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Dear Friends, (Letter From Iraq)

Today we received a flood of phone and email updates from our people in Baghdad. On most everybody's mind is the looming siege on Iraq's capitol. What follows is a collection of excerpts from today's updates:

April Hurley:

"I'm at the al Fanar Hotel right now. Baghdad is still being bombed. We were bombed as recently as fifteen minutes ago. It rattled all the windows and shook the walls. It was a series of explosions, but that seems to have passed. I don't know where the bomb hit, but it was not too far from here, apparently."

Kathy Kelly:
General Tommy Franks described the bombing as a mosaic and we can >understand that. We simply don't know the time of day when bombs are >suddenly going to burst overhead. It continues to be horrifying when you think about what's happening to families, particularly now as members of the Iraq Peace Team have started to go to the hospitals and to the sites where family people have been harmed. We were utterly appalled when we heard that the Bush Administration is saying the war is a success because there have only been hundreds of casualties in spite of ... thousands of cruise missiles and bombs.

"But we now know of some of these so-called success stories and it can make you wonder what kind of perversity can be possessing the oval office and the defense planners. Some of our team members today, with Dr. April Hurley, encountered a family that was just rushing into a hospital after a bomb hit the picnic lunch they were having in front of their home. At least one child was killed, two others are in uncertain condition.
"And at both of the hospitals we visited today, doctors are working around the clock really trying their best to heal people and - if they have minimal injuries - send them on their way so that they can make beds available for the many, many more casualties they expect to come. Particularly as there are reports of more massive bombings and a possible siege of Baghdad.

"Meanwhile of course, we are very, very concerned for people of Basra on their third day without electricity and water [ed. note: we are hearing water service has been partially restored in Basra]. They cant survive without water.

"The air raid sirens are wailing. This has been a frequent daily and nightly event. We are all sleep-deprived. I continue to marvel at how well people handle themselves - from the youngest of children to the most seasoned
of peace activists to the people who are new to war zones. And of course these many, many families that are no strangers to war."

Lisa Ndjeru:

"We get many phone calls from the media wanting to know casualty numbers and information about places hit. There's a lot of talk about precision. Are the Americans hitting precise targets? Are they keeping casualties to a minimum? It makes me very angry. Even if it were precision bombing, precision being that not a single civilian or home were hit, it still doesn't make this war legitimate.

"I don't know how were going to hold the American administration accountable. But it isn't that precise. We've gone to a hospital to see the civilian casualties. We've gone to visit bomb sites. There are civilian homes that are being hit. It makes me angry. I wonder how many people,
little girls, little boys, mothers, fathers, grandparents do we need to see either dead or maimed in order to say this is wrong.

"I watched TV yesterday and I saw some American casualties, some prisoners of war and some dead, and it breaks my heart to see those young soldiers stripped of their gear and their teams and their armaments and their weapons and their certainties, alone in the enemy camp. It shouldn't
come to that."

Scott Kerr:

"The city has been engulfed in a thick black smoke caused by large ditches of oil fires. These smoke clouds are supposed to make it more difficult for missiles to hit their mark. There were also winds from the south today which brings a heavy dust covering. It seems like twilight everyday.

"We have all heard about 'shock and awe' but I can tell you that on the ground it feels a lot more like 'misery and terror'. For the last week people have not been working, there has been a very limited access to food, and other basic necessities. I would say that about 95 percent of the city is shut down."

Stewart Vriesinga:

"Most of the Iraqis we meet seem to remain calm in the face of bombing. They ask us, 'Why?' They ask us after each bomb, 'How many people do you think died in that one?' The question is rhetorical. We know that. We do not respond because there is really nothing to say.

"While the Iraqis continue to be friendly, many see the invasion as hostile, and there are many civilians with guns. Perhaps not state of the art guns, and perhaps not with any uniforms, but it seems clear that there are many people here who - in addition to the armed forces - are prepared to defend themselves from any invasion forces." Thorne Anderson:

Note: Thorne Anderson and Jerry Zawada left Baghdad for Amman, Jordan yesterday. Having heard reports about everything from bombing to looting on the road connecting the two capitals. We were relieved to receive this update from Amman this afternoon:

"The trip from Baghdad was lonely and creepy. We saw burning oil pits, bombed and burned out cars on the side of the road, a couple of downed bridges, a destroyed roadside tea stand (the place we always stop on the trip to Baghdad from Amman), a destroyed ambulance abandoned down the embankment, a few routes hastily blocked with piles of rocks, etc.

"The Iraqi border crossing was surprisingly painless - Jerry and I had separate 'conversations' ('This is not an interview or an interrogation,' the man told me) with a Jordanian official on the border. UNHCR (United >Nations High Commission on Refugees) observers at the border told us that they had seen ZERO Iraqi refugees crossing into Jordan and were worried about that. Many young Iraqi men were being expelled from Jordan back into Iraq. They walk across the border into the empty dark desert with small bags slung over their shoulders."To read more Click Today we also received the first in a series of reports and photographs from Baghdad's emergency rooms. The first of those reports, written by physician April Hurley, can be seen at: ClickSome of the pictures are quite graphic. Our decision to share the images is an urgent attempt to show the real face of war at a time when so much of what we see is antiseptic and distant.

Thanks to all of you who have called or emailed us with words of support. It means a lot to all of us - from Chicago to Baghdad - to know people are listening...and acting!


Jeff Guntzel, for Voices in the Wilderness

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April 1, 2003
Dear Editor:(HT)
Today's headline (April 1) reads: Army Blows Up Iraqi Vehicle, Kills 10… "…one of the wounded women sat…holding the mangled bodies of two of her children."

NO! I do not accept the accidental or purposeful killing of children as having anything to do with American security or freedom!

NO! I do not accept that American young people in uniform have to follow orders and murder a family! Children for God's sake!

NO! I do not accept war as a reasonable option to bringing peace…anywhere, anytime! Violence only creates more violence. Violence against those mangled babies in their mother's arms! Violence against those young soldiers who murder and are murdered!

This war is not for American freedom! It is not for Iraqi freedom! It will not make this world a safer place for our children! This multi-billion dollar terrorist attack on the earth and its inhabitants will return to haunt us.

Anger? Grief? Anguish? Absolutely! The children in that mother's arms, the young soldiers who murdered them, are my children, my grandchildren! We are all members of this human family and we have to quit killing one another! Our killing capabilities are way beyond reason.

It is time to learn and to utilize non-violent means and humanitarian goodness to resolve conflicts and relieve poverty and suffering here at home and abroad. Peace is possible if we open our hearts and minds to love and truth…if we open our arms and hold those two babies as if they were our own.

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Edda Fretz

Yesterday Mt. Everest was the highest mountain on earth.
Tomorrow a monument of radioactive debris will stand tall.
Yesterday the MX II was introduced.
Tomorrow it will be the torch of this monument.
Yesterday electricity was generated in dome shaped reactors.
Tomorrow they will be the pedestal.
Yesterday the nuclear satellite was in space.
Tomorrow it shall crown the monument.
Yesterday people looked at the statue of Liberty in awe.
Tomorrow the bombs will explode and then there will be
Peace forever on earth.
Today! We the people need to unite for our children's sake to survive
this madness.

June30, 1983

by John Mills

He said it once.
It's a crusade.
Then his handlers made him stop,
Thinking the word might alarm
Muslims and others attuned
To religious conflict
And warring.

I thought it was an oil war
He wanted.
To support his business friends
And satisfy our appetite.

But now I see:
He charges "Evil"
As a Christian judgement,
Adding religious purpose
To his quest.

None of this is missed by those we will attack.
They have generations
Of experience in
Religious warring.

We are over our heads
And wrong besides.
I say "we" because
He won't do the fighting.

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While distracting us with his trumped up war, Bush is sneaking abortion foes onto a critical FDA panel. Do you really want women's health decision being made by a guy who "suggests that women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome should seek help from reading the bible and praying"?

Read the attached information and, if you're as pissed off with this whole pattern of subterfuge as I am, call or write the White house at the numbers provided after the article. And pass this on to anyone else who thinks these sons of bitches have to be stopped.

Greg Kagan

President Bush has announced his plan to select Dr. W. David Hager to head up the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) ReproductiveHealth & Drug Advisory Committee. The committee has not met for more than Two years, during which time its charter has lapsed. As a result, the Bush Administration is tasked with filling all eleven positions with new members. This position does not require Congressional approval. TheFDA's Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee makes crucial decisions on matters relating to drugs used in the practice ofobstetrics & gynecology & and related specialties, including hormonetherapy, contraception, & treatment for infertility, and medical alternatives to surgical procedures for sterilization and pregnancy termination. Dr. Hager's views of reproductive health care are far outside the mainstream of setback for reproductive technology.

Dr.Hager is a practicing OB/GYN who describes himself as "pro-life" and refuses to prescribe contraceptives to unmarried women.

Hager is the author of "As Jesus Cared for Women: Restoring Women Then and Now." The book blends biblical accounts of Christ healing women
With case studies from Hager's practice. In the book Dr.Hager wrote with his wife, entitled "Stress and the Woman's Body," he suggests that women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome should seek help from reading the bible and praying. As an editor and contributing author of "The Reproduction Revolution: A Christian Appraisal of Sexuality, Reproductive Technologies and the Family," Dr. Hager appears to have endorsed the medically inaccurate assertion that the common birth control pill is an abortifacient. Hagar's mission is religiously motivated. He has an ardent interest In revoking and approval for mifepristone (formerly known as RU-486) as a safe and early form of medical abortion. Hagar recently assisted the Christian Medical Association in a "citizen's petition" which calls upon the FDA to revoke its approval of mifepristone in the name of women's health.

Hager's desire to overturn mifepristone's approval on religious
grounds rather than scientific merit would halt the development of
mifepristone as a treatment for numerous medical conditions disproportionately affecting women, including breast cancer, uterine cancer, uterine fibroid tumors, psychotic depression, bipolar depression and Cushing's syndrome.

Women rely on the FDA to ensure their access to safe and effective drugs for reproductive health care including products that prevent pregnancy. For some women, such as those with certain types of diabetes and those undergoing treatment for cancer, pregnancy can be a life-threatening condition. We are concerned that Dr. Hager's strong religious beliefs may color his assessment of technologies that are necessary to protect women's lives or to preserve and promote women's health. Hager's track record of using religious beliefs to guide his medicaldecision-making makes him a dangerous and inappropriate candidate to serve as chair of this committee.

Critical drug public policy and research must not be held hostage by antiabortion politics. Members of this important panel should be appointed on the basis of science and medicine, rather than politics and religion. American women deserve no less.


Please email President Bush at or call the White House at (202)456-1111 or (202) 456-1414 and say "I oppose the appointment of Dr.
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Happiness Is a Weapon
Indian author Arundhati Roy at the World Social Forum in Brazil

by Ben , LA Weekly

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SINCE WINNING THE BOOKER PRIZE IN 1997 for her novel The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy has been a persistent thorn in the gargantuan but peculiarly sensitive hide of the Indian political establishment. In 1998, when all of India was in the throes of atomic ecstasy, Roy spoke out against the bomb. She has rarely been silent since, becoming one of the world's most eloquent critics of corporate globalization"The only thing worth globalizing is dissent," she writes of militarism, and of the Hindu fundamentalism that now holds sway in Indian government, and that took the lives of 2,000 Muslims in pogroms in Gujarat state last year. She has been an advocate for the rights of India's "untouchable" caste and, perhaps most famously, a fearless opponent of a proposed hydroelectric dam in India's Narmada Valley that would displace hundreds of thousands of people and wreak untold environmental damage. Last March, after a year of torturous legal proceedings on a contempt-of-court charge, the Indian Supreme Court sentenced Roy to one day in jail. She had refused to apologize for her criticism of the court's rulings on the dam project, thereby "scandalizing it and lowering its dignity through her statements." In the course of the trial, judges chastised Roy for her failure to behave like "a reasonable man." That, fortunately, she is not.
A small, fine-boned woman with wickedly playful eyes that hum almost audibly with intelligence and curiosity, Roy gave the closing oration at this year's World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. In a speech that has since been making the rounds on the Internet, Roy brought a packed soccer-stadium audience to its feet, challenging her listeners "not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness." I spoke to her in Porto Alegre the following morning.
L.A. WEEKLY: In a speech you gave at Amherst a couple of years ago (and that was reprinted in your book Power Politics), you gave two rules for writers. The first was that there are no rules, the second that there is no excuse for bad art. What does "bad art" mean for you?
ARUNDHATI ROY: Bad art for me means feeling that just because you are politically correct, you can be lax on honing the art. I see that happening a lot in India anyway. It's a pity, because then you misuse both literature and politics. When I write, I don't even think consciously of being political, because I am political. I know that even if I wrote fairy stories, they would be political. Your art is so subliminal; it comes from somewhere you barely understand yourself. I know that for me it's about a way of seeing the world everything. It's about a way of expressing or sharing your vision of the world. The outside world sees literature and politics as two separate things. I don't. But I think the reason that the establishments have always feared writers, the reason that writers are persecuted or put into jail, is because they have that weapon of clarity, and when they choose to use it, it's deadly
So it's not so much a question of dodging political responsibilities in art, but of dodging artistic responsibilities?
Yes, of course. I suppose in a way it's a slightly merciless thing to say, but you need to understand that there's a difference between literature and propaganda. When someone asks me, "Are you going to write a book about the dams?" or "Are you going to write a novel about life after capitalism?" it makes me want to laugh, because literature is much more than that literature is about everything. I don't choose a topic and say, "Now I'm going to write a novel about Iraq." It's for me a philosophy, a way of being.
Is there a novel coming?
I really hope so, but I'm very, very frightened right now in India. I called a friend of mine last night to sort of squeak with excitement about what happened yesterday. She works in central India, and she said 100,000 RSS people [the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a Hindu nationalist and quasi-fascist group with ties both to massacres of Muslims and to India's ruling party] marched with swords yesterday. Writing a novel requires a kind of calm. You can't be panicked. At the moment I'm panicked. I'm all the time feeling like I have to explain this or I have to bring attention to that, and quickly. I don't know whether to say, "Okay, if you think like this, you will always be finding a situation to worry about," or think that this is a very, very dangerous, explosive situation, and whether you want to sit back and write a book or whatever, you can'tyou really have to be out there. And yet, when you're one person in one life, you don't know whether this is just a terrible time or whether times have been like this before, and maybe you must say, "Okay, I'm retreating now, and I'll come back with another weapon in a while." It's always a battle between the knowledge of my own insignificance in ecological time and knowing that I do have a voice, and how should I use that best?
In the same speech, you talked about the danger of becoming a sort of palace jester in the free market of the literary world, that there are dangers inherent in freedom of speech. Since then you've had a lot of trouble with the courts because of your writing, and it seems that some of the dangers are far greater than just that.
"Yes. I was talking about the fact that free speech is protected in rich countries, in the countries of the North, in a way that it has never been before, and yet that freedom is such an apparent freedom. It's not a real freedom. Now we know, after September 11, that America is one of the most indoctrinated, least free places in the world. I was in Italy in October. I had gone with a group of filmmakers who had made films about issues in India, and I was talking to the press. Everybody knew that I'd been put in jail, and everybody had come there and expected us to be talking about how awful things were in India, but I said, "Look, at least I know that I'm being put into jail. At least my prim little body was taken and put into jail, but you have a prime minister who owns six newspapers and all the television channels, and you don't even know that you're in jail." There's a big difference."
Just now in India, there's this law for contempt of court. You cannot criticize a judge. You cannot criticize the courts. You can criticize a judgment, but you can't put six judgments together and say, "Look at the political ideology that operated here." Recently some judges were molesting women in a hotel, and the police were not allowed to register a case because that's contempt of court. Democracy is not just elections democracy is a whole lot of institutions which have checks and balances. One of those institutions is the courts. If it is not democratic, then all of the garbage flows into that manhole.
The courts in India now make major decisions that affect the lives of millions of people, and you can't criticize them. It's a kind of judicial dictatorship, and nobody can write about it. The press is terrified. Terrified. And what they did to me was a ver
y dangerous thing. What they did was to say, "If you criticize us, we'll go after you." That I was put into jail for one day was not the issue. It's a very frightening thing that no one has really taken on yet. A judicial dictatorship is as bad as any other kind of dictatorship. As the 21st century goes by, we are evolving different kinds of totalitarianism. We are evolving far more sophisticated forms of totalitarianism. Everywhere, in America too.
Yesterday you talked about depriving an empire of oxygen, through art and literature and sheer stubbornness. What are the strategies by which writers and artists can do that?
To be a writer, you spend a lifetime journeying to a place where you find your own language, you find your own voice, you invent your own tongue. Then you journey back to raise your voice with millions of others in a journey of humility, and when you do that, because you're a writer, your voice is different, because you've been working in that direction, and that should never be confused with the voice of a leader. A lot of people want to push me into being somebody who just keeps going around speaking and going to seminars and being not a writer, but the point is that it's what I do and it's the most important thing for me to be doing. Each person has to find a way of staying on their ground and raising hell, basically. Everyone has to do what they do best.
It's not that all of us have to become professional activists. All of us have to find a way. And when we do that, there will be another world. When lawyers do it, when doctors do it, when teachers do it, when students do it, when farmers do it, when writers do it, when actors do it that is the day that there is another world, when all these millions of different kinds of people do it differently, and suddenly they can't count on us anymore to do their bidding, to be obedient. Even things like the corporate media and corporate television will become irrelevant. They'll lift off like scabs.
A lot of people find it very easy to lose hope these days. You've been seeing things get darker and darker in India for quite some time, with horrendous religious violence as well as the rise of ultranationalism and fascism. What keeps you going, and keeps you writing?
There's two things. One is the knowledge of my own insignificance in a way, the knowledge that the Earth is 4,600,000,000 years old and these things have happened and they must pass. It's not having this goal-oriented way of thinking. I also look at happiness as a weapon. If they take that away from me, they've won. So it's very important to search for joy in the saddest places it's very, very important. Happiness isn't something that somebody comes and gives you. It doesn't come from buying a washing machine. The notion of happiness that is sold to us is so false. For me, there will never be a world where I can't find something to smile aboutjust the quality of the light on a river. Fascism can't take that away. The fight is as much about patrolling the borders of your own not your own, but the happiness of humankind, because that is what we're fighting to preserve. If we lose it, there's no point fighting. We can't let it go.

Usual Suspects (Prisoners Because of War)
by Melanie Sims

He fit the description perfectly; BLUE CAR; TINTED WINDOWS;

Take him on down.
Take him on down.

MAN; 6"1; 39-42; DARK HAIR; TAN SHOES He fit the description
perfectly; BROWN COMPLEXION, too.

Take him on down.
Take him on down.

Guy on the corner of 35TH; MEDIUM BUILD; BLUE SUBURBAN;

Didn't fit the description perfectly, but he was wearing a turban
like you-know-who.

Take him on down.
Take him on down.

Questionable character at the telephone booth; hopped out
of a car

kind on like the sports coupe; keep in mind: these
suspects, they
usually work in groups.

Take him on down.
Take him on down.

BLACK JACKET WITH A BACKPACK; could have been a student;
but could be

carrying explosives, too; No time for taking chances" release him
and them when we dig up some more clues . . .

More clues? More clues?

Is it racial profiling, or another night watching the news?

It was funny when he worked for Seven-Eleven.
But when the seven became a nine . . . Middle Eastern
became a crime.

Pakistani, Indian, Arab" let them all do time!
BROWN SKIN, DARK HAIR . . . nobody cares!

Better safe than sorry. Better safe than sorry.


That is . . .
until they create a Patriot Act targeting Blacks -
or Southwest says "you gotta be "Americanâ"- wealthy,
conservative, and white" " to get a next day flight "
or brown skinned Latinos get mistaken for brown skinned terrorists . .

when they associate the KKK with Christian, just as they equate
Taliban with Islam,
and we can only salute the flag from the inside of prison cells"

maybe then, maybe then.

You'll be safe, but you'll be sorry.

Maybe you'll change your mind when they mistake you for "him".
When they see your skin and say:


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"The choice is not between violence and nonviolence, but between nonviolence and nonexistence."
Martin Luther King
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by Bill Breeden

I listen to the reports of the war both on radio and TV in short intervals. I cannot allow myself to be mesmerized by this techno-media presentation of the war. I am rather amazed at the unconscious honesty of the language. The Pentagon has embedded the reporters into the military units. What a wonderful image, the "free press" willingly climbing in bed with the state. Of course, it is nothing new, the media has played whore to the corporate state since the Vietnam experience when the state learned the danger of allowing the press to do its job. In all this "embedding," it is "we the people" who are getting screwed.

I encourage all thinking people to resist the temptation to become spectators of this grand sporting event in which people kill and die. It will be marketed well and will sell beer, cars, and "Thneeds, which everyone, everyone, everyone needs," all the accoutrements of freedom which give us meaning as we hide behind "Liberty Shield" and check the color of the current alert. Remember, if it goes to red, all normal activity is to cease. Does this include breathing? Finally, I want to say that it is entirely appropriate that George II, the Resident, the boy-king, has launched this war during spring break. While hordes of college students party on the sands of our beaches, hundreds of thousands of their predominantly lower class brothers and sisters face war in the sands of the Middle East. After years of binge drinking he picked the week of the greatest drunkenness and partying to do some binge bombing. A frat boy gone berserk. Tragically, this is more than a drunken frat party, it is a crime against humanity and a crime against reason, but one cannot help but appreciate the irony of it all.I think we will survive it, because I believe that this nation has the heart to recover, and I believe we will once again return to the table of reason and renew the process of building global community through democratic principles. I believe that Martin Luther King Jr. was correct when he said that the "Arc of the universe bends toward justice." I pray that each of us will find the courage to be human in these days.peace-

Bill Breeden is a peace activist and minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Bloomington, IN

FCC Chair Eyes June 26 Vote to Destroy Last Ownership Regulations on Media as Chicago Hosts Public Forum on Media OwnershipMichael Powell, FCC chair, has admitted to planning sweeping changes in U.S. media ownership during the first week of June (likely June 2) in hopes of bringing the changes to a vote at the agency's June 26 open meeting.The planned changes could lead to a single company owning all the media properties in a single city and an acceleration of hypercommercialism of the media. But a movement is afoot to raise awareness of these plans in hopes of stopping them. CLICK HERE

The River of Life
by Starhawk

Once a people lived along the banks of the river of life.

The river of life is a river of sweet water, that awakens the seeds of
spring and nourishes all growing things.
The river of life is a storm wind, blowing fresh across the earth.
The river of life is the deep molten fire that shakes the continents.

And the people should have had all they needed for happiness and joy,
But they were plagued by a terrible monster, the triple-headed monster of
Greed, Hate, and War.
Greed sucked up all the colors of life and locked them inside his fortress.
Hate severed the threads of love and taught the people to fear each other.
War threatened destruction to anyone who opposed the monster's rule.

And the people were separate, and afraid, and poor.
The threads of connection were frayed.
The fabric of care unraveled.
And War took the young and marched them off to slaughter and die in places
far away.
Greed stole their future...

The river of life ran dry.
The women saw the springs go barren, the new sprouts fail, the trees die,
and the hills turn brown.

And they wept and mourned, and didn't know what to do.

The women, too, were divided, for some had more and some had less.

Old wounds and present injustices kept them apart.
But as War shook his fist, and threatened to unleash weapons to destroy the

The women turned to each other; they said: "We are scraps of a torn fabric,
but if we tie them together,
we can bind wounds, dry tears,
weave a net to carry heavy loads.

"We must amplify love, and throw off dread,
Take back our power and spin a thread,
A life line, held in our strong hands,
A living web of shining strands.

"And our hands remember how to spin
. We spin freedom on the rising wind,
We spin threads of life, the cords of fate,
We spin love into a river that can overrun hate.

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Garden 2003

Green beans, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, lettuce, celery, radishes, spinach, kale, collards, basil, parsley, rosemary, calendula, marigolds, zinnias, nasturtiums, gaillardia, lavender - this is just a sample of what my garden list looks like this year.

Spring is officially March 21 and temperatures some days are hitting the seventies. I have been working on my garden plan for some weeks and have ordered my seeds through mail order from Johnny's Select Seeds and Pinetree Seeds. I picked up a few packages of seeds at Lowe's and K-Mart and some of them are now sprouting in containers on my windowsills.

Sometimes I think I live for spring and garden time. My seed catalogs start arriving by mail in late December and early January. While the snow is falling, I'm all curled up with my seed catalogs, pen and paper, dreaming about my garden and what I'll plant this year.Just because you may not have planned as far ahead as I have, it doesn't mean you can't have a garden this year. It is most definitely not too late! You too can still dream about and plan a garden for this year. You can find a selection of seed catalogs at the Monroe County Public Library - Check them out. You can also find nice selections of seeds and plants at local nursery's and department stores.

So, get your hands dirty this year. Know the joy of growing food, flowers and herbs. There's nothing like eating fresh produce from your own very special little garden. It's a great pleasure, looking at a bouquet of flowers sitting on your table and knowing that you grew them yourself.Enjoy!

Vivian C. Breeden

I Will Wake Again in Darkness
by Mark Mulligan

He said it once.
It's a crusade.
Then his handlers made him stop,
Thinking the word might alarm
Muslims and others attuned
To religious conflict
And warring.

I thought it was an oil war
He wanted.
To support his business friends
And satisfy our appetite.

But now I see:
He charges "Evil
"As a Christian judgement,
Adding religious purpose
To his qu I will wake again in darkness

Another jet drops homeward Crooked as a drunkard's ramble
Its amber eyes dim the Indus night
Its tiger-roar breaks my reverie.
How can such fat geese become spears?
Pierce the flanks of landmarks,
Dump them into our arms like best friends dying
Shedding flame, smoke and blood -- body parts
like tears?

The rubble buries everyone unbiased
Monsters, victims and heroes alike,
Step pyramids cut in negative to lift out their ashes
Borne away reverent, for sacred payback.

I will wake again in darkness
And make up my quiet bed
Like a night-dropped agent
Who bundles up his parachute
And stretches an ear for friendly shadows.

Blacks Resistance Continued
In the meantime, cities and states are experiencing record deficits as a result of the drastic economic downturn; consumer confidence is severely shaken and unemployment is steadily inching upwards. To borrow Martin Luther King's characterization of the Vietnam War, the war against Iraq, with a price tag of $200 billion, will drain desperately needed resources away from domestic problems like a "giant demonic suction tube." But, as long as the eyes of the nation are focused on the war against terrorism and the war against Iraq, Bush and company believe that they can get away with undercutting our civil liberties, dampening dissent, decimating social programs and rolling back civil rights. However, early indications are that they may have miscalculated.

Opposition is building momentum at a pace that must be causing alarm in the White House. My concern is that there are not enough black folks in the midst and at the forefront of the resistance to the war. The irony is that institutional racism disproportionately confines black people to the bottom rungs of the economic ladder and as a consequence black people end up disproportionately caught up in a military machine that most often wages unjust wars. Our sons and daughters will bear the brunt of the battle - we should be in the streets opposing this war.

Black opposition to the war against Iraq is imperative. In the same spirit that Martin Luther King opposed the Vietnam War and Kwame Ture declared "Hell no, we won't go," Africans in America must follow the lead of organizations like Black Voices for Peace and become massively involved in openly and vocally expressing our resistance to the madness of Bush's machinations. We must see the war against Iraq as snuffing out the dreams and aspirations of millions of our people, as well as those of millions of people of color and poor and working people. We must declare, that as far as black folks are concerned, "War is absolutely good for nothing!"

Racial Discrimination by US Department of Agriculture Threatens African American Farmers
Racial discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture threatens the welfare of African American farmers. Four years after admission of guilt and financial restitution, discrimination still goes unchecked. Oxfam partners lead an alliance challenging status quo.
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"The time has come to put our stones down. For hands clutching stones can't freely drum. And hearts fisting the past can't freely sing." -Mark Nepo International Right to Know
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by Denise Breeden-Ost, October 3/22/03

As we work and speak and pray for peace, I believe it is also important to take time to simply connect—with each other, with ourselves, and with the earth that sustains us all. Spring invites us to pause for moments of exuberance or quiet gratitude, reminding us of our potential as happy beings in a world of abundance and beauty

.In that spirit, I want to share one of my favorite ways to connect with the joy of spring: Dandelion Greens. Dandelions are widely maligned. Some people hate them for beautifying otherwise featureless green lawns. Others despise them for being non-native, invaders from Europe that thrive in broken and depleted soil. Well. I obviously don't get the lawn thing; and as a descendant of hardy European invaders myself, I don't feel I can really point any fingers. To me, dandelions are the first glorious gift of spring. They're high in vitamins A and C and calcium, and also have plenty of that even-more-needed spring tonic: Greenness. (For complete nutrient tables, CLICK HERE)

So get a sharp knife and a bowl and go outside. You'll see the young greens already thriving in your yard, your garden, the cracks in your sidewalk. Find some that are growing somewhere pretty clean—not the sidewalk, and not a chemically treated lawn—and cut the whole crown; that is, go down just slightly below the soil and cut the plant where it's all one piece, not individual leaves. This makes cleaning easier, and the plant will survive. Cut as many as you think you'll eat in one salad, then wash them well (this can be tedious) and shake the water off. Now you're ready to eat them.

Serving options: Chop them and pour olive oil over them, with salt and pepper. Or leave them whole and dip them in vinaigrette dressing (this is my favorite way to eat the first batch). Euell Gibbons suggests a dandelion crown salad made this way: cut off the green part, keeping only the blanched crowns; chop them and add finely chopped onion and a pinch of salt; fry 2 or 3 slices of bacon, remove from the pan, and add 2 T of cider vinegar to the hot fat; as this foams up, pour it over the dandelions. Stir, add crumbled bacon and slices of hard-boiled egg, and serve immediately. This sounds great, though I don't eat pork myself. You can add dandelion greens to any salad; try them chopped in potato salad with vinaigrette dressing. I have never cooked the greens, though they are supposedly good that way; they're just too wonderful raw.

How do these greens taste? Popular wisdom claims that they are so bitter you have to boil them repeatedly with baking soda and throw out the water. I disagree, as you can see by these serving suggestions; all you can do is try them and see. The youngest greens are the mildest and tenderest, but dandelions don't really get bitter until they bloom. Some people like them even after blooming; I prefer to pick the flowers (trimming away all the stem, which IS bitter), dip them in egg and then seasoned flour, and fry them. They taste like the greens, but with an added fragrant quality-and are great alongside fried morels. So go out and find some dandelion greens, and infuse your body with the essence of spring. Feed your soul, and be renewed and glad in your work for peace.

+++++++++++++++++++Denise Breeden-Ost lives in Bloomington with her husband Sean (chief dandelion picker) and son Glen (appreciator of yellow flowers).

The Privatisation of Water

The trend towards privatising the world's water supplies and applying full-cost pricing policies means that millions of people are losing access to an already scarce resource. Extracted from Nexus Magazine, Volume 8, Number 3

There once was a time when water fell freely from the clouds in the sky and bubbled from the springs in the hills...when the rivers, streams and lakes were full to the brim...when ancient underground aquifers flowed like great veins beneath the continents...when water nurtured our people, like babes sustained by their mother's milk.

Today, water has become a scarce resource. Climate change has wreaked havoc with the weather, and the clouds no longer pour their tears of life upon our great forests. Vast agricultural lands suck rivers and streams dry. Our lakes are choked with dead fish which have been suffocated by industrial pollutants. The bowels of the Earth are constantly relieved of their waters, millions of years old.

Experts predict that by the year 2025 our world will be suffering from the dramatic effects of hydrological poverty. There will be great disputes and even wars over water. "Failure to act could damage the planet irreversibly, unleashing a spiral of increased hunger, deprivation, disease and squalor."1

Thankfully, action has been taken--at the highest level--to avert this apocalyptic nightmare. By declaring water a commodity--an economic good, to be measured, apportioned and regulated by corporations--the tide of disaster will be stemmed. This momentous decision has been made for us by a handful of transnational corporations and members of the United Nations system of organisations. This self-appointed group have mandated themselves the custodians of the world's water resources. They concede that the full-cost pricing of water, for domestic, agricultural and industrial use, will be a painful adjustment for humanity. But they argue that this is a small price to pay for water security, for their guardianship of our most precious resource. With the blessing of national governments, a vigorous and dynamic agenda to privatise the world's water supplies is being pursued. Traditional and indigenous rights are acknowledged, then cast aside. National sovereignty is affirmed, then eroded. Access to water--a God-given or a human right--is recognised, then suspended.

The old economy has been fuelled by oil. The new economy will be fuelled by hydrodollars. A globalised trade in water is being created2 and we, the people, are to become the consumers in this multitrillion-dollar market.

This article examines the unbelievable reductionist thinking, social ruthlessness, arrogant ignorance and alienating mindset of a group of elite planners and transnational corporations spearheading the drive to commodify our water.

Academics, scientists, politicians and hydrological experts are today in agreement that the world faces a grave water crisis. Using mathematical modelling,3 they have been able to predict that by 2025 at least 40 per cent of the projected world population of 7.2 billion may face serious problems with agriculture, industry or human health if they rely solely on natural endowments of fresh water. Severe water shortages could strike particular regions of water-rich countries such as the USA and China.4

Already, 26 countries have more people than their water supplies can adequately support. Tensions are mounting over scarce water in the Middle East and could ignite during this decade. Competition for water is intensifying between city dwellers and farmers around Beijing, New Delhi, Phoenix and other water-short areas.5

All the evidence points to the first quarter of the 21st century being the "zero hour" for water in some parts of the world. The possibility of a water scarcity has been raised before, but only in the last few years has the language of crisis become all-pervading.6

International discussions about the world's water supplies began in 1977 when the United Nations held the first World Water Conference in Mar del Plata, Argentina. The Conference declared the 1980s to be the "UN International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade". The altruistic goal was to ensure all people in the world had access to adequate water supplies and sanitation within a decade.
Ten years later, the Brundtland Commission told the world that our approach to development was unsustainable--but it had little to say about water. Then, in 1992, the Rio Conference on Environment and Development, in its "Agenda for the 21st Century" (known as "Agenda 21"), addressed fresh water in chapter 18 of its report.

In 1996, the World Water Council, a private think-tank, was formed. The founding members were Egypt's Ministry of Public Works and Water Resources, the Canadian International Development Agency and the French transnational water corporation Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux. Other organisations supporting the start-up of the World Water Council were:
* International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)
* International Water Resources Association (IWRA)
* Istituto Agronomico Mediterraneo (CIHEAM- Bari)
* International Water Association (IWA)
* United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
* United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
* United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
* United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
* United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
* Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
* World Bank (WB)
* World Conservation Union (IUCN)
* World Health Organization (WHO)
* World Meteorological Association (WMA) To read the complete articleclick here.

We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility," he said in 1994. "It's easy to say 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' "Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes." Mr. Rogers

Rocket Blast Near Baghdad Devastates an Iraqi Family

The attack on Jisser Diala village kills 14 relatives and hurts nine others.
A 12-year-old boy loses his arms and is orphaned.

By Sergei L. Loiko
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

BAGHDAD -04/02/2003 - The boy wrinkles his nose and looks from right to left refusing to believe what he sees: two white-bandaged stumps like white wings instead of his arms. Ali Ismail, 12, doesn't recall the rocket that destroyed his house and killed most of his extended family. Nor does he fully understand that he is in a hospital, hours after doctors saved his life.

A distant relative bends over to scratch his nose. "Do you want something to eat or some water to drink?" she asks. "No," said the boy, "I want my mum. When will she come?"

The rocket blast Sunday night shattered the village of Jisser Diala on the southern outskirts of Baghdad where 24 members of Ali's family lived in a compound of four houses and a number of smaller shacks and cabins. Survivors said 14 of Ali's relatives -- his mother, father, brother, cousins, aunts and uncles -- were killed and nine others injured. Ali's cousin Thumer Mahsin, 31, was unscathed and supervised the burials.

On Tuesday, Mahsin, a farmer, returned to what used to be his house, now just piles of rubble. Mahsin walked around, picked up and examined a toy truck, a shoe, a cabinet drawer. He told a reporter he was not sure where he
would sleep.

"They bomb this area every day," Mahsin said. "I don't know why they do it. But it went on every day, night and day too. And we got used to it. We slept in our houses every night. And it fell on Sunday night. There was this huge
light, and the earth jumped under the house. I jumped up and then fell and then I felt something heavy lying on top of me, a piece of ceiling or something. When I crawled out, smoke was everywhere. You couldn't see a

Then neighbors came with torches and water from the nearby canal and put out the fires and brought out his dead and injured relatives, he said. Kerim Jasem, 42, a neighboring farmer, recalled that all the bodies they
removed were covered with blood and dust. "It was difficult to tell who was alive and who was dead." U.S. officers say they don't target civilians but acknowledge that some will be killed -- in part because Iraq has put weapons in population centers.

Jasem insisted that there is no military target in the vicinity. But close by, on the other side of a small canal, there was an antiaircraft battery, barely visible through the thick black smoke from oil fires that encircle the capital. As he talked, surrounded by his six grown sons, the guns began firing. Two bombs fell about 700 yards away, but nobody ducked. They are all used to it by now.

"It is nothing," said Jasem. "Today is quiet. Sunday was a bad day. They bombed all day."

Asked why they don't move to safety, Jasem gave a sad chuckle. "It is our and. If Allah decides that we should die here like our neighbors, then we will die. If the Americans come here, we will fight them."

The sense of war is vivid in the villages outside the capital. Roads are empty of vehicles, and few civilians move about among the soldiers and other loyalists in green military robes. The vast open fields have numerous fortifications with antiaircraft guns and large-caliber machine-gun emplacements.

The threat of violence is everywhere. On the road back to Baghdad, two old sedans blocked the way and several villagers with Kalashnikovs stopped a reporter's car. They pointed the loaded rifles through the car windows, almost touching a passenger's forehead. Their eyes were full of hatred. The youngest looked barely 16.

One of the men asked if there were Americans in the car. Told no, he looked dubious, then slightly relaxed.

"My sons and I will die here, but not let Americans into the city," said the oldest man. Then he barked something to the others and they moved the blockade, allowing the car to go on to Baghdad, where the planes again were in the skies.
Thursday, April 03, 2003 3:51:29 PM

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The River of Life by Starhawk Continued

"We spin justice burning like a flaming star,
We spin peace into a river that can overcome war. And if you want to know where true power lies, Turn and look into your sisters' eyes.

"So come mothers and grandmothers,
Lovers, and daughters.
Come spinners and weavers,
Tool makers, potters,
Dancers and dreamers,
Fixers and changers,
Singers and screamers.
Forget all the dangers.
Come ancestors, guardians, Goddesses too,
You who teach us, you who speak true,
You who plant, and you who reap,
You who soar and you who creep,
You who cook, and you who drum,
You who have been, and you yet to come,
You who fight with the sword,
You who fight with the pen.
Unreasonable women,
Unmanageable men.
Come harpies and banshees and gorgons and
Come sweet loving hearts and furious bitches!

"Break the chains that have kept us bound.
Weave a web to pull the monster down.
In the face of truth, no lie can stand.
Weave the vision, strand by strand.

"We are sweet water, we are the seed,
We are the storm wind to blow away greed.
We are the new world we bring to birth;
The river rising to reclaim the earth.

" --Starhawk Copyright (c) 2003 by Starhawk. All rights reserved. This copyright protects Starhawk's right to future publication of her work. Nonprofit, activist, and educational groups may circulate this essay (forward it, reprint it, translate it, post it, or reproduce it) for nonprofit uses. Please do not change any part of it. Readers are invited to visit the web site:

Environmental Science for the Common Person an Uncommon Book Report at the Cook Library


On February 5th, when Secretary of State Colin Powell appeared before the U.N. to argue the case for the U.S. invading Iraq, Pablo Picasso's Guernica, the most well known of all art depicting war.News of the bombing of Guernica shocked Paris readers with their candid photographs and detailed accounts from some of the survivors.

Enraged, Picasso began the sketches that were used to create his 26 feet-wide by almost 11 and a-half foot mural painting on canvas. Guernica toured the World's Fair, exhibited as warning against the threat of Fascism. Afterward the painting found home at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, staying through during World War II,Until it was given to Spain in 1981.

The PBS' series, "Treasures of the World, explains why the defenseless town of Guernica was attacked: "Guernica is the cultural capital of the Basque people, seat of their centuries-old independence and democratic ideals. It has no strategic value as a military target. Yet some time later, a secret report to Berlin was uncovered in which Von Richthofen stated, "...the concentrated attack on Guernica was the greatest success," making the dubious intent of the mission clear: the all-out air attack had been ordered on [General] Franco's behalf to break the spirited Basque resistance to nationalist "fascist" forces.

Guernica had served as the testing ground for a new Nazi military tactic -- blanket-bombing a civilian population to demoralize the enemy. It was wanton, man-made holocaust."The "Shock and Awe" attack planned by the U.S. military is to be much like that, U.S. military strategist Harlan Ullman said, "We want them to quit, not to fight…..Well, it isn't happening quite that way. CLICK FOR MORE ART NEWS

The Guernica Project for Peace asks that artists everywhere create their own reproduction /interpretation of Guernica. This might take the form of drawings, paintings, installations, cooperative murals, posters, banners, billboards etc. Galleries that wish to participate could showone or many of these or they could be displayed in public or private spaces. It is our hope that this project can become a focus for artists and that the images created will inspire viewers to stop this brutal war. The following web site will be a clearing house for information,exhibition dates and places and links to images: CLICK .

Moore Criticizes War in Iraq at Oscars
by Anthony Breznican, LOS ANGELES -

Michael Moore criticized President Bush and the U.S.-led war in Iraq during his acceptance speech at Sunday's Academy Awards drawing a partial standing ovation and some jeers from Hollywood's elite. The documentary maker won his first Oscar for "Bowling for Columbine," but he brought the other nominees on stage with him in what he called a show of solidarity for nonfiction during these "fictitious times." "We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elect a fictitious president," Moore said. "We live in a time where we have a man who's sending us to war for fictitious reasons, whether it's the fiction of duct tape or the fiction of orange alerts.To hear Michael Moore's backstage press conference after the Academy Awards - CLICK HERE

"Opposition is building momentum at a pace that must be causing alarm in the White House. My concern is that there are not enough black folks in the midst and at the forefront of the resistance to the war. The irony is that institutional racism disproportionately confines black people to the bottom rungs of the economic ladder and as a consequence black people end up disproportionately caught up in a military machine that most often wages unjust wars. Our sons and daughters will bear the brunt of the battle - we should be in the streets opposing this war.

Black opposition to the war against Iraq is imperative. In the same spirit that Martin Luther King opposed the Vietnam War and Kwame Ture declared "Hell no, we won't go," Africans in America must follow the lead of organizations like Black Voices for Peace and become massively involved in openly and vocally expressing our resistance to the madness of Bush's machinations. We must see the war against Iraq as snuffing out the dreams and aspirations of millions of our people, as well as those of millions of people of color and poor and working people. We must declare, that as far as black folks are concerned, "War is absolutely good for nothing!" Michael Moore

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Local musician John Mellencamp has become one of the first multimillion-selling rockers to record a new antiwar song.

Peaceful World

Come on baby take a ride with me
I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be
In a peaceful world

People know this world is a wreck
We're sick and tired of being politically correct
If I see through it now but I didn't at first
The hypocrites made it worse and worse
Lookin' down their noses at what people say
These are just words and words are okay
It's what you do and not what you say
If you're not part of the future then get out of the way

Come on baby take a ride with me
I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be
In a peaceful world

Racism lives in the U.S. today
Better get hip to what Martin Luther King had to say
I don't want my kids being brought up this way
Hatred to each other is not okay
Well I'm not a preacher just a singer son
But I can see more work to be done
It's what you do but not what you say
If you're not part of the future then get out of the way

Come on baby take a ride with me
I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be
In a peaceful world

Lay back the top and ride with me
I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be
In a peaceful world

The money's good and the works okay
Looks like everything is rollin' our way
'Til you gotta look the devil in the eye
You know that bastard's one big lie
So be careful with your heart and what you love
Make sure that it was sent from above
It's what you do and not what you say
If you're not part of the future then get out of the way
Come on baby take a ride with me
I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be
In a peaceful world
Lay back the top and ride with me
I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be
In a peaceful world

Hey yeah
Hey yeah
Hey yeah
Hey yeah

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by Glenda Breeden

March 17th, 2003, Indiana
Louis Jones is being prepared for his death… last meal, last meeting with daughter, last night alive on this earth… Abolitionists gather at local church,eating food together, sharing stories, sharing vision… watching George W. Bush on giant screen T.V. saying "Saddam, you and yer boys better get outta Dodge or we're gonna come gunnin' for ya' in forty eight hours"…boomerang rhetoric damning Iraq's regime, describing America's regime to a T…Sleep comes hard with drunken dizziness seeing George W. behind closed eyes…opening them quickly and putting one foot on the floor to steady the world from spinning out of control…sleeping awhile then seeing the photo of Louis Jones that was in the morning paper…middle-aged, dark skinned, sad eyed man scheduled for execution by the federal government at seven in the morning…decorated military man of Grenada and Gulf War fame went criminally insane one night…brutally murdered 19 year old Tracie McBride on a military base in Texas…Confessed, convicted, confined, sentenced to be murdered to show how wrong it is to murder…Psychologists, psychiatrists, say Gulf War Syndrome and brain damage from exposure to chemical weapons in the Gulf War were without a doubt factors to be reckoned with…Louis Jones, twenty year veteran, trained by the U.S. military…Kill him!

March 18th, 2003
Prison buses transport 70 abolitionists to the federal prison at Terre Haute, IN…orange fencing funnels early morning protesters into designated orange fenced corral…some people stand, some sit on blankets, others on a couple dozen bales of straw that circle round a pile of yellow and white chrysanthemums quietly placed there by those gathered…the moon is full, the cloud cover thickens, the time is near for our government to kill …prison lights and barbed wire silhouette the southern sky, candles burn muted by morning light…At six a.m., all fall silent…it is a silence of dissent...a silence of witness to murder…a silence of sorrow for Louis Jones, for Tracie McBride, for their families and friends…a silence of horror for all those involved in this killing game…a silence of compassion, reflection, protest…At seven a.m., all stand and face the prison…breathing the same air as the executed and the executioner, hearts saddened by violence nearby, spirits angered by state sanctioned, pre-meditated murder…Singing breaks the silence…songs of sorrow, songs of love, songs of forgiveness and hope…we shall overcome, we shall overcome…waiting for the announcement, the proclamation from prison officials…waiting to hear of murder…hand to hand circle of gentle singing anger…Good morning. The federal government announces the successful execution of execution. Louis Jones was pronounced dead at 7:08 a.m. Good morning…Held back tears roll unchecked…violence claims another mother's son…closing words, closing prayers, Martin Luther King's vision invoked…instead of the realization of his dreams, have we become the personification of his nightmares?…Meanwhile, back at the ranch…war plans go forward…I pledge allegiance to the flag…troops move closer to the starting line…massive military machinery, monsters of destruction and death hover, ready to follow orders

.March 19th, 2003
George W. Bush says Saddam made me do it…Saddam Hussein says George made me do it…two testosteroned, adolescent bullies stroking their excited manhood, stroking their power and perceived ordination from God…throwing sand in each other's faces…daring and drooling and dripping with misconceived savior complexes…Cameras! Action! Roll 'em! Let the war begin!…Let the premeditated mass execution of the guilty and the innocent begin!…Operation Iraqi Freedom! Operation Shock and Awe! Operation Bombs Over Baghdad!…Terrorism proceeds as planned…Iraqi children scream with fear and confusion, Iraqi children die needlessly…uniformed young people kill and are killed, maim and are maimed…shell-shocked, body and spirit-wounded soldiers and children, victims of war from this day forward and forevermore, Amen!…Another Timothy McVeigh will bomb another Oklahoma City…another Louis Jones will rape and murder another Tracie McBride…another religious fanatic will fly a plane into another World Trade Center…WAR IS HELL!…How many seas must a white dove sail before she can sleep in the sand?…Protest, dissent, outrage sweep the globe…War is not the answer! Not in our names! Not in God's name! Not in the name of peace and freedom!…We shall overcome, we shall overcome, oh, deep in my heart, I do believe, that we shall overcome someday!

Pastry Chef Forces EPA to Complete Chemical Cleanup by Lou Dubose / Mother Jones Magazine
New Jersey pastry chef Bob Spiegel videotaped children in chemical-laced water and mailed the tapes to the Environmental Protection Agency -- and to local media outlets. But federal regulators failed to act, so he and the culinary ice sculptor, John Shersick, founded a group called the Edison Wetlands Association, rented a local movie theater, and showed the tapes to a standing-room-only crowd. "We scared the hell out of everybody," Spiegel says. The EPA immediately scheduled a public meeting. Since then, Spiegel has devoted himself to getting the site cleaned up. A square, muscular 40-year-old with graying hair styled in a military crew cut, he combines traditional suit-and-tie lobbying and in-depth research with more gonzo tactics. Read Article

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To Fear or Not to Fear
by Clark Brittain

A generation ago a much respected American President said, " we have nothing to fear but fear itself'. This was on the heels of what remains the most devastating attack on Americans, December 7, 1941. On November 16, 2002, the H-T headline read: "FBI warns of 'spectacular terrorist acts'. In the article it reads "Our message is be afraid, be very afraid," said a normally dispassionate senior Bush administration official who reviewed recent CIA terrorism warnings. Whom would you rather believe?

We spend over $300 billion per year on 'national defense (offense)', and countless tens of billions more on information gathering through the FBI, CIA, NSC, etc. That we were supposedly caught unawares by the trade towers assault proves these agencies were either grossly incompetent or worse-complicit. Further information gathering proposed by the Pentagon through Total Information Awareness is an assault on Americans and our constitution, not the al Queda, Taliban, or other terrorist groups. Many individual liberties have been further shredded through the Patriot Act and now homeland security.

I am concerned about future terrorist attacks. I am fearful of our own government intrusion into my life and the possible loss of additional freedoms. It seems President Bush continues to bang the drums of war and terrorism to keep the citizens focused on the fears from outside while robbing us of the only real security we have, our beloved constitution. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, ' a citizenry who will give up liberty for security, with lose both and deserve neither'.

Is the purpose of this McCarthyesque frenzy to deflect our thoughts away from corporate fraud, a tanked economy, the administration's greed for oil, the ongoing illegal military activities in South America, a bankrupt social and environmental agenda, or a mid east policy George Will calls bewildering? Saddam Hussein is not a nice man. Baghdad is thousands of miles from any American community. Iraq has no air force, no navy, and an army severely decimated by the Gulf War. Yet we are to believe he poses a clear and present danger to us. Just how is this to happen? The world knows, even if the Bush administration does not, that if Iraq instigated any type of attack outside its borders, it would be incinerated. Our embargo of Iraq has been responsible for the deaths of over 500,000 children. When asked about this, then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, responded, " it is worth the risk". C.S. Lewis said: "Of all the tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.

"Yet to question our government and its vigorous policies against innocent civilians abroad, we are told we must watch what we say, and we must give the president the authority to act swiftly in an emergency, in spite of what the constitution outlines as a congressional duty to declare war, and issue letters of Marques and Reprisal. Patriots will always question authority, if only to be certain the government acts in our best interest. To not question this authority will certainly allow further erosion of civil liberties and encourage fascism. Huey Long said, "When fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in an American flag". Mark Twain wrote, "Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels". Frederick Douglass said it well: "Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want rain without thunder and lightning".

Yes, I am fearful. Fearful we are turning into a tyrannical and fascist rogue state. There were over 500,000 protesters in Florence, Italy recently to protest our impending invasion of Iraq. All around the world, our friends, allies and even enemies know: Bush is determined to invade Iraq. There will be some type of provocation and he will order in our troops, bombers and assault weapons. It will happen unless thoughtful Americans who value their liberty speak out against it. As nasty as Hussein may be, our invasion would be worse. There is simply no valid reason for this war, which will certainly bring the wrath of a new generation of terrorist to maturity. Then what? Further restrictions of American liberty and freedoms? Recall that the Taliban offered up bin Laden for proof of complicity in the 9/11 attacks. Bush's response: "this is not negotiable". Well, bin Laden is still alive and planning. Thousands of civilian Afghanis are dead, countless villages destroyed, and the country is in chaos- $40 billion later.

Contact your elected representatives to let them know you oppose invading Iraq.

Clark Brittain, Bloomington Dec, 2002

A Song For Iraq

by Mark Simos - 19 March 2003

A song for Iraq's long-suffering people From a sad people here in America's homeland On the eve of this great grief the whole world is dreading
Though some of us truly believe this war righteous And others have marched in the streets to defy it Who among us would dare to describe as a favor The hellfire and brimstone that soon will be raining?

We in this land hold democracy's promise And thus share the blame for the deeds of our leaders While in a far country where once there was Eden People are ruled by a murderous tyrant Still standing in part through our acts or inaction Yet for his evils the people are punished People who'll now die again by the thousands

We curried Saddam to be one of our henchmen Armed and supplied his Republican Army Set them like jackals at the heels of Khomeini Turned our backs as he gassed rebel Kurds in the northland

Blocked U.N. resolutions that would have condemned him
Let him
believe Kuwait his for the taking Then scorched tens of thousands from safe bombing distance

And when we had chased him to his battered borders And our grand coalition would not stoop to conquer We goaded his people to rise and defeat him Swore we would be by their side in the struggle Then our soldiers stood by while the rebels were slaughtered
We left him in power and began slow starvation Twelve years of sanctions on innocent children

Now the fall of the Towers has been turned to advantage
Advancing agendas so many years brewing Dishonoring the graves of the janitors and firemen Their memories hijacked to set new fires burning Eleven-nine foresight foretells new transgressions As we stand by dumbstruck and don't ask the questions

Iraq's weary people once more in the crossfire

I cry for Iraq's long suffering people Who, no matter the outcome, have known such injustice
I cry as I ask: Is this still our country? We who have called ourselves guardians of freedom Now seen by the world as a bush league imperium I cry for the half-lies that we'll tell our children As we bend to kiss them in this darkening hour

Mark Simos is a noted songwriter and musician. He may be reached at 2003 Mark Simos. Author grants the right to distribute this work via email, websites, print media or other communication forms, for non-profit uses, as long as this attribution and notice are attached, and the work is included in its entirety or excerpts are clearly indicated


Water Privatization Overview

A worldwide crisis over water is brewing. According to the United Nations, 31 countries are now facing water scarcity and 1 billion people lack access clean drinking water. Water consumption is doubling every 20 years and yet at the same time, water sources are rapidly being polluted, depleted, diverted and exploited by corporate interests ranging from industrial agriculture and manufacturing to electricity production and mining. The World Bank predicts that by 2025, two-thirds of the world's population will suffer from lack of clean and safe drinking water.

We believe: Water is a human right and a right for all living beings

  • Water is a common good

    Water must be controlled by those people, whose lives are depending on it
  • Water should not be used for profit and speculation
    Water is not a commodity
List of Big Water Corporations
RWE / Thames Water Germany / UK /

Bouygues / SAUR France
United Utilities UK
Severn Trent UK
AWG plc / Anglian Water UK
Kelda / Yorkshire Water UK
Bechtel / International Water USA / UK
Aqua Mundo Germany
Nestlé Swiss
Coca Cola US
The Forum was held in the three neighboring Japanese cities of Kyoto, Shiga and Osaka from March 16-23, holding 351 separate sessions on 38 interlocking themes dealing with water, especially on how to bring safe water and sanitation to the entire world.

Some 24,000 participants from 182 countries, more than triple the number of participants expected, attended the sessions. The key issues that they addressed revolved around balancing increasing human requirements for adequate water supplies and improved health and sanitation with food production, transportation, energy and environmental needs, while most countries will require more effective governance, improved capacity and adequate financing.

"The 3rd World Water Forum has become a truly 'action-oriented' conference," said Kenzo Hiroki, Vice Secretary General of the 3rd World Water Forum."

"I have talked with hundreds of participants in sessions and in the corridors," said William J. Cosgrove, Vice President of the World Water Council, one of the main conveners of the World Water Forums, held every three years in a different host country. "Without exception, they reported that they consider that the Forum exceeded their expectations. It was a unique opportunity to form partnerships, join networks and learn from the experience of others."

They agreed that the "community level public participation is fundamental to achieving these goals," and that the "common basic requirement for water is an opportunity for cooperation and peace." The Organizing Committee issued a preliminary 8-page Forum Statement, in which the Committee agreed that they will be "solemnly committed to facing the global water challenges and to meeting the goals set forth at the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in New York (2000)" ミ cutting in half the proportion of poor people without secure access to water and sanitation by 2015.

"This statement is only preliminary," said Mr. Cosgrove, Vice President of the World Water Council. "It has been posted on the Forum's website ( If any group feels its statement has not been included, or have changes to suggest, they may send comments to the Secretariat until April 30th, to be reflected in the final statement.

Of the more than 100 commitments reached during the Forum, the climate theme accounted for more than 20 commitments, and gender issues produced 13 commitments.

Some of the global agreements included: The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Japan has supported the establishment of the International Flood Network (IFNet), launched during the Third World Water Forum for flood mitigation at the global stages. IFNET is committed to launching the "Global Flood Warning System" project, with the capacity to create the precipitation maps all over the world every 3 hours. As a result, flood warnings in the world will be vastly improved, benefiting up to 4.8 billion people.

The World Water Council committed to developing and implementing with a consortium of International financial institutions, UN agencies, international non-governmental organizations, and research institutions a program aiming to precisely identify and highlight the benefits brought by sound water management and provide governments with appropriate tools and analysis so that they may be considered in priority setting, planning, development, management, and budgeting for the water sector. Continued on Page 12

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Water Privatization - An Overview - Continued from Page 11UN-HABITAT signed a memorandum of understanding with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to create a program to build the capacity of Asian cities to secure and manage pro-poor investments and to help the region meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of halving, by 2015, the proportion of people without safe drinking water and basic sanitation. The program will cover a pipeline of US$10 million in grants from ADB and UN-HABITAT for the first two phases and US$500 million in ADB loans for water and sanitation projects in cities across Asia over the next five years. Additional funding for Water for Asian Cities has also been made available to UN-HABITAT by the Government of Netherlands.

UNESCO and the World Water Council committed to promote, develop and support the establishment and operation of an independent, easily accessible facility that can help solving problems related to trans-boundary waters by providing on request access to experienced technical advisers, tools, training sessions and mediators.

The partner international organizations and research institutes (WWC, UNESCO-IHE, FAO, KIP, IFPRI, IWMI and SOAS) committed to continue their efforts and to lobby for financial support to develop a better understanding of the concept of Virtual Water, its application and its impact and to provide governments with information and tools to consciously utilize virtual water trade as an effective way to promote water saving and make it an integral part of government's national and regional water, food and environmental policies.

A broad consortium of organizations (GWP, NRC, FAO, WWC, IWA, WMO, UNEP, IUCN, UNESCO, UNDP, WB, ISDR) which supported the International Dialogue on Water and Climate, are committed to continue building bridges between the climate and water sector, and develop activities to better cope with climate impacts. These organizations will form an "International Water and Climate Alliance".

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) commits to a Community Water Initiative, aimed at building on the power of the local community to solve water and sanitation challenges. Its aim is to provide innovative communities with small grants to expand and improve their solutions to the water and sanitation crisis. The Community Water Initiative has an estimated target budget of $50 million for 2003-2008.

Through the Indigenous Peoples Kyoto Water Declaration, the indigenous participants of the 3rd World Water Forum commit themselves to forming a network on water issues that will strengthen the voice of indigenous people generally, and help empower local communities struggling to protect their water rights.

The Water and Sanitation Program (World Bank) committed itself to funding national capacity building projects for MDG monitoring. Candidate countries are welcomed to apply.

PricewaterhouseCoopers, UN Water and Care International commit to a Global Water Initiative, to bring a substantial contribution to the MDG. It will start soon with a pilot project in Africa supported by the French Government, with results by the end of the year 2003.

Some of the regional commitments include: The international organizations active in the American region (IADB, OAS, ECLAC, IUCN, SICA, IWRN, CAN, LANBO and GWP) commit themselves to find and negotiate solutions for the following issues: (a) policy development, including rules for efficient and equitable water allocation; (b) meeting financial needs for water resources management; (c) effect of international trade agreements on national water public interest; (d) capacity building for effective decentralization, water governance, management and regulation of services; (e) participatory and efficient risk management; and (f) impact of first world agricultural subsidies on sustainable water management. Australia commits overAUD $80 million in the current financial year for water activities, primarily in countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Caribbean and Pacific organizations (CEHI and SOPAC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to implement the Joint Programme for Action (37 member states), providing for co-operation on matters including the freshwater environment, capacity-building, data and information management, applied research, sharing of expertise.

The Netherlands will concentrate its support to Africa and assist 10 countries in the development of their national plans. Further, it is committed to support the African Water Facility.

The European Commission is committed through EUREAU to include benchmarking into the EU Water Initiative.

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) with the governments of Cambodia, Laos PDR, Thailand and Vietnam, in collaboration with partners will prepare a navigation strategy and program by the end of 2003. The long-term goals of the strategy are to develop sustainable, effective and safe navigation on the Mekong, and to increase the international trade opportunities for the mutual benefit of the member countries of the MRC.

The final statement said that though increasing water use efficiency through developments in science and technology and improved demand management are essential, these alone may not be sufficient to meet the growing demand for water in most developing regions and particularly in cities.

"All options to augment the available water supply, including increased storage through the use of groundwater recharge and dams, need to be considered, ensuring that all those who will be affected will also benefit," the final statement said. "The recommendations from the World Commission on Dams (2002) can be used as a reference. A wider adoption of good practice is required in order to avoid the environmental and social costs and risks of the past."

Other key issues:

Governance: Many countries face a governance crisis, rather than a water crisis, the final statement said. "Good water governance requires effective and accountable socio-political and administrative systems adopting an integrated water resources management (IWRM) approach with transparent and participatory processes that address ecological and human needs."

Capacity Building: The need for capacity building, education and access to information for enhanced effectiveness in water management is unquestioned. These critical elements of the water development process are often treated as an add-on to programs, with scant regard to local capacity-building institutions, gender mainstreaming, cultural diversity and traditional knowledge or to long-term commitment.

Financing: Financing infrastructure for the water sector comes mainly from the public sector of developing countries and is "topped-up" with contributions from foreign aid, international financial institutions, commercial loans and private equity. Despite the link between water security, development and poverty alleviation, overall investment in water resources management has been seriously neglected. According to the Vision and other estimates, developing and transitional countries will require $180 billion annually in order to produce global water security over the next 25 years. This will require greater efficiency and better financial management. Several models for combining public, donor and/or private funding have been attempted, and the results have been mixed. The debate concerning public-private partnerships has not been resolved.

Participation: In many regions, countries and local communities have come to realize that water is a multi-stakeholder issue, and that partnerships of all interested and affected parties are a viable mechanism to translate IWRM into practice. Major groups including CEOs, unions, indigenous people, water journalists, parliamentarians, youth and children all have a point of view and deserve the right to be heard. Yet large segments of society, especially women and the poor, are not given a voice. There is a need for a closer examination of participation based on race, ethnicity, economic status, age, and religion to ensure inclusiveness.
Regional Issues: Although most of the issues outlined above are global, some are of particular concern in certain regions. Asia and the Pacific face a main water challenge due to the growth in both water demand and population. Pervasive poverty has confined Africa to a vicious cycle of underdevelopment, conflict, and suffering. In the Americas, large investments in water-related projects and macroeconomic reforms have failed to stimulate sustainable economic growth. Dwindling water resources are threatening people's livelihood, the environment, and economic growth in the Middle East-Mediterranean. And Europe's water resources are subject to considerable pressure due to the relatively high population density, significant industrial activity and intensive agricultural production.

"The choice is not between violence and nonviolence, but between nonviolence and nonexistence." Martin Luther King

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"Don't Be Fooled" Exposes Top 10 Misleading Environmental Claims - Kraft Named for its use of Genetically Engineered Ingredients

BOSTON - April 1 - On April Fool's Day, Earthday Resources for Living Green released the tenth annual "Don't Be Fooled" report. The "Don't Be Fooled" report documents misleading advertising by companies polluting the planet.

This year's report names 10 companies, ranging from oil to food companies, which are attempting to create the image of environmental friendliness while diverting attention from their poor environmental track records. "Don't Be Fooled" also contains a brief explanation and history of greenwashing, a look at how organizations like the Federal Trade Commission are combating misleading claims, and easy-to-follow tips for consumers to use when making everyday purchases.

"These companies are trying to make fools out of the public," stated Rachel Heller, Coordinator for Earthday Resources. "Ad campaigns like the ones named in the 'Don't Be Fooled' report take advantage of the concern consumers have for the environment by attempting to trick them into thinking polluting companies are protecting the planet."

"Greenwash" is defined in the 10th edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary as the "disinformation disseminated by an organization so as to present an environmentally responsible public image." Its inclusion in the dictionary indicates the significance and permanence of a growing trend among corporations to take advantage of the many consumers who look for products with no environmental impact. Increasingly, Americans are basing their purchasing decisions on the environmental and social impacts of products and manufacturers. According to the Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) Journal, in 2000, this growing market represented $546 billion globally and $226.8 billion in the U.S.

Kraft, named for the second year in a row, is one of the companies featured in this report. Last year, Kraft was exposed for labeling genetically engineered foods as 'natural'. This year, the company is hiding its irresponsible use of genetically engineered ingredients behind its new parent company, Altria Group, Inc. Altria attempts to cover for Kraft and its other company Philip Morris, by declaring its commitment to the environment. Kraft Foods contains genetically engineered ingredients despite demonstrated risks, including unforeseen allergic reactions, increased antibiotic resistance, increased herbicide use, and harm to insects and wildlife. "If Kraft and its parent company want to convince the public that they are truly responsible, they must stop using genetically engineered ingredients. Kraft can't hide their environmental impact behind glossy nature ads. As the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding," stated Kate Madigan, state PIRGs Safe Foods Advocate.

The "Don't Be Fooled" Report has been released annually since 1992 on April Fool's Day by Earthday Resources for Living Green, an organization whose mission is to help consumers keep the spirit of Earth Day alive by providing tips and tools to lead environmentally conscious lifestyles. The web based organization produces a variety of reports, publications, a quarterly newsletter (Earth Tips) and promotes environmentally responsible businesses through Shop for the Earth (an online store located at The state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) are an alliance of state-based, citizen funded organizations that advocate for the public interest. The PIRGs are founding members of Genetically Engineered Food Alert, a national coalition calling for a moratorium on genetically engineered foods unless they are found safe, labeled, and liability standards are in place. To obtain a copy of "Don't Be Fooled," call Earthday Resources for Living Green at 1-877-EARTH-46 or check it out online at


March 25, 2003

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Paul Hanley, a freelance writer with a special interest in the environment, writes that permitting the release of genetically engineered Roundup Ready wheat (RRW) to Canadian farms would make about as much sense as deliberately releasing mad cow disease.

Hanley goes on to state that the Canadian Wheat Board, the agency which sells Canada's wheat to the world, surveyed its customers and discovered that 82 per cent of them do not want and would not buy wheat that is genetically modified (GM). The reasons for this are not environmental or ethical but economic: these customers know they can't sell GM products to consumers. Right or wrong, consumers - especially those in Europe -- do not want to eat GM food.

Hanley also notes that in a paper entitled The Optimal Time to License a Biotech 'Lemon', a group of agricultural economists at the University of Saskatchewan considered the potential impacts if Canada was to introduce RRW into the world grain market. Since segregation isn't feasible, and GM wheat genetics will contaminate non-GM fields
and shipments, many foreign customers -- and evendomestic millers --will stop buying Canadian wheat.

Consequently, all farmers, those growing GM wheat and those who don't, would lose money, about $45.8 million and $32.3 million respectively. Only Monsanto would make money, about $157 million, the study found.

This is a short list of articles on the Organic Consumers Website. Click Here to read them.

*Organic Lobby Fears Loophole For Body Care Products
*Iraqi Food Aid--Little More than Crumbs
*OCA Exposes "Watering Down" of Standards in So-Called OrganicBody Care Products
*Organic Standards Threatened by Hydrosol Scheme
*USDA To Monitor Monsanto Pledges on GE Wheat
*Government to Subsidize Biopharm Disaster

*Many angry over loophole in organic food standards
*War & So-Called Free Trade: The Two Faces of Empire
*Soft Drink Industry Kills Senate Junkfood Bill in Washington State
*The Other War: Frankenfoods and Crops Under Fire
*Paul Hawken Exposes Greenwashing: Chiquita, Horizon Organic, and McDonalds
*Nader Slams Bush the "Dictator's Pre-Emptive War"
*Tough Times for US Organic Cotton Farmers
*Fast Food is a Major Public Health Hazard
*World Condemnation of Bush's War in Iraq
*Kinko's Agrees Not to Use GE Trees in its Copy Shops*Bill Introduced to Protect Junk Food Companies from Lawsuits

Organic News Tidbits with and Edge (Organic Bytes #9)


by Paul Hawken

It costs more to destroy the Earth and less to maintain it.
Interview by Satish Kumar
from Resurgence issue 201

IN THE PAST twenty-five years, on the one hand there has been a huge increase in ecological awareness in the Western world, and, on the other hand, there has been a tremendous stride towards globalization, consumerism and world trade. In your view, is the environmental movement getting anywhere or are we fighting a losing battle?
There are so many vantage points from which to answer this question, but perhaps the least helpful vantage point is one that looks at environmentalism as a battle. In those terms, we will certainly lose, because the forces are greater for consumption and destruction than they are for frugality and restoration.
The question interests me because for years, I have been asked, am I optimistic or pessimistic? I always say I am pessimistic when I look at the data, but optimistic when I look at people. I am terrified of what I see. And yet, I act and take enormous encouragement in the fact that others act too. Many, like you, have acted long before myself.
When my children were growing up, we read Tolkien and the Ring trilogy - a classic tale of darkness overwhelming the world. It fascinated me that Tolkien was writing this during World War Two and was posting chapters to his son at the front. It is a tale of how something can prevail when everything is arrayed against it. I feel that what we are beginning to experience in our life is rather mythic, like the Baghavad Gita. When seen this way, then the word "battle" comes back to life in a new way.
What we do know is that we are descending into a century that will be marked by incalculable and cascading losses, losses that are already grievous and inconsolably tragic. To see the momentum of loss is to want to close one's eyes. But to close one's eyes is to do the one thing that will not help us at all. I believe in rain, in odd miracles, in the intelligence that allows arctic birds to find their way across the Earth. In other words, I don't believe I know or understand the means whereby this Earth and its people will transform. I don't know how human culture will long endure. I am comforted by this ignorance, this vast possibility of what I don't know.
There are a number of environmental activists, such as yourself, who are working with businesses. Is there not a danger that business people will exploit your good names, carry out a greenwash, bring out some superficial changes, but, fundamentally, they will carry on their business as usual?
Not only is there a danger, there is the outright reality. It is nothing to fear because it is already happening. It is essential to observe and prevent. Since I have invoked mythic imagery, I think it is important to offer the idea that large multinational corporations are like cults. Some laugh, some cringe, when presented with this description, but I find it helpful. Cults are distinguished by charismatic leaders, either dead or living, borrowed language, sleep deprivation, costumes or identifying clothing, impressive buildings or temples, and deep superstitious beliefs in omniscient sayings and writings, i.e. free-market capitalist tracts. So it is unrealistic to think that this culture will change because new information is offered. Some companies are more cultish than others, but all have some traces of it if they are large and successful.
The real question is whether to be outside of them, or to try to work with them whilst trying to work on everything else as well. Two schools of thought are here. One is that by working on changing business, you are co-opted and business doesn't really change. The other side is that business is the dominant institution, so you are foolish to ignore them. Along with this school of thought comes the idea that businesses are merely a reflection of who we are. I am reminded of the famous exchange oft quoted by green architect William McDonough: when Emerson asked a jailed Thoreau what he was doing "in" there, Thoreau asked Emerson back what he was doing "out" there? My question is whether there is an in or out.
Working with large companies is spiritually and emotionally difficult. It is like doing exquisite flower arrangements for a soccer match. And it remains to be seen whether they can truly change or not. There are some outstanding people and
companies in the world who do get it, are truly committed to ecological restoration and social equity. Either they are exceptions that prove the rule, or they represent a radical new possibility. If we believe that they do not represent a new possibility, it will be self-fulfilling.
There seems to be a feeling that by making efficient use of energy and technology businesses can save the environment and make profit at the same time. Can social justice, environmental sustainability and spiritual renewal be compatible with any kind of economic growth and profit?
There is widespread misunderstanding of the nature of the problem, and thus there is an almost Pollyannaish view of the solutions. A telling example of this is the newly drafted Global Reporting Initiatives (gri). Over one hundred transnational corporations, from Shell to Coke to General Motors, have worked with environmental ngos to come up with draft guidelines to report on environmental issues within their companies. Such reporting and the willingness to report are commendable. Yet, there is not a definition nor even a clue as to what sustainability means. Thus the draft guidelines won't even come close to achieving sustainability and are essentially a dressed-up package of business as usual. Mathis Wackernagel, of Redefining Progress, and I recently wrote a critique of these draft guidelines, a critique which was greeted with indifference. Companies feel, if you define issues, show that equity and justice and resource flow are kith and kin, that they are being "judged". We say that if you understand the principles and concepts, you can judge for yourself.
The resistance to understanding the depth of the problems that have brought sustainability to the foreground creates a situation where you have companies "highly committed" to thin gruel, solutions which are palliative or perhaps remediative. Even though many know they should go upstream, they see the way blocked by costs because companies are still thinking of the environment as an externality, and ecological problems as distinct from their core businesses.

As James Hillman said, "the gold is in the shadow." If companies would actually delve deeply into the world problematique of the loss of living and cultural systems, they would find truly radical ideas and solutions; solutions that in most cases would cost them and the world less. I do not mean to imply by this that there is a free lunch waiting out there. What I am referring to is the fact that the industrial system is getting more and more inefficient and unfair and the overwhelming rate of metabolic impact (and loss) means that there are real breakthrough ideas out there waiting for those who dig deep. But as it stands now, you have companies like Coca-Cola defining sustainability for their peers. This is foolish.
If business is to respond to the ecological crisis of our time in a serious and sincere way, then what kinds of economic idea will they have to adopt?
The issue is not economic, but legal: What are corporations' obligations to society? This is an issue that few want to touch. In corporate circles, it is treated as heretical. But outside that circle, the concept of recasting the legal responsibilities and liabilities of corporate entities is gaining momentum. Led by people like David Korten, Jerry Mander and Richard Grossman, we are beginning to remember here in the us that our country was created in resistance to corporate abuse. Now we have become what we hated and feared, a plutocratic society run by a corporate oligarchy. The problem is becoming worse, in no small part due to the globalization of finance which instantly rewards and punishes leaders or laggards in growth and earnings.
As the feedback loops have closed tighter, the margin for error and corporate experimentation has shrunk. We need a far more responsible corporate body than we have today. We need to reverse the underlying assumptions that inform gatt, wto, nafta, and other trade agreements and organizations which essentially destroy sovereignty. For the world to move towards long-term sustainability and restoration, there needs to be the restoration and respect for cultural diversity, a reinstitution of local and regional sovereignty, something we are unwilling to do. Transnational trade agreements have bred an unholy alliance of crony corporate capitalism that is pathological and erosive to all that we hold sacred.
Corporations need to have the opposite sorts of guidelines than they presently seek. They need to be locally responsive, not globally unrestricted. In this way, the companies that thrive will be diverse themselves. The idea that we need to build financial autobahns to smooth the invasion of corporations into developing nations in order for economic development to occur is, at its heart, a corrupt argument. We s hould do the opposite: corporate charters must be made revocable.
Does this politicize the corporation?
Absolutely. It is essential to make corporations responsible to the body politic. This is the long-term interest of the corporations, society, and the ecosystem. Quelling feedback does not make a system more intelligent.
Then we need to realize that we are talking about political rights. We have created a world where we have granted rights to money, rights which supersede human dignity, even human life. We have forsaken our democratic rights in favour of aristocratic ideas of monetary supremacy. A lot of words about democracy, but we only have democracies in concept. You can destroy forests and the atmosphere and become wealthy, but if you destroy money, you can be prosecuted and jailed. This is just another way of pointing out how capital became divine, replacing the divine right of kings.
And, of course, we also need an accounting system that has a minus sign, one that actually gives us a true sum of our losses and gains. As long as we run our economy without a balance sheet and the illusion of endless supplies of natural capital, we can be profligate and think we are being rational and constructive. Without true understanding of our national and regional accounts, we are acting in a vacuum. And this accounting must be extended to prices on an everyday level, something that can be accomplished by ecological tax reform or tax shifts.
With ecological tax shifts, people will get better information with respect to the prices of goods. This is a profound reaffirmation of core economic principles. If someone sees that double-glazing the atmosphere with their oil furnace is a lot more expensive than double-glazing their windows, installing insulation, and using renewable energy, they will change behaviour. This is true with forest products, fibres, food, transportation, materials, reactive vs. enzymatic chemicals, and so on. It costs more to destroy the Earth in clock time and less to maintain it in perpetuity. Yet every signal we get from our pricing system and stock-markets tells us the opposite.
In this sense, our pricing system is toxic to the nervous system of society. An analogy is that of herbicides. Most kill weeds by overstimulating their rate of growth, not by suppressing growth. And then the weed outstrips its capacity to take up nutrients and dies. Similarly, our pricing system is overstimulating our "growth" and thus outstripping our capacity to take up natural capital and ecosystem services. Should we continue on this path, we will suffer accordingly. In the act of marrying costs more closely with price, in a fair, non-regressive fashion to protect the poor, we would do more for the champions of corporate sustainability than in any other single act.
And then there are issues of scale, which Leopold Kohr and E. F. Schumacher addressed many years ago. In the argument over genetically modified food, we should also bear in mind, even if gmos were benign and safe as milk, which I do not believe, whose idea was it to have companies like Monsanto, Du Pont and Novartis, whose origins go back to cancer-causing saccharine, gunpowder and toxic aniline dyes respectively, strive to control the seed plasm that provides the world with 90 per cent of its caloric intake? I don't remember anyone making such an utterly daft proposition. There was no commission, no referendum, no plebiscite. It is the
very opposite of the biological diversity which is at the heart of the ecosystem's resilience and sustainability.

Paul Hawken is co-author with Hunter and Amory Lovins of Natural Capitalism published by Earthscan (London) and Little Brown (New York). His previous books include The Ecology of Commerce (Harper).

It is the love of ordinary people, in Burma, in Japan or anywhere else in the world, for justice and peace and freedom that is our surest defense against the forces of unreason and extremism. - Aung San Suu Kyi, "Letters from Burma (1966)
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Confronting Global Environmental Racism - Continued

policy, practice or directive that differentially affects or disadvantages (whether intentionally or unintentionally) individuals, groups or communities based on race or colour.

For example, lead poisoning is a (preventable) disease that disproportionately affects African-American children. Over 28.4% of all low-income African-American children suffer from lead poisoning, compared to 9.8% of low-income white children.

The impact of globalisation

Increased globalisation of the world's economy has placed special strains on the ecosystems of many poor communities and poor nations inhabited largely by people of colour and indigenous peoples. There are abundant examples of how this is happening.

Globalistion makes it easier for transnational corporations and capital to flee to areas with the weakest environmental regulations, best tax incentives, highest profit opportunities and cheapest labour. Resource extraction industries, such as oil, timber and minerals, are particularly relevant in this context.

The transboundary trade in hazardous waste can be cited as another example of environmental racism. This is because such trade flows tend to go from the industrialised, rich North to the developing South. Yet the last decade has seen numerous developing nations challenge the 'unwritten policy' of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries to export their hazardous wastes to countries poorly equipped to deal with them.

In response to the growing transboundary waste trade, the Organisation of African Unity and the G-77 have passed the Bamako Convention and amended the Basel Convention. Nevertheless, loopholes still allow some transboundary shipment, export and trading of banned pesticides, hazardous wastes, questionable recyclables, toxic products and 'risky' technologies.

More than 2,000 maquiladoras (assembly plants) operated by American, Japanese and other foreign-based firms are located along the lower Rio Grande River Valley on the border between Mexico and the United States. These factories use cheap Mexican labour to assemble imported components and process raw materials, then ship finished products back to the United States. They dump their toxic wastes into the Rio Grande, from which 95% of the region's residents get their drinking water. The factories' disregard for the environment and public safety has placed border residents' health and the physical environment at risk.

Workers of colour are especially vulnerable to economic blackmail because of the threat of unemployment and their concentration in low-paying, unskilled, hazardous, non-unionised occupations. In the United States, over 80% of migrant farmworkers are Latinos - three to five million of whom toil in the fields for low wages and in conditions that are unsafe, unsanitary and unjust. Farmworkers suffer from the highest rate of chemical injuries of any workers in the United States, and the most vulnerable migrants are children.

Over half of all migrant children have worked in fields still wet with pesticides, and more than a third have been sprayed directly. An estimated 250,000 children of farmworkers in the United States migrate each year, and 90,000 migrate across an international border. Nearly 73% of migrant children are completely without health insurance.

Subsidising corporate polluters in the United States

By default, the southern United States became a 'sacrifice zone', a sump for the nation's toxic waste. And the Deep South is stuck with a unique legacy of slavery, racial segregation and white resistance to equal justice for all. One lasting effect of this is that it is the most environmentally befouled region of the United States.

Dozens of African-American communities (many founded by former slaves) along Louisiana's Mississippi River chemical corridor suffer the brunt of industrial pollution. The chemical corridor has over 125 companies that manufacture a range of products including fertilisers, gasoline, paints and plastics. Environmentalists and local residents have dubbed this corridor 'Cancer Alley'.

Corporations routinely pollute the air, ground and drinking water while being subsidised by tax breaks from states. Louisiana citizens subsidise corporate welfare with their health and the environment. Yet tax breaks given to polluting industries have created few jobs at high cost. In the 1990s, Louisiana wiped off the books $3.1 billion in property taxes to polluting companies. The state's five worst polluters received $111 million over the past decade.

Radioactive colonialism and military toxins

Radioactive colonialism operates in energy production (mining of uranium) and disposal of wastes on the lands of native and indigenous peoples. The US military has left a trail of nuclear weapons garbage on such lands from Nevada to the Pacific Islands. For example, the 1,000 atomic bombs exploded on Western Shoshone lands in Nevada makes it the 'most bombed nation on earth'. The US government has proposed building a nuclear dump in Yucca Mountain, sacred to the Shoshone.

Native Alaskan villages and their traditional hunting and fishing grounds are also placed in jeopardy by pollution from military bases. Residents in Vieques, Puerto Rico - the tiny US commonwealth island inhabited by 9,000 people - are engaged in a heated battle to remove the US Navy, which has used the island as a bombing range since 1941. And Marshall Islands residents live with the sad legacy of radioactive contamination from the testing of weapons by the US military.

The global grassroots movement

As a result of the environmental dangers that they face, people of colour in the industrialised countries have much in common with populations in the developing countries of the South. Global climate change typifies this environmental dilemma. Rising seas may force Marshall Islands residents to flee their home. Thawing glaciers, changing wildlife populations and thinning ice are destabilising traditional ways of life for people who inhabit the Arctic.

Global alliances are forming between the victims of this type of environmental racism, and they are demanding 'climate justice'. Similarly, grassroots groups from Louisiana, the Niger Delta, Ecuador and Columbia have identified big oil companies as a common environmental threat.

These groups have organised, educated and empowered themselves to challenge governmental and industrial polluters who would turn their communities into toxic wastelands. They have also elevated their message and struggles to the international arena, including the United Nations Human Rights Commission, the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations World Conference against Racism.

Hazardous wastes and 'dirty' industries have followed the path of least resistance. Poor people and poor communities have been presented with a false choice: 'no jobs and no development' versus 'risky, low-paying jobs and pollution'.

The environmental protection apparatus is clearly broken and needs to be fixed. The environmental justice movement has clear-cut goals to eliminate unequal enforcement of environmental, civil rights and public health laws. The movement has made a difference in the lives of people and the physical environment by assisting public decision-makers in the identification of 'at risk' populations, toxic 'hot spots' and gaps in the research, as well as in the development of action models that aim to correct existing imbalances and prevent future threats.

The 21st century offers both old and new challenges, all of which must be addressed if a just and sustainable global society is to be achieved for all.

About the writer: Robert D Bullard directs the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is the author of Confronting Environmental Racism: Voices from the Grassroots (South End Press, 1996).

The above article, which first appeared in UNRISD News (No. 25, Autumn/Winter 2002), is excerpted from a paper available at
Source: Third World Network Features

Deploy Ruin
by Patricia C. Coleman

the so-called peace
through fireworks that destroy
the very lives of those you free
to ruin

Feminist Peace Statement
World Social Forum, Porto Alegre, January 2003




I am currently reading a book by Florinda Donner, "Being-In-Dreaming" who was a part of Carlos Castenada's circle and another by Deepak Chopra, "The Way of the Wizard". I am surprised and not, that although these books are based on understandings from different traditions each in its own way asks, "Are you the dreamer or the dreamed?"

It being, that thought precedes reality, I ask myself, "What am I dreaming into this world?" I hope that it is a peaceful future for all life upon this planet.


Bush administration wants military exemptions to environmental laws - Environmental News Network
WASHINGTON — Bush administration officials seeking to exempt defense bases from environmental laws say they fear military training could be compromised by lawsuits. The officials acknowledge there has been little problem so far. But Benedict S. Cohen, deputy general counsel for the Defense Department, told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Wednesday, "There's a wave of pending litigation that we do see as a threat. We don't want to wait until there's a train wreck." Read

The mystery of Gobbler's Rock
George McLaren, Indianapolis Star
-NASHVILLE, Ind. -- Rocks and trees are natural sights in the forest. But there's definitely something unnatural going on in Yellowwood State Forest. Somehow, large boulders have found their way to the tops of tall trees and gotten wedged among the branches. There are at least three, maybe five, maybe more. Read

Fish populations may be suffocating and other stories
Environmental News Network
Low oxygen conditions could be cramping the reproductive capabilities of fish. A report in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology suggests that oxygen deficiency, or hypoxia, may be as harmful to watery creatures as pesticides or toxic metals. Read

House pushes supply side energy from public lands
Environment News Service, WASHINGTON - The House Resources Committee passed a bill Wednesday that broadens financial incentives for natural gas, oil and coal producers and opens the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Republicans on the committee contend that the measures are a vital part of a strategy to revive the American economy, but Democrats say the bill fleeces the nation's taxpayers and its natural resources. Read

US House panel passes ANWR, pushes offshore drilling, Reuters
WASHINGTON - The Republican-led House Resources Committee breathed new life into Bush's national energy policy this week, approving legislation to drill in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge while boosting incentives to encourage exploration in deep offshore wells in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska. The House committee voted 32 to 14 to authorize exploration in the Alaskan refuge, the centerpiece of the administration's energy plan focused on reducing the country's dependence on foreign suppliers. Read

Three arrested at protest outside Monsanto headquarters
Environmental News Network

CREVE COEUR, Missouri - The U.S.-financed spraying of a Monsanto Co. herbicide aimed at destroying Colombia's cocaine trade is also damaging legitimate food crops, poisoning water, and causing skin rashes in the South American nation, protesters said Monday. Three people were arrested Monday for trespassing during a protest at Monsanto's headquarters in suburban St. Louis. They were among about 75 demonstrators who said Monsanto's Roundup herbicide is causing damage and hardship in Colombia.

Exposure to pesticides is lowered when young children go organic
Los Angeles Times
Preschool children are famously voracious herbivores, putting away huge quantities of fruits, juice and vegetables day after day. In fact, so large are the amounts they eat relative to their small size that many parents - and researchers - have wondered whether feeding children organic versus conventionally farmed produce makes any difference to their health. A study reported recently by scientists at the University of Washington does not answer the question. But it did find that children fed predominantly organic produce and juice had only one-sixth the level of pesticide byproducts in their urine compared with children who ate conventionally farmed foods. Read

Congressman eyes tax breaks for cyclists
Associated Press
WASHINGTON - It's a paradox that has long puzzled cyclists. Commuters who burn a precious resource - oil - to drive to work get a tax break. Those who use their own muscle power to pedal bikes to the office do not. With the war in Iraq and gas prices soaring, cycling advocates think they have found an answer that both parties can embrace: give bikers a tax break. Read

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Where to buy Gas

Why didn't George W. think of this? Gas rationing in the 80's worked even though we grumbled about it. It might even be good for us!

The Saudis are boycotting American goods. We should return the favor. An interesting thought it to boycott their GAS. Every time you fill up the car, you can avoid putting more money into the coffers of Saudi Arabia. Just buy from gas companies that don't import their oil from the Saudis.

Nothing is more frustrating than the feeling that every time I fill-up the tank, I am sending my money to people who are trying to kill me, my family, and my friends. I thought it might be interesting for you to know which oil companies are the best to buy gas from and which major
companies import Middle Eastern oil (for the period 9/1/00 - 8/31/01):
Shell.........................205,742,000 barrels
Chevron/Texaco.........144,332,000 barrels
Exxon /Mobil..............130,082,000 barrels
Marathon/Speedway...117,740,000 barrels
Amoco......................62,231,000 barrels

If you do the math at $30/barrel, these imports amount to over $18 BILLION!

Here are some large companies that do not import Middle Eastern oil:
Citgo....................0 barrels
Sunoco............. ..0 barrels
Conoco............. ..0 barrels
Sinclair............... 0 barrels
BP/Phillips.......... 0 barrels
Hess...................0 barrels

All of this information is available from the Department of Energy and
each is required to state where they get their oil and how much they are

They report on a monthly basis. Keep this list in your car; share it with friends. Stop paying for terrorism.............

But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of gas buyers. It's really simple to do. Now, don't wimp out at this point...keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!!

I'm sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300)... and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) ... and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE
MILLION consumers! If those three million get excited and pass this on
to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted! If
it goes one level further, you guessed it..... THREE HUNDRED MILLION


The German restaurant boycotts of American products started small but spread rapidly after the Iraq war began on Thursday. The conflict has struck a raw nerve in a country that became decidedly anti-war after the devastation of World War II, which it initiated.

"If people all around the world boycott American products it might influence their policies," said Jean-Yves Mabileau, owner of "L'Auberge Francaise" which joined 10 Hamburg restaurants in banning Coca Cola, Philip Morris' Marlboro cigarettes, whiskey and other American goods.

"This started as a light-hearted reaction to Americans dumping French wine in the gutter and renaming 'French Fries' as 'Freedom Fries'," he said. "But it feels good to take a stand against this war. It is just a small gesture, but a good one."

Diners at the Osteria restaurant in Berlin are finding that "things go better without Coke" and are ordering Germany's long over shadowed imitation of "the real thing" -- the slightly sweeter "Afri-Cola" -- to express their

"We wanted to do something to express our annoyance," Osteria owner Fabio Angile told Reuters. "We want to hit America where it hurts -- in their wallets. None of the customers have complained. On the contrary, most
thought it was a great idea."

Herve Keroureda, owner of a French restaurant in Hamburg known as "Ti Breizh," said he was astonished by the massive media coverage of their small-scale anti-American protest.

"It was only intended as a small gesture but has turned into a gigantic issue," he said. "And the reaction from the patrons has been tremendous. Most have called it a brilliant idea."

In Bonn, bartender Bruno Kessler said he was refusing to sell American whiskey or American beer such as Anheuser-Busch's Budweiser at his "Eifeler Stuben."

"I asked myself 'What can I possibly do to show my anger over this barbary?'," he told Germany's N-24 television network.


Sarah Stolz, a 22-year-old German student of American studies, was headed for a Starbucks, coffee shop in central Berlin when her anti-war conscience got the best of her.

"I was thinking about going into Starbucks which I love, when I realized it was wrong," she said. "I'm backing the boycott because the war is totally unjustified."

Rita Marschall was avoiding McDonald's and Burger King.

"I'm boycotting American products because their policy on Iraq is totally wrong," said Marschall, 26, in front of a Berlin McDonald's. "It's just one of many ways we can take a stand."

Some German bakeries have renamed a local cake known as "Amerikaner" -- a disk-shaped pastry with icing on top -- as "Peace-ies," bearing a peace sign piped in chocolate sauce.

The boycotts are having only a negligible business impact. Establishments often associated with the American way of life such as Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's and Coca-Cola reported no major business impact from the protests. Dunkin Donuts is owned by Britain's Allied Domecq

"We're really a local business in Germany, the product is made in Germany and they're boycotting German products," said Jonathan Chandler, communications director for Coca-Cola Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East in

Chandler declined comment on whether it was hurting sales, but an industry source said any impact would not be serious.

A spokeswoman for McDonald's in Europe said there had been no discernible impact on sales from the actions, and described the attack on the Paris restaurant as "an unfortunate incident during a protest."

"As a global entity, McDonald's is just a brand," she said. "Most of the restaurants are local franchises and support their local community. So why do they attack McDonald's? If you get a good answer please let me know."

In the London suburb of Milton Keynes, the Greens party have called on consumers to boycott 330 American products ranging from Mars bars to Gap jeans and American films on DVD and video.

In Zurich, travel agents said some clients who usually take holidays in the United States are changing their destinations.

"Some of the most loyal customers who have been traveling to the United States for years have changed their plans because they don't like what Bush is doing," Lucia Zeller, director of the Travac travel agency, told the Tages Anzeiger newspaper.

Copyright 2003 Reuters Ltd

EU Consumers Boycotting Starbucks, McDonalds, Coca-Cola and Others in War Protest

Reuters March 25, 2003
Boycott of American Goods Over Iraq War Gains
by Erik Kirschbaum

BERLIN - No more Coca-Cola or Budweiser, no Marlboro, no American whiskey or even American Express cards -- a growing number of restaurants in Germany are taking everything American off their menus to protest the war in Iraq.

Although the protests are mainly symbolic, waiters in dozens of bars and restaurants in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Bonn and other German cities are
telling patrons, "Sorry, Coca-Cola is not available any more due to the current political situation."

The boycotts appear to be part of a nascent worldwide movement. One Web site,, calls for boycotts of 27 top American firms from Microsoft to Kodak while another,, urges the
"millions of people against the war" to "Boycott Brand America."

Consumer fury seems to be on the rise. Demonstrators in Paris smashed the windows of a McDonald's restaurant last week, forcing police in riot gear to move in to protect staff and customers of the American fast-food outlet. The attackers sprayed obscenities and "boycott" on the windows.

In Indonesia, Iraq war opponents have pasted signs on McDonald's and other American food outlets, trying to force them shut by "sealing them" and urging Indonesians to avoid them.

In the Swiss city of Basel, 50 students recently staged a sit-down strike in front of a McDonald's to block customers' entry, waved peace signs and urged people to eat pretzels instead of hamburgers.

Anti-American sentiment has even reached provinces in Russia, where some rural eateries put up signs telling Americans they were unwelcome, according to an Izvestia newspaper report.

A German bicycle manufacturer, Riese und Mueller GmbH, canceled all business deals with its American suppliers.

"Americans only pay attention when money is on the line," director Heiko Mueller told Reuters, whose firm buys $300,000 worth of supplies from half a dozen American firms each year.

"We wanted to make a statement against this war and told our American partners that unless they renounce what their government is doing we won't
do any business with them anymore."

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