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(en) Workers Solidarity No 73 - International News

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Wed, 4 Dec 2002 03:05:08 -0500 (EST)

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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

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

"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."

This page is from the print version of the Irish
Anarchist paper 'Workers Solidarity'  http://struggle.ws/worksol.html .

We also  provide PDF  http://struggle.ws/ws/pdf.html files of
all our publications for you to print out and distribute locally

Print out the PDF file of this issue http://struggle.ws/wsm/pdf/ws/73.html

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