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February 12, 2004

Miscellaneous Subjects #202: A Hodgepodge of Good And Bad News


Hello everyone

Some more interesting reading material for you ;-)

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

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Worthy of Your Attention

Breaking The Silence (VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!)
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/pilger_breaking_the_silence_35mb.htm
A hard hitting special report into the "war on terror" by Award winning journalist John Pilger.
NOTE FROM JEAN: It was broadcast here in Quebec on Feb 9 (in French on RDI) and I was bowled over by the thoroughness and amazing number of stunning (for the unaware public) revelations made about the barbaric, warmongering killers now controlling the largest military machine ever created (as far as I know) on this planet. All that you read in these compilations for the past 3 years (except perhaps the US government complicity in masterminding 9-11) is exposed in this documentary. Imagine if they were to show this on prime-time in the US or in the UK... Lots of scales would fall from innumerable eyes.

The High Priests of Globalisation
http://www.bilderberg.org/
The transatlantic power élite's secretive Bilderberg conferences & state terrorism research. (with material connecting Kerry to Skulls and Bones and much, much more!)

Robert Fisk's link page
http://www.robert-fisk.com/website_links.htm


CONTENTS

1. Feedback on Fair Coverage for Kucinich
2. Risk for Internet Control by "the Authorities"
3. Reaching out to all
4. Feedbacks to The Green Holocaust Files #14
5. HEART NOTES-MONEY NOTES
6. Feedback to Wake Up Torchbearers
7. Will the Election Be Hacked?
8. Suggested website
9. 911: THE MARIANI VS. BUSH LAWSUIT
10. Iraq and the Problem of Peak Oil
11. Chinese Workers Pay for Wal-Mart's Low Prices
12. Exploitation is the price of cheaper food, says Oxfam


See also:

K.G.B. continues its dirty business? (Feb 9)
http://kavkazcenter.com/eng/article.php?id=2368
Chechen rebels have denied involvement in the bomb attack on a commuter train in Moscow. It is amazing that the explosion happened just few weeks before the Russian presidential election and the only one person would gain from the bombing is Mr. Putin. (Putin Wags the Chechens to shore up his re-election bid - once again!)

9/11 Panel Threatens to Issue Subpoena for Bush's Briefings
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/10/politics/10PANE.html?ei=5062&en=1069e1565e9eba62&ex=1076994000&partner=GOOGLE
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 — Members of the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks warned the White House on Monday that it could face a politically damaging subpoena this week if it refused to turn over information from the highly classified Oval Office intelligence reports given to President Bush before 9/11. CLIP

Brothers in Arms? (Feb 8)
http://www.motherjones.com/news/update/2004/02/02_400.html
George W. Bush and John Kerry both spent their mid twenties in uniform. The similarities end there.

Bush the Budget Buster
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19229-2004Feb6.html
Conservatives and other limited-government types are furious at President George W. Bush for his big-spending ways. One group said the Republican-controlled government is dispensing cash like a "drunken sailor."

The terrible human cost of Bush and Blair's military adventure - 10,000 civilian deaths
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5628.htm
UK and US authorities discourage counting of deaths as a result of the conflict. But academics are monitoring the toll and have identified a grim new milestone.
(...) Several other groups have attempted to make educated guesses of the war's true total of dead and injured. Among them is Medact, a organisation of British health professionals, most of whom are doctors. In November it published a report on the war's casualties and health problems in post-conflict Iraq. Omitted from this report was a suggestion that the total dead and wounded on both sides could be as high as 150,000-200,000. But in the end it was felt that the lack of scientific basis for this figure would undermine a carefully worded report.

No Need For An Investigation! McCain Says Bush did not manipulate Iraq intelligence (Feb 6)
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4304495
U.S. Senator John McCain, who will sit on a commission investigating failures in the intelligence used to justify the Iraq war, said on Friday he did not believe President George W. Bush had manipulated information.

Blix says Iraq threat exaggerated (Feb 8)
http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=454383§ion=news
Former chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix has accused London and Washington of exaggerating the threat of Iraqi weapons to justify waging war and says they should have been more sincere.

The New Great Game
http://www.newgreatgame.com/
Crude oil, once seen as a wealth-creating blessing for mankind, is fast turning into the “devil’s tears”. The struggle to control the world’s remaining energy reserves increasingly culminates in bloody conflicts and the killing of innocent civilians, with the war in Iraq only being the latest example.

Naomi Klein: Hold Bush to His Lie
http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040223&s=klein
If you believe the White House, Iraq's future government is being designed in Iraq. If you believe the Iraqi people, it is being designed at the White House. Technically, neither is true: Iraq's future government is being engineered in an anonymous research park in suburban North Carolina.

The Parking Lot Effect on Climate Change (Feb 5)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/020604G.shtml
(...) Earth's surface temperatures have risen about 1 degree F. in the past century with faster warming in the past two decades, the National Academy of Sciences reports. The 20th century's 10 warmest years all occurred in the last 15 years of the century. But according to Dr. Kalnay's study, published in the journal Nature last spring, urbanization, agriculture, and other human changes to landscapes in the US - quite aside from CO2 - account for as much as 40 percent of the temperature rise over the past 40 years - much larger than previously believed. That could make it a contender for CO2's crown. (...) Recent studies show that deforestation in parts of Africa is curbing rainfall in the once-vital Sahel zone bordering the Sahara desert. Changes in forest cover have also been shown to affect rainfall and climate far beyond the Amazon Basin. Still others have shown that planting trees can actually increase the planet's temperature if done in the wrong climate zones. "Impacts of human-caused land changes on climate are at least as important, and possibly even more important, than those of carbon dioxide," says Roger Pielke Sr., professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University and past president of the American Association of State Climatologists. His group voted in 2002 to issue a statement almost unanimously concurring that climate changes are more complex than CO2 changes and include land use. By contrast, the American Geophysical Union issued a statement last month maintaining CO2 as the key factor. CLIP

Cloud forests, water source to millions, face risk (Feb 10)
http://www.enn.com/news/2004-02-10/s_12940.asp
A warming climate threatens tropical mountain forests that strip moisture from clouds and supply water to millions of people in Africa and Latin America, experts said in a U.N. report released on Monday.

Halting species loss in Europe
http://www.enn.com/news/2004-02-10/s_12686.asp
Scientists believe that the extinction rate of modern species is thousands of times higher than it would have been without human activities. In Europe, at least 40 percent of all bird and butterfly species are threatened.

Abrupt Climate Change: Should We Be Worried?
http://www.whoi.edu/institutes/occi/currenttopics/climatechange_wef.html
Prepared for a panel on abrupt climate change at the World Economic Forum
Davos, Switzerland, January 27, 2003 - Are we overlooking potential abrupt climate shifts?
Most of the studies and debates on potential climate change, along with its ecological and economic impacts, have focused on the ongoing buildup of industrial greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and a gradual increase in global temperatures. This line of thinking, however, fails to consider another potentially disruptive climate scenario. It ignores recent and rapidly advancing evidence that Earth’s climate repeatedly has shifted abruptly and dramatically in the past, and is capable of doing so in the future.

Salt levels changing in the oceans
http://www.whoi.edu/institutes/occi/currenttopics/abruptclimate_rcurry_pr.html
Saltier tropical oceans and fresher ocean waters near the poles are further signs of global warming's impacts on the planet.

Are We on the Brink of a ‘New Little Ice Age?’
http://www.whoi.edu/institutes/occi/currenttopics/abruptclimate_joyce_keigwin.html
The authors discuss the paradox that global warming could, counterintuitively, instigate a new ‘Little Ice Age’ in the northern hemisphere.
MANY MORE ICE-AGE RELATED ARTICLES AT http://www.whoi.edu/institutes/occi/currenttopics/ct_abruptclimate.htm
NOTE: I read tonight a very different viewpoint from 2 Canadian scientists. According to them there is no risk of an imminent Ice Age.

Orangutans Edging Closer to The Brink Of Extinction (Oct 24, 2000)
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2000/12/122800orangutans.html
(...) Orangutans once ranged throughout Southeast Asia. Today they can be found only on the Indonesian islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Scientists estimate that in the last 10 years their numbers have been reduced by up to 50 percent, to perhaps as few as 13,000 living in the wild. “We need to take action now; in 20 years it will be too late,” says Smits. “We still have a chance to set aside some very large areas of undisturbed lowland rainforest, but I don’t think we’ll have the chance in another five years. It is now or never.” (...) The cycle of extreme drought, followed by the devastating fires of 1997-98 struck a devastating blow to orangutan populations. Those that weren’t killed in the fires faced starvation. Forced closer to human settlements in search of food and water, thousands fell prey to poachers. “Orangutans already had been pushed into less quality forest, where it was more difficult for them to survive,” says Smits. “Then when the fires came, they had no water, no food left; it was completely dark for months in a row. The orangutans came out of the forests toward the rivers and became victims of the people there who didn’t like to see their very few last crops being raided by those wild animals. “Thousands of orangutans got killed during that disaster period. And thousands of baby orangutans started showing up in trade.”

Counts finds orang-utans still endangered (25 Jan 2004)
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/01/25/1074965433539.html
The most detailed count of wild orang-utans in the past decade has found 50,000-60,000 of the great apes left on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo - twice as many as thought. But a conference of orang-utan experts in Jakarta has concluded the species has declined by a third in the past decade and will become extinct in about two decades if nothing is done to halt the trend. Aerial and ground counts of the forest canopy nests the apes build afresh each day have revealed several new populations in central and west Kalimantan. CLIP

Great apes in peril (May 20, 2001)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/1341609.stm

European Parliament demands action to save Great Apes (Jan 26, 2004)
http://www.greenclippings.co.za/gc_main/article.php?story=20040126141116976
Wildlife groups are commending the European Parliament for voting in favour of a resolution on the over-hunting of wild animals for their meat. The recent explosion in unsustainable hunting for the commercial bushmeat trade, fuelled by the activities of the logging industry, is threatening the existence of endangered animals and many of the world's poorest people.

Genetically Modified Foods at a Glance
http://www.seedsofdeception.com/Genetically-Modified-Foods-at-a-Glance.php
Currently Commercialized GM Crops in the U.S. -- Soy (80%), cotton (70%), canola (60%), corn (38%), Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%), zucchini and yellow squash (small amount), and tobacco (Quest® brand). Other Sources of GMOs -- Dairy products from cows injected with rbGH. Food additives, enzymes, flavorings, and processing agents, including the sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet®) and rennet used to make hard cheeses. Meat, eggs, and dairy products from animals that have eaten GM feed. Honey and bee pollen that may have GM sources of pollen. Some of the Ingredients That May Be Genetically Modified -- Vegetable oil (soy, corn, cottonseed, or canola), margarines, soy flour, soy protein, soy lecithin, textured vegetable protein, cornmeal, corn syrup, dextrose, maltodextrin, fructose, citric acid, and lactic acid. Some of the Foods That May Contain GM Ingredients -- Infant formula, salad dressing, bread, cereal, hamburgers and hotdogs, margarine, mayonnaise, cereals, crackers, cookies, chocolate, candy, fried food, chips, veggie burgers, meat substitutes, ice cream, frozen yogurt, tofu, tamari, soy sauce, soy cheese, tomato sauce, protein powder, baking powder, alcohol, vanilla, powdered sugar, peanut butter, enriched flour and pasta. Non-food items include cosmetics, soaps, detergents, shampoo, and bubble bath. Sign up for the newsletter, Spilling the Beans, to keep informed of any new genetically modified foods.
Recommended by "Hans Karow" hkarow@cablerocket.com> who wrote: "May I urgently suggest to recommend all your subscribers to get a copy of Jeffrey M. Smith's "Seeds of Deception", which was released last September. Although I followed the GMO-issue for a long while, Smith's book finally opened my eyes, because everything is explained in detail and all the sources of GMO are mentioned! Be prepared for the worst! This is not to scare everybody, but that everybody should get informed and then in turn inform others!"

Most Israelis Don't Believe It (or Support It) - The Only Democracy in the Middle East? (Feb 3)
http://www.counterpunch.org./gordon02032004.html
Anyone who follows the news has no doubt come across the claim that "Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East." Usually, this claim is followed by its logical inference: "As an island of freedom located in a region controlled by military dictators, feudal kings and religious leaders, Israel should receive unreserved support from western liberal states interested in strengthening democratic values around the globe." Over the years, some of the fallacies informing this line of argument have been exposed. Whereas many commentators have emphasized that foreign policy is determined by selfish interests rather than by moral dictates, few analysts have challenged the prevailing view that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East.

UK admits nukes aboard Falkland ships (Jan 9)
http://www.greenpeace.org/news/details?item%5fid=376951&print=1
(...) On December 5th last year, the UK Ministry of Defence admitted for the first time that some of the ships in its Falklands task force had set sail in 1982 with nuclear depth charges designed to destroy submarines.

Bunker busters: a whole new nuclear ballgame (Sept 23, 2003)
http://www.greenpeace.org/news/details?item_id=317882&campaign_id=
Weapon will be first conventional warfighting nuke. - As if George Bush's monumental miscalculation in Iraq wasn't bad enough for the people of Iraq and global security, the Bush regime has now moved one big step closer toward use of nuclear weapons in similar US misadventures.




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HERE IS A COPY OF A LETTER ALL THOSE WHO WROTE ON BEHALF OF DENNIS KUCINICH AND COPIED THE KUCINICH CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTER PROBABLY RECEIVED AS WELL. THREE CHEERS FOR ALL OF US. NOW, THAT WAS JUST A BEGINNING!

From: "On behalf of Dennis Kucinich" volunteeraction@kucinich.us>
Subject: RE: Fair Coverage for Kucinich
Date: 10 Feb 2004

Hi Jean,

Thank you for taking the time to respond to CNN, it paid off! CNN has been gracious about the complaints and emails. The head of booking for the network is now working with our communications team to try and get Dennis on some CNN network shows. Progress! 

It wouldn’t happen without you!

Listening to C-Span this morning and I hear Tom Daschle and others talking about Universal Health care. These senators and the other candidates would not be talking about that, without Dennis making it an issue. We have to keep up our support for him so they do more than just talk about it.

Thanks again!

Claudia Slate
Virtual Outreach Coordinator
Kucinich for President

NOTE FROM JEAN: Claudia also suggested the following:

“To help us manage our inboxes and still provide supporters with the means to share information, we urge supporters to use our National Volunteer Discussion forum at http://us.denniskucinich.us/phpBB2 for sharing information. That way National does not become a bottleneck for good ideas.”




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From: "Gabriele O'Neill" godliness@earthlink.net>
Subject: Risk for Internet Control by "the Authorities"
Date: 9 Feb 2004

This is the response I got from a friend, when I showed him the article by Peter Offerman - Why is the Internet not controlled by the Authorities... at http://www.hraunfjord.com/Articles/Regulation/Regulation.htm

Gabriele

"Actually the Internet is controlled by the International Telecommunications Union, (one country, one vote) based in Geneva. The WTO has their sights aimed at taking over control from the ITU. Two friends of mine, representing U.S. NGO's demonstrated against this at an ITU conference in Geneva last Dec. More than 40 NOGO's from S. Africa were there. It is critical to keep the WWW under the provenance of the ITU, as the WTO would control the WW's portals and content. This is an emerging issue of grave importance. I've turned the LA TIMES Foreign Editor on to this issue."

Earl




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A SUGGESTION WE MAY ALL WANT TO CONSIDER...

From: "Samone" spirit69@paiconnect.com>
Subject: Reaching out to all - For Your Consideration
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2004

Dear Jean,

I have a request that I think you will appreciate. You have dedicated much of your time to disseminating important information. In the last few years, I have felt strongly that information cannot be disseminated fast enough, especially to the general public concerning issues not presented in the mainstream news.

Publishers are not keeping up with the demand for metaphysically oriented books, and even if published, the information is usually several years old. Therefore, to be timely and to reach a larger audience, I have a suggestion.

I have been writing newspapers, magazines and other periodicals articles and letters to editors that include metaphysical information. Also, I recently discovered a web site called http://www.fanstory.com that allows for people to comment on written work and for authors to submit work. Authors are able to retain their rights. But, this is an excellent way for us, whether a reader or an author to “get the word out” to the general populace about ideas, facts, and information that reinforce positive visions for all of us. Essentially every thought, word, spoken or written and action become a part of the global consciousness.

In fact, I am about to publish two works under the guise of “fiction” that are actually from real experiences. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of each of us being responsible to not just our “awake” friends, but to those currently “asleep”. We need to move beyond “preaching to the choir” and realize the responsibility we have to spread this essential information to those that are asleep as we move into the fourth dimension.

So whether you write a letter or article to a newspaper, magazine, government official or even a relative, be sure to include metaphysical principles and other information that is not in the mainstream news. I feel that this is something within all of our means and is way over due for us to be walking our talk.

As always, thank you for your wonderful contribution to the world, Jean.

Love & Light,

Samone Michaels




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From: "Isis Rich" atachaka@springsips.com>
Subject: Re: The Green Holocaust Files #14: On The Very Edge of The Tipping Point (archived at http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/Archives2004/GreenHolocaust14.htm)
Date: 6 Feb 2004

YES! That was SO beautiful, I have yet to look at what else is in those e-mails. What and how you stated that IS IT. Sense it - with the sound, the smell of it, the feel of it - as a soft, gentle warm spring wind's breath. See it in one's mind's eye - every vivid color and sound.... You nailed it Jean. Taste the sensation of that occurring. Hang on to the calm. You are a credit to inspiration. Seriously. That uplifting energy that you cut loose allows others to sense their non-aloneness, their unity, and reminds us that it will all be better than OK soon. Now just think of that vibe being passed around; how many others will be willing to share those thoughts - the magnitude of such vibrates on its own, and the repercussions will be greatly and positively magnified; now think of the effect of all those others who now were encouraged to state their faith in the good, the light and how that also will magnify at accelerated rates - penetrating the dark....poof. Illumination.

Multiply that good and that can only intensify the lift, light, and focus it to the spark, fire of change.... Anyway, it was beautifully stated. And it is my view, that more of the same will most certainly increase the Light - and a lot faster than reminding ourselves of all that stuff that will ultimately be fixed or gone. Even though you mentioned it, it was not the 'dwell point' of your encouraging, comforting balanced expression of thought. It was moving and probably greater than you are aware of. Well, got to get on to reading the rest of what your emails said. Just wanted to applaud you; it was very well said. A boon. A definite boon. Getting to experience watching the reaction of the folks that read that was that of watching joy spread.

Thought you might like to know.

Laura

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From: waiorama@ihug.co.nz
Date: 07 Feb 2004
Subject: Re: The Green Holocaust Files #14: On The Very Edge of The Tipping Point

Jean:

I have been receiving your newsletter for some time now. I feel that you have your finger on the pulse of what is really happening on our planet.

All these debates about did Bush know about WMD are comical. Bush/Cheney/Perle and co had this strategy worked out years ago. There is no doubt that we as a civilization are in trouble. As you note, the forests are being decimated, pollution is escalating, there are more cars, more electricity being used, more consumption. We appear due for a rude awakening....soon.

Thank you for your energy and efforts to wake some of us up. I have decided to take your data seriously and plan accordingly.

Best wishes,

EarEarl Conroy




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From: "Boudewijn Wegerif" wegerif@telia.com>
Subject: HEART NOTES-MONEY NOTES
Date: 6 Feb 2004

HEART NOTES-MONEY NOTES JOURNAL - 2

A not-daily offering of journal entries for sharing with What - Matters E-list members, out of my daily prayers, readings, earlier writings, reflections and time spent on the internet and in correspondence.

"Always under 1,000 words," I promised with the first journal posting of January 31, and here I come with 1,300 words with this second posting! - for a post-capitalist future.

- Boudewijn

_________

FEBRUARY 6, 2004

Dear list members,

"Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength."

- A. J. Cronin {Novelist 1896-1981}(PS-1)

That is something to bear in mind when considering these figures, showing how between 1950 and 2000:

* Population up 2x
* Energy use up 4x (U.S. now = world in 1950)
* No. of automobiles up 10x
* Paper use up 7x
* Wood use up 3x
* Water use up 3x
* Fish catch up 5x
* Rangeland production up 3x

The figures are from the web site of the New Energy Movement, "a broad-based public movement dedicated to the study and promotion of peaceful and sustainable solutions for an imperilled planet." (PS-2)

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"A PRE-ORDAINED BEAUTY TO THIS MAD DASH. . ."

"It sure looks as if we have irremediably fouled our nest and are stuck in deep shifting sands. Yet another part of me is not that much concerned and even feels that there is some pre-ordained beauty to this mad dash into shredding the last threads that hold this magnificent symphony of living symbiosis alive, as if there was really no other way to break the hard shell of our complacent and illusory sense of separation from All That Is.

"At some point there will be a 'break or shift' magical moment, a point Omega when suddenly our infinitely disparate cacophony of petty individual concerns and dreams will be vaporized as a deep reckoning will grab our souls, millennia of deep trance delusion will be shaken off, and a profound, blissful and oh! so Love-sparkling welling of tearful emotions and unconditional surrender will gently touch our souls, hearts and trembling lips to awaken us from this deep self-induced slumber...

"I know it is coming... Can you sense it?"

I could have written that myself. It is, in fact, written by Jean Hudon in today's Earth Rainbow Network E-letter. (PS-3)

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EARTH RISING

In the early hours of this morning, at between 3 and 6 am, I was listening to Alex Merklinger talk with Nick Begish, co-author with Jim Roderick of Earth Rising, on the Mysteries of the Mind radio show that Alex hosts, from New Mexico. (PS-4)

I liked what Nick Begish had to say. I cannot afford books, but I am going to buy Nick Begish's 'Earth Rising 11'. In it he exposes the technological advances - the military revolution, mind and weather control, all-pervasive surveillance, HAARP - to this thesis: "These new technologies attack the essence of who we are - they attack the very foundation of our being by wounding the human spirit;" yet, "In each potential disaster there are even greater possibilities for solutions which redeem the human spirit."

I took heart from Nick's positive outlook, even in the face of the appalling examples he gave of how corporations, with the support of the state, are hell-bent on negating all that is good in us. "Corporations do not have souls. They are ruled by the bottom line, profit."

In this they follow the first rule of capitalism: Profit before people.

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FOR EVERY CONSUMER, A PAUPER

Yesterday I reported on the State of Consumption Today, from the Worldwatch Institute "State of the World 2004" - how there are now supposedly 1.7 billion people in the 'consumer class', with half that number in the 'developing world'; and how, as an example of what this means, every day in 2003, some 11,000 more cars merged onto Chinese roads - 4 million new private cars during the year. Auto sales increased by 60 % in 2002 and by more than 80 % in the first half of 2003.

Hurrah for capitalism!

For all the concern of the concerned, the inequalities that belong with capitalism have hardly shifted in the 35 years that I have been taking note of them. Today, almost half (2.8 billion) people in the world live on less than $2 a day. And according to the World Bank 'development indicators' of July 2003, the per capita money measured economic activity in the low-income countries, with 40 percent of the world population, was just $450 in 2002. For every 'consumer' there is a pauper. The per capita money dealings of the billion people in the high-income earning countries, with 15 percent of the world population, was 60 times greater.

So is the debt burden of first world people at least 60 times greater than that of third world people! - With the total world debt owned mainly by a few hundred banks and other financial institutions, on behalf of the few hundred mega-rich money masters, who have more assets between them than the 3 billion poorest of the world's six billion plus people.

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WHAT A MESS

About ten million times a million dollars, that is about a third of the world gross product of all economic activity, is accounted to crime and non-essential things, as follows:

10. Financial Crime: $3 trillion
9. Military Arms $1 trillion
8. Financial Fraud: $932 billion
7. Gambling: $815 billion
6. Organized Crime: $750 billion
5. Food lost to rats: $400 billion
4. Tobacco: $300 billion
3. Tax cheating $250 billion
2. Illegal Drugs: $200 billion
1. Shoplifting: $100 billion

Source: Barrett & Johnson, 'World Christian Encyclopaedia, 2001'

The figures were presented at the Annual Conference, World Future Society, San Francisco, CA, by Jay Gary on July 19, 2003. (PS-5)

Said Cary, "If our world were to collectively reduce these 'structures of sin' just by 6 percent, it would free up some $583 billion each year, which would provide the entire world's poor with adequate shelter, education, food and water."

But, as I am having to learn from my cancer, you can't cure the symptoms without knowing and dealing with the cause. The crime and waste in our world is an avoidable side effect of the capitalist economic system by which we have been set up against ourselves - split, to be workers and exploiters in enforced role play, when by nature we simply want to serve and be served, freely, as it happens.

-- WE ARE READY FOR POST-CAPITALISM

The following is right on the mark. It is from an article by Henry C. K. Liu, who writes for the Asia Times and is chairman of the New York-based Liu Investment Group:

"No matter who owns it, capital as a notion in human civilisation has spent its usefulness and transformed into a destructive idea, like racism, piety, etc. There is no inherent need for capital to exist, and much less for the debate about the morality of its ownership. Let's start with who owns the universe. No self-respecting entity can make that claim. Capital as a notion was invented to allow some to claim the unclaimable, and money was invented as its expression. If no one owns air and water, why should anyone own factories? Of course, under capitalism, both air and water are no longer free."

Yes, dear friend Jean in Canada, the hard shell of our complacent and illusory sense of separation from 'All That Is' is being broken. We are ready, collectively, for post-capitalism.

That is what I sense is happening.

In friendship,

Boudewijn (Wegerif)
What Matters Programme
When forwarding to others, please include this URL http://www.whatmatters.nu/heartnotes_moneynotes.html#HMNM-2

My address and phone number are:
Mossvägen 8, 669 31, Deje, Sweden.
(I love receiving books, old and new!)
Telephone: +46.552.689100

PS-1. From the Steve MacDowall Thursday List, which includes ten fine quotes every week. http://www.hudsonvanloo.ca/thursday/optin.html

PS-2. http://www.newenergymovement.org/ecological_disaster.htm

PS-3 http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/Archives2004/GreenHolocaust14.htm

PS-4. http://www.mysteriesofthemind.com/archives.htm and for details of Earth Rising http://www.earthpulse.com/products/earthrising.html

PS-5 jgary@wnrf.org - http://www.jaygary.com




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From: "Betsy" betsy@falconblanco.com>
Subject: Feedback to Wake Up Torchbearers (Archived at http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2004/SpiritualAction.htm)
Date: 6 Feb 2004

Hello Jean.

I was really moved by your last compilation and thank your for that as it motivated me to 'take up the torch' and write something to try to make a difference... I don't know if you have another compilation for Dennis, but if you do I hope that you can use this.

Betsy

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Dennis Kucinich: “My campaign is about the end of fear and the beginning of hope.”

A statement spoken by a true visionary, but I think it probably comes 100 years too early.

If American's were facing reality then they would know they are in a state of fear, and would be ready for something like a new beginning offering some hope. But the actuality of the majority of Americans is that they feel secure in their established world of accumulated possessions. This being the case there is no state of fear and also no need to question anything, as people are content with what they have now. I understand that if anyone were to look objectively at the reality of their lives, then this false sense of security would leave them and they would fall into desperation, and then might want something like ‘hope’. But as long as they are content with their spoon-fed reality being given to them by the corporations that are controlling them, they will remain happily dependent in their roles as sheep. I don't expect that as long as people remain dull and sleepy being drugged with all of their material comforts, that they would even be able to recognize when a visionary (not seen since the likes of Gandhi or Martin Luther King), steps into their path and offers them a real hope‚ to turn this dismal situation around.

Nothing significant has changed in America in four years since the last election, as can be seen by what is happening right now with the current primary to elect a Democratic nominee. It's obvious that the media is still telling the public what to think, telling them who are the top contenders and also creating what are the issues. Money is being channeled to control the election process in the identical way it was used to elect the current president. I can't believe that these days people are so naïve to not know that the media is controlled and owned by only a few companies which in turn are owned by a few families, the same that own nearly all the resources in America. People must be able to see the duplicate news articles and pathetically limited amount of information coming across all news channels, as well as know that there is an international blackout and that much of what is reported is manipulated and fabricated? Maybe it's known and there are rumors among colleagues, but what is being done individually to relate to this problem and do something about it? The only conclusion I can come to is that American's aren't interested to know more about this campaign than what the corporate-owned media is telling them. I don't see any significant grass roots movement at this time that shows that American's seriously want to take charge of their lives, and make a change and do their own investigation about this election. I will now make a prediction which I am nearly 99.999% sure will come true unless something drastic happens: The winning nomination for the democratic presidential nominee will go to the person that the corporate machinery has determined will best serve their interests.

It would be easy to feel like a victim and give the blame for what's happening now on the media, but this should then be seen as the escape it is for individuals not to take matters into their own hands. Are people demanding alternative news or are they doing their own investigations to inform themselves about the issues or even better: looking deep inside to determine what are their own issues? That there are topics existing today, such as voting for the person most likely to win‚ shows that people still aren't ready to think for themselves. How can there be a new beginning of hope, without an acknowledgement of problems? This can only come about by realizing one's dependent situation and seeing how one prefers the status quo, because at heart we are afraid of the unknown. This underlying root cause is the reason that hardly anything ever changes. People prefer the known, which gives them their sense of security, which is also that which keeps us dependent on existing forms. This is well known by people in power positions and it is the main tool that is wielded to keep things in the way that benefits the power players. If people are kept in dependency then it is much easier to run things exactly how you want.

The people are kept fat and content, the players are happy, a simple formula that has been used for ages. 

Maybe people don't really see that they prefer security or are clinging to the old forms, and how this is causing stagnation and keeping all in dependency? Can one open one's eyes and look in another way at what is the surrounding situation, acknowledging the problems? Is the main reason there is not felt fear, because people feel secure in the USA and all that it represents? They feel secure that they have a democracy with a strong constitution that protects their rights and they have the power to elect the person the people choose for president. They feel secure with Saddam Hussein dethroned, knowing subconsciously that they will not have to change their oil-guzzling habits. They feel secure with their leaders decisions regarding the war with Iraq, despite massive worldwide and American protests to the contrary. They feel secure with the military power that is protecting their right to world consumer domination, even if they don't want to look at how the rest of the world feels about this and what is happening to the environment at the expense of being able to continue with excessive consumption patterns. They feel secure in their ability to buy whatever they want, even if they have to work nearly all their free time to be able to get enough money to obtain it. They feel secure with their advanced medical system, even if they don't realize that the entire system can't cure one disease as it is based on treating symptoms, which guarantee repeat customers. They feel secure with their governments and politicians who are nearly all representing the corporate machine which guarantee that they will have jobs to be able to buy things where nearly all aspects of such profit the same entity. What can be said with certainty is that they are secure in their growing dependency on being supported by corporations.

There is an underlying commonality in all of these security issues and it is people's tendency to prefer the known to the unknown. Accompanied with a misguided belief that one receives comfort or security from clinging to the known, is what keeps them dependent on existing worn out structures, versus taking a step into the unknown and making a change. Clearly there is only one way out of this situation and that is for people to start to question their own position and everything around them, taking their sovereignty into their own hands. Everyone has this power that they can wield but only they will do it when they realize that the reality is not as they previously imagined. I see that what Dennis stands for in his campaign offers everyone a new beginning but it is up to each individual to be able to recognize it. I see Dennis’ campaign issue is his own personal challenge, but also that his offering invites each individual to take on his or her own personal challenge. We can each join with Dennis no matter where we are and start to take steps right now and begin the process of questioning everything, including ourselves and what is going on around us. This “new beginning” is free, always available and can be entered into at any moment; only it takes a conscious decision to do so. I don't see that what is most important about this campaign is the final outcome, what is most important is the journey and we can all benefit as a group by consciously entering into a transformation of our world.

Betsy




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From: http://archive.salon.com/tech/feature/2004/02/09/voting_machines/index_np.html

Will the Election Be Hacked?   

By Farhad Manjoo

09 February 2004

A Salon special report reveals how new voting machines could result in a rigged presidential race -- and we'd never know.

A few weeks after Election Night 2002, Roxanne Jekot, a computer programmer who lives in Cumming, Ga., began fearing demons lingering in the state's voting machines. The midterm election had been a historic one: Georgia became the first state to use electronic touch-screen voting machines in every one of its precincts. The 51-year-old Jekot, who has a grandmotherly bearing but describes herself as a "typical computer geek," was initially excited about the new system.

"I thought it was the coolest thing we could have done," she says.

But the election also brought sweeping victories for Republicans, including, most stunningly, one for Sonny Perdue, who defeated Roy Barnes, the incumbent Democrat, to become Georgia's first Republican governor in 135 years, while Rep. Saxby Chambliss upset Vietnam veteran Sen. Max Cleland. The convergence of these two developments -- the introduction of new voting machines and the surprising GOP wins -- began to eat away at Roxanne Jekot. Like many of her fellow angry Democrats on the Internet discussion forums she frequented, she had a hard time believing the Republicans won legitimately. Instead, Jekot began searching for her explanation in the source code used in the new voting machines.

What she found alarmed her. The machines were state-of-the-art products from an Ohio company called Diebold. But the code -- which a friend of Jekot's had found on the Internet -- was anything but flawless, Jekot says. It was amateurish and pocked with security problems. "I expected sophistication and some fairly difficult to understand advanced coding," Jekot said one evening this fall at a restaurant near her home. But she saw "a hodgepodge of commands thrown all over the source code," an indication, she said, that the programmers were careless. Along with technical commands, Diebold's engineers had written English comments documenting the various functions their software performed -- and these comments "made my hair stand on end," Jekot said. The programmers would say things like "this doesn't work because that doesn't work and neither one of them work together." They seemed to know that their software was flawed.

To Jekot, there appeared to be method in the incompetence. Professional programmers could not be so sloppy; it had to be deliberate. "They specifically opened doors that need not be opened," Jekot said, suggesting the possibility that Diebold wanted to leave its voting machines open to fraud. And, ominously, the electronic voting systems used in Georgia, like most of the new machines installed in the United States since the 2000 election, do not produce a "paper trail" -- every vote cast in the state's midterm election was recorded, tabulated, checked and stored by computers whose internal workings are owned by Diebold, a private corporation.

Jekot was particularly alarmed -- and outraged -- to learn that company CEO Walden O'Dell is one of the GOP's biggest fundraisers in his home state of Ohio and nationally. Right after the Georgia elections, an O'Dell e-mail began making the rounds of Web logs and other Internet sites that were tracking the Diebold security flaws, in which the CEO bragged that he's "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year." What better way to deliver electoral votes for President Bush, some reasoned, than to control the equipment Americans use to cast their ballots?

"I believe that the 2002 election in Georgia was rigged," Jekot insists today. "I don't believe that Saxby Chambliss or Sonny Perdue won their races legally."

CLIP - read the rest at http://archive.salon.com/tech/feature/2004/02/09/voting_machines/index_np.html or http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/021104J.shtml




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From: "Stuart" zs012b0142@blueyonder.co.uk>
Subject: Suggested website
Date: 6 Feb 2004

Thanks for the compilations, they are greatly appreciated.

The last one we received there was a section about a future ice age that may be coming so I thought you might find this of great interest:

http://www.spirit-truths.co.uk

There are several transcripts on there, the latest one from November 17th (at http://www.spirit-truths.co.uk/transcripts/2003/november/17thnovember2003.htm ) I think mentions the Ice Age, but they say it won’t happen, it’s going to go the other way, the gulf stream will cool things down, but it’s definitely going to get hotter.

They by the way are three light beings from Andromeda, and they have a sense of humor too!

All the best,

Keep up the good work,

Stuart




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From: "Leonard Spade" lspade@msn.com>
Subject: 911: THE MARIANI VS. BUSH LAWSUIT
Date: 6 Feb 2004

I am going to her website and signing the petition. This may be the only opportunity that the American people will have to find out the truth about what happened on 9-11, 2001. I urge you to do so too.

Thanks you,

Leonard

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Highly Recommended!

Think about how astounding this is! The President of the United States is being accused of at least allowing the attack upon us to occur on September 11, 2001, if not being directly involved in its happening, for personal and political profit! And the evidence backing the accusation is deeply disturbing.

Could we REALLY have a President who would deceive the people to mount an attack? Well, it seems clear now that FDR did that. He knew that the attack upon Pearl Harbor was coming but did not warn the troops there. And LBJ used a hoax to accelerate the Vietnam war - The Gulf of Tonkin incident. And we all remember that Hitler staged the Reichstag fire to gain power in Germany.

Was 911 permitted to happen? Or, worse, was it a hoax?

Hopefully this law suit will pave the way to the truth.

Don Stacey

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Read LIGHT IN A DARK TUNNEL: THE MARIANI VS. BUSH LAWSUIT at
http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=44075




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Forwarded by "Mark Graffis" mgraffis@vitelcom.net>

From: http://www.currentconcerns.ch/archive/2004/01/20040118.php

09 Feb 2004

Iraq and the Problem of Peak Oil

by F. William Engdahl

Today, much of the world is convinced the Bush Administration did not wage war against Iraq and Saddam Hussein because of threat from weapons of mass destruction, nor from terror dangers. Still a puzzle, however, is why Washington would risk so much in terms of relations with its allies and the entire world, to occupy Iraq. There is compelling evidence that oil and geopolitics lie at the heart of the still-hidden reasons for the military action in Iraq.

It is increasingly clear that the US occupation of Iraq is about control of global oil resources. Control, however, in a situation where world oil supplies are far more limited than most of the world has been led to believe. If the following is accurate, the Iraq war is but the first in a major battle over global energy resources, a battle which will be more intense than any oil war to date. The stakes are highest. It is about fixing who will get how much oil for their economy at what price and who not. Never has such a choke-hold on the world economy been in the hands of one power. After occupation of Iraq it appears it is.

The era of cheap, abundant oil, which has supported world economic growth for more than three quarters of a century, is most probably at or past its absolute peak, according to leading independent oil geologists. If this analysis is accurate, the economic and social consequences will be staggering. This reality is being hidden from general discussion by the oil multinationals and major government agencies, above all by the United States government. Oil companies have a vested interest in hiding the truth in order to keep the price of getting new oil as low as possible. The US government has a strategic interest in keeping the rest of the world from realising how critical the problem has become.

According to the best estimates of a number of respected international geologists, including the French Petroleum Institute, Colorado School of Mines, Uppsala University and Petroconsultants in Geneva, the world will likely feel the impact of the peaking of most of the present large oil fields and the dramatic fall in supply by the end of this decade, 2010, or possibly even several years sooner. At that point, the world economy will face shocks which will make the oil price rises of the 1970's pale by contrast. In other words, we face a major global energy shortage for the prime fuel of our entire economy within about seven years.

Peak oil

The problem in oil production is not how much reserves are underground. There the numbers are more encouraging. The problem comes when large oilfields such as Prudhoe Bay Alaska or the fields of the North Sea pass their peak output. Much like a bell curve, oil fields rise to a maximum output or peak. The peak is the point when half the oil has been extracted. In terms of reserves remaining it may seem there is still ample oil. But it is not as rosy as it seems. The oil production may hold at the peak output for a number of years before beginning a slow decline. Once the peak is past however, the decline can become very rapid. Past the peak, there is still oil, but each barrel becomes more difficult to exploit, and more costly, as internal well pressures decline or other problems make recovery more expensive for each barrel. The oil is there but not at all easy to extract. The cost of each barrel past peak is increasingly higher as artificial means are employed to extract it. After a certain point it becomes uneconomical to continue to try to extract this peak oil.

Because most oil companies and agencies such as the US Department of Energy speak not of peak oil, but of total reserves, the world has a false sense of energy supply security. The truth is anything but secure.

Case studies

Some recent cases make the point. In 1991 the largest discovery in the Western Hemisphere since the 1970's, was found at Cruz Beana in Columbia. But its production went from 500,000 barrels a day to 200,000 barrels in 2002. In the mid-1980's the Forty Field in North Sea produced 500,000 barrels a day. Today it yields 50,000 barrels. One of the largest discoveries of the past 40 years, Prudhoe Bay, produced some 1.5 million barrels a day for almost 12 years. In 1989 it peaked, and today gives only 350,000 barrels daily. The giant Russian Samotlor field produced a peak of 3,500,000 barrels a day. It has now dropped to 325,000 a day. In each of these fields, production has been kept up by spending more and more to inject gas or water to maintain field pressures, or other means to pump the quantity of oil. The world's largest oil field, Ghawar in Saudi Arabia, produces near 60% of all Saudi oil, some 4.5 million barrels per day. To achieve this, geologists report that the Saudis must inject 7 million barrels a day of salt water to keep up oil well pressure, an alarming signal of near collapse of output in the world's largest oil kingdom.

The growing problem of peak oil has been known among oil industry insiders since the mid-1990's. In 1995, the leading oil consulting firm, Petroconsultants in Geneva, published a global study, 'The World Oil Supply.' The report cost $35,000, written for the oil industry. Its author was petroleum geologist, Dr. Colin Campbell. In 1999 Campbell testified to the British House of Commons, 'Discovery of (new oil reserves) peaked in the 1960's. We now find one barrel for every four we consume ...'

CLIP - Read the rest at http://www.currentconcerns.ch/archive/2004/01/20040118.php




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From: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A22507-2004Feb7.html

Chinese Workers Pay for Wal-Mart's Low Prices

Retailer Squeezes Its Asian Suppliers to Cut Costs

By Peter S. Goodman and Philip P. Pan
Washington Post Foreign Service
February 8, 2004

SHENZHEN, China -- Inside the factory, amid clattering machinery and clouds of sawdust, men without earplugs or protective goggles feed wood into screaming electric saws, making cabinets for stereo speakers. Women hunch over worktables, many hands bandaged and few covered by gloves, pressing transistors into circuit boards.


Most of the 2,100 workers here are poor migrants from the countryside who have come to this industrial hub in southern China for jobs that pay about $120 a month. A sign on the wall reminds them of their expendability in a nation with hundreds of millions of surplus workers: "If you don't work hard today, tomorrow you'll have to try hard to look for a job."

The calculations driving production here at Shenzhen Baoan Fenda Industrial Co. are no different from those governing global capitalism in general -- make more for less -- but it is applied with particular vigor on this shop floor. Sixty percent of the stereos coming off the line are for one customer: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., whose mastery at squeezing savings from its supply chain made it the world's largest company.

"The profit is really small," said Surely Huang, a factory engineer, speaking of the 350,000 stereos that Fenda agreed in March to supply to the retailer for $30 to $40 each. Huang said they sell for $50 in the United States. "We have to constantly cut costs to satisfy Wal-Mart."

Yet this factory and thousands of others along China's east coast have decided, with China's leaders, that the deal is worth the price. Wal-Mart provides access to vastly more store shelves than they could ever reach by themselves, a way to build a brand from Fort Worth to Frankfurt. Meeting Wal-Mart's strict requirements could improve the factory's efficiency and make it easier to land contracts from other major retailers.

As capital scours the globe for cheaper and more malleable workers, and as poor countries seek multinational companies to provide jobs, lift production and open export markets, Wal-Mart and China have forged themselves into the ultimate joint venture, their symbiosis influencing the terms of labor and consumption the world over.

With sales of more than $245 billion a year, Wal-Mart is the largest retailer in the United States, still the ultimate consumer market. China is the most populous country, with 1.3 billion people, most still poor enough to willingly move hundreds of miles from home for jobs that would be shunned by anyone with better prospects. The Communist Party government has become perhaps the world's greatest facilitator of capitalist production, beckoning multinational giants with tax-free zones and harsh punishment for anyone with designs on organizing a labor movement.

More than 80 percent of the 6,000 factories in Wal-Mart's worldwide database of suppliers are in China. Wal-Mart estimates it spent $15 billion on Chinese-made products last year, accounting for nearly one-eighth of all Chinese exports to the United States. If the company that Sam Walton built with his "Made in America" ad campaign were itself a separate nation, it would rank as China's fifth-largest export market, ahead of Germany and Britain.

Back in its home market, Wal-Mart's vast appetite for Chinese imports has placed it at the center of a sharp debate over whether the influx of low-cost products from China is good for Americans.

Domestic manufacturers, labor groups and some politicians point to China's record trade surplus with the United States, estimated to have totaled $120 billion last year, and accuse Beijing of manipulating its currency, condoning the exploitation of its workers and competing unfairly, resulting in the loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs.

(...) 'Better Than Nothing'

For Wal-Mart and other multinational companies doing business in China, a stable currency, political peace and a compliant workforce are nearly as important as low costs.

"There might be places in other parts of the world where you can buy cheaper, but can you get [the product] on the ship?" Tsuei said. "If we have to look at a country that's not politically stable, you might not get your order on time. If you deal in a country where the currency fluctuates, everyday there is a lot of risk. China happens to have the right mix."

Labor activists in China and abroad say that mix includes the ruling party's ban on independent trade unions -- workers may join only the party-run union -- as well as courts and regulatory agencies controlled by local party officials who are often willing to overlook labor violations to appease businesses that can be milked for taxes, fees and bribes.

The activists argue that as Wal-Mart pits suppliers against one another and squeezes them for the lowest price, the workers suffer.

"Wal-Mart pressures the factory to cut its price, and the factory responds with longer hours or lower pay," said a Chinese labor official, who declined to be named for fear of punishment. "And the workers have no options."

CLIP - read the rest at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A22507-2004Feb7.html




Forwarded by "Arthur Bond" artbond@blueyonder.co.uk> on Feb 11

Exploitation is the price of cheaper food, says Oxfam

By Cahal Milmo

09 February 2004

The Independent

Global retailers, including British supermarkets are, systematically inflicting poor working conditions on millions of women workers to conduct price wars and feed ever-rising consumer expectations of cheap produce, Oxfam said yesterday.

A study of employment conditions in 12 countries which supply items from jeans to gerberas to international brands such as Walmart and Tesco found that the largely female workforce in many suppliers is working longer hours for low wages in unhealthy conditions and failing to reap any benefit from globalisation.

Women in developing countries are estimated to occupy between 60 and 90 per cent of the jobs in the labour-intensive stages of the clothing industry and the production of fresh fruit and vegetables destined for supermarket shelves in Europe and America.

Oxfam claims the buying policies of the new breed of global retailers as they use competition between suppliers as far apart as Thailand and Kenya to demand lower prices and increased efficiencies have resulted in imposing worsening labour conditions on those at the bottom of the supply chain.

Kate Raworth, the report's author, said: "The majority of workers performing these tasks - picking fruit, sewing garments, cutting flowers - are women. But rather than their work providing the income to lift their families out of poverty, these workers are commonly hired on short contracts or, with no contract at all, they have no sick leave and their insecurity and vulnerability is reinforced. Exploiting the circumstances of vulnerable people, whether intentionally or not, is at the heart of many employment strategies in global supply chains."

The campaign was launched yesterday by Minnie Driver, the Oscar-nominated British actress, in Cambodia, where workers are paid little more than £35 a month to make garments for major sports brands.

Oxfam said its research in countries such as South Africa, Bangladesh, Colombia, Honduras and Thailand found that women workers were expected to juggle the traditional responsibilities of housekeeping and child rearing as well as bringing in an extra income.

As a result they were exploited by employers who expect them to perform "low skill" jobs at maximum efficiency. While many were receiving the minimum wage from suppliers, the income was still not enough to cover basic needs, Oxfam claims.

In Bangladesh, 98 per cent of the workers approached by Oxfam were receiving the legal minimum. But its level was set in 1994 and the price of staple foodstuffs has doubled since.

In Morocco, staff in garment factories supplying Spain's El Cortes department store chain were expected to work up to 16-hours a day to meet orders placed with seven days' notice but are paid barely half of the overtime they accumulate.

The market is dominated by large companies which act as "gatekeepers" between developing countries and lucrative western markets, according to the report.

Retailers now hold "internet auctions" for suppliers to submit the lowest bids for contracts and place "same-day" orders for fresh produce to be packaged and shipped within 24 hours, placing extra burdens on female pickers and packing workers.

Extra costs, such as the specific packaging ordered by most UK supermarkets for fruit, are also passed on to farmers whose margins in turn are so tight that they have to pass on the financial burden to their workforce, it is claimed.

In South Africa, the export price for apples has fallen 33 per cent since 1994. In Florida the real price paid for tomatoes, picked by women immigrant labourers, has dropped by a quarter since 1992 while the price paid in supermarkets by consumers in America has risen by 43 per cent.

The study highlights Tesco, Britain's biggest and most profitable supermarket, which also sells in 10 other countries, as being among retailers which allegedly pass on costs without paying more for the end product.




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