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last humanitarian and polemic articles about Lebanon’s mess

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First a comment heard these days: to make war for peace is like f… for virginity … but, I think, the goal is not peace, but to possess the whole middle east region after a big war, by reconstruction!! And this, only the privat world banks and their privat owners are able to. And maybe some paid allies … on both sides.

Lebanese Security and the Hezbollah, July 14, 2006, and other regional articles on csis.org

articles on B’TSELEM: Lebanon and northern Israel, see also their homepage, and in their archive.

US – ISRAELI UN RESOLUTION HYPOCRISY

THE CRIME OF LEBANON AND PALESTINE – ARE IRAN AND SYRIA NEXT?

THE CRIME OF LEBANON AND PALESTINE – ARE IRAN AND SYRIA NEXT? – PART II

The Neo Conservatives and the Policies of Constructive Chaos, by Thierry Meyssan

Statement of Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, in Beirut

Lebanon’s refugees seek new home

Experts: U.S. in a bind over Mideast fight, By DEBBIE GILBERT, The Times

Another lady who is not for turning

Dangerous moves and Lebanon’s fate, By Daniel Benjamin

Escalating Conflict in the Middle East Could Spark a Global Recession

The Role of Iran and Syria in the Israel-Lebanon Crisis

Vous reviendrez dans vos maisons la tête haute , par Hassan Nasrallah

Damas, Téhéran et le Hezbollah sur le banc des accusés, Décryptage

Le contrôle des dégâts: Noam Chomsky et le conflit israélo-israélien, par Jeffrey Blankfort, première partie

Le ministre belge des Affaires étrangères: “Israël a le droit de se défendre

Pour le Hezbollah, Al Qaïda est une fabrication des États-Unis

Lebanese Trapped in the South Make a Run for the North Amid Israel’s Pause in Airstrikes

With war, Beirut’s cultural life comes to a halt, By Jad Mouawad The New York Times

Oil Spill Hits Lebanon’s Beaches

Analysis: Why did Mideast descend again into war? By Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

Rumors of War, by Lee Smith

Birth Pangs or Death Throes? Why Do They Hate Us? Listen to Qana (Again), By JONATHAN COOK

IT’S TIME TO END THE “LAST TABOO” AND HOLD ISRAEL ACCOUNTABLE FOR ITS ACTIONS

Local families caught in war recall hardship, By Tom Kisken

and last but not least a cartoon site, and a page with cartoon strips.

Brave New Enviros

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By Mark Hertsgaard, The Nation. Posted July 25, 2006. For the first time, an African-American is at the helm of a major green group. Is environmentalism finally breaking free of its wealthy, white confines?

Excerpt: … “I am the first African-American in history to head a major conservation group,” he says. Environmentalism in the United States has been dominated by well-to-do white men since the late nineteenth century, when John Muir, Gifford Pinchot and Teddy Roosevelt first put the notion of preserving natural resources on the national agenda with their campaigns to establish publicly owned parks and wilderness areas. Alluding to this history, Ringo says the whiteness of today’s movement isn’t because of racism. It’s simply that most environmental groups “were founded by people who fished to put fish on the wall, not by people who fished to put fish on the table. And for poor people, issues like ozone depletion have not been a priority, compared with next month’s rent. But I tell people in Cancer Alley, What good is next month’s rent if you’re dying from cancer?”

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Germany: Now is the time to think big

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By Joschka Fischer, July 25, 2006 – Haifa, Beirut and many other Lebanese and Israeli towns and villages are under fire. Who would have thought this possible a few weeks ago? Across the globe, the reaction to the images of destruction and death in Lebanon and also in Gaza and Israel has been one of abhorrence.

Of course, it was well known that Hizbullah – viewed with good reason as a terrorist organisation – had been stockpiling an arsenal of Katyusha rockets as well as longer-range guided missiles. Nor was it a secret that Hizbullah operates as a state within a state, with its own highly motivated private army and terrorist structures. It is Hizbullah, not the Lebanese government and its army, which has controlled the Lebanese-Israeli border ever since Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000.

Although Hizbullah presides over two ministers in the Lebanese government and several members of parliament, it does not act in the interest of the Lebanese state. Rather, its interests are defined in Damascus and Tehran, where much of its arsenal originates. This outside control is the principle cause of the present tragedy, which is essentially a “proxy war”.

But who is acting as a proxy for whom, and for what? Let us retrace the causes of the war. Within Hamas, which is also strongly influenced by Syria and Iran, a fundamental debate had arisen as to whether, in the aftermath of electoral success and with the ensuing mandate to govern the Palestinian territories, the organisation should recognize Israel. Agreement was imminent when the Hamas leadership abroad (based in Damascus) ordered the attack on a military post in Israel, in which several soldiers were killed and one was abducted.

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Reconciliation

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Linked with our presentation of Kundan Lal Chowdhury MD – India / Kashmir, and of The Shirya Bhatt Mission Hospital, Jammu.

Read this on Kashmir News Network.

A refugee camp in Jammu,

by Dr. K. L. Chowdhury
A Muslim from the valley visits his erstwhile Pandit neighbour.

Dear Pandit, dear brother,
dear friend, dear neighbour,
in leaving the accursed valley
you really proved the wiser.
You only lost your hearth and home
we our honour and shame;
you left behind your estate and farm
our pride hath come to eternal harm;
you escaped from fear and terror
we are condemned to unspeakable horror,
and while you give tongue to your thoughts
ours are tied in tedious knots
and truth is a casualty with us
as we speak in the militants’ vein
against what our consciences ordain.

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Reforms To Curb HIV-AIDS In Zimbabwe

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Human Rights Watch Urges Reforms To Curb HIV-AIDS In Zimbabwe, By Carole Gombakomba, 28 July 2006.

The international advocacy group Human Rights Watch has warned that the progress Zimbabwe has made fighting HIV-AIDS could be undone if the government does not reform its health care and human rights policies to widen access to treatment.

Human Rights Watch acknowledged the country’s “significant” achievement in bringing its HIV prevalence rate – the proportion of adults infected with the AIDS virus – down to one in five Zimbabweans in 2004 from about one in four several years earlier.

But the group says health and social welfare policies have in effect denied access to care to tens of thousands of Zimbabweans needing immediate care. Only 25,000 of an estimated 350,000 people in urgent need of anti-retroviral drugs are receiving them because of their high cost and inequities in distribution of the rare drugs, it said.

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Dokumentary Watch

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Guess what you can find by putting these two keywords into Google. Concerning Human Rights items, read, and listen:

The Torture Question, 90 minutes of video discussion;

Documentary watch regarding the defense of freedoms and separation between State and religion. A selection of the most important publications issued by national, international organisations and institutions, on voltairenet.org;

Documentary watch: In order to circumscribe the academic achievement field of research and target the most relevant documents, the International Observatory on Academic Achievement (IOAA) established a publishing policy, which serves as a guideline for the documentary content the IOAA processes and shares with its target audience through its Website;

Information Clearing House, or also on this my Economic page;

… and concerned Canada’s role in the Vietnam War. See cbc.ca;

Watch trailer: After one women is sexually assaulted, what begins as her daughter’s quest for justice becomes a revelation about the healing process;

The Tank Man, 90 minutes videos about China’s Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing in 1989. Same on wikipedia;

A Google Video about 9/11, and also on mobile infantry.info;

VSC documentary net.

The British Harassment Act

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Woman wins case against abusive mother-in-law, July 25, 2006. London – A woman who said a bullying mother-in-law (Dalbir Kaur Bhakar) made her life a misery was been awarded compensation by a British court … // … Bhakar denied the allegations. Her lawyer said she planned to appeal the court’s ruling. After the hearing, Singh’s lawyer, John Rosley, said she was “a very brave young woman, who is now rebuilding her life”. “There must be many women who could bring such a case but do not,” he said. – Sapa-AP (Read the whole article on IOL).

Lebanon’s war – Heidi’s thoughts in present times

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First a link: read again ‘Dirty Secrets of the Temple’, by Steve Lendman on his Blog (June 29, 2006).

Israel’s attack on Lebanon – Yes, beside the loosers, this new horror creates winners: the highest financial community! Its the owners of these privat ‘highest level banks’ who are winning in every war.

There are some additional actors, blackmailed by fear, seduced by some small win, or simply jumping by themselves into the trap of their own illusions … then they act even without costs for the effective last winners.

If international community with its peoples, the little elites, the middle elites, the higher elites and then the so called govs, want really stop now what is gong on, they have to make sacrifices:

- they (sorry, we all) have to give up fears … it’s relatively easy in hard times to become a hero, when all is already lost;

- but we must also loose our little profits for the sake of others … that’s already hard. To give up a personal profit, or a profit for the family, the clan, the nation, even for the whole humanity, asks to become nearly a real hero. It asks a person, a group, a clan etc. to see more than the own navel;

- to jump out of our own illusions is the most hard thing. Our illusions are our shelter against an inhuman world … ask a psychologist about.

To win this 60 year old war between Palestine and Israel by the now running way … forgive me, I do not believe that the actors are silly enough to believe it themselves. I guess, they are not able to change, because they might be blackmailed (see above), or paid, or still unable to say no, because of remaining somewhere childish in a hierarchic (Old Boys-) network.

And we? What are we doing? I guess as long as we do not go to the roots of all that, to correct what has to be done, the mess will go on and on.

And please, remain lucid: Jews and these bankers are NOT the same group. No reason to fall again in Nazism, just to make the puzzle easier. Easier for low working brains.

Of Gods, Men & Militants

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Linked with our presentations of Kundan Lal Chowdhury MD – India / Kashmir, and of The Shirya Bhatt Mission Hospital, Jammu.
by Dr. K. L. Chowdhury.

Kashmir – the land of snow-capped mountains and lush green valleys; the golden land of breath-taking beauty – torn asunder by the intermittent booming of guns; the exoctic flower-carpeted expanses dyed a deep, dull red. This is how the author sees his beloved homeland and his cries of anguish echo through these pages:

Indeed, the tumult of the exiled Kashmiri Pandits can never be stilled as long as the guns refuse to be silenced and brother fights brother with hatred that is fanned by vested interests.

With the pain and nostalgia writ large in every heart-rending poem, there still emerges a glimmer of hope that peace will prevail and his misguided brethren will lay down their arms and resolve to study war no more.

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Copenhagen Consensus 2006

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Linked with our presentations of  Bjorn Lomborg – Denmark, and of The Copenhagen Consensus Center.

The Copenhagen Consensus 2006 Results Surprising, U.S. Envoy Says (Ambassador Bolton says U.N. needs to prioritize vast world issues), June 21, 2006, by Anita N. Wadhwani, Washington File Staff Writer.

Washington – Prioritizing the world’s greatest problems was the challenge given to the U.N. ambassadors from China, India, Pakistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam, Zambia and the United States at a June 16-17 meeting organized by the Danish Copenhagen Consensus Center in collaboration with Georgetown University in Washington. The diplomats were asked, “If we had an extra $50 billion to put to good use, which problems would be solved first?”

“This kind of ranking process, this kind of priority, I think, is exactly what we need to proceed,” said Ambassador John R. Bolton, the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations at a June 20 press briefing on the Copenhagen Consensus.

To find the answer to the question of the most effective use of limited resources, the participants in the meeting “The Copenhagen Consensus 2006 — A United Nations Perspective,” focused on ten global challenge areas: climate change, communicable diseases, conflicts and arms proliferation, education, financial instability, governance and corruption, malnutrition and hunger, migration, sanitation and clean water, and subsidies and trade barriers.

These areas were then subdivided into forty specific issues, from the controlling of diseases such as malaria and AIDS to reduction in education costs.. Top priority for the major world challenges was given to communicable diseases, sanitation and water, education, and malnutrition.

Bolton said that “some of the outcomes were really striking” in terms of their ranking order. “I was surprised that the elimination of subsidies and trade barriers wasn’t higher,” he said, adding that he was also taken aback by the fact that climate change issues ranked last on the list … (Read the rest of this article on US Mission).

Whom has North Korea provoked?

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Linked with our presentation of Immanuel Wallerstein – USA.

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by Immanuel Wallerstein, on July 6, 2006 (Commentary No. 189, July 15, 2006) – North Korea launched six short-range missiles and one long-range one that failed. Around the world, thunderous critics said that this was a “provocation.” Since then, North Korea has exhibited extraordinary calm, while everyone else has engaged in hectic verbal action.

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Iran’s bitter lessons for Iraq

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Linked with our presentation of Swanee Hunt – USA.

By Swanee Hunt and Isobel Coleman International Herald Tribune, February 7, 2005. NEW YORK Before the recent elections, leading Iraqi politicians did their best to assuage concerns of their more secular compatriots by promising moderation and inclusion. But election rhetoric is not reality. An important test will be how these leaders address women’s rights in the face of pressure from religious extremists.

While political leaders may profess moderation on many issues, if they do not adhere to basic principles of human rights – including the equal rights of women – their moderation is an illusion. We need look no further than across the border to Iran to see how compromising women’s rights compromises democracy and freedom.

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The Use of 9/11 …

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Linked with our presentation of Michel Chossudovsky – Canada.
The Use of 9/11 as a Pretext to Wage War, ‘Al-Qaeda Is a U.S.-sponsored Intelligence Asset’, July 20, 2006, by Joel Garduce interviewing Michel Chossudovsky:

Michel Chossudovsky, author of the international bestseller America’s War on Terrorism, personally graced the jam-packed local launch of the Philippine edition of his latest book held at the Asian Center at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City last June 24.

During the launch, he gave a lecture about the imminent danger of a U.S.-made nuclear catastrophe amid the Bush administration’s preparations for war with Iran … (Read this long interview on Axis of Logic).

The Worries of the US Ambassador to Iraq

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Immanuel Wallerstein shows that a close read of Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad’s 06 June memo to Condoleezza Rice provides a stark report of occupied Iraq society. And there is speculation of a US evacuation, as at the end of the Vietnam War. The US government tries to keep a brave face about Iraq. It regularly claims it is making progress in its objectives. The recent publication in the press of a June 6 memo that US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad sent to the Secretary of State shows internal discussion that is much more pessimistic. It relates the multiple and growing problems of the Iraqi staff who work for the US government in the ultra-protected Green Zone. It is not a happy story. The Iraqi staff is complaining, says Khalilzad, that “Islamist and/or militia groups have been negatively affecting their daily routine.” (Read the rest of this article on Middle East Online).

Document exclusif sur Voltairenet – Carlos

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Comment et pourquoi j’ai pris en otage les ministres de l’OPEP, par Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, dit « Carlos ».

Alors qu’une procédure de libération pour vice de forme d’Ilich Ramirez Sanchez dit « Carlos », vient d’être ouverte, le Réseau Voltaire publie en exclusivité le témoignage de l’intéressé sur la prise en otages des ministres de l’OPEP, qu’il réalisa à Vienne il y a trente ans. Cet événement est largement connu, cependant ses objectifs et ses commanditaires ont fait l’objet de bien des spéculations auxquelles Carlos répond dans ces colonnes de Voltairenet.org.

Censure consentante

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Les agences de presse occidentales victimes consentantes de la censure militaire israélienne – À la demande du colonel Sima Vaknin-Gil, chef de la censure militaire israélienne, la presse occidentale a accepté de relayer une version tronquée des événements survenus ces derniers jours au Proche-Orient. Voici les faits : le Hezbollah exige depuis de longues années la libération de prisonniers détenus par Israël, tel que Samir el Kantar, emprisonné depuis 1978, Nassim Nisr et Yahia Skaff qui est incarcéré depuis 1982. Dans de nombreuses occasion, il a fait savoir qu’il ne manquerait pas de faire prisonnier à son tour des soldats israéliens -si ci-ceux-ci venaient à s’introduire au Liban-, et de les utiliser comme monnaire d’échange. De manière délibérée, Tsahal a envoyé un commando dans l’arrière-pays libanais à Aïta al Chaab. Il a été attaqué par le Hezbollah, faisant deux prisonniers. Israël a alors feint d’être agressé et a attaqué le Liban. Le Hezbollah, qui se préparait à faire face à une agression israélienne que chacun savait imminente depuis le retrait syrien, a tiré des missiles de moyenne portée sur Israël. (Lisez le reste de cet’article sur cette page de voltairenet.org).

Dialog der Kulturen

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Linked with our presentations of Katrin Rohde – Burkina Faso & Germany, and of
Managré Nooma – Burkina Faso, Das drittärmste Land ist ein religiöses Paradies – Artikel von Katrin Rohde, erschienen im Frühjahr 2006 in Regionalzeitungen in Schleswig-Holstein.

Nun bin ich im Juni 13 Jahre lang eine Muslimin. Ich, Katrin Rohde, evangelisch geboren und konfirmiert in Hamburg, inzwischen 57 Jahre alt, verneige mich fünfmal täglich in Richtung Mekka und weiß 24 Suraten auf arabisch auswendig. Ich bin fröhlich, gerne und aus voller Überzeugung Muslimin.
In Burkina Faso in Westafrika, wo ich lebe, nehmen wir unsere Religion ernst, aber wir lassen uns nicht durch falsche Auslegungen täuschen. Ich kenne weder Burka noch Tschador, Jeans und T-Shirt reichen — natürlich weder knalleng noch nabelfrei, aber das wäre in meinem Alter ohnehin nicht passend. Meine muslimischen Freundinnen sind Marktfrauen, Verkehrspolizistinnen, Schneiderinnen oder Ministerinnen. Sie haben volle Terminkalender, jede Menge Kinder, manche gehen abends tanzen, andere pauken für die Uni. Meine beste muslimische Freundin ist Psychologin — eine wunderbare und einfühlsame Frau. Ihr Mann kam gerade aus Mekka zurück und brachte mir als Geschenk ein Kleid mit: Nein, keinen Tschador, es ist fröhlich knallrot! An manchen Tagen brause ich, natürlich ohne Helm und unverschleiert, mit einem schweren Motorrad durch diese Stadt, die Imame und Bettler vor den Moscheen winken mir aufmunternd und lachend zu.

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Les femmes et la Commune

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Linked with our presentation of Anonymus International.

On sait le rôle prépondérant que jouèrent les femmes le 18 mars 1871 … (extrait):
… Diblanc, Élisabeth Retiffe, Léontine Sueten, Joséphine Marchais, Adèle Chignon. Et puis il y a les anonymes. Les oubliées. Celles qui tombèrent sous les balles des Versaillais et celles qui furent dénoncées et arrêtées. Plus d’un millier de femmes passèrent en jugement, dont la plupart furent condamnées, selon l’enquête parlementaire sur l’in- – surrection du 18 mars. Les charges qui pesaient contre elles ? Leur participation à la Commune, bien sûr, mais aussi le vol, la prostitution. Céleste Hardouin serait de celles-là si son arrière-arrière-petite-fille, Catherine Thomas, n’avait retrouvé à la Bibliothèque nationale le récit qu’elle publia à compte d’auteur en 1879 et qui tomba dans l’oubli. Les Amis de la Commune de Paris 1871 rééditent aujourd’hui la Détenue de Versailles (1) qui nous livre un témoignage rare sur les conditions de détention des Communardes dans les prisons versaillaises. Céleste Hardouin est-elle représentative des anonymes de la Commune ? Probablement pas, d’abord parce qu’elle n’a pas pris une part active à la Commune, ensuite parce qu’elle était institutrice alors que les Communardes furent essentiellement des ouvrières. Elle porte pourtant un regard lucide sur la condition féminine et partage certaines revendications de la Commune. Elle vilipende en particulier l’éducation religieuse (« Martyrs de l’éducation sénile, anti-cordiale et par cela même anti-sociale donnée à la jeunesse dans ces instituts dits religieux, il faut plaindre ces pauvres êtres repliés sur eux et desséchant de mépris pour l’humanité », écrit-elle) et prône une école laïque.

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March across the Nullarbor

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Linked with our presentations of Stanislavka Zajovic – Serbia and (now independent) Montenegro, and of Women in Black, and of , and of WLUML – A Different Kind Of Power Is Possible.
Many miles ahead for Women in Black planning a march across the Nullarbor, 13 July, 2006, by Adam Gartrell, NATIONAL Indigenous Times:

Three elderly Perth women will walk a 200km stretch of the Nullarbor Plain as part of a mammoth cross-country journey to highlight racism against Aboriginal people.

Pam Morris, 74, Jane Paterson, 70, and Kathryn Newmar, 62, members of the international peace network Women in Black, began their month-long trip from Perth yesterday (Wednesday).

The three, who are not Aboriginal, will travel in a campervan through a handful of West Australian communities, talking to local people about racism and urging them to sign petitions they will deliver to the federal government.

The women will arrive at the border of WA and South Australia on July 17, when they will begin their arduous 200km trek to the Nullarbor Roadhouse.

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… the role of islam in politics …

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Linked with our presentation of Chahla Chafiq – Iran & France.

Radical Iranian writer Chahla Chafiq shared a platform with Salma Yaqoob at last month’s European Social Forum. The two sharply disagreed over the role of islam in politics. Afterwards she spoke to Peter Manson:

What exactly are your differences with Salma Yaqoob?

I was not quite sure what she was saying in her speech. What worried me was the mix of anti-imperialism and the acceptance of islam as a social and political alternative.

For me the two cannot be mixed. Anti-imperialists do not necessarily accept that islam is egalitarian. Everyone must have the right to criticise religious law, on women’s rights and so on – and that applies not only to islam but also to christianity, etc. All religions, when they are made the basis of law, are of necessity inegalitarian, especially in their attitude to women – we cannot hide that reality.

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La fin de la soumission

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Linked with our presentation of Chahla Beski-Chafiq – Iran & France.

par Chahla Beski Chafiq, responsable d’études et de formation à l’ADRI (agence de développement des relations interculturelles) et auteur avec F. Khosrokhavar de ” femmes sous le voile face à la loi islamique “, ed. felin, 1995.

A voir dans ‘Article du dossier ” Immigrés : le silence des pères ” / N° Juin 1999 – L’école des parents’, Fédération Nationale de l’Ecole des Parents et des Educateurs FNEPE.

Le constat ” d’absence des parents ” et plus particulièrement des pères, s’impose dans les débats publics au fur et à mesure que les phénomènes appelés ” violences urbaines ” émergent et mettent en scène la présence des mineurs dans les actes d’incivilité, de violence.

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Boycott against civil conduct

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Linked with our presentation of Eva Hoffmann – USA-Canada-Poland.

by EVA HOFFMAN, July 7, 2006, on The Japan Times online:

Excerpt in the mid of a long article: … In 2005, the Association of University Teachers called for a more limited boycott, singling out Bar Ilan and Haifa Universities for opprobrium. Before that, a petition, signed by roughly 80 prominent British intellectuals and a few from other European countries, demanded the cessation of European Union funding for Israeli cultural projects and institutions. These campaigns, encouraged by Palestinian groups and nongovernmental organizations, have been accompanied by individual acts of professional ostracism, and an informal boycott of Israeli scholars, publications and cultural projects already exists in some European circles.

Such developments suggest an advanced and deeply disturbing trend, whereby certain segments of the European intelligentsia are willing to violate their own beliefs to target one state for unique stigmatization; and whereby insidious and sometimes illegal forms of discrimination against that state’s citizens are increasingly seen as acceptable.

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Comments by Paddy Walker

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Linked to our presentations of Paddy Walker – Cook Islands, and of PPSEAWA International.

Comments by Paddy Walker, on ‘The Hawaii Workshop’, (Last modified: November 29, 2002). “There can be no keener relevation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children,” Nelson Mandela. And “The greatest waste in this life is the love we have not given and the powers we have not used” (Source unknown).

I came to you in a true spirit of love and concern and a deep desire to express appreciation of all that has been prepared for us. The rich mix of experience and ideas which has lifted our vision to new possibilities for ourselves and for our children. Our warmest alofa to the Hawaii Chapter for endless energy and enthusiasm you have put into this seminar – you have given us all so much joy and inspiration.

How fortunate we are in our association to have a visionary like Shirley Munyan to make this seminar possible – she is our agent for change and I applaud her generous spirit. This time we have spent together has been rich and rewarding, for our focus of attention has been on the most important people in the world – our children. Everyone who has spoken – speaking from the heart – has cared about children. Some have studied to a professional level in their desire to create opportunities for children to grow to reach their full potential; others have dedicated their lives to generate a love and trust network for young people. – all have had a deep desire to be an agent for change for children.

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International of Torture / Internationale de la Torture

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Special Edition – International of Torture: The Documents the Crown Would Like to Censor: by Arthur Lepic, french journalist, specialist of military and energetic questions.

London (United Kingdom) | Focus | The United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has forbidden Craig Murray to publish documents he obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and Freedom of Data Act, which clearly show the responsibility of the Crown in the International of torture. Having not dared resorting to military censorship, the Blair government has claimed copyright on the official documents in order to block their publication. This manoeuver is of course a breach of the international commitments of the United Kingdom of Great-Brittain and Northern Ireland. Indeed, Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and jurisprudence of the Strasbourg Court of Justice state that freedom of speech prevails on any other consideration and cannot be restrained by State imperatives.

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