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China – Access to Reporters Without Borders site blocked …

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… blocked within hours after move to new web site server.

Published on CNW group, May 31, 2007.

… Reporters Without Borders today condemned the Chinese government’s censorship of the Chinese-language version of its website, www.rsf-chinese.org, as a result of which Internet users in China are deprived of information about press freedom.

On 25th May, the site was moved to a new Iweb site server and within a few hours – we estimate between five and eight hours – access had again been blocked within China. The Chinese authorities very quickly blocked access when the www.rsf-chinese.org site was first launched on 3 May.

The cyber-police clearly used detectors containing subversive and pornographic keyword filters to identify undesirable new sites. Regardless of the consequences for Chinese Internet users, any IP address linked to a website considered undesirable is blocked without any warning. Tens of thousands of Chinese web sites are currently inaccessible online as a result of such measures … (full text).

Why I Am Leaving The Democratic Party

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Published on countercurrents.org, by Cindy Sheehan, 29 May, 2007.

… He (my son) was killed when the Republicans still were in control of Congress. Naively, I set off on my tireless campaign calling on Congress to rescind George’s authority to wage his war of terror while asking him “for what noble cause” did Casey and thousands of other have to die. Now, with Democrats in control of Congress, I have lost my optimistic naiveté and have become cynically pessimistic as I see you all caving into “Mr. 28%”

There is absolutely no sane or defensible reason for you to hand Bloody King George more money to condemn more of our brave, tired, and damaged soldiers and the people of Iraq to more death and carnage. You think giving him more money is politically expedient, but it is a moral abomination and every second the occupation of Iraq endures, you all have more blood on your hands.

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Lettre d’information de la LDH n°47

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Lié avec La Ligue des Droits de l’Homme LDH – France,

Reçu par e-mail le 3o mai 2007, la lettre d’information de la LDH n°47 du 4 mai au 30 mai 2007. Les thèmes: Migrations, Immigration, Election présidentielle, Chine:

  • 30 mai 2007 – Non à l’hommage le 7 juin à Perpignan aux assassins de l’OAS;
  • 25 mai 2007 – Migrations, Appel pour une émission sur les migrations à France Télévisions;
  • 24 mai 2007 – Immigration, Lettre ouverte à Brice Hortefeux, ministre de l’immigration;
  • 22 mai 2007 – Hommage, la LDH salue la mémoire de Driss Benzekri;
  • Campagne d’adhésion à la LDH; http://www.ldh-france.org/actu_derniereheure.cfm?idactu=1449
  • 7 mai 2007 – Election présidentielle, l’avenir reste entre les mains des citoyens;
  • Le Collectif Chine JO 2008 appelle à se joindre au rassemblement organisé en commémoration à la répression sanglante de Tian An Men.

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Next Human Rights Council

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5th session of the Human Rights Council, 11 to 18 June 2007:

Draft timetable;

PROVISIONAL AGENDA, Note by the Secretary-General, A/HRC/5/1, 16 May 2007;

Information/NGO Participation;

And also some background infos:

Information for National Human Rights Institutions;

Live Webcast Archive;

Statements and audio files;

ODS.

OHCHR releases new Annual Report 2006

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Geneva, 25 May 2007: download the 178 pages annual report 2006.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has released its 2006 Annual Report, providing a detailed account of the increasing range and impact of its human rights work around the world. The document uses charts, personal stories and photographs to portray the work of the Office. (full text).
(The 258 pages annual report 2005).

Peru police evict market traders

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Linked with Hernando de Soto – Peru.

By Dan Collyns, BBC News, Lima, May 29, 2007.

Thousands of Peruvian riot police have stormed a huge market in Lima to dislodge stallholders and traders who the authorities accuse of squatting.

The operation was the culmination of a month-long standoff during which officials tried to eject families they say had moved onto the land illegally.

Police, some mounted, others in riot gear, moved in at dawn.

Overwhelmed by police numbers, the traders left the site in east Lima they had occupied for five years.

After weeks in siege-like conditions and despite having vowed they would resist to the last, the traders left without a fight.

Allowed to pack their bags, the traders – mainly women and children – were forcibly evacuated, losing not only their jobs but also in many cases, their homes.

The mayor of Lima, Luis Castaneda, had said the traders were illegally occupying the land which belonged to the local authority. (full text).

COURRIEL D’INFORMATION ATTAC n°569

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Reçu par mail: ‘Le Grain de sable’, journal d’ATTAC France, Mai 25, 2007, par Lysiane Rolet, commission genre et mondialisation. (S’abonner ou se désabonner, ou sur leur website. (Merci de faire circuler et de diffuser largement).

LE G8 ET L’ACCROISSEMENT DE LA PAUVRETE DES FEMMES

Dans ce mail est discuté entre autres, … no. 3.: La lutte contre la pauvreté sera un des thèmes principaux traités lors de la prochaine réunion du G8 d’Heiligendamm. Mais si ce thème est considéré comme prioritaire pour les « grands » de ce monde, l’expérience passée doit nous inciter à la plus grande prudence.

En effet, le G8 est constitué de 8 huit chefs d’Etat ou de gouvernement qui ce sont autoproclamés en charge de la direction des affaires du monde. Or, ces pays contrôlent le FMI, la Banque mondiale et l’OMC et ce sont en premier lieu ces institutions internationales qui ont impulsé les politiques néolibérales qui ont conduit à l’accroissement dramatique de la pauvreté dans le monde. On constate que les femmes sont touchées de plein fouet par ce phénomène.

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Indigenous Women’s Pushback

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By Yifat Susskind, on countercurrent.org, 27 May, 2007.

(from Fpif.org/May 25, 2007)

Indigenous activists are putting up a fight – against violence. At the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, activists are focused on passing a declaration that recognizes the right of Indigenous Peoples to their lands, territories, and resources. This organizing drive is seeking international legal protection from the violence done to Indigenous Peoples, which over the centuries has threatened their very survival. Indigenous women, meanwhile, are organizing against gender-based violence. This violence has derived not just from gender discrimination and subordination but also from the violation of the collective rights of Indigenous communities.

At the international level, 2,500 Indigenous activists and NGO representatives from around the world have gathered in New York this month to debate the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which calls on governments to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination and control over their territories. At the local level, women’s groups are translating the same right to self-determination into economic autonomy and the preservation of Indigenous traditions. Much progress has been made, both internationally and locally, but the movement still faces significant obstacles.

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Is Our Peace Activists Learning?

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By David Swanson, on Countercurrents.org, 27 May, 2007.

Excerpt: … A clear and growing majority of Americans wants to end the occupation. Yet many people are opposed to defunding it. So, not enough of us have learned that you cannot end this occupation without defunding it. And far too few of us fully understand that ultimately we’ll need impeachment before the occupation actually ends …
… Because we don’t grasp the need for impeachment, we focus on asking Congress to oppose the war but ignore Congress’ failure to investigate the lies that launched the war (and we call it a “war,” giving credence to the notion that it is something that can be won or lost). http://afterdowningstreet.org/node/22933 Because we haven’t faced up to a choice between continuing the occupation and defunding it, we allow Congress Members to make anti-occupation gestures and then fund the occupation, not in order to prolong the occupation and fund its profiteers, but “for the troops.”

As long as we allow the pretense to continue that wars are fought on behalf of the young men and women sent to fight them, we will never see a serious effort on the part of the Democratic leadership in Congress to end the occupation of Iraq. One thing many people have gradually come to realize is that we have not seen such an effort yet, only pretenses of it. Certainly, some who now disapprove of what the Congress just passed still think they were right to support what it was doing two months ago, and it’s less important to return to that debate than to get our act together from here on out. But we are more likely to make wise decisions in the future if we learn the right lessons from our mistakes. So, a quick review may be in order … (full text).

U.S. Approves Iraq Funds Transfer

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Published By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press Writer, May 24, 2007.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council approved the transfer of more than $3 million in oil-for-food revenue to meet Iraq’s U.N. arrears and dues … (full text).

Sudanese leader says Darfur issue to be finally resolved

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Published by Kuwait News Agency KUNA, May 26, 2007.

KHARTOUM, May 26 (KUNA) – Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said here Saturday the issue of Darfur would be finally settled soon according to a UN plan revised by the African Council of Peace and Security. The Sudanese leader was speaking at the inaugural session of meetings of the Executive Committee of the African Parliamentary Union here, saying that as per the revised UN plan, the African Union (AU) would lead and control forces in Darfur. He urged all armed factions in Darfur to join the peaceful process, saying “Dialogue is the only way to resolve this problem so that the situation could be back to normal, conflicts and infighting could recede and the return of refugees and displaced persons could be completed”. (full text).

Does one have to fight tyranny with the instruments of the tyrants?

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Liked with Dick Marty – Switzerland.

Published on Voltairenet.org, by Dick Marty.

After a lot of research into the CIA abductions and the CIA secret flights in Europe, Dick Marty has proven at length, that it is not about the individual cases, because generally, they have become the norm. The President of the Commitee on Legal Affairs of the Council of Europe has concluded, in the end, that an organized system acts in public- if not in fact with an active agreement from the European states. (full text).

Nicolas Sarkozy et les USA

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La feuille de route de Nicolas Sarkozy:

Tout au long de la campagne électorale française, les principaux think tanks états-uniens ont analysé les résistances de la société à la globalisation impériale et les possibilités dont disposerait le prochain président pour passer outre. Au vu du résutat du scrutin, la Fondation Heritage énonce les objectifs que le département d’État peut exiger de Nicolas Sarkozy pour faire avancer l’agenda néo-conservateur. (full text).

HREA distance learning courses

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Final call for applications.

HREA is calling for applications for the e-learning courses on Human Rights Monitoring, Introduction to Human Rights Education, Project Development and Management in the NGO Sector, and Rights-Based Programming (in French), which will be offered from September-December 2007 …

Course 6E07, 19 September-11 December 2007, Instructor: Felisa Tibbitts.

This course will introduce the basic elements of project development and management. Step-by-step processes and techniques will be introduced for the various phases of a project life cycle. The course is intended for staff of non-governmental organizations who have responsibility for designing and carrying out a project, but with relatively little experience. Participants will be assisted in the development of a project plan that could be submitted to senior management or a funding agency … Link for the application form on the website. (full text).

Guided Case Studies …

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Picked up on Weitzenegger’s Website for International  Development Cooperation, and its  Newsletter.

Guided Case Studies for Value Chain Development for Conflict-Affected Environments:

Pact, Inc. releases a Request for Applications for ”Guided Case Studies for Value Chain Development for Conflict-Affected Environments.” The guided case studies are part of research being conducted by the Microenterprise Development office of USAID to increase understanding of value chain approaches in economic reconstruction and recovery. Contact: Carrie Keju, tel.: 202-466-5666, ext 304, e-mail, website microLINKS.

IMPORTANT NOTICE! Amendment No. 1 for Pact/AMAP/RFA-VC: Extension of Case Study Deadline. Pact is amending the Request for Application (RFA) #Pact/AMAP/RFA-VC released on May 4, 2007 by extending the initial due date for the final case study from October 31, 2007 to November 21, 2007.

Modern Slave Work

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Picked up on Weitzenegger’s Website for International  Development Cooperation, and its Newsletter.

Published on The Jus Semper Global Alliance, living wages norht and south, by Alejandro Calvillo Unna and Álvaro de Regil Castilla, March 2007.

Excerpt: … The disappearance of the Welfare State and, subsequently, the weakening of the Regulator State have run concurrently and are the consequence of the accelerated emergence of corporations; a sort of gradual coup d’état, where big corporations and financial groups have overtaken power. The Reagan-Thatcher era with legislative deregulation against monopolistic practices, with the elimination of governmental regulation, with the thinning and/or privatisation of public services, redirected tax revenue to finance directly and indirectly these power groups and not the people suffering from the inequalities generated by the market.

Corporate culture has changed dramatically. In the Welfare State ethos, thirty years ago, many multinationals felt a genuine responsibility for their employees. Many industries were regulated, and competition was not as brutal as today.

Ruthlessness began when business was deregulated, and governments stopped, in classical neoliberal style, performing their balancing act. With this kind of competition, massive layoffs began as a measure of last resource during hard times, when a company was struggling to survive … (full text 4 pdf-pages).

Another Human Development Fund & the WEF

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Published on DPM News Agency, May 22, 2007.

Dubai Knowledge Village Welcomes Launch of ‘Human Development Fund’ at World Economic Forum – Dubai Knowledge Village DKV has welcomed the launch of the AED37 billion human development fund announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to provide better education and narrow the knowledge gap between the Arab and developed world.

The ‘Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation‘, the largest initiative of its kind in the Arab and Islamic world, was launched on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the Middle East recently in Jordan. The Foundation aims to open doors for future generations of leaders in the region to shape their lives by equipping them with world-class knowledge and education. (full text).

TOWARDS THE RISE OF WOMEN IN THE ARAB WORLD

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Linked with Khadija Al-Haisami – Yemen, and with the Human Rights Information and Training Center HRITC.

Excerpt of ‘Towards the Rise of Women in the Arab World, the fourth Arab Human Development Report – UNDP‘, December 21, 2006:

… Despotic authority and the rise of women: Paradoxically, repressive regimes, for their own reasons, have encouraged women’s rights in ways that might not have been possible if matters had been left to the natural progress of society, given its imposed and inherited constraints. The mechanisms of political oppression have even served at times to accelerate the rise of women. But the Report notes that this imperious, top-down style of “progress,” however enlightened, inevitably encounters objections and resistance from the popular base. It argues that a shift to free and well-governed societies in Arab countries would be quite capable of realising those historic breakthroughs required for women to advance, while also attracting broad social support that will guarantee the movement popular strength and sustainability.

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Honor Killings in the New Iraq, The Murder of Du’a Aswad

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Linked with Yanar Mohammed – Irak, and with the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq OWFI.

Published on uruknet.info, May 18, 2007.

Recently, a mob of frenzied men beat and stoned to death a 17-year-old girl, Du’a Khalil Aswad, in northern Iraq. She was murdered by relatives and neighbors for falling in love with someone that her community did not approve of, in what’s typically called an “honor killing.” Her murder has received a fair amount of media coverage, not because “honor killings” are an anomaly in today’s Iraq, but because this particular attack was videotaped and released on the Internet.

Throughout Iraq, and elsewhere, attacks like Du’a’s brutal murder are used to punish women who make autonomous decisions about issues such as marriage, divorce, and whether and with whom to have sex. In the US, most people think that this brutality is exactly the kind of thing that the US “democratization” of Iraq was meant to stop. In fact, the opposite is true. Since the US invasion, “honor killings” have been on the rise across Iraq, due in large part to measures enacted by the US.

The US has empowered Islamist political parties whose clerics promote “honor killing” as a religious duty.[i] As Iraqi women’s rights advocate Yanar Mohammed explained, “Once the religious parties came to power, Iraqi men began hearing in the mosques that it was their duty to protect the honor of their families by any means. It is understood that this entails killing women who break the rules.”[ii] Women who are raped by men outside of their family are considered to have shamed their families. Consequently, the overall rise in rape and kidnapping under US occupation has elicited a rash of “honor killings.” In October 2004, Iraq’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs revealed that more than half of the 400 rapes reported since the US invasion resulted in the murder of rape survivors by their families. (full text, May 18, 2007).

The Chaing Mei Declaration

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Linked with Sr. Bhikkhuni Dhammananda – Thailand, and with Sakyadhita, The International Association of Buddhist Women.

PREAMBLE: We, the participants in this conference on women and religion, recognize that contemporary realities have tragic consequences for women’s lives. Without a commitment to women’s human rights and to the resolution of these tragedies, religions are failing the world. Their own relevance is at stake as they become more and more isolated from the values and needs of their members.

It is urgent that religions address these realities. Religions must be consonant with the cultural evolution in which we are all immersed. Religions must no longer tolerate violence against women. Women are alienated from religions that do. We are committed to working towards change, and we call on others, women and men, to join in this task.

I. WOMEN AND GLOBALIZATION: PROBLEM AND PROMISE … (full text)

II. WOMEN AND RELIGIONS: PROBLEM AND PROMISE … (full text)

CONCLUSION: Our experience of coming together as women leaders and religious leaders has convinced us that the religious traditions and the aspirations of women are not in opposition. We are not enemies. On the contrary, we share the same commitment to human dignity, social justice, and human rights for all.

We therefore commit ourselves and call on other women and other religious leaders to reach out to each other to enhance mutual understanding, support, and cooperation. This can be done on the regional level to expand the consensus achieved here and at the national level to define concrete, joint activities toward advancing women’s human rights and well-being.

We came together as women and men to explore how the positive powers of religion could be engaged to advance the well-being of women. Indeed, we believe that when women and religious traditions collaborate, a powerful force for advancing women’s human rights and leadership will be created. (full text).

Le Dictionnaire de la Vie

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Linked with Zarina Khan – Tunisia & France & worldwide, and with The Zarina Khan Productions.

2 excerpts: … Le Dictionnaire de la Vie – un pont vers l’autre:

  • Dès novembre 1993, les mots du ” Dictionnaire de la Vie ” vont devenir le matériau de construction d’un Pont entre les créateurs bosniaques et les jeunes du monde. Sur l’impulsion de Zarina Khan, le texte voyage et rassemble lycéens, enseignants, acteurs, théâtres et spectateurs, constituant un réseau européen et méditerranéen du ” Dictionnaire de la Vie “.
  • Cet essor, s’il brise l’isolement et le sentiment d’abandon des jeunes de Sarajevo, est aussi l’occasion pour la jeunesse européenne, d’entamer une action et une réflexion autour de la Paix et de la guerre, mais aussi autour de sa propre identité, et de la place qu’elle tient dans le processus démocratique …

Translated by Google.com: The Dictionary of the Life, a bridge towards the other:

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Dalai Lama eyes retiring in speech to U.S. students

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(CORRECTED)

Thu May 17, 2007, by Zach Howard,

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (Reuters India) – The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, said on Wednesday he was ready to retire in a few years but will keep championing causes to help the Tibetan people, culture and environment.

Speaking at Smith College in Massachusetts to about 5,000 students, faculty and invited guests of the Tibetan community, Tibet’s exiled and revered spiritual leader said he already sees himself semi-retired.

“Within a few years’ time, I will retire completely,” the 71-year-old monk and Nobel Peace Prize winner said.

The Dalai Lama has lived in Dharamsala, India, in the outer Himalayas, since 1959. He was active in establishing there the Central Tibetan Administration, Tibet’s government in exile. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

Wearing a yellow-and-maroon robe, he said he was honored to have been recognized in the world for his “small contribution to the welfare of humanity,” and suggested the elected Tibetan leadership in exile can soon carry on his mission.

The Dalai Lama says he wants greater autonomy, not independence, for his predominantly Buddhist homeland, but China considers him a separatist and accuses him of continuing to promote Tibetan independence. (full text).

Israel & Palestine on my blogs

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Updated June 8, 2010: Linked with about Israel and Palestine.

by Heidi Barathieu-Brun

You may have observed that I practically never show texts or personalities about Israel & Palestine on my blogs. Yes, I consider their struggle not as a simple query like any other war on our planet, but for me there is more: they are a symptom of the behaviour of our whole humanity.

What is shown there since decades is the peak of the iceberg of what we all are in reality: we are not a humanity, but an amount of different clans, working and living to increase the own profit, at the costs of others. At the costs of all those who are ‘not same’.

Not only the main Israel and the main Palestine tell us having all rights on their side, every clan in this world does same. Belonging to a recognised and promoted standard: the simplest and crudest social Darwinism is still the main philosophy, not only for individuals, but also for clans, or in these times, for nations (example: colonialism). Best you can observe this in all economic clans: the big worldwide acting international companies.

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UN indigenous forum tackles land, resource issues

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Received by mail on May 14, 2007, from HREA – Human Rights Education Associates.

Opening two-week session: More than 1,000 indigenous representatives from all regions of the world are gathering at United Nations Headquarters in New York for the two-week session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to focus on issues related to lands, territories and natural resources.

These matters are widely viewed as central to indigenous peoples’ efforts to gain recognition for their rights. “With the increasing desire of States for more economic growth, senseless exploitation of indigenous peoples’ territories and resources continues unabated,” said Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum, which will meet from 14 to 25 May.

The majority of the world’s remaining natural resources — minerals, freshwater, potential energy sources and more — are found within indigenous peoples’ territories, she said. Access to and ownership and development of these resources remain contentious.

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