia’s president and the former Soviet foreign minister, whom they blamed for the Soviet system’s demise) that anyone who overthrew him was bound to find some sympathy in Moscow … (full text Russia vs Georgia: a war of perceptions, 24 August 2007).

The two regions at the heart of the Georgia-Russia war of August 2008 must be understood in their own terms if the problem of Georgia – and western illusions about the country – are to be seriously addressed, says Donald Rayfield … (full text).

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Vasanth Kannabiran – India

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

For over 30 years, Vasanth Kannabiran (born 1939) has been closely involved with questions of armed militancy, civil liberties, and the meaning of peace for women in her native state of Andhra Pradesh. She is among the first women in the country to move into feminist activism through the Stree Shakti Sangathana. Ten years ago, she set up a radical women’s collective in Andhra Pradesh called Asmita, which brings diverse groups of women into networks addressing issues spanning conflict, peace, survival, women’s rights, and secularism … For over 30 years, Vasanth Kannabiran has been closely involved with issues of militancy, civil liberties, and the meaning of peace for women in her native Andhra Pradesh state. (1000peacewomen 1/2).

She writes: … The omnipresent phenomenon of globalization has made its impact on women writing as well; with there being some sort of an inverse relationship between the 2: the opening up of the markets has resulted in the closing of individual and cultural spaces. One may argue that women are no more in the ‘clumsy clutches of patriarchy’ and have the freedom to think and do as they please; however in the present times, they will encounter another Hand, ‘not ugly this time, but carefully manicured, that will seat them on cushioned thighs’. Comfortable? It will let them speak out from there; it doesn’t mind that. Lulled by this false sense of security, they might even forget the ever-present grip, but the moment they want to step down, the Hand will ensure they are put back in place … (full text).

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Vasanth Kannabiran – India

She works for the National Alliance for Women NAWO.

Women and words: forging new bonds, with Vasanth Kannabiran, Ritu Menon, Meenakshi Mukherjee and Kalpana Kannabiran.

Comrade Vasanth’s Vision.

The book: Web of Deceit: Devadasi Reform in Colonial India, Kalpana Kannabiran and Vasanth Kannabiran. Reprint. New Delhi, Kali for Women, 2003, x, 217 p., $17. ISBN 81-86706-63-1

Bharati Ray: Women of India … chapter 6: … Citizenship and its Discontents, A Political History of Women in Andhra, by Vasanth Kannabiran and Kalpana Kannabiran … (full text).

… And lastly – the ballet was written by Vasanth Kannabiran – a poet, writer and translator.  Also one of the thousand women world wide nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 … (full text).

India’s intellectual voices condemn Neelan’s assassination … The statement was signed by … Vasanth Kannabiran … (full text).

Find her and her publications on UNjobs.org; on Google Group-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Blog-search.

Vasanth Kannabiran, city-based human rights activist, Mogulamma, a physically challenged woman working for the welfare of the disabled in Kosigi mandal of Mahbubnagar district, and Murari Pramila, a nurse and health worker of Guntur, are among 1,000 women, whose names have been submitted to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee – 2005 … (full text).

(1000peacewomen 2/2) … As a child, Vasanth Kannabiran (born 1939) was taught to question and assert herself, and it is a habit that has stayed with her. Born into a family of first-generation Communist leaders in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Vasanth was an indifferent student but a voracious reader. She secured an M Litt in English Literature from the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages in Hyderabad, the state capital, and went on to teach English at a woman’s college from 1961 to 1985.

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Janaki – India

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Linked with Mahila Samakhya, all India (Gov), and with Mahila Samakhya in Uttar Pradesh.

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

Janaki (born 1954) is a symbol of power and possibilities for the women in her village. When she started, it was unusual for a woman to engage in developmental work, and she had to face bellicose opposition from her family. Janaki, though, is a determined, remarkably fearless woman: she continued with her mobilization of women, eventually forming a village self-help group. The work done by the group has helped establish its credibility and, today, most disputes in the village are settled in the group’s women’s court … (1000peacewomen 1/2).

Janaki has proved that the capacity to bring about social change is not linked to one’s educational or other qualifications.

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Janaki (Sorry, the photo on 1000peacewomen – showing a small women almost from behind, is not downloadable)

She works for Mahila Samakhya, and for the Women’s self-help group SHG.

Janaki was born in 1954 in the village Ahirwali Tola Barbasaha to farmer parents. Her association with the Mahila Samakhya opened a whole new world of perceptions: the concepts of women’s rights and social development excited and moved the illiterate young woman, who was by then the mother of three boys and a girl.

Janaki first began applying these ideas in her own home, ensuring that all her children, including her daughter, attended school. Later, she was to marry one of her sons to a girl from a poor family with no dowry. Her daughter-in-law goes to school and is in grade VI.

When Janaki started, it was unusual for women to engage in developmental work and awareness generation activities. Janaki’s husband, a physically abusive man, was strongly opposed to her work. Over time, Janaki gathered the courage to resist him, not only preventing him from abusing her, but also exhorting all other women in the village to resist physical violence by their husbands.

Janaki initially began work as a Sakhi (friend). She went on to set up a women’s village self-help group (SHG). The good work that Janaki and her group have done has established their credentials: most disputes in the area now arrive at the SHG’s women’s court for resolution.

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Rein Müllerson – Estonia

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… Today, he is Professor and Chair of International Law at King’s College, London (where he directs the MA Programme on International Peace and Security) … In 1991-92, he was First Deputy Foreign Minister of Estonia. And before that, Müllerson was Head of the International Law Department of the Institute of State and Law of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR and Adviser to President Gorbachev. No wonder he appears to know the Russian mentality more clearly than any American author I have read. (He may also understand the Chinese, as the first review I found on Google of this book was by Sienho Yee, in The Chinese Journal of International Law). Finally, he understands the concerns of the international community and NGOs. For, Müllerson spent 2004 as UN Regional Adviser for Central Asia, and his published works include International Law: Rights and Politics (Routledge, 1994); Human Rights Diplomacy (Routledge, 1997) and Ordering Anarchy: International Law in International Society (Kluwer Law International, 2000). Quite simply, there is no better guide to explore this landscape with than Müllerson … (full text Registan.net, May 5th, 2008).

His Profile also on King’s College, London; on openDemocracy.

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Rein Müllerson – Estonia

Excerpt of a review of his book, Central Asia–A Chessboard and Player in the New Great Game: … Unlike some commentators who may indulge in emotionalism, name-calling, or blame-gaming, Mullerson takes a cool, calm and penetrating look at the ways Central Asians view their role in world affairs, and how other countries treat Central Asia. This book is deeply personal, filled with anecdotes and humane observations based on personal experience. No doubt his biography has made Müllerson uniquely qualified as a political analyst … Müllerson understands the difficulties former Soviet republics have faced in adapting to change following the collapse of Communism … (full text Registan.net, May 5th, 2008).

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The OHCHR Regional Advisor for Central Asia, Professor Rein Mullerson, arrived on Tuesday, 9 March 2004, in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The Regional Adviser is a key element of the OHCHR Regional Project for Central Asia. Professor Rein Mullerson, has significant expertise in international human rights standards and procedures and their application at the national level, and of the legal systems and practices in the region. He will be working at the policy and information levels. This will include participation as a trainer in project activities, the convening of roundtable discussion sessions on specific human rights issues for government officials and policy makers, serving as an independent expert to governments, NGOs, UN country teams and other international organizations active in the region, travelling to provincial areas, publishing articles, speaking at public events and in the mass media, and supporting coordination and cooperation with other international organizations and donors active in the field of human rights in the region. The Regional Advisor’s activities in the field of public information and policy development will contribute to the dissemination of human rights information as well as to the mainstreaming of human rights throughout governments’ policies and legislation, and in the work of UN country teams. (UNHCHR).

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Frederick William Engdahl – Germany and USA

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Frederick William Engdahl (born 1944) has written on issues of energy, politics and economics for more than 30 years, beginning with the first oil shock in the early 1970s. He has contributed regularly to a number of publications, including Japan’s Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Foresight magazine, Grant’s Investor.com, European Banker and Business Banker International. He has also spoken at numerous international conferences on geopolitical, economic and energy subjects, and is active as a consulting economist … (full text).

Confessions of an ‘ex’ peak oil believer, Sept. 25, 2007.

F. William Engdahl is a leading analyst of the New World Order, author of the best-selling book on oil and geopolitics, A Century of War: Anglo-American Politics and the New World Order,’ His writings have been translated into more than a dozen languages. What is so frightening about Engdahl’s vision of the world is that it is so real. Although our civilization has been built on humanistic ideals, in this new age of “free markets”, everything -  science, commerce, agriculture and even seeds -  have become weapons in the hands of a few global corporation barons and their political fellow travelers. To achieve world domination, they no longer rely on bayonet-wielding soldiers. All they need is to control food production … (Global Research.ca).

The video: Journalist F. William Engdahl on Alex Jones Tv:”A Century of War”, 1/2, 10:54 min, Added: September 03, 2008.

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F. William Engdahl – Germany and USA

Abridgement of A Century of War, some of his articles.

His official website: Geopolitics – Geoeconomics, and his video on the frontpage: “US tries to create an iron curtain around Russia”, 4.52 min.

He writes: … The deal would further divide European countries into what Barack Obama’s foreign policy adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski calls openly, US “vassals” and those pursuing more independent policies. Any illusions that a Democratic Obama Presidency would mean a rollback of such provocative NATO and US military moves of recent years should be dismissed as dangerous wishful thinking. Obama’s foreign policy team in addition to father Zbigniew Brzezinski, includes Brzezinski’s son, Ian Brzezinski, current US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Affairs. Ian Brzezinski is a devout backer of US missile defense policy, as well as Kosovo independence and NATO expansion into Ukraine and Georgia. (full text, Aug 15, 2008).

The Pentagon’s alarming project: Avian Flu Biowar Vaccine, Aug 14, 2008.

He writes also: … China clearly views Africa as a central part of its strategic plan, most notably for its oil reserves and vital raw materials such as copper, chrome, nickel. The continent is also at the same time becoming an important region for Chinese manufactured exports. But the raw materials battle is at the heart, and the real reason by all accounts, why Washington recently decided to form a separate Africa Command in the Pentagon. (full text, July 30. 2008).

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Susan Brownell Anthony – USA (1820 – 1906)

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Susan Brownell Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906) was a prominent American civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in the 19th century women’s rights movement to secure women’s suffrage in the United States. She traveled the United States and Europe, and gave 75 to 100 speeches per year on women’s rights for 45 years … (full long text).

Her bio on UMKC: … to another generation of American, she was “Aunt Susan,” the crusader who devoted a lifetime of tireless work to the cause of women’s rights …; on Research MITH; on winning the vote; on Project Gutenberg: The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2) by Ida Husted Harper, and: An Account of the Proceedings on the Trial of Susan B. Anthony, on the Charge of, and: Susan B. Anthony by Alma Lutz; on Rochester History Resources; on fyne times; on Quotation Park; on about.com; on Lakewood Public Library /Women in History; … and thousands more

Regarding her Trial on the charge of illegal voting (1874), find her quotations on wikiquote.

She said: “The true woman will not be exponent of another, or allow another to be such for her. She will be her own individual self… Stand or fall by her own individual wisdom and strength… She will proclaim the “glad tidings of good news” to all women, that woman equally with man was made for her own individual happiness, to develop … every talent given to her by God, in the great work of life”. (wikiquote).

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Susan Brownell Anthony – USA (1820 – 1906)

Miss Susan B. Anthony Died This Morning, March 13, 1906 on NYT.

She said also: “The men and women of the North are slaveholders, those of the South slaveowners. The guilt rests on the North equally with the South”. (wikiquote).

Civil Rights Pictures.

And she said: “Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation”. (wikiquote).

Argument for the Defense Concerning Legal Issues in the Case of United States vs Susan B. Anthony, May 31, 1870.

And then she said: “Many Abolitionists have yet to learn the ABC of woman’s rights”. (wikiquote).

CIVIL RIGHTS: Judges followed Parks’ bold lead, College of Charleston News Stories, November 2005.

And more she said: We assert the province of government to be to secure the people in the enjoyment of their unalienable rights. We throw to the winds the old dogma that governments can give rights”. (wikiquote).

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Alice Ophelia Hyman Lynch – USA

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Linked with Women’s Action for New Directions WAND, with Restorative Justice RJ online, with The Women of Color Network WOCN, and with Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center.

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

Alice Ophelia Hyman Lynch (born 1950) is Executive Director of Black, Indian, Hispanic and Asian Women in Action (Biha). She has conducted over 1000 trainings on domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, chemical dependency, and HIV/AIDS, looking specifically at how these issues impact communities of color. Since 1997, Alice has worked to establish restorative justice programs in her own community and across the nation. Through this process she has helped empower communities to take the lead in solving their problems in ways that promote healing and prevent future harm … (1000peacewomen 1/2).

She says: “Circles create a sacred space that lifts barriers between people, opening possibilities for collaboration and understanding. Circles provide a safe place to have the difficult conversations”.

She is named as Better World Heroe.

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Alice Ophelia Hyman Lynch – USA

She works for Black, Indian, Hispanic and Asian Women in Action BIHA, for the Women of Color Network on Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault, and for Women’s Action for New Directions WAND.

(1000peacewomen 2/2): … The chairs form a circle in the community center in North Minneapolis. Neighbors have gathered for another in the series of bi-weekly circles that began four months ago with Marcus’ release from prison. Marcus, a 25-year-old African American man, has just completed a seven-year sentence for vehicular manslaughter. But now Marcus’ life has taken a more positive turn. With assistance from a community agency he has his own apartment and is attending Community College. Also, a Restorative Justice Program has recently hired Marcus to facilitate Family Group Conferences. Marcus is doing well.

Alice asks Marcus to tell the circle about the circumstances surrounding his incarceration. Marcus has difficulty sharing the story and later confides to Alice that he was not able to talk about the incident because it had happened on this particular day – this was the anniversary of the accident. He added that it was difficult to talk to the circle because it was focused solely on him and he had not thoroughly worked things out for himself.

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(Mary) Ann Wright, Col. (Retd.) – USA

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Mary Ann Wright (born 1947) is a retired United States Army colonel and retired official of the U.S. State Department, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. She is most noted for having been one of three State Department officials to publicly resign in direct protest of the March 2003 invasion of Iraq …(full text).

Resignation: Wright submitted her resignation letter to then U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on March 19, 2003, the day before the onset of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Her letter was published on the internet the following day. In her resignation letter, Wright listed four reasons she could no longer work for the U.S. government under the Bush administration:

Mary Ann Wright has been a career military woman, a State Department diplomat, and an influential spokesperson in the anti-war movement. She served 13 years in active duty, 16 years in the Army reserves, and another 16 years as a foreign diplomat in countries such as Nicaragua, Somalia, Uzbekistan, and Sierra Leone. She is coauthor with Susan Dixon of “Dissent: Voices of Conscience”, the stories of those in the Bush administration and other governments who have had the courage to speak out. “Dissent” was published January 2008 by Koa Books. Transcript From militarism to peace: … (full text).

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(Mary) Ann Wright, Col. (Retd.) – USA

Her video on RealNewsNetwork, on responsible US withdrawal from Iraq and the prospects for a peaceful future, 7.23 min, Sept. 4, 2008.

Biography for Mary A. (Ann) Wright.

Mary A. Wright’s resignation letter, March 21, 2003.

Ann Wright’s address to Sacramento City College on 10-16-07 MP3 Real Media (click on download to hear the audio).

Ann Wright’s address at Time Tested Book, Sacramento, CA on 10-17-07 MP3 Real Media (click on download to hear the audio).

Wright was the third of three State Department officials to retire from service in protest in the month prior to the invasion of Iraq, the other two being Brady Kiesling and John H. Brown. Wright says that she did not know the other two, and had not read their resignation letters at the time she submitted her own … (full text).

Wright was the third of three State Department officials to retire from service in protest in the month prior to the invasion of Iraq, the other two being Brady Kiesling and John H. Brown. Wright says that she did not know the other two, and had not read their resignation letters at the time she submitted her own … (full text).

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Miriam Makeba – South Africa (1932 – 2008)

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Added November 10, 2008: Miriam Makeba dies (1932 – 2008).

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Miriam Makeba (b. March 4, 1932) is a Grammy Award-winning South African singer, also known as Mama Afrika. Miriam Zenzi Makeba was born in Johannesburg in 1932. Her mother was a Swazi sangoma and her father, who died when she was six, was a Xhosa. As a child, she sang at the Kilmerton Training Institute in Pretoria, which she attended for eight years … Her marriage to Trinidadian civil rights activist and Black Panthers leader Stokely Carmichael in 1968 caused controversy in the United States, and her record deals and tours were cancelled. As a result of this, the couple moved to Guinea, where they became close with President Ahmed Sékou Touré and his wife … In 2002, she shared the Polar Music Prize with Sofia Gubaidulina. In 2004, Makeba was voted 38th in the Top 100 Great South Africans. Makeba started a worldwide farewell tour in 2005, holding concerts in all of those countries that she had visited during her working life. She is still touring as of May 2008 … (full long text).

Listen to: Pata Pata, 3.03 min; Paul Simon & Miriam Makeba, 4.03 min; The Click Song 1966, 2 min; N’Kosi Sikeleli Africa, 6.53 min; Amampondo, 5.40 min; Soweto Blues, 5.23 min.

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Miriam Makeba – South Africa (1932 – 2008)

Miriam Makeba: A True South African musical legend.

Find her profile on Al-Ahram: After Cairo — this recent visit was her first — she returns to South Africa to make final preparations for a tour of the US which kicks off in Boston on 1 November. The tour will also take her to San Francisco, New Orleans, New York and Washington, where, at the invitation of the wives of the Arab ambassadors, she is to sing in honour of Mandela at the Kennedy Centre together with her old friend Belafonte. Thus will all the strands of her life — all the people Miriam Makeba has been, all the places she has seen, and all the causes for which she has raised her voice — come together at last … (full long text).

Her unofficial website, with: Photo Gallery; her story in german, in english; on records; honours and awards; appearances in movies and on TV.

She says: … “At the end of one show, two men come to see me. I can tell right away by their Dutch looks, and by the way they look at me as if they own me, that they are Afrikaners. The two men from South Africa do not seem happy. One of them says:
- We came here because we thought we’d hear music from home. Why don’t you sing any lietjies? A lietjie is a white folk tune in Afrikaans. I could say to these men that I do not know Afrikaans. That would not be unusual for a native. But, as I say, I am getting a little bit bolder. – When you start singing in my language, I tell them, I will start singing in yours” … (full text).

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Berenice Abbott – USA (1898 – 1991)

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Berenice Abbott (July 17, 1898 – December 9, 1991), born Bernice Abbott, was an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930s … full long text) … more on wikipedia: changing NY; scientific work; Approach to photography; Europe: Photography and poetry.

… During the 1920s Abbott became “the semiofficial portraitist of the intelligentsia” in Paris and New York. Her straightforward, detailed, powerful images of such luminaries as James Joyce, André Gide, and Peggy Guggenheim made her famous. In the 1930s, Abbott continued her portrait work while completing a 10-year project commissioned by the Works Progress Administration: documenting the changing landscape of New York City … (full text).

Accomplished American photographer Berenice Abbott may be best known for her photographs of New York City’s changing cityscape, but she also made memorable images of lesbians, bisexuals, and gay men in Paris in the 1920s and in New York from the 1930s through 1965 … (full text).

She said: “I didn’t decide to be a photographer; I just happened to fall into it” … (full text).

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Berenice Abbott – USA (1898 – 1991)

Some of her photos:

Inspired by Berenice Abbott.

Abbott’s photographs consistently reflect her innate appreciation for the profound documentary capacity of rigorously conceived images to impart information in an aesthetically engaging way. Within four major thematic categories – Portraits (1920s-1930s), New York City (1930s-1940s), Science (1940-1950s), and American Scenes (1930s-1960s) – Abbott’s photographs effectively unite the personal and the impersonal in one penetrating body of work. Her systematic documentary photography of New York City for the Federal Arts Project during 1935-1939, Changing New York is the subject pictured here … (full text).

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Michel Husson – France

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Michel Husson (born 1949) is a French economist specialised in econometrics. Husson is a member of the body of administrators of the French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (english website). He is equally a member of the Copernic Foundation (french website) and of ATTAC’s scientific board. (IIRE).

(He) is an economist and a member of the Scientific Council of ATTAC in France … (full text).

A larger Bio (formation, militant activity) on speedy look.

Michel Husson est un statisticien et économiste français travaillant à l’Institut de recherches économiques et sociales et connu pour ses travaux sur la politique de l’emploi. Né le 3 avril 1949 à Lyon, il a milité au PSU puis à la LCR et est aujourd’hui militant altermondialiste … (full text).

His Homepage/ son site web (with articles in many languages).

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Michel Husson – France

Videos in french with Michel Husson: Congrès Marx 5, 22.07 min, Juin 29, 2008; Refutations, 67.34, May 7, 2007 … (Plus 4 Videos avec ses collègues sur la politique actuelle: Refutations et d’un, 18.04 min, Avril 30, 2007; Refutations, et de deux, 15.31 min, Avril 30, 2007; Refutations, et de trois, 15 min, avril 30, 2007; Refutations quattre, 16.46 min, April 30, 2007).

À propos d’une étude sur le marché du travail, le 2/01/2008.

La relación salarial, 10-8-2008.

Published on his website, by European Labour Network for Economic Policy elnep, Brussels: Financial crisis threatens employment and growth, Policy responses needed, 60 pdf pages, May 2008 … Résumée en français: La crise financière met l’emploi et la croissance en péril – des réponses politiques sont nécessaires, 4 pages.

Ideology Factories, Oct. 17, 2007.

He says: … It shows that the scope of the crisis requires “intervention at the heart of the ’game,’ that is, by radically transforming its structures” and observes that within the European Union, “any transformation runs up against the unbelievable protection the treaties found it necessary to accord financial capital.” Then it proposes two precise objectives: the abrogation of Article 56 of the Treaty of Lisbon and restriction of the “freedom of establishment” provided for in Article 48 that prohibit all restrictions on capital movements. Certainly, this is inadequate to define an overall policy, but it does allow us to conduct a concrete campaign around a key question, that of the necessary control of capital movements. And Europe is a vast and integrated enough economic unit for another policy to be envisaged at that level … (full interview text, April 17, 2008).

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Betty Burkes – USA

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Linked with Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom WILPF, and with the Hague Appeal for Peace HAP.

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

Betty Burkes (born 1943) is a lifelong educator and activist, working for a world where all human beings are celebrated for their brilliance and beauty, where people recognize their interconnectedness, where the earth is respected, and justice prevails. She has taught these principles in her Montessori preschool, brought them to the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (as President, US section, and longtime board member), and used them in peace education in Albania, Cambodia, Niger, and Peru with the Hague Appeal for Peace/UN Department of Disarmament Affairs … (1000peacewomen 1/2).

She says: “We will succeed in building a strong base for transforming the politics of power when together we weave a vision that in practice offers a way of life so alive it is impossible to resist”.

Betty Burkes is the Rethink Curriculum Coordinator and leader of the Elders Circle that provides wisdom and guidance … (full text).

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Betty Burkes – USA

She works for Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom WILPF, for the Hague Appeal for Peace HAP, and for the Cambridge Peace Commission.

Listen her video: Women’s Int’l League for Peace & Freedom, Betty Burkes, 9.35 min, 10 min – Feb 12, 2007.

Betty Burkes was born in Malvern, Ohio in 1943. She is African-American, descended from enslaved people and raised by working-class parents and loving grandmothers in the U.S. Midwest. While Betty and her family experienced the racism of exclusion endemic to small American towns in the 1940s and 1950s, her father was a symbol of respect within the community and an oasis for students of color, particularly international students from Africa. Grounded in love and high expectations from her family, Betty attended Ohio State University.

After college, she joined the Peace Corps and worked in Ethiopia as a teacher. She also taught in public schools in California and private schools in England. She founded the Montessori Paradise pre-school on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and directed it for 12 years, offering young children an enriching learning environment where peace-making and social justice mingled with the affirmation of childhood. Betty also co-founded and ran a Summer Arts and Music program on Cape Cod. She is a Trainer and Founding Member of “Transition for the 21st Century,” an association of professionals who design and conduct workshops for groups relating to issues of oppression.

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