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Mirjam Hirch

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  • Autonomy, Self-government vs. Power and Wealth


    Fourth World nations throughout the world, after more than fifty years of struggle against forces of power and money, push now for autonomy and the power to govern themselves and their territories. Some nations such as the Naga in Northeastern India, Karen in eastern Burma, Papuans claimed by Indonesia, Chechens claimed by Russia, nations in [&hellip... more →

  • Foreign Occupation not Religious Hate


    Robert A. Pape, the University of Chicago professor of Political Science gets it. US, British, Australian, Chinese, Russian and Israeli leaders should pay close attention to his words: “…suicide terrorism is mainly a response to foreign occupation rather than the product of Islamic fundamentalism…” Pape’s insightful, well documented and thorough analysis of what he calls [&hellip... more →

  • State Impunity


    “Impunity” is one of those words increasingly heard throughout the Americas and the world generally. Governments, Organized Crime, Corporations, The Church have increasingly become the beneficiaries of impunity–commission of violence, intimidation, stealing, and other acts normally considered “crimes” are made free from punishment, unpunished. The word is derived from the Latin impunitatem meaning “freedom from [&hellip... more →

  • English Speaking Symposium Rejects Peoples’ Rights


    Why would any civilized, United Nations supporting, Human Rights advocating country refuse to endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples? Why have the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Columbia joined the ranks of Surinam, Guyana, the Russian Federation and several African states led by the relatively new [&hellip... more →

  • Musharraf’s “Jirga” Mistake


    Pakistan’s president Pervez Musharraf is making a major mistake by not joining Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the Pashtun jirga now convened in Kabul. Musharraf is continuing to show considerable disrespect for the Pashtunistan political and cultural leadership when he should be demonstrating his commitment to work with them. More than six hundred leaders from [&hellip... more →

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