Thursday, March 23, 2006

2006-2007 Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Fellowship Program

HARVARD UNIVERSITY
JOHN F. KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
2006-2007 Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Fellowship Program
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2006

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy is located in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Founded in 1999, the Carr Center is a research, teaching and training program that critically examines the policies and actions of governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and other actors that affect the realization of human rights around the world. Our research, teaching and writing are guided by a commitment to make human rights principles central to the formulation of good public policy in the United States and throughout the world. Since its founding, the Center has developed a unique focus of expertise on the most dangerous and intractable human rights challenges of the new century, including genocide, mass atrocity, state failure and the ethics and politics of military intervention.

The Carr Center is led by Director Sarah Sewall, whose recent work focuses on the civilian in war and includes facilitating a dialogue between the military and human rights communities on the use of force. The talented group of faculty and staff comprising the Carr Center also includes Center founder and current faculty affiliate Samantha Power, whose Pulitzer-prize winning book, A Problem From Hell: America in the Age of Genocide, marked the culmination of the Carr Center 뭩 extensive research project on U.S. policy responses to genocide in the 20th century.

As an independent research center, the Center seeks to offer a forum in which diverse views about human rights can be considered. The Center seeks to bring new voices to the table, thereby extending and deepening the human rights dialogue. The Carr Center 's location in a school of public policy allows it to draw upon a range of disciplines and the case-based analytic approach for which the Kennedy School is known. For more information on the Carr Center , please visit www.ksg.harvard.edu/cchrp.

The Fellows Programs

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Fellows Programs bring together a diverse group of human rights practitioners, scholars and activists to conduct research on human rights policy, contribute to the Center's programs, and participate in broader dialogue with students, faculty and researchers in the Harvard community. In 2006-2007, the Carr Center will offer two separate fellowship types: The Carr Center Fellowships for Academics and Scholars (non-stipendiary) and the Carr Center Fellowships for Activists and Practitioners (stipendiary). The eligibility requirements and application procedures differ. Please see our website, http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/cchrp/fellows.shtml, for application information and details. Although we encourage applicants with a broad range of interests, we will also be forming a subset of fellows whose thematic focus is on children on the cusp between victims and actors, such as participation in armed conflict, trafficking, and terrorist acts.


CARR CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY2006-2007 ACTIVIST/PRACTITIONER INFORMATION AND APPLICATION

Eligibility

Each year, the Center seeks a mix of fellows with different backgrounds and experiences. In particular, we seek to have a fellowship program engaging human rights activists and practitioners. Only human rights activists and practitioners working in developing nations are eligible for this fellowship.
Because we seek to draw applicants with a diversity of professional and human rights experiences, the Center will use no single criteria to measure eligibility. We do expect that successful activist/practitioner applicants will:


  • currently live in a developing nation and work on human rights issues
  • have at least 5 years of experience in human rights work or of professional experience in a relevant area (public policy, journalism, business, law, military, economic development, etc.)
  • have an interest in examining and reflecting upon this experience
    The Carr Center encourages applications from women, minorities, and citizens of any developing country. Fellows must be able to read, write and speak English fluently.


Expectations

At the Center, fellows will have an opportunity to advance their own professional development by completing works in progress, bridging into new fields or disciplines, and interacting with a community of leading human rights scholars and activists. The networks and contacts developed at the Center often serve as a valuable resource when fellows return home.

Fellows are expected to spend the entire fellowship period in residence at the Center and should have no other significant professional commitments during this time. They are expected to attend all Center fellows colloquia and programs. Activist and practitioner fellows are expected to contribute to the Carr Center and Kennedy School of Government communities throughout their fellowship. More specifically, they may give seminars and lectures on particular topics in human rights about which they have first hand knowledge and/or explore issues and questions raised in their work through discussion and study. They will be expected to present some completed project (policy paper, briefing, etc.) over the course of the fellowship period.

Funding

The Center뭩 Activist/Practitioner fellowship program provides a stipend of $31,000 for the fellow to use for living expenses in Cambridge . Health insurance and benefits will be provided for the fellow (coverage for dependents can be purchased for an additional cost). While the Center will provide guidance in the fellow뭩 housing search, housing costs must be paid out of the $31,000 stipend. Activist/Practitioner fellows are also provided with office space, computers with LAN and Internet connections, and access to Harvard University libraries and other facilities.

Application Procedure for Activists/Practitioners

Each applicant should submit in hard copy:


  • 1. A curriculum vitae.

  • 2. A 3- to 5- page double-spaced statement that outlines a major research project to be completed during the fellowship and describes its relevance to the Carr research agenda. While the Center welcomes project proposals on any human rights-related topic, we have a particular interest in proposals on topics related to ongoing research at the Center including: the cusp between victims and actors (such as children in armed conflict, terrorism, and trafficking), the use of force and human rights, nationbuilding, terrorism and human rights, genocide prevention, rights based approaches to humanitarian aid, and capacity development among human rights non-governmental organizations. The statement should explain how the project will add to the body of knowledge about human rights policy, outline your qualifications to complete this research, and describe the methods you will use to carry out the project. Please put your name on each page of the statement, entitle it 밃cademic/Scholar Fellowship Application Statement.?/font>
    Materials submitted will not be returned to the applicant. Please provide three hard copies of the application.


Completed applications must be received at the Carr Center in hard copy by 5:00pm on March 31, 2006. If mailing the application poses a hardship, applicants should email Eleanor_Benko@ksg.harvard.edu and request permission to submit an application electronically. Applicants bear full responsibility for ensuring that all materials are received by the due date and will not be notified of incomplete applications. The Center will contact finalists regarding submission of supplemental documentation, which will include two letters of reference. Decisions will be announced by April 30, 2006. Resident fellowships will begin September 1, 2006 and end on June 30, 2007.

Contact Information
Eleanor Benkő
Telephone: (617) 496-0351
E-mail: eleanor_benko@ksg.harvard.edu
Mailing Address:
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
John F. Kennedy School of Government
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge , MA 02138
USA

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

No Internet Censorship in Pakistan



(Note: e blogging this petition by Pakistani Bloggers. By all means Rigt to expressions should be supported. Free the Bloggers Now!)

Support their Petition click or cut and paste link:
http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/no_censorship_in_pakistan

As the situation stands Pakistan internet exchange has blocked access to websites hosted by the largest and most famous weblog host blogger.com. The ban was first noticed by internet circles on the 27th of February 2006 and continues to be in effect till the filing of this petition on 7th march 2006. Almost all major internet service providers have been asked by the Govt. of Pakistan to observe this ban.

This ban has caused denial of access to more than a million weblogs hosted by blogger and citizens of Pakistan can no longer use the services of this web host.

The concerned authoritites are maintaining a tight lip over the issue. No official statement has been issued so far. The magnitude of this step taken by the authorities in the Pakistan internet exchange is not being realized. The only unofficial reason being sighted in their correspondence is that a few weblogs hosted by this host contain blasphemous caricatures of The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

This in no way means that the rest of the million websites which contain no such offensive material rather most of them critisice these caricatures be blocked in order to prevent access to these few almost negligible number of unknown weblogs.

We, the Pakistani bloggers, stand by the Muslim ummah in condemning defamation of holy figures sacred to any world religion. But we feel that this condemnation should not cost us our right to free and unbiased access to information avenues. We also feel that certain values of common decency should at all times be observed by all human beings. This will ensure a fruitful and comprehensive dialogue between people from different backgrounds but a common, secure and prosperous future.

Weblogs form an integral part of cyberspace today. No talk of internet is complete without mentioning the due importance of weblogs. These weblogs have helped shape the cyber culture of the globe into a more humane and unmachenized entity. More often than not weblogs act as avenues of discussion and thought for the people belonging to different cultures. This exchange of ideas helps to promote feelings of love and harmony, thus discouraging hatred and prejudice.

Pakistani bloggers are an integral part of this weblogging community. They are the representatives and flag bearers of their national values and cultural thought. What they write on their weblogs helps build stronger bonds of understanding with the rest of the world.

Pakistani bloggers have never disappointed the world. Be it the deep monstrous waters of tsunami of 2004 or the deadly shocks of the South Asian earthquake of 2005. They have always stepped forward and gone beyond to fetch help and disseminate useful information. They are willing and ready to keep up this good work only if they are allowed to do so. Barring access of general public to a million websites of innocent and useful information is an infringement of human rights. We surely do not want to enact a cyber culture that is biased and far removed from reality of the world. This will only promote fundamentalism and extremist thoughts in the young intellectuals of the future.

Moreover we can only help continue our struggle of condemnation of any derogatory assaults on the holy figures of the world religions if we are allowed to voice our thoughts on the weblogs. Certainly no one wants to miss on this opportunity given a fair opportunity.

We therefore want a more comprehensive approach over internet censorship whereby a large number of innocent citizens are not affected. We want restored access to blogger domain in full as was possible before 27th February 2006. We want to the concerned authorities to take preventive steps so that in future such blunders are not committed. We ask for the support of the international community in helping us raise our civilized and reasonable voice over this issue of blatant censorship disregarding all values of decorum.


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Friday, March 17, 2006

14 March "the countdown for Thaksin has started"


by Sittha Lertphaiboonsiri
Asia-Europe Institute
University of Malaya


"When the golden sky shines, the brightness emerges, people will be great on the land"

The morning of 14 March 2006 that started the countdown for Thaksin's resignation has been officially adjusted. The peaceful rally of the people power under the lead of People Alliance of Democracy that gathered and organized the demonstration since early February, has moved from Sanamluang to Government House. Tens of thousand of people have crystallized their aims and integrated intensively their solidarities that Thailand will not have Thaksin as the leader anymore.




The huge group of demonstrators were composed of various groups of Thai society, like the urban-based middle class, rural- based middle class, grassroots, students, activists, monks, elites, businessmen and including Thais abroad. This people's movement has been considered as the most varied in composition and also the most peaceful one in Thai history. They have an aim of struggling by using non-violent strategies.

The conflict instigated by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra since he stepped into power is contributing to the political transformation process of Thailand. The basis of participated democracy which consists of the check and balance mechanisms, independent watchdogs, freedom of the media and the right to expression and information has been blocked and marginalized. The democratic ideals enshrined in the 1997 People Constitution are not anymore functioning as they intended to be. Democratization in Thailand has stagnated and fragmented when the populist leader has step into power and promoted the principle of divide and rule to govern the country. With his infamous pronouncement, "which province elects me, I will take care first" has caused rift and vulnerability to populist drive among the Thai society.

"Hitler spent 30 years to divide the people in Germany, 22 years in the case of Marcos or even 32 years under Soeharto. But for Thaksin, he fast tracked Thai's society's fragmentation in so short period of time.





Because of these conditions together with low level of morality in leadership of the PM that includes: corruption in policy-making level that favored associates and families; privatizing the national properties in order to accumulate higher profits for his owned business empire and the most unacceptable issue of Shin Corp's stocks which were sold to Temasek Holdings of Singapore with total amount "7.3 Billion Baht" by paying no taxes; has increased the current of dissatisfaction among the mass that has spread throughout the country. The evidences to justify the immoral and corrupt practices of the PM has been gathered and collected. These massive and reliable information are reported by alternative and non-partisan media including unnamed reliable sources from the bureaucracy.



However, considering the consequences of democratization and economic development, it appears that Thai democracy has developed and progressed on as a capitalist economy. Various groups of capitalists have been gradually strengthened with the "growth of democracy" which provided them wider space of freedom but not the same exact freedom that ordinary people enjoyed.


The capitalists were on the edge of bureaucratic system during the 60's-70's military government. Then they turned to become business politicians in quasi-democracy during 80's-90's, and now they dominate at the core of the state's mechanisms. They play a role as the main driver not the dependent driver like before.

The democratization processes that transformed Thailand since 14 Oct 1973 "People Uprising" to "Black May 1992" that reached its peak in 1997 establishing the "People Constitution of 1997", seem to be stagnated if not further eroded by the "absolute capitalists" under the lead of Thaksin as if, "suddenly falling from the top to the bottom".



Thai people who had thought that "businessmen or capitalists" could bring back the prosperity for all people in the nation and maintain the level of democratization after the Asian Financial Crisis, have totally changed their notion of them. They have realized that the rich man is different from the good man, businessmen who tend to monopolize is different from economists who tend to decentralize. Capitalists are likely to allocate their profits to their alliances rather than to benefit the whole nation.

Few days ago, some scholars in Thailand have explained Thaksin's situation through the scene of Roman history. In the memory of The Great Empire of Europe, "The Ides of March" which has been recognized as "the day of end of Cesar", the fateful day that the Emperor Cesar had been killed. Somehow, it may implies that some significant changes would occurr in Thai society since the "middle of March". Thais should listen carefully whether or not the immortal sentence "Beware the Ides of March" is telling them that "the brightness of sky will shine again soon when the dark power has gone".




Or, will the end of Thaksin be replayed like that of the classical history of Roman Empire?

"Although, history may somehow or actually happened, what the Thais have done since 14 March is for real and it actually happened! "




gpx source: The Manager Online
www.manager.co.th

Thursday, March 16, 2006

To End the War, U.S. Women Must Lead



by Christine Ahn
source: http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=15&ItemID=9871

Every single woman in the United States, whether she is aware of it or not, is impacted by the war in Iraq. There is no more critical time than the present for U.S. women to step up and speak out against the war and the growing militarization of our country and world.

Women make up 20 percent of the U.S. military. Of the thousands of women soldiers now stationed in Iraq, over 45 percent are mothers with children waiting for them back home. More than 63 percent of women in the Army are women of color. For black women, whose unemployment rates are twice as high as white women, the military is often the only source of employment, health care, and education. Tina Garnanez, a young Native Am! erican Iraq War veteran now speaking out against the war says, "I knew that between my family situation and being from the reservation, I had few options for getting a college education."

As of February 2006, 48 female U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq. Female soldiers aren't sent to fight on the front lines, yet they face substantial risks as men because of the nature of the missions and because of troop shortages in Iraq.

But women soldiers aren't dying only in combat. According to Col. Janis Karpinski, several women soldiers have died of dehydration in their sleep. They refused to drink liquids in the evening because they didn't want to have to urinate after dark for fear of being assaulted or raped by male soldiers on the way to latrines. While incredible, it is not entirely implausible. According to the Miles Foundation, 30 percent of female veterans have reported rape or attempted rape while on active duty. Women of color, younger, poorer, and lower in rank are ! more likely to be assaulted, says a Defense Department report.

In the coming years, many women affected by the war as the mothers, daughters, sisters or wives of service men will need counseling themselves. Studies show that domestic violence is five times higher in military families than in the civilian population.

Since March 2003, Congress has given the administration $244 billion of taxpayer dollars to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the same time, they will cut $39.5 billion in social welfare spending over the next five years. Single moms are the hardest hit by cuts in social spending and studies by Dr. Marion Anderson reveal that the majority of social service jobs cut to finance military spending are ones that employ women.

Our lawmakers are totally disconnected from the reality facing millions of Americans. They are completely ignoring a growing chorus of Americans who oppose the war, including the 72 percent of troops in Iraq that, accord! ing to a recent Zogby poll, want the U.S. out of Iraq now.

Apart from a handful of women Congressional representatives, such as the fearless Barbara Lee and Lynn Woolsey, the majority of women in office continue to endorse the administrations plans to prolong the war. Instead of using her role as Ranking Minority Leader in the House, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi has failed to use her leadership in Congress to oppose the war. She has failed women and her overwhelmingly anti-war constituency in San Francisco. We have hardly heard a peep from Senators Boxer and Feinstein in opposition to the war. All three elected officials have never found a military budget they didn't love.

While our elected women leaders lack the courage to speak out, ordinary women of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds on the grassroots level are speaking out against the war by writing letters to their representatives, organizing counter-recruitment drives, demonstrating, and running for offi! ce. Aimee Allison, an African-American Persian Gulf War veteran and conscientious objector, is now running for Oakland City Council on an anti-war platform.

On International Women's Day, we acknowledge the courageous women among us who speak truth to the powerful and corrupt. This historic day has been an important catalyst to mobilize women across national borders to unite for peace and justice.

It's clear that the Bush administration is intent on war without end. It's clear we cannot rely on our women elected leaders to bring the troops home. We need more brave women soldiers like Tina Garnanez and Aimee Allison and ordinary women like Cindy Sheehan to speak out against the war. We can stop our government's destructive policies if we can find the collective courage to act--for our own sakes and for women worldwide.




Christine Ahn is the Director of Peace and International Solidarity at the Women of Color Resource Center in Oakland, California. Tina Garnanez and Aimee Allison will be speaking on International Women's Day at the First Unitarian Church in Oakland. For more information, visit www.coloredgirls.org .

Thursday, March 09, 2006

ACT NOW! Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Award 2006


The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights was established to celebrate the spirit of May 18 Gwangju Uprising by recognizing both individuals, groups or institutions in Korea and abroad that have contributed in promoting and advancing human rights, democracy and peace in their work. The prize is awarded by the citizens of Gwangju in the spirit of solidarity and gratitude from those whom they have received help in their struggle for democratization. It is hoped that through this award the spirit and message of May 18 will be immortalized in the hearts and mind of humankind.

The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights which is given yearly has the following aims:
1). To enhance the spirit of the May 18 Democratic Uprising by awarding individuals, groups or institutions in Korea and abroad on their contribution to improving human rights and peace throughout the world.
2). To reward individuals, groups and institutions in Korea and/or abroad for promoting the goals of the May 18 Democratic Uprising as a movement toward unification and cooperation.

A prize money amounting to US$ 50,000, a gold medal and a certificate will be awarded to the winner.


Previous Winners of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights:
2000 (3rd Nov) : Xanana Gusmao (The president of East Timor)
2001 (18th May): Basil Fernando (Executive director of AHRC; Hong Kong)
2002 (18th May): Korean Association of Bereaved Families for Democracy; South Korea
2003 (18th May): Dandeniya Gamage Jayanthi (Monument for the Disappeared; Sri Lanka)
2004 (18th May): Aung San Suu Kyi (National League for Democracy; Burma)
2005 (18th May): Wardah Hafidz (Coordinator, Urban Poor Consortium; Indonesia)


Nomination and Criteria
The candidates eligible for the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights are nominations made by individuals or organizations who were invited to nominate names for consideration. An individual can not nominate himself or herself. These core criteria should be considered:
1). Outstanding person or group that is active in the promotion and advocacy of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights.
2). A person or group that works for the reunification of Korea.


The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Committee
Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Committee is responsible for the selection of the candidates and the choice of prize winner. The Committee is composed of individuals appointed by the Board of the May 18 Memorial Foundation.

Information about the nominations, whether publicly or privately is confidential. Disclosure is highly restricted.

Timeline and Process
1). January-February
Announcement and nomination forms are sent out. The Committee sends out invitation letters containing forms to persons who will be requested to nominate.
2). 30 March 2006
Deadline for submission of the forms. The Committee assesses the candidates' work and prepares a short list.
3). April
The “shortlist” is reviewed by the committee and advisers will be consulted for their input and knowledge of chosen candidates. The advisers do not directly evaluate nominations nor give explicit recommendations. On April 27, 2006, committee members will choose a winner and the next day public announcement and press conference will be held in Seoul to announce the winner.
4). 18 May 2006
The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Award Ceremony will be held. The prize winner receives the award.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Gwangju Prize for Human Rights 2006

What is the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights?
The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights was established by The May 18 Memorial Foundation to celebrate the spirit of May 18 Gwangju Uprising. It is awarded as recognition both to individuals and groups or institutions in Korea and abroad that have contributed in promoting and advancing human rights, democracy and peace in their work. The prize is awarded by citizens the Gwangju in the spirit of solidarity and gratitude from those whom they have received help in their struggle for democratization and search for truth. It is hoped that through this award the spirit and message of May 18 will be immortalized in the hearts and mind of humankind.

What are the aims of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights?
The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights is given yearly and has the following aims: 1) to enhance the spirit of the May 18 Democratic Uprising by awarding individuals, groups or institutions in Korea and abroad on their contribution to improving human rights, democracy, and peace throughout the world. 2) to reward individuals, groups and institutions in Korea and/or abroad for promoting the goals of the May 18 Democratic Uprising as a movement toward unification and cooperation.

How can I nominate someone for the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights?
The candidates eligible for the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights are those nominated by qualified persons or organizations. The nominee must be an outstanding person or group that is active in the promotion and advocacy of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, and a person or group that works for the reunification of Korea. The nomination form is available online in the English section of www.518.org website.

Is it possible to nominate, myself or my organization and someone for a posthumous Gwangju Prize for Human Rights?
No, it is not possible to nominate yourself or your organization, also, posthumous nomination is not allowed either.

What is the process of nomination?
The nominator should accomplish the requirements found in the nomination form, get two other referees to answer the questionnaire, and submit by post the accomplished forms and the relevant documents to The May 18 Memorial Foundation.

When and where to submit the nomination?
All nominations must be sent by post to The May 18 Memorial Foundation not later than March 30, 2006.
Nominations should be mailed to:
The May 18 Memorial Foundation
c/o Gwangju Prize for Human Rights 2006
518 Memorial Culture Hall
Postcode 502-260
Seo-gu, Sangmudong 1268,
Gwangju City, Republic of Korea

Who will decide the winner for Gwangju Prize for Human Rights?
The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Committee is responsible for the selection of the candidates and the choice of prize winner. The Committee is composed of individuals appointed by the Board of the May 18 Memorial Foundation. Information about the nominations, whether publicly or privately is confidential. Disclosure is highly restricted.
When will the winner be announced?
The winner will be announced on 28 April 2006 in a press conference that will be held in Seoul.

How many winners have been awarded the prize?
Since 2000, five individuals and 1 organization have been awarded the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights.

What is awarded to the winner?
Prize money amounting to US$ 50,000, a gold medal and a certificate is awarded to a winner.

When and where will the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights ceremonies take place this year?
The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights ceremonies will be held at the Gwangju City Hall, Gwangju City, South Korea on 18 May 2006. Republic of Korea.


For more information please send email to:
surnadal@hanmail.com (Chanho Kim)
mwalad@gmail.com (Mus)
518org@gmail.com
Visit our website: www.518.org

Monday, March 06, 2006

Civil societies in the eastern part of Afghanistan




From: "Hekmatullah Sial"
Date: Mon Mar 6, 2006 2:14 pm
Subject: Civil societies in the eastern part of Afghanistan

G'day,

Almost three months from the day I have returned from Korea, after attending the Folk School in Gwangju. It was really the best experience we have got throughout our stay in Korea by getting excellent lectures, sharing of ideas with the wounderfull colleagues from almost all over Asian countries, their feelings, the host team and every singl moment was a lesson. We have learnt what has been done and how much has been given to restore peace, stability, freedom and democracy in South Korea we have got a full picture of the spirit of the Folk School.




Since then I was keeping asking my self what we have done since we have return and what can I really do ?...... In order to answer such question I would like to give you the report in this regards.



In the eastern part of Afghanistan where I am living and working too, we have a group of civil societies active in different form. Taking the experience we have gain in Korea I have called all these civil socities together and agreed to bring a harmony first among these civil societies and set-up priorities where and how these civil groups could be useful to restore peace and implement democracy in the post conflict countries particularly Afghanistan and work hard to bring unity among Asians. These 46 civil societies leadership have agreed to be part of the harmonization committee and the spirit of Gwangju, Folk School. The sacrifies of the south Korean people to bringing peace, justice, equality and democracy to their country were taught to this so called civil societies harmonization committee and now every single person of these group knows south Korea and the Gwangju city and the best people.

Each of these civil sociey has got 200-500 people and the the solidaritygroup e-mail has been passed to them. I will soon send their e-mail address and they will be directly touch with 518folkschoolsolidarity group in order to share and exchange views.



We are having monthly civil harmonization committee meeting and hopefuly one day we will be able to invite colleagues from the Folk School to take part in our summer workshops for peace and justice.

Looking forward to work with you and have great time,

Dr.Hekmatullah Sial
Afghanistan

The May 18 Memorial Foundation


The May 18 Memorial Foundation
Video sent by peterahon
This video is about the May 18 Memorial Foundation, Gwangju City, Republic of Korea. It depicts the May 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising. (Note this video is 140 MB in size).

Saturday, March 04, 2006

The Fun that was Cafe Ageha



Watch the Video

Finally it is done!

This video is an edited version of the fun that Folk School participants had at Cafe Ageha during the trip to Seoul. It was an entertainment extravaganza where everyone gave a number; song, dance, game and even silence...

The hosts were so amazed at the group wondering where the enteratiners came from. It was a reversal of role, the host was entertained by the guests.

(Warning the video is 219MB - it takes time, almost an eternity to download - 20-30 mins? Anyway it is worth it, an evening to remember. Watch it and reminisce!)

Took me several hours to upload as well. For the love of you folks, here it is, apology for the low quality we have to transfer from one format to another and squeeze it into its final version. Enjoy the memory of Cafe Ageha.

Thanks to: editor - Mr. Park ans video by Mus.

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