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Put Impeachment Back On The Table

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Letter to Chairman John Conyers, Washington, DC 20510

Published on Countercurrents.org, by Ralph Nader, 28 March, 2008.

Dear Chairman Conyers, Prominent Constitutional law experts believe President Bush has engaged in at least, five categories of repeated, defiant “high crimes and misdemeanors”, which separately or together would allow Congress to subject the President to impeachment under Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution. The sworn oath of members of Congress is to uphold the Constitution. Failure of the members of Congress to pursue impeachment of President Bush is an affront to the founding fathers, the Constitution, and the people of the United States.

In addition to a criminal war of aggression in Iraq, in violation of our constitution, statutes and treaties, there are the arrests of thousands of Americans and their imprisonment without charges, the spying on Americans without juridical warrant, systematic torture, and the unprecedented wholesale, defiant signing statements declaring that the President, in his unbridled discretion, is the law …

… Repeatedly during the past seven years, Mr. Bush has lectured the American people about “responsibility” and that actions with consequences must incur responsibility.

It is never too late to enforce the Constitution. It is never too late to uphold the rule of law. It is never too late to awaken the Congress to its sworn duties under the Constitution. But it will soon be too late to avoid the searing verdict of history when on January 21, 2009, George W. Bush becomes a fugitive from a justice that was never invoked by those in Congress so solely authorized to hold the President accountable.

Is this the massive Bush precedent you and your colleagues wish to convey to presidential successors who may be similarly tempted to establish themselves above and beyond the rule of law?

Is this the way you and your colleagues wish to be remembered by the American people? Sincerely, Ralph Nader. (full text).

Merit the sacrifice for whom?

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Linked with Jerry Mazza – USA.

Published on Online Journal, by Jerry Mazza, March 28, 2008.

As the number of US troops killed in Iraq passed the 4,000 mark, George W. Bush, after conferring Monday with US officials in Washington and Baghdad, told the American people that the outcome “will merit the sacrifice” according to the Washington Post.

My question is, for what mother, father, husband, wife or child will this illegal pointless war that has sapped the blood of a million Iraqis as well, not to mention some $12 trillion from our Treasury – better used for life-giving projects – will this sacrifice be merited?

Of course, it will be merited by the defense contractors, the private armies of Blackwater, the contractors of Haliburton, its subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root, and dozens of other military suppliers and lobbying leeches. The lifeblood of these 4,000-plus will be the lifeblood of these creepy crawlers. And of source, this sanctimonious statement of merited sacrifice is coming from the Texas Air National Guard recruit who didn’t show up for his second year of service and nixed his opportunity to be a fighter pilot (for which he was expensively trained) in the Vietnam war, which yielded 58,000 American deaths and 2 million Vietnamese deaths. Was that sacrifice merited as well?

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Social Justice is Gaining Momentum

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The very controversial economic, social and cultural rights …

Linked with Anthony Ravlich – New Zealand.

Published on Human Rights.net. New Zealand, by Anthony Ravlich MA, BSc, Dip Crim (Hons) Chairperson, Human Rights Council Inc., last changements: Oct. 18, 2004 – (c) Anthony Ravlich.

There appears to be a growing global emphasis on social justice however there seems to be a concern by government that widespread knowledge of these economic, social and cultural rights, which envisage a more egalitarian society, may open a pandora’s box. In the past these human rights have been deliberately kept from the people.

The above study is part of the New Zealand Plan of Action for Human Rights launched by the Human Rights Commission on 10 Dec 2002. The final action plan report is due on 10 Dec 2004 and this is expected to be discussed by Cabinet early next year …

… Another criticism is that economic, social and cultural rights are non-justiciable (not amenable to judicial decision making). New Zealand also takes this view. However South Africa (and Denmark) has justiciable economic, social and cultural rights in their constitution. They were applied, for example, in the case of Grootbroom.

In my opinion civil and political rights, the rights to life, liberty, fair trial, freedom of speech, association etc. are only readily accessed in an egalitarian society where there is no great power or economic differences. For instance in liberal democracies it is by and large the professional sector who own and/or control the mass media and the work place.

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Liberal Dream Turning Sour

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Economic, Social and Cultural Rights included in the Human Rights Commission’s action plan, Human Rights Council

Linked with Anthony Ravlich – New Zealand.

Published on Scoop.co.nz, by Anthony Ravlich, Human Rights Council Inc., 10 September 2005.

At public meetings during the current election campaign in New Zealand the representatives of the political parties generally refused to reply when asked where they stood on the economic, social and cultural rights (ESC rights) which were included in the Human Rights Commission’s New Zealand Plan of Action for Human Rights in February 2005. Consequently our political parties are resisting ESC rights (social justice) in their slow climb up the domestic and international agenda.

While all refused to respond at the first meeting of political representatives on 16th August at the second meeting on 3rd September there was a slightly better response. The Maori Party and the Communist League, neither of whom have been elected into parliament, were supportive of ESC rights. Hone Harawera representing the Maori Party said his party would support greater legislative protection for the areas dealt with by ESC rights i.e. employment, fair wages, health, housing, education and an adequate standard of living …

… Most notably the United Nation’s Millenium Development Goals, which aims to eradicate poverty, do not include education in ESC rights so provide no means of challenging the neo liberal ideology. In addition the interpretation of what constitutes ESC rights may be left in the hands of individual countries. For instance an a la carte approach (as opposed to a comprehensive approach) is under serious consideration in the present discussions on the OP at the UN.

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Complaints Procedure At The UN

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Likely to overlook the Poorest

Linked with Anthony Ravlich – New Zealand, and with the International NGO Coalition for an Optional Protocol to the ICESCR.

Also linked with our many texts about op-icescr on our NGO-Blog: during February 2005, and during March 2005, then with op-icescr – the Optional Protocol of the International Convent of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, op-icescr on August 31, 2005, op-icescr and Intellectual Property; and with Again: op-icescr & NGOs; … and on the Humanitarian blog: what’s about the endless op-icescr, and with Background Doc on op-icescr.

Published on Countercurrents.org, by Anthony Ravlich (Chairperson Human Rights Council Inc., New Zealand), 29 March, 2008.

It is very likely the most disadvantaged will be largely overlooked by the complaints procedure for economic, social and cultural rights (social justice) being discussed at the United Nations which so far has failed to ensure that the core minimum obligations of these rights are included in the text. In addition New Zealand continues to fail to fully endorse a comprehensive complaints procedure preferring to be selective as to which rights will apply.

The complaints procedure, called an Optional Protocol (OP), is expected to be approved by the United Nations Human Rights Council in its session from 31 March to 4 April, 2008 and if passed in its present form will, in my view, fail to ensure the State’s social responsibility to an underclass which has grown considerably since 1991. According to human rights logic those suffering the most serious violations must be emphasised over those suffering lesser violations although not excluding the latter. However previous human rights instruments have failed to address the needs of those in most suffering. The spirit of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which is essentially egalitarian, born in the Industrial Revolution of the 19th Century and the Great Depression, would be utterly destroyed as well as the hopes and dreams of billions of people if these human rights are used simply to further elite interests …

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Gruesome Islam-video

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This text was again manipulated on Saturday, May 29, 2008 at 16.30 Switzerland time:

Linked – for the beauty of the reflection – with Failed fascist states (to remember that we too have some problems, we do not need the Muslims for). Linked also with Olivier Roy – France, and with Wafa Sultan, Syria & USA (and all links down of her page) on our World People’s Blog.

Since yesterday evening his film, reduced to some 15 minutes, can be watched in the internet, as no movie theater was ready to show it – Geert Wilder’s video:

http://www.groepwilders.com/ (sorry, no more works).

April 4, 2008: OK, meanwhile the video has been retired, there are now links to interviews with Geert Wilder. But the below videos with Oliver Roy are still worth to be listened.

Some constructive videos about Islam, balancing the above gruesome video:

Wafa Sultan, Syria & USA, had sharply criticized Islam last year. Here the link to her video: http://switch3.castup.net/cunet/gm.asp?ai=214&ar=1050wmv&ak=null,
and also an excerpt of the transcript of her debate with Dr. Ahmad Bin Muhammad, an Algerian professor of religious politics.

My comments about Geert Wilder’s video: I see a mix of right and false statements:

  • False: We may know today (if we want) that 9/11 was the product of a very small American group. These 9/11 pictures are used to create hatred and create an enemy;
  • Right: yes, SOME of the Muslems would like to conquest us, as shown in the video: by Immigrant’s birthrate, and by our submission to our own fears. But the will to conquest the entire world is not only a privilege of Muslims, many males (and some women) are dreaming about;
  • False: the leftist multiculturalism is not the source of the trouble, but the goal to be defeated by ALL rightists. Its like in the seventies in France when bombs crashed in the name of the leftists and we knew that lePen paid the bombers;
  • Right: the fear of our governments concerning reactions about this 15 minutes video. They would like to wait until it is too late … or better … think in our name for a solution (which we may not like). What they let us see: our governments run behind problems, like firemen … if there comes up any problem, they first try to calm us down (I guess, their biggest fear is people’s nervosity). Only in military questions they are able to foresee for years;
  • Right: our society is no more able to educate all citizens to a respectful behavior, to make all of our 16-24 year old male youngsters to use their energy in a constructive way. And we are not able to integrate all immigrants in a way to make them share our society as it is.

Problem: I have been told by a person knowing these countries, that in some regions of Pakistan and neighbour states the elites (I understood most of the elites) put their 5 year old boys in Madras schools to let them learn the Holy Book, and in some 10 – 15 years we will have a serious problem with them, and then our tolerance will no more help us …

… and, about the question why moderate Muslims are not able to stop their fanatics, the answer is the Ummah. Every Muslim is protected by another Muslim, even a wrong one, as long as he is only wrong to non-Muslims. The Ummah is a real family, and inside the family a faulting member is never given to the police. So, the moderate Muslim will never help us against their fanatic brothers. Ok, here we have a real problem. A problem we have to solve.

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The U.S., Russia and the spinoff from Iran

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Published on Al Jazeera, by Christopher King, March 14, 2008.

One possible reason the United States needs an anti-missile shield in Europe is that an invasion of Iran is still being planned.

The UK media have begun speculating about a return to the Cold War. It seems that the Russians are unhappy and have begun flying air force missions outside their territory again. They’re talking about installing missiles aimed at Europe. The reason? The USA wants to build an anti-missile shield to protect Europe from “rogue” state, like Iran. Poland is to take U.S. missile bases. Radar facilities are to be located in the Czech Republic.

Can we seriously believe that Europe needs a defence against Iranian missiles? If we were to need one, surely the European Union would initiate the project through NATO, whereas the USA has made agreements direct with the Polish and Czech governments without consulting the EU. Why should the USA want a missile shield in Europe? Let’s dismiss the Bush administration’s reasons before we start, although they have mentioned Iran. Moreover, the golden rule is that the USA never acts in others’ interests – only its own …

… It is a disgrace to the United Kingdom that it has not only cooperated with the USA in these attitudes and adventures, but under our present government and Parliament it has enthusiastically embraced them.

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UN rejects water as basic human right

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(First my comment: Please do not forget, the UN was not created for the peoples, but for the governments. It is the senate of this world. In front of this senate there exist no people’s parliament, unless you take the multitude of NGOs and other civil societies as a non official parliament. Heidi).

Linked with Maude Barlow – Canada, and with The Council of Canadians.

Published on CanWest News Service, by Mike De Souza, March 25, 2008.

OTTAWA – The Harper government can declare victory after a United Nations meeting rejected calls for water to be recognized as a basic human right.

Instead, a special resolution proposed by Germany and Spain at the UN human rights council was stripped of references that recognized access to water as a human right. The countries also chose to scrap the idea of creating an international watchdog to investigate the issue, choosing instead to appoint a new consultant that would make recommendations over the next three years.

Federal officials in Canada said last week that the government wanted to ensure the meeting’s outcome reflected the fact that access to water is not formally recognized as a human right in international law. But a social advocacy group said that the position was designed to protect the right to sell water under the North American Free Trade Agreement …

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Tibet’s Spirituality, Rituals, Religion

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A Video giving an intimate glimpse into the life and world of one of Tibet’s most revered teachers: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991). A writer, poet … all » and meditation master, Khyentse Rinpoche was an inspiration to all who encountered him. His many students throughout the world included the Dalai Lama. This unique portrait tells Khyentse Rinpoche’s story from birth to death… — from his escape following China’s invasion of Tibet to his determination to preserve and transmit Buddhist teachings. Along with rare photographs of Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal, this film features interviews with the Dalai Lama. Director Matthieu Ricard — French photographer, Buddhist monk and bestselling author — travelled with Khyentse Rinpoche for over 14 years.

Spirit of Tibet, Journey to Enlightenment, 45 min, 27 Oct 2007.

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If you have not Earth Google on your PC, download it first (more informations here).

Once installed, put into the search line ‘Lhasa, China’, and enlage as much until the white points disseminated over the city of Lhasa transform into camera-batches.

Click on them and admire the photos taken exactly at this place. You can visit Lhasa for free.

The Midas-Excess and Pleonexia

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Published on Portland Indimedya.org, by Paul C. Martin, Oct. 23, 2007.

The Midas-excess, the more-addiction or Pleonexia is similar to the grand delusion of self-righteousness. Our narcissist culture, the dance around the golden ego, must be fought on all fronts. The vulgar materialist dismisses everything inward, spiritual and divine as irrelevant.

(Dr. Paul C. Martin sketches an interesting property-scenario and shows societies existed without “property” or where property was lived very differently. This article is translated from the German on the World Wide Web: Der Midas-Exzess und die Pleonexie).

King Midas governed a fantastic kingdom sometime somewhere in Asia Minor. Since the gods loved him, whatever he desired was fulfilled.

Midas desired that whatever he touched would become gold. Midas was obviously dead. Every piece of bread or mutton, everything he touched, became gold. As the richest, he was at the same time the poorest person under the sun.

We like to tell this saga to show the vanity of striving “only for riches.” At the end, the rich one was the beaten one since he had nothing.

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Obama speaks about black and white

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Published on OpenDemocracy, by Kanishk Tharoor, March 20, 2008.

He says: “We cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together” … and: “if we simply retreat from problem, we will never be able to come together” … and: “bigoted policies still have lingering effect on many black families” … and: “lack for opportunity for black men contributed to the erosion of families” … and: “that legacy of defeat was passed on to future generations” … and: “for many, memories of humiliation & doubt & fear have never gone away” … and: “anger keeps us from facing our own complicity in our condition” … and: “similar anger exists within segments of the white comunity” … etc. etc.

Barack Obama’s speech on race this Tuesday is already being hailed in quarters of American public opinion as one of the finest pieces of oratory in the country’s history. The embattled Democratic presidential candidate turned the pitfall of his relationship with the volatile Jeremiah Wright into a transcendent meditation on the role of race in American society and politics. Few politicians of his stature and exposure have ever dared venture into these dusty corridors of the country’s identity. And few will ever be capable of both the eloquence and the probing seriousness that Obama mustered in speaking the previously unspoken …

Listen this 37.39 minutes speach on this page of OpenDemocracy.

Tibet – revolt with memories

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Published on OpenDemocracy, by Gabriel Lafitte, March 18, 2008.

The Tibetan revolt of March 2008, like those of 1959 and 1987, will be crushed by the overwhelming might of the Chinese military. No match could be more unequal: maroon-clad nuns and monks versus the machinery of oppression of the global rising power. In recent months, fast-response mobile tactical squads whose sole purpose is to quell the people have been overtly rehearsing on the streets of Tibetan towns for just what they are now doing. What is the point of revolt if it is almost certainly suicidal? …

… China’s time-warp:

To be a Tibetan in Tibet can be compared with being black in Mississippi in the 1950s. Travel within Tibet, migration from country to city, number of livestock permitted, number of children permitted – all are rigidly and oppressively controlled by an invasive bureaucracy. Meanwhile healthcare and education, strictly on a capitalist user-pays basis, are concentrated in urban areas. Only if you have the money upfront, and connections, do you even get in the door of a hospital.

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Solo f

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Veröffentlicht auf der Webseite des humanistischen Pressedienstes hpd,
und zur Kenntnis genommen über den Newsletter der Giordano Bruno Stiftung, (siehe Homepage, dort Newsletter clicken, dort auf Archiv – der vom 21.3.08 ist es).

Gibt es einen Teufel? Natürlich sagen die Kirchen. Das müssen sie auch sagen; denn ohne Teufel verlören sie sozusagen ihre Geschäftsgrundlage.

Aber im Ernst: Gibt es wirklich einen Teufel?

Die Schauspielerin Martina Reitz und der Autor & Regisseur Kurt Raster gehen dieser Frage auf den Grund im Stück “Solo für den Teufel”.

Wo/wann? Sonntag, den 30.03.2008 /14:00 Uhr in 56869 Mastershausen, Forum der Giordano-Bruno-Stiftung, Johann-Steffen-Strasse 1

Der Teufel ist natürlich eine Frau.

Der Satan aus Fleisch und Blut führt die Zuschauer genüsslich durch die Tiefen und Untiefen der theologischen Gedankengebäude. Warum bestraft Beelzebub die Sünder statt sie zu belohnen? Wer war zuerst da: Satan oder Gott? Warum wurde das große Erlösungsspektakel überhaupt inszeniert?

Die Zuschauer des Stücks werden auf charmante Weise in heilvolle Verwirrung geführt. Sie können und sollen in Versuchung kommen zu fragen: Ist der Teufel wirklich böse, feige oder gar dumm? Oder ist Gott wirklich gut und barmherzig, allmächtig und allwissend, gerecht und gütig? … (voller Text GBS, Link wie oben).

Climate Change Deepening World Water Crisis

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Linked with no water for peoples need.

Published by IPS, by Thalif Deen, March 19, 2008.

When U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last January, his primary focus was not on the impending global economic recession but on the world’s growing water crisis.

“A shortage of water resources could spell increased conflicts in the future,” he told the annual gathering of business tycoons, academics and leaders from governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations.

“Population growth will make the problem worse. So will climate change. As the global economy grows, so will its thirst. Many more conflicts lie just over the horizon,” he warned …

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Amerindians Originated from 6 Founding Mothers

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Published on Softpedia News, by Stefan Anitei, March 14, 2008.

Of course, it was not Gitche Manitou their creator. All the Red Skins, from those of North America to those of South America, came from Asia. A new DNA study published in the journal PLoS One shows that 6 women founded about 95% of the populations of the modern Native Americans, 20,000 years ago.

“The finding does not mean that only these six women gave rise to the migrants who crossed into North America from Asia in the initial populating of the continent. The women lived between 18,000 and 21,000 years ago, though not necessarily at exactly the same time. The work confirms previous indications of the six maternal lineages,” said co-author Ugo Perego, from the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation in Salt Lake City and the University of Pavia in Italy …

… Many questions remained unanswered:

“That finding doesn’t answer the bigger questions of where those women lived, or of how many people left Beringia to colonize the Americas. The estimate for when the women lived is open to question because it’s not clear whether the researchers properly accounted for differing mutation rates in mitochondrial DNA. Further work could change the estimate, possibly dramatically,” said Connie Mulligan of the University of Florida, an anthropologist investigating the colonization of the Americas … (full text).

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Some stories: about DNA; about mitochondria; about Amerindian;

Softpedia’s homepage.

Pluralism of gate identities or pluralism of competing identities?

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A contemporary French debate examined through the example of Protestantism

Linked with Sebastien Fath – France.

Published on Art & Sciences, Washington Univ. in St. Louis, by Sebastien Fath, GSRL (EPHE/CNRS), a 9 pages workshop paper, not dated – in Doc, or in pdf.

It is no secret that contemporary France has a hard time adaptating to change. The recent uproar around the CPE (Contrat Première Embauche, First Job Contract) in March and April 2006 is neither the first, nor the last sign of this conservative attitude. The activism by young people to the proposed legislation suggests a high level of anxiety among the younger generation regarding the impact of globalization on their lives. This anxiety is widely shared by the older generation, which fights with determination for the « social gains » (acquis sociaux). What is true at the Economic level is also true in cultural terms. Today’s French culture emphasizes its heritage as strongly as ever. We could even say that heritage has never been as popular as today. Change, conversion, are more ambivalent, even though chosen identities are more and more common and even sometimes promoted. This has a direct impact on the definition of pluralism. Does it seem that pluralism of ‘gate identities’ tends to be more positive than pluralism of competing identities ? The French religious scene is a good example of this contrast between identities by heritage and identities by conversion. The protestant case is particularly interesting, as it suggests a harsh contrast between a very rooted tradition, the Hugenot identity and a new evangelical wave …

… Conclusion: The way France perceives today the Evangelical phenomenon reveals a broader issue: a French difficulty to open up to a globalized pluralism of competing identities. Contrarily to the perceived stability of ‘traditional’ Huguenots, Evangelicals indeed cultivate a very competitive tradition, striving to gain new converts. Through their networks, involvement in social questions and militant religious products, French Evangelicals shed light on the important recomposition dynamics of pluralism in a “transition society” (Cook and Davie 1999). This restructuring takes place on a voluntary mode, based on association with a degree of competitive spirit in which militant networks win out over institutions. This restructuring is not only something internal to Protestantism (Willaime 2001). It happens elsewhere, revealing that if the French are so fond of a stable pluralism of rooted identities, it is NOT because this model is still prevailing. On the contrary, it might be a sign of nostalgia towards a vanishing model, slowly surpassed by a new competitive type of pluralism. (full text … in doc, or in pdf).

Right to Education questionnaire

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From: HREA – Human Rights Education Associates and its Newsletter.

… Please follow the link below and fill out this survey, which is self-explanatory and confidential, and will only take 5 minutes of your time …

… please feel free to direct any further questions you may have to the coordinator of the Project, Peter Hyll-Larsen.

The website:

The purpose of this short questionnaire is to uncover the needs, wishes and suggestions for a public webbased resource on the right to education, devoted to promoting mobilization and legal accountability.

This is a joint undertaking between the existing Right to Education Project website, the work of ActionAid International and the coalitions of the Global Campaign for Education.

Completing the questionnaire should only take a few moments of your time. There are 6 multiple choice questions, all with the option of further suggestions. All can be completed in full confidentiality. However, here is an optional section at the end where we hope you will ff share your contact details with us.

Thank you very much in advance!

Question 1): Would the following GENERAL categories be useful, and primarily at which level (please tick more than one box in each row)?

… (full text).

a beauty

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Provided by PROCREO.JP, Web & Flash Design, and received by mail from a friend, go to:

http://www.procreo.jp/labo/flower_garden.swf

and click on any place in the page, or click and remain there with the cursor, or click and move … at your inspiration.

And here they offer more plays for your joy:

http://www.procreo.jp/labo.html

no water for peoples need

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not enough water for everyone

Linked with yesterday’s Indian FAX ACTION about Coca-Cola.

Water shortages are told being a threat, and – as we are living under the reign of social darwinism – naturally first a threat for world’s poors.

Now look to Abu Dhabi or Dubai: The Emirates are building huge cities with all water comfort you may imagine.

And how they get all this water? Easy, they are building factories one near the other to desalinize seawater. Today, after only some years of planting and watering all green stuff in parks and anywhere they find some ground for, they are changing the climate in this part of their desert: now it is already regularly raining during winter.

Objection: The United Arab Emirates have all this oil money they no more know what to do with.

Ah, but what if the dominating elements of this humanity would use their money for desalinizing plants rather than for the preparation of our future ‘water war’ they tell us?

Or in the other way: what if this humanity would move to ORDER these plants from those having this big money? Rather than let Coca-Cola Units waste all water of a region to give us stuff to ‘drink’?

The real question is therefore: do you want water for all, or only Coca-Cola for the middle class?

If this is not done, we will live bigger genocides we have ever seen … by not wanting to look what exactly is happening.

Remember, there are stories that this planet should have only two billion humans, not seven or more.

Understand it in another way: two billions of slaves are easy to be domesticated, with seven or more billion ‘they’ no more make it.

What is our action?

Rationality And The Lived World

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Linked with Durre Sameen Ahmed – Pakistan.

Published on Zmag.org, by Frederick Marglin, not dated, but older.

(scroll down): … The knowledge concerning generative processes was universalized and rationalized in the discourse of gynaecology. This disembedded form of knowledge was until fairly recently almost exclusively a male domain. Women are the passive site of unknowing biological processes which require the management and control of male expert knowledge. But this type of knowledge transformed and replaced another kind of knowledge possessed by women themselves about their own bodies (Duden 1991). This knowledge, like that of craftspeople, was an embodied form of knowledge. To keep women safely in the domestic sphere and protect men’s claims to their bodies and their bodies’ “products,” this embodied type of knowledge was appropriated and transformed in a manner similar to the appropriation of workers’ knowledge by managers and experts.

For women to develop their minds and to achieve in the public sphere is to liberate themselves from one of the repressive entailments of modernity, namely the ideology and reality of domesticity. But that liberating movement buys into the terms of the debate as they are set by commoditized logic. It does not put into question the internalized repression in the form of a panopticized rationality. The white middle class woman achiever, liberated from the bondage of domesticity has shown herself to reproduce the dominating discourses of dominant (mostly white) men, as the critiques of mainstream feminism by minority women in the U.S. has shown (bell hooks 1981; Minh-Ha 1989; Mohanty 1988; Mani 1989; Ahmed 1992). The imperialism, racism, and classism of much middle class anglo-american feminism is an inevitable outcome of the colonizing form of rationality lodged at the heart of the modern dominant system of knowledge.

Reembedding Rationality In The Lived World:

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What If Women Ruled The World?

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A thought to be meditated

Received by mail:

From: John
To: e-mail: Worldcitizen Yahoogroup, (go to sign in my yahoo groups)
Date: 11/03/2008

I think that no-one should rule the world. I think that any human person who dominates others does not know who they are – who we are. Call me an idealist or even an anarchist if you like but my view is that we do not need governance, once we grown up and find our true identity. So what is our identity? It’s not American, it is human.

There’s no valid reason to do harm to others and with a little thought and sacrifice, we can look after the environment much better than is done now. I admit we are not there yet, but surely that should be our goal. In the meantime most people do need laws and they have to be told by ‘authority’ what is right and wrong. When will humanity ever grow up?

Listen people, wars are and always have been orchestrated by ‘leaders’ and this fact should be very obvious now. And as for, ‘terrorists’ they are manufactured too!

The problem is that people follow the rich and powerful. People follow bullies who in fact are cowards – anyone who demands blind obedience is a coward, especially when they tell you lies! People follow the big Ego and think that they or their leader is the ‘best’! Well, it is simply not true and it has got to stop! The government should be the people and the sooner people act responsible for their own actions the better.

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Mangrove Man

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Published on Countercurrents.org, by K.A. Shaji, 13 March, 2008.

At the time of his birth, Pokkan’s umbilical chord looked like the bloated, elongated seed of the mangrove tree, and people affectionately tweaked his name to ‘Pokkudan’, a play on his physical condition. It was this kid with the bloated umbilical chord, born to untouchable pulaya parents in a Kerala village in the early 1930s, who went on to become the legendary Kallen Pokkudan, a name now synonymous with mangrove conservation not only in the state, but all over India …

… COLLECTING THE seeds of the mangrove trees was strenuous work. Besides, the swamps were choked with waste. The seedlings planted initially didn’t take root because he didn’t know the techniques well. But when the 300 seedlings he planted the following year grew, Pokkudan’s work began to be noticed. Soon, the media, environmentalists and forest officials arrived on the scene. With Pokkudan’s help, the Department of Forests set up a mangrove nursery of around 30,000 seedlings. Youth clubs organised campaigns about the need to preserve mangrove forests. People began to put up resistance against destruction of wetlands in the name of development.

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When Elephants Fight, the Grass Below Suffers

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Published on WorldPulse Magazine, by Karambu Ringera, Feb 15, 2008.

When I arrived at the IDP camp at Nakuru at the end of January nothing prepared me for the sight of the effects of war in my beloved Kenya. As I walked about to survey the violence, I watched as a woman sold her tomatoes, unbothered by the presence of a dead body near her stand. There was so much death throughout the streets. I am shocked at what we have become as a nation – we are so removed from our humanity, we are failing to see that the “other” we are butchering are Kenyans.

In the camps, my heart bled for the women and children I met. For food, they have a mug of porridge in the morning, no lunch, and a dinner so little “it is meant to keep the soul alive,” as one old woman told me. Mothers have to share their food to feed their children. Girls in the camp are known to exchange food for sex.

Rapes occur regularly; women are told to watch over their girls, to not go to the toilets at night. At night the men scream, and as the women run away in panic, they chase the women and girls and rape them.

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HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL CONCLUDES INTERACTIVE DEBATE …

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… ON REPORTS ON RIGHTS TO HEALTH, FOOD AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Published on OHCHR, MORNING 12 March 2008:

The Human Rights Council this morning concluded its interactive debate on the reports of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, the Special Rapporteur on the right to food and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

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