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WAR in OUR TIME

Lettere contro la guerra  "Letters against the war" by Tiziano Terzani was "censored" in the    Anglo-Saxon world.

The book, with his pacifist message, is a best seller in Europe. In Italy, it is at the heart of the new anti-war mass movement.
 

"Strangely", all attempts to find a UK or a USA publisher for the book have miserably failed.

In the English speaking world, nobody, except an Indian publishing house, has dared touch it.

Tiziano is now making it available for free on the Internet. Please read it and pass it on.

As Tiziano says :" This is the time to think, to raise our consciousness and to save ourselves. Nobody else can do it for us".

Download the book -" Letters against the war "

 

 

COMMERCIAL FARMING -
THE HOLOCAUST ON YOUR PLATE

Deprivation and Disease
The factory farming system of modern agriculture strives to produce the most meat, milk, and eggs as quickly and cheaply as possible, and in the smallest amount of space possible. Cows, calves, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, and other animals are kept in small cages or stalls, often unable to turn around. They are deprived of exercise so that all their bodies’ energy goes toward producing flesh, eggs, or milk for human consumption. They are fed drugs to fatten them faster and are genetically altered to grow faster or to produce much more milk or eggs than they would naturally.
     Because crowding creates a prime atmosphere for disease, animals on factory farms are fed and sprayed with huge amounts of pesticides and antibiotics, which remain in their bodies and are passed on to the people who eat them, creating serious human health hazards. Both the World Health Organization and the American Medical Association have supported ending the use of antibiotics.(1,2) Although McDonald’s has announced that it will phase out growth-promoting antibiotics, the fast-food chain is not likely to decrease overall antibiotic use.(3) The industry simply cannot raise the billions of animals per year that it does in such gruesome conditions without the drugs that allow their bodies to survive conditions that would otherwise kill them.

Read More at PETA

 

 

Trafficking & Prostitution

in Asia and the Pacific

- The world wide number of international migrants rose between the years 1965 to 1995 from 75 to about 130 million people. 

- As many as 80% of the 236 women in prostitution interviewed in Battambang were found to have been trafficked. 

- By the time they arrive in Japan, most trafficked Thai women have accumulated on average around 4 million Japanese yen, approximately $25,000 US in debt. Thirty percent of the women in prostitution in Cambodia were below the age of 17. 

- But the youngest was found to be twelve. 1995 estimates of the total revenue from prostitution in Thailand is approximately 59-60% of the government's budget for that year. In 1991, 1992 and 1993 approximately 100 to 150 Bangladeshi women were brought into Pakistan and at least 2,000 are languishing in jails and shelters across the country. 

- The total number of prostitutes in India is 7,936,509. UNICEF estimates that there are at least a million child prostitutes in Asia alone with the greatest numbers in India, Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines. 

- A study done by Chris De Stoop reveals that trafficking in Europe most often involves Asian women. Australia Federal Police estimate that prostitution grosses A$30 million annually. 

- International crime syndicates traffic both drugs and women; 10 smaller syndicates are known to traffic up to 300 Thai women yearly. 

- Asian women are to be found in prostitution particularly in Canberra, Victoria and Queensland. 

- Russian women have also been recruited for "tabletop dancing" in clubs that often have links to brothels. 

 

   The Survivors

"Survivor" is the name chosen by those who have been trafficked into the sex trade and are now ‘free’ - though not free, however, from society’s stigma and marginalization.

This young neighbor of the survivors in Nepal's Terai may be the next target for traffickers.

These are young girls, some as young as 12, who are kidnapped, sold or lured by ruthless traffickers who in turn sell them to brothel owners in major cities in South Asia and all around the world.  After years of enslavement, forced to accept up to 25 clients a night, most of these young girls only find freedom when their bodies succumb to AIDS and other diseases and can no longer perform the work.

Some of them find their way back home, not knowing where else to go. Yet home is the very same place that will reject them.  Society does not want another ‘Bombay wali,’ or girl worker from Bombay.  Nor does their village, and certainly not their family.  Faced by shame and stigma, some, like Bimala (see photo below), choose to go back to glittering Bombay. Bimala tried to escape her step mother’s  reproaches: “Now I’ll have to feed you!”  She is convinced her stepmother was the one who sold her in the first place.  Bimala eventually returned home again only to find out she is HIV positive.

 

Bimala, 23, was trafficked at 13. She is back in Nepal and wants to get married. She is HIV Positive.

 

Kalpana, 24, with her son at the family's teahouse, where an ad on condom protection against AIDS is posted.  Tragically, Kalpana was trafficked at the age of 15 and now has AIDS.

Too Late

Deepa's  face was darkened by a cloud of sadness in December 2003.  Upon return from Bombay to her village, she got married and had two children.  Soon, life with her alcoholic husband became unbearable.  She suffered from AIDS and could barely walk.  Her last words before leaving: “I only want to die.”

Deepa passed away in January, just one month after after being interviewed.

Spice Factory: A Dream Made True

At home, the survivors are not only stigmatized by others, but also experience crushing poverty and a dead-end future.

Back in their village in Southern Nepal, Deepa, Bimala, Kalpana and Rita were forever marked with the scars of life in Bombay’s brothels, and especially of AIDS.  But this group of survivors had a dream: to break the circle of hopelessness surrounding them.

They dreamed of starting their own income generation project:  a masala (spice) factory.  They would buy a grinding machine, spices in bulk, and rent a small room where they would grind, package and sell the spices.

If only they had a way to start...