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"You can look at
war as a massing of arms and matérial and troops, but
you can also see it as something else--as a delicate web of
interwoven choices made by human beings, made out of a certain
consciousness. The decision to order an attack, the choice
to obey or disobey an order, to fire or not to fire a weapon.
Armies and, indeed, any culture that supports them must convince
the people that all the decisions are made already, and they
have no choice. But that is never true." The Fifth
Sacred Thing" by Starhawk
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:
"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."
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
"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
"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
"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
"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."
"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
"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."
"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
"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
Today's headline (April 1) reads: Army Blows
Up Iraqi Vehicle, Kills 10
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
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
we open our arms and hold those two babies as if they were
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Peace on Earth
Yesterday Mt. Everest was the highest mountain
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
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
I thought it was an oil war
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
We are over our heads
And wrong besides.
I say "we" because
He won't do the fighting.
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.
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
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.
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TELL THEM HE IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE & INAPPROPRIATE CHOICE.
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Mixing religion and medicine is unacceptable.
Happiness Is a Weapon
Indian author Arundhati Roy at the World
Social Forum in Brazil
by Ben , LA Weekly
on Arundhati Roy
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
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 very 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
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
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.
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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
Didn't fit the description perfectly, but he was wearing a
Take him on down.
Take him on down.
Questionable character at the telephone booth;
of a car
kind on like the sports coupe; keep in mind: these
usually work in groups.
Take him on down.
Take him on down.
BLACK JACKET WITH A BACKPACK; could have been
but could be
carrying explosives, too; No time for taking chances"
and them when we dig up some more clues . . .
More clues? More clues?
Is it racial profiling, or another night watching
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
BROWN SKIN, DARK HAIR . . . nobody cares!
Better safe than sorry. Better safe than sorry.
Sorry SORRY SORRY, IT AIN'T MY PROBLEM.
That is . . .
until they create a Patriot Act targeting Blacks -
or Southwest says "you gotta be "Americanâ"-
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
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:
TAKE HIM ON IN.
TAKE HIM ON IN.
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"The choice is not between
violence and nonviolence, but between nonviolence and nonexistence."
Martin Luther King
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,
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
The River of Life
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 river of life is the deep molten fire that shakes
And the people should have had all they
needed for happiness and joy,
But they were plagued by a terrible monster, the triple-headed
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
And the people were separate, and afraid,
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
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
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
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.
Continued On Page 8
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
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
I thought it was an oil war
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
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
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.Read
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
Right to Know
New report on empowering communities through corporate transparency.
DANDELIONS FOR PEACE
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
connectwith 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
.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,
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 cleannot
the sidewalk, and not a chemically treated lawnand
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.
lives in Bloomington with her husband Sean (chief dandelion
picker) and son Glen (appreciator of yellow flowers).
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
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
THE ZERO HOUR FOR 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
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
* 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
* 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.
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
- 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
"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
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
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
One of the men asked if there were Americans
in the car. Told no, he looked dubious, then slightly
"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
The River of Life by Starhawk
"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.
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
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: www.starhawk.org.
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"
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
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
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 -
"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
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!"
Local musician John Mellencamp
has become one of the first multimillion-selling rockers
to record a new antiwar song.
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
HERE TO Visit his Website
by Glenda Breeden
March 17th, 2003, Indiana
Jones is being prepared for his death
last meeting with daughter, last night alive on this earth
Abolitionists gather at local church,eating food together,
sharing stories, sharing vision
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"
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
middle-aged, dark skinned, sad eyed man scheduled
for execution by the federal government at seven in the
decorated military man of Grenada and Gulf
War fame went criminally insane one night
murdered 19 year old Tracie McBride on a military base
Confessed, convicted, confined, sentenced
to be murdered to show how wrong it is to murder
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
Jones, twenty year veteran, trained by the U.S. military
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
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
silence of horror for all those involved in this killing
a silence of compassion, reflection, protest
seven a.m., all stand and face the prison
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
songs of sorrow, songs of love, songs of
forgiveness and hope
we shall overcome, we shall
waiting for the announcement, the proclamation
from prison officials
waiting to hear of murder
to hand circle of gentle singing anger
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
claims another mother's son
closing words, closing
prayers, Martin Luther King's vision invoked
of the realization of his dreams, have we become the personification
of his nightmares?
Meanwhile, back at the ranch
plans go forward
I pledge allegiance to the flag
move closer to the starting line
machinery, monsters of destruction and death hover, ready
to follow orders
.March 19th, 2003
George W. Bush says Saddam made me do it
says George made me do it
two testosteroned, adolescent
bullies stroking their excited manhood, stroking their
power and perceived ordination from God
sand in each other's faces
daring and drooling and
dripping with misconceived savior complexes
Action! Roll 'em! Let the war begin!
Let the premeditated
mass execution of the guilty and the innocent begin!
Iraqi Freedom! Operation Shock and Awe! Operation Bombs
Terrorism proceeds as planned
children scream with fear and confusion, Iraqi children
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!
McVeigh will bomb another Oklahoma City
Jones will rape and murder another Tracie McBride
religious fanatic will fly a plane into another World
WAR IS HELL!
How many seas must
a white dove sail before she can sleep in the sand?
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org-Copyright
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
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
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.
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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
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)" ï¾ 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 (http://www.world.water-forum3.com).
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
|"The choice is not between violence
and nonviolence, but between nonviolence and nonexistence."
Martin Luther King
"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
"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 www.earthdayresources.org).
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 www.earthdayresources.org.
GM WHEAT A REAL
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
This is a short list of articles
on the Organic Consumers Website.
Click Here to read them.
Fears Loophole For Body Care Products
Aid--Little More than Crumbs
"Watering Down" of Standards in So-Called
OrganicBody Care Products
Threatened by Hydrosol Scheme
*USDA To Monitor
Monsanto Pledges on GE Wheat
*Government to Subsidize
over loophole in organic food standards
*War & So-Called
Free Trade: The Two Faces of Empire
Industry Kills Senate Junkfood Bill in Washington
Other War: Frankenfoods and Crops Under Fire
Exposes Greenwashing: Chiquita, Horizon Organic,
Slams Bush the "Dictator's Pre-Emptive War"
Times for US Organic Cotton Farmers
Food is a Major Public Health Hazard
Condemnation of Bush's War in Iraq
Agrees Not to Use GE Trees in its Copy Shops*Bill
Introduced to Protect Junk Food Companies from Lawsuits
TARGETS STARBUCKS AT SHAREHOLDER MEETING IN SEATTLE
ON MARCH 25th
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GOLD IN THE SHADOW
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
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).
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)
Confronting Global Environmental Racism
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'
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
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
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
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 www.unrisd.org.
Source: Third World Network Features
Patricia C. Coleman
the so-called peace
through fireworks that destroy
the very lives of those you free
World Social Forum, Porto Alegre, January 2003
WE, FEMINISTS FROM THE WORLD WOMEN`S MOVEMENT,
GATHERED FOR THE WORLD SOCIAL FORUM, WISH TO GO
ON RECORD IN OPPOSITION TO THE CRIMINAL INVASION
OF IRAQ BEING PLANNED AND PROMOTED BY THE GOVERNMENT
OF THE USA WITH THE COMPLICITY OF MANY OTHER GOVERNMENTS.
THIS INVASION THREATENS ALL WOMEN, MEN, YOUTH
AND CHILDREN AND THE PLANET AS A WHOLE. IT WILL
INTENSIFY U.S. GLOBAL DOMINANCE IN SERVICE TO
TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATE ACCESS TO AND CONTROL
OF ALL THE WORLD`S RESOURCES.
WE WISH TO EXPRESS OUR ACTIVE SUPPORT TO OUR SISTERS
IN THE USA IN THEIR GROWING AND URGENT STRUGGLE
AGAINST THIS NEW INVASION AND CONTINUING HIDDEN
WARS EVERWHERE. WE ARE COMMITED TO THIS STRUGGLE
IN OUR OWN COUNTRIES.
NOSOTRAS, FEMINISTAS DEL MOVIMIENTO
DE MUJERES DEL MUNDO , REUNIDAS EN PORTO ALEGRE
EN PREPARACIÓN IMEDIATA PARA EL FORO SOCIAL
MUNDIAL, QUEREMOS MANIFESTAR NUESTRA OPOSICION
A LA INVASION DE IRAQ QUE ESTÁ SIENDO PLANIFICADA
Y PROMOVIDA POR EL GOBIERNO DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS
CON LA CUMPLICIDAD DE MUCHOS OTROS GOBIERNOS.
ESTA INVASION APLASTA A TODOS: MUJERES, HOMBRES,
NINOS Y JOVENES Y EL PLANETA COMO UN TODO. ESTO
INTENSIFICAARA LA DOMINACION DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS
AL SERVICIO DEL ACCESO DE LAS CORPORACIONES TRASNACIONALES
AL CONTROL DE TODOS LOS RECURSOS DE LA TIERRA.
QUEREMOS EXPRESAR NUESTRO SOPORTE ACTIVO A NUESTRAS
HERMANAS DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS EN SU CRESCIENTE
Y URGENTE LUCHA CONTRA ESTA NUEVA INVASION QUE
DA CONTINUIDAD A LAS GUERRAS ACTUALMENTE EN ANDAMIENTO
EN MUCHAS PARTES DLE MUNDO. NOSOTRAS ESTAMOS COMPROMETIDAS
CON ESTA CAUSA EN NUESTROS PROPIOS PAISES
NÓS, FEMINISTAS DO MOVIMENTO
DO MULHERES DE TODO O MUNDO, REUNIDA
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.
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
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.
Fish populations may be suffocating
and other stories
Environmental News Network
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.
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.
US House panel passes ANWR, pushes
offshore drilling, Reuters
- 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
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.
Congressman eyes tax breaks for
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.
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
Exxon /Mobil..............130,082,000 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
Sunoco............. ..0 barrels
Conoco............. ..0 barrels
Sinclair............... 0 barrels
BP/Phillips.......... 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
it goes one level further, you guessed it..... THREE HUNDRED
SMALL BUT SYMBOLIC ACTS
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
"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.
STARBUCKS, BIG MACS AVOIDED
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
"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
"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
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, www.consumers-against-war.de,
calls for boycotts of 27 top American firms from Microsoft
to Kodak while another, www.adbusters.org, urges the
"millions of people against the war" to "Boycott
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
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
A German bicycle manufacturer, Riese und
Mueller GmbH, canceled all business deals with its American
"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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