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50 Cent, The In Da Club hitmaker - real name Curtis Jackson - has compared fellow rapper Jay-Z to celebrated civil rights leader Gandhi - because the Roc-A-Fella CEO doesn’t react to his critics.50 Cent, The In Da Club hitmaker - real name Curtis Jackson - has compared fellow... more
Forty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. an African American will take the oath of office and become President of the United States in a country that has profoundly changed. What of the rest of Latin America?
Guevara's call to action in a hemisphere with too many military juntas led to new military juntas in countries that had not known them before in their history: Brazil, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Uruguay, and Suriname all had their first military juntas after Guevara's Message to the Tricontinental. Other countries such as Chile who had known a military junta between 1924 and 1931 in reaction to communist threats embraced Augusto Pinochet in 1973 who remained in power for seventeen years.
With the exception of Nicaragua Che Guevara's prescription for revolution in Latin America led to a generation of military dictatorships and harsh repression. In Nicaragua it led to a Marxist dictatorship and civil war. Ironically, Pinochet was brought down by followers of Gandhi and King who through non-violent action pressured Pinochet into a plebiscite which he lost and through persistence and patience sought and continue to seek justice for his victims.Forty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. an African American will... more
A social circus arrives by bus to the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado. There, they met some people who did not want to be involve in the conflict that Colombia is having. They believe all those who are killing are wrong. In 1997 they declared Community of Peace and since then the armed actors have killed to more than one third of their population. But they are ready to defend the peace up to the last consequences.
There are no ways for the peace, the peace is the way. (Mahatma Gandhi)A social circus arrives by bus to the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado. There,... more
The Gandhi Tour provided the Indiginous Artists for the International Day of Peace 2008
The United Nations International Day of Peace Sept 21th 2008 first time ever to reach a Billion people, Secretary-General Ban will ring the Japanese Peace Bell at UN Headquarters along with Michael Douglas, Jane Goodall and Midori Goto.
The annual International Day of Peace Youth Observance will commence with Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon ringing the Japanese Peace Bell at 9:30 am at the United Nation's headquarters. The theme of this year's Peace Day is Peace and Human Rights and is co- produced by the NGOs Pathways to Peace, United Religions & World Peace Prayer Society in association with The Untitled Nations Department of Public Information.
www.gandhitour.orgThe Gandhi Tour provided the Indiginous Artists for the International Day of Peace... more
Al Gore, the former vice president and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is nothing if not passionate on the issue of global warming. But his usual fired-up remarks on the subject took a step into the Gandhian realm on Wednesday when he told an audience at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York that the crisis was so severe and intractable that it was time for direct action.
If you are a young person looking at the future of this planet and looking at what is being done right now, and not done, I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration, he said at the third annual meeting of former President Bill Clinton's initiative, which arranges partnerships between the very rich and the very needy.
Mr. Gore said the civil disobedience should focus on stopping the construction of new coal plants, which he said would add tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere despite half a billion dollars worth of advertising by the coal and gas industry claiming otherwise. He added, Clean coal does not exist.
The audience at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, which was composed of hundreds of heads of state and chief executives, as well as representatives of philanthropic groups, reacted with scattered applause. There was a lot of shifting in seats.
Mr. Gore did not elaborate on his call for action. And almost as soon as the words civil disobedience were out of his mouth, Mr. Clinton, moderating a panel that Mr. Gore shared with the singer Bono, the president of Liberia, the chairman of Coca-Cola and Queen Rania of Jordan, turned to the queen to ask whether Middle Eastern countries might ever become models of clean energy usage. The discussion continued in a less-fiery vein from there.
I can just bet people at the Clinton Global Initiative were shifting in their seats. ;-) Mr. Gore, I love you for this and am with you 100%. The climate crisis is getting lost in all of the talk about this 'election' and the 'financial crisis' that is actually related to our current energy policy. We do need more young people out here peacefully protesting to save their environmental future which also means saving this economy. And we also need older people as well to set an example for younger people about how change is really made. It isn't made by going to a rally of someone who claims to have charisma and can talk us out of it and thinking you have done something. It's taking action ourselves. I hope his endorsee is listening.Al Gore, the former vice president and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is nothing if... more
Here are 10 people who stood up for peace and human rights. And inspired countless others to do the same.
When looking back through the mystique of history, we tend to impose super-human status to those who stood up for their beliefs in a revolutionary way.
For some of them, the decision to act was conscious defiance to the status quo. For others, they were simply in the right place at the wrong time, and found themselves acting on behalf of others lacking the courage to speak out.
We should rightly remember these people. But we should also remember that they were (or are) ordinary human beings, who made a choice.
And just like them, the rest of us have the opportunity to choose to engage in creating a better world. In short, we can be revolutionary every day.
1. Lt. Ehren Watada Refusing The War
The first commissioned officer of the U.S. armed forces to refuse deployment to Iraq, First Lieutenant Ehren Watada created a furor with his objection and public denunciation of the war in January 2006.
Watada entered into the army fully believing the official justifications for the invasion. However, after researching the history of Iraq and the events leading to the American invasion, he concluded that the war was based on false evidence presented to Congress—specifically the existence of the elusive weapons of mass destruction.
Watada therefore believed his own involvement would be constituted as crimes against peace under command responsibility. He asked to be deployed to Afghanistan, where he felt there was a true moral imperative to defend the United States, but when the army refused his request or his resignation, Watada did not board the plane with his unit.
Military authorities subjected Watada to a court martial in February 2007 and the judge declared a mistrial after deciding Watada’s defense of not following unlawful orders could not be decided in a military court.
When a new court martial date was set, Watada’s attorney claimed double jeopardy—his client could not be tried again under the same charges. Today Watada works at Fort Lewis with the continuous threat of a 6-8 year prison term looming over him for the crime of speaking truth to power.
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As with so many other problems of this modern world, the crisis of climate change begs the question: What would Gandhi do?
A coalition of environmentalists and other activists think Mahatma Gandhi's notion of satyagraha--nonviolent resistance (literally "truth force")--has powerful relevance to the struggle to save the planet. Last year, Al Gore cited Gandhi in a speech to the Sierra Club, calling for a morally courageous stance:
We ought to have a mass movement around a carbon freeze; it's scalable from the individual level to the company, community, state, and national level. Gandhi used the word Satyagraha or "truth force." In American politics, there have been soaring moments throughout our history when the truth has swept aside entrenched power. In the darkest hours of our Civil War, Abraham Lincoln said, "We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country." We need once again to disenthrall ourselves.As with so many other problems of this modern world, the crisis of climate change begs... more
I was sitting outside my home in Zürich and the sun just hit the lake the right way for this sparkling effect. To make it even better, there were some birds in the background singing a song. I cut the video short when a loud voice yelled to someone, which I cut out of course! Truly, the best things in the world are free, and nature provides some of the best experiences. A good reason to take care of our planet.I was sitting outside my home in Zürich and the sun just hit the lake the right... more
This video is a simply stated plan to save the world. If implemented, it would take 10 world leaders 2 minutes to implement this. It would put an end to poverty, homelessness, disease, and war. It would also help the environment in the process. We all know that money is usually scarce and getting by can be hard, no matter what income bracket we're in. Except for about 2% of the population. This video is based on facts from many sources.This video is a simply stated plan to save the world. If implemented, it would take... more
Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, says she has met a woman serving a jail term for her father's assassination. Ms Gandhi said she met Nalini Sriharan last month in a prison in Vellore in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, says she has... more
At what was once a Capuchin monastery on the Hudson River, the Zen archers were out in force on Friday. They were members of a New York City group celebrating 10 years of study with a retreat at what’s now the Garrison Institute, a New Agey organization that tries to meld contemplation and action.
The idea of the Zen archery is to combine intention and action, focus and carry-through. Physical action slows. The archer and the bow become one. The art becomes artless. The archer evolves through perseverance and discipline. Or so they say.
It’s not much of a stretch to go from the visiting Zen archers to the institute’s own initiative, an ambitious program next month to look at how the ideas of Mohandas K. Gandhi relate to current environmental issues, particularly climate change.
Central to Gandhi, after all, was the notion that the truth, power and moral force of a movement are inseparable from the truth, power and moral force of its actors.
Hence Gandhi nonviolently freeing India from the greatest empire of his time, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. overturning segregation in the South, Nelson Mandela ending apartheid — intention wedded to action, focus leading to carry-through, evolution resulting from perseverance and discipline. Like the Zen archers, it may seem way too abstruse and exotic for the short attention span of modern life, but then, maybe not.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/30/nyregion/30towns.htmlAt what was once a Capuchin monastery on the Hudson River, the Zen archers were out in... more
The ashes of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi have been scattered off the coast of Mumbai to mark the 60th anniversary of his assassination.
Curious: Where was his ashes the other 59 years? The ashes of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi have been scattered off the... more