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DSC022441) OVER 500 Youth Celebrate International Volunteer Day 2012 In Liberia  by James Koryor

Over 500 youths from five communities in Montserrado County has celebrated this year International Volunteer Day in Liberia, the event was organized by the Consolidated Youth for Peace & Development (COYPED) with funding from the United States Embassy in Monrovia. The Consolidated Youth for Peace & Development (COYPED), United States Embassy-Monrovia and partners celebrate on December 7-8 and carry out series of activities commencing with a parade on Friday, December 7 from the Ministry of Education on Broad Street to the YMCA conference hall in Monrovia where a formal program was held. The Indoor program brought together over 100 participants including the United States Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac who served as Keynote Speaker. Other personalities that attended the occasion were Representative Munah Pelham of District # 9 Montserrado County, Hon. Albert Jaja Assistant Minister for Information Services at the Ministry of Information, …




154922_10151435329708777_720384077_n2) In Solidarity with Anti Rape Protests!! by Aabha Sharma

I am that 13 year old girl that wants to play outside with my friends after 7:00 PM; I am the girl that believes that in her home, nothing can touch her; I am that young student that wants to be able to take a walk at night all by herself; I am that housewife that does not want to be escorted by her brother, father or any other male member of her family every time she needs to run an errand. I am that woman who has a free spirit, who wants the choice regarding whether or not she should wear a short skirt to depend on her mood and not the reaction of a prowler waiting to grab her; I am that woman that lives in with her boyfriend and hopes that my watchman …




Maryse Sergent

Maryse Sergent


3) ‘..write for rights..’- by  Maryse Sergent

Before we bid adieu to 2012 The Arachneed is honored to Maryse Sergent’s  Story in her words, she has battled all odds to stand up for what she believes in and for defending Human Rights. Maryse aptly stands true to Gandhi’s idea “Be the Change you want to see in the world”..Maryse Sergent is our Hero! We Salute-In Solidarity!- singing off -Arnav Anjaria.   …..23 years ago….1989….A great year for human rights..Dalai lama peace Nobel prize (I didn’t know that Tibet would take a so big place in my life and my …heart….the”iron curtain”…the Berlin wall destroyed…Rostropovich playing “cello” in the collapses..and the drop of d ceausescu in Romania. These 3 major events gave me the strength and the envy to begin my adventures with Amnesty International (adventures but positives adventures!) In my first letter I said …



image courtesy- Francisco Alarcon

image courtesy- Francisco Alarcon



THE WINTER SOLSTICE (DECEMBER 21, 2012) MARKS THE START OF A NEW ERA  Mesoamerican Calendar December 21, 2012 marks the conclusion of a b’ak’tun—a time period in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar which was used in Central America prior to the arrival of Europeans. Although the Long Count was most likely invented by the Olmec, it has become closely associated with the Maya civilization, whose classic period lasted from 250 to 900 AD. Unlike the 260-day tzolk’in still used today among the Maya, the Long Count was linear rather than cyclical, and kept time roughly in units of 20: 20 days made a uinal, 18 uinals (360 days) made a tun, 20 tuns made a k’atun, and 20 k’atuns (144,000 days or roughly 394 years) made up a b’ak’tun. Maya Date (December 21, 2012) The …





On 2nd January 2013 Tibetan Culture Center (TCC) in Belgium organized the first Lhakar and the first Buddhist teachings of the year  in Brussels at Ogyen Kunzang Choling Buddhist Center. Every Wednesday TCC observes Lhakar and organizes monthly Buddhist teachings for their students.  This time we invited parents and students as it is the first Lhakar of the year and therefore a special occasion.  It is very important to teach children born in Belgium the basics of their religion as often the parents cannot do it. Every Wednesday, there are teachings in the Buddhist Centre where the Lhakar observance is held. This week, Geshe Jigmey Wangshu of Drepung monastery agreed to give teachings via Skype; from 5 to 5.45 there were prayers for those Tibetans who self immolated followed by a brief video introducing Lhakar, TCC’s …





leuven-56) On 5th January 2013 the first ever class held in Leuven by Tibetan Cultural Center in Belgium by Dennis Barbion

The Tibetan Cultural Center in Belgium organises Tibetan classes for Tibetan children in Brussels, Antwerpen, Oostende and Leuven. Full of excitement and enthusiasm, Tibetan children in Leuven were very eagerly waiting for their first Tibetan class.  We were very happy to see that those parents and children fully support us. Parents confirmed that they are committed to send their children regularly to the Tibetan class. To begin with, the president of the Tibetan Cultural Center (Lobsang Wangdue) introduced TCC’s activities and more precisely the Tibetan class for children in Belgium.  Next, Tamdin Tseten, the joint secretary, gave a presentation about TCC in general, and this was followed by a questions and answers session. Right from the beginning of TCC’s activities, the association wanted to focus on Tibetan children who were born here in Belgium. They …







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