January 21, 1998

    Algeria Watch International
    P.O.Box 27423
    West Allis, WI. 53227, USA
    Tel: (414) 543-6534
    AWI email: awi@afn.org
    BOD email: afn33683@afn.org
    URL: http://members.tripod.com/~AlgeriaWatch
    
    
    January 21, 1998
    
    Dear Friends:
    
    Since last week, we have managed to make some important progress.  As the
    President's bi-weekly has already mentioned some of our accomplishments,
    I will confine myself here to issues that pertain to the AWI membership.  Here
    is a summary of the main actions we have undertaken.
    
    1. TASKS
    
    (a) Position filled
    
    Although our membership has officially increased only by three people since last
    Wednesday (there are a couple more in the pipeline, though), many people
    within AWI have decided to volunteer for a specific task (or tasks).  According
    to my last count, we now have 11 people assigned to some task or another.
    This of course leaves more than half of the people not assigned, but nonetheless,
    I want to thank those who reacted to my call for volunteering for a position.
    To review the list of members and their assignments, please visit
    
                    http://members.tripod.com/~AlgeriaWatch/AWIMembers.html
    
    If you find that you have volunteered for a task and it has not been assigned
    to you, or that you have been assigned the wrong task, or a task when you have
    not volunteered for one, please let me know and I will make the necessary
    corrections.
    
    (b) Positions to fill
    
    You will find at the end of this message a list of tasks that we need to fill.
    Please take the time to examine it and please pick a task.  For a more
    complete list of open positions, please visit:
    
                    http://members.tripod.com/~AlgeriaWatch/AWIActivitiesAndArchives.html
    
    There are a couple of tasks that AWI needs to fill urgently and to which I would like to
    bring your attention:
    
            (1) Legal advisor: as AWI begins to engage in official communications,
            we will eventually need (and already do need, in fact) legal advice.
            If anyone is a lawyer out there, or knows of a lawyer who might
            volunteer his or her services, please contact us as soon as possible.
    
            (2) Translators: as AWI begins to issue position statements, we
            need to have people who are willing to translate AWI communications,
            or in general anything that AWI needs to translate.  Any and
            all languages are welcome.
            
    
    2. WEB SITE
    
    Our Web site has been upgraded so that we now have a grand total of
    12 MB of space available (of which we have barely used 1MB), plus
    the annyoying popping advertisement windows has ben removed.  Our
    upgrade also provides us with an email address and a chat room, which
    we are thinking of using eventually to help us better manage AWI's affairs.
    
    (a) Archives
    
    Many new pages have been added, and others cleaned up.  The main
    Archives page has been revised up and updated.  You may visit it at:
    
            http://members.tripod.com/~AlgeriaWatch/AWIActivitiesAndArchives.html
    
    As you have noticed, the names and emails of people assigned to
    tasks have been added where appropriate.  Again, if you see an error,
    please bring it to my notice as soon as possible.
    
    Most of the new links and pages are empty, but the following are active,
    and I invite you to visit them:
    
            US Government: http://members.tripod.com/~AlgeriaWatch/US.html
            The four links under it are all active.  The two links we
            have added interesting information to are:
                    http://members.tripod.com/~AlgeriaWatch/StateDepartment.html
                    http://members.tripod.com/~AlgeriaWatch/WhiteHouseData.html
    
    
            Under Academia: http://members.tripod.com/~AlgeriaWatch/Books.html
    
            Perspectives: http://members.tripod.com/~AlgeriaWatch/Perspectives.html
    
    
    (b) AWI page
    
    A new page has been created to house information of particular interest
    to AWI members.  Please visit:
    
            http://members.tripod.com/~AlgeriaWatch/AWIPAGE.html
    
    If you have suggestions about what to add in this page, please share
    them with us.
    
    3. OUTREACH
    
    Both Middle East Realities and Muslim Student Association have contacted
    us -- both in reply to our initiative -- to promise to help us spread
    the message about AWI.  We encourage you to spread the word about AWI
    and to invite people to join our efforts.
    
    4. GENERAL MANAGER POSITION
    
    The GM position remains open, and we continue to solicit candidates to fill
    it.  As work begins to increase and as AWI starts making connections,
    the management of AWI's internal activities becomes more and more crucial.
    The division of the GM's labor across three people is creating an overhead
    in coordination, so that not only do the present Board of Directors (BOD)
    members have to take on extra duties to fulfill the GM's taks, they also have
    to spend time coordinating their actions.  This situation will clearly only
    get worse as our work intensifies and as we move on to the next level of
    activities.  We urgently call on anyone who is able to help to consider
    taking on the GM position as soon as possible.
    
    5. FEEDBACK TO AWI MEMBER COMMENTS
    
    Many members have voiced their concern about the identity of AWI
    members and have expressed their desire for more information about
    candidates to AWI.  A member in particular has suggested that we extend
    to more than 48 hours the period between the announcement within AWI of
    a candidate's application and his or her subsequent inclusion within AWI
    (in case there is no opposition within AWI).  Before the BOD reacts, we would
    like to invite more AWI members to share with us their thoughts on the matter.
    The relevant section in the bylaws addressing this issue can be found in
    Article 10, Section 2 in the Membership Provisions:
    
            http://members.tripod.com/~AlgeriaWatch/membership.html
    
    
    The BOD is always eager to receive feedback from AWI members.  We
    truly want everyone within AWI to contribute to its success.
    
    A last note: I want to thank M'hammed Henniche for volunteering to
    translate the Wednesday communication to the French.  The French
    version of this statement should be sent tomorrow.  From now on,
    you may consult the following page for an archive of the Wednesday
    Updates:
    
            http://members.tripod.com/~AlgeriaWatch/AWIWednesdayUpdates.html
    
    Thank you for being part of AWI.  Please help us spread the word about
    AWI, and please, as always, if you have not taken a position, please
    pick one as soon as you can.  Again, any and all suggestions are very
    welcome.
    
    Yours,
    
    Ahmed Bouzid
    AWI, GFO
    
    
    
    TASKS OPEN:
    
    1 - US Senate monitor
            - Alert us to statements from senators, Senate committees,
              Senate publications, that relate to Algeria
            - Who in the Senate is interested in Algeria
              www.senate.gov
            
    2 - US House monitor
            - Alert us to statements from the House that relate to Algeria
            - Who in the House is interested in Algeria
              www.house.gov
    
    3 - United Nations monitor
            - Alert us to statements, activities, etc., from the UN
            - Who in the UN is interested in Algeria
              www.un.org
    
    4 - Algerian Parties monitor
            - Collect information about Algerian parties
            - Alert us to statements, actions by Algerian parties
    
    5 - Non-political Algerian groups and societies monitor
            - Collect information about non-political Algerian
            organizations and societies abroad
    
    4 - Think tanks monitor
            - Collect reports, papers, etc., on the ALgerian crisis
            issued by Think tanks
    
    5 - Washington Post monitor
            - Alert us to articles written on Algeria by the Washington Post
            - Who in the Washington Post writes on Algeria
            - Collect the editorials written by the Washington Post on
              Algeria since 92
              www.WashingtonPost.com
    
    6 - Los Angeles Times monitor
            - Alert us to articles written on Algeria by the LA Times
            - Who in the LA Times writes on Algeria
            - Collect the editorials written by the LA Times on Algeria since 92
              www.latimes.com
    
    7 - NPR monitor
            - Alert us to NPR reports on Algeria
            - Who in NPR reports on Algeria
              www.npr.org
    
    8 - Collector of interviews on the Algerian crisis
    
    




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