June 26, 2000

Miscellaneous Subjects #9: Oil Industry has lied to us! and Feedbacks on this + Hands on help for anyone out there feeling depressed + The End of Arms Control + The situation in Mexico on the eve of the elections

Hello everyone,

I've prepared below another menu of various recents posts I received as a follow up to subjects mentioned recently in another such compilation. I'll also have more appetizing menus for you in the next few days, one entitled:

"Some victories to celebrate! --- UK's Iceland to bring organic food to mass market + Earth Stats + FINDHORN INITIATIVE TO RESTORE THE EARTH + AND THE FENCE CAME TUMBLING DOWN + Hamilton War Show Suffers Serious Setbacks --- AND the Continued Fight to Save the Amazon Rainforest: Crisis of the Amazon: An Overview by a Visiting Scientist"

Another one is:

"Miscellaneous Subjects #10: Are you ready? + It's All About Surrender + The terrible plight of orang-utans in Indonesia + Goldman Prize: Global environmental champions honored + Oil: Real crunch will come if alternative energy sources aren't developed + Baked Beans".

And soon I'll also have for you "Listening to Wild Dolphins + Whale deaths linked to undersea blasts + Navy Agrees to Delay Testing of Sonar System + "A NEW VIEW" show airdates + Why we have come"

So lots of good stuff coming your way!

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000





From: "Lainie Cofer" <ljcofer@ipa.net>
Subject: Re: are others reporting difficulty accessing the reason to vote site at
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000

Jean, the problem was remedied. They were changing the site to a faster server
to handle the increased traffic. Mission accomplished!

Thanks!
Lainie




Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2000
From: Mark Graffis <ab758@virgin.vip.vi>
Subject: ARE WE REALLY RUNNING OUT OF OIL?

That Popular Science article is far too optimistic and I've noticed that
the moderator of another list I sent it to played it up more boldly than
the gloomier predictions. I sense that being straight forward about this
issue is just too much for most to confront head on.

MARK ALSO SENT THIS

Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000
From: Mark Graffis <ab758@virgin.vip.vi>
Subject: Oil Industry has lied to us!

Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000
From: TIELLIS@aol.com

Dear friends,

If you haven't done so already, please download and carefully read ALL of
Stuart H. Rodman's excellent and concise 10 page summary of Jay Hanson's
information on the imminent oil crash:

http://sightings.com/general2/rat.htm

It should be required reading for everyone. Scary stuff! Note particularly
the following passage from Rodman's article ((p. 4-5):

"...impressive evidence suggests that oil production worldwide will peak
during the next twenty five years or sooner, some say as early as 2010. And ,
based on private documents, Hanson states that "the petroleum industry itself
has announced that global oil production will 'peak' in less than ten years!"

"You wouldn't know that from the official reports however. According to
petroleum industry's own spokespersons, there is at least another 93 years of
known petroleum reserves worldwide to keep us in gas, at the current rate of
consumption.
[Snip]

In another paper, "The Best Kept Secret in Washington", Hanson discusses a
private study that was conducted by worldwide industry expert,
"Petroconsultants" (now known as IHS Group). The study suggests that when the
peak comes, the markets will treat petroleum as a scarcity and that the days
of "cheap" petroleum will then be gone forever. The study is available for
sale and can be purchased directly from the IHS Group (the world's leading
provider of data and analysis for oil exploration and production). Its cost-
$32,000 a copy. He adds, "In 1995, Petroconsultants published a report for
oil industry insiders titled WORLD OIL SUPPLY 1930-2050 which concluded that
world oil production could peak as soon as the year 2000 and decline to half
that level by 2025. Large and permanent increases in oil prices were
predicted after the year 2000."

Did you get that? Oil industry insiders have known since at least 1995 (and
probably long before that!) that oil production will peak between 2000 and
2025. And yet, "According to petroleum industry's own spokespersons, there is
at least another 93 years of known petroleum reserves worldwide to keep us in
gas, at the current rate of consumption."

Only one conclusion is possible from the above: The oil industry has
conspired to LIE to the public in order to continue to reap huge profits from
humanity's rapidly growing addiction to fossil fuels, rather than notifying
us all (as they could have done as far back as the 70s) that world production
would peak in the first 10 years of the new millenium, after which prices
will skyrocket irreversibly, our global industrial civilization will crash
and burn, and billions will starve.

Had we all known sooner about this early peak (as the oil barons did) we
could have prepared for it by diverting the energy we still had to an all-out
world-wide effort to build the infrastructure for a mass conversion to
renewable fuels. We would have had the time and energy to do so. Now we no
longer do.

Instead, much to the Oil Barons' glee, fuel prices remained heavily
subsidized through last year, as people squandered huge amounts of fuel on
SUVs and Jet Skis.

This ranks as the greatest corporate crime in the history of humanity. By
keeping this information under wraps, the Oil Industry will be DIRECTLY
responsible for the ghastly death by starvation and violence of billions of
people--in the near future--many or most of which could have been avoided had
we known 10 or 20 years ago what they already knew from their secret
($32,000-per copy) reports!

Am I angry? You bet.

--Tom


AND MY COMMENT WAS: We will adapt!

Alternative options possible?

Read Miracle in the Void: The New Energy Revolution at:
http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000/MiracleinVoid.htm

AND I ALSO ADDED *MANY* OTHER EXAMPLES SUCH AS "Ordinary Air Fuels Futuristic new Engine" INFO FROM http://www.wallstreetcorner.com/ss2.html<>awww.internetstockmarket.com/redox) and so on.

TO WHICH MARK RESPONDED:

Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000
From: Mark Graffis <ab758@virgin.vip.vi>
Subject: Re: Oil Industry has lied to us!

None of these alternatives are likely to be developed to the extent needed
to answer our future needs with the little oil that's left being
squandered mindlessly.

I cling to dreams too but the time is long since up to do much and that's
just fact. Hope you read what was on the sightings site about that.
(AT http://sightings.com/general2/rat.htm)

Mark Graffis

AND TOM ELLIS ALSO COMMENTED

From: TIELLIS@aol.com
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000
Subject: Re: Oil Industry has lied to us!

Dear Jean,

Thank you for this information. I have no doubt that there are many
promising, exotic new energy technologies that are in the R&D stage. What I
doubt is whether the net energy they provide will come anywhere close to the
vast expenditure of energy and resources necessary to mass produce these
technologies, and make them widely available or economically viable.

I have my doubts also about some of the claims that you cite for these new
machines. They seem to violate the second law of thermodynamics.

CLIP

I am not an engineer, but the little that I know about thermodynamics makes
me extremely skeptical that this machine could work without a substantial
initial input of energy.

I hope you are right in your optimism, of course, but I am not convinced by
the examples you cite. If this were 1958, and we had abundant fossil fuels
available for *conversion* to more sustainable, less polluting, and more
technologically elegant energy solutions for everyone, I would share your
optimism. As it is, we must brace for large scale catastrophe, I'm afraid,
before any Gaian alternatives to our contemporary insanity have a chance to
catch on. I wish it were not so. I worry about all our children. (For
further information on this unsettling theme, see Jay Hanson's website,
www.dieoff.org)

--Tom

AND HAL FOX ADDED:

From: "Hal Fox" <halfox@uswest.net>
Subject: Re: Oil Industry has lied to us!
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2000

Dear Friends,

It is not news that the oil industry seeks to maximize their
income. However, for the sake of our children and grandchildren
the available oil should be preserved, as soon as possible, to be
used for chemical feedstocks and not burned.

I am the editor of two publications that provide the latest
information about new-energy technologies. These are New Energy
News ($35 per year) a publication sent at least monthly via
email. The second is an international professional journal
printed quarterly ($150 per four issues) Journal of New Energy.
Now in its fifth year, this journal has become a leading journal
in presenting some of the latest article about new-energy
developments and selected other new-science discoveries. For
example, the Journal of New Energy was the first to publish (5
articles) the formerly highly-secret work on torsion fields.
Torsion field fluctuations travel at least a billion times faster
than the speed of light. A whole new communications system will
be developed from this technology.

If any of you desire further information about these publications
or about the work we are doing to develop an on-board battery
charger, just ask and send me your mailing address and we will
mail you specific information. There are several new-energy
devices that are expected to be commercialized in 2000 and 2001.

Best personal regards,

Hal Fox

editor NEN and Jrnl New Energy




From: "Daniel Butt" <dolphincom@dolphincom.free-online.co.uk>
Subject: Hands on help for anyone out there feeling depressed
Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000

Dear Jean, Greetings!

Thank you for all the wonderful and informative emails, please keep up the excellent work, may you continue to be guided and blessed.

After reading final words on depression and yet more final words I am guided to offer the following practical help to all out there who may be in need:

We all know about depression and it's many forms. To you wonderful inhabitants of Mother Earth my brothers and sisters (as there is no separation), I offer the following, use only what you feel is for you - therein lies the magic.

1) - Learn to laugh more:

Laughter raises the spirit. Ah, easier said than done, well there was a man who was sent home with terminal cancer and was only given six months to live. He had tried many things to no avail and then suddenly remembered his grandmother telling him many years ago that laughter was the best medicine. He spent a lot of time laughing and joking, spending time with people who uplifted him and made him laugh. Watched many funny and amusing films etc.Nine months later the doctors could find no traces of cancer and the last time this guy was heard of, some twenty odd years later he was still fit and strong. Laughter WAS the best medicine.

It is a fact that when we feel down and low, our white blood cell count lowers, and so leaves our immune system open to all kinds of illnesses. However when we are feeling happy and good about ourselves the white blood cells increase and strengthen our immune system, keeping us health and strong.

2) - Replenish your Solar Plexus:

Your solar plexus is your seat of all emotions and controls your bodily functions and your communication with the universe. Replenish it regularly and you will feel happier and have more energy.

Trees can help you to do this but remember to say please and thank you.

a) Find a large strong tree and one that you feel happy about, oaks are excellent.
b) Touch and ask permission, let your intuition guide you.
c) Stand with your back against the tree place your left hand in between your back and the tree, palm touching the tree. As you do this place your right palm on your solar plexus.
d) Mentally or verbally if you like, ask the tree to lend you some of it's strength. The energy will be transfered through your left hand across your body and into your solar plexus via your right hand.
e) Say thank you or leave a gift if you prefer, fruit is common.

You can also replenish your solar plexus by watching for several minutes a fountain, waterfall, or a flowing river - remember water is fluid, emotional and representative of the feminine principle our divine mother. If you have no access to the above then without wasting water turn on the tap before you get into the bath and stand watching the water flow down into the bath (fire in reverse) this will replenish your solar plexus.

3) - Visualise:

Spend 10 minutes or more if you can, once or twice a day, by yourself in silence, perhaps in your favourite chair, take the phone off the hook. Close your eyes and in your mind see yourself smiling, laughing, having fun being happy - paint whatever picture that you wish, that shows you enjoying a happy confident uplifting life. Really live the visualisation see and believe that you are happy. Then when you get good at doing this add other senses, put in there smells, touches, tastes and sounds. Really live it, it's your life and you can shape it yourself. It's like sending an email to your subconscious to carry out a task for you. So is the next thing.

4) - Instruct your subconscious mind:

At night when you are lying in bed and before you fall asleep try the following, it's cumulative so the longer you use it the better.

Think of happy thoughts and then say in your mind "Today has been a great day (whether it has or not this doesn't matter-no negatives), and tomorrow will be a thousand times better. As I sleep peacefully tonight my subconscious mind will decide the proper steps that I shall take to become happy, and when I awake I shall be guided accordingly.

If used often enough you will then start to see the results as though seemingly insignificant at first or coincidental things (there are no coincidences really) start to guide you in the right direction or to the right people or decision making and so on. This is the power of the subconscious carrying out your instructions. Obviously you are only going to use this in a positive manner.

5) - Every day look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are going to be happy, repeat this with utter conviction, smile at the same time, it activates your heart chakra.

6) - Be aware as often as you can of giving out loving thoughts to others, the more love that you give out the more will return to lift you up and beyond any depression.

The same for words and the same for actions. Remember that thoughts are things, they take wings and fly - and ultimately return tenfold!

Use these tools as you see fit - they are very powerful; call them self-development if you wish but I feel that they go way past that into the very core of our being and beyond. If I had the power to give everyone in the world happiness it would be great, use the above and make yourselves happy.

May you all be blessed in happiness, light and love.

Daniel




From: "John Owen" <jowen@igc.org>
Subject: The End of Arms Control
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000

Mr. Krauthammer's "The End of Arms Control" ( Time Magazine June 12, 2000
at http://www.time.com/time/magazine/articles/0,3266,46478,00.html )
makes some remarkable statements. "...the whole arms race had a distinctly
academic...unworldly quality... it had little intrinsitic meaning...like money
to billionaires."

Those thousands of bombs and missiles are real and use of even a small
fraction of them would end civilization. A really big blowout would most
likely end all higher forms of life on earth. And most of them are still in
place, waiting for delivery. The spark could be set off from madness or
stupidity, or unforseen consequences, or even by design. These are facts of
life on the ground but maybe not in academia, wherever that may be.

As for the billionaires, I would remind them and their friends that it is
real money. The lack of $1 a day causes 60,000 people on planet earth to
starve or die of malnutrition related diseases, every day.

I think the bombers and the billionaires should consider that the rest of us
might have just as much right to our lives, as they do to theirs.

John Owen
2506 Arthur Street
Los Angeles, CA 90065
323 344 8084
jowen@igc.org




NOTE FROM JEAN: This coming Friday the Focus Group will suggest a Meditation Focus on the situation in Mexico on the eve of the July 2 general election there.

Ricardo Ocampo <anahuak@webtelmex.net.mx>, one of the 7 members of the Focus Group, has sent us recently the following complementary material as part of his proposal to select Mexico as the Focus #9. Since we are always striving, as recommended in some of the comments we received, to reduce the lenght of the material the Focus Group issue, it won't be possible to include all the following along with it. Yet, what has been going on in Mexico is worth our collective attention, especially in the state of Chiapas where, according to the information we have, the military and paramilitary forces are setting the stage for a final showdown with the rebellious Zapatista movement if the PRI (the longest ruling party anywhere in the world) is once again re-elected.

NOTE: A much more detailed compilation of links and info is available at:
http://refcities.com/focusgroup/ComplementMexico.htm

Chiapas Poised for Genocide
A Time of Urgency
From: http://www.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1376

On the eve of the presidential elections in Mexico the situation in the State of Chiapas has grown to a critical juncture. Military and paramilitary forces are setting the stage for a final showdown with the rebellious Zapatista movement. The time is now and the result of any armed conflict will be genocidal for the indigenous people of Chiapas.

For this reason the members of "Zapatistas Online" are sending out this urgent call to unity with other activist communities throughout the world. Though our particular "issues" may differ, the idealism and values which we hold true are consistent. Chiapas is a mirror and a real time example of the misguided policies of free trade and globalization. Millions of indigenous people practicing a traditional lifestyle are threatened not only with change, but, with cultural extinction. The government of Mexico offers them a choice between global economic slavery or death.

Events in the conflict are escalating on a daily basis now. The analysts both in Mexico and in the USA fear the worst is about to happen. A Ruling party victory, whether legitimate or by the historical use of electoral fraud, in the presidential elections will be taken by the government as a rubber stamp for war against the indigenous of Chiapas.

We need your help and we need it now. Though there are many pressing issues throughout the world, Chiapas is now at the critical moment. We are asking for two things from the activist communities worldwide.

First: Letter writing campaigns to your local and national news media and governments condemning the actions of the Mexican government and asking for international pressure to remove the military from Chiapas.

Second: Preparations for a massive emergency protest in the event that open war does break out.

Again, the situation in Chiapas is critical. Murder, assassination, intimidation, torture and other violations of the human rights of a minority ethnic group taking are now taking place daily and escalating in seriousness and quantity as well.




THE MAYANS DID NOT DISAPPEAR
From: http://www.criscenzo.com/jaguar/chiapas8.html

On December 22, 1997, 45 unarmed Maya people, mostly women and children, were gunned down with automatic weapons by a group of 50 to 60 "paramilitary" thugs in the village of Acteal. The situation in Chiapas is tragic and complex - do not be fooled by the Mexican government's attempts to confuse the issue by calling this a "family feud". This is not a conflict between various Maya villages. Since the massacre, the Mexican army has been building up troops in Chiapas. Their explanation is that they are there to protect the Indians. But after reading the reports listed here, you will know differently

MORE LINKS:

Mexico Election Monitor 2000
http://www.wola.org/mexbulletin1.html
http://www.wola.org/mexbulletin2.html

International observers for federal elections http://www.ife.org.mx/wwwcai/notice.htm

Zapatistas Brace for Mexican Government Attack (Reuters) Mexico's Zapatista armed rebel group said on Friday that the government is preparing a grand offensive against the Chiapas-based indigenous guerrillas about the time of the July 2 presidential elections. http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000602/wl/mexico_guerrillas_1.html

Support Senator Joseph Kennedy's Effort to Close the SOA
http://www.criscenzo.com/jaguar/soa1.html

Protest May 24th on steps of the SOA, Ft. Benning GA http://www.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1254

If you want to know more details on the extent of US involvement in this horrible human rights atrocity, visit these web sites:

Slippery Slope: U.S. Military Moves Into Mexico http://www.nonviolence.org/slipperyslope/slip-b.htm

National Commission for Democracy in Mexico -NCDM http://www.igc.apc.org/ncdm/

NetWarriors 1999
http://www.hookele.com/netwarriors/

SIPAZ: International Service for Peace
http://www.sipaz.org/frme.htm

Food For Chiapas Online
http://www.foodforchiapas.org/

The Mayan Relief Fund
http://www.towardfreedom.com/jun98/mayan.htm

Complicity of Mexican Government
http://www.laneta.apc.org/cdhbcasas/chenalho/comp-eng.htm

Info on Chiapas and the EZLN
http://www.azteca.net/aztec/chiapas/index.shtml

Chiapas Objectives & Strategies
Chiapas 2000: A Real Strategy for Solving the Conflict. http://www.chiapas2000.org/index1.html




Servicio Internacional para la Paz / International Service for Peace
Box 2415, Santa Cruz, CA 95063 USA
Tel & Fax: (int 1) 831 425 1257
E-mail: admin@sipaz.org
http://www.sipaz.org/frme.htm
Available in Español / En Français

CHIAPAS REPORT SUMMARY
SIPAZ Report Vol. 5, No. 2
May, 2000
Glossary

Military belligerence, political stonewall

The image of a tightly-sealed simmering pot describes Chiapas in recent months. The Mexican Army's grip on the conflict area was tightened in the form of new checkpoints obstructing travel and additional military encampments. Several indigenous communities who have long been settled in the Lacandon Jungle have recently been accused of "ecological infractions" and simply ordered to leave. (They claim that their displacement is actually intended to strengthen a military corridor connecting two important bases.) Security force harassment of perceived Zapatista supporters, including aircraft overflights at very low altitude, constitute a constant pressure on the indigenous communities that exacts a physical and psychological toll.

The military pressure is a principal focus of continuing popular protest activities, which have recently included roadblocks, marches, and a National Consultation on Women's Rights. The other rallying cry of the Zapatistas and indigenous rights supporters is implementation of the San Andres Accords. Signed in 1996, their fulfillment has been stalled by disagreement regarding implementing legislation. Recent comments by federal officials make the prospects for resolution look dim. The EZLN (Zapatista Army of National Liberation) was criticized repeatedly for its unwillingness to dialogue. In addition, President Zedillo asserted, "Dialogue with the EZLN will not resolve the problem of Chiapas." Francisco Labastida, presidential candidate of the ruling PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party), went further: "You cannot have a small group of people substitute for the legislative powers of the country. Laws are not made from the Jungle." The San Andres Accords that the federal government negotiated and signed require legislative reform regarding indigenous rights. In appearing to reject not only the outcome but also the very legitimacy of the previous negotiation process, Labastida cast a dark shadow over peace prospects if he is elected.

The influence of COCOPA (the congressional Commission for Agreement and Pacification) remained checked by partisan splits. The role of another key actor in the conflict, the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Cristobal de las Casas, entered a transition with the naming of Felipe Arizmendi, Bishop of Tapachula (Chiapas), to replace retiring Bishop Samuel Ruiz. Mons. Arizmendi, who is considered a moderate, sounded a conciliatory note, observing, "I am not going to San Cristobal to compete nor to destroy, but rather to complement." Those who feared the possibility of an abrupt change in the pastoral practice of the diocese were relieved. Others pointed out that the influence of the diocese as a protector of the indigenous and supporter of peace efforts would almost surely diminish with the departure of Bishop Ruiz who carried such political weight.

Meanwhile there was an increase in visits to Chiapas by Mexico City-based diplomats, and the remarkable chorus of international criticism of Mexico's human rights record continued unabated. After her February visit to Mexico, Erika Daes, President of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Peoples, called on the government to respect the San Andres Accords. She said that the Mexican Army should suspend its patrols in Guerrero and Chiapas, return to its bases, and focus on external threats. (She also called on guerrilla groups to put down their arms and seek dialogue.) Also in February, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions Asma Jahangir released a report on her investigation in Mexico last July. She concluded that some of those responsible for well-known massacres have not been prosecuted and that "the incapacity of the judicial system results in an increase in human rights violations." She called upon the government to demilitarize the society and to refrain from using the armed forces for law enforcement activities. Other voices critical of Mexico's human rights record during this period included representatives of the European Parliament, who lamented the role of paramilitary groups in Chiapas, and the US State Department.

Government officials generally dismissed or minimized these criticisms. However in an unusual admission, Minister of Foreign Relations Rosario Green acknowledged during a trip to Europe that Mexico has not been able to end human rights violations nor to solidify a culture of respect for those rights and intolerance of impunity.

Despite the escalating cost for the indigenous communities, the Chiapas conflict has not been a major factor in the presidential race. With the election set for July 2, both PRI candidate Francisco Labastida and PAN (center-right National Action Party) candidate Vicente Fox are running strong campaigns. Among the three leading candidates, Cuauhtemoc Cardenas of the center-left PRD (Party of the Democratic Revolution) trailed.

The governor's election in Chiapas set for August 20 is being strongly contested by PRI candidate Sami David and Pablo Salazar, a PRI Senator who resigned from the party and has since secured the support of a broad opposition alliance. Salazar, who has been a strong supporter of peace efforts, would appear to be the favorite, but the situation remains unpredictable. This is both because of the history of fraud in Chiapas elections as well as because of the obstacles a new governor would have to face when it comes time to actually implement change.

The recent deportation of veteran election observer Ted Lewis, despite having observer credentials from the Federal Electoral Institute, raised the specter that the Mexican government is expanding its campaign against human rights observation to target observers of its election process as well. Lewis, Mexico Program Director of US-based Global Exchange, was deported despite his accreditation by the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) to conduct observation activities related to the current election campaign.

Mexico continues to aggressively pursue international trade agreements. In mid-February Mexico and the European Union approved a free trade treaty. It was subsequently ratified by the European Parliament and the Mexican Senate. However its implementation was impeded by a failure to achieve approval in the Italian Parliament.

Negotiations on free trade agreements proceeded with Japan and Israel. As in the case of the European agreement, opposition political forces as well as social organizations complained that they were being left out of the discussions and their concerns were not being heard.




Global Outrage Against the "Globalizers of Misery"
http://www.criscenzo.com/jaguar/corp4.html

29 January 1998

Today the 1.000 foremost corporations of the world, associated in the World Economic Forum, start their Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, with the stated objective of setting the "Priorities for the 21st Century".

At the same time, 192 organisations from 54 countries, with an aggregate membership of 20 million, released the Declaration against the Globalisers of Misery, a statement that denounces the Davos meeting and "the accelerating centralisation of political and economic power caused by globalisation, and its gradual shift to unaccountable and undemocratic institutions, such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO)" (1)

The statement, issued by academics, authors, journalists and a broad coalition of organisations (including peasant movements, trade unions, indigenous peoples, human rights activists, environment and development NGOs and church-based groups), reflects the growing opposition to economic globalisation, "which only benefits multinational business elites, while increasing numbers of people are going hungry, unable to afford basic health care and education, and forced to cope with environmental destruction."

The statement emphasises the "leading role [that the World Economic Forum] played in the economic globalisation process", preparing the ground for the launching of the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations and the liberalisation of financial services. (2)

This denunciation of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum is the first activity of the Peoples' Global Action against "Free" Trade and the World Trade Organisation (PGA), a new instrument for coordination created by grassroots movements from all continents to enhance their work against corporate rule. The PGA will hold its first worldwide conference in Geneva on 23-25 February, convened by some of the foremost peoples' movements of the world, like the Zapatista Front for National Liberation, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, the Sandinista Workers' Union, the Peasant Movement of the Philippines, the Indigenous Women's Network and the Karnataka State Peasant Movement, among others.(3)

The collection of signatures for the statement will continue until the evening of the 2nd of February. In the same period, protest actions against the World Economic Forum will take place in all continents, ranging from a demonstration in South Korea to street theatre in Mexico.

(1) The complete declaration and the list of signatories can be retrieved from the PGA web page at http://www.agp.org. For information about the statement and the actions, please e-mail playfair@asta.rwth-aachen.de or fax +34-8-524.11.21
(2) All direct quotations and factual information regarding the World Economic Forum have been taken from the Forum's web page http://www.weforum.org
(3) For more information about Peoples' Global Action Against "Free" Trade and the World Trade Organisation (PGA) and its first worldwide conference please visit the web page (http://www.agp.org) or e-mail playfair@asta.rwth-aachen.de

Questioned about events in Chiapas at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on the weekend, Zedillo said his government was interested only in dialogue and negotiation. ``In no way will the government have recourse to violence in order to resolve the conflict,'' he said. REUTERS




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Conflict in Chiapas: Understanding the Modern Mayan World by Worth H. Weller, Ben Weller (Photographer), Julia Weller (Photographer) $16.95, Paperback, March 1, 2000

Rebellion in Chiapas : An Historical Reader by John Womack (Editor)
$14.36, Paperback , March 1999

Voices from Exile : Violence and Survival in Modern Maya History by Victor Montejo
$18.17, Hardcover, October 1999







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