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It's been an interesting week along the social justice web. The Pope, using what is called "unusually blunt" and "emphatic" language, attacks the "illicit and immoral" economic arrangements of the world. The world economy continues to be chaotic, with one of the largest US hedge funds in danger of going belly-up; the Federal Reserve convenes a meeting of the 24 largest banks and brokerage houses to organize a bailout. NATO is threatening the Serbs. Meanwhile, a new report is issued confirming that some countries in Africa have an HIV infection rate of twenty-five percent, and guesstimates that despite high birth rates, Africa will reach Zero Population Growth in 2005 due to high death rates from AIDS.
This week the Front Page looks at sites regarding corruption in government, Medicare, Africa, racism, HIV, structural adjustment, population control, the World Bank and various other items of note and interest, not forgetting Pope John Paul II..
POPE ISSUES STRONG APPEAL FOR SOLIDARITY WITH WORLD'S POOR, at the Angelus on Sunday, September 27, the memorial of St. Vincent de Paul, Vatican Information Service wire story. The full text of the Holy Father's remarks will be published in a future Front Page, as soon as it is available in English (about 2 weeks).
Africa 2000 Media Group on-going reports regarding the African Continent, news and information and reference source materials about foreign aid programs, population control initiatives, political intervention, military affairs, covert operations in the Southern Hemisphere. Created by African Americans and Africans, highly recommended by this webservant. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, describes in detail her plan for concentration camps and other coercive measures aimed at racial and ethnic minorities, from the April 1932 edition of Birth Control Review. Shocking and candid self-expose of racism.
The Buying of Congress, website of Public Integrity, brings the light of public scrutiny to bear on corruption in government.
Transparency International, non-governmental organization dedicated to government and corporate accountability, and to curbing corruption in politics and economics. Has country "index of corruption".
Center for Economic and Social Justice, "Too few own the wealth of nations; too many own nothing." Seems to be kind of a latter-day distributism. Proposes an asset-based currency to curb inflation, vastly increased ownership of stocks by workers and poor people, "capital homestead investment" proposals. Founded in 1984 at American University; is looking for a third way between socialism and hard-core capitalism. Intriguing site and interesting concepts, draws on the thought of Louis Kelso (developer of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan), Mortimer Adlers (Great Books), and Pope Pius XI (Quadragesimo Anno).
The Papacy in Political Philosophy, essays by Fr. James Schall, SJ, professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University: the Pope on the human person, to teach and defend: the intellectual legacy of Paul VI, the teaching of Centesimus Annus, plus others.
Pierre Toussaint, story of this century candidate for sainthood, who was born a slave in Haiti in the 18th century.
Structurally Adjusting the Poor to Death, by Dr. L.C. Jain, former member of the Planning Commission of India, from the Population Research Institution Review. Among other discussion items, shows how neo-liberalism has unemployed millions in India, and links deaths by starvation among unemployed hand weavers to structural adjustments imposed on the poor (he refers to such as structural "adventurism".
The Ultimate Resource by Julian Simon, link to one of the definitive reports debunking the claims that coercive population control is necessary to save the earth.
Y2k Could Disrupt Medicare Benefits MSNBC report on the recent General Accounting Office report which says that the Medicare system will probably not be able to get its systems ready for January 2000, thus announcing big problems due to the so-called millennium bug in that month for this important US social benefit program. Other federal and state social service programs, such as food stamps, WIC, and family assistance, remain behind in their remediation efforts.
Cardinal George on the Transformation of Society from the Catholic Key, publication of the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, reports on the Cardinal's speech to the recent Missouri Catholic Conference meeting.
Fifty Years Is Enough! Exposing the cruelties of World Bank and International
Monetary Fund Structural Adjustment programs in the Third World. Jubilee 2000 faith-based
advocacy of debt relief for poor countries. World Bank page about AIDS and economics. . .
UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. HIV and Poverty by J. Fernandez.
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On-going. . . CINJUST is a cyberspace discussion group devoted to Catholic justice and peace issues, moderated by Robert Waldrop, Justpeace web servant. To subscribe, click on the link and follow the instructions. Offered through the facilities of the Catholic Information Network. A message archive is available at the CIN site: Catholic Information Network This past week, subjects discussed included the minimum and living wages, alternatives to state action to ensure wage justice, civil and criminal accountability for corporations, plus posts on social justice saints, papal announcements, School of the Americas.
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Jesuit.Org, Dorothy Day, Sustainable Living, President Clinton, Injustice in the Drug War Vol. 1, #24, September 16-22, 1998.
Labor Day, Nine Days for Life, Africa News, Multinational Monitor Vol. 1, No. 23, September 2-14, 1998.
More response to US military misadventures, Global Policy site, Industrial Areas Foundation, Vol. 1, No. 22, August 26 - September 1, 1998.
UN Third World Youth Forum, a Lament about the foreign policy of the US, Vol. 1, No. 21
Edition of August 5 - 18, Vol. 1, No. 20, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, Kansas City Catholic Worker Fast, Friday Fax from CAFRI.
Injustice great new links about an important subject in Catholic social justice, Vol. 1, No. 19, July 29 - August 4, 1998
Solidarity publication in Britain, Archbishop Chaput's new letter, international court news Vol. 1, No. 18, July 22 - 28, 1998.
Congress, Palestine, and Solidarity Vol. 1, No. 17, July 15-21, 1998
Papal statement on human rights, politics & poverty in Latin America, Y2k & Civil Society Volume 1, No. 16, July 8-14, 1998.
Grameen Bank, East Timor, Iraq Update Volume 1 No. 15, July 1-7, 1998.
AIDS in Africa, Palestine, a Week of Novenas for Justice and Peace, Volume I No. 14, June 24-30, 1998
Just Cinema, New International Court, and China Abortion Policy, Volume I. No. XIII, June 17-23, 1998.
116 Just Actions and the effect of the New Jersey Welfare Cap, Volume I, No. XII, June 10-16, 1998.
Land Reform, African Trade, Welfare Watch Volume I, No. XI, June 3-9, 1998. Vatican documents, congressional acts, and a broad look at some aspects of what's happening with welfare.
Works of Justice and Peace, Vol. 1, No. X, May 27-June 2, 1998. A presentation by Justpeace webservant Robert Waldrop.
Distributism an economic philosophy of the early 20th century that was heavily influenced by Catholic social doctrine, links to G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc sources, a strong influence on the cooperative movement. Vol. 1, No. IX, May 19 - 26, 1998.
International Debt Crisis, the Pope has called for consideration of forgiveness of the debts of very poor countries in observance of the Christian Jubilee in the year 2000. Vol. 1, No. VIII, May 12-18, 1998)
Co-operative Enterprise free market alternatives to hard-core corporate capitalism. (Vol. 1. No. VII, May 4-11)
Microenterprise, "entry-level" free enterprise, discusses how poor people can help themselves by starting their own very small businesses. (VI)
Memorial to the victims of the Oklahoma City Bombing commemorates the third anniversary of the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, April 19, 1995. (V)
Holy Week Home Page access to meditations and scripture for Holy Week (IV)
Lenten Meditations Page daily justice and peace meditations for Lent, based on the lectionary readings. Lent Entrance Page (III)
Just War and the Iraqi Escalation page of information and prayers relating to the on-going escalation of the situation in Iraq. Includes novena to Our Lady of Sorrows and Angelus in Time of War. (II)
Roe v. Wade Anniversary with a prayer to Mary for Life by Pope John Paul II. (I)
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