July 25, 2000

Subject: Miscellaneous Subjects # 16: Dalai Lama not invited to UN Peace Summit + Vital Signs 2000: environmental trends that are shaping the future + New corporate code of ethics going global + Could 100 Witnesses Have Been Mistaken? Questions Linger Over TWA Flight 800 Disaster Four Years Later + HEY, HEY, WHERE'RE THE MONKEYS?

Hello everyone,

Here is another one for your attention.

All my best to all of you

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

P.S. The World Mind Society WEBSITE is now online for the benefit of all readers at http://www.eoni.com/~visionquest

Please consider to take action on this one below

From: Sh0shanna@aol.com
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000
Subject: PRINT & FAX....Dalai Lama not invited to UN Peace Summit...

His Excellency, Mr. Kofi Annan
The Secretary General
United Nations
New York, NY 10017

Fax: 212-963-4879

RE: The Millennium Peace Summit

Your Excellency:

I am ASTOUNDED to learn that the UN has organized a major conference of the
world's spiritual leaders - the Millennium Peace Summit - but has refused to
invite His Holiness the Dalai Lama for fear of offending the People's
Republic of China.

You must agree that it is a shame for the UN to organize this summit
of spiritual leaders while failing to invite one of the most respected and
revered spiritual leader on the planet and the winner of the 1989 Nobel
Peace Prize - His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Such a glaring and most apparent omission will cause people around the world
to wonder about the true motives for this assembly. If the
Dalai Lama is not invited to this summit, you must be aware that this
will inevitably result in mass public protests and the unfavorable publicity
which will surely follow will not be good for the Millennium Summit or the UN.

If the UN is sincere about this Summit, then you MUST invite the Dalai Lama.

Respectfully yours,


From: NJTouch@aol.com
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000

Hello Jean...

How are you... I hope well !

I wanted to forward to you the information below... You may find it
appropriate to be included in the global vision newsletter...

Love & Light

Joachim J Becker




1000 spiritual leaders have been invited to attend a four day conference at
the United Nations in NYC from August 28-31st: the Millennium Peace Summit.

For many religious leaders and human rights activists, the problem with this
seemingly auspicious gathering is that His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, is
glaringly missing from the list of invitees.

What makes the omission of the Dalai Lama so remarkable is that he is one of
the most respected spiritual leaders on the planet, as well as a Nobel Peace
Prize laureate, perhaps the greatest honor one can receive today.

The Conference was organized by Bawa Jain, under the authority of UN
Secretary General, Kofi Annan, nominal director of the Summit. According to
Trustees of the Parliament of World Religions (for which Bawa Jain is the
International ambassador), Jain had said the Chinese government exerted great
pressure on conference organizers against any invitation being sent to His
Holiness. In an effort to explain away His Holiness not being invited, Jain
had said UN protocol permitted any security council member to have veto power
over any invitations being extended. The problem with that excuse is that
according to the Protocol Office of the UN, no member nation has such power,
and that responsibility lies instead with conference organizers.

For many activists for religious freedom and human rights, and also for
supporters of the Tibet cause, the perceived mistreatment of His Holiness by
the UN reflects the UN's longstanding practice of ignoring human rights
abuses in Tibet by the Chinese government, one of the five permanent members
of the Security Council. (Since the invasion of Tibet in 1949 by the Chinese
army, over one fifth of the Tibetan population have died under the Chinese
occupation and more than 6000 monasteries have been destroyed.)

Activists feel it also reflects the Chinese government's concerted campaign
to oppose any invitation to His Holiness by any government or conference,
anywhere around the world.

The Parliament of World Religions, one of the major international interfaith
organizations in the world, is issuing a statement this week, strongly
critical of this snub to His Holiness and to the Tibetan people by organizers
of the Millennium Summit. This is the first statement on any issue in the
history of the Parliament, even more remarkable since the Parliament is
itself a partner in the Millennium Summit.

As news has been leaking out about His Holiness not being invited to this
Summit, protest letters are pouring in from around the world to Kofi Annan,
(Many of these letters have been posted on the internet and are accessible.)

At this Millennium Summit, the spiritual leaders who attend are expected to
issue a Declaration for World Peace and they're also supposed to form a
permanent International Advisory Council of Spiritual and Religious Leaders.

According to Brahma Das, Director of the Interfaith Call for Universal
Religious Freedom, "Any Advisory Spiritual Council formed at this Summit will
be severely devalued - due to the absence of His Holiness, and also from the
lack of moral courage of Summit organizers in bowing to pressure and
blandishments from the Chinese government."

According to Brother Wayne Teasdale, a Trustee of the Parliament of World
Religions and the strongest critic within the Catholic Church of the Church's
silence on Tibet, "By working to exclude the Dalai Lama from this conference,
the Chinese will accomplish exactly the opposite of what they hoped. They
wanted no attention to the Chinese issue. Instead the whole world will be
watching and thinking about His Holiness. And now for the religious and
spiritual leaders of the world, Tibet is a test of whether they can exercise
and demonstrate their moral authority and leadership."


We, the Undersigned, strongly protest the exclusion of His Holiness, the
Dalai Lama, from the Millennium Peace Summit of Spiritual leaders - being
held at the UN from August 28th-31st. The ones primarily responsible for
this Summit (UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Bawa Jain) should find the
moral courage to stand up against Chinese pressure and inducements; they
should reverse their earlier decision and invite His Holiness - one of the
most revered spiritual leaders on the planet as well as a Nobel Peace Prize
Laureate - to this gathering for peace of spiritual and religious

To sign this petition, send your name, address, professional title if
appropriate and your email address to: BrahmaDas@AOL.COM

Tell your friends and send this on to whomever you feel would be supportive
about this. You can also direct them to the spiritwalk bulletin board,

Thank you for your support in this.


Roger Ebsen

The following was published in the
Share International magazine
PO Box 971
N. Hollywood, CA 91603 USA.

From: http://www.simedia.org/new/vital2000.html

Vital Signs 2000: environmental trends that are shaping the future

A new Worldwatch Institute study shows much more is needed to counteract environmental degradation, despite some encouraging trends.

Inequalities of wealth, power, opportunities, and survival-prospects among the world’s peoples are hampering efforts to reverse environmental degradation, according to a new study by the Worldwatch Institute, Vital Signs 2000: The Environmental Trends That Are Shaping Our Future.

"From the global digital divide to the devastating AIDS and tuberculosis epidemics, the trends in Vital Signs 2000 are exposing numerous fault lines between the North and the South, within nations, and between men and women," said Worldwatch senior researcher Michael Renner, co-author of the report. "At the same time, however, we need an unprecedented level of co-operation to solve global problems."

Although the world economy produced nearly $41 trillion* in goods and services in 1999, 45 per cent of the income went to the 12 per cent of the world’s people who live in Western industrial countries. "This wealthy minority is largely responsible for the excessive consumption that drives environmental decline," said report co-author Molly O'Sheehan. For example, per capita paper-use in industrial nations is nine times higher than in developing countries. The number of cars per person is about 100 times higher in North America, Western Europe, and Japan than in India or China, according to Vital Signs 2000, which is funded by the United Nations Population Fund and the W. Alton Jones Foundation. "The disparities between rich and poor are equally striking in the digital world," said Sheehan. "Although Internet access is growing rapidly in the developing world, some 87 per cent of all Internet users live in industrial countries. Fewer than 1 per cent of the people in China, India or the continent of Africa are online."

The poor are not only left behind in the race to cyberspace. Developing World debt hit a new high of $2.5 trillion in 1999, with some of the world’s poorest nations devoting 30 per cent of their national budgets to debt servicing. Developing countries are also more vulnerable to environmental change, such as the devastating floods and landslides in Venezuela in December 1999. Worsened by deforestation, this disaster killed more than 30,000 people.

But even the richest nations cannot insulate themselves from emerging global threats. The resurgence in tuberculosis (TB) may kill an additional 70 million people by 2020. A catastrophic decline in amphibians is wiping out a rich source for new medicines. The warming atmosphere has spurred more severe weather events, including the December 1999 storms that caused nearly $10 billion** in damage in Central and Western Europe.

Shared challenges

Some of the other shared challenges highlighted in Vital Signs 2000 include:

• Proliferation of synthetic chemicals. Although recent research has confirmed that a number of pesticides, industrial compounds, and other chemicals can interfere with human and animal endocrine systems, more than 1,000 new chemicals are introduced to the global market each year without testing for these effects.

• Deteriorating water supplies. Worldwide, people are overpumping groundwater by at least 160 billion cubic meters a year — roughly the amount of water needed to produce a 10th of global grain supplies — threatening future food production and basic living standards. At the same time, human activities are sending massive quantities of pollutants into aquifers, irreversibly damaging the freshwater supplies that provide drinking water to almost a third of the planet’s people.

• Increasing infections from HIV and TB. Insufficient public awareness, the spread of intravenous drug use, and widespread unsafe sexual behavior portend an ongoing explosion of the AIDS epidemic. Almost 50 million people have so far been infected by the HIV virus, and 16 million have died. Weakening the immune system of its victims, AIDS is also the single largest contributor to a worldwide resurgence in TB. Both epidemics are exacerbated by other trends covered in Vital Signs 2000: growing tourism, refugee movements, and soaring prison populations.

"We have begun to address these global challenges," said Renner, "but all too often we are only slowing destructive trends, rather than reversing them. If we are going to build a more environmentally stable, healthy and equitable society, we need massively to scale up our efforts."

Even though cigarette smoking has declined worldwide in recent years, annual deaths are projected to jump from 4 million in 1998 to 10 million in 2030. Some 80 per cent of the world’s smokers live in developing countries. Cigarette-related illnesses are likely to surge in countries that can least afford to treat them. The AIDS epidemic is particularly devastating in Sub-Saharan Africa, where it now causes one in five deaths each year. Average life expectancy there is expected to plummet from a high of 59 years in the early 1990s to 45 years in this decade. The poor also bear the brunt of the TB epidemic: 95 per cent of all new cases reported in 1998 were in developing countries.

Another trend that is not moving fast enough in the right direction is carbon emissions. Worldwide, climate-altering carbon emissions from fossil-fuel burning fell 0.2 per cent in 1999, marking a second consecutive year of decline. However, far more serious reductions are necessary to achieve the 70 per cent cut that many scientists believe is needed to avert dangerous climate change. In this case, consumption in rich countries is hindering progress. Growth in motor vehicle production, and erosion of fuel efficiency as a result of surging sales of sports utility vehicles (SUVs), thwart a more substantial decline.

Global disparities are found not just between rich and poor countries, but also between men and women. "Women make up more than two-thirds of the illiterate population and three-fifths of the poor," said Sheehan, "and they account for only 13 per cent of the representatives in national legislatures." Population growth is most rapid in the world’s poorest regions, where women often lack access to family planning and education. The global population passed the 6 billion milestone in 1999, growing from only 2.5 billion in 1950.

Encouraging trends

Vital Signs 2000 highlights several encouraging trends in renewable energy and efficiency technologies. For instance, 1999 saw wind-power, the world’s fastest-growing energy source, surge by 39 per cent; production of solar-cells expand by 30 per cent; and sales of energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) grow by a robust 11 per cent. As these energy alternatives are scaled up and take root in developing countries as well, they will make a serious dent in carbon output and help stabilize the climate.

Another instance of a positive trend that could be accelerated is organic farming. Much of the agricultural economy around the world has stagnated, but sales of organic products are growing by more than 20 per cent a year. Organic farmers replace agrochemicals with a greater diversity of crops, rotations, and sophisticated pest-control strategies. As a result, organic farming can reduce groundwater pollution, threats to wildlife, and consumer exposure to pesticides. Farmers in Europe have doubled the area cultivated with organic methods to 4 million hectares in only three years. In Italy and Austria, the share of agricultural land certified organic topped 10 per cent in 1999. However, farmers around the world are expected to scale back plantings of genetically modified seeds in 2000.

Tax reform is one of several policy tools that can accelerate positive environmental change. By levying taxes on fossil fuels and pesticides and other pollutants, governments can simultaneously reduce environmental decay and reduce levies on income, wages, profits, and built property. In the last decade, eight Western European countries pioneered "tax shifts", raising taxes on environmentally harmful activities and using the revenue to cut conventional taxes. Although these nations have taken the first modest steps, environmental taxes need to be boosted above the 3 per cent of worldwide tax revenue they now generate if they are to halt global environmental decline.

International treaties can help to push reforms forward. The list of international environmental accords now numbers almost 240. Five were forged in the past year alone, and more than two-thirds of the total were crafted since the 1972 UN conference on the environment in Stockholm. The 1987 Montreal Protocol on ozone depletion is among the most successful pacts, spurring a nearly 90 per cent drop in global chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) emissions. However, most of these treaties are neither strong enough nor monitored and enforced sufficiently to reverse ecological decline.

Growth in the satellite remote sensing industry is a potentially beneficial trend for environmental protection efforts. Satellites can collect detailed information about parts of the Earth that are otherwise difficult to access, and can record changes to the environment over large areas and long periods of time. International organizations and national governments can also incorporate satellite monitoring into stepped-up efforts to enforce national and international environmental laws.

"As the unfulfilled potential of satellite remote sensing suggests, the solutions for overcoming social inequities and reversing environmental decline will not be merely technical," said Renner. "We need a groundswell of public support to prod governments to use the whole range of tools at their disposal — from taxes and laws to new information technologies — to reverse the trends that threaten our future." (Source: Worldwatch Institute, USA)

* US trillion = 1 million million.

** US billion = 1,000 million

And also from the same source

Taken from: http://www.simedia.org/new/ans_corp-code.html

New corporate code of ethics going global

by William Bole

The Reverend Leon H. Sullivan's "Global Sullivan Principles", based on enlightened self-interest, encourage global corporations to end inhumane working conditions throughout the world.

The Reverend Leon H. Sullivan says he wants to use ‘the carrot’ in spurring multinational corporations to become more socially conscious — but he’ll keep ‘a stick’ handy, just in case.

In the late 1970s, Sullivan authored the so-called ‘Sullivan Principles’, a code of conduct for companies doing business in South Africa. It was the era of apartheid, and no large, reputable business dared venture into the country without pledging to honor the anti-discrimination code Sullivan crafted. Not to do so was likely to bring boycotts by pressure groups and disinvestment by such institutional investors as pension-fund managers.

Now Sullivan is going global with a new corporate code. The prime target this time is inhumane working conditions, from New York to New Delhi. Although it is not fully clear yet how the voluntary plan will work, the new ‘Global Sullivan Principles’ have already attracted a respectable following among giant corporations. "I’m using ‘the carrot’. I’m encouraging companies to do the right thing, and act in concert with these principles," said Sullivan, who rose to prominence in the 1950s while pastor of a predominantly black Baptist church in Philadelphia and now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

But, alluding to possible pressure that could be brought to bear on companies by institutional investors, including the managers of employee pension funds, he added: "If necessary, I’ll use ‘the hammer’."

Like a proliferating number of other codes, most of them limited in scope, the far-reaching Global Sullivan Principles are aimed at filling a vacuum of labor and environmental standards in the global economy, particularly in the Third World. But unlike activist groups that have badgered companies to clean up conditions in sweatshops, Sullivan is relying mainly on friendly persuasion and enlightened self-interest on the part of image-conscious corporations. For example, companies that are judged as abiding by the Sullivan Code would gain a standard seal of approval and other forms of recognition as good corporate citizens.

Based on his track record in South Africa, where the old Sullivan Principles governed corporate conduct in the latter years of apartheid rule, many observers believe the 78-year-old minister has the moral standing to lead a global movement of corporate responsibility. Certainly his followers in the business world think so.

"We have a lot of confidence in the Reverend Sullivan. We believe in him. We believe he can make things happen," said Norm Zeiser, policy co-ordinator of Chevron Corporation in San Francisco. "He is very creative and has tremendous influence on the thinking of industry leaders."

With 35,000 employees in more than 100 countries, Chevron is one of nearly three dozen transnational companies that have bought into the Global Sullivan Principles. Others include General Motors, Pfizer and Proctor & Gamble. As signatories, they commit to paying workers everywhere enough to "meet at least their basic needs" and to equal opportunity in hiring and advancement, among other principles.

At one time, corporations were hugely resistant to the ethical codes embodying standards of social accountability imposed by outside organizations. Sullivan is widely credited with having converted companies on that point. "It was clearly a paradigm shift that Leon engineered," said Oliver F. Williams, a business ethics professor at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. The shift was heralded by the original principles, which sought to end workplace discrimination in South Africa.

The idea was that citizens, communities and consumers must "have a say in how you run your companies when it comes to ethical and social issues," said Williams, editor of a newly released collection of papers titled Global Codes of Conduct: An Idea Whose Time Has Come. Published by the University of Notre Dame Press, the book includes an essay by Williams about Sullivan’s achievements.

But even admirers like Williams, a Catholic priest who has worked closely with Sullivan in the past, are a bit skeptical. They are not sure how the new principles, filling less than two pages, will be put into practice and affect corporate behavior. "They’re very general at this point. It’s almost like apple pie and motherhood," said Williams, referring to principles that include respect for human rights and the environment. "They’re not specific and there are no provisions for monitoring compliance by companies."

Williams said that if he were an executive of Chevron or any other firm, he wouldn’t know how to implement these standards. At Chevron, Zeiser isn’t sure either. For example, asked about the provision for wages adequate to support basic needs, he said: "That has to be defined. All this is still in a developing phase."

Zeiser noted that what is considered a basic need varies from culture to culture, but in Chevron’s interpretation it certainly means "a wage that is reasonable for the circumstances — not just a pound of rice a week and living underneath a tree," he said.

The Global Sullivan Principles also call on companies to respect their employees’ "voluntary freedom of association". This is understood as the right to join trade unions and bargain collectively, according to Zeiser.

Sullivan said it took three years to pound out specifics in the old Sullivan Principles, and he expects to undertake a deliberate process in fleshing out the global standards. That will happen through a series of international conferences, involving companies and nongovernmental organizations, beginning next fall, he said.

As for monitoring, Sullivan said companies adopting the principles will file with his staff in Arizona an annual report on their progress toward meeting the standards. He also envisions a global system of "independent community monitors" that will seek to verify the reports. But he was less than clear about the role of independent monitors, suggesting that companies would be able to earn his seal of approval even if they choose not to co-operate with local monitors.

"I’m not using ‘the hammer’ here," Sullivan explained, though he does have, in his view, ‘a sledgehammer’. It is in the shape of an endorsement of his principles by the California Public Employees Retirement System, which wields influence as a large institutional investor. Institutions like this played a key role in pushing companies to adopt the South Africa code of conduct. Sullivan and his associates are proceeding with the hope that ‘the carrot’ — of international recognition and consumer acclaim — will be enough for most corporations.

They are encouraged by the initial crop of endorsing-companies that seem interested in devising a credible code and system of monitoring. "I haven’t seen a scintilla of evidence that they are interested in something that is remotely cosmetic," said Leon Hammond, who is working as a consultant to the Global Sullivan Principles organization in Scottsdale. "They want substance, and they’ll see to it that this is substantial."

Still, Zeiser of Chevron said most companies realize that Sullivan is willing and able to hammer them, if need be: "He can put a company on the spot. He can call a national boycott. He’s a leader. He can make things happen." He added that simply removing the seal of approval from a company could seriously tarnish its image.

For his part, Sullivan says that any scheme of global responsibility that does not mobilize the backing of business is likely to fail. "Government isn’t going to do this," he said, noting that the global economy operates largely beyond the reach of national governments. "The most powerful force in the world today is the business community."

He predicts that literally hundreds of thousands of companies, large and small, throughout the world, will begin following the Sullivan code in the next three years, and, while it is far from clear how that will work, nobody seems to think it is just talk.

More information: Web site: www.sullivanprinciples.org

© American News Service

From the July/August 2000 issue of Share International


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More "revealing" stuff on JFK Jr's death

AT http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000/FeedbkNewsnot.htm

Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000
From: Mark Graffis <ab758@virgin.vip.vi>
Subject: Flight800: ABCNews on Witnesses

From: http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/TWA800Missile000716.html


Could 100 Witnesses Have Been Mistaken?

Questions Linger Over TWA Flight 800 Disaster Four Years Later

By David Ruppe

N E W Y O R K, July 17 -- Today is the fourth anniversary of one of the most mysterious, tragic and controversial air crashes in U.S. history -- the explosion of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island, which killed 230 passengers and crew.

It is also roughly a month before the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is scheduled to announce the conclusions of its four-year investigation into the cause of the crash.

The government's investigation of the TWA 800 crash, considered the largest and most expensive in commercial air disaster history, has been controversial from the start. In the days following, nearly 100 of more than 700 eyewitnesses interviewed by the FBI described seeing a streak of light move from the Earth leading to an explosion, which seemed to suggest a missile had struck the Boeing 747.

Initially, law enforcement officials also strongly believed a criminal act -- either a bomb or a missile -- was the likeliest explanation for the catastrophic explosion, which severed the plane's front end, including the cockpit, from the rest of the fuselage. But now, government officials from the FBI, CIA and, privately, the NTSB, say they are fairly convinced no such thing occurred. All that investigators will say they know for sure is that the plane's center fuel tank blew up. To date, no single source of ignition for that explosion has been identified, although investigators say they have closed in on several possibilities.

So why have government officials dismissed the missile theory? How could so many eyewitnesses be wrong? Largely because of the absence of any physical evidence supporting the theory and the unreliability of memory, current and former officials say.

But ABCNEWS.com's examination of the main arguments and evidence used by various government agencies to dismiss the missile theory reveals a degree of conjecture, along with disagreements about key eyewitness accounts.

CLIP Read the long missing part at http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/TWA800Missile000716.html

Eyewitness Can't Forget

William Gallagher is one of nearly 100 witnesses to the crash of TWA Flight 800 who says he saw something streaking upwards from the surface, followed by an explosion. An FBI agent interviewed him three days later. Even though it's been four years since the crash, the commercial fisherman says his memory of those few seconds remains clear. Unfortunately, he says, his memory of the crash does not coincide with the government's explanation of the tragedy so far.

Gallagher, who was at sea about 10 to 12 miles west of the 747 when it crashed, wrote down his observations a few days after the tragedy and drew a diagram of what he saw to make sure he would not forget the terrible details.

"It looked like a red flare heading up into the sky from the horizon. Then the flare became a big white ball of light. Out of that came two orange streaks. One went down and the other arced up a little before coming down," he said. Gallagher was heading toward his homeport, Point Pleasant, N.J., on his way back from a squid fishing expedition on July 17. He said he was standing on his boat facing east, and estimates he was close to four miles from the New Jersey shore, when he saw the single red streak shooting up. He believes that red streak could have been a missile, but admits, "no one really knows what happened." Although he has read reports of the government's explanation this far, those reports don't account for the red streak he saw heading up, and not down, he says.

"I know what I saw," said Gallagher, who was never called back for a follow-up interview by the FBI. "I just wish the government and the media would really investigate what I and a lot of other people saw. I think they're waiting for us to forget."




If the axiom "power corrupts" is a reliable axiom,
then the Official Story must be suspect on its face.

GODDARD'S JOURNAL: http://www.erols.com/igoddard/journal.htm

Asking the "wrong questions," challenging the Official Story

July 24, 2000
News summaries from GRIST MAGAZINE

Machine-gun-toting commercial poachers in Africa are killing apes and
monkeys at such high rates that some scientists fear a number of
primate species could be exterminated from central Africa's jungles
within 10 years. Biologists from several enviro groups, including
Conservation International, estimate that African poachers kill some
1 million metric tons of game every year. The chimpanzee population
has dropped an estimated 95 percent in the last century.
Conservationists at the Bush Meat Project in Los Angeles are trying
to address the problem by paying hunters to put down their weapons.
The group has plans to establish an ecotourism preserve to be
protected by former hunters, hoping to show that living primates are
worth more money than dead ones.

straight to the source: Bergen Record, Associated Press, Joseph
Verrengia, 07.23.00

"What matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What matters in
this life is helping others win, even if it means slowing down and
changing our course."

Writer Unknown