rn: Corp-focus/Millenium forum/Chomsky quote


Jan Slakov

Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2000 20:10:46 -0500 (EST)
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Date:   Thu, 10 Feb 2000 00:00:06 -0400 (AST)
Sender: Daniel Haran <•••@••.•••>
From: Daniel Haran <•••@••.•••>
Subject: global organizing--Millenium Forum (fwd)

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Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2000 22:39:21 -0500
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Subject: global organizing--Millenium Forum

[ed:  in my interest in looking at forms of global organizing, here is a 
conference announcement of interest.]

From: Techeste Ahderom <•••@••.•••> (by way of Maryellen Lewis 

To: All non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations,
private voluntary organizations, academic institutions, unions,
parliamentarians, local authorities and other representatives and groups of
civil society.

From: Techeste Ahderom, co-chair, Millennium Forum

Date: 8 February 2000

Re: Updated application and registration process for The Millennium Forum


Dear Friends,

As many of you know, we are fast approaching the main meeting of the
Millennium Forum, scheduled for 22-26 May 2000 at the United Nations

The Millennium Forum will bring together representatives of civil society
from all over the world to consult about humanity's common future -- and,
particularly, the role of the United Nations in confronting the great global
challenges of the 21st Century.

Scheduled for 22-26 May 2000 at United Nations headquarters as part of the
preparations for the UN's Millennium Assembly in September, the Millennium
Forum in particular seeks to create a process whereby the input from global
civil society can be collected in an open, transparent and representative
manner and then consulted upon rationally.

The Forum will focus on six main sub-themes under the main theme of "The
United Nations in the 21st Century." These main sub-themes are: 1) peace,
security and disarmament; 2) the eradication of poverty (including debt
cancellation and social development; 3) human rights; 4) sustainable
development and the environment; 5) the challenges of globalization; and 6)
strengthening the United Nations and other international organizations.

Our hope is that the Forum will also result in an organizational structure
whereby the peoples of the world can participate effectively in global
decision-making and in the implementation and follow-up of global plans of

Our plan is to be as inclusive as possible, by having on-line meetings and
satellite teleconferences to the extent that funds allow. Indeed, if you can
help with fund-raising, this is also a priority now.

However, I wanted to alert you that since the main site for the main
Millennium Forum meeting in May is the United Nations headquarters in New
York, we must limit participation to roughly 1,400 people.

To facilitate the process of application and registration for participation
at the main Millennium Forum meeting at the United Nations, we have now
placed at our website an on-line registration form. As well, we have also
created downloadable registration forms.

Our hope is that you all will carefully consider registering for the
Forum -- and that those of you with web-capable computers will download and
print-out the paper-based forms and then send them along to other groups and
organizations in your network that may not have full access to the Internet.

Indeed, we are counting on our brother and sister civil society
organizations to distribute word of this event and of the need for all to
participate in it as far and wide as possible.

Accordingly, please examine the on-line registration form at our website,
which is located at http://www.millenniumforum.org. Please also distribute
word of this new registration process as widely as possible.

Then, in the coming weeks and months, please continue to return to the
website, which is where our discussion papers and other information about
the Forum will be distributed first.

Warmest regards,

Techeste Ahderom

Co-chair, Millennium Forum
866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 120
New York, NY, 10017, USA
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phone: 212-803-2522
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Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2000 10:14:39 -0500
From: "Mike Nickerson, Inviting Debate" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Do you remember?

Hi Jan:
        A friend asked where I got the Chomsky quote below.  I thought it
was from one of your postings but have been unable to find it.
        Does it ring any bells?  Don't bother if it doesn't come easily to

                Yours,  Mike N.
Note from Jan: doesn't ring a bell for me; does anyone else know?

        "A principle familiar to propagandists is that
        the doctrine to be instilled in the target audience
        should not be articulated: that would only expose
        them to reflection, inquiry, and, very likely, ridicule.
        The proper procedure is to drill them home by
        constantly presupposing them, so that they become
        the very condition for discourse".

                                Noam Chomsky



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