PS: Dear Richard & all, Nope, I haven't been on another trip. But this is a busy time: peace vigils to organize, gardens to plant, kids' birthday parties... tons of messages to read! warm best wishes, Jan Dear RN list, May 2 One thing a war will tend to do is push people to "take sides" and speak out AGAINST things they disagree with. I am writing this posting as a reminder to all of us to resist being "sucked in" to this war mentality. We need to work for what we want, not just protest what is wrong. And we need to make the connections between issues that are linked, but which get forgotten, when we focus so much attention on the bombings. On to the messages (some of them excerpted): Date: Fri, 30 Apr 1999 10:57:37 -0300 From: James Crombie <•••@••.•••> Subject: Freedom of information and human rights in the Balkans - now and later Hello Everyone, The text which follows my signature is from a Swiss site entitled Medienhilfe ("Media Help") and concerns freedom of the media (and other matters) in Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro. I would add that it is not too early to start worrying about human rights and freedom of opinion in post-war Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro -- since the KLA leaders can be assumed not to have had extensive training in the area of democratic institutions and rights. The texte appended after my signature is from URL: http://www.medienhilfe.ch/News/KosoWar/APPEAL.htm ************************************* James Crombie <snip> ************************************* April 4, 1999 Urgent appeal to the Governments Defend democracy! The war in Kosov@ led to the expulsion of tens, even hundreds of thousands human beings and to the destruction of the whole region. Specially kosov@-albanian intellectuals, activists of human rights organisations and independent media are exposed to the rage of Serbian units without any protection. They hardly find any alternative to escape if they want to survive this war. Some successfully made their way to Albania, Macedonia or Montenegro in the meantime, but many are still missing or still stay in Pristina. But also the opposition in Serbia is put under massive pressure by the warfare. The regime of Slobodan Milosevic uses the benefit of war-hours, to start a real hunt against the opposition: independent media are being closed down, activists of human rights and peace organisations are forcefully drafted for the army. The aim is obvious: all civil, dissident-thinking shall be silenced under the carpet of Nato-bombs. <snip> We request * from the government of Switzerland and other countries, to open up immediately the doors of their embassies and consulates for representatives and activists of independent media and dissident civic organisations as women- and peace-groups, human rights organisations and others. They have to be provided with diplomatic protection and if needed with a secure exit out of their country. * the same protection for all men in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia who try to escape the warfare of this regime and the forced drafts by objection and resistance. * from the Swiss government specially to offer these people from the Kosov@, from Serbia and eventually from Montenegro a permanent Round Table in Switzerland, to allow the continuos work of civil resistance movements against the Milosevic regime till the day they can go back and go on with their work in security in their own country. Roland Brunner, Medienhilfe Ex-Jugoslawien Medienhilfe Ex-Jugoslawien, PO Box, CH 8031 Zurich, Switzerland. Tel +41/ (0)1 / 272 46 37 – Mobile +41/ (0)79/445 47 17 - Fax +41/ (0)1 / 272 46 82 - Mail: •••@••.••• // http://www.medienhilfe.ch ********************************************************** From: Women's Center Belgrade <•••@••.•••> Date: 1999. travanj 22 18:57 Subject: CURRENT NEWS - Albania: women's support organized NEW WOMEN'S THERAPY CENTERS IN ALBANIA The women of Medica, a women's therapy centre in Bosnia-Hercegovina, are well known to me from five years of working with them. Many of you know them even better. I think everyone who knows them has great respect for them. They are themselves overwhelmed with new arrivals of Kosovan refugees in central Bosnia. In spite of that they are carrying their careful and caring approach to war-traumatized women to the support of Kosovan refugees in Albania. I am both inserting and attaching an emergency appeal for financial support for their excellent, practical, appropriate, gender-sensitive project. Please post it around widely. Cynthia Cookburn MEDICA KOSOVA "Woman to Woman" SUPPORT BY WOMEN FOR WOMEN TRAUMATIZED BY RAPE AND OTHER ACTS OF TERROR IN THE NATIONALIST AGGRESSION IN KOSOVA Please give generously to this emergency initiative which involves: 1 Rapidly TRAINING A TEAM OF PROFESSIONAL ALBANIAN / KOSOVAN WOMEN in appropriate, gender-sensitive, medical and psycho-social responses to rape and other forms of war trauma. 2 The trainers will be BOSNIAN WOMEN professionals who gained their knowledge in the earlier war and currently run the hugely successful 60-staff Medica Women's Therapy Centre in central Bosnia which has helped more than 20,000 women and children since 1993. 3 Establishing six TENT CLINICS in refugee camps in Albania through which the team of women professionals and auxiliary staff can locate women in special need and administer emergency psycho-social care. 4 Obtaining, equipping and operating a MOBILE CLINIC to take women's reproductive health care and trauma therapy to other areas of Albania in which refugees are scattered. 5 DOCUMENTATION of violations of women's human rights in the ethnic aggression in Kosova, to enable prosecutions. Lawyers will work closely with psychotherapists to ensure the necessary sensitivity to women's feelings, self- respect and future safety. <snip> Please, please pin up this leaflet in public view, do some fundraising at local events, approach trusts and other givers you think might help, or just simply write a cheque to `Medica' today and send it to: Medica, PO Box 9560, London NW5 2WF Account `Medica', No.0562837, Lloyds Bank, London NW5 2LP. Sort Code 30-94-66 Further information from: Cynthia Cockburn Tel 00 44 171 482 5670 E-mail: •••@••.••• autonomous women's center against sexual violence tirsova 5a, beograd, fr yugoslavia tel/fax: 381.11.687.190 e-mail: •••@••.••• _____________________________________________________ THIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN FORWARDED TO YOU BY: B.a.B.e. (Be active, Be emancipated) Women's Human Rights Group Prilaz Gjure Dezelica 26/II, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia Tel/Fax: +385 1 4846 176 Tel: +385 1 4846 180 E-mail: •••@••.••• CyberBaBe: http://www.interlog.com/~moyra/ ******************************************************************* Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 12:12:40 -0400 (EDT) From: jan m <•••@••.•••> Subject: IRAQ WEBSITES http://www.gn.apc.org/peacenews/iraq/iraqlinks.html List of websites relevant to the Iraq crisis (Original list compiled by Rania Masri) Iraq Action Network Canada http://www.web.net/~gccwat/iraq/ http://www.nonviolence.org/campaigns/iraq.htm Iraq Crisis Anti-War Homepage US-based http://leb.net/IAC/ Iraq Action Coalition http://leb.net/globalmewi/ Global Movement to End the War against Iraq http://www.iacenter.org/ International Action Center http://leb.net/iac/adcitf.html American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee-Task Force on Iraq http://www.afsc.org/default.htm American Friends Service Committee http://www.nonviolence.org/for/ Fellowship for Reconciliation http://www.al-bushra.org/Iraq/0iraq.htm & http://www.al-bushra.org/ Al-Bushra (Arab-American Roman Catholic Community) http://husky1.stmarys.ca/~n_alsaad/iraq.html Iraq Help http://segatronexplorer.net/dedicated.html#anchor593910 http://segatronexplorer.net/islamonlinemain.html#anchor145306 Islam On Line http://members.aol.com/icli/iraq/index.html Islamic Center of Long Island http://www.mennonitecc.ca/mcc/regions/iraq.html Mennonite Central Committee http://www.nonviolence.org/mpf/iraq.htm Muslim Peace Fellowship-National Campaign to End Iraqi Sanctions http://www.teleport.com/~copwatch/Iraq.html Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group Web Page http://www.nonviolence.org/pcusa/ Pax Christi USA (National Catholic Peace Movement) http://www.bruderhof.org/ Plough Online (the Bruderhof Community) http://www.workers.org/iraq/ Workers World Service http://leb.net/IAC/voices.html Voices in the Wilderness http://members.tripod.com/~iraqbabies/ Iraq Babies http://www.webcom.com/hrin/parker.html The Karen Parker Home Page for Humanitarian Law http://www.club.ch/iraqiwomen/ Website for Iraqi Women http://coastnet.com/dhouston/iraq.html Poster used for protests against the war http://condor.depaul.edu/~aalmaney/iraq.htm Save the Children of Iraq http://www.iraq.net/ Iraqi Net Cyber Cafe http://www.psr.org/ Physicians for Social Responsibility http://www.gpnj.org/index.html The Green Party of NJ Australia http://www.ozemail.com.au/~fouad/ Al-Moharer Al-Australi Weekly Journal of News and Information; updated Saturdays; English & Arabic http://southmovement.alphalink.com.au/ South Movement¾ News and Action Alerts http://users.pasdex.net.au/~belgrave/war/ Gulf Conflict Protest Site http://www2.one.net.au/~newdawn/iraq.htm Hands Off Iraq Committee Society for Syrian Studies, Research and Development Canada http://www.dsoln.com.au/~sssrd/ Iraq Action Network Italy http://www.web.net/~gccwat/iraq/ A bridge toŠ (website in Italian and English) Germany http://www.bibli.it/un_ponte_per/ Society for International Communication (website in German and English) Spain http://www.germany.net/teilnehmer/101,88843/index.htm Organization in Solidarity with the People of Africa, Asia and Latin America (OSPAAAL) Portugal http://leb.net/iac/ospaaal.html Um So' Mundo-Apelo a Favor do Iraque -- Portuguese organisation for lifting the sanctions on Iraq (website in Portuguese) UK http://www.aliasoft.com/iraque/ Peace Pledge Union http://www.gn.apc.org/peacepledge/ Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq (CASI) http://linux.clare.cam.ac.uk/~saw27/casi/ The Edge Gallery http://leb.net/iac/edge.html International Commission of Inquiry on Economic Sanctions Malaysia http://leb.net/iac/ICIES.html International Movement for a Just World Japan http://www.jaring.my/just/ Peace Suitors of Tokyo (website in Japanese and English) http://www.jca.ax.apc.org/peace-st/index.html Syrian Social Nationalist Party (English and Arabic) Sweden http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/3577/index.html Al Thelig (Iraqi newspaper based in Sweden; in Arabic) http://www.algonet.se/~ismail-i/ Last updated: 18 February 1998-02-18 Please send any corrections or additions to Peace News. &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 14:29:43 +0200 (CST) From: Andreas Rockstein <•••@••.•••> Subject: Mobalization on Globalization in the News (fwd) ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 14:39:05 -0400 From: Margrete Strand-Rangnes <•••@••.•••> 4/23/99 Wall St. J. A1 1999 WL-WSJ 5449784 The Wall Street Journal Copyright (c) 1999, Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Friday, April 23, 1999 Washington Wire The Wall Street Journal / NBC News Poll --- A Special Weekly Report From The Wall Street Journal's Capital Bureau By Ronald G. Shafer SEATTLE IS BRACING for protesters at a trade meeting in November. Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the Sierra Club plan big showings at a World Trade Organization gathering, to protest environmental harm from globalization. Steelworkers hope to turn out 50,000 people to protest labor disparities. The Web site of activist group Public Citizen says: "Mobilization on Globalization. If you oppose the WTO, you must go to Seattle." Seattle's City Council takes a stand on treaty talks, voting to make the city a global-investment-treaty-free zone. China could be a new WTO member at the November round of global talks. Americans, by 60% to 26%, think China joining the WTO would have a major impact on the U.S. economy. Planners picked Seattle partly because of its experience with environmental protesters; "It's going to be like Chicago '68," says one trade lobbyist. Copr. (C) West 1999 No Claim to Orig. U.S. Govt. Works ********************************** <snip> Margrete Strand Rangnes MAI Project Coordinator Public Citizen Global Trade Watch 215 Pennsylvania Ave, SE Washington DC, 20003 USA •••@••.••• 202-546 4996, ext. 306 202-547 7392 (fax) *********************************************************************** Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 14:06:23 -0400 From: Regina Birchem <•••@••.•••> Subject: East Timor Alert Dear Friends, We received the attached message today (April 18) from George Salzman of Science for the People. Regina Birchem _____________ Subject: Emergency in East Timor Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 08:35:45 -0400 From: "George Salzman" <•••@••.•••> Organization: UMass Boston (Physics) Dan Bolef<•••@••.•••>, <snip> Subject: Urgent Action Alert for East Timor Date: Sat, 17 Apr 1999 From: "Mark Salzer" <•••@••.•••> URGENT EAST TIMOR ALERT -- PLEASE CALL IMMEDIATELY!! Earlier today (Saturday, 4/17) more than 1000 armed pro-Indonesian paramilitary members took control of the streets of Dili. Current reports confirm at least 13 dead so far and many more wounded although it is impossible to know the full extent of the damage and violence. At this moment the paramilitaries are marauding through the capital, attacking civilians, shooting into buildings, and ransacking and burning homes. Part of Becora market and at least six houses have been razed. The streets are empty save for the paramilitary groups and the accompanying special mobile police units. The military and police are refusing to halt the violence, instead providing water and cigarettes to the paramilitaries. At least 275 people (including civil servants, CNRT(National Council of Timorese Resistence) members, East Timorese NGO leaders, and reconciliation advocates) are believed to be on a death list. Militias have threatened that Bishop Belo will be assassinated on Sunday (tomorrow). The targetting of the pro-independence leadership appears to have begun at the home of Manuel Carrascalao, leader of the Movement for the Reconciliation and Unity of the People of East Timor. Militias firing automatic weapons supplied by the Indonesian army attacked his home today, killing an undetermined number of the 140 refugees, mainly women and children, living in Carrascalao's back yard. Carrascalao's son is also reported dead. Photographers were told they would be shot if they took pictures. Foreign journalists have been attacked and few are reporting from the streets. It appears that the ABRI-supported paramilitary rampage may have only just begun. There are threats that their "cleanup operation" will continue until at least Monday. PLEASE CALL OR FAX THE FOLLOWING IMMEDIATELY! (on Saturday or Sunday if possible): Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, 202-647-5291 fax: 202-647-6434 •••@••.••• Indonesian embassy in Washington DC: 202-775-5200 fax: 202-775-5365 additional: Kofi Annan -- •••@••.••• 212-963-5012 Indoneisan President BJ Habbie -- •••@••.••• Tell them: - the military and paramilitary killings in East Timor must stop and the paramilitaries must be disarmed and disbanded immediately - a continuing UN and International monitoring presence must be allowed in East Timor immediately For more information & a copy of a press release for local use contact: John Miller 718-596-7668 •••@••.••• or Kristin Sundell ETAN (East Timor Action Network) Field Organizer 773-878-4033 (phone) 781-673-2429 (pager) •••@••.••• <snip> ETAN / Greater Boston 72 Hamlet Street, Arlington, MA 02474-3221 Tel: (781) 648-0548 email: •••@••.••• For recorded event details call the Peace & Justice Hotline (617) 787-6809. For info on East Timor send a blank email message to •••@••.••• or visit www.etan.org -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Note: I include this information on Dr. Rosalie Bertell because she is someone whose life exemplifies the idea of making connections. She points out, for instance, that the pesticides we are using to "manage" nature have their origins in military research & production of chemical weapons.... Plant and buy organically (and help your neighbours go organic too!) From: "Janet M. Eaton" <•••@••.•••> Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 00:24:52 +0000 Subject: [GSN] Dr. Rosalie Bertell - A Great Humanitarian & Scientist !! From: "Janet M. Eaton" <•••@••.•••> DR. ROSALIE BERTELL "I don't think I'm a radical." Rosalie Bertell is deeply suspicious of the world's business, political, military and scientific leaders. As a nun and a scientist, she suspects we have already poisoned our environment beyond recall, and if we haven't, we should begin now to save the planet ourselves. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Some information on the life of Dr. Rosalie Bertell, a world expert on health and uranium, whose name we have seen associated with the Kosovo War in her statement on the dangers of Depleted Uranium weapons: URL: http://news.flora.org/flora.mai-not/10957 She is also the author of Gulf War Syndrome, Depleted Uranium and the Dangers of Low-Level Radiation http://www.ccnr.org/bertell_book.html It will perhaps be of interest to Australian members of the list that Dr. Bertell has worked by preference on behalf of indigenous peoples and citizen groups most severely affected by militarism and pollution and was featured in an Australian made film on the Mirrar struggles against the uranium mining at Jabiluka . http://www3.silas.unsw.edu.au/~greenlft/1997/301/301p24.htm In the film Dr Rosalie Bertell, describes the dangers of radiation and radon gas released into the environment by the processing of uranium ore into yellowcake. all the best, janet -------------------------------------------------------------- Biographical Sketch : Dr. Rosalie Bertell http://www.ccnr.org/bertell_bio.html United Nations Environment Programme, Global 500 Laureate - 1993 Alternative Nobel Prize: Right Livelihood Award - 1986 World Federalist Peace Award - 1988 Ontario Premier's Council on Health: Health Innovator Award - 1991 Marguerite D'Youville Humanitarian Award, Lexington MA - 1992 Rosalie Bertell, PhD, GNSH, is President of the International Institute of Concern for Public Health (IICPH), Toronto, and Editor in Chief of International Perspectives in Public Health. Dr. Bertell served four years as Co-chair for Canada on the Ecosystem Health Workgroup of the Science Advisory Board to the US - Canada International Joint Commission (IJC) on the Great Lakes, and currently serves on the IJC Nuclear Task Force. She also serves as advisor to the Great Lakes Health Effects Program of Health Canada, and to the Environmental Assessment Board of Ontario. Dr. Bertell Directed the International Medical Commission - Bhopal which investigated the aftermath of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, and of the International Medical Commission - Chernobyl, which convened the Tribunal on violations of the human rights of victims in Vienna, April 1996. She has received numerous awards and five honorary Doctorate degrees since launching the IICPH in 1984. Dr. Bertell is a member of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart. Dr. Bertell earned a Doctorate in Biometry at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, in 1966, and has been working ever since time in environmental epidemiology. She has collaborated in analyses undertaken in the US, Canada, Japan, the Marshall Islands, Malaysia, India, Germany, Ukraine and other countries. Author of Handbook for Estimating the Health Effects of Ionizing Radiation (1984, 1986) and the popular non-fiction book: No Immediate Danger: Prognosis for a radioactive Earth, together with more than a hundred articles, book chapters and poems, Dr. Bertell has reached medical, scientific, and popular audiences around the globe. No Immediate Danger, has been translated into Swedish, French, German and Finnish. A Russian translation is in process. By choice, Dr. Bertell works with indigenous people and economically developing countries as they struggle to preserve their human rights to health and life in the face of industrial, technological and military pollution. She was a founding member of IICPH, an attempt to institutionalize her growing concern for human survival on an intact planet. ====================================== The Right Livlihood Recipient Award -Rosalie Bertell 1986 http://www.rightlivelihood.se/recip1986_2.html [the following article is accompanied by a picture of Dr. Bertell] "...for raising public awareness about the destruction of the biosphere and human gene pool, especially by low-level radiation." International Institute of Concern for Public Health 710-264 Queens Quay West Toronto, Ontario Canada M5J 1B5 --snip-- =============================================== The International Institute of Concern for Public Health http://www.globaleduc.org/iicph.htm The International Institute of Concern for Public Health was founded as a affiliate in 1984 by Dr. Rosalie Bertell. The Institute assists in health promotion and health protection for people in both their working and living situations and provides expertise on health problems related to radioactive and toxic pollutants in the environment. IICPH 710-264 Queens Quay West Toronto, ON M5J 1B5 CANADA Tel: 416-260-0575 Fax: 416-260-3404 E-mail: •••@••.••• Purpose The International Institute of Concern for Public Health (IICPH) is a Canadian-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping communities assess and improve their environmental health status. It employs a participatory research model, engaging the community in all aspects of the exercise. The IICPH has provided help to health professionals, indigenous communities, and other organizations in Canada, the Marshall Islands, India, Malaysia, Japan, Ukraine, Germany, Spain, Norway, Ireland, South Africa and Argentina. The IICPH has received the Right Livelihood Award in the Swedish Parliament, and the Global 500 Award from the United Nations Environment Programme. Its community health- assessment programme won the Health Innovator Award from the Ontario Premier's Council on Health. =========================================== ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Has ONElist changed your life? http://www.ONElist.com Visit our homepage and share with us your experiences at ONElist of the Week!