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Aufruf der Initiative Black&White zur Bildung einer Lampedusa-Plattform

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Wir laden Euch von der Initiative Black&White ein, mit uns die „Lampedusa-Plattform“ aufzubauen: Sie soll dazu beitragen, das Sterben der Flüchtlinge im Mittelmeer zu beenden.

Wir wollen diesen Aufruf gemeinsam veröffentlichen mit anderen Organisationen und Menschen, wenn möglich auch Prominenten und Politikern. Bitte schreibt uns, wenn Ihr ihn unterstützen wollt mit Name, Funktion, Email.

„20.000 Menschen sind in den vergangenen Jahren im Mittelmeer auf dem Weg nach Europa ertrunken. Die jüngste Katastrophe muss jetzt zu einer Wende führen: Das Sterben muss beendet werden.

Wir halten es nicht für zielführend, nur Schlepperbanden zu bekämpfen, die Zäune, Schiffs- und Satellitenüberwachung der Grenzen zu verstärken, die nordafrikanischen Länder aufzurüsten, damit sie die Flüchtlinge schon an ihren Grenzen abfangen. Das alles trifft nicht den Kern des Problems: Es ist die Frage: Wie bedroht ist ihr Leben, dass sie es auf der Flucht aufs Spiel setzen? Was sind die Fluchtursachen? Wie können diese Fluchtursachen beseitigt werden? Wie kann Europa und Deutschland dazu beitragen, dass die Menschen ohne Bedrohung, Angst und Hoffnungslosigkeit in ihren Ländern menschenwürdig leben können?

Wir wollen zur gegenseitigen Information von Menschen in Afrika und Europa und von Afrikanern und Einheimischen in Europa anregen, zum Meinungsaustausch und der gemeinsamen Suche nach tragfähigen Antworten auf die Tragödien im Mittelmeer. Antworten im Sinne der Menschenrechtserklärung, in der die Staaten vereinbart hatten, so zusammenzuarbeiten, dass alle in Frieden und menschenwürdig leben.

Lasst uns länder- und kontinentübergreifend eine Bürgerstimme schaffen, die die Politik drängt, in diesem Sinne jetzt ernsthafte Lösungen zu schaffen.

Wir suchen Menschen in Deutschland, Europa und Afrika, die mit uns zusammen ein Netzwerk schaffen wollen, um uns (und dann auch unsere Gesellschaften) gegenseitig zu informieren, zu bilden, Meinungen auszutauschen und auch Aktivitäten gemeinsam zu planen. So wollen wir dazu beitragen, dass jetzt neue Wege beschlossen werden, um die Fluchtursachen zu überwinden, die Menschen dazu bringen, auf der Flucht ihr Leben zu riskieren.“ Wir wollen möglichst bald ein erstes Treffen organisieren, um über den Aufbau und die Arbeitsweise der Plattform zu beraten.

Erster Unterzeichner: Initiative Black&White

Neu eingerichtet für die Vernetzung zum Aufbau der Lampedusa-Plattform:

Email: lampedusaplattform@gmx.de (hier bitte melden, wenn Ihr den Aufruf mittragen wollt oder auch Veränderungen wünscht)
Facebookseite:   https://www.facebook.com/lampedusa.plattform
Blog: http://lampedusaplattform.wordpress.com/

PS: Die Initiative Black&White wurde als gemeinnütziger Verein von afrikanischen Flüchtlingen und Deutschen gegründet. Seit vielen Jahren geht der Verein mit einer Tourgruppe bundesweit zu Projekttagen in Schulen, Kirchengemeinden und zu Eine-Welt-Initiativen mit der Botschaft: Es ist unmenschlich Grenzen dichtzumachen, wenn die Fluchtursachen fortbestehen! Lasst uns zusammenarbeiten, um eine Welt aufzubauen, die für alle funktioniert. Der Verein bringt diese Botschaft mit einem Programm rüber, das Begegnung, Musik, Lebensfreude und ernste Information als Erlebnistag kombiniert.
Mehr zu unserem Verein: www.blackandwhite-schwarzundweiss.de, www.blackandwhiteinitiative.wordpress.com
Telefon: 05655-924981/0171-9132149

i.A. Wolfgang Lieberknecht, Eunice Bentum (Ghana), Elisabeth Niamkey (Elfenbeinküste)

Der Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) war eine reine Nazigründung. Im Dezember 1947, in der ehemaligen “Rudolf Hess Siedlung” in München-Pullach, formierte der gewesene Generalmajor der Wehrmacht und Sturmbannführer der SS, Reinhard Gehlen, eine besonders widerliche Nazi-Nachfolgeorganisation zum BND. Mit Vorliebe stellte er ehemalige Mitglieder der NSDAP, der SS und der Gestapo ein. Rund 28 Prozent des neuen Dienstes, so schätzte die CIA damals ein, waren ehemalige NSDAP-Mitglieder. Das war nicht überraschend, verweist doch der CIA-Bericht darauf, dass im zweiten deutschen Bundestag 129 von 487 Bundestagsabgeordneten auch in der Nazi-Partei gewesen waren und so mit 26,5 Prozent NSDAP-Anteil das vom BND vorgegebene Ziel nur knapp verfehlte.

http://tv-orange.de/2013/10/es-stinkt-der-braune-strumpf-seit-70-jahren/

Reinhard Gehlen (* 3. April 1902 in Erfurt; † 8. Juni 1979 in Berg am Starnberger See) war Generalmajor der Wehrmacht, Leiter der Abteilung Fremde Heere Ost (FHO) des deutschenGeneralstabs, Leiter der Organisation Gehlen und erster Präsident des deutschenBundesnachrichtendienstes (BND). Reinhard Gehlen war an den Vorbereitungen für das Unternehmen Barbarossa, den Überfall auf dieSowjetunion im Juni 1941, beteiligt. (..) Ab Oktober 1944 plante Gehlen für die Zeit nach dem Krieg. Dafür entwickelte er eine Hypothese, die sich später als richtig erwies: „Die Westmächte werden sich gegen den Verbündeten Russland wenden. Dabei werden sie mich, meine Mitarbeiter und meine kopierten Dokumente im Kampf gegen eine kommunistische Expansion benötigen, weil sie selbst keine Agenten dort besitzen.“

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Gehlen

A fisherman who rescued 47 people after a migrant boat sank off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy, says coastguards stopped him saving more people. He claims rescue workers refused to take people from his full boat so he rescue more, because it was against their protocol. More than 300 people are thought to have died in the disaster

http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/oct/05/lampedusa-italy-boat-sinking-fishermen-prevented-rescuing-migrants-video

http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/oct/04/lampedusa-boat-tragedy-pope-francis-video

http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/oct/03/lampesuda-italy-82-bodies-migrant-boat-wreck-video

http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/oct/03/lampesuda-italy-82-bodies-migrant-boat-wreck-video

Migrants tell of perilous journey that ended in tragedy at sea

Survivors who were rescued off Lampedusa had escaped war-torn Eritrea through the Sahara and endured hardship in Libya before their boat was ravaged by fire

Flowers for victims of Lampedusa sinking

A bunch of flowers reading ‘Dead at sea’ marks the disaster at sea off Lampedusa, with 300 African asylum-seekers feared dead. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

For the young Eritrean, the reason he is still alive is very simple. “I know how to swim,” he said. “My friends on the other hand had never been in the sea.”

The teenager, who gave his name as David Villa, was among the 155 migrants pulled out of the water alive off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday after their vessel – with around 440 packed on board – caught fire and sank, taking hundreds to their deaths and making it among the worst tragedies on a route where around 6,000 migrants have perished in the last 20 years.

In the first accounts given to Italian newspapers, Villa, 18, and other survivors described their hellish journey from war-ravaged Eritrea through the Sahara and across the Mediterranean, and claimed a second ship was sailing alongside them to Italy.

“They had given us a bottle of five litres of water for every three people, there were terrible waves and we couldn’t move on the boat,” said Villa, as he huddled in nothing but his underpants and a heat-retaining blanket at the packed and fetid migrant centre on Lampedusa, the holiday island that sits just 70 miles from the African mainland.

When, after a two-day voyage from Libya, the boat came within view of Lampedusa, hearts on board lifted and trouble started, he recounted.

“We started burning shirts and T-shirts,” he told Corriere della Sera. “We waved them in the air, then the boat started to burn and there was an explosion. We knew there was another ship close to us which had left Misurata, which had almost always been next to ours. Many jumped in the water, but they didn’t find it.”

After locating just 111 bodies in the sea, authorities were forced by bad weather to call off their search on Saturday for more than 200 migrants – mainly Eritreans – who may still be packed like sardines into the hold of the vessel, now resting on its side at a depth of 40 metres.

On Saturday morning a fishing boat flotilla threw a single bouquet of yellow flowers into the sea at the site, after Italy held a national day of mourning for the disaster on Friday.

Lampedusa, a tiny speck in the Mediterranean, has long been a promised land for thousands of Africans fleeing war and poverty who aspire to new lives, usually in northern Europe. “The rules are you get asylum in the country you are identified in, and since many don’t want to stay in Italy, they refuse to be fingerprinted here,” said a UN official who declined to be named.

Villa, who was likely using the name of the Atlético Madrid footballer to conceal his identity, said his horrific sea voyage was just another chapter in a months-long odyssey that started in the spring of 2012, in a village near Keren in the Eritrean desert, where he was the oldest of eight children. Paying over his parents’ $3,000 in savings he boarded a truck heading across the Sahara to Libya.

“We couldn’t breathe, there were people crying and coughing,” he said. “By day, when we stopped, they tied us up, and I was convinced I would die, I wouldn’t make it.”

In Libya, Villa and a friend, Kijwa, who also made it to Lampedusa with him, worked for months as painters, sleeping in their employer’s shack alongside their tins of paint. “Beatings, many beatings,” said Kijwa. “The Libyans are bad,” he added. “Mafia, mafia,” Villa told La Stampa. “They treated me like a slave.”

The pair were lucky not to be locked up in one of the 22 detention centres set up in Libya and run by corrupt officials where inmates are beaten up, where they must pay up to $1,000 to be released and where the UN has limited access.

“We have a small office in Libya which is not recognised by the government,” said Federico Fossi, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. “We are tolerated, not recognised,” he added.

Italian police are meanwhile holding a Tunisian man who has been identified by passengers as the ship’s navigator, who insisted on being called “the Doctor” and was part of a trafficking gang that made about €500,000 from the crossing.

After surviving the desert, Libya and the crossing, Villa and Kijwa were rubbing shoulders this weekend with Syrians who have fled the war in their own country. At the holding centre, which is fit for 250 people and where more than 1,000 are now sleeping, Syrian and Eritrean children were playing football and together sketching pictures of boats being tossed by waves.

“We like the same teams, Juventus, Real Madrid, Inter,” one child told La Stampa.

“The Syrians have been sailing from Egypt, but now embark in Libya too,” said Fossi. “They tend to be middle class and relatives are often at the port ready to pick them up and take them out of Italy.”

As for the hundreds of Africans whose journey ended for ever half a mile from Lampedusa, they are now lined up, nameless, in a hangar at the island’s airport, where a specialist team of medics formed in Italy after the Sri Lankan tsunami has been taking DNA samples in a bid to identify them.

Meanwhile, local people have long been finding photographs carried by the migrants washed up on the shore or left aboard wrecks – heartbreaking images showing them, or their families back home, dressed in their Sunday best or posing like rappers in front of backdrops featuring a Mercedes or Hollywood-style mansions, an image of the new world they hoped to reach.

“Lampedusa is the new Checkpoint Charlie between the northern and southern hemispheres,” said Italy’s interior minister, Angelino Alfano, after the disaster.

Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s first black minister, who has pushed for looser immigration laws, said migrant boats needed better monitoring at sea while asylum seekers from Africa’s warzones merited better treatment.

“Lawmakers need to imagine that it could have been them on the other side,” she told the Observer.

Having made it across alive, Villa said he was now heading for Switzerland. “I want to study, I want to become a nurse,” he said. And he had a message for his parents. “Mum and Dad, I want to tell you that there was wind, a huge wave and I fell in the sea. But don’t worry about me, I’m fine.”

Flüchtlingsboot kentert vor Lampedusa

 

Medien: Ermittlungen gegen Überlebende des Flüchtlingsdramas

Rom (dpa) – Gegen die 155 Überlebenden des Flüchtlingsdramas vor der Insel Lampedusa soll wegen illegaler Einwanderung ermittelt werden. Sobald sie identifiziert seien, geschehe dies zwangsläufig, berichtete die Nachrichtenagentur Ansa unter Berufung auf die Staatsanwaltschaft.

Dies lasse sich wegen der geltenden Gesetze nicht verhindern, bislang seien aber noch keine Ermittlungen aufgenommen worden. Den Afrikanern droht maximal eine Geldstrafe von 5000 Euro.

Gleichzeitig löste das Unglück in Italien eine Debatte über die Einwanderungsgesetze und den Umgang mit Migranten aus. Staatspräsident Giorgio Napolitano verlangte neue Gesetze zum Umgang mit Flüchtlingen und Asylbewerbern. Andere Politiker machten sich für eine Überarbeitung des restriktiven Gesetzes zu illegaler Einwanderung aus dem Jahr 2002 stark. “Im Licht dieser Tragödie muss das Bossi-Fini-Gesetz noch einmal überprüft werden”, sagte Senatspräsident Pietro Grasso.

Italiens Regierungschef Enrico Letta forderte mehr Unterstützung aus der EU. “Italien muss es schaffen, in Europa Gehör und Verbündete zu finden”, sagte er laut der Nachrichtenagentur Ansa. Europa müsse sein Interventions- und Aktionsniveau erhöhen, um zu verhindern, dass sich Tragödien wie die vor Lampedusa wiederholten.

Die EU-Kommissarin für humanitäre Hilfe, Kristalina Georgieva, verlangte bessere Zugangsmöglichkeiten für Flüchtlinge in die Europäische Union. “Wir Europäer müssen nicht nur die Herzen und die Geldbeutel offenhalten, sondern auch unsere Grenzen”, sagte Georgieva der “Welt” (Samstag). “Die EU basiert auf Solidarität. Das bedeutet, dass wir Menschen willkommen heißen müssen, wenn sie unsere Hilfe brauchen.”

weiter lesen: http://www.gmx.net/themen/nachrichten/panorama/12ao4hc-lampedusa-drama-italien-diskutiert-umgang-migranten#.A1000146

http://www.gmx.net/themen/nachrichten/panorama/12ao4hc-lampedusa-drama-italien-diskutiert-umgang-migranten#.hero.F%C3%BCrs%20%C3%9Cberleben%20bestraft.531.1293

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/04/lampedusa-boat-sinking-italy-migrants

Divers are searching for more bodies from a migrant boat that caught fire and capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa, killing at least 111 people. A further 200 are still missing.

The Italian government has declared Friday an official day of mourning, with a minute’s silence held in schools.

The sinking, in which at least three children died, has renewed focus on the plight of African migrants making the perilous Meditteranean crossing to Europe, prompting an outcry in Italy and calls for urgent action by the international community

Many more bodies are expected to be recovered following by far the most devastating of what President Giorgio Napolitano called a “succession of true slaughters of innocents” to occur off Italy’s coast.

A coastguard official said rescue workers had recovered 111 bodies from the 20m (66ft) boat, which sank about half a mile from shore, and were expected to recover at least a further 100. A total of 155 survivors were rescued. The boat was carrying up to 500 people, mostly Eritreans and Somalis

“Two motorboats remained in the area overnight and this morning divers resumed work but we expect to recover more than a hundred bodies from the ship,” a coastguard official, Floriana Segreto, told Reuters.

Thousands of migrants have died making the journey to Europe’s southern borders over the last 20 years, often in dangerously overcrowded and unseaworthy vessels. Human rights campaigners said that the tragedy could easily have been prevented.

“A terrible human tragedy is taking place at the gates of Europe. And not for the first time,” said Jean-Claude Mignon, head of the Council of Europe‘s parliamentary assembly. “We must end this now. I hope that this will be the last time we see a tragedy of this kind, and I make a fervent appeal for specific, urgent action by member states to end this shame.”

As the Sicilian island’s quayside was lined with corpses, hopes for more survivors dimmed. When coastguard divers began an inspection of the area around the wreck, they found 20 more bodies underwater. Asked on Italian radio what help was needed, Pietro Bartolo, chief of health services on Lampedusa, replied: “Coffins. Coffins and hearses.”

Giusi Nicolini, the island’s mayor, said: “It’s horrific, like a cemetery. They are still bringing them out.”

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said the tragedy should be a spur to action. In Italy, Napolitano and government ministers said the time had come for the world to shoulder its share of the burden in the growing problem of migrant boat arrivals.

Angelino Alfano, the deputy prime minister, said: “We hope the EU realises that this is not an Italian but a European disaster.” He headed to Lampedusa vowing to “make Italy’s voice heard loudly” with José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European commission.

Napolitano said there was now an “absolute necessity for decisions and actions by the international community and primarily the EU”. The integration minister, Cécile Kyenge, told journalists: “It is not the moment to point the blame at anyone, but we will ask countries to each do their bit.”

Their message was echoed by Pope Francis, who said: “Let’s unite our efforts so that tragedies like this don’t happen again. Only a decisive collaboration of everyone can help and prevent them.” In impromptu remarks, he added: “The word disgrace comes to mind. It is a disgrace.”

The alarm over the unfolding disaster was raised shortly after 6am on Thursday by fishing boats who noticed a vessel in trouble off the Lampedusa coast near Isola dei Conigli (Rabbits’ Island). Lampedusa, where the interior ministry says more than 8,000 migrants landed in the first eight and a half months of this year – out of a national total of more than 17,000 – is just 70 miles from the Tunisian coast.

Alfano said the boat’s motor was believed to have stopped working, causing water to come into the vessel and prompting the passengers to burn a sheet to try to attract rescuers. “Once the fire started, there was a concern about the boat sinking and everyone moved to one side, causing the boat to go down,” he said. The passengers were just half a mile from the shore.

A young Tunisian man was arrested by Italian police on suspicion of being one of the people smugglers responsible for organising the crossing. Unnamed survivors quoted in the Italian media, who said the boat had left the Libyan port of Misrata two days earlier, said that three fishing boats in the area had seen that their vessel was in trouble but had not come to their rescue. Alfano rejected this, saying that the boats nearby had not seen them. “If they had, they would have intervened,” he said. “Italians have big hearts.”

Codacons, an Italian consumer group, said it would ask prosecutors to look into the allegations, which it said, if true, would represent a very serious failure.

The controversy echoed a similar tragedy in March 2011, revealed in the Guardian, in which dozens of African migrants en route to Lampedusa died after being apparently ignored by European military units.

Human rights groups have long been calling on Italian and European authorities to rethink their approach to the crossings, which brought about 15,000 migrants to Italy and Malta last year, according to the UN high commissioner for refugees.

Judith Sunderland, senior western Europe researcher of Human Rights Watch, said “the lack of solidarity from the rest of the EU” had caused an “almost utter failure of any proposals for greater burden-sharing”. Member states needed to do more to help Italy shoulder the burden, she said, calling also for a “presumption of rescue” policy to be implemented to ensure that any overcrowded migrant boat spotted by passing ships would have to be offered help.

Andrea Iacomini, spokesman for Unicef in Italy, urged Enrico Letta, the prime minister, to go to Europe and demand more co-ordination and help. He urged the interior ministers of all Mediterranean nations to hold an immediate conference focused on how to prevent tragedy from happening again.

“We need to go to Europe and say that there is a humanitarian emergency in Italy. What are we doing about it? … We cannot have the victims on our consciences only afterwards,” Iacomini said, claiming the Mediterranean had “become a cemetery. And it will become even more so.”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/04/lampedusa-boat-sinking-italy-migrants

Even in an age of “realists” and vigilantes, there is still cause for optimism

It’s not too late for the world to learn the lesson of the US’s foreign policy mistakes.

BY JOHN PILGER PUBLISHED 19 SEPTEMBER 2013 10:31

Pinochet (left) waving from his motorcade shortly after the 1973 coup
Pinochet (left) waving from his motorcade shortly after the coup on 11 September 1973. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

The most important anniversary of the year has been the 40th anniversary of 11 September 1973 – the crushing of the democratic government of Chile by General Augusto Pinochet and Henry Kissinger, US secretary of state. The National Security Archive in Washington has posted new documents that reveal much about Kissinger’s role in an atrocity that cost thousands of lives.

In declassified tapes, Kissinger is heard planning the overthrow of President Salvador Allende with Richard Nixon. They sound like Mafiosi thugs. Kissinger warns that the “model effect” of Allende’s reformist democracy “can be insidious”. He tells the director of the CIA, Richard Helms: “We will not let Chile go down the drain,” to which Helms replies: “I am with you.” With the slaughter under way, Kissinger dismisses a warning by his senior officials of the scale of the repression. Secretly, he tells Pinochet, “You did a great service to the west in overthrowing Allende.”

I have known many of Pinochet’s and Kissinger’s victims. Sara De Witt, a student at the time, showed me the place where she was beaten, assaulted and electrocuted. On a wintry day in the suburbs of Santiago, we walked through a former torture centre known as Villa Grimaldi, where hundreds like her suffered terribly and were murdered or “disappeared”.

Understanding Kissinger’s criminality is vital when trying to fathom what the US calls its “foreign policy”. Kissinger remains an influential voice in Washington, admired and consulted by Barack Obama. When Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain commit crimes with US collusion and weapons, their impunity and Obama’s hypocrisy are pure Kissinger. Syria must not have chemical weapons, but Israel can have and use them. Iran must not have a nuclear programme, but Israel can have more nuclear weapons than Britain. This is known as “realism” or realpolitik by Anglo-American academics and think tanks that claim expertise in “counterterrorism” and “national security”, which are Orwellian terms meaning the opposite.

In recent weeks, the New Statesman has published articles by John Bew, an academic in the war studies department of King’s College London which the cold warrior Lawrence Freedman made famous. Bew laments the parliamentary vote that stopped David Cameron joining Obama in lawlessly attacking Syria and the hostility of most British people to bombing other nations. A note at the end of his articles says he “will take up the Henry A Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations” in Washington, DC. If this is not a black joke, it is a profanity on those like Sara De Witt and Kissinger’s countless other victims, not least those who died in the holocaust of his and Nixon’s secret, illegal bombing of Cambodia.

This doctrine of “realism” was invented in the US after the Second World War and sponsored by the Ford, Carnegie and Rockefeller Foundations, the Office of Strategic Services (a forerunner of the CIA) and the Council on Foreign Relations. At the great universities, students were taught to regard people in terms of their usefulness or their expendability: in other words, their threat to “us”. This narcissism served to justify the cold war, its moralising myths and cataclysmic risks, and, when that was over, the “war on terror”. Such a “transatlantic consensus” often found its clearest echo in Britain with the British elite’s enduring nostalgia for empire. Tony Blair used it to commit and justify his war crimes until his lies got the better of him. The violent deaths of more than a thousand people every month in Iraq are his legacy; yet his views are still courted and his chief collaborator, Alastair Campbell, is a jolly after-dinner speaker and the subject of obsequious interviews. All the blood, it seems, has been washed away.

Syria is the current project. Outflanked by Russia and public opinion, Obama has now embraced the “path of diplomacy”. Has he? As Russian and US negotiators arrived in Geneva on 12 September, the US increased its support for the al-Qaeda affiliated militias with weapons sent clandestinely through Turkey, eastern Europe and the Gulf. The Godfather has no intention of deserting his proxies. Al-Qaeda was all but created by the CIA’s Operation Cyclone, which armed the mujahedin in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. Since then, jihadists have been used to divide Arab societies and in eliminating the threat of pan-Arab nationalism to western “interests” and Israel’s lawless colonial expansion. This is Kissinger-style “realism”.

In 2006, I interviewed Duane “Dewey” Clarridge, who ran the CIA in Latin America in the 1980s. Here was a true “realist”. Like Kissinger and Nixon on the tapes, he spoke his mind. He referred to Salvador Allende as “whatshisname in Chile” and said “he had to go because it was in our national interests”. When I asked him what gave him the right to overthrow governments, he said, “Like it or lump it, we’ll do what we like. So just get used to it, world.”

The world is no longer getting used to it. In a continent ravaged by those whom Nixon called “our bastards”, Latin American governments have defied the likes of Clarridge and implemented much of Allende’s dream of social democracy – which was Kissinger’s fear. Today, most of Latin America is independent of US foreign policy and free from its vigilantism. Poverty has been cut almost by half; children live beyond the age of five; the elderly learn to read and write. These remarkable advances are invariably reported in bad faith in the west and ignored by the “realists”. That must never lessen their value as a source of optimism and inspiration for all of us.

John Pilger’s new film, “Utopia”, will have its premiere at the National Film Theatre in London on 3 October and open in cinemas in November

http://www.newstatesman.com/international-politics/2013/09/even-age-realists-and-vigilantes-there-still-cause-optimism

Karamba Diaby zieht für die SPD in den Bundestag ein

Erster aus Afrika stammender Bundestagsabgeordneter

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  • Karamba Diaby zieht über die Landesliste der SPD in Sachsen-Anhalt in den Bundestag ein. Er wurde 1961 im Senegal geboren. Seit zwölf Jahren besitzt er die deutsche Staatsbürgerschaft

    AFP – Karamba Diaby zieht über die Landesliste der SPD in Sachsen-Anhalt in den Bundestag ein. Er wurde 1961 im Senegal geboren. Seit zwölf Jahren besitzt er die deutsche Staatsbürgerschaft

Karamba Diaby ist der erste aus Afrika stammende Abgeordnete im Bundestag. Der 51-Jährige zieht über die Landesliste der SPD in Sachsen-Anhalt in das neue Parlament ein. Das von ihm angestrebte Direktmandat im Wahlkreis 72 in Halle, wo er seit rund 27 Jahren lebt, gewann er nicht. Er unterlag dem früheren Ministerpräsidenten von Sachsen-Anhalt, Christoph Bergner von der CDU.

Karamba Diaby wurde 1961 im Senegal geboren. Mitte der 1980er Jahre kam er mit einem Stipendium in die damalige DDR, wo er an der Universität Halle Chemie studierte und anschließend auch promovierte. Seit Mitte der 1990er Jahre arbeitete Diaby in verschiedenen sozialen Projektenmit den Schwerpunkten Bildung und Integration. Seit Ende 2011 ist er Referent bei derIntegrationsbeauftragten des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt. Diaby, der seit zwölf Jahren die deutsche Staatsbürgerschaft hat, sitzt zudem im Stadtrat von Halle.

Dass er als erster Schwarzer im Bundestag Geschichte schreibt, ist ihm nicht so wichtig. Er wolle sich “nicht darauf reduzieren lassen”, sagt Diaby im Vorfeld der Wahl.

http://de.nachrichten.yahoo.com/karamba-diaby-zieht-f%C3%BCr-spd-bundestag-085328023.html