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the commission’s successes and failures

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Published on BankokPost.com, July 13, 2007.

What are the successes? Our success can’t be judged from the number of cases we investigated or the outcome. Our mission is more about creating social change, which sometimes can’t be measured. I am confident our society has become more aware of human rights protection.

I think we’ve done a good job in laying the foundation for human rights protection and investigation of abuses. We’ve set up an inquiry procedure and a strong network of villagers and local administrators to monitor human rights abuse.

We’ve also created public awareness of the community’s right to manage natural resources. That is, in fact, not regarded as a human right at the international level.

Considering the scope of our work, I can say that Thailand’s first national human rights commission has been more progressive than in other countries.

What are major problems? Government negligence in not taking into consideration our reports and recommendations is the biggest problem. We investigated over 3,000 cases, but the Thaksin government took only one for consideration, the Thai-Malaysian gas pipeline, and sent it to parliament.

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DoCIP update 75

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The INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ CENTRE FOR DOCUMENTATION, RESEARCH AND INFORMATION doCip publishes its UPDATE 75 May/June 2007, a 23 pages pdf-text.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Editorial ……………………………………………………………2

2. Institution Building of the Human Rights Council ……………..3

3. The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:……….5
Statement delivered at the PF by the Chair of the Indigenous
Caucus on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples, on May 18th 2007…………………………………………5
African Indigenous Civil Society Moves on Declaration………….6
IPACC and Burundi: Dialogue on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples…………………………………………………………………8

4. Indigenous Peoples’ Permanent Sovereignty over Natural
Resources……………………………………………………………..10
Report on the expert seminar on IPs’ permanent sovereignty
over natural resources and their relationship to land …………..10
Introduction……………………………………………………………10
Summary of Discussions……………………………………………10
Conclusions and Recommendations………………………………14

5. Upcoming Meetings and Deadlines for Indigenous Peoples,
August – December 2007……………………………………………17

6. Others………………………………………………………………21

(This and other updates).

about Chalmers Johnson’s “Nemesis”-book

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Linked with Chalmers Johnson – USA, with AntiWar.com, with JPRI The Japan Policy Research Institute, and with Iraqi Wars – (or how to end it?).

Published on Democracy Now, Tuesday, February 27th, 2007.

Chalmers Johnson: Nemesis, The Last Days of the American Republic, (2007) ISBN 0-8050-7911-4

In his new book, CIA analyst, distinguished scholar, and best-selling author Chalmers Johnson argues that US military and economic overreach may actually lead to the nation’s collapse as a constitutional republic. It’s the last volume in his Blowback trilogy, following the best-selling “Blowback” and “The Sorrows of Empire.” In those two, Johnson argued American clandestine and military activity has led to un-intended, but direct disaster here in the United States …

Excerpts of a long interview: … Nemesis was the ancient Greek goddess of revenge, the punisher of hubris and arrogance in human beings. You may recall she is the one that led Narcissus to the pond and showed him his reflection, and he dove in and drowned. I chose the title, because it seems to me that she’s present in our country right now, just waiting to make her — to carry out her divine mission …

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Plan B 2.0

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Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble

Linked with Lester Brown – USA,
Earth Policy Institute, and with Search for an Eco-Economy.

Published on Earth Policy Institute.

Excerpt: … If China one day has three cars for every four people, U.S. style, it will have 1.1 billion cars. The whole world today has 800 million cars. To provide the roads, highways, and parking lots to accommodate such a vast fleet, China would have to pave an area equal to the land it now plants in rice. It would need 99 million barrels of oil a day. Yet the world currently produces 84 million barrels per day and may never produce much more.

The western economic model—the fossil-fuel-based, auto-centered, throwaway economy—is not going to work for China. If it does not work for China, it will not work for India, which by 2031 is projected to have a population even larger than China’s. Nor will it work for the 3 billion other people in developing countries who are also dreaming the “American dream.”
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Dick Cheney

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Published on Countercurrents.org, by Joel S. Hirschhorn, 30 June, 2007.

Excerpt: … One thing is clear. History provides little confidence that Congress will propose constitutional amendments that deserve full public discussion. Now is the time to use what our Constitution offers us: an Article V convention for proposing amendments. If we are to make our federal government work for the good of we the people, then we require the nation’s first Article V convention – the goal of Friends of the Article V Convention at Friends of the article V convention.

Why is it now so appropriate? Because Americans now have so little confidence in Congress, the President, and the Vice President, and because the corruption of politicians by money has reached unprecedented heights.

As much as politicians deserve our mistrust, we the people deserve to have an Article V convention. Politicians fear it because they know the public will support amendments that make the government subservient to us – the sovereign American citizens. Politicians are not supposed to rule us. They are so supposed to justly represent us. But they do not. They represent the moneyed interests that control them. As Thomas Jefferson said, “An elected tyranny is not what we fought for.”
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Keynote Address by RICHARD RODRIGUEZ …

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… to the 55th ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON WORLD AFFAIRS (Boulder Colorado), March 28, 2003.

Linked with Richard Rodriguez – USA.

“I write about race in hope of undermining the notion of race in America,” says Richard Rodriguez, the celebrated essayist, commentator and author of Brown: The Last Discovery of America (2002). Rodriguez uses the color “brown” as a metaphor for in-between states of being and as a symbol of non-linear experience. In the opening keynote address to the Fifty-fifth Conference on World Affairs (Monday, April 7, 12 noon, Macky Auditorium, University of Colorado Boulder campus), he will make the case that the American historical and contemporary conceptualization of race is rudimentary as well as psychologically and culturally damaging. The speech, as with all of the other over 200 CWA events during the week, is free and open to the public …

… Every year in April approximately 100 participants representing a wide range of backgrounds gather on the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus for the Conference on World Affairs. The New York Times refers to the CWA as “a week-long extravaganza of discussion and debate” with over 200 non-academic, cross-disciplinary panels, plenary sessions and performances attended by an audience of about 40,000. (full text).

Mexicans in America

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Linked with Richard Rodriguez – USA.

Published on CATO unbound, by Richard Rodriguez, Lead Essay, August 14th, 2006.

2 Excerpts: Some years ago, with the publication of my first book, I became notorious in certain American academic quarters for my opposition to bilingual education and my celebration of assimilation—the child’s coming to think of himself as belonging within a society of strangers. I retain my belief in the necessity of a common American culture. But I am lately appalled by voices raised in this country against Mexican migrant workers.

Americans have tended to abrogate to economists the question of the costs and the benefits of illegal immigration. But, surely, beyond how much Betsy Ross is willing to pay for a head of lettuce, there is the question of morality, there is the question of Mexico. How much of Mexico are we willing to take within our borders? I believe the question might better be asked of a theologian, than an economist.
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A new crop circle in Switzerland

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A new crop circle has reached to be told in our french speaking mainstream media cabaret.

The video on tsr.ch:

http://www.tsr.ch/tsr/index.html?siteSect=500002&bcid=514510&format=450&vid=8000163

and the pictures on crop circle connector:

http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/inter2007/switzerland/switzerland2007.html

Diameter: 60 meters measured with GPS. Coordinates N46 50,14′ E006 56,76′

NHRC recommends rights education from school to PG level

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Published on The Hindu, New Delhi, July. 6 (PTI).

Aiming at creating rights-sensitive Gen Next, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today recommended human rights education as a main subject at all levels from primary to post-graduate.

The recommendations on Human Rights Model Curriculum for Universities and Module for Teachers Training in School Education were unveiled by Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh today at a function here to pave the way for their implementation.

Sharing the NHRC’s observation that human rights culture should be imbibed by the young minds, Singh said “it is important that the seeds of sensitivity are sown at an early stage which would go a long way in ensuring civilised society.”

UGC Chairman S K Thorat said the Commission would ensure that the recommendations are implemented and emphasised that merely making the children aware of the rights was not sufficient.

“Human rights education should be in such a manner that it empowers the students to take position and action every time there is a violation of rights,” Thorat said. (full text).

ZEITGEIST – The Movie

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What does Christianity, 911 and The Federal Reserve have in common?

Linked with RING.com.

Zeitgeistmovie.com for information and the full source list for this work. Zeitgeist was created as a not for profit expression to inspire people to start looking at the world from a more critical perspective and to understand that very often things are not what the population at large think they are. The information in Zeitgeist was established over a year long period.

See a long movie on the following link (1 hour, 56 minutes, 23 seconds):

http://rinf.com/alt-news/911-truth/zeitgeist-the-movie/659/

  • Overture: 0:00-9:34;
  • Part 1: 9:35-35:53;
  • Part 2: 35:54-1:09:16;
  • Part 3: 1:09:17-1:56:23.

Lebanon’s war – Heidi’s thoughts in present timesLebanon’s war – Heidi’s thoughts in present times
The explanation to the above question begins after 1.11′00”. Before you’ll watch the making of our humanity, since a ‘beginning’.

Links:

… and specially this publication;

… und speziell noch dieses Buch;

Omar Tarek Chowdhury’s angry text;

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

Judas Gospel, DaVinci Code and Elites;

The Gospel of Judas;

Integrisme and our Free World.

HONOR YOUR PROMISE CRY THE ONDOA UMASKINI CAMPAIGN

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Linked with Asha-Rose Migiro – Tanzania, and with Promotion of Rural Initiatives and Development Enterprises Tanzania PRIDE.

Published on TANGO, Tanzania’s Association of NGO’s:

The year 2007 is the midway point for the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to halve the number of people living in abject poverty by 2015.

Despite overall progress on these commitments being slow and patchy. the Kampeni ya Ondoa Umaskini Tanzania [GCAP/MDGs Coalition in Tanzania] will for the two weeks leading to 7 July 2007 engage in a series of actions aimed at assessing the progress made so far in terms of implementing the MDGs in Tanzania.

Although it is an open secret that there have been hurdles in the implementation the of MDGs in Tanzania, the Ondoa Umaskini Coalition would like to get the veiws of all stakeholders regarding the implementation of MGDs. This will be done way of an open forum public forum.
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Diabetics and our behavior

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See on my privat blog a study result and my comment about diabetics.

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States signing DNA sharing deal.

Stand by for the Orwellian metaphors about ID cards.

Nairobi hosts first women’s AIDS conference

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Published on CBCnews, July 4, 2007.

2 Excerpts: The world’s first women’s conference on AIDS opened in Kenya on Wednesday, with thousands of international delegates set to discuss how to fight rising HIV cases among women. Key issues at the conference, which runs in Nairobi until July 10, will include feminization of the HIV pandemic, gender inequality, health care and treatment, sexual and reproductive rights, women’s leadership and economic empowerment. Dr. Peter Piot, executive director of UNAIDS, and Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will be two of the main speakers. The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) conference has attracted over 2,000 participants from around the world, according to media reports from Nairobi …

… Sub-Saharan Africa continues to bear the brunt of the epidemic, especially southern Africa, but the report says the rate of infection appears to have peaked in several countries, including Kenya and Zimbabwe. However, there’s no sign of a decline in other countries. A third of adults in Swaziland are believed infected with HIV. Among pregnant women, the rate has shot up from four per cent in 2002 to 43 per cent at the end of 2004. (full text).

West Africa Early Warning & Response Network WARN

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Linked with Cissé Hadja Mariama Sow – Guinea, and with the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding WANEP.

The West Africa Early Warning and Early Response Network WARN (scroll down) http://www.wanep.org/aboutwanep.htm
is an integral part of the West Africa Preventive Peacebuilding Program of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding WANEP. Through its WARN Program, WANEP is setting the stage for a civil society-based early warning and response network in Africa with emphasis on human security.

WARN covers the entire Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region including Cameroon and Chad. Our focus was initially the Mano River Basin countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, and Côte d’Ivoire. We have since expanded to cover the entire West Africa sub-region.

Since 2002, WANEP entered into an agreement with ECOWAS through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the framework of capacity building in Conflict Prevention. One of the goals of this agreement is to interface WARN with the ECOWAS Early Warning Systems to optimize early warning conflict prevention in West Africa. In view of this development, WANEP has been operating a liaison office located at the ECOWAS Secretariat in Abuja, Nigeria since April 2003.

For enquires or comments please contact:
e-mail1, e-mail2, e-mail3, or e-mail4.
Tel: +233 21 221318, +233 21 221388, +233 21 256439, +233 21 258299;
Fax: +233 21 221735.

Swaziland: Empowering women to beat abuse

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Published on ReliefWeb, MBABANE, 3 July 2007 (IRIN).

3 Excerpts: Most Swazi women who face domestic violence do not take their children and walk out of the house. “They say, ‘who is going to feed me?’” Nonhlanhla Dlamini, Director of the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA), told IRIN. But this is changing. An innovative SWAGAA programme to empower women economically in Swaziland’s patriarchal society is helping many out of a cycle of abuse and dependency. Until last year, women were regarded as minors in terms of the law, unable to own property or open a bank account without the permission of a male relative or husband …

… Helping themselves: Project ideas are thought up by women, who form the groups. They make clothing, handicrafts or soft furnishings; raise poultry, pigs or cattle, produce dairy products, or grow and prepare herbal medicines. The women usually already have the knowledge and skills required for a particular cooperative enterprise, but they need inspiration and instruction to exploit their knowledge commercially. “These are actually very poor communities, and it is exciting to expect – based on what has happened thus far – that five years from now they will have lots of money and they can get into bigger investments,” said Dlamini …
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African NGOs and the Pan African Parliament

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Linked with Gertrude Ibengwe Mongella – Tanzania, with Assessing the Scope of National and Supra-National Parliaments to Form African Policies, and with Southern African Regional Poverty Network SARPN.

Submission from Civil Society Organisations to the Pan African Parliament on the proposal for continental government, May 14, 2007.

Thirty-five African and international civil society organisations working in over forty African countries participated in the first Consultative Dialogue with the Pan Africa Parliament under the theme “Building Effective Mechanisms for Civil Society Engagement with Pan African and Regional Institutions”.

Aware of the 7th ordinary session of the Pan African Parliament being held under the theme of “African Union Government”, the Consultative Dialogue provided an opportunity for civil society organisations to reflect on the proposal on the Union Government in preparation for the African Union Summit in June 2007 in Accra, Ghana.

After carefully studying the Study for the Proposal for Continental Government and the Study into the Modalities for Continental Government, it is clear that without the full involvement and participation of African women and men, the vision of a Peoples Union will not be realised. In this regard, the Pan African Parliament could play a pivotal role in catalysing informed dialogue at both continental and national levels.

Consequently, we hereby recommend to Honourable Members of the Pan African Parliament that they consider including in their position on Continental Government, the following seven points:
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The BEIJING COMMITTEE in GUATEMALA

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Linked with Alicia Amalia Rodríguez Illescas – Guatemala, and with CLADEM, the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women’s Rights.

Published on CLADEM, the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women’s Rights, August 2002.

Excerpt: … IV Conclusions and Recommendations:

The work developed by the women’s organizations that participated in the elaboration of this report, together with the daily work experience performed from various environments and skills, as well as the investigations done with the different State instances in various moments of the work and especially on occasion of the elaboration of the national and international evaluations, such as Beijing +5 and the present Report, permit us to fundament the following conclusions:

Any explanation of the situation of Guatemalan women necessarily passes by a previous analysis of the Guatemalan social perception of what it means to be a woman, the unequal valuations over the importance of the activities performed by women and men in the micro and macro-social environments as well as the conceptions about the feminine and the masculine and how this is expressed in terms of the distribution of power and authority in the public environment as well as in the private one.
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