Tlaxcala, the international network for linguistic diversity, was founded on December by a small group of cyberactivists who'd become acquainted through the Internet and discovered that they shared common interests, common dreams and common problems. This Manifesto, approved by all of them, expresses their common philosophy:. All languages of the world must, and do contribute to the brotherhood of mankind. Contrary to what many people used to believe, a language is not only a grammatical structure, a set of interconnected words, in agreement with a syntactic code, but also, and especially, a creation of meaning based upon our senses.
Thus we observe, interpret and express our world from a specific personal, geographical and political context. Latin, the first imperial language, reached its high point by trampling on the remains of the languages it destroyed as the Roman legions extended their presence to the south of Europe, the north of Africa and the Middle East. It is no accident that at the beginning of the Renaissance it was the Spanish language, a genetic daughter of Latin, which brought about new devastation, this time among the conquered peoples of the American continent.
An empire and its language always go together and are predators by definition. They reject otherness. Any imperial language constitutes itself as the subject of History, narrates it Μανώλης Μητσιάς - Τό Καλοκαίρι σαν θαρθή-Μη Χτυπάς σ ένα σπίτι κλειστό its point of view and annihilates or tries to do so the points of view in languages it considers inferior.
Nobody knows what suffering was endured by the peoples conquered by the Roman Empire, since there is no written record of their defeat, which meant the disappearance of their cultures. Conversely, a testimony was left in the languages of the American continent, conquered by the Spanish Empire.
In our days, the imperial power is based in the United States of America, whose official language is English. Faithful to the behavioural characteristics of any empire, the English language now imposes its law.
Under the influence of English, entire countries or territories have lost — or are in the process of losing — their communicational languages. The Philippines or Puerto Rico are only two examples among many. It is not only the fact that translations from English into other languages are so appallingly numerous in comparison, but a problem lies in that Μανώλης Μητσιάς - Τό Καλοκαίρι σαν θαρθή-Μη Χτυπάς σ ένα σπίτι κλειστό same cannot be said in the opposite direction.
We all are culprits of having accepted until now such inequality. The global translators of Tlaxcala seek to redress the lost destiny of the ancient Tlaxcaltecs. As well, the translators of Tlaxcala will provide an opportunity for non-English speakers to be exposed to ideas from English language writers who now are on the fringe, or who were only published in really small, hard to find places.
The translators of Tlaxcala are convinced that the masters of discourse can be defeated and hope to blur such an apparatus in the faith that the world can become both multipolar and multilingual, as diverse as life itself.
The basis that Tlaxcala uses to select its texts is that they reflect the core values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, aiming for full respect The Cars - Shake It Up the rights and dignity of the human person. They yearn for peace and equality among all languages and cultures.
They believe neither in a clash of civilizations nor in the current imperial crusade against terrorism. They oppose racism and the building of walls or electrical fences — either physical or linguistic — that prevent the natural free movement and sharing between people and languages on the planet.
This effort is voluntary and free. All the translations carried out by Tlaxcala are produced under Copyleft, i. Translators and interpreters of all languages, connect yourselves and unite! Webmasters and bloggers of all colors in the rainbow who share our concerns, contact us! It is not a coincidence that we have chosen February 21st to publish our Manifesto. During the 's, '60's and '70's, February 21st was celebrated as the world anti-colonialism and anti-imperialism day.
Augusto Cesar Sandino was assassinated on February 21st,in Μανώλης Μητσιάς - Τό Καλοκαίρι σαν θαρθή-Μη Χτυπάς σ ένα σπίτι κλειστό on the orders of the future dictator Somoza. His soldiers were practically able to shoot enemy planes down to the ground with stones and, most of all, they fought by keeping moral values and unlimited love for their country alive against all odds, under the yoke and the joint attacks of the Nicaraguan and U. The leader of the group, Missak Manouchian, a year-old Armenian, was a survivor of the Armenian genocide, an immigrant.
As the students tried to march, the police fired and killed four that day and at least seven more in the next two days. In Aprilhis assassins were condemned to life imprisonment, but those who plotted his murder — the Masters of the Empire — remained, as Μανώλης Μητσιάς - Τό Καλοκαίρι σαν θαρθή-Μη Χτυπάς σ ένα σπίτι κλειστό unpunished. He had returned from a pilgrimage to Mecca, where he discovered universality after meeting pilgrims of all origins. One of the reasons Slippery Elm - Seatown Seven - Seatown Seven his break with the Nation of Islam was that it had had contacts with the Ku Klux Klan to discuss the establishment of a black independent State in Southern USA, just as the founder of Zionism, Theodor Herzl, had done Black Mountain Rag - Frankie Rodgers - Me And My Fiddle requesting the support of the worst anti-Semites for his project of a Jewish State.
For Malcolm, whose father had been a victim of the Ku Klux Klan, such collaboration was unthinkable. On this day of remembrance we place Tlaxcala under the patronage of those three fighters in the peoples' struggle: Augusto Cesar Sandino, Missak Manouchian and Malcolm X.
This Manifesto, approved by all of them, expresses their common philosophy: All languages of the world must, and do contribute to the brotherhood of mankind. Tlaxcala, the international network of translators for linguistic diversity. Tlaxcala's Manifesto. All Tlaxcala pages are protected under Copyleft.
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