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World City Magazine and the E-Commerce Boom

October 27, 2006

World City Panel, E-Commerce

This past Oct 25, I was invited by my good buddy, Ian McCluskey, Publisher of World City Magazine worldcityweb.com for a panel on the E-commerce Boom, an update from the frontier of the Google Economy. I had meet with him early to discuss ways to incorporate video into corporate web sites and giving CEOs a new and exciting format to share their vision.

During my days at Motorola as a PR executive, we would always be looking for ways to show the good news in out of the box markets like the Internet. Well that was many years ago and now the Internet is on Fire. This year, US E-Commerce sales are predicted to top $100 Billion. Not a bad rebound from the dot com bust.

The World City panel had 3 very impressive speakers, Jaime Basagoitia, General Manager of Trans Express, http://www.transexpress.com. Say you live in India and need to have a US address so you can get your new computer, Sony says it doesn’t ship to India, well now you found Trans Express. What is amazing is Trans Express has over 150, 000 registered customers in over 30 countries worldwide and ships in excess of US$ 40,000,000 worth of consumer goods per year out of its Miami hub. A good example of a brick-and-mortar freight forwarding company moving into the e-commerce intensive shipping mode.

Another example of a great idea is SAFE- T-PAY, a secure payment system that allows non-credit card users and overseas shoppers to make online purchases directly through their local bank. Manuel Montero, CEO of SAFE- T-PAY and former executive of American Express has seen explosive growth as the credit card industry is basically a shared monopoly. When I was in Colombia I would never give my credit information to no one. Imagine about 3 different people from banking institutions, middle man and merchants get your card number and personal information….hackers and fraud experts love this.

SAFE-T-PAY offers shoppers a solution – local payment in local currency through a known and trusted financial institution without the need for a credit card. Sign me up. Launched in Peru, with Mexico and US online, I think this is a company to watch.

The last speaker was Jeff Leidowitz, CEO of the Laredo Group, http://www.laredogroup.com a training and consulting firm dedicated to helping clients increase sales and decrease costs through knowledge and efficiencies related to online advertising buying and selling, search engine marketing and site optimization.

Jeff selected as one of the Website 100 Most Influential People on the World Wide Web, former co-host of national syndicated radio talk show On Computers and online host of Cybermania, the annual awards show of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences gave an energetic view of the online world. He mentioned that in 5 years most media will be downloaded. This was something I was very interested in as I am also a film producer and director. The big problem in independent film is distribution, not to mention trying to get investors to believe in your dream. I mentioned once at a Miami International Film Festival conference, that I would rather sell my film online than give it to a distribution company in Hollywood and pray that they pay me. One good press release in The Times of India and 300 million middle class Indians may by it online for $5.

Then you have the You Tube generation http://www.youtube.com and Google paying more than $1 Billion in stock for a great idea started by 2 geeks in a garage in the late 90s. Video online is the way to go and the possibilities are endless.

The future of the movie industry, online video, DVD and multi-media distribution is going to change and those who catch the wave will be in a new and exciting frontier.

E-Commerce is exploding and with the advent of video as a new marketing tool and value added presence for corporate PR, family run businesses, my space pages and blogs you will have a new way of getting your entertainment, news, catalogs and better options to pay for it, as well as shipping needs.

You will know where your consumers are, just see the new tricks Nokia and Motorola are planning. You visit your grocer and on your cell phone you hear a beep, act fast discount to buy a Coke. Nearly 102 million mobile phones were sold in Latin America in 2005 that is a lot of potential customers!

So E-Commerce is booming and time to start my online business.

For more info on Conference and Trade Numbers visit-

http://www.worldcityweb.com

Background info.

E-Commerce to Surpass $120 Billion, Says Leadpile

Phoenix, Arizona – October 26, 2006 – Online marketing and advertising firm, Leadpile.com‘s predictions last year, that overall e-commerce sales would likely surpass the $1 trillion mark by 2012, appears to be on track, as US e-commerce sales most likely will top $100 billion this year.

Andy Jacob, CEO of Leadpile.com commented, ”We are delighted that our pr ediction looks to be right on the money. For the remainder of 2006, we continue to hold steady on our forecast that $100 billion in US e-commerce sales will easily be reached. The US Department of Commerce has already reported 1st and 2nd quarters ’06 at a combined $51.5 billion in e-commerce retail sales. Not only do we believe that $100 billion is a done deal, but it is highly likely that 2006 US e-commerce sales will top $120 billion.”

Mr. Jacob continued, ”Everyone seems to be talking about ‘baby boomers.’ Leadpile believes that the recent focus on America’s aging population has blinded many experts from seeing the explosive growth that will come on the Web from the ‘next generation’ of younger, super-Internet consumers. These Super Kids in Digital Space, or ‘SKIDS,’ as coined by Leadpile in 2005, will lead to explosive growth on the Internet. Leadpile believes that the biggest impact on our world and our culture will come from the ‘SKIDS,’ who will help change the entire way we currently think about the Internet, wireless devices, and our future. With regard to US e-commerce, you haven’t seen anything yet.”

To learn more about Leadpile, please visit: www.leadpile.com.

 

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Global Warming from Green Peace

October 24, 2006

Global Warming is here and if we dont stand up and make our voice heard….there is little chance to stop the runaway train or runaway weather changes.

See this video at You Tube

Please support these NGOs and an important cause.

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy

http://members.greenpeace.org/hotseat/Florida/District22/

Open Letter to News Media- Colombia’s Real War?

October 24, 2006

Dear Chris & Steve, AP News, NY Times, El Espectador,

My name is Luis Mejia and I am doing a documentary on the Colombia Peace process with an Indigenous focus. We aim to report a balanced version of the crisis in Colombia.

Chris, I read your report on New Trade Perks in the LA Times and we can see the US has a big interest in signing a free trade deal with Colombia.

But at what cost?

I was also surprised to see the AP report in the Miami Herald, page 8A. Oct 23, 2006 http://www.herald.com, which says, “The government blames the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, better know as FARC, for the blast, which injured 23.

The FARC have yet to comment on the explosion”

They have commented and there seems to be more questions than answers. See news attached.

My concern is that the news has reported the FARC is responsible for this grave act of horror and the evidence points to a covert operation.

I am a journalist and film maker and wish to see if any evidence proves this was the FARC or another US backed 9-11 cover-up.

I do not support the FARC or any illegal armed group, but find it hard to believe this act of terrorism with a military dressed personal and a camera that was not working at the time is all the evidence available.

Quote from Indy Media-

Para buena parte de la opinión pública este atentado puede haber sido también un montaje, teniendo en cuenta que la zona afectada fue una de las más custodiadas y que, se ha dicho en los medios, que la persona que dejó el vehículo con los explosivos hasta el lugar vestía un uniforme de la Armada Nacional, portaba un carné y el carro estaba matriculado para entrar en el sitio, y además coincidencialmente la cámara de seguridad encargada de registrar a las personas que entran en automóvil al complejo militar se había dañado.

Translation-

Good part of public opinion regarding this attack thinks it is a setup, montage…

The zone which was affected, high security, and reported in local media,that the person that left the vehicle with explosives wore a uniform of the National Armada, had credentials and the car was registered to enter the place, and coincidentally  the security camera that registers everyone entering the military complex was broken.

Another concern is this quote from same AP article–

“The FARC previously demanded the zone be demilitarized to allow rebel negotiators to meet with the government and discuss a possible swap of around 500 imprisoned rebels for about 60 kidnapped prominent Colombians, including ex-presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and three American defense contractors.

Solorzano said that the number of rebels in the municipalities, located in the province of Valle, has risen in recent months, possibly as the guerrilla group prepared for talks.

Uribe said the only option left for freeing the hostages is military rescue, something bitterly opposed by the families of the kidnapped who fear their loved ones may die in the crossfire.” End quote-

So resort to war and military rescue and call of a dialogue for peace? When will the blood shed end?

Why is the media not asking the right questions? 

Where is the truth about the real Plan Colombia and the US backed war?

The fumigation war is a genocide on our Indigenous people, all children without a voice and a grave concern to the future of Colombia’s agriculture and water supply.

Adam Isacson said it well in his report to Center of International Policy,

Since Plan Colombia began in 2000, we have seen $4.7 billion spent and 2,500 square miles sprayed with herbicides. Yet U.S. government satellites found more coca in Colombia last year than they did in 2000, while cocaine and heroin street prices have actually declined.

Coca cultivation will decrease only when Colombia can govern its rural areas, where more than 75 percent of the people live in poverty.

Those who insist on spraying instead of governing are doing a disservice to Colombia’s police officers by forcing them to face mortal danger for a strategy that isn’t working.

ADAM ISACSON

Director of Programs

Center for International Policy

Please see news below and please offer your readers a balanced report.

Thanks and all the best,

Luis Mejia

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Editors note-

This is a updated version, once read need to add more info.

Emails sent & time-

 

Date: Oct 24, 2006 3:30 PM

Subject: Colombia Truth

To: chris.kraul@latimes.com, sdudley@miamiherald.com, info@ap.org, editorweb@elespectador.com.co, executive-editor@nytimes.com

Cc:  cip@ciponline.org

 

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Security boosted after car bombing in Colombia

The Colombian government sent police to secure a remote area that was proposed as a site for negotiations with rebels. The talks were called off after a bombing in Bogotá.

 

BOGOTA – (AP) — A remote zone in southwest Colombia, once a proposed safe haven for negotiations with rebels, was teaming with police Sunday after the president ruled out talks because of a bombing.

 

Police Capt. Guillermo Solorzano on Sunday said some 150 police officers were sent to the municipalities of Florida and Pradera to boost the government’s presence in the area and “calm the situation.’’

 

President Alvaro Uribe, in an impassioned speech Friday, said he’d given up on the possibility of talks after a car bomb exploded Thursday in a military installation in northern Bogotá, just yards away from the Army’s top general.

 

The government blames the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, better known as FARC, for the blast, which injured 23.

 

The FARC have yet to comment on the explosion.

 

‘’We are going to capture the militias of the FARC that have infiltrated the urban centers of Pradera and Florida and we are going to remove any trace of the FARC from the rural areas,’’ Uribe said.

 

The FARC previously demanded the zone be demilitarized to allow rebel negotiators to meet with the government and discuss a possible swap of around 500 imprisoned rebels for about 60 kidnapped prominent Colombians, including ex-presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and three American defense contractors.

 

Solorzano said that the number of rebels in the municipalities, located in the province of Valle, has risen in recent months, possibly as the guerrilla group prepared for talks.

 

Uribe said the only option left for freeing the hostages is military rescue, something bitterly opposed by the families of the kidnapped who fear their loved ones may die in the crossfire.

 

Source AP- http://www.ap.org and Miami Herald Page 8 A – Mon Oct 23, 2006

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17 de Octubre de 2006

Los “positivos” de la infamia

Por: Iván Márquez / Integrante del secretariado de las FARC-EP

En ejecución de la nueva doctrina gringa de la “seguridad democrática” el gobierno Uribe está causando irreparables destrozos a Colombia, a sus perspectivas como colectividad.

 

Ya no es sólo la represión brutal y la adopción de leyes draconianas para humillar o disuadir la inconformidad social a favor de la política neoliberal; ahora las manos del Estado explotan bombas contra objetivos civiles y militares con la pérfida intención de inculpar a la insurgencia apuntando a su deslegitimación, y de mostrar resultados en busca de oxígeno para la desprestigiada seguridad democrática gubernamental.

La mentira y el engaño son consustanciales a esa política de lesa humanidad y lesa patria.

Con falso dolor de corazón el comandante del ejército reconoce que un coronel, un mayor y un capitán del B-2 del ejército están detrás de los atentados dinamiteros en Bogotá, pero el Presidente, consecuente con su torcida política, parece exculparlos ante la opinión.

No se puede olvidar que fue el mismo Uribe en persona quien incitó a los militares. Les exigió partes positivos y resultados en litros de sangre. Por eso la captura de más de 120 mil ciudadanos bajo la falsa imputación de guerrilleros. Por eso tantas muertes de inocentes. Esa indignante estratagema de asesinar civiles para luego uniformarlos y presentarlos en la televisión y en la prensa como “guerrilleros muertos en combate” no es una práctica aislada de la IV Brigada del ejército en Antioquia, sino la práctica cotidiana generalizada en todas las Brigadas militares de Colombia.

Los estímulos y recompensas económicas corren por cuenta de Uribe. ¿Quién alborotó los sapos en este país con ofertas de dinero? El mismo que incentivó esa emulación criminal de los “positivos”.

Varios generales y coroneles fueron echados de la institución por no presentar resultados, o porque se opusieron a la concepción gringa sobre el funcionamiento de los ejércitos. Para evitar ese albur, algunos se dedicaron a montar carros bombas y a desactivarlos, para ganarse un “positivo”. Y “platica”, como diría el Führer de Palacio. No importa que de vez en cuando estalle uno de ellos y mueran transeúntes y soldados.

Este es el gobierno de la mentira. Y para ello tiene al diario El Tiempo de los Santos en el bolsillo, con Vicepresidente y Ministro de Defensa.

Simón Trinidad, vocero de paz de las FARC, fue extraditado a los Estados Unidos con mentiras y argucias para burlar la expresa prohibición constitucional de extraditar nacionales por razones políticas. A Sonia, la guerrillera, se la llevaron estampándole su huella digital a la cédula de identidad de una narcotraficante. Montaje y farsa fue la “desmovilización” de 70 supuestos guerrilleros en el Tolima, orquestada por el señor Montoya, actual comandante del ejército. Montaje noticioso es el desmantelamiento de laboratorios de cocaína propagandizados torpemente por algunos generales, como “pertenecientes a la guerrilla”. Lo raro, dice la gente, es que no aparezcan ni siquiera un soldado herido o un Black Hawk derribado. Mentira fue la muerte de 10 policías “por fuego amigo” en Jamundí, cuando en realidad fue una masacre perpetrada sin piedad por unos militares al servicio del narcotráfico.

Nos sumamos a la indignación del país y de los buenos soldados de la patria por tanta desinformación y estafa a la opinión proveniente del Estado y del gobierno, y por los crímenes y desafueros de los montajes y “positivos” de la infamia.

La alternativa antifascista clama concreción en Colombia.

Source FARC WEB –

http://www.farcep.org/?node=2,2367,1
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Source Indy Media- Colombia

Auto bomba en el Cantón Norte
Ante el último atentado, cancelan el intercambio humanitario y ordenan arremetida militar. Llamado de Uribe al terrorismo de Estado. El jueves 19 de octubre la explosión de un carro-bomba, en el complejo militar más importante del país, dejó más de una veintena de heridos minutos antes de una actividad académica al rededor de los Derechos Humanos, en donde participarían el delegado de la ONU, el comandante general del ejército, el artefacto explosivo fue ubicado al frente de la sede de la Escuela Superior de Guerra y en las inmediaciones de la Universidad Nueva Granada, una universidad pública dirigida por la fuerzas armadas donde también estudian civiles.

En medio de el derrumbamiento de gubernamentalidad del gobierno de Uribe, y ante esta nueva evidencia del fracaso de la “Seguridad Democrática”, ha impartido orden de ofensiva militar total. Mientras que el Estado en pleno responsabiliza a las FARC, el último comunicado de ese grupo guerrillero desmiente el hecho, y ambas partes hablan que la contraparte está en contra de la solución negociada.

Para buena parte de la opinión pública este atentado puede haber sido también un montaje, teniendo en cuenta que la zona afectada fue una de las más custodiadas y que, se ha dicho en los medios, que la persona que dejó el vehículo con los explosivos hasta el lugar vestía un uniforme de la Armada Nacional, portaba un carné y el carro estaba matriculado para entrar en el sitio, y además coincidencialmente la cámara de seguridad encargada de registrar a las personas que entran en automóvil al complejo militar se había dañado.

Dentro de la lógica obtusa de la derecha gobernante, al atentado da la oportunidad para descalificar toda opción de izquierda que se oponga a los intereses del régimen, desde las protestas estudiantiles en las universidades (que ya la semana pasada el vicepresidente pedía persegir con infiltración y castigar como terrorismo), hasta el trabajo de control político que los representantes de la izquierda democrática aunados en el Polo Democrático desarrollan en el congreso.

Ante los hechos que pueden suceder, a los sectores populares solo nos resta incrementar la organización para enfrentar la dictadura civil .
Source Indy Media
http://colombia.indymedia.org/

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Source-Center for International Policyhttp://ciponline.org/colombia/060703isac.htm

The Real Solution for Colombia’s Drug Problems

Monday, July 3, 2006; A20

In “More Help for Colombia” [op-ed, June 26], Robert D. Novak employs a tired tactic: slapping the “soft on drugs” label on any who oppose the current U.S. policy toward Colombia.

Critics, Mr. Novak implies, are betraying brave Colombian anti-drug police officers who risk their lives every day.

Why, though, must these police risk all for a strategy that hasn’t affected Colombian coca and opium?

Since Plan Colombia began in 2000, we have seen $4.7 billion spent and 2,500 square miles sprayed with herbicides. Yet U.S. government satellites found more coca in Colombia last year than they did in 2000, while cocaine and heroin street prices have actually declined.

Coca cultivation will decrease only when Colombia can govern its rural areas, where more than 75 percent of the people live in poverty.

Those who insist on spraying instead of governing are doing a disservice to Colombia’s police officers by forcing them to face mortal danger for a strategy that isn’t working.

ADAM ISACSON

Director of Programs

Center for International Policy

Washington

As of July 5, 2006, this document was also available online at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/02/AR2006070200561_pf.html

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Biological Weapons in the Drug War

A Review of Opposition in South America

With Examples from Other Regions, Intergovernmental Agencies, and NGOs


INTRODUCTION

Under heavy US pressure, Colombia is choosing to ignore its neighbors and the international community and support the US strategy to use biological weapons in the Drug War. Although the plan is opposed by government officials and civil society both domestically and internationally, the Colombian Environment Ministry has prepared a US $7 million project proposal for work on illicit crops including a major component to develop biological weapons to forcibly eradicate coca crops.[1]

While Colombia denies that it will use US-developed biological weapons, the US State Department’s anti-narcotics chief Rand Beers says the US will keep the pressure up, recently telling the BBC “I am never prepared to admit it is over.” [2] The inventor of the US government’s preferred agent, a strain of the Fusarium oxysporum fungus called EN-4, is using the private company Ag/Bio Con (co-owned with a former US Air Force general) to promote use of the fungus. The inventor, whose work has been funded by the US government for over a decade, told journalists on camera that he believes biological weapons should be used by force on target countries.

The agents are to be used against the Colombian government’s enemies in an escalating armed conflict that has displaced one and a half million civilians and taken tens of thousands of lives. Colombia is the third largest recipient of US military aid in the world (after Egypt and Israel). Biological weapons have been proposed as part of a military offensive aimed at regaining state control of coca growing areas, most of which are de facto administered by guerrillas or right wing paramilitaries.

Colombia’s proposal mimics US usage of the deliberately confusing misnomer “biological control” when referring to coca-killing agents and spray technology. In fact, they are not legitimate biological controls; but weapons designed to provoke massive disease outbreaks and remain in the soil for decades. The term is being abused by when applied to this biological weapons research.

In other parts of the world, a program in Uzbekistan supported by the US, UK, and United Nations Drug Control Program (UNDCP) is developing weapons to eradicate opium poppy. These agents are to be used in conflict-torn parts of Asia, including Afghanistan and Burma. In Africa, concern has been expressed that anti-crop biological agents may be proposed for use on cannabis fields.

There is no exemption in the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC), a key international arms control treaty, for the use of biological weapons in military, law enforcement, or civilian actions to forcibly eradicate illicit crops. Countries North and South recognize that prohibiting any use of biological weapons is critically important to stop arms proliferation, uphold treaty commitments, and protect human health and the environment.

The Agent Green[3] biological weapons controversy has generated important attention and statements from governments, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs. This is especially true in South America, where the debate has been most intense. This paper organizes and presents important examples of government and other positions on Agent Green, providing an important reference point for policymakers and civil society working on policies to halt the use of biological weapons everywhere.

THE BIOLOGICAL WARFARE PROPOSAL

Despite the widespread opposition detailed in this paper, the Colombian Environment Ministry’s proposal to develop biological weapons for the eradication of coca is proceeding. The only donor country that has expressed interest is the US, making the Americans the logical funder for the proposal despite their prior statements, including to the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, that it would not bilaterally fund this biological weapons research. Earlier this year, Colombia refused to sign a controversial US funded contract with the United Nations Drug Control Program (UNDCP) for the testing of a US-developed Fusarium oxysporum strain named EN-4.

Colombian President Andres Pastrana and Environment Minister Juan Mayr are attempting a dangerous and shortsighted political balance between global and US interests. A very small number of senior Colombian officials have deceptively said that Colombia will not allow the testing of “the fungus”  (“el hongo”), claiming that the US EN-4 poses risks to the environment and human health because it is “alien” . The effort is a public relations attempt to deflect scrutiny of their decision to proceed with the development of a domestic “hongo criollo” (“Creole fungus”) biological weapon to accomplish the same ends, and potentially cause similar environmental havoc, as the purportedly discarded EN-4 strain.

Thus, Colombia has only renounced a single US government-developed strain of Fusarium oxysporum. Ignoring the pleas of its neighbors and civil society, and with strong support from US anti-narcotics and security agencies, Colombia is moving ahead with “native” biological weapons developed from a wide variety of local pathogenic organisms.

The following sections of this paper present an important (but not exhaustive) list of examples of the lack of endorsement and broad rejection of the US-Colombian plan by Colombia’s neighbors, other Southern and Northern countries, intergovernmental organizations, and civil society… but first:

INVENTOR OF THE USA’S AGENT: USE THE WEAPON BY FORCE

The anti-coca biological agent preferred by the United States is Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. Erythroxyli strain EN-4, a particularly virulent coca-killing type of a fungus genus that attacks many crops.[4] The strain was investigated along with many other Fusarium types (including samples from Colombia) in research contracts between the US government and Dr. David Sands, a plant pathologist at Montana State University in the USA. After the successful identification of EN-4 and development of formulation and dispersal technology, Dr. Sands established a private company called Ag/Bio Con to promote EN-4 and other agents to eradicate illicit crops. Ag/Bio Con has briefed the Colombian government, including President Pastrana, and sought contracts with the US Government for coca eradication research. Dr. Sands was interviewed in September 2000 by the BBC investigative journalism program Panorama and explained, in the frightening excerpts below, that he believes biological weapons should be used by force, with or without the consent of target countries:[5]

SANDS: This fungus is the closest thing I’ve ever seen to a silver bullet … I have seen it take out 99% of plants in a field. I think that’s incredible and I think people should know that this technology exists … This would be a green kind of warfare …


BBC:
Okay, but we’re talking semantics here. You call it green warfare. Other people call it biological warfare. That is semantically correct, it is biological warfare.


SANDS:
That can be right. It’s biological warfare or green warfare. I just want you to understand my opinion is it’s a good thing if it’s done to eradicate something that the entire world feels is noxious.


BBC:
What happens if consent is not forthcoming … I put to you a hypothetical – you never get consent – what should happen then?


SANDS:
You’re saying that two countries [Colombia and Afghanistan] that knowingly are unleashing a chemical, a drug, on our children, an addictive drug, that they are consenting to do that and they are not consenting to do biological control, I think they should suffer the consequences of that decision.


BBC:
Which means that we should go in without consent.


SANDS
: I think somebody should.


BBC:
And it should be treated as an act of counter terrorism?


SANDS:
Well it’s a pretty high stakes game. Just go to any rehab clinic and check it out yourself.


BBC:
You’re saying yes?


SANDS:
Yes.

Source- Sunshine Project

http://www.sunshine-project.org

Background info–

The Sunshine Project

News Release

15 March 2006

US House Votes to Advance Offensive Biological Weapons Plan

In an titanic fit of myopia, the US House of Representatives has passed a bill that advances a US plan to wage biological warfare against Colombia and other countries where illicit narcotics are produced. If passed by the US Senate, the bill (HR 2829) will require the US Drug Czar to quickly formulate a plan to field test biological weapons designed to eradicate illicit crops.

The Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) prohibits all biological warfare, including attacks on crops. The BWC has no exemptions – not for the Drug War, nor for the US Congress. The US eradication project thus violates the BWC’s Article I, which prohibits development and stockpiling of biological weapons.

The Sunshine Project will call upon the BWC to prevent violation of the treaty by the United States. In April, the Sunshine Project will distribute an Agent Green dossier to governments attending a preparatory meeting for the BWC’s upcoming 6th Review Conference. If the US bill is signed into law, the Sunshine Project will press for multilateral action by the BWC 6th Review Conference itself, when it meets in November.

Opposition in South America, the primary target of the plan, spans the political spectrum. When first confronted by US biowarfare pressure in 1999-2000, the Colombian government decided against testing and use of biological agents to eradicate illicit crops. Other Andean countries also oppose the plan, as do many environmental and peace NGOs. So do indigenous peoples who grow coca for cultural purposes unrelated to the drug trade, a constituency that includes Evo Morales, the recently-elected President of Bolivia.

Speaking to the Colombian daily El Tiempo on Monday, former Colombian President Andrés Pastrana, now Bogotá’s Ambassador in Washington, emphatically reiterated Colombia’s opposition to the plan, telling the paper, “During my government we opposed it. And Colombia’s position, now under President Álvaro Uribe, has not changed.”

The main biological weapons agents under US consideration are strains of the fungus Fusarium oxysporum that attack coca and other illicit crops. With its serious human health and environmental risks, F. oxysporum has been dubbed “Agent Green” by civil society opponents, who liken it to the defoliant Agent Orange that was used by the US in Vietnam. In the US conception, huge amounts of specially-formulated Fusarium would be sprayed from large military aircraft to blanket large portions of Colombia and, potentially, other countries.

The HR 2829 provision does not specifically mention Colombia or Fusarium, although it does specify that the testing plan should be for a “major drug producing nation”. This opens the possibility that the tests could be conducted elsewhere, such as Central Asia, where the US has supported development of biological weapons for use against opium poppy. Given past events, however, the bill’s language is widely interpreted to refer to Colombia.

The Sunshine Project hopes that the US Senate will catch this egregious mistake and that the provision will be struck from any related bill that it considers. With US fear about a biological weapons attack and spending on biodefense both at unprecedented levels, it is difficult to envision a more unwise US policy than for it to field test biological weapons and to seek to perpetrate a biological attack on other countries.

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SOURCES FOR BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Sunshine Project maintains an Agent Green web page, including a detailed background report (updated in September 2005) on the human health and environmental risks at: http://www.sunshine-project.org/agentgreen/

Independent researcher Jeremy Bigwood has also extensively investigated the issue. His Agent Green website is: http://www.mycoherbicide.info/

In 2000, the BBC’s flagship investigative journalism program Panorama interviewed proponents of the plan, including the US “inventor” of Agent Green, who concedes that it constitutes biological warfare and says that it should be applied by force: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/panorama/948102.stm

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HR 2829:

PDF copy (see page 30): http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=109_cong_bills&docid=f:h2829rfs.txt.pdf

HR 2829, titled “An Act to reauthorize the Office of National Drug Control Policy Act”, was sponsored by Rep. Mark Rep Souder, an Indiana Republican. The Agent Green provision was placed in the bill at the behest of Rep. Dan Burton, another Indiana Republican who is an enthusiastic supporter of using biological weapons against Colombia and other countries. As reported to the US Senate this Monday, the provision reads as follows:

    SEC. 6. AMENDMENTS RELATING TO APPOINTMENT AND DUTIES OF DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR.

   

    (n) REQUIREMENT FOR SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF MYCOHERBICIDE IN ILLICIT DRUG CROP ERADICATION.-Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy shall submit to the Congress a report that includes a plan to conduct, on an expedited basis, a scientific study of the use of mycoherbicide as a means of illicit drug crop elimination by an appropriate Government scientific research entity, including a complete and thorough scientific peer review. The study shall include an evaluation of the likely human health and environmental impacts of such use. The report shall also include a plan to conduct controlled scientific testing in a major drug producing nation of mycoherbicide naturally existing in the producing nation.

 

The Inca, the Kogi, & Corn

October 21, 2006

The Inca, the Kogi, & Corn

with Luis Mejia

by Lora Spivey
Lora: Can you tell us about the contribution the Incan peoples made to our food supply?

Luis: My main knowledge is with the Inca and Kogi, as I have been living with them and feel that I’ve had many past lives in the Andes.

The most important crop for the Inca, as well as the Maya, was and still is maize — corn. This corn was used in ceremony, offered to the Apus — the mountain Gods — and planted during sacred rituals timed with the motions of the stars. We have even found corn carved in gold under tunnels in Peru, showing how the Inca worshipped this food. According to Galinat (1972), it’s been found that corn was used in ceremonies in Ayacucho four thousand years ago. The first mention of corn is found in the writings of Pedro Martir de Angleria in 1492.

The Spaniards said that the bread of the Inca was maize or corn. Actually, it also was their wine. They brewed their corn and made a drink known today as Azua or Chicha. It’s similar to beer. They have a purple and white Chicha, both quite powerful.

In the higher elevations of Peru, potatoes are now and have been a major food source. The Peruvians grow over four hundred varieties of potatoes, which provide a major source of vitamins, fiber, and nutrition.

Lora: It’s been said that the Inca and Maya “invented” many of our common foods.

Luis: If we look back in time, we see that the Inca cultivated many crops. Whether they invented them or discovered them I can’t say. I’ll list but a few: blackeye beans, chickpeas, lima beans, mung beans, split peas, purple corn, anise, pepper, garlic, onions, habas, ginger, and certain herbs like hucatay, cilantro, oregano, and basil.

Kiwicha was another very important grain that the Inca used. It was very high in protein, amino acids, minerals, calicium, magnesium, and fiber.

The Kogi have always planted a wide variety of foods — bananas, corn, yuca, namé, malanga, potato, sugar cane, onions, beans, guandul, tomotoes, avacados, papaya, mamey, mango, zapote, guanabana, pineapple, ahuyama. . . The wonderful thing about the lands where the Kogi live, high in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada , is that such a wide a variety of food is found and cultivated there.

There also are a vast number of fruits found near the coast. There are some fruits that are found only in these regions.

Lora: Can you speak to the indigenous South Americans’ understanding of the relationship between consciousness and food?

Luis: For the Inca, in the moment they planted their crops they were praying to the Gods.

The Kogi people keep this ancient understanding alive in their culture today. They have a special ceremony for planting. The man, with a bull, opens the ground. Then, behind him, the woman plants the seeds. Only women do this, as women represent the mother, and the seed is going to Mother Earth.

The Kogi feel that they live in the center, or heart, of the earth, and this center is Cheru, which also is the center of the Universe. The Kogi say that all their foods were created from woman except corn, which came from the body of a man.

Lora: Can you speak to their understanding that the plants themselves have consciousness?

Luis: It is true, plants do have consciousness. The Inca, Maya, and Kogi have always known that plants are alive and can feel our thoughts.

For example, the Kogi have a tremendous respect for trees. They believe that if you cut trees without permission you will start growing hair on your face, which is something that the Kogi don’t have. This absence of facial hair came as a big surprise to me. Then, when I saw a few men with stubble on their faces, I had to wonder. The vast majority, even old men in their fifties, have faces like children. Amazing!

They also cook and eat with great respect. The Mamos, the religious leaders among the Kogi, eat in complete silence, and you can feel that they are in tune with the Spirit of the food. It’s as if the food were talking to them and sharing secrets.

Lora: Can you speak of their understanding of plants as medicine and of their relationship with plants that alter consciousness?

Luis: In Peru, there lives the sacred cactus San Pedro, cousin to Grandfather Peyote. San Pedro is considered holy by the natives and is used in ceremony for expanding consciousness. They invoke the spirit of San Pedro and use this sacred plant to this day in healing ceremonies.

Knowing that consciousness affects everything, the preparation of San Pedro is a ritual unto itself. The brewing process takes between twelve and sixteen hours, and is done in a meditative state.

Ayahuasca is another very sacred substance in this region. Ayahuasca is prepared from three main vines. Once consumed, the spirit of these sacred plants transports the person into an altered state where healing and powerful visions take place. The feeling is described as a liquid energy flowing within the veins. It is a powerful purgative that helps eliminate the toxins of this modern world.

The Kogi stress that it is important to fast and prepare our minds and bodies for the new awareness coming in. It seems as though Ayahuasca creates a chemical change within the blood. These plants are not recommended for recreational use. We don’t want to use Ayahuasca simply to “get high.”

When the Ayahuasca ceremony is done in Peru, there is a whole process of preparing the brew, with chanting and singing. It is as if one’s Spirit is put into the brew, and the plant honors the person’s own truth.

The process of taking the drink is also very special and sacred. You show your respect of the plant and honor the truth of this Spirit.

I have had the experience of seeing many people use these plants without respect. The end result is always negative. When we understand the Spirit of the plants and the way they can help us and protect us, a whole new world opens up. In fact, we had two large San Pedro plants at the door of our home in Peru, which provide us with great protection.

Another very important plant — or leaf, actually — is the coca. This sacred tree has been used for ages and has been a major source of vitamins and minerals. Besides inducing clarity, chewing the leaves has a tremendous energy-producing effect. Also, it curtails the need for food.

The Kogi also say that chewing coca leaves helps them “talk with the Ancients,” and that without the sacred coca the Andes people would not be alive today. The Kogi use it constantly, and it is apparent that they worship this plant. They have a poporo, a container used to hold burnt sea shells which are crushed and then eaten in small quantities with the coca leaves to activate them.

In Peru, a black, tar-like substance is used to activate the leaves. There, coca is offered to the Apus and used in the “pagos,” or ceremonies.

Right now, the Colombian government is conducting a fumigation campaign to kill the coca plants. Little do they realize that by killing the sacred plants, they are killing their people. What the governments don’t seem to understand is that the sacred use of these plants is as distant to the use of chemical cocaine as the sacred use of tobacco rolled in corn husks in ceremonies is to the tobacco industry of today. It bears no resemblance.

When I lived with the Kogi, I saw how they greeted each other by placing coca leaves in each others bags. They can go without sleep for nine days in their confessions or rituals. All day and all night they are chewing coca and looking in the fire.

The Kogi tend their coca trees with much care, and even ask permission of the Mamos to plant it. Only women pick the leaves, and a whole cleansing process goes on. Then they cook the leaves in a pan over a fire, sort of like toasting them.

When living in Peru and chewing coca leaves every day I saw the clarity it brings and the sense of being connected to the Ancients.

What a feeling to offer three perfect leaves to Ausangate, the master Apu of Cusco, and feel the Spirit of this magical mountain smile upon the leaves and upon my own essence.

The Kogi say that the coca leaf helps to domesticate man, make him more civil. Just perhaps, we have become uncivilized and warlike because we lost the power of the coca leaves.

Lora: Thank you, Luis!

Luis E. Mejia is president and founder of Tribal Ink News (TIN), a non-profit Internet-based news agency for indigenous people and the environment (Tribalink.org). Tribal Ink News is producing a TV program and public service announcement campaign for the environment and for indigenous peoples.

Luis gained international recognition as a leader in saving the Miami Circle, an ancient archeological site in downtown Miami, and was featured in national magazines, newspapers, and television, including CNN.

A true humanitarian and friend, he worked pro bono with Barbara Pyle and People Count TV (PeopleCountTV.com) for the World Summit in South Africa September 2002.

As a result of a near-death experience in 1986, Louis became a meditation teacher, sound healer, and Self-Managing Leadership consultant with the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, BKWSU.org
Luis is co-based in Bogota, Colombia, and Miami, Florida. He can be reached by phone at 786-268-2723, and by email at lcondorkogi@gmail.com

La Historia de Mow be’, From El Tiempo

October 20, 2006

Attached you will find an article published today in El Tiempo, Colombia’s main newspaper. As we have said this story has a sad ending because what caused Mow be’ to give up hope is– stress. Yes a victim of the lies, the deception, bureaucracy, papers, legal garbage and the anger of his people claiming to go back, he was under stress and was the only one who spoke Spanish. He was the last link, the final thread to the Nukak Nation and the lost voice will be missed.

For more than 500 years since the Spanish arrived, the Indigenous people have been second class. They were killed just to rob some milk.

The historian Alfredo Molano writes during the conquest of the Colombian Amazon and surrounding regions, there was much exploitations and deaths. “An Indian is worthless unless he is carrying something. If he has nothing he is worth nothing, if he has 2 ponchos he is worth a shot of the gun. If you leave the Indians alone there will come a robber and kill them for the milk.

Such is the 500 hundred year reality of these ancient people. They have lived in harmony with the land and now they are being forced out of their own territory and subject to the same illness we all have ….stress!

La historia de Mow be’

20 de Octubre de 2006. Redactor de EL TIEMPO.

Una noticia de ayer daba cuenta del suicidio del líder indígena Belisario Sánchez, el hombre que lideró a 200 indígenas desplazados hasta San José del Guaviare y expresó en lengua de blancos su memorial de agravios. Era el único que hablaba español y dialecto nukak, y ello lo convirtió en vocero de su pueblo.
Conocido como Mow be’ en la comunidad nukak, Sánchez falleció envenenado el martes pese a los esfuerzos que hicieron los médicos de la Clínica Meta de Villavicencio para salvarle la vida.

Él es una víctima más, la enésima, del interminable genocidio americano. Sin embargo, su caso es diferente a los otros. Según funcionarios oficiales del Guaviare, lo que impulsó a Mow be’ a poner fin a su días fue un típico mal urbano y contemporáneo: el estrés.

De acuerdo con tal interpretación, sobre sus hombros recayó la responsabilidad de exponer las quejas de su clan y conseguir una solución para ellas. Tuvo que enfrentar entonces un enemigo peor que el tigre o la malaria: la burocracia. El laberinto de despachos, papeles y funcionarios lo enredó, lo engañó, lo embolató. Los indígenas le reclamaban por las promesas que a él le incumplía la administración, y terminó ganándose la malquerencia de su propia gente. Nervioso, angustiado, desesperado, Sánchez bebió el lunes pasado una pócima de barbasco, mortífero veneno utilizado para caza y pesca, y se marchó a rendir cuentas a los dioses de su religión.

Cuenta el cronista Alfredo Molano en sus reveladores relatos sobre el avasallamiento de los pueblos indígenas en llanos y selvas de Colombia que no solo durante la conquista de la costa y los Andes, entre el siglo XVII y XIX, se produjo el despojo que los expulsó de sus tierras y diezmó sus poblaciones. En pleno siglo XX, con la colonización de la Orinoquia y la Amazonia, se repitieron cacerías y explotaciones. “Un indio no valía sino por lo que llevaba en la mano -narró un colono al escritor-: si nada llevaba, nada valía, y si llevaba dos cubetas, ya valía el tiro.” Y añadió: “Si uno dejaba a los indios solos, llegaba un bandido y los mataba para quitarles la leche”.

La suerte de los aborígenes no ha mejorado. Antes los aniquilaban las enfermedades o los asesinaban para quitarles una cubeta de hielo o una botella de leche. Hoy mueren por cuenta de enfermedades del tercer milenio, como el estrés. Tal vez el sacrificio de Mow be’ sirva de alerta para que los compañeros suyos que cambiaron hace algunos meses la selva por la marginación urbana escojan el menos malo entre dos abandonos y puedan regresar a su tierra.

Source El Tiempo
http://www.eltiempo.com/opinion/editorial/2006-10-20/ARTICULO-WEB-NOTA_INTERIOR-3292028.html

Sacrifice of A Nakuk Maku Elder, a Sign of the Times

October 19, 2006

 Global TV Live News Alert–

Sacrifice of A Nakuk Maku Elder, a Sign of the Times.

(Miami, FLA) – Oct 19, 2006-   Last night I got a phone call from Marcela Campuzano, a special friend in Bogotá, who our representative in South America for Global TV Live and Tribal Ink News. http://www.tribalink.org she is an anthropologist and work with Pacifistas Sin Fronteras. http://www.pacifistassinfronteras.org . We have been working on the Kogi film and documenting the different tribes in Colombia. She sent me the Agency France Press release about the Nakuk a tribe on the edge of extinction. 

Her good friend Ruth who works for the UNPD or PNUD in Bogotá, a UN agency http://www.undp.org , which is helping Indigenous tribes and especially the Nakuk. I heard about this lost tribe in 1992 and was amazed to learn a Colombian nomad tribe was only discovered in the 1988. 

During my time is Colombia this summer, I saw photos and videos of this special tribe and heard about the forced relocation and sickness that resulted in the situation they are in. Ruth has been working with them since the beginning even got sick this past visit because of the poor water conditions and elements of the jungle.

Getting the news of the death of Mow be’ was like seeing an avatar sacrifice himself and a warning to the world, a sign of the times.

Imagine you live in a paradise; all you need is given to you by nature and the ancestral ways. One day, strange people come to your land…they talk different, they dress weird, they carry sticks that make fire come out and kill you. You start getting sick from strange virus and bacteria, which never has happened before and you wonder what is going on.  Then you are forced out of your land because of a war you don’t understand and 160 of your  people are taken to a strange place, where they give you pampers, beans that you don’t know how to cook, medicine that your body never had, you see your children die,  and orders to do what you don’t understand.  

This is the reality of the Nakuk Maku, and Mow be’ a leader from 7 years of age, where he saw his first forced displacement and his father killed 1990. He saw the beginning of the end of his people, the Nakuk Maku, Jóo pi’ clan from the western region of Meu.  These people have survived from ages past and now they may disappear.  

The ONIC, an Indigenous NGO based in Bogotá says that Mow be’ wanted take his people go back to his land even under the hostile conditions between FARC, Para-Military and Fumigation in the region. He was seeking funds to return but the sadness and inner agony was too much….they say he drank some poison, for me it was a sacrifice. A Sign of the Times.

In 1988, when they were first contacted the Nukak Makú were about 1,300 in numbers, now they are less than 500. The are asking for International Help and if nothing is done a nomad tribe with ancient knowledge will disappear before our eyes.

They called him ”Belisario” I call him a warrior, from Wayári’ who now is a beacon of Hope and Bright Light for the Colombian people and the world.

We are going to be posting more news on this and hope to register the final message of a special tribe from my home land. 

For more information see Tribal Ink News http://www.tribalink.org and http://www.myspace.com/lcondor 

Open to feedback and can be reached at lcondorkogi@gmail.com

Lucho L Condor

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MURIO MOW BE’ LIDER NUKAK. NO AGUANTO LA PRESION DE NO PODER RETORNAR A SU GENTE A SU TERRITORIO ANCESTRAL

Acaba de fallecer Mow be’ en un Hospital de Villavicencio. Dicen que se suicidó, que estaba desesperado porque no podía conseguir los recursos para que 160 Nukak regresen al oriente del Guaviare, a su territorio que aman y al que quieren volver ya, a pesar del riesgo de la guerra y los grupos armados.

Mow be’ joven del pueblo Nükak fue líder desde niño. Le tocó asumir desde los 7 años el primer desplazamiento forzado. Su padre murió y en 1990 en medio de una epidemia de las varias que han asolado a su pueblo en los últimos años, él, su hermana y hermanito se quedaron con los colonos, que llamaron “Belisario” a Mow be’. Belisario era conocido en toda la región. Cuando creció decidió volver a su gente y tener esposa en un grupo Nukak.

Mow be’, del clan Jóo pi’, era de la región occidental del territorio, Meu, donde los grupos Nukak fueron más golpeados por la colonización y las epidemias. Se casó en la región oriental, Wayári’. De allí tuvo que salir su gente atemorizada, con la esperanza de encontrar seguridad y futuro en otro lugar. Caminaron divididos en dos grupos uno de los cuales llegó a San José en noviembre y el otro en marzo. Aunque la prensa aseguraba que querían quedarse por las novedades que encontraron allí, lo real es que los Nukak querían y quieren regresar, a pesar de que les guste tener objetos como botas, machetes, linternas o grabadoras y a pesar de que necesitan gran apoyo en salud contra las epidemias.

243 Nukak fueron llevados a Puerto Ospina donde hay un bosque relativamente pequeño y donde se enfermaron a los pocos días, falleció un niño y se agotaron los recursos, pues la vida Nukak exige la movilidad en la selva para permitir la renovación de los recursos. Los Nukak del occidente se fueron ya para su territorio que queda relativamente cerca. Los del oriente no están en condiciones de hacer lo mismo, necesitan que se financie el transporte por río o por vía aérea, hastacerca del territorio.

Desde el 18 de septiembre los 170 Nukak del oriente que estaban en Puerto Ospina exigen que se les ayude a retornara su territorio ancestral. Una comisión de la Misión Internacional de Verificación los visitó el 27 de septiembre para oírlos sin mediación y comprobó que habían huido por miedo, pero que querían regresar. “Hemos emprendido una campaña para lograr esos recursos y Mow be’ estuvo en Bogotá para hacer oír su pedido, así lo expreso en el Foro por la Vida y dignidad de los pueblos indígenas y en rueda de prensa al final de la Misión. Después nos llamaba urgentemente por teléfono para preguntar qué habíamos conseguido, se le sentía desesperado, creo que no aguantó la presión de su gente por el deseo y necesidad de regresar a su territorio ancestral. Ahora nos enteramos de su partida lo cual nos reta a mediar y conseguir recursos para que al fin puedan retornar”, precisó Luis Evelis Andrade Casama, Presidente de la ONIC.

Llegamos a apreciar a Mow be’. Lo sentíamos como un hermano que luchaba por su gente como cualquiera de nosotros. En su memoria, por su última lucha, por el querer de los ancianos y de todos los líderes del grupo Nukak desplazado, llamamos a apresurar los esfuerzos para que los Nukak del oriente regresen a Wayari’, para que se consigan los recursos, para que además se concerte ya un acuerdo humanitario para que tras el retorno los Nukak puedan vivir tranquilos en la selva donde han vivido por siglos.

Mow be’, Gran Perdiz, paz en tu tumba, seguiremos la lucha para que tu gente retorne, hasta que retorne y viva tranquila en Wayári’, su territorio ancestral.

COMITE EJECUTIVO ONIC
Contacto ONIC: LUIS EVELIS ANDRADE 315-8572995 / Comunicaciones 312-6394123. / 2811845

Source ONIC

http://www.onic.org.co/nuevo/actualidad.shtml?x=991  

http://www.onic.org.co 

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Los Nukak Makú, la última tribu nómada de Colombia, en riesgo de extinción

BOGOTA, 10 Oct 2006 (AFP) – Los Nukak Makú, una de las pocas tribus nómadas que sobrevive en América Latina, se encuentran al borde de la extinción tras una reducción de su población a menos de 500 personas en 18 años, alertó la Organización Nacional de Indígenas de Colombia (ONIC).
En 1988, cuando fueron contactados por primera vez, la población de Nukak Makú sumaba 1.300 indígenas pero ahora son menos de 500, de los cuales 160 se desplazaron a zonas urbanas tras la aparición de enfermedades desconocidas y la irrupción de grupos armados en su territorio, según la ONIC.
El gobierno colombiano dispuso hace dos meses el traslado de 160 miembros de esa etnia que se habían refugiado en el poblado de San José (sureste), capital del departamento de Guaviare, a un terreno de 20.000 hectáreas en la reserva forestal de Barrancón.
Pero una misión internacional que visitó hace dos semanas a los Nukak Makú asegura que los aborígenes están inconformes con la ubicación que se les asignó y reclaman apoyo para retornar a su territorio original de casi un millón de hectáreas.
Los Nukak reubicados en Barrancón dicen ahora que prefieren vivir bajo la amenaza de inseguridad en su territorio original y no sin perspectiva, “en condiciones deplorables de higiene y salud”, según relató a la AFP Philippe Matay, un cooperante belga.
“Ellos nos han dicho: ‘Nos ayuden o no, emprenderemos pronto una marcha para regresar a nuestro territorio'”, señala Matay, miembro de la llamada Comisión Internacional de Verificación sobre la Situación Humanitaria y Derechos Humanos de los Pueblos Indígenas de Colombia.
Los indígenas han solicitado que se les facilite transporte fluvial para acortar la enorme distancia que los separa de su lugar de origen en la selva, a varias semanas de camino.
Según Matay, los representantes Nukak expusieron a los verificadores internacionales que tienen problemas de insuficiencia alimentaria y de salud en la reserva que les fue entregada por el gobierno. Incluso, algunos de ellos han debido ser remitidos al hospital de San José para ser atendidos.
Los indígenas aseguran que en Barrancón existe un único tipo de bosque, lo que no les permite acceso a las más de 200 especies vegetales y animales que constituían la base de la alimentación que tenían en su territorio original, de un millón de hectáreas.
La ONIC advirtió en un documento que “las concepciones de retorno y reubicación permanente y temporal de la población indígena no están claras, o su uso confuso es premeditado”, lo que puede ocasionar, según ellos, el despojo a los Nukak de su territorio original.
Según Matay, la ayuda humanitaria otorgada a los desplazados tampoco ha sido adecuada: “las autoridades departamentales tienen buena voluntad pero hay una incomprensión entre los dos mundos: les han dado frijoles y lentejas (que no saben cocinar) y toallas higiénicas y pañales para niños que los Nukak terminaron utilizando como sombreros”, dice.
El delegado de la ONIC para los asuntos de los Nukak Makú, Iginio Obispo, indicó que la intención de la organización es tramitar una ayuda solidaria para trasladar a aquellos Nukak que se encuentran fuera de su territorio.

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 In Memory of Mo be’ , Your Light will Shine

Ray Of Light, U the Pulse is Coming

October 17, 2006


Dear Family of Light,

Many of you have felt the energy of Mother Gaia for some time and She moves in a Universe in ways we don’t understand.

Just see what happened in Hawaii and North Korea with Nuclear test, a couple days latter earthquake in Japan.

Each bomb we set off affects our planet and it is like she is full of holes and negative energy. Each solider that dies in war leaves a vortex-fear-based hole in that spot.  This is why nature is so off balance.

We have inner bombs of anger and negative energy that come from within. These emotional bombs need to heal and know our thoughts affect the Earth and every soul living in present time. Imagine if you are the Roots of the Human World Tree, your Emotions, Energy in Motion~> of love and peace go up the trunk and to each branch or religion of this magical living tree affecting each leaf, each soul of the Tree of Life. All your brothers and sisters around the world are affected by what we think —positive or negative….So please take time to change your thoughts and change your world.

So what is going on? What does all this mumbo jumbo really mean?

I had a dream where I saw this UV pulse beam of Light coming into the earth.

This Ray of Light was a blue -green frequency, vibrating aqua and gold and it was a part of my future higher self coming to activate me in present time.

Imagine if your 1st Birth on Earth was one of Pure Love, a frequency of Peace, Bliss, Harmony and Purity.

Your aura at that time is the same color of this pulse beam and every thought you create, becomes reality in 1 second.

In the Golden Age to come, we are all living in a frequency of Love. Pure and Simple, Love is the greatest Healer and what is most needed now.

Love yourself, with all the imperfections, but knowing that you are a seed of Pure Perfect Light praying to come out.

Love God, this is the Key to Happiness, Peace and Protection. In a world at War, my love for God becomes a service 4 others and a protection from the negative souls that are in darkness.

Love your family and enemies. Enemies are just karma unresolved, Ego in the way and Love waiting 2 heal. Loving all souls on the Tree of Life brings a frequency of lightness and counteracts on the negative forces.

Love Nature, She is in pain and suffering. Send good wishes to the Ocean, the Mountains and our Mother, she will reward U in ways unknown.

What will we do when a super volcano explodes and the world goes in darkness for 3 days…All the past thoughts of love for Nature will keep U safe.

Never Fear what U don’t understand just tune to the Supreme Light and all will be answered.

God is only a Thought Away and He ~ She Loves U!

This is the magic of the Future coming to remind us of limited time.

We are still in the Vortex of the Eclipses of this past Sept and in Nov will have a Mercury Transit.

The Sun is changing frequency and so are U. Your Past and Future Light Pulse comes to say, Wake Up!!

We are in a time to move the negative energy out of our lives and let the Real U come into full glory.

We can use these days to be still, Listen and be Silent. The Real U the Seed of Pure Light is coming into Earth with a Quickening.

Remember, You are a Soul. Light that is Eternal. Un-destructible and never created. U have always been and will be again. Nothing is new under the sun…we have seen this all before. As is my past will be my future and in my present I create my Perfection.

The World is like a cosmic video in the Mind of God. Light on Film, we create what is in our minds.  God as our Mother says, see the perfect seed under the tree and connected with the Master Seed. See the Angel within and know that God will not give U a test U can not conquer.

Love conquers all. A Ray of Light, U the Pulse is Coming!

From the Heart,

Lucho

MIAMI SPECIAL INVITE FOR SUNRISE MEDITATION Tues the 17 aT 46 and Collins from 6:30 am – 8 am and drumming 9 pm same place.
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see more info below…a bit long but worth the read…

Great site for beginners in Meditation

http://www.bkwsu.org/whatwedo/meditation

 

http://sethd8.wordpress.com/2006/09/13/mission-1017/

www.eraofpeace.org

http://www.modavox.com/7thwavenetwork/

 http://www.mayyoubeblessedmovie.com/

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COSMIC TRIGGER EVENT on OCTOBER 17

A cosmic trigger event will be occurring on the 17th of October, 2006. This

is the beginning, one of many trigger events to come between now and 2013.

An ultraviolet (UV) pulse beam radiating from higher dimensions in

Universe-2 will cross paths with the Earth on this day. Earth will remain

within this UV beam for approximately 17 hours of your time. This beam

resonates with the heart chakra; it is radiant fluorescent in nature,

blue/magenta in color. Although it resonates in this frequency band, it is

above the color frequency spectrum of your Universe- 1 which you, Earth,

articulate in. We call this UV beam trigger event the “818” gateway.

 

Due to the nature of your soul and soul groups operating from Universe-2

frequency bands, it will have an effect. The effect is that every thought

and emotion will be amplified intensely one million-fold. Yes, we will

repeat, all will be amplified one million times and more. Every thought,

every emotion, every intent, every will, no matter if it is good, bad, ill,

positive, or negative, will be amplified one million times in strength.

 

What does this mean? Since all matter that manifests is due to your

thoughts, i.e. what you focus on, this beam will accelerate these thoughts

and solidify them at an accelerated rate, making them manifest a million

times faster than they normally would. For those that do not comprehend:

Your thoughts, what you focus upon, create your reality. This UV beam thus

can be a dangerous tool. For if you are focused on negative thoughts, they

will manifest into your reality almost instantly. But this UV beam can be a

gift, if you choose it to be.

 

Mission 1017 requires approximately one million people to focus on positive,

benign, good- willed thoughts for themselves, and, the Earth and Humanity on

this day. Your thoughts can be of any nature of your choosing, but remember

that whatever you focus on will be made manifest in a relatively faster than

anticipated time frame. To some the occurrences may almost be bordering on

the miraculous.

 

All we ask is that positive thoughts of love, prosperity, healing, wealth,

kindness, and gratitude be focused on. This UV beam will come into full

effect for 17 hours on the 17th of October 2006. No matter what time zone

you are in, the hours are approximately 10:17A.M. on the 17th of October to

1:17 A.M. on October 18th. The peak time will be 17:10 (5:10 P.M.) on

October 17th.

 

While you do not need to be in a meditative state throughout this time, it

would be beneficial. Perhaps at the peak time it would be well if you can

find a peaceful spot or location to focus your thoughts and energies. The

optimal place is out in the vicinity of grounded nature, such as near a

large tree or next to the ocean waves. Focus on whatever it is you desire.

What is required for the benefit of all Earth and Humanity are positive

thoughts of a loving nature.

 

Please forward this message to as many people as possible who you know will

use this cosmic trigger event to focus on positive, good-willed thoughts. At

least 1 million people across the globe are needed to actively participate

in this event to measurably raise the vibration of the planet and to trigger

a shift for humanity from separation and fragmentation to unification and

oneness.

 

This is your opportunity to take back what is rightfully yours – Peace and

Prosperity – for all the Earth and Humankind. This is a gift, a lifeline

from your universe, so to speak, an answer to your prayers. However, what

you do with it and whether or not you participate is your choice.

 

Watch your thoughts, they become your words…

Watch your words, they become your actions…

Watch your actions, they become your habits…

Watch your habits, they become your character…

Watch your character, it becomes your destiny!

 

 

Manifesting (Y)Our Destiny

by Flesymi

 

Manifesting is the making expressed or visible that which is implied or

invisible. How do we manifest our collective destiny, while simultaneously

involved in a personal one, when everyone seems to be heading in different

directions? To make matters more challenging, some people see their destiny

along a predetermined course of events, while others see it as a hopeless

struggle against forces that bring sadness, pain, fear and despair. Yet

another potent group see their destiny as inseparable from the human

species’ ability to manifest higher possibilities of a greater pattern or

design, which some call G-d , Cosmic Consciousness, Infinite Presence,

Christ, Buddha, the Messiah, etc.

 

How do we co-create a collective destiny that is aligned with our greatest

potential? The answer appears too complex on the surface; yet, there is a

simple way…a very powerful way.

 

The way out of this paradox and confusion is as simple as 2 X 2 = 4. The

recognition of this simple way is closer than your own breath, nearer and

dearer than your own heart. And it costs you nothing. It is as obvious as

the fact that 2 X 2 always equaled 4; it didn’t wait until we recognized it

for it to be true. But while this way is simple, it is not easy. It is not

easy because we have for so long looked in the opposite direction and have

locked our attention on the problem instead of the solution. It is time to

change our attention. It is time to change our minds about our world.

 

Destiny is a matter of choice, not about predetermination. Destiny is about

choosing which patterns and structures out of the infinite possibilities in

us and before us we shall draw out and make expressed. Destiny is the power

or agency that determines the course of events, and that power is us! It is

our divine privilege to choose and to consciously evolve.

 

Descartes once remarked, “Cogito, ergo sum,” I think, therefore I am. I

prefer the affirmation offered by Professor Amit Goswami in his book, “The

Self-Aware Universe .” Professor Goswami offers, “Opto, ergo sum,” I choose,

therefore I am.

 

Yet the power is not in the choice. The power is not in the pattern, or the

in object of the choice. When I say, “I choose therefore I am,” it is the “I

AM” that is the power. I AM is the source, the idea and the fulfillment of

the idea. When we say I AM we are engaging the power to effect whatever

follows it.

 

I AM broke.

I AM hungry.

I AM tired.

I AM lonely.

I AM afraid.

I AM hateful.

 

Or

 

I AM love.

I AM abundant.

I AM whole.

I AM nourished.

I AM peace.

I AM nurturing.

I AM courageous.

I AM powerful.

I AM creative.

 

Look at your life now and see if what you find there is not a perfect mirror

of with what you follow “I am…”; make a list and you’ll be surprised. Now

look at our world and see that it also reflects our collective vision of “I

am…” The principle is unfailing because we unwittingly engage the power

that creates our realities when we affirm whatever follows I AM. This is how

it is closer and dearer than our own breath and heart. I AM is the clearest,

least distorted statement in the human language that expresses the Infinite

Presence that infuses all matter of being in the universe. I AM is our

quintessential nature and our nature fulfilled. Our reality, individually

and collectively, is an out picturing of how we see ourselves, how we follow

the powerful statement, “I am…”

 

Of course another word attempts this feat, “God”; but how can we fit

something that is infinite into a limited concept. The word “God” is a

concept, a limited linguistic expression of that which is infinite. The word

“God” has been used immaturely and to create boundaries instead of union. In

the name of “God” more violence and blood has been shed than any other

single cause in the history of humankind. We can forgive our past

transgressions and move on to more fulfilling, productive destinies when we

return to “God” as an infinite Presence that unites us, rather than as a

concept that divides us.

 

This is what was revealed to Moses as “God’s” name: “I Am That I Am”; it is

a profound and eternal message of Truth. This is what is revealed to us

today through a confluence of religion, science, technology and an exciting

global awakening:

 

I AM

 

This is who I AM        This is Now               Now is This

This is That               That is This

 

This is Here               So is That                  This is All

That there Is              This is So

 

That                I AM

 

It sounds too simple, I know. Yet I AM describes the entire universe from

beginning to end. It describes all the mathematics of motion, position,

probability, relationship and change within the universe. It describes pairs

of opposites across all levels of existence, from the positive and negative

subatomic forces, to the love and fear of man and woman for themselves and

each other. It describes our greatest dreams and our darkest nightmares. It

describes all that we can become; it describes all that we can destroy. It

describes all these things because it points to something that is infinite,

the Truth of which can only be experienced, not discussed, measured or

taught. Our challenge is to “follow the finger that points the way instead

of sucking it,” as Alan Watts proposed that Christianity do in relationship

to Jesus Christ.

 

We must seek the experience of Truth in all our activities instead of using

concepts of Truth as pacifiers.

 

We must live the Truth we know if we are to know the freedom we seek.

 

If you were infinite and someone asked your name, how could you answer in

any other way that would reveal your infinitude? The mighty utterance “I AM”

is a superb feat of infinite, impeccable logic because “I am…” can be

followed by an infinite list of attributes and relationships, and thus,

allows for infinite progression of expression.

 

Saying I AM in the genuineness of its true meaning allows us instantly to

transcend the perceptual limits of time and space and manifest a destiny

promised by our innate affinity for infinity . When we say I AM with the

recognition that we are calling into action the Presence that creates stars,

and with the recognition that we are one with that Presence, and with the

recognition that we are individual expressions of that Presence, then we in

that moment transcend all that separates us from our own infinite Essence.

This is how we co-create desirable and mutually fulfilling futures.

 

We must awaken to the fact that we are divine in nature and are unified

within that divine essence, and celebrate that divinity in all life. This

awakening allows us to become conscious of our abilities to co-create with

the I AM Presence. This is our charter if we expect to advance to the next

level of human evolution. This is the simple way to manifest a collective

destiny because here all struggle ceases and life becomes enjoyment of

experience rather than lessons to be learned.

 

We do not need more lessons once we accept our place as heirs to an Infinite

Throne instead of begging for crumbs outside the kingdom. If G-d, the I AM

Presence, is infinite and all-knowing, what could there possibly be for G-d

to learn through us? If we are individual expressions of that Presence, why

would we be created to learn a lesson when G-d already knows everything

there is to learn? The struggling that goes with an ego-limited life lived

to learn lessons and satisfy lower desires is what creates confusion and

suffering.

 

We live to experience, we live to express, and we have lessons because it is our nature to learn from our experiences, not visa versa.

The growth we see as evolution, personally and collectively, is merely the

unfolding of that which is infinitely enfolded, like the perennial

blossoming of the fragile rose in the dancing and eternal light of spring.

The Divine Idea, “ROSE,” exists in the Cosmic Mind as a necessary antecedent

to the physical manifestation of the rose. The Consciousness of “ROSE” and a

Living Energy is what animates the rose that we enjoy with our senses, and

we know the Truth of it by our experience of it in the now. Is there any

other way to truly know a rose?

 

Understanding creation in this way answers the befuddling riddle: what came

first, the chicken or the egg?

 

Ultimately, the only way to truly experience reality and leave “lessons”

behind is to use I AM in wholesome ways and to consciously affirm with our

thoughts, feelings, words and actions that which we want revealed in our

world collectively. This desire must come from a higher place than our own

self-centered concerns. This is how we can co-create with the knowledge and

responsibility that we owe our Source and owe our six billion other soul

mates with which we have incarnated now. Done with the humble recognition

that “I AM” this Presence, by virtue of our Divine essence, and because

everything is this Presence, we naturally tap into the Source that is

inherently harmonious within Itself. If this were not the case, the universe

would have extinguished itself long ago.

 

When we access this aspect of our own higher potential, we co-create without

trepidation, and thus more powerfully. We don’t waver because we know that

we are co-creating a world where everyone is abundantly free and expressing

his or her divine gifts freely. Think of anything you want in a fulfilled

life, anything: abundance, love, peace, security, adventure, joy, perfect

health, spontaneity or creativity. Who wouldn’t want a life of these things?

The Force that lies back of all form and function naturally fosters these

things because they are aspects of Its own Identity. We have only to align

with these aspects collectively and affirm them with our life force – our

thoughts, feelings and actions – and they will be in our experience “in the

blink of an eye.”

 

We must always remember that reality is plastic and fluid. The universe

instantly reflects back to us whatever we are projecting by our own minds

and beliefs. Consider that “mind” is a projector that uses reality as a

screen upon which to project its own version of things. It projects its own

fears, beliefs, conditioning, likes, dislikes, attitudes, concepts and

models onto reality, then confuses this motion picture with reality itself.

If we choose to distort the out picturing of our nature by holding fear and

lack in our hearts and minds, then we will experience realities that reflect

these distortions.

 

Instead, we can allow our true nature to shine and see that brilliance

reflected to our senses.

 

It should be self-evident that reality is infinitely moldable to the life

that animates it.

 

Can you not see this in the world about you, both natural and manmade? War

and violence exist because these things are in the hearts and minds of

humankind. Peace will reign when peace finds a lasting abode in our hearts

and minds. If things appear rigid and inflexible it is our own rigid, false

sense of identity that is rigid, and what we observe in our daily life is

merely a reflection of that stiff, narrow sense of self. We experience this

seeming insidious reflection of our lower nature so that we may know our

greatness by contrast. What we need to evolve beyond our current level is a

broader sense of self…a living, breathing recognition that we are part of

a larger Being in whom our complete fulfillment lies…but we are it…not

separate form it. We only need to nurture the complete and collective

consciousness of this Truth in order to see it manifest in our experience.

The beginning of this experience is the moving from self-centered

consciousness to whole-centered consciousness. Herein lies the promise of

the ages: paradise on earth.

 

Simple mathematics can prove that if we concern ourselves with everyone else

as well as ourselves then we can have orders of magnitude more of

everything. It is the mathematics of a utopian economy: You live in a world

where only you are concerned about you; therefore, you have only one person

on your side. On the other hand, if you lived in a place where six billion

people were concerned about you, but you and everyone else concerned

themselves with the fulfillment of everyone else, then you would have six

billion people interested in your welfare, and so would everyone else! Which

would you rather have? Which world would be more likely to foster the

manifestation of that which is (y)our highest potential…(y)our destiny?

 

This is the “secret” to manifesting a collective destiny where everyone is

fulfilled and where we experience abundance in all areas of life. But how do

we get there from here? How do we alter this in a world that seems bent on

fearful, destructive, self-serving motives and activities?

 

We start in our own hearts and minds. We as individuals must affirm with our

deepest feeling nature the I AM Presence every moment and commit to living

and being now as we would in a world that already expresses a higher

potential. Is there anything that is stopping us right this instant but our

own forgotten choice to act out of fear instead of love? Will it ever become

a reality until we do? What are we waiting for? Be It NOW!

 

If we are to act as a collective – act as the one Being we are – then we

each have to take responsibility for our individual selves. We have to stop

trying to fix other people and start “fixing” ourselves. How can we take a

splinter from our friend’s eye when we have logs in ours? We take the logs

out of our eyes by opening up to greater expressions of our Essence and

release patterns in mind and heart that distort our true self. Then we

express our divine gifts freely and accept the abundance and bounty of

soulful living as our reward. The only thing we owe others is the nurturing

and celebration of their Essence, just like we each want for ourselves. We

must know and trust that this Essence can, and already is, doing what it can

to guide us all to higher possibilities.

 

Once we settle into our own inner peace and recognition of our innate,

glorious nature, then we can look for those with whom we have an affinity.

When two or more gather in the name of Higher Potential, powerful forces are

activated because “work” is being done that is resonating with an existing

pattern, i.e., the energy of the I AM Presence seeking conscious union with

Its own creation.

 

What we observe as evolution is just patterns of form, function and

experience that express more complex relationships of that Infinite Presence

to Itself.

 

By allowing affinity to work in our lives, we naturally attract those with

whom we share a common vision for an exciting, wholesome future, and cause

to materialize that good which is already trying to break through in our

lives. We co-create and align with a new morphic field that contains all

that is needed to materialize any desired possibility.


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