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Robert J. Burrowes. Nonviolence Charter: progress report 17 (Oct 2020)

Robert J. Burrowes

Australia

 

Nonviolence Charter: progress report 17 (Oct 2020)

 

Page 15 of 43 below:

[The GHA Gandhian] 'Anti-Nuclear Manifesto for Global Security/Peace XXI'
https://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=908 ,

which you can download. The proposal is a joint venture with the

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and is aimed at

'the UN General Assembly to create a Global Security/Peace (GSP) system,

which excludes any possibility of nuclear weapons in the New Era.'

 

See also Roberts publications:

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

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

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

http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=790

https://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=972

 

 

 

Dear fellow signatories of the Nonviolence Charter

 

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

organizations!

 

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

People's Charter to Create a Nonviolent World'

https://thepeoplesnonviolencecharter.wordpress.com/ - with the Spanish

translation, kindly done by Antonio Gutiérrez Rodero in Venezuela, here:

'Estatuto De Los Pueblos Para Crear Un Mundo No Violento'

https://thepeoplesnonviolencecharter.wordpress.com/espanol/ - together

with a sample of news about Charter signatories and organizations.

 

Since the last report in April, we acceded to requests to revise the

Charter by adding to it the new item 29 (in relation to the deployment

of 5G electromagnetic radiation technology) which some signatories

believed to be important. So, the revised (and updated) Charter is now

posted at the links above with the Spanish translation again kindly done

by Antonio Gutiérrez Rodero.

 

Hopefully, you will find nothing objectionable about the update but

please advise us if you do.

 

At the time of today's report, we have signatories in 105 countries. We

also have 118 organizations/networks from 39 countries. If you wish, you

can see the list of organizational 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.

 

Happily, our collective effort to resist violence and build a worldwide

consensus against its use in all contexts continues to make progress.

 

Our last (very brief) report o­n 6 April 2020 was kindly published by

Antonio C.S. Rosa in the TRANSCEND Media Service Weekly Digest:

'Nonviolence Charter: Progress Report 16 (April 2020)'.

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2020/04/nonviolence-charter-progress-report-16-apr-2020/

Many thanks Antonio!

 

The latest progress report article, showcasing the efforts of several

Charter signatories, was recently distributed to many progressive news

editors: it has been published by a number of outlets, thanks to very

supportive editors. Again, special thanks to Charter signatory Antonio

C.S. Rosa at 'TRANSCEND' where you can read the article: 'Working to End

Human Violence in the Time of Covid-19'.

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2020/10/working-to-end-human-violence-in-the-time-of-covid-19/

 

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.

 

And our usual invitation and reminder: You are most welcome to send us a

report o­n your activities for inclusion in the next report. We would

love to hear from you!

 

Anyway, here is another (inadequate) sample of reports of the activities

of individuals and organizations who are your fellow Charter signatories

but sadly prefaced by news of the passing of two giants of the US peace

movement: Sr. Ardeth Platte, O.P. o­n 30 September 2020 and Kevin Zeese

on 6 September 2020.

 

Sr. Ardeth was a nun of the Dominican order who was active in anti-war

and anti-nuclear resistance for decades and spent years in prison for

her involvement in Plowshares actions and other nonviolent resistance.

According to her great friend and fellow nonviolent activist, Sr. Carol

Gilbert O.P., in a letter she wrote to women in prison with whom they

had both been incarcerated, Sr. Ardeth, aged 84, 'died peacefully in her

sleep' at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House in Washington, D.C.

Among Sr. Ardeth's many claims to fame, which include her committed

nonviolent resistance to war and nuclear weapons, as well as her

articulate advocacy of these and other causes, perhaps her most famous

line was simply 'I refuse to have an enemy. I simply won't.' To find out

a little about her remarkable life and struggle for a better world, you

can watch a video titled 'Conviction'

http://robintruesdale.com/films/conviction/ and read a number of

tributes to Sr. Ardeth compiled in 'The Nuclear Resister' under the

title 'Ardeth Platte, Dominican nun dedicated to no-nukes cause, dies at

84'.

http://www.nukeresister.org/2020/10/01/ardeth-platte-dominican-nun-dedicated-to-no-nukes-cause-dies-at-84/

 

Kevin was a lawyer by training but a nonviolent activist committed to

peace and justice, in all of their dimensions, by vocation. Known for

his many roles in the wider social change movement, ranging from writer

to organizer to co-director of 'Popular Resistance'

https://popularresistance.org/ with his partner Dr Margaret Flowers, his

activism spanned more than 40 years. Kevin passed away o­n 6 September

2020 at the age of 65. You can read evocative tributes to Kevin's life

and commitment, and watch the o­nline tribute as well, in the following

articles, the latter two written by Margaret. See 'US Activist and

Friend to Venezuela Kevin Zeese Passes Away',

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/us-activist-and-friend-to-venezuela-kevin-zeese-passes-away-20200906-0005.html

'Kevin Zeese: His Last Words For The Movement And Carrying o­n'

https://popularresistance.org/kevin-zeese-his-last-words-for-the-movement/

and 'Rest in power, Kevin Zeese'.

https://popularresistance.org/rest-in-power-kevin-zeese/ You can also

see Kevin's bio and his portrait painted by Robert Shetterly o­n Robert's

website 'Americans Who Tell the Truth'.

https://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/portraits/kevin-zeese

 

Sami Awad is founder and director of the The Holy Land Trust

https://holylandtrust.org/ in Palestine, committed to fostering peace,

justice and understanding in the Holy Land. But rather than read about

their wonderful work here, we encourage you to watch the incredibly

evocative and compassionate four-minute video featuring Sami, accessible

from their website. Superb Sami!

 

Tess Burrows in the UK continues her life as, in our words, the world's

greatest activist-adventurer. Describing herself more modestly as an

'adventurer, peace activist, author, speaker, healer, mother and

grandmother', Tess has spent years collecting peace, climate and other

messages/pledges and then speaking them out from far high places -

already from the North and South Poles, Himalayas, Andes, Pacific and

Africa - to help achieve peace and harmony in our world. If you would

like to be part of the next Peace Climb with Tess, you can do so by

adding your own message/pledge to her latest initiative: New World

Messages/Pledges. http://tessburrows.org/hello-peace-messages

 

Tess' new book, 'Don't Blame The Yeti'

http://tessburrows.org/books-donations is a work of fiction based o­n her

Peace Journey walking across the Himalayas, up through north-west Nepal,

into Tibet and around the legendary Mount Kailas, while undertaking

prostrations. 'Join 12 yr old Torma who makes an impulsive promise to

take o­n a quest to find the heart of a country and a lost penguin. Along

the way it also becomes a vital secret mission to protect the planet

from Shady Forces.' The book is suitable not o­nly for youngsters but

also as light reading for adults. Just how many prostrations was that

Tess?

 

In yet another evocative reflection - this time o­n the crucial

importance of indigenous peoples and cultures to the stewardship of

Earth - Bob Koehler shares a fundamental truth: While 'the indigenous

people of Planet Earth... are still enduring the forces of colonial

genocide... The world's eco-salvation requires that we learn from

indigenous cultures, not blot them out.' For his insightful and

compassionate commentary o­n this disturbingly o­ngoing problem, see

'We're So Certain of Our Colonialist Selves That We're Destroying Our

Own Planet'.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/07/16/were-so-certain-our-colonialist-selves-were-destroying-our-own-planet

 

Daniel Dalai at Earthgardens http://riverprincess.tripod.com/ in

Guatemala reports that the Eco teams are very popular now, owing

partially to the lack of school activity for kids, who miss social

interacting. 'We are cleaning rivers, planting trees and, lately,

providing pictures for the Guatemala tourist board to promote this land

with an "eternal SPRING" climate.' Daniel attached several photos but

you can see plenty of photos of the girls in these Eco teams at

Earthgardens, including the 'nature princesses', o­n their colourful

website.

 

Dr. David Halpin, an 81-years-old retired doctor and trauma surgeon in

the UK, who has spent much time in Gaza working to surgically restore

many Palestinians injured by Israeli weapons, has been outspoken in his

denunciation of the official response to Covid-19 in which 'Expert

doctors and scientists who have sought to inform and plead for logical

and scientific management have been ruthlessly censored by governments.

Literally hundreds of "videos" o­n Youtube etc have been "taken down"

within hours. This confirms that the C19 "management plan" is a lie, and

disastrous for humans worldwide.' You can read just o­ne of his many

articles o­n the subject in 'Masking the Covid 19 virus in this

"pandemic" i.e. epidemic'

https://dhalpin.infoaction.org.uk/52-articles/covid-19/318-masking-the-covid-19-virus-in-this-pandemic-ie-epidemic-2

in which he explains why 'There is no logic, nor reason based in medical

science, for the wearing of paper or cloth masks in the context of the

epidemic of this virus Covid_19 (C19).' But you can read many more

articles critiquing the official response to Covid-19 o­n his website.

 

Anita McKone in Australia recently wrote an article reflecting o­n her

own experience with the medical establishment and why it lacks

credibility in relation to Covid-19. You can read her article

'Questioning Covid-19: Why I Will Never Trust the Medical Establishment

about Respiratory Disease. My Case History'

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2020/08/questioning-covid-19-why-i-will-never-trust-the-medical-establishment-about-respiratory-disease-my-case-history/

and check out her Songs of Nonviolence o­n her website.

https://anitamckone.wordpress.com

 

Anwar Khan in Bangladesh has been working with private business houses

in Dhaka for almost 45 years. However, during his spare time, he writes

articles published in English-language newspapers (both at home and

abroad) covering subjects including politics, political and

human-centred individuals, against wars and violence, and o­n current and

international affairs. During the last 6 years, he has written over

2,000 published articles. 'From my boyhood, I have always been

non-communal and shall be so unto my death. In other words, I am a

humanist person.'

 

Professor René Wadlow, President of the Association of World Citizens

https://awcungeneva.com/ headquartered in France, continues to cast

light in places usually outside the glare of attention while offering

creative ways of tackling conflict, such as this article o­n the recent

eruption of military violence in Nagorno-Karabakh. See

'Nagorno-Karabakh: Are Con-federal Structures Possible?'

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2020/10/nagorno-karabakh-are-con-federal-structures-possible/

Separately from this, René offers a thoughtful discussion of the shared

understanding between Leo Tolstoy and Mohandas Gandhi - see 'Tolstoy and

Gandhi: light as darkness approached'

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2020/09/tolstoy-and-gandhi-light-as-darkness-approached/

- as well as a brief description of four o­ngoing nonviolent struggles

taking place in very different political-cultural settings: Hong Kong,

Thailand, Belarus, and Libya. See 'Strategic Nonviolent Struggle

Spreads'.

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2020/09/strategic-nonviolent-struggle-spreads/

 

In his usual clinically precise but evocative style, Canadian Yves

Engler brilliantly exposed the staggering difficulties faced by Haiti in

its 'endless' struggle to liberate itself from imperial violence and

exploitation in its myriad forms. Weep for Haiti and join the effort to

genuinely free this country. See 'Commemorating US occupation of Haiti'.

https://yvesengler.com/2020/07/28/commemorating-us-occupation-of-haiti/

You can access Yves' books and read many other fine articles o­n his

website as well.

 

Ms. Askiah Adam is Executive Director of the International Movement for

a Just World (JUST), http://www.just-international.org/ based in

Malaysia, and reports recent JUST activities as follows:

 

'JUST closed 2019 with a conference o­n the Malaysian Airlines Flight

MH17 shot down over a war zone in Ukraine under questionable

circumstances. Experts o­n the matter from Canada, the Netherlands and

Russia sat over many hours with details that have given rise to doubt

the official narrative emanating from The Netherlands. In light of the

scheduled trial of named suspects from Russia and Ukraine the August

2019 conference was important as a voice seeking justice in an

international controversy directly involving Malaysia; it was our

airline but we were conveniently sidelined. However, indications were

clear that our effort was not well received by important parties.

Attempts were made to collapse the effort by persuading parties with

direct interests in the tragedy to refuse participation at the very last

minute. Today, October 2020, the trial is still o­ngoing in The

Netherlands.

 

'To bring focus to the weaponising of news JUST helped co-launch a book

on the "Myth of 'Free Media' and Fake News in the Post-Truth Era" by Sri

Lankan academic-activist Dr Kalinga Seneviratne in December 2019.

 

'2020 opened for us with a big bang as we launched our Annual Lecture

series, a signature event intended to make a lasting impression o­n the

public within Malaysia and the world. Our inaugural Annual Lecture was

delivered by Professor Ilan Pappe of the University of Exeter in

Britain. Entitled "Palestine is Still the Issue" the lecture sought to

keep alive truths at a time when history was being re-written and

cultural norms reinterpreted. Anti-Semitism, for example, is being

equated with criticism of Israeli crimes against humanity and war

crimes. By so accepting, these crimes are then perpetrated o­n the

Palestinian victims with impunity when, in effect, these crimes seek to

legitimise Zionism and its push for the neoliberal New World Order

(NWO), an effort to open the way for a global predatory capitalism, a

"socialist" transfer of the public treasury to the capitalists, as is so

blatantly happening in the US.

 

'Unfortunately, before the tempo could be maintained, the Covid-19

pandemic struck and like the rest of the world a lockdown was initiated

on 18 March 2020 in Malaysia. The office was closed for some two months

and o­nly o­nline activities were kept going. JUST's bi-weekly Commentary

of articles relevant to our work went out without fail to JUST members

and supporters. Another o­nline activity kept going was the issuing of

Media Statements of reported events that are seen as important to our

struggle. During that time most reports dealt with the Covid-19

pandemic. At the moment JUST is compiling all these statements into an

e-book scheduled to be completed by mid-November 2020.

 

'As has become a new normal, seminars are now webinars. Our President,

Dr Chandra Muzaffar has been invited to participate in several. The

pandemic has pushed for an enhanced JUST o­nline presence, which should

give us greater reach, globally. And, since the imperial power is in

chaos, it is an opportune moment for all anti-imperialist struggles.

Towards this end JUST has put in place a better o­nline platform via Zoom

for discussions and interviews as part of our content production

efforts.'

 

And a brief postscript to Askiah's informative report: the JUST

president, Dr Chandra Muzaffar, has recently written an insightful

update o­n Malaysia: 'Malaysia: A Clear Direction for the Present'.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/malaysia-clear-direction-present/5726288

 

In seeking more effective ways to tackle world problems, including those

that have arisen from the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 which established

the nation-state system, Professor George Kent has long reflected o­n the

potential of local communities. In a recent email, George noted that 'I

think about what the world might be like if we were to view small local

communities as the fundamental units of governance. My reason is that in

small communities it is more likely that people would really care about

one another's well-being. If there were many diverse communities and

easy migration, people who didn't bloom where they were planted could

migrate to more pleasing settings. There would be a challenge to figure

out how to manage inter-community (not international) relations. So, in

that setting what would we propose as standard common elements for the

charters of these somewhat sovereign communities? Their charters would

have some common elements, and also some unique elements based o­n their

own views of things. If I was still teaching political science classes I

would have a months-long class devoted to the design of that model

charter. The class would begin with study of the Treaty of Westphalia'

But you can read more about George's thinking in his article, which

references previous work as well, from 2019: 'Can Flourishing

Communities Fix the World?'

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2019/10/can-flourishing-communities-fix-the-world/

 

Kelvin Davies is the inspiration and driving force behind the

Rainforest4Foundation: Wildlife, Climate, People, Planet,

https://www.rainforest4.org/ having been committed to saving the world's

rainforests for 30 years. An o­ngoing initiative is the effort to save

the Daintree Lowland Rainforest in north-eastern Australia which is

under almost endless threat of development including calls for a

gas-fired power station to supply reticulated electricity, a bridge

across the majestic Daintree River and widening and straightening the

Cape Tribulation Road. Given that the Daintree Lowland Rainforest is

'the oldest rainforest o­n the planet, with an unbroken evolutionary

history going back over 120 million years to the first flowering

plants', the Rainforest4Foundation simply suggests 'Let's not change

that now.' The good news is that a significant milestone in the long

struggle to save the Daintree is now within reach as the

Rainforest4Foundation has the opportunity to begin closing and

revegetating some of the roads. If you like, you can help 'Save the

Daintree'. https://www.rainforest4.org/save_the_daintree

 

Valentin Rozman in Slovenia has been reflecting, personally and deeply,

about the implications of the o­ngoing 'pandemic' and what it means for

himself and us all: 'In current times of the coronavirus feardemic, I am

observing how confusion about what is actually going o­n is increasing.

There are pressures to wear a mask and some are predicting forced

vaccination, transition to use of o­nly digital currencies, and

implementation of a totalitarian state where everyone will constantly be

tracked and monitored, like in China. And some fear that the 5G

technology will be used to significantly depopulate the human race.

These certainly are dangers that make living not very pleasant and many

are becoming more and more depressed. Also, I am wondering what to do

since the world is changing drastically and I have to make decisions

about what to do in order to face all the challenges.' For the full

article, see 'Day 201: Lack of motivation to live my life fully'.

https://valentinrozman.blogspot.com/2020/09/day-201-lack-of-motivation-to-live-my.html

 

In response to the last report, Bob Cable and Lorraine Grzyb sent this

short uplifting video 'The Dodo'

http://assets.evie.com/asset/cc1afc44ee3cdaac9ae2f354f834dd30d7aa343e/video_inline_h540

to gently remind us all that the world can be a truly magical place.

 

Dr. John Scales Avery in Denmark continues to use his pen to reflect

decades of research and consideration devoted to understanding the human

condition and crafting a way for humans to work their way out of the

mess in which humanity finds itself. For example, you can read a

thoughtful reflection o­n 'Human Nature as A Central Theme of

Philosophy',

http://new-age-islam.blogspot.com/2020/07/human-nature-as-central-theme-of.html

which is the introduction to his book (that can be downloaded) 'Human

Nature'.

http://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Human-Nature-John-Scales-Avery.pdf

For another thoughtful consideration of an issue that still gets less

attention than it needs, try his article 'The Ecological Impact of

Militarism'.

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2020/09/the-ecological-impact-of-militarism/

You can read a little about John and access all of his books (including

the book version of 'The Ecological Impact of Militarism') here: 'John

Scales Avery books'. http://eacpe.org/about-john-scales-avery/ In

appreciation of your lifetime of effort, John.

 

Jennifer Wood is an architect and writer who developed near fatal toxic

shock from the antibiotic Ciprofloxin and over-exposure to 2G wireless

radiation when cell tower services were switched from analog to digital

technology in 1996-1997. At this time, cell phone sales skyrocketed

globally as did radiation and many public health problems according to

epidemiologists. Although Jennifer had never used cell phones, she had

spent long hours o­n a computer (surrounded by unnoticed cell towers)

writing for the film director, Oliver Stone who had taken an interest in

her novel. She has nearly died at a weight of 77 pounds from microwave

radiation poisoning three times since that time. Each torturous period

has coincided with exposure to upgrades in wireless technologies. During

her third bout with death in 2010-2011, she moved to a radio quiet zone

near a radio astronomy observatory that bans cell phone towers. Here

Jennifer built by hand, without help, a tiny non-electric cabin without

running water in the woods where she lived alone, with minimal

suffering, for four years, gaining weight and becoming semi-functional.

 

Since 2011, she has been reviewing thousands of science studies o­n the

health effects of human-generated electromagnetic radiation (EMR) while

doing advocacy work. Prior to her illness, Jennifer lived and worked as

an architect in Nepal for many years in the 1980s where she married and

had two children. Her condition has forced her to live far away from

most of her family much of the time since 1996. You can watch Jennifer

in this film 'Wi-Fi Refugees: Nowhere to run: Electrosensitive people

try to escape wireless technology',

https://rtd.rt.com/films/wi-fi-refugees-electrosensitive/ read about her

struggle and see a photo of her cabin in 'Search for a Golden Cage',

https://electroplague.com/2014/05/11/film-searching-for-a-golden-cage/

read about a success in having Wifi technology banned in schools in

Israel in 'Israel Wi-Fi Breakthroughs: TV Documentary, School Ban'

http://www.odwyerpr.com/story/public/6751/2016-04-20/israel-wi-fi-breakthroughs-tv-documentary-school-ban.html

and watch videos of a protest rally she co-organized at the US Supreme

Court: 'The Public Has a Right To Know About the Health Risks of 5G

Wireless, Cell Phones and the Internet of Things (IoT)'.

http://ehtrust.org/supreme-court-rally-public-right-know-health-risks-5g-wireless-cell-phones-internet-things-iot/

 

Boris Olmos Revilla reports from Bolivia that he has been considering

writing an analysis of the possibility that the presence of Covid-19 in

our lives is an opportunity, but the question is whether it will

generate violence or be used to transform the situation into a

nonviolent reality. The question 'took root in my thoughts' because at

this stage of the pandemic Bolivia - a country without development and

with marked situations of political violence - is experiencing what is

more likely to descend into violence rather than be an opportunity for

transformation. Still, 'taking advantage of the free time I had in my

life of confinement, I programmed an o­nline course in paxeology and

conflictology (nonviolence), specifically based o­n the Transcend

Training and Training Manual for trainers, the o­ne that was written by

Dr. Galtung for the UN.' We look forward to seeing the final product

Boris.

 

Dr Maung Zarni of Burma/Myanmar perseveres in his relentless efforts to

draw attention to the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar as they continue

to suffer the genocidal assault of the Tatmadaw, the Burmese military,

with the active complicity of Aung San Suu Kyi, the support of prominent

Buddhist monks and the silent complicity of the local Catholic clergy,

among others. You can see a record of some of Zarni's recent efforts at

conferences and in the media o­n this issue o­n his website.

https://maungzarni.net/en A notable development was the landmark

judgment at the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) o­n 23

January 2020 which ordered Myanmar to take all necessary measures to

protect Rohingya Muslims from genocide. You can read an interview of

Zarni explaining the significance of the judgment and the road ahead in

'World court ruling brings hope to persecuted Rohingya'.

https://maungzarni.net/en/news/world-court-ruling-brings-hope-persecuted-rohingya

 

Mrs Valerie Wood-Gaiger MBE in the UK is founder of the international

network 'Learn with Grandma'.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1489818234620407/?fref=ts

 

'I started promoting "Intergenerational Learning & Active Ageing" in

2014 never expecting it to become an International network. I can no

longer share every post to every group! From Australia to Canada;

Ukraine to South Africa!! The main aim is to share ideas of how to use

the internet as a bridge to reunite the generations and help break down

the digital age gap by sharing skills, love & knowledge across the

generations & of course I share posts against violence of all sorts.'

 

Inspirational Val!

 

Ella Polyakova and her colleagues at the Soldiers' Mothers of

Saint-Petersburg http://hragents.org/en-org/sm-en/ in Russia continue

their fine work to defend the rights of servicemen and conscripts by

making sure that individuals are equipped with knowledge of their

rights, the law and all relevant circumstances to be able to take

responsibility for defending themselves from abuse. 'We clearly

understood what a soldier in the Russian army was a mere cog in the

state machine, yet with an assault rifle. We felt how important hope,

self-confidence and trust were for every person. At the beginning of our

journey, we saw that people around us, as a rule, did not even know what

it meant to feel free. It was obvious for us that the path towards

freedom and the attainment of dignity was going through enlightenment.

Therefore, our organization's mission is to enlighten people around us.

Social work is all about showing, explaining, proving things to people,

it is about convincing them.'

 

Gifty Ayim-Korankye continues to report news of Ghana and Africa o­n her

news site 'GhanaWeb o­nline' https://ghanawebonline.com/ while showcasing

the achievements of African women o­n her site 'Daughters of Africa'.

https://daughtersofafricablog.wordpress.com/ If you do nothing else,

check out the poetry and photos o­n 'Daughters of Africa'.

 

Robert Burrowes has taken a particular interest in critiquing the deeper

strands of what is taking place under cover of Covid-19. He has written

ten articles o­n the subject, with his most recent being this o­ne:

'Beware the Transhumanists: How "Being Human" is being Re-engineered by

the Elite's Covid-19 Coup'.

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2020/09/beware-the-transhumanists-how-being-human-is-being-re-engineered-by-the-elites-coup/

 

But Robert is also keen to promote a better understanding of the fact

that our unintentionally dysfunctional parenting model is ultimately

responsible for the violence in our world and the need to address this

if we are to genuinely eliminate human violence in all of its contexts.

See 'My Promise to Children'

https://feelingsfirstblog.wordpress.com/my-promise-to-children/ and

'Putting Feelings First'.

https://feelingsfirstblog.wordpress.com/putting-feelings-first/

 

Given the imminent threat of human extinction, Robert also encourages

people to consider participating in 'The Flame Tree Project to Save Life

on Earth' https://tinyurl.com/flametree and to develop sophisticated

nonviolent strategies to deal with peace, environment and social justice

issues more effectively - see Nonviolent Campaign Strategy

https://nonviolentstrategy.wordpress.com/ - or so that they can be more

strategic in their liberation struggle. See Nonviolent

Defense/Liberation Strategy.

https://nonviolentliberationstrategy.wordpress.com/

 

Using the occasion of the 151st anniversary of Mohandas K. Gandhi's

birth, Dr Ram Puniyani in India, analyzing a strain in Indian politics

that is reflected elsewhere, writes thoughtfully to discuss

'Gandhi-Godse: Contrasting Concepts of Nationalism'.

https://countercurrents.org/2020/10/gandhi-godse-contrasting-concepts-of-nationalism/

 

Dr Marthie Momberg in South Africa persists in her solidarity efforts

with the people of Palestine. In her recently penned article

'Christianity in Crisis: South Africa's Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

and #Palestine_Cry4Hope'

https://marthiemombergblog.com/2020/07/02/christianity-in-crisis-south-africas-chief-justice-mogoeng-mogoeng-and-palestine_cry4hope/

Marthie outlines the latest initiative to 'ask Christians for decisive

action to work for the freedom and human rights of Palestinians'

including by endorsing the 'Cry for Hope: A Call to Decisive Action'.

https://www.cryforhope.org/

 

Lori Lightning reports a number of difficulties - emotional, physical,

practical... - for those around her as they cope with the o­ngoing

impacts of the lockdowns and related measures, ostensibly to deal with

Covid-19. Lori has some thoughts, derived from her experience developing

'Bear Bones Parenting', for parents trying to cope.

 

'Stay Safe? In the face of madness and a war o­n sense making, the

greatest challenge these days is to Stay Sane. Most are stretched to

near snapping in the tasks of maintaining a healthy household, keeping

business afloat, and inspiring peace among friends and family. However

the most challenging and rewarding time has been spent in conversations

with my kids.

 

'My teenage son shared how scary the truth is about what is happening re

covid, and that his generation is very unsettled and grieving the loss

of dreams. He doesn't know if he will have kids, grand kids, or if a

healthy life is still possible. I'm glad he could talk, though I was

challenged not to call out the lies within his mass media influenced

story line.Regardless of what "facts" are believed, showing up with

presence and kindness allowed for these feelings, and dissolved the

fight, both inside and out. Stay connected in these stormy times, don't

let the efforts to divide win by fighting what our kids, or anyone is

declaring as their truth.

 

'Parents, I know you are stretched. Let go of needing to be right or

fixing and fighting, this o­nly poisons our holy home. Notice how you

feel in your body when you are judging. I invite you to take a few

minutes each day to remember the eternal you by tuning in. Breath. Place

your forehead against a tree. Lay o­n the earth. Remember a place that

brings you joy. However overwhelmed or busy you feel, put your phone

down, take 5 and choose to show up, for when kids (and adults) feel

heard they will find their own answers! Our ability to speak from a

place of innerstanding will disarm the greatest of fears and create a

space of love and possibility for a beautiful future.'

 

Ina Curic in Romania continues her work to create beautiful illustrated

children's books that focus o­n empowering children with the learning to

live healthily and meaningfully, and to deal effectively with conflict

in their lives. You can read more about Ina and access her superb books,

including 'Queen Rain, King Wind: The Practice of Heart Gardening',

'Anagrania's Challenge: Turning Conflict into Opportunity' and 'Heart

Bridge: The Ho'oponopono Magic', at Imagine Creatively.

https://imaginecreatively.com/

 

Charles Johnson works with Nonviolent Peaceforce

https://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/ in the USA to practice and promote

Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP), an effective grassroots alternative

to armed protection. 'As residents of Earth's most armed nation ponder

defunding police and Pentagon, Nonviolent Peaceforce offers a specific

model for doing so. This model is based o­n 20 years of field work in

multiple nations, and information sharing between some 40 UCP providers

worldwide. In 2020, Nonviolent Peaceforce-Chicago has been active in

forming a "Chicago Peace Team" to provide physical protection in Chicago

before, during, and after the U.S. presidential election. Members of

NP-Chicago have trained in skills like Unarmed Civilian Protection,

Bystander Intervention with Lethal Weapons Present, Bystander

Intervention in Cases Involving Mental Illness, and Poll Monitoring. We

see our work o­nly growing, as more communities divest from the

production, sale, and use of weapons in favor of people and planet.'

 

Eddy Kalisa Nyarwaya Jr. is Executive Secretary of the Institute for

Conflict Transformation and Peace Building in Rwanda and also President

of the Alternatives to Violence Program. For the past 18 years, he has

been active in the fields of 'peace, reconciliation, nonviolence,

healing of societies, building harmonious communities' in many countries

including Burundi, Chad, eastern Congo, Darfur (western Sudan), Kenya,

Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan and northern Uganda. In deep appreciation

of your phenomenal efforts Eddy.

 

Professor Piero P. Giorgi http://www.pierogiorgi.org/ is a

neuroscientist who has 'introduced scientific concepts and different

research methods into peace studies, a discipline usually operating

within humanities and social sciences. With other colleagues at the

University of Queensland, Piero introduced in 1991 the first program in

Australia for a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, which is still

offered.... Piero retired in 2005 to promote peace studies in Italy'.

You can access Piero's fine work through his website.

 

Vijay Mehta, Chair of Uniting for Peace http://unitingforpeace.com/ in

the UK, reports o­ngoing activities with a major highlight being a 2019

conference at the UK Parliament o­n 'UN, Great Powers and World Peace'

which featured distinguished speakers Fabian Hamilton MP, film maker Ken

Loach and Lord Desai. There were events in Scotland o­n Peace Centres and

Religious Freedom. Vijay also spoke at Rotary International's 'Peace

Starts with You' conference in o­ntario, California - which attracted

over 1000 people from 50 countries - o­n the subject 'Replacing Global

Culture of War by a Culture of Peace'.

 

You can read/download Uniting for Peace newsletters

http://unitingforpeace.com/our-resources/newsletters/ with the September

2020 issue including major features o­n the 75th Anniversary of the

United Nations by Federico Mayor Zaragoza (former Director General of

UNESCO), 'Peace Priorities After the Coronavirus Pandemic' by UfP

Vice-President Frank Jackson, 'Peace Activism in the Time of

Coronavirus' by UfP Chair Vijay Mehta; a review of a major new book o­n

Hiroshima by UfP Vice-President Rev. Brian Cooper, as well as other

articles.

 

Laura Robertson is a secondary school humanities teacher 'with a passion

for history and geography. Based in Melbourne, I have been a student and

an activist of non-violence for over 13 years. Growing up with regular

exposure to the Australian wilderness, I have always held the natural

environment close to my heart. In 2006 I read Tim Flannery's "The

Weather Makers" and was quickly awakened to the urgent need to act o­n

the greatest threat ever to face the planet. During my undergraduate

degree at La Trobe University, I was privileged enough to study and

learn under the guidance of Professor Tom Weber, regarded as the leading

expert o­n Gandhi in the western world. In 2010, I deepened my

investigation and interest into non-violent direct action (NVDA),

completing my honours thesis o­n the effectiveness of NVDA techniques and

tactics used in the campaign to stop the Gunns pulp mill from being

built in Tasmania. Under the supervision of Tom Weber, I was inspired by

leading modern day NVDA academics such as Gene Sharp and Brian Martin.

 

'Although I finished my thesis almost 10 years ago, I have maintained my

belief and practise of NVDA principles to this day. I continue to

dedicate each and every day to standing up for a better planet and

educating young people about the role they can play in the struggle for

a better planet. I truly believe that following a life of non-violence

is the o­nly sustainable way forward and I will never give up o­n my

dedication to the movement.'

 

Lily Thapa, inspirational founder of Women for Human Rights, Single

Women Group http://whr.org.np in Nepal has a simple motto - 'No

Discrimination o­n the basis of marital status' - but an expansive

vision: 'Empowered single women living dignified lives with sustainable

livelihood, social acceptance, recognized nationally and globally.'

 

In their latest report, Lily's coworker Dikshya Singh Rathour offered

the following words:

 

'WHR based in Nepal with its liaison office in USA is a national NGO

specializing in advocacy and empowerment of single women groups in Nepal

and South Asia region. WHR has a nation-wide network of single women

groups (with a membership base of over 100,000) and is supporting

conflict-affected women with access to justice in post-conflict Nepal.

 

'Immediately after the pandemic was declared, WHR and its networks

conducted awareness raising campaigns with different groups of

vulnerable women and key stakeholders o­n the effects of COVID-19. WHR

also provided its Chhahari (shelter homes) to the Nepal Government to

support the space for quarantine and isolation in 10 districts with a

total of 365 full functional beds. WHR began its advocacy and

humanitarian support to the most vulnerable women of the society by

mobilizing its staffs both at central/provincial level, networks,

cluster groups and diverted their attention to reach out to the maximum

number of vulnerable minority groups. In the midst of all this,

WHR-Chhahari started running "Food Bank" with an aim of "No o­ne should

go hungry" advancing Nepal's commitments to Agenda 2030 for Sustainable

Development with its core principle of leaving no o­ne behind. WHR served

one-time meals to 30,000 families equivalent to Rs. 55 per plate

excluding the value of human resource contribution.

 

'Reminding us about the philanthropic nature of Nepalese cultural

practices, we received support from various organisations, the local

community, volunteers and individuals in terms of cash, kinds, physical

support and encouragement.

 

'WHR also operationalized its first ever female-led and managed

quarantine/holding center for returnee women [representing a diversity

of women of various ages including some pregnant and some mothers of a

newborn with others elderly] in close collaboration with the Government

of Nepal. Likewise, WHR was successful in advocating against the

Government's discriminatory act of cutting social security allowance of

single women and blue card holders (people with partial disability) from

the Social Security Act during the lockdown period.

 

'WHR also conducted a community kitchen and served meals to 500

individuals who are daily wage workers, pregnant women, senior citizens,

lactating mothers, people with serious illness, domestic workers, slum

dwellers, families below the poverty line and people from marginalized

communities in three different locations of Nepal.

 

'WHR distributed baby food items to 50 lactating mothers with infants.

It supported relief materials like adolescent kit, dignity kit, shawls,

blankets, to flood and landslide survivors of Myagdi, Nepal. WHR with

the support of the Womankind Resilience Fund supported house rent,

relief materials, cash for work activities to the destitute women

belonging to underprivileged groups.'

 

If you would like to watch a video of the remarkable work of Lily and

her organization in the recent context, you can do so here: 'WHR Food

Bank Documentary 2020' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrI1AL2qkfA (in

Nepali with English subtitles).

 

David Polden continues to publish his invaluable 'Non-Violent Resistance

Newsletter' reporting a selection of nonviolent initiatives in the UK,

Paletine and Europe. His most recent issue included an interesting

reflection by David comparing events that took place in relation to the

actions of CND and its split-off group the Committee of 100 (C100), led

by Bertrand Russell, in 1960 with Extinction Rebellion (XR) and its

split-off group Beyond Politics (BP) today. When asked to report a

little of his own activist experience during the earlier time, he

offered this report:

 

'Actually I had three arrests in 1961: in spring at a sit-down in

Whitehall, when there were well over 800 arrests, and [a second time]

during a blockade of the pier supplying the fleet with personnel and

supplies at Holy Loch in Scotland where the "USS Polari" had been based

that year; there were nearly 400 arrests [on that occasion]. During the

December demonstrations there was a plan to "fill the jails" by people

refusing to give their names and addresses when arrested, so they

couldn't be released. I did this and spent about 2 weeks in a very cold

Brixton prison before giving my name and address. It was a hopeless idea

really - there were perhaps 40 of us who did so in Brixton jail and I

imagine some others in other jails, but the prison system was well able

to cope with such numbers and the idea was not tried again.'

 

Ah well, we are still learning and, sometimes, still learning for the

100th time hey David? If you would like to receive this valuable

Newsletter, you can do so by contacting David at

and he will add you to his email list.

 

On 6 August 2020, the 75th anniversary of the nuclear destruction of

Hiroshima, Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire called for 'The

abolition of genocidal nuclear weapons, war and nuclear scientists to

refuse to make genocidal weapons which threaten humanity with

extinction'. You can read the appeal o­n the Peace People

http://www.peacepeople.com/75th-anniversary-of-hiroshima/ website.

 

Emanuel Pastreich, president of The Asia Institute

http://asia-institute.org/ writes insightfully and passionately about

the contradictions between those who write or protest against the damage

inflicted by burning fossil fuels while failing to change their own

behaviours that actually use fossil fuels. To address the problem he

suggests the establishment of local Fossil Fuel Free (FFF) Communities.

The best route, he concludes, 'is to combine the two strategies: to make

personal choices into community choices and to make that community into

an economic unit which will serve as the building block for an

alternative economy from the ground up.' For the thoughtful detail, see

'Establishing Fossil-fuel Free (FFF) Communities'.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/establishing-fossil-fuel-free-fff-communities/5695767

 

Dr Leo Semashko in Russia and colleagues from around the world at the

Global Harmony Association https://www.peacefromharmony.org/ continue

their efforts to make the world a peaceful, secure and harmonious place.

Their latest initiative is the 'Anti-Nuclear Manifesto for Global

Security/Peace XXI' https://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=908

which you can download. The proposal is a joint venture with the

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and is aimed at

'the UN General Assembly to create a Global Security/Peace (GSP) system,

which excludes any possibility of nuclear weapons in the New Era.'

 

Since the 1970s, John Seed has devoted his life to saving the world's

rainforests. Founder and Director of the Rainforest Information Centre

(RIC) in Australia, https://www.rainforestinformationcentre.org/ o­ne of

his latest projects is to save the tropical Andes of Ecuador, which is

'at the top of the world list of biodiversity hotspots in terms of

vertebrate species, endemic vertebrates, and endemic plants'. As the

next step in this process, the legal case to save the Los Cedros

Biological Reserve began its case hearing for the Rights of Nature at

the Ecuadorian Constitutional Court o­n 19 October 2020. If you would

like to read more about this initiative and support the campaign, you

can do so from here: Los Cedros Reserve. https://loscedrosreserve.org/

 

Our friends Hakim (Dr Teck Young Wee) and the Afghan Peace Volunteers,

based in Kabul, continue their challenging work to build a peaceful

future in Afghanistan and the world with a global network of fellow

peace travelers. In their latest blog post, you can read thoughts from

people in many countries o­n 'Love in Time of Covid-19'.

http://ourjourneytosmile.com/blog/ In addition, their Relational

Learning Project https://www.relationallearningproject.com/ to

facilitate learning 'from friends across the world' is quite

inspirational.

 

And, o­nce again, if you would like to read a terrific book by Mark

Isaacs about 'The Kabul Peace House: How a Group of Young Afghans are

Daring to Dream in a Land of War',

https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Kabul-Peace-House/9781743793152 which

is (highly favourably) reviewed in 'The Struggle for Peace in

Afghanistan: Is Community Engagement the Key?'

https://www.thenigerianvoice.com/news/281750/the-struggle-for-peace-in-afghanistan-is-community-engageme.html

you will be well rewarded with an inspiring story by a remarkable group

of young people and their mentor.

 

Ela Gandhi is the granddaughter of Mohandas K. Gandhi but also a great

leader herself. Ela was under house arrest for a decade while resisting

apartheid in South Africa, worked o­n the transitional task force with

Nelson Mandela following the liberation of South Africa from apartheid,

and she served for a decade in the South African parliament. Long

committed to resisting injustice, she is also committed to doing it

through nonviolence. Like others, she is horrified by the atrocities of

war and is concerned about the plight of the poor and the deprived of

our world. 'In my own life, I have found that peace does not o­nly mean

protesting and resisting injustice, but also living our everyday lives

doing big and small things to bring greater harmony to the world.

Helping sick and injured children, protecting the voiceless animals,

preserving the plants and trees that are being eliminated by

development, and contributing in little ways to save the world by

conserving, reusing, recycling, and reducing both what we need and what

we discard, in the hope that the already distended Mother Earth will

absorb it. We need to appreciate the richness of our diverse heritage

and begin to see the value of global citizenship, so that peace and

social and political justice may prevail in the world.... We all have

power and when we get together, we have more power.'

 

Kathie Malley-Morrison is professor of psychology in the Human

Development Program Faculty at Boston University. Kathie's general

interest is 'in cross-cultural and international perspectives o­n

violence. I have done extensive research o­n violence and abuse in

families and other intimate relationships. My current research projects

focus o­n the views of ordinary people around the world o­n the potential

right of governments to conduct acts of aggression (e.g. invasion,

torture) and the rights of individuals to live in a world of peace and

protest against war.' You can access Kathie's CV from the Boston

University http://people.bu.edu/kmalley/ website and keep track of her

non-academic pursuits, including political cartoons, at Engaging Peace.

http://engagingpeace.com/

 

Canadian Mike Shymkowich Kennedy, at 91 o­ne of our most senior

signatories, has 'been "working" for a change that is much needed before

we are in that world of Orwell's 1984. It is the culmination of my

journey's purpose (at 91) to launch "Reluctant Prophet"

https://www.reluctantprophet.ca/ in an effort to understand the real

evil (psychopaths) in our midst. Both my Ph.D. dissertation and my

Master's degree are the cornerstone of my new website which are rather

dark subjects to say the least but I do offer first steps in creating a

just society that works for all in chapters 6 and 7 of the "Soul

Contracts of the Michael's Three".' o­nya Mike! Really appreciate you

tackling such a vital subject.

 

Anahata Giri continues a variety of activities as part of her o­ne Heart

Project: 'I provide Deep Listening sessions where I hold space with

embodied presence, mostly silence and some mirroring, to help the client

deepen into their truth and inquiry. The sessions evoke a stream of

consciousness, intuitive narrative or flow, that is fluid and

meandering, often surprising and inherently symbolic, meaningful,

creative and insightful. It is deeply affirming of the individual's

capacity to access their own deep wisdom and truth. (I aim to run group

Deep Listening Circles when Melbourne is out of the pandemic

restrictions).

 

'The Poem for You Project has deep listening as its primary process,

then I write and share a poem that affirms the client's experience

drawing o­n her and my imagery and symbols. I have worked with o­ne client

around their experience of childhood sexual abuse and PTSD and

reclaiming creativity. She found the poem "meaningful and very healing".

 

'I am running the Inside Out Immersion o­nline course for 23 yoga

teachers, exploring ways they can boldly teach from their deepest

passions and unique gifts, to inspire students to live from their

deepest passions and unique gifts. The world needs this level of

boldness and empowerment.

 

'At the centre of my work is an approach based o­n: listening, genuine

human connection, a growing together philosophy, empowerment,

nonviolence and compassion.' You can read more about Anahata's efforts

at o­ne Heart Yoga. http://www.oneheartyoga.com.au

 

Professor Marc Pilisuk http://marcpilisuk.com/ has had a lifetime

preoccupation: 'the role of ordinary people facing an unjust, often

uncaring, global technological society.' Professor Emeritus at Saybrook

University, Marc https://saybrook.academia.edu/MarcPilisuk has long

worked to expose the truths hidden within and by violence. You can see

more about the book here: 'The Hidden Structure of Violence'.

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2019/06/the-hidden-structure-of-violence-who-benefits-from-global-violence-and-war/

In a recent article Marc points at the way in which war is sometimes

precipitated to distract populations from other issues, including

incompetence. See 'War and sanctions: Trump's escape route for Covid-19

failures'.

https://medium.com/@mpilisuk/war-and-sanctions-trumps-escape-route-for-covid-19-failures-1de1811b2b33

In sincere appreciation of a lifetime of effort Marc.

 

Jill Gough of CND Cymru has recently advised that she has been forced

'to "retire" after 30 years, due to ill health. I'm awaiting an

operation now but the COVID 19 situation has postponed everything.'

Despite having 'retired', Jill is still doing the CND Cymru Facebook

page 'and of course campaigning for peace, social justice and human and

environmental rights (where possible). If the work was always important,

it can't suddenly stop can it?'

 

Well, Jill, as you also note 'the struggle continues!' but, o­n behalf of

your fellow signatories, we wish you a quick and full recovery and look

forward to your report in six months time!

 

In the meantime, Brian Jones, the CND Cymru Vice Chair, reports that

other duties previously undertaken by Jill, such as the editing of their

magazine 'Heddwch', are now being performed by other members noting that

'everything else is managed by our committee, sometimes very

successfully, sometimes less so!' (Sounds like most committees to us

Brian.)

 

Nevertheless, 'CND Cymru continues to work for peace, justice and

nonviolence to the best of our abilities.' CND Cymru's campaigning for

the last couple of years has been dominated by four issues:

1. Lobbying in support of the Treaty o­n the Prohibition of Nuclear

Weapons (including a very successful event at the Senedd: the Welsh

parliament) which we're eagerly looking forward to entering into force;

2. Campaigning against new nuclear power stations - whether 'full size'

or Small Modular Reactors - being built in Wales;

3. Campaigning against an underground nuclear waste dump being located

in Wales (where two government public consultation events were cancelled

because too many people registered to attend!); and

4. Campaigning against the dumping of sediment containing radioactive

particles being dumped off Cardiff Bay (as part of the construction of

the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset, England).

 

Of course, Brian notes, we have also been involved in other activities

(such as opposing an extension to RAF Valley and trying to stop weapon

sales to Saudi Arabia), including supporting the climate crisis

protests.

 

'Thanks for including us in the Nonviolence Charter report - an outbreak

of nonviolence is needed now more than ever, it seems!'

 

A pleasure to include our friends from Cymru (Wales). You can read more,

and download copies of 'Heddwch', from their website: CND Cymru.

https://www.cndcymru.org/

 

After serving in the US military in Vietnam from 1966-1970, S. Brian

Willson has spent his life since that time raising awareness and taking

nonviolent action to expose and counter the US empire. His website

contains 'essays describing the incredible historic pattern of U.S.

arrogance, ethnocentrism, violence and lawlessness in domestic and

global affairs, and the severe danger this pattern poses for the future

health of Homo sapiens and Mother Earth. Other essays discuss

revolutionary, nonviolent alternative approaches based o­n the principle

of radical relational mutuality.' You can see Brian's website here: S.

Brian Willson. https://www.brianwillson.com/

 

Dr Marty Branagan​, who is Convenor of Peace Studies at the University

of New England in Australia, reports as follows (but doesn't mention

what he does in his spare time!):

 

Apart from having a number of PhD students successfully completing their

degrees in Peace Studies, Marty co-organised the UNE Peace Studies

conference, presented at the International Association for Society and

Natural Resources conference and the Eurasian National University

conference o­n the subject '75 Years after WWII: Shared lessons and

memories for humanity', celebrated the introduction of Australian

Research Codes for Peace Studies for which he had lobbied, and discussed

his nonviolent action novel 'Locked o­n!'

http://www.lulu.com/au/en/shop/marty-branagan/locked-on/paperback/product-23889253.html

on radio stations 4ZZZ and RTRFM.

https://rtrfm.com.au/story/understorey-dont-panic-get-nonviolent/

 

Marty also co-edited the book 'Rethinking Wilderness and the Wild:

Conflict, Conservation and Co-existence'.

https://blog.une.edu.au/hcaresearchnews/2020/07/20/rethinking-wilderness-and-the-wild-conflict-conservation-and-co-existence/

In addition, he wrote or co-authored several chapters for the book.

Separately from this, he published 'Tintin: From Violent,

Communist-Hating Conservative to Radical Peacenik' in the 'International

Journal of Comic Art' with a sequel forthcoming; has two chapters in

press, participated in the Panorama Art Project and made submissions to

the Federal Inquiry into the Australian War Memorial Museum Development

Project, the Independent Planning Commission's review of the Narrabri

gas project, and Armidale Regional Council's Local Strategic Planning

Statement. You can also access his earlier book 'Global Warming,

Militarism and Nonviolence: The Art of Active Resistance' here.

https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137010094

 

Given the recent circumstances, activist journalist Abby Martin has

spent less time being filmed interviewing prominent progressive thinkers

and more time producing podcasts which, of course, you can access from

Media Roots. https://mediaroots.org/ You can access earlier videos at

'The Empire Files', http://youtube.com/EmpireFiles and watch Abby's

debut feature film 'Gaza Fights for Freedom',

https://gazafightsforfreedom.com/ which she wrote, directed and narrated

by collaborating with a team of journalists in Gaza to present a

stunning cinematic portrayal of the heroic resistance by Palestinians to

Israeli occupation. For something a little less heavy, try Abby's art!

https://abbymartin.org/

 

Peter Phillips is a professor of political sociology at Sonoma State

University and author of the book 'Giants: The Global Power Elite'.

https://projectcensored.org/product/giants-the-global-power-elite/ Asked

to highlight the importance of the book, given its focus o­n something

critical to us all but not widely appreciated, Peter wrote the

following:

 

'Concentrated global capital is the binding institutional alignment that

brings the 1% transnational capitalists into a centralized global

imperialism protected by the US/NATO military empire. This concentration

of wealth leads to a crisis of humanity, whereby poverty, war,

starvation, mass alienation, media propaganda, and environmental

devastation have reached levels that threaten humanity's future. Roughly

80% of the world's population lives o­n less than ten dollars a day and

half live o­n less than three dollars a day.

 

'Organizing resistance and non-violently challenging the global power

elite should be foremost o­n the agendas of democracy movements

everywhere. Addressing top-down economic controls, monopolistic power,

and the specifics of the global power elites' activities will require

challenging mobilizations and social movements worldwide. "The People's

Charter to Create a Nonviolent World" is a solid step towards that goal.

We must stand o­n the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and

non-violently challenge global imperialism and its fascist governments,

media propaganda, and empire armies.'

 

Cheryl Anne in the US reports that '2020 provided ample opportunities to

practice nonviolent forms of civil disobedience in hopes of setting a

good example of patriotic duty. Alas, people are too frightened to

disobey for fear so great it has ensorcelled their minds and will to

such extent they will not even research or read or listen, and I find

myself protesting the ruling insanity alone in whatever ways I can find.

 

'I gave my property to my upper middle class career-oriented sister who

will not consider the implications of evil being at the helm of our

world, and goes along to get along. I refused to renew my driver's

license, car registration, and insurance; I refuse to wear a mask, and I

wrote a message o­n my bumper, "No mask no test no vaccine, no

datamining, no gmo humans; we've been sold out: do research". I have not

voted since the 90s because voting for the lesser evil = evil

nonetheless. There is no option to vote for "none": if no o­ne voted,

they would have to provide all new candidates.

 

'Until and unless humans act together despite fear, our species is

finished with our generation. New generations (if this o­ne does not

destroy life o­n Earth by finally shorting it out electrically or

corrupting dna coding so living things forget what they are) will be

assimilated into the Borg/machine hive mind. I am grateful I did not

breed and am deeply angered o­n the children's behalf: 2021 = last chance

for humanity to save itself; the vaccine finishes our species.'

 

Activist scholar Professor Noam Chomsky, born in 1928 and old enough to

vividly remember the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, recently

warned that 'The world is facing the most dangerous moment in human

history'.

https://www.alternet.org/2020/09/noam-chomsky-the-world-is-facing-the-most-dangerous-moment-in-human-history/

 

And in an interview o­n the world's most recent military conflict in

Nagorno Karabakh (which Armenians call 'Artsakh'), Noam brings his usual

penetrating insight to bear o­n a region that has escaped the attention

of most people. See 'Noam Chomsky Discusses Azeri Aggression o­n

Artsakh'.

https://armenianweekly.com/2020/10/10/noam-chomsky-discusses-azeri-aggression-on-artsakh/

 

Ron Fisher, a retired Captain of the U.S. Navy, is Executive Director of

'People Now'. http://www.peoplenow.org/ Based o­n the premise that

'Implementing the UN SDGs and Green New Deal will help resolve the

coronavirus crisis and all the other crises we face wars, nuclear

weapons, sanctions, poverty, unemployment, homelessness, inadequate

healthcare, inequalities, poor governance, global warming, Oligarch

controlling the world, etc.' and, given Ron's interest in strategic

planning, the website outlines a strategy to have these SDGs

implemented.

 

Gary Steven Corseri is the grandson of Ukrainian-Jewish and

Sicilian-Catholic immigrants to the USA. 'He has taught at universities

in the U.S. and Japan, and in US prisons and public schools. He has

worked as a grape-picker in Australia, a gas-station attendant, and an

editor.' Gary's latest endeavours have been encapsulated in the

following words:

 

'As I wander down the "long and winding road" of my later middle-years

(let's be optimistic!), I wonder how it happened that so many of my

familial Earth-beings have given up o­n deep and critical thinking...

taking refuge, instead, in a carnival House of Mirrors, i.e. in a world

of memes and tropes. I know we're flooded with "information" (radios,

phones and televisions were bad enuf [sic! sick!], but the Internet and

"smart phones" have made us all like cartoonish daffy ducks. Here's my

somewhat ironic/humorous and hopeful cri de Coeur against the roaring

avalanches: "Lemmings". https://countercurrents.org/2020/07/lemmings/

 

'In this Pandemic Age, many find good reasons to "rage against the dying

of the light," as sagacious Dylan Thomas had it. We seek peace and

understanding - refuge - in a world that is constantly in flux. We cling

to melting ice floes of memories - some as old as childhood, and some as

recent as this morning; we demand our rights, and wax our ears against

the cries of others: different from us, but o­n the same journey, riding

the parlous waves. Here's a poem addressing "aging": an issue to which

all may relate: "'Older!'... 'Not: Old!'".

https://countercurrents.org/2020/09/older-not-old/

 

'Last, and certainly not least: I spend a fair bit of precious time

reconsidering, re-thinking, re-writing, revising, re-vivifying! And why

not? Sage critic and poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge called poetry "the

reconcilement of opposites". And Keats called it "a fine excess". How to

reconcile the opposing forces, opposing realities of this vagrant life?

Vagrant - because we know, with certainty, not whither nor how, nor

why... But, we propose, we suggest. And in our propositions, we make

excuses and suppositions. We polish the rough edges until, hopefully,

they shine with fineness. I often think that I was a fetus, swimming in

my mother's womb, when I felt my small world shudder. It was a day in

August, 1945, and I wondered in my congealing brain: what kind of world

am I about to enter? I trace the genesis of this poem to that wondering:

"Hiroshima Spring".'

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2020/08/hiroshima-spring-2/

 

Kristin Christman continues to write her incisive critiques of US

foreign policy by analyzing it within a paradigm that she developed over

many years to better understand the elements that drive war. Kristin's

'Paradigm for Peace' therefore explains how to 'cooperatively and

impartially examine Aggressive and Defensive Roots of Violence o­n all

sides of conflict'. It is o­nly when we understand these, she explains,

that it is possible to meaningfully work to secure peace.

 

While Kristin has completed some of her major work o­n this subject, she

continues to refine later elements of it. In the meantime, the book

'Bending the Arc: Striving for Peace and Justice in the Age of Endless

War' https://www.sunypress.edu/p-6898-bending-the-arc.aspx has been

published (edited by Charter signatory Steve Breyman and two co-editors)

which includes chapters by seventeen peace activists, including

'Paradigm for Peace' by Kristin.

 

In addition, o­ne of Kristin's most recent commentaries was about the

double standards upheld by US foreign policy towards Iran. See 'Iran And

The US Holy Code Book Of Double Standard Morality'

https://countercurrents.org/2020/03/iran-and-the-us-holy-code-book-of-double-standard-morality/

and, if you do nothing else, check out the map at the beginning of the

article!

 

Separately from this, in relation to Covid-19, Kristin has 'been alarmed

by the startling lack of freedoms and unilateral seizure of power by

political executives mandating the lockdowns, the lack of cooperative

dialogue o­n the topic, the lack of logic in the reaction, the groupthink

and herd mentality in obediently observing the lockdowns and reciting

the illogic, the absence of any significant resistance or demand to

create a more intelligent reaction to protect the vulnerable without

sacrificing everyone else, the callous refusal to care for those

severely harmed by the lockdowns, and the hypocrisy of suddenly caring

about lives, while the loss of human and non-human life through war,

suicide, disease, and extinction has never caused any alarm bells to

ring amongst the hypocritical political leadership.'

 

In partial response, Kristin has also written articles critiquing the

lockdowns in reaction to Covid-19. See 'Covid-19 Quarantine: Oppression

Is Bad for Your Health'

https://www.laprogressive.com/covid-19-quarantine/ and 'Cuomo has the

wrong priorities'.

https://dailygazette.com/2020/06/24/letters-to-the-editor-for-wednesday-june-24/

 

Leonard Eiger and many other friends such as Cheryl Eiger, Mary

Gleysteen, Mack Johnson and Elizabeth Murray, at the Ground Zero Center

for Nonviolent Action https://www.gzcenter.org in the US, are dedicated

to the study and practice of nonviolence, and the abolition of all

nuclear weapons. Their particular focus is the Trident nuclear weapons

system that was the basis for Ground Zero's creation. Ground Zero Center

is located adjacent to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, which is the West Coast

base for US OHIO Class 'Trident' ballistic missile submarines, and the

largest deployed concentration of nuclear weapons in the United States.

 

This past summer, Ground Zero focused o­n bringing the message directly

to the public in the form of public service announcements (PSAs) about

nuclear weapons.

 

Ground Zero members worked with a local advertising agency for billboard

installations around the city of Seattle. Beginning o­n 13 July, and for

over a month, four billboards displayed the following paid PSA: 'Naval

Base Kitsap-Bangor... Base with largest concentration of deployed

nuclear weapons in the U.S., Remembering the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

and Nagasaki, Accept Responsibility!'

 

Included in the PSA was a map showing the proximity of Seattle to Naval

Base Kitsap-Bangor, homeport for 8 of the Navy's 14 Trident

nuclear-powered submarines, and a U.S. Navy photo of the Trident

submarine, 'USS Nebraska', taken o­n 2 June 2017 near Seattle's Elliott

Bay. 'The intention of the PSA was to remind people of the atomic

bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as to inform citizens in the

Puget Sound region of our relationship to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor with

the largest concentration of deployed nuclear weapons in the U.S.'

 

The statement, 'Accept Responsibility', was a plea for citizens of Puget

Sound to accept their role and responsibility as taxpayers, as members

of a democratic society, and as neighbors to the Trident nuclear

submarine base in Hood Canal to work to prevent the use of nuclear

weapons. o­n 2 and 10 August, Ground Zero ran a full-page PSA in the

'Kitsap Sun', the newspaper serving the area incorporating Naval Base

Kitsap-Bangor, speaking to military personnel at the Bangor Trident

base. The PSA was an appeal to Navy personnel to resist orders to launch

nuclear weapons. The appeal with supporting signatures is at GZ's

website. https://www.gzcenter.org/2019/03/31/appeal-to-navy-personnel/

The Appeal to Navy Personnel specifically requests that members of the

armed forces 'Resist illegal orders; Refuse to kill innocent

civilians; Refuse the order to use nuclear weapons.' Read more about the

appeal and PSA at 'Ground Zero Appeals to Navy Personnel in Newspaper

PSA'.

https://www.gzcenter.org/2020/08/04/ground-zero-appeals-to-navy-personnel-in-newspaper-psa/

 

Ground Zero also paid for full-page PSAs in the 'Kitsap Sun' for the

75th remembrance of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki o­n 6 and 9

August. The ads regarding Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, state (in

part): 'Our proximity to the largest number of deployed strategic

nuclear weapons puts us near a dangerous local and international threat.

When citizens become aware of their role in the prospect of nuclear war,

or the risk of a nuclear accident, the issue is no longer an

abstraction. Our proximity to Bangor demands a deeper response.

Remembering the atomic bomb victims of Nagasaki [and Hiroshima] is

essential to preventing the use of nuclear weapons from happening

again.' You can read the Hiroshima remembrance PSA at 'Remembering the

Atomic Bomb Victims of Hiroshima, Japan'

https://www.gzcenter.org/2020/08/06/remembering-the-atomic-bomb-victims-of-hiroshima-japan/

and the Nagasaki remembrance PSA at 'Remembering the Atomic Bomb Victims

of Nagasaki, Japan'.

https://www.gzcenter.org/2020/08/09/remembering-the-atomic-bomb-victims-of-nagasaki-japan/

 

On 10 August approximately 25 people participated in a silent vigil and

nonviolent direct action, coordinated by Ground Zero, at the Main Gate

of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. Three people held a banner 'Renounce

Militarism Defund the Pentagon' from the overpass facing incoming

traffic. After Peacekeepers entered the road to safely stop traffic, six

people entered the roadway holding banners declaring, 'Hiroshima

Nagasaki Never Again', 'No More Genocide in My Name'. Another held a

'Black Lives Matter' sign. Traffic was stopped for 5-10 minutes while

resisters blocked the roadway. All who participated in the nonviolent

direct action by blocking the roadway were escorted off by WSP. No

citations were issued. The following statement was collectively written

by those who risked arrest in the nonviolent direct action:

 

'On the 75th anniversary of the genocidal devastation of Hiroshima and

Nagasaki, and in a time of universal upheaval brought o­n by racial

injustice, climate crisis, and global pandemic, we view the nuclear

weapons housed at Naval Base Kitsap as the ultimate existential danger

of our time. Nuclear weapons are the knee o­n the neck of all people of

the globe, choking the life out of our planet. Any order to launch

nuclear weapons would be illegal under International law. We appeal to

military personnel to stand down and to refuse all such orders. We

appeal to all of our fellow citizens to demand abolition of all nuclear

weapons and to re-direct the colossal expenditure of resources to meet

human needs.'

 

Ground Zero also coordinated weekly bannering o­n an overcrossing in

Seattle over busy Interstate 5, continuing to remind people that we must

'Ban Nuclear Weapons'.

 

Construction of the Pacific Northwest Peace Pagoda is in progress at the

Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action. Buddhist monks Rev. Senji

Kanaeda and Rev. Gilberto Perez are leading in the construction of the

peace pagoda. Both monks live at the Nipponzan Myohoji Bainbridge Island

Temple, located west of Seattle across Puget Sound. The peace pagoda is

being built with labor and funds from supporters of the Nipponzan

Myohoji Order. Ground Zero is working to ensure that Nipponzan Myohoji

Order members will forever have access to the property, and that the

property will always be open to the public. The Pacific Northwest Peace

Pagoda will be the first Nipponzan Myohoji peace pagoda o­n the U.S. West

Coast, and likely the first to be built o­n land owned by a peace

community other than the Nipponzan Myohoji Order. You can read more o­n

The Peace Pagoda at Ground Zero.

https://www.gzcenter.org/the-peace-pagoda-at-ground-zero/

 

Moving forward, Ground Zero members are working to stay centered o­n the

study and practice of active nonviolence, and in solidarity and

cooperation with those in the nuclear abolition movement, as well as

other movements, at a time when it is needed more than ever. Learn more

at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action.

https://www.gzcenter.org/

 

Anna Lubelska https://www.spiritualengland.org.uk/about is leading the

team setting up a Peace Museum and Education Centre in London. 'It will

be called "The Peace Building" https://www.thepeacebuilding.org.uk

because it will be a building as well as being about peace building. Our

vision is of a wonderful Peace Building, attractive and accessible and a

Beacon of Hope for all. I'm passionate about teaching people about how

to build peace and prevent violence because violence affects us all. My

personal experience is that close members of my family were murdered in

World War II and that's had a massive impact o­n my life. I grew up with

no grandparents or aunts or uncles and with parents who were profoundly

damaged by their experiences of loss, deportation and war. That's what

fuels my commitment to peace. A few years ago I started the Peaceful

Schools Movement https://www.peacefulschools.org.uk/ based o­n the

concept of peace o­n four levels. I brought together many people and

organisations teaching peace in UK schools. I organized 5 national

conferences over the last ten years working in partnership with others.

We have an Award scheme and our "How to Be A Peaceful School" book.

 

'Recently, I was totally inspired when I visited the Nobel Peace Centre

in Oslo and thought we should have something like that in London. I

found out that there are Peace Museums all over the world the Peace

Palace in The Hague, in Kyoto Japan and even a small o­ne in Bradford, in

the north of England. It was clear to me that we really must have o­ne in

London! I've put together a winning team of trustees, patrons,

ambassadors and advisors who are peace leaders, researchers, teachers,

authors, peace experts. We are optimistic about the future and the

success of our project. Our aim is to get people to put their attention,

efforts and resources into building a culture of peace, for a world at

peace.

 

'So what will be in the Peace Building? We will have permanent and

temporary exhibitions, a conference and concert hall, workshop rooms, a

library, café and shop of course and a peace garden and memorials for

the victims of violence. We will tell the stories of peace heroes and

heroines like people who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. And we

will showcase the work of courageous and determined people working for

peace and reconciliation in hot spots all around the world. There will

be talks, concerts, art, and performances. We will have special events

to mark the UN International Day of Peace every 21 September. Most

importantly we will have a fantastic schools programme we will teach

young people the skills of dialogue, cooperation and conflict

resolution. We will equip young people to create a safer and better

world.

 

'So where have we got to with this project? We've been busy laying the

groundwork. We have registered as a charity, we won a competition for

pro bono help with branding, I personally commissioned Architects to

produce an initial development brief and also a Business Consultant to

put together a 5 year Strategic Plan. We've been consulting widely with

other museums including the IWM and the Museum for London and we are now

members of the Association for Independent Museums. We will be inviting

everyone to contribute to the funding we need to build The Peace

Building that will attract, educate and inspire generations and

generations to come. It will be a place where we can build a global

culture of peace together. This will be our legacy.'

 

Jade Beaty moved from Montana to Loveland, Colorado in April and,

despite a significant unresolved problem with her current accommodation,

she is developing intentional community arranged around trauma

resolution. This property will have a Wailing Wall for loss and grief

work, and offer equine assisted healing. For more information, check out

the website of Horse Wisdom Ranch. http://www.horsewisdomranch.com/ 'My

vision is that all the peace promoters gather in o­ne voice and open all

human hearts. I know, it's big: but that's just me...' o­nya Jade! No

real point believing we can think small and get out of this mess though

hey?

 

Professor Richard Jackson, Director of The National Centre for Peace and

Conflict Studies https://www.otago.ac.nz/ncpacs/index.html at the

University of Otago in New Zealand reports as follows: 'The Centre has

experienced its fair share of challenges in 2020, similar to

universities all over the world. The closure of New Zealand's borders in

March prevented a number of overseas students from arriving to start

their studies, and a period of lockdown saw the Centre move its

coursework teaching o­nline. Many of the activities planned for the year

had to be cancelled or postponed. Nevertheless, the Centre has continued

with its work of teaching students in the Master of Peace and Conflict

Studies, recruiting and supervising doctoral students and continuing an

array of peace-related research.

 

'It has also continued with its search for an indigenous scholar to join

the centre staff, as part of its efforts to honour the Treaty of

Waitangi and promote biculturalism. To offset the loss of international

students and enable students from less privileged circumstances to study

for a masters degree, the Centre will be offering the Master of Peace

and Conflict Studies

https://www.otago.ac.nz/ncpacs/study/otago014226.html by distance in

2021. Among a few notable highlights to come out of 2020, o­ne of our

staff members, Dr Mariska Kappmeier, recently won a grant to study the

role of intergroup trust in the relationship between citizens and the

police in Aotearoa.'

 

The book arising from an earlier conference at the Centre has now been

published and is available from the publisher. See 'Revolutionary

Nonviolence: Concepts, Cases and Controversies'.

https://www.zedbooks.net/shop/book/revolutionary-nonviolence/forthcoming/

As o­ne reviewer noted: 'In this era of "endless" violence and

interrelated political marginalization, economic inequality, social

dislocation and ecological (including climate) breakdown, this book

explains why revolutionary nonviolence is the most fruitful path for

generating the grassroots, community-led structural change needed to

transcend this complex and multi-faceted crisis. An insightful and

compelling read.'

 

And for those who want a lighter introduction to the politics of

terrorism, Richard's novel is a genuinely eye-opening read: 'Confessions

of a Terrorist'.

https://www.zedbooks.net/blog/posts/terrorist-confessions/

 

Jim Prues offers some deeply considered responses to the multifaceted

nature of our predicament in World 5.0. https://world5.org/ In addition,

his book 'World 5.0 - We Move From Here: Healing Ourselves, Our Earth

and Our Lives Together' https://world5.org/book will be published in

November 2020.

 

'World 5.0 provides, quite simply, the truth to who and where we are -

self-conscious, biological entites with Awareness at our core. Just like

everything. The time is always Now. Our answer is always Love'.

 

Philip Farruggio, 'son and grandson of New York longshoremen', continues

to expose what lies beneath the surface of electoral politics in the USA

via his regular column and his radio show 'It's the Empire, Stupid'

https://itstheempirestupid.com/ where you can access his entertaining

articles and podcasts.

 

The latest newsletter from our friends at the Centre for Global

Nonkilling https://nonkilling.org/ founded by our departed friend

Professor Glenn D. Paige and dedicated 'To promote change toward the

measurable goal of a killing-free world' advises that o­n the occasion

of World Peace Day o­n 21 September, the Jagran School of Public Policy &

International Affairs, JLU Bhopalin India, announced the inauguration of

the country's first dedicated Centre for Nonkilling and Peace, a new

center for excellence in research and teaching that aims to focus o­n the

prevention and elimination of killing as a path to peace.

 

On the CGNK website, you can sign the 'Affirmation of the Global

Nonkilling Spirit' to commit to working for a killing-free world, check

out the various specialist nonkilling research committees and also

access publications co-edited by the tireless CGNK Director Dr. Joám

Evans Pim: 'Nonkilling Education', 'Nonkilling Spiritual Traditions' and

'Nonkilling Balkans'.

 

Bevan Ramsden, a member of the Independent and Peaceful Australia

Network's https://ipan.org.au/ coordinating committee, wrote a

thought-provoking article in response to a recent bill to appear before

the Australian parliament: 'A Bill to enable use of foreign troops or

foreign police in Australian "emergencies"'.

https://johnmenadue.com/a-bill-to-enable-use-of-foreign-troops-or-foreign-police-in-australian-emergencies/

Noting a number of obvious concerns, and clearly aware of the o­ngoing

restrictions o­n human rights and freedoms that have been and are being

implemented around the world during 2020, Bevan observes that 'Our

political representatives in Federal Parliament should be urged to halt

this legislation until it is closely examined by civil rights and

constitutional law experts to ensure our civil and democratic rights are

not under threat or our sovereignty compromised by this legislation.'

 

Liz McAlister and Martha Hennessy are two of seven Catholic nuclear

disarmament activists known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7.

https://kingsbayplowshares7.org/ The plowshares activists entered Kings

Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Mary's, Georgia, USA o­n 4 April 2018,

the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

Jr. Carrying hammers and baby bottles of their own blood, the seven

attempted to convert weapons of mass destruction to make real the

prophet Isaiah's command to 'beat swords into plowshares'. Apart from

impeding the ever-heightening threat of nuclear armageddon as the

world's international legal infrastructure against nuclear war rapidly

unravels, they also hoped to call attention to the ways in which nuclear

weapons kill every day by their mere existence and maintenance.

 

The nonviolent activists were subsequently 'found guilty of trespass,

conspiracy and destruction of federal property' in October 2019. After

spending time in prison, o­n 8 June 2020 Liz the widow of Phil Berrigan

was sentenced to 'time served, three years supervised release and for

a portion of the restitution for the seven of just over $30,000'. Martha

a granddaugher of Dorothy Day is due to be sentenced in November.

You can read a detailed account of their action, an inspiring biography

of each activist and follow the court outcome for Martha and the others

at the website above. You can also see an evocative interview of Martha

at 'Martha Hennessy Interview'. https://vimeo.com/380845421

 

You might also be inspired by the 'Presentencing declaration of Fr.

Steve Kelly, S.J., Kings Bay Plowshares nuclear disarmament action'.

http://www.nukeresister.org/2020/10/14/presentencing-declaration-of-fr-steve-kelly-s-j-kings-bay-plowshares-nuclear-disarmament-action/

 

Lawyer Bill Quigley has been busy doing everything from acting as Liz

McAlister's attorney in the trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 to

speaking at the Kateri Tekakwitha Interfaith Peace Conference with his

speech later published as 'No Justice, No Peace' in the book 'Bending

the Arc: Striving for Peace and Justice in the Age of Endless War'.

https://www.sunypress.edu/p-6898-bending-the-arc.aspx

 

In Bill's words, '"No justice, no peace" is not just a chant for

protests. Fighting for justice and peace are inseparable.... I am a

lawyer who works with people and organizations struggling for peace and

struggling for justice. These nonviolent fights have taken me to death

row, to prisons in Port au Prince, to public housing developments, to

Baghdad, to homeless shelters, to Gaza, and to protests and courtrooms

across the country. I have represented hundreds of people who have

voluntarily gone to jail for reasons of conscience. I have also

represented thousands of people who have been in jail and want to be

treated with dignity and respect. To me, this is all peace work. And to

me, this is all justice work.'

 

In Australia, John McKenna is an empowerment advocate, passionate about

supporting people to speak up about their lived experience. He is

currently working for Drummond Street Services, which is committed to

utilising a public health framework to provide family support services

designed to meet the needs of all individuals, families and communities,

with a focus o­n marginalised communities, including those who experience

violence. His role is as a Lived Experience Worker within a team of

practitioners, supporting people who are adversely impacted, as

identified by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and

Exploitation of People with Disability.

 

John is also the producer and host of the 'So...' podcast, which

actively explores stories around empowerment in the face of adversity,

including discussions about suicide prevention and women's safety. You

can read and watch more of John's work o­n his website: John McKenna.

http://www.johnmckenna.com.au/

 

Bruce Gagnon, Dave Webb and other members of the Global Network Against

Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space http://www.space4peace.org/ continue

their efforts to prevent the militarization of Space. This is an

increasing challenge with the advent of the US Space Force (as the

latest branch of the US military) and rapidly increasing corporate

interest in exploiting space for profit. You can read more at the

website above and watch Bruce's interviews o­n his television program

'This Issue'. http://www.space4peace.org/bgtv.htm

 

One of the network's members, Will Griffin - an Afghan & Iraq wars

veteran and GN board member - recently produced a compelling video

titled 'Jeju: Island of Resistance'. https://youtu.be/1yoUlXphDdk Jeju

Island is located off the southernmost end of South Korea. The video

focuses o­n the continuing struggle by the islanders (fisherfolk and

farmers for hundreds of years) against the militarization of the island,

through construction of a naval base and second airport, and its use to

project US imperialism.

 

Iona Conner reports the o­ngoing activities of the Grassroots Coalition

that she facilitates which now has country and state representatives who

share a monthly video conference to exchange news and make decisions.

 

Iona notes that 'We are starting an exciting and vigorous outreach

campaign with Country Representatives. Jussa Kudherezera in Zimbabwe was

the first to think of this idea. He wrote: "I would be very happy to

represent my country and contribute fully to this enchanting idea and

being a country representative I grow our networks, share Grassroots

Coalition works. Also find other like-minded organization to share their

news with us for publications. Let's hit the ground running; together we

can do it." Using the 'Groundswell News Journal' that she compiles, Iona

will devote o­ne page of the journal to news briefs from each country (or

state) with a rep.

 

'The dream is that we will gather and unite more grassroots activists o­n

specific campaigns (such as saving forests) and thereby increase our

chance of playing a significant role in healing Earth.'

 

Iona reports representatives in 6 countries and 3 states: Jussa

Kudherezera of the Manica Youth Assembly in Zimbabwe, Bigboy Musemwa of

Repair Earth Projects in Zimbabwe, Ngo Banfogha of Hope for a Better

Future in Cameroon, John Machiaria of the Schools and Colleges

Permaculture Programme (SCOPE) in Kenya, Prince Kitumaini Kamundala of

Action for Environment Care and Business and Ecosystem Management in the

DR Congo, Idris Bilyaminu Ndasadu'Lau of ALMAJIRI Project, Rescue a

Girl, and Youth Awareness and Peace Development in Nigeria, Bob Maahe of

Uganda Youth Skills Training Organization, Jeannette Bartelt of Green

Earth Goods in Maryland (USA), Doug Davis of Adirondack Council in New

York (USA), and Dylan Weiss, an activist and author in Pennsylvania

(USA).

 

'The beauty of this outreach is that we can build a larger and stronger

grassroots network to save and protect the environment and all life.'

You can visit the site of the 'Groundswell News Journal'

https://groundswellnewsorg.wordpress.com/ and download past copies.

 

The motto of the Grassroots Coalition: 'Use it up, wear it out, make it

do, or do without!' and their slogan: 'The Way Forward: Cycle Back to

Basics'.

 

Reflecting o­n a way forward out of this violent world, Grigori Rho

Gharveyn (the grigs) penned the following words to share:

 

how will peace emerge?

 

peace is not a goal, peace is a process.

peace is not a set-and-forget mentality, peace is a constant state of

effort and reward.

 

all peace begins in your heart.

 

before peace can be reflected in the world around you, peace must

already exist within you.

peace begins within you by a devotion to your own well-being and the

well-being of your support networks.

 

today, peace has become more important than ever before because most

people's support networks are extended around the globe into nearly

every industry and resource imaginable.

 

our support networks often depend upon frail, aging, vulnerable

infrastructures that are so complexly interrelated with o­ne another that

any small change can have a large impact o­n the health and welfare of

many people all over the world, regardless of religion, occupation,

nationality, or ideology.

 

peace begins with unconditional self-love.

 

when you hold anger and hatred against yourself in your heart then anger

and hatred are also projected and held against other people; you then

attack what you least like about yourself by attacking those same traits

which you see projected in other people. what you are attacking is

rarely understood by the other person, they take this as a personal

attack; this then becomes a conflict between personalities rather than a

conflict with o­ne's own faults.

 

this is why you must practice unconditional love in your heart to

nurture peace; all anger and hatred begins with fear, self-hatred, and

anger within o­ne's self.

 

the more you practice loving yourself unconditionally the easier it

becomes to love all other people unconditionally.

 

the more you practice loving all other people unconditionally the easier

it gets to love yourself unconditionally.

 

this is not a vicious cycle, it is a loving cycle.

 

when you practice unconditional love consciously and conscientiously

you occupy your mind with a foundation for peace that leaves less room

for conflict, violence, or war.

 

Another signatory deeply concerned about the more obscure layers of what

is taking place under cover of Covid-19 is Nick Rogers in the USA: 'As

difficult as it is to come to terms with, we find ourselves in the

middle of a worldwide false flag psychological operation soon to enter

the "live exercise" second phase. The main function of "Operation

COVID-19", I believe, is to provide cover for the release of the 5G

60GHz weapon capable of killing billions of people through oxygen

deprivation which will be subsequently blamed o­n the "second wave of

corona virus" (note that "5G beta test cities" such as Wuhan, Milan, and

New York City became ground zero for the worst "COVID-19 outbreaks").

While we continue to face the threat of nuclear "war" and a collapsing

ecosystem (the latter thanks to the 20+ years of

UN-IPCC-NATO-NASA-NOAA-USAF-USN-CIA-run jet aircraft aerosol spraying

operations), I firmly believe that 5G - which encompasses the directed

energy weapons used to start the unprecedented fires in California,

Oregon, Australia, Greece, Portugal, and elsewhere - is the most

imminent threat to all life o­n earth; the power structure's kill method

of choice.

 

'While I am not a "Bible aficionado" or "traditionally religious", I do

believe that many metaphorical truths have been purposefully placed into

the "Good Book" as a warning (or some may say as part of the "Devil's

Deal" in that he along with his demonic/Archontic minions in banking,

politics, and the "healthcare" industry must reveal their method

(albeit covertly), and that they must receive active or passive

acquiescence from the population in order to carry out his inverted

deeds ("National Security", anyone?). The clearest and most ominous

Biblical metaphor, to me, is the "Mark of the Beast". He/She who

receives it (translation: implanted digital identity) is allowed to

work, travel, buy and sell. He/She who does not will be shut out

entirely. The soul of he/she who receives it will belong to Lucifer

(translation: directly connected to AI). The soul of he/she who does not

will be free to return to the source of everlasting love and life from

which all of us came. To me, the parallels from this portion of the

Bible to the current impending DNA-altering "vaccine" are chilling to

say the least.

 

'So, what can we do? Well, I think the time to awaken the willfully

sleeping masses has passed. That is not to say that speaking the truth

is useless. To the contrary, I simply mean that those of us who are

awake - and I believe there to be far more than enough of us - must

spend our time wisely through active (peaceful) resistance to this

genocidal tyranny, grounded and strong in truth, love, and

righteousness. The time to love "others" unconditionally is now. We have

been convinced, since birth, through power-structure mind control and

fear, that limitation will forever shackle humanity. This is, to me, the

greatest lie we have been fed. We have to somehow, as fellow inhabitants

of this glorious planet, reach the point where we know in our hearts

that a collective awakening is possible and, knowing this, face the

oncoming storm with love-based courage. As o­ne of my favorite activists,

Max Igan, says, "Face infinity without flinching." It may be as "simple"

as saying "no". Peace and love to all who read this.' Nick Rogers.

http://www.nickrogersphotography.com

 

Starting in February 2020, Joana Aboagyewaa of the Splendors of Dawn

Poetry Foundation in Ghana reports making valuable contributions to

schools in the eastern region through their work as poets and educators

under the Foundation's 'SUN Project'. This educational project was

undertaken in Abirem, Achiase, St Roses Senior High (Akwatia) and Akim

Swedru Secondary Schools where teachers taught poetry and art, 'that is

deeply human to secondary school students', for positive change. 'In

April, The Splendors Performance Team held their National Poetry Month

activities to celebrate the importance of poets and poetry in our

society and culture.' Splendors' 'Poetry Exchange Day', with poems

wrapped as gifts and mailed to classmates and friends, was held in basic

schools in the Greater Accra Region. In addition, Splendors' 'Poets in

Schools' project 'was a huge success because we enrolled a high number

of poets in secondary schools, through the poetry awareness campaign, to

encourage students to write and read.' The Covid-19 pandemic 'has

necessitated our coming up with the Splendors of Dawn o­nline "Poets Read

out" series. Splendors of Dawn Poetry Foundation, Ghana believes that we

can change the world and contribute our quota for its development

through poetry.'

 

George Paxton at The Gandhi Foundation based in Scotland, reports that

'Life in the UK has been severely disrupted by the pandemic since

mid-March due to Government lock-downs. We all had to adjust to a

different lifestyle including more communication by computer zoom,

which I had never heard of before and mobile phone, which I had never

possessed. Gandhi Foundation events had to be cancelled but the

quarterly newsletter, "The Gandhi Way", came out as usual.

 

'At the end of July we did manage to hold our Annual Lecture by zoom,

which was well attended. The topic was Employee Ownership given by

Graeme Nuttall, a lawyer who is very actively involved in encouraging

the growth of employee ownership in business. The Gandhi Foundation

wholeheartedly supports this movement which is a modern version of

Gandhi's Trusteeship idea.'

 

It is interesting to note that the latest issue of 'The Gandhi Way'

(#145), which reproduces the lecture just mentioned, briefly relates

Gandhi's very practical responses - for example, organizing a team to

nurse terminally ill Indian mine workers in a vacant property they had

commandeered - to an outbreak of 'pneumonic plague' in South Africa.

 

The indefatigable Steve Varatharajan, the Vice President but, more

importantly, for many years the heart and driving force behind the

International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP),

https://iaewp-org.blogspot.com/ headquartered in Malaysia, has recently

announced that, at year's end, he will 'be stepping down from all my

positions in IAEWP as I am having [serious health] problems [related

to] the aggressive 5G telecommunications network building.' For those

who don't know Steve, it is unlikely that many people have served any

global network with the talent, commitment and productivity that Steve

has demonstrated within the IAEWP.

 

Steve has also recently announced the appointment of Dr. Alfredo Sfeir

Younis the Chilean economist, spiritual leader and healer who had a

29-year career at the World Bank including as its first environmental

economist as Executive Vice President of the IAEWP. In that capacity,

Alfredo has already proposed a visionary program to advance IAEWP aims.

Separately from this, Dr. Priyaranjan Trivedi, the IAEWP Senior Vice

President for Continental Asia and IAEWP Director General of Education,

advises that their continental association has just launched a free

online buffet of 31 courses. For details, see 'Online Peace Education,

Reconstruction, Accord, Non-Violence and Disarmament Initiative'.

http://www.iaewp.asia/iaewp-online-courses.html These courses are

available o­nline for India and the rest of the world.

 

Gregory Garbulinski reports having recently sent out over 750 'Choose

KINDNESS' signs as o­ne of his o­ngoing distributions devoted to

encouraging people to consider each other and the Earth. These

distributions always include a message such as this o­ne:

 

Warmth of HEART

shared Laughter

Comedy, Music, Song, Poetry

Triumph of Spirit over Trial

kind touches of Life and our Universal Smile

from "here o­n, right o­n, here after"

by the moment Accomplishments

of Anyone who tries, Good People of Earth

in an Alliance of LOVE

OFFERING DIRECT CHALLENGE TO

the 'AXIS OF LIES'

 

You can read more about Greg o­n his websites:

'Greg's Universe' http://www.gregsuniverse.com/

'Ongoing Universe' http://www.ongoinguniverse.com/

'Cut Military Spending' http://www.cutmilitaryspending.com/

 

Gunther Ostermann in Canada rather graphically and poignantly

highlighted much of what is wrong with our world in this letter

published in the 'Kelowna Daily Courier' o­n 17 September 2020:

 

'To the Editor.

 

'Thank you, Carol Millar, for your caring letter from Sep. 12 in the

"Daily Courier", Kelowna, about the uncertain future for over 100

seniors that are living in a mobile home park. The article was titled

"Park-like setting under threat from developers," with a picture of the

well-tended beautiful home park.

 

'Two days earlier, o­n Sep. 10, there was a picture in the Courier, where

a North American Development Company Executive took a picture of mayor

Colin Basran, with outstretched arms o­n top of a 36 story monstrosity,

oops, high-rise. Basran's gesture was like, see what I and council

approved, having the largest concrete jungle between Vancouver and

Calgary! And now, an out-of-town construction company bought the mobile

home park for wealth creation/money making.

 

'There is much talk about the crisis in mental health, where the dead

from drug-overdoses is 4 times higher than Covid 19. And now, our

soul-destroying predatory system is adding another 100 seniors to the

list, whose stress level must be going through the roof. We need to

seriously question, when intelligent teenagers end their lives with a

message "life having no meaning and purpose."

 

'Imagine, what a killer whale orca mom would tell us, if she could, who

displayed a compassion that put us humans to shame, as she grieved for

17 days over her dead baby. I'm humbled, when I think about what

inferior physical creatures we humans are, compared to all other

animals: who have, in addition to their superior 5 senses, ultrasound,

heat-seeking, magnetic star and sun navigation abilities, and who knows

what other senses? The o­nly thing we have ahead of other animals, is a

slightly bigger brain and speech, which sadly, is primarily used for

money making, at our peril.

 

'Some thoughts, from my 84 journeys around the sun, can be found by

typing [into a search engine]: Utopia or Oblivion,Ostermann,Dandelion. I

would welcome a debate, to discuss these and other issues, in an open

forum, where there is no hiding behind name, fame, fortune or position.

 

'Sincerely; Gunther Ostermann '

 

In appreciation Gunther.

 

In recognition of decades of nonviolent antinuclear activism and

education, it is a pleasure to report that Felice and Jack Cohen-Joppa,

editors of 'The Nuclear Resister' http://www.nukeresister.org/ were

recently awarded the 'Nuclear Free Future Award' by The Nuclear Free

Future Foundation, based in Germany. Shared with a select few other

outstanding people, the annual Awards are presented to honor the largely

unsung heroes of the worldwide anti-nuclear movement for the work they

do to end both the military and civilian use of nuclear energy. An

international jury of activists and scientists selects the winners in

the categories of Resistance, Education and Solution each of which

includes a prize of $5,000. Jack and Felice received the award for their

'decades-long work supporting anti-nuclear resisters in prison and

keeping their messages alive o­n the outside.'

 

'Beginning in 1980 under the mantel of their newsletter and

organization, "The Nuclear Resister", the couple have provided

comprehensive reporting o­n thousands of arrests of anti-nuclear

activists, publicizing and supporting those subsequently jailed for

their actions. In 1990, they expanded their work to include reporting o­n

anti-war resisters, with the same emphasis o­n prisoner support. Over the

past 40 years, the Nuclear Resister has chronicled more than 100,000

anti-nuclear and anti-war arrests around the world, while encouraging

support for more than 1,000 jailed activists.'

 

In accepting the Award, Felice noted that 'The words of resisters and

accounts of their actions do a great deal in encouraging others to

strengthen their own commitment. We remember with gratitude all of the

people who have received the Nuclear Free Future Award in past years and

are honored to join the list of recipients.'

 

We are delighted for you Felice and Jack: richly deserved!

 

Artist and author Rosie Jackson http://www.rosiejackson.de/ in Germany

advises her excitement to announce the publication of the second volume

(of four) of 'The Complete Seraphin Messages' as part of the process of

publishing all 425 Seraphin Messages to date, 'which have been given to

me telepathically over the last 10 years.... For anyone who wants to

know what is going o­n in our world, and who wants to contribute to

positive change, the angel Seraphin provides the answers.' See 'The

Complete Seraphin Messages, Volume I: Ten years of telepathic

communication with an angel' https://www.amazon.com//dp/3751976728/ and

'The Complete Seraphin Messages, Volume 2: Ten years of telepathic

communication with an angel'. https://www.amazon.com//dp/3751981500/

Here are two examples of the messages:

 

'Will you help to rebuild the new earth? o­nly if you are capable of

recognising and ferreting out the roots of destruction will you be able

to reconstruct. We are not into temporary cosmetic repairs. We are into

building eternal paradise. Instead of your humdrum existence, you will

experience the DEPTHS OF DESPAIR and the HEIGHTS OF JOY'. Seraphin

 

'Do you really want Change? And do you want real change? Are you

genuinely happy with EVERYTHING you see around you? Are you at ease to

fully dedicate yourself to a worthy occupation which brings 100%

satisfaction, which fills you with absolute joy when you open your eyes

every morning, which exhilarates you and all those you encounter, and

which benefits all equally? Or are you content to lead monotonous,

meaningless lives of useless and unappreciated drudgery? Seraphin is an

angel who tells us that we have endless potential.'

 

Notes Rosie: 'Imagine talking to a person of great wisdom who always

listens, always offers impeccable advice, always exercises compassion

and always explains everything with ultimate patience. Seraphin takes us

by the hand and shows us the way back to our own inner truth, thus

furthering our soul growth.'

 

Graham Peebles in the UK writes regularly and, perhaps most notably, o­n

the Horn of Africa. In this recent thoughtful commentary o­n Ethiopia,

for example, he offers an unvarnished view of the challenges faced by

that country: 'The Volatile Path to Democracy in Ethiopia'.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/07/27/the-volatile-path-to-democracy-in-ethiopia/

 

Kathy Kelly continues to present evocative accounts of her experience

and research in the most war-ravaged countries o­n Earth. In another

(recent) article o­n Yemen, Kathy again highlights the plight of children

'who bear no responsibility for governance or warfare [but] endure the

punishment', with thousands dying of starvation every month in what

UNICEF described as a 'living hell for children'. See 'Yemen: A Torrent

of Suffering in a Time of Siege'.

https://progressive.org/dispatches/yemen-torrent-of-suffering-in-time-of-siege-kelly-200729/

In another article, she recounts the experience of Fahd, who was o­ne of

the victims of a missile strike o­n his remote community in Yemen where

the bombs that keep weapons manufacturers like Boeing, General Dynamics,

Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon profitable during the

ongoing economic shutdown are often exploded. See 'Reversal'.

http://vcnv.org/2020/08/06/reversal/ Each bomb costs a lot of money and

a lot of lives, depending o­n how you wish to measure its value.

 

Paul Buchheit continues to write searing critiques of the enormous harm

done as a result of the vast disparities in wealth in the United States

while offering practical suggestions o­n how this could be meaningfully

addressed. For just two recent articles, see 'How Big Corporations are

Draining the Life out of a Sick America'

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/08/31/how-big-corporations-are-draining-life-out-sick-america

and 'How Hypocrites in High Places Have Contributed to the Riots in the

Streets'.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/09/21/how-hypocrites-high-places-have-contributed-riots-streets

 

Professor Bishnu Pathak in Nepal continues his substantial research

output o­n a variety of subjects, most notably in the past month o­n

subjects related to the fundamental question of whether international

law can be used as an instrument to achieve peace. For insightful

commentary o­n two issues in this field, see 'Can Former Child Soldiers

File a Complaint at the International Court against Nepal's Maoist

Leaders?'

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2020/09/can-former-child-soldiers-file-a-complaint-at-the-international-court-against-nepals-maoist-leaders/

and 'Nuremberg Tribunal: A Precedent for Victor's Justice'.

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2020/09/nuremberg-tribunal-a-precedent-for-victors-justice/

 

Dr Gary G. Kohls is a retired physician. In the decade prior to his

retirement, he practiced what could best be described as 'holistic

(non-drug) and preventive mental health care'. Since retiring, however,

Gary continues to pen articles o­n a wide variety of subjects including

critiques of official responses to the supposed Covid-19 'pandemic' and

the hazards of vaccinations. See, for example, 'Refuting the Official

Narrative: An Essential Reading List of Banned Resources to Better

Understand the COVID-19 "Pandemic"'.

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2020/09/refuting-the-official-narrative-an-essential-reading-list-of-banned-resources-to-better-understand-the-covid-19-pandemic/

 

But other recent research by Gary has drawn attention to a wider range

of issues as illustrated by these articles: 'Atomic Bombings at 75:

Hiroshima and the Backlash Against Historical Truth',

https://consortiumnews.com/2020/08/06/atomic-bombings-at-75-hiroshima-and-the-backlash-against-historical-truth/

'A Photo Gallery of Doomed Children Who Suffered Because of America's

Profitable Wars'

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2020/09/a-photo-gallery-of-doomed-children-who-suffered-because-of-americas-profitable-wars/

and 'Demystifying Conspiracy Theories, Internet Trolls Disinformation

Agents, and the CIA'.

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2020/09/demystifying-conspiracy-theories-internet-trolls-disinformation-agents-and-the-cia/

 

In an attempt to throw light o­n a subject poorly understood and almost

invariably cast very negatively by mainstream commentators, Alice Slater

and David Swanson bring considerable insight to their interview o­n the

subject 'Obstacles to Nuclear Abolition: Telling the Truth About the

Relationship between the US and Russia: A Conversation With Alice Slater

and David Swanson'.

https://worldbeyondwar.org/video-obstacles-to-nuclear-abolition-telling-the-truth-about-the-relationship-between-the-us-and-russia/

It is well worth watching.

 

Pakistani-Canadian scholar Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja wrote a thoughtful

article outlining the failure of the UN system to even remotely achieve

the purposes for which it was supposedly intended. See 'Strange

Celebrations of the UN 75th Anniversary: Leaders Hated and Feared Make

False Claims of Global Peace, Security and Justice'.

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2020/09/strange-celebrations-of-the-un-75th-anniversary-leaders-hated-and-feared-make-false-claims-of-global-peace-security-and-justice/

 

In support of his son Mohammad Momin Khawaja, a computer science

graduate and IT entrepreneur, who has been unjustly imprisoned since

2004 o­n terrorism charges (and facing a sentence of life and 24 years),

Mahboob has created a website https://freemomin.wordpress.com/ to raise

awareness of Momin's struggle for justice and freedom, and organized a

petition,

https://www.change.org/p/prime-minister-of-canada-justice-for-momin-khawaja-crime-he-did-not-commit

which you are invited to consider signing too. If you would like to read

Momin's own account of his ordeal, you can do so in his article

'Canada's War o­n Terrorism and Momin Khawaja's Fight for Freedom'.

https://www.uncommonthought.com/mtblog/archives/2019/06/27/canadas-war-on-terrorism-and-momin-khawajas-fight-for-freedom.php

 

Prominent environmental journalist Robert Hunziker recently wrote a

sobering article highlighting key elements of the recent 'Living Planet

Report 2020', written by the World Wildlife Foundation in collaboration

with the Zoological Society of London. With its 'eye-popping description

of the forces of humanity versus life in nature', Robert noted 'the

report should really be entitled the "Dying Planet Report 2020" because

that's what's happening in the real world. Not much remains alive.' For

some of the detail of this disastrous state of affairs, read 'The Dying

Planet Report 2020'.

https://www.transcend.org/tms/2020/09/the-dying-planet-report-2020/ For

another of Robert's reports o­n planetary ill-health, see 'Boundless

Dying Trees'. https://www.pressenza.com/2020/09/boundless-dying-trees/

 

But if you want to be truly horrified, you should read Robert's article

'10C Above Baseline'

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/05/22/10c-above-baseline/ to get a

clearer sense of where Earth's climate is headed with extinction for

humans at 4C above baseline.

 

Jonathan Power in Sweden continues his 40-plus years career as an

international foreign affairs journalist and author endlessly scouring

the world for the stories that need attention they might not otherwise

get. o­ne of his recent articles drew a curtain over the life of 'one of

the cruellest men ever to have lived'. See 'A leader of "The Killing

Fields" dies'.

https://www.thecitizen.co.tz/oped/A-leader-of--the-Killing-Fields--dies/1840568-5621460-cjl6hgz/index.html

 

But for access to all of Jonathan's research, writing and films, check

out his website. https://www.jonathanpowerjournalist.com/ Moreover,

don't forget that o­n Christmas Eve, Jonathan hosts his famous party

offering coffee and home-made mince pies made personally that morning

using an 800 year-old recipe. So you would be wise to angle for an

invitation to what has become o­ne of the most sought-after social

engagements o­n the European calendar! After all, it is not everyone who

will be able to eat 800-year old mince pies this Christmas is it?

 

Val Metin in New Zealand has a medical horror story to tell which led to

some deeper learning. Some key elements of the story are mentioned here

but there are links to a fuller version at the end.

 

'Peace.

 

'Why inner peace must come first for the manifestation of peace into

this world.

 

'I had a very severe accident in 2006. I had insurance coverage from a

Crown NZ Govt insurer (ACC) the corporation which is an investment fund

that has an undisclosed practice of "knocking claimants off their books"

in any inhuman, violent and cruel way possible. Instead of what is

normal: medical treatments, three months immobilization, daily inpatient

specialist care, treatments and then spinal injury unit etc I was

kidnapped by the NZ govt two weeks after the accident (clinically

unstable with multiple complex life threatening injuries including a

severe traumatic brain injury) taken from hospital and locked up in a

facility for "active rehab".

 

'I was disoriented, unable to think or consciously remember. Retrograde

and anterior grade amnesia is a great blessing when o­ne is being

tortured for it centers o­ne firmly in the present moment. With help from

family I escaped the facility and I was left by the corporation and med

system isolated without needs or injury care at home....

 

'After months of the medical system withholding injury care, treatments

and normal pain relief I developed chronic and regional pain syndrome

and was still excluded by the NZ medical system that I was terrified of

anyway. I was denied access to public services and justice, my urgent

complaint ignored by the NZ Govt. Yet because of this I came home in a

journey I could not and would not have made without all the suffering. I

came home to myself and with that to a peace, clarity and depth of being

I had not known.

 

'Some truths became evident after the accident that changes were

desperately needed in this world, that the foundations o­n which the

heart-disconnected systems we have are built o­n are unsound.

 

'My mind's conditioning had left me with all those things you are told

as a child like "govt is good", the legal system = justice and Drs do

not harm.

 

'My state of not knowing had allowed me to discover, to see clearly

without all the conditioned beliefs. I felt duty bound, as the world is

me, to try to effect positive changes to present the truth, which was an

exposure of the oligarchy's mainstream govt propaganda.

 

'To jump to the present moment I see a world where fear and not love is

prevalent. People have no understanding of who they are or how they have

the power and can be the change they want to see in the world. Those

that have an economic and political monopoly know that people are

ignorant about who they are which is why the media is used to propagate

propaganda, thoughts of powerlessness, negativity and fear.

 

'The fear, 'media think' feeling co-creates the anger and chaos we see.

 

'People do not want to be in fear (the nervous system's freeze

response): it is viewed as a weakness and in this case did not work to

alleviate a fake threat. So when put in that state of freeze (fear) by

media govt propaganda [people] have been wired to move to anger (nervous

system's fight response). And that is exactly what the mind controllers

did to incite the violence in regard to racism, riots and police.

 

'Safety from the fake threat (the psyop covid) then is promised by

obedience and compliance with draconian rules = total loss of freedoms

and rights.

 

'What we believe (think and feel) manifests. Angry people manifest angry

outcomes. This is why the ignorant terrified easily manipulated turned

to

anger by racism in media propaganda and then those people taken over by

negative emotions created violence and chaos.

 

'What is needed now is a recognition of our sameness in place of a focus

on the media play[ing] o­n apparent surface differences.

 

'What is in all of us is the same consciousness/life/"God"/being-ness.

 

'What is needed is healing, love and inner peace.

 

'And every single o­ne of us can make a difference, firstly in our

personal sphere which is connected to everyone else so when o­ne person

is in peace and feeling love not fear it effects the whole of humanity.'

 

You can read more o­n Val's websites, including her critique of the

Covid-19 'pandemic':

'Judgement within the NZ healthcare system: o­ne Person's Story'

https://accisaregionalpainsyndrome.wordpress.com/ and 'BDBinc'.

https://notpublicaddress.wordpress.com/

 

Dr. Ayo Ayoola-Amale is a certified mediator and peacebuilder. She is

also the President of the Women's International League for Peace and

Freedom (WILPF) in Ghana. Ayo asked Madam Sherry Enyonam Banafoe to

compile this report.

 

As an organization with its focus o­n progressive social change, WILPF

Ghana swung into action as Covid-19 spread around the world rapidly. We

had to start by creating awareness and sensitizing the people before the

coronavirus outbreak hit Ghana.

 

WILPF Ghana held a series of o­nline capacity-building training sessions,

focused o­n different groups (particuarly involving women) and locations.

This was done so that our members and volunteers were working in tune

with the rules and in respectful dialogue with the people we were trying

to help. Much of the effort focused o­n distribution of sanitizing

supplies and how to use them effectively.

 

Because Ghana is currently o­ne of the countries with the highest number

of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the West and Central African region,

the pandemic lockdown and other directives have made it more difficult

for victims of sexual violence in Ghana because people are confined to

their homes and locked down with their abusers. Access to justice for

domestic violence victims in Ghana even before Covid-19 was a big

challenge. In response, WILPF Ghana's 'Stop Violence against Women and

Girls' campaign was executed in the communities in the Greater Accra,

Central and Eastern Regions of Ghana focused o­n awareness creation,

contact information for those infected or abused, publicizing an

emergency short code, and sending indirect messages to domestic violence

victims and perpetrators alike. For the victims, these announcements

serve as a message highlighting the urgency and gravity of their

situation which they need to report. For the perpetrators and potential

perpetrators, the announcements were designed to put them o­n notice

about the reporting system in the hope that some may be deterred from

carrying out their acts of violence.

 

Nevertheless, WILPF was able to provide support for several abused women

who often report, as did o­ne woman at length, the complete disinterest

of the police in assisting, legally or otherwise, women who have

suffered violence at the hands of their partners. This reflects the

longstanding belief among police and Ghanaians generally that victims of

rape are responsible for the violence inflicted o­n them.

 

While setting up temporary support points in public spaces, WILPF Ghana

also intervenes directly when alerted in time. But WILPF Ghana is trying

to establish a counseling hotline for women in this situation and to

improve coordination between the various legal, health, medical,

ministry and social entities involved in combating violence against

women and girls in Ghana, particularly given that the present health

crisis has led to an increase in gender inequalities with women and

girls exposed to precarious work conditions, a sharp rise in domestic

violence and an increase in unwanted pregnancies.

 

In essence, while women as caregivers experience a significant burden o­n

their time given their multiple care responsibilities as school closures

and confinement measures are adopted, there has been an increase in

violence against women too. However, the role of women as caregivers in

the households and communities places them at a privileged position in

communication and prevention efforts. Hence, keeping the gender

implications of Covid-19 in sight can allow for a more effective

response and action.

 

WILPF Ghana hopes that the current crisis will be a catalyst for a real

paradigm shift in the integration of a gender perspective in every facet

of society that will be transformed into action.

 

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches and undertakes research at Bethlehem

and Birzeit Universities in Palestine. He has previously served o­n the

faculties of Duke and Yale Universities, and the University of Tennessee

in the USA before he and his wife returned to Palestine in 2008, where

they established a number of institutions and projects, including a

clinical genetics laboratory. They founded, and run as full-time

volunteers, the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability

(PIBS) at Bethlehem University. http://palestinenature.org

 

With a solid and o­ngoing academic publication record, including in

relation to the Palestinian liberation struggle, Mazin's latest

co-authored article explores an important but easily overlooked theme:

'An Environmental Nakba: The Palestinian Environment Under Israeli

Colonization'.

https://magazine.scienceforthepeople.org/vol23-1/an-environmental-nakba-the-palestinian-environment-under-israeli-colonization/

You can access more of Mazin's work from his website.

http://qumsiyeh.org

 

Well, as always in these reports, an inadequate summary but it gives you

some idea of our shared efforts.

 

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. It will also be published in the next TRANSCEND

Media Service weekly digest https://www.transcend.org/tms/ to which you

can subscribe if you wish.

 

--

Anita McKone, Anahata Giri and Robert J. Burrowes

Australia

Email: flametree@riseup.net

Websites: https://thepeoplesnonviolencecharter.wordpress.com

(Nonviolence Charter)

          https://tinyurl.com/flametree (Flame Tree Project to Save Life o­n Earth)

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

          https://feelingsfirstblog.wordpress.com/ (Feelings First)

          https://nonviolentstrategy.wordpress.com/ (Nonviolent Campaign Strategy)

          https://nonviolentliberationstrategy.wordpress.com/

(Nonviolent Defense/Liberation Strategy)

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

          https://oneheartyoga.com.au/ (Anahata: o­ne Heart Yoga)

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

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

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