GHA Open Letter to President Vladimir Putin:
Your Foreign Policy Electoral Trumps.
How softly, diplomatically to supplant US-NATO militarism
and turn the enemy into a friend?
Dear Mr. Vladimir Putin
Your re-election by the President is undoubted, because 4 out of 5 Russian electors vote for you on the principle "they are not looking for good from good". But it coincides with the extreme aggravation of international tension: the United States declared Russia an "enemy" and is preparing a nuclear strike against North Korea, which will turn into a world nuclear catastrophe. This makes your peacebuilding program a navigator of the ideology for the new presidential term, national and world security on the basis of your created complete defense capability of Russia.
Since Munich, 10 years ago, you have proved to be a historical reformer of the crisis unipolar world order in the strategy of multi-polar harmony and global peace as an "unchanging ideal of humanity". It culminated in Russia's victory over terrorism in Syria, the international consolidation of countries in peace-loving alliances, the movement toward nuclear disarmament, the transformation of the "enemy" into a partner and the future architecture "from collision to harmony." Harmony as "peace, consent, concord" and "world destiny of Russia" (Dostoevsky) is our unshakable cultural value, heart and national idea that brings us spiritually together with China, India, Africa and Latin America, resisting US-NATO militarism. The harmony strategy is an objective world trend of the 21st century - your unconquerable electoral advantage and an irresistible force.
The need for breaking down the dominant violence was determined by Martin Luther King Jr.: "We need to shift the arms race into a peace race" in order to put an end to the "greatest purveyor of violence in the world" - US militarism/government. The soft, diplomatic breakdown/shift/supplant of US-NATO militarism, which starts with nuclear disarmament, which was supported in July 2017 by 122 UN members and the prevention of a new world nuclear war, which are your undisputed electoral trump cards and lighthouses. No one has them! They will be supported by 90% of Russia's voters and world civil society!
Their scientific justification as a strategy and engine of your peacemaking paradigm for a new presidential term is detailed in the GHA project: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=736
With deep respect,
Dr. Leo Semashko, GHA Honorary President and GHA 15 members:
1. Uraz Bayramatov,
2. Julia Budnikova,
3. Alexander Semashko,
4. Nina Yudina,
5. Vetrova Svetlana,
7. Vladislav Krasnov,
8. Mairead Maguire,
9. John Avery,
10. Subhash Chandra,
11. Ramesh Kumar,
12. Ayo Amale,
13. Sanjay Tewari,
14. Roger Kotila,
15. Rudolph Siebert,
December 21, 2017
PS. The final version of the letter was reduced to the required 2000 characters on the President's website (http://letters.kremlin.ru/letters/collective_send)
More detailed is in the Russian.
Letter to Putin (2000 characters) and Harmony of China
Dear GHA members, friends:
I am glad to report that today the GHA Open Letter to President Putin was sent to his website about his foreign policy program for a new presidential term, the center of which is soft, diplomatic and harmonious wrecking/shift of US-NATO militarism as the main threat to global peace through the UN transformation into UN Harmony. It is presented in the relevant GHA project (http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=736), which was sent in the attachment, along with a letter published here:
http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=746 to the President of Russia. You all know this very well. We have been discussing these documents and their ideas for 5 months, so I will not repeat it. Of all the world's leaders, only Putin gives hope to a global peace through harmony and not "through force," as President Trump recently proclaimed in his "National Security Strategy."
In addition, I send a very interesting video: “Harmony of China. Harmony culture will create a community of one destiny, - Wang Ge, Chinese philosopher”: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=285
We are happy to congratulate all the GHA members and friends of peace from harmony with the upcoming festive season and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with peace, harmony and good health to you and your families!
Dr. Leo Semashko, GHA Honorary President,
Thank you for sending the GHA Open Letter to President Putin.
I was recently reminded of the Russian Tear of Grief Monument of 2005 in Harbor View Park in New York to the Struggle Against World Terrorism, particularly for the victims of September 11, 2001.
I also recently heard, that President Trump warned the Russian authorities of a possible terrorist attack against the Kazansky Cathedral in St. Petersburg.
These are real as well as symbolical actions, which allow us to hope that the Slavic World and the American World will work together for peace and harmony in2018.
Thank you for your great peace work!
I wish you and your dear family, and your great nation, a Merry Christmas and a healthy, creative New Year 2018.
your Rudi and the whole Siebert Family, from the House of Mir.
Ph.D., Professor of Religion and Society at
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
GHA Ambassador of Peace and Disarmament from Golden Rule of Harmony for the US
Personal page: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=51
"Peace through harmony" instead of "peace through violence"
Thank you very much for your strong support of the GHA Open foreign policy letter to President of Russia Mr. Vladimir Putin and for your deep hope to peace and harmony between Slavic and American worlds. I publish your reply together with Putin's letter: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=746
We both know well that it is possible only on the deep level of harmonious fundamental societal structure of Spherons about that we wrote many times in our common articles and GHA projects including "UN Harmony": http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=769
Unfortunately, on the surface, by ignorance and by historical tradition, since the genocide of 10 million American Indians, the American government acts on the principle of "peace through force and violence", which was repeated again by Trump in his recent "National Security Strategy." Unfortunately, the American government does not want to learn and listen to genius people, like Einstein: "Peace cannot be achieved by violence; it can only be achieved through understanding (science)." Or King "we need to shift the arms race into a peace race" in order to put an end to the "main purveyor of violence in the world" - militarism/government of the USA.
This is the tragedy of the American world: the deep harmony of the people, its spherons, and the ignorant brutal violence of the government. The tragedy of America is in the complete identity of its militarism/Pentagon and its government.
How can we turn it towards harmonious enlightenment? How can the USA strongest militarism, its Pentagon, which feeds ignorance and violence of the American government be overcome that sooner or later will turn into its collapse? What do you and your intellectual colleagues think about this American tragedy? How can we change the American ignorant and wild axiom "peace through force/violence" to the scientific, Einstein’s formula "peace through deep harmony" to prevent the tragedy of the American people? Thanks for the response. For us, intellectuals, this will be our Christmas and New Year's discussion with the hope for peace from harmony through the spherons science.
Merry and happy holidays to you and your wonderful family.
My dearest friend Rudi,
Many thanks for your warm congrats!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! Let us hope that in 2018 its heart and spirit will become peace from harmony through understanding (Einstein), i.e., through science, which, finally, will supplant the American "peace through violence"!
Strong health, firm spirit and deep understanding to you, your family and friends for this victory! The GHA will be happy to publish and promote your strong peacemaking ideas from harmony.
Happy and harmonious holiday season to you!
Dr. Leo Semashko,
GHA Honorary President,
My dearest friend Leo,
I wish you health and happiness during the new year! Let us hope that despite the very serious problems that are facing our poor world, 2018 will be a year of peace and global harmony.
Here is a link where some of my books and articles on these problems are made available.
Perhaps my dear friends in GHA would be interested in the link.
I am attaching a Christmas letter with some news about my family. With my admiration for your vitally important work, and with best hopes for a peaceful future,
Prof. John Scales Avery,
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (shared 1995 award), Chairman of the Danish Peace Academy, Copenhagen, Denmark: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=672
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Life itself:
incompatibility with the absolute evil of nuclear weapons
My dearest friend John,
Many thanks for your kind congratulations, important information and GHA support for peace-building projects and practices! Your latest (November 2017), truly great book of more than 300 pages, is especially attractive: "Nuclear Weapons: An Absolute Evil." More precisely and lapidary not say! I published your letter and my answer here: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=799, and on your personal page.
We are happy to congratulate you on this unprecedented peacemaking achievement, with the definition of nuclear weapons as ABSOLUTE EVIL, GENOCIDE AND CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY, one intention to use which deserves an immediate new NORNBERG PROCESS!!!
Humanity knows such a crime in 1945, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which until now, 72 years later, will not wait for this process! His culprits do not even want to apologize for this crime! Its authors approved the "unilateral right of preventive use of nuclear weapons by the first." This is already an absolute evil, genocide and a crime against humanity! WHO STOPS IT??? only the new "UN Harmony" is able to do this on the initiative of the Russia President Vladimir Putin, who has long been advocating for nuclear disarmament the only of the nine nuclear leaders. We proved this in our UN respective project: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=769
Of course, I will be happy to publish all your texts, primarily your book "Absolute Evil", on our website, if you will permit. But I can do it in early Januaryonly. Could you also supplement your list of recent articles with our joint article: "Vera Afanasyeva, John S. Avery, Timi Ecimovic and Leo Semashko. Thermodynamics and Negentropy of Spheral Classes Societal Harmony: Global Peace Thermodynamics": http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=756 Is it possible to do? Thank you.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family, so that in 2018 the possibility of absolute evil for all people disappears!
With love, Leo,
Putin Foresaw Death of US Global Power
By Finian Cunningham
Like a good wine, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s famous speech delivered in Munich 10 years ago regarding global security has been rewarded with time. A decade on, the many facets contained in that address have only become all the more enhanced and tangible.
Speaking to a senior international audience at the annual Munich Security Conference, on February 10, 2007, the Russian leader opened by saying he was going to speak about world relations forthrightly and not in “empty diplomatic terms”. In what followed, Putin did not disappoint. With candor and incisiveness, he completely leveled the arrogance of American unilateral power.
He condemned the “aspirations of world supremacy” as a danger to global security. “We are seeing a greater and greater disdain for the basic principles of international law,” adding at a later point: “One state and, of course, first and foremost the United States, has overstepped its national borders in every way.”
But, moreover, Putin presciently predicted that the American arrogance of unipolar dominance would in the end lead to the demise of the power from seeking such supremacy.
A unipolar world, he said, is “a world in which there is one master, one sovereign. And at the end of the day this is pernicious not only for all those within this system, but also for the sovereign itself because it destroys itself from within.”
Ten years on from that call, few can doubt that the global standing of the United States has indeed spectacularly fallen – just as Putin had forewarned back in 2007. The most recent example of demise was the sordid business earlier this month of arm-twisting and bullying by the US at the United Nations over the tabled resolutions repudiating Washington’s ill-considered declaration of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
Other examples of fallen American leadership can be seen in regard to President Trump’s reckless threats of war – instead of diplomacy – with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. Or Trump’s irrational and unfounded belligerence towards Iran. The American propensity for using military force regardless of diplomacy and international law leaves most nations feeling a shudder of contempt and trepidation.
Another example of fallen American leadership is seen in the boorish way the Trump administration has unilaterally rejected the 2015 international Paris Accord to combat deleterious climate change. Trump views it as a conspiracy to undermine the American economy, as he alluded to in his recent National Security Strategy. How can such a self-declared global leader be taken seriously, much less, with respect?
Putin’s warning that the unipolar-seeking US would “destroy itself” could not be more apt. Because in order to seek such supremacy, such a power, by necessity of its ambition, must reject the rule of law and the principle of democracy as being nothing other than bothersome constraints on its hegemony.
President Trump likes to talk at times about the “peaceful coexistence of sovereign nation states”. But whatever virtue he may be intending or paying lip service to, it is totally negated by American ambitions of unipolar dominance – ambitions that have been harbored in successive administrations in Washington since the end of the Cold War more than 25 years ago.
To this view of the world, Putin said: “I consider that the unipolar model is not only unacceptable but also impossible in today’s world.”
The impossibility, and impermissibility, stems from the inevitable tendency of unilateral conduct, which rejects the principle of all being equal under the law. The would-be unipolar hegemon, by definition, sees itself as above the law. Such a self-anointed view of oneself leads to tyranny and abuse of power.
Since the end of the Cold War balance of power between the US and the former Soviet Union, the world has been plunged into a state of permanent wars and conflicts, due to the proclivity of the United States to act alone and on the basis that its “might is right”.
Ten years ago in Munich, Putin noted: “Unilateral and frequently illegitimate actions have not resolved any problems. Moreover, they have caused new human tragedies and created new centers of tension. Judge for yourselves: wars as well as local and regional conflicts have not diminished… even more people are dying than before. Significantly more, significantly more!”
The unipolar position sought by the US leads ineluctably to a world of lawlessness, chaos, insecurity, fear, violence, and, in a fiendish feedback loop, reinforces the further deterioration in all such facets.
“Today we are witnessing an almost un-contained hyper use of force – military force – in international relations, force that is plunging the world into an abyss of permanent conflicts,” said Putin in Munich.
Recall that the Russian leader was speaking at the height of the US, British and NATO wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Those wars constitute perhaps the two biggest war crimes over the past quarter of a century. The violations went unpunished, as befitting the arrogance of unipolar power, and because of that impunity, the lawlessness and abuse of national sovereign rights have only become more exacerbated, as Putin forewarned.
Diplomacy, international law, dialogue and consensus have been all but discarded. Look how the US and its NATO allies demolished Libya in 2011, and how they ransacked Syria covertly through a seven-year proxy dirty war; a war that was only stopped by Russia and Iran’s principled military intervention at the end of 2015. Look how the US and its NATO allies have destabilized Ukraine, yet blame Russia, even as Washington readies in the New Year to supply lethal weapons to the regime in Kiev it installed by a violent coup in February 2014.
The provocative expansion of NATO across Europe with its weapons pointed on Russia’s border was also an outcome that Putin warned against in 2007, admonishing that it would lead to more insecurity and tensions in Europe, not less.
Putin was right to talk straight truth to power in that 2007 speech, rather than using “empty diplomatic terms”, as he put it.
We cannot hope to rectify problems unless we address those problems accurately.
In doing so, Putin deserves immense praise for exposing the corruption of absolute power in world relations.
But there can be little doubt that his courageous speech in Munich in 2007 earned him the hatred of Washington’s imperial planners. Putin was in effect giving notice that Russia was shaking off the vassal status that his predecessor Boris Yeltsin had accepted in the early post-Cold War years.
“Russia is a country with a history that spans more than a thousand years and has practically always used the privilege to carry out an independent foreign policy. We are not going to change this tradition today,” said a defiant Putin.
It was this defiant independence and Putin’s searing analysis of how so much of global insecurity is the direct result of American imperialist arrogance that has since made the Russian leader the target for so much hostility from Washington over the past 10 years.
When you step back, it is amazing to observe the campaign of relentless Russophobia, vilification and slander directed at President Putin by Washington and the mass media under its control. The precedent for this demonization can be found in the Munich speech delivered by Putin a decade ago.
But let’s recap on the point he made about unipolar obsession being self-destructive.
The American penchant for lawlessness and violation of democratic principles does not just stop with its intrigues of regime change and subversions abroad. Those very noxious habits of diseased US statecraft are now eating into the body politics of the US itself.
Looking at the necrotic state of US politics and society – the venal, political infighting and corruption, the lack of respect for its own laws, and the lack of respect for its people’s sovereignty and office of the president – there can be little doubt that the once ambitious superpower is dying a slow death from diseased practices that have turned inward.
Putin saw it coming 10 years ago. And in a classic futile case, they have tried to shoot the messenger ever since.
Finian Cunningham, originally from Belfast, Ireland is a prominent expert in international affairs. The author and media commentator was expelled from Bahrain in June 2011 for his critical journalism in which he highlighted human rights violations by the Western-backed regime. For many years, he worked as an editor and writer in the mainstream news media, including The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent. He is now based in East Africa where he is writing a book on Bahrain and the Arab Spring.
Chinese Leadership on U.N. Reform
By Rene Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service
6 Jan 2017 –
There have been a number of periods when proposals for new or different United Nations structures were proposed and discussed. The first was in the 1944-1945 period when the Charter was being drafted. Some who had lived through the decline and then death of the League of Nations wanted a stronger world institution, able to move more quickly and effectively in times of crisis or the start of armed conflict.
In practice, the League of Nations was reincarnated in 1945 in the U.N. Charter but the names of some of the bodies were changed and new Specialized Agencies such as UNESCO were added. There was some dissatisfaction during the San Francisco negotiations, and an article was added indicating that 10 years after the coming into force of the Charter a proposal to hold a U.N. Charter Review Conference would be placed on the Agenda – thus for 1955.
The possibility of a U.N. Charter Review Conference led in the 1953-1954 period to a host of proposals for changes in the U.N. structures, for a greater role for international law, for a standing U.N. “peace force”. Nearly all these proposals would require modifications in the U.N. Charter.
When 1955 arrived, the United States and the Soviet Union, who did not want a Charter Review Conference which might have questioned their policies, were able to sweep the Charter Review agenda item under the rug from where it has never emerged. In place of a Charter Review Conference, a U.N. Committee on “Strengthening the U.N. Charter” was set up which made a number of useful suggestions, none of which were put into practice as such. The Committee on Strengthening the Charter was the first of a series of expert committees, “High-Level Panels” set up within the U.N. to review its functioning and its ability to respond to new challenges. There have also been a number of committees set up outside of the U.N. to look at world challenges and U.N. responses, such as the Commission on Global Governance.
While in practice there have been modifications in the ways the U.N. works, few of these changes have recognized an expert group’s recommendations as the source of the changes. Some of the proposals made would have strengthened some factions of the U.N. system over the then current status quo – most usually to strength the role of developing countries (the South) over the industrialized States (the North). While the vocabulary of “win-win” modifications is often used, in practice few States want to take a chance, and the status quo continues.
Now, with a new Secretary General who knows well how the U.N. works from his decade as High Commissioner for Refugees, U.N. reform is again “in the air”. There are an increasing number of proposals presented by governments and by non-governmental organizations associated with the U.N. The emphasis today is on what can be done without a revision of the Charter. Most of the proposals turn on what the Secretary General can do on his own authority. The Secretary General cannot go against the will of States – especially the most powerful States – , but he does have a certain power of initiative and can make changes under the cover of “better management”.
One of the most complete reform proposals has just been issued for discussion at the U.N. by the Government of China in a 27-page document. (1) Many of the proposals are very similar to suggestions made by the Association of World Citizens. The Chinese text has no footnotes as to what documents were read before writing the paper, so we will not suggest that they were “borrowed” from world citizens. We can only say that great minds go along the same avenues!
The Chinese proposals are divided into three major categories:
- Strengthening the conflict resolution, peacekeeping functions of the U.N.
- Strengthening the capacity of the organization to promote economic and social wellbeing while at the same time protecting the environment.
- Strengthening the management aspects both at U.N. Headquarters and in the field, strengthening the cooperation among U.N. Agencies, regional government organizations and new institutions such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
The paper begins with its aims and spirit.
“The world is undergoing major developments, transformation, and adjustment, but peace and development remains the call of our day. The trends of global multi-polarity, economic globalization, IT application and cultural diversity are surging forward; and countries are becoming increasingly interconnected and interdependent. Yet, the world faces growing uncertainties and destabilizing factors as well as interwoven global threats and challenges that keep cropping up. Against this backdrop China is ready to work together with other countries to forge a new form of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice, and win-win cooperation, to build a community with a shared future for mankind, and to build an open, inclusive, clean and beautiful world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security and common prosperity.”
The Chinese proposals merit close attention. Most are not radically new. The proposals are very “State-centric”. The role and capacity for action of non-governmental organizations is never mentioned. However, it is not so much the proposals themselves as the timing which is important. The reform of the U.N. has become a major policy issue. No other great power has put forward such a comprehensive set of proposals and none seem likely to do so. It is likely that given the large place given to a greater say in development policy and practice for the countries of the South, most of the 134 States which are considered “South” will support the Chinese proposals and not present counter proposals. China is not currently tied down in regional armed conflicts, and there is a strong “win-win” spirit in the presentation. Thus we can look to Chinese leadership on the U.N. Reform agenda.
- Available through the Passblue website of independent analysis of U.N. issues in a 3 January 2018 article by Kacie Candela
René Wadlow is a member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Task Force on the Middle East, president and U.N. representative (Geneva) of the Association of World Citizens, and editor of Transnational Perspectives. He is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment.
He is also the GHA member: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=272
The GHA project of UN reform is here: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=769