Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #40
Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #40, July 16, 2003
Website http://www.gpja.pl.net/ Contact details: Forums - John Minto, (09) 8463173 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org; Newsletter Editor - Mike Treen 0212547440 / 3616989 mailto:email@example.com Web page - Geraldine Peters (09) 3570655 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Donations can be sent to GPJA, Private Bag 68905, Newton, Auckland. All communication regarding the GPJA mailing list (email or snail) should be addressed to mailto:email@example.com
Thanks to the 100 people who braved a wintry Friday night on US Independence Day July 4 to protest outside the US Consulate over the continuing military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and the NZ governments participation in that occupation. See "NZ troops carry body bags’ to Iraq" http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0307/S00049.htm Worldwide the lies that were told to justify the Iraq war are being exposed and support for Bush and Blair is falling as fast as the casualty rate is rising among the occupation forces. Now that “The Listener” is back online we are able to link to a penetrating interview with Helen Clark over NZ's military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan (See Below).
Due to some meeting clashes GPJA's organising committee meeting has been postponed to this Monday July 21 at 7pm. Anyone keen to get involved in planning future GPJA activities should feel free to come along. New volunteers always warmly welcomed. (For details see "What's On in Auckland" below)
AOTEAROA: THE DEBATE OVER FORESHORE RIGHTS MAORI DELIVER UNANIMOUS DECLARATION In a show of unequivocal strength Maori have delivered a declaration asserting their customary rights to the foreshore and seabed. The declaration also calls on Maori MPs to oppose any legislation that extinguishes Maori customary rights. The Paeroa Declaration and explanatory documents is to be widely distributed allowing Maori and the public to avoid media and political inaccuracies. The paper can be viewed at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/paeroa.htm#intro
PROTEST USER CHARGES IN WAITAKERE - MEETING THURSDAY Kelston Community Centre, Thursday 17th July 7.30pm (cnr Awaroa and Great North Rd.) Waitakere City Council has reneged on its promise to review water funding after its recent consultation (Long Term Council Community Plan). They have shelved the decision until 2005-2006. Citizens Against Privatisation occupied the council offices on Wednesday 9th July and met with Mayor Bob Harvey, Deputy Mayor Caroline Stone and CEO Harry O Rourke. They committed to relooking at the issue at the next Council meeting. Public pressure at this point is therefore crucial so please attend the meeting at Kelston. Numbers do count.
Through the LTCCP process the council received nearly 2000 submissions supporting a fully rates funded option for water. Since 1997 14000 people have signed Submissions and petitions on this issue. They deserve a decision in the coming months, not years. We need maximum support at this public meeting. WCC representatives will be there to explain their position. We need you to come along and demand that they deliver a fairer charging system for water, one that does not penalise the low to average income majority. There will be speakers from various groups and an opportunity for anyone to voice their opinions.
For further information contact Meredydd Barrar (Citizens Against Privatisation spokesperson) Ph (09) 836 6389
ECCO ECCO Meetings Every Monday @ 7 at 9/210 Upper Symonds St, AK CBD (Down alleyway beside green Digital River building, red door on left.). We are a collection of Auckland groups and individuals seeking to build an Auckland Community Activism Centre in the Auckland CBD to help build community activism and an activist community. Meetings involve locating a suitable space, discussing the development of the centre and introducing a wide range of individuals, groups and projects to help people network.
SOCIAL FORUM AOTEAROA - NOVEMBER 21-23 Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Porirua Another world is possible Since its first meeting in Porte Alegre (Brazil) in 2001 the World Social Forum (WSF) has helped transform the globalisation debate. Now New Zealand is to hold its first Social Forum - in Porirua in November 2003. The Social Forum is an open meeting place where groups and movements engaged in building a global society centred on the human person come together to pursue their thinking, to debate ideas democratically, to formulate proposals, share their experiences freely and network for effective action (see the WSF Charter of Principles).
The WSF movement seeks to create alternative means of building a globalization in solidarity, respecting the human rights of all and the environment. It is grounded in democratic international systems and institutions at the service of social justice, equality and the sovereignty of peoples. It aims to develop an international coalition of the widest range of social movements and organizations, on the principle of respect for differences, autonomy of ideas and forms of endeavour.
The first meeting of the Social Forum Aotearoa aims to strengthen community/whanau/ngo networking and to showcase community based ideas and solutions in Aotearoa. It will facilitate input to processes such as the World Social Forum meeting in Mumbai, India, in 16-21 January 2004; New Zealand's Action Plan for Human Rights; the Commonwealth Civil Society Meeting prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, in December 2003.
Combining workshops, interactive events, cultural performance and entertainment, everyone's invited to come! For more information contact Pat Hanley mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Treen mailto:email@example.com
PEACE MEDIA AWARDS We are contacting you to let you know that we are currently receiving entries for this year's Media Peace Awards. 2003 marks the 20th year of the Awards, which aim to recognise the work of those in the media who promote understanding, tolerance and peace "whose work sheds light rather than heat". The categories are print, radio, TV/film, and advertising/public relations and rangatahi/student (print, radio & TV/film). The closing date for entries is 11th August, and the eligibility period is 1st August, 2002 - 1st August, 2003. To enter this year's Media Peace Awards and be a part of an amazing event, just check out our website - www.peace.net.nz. Let us know if would like more information, or like us to mail you the brochure and entry forms. Sincerely, Wendy John, General Manager, The Peace Foundation, PO Box 4110, Auckland 1020, Ph 09-373-2379
ROGER AWARDS 2003 Now available - the nomination criteria and nomination form for the 2003 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand; you can get yours on-line at http://canterbury.cyberplace.co.nz/community/CAFCA/publications/Roger/Rogernomination.pdf or from Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa, email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline for nominations for the 2003 Roger Award is 31 October 2003.
WHAT'S ON IN AUCKLAND
Thursday, July 17, 7pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn ALLIANCE FORUM: "The Health of Nations" with Dr Barry Gribben. Contact email@example.com or ph 3763780.
Thursday, July 17, 7.30pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby. AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE INVASION OF IRAQ’ - Ruth Russell, from South Australia, was a human shield in Baghdad for eight weeks, including three weeks protecting a humanitarian site during the bombing which began in March 2003. She speaks about her experience there, what she and other human shields saw during the invasion; her talk is illustrated with photos taken at the time. "I decided to pack my bags and go to Baghdad because I believed this was the strongest statement I could make that this war was both illegal and morally wrong. So my first and most important effort was to speak out to try to prevent war. Right up until the last moment I thought the incredible world opinion and lack of any UN Resolution would work the people of the world did not want it - only three out of 180 countries supported the US government. When war was declared, I chose to stay at the Taji Food Silo to prevent bombing of this UN designated humanitarian site." Organised by WILPF, for more information contact Joan tel (09) 360 8001 or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, July 17, 7.30pm, Kelston Community Centre CITIZENS AGAINST PRIVATISATION protest meeting against Waitakere City Council's decision to shelve plans to deliver a fairer water charging system for the city.
Thursday, July 17 to Saturday July 19, Auckland University POETICS OF EXILE - AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE About 200 scholars, writers and creative artists from around the world are coming together to explore every aspect of the relationship between exile and creativity. Academic papers are mixed with poetry readings, visual art exhibitions, and video screenings. Themes taken up by contributors include: exile, memory and forgetfulness, identity and exile, the theology of exile, language and exile, and the sense of exile experienced by indigenous people. The conference is open to the public. For details and daily programme see: http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/sell/complit/conf/ To register for the whole conference ($225, or $150 for full time students and unwaged) - print off and mail in registration form from the website. Refugee groups and organisations working with refugees should e-mail mailto:email@example.com for special rates. To buy tickets for single sessions ($10 per session, maximum 3 sessions), send cheque made out to ‘University of Auckland’, to Mike Hanne, Comparative Literature, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland.
Friday, July 19, 8pm, Hopetoun Alpha, Beresford St, City "NINE EXILED POETS - A PUBLIC PERFORMANCE" Poets from many countries attending the conference present their work. Kapka Kassabova (born in Bulgaria); Bronislava Volkova (Czechoslovakia); Emad Jabbar (Iraq); Yang Lian (China); Yilma Tafere Tasew (Ethiopia); Nora Nadjarian (Cyprus); Basim Furat (Iraq); Sudesh Mishra (Fiji); Chris Abani (born in Nigeria) with music performed by Drummers from Burundi; Classical pianist Tamas Vesmas from Hungary and Rumania; Hip-hop Pasifika musicians Mua Strickson-Pua, JP and Feleti; Jazz saxophonist Chris Abani For tickets ($10) send cheque made out to "University of Auckland", to Mike Hanne, Comparative Literature, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland. Refugee groups and organisations working with refugees should e-mail mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org for special rates.
Monday, July 21, 7pm, Trades Hall,147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn GPJA ORGANISING COMMITTEE MEETING
Monday, July 21, 7.30pm, F1/5 Seymour St, St Marys Bay PEACE: THE SENSIBLE ALTERNATIVE TO WAR, an empowering community workshop run by Ruth Russell, human shield in Iraq, which provides opportunities for participants to work through the many outcomes of peace and war - personal, social, environmental, economic and political. Please RSVP if you are planning on attending so we have some idea of the number of people coming. Organised by WILPF, for more information, or to RSVP, contact Joan tel (09) 360 8001 or email mailto:email@example.com
Tuesday, July 22, 7pm, upstairs at Kocket Restaurant, 118 Ponsonby Road. Mothers Against Genetic Engineering (MAdGE) meeting, Come along and get involved because there's a lot to be done and we need everyone to be active as the lifting of the moratorium looms closer; for more info contact email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, July 25, 7pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn NATIONAL GE FREE HUI PUBLIC MEETING; with speakers Jon Carapiet (GE Free NZ), John Clearwater (Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Genetics) and others; for more info contact tel (09) 358 4105 or email mailto:email@example.com
Friday, July 25 to Sunday July 27, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn NATIONAL GE FREE HUI, a conference for anti-GE activists from around the country, with the focus on developing strategies for campaigns to prevent the lifting of the moratorium in October. Sessions and workshops are planned on the following: current situation with GE in NZ, what effects will the lifting of the moratorium in October have; update on current campaigns (reports from anti-GE groups); strategies for campaigns; consumers, direct action, lobbying, GE-Free zone; coalition building skills; treaty issues; GE and GATS, WTO; GE and animal rights; and eugenics, human cloning, the new HART Bill. For more info, and to register, contact tel (09) 358 4105 or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, July 27, 3-10pm, Danish Society Hall, 6 Rockridge Ave, Penrose. PERUVIAN PARTY FIESTA! Supper 5-6pm. Price $18 includes Supper. Music for dancing: The Fabulous “D” Starlights. This event is to raise funds for the poor children of Lima. Ph Eva 8150671 or 0276212964
Saturday, August 2, 3.30pm, War Memorial Museum, The Domain. SPECIAL RALLY OF REMEMBRANCE For all those who have suffered or died because of the Israeli government's continued occupation of Palestine (West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem). A floral tribute will be laid to honour the memory of all those who died or suffered. Then we will march to the olive grove at the rear of the museum where another tribute will be laid Prayers for peace from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish Faiths will be said. Your own floral contributions would be appreciated too. Contacts: David Wakim 09 5200201 Tuma Hazou 09 4738677
Monday, August 4, 7.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn GPJA FORUM: Turning up the heat: NZs role in September's WTO Ministerial meeting in Cancun. Auckland Launch of ARENA's new booklet on NZ's role in current WTO negotiations.
Monday, August 4, 6.30-9pm, AUT Conference Centre, 55 Wellesley St, City "LEAD OR BE LED - NEW ZEALAND'S CRITICAL CHALLENGE". Two views are competing for our attention. One is to align ourselves with US strategy and action to protect our economic interest. The other is to take a more self-determined path and forge our own future according to the principles and objectives of our own. A distinguished panel will speak, opening it up for public discussion. Dr. Paul Buchanan, Univ. of AK, Political Science Lecturer, previous Analyst with US Defense Department, http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/pol/staff/pb.html Dr. Wayne Mapp, National MP, Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Disarmament and Arms Control, www.wayne-mapp.co.nz Ella Henry, Head of Maori Studies, UNITEC, Member UN Panel on Trade and Indigenous People, http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/mgroups/mgipday3.htm Matt Robson, Progressive Coalition MP, Deputy Leader, Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Select Committees, http://www.robsononline.co.nz/ Part of Anew NZ Forum Series; "Creating a New New Zealand" $20 each, concessions for Anew NZ associates, students and seniors - $15. Register by email to ensure a place mailto:email@example.com. Contact Greg Liggins 3585790 or Dave Breuer 4139146
Saturday August 9, 1pm to 4pm at the Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn END THE GRIDLOCK! Transport Teach In Your chance to find out about Auckland's transport woes and the plans to overcome them. Speakers and workshops will include members of the Auckland Regional Council, Infrastructure Auckland, Auckland City Council, The Green Party, The Alliance, and others with transport expertise gained from working on Auckland local bodies and Transit NZ. This is a public forum. All welcome. Contact: Jill Ovens or Len Richards at 276 9433, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or Bob van Ruyssevelt at 838 8602, mailto:email@example.com
Sunday, August 10, 7pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby FOCUS ON WEST PAPUA - OPPRESSION AND RESISTANCE: A critical issue for the Pacific Hear West Papuan Human Rights Advocate John Rumbiak of the West Papua Institute for Human Rights Study and Advocacy (ELS-HAM) and other delegates to the International Solidarity Meeting for West Papua. Contact: Kevin McBride Pax Christi Aotearoa NZ 377 5541 Maire Leadbeater Indonesia Human Rights Committee 815 9000 David Tutty Catholic Justice and Peace Office 360 3037
THE BEST ON THE WEB
NEW ZEALAND TROOPS IN IRAQ/AFGHANISTAN Into the fire, by Gordon Campbell New Zealand troops are heading to Iraq and back to Afghanistan, two wildly unstable post-war zones, with barely a murmur of dissent. Have we capitulated to Anglo-American power, and will restive Iraqis or Afghans distinguish our military from unwanted occupying forces? Helen Clark responds. http://www.listener.co.nz/default,234.sm UK to lead international force in Iraq (includes NZ) "Britain already has 11,000 troops in the south of the country. According to British and US defence sources, they will be supplemented by more than 5,000 soldiers from Denmark, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Romania, New Zealand and Lithuania." http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,989318,00.html
ANTIWAR U.S.: Polls Show Erosion in Support for Iraq Operation WASHINGTON - Public support for the U.S. military operation in Iraq has eroded significantly over the past two months, as has confidence in President George W. Bush and his administration's credibility, according to two new polls released here http://ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=19057 Union brands British cabinet war criminals’ http://politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,989320,00.html
GODS WAR "God told me to strike at al-Qaida and I struck them, and then He instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me, I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them." - George Bush http://www.tmtmetropolis.ru/stories/2003/06/27/120.html
LIBERATED’ IRAQ Naomi Klien on privatisation of Iraq's industry http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00116.htm Iraq nuke hoax: Just the tip of the iceberg http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EG11Ak02.html A Former Special Forces Soldier Responds to Bush's Invitation for Iraqis to Attack US Troops "Bring 'Em On?" http://www.counterpunch.org/goff07032003.html A Ravaged land: Devastated by war and isolation, Iraq now faces a humanitarian and environmental crisis 12 years in the making. http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/columns/2003/16/we_351_01.html Iraq: The human toll. As news reporters tracked troops on the road to Baghdad, much of the suffering and loss of ordinary Iraqi civilians was left untold. Until now. Here, in a compelling dispatch, award-winning foreign correspondent Ed Vulliamy goes in search of their stories http://observer.guardian.co.uk/magazine/story/0,11913,992588,00.html Iraq attacks could signal wide revolt http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/135125876_guerrilla30.html Iraq: Now everyone needs food aid http://ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=19026 Mistrust Mixes With Misery In Heat of Baghdad Police Post Frustrated Reservists See a Mission Impossible http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A54872-2003Jun30.html?nav=hptop_ts Iraqi cleric demands elections http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3032988.stm
BUSH VISITS AFRICA - THE REAL AGENDA War on terror and access to oil seem to be behind the visit of U.S. President George W. Bush to Africa next week, say analysts.... http://ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=19049 America keen to exploit boom in Africa's black gold ALTHOUGH billed as an attempt to extend the hand of friendship to a neglected continent, President Bush's five nation African safari is widely being seen as an effort to ensure US access to Africa's burgeoning pot of black gold. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-737633,00.html Pentagon seeks more access to Africa http://www.ptd.net/webnews/wed/ao/Uus-africa.RUZV_Dl5.html Free Markets = famine in Africa http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=2&ItemID=3883 The two faces of George Bush in Africa http://lists.essential.org/pipermail/corp-focus/2003/000156.html Bush in Africa: Compassionate protectionism http://www.alternet.org/print.html?StoryID=16384
WTO WTO Charm offensive, by Aziz Choudry http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00007.htm
THE WAR ON FREEDOM Sleepwalking into tyranny http://www.counterpunch.org/floyd07082003.html Federal Court upholds secret detentions http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00003.htm Rage. Mistrust. Hatred. Fear. Uncle Sam's enemies within While the US fights a war on terror, it is also systematically crushing its citizens' rights. Neil Mackay on the alarming rise of a new tyranny http://www.sundayherald.com/print34917 The incredible shrinking liberties list in the US http://www.laweekly.com/ink/03/33/features-pelisek2.php Confess or die, US tells jailed Britons http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,992467,00.html US Terror trials condemned http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/americas/3044278.stm U.S. Punishes 35 Countries for Signing Onto Int'l Court WASHINGTON - Raising its war against the International Criminal Court to a new level, the administration of President George W. Bush Tuesday cut off military aid to 35 friendly countries in retaliation for their support of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and refusal to exempt U.S. soldiers from the ICC's jurisdiction.... http://ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=19063
MILITARISING THE PLANET US based missiles to have global reach http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,988612,00.html Envoy backs US-led world army http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/06/30/1056825334735.html John Pilger: How Britain exports weapons of mass destruction http://pilger.carlton.com/print/133018 Force down planes of "Rogue States" say US, Australia http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/07/04/1057179161923.html
IRAN Iran couldn't build a bomb if it wanted to Thomas Stauffer is a former nuclear engineer, and a specialist in Middle Eastern energy economics. William O. Beeman is director of Middle East Studies at Brown University. They contributed this commentary to The Daily Star http://www.dailystar.com.lb/opinion/28_06_03_e.asp
PALESTINE/ISRAEL The road map http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=22&ItemID=3861 US financial aid to Israel: Facts, figures and impact http://www.wrmea.com/us_aid_to_israel/index.htm Israel takes another step towards institutional apartheid http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article1651.shtml
CUBA Appeal Process Exposes the Grave Injustice Surrounding Miami Cuban Spy Trial http://www.spectrezine.org/resist/Miamifive2.htm Miami 5: Site for freedom for the prisoners of the empire http://www.granma.cu/miami5/ingles/index.html Newsletter in support of Miami 5 Cuban jailed for anti-terrorist activity http://www.granma.cu/boletines/index.html
USA MOST WANTED’ PLAYING CARDS http://www.siliconcreative.com/cards/
WORLD POVERTY The lost decade: They were promised a brighter future, but in the 1990s the world's poor fell further behind http://www.guardian.co.uk/famine/story/0,12128,994506,00.html Preventable diseases claim 11 million children a year says British medical journal http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=13&ItemID=3869
ENVIRONMENT & GM The great Rainforest tragedy http://news.independent.co.uk/world/environment/story.jsp?story=419695 Reaping the whirlwind Extreme weather prompts unprecedented global warming alert http://news.independent.co.uk/world/environment/story.jsp?story=421166 GM Crops will not help feed the world: largely genetic technologies will help feed the profits of big corporations, by Dr Gyorgy Scrinis, The Age (Australia) http://www.thecampaign.org/News/july03e.php GM Food for thought http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=7&ItemID=3841
FREE GRANDMA JAILED FOR ANTIWAR PROTEST On the 10th of March, 2003, Danish grandmother and peace activist Ulla Roder broke into RAF Leuchars on the east coast of Scotland and using a pair of bolt-croppers nonviolently damaged a Tornado war-plane so it could not be used in the US and UK attack on Iraq. She then calmly waited for the police to arrive. The Tornado warplane would have been used to drop cluster bombs and depleted uranium. Ulla is currently on remand in Cornton Vale prison, Stirling, FK9 5NY, waiting for her trial to start on Monday 30th June. She has been charged with causing around £1 million of damage. Ulla acted in my name! Free-Ulla Petition is at http://www.free-ulla.org/petition/
A FUN SEARCH 1) Go to Google.com 2) Type in (but don't hit return): "weapons of mass destruction" 3) Hit the "I'm feeling lucky" button, instead of the normal "Google search" button 4) READ what appears to be a normal error message carefully. Enjoy
A MESSAGE FROM SADDAM TO GEORGE After numerous rounds of 'We don't even know if Saddam is still alive', Saddam decides to send George W. a letter in his own writing to let him know that he is still in the game.
Bush opens the letter and sees only a coded message: "370HSSV- 0773H". He can't figure it out, so he asks Karl Rove.
Rove suggests that the head of the CIA would certainly understand code, so Bush sends it to George Tenet.
Tenet, however, can't figure it out, either. He suggests, "How about Condi? She has a doctorate, that means she's smart."
But Dr. Rice is baffled, too. As Bush is pondering the mysterious message lying on the desk before him, Colin Powell enters the Oval Office. When he sees the paper and reads what is written on it, he asks, "Sir, where did that come from?"
Bush replies testily, "Supposedly it's a message from Saddam. But what the hell does '370HSSV-0773H' mean?"
Powell clears his throat and replies, "Mr. President, I think you've been looking at the message upside down.