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Speechless Burma

September 28, 2007

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Speechless

Yesterday was my mother’s birthday. When I called her to tell her “Happy Birthday,” she had totally forgotten about her birthday. She was frantic and had been following news in Burma online at work. My mother has many relatives and friends in Rangoon, especially in Lanmadaw, where she was raised. She couldn’t reach them through phone or e-mail, but we all hope that everyone is okay. My mother is not a passive woman. She was partly angry that the protesters didn’t use force to combat force, angry at the cat-and-mouse game the protesters were playing with the armed policemen and soldiers. She doesn’t believe that passive and nonviolent protest would ever change Burma, even though nonviolence is one of the key selling points of the pro-democracy movement in Burma.

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Alex Jones’ ENDGAME – Trailer

September 27, 2007

Alex Jones’ ENDGAME – Trailer

The box of Lies

September 27, 2007

                                                     

  

 

How long will this go on for?

You tell me

 

Emergency In Darfur – Call to Action

September 26, 2007

Emergency In Darfur – Call to Action

Emergency in Darfur Premieres on HDNet Tues. Sep. 25 10:00 PM ET

September 26, 2007

Emergency in Darfur

Premieres on HDNet Tues. Sep. 25 10:00 PM ET
Produced by Video Action Aid – visit http://videoactionaid.com
YOU CAN HELP – visit http://imcworldwide.org
Darfur, Sudan is being called the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. Tens of thousands of people have died. Two million more have been forced to flee their homes and livelihoods. For these innocent civilians, living on the edge of survival, their only hope is the dwindling number of humanitarian organizations willing to risk the dangers on the ground in Darfur to provide relief. International Medical Corps was one of the first relief organizations to arrive on the scene in Darfur, and remains there to this day. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, IMC provides help in more than 25 countries and regions worldwide that have been ravaged by war and disaster. IMC’s network of some 5,000 doctors, nurses and other health care professionals makes it one of the fastest, most effective emergency response agencies in the world. In Darfur, IMC has been providing critical emergency medical services to a target population of about 300,000. This includes operating seven primary health care centers and two mobile clinics aimed at improving access to health care, nutritional assistance, and clean water and sanitation. These facilities provide family medicine; pre-natal, maternal, and child health care; immunizations; referrals and transportation for secondary care; and health and hygiene education. IMC also has rehabilitated local health care facilities, providing medicines, supplies and health care training to local professionals. For more information visit http://www.imcworldwide.org. To learn more about this production, and the host and director, Dr. Bob Arnot, visit http://videoactionaid.com.

Andrew Meyer, 21, who was tasered and arrested

September 26, 2007

NEW VIDEO: University of Florida Taser Incident

Raw footage of the Sept 17, 2007 taser incident at the University of Florida involving Andrew Meyer, 21, who was tasered and arrested by police after attempting to speak at a question and answer session with John Kerry (D-Mass).

Meyer is being charged with resisting an officer and disturbing the peace.

If a person can not ask an elected leader in the USA a question in a public forum and ask for an answer without being arrested and tasered in public and the very people in that room just let it happen…well the police state of the government have now won!

This is terrorism by the police state on the people of the USA by the USA. Wake up America and stand tall against your government and take back your government and your nation back away from those that do this to you. Why do you just keep allowing this to continue?

-Kyle

President Clinton Opens Third Annual Clinton Global Initiative Meeting in New York

September 26, 2007

GIVING: How Each of Us Can Change the World takes an inspiring look at how individual endeavors can save lives and solve problems. Through the stories of amazing people and dedicated organizations, President Clinton offers compelling examples of both citizen and corporate activism at work in the world today.
“Improve the World” Bill Clinton encourages us all to take action
 

MyCommitment.org seeks to:

  • Inspire Change. Provide information highlighting some of the world’s biggest challenges, raise awareness and motivate others to take action.
  • Build Community. Connect people with others who share the same vision for change and help them create networks to put plans into motion.
  • Facilitate Action. Offer tools for visitors to make commitments to act and track their progress and results.
  • Strengthen Engagement. Encourage citizen action around American and throughout the world.

MyCommitment.org builds on the success of the Clinton Global Initiative, a project of the Clinton Foundation, which has already inspired more than 600 commitments to action from some of the world’s top thinkers and government and business leaders. Learn more about CGI member commitments.

Launched in 2007, MyCommitment.org reflects President Clinton’s dedication to promoting citizen service. Throughout his life, President Clinton has met inspiring individuals and organizations taking innovative and unique approaches to solving some of the world’s biggest challenges. These encounters also led him to write his second book, GIVING: How Each of Us Can Change the World, which was released in September 2007.

President Clinton Opens Third Annual Clinton Global Initiative Meeting in New York-

September 26, 2007.

 

Posted by cfstaff on 9.26.07

Launches MyCommitment.org Allowing Global Community to Turn Good Intentions into Real Results

Norway Commits $1 Billion to Drastically Reduce Child and Maternal Mortality

New York, NY – President Clinton kicked off the third annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) with over one thousand leaders of business, government and non-governmental organizations representing over 70 countries and including 52 current and former heads of state. During the opening session, President Clinton announced five new commitments, including over $1 billion by the Norwegian and Dutch Governments to reduce maternal and child mortality.

“I’m gratified today because it’s clear to me that this model of philanthropy and giving, which began as an experiment in 2005, has proven itself in only two short years. Since our first meeting, more than 600 commitments have been made by CGI members, impacting 100 countries and millions of lives,” President Bill Clinton said. “In its third year, CGI is evidence of something that I have always believed – that people are inherently generous, that giving makes you feel good, and that the only thing most of us are looking for is an opportunity to make a difference.”

Joining President Clinton in the opening panel discussion, titled The Need for Global Action which explored the capacity of businesses, governments, and NGOs to collaboratively develop and implement global solutions, were the President of the Republic of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; Vice President Al Gore; President and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., H. Lee Scott Jr.; Archbishop Desmond Tutu; and President of The World Bank Group, Robert B. Zoellick.

President Clinton announced the launch of MyCommitment.org, an interactive website challenging everyone to take action, make commitments and grow a grassroots movement around public service.

The Clinton Global Initiative is a project of the William J. Clinton Foundation that brings together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI has approximately 1,000 members, diverse and influential leaders from all over the world, who make tangible commitments to create or support projects within CGI’s areas of focus. During the three-day Annual Meeting, attendees participate in workshops and meetings focused on four main topics: Global Heath, Education, Poverty Alleviation, and Energy & Climate Change. Attendees are required to make specific commitments to address one of the topics and report back to President Clinton on the progress made throughout the course of the year. Attendees who do not make or keep their commitment will not be invited to attend future meetings.

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For Immediate Release
September 26, 2007

Contact: Clinton Foundation Press Office (212) 348-0360

11 september 2007 9/11/07 Official We Are Change Promo Video Release

September 10, 2007

11 september 2007

this needs to be a tv commercial, seriously. I wonder how many people are watching home videos of kittens right now.

A clash of interests

September 10, 2007

People talk about a clash of civilisations, but the real clash is between irreconcilable agendas, strategies and policies.

 Soumaya Ghannoushi

Relations between civilisations, some argue, are rooted in conflict and the desire to eliminate each other. For an embodiment of this chronic inter-civilisational hostility all you have to do is reflect over the tension reigning between the Muslim world and the “west” filled with the sound of sirens, F-16s, bombs, and gunfire, and the voices of pre-emptive strikes, sacred wars and insane violence.

On the Muslim side this view finds its staunchest champions among groups like al-Qaida, who see themselves as locked in eternal religious and civilisational warfare with the infidel west.

On the opposite side of the trench stand rightwing and liberal elements, who, though strongly averse to Bin Laden’s religious metaphors, subscribe to his reading of western/Islamic relations nonetheless. The absence of harmony between the two, these claim, is grounded in their different value systems, with one based on rationality, freedom, individualism and progress, the other on fatalism, religious myth, literalism, intellectual rigidity and despotism. The two are simply irreconcilable.

Shallow stereotypes apart, there is no denying the many differences between what are conventionally referred to as Islamic and western civilisations. The same would indeed be true of Indian, Chinese, or any other great civilisation. Each has its distinctive historical experience, system of meaning and order of references, without which it cannot be described as a civilisation.

It is naïve, however, to infer from this essential fact of particularity that civilisations exist as islands swimming in isolation from each other. Far from being pure or homogenous, civilisations are amalgams of manifold intellectual traditions and historical influences. The linear reading of history that regards the present as a rupture with the past is too simplistic to account for the complexity of historical processes.

When we speak of Muslim civilisation for instance, we do not mean a monolithic separate block, but the great repository of an astonishing range of sources, Persian, Byzantine, Chinese, Indian, and other, assimilated within the Islamic symbolic order and through the medium of Arabic, its lingua franca.

And while those on the northern part of the dispute insist on positing a dichotomy between the “west” and “Islam'” the truth is that the Muslim moment is an integral part of that which was to succeed it in Europe. While it was heir to the great civilisations and high cultures of the east, Islam acted as the bridge between antiquity and modernity.

European civilisation is in this sense not only Judeo-Christian, but Judeo-Christian-Islamic, the latter incorporating the rich heritage of the east in its folds. This is still the case even if the notion of European identity was largely elaborated in opposition to the Muslim other: Saracen, and later Turk.

Islam and Muslims were part of Europe’s past. Today, they are an undeniable part of its present. As “natives” in eastern Europe, or as recent immigrant communities settled in the continent since the 1940s, they number at least 15 million and are Europe’s largest religious minority. Islam does not stop at Europe’s imaginary frontiers, at the Mediterranean to the south and Turkey to the east, but is part of its internal fabric. The Muslim factor is in many respects a European factor.

While the western proponents of clashes of civilisations regard Muslim presence in Europe as a threat to its security and a danger to its mythical pure identity, their Muslim counterparts see it as a transit through a “house of war”. On both sides, shallow, disfigured and reductionist interpretations of history and identity, past and present prevail.

If we go beyond the realm of theories to that of current affairs, how can we explain the crisis of relations between “Islam” and the “west”?

Whatever the zealots in east and west may say, the answer to the question lies neither in cultures and ways of life, nor in norms and values, but in the world of politics, with its stakes and calculations. Take the debacle with Iran consuming the attention of politicians, strategists and journalists today. Only a simpleton would believe that the country is being dragged to the UN and threatened with military attack to defend civilisation and enlightenment. The conflict has little to do with religion, or culture and much to do with geopolitics and the balance of powers in a highly sensitive region of the world. The ongoing diplomatic feuds and potential military battles are being fought neither for reason nor for freedom and progress, but for dominance, Israel, and oil.

Some might argue that powers are entitled to pursue their own interests. Though true, this is by no means an absolute proposition. Such entitlement depends largely on the legitimacy of the interests in question. We must distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate interests. Legitimate interests can only be part of a balanced relationship that recognises and meets the needs of both sides. I might have an interest in assaulting you and expropriating your property. But is my interest legitimate? I think not.

The Middle East is the crossroad of three continents and the container of the world’s biggest oil reserves. That Europe and the US should seek access to such an important part of the world is only natural. Some ask what is the problem with them pursuing their vital interests. The problem is when strategies are based on a strict calculation of individual interest, heedless of those who stand on the opposite side, their needs and aspirations. The problem is when these interests are pursued with an egotistic will to domination in rejection of the value of mutual benefit. The problem is when an entire region is viewed wholly through the prism of interest, its people either as vehicles, or as obstacles to its attainment.

Yes, there are clashes, and bloody borders. But these are not between civilisations, cultures, ways of life, or value systems, but between irreconcilable agendas, strategies and policies. In these rampant power games, “civilisation” turns into nothing but a fig leaf behind which interest hides its nakedness.

http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/soumaya_ghannoushi/index.xml

If we could embrace this

September 10, 2007

If we could embrace this

Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

by John Lennon