COLOMBIA

29 01 2008

Jose: 

Dear Everyone: First I want to thanks to Tatiana for setting this blog up! I hope we all can share our views about spiritual, economical, political and social issues that are happening in our countries and the world. I am not sure if this topic is relevant for this blog, but to begin with, I want tell you what is happening right now in Colombia.  At the beginning of last December FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army) announced that they were going to free two women hostages that had been kidnapped more than 6 years, and one four year old boy that was born in the jungle while his mother (one of the two women) was kidnapped. It was assumed that all of this was possible thanks to Venezuela’s president Hugo Chaves, who has always been very close to FARC, and wanted to intervene for “humanitarian reasons”. To make this short, the end of the story was happy for the three hostages, but not for the more than 750 hostage that FARC keeps in the jungle. It was not very happy either for the rest of Colombians. The reasons that lead FARC free the hostages and Hugo Chaves to intervene in this process where not humanitarian. The two women supported the versions of other hostages that have escaped from FARC, who said that many hostages are kept chained to trees and that they are very ill. Many people have compared this situation with Hitler’s concentration camps. This is not humanitarian. It would be humanitarian if they release all the hostages! Today the reasons that lead FARC and Chaves to do what they did are very clear. Chavez is asking all the governments of the world to take out FARC from the list of terrorist groups. He says that FARC is a political organization with valid reasons to use force. Off course the rest of the world is against this idea.  It is clear that FARC is an organization that use terror (put bombs and kill peole) against civil population, that is financed from drug trafficking, that kidnap civil population and keep them in the jungle several years, and that do not respect democratic institutions. In other words, they are indeed terrorists.  The story has much more facts that are difficult to describe in a short summary. However I  just wanted to let you know what is happening in my country. It is very interesting that all Colombians are now together against FARC and terrorism. On the four of February all Colombians and other people from other nationalities are going to the streets to make us hear. If you want more information and if you want to join this cause, you can check the next website: http://colombiasoyyo.org/english.html People are going out in Edinburgh too. Information is given from nomasfarcedimburgo@gmail.com This is the text that this campaign is using: A MILLION VOICES AGAINST FARC. The time has come to use our voices. To cease the silence which has allowed FARC to survive. To make sure that every leader in the world, every guerrilla, hears us when we say: We reject and condemn FARC – EP (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army). The fighting and violence must stop NOW. Again and again, FARC has been allowed to keep captive the thousands of kidnapped prisoners it has wrongfully detained for decades because their lies and tricks are repeated over and over again, to the point where nobody questions their veracity.There are few acts more destructive to the dignity of a people than the wholesale kidnapping of innocent civilians. Over the past few years, FARC has continued to illegal and unjustly hold captive the thousands of Colombians who committed no crime other than being in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Meanwhile, they continue to reap the benefits of a vast drug production and trafficking empire, which has given them the money and resources necessary to commit countless crimes against the people of our nation. FARC’s unjustifiable actions have left our country degraded and stricken with poverty after more than forty years of simply trying to defend its people’s security and liberty.  Colombia, Colombians, friends from all over the world, today we are united in our cause: NO MORE!NO MORE KIDNAPPING!NO MORE LIES!NO MORE MURDER!NO MORE FARC! Let’s commit ourselves to join a million voices in this group so we can make a difference, and let the entire world know that we don’t need “People’s Army” here in Colombia; that FARC is a terrorist group, led by murderers and enemies of the people of Colombia and the world. Let us make sure the world knows that to be Colombian does not mean to be a drug dealer or a thief. This is a cause beyond all political interests or colors. It’s a humanitarian cause, encouraged by a simple sense of solidarity, for the sake and welfare of our citizens.  Join us; We need our voices to be heard. A million voices against FARC. Join us at  http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6684734468

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Green Consumerism???

25 01 2008

Tea:

http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2007/07/24/eco-junk/#more-1074

Or: www.monbiot.com, Eco-Junk

This is a link to the article by George Monbiot, about green consumerism (criticism thereof). I think it’s brilliant! Perhaps debate-encouraging.

 Cheerio

T.





Steve Jobs: Commencement Address

9 01 2008

Tea:

http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html

I found it worth reading; taken from Stanford Report, 14/6/2005

Spiritual and practical, too, very. Hope you enjoy.





First Post

7 01 2008

Hi everyone! I have set up this blog, wrote the ‘About’ page (have a look) and chose this design. It took me 3 days, cause I have terrible connection here 🙂 Say what you think, and feel free to suggest things that ought to be done or changed.

 I also think it would be great if you could place a few words about yourselves on the ‘About’ page.

Off we go!