Music 4 Peace started to attend international attention by supporting events as the United Nation's "No Excuse Concert" in New York in 2004, relating to the Millennium Development Goals, supporting the world-beat group 1001 WAYS attending Asia's largest World Performing Arts Festival in Pakistan and celebrating Gandhi’s 100 years of Non-violence with Dr. Arun Gandhi, the grandson of the late Mahatma, at the Earthdance California 2006, as well as the presentation of 30 Days of Peace and The Gandhi Tour at the world’s largest music industry fair MIDEM 2007 Cannes / France. www.music4peace.com
Tobias Huber has launched The Gandhi Tour with special guest Dr. Arun Gandhi (the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi) and the multimedia live act 1001 Ways at the 10th Earthdance Festival in California 2006, celebrating Gandhi's 100 Years of Non-violence Movement. Networking with peace related music events and cultural peace organizations globally, Music 4 Peace presented the 30 Days of Peace together with Dancing City Entertainment at the world s largest music industry fair, at the MIDEM 2007 Cannes/France. Tobias is as well a Producer as a Musician of the World Fusion Band 1001 Ways, who performed for the United Nation's "No Excuse Concert" in New York 2004. 1001 Ways attended Asia's largest "World performing Arts Festival" Pakistan 2003 and 2004 and a lot of other International Festivals around the globe. Born in a prestigious Swiss Musician Family (son of Klaus Huber, avant-garde composer) his teachers were Volker Biesenbender (Master-student of Sir Yehudi Menuhin), Mustapha Tettey Addy, Ali Akbar Khan, Zakir Hussein, the Bauls of Bengal and many others. Tobias Huber achieved several International Awards: Int. Music Festival Sanden Netherlands 1990, Int. Music Festival in Vevey Switzerland 1995, Indie-Tunes Song Contest Finalist 2006, top 40 US / Peace Song-writing Award 2006. Since his early years Tobias was inspired of Gandhi's Non-violence actions and worked with cultural peace projects since the 80's. "It's now more important then ever to unite for Peace!" The Gandhi Tour is a global music festival created with the intent to arise social change by uniting people through the Universal language of music. This global music event creates a platform for cultural dialogue relating to all cultures and religions inspired by the life of Mahatma Gandhi with the support of Dr. Arun Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's grandson. The Gandhi tour will spread his Grandfathers prolific message of non-violence and multicultural understanding around the world threading the message of Gandhi through out each event. In addition to providing humanitarian support by forming partnerships with charitable organizations. The Gandhi tour combines the power of music, art and media to call for Peace with featured local artists and well known International stars around the globe. www.gandhitour.comwww.1001ways.chBuy atiTunes Music StoreBuy atAmazonBuy ateMusicBuy atRhapsodyBuy atNapsterStream fromRhapsody
The Gandhi Tour is a global music festival for Peace, created with the intent to arise social change by uniting people through the Universal language of music. This global music event creates a platform for cultural dialogue relating to all cultures and religions inspired by the life of Mahatma Gandhi with the support of Dr. Arun Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's grandson. In addition to providing humanitarian support to each city we visit, by forming partnerships with charitable organizations with in… Continue
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I am pleased to send you an article on the need for reconciliation bridge-builders in areas of tensions and conflicts as in eastern Congo. Just as world citizens had pushed in the 1950s for the creation of UN Forces with soldiers specially prepared for peace-keeping service, so now we are again pushing for a new type of world civil servant. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal have all contributed actively to military-peacekeeping forces. Perhaps these same countries can take a lead in forming reconciliation teams. Your support and advice would be most appreciated. With best wishes, Rene Wadlow
East Congo — Need for Reconciliation Bridge-Builders
On bridges are stated the limits in tons
of the loads they can bear.
But I’ve never yet found one that can bear more
than we do.
Although we are not made of roman freestone,
nor of steel, nor of concrete.
From “Bridges” – Ondra Lysohorsky
Translated from the Lachian by Davis Gill.
Violence is growing in the eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo, basically the administrative provinces of North and South Kivu. The violence could spread to the rest of the country as Angolan troops may come to the aid of the Central Government as they have in the past while Rwandan and Ugandan troops are said to be helping the opposing militia led by Laurent Nkunda. While Nkunda and his Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP) say that they are only protecting the ethnic Tutsi living in Congo, Nkunda could emerge as a national opposition figure to President Joseph Kabila, who has little progress to show from his years in power.
There is high-level recognition that violence in Congo could spread, having a destabilizing impact on the whole region. UN diplomats, led by Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, have stressed that a political solution — not a military one — is the only way to end the violence, and they are urging the presidents of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania to work together to restore stability. The instability, along with Congo’s vast mineral and timber riches have drawn in neighboring armies who have joined local insurgencies as well as local commanders of the national army to exploit the mines and to keep mine workers in near-slavery conditions.
The United Nations has some 17,000 peacemakers in Congo (MONUC), the UN’s largest peacekeeping mission, but their capacity is stretched to the limit. Recently, the General in command of the UN forces, Lieutenant General Vicent Diaz de Villegas of Spain resigned his post after seven weeks — an impossible task. Their mission is to protect civilians, some 250,000 of which have been driven from their homes since the fighting intensified in late August 2008. The camps where displaced persons have been living have been attacked both by government and rebel forces — looting, raping, and burning. UN under-secretary general for peacekeeping, Alain Le Roy, is asking for an additional 3,000 soldiers, but it is not clear which states may propose troops for a very difficult mission. While MONUC has proven effective at securing peace in the Ituri district in north-eastern Congo, it has been much less successful in the two Kivu provinces.
The eastern area of Congo is the scene of fighting at least since 1998 — in part as a result of the genocide in neighboring Rwanda in 1994. In mid-1994, more than one million Rwandan Hutu refugees poured into the Kivus, fleeing the advance of the Tutsi-led Rwandan Patriotic Front, now become the government of Rwanda. Many of these Hutu were still armed, among them, the “genocidaire” who a couple of months before had led the killings of some 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda. They continued to kill Tutsi living in the Congo, many of whom had migrated there in the 18th century.
The people in eastern Congo have lived together for many centuries and had developed techniques of conflict resolution, especially between the two chief agricultural lifestyles: that of agriculture and cattle herding. However, the influx of a large number of Hutu, local political considerations, a desire to control the wealth of the area — rich in gold, tin and tropical timber — all these factors have overburdened the local techniques of conflict resolution and have opened the door to new, negative forces interested only in making money and gaining political power.
UN peace-keeping troops are effective when there is peace to keep. What is required today in eastern Congo is not so much more soldiers under UN command, than reconciliation bridge-builders, persons who are able to restore relations among the ethnic groups of the area. The United Nations, national governments, and non-governmental organizations need to develop bridge-building teams who can help to strengthen local efforts at conflict resolution and re-establishing community relations. In the Kivus, many of the problems arise from land tenure issues. With the large number of people displaced and villages destroyed, it may be possible to review completely land tenure and land use issues.
World citizens were among those in the early 1950s who stressed the need to create UN peace-keeping forces with soldiers especially trained for such a task. Today, a new type of world civil servant is needed — those who in areas of tension and conflict can undertake the slow but important task of restoring confidence among peoples in conflict, establishing contacts and looking for ways to build upon common interests.
Rene Wadlow, Representative to the United Nations, Geneva, Association of World Citizens