No, really. Don't believe me? Here's proof, courtesy, of course, of the letters to the Arab News:
In the early 1800s, a US Supreme Court decision held that African-Americans were only 60 percent human. This was called the Dre (sic) Scott decision.
I have always felt that President Bush’s policy on the Iraqi people is based on the Dre (sic) Scott decision that basically sees American lives worth far more than Iraqi lives. Obviously what makes a person good or evil and what makes his or her life valuable or worthless is the country in which the mother was when she gave birth.
Patrick Brooks, Ontario, Canada published 12 March 2003"
Only in Canada (or, well, France...).
:: Peter 3/13/2003 08:44:00 AM [+] ::
Here's the end of their statement: "STATEMENT ON THE WAR WITH IRAQ
Therefore, the National Council of Women's Organizations—
Affirms that advocating for peace and engaging in widespread debate about the war are acts of patriotism.
Believes that United States foreign policy should be driven by human rights, justice and equality-values that will decrease the threat of terrorism-and not by corporate interests or the desire to secure natural resources for U.S. consumption.
Opposes any preemptive military action against Iraq at this time."
Keeping this in mind, I wrote to the NCWO. Here's the text of my letter:
"After reading the NCWO's Statement on the War with Iraq, I had a question that I was hoping that you could help me with.
Over the past few days I have read various articles from the middle east (from the Arab News, Arabic News, and AP) which I'd like to quote from:
First, from the Arab News: "The practice of forcing women to marry a cousin — and preventing them from marrying the man of their choice — is alive and well in the Kingdom, according to Sayyidaty, a sister publication of Arab News.""The practice of forcing women to marry a cousin — and preventing them from marrying the man of their choice — is alive and well in the Kingdom, according to Sayyidaty, a sister publication of Arab News."
Second, from the Arabic News: "A survey conducted in the city of Fes on domestic violence reveals that 7 women out of ten are victim of violence, and that 5 out of 10 do not report it...Women were found to have sustained different kinds of violence: physical 49.5%, psychological 66.4%, sexual 26.7%, and material 16.7%. The study shows that women aged 20 to 40 represent 63.9% of violence victims, and the younger the age at the first marriage is, the worse violence is."
Finally, from the AP: "Speakers at Saturday's rally warned that self-immolation by women was on the rise due to discrimination against women, particularly in rural areas. No official figures are available on self-immolation."
These 'speakers' were at a rally in Iran, while admittedly anti-war, they demonstrate a valid point which leads to my question: Why the silence from the NCWO and other organizations in the USA to these horrors? Women are setting themselves on fire due to discrimination and you're silent? You're loudly protesting such trivial matters as the Masters?
I'd be very interested in any information you can provide me, or any answers, to explain the silence.
PS: In the interest of full disclosure I am not a reporter nor do I have any media connections. I do, however, have a blog where I will be posting the text of this letter and any subsequent response I happen to receive from you. You are more than welcome to visit my site if you have any interest: http://pseudopsalms.blogspot.com. Thank you."
Not that anyone much cares, though. His main points?
"Syria's president on Monday strongly defended Palestinian suicide bombings against Israelis and suggested Iraq could not avoid war, even if it cooperated with the United Nations.
Bashar Assad, in a lengthy speech during the opening of Syria's newly elected parliament, likened suicide attacks to Israel's military operations against Palestinians.
The average Palestinian lacked the military means to strike back at Israel, Assad said, "so he was obliged to take this bomb by (his) hand and detonate it. Therefore, it is the same act (as the Israeli attacks) ... but with different means.""
Then he ends: ""We support the (Palestinian) resistance. Any people whose land is occupied has the right to resist," Assad said. To Israel, he said: "The days will prove, or have proven, that killing begets killing and restoring the (Palestinian) rights begets peace. The Israelis should learn from this.""
How can any human being so ignore historical fact? Was he paying any attention during the 90's or did the whole Oslo thing just slip by while he was napping?
"...women marked International Women's Day on Saturday with a demonstration demanding equal social and political rights to men..."
Wow, I guess NOW is finally making their voice heard.
Oh, you mean this was in Tehran? And NOW had nothing to do with it?
Still waiting I guess...
The article continues: "The women, wearing the headscarves and long coats required by law, and a small group of men held a rally in a central Tehran park. Watching them was a large contingent of police — including some 400 women who in January became the first females to undergo training to be officers since 1979."
Small steps, I guess, are better than no steps at all. Even if the cliactic final paragraph drops this bombshell on the reader:
"Speakers at Saturday's rally warned that self-immolation by women was on the rise due to discrimination against women, particularly in rural areas. No official figures are available on self-immolation."
Earth to NOW...women are setting themselves on fire because they are being discriminated against. Why are you silent? Why is the voice of NOW and other American women's organizations only heard on such weighty matters as the Augusta National Country Club or in protest of a war to free the people of Iraq? Where is the outrage? Where is the solidarity with women who are truly oppressed?
I'm still waiting...
:: Peter 3/11/2003 03:12:00 PM [+] ::
From an email sent to United Mileage Plus customers:
""We want our customers to know that they should feel confident about booking future business trips or spring vacations," said Chris Bowers, senior vice president — Sales and Reservations. "If a military conflict should begin, United Airlines will be providing support and flexibility for customers to change plans." United's policy changes, if a war begins, are as follows:
For customers who choose to postpone travel, the full value of the unused ticket will be applied toward the purchase of a new ticket with no change fee. Future reservations will be subject to availability and applicable fare rules.
Customers with domestic itinerary tickets issued before the start of a military conflict may postpone their travel through September 1, 2003.
Customers with international itinerary tickets issued before the start of a military conflict may postpone their travel through December 31, 2003.
To be eligible, customers whose travel falls within qualifying travel dates and who choose to postpone their travel will need to contact United prior to their originally scheduled departure.
For customers en route who want to change their travel plans, United will assist with rebooking and will waive change/cancellation fees for a specified period of time.
Specific travel dates will apply to these policies and in the event of war, United will communicate publicly the effective dates of the airline's revised travel policies.
United will continue to monitor the situation and make appropriate changes to its policies as necessary. United works closely with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to ensure customers the highest level of safety and security standards."
The first one had this lovely graphic (which I'll link to so as to suck their bandwidth):
And this lovely motto: "SMALL ISLAND WILL NEVER SINK THE OCEAN AROUND IT, THE NAZI STATE OF ISRAEL IS THIS TINY ISLAND AND THE ARABS ARE THE ROARING OCEAN. GOD BLESS THE SUICIDE MARTYERS OF PALESTINE."
Go visit. Enjoy his rantings about how the US government carried out the 9/11 attacks. He mentions, as an 'expert' Cynthia McKinney. That about says it all. I can't find any information on the owner of this site but in their 'ACTION' section we have their blueprint for the future of the USA: "a Humane Future of
International Socialist Democracy"
What, you didn't see that coming?
This should provide blogging fodder for weeks.
:: Peter 3/10/2003 02:06:00 PM [+] ::
What music is sweeping the middle east? Yes, russian teen lesbian pop.
"Their music had also won the hearts of many Middle Eastern youths who feel repressed due to social pressures and traditions. The idea of two girls demonstrating their homosexuality has also appealed to many Middle Eastern males as being something out of the ordinary. Females who are more bounded by social standards and parental controls felt they could break free from a world that has tied them down."
And, hey, they're even anti-american (then why, one might wonder, are they trying to break into the American market? Oh, right, money...)
"In the popular Jay Leno's Tonight Show on NBC TATU sang late last month "All The Things She Said". The girls performed while wearing T-shirts with an anti-war slogan written in Russian. In that way, the girls have expressed their personal attitude to the expected U.S.-led war in Iraq."
Of course, my favorite part of the whole article is these two paragraphs:
"TATU is sincere and honest about themselves and others, refusing to shape themselves according to people. They express what they feel freely without limitations or borders. The girls feel that those who attend their concerts or listen to their music are able to break free from social standards and barriers and are able to express their sexuality more openly.
TATU was formed in 2000 by the former psychologist and advertising executive Ivan Shapovalov, who is now producer of the group. Shapovalov glanced out at a sea of suggestive teen pop and experienced an epiphany, and came together TATU. His goal was to inject a stagnant genre with new forbidden fruits, pushing buttons and ruffling feathers, but stopping just short of being outright lewd."
So, let me get this straight: This group, formed by a former psychologist and ad exec is being 'sincere and honest about themselves and others, refusing to shape themselves according to people. They express what they feel freely without limitations or borders.'
"A survey conducted in the city of Fes on domestic violence reveals that 7 women out of ten are victim of violence, and that 5 out of 10 do not report it."
Fes is located in Morocco, in case you were wondering. But this survey actually gives us even more information:
"Women were found to have sustained different kinds of violence: physical 49.5%, psychological 66.4%, sexual 26.7%, and material 16.7%. The study shows that women aged 20 to 40 represent 63.9% of violence victims, and the younger the age at the first marriage is, the worse violence is."
I'll be waiting for the outcry from NOW.
I'm still waiting...
anybody out there? Hello? Is this thing on? Hello?
:: Peter 3/10/2003 09:11:00 AM [+] ::