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Organization: TradeArt Incorporated (TradeArt Abroad)
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

The establishment of TradeArt Abroad offered unexpected opportunities that this organization is now developing. TradeArt Abroad is establishing relationships with artists and arts organizations in different countries. Continued volunteer participation in sustainable development projects designed by the association and increases in its membership will be obvious measures of progress.

Throughout the world in mock defiance of citizens everywhere, presidents began the decade by endorsing a global war without end. The declaration of a "war against terrorism" in response to the events on September 11, 2001, offered a pretext for overthrowing Saddam Hussein. Not having done so during the first Gulf War was an openly discussed regret of the Senior Bush administration, offering that as reason for the Senior Bush's loss to Bill Clinton.

The war against terrorism justified using Afghanistan as testing ground for the most destructive weaponry conceived to date, the use of missiles against civilians in the Palestinian Territories, deadly military force against unarmed foreigners unconscientiously killed while attempting to impede the violence, and incited mass murder from Chechnya to Spain to Indonesia... With a list of countries targeted for superpower aggression, the first five years of the International Decade seem to have offered a preview of a future culture of violent force, coercion and intolerance.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

The ties between the petroleum and other natural resources industries, the weapons industry, and governments are too intricate. Each exists to support the others, owing their wealth to NATO Alliance countries' past race to dominate the earth. As such, the weight of balance leans too heavily on the side of war proponents. In the US, selling war is a staggering multibillion-dollar industry employing tens of thousands of workers to design and build weapons. Secrecy and manipulation of information is so well organized, the majority of Americans are unaware of their own complicity in the antagonism and destruction of the lives of peoples in other countries. Still, as other nations condemn the astronomical size of the US military budget, each one's own government is guilty of helping to build it by buying the weapons it produces. Some using those against their own populations. Nations constructing weapons for their own self-protection find themselves targeted for attack by NATO members.

In his argument before Congress for invading Iraq, Colin Powell offered one of the most flagrant examples of how the public can be manipulated by the government and the weapons industry. Mr. Powell spoke emphatically of photos showing suspicious activities captured by American spy satellites over Iraq. The most obvious question that should have been posed before consenting to completely destroy that country was, if such photos did exist, why did Mr. Powell choose to offer as proof computer-generated illustrations, most likely designed in a Washington-area office, instead of the actual spy satellite photos?

On the far lighter side of the scale, those working to promote respect of the basic human rights of others are often within under-funded organizations, in competition for donations and the occasional free time of other volunteers. As long as the economic weight continues to weigh on the side of those whose egocentric ambitions are wealth, power and domination, and as long as citizens permit themselves to be manipulated by false information, which can be easily verified, a culture of peace and non-violence will remain unattainable.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

TradeArt asked artists, writers and educators around the world to engage children and youths in workshops designed to teach the arts as ways to denounce war and to decry other social injustices. Selections from works sent to TradeArt will culminate in a book of art, poetry and prose to be delivered to world leaders. The book's aim is to show lawmakers the impact of their decisions on the lives of all peoples as seen by children and youths, the forgotten victims in the wars between men.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

Evidenced by the first half of the decade, peace is not within the hands of citizens; the minority who are in command of governments controls it. Despite overwhelming demonstrations in protest of government-ordered violence, the first five years of the decade have only offered encouragement to continue to threaten others.
Nonetheless, TradeArt established a partnership with UN Volunteers and with the Paris-based association that stopped operating. The project Save a world for me continues to receive response from artists, teachers and other volunteers located throughout the world. Other volunteers are engaged in developing projects with artists and arts organizations in Paris and in the US. TradeArt Abroad is also working to create sustainable development projects with artists in East Europe and in countries to which France maintains its colonial ties.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

TradeArt's mission is promoting the works of artists. Artists are key for promoting intercultural understanding. In the US, where the population is isolated from the rest of world, one is more susceptible to misinformation designed to promote the fear needed to justify war. Through the creation of sustainable development projects designed to increase international participation, TradeArt aims to promote intercultural understanding by working with artists in other countries and promoting their activities in Europe and in the US.

What was most frustrating about the failure of TradeArt's former host association was a stubborn unwillingness to accept common sense guidance (even an attempt by the WIPO), which may have saved the association from a senselessly long and costly dispute that ended in its own ruin. The chaotic circumstances leading to its failure, and sanctions against professors on two continents, offered an insider's understanding of a complicated list impeding sustainable development in some countries. The social status of the directors made the failure even more alarming. In their roles as professors, noted authors, and government report writers, each is well positioned to pass on self-defeating behavior to future generations.

As teachers engaged in violent disputes to be in charge, or the first to write another study on already well-known issues (the water crisis in North Africa, for example), not once were solutions to any one of a number of crises even suggested. Meanwhile, persons living in impoverished nations risk their lives to escape to other countries in search of employment. Efforts need to be made to first teach the teachers, then to teach populations how to see and create employment opportunities.

With countless projects needed in developing nations, TradeArt is developing a feasibility study leading to a design to teach self-reliance and to create viable employment based on American models. With countless Americans and Europeans searching for international experience, and dozens of organizations like Habitat for Humanity, The Carter Center, and universities offering assistance to developing countries, building schools in rural villages, aiding fabricants to sell products at fair price... are feasible tasks. TradeArt is thus working to recruit an international group of experienced and student volunteers to assist a local population on a model project. Efforts will serve as the subject of a documentary, whose aim is to offer a step-by-step guide for local community developers to create future projects.

Postal address of organization

Association TradeArt Abroad, Boite N°45, Maison des Associations du 20è, 1-3, rue Frédérick Lemaître, 75020 Paris

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Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Sustainable development

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

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Second priority country of action (or international)

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