Vol. 7 No. 7
Nadine PEDERSON, 3 April 2003
TOKYO - Opinion polls indicate that the vast majority of Japanese citizens are against a war on Iraq. Despite this, the Japanese government has been giving the United States its steadfast support for the war, first in the UN and now as one of 35 countries in the "coalition of the willing."
Daphnée DION-VIENS, 2 April 2003
While the international community focuses its attention on Iraq, another crisis is quietly brewing - Africa is once again facing the threat of famine. The situation attests to the precariousness of meeting the basic nutritional requirements of millions of people on the planet. Many are now contending that globalization, far from being the solution, may be part of the problem.
Judy REBICK, 1 April 2003
The Lysistrata Project http://www.pecosdesign.com/lys/, one of the many anti-war actions sweeping the globe, reminds us that women’s opposition to war goes back a long way in human history. While I am glad to see a revival of the ancient comedy of women refusing sex to men if they go off to war, I would a prefer a more modern version of women’s resistance.
Kamilia BAROUDI, 1 April 2003
By "Mobilizing for a Better Toronto and a Better World," hundreds of individuals, students, academics, community activists, free-thinkers, philosophers, and organizations are getting together at the Toronto Social Forum (TSF) to explore concrete alternatives for our communities to corporate globalization.
David KHO, 1 April 2003
A military junta has ruled Burma since 1962 and human rights there have progressively dete-riorated. While paying lip service to human rights to appease Canadian foreign policy, Canadian business is going full-tilt in Burma.
Alex HILL, 1 April 2003
This year, marching against war in Iraq was likely the best way to commemorate the International Day of Water (March 22). Few took notice of Water Day events, or noted that Iraq’s substantial supply of fresh water may be as much a motivation for the war as its oil.
Susan HARVIE, 1 April 2003
On any normal day, the city of Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan has a population of about 300,000 people. Yesterday, Erbil was eerily silent and empty. South of the city, a solid line of vehicles of every description, from shiny new BMWs to rickety farm wagons pulled by ancient tractors, headed out of the urban areas to the perceived safety of the countryside.