1.Chinese Dream: President Xi Jinping Project. Social Harmony through Education as Inherent Attribute of Chinese Socialism. Rosa Dalmiglio
2.Humane Values and Wisdom Development for Global Peace. Chand Bhardwaj
3.Why a Climate Deal is the Best Hope for Peace. Jason Box, Naomi Klein
4.World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW): Global Peace Tool. Subhash Chandra
5.Abolishing War: Criminalizing War, Removing War Causes, Removing War as Institution. Johan Galtung with Erika Degortes, Irene Galtung, Malvin Gattinger, Naakow Grant-Hayford
6.Russia's Response to the US/NATO Aggressive Expansion: Report of Sergei Shoygu Defense Minister, 11 Dec. 2015. Leo Semashko
7.The USA State Peace Institution as War Promoting Institution. When Peace Activists Met With the U.S. Institute of Peace. David Swanson
8.International Peace Delegation to Syria 24–30 Nov. 2015. Mairead Maguire
9.Promoting Peace between India and Pakistan through Hindi Films. Ravi Bhatia
10.Global Peace Science for G20 and Humanity: Growth through Peace and for Peace but not for War. GHA Open Letter, 2013. Leo Semashko and the GHA 56 coauthors
11.The GHA Letters to the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon and the UNESCO Director-General, Ms. Irina Bokova, 2013. Leo Semashko
12.The GHA Members’ Letters to the G20 Summit Leaders, September 5–6, 2013, St. Petersburg. Peacemaking Thinking of G20 Summit and GHA. Report. Leo Semashko
13.Preface for Global Peace Science Publication. Johan Galtung
14.Pentagon announces worldwide expansion of US military bases. Thomas Gaist
15.Letters to the BRICS Leaders. The letter to Mr. Putin, Oct. 26, 2015. Leo Semashko
16.Letters to the BRICS Leaders. The letter to Mr. Modi, Nov.5, 2015. Subhash Chandra
17.Mr. Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Laureate, Response. Nov. 22, 2015. Ayo Ayoola-Amale
18.Global Peace Science for the BRICS Network International University. Letter to Ms. Valentine Matviyenko. Leo Semashko
19.The Software Product "Person" (SPP) for Harmonious Development and Personal Growth. Information Technology. Leo Semashko
20.Global Peace Science: Natural Actors and Peacebuilding Genome. Leo Semashko
21.Peacescientific Revolution & Global Process of Peacescienzation in 21st Century. The GPS New Terminology. Leo Semashko, Subhash Chandra
1. Chinese Dream: President Xi Jinping Project. Social Harmony through Educationas Inherent Attribute of Chinese Socialism. Rosa Dalmiglio
Education is the foundation of national development in the long run. It is the fundamental way for mankind to pass on culture and knowledge, raise new generations and create a better life. China will continue to support this initiative led by the U.N.
With 260 million students and 15 million teachers, the task for China to develop education is an arduous one. China will resolutely implement the strategy of reinvigorating the country through science and education, and will always give priority to education. China will increase its investment in education, promote universal and life-long education, and build itself into a society in which people enjoy learning and harmony. Moreover, the country will work hard to ensure that every child has the opportunity to go school, and enable its 1.3 billion people to enjoy a better and fairer education, so that they can acquire the ability to develop themselves, contribute to society and help others. In addition, China will strengthen educational exchanges with other countries, open its educational field wider to the outside world, and actively support the development of education in developing countries, determined to work with people of all other countries towards a brighter future. Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke about it in the video message for the first anniversary of the UN global education first initiative on September 25, 2013.
Rosa Dalmiglio, journalist for peace education & human right in China Today, Rome, Italy
2. Humane Values and Wisdom Development for Global Peace. Chand Bhardwaj
Humanity’s progression towards a sustainable future needs to include the ideals of living in peace and harmony, otherwise negative tendencies will continue to flourish. An important need presently is to acquire specific fundamental knowledge that after knowing will empower the learned to live within a compassionate, understanding and purpose driven mindset. This knowledge highlights an understanding that the self is ultimately a creative intelligence that is connected to its source known as absolute intelligence. The capable divine force, or self, carries with it an outer expression known as ATTENTION. Attention has the capabilities to see and act in all the directions and is the single sensor of all the senses in the body and the driving force.
In the beginning, Attention acquired the laws of nature from the quantum field (UNIVERSAL MIND) while entering from the core into the expanding universe. Attention as a creative intelligence while being connected to its source in real time used the laws of nature and matter available to form the first life as single celled blue-green algae by synthesizing the compounds of elements in the form of proteins. As time progressed the first single cell evolved toward increased complexity, thus evolving into what is known as the crown of creation or the human body, manufactured by a conglomerate of hundred trillion cells. This notion correlates to evolution theory. The ATTENTION as divine capable force did it all with its intrinsic capabilities. Hence, “Wherever the attention goes the capable divine energy flows”. Mind and body work in tandem for their needs and use ATTENTION (the driving force) on a constant basis to manage their needs and to operate in the domain of time (mind) and material (body). The mind-body needs direct the attention in a biased manner due to the ignorance of the knowledge of the Self.
CREATIVE INTELLIGENCE (Soul, Self, Attention) is connected to its divine source and expresses divine attributes through attention; the outer expression of the creative intelligence which is like a spark. Its attributes are: love, compassion, forgiveness, understanding and mercy; these attributes help individuals to live in peace from harmony. The other divine attributes are like positive thinking, wisdom, patience, modesty, humility, fearlessness, contentment, ultimate truth, bliss etc. These State of Art Planning Capabilities help individuals to face things as they come in life. This also helps to remain happy, healthy, prosperous and connected to the Absolute source of bliss. The same Attributes of God or absolute intelligence are mentioned in different religions. It carries the divine attributes of the source along with it.
MIND. Nothing but information of time embedded with laws of nature. one of the Laws of nature is “Every action has got equal and opposite reaction”. It keeps spinning into past and future aspects related to events and experiences based on its attributes like judgment, lust, anger, ego, attachments, greed, deceit etc. It further projects the imaginary future based on the past which can result in fears and worries. The Driving Force as Attention passes through the information provided by the mind and thus is conditioned by the qualities of the Mind.
BODY. Deals with material requirements like hunger are cloth, housing, and vanities of the world, reproduction and sleep. These needs of the body further condition the attention to the needs of the body.
Life is a unit of these three together. Individuals tend to give Attention to the illegitimate needs of Mind and Body which can result in unsustainable habits, negative actions and thoughts and even suffering to the individual or others. This may be because there is a lack of basic understanding about who they are, the origins of the three attributes (Attention, Mind, and Body) and how they operate.
As a solution, this philosophy suggests practical techniques of MEDITATION where ATTENTION has to be withdrawn from Mind (time) and Body (material) for a specific time every day and link it to its source within. This process helps the individual to identify with experiential knowledge the infrastructure of their own being as well as empowering them – through understanding – how to face things in life as they come and live with inner and outer peace from harmony due to the wisdom and state of art planning ability.
Through education, if this knowledge is given to children, they can understand and feel confident that they are the creative intelligence in the form of attention. They will understand they are connected to absolute intelligence and are a capable force: they are co-creators. They will come to understand through experience that they have a time bound material body with an acquired mind embedded with laws of nature, (especially the law where every action has got an equal and opposite reaction). We need to develop the curriculum for primary and secondary education for once a week class of 45 minutes. This curriculum aims to entertain and educate the students with thinking, but also with feeling and doing as well. As 80% of brain activity, habits, thought patterns and learning is developed in the initial 7 years of a child’s life, we aim to provide children maximum information in these formative years of development. To complement the practice of the curriculum content we plan to develop theoretical knowledge through simple stories that highlight how attention developed. Some of the stories are described here: seed, sunflower, giraffe, Myanmar tribal women, penguins, ducks, birds, gadgets etc.
The following is an estimated curriculum for primary grades.
1.7 MINUTE MEDITATION SESSION: Starting with Initial guided Meditation Session of 7 Minutes with music and instructions so that children can attain a calm mind and are directed to obtain a still body.
2.3 MINUTE SONG: Continuing with the session, a 3 minute song related to the story which will motivate & rejoice the children to take interest in upcoming story.
3.15 MINUTE STORY & 3 MINUTE ANIMATION: Following with a 15 minutes story telling session with an animated movie comprising with unique understanding and sketches in the form of presentation in the background.
4.TWO 7 MINUTE MEDITATION SESSIONS: Ending with the two sessions of Independent Meditation, each of 7 Minutes long so that children can think upon what they have learned from the whole session.
Above shown time division chart is planned for primary classes. Everything would be the same for secondary and senior secondary classes except the total meditation sessions will be equate to 30 minutes.
Dr. Chand Bhardwaj, President, Sawan Adhyatamic Satsang Society, Web: www.sa-ss.com, Address: New Delhi, India.
3. Why a Climate Deal is the Best Hope for Peace. Jason Box, Naomi Klein
The French government has stated that the COP21 climate summit will begin as scheduled at the end of November, but police have barred the huge planned marches and protests. Soon after the horrific terror attacks in Paris, last Friday, our phones filled with messages from friends and colleagues: “So are they going to cancel the Paris climate summit?” “The drums of war are beating. Count on climate change being drowned out.” The assumption is reasonable enough. While many politicians pay lip service to the existential urgency of the climate crisis, as soon as another more immediate crisis rears its head – war, a market shock, an epidemic – climate reliably falls off the political map…..
All of this is perfectly understandable. When our safety feels threatened, it’s difficult to think of anything else. Major shocks like the Paris attacks are awfully good at changing the subject. But what if we decided to not let it happen? What if, instead of changing the subject, we deepened the discussion of climate change and expanded the range of solutions, which are fundamental for real human security? What if, instead of being pushed aside in the name of war, climate action took center stage as the planet’s best hope for peace? The connection between warming temperatures and the cycle of Syrian violence is, by now, uncontroversial. As Secretary of State John Kerry said in Virginia, this month, “It’s not a coincidence that, immediately prior to the civil war in Syria, the country experienced its worst drought on record. As many as 1.5 million people migrated from Syria’s farms to its cities, intensifying the political unrest that was just beginning to roil and boil in the region.” As Kerry went on to note, many factors contributed to Syria’s instability. The severe drought was one, but so were the repressive practices of a brutal dictator and the rise of a particular strain of religious extremism. …
If we acknowledge that the instability emanating from the Middle East has these roots, it makes little sense to allow the Paris attacks to minimize our already inadequate climate commitments. Rather, this tragedy should inspire the opposite reaction: an urgent push to lower emissions as rapidly and deeply as possible, including strong support for developing countries to leapfrog to renewable energy, creating much-needed jobs and economic opportunities in the process. That kind of bold climate transition is our only hope of preventing a future in which, as a recent paper in the journal Nature Climate Change put it, large areas of the Middle East will, by the end of the century, “experience temperature levels that are intolerable to humans.” But even this is not enough. The deepest emission reductions can only prevent climate change from getting far worse. They can’t stop the warming that has already arrived, nor the warming that is locked in as a result of the fossil fuels we have already burned. So there is a critical piece missing from our climate conversation: the need to quickly lower atmospheric CO2 levels from the current four hundred parts per million to the upper limit of what is not considered dangerous: three hundred and fifty parts per million. The implications of a failure to bring carbon down to safer levels go well beyond amplifying catastrophes like Syria’s historic drought. The last time atmospheric CO2 was this high, global sea levels were at least six metres higher….
A climate summit taking place against the backdrop of climate-fuelled violence and migration can only be relevant if its central goal is the creation of conditions for lasting peace. That would mean making legally enforceable commitments to leave the vast majority of known fossil-fuel reserves in the ground. It would also mean delivering real financing to developing countries to cope with the impacts of climate change, and recognizing the full rights of climate migrants to move to safer ground. A strong climate-peace agreement would also include a program to plant vast numbers of native-species trees in the Middle East and the Mediterranean, to draw down atmospheric CO2, reduce desertification, and promote cooler and moister climates. Tree planting alone is not enough to lower CO2 to safe levels, but it could help people stay on their land and protect sustainable livelihoods.
We knew that the Paris summit wasn’t going to achieve all of this. But just days ago, bold collective action on climate seemed within reach: the climate movement was accelerating, winning tangible victories against pipelines and Arctic drilling; governments were strengthening their targets, and some were even starting to stand up to fossil-fuel companies….
We cannot afford to allow this story to be repeated, this time with terror changing the subject. To the contrary, as the author and energy expert Michael T. Klare argued weeks before the attacks, Paris “should be considered not just a climate summit but a peace conference – perhaps the most significant peace convocation in history.” But it can only do that if the agreement builds a carbon-safe economy fast enough to tangibly improve lives in the here and now. We are finally starting to recognize that climate change leads to wars and economic ruin. It’s time to recognize that intelligent climate policy is fundamental to lasting peace and economic justice. SEE: Box, Jason and Klein, Naomi (Nov.18, 2015) Why a Climate Deal Is the Best Hope for Peace: http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/why-a-climate-deal-is-the-best-hope-for-peace
Jason Box is an ice-sheet climatologist and geographer, Canada.
Naomi Klein is the author of “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate”, Canada.
4. World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW): Global Peace Tool. Subhash Chandra
Message: Global Peace through Interfaith Harmony and Science. GHA is dedicated to the WIHW concept of ‘Love of the Good, and Love of the Neighbor’ through Global Peace Science (GPS) from Harmony and World Philosophy of Harmony. We believe the UN resolution of King Abdullah II and encourage all the leaders in the world to promote culture of peace from harmony & religious harmony through scientific understanding harmony and cooperation. Interfaith harmony is Key to GPS as Alternative to Nuclear War. http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=624.
Interfaith Harmony through GPS as soft intellectual force is the humanity spiritual potential and culture to overcome war, militarism, terrorism, enmity and violence. GPS is a scientific Nonviolence movement of world harmony for Peaceful Co-existence between all the Religions & all the nations. The GPS formula: one Humanity + one Harmony + one Peace + one in Harmonious Diversity Religion = World as one Family (Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam), as Victory of Peace over War and as saving the Earth planet & Humanity: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=585. This World Family through Interfaith Harmony and GPS create oneness of Global Peace .
GHA has long (since 2012) supports and promotes WIHW as a powerful tool to achieve Global Peace: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=541. We encourage all the social organizations & educational institutions to promote WIHW for peace and harmony in every community in the world. GHA invite all our members, partners, social & religious leaders, civil society organizations, faith communities, universities, youth, and other sectors to participate in WIHW initiative and stopping a Nuclear War threat to humanity. We intend to further promote and develop it, to expand its sphere of influence and to bring to it the new collective and individual members. It is the only way it would live and develop further, for what we have formulated nine key proposals: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=541#9
Dr. Subhash Chandra, Secretary General, Global Harmony Association (GHA), India
5. Abolishing War: Criminalizing War, Removing War Causes, Removing War as Institution. Johan Galtung with Erika Degortes, Irene Galtung, Malvin Gattinger, Naakow Grant-Hayford
Preface. This study is a research report from the Tun Mahathir Chair for Global Peace Studies at the International Islamic University Malaysia. As the first holder of the chair one year from 1 March 2014 I am honored and challenged to dedicate teaching and research to the lofty goal of global peace studies; abolition of warfare being a major part. The research team includes Irene Galtung on mandatory jus cogens law of war as crime against the right to life, like torture-genocide (Part II); Erika Degortes on the history of intellectuals-politicians fighting institutionalized social evils (Summary and Conclusion); Naakow Grant-Hayford (text) and Malvin Gattinger (data) on the geography, geo-politics of Power Resources in the Octagon World; and participants in the Transcend Peace University course Summer term 2014 "Criminalizing War" on problems of the mainstream criminology of war (Part I, ).
Not being a lawyer I have consulted with specialists in public international law, including judges, in Norway, Netherlands and Spain, for dialogues on these issues. Their experiences, particularly with concrete cases, and their views, have played a major role; deep gratitude to them all. Very useful was also the October 18–19 2014 Hague Round Table by Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, bringing together NGOs and legal-academic experts on key institutions like the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. A special vote of thanks to Paul Rynning, head of Dialogue Lawyers in Norway, for his role organizing this international project, to Mitra Forouhar for providing overviews and major documents. The responsibility, however, for the analysis, prognoses and recommendations rests with me alone. Kuala Lumpur, January 2015. Johan Galtung
Prologue: Abolishing War: An overview of the three approaches. Few, if anybody, today argues criminalization of war so forcefully as Mahathir Mohammed, Malaysia's fourth prime minister, for 22 years. He compares what we do when one person kills another to what we do not do when millions kill millions in aggressive wars. For the first case we have clear laws, apprehend the suspect, weigh evidence for or against in court; if found guilty, the murderer is punished. There may even be compensation for the bereaved. But in wars among states the murderers get medals and honors2, if victors relishing a "post glory exuberance disorder" that may fuel new aggression. And the bereaved are left with their grief and a "post-trauma stress disorder", fueling the idea of revenge. Madness, irrationality, a social evil to be abolished. Mahathir says: "Peace for us simply means the absence of war. We must never be deflected from this simple objective". An important reminder: broaden the concepts, but remember the essence.
One approach is criminalization. To define crimes clear laws are needed, trying to eliminate loop-holes. The UN Charter (Articles 1.1, 2.4) is an effort, prohibiting war and the threat of war among (member) states. The two explicit exceptions are the use of force mandated by the UN Security Council, and for individual or collective self-defense (Articles 42, 51); giving rise to libraries of comments. But, when people feel that their legitimate interests, even human rights are trampled upon, they may resort to violence. An example in today's world is the case of non-dominant nations in a state. Most UN member states, except about 20, are multi-national. But only 4 have managed equality among their nations relatively well, by federalizing: Switzerland and Belgium (without the German part) in Europe, India (not in Assam) and Malaysia (territorially, not socially) in Asia. With an average of 10 nations per state, one dominant, there are potentially 1500 wars for intra-state national equality, or secession. We have had and have some of them recently; no doubt more are coming.
The obvious solution is to learn from those four: a federation inside the state with equal levels of autonomy for all nations, and a community-confederation with neighbors when the nations cross borders. But diplomats often work for dominant nations-who pays the piper calls the tune- and the UN is a trade union of governments, i.e., dominant nations. Result: wars against rebel armies; political status quo, the road to less warfare passes through conflict solution, trauma conciliation, and cooperation. In our present octagonal world: India, China, Russia, OIC, USA, EU, Latin America, Africa: there are 28 bilateral relations with potentials for conflict and for cooperation. We have to identify the traumas of the past, conflicts of the present, and constructive ideas for future cooperation.
Professor Liu Cheng of Nanjing University points out in a coming book on peace studies that in a world with so many shared values and so much interaction wars simply do not belong. Wars become even more absurd – a disconnect between values and facts, cultures and structures – against a background of all that can be done for peace. Here the past comes to our assistance. We have not managed to abolish war – in fact, major wars happen and more major wars threaten. But we have had some success with two other major social evils, slavery and colonialism. Neo-slavery and neo-colonialism exist, but they are at least criminalized, not institutionalized. And humanity is working hard on such social evils as patriarchy and eco-crisis. There are things to be learned from all four for good hypotheses to be applied to abolition of war, also through criminalization. Mahathir actually also sees war as a lack of civilization; and it certainly is, for any reasonable interpretation of being civilized.
How about terrorism? It is already criminalized; what is not criminalized is state terrorism, killing many more; maybe 99:1. And, there is an International Criminal Court, but the USA is exempted. And that brings us back from a focus on the geography of the present and the history of the past, from alternatives to war and to what we can learn from struggles against other social evils, to the criminalization itself. We are talking about a broad legal approach.
In that approach jus cogens – compelling law – plays a key role in the protection of the right to life against crimes like torture and genocide. But many, many more die from starvation, yet that is not recognized as jus cogens, possibly because it may be due more to acts of omission than to acts of commission. But aggressive wars, mandated by the UN Security Council or not, attempted justified as self-defense or not, are at least clear acts of commission. There are problems of definition and of drawing borders; but there is today also a process making the space for "legitimate, necessary war" ever smaller. The question is how to speed up that process.
One approach might be through universal jurisdiction, making all crimes against the right to life punishable everywhere. Aggressive wars presuppose decisions at the top of states that make them acts of commission, potentially punishable in any country. The Pinochet case comes to mind and the path-breaking role of the Spanish judge Bal-tasar Garzon. There are ambiguities, but also possibilities, all over. These are the approaches to be explored on the road to Mahathir's vision of a civilized world: juridical, geographical and historical. [3;4;5]
Dr. Johan Galtung, Germany; Erika Degortes, Italy; Dr. Irene Galtung, Germany; Malvin Gattinger, Netherlands; Naakow Grant-Hayford, Germany.
The Global Peace Science Editor in Chief Note. In May 2015 we were pleased to publish the excerpts of three new outstanding books (2015) of the great peacemaker, theorist and practitioner, Johan Galtung, at his request: "Abolishing War", "The Art of Peace" and "Clash of Civilizations":http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=622. These books, like the others, represent a significant contribution to global peace science (GPS), in many of its sections. In this Annex we publish the excerpts only one of them: "Abolishing War". Between our peace approaches and theories are differences but they do not exclude but complement each other (Chapter 4). These differences are a source of further development for GPS.
6. Russia's Response to the US/NATO Aggressive Expansion: Report of Sergei Shoygu Defense Minister, 11 Dec. 2015. Leo Semashko
The US/NATO militaristic block surrounded Russia by the dense military ring on all its borders that implements the US Congress Resolution 758 (Dec. 2014) on preparations for the war with Russia [1; 2]. The aggressive large-scale preparations against Russia, of course, have not passed its attention and found the adequate defensive measures across the spectrum of military threats. Our assessments of these threats and their dynamics are reflected in the previous chapters. Therefore, we restrict ourselves here only a small excerpt from the report of the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu, who summed up the military situation around Russian and its response to the aggressive preparations .
Sergei Shoygu: (underlines here, as elsewhere, are our – L.S.)
"The tendency of aggravation of the military-political situation in the world, especially in Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East continues. There is a consistent expansion of NATO. In a relatively short time, it has expanded almost twice, adding to the twelve new members. Today is actively preparing to join the bloc Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, and Ukraine. In the sphere of Alliance interest are involved Finland, Sweden, Serbia and Moldova. This year alone, the Baltic States, Poland and Romania increased NATO troops on the aircraft eight times, and the number of military personnel – 13 times. on their territory in addition 300 tanks and infantry fighting vehicles was deployed and also missile defense systems "Aegis Eshor" in Romania and Poland.
In Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Germany and Turkey has about 200 US nuclear bombs provided for to update. In various degrees of readiness contains 310 aircraft carrier. In order to achieve information superiority of NATO over Russia in Tallinn was deployed cyber security center and in Riga – the center of excellence in policy advocacy.
The zone of influence of the "Islamic state" is expanding. The terrorists captured about 70 percent of Syria and most areas of Iraq. The number of terrorists is more than 60 thousand people. There is a threat to transfer their operations to Central Asia and the Caucasus.
In the spring of Japan's parliament has changed the status of the self-defense forces and give them the right to act outside of the state.
Under these circumstances, Russian Armed Forces should have the capacity to defend the sovereignty of the country ......
Thus, the conditions will be created in which the Armed Forces of peacetime guarantee to ensure the protection of the sovereignty of Russia".
Dr. Leo Semashko, GHA President, Editor in Chief of "Global Peace Science" (GPS)
7. The USA State Peace Institution as War Promoting Institution. When Peace Activists Met With the U.S. Institute of Peace. David Swanson
I was part of a debate on Tuesday that involved a larger disagreement than any exhibited at the Democratic presidential candidates debate that evening. A group of peace activists met with the president, a board member, some vice presidents, and a senior fellow of the so-called U.S. Institute of Peace, a U.S. government institution that spends tens of millions of public dollars every year on things tangentially related to peace (including promoting wars) but has yet to oppose a single U.S. war in its 30-year history. Without CNN’s Anderson Cooper there to steer us away from the issues into name calling and triviality, we dove right into the substance. The gap between the culture of peace activists and that of the U.S. Institute of “Peace” (USIP) is immense.
We had created and took the occasion to deliver a petition which you should sign if you haven’t, urging USIP to remove from its board prominent war mongers and members of the boards of weapons companies. The petition also recommends numerous ideas for useful projects USIP could work on. I blogged about this earlier here and here. We showed up Tuesday at USIP’s fancy new building next to the Lincoln Memorial. Carved in the marble are the names of USIP’s sponsors, from Lockheed Martin on down through many of the major weapons and oil corporations. At the meeting from the peace movement were Medea Benjamin, Kevin Zeese, Michaela Anang, Alli McCracken, and me. Representing USIP were President Nancy Lindborg, Acting Vice President Middle East and Africa Center Manal Omar, Director of Peace Funders Collaborative Steve Riskin, Board Member Joseph Eldridge, and Senior Policy Fellow Maria Stephan. They took 90 minutes or so to talk with us but seemed to have no interest in meeting any of our requests.
They claimed the Board was no impediment to anything they wanted to do, so there was no point in changing board members. They claimed to have already done some of the projects we proposed (and we look forward to seeing those details), yet they were uninterested in pursuing any of them. When we proposed that they advocate against U.S. militarism in any number of possible ways, they replied with a couple of main justifications for not doing so. First, they claimed that if they did anything that displeased Congress, their funding would dry up. That’s likely true. Second, they claimed they could not advocate for or against anything at all. But that isn’t true. They’ve advocated for a no-fly zone in Syria, regime change in Syria, arming and training killers in Iraq and Syria, and (more peacefully) for upholding the nuclear agreement with Iran. They testify before Congress and in the media all the time, advocating for things left and right. I don’t care if they call such activities something other than advocacy, I’d just like to see them do more of what they’ve done on Iran and less of what they’ve done on Syria. And by law they are perfectly free to advocate even on legislation as long as a member of Congress asks them to.
When I had first communicated about our petition with USIP they had expressed interest in possibly working on one or more of the projects we proposed, possibly including reports we suggest in the petition that they write. When I asked about those report ideas on Tuesday, the reply was that they just didn’t have the staff. They have hundreds of staff, they said, but they’re all busy. They’ve made thousands of grants, they said, but couldn’t make one for anything like that. What may help explain the array of excuses we were offered is another factor I haven’t yet touched on. USIP seems to actually believe in war. The president of USIP Nancy Lindborg had an odd response when I suggested that inviting Senator Tom Cotton to come speak at USIP on the need for a longer war on Afghanistan was a problem. She said USIP had to please Congress. OK, fine. Then she added that she believed there was room to disagree about exactly how we were going to make peace in Afghanistan, that there was more than one possible path to peace. Of course I didn’t think “we” were going to make peace in Afghanistan, I wanted “us” to get out of there and allow Afghans to start working on that problem. But I asked Lindborg if one of her possible paths to peace was through war. She asked me to define war. I said that war was the use of the U.S. military to kill people. She said that “non-combat troops” could be the answer. (I note that for all their non-combatting, people still just burned to death in a hospital.)
Syria brought out a similar perspective. While Lindborg claimed that USIP’s promotion of war on Syria had all been the unofficial work of one staffer, she described the war in Syria in a completely one-sided manner and asked what could be done about a brutal dictator like Assad killing people with “barrel bombs,” lamenting the lack of “action.” She believed the hospital bombing in Afghanistan would make President Obama even more reluctant to use force. (If this is reluctance, I’d hate to see eagerness!) So what does USIP do if it doesn’t do war opposition? If it won’t oppose military spending? If it won’t encourage transition to peaceful industries? If there’s nothing it will risk its funding for, what is the good work it is protecting? Lindborg said that USIP spent its first decade creating the field of peace studies by developing the curriculum for it. I’m pretty sure that’s a bit anachronistic and exaggerated, but it would help explain the lack of war opposition in peace studies programs….Still, there is plenty of good work funded. It’s just work that doesn’t too directly oppose U.S. militarism. And because the U.S. is the top arms supplier to the world and the top investor in and user of war in the world, and because it’s impossible to build peace under U.S. bombs, this work is severely limited… by a corrupt and militaristic Congress and White House. USIP openly said in our meeting that the root problem is corrupt elections… .
David Swanson, Cofounder and Director, World Beyond War, USA.
Web: http://worldbeyondwar.org/ E-mail: email@example.com
The Global Peace Science Editor in Chief Note. This article is a good illustration of how ‘corrupt and militaristic Congress and the White House’ distort peace, afraid of peace and are buying its institutions to promote hypocritically the war under the banner of peace. This militaristic perversion is the whole "American exceptionalism." The US as a global aggressor cannot be a peacemaker – it was proved all its little history of a few more than two centuries.
8. International Peace Delegation to Syria 24–30 Nov. 2015. Mairead Maguire
Our delegation has just spent five days with the people of Syria visiting the cities of Damascus, Homs, Tartus, Qara and Ma’alula. We have been deeply moved by the kindness and warmth of the Syrian people whom we have had the privilege and joy of meeting. Although they have suffered unimaginable violence, they have inspired us by their vision of a peaceful Syria and deep commitments to solutions in their country. These are the findings of our delegation, consisting of eleven peace and human rights advocates from six countries. Over the course of five days, we met with internally displaced persons, refugees, affected communities, religious leaders, combatants, government representatives and many others in Syria. We call on the international community to protect the territorial integrity of Syria and to respect the fundamental rights of Syria as a sovereign State. We deplore any intent to breach the integrity of Syria’s frontiers or to damage the unity and rich diversity of the Syrian people. We recognize the legitimacy of the aspirations of the Syrian citizens for change, reforms and an end to all violence and we support those working for the implementation of a democratic life that respects and protects the fundamental rights of all citizens and we believe that effective and lasting reforms can only be achieved through non-violent means.
Our primary appeal is that all countries stop their interference in Syrian affairs, more specifically, that they halt the supply of arms and foreign combatants. If foreign countries agree to stop the influx of arms and fighters, we are confident that Syrians can find their own solutions to their problems and achieve reconciliation. We consider it beyond debate that the Syrian people have the right to determine their own government and their own future. Foreign interference is currently preventing the Syrian people from exercising their right to self-determination. We are concerned that such pernicious intervention is tearing apart the fabric of the country itself, with long-term consequences that can only be imagined.
The cautionary examples of Iraq, Lybia, Yemen and other countries serve to remind us of the dire consequences of such international folly. This humanitarian crisis is already spilling into neighboring countries. A collapse of Syrian society will destabilize the entire region. We appeal to the international community that it can learn from history and make better choices in the case of Syria that will spare further tragedy for the courageous Syrian people. Secondly we appeal to the international media to stop the flow of misinformation regarding the Syrian conflict. We believe that every Syrian should be given the right to be heard and we do not see this reflected in the international coverage of this crisis. Thirdly, we urge the international community to review and reconsider the crippling sanctions that are taking such a heavy toll on Syrian people. Fourthly, we urge the international community to take seriously the vast numbers of refugees and persons who have been internally displaced by this conflict.
We appeal to the entire religious community to call the faithful to nonviolence and peacemaking, and to reject all forms of violence and discrimination, and we express our admiration and respect for the many Syrian religious leaders who have refused to endorse the use of violence and have dedicated their lives to working for a peaceful solution to this conflict. We pay tribute to the Patriarch Gregorios III Laham and Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun for their inspirational work for peace and reconciliation for Syria and the Patriarch Gregorios III Laham for his kind invitation to our delegation. Our delegation would like to express to Mother Agnes Mariam and Sheik Sharif Martini our deep gratitude and appreciation for all their commitment to peace and reconciliation in beloved Syria. As we leave Syria we are filled with hope that the Syrian people will have peace and so be a light of hope to the world. Damascus, 30/11/2015. In the name of the International Delegation to Syria .
Mairead Maguire, 1976 Nobel Peace Laureate, her book The Vision of Peace is available from www.wipfandstock.com. She lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Web: www.peacepeople.com
9. Promoting Peace between India and Pakistan through Hindi Films. Ravi Bhatia
India and Pakistan have had frosty relations right from the time that Pakistan was created by division of the former undivided India in 1947. These relations have often become violent with several wars fought by Pakistan with India in 1965, 1971 and later mainly over the issue of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). In addition there have been several incursions into Indian territory by terrorists and militants. Of course Pakistan accuses India for similar incursions and cross border violations against itself. The Indian Parliament was also made a target of militants from across the border on 13 Dec. 2001. Another vicious attack by LeT militants occurred in Mumbai in November 2008 killing about 160 people. Ajmal Kasab, the only attacker who was captured alive, was later hanged for his role in this attack. As a result of these incidents a state of suspicion and resentment hang over the political relations of the two countries.
There is absence of harmony and peace despite several meetings between the leaders including the Prime Ministers. This despite the fact that there are many common elements between the peoples of the two nation’s language, religion, culture, cuisine, sports and not least, the attraction in Pakistan for Indian films popularly called Bollywood films. one of the latest films called Bajrangi Bhaijaan (BB) which is currently showing has broken all box office records in India and is a huge success in Pakistan. The story of BB is about a 7 year old dumb Pakistani girl who accidently strays into India and is helped by the hero of the film Salman Khan who plays the role of a God-loving simpleton and a devotee of the Hindu God Hanuman. The hero decides to help this young child to return to her parents in Pakistan. But first he must find out where the parents live; the fact that the girl is dumb makes it more of a challenge for the hero named Bajrangi after whom the film gets its title.
How Bajrangi (without a visa) crosses over the border with the child, how he is chased by the Pakistani police on suspicion that he is an Indian agent, and the many escapades and hilarious scenes that follow makes the film not only enjoyable and humane, but also reflects the peaceful relations that still exist between the two peoples despite the political suspicion and lack of peace. Although it is almost an impossible task, Bajrangi eventually succeeds in his mission to restore the child to her parents. The film is enjoyable and reflects the friendship, peace and humanity that still exist between the two peoples overriding the political and religious differences. Many people are now admitting that the film has done more to bring peace from harmony than the regular political and trade meetings. one wishes that the politicians and militants of both countries take a lesson from this film.
Dr. Ravi Bhatia, Retired Professor, Delhi University, Convenor, Religion and Peace Commission, International Peace Research Association, India
10. Global Peace Science for G20 and Humanity: Growth through Peace and for Peace but not for War. GHA Open Letter, 2013. Leo Semashko and the GHA 56 coauthors
The GHA Letter unites the 57 GHA members – coauthors: Leo Semashko, Charles Mercieca, Glen Martin, Bruce Cook, Ernesto Kahan, Bishnu Pathak, Madhu Krishan, Ayo Ayoola-Amale, Subhash Chandra, Marina Kozlovska, Julia Budnikova, Surendra Pathak, Mariam Khan, Nina Yudina, Heli Habyarimana, Matjaz Mulej, Alexander Semashko, Laj Utreja, Maria Cristina Azcona, N.S.Ravishankar, Vera Popovich, Lida Sherafatmand, Andrew Semashko, Svetlana Kuskovskaya, Svetlana Vetrova, Justo Bolekia, Tholana Chakravarthy, Peter Semashko, Leonid Timoshenko, Igor Shadhan, Dmitriy Delukin, Alexander Subetto, Uraz Baimuratov, Alla Voronova, Maitreyee Roy, Erica Lazarova, Ivan Ivanov, Alla Ivashintsova, Dmitriy Ivashintsov, Zaure Hizatolla, Guy Crequie, Artem Budnikov, Takis Ioannides, Marie Robert, Vladimir Branskiy, Celia Altschuler, Susana Roberts, Manijeh Navidnia, Kae Morii, Hedva Bachrach, Manish Bhatnagar, Kurt Johnson, Nataly Cherkasova, Sarah Mbodj, Apostolos Paschos, Athanassios Koumouris, Subhash Sharma, A. K. Merchant, from 20 countries: Argentina, Bulgaria, France, Ghana, Greece, India, Israel, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine, USA, Approved by the GHA on August 3, 2013 .
Publication: In English: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=582
In Russian: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=605
In French: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=fr_c&key=135
In Spanish: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=es_c&key=107
For peace-loving citizens: Sign the GHA Open Letter about Global Peace Science for G20 and all Governments in English can here: https://www.change.org/p/to-leaders-of-the-group-of-twenty-g20-to-create-the-global-peace-science-gps In Russian can here:
A peace based exclusively upon the political and economic
arrangements of governments would not be a peace which
could secure the unanimous, lasting and sincere support
of the peoples of the world, and that the peace must therefore
be founded, if it is not to fail, upon the intellectual and
moral solidarity of mankind. UNESCO Constitution.
Global peace science is a key of intellectual peace
solidarity of humanity and general hope of all nations
to real peace and prosperity on the Earth in the 21st century. GHA
Harmony will save peace. GHA
TO: G20 Leaders, on the Summit, September 5–6, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia
SUBJECT: Global Peace Science for G20 and humanity.
PROCESS AND RESULT: The GHA proposes to create, under the G20 aegis, Global Peace Science (GPS), one of its variants was created by the GHA during 8 years see below. For this purpose, establish the G20 appropriate work Committee: “Global Peace Science (GPS)” under the leadership of Sherpa and hold a 2014 International Scientific Contest among the more than 400 Peace Research Ñenters in the world to find the best option for GPS, with a result to be discussed and approved at the next G20 Summit in 2014/15.
“The G20 agenda is organized around three overarching priorities, aimed at starting a new cycle of economic growth: – Growth through quality jobs and investment; – Growth through trust and transparency; – Growth through effective regulation” (http://en.g20russia.ru/docs/g20_russia/priorities.html). These are subjected to the criteria of “sustainable, inclusive and balanced growth” as harmonious evolution, spontaneously forming global peace, requiring adequate science (GPS). This science will allow G20 to determine the fourth most important for the survival of mankind priority of growth: growth through peace and for peace but not for war. This priority in the G20 agenda will be a new and constant topic of discussion since 2014, when as a result of the Contest the most appropriate version of GPS will be selected. This priority will provide the highest holism and synergy of active harmonization for all areas of economic growth. GPS will give the G20 working process an additional, intellectual and moral impetus, optimizing and harmonizing this process, greatly expand its formats, and most importantly, subordinating it to the peaceful humanistic dimension and meaning of G20. Meeting the challenges of economic growth within the GPS provides simultaneous steps towards global peace and relevant decision of the most important problem of mankind. This will increase G20’s efficiency and public benefit for the global community to higher level. Global peace is inexhaustible, but so far an unknown resource for sustainable economic growth, which requires a corresponding science. The creation of this science is a modern challenge for the G20 – creating a common language of peace for the nations and governments in a global society for the 21st century.
Dear G20 Leaders, The GHA appreciates your work on stabilization and development of the global economy and global finance, recognizing that your efforts have the potential to spontaneously foster global peace. We recognize the G20 as the world's first institution, together with the G8, attempting direct global regulation of world economy and finance. Naturally, it’s axiomatic that global peace is a prerequisite for sustainable development on a world scale. Any global armed conflict threatens humanity in, as we know, "nuclear winter", i.e. destruction. This is not a phantom danger – it has been proved by scientists around the world. It hangs like a sword of Damocles over humanity, including the economy with all its finances. In fact, war is more ruinous than any economic and financial crisis. Preparing for a war, as expressed in the ever-growing global arms race and the constant growth of global military spending –is one of the main causes of today’s economic and financial destabilization and the related global crises.
These facts take first place among world challenges affecting potential for global peace. Analysis of the situation – its sources, causes, foundations and actors – through global peace science (GPS) – is a clear challenge for each leader. Unfortunately, this scientific approach has just been created in addition to hundreds of scientific institutes and centers engaged in isolated and fragmented private peace researches on national and regional scale, but not global level. But this scientific Rubicon can and must be crossed. For example, considering military science, A. D. H. von Bülow’s (Spirit of Modern Military Systems, 1799), developed by Carl von Clausewitz (On War, 1832) and recognized by all governments, which continues now by hundreds of thousands of military scientists and teachers and studies in thousands of military academies, institutes and colleges by dozens of millions of soldiers and officers. With comparison with war science, the absence of GPS is a great intellectual and historical defect of humanity, finding explanations but finds no scientific or moral justification, especially today. If governments have been so eager to embrace military science, then how can they avoid accepting peace science even now, after almost two centuries, if it will be created?
Humanity has long dreamed of such a science. Immanuel Kant wrote about its possibility (i.e. the existence of objective natural source of peace) in his great treatise Perpetual Peace in 1795. He found an objective guarantee of global peace in the "harmony among men" as social nature, “which finally assures peace” (www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/kant/kant1.htm). If there is an objective social nature of peace, then may well be its science. Kant’s supposition has received scientific development in the GHA, which has developed GPS over 8 years based on the theory of social harmony. GPS is represented in the GHA’s 7 books and 47 projects of social harmony and global peace. The most perfect theoretical expression GPS is found in book: "The ABC of Harmony for Global Peace ...." (2012) by 76 co-authors of GHA from 26 countries: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=478. Its empirical expression is found in a new Program of "Comparative Sociological and Statistical Study" analyzing dynamics of spheral classes of the population in India, USA, Russia and Kazakhstan from 1950 to 2010 by decades (http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=579. This study is not yet due to lack of funding at $ 60,000). GPS represents itself both as a science, not only of global harmony, but also the science of global justice, global economy, global finance, global prosperity, global law and global democracy. It is expressed by the GPS’s holistic model: "Social Genome of Peace from Harmony" (SOCIONOME: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=580). GPS is deeply holistic science, covering the main measures of global peace: economic, financial, political, legal and others.
In this way, GPS moves from solutions of military conflicts to their prevention. All of this is presented in detail in the GHA books and projects, and in the GPS general contour on 4 pages – in the article "Global Peace Science" (http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=582). Further, GPS is connected to another important global project: Constitution of the Earth (http://worldparliament-gov.org/constitution/the-earth-constitution/), which proposes legal democratic regulation of all conditions of global peace: economic, political, financial, and so on. However, the GPS option is based on social harmony – this is one of its options, and its first real example, which does not exclude the other.
As you can see, there are sufficient scientific backgrounds to create the GPS. But this requires the will of world's political leaders, particularly G20 leaders, to organize an International Scientific Contest under the aegis of your Committee. This Contest would be established under the appropriate G20 working committee under the leadership of Sherpa for competition among more than 400 Peace Research Ñenters in the world to seek the best option for GPS, with a result to be discussed and approved at the next G20 Summit in 2014/15.
Key conditions of the proposed Contest, from our point of view are as follows:
1. The Contest should be open to any group of social scientists who have proven themselves by publishing Peace Research by at least 5 scholars from no less than two countries without any other restrictions.
2. The Contest will accept scientific texts of projects under the general title: "Global Peace Science" having at least 10 pages and no more than 1,000 pages of electronic and paper versions (perhaps as a book) with a total summary of contents in 4 pages or less.
3. Ideally, each project should include at least the following parts / sections:
3.1. A review of previous peace studies, especially of a global scale.
3.2. Underlying theory of global peace with fundamental concepts defining the objective ultimate causes, natural actors and spontaneous but harmonious sources of global peace.
3.3. Empirical confirmation for the theory of global peace.
3.4. A methodology and main ways to realize the theory of global peace at global, regional, national and local levels.
3.5. A rough estimate of the economic efficiency of the global peace theory.
3.6. Applications of global peace science as the theories of global justice, global law (especially human rights), global politics, global ecology, global democracy, general and complete disarmament, global peace education, harmony between religion and science, global culture of peace, global interfaith harmony and global interspiritual movement.
4. We propose that the G20 Contest Committee develop "Rules of the GPS Contest" with all details, including the necessary funding for research participants in the Contest. This Regulation is approved by leaders of the G20.
The GHA has more detailed proposals so it can enter this Contest, which it is ready to share. The historical significance of this Contest is that it will be the first global conscious-coupling mechanism of world political leaders, using with GPS as a reasonable and therefore the non-violent key to global peace. Its result may be the establishment of an International Peace Science Institute under the G20 aegis. This Contest will mark the beginning of a new era in human history – the Age of consciously and universally building harmonious global peace on a scientific basis. According to the UNESCO Constitution, not only war but also peace arises in the mind, but only on the basis of relevant scientific knowledge, which opens a new era. This era will be the integrated implementation of the humanity’s fundamental ideas of peace expressed by human genius:
Immanuel Kant: "What has nature done with regard to this end (the design of perpetual peace) which man's own reason makes his duty? That is, what has nature done to favor man's moral purpose…? … Nature guarantees perpetual peace … but … making it our duty to work toward this end, which is not just a chimerical one."
Leo Tolstoy: "In the hands of war are billions of money, millions of obedient troops and in our hands is only one, but the mightiest tool in the world – the truth" (true – it is a science).
Mahatma Gandhi: "If we are ever to have real peace in this world we shall have to begin with the children" (i.e. with children's education in global peace science).
Albert Einstein: "Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding" (i.e. by mind, armed with the global peace science).
Martin Luther King Jr.: "We must shift the arms race into a peace race" (that can be done through global peace science). Sincerely Yours, Dr. Leo Semashko, GHA President.
11. The GHA Letters to the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon and the UNESCO Director-General, Ms. Irina Bokova, 2013. Leo Semashko
August 22, 2013. TO: The UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon through the UN Peacebuilding Support Office, Chief: Brian J. Williams, and The UNESCO Director-General, Mrs. Irina Bokova through the UNESCO Social and Human Sciences Sector, Chief: Christina Von Furstenberg, and Assistant Director-General for this Sector: Pilar Álvarez-Laso .
Copy: To Russian Presidency at the G20 Summit, September 5–6, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia.
SUBJECT: Your opportunity to initiate Global Peace Science (GPS) at the G20 Summit with purpose to include this topic in the G20 agenda in any format.
NEED AND WAY OF GPS: GPS is a necessary condition for effective work of the UN and UNESCO in the 21st century, so the need for it is obvious and demands no proof. The most democratic and productive way to create this science would be an International Contest among more than 400 Peace Research Centers worldwide under the G20 aegis. This will subordinate the economic growth to a goal of peace, not war and weapons. The GPS first project is the fruit of eight years of work by GHA. It shows one of the possible ways of creating it (see below). The idea of GPS creation and its sufficient prerequisites are described in detail below in the Global Harmony Association (GHA) Open Letter by 57 of its members from 20 countries to the G20 leaders and Russian Presidency at their nearest Summit September 5–6, 2013 in St. Petersburg. This letter, together with the other documents for the G20, are posted here: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=582. The GPS is initiated not only in the GHA Letter but also in personal messages of GHA members to Presidents of Russia, USA, South Africa, France, Argentina, Nigeria, Ghana, and to Prime Ministers of Italy, India, Japan, Spain, etc. Many similar letters to other heads of states and governments will be sent. The leaders of each state, if they want peace, not war, could initiate the creation of this science under the G20 aegis, or in other ways, for example, in their countries. This initiative from either side answers the key question: If a science of war is possible, why not initiate a science of peace?
GPS’ COMPLIANCE with the UN and UNESCO Charters: The UN Charter in Article 1 defines that "The Purposes of the United Nations are: to maintain international peace, ... the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, ... the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, ... to strengthen universal peace ... and harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends." In the UNESCO's Constitution we read: "That since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defence of peace must be constructed". That is expressed in the UNESCO motto: "Building peace in the minds of men and women."
It is clear that effectively building peace in the minds of people is impossible without peace science. So far the highest expression and the best defense of war in minds of people is military science, prospering for more than 200 years. Today the highest expression and the best defense of peace in minds of people will be the Global Peace Science (GPS). It does not yet exist, but will be created in the 21st century in accordance with a requirement of the UNESCO Constitution: "the defense of peace must be constructed", i.e. GPS should be created. This is a great need for the UN and UNESCO. The GHA letter mentioned above is devoted to constructing peace science as the best reasonable defense of peace at people and nations. Effective achievement of the UN and UNESCO purposes in the global world of the 21st century is impossible without adopting Global Peace Science (GPS), giving scientific and understandable to all peoples’ questions seeking a method to use in achieving these purposes.
CONCLUSION: GPS is required for nations, governments, the UN and UNESCO. GPS does not conflict with the Charters but only strengthens them and ensures effective achievement of their purposes in the 21st century to prevent the recurrence of the bloodiest in history 20th century.
Result for the UN and UNESCO: Your initiative will provide the highest peacemaking prestige and deeper global impact of the UN and UNESCO in the 21st century.
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, UN/UNESCO is a permanent member of the G20 Summits, so you have the right and ability to initiate the GPS as a new vision of economic growth and sustainable development through the scientific prism of global peace. This vision consists in the fact that economic growth is justified and has sense only in one case, when it is fulfilled through the peace and for the peace, not for the war as a self-destruction and loss of growth achievements. It unfolds global peace as the first and inexhaustible resource for economic growth. GPS makes this resource equally available to all nations and governments.
Humanity cannot live and grow further in the new century, on the threshold of a single global society, without durable global peace, which can be understood and accepted by the nations for everyday conscious building only on the basis of relevant peace science – GPS. This is a turning point in human history, from a military to peaceful one, defined by a new level of human thinking within a new paradigm in a scientific mindset.
History has exhausted all war alternatives, leaving only a peaceful alternative for humanity, which, however, is impossible without scientific light of GPS. History was first raised its initiative as a rational choice and recognition in 2013 before the G20 Summit. Will the G20 accept it as a historical alternative? This depends on each leader, and from you personally, Mr. Secretary-General of the UN and Mrs. Director-General of UNESCO.
A new era of humanity, "a peace race," which takes the place of "the arms race" has appeared and this was foreseen by Martin Luther King Jr. when he said: "We must shift the arms race into a peace race." This historic shift has started! How the UN/UNESCO will react to it will demonstrate its world peace leadership and its future in the 21st century and beyond. There is growing concern in the world about the future due to ever-increasing military spending. It is well known that peace cannot be achieved by force. It can only be reached by reason embodied in peace science.
For more than 200 years governments have nursed the science of war, now leaving the best-equipped governments with a powerful military industrial complex embracing hundreds of millions of staff, with thousands of military academies and colleges including tens of thousands of military scientists and teachers and millions of listeners (officers and soldiers), and finally with a myriad, annually galloping military budget of trillions of dollars, whipping up an unrestrained arms race. This is an arsenal of war, prosperous primarily due to the military mindset in the face of military science, consolidating a war arsenal with innumerable resources. A mindset for peace is still very far from the similar top in national and global consciousness.
Therefore, an arsenal of peace, devoid of peace science, is not able to withstand the military arsenal and make a real alternative to war. After more than two centuries of military science, before the door of the globalized world, economic growth depends on global peace. Today, more than ever we feel the acutest necessity for Global Peace Science (GPS). You, as the UN/UNESCO leaders, have the highest opportunity to initiate the inclusion of GPS in the Summit G20 agenda. Global civil society expects influential support for creating GPS under the G20 aegis from President Barack Obama as the only Nobel Peace Laureate among the G20 leaders and from UN/UNESCO, the most important statutory purpose of which is to ensure global peace in the 21st century that is impossible without GPS.
The UN/UNESCO proposal to include Global peace Science (GPS) in the G20 Summit agenda would be the most powerful voice in its support. The logical and practical consequence of your initiative would be the establishment of the International Institute of Global Peace Science (which I am ready to head and find the scientists for it) within the UNESCO Sector of Social and Human Sciences. This Institute fully meets the mission, strategy and purposes of the UN and UNESCO. This Institute, as a think tank of knowledge for global peace society, will be the scientific pillar for G20 in the questions of global peace and will raise qualitatively the effectiveness of the UN and UNESCO in the 21st century.
These key universal perspectives of global peace now depend from your initiative at the G20 Summit. Sincerely Yours, Dr. Leo Semashko, GHA President, St. Petersburg 194356, Russia
12. The GHA Members’ Letters to the G20 Summit Leaders, September 5–6, 2013, St. Petersburg. Peacemaking Thinking of G20 Summit and GHA. Report. Leo Semashko
Dear GHA members and friends. The GHA must honestly and courageously recognize the following facts regarding the G20 Summit September 5–6, 2013 in St. Petersburg, to which the GHA 57 members prepared on Aug. 4, 2013 the Open Letter with a proposal to create the Global Peace Science (GPS).
First. We cannot say anything now about the economic impact of the Summit, which will manifest in practice for 1–2 years.
Second. In the political aspect, the Summit did not go beyond the primitive militaristic question: to bomb or not to bomb Syria, on which the opinions were divided about fifty-fifty. Any of these decisions remains a civil war in Syria and is inviolable and deprived of any peace perspective and alternative.
Third. The GHA members sent letters of invitation to the G20 leaders and the heads of other states to initiate, at the Summit, creation of global peace science as presented in the GHA Open Letter on August 4, 2014: In English: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=582
We will list the letters in chronological order with the indication of the author and recipients:
1. Renato Corsetti, Italy, to Prime Minister (PM) of Italy, 10/08/13, 1 letter.
2. Ayo Ayoola-Amale, Ghana, to Presidents, PMs and heads of parliaments of South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana, 12/08/13. Copies of these nine letters were sent to President Putin, the Summit Chair. Ayo sent 18 letters.
3. Surendra Pathak and Subhash Chandra, India, to PM of India and the Summit Chair, 16/08/13, 2 letters.
4. Justo Bolekia Boleka, Spain, to PM of Spain and the Summit Chair, 17/08/13, 2 letters.
5. Guy Crequie, France, to French President and Summit Chair, 18/08/13, 2 letters.
6. Bruce Cook, USA, to the USA President, State Secretary and the Summit Chair, 19/08/13, 3 letters.
7. Subhash Chandra, India, to Summit Chair, 22/08/13, 1 letter.
8. Muhammad Yunus Khan, Pakistan, to PM of Pakistan and Summit Chair, 26/08/13, 2 letters.
9. Maria Cristina Azcona, Argentina, to President of Argentina, 27/08/13, 1 letter.
10. Marie Robert, France, to French President, 29/08/13, 1 letter.
11. Ammar Bunny, Algeria, to Summit Chair, 29/08/13, 1 letter.
12. Takis Ioannides, Greece, to Summit Chair, 01/09/13, 1 letter.
13 Apostolos J. Paschos, Greece, to Summit Chair, 01/09/13, 1 letter.
14. Athanassios Koumouris, Greece, to Summit Chair, 03/09/13, 1 letter.
15. Roxana Sadykova, to Summit Chair, President Obama and UN Secretary General, 04/09/13, 5 letters.
16. Leo Semashko, Russia, to Summit Chair and UN Secretary General, in August 2013, 6 letters.
In total, GHA 16 members sent 48 letters to the Summit 9 leaders and 8 leaders of other countries. None of the 17 leaders, including the Summit Chair President Putin, Nobel Peace Laureate President Obama and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had ever heard the GHA voice about science of global peace. Of the 48 letters on the GHA website (address above), 23 letters were published, together with the GHA Open Letter. GHA expresses heartfelt gratitude to the authors of all the letters that make up the first great contribution to the science of global peace. What conclusions can we draw from these facts?
(1). GHA voice of the global peace science in 48 letters was very weak. While it is obvious that the voice has been heard, it should be submitted at least in 48 thousands of letters and not for the 17 and for 200 governments of the world, and not only the GHA, but with the support of dozens of other peace organizations. GHA will continue this campaign of initiating global peace science among the leaders of G20, G8, UN (at each General Assembly of the UN), UNESCO, governments all over the world. Each of these leaders from each state can go down in history if he/she initiates this science on any of the forums of these global organizations.
(2). No matter how weak it was, the GHA voice for global peace science was the first attempt in the history of humanity to create scientific reason for global peace, without which humanity cannot survive in the 21st century. Perhaps the main achievement of our discussion was idea of International Institute of Global Peace Science, which can be created by any government of any country or the UN or UNESCO in the sector of social sciences.
(3). The 2013 Summit level of peacekeeping thinking, not coming outside the primitive militaristic issue: to bomb or not to bomb Syria, as we see, is still very far behind the demands of global peace and its scientific understanding. The consciousness of modern world leaders is totally ignorant and militaristic in this area. Their politics remains the war geopolitics, which excludes the peace geopolitics. This ignorance can be overcome only through study of the appropriate scientific knowledge, all the preconditions of which have already been created. What are needed are the political will and the decision of the world's leaders to form this science for global education, including each leader’s own country. This science is needed at the UN, G20, G8, etc. for scientific literacy (rather than force) solutions and, most importantly, for the reasonable prevention of military conflicts such as Syria, which exist in the world in great number and which are increasing. This is a historic transition from a dying industrial civilization with its militaristic mindset to a harmonious global society of the 21st century with a scientific peacekeeping and harmonious way of thinking, preventing all armed hostilities and excluding military conflicts.
(4). Today, science of global peace remains utopia for world leaders and governments. But every year its real need is becoming clearer and more understandable. The world can no longer live in constant movement from one Syria to the other. The world can no longer spend huge resources on this senseless way of militarist movement when those resources are so urgently needed to address the growing global problems that can be solved in a coherent and long-term order only by global peace. The main obstacle in this way today is the lack of a generally accepted science of global peace, providing global peacemaking scientific thought and consciousness as the first source and guarantor for global peace. GHA is acutely aware this historical need, consistently working in this direction and welcomes all peace-loving people to support our work and join us to reach rapid recognition of the science of global peace.
This report, along with the letters to leaders and other responses in the discussion will be published on indicated pages of the GHA website and, in the future, in a new GHA book dedicated to the science of global peace. I will be grateful for all corrections. Best wishes for harmony.
Dr. Leo Semashko. Editor in Chief, Global Peace Science (GPS)
13. Preface for Global Peace Science Publication. Johan Galtung
Having worked on global peace science, both in theory and practice, for about 60 years I am of two minds writing a preface to this important publication. on the one hand, there is still rampant and deplorable violence and war; some countries seem ever to give up. on the other hand there is also much peace around because states and people find ways of interacting for mutual and reasonably equal benefit. To my mind the key positive peace formula.
But then, on the third hand, even when not, there is a way out which I have tested again and again and often successfully so: identify the underlying conflicts--you find them if you look--and solve them. Transcend, mediation NGO, has at least 35 positive experiences making it impossible to give in to pessimism or "realism", that only violence will stop violence. Nor to give in to optimism or: idealism. But to be realistic, doing much research to identify the incompatible goals underlying the violence and to explore through searching dialogues with all parties what has to be done to make legitimate goals compatible. And if their goals are not legitimate by legal, human rights and/or basic needs standards? To identify deeper goals those are legitimate. Many people confuse ends and means.
This takes some time, much hard work, much empathy with the parties, nonviolent communication. And above all creativity, visioning a new reality where legitimate goals become compatible. The military tend to eliminate or contain other parties, the diplomats to promote their own interests hoping that they add up to peace. They usually so not, something new is needed, it may take some time, but it is our task to think it, say it and show how to do it. If compelling, it will be picked up. Idealism-optimism in the heart, realism-skepticism in the brain. Creativity both places: Move ahead!!
Dr. Johan Galtung, Founder Transcend, www.transcend.org, World Harmony Creator, Germany
14. Pentagon announces worldwide expansion of US military bases. Thomas Gaist
The US Defense Department (DOD) is preparing to expand its global network of military bases by establishing a new “string” of bases in countries stretching from Africa to East Asia, unnamed Pentagon officials told the New York Times Wednesday. The enlarged US basing arrangements will include at least four new large-scale bases or “hubs,” including new facilities in East Africa and West Africa and Afghanistan, along with a greater number of smaller camps or “spokes,” sources told the Times. The new bases, which the Pentagon describes as “enduring” bases, will host forces ranging from dozens of commandos up to 5,000 soldiers at the largest hubs, the unnamed military officials said.
West Africa is a main focus of the expanded basing plans, and will host one of the larger hubs. The West African countries of Niger and Cameroon are the only countries set to host smaller “spoke” bases listed by the Times report. The Pentagon plans to build a large “hub” near Erbil in northern Iraq, where US special forces have already been conducting combat operations for months. US Special Forces commandos affiliated with the “expeditionary targeting force” announced last week by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter are already setting up operations in the same area, according to reports. The new bases are only the latest development in the metastatic growth of Washington’s global military apparatus. According to the official list of US overseas bases, US forces are stationed in Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, British Indian Ocean Territory, Bulgaria, Cuba, Djibouti, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Honduras, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Romania, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom.
Taking into account non-officially acknowledged bases, “forward operating posts,” and other long-term deployments, the list of US bases expands to include the majority of the countries in the world. Recent weeks have made clear that the US is launching yet another expansion of its wars in the Middle East. Wednesday announcement, transmitted by the Pentagon through the semi-official mouthpiece of the Times, demonstrates that the escalation of the US-led imperialist wars in Iraq and Syria will be accompanied by a generalized military build-up encompassing far wider areas of the globe. The new bases will facilitate a further expansion of manhunts, kidnapping, and other counter-insurgency operations which have been orchestrated by US military-intelligence cadres across ever-expanding areas of the planet since 2001 under the banner of the US “Global War on Terrorism.”
Working from the new “hubs,” Special Force troops and intelligence operatives will orchestrate supposed “counterterrorism” missions, according to the description offered by the Times. Operations launched from the new bases will enable close collaborations between “regional American commanders, diplomats and spies,” US officials said. In other words, the bases will provide launching pads for a further expansion of US military and intelligence activities in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, along the entire Indo-Pacific rim, and in every significant corner of Africa. In statements defending the basing expansion, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter claimed that the all-pervasive nature of the ISIS threat requires permanent global presence that reaches easily into every corner of the world. “Because we cannot predict the future, these regional nodes – from Morón, Spain, to Jalalabad, Afghanistan – will provide forward presence to respond to a range of crises, terrorist and other kinds,” US Defense Secretary Carter said in reference to the basing expansion. “The new bases will enable unilateral crisis response, counter-terror operations, or strikes on high-value targets,” he added.
US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford similarly claimed earlier this month that ISIS is based on a “global dynamic” that makes it impossible to combat the group within any limited list of countries. In reality, rather than “fighting terrorism,” the real purpose of the bases is to shape the world political order in accordance with needs of US imperialism, subjecting ever wider areas of the globe to military violence and repression by US forces. Recent operations in Eastern Europe have given a taste of what is planned for the new US military “hubs” and “spokes.” Some 400 US troops have been deployed to forward operating bases in western Ukraine, where they are reportedly gathering information about Russian forces stationed near the eastern border with Russia, Military Times reported Thursday. Intelligence gathered from the military spying is already being used to develop new training programs for the main US Army infantry school on the European continent, located in Germany. Thomas Gaist, journalist, USA
15. Letters to the BRICS Leaders. The letter to Mr. Putin, Oct. 26, 2015. Leo Semashko
Before completing "Global Peace Science" in English, the GHA Board decided to appeal to the BRICS leaders, whose union, in our deep conviction, is the leader of the peacemaking force in the world (Chapter 10), with invitation to write a brief (a few lines) preface for the book. From these letters we publish below only two: to President of Russia and Prime Minister of India.
To President of Russia Mr. Vladimir Putin. Subject: Your preface in a few lines to the first ever "Global Peace Science" (GPS), more than 140 coauthors from 34 countries, which will be published in January 2016 in India and the USA as a new peaceful step of Russia and BRICS but now in the way of science and culture.
Dear Mr. Putin, GHA is finalizing the GPS book for its English edition. In Russian it was published in January 2015. Among her coauthors are former Indian President A. Kalam, Nobel Peace laureate M. Corrigan and many prominent figures. Peacefulness of Russia, BRICS peace priority and you are its center as a source of global peace in our time that was emphasized by your choice on the Valdai Club, "the right choice is a choice in favor of peace." It neutralizes the US/NATO militaristic choice, which for peace did nothing. You are defined in the book as a historical reformer of the XXI century who slews the world order from the USA dictate to multipolar world order from harmony and cooperation. The GHA recognized you as WORLD HARMONY CREATOR and included into a number of great historical peacebuilders together with Pompilius, Ashoka, Gandhi and others, publishing your portrait in their gallery. Created in the GHA since 2005, GPS as a new fundamental science, which provides not only a revival of social sciences but "a new impetus for development," strengthens your peacemaking in the way of international law.
So we'll be glad to get your preface to the GPS book before 01/12/15 in 3–5 lines about peace and need peace science. It has great importance for Russia as its motherland and for the BRICS peaceful geopolitics. GPS integrates the peacebuilding traditions of Russia, Soviet Union, India and other countries. This invitation will be sent to other leaders of the BRICS, the prefaces of which will be published together with your. Sincerely, GHA members:
Dr. Leo Semashko, GHA President, GPS Editor in Chief, and others authors from the BRICS countries
16. Letters to the BRICS Leaders. The letter to Mr. Modi, Nov.5, 2015. Subhash Chandra
To: Honorable Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. Subject: Your Preface in a few lines to the first ever "Global Peace Science" (GPS) by more than 140 coauthors from 34 countries, which was published in Russian in January 2015 and now will be publish in English in India and the US in January 2016 as a peaceful step of BRICS on the way of science and culture. Its first ten chapters from twelve are published on the GHA website here: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=585
Dear Mr. Modi, Sir, The GHA is finalizing the GPS book its English edition. Among its coauthors are the former Indian President Abdul Kalam, Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, pioneer of peace studies Prof. Johan Galtung and many other distinguished scholars and peacemakers. Peacefulness of India and BRICS with its "priority of international peace and security" make its center and source of global peace. The world famous Indian peacemakers: Great Ashoka and Mahatma Gandhi are recognized in GPS as the science founders. To them and you are devoted the articles in this book. You endorsed at the UN Sustainable Development Summit on 26th September 2015 that India is “committed to a sustainable path to prosperity that is rooted in our culture”. It is path through peace from culture and harmony, through principle of oneness – Vasudheva Kutumbkam – World is one Family.
Creating in the GHA since 2005 the GPS as a new fundamental science provides the revival of social science to overcome the lag of nearly two centuries from military science and a new impetus to develop peacebuilding BRICS on a new scientific platform. For its development, we call on the BRICS leaders to establish an International Academy for Global Peace (see attachment). We also invite the BRICS leaders to write a few lines to the book Preface.
Therefore we'll be glad to get your Preface for the GPS book before 01/12/15 in 3–5 lines about peace science and its need for peace as a common platform for dialogue in the peaceful settlement of any armed conflict. It has great importance for the BRICS peace geopolitics, for its scientific basis and integrating world peacebuilding experience especially the BRICS countries. We sent similar invitation to other leaders of BRICS and other great peacemakers, the Prefaces of whom will be published together with you Preface. Thank you very much. Sincerely, GHA members and GPS coauthors from the BRICS countries.
Dr. Subhash Chandra, GHA Secretary General, India; Kanakmal Dugar, GHA Vice-President, Chancellor, IASE Deemed University, President, Gandhi Vidya Mandir, India; Dr. Surendra Pathak, President, GHA-India; Dr. Leo Semashko, GHA President, GPS Editor in Chief, Russia; Prof. Jiang Yimin, Educator, China; Ayo Ayoola-Amale, President, GHA-Africa, Ghana; Delasnieve Daspet, Lawyer, Poet, Writer, Peacemaker, Brazil.
17. Mr. Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Laureate, Response. Nov. 22, 2015. Ayo Ayoola-Amale
Dear Mr. Kofi Annan, I respectfully request for your Preface in a few lines to the first ever "Global Peace Science" (GPS). Could you kindly find attached with this cover letter an official request letter to this effect please. I look forward to your favourable response. Thank you for your kind consideration. Sincerely, Ayo Ayoola-Amale ESQ, Educator, Lawyer, Poet, Peace Builder, Writer, GHA – Africa President, Ghana.
Dear Ms. Ayoola-Amale, I write to thank you on behalf of Mr. Kofi Annan for your recent correspondence asking him to write the Preface of the first "Global Peace Science". Much as Mr. Annan appreciates your kind request, it is with regret that owing to the number of requests received and demands on his time, he is only able to consider endorsements for very close friends and individuals with whom he has a long standing professional relationship. Thank you for your understanding on this matter and we wish you every success with this publication. Yours sincerely, Orla Vandepoortaele, Kofi Annan Foundation.
The GPS Editor in Chief Note. This letter shows that even Nobel peacemakers are unable (or unwilling) to understand the need and importance of peace science in general.
18. Global Peace Science for the BRICS Network International University. Letter to Ms. Valentina Matviyenko. Leo Semashko
To Ms. Valentina Matviyenko, Chairwoman of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation. Subject: The proposal to introduce the study of "Global Peace Science" in the BRICS Network International University in accordance with signed on 10 November the Agreement on Inter-parliamentary Cooperation between Russia and Brazil. 
Dear Ms. Matviyenko! Global Harmony Association (GHA) is an international peace organization that unites today more than 600 individual members – scientists, writers, politicians, priests, artists and other active peacemakers from 65 countries and about 30 international organizations as the GHA collective members. Our organization develops more than 10 years, since February 15, 2005, "Global Peace Science" (GPS). Its creation is the GHA mission of the GHA, within which was produced 50 international peacemaking projects and published 8 collective books in multiple languages, a list of which can be found here: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=496.
Many years of the GHA work was crowned with the publication of fundamental book "Global Peace Science" in Russian by 89 co-authors from 30 countries in January 2015, in St. Petersburg, 432 pages: http://peacefromharmony.org/docs/Nauka-globalnogo-mira-2015.pdf. Now we finalized this book more than 150 coauthors from 34 countries in the English language in an expanded and updated edition of over 620 pages for the publishing houses of India and the United States in January 2016. Its 13 chapters are presented on the site here: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=585.
Among the GPS coauthors are former Indian President Abdul Kalam, Irish Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Maguire, a pioneer of peace studies Professor Johan Galtung from Germany, a world-renowned intellectual and critic of American militarism, professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US, Noam Chomsky, academician of National Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan Director of Economics Institute Uraz Baimuratov, Chancellor the IASE Gandhi University in India Kanakmal Dugar, Professor Emeritus of the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium sociologist Francois Houtart, a well-known poet and peacemaker Delasnieve Daspet from Brazil and many other prominent figures.
The GPS book tenth chapter (~ 50 pp.) is dedicated to the BRICS alliance, a priority of which is "to strengthen international peace and security." BRICS is defined as the leader of the planetary peace in which the leading spiritual and peacemaking role played by Russia. As emphasized Vladimir Putin at the Valdai Forum – "the right choice is a choice in favor of peace" that neutralizes the militaristic choice of the US/NATO. They are not doing anything for peace, supplying only new wars and nurturing global terrorism of IS. In this chapter is published the GHA Message to the BRICS leaders, primarily to Russian President Vladimir Putin, to establish in the Crimea in Simferopol, as the university city the International Academy of Global Peace for development of this innovative science and for its wide learning and teaching in the BRICS countries. This message is here: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=657.
You know better than we how international situation is explosive, which is exacerbated by the aggressive politics of militaristic block US/NATO, surrounding Russia on all borders as Hitler's troops in 1941, and leading an active information war against Russia. A powerful tool for the counter-offensive in this war would GPS study and teaching, especially for the beginning and in International Network University within BRICS . GPS teaching at the university can start in two languages – Russian and English, and then on the others by the professors and lecturers from the GPS coauthors and there, recall, – more than 150 from 34 countries. The importance and need for such a subject and such a science first established in Russia and first published in St. Petersburg cannot be overestimated in our time.
We think it is unlikely one of the leaders of the BRICS peace-loving countries, having a centuries-old peacemaking history, starting with Russia, India and China would reject the social need of teaching this so urgently needed, science, providing an undoubted cultural leadership and spiritual advantage to BRICS countries before militarist block US/NATO. on the contrary, they are likely to strongly support the teaching of this science that will begin Global Peacemaking Enlightenment of the 21 century and lift BRICS in its leaders. It is clear that the BRICS have to create, build and develop its advantages in all areas, especially in science and education that prepare future generations to new historical challenges. And their, of course, the history prepares to all BRICS countries and they should be prepared for them better than confronting them militarist bloc.
Therefore, we hope for your understanding and support for our proposal. All other issues of methodical, technical and organizational character are easily solved if there is the political will from your side. It will raise not only international cultural weight of Russia but also your political prestige. Sincerely, with deep respect, GHA members and colleagues from BRICS NGM: Dr. Leo Semashko, GHA President, Editor in Chief of GPS, Russia and others.
19. The Software Product "Person" (SPP) for Harmonious Development and Personal Growth. Information Technology. Leo Semashko
SPP is a fundamentally new information intellectual program of humanitarian class within the Spheral Information-Statistical Technology (SIST) on the basis of Psychological Genome of Human (Chapter 7.5). SPP includes the following structural parts: 1. Monitoring individual life, 2. Diagnosis of individual development, 3. Planning personal growth, 4. Modeling different strategies for personal growth, 5. Harmonization of individual development, 6.Tetraharmonious personal growth and development of individual needs and abilities, 7. Choice for yourself optimal Tetrads from Socionics, 8. Professional orientation and career choice, 9.Individualnye conflict: analysis and solving.
The SPP applications by sections: character, consciousness, will and body are: 1. Terminological dictionary, 2. Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology of the person, 3. Value, meaning, way and level of life of the person, 4. Meditation, tests, educational games and overcoming depression. 5. System of physical and mental health. Sexology. Dietology. 6. Preparation of himself to death (for the 60-year-olds and older). 7. The lists of encyclopedias, dictionaries, reference books, art literature, etc. for harmonious development, 8. Analysis and comparison of the different accounting systems of individual time. Using the special calculators.
The SPP Abstract. The principal novelty of the SPP technology is defined by system of special, spheral, sociological indicators, overcomes the limitations and disadvantages of economic indicators (Chapter 2). Spheral indicators aggregate the existing branch and private indicators built on top of them and complement them. They are universal, suitable for calculation of dynamics of any socio-cultural phenomena from the individual, family, corporation to the country and humanity. The sociological and statistical bases of SIST are outlined in the previous author’s monographs; but in connection with the Psychological Genome of Human it is for the first time here.
SPP is intended for software (computer) analysis and training of harmonious development and personal growth of the individual ranging from 10–12 years of age. In the future, on the SPP common software platform is created a family of the products intended for different age groups (10–18 "schoolboy", 18–25 "Student", 25–30, 31–50, 51–60, 61–80 years), and for various professions: teachers, doctors, coaches, athletes, scientists, artists, journalists, managers, politicians, lawyers, financiers, military personnel, businessmen, etc. The original database is statistics of individual development, for example, on the Andrei Smirnov’s model for 30 years.
The Basic SPP offers each user in a given system of spheral indices the following number of functions. 1. Creating statistical database of personal employment; 2. Construction of the monitoring system of personal employment; 3. Diagnosis (assessment) of yourself growth on a given scale; 4. Working several variants of short-term (2 to 12 months) and long term (5–10–20 years) plans for personal growth by the given patterns; 5. Modeling strategies for personal growth in the given algorithms and choice the best strategy; 6. Determining the level of harmony/disharmony of yourself past and projected growth; 7. Determination on the given criteria a better individual way of tetraharmonic development of personality.
In view of the SPP importance and its functions for virtually every person since 10 years of age and for all educational institutions, to SPP is provided a wide demand for both domestic and global market of information technology, measured in millions of copies and the potential volume of demand for SPP is billions.
The SPP working layout is created by a working group of programmers and other experts of 7 – 12 people in 1–2 years. Every developer becomes a shareholder, who by a result of its contribution receives an appropriate shares or part of profit from sales of SPP. With each developer as a partner is a contract which fixed the specific working conditions.
The SPP working layout is the basis for attracting investor/s and the establishment of an appropriate joint stock company, in the Charter of which is fixed the exact share of the profits of each partner. The SPP working began 25 years ago, in 1990, but was interrupted in 2005. The SPP having many materials now require updating and generalization. Dr. Leo Semashko. Editor in Chief, Global Peace Science
20. Global Peace Science (GPS): Natural Actors and Peacebuilding Genome. Leo Semashko
Science of global peace is general hope of all nations
to real peace and prosperity on the Earth in the 21st century. GHA
Synonyms for concept of global peace are: world-wide, universal, eternal, perpetual, continuous, harmonious, non-violent, sustainable, stable, durable, lasting, real, planetary, true, future, etc.
Antonyms are: local, partial, temporary, discontinuous, disharmonious, militaristic, unsustainable, shaky, wavering, brief, illusory, regional, false, traditional, and etc. peace.
In traditional culture, social science and philosophy, no one has raised the fundamental scientific questions of natural social actors, ultimate cause and any eternal spontaneous source of global peace. Even Immanuel Kant, in his great treatise “Perpetual Peace” (1795), did not do it. But in this work he made the greatest discovery of "harmony among men" as a social nature and guarantee of perpetual peace – as he said, "the guarantee of perpetual peace is … nature". This nature "establishes harmony between morality and politics" through "the transcendental concept of public right," on which Kant builds a harmonious treaty of "perpetual peace among states" and achievement of which "is not a chimerical" (www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/kant/kant1.htm).
Accordingly, the answers to such questions were absent. The science of global peace does not exist yet. Raising these questions, but more so for the scientific answer to them, requires a fundamentally other area of philosophy and science – the science and philosophy of global social harmony of society as a whole. Such science and philosophy have been developing since 1976 as part of Tetrasociology and Tetrism (http://peacefromharmony.org/docs/2-1_eng.pdf). In the last 8 years, since 2005, they have developed collectively in the Global Harmony Association (GHA) and found expression in its 7 books and 47 projects of global harmony and harmonious peace (http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=472). Their most complete and perfect expression is found in The ABC of Harmony for World Peace … (2012, 334 pages) by 76 co-authors of GHA: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=478. This global textbook of harmony reflects the fundamental concepts (see below) and brief history of Global Peace Science (GPS), which is the science of global harmony and vice versa. They are identical.
The GPS core is global sociology and global statistics in an indissoluble unity. Global sociology reveals the global social structure of human society throughout its all history in the form of four eternal harmonious spheral classes of the population employed/engaged in the four spheres of social production of four necessary and sufficient resources for existence of any society and person.
The necessary and sufficient, therefore, eternal, natural and harmonious resources are: PEOPLE, INFORMATION, ORGANIZATION and THINGS (material goods and services). The lack of even one of them in a certain proportion (measure) with others would make the existence of human and society impossible.
The necessary and sufficient resources determine as necessary and sufficient, therefore, eternal, natural and harmonious spheres of their constant and continuous production: SOCIOSPHERE, INFOSPHERE, ORGSPHERE, TECHNOECOSPHERE (economic and ecological spheres together).
The necessary and sufficient spheres of production determine as necessary and sufficient, therefore, eternal, natural and harmonious spheral classes of the population working (or employed/engaged) in these spheres and therefore called spheral classes – SOCIOCLASS, INFOCLASS, ORGCLASS, TECHNOCLASS.
The necessary and sufficient spheral classes as eternal, natural and harmonious creators/actors of any society are its global social structure. They are at one time a NATURAL HARMONIOUS ACTORS, ULTIMATE CAUSE AND ETERNAL SPONTANEOUS SOURCE OF GLOBAL PEACE. They are real, but to transform from spontaneous into conscious and effective creators of global peace they need this science (GPS) and its understanding, awareness and education in it, to build this peace competently.
Eternal global peace is a natural, normal and healthy state of the spheral classes of population and – together with them – society in a whole. This social nature generates and guarantees global peace by spontaneous and harmonious spheral classes of the population. Therefore, the spheral classes and their natural harmony are the eternal foundation of global peace. From this follows the shortest definition of global peace – IT IS PEACE FROM HARMONY, which is created and constantly recreated by spheral classes. The war between them is not possible, since the death of at least one spheral class means the cessation of production of one of necessary resources that leads to death of all spheral classes and society as a whole. The resource wars are possible only between private and temporal dominant groups, nations, economic or political classes, castes, estates, etc. Past history is filled with similar private wars. Therefore, peace between private groups and classes is the absence of war between them or a break in existing war. This is militaristic, private and temporal peace, which is subordinated to war constantly and requires permanent preparation. This peace is ensured by force and threat of force, giving rise the old rule: “If you want peace – prepare for war.” This militaristic trend is reflected in the constant never-ending arms race as preparation for an eternal war that is very ingrained and a wasteful social pathology bled out all parties. Albert Einstein summed up its inanity: "Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding", i.e. only the mind and consciousness of spheral classes through peace science and education.
Humanity will be able to recover from this terrible disease only in the development and application of Global Peace Science (GPS). But a global sociology is not sufficient unto itself. To consciously harmonize production resources at the deepest level of global spheral classes, which also determines the conscious building global peace, it is necessary to develop quantitative statistical measures and indices of proportions – the harmony of resources and all processes associated with them: production, distribution, exchange (market) and consumption.
Such measurement in each country has historically been traditional, national in character, statistics. But to measure global resources in their global production, distribution, exchange and consumption by global spheral classes it is necessary to use global statistics. Its basic concepts and indicators, together with the fundamental elements of social harmony, including spheral classes, are also disclosed in the ABC of Harmony for World Peace (pp. 22–58). Global statistics is not possible without a global sociology, and vice versa, global sociology is not possible without global statistics. They are inseparable, as quality and quantity are inseparable. Their common connecting link is the sphere as a structural unit and its quantitative measure – the sphere indices. only in the unity of these two global sciences can we have a powerful tool for innovative scientific discovery of natural creators of World Peace and its scientific building in all countries and regions of the world.
Global sociology and global statistics form the core of GPS, but are not limited by them. The integral holistic nature of global peace requires an equally integral and holistic scientific knowledge combined in one holistic scientific paradigm. It is defined in the ABC of Harmony as a "social genome of harmony of society" – SOCIONOME, which is also a "social genome of peace from harmony." SOCIONOME expresses the holistic scientific paradigm of a new, harmonious and peace, Tetranet thinking and is presented in the ABC of Harmony Scheme (pp. 40–41).
Socionome is a generalized integral expression of GPS as the organic unity of the social sciences. Socionome is simultaneously seen as a model for all social sciences, i.e. it is as sociological, statistical, economic, demographic, historical, cybernetic, synergistic, political, legal, financial, environmental, educational, mathematical and etc. model. Interfaith harmony is also an important aspect of global peace, which is reflected in the GPS (http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=561). Socionome combines all social scientific measurements of global peace in its united science – GPS. Therefore, socionome is a scientific peacebuilding genome. Please see the GHA video, which is dedicated to it: Social Genome of Peace from Harmony, 8 minutes: http://youtu.be/hbxY5lREOeA.
The GPS frame above, in general terms, is only a theoretical hypothesis of natural harmonious actors of global peace – the spheral classes of population. Any theoretical hypothesis only becomes a full-fledged science when it finds empirical support. To do this, GHA has prepared a special program of scientific research: "Comparative Sociological Statistical Study (CSSS). Dynamics of the Global Social Structure of Spheral Classes of Population: An Example of India, USA, Russia and Kazakhstan since 1950 to 2010 by Decades. Natural Evolution of Social Harmony, Economic Justice, Democracy and Spirituality towards World Peace and its Global Science." (http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=579). This project of GHA, like others, is an international and global inquiry, open to all interested scientists, institutions and countries. At the same time, theoretical and empirical scientific knowledge of spheral classes is seen as the natural harmonious actors of global peace opening the door for its conscious practical building in the 21st century everywhere, in every country and every region on the basis of a scientific study of its main creators, their harmonious education and enlightenment in GPS.
Harmonious education and enlightenment of the spheral classes in GPS transforms them from totally ignorant natural actors of peace from harmony to its conscious and scientifically educated builders. Scientific knowledge of global peace will allow the national leaders, as well as the UN and other international organizations, to make better, scientific solutions of any national, regional and global issues as they are related to building global peace and social cohesion.
Unfortunately, the UN still has not recognized the concept of "science of global/world peace." The UN develops a concept of a culture of peace, including 8 points: mutual respect, understanding, tolerance, democracy, human rights, gender equality, sustainable economic and social development and education. A culture of peace in the interpretation of the UN is very important and necessary step towards global peace but not sufficient. It is limited by the intuitive perception of peace and deprived of its scientific understanding, though science is the key point of culture, providing a practical implementation of ideas. Therefore, the CSSS project, laying the theoretical and empirical foundation for GPS, deserves the attention of all states, governments and their leaders, but above all the UN as a major peacekeeping tool of humanity. GPS consolidates and develops the UN’s 8 point culture of peace, raising them to a qualitatively new level of peace thinking. Peace researches/studies are another important prerequisite for GPS. However, they are confined by local conflicts and do not touch on global peace and its natural harmonious actors.
Social harmony and Global Peace from it are a more powerful source of wealth for humanity than oil, gas, diamonds, IT, etc., taken together. But to use this unknown and inexhaustible natural resource of humanity requires adequate scientific knowledge for all nations – GPS. The minimum cost of the CSSS as the GPS first project and one scientific step to world peace is only $60,000. It pales in comparison with colossal benefits it promises through Global Peace in a scientific plan, which will open the way for its scientific practical realization for humanity in the 21st century.
This science opens up an effective way for the complete disarmament of humanity in the 21st century, during 50 years to reduce military spending by 2% annually by all countries (http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=529) and for transformation of the armed forces of war into the armed forces of global peace. These forces could form a "Global Peace Corps" of the 21st century under the UN aegis for peaceful harmonious education, health, construction, ensuring food and water and overcoming of unemployment. Of course, peace building requires other weapons than for war, but just as well-trained and scientifically prepared professionals. only in this way can we approach the embodiment a great dream of Martin Luther King Jr.: "We must shift the arms race into a peace race."
A sustainable positive future of the global world is unthinkable and impossible without a science of world peace and scientific peacebuilding. Global social harmony is the source and guarantor of global peace and common confidence of nations, which can be used effectively on the basis of GPS as a general consciousness of all the peoples. This science opens the way for a new, harmonious civilization, excluding war and violence, and with them other pathologies of mankind in the outgoing industrial civilization. The survival of humanity and its sustainable economic and social development in a globalized world and harmonious civilization are possible on the basis of GPS. Therefore, the value of this science for the fate of humanity is difficult to overestimate. This science transforms harmony as a fundamental value of humanity since ancient times, combining all the other values in the modern scientific worldview, spiritually uniting all peoples of the world in a single peace-loving family on Earth.
Many feel that Global Peace Science cannot be created through isolated and fragmented efforts of countless peace research institutes and the efforts of separate scientists. While these efforts are commendable, it would seem more logical and effective to achieve best results in a global way, with collective and solidarity efforts of scientists from various social sciences, different countries and cultures in the spirit of Durkheim and harmony. This integral and holistic scientific trend has thriving in the Global Harmony Association during more eight years. But it requires an expansion of participants and its influence to ensure success in the creation and recognition of an unprecedented development to be called GPS.
The main obstacle hindering international cooperation to create GPS may be a lack of understanding of this science as modern planetary necessity by traditional peace institutions and scientists. It is possible that they question the need for GPS, or prefer to restrict current efforts to isolated and fragmented researches. Of course, GPS may become better known and accepted and scholars will recognize the need for the creation of this science only through proof of the theory in the empirical study now being proposed (CSSS). A new trend in peacebuilding within global peace science (GPS) will emerge demonstrating intellectual and practical preferences of international cooperation by liked peaceful institutions. In this scientific collaboration, each peace scientist and organization can find room in a harmonious unity with a diversity of other scholars and institutions. This article consolidates the GHA peace ideas, so it is its true author.
Dr. Leo Semashko. Editor in Chief, Global Peace Science (GPS)
21. Peacescientific Revolution & Global Process of Peacescienzation in 21st Century. The GPS New Terminology. Leo Semashko, Subhash Chandra
Each new science creates a new terminology, without which it cannot exist. Global Peace Science (GPS) is not the exception to this rule. Creating a new terminology in the new science can go in two directions: 1. In connection with discovery of fundamentally new phenomena, structures, qualities and laws and 2. In connection with reinterpretation of the traditional concepts, their generalization and giving them new meaning in the context of new science. The GPS first trend is linked with formation of such concepts as SPHERONS (harmonious classes of the population employed in four spheres of social production), SOCIONOME (social genome of society and global peace, uniting 16 fundamental elements of global harmony), PSYNOME (psychological genome of human) and others, which express discovery of the principal new social phenomena and structures (Chapters 1-13). The GPS second trend is linked with rethinking and generalization of the traditional concepts, which gain a new meaning. Some of these concepts will be presented below.
The new science title, “global peace science” - is a long and unwieldy term, an analogue of which can be offered the concept "Peacescience" as the science about global peace. Universal spiritual and cultural process of birth, global distribution, use, development and recognition of Peacescience we offer express by new term "Peacescienzation" uniting concepts of "peace" and "science" (science) in process modus. The concept Peacescienzation is similar and consonant with a series of new concepts that have become generally accepted: globalization, informatization, computerization, modernization, innovatization and etc. With global peace science, Peacescience is associated the relevant scientific and intellectual revolution, which we offer to express by term "Peacescientific revolution". At this stage, we confine ourselves the three proposed terminological innovations and look at some examples of their application.
A half of century ago, humanity has entered the era of two closely interconnected world revolutions and processes: globalization and informatization, which were universally recognized and well known through appropriate, newly emerged, integral disciplines of scientific knowledge: global studies and computer science. Along with the birth of Peacescience (science of global peace) in 2015 to these two world revolutions is added a third, necessary and inevitable for them - Peacescientific revolution in the corresponding process of Peacescienzation. Globalization and informatization can successfully develop only in conditions of world peace, which becomes conscious and controlled process of creation and development of Peacescience (GPS). Therefore, we can speak of three interrelated and interdependent world processes: globalization, information and Peacescienzation. Each of these processes intensifies and accelerates other two. In the GPS book are disclosed some aspects of interaction and mutual influence of globalization and informatization together with Peacescienzation. Especially important and productive is the birth and development within Peacescience (GPS) the new disciplines and areas of scientific knowledge (global sociology, global statistics, global axiology, etc.), which open up the new ways and means of development for globalization and informatization together with related sciences.
Peacescienzation integrates the spiritual and scientific ways to achieve global peace, along with sustainable development of nature and society, universal disarmament and global Peacescientific education. The Peacescienzation process is well expressed in the subject matrix of Peacescience, in SOCIONOME, in integrated models of Tetranet thinking and other tools of GPS, stimulating globalization and informatization. Peacescienzation defends globalization and informatization of mankind from nuclear war and nuclear collapse, paving the way for demilitarization, disarmament and prevention of new Hiroshimas. It lifts the processes of globalization and information on the universal level of the four SPHERONS - global social structure, including global population and controlling it. Peacescienzation together with globalization and information is a necessary process of creating a new world order excluding militarism, wars, armed conflicts, terrorism, poverty and other social pathologies. Peacescienzation is a harmonious process of solving global problems; hence it is a simultaneous process for globalization of harmony and harmonization of globalization, releasing it from the power of corporate greed, from extremes of social inequality and predatory exploitation of nature.
Peacescienzation is implementation of the Peacescientific revolution, the revolution of Peacescientific thought and knowledge of humanity as one family and highest human unity, excluding enmity and hatred on the basis of peace and love from harmony. Martin Luther King said, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. only love can do that." GPS is Peacescientific revolution to end the cycle of violence, darkness and hatred in the way of love, light and peace from harmony, consolidating a new range of nonviolence in a harmonious civilization. Peacescientific revolution transforms the violent consciousness of war and terror to peaceful consciousness of SPHERONS’ harmony. The GPS proposed new terminology, as we have seen, helps to more correctly express new scientific ideas. However, these terms do not exclude the possibility of their improvement and new additions. It's a long, difficult but very important epistemological process for developmentthe GPS peacemaking terms.
Dr. Leo Semashko, Editor in Chief, Global Peace Science (GPS), GHA President, Russia
Dr. Subhash Chandra, GHA Secretary General, India
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