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Here it is worth mentioning Walt Taylor, a Canadian in his early eighties, who has seen enough of life in North America to know that in addition to inflicting violence on each other, humans have been attacking their own life-support system -- the land, air and water of the earth. The 10 chapters of what appears to be a self-published book -- Waging Peace for a Living: An Action Plan for Survival of Life on Earth (Trafford paperback, $12) -- are an unpretentious summary of the havoc. Part Ralph Nader, part Jeremy Rifkin and part Lester Brown, Taylor is a globalist who sees non-governmental organizations -- from American Friends Service Committee to Worldwatch Institute -- offering more hope for enlightened progress than governments and transnational corporations.  Taylor makes no messianic claims for immediate salvational reforms. His is another reasoned voice, in unison with all the others here, saying that in order to have peace, we must prepare for peace. (Review by Colman McCarthy, Washington Post)

"Wage Peace" is a movie about the situation in Iraq and among US military created by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) http://afsc.org/iraq/

Waging Peace: Poetry and Political Action - Edited by Susan McMaster.  CAN A POEM STOP A BULLET? The 100-plus contributors to Waging Peace: Poetry and Political Action offer hope. To mark 2001, the first year of the millennium, poets and artists from across Canada donated art-wrapped poems on peace to every MP and Senator, as an encouragement of their work for peace in Canada and abroad. The poems and art were published first in Convergence: Poems for Peace as broadsheets and a limited boxed edition. Now they have been offered by the creators to Waging Peace, on the understanding that Penumbra Press is donating all royalties to peace education. Waging Peace collects 55 poems, including some in French, Hungarian, Dutch, Kurdish, Hebrew, Michif, and German, along with 32 full-colour reproductions. Essays on poetry and politics by Senator Jerry Grafstein, sponsor of the Poet Laureate, and by respected poets Sarah Klassen, Colin Morton, Heather Spears (Governor-General's award winner), and Roger Nash (past-president, League of Canadian Poets), are illustrated with photos and portraits by Heather Spears. An introduction by poet Susan McMaster, the originator of the project and editor of the book, completes the Convergence story. This beautiful, moving book is truly a community project. It confirms the wide and practical commitment of Canadians to building a more peaceful, fruitful world for ourselves and our children. Educators at the senior secondary and college level will find it a thought-provoking resource. Words cannot stop a bullet; but a person who hears them, and ponders, may.  To order: http://www.penumbrapress.ca/book.php?id=214 ; ISBN 1894131371, Softcover; or contact John Flood john@prenumbrapress.com

warandantiwarcover.gif (8486 bytes) War And Anti-war:making Sense War and AntiWar: Making Sense of Today's Global Chaos. Author - Alvin and Heidi Toffler. Publisher - Warner Books, Inc. 1995. Rating - 5 Star.

Part 1. Conflict
Part 2. Trajectory
Part 3. Exploration
Part 4. Knowledge
Part 5. Danger
Part 6. Peace

 

"War & Conflict: Past, Present, Future" aims to provide comprehensive information about the theory and conduct of war. We hope that our site will help engender debate, while also providing an exploration into the cause, the conduct and the outcome of war. We have included in-depth presentations in topics such as the control and limitation of conflict, the law of war, the economics of war and the future of conflict. There are sections with information on important conflicts, such as the Napoleonic Wars, the American Revolution and Civil War, World War I and II, the Cold War and the Vietnam War. We have interviewed people who have had a first-hand experience of conflict. The information that we included ourselves is intended to be as impartial as possible - we have left it up to the individual to form his or her own convictions. There is a forum in which the general public will be able to voice their own opinions or ask questions. In short, our site encourages users of all ages to learn, explore, interact with and discuss the 'science' of war and conflict - past, present and future.  a highly interactive and informational site which promotes a peaceful end to conflicts.  Please visit it at http://dev99.advanced.org/25909   Winner of numerous awards!

WAR and RAPE: A DIGEST OF REFERENCED ARTICLES

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)WAR CRIMES: A Report on United States War Crimes Against Iraq by Ramsey Clark and others; report to the Commission of Inquiry for the International War Crimes Tribunal; ISBN 0-944624-15-4.  Please see that your local libraries and bookstores have copies of this book. Order from: Maisonneuve Press, P.O. Box 2980, Washington, D.C. 20013; FAX 301-699-0193.  Send $12.95 for each book plus $1.50 for postage (Inquire about discounts for multiple copy orders).  Also available from: Commission of Inquiry for the International War Crimes Tribunal, 36 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003; FAX 212-979-1583.  Read the book online at http://deoxy.org/wc/bookinfo.htmIncinerated body of an Iraqi soldier on the "Highway of Death," http://deoxy.org/wc/warcrime.htm .

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes) War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. Chris Hedges. New York: PublicAffairs, 2002, 211 pp. $23.00. buy from amazon.com This is an angry, articulate book -- an act of therapy summed up by its ironic title. Hedges is an experienced war correspondent, but one unusually steeped in the scriptures, classics, and Shakespeare, struggling to make sense of the terrible things he has witnessed while covering conflicts in the Balkans, Africa, and the Middle East. Addressing his own inner urge to return to such scenes, he describes with vivid poignancy the brutalizing impact of war and the contrast between its noble claims and the misery it leaves in its wake. Hedges only occasionally discusses wars that involve regular forces, such as the Persian Gulf War, and he tends to concentrate on those (more common) post-Cold War conflicts driven by local passions, with close interaction between militias and their largely civilian victims and the media in close attendance. Hedges' thoughts on why wars start are at best sketchy, but his explorations of what happens when they do make this book a compelling read and a valuable counterweight to the more antiseptic discussions common among strategic analysts.

"War, Lies & Videotape: How media  monopoly stifles truth" exposes the true  character of  the media today.  Have you ever wondered whether the news you hear is true? Who makes the news and how? How do mega-mergers and the consolidation of media outlets affect what you see on the evening news?  This is a superb new work by some of your favorite fighters for justice
and media critics. Read new works by Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General; Michael Parenti, author;  Nawal El Saadawi, Novelist & Journalist; Ben Bagdikian, former editor of the Washington Post; Sara Flounders & Brian Becker, Co-Directors of the IAC; Diana Johnstone, former European Editor of In These Times; Jean-Bertrand Aristide, former President of Haiti; Scott Armstrong, Co-Author of The Brethren; and others on the very nature of the news we see and read.  HOW TO ORDER: You can either order it now, on-line, with your credit card at www.leftbooks.com for 15% off or you can send a check to the International Action Center for US$15.95 plus US$4 shipping. Help circulate the truth about the corporate control of the media. And help to support the International Action Center as it continues uncompromising leadership against U.S.  interventions and militarism.  QUOTATIONS FROM THE TEXT: RAMSEY CLARK ON MEDIA MANIPULATION OF FOREIGN POLICY: "The means of communication are controlled by a handful of interests. Ninety percent of all television fare comes from six or seven companies.  A General Electric or Rupert Murdoch can marginalize a Socrates. A cup of hemlock might seem to so the same, but the fact of Socrates' existence and authenticity abides.  "This is not an easy time to be a thinker. When the media marginalizes a Socrates of our time, if there will be one, where will the memory of his word abide?  "Our (the U.S. Government's) ability to manipulate and admit without alarming the public is overwhelming. There was a review in the New York Times last week of the new book called "To Win a War" by Richard Holbrooke. It's written in the first person, telling how he did it. He didn't title his narrative "To Establish a Peace." And in his tale he reveals the horrors of ethnic cleansing.  But pride overcomes discretion, and he writes, boastfully according to a review, of how, even as Washington was condemning the Croatian purge of more than a quarter million Serbs from the Krajina, he was in Zagreb making sure that the Croatians did exactly that, identifying the cities to be purged, the deaths and the massive forced emigration.  "The power of the Media to demonize is perhaps its most dangerous and vicious power."  MICHAEL PARENTI ON MEDIA EVASION: "We often think of the news media as sensationalist and intrusive. In fact, the press' basic modus operandi is evasive rather than invasive. More important that sensationalist hype is the artful avoidance.  "The news media's daily performance is not a failure but a skillfully evasive success. Their job is not to inform but to disinform, not to advance democratic discourse but to mute it. The media gives every appearance of being vigorously concerned about events of the day, saying so much, meaning so little, offering so many calories and so few nutrients. When we understand this, we move from a liberal complaint about the press' sloppy performance to a radical analysis of how the media serve the ruling circles with much craft and craftiness."  NAWAL EL SAADAWI ON NEO-COLONIALISM AND MEDIA'S DARK AGE:  "Two phrases in an African-Jamaican song summarize the media's dark age in which we live: Raise the chains off the body.  Put the chains on the mind. "This is one of the functions of the media. To give you the illusion that you are free to choose what you like from the free market, that you are free to elect your representative in Congress or Parliament. But in media's dark age how can anyone be free?  "Never before in history has there been such domination of people's minds by the mass media.  Never before in history has thee been such a
concentration and centralization of media, capital, and of military power in the hands of so few people. All the countries that form the group of seven (in the North) control almost all the technological, economic, media, information and military power."   SARA FLOUNDERS ON THE ACHILLES HEEL OF MEDIA POWER:  LOSS  OF CREDIBILITY:  "The more absolutely controlled and homogenized news and information becomes the more it lacks credibility--and the more vulnerable it is to the truth. A generation ago in the U.S. the average person accepted or believed what governmental officials said and what they heard on the news.  "Now the distrust of the media goes even deeper than the alienation from government. Today the average person knows that the politicians lie. They lie about their personal lives and sexual affairs, of course. They lie about taxes and finances and they lie about reasons for going to war. This distrust is reflected first in apathy and alienation.   "Consider the response on issues of U.S. military action. Historically, war is one issue where every strata and class in society is aroused, apprehensive and has an opinion. Wild claims of self-defense or demonizing an opponent are hardly new tactics in the annals of war. Great wars of conquest and plunder have always been masked by noble appeals.  "During the 40 days of bombings when more than 110,000 aerial sorties were flown against Iraq, under a 24-hour-a-day media barrage calling on the public to 'support our troops,' approval ratings of President Bush and the war reached 80%. But the support was shallow and short-lived. Six months later this approval rating for President Bush had plummeted to 30%. It takes greater hype and in heavier doses to achieve even temporary support."  International Action Center, 39 West 14th Street, Room 206, New York, NY 10011; email: iacenter@iacenter.org ; http://www.iacenter.org ; phone: 212 633-6646; fax:   212 633-2889

War on America - Seen from the Indian Ocean by James R. Mancham - published by Paragon House - USA ( www.paragonhouse.com ). This book can also be obtained from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.  Book Description:  An astute observer… “As the first President of the Seychelles , Sir James Mancham had a ringside seat to emerging Cold War struggles for the control of strategic islands in the Indian Ocean . He was eventually overthrown in a pro-Marxist coup while on a visit to London . His “War on America ” is crammed with fascinating details hitherto untold – and told well by Sir James. An astute observer of the forces that have shaped developing countries and islands, and spawned the breeding grounds of transnational terrorism, he has made an important contribution to the historical record.” – Arnaud de Borchgrave, Past President and Editor at Large, UPI and Washington Times, author of the bestseller The Spike.  A book full of insight “If a script of the life of James Mancham were submitted to a film producer as a James Bond-style thriller, perhaps it would be dismissed as too fanciful even for Hollywood. In his latest book, War on America Seen from the Indian Ocean , we re-live Mancham’s rise from humble origins in an isolated corner of the globe, to first President of his country and world Statesman. There are international stories of major global events including decolonization, super-power rivalry, the CIA, assassination, political skullduggery, the Cold War, the coming and going of world leaders. There are the lives of the super rich and the desperately poor nations of the world, and there are more local events in Seychelles, including independence, a coup, mercenaries, and the fight to save the most ecologically important atoll on the planet. All these are facts that have been woven into the fabric of one of the most colourful lives a man can live. Yet all these tumultuous stories are but a backdrop to a book full of insight, an insight that arises in a man who has lived at the heart of so many events on the world stage and yet retained not a shred of bitterness for the hand dealt to him by friend or foe alike. America is one of those friends, but a friend that often appears blinded to the needs of its allies by its own narrow agenda. War on America is a reminder from Mancham: the ripples that spread from the foreign policy actions of the most powerful nation on earth may not always be in the interests of the vision of freedom, democracy and peace to which America aspires. Not many former Presidents of any country attempt to pass on their experiences with such candour and goodwill and perhaps none would even consider passing on a profound political message with poetry. The ending of the book is such a poem, a message of optimism, a message of hope and a tribute from James Mancham to the power for good and evil that lies within every human being to create a better future not just for one nation but for all.” Andrian Skerrett – Author, businessman and conservationist.  From the Inside Flap: Why attack America ? On September 11, 2001 , the United States of America was surprised by a deadly terrorist attack fueled by hatred for the United States that Americans could not understand. Why anyone would want to attack a peace-loving democracy not interested in war? A Constructive Reflection on US Foreign Policy in the Indian Ocean.   This book is written to help Americans understand how people in other parts of the world are impacted by a United States ’ foreign policy that often seems……

WAR OR HEALTH? A READER - Editors:  Ilkka Taipale et al. This reader, comprising 70 specially commissioned articles, provides a wide-ranging examination of the interface between warfare and human health and society. Topics include: * the changing character of wars & their effects on civilians; * the demographic consequences of wars; * the medical and health aspects of different kinds of weapons; * the changing roles of health professionals in war; * the factors behind the outbreak & continuation of wars; * the arms trade, social tensions, the role of media; * theories of violence, and war as a social institution; * efforts to regulate and prevent modern warfare. ISBN/PRICE: 1 85649 950 2 1 hbk GBP55.00/$75.00; 1 85649 951 0 pbk GBP16.95/$29.95. For further information or to order, contact: Mohammed Umar, Zed Books, 7 Cynthia Street, London N1 9JF, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7837 4014;  Fax:  +44 (0)20 7833 3960; Email: sales@zedbooks.demon.co.uk or visit the Zed Books website at: <http://www.zedbooks.demon.co.uk/>

WAR PREVENTION WORKS: 50 STORIES OF PEOPLE RESOLVING CONFLICT, Oxford Research Group.  Fifty short accounts from all over the world of what ordinary people are doing to stop war and killing  armed only with integrity, stamina and courage. These stories show how powerful non-violence can be. From community level violence to inter-state wars and from 1946 to the present day, these stories highlight the tools and techniques used by ordinary people, nongovernmental organizations, church groups and many others to help resolve conflicts around the world.  To order a copy, or for more information, contact: Oxford Research Group, 51 Plantation Road, Oxford OX2 6JE, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1865 242 819; Fax: +44 (0)1865 794 652. Email: org@oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk or visit their website at: www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk

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The Washington Quarterly is a journal of international affairs that addresses such topics as: The United States and its position in global affairs; The future of international security; Trade, finance, and economics; Political-military problems; Arms control; Foreign policy challenges and process; Regional issues.  While The Washington Quarterly addresses all issues related to the international engagement of the United States, it focuses on policy and the way in which analysis of international events must be translated into policy choices and actions. Contributors, who are drawn from the United States and overseas, reflect diverse political perspectives and professional backgrounds. Policy makers in the executive and legislative branches and members of the academic, corporate, and media communities value TWQ as a source of incisive, independent analysis of international conflicts and policies.  The Washington Quarterly, which has subscribers in more than 50 countries, is published by the MIT Press for the Center for Strategic and International Studies.   Contact: The Washington Quarterly, CSIS, 1800 K. Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington DC 20006, ph: (202) 775-3254, fax: (202) 775-3199; WQuarter@CSIS.org .  Web site and online version: http://www.twq.com/

Watching the Wind: Conflict Resolution During South Africa's Transition to Democracy - This book provides an account of peacemaking in action, taking the reader to the frontlines of South Africa's struggle to manage the tempestuous transition from apartheid to democracy.  In particular, the book provides a first-hand account of the peace process at the local level.  It tells of how the leaders of the conflict resolution movement adopted and adapted a vast array of tools and techniques: they mediated, facilitated and counselled; they initiated forums for open discussion and trained community leaders. They also fostered community policing, anticipated crises and stood between demonstrators and security forces.  Author: Susan Collin Marks [Coexistence Network Partner]  Publication Details: 256 pages, June 2000, United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Press, ISBN: 1878379992.  Cost: US$14.95 available from the publishers or from www.amazon.com  CONTACT: USIP Press, PO Box 605, Herndon, VA, 20172, USA.  T: 1-703-661 1590   F: 1-703-661 1501 For European orders contact: Plymbridge Distributors Ltd., Estover Road, Plymouth PL6 7PY, UK. T: 44-(0)1752-202 301   F: 44-(0)1752-202 333    Website: www.usip.org

Book - We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin (1920) -  This novel has served as the inspiration for what has become, if not a genre, then at the very least a dominant sub-genre of science fiction. It is the first major dystopian novel, a precursor to George Orwell’s 1984, Aldus Huxley’s Brave New World, and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and its history, along with that of its author, eerily mimics some of the themes of those other books.  It is not necessary to be intimately familiar with the totalitarian political structure of Stalin’s Russia to feel the full impact of We. Instead, the clarity of this book’s language and the amazing characterization and plotting carry the reader into a world both absurd and nightmarish, transcending what must have been the oppressive atmosphere in which it was written. ... We is an exploration of the individual vs. the social order, a celebration of the importance of imagination, and ultimately, a warning regarding the dehumanizing consequences of imagination’s destruction. Zamyatin’s profound understanding of the human soul transcends what could have been a heavy, demagogic work. He celebrates the power of laughter, injecting a lightness into the text at the most unexpected points. I, pleasantly surprised at just how funny this work was, and at how well its science fiction aspects have withstood the changing times, certainly intend to read it again.  See fuller review at http://www.greenmanreview.com/book/book_zamyatin_we.html

McNAMARA'S BLUEPRINT FOR A NEW U.S. POLICY: LISTEN MR. BUSH! By Jan Oberg, TFF director.  At 86, Robert S. McNamara has written yet another book filled with wisdom and vision, Wilson's Ghost, co-authored by James G. Blight.  He offers personal lessons learned from both the Vietnam War and the Cuban Missile Crisis while he uses the framework of President Woodrow Wilson's ideas to produce what I judge to be the most compelling realistic blueprint for a new American foreign and security policy.  This PressInfo deals with the four themes of Wilson's Ghost:  1) McNamara's credo: a moral policy.  We must choose life. We must learn from Wilson's mistakes and go for genuine multilateralism. The US must never intervene unilaterally.  2) We must prevent Great Power conflict.  We can do it by applying empathy now to both Russia and China.  3) Reducing communal killing.  How we must learn to solve conflict without violence. We have failed up till now, also in Kosovo.  4) Abolish nuclear weapons and all thoughts about a ballistic missile defence. We are living on illusions. We need radical reductions - - and ultimate elimination - - beginning now!  Wilson's Ghost is a beautiful and pedagogical book written with compassion and persuasion like few. Towards the end, McNamara and Blight summarise it all, by arguing that we have a responsibility to redeem, in some measure, the lives of those who died violently in the 20th century: 160 million people! There are wisdom and good ideas everywhere. Why then is it that the destructive ideas make it to the decision-makers and their group think, Jan Oberg asks.  This book tells you what U.S. foreign and security policy as well as global leadership ought to be about. Please read it now, Mr. Bush,  for you have got it all wrong. 

Weaving Connections: Educating for Peace, Social & Environmental Justice - Edited by Tara Goldstein and David Selby.  Sumach Press, 2000; $24.95 CDN. Paperback: 9" x 6", 400 pages; ISBN:  1894549015.  Education plays a vitally important role in building foundations for social progress. This remarkable collection describes educational models based on the principles of tolerance, equity and justice developed over the past three decades by teachers, parents, activists and students. In a time of crippling cutbacks and educational reforms designed to promote 'business' over 'education,' this book is critical reading. Contributors from across Canada discuss the initiatives behind their approaches, how they developed curricula and the future of their educational work: Anti-Homophobia Initiatives, Tim McCaskell and Vanessa Russell. Multicultural and Anti-Racist Education, Ouida M. Wright. Black Education, Maxine Bramble. Education for Citizenship, Mark Evans and Ian Hundey. Development Education, Louella Cronkhite. Educating for Gender Equity, Lyndsay Moffat. Canadian Environmental Education, Constance Russell, Anne Bell and Leesa Fawcett. Global Education, Graham Pike. Examining Assumptions in Health Education, Gale Smith and Linda Peterat. Widening the Circle of Compassion and Justice, David Selby. Law-Related Education, Wanda Cassidy. Media Education, Barry Duncan, Rick Shepherd and John Pungente. Moulded Images: First Nations People and Representation, Susan Fletcher Education Towards a Culture of Peace, V. Floresca-Cawagas and Toh Swee-Hin. Weaving Connections is a call to action by progressive educators, inviting us to cherish educational models that teach us how to live in harmony, respect and balance with one another.  You can order the book from http://www.sumachpress.com/Weave.htm  or http://www.catalystcentre.ca/rtwx2/Catalogue/1894549015.htm

WEAVING CONSENSUS: THE PAPUA NEW GUINEA - BOUGAINVILLE PEACE PROCESS - Accord Issue No 12 - The Bougainville Peace Agreement signed in 2001 brought to a definitive end the most violent conflict in the South Pacific since the Second World War. Triggered in part by disputes between indigenous local landowners and the international proprietors of the world's largest copper mine, violent resistance met an abusive response from the PNG security forces resulting in a decade of displacement, death and violence. As the already diverse island society fractured, further violent internal conflicts erupted between different Bougainvillean groups.  This publication, produced in collaboration with the Bougainville Inter-Church Women's Forum, documents an array of innovative peace initiatives that succeeded not only in ending the organised violence but also in weaving back together the diverse social fabric of Bougainville.  The volume also contains perspectives from leaders in the process who draw out the challenges that lie ahead.  The publication is now available in full from the Conciliation Resources web site at: www.c-r.org/accord/accord12  or it can be ordered from Conciliation Resources at: 173 Upper Street, London N1 1RG, UK; Tel: +44 (0)20 7359 7728.

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)"S. Brian Willson Speaking in Canada" 83 minutes, full video production.  available from http://www.addictedtowar.com .  I have watched it and can recommend it ~ Bob Stewart .

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NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)Well-known Vietnam veteran S. Brian Willson has been "waging peace" for many years. In November 2003, at a West Coast Canadian university, he speaks candidly and with passionate eloquence about America 's global drive for "full spectrum dominance". He reveals himself as a planetary tribal elder, asserting his conviction that we are "on the eve of catastrophe and consciousness elevation all at the same time"." I still don't understand how it can happen so easily...that people can be ordered to go halfway around the world to participate in killing people you know nothing about...doing things that are so insane, so criminal, and so illogical, but then again it demonstrates just how dumbed down we are.

Women Building Peace - The international campaign to promote the role of women in peacebuilding. http://www.international-alert.org/women/

WOMEN IN CRISES: RECENT BOOKS - click here for an indepth review and listing of books

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes) Women Making Peace:  Lessons Learned - This book looks at the first four years of the pioneering Women Peacemakers Program. The 38-page publication examines the challenges facing women peacemakers around the world, recounts success stories, and looks at better ways to support women's peace initiatives.  It argues that a gender perspective is necessary to any effective peace intervention.  Organizations working for peace must themselves model gender equality and develop an analysis that includes an effective response to gender violence. Organization:  Women Peacemakers Program (WPP). Details:  To order send a cheque to the International Fellowship of Reconciliation in British pounds (drawn on a British bank) or in US dollars (drawn on a US bank), or transfer euros to IFOR's Postbank account 2704182 (in the name of 'Stichting IFOR').  Include your name, address, country, and email. Cost:  $8, EUR 10; CONTACT:  Women Peacemakers Program, International Fellowship of Reconciliation, Spoorstraat 38, NL-1815 BK Alkmaar, The Netherlands. T: 31-72-512 3014, F: 31-72-515 1102; Email: s.anderson@ifor.org, Website: www.ifor.org.wpp

Women start taking their places at the peace table by Miriam H. Zoll.  For millions of women worldwide, the very idea of making political or economic decisions is a cultural taboo. But in matters of war and peace, where death does not discriminate by gender, a shift is beginning in the tradition that women spend their lives treading softly in their homes and villages while the broader work of governance and negotiation is left to men.  See complete article at http://www.conflict-resolution.net/articles/peaceANS.cfm

EVALUATION TOOL AVAILABLE ONLINE - http://www.innonet.org/tools Innovation Network's Workstation 2.0 is an online evaluation tool for social change organisations seeking to answer, "What difference are we making?" Nonprofits and funders have used Workstation 2.0 to measure their results, make informed decisions, and create lasting change. Workstation 2.0 consists of three components: 1) Organisational Assessment Tool; 2) Logic Model Builder; and 3) Evaluation Plan Builder. The tool is available at no cost.

WORLD ORDER FOR A NEW MILLENNIUM - click here for an indepth review and order form

A message from Janet Jai:
I am selling advance copies of my book, World Peace: A Beginner¹s Guide, in order to obtain funding so I can work on it full-time and finish and publish it this year.  This book makes a great gift for yourself or anyone you would like to introduce to peacemaking.  It is an informative and inspiring guidebook to peacemaking today, written in a popular, easy-to-read style for the general public and for schools.
    The Thomas Merton Center (Pittsburgh¹s Peace and Social Justice center) and Peace Links recommend this effort.  You can help by purchasing one or more copies ($19.95/copy including shipping, etc.) An outline of the book, background on me, and some of my peace writings are at my Web site: http://www.poem-of-the-month.com/worldpeace .
    I also hope you will send this e-mail to others (individuals and groups) with your personal recommendation.  Your recommendation is very important so that people who don¹t know me will realize that I and this book are worthy of their support.  Groups might be interested in buying tax-deductible copies of the book to be given free to schools.
    I am trying to take peacemaking into the mainstream, and I believe this book will be a significant step in doing that.  Thanks for any help you can give. 
 Janet Jai 
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WORLD PRESS REVIEW CLASSROOM PROGRAM -EDUCATORS HANDBOOK - at http://www.worldpress.org/oldsite/handb.htm is an ideal teaching tool for international studies. In the following pages, we have provided some examples of how various regularly featured departments of World Press Review may be used in the classroom. Cover Story: A package of articles on major news events or political, economic, social, cultural, or environmental phenomena. View Points: A roundup of editorial perspectives and interpretations of major news stories. Mirror on the United States: Articles reflecting attitudes and assumptions about the United States from around the world. Regional Reports: An international media watch, providing explanations and analyses of the stories dominating the press in countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia/Pacific, Central Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Commentary: Editorials, opinion pieces or analytic, interpretive essays, usually presented in their entirety, on dominant news stories or major phenomena. World in Cartoons: A selection of political cartoons from the international press.   WPR is a dynamic teaching tool for international affairs, economics, political science, comparative politics, or journalism—the only English-language publication offering a cogent monthly mix of newspaper and magazine articles from countries around the globe, translated from their original languages and framed by analyses by our team of correspondents and editors. Each issue immerses your students in the full flavor of the robust public debates that engage citizens throughout the world. http://www.worldpress.org/edu.htm

"Whose Trade Organization? Corporate Globalization and the Erosion of Democracy" Foreword by Ralph Nader, By Lori Wallach and Michelle Sforza, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch.  Imagine a Central American country being forced to choose between maintaining the UNICEF baby formula policy  that has saved thousands of children's lives or facing an expensive defense in a Swiss trade tribunal and then possible trade sanctions for not protecting the trademark rights of a corporation whose label violates the UNICEF code.  Imagine a powerful corporation "renting" a WTO Member nation to pursue its special interests - and kill a trade- based development policy - behind closed doors in Geneva to the detriment of tens of thousands of peoples' livelihoods and the rented country's own economic and security interests.  Imagine, ten years of environmental activism reversed with the sweep of a pen in Geneva, Switzerland, where a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel has ruled that a law protecting endangered sea turtles poses an illegal barrier to trade and several countries are now threatening new challenges against a country's enforcement of international environmental treaties - this time the Kyoto Treaty on climate change.   Imagine, a clean air regulation designed to reduce gasoline emissions is weakened because the WTO claims it could inadvertently hurt foreign gas producers.  Imagine,   consumers forced by the WTO to choose between rescinding a popular food safety law or facing economic sanctions.  No need to imagine. These are but a handful of examples of the WTO's real-life impacts on food safety, environmental conservation and protection and economic development documented in WHOSE TRADE ORGANIZATION?.  After a year of intensive research, Harvard educated trade lawyer and Global Trade Watch Director Lori Wallach and  Global Trade Watch Research Director and trade policy analyst Michelle Sforza document the WTO's actual impact on democratic governance, wages, jobs, economic growth, food security, access to healthcare, food safety, labor rights and environmental protection. With WHOSE TRADE ORGANIZATION, citizens, policymakers and public interest advocates can learn the following:
o How the WTO is used to pressure poor countries to abandon their efforts to make desperately needed medications more affordable through   generic drugs and other policies. See page 119.
o How the WTO is being used to attack a European proposal to cut electronics pollution. See page 30.
o How WTO rules may threaten U.S. school lunch and food stamp programs. See page 164
o How WTO rules threaten millions with starvation by allowing agribusiness companies to patent seeds created over generations     in villages around the world and then charge annual fees for the subsistence farmers who developed the seeds to have the right to
plant them again.
o How an individual with a monetary interest in  a WTO case was appointed to judge the case. See page 201.
o How Daimler-Chrysler and Ford Motor Company are using  WTO threats to undermine a Japanese clean air law adopted under the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change. See page 31.
o Why beleaguered U.S. steel workers may face a WTO challenge to loan guarantees for the ailing U.S. steel industry. See page 157.
o How WTO rules allow corporations to secure exclusive marketing rights over medicinal remedies that have been used by indigenous groups for centuries. See page 108.
o How the threat of WTO action was used to pressure Guatemala to drop its infant health law enacting the WHO/UNICEF Code on Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes. See page 115.
o How a major campaign contributor effectively rented the U.S. government to mount a successful WTO challenge to Europe's preferences for Caribbean bananas, even though the U.S. doesn't export a single banana. See page 141
WHOSE TRADE ORGANIZATION translates the WTO's jargony trade rules into understandable prose for the layperson, policymaker and academic alike. It is designed with the knowledge that  WTO rules and rulings affect everyone -- not just importers and trade lawyers -- and therefore must be accessible to everyone, especially everyday citizens who want to resist WTO
encroachment into the decisions that affect their day-to-day lives.  WHOSE TRADE ORGANIZATION is being released in advance of the WTO's November 29-December 3, 1999 Ministerial Summit in Seattle so that those who will live with the results taken at that historic meeting are informed about the potential consequences. The book  makes the case -- bolstered by over 1,200 citations from a vast range of sources -- for the review and repair of the WTO so that it can no longer threaten the public safeguards and
corporate/governmental accountability standards that citizens have fought so hard for. While the Clinton Administration is seeking expansion of the WTO's jurisdiction through a new "round" of negotiations, Public Citizen is united with civil society groups worldwide calling for the organization's sweeping powers to be reined in, to put the tools of domestic policy decision making

back into the hands of citizens and their elected representatives.   "Whose Trade Organization" is available through: Public Citizen
Publications Department, 1600 20th Street, NW, Washington DC, 20009, USA, 1-800-289-3787   OR Fill out the order form on Public Citizen's Web-page: http://www.citizen.org/pctrade/publications/wtobook.htm   .  Price: $18.50 (includes shipping and handling) Bulk Rate: 20 or More Copies 40% off.  ORDERS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES: Orders must be pre-paid using a credit card or $U.S. money order made out to Public Citizen.  Canada $ 4.52 , +  $15.00 book price  =  $ 19.52  (includes shipping & handling).  Mexico $ 9.66,  + $15.00 book price  =    $ 24.66  (includes shipping & handling).  All other countries  $15.00,  + $15.00 book price  =    $30.00  (includes shipping & handling)

Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies publishes a journal called The Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies.   Back issues of this journal are available on line at:  http://www.wisc.edu/wendt/reso/scan/view/view.html

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WOMEN AND PEACEBUILDING REPORT - "Women and Peacebuilding" is a feminist analysis of women's peacebuilding at grassroots, NGO, and UN levels. Co-authored by Dr Susan McKay and Dr. Dyan Mazurana, it is available through the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (Montreal, Canada). Available in both French and English.  Cost: $10 Canadian and free in the global South.  For further information, or to order the report, contact: ICHRDD, 63, rue de Bresoles, Montreal (Quebec), Canada H2Y 1V7. Tel: +1 514 283 6073; Fax: +1 514 283 6073.
Email: ichrdd@ichrdd.ca  Website: www.ichrdd.ca

Women at the Peacetable: Making a Difference This series of interviews with women leaders finds that women who do participate in peace talks make substantial contributions to the process.  The book consists of three chapters that trace women's involvement in peacebuilding from grassroots community activism to formal political negotiations.  Organisation: UNIFEM: United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).  Author: Sanam Naraghi Anderlini.  Details: 71 pages, available online
Language: English.  Cost: free.  Website: www.unifem.undp.org/public/peacebk.pdf

Women for Peace (Women Then--Women Now.) ~Marlene Targ Brill, Franklin Watts, Inc. School & Library Binding - April 1997, US List Price: $25.00
 
Women Strike for Peace ~Amy Swerdlow, Catharine R. Stimpson, University of Chicago Press, Paperback - 1993
 
The Words of Peace : Selections from the Speeches of the Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize ~Irwin Abrams(Editor), Newmarket Press, Hardcover - June 1990, US List Price: $14.95; Paperback - November 1995, US List Price: $6.95

World Citizen News, 113 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401, U.S.A.

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Video - "The WTO and the Global War System" is a new video of a public forum in Seattle where more than 300 people came to discuss peace, globalization, and the World Trade Organization in November, 1999.  "The WTO and the Global War System" includes speeches by Susan George on The Utopian Corporate Dream, Mark Ritchie on Peace and International Systems, Alice Slater on The Big Guns Behind the Global War System, and Steven Staples on The WTO and War: Making the Connection.  "This video is an important tool to educate people about the relationship between globalization and militarism," said Steven Staples, producer of the video and Chair of the International Network on Disarmament and Globalization. "People will be surprised by what they learn," he said.  A booklet of the proceedings of the forum, and a CD ROM version of the video are also available. The forum was cosponsored by the Northwest Disarmament Coalition (USA), End the Arms Race (Canada), Abolition 2000 Working Groups on Corporate Issues, and the International Network on Disarmament and Globalization.  For more information, contact:
Steven Staples, t. (604) 687-3223  e. info@indg.org   www.indg.org Printed proceedings available at http://www.indg.org/wto_proceedings.pdf

YTV (Youth Television) Peace Website at http://www.ytv.com/shows/spec/intl_day_broadcasting/index.htm . For most of us, our backyard is a safe place. But some backyards are pretty dangerous, especially if you live in a war-torn area where landmines or fighting are part of everyday life. SNIT Station's "Not In My Backyard!" Campaign is your chance to SPEAK OUT and send a message to the world demanding peace.

Zed Books - for books that make a difference... - 21 years of radical independent publishing.  Zed was originally founded in 1977 and is based in London. We publish some forty books annually on international and Third World issues.

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