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GPJA NEWSLETTER #43, August 19, 2003


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Wednesday, August 20, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn SPECIAL FORUM: An exiled Burmese MP, Teddy Buri seeks this country's support for pressure on the Burmese military regime to release democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi and restore democracy. He was one of the MPs elected in Burma's last free election, in 1990, when the country's 45 million people voted overwhelmingly for Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD). The military regime refused to allow the new MPs to take their seats.

Many were arrested and others, including Mr Buri, have since fled the country. He now chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee of the government-in-exile, the National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB), in Bangkok, Thailand. He is in New Zealand for six days with Dr Myint Cho, who spent many years as a medical doctor in the liberated areas and refugee camps along the Burmese-Thai border and is now director of the NCUB's office in Sydney. Contact: Fiona Thompson, NZ Burma Support Group, 09 828 4855, nzburma@xtra.co.nz Stanley Saw, Burmese community, 09 373 7599 x 87 976 (work), 09 630 7016 (home), s.saw@auckland.ac.nz

Thursday, August 21, 6pm, Eden Roskill Activity Centre, 489 Dominion Rd Refugee Council of New Zealand AGM. Guest speaker Hon. Lianne Dalziel

Thursday, August 21, 7.30pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby "Women, poverty & the Pacific - what does it mean?" Guest speaker: Patti O'Neill, Special Advisor, Gender And International Development, NZAID. The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Auckland Regional Committee AGM. Gold coin donation appreciated. For further information: ph 4446462 or 5761415. Email: Diana Asdfollah-zadeh dianaz@xtra.co.nz, beverleyturner@nznet.gen.nz

Friday, August 22, 12.30pm, Pioneer Women's Hall, High St, CBD Wake Up! Auckland. Join the rates revolt. Contact Marney Ainsworth 3766213 marney@xtra.co.nz

Friday August 22 and Saturday August 23, 9am to 3-30pm, St Columba's Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland

"Creating a peace-based society" is the theme of the Pax Christi 2003 Assembly. Fri - Mass, AGM, then shared supper, 6-30pm to 8-30pm, St Benedict's Crypt. Sat - Assembly with speakers Yvonne Duncan on "Peace-making in Education", Bunny McDiarmid on "Peace for the Environment", Keith Locke on "Creating Peace among Nations"; Phyllis Short on "A Church of Peace", Manuel Beazley on "Towards a Post-Colonial Society", and David Tutty on "Theologising Together for a Peaceful Society". For more info contact Pax Christi email paxnz@xtra.co.nz

Saturday, August 23, 12 noon, lower Queen St/Fort St, downtown, CBD The biggest rates revolt ever protest march up Queen St. Contact: Elaine West, Auckland City Residents and Ratepayers Spokesperson, Auckland Regional Ratepayers' Delegate's Assoc.09 360 2771 aucklandcity_elainewest@yahoo.co.nz

Friday, August 29 to Sunday, August 31. Nga Kete Wananga Marae Cultural Provocation - Art, Activism and Social Change" conference Cultural Provocation is a marae-based hui and conference bringing together leading theorists, critics, artists and activists. Local and international contributors include project collaborator, writer and cultural theorist John Welchman (UK/USA), film maker Merata Mita (Ngati Pikiao) (NZ), art historian and critic Grant Kester (USA), Yes Men initiator, artist and activist Andy Bichlbaum, Parihaka (Taranaki Iwi) musician, activist and historian Te Miringa Hohaia (NZ).

Aotearoa/New Zealand's social and political history has been punctuated by dramatic acts of "cultural provocation," symbolic gestures that have continued to challenge the values of the dominant culture. From the invasions of Parihaka and Maungapohatu, through to the 1981 Springbok Tour, Bastion Point, and a Nuclear Free nation, Aotearoa/New Zealand's distinct political identity has been fueled by and articulated through the images and iconography of artists.

From Hone Heke to Tame Iti, Maori have been at the forefront of this tradition in Aotearoa/New Zealand and have played a central part in its examination, pointing up the conflicting values of coloniser and colonised. For information, and registration go to: www.manukau.ac.nz/culturalprovocation

Wednesday, August 27, 7:00pm start, Alleluya Café, St. Kevin's Arcade, 183 K'Rd

THE ANTIDOTE # 3. An Auckland Indymedia GE-FREE Film Fundraiser. An evening of independent documentaries on genetic engineering in response to the lapsing of the moratorium on the release of genetically modified organisms.


· KIA TUPATO Documentary short by local filmmaker Michelle McGregor exploring Maori views on the environment and genetic engineering through interviews with the late Sir John Turei. (11 mins.)

· The LEECH and the EARTHWORM Indigenous peoples voice their views on Western science, its vision of a genetically engineered future, and its deep links with corporate profits and globalisation. "The Leech and the Earthworm" is a journey that combines passionate critiques of a future threatened by genetic engineering and representations of living alternatives to a globalised monoculture with stunning visuals and music from around the world. The "Leech and the Earthworm" is a provocative film that inspires us to ask serious questions of the collective illusion we call 'progress'." (68 mins.)

· STOP THE CROP Produced by Undercurrents UK. A short documentary of a direct action event in the UK in which a genetically modified crop was pulled up in protest to the sowing of GMOs. A portent of things to come. (7mins.)

· HOMEGROWN Homegrown profiles the use of successful alternatives to the use of BT maize in Kenya and the reaction of the biotech companies to this use of cheap, natural alternatives to genetic engineering. (8 mins.) The upcoming screening on the 27th August is the third such screening organised by Auckland Indymedia and is part of our aim to provide a regular forum for alternative political documentaries and media art. Queries Ph. (9) 631-5810 or email: auckland@indymedia.org www.indymedia.org.nz

Monday, September 1, 7.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn GPJA FORUM: Can NZ be GE Free? Steve Abel (Greenpeace) and John Clearwater (PSRG - physicians and scientists for responsible genetics), also Jean Tallentyre from the AGEFC - Auckland GE free coalition will speak about the GE free register.

Friday, September 12, 7pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn. "The other September 11 - Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the coup in Chile.

Saturday, September 13, International day of action against corporate globalisation and war. Details tba. "From September 10 to 14, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will hold its Fifth Ministerial meeting in Cancun, Mexico. Pushed by multinational corporations, the United States, the European Union, and other developed countries are seeking to launch a new round of 'free trade' negotiations and expand corporate globalisation - further eroding human rights, workers' rights, environmental protections, and democracy - in the interest of corporate control. Popular movements in Mexico and their international allies will mark these meetings with massive demonstrations to demand a world that puts democracy and human dignity ahead of corporate profits. Solidarity actions around the world will focus on September 13 as a Worldwide Day of Action Against Corporate Globalisation and War." Another world is possible - "We have before us a choice: the world of militarism and corporate globalisation, or a world built on global solidarity, rooted in a foundation of democracy, dignity, sustainability, and cooperation." For more info see United for Peace http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?id=1857

Wednesday, September 17, 7pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn "The crisis facing the NZ health system and solutions needed" Open forum sponsored by Central Auckland Alliance Party. Contact 3763780.


There was some negative feedback to GPJA publicising the "rates revolt" protests in previous newsletters. As newsletter editor I take a very broad view on what can be publicised and leave it to individuals to decide on what they support. While some of the opponents of rates rises are also opponents of public transport the massive rates increases by the ARC and ACC have been driven by an unjust rating system that favours business at the expense of the poor and is therefore a legitimate target for protest.


We need your help to get as many people to the march as possible. I know of three areas where elderly ratepayers are hiring buses to get to the march (so far). Residents who own property or pay rent, face unjust and soul-destroying rate rises, or consequent rent increases. Together we make the difference!

The Biggest Rates Revolt Ever! March Date: Saturday, 23 August Time: 12 noon Venue: Assemble - Lower Queen St-Fort St Walk: March to the Town Hall. Resolutions put to the crowd by Grey Power. (Placards depict regional districts etc). Walk (if able): up Queen St, Mayoral Drive, Vincent St to ARC house. Speakers/open mike for 3 min. rate protests.

Contact: Elaine West, Auckland City Residents and Ratepayers, Spokesperson, Auckland Regional Ratepayers' Delegate's Assoc. 09 360 2771 aucklandcity_elainewest@yahoo.co.nz


Herald political cartoonist fired http://onenews.nzoom.com/onenews_detail/0,1227,213087-1-7,00.html http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2628687a10,00.html


In protest at Malcolm Evans's sacking and its link to his criticism of Israeli policy in the occupied territories we have cancelled our Herald sub at home and I have written a letter to the editor (see below). Anyone can write to the editor - letters@nzherald.co.nz and if you subscribe and cancel they will record the reason for the cancellation if you ask them to - ph 3795050. Dear Sir I am disturbed by the sacking of Herald cartoonist Malcolm Evans and its apparent connection to his criticism of Israeli policy in the occupied territories. Evans's abhorrence of Israeli tactics is shared by many of the world's people and even most governments. Until now I was proud that our own daily newspaper was prepared to defend freedom of the press in the face of the predictable accusations of anti-Semitism by the Zionist-inclined Jewish lobby. My mother's Jewish family had a range of pro- and anti-Zionist views, but the courage to defend oneself in the face of criticism would always have been valued over the power to silence the critic. Please put Mr Evans back on the job. Laila Harré Te Atatu Peninsula

Checkout his cartoons at http://www.evanscartoons.com/index.htm


Algerian asylum seeker Ahmed Zaoui has been granted refugee status in New Zealand by the Refugee Status Appeal Authority (RSAA), but he is still being detained in Paremoremo prison on the basis of a security risk certificate issued by the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (SIS). The SIS will not make the information it holds on Mr Zaoui public, nor will it make it available to Mr Zaoui or his lawyers. Therefore it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that Mr Zaoui may be found "guilty" by the SIS on the basis of false information supplied by the regime in Algeria, which will in all probability torture and kill him if he is deported back to his homeland.

Peace Movement Aotearoa -http://www.converge.org.nz/pma, Amnesty International (NZ) -http://www.amnesty.org.nz , and the Anglican Social Justice Commission - http://www.justus.anglican.org.nz/ahmedzaoui.php all have good further information on Zaoui's case. Also "The running man".http://www.listener.co.nz/default,499.sm


It's now possible to pre-register online for this important conference. To find out more go to: http://www.socialforum.org.nz/


The clock is ticking down to the 29th October. The GE moratorium is due to come off then, but I'm encouraged by the strength of feeling against releasing GE here. The emotion is there, but what people urgently need is good, accurate information and ways to speak out. That's why I'm delighted to see a new network, 90 degrees, sending out free fortnightly updates on GE. Below are sample stories from their first email update, out next week. You can sign up for personalised updates here http://www.90degrees.net.nz/register.aspx. I've signed up myself, and I hope you will too. Please forward this email to all your friends, or click on this link http://www.90degrees.net.nz/emailafriend.aspx to send them information from the 90 degrees website. Who do you know that needs more information to decide whether releasing GE is the right thing for New Zealand? We have 75 days left. Can you reach 75 more people? Jeanette Fitzsimons 90 Degrees update www.90degrees.net.nz


Environment Waikato and the Thames Coromandel District Council are likely to approve the development of the Malaysian sawmill near Matarangi on the Coromandel Peninsula. The Coromandel and Whangapoua is an area that is enjoyed by an enormous number and wide range of New Zealanders and tourists and is a heritage that should be protected for all New Zealanders of future generations. Discharges from the mill will affect shellfish, fish, and air and water quality in an area that has been designated "An Area of Significant Conservation Values", the highest status under the Regional Coastal Plan and a "Recommended Area for Protection" by the Department of Conservation. The resource consents applied for will include pumping of untreated toxic waste directly into the waterways and the Whangapoua Harbour. Forward this email to people you know. Visit http://www.weps.org.nz to find out more and discover what else you can do to protect the Whangapoua Harbour and stop this environmental tragedy. Show your support by signing the online petition at:http://www.petitiononline.com/stopmill/


The Seed Carriers Hikoi will be making its way from Cape Reinga to Taupo through September and early October in protest at the Government's intention to lift the moratorium on GE crops in NZ. We will be looking for support in the Auckland area as we pass though. For further information please check our website www.koanga.org.nz/hikoi I believe that the imposition of GE on other countries is just one more facet of US imperialism and am therefore confident of your support on this issue. Cheers, John Aiken


A hasty indisctment: http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2003/651/eg4.htm

Dear Friends,

Below is a report of yet another attack by the Egyptian state on anti-war activists. The magnificent response by the movement worldwide to earlier waves of arrests in February and March this year underlined the importance of international solidarity in defending human rights in Egypt. Please protest to the Egyptian authorities as quickly and as fully as possible.(The report below was written for a British audience, but it includes the addresses of President Mubarak and the Chief Prosecutor.) I shall keep you informed of further developments. Please remember that a robust international response to this kind of repression can have an enormous impact, liberating activists from imprisonment and torture. Alex Callinicos (Globalise Resistance)

After 111 days in detention, ten of them on hunger strike, Egyptian anti-war activist Ashraf Ibrahim was finally charged on 7 August. Alongside four other activists - Nasser Farouq, Yehia Fakry, Mustafa El Basiony and Remoan Edward Gendi - he stands accused of forming an illegal left-wing organisation. For anti-war activists in Egypt, the prosecution represents a worrying new development. Like tens of thousands of others, Ashraf took part in the massive anti-war demonstrations of 20th and 21st March in Cairo. When they arrested him on 19th April, state security officers seized video footage of the protests, which ended in brutal repression and mass arrests. The five activists are also accused of "damaging the prestige and status of the state" by contacting international human rights organisations.

Despite the campaign of arrests and torture which followed the demonstrations of March and April, Ashraf and his co-defendants are the only anti-war activists charged with serious offences. Under Egypt's harsh emergency laws they could face years in prison if convicted. The activists' defence campaign believes that the case is politically motivated. A statement signed by 21 civil society groups says that the prosecutors aim "to send a threatening message to political activists and groups in Egypt." International human rights campaigners agree that the Egyptian government is trying to crack down on its political opponents. "Egypt's persecution of Ashraf Ibrahim symbolizes the government's determination to punish legitimate dissent," said Scott Long of Human Rights Watch, in a statement released on 1 August.

Millions around the world were inspired by the protests against the war in Cairo, now Egyptian activists need the support of our movement.

What you can do:

· Write, email or phone the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the Public Prosecutor and the Egyptian Ambassador (addresses below).

· Write to your MP and ask him/her why the British government is still backing a regime which denies its citizens their basic democratic rights.

· Send messages of support from your trade union branch or community group to office@stopwar.org.uk and we will forward them to Ashraf's defence campaign.

Write to: His Excellency Mohammad Hosni Mubarak President of the Arab Republic of Egypt 'Abedine Palace, Cairo, Egypt webmaster@presidency.gov.eg + 202 390 1998 Telegram: President Mubarak, Cairo, Egypt Telex: 93794 WAZRA UN

Counsellor Maher 'Abd al-Wahid Public Prosecutor Dar al-Qadha al-'Ali Ramses Street, Cairo, Egypt + 202 577 4716 Telegram: Public Prosecutor, Cairo, Egypt

His Excellency Mr Adel El Gazzar Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt 26 South Street London W1Y 6DD (020) 7499 3304/2401 Press and Information Office (020) 7409 2236 (020) 7491 1542


Jubilee Aotearoa, the Debt Action Network to which CWS belongs, is calling on the New Zealand Government to take a leading role in pushing for the cancellation of unsustainable Third World debt when it takes up one of the Executive Director positions at the World Bank (WB) this month. The central framework of the Bank for debt relief is the Heavily-Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) initiative. The initiative has made some progress, reducing the annual debt servicing of 26 countries by an average of 40%. Some countries have achieved dramatic results, such as the abolition of school fees for primary education in Uganda, Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania and a free immunisation programme in Mozambique. However, over all the HIPC is failing and is much too slow. Only 8 countries have received substantial write-offs, well below the target of 19 by the end of 2002. 16 countries have yet to even reach the point of entering the process and eight are unlikely ever to do so. Further, in order to get relief, countries are still required to comply with economic structural adjustment conditions on issues of privatisation and trade liberalisation, which can be harmful to the interests of the poor, retard development of local industries and place poor countries at an unfair disadvantage in international markets.

Jubilee Aotearoa is therefore asking our Government to work for reform of the governance and voting structures of the WB and IMF (International Monetary Fund) to give poor countries more say in their policies. Both the Bank and the Fund increasingly engage as global governance bodies on matters of economic and social policy, yet they do so without a democratic mandate. Second, Jubilee Aotearoa calls for reform of the way debt sustainability is measured, so that countries have sufficient means to invest in and fund basic services and, third, the removal of the condition requiring countries to produce poverty reduction strategies. These have proved useless in that countries have not been free to take initiatives, but still have to agree to WB and IMF terms, including trade liberalisation, while rich countries continue to subsidize their own production and protect their domestic markets. They also deny poor countries the option of developing along paths which present-day rich countries pursued themselves to reach their current economic position.


With less than two months to go before the next meeting between trade ministers, World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations are looking shaky. Developing countries, like the Philippines, are beginning to measure the losses to the economy since joining the WTO in terms of hundreds of thousands of jobs. So far this year trade negotiators have failed to meet more than six major deadlines for the next round of talks, to be held in Cancun, Mexico, including an agreement on patents that would allow developing countries greater access to life-saving drugs.

Negotiations on the crucial Agreement on Agriculture have failed and the EU (European Union) has subsequently announced a new offer on its Common Agricultural Policy. The EU is heavily criticised for the high subsidies it pays to its farming industry. This new policy will simply change the nature of the subsidies from one type to another, enabling EU farmers, like their US counterparts, to continue selling their produce below the cost of production, and remain within existing WTO rules. The lethal combination of these new rules, allowing the dumping of agricultural products on developing countries at the expense of local producers, and globalisation has meant the loss of millions of jobs in their rural sectors. To date over half of the developing countries in the WTO have declared their opposition to the launch of negotiations on "new issues", which would make such matters as investment, competition in business, purchasing of goods and services by central and local governments and trade facilitation subject to WTO rules.

Meanwhile the just-released 2003 Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Programme shows that 54 countries are poorer now than in 1990 and that people in 21 countries are hungrier. The report also found that the richest 1% of the world's population (around 60 million) now receive as much income in total as the poorest 57%.

Join with CWS to campaign for fair trade rules by signing up to the Trade for People, Not People for Trade Campaign. Contact CWS for more information. Arena, with the support of CWS, has just published a new book: Free Trade at any Price? The WTO Doha Round. It is available for $17, including postage, from Arena, P O Box 2450, Christchurch. Tel. 03 366 2803


Peace Researcher is the journal of the Anti-Bases Campaign. The August 2003 issue (number 27) is now available online. You can read it at http://www.converge.org.nz/abc/pr27covr.html


Kiwi troops to join Iraq occupation http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00207.htm

NZ and GE

Govt must quit unethical attack on EU over GE http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0308/S00030.htm


Act now for West Papua http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/wp120803.htm West Papua: The forgotten Pacific country http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00090.htm West Papuans lobby Pacific leaders for independence http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0308/S00009.htm The Web site of Pacific Magazine and Islands Business We Say; '...Mr Howard is jumping into the Solomon Islands with a ringing "we'll be beside you, mate" battle cry and with 2000 troops, helicopters, armoured cars and a couple of hundred police and public service administrators. This is massive overkill for handling violence perpetrated by a small number of bandits centred essentially in the capital, Honiara' http://www.pacificislands.cc/pm82003/pmdefault.php?urlarticleid=0023


POWER OUTAGE TRACED TO DIM BULB IN WHITE HOUSE --- The Tale of The Brits Who Swiped 800 Jobs From New York, Carted Off $90 Million, Then Tonight, Turned Off Our Lights http://www.gregpalast.com/detail.cfm?artid=257&row=0


Preventive war - the supreme crime http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=40&ItemID=4030


We had democracy once but you crushed it http://lists.essential.org/pipermail/corp-focus/2003/000158.html Operation Iranian Freedom by TARIQ ALI http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20030818&s=ali


John Pilger: The war on truth http://pilger.carlton.com/print/133038 Officials confirm dropping firebombs on Iraq "Remarkably similar to napalm" http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00033.htm The Bush Administration's Top 40 Lies about War and Terrorism http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0730-06.htm Cost of the war in Iraq http://www.costofwar.com/ Robert Fisk: Wolfowitz the censor http://www.counterpunch.org/fisk08012003.html 'It was punishment without trial' Hundreds of Iraqis civilians are being held in makeshift jails run by US troops - many without being charged or even questioned. And in these prisons are children whose parents have no way of locating them. Jonathan Steele reveals the grim reality of coalition justice in Baghdad http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,1019096,00.html U.S. losing hearts and minds of Baghdad Shi'ites http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/4943770.htm


The US is starting a nuclear fight that will be hard to stop The hawks are gunning for a showdown with North Korea and Iran http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1015278,00.html


World-renowned Jewish conductor and star pianist, Daniel Barenboim called for an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, describing it as "cancer tumor of Israeli society." http://www.marchforjustice.com/8.3.03.israelipianist.php Tear down the wall says law professor http://www.iht.com/articles/104966.htm


Now we pay the warlords to tyrannise the Afghan people http://www.guardian.co.uk/Print/0,3858,4723422,00.html Afghans on edge of chaos http://www.truthout.org/docs_03/080503A.shtml


Naomi Klein: Stark message of the mutiny Is the Philippine government bombing its own people for dollars? http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1019169,00.html


John Pilger: The nuclear love affair http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=40&ItemID=4048 Photo essay: Remembering Hiroshima Day http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00039.htm The living myths about nuclear murder: Remembering Hiroshima http://www.counterpunch.org/krieger08062003.html


Bush, the rainforest and a gas pipeline to enrich his friends http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=428887 Sleepwalking to extinction http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=26&ItemID=4034


Cuba in the sights http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00033.htm Why the US fears Cuba, by Seumas Milne http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1009384,00.html Terrorism and Civil society, by Philip Agee http://www.counterpunch.org/agee08092003.html Venezuela's slum army takes over http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1015675,00.html


Indonesia: Guilty General Serving Officer in Aceh http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00056.htm


Call for action against the WTO and neolibertalism http://www.corpwatch.org/bulletins/PBD.jsp?articleid=8089 Death by Coffee in Nicaragua http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00042.htm Satisfaction not guaranteed - WTO in Montreal, by Aziz Choudry http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00006.htm The terrorism of debt http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4368.htm Thirst For Profit: "How do you feel about your public services? Would you like them to stay public? Or would you prefer it if they were forcibly prised open to foreign corporate competition by way of a new international law? All in the name of trade, of course." - Paul Kingsnorth, The Ecologist. http://www.schnews.org.uk/archive/news418.htm

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