May 2009

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Sri Lanka update: Mourning the LTTE chief Prabhakaran
From UPI, May 22, 2009
Following the deaths of the entire leadership of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as a result of the Sri Lankan government’s military victory, there is a strong feeling among Sri Lankans both inside and outside of the country that their deaths, particularly that of LTTE chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran, should not be a matter for mourning. Basil Fernando, Sri Lankan citizen and director of the Asian Human Rights Commission, begs to differ

Young Agent Orange victim writes to Obama
From Vietnam Net Bridge, April 22, 2009
Citing herself as a living evidence of the terrible impacts of dioxin during the Vietnam War, Tran Thi Hoan, 23, who is missing two legs to her knees and her left hand, has written a letter to US President Barack Obama

The effects of Agent Orange cross sides, generations
From Thanh Nien, May 17, 2009
Three Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange were united by the common goal of fighting for justice as they prepared to depose in front of the International Peoples’ Tribunal of Conscience, which held a hearing on Agent Orange on May 15-16 in Paris

Executive summary of the decision: International Peoples’ Tribunal of Conscience in Support of the Vietnamese Victims of Agent Orange
From Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign, May 18, 2009
After examining the evidence the Tribunal found that the United States Government and the Chemical manufacturers were aware of the fact that Dioxin, one of the most dangerous chemicals known to man, was present in one of the component parts of Agent Orange; yet they continued to use it and in fact suppressed a study which showed in 1965 that Dioxin caused many birth defects in experimental animals. The US Government and the Chemical manufacturers were found guilty of all changes

Report on the ICF Workshop on Playback Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed
By Paddy Nobel, May 2009
During 2009, ICF will organize up to six specialized workshops for the past participants of the School of Peace. The purpose of these workshops is to help the participants continue to gain knowledge and skill for their work of bring transformation to their communities. The first such workshop was held in Bangalore, India on the Visthar campus. The theme of this workshop was the use of drama to help identify problems and seek possible solutions. Running from April 25 to May 7, the participants were also able to be a part of the Festival of Justpeace, which is now an annual event on the Visthar campus. This brief report has been prepared by Paddy Nobel, who served as ICF coordinator for the workshop
. [Read report]

Publication of That We May Dream Again and Our Thoughts Are Free
By Max Ediger, May 2009
Two books of poetry and prose: Twenty-one years after their detention, Catholic Singaporean activists reflect on time spent in prison because of they chose to speak out for the disadvantaged in society. They share their motivations for the work they did, the beliefs they held and childhood events that built their character and perspectives, and agonize over the effects the arbitrary arrests had on them long after their release
. [Read review]

The Rebel and the Revolutionary
A poem by Francis Khoo published in Our Thoughts Are Free [Read poem]

Letter from BCJP to the MILF
April 20, 2009
A letter from the Bangsamoro Center for Justpeace in the Philippines (BCJP) to the leadership of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) urging the MILF to request the EU to support the International Monitoring Team responsible for overseeing the cease-fire between the MILF and the Philippine military
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Short film: Chicken a-la-Carte
From Culture, 2005
Food we throw away may be a feast for others. The following film, based on a true story, clearly illustrates how even waste food may be seen as a blessing for those who have nothing


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