Netpunk December 2002
As you might guess, there are tons of websites
dealing with issues surrounding September 11th, the war in Afghanistan, the
continuation and escalation of war with Iraq, and the stupidity of GW.
I'm going to attempt to point you to some of the more useful and thoughtful
ones in this month's column.
One of the best jumping off points for an understanding of the why and wherefore
of conflict in the Middle East is MidEast Web at http://www.mideastweb.org/ .
This site contains all kinds of information on the Middle East, including
recipes and the like, but it also has an excellent section on the political
history of the region dating back thousands of years. Another nice
article discusses the need to not take sides and support both the Israelis
and the Palestinians. This is a fantastic resource.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has a lot to do with all politics in the
region, and that includes issues in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other
Middle Eastern countries (for a decent map of the Middle East visit http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/middle_east.html
). It is the close ties that the US has with Israel, combined with
our need for oil in the region that is, at least in my opinion, a large part
of the reason that the US government is so interested in controlling who
has power in the region.
So, because of all this, GW wants to go to war with Iraq (plus, it might
help the economy) and we continue to bomb the shit out of Afghanistan.
As this is the current conflict, a lot of the anti-war sites provide excellent
You can start your surfing at peace.protest.net (http://pax.protest.net/), where you'll
find calendar listings for anti-war and anti-racism protests, meetings and
the like, listed by country and state. You'll also find links to a
number of online petitions to add your voice to the growing opposition to
the bombing of the MidEast.
One of those petition sites is the Iraq Peace Pledge (http://www.peacepledge.org/).
Add your name to over 17000 others who want to see the US stay out of a war
with Iraq. You can also download forms to canvas your neighborhood
or school or punk show or whatever.
Another great resource is International A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now To Stop War
and End Racism) at http://www.internationalanswer.org/
. This site is organized into two parts. One talks about how
you can take action in national rallies, and the other provides current information
on the cause. This organization seems to be intent on mobilizing large
numbers of people to stop the warmongering.
And yet another resource is Nonviolence Web at http://www.nonviolence.org/ . It
has a lot of articles dealing with Iraq, Afghanistan, and other peace issues.
Also worth a visit is the Physicians for Social Responsibility website at
http://www.psr.org/ and the Global Network
Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space at http://www.space4peace.org/ .
While both are more focused on anti-nuke issues, they are also concerned
with a war with Iraq - especially since the hawks in the government want
to put mini-nuke tips on the "smart" bombs.
If you need anti-war and anti-Bush slogans, stickers, posters, etc. then
I have two sites for you. First is Posters For Peace at http://reclaimthestreetsnyc.tao.ca/posters/
, which is more related to September 11th retaliations than it is with Iraq.
The other is a Bush parody site at http://www.gwbush.com/
. They are selling stickers, T-shirts, and buttons with some hilarious
(and true) anti-Bush slogans.
Finally, on the day I wrote this, John Walker Lindh (the American Taliban)
was sentenced to twenty years in prison. While I don't exactly think
the Lindh is a smart guy, I question his sentence on grounds that he did
not participate directly in the attacks on the WTC, but rather was a mercenary
in anther country's civil war. That he was fighting on the side of
the Taliban, who I would never invite to a holiday party, is not the issue.
He'll be lucky not to get himself killed by some America loving criminal
Anyway, I was wondering if anyone else felt the way that I do, so I was happy
to find http://www.freejohnwalker.net/
. At the point I write this, the site hasn't been updated with an opinion
on the sentence, but everything they've written still holds true. Read
it and think.
Okay, so I'm done for this month. Fire an email at me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
my columns in the Netpunk section of the diehippiedie.com website.
Until next month... keep protesting.