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Appreciation from Pakistani women

Warmest greetings from the Working Women’s Organisation of Pakistan.

Please accept a bundle of thanks from WWO for the Radical Women Manifesto and the new issue of the Freedom Socialist Bulletin. Publications like the Freedom Socialist Bulletin are playing an  important role in building international workers’ solidarity by presenting a real picture of the capitalist system and workers’ struggles against it.

Long live workers’ power!

Aima Mahmood
Working Women’s Organisation
Pakistan

A peace message from Sweden

I understand the anger Americans feel about the meaningless killing, but don’t let the terrorists provoke us. Let’s turn anger into determination and act with wisdom, instead of with bitterness and hate.

There are no military answers to the security of the people of the world. For workers in the USA, workers in Iraq, workers in Afghanistan, workers in Palestine, workers in Russia, the world is unsafe as long as their security is based on nations striving for military power.

I think the best way to prevent terrorism in the future is to put more effort into fighting poverty, illiteracy, illness and injustice. It is no surprise that there are groups in the world that hate the USA so much. For three-quarters of the world’s population, the Pentagon, Free World Trade and U.S. foreign policy do not represent freedom, justice and democracy. The people of Afghanistan have suffered war for 23 years. Osama bin Laden was trained by the CIA and supported by the USA. To bomb poor Afghani peasants is an evil equal to the terrorists’ evil.

I hope for a new world order with military disarmament and social empowerment. U.S. military spending is enough to solve some of the worst social and ecological problems in the world today.  Make love, not war.

Soren Groth
Sweden

Anti-war movement takes off in London

Thank you so much for the Freedom Socialist Party statement against the war. I have passed it on both to friends and to Global Resistance.

Some good news to report about the growing peace movement in London. On Friday night a meeting was called by Socialist Alliance, and it was overflowing with people — more than 3,000. There were well- known speakers including members of parliament, authors, peace activists and journalists. It was amazing to be part of something so big — so many people wanting peace they had to arrange two spillover meetings for the people who couldn’t get in the door.

Then, on Saturday outside Downing Street, up to 5,000 people gathered. We wore black and it was a wonderful feeling being pressed up against so many people wanting peace. On the BBC news they had an item about the protest, and the presenter read out the words on the placards that many people were holding: “Stand shoulder to shoulder for Peace and Justice.”

A friend who had initially said she would not march in a peace protest has now forwarded a peace email, and I am looking forward to what I hope will be an enormous march in Hyde Park in the next few weeks. America’s involvement in creating Osama bin Laden through the CIA and the extreme poverty in Afghanistan is becoming widely known. Perhaps public opinion is changing because of these facts, and it may also be because we now understand that Tony Blair’s love of war has put us all at risk.

Erika Neisner
London

I will not support this war

Britain and the USA may have swatted a few mosquitoes, but they will not stop the growing swarm.

Join the growing mass movements and oppose this racist war. March on the streets, protest in cyberspace, oppose the war in any way possible. Tell your governments to get out of Afghanistan.

I simply refuse to recant. If my freedom to speak out, my wellbeing and even my life is threatened — so be it. I will not support this war. Say “No” to this racist war!

Chris Jones,
Narabbri, NSW

New queer liberationist e-journal

There’s a new Australia-based e-journal for gay, lesbian and queer liberation. It is called wordisout.

It is an online journal, and is free for people with Internet access. You will find it at www.wordisout.info

The first issue, dated December 2001, has articles by Erin Cahill, Marcus O’Donnell and Mark Pendleton and book reviews by Barbara Baird and Bridget Haire.

If you are interested in submitting articles on political, social or economic issues affecting gay men, lesbians and queers, you can find the  guidelines for contributors on the site. The deadline for issue #2 (dated March 2002) is 31 January.

Hope you like the first issue. I do. And there’s more to come.

Craig Johnston
Darlinghurst, NSW

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