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No connection with interpreting “Holy Books”: Arab Renaissance demands other mass meetings in Tahrir Squares…

I keep reading the same broken records where consequences are switched for the causes of Renaissance in many periods of history.  The recurring proposal is: “Renaissance were consequent to religious Books being permitted to be interpreted…”

For example, authors keep repeating that Europe Renaissance in the 15th century was consequent to the Protestant schisms against the dominant Catholic Church exclusive interpretation of the Bible…

Facts are that Protestantism in Europe generated dozen of rigid sects with much stricter religious dogma that refused any interpretations of their Bibles and harvested many victims and acted worse than the Catholic Church of the period…

Wrong deduction, of how the renaissance of people spirit emerges.

Renaissance is a period of affluence, of generated wealth, of openness to outside wealth and cultures, dynamic trading with the others in economic and cultural terms, secured by a climate of free expression and free gathering…In a Renaissance period, the spirit of the people is up and ready to get engaged and acquire more knowledge and wealth.  In this environment, the clerics are pressured to retreat and converse among themselves and re-interpret the religious books to match this rebellious mood of the people for more happiness, pleasure and zest for life.

The Arabic Empires in the East and West (Spain) experienced several renaissance periods of affluence and explosion in scientific research and economic development: One of the consequences was a frantic re-interpretation of the Coran (Koran) to suit the spirit of the period…

It is during periods of dire miseries, famine, military operations…when people are down and feeling crushed that the religious clerics, supported by the monarchs and califat, revert to rigid comprehension of the religious Books “word for word, descending from God and even written by God…”

Renaissance in the Arab World is getting together en mass in various Tahrir Squares and demanding: “We are hungry and want to eat, we are sick and want to heal, we are oppressed and we want to participate in life, we are educated and we want jobs, we are poor and we want free education to all…”

Renaissance in the Arab World is getting together en mass in various Tahrir Squares and chanting: “We are isolated and want to communicate with other people and cultures, we are crushed and we want to connect with other civilizations, we are confronted with obsolete mentalities and we want to be freed and open to the wide world…”

Renaissance in the Arab World is getting together en mass in various Tahrir Squares and proclaiming: “We didn’t revolt so that clerics rule us, we didn’t resist dictators and the brutal forces of oppression so that we are submitted to the rules of antiquated and obsolete Books, we didn’t lose an eye, been beaten, physically handicapped, and many of us killed…so that we are hoarded into more obscure prisons of the mind and dealt with archaic judicial system of the bedouin period…”

We don’t want the girls to be re-educated to the family customs and traditions of the Wahhabi sect

Arab Renaissance has nothing to do with the re-interpretation of outdated and obsolete Books that teaches nothing of any value to learn and live in our present and be part of mankind progress…

Arab Renaissance is getting liberated from centuries of constraints and re-learning to read the current world with fresh eyes and young heart and larger mind..

Arab Renaissance will come when one city, anywhere in the Arab World, experiences a period of affluence, sustained economic wealth, direct interactions with foreign cultures and civilizations, and the people feeling secured in their freedom of expression, freedom to gather, freedom to interact with the other (regardless of genders, race,religion, class status….

Renaissance has nothing to do with interpretation of any Holy Book.

The Arab revolutionary spirit is being fooled to wait for the re-interpretation of the Coran…as if the Coran was not reinterpreted several times…

As if the living is waiting for the clerics to give the green light for the modern Arab Renaissance

Go back to Tahrir Squares and discuss Arab Renaissance, and avoid discussing religious abstract notions that no one will ever know, and no one will ever experience.

“Time Banks”? Banks Not to the liking of multinationals?

I read: “In developed States, not all poor citizens own a car…But most public officials use public transports…” And I go: “Wish Lebanon had any kinds of public transport: I would feel enormously rich, riding one of them, public transports…”

A woman works at a street stall in Madrid. Some Spaniards are signing up for “time banks,” where individuals perform services based on their skills, and receive another service in return. No money changes hands.

LAUREN FRAYER published on September 22, 2012 under “Time Banks’ Help Spaniards Weather Financial Crisis”

After saving money for years, Lola Sanchez was finally able to buy a car refitted with a ramp and space for a wheelchair in the back for her teenage son, who has cerebral palsy.

A nurse used to come each day to help with her son’s care. That service was cut amid government austerity measures, though Sanchez still gets a small check every month.

Unemployment is rampant in Spain and full-time jobs are scarce. Here a woman works at a street stall in Madrid. Some Spaniards are signing up for "time banks," where individuals perform services based on their skills, and receive another service in return. No money changes hands. A woman is shown here working at a street stall in Madrid.

EnlargeOli Scarff/Getty ImagesUnemployment is rampant in Spain and full-time jobs are scarce. A woman works at a street stall in Madrid. Some Spaniards are signing up for “time banks,” where individuals perform services based on their skills, and receive another service in return.
“What I need is physical help, even more than financial assistance,” Sanchez says, “because I can’t physically lift my son on my own.”

So earlier this year, Sanchez joined a local “time bank” that sends members to help with her son’s care. She doesn’t pay them. Instead, she reciprocates by using her handicap-friendly car to transport other disabled people in her community.

With Spanish unemployment near 25%, many people have more time than money to spend. So in the past two years, the number of time banks in Spain has doubled, to nearly 300 Time Banks. Most have anywhere from 50 to 400 members, and some even print their own currency.

Most of all, they stress equality, Sanchez says.

“For me, it’s good to know that my time has the same value as anyone else’s,” she says. “There’s no difference between one hour of work for a computer specialist or for a cleaning woman.”

Time banks originated in the 19th century in America and Europe among socialists who emphasized the direct link between their labor and what they could get for it

Parents take their children to School No. 103 on the first day of the new school year in Valencia, Spain, on Sept. 7. Spanish students, parents and teachers are feeling the pinch of the ongoing European debt crisis.

A Sense Of Purpose

Most time banks nowadays operate online. You register for a profile — sort of like a Facebook page — that lists your work skills, and then lists the tasks you’re looking for someone else to do for you.

“Whatever you can imagine,” says José Luis Herranz. “You can fix a car, or paint a wall, or cook some food, or even clean the windows.”

Herranz helped start the time bank Sanchez belongs to in Madrid, late last year. The 27-year-old monitors the barter of services among members — about a third of whom are unemployed — and logs their hours online.

Amid constant government cutbacks, Herranz says the time bank gives people much-needed work, and also a sense of purpose.

“We have to trust each other, to create solidarity networks,” he says. “We feel we are alone, and we have to help each other.”

Julio Gisbert is a conventional banker, but spends his spare time as a consultant to time banks across Spain. He helps them avoid charges of tax evasion — people are working, but not for money, so they pay no income tax.

“One of the rules is that the services exchanged can’t be continuous and indefinite,” Gisbert says.

“Imagine you’re a time banker who teaches English, and someone wants classes every week,” he says. “In theory, the time bank can’t do that because an English-language academy can come along and denounce you. They’re paying tax and their professors, and you’re not.”

So the services must be sporadic to be legal. That doesn’t stop some time bankers from working 20 hours a week, in a variety of odd jobs.

Rebuilding Communities

Gisbert says time banks are especially useful in Spain, where traditionally close family ties have been fractured by urbanization in the past generation, and now by unemployment.

“It’s a question of reconstructing the sense of community that used to exist in Spanish villages in the old days, which doesn’t exist here in the city,” he says.

José Luis Herranz, the time bank organizer, is now getting his 55-year-old mother, Maribel, involved in Madrid.

“I was born here in this neighborhood, and wow. How things have changed,” she says.

A housewife all her life, Maribel is working outside the home for the first time, side by side with younger neighbors who’ve been laid off from their jobs. She gives cooking lessons and does grocery shopping for the elderly.

The neighborhood’s jobless rate is still at an all-time high, at more than 30 percent. But through their time bank, these neighbors have found a way to be productive.

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