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Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #72

Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #72, October 22, 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,

NZ DOCO¹S TO BE BROADCAST (AT LAST!) Two Stunning Documentaries To Be Finally Broadcast In NZ. Alister Barry's Someone Else's Country & In A Land of Plenty Sunday will be broadcast on the Sunday and Monday of Labour weekend on TV One at noon on Oct 24th and 10.05pm on the 25th. ŒSomeone Else¹s Country¹ has been described as a coherent and comprehensive account of the Rogernomic years, but more important, it brings alive the years which changed our political landscape for generations to come. ŒIn a Land of Plenty¹ is an historical documentary describing how New Zealand moved from being a country of genuine full employment to one where unemployment is used as a tool of economic management. http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0410/S00166.htm

Monday 25 October 6pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn. FREE ZAOUI NOW RALLEY 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.

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

MARCH AGAINST RACISM BACKED BY COMMUNITIES Against a backdrop of concerns about racist attacks and harassment, ethnic community leaders and prominent New Zealanders from diverse cultural backgrounds are endorsing a planned anti-racism march in Wellington. The ŒMarch for a Multicultural Aotearoa¹ is a response to attacks in the Wellington area against Somalis, Jewish cemeteries, Maori, ethnic community centres and activist centres. These attacks have all been linked to the National Front, a white supremacist group which plans to march to Parliament against Asian immigration this Labour weekend. The March for a Multicultural Aotearoa will march to Parliament on the same day, meeting first at the courtyard of Te Papa at midday, Saturday 23 October. If you would like further media comment please contact MCA spokesperson Tze Ming Mok (Ms) mob: 021-1132215, wk: 04-918-9580, hm: 04-389-3351 tzemingdynasty@yahoo.co.nz For more information about Multicultural Aotearoa visit our webpage http://www.mca.enzyme.org.nz


Tuesday, October 26, 6.30 - 9.30pm, Kohia Teacher¹s Centre, Gate 1, Epsom ave, Epsom THE ACTION PLAN FOR NEW ZEALAND WOMEN - Shenagh Gleisner of the Ministry of Women's affairs will lead the Free workshop. RSVP to Vicky Carr, vecarr@xtra.co.nz for catering purposes.

Thursday, October 28, 7.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn. FOUNDING GENERAL MEETING OF PRIVATE ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOLS TEACHERS ASSOC. All teachers welcome to join and help improve the situation for teachers in the industry. For further info contact miket@pl.net

Nominations close on October 31, 2004. NOMINATIONS FOR ROGER AWARDS 2004 - Make your nomination for the worst transnational corporation operating in Aotearoa/New ealand in 2004. Send your nomination to: The Roger Award, Box 1905, Christchurch . E-mail: notoapec@clear.net.nz

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

Monday, November 15, 6.30pm, Greens Office, 308 Great North Road, Grey Lynn SCREENING OF ŒTHE 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

Monday, November 15, 6.30pm, Maidment Theatre at Auckland University MAORI ACADEMIC TO SPEAK ON ³INDIGENOUS² DEBATE. A leading Maori academic will analyse cabinet minister Trevor Mallard¹s claim that Maori and Pakeha ³are both indigenous people to New Zealand now² in this year¹s Bruce Jesson lecture. Ani Mikaere, director of the postgraduate law and philosophy programme at Te Wananga o Raukawa, has titled her lecture: ³Are we all New Zealanders now? A Maori response to the Pakeha quest for indigeneity.² 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.

Tuesday, November 16, 8pm, Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Rd ³ACHE¹S HIDDEN CONFLICT²: 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. ³WOMEN¹S POLITICAL PARTIPAION IN ASIA²: Seminar bringing together speakers from NGOs, academia and government to share knowledge and discuss issues relating to women¹s 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

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. ³NEW FRONTIERS IN RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: ADVANCING THEORY AND PRACTICE² 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/

ZAOUI Zaoui Case: Govt Seeks To Overturn Appeal Court Human Rights Ruling http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0410/S00144.htm

NZ HUMAN RIGHTS Anthony Ravlich: Human Rights On The March In Godzone The very controversial economic, social and cultural rights, first championed by New Zealand at the United Nations almost 56 years ago, have finally got significant recognition in this country in the Human Rights Commission¹s major study, Human Rights in New Zealand Today, released last month. http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0410/S00152.htm

TAHITI French Polynesia Political Crisis Deepens: Thousands of protesters staged the largest march ever in French Polynesia, demanding the dissolution of parliament and new elections as a political crisis deepened on the Pacific archipelago. http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/9944095.htm?1c Tahiti Assembly Vote Boycotted http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pireport/2004/October/10-20-01.htm

JOHN PILGER In this second article on the expulsion of the Chagos islanders, published in the Daily Express, London, John Pilger reveals more of the secret files that mark the conspiracy between Britain and the United States to 'cleanse' the main island, Diego Garcia. http://pilger.carlton.com/print/133386 Writing in the New Statesman, John Pilger looks at the great silences in today's saturation media coverage of world events. He says that only when whistleblowers are afforded the same importance as official voices is journalism truly free http://pilger.carlton.com/print/133385 John Pilger: Stealing a Nation: This Is A Must See Documentary There are times when one tragedy, one crime tells us how a whole system works behind its democratic facade and helps us to understand how much of the world is run for the benefit of the powerful and how governments lie. To understand the catastrophe of Iraq, and all the other Iraq's along imperial history's trail of blood and tears, one need look no further than Diego Garcia. Click Here To View

IRAQ Media Alert: Iraqi Child Deaths: Media Indifferent As Unicef Reports Worsening Catastrophe http://www.medialens.org/blog/ Iraq faces soaring toll of deadly disease http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=571593

PALESTINE Palestine eyewitness: Attack on Gaza Seven days after the Israeli military campaign in the northern Gaza region began on September 28, 100 Palestinians -- one third of them under the age of 15 -- have been killed, while more than 300 civilians, including more than 80 children, have been wounded, 168 houses have been demolished, along with kindergartens, dozens of grocery stores, schools and olive groves. Electricity has been cut off and tens of thousands of people have been left without running water. [Full article] http://www.greenleft.org.au/back/2004/602/602p24.htm

GERMANY On the New Wave of Social Protest in Germany: Germany¹s Party of Democratic Socialists explains why thousands of the Bundesrepublik¹s citizens are taking to the streets. http://www.spectrezine.org/resist/PDS.htm

WAR ON FREEDOM CIA holding Al-Qaida suspects in secret Jordanian lockup: The Central Intelligence Agency runs a top-secret interrogation facility in Jordan, where at least 11 detainees who are considered Al-Qaida's most senior cadre are being held

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