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CURRENT EVENTS

MYTH*ING LINKS
An Annotated & Illustrated Collection of Worldwide Links to Mythologies,
Fairy Tales & Folklore, Sacred Arts & Sacred Traditions
by Kathleen Jenks, Ph.D.
Mythological Studies Department
Pacifica Graduate Institute
(Home of the libraries & archives of Joseph Campbell,
Marija Gimbutas, & James Hillman)

Author's Note:

Sunday night, 21-22 April 2002,
(pre-dawn of Earth Day 2002)

Since my chosen field-of-exploration for this website is mythology, many assume that I deal only with ancient times.  This isn't true.  I do indeed look at ancient history, but what concerns me even more is the toxicity that occurs when ancient, vengeful myths intrude into contemporary times and damage our global hopes for a sane future.

Thus, over the years since I began this website in late 1998, I have frequently spilled over the boundaries of my primary mythic timeframe and written passionately about current events in the world around me.  I have written as a mythologist, a mythographer ("mapper of myths"), and a culture-doctor.  I have used the lenses of feminism, Jungian thought, archetypal/depth psychology, and simple common sense.

Although I have heretofore parcelled out such writings among my many home page categories (where they will remain as double-listings), tonight, for the convenience of my visitors, I have decided to create a separate category for pages largely related to current events. In addition to my own Myth*ing Links pages, this gives me the opportunity to add links to the pages of others whose views I respect.

The listings are sectioned by topic and occur loosely in the order in which they were added -- i.e., the most recently added come first but may include earlier material.  Some links are annotated; others are not......


MEDIA REPORTS
ON CURRENT EVENTS:
Updated Daily or Weekly

The always provocative Common Dreams, updated daily, is at: http://www.commondreams.org/.  From an Utne Reader Review of this site:
Pulling from both wire services and a plethora of progressive magazines and Web sites, Common Dreams is one of the best online sources for alternative news and views.
If you scroll to the bottom of the above link, you can sign up for a daily e-mailed update of newstories -- that way, you'll always be abreast of the latest.

[Added 11/9/02]:  This is Truth Out, also updated daily, at: http://www.truthout.org.  This one also lets you sign up for a daily e-mailed update (FYI: I've been on this one for several months and value the information greatly).

http://www.SmirkingChimp.com/

[Added 8/13/02]:This is Smirking Chimp, another collection of newstories from mainstream as well as alternative sources, updated daily.
http://www.fromthewilderness.com/
From the Wilderness Publications is hard-hitting and compiled by publisher/editor, Michael C. Ruppert.  It's updated daily with alternative news from many sources.
http://emperors-clothes.com/
This is The Emperor's New Clothes: Piercing a Fog of Lies -- a site offering a wide range of alternate news, updated every day or two.
http://www.indymedia.org/
The Independent Media Center, also updated every day or two, is another rich source for off-mainstream news.  From their mission statement:
Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth.
15 Web sites that could shake the world
"Our Webmaster steers you to 15 Web sites that could shake the world," by Leif Utne of Utne Reader:
Despite the storm clouds over dot-com land, some wonderful things are happening in cyberspace these days. The real action is no longer in the corporate suites and New Media sweatshops. It’s in the world of the dot-orgs—the Web sites of artists, activists, social observers, and journalists who are using the Internet not to make a quick buck, but rather to build a positive future. Here are a few sites worth scrolling through (including some dot-coms of note): ....
(FYI: some of these 15 sites are included among those you'll find above;
others come from elsewhere.)

THE MIDDLE EAST


Detail from a CIA Map of the Region

[Added 7/28/02]:  For months I have been deeply concerned over what we are not being told by Washington about plans to attack Iraq.  Four days ago a friend sent me two chilling links involving massive deceptions on this issue and  I felt a growing urgency to create a new webpage -- it's still a work-in-progress but I wish to launch it as soon as possible: The Near East: Iraq.  Please don't miss this one -- time is really short.
 

http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0417-01.htm

From the non-profit group, Common Dreams, comes an essay published on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 in the UK's Independent, "Why I'm Boycotting Anything 'Made in Israel'" by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.  I disagree with her boycott against Israeli research, entertainment, etc. (Ariel Sharon, after all, won't care -- zealots never do), yet her arguments in general are eloquent and convincing.
http://christianity.about.com/library/weekly/aa041802.htm
Lest this brief page by Charles Henderson, the Christianity guide at about.com, ever vanish (unfortunately, about.com is quixotic about keeping their people), I'm quoting this dignified, eloquent, powerful little essay in full: "Arafat and the Peace Process: Can Evil Doers Become Peace Makers?"
Before Secretary Powell left for his recent trip to the Middle East, the Bush administration said that there were two preconditions to moving the peace process forward.  First, Israel must immediately withdraw its forces from Palestinian towns and cities of the West Bank and Gaza; and second, Chairman Arafat must condemn terrorism and suicide bombings.  Israel did not withdraw, but Powell met with Sharon anyway ... and has been in continuous conversation with him.  Arafat has subsequently condemned terrorism, and Powell decided to meet with him too. But now Sharon says that the international conferences now being planned to push the peace process forward cannot include Arafat, the terrorist.  Meanwhile the parties continue to argue over the meaning of the word "terror." This is much more than a matter of semantics. Is the essence of terrorism the deliberate targeting of civilian populations? If that's the case, then no one comes out of this looking very clean.

Israel clearly views its military action as "self-defense," no matter the collateral damage caused to Palestinian civilians, and some Palestinians argue that the entire Israeli population constitutes a legitimate military target because the vast majority of Israelis actively support their government's war effort.  Meanwhile, some observers have pointed out that the most dangerous precedents for direct targeting of civilian populations were set by the U.S. and its allies during World War II.  What was the carpet bombing of German cities or the use of nuclear weapons against Hiroshima and Nagasaki if not acts of deliberate terror, however persuasive the justification for such policies seemed at the time? Further, the entire era of the Cold War was lived with the two nuclear superpowers, the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., both pursuing policies of Mutual Assured Destruction  (remember M.A.D.?) which consisted of deliberately targeting each other's major cities for obliteration. The way of terror was well established as an instrument of foreign policy long before anyone ever heard of Yasir Arafat or Osama Bin Laden.

In short, no one in this unfolding tragedy is in a position to stand above the fray and pose as "holier than thou." Nor can anyone who represents a majority of his or her constituents, as Arafat does, be excluded from the peace process because of a willingness to employ terror in what is perceived to be a just struggle against an evil oppressor. Everyone in this situation is doing just that. The ends may sometimes justify evil means, but one should never lose sight of the fact that evil is still evil.

When President Bush employed the phrase "axis of evil" to describe the policies of Iraq, Iran and North Korea, he was savaged by the press for being naive, his comments criticized as damaging any effort to enter into a more constructive relationship with Iran and North Korea in particular. But perhaps the problem with Bush's "axis of evil" language was not in being too liberal with the use of the word "evil" but rather in being too restrained and narrow in its use. The "evil" that we see at work in the world today involves us all, and that is poignantly the case in the Middle East. After all, we are the major supplier of the military hardware employed on all sides in this conflict.  And even in the case of Sadam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden, it was with U. S. sponsorship and support that these two figures emerged as power players in the region. We supported these stalwarts, not because they were paragons of peace, but because their capacity to hurt those whom we perceived to be acting against U.S. self interest was great. Ironically, at the beginning of the Oslo peace process, the Israeli negotiators agued that Chairman Arafat should be the principal Palestinian peace partner because other potential parties to the conversation were even less likely to enter into a sustainable agreement.  The same may still be true today.

Here's my prediction about peace in the Middle East. If peace ever breaks out in the region it will not be because the partners to the agreement were morally pure, but rather because persons with blood on their hands found a way to become peace makers despite the evil of their deeds and the hunger for power in their hearts. This is why, in the Middle East, as in most situations of conflict, an element of the miraculous is required. Or to put it in explicitly theological language ...  The grace of that God whom all the parties to this conflict recognize must finally be allowed to prevail over the willful desires of mere mortals like ourselves.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2002/04/14/ED233311.DTL
From the San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, 14 April 2002, comes "OPEN FORUM: Global Economics -- Gunning for the root of 'evil' " by Alan Richards.  Here is how he opens his topic:
As the Middle East slouches toward Armageddon, many Americans fondly imagine that our awesome military might will suffice to contain the undeniable threats which confront us. This fantasy is reinforced by the notion that radical Islamic political actors have no real grievances, but are simply "evil. " And evil, we are solemnly told, has no origins or causes that need concern us.

This cartoon cowboy perspective is deeply dangerous to American interests. The truth is far darker: The appeal of utopian fanatics such as the followers of Osama bin Laden to many young Muslims stems from the profound economic, social, political and cultural crisis confronting the Middle East. The existence of this crisis is entirely unsurprising. After all, the transition to a modern, educated, urbanized, industrial society, from a society of illiterate farmers has always been traumatic....

http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0414-03.htm
Again from Common Dreams comes an essay by the always wondrous Texan, Molly Ivins, published on Sunday, April 14, 2002 in the Boulder Daily Camera: "Where is the Principled Opposition?"  Here's an excerpt:
...When the Clinton administration was trying to track and kill Osama bin Laden, Republicans gratuitously dismissed the entire effort as an attempt to change the subject from Monica Lewinsky.

And there we do come to one real reason the Democrats are so quiet. Political opposition in the Clinton years was so shatteringly nasty, no one wants to be seen anywhere near it now. To be accused of being "partisan" now stands for a level of conduct so degraded and degrading, we have forgotten what principled opposition means.

However, President Bush's sex life has nothing to do with the fact that his foreign policy is so inept that all the Arab countries are now siding with Saddam Hussein rather than the United States. You really have to work at it to produce a result that bad....

This is a quiet, yet urgent group-message from author Deena Metzger, a friend of mine (and sometime-colleague at Pacifica Graduate Institute).  She asks for wide distribution of the message to the media, on websites, in public gatherings, and in any other ways we can think of.  I've created a page for it on my own website because her approach resonates so closely with what many of us are feeling at this dangerous point in history: Deena Metzger's Call for Deliberation.

I'm a news junkie.  I watch ABC, NBC, and CBS daily, shuttling between them.  I also watch the BBC and Canadian broadcasts on cable TV.  Unfortunately, although the BBC and CBC are reporting on this, the major USA networks aren't covering Israel's "Refusniks."  An online Arabic network is.  You need to know about this huge & tremendously important movement.  Here's the link: http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/020219/2002021928.html

Here's another bright ray of hope about thousands of Israelis who were part of a peace rally in Jerusalem on 28 December 2001 -- again, there was no coverage in the media:
http://www.coalitionofwomen4peace.org/past%20events/20011228/Jerusalem/sunshine.htm

Here are further thought-provoking links on the "refusniks" and other Jewish peace movements in Israel & the USA: Yesh Gvul:  http://www.yesh-gvul.org/english.html

Jewish Voice for Peace:http://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/[The following link is their news group]:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jewishpeacenews/

Jewish Committee on the Middle East:  http://www.jcome.org/

Myth*ing Links Islam: This page covers general resources on the Islamic religion, Islamic arts & sciences (including medieval alchemy), Ramadhan, Sufism, Sufi mystics, and women in Islam.

Myth*ing Links: The Crone Papers: Notes on the Mideast: my own thoughts on the region (from 2001).

Myth*ing Links: What Can We Do About Terrorism? by Dr. Robert M. Bowman, Lt. Col., USAF, ret. (from 2001).

Myth*ing Links: The Three Desert-Born Monotheisms: general data on the region's religions.:


THE UNITED STATES
[Added 25 July 2002, 3am]
11 July 2002, 9:30pm/ 25 July 2002, 3am: The same tragically shortsighted system that brought us widespread Global Warming now offers us a game of global roulette with nuclear waste and Nevada's Yucca Mountain (called "Snake" by the local Native Americans because it's in constant motion from earth-tremors).  If you'd like to know how close your own home is to the proposed nationwide waste-transport routes, visit this Map Science site: http://www.mapscience.org/.  The site also makes it easy for you to lodge your protests with your state's senators at: http://www.mapscience.org/takeaction.php.

Also, see this excellent article, "If You Hear the Whistle Blowin’, Pray Them Boxcars Ain’t a-Glowin’," from Rick Mercier, a Virginia reporter: http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0709-08.htm.


NEW YORK, 11 SEPTEMBER 2001


Angelic being helping souls through the portal-stairway of eternity
[Source unknown -- one of many images circulating around the worldwide web]

http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/02_11_02_lucy.html

This is "Oh Lucy! – You Gotta Lotta 'Splainin To Do."  Despite the trivial title, this "From the Wilderness Publications" piece by Michael C. Ruppert seems solid.  He calls his paper: "A Timeline surrounding 9/11 -- if CIA and the government weren't involved in the September 11th attacks, what were they doing? Bin Laden met with the CIA in July and Walked Away."

The data is chilling and yet, strangely, not really surprising to anyone who lived through the Vietnam era.  Even so, the cumulative effect is shocking.  One does foolishly hope, despite all evidence to the contrary, that one's leaders care about ethics, to say nothing of humanity.  This time, before it's too late, may we learn how to protect ourselves, and our planet, from the world's wrinkled puer-war-mongers and CEO's.

Index of Myth*ing Links Pages Relating to 11 September 2001
The index includes (other entries are elsewhere on this Current Events page):
 New York, 11 September 2001: Gaelic Blessing

 New York, 11 September 2001: Many Voices


THE NEW WAR
AGAINST TERRORISM


 © CNN: Photo of Falling Twin Towers

Myth*ing Links: Afghanistan (Part I)

Myth*ing Links: Afghanistan (Part II)

Letter from an Afghan-American

Myth*ing Links: Pakistan: [work in progress]

Myth*ing Links: Wars, Weapons, & Lies: The Dehumanizing Impulse:


THE ON-GOING WAR
AGAINST THE NATURAL WORLD


Cow with St. Luke and his Gospel

Myth*ing Links: Earth Day 2002, which includes rich resources for Earth Day as well as for year-round environmental issues.  Clearly, the Bush administration is at war with the natural environment of the United States -- his agenda benefits only oil-barons and other billionaires.

Myth*ing Links: Of Cows and Madness spring 2001 "Hoof & Mouth" assault on the cows and sheep of the UK.  New outbreaks are feared as short-sighted politicians around the world continue to ignore the deeper issues.


THE BALKANS:
CHRISTIANS & MOSLEMS


Painting of  Lady Slava/Blessed Virgin/Great Fatimah © 1999 by Linda DeLaine

Myth*ing Links: Kosovo/Serb Peace Invocation: -- as important now as ever in that angry, wounded land.


FURTHER MYTH*ING LINKS
(& OTHER OFF-SITE PAGES )
RELATED TO CURRENT EVENTS

Myth*ing Links: Asian Lunar New Year

Myth*ing Links: Spring Greetings & Lore for 2002

The mythic dimension of astrology has much to say about current events, some chilling, some hopeful. Don't miss Wolfstar's weekly column on world events & famous people as seen through astrology's mythic lens (there's a backup site with archives on Astrogram -- both sites are usually updated every Sunday or Monday evening.  If they've fallen behind, here are two more sites where you might find it: Wandering Star Designs
or Star IQ).

The Headline Muse, a handsome, provocative monthly online journal (free) which offers archetypal analysis of headline news, film reviews, current events and cultural trends.  It's published the 6th of each month and includes archives of previous months.

Here is a powerful paper that two of my colleagues at Pacifica, Dr. Helene Shulman Lorenz and Dr. Mary Watkins, have given me permission to reprint for Myth*ing Links: Individuation, Seeing-through, and Liberation:  Depth Psychology and Colonialism.  These two noted depth psychologists look at issues of European Colonialism in a contemporary context and argue that personal growth is flawed and shaky without a larger communal context.

From the same two authors comes another provocative, but ultimately hopeful and inspiring 2-part paper, Silenced Knowings, Forgotten Springs: Paths to Healing in the Wake of Colonialism. Although much of the focus of this paper is on Black history in the United States, the agonizing impact of European Colonialism and the "globalization" of the entire Third World is ever-present.  This page offers ways of confronting and healing the disastrous fragmentation of colonialism.

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