July 2008 Blog Posts (25)


Erle Frayne Argonza

So, fellows out there, whatever happened that the once mighty US economy—once contributing to 40% of Gross World Product (GWP)—is now drifting downwards, producing now just 22% of GWP? That the EU would itself catch up with the USA and equally produces 22% of GWP, though EU’s money is bloodily mightier than Uncle Sam’s once mythical Dollar?

As a matter of realistic forecasting, if trends today would continue across the globe, Asia would overshadow both… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 30, 2008 at 8:14pm — No Comments


Erle Frayne Argonza

The US presidential polls are approaching. The Democrat Party nomination was recently concluded, and there goes the polls.

As an observer of ‘US reality’, I’d candidly say that if there’s anything most worrisome in the US right now, it’s the economy. Without the pejorative ‘stupid’ by the way, I leave that to Bill Clinton’s spin doctors.

Whoever wins, and whoever would be vice president, this tandem of statesmen (hopefully) will have to go about… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 30, 2008 at 5:56am — No Comments


Today I find myself reading articles about ICC and whether indictments are success depends on the timing.

Justice should never wait for suffering can't wait. Read the NYTimes commentary/story on ICC.


Also My friend Matt has done some work with 24HOURS FOR DARFUR, raising voices of… Continue

Added by Rosebell Kagumire on July 29, 2008 at 4:54am — 2 Comments


Erle Frayne Argonza

Good morning from Manila!

Those more aware fellows on Earth may be reflecting right now about the long-term agenda of the global oligarchy regarding population. We note the rise of the neo-Malthusians within and outside the UN and international bodies from the 70s onwards, their position buttressing the toxic ‘greenies’ demonization of humans as the cause of the planet’s predicament.

The greenies’ and Malthusian’s causes do tie up, as they… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 27, 2008 at 8:09pm — No Comments

NVC - more loving in communicating

Bujumbura, July 10th, 2008

NVC - more loving in communicating

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is an approach developed by Marshall Rosenberg, based on many other approaches in peace and conflict as a field, psychological insights and a deep spirituality, that has inspired many people around the world. The network has grown tremendously, and the African NVC community is growing as well, inspiring and changing the lives of many people working for social change.…


Added by Ina Curic on July 26, 2008 at 10:55pm — No Comments


Erle Frayne Argonza

Good morning!

The decision of the International Criminal Court, which now seems to be a thin disguise for the Imperial Criminal Court of the European oligarchy, still rings loudly across the globe today. The decision had unlocked grave repercussions on the African continent as a whole, as it further threatens sovereign nation-states and turn them into hovels of failed states, as exemplified by Sudan.

Below is a an article culled from the… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 26, 2008 at 6:47am — No Comments


Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Good evening from Manila!

We Manilans were met this morning with the seemingly good news that oil price nose dived to $125 per barrel. As this news was released, we have just three (3) days before Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo or GMA, will deliver her State-of-the-Nation Address or SONA.

With due respect to a fellow economist, the eminent world woman leader GM Arroyo should better not say lies comes Monday… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 25, 2008 at 7:41am — No Comments


Erle Frayne Argonza

Among all thought modalities coming from the East that are most valuable for bringing human awareness to its next level—under the rubric of Asian Renaissance— yoga meditation stands out as the most potent. Having studied and practiced this Asiatic science for almost three (3) decades, I can testify to its efficacy for effecting quantum leap in awareness and intelligence.

Following from the foregoing declaration, I would posit that yoga… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 19, 2008 at 6:35am — No Comments

Diary from Burundi # 6 - Bridging cultural divides

In Japan you must take off your shoes when entering a home or hotel room. In Sweden you can go naked on a beach with no punishment. In some places your making a circle with your thumb and index finger means “zero”, elsewhere “excellent” and in South America it is a very vulgar gesture in the eyes of a woman. In most of Europe you can wear shorts on a warm summer day, in Somalia it means that you’re going to water the camels – and don’t even try shorts in Japan even though you’re a Gai-jin -… Continue

Added by Jan Oberg on July 19, 2008 at 4:30am — 1 Comment


Erle Frayne Argonza

Maganding umaga! Good morning!

A gladdening news for me is the fact that many people in the West (or North) highly appreciate Asian growth and its role as today’s life-breather of the global economy. Without Asia, given the recurrent recession of Western/Northern economies, the global economy would be in a collapsed state today.

The added news that certainly warms the heart is that many Northerners/Westerners look up highly to Asia as the… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 16, 2008 at 3:57am — No Comments


Good evening!

I am posting an interesting article, culled from the Executive Intelligence Review, that has bearing on the questions raised about the Zimbabwe quagmire.

Happy reading!


Is Zimbabwe Violence a British Operation?

by Douglas DeGroot

African military intelligence sources have told EIR that the brutality and professional, execution-style nature of the… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 15, 2008 at 8:53am — No Comments


Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Good morning, Fellows across the globe!

Let me continue to write awareness-raising materials about peace, cooperation and development, by focusing on the machinations of the financier oligarchs. The Empire is rising again, the logic being that it is a most fit governance machine for global oligarchic games and forthcoming conflicts.

Guessing gamers have been busy releasing speculations about the next financiers’ great war, and… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 14, 2008 at 7:23am — No Comments

Can truth and justice reconcile a polarised nation like Zimbabwe?

I am soliciting for ideas on a possible reconciliation framework in Zimbabwe. After years of political violence that became more protracted and vicious in the run-up to the Presidential run-off elections of the 27th June 2008, many societies were pushed to breaking point with communities "tearing" each other part. The level of violence, savagery, thuggery, intimidation and loss of life experienced was unprecidented in the history of an independent Zimbabwe, nothwithstanding the violence… Continue

Added by Tendaiwo Peter Maregere on July 14, 2008 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

"Communalism Is Superior than Nationalism"

This paper looks into the issue of communalism and its superiority to nationalism, with a short case assessment of Nepal's Madhesis movement. The main hope of the paper is to begin an academic and political discussion about the conventional definitions and traditional concepts of nationalism and communalism. Is communalism superior to nationalism? This paper presents my experiences and observation about communalism found in various cases.…


Added by Krishna H. Pushkar on July 13, 2008 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

Just wasting our time - doing peacebuilding ? ?

Dear friend

I would like to alert you to a very very important and unusual Open Letter to Peacebuilders. It raises some very serious issues about what we all - everyone on this online community, I guess - think and do in the broad field of peace-building after hurt and harm. With very solid arguments, it ask whether we have not deviated a far distance from genuine peace work - among other things to keep good relations with governments and their funding machinery.

I myself… Continue

Added by Jan Oberg on July 12, 2008 at 11:00am — 2 Comments


Erle Frayne Argonza

Good afternoon from Manila!

This gentleman has a special fondness for Africa, a fondness that now makes me desire to plant my feet in the continent somehow. My own humble contribution there should be, aside from doing project engagements as a development expert, to spread the Teaching (Lightwork, yoga) to our fellows there.

My entry point should be South Africa. Having been reared in the big city-university life-intellectual environments all… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 7, 2008 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Who benefits from global violence and war? - Review of an important book

Review article

Marc Pilisuk with Jennifer Achord Rountree

Who benefits from global violence and war?

Uncovering a destructive system

Praeger Security International –

Series Contemporary Psychology

2008, 316 pp

If you want all the facts and a wealth of sources to back them up about the incredibly violent and resource-wasting system called market-cum-monopoly capitalism, this is the book you should plough through, require your… Continue

Added by Jan Oberg on July 7, 2008 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Welcome to my blog about Burundi


Amahoro means peace in Kirundi, my native language of Burundi.

I am a freelance journalist involved in peace and development activities in my country. I am also a founding member of the Amahoro Youth Club which mission is to solidify the peace process in Burundi at all levels by provinding spaces for dialogues and exchanges among young people in Burundi and in the diaspora.

I also write for Peace Direct in England, through its project Insight on Conflict… Continue

Added by Ninteretse Landry on July 7, 2008 at 5:53am — 1 Comment

Burundi Diary # 5: How we help build a new kind of organization/movement - a mutual learning process

Bujumbura, Burundi

July 3, 2008

This is a continuation of the preceding posting about the Amahoro Youth Club

The Amahoro Youth Club – an experiment on civil society development

Amahoro means peace in the local language, Kirondi. So everything TFF does – through our trainers, project coordinator Ina Curic and myself - is related to peace, peace by peaceful means, conflict-resolution, reconciliation, forgiveness and co-existence with good… Continue

Added by Jan Oberg on July 4, 2008 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Burundi Diary # 4: The Amahoro Youth Club's vision in their own words

Bujumbura, Burundi

July 3, 2008

Here follows the text that the Amahoro Youth Club members have formulated in co-operation with TFF’ Ina Curic and Jan Oberg.

We applied for money from the Swedish Folke Bernadotte Academy and obtained a “No” so right now while we post this, none of us know how to proceed – except developing and implementing a new fund-rasing strategy and drive.

But, as you can see, the vision is there. And one day we will… Continue

Added by Jan Oberg on July 3, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

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