March 7, 2002

Miscellaneous Subjects #132: Enlightening Info on All Sorts of Things


Hello everyone

I believe you will find many of the items below both compelling and timely. Please keep the preoccupying and volatile situation in the Middle East in mind during your meditations. Despite the terrible tribulations endured by our brothers and sisters involved in this conflict, there is always hope and a beautiful Light at the end of the tunnel and this is what should be focussed on, no matter what!

And this applies to all that needs healing on Earth.

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


CONTENTS

1. Explosive Accusations of 9/11 US Govt Fraud: "No plane hit Pentagon"
2. Rep. Kucinich introduces bill and treaty to ban space weaponry
3. A Saudi Peace Idea, Suddenly in the Spotlight
4. Drought Grips Much of Country, Stirring Water Fears for Summer
5. Attorney General Denounces Numbers Among Us
6. Newspaper works against war effort


SEE ALSO:

Israel Strikes Hard at Gaza Strip and Shells Arafat's Compound
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/07/international/middleeast/07MIDE.html
As Israeli forces struck the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell rebuked Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for intensifying violence.

Latest Attacks Stun Israelis and Dampen Hopes for Peace
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/04/international/middleeast/04MIDE.html
More killings Sunday put a damper on hopes that were raised in some quarters by a Saudi peace proposal for the Middle East.

911 Peace Network
http://www.911peace.net/
Appropriate and thoughtful actions for Peace

Campaigns & Actions (9/11-specific) in the U.S.
http://911peace.net/links.php?op=viewlink&cid=7

Check Revenge-O-Matic (Insanely outrageous but the guy has a point!)
http://www.markfiore.com/animation/revo.html

Try also Conspira-Vu
http://www.markfiore.com/animation/tape.html

And Super-Smart Bomb
http://www.markfiore.com/animation/smart.html

See all the other animations by Mark Fiore at
http://www.markfiore.com/animation.html

Colombian Rebels Step Up Pace and Intensity of Attacks
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/04/international/americas/04COLO.html
Peace talks collapsed just 11 days ago, and it took no time at all for Colombia to plunge into a new, ominous phase of the long-running conflict.

Act now for Human Rights
http://www.amnesty.org/actnow/index.html

Air pollution as bad as second-hand smoke: U.S. study (March 5)
http://cbc.ca/cgi-bin/templates/view.cgi?/news/2002/03/05/pollution020305
CHICAGO - Long-term exposure to air pollution increases the risk of dying from lung cancer as much as living with a smoker, an American study has found. The study of a half-million people is the strongest evidence yet that pollution levels found in urban areas are dangerous, said the researchers from New York University, Brigham Young University and the University of Ottawa.

Study concludes most Americans had radioactive exposure (March 1, 2002)
http://nandotimes.com/healthscience/v-text/story/278628p-2520271c.html

WORLD SOCIAL FORUM, PORTO ALLEGRE, BRAZIL
Reports on the World Social Forum in Porto Allegre, Brazil.
http://proutworld.org/news/eng.htm
From experiencing the energy of the many thousands of people who came together from all over the world singing that "Another world is possible", it is but a short step to sensing that a post capitalist world is not only possible but that its flowering is inevitable. (...) The first WSF held in Porto Alegre a year earlier was attended by approximately 20,000 people. The second WSF II was an impressive if not overwhelming event. It was attended by between 50,000 and 60,000 mostly young people, with representatives from 119 countries, 107 local administrations and 1,000 lawmakers. The largest delegations from countries other than Brazil were Italy (979 delegates), Argentina (924), France (682), Uruguay (465), and the US (406). (...) Each morning of the World Social Forum there were 7 conferences to choose from and in the afternoon sessions, a smorgasbord of 700 workshops and 100 seminars. From 6-8pm each day there were testimonials given by prominent people. The conferences covered 4 themes viz: Production of Wealth; Access to Wealth and Sustainability; Civil Society and the Public Realm; and Political Power and Ethics. Summaries of the activities at the WSF 2002 will shortly be available on the WSF website, while a summary of the proposals from the conferences can be found at http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/eng/ind_conf.asp
CLIP
The significance of the Forum is that as Chomsky has said it represents a burgeoning global movement for change. As it develops, such a movement has the potential to form the basis of interrelated people's movements which have the capacity to effect dramatic change. (...) In January 2003 next year's World Social Forum will also be held in Porto Alegre. In 2004 it will be held in India and in 2005 in Africa. CLIP

GET THE WHOLE REPORT AT http://proutworld.org/news/eng.htm




1.

From: "Reb" <reb@rebfile.com>
Subject: Explosive Accusations of 9/11 US Govt Fraud: "No plane hit Pentagon"
Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002

Wed March 6 - NEW YORK - Internet news groups, which have lately been breaking major stories before the mainstream press, are buzzing with growing accusations that the Pentagon was not hit by a jet on September 11. The astonishing charge flies in the face of all major media reporting but is backed up by a surprising amount of photo documentation.

Even an archive of official U.S. government photos shows no indication of the remains of an airplane, and the BBC has reported that some of the alleged hijackers are alive.

EXPLOSIVE ACCUSATIONS: 9/11 GOVERNMENT FRAUD - "NO PLANE HIT PENTAGON"...
http://www.asile.org/citoyens/numero13/pentagone/erreurs_en.htm#

RELATED: NO SIGN OF PLANE IN OFFICIAL GOVT PHOTOS...
http://jccc.afis.osd.mil/images/images.pl?Lbox=defenselink.Pentagon_Attack

FLASHBACK: SEVERAL OF ACCUSED HIJACKERS STILL ALIVE - U.S. MEDIA DOES NOT REPORT...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/middle_east/newsid_1559000/1559151.stm

Details, links, photographs and continuing updates at http://www.rebfile.com

"Breaking news not covered by mainstream media"




2.

From: "Mark Graffis" <mgraffis@islands.vi>
Subject: Rep. Kucinich introduces bill and treaty to ban space weaponry
Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2002

On Saturday evening, Feb. 23rd the most extraordinary experience happened in Malibu, CA. About 250 (I expected 30-50) people showed up to meet Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) who introduced about the most exciting news any of us have heard in years: H.R. 3616, the Space Preservation Act of 2002 and the compatible world treaty that will replace the ABM Treaty, the Space Preservation Treaty. We now have a way to literally end the arms race, cap it, BEFORE space-based weapons can be deployed (which is possible any time after June 13th when Bush has announced he will unilaterally break the ABM Treaty between the US and USSR).

The house sat 80 comfortably, so it was standing room only and the room felt like it was filled with light. The congressman was clearly blown away, too. And what a message.

For the first time, we have a real chance to take a real step, to get U.S. national and WORLD law to ban space-based weapons, to prohibit the use of weapons against objects that are in space in orbit, and to literally transform, Aikido style, the war industry (and mindset) into a space industry.

We can only do it this year, really, because as of June 13th, the U.S. administration can legally deploy weapons into space pointed down all our throats, even under the guise of it being "MERELY testing or MERELY research."

The language and purpose of the legislation and the treaty are the same. The treaty also includes language of the Outer Space Treaty of '67 and the great Chinese proposal for a treaty to ban space-based weapons. Most country leaders of the world have already expressed the desire to ban space-based weapons. And now is our chance...and it's a once in a lifetime chance.

Hearing Congressman Kucinich gave most of us chills. He's incredible. He's champion of all progressive issues as Chairman of the House Progressive Caucus, and is learning a lot about what IS in space and what CAN BE in space that will be exciting enough, fulfill enough contracts for industries, businesses and entrepreneurs in order to shift us from a war based economy into a space economy, and he travels to other countries...and knows that it's better to base security on enhancing communication, to the applications of clean and safe technology to solving urgent human and environmental problems, and he can see the value of banning space-based weapons while we still can.

He's clearly a man of heart and integrity, and we were more blown away than he was at seeing this unexpected turn-out. He and his partner are vegan vegetarians. I mean, he is conscious and caring, and he walks his talk.

If I could, I would insist that everyone read, no, study the Space Preservation Act of 2002, and the Space Preservation Treaty. They are milestone pieces, works of art, and they will lead us into a new space paradigm, a new way of thinking, that will awaken and shift consciousness. You can read the text on www.peaceinspace.com http://www.peaceinspace.com

One of the most unique parts of the bill and the treaty is that the bill requires the U.S. President to negotiate a treaty, and the treaty establishes a world space peacekeeping agency that will monitor and enforce the ban. That kind of agency was missing from other treaties, so now when people ask "How would this be enforced" there is an answer.

Both the bill and treaty call for the immediate implementation of the ban on space-based weapons and for the stopping of research and development, testing, manufacturing and production of ALL space-based weapons (more than what the ABM Treaty called for, and it was only between the US and USSR), but allows for everyone to work cooperatively worldwide on space research and development, manufacturing, production, and deployment of civil, commercial and defense related projects that are NOT of a space-based weapons nature.

In other words, the bill and treaty provide for a win-win. People have been unable to stop the war machine for decades. The largest R&D program in history is now mandated to weaponize space. The nuclear industry, and other dangerous technologies continue to be developed. Standing on a launch pad with posters saying stop the rocket fumes didn't work. We can now shift the consciousness as we cap off the arms race, IF we go for it now. All we are doing as a FIRST STEP to actually shifting the consciousness is removing the mandate to weaponize space. CLIP

The people got really excited when Congressman Kucinich said NOW is the time to call your congress representatives in the House and tell them you want them to sign-on, to co-sponsor H.R. 3616. Now is the time to call Senators and tell them you want them to introduce and help to get co-sponsors of a Senate version of H.R. 3616. And now is the time to call all of your friends around the world, get a copy of the Space Preservation Treaty into the hands of all nation-state leaders, and tell them to introduce it and agree publically to sign-on to it.

This congressman is one of the people. His father was a truck driver for 35 years. His mother was a mom of seven children, of which he was the oldest. He was the youngest mayor in the country at 31, in Cleveland Ohio. He's numberous won awards including one from the International Order of the Eagles for being the outstanding politician. He's champion of conscious issues and is determined to get peace on this planet not only through this bill, but by creating a Department of Peace. He gives presentations that are so present, calm yet powerful, and he's the most amazing man I've met in my 28 years of working the Hill. He is devoted to getting this ban on space-based weapons in the world arena, which will pressure this administration and congress to do the same. And we have one chance in time to make this ban a reality.

Our Institute for Cooperation in Space, ICIS, will announce the details of a full-on action campaign next week, but meanwhile, people are activating already. I've received countless emails from people who attended that event who are really really excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a worldwide movement in solidarity. In fact, people there agreed to rise above their different perspectives and other vitally important issues to join in solidarity to get this Space Preservation Act of 2002, H.R. 3616, and the compatible Space Preservation Treaty into everyone's hands we know, into the media, supported and turned into law in 2002!

And once we've got this ban turned into law, we will also have the collective consciousness shifting, and our networks who have joined in solidarity to get the ban on space-based weapons will move on in the same way to focus on getting alternative energy and propulsion systems, and to feeding and healing everyone on this planet, and more.

First step, since there is a time sense of urgency, June 13th, people will do everything we know how to do to get the H.R. 3616, the Space Preservation Act of 2002, the Space Preservation Treaty, co-sponsored and signed and turned into law,

If anyone has any questions or needs an emailed copy of the legislation or the treaty, just let me know.

Times are looking up! We will have peace on earth through peace in space!!

Love and peace,

Carol Rosin

ICIS institute for cooperation in space
PO Box 25040 Ventura, CA 93001
Tel: 805-641-1999 Fax: 805-641-9669
http://www.peaceinspace.com
rosin@west.net




3.

From: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/03/international/middleeast/03SAUD.html

March 3, 2002

A Saudi Peace Idea, Suddenly in the Spotlight

James Bennet in Jerusalem, Todd S. Purdum in Washington and Alan Cowell in Cairo contributed to this article.

JERUSALEM, March 2 - After rapidly gaining momentum through the Middle East and Europe since its soft launching two weeks ago, the Saudi Arabian peace idea will descend on Washington when the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, comes calling on Tuesday. At week's end, Vice President Dick Cheney will be heading for the Middle East, where, whatever his original agenda may have been, he is certain to be badgered relentlessly for some sign of American interest in the initiative, which comes during some of the worst violence to engulf the region in years.

As if to hammer home the menace, a bomb exploded this evening on a street in Jerusalem crowded with Orthodox Jews returning from prayers, killing at least nine people.

In the West Bank, Israeli troops, backed by armor and helicopters, took the war to a new front, raiding congested Palestinian refugee camps in Jenin and Nablus this week in search of militants and arms caches.

Israeli officials said that at least 30 Palestinians and two Israelis were killed.

The Mubarak and Cheney missions are only part of the swirl that has developed around the unexpected proposal that the crown prince and effective ruler of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah, first made in an interview published in a New York Times column on Feb. 17. Prince Abdullah suggested that the Arab world would offer Israel full normalization of relations in exchange for its withdrawal from all occupied territories. He said he had intended to ask the entire 22-nation Arab League to join in the offer at its summit meeting in Beirut on March 27 and 28.

Though the fate of the endeavor is far from certain, the speed with which it has swelled from a little- noted idea in a newspaper column into a serious force in the Middle East reflects the despair and the dangers that the conflict has spread through the region, and the longing to seize on anything that might point to a way out. Skeptics - including some in the Bush administration - initially gave the floated proposals short shrift. It was not really an initiative, they suggested, but at best a nice idea. It was not new. It was basically a public relations gambit by the Saudis to polish their tarnished image in the United States. It would raise dangerous expectations. The Arabs would never follow through, the Israelis would never agree. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell at first said it was one of some "minor developments that we might be able to work on."

But with Israelis and Palestinians in a state of despair over ever finding peace after 17 months of unrelenting conflict, and with the Bush administration seemingly determined not to get embroiled, the Saudi proposal brought a long-absent gleam of hope. It is not only the timing that gave the initiative its impetus. It was also the fact that it came from Saudi Arabia, the richest and most influential Arab state, and the hallowed home of Islam's two most sacred shrines.

From this grand pulpit, Crown Prince Abdullah spoke not only of diplomatic recognition, not only of peace, but of a "full normalization of relations."

That meant the fulfillment of a dream most Israelis had all but abandoned: "economic and cultural cooperation; falafel in Damascus and stalls in the international market of Dubai; an Israeli flag in Riyadh, programming engineers in Bahrain and gas from Qatar," as Zvi Bar'el, the Middle East analyst for the Haaretz newspaper, sketched the vision.

"I wanted to find a way to make clear to the Israeli people that the Arabs don't reject or despise them," the crown prince told Thomas L. Friedman, the New York Times columnist. "But the Arab people do reject what their leadership is now doing to the Palestinians, which is inhumane and oppressive."

The idea went unnoticed at first. But then some commentators, experts and diplomats picked it up, the Israeli press began to pay heed, and before long senior officials were reacting seriously. Arab, European and United Nations diplomats began scurrying from capital to capital, many of them knocking on Prince Abdullah's door in search of confirmation and explanation.

Finally President Bush took heed. He telephoned Prince Abdullah to welcome the Saudi proposal, then dispatched George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence, and William J. Burns Jr., assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, to the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Israel's Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, was also said to be skeptical about the plan, but as Israelis seized on the glimmer of hope, he signaled that he was quietly exploring it even as the battles raged.

The Palestinians openly greeted the initiative. A senior Palestinian official, Nabil Shaath, went off to Jidda over the weekend to see the crown prince, following on the heels of Javier Solana, the European Union commissioner for foreign affairs, and the American team.

Amr Moussa, the secretary general of the Arab League, toured Arab capitals to gauge attitudes in advance of the Arab summit meeting. The mission was critical, since the Arab League works through consensus, and the presumption was that Prince Abdullah could keep his speech in the drawer, where it was when Mr. Friedman called on him, unless it was guaranteed acceptance by all the Arabs. But in the coming week all eyes will be on Washington. There is an almost universal sense in the Middle East that it is now the United States, the Bush administration, that has to breathe life into the Saudi idea. The Israelis and Palestinians have lost any shred of mutual trust; Mr. Sharon is not likely to budge except under American prodding, and Yasir Arafat, the Palestinian leader, is grounded by the Israelis in Ramallah.

"If the United States assumes the primary role, it will give the process great credibility and effectiveness," Prince Abdullah told Time magazine, adding, "If the U.S. has no desire to contribute to this, it should let others do it."

Mr. Arafat also expressed his hope, in an interview with The New York Times this week, that President Bush "will complete this very international, historical initiative."

"For this there must be a very important and very strong and very quick push from outside," the Palestinian leader said, giving as an example the pressure Mr. Bush's father had exerted on Yitzhak Shamir, an earlier Israeli hard-line prime minister, to attend the 1991 Madrid conference on the Middle East.

That is also the message that the Egyptian president will press on Mr. Bush when he meets him on Tuesday.

Mr. Mubarak has been relatively reserved about the Saudi initiative in public, but according to experts on the region, he and King Abdullah of Jordan - leaders of the only two Arab countries that have diplomatic relations with Israel - were involved with the Saudi crown prince as his idea took shape.

"If that idea goes to the Arab summit, and it is endorsed in a language well written and well formulated to cover not only the Palestinian lands but the Golan, then the Israelis will have to respond, and the Americans will have to activate a process," said Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, the Egyptian ambassador to the United Nations, referring also to the disputed Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria during the 1967 war.

"Now it is the moment of truth," Mr. Aboul-Gheit said. "The Arabs are coming forward saying `land for peace' - a concept the Americans embraced 10 years ago. The situation has to move forward, because we have seen 9/11, we have seen the results of intifada, the anger the Arab and Islamic world is feeling."

The Genesis

A Proposal Born of Arab Frustration

CLIP

Holding Out Hope For a Long Shot

For now, neither the skeptics nor the optimists have any real notion how the Saudi vision will play out against the violence and hatred that has become the norm. The house-to-house fighting in West Bank refugee camps - the first Israeli raids into areas synonymous with Palestinian rage and frustration - seemed likely to generate only more violence and anger. Each side claimed its killings were retaliation, and each killing demanded a greater response. Yet that same cycle has created a desperation in which any new idea sparks a glimmer of hope. The growing violence has forced American officials to focus more and more just on halting it, rather than pushing specific notions in the Mitchell and Tenet plans for what follows.

The Saudi idea offers the hope of a world in which Palestinians would not be endlessly humiliated, and Israelis would not be pariahs. It remains a long shot. The proposal could die in a paroxysm of killing, or it could perish in the maze of Arab politics in Beirut, or before the summit meeting there, or it could wither in the absence of American or Israeli engagement.

But the very fact that so basic and old a notion as land for peace could garner so much attention has lent it a strength of its own. "I think the vast majority of people on both sides of the line are looking for a way out," said Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., Democrat of Delaware and chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. "Is this the plan to get them out? I am an optimist by occupational requirement, I hope it's possible, I wouldn't bet a single thing on it, and if I had to bet, I'd say the chances are slim. "But there's no other game in town."




4.

From: "Mark Graffis" <mgraffis@islands.vi>
Subject: Drought Grips Much of Country, Stirring Water Fears for Summer
Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2002

From: http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGA465ZPBYC.html

Drought Grips Much of Country, Stirring Water Fears for Summer

Published: Mar 2, 2002

Drought has engulfed nearly a third of the United States, threatening to confront some places this summer with what experts say could be their worst water shortages in years. "This is a sleeping giant," says climatologist Mark Svoboda, at the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Neb. "The impact is still to come."

Already, New York and Baltimore are pumping water from temporary supplies normally avoided for their potentially less desirable color or taste. Thousands of shallow wells in New Hampshire and Georgia have run dry. In Kansas, some ranchers are hauling in water or selling off cattle.

Yet a much stiffer test will come this summer when farmers water crops, homeowners douse lawns and gardens, and high temperatures evaporate more water faster. Without a rainy spring, some places in the East may face a summer of water problems that rival record droughts of the 1960s, according to Harry Lins, a drought specialist at the U.S. Geological Survey.

In typically dry Southern California, the recent feeble wet season is apt to harden into full-blown drought, say government and private forecasters. Bernie Rayno, a forecaster at the private AccuWeather service in State College, Pa., is more worried about that region than the East.

"They're missing their window of opportunity," he says. "Once you get past that, you're not going to get rain there."

In the last six months, Los Angeles has seen just over a third of its usual 11 inches.

Overall, drought has spread to about 30 percent of the country, according to forecaster Richard Tinker at the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service. That is an unusually broad reach but still far short of the 1930s Dust Bowl. In those years, up to 70 percent of the country was parched, and dust clouds sometimes blotted out the sun for days at a time.

Drought conditions now run in two vast Eastern and Western strips, each hundreds of miles across, from Maine to Georgia and Montana to Texas, according to a federal-academic partnership that puts together the U.S. Drought Monitor map.

Forecasters say it's especially difficult to make long-range forecasts for the Northeast. But they are hopeful that the rains typical of spring will relieve some of that region's drought conditions, which took hold only last fall. Drought has lingered elsewhere, like Texas and Georgia, for up to six years.

There is no single accepted definition of drought. But one popular standard defines it as 70 percent of normal rain or snow for three months straight.

Several factors have combined to parch so much territory, drought experts say. La Nina, a cooling of Pacific Ocean surface waters, is blamed for recent warm, dry winters in the Southeast and warm, dry summers in the northern Rocky Mountain states.

A northern track taken by high-altitude winds of the jet stream has steered this winter's storms toward the Pacific Northwest and Midwest. Persistent high pressure in the East has also locked out storms.

Finally, one of the warmest winters on record in some places on the East Coast is letting water soak into soft ground, instead of running off to replenish surface supplies.

Communities along the coast have issued drought watches and warnings. Many have already appealed for voluntary cuts in water use.

CLIP

On the Net:

Drought Monitor map:<http://enso.unl.edu/monitor/monitor.html

Climate Prediction Center: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov




5.

From: http://www.war-times.org/war_times_pilot_v4.pdf

War Times - February 2002

Attorney General Denounces Numbers Among Us

BY ABBY LYNN BOGOMOLNY

The Justice Department today ordered the detention of all numbers between “1” and “9” for questioning, because they are of Arab origin. Attorney General Kiss-My-Ashcroft explained the urgent nature of these actions. “There isn’t a home or business in the United States today that hasn’t been infiltrated by Arabic Numerals. These seemingly innocent numbers among us may contain coded terrorist instructions. We recommend all Americans to use Roman Numerals at once.”

Immediate opposition to his announcement came from Wall Street and Silicon Valley. Spokespersons explained that it would be virtually impossible to convert the stock exchanges, banking and computer languages to Roman Numerals. Kiss-My Ashcroft responded swiftly to their opposition. “The country will have to change due to the seriousness of terrorism. Arabic Numerals are cleverly designed with too many hiding places, such as the holes inside the ‘8,’ the ‘6’ and the ‘9’—not to mention the slope of the ‘7’ and crevices of the ‘3’ and ‘5.’” He called upon all Patriotic Americans to phase out these Arabic Numerals by September XI, MMII or be held responsible for aiding and harboring potential terrorist communications.

Other critics of the announcement cited the omission of “0” in Kiss-My-Ashcroft’s plan. The Justice
Department responded that domestic surveillance and management of the “0” has been delegated to
the INS and the Office of Homeland Security.




6.

From: http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/news/local/2690886.htm

Newspaper works against war effort

Posted on Sun, Feb. 17, 2002

NEW PUBLICATION HOPES TO SEND WORD NATIONWIDE

By Marilee Enge

Mercury News

A new anti-war newspaper has begun publication in the East Bay, hoping to promote what it bills as a more humane, less jingoistic alternative to the gung-ho militarism of President Bush.

Bob Wing, managing editor of War Times, said he was disturbed by the U.S. government's response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Instead of conducting what Wing believed to be a just war to avenge the loss of American lives, he said the Bush administration was killing innocent Afghans and trampling on civil liberties at home.

While other Americans were mounting flags on their cars, Wing began talking to everyone he knew about a project that could counter what he saw as a warmongering atmosphere taking hold of the nation.

The result is War Times, launched by Wing and a small group of writers and activists, which made its debut in a West Oakland warehouse Saturday. After publishing a prospectus of War Times online, Wing said the public response was overwhelming. A first run of 75,000 copies is 10 times the number originally planned by the group.

``The thing blew up on us,'' he said. Requests for copies came from every corner of the country, and the idea of starting small and targeting only active peace groups ended.

The newspaper contains articles in both English and Spanish.

The first issue of War Times features an interview with Danny Glover, an actor and activist who shares the view that bombing Afghanistan was wrong. Other articles criticize U.S. military deployment in the Philippines, stepped-up attacks on Palestinians and the cost of the war on terrorism.

The lead article, by Jung Hee Choi, a War Times editor, profiles a New Yorker who lost her brother in the World Trade Center and an Afghan-American woman who lost a large number of family members in U.S. airstrikes on Kandahar. The two women met recently, and have used their personal tragedies as a platform for opposing the U.S. war.

``The loss is the same,'' said Hee Choi. ``There is a common humanity that people share.''

While the stories touch on a variety of left-wing causes, Wing said the only political agenda of War Times is shining a spotlight on the injustice of war. ``Our viewpoint will be, in general, war hurts a lot of people,'' from Afghan villagers who lost their homes to non-citizen airport employees who are losing their jobs.

Wing is a writer and editor who honed his activism during the student strikes at University of California-Berkeley in the 1960s. More recently, he edited a magazine published by Applied Research Center, an East Bay-based think tank that focuses on issues of race and education.

Launching a newspaper to protest government policy is a venerable American tradition, and one with strong roots in the Bay Area. But Wing points out that the landscape for publishing has changed since the '60s. Now there are free alternative weeklies in every coffee shop, and a small anti-war publication has to carve out its own niche. Wing wants to emulate the muckraking work of journalist I.F. Stone and the social commentary of African-American writer W.E.B. du Bois.

``We need thousands of people like you to share War Times with other people who question war, racial profiling and the curtailment of civil liberties,'' the editors write in their first editorial.

For now, the staff is all volunteer and there are no permanent offices. The paper is free, and interested readers are being asked to help distribute it.

Distribution will be national, and the editors hope in particular to reach readers in the middle of the country, where anti-war viewpoints are not as accepted as in the Bay Area.

IF YOU'RE INTERESTED: For more information, contact War Times at wartimes@attbi.com







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