February 20, 2002

Miscellaneous Subjects #130: A Host of Critical Issues to Consider


Hello everyone

This one is pretty eclectic with some quite scary stuff about Mad Cow Disease in the US, a potential scourge for the ages that may bring a most horrific death to hundreds of thousands of people, as well as some detailed explanations by the Human Rights Watch group on the sufferings endured in China by tens of thousands of peaceful, law-abiding Falungong members whose sole crime is to seek greater physical, mental, and spiritual well-being through a modern variant of ancient Chinese practices of exercise, deep breathing, and meditation, collectively known as qigong. As President-select Bush is visiting China, it is most likely he'll do just like most Western governments and multinational corporations and simply turn a blind eye on these persecutions.

As usual I encourage you to circulate this compilation to anyone who might benefit from learning about the issues raised below. And if you receive this as a forward you are most welcomed to subscribe directly to the Earth Rainbow Network e-list by sending a blank email with "Add me to the ERN list" in the subject field to globalvisionary@cybernaute.com - this is a free information networking service.

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000

P.S. Please send peace and healing vibes to Israel where the situation is really worsening.


CONTENTS

1. Beef Stew
2. China: Repression Against Falungong Unabated
3. National Day of Solidarity with Muslim, Arab and South Asian Immigrants
4. Dump the Daschle Energy Plan: Insist on Clean Energy Development, NOW!
5. THE CHILDREN'S RIGHTS CAMPAIGN
6. Bush to Fund Colombia War Effort
7. THE INTERNATIONAL ANIMAL WORLD ENCYCLOPAEDIA
8. A guide to the World Social Forum


SEE ALSO:

US targets Saddam: Pentagon and CIA making plans for war against Iraq this year http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,649917,00.html
An assault on Iraq involving up to 200,000 US troops is likely to be launched later this year.

Indonesian Rainforests Pulped To Extinction (within 5 years!)
http://www.truthout.com/02.18H.Rainforests.Pulped.htm

Statement by 100 Nobel Prize winners
http://www.simedia.org/new/statement_nobel_winners.html
Nobel Laureates warn that the poor and dispossessed people of the world will not wait much longer for the rich to help them.

Detoxifying Terrorism: The Bio-Chemical Threat That Doesn't Make the Headlines
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=11988
Heightened national security concerns have renewed interest in our vulnerability to toxic chemicals, a health threat Americans have faced for decades. In the United States, around 850,000 industrial facilities routinely use hazardous and extremely hazardous chemicals, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, creating a plethora of health and environmental problems even when the facilities are working normally. (...) In 1999, the latest year for which there are complete figures, the EPA reports that during production and disposal U.S. industrial facilities released 7.7 billion pounds of toxic chemicals into the air and water. And this total is far from complete. (...)
Innovative companies, business leaders, and public authorities worldwide have proven that many toxic chemicals are simply unnecessary, and that phasing them out with safer substitutes or with redesigned industrial processes saves money, is healthier for workers and the public, and reduces potential domestic targets. CLIP

United Nations mission for the 21st century
http://www.simedia.org/new/united_nations_mission.html

Crop Circle Year Book 2001, a book review
http://www.simedia.org/new/gf_cropCircles2001.html
Despite the fact that authorities restricted access to English fields because of the foot-and-mouth disease epidemic, many new crop circles were found and photographed.




1.

From: http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=12192

Beef Stew

January 9, 2002

Last fall, The Wall Street Journal published a horrifying article on its front page. Under the
headline THE U.S. MAY FACE MAD-COW EXPOSURE DESPITE ASSURANCES FROM GOVERNMENT, staff writer Steve Stecklow reported that the domestic cattle herd is far from safe, and that the government is doing little to test either cattle or people for signs of illness. Yet despite Stecklow's meticulously detailed findings and the story's prominent placement in one of our most respected newspapers, it pretty much disappeared without a trace. (...) Science journalist Ellen Ruppel Shell focuses especially heavily on animal-rendering plants, "a series of altogether unsavory places where dead cats and dogs, road kill, the occasional circus animal, and the diseased carcasses of farm animals are mixed into a ghastly, belching stew." Yum. Among the products made by these plants is the aforementioned high-protein animal feed, which turns cows into cannibals by feeding them byproducts of other cows -- including, potentially, cows with BSE. Complicating this considerably is the fact that other animals dumped into the stew may also have TSEs -- especially road kill such as elk and deer, which, in the Western United States, are experiencing an epidemic of a TSE known as chronic wasting disease. Finally, to save on energy costs, rendering plants in recent decades have perfected a system of low-temperature cooking. The problem is that sustained exposure to high temperatures is absolutely essential for killing TSEs.

CLIP

As for the lack of any human cases, there is at least some reason to believe that there are, in fact, tens of thousands of cases -- many of them sitting right in front of us when we visit the nursing home.

In the 1990s, researchers at Yale University and the University of Pittsburgh studied autopsy results of people who had died of Alzheimer's disease. Although their sample sizes were small, the results were chilling: somewhere between eight and 13 percent were found to have actually had CJD rather than Alzheimer's. That's far more than the 250 or so cases that would be statistically expected of "classic," or naturally occurring, CJD, meaning that a more likely explanation would be the consumption of contaminated meat.

That would also fit with the decades-long incubation period for CJD and nvCJD. According to the Web site of the Alzheimer's Association, approximately four million Americans have Alzheimer's -- about 10 percent of those who are 65 or older, and nearly half of those who are 85 or older. As Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber wrote in their book Mad Cow U.S.A.: Could the Nightmare Happen Here? (Common Courage, 1997), "If the true number of CJD cases in the United States turns out to be 40,000 instead of 250, the implications for human health would be severe. It could mean that a deadly infectious dementia akin to Britain's problem has already entered the U.S. population. And since CJD has an invisible latency period of up to 40 years in humans, 40,000 cases could be just the beginning of something much larger."

CLIP

As for what the future holds, Greger replies that "no one knows what the risk of eating American beef is. And by the time we know for sure, it may be too late. I counsel my patients to err on the side of caution and stop eating beef. Better safe than sorry."

For obvious reasons, mad-cow disease remains a big story in Britain. Last September, London's Guardian newspaper published a harrowing two-part series on the small village of Queniborough, where five young adults had died of nvCJD over a period of several years. The reporter, Kevin Toolis, noted that all the victims may have gotten sick because of such antiquated butchering practices as mixing brains and meat. His description of the long, agonizing death of Stacey Robinson was particularly horrifying.

"The howling went on for five months, night and day, from the autumn of 1997 to the spring of 1998, a low, growling, demonic yowl that escaped her lips as if it came from deep within the earth; the cry of the damned," Toolis wrote. "It could be heard halfway along the ward in Leicester's Royal Infirmary as Stacey plunged into madness. She soon lost the power to walk, to eat, to clean herself, to use the bathroom. She turned aggressive, kicking, swearing and assaulting her nurses. She battered her forearm against the bed until it was black and blue. She held her hand under a scalding tap and felt no pain. In the end, the doctors turned her ordinary city hospital room into a padded cell."

CLIP




2.

From: http://www.hrw.org/press/2002/02/falungong.htm

China: Repression Against Falungong Unabated

New Report Documents Crackdown

February 7, 2002

The Chinese government is using new laws and new interpretations of old laws to crack down on the Falungong, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today.

Falungong members have been classified with Tibetan and Uighur 'splittists' and unauthorized religious groups as a major threat to the Communist Party, Human Rights Watch said. The 117-page report, Dangerous Meditation: China's Campaign Against Falungong, analyzes why and how the Chinese government embarked on a plan to eradicate the group it terms an "evil cult."

In recent documents, the Chinese government has suggested that Falungong is a terrorist organization. "China's efforts to equate the Falungong with terrorists are ludicrous," said Sidney Jones, executive director of the Asia division of Human Rights Watch. "Most Falungong members are peaceful, law-abiding citizens, and there is no excuse for the human rights violations they have endured."

The new report traces the evolution of the Chinese government's crackdown, starting with the July 1999 ban on the hierarchically-organized meditation group, which now boasts millions of members worldwide. From the initial ban, the government moved on to prohibit practicing the group's exercises in public, and to confiscate and destroy hundreds of thousands of copies of its publications.

The Chinese government has used increasingly violent tactics as Falungong followers have mounted peaceful demonstrations against the crackdown. It has also used administrative detention procedures to hold followers in reeducation camps and psychiatric facilities. The Chinese judiciary has reinterpreted existing law to facilitate arrests of Falungong supporters.

Dangerous Meditation also documents Chinese success in limiting the growth of Falungong in other countries through warnings that tolerance of the organization could jeopardize bilateral relations. The Hong Kong government has responded uneasily to Falungong's presence there.

"The charge that Falungong threatens the stability of China does not hold up," said Jones. "Its claim that belief in Falungong is a public health menace is equally bogus. The danger to health comes from the treatment its practitioners receive at the hands of the police and prison officials."

Dangerous Meditation features one follower's lengthy account of his treatment in detention, his renouncement of Falungong under pressure, and his recantation of his testimony once he was freed. He describes the first of his four detentions. Police officers took him to the local police station where he was knocked down, kicked so severely that the his leg took three months to heal, and shocked with electric batons until he "lost his mind." The police chief told him, "If you die, we will bury you and tell everyone you committed suicide because you were afraid of a criminal charge."

Human Rights Watch notes that the "anti-cult" legislation developed to eliminate Falungong is being used against at least sixteen other religious organizations that refuse to tailor their beliefs and practice to the demands of the Chinese government. In recent months members of such groups, including Mentuhui, Nanfang Jiaohui, and the Holy Spirit Reconstruction Church, have been sentenced to long prison terms. Only international pressure has saved some from immediate execution.

Human Rights Watch called on the Chinese government to amend laws referring to "superstitious sects," "secret societies," and "evil religious organizations" - the definition of which is largely political - and to revise regulations that censor the media and the Internet. Falungong's capacity to mobilize its supporters inside and outside China has stemmed from a highly sophisticated use of electronic communication.

Human Rights Watch also urged multinational corporations to avoid complicity in human rights abuses by preventing the dismissal of workers whom local cadres have accused of Falungong membership. It also urged the international community to speak out against China's human rights record, including its treatment of Falungong practitioners, through a resolution at the meeting of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights beginning in Geneva March 16, 2002.

See also:

DANGEROUS MEDITATION: China's Campaign Against Falungong
http://hrw.org/reports/2002/china/

China: Human Rights Concerns in Xinjiang Backgrounder, October 2001 http://www.hrw.org/backgrounder/asia/china-bck1017.htm

In Rural China, Mental Hospitals Await Some Who Rock the Boat
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/16/international/asia/16CHIN.html
It has become common in China for local governments to employ psychiatric commitment as a convenient way to silence troublemakers and pests.

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"Falungong is an anti-scientific, anti-human, anti-social, anti-government and illegal organization with all the characteristics of an evil religion."

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, August 1999

From: http://hrw.org/reports/2002/china/China0102.htm

I. SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Executive Summary

Since 1999, Falungong practitioners have been the target of an aggressive and often violent crackdown by the Chinese government, one aspect of much broader tightening of controls on individuals and organizations whose activities China's leaders perceive as threatening to Chinese Communist Party control. The past two years have witnessed a deterioration in civil liberties nationwide, with disparate groups-political dissidents, foreign scholars, labor organizers, religious believers worshiping outside official aegis, activists in Tibet and Xinjiang, Internet users, academics, and editors whose messages challenge the Party line, among others-facing new restrictions and abuses. The crackdown on Falungong is both symptomatic of the larger trend and significant in its own right for the vehemence with which the authorities have moved to eradicate the organization and "reeducate" its members.

Falungong is a modern variant of ancient Chinese practices of exercise, deep breathing, and meditation, collectively known as qigong, that enthusiasts claim promotes physical, mental, and spiritual well-being by enhancing the flow of vital energy through a person's body. There is no question that Falungong promotes salvationist and apocalyptic teachings in addition to its qigong elements. Despite its own protestations to the contrary, it also has a well-organized and technologically sophisticated following and has deliberately chosen a policy of confrontation with authorities. But the confrontations have been peaceful. Apart from those held in connection with the self-immolation suicides in Beijing in January 2001, none of the tens of thousands of Falungong practitioners detained, arrested, or convicted have been held in connection with violent actions or threats of violence. Instead, their "crime" is their belief in Falungong and their efforts to promote the practice. As such, their treatment violates fundamental rights - freedom of conscience and belief, freedom to associate with others who share one's beliefs, and freedom to exchange information within and across borders.

This report provides a comprehensive account of the emergence of Falungong in China and the government's response, with particular emphasis on events since the mass Falungong demonstration on April 25, 1999 outside Zhongnanhai, the compound in Beijing housing China's leaders. The report sets forth a detailed chronology of major developments as well as analysis of existing data, much of it flawed, on who is in custody in prisons, reeducation through labor camps, psychiatric institutions, and other incarceration facilities and how they have been treated. Additional chapters address how the crackdown by Chinese authorities on Falungong practitioners has spread beyond the mainland to Hong Kong and other countries, and analyze some of the key reasons for the Chinese government's vehement response to Falungong. Two aspects of the Chinese response are highlighted: the decision to ban Falungong and make its eradication a national priority, and the decision to craft a series of laws and legal decisions, explanations, and interpretations to justify and implement the crackdown, a development that has much to say about Chinese authorities' manipulation of the legal system.

CLIP

Although the analysis provided here is necessarily provisional and far from complete, serious human rights violations-including restrictions on freedom of thought, belief, and expression, wrongful detention, unfair trials, torture, and deaths in custody-have accompanied the Chinese government response to Falungong. China does not allow independent monitors in prisons and reeducation camps and has made it too dangerous for family members, friends, or workmates to speak with journalists or other outsiders except under strictly controlled conditions. Despite this fundamental limitation, there is substantial evidence that, since Falungong was officially banned in July 1999, tens of thousands of practitioners have been temporarily detained and thousands have routinely been sentenced to administrative "reeducation through labor" terms as long as three years. A marked discrepancy exists between Falungong and Chinese explanations for deaths in custody and accounts of treatment of inmates in prisons, reeducation camps, and other facilities, but there is substantial evidence that torture and other abuses are common during "transformation" sessions in at least some of the facilities.

CLIP

The struggle by Chinese authorities against Falungong has not been limited to the Chinese mainland but has spilled over to Hong Kong and countries in Asia and the West. Falungong leaders have sought leverage and legitimacy by urging governments in the West and throughout Asia to express outrage at China's human rights violations and to pressure the Chinese leadership to reverse its ban. With the crackdown underway and the possibility that Falungong's visibility within China would wane, its leaders have also promoted the growth of the movement in countries outside China to demonstrate Falungong's continued vitality and effectiveness.

In spite of Falungong's extraordinarily skillful advocacy campaign and the risks ethnic Chinese practitioners living outside China have been willing to take, neither effort has been entirely successful. China responded to Western condemnation with accusations of interference, collusion, and ignorance of the danger Falungong presented to China and to individual practitioners. In Asian cities-Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo-where a vibrant Falungong presence might have helped sustain the movement, China went on the diplomatic offensive.

Foreign governments generally have been unwilling or unable to do much in the face of the Chinese crackdown on Falungong beyond providing rhetorical defense for practitioners' basic rights. In some cases, foreign governments have responded to Chinese government pressure by turning their backs on reports of abuses, denouncing Falungong, or, in isolated instances, limiting Falungong members' freedom of association and expression in their own countries. In Hong Kong, the government, caught between responding to pressure from Beijing and demonstrating its autonomy, has characterized Falungong as an "evil cult" that bears watching, but has refrained from enacting any laws that would shut it down. In other parts of Asia, treatment of Falungong appears to be emerging as an important test of governments' commitment to civil liberties in view of the presence of small, unpopular, but vocal Falungong communities in many countries in the region and China's policy of demanding that such communities be silenced as a precondition to good relations.

As of this writing, it appears that the Chinese government has succeeded in thinning the numbers of Falungong practitioners within China. Those still committed to keeping the movement alive have, for the most part, gone underground.

Note on methodology AND Recommendations

CLIP




A SIMILAR REPRESSION IN THE USA...

3.

Sent by Raquel Garcia <RGARCIA1@wccc.edu> on 19 Feb

FEBRUARY 20, 2002
NATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH MUSLIM, ARAB AND SOUTH ASIAN IMMIGRANTS

Dearborn City Hall

We call on people everywhere to participate in a National Day of Solidarity with Muslim, Arab and South Asian Immigrants. The words of Pastor Niemoeller spell out the challenge facing all of us as people who seek justice and a better world. This time, first they are coming for the Arab, Muslim and South Asian immigrants. Based on their racial profile, over 1500 have been rounded up and the U.S. government refuses to say who they are, where they are jailed and what the charges are!!! Already, a Pakistani man has died in custody. Who will be next? The recent "disappearances", indefinite detention, the round-ups, the secret military tribunals, the denial of legal representation, evidence kept a secret from the accused, the denial of any due process for Arab, Muslim, South Asians and others, have chilling similarities to a police state. We will not allow our grief for the tragedy of September 11 to be used to justify this new repression. We are clear that being an immigrant is not a crime, Muslims, Arabs and South Asians are not terrorists.

For more information, please contact: bobnstruggle@hotmail.com




4.

Recommended by Gabriella Taylor <Health9Net@aol.com>

Greenpeace Action Alert
12 February 2002

Dump the Daschle Energy Plan: Insist on Clean Energy Development, NOW!

Senator Tom Daschle's energy plan is hitting the Senate floor in the next three weeks.

Instead of curtailing our reliance on foreign oil, Senator Daschle's plan will continue America's dangerous dependence on fossil fuels and nuclear power. This plan will only serve to exacerbate the problems of global warming more pollution, and risks to communities.

Please urge your Senators to finally explore other options, because America needs and deserves Clean Energy Now!

Take Action Now: http://www.greenpeaceusa.org/bin/actionframe.pl?action_id=109

Want to do more? Take the Green Ribbon Pledge!

The Green Ribbon Pledge emphasizes the power of individual action to create change - the pledge gives each American the opportunity to make an immediate and significant contribution.

By encouraging energy efficiency, Green Ribbon Pledge seeks to raise awareness about the need to end our dangerous dependence on fossil fuel consumption and work toward a sustainable future.

Take the pledge online and wear the ribbon to voice your commitment to energy conservation and help spread the word!

Take the Green Ribbon Pledge: http://www.greenribbonpledge.org




5.

From: http://www.earthaction.org/en/02_02_efa/index.html

THE CHILDREN'S RIGHTS CAMPAIGN

YOU ARE SIX You are not allowed to go to school because you are a girl. You are nine. You are forced to go to work instead of school. You are fourteen. You have never been to school at all.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) commits all governments to prevent these abuses of children’s rights, but most of them aren’t delivering.

YOU CAN HELP Ask your government to live up to the commitments made in the CRC and provide funds and enact policies to help ensure that all countries provide free, compulsory and quality primary education for all children. Tell them that every child deserves a better future.

Every person on this planet starts out as a child.

We all share a responsibility to see that every child is cared for, loved, and given what they need to be healthy and grow in mind, body and spirit. Individually we do our best to take care of the
children in our families and communities. But in our world community, millions of children are
faced with hopelessness. Their chances of escaping from hunger and poverty are undermined by
the fact that they never get to go to school.

Recognizing humanity’s obligations to all children, our governments have negotiated and agreed
upon a treaty called the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Its 54 Articles spell out the
rights of all children from birth to age 18—wherever they are born and wherever they live.

Article 28 of the CRC commits governments to "make primary education compulsory and available free to all." Yet governments are failing to keep this commitment. Today there are 120 million children age six to twelve, most of whom live in the poorest countries, who have never attended school.

The CRC is legally binding, but practically enforceable only through the political will of governments and the broad mobilization of citizen groups.

We invite you to join in EarthAction’s global campaign in support of the right of all children to a
primary school education. Our goal is to mobilize both civil society and legislators and help create
the political will that will motivate governments to keep the promises they’ve made to the world’s
children.

CLIP - To find out more, please go at http://www.earthaction.org/en/02_02_efa/individual.html

THE CHILDREN'S RIGHTS CAMPAIGN is just one of EarthAction’s many efforts to harness the combined power of people around the world to effect change.

JOIN THE EARTHACTION NETWORK of over 2,000 organizations in 161 countries, and legislators, individuals and journalists worldwide. Sign up to receive all our Action Kits and Alerts at http://www.earthaction.org




6.

From: http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=12361

Bush to Fund Colombia War Effort

Adam Isacson
February 6, 2002

Bush administration "policy review" is seriously considering transforming Colombia's war against drugs into a war against terrorism.

The world's third-largest recipient of U.S. military aid is the South American nation of Colombia, the focus of our never-ending war on drugs. Before September 11, this made a lot of people in Washington nervous. Now there is even more reason to worry. President Bush's fiscal 2003 budget is requesting $98 million in new Pentagon training and equipment for the Colombian military, in a new initiative to transform the war on drugs into part of our global war on terror.

U.S. aid to Colombia's military and police has increased six-fold since 1997, to $1.5 million per day in 2002. Both Clinton and Bush foreign policy officials have had to repeatedly assure members of Congress and the media that the U.S. mission in Colombia is tightly restricted to anti-drug activities. They have sworn not to cross an invisible line between the war on drugs and Colombia's brutal, messy, multi-front civil war, which has been raging since the Johnson Administration.

Viewed through the lens of anti-terrorism, though, Colombia -- home to three groups on the State Department's list of foreign terror organizations -- sticks out prominently on a post-September 11 map of the world. Now a recent Bush Administration "policy review" is seriously considering crossing this invisible line and transforming the war against drugs into a war against terrorism. If they do so, Colombia's military will be allowed to use future U.S. aid -- guns, helicopters, intelligence and training -- to fight leftist FARC and ELN guerrillas, and presumably right-wing paramilitaries. But the Colombian military's collaboration with these death squads, such as the United Self-Defense Forces, is well known and documented, even though these groups are responsible for up to 70 percent of human rights abuses in the war, according to Amnesty International.

CLIP




7.

This was recommended by David Allen Stringer <universalalliance.org@tinyworld.co.uk>

THE INTERNATIONAL ANIMAL WORLD ENCYCLOPAEDIA

The purpose of this letter is to introduce the first animal-friendly encyclopaedia. Over the past year many distinguished individuals involved in animal care and conservation in all its diversities, have been brought together to create a pioneering, and groundbreaking initiative for animal welfare.

This Encyclopaedia will be the very first to include so many experts from around the world. These include the world renowned animal champion Maneka Gandhi, the distinguished scientist Jane Goodall writing on the need to save Chimpanzees; actress Virginia McKenna explaining the need to keep wildlife in the wild; best selling author Jeffrey Masson speaks for the emotional needs of a companion animal; television star Annette Crosbie critiques greyhound racing; Bishop Dominic Walker writes about animal-friendly spirituality; Archbishop Desmond Tutu states "as a matter of justice animals deserve our compassion and respect" and he gives the project his warm support. Barrister Michael Mansfield QC defends animal advocacy; film star Gretchen Wyler explains the need for the media to be animal friendly; International author Audrey Eyton offers a guide to ethical shopping; Dr. Elliot Katz describes why we are guardians and not owners of animals, and many other distinguished individuals speak up for the animals.

The encyclopaedia is still in its production stages. We are endeavouring to cover most areas of concern as you will see from the contents report BELOW, the end result will be some 150 articles highlighting the need for change. This project is a global picture and this big picture is greatly enhanced by the inclusion of a selction of the many animal advocates who have committed themselves to the plight of animals. In summary The Animal World Encyclopaedia will demonstrate that concern for animals is a world phenomenon.

• The Animal World Encyclopaedia is an encyclopaedia reflecting concerns for protection worldwide.
• The Animal World Encyclopaedia is the first ever single volume publication, to contain the advice of acknowledged experts in conservation and animal care from around the world, plus a plethora of other related subjects. This groundbreaking and pioneering initiative will enhance public awareness of all facets of animal cruelty, neglect and welfare.
• The mission of The Animal World Encyclopaedia is to reach and encourage the widest possible audience to respect the rights of animals, give to animal charities, and use animal - free products and services.

The Animal World Encyclopaedia is enthusiastically supported by many compassionate animal societies and organisations worldwide, many of whom wish to offer the Encyclopaedia to their members, thus emphasising its importance. Publication date March 2002.

More details at http://www.animalworlddirectory.com




8.

Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002
Subject: A guide to the World Social Forum
From: "AlterNet" <info@alternet.org>
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GLOBAL JUSTICE'S NEW FACE
AlterNet's guide to the World Social Forum
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=12424

Two weeks ago, over 50,000 people gathered in Porto Alegre, Brazil, for the World Social Forum. The six-day whirl of workshops, rallies and celebrations overshadowed the simultaneous World Economic Forum in New York and showed that the global justice movement is alive and well in the aftermath of September 11.

But what exactly happened? Why should we care? And what does it mean for the future of globalization and "free trade?"

AlterNet has put together a package of stories to answer those and many other questions:
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=12424

The articles include:

"Bad Capitalist! No Martini!"
by Naomi Klein, Tompaine.com

Two World Forums: Ideology vs. Pragmatism?
by Mark Weisbrot, AlterNet

Today, Porto Alegre; Tomorrow ...
by Jennifer Block, MotherJones.com

The End of the Beginning?
Paul Kingsnorth, OpenDemocracy.net

Listening In on the World Economic Forum
Doug Henwood, The Nation

The Anti-Globalization Movement Changes Its Tune
Walter Truett Anderson, Pacific News Service

All these articles, and much more, can also be found on AlterNet's Globalization page:
http://www.alternet.org/?IssueAreaID=21







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