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Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #20

Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #20, February 6, 2003

Website http://www.gpja.pl.net/ Contact details: Forums John Minto, (09)
8463173 mailto: mailto:jbminto@xtra.co.nz; Newsletter Editor Mike Treen 0212547440
mailto: mailto:miket@pl.net Web page Geraldine Peters (09) 3570655 mailto: mailto:bern@ihug.co.nz
Donations can be sent to GPJA, 84 Paice Ave, Sandringham, Auckland. All
communication regarding the GPJA mailing list (email or snail) should be
addressed to mailto: mailto:gpjamailinglist@xtra.co.nz


HELP NEEDED IN STRUGGLE AGAINST WAR


MARCH ON SATURDAY, FEB 15 (12 NOON, QEII SQUARE)

PEACE CONCERT SUNDAY, FEB 16 (1PM, POTTERS PARK)


LEAFLETS/POSTERS

2000 posters and 20,000 leaflets have been distributed. If you want to help
please download from our website to copy and distribute to friends,
workmates etc. (Some posters are still available from John Minto Ph 8463173)

Feb 15/16 posters/leaflets available from http://gpja.pl.net/

(If the files don¹t open directly save first then open)

FEBRUARY 16 "PEACE IN THE PARK"

Potter's Park. Cnr Dominion and Balmoral Roads. 1pm Onwards. A Day of Music,
P&P (Peace and Politics) for all - Families, Frolickers, Flower Children,
Face Painters, Fairies, would-be Foreign Policy advisors and those
interested in sending out a clear message to New Zealand and overseas
Governments "NO Blood for Oil - Peace, Not War in Iraq".

Performers: Salon Kingsadore; Tamil Cultural Group; Selwyn College Band;
Brenda Liddiard and Mark Laurent; African Drummers; One Voice Choir; Phil
Toms; Taos; The Weather; Caitlin Smith; Golden Horse; Shona Laing and Karen
Hunter; Don McGlashan; and more...

MC's: Michele A'Court; Caitlin Smith

WE NEED HELP FROM GPJA SUPPORTERS!

Please take a minute to check through the list below and any help would be
greatly appreciated

GPJA Committee meeting, 10am Sunday, February 9, 84 Paice Ave, Sandringham

Banner Painting, 12.30pm, Sunday Feb 9, Greens office, 308 Great North Rd

Bring any paint, calico, brushes (if you've got'em) plus clever slogans and
enthusiasm.

(If anyone has an overhead projector we can borrow that would be really
great!) Ph Kim 3615925.

Concert help:

(1) Stage Hands: Set Up 8.30 (sharp) -11.30a.m. Dismantle 7 - 10p.m.

(2) Scaffolding and Stage Cover + people willing to set up.

(3) Solid steps for the performers to access the truck stage.

(4) 4-5 "Clear coms" (walkie talkies) Contact Chris Holland

(5) Large high roofed tent for performers to assemble behind stage.

(6) Table with water, tea, coffee for waiting performers.

(7) Table and chairs for sound engineers.

(8) "Kiosk" tent for mixing gear & sound engineers.

(For 1-8 contact Chris Holland mailto: mailto:chrisholland@paradise.net.nz Ph 337 0332)

(9) Donations Collectors (March or Concert). Contact Brian Van Dam
mailto: mailto:vandam@math.auckland.ac.nz

Ph 2674856 or 3737599 x5745

(11) Mailing List Collectors (March or Concert). Contact Kathy Lane
mailto: mailto:kathylane@xtra.co.nz Ph 3780547

(12) First Aid. Contact Geraldene Peters mailto: mailto:bern@ihug.co.nz

(13) Publicity, Outreach and Poster Distribution in Central and
Greater Auckland. Please Email Geraldene Peters details above

(14) Stalls at concert for organisations - Would your group like to
have a stall for information, sales etc. Please email John Minto
mailto: mailto:jbminto@xtra.co.nz or Phone 8463173.

(15) Speakers -we plan to have interspersed between the entertainment
several 3-minute slots for people to talk about the war against Iraq and/or
about their organisation. Would you like a spot? Contact John Minto -
details above

(16) Food stalls - know any group that would like to run a food stall?
-

contact John Minto.

(17) Any other creative ideas - banners, a bouncy castle for kids,
face

painting, stilt walking. Please get in touch if you can help with any of
these.

POWELL¹S DUBIOUS CASE FOR WAR

http://www.fpif.org/commentary/2003/0302powell.html

This newsletter is going out just after Powell has made his case for war at
the UN Security Council. While we haven¹t had time to analyse its veracity
it should be pointed out that Resolution 1441 requires all UN member states
to provide relevant information to the inspectors not manipulate it for
propaganda purposes. We also know the US lied in its justifications for Gulf
War I in 1991 (see
http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,889419,00.html) and that Powell
has systematically lied to support the illegal contra war against Nicaragua
when he was Reagan¹s National Security Advisor (see An open letter to the UN
about Colin Powell http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00029.htm).
Only last week Hans Blix criticised him for deliberately distorting his
report to the UN (see ³US is misquoting my Iraq report says Blix²
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/01/31/1043804520548.html) Allegations
also cannot override the duty of UN member states to obey the Charter of the
United Nations (ratified in US law) which forbids military force except in
self defence in the face of an enemy attack. It also insists on the primacy
of peaceful means to resolve disputes. ³The parties to any dispute, the
continuance of which is likely to endanger the maintenance of international
peace and security, shall, first of all, seek a solution by negotiation,
enquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, judicial settlement, resort
to regional agencies or arrangements, or other peaceful means of their own
choice." (The Charter of the United Nations, Chapter VI, Article 33).

NZ ANTIWAR

Peace march, Synagogue to Church to Mosque

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0302/S00005.htm

An open letter to Prime Minister Helen Clark to stand up for peace

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00026.htm

No evidence to Justify war on Iraq Peace Action Wellington

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0301/S00123.htm

CTU requests meeting with US ambassador

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0301/S00112.htm

Protests at Devonport, Waihopai, US embassy

http://www.indymedia.org.nz/

http://gpja.pl.net/sub/PhotoReports/TeManaProtest/U.S.BombsBanner.html

http://gpja.pl.net/sub/PhotoReports/TeManaProtest/Groups.html

NZ AND GATS

NZ Govt position on Gats confusing says Jane Kelsey

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00041.htm

WTO Negotiations Impact on Services: CTU

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0302/S00011.htm

Govt: Consultation process on gats called

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00025.htm

Greens: gats demands would destroy NZ

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0302/S00040.htm

GULF WAR - RECENT

War, Peace an d the UN fig leaf, by Tariq Ali

http://www.redpepper.org.uk/x-keynote-Feb2003.html

Tony Benn interviews Saddam Hussein

http://ads.channel4.com/html.ng/site=C4&category=news&module=popup&content=size=200_200

Iraq¹s hidden weapons from allegation to fact

http://www.fair.org/press-releases/iraq-weapons.html

Greenpeace: Big Oil pushes the White House for a war with Iraq

https://www.greenpeace.com/forms/gpicontr.html

The Recolonization of Iraq Cannot Be Sold as Liberation

Of course most Iraqis don't want their country invaded and occupied

http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0130-04.htm

My war on the world: Blair we¹ll fight all those who pose a threat

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/page.cfm?objectid=12585172&method=full&siteid=50143

Poll shows opposition to war is growing

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/page.cfm?objectid=12588923&method=full&siteid=50143

Bush approves nuclear response


http://www.washtimes.com/world/20030131-27320419.htm

Nuclear labs get more money in Bush budget

http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/5101064.htm

US interrogators turn to 'torture lite'

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,881841,00.html

ANTIWAR

Greenpeace cuts military supply chain to war in Iraq

Rainbow Warrior blockades UK military port; activists set up peace camp

http://www.greenpeace.org/news/details?item_id=121583

Greenpeace takes global action against war

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0302/S00030.htm

RESOURCES

What will happen to Iraq¹s oil?

http://www.observer.co.uk/Print/0,3858,4596962,00.html

The unseen war Images from 1991

http://www.digitaljournalist.org/issue0212/pt01.html

An Annotated Overview of the Foreign Policy Segments of President George W.
Bush¹s State of the Union Address by Stephen Zunes

http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0129-09.htm

28 voices on Iraq

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/voices/0,12811,880735,00.html

Understanding the Iraq Crisis a primer, by Phyllis Bennis, IPS (27pp)

http://www.ips-dc.org/iraq/primer.pdf

MERIP: Why another war a backgrounder on the Iraq crisis (16pp)

http://www.merip.org/iraq_backgrounder_102202/iraq_background2_merip.pdf

(You will need Acrobat Reader to open/download these files)

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

NELSON MANDELA

The US is a threat to world peace. Recalls Rumsfeld opposed his release

http://www.wagingpeace.org/articles/02.09/0920mandela_iraq.htm

Mandela in furious warning over Iraq war

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/page.cfm?objectid=12588911&method=full&siteid=50143

JOHN PILGER

In its leaders supporting the war in Iraq, the Observer proves that it has
truly buried its great liberal editor David Astor, and his principled,
"freethinking" legacy. http://pilger.carlton.com/print/129227

ROBERT FISK

Don¹t mention Afghanistan

http://argument.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=375608

The coffee table war

http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=373317

WORLD SOCIAL FORUM

WSF Where to now

http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=41&ItemID=2956

Various articles

http://www.tni.org/acts/wsf/wsf3.htm

Noam Chomsky¹s speech to 15000 at WSF

http://www.zmag.org/content/print_article.cfm?itemID=2938§ionID=40

Another world is possible and necessary

http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0128-10.htm

In time of war, hope triumphs in Porto Alegre

http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=15063

Globalising Resistance

The Asian Social Forum held in Hyderabad, conceived as part of the
international consultations going on for the past two years under the
umbrella of the World Social Forum, provides a unified platform for diverse
groups trying to mobilise people's power to turn back the tide of
imperialist globalisation.

http://www.flonnet.com/fl2002/stories/20030131009100400.htm

VENEZUELA

A very squalid coup

http://www.redpepper.org.uk/x-venezuala-Feb2003.html

COLUMBIA

To crush the poor: First it was Reds, then drugs, then terror. So who have
the US really been fighting in Colombia? George Monbiot

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,888443,00.html


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