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Index January 2007

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2007-01-01: The Forum for the Defense of Indigenous Rights APOINME;
2007-01-02: The World Rainforest Movement WRM;
2007-01-03: Slow Food USA;
2007-01-04: Association “ŽENA BIH”, Mostar;
2007-01-05: World Changing.com;
2007-01-06: The International Forum on Globalization;
2007-01-07: ASHTA SANSTHAN;
2007-01-08: The Women Waging Peace Network;
2007-01-09: Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan RAWA;
2007-01-10: The Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association BELA;
2007-01-11: Catholics for the Right to Decide;
2007-01-12: The Iran Media Service;
2007-01-13: Darfur Relief and Documentation Center DRDC;
2007-01-14: International Women’s Rights Action Watch IWRAW;
2007-01-15: Movement for Dominican Women of Haitian Decent MUDHA;
2007-01-16: WorldPuja.org;
2007-01-17: Transcent International;
2007-01-18: The Transnational Foundation;
2007-01-19: FairTradeNet Association;
2007-01-20: The African Education Knowledge Warehouse AEKW;
2007-01-21: African Regional Youth Initiative ARYI;
2007-01-22: The Pole Institute;
2007-01-23: International Council for Global Initiatives;
2007-01-24: InWEnt;
2007-01-25: Indigenous Global Intersections IGI;
2007-01-25: Search for common ground SFCG;
2007-01-26: Schoolnet Namibia;
2007-01-27: The Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association EWLA;
2007-01-28: The Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA;
2007-01-29: PEACENET-Trust KENYA;
2007-01-30: The Coalition for Peace in Africa COPA;
2007-01-31: Global Dignity.org.

Global Dignity.org

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Linked with Pekka Himanen – Finland, and with ‘A global dream‘.

Mission: The mission of the Dignity Project is to implement globally the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life. This is a paradigm shift in thinking about our global challenges, a new language and a mindset to approach issues of poverty, peace, and progress. Largely, we know the main problems of global development. The issue is to be able to phrase them in a language and with metaphors that inspire action. The formulation of this new language is the task of the Dignity Project. It is formulating a globally shared dream to unite the development, joining the forces of public, private, and citizen sectors. The mission of the Dignity Project is to implement globally the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life. This is a paradigm shift in thinking about our global challenges, a new language and a mindset to approach issues of poverty, peace, and progress. (for full text, click on ‘read the whole article).

The five Dignity Principles:

  • 1. Every human being has a right to lead a dignified life.
  • 2. A dignified life means an opportunity to fulfill one’s potential, which is based on having a human level of health care, education, income and security.
  • 3. Dignity means having the freedom to make decisions on one’s life and to be met with respect for this right.
  • 4. Dignity should be the basic guiding principle for all actions.
  • 5. Ultimately, our own dignity is interdependent with the dignity of others.

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The Coalition for Peace in Africa COPA

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(french version/version française).

Linked with Tecla Wanjala – Kenja, with the Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA, and with the PEACENET-Trust KENYA.

COPA was formed as a membership organisation in 1995/96 when a group of concerned Africans met in Nairobi, Kenya, to exchange their insights and experiences on a critical issue facing Africans: escalation of violent conflict in the continent. They recognized conflict as a major contributor to Africa’s deplorable state of poverty and underdevelopment, for it is extremely difficult to carry out meaningful development under situations of violent conflict and socio-political instability. See also:

The practitioners that came together in Nairobi found that there were no appropriate support networks for them to access and work together as peace practitioners.

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PEACENET-Trust KENYA

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Linked with Tecla Wanjala – Kenja, with The Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA, and with The Coalition for Peace in Africa COPA.

The Peace and Development Network of the NGO Council PeaceNet,

NETWORKING (Homepage): The worth of PEACENET-Trust as a civil society peace building and conflict management network is in the numerical strength of her membership. Today, PEACENET-Kenya members consist of:
• Institutions (NGOs, CBOs, donor agencies, and religious organizations working in the areas of relief, peace building and conflict management, development, human rights and justice)
• Individuals ( peace icons, researchers, consultants, advisors and frontline practitioners)
• Associates

PEACENET-Trust members enjoy all their rights as provided for by the Trust Deed and the Operational Guidelines and elaborated in various policy guidelines adopted from time to time by the Members’ Consultative Forum.

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The Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA

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(JICA/in japaneese).

Linked with Tecla Wanjala – Kenja, with PEACENET-Trust KENYA, and with The Coalition for Peace in Africa COPA.

JICA/in english The Japan International Cooperation Agency is advancing its activities around the pillars of a field-oriented approach, human security, and enhanced effectiveness, efficiency, and speed.

JICA’s Mission: We, as a bridge between the people of Japan and developing countries, will advance international cooperation through the sharing of knowledge and experience and will work to build a more peaceful and prosperous world.

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The Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association EWLA

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Linked with Meaza Ashenafi – Ethiopia.

EWLA, The Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association, is a non profit and nonpartisan voluntary organization founded by a group of Ethiopian women lawyers in 1995 following the ratification of the constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. An electoral board manages EWLA and full membership is also open to women lawyers. Associate membership is available to non legal women and men professionals, who support the objectives and concerns of EWLA.

Background: The Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA) is a not-for-profit Women’s advocacy group founded by women lawyers. The association began its work in 1996 after its registration as a civic association by the Ministry of Justice in June 1995.

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Schoolnet Namibia

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SchoolNet Namibia is a local hands-on ICT deployment, training and support organization, and the successful provision of innovative computer technologies and internet to over 300 schools since 2000 has led SchoolNet to become a lead organisation in national ICT policy-making in Namibia. SchoolNet Namibia is an exemplary role model for sustainable provision of ICTs across the education sector in Africa.

SchoolNet has pioneered the adoption of appropriate and affordable school computer technologies, the use of free and open source software solutions, creative commons licensed educational content, and (unique in Africa) significantly discounted flat-rate 24/7 (wireless) Internet service provision in partnership with local telecommunication agencies, and solar-powered school computer laboratories. The Namibian government recognises SchoolNet Namibia as a key player in the roll-out of ICTs in education and job creation, toward its National Development Plans for 2000-2010.

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Search for common ground SFCG

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Linked with Léonie Barakomeza – Burundi, and with Twishakira amahoro.

SFCG Burundi: In the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide in 1994 and in response to ongoing instability in the Great Lakes Region, Search for Common Ground (SFCG) opened its first office in Africa in 1995 in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura. With satellite offices in Ngozi and Makamba, SFCG in Burundi operates a national programme that uses a variety of mutually enhancing methods targeting multiple sectors of society. Through community peace-building and media work, SFCG in Burundi informs and educates the public about pertinent issues, builds the capacity of journalists and civic leaders, and strengthens the potential for inclusive participation in local communities. SFCG in Burundi consists of the radio-production facility Studio Ijambo, the Community Outreach Team, and the Victims of Torture Project.

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Indigenous Global Intersections IGI

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Linked with Promoting the Rights, Voices and Visions of Indigenous Peoples, with Texts about Economy and Indigenous Peoples, with Indigenous Webs for Information, and with Texts about Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights.

IGI is a Research and/or documentation group. Leading research in Indigenous and in de-colonization within our own communities. The Research group is focusing on Indigenous de-colonization relative to the Americas and the Pacific Rim, at present. Each of the members of this working research group and activists are Indigenous to North America (Mexico-U.S.-Canada) and the Pacific Rim:

  • Margo Tamez is Indigenous Lipan Apache of the Land Grant community of South Texas (formerly Nuevo Santander, formerly Mexico, formerly Spain, and always Indigenous) and Spanish colonist families … on her mother’s side, she is also Indigenous Jumano Apache of West Texas.Ayano Ginoza is an Indigenous Okinawan.
  • Michelle Jack is Indigenous Okanagan and Irish.
  • Christina Garcia is Indigenous Mestiza.
  • Jody Pepion is Indigenous Blackfeet.
  • David Warner is Indigenous de-tribalized of Coastal First Nation and Chicano heritage.

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InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany

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Linked with Martine Bonny Dikongue – Rwanda.

(website available also in deutsch, français and espanol).

Contact:

InWEnt – Internationale Weiterbildung und Entwicklung (Capacity Building International, Germany) gGmbH: This is synonymous with human resources and organisational development in international cooperation. Its education, exchange and dialogue programmes that offer places for about 55,000 individuals every year make InWEnt a very large-scale joint undertaking of the German Federal Government, the federal state (Länder) governments and industry. The courses offered by InWEnt address specialists, executives and decision-makers in industry, politics, administration and civil society. InWEnt works with partners in developing countries, transition states and industrialised nations.

Short Profile;
Capacity Building;
InWEnt and the Business Sector;
Publications;
Learning in Germany.

Programs from Germany: We offer young people the chance to gain professional experience worldwide, either during their training or thereafter. This is a unique opportunity for them to get hands-on experience of foreign cultures and of the working world in other countries. Our exchange and scholarship programmes serve to improve the foreign-language and intercultural skills of young people, to expand their technical know-how, and to help them develop their own personalities. They address primarily young Germans, but can, under certain circumstances, be open to citizens of other EU countries and young people who have their first place of residence in Germany. Students and junior employees from Germany and the European Union, who would like to go abroad within the framework of development cooperation, will find a wide range of options in our ASA Program.
(Read much more on the different pages of our website).

International Council for Global Initiatives

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Linked with Neema Mgana – Tanzania., and with The African Regional Youth Initiative ARYI.

The website ‘http://www.intcouncil.net/‘ is actually not working, but the International Council for Global Initiatives is mentionned on the following six Websites:

On this page of the African Regional Youth Initiative:
In an effort to expand its organizational philosophy and programs globally, ARYI, in collaboration with other organizations, have joined to form The International Council for Global Initiatives. The Council fosters effective cross-regional collaboration at the international level and innovative program design focusing on three themes: women’s empowerment, youth participation, and community development. For information about The International Council for Global Initiatives please read more at http://www.intcouncil.net/

On another page of the African Regional Youth Initiative:
Miss Mgana is an aspiring and committed young African activist who promotes social and political change in Africa. As an undergraduate student, she co-founded an Aids organization to serve children affected with HIV/Aids in Tanzania. In 2002, she founded the African Regional Youth Initiative, an organization working with hundreds of youth and community-based organizations all over Africa on social, economic and political issues facing the continent. She is the co-Executive Director of the International Council for Global Initiatives (http://www.intcouncil.net) and is presently completing an Internship/fellowship program at the United Nations secretariat in New York.

On the Newsletter of the School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria:
Miss Mgana is an aspiring and committed young African activist who promotes social and political change in Africa. As an undergraduate student, she co-founded an Aids organization to serve children affected with HIV/Aids in Tanzania. In 2002, she founded the African Regional Youth Initiative, an organization working with hundreds of youth and community-based organizations all over Africa on social, economic and political issues facing the continent. She is the co-Executive Director of the International Council for Global Initiatives (www.intcouncil.net) and is presently completing an Internship/ fellowship program at the United Nations secretariat in New York.

On Africa-Nets, African Network for Health Research and Development:
I have just heard the most wonderful news from Neema Mgana (ARYI, GYCA, International Council for Global Initiatives, ISCA), and wanted to pass this along to a number of forums, so that we can all congratulate her and take pride in her considerable achievements and the honor she has received. BRAVO and huge hurrahs, Neema! This nomination and recognition could not go to a more committed activist or to a better person.

On un.org/youhsummit/pdfs … A report by Clement Bwalya … :
circumstances. Founder and director of African Regional Youth Initiative, and the Co-Executive Director of the International Council for Global Initiatives (http://www.intcouncil.net/); presently completing an internship/fellowship program at the United Nations secretariat in New York. “I am a Tanzanian by birth but an African at heart. My interest is in the development of Africa’s future by mobilizing youth efforts to combat present day challenges while giving rise to hope and unity. Somthing extra about me… I am a last born, which means that I pretty much get my way!”

On http://www.intcouncil.net/: no access for the moment, sorry / le website n’est pas accessible pour le moment.

No other information accessible to me for the moment.

The Pole Institute

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Linked with Justine Masika Bihamba – Dem. Republic of the Congo, and with The Coltan Phenomenon.

L’Insitut POLE est un Institut Interculturel dans la Région des Grands Lacs – Pour une société digne dans laquelle évoluent des hommes libres.

Accueil;
Programme;
Activités;
Publications;
Partenaires.

Contact: POLE, 82-06, avenue de la Corniche, B.P. 72 Goma, Goma RD Congo. Mail, Téléphone. (00243) 99 72 52 216

QUI SOMMES-NOUS? PRESENTATION DE L’INSTITUT

POLE a été le nom choisi afin de conserver tout son sens à l’Institut. En effet, POLE est un mot Swahili (langue commune du Kivu) qui est utilisé pour consoler une personne qui a été éprouvée ou affligée. Toutefois, ce mot contient aussi un sens dynamique visant à fournir de l’énergie à la personne éprouvée afin qu’elle sorte vite de sa peine et qu’elle améliore sa situation. La traduction la plus simpliste de ce mot pourrait être “désolé” et ” tu y arriveras.

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African Regional Youth Initiative ARYI

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Formed in December 2003, the African Regional Youth Initiative ARYI works with over 400 youth and community-based organizations across Africa addressing development issues outlined in the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals- namely, poverty and hunger, HIV/AIDS and malaria, primary education, gender equity, child mortality, maternal health, and environmental sustainability. The work of ARYI is based on action plans developed by over twenty ARYI country and regional teams.

The organization not only empowers individuals and communities, but also nurtures the exchange of knowledge and capacity between entities through programmatic partnerships with regional organizations and networks. Direct community engagement and support mechanisms ensuring both sustainability and quality programming set ARYI’s work apart.

See ARYI mentionned also on these sites:

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The African Education Knowledge Warehouse AEKW

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AEKW is a pan-African education portal which services African School Net practitioners, policymakers and school-based communities on ICTs in education across Africa.

The Schoolnet Centre: SchoolNet Africa is dedicated to providing schoolnet practitioners in Africa with value-added information and a range of resources in support to the use of ICTs in Education initiatives at local level. We have developed this African SchoolNet Centre to provide information and resources for African schoolnet practitioners to enhance the implementation efforts. The African SchoolNet Centre collects and houses information on national schoolnets in Africa and globally and provides space for networking and collaboration among schoolnet practitioners. By working together, we can collectively consolidate our efforts, harness the knowledge and skills at our disposal and celebrate our victories. For more information, email us.

See also: SchoolNet Africa’s Flagship Programs.

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FairTradeNet Association

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(Their site exists also in other international languages).

FairTradeNet is the only non-profit online service procurement organization that distinguishes committed, high quality freelance workers from those who ‘just want to get the job done’.

Our freelancers have been subjected to stringent tests of credibility, integrity, motivation and professionalism, to ensure that their clients receive a service that is fair and worth every cent.

Unlike other procurement organizations, FairTradeNet does not force providers to lower prices as this only induces freelancers to cut corners and deliver substandard jobs – a situation no quality-conscious client can accept.

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The Transnational Foundation

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Linked with Johan Galtung – Norway, with TRANSCEND’s Advanced International Training Programme, with Kai Frithof Brand-Jacobsen – Romania & Canada & Norway, with Violence, War, and Their Impact, with The Power of Nonviolence, and with Transcent.

The Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research TFF, Sweden.

Contact.

Created in 1986, TFF is an independent think tank, a global network and a homepage for peace by peaceful means. It inspires a passion for peace from the grassroots to the corridors of power.

TFF is an independent think tank, a global network and a website for peace by peaceful means. It inspires a passion for peace from the grassroots to the corridors of power.

TFF is an all-volunteer global network. It promotes conflict-mitigation and reconciliation in general and in selected conflict regions through meticulous on-the-ground research, active listening, education and advocacy.

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Transcend-International

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Linked with Kai Brand-Jacobsen – Romania & Canada & Norway, with The Power of Non-Violence, with Johan Galtung – Norway, with The Transnational Foundation, with Violence, War, and Their Impact, and with TRANSCEND’s Advanced International Training Programme.

Transcend-International, a peace and development organization for conflict transformation by peaceful means.

about: To work for peace is to work against violence; by analyzing its forms and causes, predicting in order to prevent, and then act preventively and curatively since peace relates to violence like health relates to illness.

Particularly important is genocide, or massive category killing, across the fault-lines in human society: nature (between humans and their environment), gender, generation, race, class, exclusion, nation, state. Whether as direct violence or as the indirect slow, grinding violence of social structures that do not deliver sufficient nutrition and health at the bottom of world society, enormous suffering, dukkha, is the effect.

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WorldPuja.org

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Linked with Kai Brand-Jacobsen – Romania, with Transcent, and with TRANSCEND’s Advanced International Training Programme.

WHERE THE WORLD MEETS FOR PEACE
Mission statement: The World Puja Network is a global internet broadcasting system whose core purpose is to activate a global culture of peace, wisdom and unstainability. World Puja is now in its 8th year of informing and inspiring thousands of people in more than 80 countries.
Programs and teachers;
Archives;
MP3 downloads;
links;

Contact: We rely on member feedback to help us improve our offerings. We are here to serve you and welcome any feedback you may have. Use the e-mail links below to contact World Puja.
Producer and Host: Maureen Moss, Tech Support & Webmaster: Randy Barris.

Movement for Dominican Women of Haitian Decent MUDHA

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Linked with Sonia Pierre – Dominican Republic, with the International Women’s Rights Action Watch irwaw, and with The Dominican Republic Country Report.

MUDHA has not its own website, but this organisation is mentionned on many other sites, like these:

MUDHA challenges both gender discrimination and racism in the Dominican Republic by empowering women, providing them with access to basic social services. It has built schools and health clinics in bateyes, and established day care and adult education programs. MUDHA also challenges laws and practices that maintain women and children of Haitian descent in conditions of poverty. For example, Ms Pierre has led a campaign to provide Dominican-born children of Haitian descent with the Dominican birth certificates to which they are entitled. Without them, children are excluded from schools and denied the advancement of education. Historically, the Dominican Republic has had uneasy relations with neighboring Haiti and politicians decry the “Haitian invasion” of the country and scapegoat Haitians as the source of their country’s problems. Although Ms. Pierre has herself been publicly attacked and her children threatened for their mother’s activism, she has continued to inspire women around her, personifying the possibilities of what struggle can achieve. (Read all on AmnestyUSA.org).

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International Women Rights Action Watch irwaw

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Linked with Sonia Pierre – Dominican Republic, with Movement for Dominican Women of Haitian Decent MUDHA, and with The Dominican Republic Country Report.

The International Women’s Rights Action Watch IWRAW was organized in 1985 at the World Conference on Women in Nairobi, Kenya, to promote recognition of women’s human rights under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (the CEDAW Convention), a basic international human rights treaty. IWRAW now is the primary international nongovernmental organization that facilitates use of international human rights treaties to promote women’s human rights and rights within families.

IWRAW promotes democracy in action, assisting women—and men who care about women and families—understand their human rights and claim them. It provides technical assistance and research support for projects concerning the rights of women and girls, such as law reform, policy advocacy, and monitoring government performance under international human rights treaties. It facilitates communication and connection between activists who share these concerns. In every region, women use IWRAW’s work to change their world.

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Darfur Relief and Documentation Center DRDC

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Linked with Reports and Texts about DARFUR.

Read: The Darfur Peace-Process.

The Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre (DRDC) is an independent, apolitical and not-for-profit non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Geneva (Switzerland.) DRDC was established in May 2004 with the view to injecting an independent and impartial civil society perspective for a peaceful resolution of armed conflicts in the Darfur region of western Sudan. DRDC brings together a panoply of individuals from different backgrounds including intellectuals, scholars, community leaders, human rights and pro-democracy activists, and groups from Darfur and other parts of the world and engages them in an effort to help the people of Darfur to put an end to the conflict in the region and rebuild their destroyed lives and livelihood. DRDC conducts its work through advocacy, lobby, research and documentation on the different aspects that affect life in the Darfur region. DRDC’s core members are persons of solid knowledge of Sudan and the Darfur region combined with modern academic, technical and practical expertise in areas of benefit to the people of the region.

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The Iran Media Service

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Linked with Jason Rezaian – Iran & USA, and with A World Between.

Offering a range of services for news crews, reporters and other Western media representatives working in Iran and the Middle East.

Committed to creating a uniquely rewarding experience for media professionals and artists in an awe-inspiring and often misunderstood region of the world.
Providing articles on Iran that shed more light on current events there than do many found in most US newspapers.

About: The Iran Media Service was founded in 2000 when Jason Rezaian began writing about Iran for US publications. What began as several articles aimed at showing Iran to Americans in a more representative light, has grown to an operation that now provides resources to other Western journalists and production crews assigned to Iran.

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Catholics for the Right to Decide

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Linked with María del Carmen Sarthes – Argentina.

This link seems to be their website, but it is actually not available.

The group is also mentionned under the following links:

Who Are ‘Catholics for a Free Choice‘? (The) Pro-abortion Group Has Benefited from Pornography, Copyright © 1993 by Diane S. Dew, Published in ALL About Issues, Sept/Oct 1993 – Founded in 1972, Catholics For a Free Choice, a nominally Catholic, pro-abortion organization, has an annual budget of $900,000, and claims 8,000 members. According to the Encyclopedia of Associations, Catholics For a Free Choice (CFFC) is an association of “Catholics within the Roman Catholic Church who support the right to legal reproductive health care, especially to family planning and abortion.

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The Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association BELA

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Linked with Rahela Khatun – Bangladesh, and with the Noai Landless Women Organization.

BELA is mentionned on these links:
On The Japan Environmental Education Forum / Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association BELA; on Green Cities; on friends of the earth bangladesh-groups; on e-law partners in Asia; on and Child Rights Information Network. And later on their own new website, now under construction.

The Worldwide movement for the conservation of environment quite justifiably hit Bangladesh, a country of extreme poverty, where natural environment was facing continuous degradation for a number of reasons. Attraction of sophisticated and high yielding technologies has over powered rationality in many instances, as consciousness for environment was yet to develop amongst governmental organizations and citizens group. When realities primarily forced by demand of increasing population, and natural disasters started taking tolls on human lives and livelihood, the consciousness began to change from status quo.

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Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan RAWA

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Linked with Rina Amiri – Afghanistan & USA, with The Women Waging Peace Network, with Women Likely to Suffer Most in Central Asia’s Turmoil, and with Muslim Women As Symbols and Pawns.

RAWA is the oldest political/social organization of Afghan women struggling for peace, freedom, democracy and women’s rights in fundamentalism-blighted Afghanistan since 1977.

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Website edited in the main UNO languages, plus português and german, as most of the following texts:

Listen to a short biography in audio of Martyred Meena (1956-1987), founding leader of RAWA.

Links to more publictions / audios / movies
:

If you are freedom-loving and anti-fundamentalist, you are with RAWA. Support and help us. Contact and Contributions.

The Women Waging Peace Network

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Linked with Rina Amiri – Afghanistan & USA, with Muslim Women As Symbols and Pawns, with Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan RAWA, and with Women Likely to Suffer Most in Central Asia’s Turmoil.

About: The Initiative for Inclusive Security includes The Women Waging Peace Network, a network of women peacemakers from conflict areas around the world, ranging from Sudan to Sri Lanka, Colombia to Bosnia, the Middle East to Sierra Leone. The Network was launched in 1999 to connect these women with each other and with policy shapers.

Members of the Waging network: all (are) demonstrated leaders among women peace builders, are elected and appointed government officials, directors of non-governmental organizations and movements in civil society, scholars and educators, businesspeople, representatives of multilateral organizations, and journalists. With varied backgrounds, perspectives, and skills, they bring a vast array of expertise to the peacemaking process.

Publications.

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ASHTA SANSTHAN

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Linked with Virginia/Ginny Shrivastava – India.

ASTHA is an organization with ‘Faith in the People’. Astha is a Hindi word, which means “deep faith or conviction”. We have “faith in the people” – faith that people have abilities, strengths and knowledge to solve the problems they face. Poor people are marginalized, exploited, deprived, and usually do not recognize their strength – but Astha does!

The Mission of Astha is to help People to organize, expand their capacities and equip themselves for the struggles they must wage to overcome the various deprivations under which they live.

Astha works for Structural Change:

  • Bringing into being new structures of the poor (organized and aware), which changes the “structure of society” – before, there was no organization of the poor that society had to deal with, now there is.
  • Bringing changes in some of the laws and policies, rules and regulations, that form part of the root causes of injustice, deprivation, exploitation and marginalization. And so Astha’s work includes research, documentation and networking to prepare for the advocacy work it does, along with others, to bring changes in those laws and policies in need of change.

Contact: Astha, 39 Kharol Colony, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. 313 004 – Phone 91 294 245 1348, Fax 91 294 2451391, write astha39 atsancharnet dotin.

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The International Forum on Globalization IFG

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IFG is a North-South research and educational institution composed of sixty leading activists, economists, scholars, and researchers providing analyses and critiques on the cultural, social, political, and environmental impacts of economic globalization.

Formed in 1994, the IFG came together out of shared concern that the world’s corporate and political leadership was rapidly restructuring global politics and economics on a level that was as historically significant as any period since the Industrial Revolution. Yet there was almost no discussion or even recognition of this new “free market,” or “neoliberal” model, or of the institutions and agreements enforcing this system—the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other such bureaucracies. In response, the IFG began to stimulate new thinking, joint activity and public education about this rapidly rising economic paradigm.

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World Changing.com

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Linked with George Monbiot – England, and with Other Economies are Possible!

Read first the Field Report on Al Gore’s Climate Project, and this project presented on the WorldChanging-website.

about: WorldChanging.com works from a simple premise: that the tools, models and ideas for building a better future lie all around us. That plenty of people are working on tools for change, but the fields in which they work remain unconnected. That the motive, means and opportunity for profound positive change are already present. That another world is not just possible, it’s here. We only need to put the pieces together.

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Association ZENA BIH, Mostar

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Linked with Azra Hasanbegovic – Bosnia and Herzegovina, with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hopes Betrayed, and with Trafficking Women and Children.

The Association “ŽENA BIH”, Mostar works to combat trafficking through research and the reintegration of women who have been trafficked from Bosnia and Herzegovina to places abroad.

Excerpt: … The next day we drove in warm sunny weather through isolated mountainous country to Mostar. There, in a bombed-out building, we visited the office of the women’sproject Zena BIH. The project leader, Azra Hasanbegovic, and her colleagues gave us a detailed account of their work, which encompasses mainly legal counseling, AIDS-prevention, information on trafficking in women, mediation and conciliation programs. We then drove to a day center which they run for senior women citizens, visited their women’s center (boutique, café, hairdresser and massage), and then went to the new women’s refuge Marguerite, which was inaugurated on December 8. Fadila regrets that for our Project only 3 candidates from Bosnia-Herzegovina are planned, as so many women there are engaged in peace work worthy of recognition.

Udruženje Âssociation ŽENA B&H WOMAN.

Small grants make large contributions in trafficking prevention.

Slow Food USA

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Linked with Erika Lesser – USA, see there more about.

Slow Food USA is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to supporting and celebrating the food traditions of North America. From the spice of Cajun cooking to the purity of the organic movement; from animal breeds and heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables to handcrafted wine and beer, farmhouse cheeses and other artisanal products; these foods are a part of our cultural identity. They reflect generations of commitment to the land and devotion to the processes that yield the greatest achievements in taste. These foods, and the communities that produce and depend on them, are constantly at risk of succumbing to the effects of the fast life, which manifests itself through the industrialization and standardization of our food supply and degradation of our farmland. By reviving the pleasures of the table, and using our tastebuds as our guides, Slow Food U.S.A. believes that our food heritage can be saved.

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The World Rainforest Movement WRM

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Linked with Maninha Xukuru-Kariri – Brazil (1966 – 2006), with The Forum for the Defense of Indigenous Rights APOINME, with Aracruz Celulose and the World Cup: propaganda and deforestation, and with Indigenous representatives campaign in Europe.

See also: Table of indigenous organisations of Brazil, and Alert against the Green Desert Movement, and Promoting the Rights, Voices and Visions of Indigenous Peoples, and Texts about Economy and Indigenous Peoples, and Indigenous Webs for Information, and Texts about Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights, and definition of what Indigenous Peoples are, on wikipedia,
and ciesin.org.

The World Rainforest Movement WRM works to secure the lands and livelihoods of forest peoples and supports their efforts to defend the forests from commercial logging, dams, mining, plantations, shrimp farms, colonisation and other projects that threaten them.

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The Forum for the Defense of Indigenous Rights APOINME

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Linked with Maninha Xukuru-Kariri – Brazil (1966 – 2006), with The World Rainforest Movement WRM, with Aracruz Celulose and the World Cup: propaganda and deforestation, and with Indigenous representatives campaign in Europe.

See also: Table of indigenous organisations of Brazil, and Alert against the Green Desert Movement, and Promoting the Rights, Voices and Visions of Indigenous Peoples, and Texts about Economy and Indigenous Peoples, and Indigenous Webs for Information, and Texts about Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights, and definition of what Indigenous Peoples are, on wikipedia
and ciesin.org.

The Forum for the Defense of Indigenous Rights / Articulação dos Povos e Organizações Indígenas do Nordeste, Minas Gerais e Espírito Santo APOINME, is created, July 05, 2004

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