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Graines der Paix – Newsletter Octobre 2008

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Lié avec Graines de Paix.

Vous trouverez les newsletters anciennes sur cette page de leur site internet, voici aussi leur sitemap et leur Portail.

Si vous voulez recevoir cette dernière newsletter Octobre 2008, voici leur e-mail.

Amnesty International Looks to the Future

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(in all six UN languages)

Amnesty International is reviewing its human rights strategies and tactics for the future. Your input is invaluable and taking part is simple. By filling out a short questionnaire, you will help shape Amnesty International’s direction and priorities for the years ahead. (Amnesty International /survey).

Thank you for taking the time to help Amnesty International consider its direction and priorities for the years ahead.

During 2008, Amnesty International is looking to the future by undertaking a focused exercise to review and develop its human rights strategies and its activist tactics for the coming years.

We hope that human rights defenders, human rights activists and people concerned about human rights the world over will help us identify the most important human rights concerns and the most effective ways in which human rights can be defended.

Your input will be invaluable and taking part is simple: just fill out this short questionnaire.

The information you provide will be kept completely confidential and we will report the results of the survey in aggregated form only.

Thank you for being part of Amnesty International’s strategic direction setting and for being active for human rights!

Fill up the form with its 7 questions: … (on survey monkey.com).

3 videos for change

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Linked with WITNESS.

WITNESS Video Trip Report DRC 2008, 4.36 min.
Video for Change: Making Strides in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Address HIV/AIDS

Spread the story, stop the disease of HIV, 3.43 min.
Special Hub Feature: Legendary Photojournalist Poised to Break Massive Story

End Poverty – Be the Generation, 7.58 min.
Video Highlights Global Poverty Crisis in the Lead Up to Days of Action

The Hub is WITNESS’ new video community for human rights, where you can upload, watch and share videos about human rights – and take action to help end human rights abuses. Join the movement. Join the Hub. (on Homepage of WITNESS.org).

Social gap between Moscow and the rest of Russia becomes immense

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Published on Pravda.ru, Sept. 08, 2008.

The gap between the lifestyle, opinions and outlooks of Muscovites and residents of smaller towns becomes larger and larger, sociologists of Levada Center say in their recent study. There are hardly any people in Moscow who suffer from the shortage of money on food. The situation is completely different in smaller towns. The smaller a town, the more hungry people it has living there. The living standard in Russia grows in Moscow and other large cities. Their residents can easily afford a trip abroad. The number of such holiday-makers in smaller towns is very low …

… People with higher income can afford trips to foreign countries (40 percent in Moscow and 3 percent in smaller towns), and they never suffer from the lack of food. Less than one percent of Muscovites acknowledged that their earnings were not enough even on essential foodstuffs, whereas about 48 percent of those from smaller towns and villages constantly live under such conditions.

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Hunter Better Than Nanavati

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Published on Countercurrents.org, by R.B. Sreekumar, 29 September, 2008.

The Nanavati Commission report deserves the description as a whitewashing document of the aggressors than the conclusion of an enquiry. This is an immature, partisan and inconclusive report which has a political motive. It can only be seen only as a predetermined script. The report hides the heinous acts of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and co, who were the perpetrators of the violence. This is not a blind attack by me, but an analysis based on facts.

I am a police officer, committed to the Constitution, who has filed four affidavits before the Nanavati Commission. Every commission has the responsibility to analyse and probe the truth about the information even if it is scribbled on a torn piece of paper.

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Inventing peace

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Linked with Cora Weiss – USA.

Published on openDemocracy, by Cora Weiss, March 18, 2004.

Why war?

Since the very purpose of the United Nations is to prevent the scourge of war, and since in the eleven years between 1989 and 2000 alone there were 111 armed conflicts, can we say there has been a mammoth failure of the international community? Is it a dream to say that the time to end war has come?

“Nothing happens unless first a dream,” said our great poet, Carl Sandburg. But is it possible? After all, say most folks, history is replete with one war after another. Most national monuments are of men on horseback with rifles, or dedicated to the fallen heroes in wartime. Battlefield cemeteries are tourist attractions. War is inevitable. It may even come with our DNA, they say. But the UNESCO Seville statement on violence of 1989 says:

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October is Domestice Violence Awareness Month

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Linked with Suzanne Pharr – USA.

Published on the blog: Ruminations of the Soul, by Qiyamah A.Rahman, September 27, 2008.

- Concerning H. R. 2876: To reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, (IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, June 14, 2005) –

… Statistics on Domestic Violence in the United States

  • Every 15 seconds a woman is physically assaulted in her home.
  • Children who witness violence grow up believing that violence is a reasonable alternative to solving problems. 60% of children from violent homes become abusive adults.
  • Domestic violence is a major cause of homelessness. A large percentage of women and children living on the street became homeless because of domestic violence.

Violence Against Women in the United States of North America – A Glimpse into the Past …

… On another occasion Steering Committee members had convened once again to handle the business of eliminating violence against women and children. However, in addition to our usual business meetings and caucusing we had scheduled visits with our congresspersons to talk about violence against women and children and to persuade them to support the pending legislation that we felt could usher in a dramatic shift in how our nation perceived domestic violence. We were a motley group because many of the women were what I call “earth women” who did not like to dress up. Although we certainly had our exceptions! We had strategized about what to say and we were all primed and ready to go. Each of us were organized in groups of two or three’s. We were told that we would have no more than 10 minutes to make our case with legislative aides. Only some of us had been lucky enough to schedule with our congress persons. I had never seen so many pantie hoses, suits and dress up clothes in all the time I had been serving on the Steering Committee. Some of the women complained about having to wear pantie hose and bras. One member indicated the only time she wore them was when she lobbied. I was excited. I had never been to the capital, let alone paid a visit to my congressperson. Even now when I think about it I get excited at the role we played to influence those in the corridors of power. While I was a little naive back then, it was moments like that when I look back in wonder, amazed at the shy, battered and wounded little girl that had managed to shed her docility and break the silence that I experienced, and before me my mother and other women have endured in this country and around the world. This was only one of the many times that I have reflected on how far I have come, and yet how far I plan to travel in my journey toward transformation.
Blessed Be! (full long text).

Definitions: The proletariat

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Linked with Gaither Stewart – USA.

Published on Online Journal, by Gaither Stewart, Oct 1, 2008.

… Modern history shows that the American wage earner — the potential proletarian — is in reality the staunchest flag-waving defender of the capitalist system that exploits him, does nothing for him except pay him unfair wages, sends him to war to defend capitalist interests, and throws him aside at will. American wage earners are so amorphous, so blunted in their ballyhooed ignorance, so unstructured and ill-organized that they do not even constitute a class. Their ignorance and their acceptance of their situation represents one of the great victories of capitalism.

The arrangement doesn’t make any sense at all.

Many Europeans workers are still class-conscious. But not the reactionary American workingman. The absence of class-consciousness of the American workingman exemplifies Marx’s statement that “the working class is either revolutionary or it is nothing.”

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Grand Theft America

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Linked with Stephen Lendman – USA.

Published on Countercurrents.org, by Stephen Lendman, 29 September, 2008.

The crime of the century. The greatest one ever. Author Danny Schechter calls it “Plunder.” The title of his important new book on the subprime and overall financial crisis …

… The result of unfettered capitalism’s fatal flaw – unbridled greed in a rigged system that rewards the few at the expense of most others. First an explanation of how it works. Free-wheeling, “free market” Chicago School fundamentalism the way economist Milton Friedman championed it in his 1962 book “Capitalism and Freedom” and taught it to students for decades. He believed that government’s sole function is “to protect our freedom both from (outside) enemies….and from our fellow-citizens.” Preserve law and order. Enforce private contracts. Protect private property and “foster competitive (unregulated) markets.” Everything else in public hands is “socialism….blasphemy.” Not to be tolerated …

… A Growing Public Response to the Crisis:

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In the Time of the Right – Reflections on Liberation

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Linked with Suzanne Pharr – USA.

Published on SuzannePharr.org, 1996, 137 pages.

(Page 15): … THE MERGER OF ECONOMIC INJUSTICE AND OPPRESSION: During more than two decades of massive economic restructuring and changes in class politics, progressive people have not managed to keep a strong economic analysis in the public debate. Perhaps this failure has come from old fears derived from a history of red-baiting and memories of the fairly recent McCarthy era of anti-Communism.

Certainly today, when progressive people point to the growing disparity between the rich and poor, conservatives immediately accuse us of “trying to start a class war.” Of course, the answer to this accusation is that it is not progressives who began and perpetuate the ongoing warfare against the poor and middle classes of this country; it is those who have redistributed wealth upward, leaving working people without adequate wages.

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There Is an Alternative to Corporate Rule

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Published on STWR (share the world resources), by Mark Engler, Sept. 08, 2008.

One of the remarkable features of modern political life is how consistently global elites deny that viable alternatives to the current global order exist, even as the terrain of international politics rapidly shifts. The “imperial globalists” that rose to power in the Bush years contend that without U.S. military strength decisively projected abroad, the forces of evil will sweep the globe. Meanwhile, “corporate globalists” of Wall Street persist in their belief that, in the post-Cold War world, we have no choice but to embrace the continual advance of the “free” market …

… Just Saying No, or First Do No Harm:

The ideas, experiences, and proposals of the World Social Forum provide a trove of information for all those who want to construct a new agenda for the global economy. At the same time, as long as democratic movements do not have the power to overrule political and economic elites, there exists an important case for just saying “no” — for first insisting that those now in power stop doing harm …

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Definitions: The Intelligentsia

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Linked with Gaither Stewart – USA.

Published on Countercurrents.org, by Gaither Stewart, Sept. 26, 2008.

… Addendum: I confess that I’m not totally satisfied with the word intelligentsia. I welcome suggestions for a better word, a modern word that describes that dynamic but minute, unhappy, isolated and lonely part of American society today that so desires dramatic, drastic, radical, revolutionary change.

The Personal Manifesto of a member of the intelligentsia:

  • I am not objective, as true objectivity is a myth. Nor impartial, which is about the same. I have no desire to be unbiased. And God forbid that I ever become non-partisan—oh, that ugly hyphened word! Just that hyphen alone is enough to make me partisan.
  • Traditionally journalists are supposed to be objective and impartial. But who said so? My answer is that I can be as partial and subjective as I please. As necessary. For that matter, most journalists do the same anyway, though they disguise their partiality in nice little euphemisms. [For most in the media, and the public, the mere fact of working for a commercial newspaper or tv station constitutes de facto proof of being a "professional."]
  • As the great Gabriel García Márquez taught his journalism students, above all you must learn to be partial. Forget rules about impartiality and reliance on facts laid down by the little men. Balls! Screw the reliance on facts. Those incontrovertible facts! An obsession with facts creates small-minded people. All our lives they hit us over the head with them. When someone says ‘Let’s get down to brass tacks’ or ‘the facts are’, it’s time to watch out. So two plus two is four! As if only things that happen or allegedly happen are worthwhile! Facts obscure the real truth. We read mountains of facts and believe we know what is happening but we still know nothing about the center of things, the core truths.
  • No honest journalist-writer can allow himself to be unbiased and objective. After all, few of us are academics.
  • Besides, impartial to what? To lies? To rampant hypocrisy? To swindles? What is there about which we should be impartial unless it’s those hateful facts? As if we should be impartial to and have no opinion about the fictional facts that created wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, that pave the way to war against Iran, that crushed Serbia and created Kosovo, that lead to the ranting and raving—oh, those facts!—against Chávez in Venezuela, that support lists of rogue nations and terrorist movements such as Hamas and Hizbollah. Should we be impartial to the men and institutions—like Wall Street and its minions deeply embedded in government, often indistinguishable from the political class—that have given us repeated recessions and depressions in our history, gutted and mismanaged the American economy to fit their own agendas, created a reign of deepening economic and social inequality, and that now, in 2008, threaten to crown their high-handed thievery with a mugging of the US taxpayer to the tune of trillions of dollars?
  • It is surely a question of the chalk circle of the masses that Power cultivates. No one should step outside it. There is no need for genetic or biologic cloning.

As Baudrillard reminds us, the individual is already cloned culturally and mentally … by them. We feel it around us everyday just living in our society. Power wants more of it; the cloned man is easy to control.

The individual is something else … (full long text, Sept. 26, 2008).