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April 6, 2003

Hi all -

this will be my last digest for a couple of weeks.  May all be well and safe.



Calls to Action   

April 5 is a National Day of Action to Oppose the War on Iraq. 
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News /information

Open Democracy columnist, Paul Rogers, was interviewed on The Sunday Edition this morning.  If you missed it, it will likely be on the CBC site as an audio highlight

"As video war games gain popularity throughout the armed forces, some military trainers worry that the more the games seem like war, the more war may start to seem like a game."  Well, duh!

The US and the British had a disagreement over how to distribute water in Iraq - the US wanted it to be sold as a commodity!  

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief.
Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now.
You are not obligated to complete the work,
but neither are you free to abandon it.
- The Talmud

Arundhati Roy files a "cautious plea for hope...[Bush] has achieved what writers, activists and scholars have striven to achieve for decades. He has exposed the ducts. He has placed on full public view the working parts, the nuts and bolts of the apocalyptic apparatus of the American empire.  

Chaos in the Middle East is not the Bush hawks' nightmare scenario - it's their plan, says Joshua Micah Marshall. 

Philip Mattera asks, Will postwar Iraq be a showcase for privatization? 

"Maybe it is no accident that in 'Understanding Media,' McLuhan's brief chapter on weapons, follows his long chapter on television. He proposed that 'all technology can plausibly be regarded as weapons.' And now, in his own muddled way, he seems to be right on target. Television cameras are weapons. The battle in Iraq is being fought with cool weapons mounted onto hot ones. It's a warm war in the global village." 

Hazel Henderson describes the new "bi-polar world." 

Check out Euphemism Watch.

 - the premise is that if the cause is just, it doesn't need euphemisms and if the cause is unjust, euphemisms won't help. Vandana Shiva on globalization.  

And David Olive on why the Bush Administration doctrine of "unilaterally pursuing narrow self-interest may deal a serious blow to globalization." 

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