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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Debunking the Da Vinci Code

Debunking the Da Vinci Code
I think this is an appropriate article, since today is the day for St.Mary Magdalene, the way she is portrayed in the Da Vinci code is absolute nonesense and disrespectful.
Click on the link above if you would like to know more about her.
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 10:22 AM 11 comments

Thursday, July 21, 2005

New Blogger alert!

Hey everyone, I havent been updating much since i'm here in the USA ( having such a great time.)
My good friend Stefanie (aka: Stef) has a new blog!! Check her out here http://pushing-senses.blogspot.com
And give her a nice blogger welcome!
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 1:02 PM 7 comments

Saturday, July 16, 2005

oops

I accidently deleted my "flying out" post. Thanks everyone for you comments, God bless you all!
In answer to your quesiton David, you son Jonathan is right, our toilet water flushes opposite to yours. :-) He wins!
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 4:48 PM 3 comments

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Take the color test

This is just simple little fun color test that a friend emailed to me today
Have a go by clicking Here
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 9:50 PM 2 comments

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

I'm baaack!

Finally i'm home again! It's good to be back. I spent some time with my sister in Sydney and on a beach town very close to Adeliade called Glenelg. Both places are gorgeous, my favorite would have to be Glenelg, my family has gone through both happy and sad times there.
I'm glad that people have taken an interest in the Susan Torres post I wrote a while ago, it's really shown me personally (of course I know it's not about me!) how people can be so caring toward others, because we all know people who just don't care.
For a while I was so dissapointed with my family, not my immediate family but relatives, how they only care about money and what they have. I found that if they heard of someone other than them finding happiness they would either turn it into a big joke or seem down about it, I asked myself so many times "how can people be like this? why are they upset over something good?"
Also the Uganda post, it's great that people feel for others in trouble.
Im just happy that I have been reminded that there is a lot of good around here and people that care.
Thats about it from this tired traveller.
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 9:02 PM 5 comments

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Still out!

In case you are wondering why im not updating or visiting your sites much, it's bc im still away and missing my computer!
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 10:20 PM 0 comments

Friday, July 08, 2005

Uganda Conflict Action Network

I recently received an email, asking for my support, so I checked the site out and believe that these people need bloggers help.
Africa Faith and Justice Network is a non profit organization led by Catholic priests and sisters.
Read on below and if you feel you want to help, give a link to their site on your blog...

The 19-year-old war in northern Uganda is a complex conflict that has been misunderstood by various actors, leading to inadequate and ineffective policy prescriptions. The war is essentially two conflicts in one: first the fighting of the Lord's Resistance Army, which is waging war against the Ugandan government and terror against Acholi civilian population in the north, and second, the real grievances of Ugandans in the north against the existing government.

The war arose out of a repressive, divisive political climate, which was embedded by British 'divide and rule' colonialism and then perpetuated by post-colonial Ugandan politics. This climate created a politicized North-South divide in Uganda, which, mixed with the normalization of political rebellion, created a swamp for insurgency. When the current president, Youweri Museveni and his National Resistance Movement took power in 1986, they alienated the northern peoples, creating perceptual and actual incentives for rebellion.

Since 1986, the insurgency within northern Uganda has undergone four stages, beginning with a more popular rebellion of former army officials and evolving into to the current pseudo-spiritual warlordism of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). To date, the LRA consists predominantly of abducted children brainwashed, brutalized and forced to kill viciously as child soldiers. Alienated from the Acholi, the LRA wages terror on the civilian population as a means to maintain attention and challenge the government.

After attempted peace talks facilitated by Betty Bigombe collapsed in 1994, the conflict was morphed into a proxy war that cannot be understood separate from the geopolitics of the Great Lakes Region. In 1994, the Sudanese government began to provide military assistance and support the LRA, while the Ugandan government provided military assistance to the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), an insurgency in southern Sudan. The West, particularly the United States, saw this as the battlefront of the war against the spread of Islamic fundamentalism in sub-Saharan Africa and pumped significant amounts of aid to the SPLA through Uganda. New elements of a war economy and arms trafficking made peace more elusive.

Following September 11, 2001, the United States found a significant ally in the Museveni NRM regime in Uganda. The U.S. quickly declared the LRA a terrorist group and increased military aid to the Ugandan government. This relationship only further solidified the insistence of Museveni on a military approach to end the war. Unfortunately, the "military solution" has exacerbated northern grievances and proven ineffective over the years. According to almost all analysts of the conflict, serious facilitated negotiations with trust-building mechanisms are the key to peace. However, the obstinacy and inconsistency of Museveni, coupled with the incoherency of the LRA, has made such talks difficult.

The consequences of the war cannot be overstated. At the end of 2003, Jan Egeland, the United Nations undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, told the BBC: "I cannot find any other part of the world that is having an emergency on the scale of Uganda that is getting so little international attention." On the ground in northern Uganda, the scene is shocking. Tens of thousands of civilians have been maimed or killed by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). More than 25,000 children aged seven to seventeen have been abducted from towns and camps. Ninety percent of the region's population of almost two million people has been relocated into internally displaced people's camps that lack food and security. People in the camps are enduring disease, malnutrition, and nighttime attacks from the LRA. An old man living in one such camp told us, "Since 1985, we have just had restless nights...In some ways, we are already dead. We yearn for peace, but we have no hope anymore."
Visit the site
www.ugandacan.org
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 5:53 AM 3 comments

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Sydney

Sydney is such a beautiful city. Im writing a quick blog from the hotel since I have some unused minutes on my card.
Darling harbour is gorgeous and even though it's winter, it sure doesnt feel like it here.
Last night I sat and watched all the city lights reflecting on the water, it was so pretty that for a few moments I forgot my problems, unfortunately they don't get forgotten for long.
Hope every one is doing well. Thanks to those who wished me a safe trip and thanks for your prayers. Bye for now :)
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 3:21 PM 5 comments

Monday, July 04, 2005

Im out!

I am off to sydney for a few days with my sister, wont be back for a few days, can't wait to blog more when I get back xx
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 10:51 PM 2 comments

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Live 8

I am looking forward to watching live 8, which starts in about half an hour here. I hope all you guys out there who watch it, enjoy it! Personally, I can't wait to see U2 perform!
visit
www.live8live.com
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 3:03 AM 1 comments

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Quiz freak

thanks to Jack Bennett for the link



You are dependable, popular, and observant.
Deep and thoughtful, you are prone to moodiness.
In fact, your emotions tend to influence everything you do.

You are unique, creative, and expressive.
You don't mind waving your freak flag every once and a while.
And lucky for you, most people find your weird ways charming!

The World's Shortest Personality Test
posted by Carmel Brizzi at 11:47 PM 0 comments