Category: International

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Look how the Virginia Tech assassin is portrayed in a Peruvian newspaper.


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Saturday, April 07, 2007

What is the Kyoto Protocol?

What is the Kyoto Accord and why doesn’t the US join?

Basically it is an amendment to the international treaty on climate change, which attempts to set limits on the amount of of greenhouse gases that signing nations should contribute to the atmosphere.

The US hasn’t signed because our leaders think that it will give developing countries a free ride to pollute while our pollution is stifled.

I have to admit here that I just watched “An Inconvenient Truth”.  I’m amazed that this issue of global warming and greenhouse emissions is being politicized as a Socialist or a Liberal plot to destroy the US.  This has less to do with the US than it has to do with being conservative with our resources.

They say that by agreeing to Kyoto we will lose our advantage in the world market.  I say that if we don’t start making some sacrifices there won’t be a world market to participate in.

Here are a set of links to different sites that have explanations of what it is and why it is important.

Posted by SPN on 04/07 at 01:46 PM in International
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007


En ce début d’année, l’exposition itinérante Afriques Latines réalisée par le photographe Florian Coat fait escale du 3 au 23 février 2007 à la boutique INTI PERU, 17 rue de Picardie à Paris –
Métro : Filles du Calvaire, Temple, République.
informations : 0871759575 /

Le vernissage aura lieu le samedi 3 février 2006 de 18h à 22h00. Simultanément, l’association CAPULI invite Français, Européens et Latinos à se réunir pour la deuxième édition de la fête du Pisco péruvien, la boisson nationale péruvienne. Des amuse-gueules seront servis pour le plaisir du palais.

L’accès à l’exposition et la dégustation de Pisco au travers de différents cocktails, sont gratuits.

Les photographies présentées sont inédites et proposent une rencontre avec les Cultures et Peuples afro-péruviens. 

Posted by SPN on 01/24 at 12:35 PM in International
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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Q’ewar Project has a new teacher.

I met one of the directors of this project when I was in Peru in 2004.  I’ve been in frequent contact with them since their website started .  Please stop by the site and read about the new addition to the project.

You may also make a donation to the Project via “Friends of Qewar” at the website.  Friends of Q’ewar is a tax emempt organization headquartered here in the US.

Posted by SPN on 12/06 at 10:39 AM in International
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Darfur Army

Why can’t we create an armed force of African peoples from all over the Diaspora going into Sudan and kicking the Jinjaweed and the corrupt Sudanese government out?  Everytime I read or see something on tv about the deliberate genocide of the Black Africans by the Arab Africans, my blood boils.  I am normally a very non-violent person but frankly I want to kick some butt.  If the rest of the world community is not willing to help the people in Darfut, why don’t we go ahead and do it ourselves?

Posted by Nuttshell on 11/14 at 04:38 PM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityInternationalRacism / Prejudice
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Friday, November 03, 2006

The Q’ewar project.

During the late spring of 2004 I took my second vacation to Peru.  During that time we stopped in a little village in the Andes called, Andahuaylillas.  There, I met a man named Julio Herrera who started a social initiative project called Q’ewar.  This project is dedicated to raising the social and economic standing of the local women through projects that involve the local economy.  This is a video that will allow you to see some of the principal players in the project.  Although the video is in German, you will see the area and some of the crafts that the women create.  I hope you enjoy it.  The video can also be viewed on Google Video as well as the Q’ewar website.

Posted by SPN on 11/03 at 10:02 AM in International
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Monday, October 02, 2006

From Cuzco Carmen’s Notebook - CONTINUED


At 12:30pm the ladies wind up their morning’s work and walk down the hill to the village, picking up their children from school perhaps and returning to their houses.  Making a lunch of soup plus a “secunda”, the second part of the meal which may include some meat, potatoes, white rice, and some vegetables.

There is a wide variety of vegetables available to the cook, although carrots, onions, potatoes, garlic, squash/pumpkin, tomatoes, lettuce and celery are staples.  There is no desert.  “We have no time to make it”, the ladies told me with a laugh.  Dinner may be leftovers from lunch or just bread and cheese with a hot drink.

After dinner, which may or may not be around a table, activities wind down and there may be time for conversation, card games or black and white TV if they have electricity and a set.  Of course, nobody has “cable TV” and the meager offerings from the capital city Lima are not exactly educational or uplifting, to say the least. 

The children go to bed at the same time as the adults / there may be only one bed, or one room for living and sleeping.  So the children have the same rhythms as their parents – sleeping and eating-wise. Because the children often are awake until late hours of the night, they suffer greatly when in school, often being tired and unable to focus or concentrate.

Posted by Carmen on 10/02 at 09:43 AM in International
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Monday, September 18, 2006

Mid-September 2006 From Carmen’s Notebook

Spending some time in the workshops with the Q’ewar ladies, I had the opportunity to ask them about their daily life and how the week usually shaped up for them.  It was generally agreed that wake-up time is 5 or 6 am, depending on what season it is.  IF it is planting time (August, September) or harvesting time (April and May), the ladies get up between 3 and 4 am depending on how far they have to walk to get to their field.  Some of the ladies told me that they have land (chacra) not far from where they live; some said they had to walk an hour or so! 

Posted by Carmen on 09/18 at 01:39 PM in International
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Friday, March 24, 2006

Bush isn’t that bad.

Just think if Silvio Berlusconi was in charge here!

As seen on

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Those crazy Germans.  What will they think of next?

If you were a married German man with a knife and a bag, what would you do?

A man is being held by German police after walking into a petrol station with his wife’s severed head in a bag.

The 40-year-old man, of Turkish origin, was covered in blood when he approached the night counter at about 0400 GMT and asked the attendant to call the police.

Hamburg police said officers found the head in a bag on a grass verge and arrested the man, who was in a confused state and admitted killing his wife.

The body of the woman, aged 39, was found in their nearby flat.

Hamburg police spokeswoman Ulrike Sweden said the man seemed “a bit crazy” and may have to see a doctor before charges can be brought.

She said police found a large knife in the flat in Eissendorf, in the south of the city.

“It seems he used the knife to kill his wife and cut off the head,” she told the BBC News website.

The couple’s two children - girls aged 13 and six - were found in the flat and taken into police care.

“It seems they didn’t see the body or what was going on,” the spokeswoman said. A motive for the attack is still unclear.

Both the man and his wife were of Turkish origin, with German citizenship.

Posted by SPN on 03/22 at 01:56 PM in International
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