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On the morning of August 31st this year Earth First Amsterdam launched their "greenwash".
Radical environmentalists of GroenFront! as a courtesy service, used paint bombs to 'greenwash' outlets of a dozen corporations in Amsterdam. GroenFront! is certain these transnational corporations will appreciate the gesture; they surely need some help, as their own 'voluntary action' on behalf of sustainable development hasn't done the job very well.

According to GroenFront!: "Companies greenwash themselves when they make a minor effort in the name of sustainability to improve their image, not just to improve sales but also to relieve pressure from a critical civil society. With a new and improved green image, obscure corporate influence at, for example, the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg), can be increased. That way, binding regulations can be avoided in favour of 'voluntary action' or profitable market mechanisms such as CO2-trading."

"We are most amused that corporate lobby groups such as the BASD [Business Action for Sustainable Development] are copying from the environmental and anti-globalisation movements. We found it quite hilarious when we noticed their slogan was 'people, planet, profit'. Indeed, it's been obvious for centuries that both planet and people need to be exploited to make a decent profit," said GroenFront! greenwasher 'Anton'. (information from www.ainfos.ca)


On October 23rd Haggai Matar, an Israeli refusnik was sentenced today to 14 days at Military Prison No. 4, for refusing to be drafted.

In his statement Haggi says

"My refusal to enlist is inevitable. The oppression known by the peoples of this region during the Age of the Empires, the torment of the slaves and the Indians in North America, the Algerian War of Independence and Apartheid in South Africa - all these precedents have made my refusal inevitable. My grandfather's actions in the Second World War, in his fight against Nazi Fascism, and his belief in humanism - these too lead to my refusal. At home I learnt of oppression and justice. At the face of such evil as one may find here and now, there is no other way.

"On this significant day of my life, accompanied by my supportive family and friends, I wish to acknowledge my companions, the unsung heroes of our struggle: the Palestinian who endures the occupation without turning to violence against the Israeli civilian population, in spite of his lack of hope for a decent life; the Palestinian citizen of Israel, who keeps striving for co-existence despite day-to-day humiliations; the youth who avoids serving the occupation, her upbringing notwithstanding; the international peace activist, who physically defends Palestinians in the Occupied Territories; and my friend, a girl who was raised in a right-wing family, fell in love with an Arab and was consequently driven out of her home."

While in prison, when forced to salute State and Army - I shall, in my mind and heart, be saluting all my brave friends, to whom I cannot equal, because of my identity; all those whose sacrifice is so much greater then mine - for peace, against the occupation."


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This edition is No73 published in November 2002

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