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May 15, 2003

Greetings all -

if you only follow one link in this digest, I hope it's the one to the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's page.  This is not the time to give up waging peace! 

Pax vobixcum,

Chris

Calls to Action   

Truth is stranger than fiction!  Bush and Blair have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize!  If this nauseates you as much as it does me, go to the Petition Site and sign the petition. (Unlike petition chain letters, this one actually validates signatures and avoids duplication.)

The Social Movements Network has issued a call for global mobilization around the WTO meeting in Cancun this September. 

Find out why the Buddhist Peace Fellowship maintains its vigil, even though the war is "over." 

News /information

For a review of the social effects of the war on Iraq, go to Social Watch.  

Read the Statement on Policy Coherence submitted to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods Institutions and the World Trade Organization.  Signed by 40 Networks and NGOs, this statement argues that the World Bank, IMF and WTO promoting the wrong kind of "coherence," and that "there is an urgent need for new policy options that should be designed and implemented by democratic and legitimate institutions. At a minimum, the voting structures and leadership selection processes of the should be democratized and their institutional processes should be transparent and open to the public. The rights of citizens and elected officials to participate in shaping the trade and financial policies of their governments must be preserved. The social, developmental and environmental concerns of nations are the foundations on which trade and economic policies must be built."

For more information on why they're concerned, see Social Watc h. 

MoveOn has begun an international bi-weekly bulletin to help build on the momentum of the peace movement to "create true global democracy and security."  Subscribe on-line

... and while you're at it, read the interview with Senator Robert Byrd, as well as his comments on Bush's "victory" speech:  "Making the Military a Prop in Presidential Politics."

Read Janet Eaton's essay on the ecological consequences of globalization. 

A medical journal might seem a strange place to find an article criticizing US foreign policy - but not not to public health practitioners.  This commentary in The Lancet discusses "The Dangerous Rise of American Exceptionalism."

Check out the Transnational Institute's Peace and Security page. 

See esp. essay by Saul Landau.  John Kampfner reveals the real story behind the media-created myth of Private Jessica Lynch. 

Commentary/inspiration

Hope for a great sea-change
On the far side of revenge.
Believe that a further shore
Is reachable from here.   

- Seamus Heaney

Chilean writer, Ariel Dorfman ( How to Read Donald Duck , Death and the Maiden, and many other books and plays) has experienced dictatorship and repression at first hand.  In this poem, he imagines Christopher Columbus addressing  Capt. John Whyte

Jacob Levich argues that "the US has successfully liberated the people of Iraq from meaningful involvement in decisions
about their own future." 

Maureen Dowd on the message of Riyadh for the Bush administration. 

In the New York Times today, editorials about the US's broken promises to the people of Afghanistan

and the scandalous treatment of prisoners in Guantánamo. 

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