An episode of the television show
"Mosaic: World News From the Middle East",
including news clips from broadcast television from Israel, Lebanon,
Jordan, and Morocco was shown at the NDPW March Monthly meeting
attending by over 50 people. During the discussion that followed,
people expressed their judgment that the episode of the show's
content was neither inflammatory nor anti-Semitic, and
surprise that it could cause any controversy in the community. It
was suggested that people write to Mayor Cohen, their aldermen, and
NewTV saying that having seen the show, they found it very
educational and enlightening, and expressing their appreciation for
making the show available.
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A Special showing of the film "UNCOVERED: The
Whole Truth About the War in Iraq" on March 4 at the
West Newton Theater was a tremendous success with over 200 people
attending - most of whom stayed for the lively discussion that
followed. Click Here for more.
In a recent edition of the Newton Tab, is an excellent
article by Steve Nathanson (one of our steering committee
members) which examines the validity of the five reasons Newton
Dialogues gave in July, 2002, for opposing the war against Iraq. He
points out the these reasons have been demonstrated to have been
correct and that America needs a cooperative, internationalist
approach to the problems that face us and people throughout the
world. War is not the answer.
Click Here to read this incisive editorial.
A modified version of our Resolution opposing
the USA PATRIOT Act was UNANIMOUSLY Adopted by the Newton Board of
Aldermen at their meeting on August 11. The
resolution - - affirms its commitment that the
campaign [against terror] NOT be waged at the expense of essential
civil rights and liberties
that the City of Newton urges its delegation in Congress to monitor
the implementation of the PATRIOT ACT and seek the repeal (or
sustain the sun-setting, where applicable) of those provisions which
violate the civil liberties of all, citizens and non-citizens alike,
living and working within the City of Newton and elsewhere in the
- - requests the Mayor to instruct City departments and
officers to respect the constitutional rights of all people of the
City of Newton, including the principles of equality, due process of
law, freedom of religion, speech, and association, including privacy
and open government. Click
Here to read the version of the resolution that was passed by
the Board of Aldermen.
Military Budget versus the Needs of Our Children
The present budget priorities, combined with the military
budget and the costs for the war in Iraq and its reconstruction
threaten a fiscal train wreck. In a scant two years, the
Administration has squandered a large projected surplus of come $5.6
trillion over the next decade and taken us to project deficits as
far as the eye can see. The Administration's domestic policy has put
many of our states in dire financial condition, under-funding scores
of essential programs for our people. Since fiscal year 2000,
military spending requests have jumped from Clinton's already huge
$288.8 billion to Bush's breathtaking $399.1 billion. The most
recent statistics are that our country spends more on defense that
all the other 18 members of NATO, plus China, plus Russia, and plus
the six remaining rogue states. The combination of these military
increases and massive tax cuts will squeeze billions out of domestic
spending on everything from health care to environmental protection
to education to unemployment insurance.
But this most recent Defense Budget request excludes the costs of
the Iraq war and occupation. The first supplemental appropriation,
the $79 billion just approved, is the largest one in history. These
numbers are so large that it is difficult to appreciate the
magnitude or impact. In order to see how this amount of money might
be spent for a variety of our childrens´ needs,
Click Here for a compelling
Iraq children - Baghdad The
Faces of Collateral Damage
The words "collateral damage" mask the reality of what is being
talked about. Their impersonal sound hides the fact that what is
being referred to are injuries and deaths inflicted on actual human
beings. In Iraq, half of the population consists of children under
18. To affirm this human reality, the left margin of this page first
contains pictures of Iraqi children, then pictures of such
"collateral damage". A report by a human rights physician who
recently visited Iraq describes the terrible state of the present
health care and existence of the Iraq citizens, and presents a vivid
description of what the war has brought to these innocent people.
This letter was written before the beginning of the Iraq war, but
the facts of today are not that much different. The closing sentence
of this letter are a warning our government did not heed: "Against
the short-term gain of removing Saddam, we must take into account
that idea that we may well unleash forces of hatred and resentment
that will haunt us for decades to come in every corner of the world.
I can just hear Osama Bin Laden saying now, "Please President Bush,
attack Iraq. There's nothing better you could do to help the cause
of Al Qaeda!"
Click Here to read.
Report from Iraq - By American Friends Service
Committee Senior Correspondent Doug Hostetter in Amman, Jordan Talking
to the victims of this war and watching it on TV has taken me back
35 years to my experience in Vietnam. Supporters of that war, too,
proclaimed that it was being fought for the most noble of ideals:
stopping totalitarianism and bringing American democracy to the
benighted people of the East. Click
Here to read Hostetter's comments.