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Gadhafi and Chavez sign anti-terrorism declaration

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Published on AP, by FABIOLA SANCHEZ (AP), 29 sept 2009.

PORLAMAR, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi signed a declaration Monday night decrying what they call attempts by powerful Western countries to equate struggles against colonialism with terrorism.

In the declaration, Venezuela and Libya “reject intentions to link the legitimate struggle of the people for liberty and self-determination” with terrorism, but also adds that they “reiterate the importance of countering terrorism in all its forms.”  Continue Reading…

Brighton church tends a garden to feed the hungry

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Published on Chicago Tribune, By JON GUNNELLS, September 27, 2009.

BRIGHTON, Mich. – The summer harvest brought in by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Brighton goes well beyond picking cucumbers from the vine.

What started as an idea for a small garden in front of the church has turned into an incredibly successful organic garden. In one summer, the church garden, which sits on a 25-acre plot at the Emerich Retreat Center in Hamburg Township, harvested 1,700 pounds of produce for Gleaners Community Food Bank.

“One of the goals of the (Episcopal) Diocese of Michigan is to eradicate hunger and promote healthy eating,” the Rev. Deon Johnson of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church said. “Literally, I said, I want a small garden to start,” he joked.   Continue Reading…

WFP partners with Columbia University to feed hungry

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(WFP world food programme)

Published on China View, by Anne Tang, 2009-09-29.

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) – The World Food Program (WFP) and the Millennium Villages project announced on Monday joint action that will help scale up local anti-famine initiatives around the world.

    “The potential is what we can learn and what we can scale up,” said Executive Director of the WFP Josette Sheeran. “It will help us understand how to work in other villages, and how to help the mutilize their own skills to overcome hunger issues.”

    The Millennium Villages project, spearheaded by the Earth Institute at Columbia University, implements community-led action plans to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).   Continue Reading…

Subvertir la subversion

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Publié sur MAVERICK, par Gilles de Gramont, 27 septembre 2009.

Liés avec Secrets of money, interest and inflation.

Trouvé sur ce blog quelques liens:

2 textes publiés sur d’autres sites:

A lire en plus 3 remarques de l’auteur:

  • La crise économique de 2008,
  • Connais ton ennemi,
  • Informez-vous.

HRE strategies for duty bearers

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Published on Human Rights Education Associates, by Krishna Hota, 2009-09-28.

… I think that it is useful for us to think about two main target groups for HRE: the rights-holders, in particular vulnerable and exploited groups whose human rights are often violated; and duty bearers, who have the responsibility to respect, promote and protect the rights of rights-holders, but who also have the potential to exploit their power.

In the last category I am including not only political leaders, but religious leaders. Also there are some people in positions of power, like nuclear scientists and researchers working in the bio-technology field, who have power and whose activities could contribute to human rights violations.  Continue Reading…

British Asians outsourcing murder

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Published on BBCnews, by Poonam Taneja, 28 September 2009.

A BBC investigation has uncovered the deadly practice of British Asians travelling to India to hire contract killers. Family and business associates, who are lured to the sub-continent, are often the targets. In a country, where murder is cheaper and less fraught with risk, the perpetrators of these crimes are rarely brought to justice. Campaigners in both India and the UK believe this to have claimed the lives of hundreds of victims over several years. These armchair murder plots are hatched in the living rooms of Britain and executed mainly in the rural Indian state of Punjab.

Foul play:

I made the journey to India to investigate these sinister crimes. In a remote village, surrounded by lush green fields, a rickety ox-drawn cart trundles along the dusty lane. It is here that a British woman, who was on holiday with her husband visiting relatives, was killed – the apparent victim of a hit-and-run accident. But her relatives in India suspect foul play. “Her husband wanted to re-marry.  Continue Reading…

What is Humanism?

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Published / (found) on Johnson Consulting Network JCN, by Frederick Edwords, not dated but copyright 1989.

The sort of answer you will get to that question depends on what sort of humanist you ask!

The word “humanism” has a number of meanings, and because authors and speakers often don’t clarify which meaning they intend, those trying to explain humanism can easily become a source of confusion. Fortunately, each meaning of the word constitutes a different type of humanism — the different types being easily separated and defined by the use of appropriate adjectives. So, let me summarize the different varieties of humanism in this way …   Continue Reading…

Non-religious beliefs

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Linked with the British Humanist Association.  – Published on British Humanist Association, not authored nor dated.

What’s in a word? Non-religious people describe and define themselves (and are described and defined) in various ways. These variations do reflect some differences in meaning and emphasis, though in practice there is very considerable overlap.

“Non-believers” do, of course, have many beliefs, though not religious ones. For example, they typically hold that moral feelings are social in origin, based on treating others as they would wish to be treated (the ‘golden rule’ which antedates all the major world religions). They may describe themselves in various ways, and the most common today are listed below. These non-religious positions, attitudes and beliefs have a long history, though denial of religion began to be publicly acceptable only during the 19th and 20th centuries. During this period a range of organisations began to serve and represent the interests of the non-religious.  Continue Reading…

Suicides au travail, les racines du mal

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Chômeurs et précaires sont les plus touchés

Publié dans LeMonde, par Christian Baudelot et Roger Establet, 25 Septembre 2009.

… En rapportant les taux de suicide aux classes sociales, l’évolution suggère des hypothèses sur le sens que les acteurs donnent à leur activité quotidienne. Dans les sociétés où la lutte pour la survie s’impose à tous comme une nécessité, le suicide est au plus bas. “La misère protège”, disait Durkheim. Mais il s’agissait d’une pauvreté intégratrice vécue comme condition nécessaire de tous et de chacun. Les misères individuelles des sociétés modernes sont vécues comme des exceptions et n’ont aucune vertu intégratrice.

Dans les années 1960, ce sont les agriculteurs qui détiennent le record des suicides en France : c’est l’époque où l’exode rural se précipite, enlevant tout sens à la transmission du patrimoine et des valeurs associées au travail de la terre.  Continue Reading…

A revolution to combat world hunger

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Published on OneWorld, by Yojana Sharma, 24 September 2009.

Last week, the world mourned the loss of Norman Borlaug, the agronomist credited with saving as many as a billion people from starvation by introducing high-yield crop varieties.

Borlaug’s success in establishing food security — dubbed the Green Revolution — came at a time when the planet was far less populated than today. When he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 1971, one of his many awards, the world’s population was 3.7 billion. By next year, it will reach 7 billion — and Borlaug was among the first to recognise that new strategies will be needed to combat a huge rise in pressure on food resources …

… The end of a 40-year tradition:   Continue Reading…

The pedagogy of the privileged

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Published on The Economist, Sep 24th 2009.

Business schools have done too little to reform themselves in the light of the credit crunch.

THIS has been a year of sackcloth and ashes for the world’s business schools. Critics have accused them of churning out jargon-spewing economic vandals. Many professors have accepted at least some of the blame for the global catastrophe. Deans have drawn up blueprints for reform.

The result? Precious little. Business schools have introduced a few new courses. Students at Harvard Business School (HBS) have introduced a voluntary pledge “to serve the greater good” among other worthy goals, which about half of this year’s graduates embraced. But for the most part it is business schooling as usual. The giants of management education have laboured mightily to bring forth a molehill …   Continue Reading…

Requests for Information: 7 – 20 September 2009

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Received by e-mail:
From: Global HRE List Moderator
Date: 24/09/2009

Dear members, Below is a compilation of requests for information sent to the Global Human Rights Education listserv during the past week. At the bottom of each request you will find an e-mail address, so that you can respond to the request directly.

Dear Members, I am looking for resources (books, articles, research) on how media affects human rights and the role of media in conflict management. Similarly, I am also looking for studies on the effects of conflict on media and human rights. Hope to hear from you soon.
With Regards, SANTOSH SIGDEL, LL.M. Human Rights, CEU-Hungary, OSJI Fellow 2008-2010, Post Box No. 554, Kathmandu, Nepal; PHONE: 00977-1-9851096745, E-mail.

*****  Continue Reading…

The National Equality March

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10-11 October 2009, Washington D.C.

Linked with A Contrario.

We are guaranteed equal protection by the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. Free and equal people do not bargain for or prioritize our rights, so we are coming to DC this October 10-11 to demand equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states. Now.

The march is not our final destination. It is our first step toward building a national grassroots network that will continue organizing until we have achieved full equality.

Please see the links in the blue box on the right side of the page to learn more about the National Equality March. New information is being added regularly.

Click on a internal video of 2.13 min.     Continue Reading…

Venezuela’s Chigüire – The World’s Cutest Rodent

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Published on the blog Venezuela World, by VenWorld, April 28, 2009.

Venezuela’s plains region is home to the capybara (in Spanish, chigüire), which is the world’s largest rodent. These herbivores can weigh up to 100 pounds and live most of their lives in water. When they are born, they actually swim better than they walk, according to a zookeeper in Parque del Este in Caracas …

… By and large, chigüires are friends, not food, and people in the llanos keep them as pets. Recently,  the chigüire has become a subject for popular art, and can be found on t-shirts and logos everywhere in Venezuela.

Spanish-speakers will enjoy a popular sytirical news blog in Venezuela known as El Chigüire Bipolar. (full text).

Dreaming the World Awake

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Published on World Prout Assembly, by Peter Chamberlin, Sept 24, 2009.

Between Sunday, the 20th of September and Saturday, the 26th, 2009, all the major actors on the world stage, including many of the bit players, were busily pursuing their only desire, the destruction of the earth for perceived self-advancement. President Obama was meeting with all the world’s leaders, trying to hammer-out a new economic order and hand the Middle East to Israel, while carving-out Africa, Central Asia and South America for the ruling cabal, when … something changed … Obama changed. Maybe it was the deep vision of innocence he glimpsed in his daughters’ eyes, or a brief window into the potential future, into our time, the era of global harmony, but something within the man changed. I like to think that it was something that was already within him, that was there lying dormant, all along. During that fateful, wondrous week, the President of the United States of America remembered the people and the hope that had once inspired the Nation. He remembered the vision of hope that had often been shared by man and woman alike, as a Nation of simple folks struggled again and again, trying to see that the right thing was done, no matter how great the personal price and sacrifice that might be called for. He saw the great human need that screamed its own painful reality into every unhearing ear. He saw that he alone, was the key to fulfilling the need and fanning the flames of hope into a mighty transforming prairie fire of change, burning at the grass roots, feeding the flames of motivation that he had been helplessly calling for, up until then. The President of the United States took an extremely radical step and reclaimed the power of his office from the deceitful hands of the ruling class …   Continue Reading…

The situation in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh today

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Published on World Prout Assembly, by Sudha Bharadwaj, Sept. 21, 2009.

The government has made agreements with Jindal, Mittal, Essar and other companies to give them tens of thousands of fertile land for their big industries. But how many jobs would be available to illiterate or semi-literate people of Bastar in the modern computerized mechanized industries? In whose interest Adivasis are being displaced by taking away their means of livelihood? Could the government be able to cultivate grains by the machines of industries after installing them on fertile lands? Why the cottage and small scale industries, based upon the forest products available in Bastar, are not being promoted? Why is there always the talk for big industries? Come, the people of Bastar! The great Bhumkal (1910) will continue the fighting heritage of the martyrs. Together, for the sake of our existence and identity, we’ll consolidate our voices. Against our eviction from zal-jangal-zameen, we’ll agitate shoulder-to-shoulder. We’ll march ahead towards the path of movement for our real vikas (development) …

… The 200,000 by-default Naxalites:   Continue Reading…

International Civilian Peace-keeping and Peace-building Training Program

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IPT Core Course in Austria, 7 – 20 March 2010.
Application Deadline: 10 December 2009.

The course fee is 1.260 € per two weeks, including half-board accommodation. Scholarships are available for applicants from non-OECD states.

Aim & Content: … / Target Group: … / more information: … (all full texts on

Link: More HREA courses.

The Global Health Debate

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Linked with Share The World’s Resources STWR. -Published on Share The World’s Resources STWR, by Adam Parsons, 18th September 2009.

While the healthcare debate rages in the US, a broader discussion has been renewed on the international stage that envisions the universal goal of “health for all”. The time is ripe for a global civil society movement to turn this vision into an international priority, writes Adam Parsons …

… Global Health Today:

Today, although global health inequalities have become far greater than they were 30 years ago, privatization and market principles remain at the center of the international health agenda. In recent statistics, the WHO reports that the difference in life expectancy between the richest and poorest countries still exceeds 40 years, and the cost of health care has pushed about 100 million people into poverty each year. As many as 5.6 billion people in low- and middle-income countries have to pay for more than half of their health expenditure themselves. Furthermore, the WHO estimates that an additional 400,000 child deaths per year could be caused as a direct consequence of the financial crisis.   Continue Reading…

Maria Pía, direto de Honduras

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Received by e-mail:
From: Rita Ciranda
Date: 22/09/2009

Nesta entrevista à Ciranda, ela fala de policiais e golpistas encapuzados que ameaçam invadir Embaixada Brasileira:

Call for Assistance

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Linked with The Orion Project, with The Disclosure Project, with Steven M. Greer – USA, also with (the latest ones) ARPA-E* and The Orion Project, with Alternative Energy – precursor engineering links, with Rethinking renewable energy strategies – the orion project, with Countdown to transformation, and with CSETI/Disclosure Project News – Upcoming Interviews and Reports.

Received by e-mail:
From: The Orion Project
Date: 22/09/2009

Call for Assistance: We are searching for individuals willing to volunteer their time and help with the exciting work of The Orion Project:    Continue Reading…

Glimmers of Hope Amid an Elusive Peace

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Catherine Makino interviews leading Bangladeshi human rights activist SULTANA KAMAL

Published on IPS, by Catherine Makino, Sept. 22, 2009.

TOKYO, Sep 22 (IPS) – Sultana Kamal dreams of a country “where every single citizen will live in democracy, in equality” and where everyone has “equal share to resources and opportunities.” Fulfilling this dream has been her lifelong advocacy as a human rights advocate …

… IPS: What is the situation of women in your country?

SK: I am very proud to say that the women have made a lot of progress. But because of the existing patriarchal systems… in both private and public life, women have to face a lot of challenges in realising their rights. Continue Reading…

Why propaganda trumps truth

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Linked with Paul Craig Roberts – USA.

Published on Online Journal, by Paul Craig Roberts, Sept. 21, 2009.

An article in the journal, Sociological Inquiry, [“There Must Be a Reason”: Osama, Saddam, and Inferred Justification, Vol. 79, No. 2. (2009), pp. 142-162. [PDF] casts light on the effectiveness of propaganda. Researchers examined why big lies succeed where little lies fail. Governments can get away with mass deceptions, but politicians cannot get away with sexual affairs.

The researchers explain why so many Americans still believe that Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11, years after it has become obvious that Iraq had nothing to do with the event. Americans developed elaborate rationalizations based on Bush administration propaganda that alleged Iraqi involvement and became deeply attached to their beliefs. Their emotional involvement became wrapped up in their personal identity and sense of morality. They looked for information that supported their beliefs and avoided information that challenged them, regardless of the facts of the matter …   Continue Reading…

Lire – Bensaïd et Charb: Marx

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(mode d’emploi)

Publié dans Alternative Libertaire, par Grégoire /AL Paris-Sud, no. 186 automne 2009 /dossier spécial.

La crise économique aura au moins eu un avantage : relancer les ventes du Capital de Karl Marx. Il n’est pourtant pas toujours aisé d’aborder ce pavé de but en blanc ou de faire le tri entre les interprétations et surtout les déformations que les uns et les autres ont pu en faire. A la veille de sa mort, Marx aurait d’ailleurs pressenti le pillage à venir en déclarant: Tout ce que je sais, c’est que je ne suis pas marxiste …

… Enfin, la pensée de Marx n’a jamais été complètement arrêtée. Par exemple, sa définition des classes sociales ou sa description du renversement de l’Etat ont considérablement évolué au cours des années, des sujets d’études, des rencontres et des expériences historiques.   Continue Reading…

Is atheism the answer? Part 3

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Published on Examiner, by D.M. Murdock, September 17, 2009.

… Abused by religion?

In my work exploring the origins of religion and exposing its deleterious aspects, I have come across the suggestion many times that I and other critics are “just reacting” against religion because we have been “hurt” or “abused” by it. In my case, I have always been quite fascinated by religion and was never in an abusive situation personally, because I was raised in a very mild form of Protestantism. That being said, although my church and family did not engage in them directly or abuse me specifically with them, general attitudes in the public at large produced by the religion du jour in my location—Christianity—definitely did affect me.  Continue Reading…