E-mail, Opinions and Discussion
January 2002 -- December 2004
Scoll down: emails in reverse chronological order
Miembros activos productores, campesinos, tecnicos, revolucionarios patriotas integrados al Instituto para la Produccion e Investigacion de la Agricultutra Tropical IPIAT condenan vilmente el asesinato de nuestro productor amigo y colaborador luchador revolucionario Alejandro Marquez miembro fundador de la Frente Campesino Bolivariano, quien fue abaleado de seis tiros en la entrada de su residencia, en horas de la manana del 30 de Diciembre, en el Barrio Primero de Diciembre en la Ciudad de Barinas Edo. Barinas Venezuela. Publicamente repudiamos tal cobarde asesinato presuntamente perpetuado por seis sicarios latifundista. Energicamente exigimos justicia ante esta nueva e injustificada perdida humana y manifestamos nuestro sentido pesar con la companera, hijos, padres, hermanos, demas familiares y amigos por esta irreparable perdida nuestro amigo Alejandro e invitamos al homenaje postumo y al acto de sepelio a las 10:30am que se efectuara el 31 de Diciembre en Barinas. Paz a sus restos.
28 August 2004
Piri Thomas touched my heart all those years ago; I went to the bookstore a few weeks ago and came across Down These Mean Streets and bought it. I am currently reading it and I am again touched, very emotional, I feel as if I know Mr. Thomas. My older sister passed the book to me after she read it when we were teenagers. I will now pass it on to my son, who is dominican/filipino and has gone through the same cycle that I have gone through and we are still experiencing regarding race. As will my neices and nephews who some are half Puerto Rican.
I was grew up in New York City and relocated to Georgia seven years ago and I am re-living the experience-a place where people have never heard of the Dominican Republic, cannot grasp the concept that a black person speaks spanish fluently. People, black and white alike cannot tell where I come from because of my accent, wavy hair, dark skin and proud disposition. Always feeling like an outsider.
Piri Thomas, thank you for a wonderful, insightful book. I think everyone should read it. The book is ageless, dealing with issues that I feel many immigrants experience. You have made me proud of being who I am.
I was born and grew up in India, before emigrating to the U.S. in the early 70's. My dad and his dad before him were educated as medical doctors in days when an average Indian did not go to school and having a 3rd grade education meant that you were educated!
I just finished reading Mr. Piri Thomas interview. I really enjoyed reading Mr. Thomas' thoughts and views. I first read his book "Down These Mean Streets" ten years ago in college. I loved it then and just recently purchased it again. I myself am in the process of writing a book. A book in which I recall my childhood. The abuse my mother put both my brother and myself through. My father turning blind eyes and deaf ears to our agony and torment. In writing my book I have relived so many different emotions and feelings that had been long suppressed. I have even had to stop writing and gather myself for a week or two at times. I have felt the pain and anguish that I had so desperately tried to forget. The reality was I never forgot. The feelings and emotions were buried deep. So deep in fact at times they seemed non-existent. On an occasion or two I have even considered forgetting about the whole thing. Yet, there is something that tells me to go on and continue what I have started. More importantly, I am convinced that not only this is something I can do, but something I must do. Reading about other Latino writers that had stories from the heart. And somehow found a way to put them on paper and even a book inspires me and gives me the confidence everyone should have in their hearts and mind. Thank you to inmotionmagazine.com for the interview. Thank you to Sr. Piri Thomas for your words of encouragement and motivation.
Many years ago I purchased an album called Jim Pepper's Pow Wow just on the picture of Jim on the cover. I played it endlessly. I always wanted to hear more of his music but couldn't find any of his albums. I thought, will its a 'one off' because the play was so different and unique. Well, many years later and many miles away-I live in Australia now-I started to go through my albums and to see if I could replace them with CD's. To no avail, no one I contacted ever heard of Jim Pepper. With the help of my sister in California she has found you ! I did not know that Jim Pepper had passed away and that makes it more important for me to keep the vinyl recording of Pow Wow. I will pass his music on to the Aboriginal Community Radio station with the information I have from this website so that his music will be heard by other indigenous people and maybe an inspiration to musicans in the fusion of jazz, contemporary and traditional sounds.
Starving Artist is a program put together to serve the inner city youth, designed to help them achieve their dreams and goals. As a young man I have found it difficult to operate properly in the harsh environment of the Ghettos of America. Statistics show that children involved with artistic programs including hip hop and music workshops donít get into trouble, like the kids who are not involved with any programs of the community. Corporations are constantly turning down children applying for financial assistance, when they are just crying out for help. What people do not understand is gangs are accepting applications daily.
In reality a child is expected to live, grow up, start a family, career or job, buy a house, home, or apartment. In the ghettos of America youth are dying young without starting their adult lives. Children having babies is a reality, leaving them to grow up without a father. Children without a father figure, or role model are left to fend for themselves in the streets. There is a massive need for a change in our communities. Mothers who are on drugs, do not raise their children, the negativity of the streets does.
These children see there mother or father using drugs and it effects their self-esteem, morals, values and their well-being. And if the Daddy is not around, Mom is on drugs and other family member that are capable do not intervene, whom do these children have? Group Homes and Foster care only do so much, they mainly provide shelter and feed the youth. These youth are not rehabilitated, they are only passed over day to day until their time is up or they get to old. Im just tired of just seeing these disadvantaged children passed over. The youth need to be reinvented not rehabilitated.
Schools are designed to keep children from 8am-3pm giving them Education and knowledge. Some get free food, and some have to pay. But at three o'clock when school lets out if you are not in sports or involved in any organizations children roam the streets looking for something to do. I should know, I was one of them. There are lots of programs with their doors open where the youth can come in, but when they leave they have to go home. Returning to an environment filled with murderers, drug dealers, thugs, and hoodlums patrolling the area more than police.
He is a terrific human being. Recently, he was procliamed Honorary Son of Caracas, Venezuela. I am glad people in Venezuela took the time to appreciate and reward wonderful people like Glover, who despite their own distinguished personal accomplishments, feel and act as if it only matters; when the quality of life others on the planet experience can be enhanced by one's success. God bless him!
Barbara Curbelo Cusack
Venezuela is a rich and poor country situated at the north of South America. Some days ago we received the visit of Mr. Danny Glover an special invited of venezuelan goverment. I personally doubt that Mr. Glover have ever known something about this country. This is a country in complete process of change, a change from democracy and freedom to an dictatorial goverment, a change from working people with desires of progress to poverty, a country of smiling and gentle people to a country of sad, tough faces and hate between venezuelan people, a country of unemployment, of personal insecurity, a country without a social security, a country where laws mean nothing, a country guided to take the same way of jail countrie like Cuba and others in the world, a country infiltrated by cuban militians and soldiers prepared to kill venezuelan people if the goverment is ousted democratically.
However, in a visit of five or six days Mr. Glover in some public meetings praised what today happens in our country. Mr. Glover gave support to venezuelan goverment. Mr. Glover said everything is allright in Venezuela.
How I am sorry for you Mr. Glover, what a pity your intevention in this country, now I can see, you know nothing about this country and what is happening here today. It is not strange in someone who supports one of the worst goverments in the world, the cuban goverment, Saddan Hussein goverment (today defeated) and others dictatorial goverments.
Please Mr. Glover never come back to our country.
16 January, 2004
To the American community here in Venezuela the visit of Mr.Glover can only be described as disgusting slap in the face for all decent people everywhere. Its fine his intent to promote the teachings of ML King.But to sit down with a corrupt brutal dictator by the name of Hugo Chavez and insult the USA is inpardonable.Commandante Chavez is leading the country down an authoritarian communist path leaving in his wake misery and poverty. His goal is a Castro-Stalinist utopia without freedom of speech,debate nor opposition.
Mr.Glover should research whom he is getting involved with before critisizing his own country that hasnt been exactly bad to him.
He has lost any credibilty he had and his actions are a disgrace.
"Waterspirit feeling springin' round my head, makes me feel glad that I'm not dead." Those words and sounds resonate and swirl within still after all these years. I'm 50 and just found out that Jim passed at 50. Last night I was speaking of how I'd written the info regarding the song down after hearing it on the radio earlier this year. Within minutes, I was magically connected with that info. The spirit is to the mind as infinity is to one. Jim Pepper lives in me too. What was, shall be again. We must and will transform all this into paradise. For heights and depths no words can reach, music is the soul's own speech.
Border control for Mexicans
This big issue with not letting mexicans through to the U.S. is not right. God did not want this to happen. We were all born free. I am only one person and can make very little difference in the change of the hispanic people coming here, but I think it's important to let my opinion be heard. I pray to all the mexican people who do get across every day and will continue to get across no matter what kind of walls or people blocking the way to freedom. Why do we hate so much? American people are greedy and selfish, I am very close to a mexican person and he saved my life. We can all learn a thing or two from some mexicans. We Americans need to give them a chance. We need to stop being so damn selfish all the time and think of others. They only want a job and food to help their family it's not like they are coming to the U.S. to kill everyone and bomb us. They want what Americans want freedom, food, and work. That is not too much to ask at all. Everyone who is in charge of the world is not doing a good job. They are acting like animals by not letting mexicans into their territory. It's very childish. It needs to be thought out more carefully. Find a way to share the world isn't it big enough for everyone? Please stop being greedy and selfish. please support mexicans coming to the United States of America.
7 December, 2003
I am a master student in international Business Management at the university of Applied Science in Osnabreuck(Germany). As part of my preparation on a country presentation about Tanzania next Saturday, I happened to have come across the article "Mermoriam:Julius Nyerere". Infact I am very touched with way this African Giant is portrayed by an acquintance of his. I think the demise of the Mwalim is an irreplaceable loss for Africa.12 November, 2003
You are Racist Punks
Yes, punks, it is the left that is now thoroughly racist. Only took a short view of your articles to see the truth. You are precisely what you pretend to oppose, racist to the core. Why don't you dumb punks shut down your racist website?
12 November, 2003
Alliance for the Advancement
of Indigenous & Chicano Cultures
A personal perspective and solution concerning the present state of affairs of our people
Crime, violence, drug abuse, gang involvement, teen pregnancy, poverty, disparity, indifference and low living standards are not innate nor self-spawned faculties of any individual or peoples, past, present or future. This endless, bitter strife stems from a more serious and deeply rooted degenerative affliction that attacks most ethnic minorities in all countries of the world. This tragic disease of the spirit is the downward self-degrading cycle of self-evaluation as an individual and as a people. The deficiencey of self-esteem and self-respect that exists and persists in many ethnic minorities is a result of the continued, long term (for hundreds of years) teachings, indoctrinations and complete acceptance of misinformation and an abundance of incomplete, inaccurate, omitted, and very often false accounts of historical and cultural education. It is generally accepted that most mainstream history books and published documents, especially the ones used in schools, were and continue to be written by the conquerors and dominant culture of that society. In the aftermath of any conflict, almost always, the victor sees their defeated foe as the weaker and most definitely the inferior people, merely because of their defeat and because their ways and beliefs are different. Consequently, this narrow-minded, arrogant point of view compels the conqueror to subject and oppress, and to impose their faith, customs and views upon this supposed dreadful, dumb and barbaric subculture. Much of this long-established biased, stereotypical, erroneous and detrimental information has been presented, disseminated and perpetuated as undisputed fact by various misguided sources in our society for countless of generations. Therefore, throughout time, this relentless and very powerfully negative cycle of beliefs and way of life has come to be fully accepted, fulfilled, fueled and even embraced as their own by the very people it has destroyed. The implementation and execution of the perpetual momentum of this self-propelled descending gyroscope has been very successful. As they are no longer essential for the existence and continuation of this seemingly hopeless situation, racism and bigotry, the original catalyst for this end, are slowly and surely being purged. Finally, this entire seductive, programming and misleading process gives the false impression that all the negative stereotypes and concepts about any and all ethnic minorities are true, simply because " these people are just that way".
Thanks to the wonders and achievements in science and technology, pathways to the past, never before thought accessible, have come to light via recent archeological discoveries. We know so much more today about the history, culture, achievements and wonders of the indigenous people of Mesoamerica than we did just last year. Almost daily, new discoveries are bringing forth knowledge of the highly advanced and intellectual inhabitants of Pre-Columbian America.
Equipped with this knowledge, it is the desire and purpose of this organization to progressively teach and continuously disseminate authentic and accurate historical accounts of our ancestral roots. These historical and cultural corrections, NOT REVISIONS, will not only benefit all Chicano and Native Americans but will also serve as an inspiration to other ethnic minorities to seek further knowledge and truths about their heritage.
Our present project is a lecture series, primarily and foremost, concerning the history and culture of the ancient indigenous people of the Americas and related topics. The purpose and goal of these lectures is twofold. First, to educate our people in the long needed knowledge of the history and culture of our ancestors. Secondly, by showing our people the beauty, wonder and magnificence of our native forefathers and their achievements, pride in their heritage will be awakened and evoked, thus sparking their interest to seek further knowledge of their birthright. Therefore, through this newfound pride, our young adults will be motivated to pass on this knowledge to their children and they in turn to theirs. Hopefully, through proper education about our proud and magnificent culture, history, labors and achievements, the destructive, descending gyroscope will be, not only stopped, but, eventually reversed. Early pride in heritage leads to integrity, dignity, respect and pride in self, thus respect for others and pride in country. Our ultimate goal is to enlighten, motivate, guide and help our young people towards a productive, prosperous and happy adult life. This shall be gained by a continuous barrage of positive reinforcement and a corrected attitude toward ourselves, our people, our history, and our culture stemming from a deeper understanding and undistorted view of history and the world.
There is no way for American farmer to avoid biotechlology if he is going to say in today's world.
I have come across this site quite by accident, but from glancing through I feel the need to place my comments. It seems to me that, from the essays I have read, people are busy making arguments for affirmative action in higher educational institutions when the real argument should be made for better preparation BEFORE college. The way I see it, education after high school is a privelage, not a right, and it should continue to be thought of as such. It is very true that most minorities have a disadvantage in this area do mainly to the lack of preparation and quality education prior to college. How is it fair to place college in the laps of some minority students who, unfortnately, drop out because they simply cannot handle the load or material presented? It is not fair to them, and it is not fair to the other thousands of qualified students who were denied because they were not minorities. I simply cannot see a justification. It is so hard to get into college these days if one is not a prodigious musician, or an all-star athlete, or a scholar, and throwing race and gender into the mix WILLINGLY is a ludacris idea. Personally, I would see it as a slap in the face if someone tried to give me a handicap when it came to my academic abilities. I just wanted to offer my perspective.
This article really disturbs me. I have always had faith in the organic standards set by individual boards. I have put my trust in them that they are looking out for our needs and concerns. To think that these standards may be at risk is worrisome. I run an online oragnic food store and I am trying to encourage more people to eat organic food for better health and environmental sustainability. I do not feel comfortable encouragin then to buy products that may not match up. What can we do to control this change?
Please inform as I would like to help stop this from happening.
i think former pre. clinton, jessie jackson and al gore should stay where they belong HOME, and stay out of ca. problems. they only muddy the water.
15 September, 2003
I came across your magazine googling for stuff on Dr. Shiva (I'd just seen her on Bill Moyers TV show) and I just wanted to say that I think you have a very valuable thing going here - these are the stories and topics that should be discussed and I'm glad you're providing the forum.
6 September, 2003
Thank you for providing a forum for Vandana Shiva's ideas.
I enjoyed the topic and agree with Vandana in her general philosophy. However, what Monsanto is doing should be done, but confined to natinal borders. Each country should have a concern for its own environment. Countries are politcal entities by definition and should be concered with the well being of every rescource within its borders. Seeds are no exception. Corporations should not have the right to appropriate resources that are propety of a national government, and in a democracy, of its people.
Seed hybrids and other such phenomena should be explored as a contingency program reserved for emergency status, more as a last resort in the event of a national catastrophe, not as replacement for what is ecologicaly in homostatis.
Dr. Vandana's referece to patent-colonializaion, if true, should be considered a form of hostile invasion by any nation, especially when patents are being acquired on natural resources, which again, are alredy property of the natinal government and its people.
In the case of India, its government should have seed banks for the preservation of its food resources, not unlike the establishemt of an Army for the preservation of its people. Why should a single person (Dr.Vandana or individual farmers) have to fight for the survival of one of its staple food products?
Dr. Vandana should be just as active in trying to make her own Indian government more awere of the invasion perpetuated by greedy foreign private interest.
6 September, 2003
I must say, what an amazingly inspirational woman Dr. Shiva is. Even the most ardent capitalist should see her side, and agree with it if they listen to her carefully! The trouble is people like to pigeon-hole positions and plaster labels on them so that they don't have to LISTEN and THINK. From what she is not a communist, nor a socialist nor any of those things; she is merely trying to wrestle with the obvious consequences of one of the oldest economical phenomena - unrestrained profiteering. This cannot be even called capitalism, as a wise capitalist does not lay waste to all future resources. Any time that there is not a healthy democraticly created infrastructure to draw legislative lines around big corporations, they have the potential to put profits before morals. Everyone knows that a certain baby food company sold formula in developing countries that was deemed unsuitable for human babies in North America! Those SICK DEMONS were capable of harming babies in order to dump their inferior product and turn a profit.
Anybody who says that Dr. Shiva is anything but a staunch protector of what's right, does not have the flexibilty to form intelligent and original ideas but has to fall back on a rigid, knee-jerk response.
Ps Why do people trust big companies SO MUCH? Don't they know that every year Ford calculates the cost of recalling vehicles with deadly defects versus the cost of paying out settlements to grieving families? And this is common knowledge!
It's mentioned in your article that Jet Skis or PWV are known for steering-loss. In a time of need it could be necessary to hit the throttle and turn. Iíve done this many times for fun and have seen others as well. It works, your going straight all of sudden you have an erg for those Gís and you turn. You turn instantly. This is usually the way I stop. Do a quick turn and stop. If people would maybe give lessons on how to ride a jet ski they might create the skill or reaction time to do just this. When in a boat with your family you tend to learn safety by constantly being in it and watching your parents perform such safety measures. On a PWV there is no one to mimic safety, you just get on and go. I luckily have a father who wanted to teach me reactions like I just described. For auto safety, he taught me quick reaction time by playing in Sand rails. Snowmobiles, boats and Jet Ski's can teach you great reaction time ! if you use your head. I don't suggest a recall on every Jet Ski, maybe a License or Certificate by testing your skill and reaction time in front of a skilled professional. I agree PWV are dangerous, but so is everything else. I don't disagree with your article, but some things aren't made for everyone. I think it takes responsibility and common sense. Unfortunately these lives were taken for some people to gain it.
As a mental health provider in a rural county I continue to be frustrated by local community mental health agencies that continue to provide inadequate services to Latino's. Including using translators instead of hiring qualified professionals.
My father was a uranium miner near Grants, New Mexico (we lived in Grants). He died of lung cancer a few years ago due to his uranium exposure. I have been told, by a government worker, that they will compensate my mother with 100,000.00 for our loss. I wonder who made this figure up? Is this the going rate for never having a husband or a father again? One thing the government refuses to discuss with me are the effects on the rest of the family from our exposure to uranium. We used to play on the tailings while we waited for Dad to ascend from the mine. We washed his contaminated clothing, ate goodies left from his lunchbox, and played with the "pretty little rocks" we found in his pockets.
Before my father died (a horrible death, I might add) I asked him if they ever told him that uranium was dangerous for him. He said that Kerr-McGee told him it was perfectly safe. He did say that a lot of men got sick while he worked there, though. On two occasions, while Dad was mining, he contracted polycythemia. His doctors told him that it was due to the fumes in the mines. No compensation seems to exist for this.
I have found articles that discuss the health risks to the families of uranium miners. Some of the children in our family have been sick throughout their lives. My mother has had cancer and her thyroid is shot. Mental illness plagues three children in our family. I have recently been diagnosed with an "unexplained medical phenomenon" (a phantom tumor on the adrenal gland).
I just wondered if anyone knew what the government felt that the going rate is for losing you health and living a life of fear of what you might get in the future? How do they come up with these figures, and who puts these monetary values on human beings? What does a person who has no control over uranium exposure do?
I wish to compliment your good work! Keep it up and call me a fan!
30 July, 2003
C'est par la lutte des petits paysans en Amérique que le monde sera sauvé de l'emprise du fric et des grosses multinationales.Continuez à défendre les petits paysans et la culture naturelle.Merci de votre action pour José Bové.
08 July, 2003
Thank you for your succinct and eloquent analysis. It is the most compelling legal argument against the best advertised invasion in history that I have seen since the cabal decreed the axis of evil, (a.k.a. tyrannies that can't follow through on a simple quid pro quo and/or have outlived their usefulness). Through the prism of the WTO, NAFTA, GATT and the rest of the growth crazed transnational corporate soup, "Land of the free" is beginning to look like "The empire's will or your subjects lives." I pray the slumbering citizenry wakes up before we head too far down Rome's path.
If I could add one thing to your piece, it would be this:
"WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -- That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
As our current government has chosen, chosen, to deprive many Iraqi's of their unalienable rights, Arab hostility to the invasion is not only understandable, it is the solution our founders prescribed for their ills. In newspeak though, its called terrorism and the fear of it causes the citizenry not only to allow, but to invite this "long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object," over the "homeland" (more newspeak). Will our citizenry honor "their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security?" Given that we have already allowed our government to be overwhelmed by two parties that owe allegiance to the same sponsors and their agenda, and that the concentrated corporate media that squelches any competing vision, the prospects are bleak. But at least, thanks to the Constitution, they are not insurmountable, yet. So the question becomes, will this grand experiment endure; will the citizenry overcome all odds and rise to its role of guardian of the Republic?
08 Apr 2003
ya'll're messed up
inmotionmagazine is the largest assembly of brain-dead, anti-intellectual, stalinist rot i've ever come across, and i've been looking! find a hole for these people, and throw them into it. because either you speak the truth or you lie. lie like stalin, mao and...saddam. ya'll're messed up, and a dab of sunlight on your festering brains would do you well. there are two reasons to speak this way: 1)you've been brainwashed (if such a paltry thing as your brain requires a rinse; 2) you wish to destroy the best system of governance, with its many flaws, such as your right to seek to destroy it from within, because you believe that mao, lenin, stalin and the dolfer and their thirty million dead had the proper game plan. god bless the government that allows leeches and sabateurs.
08 Apr 2003
As a citizen of the United States for nearly sixty-years, I have seen laws that prohibited blacks from attending schools of higher learning (Sweat v. Painter,1954), Governors stand in doorways of schools to prevent blacks from attending school, the constant reminder of how inferior the black culture is and the self-analysis of how blacks think and act, without ever asking blacks how they feel or why they act the way they do. This country has a history of governmental and private discrimination toward blacks, which means "affirmative action" is needed, because of the past actions that exist in the present. Since this country was born, people have had a fix idea of being superior over someone, that fixed idea still exist today, and as long as this country exists that idea will continue to play a role in providing unequal treatment. In closing, the Framers of the U.S. Constitution, never envisioned the Constitution to be a colorblind document, instead, they opted for specific amendments that would correct the wrongs this great document created or should I say, people who created this document. Race will always be an issue in our daily lives, and the discrimination practice will continue, thus, affirmative action is needed.
Biochemistry, biodiversity, bio-genocide
I am a 55 yr old mother going back to University as a mature student. Ms. Shiva is one of the required readings from my Indigenous Professor and what I am reading, seeing and scanning through via Internet and or handouts from the Prof. is scaring me.
I see the world has changed. When you are a single parent mother of three...my only concern was to get them through school...they are. I gave them, I hope, a desire to go on...two have. The third child, Natalie who is 27 yrs old, is in Journalism and working. The twins - one is preparing for a career in engineering and the other finally decided to tackle medical school. It is a scary world for them knowing that they will have to deal with this type of issue - biochemistry, biodiversity, bio-genocide of the Indigenous peoples.
I read just yesterday about the Beotuck people being wiped out because the colonizers wanted their lands! I cried inside not knowing where were the other Indigenous peoples when this was going on...why did I not hear of this genocide!
I am an Indigenous person and I do not want this happening to my people. I pray that we stand strong and globally talk to each other before something happens like the Beotucks!
Thank you for your website. I hope to learn more but it is disheartening to read it on such dark notes.
28 February 2003
As an American I am appalled at the lack of democracy being exercised in my country! How can the Democrats who are supposed to represent the opposition stand up and clap every two minutes during George Bush's State of the Union Speech. Okay, I can buy the "Let's be polite" routine but please half of the points expressed by President Bush where contrary to what many Americans think and yet somehow we must 'Stand behind the President'. What has happened to the entire point of conflicting views creating a great country. I am saddened and disappointed that no matter what happens we must be 'unified' or appear weak. What has happened to the idea of open and honest discussion. I am extremely worried about my country right now, scared is probably a better description.
I was interested to read 'WTO: The New Threats to Developing Countries and Sustainability', by the Director of the Third World Network.
Mr Khor is resistant to foreign investment coming into a country wanting development: "An investment agreement in WTO is most likely to be damaging to development options and interests." (my emphasis)
Isn't this view contrary to the one being advocated by NEPAD, the new African partnership? NEPAD seems to be encouraging a peer review of the national governance of its members; the object is to satisfy foreign investors of the high standard of national governance, in the hope of attracting more employment creating foreign investment into Africa - which includes many third world countries.
Why isn't consistent advocacy possible?
26 December 2002
I read your interview with Mr. Joshua Alouka about sustainable development and the environment on your website. I had the opportunity to meet and work with Mr. Alouka when I was the International Relations Secretary of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) from September 2001 to September 2002. I must confess that I found Mr. Alouka full of concern for development on the African continent, especially in respect to the environment. I found it natural therefore that he gave so much insight into the real problems of development and the environment during the interview in Jo'burg.
The work of such young thinking and developmental focused individuals deserve support from all of us. His work has been an inspiration to most of us who have met with him. Infact, upon leaving NUGS, I am trying to organise youth around my community under a single umbrella to tackle in a pratical manner issues concerning development and the environment. I say 'Ayeko' (congratulations in Twi) to Mr. Sena Joshua Alouka.
-- Aganah Emmanuel
17 December, 2002
My name is Phyllis. I was surfing the net to find information for a argumentative essay I am doing in my college English class, and I came across your website. I must say that I am a black female, age 42 and I appreciate the benefits that affirmative action means for all minorities, not just black people. I have found that the general idea has been that only blacks benefit from this action. Well, that just isn't so. The articles and information that I have gathered has proven benefit to Blacks, Mexicans, Latinos, and Whites. Affirmative Action, is aimed at helping qualified persons for any job. Affirmative Action steps in to offer a deserving person the fighting chance that he or she may not have had before. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy instructed our federal contractors to use affirmative action to make sure that people were treated equally, no matter what their color was, just as long as they were qualified for the job. Affirmative Action has been twisted by the ignorant to mean something totally opposite of what it stands for. My suggestion is to anyone who doesn't agree with it, just learn more about it, you may be a recipient of Affirmative Action in your work place, and if your opinion waves just a little to agree with Affirmative Action, you will have understood, how important it is for Affirmative Action to remain part of employment practices.
11 October 2002
I enjoyed reading your bilingual article because of my background. I was fortunate enough to be born to Hispanic parents living in American. But I was unfortunate because my dad only had 2nd grade education in America and my mother had 6th grade education in Mexico. We were not allowed to speak English at home due to parental respect and we would receive swats for speaking Spanish at school. Therefore, we made up our own language as best as we could. None of our languages were perfect but we understood each other. Our government did not respect our parents native language and punished us for using the only language we knew. I am glad I was able to graduate out of high school by climbing the ladder little by little. I am looking forward in becoming a bilingual teacher by next September with the Lord's blessing. I chose bilingual because I want to be the best teacher for those children who come from their parents native land. I believe that children should not be punished because of their backgrounds. Children are innocent of the sacrifices that parents decide to make when moving to a land
15 September, 2002
I accidentally stumbled across the interviews with Piri Thomas. The irony is that I am researching information on line about the affects of multicultural literature on African American children. I was a child when I read Mr. Thomas' book. The imagery still remains with me. Down These Mean Streets is a must read! Keep the literature coming!!
14 August, 2002
Down these Mean Streets, by Piri Thomas was such a great book from the moment I First picked up the book I couldn't put it down and when I was finished reading it I was sad that It was over. I enjoyed that book so much it is such an inspiration to many people. It not only tells a story about the hard life on the streets and the struggles and racism of a dark skinned person but it also gives us hope of we can accompish when hit smack dead in the face with these issues if we can just over come them. I loved this book and encourage everyone to read this book.
6 April, 2002
Dear Sir or Madam,
4 April, 2002
Saudi peace proposal
There is one fact that the American media and the American political establishment have chosen to ignore concerning the Israel's war of aggression against the people of Palestine.
That fact is the suicide bombers would not exist but for Israel's refusal to comply with United Nations Resolution 242 calling upon it to withdraw to its pre- 1967 borders
Moreover, the Saudi proposal for ending the war adopted by the Arab League recently in Beirut is consistent with UN Resolution 242 and echoes an earlier Saudi peace proposal made in 1981 which contained the following essentials for ending the mayhem:
1) Israeli evacuation of all Arab territories seized during the 1967 war, including the Arab sector of Jerusalem.
2) Dismantling the settlements in the occupied territories.
3) Asserting the rights of the Palestinian people and compensating those Palestinians who do not want to return to their homeland.
4) Commencing a transitional period in the West Bank of Jordan and the Gaza Strip under United Nations supervision for a duration not exceeding a few months.
5) Setting up a Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital.
6) Affirming the right of all countries of the region to live in peace and security.
7) Guaranteeing the implementation of these principles "by the United Nations or some of its member states." (MIDEAST REALITIES, February 26, 1982).
Over 20 years later essentially the same rational proposal for ending the bloody madness has emerged. Will we be obliged to wait another 20 years to allow the Israelis to implement their"final solution"to their "Palestinian problem."
Robert E. Nordlander
1 April, 2002
The process for an Israeli-Palestinian peace
Hello! Please consider printing my letter to the editor. I am encouraged that President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and their team have begun finally to engage the process for an Israeli-Palestinian peace. Too many innocent Israelis and Palestinians have been killed or wounded by the violence.
James M. Nordlund
28 March, 2002
I think its great that you are informing the public on this matter. Only for me 418 mexicans dead is not nearly enough we should run a population control down there, so our military can train and protect the border at the same time. Maybe I will e-mail President Bush on this idea. please help me and foward this to 10 people so we can start an anti immigration movement together.
Dan Aul of Southern California
P.S. are you free for dinner, you can buy.
18 February, 2002
Loranda J. Daniels-Buoy of Long Pine, Nebraska (published In Motion Magazine, June 3, 2001) could not be more right in her assessment of what is happening in rural Nebraska, Missouri and other mid-western states. This issue needs to be brought to the forefront of media attention and into the "limelight". It needs national coverage!
11 February, 2002
You're right on! Keep up the fight!!
8 February, 2002
I just read your article online and I am anticipating the news special on TV tonight. I think it's horrible what our American medical field has done. I myself am female and am 6'1". At age 16 (about 1993), my mother took me to see a doctor who told her that if I was not given hormones I would continue to grow at a rate of 2 inches per year. At the time I was 5'10". The injections were done (some hormone, not DES of course) and I have suffered many medical problems since.
4 February, 2002
I'm a non traditional student that has gone back to school after twenty-five years as an underground coal miner. The chance to learn again is invigorating. I am majoring in horticulture and one of my assignments was to write a paper about GMO's. To my amazement the information is bewildering, how could this be happing in a society that is supposed to be run by the people for the people. I am appalled as to what is happening. Maybe it is time to start taking a part in what is happening in this world. Maybe the people have been to quiet for to long, or maybe we have not been educated enough to the facts that are going on. I will research this much more before I speak my piece.
8 January, 2002
Today I read an article about Monsanto in the Washington Post on the damage Monsanto has done in a town called Aniston Alabama, and it had been going on since 1929. The most frightening thing about this is they were producing chemicals then and a chemical known as PCB. It made a Ghost town out of Aniston and several people, including the food and drug administration knew about this. The main Horror is they are now involved in devastating our food supply, these tasteless, brightly colored, one sized time bombs they call vegetables. I have found strange bugs in unopened bags of rice from different companies, something I have never seen before, my Mother never heard of it, and the food has a shelf life of 2 days before it starts rotting in a very strange way, a white fungus seems to be growing on the tomatoes when they decompose. I spend all of my shopping hours reading labels and hunting down organic food, which cannot be guaranteed anymore either thanks to pollination problems. I really have to wonder what the CEO's at Monsanto plan on feeding their children down the road? I assume they have children and Grandchildren, don't they care about them? this Company, along with the Carlyle group and companies like them are involved in Globalization and the World Banks, is this what we are going to do to help the Hungry of the world? Send them this swill that I wouldn't feed a dog? I just can't figure out why no one cares, why this isn't front page news along with the swindling clean water and the Nuclear waste and pollution, this is our God given right and its been taken away from us, there is nothing left to take.
2 January, 2002
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