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Volume 2, Issue 4
April 5, 2004

1. Quote of the Month
2. What's New at World Beyond Borders
3. Farewell to Peter Ustinov
4. What You Can Do


"It isn't important in which sea or lake you observe a slick of pollution, or in the forests of which country a fire breaks out, or on which continent a hurricane arises. You are standing guard over the whole of our Earth." --Yuri Artyukhin, astronaut


April is here and Earth Day is coming up soon. Here at World Beyond Borders, we want to use that day to debut a brand new outreach tool -- a five foot long banner printed with boxes representing world military spending. Display this banner, get out your markers, and let people spend the $780 billion! How much goes to fight hunger and restore the rainforests? How much to explore space? How much for tax cuts? And we won't be the only ones using it. You or your group can check out the banner online, receive it by mail, and just send it back to us when you're done. What a multiplier effect!

We have a design (www.worldbeyondborders.org/banner.gif) but we need money to print it and attach an erasable covering. Can you help us out? We need $150 by April 15 -- a week before Earth Day. Please use the PayPal form on our home page to donate, or email Jane Shevtsov, jane@worldbeyondborders.org, to ask about sending a check. (Sorry, donations aren't tax deductible.) If you can provide free or discounted printing, we'll also take that. Contribute to the creation of a new, creative and fun outreach tool!

What else is new at World Beyond Borders? All our article pages now have a BabelFish translator box that allows the site to be viewed in Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Machine translations are always imperfect (sometimes hilariously so), but these do help.

We are not announcing new content this month, but something huge is coming. Keep an eye out for new stuff that will be added throughout the month. The official announcement will come in our May newsletter.

Please send article ideas or submissions to Jane Shevtsov,

by Eli Williamson-Jones

On March 28th, the world lost a great cosmopolitan and renaissance man. Peter Ustinov died of heart failure at his home in Switzerland at the age of 82. Ustinov leaves an impressive legacy as a double Oscar winning actor whose career spanned over sixty years. His most famous movies include Spartacus, Logan's Run and more recently, Lorenzo's Oil. Ustinov was also a TV actor, screenwriter, novelist, linguist, World War II soldier, public speaker, ambassador for UNICEF and president of the World Federalist Movement.

Ustinov became a world federalist in the 1950's and also was a strong advocate for creating a United States of Europe. He also supported the NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court and WFM's efforts to democratize and empower the United Nations. Ustinov believed the most effective way to eliminate war and suffering in the world was to initiate economic and political unification through democratic means. He said, "World government is not only possible, it is inevitable; and when it comes, it will appeal to patriotism in its truest, in its only sense, the patriotism of men who love their national heritages so deeply that they wish to preserve them in safety for the common good."

Ustinov was also known for his witty remarks, some of which are presented below.

"Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them."

"Unfortunately, the balance of nature decrees that a super-abundance of dreams is paid for by a growing potential for nightmares."

"If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done."

"Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit."


*Use the Ustinov obituary to talk about global government with a film buff friend.

*Translate one (or all) of our articles into another language, especially if you know one not covered by the BabelFish translator.

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