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stolen innocence

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Linked with Thierry Falise – Belgium & Thailand.

Saturday, November 19, 2005, The Standard – Driven by her own nightmare experiences, a former child prostitute is dedicated to rescuing Cambodia’s young sex slaves from the same horrors. Words and pictures: Thierry Falise.

C han Ry is a picture of innocence. The eight-year-old Cambodian, with plaits of jet-black hair, appears completely absorbed as she works on a wooden loom. Her tiny hands move nimbly as she pushes a shuttle through a tangle of white and blue threads. In the same room, another group of girls play. Others are cooking, preparing rice and chicken for lunch. Above them, on the first floor of a large house sitting beside a ricefield in Kompong Cham province, two hours north of Phnom Penh, a dozen older girls, still just teenagers, learn the basics of Khmer traditional dance. Chan Ry is one of the survivors of an ongoing 21st century nightmare. For more than a year she was kept as a sex slave in a Phnom Penh brothel. At the age of six, she was sold by her mother to a woman who said the child would get a “good” job in the capital.

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SWIFT et les lois Européennes

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Le Trésor états-unien au-dessus des lois européennes: Dans un article publié le 23 juin 2006, le New York Times révélait que, pour espionner les transactions bancaires internationales, le département du Trésor des États-Unis avait contraint la messagerie inter-bancaire SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telcommunication) à lui donner accès à des données confidentielles. Or, pour ce faire, cette société ayant des succursales aux États-Unis mais basée en Belgique, avait violé les règles européennes de protection de la vie privée. Dans un communiqué, SWIFT avait indiqué avoir négocié avec le département du Trésor pour ne divulguer que des données au cas par cas, et non des fichiers complets, et pour ne le faire que dans le cadre d’enquêtes anti-terroristes. (Lire le reste sur Voltairenet).

UNHCRs consultations with NGOs

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UNHCR begins annual consultations in Geneva with scores of NGOs – GENEVA, September 27 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Wednesday began annual consultations in Geneva with scores of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) – vital partners in implementing UNHCR programmes around the world. More than 300 delegates representing at least 179 NGOs from 85 different countries are attending the three-day talks. NGOs are the UN refugee agency’s right arm, implementing many of the crucial programmes for refugees and internally displaced people in some of the world’s most remote and difficult places. In all, about a quarter of UNHCR’s resources are channelled through its partners.

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about human rights in Laos

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Linked with Vanida S. Thephsouvanh – Laos.

August 18, 2006 – Two Christian Leaders Arrested in Xepone. The Religious Repression is ongoing, by the Lao Movement for Human Rights.

According to reliable information received by the Lao Movement for Human Rights (LMHR), two Christian leaders were arrested in mid-August 2006 in the Xepone district, in the South of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (LPDR), for practicing their faith.

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Les Lao-Hmongs et leurs droits de l’home

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Linked with Vanida S. Thephsouvanh – Laos. And with Promoting the Rights, Voices and Visions of Indigenous Peoples, with Texts about Economy and Indigenous Peoples, and with Indigenous Webs for Information.

Laos, Répression contre les civils Lao-Hmongs: Trop c’est trop! Juillet 12, 2006, du Mouvement Lao pour les Droits de l’Homme

La campagne de répression brutale contre des populations Lao-Hmong s’est intensifiée au cours des derniers mois en République démocratique populaire Lao (RDPL), selon les médias internationaux et des informations parvenues au Mouvement Lao pour les Droits de l’Homme (MLDH), un an après la grande mobilisation à travers le monde, à l’été 2005, pour la survie des populations Lao-Hmong de Xaysomboun.

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Police terror in postcard state

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Linked with Sihem Bensedrine – Tunis.

by Sihem Bensedrine, 30/04/2004, on News24 (SA): Sihem Bensedrine shares her views about police terror in Tunisia – In Tunisia, society has been reduced to silence under a crushing police terror, says fervent press freedom fighter Sihem Bensedrine. Paradoxically, this small Northern African country has been chosen to host the Word Summit on the Information Society in 2005. One of the central subjects of the summit is freedom of speech and how information technology could help promote democracy. Bensedrine asks how this might influence the freedom of speech in her country.

Tunisia is a country in northern Africa that is often presented as a model of development and stability. But it is not widely known that there is no free media here and that any form of opposition is repressed.

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LA SUBSISTANCE ET LA POLITIQUE

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Linked with Gabriela Ngirmang – Palau.

CHAPITRE 9: La politique du champ de taro ou la politique de la maison des hommes (sur tiscalinet):

La militante pacifiste et écologiste Zohl dé Ishtar de Sydney, Australie, a écrit un livre sur la résistance des femmes du Pacifique: Daughters of the Pacific (1994). Elle a participé à l’action de Greenpeace contre les tests nucléaires français dans le Pacifique. Avant cela, elle avait navigué sur le Pacifique pendant un an, et consigné par écrit des récits de femmes sur leur expérience avec le colonialisme et le militarisme occidentaux et la résistance qu’elles y ont opposé.

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4ème rassemblement pour les droits de l’homme à Genève

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Lundi, 9 octobre 2006, de 9h à 17h, Centre de Conférences de Varembé CCV:

Le Conseil d’Etat de la République et canton de Genève organise à nouveau un Rassemblement pour les droits de l’homme. On abordera entre autres d’importantes questions liées aux droits syndicaux.

La pause à midi donnera l’occasion d’échanger ses expériences. La manifestation se déroulera en français et en anglais.

Demandez une fiche d’inscription au Centre d’accueil Genève Internationale, Bureau des ONG (fax 022 918 09 50), à renvoyer au meme fax d’ici au 30 septembre 2006 dernier délai.

Importance of Global Alliances …

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Linked with Nils Daulaire – USA, and with Global Health Council.

Importance of Global Alliances/Funds to CORE Members, by Nils Daulaire (Global Health Council): In the past 100-150 years there has been an evolution in the way we think of our engagement with the health needs of the “south”, with basically three stages. First, there was missionary engagement, using a “moral” conceptual model, meaning we do it because it is the morally right thing to do.

Increasingly, we came into a period similar to “imperialism”, as nations looked to extend their influence and domination, using a conceptual model of “command”.

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Nils Daulaire’s Keynote address

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Linked with Nils Daulaire – USA, and with Global Health Council.

Transcript of Opening Keynote Address by Nils Daulaire at Global Health Council’s 31st Annual International Conference, 6/2/2004, on Science Blog:

From: Lynnette Johnson Williams or Jennifer Simonds, 202-327-5003 (office) or mail, both of the Global Health Council (Homepage).

WASHINGTON, June 2 — The following is a transcript of the keynote address given by Nils Daulaire, M.D., M.P.H., president and CEO of the Global Health Council, at the organization’s 31st annual international conference, “Youth and Health: Generation on the Edge.” Today a billion young people – the largest generation in history – are preparing to make their leap into adulthood, with another billion right behind them. Our proceedings over the next three days will explore some of their health risks – and what together we can do about them. This conference is about our common future. Too often, youth are defined in terms of the problems they face rather than by their strengths and the opportunities for change and advancement they represent. They are in fact the best available resource we have to address the most significant challenges we face as a globe.

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about available health care

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Linked with Nils Daulaire – USA, and with Global Health Council.

Opening Statement by Nils Daulaire, M.D., M.P.H., President and CEO of Global Health Council (sorry, no date and place indicated): This is a remarkable gathering of representatives of government and multilateral agencies, private pharmaceutical companies whose businesses are based on research and development as well as those based on low-cost generic production, non-governmental organizations and academicians. We have assembled together in this room representatives of the entire spectrum of those from South and North who must play a role in making available essential drugs to the world’s poor – producers, service deliverers, advocates, and gadflies. We are all in this together and it’s about time that we sat down and talked. Globalization has driven many of the changes witnessed in the world over the past decade, but it has also highlighted inequities. Whether the forces of globalization are to blame or not, it is clear that the poorest of the poor are worse off today than they were ten years ago. And we recognize that poor women are at the very bottom of the economic ladder and at highest risk in terms of their health and well-being.

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Nils Daulaire’s speech

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Linked with Nils Daulaire – USA, and with Global Health Council.

29th annual Conference, 28-31 May, 2002, Washington DC

Keeping a candle burning is no small thing. Not when the winds howl and the waters rise. It takes courage, optimism, love, perserverance.

Global health in times of crisis is more than a title, a slogan. It is our charge, it is what we are here for.

Wei-ji, the Chinese character for crisis, encompasses two powerful symbols: danger and opportunity. Let us not romanticize or trivialize the danger that faces us, or minimize the courage needed to meet it. As C.S. Lewis said, courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at its testing point, which means at the point of highest reality. We are a community that places at the center of our values human life and human dignity. If we were to allow that commitment to be tempered by danger, to turn away until it is safer to act, then this would be a value subject to conditions; it could be bargained away. So courage is required of all of us, simply to fulfill our reasons for following our calling. This is part of our charge.

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Nancy, lost her sister-in-law on Flight 93 on 9-11-01

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I received this mail by a Newsletter. Just read:

Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2006 00:54:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: Julie Meadows
To: lkindr@yahoo.com
ReplyTo: WorldCitizen@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [WorldCitizen] 9-11 Family Speech on 9-11

I’m posting this to 12 forums – a story of a 9-11 family becoming politically active for peace – To reply write here.

For more information, see the worldservice.org and their mail.

Nancy, lost her sister-in-law on Flight 93 on 9-11-01. She gave a speech in Texas for the anniversary of 9-11 lately and she said I could post it to any forum. Nancy also wrote an article for our book, The World Needs Miracles, which was published last fall. The book is free online at http://www.freewebs.com/u4pj/. Peace, Lloyd Kinder.

Good evening! And thank you all for coming.

On September 11, 2001, Mr. Bush sat in a Florida classroom not knowing what to do. You’ve all seen the video. That video is all the more disturbing to me because at that moment, my sister-in-law was still alive. United Airlines Flight 93 was still in the air, and the most powerful man on earth, did nothing, because he did not know what to do. But the passengers on Flight 93 certainly knew what to do.

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la cour martiale pour doute

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Chopé sur Voltairenet du 31 août 2006, écrit par Cédric Housez, Spécialiste français en communication politique, rédacteur en chef de la rubrique « Tribunes et décryptages » (existe aussi en version espagnole):

Un sergent de l’US Army risque la cour martiale pour avoir mis en doute la version officielle du 11 septembre. Le sergent de l’US Army Donald Buswell risque la dégradation et la cour martiale en raison de la rédaction de messages « déloyaux ».

Pourtant, ayant participé à la guerre d’Irak, le sergent Buswell avait été blessé et avait reçu à ce titre la Purple heart, prestigieuse décoration militaire (photo : remise de la médaille). Il était, depuis, analyste militaire au fort Sam Houston au Texas. Son crime ? Avoir envoyé un email dans lequel il s’interrogeait sur la version officielle des attentats du 11 septembre 2001.

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Europe Crosses the Rubicon

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By Joschka Fischer, August 2006 – The so-called “European Neighborhood Policy” has, so far, been a curious thing. There is much talk about it in the European Union, but little practical effect. It was meant as an alternative to the ever-increasing number of accession rounds, say, involving the countries in the southern Caucasus. But the war in Lebanon and its consequences have caused a sudden and fundamental change in the leisurely pursuit of this policy. (Read the whole article on Project Syndicate).

This article is available on the above site in english, spanish, french, russian, german, czech, chinese, arabian.

Deepening the Work

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Linked with Hildegard Goss-Mayr – Austria, with International Fellowship of Reconciliation ifor, and with Servicio Paz y Justicia.

From the Fellowship Archives by Hildegard Goss-Mayr – If it is certain that the twentieth century will be remembered in human history as one of bloodshed and oppression, it has also brought to humanity the gift of nonviolent liberation through “people power.” In many parts of the world – from the India of Gandhi to the Philippines, Latin America, and Eastern Europe – nations have experienced that dictatorial regimes can be overcome through the solidarity of nonviolent action, the arm of the poor. This is an important factor upon which one can build in the century to come.

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Laver sa conscience à grande eau

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By Cécile Dumas, Science et Avenir, Sept. 8, 2006. Ponce Pilate avait peut-être besoin de se débarrasser d’un sentiment de culpabilité et de blanchir sa conscience lorsqu’il s’est symboliquement lavé les mains après la condamnation de Jésus. D’après une étude publiée aujourd’hui dans Science, le sentiment de propreté physique serait étroitement lié à celui de propreté morale, au point de s’y substituer.

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la grève des cuisses serrées

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Des femmes de délinquants colombiens font “la grève des cuisses serrées”, (http://actu.dna.fr/060912113637.72tneb6l.html, le 12 sept. 06. Cette poste n’est déjà plus sur leur web): Les petites amies et épouses de centaines de jeunes délinquants et tueurs à gage colombiens ont décidé, à l’initiative de la mairie de Pereira (ouest), d’entamer “une grève des cuisses serrées” afin, par le biais de
l’abstinence, de contraindre leurs partenaires à moins de violence.

“C’est notre manière d’expliquer à nos époux que nous ne voulons pas être des veuves et que nos enfants méritent d’être éduqués par un père”, a déclaré Ruth Macias, une mère de deux enfants, âgée de 18 ans. “Je suis sûre qu’avec de tels arguments ils nous entendront”.

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Assuming Authority

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Women in at least a dozen African countries are breaking the male stranglehold on national legislatures, cabinets, courts, and other government institutions. They’re making laws, changing attitudes and inspiring other women to follow them. The women’s revolution has partly come about by necessity due to a lack of men. But it also reflects a growing recognition that the corruption, civil war, and decay that has plagued Africa for generations has been largely the work of males. In the past few years, grass-roots women’s groups have been sounding a distinctly feminist message, arguing that the qualities displayed by women at the family level–fiscal integrity, maternal nurturing–may be what Africa needs to lift itself off its knees. Women certainly have different problems and priorities than men …

Please contemplate on this pages also the photos of some strong African women. Go to this page of Newsweekonline.com, go more down on the right and click on Photo Gallery/ Quiet Strenght.

Below you’ll find the African women we have already presented on this blog, and which I believe showing a caractere of assuming Autority. Also, in my eyes is normal popular work also assuming autority, not only elitist work:

(The courage of Safia Hussaini consist in the fact that she stands for her independant opinion, alone in front of a whole village with obviously facist behavior).

Dissecting the war on terror

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By James Cooke, see also his mail, and the blog ‘Socialist Perspectives‘.

(Excerpts, read the whole long article on on nyc indimedia, September 09, 2006).

Since fascism is a sign of capitalism in crisis, the interests of business versus wage-worker come into even sharper conflict, creating the need for the corporate-spokesmen (government) to resort to ever greater aggression, lies, and demagoguery; the confusion and fear involved in the often cartoonish ‘war on terror’ is a necessary policy— society has not suddenly become irrational and crazy, but hysteria and fear are the last remaining tools of government to foment war and mask social reality.

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Shocking Lancet Study about Haiti

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Linked with Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, with Thierry Fagart – Haiti & France, The economic development program for Haiti, and with HURAH INC. Human Rights Accompaniment In Haiti. (Write to hurah).

Shocking Lancet Study
: 8,000 Murders, 35,000 Sexual Assaults in Haiti During U.S.-Backed Coup. This article was published by the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. A controversy rised up. Here the link to some recent articles.

Here one of these articles:

Jeff Heinrich, The Montreal Gazette, Friday, September 01, 2006:

MONTREAL – A study in the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet suggests that, despite the presence of a Canadian-led United Nations police and peacekeeping force, 8,000 people have been killed and 35,000 women and girls have been raped since the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February 2004.

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Haiti Action Montreal, an advocacy group, yesterday decried the violence and what it says is Canada’s role in perpetuating it. “Canada helped overthrow the elected government (of Mr. Aristide), provided significant aid to the installed regime (of Mr. Latortue) and led the UN police contingent, yet refuses to take any responsibility for the vast human rights abuses in Haiti over the past two years,” the group said in a news release.

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India for rendering borders irrelevant

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From Daily Excelsior, India, by PTI, Sept. 9, 2006 – Observing that economically flourishing India is a “great opportunity” and not a threat to neighbours, Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran today said New Delhi favours increased connectivity to render borders irrelevant and a number of proposals have been put forth in this direction.

India has proposed launch of cross-LoC bus services between Kargil and Skardu in PoK and Jammu and Sialkot and suggested opening of another border trading point with China at Gumla, he said delivering a talk on the topic: ‘does India have a neighbourhood policy?’

New Delhi is also working on upgradation of infrastructure like roads on border points with neighbouring countries which includes setting up of integrated check points, he said. (Read the rest of this article on yesterday’s Daily Excelsior).

… Environmental Proto-Movements in China

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Linked with Guirong Tian – China.

The Politics of Public Participation and the Emergence of Environmental Proto-Movements in China, A dissertation by Anna M. Brettell, Doctor of Philosophy, 2003:

This Dissertation (508 pages) was directed by Professor Margaret Pearson, Department of Government and Politics. The dissertation provides new empirical evidence which shows that environmental activism has been increasing in China since the early 1990s. It explains why participation has increased and why it varies across provinces. It examines the potential emergence of environmental movements and shows the utility of applying social movement theories to studying participation more broadly. Finally, It shows how participation makes a difference in policy outcomes. Both qualitative and quantitative methods, including a statistical analysis of ten years of environmental data, an examination of 125 disputes and over 100 interviews in China, are used to examine the dominant modes of citizen participation; these include direct citizen protests, the dispute resolution and complaint systems, state-mobilized campaigns, and environmental social organizations.

XinXiang on Wikipedia: articles for creation.

On the situation of Chechens outside Chechnya

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Linked with Svetlana Gannushkina – Russian Federation, with The Civic Assistance refugee.ru / Komitet Grazhdanskaya pomoshch, and with Civil G8 — is your opportunity to discuss global problems!

By Svetlana Gannushkina, on The MEMORIAL HRC, The Civic “Assistance Committee”, July 2005 – February 2006.

Excerpts: …

1. The minimum level of public safety is not guaranteed in the Chechen Republic.

The latest events show that the situation of Chechen residents in the Russian Federation has not changed for the better. The level of safety in the Chechen republic still cannot be considered acceptable. Kidnappings and disappearances continue in the Chechen Republic. On 7th October 2005, the Chechen Republic President Alu Alkhanov told the RIA Novosti news agency: Since the beginning of the year, 143 cases of kidnapping have been registered in the republic. The figure for the same time last year was 128. The number of robberies and other grave crimes has increased by 50%. The number of kidnappings registered by human rights organizations is much higher. The Memorial human rights centre, which monitors about 30% of the territory of the Chechen Republic, registered 214 cases of kidnapping in the same period.

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