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Index February 2006

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2006-02-01: dKosopedia;
2006-02-01: The African Digital Commons;
2006-02-01: Laurie King-Irani’s texts;
2006-02-01: axe de la paix;
2006-02-03: again op-icescr;
2006-02-03: Muslim Protest for Pictures;
2006-02-04: Communication of Mrs Delphine Nana Mekounte;
2006-02-08: again Muslim Protests for Pictures;
2006-02-08: Anatomy of Global Sex Industry;
2006-02-11: Integrisme and our Free World;
2006-02-12: War between Integrisme and Freedom;
2006-02-12: Islam-Cartoon Debatte auf deutsch;
2006-02-12: Statement of US Rep. Nancy Pelosi;
2006-02-12: Making Rehabilitation Into a Serious Business;
2006-02-12: The Muslim opinion is manipulated;
2006-02-13: PEN Canada statement on cartoons depicting Muhammed;
2006-02-13: Background Doc on op-icescr;
2006-02-14: Working mothers – The Balancing Act;
2006-02-14: Certified User’s Guide to make Cartoons;
2006-02-15: Smiles;
2006-02-17: The Origins of the Mainstream JapaNIEs Cultural Order;
2006-02-19: America’s Empire of Bases;
2006-02-20: Nuclear Weapons and Non-Proliferation – the Russian Perspective;
2006-02-20: IRANIAN PERSONALITIES ON THE ATOMIC CRISIS;
2006-02-21: 6th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates;
2006-02-27: The Fight against Trafficking in Women and Children.

The Fight against Trafficking in Women and Children

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Linked to our presentation of Oung Chanthol – Cambodia

Also linked to our presentation The Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center CWCC

By Oung Chanthol, Executive Director, Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center, Presented at the 2001, Magsaysay Awardees’ Lecture Series, Magsaysay Center, Manila, Philippines.

Ladies and Gentlemen! I would like to deeply thank the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation for giving me the opportunity to be here to present my paper Breaking Ground in the Fight Against Sex Trafficking. This gathering shows the great cooperation of government and civil society in tackling the issue of trafficking in women and children for the well being of all. It is a great honor for me to exchange experiences and to learn from the groups gathered here today.

My presentation will consist of three parts: 1) A brief introduction of trafficking in Cambodia, 2) CWCC’s efforts in countering the issue, and 3) concluding recommendations which the government and civil society might find of use in addressing the issues.

I. BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO TRAFFICKING IN CAMBODIA

One of the most pervasive and severe forms of violence against women and girls in Cambodia is sex trafficking. The Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center’ s (CWCC) clients who have escaped from Cambodian brothels relate harrowing tales of trafficking across the country and borders, abductions, deceptions, severe abuse and slave-like conditions. Their courageous stories are tragic, and the epidemic scale on which these stories are repeated daily, in Cambodia and around the globe, not only demands attention but immediate action.

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6th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

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Linked with our presentation of Kailash Satyarthi – India.

Also linked with our presentation of South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude (SACCS).

Kailash Satyarthi addressed the 6th Gorbechov Nobel Peace Prize Summit in Rome on 25 November 2005. The main theme of the summit this year was “Africa Emergency, Equal Rights for a Non Violent World “.

Text of Speech from Kailash Satyarthi:

Honourable … and Dear…

I am not an expert on Africa, but having worked and living with children for the last two and a half decade including Africa, I see a serious urgency. Let me begin with three very personal incidents of my life in Africa. I met a 15-year-old young Sudanese boy, who was kidnapped by the extremist army, and forced to kill some of his friends and relatives as his first training lesson in becoming a child soldier. The boy still has one hope that a day will come when no one will be forced to kill their dear ones. And, he asked me how it would be possible.

Once travelling in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia I saw a boy crying loudly near a muddy pond. When I asked Peter what was the matter, Peter said, he and his friend were looking after some pigs. A few moments back, one of the pigs went into the swamp and his friend trying to save the pig also went into the swamp and died. An angry crying Peter questioned, “The pig is three times the worth of a boy for our master. Why is the pig costlier than my friend?”

I met a South African girl sold as a domestic servant. She was brutally abused, enslaved and starved by her masters for years. After her release and rehabilitation, she now dreams of becoming a pilot.

Don’t you think that we must address these questions and hopes as a situation of emergency? Nothing could be more violent than the denial of childhood, freedom and dignity of a child. And nothing can be more promising and powerful to bring about equality than such children standing for their rights, dreams and aspirations. These three incidents tell the story of not only Africa but also the world at large.

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IRANIAN PERSONALITIES ON THE ATOMIC CRISIS

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Linked to our presentations of Mehdi Khanbaba-Tehrani – Iran and Akbar Ganji – Iran.

STATEMENT BY A GROUP OF IRANIAN PERSONALITIES ON THE ATOMIC CRISIS OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN, 20th February 2006

The concerns of the international community about the nuclear programs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the response by the Iranian regime to these concerns, have resulted in a tense and dangerous situation detrimental to stability and peace in the Middle East and far beyond.
We as concerned Iranians of diverse political outlooks and tendencies wish to express our common position on this vital international issue and plead for international understanding and backing of these positions.
1. We firmly believe in the inalienable right of the Iranian people to acquire and exploit nuclear technology and know-how for peaceful purposes.
2. We regard proliferation of nuclear weapons as a major threat to world peace, and support the international Non-Proliferation Treaty and other peaceful international initiatives for controlling the spread of nuclear weapons.
3. We regard nuclear weapons as weapons of mass destruction whose use are morally deplorable and legally indefensible, and support all international efforts towards nuclear disarmament and the elimination of all nuclear weapons.
4. We condemn the clandestine nuclear activities of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the past, and call for and support full transparency of Iran’s nuclear programs.
5. We are suspicious of the true aims of the Iranian regime in its nuclear program, and share the concerns of the international community in this regard. We are of the opinion that in the absence of a democratic system in Iran, and with the stated aims and intentions of the Islamic Republic, it is incapable of securing the trust of the international community in its nuclear program.
6. We are of the opinion that a halt in the enrichment program in Iran would not harm Iran’s capability in nuclear industry. Iran has a great pool of expertise and know-how in nuclear industry both inside and outside the country, and in a democratic Iran these could be called upon to work on a transparent nuclear program for peaceful purposes.
7. In these circumstances and in order to alleviate international concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, we support the call by the international community for a complete halt to the enrichment program in Iran in exchange for the supply of all necessary materials and technology for Iran’s nuclear power program.
8. We strongly oppose any military intervention in Iran and regard such action as detrimental to democracy in Iran and peace and security in the region, and plead with the world community to channel all its resources through the democratic Iranian opposition for change in Iran rather than act through military means.
9. We firmly believe that democratic change in Iran is the best guarantee for solving the international impasse over Iran’s nuclear program. We call on the international community to support the Iranian people’s campaign for democracy and human rights as a means to solve the nuclear program issue.

Signed by:

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Nuclear Weapons and Non-Proliferation – the Russian Perspective

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Linked with our presentation of Alla Yaroshinskaya – Russian Federation.

Linked also with Uni Cambridge, Event 24-02-2006.

Speach hold at IEER, Conference on Nuclear Dangers and the State of Security Treaties, United Nations, New York, April 9, 2002, by Alla Yaroshinskaya, Ph.D., President, Ecological Center, Moscow.

During the last decade, the world was shaken twice: the first time when the USSR was dissolved very quickly and the second time when terrorists attacked the United States in front of the eyes of millions of people. Both times, the consequences of these actions led us to change the whole international order and geopolitical situation. And both times, this related to the main problem of “to be or not to be.” I mean the discussion on nuclear weapons. Today, unfortunately, we may have to accept the very sad fact that humankind slowly, but surely, is moving toward the brink of nuclear war, or at least toward local nuclear war, under the still very popular military doctrine of so-called nuclear deterrence.

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America’s Empire of Bases

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Linked with our presentation of how Western Financiers Caused the Asia Crisis.

Linked also with our presentation of Chalmers Johnson – USA.

by Chalmers Johnson, Published on Thursday, January 15, 2004 by TomDispatch.com (link no more available).

As distinct from other peoples, most Americans do not recognize — or do not want to recognize — that the United States dominates the world through its military power. Due to government secrecy, our citizens are often ignorant of the fact that our garrisons encircle the planet. This vast network of American bases on every continent except Antarctica actually constitutes a new form of empire — an empire of bases with its own geography not likely to be taught in any high school geography class. Without grasping the dimensions of this globe-girdling Baseworld, one can’t begin to understand the size and nature of our imperial aspirations or the degree to which a new kind of militarism is undermining our constitutional order.

Our military deploys well over half a million soldiers, spies, technicians, teachers, dependents, and civilian contractors in other nations. To dominate the oceans and seas of the world, we are creating some thirteen naval task forces built around aircraft carriers whose names sum up our martial heritage — Kitty Hawk, Constellation, Enterprise, John F. Kennedy, Nimitz, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Carl Vinson, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, John C. Stennis, Harry S. Truman, and Ronald Reagan. We operate numerous secret bases outside our territory to monitor what the people of the world, including our own citizens, are saying, faxing, or e-mailing to one another.

Our installations abroad bring profits to civilian industries, which design and manufacture weapons for the armed forces or, like the now well-publicized Kellogg, Brown & Root company, a subsidiary of the Halliburton Corporation of Houston, undertake contract services to build and maintain our far-flung outposts. One task of such contractors is to keep uniformed members of the imperium housed in comfortable quarters, well fed, amused, and supplied with enjoyable, affordable vacation facilities. Whole sectors of the American economy have come to rely on the military for sales. On the eve of our second war on Iraq, for example, while the Defense Department was ordering up an extra ration of cruise missiles and depleted-uranium armor-piercing tank shells, it also acquired 273,000 bottles of Native Tan sunblock, almost triple its 1999 order and undoubtedly a boon to the supplier, Control Supply Company of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and its subcontractor, Sun Fun Products of Daytona Beach, Florida.

At Least Seven Hundred Foreign Bases.

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The Origins of the Mainstream JapaNIEs Cultural “Order”

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Linked with our presentation of Kinhide Mushakoji – Japan.

Exceptionally here first the links:

Kinhide Mushakoji wrote, in Mushakoji Newsletter No.8 June 1997, just before the “Asia Crisis” (mfp-saga.html): ‘Nowadays, Japan does not officially claim to reproduce the concentric Pax Cinica as it did during the World War II. It is, however, the center with a concentric sub-contracting vertical division of labor. As was the case in the tributary Pax Cinica, Japanese ODA redistributes part of its accumulated “tribute” and covers part of the club goods of the region. Whereas the “Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere” (GEACS) was an official “project” of imperial/imperialist Japan, the present concentric vertical division created around Japan is, in a sense, the occluded GEACS. See also:

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Smiles

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This morning in Abu Dhabi walking on the shore, almost alone, just now people are hard at work. Only gardeners working in the park, young men, older men, they may come from Pakistan, India … sometimes a smile on their face, often shy … rarely a bit frankly, I smile back.

Women with a little veil over lips and nose, I show a big smile. Even under their veil I recognish how they smile back … we go further …

Certified User’s Guide to make Cartoons

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Here a sure and certified user’s guide to make your cartoons:

by Chard, a french cartoonist

plaisanteries = joke; interdites = forbidden; sauf = except; Belges = a Belgian guy. One must know that poor Belgians are always humoristic items for frenchies; femmes = women; sauf blondes = except women with yellow-golden hair; noirs = blacks; sauf miraculés = except miraculates; sauf catholiques = except Catholics (specially the pope in Rome); juifs = Jews; beurs = North African Immigrates; Français de souche = the only one real Frenchy.
All the other words are almost similar.

and here the announcment of a cartoon contest on an Iranian site:

http://www.irancartoon.ir/
= in Iranian script,

with the one I must show you:

Cartoon of Yusuf Temiza

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Working mothers – The Balancing Act

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Out od CAIRO KIDS.com, we let you read this following reflection of Dina Abdel Wahab.

She has created in Egypt two Institutions for children, first ashoka, second the baby academy.

Can women who work create a balance between their careers and their young children’s needs?

Based on the year 2000 census figures, 22 per cent of Egyptian households are headed by women bread-winners, and with over 33% of the population below the poverty line, it is taken for granted that both parents have to work to make ends meet.

Months before pregnant working women give birth, the question of whether and when they will go back to work full-time is one that they are constantly asked by both themselves and others. While Egyptian law entitles women to up to two years unpaid maternity leave in addition to the initial three months paid maternity leave, many women have no choice but to go back to work immediately once the three months are up for financial reasons:

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Background Doc on op-icescr

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The International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (see
HR Osaka
):

By ratifying the ICESCR, States parties recognize the right of everyone to work in just and favorable conditions, to form and join trade unions, to social security, to an adequate standard of living (including food, clothing, and housing), to the highest attainable standard of health, to education, to take part to cultural life and to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress.

Under articles 16 and 17 of the Covenant, States parties undertake to submit periodic reports on the measures they have adopted and the progress made in achieving the observance of ESCR.

The body in charge of monitoring the implementation of the Covenant by States parties is the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. The Committee was first established in 1985, and is comprised of 18 independent experts in the field of human rights elected for 4 year terms.

Upon reception of each country progress report, the Committee reviews it, asks questions and clarifications to the State party, and finally submits its concluding observations. Even though these concluding observations do not have legally binding status, “they are indicative of the opinion of the only expert body entrusted with and capable of making such pronouncements” (Fact Sheet No. 16 published by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights).

Another important function of the Committee is to generate general comments on the provisions of the Covenant. The purpose of the general comments is to assist States parties to fulfill their obligations by providing an authoritative interpretation of the Covenant’s articles.

Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights within the UN Human Rights System:

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PEN Canada statement on cartoons depicting Muhammed

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The following is a PEN Canada article published in the 10 February 2006 edition of “The Toronto Star” newspaper (See IFEX.org):

The furor over recent Danish cartoons depicting Muhammed is deeply troubling for many people of good will who passionately support freedom of expression, who are appalled by terrorism, and who are sickened by the conflating of Islamic terrorists with Muslims generally. Thus, the publication of these cartoons has raised important questions about the limits that may be placed on freedom of expression.

The charter of International PEN – a leading human rights association of writers and other strong supporters of free speech – contains two clauses that are worth consideration in this situation. One calls upon PEN members to foster “good understanding and mutual respect among nations . . . to do their utmost to dispel race, class and national hatreds, and to champion the ideal of one humanity living in peace in the world.” The other speaks to PEN’s support for “unhampered transmission of thought” and for a free press; it goes on to say that “since freedom implies voluntary restraint, members pledge themselves to oppose such evils of a free press as mendacious publication, deliberate falsehood and distortion of facts for political and personal ends.”

Most of us in Canada will arrive at our own positions on the Danish cartoons without having seen them, since newspapers here (apart from Le Devoir, which printed one cartoon) have chosen not to publish the cartoons. One cartoon depicts Muhammed wearing a turban shaped as a bomb with a lit fuse; another shows Muhammed warning suicide bombers that paradise has run out of virgins. Defenders of the cartoons have argued that they satirically depict only that version of Islam constructed by terrorists to justify their actions. But this is an argument whose subtleties are easily missed, particularly in our present incendiary context.

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The Muslim opinion is manipulated

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The proof that the Muslim opinion is manipulated, you find it in this picture of the first edition on the cartoons about Mohammed in Egypt on October 17, 2005:

No body had reacted. Not the Muslims, not anybody.

Beginning of January another newspaper – in another country – published three pictures as a proof in a dispute. Still no reaction.

But someone wanted a reaction and visited Mullahs, until one was found ready to put fire. This reacting Mullah added three more pictures which had never been published before in any newspaper, one of it showing Mohammed with a pig nose. He added them deliberately, to put fire.

Here you have definitively the proof that this whole mess is made for the profit of someone.

The masses of Muslims are used to begin a war which is not helping them. They do not see that they are instrumentalised, together with their Islam religion.

The right question is: whom profits this mess? This can be only a group of persons winning much, very much in a war between Muslims and the western world.

So please, think first and take the guns after.

And, as all that has strongly to do with Human Rights, go to this link about the op-icescr. All this mess would not happen if the human rights were really applied. The Optional Protocoll of the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is debated just now in Geneva/the UN. And I cannot forget the statement of a representant of a Muslim government saying last year loud and strongly in the UN debate room: ‘NOT ANY MUSLIM COUNTRY WILL SIGN A PROTOCOL GIVING WOMEN THIS CLAIMED RIGHTS. BELIEVE ME, I HAVE THEM ALL BEHIND ME’. In this context it is very easy to manipulate any Muslim crowd.

Now we have really to decide what next. Does the so called ‘first world’-governments are they ready for this rights? Really ready to apply them?

Linked to our presentation of Rethinking Islam.

Linked also with our presentation of Taslima Nasreen – Bangladesh.

Also linked to our presentation of Safia Hussaini – Nigeria.

And linked with our text Ziauddin Sardar – Pakistan.

And finally linked with our presentation of Ayaan Hirsi Ali – Somalia & Netherlands.

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Making Rehabilitation Into a Serious Business

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linked with our presentation Mimi Silbert – USA.

Los Angeles Times, March 29, 2002, Programs: Psychologist has built a small empire by empowering thousands of ex-cons, by By JOHN M. GLIONNA – Mimi Silbert has spent her career cultivating a university of the streets, one she calls a Harvard for losers, a concrete campus where the students are former pimps and prostitutes, junkies and drug dealers, armed robbers and homeless waifs.

Since the 1970s, the smiling dynamo of a woman has operated Delancey Street, an alternative rehabilitation program run solely by its residents–one that proponents say has turned 14,000 multiple offenders and other societal castoffs into law-abiding, look-you-in-the-eye, self-respecting working people.

Silbert’s secret has been to throwaway the book on conventional “hold your hand” counseling and callenge her often functionally illiterate and unskilled wards to support themselves by helping to operate a dozen Delancey businesses, including a gourmet waterfront restaurant, a bookstore-cafe, a moving company and a catering center. Starting from a single house, the 59-yea.r-old criminal psychologist built a $20-million-a-year empire with locations in New York, New Mexico, North Carolina and Los Angeles–all she says, without accepting a dime of public funds.

Along with revenue from the businesses, the organization receives more than $10 million a year in donations.

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Statement of US Rep. Nancy Pelosi

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Linked with our presentation Mimi Silbert – USA.


Statement of Rep. Nancy Pelosi
in Honor of Mimi Silbert, April 9, 2002 – Mr. Speaker, I rise to salute Mimi Silbert, President, Chairman, and CEO of the Delancey Street Foundation, on the occasion of her 60th Birthday and the 30th Anniversary of Delancey Street.
Mimi Silbert is the cofounder and director of Delancey Street, a San Francisco-based self-help residential education center where drug addicts, criminals, and the homeless go to turn their lives around.

Since 1971, more than 14,000 people have successfully been through the Delancey Street program and are now leading crime-free, drug-free lives in mainstream society. Residents have learned to read and have acquired skills. They attend college and are part of the work force. They are raising families, they are clean, they are sober, and they are reborn. And each and every one of them has the extraordinary Mimi Silbert to thank for changing their lives.

All of this is done at no cost to the taxpayer or client. The many unique features of Delancey Street include that they have never accepted government funds nor do they have any staff. Delancey Street has started over 20 business training schools which generate income and train the residents in marketable skills.

The psychiatrist Karl Menninger has called Delancey Street “the best and most successful rehabilitation program in the world.” There are now five facilities throughout the country: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Mexico, New York, and North Carolina.

Mimi Silbert is a tireless fighter. She does what she does out of love, commitment and belief in the value of humanity. She has been called the “Mother Teresa of America’s down and out.” In San Francisco, she is our treasure who has touched and miraculously changed so many lives. We love her and are forever in her debt.

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Islam-Cartoon Debatte auf deutsch

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Ich habe meine Kommentare zu dem laufenden Streit zwischen unseren Freiheiten und der islamischen Welt auf meinem privaten deutschsprachigen Blog laufen. Einzusehen ab anfangs Februar unter den links

Zensur im Internet;

Vom Beleidigen und von Macht;

Machtverteilung im Mittelalter;

Gedankenfetzen zur öffentlichen Meinung;

Febrile Massen;

Cartoon-Streit bei uns … ;

Sterben für die … ;

Arenasendung vom 10.2.06 auf SF 1.

Auch Folter und Menschenrechte;

Und warum nicht Frühsommer in Abu Dhabi. Ich will damit zeigen, dass es sich hier total friedlich lebt.

War between Integrisme and Freedom

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Linked with our presentation The Muslim opinion is manipulated.

For some weeks I am living in Abu Dhabi (a town in the United Arab Emirates). The other day in the streets around our towers men here and there, standing around, waiting, a small tension in the air, like a waiting for something, a tension I know in Europe when waiting in crowds for an event … I go my way on.

Later I was thinking: these guys never go for burning an embassy without having been pushed by someone they respect. These men are simple people, working hard every day. They never dare take themselves any initiative for such a huge event. They must have given permission to burn an embassy. These guys are normally shy, respectful, giving obedience in work and social performance. IF someone tells them to burn an embassy in Allah’s name, yes, then they move … but they never do it by their own initiative. They are simple people having learned to obey …

That’s all. Now we may ask only: WHO the hell is interested to push them?

I think, behind all that is a relative little group wanting war. Because war is the only way for them to get, to have and to hold power. Power over economy and resources, power over society and its members, power over politics, that means over what is said, done and allowed. But with a variation: some would get as much tittytaining as needed to make them work (from tit and entertaining = cheap popular amusements).

Bush’s America on one side, the Muslim world on the other side, together they make war and in the mid of them our freedom is to be crashed.

THIS is the real goal behind all that mess.

And this could be only the beginning, if we let them do.

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Integrisme and our Free World

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What I fear most is not, that Muslims could be able to forbid us our freedom of speaking, drawing, writing and the rest. What I see as a real danger, is the coming out of OUR OWN integrists wanting us to shut up. The worst Muslims can make us are some bombs. That’s it. Some bombs can never stop our civilisation, if we are decided to hold it. All the rest – if we are to be stopped – comes out of our own fears.

We are a so called ‘free world’. Muslims seem to live in an integrist world. Why?

In our country, the progressive part of the population has shut down the claims of the integrists for a world directed by them, in the Muslim world some integrists have reached the opposite, they have reached to shut down progressive claiming and doings.

We and the Muslims (and the Jews) have holy texts about an unique true only God. All these three religions have in their texts some writings containing hatred, calls for killing those not following the prescription of the text. The difference is, in our world, these texts are no more accepted as guidelines, in the Muslim world the submission of a religion calling for hatred has shut up every opposition to these texts (in the jewish world, both interpretations exist). In all three religions there are also texts of peace, of humility, of love for our fellows, of help for neighbours in difficulty.

The difference is in the viewpoints to read these texts, and belonging to our common today-situation, different groups of interpretation have won in each of the three religions. Today the Christian world has shut down their integrists, this not means that they do not exist.

And exactly here begins my fear: our own integrist will claim, piece by piece, what Muslim integrists want: a so called respectful behaviour, and finally try to shut progressives down, if we accept the Muslims integrists forbidding us pictures missing respect for Mohammed. It is not a random event that OUR clergymen are accepting these Muslims claims.

All my life long, from childhood to today, the so called respectful behaviour was worse that our often really bad tastes we may develop. We all can watch that so called respectful people is worse, once they have the possibility to let go. So called respectful behaviour has never made a single person better, only the mask was stronger. I do not believe in any Integrisme. It gives us only a double language.

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Anatomy of Global Sex Industry

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Linked with our publication of Kinhide Mushakoji – Japan.

Kinhide Mushakoji is Secretary-General of IMADR, Internat. Mouvement against all forms of Discrimination and Rascisme, Geneva and Tokyo.

1. The Global Sex Industry

The Global Sex Industry (hereafter abridged as GSI) is defined as the sum-total of the activities of the transnational commercial activities of the various institutions providing sexual services and of the networks providing women and children to work in these institutions. The globalization of the world economy has developed a global competition which commodifies everything; It has not left out the leisure economy sector, including the sex industry which competes in the commodification of women and children.

This “industry” combines all forms of sexual services, to mainly male customers. This includes both legally and illegally performed services including prostitution but not limited to it. The globalization of the economy has developed a global market commodifying women and children of the poorer regions and countries for the competitive satisfaction of the customers in the wealthier regions and countries.

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again Muslim Protests for Pictures

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Linked with our Presentation ‘Ayaan Hirsi Ali – Somalia & Netherlands‘.

I have already published this text in a Google-Blog two days ago. As our actual President of the Swiss Confederation was in the Emirates, here again the same text:

” February 6, 2006: I am here in Abu Dhabi and listen to the news telling about protests in Arabian countries. As far as I can get it, there are no protests in the Emirates. For this result I see some reasons:

First the Arabian population is ‘well’ economically. The Sheikhs have a politic which enables people here to live a correct life, without starvation (as far as I can get it). So there is not too much basic anger to be withheld.

Second, the Sheikhs are building a huge, fantastic future ‘ Tourist world’. Obviously in three, five, ten years the Emirates will be the favourite vacation destiny for sun hungry peoples of the north (*). Now, in January, February only hard cooked Germans will take a bath in the sea, but March to May and around October we northern people will come here to stock ‘sun and sea’ in our bodies. So, the Sheikhs do not push people to manifest, they rather are able to let the situation be calm. This said, I do not think that people here may not be angry about the joke cartoons – they are rather religious – but from a silent anger to the burning of an embassy, there are steps between. And it seems, here in the Emirates these steps can be handled.

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Communication of Mrs Delphine Nana Mekounte

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Linked to our presentation of Delphine NANA MEKOUNTE – Cameroun, of February 4, 2006.

Also linked to our presentation of African Civil Society for the Information Society ACSIS,

and the CEFEPROD, concomitantly Coordinator of the Central African Sub-region Civil Society under the African Civil Society for the Information Society.

both of February 4, 2006.

Date: Wed 23 Nov 2005: Dear Sisters and brothers,

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Muslim Protest for Pictures

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Linked with Taslima Nasreen – Bangladesh of February 2, 2006, with Rethinking Islam of January 20, 2006, and with Safia Hussaini – Nigeria of October 31, 2005.

Have we the right to make pictures of Mohammed? Yes, we have. A picture of Mohammed IS NOT Mohammed himself. We CAN NOT hurt Mohammed, as he IS NOT this picture.

Have we the right to make a BAD picture on Mohammed? This is not a question of right, as we have this right. It could be a question of good or bad taste. Well, to have a bad taste is not forbidden.

Here comes out a main element of what we call fundamentalism. It is the mix of a surrogate of the reality with what is called religion. I do not believe that here it is religion which is protected. It is the unwillingness to make a difference between reality ones have to live and the own inner dream.

Fundamental behaviours, and here we have it, helps to forget reality and live in a dreamed bubble of so called security: the security NOT to have to be aware of the reality of our lives. Lives that may be hard, frustrating, imbalanced.

And, forgive me to say it, a society which is treating women like the Muslim society does, CAN NOT be in an enough good inner balance to stand a joke.

And that’s exactly what it is: a bad joke. Yes, not a good one, but an allowed one.

I have to say it with all my conviction: if Muslims are not able to stand a bad joke, they have to learn first to accept reality. Where they see ‘protection of their faith’, I see ‘protection of a dreamed bubble permitting to FORGET reality’.

We of the so called western world have not to accept intimidations by protests.

You Muslims, yes, you are hurt. But what is hurt is not religion, it is your dream of another reality than the one you have to live.

Sorry for you and your missed inner balance, not for the bad taste of a joke.

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again op-icescr

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Linked to our presentation on Magdalena Sepúlveda – Chile & Colombia of February 3, 2006.

Also linked to our presentation on Association for Women’s Rights in Development of February 3, 2006.

This interview was already published in AWID by jduddy (at) awid org, July 11, 2003.

Interview of Magdalena Sepúlveda (2003) about ‘The Nature of Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’, by Renu Mandhane.

Question: What are the specific obligations of states to ensure non-discrimination under the Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights?

We in the feminist movement often use the language of discrimination to fight for women’s equality and empowerment. We frame various issues, especially those that stem from different legal rules and standards for women as compared to men, in terms of discrimination against women. Part of the popularity of the discrimination-rubric stems from the existence of international human rights treaties that prohibit discrimination against women. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) adopts a discrimination framework in relation to women’s human rights. Similarly, the International Convention on Economic and Social Rights (ICESCR) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.

A recent book by Magdalena Sepúlveda, entitled The Nature of Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, provides a detailed discussion of the specific legal requirements under the Covenant. Of particular interest is her discussion of the state obligation to prevent discrimination. According to Article 2(2) of the ICESCR, signatories undertake to guarantee that the rights found in the Covenant will be exercised without discrimination as to race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Article 3 states that parties to the Covenant must undertake to ensure the equal rights of men and women to the enjoyment of the rights found in the ICESCR. It should be noted that the international documents refer to sex, presumably meaning biological sex, rather than the more-inclusive term ‘gender’.

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Le manifeste:

La souveraineté des peuples, condition préalable à l’établissement de démocraties, est aujourd’hui contestée par des membres du Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies, au mépris des principes du Droit international élaborés par les Conférences de La Haye et énoncés par la Charte de San Francisco.

Des peuples ont été privés de la liberté de choisir leur système politique, de leur identité culturelle, de la propriété de leurs ressources naturelles et jusqu’au fruit de leur travail.

Des groupes armés transnationaux, soutenus par des États, ont semé la terreur dans d’autres États pour les déstabiliser et les affaiblir. Sur la base d’imputations fantaisistes, une coalition a excipé du droit à la légitime défense pour imposer militairement des régimes complaisants à son égard, prendre le contrôle de moyens de communication, de couloirs de communication et de champs pétroliers. Des associations para-étatiques, prétendûment consacrées à la promotion de nobles idéaux, ont financé des manifestations de rues pour renverser des gouvernements.

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Laurie King-Irani’s texts

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PLACELESS LAWS AND LAWLESS PLACES, by Laurie King-Irani, all out of ccmep.org:

Researching Justice: The View from Nowhere: Drifting between states of consciousness 36,000 feet above sea level, I awake to the hum of jet engines and a medley of conversations conducted in French, Arabic, and Armenian. I am on an Air France flight heading into a breathtaking September sunset.

Laurie King-Irani

Blinking sleep from my eyes, I peer at a small video screen embedded in the seat before me. The image of a small gray plane heading west on a bright green background comes into focus. We are somewhere above the cities of Munich and Nuremberg. Place names that resonate, venues of lawlessness and lawgiving; specific, intimate, and local to those who dwell there, but freighted with international and historical meanings for humanity since the end of World War II.

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