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Leonardo Boff - Theologian-Philosopher

Earthcharter Commission

The political and economic crisis we are now experiencing provides an opportunity for truly profound changes, such as political, tributary and agrarian reform. To have the correct focus, is important to first consider some facts.

In the first place, we must see the crisis as part of the...

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En la medida que el mes de julio finaliza, las viviendas, parques, entidades públicas, oficinas, centros comerciales, etc. de las ciudades del Perú se revisten de rojo y blanco. Las y los “ciudadanos” intercambian gestos de “felicitaciones” por un aniversario patrio más. Especialmente el 28 de julio, Día de la “Independencia” del Perú.

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El creciente número de drones militares en poder de Rusia, China e Irán ha privado a EE.UU. del monopolio de estos aparatos voladores, una situación que causa alarma en Washington.

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Stonegate Bank ha pasado de ser un banco de La Florida del que (casi) nadie había oído hablar, a convertirse en el primero de EE.UU. en firmar un acuerdo histórico con un banco corresponsal cubano, un paso que será decisivo para cualquier plan de expandir las relaciones comerciales entre ambos países.

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El presidente Barack Obama declaró estar frustrado por la falta de aprobación de leyes de control de las armas, mientras hoy un nuevo hecho de violencia golpeó a los estadounidenses.

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El Gobierno de Estados Unidos evaluaría a principios del 2016 una visita del presidente Barack Obama a Cuba antes de concluir su mandato y la posibilidad de que los norteamericanos viajen individualmente y no solo en grupos a la nación caribeña, informaron fuentes que asistieron a una reunión en la Casa Blanca.

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En materia bilateral, entre Cuba y los Estados Unidos, el hecho político más relevante ocurrido en medio siglo es el restablecimiento del diálogo. La negociación y la búsqueda de soluciones por vía pacífica figuran entre las esencias más profundas de la política y del derecho internacional. El entendimiento es más fecundo cuando, como ocurre ahora, prevalece el principio de “Igualdad Soberana de los Estados”.

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El restablecimiento de las relaciones diplomáticas entre Cuba y los Estados Unidos ha tenido una amplia repercusión internacional y en Radio Habana Cuba hemos recibido muchas llamadas del exterior, así como mensajes de felicitación por ese hecho histórico, que puso fin a 54 años, 6 meses y 17 días sin vínculos oficiales entre las dos naciones vecinas.

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Catherine Weibel/Resumen Latinoamérica/Palestina Libre, 14 de julio de 2015 – Un año después de que su hogar fuera destruido como consecuencia del conflicto armado,...

PALESTINA: Cazas israelíes atacan campo de refugiados en Gaza

Resumen Latinoamericano / Al Manar / 16 de julio de 2015 –...

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MÁS DE MIL POLICÍAS USÓ UNAH PARA DESALOJAR A ESTUDIANTES DE CAMPUS EN SAN PEDRO SULA

Un descomunal contingente de policías y militares llegaron a cumplir el desalojo de los estudiantes que ocuparon por un mes la Universidad del Valle de Sula, por la indolecia de la cúpula en resolver problemas.

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Los jóvenes que el 26 de julio de 1953 protagonizaron los asaltos a los cuarteles Moncada y de Bayamo los caracterizó el patriotismo y la decisión de librar al país de la sanguinaria dictadura de Fulgencio Batista.

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Presidente Salvador Sánchez Cerén y la Primera Dama Margarita Villalta junto a los 5 héroes de Cuba, en el Salón de Honor de Casa Presidencial. Foto Diario Co Latino/Rodrigo Sura

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El silencio signó hoy la entrevista del secretario de Defensa norteamericano, Ashton Carter, con el primer ministro israelí, Benjamin Netanyahu, quien amenazó suicidarse si el Congreso norteamericano aprueba el acuerdo nuclear con Irán.

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En 1959 y a lo largo de los últimos 56 años, Estados Unidos asumió el papel y las tareas que naturalmente hubieran correspondido a una oposición interna a la Revolución Cubana. Esa política ha comenzado a ser desactivada.

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Al dejar inaugurada la sede diplomática cubana en Washington, el canciller cubano, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, ratificó la voluntad de avanzar hacia la normalización de relaciones con ánimo constructivo, pero sin menoscabo alguno a nuestra independencia, ni injerencia en asuntos que pertenecen a la exclusiva soberanía de los cubanos

Autor: Ismael Francisco

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Pese a que los vuelos regulares no están autorizados, existen vuelos charters que vuelan a La Habana. |Foto: EFE

Telesur - 20 julio 2015

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La evolución de la situación política en varios países latinoamericanos, así como en Grecia y España, evidencia no sólo el avance de una nueva izquierda que, mediante inteligentes maniobras, se apropia de preceptos de la democracia liberal que parecían obsoletos, sino también las complejidades de un momento político emergente.

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Bandera cubana ondea en Washington, en la sede de la Embajada de Cuba en Estados Unidos. Foto: Ismael Francisco.

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ISIL

El grupo terrorista Estado Islámico ha hecho explotar el estadio olímpico de la ciudad iraquí de Ramadi, informa Elaph. Se reporta que usaron 3,5 toneladas de explosivos.

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Nicolás Maduro y su homólogo Tabaré Vásquez sostuvieron una reunión privada para potenciar sus relaciones en el área comercial

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Alertó que busca acabar con la unión latinoamericana y caribeña / Manifestó que no puede entender todavía como existen gobiernos que privatizan los "servicios básicos, privatizan los caminos, los aeropuertos y hasta el mar está privatizado"

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El entendimiento, que no convenció ni a Tsipras, ha provocado renuncias y sucesiones inesperadas en el Ejecutivo

Los rostros de Alexis Tsipras (derecha) y de su ministro de Finanzas Euclides Tsakalotos reflejan el carácter relativo de la victoria en el Parlamento.Autor: Internet

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Los países del Mercosur han firmado este viernes un nuevo protocolo de adhesión de Bolivia al bloque en calidad de socio de pleno derecho.

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A cinco días del restablecimiento de relaciones diplomáticas con Estados Unidos el presidente Raúl Castro renovó la aspiración de Cuba de fundar un nuevo tipo de lazos entre ambos Estados, distintos a todos los de nuestra historia común.

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El affaire Grecia, especialmente el “grexit”, una opción con potencial para tambalear la Unión Europea y el Euro han hecho correr las tintas. La dramatización omite el hecho de que ese tipo de evento es lo más frecuente en la historia. Lo nuevo es que ahora se trata de la economía, las finanzas y la hegemonía política global.

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Miami, 16 de julio de 2015.- A punto de restablecerse las relaciones diplomáticas entre los Estados Unidos y Cuba al realizarse la apertura de sus embajadas en sus respectivas capitales entiendo que es pertinente tratar sobre el establecimiento de las relaciones diplomáticas entre los Estados Unidos y Cuba después de terminada la primera intervención estadounidense en Cuba.

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The ALAS Foundation (Foundation for Sustainability and Peacemaking in Mesoamerica) has two components: the first focuses on the development of values and principles of peace, expanding on those that exist in our culture, spirituality, and beliefs; the second addresses sustainable economic development and care for the environment.

ALAS (which means “wings” in Spanish) works in Central America and Chiapas (Mesoamerica). ALAS concentrates...

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Photo courtesy of Cultural Survival, www.culturalsurvival.org

by Carol Schachet / Grassroots Online

The Caribbean Court of Justice, Belize’s highest appellant court, ruled that the Maya Indigenous People of southern Belize have...

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One way or another, El Salvador is going to have to get a handle on its water supply. In the most water-stressed country in Central America, over 90% of the country’s surface water, from places like rivers and streams, is not considered safe for drinking. Census data shows that in 2011, some 28% of rural households reported...

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INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION

El Salvador Facing $300m Claim from Mining Multinational under ‘ISDS’

Brussels, 15 April 2015 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has described a $300m claim against El Salvador by an Australian/Canadian mining conglomerate as an example of the worst excess of corporate greed. The claim is being decided in a tribunal under the tainted “Investor-State Dispute Settlement” (ISDS) procedure which...

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Eugena Gouglas tomó la foto que ves en el momento que estaba hablando sobre Mons. Romero en la Iglesia San Leo de Tacoma, WA.

Eugena Douglas is the Native American woman who leads the Tacoma Urban Native American Circle at St. Leo's. She is mazing person.

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Introductory note to this chapter

This chapter is special for me because it deals with my last days in El Salvador and because I want for it to constitute my personal testimony on Monsignor Oscar Romero. I believe that he is a martyr, that he is a saint, and above all, that he is the greatest symbol of our people's desire for justice and peace. He symbolizes our greatest ideals and our hopes. I wrote this chapter during...

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The legalization of community radio stations has been an on-going struggle for Indigenous communities in Guatemala for almost 20 years. Community radio stations operate in the fear of being raided by the Guatemalan Public Ministry because the current telecommunications law does not allow for non-profit community radio—despite its guarantee in the 1996 Peace Accords, the Guatemalan Constitution, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of...

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The question imposes itself: is it possible to have a Franciscan Jesuit—two distant poles but not opposed – elected Pope? It is possible; the miracle is in sight. Last Wednesday, the second of March, the Argentine Jorge Mario Borgolio, Jesuit, was elected Pope by the College of the Cardinals. The name he chose, indebted to his lifestyle and attitude, is Francis, a symbolic name: a clear reference to St. Francis of Assisi, who renounced the...

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“We had to wait for the first Latin American pope to beatify Oscar Romero."

That’s how Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia described the long wait for the Vatican’s green light for the beatification of the Salvadoran archbishop.

"There's a connection between the pontificate of Pope Francis and the beatification of Romero, which I would sum up in the phrase: 'a church that is poor and for the poor,'" Archbishop Paglia said, citing...

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--José Chencho Alas, founder of the Mesoamerica Peace Movement, was a close friend of Archbishop Oscar Romero. There was a time that he worked with the Saint of the Americas--

Pope Francis has ruled that Salvadorean Archbishop Oscar Romero died as a martyr, paving the way for his beatification.

Beatification is the step before sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church.

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Course to Emmanuel College Students, Toronto University

At San Blas Beach, La Libertad, El Salvador. May 2013.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQJaHV9_sro (part 1- Part of Liberation Theology)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxReqGxuTc8 (part 2)

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The energy perhaps for some is waning a little, and also several people are under the weather, so fewer people made the trek to the ocean this morning. We began the formal day with a worship reflection prepared by three of those auditing class. Based on Psalms 119, we looked to symbols of nature that bring us joy, and drew a composite collage of things that bring us joy. After breakfast, those of us who wished went into town to explore the...

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This blog corresponds to Day 5 of the Toronto Delegation. Emmanuel College.

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“Looking at the spirit, painting with the hands” are words spoken by Joalgar, an experienced artist working in San Salvador teaching others to express the spirit through their work. He came to give an art demonstration to Yeny’s youth program and the 15 of us at Chencho’s house. Two students provided us with a live demonstration of their...

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This is a beautiful and inspiring message of Lyn. Chencho

We stood in a ring around the rose bushes. One planted for each of the dead: six priests, the housekeeper, and her fourteen year old daughter. We were at UCA, a Jesuit university in San Salvador. In the university’s memorial museum we saw the priests’ clothing, one father’s blue polo shirt and khaki pants ripped, stained with struggle. In the university’s photo albums we saw...

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A fair, viable alternative to globalized market capitalism

This blog post for the Mesoamerica Peace Movement (www.discover-peace.org) serves as the final paper for the course EMP 3625 Peacebuilding and Spirituality in El Salvador as agreed.

Introduction

The cooperative movement has roots in the 1830s, when farmers and other workers sought greater control over their produce and...

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Will it be possible for the FSPM to finance the turtle project this year? The hatchery season has started and we don't have the financial means to assist the people of San Blas, El Salvador. Who would like to contribute to the project? We need $,9000.

The coast of El Salvador supports nesting populations of four sea turtle species—hawksbill, leatherback, Pacific green and olive ridley—all of which are endangered. Historically, people...

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Emily and Larry attended a course with me in El Salvador, Peacebuilding and Spirituality, in May 2013.

Dear Congressman McGovern,

We are writing to express concern over the ongoing situation in Honduras as the elections on November 24, 2013 quickly approach, and to urge the United States to act in ways that will support an unhindered democratic process. As theological students at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, we...

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La Voz de los de Abajo

August 8th, 2013

INTERNATIONAL DENUNCIATION OF THE CRIMINALIZATION OF COPINH AND THE CONTINUAL REPRESSION AGAINST RÍO BLANCO

Human Rights observers declare: To halt the bloodshed, stop the financing of the Honduran army and police

La Voz de los de Abajo, an international human rights organization that has been accompanying Latin American social movements for more than 14 years, once again...

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Larry attended a course with me in El Salvador, Peacebuilding and Spirituality, in May, 2013.

The ownership and use of land in El Salvador, as in any nation, is a key element in the quality of the lives of the people of that country. El Salvador, with a high percentage of arable land, has the potential to feed its population well and for a relatively high standard of living to exist for all. This is most certainly not the reality, as...

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This is the first post in a five part blog series, "Peacebuilding: A Way to End Violence Against Women in El Salvador".

On May 15, 2013, thirteen students from Emmanuel College of the University of Toronto (Canada) together with two teachers arrived in El Salvador, and were met by Chencho Alas. This group came in connection with the “Spirituality and Peacebuilding” class held in La Libertad from May 15-22.

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This is the second post in a five part blog series, "Peacebuilding: A Way to End Violence Against Women in El Salvador".

Gustavo Gutiérrez, “father of Liberation Theology,” created the term God’s ‘preferential option for the poor’ using it as a working theological assumption for praxis. He wrote, “My book is a love letter to God, to the Church, and to the people to which I belong. Love remains alive, but it grows deeper and changes its...

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This is the third post in a five part blog series, "Peacebuilding: A Way to End Violence Against Women in El Salvador".

“The liberation of women requires, and is only really possible through, a change that goes to the root of this system and of its mechanisms of domination. We have to uproot structural violence and move toward a new type of social relations. We need a new exodus, in which the female role is fundamental and...

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This is the fourth post in a five part blog series, "Peacebuilding: A Way to End Violence Against Women in El Salvador".

In El Salvador, the law puts the woman in the private sphere of her home; that is her work, that is her home. The hope of every woman to have her own home and family led to the tragic discovery that marriage is ‘no happy ending’ for many Salvadoran women. “Once she gets married, her new home becomes a prison from...

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This is the final post in a five part blog series, "Peacebuilding: A Way to End Violence Against Women in El Salvador".

As Salvadoran women set their own priorities for building a new nation, organizing as never before in unions and rural shantytowns to protest the destruction of their lives, the deterioration of their standard of living, and the continuation of gang wars, maybe they will set some parallel priorities for constructing a...

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Joanne attended a course with me, Peacebuilding and Spirituality in El Salvador.

I recently had the opportunity to study peacebuilding and spirituality with Chencho Alas, in El Salvador, as one of 13 students in a course offered by Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto, Canada. This was the third peacebuilding course I had taken as part of my theological studies. For me, this was an opportunity to experience Chencho’s peace work...

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This is the first post in a four part blog series, "Peacebuilding and Spirituality in El Salvador: Exploring Appreciative Inquiry Methodology".

During our time with Chencho, former Catholic priest, peacebuilder, community builder and eternal optimist, I had the opportunity to learn firsthand about the approach he uses in his peace work, which has changed over the years.[1]

Early years

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This is the second post in a four part blog series, "Peacebuilding and Spirituality in El Salvador: Exploring Appreciative Inquiry methodology".

Chencho has adapted Appreciative Inquiry (AI) methodology as a framework for training in the Peace Movement.

AI for organizations

AI is a change management tool designed to help corporations build internal capacity and increase profits. It uses a strength-based approach that...

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This is the third post in a four part blog series, "Peacebuilding and Spirituality in El Salvador: Exploring Appreciative Inquiry methodology".

During the peacebuilding and spirituality course with Chencho I had the opportunity to see how Appreciative Inquiry methodology is used in the peace movement. I had expected the methodology to be part of the workshops but I was surprised to discover that it was also incorporated throughout our...

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This is the final post in a four part blog series, "Peacebuilding and Spirituality in El Salvador: Exploring Appreciative Inquiry methodology".

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