Bishops call for change on Iraq policy

Bishops call for change on Iraq policy

Catholic leaders stress need for justice, peace

By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff | November 14, 2006

BALTIMORE — The nation’s Catholic bishops, saying the United States needs to move past the “shrill and shallow debate” of last week’s midterm Congressional elections, declared yesterday that the goal in Iraq should be justice and peace, rather than victory, and that the nation should withdraw its forces at the earliest opportunity, consistent with a responsible transition.

Meeting here in the aftermath of the election in which American voters, in part because of anger over the Iraq war, handed control of the House and Senate to the Democrats, the bishops unanimously authorized a public statement calling for the nation to “seriously examine alternative courses of action” in Iraq.

The bishops, who have consistently expressed moral concerns about the war, did not call for immediate withdrawal, saying the United States now has “moral responsibilities to help Iraqis to secure and rebuild their country.” But the bishops said the “terrible toll” in Iraqi and American lives now requires a discussion driven by “moral urgency, substantive dialogue, and new directions.”

“Because the war was such an election issue and became very partisan, our hope is, now that the elections are over, that all of the national leaders will come together and try and work together for a reasoned solution and transition out of Iraq without abandoning the people of that country,” Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston said in an interview after the vote. “We asked them not to go in in the first place, but now that we’re there, we’re looking for a withdrawal that would be as soon as possible, but at the same time without abandoning the people that are there and causing a worse situation.”
O’Malley said the United States should do a better job getting assistance from the international community, particularly Muslim nations, in securing Iraq. He added that lasting peace in the region will require finding a way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The bishops, who are the spiritual leaders of the nation’s largest religious denomination, are joining a chorus of religious leaders speaking out against the Iraq war. Yesterday’s statement — issued by the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane — is the 18th such attempt by the Catholic bishops to influence the debate over Iraq.

“We hope our nation has moved beyond the divisive rhetoric of the recent campaign and the shrill and shallow debate that distorts reality and reduces the options to ‘cut and run’ versus ‘stay the course’,” said the statement. “Our nation needs a much more substantive, civil, and nonpartisan discussion of ways to plan and secure a responsible transition in Iraq.”

Although the bishops’ previous statements have not had a discernible impact on public policy, their declaration was made as the Bush Administration, chastened by the Republican Party’s electoral defeat last week, appears to be considering a new approach in Iraq. Last Wednesday, the day after the election, President Bush accepted the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald H . Rumsfeld. A study group headed by James Baker, former secretary of state, and by Lee Hamilton, former US representative, has been formed to recommend ways to proceed in Iraq.

Asked in Washington yesterday about the possibility of a phased withdrawal from Iraq, Bush said, “I believe that it’s important for us to succeed in Iraq, not only for our security, but for the security of the Middle East, and . . . I’m looking forward to interesting ideas. In the meantime, General Pete Pace is leading investigations within the Pentagon as to how to reach our goal, which is success, a government which can sustain, govern, and defend itself, and will serve as an ally in this war on terror.”

“I believe it is very important, though, for people making suggestions to recognize that the best military options depend upon the conditions on the ground,” he said.

Catholics, though traditionally Democratic voters, have been an increasingly important political constituency for the Republican Party in recent years and helped Bush win reelection in 2004. But this year, Catholics favored Democrats in the midterm elections, according to exit polling.

In their statement, the bishops suggested that the United States and other nations should help Iraqis establish security, the rule of law, a rebuilt economy, and the development of political structures “that advance stability, political participation, and respect for religious freedom and basic human rights.” The bishops have been particularly concerned about the plight of Iraqi Christians, many of whom have fled the country.

Bishop Thomas G. Wenski of Orlando, chairman of the bishops’ committee on international policy, said the bishops are wary of aligning themselves with any particular interest group and deliberately chose not to endorse a timeline for withdrawal, but rather to outline a series of goals for the nation to meet as part of a “responsible transition” out of Iraq.

“As people are grappling with these issues of war and peace, we have to look at more than just utilitarian criteria — what works, or what’s in our self-interest — we have to look to the very human issues of basic human rights and dignity,” he said.

The bishops normally meet every fall in Washington, but this year moved their gathering to Baltimore to mark the 200th anniversary of the Baltimore Basilica, which was the country’s first cathedral and has just been elaborately restored.

In other business, the bishops agreed to fund the initial phases of a study of the historical context and possible causes of clergy sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, including an examination of societal change and overall abuse patterns during the second half of the 20th century, a review of the institutional response to abuse allegations by church leadership, and a study of how priests accused of abuse differ psychologically from other priests. The first phases of the study are expected to be made public in 2008.

Today, the bishops plan to vote on documents explaining the church’s continuing opposition to the use of artificial birth control, providing guidelines for diocesan ministries to gays and lesbians, and explaining under what circumstances Catholics should not seek Communion. Taken together, the documents imply that sexually active gays and lesbians, as well as heterosexuals who have sex outside marriage and anyone who uses artificial birth control should not seek Communion unless they have been absolved through confession, according to Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli of Paterson, N.J., chairman of the bishops’ committee on doctrine.

Michael Paulson can be reached at mpaulson@globe.com.

© Copyright 2006 Globe Newspaper Company.

Israel developing bionic hornet weapon

Reuters – original article
Published: November 17, 2006, 5:46 AM PST

Israel is using nanotechnology to try to create a robot no bigger than a hornet that would be able to chase, photograph and kill its targets, an Israeli newspaper reported on Friday.

The flying robot, nicknamed the “bionic hornet,” would be able to navigate its way down narrow alleyways to target otherwise unreachable enemies such as rocket launchers, the daily Yedioth Ahronoth said.

It is one of several weapons being developed by scientists to combat militants, it said. Others include super gloves that would give the user the strength of a “bionic man” and miniature sensors to detect suicide bombers.

The research integrates nanotechnology into Israel’s security department and will find creative solutions to problems the army has been unable to address, Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres told Yedioth Ahronoth.

“The war in Lebanon proved that we need smaller weaponry. It’s illogical to send a plane worth $100 million against a suicidal terrorist. So we are building futuristic weapons,” Peres said.

The 34-day war in Lebanon ended with a U.N.-brokered ceasefire in mid-August. The war killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 157 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

Prototypes for the new weapons are expected within three years, he said.

Story Copyright © 2006 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.

VICTORY IN SAN FRANCISCO! JROTC WILL GO!

VICTORY! JROTC WILL GO!
Warmest congratulations to the San Francisco Board of Education!
Many thanks to all who showed up–the students who presented
over 800 signatures demanding an end to JROTC to the board–and
all those who spoke and those who did not have the chance to
speak. And all those who have worked so hard to get JROTC
our of our schools. A battle won!

Open letter and report to the S.F. Board of Education
by Bonnie Weinstein Continue reading VICTORY IN SAN FRANCISCO! JROTC WILL GO!

National demo in DC on January 27

Please forward widely!

Tell the New Congress:
Act NOW to Bring the Troops Home!

Join United for Peace and Justice in a massive march on Washington, D.C., on Sat., January 27, to call on Congress to take immediate action to end the war.

On Election Day the voters delivered a dramatic, unmistakable mandate for peace. Now it’s time for action. On January 27, 2007, we will converge from all around the country in Washington, D.C. to send a strong, clear message to Congress and the Bush Administration: The people of this country want the war and occupation in Iraq to end and we want the troops brought home now!

Congress has the power to end this war through legislation. We call on people from every congressional district in the country to gather in Washington, DC — to express support for those members of Congress who are prepared to take immediate action against the war; to pressure those who are hesitant to act; and to speak out against those who remain tied to a failed policy.

The peace and justice movement helped make ending the war in Iraq the primary issue in this last election. The actions we take do make a difference, and now there is a new opportunity for us to move our work forward. On Election Day people took individual action by voting. On January 27 we will take collective action, as we march in Washington, DC, to make sure Congress understands the urgency of this moment.

Join United for Peace and Justice in this crucial push for peace!

1) Make a donation right now to support the January 27 mobilization and help give us the funds we need to make this a truly massive outpouring for peace.

2) Pass this email along to everyone you know, post it on blogs and websites — do everything you can to help us get the word out about January 27th.

3) Make sure your organization endorses the January 27th mobilization. Click here to add your endorsement.

4) Start making plans to bring people from your congressional district to Washington on January 27. We will soon have a form on our website, where you or your group can sign up to be the coordinator for people coming to DC from your area, so you can meet up, coordinate transportation, housing, etc.

5) Keep checking the UFPJ website for more details in the coming weeks!
You might have also heard that United for Peace and Justice was calling for a demonstration in Washington to commemorate the 4th anniversary of the war in Iraq on March 17. Because of the new developments and our decision to organize the January 27th mobilization, we are now calling for local and regional antiwar actions that weekend instead. We will soon be issuing more information about the plans for the 4th anniversary.

Support GI Resistance and Rights

TAKE ACTION to SUPPORT GI RESISTANCE and GI RIGHTS DEC. 8-10th!

Military resisters, their families, veterans and concerned
community members call for public action Dec. 8-10th!

It’s time for us to escalate public pressure and action in
support of the growing movement of thousands of courageous
men and women GI’s who have in many different ways followed
their conscience, upholding international law, taking a
principled stand against unjust, illegal war and occupation
and stood up for their rights. Widespread public support and
pressure will help create true support for courageous troops
facing isolation and repression, and help protect their civil
liberties and human rights.

Showing widespread support for soldiers who resist is one of
the best ways those of us outside the military can encourage
the growing momentum of the GI resistance movement—a movement
that has the direct power to end this war.

We call for the following:
1) Support for War Objectors
2) Protect the Right to Conscientious Objection
3) Protect the Liberties & Human Rights of GI’s
4) Sanctuary for War Objectors.

We ask you to begin mobilizing your group, community and
networks now. As well as educating your organization’s members,
please consider hosting one or more public events to help raise
awareness and build support. Visit http://www.CourageToResist.org
or e-mail courage@riseup.net for more information or to contribute to
build this campaign.

GET INVOLVED TODAY! Here’s How:
http://www.couragetoresist.org/x/content/view/136/27/

Sincerely,

Courage to Resist
War Resisters Support Campaign
Gold Star Families for Peace
Central Commitee for Conscientious Objectors
VFP Chp.69
Bob Watada and Rosa Sakanishi, father and step-mother of Lt. Ehren Watada
Kyle Snyder, Iraq veteran and war resister
Darrell Anderson, Iraq veteran and war resister
Pablo Paredes, former Navy sailor and Iraq war resister
Stephan Funk, former marine and first resister of Iraq war
Anita Dennis, mother of Iraq resister Darrell Anderson
Sara Rich M.S.W., mother of Spc. Suzanne Swift
Jeff Paterson, former marine and first resister Gulf War I
DeDe Miller, Gold Star Families for Peace
Edward Hasbrouck, draft resister
Gerry Condon, Vietnam war resister

WHY YOUR SUPPORT IS CRUCIAL:

Your participation in these days of action—and beyond– is crucial to
realizing these goals: together, we do have the power to end this war and
prevent the next one. As the antiwar movement builds its support for these
brave people and their important actions, we hope more will take a stand
if we show them they won’t be alone.

Those of us outside the military must match their bravery by escalating
our support for all GI resisters. They’ve got to know we’re out here for
them!

Objection by military servicepersons is a healthy and important assertion
of democracy, particularly in a country where the decisions to invade, to
maintain occupation, and to engage in widespread ongoing torture, human
rights violations and war crimes are made undemocratically in violation of
the US Constitution and international law and based on continuing lies and
disinformation.

Supporting GI resistance, together with counter recruitment and draft
resistance, is key to stopping illegal war and occupation ourselves. If
the government can’t recruit or draft enough new troops, and if troops
refuse illegal immoral orders, it will help end the war and occupation and
help prevent the next one. Look at the Vietnam War!

Here is an Explanation of the Four Areas of Support:
http://www.couragetoresist.org/x/content/view/135/27/

We urge you to join us December 8-10th for a weekend of action in support
of GI Resistance and GI Rights!

For more info contact courage@riseup.net

U.N. To Hold Open Meeting on Deadly Israeli Strike in Gaza

U.N. To Hold Open Meeting on Deadly Israeli Strike in Gaza

Thursday , November 09, 2006
Original AP report at FoxNews

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council scheduled an open meeting Thursday in response to Palestinian calls for it to condemn Israel’s killing of 18 members of an extended family and demand the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian U.N. observer Riyad Mansour said it was time for the U.N.’s most powerful body to shoulder its responsibilities with regard to the Israeli offensive in Gaza, a view backed by Arab and Islamic nations and the 117-member Nonaligned Movement of developing countries.

The deaths in Gaza came early Wednesday, when Israeli artillery shells ripped through a residential neighborhood in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, killing at least 18 people, including eight children as they slept, according to Palestinian health officials and witnesses.It was the highest number of Palestinian civilians killed in a single strike since fighting erupted six years ago, and undermined Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ attempts to form a more moderate government and renew a peace process with Israel.

“The Israeli occupying forces have committed another massacre this morning in Beit Hanoun,” Mansour said. “The Security Council has to react and to react immediately in order to stop this aggression and these crimes against the Palestinian people.”

The Palestinians want the council to adopt a resolution condemning recent Israeli attacks, particularly Wednesday’s killings, and demanding an end to Israeli “aggression,” a withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, a mutual cease-fire and the deployment of U.N. observers on the Israeli-Gaza border, Mansour said.

Qatar, the only Arab nation on the Security Council, had asked for an emergency council meeting Monday on the Israeli offensive along the northern Gaza border. Israel says the offensive is aimed at halting Palestinian rocket fire on Israeli communities near the coastal strip.

U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said Qatar’s request was discussed by the council on Tuesday “and there was no support for it.”

The council revisited the request after Wednesday’s attack, and France’s U.N. Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sabliere said members agreed on the open meeting Thursday.

The bloodshed in Beit Hanoun followed a weeklong Israeli takeover of the town in pursuit of militants who launch rockets at southern Israel. More than 50 Palestinians, most of them gunmen, were killed before Israeli troops withdrew on Tuesday.

The Israeli army said it had fired artillery at suspected rocket launching sites early Wednesday, but the targets were far away from the apartment compound. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressed regret for the loss of civilian life, but the government said its military operations in Gaza will continue.

“We do not accept any more ‘sorry’ and ‘mistakes’ from the Israeli government when they continue repeating these massacres in Gaza,” Mansour said. “Those who are responsible should be brought to justice.”

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed “anguish and deep concern about the loss of civilian lives.” He said a full investigation has been initiated.

“In the meantime, I hope measures will be taken to ensure that the kind of incident we had this morning does not happen, and that both sides will be conscious of their obligations with regards to international humanitarian law and the protection of civilians,” Annan said.

Israel launched its offensive in the Gaza Strip in June after Hamas-linked Palestinian militants captured an Israeli soldier, 19-year-old Corporal Gilad Shalit.

The United States blocked an Arab-backed U.N. resolution several weeks later that would have demanded Israel halt the offensive, the first U.N. Security Council veto in nearly two years.

Israel kills 18 civilians in Gaza shelling

Israeli shelling killed 18 civilians, including women and children

November 08, 2006, 18:30
Original article

Israeli artillery shells killed 18 Palestinian civilians in northern Gaza earlier today, local officials and witnesses said, prompting swift vows of retaliation from Hamas and Islamic Jihad. It was the deadliest single Israeli attack on Palestinians in four years.

“We saw legs, we saw heads, we saw hands scattered in the street,” said Attaf Hamad (22) in Beit Hanoun, a town in the northern Gaza Strip that has been a launching ground for Palestinian militants’ rocket attacks on Israel.

The strike was condemned across Europe and the Middle East. But an initial response by the US stopped short of reprimanding Israel, where Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, is due to meet George W Bush, the US president, in Washington on Monday.

The European Union said it was “appalled by the continuing killing of civilians” in Gaza and urged Israel and the Palestinians to show restraint. The Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the world’s largest Islamic body, accused Israel of war crimes.

Amir Peretz, the Israeli defence minister, ordered an inquiry, and a halt to shelling in Gaza until was complete. The ministry said he would receive its findings tomorrow. Some of the dead were killed in bed as shells struck seven houses, and others rushed outside but found no safety.

Civilians killed in their beds
Thirteen members of one extended family were killed and the dead included seven children and four women, residents and the Palestinian health ministry said. Olmert’s office said he and Peretz “voiced sorrow over the deaths of Palestinian civilians”.

Gordon Johndroe, a spokesperson for the White House national security council, called for restraint by all parties, adding: “We deeply regret the injuries and loss of life in Gaza today. We have seen the Israeli government’s apology and hope their investigation will be completed quickly.”

Khaled Meshaal, the leader of the governing Islamic militant group Hamas, urged retaliation. Hamas declared a partial truce in March 2005, which expired at the end of last year. It has not carried out a suicide bombing in Israel since 2004.

“All Palestinian groups are urged to activate resistance despite the difficult situation on the ground. Our confidence in our military wing to respond is great,” said Meshaal, who is based in Damascus.

Retaliation vowed
The Islamic Jihad militant group, which never accepted the ceasefire brokered by Abbas and Egypt, vowed to carry out suicide bombings in response to the Beit Hanoun strike. Israeli police said they had gone on high alert.

Hamas’s armed wing, decrying Washington’s “political and financial support” for Israel, appeared to call on Muslims to attack US targets, urging them “to teach the American enemy harsh lessons”.

An Israeli military statement said the army had “fired preventative artillery at launch sites from which Qassam rockets were launched (on Monday) into Ashkelon”, in southern Israel.

Israeli media said an artillery battery had missed its target, about a kilometre (half a mile) from Beit Hanoun. An army spokesperson could not confirm this. “We fled the house only to be hunted outside. The shells killed my mother and sister and wounded all my siblings, said Asma al-Athamna (14) who was hit by shrapnel. – Reuters

Veterans Day – Give Peace a Chance – Nov 11 – Greenfield

This fall we Give Peace a Chance
with every conversation.
The buzz is we need
to move by June 1!

Can you spread the word & help us find ONE $1000 donor
in each state for MOVING & MOVEMENT work. We invite gifts
of property needing rehab. Ground your peace movement
with a gift of property, a kindness for Generations to come.
Thanks for working to end war & build justice.

CALENDAR & NOTES
Nov. 7, 2006

Wed. Nov. 8 – ‘VIEQUEZ, Worth Every Bit of Struggle,’
Neighbors in Shelburne Falls, host at 7PM the Reel World Shelburne Falls at
the Arms Library. This film brings alive the David & Goliath struggle by
the people of Viequez, Puerto Rico who succeeded in non violently stopping
the US Navy’s toxic use of their island for testing of bombs & invasions.
Discussion follows.

Thur. Nov. 9, Coalition for a Strong United Nations membership meeting. At
6pm address important issues facing the United Nations, at the Wainwright
Bank Watertown Square Community meeting room. Discuss “Human Rights in
Prison” With Kazi Toure, CoChair of the National Jericho Movement.
This discussion will be prepare us for the upcoming Human Rights Conference
on Sunday, December 10, at the Boston Public Library.

Sat. Nov. 11 – VETERANS DAY PEACE FEST
2-7 PM, Second Congregational Church,
By the Town Hall and Town Common in Greenfield
Peace lovers, peace activists, families and especially youth are invited to
share their talents to, ‘Give Peace a Chance!”

A. Musicians, drummers, dancers, word-smiths, movement masters move the
movement! YES, we are a growing movement! Raise your voice, raise your flag.
Vigil with us in Greenfield on the Common, or in Sunderland at 116 & 47.

B. Builder & carpenter Joe Cayan will help build signs for use on town
commons this fall, dramatizing the local costs of producing nuclear weapons.
Thanks to the National Priorities Project, we can see the costs to each of
our towns (http://www.nationalpriorities.org).

C. Frances Crowe advises us How to build your C.O. File.
This afternoon program provides an opportunity to share energy and
inspiration, as well as practical tools to take back to our schools,
town commons and faith communities.

D. Do it! Young artists! Inspired talents move the movement!
Please submit a drawing to dramatize the things better to get than nuclear
weapons with $480 million dollars in taxes to be paid by Massachusetts
taxpayers in 2007! Choose a peace prize from the table as a thank-you for
your art.

E. TEA PARTY – A hero in our midst likes the idea of a new Boston Tea
Party, in which we sit EVERYwhere and discuss ‘How to Extricate Ourselves
from the War Machine.’ Pass the talking stick in your circle then role play
with one of two ad hoc affinity group, where you would like to sit, and with
whom.

F. Super soup supper – bring your pot-luck salad or main course to
contribute to the feast, or $5 for a feast. Peter Letson is making sweet
potato soup for 40.

G. Gee whiz, Juanita will join us, and read her wonderful poem, ” Turn
Loose the Line,” about letting go. Make a donation for an signed copy.

H. Hear keynote remarks and Musical volunteers right after supper.
For more information or to volunteer, please call Traprock Peace Center,
413-773-7427, in a Neighbors Network to End War.

Also Sat. Nov. 11 – ENVISIONING PEACE: PRACTICAL STRATEGIES, Sherborn, MA
9 am – 4 pm, 2 N. Main St., Sherborn, MA (http://www.peaceabbey.org).
Share practical, effective, non-violent ways to work and succeed developing
personal and community based strategies that honor the importance of “inner
peace” while creating the environment for peace in our communities and the
world. $25 faculty; $5 student.

Sun. Nov. 12 – Please join us at Mt. Holyoke College’s Gamble Auditorium on
at 3 pm to see and hear Moazzam Begg, a former detainee at Guantánamo Bay,
via videoconference from the U.K. More details about the event are below.
See http://www.bordc.org/involved/mbegg.pdf.

Thurs. Nov. 16 – Traprock Peace TV – Artists and community leaders of ALL
ages are invited to help restore our right to HABEAS CORPUS, recently
harmed by legislation in the US Congress. Readers, painters, print-makers,
or anyone willing to dabble, please call to volunteer. Cameras likely to
roll at 2:30, but we have the studio open for the day. 413 773-7427.

More details, photos, essays at
http://www.traprockpeace.org

SAVE A DEC. DATE

Fri. Dec. 1 – Get involved in the struggle against Poverty, Racism, Sexism,
Violence & War and help organize Rosa Parks Human Rights Day on Dec. 1 in
Roxbury, MA. For more information: 617-524-3507 – rosaparksday@brphrd.com –
http://www.brphrd.com

Sun. Dec. 10 International Human Rights Day,
Please call Congress this week, 202-224-3121, so that by this
date we can celebrate that Congress will REPEAL legislation attempting to
withdraw our human right of HABEAS CORPUS. Please word search John Warner
Defense Authorization Act of 2007 and the Military Commissions Act of 2006.

** Are we dreaming or having a nightmare? **

Sun. Dec. 10 – Coalition for a Strong U.N. Human Rights Conference, Boston
from 1pm to 5pm, at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. We are
looking forward to lively discussions and hope you can come. Also we have
started sending a monthly e-mail newsletter with local UN related events,
informative short articles and actions to take to support the United
Nations. Call us at our new phone number 617 304-6555 to give us your e-mail
address if you do not receive the Newsletter.

Best regards,
Sunny Miller, 413-773-7427
Traprock Peace Center
103A Keets Road, Deerfield, MA 01342
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http://www.traprockpeace.org

in a Neighbors’ Network to End War

Welcome Special Guests on Ending War

SPECIAL GUESTS SPEAK in MASSACHUSETTS for a
NEIGHBORS NETWORK TO END WAR.

CALENDAR & NOTES, Oct. 31, 2006
http://www.TraprockPeace.org

THIS FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2006,

You are invited to two special Traprock Peace Programs
at Greenfield Community Television, 393 Main Street,
(3rd floor) in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Help end war
on your lunch hour!

I. 11:30AM-1:30PM: “Perpetual War for Peace?”

“Perpetual War for Peace?” features an exhibit of 15 photographs
of Iraq, Iran and Lebanon by photojournalists. Three remarkable
speakers and the photo display will tour throughout the Northeast,
Nov. 1-12. The full schedule appears below.
At 11:30 Nov. 3, meet guests and see photographs
at a reception. At noon hear comments by speakers, followed
by 30 minutes of questions & answers, with invited press, students
and neighbors. More at http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/tour

Speaker Biographies

Raed Jarrar, Iraq Project Director at Global Exchange, architect
Raed Jarrar was in Iraq during and after the 2003 invasion,
and took part in a number of humanitarian and political projects
there including two first-hand experiences in establishing and
leading volunteer grassroots organizations and NGOs based in Iraq.
Raed Jarrar was the Country Director of CIVIC Worldwide,
the only door-to-door casualty survey in Iraq after the US invasion
in 2003. He also established an NGO called “Emaar” that carried
out work in Baghdad and the nine cities of the south, coordinating
with local authorities, community leaders and other NGOs. He
maintains a popular web-log that includes analysis and news
summaries regarding Iraq and the Middle East. In addition,
Raed promotes The Iraq Reconciliation Plan, proposed by the
Iraqi Parliament in June 2006. Raed Jarrar most recently was
part of a Global Exchange delegation that brought together
citizen activists from the US and current Iraqi Parliamentarians
in Jordan to share information and strategies for ending the war.
Find more at: http://raedinthemiddle.blogspot.com.

Antonia Juhasz, activist, author, and policy-analyst
Antonia Juhasz is a visiting scholar at the Washington,
DC-based Institute for Policy Studies and author of
The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy
at a Time (REGAN, HarperCollins, 2006). The Bush Agenda
has been described as “a resounding call to action,”
by John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic
Hit Man. The Organizer, one of India’s largest newspapers,
called it “A meticulous expose of corporate America’s
intentions in the Gulf.” Juhasz reveals the “oil time-line”
now driving the end of the war and the corporate globalization
agenda in Iraq and throughout the Middle East while offering
specific actions we can take today to change the course of
history.

Juhasz served previously as the project director of the
International Forum on Globalization and as a legislative
assistant to two United States Members of Congress. A
frequent media commentator and award-winning writer,
her work has appeared in dozens of newspapers and publications
including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and
New York Times. She is a contributing author to
Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World is
Possible (Berrett-Koehler, 2004) and the forthcoming book,
A Game as Old as Empire (Berrett-Koehler, 2007).
She lives in San Francisco.

Rostam Pourzal, President of the U.S. branch of the
Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran
Rostam Pourzal is an independent researcher and organizer
for human rights and is the president of the US branch of the
Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran.
He advocates direct and sustained dialog without pre-conditions
between Iran and the United States. Mr. Pourzal visits Iran
regularly and has served on the boards of several Iranian-American
organizations. He has been interviewed on dozens of well-known
broadcasts, including CNN International, Pacifica Radio, Aljazeera,
and MSNBC. In 2004, he worked with the Fellowship of Reconciliation
to send two goodwill delegations (three dozen American citizens)
to Iran. That ground-breaking initiative was widely reported on
BBC, CNN, and other world media.

Please, r.s.v.p. if you wish to reserve seating:
413 773-7427.

*** Photo Exhibit by Award Winning Photo Journalists

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/tour/photos.html
(For permission to use photographs in advance stories, please contact
Just Foreign Policy, 202 448-2898. When permission is granted,
please attribute appropriately.)

Lynsey Addario
Photojournalist from the United States sharing images from
Iraq. Addario’s work has been featured in the New York Times,
Associated Press, Time Magazine, Newsweek, among others.
Addario’s photo essays from Iraq, Darfur, India, Afghanistan,
Pakistan and Mexico have won her accolades around the globe.
Now based in Istanbul, Turkey, Addario is documenting conflict,
human interest stories, and people throughout the Middle East
and Africa.

Mohammad Kheirkhah
Photojournalist from Iran sharing images from Iran. Kheirkhah
is a freelance photographer working for United Press International
in Tehran. He is also a contributor photographer to documentIRAN
Images.

Andrew Stern
Photojournalist based in New York City sharing recent images of
the war in Lebanon. Stern has photographed in over 20 countries
and his award winning work has appeared in The Guardian Weekend
Magazine, Readers Digest, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times,
Internazionale, and many other publications domestically and
internationally. Stern is committed to documenting critical social
and political issues and is co-author of We Are Everywhere:
The Irresistible Rise of Global Anticapitalism Verso 2003.

Ramin Talaie
Photojournalist born in Iran now based in Brooklyn, New York
sharing images from Iran. Talaie has been published in
The Guardian, the New York Times, among others.

2. 2:15 – 3:45PM, FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2006,
You are invited to another Traprock Peace Program

Mike Boehm presents, “Hope Rising from the Ashes in My Lai”
on Friday, Nov. 3. Join us in the studio audience as we begin
taping at 2:30 at Greenfield Community Television, 393 Main St,
(3rd floor) Greenfield, Massachusetts.
Mike Boehm, a veteran of the American war in Vietnam, returned to Vietnam in 1992 with eleven other veterans to build a small clinic in southern Vietnam. That trip changed his life. There he found the potential for person-to-person relationships to support recovery from the trauma of war.

Mike Boehm, a veteran of the American war in Vietnam, returned to Vietnam in 1992 with eleven other veterans to build a small clinic in southern Vietnam. That trip changed his life. There he found the potential for person-to-person relationships to support recovery from the trauma of war.

That healing power will be one focus of his story and slide show, open to the public on Friday. Boehm has made a total of 15 trips from 1992 to 2006 on behalf of a Quaker Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin. Their support has helped establish a micro-loan fund for poor women. Their first loan was made in My Lai in 1994 and loans been extended to seventeen villages. Three schools have been built with the support of the Quaker meeting, and students in the U.S. and Vietnamese villages have exchanged letters and artwork.

Guests are invited to arrive at the third floor GCTV studio after 2pm. To reserve seats call Traprock Peace Center, 413 773-7427. Veterans and students are especially invited to attend. Free and open to the public.

3. “50/50 Chance of an OCTOBER SURPRISE”
Regarding IRAN:
Hear Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst
for 27 years, and responsible for White House
briefings. His interview just posted
and READY FOR RADIO at
http://www.TraprockPeace.org

4. A Photo essay of Arlington East on the
Cape Cod National Seashore has been posted
at http://www.capecodpeaceandjustice.org/
Available for use in New England.

5. We’ve received a cordial eviction notice, for June 1, 2007.
First we work to move a country back from the brink of
nuclear war, then think about moving ourselves. Your thoughts
are welcome. We’ll attend the Peace Vigil at noon in Amherst,
on Nov. 5. At 5:30 pm please join us at the Black Sheep Cafe
in Amherst , MA to discuss MOVING the MOVEMENT.

Watch for “Honk for Peace” signs held by neighbors in new places.

6. As many as 650,000 Iraqis have died as a result of war
and violence since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Do you know of a
highway more than 1,000 miles long? Imagine 650 people holding
candles and grave markers in one mile to mourn the tragedy.
This Veterans Day you can challenge the official numbers
given regarding US deaths in Iraq. The official numbers only
account for those who die on the ground, not in hospitals.
At http://www.va.gov search for “gwvis” for details on real numbers.

7. Tues. Nov. 7 – Iraq War on MA Ballot – 139 Towns
http://www.boston.com/news/local/politics/candidates/articles/2006/10/
11/iraq_pullout_resolution_on_ballot/

8. SAVE THE DATE:
Sat. Nov. 11, This Veterans Day
“GIVE PEACE A CHANCE”
You are especially invited to share your
talents to, ‘Give Peace a Chance!”

On Nov. 11 builder & carpenter Joe Cayan will help us build
signs for use on town commons this fall, dramatizing the
local costs of producing nuclear weapons. Thanks to the
National Priorities Project, we can see the costs to each
of our towns: http://www.nationalpriorities.org

Calling all artists! Please submit a drawing.
Students’ art is needed to dramatize the better things we can
get in Massachusetts with $480 million dollars!

Inspired talents move the movement!
Musicians, drummers, dancers, word-smiths,
movement and massage masters move the
movement! YES, we are a growing movement!
This afternoon program provides an opportunity
to share energy and inspiration, as well as
practical tools to take back to our schools,
town commons and faith communities.

Conclude with a super soup supper;
Pot-luck or $5 suggested.

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See details for the events above and
others on the Traprock calendar. Please post
your not-for-profit peace & justice events at:

http://www.TraprockPeace.org/calendar

in a Neighbors’ Network to End War

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JUST FOREIGN POLICY Tour Schedule:

Wed, Nov 1st – Burlington, VT
7:00 pm at the University of Vermont, 207 Lafayette Hall, Burlington
sponsored by the Peace and Justice Center
Thurs, Nov 2nd – Castleton, VT
5:00 pm at Huden Dining Hall at Castleton State College, 1 Seminary St, Castleton
for more information call (207)233-7156
sponsored by the Reel Action Film Club and The Spartan at Castleton State College
Fri, Nov 3rd – Greenfield and Boston, MA
11:30 am-1:30 pm in Greenfield, MA, 393 Main St. Greenfield MA: r.s.v.p. 413 773-7427
sponsored by the Traprock Peace Center
5:00 pm at Boston University School of Law, Barrister Hall, 765 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action and United for Justice with Peace
Sat, Nov 4th – Boston, MA
Sun, Nov 5th – Cambridge, MA
7 pm at the Unitarian Church in Harvard Square, 3 Church St., Cambridge
sponsored by Veterans for Peace, for more info email info@massvfp.org
Mon, Nov 6th – Worcester, MA
7 pm at the University Building at Clark University, 950 Main Street, Worcester
sponsored by Veterans for Peace
Tues, Nov 7th (AVAILABLE FOR A STOP IN AMHERST, call 413 773-7427)
Wed, Nov 8th – White Plains, NY
7 pm at the WESPAC Foundation, 255 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 2nd fl, White Plains, for more information call (914) 682-4690
sponsored by the WESPAC Foundation
Thurs, Nov 9th – New Brunswick, NJ
8:30 pm at Trayes Hall B, Douglass College Center, Rutgers University
sponsored by Rutgers Against the War of the Campus Anti-War Network
Fri, Nov 10th – Philadelphia, PA
5:30 pm at the Friends Center at 15th and Cherry Streets, MLK Jr. Room, Philadelphia
sponsored by the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors
Sat, Nov 11th – Bethlehem, PA
1:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem, for more info contact the LEPOCO Peace Center at (610) 691-8730
sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Peace Coalition
Sun, Nov 12th – Nyack, NY
3:00 pm at the Fellowship of Reconciliation, 521 North Broadway, Nyack
sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation

Traprock Peace Center was founded in 1979 in Deerfield, MA.
For 27 years staff, volunteers and supporters have worked in
a variety of community and global settings to end war, promote
constructive conflict resolution in personal, local, regional,
national and international conflicts, and promote economic
and social justice.

See your neighbors at work http://www.traprockpeace.org

Best regards,
Sunny Miller
413-773-7427
Traprock Peace Center
103A Keets Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
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in a Neighbors’ Network to End War

September 11, 1906, Mohandas Gandhi convened a meeting in
Johannesburg, South Africa, to mobilize his community to oppose
racially degrading legislation. On that September 11th, more than
3,000 people solemnly pledged to disobey the proposed law. So
began the “Satygraha” [or truth-force] movement of organized
nonviolent action, and the rest is an unfolding history of people-
power movements. Join us in this remarkable unfolding of human
potential. “Seemingly impossible discoveries will be made
in the field of nonviolence,” said M.K. Gandhi.

Italian probe: Israel used new weapon prototype in Gaza Strip

Italian probe: Israel used new weapon prototype in Gaza Strip

By Meron Rapoport, Haaretz Correspondent
October 11, 2006

An investigative report to be aired on Italian television Wednesday raises the possibility that Israel has used an experimental weapon in the Gaza Strip in recent months, causing especially serious physical injuries, such as amputated limbs and severe burns.

The weapon is similar to one developed by the U.S. military, known as DIME, which causes a powerful and lethal blast, but only within a relatively small radius.

The Italian report is based on the eyewitness accounts of medical doctors in the Strip, as well as tests carried out in an Italian laboratory. The investigative team is the same one that exposed, several months ago, the use by U.S. forces in Iraq of phosphorous bombs, against Iraqi rebels in Faluja.

Israel Air Force Maj.-Gen (res.) Yitzhak Ben-Israel, formerly head of the IDF’s weapons-development program, told the Italian reporters that “one of the ideas [behind the weapon] is to allow those targeted to be hit without causing damage to bystanders or other persons.”

The investigation, by Rai24news, follows reports by Gaza-based doctors of inexplicably serious injuries. The doctors reported an exceptionally large number of wounded who lost legs, of completely burned bodies and injuries unaccompanied by metal shrapnel. Some of the doctors also claimed that they removed particles from wounds that could not be seen in an x-ray machine.

According to those who testified, the wounded were hit by munitions launched from drones, most of them in July.

Dr. Habas al-Wahid, head of the emergency room at the Shuhada al-Aqsa hospital, in Deir el-Balah, told the reporters that the legs of the injured were sliced from their bodies “as if a saw was used to cut through the bone.” There were signs of heat and burns near the point of the amputation, but no signs that the dismemberment was caused by metal fragments.

Dr. Juma Saka, of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, said the doctors found small entry wounds on the bodies of the wounded and the dead. According to Saka, a powder was found on the victims’ bodies and in their internal organs.

“The powder was like microscopic shrapnel, and these are what likely caused the injuries,” Saka said.

The Italian investigative team raised the possibility that the IDF is making use of a weapon similar in character to DIME – Dense Inert Metal Explosive – developed for the U.S. military. According to the official website of a U.S. air force laboratory, it is a “focused lethality” weapon, which aims to accurately destroy the target while causing minimum damage to the surrounding.

According to the site, the projectile comprises a carbon-fiber casing filled with tungsten powder and explosives. In the explosion, tungsten particles – a metal capable of conducting very high temperatures – spread over a radius of four meters and cause death.

According to the U.S.-based website Defense-Tech, “the result is an incredibly destructive blast in a small area” and “the destructive power of the mixture causes far more damage than pure explosive.” It adds that “the impact of the micro-shrapnel seems to cause a similar but more powerful effect than a shockwave.”

The weapon is supposed to still be in the testing phase and has not been used on the battlefield.

The Italian reporters sent samples of the particles found in wounds of injured in the Gaza Strip to a laboratory at the University of Parma. Dr. Carmela Vaccaio said that in analyzing the samples, she found “a very high concentration of carbon and the presence of unusual materials,” such as copper, aluminum and tungsten. Dr. Vaccaio says these findings “could be in line with the hypothesis” that the weapon in question is DIME.

On the matter of DIME, Ben-Israel told the Italian reporters that “this is a technology that allows the striking of very small targets.”

The report says that the weapon is not banned by international law, especially since it has not been officially tested.

It is believed that the weapon is highly carcinogenic and harmful to the environment.

The non-governmental organization Physicians for Human Rights has written to Defense Minister Amir Peretz requesting explanations for the aforementioned injuries to Palestinians. Amos Gilad, a senior adviser to the minister, is supposed to meet with the group on the matter in the near future.

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