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Mark Crispin Miller – USA

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Mark Crispin Miller is professor of media studies at New York University and the author of the book: Fooled Again, How the Right Stole the 2004 Elections. He is known for his writing on American media and for his activism on behalf of democratic media reform. His books include Boxed In: The Culture of TV, Seeing Through Movies, and Mad Scientists, a study of war propaganda. Miller writes in his book, Fooled Again, that the 2000 U.S. Presidential election and 2004 U.S. Presidential election were “stolen”. Miller presents extensive documentation, backed by 56 pages of notes, supporting his contention that the outcome of both elections was altered and controlled by a small minority. He states that the American voting populace can no longer assume that their votes will be accurately assessed, and that the installation of electronic voting machines in state after state is a fundamental flaw in the U.S. electoral system. He appeared in the 2004 documentary Orwell Rolls in His Grave, which focuses on the hidden mechanics of the media, its role as it should be and what it actually is, and how it shapes (to the point of almost controlling) U.S. politics. He is a signatory to the 9/11 Truth Statement … (full text).

Mark Crispin Miller is professor of media studies at New York University and the author of the book: Fooled Again, How the Right Stole the 2004 Elections. He is known for his writing on American media and for his activism on behalf of democratic media reform. His books include Boxed In: The Culture of TV, Seeing Through Movies, and Mad Scientists, a study of war propaganda. (Carolyn Baker.net).

Another Bio on NYU.edu.

His blog.

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Mark Crispin Miller – USA

The video: Mark Crispin Miller – Elections: Fooled Again, 80 min, April 4, 2007.

Obama’s Election Too big to steal? + Addendum, October 29, 2008.

He says: “The Right will steal the next one too – unless we stop them” … and: “The integrity of our elections is certainly not a partisan concern or a left-right issue, but a civic matter of immeasurable importance. If we aren’t free to vote our representatives and leaders in and out of office, we really aren’t free at all, whether we declare ourselves as Democrats, Republicans or independents” … and: “Big brother is you, watching” … (on wikipedia /Quotes).

Votelaw: Edward Still’s blog on law and politics, October 21, 2008.

Citizens face major problems when polling machines malfunction, October 28, 2008.

DAILY MAUL: Bill Moyers Talks with Mark Crispin Miller About the Deeply Scandalous U.S. Electoral System.

Absentee ballots badly screwed up in Louisiana
, Oct. 29, 2008.

Online video: Mark Crispin Miller with Bill Moyers  interview, 15 min.  See also its transcript on the same page.

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.

Early Voting Sees Reports of Voter Intimidation, Machine Malfunctions, October 22, 2008.

He says also: ““If this movement were to be given a name, I think it would be most appropriate to call it Christo-Fascism, and if anyone objects to my using the word fascism, because it seems so redolent of the Axis powers, and after all we valiantly defeated fascism once, well understand this about fascism: when it arrives it never shows up in the discarded costume of some other country, and when fascism comes here, it’s not going to be wearing a toothbrush mustache with a luger in his belt and go goose-stepping around the mall, because that’s Germany. And it’s precisely characteristic of fascism, that it seems absolutely, totally expressive of the homeland; it seems completely familiar, it’s when 150% America puts a flag on its lapel and a cross around its neck and a real folksy way a talkin’. But just because it’s red, white and blue, doesn’t mean it’s American.” – Mark Crispin Miller, A Patriot Act … (on wikipedia /Quotes).

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Andrea Smith – USA

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Linked with INCITE – Women of Color Against Violence, and with Soul Wound: The Legacy of Native American Schools. Added Nov. 2, 2008: also linked with the Boarding School Healing Project, (on Oct. 03) with INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND BOARDING SCHOOLS, and with American Indian Boarding School Experiences: Recent Studies from Native Perspectives.

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

Andrea Smith combines intellectual study, professional skill, and personal passion to shed light on violence against women of color in the USA. The violence comes from many corners of society, including family members, immigration officials, police, and employers. Andrea began her advocacy work as a rape crisis counselor with Chicago Women of All Red Nations. She co-founded INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, a national organization that uses direct action, dialogue, and grassroots organizing to end violence against women of color. Andrea teaches at the University of Michigan. She says: “It is futile to try to combat interpersonal violence without addressing the fact that we live in a world structured by violence”. (1000peacewomen).

Andrea Lee Smith is a Cherokee intellectual, feminist, and anti-violence activist. Smith’s work focuses on issues of violence against women of color and their communities, specifically Native American women. A co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, the Boarding School Healing Project, and the Chicago chapter of Women of All Red Nations, Smith centers the experiences of women of color in both her activism and her scholarship. She is currently a professor of American Culture and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI … (full text).

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Andrea Smith – USA

She works for INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence.

Listen her video: Andrea Smith: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide, 76.30 min, 20 janv. 2007:
In this lecture, author, scholar, and activist Andrea Smith of INCITE! Women of Color against Violence discussed sexual violence in American Indian communities and the role of sexual violence in genocide. Smith argues hat sexual violence is an inherent part of the colonial project. She also asserts that sexual violence – as a weapon of both patriarchy and colonialism – must be approached from an anti-colonial perspective. Finally, she shares her thoughts on organizing against sexual violence and argues for a “mass movement” against sexual violence that exists outside of current non-profit structures.

Smith’s book sheds light on the inherently oppressive definitions of sexual violence, especially towards indigenous women. Sexual violence is a tool. It can be traced back to colonial times. It enforces the patriarchy and colonial goals, of exploration of the Native community … (full text, oct. 6, 2008).

The Google download books:

Find her and her publications on wikipedia /Selected publications; (as her name is very current, there are other persons than our peacewomen mixed up in all these Google-search-results): on Google Video-search; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search. (Same mix-up with other persons): on amazon.

Andrea Smith of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence spoke of these connections when she described how “hetereo [sexual] patriarchy is fundamental to empire because patriarchy is what naturalizes social hierarchy, the idea that men naturally rule over women, that elites naturally rule over everyone else.  In the history of Indian genocide, the first task that colonists took on was to integrate patriarchy into native communities who wouldn’t accept colonial domination until native men started treating native women the way that white men treat women.”  Smith noted that sexual violence against native women served as a “primary tool” for colonialism and white supremacy “by rendering women inherently rapable, our land inherently invadable and our resources inherently extractable” (radio feminista.net).

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Patrick Bond – South Africa

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Linked with New African Resistance to Global Finance, and with School of Development Studies – South Africa.

Patrick Bond is professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where he has directed the Centre for Civil Society since 2004. His research interests include political economy, environment, social policy and geopolitics. In the period 1994-2002, Professor Bond authored/edited more than a dozen government policy papers, including the Reconstruction and Development Programme and the RDP White Paper. Professor Bond’s recent books include: Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society (2007, co-edited with Rehana Dada and Graham Erion); Enclavity in African Economies (2007); The Accumulation of Capital in Southern Africa (2007, co-edited with Horman Chitonge and Arndt Hopfmann) and Looting Africa: The Economics of Exploitation (2006). (wikipedia).

Patrick Bond has longstanding research interests and applied work in global governance and national policy debates, in urban communities and with global justice movements in several countries. He is professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Development Studies where since 2004 he has directed the Centre for Civil Society. His research focuses on political economy, environment (energy, water and climate change), social policy and geopolitics, with publications covering South Africa, Zimbabwe, the African continent and global-scale processes. In service to the new South African government, Patrick authored/edited more than a dozen policy papers from 1994-2002,including the Reconstruction and Development Programme and the RDP White Paper … // … Patrick currently also serves as visiting professor at Gyeongsang National University Institute of Social Sciences, South Korea. He is an external examiner at the University of Mauritius, and was also visiting professor in 2008 at State University of New York (Geneseo) … (full long text /BIO).

Watch the video: Prof.Patrick Bond Of South Africa Comments, CTMCA, 3.25 min, Nov 28, 2007.

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Patrick Bond – South Africa

… The challenge is to help channel this amazing energy and address the local grievances in a structural manner, so that society can quickly move to both a post-nationalist and post-neoliberal footing. The Zimbabwe situation has such an adverse balance of forces that getting to the first stage will be difficult enough, since Mugabe appears ready to cling to power at all costs – and the second stage may be foiled by the heavy hands of bumbling Western diplomats … (full interview text).

Zimbabwe’s Descent, March 27, 2007.

He writes: Whether we thrive in a future world without the Bretton Woods Institutions (the World Bank and IMF) very much depends on why and how we get rid of them (not to mention the WTO). The radicalization of development finance is crucial, so that: … (full text).

Find him and his publications on University of Kwazulu Natal (scroll down); on School of Development Studies (scroll down); on ZMag; on Google Video-search; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

… The capitulation was largely the fault of Indian and Brazilian politicians, according to geopolitical analyst Walden Bello of the Bangkok NGO Focus on the Global South.  “In the end,” says Bello, “the developing  country governments caved in, many of them motivated solely by the fear of  getting saddled with the blame for the collapse of the organization.”  Bello  says Pretoria’s delegation was a problem this time only insofar as Mpahlwa  feebly agreed to services privatization at the last moment … (full text).

From False to Real Solutions for Climate Change, Jan. 6, 2008.

The Google download books:
Fanon’s Warning, By Patrick Bond, 2002, 228 pages;

… Patrick’s talk, “After Bali: The Global Fight for Climate Justice”, March 4, 2008,  (see also the video – 7/7 – of 9.41 min), and: (After Bali: The Global Fight for Climate Justice, 1/7 – of 7.49 min), focused in particular on Africa, where there is a growing wave of grassroots protests against the Kyoto Protocol’s “Clean Development Mechanism.” He showed that many CDM projects are at best scams, at worst ways to offload the north’s carbon enissions problems onto those least able to cope with them … (full text).

The embattled Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) will not go down without a fight. So vowed its director, Professor Patrick Bond, after a university announcement that the centre is to be closed. However, the university has back-pedalled and now says no final decision has been taken. “We will fight for survival and the centre will emerge strengthened and hopefully more autonomous within this institution, as recommended in a university research review,” Bond told the Mail & Guardian. “Since it opened in 2002, the centre has become important to Durban” …  (full text, Aug 12 2008).

Carbon trading kills the forests and enriches the bankers, Sept. 16, 2008.

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Raheel Raza – Pakistan and Canada

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Linked with Their Jihad … not my Jihad, and with Raheel Raza Diversity Inc.

Author of THEIR JIHAD…NOT MY JIHAD, Raheel Raza is an Inter-Cultural & Inter-faith Diversity Consultant, Author, Public Speaker, Film Maker and Journalist. Growing up in a culture where women were supposed to “be seen and not heard”, Ms. Raza turned to writing at a young age, addressing issues of race, culture and gender. A fervent advocate for human rights, Ms. Raza believes ignorance is the biggest enemy and has taken on the challenge of helping to create an ongoing dialogue between communities in the interest of world peace. Ms. Raza bridges the gap between East and West, promoting cultural and religious diversity through a variety of mediums. Being an International traveler, she brings a fresh global perspective to her mandate “there is unity in diversity”. Her specific strength lies in the combined talent of being an award-winning writer plus an acclaimed and well respected public speaker. Ms. Raza has appeared in print, on television and radio throughout Canada, to discuss diversity, harmony and interfaith. For her untiring commitment towards building bridges of understanding, she has received many awards.  She is a recipient of the City of Toronto’s Constance Hamilton award and is the first South Asian woman to narrate a CBC documentary on “Passionate Eye”. In a presentation at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ms. Raza received a standing ovation for her speech called “Celebrating our Differences” … (full text).

Her website.

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Raheel Raza – Pakistan and Canada

… Some Canadian Muslims believe that the community’s homogeneity is polarizing. “Diversity is the backbone of Canada and the value of living here is that you get to mix and mingle,” said Raheel Raza (left), an author who has lectured at York University about the portrayal of Muslims in the media. “Especially after 9/11 when we see more polarization of Muslims, it’s important to be seen as part of the community” … (full text).

… Raza is an immigrant from Pakistan, settled in Canada since 1989. Married with two grown up sons, she is a polyglot, an award winning writer, public speaker, media consultant and interfaith advocate. In her book, entitled “Their Jihad… Not My Jihad”, she has put together a collection of her newspaper columns in the Toronto Star over the past five years arranged in themes. The first theme is “Political Jihad – A Struggle for the soul of Islam”. The second theme is “Gender Jihad – A Struggle for Women’s Rights”, while the last one is “Spiritual Jihad – A Struggle to Know Each Other” … (full text).

She says: … “It had been happening here in Canada to the extent that hate was being spouted through places of worship and by people who make it their day job to incite young people in this hatred. Towards what they perceive to be the imperial powers, the western occupation of parts of the world”. Raza says parents are the first line of defence when it comes to making sure their children aren’t susceptible to an imported hatred of Canadian values … (full text).

She writes: This year marks the 20th anniversary of my arrival in Canada. People who have been here for less time are busy trying to change the face of this wonderful country I call home. Not to be left behind, I take this opportunity to look ahead another 20 years: There will be a separate school at every corner. Each religious and ethnic community will have their own school so there will be Sikh, Jewish, Hindu, Christian and its denominations plus Muslims and their 72 sects, to name a few. Since it’s unhealthy for boys and girls to study together, there will be separate schools for those who support gender segregation. Schools will further be divided along the lines of race and colour. White, black and brown schools will take the lead, other colours can follow … (full text).

… Raza told the town hall that the habit of hyphenating nationalities could be divisive. “At what point do we stop being hyphenated Canadians… I don’t want to be a Pakistani-Canadian. I am a Canadian. We’ve got to get rid of the hyphen. It’s only then that I’ll feel a sense of belonging, and perhaps Canada will [feel] that I belong as well” … (full text).

Find her and her publications on amazon; on the writer’s union of Canada; on the Photo Gallery of her website; on Google Book-search; on Google Blog-search.

She says also: … “”God does not reside only in the four walls of a mosque,” … “Initially it was shock and awe, especially from the males,” said Raheel Raza, a Pakistan-born freelance journalist in Toronto who has since led congregations of men and women. “Sometimes a person has to do something that is considered radical to get the whole process moving.” After being invited by two Toronto Muslim organizations, Raza became the first woman in Canada to lead mixed-gender Friday prayers in April 2005. Raza had led many interfaith prayer services in churches, temples and synagogues, but never among a Muslim-only congregation. “My idea of doing this was only to set a precedent,” Raza said. “To say that men and women are spiritually equal in the eyes of God. That’s what I got from the Quran.” People who support women leading prayers note that the Quran, the sacred text of Islam, does not forbid female spiritual leadership. Khaled Abou El Fadl, a leading scholar of Islamic law at UCLA, issued a fatwa in favor of women-led prayer … (full text).

Raheel Raza : L’islam politique menace nos libertés – Political Islam : A Threat to Our Freedoms.

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Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio – France

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Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, or J.M.G. Le Clézio (born 13 April 1940) is a French / Mauritian novelist. The author of over thirty works, he was awarded the 1963 Prix Renaudot and the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature … (full text).

Biography; Works and writing; Awards.

More bios: on PEGASOS; on Svenska Akademien; and on letterature.

He says: … “I consider myself an exile because my family is entirely Mauritian. For generations we were fed on Mauritian folklore, food, legends and culture. It is a very mixed culture, a fusion of India, Africa and Europe. I was born in France and raised in France with this country’s culture. I grew up telling myself that there was a somewhere else which embodied my true homeland. One day I would go there, and I would know what it was. So in France I always thought of myself a little bit of an “outsider”. On the other hand, I love the French language which is perhaps my true country! But thinking of France as a nation, I must say I have rarely identified with its priorities” … (full long interview text).

PARIS — The Swedish Academy on Thursday awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize for literature to Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, a cosmopolitan and prolific French novelist, children’s author and essayist regarded by many French readers and critics as one of the country’s greatest living writers … (full text). More on Nobel Prize: on Times online; and on Google News-search by keyword Jean-Marie LeClezio, oct. 09, 2008. A writing life in 7 pictures.

(He is an) “author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization” (Nobelprize.org).

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Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio – France

Telephone interview with Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio immediately following the announcement of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature, 9 October 2008. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org. Listen to the Interview (Oct. 2008, 7 min).

French Video on France-Inter, 11.58 min, oct. 9, 2008.

He says also: … “I am very happy, and I am also very moved because I wasn’t expecting this at all. Many other names were mentioned, names of people for whom I have a lot of esteem. I was in good company. Luck, or destiny, or maybe other reasons, other motives, had it so that I got it. But it could have been someone else” … (full text).

The Google download book: Onitsha, by Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, Alison Anderson, 1997, 206 pages.

… Le Clézio received much attention with his first novel, Le procès-verbal (1963; The Interrogation, 1964). As a young writer in the aftermath of existentialism and the nouveau roman, he was a conjurer who tried to lift words above the degenerate state of everyday speech and to restore to them the power to invoke an essential reality. His debut novel was the first in a series of descriptions of crisis, which includes the short story collection La fièvre (1965; Fever, 1966) and Le déluge (1966; The Flood, 1967), in which he points out the trouble and fear reigning in the major Western cities … (full text).

For the fifth time in a row, the Nobel Prize for Literature has been received by a European.

And he says: … “Well, let me think about that! It’s a … in a way it’s a very intimidating situation, because I’m not familiar … it’s not my habit to give messages, and to express thoughts. I would say, rather, I would prefer to be read, and to, that my writings might inspire some people. I, anyway, there is of course the speech I have to deliver to the Nobel Academy, so maybe I will find some, some messages to express at that time” … (full interview text).

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Krishnammal Jagannaathan – India

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Linked with Land to the tillers, and with Land for Tillers Freedom LAFTI.

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

… Early lives (1930-1950): Krishnammal Jagannathan was born to a landless Dalit family in 1926. Despite her family’s poverty, she obtained university level education and was soon committed to the Gandhian Sarvodaya Movement, through which she met her husband, Sankaralingam Jagannathan (born in 1912), also a noted Gandhian. Sankaralingam Jagannathan came from a rich family but gave up his college studies in 1930 in response to Gandhi’s call for non-cooperation and disobedience. He joined the Quit India Movement in 1942 and spent three and a half years in jail before India gained its independence in 1947. During this time he already had considerable impact as campaigner on behalf of the poor. Sankaralingam and Krishnammal married in 1950, having decided only to marry in independent India … // … Further achievements and honours: In their lives, Sankaralingam Jagannathan and Krishnammal Jagannathan, either independently or together, have established a total of seven non-governmental institutions for the poor. Besides this, Krishnammal Jagannathan has also played an active role in wider public life: she has been a Senate member of the Gandhigram Trust and University and of Madurai University; a member of a number of local and state social welfare committees; and a member of the National Committee on Education, the Land Reform Committee and the Planning Committee. These activities have gained for the Jagannathans a high profile in India and they have won many prestigious Awards: the Swami Pranavananda Peace Award (1987); the Jamnalal Bajaj Award (1988) and Padma Shri in 1989. In 1996 the couple received the Bhagavan Mahaveer Award “for propagating non-violence.” In 1999 Krishnammal was awarded a Summit Foundation Award (Switzerland), and in 2008 an ‘Opus Prize’ given by the University of Seattle … (full text right livelihood).

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Krishnammal Jagannaathan – India

She works for Land for Tillers Freedom LAFTI.

Listen her video: Krishnammal Jagannaathan, Founder of LAFTI, 9.21 min.

She says: “I realized then that being a peasant woman was hard enough, but to be a Harijan woman was harder still” … and: “Father disciplined us with corporal punishment,” she remembers. “We simply weren’t allowed to mingle with village children. Mostly, we were taken outside the village during the day and brought back home only at night” … and: “Those were three memorable days,” says Krishnammal. “Gandhi and many of us went around collecting money for the cause of the Untouchables” … and: Of her mother, she recalls, “Mother had no knowledge of the outside world. During the day, she used to work very hard under the hot sun in the paddy fields, and at night she used to pound and husk the paddy with her own hands to sell in the market” … (1000peacewomen).

… As a young student, Jagannathan worked with Mohandas Gahndhi and later with Vinobha Bhave to help untouchable bonded laborers. Krishnammal will receive an Opus Prize Award in a ceremony at Seattle University on November 18. She will travel to Sweden in December to receive the Right Livelihood Award at a ceremony in the Swedish Parliament … (full text).

Sankaralingam Jagannathan and Krishnammal Jagannathan believed that one of the key requirements for achieving a Gandhian society is by empowering the rural poor through redistribution of land to the landless. For two years between 1950 and 1952 Sankaralingam Jagannathan was with Vinoba Bhave in Northern India on his Bhoodan (land-gift) Padayatra (pilgrimage on foot), the march appealing to landlords to give one sixth of their land to the landless. Mean while Krishnammal completed her teacher-training course in Madras (now renamed Chennai). When Sankaralingam returned to Tamil Nadu to start the Bhoodhan movement the couple, until 1968, worked for land redistribution through Vinoba Bhave’s Gramdan movement (Village Gift, the next phase of the land-gift movement), and through Satyagraha (non-violent resistance). Sankaralingam Jagannathan was imprisoned many times for this work. Between 1953 and 1967, the couple played an active role in the Bhoodhan movement spearheaded by Vinoba Bhave, through which about 4 million acres of land were distributed to thousands of landless poor across several Indian states … (full long text).

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

(1000peacewomen): Freedom-fighter and Dalit activist Krishnammal Jagannaathan (born on 16 June 1926) is often referred to as India’s Joan of Arc. Krishnammal believes in a participatory approach, motivating people to change their own lives. In 1981, she cofounded Land for Tillers Freedom (LAFTI) to facilitate the distribution of land to landless peasants. LAFTI takes bank loans to buy land; the peasants pay the organization back over time. She has also mobilized women on many issues, including wages, land, housing, and sexual harassment, and encouraged many of them to better their own lives.

Born into a Dalit family in a village near Batlagundu, Tamil Nadu, her earliest memories are of segregation.

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Daniel Goeudevert – France

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Linked with TRADITION EMBRACING THE FUTURE.

(He is) One of the Most Remarkable Lateral Thinkers in the Guild of European Industry Leaders, Bestselling Author: Daniel Goeudevert became one of the most renowned managers of the European car industry, having been appointed to the board of Citroën Germany, Renault, Ford Werke in Cologne and finally Volkswagen Group. His unusual career has led him to be First Vice President of Green Cross International, serving with GCI President and Founder Mikhail Gorbachev, until 1999. In April 1998 he was appointed Vice President of FEDRE (Fondation pour l’Economie & le Development de Regions d’Europe) and in October 1998 Vice President of EFI (Europe Finance et Industrie). Daniel Goeudevert’s management style is regarded as unconventional, creative and highly innovative and has earned him the title of “Querdenker” or “Lateral Thinker” … (full bio).

Daniel Goeudevert is a remarkable lateral thinker and business visionary. Following his roles as CEO of Volkswagen and Deputy Chairman of the VW Group, Mikhail Gorbachev, the President and Founder of Green Cross International, GCI, invited him to become its first Vice President. He is truly one of Europe’s leading and original management innovators. A radical business leader skilled at creating innovative cultures … (full text).

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Daniel Goeudevert – France

Videos in german:

Bedeutender Querdenker unter Industriemanagern in Europa.

Find him and his publications on amazon;on Economy-point.org; on UNBISNET; on Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek; on AbeBooks (in german); on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

He says: … “And that’s not the only deficiency? There’s also dearth of basic cohesion. Many executive board members only know their customers – how they live, what they think – by means of hearsay, and naturally as a statistical dimension in business reports. Apart from that, an executive board is a separate, self-contained world in which there is not much to laugh about. The executive board meetings are meticulously prepared, agendas and seating arrangements as well as stacks of documents do not allow any spontaneity, every half-sentence is – not the least due to legal liability reasons – is recorded. Nevertheless, when I occasionally told a joke in the board meetings or addressed an “extraneous” subject that the colleagues vainly sought for in the agenda, an awkward silence usually prevailed. Once, in a meeting about the future sales opportunities in Eastern Europe in a discussion a few years before the fall of the Iron Curtain, I commented that the German division would be overcome in the foreseeable future. The subsequent silence was not only awkward, but embarrassing. And that wasn’t all. After the meeting the personnel chairman approached me in a peculiar, conspiratorial manner and reported – proudly and assiduously – that he made sure that my comment was removed from the minutes” … (full long interview text).

possible topics (as speaker):

  • Managing in a changing society;
  • Creative Thinking in Global Markets;
  • Economy & Ecology;
  • Holistic and Networked Thinking in Management;
  • New Challenges of Global Businesses;
  • Innovative Changes and Creative Management Approaches.

… Skills learned during years of academic study, such as conducting research and evaluating information, are of growing importance in a global workplace that requires and rewards knowledge management. Graduates of the humanities are increasingly finding the doors open to higher management levels. Just two examples are Daniel Goeudevert (German Ford AG) and Guido Barilla (Barilla Company), who ran or are running international companies. More and more, students with a liberal arts education are entering job sectors outside the traditional realm of the humanities because their special talents are needed there … (full text).

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Roberto Saviano – Italy

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Linked with Roberto Saviano: an Italian dissident, and with Sign for Roberto Saviano – Firma per Roberto Saviano.

Roberto Saviano (born 1979) is an Italian writer and journalist. In his writings, articles and books he employs prose and news-reporting style to narrate the story of the Camorra (a powerful Neapolitan mafia-like organization), exposing its territory and business connections. In 2006, following the publication of his bestselling book Gomorrah (Gomorra in Italian), where he describes the clandestine particulars of the Camorra business, Saviano has been threatened by several Neapolitan “godfathers”. The Italian Minister of the Interior has granted him a permanent police escort. Because of his courageous stance, he is considered a “national hero” by important author-philosophers such as Umberto Eco … (full text).

Biography.

He says: … “”…l’errore più grave che si fa quando si osserva il fenomeno camorra e quello di considerarlo un fenomeno criminale quando invece è un fenomeno di potere dove l’aspetto criminale e solo uno degli aspetti”. (full text).

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Roberto Saviano – Italy

Listen the video in italian, Roberto Saviano – parte 1,  7.11 min.

La nueva Camorra, SA: El grupo criminal, el más poderoso de Italia, se vuelve más flexible y extiende sus tentáculos más allá de Nápoles.

His 2 websites: in italian, and in french and some english.

Man who took on the Mafia: The truth about Italy’s gangsters
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… The trouble for Saviano is that “Gomorra” takes a detailed look at the Camorra, as the Naples mafia is known. In fact it’s a play on words, comparing Naples to the sinful Old Testament city. But Saviano — who has also written about the mob for the Neapolitan paper L’Espresso — doesn’t merely describe the mafia’s influence in Naples. He also provides detailed descriptions of the inner workings of the criminal organization. And he names names … (full text).

Why Is the Pope So Silent About the Mob?

Find him and his publications on Google News-search; on IMDb; on nazione indiana (in italian); on Google Video-search (for the moment all in italian); on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

Aftonbladet.

FRANKFURT — Amidst the raucous parties and frantic deal making of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the international publishing industry’s largest gathering of the year, there was a salient reminder that writing can be a dangerous business … (full text).

Salman Rushdie: Gomorrah author in greater danger than I was under fatwah.

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Linda Burnham – USA

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Linked with The Women of Color Resource Center, and with The Great Unmasking.

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

Linda Burnham has been an organizer and a human rights activist for her entire life. In 1990, she founded the Women of Color Resource Center, which organizes and trains women of color to work on social justice issues. In 1995, Linda led a delegation to the UN World Conference on Women in Beijing and a delegation in 1999 to the UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa. She has worked locally and nationally with coalitions that oppose war, as well as groups that protect civil liberties and immigrant rights.  She says: “If you’re still moaning, time to get up. There are war crimes being committed in Fallujah as we speak. We have a domestic agenda without end. We have work to do. Get up off of the moaning bench”. (1000peacewomen).

… Burnham has written extensively on topics of Black politics and women’s rights. She was the first editor of Race File, a publication that compiles and analyzes articles highlighting key trends in communities of color. Currently Burnham is an editor of Crossroads, a magazine that promotes dialogue and debate on the left side of the political spectrum. The numerous articles she’s published include: “Has Poverty Been Feminized in Black America,” “Race and Gender: Analogous or Not,” “A Sledgehammer Message from L.A.,” and “Recruiting for the FBI: Reflections on The Bell Curve” … (full text).

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Linda Burnham – USA

She works for for the Women of Color Resource Center, for the Third World Women’s Alliance (named on Women of Color Resource Center/article), and on Duke University Libraries); for the Alliance Against Women’s Oppression (named on Journal for the Study of Radicalism 1.1 (2007) 135-137, reviewing the book: Living for the Revolution: Black Feminist Organizations, 1968–1980, by Kimberly Springer, Durham: Duke University Press, 2005. 240 pp., ISBN 0-8223-3493-3).

Obama’s Candidacy: The Advent of Post-Racial America and the End of Black Politics?

The Google download book: African Americans in the U.S. Economy, page 309: Racism in US Welfare Policy.

She writes: Talk about an election that has had it all: complicated conflicts over race, gender, age, generational transition, religion and more – all against the backdrop of a sinking economy and a couple of raging wars. I didn’t think the presidential campaign could get much more interesting than it was during the primaries when a hundred mini- dramas unfolded within the frame of a core narrative that was itself  mesmerizing. But it just got more interesting, especially for those who identify as feminists … (full text).

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Gayle Williams – South Africa and UK (1974 – 2008)

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Linked with Serve Afghanistan, and with UK charity worker killed in Kabul.

(Sorry, actually I can’t find a real biography – it will be added as soon as available).

… “She was working with disabled children: blind children, deaf children and children hurt and maimed by the fighting” … (full text).

THE mother of a London aid worker murdered by the Taliban in Afghanistan made a moving tribute today to her “humble, loving” daughter: … She said: “Gayle was serving a people that she loved, and felt God called her to be there for such a time as this. We know her life was blessed and she was a blessing to those around her. “No one could have asked for a more humble daughter with a more loving heart. She died doing what she felt the Lord had called her [to] and she is definitely with him” … (full text, Oct. 21, 2008).

Watch the Video: Praise for aid worker killed in Afghanistan, 1.33 min, Oct. 20, 2008.

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Gayle Williams – South Africa and UK (1974 – 2008)

She worked for Serve Afghanistan.

… These brave and selfless people are not serving governments or nation states or “the West”. They are serving Christ. Let’s be clear what that means. Miss Williams’ proud and grief-engulfed parents said that their daughter died “doing what the Lord had called her to do.” Mr and Mrs Williams can say whatever they like at this time, or nothing at all. But let us not allow that phrase to let a breath of justification into the Williams family’s loss. The work of Miss Williams and her friends is indeed profoundly vocational, though far from all of them will be consciously motivated by religious faith. For the Christians among them, the Lord can indeed be said to call them to perform it. But the Lord did not call Miss Williams to be gunned down … (full text).

Not in my name: The Taliban have perpetrated another barbaric act in the name of Islam – and all Muslims have a duty to condemn them … by Ziauddin Sardar, October 21 2008.

You may find her on Google Blog-search.

… Serve Afghanistan chairman, Mike Lyth, denied claims by the Taliban that she had been proselytising. “This was an opportunistic killing with Christianity used as an excuse. The Taliban work quite closely with criminal elements in the city and tell them if you see an aid worker, kill them” … (full text).

Her photo also at Reuters (in a better quality).

… Equally, the Taliban have regularly targeted aid workers, alleging that they are “spies” when they are not “missionaries”, because they know that the legitimacy of the Afghan government and of the international presence in Afghanistan depends on reconstruction and development. No aid workers mean less aid which means less development which in turn makes local people more prone to support the Taliban – the choice being between security now with no development, or no security with the dim prospect of some development at a much later date. Finally, killing aid workers drives the international community back even further behind the blast walls and the barbed wire and the already minimal contact between the foreigners and those they are meant to be helping is diminished even further. Alienation, resentment, mutual misunderstanding and therefore further support for the Taliban are the result. (full text).

… and 1667 related articles actually on Google News-search.

… (more as soon as available) …

Added 24.11.2008: A statement on the Serve Afghanistan website said: “Gayle will be remembered as one of the inspiring people of the world who truly put others before herself. She was killed violently while caring for the most forgotten people in the world; the poor and the disabled. “She herself would not regret taking the risk of working in Afghanistan. She was where she wanted to be – holding out a helping hand to those in need” … (on lasting tribute.co.uk) … Your memories: Add your memories or message: (Sign in to your account – To add something to Lasting Tribute you need to be a registered user. Either sign in below or complete the simple registration form and proceed).

Sister Emmanuelle – Belgium and France (1908 – 2008)

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Linked with the New Civilisation Network NCN.

PARIS (AP) — Sister Emmanuelle, a nun who lived for years among scavengers in Cairo’s slums and who won wide acclaim for defending the rights of the poor and marginalized, died Monday at age 99. A spokeswoman for her association, Sandrine de Carlo, said the Belgium-born nun died in her sleep at a retirement home in Callian, a town in southeastern France. Sister Emmanuelle spent more than two decades working with Cairo’s zabbaleen, or garbage collectors, who eke out a living through scavenging. She helped create a network of clinics, schools and gardens to serve the children of the slums, and an association she founded now operates in eight countries, from Lebanon to Burkina Faso … (full text).

Sister Emmanuelle, whose real name was Madeleine Cinquin, was born in Belgium on 16 November 1908 … The Roman Catholic nun, who dedicated her life to helping the poor in North Africa and France, died Monday. A spokeswoman for the association that Sister Emmanuelle founded said she died peacefully in her sleep at a retirement home in southeastern France … (full text).

Sister Emmanuelle – Her Life (full long text).

Listen this short french video on the TV channel France24.

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Sister Emmanuelle – France and Belgium

She works for Notre Dame de Sion … (also on wikipedia).

Born in Brussels, Belgium, the daughter of a family of lingerie manufacturers. At the age of six she saw her father drown. She was educated at the Sorbonne, earning a degree in philosophy. In 1929, she took her religious vows and became a nun. She worked in Notre-Dame de Sion high school in İstanbul in the 1930s. In 1971, she witnessed the impoverished conditions of the trash collectors in Cairo, Egypt, and decided to live among them. She remained there until 1993, when she returned to France. It was upon her return that she gained the status of a media sensation in France, as she was well received by audiences and talk-show hosts. In addition to her charity work, she is known for her unorthodox religious views, including approval of the use of contraception and favouring the idea of allowing priests to marry. She has been voted one of the most popular people in France, and has been compared to Mother Teresa. (Although she viewed the comparisons with Mother Theresa as “ridiculous”). In 2003, French television broadcast Soeur Emmanuelle: An exceptional woman.She died on 20 October 2008 aged 99 of natural causes and old age. She died on October 20, 2008 in Callian … (full text).

… France’s favourite woman.

At the age of 62, Sister Emmanuelle decided to leave her home in France to work with the “Garbage people of Cairo” (the “Zabblin”) the approximately 40,000 strong “pariahs” of Egyptian society who make their living collecting and sorting the 16,000 tons of trash produced daily in Cairo. Sister Emmanuelle didn’t just work with the garbage pickers, she lived with them and through her ministry tried to lessen their suffering – especially the children. She realized that education was the only means of escape for these youngsters and so in the middle of the garbage dump she has opened kindergartens, schools and hospitals. At first the garbage pickers and the residents of Cairo thought she was crazy but when she stuck around, the citizens, and ultimately the government of Cairo took notice and provided support. (New Civilisation Network).

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Terry Greenblatt – USA

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Linked with Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights UAF.

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

After a rigorous international search, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF) is pleased to announce its new Executive Director, Terry Greenblatt, a well-respected human rights and transnational peace and justice activist. Terry began working with UAF on June 1, 2008, and officially succeeded co-founder, Julie Shaw, on July 1, 2008 … (full text).

She says: “Borders are no obstacle for women. Led by our feelings and instincts, women will cross them. Even when we are women whose very existence contradicts each other, we will talk; we will not shoot”. Terry Greenblatt, formerly director of Bat Shalom, Israel’s national women’s peace organization, and activist in residence at the Global Fund for Women, has been a women’s rights and antioccupation activist in Israel for the past 20 years. She lectures and lobbies internationally on the enforcement of equal rights for all in Israel and Palestine–Jews and Arabs. She cofounded Kol Ha-Isha (The Women’s Voice) Center of Jerusalem, Shani (Israeli Women Against the Occupation), and the Community School for Women’s Studies and Economic Development.  (1000peacewomen).

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Terry Greenblatt – USA

Terry Greenblatt began working with UAF on June 1, 2008, and officially succeeded co-founder, Julie Shaw, on July 1, 2008.  She worked also for Bat Shalom, for Kol Ha-Isha, and for Shani.

She says also: … We call upon all women and men, young and old, to join us in our sincere quest to preserve life, human dignity and freedom in our region. Dehumanization, hatred, revenge, and oppression contribute nothing to the resolution of a century of conflict. Mutual recognition and respect of each other’s individual and collective rights will pave the way for peace making. (full text, her speak before UN Security Council, May 7, 2002).

We Will Talk, We Will Not Shoot, 25 Feb 2002.

Further she say: … “By including an international constituency, we want to communicate that the international community has responsibility inside of this. People have been calling for years for some sort of international intervention, international participation, to help to resolve the issue because we can identify the international contribution in perpetuating the situation as it has evolved. The initiative for this committee wasn’t only to keep us calm and moving forward. It was also an effort to bring to the table all of the stakeholders in the resolution” … (full text, 9.8.2005).

And she adds: … And lastly, you are mandated to promote social progress and better standards of life, for until you do, until there is the degree of humanitarian aid for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the devastation of Palestine and her people, until the Israeli people can fully trust that international bodies are committed to ensuring our survival, neither nation will be able to begin to address the ultimate challenge of creating a culture of peace in our region … (full long text, before UN Security Council on 2002-05-07).

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Elise Marie Biorn-Hansen Boulding – USA

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Linked with WILPF, with International Peace Research Association IPRA, with the United States Institute of Peace USIP, and with The American Civil Liberties Union ACLU.

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

For more than 50 years, Elise Boulding has helped to create networks of peace. Her work is founded in her Quaker faith and a spirituality that is grounded in listening and sharing. She has a special gift for envisioning a peaceful future and teaching others how to use envisioning to create peace. Elise cofounded the International Peace Research Association with her husband and served as its secretary general. Since its beginning, the organization has held 17 conferences in 16 countries. Elise is also former president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom WILPF. She says: “The range of human activity that can be retuned to contribute to peace-building is vast”. (1000peacewomen).

Her book: The Effects of Industrialization on the Participation of Women in Society, by Elise Marie Biorn-Hansen Boulding.

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Elise Marie Biorn-Hansen Boulding – USA

She works for the International Peace Research Association, for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom WILPF, United States’ Section, and for the United States’ Institute of Peace.

Find her on Google Book-search.

… Peace is more than the absence of war; it is human security, equality and opportunity. These basic ideals don?t come easily, if at all, to most of the world?s people. The 1,000 brave women being honored spend their lives trying to make the culture of peace a global reality. ?This is a great honor for me, and also for all the women of CODEPINK who’ve been working so hard for peace over the last three years. And this is an amazing opportunity to promote the work of all 1,000 women on this list, who in their own special ways are pushing and striving and protesting for peace and justice,? was Medea?s response after hearing the news. Forty of the 1,000 women nominated are from the US. In addition to Medea, five of the women nominated are contributors to CODEPINK’s newest book Stop The Next War Now, CodepinkAlert, Barbara Lee, Cynthia McKinney, Elise Marie Biorn-Hansen Boulding, Noeleen Heyzer and Holly Near … (full text).

I saw these CODEPINK women protesting in front of the White House and was inspired by their energy, the information in their material and the humor they delivered it with…. Their book has delivered the same. Thoughtful, informative, easy access, well presented, deeply inspiring and heartful. The breadth and depth pulled me in so that I couldn’t put it down. I am ready to Stop the Next War Now! … (full text).

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Alasdair Chalmers MacIntyre – England

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Linked with Alasdair MacIntyre and Holistic Marxism, and with The Shock Doctrine.

Alasdair Chalmers MacIntyre (born January 12, 1929 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a philosopher primarily known for his contribution to moral and political philosophy but known also for his work in history of philosophy and theology. He is the O’Brien Senior Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame Indiana) … (full long text). Biography. Philosophical method. Virtue ethics. Politics. Religion.

Alasdair MacIntyre is one of the most controversial philosophers and social theorists of our time. He opposes liberalism and postmodernism with the teleological arguments of an updated Thomistic Aristotelianism. It is this tradition, he claims, which presents the best theory so far about the nature of rationality, morality and politics … (full text).

He says: “”A striking feature of moral and political argument in the modern world is the extent to which it is innovators, radicals, and revolutionaries who revive old doctrines, while their conservative and reactionary opponents are the inventors of new ones” (on quotes/quotationsbook).

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International Society for MacIntyrean Philosophy: Revolutionary Aristotelianism, Thomism, Virtue Theory, Social Theory, and Politics.

When we talk about “Justice” or “reason” we assume that people know what we mean. This is not always true, of course, because we have differing concepts of justice and rationality, which MacIntyre skillfully lays out in this book. This is not so much a sequel to After Virtue as much as it is a Prequel. MacIntyre has a very easy to read style, which is helpful, because the concepts he tackles are very complicated. (LibraryThing).

The MacIntyre Reader, Edited by: KELVIN KNIGHT (London Metropolitan University).

Find him and his publications on wikipedia: selected works,  and secondary literature; on amazon; on LibraryThing; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search.

He says also: “The hypothesis I wish to advance is that … the language of morality is in … grave disorder…. What we possess, if this is true, are the fragments of a conceptual scheme, parts of which now lack those contexts from which their significance derived. We possess indeed simulacra of morality, we continue to use many of the key expressions. But we have—very largely if not entirely—lost our comprehension, both theoretical and practical, of morality”. On Quotes.

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Ellen Barry – USA

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Linked with Legal Services for Prisoners with Children LSPC.

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

… She is Co-Chair of the National Network for Women in Prison, a US-based coalition of organizations and individuals which sponsors national Roundtables for activists and advocates working with women in prison and women who are formerly incarcerated along with Leadership Training Institutes for formerly incarcerated women by and for women who have done time. Ms. Barry currently works as a consultant on Women and Justice issues. She is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a US-based movement which challenges the growth of the prison industrial complex and its detrimental effect on education, health and human services. She is a former member of the California State Bar Section on the Delivery of Legal Services, past co-chair of the State Bar Committee on Legal Services for Prisoners, and a member of the Statewide Commission on Female Inmates and Parolees (SCR 33 Commission which issued a statewide report on women in California prisons, 1992). She has served as lead counsel or co-counsel on over a dozen class action lawsuits challenging conditions of confinement for women prisoners, pregnant and parenting women in prison, pregnant women and pregnant substance dependent women, and women prisoners denied adequate medical care and programming. She has written and spoken extensively on issues affecting women prisoners, their children and family members. In 1997, she received a Soros Senior Justice Fellowship to work on behalf of women prisoners, their children and family members. In 1998, she was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship … (full text).

Find her on The NY Times.

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Ellen Barry – USA

She works for the Legal Services for Prisoners with Children LSPC,
and for Critical Resistance prison abolition movement.

She says: “I believe that many people are starting to realize that we’ve made some deep, deep mistakes by building prisons to the detriment and exclusion of building up our educational systems”. (1000peacewomen).

Ask Ellen Barry about herself and she’ll invariably tell you about someone else. The celebrated San Francisco-based advocate for women in prison isn’t exactly shy, but she’d much rather talk about her clients. For instance, there’s the story of Delores, a former heroin user who sought to turn her life around a few years ago after learning she was pregnant with her third child. Delores signed up for a drug recovery program and turned herself in for a probation violation … (UTNE Reader).

She says also:  … “I have so much admiration for people who face tremendous odds, who go through a journey to hell and come back” … (on BetterWorldHeroe).

Ellen Barry is a prison rights activist, lawyer, and organizer who speaks out about the crucial issues facing women in US jails and prisons. Ellen founded the Legal Services for Prisoners with Children LSPC and is a central figure in the Critical Resistance prison abolition movement. She has devoted much of her life to challenging the rapidly expanding prison system in the USA; with more than two million prisoners, it is the largest in the world. She has exposed the darkest prison abuses and has helped bring about significant, hard-won improvements to the California state prison system. (1000peacewomen).

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Candi Smucker – USA

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Linked with Ten-Thousand-Villages.

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

Candi Smucker believes the workers of the world deserve to earn a sustaining wage. And she knows that there are many shoppers who want to purchase goods that benefit the people who created them. Her first belief is grounded in humanitarianism; the second comes from solid experience. Her success as a retail manager for bookstores and fair trade gift stores prompted her to begin working with Ten Thousand Villages, a job creation program for third world artisans. She spearheaded the creation of five stores, authored a training manual, and trained 150 ‘Ten-Thousand-Villages’-storeowners. (1000peacewomen).

She says: “Fair trade plays by a different set of rules than normal commerce. Instead of exchanging goods or services based on clout and driving hard bargains, it is based on economic and social justice”.

Sonoma Handcrafts Store has a Gift for Saving Energy, Money and the Environment. Download also the Success Story: Baksheesh – Handcrafted Gifts from the Developing World.

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Candi Smucker – USA

She works for Ten-Thousand-Villages.

She says also: … “The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded for big things and big things are wonderful, but where change really happens is when multiple people do small acts over and over again. This project honors all those small acts. … It is many people doing small things that makes the biggest difference for world peace” … (full text).

Small businesses cut costs by conserving resources.

… Fair trade activist and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Candi Smucker spoke to a group of five students and community members about the importance of fair trade in room 225 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library on Monday … (full text).

Further she says: … Awareness of that potential is crucial, says Candi Smucker, co-owner of Baksheesh fair trade stores in Sonoma and Healdsburg (a St. Helena location opens later this month). “Fair trade” means the weavers, seamstresses and others artisans are guaranteed to earn a living wage in their country. Smucker says it’s possible to develop a healthy fashion conscience in small, do-able increments. “The first step is to just read the label,” Smucker explains. “It doesn’t mean buy it or don’t buy it; it just means educate yourself about where it’s from.” Next, ask the sales clerk what the company’s policy is on clothing made in a particular country. “The clerk won’t know,” Smucker adds wryly. “If you’re really into it, ask who in the company would know. And if you’re really, really into it, don’t buy it” … (full text).

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Kate Donnelly – USA

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Linked with The War Resisters League WRL.

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

Kate Donnelly has spent 30 years participating in movements for social change. The focus of her work is teaching about nonviolence, and includes teaching conflict resolution skills, training people to participate in nonviolent direct action, and campaigning against war toys. Her belief in the intelligence and compassion of young people and the efficacy of local, grassroots struggles for social change are the core of her life and work. (1000peacewomen).

She says: “Let’s face it – as without intelligent, compassionate youth, there’s not much hope for our planet, never mind our movement”.

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Kate Donnelly – USA

She works for the War Resisters League WRL. What they do::

  • War Tax Resistance: What would you do if someone came to your door with a cup in hand asking for a contribution to help buy guns to kill a group of people they didn’t like? (Wally Nelson). The War Resisters League works with war tax resisters and works with NWTRCC, the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, and other war tax resistance groups. We produce the annual “federal budget pie chart,” Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes, the comprehensive book War Tax Resistance: A Guide to Withholding Your Support from the Military, and other war tax resistance resources.
  • New Campaign: 2008 War Tax Boycott Redirects over $325,000 from War to Peace!War tax resisters met in Birmingham, Alabama, over the weekend of May 2-4, 2008, and held a press conference at the Greater Birmingham Ministries in downtown Birmingham on May 3. Antor Ndep from the Common Ground Health Clinic in New Orleans was on hand to accept checks and pledges for $50,329.61. Staff members of Direct Aid Iraq who provide health and support services to Iraq Refugees joined the press conference with a live internet hook up. DAI received $44,396.46 and expressed their gratitude for money that was taken from war to care for people. Over 500 people around the U.S. joined the war tax boycott and gave another $232,000 to humanitarian programs of their choice, including food banks, programs for the homeless, books for prisoners, environmental projects, peace groups, and hundreds of other nonprofit organizations.
  • A People’s Campaign to Defund the War: For over five years peace activists have voted, lobbied, marched, and taken direct action to first prevent and then end the war in Iraq. Courageous soldiers have refused to fight the war. But Congress repeatedly votes to appropriate billions of dollars to continue the war and appears ready to authorize a future military attack on Iran. It’s time for taxpayers who oppose this war to join together in nonviolent civil disobedience and show Congress how to cut off the funds for this war and redirect resources to the pressing needs of people.
  • This campaign to boycott and redirect war taxes was launched in September 2007 as Congress began its consideration of a Bush Administration request for an additional $190 billion appropriation for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was begun in the fall, ahead of tax season, so that those who want to refuse to pay for war could explore the options, decide what to do, and prepare to resist well before 2007 taxes are due.
  • This campaign was initiated by the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee and is being promoted by Voices for Creative Nonviolence, War Resisters League, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Veterans for Peace, and the Nonviolent Direct Action Working Group of United for Peace and Justice. The campaign is being promoted by peace activists around the country and is partnered with CODEPINK’s “Don’t Buy Bush’s War” campaign.
  • Redirection Projects: Refusing to pay taxes because of war is an act of civil disobedience, but it also provides the opportunity to use that money for positive, healing, and rebuilding programs. War tax boycott participants are encouraged to redirect their resisted taxes to a project providing health care among Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Syria, a health care center in New Orleans providing care to survivors of Katrina, or to a humanitarian project of their own choosing:
    - The 2008 War Tax Boycott and Redirection built toward April 15, 2208, Tax Day. However, if you would like to sign on as a resister or for more information to prepare for Tax Day 2009, please submit the online Registration Form  or download the form here and mail it in;
    - See the list of public signers here;
    - The Getting Started in War Tax Resistance guide will help you prepare to refuse to pay for war, to understand the consequences, and to redirect your war taxes.

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Barbara Lee – USA

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

Barbara Jean Lee (born July 16, 1946), is an American politician, and has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1998, representing California’s 9th congressional district (map). She is the first woman to represent that district. Lee is the First Vice-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Lee is notable as the only person in either chamber of Congress who voted against the authorization of use of force following the September 11, 2001 attacks. This made her a hero among the anti-war movement (peace movement), but also caused her to receive death threats.[2] Lee has been a vocal critic of the Iraq War and supports legislation creating a Department of Peace … (full text).

She says: “Today we come together to say no to the loss of innocent lives in a war that is totally unnecessary. And we are here to say yes to peace. George Bush has woken a sleeping giant in our country”. (1000peacewomen).

Her bios and actions as representative: on the Federal Election Commission /Barbara Lee, on penSecrets.org, on project vote smart, on the US Congress database /the Washington Post, on her official campaign site, Official web site for (US) Representative Barbara Lee (D – CA).

Her blog: where I stand.

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Barbara Lee – USA

Her issue positions and quotes.

She works for the House International Relations Committee (named on Phil Taylor’s Web Site), for the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and for the Congressional Black Caucus CBC.

The Videos: Barbara Lee from WAR MADE EASY, 1.08 min, added: August 03, 2007, and Rep. Barbara Lee on the Iraqi War, 5.38 min, added January 20, 2007.

… “My favorite brave American, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, has again done a courageous thing: she has written a personal and powerful story about her life … Lee is not only a hero and a champion of the marginalized and under-represented, she is also a marvelous teacher”. (full text, Sept. 13, 2008).

The Californian Partnership, Fall 2006 Newsletter.

Barbara Lee, democratic California congresswoman, gained international attention as the only member of congress to vote against the post-9/11 resolution giving president Bush unbridled power to use military force against anyone suspected of having committed the acts, or intending to do so in the future. She is a leader in promoting policies that foster international peace, security, and human rights, and is at the forefront in promoting legislation to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and promote treatment. She consistently advocates for the most vulnerable, especially women and children. (1000peacewomen).

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Roselle Bailey – USA /Hawai

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Linked with Ka ‘Imi Na ‘auao O Hawai’i Nei.

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

Roselle Bailey’s life work is to teach and preserve Hawai’ian culture. She served as caretaker of one of the most significant sites to hula practitioners and helped to launch the Ka Ipu Kukui leadership training program at Maui Community College. Roselle also founded the halau Ka ‘Imi Na ‘auao o Hawai’i Nei, whose goal is both to maintain traditional Hawai’ian culture and traditions and to heal ethnic and cultural divisions among Hawai’ians and between people of all cultures. (1000peacewomen).

She says: “Not until we lived in Iraq did I begin to take hula and my heritage seriously. It was then that I began to have dreams of home and the Hawai’ian language. It redirected my life–or did it”.

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Roselle Bailey – USA

She works for Ka ‘Imi Na ‘auao O Hawai’i Nei.

A Kaua`i Living Treasure.

… After growing up in Hawaii blessed with a strong Hula influence in her everyday life, for several years Roselle, her husband Jim and their two daughters, Sharon and Pohakalani, lived in the Middle East and then traveled through Europe, where she continued to teach and perform Hula … (full text).

In “The Hula Lesson” we join Hawaiian Hula teacher Roselle Bailey and her halau of multicultural women to find out what hula is, what it means to Hawaii, and why so many non-Hawaiians love it.

… Roselle Bailey, who was raised in Lahaina, is concerned that “developments are being proposed on ag land, when those lands are needed for sustainable agriculture” … (full text).

… Roselle Bailey testified in support of Ka‘anapali 2020 being placed within UGB. “No Ka‘anapali 2020 is a slap in the face for not being placed on the map. Listen to the people, not just what you think,” she said … (full text).

On 21 JULY, 2007, Kaua`i Museum honored its 2007 Kaua`i Living Treasures, among them was Roselle Bailey. Every two or three years, the Museum bestows this title on a small group of people whose service to the community and its culture has been outstanding. Past honorees have included archaeologist Pila Kikuchi, scholar Frances Frazier, musician Jose Bulatao, weaver Esther Makuaole and leimaker Irmalee Pomroy. Roselle came to Kaua`i on 19 May for a photo shoot at the Museum. Ever exuberant Tim Delavega took the pictures, while we took pictures of him taking pictures … (full text).

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Aileen Clarke Hernandez – USA

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Linked with The African American Women’s Institute AAWI, and with NOW and Abortion Rights /Reproductive Issues.

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

Aileen Clarke Hernandez (born 1926) has worked tirelessly for labor rights, women’s rights, and civil rights for US people of color for over 50 years, and sees these issues as ultimately interconnected. Her life of service includes public appointments and innumerable projects at local, state, and national levels. A committed feminist, she was the second national president of the National Organization for Women, and is currently chair of the California Women’s Agenda, a coalition of 600 local women’s organizations. (1000peacewomen).

Find her Biography on Answers.com; on e-notes; on spock; on NWHP; on AAWI.

She says: “Racism and sexism have made it possible to institutionalize mediocrity; by eliminating these evils we can free minds of all women and men to focus on the humane solutions to the world’s problems”.

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Aileen Clarke Hernandez – USA

She works for the California Women’s Agenda.

She is named in the following books : Betty Friedan, 189 pages, 2008; Women’s Issues, 1041 pages, 2008; Black Women in America, 2136 pages, 2006; Great Lives from History, 1961 pages, 27 Dec 2006; and the rest result of Googl’s book-search.

… She is the State Chair of the California Women’s Agenda, a network of 600 organizations serving women and girls; the Coordinator for the Bay Area’s Black Women Stirring the Waters; and Chair of the Coalition for Economic Equity, which advocates for increased contracting opportunities with the private and public sectors for businesses owned by women and minorities.  She was the second national president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and currently serves on the Steering Committee of the California Coalition for Civil Rights and the Board of Directors of the Center for Governmental Studies. In 1995, she was one of the 1000 women globally nominated collectively for the Nobel Peace Prize. (full text).

Feminist Chronicles 1953 – 1993.

She says also: “My comments to the thousands of persons at the peace march [the 1971 Another Mother for Peace march in Los Angeles] were directed not just against the Vietnam War, but against all war, against the masculine mystique which glorifies violence as a solution to problems, and against the vast diverting of American energies and resources from socially needed programs into social destructive wars”, (on feminist.com).

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Mary Kaldor – England

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Mary Kaldor is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance and a Professor of Global Governance at the London School of Economics LSE. An expert on security and civil society, she has researched and written exclusively about these topics, and has written for openDemocracy on Iraq and the issue of terrorism. Kaldor is also the co-chair of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly and the Governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. She has published a number of books, including Global Civil Society: An Answer to War (2003), New & Old Wars (1999) and The Imaginary War: Understanding the East-West Conflict (1990). After graduating with a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, Mary Kaldor was a Scholar at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Since then she has held positions as the Jean Monnet Reader in Contemporary European Studies, and as a Research Fellow, Associate Fellow and Senior Fellow at the University of Sussex. (openDemocracy).

… She is also convenor of the human-security study group that reports to the European Union’s foreign-policy chief Javier Solana … (and in the right column).

More Bio / CV: on LSE; on GlobalGovernance; on Counterpoint.org.

She says: “The Pentagon could change from Terror Warrior to Human Security agent. It needs the Presidential direction to do so”. (ISN.net/ – ex openDemocracy.net).

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Mary Kaldor – England

2 Videos:

Sovereignty, status and the humanitarian perspective, Mary Kaldor.

In an interview with the Guardian, Mary Kaldor outlines her views on human security in the global context … (full text, April 15th, 2008).

She asks: Is it possible to suppose that the United States might finally experience its own perestroika after the end of the Cold War? I am not referring to the movement around Barack Obama’s call for change, although that could potentially be a critical factor in reinforcing and sustaining the new phenomenon of perestroika. Nor am I referring to the financial crisis although that too could provide an impulse for transformation. Rather I am talking about the far reaching debate and indeed restructuring currently going on inside the Pentagon as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan … (full text).

Much of the new thinking derives from a strategic current within the US military that dates back to the US Marines 1940 Manual entitled `Small Wars’ (download the 492 pages).  This current of thinking lost the battle for strategy in Vietnam but remained alive in certain military circles. Much of the contemporary debate can be found in an online magazine entitled Small Wars Journal, which includes fascinating blogs from active servicemen about their experiences. One of the discussions, for example, is about the relevance of `fourth generation warfare’, which refers to the impact of globalisation on war and the argument that nations have `lost the monopoly on force’ … (full text, scroll down).

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Hadayai Majeed – USA

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Linked with Baitul Salaam Network.

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

Hadayai Majeed’s vision is both simple and huge: Give Muslim women the tools to change their climate by changing themselves. A member of a religion that is focused on service, Hadayai was called to reach out to her sisters in 1997, when she founded Baitul Salaam Network, Inc. to help victims of domestic abuse. The goal of the network, headquartered in Georgia, U.S., is to end silence about domestic violence and to help abused Muslim women and children with shelter, food, and clothing. They are taught strategies for self-sufficiency – how to be confident in speech, mannerisms, and body language … (1000peacewomen 1/2).

She says: “Just after we opened, a child of one of our residents danced in the middle of the floor, dived head-first into the toy box and squealed with joy. I knew then we were doing the right thing”.

Her public profile on plaxo.com.

Barack Obama: Hadayai Majeed’s Blog.

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Hadayai Majeed – USA

She works for the Baitul Salaam Network, Inc.

Find her and her publications on BookFinder.com; on Google Group-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Blog-search.

(1000peacewomen 2/2): … Hadayai’s marriage was one of neglect and denigration. But when she sought intervention, counsel, encouragement and financial assistance from Muslim family and friends, she was told she was at fault. The policy of the community’s one shelter was to tell abused women to be quiet and to “move on.” Instead, Hadayai saw a need and she moved to fill it.

Although her mother was a social worker, Hadayai had avoided following in her footsteps, observing its personal demands. But in 1997, she responded to the call of her faith and founded Baitul Salaam Network. The vision of the network is to provide a community in which women are self-empowered through their spiritual beliefs and in which community the liberties and rights of every person are respected.

Hadayai remembers when she first knew she had done the right thing in creating Baitul Salaam: “Just after we opened the shelter in 1999, a child of one of our first residents danced in the middle of the floor, dived head first into the toy box, and squealed with joy.”

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Rosalie Bertell – USA

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

Rosalie Bertell has worked for more than 50 years to expose the effects of radiation on the citizens of the world. A member of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, this “antinuclear nun” is an internationally recognized expert in the field of radiation. A doctorate in biometry gave her the academic background and her faith gave her the spiritual strength for her life’s work–to fight against the earth’s environmental contamination. She is founder and president of the International Institute of Concern for Public Health and editor-in-chief of International Perspectives in Public Health. She says: “We have to be part of something larger than ourselves, because our dreams are often bigger than our lifetimes. Religion has a profound effect on our staying power”. (1000peacewomen).

… The International Institute of Concern for Public Health (IICPH), of which she is Founder and Immediate Past President, opened its doors in 1984 in Toronto Canada and continues to serve as an institutional support for her work. She is also a founding member of the International Commission of Health Professionals, and the International Association of Humanitarian Medicine … (full text).

Dr Rosalie Bertell – MAKE IT VISIBLE- chemtrails, oct. 1, 2008.

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Rosalie Bertell – USA

Watch her video: DEPLETED URANIUM IN THE HUMAN BODY, by Sr Rosalie Bertell, PhD, 10.16 min, July 19, 2007.

More videos about Depleted Uranium, by Google video-search.

… Obviously in such an unbalanced and unfair globalization, there will be a build up of tensions as people become desperate for food, drugs and jobs. The global response to this frustration is the global arms trade, promoting war and violence as the way to obtain the basic necessities of life. This is a clear recipe for global suffering, wars and violence, with children, the elderly and the weak the losers! … (full text).

Find her and her publications on rat haus reality; on amazon; on Google Video-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Blog-search.

She tells: … In Japan, during the occupation after World War II, two grandmothers strongly objected to U.S. military presence and military exercises on the sacred mountain Fuji. The two women had a small camp at the foot of the mountain, and during military exercises they would pop up in front of the guns and cry: Shame on you. You should go home to your Mother. This so unnerved the young men that they could not fight. The police finally came, twelve men with shields and battle armor, to arrest the two old women. Even after the women left, the troops were spooked and could no longer desecrate the sacred mountain with their war games. Life is stronger than death … (full text).

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Andrew Clapham – England

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Andrew is Director of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights ADH and a Professor of Public International Law at its Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He specialises in international human rights and has acted in several ECHR cases. He has been a special adviser on Corporate Responsibility to the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, and was adviser on international humanitarian law to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.  He was the Representative of Amnesty International at the United Nations in New York from 1991-1997, and has participated as the representative of Amnesty International in numerous inter-governmental meetings as well as in Amnesty International missions to Mozambique, Rwanda, Burundi and Liberia. Andrew appeared in the case of Osman vs UK before the European Court of Human Rights … (full text).

… His current research relates to the role of non-state actors in international law and related questions in human rights and humanitarian law … (full text).

… He worked as Special Adviser on Corporate Responsibility to the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson and Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to Sergio Vieira de Mello, Special Representative to the UN Secretary-General in Iraq. (full text).

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Andrew Clapham – England

Secession, terrorism and the right of self-determination, Andrw Clapham.

He says: … “The creation of the Council of Human Rights has been the catalyst. And in Berne, with Micheline Calmy-Rey, the interest around Geneva has increased. At the academic level, the creation of a new Institute for International Studies and Development and Academy for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights has added to the momentum. It is now important to be inventive. In my report, I put forward other proposals to build momentum around Geneva: offering grants for young people from developing countries to study humanitarian subjects in Geneva or setting up an institute for human rights in order to build links between the two fields” … (full interview text).

Google download books:
Human Rights, by Andrew Clapham (Taking an international perspective and focusing on issues such as torture, privacy, health and discrimination, this book aims to help readers in understanding the controversies and complexities behind the vitally relevant issue of human rights. It also explains what our human rights actually are, and where the human rights movement is heading, also on kriso.ee, and also on OfTheSelf.ch;
Enforcing International Law Norms Against Terrorism, by Andrea Bianchi, Yasmin Naqvi;
Justice for Crimes Against Humanity, by Mark Lattimer, Philippe Sands;
International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, by Francisco Forrest Martin, Stephen J. Schnably, Richard … .

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Tania Singer – Germany

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Bio: Tania Singer is Assistant Professor of Social Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics at the Center for the Study of Social and Neural Systems at the University of Zürich. She studied psychology and media at the University of Marburg and the Technical University of Berlin. She was Pre- and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, where she worked on cognitive development over the life span … Her main research interest is in the understanding of the foundation of human social behaviour and cooperation as well as social emotions such as empathy and fairness from the perspective of social neuroscience, developmental and social cognitive psychology as well as economics. In her spare time, she pursues interests in the arts, participating in drama and film productions as well as studying music, voice, and dance. (at congress.com).

More Bio on URPP; on Max Planck;

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Tania Singer – Germany

She works for the URPP Foundations of Human Social Behavior, Altruism and Egoism.

Her work’s Main Goals/Keywords: Main Goals, Keywords: Investigation of the social brain including the study of the neuronal, hormonal and behavioural foundations of empathy, cognitive perspective taking, social learning, trust, and revenge. fMRI and behavioural studies of deficient social behaviour in pathologies such as Autism and Alexythimia. Development and plasticity of social emotions (social brain, Asperger, insula, pain, reward learning, empathy, pro-social behaviour, emotional plasticity, oxytocin) … Group Members, Previous ans Current Research, Future Projects, Techniques and Equipment … etc. (UZH / ETH Zürich).

She says: “My main research interest lies in the foundation of human social behaviour from the perspectives of social neuroscience, developmental, cognitive, and social psychology, as well as economics” … (full text).

How your brain handles love and pain.

Men’s vengeful brains.

Putative neurobiological substrates of punishment.

Empathy, Serious Drill, Placebo Effect, etc.

Empathy for Pain Involves the Affective but not Sensory Components of Pain.

Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk from Tibet with a PhD in molecular biology, has been working with neuroscientists to find out. Brain scans of regular meditators, including Ricard himself, have shown that they have greatly increased levels of high-frequency brain activity called gamma waves. Does the secret of happiness lie in this unusual brain activity, and the meditation training that seems to produce it? … (full text).

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Cora Weiss – USA

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

“To have a peaceful population,” says Cora Weiss, “we must teach peace.” This belief is the cornerstone of Cora’s life’s work. As president of the Hague Appeal for Peace, she is leading a campaign dedicated to the abolition of war. She brings her skills as a convener and an educator into diverse venues–from the classroom to the boardroom. She began her work in the early 1960s, when she cofounded Women Strike for Peace, which helped to bring about the end of nuclear testing in the atmosphere. In 1969, she led in organizing the largest protest against the Vietnam war. She says: “You cannot have peace without human rights, democracy, gender equality, and clean water. Look to the root causes of war and you will find, in their reverse, the root foundations of peace”. (1000peacewomen).

Bios: on NNDB; on the Hague Appeal for Peace, on Discover the Networks.org.

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Cora Weiss – USA

Her video: Sari Sansar At The UN 1, 10.01 min, March 8, 2006.

During the Vietnam War, Weiss attempted to coerce the families of American POWs to make pro-communist propaganda by promising them contact with their loved ones in Hanoi. Directed the Disarmament Program at New York’s Riverside Church in New York City … (full text).

TESTIMONY OF CORA WEISS.

Cora Weiss, from the Review.

She is also a BetterWorld Heroe and says: “To have a peaceful population, we must teach peace” … and: “To raise new generations of people with the skills, values and knowledge to create and maintain peace, we need peace education” … and: “I firmly believe that it will be women, acting together, acting strategically, teaching, and organising who will be responsible for enacting the “culture of peace” that will be necessary for the survival of humanity”. (BetterWorldHeroe).

Question on wikiansers.com: When did Cora Weiss give evidence at the Chicago 7 trial?

… In 1963 the Samuel Rubin Foundation created the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), which lays claim to the title of “the nation’s oldest multi-issue progressive think tank.” Samuel Rubin’s daughter, Cora Weiss, was a director of the Rubin Foundation from its inception, and was instrumental in the funding decision to create IPS. Today she is the Foundation’s President. Her husband, Peter Weiss, was the first IPS board chairman and is currently the Rubin Foundation’s Treasurer … (full text).

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Gaither Stewart – USA

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GAITHER STEWART: left journalism four years ago in order to write fiction full-time. Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, he has lived most of his life in Europe, chiefly in Germany and Italy. For many years he was the Italian correspondent of the Rotterdam daily newspaper, ALGEMEEN DAGBLAD. His has been a varied life: from university studies in Slavistics and political science in the United States and Germany, to intelligence officer in Europe, to correspondent for European and American radios, to public relations for Italian corporations, to full correspondent for a major European newspaper. Today, he lives in the hills of north Rome with his wife, Milena. His debut short story collection, Icy Current, Compulsive Course was released in March by Wind River Press. Its companion volume, To Be a stranger, will be published this winter. (on critique on writing II).

Gaither Stewart is a Senior Contributing Editor at Cyrano’s Journal and a seasoned professional journalist and essayist. He has lived in Europe for several decades, and currently resides in Rome with his family. In addition to Cyrano, his essays and reports are widely read on many Internet venues, including Online Journal, The People’s Voice, and other sites. His collections of short stories, “Icy Current Compulsive Course”, “To Be A Stranger” and “Once In Berlin” are published by Wind River Press. His new novel, “Asheville,” is published by Wasteland RUNES.

Gaither’s daily scared blog.

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Gaither Stewart – USA

Impulso de hegemonia dos Estados Unidos no mundo.

Filosofia: SOLIDARIETA’ E UGUAGLIANZA, QUALCOSA IN CUI CREDERE.

He says: … “What is so bewildering is the conviction—and it is becoming more and more general—that in all the perils that confront us the direction of affairs is given over to a way of thinking that no longer has any understanding of itself. It is like being in a carriage, descending an increasingly precipitous slope, and suddenly realizing there is no coachman on the box.” … (full text).

Italy: Between Anarchy and Servility.

The German Woman and The Carpenter.

Bono Speaks Out Against Torture and Gets Censored.

Gaither Steward’s To Be A Stranger, a book review: Summary: Displacement, exile and return haunt the pages of Gaither Stewart’s second short story collection, To Be A Stranger. Though most of the sixteen stories are set in the author’s hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, the stories touch only lightly on the real Asheville, today’s renowned tourism destination. Stewart says, “The Asheville I depict rather hazily is the misty, intangible town I imagine from a distance or see when I visit there. It is a strange Asheville, an Asheville of great secrets, an Asheville of a distant past, an Asheville removed from the present. It is also an Asheville as a destination and a hope. It is the hometown of the exile, seen now close at hand, now in the past, now as in a dream … (full text).

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Audre Lorde – USA (1934-1992)

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The Great Debate / Audre Lorde Project, Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Where: @ALP.

Audre Geraldine Lorde (February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992) was an Caribbean-American writer, poet and activist. Lorde was born in New York City to Caribbean immigrants Frederick Byron Lorde and Linda Gertrude Belmar Lorde, who settled in Harlem. Nearsighted to the point of being legally blind, and the youngest of three daughters, Lorde grew up hearing her mother’s stories about the West Indies. She learned to talk while she learned to read, at the age of four, and her mother taught her to write at around the same time. She wrote her first poem when she was in eighth grade … Lorde set out actively to challenge white women, confronting issues of racism in feminist thought. She maintained that a great deal of the scholarship of white feminists served to augment the oppression of black women, a conviction which led to angry confrontation, most notably in the scathing open letter addressed to radical lesbian feminist Mary Daly … (full text).

BLACK./WOMYN.: CONVERSATIONS WITH LESBIANS OF AFRICAN DESCENT.

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Audre Lorde – USA (1934-1992)

Audre Lorde Scholarship Fund.

It is with great sadness and loss that I report the death of Audre Lorde, black lesbian feminist, poet, essayist, warrior and mother.  Audre, who was a personal heroine of mine, died Tuesday night, November 17, at her home in St. Croix, Virgin Islands. She was 58 years old.  She had been fighting cancer for the past 15 years; first breast and finally liver cancer. Audre was born in New York City of West Indian parents in 1934. At the time of her death, she was New York State Poet for 1991-1993 (Walt Whitman Citation).  She was Professor of English at Hunter College and was a founding member of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press as well as Sisterhood in Support of Sisters in South Africa (SISA). My girl lectured in Russia, Australia, Africa, (among other countries) and taught frequently in Berlin (where there are black German sisters and brothers and Africans, too).  It was there in Germany she received alternative cancer treatments for 8 years … (full text, Nov. 25, 1992).

Some of her books:

… Her first volume of poems, The First Cities, was published in 1968. In 1968 she also became the writer-in-residence at Tougaloo College in Mississippi, where she discovered a love of teaching. In Tougaloo she also met her long-term partner, Frances Clayton. The First Cities was quickly followed with Cables to Rage (1970) and From a Land Where Other People Live (1972), which was nominated for a National Book Award. In 1974 she published New York Head Shot and Museum. Whereas much of her earlier work focused on the transience of love, this book marked her most political work to date … (full text).

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Suzanne Pharr – USA

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Suzanne Pharr: she sees herself as Organizer, Strategist, Educator, Author, and Political Handywoman.

She writes: … My work is focused on building a broad-based, multi-racial, multi-issued movement for social and economic justice in the United States. Major themes are intersectional issues and strategies, anti-violence, racial and gender equality, cross-generational collaboration, democratic participation, economic justice, and human rights based on equality and justice. At the center of every effort is the question, “How can we make it possible for everyone to live as a whole person, to have self-determination, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to have access to material necessities as well as joy?” … (full text).

Arkansas Women’s Project Collection, M95-03: The Arkansas Women’s Project was founded in 1980, as a grass roots organization intended to promote support for women’s issues in the state of Arkansas.  Originally called The Arkansas Women’s Training Project, it was operated under the direction of Suzanne Pharr.  The funding was issued from the Methodist Board of Global Ministries and focused on issues such as; abuse, rape, non-traditional employment, minority rights, and gay and lesbian rights … (full text archives.uca.edu).

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Suzanne Pharr – USA

The video: USSF Plenary Liberating Gender and Sexuality, 5.51 min, Jul 8, 2007.

Google download books:

She writes also: It is virtually impossible to view one oppression, such as sexism or homophobia, in isolation because they are all connected: sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, ableism, anti-Semitism, ageism. They are linked by a common origin-economic power and control-and by common methods of limiting, controlling and destroying lives. There is no hierarchy of oppressions. Each is terrible and destructive. To eliminate one oppression successfully, a movement has to include work to eliminate them all or else success will always be limited and incomplete … (full long text, March 31, 2006).

Elements of Oppression.

… Pharr has spent her entire adult life working to build a broad-based social and economic justice movement, founding the Women’s Project in Arkansas in 1981, co-founding Southerners on New Ground in 1984 and serving as the director of the prestigious Highlander Research and Education Center from 1999-2004. She is also the author of two books — “Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism” and “In the Time of the Right: Reflections on Liberation” … (full text).

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Mandy Carter – USA

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Linked with The National Black Justice Coalition NBJC.

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

Mandy Carter has formed connections among a range of issues: opposition to war and violence, support for social and economic justice for people of color, and equal rights for women, lesbians, gays, bisexual, and transgender people. She works in grassroots campaigns and national coalitions, especially focused on the religious right’s antigay organizing in black communities. She is a brilliant coalition builder, highly respected by people from diverse backgrounds. Her work has been essential to the inclusion of gay/lesbian issues as social justice issues in the United States. She says: “We get so wrapped up in ‘just us’. The question of the day – this to me is the question of the future – are we about justice or ‘just us”. (1000peacewomen).

Her photo on the National Black Justice Coalition NBJC.

Fellow Durham resident, Nobel Prize nominee and long-time LGBT activist Mandy Carter has been named to the Obama National LGBT Steering and Policy Committee. Mandy Carter has been organizing North Carolina African Americans and LGBT people for years, and has served as a member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). She co-founded Southerners On New Ground (SONG) in 1993 and was a leader in Harvey Gantt’s two campaigns for U.S. Senate. She has done the hard work of organizing LGBT grassroots networks, especially of people of color, throughout the South. She was a member of Hillary Clinton’s North Carolina LGBT Steering Committee … (full text, Aug 27, 2008).

The video: Mandy Carter Honored, 2.55 min, February 09, 2008.

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She works for the Southerners On New Ground S.O.N.G., for the National Call to Resist, and for the National Black Gay and Lesbian Leadership Forum (named on Idealist.org).

Mandy Carter’s grassroots work on anti-war and social justice fronts is gaining global recognition.

Mandy Carter spoke about the importance of the LGBT vote (I just added that video below the fold). Also, I forgot to mention that we also had one pathetic McCain supporter on the sidelines screaming “McCain, McCain, McCain.” She couldn’t even manage to round up a few friends to make a decent show of things … (An Obama-loathing fundie serves up hellfire on a pizza box at NC Pride, 09/28/2008).

Defending my sista: I have fixed the Mandy Carter, Pepper LaBeija, and Dorian Corey links that weren’t working. I wasn’t aware of it until it was brought to my attention. I also added a new link that gives a list of lgbts of color via wikipedia … (full text).

She says also: … “Ifill argues that the Black political structure formed during the Civil Rights movement is giving way to a generation of men and women who are the direct beneficiaries of the struggles of the 1960s. She offers incisive, detailed profiles of such prominent leaders as Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and U.S. Congressman Artur Davis of Alabama, and also covers up-and-coming figures from across the nation. Drawing on interviews with power brokers like Senator Obama, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Vernon Jordan, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and many others, as well as her own razor-sharp observations and analysis of such issues as generational conflict and the “black enough” conundrum, Ifill shows why this is a pivotal moment in American history” … (full interview text).

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Antonio “Toni” Negri – Italy

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Antonio (”Toni”) Negri (born August 1, 1933) is an Italian Marxist political philosopher. Negri is perhaps best-known for his co-authorship of Empire and his work on Spinoza. Born in Padua, he became a political philosophy professor in his hometown university. Negri founded Potere Operaio (Worker Power) group in 1969 and was a leading member of the Autonomia Operaia. Accused in the late 1970s of various charges including being the mastermind of the Red Brigades (BR), involved in the May 1978 assassination of Aldo Moro leader of the Christian-Democrat Party, among others, Negri was later cleared of any links with the BR. He was, however, sentenced to a long-term prison sentence on controversial charges of “association and insurrection against the state.” Negri went to France and taught at the Université de Vincennes (Paris-VIII) and the Collège International de Philosophie, along with Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze. In 1997, he voluntarily returned to Italy to serve the end of his sentence. He now lives between Venice and Paris with his partner, the french philosopher Judith Revel … (full text).

His book: EMPIRE, downloadable in pdf, 2000, 496 pages.

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Antonio “Toni” Negri – Italy

Video: Antonio Negri: A Revolt That Never Ends, in english, and french and italian english translated /english subtitled, 52.35 min, Nov 23, 2007. (Same – short vision, 9.59 min).

His Political thought and writings.

He says: … “it is indeed necessary to recognize as a fact the emergence of the B.R. [Red Brigades] and NAP [Armed Proletariat Nuclei] as the tip of the iceberg of the Movement. This does not require one in any way to transform the recognition into a defense, and this does not in any way deny the grave mistake of the B.R. line. At one point I defined the B.R. as a variable of the movement gone crazy … I state again that terrorism can only be fought through an authentic mass political struggle and inside the revolutionary movement”. (quotes).

He says also: “Prison, with its daily rhythm, with the transfer and the defense, does not leave any time; prison dissolves time: This is the principal form of punishment in a capitalist society”. (quotes).

… In their project Empire (notable as an academic and trade success), Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri examine the loss of political borders. The permeability of our own country on September 11 is evidence that national borders are ill protected, ill conceived, and increasingly less relevant in the world today. This is in part, why American’s harbor such fear over the border with Mexico. What this all means is that the next President will be forced to confront the War from a different worldview then President Bush. It requires recognition that the War on Terror cannot be fought from border to border and country to country. Each candidate has already offered ample evidence of how they would prosecute the war … (full text, September 22, 2008).

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