25 February 2011

GADDAFI AND THE CONTRADICTION OF THE VIOLENT

INTERNATIONAL HUMANIST PARTY




GADDAFI AND THE CONTRADICTION OF THE VIOLENT


Shortly after the fall of their respective dictatorships in Tunisia and Egypt, we are witnessing a strong questioning of the Gaddafi regime in Libya after 42 years in power; a man who, despite bloodily repressing his people, is unable to prevent the advance of the rebels who are being joined by increasing numbers of military personnel who refuse to repress.

Gaddafi, who rose to power in 1969, started out identified with the pan-Arab idealism of Nasser and was defined as a “socialist revolutionary”, a friend of the Kremlin and an enemy of the USA. But very quickly his violent interpretation of the revolution turned him into the driving force behind bloody terrorist acts against the Western world; as bloody as the bombings that today he orders against his own rebelling people.

His attempted position on the left of the ideological spectrum and his preaching against the USA brought him friendships with similar governments. But in recent years, the good business in Libyan oil, Gaddafi’s copious purchases of weapons, his collaboration with the containment of African immigrants entering Europe and his supposed conversion to “anti-terrorism” allowed him to gain many friends among European governments. Surely this is why Europe is half-awake to the bloodbath that their partner, Gaddafi, is imposing on his people.

Gaddafi’s state of the masses, Jamihiriya, didn’t result in an organisation that gave more power to the people, but rather in the dissolution of all possible competition for his family’s power. His “Revolutionary Committees” are no more than the swords of repression that today are used to silence rebellion: a massive popular rebellion that Gaddafi tries to dismiss, blaming it on “groups of drug-addicted youth”.

Surely, both governments of the left that in the past felt close because of his socialist discourse, and the right-wing governments and recent partners in business, xenophobic policies and even his crazy parties, will try to look away now and even show surprise.

For Humanists it is no surprise that those who have always believed in violence, and have even used it as the flag for the “defence of the people”, today use this violence against their own people. It is no surprise that those who defend the use of violence to achieve their goals, then fall into all kinds of corruption and cruelty against the weakest. It is no surprise that the violent ones, who cry to the four winds that power must be in the hands of the people, are the most autocratic and do not hesitate in repressing the people when they rebel.

For Humanists it is no surprise that the violent ones fall increasingly into contradiction, because it is contradiction which is precisely the source of all violence, and we never believe the song of the mermaid which promises a paradise at the end of a road of violence.

As we have already stated in recent weeks, we support the non-violent revolution that some Arab peoples are embarking on, we seek the end of the spilling of blood in Libya and we demand that the world, and Europe in particular, make real efforts in this sense.


International Coordination Team, 23/02/2011

22 February 2011

Latin America in the coming years. A Universalist Humanism vision

Latin America is definitely on the move: there are multiple events taking place in political, economic, social, cultural, ethnic, institutional, religious and spiritual fields, showing a new moment. Here we publish the complete transcription of the lecture given at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem by Tomás Hirsch, humanist Latin American leader.


Image by: Photo Pressenza
Tomàs Hirsch in Israel

Latin America in the coming years. A Universalist Humanism vision. By Tomás Hirsch, 2/21/11

Pressenza International Press Agency Jerusalen, 2/20/11
I would like to thank the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for letting me share some thoughts about the process taking place in Latin America. I will dedicate some time to the current situation and then I shall talk about a new proposal being born today in our region.

What are the global trends in action and what is happening in Latin America?

With the advancing globalisation there is a regionalisation taking place and in this context Latin America is becoming integrated and growing economically, strengthening its democracies and moving towards greater participation of its native peoples and its most discriminated sectors in general. Let's look at this more closely.

Latin America is living a great socially dynamic process. In many countries we see changes in the structure and organisation of society as people attempt to gain access to better living conditions. New Constitutions in Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia guarantee rights that were denied before. Things happening in Brazil as a result of Lula’s implementation of economic and social policies with a strong direction towards social justice, the themes of education and health in Venezuela with the help of Cubans, and new social benefits in Argentina, are all some samples of this dynamic process.

There are conflicts and social tensions in the search for these new rights, which resulted in anti-discrimination laws in Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador. The awareness produced by native peoples in claiming their rights has been very prominent. This is happening in Bolivia, where Evo was re-elected with an overwhelming majority. But there have also been major demonstrations of the Mapuche Indians in southern Argentina and Chile and ethnic groups in Peru.
Latin America is definitely on the move: there are multiple events taking place in political, economic, social, cultural, ethnic, institutional, religious and spiritual fields, showing a new moment.
There have also been accidents, such as major earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, the dramatic floods in Brazil, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the death of Nestor Kirchner in Argentina. And surely we should point out the accident and subsequent rescue of 33 miners in Chile.

While there are many events, we recognize three important factors that are acting in the region: A first important factor has been the severe economic crisis, especially in the U.S. financial system, which has hit Europe triggering a crisis in economic, labour, social and political fields. In turn, this crisis has reinforced the role of China as a central determinant of the global economy.

This crisis has helped boost regional integration, especially with the intense UNASUR multilateral agenda, but also with the Mercosur and other multi and bilateral agencies. That integrating momentum, in turn has been affected, "attacked", by attempts to destabilise democracies, for the moment with little success: In this respect we can recognize the failed military coup attempts in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, as well as the "successful one" in Honduras, a sort of warning to the countries in the region. Also the strong media criticism to Cristina Fernandez’ government in Argentina, as well as Evo’s, Correa’s and others, part of the destabilizing strategy, which is at the height of its activity.

This economic crisis and especially the financial system in USA and Europe has not hit so badly the Latin American region whose economy rather than being strongly linked to the financial sector is basically built on exporting raw materials. Thus, the new century begins with a much stronger crisis hitting the so called "developed" world while Latin America is strengthened by developing economic ties with Asia, and especially China, supplying raw materials in response to their rising demand in that country. Thus, Latin America has not had a significant rise in unemployment, and on the contrary, its economy has grown and its reserves have increased. Brazil, for example, has reduced its unemployment in the last 4 years from 12 to 6.8% while increasing its reserves from 30 to over 300 billion dollars. Peru grows at a rate only exceeded by China while Bolivia for the first time does have foreign exchange reserves.

It is remarkable that in Brazil Lula's government took more than 25 million people out of poverty while consolidating economic agreements not only with China but also with Africa. Similarly, during the crisis, Argentina was the only country in the world which supported its car industry, avoiding massive layoffs. Moreover, both countries paid their historical debts to the IMF moving away from the suffocating economic policies imposed by that body.

This economic growth throughout the region, not aligned with USA and Europe, and accompanied by the already mentioned growing progress is I would like to thank the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for letting me share some thoughts about the process taking place in Latin America. I will dedicate some time to the current situation and then I shall talk about a new proposal being born today in our region.

What are the global trends in action and what is happening in Latin America?

With the advancing globalisation there is a regionalisation taking place and in this context Latin America is becoming integrated and growing economically, strengthening its democracies and moving towards greater participation of its native peoples and its most discriminated sectors in general. Let's look at this more closely.

Latin America is living a great socially dynamic process. In many countries we see changes in the structure and organization of society as people attempt to gain access to better living conditions. New Constitutions in Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia guarantee rights that were denied before. Things happening in Brazil as a result of Lula’s implementation of economic and social policies with a strong direction towards social justice, the themes of education and health in Venezuela with the help of Cubans, and new social benefits in Argentina, are all some samples of this dynamic process.

There are conflicts and social tensions in the search for these new rights, which resulted in anti-discrimination laws in Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador. The awareness produced by native peoples in claiming their rights has been very prominent. This is happening in Bolivia, where Evo was re-elected with an overwhelming majority. But there have also been major demonstrations of the Mapuche Indians in southern Argentina and Chile and ethnic groups in Peru.

Latin America is definitely on the move: there are multiple events taking place in political, economic, social, cultural, ethnic, institutional, religious and spiritual fields, showing a new moment.

There have also been accidents, such as major earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, the dramatic floods in Brazil, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the death of Nestor Kirchner in Argentina. And surely we should point out the accident and subsequent rescue of 33 miners in Chile.

While there are many events, we recognize three important factors that are acting in the region: A first important factor has been the severe economic crisis, especially in the U.S. financial system, which has hit Europe triggering a crisis in economic, labor, social and political fields. In turn, this crisis has reinforced the role of China as a central determinant of the global economy.

This crisis has helped boost regional integration, especially with the intense UNASUR multilateral agenda, but also with the Mercosur and other multi and bilateral agencies. That integrating momentum, in turn has been affected, "attacked", by attempts to destabilise democracies, for the moment with little success: In this respect we can recognize the failed military coup attempts in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, as well as the "successful one" in Honduras, a sort of warning to the countries in the region. Also the strong media criticism to Cristina Fernandez’ government in Argentina, as well as Evo’s, Correa’s and others, part of the destabilizing strategy, which is at the height of its activity.

This economic crisis and especially the financial system in USA and Europe has not hit so badly the Latin American region whose economy rather than being strongly linked to the financial sector is basically built on exporting raw materials. Thus, the new century begins with a much stronger crisis hitting the so called "developed" world while Latin America is strengthened by developing economic ties with Asia, and especially China, supplying raw materials in response to their rising demand in that country. Thus, Latin America has not had a significant rise in unemployment, and on the contrary, its economy has grown and its reserves have increased. Brazil, for example, has reduced its unemployment in the last 4 years from 12 to 6.8% while increasing its reserves from 30 to over 300 billion dollars. Peru grows at a rate only exceeded by China while Bolivia for the first time does have foreign exchange reserves.

It is remarkable that in Brazil Lula's government took more than 25 million people out of poverty while consolidating economic agreements not only with China but also with Africa. Similarly, during the crisis, Argentina was the only country in the world which supported its car industry, avoiding massive layoffs. Moreover, both countries paid their historical debts to the IMF moving away from the suffocating economic policies imposed by that body.

This economic growth throughout the region, not aligned with USA and Europe, and accompanied by the already mentioned growing progress is one of the salient features at this time. While Europe is embroiled in a widespread crisis and America gets complicated, Latin America is growing and developing with integration and enlightenment. Certainly not all is positive: There are ominous clouds gathering around Nicaragua and Costa Rica, in Mexico violence escalates with urban districts totally controlled by the drug trade, and inequality between rich and poor is growing in some countries to levels never seen before.

A second factor that might appear unrelated to Latin America: the Middle East conflict, including in it Israel / Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and especially the growing tensions with Iran, which has become America’s "Number 1 Enemy", with a background of growing nuclear threat. It is important to understand that this conflict has touched the region, which has not been absent from it. Brazil is seeking to take for the first time a mediating role (probably motivated by its attempt to become a permanent member of UN Security Council), Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia are strengthening their ties with Iran, with presidential visits and economic, political and military agreements. And recently several countries in the region have been the first in the world to recognise Palestine as an independent and sovereign State. I include it as a relevant factor because it reflects an issue that is central to understanding the new situation: Latin America is becoming established as a Region.

Today, as we go through a process that moves toward regionalisation at the expense of individual countries, it is possible to see Latin America’s significant progress in that direction. I dare say that Latin America might be able to make a contribution to the world showing what can be like an integration for the XXI Century, as Europe did with its integration process for the XX Century. This integration must necessarily be not only economic but also political, social, cultural, ethnic, environmental and human.

A third factor has been the deep crisis of the Catholic Church, accused of concealing numerous cases of crimes of paedophilia committed by members of its clergy. Hundreds of cases have been reported in all countries of the region and Europe, tainting up to the highest authorities of the Church, which on becoming weakened has created a space for establishing a number of progressive laws, usually blocked by the most conservative sectors. So Latin America has seen equality marriage laws in Argentina, new laws on non-discrimination, freedom of expression, personal liberties, labor rights and recognition of ethnic diversity, a wave of new freedoms and rights throughout the region. I could not state that all these laws have been the result of the crisis of the church, but no doubt this situation of weakness has facilitated the adoption of measures long resisted by conservative local ecclesiastical hierarchies.

After raising these three factors I wish to re-emphasize that we understand the present moment as regionalisation, the strengthening of Regions and blurring of countries. In this process, with the strengthening of Brazil and throughout Latin America, it may even arise a new regional approach for the first time to include the United States, Mexico and Central America.

There are many external factors that can disrupt this auspicious outlook we are showing for Latin America, but it is the internal factors which must be addressed and resolved:

1.  Globalisation leads to multiple changes in psychosocial aspects: we are witnessing the revival of cultural nationalism, such as fundamentalism and orthodoxy, expressed as an affirmation of one’s own things and simultaneously we can observe a trend towards the universal, a human culture inclusive of cultural diversity. Here we face a challenge: If cultural nationalism is strengthen, the process will become dangerous as it disintegrates and is marked by racial, cultural, ethnic and religious violence. It is therefore necessary to strengthen a culture that tends towards universality and allows the expression of different beliefs and traditions, allowing all human beings to live together and to develop irrespective of creed, race and culture. This means that it will be necessary to assert a culture of Active Nonviolence as a methodology for personal and social action.

2.  The rapid economic growth may be too fast and this could completely distort the integration process, marginalising sectors of the population and excluding them from participation and development. If this trend is not corrected, it will corrupt all the regional institutions it intends to build.

3.  One factor that has enabled this new moment in Latin America is its commitment to becoming a nuclear weapons free zone, commitment given by the Treaty of Tlatelolco in 1969. The newly acquired wealth could tempt countries like Brazil to become new nuclear powers, which would probably make impossible a future regional integration in equal terms. Conversely, progress towards the demilitarisation of the region and a progressive and proportional reduction of the military budget could elevate it to an exemplary position before the world's population.

Finally, this process of regionalisation, which is bringing together different countries and governments, has made the traditional categories of left and right less well defined and they are no longer useful for the sake of an analysis. Nor is it useful now to refer as "progressive" the old left just because it has scaled down its old state-based schemes. The epoch presents new dilemmas between nationalism and universalism, between isolation and regionalisation, between concentration of power and real democracy, between violence and nonviolence, between humankind with meaning, and dehumanization.

This complex historical context fraught with danger but also full of possibilities needs the emergence of new global projects, new universal ideals to guide the transforming action of the human being, a new spirituality to give unity and cohesion to the various cultures that are meeting and clashing with each other in every corner of the planet.

We, Latin American humanists, were inspired by the teachings of Silo, a Latin American thinker and mystic; his message inspired a new humanism as well as humanist parties and it has begun to connect men and women from different latitudes, especially young people, looking to find a meaning for their lives, seeking to build a better world.

Silo tells us about overcoming fear, desire, non-meaning, violence, suffering and how to achieve meaning and fulfillment. This is a new spirituality translated and expressed in Universalist Humanism.

Universalist Humanism places the Human Being as the central value rather than money, God, country, state or any other value. The Human Being as the central value. Coherent with this, Active Non-Violence is proposed as the only valid methodology of action. It proposes real democracy rather than the current purely formal democracy. In the economic field it discusses the present relationship between capital and labor and opposes speculative capital, demanding the reinvestment of productive capital while proposing participatory ownership by workers of their companies, which should involve both utilities and decision making. Universalist Humanism raises the need for decentralisation of the state’s apparatus steering political struggle towards the creation a new society, a flexible and constantly changing society in harmony with the changing needs of the peoples today suffocated by dependence.

This humanism has been expressing in the world as political parties, social and cultural organizations, centres of studies, etc.

As you can see, I wanted to go beyond simply stating my view of Latin America. I also wanted to share with you my personal view and position as a Humanist. I can not end without inviting those interested to learn more about Silo's Message and its many expressions in the world.

Thank you very much.

Tomás Hirsch, who lives in Santiago de Chile, is part of the International Humanist Party Team. He was spokesperson for New Humanism in Latinamerica and, on 2005, presidential candidate for Humanism and the Chilean left parties

20 February 2011

मंहगाई पर सरकारी बयान - है कोई जिम्मेदारी लेने वाला ?

मंहगाई पर सरकारी बयान

प्रधानमंत्री मनमोहन सिंह

जुलाई 2009: भारत की महंगाई दर दिसंबर 2009 तक नीचे 6 प्रतिशत तक आ जाएगी, क्योंकि सामान्य मानसून से खाद्य कीमतें कम हो जाएगी।

फरवरी 2010: मैं समझता हूं कि खाद्य-महंगाई में बुरे दिन अब बीत चले है। हाले के सप्राहों में खाद्य कीमतें नरम पड गई है और उम्मीद करता हूं कि यह प्रक्रिया जारी रहेगी। (महंगाई पर विचार करने के लिए बुलाई गई मुख्यमंत्रियों की बैठक में)

जुलाई 2010: महंगाई की वर्तमान ऊंची दर मुख्य रूप से खाद्य कीमतों में वृद्धि के कारण है। सरकार ने महंगाई को काबू करने के लिए कई कदम उठाए है। हम उम्मीद करते हैं कि दिसंबर तक थोक कीमतों में महंगाई की दर 6 प्रतिशत तक नीचे आ जाएगी।

20 जनवरी 2011: मैं कोई ज्योतिषी नहीं हूं। लेकिन मुझे भरोसा है कि कीमतों की स्थिति काबू में आ जाएगी। ………मार्च तक हम कीमतों में स्थिरता ला पाएंगे।

वित्त मंत्री प्रणब मुखर्जी

सितंबर 2009: हमें खाद्यान्नों की उपलब्धता के बारे में ज्यादा चिंतित होने की जरूरत नही है।

मई 2010: महंगाई के बारे में हम जागरूक है, किंतु मैं इस विषय में भगदड या डर नहीं पैदा करना चाहता (आई एम नाॅट प्रेसिंग द पेनिक बटन)।

अगस्त 2010: यदि ब्याज दरों को बहुत बढा दिया तो कोई पूंजी निवेश नहीं होगा कोई विकास नही होगा। ………. यदि मैं मेरे आर्थिक विकास में समझौता कर लूं, तब तो मैं निश्चित ही महंगाई पर काबू पा सकूंगा।

13 जनवरी 2011: महंगाई को लेकर घबराने की जरूरत नही है। सरकार के लिए खासी परेशानी पैदा कर रही खाद्य पदार्थो की महंगाई दर नीचे आ गई है।

योजना आयोग उपाध्यक्ष, मोंटेक सिंह अहलूवालिया

अप्रैल 2010: भारत की महंगाई दर दो या तीन महीनों में गिर सकती है।

जुलाई 2010: वर्ष के अंत तक भारत की महंगाई दर ‘आरामदेह स्तर’ पर लौट सकती है।

अगस्त 2010: महंगाई की दर में कमी हो रही है और दिसंबर तक यह आरामदेह हो जाएगी। ……… हम जो कह रहे थे वैसा ही हो रहा है।

भारतीय रिजर्व बैंक डिप्टी गवर्नर, सुबीर गोकर्ण

जून 2010: जो खाद्य महंगाई दर पिछले नवंबर से 15 प्रतिशत से ऊपर बनी हुई है, वह इस साल की सामान्य वर्षा से कम हो जाएगी।

अगस्त 2010: हमारा ख्याल है कि हमने महंगाई का प्रबंध करने के लिए काफी कुछ किया है और हम इस वर्ष के दूसरे हिस्से में इसका असर देखेंगे, क्योंकि किसी भी कार्रवाई का असर होने में कुछ समय लगता है।

इस मुद्दे पर कोई जिम्मेदारी लेने वाला, इस सरकार में तो कोई देखता नहीं।

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17 February 2011

Country or a Company ? The PM has answered !

The Prime Minister of India, Shri Manmohan Singh, in his interaction with the press yesterday has clearly told that the country is nothing but a corporate company to him.

In his statement giving himself 7 out of 10 marks, he has clearly shown his intentions of being the executive head of the company.

This tells us, once again, in clear terms, the intentions of his and his Government and the Party, as to how much they care for the country, by the way (for them), called India.

Obviously, he works for the share-holders and creditors of the company, who, in his views, would be none other than the IMF, World Bank, the US Government, the arms-suppliers (this includes the whole regime of MNCs which have been looting the Nation, thanks to his policies ever since he was brought to the National scene).

All the great people of India, be it Mahatma Gandhi or many others who dedicated their lives to achieve freedom from the violent-corrupt Bitish rulers, would be shamed by this scant respect that the Prime Minister of the free India has for the Nation. What happens to the last man of the country, which is now 82% of the population and lives on within Rs. 600 per month income ? Is Mahatma still our official "Father of the Nation" ?

Do we, the real owners of the country, care to change ?

15 February 2011

Humanists salute the people of Egypt

‘Humanists salute the people of Egypt’ -  a solidarity campaign organised by the Humanist Movement in Kannur [Kerala, India] stadium corner on 13th Feb 2010.

It was a one hour program organized at short notice, to Congratulate the people in Egypt on Mubarak’s resignation from power.

We understood the Egyptian revolution as a voluntary non-violent-protest without being lead by any traditional leader/s or any clerics. And it was a revolution without any blood-shed.

We began our program with slogans against authoritarian regime and promotion of non-violent struggle by the people of TUNISYA, EGYPT, YEMEN & elsewhere in the world.

People were holding long banners expressing solidarity with the people of Egypt and a banner with some quotations from SILO's works.

Afterwards, there were talks, in which the Humanist focused on two points :

1- These new struggles we see are the symptom of the collapse of centralised structure which started from the erstwhile Soviet empire and has now reached Egypt.

2- It is an indication of the new sensibility which is being born today all over the world, which rejects the old world and paves the way for new world.

After our program we conducted a ceremony for sending good feelings to our members, and the people in Egypt.

With solidarity to all humanists,

Reported by : Padeepan & Chandra Babu

13 February 2011

Humanist Party Blog

Dear Friends,

The Humanist Party of India has a blog now, that will serve as a discussion forum and we invite you to propose your views for a Humanist India and to discuss these views with other participants.
 
Humanist Party is built as a platform for the young future leaders to come forward and be able to give the right leadership to the country and the world.
 

12 February 2011

Humanist Party - Its different !

Humanist Party - Its different !

Political Parties are launched by people of different backgrounds with a variety of purposes. They have different ideologies, while some have nothing to do with ideologies. They claim various motives and plans and history of the founders and make various declarations.
Apart from the aim of reaching power and ruling over people, they also have an issue of the "ego" of the founders in common. These founding members propose themselves as the ultimate leaders, the ultimate saviors of the people and promise the moon to people. Obviously, they promise all this on the condition of their reaching the power.
In short, they launch the parties to somehow (anyhow) reach the power.
Once they reach power, we all know, what they do. This is the basic root aspect of all these political parties across the world, irrespective of the culture, country, region, religion, gender, language etc. background of the founders.

The Humanist Party (HP) is different right from its roots.

HP was formed by a group of selfless volunteers. HP was formed to implement the strategy of the Humanist Doctrine that is based on Non-violence as its methodology) and No-discrimination as its main point. HP was formed as a platform for all selfless people to come together and lead the world to its next stage of existence.
While the volunteer members who have built the HP platform since its inception in 1984, have come and gone, have participated in different roles, no one has been presented as the ultimate "boss" or "leader" of the people so far, while all the energy has been spent in selflessly and voluntarily building the Humanist platform for the politically oriented selfless people.
HP aims an works to build the new collective-leadership that the world needs and this leadership will come from the young people who will recognize the potential of this platform as matching with their own aspirations of a Humanist world (a world that does not discriminate and provides a dignified life to all human beings, working through non-violence).

HP invites the young people of India to explore this platform as the platform of the fulfillment of their aspirations and come forward to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Hey, Young-man, You Are Welcome !

LokPal Bill - Need to overcome Corruption

The Humanist Party of India supports the Lokpal Bill presented by the People of India (Civil Society's Lokpal Bill) as given at :
http://www.indiaagainstcorruption.org/doc/civil_society_s_lokpal_bil.pdf
and urges the Government of India to present and pass this bill in the Budget Session of the current Parliament without any delay.

The response of the Government of India will clearly show its relation with the people and its intentions.

The Humanist Party of India considers this bill as an acid-test of the Government of India and of its commitment to the spirit of the Constitution of India and also to the policy of "well being of the last man" given by the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

11 February 2011

Congratulations - Peaceful Transformation is do-able !

दोस्तो, साथियों, देशवासियों,
18 दिनों के बाद मिस्र हि नहीँ, पूरे विश्व के लिये यह दिन बदलाव की नई सुबह ले आया है।
आऔ हम सब मिस्र के सभी लोगों को अपने मन से बधाई दें ।


शान्तिमय परिवर्तन सम्भव है
...
Friends, The 18 days of non-violent activity has brought this new morning of freedom in Egypt. Let us sincerely Congratulate our fellow human beings in Egypt on their wonderful achievement, from the depths of our heart.
Peaceful Transformation is do-able.
 
on behalf of :
Humanist Party International
Humanist Party of India

07 February 2011

Regarding the events in Egypt

Here we publish complete the Press Release text that the international organization "World Without Wars and Without Violence" communicated today, in reference with the recent facts developed in Egypt. Such organism, forms part of the Humanism Movement and was the one coordinating the "World March for Peace and Non Violence" that finished on 2010.
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El Cairo, 2/6/11 
 Regarding the events in Egypt, World without Wars and Violence (WwWaV) states:
  1. We stand in full solidarity with the people of Egypt who are demonstrating for the legitimate and human right to change their government in hands of a dictator who has held power for 30 years and we point out that 66% of the Egyptian population where not even born when Mubarak took over the country.
  2. We support the massive people’s call for Mr. Mubarak to step down immediately without prior conditions.
  3. We denounce all acts of violence whether they be by members of the misguided security forces or demonstrators and we call on the future government of Egypt to bring those responsible for the violence to justice for the murders and injuries caused during the protests.
Regarding events in the wider Middle-East, WwWaV states:
  1. The people will not be denied their freedom. Time and again throughout human history a moment arises when the people recognise the failure of their society, their illusions are shattered and they see the way forward to open the future towards human development, social justice and the expression of human intentions to live in a world without violence.
  2. We know that popular movements in Algeria, Jordan, Syria, the Yemen and other countries are gaining strength and will also find vindication, and we are backing this.
  3. We celebrate the fact that despite the news images beamed around the world are generally focused on acts of violence and shocking images of burning flags and hanging effigies, the vast majority of the people are demonstrating with no intention at all to use violence.
We denounce:
  1. Mubarak’s announcement insisting on remaining in power until elections of September 2011 and call on him to go now.
  2. The USA and European government’s weakness and support of the President and the huge sums of money that have been directed to the Egyptian military for decades.
  3. The hypocrisy of western governments who stand by in so many cases around the world, allowing violent, undemocratic regimes to remain in power as long as this in their interest.
  4. The scaremongering of those politicians who predict a future in which the results are not desirable for foreign interests.
We call on the governments of all countries experiencing massive popular protests to: 1. Resign immediately, 2. Restore basic freedom of speech and expression, and, 3. Allow a nonviolent transition to a new era of freedom for men, women, old and young, such as happened in the countries of the former Warsaw Pact in 1989.
We call on governments of all other countries of the world to support all popular movements that try to express themselves and act without violence.
We applaud this inspirational display by the people to work for change without resorting to violence and we will stand in solidarity with all people of active nonviolence until the day they achieve their aims. We are very encouraged to see the younger generations at the forefront of this movement for change and we urge civil society, so dreadfully repressed for years, to quickly organise and select effective leaders of high moral fibre, new faces committed to improved health, education and social justice for all the people of their country.

Tunisia, Egypt, ..... Will The U.S. Be Next?

( from http://www.countercurrents.org/cienfuegos060211.htm )

By Paul Cienfuegos
06 February, 2011
 
Tunisia and Egypt are both ruled by dictators, as are many other societies in the Arab world and beyond. But is it really that different in these United States, as our corporate media and government leaders would have us believe? Is this country so democratic and free that a similar sort of uprising is not needed here?

As we’ve all listened to the endless pronouncements these past few days by U.S. leaders and political pundits about the democratic uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, why have we not been responding with a mixture of hysterical laughter and weeping? Have we not noticed how similar our grievances are to theirs? Have we become so numb about the sorry state of our own so-called “democracy” that we can no longer even imagine ourselves joining with strangers to demand a truly democratic society in these United States?

Over the past few days, I’ve gathered quotations about the Tunisian and Egyptian democratic uprisings. You might be surprised who said what! Can you imagine someone saying these identical words about ourcountry?

* “People have grown tired of corrupt institutions and a stagnant political order. They are demanding reforms to make their governments more effective, more responsive, and more open.” (1)

* “If you look at this protest…these are really local conditions driving this even as we saw in Tunisia. You have poverty. You have issues of access. You have young professionals, middle class, educated people complaining bitterly about a lack of opportunity.” (2)

* “We want to see a real democracy that reflects the vibrancy of Egyptian society, and we believe that President Mubarak, his government, civil society, political activists need to be part of a national dialogue to bring that about.” (3)

* “President Ben Ali is aging, his regime is sclerotic…. Many Tunisians are frustrated by the lack of political freedom and angered by First Family corruption, high unemployment and regional inequities. …” (4)

* “Young people want to feel that they are participating: not only in their economic future, but participating in how they’re governed, participating in their future.” (5)
It’s a bit surreal how well these quotes describe our situation also. For example, the gap between the rich and the poor is wider here in the U.S. than in almost any other country in the world, including Tunisia and Egypt. And it’s growing wider by the day.

The blossoming of authentic democratic structures in Egypt has been blocked for many years by a dictator calling himself a President. The blossoming of authentic democratic structures in the United States has been blocked for many years by an ongoing corporate coup, aided and abetted by the U.S. Supreme Court. Intriguingly, both of these actions are totally legal in our respective countries. Does that make them right? Does that make them acceptable?

The Egyptian people have decided enough is enough. They even defeated the feared Egyptian police force last week, simply by overwhelming them with their massive physical presence in the streets of Cairo and other cities. It’s too early to know whether they’ll manage to prevail against the organized thugs sent to attack them by Mubarak’s regime. But their efforts have already been world-changing.

What are we Americans doing in regards to our serious grievances against our government and corporate leaders? We’re writing letters and signing online petitions begging them to do the right thing, and voting every second year - usually for the candidate who has the most (corporate) money in his/her coffers. Why? Because that’s what our elected officials and corporate leaders and single-issue activist groups keep urging us to do. It clearly isn’t working, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping us.

Is it conceivable that our actions aren’t having their intended outcomes because we aren’t living in a democratic republic? That it’s simply designed to look like one, thanks to all of the window-dressing that’s so pretty and alluring? If this were a truly democratic republic, with all of the effective checks and balances that we hold so dear, wouldn’t our wishes become reality more easily? More quickly? If the United States really were, in actuality, a country ruled by the majority, wouldn’t We the Majority be winning what we want, day in and day out?

* Contrary to what our corporatized mass media tells us, a majority of Americans want a publicly-managed health care system that provides affordable coverage to everyone. Polls show that we have wanted such a system for decades, which isn’t that surprising given that we’re one of the very few industrialized nations on the planet without one. Are our leaders responsive to our yearnings?

* A majority of Americans want real protection for the millions of our neighbors who are being forced into home foreclosures due to deceptive lending practices – 3.8 million of them in just the past year! Are our leaders acting boldly to end this travesty?

* A majority of Americans want a rapid end to our continuing occupations of and war against the people of Iraq and Afghanistan (and Pakistan and Yemen and and and), which - with the rest of our military spending - eats up about half of the entire U.S. budget each year. Are our leaders responding with decisive action?

Our nation has an official myth, an official story:
The U.S. has a “free press” and “free speech” protected vigorously and effectively by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. We have “free and fair elections,” which is all that is required to satisfy the official U.S. definition of a “democracy.” And last but not least, we are proud to be a capitalist society, which is officially pretty much the same thing as being a democratic society.

Fewer and fewer Americans believe this story. It is becoming increasingly obvious to anyone who pays attention to actual reality that the candidate with the most money usually wins. Our two party system is incapable of representing the vast majority of us, who increasingly respond by registering as Independents, Greens or Libertarians, but whose chosen candidates can’t win because of ridiculous election laws. Our mainstream press is almost entirely owned or controlled by a handful of giant corporations (including, tragically, PBS and NPR). Almost all of the key societal decisions are now made behind closed doors by corporate boards of directors, which have become the primary constituents of government and whose members now run most of our government agencies. Many of these outrages are legal only because We the People continue to allow our corporate creations to exercise Constitutional “rights” as if they were real flesh and blood people.

It’s really scary as an American to admit that the U.S. isn’t really a democratic society at all. Its founding fathers were slave owners who protected the dominant institution of slavery in the Constitution they wrote. Today, the corporation is the dominant institution of our society, and the U.S. Supreme Court continues to expand its Constitutional “rights” year after year. Today, the legal and political power of We the People pales in comparison to the legal and political power of the corporate “person”. This is not a democracy in any honest sense of the word. Given that painful truth, a fundamentally different kind of response is required from us. 

Single-issue activism simply can’t succeed when the “issues” we face are mere symptoms of corporate rule. (Solutions to this crisis do exist. More info at <CELDF.org> and <PaulCienfuegos.com>.)

What do We the People of these United States of America want? Do we dare even ask ourselves that question, for fear of being ignored or ridiculed? Perhaps it’s time to stretch ourselves beyond our normal comfort levels.

The Declaration of Independence includes these words:
“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.”

What’s stopping us from demanding that the men and women whom we elect either take these words seriously or resign? What’s stopping us from asking ourselves whether we are being well served by our existing structures of government? Is this really that different from what the Egyptian people are demanding of their government?

Please remind me again why we remain so disconnected from and distrustful of our institutions of government, while two million Egyptian people are in the streets together peacefully demanding (and winning!) dramatic changes from theirs. I’m not so sure that we have anything to teach the Egyptian people about what democracy looks like.

Just two weeks ago, most of the Egyptians in the streets would have told you that this could not have happened, that they felt isolated from each other and scared to stand up for their beliefs. Then the people of Tunisia rose up suddenly in enormous numbers, (partially due to leaked U.S. Embassy cables from WikiLeaks), and just as suddenly their dictator had fled. 

Young Egyptians started mobilizing themselves via twitter and facebook. And just one week later, two million Egyptians came out on the streets together. The Egyptian dictator’s days are now numbered. And as I finalize this article, peaceful demonstrations are also now taking place in Jordan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Syria.

Does this sort of popular widespread democratic uprising scare you? Excite you? It’s worth examining why you feel the way you do. Can you envision yourself finding your voice as millions of non-activist Egyptians are finding theirs? Can you see yourself joining your neighbors and co-workers, friends and strangers, young and old, in the streets and in the halls of government, and not just for a few hours?

According to long-time Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy, the Egyptian revolution “was launched by the youth and was driven by the youth. ….Everything you see today was started by two groups of youth movements that launched invitations on Facebook. And at first people laughed at them. They said, ‘You can’t invite people to a revolution.’ Everyone’s just going to click 'Yes,' you know, 'Like,' you know? And that’s it, you know?’ Armchair activists or ‘slacktivists,’ like they say. But people came out. So, they launched this amazing thing. And this group of young people who were convinced that they could take back Egypt from Mubarak inspired the entire country. So, they had thousands who joined them at first, and then more and then more and then more. And now you see everybody on the street….[W]hat we’re seeing in Egypt now is this amazing national dialogue where people are saying, ‘Look, this is the time to take a stand.’"

How closely are the youth of this country following what Egypt’s youth have achieved in just the past week? I’d like to think that many of our young people are currently asking themselves whether they have what it takes to follow in the footsteps of their brave peers in Egypt. Clearly, the youth of both of our countries share similar grievances.

The U.S. has a very long and proud history of resistance to injustice. Many of the people who were leaders in these movements are still with us and would be overjoyed to participate again in a peaceful grassroots and democratic uprising if it happened here. In fact there are perhaps millions of Americans who would respond to such a call – especially at this historic moment.

There are so many crises facing us that require urgent attention – from peak oil and climate destabilization to the real possibility of widespread economic collapse. We need responsive governing institutions freed from corporate interference if we are going to have any chance of responding effectively. Do We the People of these United States trust ourselves enough to act as boldly as are our Egyptian brothers and sisters? Do we really even have the choice?

No one expected what happened in Tunisia. No one expected it to jump quickly to Egypt. No one saw it coming. No one. Can it happen here? Will it?
“If the people lead, the people will follow.” The only questions remaining are: What’s stopping us? And what do we want?

1. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, issuing a warning to Arab rulers just as the Tunisian uprising was beginning, on NPR’s Morning Edition, 1/28/2011

2. Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. of Tennessee, on Meet the Press, 1/30/2011

3. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on Meet the Press, 1/30/2011

4. From a U.S. Embassy cable about Tunisia dated 17 July 2009, published by WikiLeaks

5. Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman, on NPR’s Morning Edition, 1/28/2011
 
Paul Cienfuegos is an educator and community organizer working to dismantle corporate constitutional “rights." More info atPaulCienfuegos.com

02 February 2011

Who is a true leader ? Look within yourself, you will find one there.

Well, in the Indian context, though we seem to have forgotten the meaning of the term, we still remember that Subhash Chandra Bose was given the title of "Netaji" (meaning leader) by people and people still remember him and only him as "Netaji".
Gandhi was accepted by all as the leader of people, while Nehru was imposed as the "chacha" of people.
Gokhle, Bhagat Singh, Ashfaq-ullah, (and hundreds of others), are still revered by people without the support of Government advertisements on their birthdays, while those imposed are pushed down our throats via the  advertisements, paid (without agreement) by the hard-earned money of the people of India.

Lets take the examples of Gandhi (the real one), Subhash Bose and Bhagat Singh as the leaders. How did they become the leaders ?
They worked with the common people of India, the "last man of the country", and built their campaigns from there. They understood the pain of the last-man and worked tirelessly to fulfil the dreams of the last-man.
They did not impose their ego on the people, but used the energy of the ego in fulfilling the dream of those people. They did nothing to build any personal property, leave alone amassing wealth by all/any means. They lived and continue to live in our hearts even today and will continue for ages to come.

Today, the common refrain, when we talk of a total change is "then, who will lead the country? who will be the prime minister ?"
Do we think that all we need is a good prime-minister ? Are we expecting the "birth of an honest prime minister" and wait till then, while the millions of people keep suffering every day?
25% of Indian population (25 Crores) sleeps hungry every day. How long will they have to wait ?
Millions of children sleep hungry every day. How long will they have to wait ?
There are more than 3 rapes happening every hour in the country ? How many more of our daughters and sisters will have to suffer this ? How long do we want the country to wait for a dignified life ?

We know that we have all the resources to give a dignified life to each and every citizen of the country, even without each one having to work as a bonded-laborer ? We know the dignified life - that is our birthright - is possible TODAY, but, due to the ill-plans of the mafia that is ruling the country, these are going hay-where.

It is upto us, the simple citizens of the country to decide the time period for which we wish to wait for this to change. Look at what they achieved in Tunisia and are working-for in Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Algiers and elsewhere. Are we not capable of brining change for ourselves and our future generations ?

But, again that question : who will lead us ? Where are we going to get these leaders from ?
We, the Humanists, feel that these leaders will rise up from among us. People who will throw away their fears and selfish attitudes will get the right to lead us and we will accept them whole-heartedly as our selfless leaders.

The Humanists are working to create these leaders of tomorrow. These people working in various neighborhoods, streets and villages of India (like in 150 countries of the world), to be joined soon by many more across the Nation, are developing the abilities of leadership in them through their actual work with the people at grass-root levels. Many of them will come up, accepted by their initial groups, expanding into bigger numbers.

But, these leaders will be different. They will lead teams instead of blind-followers. In the information era, when the knowledge is available to all, the leaders will build teams and the leaders will be excellent coordinators (and not just dictators) of their team, with each member of the team having his/her role in the team. The team will lead the environment together, always welcoming more people into the team and replicating such teams everywhere.
The most important component of this new form of leadership will be "lack of ego" for the leaders. The leaders will always be empowering others, always delegating more and more activities to others, helping others learn the new things and roles and take charge of things, while increasing the number of such trained people/teams at all the times.

These leaders will not work for money, they will not amass wealth for themselves, they will not perpetuate their leadership-role at any stage, because they will be selfless leaders, better called "true orientors". They will be more like the "natural Gurus", the people who will be readily accepted by others as worthy of leading positions, worthy of emulation by millions.
Instead of showing off their abilities and power, they will guide others to achieve that ability in simple ways, without hiding the process of learning such abilities. Instead of telling others, for example "I will tell you what is the ultimate truth", they will show the way to experience "The Profound" by people on their own. They will be the true Guides for people, sharing their knowledge and abilities with all who care for it.

But, again, the big question, "But how will such people be produced/prepared/trained ?"
Answer : While it is not easy, it is possible. With a combined mix of selfless social work with people and work with oneself, one can achieve this. SILO (www.silo.net) has compiled, built, demonstrated and documented this work and its steps, with efforts of over the last 41 years. The work is available to those who care for it, without any charges, without anything in return. Just take it and do with it what you may like and pass it on to others with your experience. If you care, the guidance is available from those who are practising it, selflessly. Finally, you will need to look within you and find the future leader there. Build that leader and take care of your world. Take the decision to be one and launch yourself on the path to be one, while learning to leave aside your ego and go beyond it.

While a lot more can be said on the subject, it is better we keep it short and leave the rest to those who care. This path is not a formula but a way that needs to be travelled and you are welcome. I am sharing my humble experience with you.