Welcome to "Friends and Partners", a mailing list designed to help
coordinate and communicate information concerning the new U.S.-Russian
jointly developed information service by the same name.
Because of the confusion and traffic usually associated with such
lists, we have implemented this this as a moderated list. We
will 'digest' all postings and send out to subscribers 2-3 times a week.
The purpose of this list? Basically, we feel that a listserver will provide
the best mechanism for communicating with each other about the development
of a new information service designed to: (1) help educate citizens of the
United States and Russia (and the other states of the former Soviet Union)
about our countries and cultures; (2) provide a common base of information
about issues affecting relations between our countries; and (3) provide a
common 'meeting place' where folks can find and communicate with each
The primary motivation of this service is to help introduce new
friendships and partnerships between our peoples. It hopes to build
upon the excellent work already being accomplished by our governments
and by the various groups, centers, and institutes who have been
working for so many years towards this same goal of cooperation and friendship.
It also hopes to build upon and contribute to the already
excellent listservers in existence on the Internet dealing with
U.S.-Russian-East European issues.
If you wish to visit, the following uniform resource locator (URL)
will allow you to connect to the World Wide Web server:
http://www.friends-partners.org/friends/ (US site)<br>
http://www.friends-partners.ru/friends/ (Russian site)
If you do not have a WWW browser, you can use our 'friends' account. Telnet
to solar.rtd.utk.edu. At the login: prompt, enter friends and press return
(make sure to enter friends in all lower case). This will place you in a
non-graphic WWW browser called 'Lynx' (on-line help is available).
(Note: you must be emulating a vt100 terminal to use this method of
At the moment, it is more a 'framework' of an information system -- more
'heart' than substance. The goal is to help others build upon the
framework -- to create and link together information on our nation's
histories; our art, music, literature, and religion; our educational and
scientific resources; our geography and natural resources, our languages;
and our opportunities for communicating, travelling, and working together.
The 'end product' -- an evolving and continually changing information
resource -- should be useful to many and will hopefully help bridge the gap
of understanding that exists between our nations. It will hopefully also
demonstrate the potential for good that exists with this wonderfully
chaotic, global resource we call the Internet.
Please send us your comments, criticisms, suggestions (and offers of help!
Natasha Bulashova <br> Greg Cole <br>
Friends and Partners Foundation <br>
gcole@ friends-partners.org <br>
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