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Nicholas writes: "None of us are medics, let alone experts on epidemiology." Is that a fact, and - if so - shouldn't CASI be reaching out towards those involved with the world of medicine (& related areas)? Greetings, Bert G. >From: "N. Martin" <firstname.lastname@example.org> >To: Alun Harford <email@example.com> >CC: " Tom Nagy, Ph.D." <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Ahmed Shames ><email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org >Subject: Re: [casi] Re: [casi]-- Is CASI worth keeping? >Date: 01 Jun 2003 23:14:17 +0100 > > >>Indeed. This is the kind of thing CASI should be >>shouting (publishing) about, yet there is nothing on >>the site. And pretty much nothing in the media >>("there's an epidemic but we don't care because we >>have medicines" isn't what people in Iraq are likely >>to be thinking at the moment). >>I think CASI needs to decide whether its staying, and >>quickly! If it is, then a statement should be made to >>the media about this, and posted on the site. > >Dear All, > >a short explanation is maybe appropriate regarding CASI's silence on >epidemics (and currently most other things). The answer, in roughly >descending order of importance, is as follows. > >*Expertise. None of us are medics, let alone experts on epidemology. It is >difficult, accordingly, to publish anything short of repeating WHO >statements. For campaigning purposes (writing to the media, MPs, etc) this >may to an extent be adequate, but to run a meaningful campaign you need > >*Time. And that is in very short supply at the moment. CASI is run by >volunteers, students, academics and people in other employment, many of >whom also are active in other fields and groups (e.g. Palestine, anti-war, >environment, 'globalisation'/neo-liberalism) as well. With exams currently >being set, written, marked and revised for, our resources are almost nill, >and in these circumstances it is difficult to see how we could run a >meaningful campaign. > >*Mandate and direction. That is the other issue here. Neither is currently >wholly clear, CASI is essentially in a state of "suspended animation" as >someone recently put it. Silence on some of these issues may also partly >come from that. > >I hope this has clarified some things, and does not disappoint you. >Hopefully we will be more functional again soon. > >warm regards, > >Nicholas > >_______________________________________________ >Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. >To unsubscribe, visit >http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss >To contact the list manager, email email@example.com >All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk _________________________________________________________________ Sign-up for a FREE BT Broadband connection today! http://www.msn.co.uk/specials/btbroadband _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk