|Asunto:||Meditacion Focal Planetaria # 4 / Peru este domingo 28|
|Fecha:||Viernes, 26 de Mayo, 2000 07:42:36 (-0600)|
|Autor:||Ricardo Ocampo <anahuak @.............mx>
Peru es el tema de la meditacion del GRUPO FOCAL de este domingo 28 de
mayo, al mediodia en donde quiera que estemos, al que se suman como cada
semana 250,000 nodos de las principales 500 redes del nuevo tejido nervioso
y consciente de luz del planeta, entramado a traves de la Internet, es
decir, las principales organizaciones y networks de nueva consciencia y
despertar de la Madre Tierra. Nuestra Red Iberoamericana de Luz es sin duda
uno de estos networks. Nuestra focalizacion estara centrada en pedir que el
Espiritu tome el poder nuevamente en el Peru. Incluimos tambien a la
situacion en Medio Oriente por su gravedad. Aun no encuentro quien traduzca
el texto al español, pero se los envio preventivamente en ingles. Si
alguien puede hacerlo hoy mismo, aviseme inmediatamente para no duplicar
esfuerzos. Saludos fraternales!
What follows is the fourth Meditation Focus suggested by the Global
Meditation Focus Group:
2. Focus Group Recommendations
3. About the Focus Group
4. More information on the 2 topics
ELECTIONS IN PERU: TO POSTPONE OR NOT TO POSTPONE...
On Sunday, May 28, a second and final round of voting is scheduled in
Peru's presidential election. Bolstered by independent watchdog
organizations' reports that it would be impossible to prevent massive fraud
under the current vote-counting system, opposition candidate Alejandro
Toledo announced he was boycotting Sunday's vote to force a postponement.
But incumbent Alberto Fujimori refuses to bow to pressures and wants the
vote to take place anyway. If Fujimori does not relent, "his country will
face international isolation, possibly accompanied by internal violence or
a military coup," according to the Washington Post.
Please hold in your heart and mind the fact of Spirit regaining the power
in Peru and a vision of peaceful resolution of this situation with justice
and social harmony prevailing in this part of the world.
HASTY WITHDRAWAL OF ISRAEL FROM LEBANON: PEACE BREAKTHROUGH?
An uncertain peace is prevailing after Israel dramatically ended this week
two decades of military occupation in southern Lebanon. Amidst stern
warnings by Israel of massive retaliation against Syrian strategic targets
if the militant Islamic Hezbollah guerilla fighters continue their attacks
on border villages in Israel, there has been renewed violence recently in
the West Bank and Gaza territories over the slow pace of negociations to
create a Palestinian state.
Please hold in your heart and mind a vision of peaceful coexistence between
all nations in the Middle East and the development of harmonious relations
between all people.
(Please see below for more details on those 2 topics.)
2. Focus Group Recommendations
The Focus Group suggests that we focus our meditations and prayers on these 2
situations for the week beginning Sunday June 28. Please hold and empower the
vision, as guided by Spirit during your meditation, of what needs to occur
for a peaceful and lasting resolution to be found for all, in so far as it
furthers the highest good of all.
We also invite once again anyone interested to review the Focus Group
"Suggestions for Enhancing the Effectiveness of our Healing Focus in
Meditation" at http://refcities.com/focusgroup
Please make sure also to note the following:
People may take a few moments at the top of any hour, once a day, to join
with all those meditating on the suggested weekly focus at the top of that
same corresponding hour in other time zones around the world. They may also
choose to meditate or pray every day at any moment that best suits them,
knowing that their added positive vibrations will complement the positive
vibrations emitted by other people on that same day.
Sunday Global Meditation
People may also join with all others to meditate simultaneously every
Sunday at 9 am in Los Angeles, noon in New York, 6 pm in Paris, 5 pm in the
UK (now corresponding to 4 pm UT/GMT) - please see the World Clock at
www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/full.html to find out your own corresponding
local time - or simply take about 30 minutes beginning at noon local time
to meditate and pray on the suggested focus (or foci) for this week.
Earth Healing Focus
Please dedicate the last few minutes of your Sunday meditation to the
healing of the Earth as a whole. See the Earth as healthy and vibrant with
life, and experience the healing of all relations as we awaken globally to
our greater identity and the sacredness of all life.
3. About the Focus Group
The Focus Group members wish to acknowledge that we do not claim to have
presented here a complete view of all the aspects of the issues under
consideration. Our basic aim is to work impartially for the highest good of
all, with the guidance of Spirit. We encourage everyone participating in
this global healing work to similarly strive to become neutral channels so
as to help step down the powerful Divine vibrations of Love, Peace and
Unity to a level at which they can be of assistance to alleviate the
suffering of people and instill the goodwill necessary to resolve
peacefully any conflictual situation involved with this week's Meditation
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4. More information on the 2 topics
ELECTIONS IN PERU: TO POSTPONE OR NOT TO POSTPONE... MORE DETAILS
May 23 - Pressure Builds on Fujimori - By RICK VECCHIO, Associated Press
LIMA, Peru (AP) - With five days left before Sunday's presidential runoff,
pressure built Tuesday on incumbent Alberto Fujimori to postpone the vote
or face political turmoil.
Peru's national election watchdog group, Transparencia, said it would
``abstain from observing Sunday's election.'' The move came one day after
the Organization of American States' monitoring mission announced that it
was suspending cooperation with election officials.
``It is not exclusively a problem with the date, but rather for us, that
there does not exist the minimum technical conditions to provide electoral
competition,'' said Transparencia spokeswoman Cecilia Blondet.
Transparencia's independent poll count provided a benchmark for foreign
governments and local politicians to insist on a runoff vote to clear the
air of fraud allegations in the first round April 9.
Official results showed Fujimori falling just shy of the majority necessary
to avoid a runoff with challenger Alejandro Toledo, whose supporters
maintain that street protests and international pressure were the only
things that prevented Fujimori from claiming a fraudulent victory.
The U.S. State Department has fully backed Transparencia and the OAS
mission, and President Clinton signed a resolution last month warning
Fujimori that Peru could face diplomatic and economic sanctions if election
In Washington on Tuesday, White House spokesman Joe Lockhart said the
United States would continue working with the OAS to ensure fair elections.
``This is important to our bilateral relations, that we have free and fair
elections,'' Lockhart said.
Transparencia, which receives large-scale funding from foreign governments,
including the United States, Canada and Germany, had been prepared to send
20,000 volunteers to voting sites across the country to conduct another
``quick count'' of ballots.
Toledo, who last week announced he was boycotting Sunday's vote to force a
postponement, said Tuesday that he would begin telling his supporters to
spoil their ballots with the words ``no to fraud.'' He had been asking
Peruvians not to go to the polls in defiance of a law that makes voting
But Toledo said he was changing the strategy because of an aggressive ad
campaign by election authorities warning that absenteeism would be punished
by stiff penalties, on top of a $33 fine. The minimum wage in Peru is less
about $120 a month.
The ad campaign reminded Peruvians that anyone who failed to vote would be
unable to obtain public medical insurance or social security of any kind
and be ineligible to receive a driver's license or passport.
On Monday, the OAS monitoring mission announced it was ``temporarily
suspending cooperation'' with Peruvian election officials, accusing them of
trying to use its presence to endorse a flawed ballot-counting system.
Eduardo Stein, head of the mission, said his observers had found grave
flaws in the vote-counting software.
Stein went behind closed doors with ambassadors from 11 of the OAS' 35
member nations Tuesday and was expected to issue a new statement about his
mission's position on the vote.
- FROM: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000523/wl/peru_election_18.html
May 23 - Fighting Follows Fujimori Campaign - By RICK VECCHIO, Associated
LIMA, Peru (AP) - President Alberto Fujimori stood behind kneeling security
guards using plastic shields to deflect flying fruit and wooden poles
hurled by protesters at a pro-government rally.
The violence Monday coincided with the official withdrawal of rival
candidate Alejandro Toledo from the presidential runoff after accusing
Fujimori of vote-rigging. (MORE...)
- FROM: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59341-2000May23.html
Editorial: Peru at the Brink (May 24, 2000)
THE POLITICAL impasse in Peru has reached a critical stage. Presidential
elections on April 9 were marred by accusations that President Alberto
Fujimori, running for an unprecedented third term, had perpetrated fraud.
Mr. Fujimori, confronted by the United States, the Organization of American
States (OAS) and leading Peruvian civic groups, consented to a runoff
against his leading challenger, former World Bank consultant Alejandro
Toledo. The election is set for Sunday.
Now, however, it is unclear what sort of election, if any, will take place.
The OAS election monitoring mission in Lima has questioned the Peruvian
authorities' claims that Peru's vote-counting computer software can
guarantee a fair count by Sunday. Mr. Toledo has sent a letter to Peru's
National Election Board affirming that he will not participate in an
election on that date, though he is willing to take part later if the OAS's
conditions for a fair vote are met. Both Peru's official ombudsman and the
leading independent vote-monitoring group, Transparencia, have backed an
Peruvian society is polarized: Many laud Mr. Fujimori's success in
defeating terrorism and inflation and wish to keep him despite his many
abuses of power; many support the inexperienced Mr. Toledo because they see
him as Peru's best hope for an immediate return to full democracy. In this
context, Mr. Toledo's withdrawal, intended to increase pressure on Mr.
Fujimori to permit a fair vote, is a high-risk move. Mr. Fujimori could
press ahead with the Sunday vote, then try to ride out the international
and domestic reaction. But that reaction is likely to be sharp indeed. If
Mr. Fujimori is reelected in a process that is not endorsed by the OAS, he
and his country face international isolation, possibly accompanied by
internal violence or a military coup.
The objective of U.S. and Latin American diplomacy should be to talk
everyone back from the brink. Mr. Toledo needs to calm his followers so as
to give the government no pretext for a crackdown. The even greater burden
of statesmanship falls on Mr. Fujimori. He has made a career of thumbing
his nose at critics, at home and from abroad. This is no time for that. He
needs to swiftly offer the OAS the guarantees of a clean count that it
seeks, even if that necessitates some postponement of the vote. If the
president concedes that, Mr. Toledo would be obliged to participate, and
both the international community and the Peruvian people should accept the
outcome (which, according to the polls, might well be a Fujimori victory).
Mr. Fujimori has the power to save his country from disaster. © 2000 The
Washington Post Company
- FROM: http://www.wola.org/perudeconstructingdemo.html
Deconstructing Democracy: Peru Under Alberto Fujimori - Executive Summary
The Peru inherited by President Alberto Fujimori was far from democratic.
The violence unleashed by Sendero Luminoso had ravaged the country. Despite
twelve years of uninterrupted civilian rule, democracy had hardly taken
root in Peru and emergency measures to counter guerrilla violence
restricted many civil liberties and freedoms. The 1979 constitution
delegated excessive powers to the executive branch and failed to establish
effective mechanisms for transparency and accountability, and few would
defend the poor track record of the Peruvian Congress or judiciary prior to
1992. There is no doubt that when President Fujimori took office, the
country was in a state of economic, social and political chaos. The April
1992 autogolpe, or presidential coup, did lead to the re-establishment of a
sense of order and security. Unfortunately, however, President Fujimori has
failed to deliver on his initial promise to reconstruct democracy anew. On
the contrary, the past decade in Peru has witnessed the steady dismantling
of the basic institutional structures of democratic governance.
The widespread international condemnation of anti-democratic practices in
Peru following the 1992 autogolpe largely ceased after the 1995
presidential elections, which President Fujimori won handily. As the
internal war subsided following the capture of Sendero leader Abimael
Guzmán in September 1992, the egregious human rights violations that
characterized the first years of the Fujimori government slowed to a
trickle. Fujimori supporters claimed that Peru had re-entered the
democratic fold. Yet almost immediately after entering into its second
term, the Fujimori government initiated a series of undemocratic measures,
many of which violate the very constitution it crafted. The fundamental
institutional guarantees needed to ensure respect for and protection of
human rights and democratic practices are more distant than ever. The
immediate human rights crisis came to an end, but in its wake came the
crisis of democracy that dominates political life in Peru today. (MORE...)
FOR MANY MORE ARTICLES ON THE SITUATION IN PERU GO AT... (NOTE FROM JEAN
I'LL INCLUDE THIS URL FRIDAY AFTER CHECKING IF IT IS STILL VALID)
HERE ARE THE TITLE OF THE ARTICLES: Full Coverage - World - Peru
Peru Faces Pressure to Delay Sunday Vote - Reuters (May 24, 2000) -
Confusion rules as key election nears in Peru - Boston Globe (May 24, 2000)
- OAS Monitors of Peru Vote Returning for Key Test - Reuters (May 24, 2000)
- Election Monitors Extend Deadline in Peru - Washington Post (May 24,
2000) - OAS to monitor crucial test of electoral computers in Peru - CNN
(May 24, 2000) - Peru faces a "diplomatic war" and loss of investments -
AFP (May 23, 2000) - Pressure Builds on Fujimori - AP (May 23, 2000) - Peru
Election Woes Deepen As Monitor Withdraws - Reuters (May 23, 2000)
- Alejandro Toledo - profile of the presidential candidate - Peru Election
2000 - get comprehensive information on Peru's electoral process,
candidates, political parties, law, and more. From the Centre for the Study
of Democracy at Queen's University in Canada. - U.S. Library of Congress
Country Study - Peru - informative introduction to Peruvian history,
society, and culture.
HASTY WITHDRAWAL OF ISRAEL FROM LEBANON: PEACE BREAKTHROUGH?... MORE DETAILS
- From: http://www.smh.com.au/news/0005/25/world/world01.html
Israel's parting shot at Syria
Israeli soldiers unload their weapons after leaving South Lebanon.
By ROSS DUNN at Fatima Gate, Israel-Lebanon border
Israel yesterday dramatically ended two decades of military occupation in
southern Lebanon with strong warnings that it will strike at Syrian
military targets if cross-border attacks continue against the Jewish State.
In a letter to the United Nations Secretary General, Mr Kofi Annan, the
Israeli Prime Minister, Mr Ehud Barak, accused Syria of attempting to
sabotage the withdrawal of troops from Lebanon.
He said Syria, which is Lebanon's main powerbroker, was cynically helping
dissident Palestinian groups in the country to launch terrorist attacks on
Syria had also given the militant Islamic Hezbollah guerilla fighters a
free hand to set up a terrorist network in southern Lebanon.
Mr Barak's warning was matched by the head of the Israeli Army,
Lieutenant-General Shaul Mofaz, who said that if there was an increase in
violence after the withdrawal he would call for attacks against Syrian
``Syria is responsible for the situation which has arisen in Lebanon,'' he
said. ``This has to be said clearly there is no immunity for any force.
``We are preparing answers for a large variety of possibilities against all
power wielders in Lebanon and I will recommend that we attack all powers if
they open fire, including Syrian targets and interests in Lebanon.''
His declaration came as thousands of Lebanese supporters of Israel streamed
through military checkpoints along the border, seeking refuge from the
The scenes echoed Kosovo and other refugee tragedies as the homeless packed
onto buses with their belongings before being driven to an uncertain
Despite the appearance of turmoil as the thousands of former South Lebanon
Army (SLA) soldiers and their families streamed into Israel, Mr Barak could
at least claim that no Israelis had been wounded or killed in the
He said the pullback had ``cut the vicious cycle of the tragedy in Lebanon
However, Mr Barak was accused by some commentators of having forced a
humiliating defeat on Israel as the Hezbollah and their supporters
jubilantly reclaimed what had been a buffer zone for Israel.
In one dramatic scene, the Hezbollah stormed and took control of a prison
where it was claimed the SLA had tortured Lebanese prisoners for years.
The scenes of joy contrasted with the lines of panic-stricken former SLA
soldiers and their families trying to get into Israel before the Hezbollah
Residents in towns along Israel's northern border have been kept in bomb
shelters at night to protect them from possible rocket attacks.
In Beirut, the Hezbollah secretary-general, Mr Hassan Nasrallah, warned the
border residents to stay in their shelters, saying his guerillas had not
finished their fight against Israel.
But he conceded that the Lebanese Government would now be responsible for
security in southern Lebanon.
- From http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000524/pl/lebanon_albright_1.html
May 24 - U.S. Says Syria Has 'Special Responsibility'
FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) - The United States said Wednesday that Syria had
a special responsibility to ensure peace on the Israeli-Lebanese border
after Israel's withdrawal from the ''security zone'' it occupied for 22
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, speaking at a news conference in
Florence, again appealed for restraint by all parties and said the United
States favored U.N. troops and Lebanese government forces taking control in
The Lebanese guerrilla group Hizbollah has moved into positions abandoned
by the Israelis and their local allies. The guerrillas have in the past
fired Katyusha rockets into northern Israel, drawing severe Israeli
Albright said that she spoke to Syrian Foreign Minister Farouq al-Sharaa
about south Lebanon Tuesday. ``I urged him to use Syrian influence to
exercise restraint over Hizbollah and to make clear that it is important
that this withdrawal go forward peacefully,'' she said.
``They (the Syrians) have a special responsibility to make sure the
situation is not exacerbated,'' she said.
Lebanon-Israel-Chronology -- 15 Key events that shaped the history of this
conflict, leading up to Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon
- From: http://www.hrw.org/campaigns/lebanon/
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Report, May 2000 - Lebanon Pullout: The Human Rights
Dimensions Israel's unilateral military withdrawal from occupied south
Lebanon -- code-named "Operation Morning Twilight" -- is now underway. The
human rights dimensions have been largely missing from debates about the
Many parties to this conflict have committed serious violations of
international humanitarian law. Where evidence exists of such violations,
including grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, or war crimes, legal
proceedings should be initiated in domestic courts or in the courts of
other countries, and the individuals found responsible should be brought to
AND FOR MANY MORE RELATED ARTICLES, GO AT: (AGAIN I'LL CHECK THIS URL
FRIDAY TO SEE IF IT IS STILL GOOD)
HERE ARE THE TITLES:
- U.S. Says Syria Has 'Special Responsibility' - Reuters (May 24, 2000) -
Lebanon cheers as Israelis ponder - MSNBC (May 24, 2000) - UN Envoy in
Beirut to Discuss Lebanon Peace - Reuters (May 24, 2000) - Israel Ends
Lebanon Occupation, Warns Syria - Reuters (May 24, 2000) - Lebanese
celebrate Israel's withdrawal - BBC (May 24, 2000) - Israel's parting shot
at Syria - Sydney Morning Herald (May 24, 2000) - Dazed, disoriented,
defeated, SLA fighters now just refugees - JTA/Jewish News (May 24, 2000) -
Israelis, Guerrillas Now Neighbors - AP (May 24, 2000) - Residents fear
calm before the storm - Sydney Morning Herald (May 24, 2000) - Hizbollah
Tightens Grip on South Lebanon - Reuters (May 24, 2000) - South Lebanon
liberated today - Arabic News (May 24, 2000) - Fallout from pullout:
mistrust - Christian Science Monitor (May 24, 2000) - Guerrillas Head to
Israel Border - AP (May 24, 2000) - Out of Lebanon - ABCNews.com (May 24,
2000) - Israel Hurries From Lebanon; Guerrillas Exult - Reuters (May 24,
- Israel-Lebanon "April Ceasefire" Understanding - text of the agreement
reached on Friday, April 26, 1996. From the Israeli Ministry of Foreign
Affairs. - Embassy of Lebanon in Washington D.C. - includes a section
entitled Israeli aggression in Lebanon. - Israeli Ministry of Foreign
Affairs - Lebanon Pullout: The Human Rights Dimensions - Human Rights Watch
report, May 2000. - Lebanon-Israel-Chronology - key events leading up to
Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon. From the AP. - Israel
Involvement in Lebanon - Background - from Amnesty International. -
Unofficial Hezbollah Website - Hizbollah Central Press Office - official
site. - U.N. Resolution 425 (1978) - calling for strict respect for the
territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon
and for Israel to withdraw its forces. From the Daily Star. - Israeli
Defense Forces - official site, in English and Hebrew. - Islamic Resistance
Support Association - State of Israel Web Site - includes information on
the president, Knesset, government, judiciary, and zionist organization. -
Echos of Qana - Lebanese page on a 1996 Israeli attack in South Lebanon. -
Israel and Lebanon - The Facts - from Hezbollah.org. - United States
Committee for a Free Lebanon - non-profit, non-sectarian organization that
performs Lebanon-related research and education, tracks human rights among
Lebanese worldwide, and fights alleged corruption within the Lebanese
government. - World Lebanese Organization