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April 1, 2003

Hello all -

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Best to all, and peace,

Chris

We must be the change we wish to see in the world.
- Mahatma Gandhi

Calls to Action   

BACKLASH IN THE UNITED STATES:  Amnesty International has issued a web action focussing on the rights of asylum seekers in the United  States.   These rights have been jeopardized by the introduction of "Operation  Liberty  Shield" which orders the mandatory detention of people from  Iraq and at least 33 other countries seeking asylum on arrival in the US visit  to see the action.

BACKLASH IN EGYPT:  AI  has  issued an Urgent Action and two updates on the reported torture of anti-war demonstrators in Egypt (attached).  A letter-writing web action on this issue  is  also  available here.

If you haven't already called the Foreign Affairs Department's Iraq Desk your views on the war, please take a few minutes to do it.  They need to hear from Canadians that we don't want them to succumb to economic blackmail.  Urge them to help with rebuilding of Iraq, humanitarian assistance and refugee resettlement.  All of the people I know who have called find them quite receptive and friendly.  
The toll-free number is:
1 866-880-4378.

The NOWAR-PAIX web site provides contact information for all members of Parliament. 

News /information

See Amnesty International's report on the backlash against human rights around the world related to the war in Iraq, including: attacks on the rights to freedom of expression and assembly; excessive use of force by police against anti-war demonstrators; and restriction of asylum rights. 

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Peter Arnett has been fired by NBC after he suggested on Iraqi television that the U.S. war plan had failed. 

Canadian industry goes to war, by James Bagnall.  

Cheryl Seal provides an anti-propaganda media analysis about everything from why the boos sounded so loud when Michael Moore received a standing ovation at the Oscars to why the "executed US soldiers" can't possibly be US military.  

Who is most affected by war.  Patricia Hynes writes, "The greatest casualties of modern war are non-combatant civilians.  Among civilian casualties, women and girls are deliberately targeted and massively harmed by war."


Ben Tripp on electoral machinations - while other countries with digital voting use open source code, the US uses propietary software belonging to, you guessed it, companies with ties to the GOP:  "Computerized voting machines in the 2002 election did all kinds of weird things: if you pressed the Democrat's name in some counties in Texas, for example, the Republican's name was chosen. And in Cormal County, Texas, three Republican candidates won by exactly 18,181 votes apiece. There's the kind of coincidence the FBI loves. But it gets even more amazing: in two other races elsewhere in this great nation, Republicans won by--wait for it--18,181 votes. The odds of this are similar to the odds of waking up on the surface of Mars with your underwear on your head and a bowling trophy gripped between your knees."

Read about National Poetry Day at Poets Against the War. 

This site was sent to me because it has lyrics to some anti-war songs, but there's much more - it's definitely worth browsing. 

Commentary/inspiration

President Bush announced tonight that he believes in democracy and that democracy can exist in Iraq. They can have a strong economy, they can have a good health care plan, and they can have a free and fair voting. Iraq?
We can't even get this in Florida."

-Jay Leno

Matt Bivens writes in The Nation about "A Christian's Duty in Time of War" -- a pamphlet given out to thousands of Marines in Iraq -- US soldiers in the war zone are supposed to fill out a form pledging to pray every day for
George Bush.   Prayers like this make me want to throw up:  "Pray that the President and his advisers will be strong and courageous to do what is right regardless of critics." (Translation by MB: "Pray that, even if all agree this war is a horrific catastrophe, even if Congress leaps to its feet in anger and despair, even if millions of Americans pour into the streets begging to bring you home -- even then, pray that the president will wave aside his critics and order you forward.").  Not to mention " "Pray that the President and his advisers will recognize their divine appointment ..."

Because humour can be a lifesaver in such grim times, check out the "Coalition of the Chilling" They have a great t-shirt!

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