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- 04:55pm Jun 2, 2002 EST (#2439
There are days and weeks when it is pleasure to read the TIMES,
and when it seems to me that reasonable things may be getting done,
reasonable things may be being tried, and the world may yet get
better. MD2428 rshow55
5/30/02 1:46pm .... I feel that way again today - a lot of
things seem to me to be going well, dangerous as the world remains.
Almarst's question of last year ... "What are the
reasons today for hostility between nations? is an absolutely
fundamental one - and we don't know enough, now, to answer it in the
detail we need for decent action. But since the time he asked the
question, there's been progress. Perhaps we're learning, and maybe
even learning fairly fast.
3/5/02 11:11am ... MD214 rshow55
3/5/02 11:41am ... MD216 rshow55
3/5/02 12:25pm ...
Russia is working to be useful, taking a role in the interest of
the whole world, and may be making headway.
Pakistani Leader Says Putin May Help Start Dialogue With
India By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/international/AP-Asian-Defense-India-Pakistan.html
India's Leader Says He Won't Meet Musharraf at Conference
By REUTERS http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/international/international-southasia.html
The situation in Kashmir is very dangerous, but nonetheless,
there is better communication than there has been, and people may be
waking up to the dangers enough to avoid them.
It seems to me that a lot of generally hopeful, sensible things
are happening about the middle east, as well.
It is hard for me to look at the things in the news today, as
written up in the NYT, and not feel hopeful. I thought both the main
paper and the WEEK IN REVIEW section were full of wonderful stuff.
On 5 May, lchic and I did a two hour, 70 post session on
negotiation in the middle east in the Guardian thread Anything on
Anything from http://talk.guardian.co.uk/WebX?14@@.eea14e1/1253
on negotiating tactics that could use the internet, and then last
week, we talked about using the internet and logic to help get to,
and explain, facts and ideas that people could agree to. Paradigm
Shift .... whose getting there? from http://talk.guardian.co.uk/WebX?14@@.ee7726f/719
I don't know if these things were useful, or even read -- but
they do reflect some of the new opportunities that come with the
web. Judging from the news, it seems possible that some people with
influence may be taking advantage of those opportunities.
Some of these opportunities will have pain and awkwardness
attached, and there will sometimes be need for some ideas I thought
were powerfully expressed in a very practical piece: Beyond
Justice: The Eternal Struggle to Forgive By DEAN E. MURPHY http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/26/weekinreview/26MURP.html
5/22/02 4:39pm . . I have a feeling, sometimes, that after all
this work - - there could be a lot of good coming. . . . . Sometimes
it has been a nightmare -- but just a few times, I've felt
Wow! This is just the sort of thing Casey hoped
might be accomplished -- with things coming into focus, and things
getting sorted out.
- 04:57pm Jun 2, 2002 EST (#2440
I was away last week, and when I got back home, there was a call
on my answering machine logically connected to a high officer in the
CIA - something I hope can be useful for sorting out some problems
of my own. We'll see.
- 05:16pm Jun 2, 2002 EST (#2441
If the SubContinet had 'vision' they would be working towards a
long term plan to establish themselves as an integrated commercially
Placing a million men on a border has 'costs' ... if these
countries can waste resources (that could be better spent)
playing games .. the question is what rights have they to look to
What are the factors related to poverty/low aggregate living
standards - poor leadership, misuse of resources, bad planning,
silly wars ?
Time for the SubContinent to put it's eye on the horizon -
improve the people's lot and develop commercial enterprises that
help these nations grow ... isn't beautiful kashmire supposed to be
an A1 tourist destination!?
- 06:32pm Jun 2, 2002 EST (#2442
In a Paradise Torn by Feuding Giants, Kashmiris Long for
Independence By RAYMOND BONNER http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/02/international/asia/02SRIN.html
Most Kashmiris appear not to want to be part of Pakistan, and want
nothing to do with India, either. They want independence for
- 10:47pm Jun 2, 2002 EST (#2443
If harrassed Kashmire was smart it would quantitatively measure
this harrassment, convert it into a huge cash figure and send India
and Pakistan demands for payment related to:
death, injury, suffering, psychological harm, destruction of
habitat, loss of commerce Why suffer in silence? The UN could
be brought in to check! In this way they might change the strategies
and policies of both neighbours!
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