Thursday, January 10, 2008

Dignitaries will come to Tallahassee

A Spanish headline from 2007, Dec 9: "Members of the High Level Group of the Alliance of Civilizations today urged States throughout the world to implement the measures recommended by the United Nations forum to promote integration among civilizations, cultures and religions"

'Without the support of the States alliance will never be a credible idea,' said the representative of the UN Secretary General for the Alliance of Civilizations, former Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio.
The former Portuguese president said he hoped that the first summit of the Alliance of Civilizations, scheduled for next January in Madrid will be attended by heads of state from celebrities to be used to 'anchor them in the real world'.
Speakers at the opening session said that members of the alliance met with the role of evaluating and produce a report with recommendations, and now it is the obligation of States and the UN itself to put them into practice. The High Level Group of the forum, composed of individuals from different countries, cultures and religions, presented a report eight months ago in which lists a number of recommendations that can be taken to promote dialogue between cultures and combat fanaticism and terrorism.
. 'Regarding the initiative of the UN report is a tool that can promote peace, but it is unfinished and is in danger of becoming into irrelevance', Sampaio said to warn of the need for States to adopt and implement."

Also the US seem to have reacted:
The Claude Pepper Center for Intercultural Dialogue
has "responded to the call of the United Nations “Alliance of Civilizations” initiative on behalf of Florida State University."

"Claude Pepper Center is hosting its First Bridging Civilizations Conference from Feb 11th-13th, 2008, at Florida State University. The conference will be an opportunity for the world’s most influential policy makers, business leaders, and academics to forge alliances that transcend national and cultural boundaries.

Furthermore, Bridging Civilizations will:

  • encourage support of the “Alliance of Civilizations,” an initiative of the United Nations established to promote a “global climate of dialogue”;
  • mark the establishment of “The Alliance Association of Colleges and Universities,” a world-wide network of higher learning institutions dedicated to intercultural communication, collaboration, and cooperation;
  • invite college-level students from across the country to join in the panels, lectures, and workshops of the conference.

Among those already invited and expected to attend are

Michael Oren, Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem and author of Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present;

Yuval Rabin, the son of former Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin;

His Excellency Adel al-Jubeir, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States.

In a news from today executive director Monsignor William Kerr says:

"It is our hope that these relationships will lead to new foreign policy approaches, faculty and student exchange programs, research opportunities and activism among youth."

The conference is being sponsored by Tallahassee's Figg Engineering Group, a firm that builds bridges all over the world...
"A global climate of dialogue is really not going to happen unless universities get involved," Kerr said."


Their website mentioned also an initiative called "The Global Peace Exchange (GPE)"
It "... is an initiative to coordinate and expand the service based exchange opportunities for students throughout the world. Operating under the auspices of The Claude Pepper Center for Intercultural Dialogue at Florida State University and the United Nation's Alliance of Civilizations, the GPE functions to foster the construction of a new civilization founded on mutual cooperation and understanding to support development and peace in the world."

The GPE website says:

"As of now, we are part of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Association of Colleges and Universities, helping to realize the UNAOC’s goal of bridging cultural gaps through youth exchanges and service projects."

And we have a winner there:
"At age 21, Florida State University senior and Student Body President Joseph O’Shea has ... co-founded an international service-based exchange program for students worldwide. Now, Joseph O’Shea can add “Rhodes Scholar” to his already exceptional resume."
“I was awestruck,” said O’Shea, who hails from Clearwater, Fla. “The Rhodes Scholarship is such a remarkable opportunity and a launching pad to help those in need for the rest of my life. My mom was weeping over the phone when I told her. My father passed away in May. I wish he could have been here to see this. I am so grateful for the exceptional education I’ve received at FSU.”
O’Shea has co-founded: Global Peace Exchange, an international service-based exchange program for students worldwide, modeled after the U.S. Peace Corps;

Rhodes scholars Bill Clinton, Strobe Talbott, and Richard Gardner were largely responsible for Solana's appointment as head of NATO in 1995.
read more about the Rhodes influence at Dennis Cuddy's article from NewswithViews here:

stay tuned!


Anonymous said...

"...used to 'anchor them in the real world'.

Or, to sever their moorings.



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setterman said...

Thanks for reminding me to reread this.
Dennis Cuddy’s July article seems quite prophetic in light of recent events.

“NBC Nightly News, July 20, 2007, Haass said that Gen. Pervez Musharraf may soon fall from leadership in Pakistan. Haass said he hoped the Pakistani military (thesis) would compromise (synthesis) with the secular civilian leadership (antithesis) to take on the religious extremist Muslims in Waziristan of northwest Pakistan, which is becoming a haven for Al Qaeda. Is this the power elite’s model---military and secular versus religious? Or does the power elite know the Muslim backlash to such action would throw the nation into chaos, requiring international intervention?”

I doubt that the EU and Russia are on the same track. Keep in mind that when “NATO” bombed Yugoslavia that the Russians sent in their special forces to seize the airport. The situation was a precursor to the “new” cold war.

Lord Jesus, I ask that you keep Farmer safe from “powers and principalities in high places,” and from “evil men.”
Yours in Christ: