- Nuestro Pueblo tiene una historia de lucha y resistencia sin fin encontrá la violencia y la opresión nacional, segregación racista, explotación de clase,Message 1 of 393 , Feb 1, 2012View Source
Nuestro Pueblo tiene una historia de lucha y resistencia sin fin
encontrá la violencia y la opresión nacional, segregación racista,
explotación de clase, deportaciones masivas y desigualdad, NOSOTROS
creemos que tenemos que RECONOCER la linea fronteriza entre EU-Mexico
y el Tratado De Guadalupe Hidalgo de 1848 COMO ILEGAL! (Es una
frontera impuesta por fuerza militar, guerra, invasión y opresión) Y
Feb 2, 1848-2012 164 years of occupation! Because in the 1836 to 1900', we as a Mexican@ Indigenous people were displaced by force off our lands in South Texas and what is now the Southwestern United States, and by the 1900's we were working what were our lands but now under Gringo ownership. The invaders and occupiers became the owners and we became 'cheap' wage-labor, Because the clauses guaranteeing the land ownership of Mexican and Indigenous people north of the borderline established by the War of the United States against Mexico 1845-48 and under the protection by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo but that were VIOLATED repeatedly and with impunity, Because our people suffered a campaign of terror and death at the guns of white racist vigilantes, lynchings by White mobs, the mass savage killings by the Texas Rangers, and genocide under the Slave Republic of Texas and under United States occupation and military control that turned the northwestern part of Mexico, into the now Southwest of the United States, Because we have been treated and have experienced genocide in indigenous peoples and lands, national oppression as a people, exploitation as a working class, racism and racial segregation, mass deportations as migrant workers and youth experience incarceration not education, And because, our people have a story of unending struggle and resistance against the violence, national oppression, racist segregation, class exploitation, mass deportations, and inequality We believe that we must recognize the US-Mexico border line and the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo of 1848, as ILLEGAL! (It is a border imposed by military force, war, invasion and oppression) and denounce them every year on this date, We must rescue and revive our peoples struggles and stories; A regeneration of our culture, universal human rights, indigenous roots, and languages, and connection to the land that is not U.S. Centric, We must decolonize our lands, our minds, spirits and our people for we are for all practical and political purposes treated as an internal colony within the entrails of the monster. We reject the assimilationist models of hegemonic power, capitalism and imperialism, colonialism and white supremacy and hold high our goal for liberation, not just reform; but true democracy, and universal equality for all! Another United States is Possible and Necessary for another world to be possible and happen! "Traducción: El Tratado de Guadalupe Hidalgo del 2 de febrero del 1848-al 2012 son 164 anos de occupacion!. Porque desde 1836 y 1900, Nosotros como pueblo Mexicano Indígena, nos desplazaron por fuerza de nuestras tierras en el sur de Tejas lo que es el suroeste de los EU y ya para los 1900s estábamos trabajando esas tierras pero ahora abajo de los nuevos dueños gringos. Los invasores y ocupadores se volvieron los dueños y nosotros nos convertimos trabajadores "mano barata." Porque las clausas garantizando títulos de la tierra para los dueños de sus tierras para nosotros los Mexicanos e otros pueblos indígenas norte de la LINIA FRONTERIZA establecida por la Guerra de los EU y Mexico del 1845 z 1848 y abajo la protección del Tratado de Guadalupe Hidalgo pero que FUERON VIOLADOS repetidamente y con impunidad.
Porque Nuestra gente sufrio de una campana de terror y muerte de las armas de los vigilantes racistas blancos, ahorcadoras por hordas blancas, las masacres salvajes de los Rinches tejanos, y genocidio abajo el ESTADO Esclavista de Texas y bajo la ocupación de los EEUU y su control militar que cambio el Noroeste de Mexico a lo que ahora es conocido el Suroeste de los EU. Porque hemos sido tratados y experimentado genocidio en tierras y pueblo indígenas, opresión nacional como pueblo, explotación como clase trabajadora, racismo y segregación racial, deportaciones masivas como trabajadores migrantes y hemos experimentado encarcelación de juventud y no educación, Y Porque
Tenemos Descolonizar nuestras tierras, nuestras mentes, nuestro
Denunciarlos cada ano en esta fecha. Necesitamos Rescatar y Revivir
las luchas de nuestros pueblos y sus luchas; Una Regeneración de
nuestra cultura, derechos humanos universales, raices indígenas y
Lenguas, Y nuestra conectivo a la tierra que no sea USA-Centrica.
espíritu y nuestra gente porque al fin de cuentas practicables y políticas somos tratados como una colonia interna en las tripas de la bestia. Rechazamos modelos de asimilación de poderes hegemonías, capitalismo e imperialismo, colonización, y la supremacia blanca y Guardamos alto nuestras metas para la liberación, no solo reformas; pero verdaderamente una democracia y igualdad universal para todos! Otro EU es posible y Necesario para que Otro mundo sea posible y sucede!" Ruben Solis University Sin Fronteras grulla@... skype:rubensolisgarcia
- By Chiade O Shea Kalash Valley, northern Pakistan http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/world/south_asia/4562339.stm In the past we used to learn from eldersMessage 393 of 393 , Jan 8, 2013View Source
By Chiade O'Shea
Kalash Valley, northern Pakistan
"In the past we used to learn from elders and have no written history or learning," says Luke Rehmat, a member of the dwindling 3,000-strong Kalash community nestled in the mountains of the Hindu Kush in northern Pakistan.
"We want to preserve our culture, but it is also very necessary to get a good education for all, including women."
Until recently, the lifestyle of the Kalash had changed little since the community was established, according to their oral history, by settlers from Alexander the Great's armies in 377 BC.
But only a small number of the original population has resisted persistent efforts to convert them to Islam by neighbouring Muslim populations who historically labelled them Kafirs (non-believers).
“ The arrival of money affected the interactions between Kalash and with the outside world ”
Luke Rehmat's Christian and Muslim names are a testimony to those outside influences.
As transport and mass communications end the isolation of this tiny mountain population, the Kalash face new challenges to the survival of their way of life.
Tourism, trade and development projects are bringing rapid change to this fragile culture.
Often, the pace of change has been too fast to come with the whole community's understanding and consent.
Many fear that without urgent intervention the Kalash language, religion and lifestyle may be lost altogether.
The Kalash have a rich faith. They believe in a supreme creator God, Khodai, and worship other deities who protect different aspects of life.
As animists, nature plays a highly spiritual role in daily life. Sacrifices are offered and festivals held to give thanks for the abundant resources of their three lush valleys.
But now, change is under way. Already, the self-sufficient farmers are moving towards a cash-based economy.
Previously, wealth was measured in livestock and crops. Failed or successful harvests affected the whole community together.
The arrival of money affected the interactions between Kalash and with the outside world.
While the notes and coins of Pakistani currency remain unfamiliar to many, other Kalash families have already sold land to developers.
“ One way to preserve the culture is to put the Kalash in a glass case....The other way is with education ”
An animosity is developing towards the non-Kalash who profit as their shops and hotels permanently change the agricultural landscape of their valleys.
Some change has been positive.
Health services are improving, although they remain basic. There are no qualified doctors in the three valleys.
When the mountain roads open with the spring thaw, a hospital can be reached in two hours by jeep.
In winter, and for those who cannot afford the transport, small clinics and dispensaries have opened to offer first aid, basic medication and for immunisations.
Trained female health visitors now work with traditional midwives to deliver babies and care for pregnant women.
The strongest influence the next generation faces may well be tourism.
Women still wear long, embroidered dresses tied with colourful hand-woven belts and topped with ornate headdresses.
These ancient costumes are so striking that they have become a major attraction for amateur photographers.
At the spring festival of Joshi, one of the holiest in the calendar, locals watched perplexed as dozens of Pakistani tourists took pictures of European women dressed up as Kalash.
"One way to preserve the culture is to put the Kalash in a glass case and have no one enter inside," says Athanasios Lerounis, who established the Greek Volunteers NGO in the Bumburat valley.
"The other way - and the Kalash taught me this - is with education."
While visiting the valleys in 1995, Mr Lerounis offered to raise funds to improve the Kalash standard of living. He was surprised to find what their main interest was.
"I looked around and thought 'doctor, hospital or medicines', but they asked me for a school, a minority school," he said.
At that time, the only available schools were government run, staffed exclusively by Muslim teachers and all children were taught Islamic studies.
Many parents feared their children losing their heritage and kept them out of classes.
"The teachers said to us, 'when you die, you will go to hell'," says Luke Rehmat, who is now the executive programme manager for the Kalash People's Development Network.
"Many students turned to Islam after matriculation because they didn't keep their culture," added Mr Rehmat.
In conjunction with the government, the Greek Volunteers have built five Kalash schools and two for the local Muslim children.
The employment of Kalash teachers has brought about a rapid surge in enrolments. In the village of Anish alone, 160 students cram into two classrooms.
Parents are now asking Mr Lerounis for more schools.
"They told me: 'We are uneducated, but we believe that only through the education of our children will we protect our ethnic and religious identity'," he said.
Lerounis return home to Athens
The Greek volunteer who he was held captive by the Taliban was released in Pakistan last week
Athanassios Lerounis was released after being held captive for seven months.
Athanasios Lerounis has said that he is glad to be back in Greece after enduring seven months as a captive of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
“I am very happy to step on Greek soil,” a visibly thinner and emotional Lerounis told reporters at Athens International Airport on Saturday.
“I wish to apologise for the turmoil and give great thanks to the people of Pakistan, the Greek government and the personal interest of the Prime Minister (George Papandreou), who acted as a human being and not as a politician,” he said.
Athanassios Lerounis was abducted while based in the northern district of Chitral, where he worked as a volunteer curator of a heritage museum for several years.
He was taken across the border to the Afghan province of Nuristan.
His captors demanded the release of militants held by Pakistan in exchange for his freedom but officials say no militant exchange was made.
“He has been released by the successful efforts of Pakistani security agencies,” Rahmatullah Wazir, the top administrative official in Chitral said.
The curator was living in the Kalash valley to pursue his interest in an ancient lost tribe when he was kidnapped by armed men on September 7, 2009.
The Kalash tribe have European features and still practise a pagan religion resembling that of ancient Greece.
They are said to be descendants of Greek soldiers from the army of Alexander the Great, who passed through this region nearly 2,000 years ago.
Mr Lerounis had been living among the Kalash since 2001. Sponsored by the Greek Government, he managed a museum which highlighted the tribe’s culture and Greek connections.
Locals point out that before the kidnapping Mr Lerounis had experienced no trouble and was well liked by the locals.
The Chitral district, where he was based, is widely seen as untouched by the Taliban insurgency which has ravaged the rest of the North West Frontier Province.
Former Victorian ALP Parliamentarian Dimitris Dollis played an active role in negotiating the release of Lerounis.
Mr Dollis served as Ambassador at Large and personal envoy of the Greek Prime Minister in Islamabad for the release of Greek volunteer.
Dollis visited Afghanistan and Pakistan three times in seven months and worked tirelessly for the release of Lerounis.
Mr Peter Bradley
50 Azalea Court
His Excellency Konstantinos Bikas
Hellenic Republic of Greece
Ambassador to The Court of St James
1a Holland Park
London W11 3TP
Monday 7th January 2013
First of all by way of introduction I am a retired Maritime Search and Rescue professional who has had a long-standing connection with the affairs and culture of Pakistan. My specific interest being the preservation of the Kalash peoples and culture within the northern area of Chitral
The Kalash people number some 5000 and are in decline, through assimilation with other tribes and cultures within the region, and can trace their roots to the conquest of Alexander the Great in . Their ancestry and connection to Greece is well documented.
A small but industrious group of people in Greece, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands are working tirelessly to promote the culture of the Kalash peoples; indeed through our efforts we have been in dialogue with UNESCO and the United Nations to seek recognition of the Kalash area as a protected World Heritage site.
One person in particular who has contributed a significant amount of time and effort is Mr. Athanasios Lerounis whose efforts over the years secured the building of a minority school for the children of the Kalash as well as a museum of Kalash culture.
Your Excellency, as I am sure you are aware, Mr. Lerounis made headline news back in 2009 when he was abducted by insurgents and held for ransom. Through the good offices of the Greek authorities he was eventually released and returned home to Greece after seven months of captivity. I attach an article from neokosmos.com, which highlights the story and an article from the BBC, which documents the history of the Kalash and Mr. Lerounis’ contribution.
Our group has pondered for a while about the possibility of some recognition for the excellent work and achievements of Mr. Lerounis and, notwithstanding the difficulties that were endured at the time of his abduction, we wondered if there was an award or commendation of some kind that we could recommend Mr. Lerounis for, within the Hellenic Republic awards system, and how would we go about making a recommendation for such an award or commendation.
Your Excellency, in these troubled times around the world I think that a positive and warm appreciation of Mr. Lerounis achievements would be most welcome and would serve to highlight the efforts of this man and our group to promote the culture of Alexander The Great’s ancestors, the Kalash people.
I would welcome your thoughts and advice on moving forward to create some recognition for Mr. Lerounis work and look forward to your response.
My dear Ambassador may this letter find you in good health and I wish you and the people of Greece all the very best of good fortune for this New Year.
Member of the group “Help Preserve Kalash as a UN Protected Site”
Volunteer Crew at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Chairman of the UKSAR Communications Group (Maritime)
Letter endorsed by:
Mr. Mohammed Bugi Ansari
Chairman and Administrator of the group “Help Preserve Kalash as a UN Protected Site”
Mr. Robert James
Member and Administrator of the group “Help Preserve Kalash as a UN Protected Site”
Member Mountain Recue SAR