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May 28, 2003

There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence.... and that is activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of out activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.
- Thomas Merton

Calls to Action   

The Canadian Peace Alliance  has launched a national campaign to keep Canada out of National Missile Defence.  

For related links and background on corporate war profiteering in Canada see this piece by Stephen James-Kerr. (click on Kerr:  Meet Canada)

News /information

Amnesty International's report on how G8 countries arm human rights violators. 

From Rick Rozoff via Janet Eaton - three articles from the London Times on the theme that the US is on the brink of catastrophe in Iraq.  (Brink?):
1) Forged Papers, False Claims, Fabricated Threats Used To Wage War on The Targets Of Investigation
2) Victims Of The Peace Decide Americans Are Worse Than Saddam 
3) Bush 'Is On Brink Of Catastrophe': Bush And Senate Foreign Relations Chair Lugar Fall Out Over Iraq

Commentary/inspiration
 

Senator Robert Byrd, denounces the cynical deceit of the Bush administration on the floor of the Senate:  "Democracy and Freedom cannot be force fed at the point of an occupier's gun."    

You can read an interview with Senator Byrd (and also find out how to subscribe to MoveOn.org's electronic bulletin)

Arundhati Roy argues that "Democracy has become Empire's euphemism for neo-liberal capitalism."

Naomi Klein on rescuing Private Lynch and forgetting Rachel Corrie: 

Zainab Al-Suwaij, executive director of the American Islamic Congress, on Iraq's silenced majority:  women.

Maureen Dowd on the politicization of 9/11.

And a couple of web sites worth checking out... http://www.globalcommunity.org/  and http://www.renaissancealliance.org

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