RN: reader comments, announcements, good wishes


Jan Slakov

From: "Americans Against World Empire" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: new website-info against bombing
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 1998 23:54:56 -0500

        Please note our website for political alliance against bombing and
blockading by well credentialed libertarians and conservatives, arguments
for Talk Radio and for changing the dialogue from "bombing Saddam" to
wrecking Americans' own freedoms. Also our site is for students with info on
the lies that got America into the First Iraq War. Also movie reviews.
        Many of us also worked in l990 with the original Committee to Avert a
Mideast Holocaust. See  www.Iraqwar.org  for topics/links/history such as:--

     HOW MANY ENEMIES DO WE WANT?  by Joseph Sobran
     STARVATION OR BOMBING--How US Demands Impossible Compliance
Allan C. Brownfeld
     THE NEW THREATS--Weapons of Mass Destruction---Rethinking Foreign
     SHOOTING FISH IN A BARREL--analysis of US attack plan
     THE END OF PERPETUAL WAR? by Llewellyn Rockwell
        Anti-war Contacts in Cities and Universities link to IAC & others
        U.N. Prohibited Import List   (Ambulances to Wallets from IAC
        Ten Myths About Iraq
        Children in Iraq--UNICEF Report

Americans Against World Empire

Date: Thu, 7 Jan 1999 23:23:23 +0100 (CET)
From: Andreas Rockstein <•••@••.•••>
To: janice <•••@••.•••>

Laurent Jesover <•••@••.•••>, of ATTAC wrote:

> I would like to present you an idea concerning the organization of an
> Alternate Davos in the city of Davos during the "liberal encounter" at
> the end of January 1999.
> ATTAC, along with other NGOs (Swiss, European and from else where), will
> organize an Alternate Davos to think about other ways to see economic
> issues. Some of us will be physically in Davos to held a press
> conference: of course a very small number of person, since the cost of a
> presence meet more bank executives financial possiblities than NGO
> participants'. Meanwhile throughout Europe, meetings will be help by
> unions and other organizations on specific topics still in relation with
> an Alternate Davos.
> The idea is to be able during the press conference to not speak to
> journalists about ourselves but to present the full diversity of
> possibilities around the world for a real Alternate Davos. The goal is
> not to put us in front of journalists but to let them know that there
> are possible others "news" than the ones create by the Davos encounter
> concerning the world economic well-being and the world development.
> That's why we would like, with your help, to be able to present through
> computer screens an "Alternate Davos" that will match really the world
> size.
> With the help of chatrooms on the Internet we would like to reunite
> during the time of the press conference a number of people that will
> largely out-numbered the Davos participants.
> This "presence" will have two goals :
> - to prove by the number of people virtually but really present at the
> same time and place than Davos economic issues are not world issues but
> just issues raised by a specific set of people and than other forces
> exist that meet more the world diversity.
> - to send a strong message to journalists about the emergency for
> "decision makers" to think differently about world development.
> Technically the page will held the logos of all the organizations that
> will be officially present in the chatroom, giving the possibilities to
> journalist to interview them. It also will enable citizens to be present
> and to participate to the press conference.
> We can also take this opportunity to launch officially a vast lobbying
> action in the direction of governments to held an international
> conference soon to talk about ways of financing sustainable development
> around the world, financing it for example by an international tax on
> international transactions.
> Of course all this is just "ideas" : everything is in the open for the
> moment to let your networks organize it with us. But I am sure we can
> all agree shortly with basic lines that will match our works and
> concerns.
> Please feel free to react to this proposal by emailing me :
> •••@••.••• and of course to forward this message to anyone of
> your knowledge that might be interrested in this proposal.
> For details about the Alternate Davos organization per se, feel free to
> email Christophe Aguiton :  •••@••.•••
> Best regards to all
> Laurent
> •••@••.•••
> ---------------------------- http://attac.org/
> ~ Il s'agit tout simplement de se réapproprier ensemble l'avenir de
> notre monde. ~ Es geht einfach darum, dass wir die Zukunft unserer Welt
> gemeinsam wieder in die eigenen Hände nehmen. ~ It is simply a question
> of taking back, together, the future of our world. ~ Se trata, en
> realidad y simplemente de reapropiarnos, todos unidos, del porvenir de
> nuestro mundo. ~ Si tratta semplicemente di riappropriarci insieme
> dell'avvenire del
> nostro mondo. ~ Kortom, op het gezamenlijk heroveren van de toekomst van 
> onze wereld. ~ Det dreier seg ganske enkelt om at vi i fellesskap krever
> tilbake makten over vår verdens fremtid. ~ Trata-se simplesmente de nos
> reapropriarmos, juntos, do futuro de nosso mundo. ~ Det är helt enkelt
> en fråga om att, vi alla tillsammans, tar tillbaka vår världs framtid.
> http://attac.org/ ----------------------------

Thank you very much for forwarding the Invitation to an alternate Davos
directly to me (yor mail from 3 Dec 98). (I have posted it on my e-mail
distributor a few days later) 

I whant to participate at this action and I will looking forward to other
activists, who want the same. I think, this is a good idea, and we
should reflect about, how we can stress our goals. We schould look
forward to an absolutely different policy, which don't respect anymore the
interests of TNC's but the interestes of Human Being and environment. The
Davos meeting of WEF might be a possible forum to clarify our aims (as
well as Cologne/ Germany in june '99 - EU- and G7-summit; and then San
Diego/ California - Milleneum Round of WTO - perhaps, we will meet us
there all together). 

With the participation of "ATTAC" - in France, in Canada and elsewere - we
will have a widly spreaded basic. But we schould reflect about, that a
Tobin taxe is'nt the ultimative media to solve all the problemes of our
current world economic system.

To read more about my ideas, have a look at:

All the very best,


p.s.: By the way, there will be also a demonstration in Davos, at 30.
January 1999, meeting place: Davos-Dorf, Parsenn Talstation, 16.00 h
(contact: •••@••.•••)

From: •••@••.••• (Partha Roy)
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 1999 17:06:20 +0530

Dear Comrade/Friends

The Ganashakti Newspaper of Calcutta has published a weekly Internet
Newsmagazine. You can get to know about the scene in Bengal/India, the left
and communist movement over here and others. Hope you enjoy the site. We
would seek your valuable feedbacks online. You could also mail a query or a
thing you would like to know about us or the site at •••@••.••• 

Thanking you,

Chittabrata Majumdar

Ganashakti Online Launched

The internet edition of Ganashakti Newsmagazine has been published on 16th
November. Jyoti Basu, Chief Minister of West Bengal has formally launched
the edition by a click on the monitor at Ganashakti office on 16th Nove.'98
at 12 noon. Harkishen Singh Surjeet, General Secretary of CPI(M) has opened
the photo gallery of International Communist leaders on this website. 

Ganashakti is the organ of the State Committee of West Bengal of Communist
Party of India (Marxist). Since now, this will be published on every Monday
and will cover General News, Economist's Analysis on Indian Situation, West
Bengal Left Front Govt.'s Experience, Industry and Commerce, Science and
Technology, Document of Communist Movement, Current Affairs Traveler's
Diary, Entertainment Features etc. In time can get know almost all you would
want about West Bengal, the left mevement in India, its leaders etc. 

The 1st edition covers the issues and events like Price Rise, Closure of
Public Sector units, Poll race in 4 states, Judgement in Bangladesh and
Calcutta Film Festival.

In Ganashakti on line Internet viewer will find the Political autobiography
of Jyoti Basu, Documents of CPI(M) and Communist Movement in India, photo
galleries Jyoti Basu , history of Ganashakti and Communist Leaders of the
world and India.

It has a unique portal page making it a gateway to the Internet world. A
comprehensive archive with communist documents, biographies on communist
leades, and historical documents. Also an online feedback form.

Ganashakti intends to make the site, multimedia compliant with proposed
addition of mass and folk songs of Bengal. Important speeches, and even
relevant video files.On every Monday, 12 noon IST the new issue will be
released. The address of Ganashakti on line is :

16th November 1998
Subject: Class warfare in the information age
From: •••@••.••• (Curt Priest)
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 1998 09:17:18 EST

This is a review from the Journal of Economic Literature:

Perleman, Michael.  Class warfare in the information age.  New
York: St. Martin's Press, 1998.  $35  ISBN 0-312-17758-5

Examines the reciprocal relationship between class structure
and information technology.  Considers the extravagant claims
about the revolutionary nature of the coming information age.
Contends that, for the most part, the information technologies
are not being applied to improve the quality of life; rather, they are
being used to perfect command and control processes, often at the
expense of the well-being of workers.  Examines information and
the control of labor process, arguing that information
processes should be used to develop and engage the technological
potential of all employees.  Describes the contradiction of
exploited informational labor:  that command and control
management is self-defeating under conditions where a single error
in a massive computer program can cause a disaster.  Explains why the
use of information as a commodity necessitates a more intrusive
government to protect intellectual property rights.  Indicates
how the new information technologies are also used to exert control
of the general population outside of the workplace.  Analyzes how the
growth of intellectual property rights undermines the growth of
science and technology, thereby restricting the potential of the
information economy.  Demonstrates that markets are poorly equipped
to manage the production and exchange of information.  Suggests ways
that the technologies of the supposed information revolution could be
turned to good purpose.

Perlman is Professor of Economics at California State University, Chico.

[Source:  December, 1998 Journal of Economic Literature, pp 2223-4]

           W. Curtiss Priest, Director, CITS
      Center for Information, Technology & Society
         466 Pleasant St., Melrose, MA  02176
         Voice: 781-662-4044  •••@••.•••
 Fax: 781-662-6882 WWW: http://www.eff.org/pub/Groups/CITS

From: •••@••.••• (Robert Hanzel)
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 1999 07:48:37 -0700 (MST)
Subject: =?ISO-8859-1?Q?The_B:.B:._=A9?=

Exposure and The Light makes the cockroaches go away (and the sooner,
the better!). VegaBob

Subject: Revolutionary Unionism 101
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 99 17:53:27 -0000
From: Ben x342073 <•••@••.•••>
To: <•••@••.•••>

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Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 11:04:41 -1000
From: viviane lerner <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Fwd: UK Nuclear News 23 December 1998

>>Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 10:48:55 +0000
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>>From: Geoff Adams <•••@••.•••>
>>Subject: NPU Bulletin 23 Dec
>>Weds 23 Dec 1998
>>98-9263 A million rounds of uranium-tipped bullets were fired during       
>> the Gulf war. Maggie O'Kane reports on Iraq's congenitally         
>>deformed children, victims of a war they never knew. G 21 Dec     98-9264
>>German chancellor Gerhard Schroder has told Greens to toe the         gvt
>>line on nuclear energy or get out of his administration.         Ind,FT 23
>>Geoff Adams, Information Officer, Greater Manchester Research, 4th Floor,
>>Metropolitan House, OLDHAM, Lancs, UK, OL1 1QD
>>Tel: 0161 911 4179 / Fax: 0161 627 1736
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>Nuclear Free Local Authorities Secretariat
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Date: Sat, 09 Jan 1999 15:08:12 +0700
From: NSPU <•••@••.•••>
Organization: Serikat Petani Sumatera Utara
To:<•••@••.•••>, and many others
Subject: happy new year


In the Name of Peasant and International Solidarity,

Muhammad Harris Putra
General Secretary of SPSU/NSPU
Jl. Karya Jasa 58 Pangkalan Masyhur
Medan, Sumatera Utara 21043
Tel/Fax: +62 (061) 7862073
Email : •••@••.•••
Serikat Petani Sumatera Utara/SPSU (North Sumatra Peasant Union/NSPU) is

the federation of peasant consists of 80 local peasant organizations in
North Sumatera Province as its member.SPSU was declared by the peasant
of North Sumatera in Parsariran, South Tapanuli District, North Sumatera

Province Indonesia on June 3 1994. SPSU is member of La Via Campesina
(International Peasant Movement) at International Level, and member of
Consortium for Agrarian Reform (KPA) at National Level. SPSU is founder
and member of Federasi Serikat Petani Indonesia/FSPI (Federation of
Indonesian Peasant Union/FIPU). FSPI or FIPU declared on July 8th 1998
by several peasant organization of Indonesia. SPSU has two main bodies :

Peasant Representative Board as the legislative body and The Peasant
Executive Body. Both of them are elected by Congress directly. In order
to implement its program  SPSU will set up the Special Task Force and
recruit the Consulates in local, regional, national, and international
level. Special task force and Consulates are the supporting system of
The Peasant Executive body consists of everyone and every institutions
who concern to the Agrarian Reform, Indegenous People, Sustainable
Agriculture, Democracy, and Peasant Movement.

Date: Sun, 03 Jan 1999 08:11:29 -0800
From: "Linnea Carroll, Meyer" <•••@••.•••>
To: Jan Slakov <•••@••.•••>
CC: •••@••.•••
Subject: Thanks!

Dear Jan:

Just wanted to take this opportunity, as the new year dawns, to thank
you for all your hard work and dedication to the rn and cj lists.
Your fine work in the aid of getting the truth out re world events and
reporting on the movement toward building a sustainable society have
been very important to me, and of course to all who come in contact with
this information.

Your dedication, fine intelligence and radiant being shine through and
bring much hope and encouragement.

Once again, thankyou and best wishes to you for a wonderful year!

Linnea Carroll  ;->

Well, here's my chance to thank you, Linnea, for this encouragement, and to
thank all the people who are working with us CDR people to make this world a
better place.

We will all need a lot of luck and love (and help for Richard's book
project!) and other good things, so I join you in your wish for a wonderful

all the best, Jan