October 21, 2002
Miscellaneous Subjects #156: The Dinosaur War - Hidden Horrors and More!
There is just sooo much that needs to be networked right now - and it's only the tip of the iceberg!
So expect much more this week. Well! As usual, I guess ;-)
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
1. The Dinosaur War To Protect Corporate Profits
2. An important request about the unfinished movie "Divided Country, Disposable People"
3. PBS TO AIR EVIDENCE BUSH STOLE 2000 ELECTION
4. WHALE LIKE A BANSHEE
I See Four Lights (October 16)
The business reporters on CNBC and CNN still speak of "recovery from recession," despite the fact that the Dow Jones has lost some 3,000 points in the last two years, despite the fact that the federal government has dived into deficit spending, despite the fact that there are millions and millions of newly unemployed workers from sea to shining sea. According to the reporters, everything is sunshine and roses. The people on the street, the ones with no jobs and worthless stock options, know better. This reality is not reported. Stories describing the very real links between the Bush administration and the worst of the corporate robber barons have, simply, ceased to exist. (...) There is a gulf between the reporting of economic realities and the truth felt by the American people. There is also a gulf between the stridently patriotic war talk proffered by the television news, and the feelings within the citizenry regarding this impending conflict. In fact, hundreds of thousands of Americans have taken to the streets in cities all across the nation. (...) The media may report otherwise, but the American people know something has gone terribly wrong. An economy that had been so robust only two short years ago has become a wasteland. A war is about to begin in Iraq that will set a precedent for pre-emptive violence and destabilize the planet CLIP
War Worries - Support for Attacking Iraq Begins to Wane Across the U.S. http://more.abcnews.go.com/sections/wnt/dailynews/war_opposition021014.html
(...) In addition to concern over timing and unilateral pre-emptive action, people question the president's motives. Many people told ABCNEWS they thought it was a "diversion from the faltering economy."
In the 2002 Election, The Issue is Unchecked Power (October 9) http://commondreams.org/views02/1009-09.htm
Is this the most important election in US history? With his TV talk of war, George W. Bush has blown smoke over what's really at stake today: the future of democracy. Not in Iraq; here in the United States. Never in US history have we ever been closer to an unchecked one man one party rule than right now. And as the world's sole military super-power, we have made the crisis truly global. The reality is simple: the right wing of the Republican Party controls three of the four branches of government, and is just a single vote away from taking the fourth. The Executive, the Judiciary, the media and the House of Representatives are all in Republican hands. The Senate teeters on the edge. And the USA Patriot Act, passed in the wake of September 11, has obliterated most of the Constitutional guarantees that made this country a democracy in the first place.
Jeremy Rifkin: The US Must Follow Europe's Lead and Turn Its Back on Oil... http://www.CommonDreams.org/views02/1010-06.htm
Antonia Zerbisias: Tail Wags the Dog, Rolls It Over: U.S. Media March to Beat of White House War Drum... http://www.CommonDreams.org/views02/1014-02.htm
Paul Rogat Loeb: Making Our Voice Heard: Hope for the Peace Movement Even After the Congressional Vote... (Oct 16) http://www.CommonDreams.org/views02/1016-07.htm
Norman Solomon: Polls -- When Measuring Is Manipulating... http://www.CommonDreams.org/views02/1018-07.htm
In the New York Times: Springtime for Hitler (Oct 18) http://www.CommonDreams.org/views02/1018-01.htm
You may recall that George W. Bush promised, among other things, to change the tone in Washington. He made good on that promise: the tone has certainly changed. CLIP
Leah Wells: The Silent War: Iraqs Women and Children are Casualties Amid Economic Sanctions... http://www.CommonDreams.org/views02/1017-09.htm
(...) Severely anemic nursing mothers cannot provide their babies adequate nutrition. Thus, even breastfeeding has become problematic during the past 12 years of economic sanctions. A UNICEF document from April of this year states that many Iraqi mothers have stopped breastfeeding and that only 17 percent breastfeed during their babys first four months. Under the Oil for Food Programme of 1995, a food basket handout for Iraqi families contains powdered formula that mothers increasingly use. This is problematic for many reasons, among them that the formula requires water for preparation. Nearly 62 percent of women said they report giving their babies water in the first month of life, and nearly 32 percent of the children drink unboiled waterbut the water in Iraq is severely contaminated. Many of the water purification, sewage treatment and electrical facilities were bombed during the Gulf War and remain largely unrepaired and are functioning at minimal capacity for a growing nation of 24 million.
Last fall, Thomas Nagy, a Washington, D.C. professor, released a study called The Secret Behind the Sanctions: How the U.S. Intentionally Destroyed Iraqs Water Supply (see at http://www.progressive.org/0801issue/nagy0901.html - A MUST READ!). In this paper, he details information in government documents from 1991 about how the Gulf War strategy included destroying Iraqs civilian infrastructure, which violates Geneva Convention articles. It notes, Nagy reported, that Iraqs rivers contain biological materials [and] pollutants and are laden with bacteria. Unless the water is purified with chlorine, epidemics of such diseases as cholera, hepatitis and typhoid could occur. Iraq will suffer increasing shortages of purified water because of the lack of required chemicals and desalination membranes. Incidences of disease, including possible epidemics, will become probable unless the population were careful to boil water. Currently, the killer of children in Iraq is gastroenteritis, caused by drinking contaminated water. One in eight children do not see their first birthdays. Imagine the helplessness of being a mother in Iraq, knowing what life was like before the Gulf War and before economic sanctions, wanting nothing more than to be a good mother and provide a healthy, nutritious, safe life for her children. In a meeting with the chief medical officer at the Basra Pediatric Hospital, I inquired about the status of preventive health care for women in Iraq. His response was that there is none. This is quite remarkable for Iraq, which until 1990 had eradicated all childhood illnesses and had the most comprehensive health care system in the Middle East. While abysmally lacking resources and training programs, the medical field is nowhere as bleak as the education climate in Iraq, especially for young girls. More than 35 percent of girls drop out before the end of primary school due to the high price of school supplies and the need to help supplement the familys income by going to work, likely begging. It seems we are condemning the women and children of Iraq to a fate similar to that of the 25 percent of American children who live in poverty, the 45 million people without health insurance and the 30,000 homeless in New York City alone. Conflict is the last thing people in Iraq need, UNICEF in Iraq reports. And when our group inquired about the potential effects of President Bushs growing military campaign, an official at the World Food Programme office in Baghdad sighed: The poorest people in Iraq will suffer the most.
October 11, 2002
The Dinosaur War To Protect Corporate Profits
by Thom Hartmann
I thought of it as dinosaur blood when it dripped on my hand this morning, and it made me wonder how the US war strategy would change if Saddam made a small recalibration in his business practices.
Of course, the gasoline that spilled as I refilled my rental car this morning at the DFW airport and the refined kerosene that will fuel the plane I'll fly in today is far more ancient than even the spectacular Tyrannosaurus Rex bones discovered north of here.
They vanished around 65 million years ago, but the fossilized plants and bacteria that made my gasoline are 300 to 400 million years old. By the time dinosaurs ruled the Earth, pretty much all of the oil production of the planet was finished. Strange, when you consider it in those terms, that we'd base a nation's foreign policy on a limited supply of fossils older than the dinosaurs.
But Saddam Hussein has a goodly supply of those fossils under the soil of Iraq the second largest supply in the world, and perhaps a supply even larger than Saudi Arabia's, which has been draining much faster and much longer. And he has hundreds of miles of shared borders with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iran where much of the rest of the oil in the region is held.
Which led me to wonder: How would things change if Saddam, tomorrow, were to say, "I've decided to put my oil reserves up for auction to the highest corporate bidder, and, like many other oil-producing nations, all I want is a commission from the oil company that wins the auction."
Once the stampede was over, I'll bet the US would discover that there are dozens of dictators in the world more vicious than Saddam. Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, for example, has engineered a cynical strategy of racial exploitation that has pushed six million of his citizens into famine today. Burma's ruling junta has turned that nation into a slave-labor camp, where torture, executions, and terror are daily fare. And in North Korea, the policies of dictator-for-life Kim Jong-Il have turned a formerly fertile and prosperous land into a concentration camp where people are forced to eat grass to survive, and anybody who questions the great leader's brilliance is executed. There is no shortage of "evil" leaders of nations the list could go on for pages.
Of course, none of these nations have oil.
But if Saddam were to invite in the oil companies who through the corporate theft of human rights (more on this in a moment) have captured control of many of the policies of the United States Government, I suspect many things would change even in our thoughts about oil-rich Middle Eastern countries.
We may notice that Iraq is not the nation that nurtures and exports the most virulent and anti-American form of religious intolerance; there were no Iraqi hijackers on 911. Iraq, in fact, was and is hostile to El Quiada. We may discover that Iraq is not the least stable nation in the world that seeks or has nuclear weapons and millions of followers of Osama's theology (that prize probably goes to Pakistan). We may notice that women in Iraq are not required to wear a veil, as they are in other oil-rich Arab nations that we befriend, and that the government, while brutal and repressive, is secular and neither demands nor encourages the types of religious fundamentalism that lead to suicide bombers and 911, as do so many other nations in the region. We may remember that just a few months ago in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to quote Human Rights Watch, "soldiers carried out indiscriminate killings of civilians," including "summary executions, · numerous rapes, beatings, and widespread looting."
We may even return to a policy like we had in 1983 when U.S. Middle East Envoy Donald Rumsfeld opened US relations with Iraq during a friendly meeting with Saddam in Baghdad, when we were buying his oil and selling him anthrax and smallpox and helicopters and jets as we were many of other nations in the region. We may even stop all this talk of war.
The bottom line is that powerful and oil-dependent corporate interests in America now control so much of both our domestic and foreign policy, because the US government over the past few decades has been almost entirely co-opted as in taken over by corporate interests. We're not having a war of, by, and for the people any more than we have an administration of, by, and for the people. If Saddam didn't have enough oil to generate a few hundred million dollars a month in profits for the oil industry, we'd be giving him the same treatment we're giving Mugabe: "Zimbabwe where?"
As has been well documented, if the exemption on SUVs from fleet mileage standards was ended and fleet gas mileage in the US was to increase by a tiny 3 miles per gallon, we'd no longer need to import any oil from the Middle East. But the larger the car, the larger the profit for both the oil and the auto companies and the auto and oil lobbies pass out millions in Washington, DC. And now that the airwaves have been sold to corporate interests who will only allow politicians to speak if they pay, political campaigns guzzle cash like SUVs guzzle gas.
If we were to institute a Manhattan Project type program to develop and implement local, small-scale generation of electricity (about a tenth of all electricity generated in the US is lost through transmission over long high-tension lines, and steam generating plants only convert about a third of their heat energy to electricity, wasting the other two-thirds), along with hydrogen technologies, we could clean up our air and free states from the tyranny of out-of-state energy companies manipulating their supplies and prices. If we were to encourage Victory Garden types of local agriculture and homestead farming, making it again patriotic to replace back yards of grass with vegetables (as it was during WWII), we could eliminate our absolute dependence on factory farming systems that now require billions of gallons of oil for production and transportation, that deliver foods laden with oil-derived pesticides, herbicides, and preservatives to our tables, and render our topsoils sterile.
Most important, we would no longer feel forced to permanently occupy the world's oil-producing regions.
But a government whose policies have been captured by big oil, big auto, and big agriculture just a few dozen corporations that are each richer than the majority of nations on earth refuses to consider such rational alternatives. Because these corporations have claimed the constitutional human right of free speech which includes the right to influence legislation, to influence politicians, and give money to political parties we, the people, who would benefit from a shift in direction away from oil industry and toward local human values are left out of the decision making loop.
It wasn't always this way. Before 1886, most states had laws that prevented corporations from meddling in politics. They can't vote, the logic went, so what are they doing talking to politicians?
Wisconsin, for example, had a law stating: "No corporation doing business in this state shall pay or contribute, or offer consent or agree to pay or contribute, directly or indirectly, any money, property, free service of its officers or employees or thing of value to any political party, organization, committee or individual for any political purpose whatsoever, or for the purpose of influencing legislation of any kind, or to promote or defeat the candidacy of any person for nomination, appointment or election to any political office." The penalty for any corporate official violating the law and getting cozy with politicians on behalf of the corporation was five years in prison and a substantial fine.
Humans had the right of free speech, and an individual representing himself and his own opinions was free to say and do what he wanted. Free speech is a human right. But corporations didn't have rights they had privileges. Brought into being by authority of the state in which they're incorporated, that state determined the privileges its corporations could have and how they could be used.
But, they teach in law school, in 1886 the U.S. Supreme Court changed all that a decision which leads us directly to today's war with Iraq. The Court, the textbooks say, in the Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad case, recognized corporations as persons under the Fourteenth Amendment, and thus handed them the huge club of human rights that our Founders had given us humans to beat back government should it ever become repressive. Armed with this mighty weapon, corporations claimed free speech, privacy, the right not to speak, and used anti-discrimination statues originally passed to free slaves to throw out "bad boy" laws that favored local businesses over large corporations or companies that had been convicted of felonies.
I recently discovered that in 1886 the Supreme Court ruled no such thing. The "corporations are persons" was a fiction created by the Court's reporter. He simply wrote it into the headnote of the decision. In fact, it contradicts what the Court itself said. And we've found in the National Archives a note in the hand of the Supreme Court Chief Justice of the time to the court's reporter saying, explicitly, that the Court had not ruled on corporate personhood in the Santa Clara case.
Nonetheless, corporations have claimed the human rights the Founders fought and often died to bequeath to living, breathing humans. And, using those rights, they've usurped our government to the point where our domestic policies are now based on what's best for the corporations with the largest campaign contributions, and our foreign policy has become a necessary extension of that.
As my "what would happen if Saddam auctioned off his oil fields tomorrow and just became another Middle Eastern despot like the rest of them" example demonstrates, we're not just going to war for oil; we're going to war for the "securit" of profit.
While profit is a fine value for a corporation to hold, it's not the prime value of humans and it's definitely not one of the values that drive or preserve democracy.
If we are to save our world from a profit frenzy driven Armageddon, if we are to restore democracy to our American republic, we must first get corporations out of government, so our politicians can once again become statesmen.
THOM HARTMANN's books have been written about in Time magazine and he has been on numerous national and international radio and TV shows, including NPRs All Things Considered, CNN, and BBC radio. He has been on the front page of The Wall Street Journal twice, has spoken to over 100,000 people on four continents over the past two decades, and one of his books was selected for inclusion in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian. A best-selling and award-winning author, he is also rostered with the State of Vermont as a psychotherapist, and a licensed and certified NLP Practitioner and NLP Trainer.
Read about Thom's most recent book "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights" at http://www.thomhartmann.com/unequalprotection.shtml
A NEVER-TOLD STORY WORTH CONSIDERING IN LIGHT OF THE CURRENT SITUATION WITH NORTH KOREA
From: "Frank Dorrel" <email@example.com> Subject: An important request about the unfinished movie "Divided Country, Disposable People" Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2002
Dear Friends of Peace and Justice,
I am forwarding the following letter from Vietnam Veteran, S. Brian Willson to you. He is producing a very important documentary on Korea titled "Divided Country, Disposable People". This film needs to be finished and seen by all those concerned with learning the real history of U.S. foreign policy since WWII. Atrocities committed by the United States in Korea set the mold, the model, for the wars, interventions and covert actions that have taken place in the last 50 years.
Your generous but affordable donation will help this important film get finished. Brian has been to Korea 8 times. His knowledge and understanding of U.S. war crimes in Korea is matched by few others. He has worked tirelessly for over 30 years, learning about and exposing U.S. war crimes committed against the people of the Third World. He is viewed as a hero to people in many Third World countries. The last thing Brian wants to do is to ask for money for this project. I am doing that for him.
He is working with director Mickey Grant, whose excellent film, Cu Chi Tunnels, about Vietnam, has won numerous awards.
I am supporting the making of this film and hope you will feel like doing so. If you have any questions, give Brian a call at 707-826-9197, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about S. Brian Willson go to his web site: http://www.brianwillson.com and read his longer autobiography titled "On Third World Legs" or the shorter version titled "Brian's Autobiography". You can read his special Korean Section by going to list of essays. I also recommend reading many other important essays he has written. Brian is also seen in the last segment on my video compilation titled "What I've Learned About U.S. Foreign Policy: The War Against The Third World". Brian Willson is my friend and the most moving and compelling speaker I have ever heard!
Please call, write or email director Mickey Grant if you would like make a financial contribution for the completion of this film, purchase a copy of Ch Chi Tunnels or learn more at 972-624-8819, email: email@example.com , web site: http://www.creativehat.com
Yours in Peace and Solidarity,
Publisher of Addicted To War, Why The U.S. Can't Kick Militarism by Joel Andreas & Producer of "What I've Learned About U.S. Foreign Policy: The War Against The Third World" 310-838-8131
A Letter from S. Brian Willson
This letter is addressed to those who desire revelation of hidden histories, recognizing the human condition is plagued by dangerous human choices exercised by a few, due in part to conscious denial and censorship of authentic history that offers critical lessons. "Civilization" remains dominated by oligarchs whose policies are enforced in a make-believe world, preempting critical understandings that can enable radical changes in consciousness leading to sustainable, respectful human communities.
Santa Cruz Film Foundation, committed to exposing hidden aspects of U.S. history, is currently producing a documentary, "Divided Country, Disposable People," revealing the little known but significant history of the U.S. decision to divide Korea following Japan's defeat in World War II. The resultant deep wounds still festering among Korean people to this day, and if not acknowledged honestly by the U.S., pose a serious threat to global peace. Most people, however, are not aware of the history of division and the incredible pattern of repression that followed, or of today's dangerous lingering effects.
The division launched one of the greatest crimes of the Twentieth Century. Japan had effectively ruled Korea with an iron fist from 1905 until its defeat in August 1945. The April 1945 U.S. Joint Army-Navy Intelligence Study of Korea acknowledged Japanese rule had benefitted but a small minority while oppressing the vast majority, and affirmed the passionate readiness of Koreans to assert their independence. Consistent with this finding, upon Japan's surrender, Koreans jubilantly celebrated and immediately began preparations for a sovereign government which was formed on September 6, 1945.
Tragically, unbeknown to the Korean people (who had been culturally unified for 5,000 years), the U.S. had decided before Japan's surrender, as part of its victor's prerogative, to divide Korea at the 38th parallel. This decision was made with the quiet assent of USSR premier Stalin, shocked like the rest of the world by U.S. possession and use of the new super atomic weapon. U.S. troops began arriving on September 8. The manner and methods of this intervention (which has effectively never ceased) preceded the officially declared "Cold War" by several years, foreshadowing cruel U.S. interventions in countries such as Italy, Greece, Turkey, and France in the immediate post-War period, and subsequently in Iran, Guatemala, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and dozens of other nations. It was the beginning of "containment" (suppression of internal "threats" from independence movements, labelled "Communist"). Its success in Korea was considered essential by Secretary of State Acheson for achievement of U.S. global policies. "Everyone is watching," a friend of both Acheson and puppet Rhee exclaimed. The U.S. hegemonic pattern that began with dropping the bomb - dropped, now we know, not to expedite the surrender of the Japanese who had already indicated intentions to quit, but for the purpose of atomic diplomacy with the Soviets in shaping a post-War capitalist world - is now out-of control posing grave implications for the entire world.
Note: Though the Soviets had been our WWII ally, they had been our ideological enemy since 1917 when the U.S., with 13,000 troops, joined hundreds of thousands of troops from 12 other western nations and Japan in an attempt to "strangle at its birth" the Bolshevik revolution, the first proclaimed national socialist state seen as a threat to capitalism's survival. Though unsuccessful in defeating the Reds at that time, that intervention is seen by many as the genuine origins of the Cold War.
Because the vast majority of Koreans were passionate about independence, their struggle could only be contained by a brutal, systematic campaign of repression. The United States brought a puppet ruler to Korea from the United States, Syngman Rhee (like it did in Vietnam nine years later with Ngo Dinh Diem), then outlawed the new Korean government along with virtually all organized political activities not explicitly supporting Rhee. In the period 1946 to 1950 alone, hundreds of thousands, perhaps several million Korean dissidents, were disappeared, tortured, imprisoned and murdered in the south, leading to a civil war which in turn led to the tragic Korean War that erupted in 1950 -- the war we were told was caused by "evil North Korean communists." The U.S. threatened use of atomic weapons on several occasions, while experimenting with biological warfare, the latter remaining one of the darkest Cold War secrets. Five million Koreans and Chinese were killed during that war. How all this unfolded, and why the division of Korea continues to curse a uniquely homogenous people, while endangering the entire world, is the subject of
"Divided Country, Disposable People".
In early 2002, the selected president of the U.S., George Bush, identified a new "axis of evil" that includes North Korea. He threatened that such axis would be targeted for pre-emptive strikes that could include nuclear weapons. Korea continues to serve as a whipping post for U.S. policy posturing.
I have interviewed hundreds of people, cumulatively traveling several thousand ground miles visiting various parts of the peninsula gathering information for this story. My filmmaker/director partner, Mickey Grant, accompanied me to each of South and North Korea. Mickey, an award-winning documentarian, has produced China Run and Cu Chi Tunnels, the latter a uniquely enlightening story of the Vietnam War from the Viet Cong perspective. We have recorded numerous personal stories about the egregious crimes committed from the air and on the ground. We collected Korean archival footage and documented issues that continue to nag Koreans, like the ten million families who remain split by their inability to cross the 38th parallel. The division is enforced by 37,000 U.S. troops stationed at 100 installations around the south, while a militarized wall (cp. Berlin Wall) traverses the 155 mile parallel.
We filmed the unprecedented Korean War Crimes Tribunal in New York in 2001, where Koreans testified about the brutality they endured in the late 1940s and during the Korean War. This was an incredibly important and moving event that needs to be shared with the world.
We have exhausted our personal resources. Because of our commitment to enter many film festivals and theaters around the world as soon as possible, we need a minimum of $70,000 to complete the documentary.
A breakdown of our financial needs are as follows:
To repeat: The connection between the Korean division and the suffering it caused, and still causes, imposed by the U.S., and the continued deep festering of rage among Koreans, poses serious threats to world peace. This documentary about critical U.S. history is extremely instructive at this moment.
Please make tax-exempt contributions (tax ID # 03-0419882) to the Santa Cruz Film Foundation, Inc., and send to Mickey Grant at his address below, for deposit in our SCFFI account.
Thank you for seriously considering this appeal.
S. Brian Willson Mickey Grant
Executive Producer Filmmaker/Director
P.O. Box 5170 5813 Turner St.
Arcata, CA 95518 The Colony, TX 75056
(707) 826-9197 (972) 624-8819
From: Greg Palast <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 17, 2002
Subject: PBS TO AIR EVIDENCE BUSH STOLE 2000 ELECTION
PALAST INVESTIGATION OF FLORIDA VOTE THEFT TO AIR ON PBS, FEATURED AT HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Two films, Counting on Democracy and Unprecedented, premier this month
In the face of the controversial decision by the PBS network to refuse to transmit the investigative report, the nation's top PBS stations will independently broadcast COUNTING ON DEMOCRACY. Directed by Emmy-award winner Danny Schechter, the 57-minute documentary follows BBC television reporter Greg Palast as he discovers how Katherine Harris removed up to 57,000 legal voters from registries - most black - five months before the 2000 election.
While the public broadcast network chiefs refused to schedule this important report, WNET (New York), KCET (Los Angeles), KQED (San Francisco) and dozens more are insisting on showing the exposi before the mid-term elections. (See full schedule at http://www.GregPalast.com) The film will be featured this Sunday at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
A second film on the scandal of the vote theft in Florida, UNPRECEDENTED, opens this month in national screenings sponsored by People for the American Way, the NAACP and The Nation. The Robert Greenwald Produciton includes exclusive footage from Palast's confrontations with Katherine Harris' vote fixers. Palast will join directors Joan Sekler and Richard Perez at the New York opening. For schedules and tickets, go to http://www.Unprecedented.org
Censored in the USA
California State University's Journalism Department's Project Censored named his Guardian report on President Bush and bin Laden as one of the top five suppressed news stories of 2001.
For the complete schedule of showings of Counting on Democracy, for Unprecedented, and for RealVideo clips of Palast's own reports and his writings, visit http://www.GregPalast.com
WARNING: Katherine Harris describes Palast's work as "twisted and maniacal."
10 Oct-16 Oct 2002
WHALE LIKE A BANSHEE
After a 10-year struggle to reclaim its whaling rights, Iceland has finally gotten the green light from the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunting. The commission outlawed commercial whaling in 1986, but Iceland and Norway refused to accept the ban. Norway negotiated to remain part of the commission and hang onto its hunting rights, but Iceland walked out -- a move it would later regret. Following a narrow vote, and despite protests from the U.S. and Great Britain, the IWC has finally opened its arms to Iceland again; in 2006, the country will resume hunting fin and minke whales, which it says are abundant. Indigenous people who fish the Bering Strait will also be permitted by the IWC to resume whaling.
BBC News 14 Oct 2002
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