Live Encounters Magazine December 2012 – Two Volumes!

Knowledge is power and we are empowering people with the free distribution of knowledge.

Writers, poets, photographers, civil & human rights activists, animal rights activists, social workers, professors, people from theatre and music, culinary gymnasts and more contribute free of cost to share their knowledge with the world for we all live in a small village in the universe called Earth.

Guest Editorial by Anat Hoffman, Civil & Human Rights Activist
Letter to the Editor by Brother Budi Hernawan OFM on the prevailing situation in Papua and an appeal to the Government of Indonesia for Peace Talks
Terry McDonagh wellknown Irish Poet,writer and Playwright talks about his life and works
Eric Hobsbawm – Another Jewish Contrarian by Natalie Wood
Are Bengalis characteristically Left-inclined? A study Romit Bagchi
2012 – Another Year of Living Foolishly? – Mark Ulyseas
Photo Gallery – Cuba – Joo Peter
Remember and Resist – Randhir Khare
Generating Yourself! – Candess M Campbell
Peace Needs More Than Talk – Steven Beck
Guest Editorial by Jemma Purdey, Woman-Mother-Writer
One Dollar For Music Raoul Wijffels in an exclusive interview
Photo Gallery – Bali – Jill Gocher 
Beering and fearing in Khajuraho – Harish Nambiar 
Book Review: Jeffrey Winters’ Oligarchy – Marcus Mietzner
Dr. Navina Jafa, author of Performing Heritage: Art of Exhibit Walks in a Live Encounter
Fadedgenes – Excerpt One From a work in progress book by Mark Ulyseas
Pastel ab Hmas – Richard Ganulin
I Hate Deadlines – Arjun Bagga
Art in Food – Enrico Wahl’s Food Art with photography by Mark Ulyseas

A thank you to all my friends on WordPress. Keep writing, let the world know we are only a village in this great big expanse of the Universe.



An Invitation from Amazonwatch!

Amazon Watch
Português | Español | Deutsch | MorePlease join Amazon Watch LIVE for a special online screening of the award-winning documentary
Children of the Jaguar

Upcoming AW events

Dear Mark,

We are thrilled to present the second in our series of online events to celebrate 15 years of protecting the Amazon and supporting indigenous rights.

Next MONDAY, OCTOBER 8th, on Indigenous Peoples Day you are invited to a one-day online screening of the film Children of the Jaguar, winner of “Best Documentary” at the 2012 National Geographic All Roads Film Festival. This is a groundbreaking documentary about the Kichwa indigenous people of Sarayaku, Ecuador and their successful international legal battle to prevent oil exploration on their land without their consent. The film will be available to watch at throughout the day on October 8th.

Then join us a week later at Noon PDT on MONDAY, OCTOBER 15th as leaders from Sarayaku will join us for the Amazon Watch Annual Fundraising Luncheon. We will live stream this event and offer a chance to interact with Amazon Watch staff and our special guests from Ecuador, Tupak Amaru Viteri Gualinga, community Vice President, and celebrated Sarayaku leader, Marlon Santi.

Oh, and in case you missed Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Debi Nova’s performance at our first online event last weekend, you can watch an encore presentation here.

Join the party and bring your friends to

For the Amazon,

Paul Paz y Miño
Paul Paz y Miño
Managing Director

P.S. If you can join us in person please RSVP today for the Annual Celebration.
Seats are going fast!

Live Encounters Magazine September 2012

Live Encounters Magazine September 2012 is out on the cyber stand, It’s Free. Please Share.

Exclusive features – The Way of Apostle Thomas – a journey into antiquity by Mark Ulyseas: A poem by well known Irish Poet, Writer Playwright Terry McDonagh : Candess M Campbell Phd exclusive on Health: Romit Bagchi senior correspondent of The Statesman speaks about his book Gorkhaland: Joo Peter’s photo gallery on Geikos (Geishas) in Kyoto: Randhir Khare’s latest book Walking Through Fire: Henky Widjaja bites the bullet on Islamic Defenders’ Front of Indonesia: Natalie Wood is back with a column on her homeland, Israel: Civil & Human Rights Activist Anat Hoffman writes a letter to the readers: Arjun Bagga pens a short story to tickle our sense of proportion.

Knowledge is power and we are empowering people with the free distribution of knowledge.

Please share this magazine with everyone.

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

The Jews of Jew Town Mattencherry Kerala India

Synagogueinte Naatil (In The Land Of Synagogue) – 2011 is film based on historical facts. This film is in Malayalam with English sub-titles. The translation is wanting. I wish to thank Mr.Thaha Ibrahin for granting permission to upload this video. Thaha is a very special person who has lived and worked among the Jews of Jew Town Mattencherry, Kerala, India.

My dear friend Mrs. Sarah Jacob Cohen features in it. Please watch it and share this film. It is a fragment of history of the Jews in India.


The God Particle ?

Here is a photograph I took of cows. In it I see the Universe. ..the serenity, beauty and the sacredness of family, of living in harmony.

There is so much talk about finding the God Particle.

What is this? Are we looking for ourselves?

Who we are and where we came from?

Why does this matter?

Why do we need a certified explanation of the origin of life?

So many questions and no answers…

Yesterday I watched the rise and fall of the Roman Empire; it felt like I was watching the evening news.

So if we continue to kill, torture and maim each other why do we search for this God Particle?

Is it to prove that Humankind is of the highest intelligence on earth because we figured out where we originate from?

Or, how the Universe came about?

If we do find the God Particle, then what?

The question will remain, where did this God particle come from?

Can our feeble minds warped by eons of abuse comprehend the immenseness of the Universe or Universes? Can we lay aside our hatred, our deviant ways and concentrate on the oneness of humanity?

Even if we do ‘find’ the God Particle, in essence, we have actually discovered nothing because we still remain savages in paradise.

The truth could be that we are the God Particle and that all we seem to do is to destroy this, ourselves.

Shame on you Indonesia!

The pig Umar Patek Indonesian Muslim Terrorist smiling in court

For being involved in the making of bombs that killed over 200 innocent people, for being involved in the bombing of a church that killed 19 Christians you give an INDONESIAN MUSLIM TERRORIST 20 years so that he can sit in prison and plan more bombings.

And you give the death penalty to people, innocent or not, for carrying drugs.

I wonder if the bomb was placed in Java and it killed hundreds of Muslims? Would Umar Patek get 20 years or death?

It is evident from this ruling that the FPI now has the Indonesian Judiciary in its control. The lives of innocent tourists and Indonesian Christians are cheaper than drug offences.

This is shameful and a sad day for true justice in Indonesia.

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om


News from the frontline – CPJ highlights World Press Freedom Day

In a new report marking World Press Freedom Day, CPJ listed the world’s top 10 most censored countries, where dictatorial control over news coverage is achieved through a combination of propaganda, brute force, and sophisticated technology. Eritrea, North Korea, and Syria topped the list, underscoring the fact that domestic restrictions on information have broad implications for global geopolitical stability.

CPJ also participated in World Press Freedom Day activities around the globe, from Mexico City to Rabat . CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon spoke about combating impunity at an event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, which was hosted by the French and Greek missions to the U.N. The event marked the fifth anniversary of a U.N. resolution to protect journalists working in conflict zones and sought to assess journalist security and map a way forward. In a video message, Simon reflected on the resolution and its importance, and the need to prioritize journalist security.

Elisabeth Witchel, CPJ’s U.K.-based Impunity Campaign consultant, also participated in a panel discussion marking the opening of a photo exhibition in London. The event, which documented the fight for a free press in Mexico through photography, was developed by the U.K.-based aid agency CAFOD in collaboration with CPJ and The Guardian.

CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Bob Dietz participated in a video panel discussion, organized by the U.S. Embassy to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, in which he spoke about the right to information and the pivotal role of free expression in the Sri Lankan reconciliation process.


Defending free speech in the Americas

CPJ has launched a new campaign, Critics Are Not Criminals , which focuses on governments’ use of criminal defamation laws to silence dissent in the Americas. In Ecuador, for example, more than 20 lawsuits against news outlets have prompted the press to self-censor “out of fear that local or national authorities will feel offended and go after journalists with costly lawsuits and fines,” the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas reports.

Critics Are Not Criminals will highlight the region’s abuses of press freedom through social media, including Twitter, with the hashtag #defamation. Join CPJ in spreading awareness of key legislation and press freedom cases by following the CPJ Americas program on Twitter, @cpjamericas, or visiting the campaign online.


Supporting journalist safety around the world 

CPJ partnered with Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism for a two-session panel, “Journalist Security On-Site and Online,” which drew more than 80 attendees and featured leading security experts such as Stuart Karle, Chief Operating Officer of Thomson Reuters, and Carolyn Cole of the Los Angeles Times, and digital experts such as Chris Soghoian, a privacy activist working as an Open Society Fellow, and Danny O’Brien, CPJ’s Internet advocacy coordinator.

CPJ research shows that governments have become sophisticated at putting journalists under online surveillance and committing assaults against them. In direct response to this trend, the experts at the panel highlighted aspects of CPJ’s Journalist Security Guide, released April 26, and described some of the precautions that journalists should take while reporting around the world.

Frank Smyth, CPJ’s security adviser, also participated in a journalist security discussion at London’s Frontline Club, where reporters, editors, and photographers discussed the security risks they face in the field—especially when working as freelancers.

CPJ’s Journalist Security Guide is available online in Arabic, English, Spanish, and French, and is also available for download on iBook and e-reader.


Introducing CPJ Debrief: A discussion series with frontline journalists

CPJ kicked off a new event series in New York with Jeffrey Gettleman , East Africa bureau chief for The New York Times and winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. The event drew a capacity crowd to The Half King, a local pub established by journalists Sebastian Junger, Scott Anderson, and Nanette Burstein.

Gettleman recounted his experiences reporting in Somalia, Africa’s deadliest country for the press, according to CPJ research. With a slideshow produced by the Times providing a vivid visual background, he spoke about the emotional costs of covering the 2011 famine, tentative prospects for securing stability in the country after decades of factional fighting, and ways to interview a Somali pirate without getting kidnapped. Forty-one journalists have been killed in Somalia over the past two decades, while dozens of local reporters have fled into exile, CPJ research shows.


As host of Eurovision, Azerbaijan must improve press freedom record

Once Azerbaijan was chosen as the host for this month’s Eurovision song contest, CPJ stepped up its calls for authorities to improve the country’s dismal press freedom record. Nina Ognianova, CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia coordinator, and members of other free expression organizations participated in a workshop on freedom of the press in Azerbaijan, hosted by the European Broadcasting Union, and issued a joint letter detailing the country’s history of press freedom abuses and listing the journalists who languish in Azerbaijani jails.

The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan, a coalition of free expression organizations including CPJ, also launched a website and profiles on Facebook and Twitter, which highlight the country’s long-standing record of free speech violations. In 2011 alone, CPJ documented attacks against six reporters and the obstruction of four others in the country.


Testifying on jailed journalists in Central Asia

Muzaffar Suleymanov, CPJ’s research associate for the Europe and Central Asia program, spoke earlier this month at a hearing on Europe’s political prisoners at the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the U.S. Helsinki Commission). In a testimony intended to get U.S. policies to focus on press freedom violations ongoing in the region, Suleymanov called on world leaders to “hold Central Asian regimes responsible for denying global access to information by throwing critical reporters behind bars.”

Uzbekistan , sixth on CPJ’s Most Censored list, is currently holding Muhammad Bekjanov and Yusuf Ruzimuradov, two journalists who, imprisoned since 1999, have been jailed longer than any other reporter worldwide, according to CPJ research. In Kyrgyzstan, journalist Azimjon Askarov has received a life sentence on fabricated charges, all in retaliation for his reporting.


CPJ helps Somali journalist win freedom

When a radio director in Puntland was arrested in March for his coverage of clashes between government officials and Al-Shabaab militants, CPJ alerted the international community to the news and met with Puntland officials on two occasions to advocate for his release. The director, Awke Abdullahi, who spent 57 days in prison, was released in May.

Prior to Abdullahi’s arrest, police officers had raided his station, Voice of Peace, shut down the office, and confiscated materials. CPJ has documented the efforts of Puntland security forces to prevent journalists from reporting on unrest in the region.


In Togo, police return journalists’ equipment 

The equipment of two journalists, which had been seized by Lomé police in April, was returned this month after CPJ contacted government officials about the confiscation. In an email thanking CPJ, Noel Kokou Tadegnon said the Togolese officials had apologized to them and promised to avoid confiscations and assaults on journalists in the future.

Tadegnon and Alli were attacked while covering an anti-government march on Togo’s Independence Day celebration.


Upcoming events

CPJ is partnering with Internews in Washington, D.C., for a panel discussion on journalist security on June 13. The panel will feature Frank Smyth and Danny O’Brien, the authors of CPJ’s Journalist Security Guide, along with Washington Post senior correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran. To RSVP for the event, visit

On June 20, World Refugee Day, CPJ will release its 2012 Journalists in Exile report, which highlights countries where journalists are forced to flee persecution for their reporting. In its 2011 report, CPJ found that nearly 70 journalists had fled their countries in the past 12 months, with imprisonment, or the threat of it, being the leading cause of their exile.

CPJ is collaborating with Human Rights Watch and screening three films at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, from June 14 through 23. The films, Words of Wisdom , Silenced Voices, and Reportero, will premiere at Lincoln Center. Carlos Lauría, CPJ Senior Americas Program Coordinator, will be participating in a panel discussion for the June 23 showing of Reportero with filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz and Sergio Haro, the film’s subject.

Tickets are on sale to the public. Please bring a printout of this email to the box office to redeem an online order or to purchase your discounted tickets for the screening. The online discount is available for Reportero, Silenced Voices, and Words of Wisdom by selecting “Affiliate” from the ticket menu. Limit is two discount tickets per person, and is subject to availability.


Blog highlights

Nigerian journalists obstructed on world press freedom day

China ducks questions about Al-Jazeera expulsion

Most censored nations each distort the Net in own way

Don’t get your sources in Syria killed

UK set for historic libel reform

China not most censored, but may be most ambitious