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  • centerforjustpeace in mindanao
    The peace negotiation between the Government of the republic of the Philippines (GRP) Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) had been discontinued due to an
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 21, 2006
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      The peace negotiation  between the Government of the republic of the Philippines (GRP) Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) had been discontinued due to an impasse or an unresolved due to Constitutional framework contention of the Philippine Government.
       
      Peace advocates all over the country including the Center for Justpeace in the Philippines called the attention of both panels and made appealed to continue the peace process.
       
      Center for Justpeace in the Phil’s. Participated in the “All Leaders peace Consultation” facilitated by the Bishop – Ulama Forum (BUF) in Davao City on October 4-5. Where both peace panels of the GRP and MILF presented the state of the talks.
       
      Series of bombings in Central and Western Mindanao that killed and wounded innocence civilians. Jeemah Islamiah (JI) was blamed on the incidence. Some local government officials were trying to link the MILF in the bombings but the MILF denied it.
       
      Security in the region tightened. Different Embassies in Manila made a travel advisory not to allow their citizens to visit Mindanao. Expats from International NGO in Mindanao recalled pull-out to Manila.  
       
      Amidst this situation, the Center for Justpeace conducted several activities related to peace and human rights. Human Rights Orientation on Anti-Terrorism Bill forum conducted by the Center for Justpeace in the Philippines in Eastern Mindanao. Particularly in Mati Davao Oriental, more than 300 participants attended the orientation; it was assisted by the Taskforce Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP). Another series of forum will be held in Central Mindanao late this month.
       
      Meanwhile, the Philippines government is busy in preparation to the ASEAN meeting in Cebu City coming December 2006. In preparation to this, the Civil Society Organization calls a conference in Quezon City Philippines where center for justpeace invited to this conference.
       
      BOBBY
       

      max <ediger.max@...> wrote:

      Published on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 by the lnter Press Service
      Hunger Due to Injustice, Not Lack of Food
      by Tito Drago

      MADRID - Millions of people die of hunger-related causes every year.
      However, that is not because of actual shortages of food, but is a
      result of social injustice and political, social and economic
      exclusion, argue non-governmental organizations that launched a
      campaign in Spain on World Food Day Monday.

      Oct. 16 was established as World Food Day in 1979 by the United
      Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), commemorating the
      agency's Oct. 16, 1945 founding date. Monday also marked the first
      day of Anti-Poverty Week, which will include events in Spain and
      around the world to raise awareness of the issue.

      FAO's slogan for World Food Day this year is "Invest in Agriculture
      for Food Security". But NGOs argue that the problem is not a lack of
      food production, but of the injustice surrounding access to and use
      of foods.

      Theo Oberhuber, head of the Spanish environmental NGO Ecologists in
      Action (EEA), told IPS that enough food is produced in the world to
      cover the needs of everyone, so that no one would have to go hungry.

      But, he added, there are two problems that stand in the way of this.
      The first is that a large part of all food, whether agricultural
      products or food obtained from oceans or rivers, goes towards feeding
      livestock "whose meat and by-products are consumed mainly in the
      countries of the industrialized North."

      The second, he said, is social injustice. In many countries, the
      majority of the population cannot afford food, "not even food of
      lesser quality."

      Olivier Longué, director general of Action Against Hunger in Spain,
      pointed out to IPS examples of lower-quality food: in Malawi and
      Guatemala, for instance, corn forms the basis of the subsistence
      diet, while in the Philippines the staples are corn, potatoes and
      plantains.

      Action Against Hunger reported that every four seconds someone in the
      world dies of hunger-related diseases and that nearly one billion
      people suffer from hunger around the world.

      The global NGO also noted that six million children a year die of
      hunger, which is responsible for half of all deaths of children under
      five. In addition, many children who survive hunger and malnutrition
      suffer disabilities for the rest of their lives.

      The international NGOs Engineers Without Borders, Caritas and
      Veterinarians Without Borders, along with Prosalus, a Spanish
      organization that promotes health care in Africa and Latin America,
      launched in Spain the campaign "Derecho a la Alimentación: Urgente"
      (Right to Food: Urgent), and presented a DVD Monday in which they
      state that food security cannot be achieved without support for
      agricultural development.

      They note that FAO statistics show that more than 70 percent of the
      people suffering from hunger around the world live in rural areas,
      where they should be able to feed themselves through agriculture.

      The campaign is demanding that governments recognize food security as
      a basic human right, and that they review their policies on the
      question and promote agricultural development in a framework of
      environmental sustainability.

      But the EEA questions FAO's call to "Invest in Agriculture for Food
      Security" because of the growing influence of agribusiness and
      concentration of land.

      The EEA stresses that "more than 70 percent of the global pesticide
      market is in the hands of six giant agrochemical corporations, of
      which only three will be left within a few years."

      The group adds that these companies control a large part of global
      seed sales in a lucrative captive market, by means of sales of
      genetically modified (GM) varieties that are resistant to the firms'
      own herbicides.

      In addition, the offspring of some GM plants are sterile, which means
      they cannot be stored to grow future crops. Poor farmers thus become
      dependent on transnational companies, and are forced to buy new seeds
      every year.

      The EEA also points out that the world's 10 biggest food companies
      account for one-quarter of all food produced worldwide, and 10 large
      chains account for one-quarter of all food sales.

      As an example of the consequences of that policy, "in Spain, farmers
      often receive only 25 percent of the end price," says the NGO.

      "If that is the situation in a developed European country, it's not
      difficult to imagine what happens in countries of the South, where
      the rural population lives in infrahuman conditions," said Oberhuber.

      © Copyright 2006 IPS - Inter Press Service

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    • Max Ediger
      Bobby: Thanks for providing the update on the situation of peace talks in Mindanao. Please keep us informed so that we can continue to look for wars to be
      Message 2 of 3 , Oct 22, 2006
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        Bobby:
         
        Thanks for providing the update on the situation of peace talks in Mindanao.  Please keep us informed so that we can continue to look for wars to be supporting.
         
        Yesterday I attended a concert here in Hong Kong which was part of a memorial service for those killed in Philippines.  A classical music group from Korea can all the way to Hong Kong to preform for this event.  it was a very strong reminder to all of us of the suffering in Philippines and the need for some important changes in government policy and leadership.
         
        peace......max
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