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April 6, 2008

Dear peacefolk,

If you only read one novel this year, read Karen Connelly’s exquisite and harrowing debut novel, The Lizard Cage.  In a sense, it’s a novel-length illustration of Pema Chodron’s observation that the way to end war is to stop hating the enemy.  Practically all of the action is set within the solitary prison cell of a political prisoner in Rangoon.  As you might expect, there are scenes of hideous cruelty, but instead of a residue of horror, it left me a sense of hope, of reverence for the ability to remain human in the face of evil.  A book - and a writer - to treasure!

Peace,
Chris

Calls to Action   

See how you can Stand Up For Tibet

Write the IOC demanding they withdraw Tibet from the torch relay route. 

Support the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. 

Making the Connections is a campaign to hold Canadian mining companies accountable for their industry’s impact on the health, environment and human rights of people in Guatemala and Colombia.
News /information

Over 2300 Tibetans have been arrested in the crackdown on demonstrations.  At least 8 were killed in a demonstration at Tongkor Monastery. 

A recent poll found that 81% of Americans are dissatisfied with the country’s direction. 

Silobreaker.com is worth bookmarking – see the Global Issues video

The North Pacific Gyre has become the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. 

Read the California Environmental Justice Movement’s declaration on carbon trading schemes. 

The World Council of Churches has criticized the Dutch film, Fitna, as “a clear case of as islamophobia.” 
Commentary/inspiration

It just seems clear to me that as long as we are all here, it's pretty clear that the struggle is to share the planet, rather than divide it.

- Alice Walker

“The Prophetic Anger of Martin Luther King” provides an historical perspective on the Jeremiah Wright brouhaha. 

“Empire or Humanity? What the Classroom Didn’t Teach Me about the American Empire” is an animated video based on Howard Zinn’s new book, A People’s History of American Empire.     
 
An almost-silent but powerful critique of China’s record in human rights and Tibet. 

The Iraq war may be even more costly than the $3 trillion estimated. 

Jessica Hoffman writes an open letter to white feminists on “prisons, borders, safety and privilege.” 

Read Karen Connelly’s blog on Burma during the crackdown last fall. 
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