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
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
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:
April 4, 1999
Urgent appeal to the Governments
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
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.
* 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.
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.
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
No.0562837, Lloyds Bank,
London NW5 2LP.
Sort Code 30-94-66
Further information from:
Tel 00 44 171 482 5670
autonomous women's center against sexual violence
tirsova 5a, beograd, fr yugoslavia
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
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 12:12:40 -0400 (EDT)
From: jan m <•••@••.•••>
Subject: IRAQ WEBSITES
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
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
American Friends Service Committee http://www.nonviolence.org/for/
Fellowship for Reconciliation http://www.al-bushra.org/Iraq/0iraq.htm &
Al-Bushra (Arab-American Roman Catholic Community)
Iraq Help http://segatronexplorer.net/dedicated.html#anchor593910
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
Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group Web Page
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
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
South Movement¾ News and Action Alerts
Gulf Conflict Protest Site http://www2.one.net.au/~newdawn/iraq.htm
Hands Off Iraq Committee
Society for Syrian Studies, Research and Development
Iraq Action Network Italy http://www.web.net/~gccwat/iraq/
A bridge toŠ (website in Italian and English) Germany
Society for International Communication (website in German and English) Spain
Organization in Solidarity with the People of Africa, Asia and Latin
America (OSPAAAL) Portugal
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)
The Edge Gallery http://leb.net/iac/edge.html
International Commission of Inquiry on Economic Sanctions Malaysia
International Movement for a Just World Japan http://www.jaring.my/just/
Peace Suitors of Tokyo (website in Japanese and English)
Syrian Social Nationalist Party (English and Arabic) Sweden
Al Thelig (Iraqi newspaper based in Sweden; in Arabic)
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
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'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.
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
We received the attached message today (April 18) from George Salzman of
Science for the People.
Subject: Emergency in East Timor
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 08:35:45 -0400
From: "George Salzman" <•••@••.•••>
Organization: UMass Boston (Physics)
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
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
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
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, 202-647-5291 fax: 202-647-6434
Indonesian embassy in Washington DC: 202-775-5200 fax: 202-775-5365
Kofi Annan -- •••@••.••• 212-963-5012
Indoneisan President BJ Habbie -- •••@••.•••
- 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:
ETAN (East Timor Action Network) Field Organizer
ETAN / Greater Boston
72 Hamlet Street, Arlington, MA 02474-3221
Tel: (781) 648-0548
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
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 .
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,
Biographical Sketch : Dr. Rosalie Bertell
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
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
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
The Right Livlihood Recipient Award -Rosalie Bertell 1986
[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
International Institute of
Concern for Public Health
710-264 Queens Quay West
Toronto, Ontario Canada M5J 1B5
The International Institute of Concern for Public Health
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.
710-264 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 1B5 CANADA
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.
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