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Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #73

Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #73, October 28, 2004

Website http://www.gpja.pl.net/ Contact details: Forums - John Minto, (09) 846 3173, jbminto@xtra.co.nz; Newsletter Editor - Mike Treen 0212547440 / 3616989 miket@pl.net Web page – Bruce Hubbard (09) 6232667 or 027 256 3933 Rulesofthegame@clear.net.nz 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 gpja@xtra.co.nz

Dear friends,

GPJA FORUM THIS MONDAY, 7PM, 147 GREAT NORTH RD, GREY LYNN The guest speaker at this month's GPJA Forum is Selwyn Manning - Scoop Media Co-editor and author of the book "I almost forgot about the Moon - The disinformation campaign against Ahmed Zaoui". Selwyn attended the recent Pacific Island Forum meeting in Samoa and will speak on the relationship between New Zealand/Australia and the Pacific region as well as provide a background to and update on the situation in French Polynesia where the French government is striving to undermine the independence movement.

Before the main forum at 6pm there will be a FREE ZAOUI NOW, RALLY ORGANISING COMMITTEE - This meeting is for anyone who wants to help organise a rally outside of Mount Eden Prison on Saturday December 4th at noon. The demonstration is to highlight the 2nd year of his imprisonment.

ZHAOUI BOOK RELEASE "I ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT THE MOON" - the disinformation campaign against Ahmed Zaoui - is now available from GPJA at the UNITE office - $15 with all proceeds to go to the Zaoui family. This book is a brilliant expose by Scoop Media editor Selwyn Manning of the campaign to discredit Zaoui by Algeria and France and the complicity of New Zealand officials in this as our country has tried to paint itself as a loyal footsoldier in the war on terror. Get in early for XMAS - no I'm not joking - and help make the Zaoui XMAS a bit happier! Order from miket@pl.net, or get a copy from the Unite Office, Ground Floor, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn

FreeZaoui.org.nz website marks 1 year of operation http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0410/S00269.htm

Eminem's new video 'Mosh' is a scathing indictment of President Bush and the War in Iraq. It just hit the internet and you can watch it here: - Warning - Contains some adult language Real Player, http://boss.streamos.com/real/interscope/eminem/encore/video/mosh-rev/00_mosh-rev.ram Windows Media http://boss.streamos.com/wmedia/interscope/eminem/encore/video/mosh-rev/00_mosh-rev.asx

The PEACE JUKEBOX is now playing hours of anti-war music for free at http://www.peace-not-war.org. Songs written during the Bush Presidency can be heard as high-quality MP3s, with lyrics, on this ad-free music site. This is the most prolific period of protest song-writing in history, and home-studio technology makes it possible for the world to hear these radical songs. The PEACE JUKEBOX is currently playing anti-war songs by Sonic Youth, Beastie Boys, Jurassic 5, Public Enemy, Jane's Addiction, The Cure, Ani DiFranco, Black Eyed Peas, Green Day, Faithless, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Lenny Kravitz, Paris, System of a Down, Propagandhi, Banco de Gaia, Zach de la Rocha... hiphop, rock, punk, acoustic, classical and spoken word. The Peace Not War Music Project has received over 500 anti-war songs from different kinds of musicians, and they will all be going online. A translation facility is being developed for non-English speakers to read the lyrics in multiple languages. Musicians are invited to submit their songs as MP3s (192kbps, best quality), with full lyrics and credit information included, by email to jukebox@peace-not-war.org.

Peace Not War CDs are being sold by GPJA to raise funds for our campaigns, and the Jukebox is an inspiring resource for everyone involved in the new global peace movement. ORDER FROM miket@pl.net (Vol 1 and Vol 2 available for $30 each).

Christian Peace Group Supports Divestment from Israel The 10th anniversary assembly of Pax Christi Aotearoa-New Zealand, held in Auckland on 1-2 October, endorsed the Anglican Peace and Justice Networks and Presbyterian Church of the United States in their recent call for divestment in Israel modelled on the popular boycott of apartheid South Africa. "We are constantly reminded by the current President of Pax Christi International, Michel Sabbah, who is also Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, of the suffering of his Palestinian people", said Kevin McBride, national coordinator of Pax Christi Aotearoa-NZ. "We haven't always known how to intervene from this distance but this initiative gives us a very concrete means of response. Hopefully, it will go some way to awakening the Israeli government to the folly of their current policy and contribute towards the cessation of violence and a negotiated and lasting peace." Initiators of the campaign were inspired by the boycott of South Africa which is credited with bringing about the end of its apartheid regime. The Pax Christi assembly will also call on the Catholic Church of New Zealand and its members and all other New Zealand faith groups to endorse this divestment initiative. http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1311571,00.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4510221,00.html

Please sign the online petition against the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) allowing fee rises greater than the government imposed 5 percent fee limit. You can sign the petition at: http://www.PetitionOnline.com/7billion/

We are glad to announce the release of the "Colors from Palestine", the 2005 Wall calendar, which includes paintings for 12 Palestinian artists all over the world. Please visit our website http://www.resistanceart.com to have a look at the new calendar and check our new products..

Thousands Of Wellingtonians March Against Racism When first-generation Chinese New Zealander Tze Ming Mok talked to a National Front member outside the Chinese Embassy in June, she was called a "peasant" and to return to her "third-world country". When she asked why he refused to look at her, he said the sight of her face was disgusting and ugly. http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0410/S00243.htm Scoop Images: Multicultural Aotearoa In Wellington http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0410/S00266.htm VIDEO on TVNZ: Violent clashes at anti-racism rally @ http://tvnz.co.nz/view/news_national_story_skin/454833%3fformat=html Skinheads chased off by anti-Nazi brigade http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3074433a11,00.html

Clash of Civilisations: Myth or Reality? | Oct 21, 2004 09:29 The following is the text of Clash of Civilisations: Myth or Reality?, a lecture by Ahmed Zaoui, delivered on his behalf by Professor Andrew Sharp of the University of Auckland political studies department, at the university on October 19, 2004. The lecture was written by Ahmed Zaoui in Arabic and translated into English by Tarek Cherkaoui. Mr Zaoui was unable to deliver his lecture in person because he is being held at Auckland Central remand prison. Extensive background on his case is available at the Free Ahmed Zaoui website. Mr Zaoui is a former lecturer and tutor at the Religious Faculty of Algiers University. http://publicaddress.net/default,speaker.sm

Catholic & Anglican Bishops Say Foreshore Bill Should Not Be Passed http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0410/S00244.htm

Australia's human rights scandal: Kids in detention: Set them free! http://www.greenleft.org.au/back/2004/604/604p11.htm

Cuba Si! Neuva Zealandia Si! http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0410/S00188.htm Financial Embargo Against Cuba To Be Debated At UN - UN General Assembly Resolution 58/7 - Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba. See... UN General Assembly Resolution 58/7: Cuba Blockade [1] ALSO: REPORT BY CUBA ON RESOLUTION 58/7 OF THE UNGA [2] - Cuba And Its Defence Of All Human Rights [3] [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0410/S00298.htm [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0410/S00297.htm [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0410/S00296.htm

Pacific Journalism Review On Media Ownership http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0410/S00217.htm

The colonial precedent: The growing brutality and deception of the Iraq war mirrors Britain's recent imperial history http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1335961,00.html

Adventure Capitalism by Greg Palast Why were Iraqi elections delayed? Why was Jay Garner fired? Why are our troops still there? Investigative reporter Palast uncovers new documents that answer these questions and more about the Bush administration’s grand designs on Iraq. Like everything else issued during this administration, the plan to overhaul the Iraqi economy has corporate lobbyist fingerprints all over it. You expected the oil industry lobbyists, but Grover Norquist? http://www.tompaine.com/articles/adventure_capitalism.php

UNITED NATIONS - A U.N. human rights expert criticized the U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan (news - web sites) for violating international law by allegedly beating Afghans to death and forcing some to remove their clothes or wear hoods. http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=516&ncid=731&e=10&u=/ap/2004 1026/ap_on_re_as/un_afghanistan_rights

Americans living on borrowed time: In the first of a three-part series in The Guardian Larry Elliott and David Teather explore the economic recovery that never was http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,3604,1335120,00.html

WHAT'S ON IN AUCKLAND

Monday, November 1, 6pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn. ‘FREE ZAOUI NOW’ RALLY ORGANISING COMMITTEE - Meeting to organise a rally outside of Mount Eden Prison on Saturday December 4th at noon. The demonstration is to highlight the 2nd year of his imprisonment.

Monday, November 1, 7.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn GPJA FORUM: The struggle for justice and self-determination in the South Pacific.

Tuesday, November 2, 7.00pm, Greens Office, 308 Great North Road, Grey Lynn GREEN PARTY TRANSPORT CAMPAIGN - Post-election directions for transport policy in Auckland. The council election results were a huge breakthrough for proponents of sustainable transport. Now we have a real opportunity to get Auckland moving in the right direction. The Green Party invites you to come and discuss solutions with their guest speaker Jan Scheurer. Jan is an urban design and transport planning expert from RMIT University, Melbourne. An advocate of car free cities, he has been involved in community campaigns on sustainable transport in Perth, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Hamburg since 1989. Free admission. For further information contact Louise - (09) 361 5975, transport@greens.org.nz

Tuesday, November 9, 7pm, The Classic Comedy Bar (321 Queen Street, CBD) For all those who missed out on OUTFOXED at the last screening. Auckland Indymedia presents.......THE ANTIDOTE #9. Due to popular demand and a sold out’ first screening, Auckland Indymedia is proud to present a special repeat screening of OUTFOXED. Be there early to ensure yourself a seat as there are no presales). Entry $5. OUTFOXED: Murdoch's War on Journalism Produced by Robert Greenwald (74 mins) 2004 Provides an in-depth look at Rupert Murdoch's Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know. http://www.outfoxed.org A half hour programme of short docos will also be screened in the first part of the screening. The Antidote aims to be a regular forum for the exposure of alternative political filmmaking and media art. This is the ninth (and a half) screening presented by Auckland Indymedia. For more information contact auckland@indymedia.org Copies of Aotearoa Indymedia's "Whose News" available to purchase from: http://gpja.pl.net/sub/Education/Other/Indymedia/Photos/WN.html

Wednesday, November 10, Maidment Theatre, Princes St, City 21st Anniversary of the Media Peace Awards. The MCs will be John Campbell and Carol Hirschfeld, and the guest speaker will be author James McNeish. Tickets are $15 unwaged and $25 waged and available from the Maidment Theatre (09) 308 2383. Further information from The Peace Foundation (09) 373 2379 http://www.peace.net.nz

Sunday November 14, 2 - 4 pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby CHILD POVERTY ACTION GROUP invites you to the launch of 2 publications - Come and find out how the 2004 Budget fails New Zealand's poorest children and why workfare will not work CUT PRICE KIDS: Does the 2004 "Working for Families" Budget Work for Children? By Susan St John & David Craig and WORKFARE: Fair for Children? By Mike O'Brien. Keynote speaker: Dr Ian Hassall - NZ's first Commissioner for Children, currently researcher at Institute of Public Policy, AUT CPAG speakers: Dr Susan St John, Economist University of Auckland; Dr David Craig, Sociologist University of Auckland; Associate Professor Mike O’Brien, School of Social and Cultural Studies, Massey University. Refreshments will be served. Ample parking available. To indicate attendance, please contact: admin@cpag.org.nz or phone Rachel (09) 379-2395 xtn 210

Monday, November 15, 6.30pm, Maidment Theatre at Auckland University BRUCE JESSON MEMORIAL LECTURE 2004 MAORI ACADEMIC TO SPEAK ON "INDIGENOUS" DEBATE. A leading Maori academic will analyse cabinet minister Trevor Mallard's claim that Maori and Pakeha "are both indigenous people to New Zealand now" in this year's Bruce Jesson lecture. Ani Mikaere, director of the postgraduate law and philosophy programme at Te Wananga o Raukawa, has titled her lecture: "Are we all New Zealanders now? A Maori response to the Pakeha quest for indigeneity." Entry is free, but seats cannot be reserved and the audience must be seated by 6.15pm. A bar will be open from 5.30pm and after the lecture.

Monday, November 15, 6.30pm, Greens Office, 308 Great North Road, Grey Lynn SCREENING OF THE END OF SUBURBIA: Oil depletion and the End of the American Dream' Discussions afterwards with Jeanette Fitzsimons on the implications of Peak Oil. All welcome - Gold coin koha/donation - Tea, coffee and popcorn provided - You may wish to bring a cushion. Check out http://www.endofsuburbia.com. For further information contact Louise - (09) 361 5975, transport@greens.org.nz

Tuesday, November 16, 8pm, Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Rd "ACHE'S HIDDEN CONFLICT": Hear Ratna Dewi, a human rights lawyer from Lembaga Bantuan Hukum (LBH) Legal Aid Institute, discuss the hidden conflict in her homeland. Also Rafendi Djamin, a human rights consultant from the Indonesian Human Rights Working Group. Indonesian Human Rights Committee, Box 68-419, Auckland; Ph 09 815-9000

Saturday, November 20, Grey Lynn Park, Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn. GREY LYNN PARK FESTIVAL. GPJA and other peace and justice groups will be having stalls. Come along and help. Festival enquiries write to Box 78251, Grey Lynn.

Friday, November 26, 12.30pm - 5.30pm, AUT, Main Entrance, Wellesley St, WA Building, RoomWA220. "WOMEN'S POLITICAL PARTIPAION IN ASIA": Seminar bringing together speakers from NGOs, academia and government to share knowledge and discuss issues relating to women's political participation in Asia. Afternoon tea will be provided followed by wine and nibbles after the seminar. Attendance is free. For catering purposes RSVP by 15 November: sharyn.graham@aut.ac.nz or Vicky.walters@aut.ac.nz Sponsored by AUT and Asia 2000 Foundation

Saturday, November 27, 7am - 1pm, 308 Great North Road Grey Lynn Giant Green Garage Sale. INdoors - rain or shine. We would love your help with our Annual Green Party Fundraiser: Spring clean your cupboards and closets for stuff to donate: Books, bric-a-brac, kitchen goods, small furniture, bikes! No donations of clothes please. Donation drop off: Anytime between Tues 16 Nov. and Fri 26th Nov. 9 - 5pm. Drop off point: 308 Great North Road, Grey Lynn. Phone 376-4143. Ph Kim Mazur. 09-361-5925 Fax 09-361-5926 or email greenmps.auckland@greens.org.nz

December 2-5, Massey University, Albany An International Interdisciplinary Conference on Restorative Justice to be held at Centre for Justice and Peace Development Massey University Albany Auckland. "NEW FRONTIERS IN RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: ADVANCING THEORY AND PRACTICE" To express interest in attending and/or to offer a presentation email newfrontiers@massey.ac.nz or write to Dr. Warwick Tie, Centre for Justice and Peace Development, School of Social and Cultural Studies, Massey University, Private Bag 102 904, North Shore MSC, Auckland. Closing date for the submission of abstracts is the 31st May 2004. Conference URL: http://justpeace.massey.ac.nz/

Mike

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