I just wanted to ask what was your viviosn on a practical peace. I have seen many quote and clips and images but still curious practically how do you think a peac would look like that both Arabs and Jews will accept.
I'm here to learn, if not to agree with everything everyone says. I know something about energy vampires from personal experience. I've found that the more often you mention how annoying or demoralizing someone is, the more likely you'll give them power to be so.
Thanks, Stewart for your participation and for that a little correspondence divisions of thoughts. I'll be on the possibility of my time share with all you my thoughts in the discussions.
I liked your perseverance to convince, to give opportunity for other shares his thoughts. It is a great to have you here for mepeace! :)
Thanks for your suggestion--actually I have visited Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salaam. I didn't arrive until evening and they had no programs going on, but I took a stroll and talked to some folks who lived there, who really loved it. I'd like to go back at some point and try again. Do you live there?
Hi Stewart, thanks for your last response to my post and for the link.
I just had one notice. It is silly forgive me but I would like to notify you that my name is Marwa not Marwan. Marwa is a girl's name in arabic. Marwan is a man's name :)
have a good one
Here is my opinion on Tasmania, Gunns and the Pulp Mill:
The Tasmanian Government is always subservient to the desires of the local forestry industries. Tasmanians cannot access any records of financial dealings by government departments involved with forestry, despite the fact that all the land is crown land. Last year, huge quantities of timber were removed from the forest, and the government department, Forestry, made a substantial loss, $50 million, which is a lot for Tasmania. This is happening in a State that requires special Federal Government subsidies every year !! Forestry controls many country roads and puts up blocks to make them inaccessible. We also happen to have several swinging seats in country areas. These seats usually prove to be vital to the (Federal) Liberal Party.
The majority of our citizens live outside city areas, and in Tasmania, High School finishes in Year 10. In country areas, students wanting to complete Year 11 and Year 12 usually have to board in self-catering accommodation. This is starting to change. Hauling timber is one of the few chances poor country people have to get ahead. It is a source of considerable pride, and involves considerable personal investment in Rigs.
Tasmania competes against the poorest countries for timber sales. Timber which comes from primordial forest is chipped for packaging. This timber is of the highest quality and cannot be reproduced in plantations. The forest is clear-felled, that is, everything is bull-dozed, and the high value logs removed. The rest is then napalmed. (The economic downturn will possibly put an end to this, for the moment.)
The good news is, no matter how much financial and legal assistance is given freely to Gunns by our squalid government, it looks like it will be quite impossible for the Pulp Mill to be financially viable. The planned mill is massive. It would have consumed all the timber on this quite substantial island. We, the tax-payers of Tasmania were going to provide all the infrastructure to the mill, free.
One of the best moves by the anti-pulp mill people was to make the ANZ Bank aware of the dodgy arrangements. The ANZ pulled out of the funding, and Gunns is yet to find anyone who will fund them. I think potential loop-holes in Australian environmental and health legislation may also make investors nervous.
Gunns say the pulp mill is still going ahead. It is very hard to imagine they will get the funding, and a change of government might end support.
Great to meet someone who cares about abuses to our environment.
Yes! This network had, has, and will have potential. So did, do, and will many others like it. Like most other such places, most people come here simply to advocate and seek allies, and sympathizers. Few actually listen and learn. But some do.
I've met some wonderful people here. And so this seems to be a worthwhile place.
Welcome Stewart, thank you for adding your rich background,
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I am going to check out the site about your school.
If it is ok if I ask, how did you become interested in the Israel/Palestine conflict?
That's cool that you were able to volunteer at Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam.
I have heard that that is a town (maybe Kibbutz-- I forget) in Israel proper, not far from Jerusalem, in which both Jews and Palestinians live together side by side. I hope that the next time I visit the region, I will have the oppurtunity to visit and volunteer at this village. I also hope that next time I go to Israel, I hope to partake in more activism and human rights groups. I hope to go to the Palestinian terroritories and see what life is like for the Palestinians, and help them with their rights). I hope to visit other neighboring countries as well.