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This page archives all of the 1083 annotated links that have been posted since 1998 in the Justpeace Front Page webzine. Generally, in each section or page except "Commentary", the newest links are at the top, the oldest at the bottom.

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Crossroads Featured news, connections, links. 474 links. Solidarity Reports, news, views, links, resources, from and about them that's doin'. 229 links. World Bank/IMF/Corporate Welfare Watch We keep our eye on these global structures of sin. 100 links.
Spirituality Source of orthopraxis. 187 links Disasters and Emergency Relief 10 links Colombia 17 links
Bookstore justice, peace, prudent, frugal, and simple living, community, organizing.

Front Page Archive Access to back issues of this web publication.

Church documents important new documents from popes, bishops, with selected quotes. 11 links

The War on Terrorism, links, resources, essays on the events of Sept. 11th and the subsequent war. 16 links

Parish and diocesan sites - 13 links



Justpeace Commentary, editorials and rants by Robert Waldrop 26 links

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Editorials and rants by Robert Waldrop, Justpeace Webservant

August 19, 1998

A Lament Concerning the Foreign Policy of the United States of America August 20, 1998

September 2, 1998

Send email to James Wolfensohn, chairman of the World Bank. Share your concern for his immortal soul due to his bank's cruel and wicked persecution of the poor. Read Robert Waldrop's Letter. . . Pray for the conversion of James D. Wolfensohn

September 16, 1998

President Clinton Should Resign, a Justpeace editorial.

September 23, 1998

Congress, the Presidency, and the Culture of Death a Justpeace editorial by Robert Waldrop

October 21, 1998

Access to Amartya Sen, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Economics.

December 9, 1998

A Prayer for the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Justpeace 1999 Lenten Pages

Holy Week 1999 Home Page .

1999 Justpeace Easter Letter

Advent 1998 and a wreath of blessed candles from Justpeace.

The VIEW from 21st Street

Previous editorial comment by Robert Waldrop written from Oklahoma City

A Justice and Peace meditation for Independence Day

Why boycotting sweat shop merchandise does not hurt the poor. The view from 21st Street, by Robert Waldrop.

LET THEM EAT PORTABELLO QUESADILLAS, commentary on the events surrounding the 50th anniversary of NATO.

The VIEW from OAKLEY STREET

Previous Editorial commentaries by Robert Waldrop written from Kansas City, Missouri

1999 Justpeace Easter Letter

WAR IS THE HEALTH OF THE STATE, a Justpeace editorial on the occasion of the commencement of the United States war against Serbia.

WITH BURNING SORROW, a response to the statement of March 24th of the Most Reverend Joseph Fiorenza, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, on the crisis in Kosovo.

The Epiphany View from Oakley Street

Election Day 1998 Special Edition

ALL SAINTS DAY Special Edition

A LAMENT for the SUMMER of 1998

Works of Justice and Peace

Bob's Rant April 2001

We had a St. Joseph's Table in March at my parish. Read about it and see some pictures here . April 2001

Suggestions for Compassionate Conservatives summer 2000

Justpeace Advent Wreath 2000

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The War on Terrorism

Easter Letter to New York City, a redaction of passages from Paul's epistles arranged as though he was writing a letter to New York City following the events of Sept. 11th.

Living with faith and hope after September 11th, a pastoral message from the US Catholic Bishops, November 14, 2001.

Eleven concerns about the justice of the Afghan War, by Robert Waldrop, summarizing my views after two months of voluminous reading and discussion about the present situation.

Anti-war 2001, new Justpeace announcement listserv with news and views regarding the growing anti-war/pro-peace with justice movement.

Where are you? Millions face death in Afghanistan and we can prevent it. Seattle article calling our attention to the looming humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan, where 7.5 million people are at risk of starvation before next year's harvest. If it happens, we cannot say we were not warned, and we will not escape our responsibility for the deaths.

When a terrorist act occurs, a good short discussion of ways of coping with the grief and trauma of terrorism.

Terrorism 911, excellent portal page offering access to many of the threads of information about the Sept 11th terrorist attacks.

Daily prayers for those about to die in of war, plus a reflection on John Woolman, Quaker.

Overcoming evil with good, in the light of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, essay written and posted on Sept. 11, 2001, by Bob Waldrop..

Make love not war, good portal site for the modern anti-war movement, A one person revolution in America, the story of Ammon Hennacy, Catholic Worker and anarchist pacifist, vegetarian, draft refuser in two world wars, tax resister.

Mark Twain on War and Imperialism, anti-war activity is not something invented by 1960s hippies. Since the beginning of our imperialist adventures with the Spanish-American War of 1898, there has been a strong and articulate anti-war/anti-imperialist movement in the US which has warned that the journey to empire is not compatible with a constitutional democratic republic. Unfortunately, the warnings of those first anti-imperialists, such as Mark Twain, have almost all come true. In particular, see To the person sitting in darkness, his essay which provoked national controversy, and the War Prayer. Also, the parent site Anti-imperialism in the US, 1898-1935 has great access to other major leaders in the anti-imperialist movement.

Economic Security: A National Security Folly? From the Cato Institute, a study of the cost and consequences of using the US military to ensure cheap supplies of oil for the US market. Although a secular study, it concludes that this is immoral and unwarranted. Pegs the pre-Sept 11th annual cost of our military garrison in the Persian Gulf as $30-60 billion.



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Parish and Diocesan Sites

Peace, Justice, Integrity of Creation Office, Franciscan province of the Assumption. Ecumenical, inter-religious, intercultural dialogue, with thoughts on the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th.

Office for Social Justice, archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul, one of the best, if not THE best diocesan justice and peace sites. Lots of stuff here, including great documents.

Office for Justice and Peace, Rome, Order of Friars Minor.

Marianist Social Justice Collaborative, linking lay and religious Marianists in education and action for social justice.

St. Mary of the Springs Justice Page, Dominican Sisters, access to justice issues.

Social Justice, at St. Gregory the Great parish in Minnesota.

Justice and Peace Ministries , St. Boniface parish, Sea Cliff, NY. Information on local activities, has online parish resources such as Family Justice and Peace .

St. Joseph Parish , Sunnyside, Washington, St. Joseph Advocate , online parish social justice newsletter, "act, reflect, transform." Social Justice ministry.

Catholics for Habijax , a coalition of Catholic parishes in the Jacksonville, Florida area involved with Habitat for Humanity.

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Prayer For The Canonization of Servant of God Dorothy Day

Merciful God, you called your servant Dorothy Day to show us the face of Jesus in the poor and forsaken. By constant practice of the works of mercy, she embraced poverty and witnessed steadfastly to justice and peace.

Count her among your saints and lead us all to become friends of the poor ones of the earth, and to recognize you in them. We ask this through your Son Jesus Christ, bringer of good news to the poor. Amen

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He who oppresses the poor blasphemes his Maker. Proverbs 14:31a

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Church Documents

To thank God means to help the needy, Pope John Paul II Angelus message, November 11, 2001,

"2. While we thank God for all that the fields produced this year, we must not forget those brothers and sisters who, in different parts of the world, are deprived of essential goods, such as food, water, home and health care. At this time of great international concern, I am thinking especially of the peoples of Afghanistan, who must urgently receive the necessary aid. This is a world emergency, which, however, does not allow us to forget that in other parts of the world there continue to be conditions of grave indigence and impelling need.

3. In the face of these situations, it is not enough to limit oneself to extraordinary initiatives. The commitment to justice exacts a real change in lifestyle, especially in societies that are well-off, as well as more equitable management of resources, both in rich as well as poor countries. The present marked imbalance, in fact, fuels conflicts and irreversibly threatens the earth, air and water that God has entrusted to the custody of humanity.

May Mary Most Holy help the whole human family to understand that the earth´s resources are a gift of the Lord to be used for the good of all. "

Sept. 11th must not affect the struggle against hunger, Quotes from papal speech to Food and Agriculture Organization conference in Rome.

"It is not possible that millions of people are undernourished or hungry in the world," the papal message states. "The earth is capable of providing them with what is necessary and, therefore, the reason for the lack of food must be sought elsewhere."

"There has been a lack of equitable management of the goods of creation, with the obvious inequality in the distribution of resources," the Pope continues.

The Pontiff stresses that the right to food is not only proper to men and women, but also to nations. Because of this, "when people are unable to satisfy their fundamental needs because of war, poverty, bad government, poor management or natural catastrophes, the rest have the moral obligation to intervene and come to their aid." . . . "Following the terrible events of Sept. 11, extensive discussions have taken place on justice and the urgency to correct injustices. Many injustices in the world transform the earth into a desert: The most impressive of these injustices is the hunger suffered by millions of people, with the inevitable repercussions on the problem of peace among nations," the message states.

Vatican Documents, links page from Carrie, a full-text electronic library.

The Ecole Initiative, online access to primary early Christian and Islamic documents. Lots of access to the Fathers of the Church.

St. Pachomias Library, a first draft of a living encyclopedia of Orthodox Christianity.

Internet Theology Libraries, from the Dominicans.

Novo Millenneo Adveniente , apostolic letter of John Paul II at the close of the Jubilee Holy Year 2000.

In our own time, there are so many needs which demand a compassionate response from Christians. Our world is entering the new millennium burdened by the contradictions of an economic, cultural and technological progress which offers immense possibilities to a fortunate few, while leaving millions of others not only on the margins of progress but in living conditions far below the minimum demanded by human dignity. How can it be that even today there are still people dying of hunger? Condemned to illiteracy? Lacking the most basic medical care? Without a roof over their heads?

The scenario of poverty can extend indefinitely, if in addition to its traditional forms we think of its newer patterns. These latter often affect financially affluent sectors and groups which are nevertheless threatened by despair at the lack of meaning in their lives, by drug addiction, by fear of abandonment in old age or sickness, by marginalization or social discrimination.

In this context Christians must learn to make their act of faith in Christ by discerning his voice in the cry for help that rises from this world of poverty. This means carrying on the tradition of charity which has expressed itself in so many different ways in the past two millennia, but which today calls for even greater resourcefulness. Now is the time for a new "creativity" in charity, not only by ensuring that help is effective but also by "getting close" to those who suffer, so that the hand that helps is seen not as a humiliating handout but as a sharing between brothers and sisters.

God made man the steward of creation , John Paul II, General Audience, January 17, 2001,

Unfortunately, if we scan the regions of our planet, we immediately see that humanity has disappointed God's expectations. Man, especially in our time, has without hesitation devastated wooded plains and valleys, polluted waters, disfigured the earth's habitat, made the air unbreathable, disturbed the hydro-geological and atmospheric systems, turned luxuriant areas into deserts and undertaken forms of unrestrained industrialization, degrading that "flowerbed"--use an image from Dante Alighieri (Paradiso, XXII, 151)-- which is the earth, our dwelling-place.

We must therefore encourage and support the "ecological conversion" which in recent decades has made humanity more sensitive to the catastrophe to which it has been heading. Man is no longer the Creator's "steward", but an autonomous despot, who is finally beginning to understand that he must stop at the edge of the abyss. "Another welcome sign is the growing attention being paid to the quality of life and to ecology, especially in more developed societies, where people's expectations are no longer concentrated so much on problems of survival as on the search for an overall improvement of living conditions" (Evangelium vitae, n. 27). At stake, then, is not only a "physical" ecology that is concerned to safeguard the habitat of the various living beings, but also a "human" ecology which makes the existence of creatures more dignified, by protecting the fundamental good of life in all its manifestations and by preparing for future generations an environment more in conformity with the Creator's plan.

World Peace Day 2001 Message , Pope John Paul II

9. The radicalization of identity which makes cultures resistant
to any beneficial influence from outside is worrying enough; but
no less perilous is the slavish conformity of cultures, or at
least of key aspects of them, to cultural models deriving from
the Western world. Detached from their Christians origins, these
models are often inspired by an approach to life marked by
secularism and practical atheism and by patterns of radical
individualism. This is a phenomenon of vast proportions,
sustained by powerful media campaigns and designed to propagate
lifestyles, social and economic programmes and, in the last
analysis, a comprehensive world-view which erodes from within
other estimable cultures and civilizations. Western cultural
models are enticing and alluring because of their remarkable
scientific and technical cast, but regrettably there is growing
evidence of their deepening human, spiritual and moral
impoverishment. The culture which produces such models is marked
by the fatal attempt to secure the good of humanity by
eliminating God, the Supreme Good. Yet, as the Second Vatican
Council warned, "without the Creator the creature comes to
nothing!"(7) A culture which no longer has a point of reference
in God loses its soul and loses its way, becoming a culture of
death. This was amply demonstrated by the tragic events of the
twentieth century and is now apparent in the nihilism present in
some prominent circles in the Western world.


17. Faced with growing inequalities in the world, the prime value
which must be ever more widely inculcated is certainly that of
solidarity. A society depends on the basic relations that people
cultivate with one another in ever widening circles -- from the
family to other intermediary social groups, to civil society as a
whole and to the national community. States in turn have no
choice but to enter into relations with one another. The present
reality of global interdependence makes it easier to appreciate
the common destiny of the entire human family, and makes all
thoughtful people increasingly appreciate the virtue of
solidarity.

At the same time it is necessary to point out that this growing
interdependence has brought to light many inequalities, such as
the gap between rich and poor nations; the social imbalance
within each nation between those living in opulence and those
offended in their dignity since they lack even the necessities of
life; the human and environmental degradation provoked and
accelerated by the irresponsible use of natural resources. These
social inequalities and imbalances have grown worse in certain
places, and some of the poorest nations have reached a point of
irreversible decline.

Consequently, the promotion of justice is at the heart of a true
culture of solidarity. It is not just a question of giving one''s
surplus to those in need, but of "helping entire peoples
presently excluded or marginalized to enter into the sphere of
economic and human development. For this to happen, it is not
enough to draw on the surplus goods which in fact our world
abundantly produces; it requires above all a change of
lifestyles, of models of production and consumption, and of the
established structures of power which today govern societies".(9)

Jubilee of Agriculture , November 2000, message of Pope John Paul II to farmers:

The culture of the farming world has always been marked by a sense of impending risk to the harvest, due to unforeseeable climatic misfortunes. However, in addition to the traditional burdens, there are often others due to human carelessness. Agricultural activity in our era has had to reckon with the consequences of industrialization and the sometimes disorderly development of urban areas, with the phenomenon of air pollution and ecological disruption with the dumping of toxic waste and deforestation.

Christians while always trusting in the help of providence, must make responsible efforts to ensure that the value of the earth is respected and promoted. Agricultural work should be better and better organized and supported by social measures that fully reward the toil it involves and the truly great usefulness that characterizes it.

If the world of the most refined technology is not reconciled with the simple language of nature in a healthy balance, human life will face ever greater risks, of which we are already seeing the first disturbing signs. Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, be grateful to the Lord, but at the same time be proud of the task that your work assigns to you. Work in such a way that you resist the temptations of a productivity and profit that are detrimental to the respect for nature. God entrusted the earth to human beings "to till it and keep it" (cf. Gn 2:15). When this principle is forgotten and they become the tyrants rather than the custodians of nature, sooner or later the latter will rebel.

Homily at the closing mass, Jubilee of Politicians , John Paul II, November 2000,

On the other hand, the personal integrity of the politician also needs to find expression in a correct conception of the social and political life which he or she is called to serve. From this standpoint, Christian politicians need to make constant reference to those principles which the Church's social doctrine has developed in the course of time. These principles, as we know, do not constitute an ideology" and even less a "political program"; rather, they offer a fundamental approach to understanding the human person and society in the light of the universal ethical law present in the heart of every human being, a law which is clarified by the revelation of the Gospel (cf. Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 41). You, dear brothers and sisters engaged in political life, must be eloquent and effective proponents of these principles.

Certainly, the application of these principles to the complexities of political life will often and inevitably meet up with situations, problems and circumstances which can legitimately give rise to diverse concrete judgments. Yet at the same time there is no justification for a pragmatism which, even with regard to essential and fundamental values of social life, would reduce politics to the mere balancing of interests or, worse yet, to a matter of demagogy or of winning votes. If legislation cannot and must not be coextensive with the whole of the moral law, neither can it run "counter" to the moral law.

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Disasters and Emergency Relief

They ask their mothers, "Where is the cereal?" -- in vain, as they faint away like the wounded in the streets of the city, and breathe their last in their mothers' arms. Lamentations 2:12

Jesuit Refugee Service , on line presence of the world Jesuit order's humanitarian efforts.

ReliefWeb from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Complex Emergencies, information about on-going emergencies and various countries of concern to the humanitarian community. There isn't very much good news here. ReliefNet Home Pagenon-profit helping humanitarian organizations raise global awareness and encourage support for relief efforts via the Internet. AlertNet, a news and communications service from the Reuter Foundation for the emergency relief community, has press releases from leading relief agencies, expert analyses, reviews of key issues and events, jobs notice board. Has a focus page on Kosovo. Direct from the Field, reports from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the world's largest humanitarian network. DisasterRelief.Org, worldwide disaster aid and information via the internet. Some very sad and tragic stories here.

Kosovo Regional Emergency , from Catholic Relief Services Kosovo Humanitarian Aid and Discussion links

December 16, 1998

Recovery for Nicaragua and Honduras, an Oxfam International Briefing Paper.

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Colombia and the war on people who use drugs.

Yes, I know the convention term is "Drug War", but its focus is on people, and there's no doubt that it is a war. Perhaps the solution is peace.

Colombia: the genocidal democracy, by Fr. Javier Giraldo, SJ, complete on-line text. Before you sign off on the government's blank check for violence in Colombia, read this book.

This is your legal system on drugs: doing time for somebody else's crime. Collateral damage in the war on drugs. Tell me this is justice.

Economic costs and consequences of the drug war, this article pegs the cost at $40 billion in direct expenditures and climbing, but gives no estimate of indirect costs. Drug War Statistics, remember, if it's on the interest, it's forever. This is a copy of an alt.politics.libertarian article that I posted in 1993. By using some guestimates, proxies, and statistical abstract dollars and arrests, my estimate for 1990 incarceration costs alone was nearly $40 billion. So the $40 billion mentioned in the original article in this paragraph is only the beginning of the costs. Then there's the collateral damage costs -- lives destroyed, homes broken, jobs lost, debts unrepaid. And these figures are only for the US. What is the cost to the poor Colombians, as they flee their villages and farms, chased away by drug war violence -- and how much of that violence is the US financing?

History of Prohibition and Drug Use, 5000 BC to 1986 AD. Based on the work of Dr. Thomas Szasz in his book, Ceremonial Chemistry. Casualties of the war on people who use drugs. Justice Mocked.

Busted, total non-violent prisoners incarcerated for drug crimes in the US: 460,000 -- 25% of all prisoners in jail.

Fueling a Failed War on Drugs, my grandfather told me a long time ago that if a person needed to understand what was happening in politics, to "follow the dollar," and you would find the reason every time. Who is lobbying big time for feeding the pipeline of dollars, equipment, and personnel to the drug war in Colombia? Occidental Petroleum, BP Amoco, Enron, United Technologies, and Bell Helicopter Textron.

Hard time for soft crimes, Salon magazine looks into the issue of incarcerating non-violent drug offenders, and finds some surprising talk coming from some Republicans.

Poor Prescription, the costs of imprisoning drug offenders in the US, from the Justice Policy Institute.

Common Sense for Drug Policy, a comprehensive site advocating changes in the nation's drug laws. Lots of information and links. Proposes an Effective National Drug Control Strategy.

Nobody questions the Colonel, the shameful and tawdry story of the light sentences given to the former commander of US forces in Colombia and his wife for drug smuggling and money laundering. Their Colombian "mule," who actually carried the drugs, got more time than the Colonel and his wife combined. See also the Corruption of Colonel James Hiett.

The unquiet death of Jennifer Odom, is the government trying to cover up the first US battle casualties in Colombia as "accidents"?

Index of drug war stories, from Salon.com, spend some time browsing and updating yourself on current happenings in this "longest war" our nation has fought.

Swept Away, read and weep, stories of women betrayed and jailed, guilty of little more than bad judgment, often framed so that others can go free.

Massacre in Colombia, editorial in the SF Chronicle regarding the massacre earlier this year in the village of El Salado by right wing paramilitary death squads.

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