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Race Against Time: Searching for Hope in AIDS-Ravaged Africa - The 2005 Massey Lectures - CBC, Anansi, U of Toronto, by Stephen Lewis
"I've been emotionally torn asunder by the onslaught of AIDS ...What I have attempted to do in these lectures is ... [renew the] ... development and humanitarian ethos.
Seeking the Sacred: Leading a Spiritual Life in a Secular World by Romeo Dallaire, Stephen Lewis, Thomas Moore, Marion Woodman, Martin Rutte,
"...when we understand the joys and sufferings of life, and still operate out of hope and light, the world has the opportunity to create Heaven on Earth."
Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge. ... Proverbs 23:12 (NIV)
UNICEF Video/Audio Resources. Many of these UNICEF videos are used in this study. Their video and audio podcasts can be subscribed to here also. "For every child - Health, Education, Equality, Protection. Advance Humanity."
Wikipedia entry on Stephen Lewis. In his 2005 Massey Lectures, Lewis relates that he was in danger of flunking out of university at the beginning of the 1960s, and so left his studies and took up a clerical position with the Socialist International, where he received an invitation to a conference in Ghana. He attended, and instead of returning to Canada, spent more than a year working, traveling, and teaching in various places in Africa. That relatively brief sojourn would be a key influence on his life, especially after the turn of the new millennium.
The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) helps to ease the pain of HIV/AIDS in Africa at the grassroots level. It provides care to women who are ill and struggling to survive; assists orphans and other AIDS affected children; supports heroic grandmothers who almost single-handedly care for their orphan grandchildren; and supports associations of people living with HIV/AIDS.
Massey Lectures 2005. The first lectures is on-line at CBC to listen to. As he says in the book's introduction, "I'm addicted to the spoken word' speaking is my vocation."
“I have spent the last four years watching people die.” With these wrenching words, diplomat and humanitarian Stephen Lewis opens his 2005 Massey Lectures. Lewis’s determination to bear witness to the desperate plight of so many in Africa and elsewhere is balanced by his unique, personal, and often searing insider’s perspective on our ongoing failure to help.
Patrick Pittman of RTRfm in Australia interviewed Stephen Lewis on Race Against Time. (17 minutes.) "Lewis is a man who, despite all he has seen since his early visits in his youth, insists on searching for the hope in the continent."
The XVI International AIDS Conference - Toronto Canada - August 2006. The Conference has made available a considerable amount of the proceedings of the conference available on line. It includes Audio, Video, Abstracts, PowerPoints and Papers. Check out the Programme at a Glance for presentations of interest.
Watch and listen to the empassioned extra 7:35 minutes video of Stephen Lewis final address permitted by the delegates at the Toronto AIDS 2006 Conference. The link (on the picture left) takes you to YouTube. While there you will notice a few more videos of Stephen Lewis presented from the YouTube lists. There are dozens of related videos there. And here is an audio link to the previous 30 minute speech. LINK
Médecins Sans Frontières sponsored a satellite teleconference at the AIDS 2006 Conference, check out the topics and listen to the podcast.
"Access to treatment has increased substantially in recent years but with only 1.3 million of six and a half million people in need of antiretrovirals (ARVs) receiving them, the global need is far from being met."
Médecins Sans Frontières Website. Sign their petition. MSF urges Novartis to drop its case against the Indian government. "Over half the medicines currently used for AIDS treatment in developing countries come from India and such medicines are used to treat over 80% of the 80,000 AIDS patients in Médecins Sans Frontières projects today."

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UNICEF podcast
UNICEF PODCAST PAGE. Here's a small sample of the UNICEF podcasts available on the present themes. If podcasting is new to you here is some guidance.
David Anthony - UNICEF’s Editor of the State of the World’s Children Report, David Anthony, talks about the Millenium Development Goals as they connect to excluded and invisible children.
Maryam Farzanegan - Innocenti Research Centre Child Protection Officer, Maryam Farzenegan, illuminates how UNICEF’s mandate connects with excluded and invisible children’s issues.
Wivina Belmonte - UNICEF Campaign Manager for the Global Campaign on Children and AIDS, Wivina Belmonte, explains how AIDS among children and invisibility are linked.
Cream Wright - Girls’ education and how it links to exclusion and invisibility.

MIllenium Development Goals. At the World Summit of September 2005, world leaders committed to adopt, by 2006, and implement comprehensive national development strategies to achieve the internationally agreed development goals and objectives, including the Millennium Development Goals. Such “MDG-based poverty reduction strategies” were a core recommendation of Investing in Development. The UN Millennium Project has worked extensively with countries already engaged in preparing MDG-based poverty reduction strategies. These are the goals begun 1990 and targeted complete by 2015:
1 - Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger 5 - Improve maternal health.
2. - Achieve universal primary education. 6 - Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
3 - Promote gender equality and emplower women. 7. Ensure environmental substainability.
4 - Reduce child mortality. 8. Develop a global partnership for development.
The Millennium Development Goals Report 2006.
Larry has discovered a superb website that promotes the central issues of the MDGs called The Pelikan Web with an e-newsletter called Solidarity, Sustainability and Non-Violence. With Volume 3 January 2007, he launches into an updated consideration of each of the MDG's. It is the site of Luis T. Gutierrez - one of the most remarkable private efforts you will encounter on the internet. It is well done, prolific, efficient and unexpected. For example check out this mathematically derrived chart that shows how wrong the world and United Nations is to consider the 8 Millenium Development Goals as equal and to be programmed in linear fashion. He shows them to be highly inter-related and in all cases dependant upon the 3'd goal of woman's equality. It all hinges on this goal. Here is his graphic on the centrality of gender equality. within the MDG2- Education issue Feb 07
Millenium Development Goals Page. There is a considerable amount of material at DePaul University, including a 7 minute video on the MDGs. Both UN and Civil Society info.
In the Name of God Danish sculptor Jens Galschiot has made a crucifix for the right to contraception and sexual education. It was unveiled 1 December 2006, International Aids Day in front of Copenhagen Cathedral. The copper sculpture depicts a pregnant teenager in natural size crucified on a big cross. It is a harsh comment to the impact of the fundamentalist branch of the Christian church, with President Bush and the Pope in the lead, on contraception and sexual education. Women, including teenagers, bear the brunt of the disastrous consequences of the ban on condoms based on ´Christian´ morality. A larger picture of the sculpture in front of the cathedral. Thanks to Larry for finding this.
"Education, Peace and Human Security for Children and Youth:
Case study in Eastern Africa"
, Julius Mboizi, University of Dar-es-Salaam.
A Paper from IPRA 2006. "The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) include a central focus on access to education by children and youth in all countries. Specifically, the second MDG is about all children having access to education and the third MDG is on achieving gender equality in primary and secondary education levels by the year 2005. This would greatly the goals for human development and poverty reduction. The target for the second MDG to be attained by 2005 has not yet been achieved, and neither has the third MDG. In 2006 millions of school-age children and youth in sub-Saharan Africa are not in school with girls making up over 60%. Despite considerable improvement over the years in education of the girl child in most eastern Africa countries and Africa as a whole, the gap between male and female students in school is glaring. This is particularly palpable in rural areas, where unfortunately wide-spread negative attitudes still place girls and women in subordinate status to boys and men."
The 3 by 5 Initiative of WHO. The "3 by 5" initiative, launched by UNAIDS and WHO in 2003, was a global TARGET to provide three million people living with HIV/AIDS in low and middle-income countries with life-prolonging antiretroviral treatment (ART) by the end of 2005. It was a step towards the GOAL of making universal access of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment accessible for all who need them as a human right. Click the logo to visit the project site.
Click HERE to hear a 22 minute BBC documentary on the 3 x 5 Initiative Part I. Nigel Wrench travels to Malawi and South Africa to discover if the world has kept its promise to give three million of its poorest inhabitants a future. Part One. And HERE for part II. These are an on the ground perspective. They are superlative.
The Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) strives to make treatment for HIV/AIDS more affordable and to implement large-scale integrated care, treatment, and prevention programs.
"It is our duty as children of the same God and citizens of the same planet to pool our energies and banish the scourge of AIDS from the headlines of our newspapers to the chapters of our history books once and for all." -William J. Clinton
World Bank. IMF. Stephen Lewis is most critical of WB/IMF, saying that their inflexible concentration of traditional banking frameworks of accountability has resulted in terrible damage to the economies of the poor countries. Here's a link to a joint conference policy speech by Wolfowitz September 2006 (audio or transcript) indicating their continued belief (unanimous in fact) in their traditional policies on governance, corruption, conditionality and debt "sustainability".
Action 07 Report on the .7% Official Development Assistance goal. Lists various countries rates.
"No new promises are needed—only following through on commitments already made"
July 2007, Mary Hynes, host of CBC's Tapestry has interviewed the editor of Seeking the Sacred, Mary Joseph about how this book came into being, along with the renowned Jungian analyst Marion Woodman, one of the chapter writers. Click HERE for the podcast and links.
Notes 1
September 2006 the IFIS reaffirmed these policies Stephen Lewis observes to be so injurious.
ODA - Official Development Assistance Numbers - Actual International Stats
The International Monetary Fund   The World Bank
Notes 2
AIDS 2006 conference begins: Time to deliver for children. World leaders accelerate action to reduce child deaths.
For a healthy pregnancy, teen mother receives medical care and a mosquito net. UNICEF Executive Director speaks up for women at Clinton Global Initiative.
AIDS epidemic continues to affect children in Africa disproportionately. Boy orphaned by AIDS speaks out on the impact of HIV on young people.
UNICEF Exectutive Director Ann M. Veneman launches "Progress for Children". UNAIDS reports global progress against HIV.
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman urges world religious leaders to advance women's rights. Médecins Sans Frontières Voice - 2006 Activity Report Photo Gallery
TRACC Uganda - Taking Rotary Assistance to Communities & Children. A PowerPoint presentation by Anne Toombs describing a project to assist people in the village of Rakai region of Southern Uganda. Click left image.
Notes 3
World Bank - 28 developing countries plans for education approved. Also guidelines data.
The Millenium Development Goals Anthem - 5 Minute Video from the Phillipines. Winner of UNPD Award. Celebrating the common cause of working to the MDGs.
Education, the World's Greatest Force for Good.  Lewis spoke to the British Columbia School Superintendants at their fall 2005 convention. He is in top form here. The two part (45 minutes each) talks are very much worth the listen.
I have Confidence - Feseka High School, Guguletu, South Africa. A 10 minute film. An moving presentation that illustrates Lewis' concern as to the necessary need also for secondary school. And what that might look like as partnerships like this one are created between Africa and Canada. Film and project of the Canadian NGO Education Without Borders.
UNICEF at Oxford. Rebecca Winthrop of the International Rescue Committee & Chair of Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies. Rebecca in a short illustrated talk tells us why education is so important even in the presence of strife and conflict. "Education is life-saving, life-sustaining, and lays the foundation for lasting peace and development."
Notes 4
The Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on System-Wide Coherence - Their primary site.
Their e-Newsletter - Currents
Women, War & Peace
Gender and HIV?AIDS
Gender Equality - Millenium Development Goals
Gender Responsive Budget Initiatives.

In the Name of God Danish sculptor Jens Galschiot has made a crucifix for the right to contraception and sexual education.
Notes 5
VIDEO. Discernment - Here I Am Lord. 380 secs. YoutubeLink.
VIDEO. Reaching For Wisdom. 100 secs. YoutubeLink.
VIDEO - The Road of Empowerment - 115 secs . YoutubeLink.
VIDEO - Dark Night of the Soul - Prayer Song. 200 secs. YoutubeLink.
VIDEO - I Have Loved You. 160 secs. YoutubeLink.
Thomas Moore's Website:
Deborah Jessop's excellent blog on Moore:
Wikipedia Article on Thomas Moore the Spiritual Writer.
Here are
excerpts from Crooked Cucumber - The Life and Zen Teachings of Shunryu Suzuki, another voice suggested by Moore.
Giving Depression a Fair Hearing - an afternoon with James Hillman (Moore's teacher)"
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's example and his theology from a war time Germany continue to speak to us. PBS did a movie on his life and APM's Krista Tippet did a podcast you can listen to about this remarkable man.
The Songs of Hafiz - The love poetry of Sufi poet Hafiz of Shiraz
Notes 6
VIDEO - a one minute snippet of an interview with Carl Jung himself speaking on individuality.
VIDEO - a 4 minute part of a lecture by Marcus Borg on Christianity as The Way.
- a slide introduction to the 13th century Sufi poet Rumi, William C. Chittick explores 'The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi'
As an ending meditation, the following exquisite video of a Gaelic Blessing - from a Baha'i site with 3 dozen similar pieces.
Notes 7
-VIDEO - Joseph Campbell - The Hero's Journey Part 6 - YouTubeLink 5:10
-VIDEO - excerpts from Hotel Rwanda used in an Amnesty International appeal - YouTubeLink 7:23
-VIDEO - Romeo Dallaire - Leadership of the Future. - YouTubeLink - 5:14
-VIDEO - Africa - Land of Chaos - YouTubeLink - 2m
-The CBC did a documentary - Carol Off interviewing Dallaire about these matters, and have made it available in their archives. CBCLink
-National Film Board - Info on the Documentary "Shake Hands with the Devil".
-Sample part 2 of 5 in the series The Inner Journey by Joeseph Campbell on
-Charlie Rose (PBS) has a very good interview with Romeo Dallaire reviewing Rwanda and the future of Africa (including Darfur) (from 24 minutes to the end of the 1 hour show).

-"Child Soldiers in Africa: New Angles on this Instrument of War" - Carlton, March 2005.
-Romeo's current work with child soldiers is a piece from the Australian Broadcasting System
-The reconciliation must needs be in the familiar traditions of the people. They call it Gacaca. Here's a sample.
-On Reconstruction.
-The Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research.
- And as a closing meditation, the artist wyclef singing with a choir of children from Rwanda on the past and the future of that troubled country.
YouTubeLink 3:45
Notes 8
We Are The World
Time For Change - John Perkins
The Millenium Development Goals - Micah 6-8
The Millenium Development Goals - Evangelical Lutherans
The Millenium Development Goals - Episcopals
Don't Give Up - Gono & Alicia Keys
Waiting for the World to Change - John Mayer
Prayer for Mankind - Caroline MacKay
Notes 9
the heroic grandmothers
3 by 5 Initative of the World Health Organization
Lewis recommends the NGOs. CARE. Plan International. Save the Children. Catholic Relief Services. Doctors Without Borders. And UNICEF.

Jan 2007