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The World Can’t Wait, Won’t Wait, Isn’t Waiting

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Linked with Cynthia McKinney – USA.

Cynthia McKinney adresses the Kuala Lumpur Peace Conference, February 5, 2007:

Excerpts: … Everyone in this room and every participant in this Conference is here because we want peace. Peace and justice. And these principles of peace and dignity, justice and self-determination were embodied in the policies pursued by our host, The Honorable Tun Mahathir, while he was Prime Minister of Malaysia. In fact, it was Tun Mahathir who put Malaysia on the map for me when he stood up to the world’s economic powers and refused to cash their check of dependency. Instead, Tun Mahathir returned their check and said out loud for the entire world to hear that Malaysia would chart its own course. As a result of that singular act of pride, self-determination, confidence, and independence, Malaysia boasts a strong economy and a legacy of uncommon independence …

… Impeachment is America’s roadmap back to dignity. Impeachment is the Constitutional way to handle an Administration that has, from the outset, violated so many tenets of the U.S. Constitution. It is also a way of saying “No, we do not condone what has been done in our name, and we are not complicit” …

… What is clear is that the world isn’t waiting for the people of the United States to act. But what the world is showing us, is that if we, in the United States, fail to act, we will be the ones left far behind …

… I am pleased to announce that I have signed the online petition pledging not to vote for any candidate who has voted in the past or who will vote this year to fund the war. The petition can be found at PLEDGE TO ABSTAIN

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HIV and REFUGEES

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UNaids publishes:

Excerpt: … The factors that affect HIV transmission vary by context and arise during different phases of the cycle of displacement. The three phases in the cycle of displacement are:
— the emergency phase, associated with the onset of conflict or some other emergency and flight of those affected;
— the post-emergency phase, marked by greater stability; and
— the final phase, when durable solutions are secured, and refugees return home, are resettled in a third country, or are permanently integrated within their host country.

The many factors that can contribute to the increased risk of HIV transmission among refugees in emergency and post-emergency phases are relatively well understood.

Refugees are uprooted from their homes and communities. Livelihoods are lost. The breakdown of social networks and institutions reduces community cohesion, weakening the social and sexual norms that regulate behaviour. Disruption to health and education services reduces access to HIV prevention information and commodities, sexual and reproductive health services, as well as HIV-related treatment and care for those who need it. Exposure to mass trauma such as conflict can increase alcohol and other drug use and influence people’s attitudes towards risk.

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Get a free audio CD with economic infos

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Received by Newsletter from WorldCitizen, a yahoo.group (NOT our world.citizenship.org):

Even if you have read the book this Audio CD is an engaging, clear, concise and eye opening presentation by the euthor, G. Edward Griffin himself, about the history surrounding the tremendous fraud of the Federal Reserve, IRS, and your SSN number. If you email me a postal mailing address to Wayne, I would be happy to send you a copy for free.  This is information that needs to get out.  Also included will be about 20 pages of written material. Regards, Wayne.

For more information, go to worldgov web,  and infomail.

Linked with G. Edward Griffin – USA,
some Publications,
… and specially this publication,
The Federal Reserve,
The Fed,
Bibliography: The FED, Money, Gold, Economy, Society,
… und speziell noch dieses Buch.

$4.3 MILLION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

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For Immediate Release, February 23, 2007 (found in newsletters of both HREA and countercurrent).

(Miami, Florida, February 23, 2007). A federal jury in Miami found Colonel Carl Dorélien, a former member of the Haitian Military’s High Command, liable for torture, extrajudicial killing, arbitrary detention and crimes against humanity suffered by plaintiffs Lexiuste Cajuste, Marie Jeanne Jean and her two young children. Colonel Dorélien was ordered to pay a total of $4.3 million to the plaintiffs in compensatory and punitive damages.

Lexiuste Cajuste was arbitrarily detained and severely tortured by Haitian military forces under Dorelien’s command because of his role as a union organizer and pro-democracy activist. Miraculously, he survived the beatings but, fourteen years after the ordeal, still suffers severe physical disabilities relating to his torture. Upon learning of the jury’s verdict in his favor Cajuste stated, “Today I have finally found justice, but I am only one person amongst an entire population who suffered abuses. My wish is to see that all the people of Haiti receive justice.” Cajuste went on to say, “Although today’s judgment was rendered against Colonel Dorélien, I see this is as a judgment against the entire armed forces of Haiti under the military dictatorship. This is a wonderful day for justice for me and my family and for the Haitian people.”

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – February 24

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“But each of us must find out for himself or herself what their gift is, so that they can use it in their life.”

–Jimmy Jackson, OJIBWAY

The old people say, everyone has a song to sing. This song is the reason we are on this earth. When we are doing what we came on this earth to do, we know true happiness. How will we know our song? Pray. Ask the Great Mystery, “What is it you want me to do during my stay on earth?” Ask. He will tell you. He will even help you develop yourself to accomplish His mission. Great Spirit, help me find my song and let me sing it …

For daily inspiration, you can subscribe Birdman^i^ Elder’s daily Meditation newsletter.

Critic Muslims on YouTube

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Listen to these YouTube videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQI7-hYQhSE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6l-3teuofc

Basic Needs vs. Freedom of Speech

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By Abhijit Bhattacharyya, published on OneWorld.net on 20 February 2007,
first published on Alochona Magazine on April 2004.

3 Excerpts: … Freedom must be given judiciously to appropriate person. It is said, “freedom is our birth right”. Absolutely Right! The implication is tantalizing. We have freedom to take bribe, we have freedom to oppress poorer, we have freedom to abuse power and money, we have freedom to support corrupted officers and ministers to get a gainful position, we have freedom to sell life saving drugs and food-crops at higher costs in black market while millions of children are suffering from diseases and mal-nutrition. We have freedom to be greedy to lick the leftovers of America forgetting our cultural heritage! Oh sorry again, Dude! We forgot our hereditary culture after 900 years of slavery, so why bring it again – again it’s our freedom …

… What I feel is that, a total freedom is a heavenly abstract concept, while public must have limited freedom and they must be controlled by some unified law of the country. This does not mean freedom is withheld, but this is essential to provide a secured modern lifestyle …

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WHY ARE WE WHERE WE ARE?

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Linked with Manfred Max-Neef – Chile, with the Centre for Development Alternatives CEPAUR, Chile, and with Statements at the World Future Council.

From the pdf text ‘What Next?, Draft thematic paper, From Knowledge to Understanding‘, by Manfred A. Max-Neef, published on Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, not dated.

Some excerpts: … Life is an unending sequence of bifurcations. The decision I make implies all the decisions I did not make. The route I choose is part of all the routes I did not choose …

… Sometime during the 12th century, in Italy, a young man named Giovanni Bernardone, while still very young and very rich, decided to radically change his life. As a result of his transformation, we remember him today under a different name: Francis of Assisi …

… Some years later, a fervent believer in absolute truth and in the possibilities of certainty, Francis Bacon invites us to ‘torture Nature’ to force her to reveal her secrets, so that we can extract the truth. Again, two worlds: one representing the route we took, and the other the route we did not take. We did not follow the way suggested by Pico della Mirandola. Instead, we accepted Bacon’s invitation, and we continue to apply his recipe with efficiency and enthusiasm. We continue torturing Nature in order to extract from her what we believe to be the truth …

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Statements at the World Future Council

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Linked with Manfred Max-Neef – Chile, with the Centre for Development Alternatives CEPAUR, Chile, and with The Max-Neef Model of Human-Scale Development.

There was a World Future Council. 13 persons with a strong humanitarian development background had short statements. You may listen them on the following 13 videos:

Manfred Max-Neef, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aa1zZ-Gy9s
Hermann Scheer, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nq2iLnAETA
Cyd Ho talks, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSI-36tBB_8
Judge C.G. Weeramantry, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jxj-qvk4s4
Frances Moore-Lappe, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWfvcyZI0OE
Nicholas Dunlop, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBnMmTG9oYs
Vananda Shiva, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbnfJl9ULa8
Tewolde Berhan Egziabher, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8LKOOEYuYk
Tony Colman, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5CNQ0lVUEk
Beate Weber, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4Qc8_geh2k
Hans-Peter Durr, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgtOZnBhdfU
Katiana Orluc, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kfuRVpFDmk
Olivier Giscard d’Estaing, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKCAHCyw7kk

Humanity and Central Asia

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(some links found with this keywords):

Central Asian Human Development Report HDR 2005

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(site in russian)

The Central Asian Gateway http://www.cagateway.org/ publishes the Central Asian HDR – The UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS (RBEC) has prepared the Regional Human Development Report for Central Asia titled “Regional Cooperation for Human Development and Security in Central Asia.”

The principal purpose of the proposed report is to promote a dialogue in Central Asia and among Central Asians to convince policy makers and other stakeholders that regional cooperation and integration are essential for long-term economic growth, poverty reduction and social stability, and thus for human development and security.

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DECLARATION DE SOUTIEN

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Reçu par mail:
Sujet: ATTAC INFO 564 – L’ALTERMONDIALISATION, UNE COURSE DE FOND!
De: Grain de sable
À: grain de sable
Date: 17/02/2007 19:59:48

DECLARATION DE SOUTIEN DU SOMMET CITOYEN FRANCE-AFRIQUE AU PEUPLE MARTYRISE DE GUINEE (Contact):

Considérant les grèves et manifestations en cours en Guinée depuis plusieurs semaines à l’appel des Syndicats et des organisations de la société civile guinéenne, pour protester contre la corruption, l’abus de pouvoir du chef de l’Etat et la paupérisation généralisée de la population par le régime néocolonial corrompu de Monsieur Lansana Conté;

Considérant que la répression sanglante des forces de l’ordre guinéenne, qui a sanctionné ces manifestations pacifiques, a fait à ce jour, une centaine de morts environ et que ce bilan risque fort bien de s’alourdir dans les prochains jours, si rien n’est fait pour stopper la folie meurtrière du pouvoir de Conakry;

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L’ALTERMONDIALISATION – UNE COURSE DE FOND !

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Reçu par mail:
Sujet: ATTAC INFO 564 – L’ALTERMONDIALISATION, UNE COURSE DE FOND !
De: Grain de sable
À:  grain de sable
Date: 17/02/2007 19:59:48

Par Arnaud Zacharie, CNCD-11.11.11, et François Polet CETRI.

Essoufflé le mouvement altermondialiste ? Cette affirmation, qui semble être devenue depuis quelques temps la nouvelle ritournelle d’une certaine presse, en rappelle une autre, proférée au lendemain des manifestations de Seattle contre les excès de l’OMC (décembre 1999) par les commentateurs étasuniens les plus autorisés : cette ‘rébellion’ était selon eux un feu de paille.

Moins de dix ans plus tard, le refrain est réemprunté. Mais qu’en est-il au juste ? Il est d’abord paradoxal de taxer d’essoufflement un mouvement qui continue de posséder un véritable pouvoir de mobilisation : près de 60.000 personnes se sont par exemple rassemblées à Nairobi, pour le premier Forum social mondial organisé en Afrique, alors que le premier Forum social de Porto Alegre avait attiré moins de 15.000 personnes en 2001. Mais la force de l’altermondialisme ne se mesure pas à l’unique aune de sa seule capacité à drainer les foules, elle dépend avant tout de sa capacité à peser sur l’opinion publique mondiale, et en particulier sur le cours des décisions politico-économiques à visée internationale.

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Integrity

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Picked up in Weitzenegger’s newsletter of … To read many interesting news and articles, go to ‘The website for International  Development Cooperation‘,  and its (english) Newsletter.

ADB Asian Development Bank – Updated: 13 February 2007.

ADB wants to remove the burden that corruption inflicts upon the economies of the region and the development process. One way that ADB does this is by ensuring its institutional integrity. ADB’s Anticorruption Policy requires all ADB-financed activity, including all ADB staff, adhere to the highest financial and ethical standards.

To help achieve this objective, the Anticorruption Policy established an investigative function within the Office of the Auditor General (OAG). To strengthen the supervision and management of its investigative, project procurement-related audit, and anticorruption awareness activities, ADB upgraded what was the Anticorruption Unit to the Integrity Division at the beginning of 2005.

ADB also supports governments’ efforts toward effective and transparent systems for public service, anti-bribery and business integrity, and active public involvement through the ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia-Pacific.

ADB has recently reviewed its implementation of the Anticorruption Policy.

Learn more about … (full text).

(See also: the Annual Report 2006 of the ADB (Asian Development Bank).

ILO Decent Work Research Prize, 2007

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Picked up in Weitzenegger’s newsletter of … To read many interesting news and articles, go to ‘The website for International  Development Cooperation’,  and its (english) Newsletter.

Call for nominations – The ILO’s International Institute for Labour Studies has created a research prize to annually reward outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge on the ILO’s central goal of decent work for all, and calls for the nomination of candidates.

Criteria for award: The prize winner will be selected by a five member jury consisting of eminent personalities with an international reputation and proven expertise in labour and social policy issues. This being a research prize, the jury will examine publications of the candidates.

The prize can be awarded for:
(1) Major specific contributions to the understanding of socio-economic relationships and policy instruments for the advancement of decent work as defined by the ILO (see http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/inf/download/ecosoc/decentwork.pdf). The jury will look for new and original ideas;

(2) A lifetime contribution to knowledge on the central concerns of the ILO and its constituents (i.e. Governments, Workers and Employers) which reflects and advances understanding of the different dimensions of decent work (creating jobs; guaranteeing rights at work; extending social protection; promoting dialogue and conflict resolution; with gender equality as a cross-cutting objective). In either case, both the excellence of the work and its practical relevance for policy purposes will be taken into account. (Full text).

A Mad Dream

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Linked with Pier Paolo Pasolini – Italia.

Pier Paolo Pasolini’s own notes on him film Salò
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Excerpts: … Pasolini was trenchant when discussing Salò. Below are two pieces in which he introduces and then annotates his film, paying particular attention to its relationship to Sade’s novel and to Italian fascism. The first, a ‘Foreword’, was written in 1974, a few months before filming began. The date of the second is unclear, but appears to have been written later. Both pieces are reproduced from an English-language press book (in the collection of James Ferman) issued, it seems, in Italy to accompany the release of the film. (Both pieces have been lightly edited.) There is no record of any translator in the press book …

… Despite my absolute fidelity to Sade’s text, I have however introduced an absolutely new element: the action instead of taking place in eighteenth-century France, takes place practically in our own time, in Salò, around 1944, to be exact. This means that the entire film with its unheard-of atrocities which are almost unmentionable, is presented as an immense sadistic metaphor of what was the Nazi-Fascist ‘dissociation’ from its ‘crimes against humanity’.

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United Nations Development Programme, Uzbekistan

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UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.

World leaders have pledged to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, including the overarching goal of cutting poverty in half by 2015. UNDP’s network links and coordinates global and national efforts to reach these Goals.

Our focus is helping countries build and share solutions to the challenges of:
Democratic Governance;
Poverty Reduction;
Crisis Prevention and Recovery;
Energy and Environment;
HIV/AIDS.

UNDP helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women. The annual Human Development Report, commissioned by UNDP, focuses the global debate on key development issues, providing new measurement tools, innovative analysis and often controversial policy proposals. The global Report’s analytical framework and inclusive approach carry over into regional, national and local Human Development Reports, also supported by UNDP.

In each country office, the UNDP Resident Representative normally also serves as the Resident Coordinator of development activities for the United Nations system as a whole. Through such coordination, UNDP seeks to ensure the most effective use of UN and international aid resources. (full text).

Fair Trade and Human Rights

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Linked with Paul Rice – USA, with Fair Traide Certified (TransFairUSA).

Excerpt from a Lutheran World Relief publication: … The United Nation’s Declaration on the Right to Development states that “every person is entitled to participate in, contribute to and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development, in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms can be fully realized.”

Fair trade enables small farmers and artisans to participate in a more just economic process than the current one that too often is unfair to small producers. By selling through fair trade, farmers and artisans build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

By supporting fair trade, we make choices in line with our religious beliefs and affirm human dignity by promoting:

  • FAIR WAGES: Fair trade guarantees small farmers and artisans prices that exceed their production costs. This increased income, and programs that pay them before they sell their products, allow them to feed their families, stay out of debt and keep their land.
  • CHILDREN’S RIGHTS: Many children’s rights are violated in situations of poverty when families are forced to choose between sending a child to sometimes-dangerous work instead of to school. Fair trade increases family income, helping families better afford education and health care for their children.
  • WOMEN’S RIGHTS: Most fair trade cooperatives are required to document how many women are members of the cooperative, how many hold leadership roles, and how many own or co-own land. They must also demonstrate that women have equal rights and responsibilities.
  • THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE: Fair trade promotes direct relationships between international buyers and producers. These democratically organized, producer-run cooperatives offer equal employment opportunities for men and women, facilitate access to buyers, provide credit, and offer training and technical assistance to members.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS: Fair trade helps promote organic farming which is better for the environment, encouraging chemical-free farming, composting, crop rotation and other beneficial practices. About 85 percent of Fair Trade Certified TM coffee sold in the U.S. is certified organic.
  • INDIGENOUS RIGHTS: Frequently, indigenous peoples face discrimination based on language, culture, religion and their ethnic identity. Fair trade cooperatives can serve as a way to address political, cultural, military and territorial assaults on their way of life.

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An Open Letter to my Sisters

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Linked with Byllye Avery – USA, with the Avery Institute for Social Change, with The Health Care Crisis … , and with the National Black Women’s Health Imperative.

An Open Letter to my Sisters, by Byllye Y. Avery, November 01, 2006

Dear Sisters,
It has been quite some time since we flexed our collective muscle. While there are many of us who are working hard everyday to make health care more affordable, the delivery of quality health care services needs to be more accessible. To be involved on any level is to understand deeply how our health care system fails to meet the basic needs of the people or their caregivers. To work daily with these issues on the front lines, is to know change is critical. It’s a moral issue.

There is a growing grassroots movement for health care reform. We applaud these efforts because it’s a tough course. While some individual women’s groups are involved in the effort for universal health care, the women’s health movement as a whole is not at the forefront of the current health care reform movement. All of our voices and messages need to be heard in order for women to have access to the full range of reproductive health care services that they so desperately need. Without such access, reproductive rights are meaningless. (full text).

controversial rights to discuss

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A little debate arised – with two questions – about the right to discuss one’s existence, behavior or appartenance (or not appartenance) to a group:

1) Is WANGO, the World Association of NGOs, New York, part of or not, linked to or not, to the Moon group …
2) … and our rights to debate all around this questions.

The Global Policy Forum published a text around this question on november 2001, I put a link to this article on december 2005 on my NGO blog.

WANGO does not likes this article, nor my link to it. Mr. Swarts statement and my answer you may find them – if interested – on our NGO blog of december 29, 2005.

UNFPA Warns …

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UNITED NATIONS, New York, 05 February 2007 – UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, today warned against the “medicalization” of female genital mutilation/cutting. This tendency, according to UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, arises from increased awareness of the health risks associated with the practice. Ms. Obaid also warned of a trend of subjecting younger and younger girls to the practice in order to avoid their complaints or refusal to participate.

Ms. Obaid combined her warning with a renewed call for intensified global efforts to save the 3 million girls who still face the risk of female genital mutilation/ cutting every year. In her appeal for the International Day Against Female Genital Mutilation, to be observed on February 6, Ms. Obaid pledged “to increase support for efforts to prevent female genital mutilation or cutting, and advance gender equality and human rights, including the right to sexual and reproductive health”.

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Thailand, Emergency decree legalises torture chambers

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Press release HREA – A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission, published by HREA, AS-024-2007, February 2, 2007:

A group of soldiers took Muhamud Arming Usoh from near his home on 30 October 2006, as he returned from work at a rubber plantation. They didn’t produce any arrest warrant or evidence, or tell him where they were taking him or why. The emergency regulations in force over the southern provinces didn’t require this of them. At an unidentified army camp, they allegedly kicked and hit him in the face and over the head with a steel bar; burnt cigarettes onto his neck, chest, ear and genitals; and, smashed beer bottles across his knees. Where the physical torture ended the psychological abuse continued: Arming, a Muslim, was allegedly chained to a dog for the night, before being taken to a bigger camp the next day. After the week was up, he was handed to the police and charged with murder and firearms offences.

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Mohammed & Charlie Hebdo

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Aux Musulmans fâchés je dis:

Mohammed est votre prophète? D’accord.

Il vous a transmit votre religion? D’accord.

Vous avez une ‘relation privilégiée’ avec lui? D’accord.

Il vous appartient? PAS D’ACCORD!

Vous, les Musulmans, vous prétendez avoir une religion du respect, et c’est votre affaire comment vous vivez votre religion. Mais vous ne respectez pas Mohammed si vous essayez de vous l’accaparer pour vous exclusivement.

MOHAMMED NE VOUS APPARTIENT PAS!

Vous lui manquez du respect si vous LUI DICTEZ sa relation avec nous (ou si vous nous dictez notre relation avec lui). Car, ce qui se passe entre lui et nous, les non Musulmans, NE VOUS REGARDE PAS.

Nous sommes pleinement responsables de notre conduite vis-à-vis de l’éternité, de laquelle Mohammed peut faire parti. Donc aussi de notre conduite vis-à-vis de ce qui le touche, de près ou de loin.

MAIS CECI N’EST PAS VOTRE AFFAIRE. CELA NE VOUS REGARDE PAS!

Vous, les Musulmans de prétention si respectueuse, vous manquez de respect à votre Prophète si vous vous mêlez de ses relations qui peuvent exister entre lui et des personnes non Musulmanes.

Sans parler du fait que vous nous manquez du respect à nous, les non Musulmans, si vous prétendez que Mohammed ne nous serait pas accessible. Mais ce manque de respect s’applique ici seulement aux simples hommes que nous sommes.

Mais manquer ce respect à Mohammed, qui est pour vous supérieur à l’humain! Cela rime à quoi?

CELA RIME À QUOI, VOTRE CONDUITE?

Donc, cette histoire de justice entre Charlie Hebdo et votre congrégation, cela tourne à de l’enfantillage.

MOHAMMED N’EST PAS VOTRE POSSESSION. DÉFINITIVEMENT.

Heidi.

UNHCHR: Education is a Human Right, not an Economic Good

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INTERVIEW – UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Vernor Munoz Villalobos says: “Education is a Human Right, Not an Economic Good“.

Read: The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the right to education was defined by the Commission on Human Rights in its resolution 1998/33 of 17 April 1998 as follows: (full text).

Or: From the June issue of Respect, the OHCHR newsletter.

5 February 2007, (received from HREA): Vernor Muñoz, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the right to education, will visit Malaysia at the invitation of the Government from 5 to 14 February 2007.

During this visit, the Special Rapporteur will consider how Malaysia endeavours to implement the right to education, the measures taken for its successful realization and the obstacles encountered.

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