A few articles + Upcoming events

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Sat Jul 26 15:07:00 EDT 2003


1. Oct. Report Said Defeated Hussein Would Be Threat
Jul 21, By Walter Pincus, Washington Post 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20698-2003Jul20.html
"...declassified portions of a still-secret National Intelligence
Estimate (NIE)... which began circulating Oct. 2, shows the intelligence
services were much more worried that Hussein might give weapons to al
Qaeda terrorists if he were facing death or capture and his government
was collapsing after a military attack by the United States."


2. Primordial Illogic
by Amira Hass; Haaretz; July 25, 2003
http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=22&ItemID=3951


3. The Ugly Truth of Camp Cropper: A Torture Story to Shame Us All
By ROBERT FISK, Counterpunch July 24, 2003
http://www.counterpunch.org/fisk07242003.html
Now here's a story to shame us all. It's about America's shameful prison
camps in Iraq. It's about the beating of prisoners during interrogation.


4. The killing of Saddam's sons will not end these attacks on Allied
forces
Many of the guerrillas are former Baathists, but they are fighting for
their own interests and not to restore Saddam to power
24 July 2003, Patrick Cockburn, The Independent
http://argument.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=427031


5. Killing Qusay and Uday
The Sons are Dead, But Resistance Will Grow
By ROBERT FISK, Counterpunch, July 23, 2003
http://www.counterpunch.org/fisk07232003.html


6. Resistance has its roots in the present
The Iraqis opposing occupation are not remnants of the old regime
Jonathan Steele, Baghdad, July 25, 2003, The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1005522,00.html


7. Imperial Perspectives
by Edward Said; Al Ahram; July 24, 2003
http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=22&ItemID=3949


8. Links to Amnesty International's press release and memorandum
regarding  human rights violations in iraq under the occupation.
http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGMDE141572003
http://web.amnesty.org/library/print/ENGMDE141592003


9. History Forgave Churchill Why Not Blair And Bush?
by Mickey Z; July 19, 2003, Z Net
http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=15&ItemID=3930


10. Britain Tried First. Iraq Was No Picnic Then.
By JOHN KIFNER, NYT, July 20, 2003
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/20/weekinreview/20KIFN.html
[for a change, NYT provides some historical perspective. Ofcouse it
fails to mention  the "gassing of the Kurds", the ultimate atrocity of
the day, by the British RAF (which Churchill enthusiastically supported
in anticipation of its healthy impact in "instilling a lively terror" in
the minds of "uncivilized tribes".)


11. Cross Set Afire at College Park Mosque 
Police Have Witness, Video In Probe of Hate Crime
By Jamie Stockwell, Washington Post Staff Writer,  July 25, 2003; Page
B02 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43415-2003Jul24.html
A three-foot-high wooden cross was set afire on a grassy knoll outside a
Prince George's County mosque and Islamic school early yesterday in what
authorities said was a hate crime.


12. 'Social development has halted in US since 1980'
The News, July 22 2003
http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/jul2003-daily/22-07-2003/world/w11.htm
Social conditions in the United States have not improved since 1980,
putting the world's only superpower on a par with Poland and Slovenia in
the latest edition of an index that measures development in 163
countries.



EVENTS:

(For details of most of the events go to www.washingtonpeacecenter.org)

1. WHITEHOUSE PROTEST! 
END THE KOREAN WAR!  PEACE TREATY NOW! 
Sunday, July 27, 12 P.M. - 2 P.M. 
This July 27th marks the 50th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice,
which concluded open fighting without a permanent peace treaty between
the United States and North Korea. For fifty years, Koreans have lived
in fear of renewed aggression. Now, more than ever, as tensions between
these two nations grow, it is time to truly end the Korean War. On this
anniversary Koreans and peace activists from around the world will come
together in Washington D.C. to demand an end to current hostilities and
the beginning of just negotiations towards true reconciliation. Please
join us for these two days of historic events. For more information
contact: info at july27.org 

2. Teach-in on Iran 
Tuesday, July 29; 7-8:30pm 
Flemming Center (9th & P St. NW) 
Join the Shirts Off Coalition in this instructive teach-in on the
current situation in Iran.  Students are demonstrating for greater
democracy, and the neo-cons associated with the Bush Administration, led
by Michael Ledeen of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), are
floating the idea of forcing a "regime change." * What's the real
situation in Iran? 
* What (or who) is influencing Bush?  * What are the alternatives aside
from war? 
* Who should our allies be?  Join Ross Pourzal, a longtime local Iranian
activist, and Mehrdad Mashayekhi, a professor of Sociology at Georgetown
University, for an 
informational discussion and debate on whether war in Iran is a real
possibility, how we can stop it, and how we can make Iran work for
Iranians.  Brought to you by the Shirts Off Coalition's campaign against
the American Enterprise Institute and United for Peace and Justice.  For
more information please visit www.actagainstwar.org/dc or call 
301.523.4197 or see www.women4peace.org 

3. Demonstrate Against Indonesian Military Human Rights Violations in
Aceh 
Thursday, July 31, 12:00-1:00 
Indonesian Embassy, 2020 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 
Sponsored by Amnesty International and East Timor Action Network (ETAN) 
The Indonesian military has continued its massive assault on the people
of Aceh, which began with a declaration of martial law on May 19.  Tens
of thousands of civilians have been displaced, the military has forcibly
relocated civilians to camps, the death toll is in the hundreds, and
torture and rape are prevalent.  Access to Aceh by the press, human
rights monitors, and humanitarian workers is severely restricted. Please
join Amnesty International and the East Timor Action Network to protest
these horrific human rights violations.  For more information, contact
Karen Orenstein or Allie Berg at ETAN at 202-544-6911.  East Timor
Action Network: 12 Years for Self-determination and Justice fax:
202-544-6118 karen at etan.org; www.etan.org 

4. BLACK VOICES FOR PEACE announces a protest, rally and vigil. Support
our troops and their families--bring them home now--end the occupation
with Iraq--stop Bush's lies--heal the economy! 
Friday, August 1 
5:30 UNTIL 8:30 PM 
16TH STREET NW AT LAFAYETTE PARK, NEAR THE WHITE HOUSE 
WASHINGTON, D.C. 
BLACK VOICES FOR PEACE CALLS UPON ALL JUSTICE AND PEACE GROUPS, MILITARY
FAMILIES AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO JOIN WITH US as we host a protest to
bring the troops home, end the occupation of Iraq, expose and stop
Bush's lies, and to heal the nation's ailing economy growing worse in
large measure because of the war. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL BLACK VOICES
FOR PEACE, 202-232-5690. MORE INFORMATION TO BE POSTED ON WWW.BVFP.ORG
SOON. 

FILM/VIDEO SHOWINGS, BOOK DISCUSSIONS 

1. OCCUPIED VOICES: STORIES OF EVERYDAY LIFE FROM THE SECOND INTIFADA,
BY WENDY PEARLMAN 
with contributing translators Shira Robinson and Leah Harris 
SUNDAY, JULY 27TH @ 7:00 PM 
1633 P ST NW,WASHINGTON, DC 
As the second Palestinian Intifada begins, Wendy Pearlman, a young
Jewish woman from the American Midwest, travels to the West Bank and
Gaza Strip in a quest to talk to ordinary Palestinians. The emerging
narrative offers readers a unique chance to "visit" the Palestinian
territories and discover what life is like from the inside. The stories
range from the humorous to the tragic and they show Palestinians as
individuals with hopes and fears. Indeed, it is difficult to read these
interviews without imagining that the speaker could be a neighbor or
friend. Supplemented with a wealth of contextual detail and stunning
photography, this powerful work of oral history offers a new perspective
on the current impasse in the Middle East while going beyond it to shed
light on the big issues at the crux of the conflict. 
JEWS FOR PEACE IN PALESTINE AND ISRAEL (JPPI) - (202) 332-2543 

2. CRITICAL MASS BOOK AND MOVIE EVENT! 
Wednesday, JULY 30 - 7:30pm 
Brian MacKenzie Center Infoshop, 1426 9th St NW (at P St.), Washington
D.C. 20001 
THE BOOK: Critical Mass: Bicycling's Defiant Celebration, (Chris
Carlsson, ed. 2002 AK Press) 256 pgs. Essays, personal anecdotes, photos
and flyers by dozens of activists and theorists from San Francisco,
Montreal, Stuttgart, Milan, Sydney, and seven other cities. This
leaderless, grassroots social movement cuts through the noise and
inertia of car-clogged urban transportation and teaches us to carve a
wedge of our city for our dreams. Website: akpress.org.  THE FILM: (We
aren't blocking traffic,) WE ARE TRAFFIC! (Ted White, 1999) Documentary.
50 minutes. Website: tedwhitegreenlight.com.  See www.dcinfoshop.org 
Contact: dcinfoshop at mutualaid.org 

3. Book and Political Discussion of  "A New World in Our Hearts, 8 Years
of 
Writings from the Love and Rage Revolutionary Anarchist Federation" 
Saturday August 2nd, 6 PM 
Brian MacKenzie Center Infoshop, 1426 9th St (at P St) NW, Washington,
DC 
COST: Free! The Love and Rage Federation was perhaps the most visible
revolutionary anarchist organization in North America in the last few
decades. This book keeps alive the many key political contributions Love
and Rage made to debates around anarchism and organization, race, white
supremacy and the national question, as well as documenting the rise and
fall of an important political movement.  Join Editor Roy San Filippo
and his cohorts, Bring the Ruckus, to discuss and argue about building
an Anarchist Movement. More Information: www.dcinfoshop.org, contact:
dcinfoshop at mutalaid.org 

TRAINING/EDUCATION 

1. Working for Self-Determination and Peace in Korea: Our Struggle
Worldwide 
July 26, Public Forum: 3pm-5pm 
7pm-10pm- Opening Ceremony and Cultural Performance 
Location: Wyndham City Center, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW 
Brought to you by the Committee for Self-Determination and Peace in
Korea Steering Committee: Nodutdol for Korean Community Development,
Congress for Korean Reunification, Korean Action Network for Democracy
and Unification, One Korea L.A. Forum, National Association of Korean
Americans
  
2. Peace Camp 2003 
Sunday, August 3 - Thursday, August 7, 6:30 p.m. - 8:15p.m. 
Bethel United Church 
Buffet dinner featuring ethnic foods - $2.50 per person for those who
wish to eat at the church prior to the opening of the camp each evening.
 Sponsored by Bethel United Church of Christ, Mary Joan and Jerry Park
of Mt.Rainier, Maryland, the founders of Little Friends for Peace. More
information about "Little Friends" can be found at www.Lffp.org.
Registrations will be accepted by mail or e-mail through July 30. Mail
registration to:  Peace Camp,C/o Bethel United Church of Christ 4347
Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203.  Or e-mail Bethucc at erols.com with
all the registration information and pay on the first evening of the
camp. Write "Peace Camp Registration" in the subject line
. 
3. EXPANDING THE FRANCHISE: 
Monday, August 4, 6:30-8:30 PM 
Latin American Youth Center, 1419 Columbia Rd. NW 
The history, constitutionality and politics of granting non-citizens the
right to vote in local elections: Professor Jamin Raskin, American
University*  SPONSORED BY: The Voting Rights for ALL DC Coalition
Professor Jamin Raskin will speak about the history, constitutionality
and politics of granting non-citizens the right to vote in local
elections.  A constitutional law professor at American University and
author of a leading article on non-citizen voting in the University of
Pennsylvania Law Review, Professor Raskin will discuss the experience of
Takoma Park, Maryland in enacting non-citizen voting and the current
movement in other parts of the country to "share the vote."   Professor
Raskin is a noted constitutional authority and Bestselling author of
numerous works, including We the Students, The Wealth Primary and
Overruling Democracy. 

4. Student Campus Organizer Training 
August 13th - 17th in Washington, DC 
The Student Organizer Training is designed for young progressives who
want to develop vital organizing and campaigning skills to combat
pressing environmental problems. After the training, you will continue
on to be part of the Student Activist Network and work with Greenpeace
and other university students during the 2003 - 2004 school year. 
The training is free to attend.  Food and housing will be provided.
Limited travel scholarships available.  Application deadline is July
18th 2003.  Space is limited, so apply now!  We will try to meet the
interests and needs of participants, so if you're interested in
attending and you don't see something you'd like to learn, let us know!
Below are some highlights: Non-violent direct action, Campaign planning,
Media strategy, Legal 101 for activists, Campus & grassroots organizing,
Recruitment, Online activism, Anti-oppression training.  To apply or for
more information, contact: Maria Lya Ramos, 1-888-363-9197, (202)
319-2467, maria.ramos at wdc.greenpeace.org 

WEEKLY/ONGOING VIGILS 
1. Peace Vigil Every Friday 
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 
White House 
The Dorothy Day Catholic Workers hold weekly vigils in front of the
White House, across from LaFayette Park. 
2. Women In Black Vigil Every Friday 
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 
Farragut Park, 17th & K Sts., NW, (Farragut North Metro, Red line) 
Ongoing vigil to mourn the deaths in the conflicts between Israel and
Palestine and to seek peace. Participants wear black and maintain
silence. See: www.wibdc.org. 
3. Critical Mass Bike Ride Every Friday 
6:00 pm 
Dupont Circle, Connecticut & P Sts., NW 
Critical Mass bike ride every Friday @ 6 PM. Meet @ Dupont Circle. Come
bring your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and whoever else wants to roll
over oppression. 
4. Silent Peace Vigil Every Saturday 
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
Columbia Mall, SE Corner of Little Patuxent and Broken Land Pkwys. 
A weekly silent peace vigil to encourage non-violent alternatives to
war. Every Saturday for one hour. The vigil has been ongoing since the
September 11th attacks. Sponsored by: Patapsco Friends Meeting (Quaker).
See:  http://www.patapscofriends.com. 
Contact: Sherri Morgan 410-465-6554 or smorgan807 at aol.com. 




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