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Dadi Prakashmani Serves from Above and Beyond

September 6, 2007

Dear Family of Light,

 

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Today is a special day for my Brahmin Family and many thousand other souls who have met Dadiji. Our Beloved Dadi Prakashmani has left this world and after spending 12 days in the Subtle Regions with God and Brahma Baba, she is now free to take rebirth in the Advanced Party where she will continue to serve & give love to the world as a true ancestor soul.

These past few days I have been in Silence and remebering all the magical times I shared with this wonderful woman. One that comes to mind is in 94 when I went to India during the rainy season. We were celebrating Rahki, a ceremony of Purity and Dedication to God, a bond of Protection. She tied this sacred bracelet on my right arm and I looked into her eyes and could see myself as a Deity of the Past, an Angel of present and Divine Being of the Future.
In 1 second all my Raja Yogi life passed before me and could feel the wonder & honor of being part of this Divine Family. As each of you is part of my family and we are here to serve the world, I am blessed to share the following info.

First who was Dadiji? See this great video for intro.

Link–
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImhEU4WiyOo

 

A web site is now open in her honor..

http://www.dadimaa.in

Press Release
President Pratibha Patil and leaders condole Dadi.s demise as a great loss
-Thousands of devotees from across the globe descend at Abu for last rites on Monday-
Mount Abu, Aug, 26: Mrs. Pratibha Patil, President of India and several other socio-political, religious leaders, statesmen, bureaucrats and judges have expressed grief and have condoled the demise of Dadi Prakashmani, the Chief of Brahma kumaris as a great loss for the country and mankind.

President Patil in her message has termed Dadiji as one of the leading lights, who has
always emphasized on empowering the self and others with practical wisdom for realizing constant peace, happiness and excellence in life. Dadiji would be remembered for her distinct contribution to the welfare of society at large, Mrs. Patil has said.
Gujrat Governor Naval Kishore Sharma and Chief Minister Narendra Modi have
expressed their grief over Dadi.s demise. Mr. Modi, who along with Governer will attend
Dadi.s last rites at instution.s Abu premises on Monday. In his message he said, Dadi had always faught against the evils of society and succeeded in her efforts. The Governor also said Dadi was a living example of love and kindness and her death will be deeply felt by humanity.

Jagatguru Shri Shivratri Maharaj of Sutturmath, Maysore in his condolence message
said that with Dadi’s demise India had lost a spiritual ambassador who had love, care, concern and compassion for entire mankind.
Swami Bal Gangadharnath Ji of Adi Chunchungiri Math, Karnataka has said that it
would be difficult to fill the vacuum created by passing away of Dadiji who was a unique torch bearer of humanity.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajshekhar Reddy expressed shock and grief at
passing away of the great spiritual leader Dadiji whose invaluable contributions, he said, would be long remembered by people of all walks of life.

Prominent among others who have sent their condolences are Shri D. Shrinivas, Andhra Pradesh, Minister for Higher Education; Mr. T. N. Chaturvedi, Ex. Governor of Tamil Nadu; Mr. Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh Leader of Opposition; Shri Jasbir Singh, Chairman, Minority Commission, Govt. of Rajasthan; Sardar Buta Singh, Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, Mr. D. R. Karthikeyan, former CBI Director; Justice Eishwariya; Judge Andhra Pradesh High Court etc.

Today morning, Dadiji.s garlanded mundane body which was kept inside a glass casket
and mounted on the top of an open carriage, was taken in a procession from institution’s Shantivan premises, Abu Road to its Spiritual Museum, founder Prajapita Brahma’s Samadhi, Cottage, Rest Room and finally was kept at Om Shanti Hall at Pandav Bhawan, Mount Abu where public and gentry paid tribute before the vehicular procession returned to Shantivan via institution’s Gyan Sarovar Academy and Global Hospital at Mount Abu.

The final rites are scheduled to be held inside the premises of Shantivan, Abu Road
tomorrow. Aug-27 at 10:30 A.M. in which over 20,000 devotees including IPs, VIPs and VVIPs from India and abroad are expected to congregate to pay their obeisance.

Several private TV & Radio channels including Doordarshan & AIR are expected to
cover the event. Some TV channels including Sanskar, Astha, Aaj Tak, Zee-Jagran, E-TV etc will provide live telecast of the program tomorrow.
B. K. Karuna, Media Spoksman, Brahma Kumaris, Hqrs. Mt. Abu, Cell: 09414153999

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The first news we got via the Internet….

At 10:05am local time on 25th August 2007, the soul of Dadi Prakashmani, Administrative Head of the Brahma Kumaris, passed away at the organization’s Shantivan complex on Abu Road in Rajasthan, India. She was in her mid 80’s.
Dadi Prakashmani was a truly remarkable soul with an overflowing sense of generosity and love for all. She took on the role of administrative head of the organization in 1969, at a time when it was just a national entity in India. Over the proceeding years, her wisdom, gentle nature and foresight helped guide the Brahma Kumaris through a period of tremendous global growth.

When she was once asked how she managed such an international organisation, she replied: “Like a family, the basis of this organization is love, and it flourishes because it is nourished with trust and respect”.
Her cremation will take place at the Brahma Kumaris’ Shantivan complex on Monday morning. All BK centers around the world will be having special meditation over the weekend to further spread the vibrations of peace and love that had been such a hallmark of Dadi.

Press release
Brahma Kumaris Chief Rajyogini Dadi Prakashmani is no more
Mount Abu, August 25 : Rajyogini Dadi Prakashmani, the Chief of Brahma
Kumaris left her mortal body in Shantivan, Abu Road today at 10:05 A.M. She
was aged 87. Her body will be kept till Monday morning for inmates to pay
homage.
Born in Hyderabad Sind (now in Pakistan) Dadiji joined the institution at
the tender age of 14. She was chosen one of the eight trustees of the institution
during its formative days in 1937 and later rose to become its Chief
Administrative Head after its corporeal founder Prajapita Brahma left his mortal
coil in January 1969.
Her boundless enthusiasm, generosity and unlimited vision had led the
institution in its tremendous growth from national to global with over 8000
service centres in 130 countries. Under her able leadership, it also became an
NGO member in the United Nations. For her contributions towards world peace,
she had received the UN.s International Peace Messanger Award.
Her personality reflected a perfect blend of lightness, cheerfulness and
authority that float from her inner strength of unflinching dedication and
discipline. She was conferred Doctorate Degree in Literature by Mohanlal
Sukhadia University, Udaipur for her outstanding contribution towards
promotion of human values and moral education.
Her spiritual discourses made a lasting impact on the listeners due
to her underlying power of truth and conviction of practicing what she preached.
She combined love and law, respect and authority to administer the day to day
tasks at the headquarters. Her natural leadership qualities inspired one and all in
the organisation to transform their lives and dedicate themselves to offer their
services to humanity.
B. K. Karuna
Media Spokesman
Brahma Kumaris HQ, Mt. Abu

Brief Bio-Data –

Rajyogini Brahma Kumari Dadi Dr. Prakashmani

Born in Hyderabad, Sind (now in Pakistan), Dadi Prakashmani’s childhood name was Rama. Her father was a renowned astrologer and foresaw his daughter’s destiny to lead a spiritual life in the service of humanity that would span eight decades and reach across all continents.

In 1937, when the Brahma Kumaris organisation was being established as a small trust in Sind under the name ‘Om Mandali’, 14 year old kumari Rama decided to join it and dedicate her life to the spiritual upliftment of humanity. Chosen as one of its original eight trustees, she was given the spiritual name ‘Prakashmani’ (‘Jewel of Light’). Her extraordinary talents, vision, values and qualities of leadership enabled her to take up the challenges of starting spiritual service centres in Mumbai and Maharastra and become the organisation’s Chief Co-ordinator of Maharastra, Gujrat & Karnataka zones in the 1950s and 1960s.

In 1954, Dadi led a delegation to the Second World Religious Congress in Japan. She then embarked on a six month tour of Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia, delivering spiritual talks and lectures and promoting Raja Yoga meditation, to help people restore inner peace, power, harmony and happiness in their lives. After the organisation’s founding father, Brahma Baba, died in 1969, she became its Administrative Head, endearingly called ‘Dadiji’. With her generosity of spirit and unlimited vision, she was able to guide the Brahma Kumaris through their huge growth since that time.

Since 1969, Dadiji chaired and addressed countless national seminars and meetings in India, as well as international conferences in over hundred countries. In 1985, she organised the All India Bharat Unity Youth Padyatras and Rallies and in 1989 the All India Holistic Health Awareness Campaigns. She served as President of the annual Universal Peace Conferences at Mount Abu from 1983 to 1993. It was under Dadiji’s dynamic leadership in the 1980s, that the Brahma Kumaris was designated an NGO in the United Nations Department of Public Information, with consultative status with the UN’s Economic & Social Council and with UNICEF. In 1986, designated UN International Year of Peace, she launched the Million Minutes of Peace Appeal project in over 88 countries and presented a collection of one billion minutes of positive, peaceful and prayerful thoughts to UN Secretary General during the UN’s 40thAnniversary. In 1988, she became the President of an International Peace Messenger Initiative entitled Global Cooperation for a Better World – a project dedicated to the UN and implemented in over 129 countries. Inspiring thousands of community activities at local levels, it was based on individual and collective ideas for a better world.

Dadiji’s main concerns were to promote the potential of women in society, create opportunities for young people, research the hidden resources of the mind, transform consciousness through meditation, re-activate moral and humanitarian values and work to bring unity among people for world peace. She believed that progress for the self lay in having no expectations and no desire for praise or reward. Success, she felt, is built on love and respect for all human beings and what was needed was lightness of nature and independence of spirit, so as to attract the love of others and the love of God. This, Dadiji was convinced, is what brings the greatest happiness and will constantly inspire us.

Dressed in plain white cotton, Dadiji epitomised simplicity, while at the same time radiating the authority of a woman administering a global organisation with over 8,500 service centres in India and 129 other countries. Dadiji described herself as an instrument who loves to serve human beings by reminding them of their innate goodness – and that it is through the awakening of this goodness that we can collectively transform our world. Dadiji remained a spiritual ambassador whose wisdom has always echoed her own experience.

At 10:05am local time on 25th August 2007, the soul of Dadi Prakashmani passed away at the organisation’s Shantivan complex on Abu Road in Rajasthan, India. She was in her mid-80s.
Honours conferred on Dadiji include:
• Dharma Chakra Medal (1984)
• Key to city of Los Angeles (1984)
• City Medals of Sao Paulo and Frankfurt (1984)
• United Nations International Year of Peace Medal (1986)
• International Peace Messenger Award from the UN Secretary General (1987)
• Honorary Doctor of Literature from Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, India (1992)
• Giant Award for Social work from Giant International, Mumbai (1994)
• ‘Dharma Ratna’, by World Religious Parliament, New Delhi.
• ‘Priya Darshini’ award from Priya Darshini Academy, Mumbai, for outstanding contribution towards Human Welfare and Global Peace.
• UNESCO special award for collecting 35 million signatures from all over India and 120 other countries in support and promotion of the UNESCO’s ‘Culture of Peace’ Project entitled Peace Manifesto-2000 in the International Year of Culture of Peace -2,000 as proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in the year 2,000.

Some words of Dadi Prakashmani…
“Like a family, the basis of this organisation is love, and it flourishes because it is nourished with trust and respect”.
“Only a powerful soul can offer love. Only a powerful soul can afford to be humble. If we are weak, then we become selfish. If we are empty, we take; but if we are filled, we automatically give to all. That is our nature.”
“If you have the feeling that you belong to everyone, and look after everybody as a trustee, you are enabled to do right actions. By having love, rather than attachment, you learn discrimination.”

For more info please visit. http://www.bkwsu.org or http://www.brahmakumaris.com
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As I wrote to my family, May our Beloved Dadiji contiune to serve in the Subtle Regions and Shower us with love the way she has always done. A pure heart is the greatest example for the World.

Dadi you are with us now and 4ever. From our hearts we thank you for your unlimited service and love to this world. I know now that you are sitting on God’s Heart Throne and have a big smile… I can feel it and see it.

Much Love & Remembrance Your Beloved Son,

Prakash

Celebrating Human Greatness

January 25, 2007

U are Great
Dear Family of Light,

Have you thought about your Human Greatness? Who is Great? Ask yourself have you done something great in life? Just being born is Greatness. The magic of U, as a Human Being interacting with life, a galaxy, computer systems, life trails, unknown wisdom, tax codes, little kids who sing, a sunset that makes you smile, a homerun and God’ sun coming up each morning is Pure Greatness.

The idea that your universe is created by your thoughts, pure intentions and the love you share is a revelation of science and energy medicine. Everyday science and technology invent something great. We see trip to Mars, new miracle drugs and every six months you need a new computer. Things change fast in a Techno World.

Where is true Greatness?

When we are born we learn greatness in action, just the art of learning to walk is a miracle for a 1 year old. We have hidden talents, powers and old memories, but what about the original nature of light, me as a soul. Inner greatness is tapping into the innate qualities that are the spiritual DNA of the soul.

Last night I saw President Bush, at his State of the Union address acknowledge a man who saved the life of someone on a New York subway. Imagine jumping on to the tracks of a fast coming train and pulling someone you don’t know into the center rail as the train speeds over. Great courage, a little crazy and tremendous faith. Greatness in action, a hero and an example of what each one of us has inside.

In the world today there is a compelling need for greater leadership at all levels. This is not just a call for greater leadership in business and politics, but a call for human greatness itself.

Are the qualities that underlie greatness intrinsic to everyone or are they a gift of the rare few? Everyone has the potential to be great, no matter your skin, language, or educational challenges.

A definition from the world of Google.
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&client=firefox-a&channel=s&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&hs=sMB&defl=en&q=define:greatness&sa=X&oi=glossary_definition&ct=title

Definitions of greatness on the Web:

• the property possessed by something or someone of outstanding importance or eminence
• enormousness: unusual largeness in size or extent or number
wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn
• Greatness is a vague concept that is heavily dependent on a person’s perspective and biases. It is a term that is often used, however, by people trying to emphasize a thing’s superiority. In Europe the most lauded rulers were given the attribute “the Great” (e.g. Alfred the Great).
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greatness

That seems a limited way to see the true spiritual greatness that lies within each soul.
How do we emerge such greatness and what would that look like in society today?

It can be said that greatness is not a single act, but a way of being that nourishes the self, others, and the community. It is intrinsic to every human being, arising from the unique expression of innate qualities such as love, peace, bliss and wisdom. These qualities are the seeds to human greatness, and the true expression of these qualities is human greatness itself. When we awaken and express the simple essence of our being, we are able to create an extraordinary life, a life of greatness that leaves a positive mark on the lives of others, society, and the world. It is like a gentle rainbow during a spring rain, nature expressing itself via color and water.

I saw a movie called Freedom Writers, where a teacher, (Hilary Swank) goes into a segregated LA school and finds a world of pain, gangs and gunshots. It is a real story and a reality we are living right now in many parts of the world not only LA. Some places in South America a book would be a dream for a little boy.

The movie is amazing because it shows how one woman changed the lives of these kids letting them find the greatness within them and her. True greatness is when we see beyond the color and race and free the light that wants to shine.

She gave them new books, shared stories of Anne Frank and took them on class field trips. They were able to see how someone really cares about them. They found Faith, a power that they could succeed and the world was never the same. They started to write their thoughts in journals and a certain type of greatness emerged. Things changed for the better and paradigm shift occurred.

The power of words, reading and writing was their ticket. It is a freedom they never had and showed them new way to express the anger and pain inside. A ticket to inner greatness, a release of ones true potential. Inspiration.
When now it is a movie and book. See
http://www.freedomwriters.com/ http://www.youtube.com/beheard

Today, January 25 our Spiritual University in America is launching a special initiative in New Orleans called “Celebrating Human Greatness”. It is an invitation for a positive revolution in awareness. Its goal is to discover in all human beings the exceptional and the essential and through that invite all Americans who engage to recall their natural sense of optimism, confidence, and contentment. How many hero’s emerged out of Katrina? True Greatness was witnessed on the 6 p.m. news. The people make the city and the city reflects its people.

You have a voice, a story to tell and it needs to be heard. It all begins with a conversation, and an open heart. The consequence is that a dialogue begins and we start to see the greatness within each one.

If you consider it, we really create our world and our future through our thoughts, words, and actions and by connecting with each other, sharing knowledge, stories and building relationships – something happens in world consciousness.

The intent with Celebrating Human Greatness. is to raise “questions that matter”–for our families, organizations, and communities and to seed the evolution of the knowledge and wisdom that we need to co-create the future. We “grow what we know” individually and collectively. We notice the possibilities for mutual insight, innovation, and action that are already present, if only we know where to look. As our collective awareness of what is good, great, and beautiful in the world grows, we become powerful resources for bringing forth the future at increasing levels of scale.
“Creating a positive future begins in human conversation. The simplest and most powerful investment any member of a community or an organization may make in renewal is to begin talking with other people as though the answers mattered.”
When people come together and have a dialogue about life-enhancing themes, magic happens. These conversations naturally evoke the participant’s best qualities. The participants are so excited by their discovery that they want to share their realizations with others.

A series of questions will be offered to stimulate the conversations. The questions will encourage people to reflect on aspects of their own greatness and then follow up by sharing their stories and insights in conversation with others.

The experience of these conversations are like “seeds” that the participants take and plant in their own social circles – their homes, workplaces, book clubs, schools, and other places that they meet their friends. The more people think over and discuss this topic, the more attuned they are to the greatness in and around them.

To love in spite of all is the secret of greatness. And may very well be the greatest secret in this universe. Love and Respect is the greatest healer which opens your Heart to celebrate your true Human Greatness.

Join us in Celebrating Human Greatness.

Here is a press release about the Launch.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: 813-987-2525 OR
INFO@HUMANGREATNESS.ORG

New Orleans Chosen as the Launch City for
“Celebrating Human Greatness”

New Orleans, LA, Jan. 25, 2007 — New Orleans has been selected as the “launch city” for a new national initiative, “Celebrating Human Greatness”. The launch, which will take place over two days (January 25th and 26th), will pay tribute to the significance of New Orleans in the hearts of the American people and highlight the stories of human greatness that have emerged in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The premise of the Celebrating Human Greatness initiative is that greatness arises from the unique expression of innate human qualities such as love, peace, and wisdom. People who awaken to and use these qualities in action are able to create an extraordinary life that leaves a positive mark on others, society and the world. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “Not everyone can be famous but everyone can be great because greatness is determined by service”.

The first event, Thursday January 25, 2007, 6 to 9pm at the Le Boucherie Coffee House on 399 Chartres Street (French Quarter), will be facilitated by New Orleans native Keith Woods, currently Dean of Faculty at the Poynter Institute School for Journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida. He will interview Chris Rose of the Times Picayune.
http://www.laboucheriecoffeehouse.com
http://www.poynter.org ~ http://www.timespicayune.com ~

The second event, Friday, January 26, 2007, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, NOLA, will also be facilitated by Keith Woods. On this occasion he will interview Lloyd Dennis, Motivational Speaker and Columnist.
http://www.ashecac.org ~~ http://www.lloyddennis.com

The stories of human greatness revealed by these interviews will kick off a 2-hour conversation among citizens of New Orleans about the qualities of character arising in ordinary people that precipitate achievements of greatness. The conversation will involve the art and practice of asking questions that strengthen both the individual’s and the group’s capacity to heighten positive potential. The stories that emerge will focus on the qualities and experiences in people’s lives that lift them up and offer hope. The Celebrating Human Greatness initiative will subsequently go on to hold a series of conversations in other cities across the nation.

“We are very much looking forward to the conversations that will take place in New Orleans, a city that has truly elicited unity, love and courage in a very difficult time,” states Shireen Chada, one of the organizers for the event.

Attendance at the event is by invitation only as space is limited. The guest list includes State Senator Ms. Ann D. Duplessis, numerous leaders of community organizations and local businesses.

The national initiative, Celebrating Human Greatness is being organized by the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization (www.bkwsu.org) along with local and national partners.

For more information call 813.987.2525 or email at info@humangreatness.org or visit the Celebrating Human Greatness website at http://www.humangreatness.org.

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization (BKWSO) offers people of all backgrounds an opportunity to deepen their understanding of universal principles and innate values. It acknowledges the intrinsic goodness of every human being and helps individuals to rediscover their own goodness. The organization encourages and facilitates the development of spiritual awareness, attitudes, behaviors, and skills through a process of lifelong learning. BKWSO is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in the USA.

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (www.bkwsu.org) is headquartered in Mt. Abu, Rajasthan, India. Internationally, there are 8,500 Brahma Kumaris meditation centers in over 100 countries. The BKWSU is a non-governmental organization in general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and in consultative status with UNICEF. It is also affiliated to the UN Department of Public Information.

See more at ~
1. http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/intro/whatisai.cfm
2. http://www.theworldcafe.com/about.html
3. http://www.brahmakumaris.com

Quotes on Greatness

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” Wilma Rudolph, Three-time winning Olympic gold medalist “Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force; that thoughts rule the world.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“…there is another kind of greatness that tends to be more quiet by nature, one that generally escapes the headlines… (It) has to do with character and contribution as distinguished from (the greatness) which has to do with notoriety, wealth, fame, prestige or position. It speaks more about people’s motives than about their talents; more about small and simple deeds than about grandiose accomplishments. It is humble.”
Stephen Covey, Everyday Greatness

“Not everyone can be famous but everyone can be great because greatness is determined by service”.

Martin Luther King Jr.

“He changed my performance,” Smith says of his son Jaden, “You know, when you really capture your greatness, there’s going to be something childlike about it. There’s going to be something at play, not at work, and watching him I rediscovered that thing that made me successful with The Fresh Prince [of Bel-Air]”

Will Smith, Actor
Tuning in to New Orleans live webcast –

~  Thursday, January 25, 2007- 6:20pm to 7:20pm (Sister Mohini thoughts
and Keynote Interview) and again from 8:20pm to 9:00pm (Plenary Session)
– US Central Time Zone

~  Friday, January 26, 2007 – 4:20pm to 5:20pm (Sister Mohini thoughts
and Keynote Interview) and again from 6:20 to 7:00pm (Plenary Session) –
US Central Time Zone

For latest information on the webcast please visit our website:
www.humangreatness.org

To access the webcast please download the free Real Player version 10 if
you
don’t have it already. You can obtain it using the web link below…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/categories/plug/real/real.shtml?intro2

At the time of the webcast, please use the weblink below to watch and
listen. Note that this link will only work at the time the transmission
is in progress, not before.
http://webcast.bkwsu.org:9000/ramgen/broadcast/USA.rm

If you would like to test your system before the event then use the
weblink below.
http://webcast.bkwsu.org:9000/ramgen/test/shiv_ratri_jayanti.rm

Kogi Message of Peace

November 10, 2006


MamosThe KOGI, Lost Tribe with a Message of Peace
By Luis Mejia (L CONDOR)

Around 20 years ago I saw an amazing video called from the “Heart of the World.” It was about a unique Indigenous community that lived in Northern Colombia who say they are keeping the world in balance. I was so impressed because they are still living with the same spiritual values and traditions of their ancestors, but the ecological warning the Kogi’s shared touched a nerve.

I was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1959 and came to the US in 1960, so I never had a chance to really understand my roots and my Colombian heritage. When I saw how the Kogi lived I was determined to find a way to meet them. The only problem was they don’t like tourists and getting into their land is very difficult, not to mention that today there is para-military control, a FRAC guerrillas army that has riches beyond description and senseless killing. 40 year civil war that has no end in sight.

In May 1995 I moved to Brazil to work for Ford Motor Company to promote an internal communications campaign called Ford 2000 in Latin America. Then I spent 1 year at the World Headquarters in Detroit working in the International Public Affairs covering Asia, India and Latin America. Life was good but deep down I had a need to understand my roots. In April of 1997, I went to Colombia on a business trip and met some people who had just returned from the Sierra Nevada where the Kogi live. I was having major synchronicities about the Kogi and my heart kept feeling I needed to find a way to communicate with them.

In June of 1997 a lifelong dream came true for me. I had just took a leave of absence from my job at Ford and decided to go to an Indigenous conference in the Amazon region of Colombia. It was called the “2nd International Gathering of Priest and Elders of the Americas.” When I arrived I started helping with the logistics of the conference. We were expecting about 300 elders from more than 13 countries. That event changed my life and I made a promise to my Kogi brothers that one day I would return and help them out. I have been back to the sacred mountain 7 times and each time the situation gets mote intense.

This past summer ( April-Sept 2006) I have been living in Bogota planning the final details of the Kogi film and media campaign. I had a chance to go to the Sierra and meet the elders in charge and understand th real needs of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the people suffering there.

The campaign will have 3 key objectives:
* To raise awareness of the critical situation the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is in and the humanitarian crisis of the Native Peoples including the Kogi, Arhuaco and Wiwa.
* Bring medical supplies and smiles to Children and Hospitals in Santa Marta and Bogota. Partnership with Airline Ambassadors www.airlineamb.org
Create Music 4 Peace- Concert for Harmony,

Funds raised go to buy land and communications equipment –Juanes, Carlos Vives, Santana will be invited. Partnership with Daniel Pearl Foundation, Harmony for Humanity www.danielpearl.org

The civil and drug war going on in Colombia right now has taken a toll on the native population and people are being killed without justice and deep fear. The Kogi and all the tribes in the Sierra are asking for help and the time has come to hear the call.

A little history …..

More than 500 years ago the Kogi fled high into a sacred mountain in Northern Colombia called the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the Spanish had arrived and the message was not good. They believe the Sierra Nevada to be the “Mother” and the “Heart of the World.” The Sierra Nevada, in the shape of a pyramid is where the Andes chain begins or ends, depending on your perspective. If you look at the Andes, the Sierra is the crown chakra or top most part of South America. It is like a spinal column and the sacred mountain is the 3 eye. The Kogi are unique among the world’s Indigenous cultures because they were never conquered by the Spaniards. They are said to have memory of the beginning of time and remember the rampage the conquistadors brought to their region in 1498.
In 1988 the Kogi allowed a BBC journalist Alain Ereira to film a documentary about their culture. This was a historic event. No western journalists have been allowed to return and the Kogi remained silent observing the ecological destruction they have seen from their mountain-top. Very few Colombians dare enter into their territory and few know they exist.
In June of 1997, I was invited to visit the Kogi. This created a bond of friendship and trust. They are now ready to share their next warning and message to the “Younger Brother.” We are the “Younger Brother” who are destroying the Earth and causing an ecological imbalance that may affect future generations to come.

Who are they?
The Kogi are the direct descendants of the Tayrona civilization. The Tayrona culture flourished in Northern Colombia around 1,000 AD. They left behind stunning gold artwork, stone and pottery artifacts and an amazing network of brick roads covering the Sierra Nevada. Kogi society has changed little in the past five centuries. They survived as a culture because the Kogi focus all their energy on the life of the mind as opposed to the life of a body or an individual. Fundamental to that survival is the maintenance of physical separation from their world and our own. The Kogi do not allow anyone into their land. They are very protective of their sacred space and the dense jungle is not kind to tourists.

As of 2006, it is estimated there are 12,000 Kogi’s left.

Where do they live?
The Kogi live in the higher regions of the Sierra Nevada. Many self-sustaining communities are on the Western part of the Mountain accessible through Valledupar, which is located in the State of Cesar. The Sierra Nevada is the highest coastal mountain in the world only 26 miles from the beach. It is located near the Equator, which means it has no seasons. Day and night are of equal length all year round. It has every eco-system in its 17,000 km2 area. The highest peek is the Pico Simon Bolivar at 5,775 mtrs. So in this mountain area all the eco-systems of earth are present creating a mini earth. From the sea the mountain goes straight to snow capped peaks.

Why are they unique?
The Kogi represent the most complete surviving civilization of pre-Columbian America. They are not hunter-gatherers or a wondering tribe. They are a nation whose fields have been continuously cultivated for more than a thousand years.
The Kogi believe they are the “Elder Brothers,” the guardians of life on Earth. Through their mind power and meditation they keep the world in balance. They live in “Aluna,” an inner world of thought and potential. They are now concerned because their Mountain is dying.
Everything about their history and religion is passed down through oral instructions and their lives are run by the spiritual leaders or Shamans named “Mamas.” The Kogi Mamas are chosen from birth and spend the first nine years of childhood in a cave in total darkness learning the ancient secrets of the spiritual world or Aluna. They are the priests and judges who control Kogi society. All major decisions and shamanic work is done by Divination. All is the world of Aluna, so the Mamas see a reflection of the physical world first in the spiritual world. If Aluna is the Mother, then the Kogi listen to the Mother by divining. This lost technique of divination is what keeps the Kogi world in balance and order. The Mamas are worried that the “Younger Brother” has not heeded the first warning. If the Sierra Nevada or the Mother dies, the world will also die.
Of unique importance is that the Kogi are a peaceful tribe that have never killed one of their own and rarely intermarry. They never grow gray hair and have no facial hair. They can spend 9 days awake without sleep during their ceremonial rites.
They are now beginning to learn Spanish because they realize the importance of communicating with the outside world. They also need to understand the Colombian Government’s laws regarding the Sierra Nevada, which was named a Historical Heritage by UNESCO and a National Park by the Colombian Government.

This past Oct, 2006 we formed an alliance with the UNPD in Bogota and will be helping raise funds and awareness for a campaign to buy their sacred land back.

The Kogi have a lot to teach us. Are we ready to listen?

More info on our web at www.tribalink.org


Mercury Transit today 2:12 pm EST

November 8, 2006

Mercury Glides across our Sun Today

 

See it live today … exact at 2:15 pm EST..

http://www.exploratorium.edu/transit
http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2007/events/mercurytransit.php

http://mercury.kochi-ct.jp/
japan site

http://astroday.net/MercTransit06.html

 

 


 

Have you felt the energy in the sky, did you know a comet dove into our Sun on Nov 5th, did the past full moon in Taurus -Scorpio knock u out? Is the Universe out of site? Well hold on tight now we have another sign in the sky night or sunset, where ever u are

 

Nov 8th, tomorrow a major significant celestial event will take place in our solar system. Mercury the closest planet to the sun, the communicator, the iron core dwarf will cross the face of the Sun.

 

The first bite of Mercury appears on the solar disk’s edge at 2:12 P.M. EST (11:12 A.M. PST). This moment is called “first contact,” and it signifies the transit’s start. People throughout North and South America and in Hawaii will witness this stage. About 2 minutes later, Mercury’s entire disk appears against the Sun’s face — second contact. Over the following 4 hours and 54 minutes, Mercury’s dark silhouette traverses the Sun’s southern hemisphere. At Mercury’s distance of 63 million miles from Earth, the planet’s 3,000-mile-wide disk spans a mere 10″.

 

Mercury reaches the midpoint of the transit at 4:41 P.M. EST (1:41 P.M. PST), and the Sun sets soon after along the U.S. eastern seaboard.

 

The transit’s end will be visible only from west of the Rocky Mountains. Third contact occurs at 4:08 P.M. PST, followed 2 minutes later by the transit’s conclusion. Residents of Hawaii and New Zealand can see the entire event. The transit’s final stages can be viewed from Australia, Japan, and eastern Asia, where the Sun rises with the transit in progress.

 

Mercury transits can occur only in May or November, when the planet crosses the ecliptic plane. And they happen rarely — 13 or 14 times per century. The next Mercury transit occurs May 9, 2016.

 

Mercury will track closer to the Sun’s center during this month’s transit. So imagine our Sun and your inner sun being awakened by a cosmic beeper. We still have the effect of the Ultra Violet meditation of Oct 17 and my feeling is anything can happen suddenly. Be ever ready and flow like a river. Who are we but the ones who use the energy to shift the planet to a higher plane

 

 

Remember Venus…This transit takes place 2 years 5 months and some twelve hours after the Venus transit of June 8, 2004. One observation of the possible effects of the Venus transit involved the unusual and difficult blooming pattern seen in yarrow plants in the following year. Perhaps other plant species which are thought to relate to the planet Venus were also affected, but certainly, the yarrow definitely seemed to be experiencing problems. One could presume that with a Mercury transit, we might observe chamomile plants very closely to see if they experience a similar difficulty in their growth patterns, since chamomile is almost universally seen as having a connection to the planet Mercury. A Mercury transit takes place with approximately thirteen to fourteen transits each century while a Venus transits occurs with approximately the same thirteen to fourteen transits each 1000 years.

 

The transit of Mercury may well have an effect on the Warmth forces emanating from the Sun, especially if Mercury has the same capability of “eating up the light” from the Sun that Rudolf Steiner ascribed to a Venus transit. If that capability exists, Mercury’s smaller size may diminish its effect well below the effect that Venus may have had. It will be interesting to see whether the Mercury transit results in an increase or a decrease of Warmth forces over the next few months.

 

(Source from Susan Weed)

 

So what to do, become the planet Mercury. An ancient God from Greek times.

 

The principal holiday for the merchant god was Mercuralia, May 15th. Among the Celtics and Germans existed cults of Mercury worshippers.

 

As one of the five “moving stars” or “planets”, Mercury’s name is the origin of “Wednesday.” In French, this is ‘mercredi’, coming from the Latin ‘Mercurii dies’, or Mercury’s day.

 

WORK HISTORY

Hermes served as messenger for Zeus (though sometimes he job-shares with Iris, the goddess of the dawn) and as sometime conductor of souls of the dead to Hades. He was also known as “the guide and giver of good.” As one of Jupiter’s favorites (as Mercury) he was considered the most entertaining, the most shrewd and the most resourceful god. When Jupiter tired of Olympus, he chose Mercury to accompany him on forays to Earth, both disguised as mortals.

 

In his job as messenger, he wears a broad-rimmed traveller’s hat called a petasos or petasus, talaria or winged sandals made “of imperishable gold which bore him swift as a breath of air over sea and earth,” and carries a cadeuceus or herald’s staff around which serpents or ribbons may be found. The cadeuceus is said to be able to charm men’s eyes to sleep. He also carries a purse (more like a money-bag actually….). The purse signifies his role as the Greek god of riches, trade and good fortune and the Roman god of trade, profit, merchants and travelers. He took over the latter job from the Dei Lucre, early Roman deities of commerce. Hermes also changed his name to Mercury. Among his personal favorite commercial activities was the corn trade. Mercury’s relationship to business and speed survive in words like “mercurial” and mercantile.” Because of his speed he is sometimes considered a god of the winds.

 

To the Babylonians he was viewed as the bearer of riches. To the astrologers of the Renaissance he was the bringer of misfortune.

 

SYMBOL

Mercury’s `corporate logo’ is often described as representing the messenger’s cadeuceus or wand with two snakes curled around it. In some versions of the logo’s origin it is said to be Mercury in his winged hat or petasos.

 

TRADE NAMES

To the Germans he was Wodan.

To the Greeks he was also known as Alipes (the one with winged feet).

To the pre-Roman Etruscans he was Turms, guide of the deceased to the underworld, and messenger of the gods.

To the Egyptians he was known as messenger of the gods Thoth. As such he was the origin of the deity Hermes Trismegistus, or “Thrice-great Hermes.” The three part title comes from this version of Hermes being the Greek writer of astrological texts and responsible for occult arts including alchemy, and the Egyptian god who invented hieroglyphics and calendar-keeping and also judged the souls of the deceased.

To the Sumerians he was Gud, a god favoring welcome rains, agricultural fertility and harvest abundance.

 

To the Assyrians he was Nabu, the “herald.” Instead of being the messenger of the gods, he was the heavenly secretary, keeping track of the words of the gods. This also made him the Assyrian god of knowledge and the recorder of fate for people for the next year.

 

So use your imagination and be the messenger for the world.

Take time and talk with God and let go of the fears. You have many riches within and time to reap the harvest of good thoughts.

 

Enjoy the times we are in as U are the time clock and time traveler.

 

From the heart,

 

Lucho

 

Source-

http://www.hermograph.com/science/mercury2.htm

 

http://www.astronomy.com/asy/default.aspx?c=ga&id=99&aid=4651

 

http://www.susunweed.com

http://www.answers.com/topic/transit-of-mercury-from-mars

 

For more information and to watch the event live, go to:

http://www.exploratorium.edu/transit

 

On November 8, 2006, Mercury will slowly slide across the face of the sun during an event known as a transit. A transit of Mercury is relatively rare—there are only about a dozen in a century.

 

The Exploratorium’s Live@ crew will be at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, and, with the Kitt Peak staff, will Webcast the transit: a live five-hour telescope-only feed beginning at 11:00 am PST.

 

The transit will take place from 11:12 a.m. PST until 4:10 p.m. PST and will be visible from the Pacific, the Americas, eastern Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, although some locations will not be able to see the entire transit. Because of Mercury’s diminutive size, the transit cannot be seen with the unaided eye, but it can be viewed with a telescope (with the proper filter) or with a homemade optical projector.

 

http://www.exploratorium.edu/transit/index.html

 

The Comet story —

DEATH PLUNGE: Yesterday, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) caught a comet plunging toward the sun. It went in–but not out again. The sungrazing comet disintegrated like an ice cube in an oven. See the movie: large, small.

 

TRANSIT OF MERCURY: On Wednesday, Nov. 8th, Mercury will transit the sun, crossing from one side of the star to the other in just five hours. En route, it might eclipse sunspot 921. Greg Piepol of Rockville, Maryland, prepared this animation showing the path of Mercury and the expected position of the sunspot on Nov. 8th:

 

In Greg’s simulation, the background image is real. He took it on Nov. 3rd using his Coronado SolarMax90. The photo was rotated just as the sun spins to move the sunspot into position for the transit. Bulls-eye! 921 is going to provide a pleasing backdrop for Mercury’s journey across the sun.

 

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2006 Transit of Mercury — an overview from Science@NASA

* Safe viewing tips and solar filters

* Photo & Art Contest

* live webcasts: from Japan; from Kitt Peak; from Hawaii; from NASA;

 

From www.spaceweather.com

 

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

Tribal Ink News & The Womb Radio/ TV

http://www.tribalink.org http://www.thewomb.com

786.268.2723 ~

https://globaltvlive.wordpress.com/

http://www.myspace.com/lcondor

http://tribalinknews.blogspot.com/

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