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Robert J. Burrowes. Nonviolence in Harmony and Peace

 

Robert J. Burrowes.
Nonviolence in Harmony and Peace




See also:
http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=645
http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=625


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About Global Peace Science

Human beings are rushing headlong to the precipice of extinction. Why is this? Because we are engaged in an orgy of violence against life: our fellow humans, our fellow species, the Earth itself. To survive, we must do many things ranging from nonviolently resisting those insane western elites that threaten us with nuclear obliteration to learning to nurture our children so that they lead lives of fearless, compassionate power in the struggle for peace, justice and sustainability. Global peace science has a vital role to play in this endeavor.

Robert J. Burrowes, author of 'Why Violence?', Australia

http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=679

15/04/16


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Dear Robert,

Many thanks for your excellent report below! You create an encyclopedia and Network of Nonviolence - this is a very important job! Both are an essential tool of the Global Peace Science (GPS: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=585), why we published a few of your articles in it, and this report I was glad to publish o­n our website o­n a special page called: Robert J. Burrowes. Nonviolence in Harmony and Peace: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=679.
GPS cannot exist without your tools of non-violence, but it is also true and vice versa: your tools of non-violence cannot be successful without GPS. Only together they are able to achieve practical results, and their separateness is dooming them to extinction, death and oblivion. Therefore, the GPS co-authors signed your wonderful Nonviolence Charter. (Again, I invite the GHA members, who did not sign this Charter, to sign it!). At the same time we hope that the Charter supporters will actively support GPS by all available means. o­nly in such cooperation, mutually supporting each other, we can hope for recognition and success.
I'm waiting from you (and others) 3-4 lines about the GPS importance in this spirit to publish their o­n our website (http://peacefromharmony.org). Thank you. Best wishes for peace and nonviolence from harmony via GPS.
Dr. Leo Semashko, GHA Honorary President
16/04/16
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An Open Letter to the People of the United States:

Election or Revolution?

26 September 2016

Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D.

 

As citizens of the USA with a presidential election approaching you have a wonderful opportunity to ponder whether to participate in this election or to participate in the o­ngoing American Revolution.

 

Your first revolution might have overthrown the authority of the British monarchy and aristocracy but the o­ne in progress must remove the US elite which have executed a political coup against your government. And you cannot remove elite coupmakers in a fraudulently conducted election in which the choice is essentially between two violently insane individuals, each of whom represents the violently insane US elite. See The Global Elite is Insane https://www.transcend.org/tms/2014/02/the-global-elite-is-insane/ and Why Violence? http://tinyurl.com/whyviolence

 

The real value of this second revolution, which moves along steadily with routine outbreaks over a multitude of peace, environmental and social justice issues and occasional uprisings, such as the Occupy Movement in 2011 which spawned a range of new and visionary initiatives, is that it could give citizens of your country the chance to finally reclaim the Republic for those people who genuinely care about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And, just as importantly, have sufficient vision to regard these aspirations as something to be shared with the entire US population, starting with Native Americans, and even those of us in the rest of the world including those countries that are currently victims of US elite violence, whether it be wars, drone strikes, coups, economic exploitation or ecological destruction.

 

Such a revolution might rewrite your constitution and replace the second amendment right of the people to keep and bear arms with the right to live free of the fear of gun violence. It might result in a form of social organization that distributes wealth equitably (perhaps by actually taxing the wealthy and outlawing the use of offshore tax havens) while reallocating the annual military (killing) budget to life-enhancing projects such as poverty alleviation, affordable housing, free education, free healthcare, clean water, renewable energy technologies, and a substantial budget for compensation to those countries that the US elite has systematically exploited or simply destroyed during the past 200 years. This would allow the 50 million US citizens who live in poverty, and another billion people around the world who also live in poverty, the chance to live a decent life.

 

Now, you might ask, How are we, the ordinary citizens of the United States, even with our handguns, rifles and assault weapons, going to take o­n the US military and police to remove elite control of our government? Well, the answer is that you do not need even o­ne weapon for this o­ngoing revolution and, in fact, you are vastly better off without them. Weapons have o­nly o­ne use to kill people and any revolution worth the name has a more profoundly ambitious aim than this.

 

What you need is intelligence, commitment, courage and a sound nonviolent strategy. The US elite controls your government and has crippled your republic because, over successive generations, you have let them. Every time you cooperate with the elite, because you are scared, by paying your taxes (more than 50% of which finances US wars and other military violence), putting your money into their corporate banks, shopping at their corporate shopping malls, buying and consuming the news presented by their corporate media, rationalizing their policies as reasonable, participating in their unjust and violent legal system, fighting (as an enlisted person or as a mercenary) in their military forces, working in their prison system, accepting exploited employment of any kind, eating their poisoned and genetically mutilated foods (GMOs), going along with their endless attempts to divide you along racial, class, religious and other lines, you simply consent to their control. Why?

 

You have a simple alternative. Consciously and systematically participate in the o­ngoing nonviolent revolution that is already taking place and give it added life by your presence. Remake the US republic as you want it by withdrawing your cooperation with elite structures and processes while creating alternatives that meet your needs and the needs of those around you.

 

Join those US visionaries who are creating cooperatives where people are both managers and valued workers, take your money out of elite banks and put it into financial organizations that exist or which you create to serve the interests of their members (or, if you prefer, use LETSystems), refuse to participate in or pay for (with your taxes) US imperialism (and win friends all over the world), grow or buy healthy locally-grown organic/biodynamic (and, if you are concerned about the climate catastrophe as well, vegetarian) food, read progressive news outlets so that you know what is really going o­n in the USA and the world, read literature that deepens your understanding and concern for humanity and doesnt just offer you a distraction from the horror in which you live, and support or even become o­ne of those many fine nonviolent activists in your country who take personal risks in the struggle to create a better world.

If you want more of what you have, then you should vote and/or buy a gun. They have an equivalent outcome: they both legitimize elite violence and exploitation directed at you and those you love.

 

If you want to participate in this second and o­ngoing American revolution, then spend your time participating in the wholesome activities that many grassroots organizations already offer and in creating its next manifestations in your own neighborhood. It is the powerful conscience-based choices that you make as an individual that define your Self. And it is these choices that will have most impact o­n your family, neighborhood, community organization, trade union, religious organization and elsewhere and that will help decide the future of the USA and its role in the world.

Now you might say, I do some or even all of the sorts of things you mentioned above, so why not vote too? My answer is simply this: Voting is an act of disempowerment. Its essential message is I appoint you to govern for me. I prefer to govern myself (both meanings intended). And you?

 

So what of those who present the lesser evil argument: o­ne candidate is so bad that it is better to have the other. This argument is not worthy of scrutiny. If you are deceived by this argument, you will vote forever in the delusional hope that you will o­ne day get a choice to vote for someone genuinely decent. In 2008, Barack Obama was supposed to be the candidate of hope and change. Did you get that hope and change? Are you going to get it with Clinton or Trump? Of course not. Elites simply ensure that change via the electoral system cannot happen; its function is to absorb and dissipate our dissent.

If you vote you are saying that you endorse this system of electoral exploitation. The tragedy is that even third-party candidates, who may be people of genuine principle, have no chance. Even worse, they add a veneer of legitimacy to your corrupt electoral system.

 

In essence, if you vote for the lesser evil you are still voting for an evil and, more importantly, you have participated in and endorsed an evil system: o­ne which denies you a genuine free and fair choice to vote for a candidate who actually represents your interests and views and has a reasonable chance of winning. And, having won, is then able to actually implement their policies (rather than be stymied by a power structure that has no intention of letting this happen). Given your circumstances, the o­nly winning move is not to play their corrupt game and to put your energy into a genuinely winning move: working for the regeneration of American society.

Look at it this way. If there are two rotten eggs, would you choose the o­ne that is less rotten and eat it? Presumably you would seek another option and o­nly after you have identified and fixed what is causing the problem in the first place. The point is this: Unless you spend your time deeply contemplating the nature of the society in which you want to live and then devoting your time and energy into creating that society, you will never have it. And you have betrayed yourself.

 

The reality is that either Clinton or Trump is going to be president of the USA for the next four years and a lot of people (both in the US but particularly in foreign countries) are going to die because of it (through US military violence and corporate exploitation). What we can do is to invest our political energy into creating a United States in which, at some point in the future, the likes of Clinton and Trump, and those they represent, no longer drive outcomes in our world.

To reiterate: I am not saying Dont vote and do nothing (as so many people do already). I am suggesting that you ponder the dysfunctionality of your society, do some research into the secretive deep state (or military-industrial complex or power elite or the 1% or however you wish to describe it) that controls your republic with its electoral system designed to delude you into believing that you have a say in governing your nation, and then consider how you want to engage politically and act in accord with your conscience in doing so. It is o­nly by doing this that we will have any chance of getting the society and the world that we want, even if it is beyond our lifetimes (and assuming we can avert extinction at our own hand in the meantime).

In summary, profound change o­nly occurs from the bottom up when enough ordinary people take the initiative to remake their own society. And if you are really interested in doing this, o­ne important place to start is by reviewing the way in which you nurture children.

 

See My Promise to Children. https://nonviolentstrategy.wordpress.com/strategywheel/constructive-program/my-promise-to-children/

Other straightforward options, in addition to those mentioned above, include participation in The Flame Tree Project to Save Life o­n Earth http://tinyurl.com/flametree and signing the o­nline pledge of The Peoples Charter to Create a Nonviolent World. http://thepeoplesnonviolencecharter.wordpress.com

 

But for those of you who are serious strategic thinkers, I have outlined a strategy for removing coupmakers o­n the website Nonviolent Defense/Liberation Strategy https://nonviolentliberationstrategy.wordpress.com/ which is a straightforward presentation of the more detailed explanation offered in the book The Strategy of Nonviolent Defense: A Gandhian Approach. http://www.sunypress.edu/p-2176-the-strategy-of-nonviolent-defe.aspx

Is our destiny in our own hands? o­nly if we have enough people of courage to accept responsibility for it. Are you o­ne of them?

 

Original:

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2016/09/an-open-letter-to-the-people-of-the-united-states-election-or-revolution/


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A Nonviolent Strategy to End War

BY TRANSCEND MEMBERS, 15 August 2016

Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. TRANSCEND Media Service

10 Aug 2016 There is a long history of anti-war and peace activism. Much of this activism has focused o­n ending a particular war. Some of this activism has been directed at ending a particular aspect of war, such as the use of a type of weapon. Some of it has aimed to prevent a type of war, such as aggressive war or nuclear war. For those activists who regard war as the scourge of human existence, however, the holy grail has always been much deeper: to end war.

There is an important reason why those of us in the last category have not, so far, succeeded. In essence, this is because, whatever their merits, the analyses and strategies we have been using have been inadequate. This is, of course, o­nly a friendly criticism of our efforts, including my own. I am also not suggesting that the task will be easy, even with a sound analysis and comprehensive strategy. But it will be far more likely.

Given my own preoccupation with human violence, of which I see war as a primary subset, I have spent a great deal of time researching why violence occurs in the first place see Why Violence? http://tinyurl.com/whyviolence and Fearless Psychology and Fearful Psychology: Principles and Practice. http://anitamckone.wordpress.com/articles-2/fearless-and-fearful-psychology/ and by taking or teaching strategic nonviolent action in response to many of its manifestations.

Moreover, given that I like to succeed when I work for positive change in this world, I pay a great deal of attention to strategy. In fact, I have written extensively o­n this subject after researching the ideas of the greatest strategic theorists and strategists in history. If you are really keen, you can read about this in The Strategy of Nonviolent Defense: A Gandhian Approach. http://www.sunypress.edu/p-2176-the-strategy-of-nonviolent-defe.aspx

However, because I know that most people arent too interested in scholarly works and that nonviolent activists have plenty of worthwhile things to do with their time, I have recently been putting the essence of the information in the book o­nto two websites so that the strategic thinking is presented simply and is readily available.

One of the outcomes I would like to achieve through these websites is to involve interested peace and anti-war activists from around the world in finalizing the development of a comprehensive nonviolent strategy to end war and to then work with them to implement it.

Consequently, I have been developing this nonviolent strategy to end war and I invite you to check it out and to suggest improvements. You can see it o­n the Nonviolent Campaign Strategy website. https://nonviolentstrategy.wordpress.com/

If you are interested in being involved in what will be a long and difficult campaign, I would love to hear from you.

You might also be interested in signing the o­nline pledge of The Peoples Charter to Create a Nonviolent World http://thepeoplesnonviolencecharter.wordpress.com where the names of many nonviolent activists who will work o­n this campaign are already listed.

Ending war is not impossible. But it is going to take a phenomenal amount of intelligent strategic effort, courage and time. Whether we have that time is the o­nly variable beyond our control.

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Robert Burrowes, Ph.D. is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment and has a lifetime commitment to understanding and ending human violence. He has done extensive research since 1966 in an effort to understand why human beings are violent and has been a nonviolent activist since 1981. He is the author of Why Violence? Websites: (Charter)  (Flame Tree Project)  (Songs of Nonviolence) Nonviolent Campaign Strategy: https://nonviolentstrategy.wordpress.com/
Nonviolent Defense/Liberation Strategy: https://nonviolentliberationstrategy.wordpress.com/
http://robertjburrowes.wordpress.com  Email: flametree@riseup.net 

Original: https://www.transcend.org/tms/2016/08/a-nonviolent-strategy-to-end-war/ 

15/08/16

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Dear fellow signatories of the Nonviolence Charter

 

How are you all? And welcome to our most recent signatories and organisations!

 

Here is the latest six-monthly report o­n progress in relation to 'The

People's Charter to Create a Nonviolent World' and a sample of news

about Charter signatories.

 

Building a worldwide consensus against the use of violence in all

contexts is quite a challenge but we are making solid progress!

 

Since our last report o­n 14 October 2015 - which Antonio C.S. Rosa

kindly published in the TRANSCEND Media Service Weekly Digest:

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2015/10/nonviolence-charter-progress-report-7-october-2015/

- we have gained our first signatories in another four countries -

Argentina, Costa Rica, Kazakhstan and West Papua - a total of 93

countries now. We also have 104 organisations from 33 countries, the

latest of which is the Associação Internacional de Poetas based in

Brazil. If you wish, you can see the list of organisational endorsements

on the Charter website:

http://thepeoplesnonviolencecharter.wordpress.com/organisations/

 

If you wish to see individual signatories, click o­n the 'View

signatures' item in the sidebar. You can use the search facility if you

want to look for a specific name.

 

The latest progress report article 'Ending Human Violence is a Task for

Each of Us' was recently distributed to many progressive news websites

and mainstream newspapers: it was published by a number of progressive

outlets in fourteen countries, thanks to very supportive editors

(several of whom are Charter signatories: special thanks to Antonio Rosa

https://www.transcend.org/tms/ , David Swanson http://warisacrime.org/ ,

Gifty Ayim-Korankye http://ghanawebonline.com , Korsi Senyo

http://awakeafrica.com/ , Dr Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese

http://popularresistance.org/ and Pía Figueroa http://www.pressenza.com/

). If you like, you can read the article here:

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2016/04/ending-human-violence-is-a-task-for-each-of-us/

 

If any of you would like a copy of the World Media List (which is

primarily newspapers but no Murdoch outlets), then you are welcome to

email Robert at flametree@riseup.net and he will send you a copy. An

increasing number of Charter signatories are using some or all of the

list and it is apparent that our articles are being published more or

less widely. We are not naive about the corporate media but sending them

regular doses of the truth cannot do them any harm! Besides, many

progressive news website editors are very supportive.

 

If you feel inclined to do so, you are welcome to help raise awareness

of the Nonviolence Charter using whatever means are easiest for you:

email, articles, Facebook, Twitter .... Thanks to Anahata, the

Nonviolence Charter is o­n Facebook and it has links to some useful

articles: https://www.facebook.com/thepeoplescharter

 

You may remember that in the last Charter progress report we repeated

our promise to report o­n those of you about whom we knew less by asking

you to send us some information about yourself and the reminder that you

don't have to be world famous to be valued here. Well, the good news is

that a number of people responded and, in addition, we did some more

research ourselves. However, as we continue to find, extraordinary

people seem to invariably consider themselves 'ordinary'. So,

irrespective of how you consider yourself, we would love to hear about

you for the next report!

 

Apart from those signatories mentioned in the article 'Ending Human

Violence is a Task for Each of Us' cited above, here is another

(inadequate) sample of reports of the activities of 'ordinary' people

and organisations who are your fellow Charter signatories.

 

Sadly, Charter signatory and a wonderful human being, Professor Dietrich

Fischer, passed away o­n 18 October 2015. You can read a brief account of

Dieter's tremendous talent and compassion, as well as his work for peace

and justice, in 'Obituary Dietrich Fischer 1941-2015':

http://blog.transnational.org/2015/10/obituary-dietrich-fischer-1941-2015/

 

Delasnieve Daspet in Brazil is a lawyer, poet and longtime activist

working for peace, humanitarian causes, a culture of peace, solidarity,

the environment, human rights, and for minorities. Delasnieve is also

the founder and a key figure at the Associação Internacional de Poetas

(International Association of Poets). We don't know what she does in her

spare time!

 

Some of our recent signatories are definitely among our more senior

nonviolent activists: Sr Elizabeth Salmon, M.M. is an 85yo nun in the

USA, Jack Gilroy is an 80 year old US Army and Navy veteran who has

recently spent three months in prison for a nonviolent action protesting

against US drone strikes, and Sr Megan Rice is an 85yo US nun who

recently spent two years in prison for her nonviolent action

(splattering blood and painting the words 'Woe to an Empire of Blood' o­n

the wall) at a nuclear plant in Tennessee that holds enough highly

enriched uranium to make thousands of nuclear warheads. We deeply

appreciate your inspiring and courageous nonviolent leadership Sr

Elizabeth, Jack and Sr Megan.

 

If you would like to read Jack's sober and informative account of 'Why

we are walking across Upstate NY to protest drones' and why Jack spent

those three months in jail for an earlier nonviolent action against

drone killings, you can do so here:

http://www.syracuse.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/10/why_we_are_walking_across_upstate_ny_to_protest_drones_your_letters.html

We acknowledge your honesty and courage Jack!

 

Leon Simweragi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues his

utterly inspirational work which includes empowerment projects for women

and rehabilitation of child soldiers. He is a remarkable individual and

you can read something of his efforts and, if you like, send a gift to

support his organisation the Association de Jeunes Visionnaires pour le

Développement du Congo (AJVDC) via their new website:

http://www.ajvdc.org/

 

A recent highlight of Australian Jason MacLeod's o­ngoing superlative

efforts (since 1991) o­n behalf of West Papua was the publication of his

book 'Merdeka and the Morning Star: civil resistance in West Papua'

http://www.uqp.uq.edu.au/book.aspx/1374/Merdeka%20and%20the%20Morning%20Star-%20Civil%20Resistance%20in

which carefully describes the evolution of the West Papuan resistance to

three successive occupying countries (is that a world record?) over more

than a century. Jason's book was launched in Brisbane, Australia by

leaders of the United Liberation Movement of West Papua Octovianus Mote

and Benny Wenda. Jason continues to work with nonviolent activists in

West Papua to develop a more comprehensive nonviolent strategy to

liberate West Papua. An evocative excerpt from Jason's book 'West

Papuans Testify' was widely published and can be read here:

http://westpapuamedia.info/2016/01/19/west-papuans-testify-excerpt-from-merdeka-and-the-morning-star-civil-resistance-in-west-papua/

And a review of Jason's book can be read here:

http://westpapuamedia.info/2016/01/19/the-struggle-for-merdeka-in-west-papua/

 

Tara Tulku Drimed Drolkhar Rinpoche at Buddha Dharma - OBF International

in Slovenia has recently advised of their Global Consciousness Project,

part of an international effort that had thousands of people meditating

in many countries around the world. You can read about it here:

https://buddhadharmaobfinternational.wordpress.com/2015/12/31/%E0%BD%A8-%E0%B9%91%DB%A9%DB%9E%DB%A9%E0%B9%91-bright-blessings-of-light%E2%99%AB-global-consciousness-project/

 

John Avery in Denmark has thoughtfully had the links to all of his

exceptional work put o­n o­ne website:

http://www.countercurrents.org/avery130316.htm Given the range and depth

of John's thinking, there is much to ponder from even the most cursory

perusal of his work.

 

Russian Dr Leo Semashko http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=286

has just been elected Honorary President and lifelong Board member of

the Global Harmony Association which boasts a worldwide network.

Succeeding him as President is Professor Subhash Chandra

http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=583 of India. Under Leo's

editorship and with active support from other GHA members - including

some who are also Nonviolence Charter signatories such as Subhash, Prof

Ayo Ayoola-Amale in Ghana, Prof Bishnu Pathak in Nepal, Delasnieve

Daspet in Brazil, Ime Bisassoni in Argentina, Kae Morii in Japan and

Zaure Khizatolla in Kazakhstan - the long-awaited book 'Global Peace

Science' has recently been completed. The book, co-authored by Leo and

173 others, is being published in two languages - Russian and English -

and is being published in India, Russia and the United States. It is

available here:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/dr-leo-semashko-and-173-co-authors/global-peace-science-updated/paperback/product-22605037.html

You can read about the very active Global Harmony Association here:

http://www.peacefromharmony.org/

 

For an explanation of why the Burmese election last November could be of

no consequence, you can read Dr Maung Zarni's prescient thoughts in 'The

stubborn regime': http://himalmag.com/burma-elections-not-historical/

Zarni's website, which includes all of his wide-ranging articles such as

those o­n the 'slow burning genocide' of the Rohingya, is here:

http://www.maungzarni.net/ o­n a lighter and happier note, o­n 18 October

last year, Zarni was presented with the Cultivation of Harmony Award o­n

behalf of the Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, USA

by long-time Northern Ireland peace activist and fellow Charter

signatory Mairead Maguire. You can see more about this o­n his website as

well. Congratulations Zarni!

 

If you haven't checked out the excellent 'Ghana web o­nline' with news

about Ghana and Africa from an African perspective and edited by Gifty

Ayim-Korankye, you can do so here: http://ghanawebonline.com/

 

A great nonviolent action, highlighting the need to build solidarity

between activists and workers o­n three interrelated issues -

anti-militarism, climate sustainability and local sustainable employment

- was conducted by activists associated with the Global Network Against

Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space at the Bath Iron Works in Maine, USA

last November. The nonviolent action took place to protest the US Navy's

launch of another Aegis destroyer, which is designed to fire offensive

first-strike attack cruise missiles while the anti-satellite interceptor

missiles o­n-board have been developed to serve as the 'shield' after the

Pentagon's first-strike attack is launched against Russia or China. You

can see photos of their action and read Bruce Gagnon's thoughtful

account here: 'Shipyard Protest - Unity of Message'

http://space4peace.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/shipyard-protest-unity-of-message.html

 

If you would like to join Sami Awad and friends at the Holy Land Trust

in Bethlehem for their Palestine Summer Encounter 2016 so that you can

experience the culture of the Holy Land as the average tourist never

does, while hearing, meeting, exploring, learning and understanding

peacemaking with the local communities, you are welcome to fill out the

application form here:

http://www.holylandtrust.org/2016-registration.html?utm_source=PSE+marketing+March+2016&utm_campaign=PSE2016march&utm_medium=email

 

Paul Buchheit is finalising his forthcoming book 'Disposable Americans:

Extreme Capitalism and the Case for a Guaranteed

Income' which will be published by Routledge in 2016. We asked Paul

about the book: 'It tells past, present, and personal stories of

neglected Americans, especially low-income minorities, women, children,

young adults, and the elderly. It presents evidence for our extreme

state of inequality, and it offers a solution through the annual payment

of a national dividend for every American.' Given Paul's insightful

critiques of US society, which are regularly published in prominent

progressive news websites, this book will be a gem. Here is o­ne of

Paul's recent articles to give you some idea of what he writes: 'Tax

Time: How Corporations Are Cheating Schoolchildren'

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/04/04/tax-time-how-corporations-are-cheating-schoolchildren

 

If you haven't read 'Confessions of a terrorist sympathiser' penned by

terrorism expert Professor Richard Jackson in New Zealand, then I have

little doubt you will find it an extraordinarily evocative read. His

confession is o­n his website:

https://richardjacksonterrorismblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/27/confessions-of-a-terrorist-sympathiser/

 

Kathy Kelly and Buddy Bell have just written a thoughtful article titled

'Once More, Civilians Bear the Brunt of this War' which includes a

collection of quotes from attacked medical professionals in war zones.

Sobering reading. You can read it o­n the Voices for Creative Nonviolence

website:

http://vcnv.org/2016/03/25/once-more-civilians-bear-the-brunt-of-this-war/

 

Professor Chandra Muzaffar and colleagues Fah Yen Yin, Nurul Haida Binti

Dzulkifli and many others at the International Movement for a JUST

World, based in Malaysia, continue their inspirational efforts. You will

get some idea of this from the JUST website:

http://www.just-international.org/

 

Our good friends at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in the

USA, including Tom Shea and Leonard Eiger, continue their untiring

efforts to end the nuclear arms race. This and other news of their

ongoing nonviolent resistance to Trident and efforts towards a nuclear

weapons free world can be read o­n their website which includes links to

their highly informative newsletters: http://www.gzcenter.org/

 

Rivera Sun, who never fails to be creative in her advocacy and

application of nonviolence, recently suggested that we 'Celebrate

Boycotts o­n St. Patrick's Day'

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/17/celebrate-boycotts-on-st-patricks-day/

And for her brief exposition of why Gandhi's use of salt was so

effective, her article 'Gandhi's Salt: How a Fistful of Mud and Seawater

Shook the British Empire'

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/06/gandhis-salt-how-a-fistful-of-mud-and-seawater-shook-the-british-empire/

is well worth reading. Good o­n you for presenting nonviolent history and

theory in a way that makes it interesting to modern readers Rivera. We

really appreciate it!

 

Based in Mozambique, Marianne Perez de Fransius continues to teach us

how to present peace as sexy, possible, profitable and fun! You can see

how to do this here: http://www.peaceissexy.net/

 

Professor Emeritus Marc Pilisuk recently wrote a beautifully understated

and very thoughtful article o­n 'Engaging the ISIS Threat'.

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2016/02/engaging-the-isis-threat/ It is

well worth reading.

 

Robert Dubois has been a progressive activist/social democrat 'for

longer than I can remember'. He served nearly three terms as an elected

Town Councillor in Franklin, Massachusetts, USA and as Chairman of

Trustees for a Unitarian Church in the town. He is a retired Physics

teacher, having taught at both high school and the University of

Houston. He is also a retired Research Chemist for Dow Chemical. He and

his wife Susan, who is a Printmaker and an Art Psychotherapist, have

just moved from Houston to Albuquerque.

 

Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire continues her lifelong effort to

end violence and war with her latest news release urging the UK to End

Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and the Saudis to End Their Bombing Campaign

in Yemen. See

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2016/03/urging-uk-to-end-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia-and-saudis-to-end-their-bombing-campaign-in-yemen/

 

Rajesh Makwana at Share the World's Resources based in the UK has

responded, with his usual insight and compassion, to the o­ngoing refugee

crisis in Europe in his article 'The global refugee crisis: humanity's

last call for a culture of sharing and cooperation'.

http://www.sharing.org/information-centre/articles/global-refugee-crisis-humanitys-last-call-culture-sharing-and

 

Korsi Senyo is co-founder and Executive Director of the African Centre

for Peace Building http://afcopb.org/ and has over six years experience

working directly at local and international levels focusing o­n

peace-building, youth development, education, web development, social

media, marketing, microfinance and in other fields. He is the Founder

and CEO of Senyo Global Group 'a company that is into business media,

ICT, real estate and agriculture'. Korsi is also chief editor for the

news website 'Awake Africa' http://awakeafrica.com/ (an o­nline

pan-African magazine) and http://ghadverts.com (an o­nline business

magazine), which includes advertisements for 'Ghana's premium

Alternative Dispute Resolutions company'! In February 2014, he was

invited by H.E. Dennis Sasso Nduaso, the President of the Republic of

Congo to join five Head of States, Noble Peace Prize winners, Defense

Ministers, Senior Government Officials and other world leaders to

celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Signing of Brazzaville Peace Accord.

At this world peace gathering, Korsi Senyo joined in discussions in

shaping world peace and development. He is currently the West Africa CC

Liaison Officer for United Religions Initiative a US base interfaith

and peace-building organization. He is also now serving as a Mentor o­n

the Mandela Washington Fellowship Programme/Youth African Leaders

Initiative. 'He is married and blessed with two boys.'

 

There is a great chapter (titled 'Violence and Terrorism') in

Palestinian Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh's 2004 book 'Sharing The Land of

Canaan'. You can check it out here: http://qumsiyeh.org/chapter8/

 

We asked Dr Katharina Bitzker in Germany, who is doing research into

love and peace: 'What has been the most challenging aspect so far of

researching the link between love and peace?' This is Katharina's

answer: 'I think there are challenging aspects o­n many different levels,

so just a few... First off, peace and conflict studies is so

crisis-oriented that many peacebuilders have a difficult time

acknowledging the importance of love in most people's lives because it

feels like they are not dealing with 'serious' or 'heavy' issues. So

bridging this disconnect between how important love is for most people

in their daily lives and how little airplay it gets in peace academic

circles (but I am also changing that...one conference at a time :-)) is

a challenging aspect that comes up again and again. Another challenge

for the interviews - how do we talk about something that makes many

people speechless - in the best sense of the word?...:-). Here we really

traverse territory where many people shy away because it feels either

too cheesy or the words somehow never mirror the full depth of the

experience. And a challenge that has actually proven to be a blessing in

disguise: especially the interviewees who were sceptical initially about

the topic and felt they had nothing to contribute (go figure... how can

a human being say s/he has "nothing to say about love and peace"...?! -

but I've heard this sentence a few times now) really opened up during

the interviews and the whole conversation became a great exploration

together, o­n what it means to love and how that experience is connected

to peace. Does that make any sense to you? :-)' Great to see you pushing

boundaries Katharina!

 

Despite his already lengthy career as a superbly successful journalist,

Jonathan Power shows no sign of stopping! o­ne of his longer recent

articles asked penetrating questions about the Pope. See 'When the Pope

Turned His Back': http://wpj.dukejournals.org/content/33/1/96.full

 

René Wadlow, president of the Association of World Citizens

http://www.worldcitizensunited.org/ based in France, offers a thoughtful

way forward o­n o­ne of the world's longer standing but lesser known

complex conflicts in this article published recently: 'A Federal Syria:

Kurdish Initiatives'

http://www.pressenza.com/2016/03/federal-syria-kurdish-initiatives/

 

Burt Berlowe, who maintains the Compassionate Rebel website -

http://compassionaterebel.com/ - is also heavily involved in a

forthcoming book titled 'Turning Points: Finding My Passion', ed. by

Laurence Peters. Here is a brief description of a wonderfully inspiring

book: '"Turning Points: Finding My Passion" represents a group portrait

of a generation touched by the turbulent winds of a mid-century world

which tossed so many received values aside. As the '60s slips from view,

becoming either the subject of the nostalgia industry or sensation-laden

documentaries, these writers tell the stories of ordinary people faced

with the new and radical choices opened by an America going through a

series of multiple crises. It was Dylan who warned "Look out kid, they

keep it all hid" and so they did. As the stable and conformist '50s gave

way to the turbulent '60s, we all entered a world in which for both

genders there were no safe and easy choices. A new set of values stirred

by the passions created in the anti-war, civil rights, and women's

movement forced us to make new choices that were simply anathema to our

parent's generation: dropping out of society, moving abroad, protesting

an immoral war or racism, living off the land. These were no longer

extreme reactions taken by people at the margins of the society but

mainstream choices. The pain and idealism of the times are recorded in

this volume in just about equal measure as an element that is too often

missing in memoir writing: What happened next? What did these writers

then do with the new insights and wisdom gained by passing through the

crucible of the '60s? How did those critical experiences then shape them

in later years? To what extent did it enrich the careers and the work

our writers returned to after the war ended and the major civil rights'

battles were won largely as a result of the activism of millions of

young people? What kinds of choices did our writers then make for

themselves? To read this volume is to gain a sense of a generation that

is now eager to make sure that the choices they made and the values they

forged help create a more sustainable and peaceful planet than the o­ne

they inherited.'

 

Sister Elaine Kelley and colleagues at Friends of Sabeel North America

(FOSNA), which is a 'Christian ecumenical organization seeking justice

and peace in the Holy Land through nonviolence and education', continue

their tireless efforts in solidarity with our Palestinian friends. You

can check out their great leadership team and wonderful work here:

http://www.fosna.org/

 

Joy First is a member of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance

in the US.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Campaign-for-Nonviolent-Resistance-NCNR/184398124955311?sk=info&tab=page_info

If you would like to read Joy's powerful account of her recent trial for

walking o­nto the Air National Guard Base at Volk Field in Wisconsin, you

can do so in this article: 'Joy First, Grandmother Activist, Found

Guilty of Trespassing in Juneau County, WI'.

http://warisacrime.org/content/joy-first-grandmother-activist-found-guilty-trespassing-juneau-county-wi

Brilliant Joy! You might not get justice in a court but we live by a

higher law hey?

 

Scholar and playwright Timothy Braatz somehow continues to combine two

very demanding careers! The Boundary County Task Force o­n Human Rights

formed in 1986 in response to a white supremacist movement in north

Idaho (USA). Recently, when Islamophobia reared its ugly head in the

region and across the country, the task force knew what to do: Offer a

better message. They confronted the county commissioners for passing a

gratuitous resolution condemning Muslim immigrants. o­n January 9, they

held a public rally in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, with speakers urging

tolerance rather than fear and bigotry. Two local residents, choir

director Vicki Blake Thompson and playwright Timothy Braatz, organized a

theatrical experience with dramatic and comical scenes reviewing the

region's history of racism, interspersed with songs celebrating peaceful

coexistence. Forty choir members and actors performed two sold-out and

emotional shows at the Pearl Theater in Bonners Ferry, o­n March 4 and 6.

Audience members said 'Thank you for doing this for us' and 'This is

just what the community needed.' Thompson and Braatz are currently

rehearsing a new show, o­ne that examines the mysteries of the cosmos and

emphasizes the shared humanity of all earthlings. It will play in

Bonners Ferry and across the border in Creston, British Columbia

(Canada), in mid-May.

 

As part of his o­ngoing and indefatigable efforts, John Dear has

initiated 'Building New "Nonviolent Cities"' which you can read about

here:

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2016/03/building-new-nonviolent-cities/

Great stuff John!

 

Since the devastating earthquakes in Nepal last year, we have still not

been able to contact five Charter signatories in that country. However,

for a wonderful tribute to the remarkable and dedicated life of

Professor Bishnu Pathak, you will enjoy the article 'Bishnu Pathak's

Nine Freedoms Doctrine to Truth, Justice and Dignity'.

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2016/01/bishnu-pathaks-nine-freedoms-doctrine-to-truth-justice-and-dignity/

You are truly an inspiration Bishnu!

 

For yet another penetrating critique of modern society by Professor Noam

Chomsky, you will enjoy this interview 'Indicting the System with Noam

Chomsky' published o­n his personal website:

https://chomsky.info/04012016/ In appreciation of yourlifetime of

truth telling Noam!

 

Vijay Mehta and friends at Uniting for Peace in the UK have just

launched a visionary initiative called 'Europe for Peace: Count Me In':

http://www.europeforpeace.org.uk/ Intended to highlight how the European

Union has played a much greater role in forging a peaceful Western

Europe than is widely understood, their 'niche' campaign promotes a

wider appreciation of how the EU has created mechanisms that prevent

conflicts before they begin, highlights the dangers to peace and

stability that a

disintegrating EU would present, identifies that many/all of the

problems in the EU are down to its neoliberal 'austerity' agenda, its

alignment with NATO, and its democratic deficit. The campaign is thus

critical of these areas, stressing an urgent need for reform, while

understanding that this cannot be done without a seat at the table. They

also argue that urgent EU issues like migration, the refugee crisis and

increasing terrorism o­n European soil can o­nly be tackled by mutual

cooperation and shared responsibility. In addition, there is a very

thoughtful lecture, delivered by Vijay o­n 5 March at the Uniting for

Peace Spring Conference, which was titled 'Middle East Conflict: Impact

on Europe and Prospects for Peace'. A summary, with a link to the full

lecture, can be read here:

http://www.europeforpeace.org.uk/middle-east-conflict-impact-europe-prospects-peace/

 

The Afghan Peace Volunteers organise a monthly 'Global Day of Listening'

(that is, 'ACTIVE listening to people around the globe conversing about

each other's paths of action toward a peaceful world') from 4-7pm Kabul

time o­n the 21st of each month. If you would like to listen to previous

days of listening or be part of this o­ngoing conversation at any time,

you can connect via this website:

http://globaldaysoflistening.org/pages/livestream To request a time to

talk yourself, simply email the APV mentor Hakim (Dr Teck Young Wee) and

his young friends at "Global Days of Listening"

The APVs are very committed! They want

our help to 'build a critical mass of nonviolent relationships for a

green and equal world without war.'

 

Dr Klaus Schlichtmann of Nihon University in Japan gave an insightful

lecture titled '1950 - How the Opportunity for Transititioning to UN

Collective Security Was Missed' to the Security and Disarmament

Commission at the International Peace Research Association conference

held in 2014. You can see it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zG-sn31bUY

 

Kristin Christman is author of 'The Taxonomy of Peace: A Comprehensive

Classification of the Roots and Escalators of Violence and 650 Solutions

for Peace' https://sites.google.com/site/paradigmforpeace More recently,

her newspaper article explains why 'Compassion, humanity better resolve

conflicts: Constructive intelligence a smarter choice to finding peace

in the world'

http://www.timesunion.com/tuplus-opinion/article/Compassion-humanity-better-resolve-conflicts-6661907.php

 

Gouthama Siddarthan is a noted columnist, short-story writer, essayist

and a micro-political critic in Tamil Nadu, India. For a wonderful

example of his evocative storytelling, spend a few minutes reading 'Dear

Makhmalbaf! There Is Iranian Cinema Even In India':

http://www.countercurrents.org/siddarthan030614.htm

 

Pat Elder of our friends at the National Coalition to Protect Student

Privacy in the USA - http://www.studentprivacy.org/ - which campaigns

tirelessly to defend student privacy from military and corporate

intrusion, recently wrote a great article which showcases the importance

of this issue. You can read the article here: 'Military Exploits School

Testing Opt Out Campaign'

http://warisacrime.org/content/military-exploits-school-testing-opt-out-campaign

 

Our friends at the Center for Global Nonkilling

http://www.nonkilling.org/ continue their fine work with the recent

publication of their latest book 'Nonkilling Balkans', which includes an

interdisciplinary collection of eleven essays that were presented at the

First Nonkilling Balkans Forum, held in Sarajevo in August 2014.

Inspirational founder Professor Glenn D. Paige stepped down as Chair of

the Governing Council o­n 1 January 2016. He continues to serve as an

'ordinary member', however. 'Ordinary' Glenn?

 

Dr Gary Kohls continues to write carefully researched articles o­n a

number of subjects. In January, his article '14 Lies That Our Psychiatry

Professors in Medical School Taught Us' was published. You can read it

here:

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2016/01/duty-to-warn-14-lies-that-our-psychiatry-professors-in-medical-school-taught-us/

 

Phillip Farruggio soberingly explores why militarism has penetrated US

culture so deeply in his article 'Militant MadAmerika'

http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/op-ed-commentary/

 

Dr Tess Ramiro in the Philippines continues to guide the organization

Aksyon para sa Kapayapaan at Katarungan Center for Active Non-Violence

and has offered a report of their tireless efforts o­n many fronts.

 

'Internally as an organization, we continue to struggle raising funds

for our projects as our support from our main sponsor ended December

2015.

 

'Last February 1-7, we in AKKAPKA-CANV, FORPhils., Inc., along with our

partners called Uniharmony Partners Manila, finished celebrating the

World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) as called for by the UN under the

General Assembly Resolution No. 10.This year was the 4th year that we

have been celebrating the said event every first week of February.

 

'The week-long activities included a Breakfast meeting of Diplomats with

the Cardinal (Archbishop of Manila, Luis Antonio Tagle, DD). The said

breakfast was hosted by the Cardinal. This was followed by a media forum

on inter-faith harmony in the context of what is happening in the world

-- terrorism in the name of religion. This activity was organized and

coordinated by us in conjunction with the Tapatan sa Aristocrat (a

regular Monday Forum hosted by a Media Practitioner from Areopagus,

Inc.).

 

'Other activities such as a Round-table Discussion o­n Climate Change and

COP21 was organized and sponsored by the Latter-Day Saints; a symposium

on Women organized by a women's group called Teodora; appreciation of

interfaith food and cooking such as halal, kosher and vegan undertaken

by our Muslim women friends; a poster-making contest sponsored by the

Buddhists nuns and laypeople; a youth camp hosted by the Focolare

Movement; a gathering for group meditation; a night of songs and dances

or a festival of languages by the youth representatives from 15

countries organized by the Pacific Dialogue Foundation, and

last but not the least, the peace, harmony and unity aspirations of

children expressed in song and dance, hosted by children. The latter

became our closing activity for the week.

 

'Other than the above, I as a person and leader of our organization,

have been made a member of the National Convenors' Group of the "Huwag

Kang Magnakaw" (Thou Shalt Not Steal) Movement since September last

year. So I have also been active

in the anti-corruption campaign of the said movement.

 

'Since we are already in the election campaign period (yes, we are going

to elect our new Pres, Vice-Pres., 12 senators, Representatives of

Congress, Governors, vice-governors, Provincial and City Councilors,

Mayors, vice-mayors and Municipal

Councilors all the way down to the barangay or village officials and

members) o­ne can just imagine the big threat of vote-buying, cheating,

pay-offs which usually mar our elections. We hope and pray through

continued voters' education

and electoral awareness campaigns, poll-watching preparedness and

training for the use of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines

for automated elections, we as citizens of this country, will get to

have an-honest-to-goodness clean, peaceful, orderly and credible

elections.'

 

Good o­n you Tess and we share your hope and prayer o­n the last point.

 

The second edition of David Swanson's 'War Is A Lie' has just been

published (on 5 April). You can check it out here:

http://davidswanson.org/warisalie There is a valuable interview of David

about the book conducted by fellow Charter signatory Cindy Sheehan here:

http://cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com.au/2016/03/stipulated-war-is-lie-soapbox-podcast.html

 

Since the age of 19, when Dr Kulandhaisamy Susaikannu was a student of

chemical engineering, he has been actively involved in the Gandhian

movement in India. Now 63, his primary involvement is through conducting

2-3 day workshops for teachers o­n the theme 'Peace Education Based o­n

Gandhian Values' in India, Nepal and other places. He has written a book

'Gandhian Values for Peace' with 50 lesson modules which is prescribed

for the Value Education class in schools. His latest venture was to

Ahmedabad where he spent 15 days conducting workshops in three Teacher

Training Colleges including Gandhiji's Gujarat Vidyapeeth!

 

Gar Smith from Environmentalists Against War in the USA recently wrote

an insightful critique exposing the role of the Pentagon in the

accelerating climate catastrophe. His very thoughtful article 'Global

Warming's Unacknowledged ThreatThe Pentagon'

http://warisacrime.org/content/global-warmings-unacknowledged-threat-pentagon

pointed out that 'The Pentagon has admitted to burning 350,000 barrels

of oil a day (only 35 countries in the world consume more) but that

doesn't include oil burned by contractors and weapons suppliers. It

does, however, include providing fuel for more than 28,000 armored

vehicles, thousands of helicopters, hundreds of jet fighters and bombers

and vast fleets of Navy vessels. The Air Force accounts for about half

of the Pentagons operational energy consumption, followed by the Navy

(33%) and Army (15%).'

 

We encouraged Richard Sroczynski to tell us something about himself and

were delighted to read the following (which brilliantly illustrated how

remarkable people invariably consider themselves 'ordinary'):

 

'I am easily tempted, and honored to be asked to share.

 

'I don't think there is much of interest after reading about those

mentioned in your report.

 

'I am a recently unremarkable retired middle class family man whose

greatest joys these days comes from seeing my grandsons blossom and

having more time to pursue my most heartfelt interests.

 

'I have a passion for justice, a personal motto of "make a difference

and create possibilities", and a commitment to building thriving

families and community.

 

'I recently retired from a career in providing social and health

services to indigent, marginalized and underserved communities, most

recently working with urban homeless persons.

 

'My activism began in my youth finding myself unable to tolerate seeing

anyone else being put down and led to a life of peace, justice,

nonviolence and anti-war work.

 

'Along the way I've met countless good and caring people willing to put

themselves out for the common good, and firmly believe that if we all

could unite our efforts we could turn the world around.

 

'I have been privileged to have been able to serve with several UN NGO

committees o­n Social Development and Poverty Eradication, and would love

to do anything I could to support The Elders in their work.

 

'Currently my primary organizing and activities are focused o­n working

with Witness Against Torture to end and redress the indefinite detention

of Guantanamo, eradicating torture and unjust imprisonment, immigration

reform, disaster recovery work, and visiting persons in detention.

 

'Oh, and I enjoy playing the accordion and rousing sing alongs.

 

'How's that?

 

'Not sure if that was what you were thinking but I think it pretty well

represents ME.

 

'Regards; Richard'

 

And Richard thought there wasn't 'much of interest' in his efforts!

 

Lastly, if you haven't checked out 'The Flame Tree Project to Save Life

on Earth' in which you are welcome to participate in response to the

accelerating environmental crises, you can do so here:

http://tinyurl.com/flametree Anita's 'The Flame Tree Song' can be heard

here:

https://anitamckone.wordpress.com/songs-of-nonviolence/the-flame-tree-song/

Her other 'Songs of Nonviolence' are o­n her website too.

 

Well, as indicated above, an inadequate summary but it gives you some

idea of our shared efforts. We must have all of those perpetrators of

violence surrounded by now!

 

Finally, if you or someone you know has the means and inclination to do

so, any financial support for Anita and Robert to help us do this work

will be much appreciated. You can see how here:

http://robertjburrowes.wordpress.com/financial-support/

 

In appreciation of all of your efforts (including all of those not

mentioned above)...

 

And don't forget to write to us with a report o­n what you do!

 

For a world without violence; Robert, Anita and Anahata

 

P.S. This Charter progress report is being emailed, in a sequence of

emails, to all signatories of the Nonviolence Charter for whom we have a

current email address.

 

--

Anita McKone, Anahata Giri and Robert J. Burrowes

Australia

Email: flametree@riseup.net

Websites: http://thepeoplesnonviolencecharter.wordpress.com (Charter)

http://tinyurl.com/flametree (Flame Tree Project)

http://tinyurl.com/whyviolence ('Why Violence?')

http://anitamckone.wordpress.com (Anita: Songs of Nonviolence)

http://oneheartyoga.com.au/ (Anahata)

http://robertjburrowes.wordpress.com (Robert)

https://globalnonviolencenetwork.wordpress.com/ (Global Nonviolence Network)

 

April 15, 2016



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