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James Cogan – Australia

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(Disambiguate with James Cogan, a member of the Ottawa Social Media Meetup Group)

Linked with Iranian regime reacts to Obama’s election.

James Cogan, 37, has been a staff writer for the World Socialist Web Site since 1998. Raised in the Victorian town of Bendigo /Australia, James enlisted in the Australian Army at the age of 17, serving with the infantry until 1990. Opposed to the Hawke-Keating Labor government and the first US-led war against Iraq, James joined the SLL in 1991. He moved to Sydney in 1994 and was elected branch and then Sydney Area Secretary. Over the past four years James has written extensively on the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq. His regular articles documenting the ongoing atrocities of US imperialism and its allies in the Middle East are followed by a growing international audience. In 2004 he represented the SEP in the federal seat of Kingsford-Smith, opposing Labor’s Peter Garrett. (Socialist Equality Party SEP).

His personal website: is the deferential home for the personal thoughts, news and opinions of a Canadian entrepreneur, husband, father of two boys and founder of the dailypixel Network.

He tells on his blog: … Amassing over a million downloads in under seven days, ‘The Dark Knight’ is by far the most pirated movie of this week. Earlier this year, Cam and DVD-screener versions of the latest in the Batman series already found their way onto the Internet, making this blockbuster the most pirated movie of 2008 … That leads to the inevitable question; is movie piracy the big villain that the movie industry would like us to believe it is? Or has piracy to some degree become a precursor for box office success? In other words, if nobody is pirating and downloading your movie, is it doomed to fail? … (full text, Nov. 21, 2008).


James Cogan – Australia

Watch his video: Rudd and Howard prepare to back US attack on Iran, 4.43 min, November 11, 2007.

He writes: 2 days after making history and being elected the next President of the United States, Barack Obama registers the domain name Change was his primary brand message, now it’s his primary domain name. Smart fella that Obama is (Obama gets it – on his website).

An increasing number of politicians, diplomats, military commanders and media commentators are describing the US-led occupation of Afghanistan as a failure and warning that American and NATO forces face defeat at the hands of a strengthening resistance movement led by the Islamist Taliban movement. The most prominent example in the past week has been a comment published in the British Independent on October 20 by David Davis, a Conservative Party parliamentarian. He has been promoted by various liberals and “lefts” in Britain as a defender of civil liberties, due to his opposition to aspects of the Labour government’s anti-terrorism laws … (full text, Oct. 24, 2008).

Find him and his publications on a Google compilation of his articles on WSWS; on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

… If the security agreement is passed by the Iraqi parliament and comes into effect on January 1, 2009, it will represent one more milestone in the reduction of Iraq to the status of a US client-state. The next step will be the negotiation of a formal “Strategic Framework Agreement”, or long-term defence treaty that will govern the operations of US forces in the country after December 31, 2011. Far from “bringing the troops home”, an Obama administration will preside over the indefinite deployment of tens of thousands of US military personnel in Iraq and attempt to complete the neo-colonial operation initiated by the Bush White House. (full text, 19 November 2008).

He asks: … That leads to the inevitable question; is movie piracy the big villain that the movie industry would like us to believe it is? Or has piracy to some degree become a precursor for box office success? In other words, if nobody is pirating and downloading your movie, is it doomed to fail? Maybe the Dark Knight is the exception, not the rule. With its big budget aesthetics, perhaps many people who pirated the movie simply had their appetite whetted with the pirated version and then subsequently went to the theater to see it on the big screen to get the full experience. I’m not sure what the answer is, but it appears that piracy alone can’t be blamed for the overall downturn in box office revenues … (full text, Nov. 21, 2008).

He writes also: … Without US support, the Kurdish factions have no possibility of achieving their ambitions. In Kirkuk, in particular, the result may well be escalating communal conflict and, potentially, civil war between the KRG and the US-backed Baghdad government or a Turkish military intervention. Even as the Bush administration hails its “surge” as a major success, the lurches and shifts in its policies have only fuelled antagonisms between rival Iraqi factions and generated new recriminations against the US occupation. (full text, February 11, 2008).

Le cabinet irakien temporise sur l’accord de sécurité américain, Nov. 1, 2008.

US carries out more airstrikes in Pakistan, November 3, 2008.

Turkish military again strikes Kurdish areas in northern Iraq, 7 February 2008.

Iraq: US military extends its offensive into the northern city of Mosul, 30 January 2008.

De-Baathification laws modified by Iraq’s parliament, 17 January 2008.

Ölpreisverfall untergräbt die Stabilität des Regimes im Iran, 12. November 2008.

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Sulak Sivaraksa – Thailand

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Linked with Sulak Sivaraksa’s arrest raises free speech fears, and with Global problem-solving: A Buddhist perspective.

Sulak Sivaraksa is founder and director of the Thai NGO Sathirakoses-Nagapradeepa Foundation. Besides being the initator of a number of social, humanitarian, ecological and spiritual movements and organizations in Thailand, like the College SEM (Spirit in Education Movement) Sulak Sivaraksa is known in the West as one of the fathers of International Network of Engaged Buddhists INEB, which, in 1987 was established by leading Buddhists like the 14th Dalai Lama, the Vietnamese monk and peace-activist Thich Nhat Hanh and the Theravada Bhikkhu Maha Ghosananda. When Sulak Sivaraksa was awarded the Alternative Nobel Prize Right Livelihood Award he became known to a wider public in Europe and the USA. Sulak was chair of the Asian Cultural Forum on Development and has been a visiting professor at UC Berkeley, the University of Hawaii and Cornell … // … Sulak was a strong critic of deposed Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. He publicly accused Thaksin of adultery at rallies organized by the People’s Alliance for Democracy. However, he has never cited any evidence for his claims. During a protest on 26 February 2006, Sulak called Thaksin a pitifiul dog. Sulak’s comments were condemned by Somsri Hananantasuk, Chairperson of Amnesty International (Thailand), who said that such words could provoke violence. In 2007, he spoke out against proposals to declare Buddhism Thailand’s ‘national religion’ in the new constitution, arguing that to do so would exacerbate the existing conflict in southern Thailand … (full text).

Sulak Sivaraksa is the co-founder of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists and is counted with such luminaries as the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh as one of the most important leaders of Engaged Buddhism. In Thailand S. Sivaraksa has established himself as an outspoken social critic, prolific author and a compelling speaker. His books in English include an autobiography, When Loyalty Demands Dissent‘and a book of essays titled Seeds of Peace. In Thailand his titles include, A Buddhist Vision for Renewing Society and Siam in Crisis. His most recent initiatives are Alternatives to Consumerism and the Spirit in Education Movement, both focused on offering alternatives to western cultural models. He is often called the father of Thai civil society … (full text).

Sulak Sivaraksa’s blog with his Bio.


Sulak Sivaraksa – Thailand

Watch this video: Sulak Sivaraksa: Democracy in Thailand Speech 1/4, 5.02 min, Nov 24, 2008; and: Thailand’s best-known social critic arrested for royal insult, Nov 6, 2008.

His arrest in all languages:

… Mr Sulak was arrested at his home in Bangkok by Khon Kaen police on Thursday for making remarks deemed to constitute lese majeste during his speech to new students at Khon Kaen University on Dec 11 last year. The arrest warrant was issued in the northeastern province on Sept 22. Mr Sulak denied the charge after being taken to Khon Kaen for interrogation yesterday. Afterwards, the dean of the university’s law faculty, Kittibordee Yaipool, bailed him out. Lawyer Somchai Homla-or questioned the timing of the arrest as it took place after his client had criticised convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra … (full text, Nov. 8, 2008).

(He became the Alternative Nobel Prize Right Livelihood Award) … for his vision, activism and spiritual commitment in the quest for a development process that is rooted in democracy, justice and cultural integrity (1995) …

He says also: We have more than enough programs, organisations, parties, and strategies in the world for the alleviation of suffering and injustice … Radical transformation of society requires personal and spiritual change first or at least simultaneously … People seeking to live spiritually must be concerned with their social and physical environment. (on Better World Links).

Find him and his publications on openDemocracy; on amazon; on his blog; on Google News-search (on 28.11.08 /concerning his arrest); on Google Video-search; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

… In particular, we strongly support the peaceful expressions of the loving-kindness and compassions for the Burmese society by the Buddhist monks across Burma. We also support their demands for the SPDC to offer their apologies to the monks:

  • To reduce all commodity prices, fuel prices, rice and cooking oil prices immediately,
  • To release all political prisoners including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and all detainees arrested in ongoing demonstrations over fuel price hike,
  • To enter into dialogue with democratic forces and ethnic nationalities for national reconciliation immediately, and
  • To resolve the crises and difficulties facing and suffering by the people,

… (full text).

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Maria José (Zézé) Motta – Brazil

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familiarly known as Zézé Motta

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

Maria José (Zézé) Motta de Oliveira, conhecida como Zezé Motta (Campos dos Goitacases, 27 de junho de 1944) é uma atriz e cantora brasileira … (full text).

Zezé Motta (1944) had always been involved with art: since her childhood, in a private school, until becoming a professional in a theatre course, in which she was discovered for the production of a musical. Her mother is a dressmaker and her father a musician. Actress, singer and director of a non-governmental organization that supports young Afro-Brazilian in the tough task of becoming actors, Zezé has helped to value the Afro-Brazilian woman through memorable characters. In her teenage years, when she used to help her mother with her sewing, Zezé Motta spent the days listening to the radio. It was her father who noticed that on the third time that she heard a song she was able to sing it perfectly. “He discovered my vocation to be a singer”, she says. Zezé started her acting career in a musical. She was chosen after a closing ceremony of a theatre course, which she paid for with the salary she earned working as an employee of a Pharmaceutical laboratory. She says: “Peace is human rights being taken seriously. It is being able to decrease inequalities in all senses. Inequality creates a revolted atmosphere” … (full text 1/2 on 1000peacewomen).

Zézé Motta on


Maria José Mota – Brazil

Hear her song on this video: Zezé Motta canta “Fim de Caso” (Dolores Duran), 3.15 min, February 14, 2008.

She works for the Centro Brasileiro de Informação e Documentação do Artista Negro (Center of Information and Documentation of the Afro-Brazilian Artist) – named in Enciclopédia brasileira da diáspora africana, By Nei Lopes.

Find in portugese:

Zézé Motta Lyrics.

Find her and her publications (mostly as Zezé Motta) on Fandango /Filmography; on; on adoro cinéma; on e-bay /movies DVD; on IMDb /Filmography; on Google Video-search; on Google Images-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

Zezé concluded Elementary School in an experimental school founded by progressist sectors of the Catholic Church inside a poor community in Rio. She started to make contact with the theatre. And with the racism, that was also manifested very early. From a neighbor she heard: “Do you have to study theatre to play the role of a maid?” The question, which seemed inappropriate to someone who had great career plans, reappeared in her life when Zezé started to receive invitations to work on TV. The only role available was as maid. Protagonist of the slave Chica da Silva in a movie named after this character, Zezé divides life between before and after this character that projected her allover Brazil and overseas. The question of where Afro-Brazilians belonged in Brazilian society led Zezé to the Afro-Brazilian movement and to the foundation of a NGO: Cidan – Centre of Information and Documentation of the Afro-Brazilian Artist. In the militancy for more space for the Afro-Brazilians in the movies, theatre and television, she noticed that there was a lack of opportunities, which was a consequence of the lack of qualification of young actors. “I noticed that it was necessary to stop complaining about prejudice and start doing something about it”, she says. Zezé Motta played important Afro-Brazilian characters such as the slaves Chica da Silva and Dandara (of the movie “Quilombo”). In her work of qualifying actors, she has provided around 400 young and poor Afro-Brazilians with an artistic and cultural qualification. (full text 2/2 on 1000peacewomen).

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Maxine Waters – USA

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inked with Congresswoman Waters Calls on USAID to Save the Lives of Children Starving in Haiti, and with

Maxine Waters (born Maxine Moore Carr on August 15, 1938) has served as a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1991, representing California’s 35th congressional district (map). She resides in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, which is approximately six miles west of downtown. Her husband, Sidney Williams, is a former U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas … (full text).

She is member of the United States House of Representatives (last modified on 26 November 2008).

She says: “I have a right to my anger, and I don’t want anybody telling me I shouldn’t be, that it’s not nice to be, and that something’s wrong with me because I get angry” … in Brian Lanker, I Dream a World, 1989.

Her official House website. She writes there: Following the historic election of Barack Obama as our nation’s next President, many Americans have expressed an interest in attending the Inauguration Ceremony in Washington on January 20, 2009. Tickets to the ceremony are free and will be distributed through the offices of Members of Congress and U.S. Senators. If you live in the 35th Congressional District and are interested in attending the Inauguration, please send an e-mail to * and include the following information: … If you do not live in Congresswoman Waters’ district, you should contact your Representative. More information is available at this Senate’s webpage … (full text).


Maxine Waters – USA

Watch the videos:

Her press release on October 2, 2008: Homeless Emergency Assistance & Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2008.

Some of her Floor Statements:

… Harman said she planned to reserve some tickets for local elected officials, as well as 14 for her staffers. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, found herself even more besieged by requests from eager constituents. Last week she had gotten more than 2,000 requests, with many more coming in every day. Waters was trying to increase her allotment of tickets by appealing to Republicans in very conservative districts to give up some of their share … (full text, Nov. 23, 2008).

Votes database for Maxine Waters.

And she says: … “I have known Rodney Hubbard for many years. His heart is with the people of St. Louis. He is a fighter and I am proud to call him my friend,” said Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), a St. Louis native.  While in town for a Congressional hearing on urban development, Waters took the opportunity to endorse her longtime friend, State Representative Rodney Hubbard, in his campaign for state senate” … (full text).

Find her and her publications on her press releases as US Representative; on Google Video-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

… Hurricane Katrina recovery has been a high priority for Rep. Waters, who has made repeated visits to New Orleans and recently criticized the slow pace of housing recovery efforts during a hearing by the House Financial Services Committee in Washington. Waters heads that committee’s housing subcommittee. Waters will head to New Orleans the day after the convocation to lead a February 22-23 subcommittee field hearing. The congresswoman’s heavy schedule leading up to the hearing forced cancellation of early plans for an on-campus forum, but Waters will attend a luncheon with student leaders the day of her speech … (full text).

Maxine Waters on the Federal Election Commission, and her Issues and Quotes.

Positions and Views: Prior to the election of “superstar” Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois), Waters was considered the United States’ most prominent African-American legislator. She is considered by some to be an outspoken champion for the underprivileged and underrepresented. Her no-nonsense left-wing rhetoric makes her a favorite quote for reporters, as well as a frequent target for the wrath of right-wing pundits. As a first-term representative, she gained fame by walking into the Oval Office and telling then-President George H.W. Bush that “[his] time was up.” Waters co-chaired the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton … (full text).

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb – Lebanon and USA

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Linked with renegade trader with renegade ideas – that work, and with Philosophy Talk.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb (born 1960) (alternative spellings of first name: Nessim or Nissim) is a literary essayist, epistemologist, polymath, scholar of randomness and knowledge, researcher, and former practitioner of mathematical finance. As a pioneer of complex financial derivatives, he held a “day job” in a lengthy senior trading and financial mathematics career in a number of New York City’s Wall Street firms, before starting a second career as a scholar in the epistemology of chance events to focus on his project of mapping how to live and act in a world we do not understand, and how to come to grips with randomness and the unknown – which includes his black swan theory of unexpected rare events. Taleb’s extremely idiosyncratic literary approach consists of providing a modern-day brand of philosophical tale by mixing narrative fiction, often semi-autobiographical, with erudition and scientific commentary … (full text).

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His Bio on

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is an influential scholar who has written several books on randomness and the effect it has in our lives. I’ve heard great things about his books and have wanted to read them, so I thought I would start with Fooled by Randomness, which seeks to explore the effect randomness, rather than skill, has on our own success: … (full text, May 29, 2008).

He says: “My major hobby is teasing people who take themselves and the quality of their knowledge too seriously and those who don’t have the guts to sometimes say: I don’t know”.

His Homepage.


Nassim Nicholas Taleb – Lebanon and USA

Watch the videos:

Listen this audio: Predicting the future, 54.05 min, Oct. 21, 2007.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: the prophet of boom and doom. When this man said the world’s economy was heading for disaster, he was scorned. Now traders, economists, even Nasa, are clamouring to hear him speak. Watch the video of 2.46 min, June 1, 2008.

He writes: … Last August, The Wall Street Journal published a statement by one Matthew Rothman, financial economist, expressing his surprise that financial markets experienced a string of events that “would happen once in 10,000 years”. A portrait of Mr Rothman accompanying the article reveals that he is considerably younger than 10,000 years; it is therefore fair to assume he is not drawing his inference from his own empirical experience but from some theoretical model that produces the risk of rare events, or what he perceives to be rare events … (full text, October 23 2007).

How Nassim Taleb turned the inevitability of disaster into an investment strategy, April 22 & 29, 2002.

Quotes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, 4 Nov 2008.

The black swan survival guide, 24 November 2008.

Other analysts, however, like Nouriel Roubini and Robert Shiller have seen their reputations blossom. And some like Nassim Nicholas Taleb have prospered amidst the carnage. An options trader turned philosopher … (full text, November 4, 2008).

He says also: “We humans are naturally gullible – disbelieving requires an extraordinary expenditure of energy. It is a limited resource. I suggest ranking the skepticism by its consequences on our lives. True, the dangers of organized religion used to be there — but they have been gradually replaced with considerably ruthless and unintrospective social-science ideology” … THE OPIATES OF THE MIDDLE CLASSES, by Nassim Taleb, Sept. 26, 2005.

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

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Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi – USA

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… I hoped with all my might that Obama would win the presidency and end the reign of terror that the Bush Administration has inflicted on the world. Much more needs to be said about the historical significance of a White House with black residents, but not here. I am jubilant that he has won and apprehensive about how soon he and his administration will capitulate to the habitual politics of the District of Columbia. Obama has the power to resist the current, but he won’t. To do that, he would have to launch a paradigmatic shift in the way politics is taught, thought of, and practiced in this country … (full text).

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi is an Assistant Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, who specializes in transnational and global histories in the Middle Eastern postcolonial context.  He studies social movements and intellectual articulations of Islamic conceptions of modernity.  He is currently completing a manuscript entitled Islam and Dissent in Postrevolutionary Iran: Abdolkarim Soroush and the Religious Foundations of Political Reform, to be published by I. B. Tauris & St. Martin’s Press. (on Payvand /Iran News, March 3, 2008).

… He has published in varieties of academic journals such as International Sociology, International Review of Social History, Migration Review, Critique, and others. His teaching interests include transnational and global histories, contemporary histories of the Middle East, Islam and modernity, revolution, social theory, social movements, and politics and power … (History at Illinois).


Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi – USA

Could Obama Transcend The Iron Cage Of The White House? 14 Nov, 2008.

He writes: … Once compared to all other coercive and military measures, the following six-point plan to resolve the crisis offers concrete benefits for both sides. The major costs of this solution (comparing to the possible hundreds of thousands of deaths, immense destruction of Iranian cities, and colossal economic price for both sides) are symbolic, for the most part, and require prevailing over issues of pride and prejudice: … (full text).

Contentious Public Religion: Two Conceptions of Islam in Revolutionary Iran, Ali Shari`ati and Abdolkarim Soroush: Two Conceptions of Islam in Revolutionary Iran “Ali Shari`ati and Abdolkarim Soroush” is an article published in International Sociology Vol. 19 No. 4 (pp. 504-523) by Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi. In this article he tries to makes a comparison between Ali Shari`ati and Abdolkarim Soroush before and after the Iranian revolution of 1979 … (full text).

… Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, assistant professor of sociology at Georgia State University, said that since World War II the United States has claimed to promote democracy but has failed to back its affirmations with action. Democracy is basically a shibboleth that we put on the table to justify our own policy, he said. Instead, he said, the United States has often supported tyrannical regimes in order to promote stability and prevent the spread of communism. The Cold War created a tendency of shortsightedness and narrow-mindedness in U.S. foreign policy, he said … (full text).

The World Isn’t Florida and the US Isn’t Its Supreme Leader in Iran’s Elections, by BEHROOZ GHAMARI-TABRIZ, Dec. 18, 2006.

Find him and his publications on amazon; on allBookstores; on MacMillan books;  on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

The 1980-88 war between Iran and Iraq war claimed close to one million lives on both sides of the conflict. In Iran, the war displaced four to five million people and left a legacy of collective trauma that has directly affected more than fifteen percent of the country?s population. Professor Ghamari-Tabrizi plans to examine how Iran?s veterans have expressed, maintained, and transformed their war-time experiences as they cope with the war?s residual trauma. His project follows a three-part research scheme: … (full text).

Amid the confusion and chaos surrounding Hurricane Katrina, the University’s Teachers for Peace and Justice helped students cope with their many questions. The activist group sponsored a “Teach-In” entitled “Katrina and Other Human Disasters” on Wednesday. The session was open to students and faculty members who were interested in discussing and learning more about Katrina. Teachers for Peace and Justice are faculty members who got together to organize open forum events for students to come and discuss their thoughts on pressing issues … // … The moderator and master of ceremonies for Wednesday night’s forum was Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, University professor of sociology and history … Topics of discussion included Hurricane Katrina’s link to Homeland Security, the unnatural elements of Katrina, the black Atlantic perspective on Katrina, projections of human-induced climate change and their influence on the new New Orleans, the state of grievance with the catastrophe and media coverage of the event …  (full text, Sept. 23, 2005).

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Youssef Chahine alias yousef shaheen – Egypt (1926 – 2008)

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Linked with The Patriarchal See of Alexandria, and with Youssef Chahine, the life-world of film.

Youssef Chahine ( January 25, 1926–July 27, 2008) was an Egyptian film director active in the Egyptian film industry since 1950. He was credited with launching the career of actor Omar Sharif. A critically acclaimed director frequently seen in film festivals during decades, Chahine also had his reach to wider international filmgoers’ audiences as one of the co-directors of 11′9″01 September 11 … (full text).

… Youssef Chahine has won many awards for his movies, including a lifetime achievement award on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival. He is a loved, well-known and respected film director around the world. A lot of actors in the world wish to work with him. I hope to follow in his footsteps in the future. (full text).

… Chahine’s work is rooted in the rich traditions of popular Arabic culture … (full text, 10 décembre 2007).

Adieu Chahine – Creativity has indeed lost one of its greatest champions. Youssef Chahine passed away on 27-07-08 in his home in Cairo … (full long text with photos and poems in arabic and in english, August 2, 2008) … Yousuf Shaheen’s funeral takes place in Cairo … on Global Voices … Youssef Chahine: an appreciation.

YOUSSEF CHAHINE, director of some 40 films, is probably the most independent of Arab film-makers, producing what he thinks is important, even at his own expense, and raising issues that disturb … (full text, 01 August, 2003).

Welcome page of his official website.


Youssef Chahine alias yousef shaheen – Egypt (1926 -2008)

Watch these videos in arabic:

Grande figure des cinématographies arabes, Youssef Chahine a subi le sort de nombre de grands auteurs des cinémas du Sud : la reconnaissance internationale et la marginalisation dans son pays. Mais par l’énergie de sa veine populaire, son impertinence et son refus de l’intégrisme, il a su incarner la voix d’un cosmopolitisme engagé, agissant comme la conscience de ces cinématographies … (longue Bio en francais).

Youssef Chahine, le cinéaste Egyptien, hospitalisé, 17/06/2008.

Addio a Youssef Chahine, il maestro del cinema egiziano, Lug 27, 2008.

Find him and his publications - as Youssef Chahine - on amazon with DVDs; on IMDb; on his website /films; on Middle East Times; on; on Alex Cinema; on Film; on Movie Industry today; on wikipedia /filmography; on Google Video-search; = Youssef Chahine); on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

And find him and his publications – as yousef shaheen – on arab film posters; on technorati (with many mouvies); on yahoo movies; on Google Video-search; on; on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

He said: … ‘Our Leaders are Ignorant and Corrupt, and Continue to Embarrass Us’. “There are supposed to be among us many who are expert and talented, whose role is to think, because our leaders are ignorant and corrupt, and continue to embarrass us inconceivably – except that they have strangled our freedom. We have reached a situation where an Egyptian strikes an Egyptian and an Arab strikes an Arab. At the beginning of the Kuwait war [i.e., the first Gulf War], Bush Sr. asked us to send 50,000 men [to fight against the Iraqi army], and we sent them. I personally knew that half the Iraqi army was Egyptians, because I used to go to Iraq” … (full interview text, June 16, 2004).

… THIS IS CHAOS (2007): Chahine’s last film was co-directed by Khaled Youssef, as Chahine’s failing health prevented him from making the greater part of the film. Yet because of the film’s sensitive subject matter of police brutality in contemporary Egypt, it was a laudable act of Chahine’s in insisting that his name appear on the film in addition to that of Youssef, since this gave the film, and its main director, some measure of protection. This is Chaos was the last film by Chahine to be shown at international festivals, and it was screened last year at the Venice Film Festival. (full text, 31 July – 6 August 2008).

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Lara Shankar – India

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Linked with India: Homeless Street Children, and with Children’s Rights and You CRY.
Added Dec. 4, 2008: and linked with Shabana Azmi – India.

Lara Shankar is a social worker and child-rights activist who has spent over five years working with street children and addressing issues concerning children and their rights. After completing her master’s in child development from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University, Lara has worked with several organizations, including Salaam Baalak Trust, Butterflies, Youthreach, Childline India Foundation and Child Rights and You (CRY) in Delhi and Mumbai. She continues to research, document and fight for the realization of child rights. Lara Shankar lives in Mumbai with her husband, Manu Chandra, a strategy and management consultant. (Penguin books India), presenting her book: Midway Station: Real-Life Stories of Homeless Children, Oktober 2006; (also on; on online; and on amazon).


Sorry, no photo found for Lara Shankar, India (… and no other text found about her bio and work than her book’s presentation. Despite this, I want her work to be acknowledged.
More down you may find some more NGOs and articles regarding Street Children in India)

She writes: … The Juvenile Justice System in India claims to exist for the care, protection, rehabilitation and development of neglected and delinquent children. Children who are without homes must derive good from this system and find a place where they feel safe, protected and cared for. However, inspite of these noble intentions, the children feel anything but benefited. More often than not, they are forcibly brought to these socalled ‘homes’ and the general feeling among them is that they have been ‘caught’ and put into ‘jails’. They recall being beaten, held by the neck and taken to juvenile welfare courts, without being given any explanation. “When the hearing for children takes place at the children’s courts, the magistrate asks us if we have anything to say. But they do all the proceedings in English and then they just take us out of the room. We do not get a chance to speak,” claimed a 14-year-old boy living in an observation home … (full text in Voices of the Future, not dated).

There are millions of children in India today who spend their childhood on the streets, in railway stations and jail-like shelters, living on the edge and taking each day as it comes. Some have been abandoned; others have chosen to run away from harsher realities at home; yet others have been born on the streets and know no other life. In Midway Station child-rights activist Lara Shankar records the voices of eleven such children living in shelters in Delhi. We meet, among others, Mohan, who hopped on to a train in Chennai when he was four to escape from his stepmother; Allam, who sends money to his mother whenever he can and visits her in Bihar during Id; and Rani, who thinks life in the shelter is too comfortable and looks back with nostalgia on her days as a domestic servant. What emerges from these narratives is a nightmarish world of poverty and neglect, rape and murder, Mafiosi-like gangs and police brutality. Yet there are redemptive stories of courage too, of friendships made and kindnesses repaid. Poignant and hard-hitting, these real-life stories of homeless children are testimony to their resilience in the face of adversity, their will to carry on and determination to build a life of dignity. ‘The author discovers a world most of us close our eyes to. It is the world of homeless children living rootless, incomplete lives. Midway Station is a work of care and concern and an effort to make all of us think of the invisible and underprivileged child, who is also the face of tomorrow’s India.’ -Shabana Azmi, actor and social worker … (on sifyMall). Same on;

Street Children in India – some NGOs and articles:

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Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti – England-Scottland and USA

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Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti is a British poet and author living in the United States who has published widely in the United States and in Europe. Although she has written for print publications, she is most widely known as a result of her prolific output online. Besides running the blog she founded tantmieux she also serves as a regular contributor to Blogcritics, is an established writer for various online and print magazines (specifically writing about Bob Dylan, Lewis Carroll as well as cultural and political issues), and is Senior Cultural & Political Editor with Cyrano’s Journal Online. Ranson is also a well-established poet both in the United States and in Europe. She is the founder of The Tant Mieux Project, incorporating Bob Dylan on Tant Mieux … (full text, last modified on 19 October 2008).

… Even if you’re a relative newcomer to Blogcritics, you’ve undoubtedly encountered Sadi by now. A contributor since May of 2004, longtime readers know her to be a writer of uncommon candor and perception. The honesty that suffuses her musings on music and film and her many personal essays never fails to strike a chord with readers, as is easily gleaned from a casual glance at the comments her posts garner. Her grasp of the ties that bind us together as human beings and her willingness to put herself under the microscope are hallmarks of her work … (full text by Lisa McKay, April 03, 2006).

She says:… “I find sleep a waste of time. Why sleep, I think, when I could be up writing. That I may be tired the next day simply does not occur as a reasonable thought. If Hans were here, this fuzzy logic would make sense to him, I think” … (full text).

Find some of her poems on the Adroitly Placed Word.

her PEN American Society Member Page.

all sadi ranson-polizzotti’s blogs.


Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti – England-Scottland and USA

tant mieux – poems and chants.

auntie sadi’s advice for girls.

so much the better … .

She writes: … These signs combined with “just a feeling”, assuming you are not a paranoid person, then you may wish to pursue your feeling further. I won’t say the word suspicion because it’s a word cheaters use all the time. You are made to feel as if you are crazy or nuts for thinking that they are cheating on you. Your spouse may even tell you you are crazy. That you are a nag, that you are boring because this is all you talk about etc. etc. This is a diversion tactic and don’t fall for it. The best thing you can do is NOT approach your partner at this time but go about finding out the truth of the situation so that you can decide what you want to do: whether you stay or go, the choice is yours and either option is valid. The goal is to live honestly — and both options are there because different people bear different things … (full text, December 9th, 2004).

epilepsy and exorcism – all the rage? January 17, 2006.

I remember Saul Bellow, July 23rd, 2006.

electroencephologram, poem on Tant Mieux, December 9, 2004.

She writes also: love, like life, can be so painful at times that it twists and turns and we yearn. it confuses and bends and stretches. it comes unexpected, it leaves if neglected, sometimes not. sometimes it thrives regardless, like the weed (which is just another name for a flower that some would say is ‘unwanted’.) But whether we want to love or not, or to be in-love, we are stuck with it regardless and there is no getting around it. One can be like Penelope from the Odyssey, waiting for her lover hanging on to only hope where perhaps there is no sign of it for as long as twenty  – an endless tableaux and a folly to a love that is perhaps impossible – or not. Who can say. What i do know for sure is that where there is love there will be happiness, there will be joy, and there will be grief. (on tantmieux, late march, 9.42 a.m., 2008).

Wired: Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Epilepsy, and Me, November 10, 2006.

of fugues & fireflies – a.k.a. Grand Mal, 17th June 2005.

to make a difference through my writing, Oct 5, 2007.

Find her and her publications on internet; on amazon; on wikipedia (1 Early career, 2 Lumen Editions & Publications, 3 Background sketch, 4 Vogue – Authors Worked With, 5 Lewis Carroll – Bob Dylan – Editorships, 6 Original Poetry & Essays About Poetry, 7 Books & Notable Works, 8 Webpages and Online Writing, 9 Some Epilepsy Writings, 10 Essays & Reviews about Ranson-Polizzotti); on linkedIn; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

And she writes: I have to keep moving forward, regardless of what any doctor may say or any health official or anyone in the field. It seems I get yet more and more bad news and yet I am the furthest thing from a hypochondriac (in fact, I’m not even clear on how to spell the bloody word) and yet, I seem to bring with me a plague of illness ever since I was a young child … (full text, January 16, 2006).

masked & anonymous bob dylan – jack fate tells us ours, Feb. 09, 2008.

She says also: “I am a liar.
It’s a hard thing to admit, but there it is … (full text, May 21, 2005).

lettre pour un ami, May 23, 2008.

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Vikram Chandra – India and USA

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Vikram Chandra is an Indian writer who has won awards and critical acclaim for his novels and short stories. He is married to writer Melanie Abrams, who, like Chandra, teaches creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley. Chandra currently divides his time between Mumbai (Bombay), India and Oakland, California … (full text).

Biography on his website; on Contemporary Writers; .

He says: … “I guess I had a general sense that I wanted to get a sense of the place as people lived in it in the turn of the century (1999 to 2000, not 1899 to 1900….for a moment I was confused and I thought I may have read the wrong book) and now. I think the way I went about it was to try to keep close to the various experiences of the characters. In other words, Sartaj sitting around in a traffic jam, which we often do in the city, so it was staying close to the physical and mental state of the characters during that time. And I guess what happens is if you achieve that detail from one scene to the next it all adds up to something that suggests the whole. Though you can’t really capture it, it’s always illusive” … (full interview text).

His website.


Vikram Chandra – India and USA

Watch the video: Story Hour in the Library – Vikram Chandra, 57.23 min, March 2, 2008.

Sacred Games is a novel as big, ambitious, multi-layered, contradictory, funny, sad, scary, violent, tender, complex, and irresistible as India itself. Steep yourself in this story, enjoy the delicious masala Chandra has created, and you will have an idea of how the country manages to hang together despite age-old hatreds, hundreds of dialects, different religious practices, the caste system, and corruption everywhere. The Game keeps it afloat … (full text of Amazon Editorial Review, Aug. 7th, 2008).

Find him and his publications on amazon (121 Results); on his website /partial Bibliography; on wikipedia /list of works; on Google Video-search; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

Over 8,000 Indian professors are enriching university campuses all across the United States with many holding top positions in their respective fields and making their mark.
In an era of the global economy some of the brightest minds shaping international economics include Amartya Sen of Harvard University and Jagdish Bhagwati of New York’s Columbia University … Several noted Indian-American writers like Bharati Mukherjee, Vikram Chandra and Amitava Ghosh teach creative writing in major US universities … (full text, February 20, 2007).

… Last week’s coverage of the Assam bomb blasts had something new and something very old. Something very old: constant interruptus, the television disorder afflicting anchors who invite someone to speak but never allow them to. As in:

  • Vikram Chandra (The Big Fight): Jayanti Natarajan, why is the Centre, so slow to act in Maharashtra?
  • Natarajan: I don’t agree with the framing of your question, there were three different cases…
  • Chandra: Alright, let’s take an audience poll on how many of you think the Centre was slow? Everyone.
  • Natarajan: That’s because you did not let me finish my sentence … (full text, Nov 14, 2008).

And then he says: … “I’ve been interested in this for a long time, just like anybody else reading the newspapers. Then, when I was writing the last book, which was the collection of short stories in which Sartaj Singh first appeared, I made contact during my research with some people from that world, though that story had nothing to do with organized crime. I became friends with a couple of these guys and they would tell me stories about what really went on behind the headlines. So as I was finishing my last book, I was already starting to think of this as a possible topic” … (full interview text).

… The characters themselves are swept up by circumstances beyond their control. While their stories begin very far apart from each other, they are eventually linked with each other. In one inset, we are told about K. D. Yadav, the intelligence operative, who kills two people involved in the Naxalite movement in the late 1960s or early 1970s somewhere in eastern India. In another inset very late in the book, the son of one of these people recruits a struggling but educated Muslim youth called Adil. After a career as a revolutionary, Adil becomes disillusioned and escapes to Bombay, where he organizes small robberies … (full text, September 24, 2008).

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Yosepha Alomang – Papua, Indonesia

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Linked with A Papuan woman fighting for human and environmental rights, and with Working toward sustainable Development.

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

Yosepha Alomang (born 1950) is a true human rights defender who fights for the right of indigenous peoples to reclaim the titles of their land in Timika from Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., a multinational mining company. Human rights violations are rampant in Timika and Yosepha has been detained several times for protesting either against the mining company or the military that backs it up. She chairs the Mama Yosepha Center, which provides counseling to women and empowers women’s groups … (1000peacewomen 1/2).

Yosepha Alomang (Mama Yosepha) is from the Indonesian province of Irian Jaya (West Papua), one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. She was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2001, for her efforts on organizing her community to resist the mining company Freeport-McMoRan’s mining practices over three decades that have destroyed rainforests, polluted rivers, and displaced communities. (on wikipedia).

More Bios on SourceWatch; on Political Heroes.


Yosepha Alomang – Papua, Indonesia

She works for Yahamak (named on Mines and Communities).

She says: “Many people speak of freedom. But what is freedom for Papuans? Freedom is when people are educated, when people are free from poverty and sufferings. That is freedom in our language” … and: “They took our land. They didn’t even ask our permission. I was just a young girl. I remember my father gave them the land” … and: “One day, a group of men came to our house. They talked with my parents. I hardly remember their conversation. They were warning my father to follow the company’s request. They said if we wanted to eat well, we had to make sure that they could eat well also” … (1000peacewomen).

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION, Washington, D.C. 20549, FORM 8-K, CURRENT REPORT, Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

The book: Yosepha Alomang: Pergulatan Seorang Perempuan, Papua Melawan Penindasan, by Benny Giay and Yafet Kambai, ISBN: 9789799744029.

Find her and her publications on ; on the Austin Chronicle; on pipl; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

Yosepha Alomang, pergulatan seorang perempuan Papua melawan penindasan.

Yosepha Alomang – yang lebih banyak dikenal melalui panggilan kesayangannya Mama Yosepha – adalah seorang perempuan tokoh Amungme, Papua. Ia terkenal kaerna perjuangannya membela hak-hak asasi manusia, khususnya masyarakat di sekitar PT Freeport Indonesia … (full text).

… Mama Yosepha has now focused her passion for promoting human rights on an organization she manages in Timika named YAHAMAK, an Indonesian abbreviation for the “Foundation for Human Rights and Anti-Violence.” YAHAMAK focuses on improving the human rights conditions for Papuan women and their children. In Timika, YAHAMAK’s work complements that of Thom Beanal’s LEMASA (Amungme foundation), which is establishing the LEMASA HAM (human rights) Center. Thom Beanal is the key local Amungme tribal leader. In concurrence with our company’s commitment to human rights, PT Freeport Indonesia has been fully supporting the establishment of both human rights centers … (full text).

… Mama Yosepha really opposed the attitude of glorifying men, while women were held in a lower position. So her emancipation was very evident. She challenged cultural currents that demeaned the dignity and position of women. Maybe this wouldn’t be a problem in another tribe, but here this was not allowed at all. And Yosepha challenged all this openly – she is a very strong woman. (p.xv). (full text).

Ternyata, dia perempuan yang sederhana berusia setengah baya, dengan postur mungil yang sekilas nampak lemah, tapi dengan garis wajah yang tegas. Perempuan mungil tapi perkasa itu adalah Yosepha Alomang, perempuan suku Amungme yang berasal dari lembah Tsinga, yang mendapatkan Yap Thiam Hien Award dan Goldman Environment Award karena perjuangannya untuk hak-hak asasi masyarakat asli Papua yang terampas oleh Freeport dan aktif melakukan advokasi issu-issu lingkungan terkait kegiatan penambangan yang dilakukan Freeport … (full text).

… In 2002, we helped establish and provided support to a Center for Women and Children in Papua, operated by an indigenous Papuan organization, to meet the special human rights needs of women and children. The center now has 28 programs for women and children. (See insert, “Local Human Rights Centers Thrive,” p. 6-7) Also, human rights training, which began with our security and social development departments, continued throughout our operations in 2002 … (full text).

… Among Yosepha’s many protests against the company and the military security guards in its pay, was an attempt to bring some benefits to local people. Assisted by the church, Yosepha and several other women set up a cooperative, called Kulalok, to market their fruit and vegetables. Yosepha felt that Freeport should support the local people by buying from them, but the company imported these goods from outside Papua, flying them into Timika airport. So the women planned a way of drawing Freeport’s attention to their group by destroying the imported fruit and vegetables. With the money earned from the co-op, the women paid for homes built with batako (concrete bricks) and supplied with electricity … (full text).

(1000peacewomen 2/2): … Yosepha Alomang is a simple woman from the Mimika district in Papua, where her Amungme tribes people live. She is physically small, but she has bravely stood up to powerful interest groups in defense of her people’s right to their land. Yosepha lived with her family in Tsinga village, Tembagapura, Mimika, a hillside area, until the mid-1950s, when a local church that provided health and education in the remote areas of Papua encouraged them to move near the south coast.

As a little girl, Yosepha went to elementary school, but she dropped out in the fourth grade after the death of her parents. She recalls her first encounter with Freeport McMoran, the world’s biggest gold mine, located in Timika.

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Leonardo Boff – Brazil

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Leonardo Boff was born 14 December 1938 in Concórdia, Santa Catarina state, Brazil. He is a theologian, philosopher and writer, known for his active support for the rights of the poor and excluded. He currently serves as Professor Emeritus of Ethics, Philosophy of Religion and Ecology at the Rio de Janeiro State University … and: He was almost silenced again in 1992 by Rome, this time to prevent him from participating in the Eco-92 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, which finally led him to leave the Franciscan religious order and the priestly ministry … (full text).

More about him on wikipedia (last modified on 31 October 2008):

His Bio:as Third World Traveler Heroe, (and on their general Heroe-page); on Betterworld Heroe; on Right Livelihood Award; on Spirituallity and Practise; on; on Univ. of Florida.

The Welcome Page on his official website (leading to a Homepage en Português, en Español and in English).


Leonardo Boff – Brazil

Watch this video en portugese: Leonardo Boff – Nosso Planeta, 56.10 min, March 01, 2007.

Two Interviews: to the Comunita Italiana, novembro de 2001; and: LIBERATION THEOLOGY IS INCREASINGLY TIMELY, Jan. 26, 2005.

He says: … Today social justice represents one of the most serious challenges to the conscience of the world. The abyss between those who are within the world ‘order’ and those who are excluded is widening day by day. The use of leading-edge technologies has made it possible to accumulate wealth in a way that is fantastic but perverse because it is unjustly distributed. Twenty-percent of humankind control eighty percent of all means of life. That fact creates a dangerous imbalance in the movement of history … (full text Quotes).

Find him and his publications on the english part of his website (click on publications); on amazon; on flickr; on Library Thing; on bookfinder; on Google Video-search en portugese; on Google Images-search; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Photo-search Picasa; on Google Blog-search.

He writes: The elevation of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to Pope of the Catholic Church has brought satisfaction to some, and concern to others. Two factors cause these concerns: his style of governing the Church, and his basic attitude vis-a-vis today’s pluralistic world … (full long text, April 25, 2005).

Dica de site – Leonardo Boff, 8.11.2008.

Leonardo Boff, l’économie spéculative n’a pas d’avenir, Oct. 27, 2008.

Sefaletle dolu bir dünyada Hristiyan olmak, TEMEL SORU: SEFALETLE DOLU BİR DÜNYADA HIRİSTİYAN OLMAK, 18 Kasım 2008.

He says also: “Solidarity, compassion, caring, communion and loving. Such values and inner powers can lay the foundation of a new paradigm of civilization, the civilization of the humanity reunited in the Common House, on the Planet Earth … our mission is to celebrate the greatness of Creation and connect it again to the Core where it came from and to where it will go, with care, lightness, joy, reverence and love.” (on Right Livelihood Award).

A crise econômico-financeira remete à crise de humanidade
, 07/11/2008.

Teologia da Libertação: Leonardo Boff e Frei Betto, 27.10.2008.

Carta de são Francisco de Assis aos governantes dos povos, 31/10/2008.

Professor Ratzinger: Una Chiesa ripiegata su se stessa
: Spaventata dal nuovo. Che punta su dottrina e disciplina, non sulla speranza. L’atto di accusa al papa del teologo della liberazione Leonardo Boff, 30 ottobre 2008.  La Teología de la Liberación: Leonardo Boff y Frei Betto, 23.10.08.

… I totally support Greenpeace in their effort to block palm oil shipments because palm plantations are a horrible natural catastrophe for our sacred forests and our lovely and holy mother land. Stop forest clearing for oil plantations and for any other purposes. Remember we only have one earth and outside this world there is no salvation. Remember also that the cry of the earth is also the cry of the poor, to quote the theologians Paul Knitter, Edward Schillebeckx and Leonardo Boff … (full text FRANS EFBE, Bandung, 16 Nov 2008).

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Harro von Senger – Switzerland

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Harro von Senger is a leading expert in sinology. He has doctorates in both law and classical sinology, and is a professor of sinology at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and author of The Book of Stratagems … (full text).

… He is regarded as a leading Western expert on the subject having devoted several decades to the research of Chinese ancient military strategy. Uncertain of his readers’ reactions, the professor only wrote about the first 18 ’stratagems’ in the first volume of his book published in German in Berne in 1992. But it became so popular that it has since been reprinted many times and translated into 12 languages, such as Dutch, Italian, Chinese, English and French. The total print run so far is 500,000. In 2000, the second volume illustrating the remaining 18 stratagems came out. August 2006, meanwhile, witnessed the return of the ancient Chinese tactics to their home as the complete Chinese manuscript of two volumes was published in China … (full text).

Harro von Senger (* 1944) ist ein schweizer Jurist und Sinologe … (full text).

The 36 stratagems are a set of powerful Chinese aphorisms embodying the essence of the ancient Chinese art of cunning. First mentioned about 1,500 years ago, and committed to paper nearly 500 years ago, the 36 stratagems have been gaining popularity in Chinese business circles since the 1990s. Though more than 80 books have been published recently in the Far East recommending the use of the 36 stratagems in the modern business world, these books are as yet unknown in the Western countries. Managers at all levels will therefore benefit from this English -language book evaluating the 36 stratagems and detailing how to apply them in management as well as “economic warfare.” Entertaining and thought provoking, the text includes examples of managers who have been able to achieve objectives using the strategems. The 36 stratagems encourage flexibility and new ways of thinking about business issues, making this handbook widely adaptable to changing conditions … (full text).


Harro von Senger – Switzerland

Seine private Webseite auf deutsch.

… Rather this book has some messages:

  • Every plan includes an oversight by the opponent?;
  • Sacrifices can be amazingly large, if only you know what you’re doing and your plan is backed up by profound reading;
  • Less surprisingly: let your strategy be based on positional judgment.

… (full text).

The book of stratagems, tactics for triumph and survival, by Harro von Senger, edited and translated by Myron B. Gubitz, NY Viking, 1991.

… I’ve been reading Swiss scholar Harro von Senger’s book on the 36 ancient Chinese military Strategems. And I just realized that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos might be an expert … (full text).

Recommended Reading
For On The Other Side Of The Eye, Dec. 12, 2007. l

Business: MAKE NOISE: Beat the grass to startle the snake! (Stratagem No. 13), by Andreas Wiedow, on 8-Feb-06, on Asia, and on arow-biz.

… The Thirty-Six Stratagems are divided into a preface, six chapters containing six stratagems each, and an afterword that was incomplete with missing text. The first three chapters generally describe tactics for use in advantageous situations, whereas the last three chapters contain stratagems that are more suitable for disadvantageous situations … (full text, 23 Sep 2008).

Find him and his publications on amazon; im Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek; auf deutsch: wichtigste Werke; on eBay; on; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

Synopsis: … Managers at all levels will benefit from this first English translation of a set of powerful Chinese aphorisms rooted in deception, subterfuge, and guile. The 36 stratagems first appeared 1,500 years ago … (full text).

Strategeme – Zhi – Shi … Excerpt from article (on the stratagems, written by Yang Jiaqing: this fine ecademist) -  “In the beginning, the dean stood by my side. However, after my second letter, he said it would be difficult to work with me. After that, this important person no longer supported me. At that time, I was at level zero regarding the stratagems. It was too bad that I considered them as something confined to China in spite of my knowledge of the subject. When I started to write the first volume of Stratagems, I realized that I had fallen into the professor’s trap as he had used the stratagem of sowing discord between the dean and me, namely, the 33rd of the 36 stratagems. If I was aware of that, I wouldn’t have sent the second letter to the dean. Thus I have understood that it was very useful to learn these stratagems and very harmful to ignore them” … (full text).

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Komal Srivastava – India

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

Komal Srivastava (born 1960 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh) into a middleclass family of modest means but high ideals. She is the third of five sisters. Her father was an officer in the Survey of India, her mother taught Hindi at a government school. Komal studied at the MGD School in Jaipur, and went on to complete her Masters in 1981 in geography from Rajasthan University.

(She) set up the Rajasthan chapter of the Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti (India Knowledge and Science Center, BGVS) in 1992. Since then, she has convinced the state government of the need for a people-centered, democratic approach to literacy, and set up Samata, a women’s forum for equality, education, and peace, which was very important for developing women’s leadership within BGVS. Komal’s single-minded commitment to social equality and her persuasive and principled leadership have changed Rajasthan … Komal has inverted the top-down approach to the development of the dispossessed, moving beyond rhetoric and devising innovations that have broken ground in equity and participation.

She grew up a quiet, reflective woman who worked hard at her academics and her responsibilities at home. Her first engagement with social activism came in 1981, while she was still doing her Masters. The Rajasthan University Women’s Organization (RUWA) had organized a meeting for women on their growing insecurity on the campus, and on the exigency for an effective women’s organization. … (1000peacewomen 1/2).


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She is member of Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti BGVS.

See also the Community based Monitoring of Health services under NRHM, where she is CSO Representation (Komal Srivastava, Member BGVS, Jaipur).

… Interestingly, all the five chosen women are sisters-in-arms, joining the struggles and common issues from the time of Deorala sati in the late eighties in Rajasthan. In fact Ms.Roy, Ginni, Kavita and Komal made a formidable team during the past two decades fighting oppression and injustice, never resorting to violence – both physical and verbal … (full text).

Find her and her publications on Google Book-search, and on LinkedIn.

Press Note: Rajasthan High Court Accepts Sati Writ Petitions – Issues Notices. The 12 petitioner organisations are: All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), Women’s Rehabilitation Group (WRG), Rajasthan University Women’s Association (RUWA), National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW), Vividha: Womenís Documentation and Resource Center, National Muslim Women’s Welfare Society (NMWS), Women’s Cell, All India State Employees Federation, All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA), Vishakha: Women’s Education and Resource Group (VWERG), Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti, Rajasthan (BGVS), Academy of Socio Legal Studies, Jaipur (ASLS), Peopleís Union for Civil Liberties, Rajasthan (PUCL) … (full text, Jaipur, 6th August, 2004).

… As you know the starvation and drought situation in Baran district in Rajasthan is very bad. We have a proposal from Komal Srivastava from BGVS Rajasthan and are in touch with her. BGVS, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and Sankalp Sansthan, another NGO had done a study of the situation and sent their demands to the chief minister. While they are demanding effective govt. programmes, BGVS itself is also planning to set up some relief programme. They have currently asked for Rs.1 lakh for immediate relief from AID … (full text, November 08, 2002).

Attack on Freedom of Speech and ex-pression in Rajasthan, (by Ranbir Singh, Surendra Joshi, Prem Krishna Sharma, Dilip Singh, Vidya Sagar Upadhaya, Sabir Khan, Rajendra Saiwal, Om Prakash Mathur, Komal Chand Jain, Dr. Narendra Gupta, Mamta Jaitly, Vakar-Ul-Ahad, Nishat Hussein, Komal Srivastava, Sumitra Chopra, Shri Prakash, Rajaram Bhadu, Sunil Ghildiyal, Ajay Jain, Ashish Maharishi, Teesta Setalvad ,Kapil, Manish, Ishwar, Lokesh, Kavita Srivastava and many others), February, 2004.

(1000peacewomen 2/2): … When a student of the university was killed for dowry by her in-laws, Komal took part in the protest rally. Although she has since been involved with the women’s movement in Rajasthan, her activism became truly serious only after a sati (outlawed self-immolation on a husband’s pyre) occurred in 1987.

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Adam Curtis – England

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Adam Curtis (born 1955) is a British television documentary maker who has during the course of his television career worked as a writer, producer, director and narrator. He currently works for BBC Current Affairs. He is noted for making programmes which express a clear (and sometimes controversial) opinion about their subject, and for narrating the programmes himself … // … Curtis subsequently taught politics there but left for a career in television. He got a job on the show That’s Life! where he learned to find humour in serious subjects. He went on to make documentaries on more serious subjects but retained his playful tone.  Curtis’s intensive use of archive footage is a distinctive touch of his. An Observer profile said: Curtis has a remarkable feel for the serendipity of such moments, and an obsessive skill in locating them’ … // … The Observer adds “if there has been a theme in Curtis’s work since, it has been to look at how different elites have tried to impose an ideology on their times, and the tragi-comic consequences of those attempts.” Curtis received the Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2005.[1] In 2006 he was given the Alan Clarke Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television at the British Academy Television Awards. Curtis is amongst those on the editorial ’steering committee’ of the weekly email gossip newsletter Popbitch. [March 10, 2007: Forget Osama, fear Blair] … (full text).

He asks: Should we be worried about the threat from organised terrorism or is it simply a phantom menace being used to stop society from falling apart? (BBC: the Power of Nightmares, Baby It’s Cold Outside, 3 August 2005).

HE STATES: We dreamed up al-Qaida. Let’s not do it again with evil ideology … (full text, August 30 2005).


Adam Curtis – England

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Scare at Virginia Tech, Nov. 13, 2008 – … Adam Curtis, VT Freshman: “It was really scary because all the stuff going on, I just had no clue what happened”.

Century of the Self, Oct. 23, 2008: … Today we want to explore that history through the words of Adam Curtis …

Neo-Fantasies and Ancient Myths: a long Interview with Adam Curtis on The Power of Nightmares, by Robert Koehler, not dated.

… His new series will be about the world economy in the nineties. Head of BBC Current Affairs, Peter Horrocks, said: “It is excellent that Adam has rejoined the BBC and a reflection of the creative health of current affairs on BBC TWO that he has decided that he wants to work here … (full text, Nov. 6, 2002).

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on IMDb; on wikipedia /documentaries; on Google Video-search; on Google’s self created video-search for Adam Curtis; on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

… Adam Curtis, who wrote and produced the series, acknowledges the difficulty of saying such things now. “If a bomb goes off, the fear I have is that everyone will say, ‘You’re completely wrong,’ even if the incident doesn’t touch my argument. This shows the way we have all become trapped, the way even I have become trapped by a fear that is completely irrational.” So controversial is the tone of his series, that trailers for it were not broadcast last weekend because of the killing of Kenneth Bigley. At the BBC, Curtis freely admits, there are “anxieties”. But there is also enthusiasm for the programmes, in part thanks to his reputation … (full text).

He says: … “If you look at The Trap, there is no conspiracy – the word doesn’t enter into it. It’s a straight history of ideas which have shaped psychology, politics, culture and science over the past 30 or 40 years. It fits them together. These ideas have been out there – they influenced Mrs Thatcher, they influenced Richard Dawkins, and many of them can be traced to the Cold War. Now someone would argue this is a new form of censorship. Systems that purport to be open and free – systems of political management, and the internet – are becoming ways of shutting debate down. Of simplifying – not of controlling, that’s the thing – a new simplified sense of order. In an age where people don’t know what’s what, we sort of agree with that. We look for order and want that. And our politicians can’t give it to us – our media elites can’t give it to us because they don’t know what’s what anymore. So far from creating a new richness and openness, we all work together to create a new system of agreed order, because we want it. It’s not that we’re not bad people, that’s what happens in an age of populism, a populist democracy. The elites have given up, so no one’s telling you what’s what any more, we don’t want that any longer – so we’re beginning to work together sooner and actually, that’s exactly what I was being accused of. So what we’re living through is a period of intense conformity. It is the great paradox of the age … (full interview text).

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Reinhard Erös – Germany

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Linked with The International Council on Security and Development ICOS, with Kinderhilfe Afghanistan /German Aid for Afghan Children GAAC, and with POPPY FOR MEDECINE.

Reinhard Erös, born in 1948, was Colonel in the Medical Corps of the German Army and lectured on Intercultural Competence at national and international military academies. On behalf of NATO, the UN and international aid agencies he has worked in crisis areas in Ruanda, East Timor, Iran, Albania, Bosnia, Bangladesh and India. For the last twenty years he has been operating on a personal basis on behalf of Afghanistan. Since taking early retirement he lives with his wife Annette and their five children near Regensburg. His involvement with Afghanistan has earned him the highest German military award (First Class), the Marion Gräfin Donhöff Prize and the European Social Prize among others. In 2002 Bavarian TV selected him as ‘Bavarian of the Year’. His bestselling Tee mit dem Teufel. Als deutscher Militärarzt in Afghanistan (Tea with the Devil – Army Doctor in Afghanistan) was published by Hoffmann & Campe in 2001. More information on Kinderhilfe Afghanistan (German Aid for Afghan Children GAAC).

Reinhard Erös (* 1948 in Tirschenreuth) ist Oberstarzt der Bundeswehr a.D. und lebt in Mintraching bei Regensburg. Zusammen mit seiner Frau Annette und seinen fünf Kindern betreibt er seit 1998 die Kinderhilfe Afghanistan, die in den Ostprovinzen Afghanistans mit dem Bau von Dorf- und Oberschulen, Waisenhäusern, Krankenstationen, Computerausbildungszentren und Berufsschulen humanitäre Hilfe und Wiederaufbauhilfe leistet … (ganzer Text).

Hohe Auszeichnung im Doppelpack für Erös, Sept. 22, 2006.


Reinhard Erös – Germany

Watch the video debate in german, Münchner Runde – Afghanistan, July 25, 2007 – 5 videos: 1/5, 9.46 min;  2/5, 9.54 min; 3/5, 9.58 min; 4/5, 9.33 min; and mainly 5/5, 5.50 min. (My comment: our (American and European) elites’ refusal on Reinhard Erös’ proposal for POPPY FOR MEDECINE lets me ask: WHO has a profit by selling rather arms to Afghanistan than start projects leading to a real change?)

… The Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung deserves a lot of credit for addressing key themes facing the transatlantic alliance, such as the future of NATO, Iran and Afghanistan.  I am delighted with the turnout and I am honored to be part of your series on Afghanistan. I understand that you recently hosted an impressive program with former Bundeswehr physician Dr. Reinhard Erös who now leads a privately organized humanitarian aid program securing education for girls in the post-Taliban era … (full text, 23. April 2008).

… Although Rübling’s murder comes as a shock to other local aid workers, they agree that withdrawing would send the wrong signal, partly because it could encourage the murderers. “Show your face, show your flag and get out,” advises Reinhard Erös of Kinderhilfe Afghanistan, a German aid organization headquartered in Bavaria. Erös, who already worked in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation, is part of a successful effort to build schools in the country’s Pashtun east … (full text).

… About two years ago I learned about the Kinderhilfe Afghanistan (German Aid for Afghan Children). This organisation is completey privately driven by the Erös Family. What they have achieved over the last decade as NGO (none government organisation) is simply outstanding ! Last year I met Dr. Reinhard Erös the first time personally and I have to admit never having spoken to someone with so much passion for his work, with so much knowledge of what he is talking about and who is that charismatic as he is. Since then I try to collect fundings and other items of need for him via my website Swyx Forum … (full text).

Find him and his publications on ; on Hoffmann und Campe; on Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek; on Google Video-search; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

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Kate Michelman – USA

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Linked with Naral Pro-Choice America,

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

In 2005, Kate Michelman announced that she was stepping down as president of Naral Pro-Choice America in order to help elect a pro-choice president of the USA. Under her leadership, Naral has become the nation’s premier reproductive rights group. Kate’s more than 20 years of advocacy have led to legalization of abortion and access to birth control information and devices. As she educates women about their bodies, Kate also awakens in them their right to autonomy and their right to live in a peaceful world, inspiring countless young women to join the struggle worldwide for women’s rights … She says: “I decided that one of the most important ways I could contribute to healthier children and families was to empower women to bring children into the world under circumstances of their own choosing” … (1000peacewomen 1/2).

Kate Michelman (born 1942) is an American political activist known for her involvement in the pro-choice movement. She served as president of NARAL from 1985 to 2004, and testified against Supreme Court justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito in their respective confirmation hearings. She wrote her memoirs in With Liberty and Justice for All: A Life Spent Protecting the Right to Choose (2006). (wikipedia).

Her Bio also on the Harry Walker Agency; and on Source Watch.


Kate Michelman – USA

She works for Naral Pro-Choice America.

Listen her video: Kate Michelman and Cate Edwards – Women’s Forum Webcast, 23 min, Nov 11, 2007.

Kate Michelman, The Public Face Of a Woman’s Right to Privacy, January 12, 2006.

Find her and her publications on think/ with her quotes; on amazon; on Harry Walker Agency Inc.; on Google Video-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

She says also: … “They threaten women’s rights to reproductive freedom and choice. And they threaten the practice of medicine because they criminalize the doctor’s work” … and: “Bush uses often the slogan of compassionate conservative to describe himself. But it hardly describes the record he has compiled as governor when it comes to ensuring women’s reproductive health and rights. Last year alone, Governor Bush signed seven measures restricting rights, adding to the 11 provisions enacted in previous years” … (full text).

Fmr. NARAL Head Kate Michelman on Alito and Her Own Pre-Roe v Wade Experience Getting an Abortion and Consent From the Husband Who Abandoned Her, January 09, 2006.

Long ‘Roe’ to Hoe, By Frances Kissling & Kate Michelman, January 17, 2008.

And she says: … “The question I have been asking myself is how do we best bring America together in shared purpose, prosperity and, especially, equality. Barack Obama is also calling our nation to the greatness that we all want but that we’re uncertain we can still achieve. Many who had given up on politics are re-engaging. Many who had grown tolerant of the intolerable are now ready to demand more ­ and not just from themselves but others” … (full text, 3 Nov 2008).

She writes: … Senator Obama is not just prepared to lead ­ as our beloved Teddy and Caroline Kennedy have said, he is prepared to lead in a way different than we have seen for decades. Not out in front with us behind him, but rather with us beside him. And that difference is all the difference. That difference separates just any president from a great president; and right now, we need a great president. Barack Obama will be that great president. He will bring us all together. And together, we will change our country. During these past many years, we have lost the sense of what we could do together, who we could be, what was possible. That’s changing. And Barack Obama is the one changing that. With him, greatness is again within reach. (full text).

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Aruna Roy – India

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Linked with The Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan MKSS, India, with the National Campaign For People’s Right To Information NCPRI, India, and with The idea of India.

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

Through struggles for the right to minimum wages and employment, Aruna Roy (born 1946) united the people of central Rajasthan under the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS). In 1994, the MKSS began the Right to Information movement. What started as a local intervention against corruption now stands as a national movement that has won freedom of information laws in ten states and at the center. The way in which Aruna bridged the interests of the middle class and the impoverished is remarkable. She says: “While the right to information in India is logical, it is conspicuous in its absence in the quotidian workings of the establishment. The sufferers are the impoverished” … (1000peacewomen 1/2).

Aruna Roy is an Indian political and social activist. She served as a civil servant in the Indian Administrative Service from 1968-1975. She is best-known for her campaigns to better the lives of the rural poor in Rajasthan … (full text on wikipedia).  And: Career; Personal Life.

This year’s Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership and International Understanding has been bestowed on J Arputham, President, National Slumdwellers’ Federation and Aruna Roy, Sept. 2000 … (full text).

She is also a Better World Heroe.


Aruna Roy – India

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She works for Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan MKSS.

RTI: Aruna Roy for another campaign, to implement the act, 11/3/2008.

RTI Act yet to make impact in villages, say policymakers, Nov. 6, 2008.

She says also: … “Many collectives of the poor people struggling for change gave us the ideas and the commitment to bring about meaningful change. In fact, this has been one of the outstanding lessons of my 25 years of work in rural Rajasthan. I owe my ideas to the clarity of others; my courage to being with people who confront injustice with fearlessness and equanimity; my hope to the persistence and resilience of men and women struggling to get themselves heard; my generosity to the poor family that shared its last roti (bread) with me and my sense of well being to the many who have supported me in difficult moments of my life” … (full interview text).

Desert Storm: Saathin Solidarity, September 11, 2004.

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

Another Interview With Aruna Roy: Janadesh 2007, by Santosh H K Narayan.

And she says: … “The pity is that there is no accountability in the present system of governance. All human rights depend on the basic right to know, to demand accountability. In India, the feudal social fabric has exploited the formal democratic system to its advantage because the literate are too busy building careers and empires to bother about social inadequacies. That’s why RTI has a widespread appeal for everyone. Every citizen of the state has a fundamental right to say: “You are spending my money. Render me the accounts.” But most people are unaware of this power and suffer as a result their inaction and ignorance” … (full interview text).

Aruna Roy is a recipient of Magsaysay award – valued as the Asian Nobel prize – for community leadership and international understanding. Aruna Roy was an IAS officer until 1974. She resigned from the IAS to join the Social Work and Research Center in Tilonia, Rajasthan, which had been set up by her husband Sanjit Roy. She worked at the SWRC until 1983, then moved to Devdoondri in 1990 and set up the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathana, a group which is a working example of a transparent organization. She is a strong supporter of the movement for Right to Information, which succeeded in getting the Rajasthan Right to Information Bill passed … (full text).

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Kate Fereday Eshete – Ethiopia and England

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Linked with KATE FEREDAY ESHETE helping the needy in Ethiopia, and with Kate, a girl who can’t say no.

For five years Kate Fereday Eshete has lived in a mud hut on the edge of Gondar city with her Ethiopian husband (Asnake Eshete), their adopted children (Tomas and Menen, two years old) and their menagerie. Kate and Asnake both work at the Tara Centre. Born in Cheshire – a county in the north-west of England – in 1961, Catherine (Kate for short) Fereday is the elder of identical twin sisters. In 1966 her family moved to Scotland, spending one year near Inverness before settling in the Orkney Islands, off the northern Scottish coast. Kate attended Kirkwall Grammar School, attaining ‘A’ in nine Scottish O’ Grades. At 17 she left Orkney to travel … // … In 1994 an impulse took Kate to Ethiopia to help street children. Five years later she walked about 500 miles from Addis Ababa to Gondar via Lalibela with a donkey she called Dinkenesh, celebrating the Millennium near the remote Takeze River in an area where no white person had ever been before …// … A note about Kate’s name: Ethiopians have just one name and use their father’s name as a second name. For a third name, they use their paternal grandfather’s name (for example, Asnake Eshete Tefera). They do not have family surnames and women do not change their names after marriage. (full text).


Kate Fereday Eshete – Ethiopia and England

She  is the founder of two English charities: the KINDU TRUST for needy children in Ethiopia, (named on GondarLink, on and on KINDU’s weblog, our Vision: The Kindu Trust stengthens vulnerable families affected by poverty by making them financially secure, which in turn prevents children drifting on to the streets); and of  the Dinkenesh Fund for needy animals in Ethiopia (named on about Kate, and on smart change).

Kate runs also the Tara Centre, a community centre where integrated projects help people, animals and the environment. Named also as Ethiopian partner on coldembersvocalistnick’s blog.

In September 2007 Kate opened the Empress Mentewab School, a primary school that provides quality, full-day education to disadvantaged children from poor families in Gondar’s inner-city slums, (see on her Homepage).

… It is only by your support we have been able to achieve so much and change the future for so many children and families in Ethiopia … // … Inspired by the work of Kate, with your support, we can and do make a difference in a world of poverty … (full text).

Find her and her publications on Google Blog-search.

… The Kindu Trust’s Ethiopian partner, the Tara Centre, is a community centre in the centre of Gondar city, Ethiopia. It serves the poor families living in the inner-city slums in a variety of ways and it is coordinated by Kate Fereday Eshete, our founder. The Tara Centre and the Kindu Trust are partners in our work to improve the quality of life on behalf of hundreds of disadvantaged people in Ethiopia – in particular through child sponsorship … (full text).

… Kate explained: “We first heard about Teseme and his siblings in June, 2003, when our social worker, Havard Fikkan, noted the poor conditions in which the family was living. The tragic story of two-year-old Teseme prompted Lorraine Shearer to sponsor the Ethiopian family. The youngster is pictured with his dad Mulualem Gebayehu in their home. We added Teseme to our list of needy children waiting for a sponsor and Teseme’s father, Mulualem Gebayehu, brought us a document from the chairman of the local council, confirming the desperate circumstances of the family” … (full text).

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Gillian Tett – England

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Linked with Media Talk: Predicting the crash, with Ann Pettifor – England,  .

Gillian Tett is an assistant editor of the Financial Times and oversees the global coverage of the financial markets. In 2007 she was awarded the Wincott prize, the premier British award for financial journalism, for her capital markets coverage. She was named British Business Journalist of the Year in 2008. (on Frontline Club, London).

… She joined the FT in 1993 and worked in the former Soviet Union and Europe, and in the economics team. In 1997 she was posted to Tokyo where she became the bureau chief, before returning in 2003 to become deputy head of the Lex column. She is the author of Saving the Sun; How Wall Street mavericks shook up Japan’s financial system and made billions (Harper Collins and Random House). Gillian Tett has a PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge University, based on research conducted in the former Soviet Union in the early 1990s. She speaks French, Russian, moderate Japanese and Persian … (full text).

She says: ““People who come from a background of arts and humanities and social studies tend to think that money and the City is boring and somehow dirty” … and: “But if you don’t look at how money goes round the world you don’t actually understand the world at all. When you try and join up the dots about how money can be linked to politics, can be linked to culture, then it’s electrifying” … (on Press Gazette, Oct. 31, 2008).

Gillian Tett was trained as a social anthropologist but became a journalist while doing fieldwork in Soviet Central Asia during the communist period in Russia. Since that time she has risen through the ranks of the Financial Times, holding positions on its economics desk before becoming the bureau chief in Japan. She now lives in London. (on Random House Group).

Watch video Talk from the Frontline Club, London, UK, 1.28′22 h, Nov. 7, 2008.


Gillian Tett – England

The banking world ignored Gillian Tett when she predicted the credit crisis two years ago. Laura Barton hears how her training in social anthropology alerted her to the danger … (full text, October 31 2008 – see also: Corrections and clarifications, Oct. 31, 2008).

She writes: … This was the idea that the 21st-century financial system and global economy had become so stable and sophisticated that dramatic swings in activity had seemingly disappeared. Volatility, in other words, was supposed to be an issue of the past … (full text, Oct. 27, n2008).

Gillian Tett: ‘Derivative Thinking’, June 1, 2008.

Communications and External Relations for Central Banks and Financial Regulators, 8 pages.

Investors left dazed by violence of recent swings, by Gillian Tett, October 27 2008.

Behind the applause, fears of downturn and debt loom, by Gillian Tett in London, October 15 2008.

Listen the audio: The role of the media; and the effects on the future of the banking industry, by Gillian Tett … (on Financial Times).

Find her and her publications on (blogs); on ; on LA Times; on Random House; on newstin; on amazon; on; on Google Video-search; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

Stages of Grief – the 2007/2008 credit crunch, by Gillian Tett, Financial Times, 9 pages.

She writes also: … “Every one was looking at the City and talking about M&A [mergers and acquisitions] and equity markets, and all the traditional high-glamour, high-status parts of the City. I got into this corner of the market because I passionately believed there was a revolution happening that had been almost entirely ignored. And I got really excited about trying to actually illustrate what was happening. Not that anyone particularly wanted to listen. You could see everyone’s eyes glazing over … But my team, not just me, we very much warned of the dangers. Though I don’t think we expected the full scale of the disaster that’s unfolded” … (full text).

Today: Bank of England interest rate cut 08 Nov 08 [Best of Today].

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Kip Tiernan – USA

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Linked with Rosie’s place, and with Why are people homeless. Added Nov. 16, 2008: and linked with Poor People’s United Fund PPUF.

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

At a time when society believed that women’s place was in the home, Kip Tiernan reached out to those women who had no home. In 1974, she founded Rosie’s Place, the United States’ first drop-in, emergency shelter for women. Kip has been at the center of the fight for economic and social justice for nearly three decades, advocating and lobbying for affordable and accessible housing, health care, education, jobs, civil rights, and peace. She currently serves as codirector of the Poor People’s United Fund, which she founded … She says: “If we care enough to take the risk of being human, together we can change the world”. (On 1000peacewomen).

Kip Tiernan is an American activist who may be best known as founder of Rosie’s Place. She has been an advocate for economic and social justice for nearly three decades. Tiernan has protested and lobbied for affordable and accessible housing, health care and education as well as jobs, civil rights and peace. Drawing from her early roots in the radical Catholic left movement, Tiernan encourages people “to take the risk of being human” … // … Tiernan was also a founder of the Boston Food Bank (see the Greather Boston Food Bank) and co-founder of the Boston Women’s Fund, Health Care for the Homeless and Community Works (see Police and Community Youth Club). In 1980 she co-founded the Poor People’s United Fund, a “spare change” funding source for grass roots community groups involved in issues of homelessness, hunger and access to justice, and she currently serves as the co-director. In 1990 she established the Ethical Policy Institute, a multi-disciplinary community of people engaged in political analysis, economics and community activism. Tiernan also teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts. A popular public speaker and social commentator, Tiernan has lectured at hundreds of high schools, colleges, churches and conferences and written articles in local as well as national publications … (full text).

Her Bio on Rosie’s Place.


Kip Tiernan – USA (left)

She works for Rosie’s Place, for the (Greather) Boston Food Bank, and for the Poor People’s United Fund PPUF.

When has anything that Kip Tiernan and Fran Froelich done been conventional? Last night in a program sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and campus volunteer programs, the pair referred to as “the conscience of Boston” spoke about their outsider political theology in their book, Urban Meditations. (on, a Bostons’ students paper).

… Kip is a native of Connecticut who was orphaned as a child and raised by her grandmother. Always unorthodox, by the time she was 16 she was taking flying lessons and playing jazz piano … (full text).

She says also: (Alice) … “taught me patience, kindness, street smarts… I still miss her more than I can say.”

One of the very first people I ever heard challenge homeless advocates to go beyond services to structural solutions was Kip Tiernan, a Boston activist out of the Catholic Worker mold. Kip is still around and at 77 continues to direct Boston’s Poor People’s United Fund with her longtime associate Fran Froelich … (full text).

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

Provides a $40,000 stipend and benefit package for one year to a woman, over 21 years of age, so that she can develop and carry out a special project that will further the mission of Rosie’s Place anywhere in New England … (full text).

Rosie’s Place Spring Gala: On 5/2, more than 200 guests gathered at the Channel 5 studios in Needham to mark the 80th birthday of social justice activist and Rosie’s Place founder Kip Tiernan. The event featured cuisine from celebrity chefs and a live auction, raising more than $350,000 for Rosie’s Place, a shelter for poor and homeless women. (Boston Magazine).

More than three decades after publication of the taboo-shattering book on female health, “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” activists are still struggling to bring attention to women’s health issues amid the national debate over medical insurance coverage, said one of the book’s authors and feminist pioneer Judy Norsigian … // … The discussion was moderated by Kip Tiernan, co-founder of Community Works in Boston, an organization supported through Harvard’s Community Gifts program (see box). (A scheduled participant, Byllye Avery, founder of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, was not able to attend due to a family health matter) … (full text).

Kip created a sanctuary of love when she opened the doors to Rosie’s Place 33 years ago and we continue to provide a community of support and hope for our most vulnerable sisters. With meals, groceries from our food pantry, advocacy services, emergency shelter, adult education, permanent housing, and more, Rosie’s Place has created a critical set of services that help all women make real and lasting changes and reach for their dreams. The following examples highlight some of our achievements across the organization this past year: … (full text).

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Brigitta Renyaan Sr. – Indonesia

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

Sister Brigitta was born in Langgur, Southeast Maluku on October 7, 1953. She wanted to be a nun since she was a little girl. As a teenager, she sang in a band, was a swimming champion and dated boys. But when a man proposed to her, she declined and instead entered the religious life. She graduated from the Fajar Langgur Teacher’s College in 1973. After finishing teacher’s college, she took her vows as a nun of the order of the Sacred Heart of Princess Mary and devoted herself to guiding the youth. With the outbreak of violence in Maluku, she focused her efforts on women and established the Forum for Women’s Welfare Gerakan Perempuan Peduli (GPP) in 1999, and she worked in Soya, Ambon, at a camp for internally displaced persons. Working with refugees, Brigitta has met people at their most vulnerable. She is acknowledged as a counselor, teacher and mediator.  Sister Brigitta Renyaan is a nun from the order of the Sacred Heart of Princess Mary or Putri Bunda Hati Kudus (PBHK). She is well known as at teacher of thousands of children at Xaverius Catholic School, which she founded.The sister’s determination emanates from a gentle heart. She says she was inspired by her late father, Ernest Renyaan, a teacher who was educated in colonial Dutch and Japanese schools. When the Japanese government summoned Ernest to go to Papua in the 1940s, he refused, choosing to quit his teaching job so he could remain in his native Maluku, where he worked as a farmer, carpenter and grassroots teacher … (on 1000peacewomen 1/2).

She says: “I will continue to defend the children and women, in war or in peace” … and: “We decided to form a foundation, I represented the Moslem women and children, because they were still in an alert situation. I counselled the Moslem children and helped them gather in Air Kuning, even though at the time we had no guarantee of protection” … and: She recalls, “That evening some of the orphans wearing their veils were ready at the 733rd army dorm. But people surrounded the area from everywhere, so they had to be picked up by an armed vehicle and dropped off at the monastery’s front door” … and: “I am not a teacher of religion, but a general teacher who tries to support children’s development and creativity according to their respective religious values, I am glad to see the parents support this” … (on 1000peacewomen).


Brigitta Renyaan Sr. – Indonesia … click on the picture for greather size

She works for Gerakan Perempuan Peduli GPP (existing on yahoo groups, and named on Geocities), and for the Putri Bunda Hati Kudus–Order of the Sacred Heart of Princess Mary (no website found).

THE SITUATION IN AMBON / MOLUCCAS: Report 310, Aug 19, 2002; and Report 317, September 11, 2002.

Find her and her publications on Google Blog-search (4 results in Indonesian language).

Indonesian texts: on;, Oct. 29, 2001; on, Dec. 26, 2002; another on, 28 Agustus 2006.

From here all text from 1000peacewomen 2/2: … The story of her father’s rebellion inspired Brigitta, who heard the story told over and over again. She says that her father’s discipline and attitude inspired her to become a nun. A dynamic church community also formed her and provided her with the opportunity to join social movements and become an activist. The outbreak of violence in Maluku in 1999 was her first experience in emergency work, counselling and working with victims of violence, especially marginalized groups. That same year, she formed the Gerakan Perempuan Peduli (The Forum for Women’s Welfare) in Maluku, which focused on women’s issues, gender awareness and child education.

The conflict in Maluku worsened with the deployment of military troops. Maluku was declared unsafe, and many people were evacuated. Sister Brigitta refused the suggestion by the church to evacuate from Maluku, choosing to stay with the people affected by the conflict, especially the women and children. During the conflict, the economy in Maluku turned into a nightmare. Life was very difficult for the community, especially the women who had to make sure they could feed their families. In camps for internally displaced persons (IDP), women and children had to live with poor sanitation, poor health, lack of education, lack of nutritious food, lack of love, not to mention sexual violence, sniper attacks, bombs, and other problems.

The women’s lives were changed forever. The faced the risk of losing their family members, of physical violence, the lack of political participation, and libel. In some instances, women had to resort to prostitution in order to feed their children. With most of the men out fighting, the women were left to keep the family together. But it was not safe for the women to walk in the streets. Many women, who got up early to go to the market before sunrise, were not safe from snipers.

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Elizabeth Betita Martinez – USA

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

Elizabeth “Betita” Martínez (born 1925) is a Chicana feminist and a long-time community organizer, activistauthor, and educator. She has written numerous books and articles on different topics relating to social movements in the Americas. Her best-known work is the bilingual 500 years of Chicano History in Pictures, which later formed the basis for the educational video Viva la Causa! 500 Years of Chicano History. Her work has been hailed by Angela Y. Davis as comprising one of the most important living histories of progressive activism in the contemporary era … [Martínez is] inimitable … irrepressible … indefatigable … (full text).

Her Bio also on South End Press.

… In 1997 she co-founded and currently directs the Institute for MultiRacial Justice in San Francisco, a resource center that aims “aims to strengthen the struggle against white supremacy by serving as a resource center to help build alliances among peoples of color and combat divisions”. Most recently, Betita was named as one of the 1000 women from 150 countries (40 from the U.S.) who have been nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. (full text).

She says: “If being a writer implies sensitivity to the complex reality of human existence, then how can one not seek to end the conditions that suffocate all but a tiny number of those who walk this earth?”(1000peacewomen).

Listen the videos: Elizabeth Betita Martinez, 2.59 min, Sept. 24, 2008; and: Elizabeth Betita Martinez’ Message About Efren Paredes, Jr., 1.33 min, April 23, 2008.


Elizabeth Betita Martinez – USA

She works for War Times-Tiempo de Guerras; for the Institute for Multi-Racial Justice (named on abc otv online); and for the Bay Area Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement.

Towards Social Justice: Elizabeth ‘Betita’ Martinez and the Institute for MultiRacial Justice, by Chris Crass, December 24, 2004.

Find her and her publications on allBookstore; on amazon; on wikipedia /selected publications; on Google Video-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

Betita Martinez responded to one of my questions at her Detroit book signing by saying, ¡Vive la mujer radical! (Long live the radical women!). I need to summon her unwavering purpose to keep my energy up! (on a book without cover).

Help for Elizabeth (Betita) Martinez, 10th March 2005.

If ever there has been a chapter of the U.S. left with deep cultural roots in every sense, it is the movimiento of New Mexico. The roots include social relations, economic traditions, political forms, artistic expression, and language—everything that defines peoplehood. They are Native American, Spanish, and Mexican mestizo (mixed) and they go back centuries. Migrant workers of the last 150 years have played a crucial part, but “immigrant” does not describe the totality of those roots … (full text A View from New Mexico: Recollections of the Movimiento Left, by Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez).

… Morales got the idea for the film while interviewing Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez. Perhaps best known for her book “500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures,” Martinez already was politically active in the early 1950s when her daughter was born … (full text, 23 Oct 2008).

… Second, the vital critique of white privilege in the Global Justice movement that was initiated by Elizabeth Betita Martinez in her essay “Where Was the Color in Seattle”.  That essay and others that followed it made race and power burning issues throughout the movement … (full text).

… She’s perhaps best known as the author of the classic 500 Years of Chicano History which remains a profusely illustrated testament to our people’s storied resistance throughout centuries of oppression. Betita, as she prefers to be called, was in town last week, however, to speak to students and people in the community about her latest book 500 Years of Chicana Women’s History. (Rutgers Press).

Starting where her classic text left off, Betita’s newest book is a bilingual historical exhumation of the long obscured stories of Chicana women in resistance. All too often faced with a male dominated triumvirate chorizo-fest image of the Chicano Movement, Betita’s book is a breath of fresh air and further more, an absolute necessity! … (full text).

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Barbara Ehrenreich – USA

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Barbara Ehrenreich (born August 26, 1941, in Butte, Montana) is an American feminist, socialist and political activist. She is a widely read columnist and essayist, and the author of nearly 20 books … (full text). Her Biography.

Her Bio on her own website.

She says:… No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots … and: America is addicted to wars of distraction … and: If men were equally at risk from this condition – if they knew their bellies might swell as if they were suffering from end-stage cirrhosis, that they would have to go nearly a year without a stiff drink, a cigarette, or even an aspirin, that they would be subject to fainting spells and unable to fight their way onto commuter trains – then I am sure that pregnancy would be classified as a sexually transmitted disease and abortions would be no more controversial than emergency appendectomies … (more quotes on think

Barbara’s Blog: Barbara Ehrenreich comments on working in America. And Her official website.

She writes: In a culture where credit rating is the key measure of self-worth, the increasing response to huge debts is “Just shoot me!” … // … The alternative is to value yourself more than any amount of money and turn the guns, metaphorically speaking, in the other direction. It wasn’t God, or some abstract economic climate change, that caused the credit crisis. Actual humans – often masked as financial institutions – did that, (and you can find a convenient list of names in Nomi Prins’s article in the current issue of Mother Jones.) Most of them, except for a tiny few facing trials, are still high rollers, fattening themselves on the blood and tears of ordinary debtors. I know it’s so 1930s, but may I suggest a march on Wall Street? (full text of Suicide Spreads as One Solution to the Debt Crisis, July 29, 2008).


Barbara Ehrenreich – USA

Watch the video: Ehrenreich – This Land is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation, 44.17 min, added July 16, 2008.

Announcement: A professor at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County will discuss a book that chronicles a women’s experience with the working poor on Nov. 13, 2008 … Associate sociology professor Ann Herda-Rapp will discuss how author Barbara Ehrenreich took low-wage jobs in three different states to detail struggles that prevent workers from fulfilling basic necessities … (full text, November 5, 2008).

UWMC to perform Nickel and Dimed, Nov. 4, 2008.

… Nickel and Dimed is Joan Holden’s stage version of Barbara Ehrenreich’s first-person story Nickel and Dimed, on (Not) Getting by in America. The play, like the book, is about Ehrenreich’s experiences working in low-wage jobs and trying to survive for a year … (full text, November 5, 2008).

Do You Think Americans Reject The Notion Of Spreading The Wealth? October 18, 2008.

She writes also: … So happy birthday, Communist Manifesto – although I’m hoping that capitalism survives this one, if only because there’s no alternative ready at hand. At the very least, we should get some regulation and serious oversight out of any bail-out deal, meaning that, yes, the economy will look a little less like free enterprise. But one thing we should have learned in the last week, if not the last year, is that, when applied to enterprise, freedom can be just another word for someone else’s pain. (full text).

Find her and her publications on The Nation; on Alternet; on her blogs; books on her official website and articles on its archives; on wikipedia: see her books, her essays, and translations made in many languages; on Barbara Ehrenreich Quotes; on Google Video-search; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

… And yet, once the microphones were on, Barbara Ehrenreich spoke movingly about America’s infuriating blindness to our poor. Tom Friedman (Hot, Flat, and Crowded) spoke rousingly about our crucial need to be as imaginative about ET (environmental technology) as we’ve been about IT (information technology) … (full text).

She is member of United Professionals.

… Featured speakers include Barbara Ehrenreich, author of “Nickle and Dimed,” and William McDonough, an architect known for his sustainability efforts. Other things to look out for are a green film festival, a reggae concert Saturday morning and a closing celebration on Saturday evening … (full text).

… Class warfare is what the wealthy and their puppets have been waging against the rest of us. One day, if unchecked, it will boil over and the McCains and Bushes and Cheneys of this country will learn what class warfare is– like the French aristocracy did. Meanwhile, perhaps they could get a glimmer from the introduction to This Land Is Your Their Land, the fantastic new book by Barbara Ehrenreich. She writes that “we’ll need a new deal, a new distribution of power and wealth if we want to restore the beautiful idea that was “America” … (full text).

… Speaking several years ago from the perspective of the newly diagnosed, Barbara Ehrenreich waged war in the pages of Harper’s against the “cult” of cheery pink consumption. She insisted that breast cancer survivors have all too readily taken up the role of complacency, embracing everything from pink teddy bears to pink angel pins while sacrificing what Ehrenreich clearly believes is well-placed anger … (full text).

… Based on Barbara Ehrenreich’s 2001 book of the same name, “Nickel and Dimed” follows the author’s real-life quest to try to survive on a minimum wage. Ehrenreich, in the New York Times best-seller, lived in three different states over a few months in the least-expensive lodgings she could find and worked a series of poverty-wage jobs – house cleaner, hotel maid, Wal-Mart salesperson and waitress among them … (full text).

Report from the Socialist International Conspiracy, Oct. 21, 2008.

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Ricky L. Jones – USA

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Raised by his maternal grandmother in the hard-scrabble housing projects of Atlanta, Georgia, Ricky L. Jones not only became the first member of his immediate family to graduate high school, but by age 29 he had also earned a Ph.D. Currently, Jones is associate professor, past chair, and Director of the Center for the Study of Crime and Justice in the Black Community in the Department of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville. He is an honors graduate in Political Science from Morehouse College (Martin Luther King, Jr.’s alma mater). He was only the second African American to receive a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky where he specialized in Political Philosophy and Comparative Politics … (full bio).

Read a profile of Ricky Jones in his adopted hometown’s newspaper: When Conscience Calls, 6 pdf-pages, June 8, 2003.

He says: “Have No Fear, Stay Strong, Stand on Truth, Do Justice, and Do Not Leave the People in the Hands of Fools.” (on /

His Research Interests: African American Politics and Leadership; Political Theory; African American Nationalism; Violence and Resistance; the African American Male … (full text).


Ricky L. Jones – USA


African American political Pundit, on blog talk

Find him and his publications on allBookstores; on amazon; on; on blog talk; on University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky 40292; on; on Barnes and Noble; on UN jobs; on his books, his audios and videos; on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search.

The Google download-books:

  • American Icons, By Dennis Hall, Susan G. Hall, 2006, … and there a chapter: Martin Luther King, Jr., by Ricky L. Jones, on page 363;
  • The Hazing Reader, By Hank Nuwer, 2004, 314 page, … and there a chapter: Examining Violence in Black Fraternity Pledging, by Ricky L. Jones, on page 110;
  • What’s Wrong with Obamamania? By Ricky L. Jones, J. Blaine (FRW) Hudson, 2008, 144 pages.

He writes: Since 2002, Ricky L. Jones has written the Message to the People in Louisville’s most popular alternative weekly – the Louisville Eccentric Observer(LEO). Over the years, the Message has covered a wide range of topics including: local, state, national and international politics, police brutality, urban renewal, activism, progressivism, religion, individual and structural racism, education, history, poverty, and many others. It is a three-time winner of the Louisville Society of Professional Journalists’ “Best Minority Reporting Award.” The Message is published the last Wednesday of each month. (See on LEO’s Homepage, and in the Archives of Message to the People.

… Raised by his maternal grandmother in the hard-scrabble housing projects of Atlanta, Georgia, Ricky L. Jones not only became the first member of his immediate family to graduate high school, but by age 29 he had also earned a Ph.D. Currently, Jones is associate professor, past chair, and Director of the Center for the Study of Crime and Justice in the Black Community in the Department of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville. He is an honors graduate in Political Science from Morehouse College (Martin Luther King, Jr.’s alma mater). He was only the second African American to receive a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky where he specialized in Political Philosophy and Comparative Politics. Outside the academy, Jones has written the Message to the People for the city of Louisville’s most popular alternative weekly, the Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO). The Message won the Best Minority Reporting Award from the Louisville Society of Professional Journalists for three consecutive years. Recently, because of his commitment to the community as well as his work, Jones was named one of Louisville’s 25 Young Future Leaders by Louisville Magazine … (full text).

Sorry, exept the Google download books no texts of Ricky L. Jones are openly awailable in the internet.

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Paul Grignon – Canada

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Linked with It’s a strange system, and it’s not in our best interests. Also linked with G. Edward Griffin – USA, with some Publications, with … and specially this publication, with The Fed, with Bibliography: The FED,Money, Gold, Economy, Society, with … und speziell noch dieses Buch. And also linked with Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

(He is a) Canadian Artist Paul Grignon creates in paint, print and pixels … (see on his website).

Paul Grignon was born in Toronto, Canada on May 5, 1948. He was always drawing and painting as a child, and began working in oils at the age of thirteen. Self taught in the technical skills of painting landscapes and still life realistically, his “artist soul” was awakened during a year at Toronto’s New School of Art, where he immersed himself in figure drawing up to 6 hrs per day and experimented with abstract expressionist painting … (full text).

He says: “Born in Toronto, Canada in 1948, I first became suspicious of our money system when I was in high school in Ottawa. We were studying logarithmic functions such as interest and it struck me that a money system in which money accrues interest at every turn could only function with exponential growth of the money supply. Something did not make sense to me. I wasn’t sure what it was but I had strong feeling that banking was a scam designed to benefit bankers at the expense of everyone else. I vowed never to get into debt to bankers” … (full text).

Reviews of his video Money as Dept.

Watch his 4 videos:


Paul Grignon – Canada

Sites showing Paul Grignon’s paintings and drawings: on Cathedral Grove; on Carole Martin; on Gallery Sookeharbourhouse; on Himalayan Festival; on Kinsol Trestle; on whiter rock gallery; on world wide renaissance;  on graced haven’s; on Kevan and Allison’s Wedding; and on Gallery 1080.

Ecrivent aussi de sa vidéo/resp. la montrent: Daily Motion, 15 oct., 2008; David Abiker, sur France Info, le 14 oct. 08; François Xavier, le, le 8 oct. 08; André Gunthert, l’école des hautes études en science, 14 octobre 2008; Astrid Girardeau et Erwan Cario dans Libération, 15 octobre 2008.

… Une vidéo à ne pas manquer, qui nous décrit les artifices financiers appliqués par les banques avec la complicité des gouvernants. Ca fait froid dans le dos. Mais il ne suffit pas de regarder, il s’agirait également de revendiquer les quelques pistes qu’y sont proposés. A l’aube d’une séquence ou nos civilisations vont devoir opérer un virage à 180°c, il serait bon d’anticiper les pénuries et la fin des ressources terrestres à bas couts, la fin de la récré a sonné! Pour plus de débat, consulter également le site Arrèt sur Image, dont ci-dessous un article et liens associés. Skapad. LE FILM DE PAUL GRIGNON: dit non à l’usure … (full text, 25 octobre 2008).

The Google download-book Pier 21, By Anne Renaud.

Find him and his publications on Google Video-search (actually with 151 results); on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

… Zeitgeist II film (and website) is dark, foreboding, and dire.  Its appeal will be most effective with the disaffected who recognize the problems and yearn for positive direction.  I loved it; the film resolved my ambivalence over boycotting the vote. Zeitgeist II spends the first half of the film explaining the monetary system.  That’s a good thing; most of us have no clue how money really works.  My three college econ courses never explained the creation of money through debt.  Nor did they warn of the ramifications of this century-old pyramid scheme that is today collapsing before us.  Dennis Kucinich recently recommended Paul Grignon’s 47-minute animated documentary, Money as Debt, for an introduction to our monetary system.  So do I.  Zeitgeist II takes the instruction further, and then moves into an interconnected exposé of corporations and capitalism … (full text, 12 Oct 2008).

Find also Paul Grignon’s video: on Webatlantis on Bonjour Planet Earth; on need 2 know; on
snips & snaps; on Running ‘Cause I can’t fly’; on Hey Guys … and more than 7000 other blogs on Google Blog-search.

Paul Grignon is a fine landscape artist and a tireless advocate for the land and for peace. He lives on Gabriola Island … (see a landscape).

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Richard Hayes Phillips – USA

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Richard Hayes Phillips has been the leading investigator of the fraudulent 2004 presidential election in Ohio. His work was relied upon by John Conyers in challenging the Ohio electors in Congress, by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. in his article for Rolling Stone magazine, and by Algenon L. Marbley in issuing his federal court order protecting the ballots from destruction. Assisted by teams of volunteers equipped with digital cameras, Phillips amassed some 30,000 images of forensic evidence. Then he analyzed it all himself, examining 126,000 ballots, 127 poll books, and 141 voter signature books from 18 counties in Ohio … (full text).

“Richard Hayes Phillips worked day and night for three years compiling irrefutable evidence of how the Republicans stole the 2004 presidential race in Ohio.  This landmark investigation is a testament to what private citizens can accomplish when government officials fail to protect our right to vote and to count those votes as cast.  Every American – Republican and Democrat – should read this book, and join the fight for democracy’s most fundamental right” … (full text).

His article: Was the 2004 Election Stolen? Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted – enough to have put John Kerry in the White House. (ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR. June 01, 2006).


Richard Hayes Phillips – USA


Whatever the outcome of the US elections, a question mark will hang over the irregularities that have taken place in the run-up to the polls and the actual voting process itself; particularly the electronic voting devices being used, about which there have already been several complaints. An increasing number of Americans are calling for electoral reform and a return to paper ballots … (full text, Oct 30, 2008).

Listen also the audio: Presidential Election Audit Finds Every Vote Doesn’t Count, published on Democracy for New Hampshire, July 23, 2008.

… While we can admit that some people may always try to commit voter registration fraud, such fraud is far less important or successful than the tactics committed by the Republicans in the last two Presidential elections. It must be ended! If there is one activity that stinks of being un-American, it would be trying to take away another’s right or ability to vote … (full text, November 01, 2008).

The Twelve Step Program, YES! Online – Election 2008: 12 Ways You Can Safeguard the Vote, by Fran Korten – Download the pdf-text.

… Phillip’s analysis uncovered the fact that Miami County’s ballot count was off in each and every one of its 82 precincts. A return of soiled ballots might have helped sort this out but they were destroyed. Why? Three counties, Stark, Summit, and Warren, failed to return any unvoted ballots making it difficult to determine if unvoted ballots were marked and substituted for voted ballots. Stark and Warren said it was standard procedure to destroy unvoted ballots 60 days after an election. Summit didn’t bother to offer an explanation … (full text, 8 November 2007).

Find him and his publications on Google Video-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

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Maria Varela – USA

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

Maria Varela has been a community organizer for nearly 40 years, beginning in 1962 when she joined the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee. Assigned to Selma Alabama, Varela’s job was to teach literacy. Instead she found herself a student of the rich African American culture of the black belt south. Dissatisfied with existing literacy materials, Varela began to create filmstrips and photo books that proved useful both in training community leaders and teaching literacy … (full text).

She says: “Breakthroughs are possible only if we can gather the courage to risk stepping outside our colonized worldviews” … and: … She argues:”Collaboration can provide the opportunity for the kind of cross-cultural communication that is necessary to address social, economic, and environmental problems … But unless the issues of race, class, and culture are faced head-on, I question whether collaboration can make a dent in deeply held ethnocentrism, rooted in still deeper historical legacies. Breakthroughs are possible, but only if we can gather the courage to risk stepping outside our colonized worldviews” … (both on 1000peacewomen).

Her profile on LinkedIn.


Maria Varela – USA

She works for Rural Resources Group.

… TOPPENISH – The Yakima Valley’s economic future does not rest on the shoulders of farmers, ranchers or tourism developers. National rural resources expert Maria Varela says it rests, instead, in each Valley community’s ability to teach a diverse population the ABCs of economic literacy. The lessons are worthy of people of all ages and cultures, and could start being taught as early as middle school or junior high, she adds. Varela’s message was directed to the graduating class of Heritage College last weekend. In an interview, Varela says she gained as much from the graduates as they might have gained from her … (full text).

The book: Rural Environmental Planning for Sustainable Communities, by Frederic Sargent, Paul Lusk, Jose Rivera, Maria Varela.

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

The Google download-books:

Women of Color, By Lillian Comas-Díaz, Beverly Greene, 1994, 518 pages;

Encyclopedia of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, By Matt S. Meier, Margo Gutiérrez, 2000, 293 pages.

… As a community organizer, Maria Varela specializes in small miracles. “What I do is to unlock people’s hopes and abilities,” she says of her part in the work of establishing a series of successful self-help ventures that have improved the lives of the people of her community without compromising their cherished rural traditions. While Varela prefers to go about her business without fanfare, her efforts have not gone unnoticed. Last summer she was honored with a prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship, a so-called genius award with a $305,000 no-strings-attached stipend that left her flustered and—no use denying it—thrilled. “I was stunned that they chose a community organizer, because community work is not often recognized” … (full text).

She writes: Definitions by Maria Varela:

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  • 2. the libertines – Ostensibly an English band comprised of four members but only two are ever seen: look up Carlos Barat and Pete Dohert…  Nov 15, 2003
  • 1. nikolai fraiture – Franco-Russian soft-haired and soft-spoken bassist for the Strokes. Often found in the background of photos and obsc

… (on Urban Dictionary).

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Barbara Smith – USA

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

Barbara Smith is an author, activist, and independent scholar who has played a groundbreaking role in opening up a national dialogue about the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender. She was among the first to define an African American women’s literary tradition and to build black women’s studies and black feminism in the United States. She has been politically active in many movements for social justice since the 1960s. Currently, her focus is on neighborhood and community organizing, especially regarding youth issues, in the poor black community where she resides. She says: “We are not hated and abused because there is something wrong with us, but our treatment is absolutely prescribed by the racist, misogynistic system under which we live”.  (on 1000peacewomen).

Barbara Smith (born December 16, 1946) in Cleveland is an American, lesbian feminist who has played a significant role in building and sustaining Black Feminism in the United States. Since the early 1970s she has been active as an innovative critic, teacher, lecturer, author, independent scholar, and publisher of Black feminist thought. She has also taught at numerous colleges and universities over the last twenty five years. Smith’s essays, reviews, articles, short stories and literary criticism have appeared in a range of publications, including The New York Times Book Review, The Black Scholar, Ms., Gay Community News, The Guardian, The Village Voice, Conditions (magazine) and The Nation. Barbara has a twin sister, Beverly Smith, who is also a lesbian feminist activist and writer … (full text).


Barbara Smith – USA

She works for:

History and activism.

Her Bio on

She is one of the 37 Women Named Bunting Institute Fellows for ‘96-97.

She is also a Betterworld Heroe, see Her Bio.

Some of the Google download-books she authored or co-authored:

She says also: “What I really feel is radical is trying to make coalitions with people who are different from you. I feel it is radical to be dealing with race and sex and class and sexual identity all at one time. I think that is really radical because it has never been done before”. (on Betterworld Heroes).

Find her and her publications on wikipedia /writings; on inauthor Google-search; and on Google Blog-search.

Many persons have the same name, disambiguations are often uncertain.

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Susan Sygall – USA

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

Susan Sygall is an internationally recognized expert in leadership programs and international educational exchange for persons with disabilities, with a particular emphasis on women. From her wheelchair, Susan inspires people to achieve more than they–and society–thought possible. She has changed the lives of countless women, often in the most isolated parts of the world. She cofounded Disabled Women’s Coalition, the Berkeley Outreach Recreation Program, and Mobility International USA, where she serves as executive director. She says: “Personally, I’ve been unbelievably fortunate. Amazing things have happened in my life that have allowed me to do work that I’m passionate about and that has made an impact”. (1000peacewomen).

… Ms. Sygall, CEO and co-founder of Mobility International USA, serves as a trainer, presenter and consultant throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia on a variety of topics related to leadership, international exchange, inclusion and services for people with disabilities. Ms. Sygall has conducted leadership trainings with people with disabilities, educators and policy makers in Vietnam, Micronesia, Bosnia, Brazil and Mexico. Most recently, Ms. Sygall co-led MIUSA’s third international Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), which brought together 30 grassroots women leaders with disabilities from 30 countries. Ms. Sygall has co-authored a long series of publications and materials, including: Building Bridges: A Manual for Including Persons with Disabilities in International Exchange Programs (4th edition), and Building an Inclusive Development Community: A Manual on Including People with Disabilities in International Development Programs and has contributed her extensive experience to the publication Survival Strategies for Going Abroad: A Guide for People with Disabilities … (full Bio).


Susan Sygall – USA

She works for Mobility International USA, MIUSA, for the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchanges, and for the Disabled Women’s Coalition (named on disability history, see on 1974: Disabled Women’s Coalition founded at UC Berkeley by Susan Sygall and Deborah Kaplan. Other women involved include Kitty Cone, Corbett O’Toole, and Susan Schapiro. The coalition ran support groups, held disabled women’s retreats, wrote for feminist publications, and lectured on women and disability).

Women Who Light the Dark: Michael Krasny speaks with an array of women who are actively and innovatively progressing communities around the world … also with Susan Sygall, CEO and co-founder of Mobility International USA and recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Oct 8, 2007: download the AUDIO on KQED radio.

Building an Inclusive Development Community: A Manual on Including People With Disabilities in International Development Programs; Author(s): Heinicke-motsch, Karen; Sygall, Susan.

She writes:

… The goal is to cultivate leadership among these young people and find ways of broadening their lives, according to Susan Sygall, co-founder of MIUSA.  Since 1981, the nonprofit organization has coordinated exchange programs for people with and without disabilities from more than 90 countries …
(full text).

Sports Programs Where a Disability Is No Barrier to Having Fun, Last in a four-part series on life for people with disabilities in the US, April 1, 2007: Download context with windows media player, or Download its pdf-transcript,  both in different languages possible, on VOICE ONE … (full text).

The Google download-books:

Gender, Development, and Diversity, by Caroline Sweetman, 2004, 90 pages;

Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door 2008, by Rick Steves, 2007, 676 pages.

She says also: “I believe that all people with disabilities are members of a global family. Working together across borders is our most powerful way of effecting changes”. (on MIUSA/about).

Find her and her publications on amazon; on SourceWatch; on; on; on Bancroft Library, Berkeley; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.

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