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THIRD E-SYMPOSIUM ON CONFLICT PREVENTION ***
are invited to participate in the upcoming online e-Symposium on
Conflict Prevention, sponsored by the Japan Center for Conflict
Prevention and the Japan Times, with the support of the Tokyo
“Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? How Can Peace Be
Achieved in Palestine, Chechnya and Other Conflict Zones?”
Dates: Thursday 22nd May to Friday 30th May
Times: 24 hours a day for nine days at the end of May
Place: Entirely on the Internet at http://www.dwcw.org/3rd_e-symposium/
All 22 of the panelists have been confirmed, and include
conflict prevention experts from academia, government, the
United Nations and Non-Governmental Organizations, representing
a total of sixteen different countries on four continents.
The Presentations cover a wide range of topics and include:
Dr I William Zartman (USA), Director, Conflict Management
Program, Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies,
Johns Hopkins University: `Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?
Peacemaking in the Middle East`
Mr Ioan Mircea Pascu (Romania), Minister of Defense of Romania
In The International System: A Short Overview
Reverend Terasawa Junsei (Japan), Consultant to the
International Peace Bureau:
Chechen Genocide Towards a Vision of New Global Non-Violence
Professor Paul Eidelberg (Israel), President, Foundation for
the Arab-Israel Conflict
Hannah Reich (Germany), Associate Researcher, The Berghof
Research Center for Constructive Conflict Management
or Freedom Fighters? Representing an Asymmetrical Conflict
We are also honoured to have the participation of H.E. Mr Hoj-Ahmed
Noukhaev, the Former First Deputy Prime Minister of the Chechen
Republic of Ichkeria and Dr Eid Bassem, Director of the
Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group will also join the
e-Symposium. Registration details as well as more
information on Presentations, Comments and Panelists are
available online at http://www.dwcw.org/3rd_e-symposium/.
The Presentations will be available for viewing on the opening
day of the e-Symposium, Thursday May 22nd. Contributions from
the public will be accepted from this day, but will only be
available for viewing when the Open Public Discussions Session
(III) starts on the third day of the e-Symposium - Saturday 24th
May. From this day until the end of Wednesday 28th May
(midnight Japanese time), contributions and comments will be
accepted from the general public in order to facilitate
full-scale, round-the-clock global discussions online concerning
the theme and ideas raised by Panelists.
We invite you to register at http://www.dwcw.org/3rd_e-symposium/
can be directed to Deborah Sharp at the Japan Center for
Conflict Prevention (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please forward this information to all colleagues, friends and
mailing lists that might find this event of interest.
more people that participate, the greater the success will be
for conflict prevention.
tree-huggers, peaceniks and Fascism-fighters:
The second public awareness event concerning the Patriot
Act(s) assault on
civil liberty and human dignity
will be held this coming Saturday, May 17,
at 1:00 in the afternoon, at the Internet Temple Cafe in
(Chattanooga). The cafe is located at 4121 Hixson
Pike in front of the old
The big event will be on the following Saturday,
May 24, at 2:00 PM in
Miller Park (and possibly on the steps of the Federal
courthouse in view
from Miller Park) in downtown Chattanooga. We hope
that every one who can
will make a special effort to support this event.
Word is that some folks
from the Atlanta peace movement will be coming up (I
understand Janx has
been in touch with Chattanooga for Peace.) Also, the
corporate media is
likely to be there. The first event was filmed, and
I'm told it was shown
on Chattanooga's channel 12.
For a full report on the first event, see
Do you think it would be possible for you
to announce a
to be held in Atlanta
on June 7th at 2:00
PM ? For more info go to www.june7.org
The ChattanoogaAreaGreenParty, Chattanoogans for
Peace, and the Atlanta Palestine Society, as well
as many others, will be cosponsoring. Many thanks.
welcomes announcements about public activities and events
anywhere in the world relating to foreign policy, or activities of
human rights groups.
Children under Siege
Several reports released
in recent weeks highlight how Palestinian children are
increasingly suffering from a prolonged state of
siege. An entire generation of Palestinians is being
denied their right to a secure future.
On October 2, UNICEF announced that "more than
226,000 children and over 9,300 teachers are unable to
reach their regular classrooms and at least 580 schools
have been closed due to Israeli military curfews,
closures and home confinement." <http://www.unicef.org/
In an October 9, 2002 op-ed in the International
Herald Tribune Peter
Hansen, Commissioner General of UNRWA, noted that UNWRA
schools "lost an average of 29 working days because
staff or pupils could not get to their classes.
Last year, in total 72,000 teacher workdays were
lost." Also, 200 schools have been damaged by
gunfire and more than 170 students arrested.
The conditions for Palestinian children are worst in
Nablus where the Israeli army has imposed a strict
24-hour curfew for over 100 days, lifting it only for a
few hours every 10 days so the residents can buy
supplies. However, the residents decided this week
to reopen the schools in defiance of the
curfew. Israeli soldiers shot and killed one
15-year-old youth. A 12-year-old was also
critically wounded in the head when Israeli soldiers
fired on a taxi cab to enforce the curfew.
In addition to curfew and checkpoints, Palestinian
children have continued to face extreme dangers.
According to a September 30 Amnesty International
Report, more than 250 Palestinian children have been
killed. The report notes that the majority of
these children were killed when participating in
demonstrations and stone-throwing when the IDF responded
with "unlawful and excessive use of lethal
Contact your local
congressman to encourage action on the siege facing
Palestinian children, through www.aaiusa.org, then click
on "Action Alerts" and go to "Elected
Contact Lorne W. Craner,
Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human
Rights, and Labor at: (202) 647-2570.
Please write letters to
your local newspapers to encourage coverage of the
conditions facing Palestinian children, through www.aaiusa.org,
then click on "Action Alerts" and go to
|The Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in the US started
a project called "Bring Islam to your local
library" a campaign to put quality materials about
Islam in every public library in North America. To do
this, they are asking that each interested
person/organization/mosque pay $150 for CAIR to send
their material to the library of choice. The website is
below and the number is 1-800-392-7876 extension 20. Ask
about "CAIR's Sponsor your Library
Muslims in other continents may
do the same to provide the truth about Islam,
instead of leaving it to busy journalists or writers with
anti-Islamic agenda to do so.
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