Culture Shock: Paris in the month of August

Culture Shock: Paris in the month of August

By: Jessie Lin

August has been well-known as THE vacation month for Parisians.  If you were to call up someone, the response you’ll likely to receive is “je suis dans le sud”, I am in the South.  Most shops, restaurants, cafes, brasseries, clinics, administrations, etc. close down anywhere from 2 weeks to the entire month.  Because of this, August is either the best or worst time to be in Paris.  Best time because one won’t have to deal with snotty Parisians nor being squashed on the metro during rush hour.  But, it’s also a terrible time because one gets greeted by empty streets in the usual lively quartiers; the absences of the best dining and food specialty options; and in most places, only tourists roam the streets.  If you want to visit Paris for a “Parisian feel” then avoid August like the plague!
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Summer Planning at ATTAC

Summer Planning at ATTAC

By: Jessie Lin

            Summer has arrived (even though it took a while for the weather to catch up).  The big international events that ATTAC have participated in have come to a temporary pause.  The big awaited transformation of ATTAC is at last starting to take shape.  Before everyone takes off for vacation in August, we’re also taking this period of time to talk about the programming that will start in September.

ATTAC has gone through quite a big change this year.  With the departing of 3 staff members within six months, things were chaotic and blurry for a period of time.  The decision for the new hire, Jeanne, who was to replace our ancient “Chef” was decided long ago, however, her starting date which was originally set to start in March kept being pushed back.  Finally at the end of May she was able to make a presence in our head office yet still occupying with her former job.  We hired another person who has been a long time member of ATTAC, Wilfred.  He is very involved particularly in organizing protests.  During our last two team meetings, things have had a very positive look, and I was excited to see what ATTAC would become in a few months.
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A win-win solution

A win-win solution

Joyce @ WWF-HK

When talking about NGO, especially found-raising, what I can recall is all about the very traditional, inflexible, or sometimes even be kind of old-school communication. However, surprisingly, I noticed that some NGOs in many other countries approach donors in a very attractive and creative way. They express touching (but seriously) messages while offering various “donate solutions” to reduce the inconvenient to donors. That helps to ensure the donation income to charity and bring a very new role of donation itself to the donors.
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「公益學校」的兩難

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關晨引/北京工友之家

六年級教室最後的角落有一位帶深色膠框眼鏡的大學生,我在台上教《木棉花》,他在台下和幾個六年級的孩子聊天。說是來聽音樂課如何進行,怎麼就和孩子們在底下聊起天來,干擾課堂秩序不說,還不尊重在台上教學的老師。課後,他拿著一本《基礎樂理》過來跟我說:「一堂音樂課只教孩子們唱一首歌,是很不負責任的教學方式」。他打算選出音樂上的尖子進入合唱團,進行聲樂和樂理等等訓練,滔滔地展開音樂教育理念的闡述。 Continue reading

Gwangju Asian Human right Forum

Gwangju Asian Human right Forum

This Forum was hold by the May 18 Foundation[i] which the organization’s goal is not only to commemorate Korea 1980 May 18th Gwangju uprising but also to research on international human right. The Gwangju Asia Forum was held from May 16th to May 18th. Forum schedule as following table:
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填海危機

填海危機

Joyce @ WWF HK
想到香港, 相信許多人會想到維多利亞港 那好似永不熄滅的幻彩燈光秀與晶亮的名師建築, 這個享譽盛名的明珠港灣, 除了高調呈現了香港亮麗富裕的一面, 其實也是香港環保問題的縮影。

如果你有機會在多年前就造訪過香港, 相信你能察覺維多利亞港的水域不如過去那樣寬闊, 也不復過去的清澈美麗。 維港海景的盛名, 多年來吸引了無數富豪大賈, 人人追捧只求能坐擁維港無敵海景, 並不斷以各種名義鼓吹並支持填海, 讓兩岸陸地不斷擴大, 同時也短視近利的讓港灣區越來越小。
填海最大的爭議並不像目前公眾熱烈討論的維港商業、 航運、或觀光價值可能受到損害而已, 其實最大, 而且最可怕的在於填海已經直接剝奪了無數依賴港口生活的無辜海洋生物的生存權, 讓這群一直沒被人類賦予發言權的物種, 直接面臨失去家園甚至滅種的急迫危險。
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正面的擁抱—保衛同心戰役(中)

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關晨引/北京工友之家

我們正在書寫歷史

收到關停通知書的這一天距離期末考與放暑假還有兩星期。隔日,校長、我和六年級班主任帶著六年級學生到北大畢業旅行。六年級真的都是大孩子了,坐上車後不用找塑料袋預備抓兔子,也不用回答每隔五分鐘就張開小嘴問:「老師,還有多久?」的問題。聽音樂、吃零食、聊天,個個比我都懂得如何消磨車上時光。金花校長看起來有點疲憊,上車沒多久,她站在過道上展開十分多鐘的講話。內容圍繞在要孩子們思考這一趟畢業旅行能給自己和夥伴們帶來什麼意義。之前,同心沒有舉辦過畢業旅行。接下來兩天,學校作息照舊。來到週五放學後的例會,校長介紹新來的志願者老師、強調期末考將至,複習計畫的展開與重要性、班主任下週開始收書費等。話突然暫停,校長喊了幾個在外邊的孩子,要他們把班裡的學前部小娃兒帶到教室外。老師們屛住呼吸準備迎接金花的講話。 Continue reading

另類抗爭力量(I)- 沙漠中的流浪詩人:Tinariwen

Annalise@IPAM

放下槍桿,我們改用吉他與音樂打仗,
敘說我們的故事,我們圖瓦雷克人的故事。


四月初,筆者在巴黎參加了一場很特別的演唱會- 這是一個名叫Tinariwen的圖瓦雷克(Touareg)樂團的表演。圖瓦雷克的名稱在近期又開始佔據國際新聞版面,原因不外乎與近期位於北非的馬利(Mali)境內的軍事政變相關。在諸多國際新聞報導中,圖瓦雷克人(Touareg)被歸咎為導致馬利國家分裂與民主盪失的檜子手。
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上廁所可是很嚴肅的事兒

張郁琳
中國滋根鄉村教育與發展促進會

精神文明和環境文明一手抓
前進一小步,文明一大步!
情不在切,貼心就成!”紙”不在多,夠用就行!
留下的都應是該留下的.
同志們,沖啊 ! (「衝」字在簡體字裡與「冲」同字)
~~轉載網路上的廁所名言

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轉眼將在這個月末繞道北京回台灣,近一年接觸不少人,聽到我來自寶島,難免問句:「來這兒還習慣嗎?」我總會說挺習慣的,偶爾視情況加上一句:「除了廁所以外」。
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國際志願者計劃回顧(一)- 離開,是為了回來

By Zoe @ London Citizens (LC)

八月的來臨,意味著志願者計劃已經來到了尾聲,短短的十個月的工作體驗帶來了什麼的得著呢?上個月分享了我在倫敦公民中學習的爭扎,透過和同事的分享和交談,我好像漸漸看到了絲絲的曙光,找到了自己的出路。

一直以來都想著如何可以把學到的帶回香港,在機構的最後一個月,倫敦公民的同事以及上司都會問我想如何把社區組織帶回香港,會把倫敦公民的一套帶到香港發展香港公民嗎?會視社區組織為你的未來事業嗎?聽到這裡,有時會感到不舒服,畢竟SAUL ALINSKY 的這套在西方國家如英國、美國、德國等能夠發展,不等同於它的理論就是UNIVERSAL,不等於就能搬字過紙般套用到亞洲地區如台灣、香港等華人社群裡去。
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山裡的圖書角

張郁琳
中國滋根鄉村教育與發展促進會

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書是人類進步的階梯……然而,階梯通向哪裡?

                                                ~~改自高爾基名言

滋根最早於貴州開展項目,二十幾年來在教育方面開展的項目由貧困學生助學金項目,拓展到現在的各教育階層的獎助學金、貧困住校生補助、滋根公益獎學金、學校硬件修設,到這兩三年的村校互動、鄉土文化進課堂,寄宿生管理制度研究、留守/流動兒童情況調研,以及設立班級圖書角。
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外资在印尼石油及棕榈油所占比例

小媚@ARENA

印尼于2004年成为一个石油净进口国[1]并于2008年放弃“石油输出国组织”(Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries,简称OPEC)成员身份,其石油产量从1977年的峰值8490万吨持续下降。自1998年亚洲金融危机以来,对新油气田的开发不断缩减,中央统计机构(Central Statistics Agency)的数据显示,该领域在2010年缩减了3.61%。虽然该国仍有相当大的石油和天然气储量,但是开采以及必要的勘探设施需要投入大量的资金来实现,同时也需要政府法规的调整以鼓励投资人并保证探索新区块的成本回收。全球对石油和天然气的需求不断上涨,新的重点一直集中在生产和勘探方面。印尼国家石油公司(Pertamina)的目标是到2015年产量达到1百万桶,使印尼再次成为一个石油净出口国,但这绝非易事。

数据来源:财政部
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