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Mondragón Seminar 2010

September 12 – 18, 2010
Mondragón, Spain

Praxis Peace Institute is organizing a 5-day workshop/seminar with the Mondragon Cooperatives in the Basque country of Spain. The purpose of the seminar is to learn about worker owned and managed cooperative businesses from the leading consortium of cooperatives in the world.

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The Mondragon Cooperatives were founded in 1955 and now encompass 120 businesses and employ nearly  100,000 worker-owners. Mondragon is a highly successful cooperative model with over 50 years of proven success. They have established research centers, bank and credit unions, a university, youth cooperatives, and small to large businesses

In June 2007, the Educational Director of the Mondragon Cooperatives, Mikel Lezamiz, spoke at the Praxis Peace Institute conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Due to the interest generated at the conference, we decided to collaborate with Mondragon in offering an in-depth educational opportunity for those who want more information on how to create cooperatives in their businesses and communities.

A License to Kill…Whales?

An Op-Ed By Pierce Brosnan and Fred O’Regan

Is it possible that the Obama Administration will capitulate to a proposed plan that permits Japan, Norway, and Iceland to resume commercial whaling? As unlikely as it sounds, the answer is yes. The Obama Administration has indeed supported, behind closed doors, a dangerous new proposal to overturn the global whaling ban.

Since President Ronald Reagan first helped usher in the international ban on commercial whaling, every American President has reasserted our nation’s strong leadership in the fight to save the whales.

From the shores of Cape Cod to the California coast and across the political spectrum, Americans love whales. Five national surveys commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) over the past decade show overwhelming majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents want these intelligent, gentle creatures protected for future generations. Voters of all subgroups – from rural, conservative GOP members, to urban, liberal Democrats – want our government to stop Japan, Iceland, and Norway from hunting whales.

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Live from the Ocean Floor: New Oil Leak ‘Spillcam’

PBS NewsHour

Live from the Ocean Floor:

New Oil Leak Widget Features ‘Spillcam’


BP’s live video stream of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico is simultaneously tragic and hypnotic. With each passing second, more gallons of crude oil and natural gas escape into the ocean.

Until Thursday, BP and NOAA had stood by their early estimate — produced April 29, a week after the Deepwater Horizon rig sank — that about 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) were leaking per day from the damaged well, although they had acknowledged that the estimate was not precise.

And after the world first witnessed the 30-second video clip that BP released on May 12, scientists began to wonder more loudly how the estimate could be that low.

Now, thanks in part to congressional pressure, we have a way to watch the environmental crisis unfold in real time via a live video feed. We modified our original Gulf Leak Meter because the video takes our sliding scale out of the abstract and into reality >>

Free live streaming by Ustream

Music for World Peace – Raag Bageshwari

New Dehli India, Brahm Naad, for the first time ever in the world – a grand symphony of a 1000 sitarists on one stage, was conceived by Art of Living founder and spiritual guru His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

The sitarists came from different religions, castes and sections of society from India and various parts of the world. The diverse group included artists ranging from 6 -70 years of age, including visually challenged sitarists, child prodigies, young students from renowned schools of classical music and senior practitioners. HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said: “Music connects the individual to the universal spirit. Music is that rhythm and harmony that flows from the universal to the individual; from the cosmos to the finite.”

Slated to find its way into the Guiness Book of World records, the proceeds from Brahm Naad are dedicated to the relief and rehabilitation of flood-ravaged Bihar.

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