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Why are people homeless?

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Linked with Kip Tiernan – USA, and with Rosie’s place.

Published on Rosie’s Place, not dated.

The primary cause of individual and family homelessness is the lack of housing.  However, other conditions exist that are barriers to permanent housing: …

What are the answers?

The Solutions to end homelessness require the political will and the resources to address the root causes of homelessness and barriers to permanent housing.

Affordable Housing is a need for homeless individuals and families across the spectrum.  Government affordable housing programs, such as Section 8 or public housing, have waiting lists that are several years long.  Increasing resources for such programs will help thousands of families overcome homelessness.  Affordable housing initiatives should also be targeted to the families with fixed or low income, who are at or below 30% of the Area Median Income (annual income of $24,800 for a family of four).

Homelessness prevention initiatives, such as rental assistance or support services, provide families the help they need to remain in their homes.  Programs such as rental assistance, provide a limited monetary assistance to cover the shortfall in rent payments, at a lower cost to taxpayers than emergency shelters.  Non-financial support services for vulnerable tenants provide appropriate interventions to prevent homelessness.

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GBS sustains Prof. Muhammad Sven Kalisch

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(GBS  Giordano Bruno Stiftung / Foundation Giordano Bruno)

Linked with the german version of the same statement: GBS unterstützt Prof. Muhammad Sven KALISCH.

Statement of solidarity with the university research and teaching position of Professor Dr. Muhammad Sven Kalisch:

On September 5th, the first Friday of the holy month Ramadan, the Coordination Council of Muslims in Germany has withdrawn their delegates from the CRS board of advisors in protest at Professor Kalisch, referring to the “grave discrepancy between fundamentals of Islamic teaching and the published positions of the head of the CRS.”

Muhammad Kalisch is the first professor holding the chair of “Islamic Religion” at the Center for Religious Studies (CRS) at Münster University, Germany. The Muslim theologian, philosopher and fully qualified lawyer with perfect knowledge especially of the Arabic, Persian and Turkish language is an outstanding scholar who trains Islamic teachers for Islamic Religious Education at schools. His university teaching position obliges him to instill scientific working methods in the future teachers.

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GBS unterstützt Prof. Muhammad Sven KALISCH

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Verbunden mit dem englisch sprachigen Statement: GBS sustains Prof. Muhammad Sven Kalisch.

per Rundbrief erhalten:

Von: Giordano Bruno Stiftung GBS
Date: 06/11/2008


Im Jahr 2004 wurde der habilitierte Islamwissenschaftler Muhammad Kalisch auf den ersten Lehrstuhl für die Ausbildung islamischer Religionslehrer in Deutschland berufen. Vier Jahre später, im September 2008, beendete der “Koordinationsrat der Muslime in Deutschland “(KRM) seine Zusammenarbeit mit Kalisch im Beirat des “Centrums für Religiöse Studien” der Universität Münster mit einem Paukenschlag: Die Muslimverbände erklärten, man könne niemandem empfehlen, bei Professor Kalisch zu studieren, da er grundsätzliche Lehren des Islam, wie die Existenz Mohammeds und die Grundlagen der Entstehung des Koran, in Zweifel ziehe. Die historisch-kritische Methode, auf die sich Kalisch berufe, dürfe auf den Islam nicht angewandt werden. Daraufhin knickte das NRW-Wissenschaftsministerium ein und kündigte in Einvernehmen mit den konservativen Muslimverbänden an, an der Universität Münster eine zweite Professorenstelle für islamische Religionswissenschaft einzurichten, die dann für die Ausbildung künftiger Lehrer für Islamkunde oder Islamunterricht verantwortlich sei.

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Where was the Color in Seattle?

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Looking for reasons why the Great Battle was so white

Linked with Elizabeth Betita Martinez – USA.

Published on Colours of Resistance, by Elizabeth ‘Betita’ Martinez, not dated (maybe 2000).  (This article was originally published in ColorLines, Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 2000).

In the vast acreage of published analysis about the splendid victory over the World Trade Organization last November 29-December 3, it is almost impossible to find anyone wondering why the 40-50,000 demonstrators were overwhelmingly Anglo. How can that be, when the WTO’s main victims around the world are people of color? Understanding the reasons for the low level of color, and what can be learned from it, is absolutely crucial if we are to make Seattle’s promise of a new, international movement against imperialist globalization come true …

… With mass protests planned for April 16-17 in Washington, D.C. at the meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the opportunity to build on the WTO victory shines brightly. More than ever, we need to work on our ignorance about global issues with study groups, youth workshops, conferences. We need to draw specific links between WTO and our close-to-home struggles in communities of color, as has been emphasized by Raj Jayadev and Lisa Juachon in The Silicon Valley Reader: Localizing the Effects of the Global Economy, 1999, which they edited.

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When Pastors go Postal

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Linked with Barbara Ehrenreich – USA, and with How Positive Thinking Wrecked the Economy.

Published on The Nation, by Barbara Ehrenreich, August 12, 2008.

… Schuller faced a different biohazard on his first class flight in ‘97–cheese. When the flight attendant gave him a fruit and cheese plate for dessert, Schuller insisted that the cheese be removed. The flight attendant refused, explaining, reasonably enough, that all the fruit had been plated with cheese and could be contaminated, from a cheese-allergy- sufferer’s point of view. But the pastor was simply on a low-fat diet and did not want to see the cheese on his plate, so he got out of his seat and accosted the flight attendant, shaking him violently by the shoulders. Schuller ended up paying an $1,100 fine and undergoing six months of police supervision.

In the theology of Christian positive thinking, “everything happens for a reason.” The Osteens may conclude that the divine intention was to prod them into to emulating Joyce Meyers and Creflo Dollar by investing in a private jet. But there’s another possible message from on high: that this brand of Christianity fosters a distinctly un-Christian narcissism.

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A Prize for Hu Jia

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The political dissident is recognized in Europe

Linked with Hu Jia – China.

Published on The Wall Street Journal WSJ, by Wall Street Journal Asia, OCTOBER 27, 2008.

Hu Jia (activist), go to /Awards and honors: Hu was made an honorary citizen of France on April 21, 2008, the same day as was the 14th Dalai Lama.[1] On October 23, 2008, the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought
was awarded to Hu Jia.[14] …


[1]: Paris makes Dalai Lama, Chinese dissident, honorary citizens, Apr 21, 2008,

[14]: Sakharov Prize 2008 awarded to Hu Jia, Human rights, 23-10-2008,


China Must Free Dissident Hu Jia, Amnesty Says After EU Prize, by James Peng, Oct. 24, 2008.

China says dissident Hu Jia is a criminal, Oct 9, 2008: BEIJING (AFP) — China called reported Nobel Peace Prize nominee Hu Jia a criminal Thursday, adding that awarding the jailed dissident this year’s prestigious accolade would amount to interference in its legal affairs … (full text) … and all 644 articles by Google-news-search on Oct. 26, 2008.

(My comment: We really have to look after this nation reaching too quickly the status of an empire, before they have reached a mature notion about the individual right of one’s own consciousness for what is accepted as right or wrong. As the question remains: Why this Chineese elites fear so much critics?

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Barack Obama’s victory speech

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Published on english Al Jazeera, by Focus on US Elections 2008, Nov. 5, 2008.

… But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to – it belongs to you.

I was never the likeliest candidate for this office.  We didn’t start with much money or many endorsements.  Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington – it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.

‘Task ahead’:

It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give five dollars and ten dollars and twenty dollars to this cause.  It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation’s apathy, who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep, from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers, from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth.  This is your victory.

I know you didn’t do this just to win an election and I know you didn’t do it for me.  You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead.  For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime – two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.

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CSETI/Disclosure Project News – Upcoming Interviews and Reports

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Linked with Steven M. Greer – USA, with Steven Greer: Redefining Alternative Energy, with the Orion-Project, with Steven Greer: Redefining Alternative Energy, and with The World Puja Network.

Received by mail:

From: Updates Disclosure Project
Date: 03/11/2008

Want to hear up to date interviews with Dr. Greer? Go to The World Puja Network:

  • The second Friday of each month Dr. Greer gives an update on the energy issues and the 4th Friday of each month he discusses experiences from CSETI trainings in an hour long discussion. It’s the most timely way to hear what he has to say. Some of the previous interviews are archived. (Our thanks to World Puja network for providing us with this great way to reach out to people, {AERO2012, and the Orion Project}).

Topics for November:

November 14, 2009 – New Energy, New Economy

  • Dr. Greer and Dr. Loder will update the listeners of the progress of The Orion Project, including exciting new information about the Stan Meyer devices.
  • The discussion will then turn to how Over-Unity Energy will change the economies of the world vis a vis: new industries, job creation, elimination of poverty. Please go The Orion for more information.

November 21, 2009 – Reports from the Field

  • Last year at the field work at the Joshua Tree training, the Orion transmissions were received – ordered signals which seemed to emanate from near the constellation Orion. They can be heard at, under the section CSETI News.
  • Listen on the 21st to hear what happened at the Joshua Tree Ambassadors to the Universe training this year. The interaction between the ET visitors and the CSETI groups is always developing and changing. It is an exercise in the development of higher states of consciousness.

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American Indian Boarding School Experiences: Recent Studies from Native Perspectives

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Linked with Andrea Smith – USA, with Boarding School Healing Project, and with INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND BOARDING SCHOOLS.

Published on Organization of American Historians OAH, by Julie Davis, not dated (but Reprinted from the OAH Magazine of History, 15 (Winter 2001). ISSN 0882-228X, Copyright (c) 2001, Organization of American Historians).

… Perhaps the most fundamental conclusion that emerges from boarding school histories is the profound complexity of their historical legacy for Indian people’s lives.The diversity among boarding school students in terms of age, personality, family situation, and cultural background created a range of experiences, attitudes, and responses. Boarding schools embodied both victimization and agency for Native people, and they served as sites of both cultural loss and cultural persistence. These institutions, intended to assimilate Native people into mainstream society and eradicate Native cultures, became integral components of American Indian identities and eventually fueled the drive for political and cultural self-determination in the late twentieth century …

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Linked with Andrea Smith – USA, with American Indian Boarding School Experiences: Recent Studies from Native Perspectives, and with the Boarding School Healing Project.

Published on Boardingschool Healing, not dated, 40 pdf. pages.

I Introduction: This report provides a partial analysis of boarding school policies directed at Indigenous peoples globally. Because of the diversity of indigenous peoples and the nation-states in which they are situated, it is impossible to address all the myriad boarding school policies both historically and today. Boarding schools have had varying impacts for indigenous peoples. Consequently, the demands made by indigenous peoples around boarding school education also differ widely. At the same time, however, there are some common themes that emerge among diverse boarding school practices.

II. Historical Overview of Boarding Schools:

A. What was their purpose?

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Oxfam calls for special envoy, more peacekeepers for Congo

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HREA forewards here an Oxfam press release of 31 October 2008.

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From: HREA – Human Rights Education Associates and its Newsletter
Date: 01/11/2008

OXFORD, UK — The international community should immediately appoint a high-level special envoy and provide additional military support for the UN’s peacekeeping force, MONUC, to stop the violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, said international aid agency Oxfam today.

Oxfam appealed to the international community to bring pressure to ensure an immediate end to the fighting, ensure the safety of the people of eastern Congo and create a genuine and lasting peace process.

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L’interview de Philippe Dargère par le CICNS

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Philippe Dargère est praticien de santé naturopathe depuis 1976 …

… La naturopathie, citée de façon négative dans les rapports 2005, 2006 et 2007 de la MIVILUDES, est pourtant répertoriée par l’O.M.S comme “médecine traditionnelle”. Philippe Dargère partage son témoignage et sa perception du climat de peur institutionnalisé par la chasse aux sectes qui touche désormais l’ensemble des pratiques de santé alternatives.

Voir l’interview de Philippe Dargère, à trouver sur leur site:

  • … en version rapide en ADSL,
  • … en version Bas débit 56k.

Resources for Disabled Travelers

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Linked with Susan Sygall – USA, with Access for All: USAID’s Commitment to Accessible Programs, and with Mobility International USA, MIUSA;

Published on Rick, by Susan Sygall and staff of Mobility International USA, article not dated.

More and more people with disabilities are heading to Europe, and more of us are looking for the Back Door routes. We, like so many of our non-disabled peers, want to get off the tourist track and experience the real France, Italy, or Portugal. Yes, that includes those of us who use wheelchairs. I’ve been traveling the “Rick Steves way” since about 1973 — and here are some of my best tips: …

… Know your rights as a traveler with a disability. If, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you feel you have been discriminated against (such as not being allowed on a US tour company’s tour of Europe), call the US Department of Justice ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301. The US Department of Transportation’s Aviation Consumer Protection Division ACPD handles complaints regarding the Air Carrier Access Act, and has a toll-free Disability Hotline (tel. 800-778-4838).

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