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Will you contribute to condemn the Israeli attacks against the Gaza Strip ?
Tags: Palestine Help Gaza Action Letter Government Genocide Women In Black Parsifal Condemn Israel Attack

With all my sympathy and admiration for the Jewish people, the Jewish culture and history and its unique contribution to World - culture, with all of my dismay over the horror, which was delivered in the past by our ancestors, I am deeply saddened and shocked by the crimes of the Israeli government, elected by the people of Israel against the Palestinians.


(Please take a few minutes, to write a few encouraging lines the Women in Black (Frauen in Schwarz),

founded and directed by the Vienna-based American Jewess Paula Abrams-Hourani, married to the Palestinian writer Fayssal Hourani for their tireless commitment to human rights and peace in Palestine and Israel.




occupation is state terror

Support the Boycott, Divest, Sanction Campaign: www.bdsmovement.net , www.whoprofits.org  
Protest the sale of products from settlements in the West Bank, for example, SodaStream, Medjoul Dates, Ahava Cosmetics http://boycottisraeltoday.wordpress.com/boycott-israel/  )


Recommended websites

www.pacbi.org  - Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel

www.imemc.org  - International Middle East Media Centre

www.palsolidarity.org  - International Solidarity Movement

www.ochaopt.org  - Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org  - Jewish Voice for Peace

www.btselem.org  - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

www.kibush.co.il  - Israeli website with news and commentary about the occupation


Thank you from the bottom of my heart, in the name of the inhabitants of Gaza



Parsifal Satori


Israeli citizen is talking to Gaza


From July 08, 2014 until yesterday, 522 Palestinians (mostly children and women) have been killed by Israeli aggression http://www.imemc.org/article/68429 ; in order to provide names instead of (impersonal) body counts, the victims of Zionist assaults and Hamas vengeance are listed here and daily updated)




Also, I have added here a proposed text of a letter to one (or more) of our elected officials (for example, head o'state, prime minister, chancellor, foreign minister).

The address of your country's government in question, you may find in the www. (enter  government of  ... ) - thank you for taking action

Dear .....,


I urge you, in your responsibility as .................’s (insert country) voice for the observance of international law, to speak out publicly against the Israeli attacks to the Gaza Strip as crime against humanity and also directly address the Israeli ambassador.


Under Article 7 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court following acts are crimes against humanity, which are to prosecute:

Paragraph 1: Any of the following acts, if they are made in the context of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack:

(A) Murder

(B) Extermination


(D) Deportation or forcible transfer of population

(E) Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law

(F) Torture


(K) Other inhumane treatment of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering or serious physical or mental injuries.


Should you be of the opinion the attacks by Israel against the Gaza Strip do not constitute such international crime, I ask for clarification of your point of view.


with best regards


................................... (Name [and, or] Signature)



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Women Ecowarriors
Tags: Economy Women labor


by Vendana Shiva


Over the last four decades, I have served the Earth and grassroots ecological movements, beginning with the historic Chipko Movement (Hug the Tree Movement), in the Central Himalaya.


Every movement in which I participated, I noticed that women were the decision-makers — they decided the course of action and even were unrelenting in protecting the land and the sources of their sustenance and livelihoods.

Women who were a part of the Chipko movement were protecting forests because deforestation and logging in Uttarakhand led to floods, draughts, landslides and other such natural disasters. It led to scarcity of fuel and fodder. It led to the disappearance of springs and streams, forcing women to walk longer and further for water.

The dominant paradigm of forestry is based on monocultures of commercial species where forests are seen as timber mines that produce timber and generate revenue and leads to profits. The women of the Chipko Movement taught the world and me that timber, revenue and profits were not the real products of the forest; the real products were soil, water and pure air.

Today, science refers to these as ecological functions of ecosystems. Illiterate women of the Garhwal Himalaya were four decades ahead of the scientists of the world. By 1981, the government was compelled to stop logging in the Central Himalaya.

On April 22, 2002, which is recognised as Earth Day, I was invited by women from a small hamlet named Plachimada in Palghat, Kerala, to join their struggle against Coca Cola which was mining 1.5 million litres of water a day and polluting the water that remained in their wells.

Women were forced to walk 10 kilometres every day in search for clean drinking water. Mylamma, a tribal woman leading the movement, said they would not walk further for water. Coca Cola must stop stealing their water. These women decided to set up a satyagraha (struggle for truth) camp opposite the Coca Cola factory. I too joined them in solidarity and over the years supported them. In 2004, Coca Cola was forced to shut down.

In 1984, a terrible disaster caused by a leak from Union Carbide’s pesticide plant in Bhopal killed 3,000 people immediately. Still thousands of children are born with disabilities. Union Carbide is now owned by Dow, which refuses to take ownership of responsibility for justice. In 1984, as a response to the Bhopal disaster, I started a campaign, “No more Bhopals, plant a Neem”.

The women of Bhopal were also victims of the disaster. But they did not let their hopes and fight for justice wane. For example, Rashidabi and Champadevi Shukla continued their struggle for justice. They also provide rehabilitation to the children born with disabilities. They have set up a Chingari Trust to honour women fighting corporate injustice. In 2012, they invited me to give the Chingari award to the women fighting against the nuclear power plant at Kudankulam, Tamil Nadu.

In 1994, I came to know that the use of neem to control pests and diseases in agriculture has been patented by US department of agriculture and multinational WR Grace. We launched a neem campaign to challenge the biopiracy. More than 100,000 Indians signed to initiate a case in the European Patent Office. I joined hands with Magda Alvoet, the president of the European Greens and Linda Bullard, president of International Foundation for Organic Agriculture to fight the case for 11 years. On March 8, 2005, on International Women’s Day, the European patent office struck down the biopiracy patent.

Why there’s a trend of women leading ecology movements against deforestation and pollution of water, against toxic and nuclear hazards? I partly believe that in the division of labour, it is women who have been left to look after sustenance — providing food, water, health and care.

When it comes to the sustenance of the economy, women act as both experts and providers. Even though women’s work in providing sustenance is the most vital human activity, a patriarchal economy which defines the economy only as the economy of the marketplace, treats it as non work.

The patriarchal model of the economy is dominated by one figure, the gross domestic product, which is measured on the basis of an artificially created production boundary (if you produce what you consume, you do not produce).

When the ecological crisis created by an ecologically blind economic paradigm leads to the disappearance of forests and water, spread of diseases because of toxics and poisons, and the consequent threat to life and survival, it is women who rise to wake up the society to the crisis, and to defend the Earth and lives. Women are leading the paradigm shift to align the economy with ecology. After all, both are rooted in the word “oikos” — our home.

Not only are women experts in the sustenance economy. They are experts in ecological science through their daily participation in processes that provide sustenance. Their expertise is rooted in lived experience and not in abstract and fragmented knowledge, which cannot see through the connectedness of the web of life.

The rise of masculinist science with Rene Descartes, Isaac Newton, Bacon led to the domination of reductionist mechanistic science and a subjugation of knowledge systems based on interconnections and relationships. This includes all indigenous knowledge systems and women’s knowledge.

The most violent display of mechanistic science is in the promotion of industrial agriculture, including genetically modified organisms as a solution to hunger and malnutrition.

Industrial agriculture uses chemicals developed for warfare as inputs. Genetic engineering is based on the idea of genes as “master molecules” giving unidirectional commands to the rest of the organism. The reality is that living systems are self-organised, interactive and dynamic. The genome is fluid.

As these issues move centrestage in every society, it is women who bring the alternatives through biodiversity and agroecology that offer real solutions to the food and nutrition crisis.


5 Minutes Of What The Media Actually Does To Women Tags: Consciousness Mind Media Women Fashon Advertisement Entertainment & Culture Health

5 Minutes Of What The Media Actually Does To Women

Fact, almost 100% of the images you see of models and celebrities are altered.


In this new, highly anticipated update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series, the first in more than a decade, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging gender stereotypes -- images and messages that too often reinforce unrealistic, and unhealthy, perceptions of beauty, perfection, and sexuality. By bringing Kilbourne's groundbreaking analysis up to date, Killing Us Softly 4 stands to challenge a new generation of students to take advertising seriously, and to think critically about popular culture and its relationship to sexism, eating disorders, and gender violence.

Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and for her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. In the late 1960s she began her exploration of the connection between advertising and several public health issues, including violence against women, eating disorders, and addiction, and launched a movement to promote media literacy as a way to prevent these problems. A radical and original idea at the time, this approach is now mainstream and an integral part of most prevention programs. Her films, lectures and television appearances have been seen by millions of people throughout the world. Kilbourne was named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses. She is the creator of the renowned Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women film series and the author of the award-winning book Can't Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel and co-author of So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids.

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