Robert J. Burrowes
Nonviolence Charter: progress report 17 (Oct 2020)
Page 15 of 43 below:
[The GHA Gandhian] 'Anti-Nuclear Manifesto for Global Security/Peace XXI'
which you can download. The proposal is a joint venture with the
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and is aimed at
'the UN General Assembly to create a Global Security/Peace (GSP) system,
which excludes any possibility of nuclear weapons in the New Era.'
See also Robert’s publications:
Dear fellow signatories of the Nonviolence Charter
How are you all? And welcome to our most recent signatories and
This is the latest six-monthly report on progress in relation to 'The
People's Charter to Create a Nonviolent World'
https://thepeoplesnonviolencecharter.wordpress.com/ - with the Spanish
translation, kindly done by Antonio Gutiérrez Rodero in Venezuela, here:
'Estatuto De Los Pueblos Para Crear Un Mundo No Violento'
https://thepeoplesnonviolencecharter.wordpress.com/espanol/ - together
with a sample of news about Charter signatories and organizations.
Since the last report in April, we acceded to requests to revise the
Charter by adding to it the new item 29 (in relation to the deployment
of 5G electromagnetic radiation technology) which some signatories
believed to be important. So, the revised (and updated) Charter is now
posted at the links above with the Spanish translation again kindly done
by Antonio Gutiérrez Rodero.
Hopefully, you will find nothing objectionable about the update but
please advise us if you do.
At the time of today's report, we have signatories in 105 countries. We
also have 118 organizations/networks from 39 countries. If you wish, you
can see the list of organizational endorsements on the Charter website.
If you wish to see individual signatories, click on the 'View
signatures' item in the sidebar. You can use the search facility if you
want to look for a specific name.
Happily, our collective effort to resist violence and build a worldwide
consensus against its use in all contexts continues to make progress.
Our last (very brief) report on 6 April 2020 was kindly published by
Antonio C.S. Rosa in the TRANSCEND Media Service Weekly Digest:
'Nonviolence Charter: Progress Report 16 (April 2020)'.
Many thanks Antonio!
The latest progress report article, showcasing the efforts of several
Charter signatories, was recently distributed to many progressive news
editors: it has been published by a number of outlets, thanks to very
supportive editors. Again, special thanks to Charter signatory Antonio
C.S. Rosa at 'TRANSCEND' where you can read the article: 'Working to End
Human Violence in the Time of Covid-19'.
If you feel inclined to do so, you are welcome to help raise awareness
of the Nonviolence Charter using whatever means are easiest for you.
And our usual invitation and reminder: You are most welcome to send us a
report on your activities for inclusion in the next report. We would
love to hear from you!
Anyway, here is another (inadequate) sample of reports of the activities
of individuals and organizations who are your fellow Charter signatories
but sadly prefaced by news of the passing of two giants of the US peace
movement: Sr. Ardeth Platte, O.P. on 30 September 2020 and Kevin Zeese
on 6 September 2020.
Sr. Ardeth was a nun of the Dominican order who was active in anti-war
and anti-nuclear resistance for decades and spent years in prison for
her involvement in Plowshares actions and other nonviolent resistance.
According to her great friend and fellow nonviolent activist, Sr. Carol
Gilbert O.P., in a letter she wrote to women in prison with whom they
had both been incarcerated, Sr. Ardeth, aged 84, 'died peacefully in her
sleep' at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House in Washington, D.C.
Among Sr. Ardeth's many claims to fame, which include her committed
nonviolent resistance to war and nuclear weapons, as well as her
articulate advocacy of these and other causes, perhaps her most famous
line was simply 'I refuse to have an enemy. I simply won't.' To find out
a little about her remarkable life and struggle for a better world, you
can watch a video titled 'Conviction'
http://robintruesdale.com/films/conviction/ and read a number of
tributes to Sr. Ardeth compiled in 'The Nuclear Resister' under the
title 'Ardeth Platte, Dominican nun dedicated to no-nukes cause, dies at
Kevin was a lawyer by training but a nonviolent activist committed to
peace and justice, in all of their dimensions, by vocation. Known for
his many roles in the wider social change movement, ranging from writer
to organizer to co-director of 'Popular Resistance'
https://popularresistance.org/ with his partner Dr Margaret Flowers, his
activism spanned more than 40 years. Kevin passed away on 6 September
2020 at the age of 65. You can read evocative tributes to Kevin's life
and commitment, and watch the online tribute as well, in the following
articles, the latter two written by Margaret. See 'US Activist and
Friend to Venezuela Kevin Zeese Passes Away',
'Kevin Zeese: His Last Words For The Movement And Carrying on'
and 'Rest in power, Kevin Zeese'.
https://popularresistance.org/rest-in-power-kevin-zeese/ You can also
see Kevin's bio and his portrait painted by Robert Shetterly on Robert's
website 'Americans Who Tell the Truth'.
Sami Awad is founder and director of the The Holy Land Trust
https://holylandtrust.org/ in Palestine, committed to fostering peace,
justice and understanding in the Holy Land. But rather than read about
their wonderful work here, we encourage you to watch the incredibly
evocative and compassionate four-minute video featuring Sami, accessible
from their website. Superb Sami!
Tess Burrows in the UK continues her life as, in our words, the world's
greatest activist-adventurer. Describing herself more modestly as an
'adventurer, peace activist, author, speaker, healer, mother and
grandmother', Tess has spent years collecting peace, climate and other
messages/pledges and then speaking them out from far high places -
already from the North and South Poles, Himalayas, Andes, Pacific and
Africa - to help achieve peace and harmony in our world. If you would
like to be part of the next Peace Climb with Tess, you can do so by
adding your own message/pledge to her latest initiative: New World
Tess' new book, 'Don't Blame The Yeti'
http://tessburrows.org/books-donations is a work of fiction based on her
Peace Journey walking across the Himalayas, up through north-west Nepal,
into Tibet and around the legendary Mount Kailas, while undertaking
prostrations. 'Join 12 yr old Torma who makes an impulsive promise to
take on a quest to find the heart of a country and a lost penguin. Along
the way it also becomes a vital secret mission to protect the planet
from Shady Forces.' The book is suitable not only for youngsters but
also as light reading for adults. Just how many prostrations was that
In yet another evocative reflection - this time on the crucial
importance of indigenous peoples and cultures to the stewardship of
Earth - Bob Koehler shares a fundamental truth: While 'the indigenous
people of Planet Earth... are still enduring the forces of colonial
genocide... The world's eco-salvation requires that we learn from
indigenous cultures, not blot them out.' For his insightful and
compassionate commentary on this disturbingly ongoing problem, see
'We're So Certain of Our Colonialist Selves That We're Destroying Our
Daniel Dalai at Earthgardens http://riverprincess.tripod.com/ in
Guatemala reports that the Eco teams are very popular now, owing
partially to the lack of school activity for kids, who miss social
interacting. 'We are cleaning rivers, planting trees and, lately,
providing pictures for the Guatemala tourist board to promote this land
with an "eternal SPRING" climate.' Daniel attached several photos but
you can see plenty of photos of the girls in these Eco teams at
Earthgardens, including the 'nature princesses', on their colourful
Dr. David Halpin, an 81-years-old retired doctor and trauma surgeon in
the UK, who has spent much time in Gaza working to surgically restore
many Palestinians injured by Israeli weapons, has been outspoken in his
denunciation of the official response to Covid-19 in which 'Expert
doctors and scientists who have sought to inform and plead for logical
and scientific management have been ruthlessly censored by governments.
Literally hundreds of "videos" on Youtube etc have been "taken down"
within hours. This confirms that the C19 "management plan" is a lie, and
disastrous for humans worldwide.' You can read just one of his many
articles on the subject in 'Masking the Covid 19 virus in this
"pandemic" i.e. epidemic'
in which he explains why 'There is no logic, nor reason based in medical
science, for the wearing of paper or cloth masks in the context of the
epidemic of this virus – Covid_19 (C19).' But you can read many more
articles critiquing the official response to Covid-19 on his website.
Anita McKone in Australia recently wrote an article reflecting on her
own experience with the medical establishment and why it lacks
credibility in relation to Covid-19. You can read her article
'Questioning Covid-19: Why I Will Never Trust the Medical Establishment
about Respiratory Disease. My Case History'
and check out her Songs of Nonviolence on her website.
Anwar Khan in Bangladesh has been working with private business houses
in Dhaka for almost 45 years. However, during his spare time, he writes
articles published in English-language newspapers (both at home and
abroad) covering subjects including politics, political and
human-centred individuals, against wars and violence, and on current and
international affairs. During the last 6 years, he has written over
2,000 published articles. 'From my boyhood, I have always been
non-communal and shall be so unto my death. In other words, I am a
Professor René Wadlow, President of the Association of World Citizens
https://awcungeneva.com/ headquartered in France, continues to cast
light in places usually outside the glare of attention while offering
creative ways of tackling conflict, such as this article on the recent
eruption of military violence in Nagorno-Karabakh. See
'Nagorno-Karabakh: Are Con-federal Structures Possible?'
Separately from this, René offers a thoughtful discussion of the shared
understanding between Leo Tolstoy and Mohandas Gandhi - see 'Tolstoy and
Gandhi: light as darkness approached'
- as well as a brief description of four ongoing nonviolent struggles
taking place in very different political-cultural settings: Hong Kong,
Thailand, Belarus, and Libya. See 'Strategic Nonviolent Struggle
In his usual clinically precise but evocative style, Canadian Yves
Engler brilliantly exposed the staggering difficulties faced by Haiti in
its 'endless' struggle to liberate itself from imperial violence and
exploitation in its myriad forms. Weep for Haiti and join the effort to
genuinely free this country. See 'Commemorating US occupation of Haiti'.
You can access Yves' books and read many other fine articles on his
website as well.
Ms. Askiah Adam is Executive Director of the International Movement for
a Just World (JUST), http://www.just-international.org/ based in
Malaysia, and reports recent JUST activities as follows:
'JUST closed 2019 with a conference on the Malaysian Airlines Flight
MH17 shot down over a war zone in Ukraine under questionable
circumstances. Experts on the matter from Canada, the Netherlands and
Russia sat over many hours with details that have given rise to doubt
the official narrative emanating from The Netherlands. In light of the
scheduled trial of named suspects from Russia and Ukraine the August
2019 conference was important as a voice seeking justice in an
international controversy directly involving Malaysia; it was our
airline but we were conveniently sidelined. However, indications were
clear that our effort was not well received by important parties.
Attempts were made to collapse the effort by persuading parties with
direct interests in the tragedy to refuse participation at the very last
minute. Today, October 2020, the trial is still ongoing in The
'To bring focus to the weaponising of news JUST helped co-launch a book
on the "Myth of 'Free Media' and Fake News in the Post-Truth Era" by Sri
Lankan academic-activist Dr Kalinga Seneviratne in December 2019.
'2020 opened for us with a big bang as we launched our Annual Lecture
series, a signature event intended to make a lasting impression on the
public within Malaysia and the world. Our inaugural Annual Lecture was
delivered by Professor Ilan Pappe of the University of Exeter in
Britain. Entitled "Palestine is Still the Issue" the lecture sought to
keep alive truths at a time when history was being re-written and
cultural norms reinterpreted. Anti-Semitism, for example, is being
equated with criticism of Israeli crimes against humanity and war
crimes. By so accepting, these crimes are then perpetrated on the
Palestinian victims with impunity when, in effect, these crimes seek to
legitimise Zionism and its push for the neoliberal New World Order
(NWO), an effort to open the way for a global predatory capitalism, a
"socialist" transfer of the public treasury to the capitalists, as is so
blatantly happening in the US.
'Unfortunately, before the tempo could be maintained, the Covid-19
pandemic struck and like the rest of the world a lockdown was initiated
on 18 March 2020 in Malaysia. The office was closed for some two months
and only online activities were kept going. JUST's bi-weekly Commentary
of articles relevant to our work went out without fail to JUST members
and supporters. Another online activity kept going was the issuing of
Media Statements of reported events that are seen as important to our
struggle. During that time most reports dealt with the Covid-19
pandemic. At the moment JUST is compiling all these statements into an
e-book scheduled to be completed by mid-November 2020.
'As has become a new normal, seminars are now webinars. Our President,
Dr Chandra Muzaffar has been invited to participate in several. The
pandemic has pushed for an enhanced JUST online presence, which should
give us greater reach, globally. And, since the imperial power is in
chaos, it is an opportune moment for all anti-imperialist struggles.
Towards this end JUST has put in place a better online platform via Zoom
for discussions and interviews as part of our content production
And a brief postscript to Askiah's informative report: the JUST
president, Dr Chandra Muzaffar, has recently written an insightful
update on Malaysia: 'Malaysia: A Clear Direction for the Present'.
In seeking more effective ways to tackle world problems, including those
that have arisen from the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 which established
the nation-state system, Professor George Kent has long reflected on the
potential of local communities. In a recent email, George noted that 'I
think about what the world might be like if we were to view small local
communities as the fundamental units of governance. My reason is that in
small communities it is more likely that people would really care about
one another's well-being. If there were many diverse communities and
easy migration, people who didn't bloom where they were planted could
migrate to more pleasing settings. There would be a challenge to figure
out how to manage inter-community (not international) relations. So, in
that setting what would we propose as standard common elements for the
charters of these somewhat sovereign communities? Their charters would
have some common elements, and also some unique elements based on their
own views of things. If I was still teaching political science classes I
would have a months-long class devoted to the design of that model
charter. The class would begin with study of the Treaty of Westphalia…'
But you can read more about George's thinking in his article, which
references previous work as well, from 2019: 'Can Flourishing
Communities Fix the World?'
Kelvin Davies is the inspiration and driving force behind the
Rainforest4Foundation: Wildlife, Climate, People, Planet,
https://www.rainforest4.org/ having been committed to saving the world's
rainforests for 30 years. An ongoing initiative is the effort to save
the Daintree Lowland Rainforest in north-eastern Australia which is
under almost endless threat of development including calls for a
gas-fired power station to supply reticulated electricity, a bridge
across the majestic Daintree River and widening and straightening the
Cape Tribulation Road. Given that the Daintree Lowland Rainforest is
'the oldest rainforest on the planet, with an unbroken evolutionary
history going back over 120 million years to the first flowering
plants', the Rainforest4Foundation simply suggests 'Let's not change
that now.' The good news is that a significant milestone in the long
struggle to save the Daintree is now within reach as the
Rainforest4Foundation has the opportunity to begin closing and
revegetating some of the roads. If you like, you can help 'Save the
Valentin Rozman in Slovenia has been reflecting, personally and deeply,
about the implications of the ongoing 'pandemic' and what it means for
himself and us all: 'In current times of the coronavirus feardemic, I am
observing how confusion about what is actually going on is increasing.
There are pressures to wear a mask and some are predicting forced
vaccination, transition to use of only digital currencies, and
implementation of a totalitarian state where everyone will constantly be
tracked and monitored, like in China. And some fear that the 5G
technology will be used to significantly depopulate the human race.
These certainly are dangers that make living not very pleasant and many
are becoming more and more depressed. Also, I am wondering what to do
since the world is changing drastically and I have to make decisions
about what to do in order to face all the challenges.' For the full
article, see 'Day 201: Lack of motivation to live my life fully'.
In response to the last report, Bob Cable and Lorraine Grzyb sent this
short uplifting video 'The Dodo'
to gently remind us all that the world can be a truly magical place.
Dr. John Scales Avery in Denmark continues to use his pen to reflect
decades of research and consideration devoted to understanding the human
condition and crafting a way for humans to work their way out of the
mess in which humanity finds itself. For example, you can read a
thoughtful reflection on 'Human Nature as A Central Theme of
which is the introduction to his book (that can be downloaded) 'Human
For another thoughtful consideration of an issue that still gets less
attention than it needs, try his article 'The Ecological Impact of
You can read a little about John and access all of his books (including
the book version of 'The Ecological Impact of Militarism') here: 'John
Scales Avery books'. http://eacpe.org/about-john-scales-avery/ In
appreciation of your lifetime of effort, John.
Jennifer Wood is an architect and writer who developed near fatal toxic
shock from the antibiotic Ciprofloxin and over-exposure to 2G wireless
radiation when cell tower services were switched from analog to digital
technology in 1996-1997. At this time, cell phone sales skyrocketed
globally as did radiation and many public health problems according to
epidemiologists. Although Jennifer had never used cell phones, she had
spent long hours on a computer (surrounded by unnoticed cell towers)
writing for the film director, Oliver Stone who had taken an interest in
her novel. She has nearly died at a weight of 77 pounds from microwave
radiation poisoning three times since that time. Each torturous period
has coincided with exposure to upgrades in wireless technologies. During
her third bout with death in 2010-2011, she moved to a radio quiet zone
near a radio astronomy observatory that bans cell phone towers. Here
Jennifer built by hand, without help, a tiny non-electric cabin without
running water in the woods where she lived alone, with minimal
suffering, for four years, gaining weight and becoming semi-functional.
Since 2011, she has been reviewing thousands of science studies on the
health effects of human-generated electromagnetic radiation (EMR) while
doing advocacy work. Prior to her illness, Jennifer lived and worked as
an architect in Nepal for many years in the 1980s where she married and
had two children. Her condition has forced her to live far away from
most of her family much of the time since 1996. You can watch Jennifer
in this film 'Wi-Fi Refugees: Nowhere to run: Electrosensitive people
try to escape wireless technology',
https://rtd.rt.com/films/wi-fi-refugees-electrosensitive/ read about her
struggle and see a photo of her cabin in 'Search for a Golden Cage',
read about a success in having Wifi technology banned in schools in
Israel in 'Israel Wi-Fi Breakthroughs: TV Documentary, School Ban'
and watch videos of a protest rally she co-organized at the US Supreme
Court: 'The Public Has a Right To Know About the Health Risks of 5G
Wireless, Cell Phones and the Internet of Things (IoT)'.
Boris Olmos Revilla reports from Bolivia that he has been considering
writing an analysis of the possibility that the presence of Covid-19 in
our lives is an opportunity, but the question is whether it will
generate violence or be used to transform the situation into a
nonviolent reality. The question 'took root in my thoughts' because at
this stage of the pandemic Bolivia - a country without development and
with marked situations of political violence - is experiencing what is
more likely to descend into violence rather than be an opportunity for
transformation. Still, 'taking advantage of the free time I had in my
life of confinement, I programmed an online course in paxeology and
conflictology (nonviolence), specifically based on the Transcend
Training and Training Manual for trainers, the one that was written by
Dr. Galtung for the UN.' We look forward to seeing the final product
Dr Maung Zarni of Burma/Myanmar perseveres in his relentless efforts to
draw attention to the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar as they continue
to suffer the genocidal assault of the Tatmadaw, the Burmese military,
with the active complicity of Aung San Suu Kyi, the support of prominent
Buddhist monks and the silent complicity of the local Catholic clergy,
among others. You can see a record of some of Zarni's recent efforts at
conferences and in the media on this issue on his website.
https://maungzarni.net/en A notable development was the landmark
judgment at the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 23
January 2020 which ordered Myanmar to take all necessary measures to
protect Rohingya Muslims from genocide. You can read an interview of
Zarni explaining the significance of the judgment and the road ahead in
'World court ruling brings hope to persecuted Rohingya'.
Mrs Valerie Wood-Gaiger MBE in the UK is founder of the international
network 'Learn with Grandma'.
'I started promoting "Intergenerational Learning & Active Ageing" in
2014 never expecting it to become an International network. I can no
longer share every post to every group! From Australia to Canada;
Ukraine to South Africa!! The main aim is to share ideas of how to use
the internet as a bridge to reunite the generations and help break down
the digital age gap by sharing skills, love & knowledge across the
generations & of course I share posts against violence of all sorts.'
Ella Polyakova and her colleagues at the Soldiers' Mothers of
Saint-Petersburg http://hragents.org/en-org/sm-en/ in Russia continue
their fine work to defend the rights of servicemen and conscripts by
making sure that individuals are equipped with knowledge of their
rights, the law and all relevant circumstances to be able to take
responsibility for defending themselves from abuse. 'We clearly
understood what a soldier in the Russian army was – a mere cog in the
state machine, yet with an assault rifle. We felt how important hope,
self-confidence and trust were for every person. At the beginning of our
journey, we saw that people around us, as a rule, did not even know what
it meant to feel free. It was obvious for us that the path towards
freedom and the attainment of dignity was going through enlightenment.
Therefore, our organization's mission is to enlighten people around us.
Social work is all about showing, explaining, proving things to people,
it is about convincing them.'
Gifty Ayim-Korankye continues to report news of Ghana and Africa on her
news site 'GhanaWeb online' https://ghanawebonline.com/ while showcasing
the achievements of African women on her site 'Daughters of Africa'.
https://daughtersofafricablog.wordpress.com/ If you do nothing else,
check out the poetry and photos on 'Daughters of Africa'.
Robert Burrowes has taken a particular interest in critiquing the deeper
strands of what is taking place under cover of Covid-19. He has written
ten articles on the subject, with his most recent being this one:
'Beware the Transhumanists: How "Being Human" is being Re-engineered by
the Elite's Covid-19 Coup'.
But Robert is also keen to promote a better understanding of the fact
that our unintentionally dysfunctional parenting model is ultimately
responsible for the violence in our world and the need to address this
if we are to genuinely eliminate human violence in all of its contexts.
See 'My Promise to Children'
'Putting Feelings First'.
Given the imminent threat of human extinction, Robert also encourages
people to consider participating in 'The Flame Tree Project to Save Life
on Earth' https://tinyurl.com/flametree and to develop sophisticated
nonviolent strategies to deal with peace, environment and social justice
issues more effectively - see Nonviolent Campaign Strategy
https://nonviolentstrategy.wordpress.com/ - or so that they can be more
strategic in their liberation struggle. See Nonviolent
Using the occasion of the 151st anniversary of Mohandas K. Gandhi's
birth, Dr Ram Puniyani in India, analyzing a strain in Indian politics
that is reflected elsewhere, writes thoughtfully to discuss
'Gandhi-Godse: Contrasting Concepts of Nationalism'.
Dr Marthie Momberg in South Africa persists in her solidarity efforts
with the people of Palestine. In her recently penned article
'Christianity in Crisis: South Africa's Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng
Marthie outlines the latest initiative to 'ask Christians for decisive
action to work for the freedom and human rights of Palestinians'
including by endorsing the 'Cry for Hope: A Call to Decisive Action'.
Lori Lightning reports a number of difficulties - emotional, physical,
practical... - for those around her as they cope with the ongoing
impacts of the lockdowns and related measures, ostensibly to deal with
Covid-19. Lori has some thoughts, derived from her experience developing
'Bear Bones Parenting', for parents trying to cope.
'Stay Safe? In the face of madness and a war on sense making, the
greatest challenge these days is to Stay Sane. Most are stretched to
near snapping in the tasks of maintaining a healthy household, keeping
business afloat, and inspiring peace among friends and family. However
the most challenging and rewarding time has been spent in conversations
with my kids.
'My teenage son shared how scary the truth is about what is happening re
covid, and that his generation is very unsettled and grieving the loss
of dreams. He doesn't know if he will have kids, grand kids, or if a
healthy life is still possible. I'm glad he could talk, though I was
challenged not to call out the lies within his mass media influenced
story line.Regardless of what "facts" are believed, showing up with
presence and kindness allowed for these feelings, and dissolved the
fight, both inside and out. Stay connected in these stormy times, don't
let the efforts to divide win by fighting what our kids, or anyone is
declaring as their truth.
'Parents, I know you are stretched. Let go of needing to be right or
fixing and fighting, this only poisons our holy home. Notice how you
feel in your body when you are judging. I invite you to take a few
minutes each day to remember the eternal you by tuning in. Breath. Place
your forehead against a tree. Lay on the earth. Remember a place that
brings you joy. However overwhelmed or busy you feel, put your phone
down, take 5 and choose to show up, for when kids (and adults) feel
heard they will find their own answers! Our ability to speak from a
place of innerstanding will disarm the greatest of fears and create a
space of love and possibility for a beautiful future.'
Ina Curic in Romania continues her work to create beautiful illustrated
children's books that focus on empowering children with the learning to
live healthily and meaningfully, and to deal effectively with conflict
in their lives. You can read more about Ina and access her superb books,
including 'Queen Rain, King Wind: The Practice of Heart Gardening',
'Anagrania's Challenge: Turning Conflict into Opportunity' and 'Heart
Bridge: The Ho'oponopono Magic', at Imagine Creatively.
Charles Johnson works with Nonviolent Peaceforce
https://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/ in the USA to practice and promote
Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP), an effective grassroots alternative
to armed protection. 'As residents of Earth's most armed nation ponder
defunding police and Pentagon, Nonviolent Peaceforce offers a specific
model for doing so. This model is based on 20 years of field work in
multiple nations, and information sharing between some 40 UCP providers
worldwide. In 2020, Nonviolent Peaceforce-Chicago has been active in
forming a "Chicago Peace Team" to provide physical protection in Chicago
before, during, and after the U.S. presidential election. Members of
NP-Chicago have trained in skills like Unarmed Civilian Protection,
Bystander Intervention with Lethal Weapons Present, Bystander
Intervention in Cases Involving Mental Illness, and Poll Monitoring. We
see our work only growing, as more communities divest from the
production, sale, and use of weapons in favor of people and planet.'
Eddy Kalisa Nyarwaya Jr. is Executive Secretary of the Institute for
Conflict Transformation and Peace Building in Rwanda and also President
of the Alternatives to Violence Program. For the past 18 years, he has
been active in the fields of 'peace, reconciliation, nonviolence,
healing of societies, building harmonious communities' in many countries
including Burundi, Chad, eastern Congo, Darfur (western Sudan), Kenya,
Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan and northern Uganda. In deep appreciation
of your phenomenal efforts Eddy.
Professor Piero P. Giorgi http://www.pierogiorgi.org/ is a
neuroscientist who has 'introduced scientific concepts and different
research methods into peace studies, a discipline usually operating
within humanities and social sciences. With other colleagues at the
University of Queensland, Piero introduced in 1991 the first program in
Australia for a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, which is still
offered.... Piero retired in 2005 to promote peace studies in Italy'.
You can access Piero's fine work through his website.
Vijay Mehta, Chair of Uniting for Peace http://unitingforpeace.com/ in
the UK, reports ongoing activities with a major highlight being a 2019
conference at the UK Parliament on 'UN, Great Powers and World Peace'
which featured distinguished speakers Fabian Hamilton MP, film maker Ken
Loach and Lord Desai. There were events in Scotland on Peace Centres and
Religious Freedom. Vijay also spoke at Rotary International's 'Peace
Starts with You' conference in ontario, California - which attracted
over 1000 people from 50 countries - on the subject 'Replacing Global
Culture of War by a Culture of Peace'.
You can read/download Uniting for Peace newsletters
http://unitingforpeace.com/our-resources/newsletters/ with the September
2020 issue including major features on the 75th Anniversary of the
United Nations by Federico Mayor Zaragoza (former Director General of
UNESCO), 'Peace Priorities After the Coronavirus Pandemic' by UfP
Vice-President Frank Jackson, 'Peace Activism in the Time of
Coronavirus' by UfP Chair Vijay Mehta; a review of a major new book on
Hiroshima by UfP Vice-President Rev. Brian Cooper, as well as other
Laura Robertson is a secondary school humanities teacher 'with a passion
for history and geography. Based in Melbourne, I have been a student and
an activist of non-violence for over 13 years. Growing up with regular
exposure to the Australian wilderness, I have always held the natural
environment close to my heart. In 2006 I read Tim Flannery's "The
Weather Makers" and was quickly awakened to the urgent need to act on
the greatest threat ever to face the planet. During my undergraduate
degree at La Trobe University, I was privileged enough to study and
learn under the guidance of Professor Tom Weber, regarded as the leading
expert on Gandhi in the western world. In 2010, I deepened my
investigation and interest into non-violent direct action (NVDA),
completing my honours thesis on the effectiveness of NVDA techniques and
tactics used in the campaign to stop the Gunns pulp mill from being
built in Tasmania. Under the supervision of Tom Weber, I was inspired by
leading modern day NVDA academics such as Gene Sharp and Brian Martin.
'Although I finished my thesis almost 10 years ago, I have maintained my
belief and practise of NVDA principles to this day. I continue to
dedicate each and every day to standing up for a better planet and
educating young people about the role they can play in the struggle for
a better planet. I truly believe that following a life of non-violence
is the only sustainable way forward and I will never give up on my
dedication to the movement.'
Lily Thapa, inspirational founder of Women for Human Rights, Single
Women Group http://whr.org.np in Nepal has a simple motto - 'No
Discrimination on the basis of marital status' - but an expansive
vision: 'Empowered single women living dignified lives with sustainable
livelihood, social acceptance, recognized nationally and globally.'
In their latest report, Lily's coworker Dikshya Singh Rathour offered
the following words:
'WHR based in Nepal with its liaison office in USA is a national NGO
specializing in advocacy and empowerment of single women groups in Nepal
and South Asia region. WHR has a nation-wide network of single women
groups (with a membership base of over 100,000) and is supporting
conflict-affected women with access to justice in post-conflict Nepal.
'Immediately after the pandemic was declared, WHR and its networks
conducted awareness raising campaigns with different groups of
vulnerable women and key stakeholders on the effects of COVID-19. WHR
also provided its Chhahari (shelter homes) to the Nepal Government to
support the space for quarantine and isolation in 10 districts with a
total of 365 full functional beds. WHR began its advocacy and
humanitarian support to the most vulnerable women of the society by
mobilizing its staffs both at central/provincial level, networks,
cluster groups and diverted their attention to reach out to the maximum
number of vulnerable minority groups. In the midst of all this,
WHR-Chhahari started running "Food Bank" with an aim of "No one should
go hungry" advancing Nepal's commitments to Agenda 2030 for Sustainable
Development with its core principle of leaving no one behind. WHR served
one-time meals to 30,000 families equivalent to Rs. 55 per plate
excluding the value of human resource contribution.
'Reminding us about the philanthropic nature of Nepalese cultural
practices, we received support from various organisations, the local
community, volunteers and individuals in terms of cash, kinds, physical
support and encouragement.
'WHR also operationalized its first ever female-led and managed
quarantine/holding center for returnee women [representing a diversity
of women of various ages including some pregnant and some mothers of a
newborn with others elderly] in close collaboration with the Government
of Nepal. Likewise, WHR was successful in advocating against the
Government's discriminatory act of cutting social security allowance of
single women and blue card holders (people with partial disability) from
the Social Security Act during the lockdown period.
'WHR also conducted a community kitchen and served meals to 500
individuals who are daily wage workers, pregnant women, senior citizens,
lactating mothers, people with serious illness, domestic workers, slum
dwellers, families below the poverty line and people from marginalized
communities in three different locations of Nepal.
'WHR distributed baby food items to 50 lactating mothers with infants.
It supported relief materials like adolescent kit, dignity kit, shawls,
blankets, to flood and landslide survivors of Myagdi, Nepal. WHR with
the support of the Womankind Resilience Fund supported house rent,
relief materials, cash for work activities to the destitute women
belonging to underprivileged groups.'
If you would like to watch a video of the remarkable work of Lily and
her organization in the recent context, you can do so here: 'WHR Food
Bank Documentary 2020' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrI1AL2qkfA (in
Nepali with English subtitles).
David Polden continues to publish his invaluable 'Non-Violent Resistance
Newsletter' reporting a selection of nonviolent initiatives in the UK,
Paletine and Europe. His most recent issue included an interesting
reflection by David comparing events that took place in relation to the
actions of CND and its split-off group the Committee of 100 (C100), led
by Bertrand Russell, in 1960 with Extinction Rebellion (XR) and its
split-off group Beyond Politics (BP) today. When asked to report a
little of his own activist experience during the earlier time, he
offered this report:
'Actually I had three arrests in 1961: in spring at a sit-down in
Whitehall, when there were well over 800 arrests, and [a second time]
during a blockade of the pier supplying the fleet with personnel and
supplies at Holy Loch in Scotland where the "USS Polari" had been based
that year; there were nearly 400 arrests [on that occasion]. During the
December demonstrations there was a plan to "fill the jails" by people
refusing to give their names and addresses when arrested, so they
couldn't be released. I did this and spent about 2 weeks in a very cold
Brixton prison before giving my name and address. It was a hopeless idea
really - there were perhaps 40 of us who did so in Brixton jail and I
imagine some others in other jails, but the prison system was well able
to cope with such numbers and the idea was not tried again.'
Ah well, we are still learning and, sometimes, still learning for the
100th time hey David? If you would like to receive this valuable
Newsletter, you can do so by contacting David at
and he will add you to his email list.
On 6 August 2020, the 75th anniversary of the nuclear destruction of
Hiroshima, Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire called for 'The
abolition of genocidal nuclear weapons, war and nuclear scientists to
refuse to make genocidal weapons which threaten humanity with
extinction'. You can read the appeal on the Peace People
Emanuel Pastreich, president of The Asia Institute
http://asia-institute.org/ writes insightfully and passionately about
the contradictions between those who write or protest against the damage
inflicted by burning fossil fuels while failing to change their own
behaviours that actually use fossil fuels. To address the problem he
suggests the establishment of local Fossil Fuel Free (FFF) Communities.
The best route, he concludes, 'is to combine the two strategies: to make
personal choices into community choices and to make that community into
an economic unit which will serve as the building block for an
alternative economy from the ground up.' For the thoughtful detail, see
'Establishing Fossil-fuel Free (FFF) Communities'.
Dr Leo Semashko in Russia and colleagues from around the world at the
Global Harmony Association https://www.peacefromharmony.org/ continue
their efforts to make the world a peaceful, secure and harmonious place.
Their latest initiative is the 'Anti-Nuclear Manifesto for Global
Security/Peace XXI' https://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=908
which you can download. The proposal is a joint venture with the
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and is aimed at
'the UN General Assembly to create a Global Security/Peace (GSP) system,
which excludes any possibility of nuclear weapons in the New Era.'
Since the 1970s, John Seed has devoted his life to saving the world's
rainforests. Founder and Director of the Rainforest Information Centre
(RIC) in Australia, https://www.rainforestinformationcentre.org/ one of
his latest projects is to save the tropical Andes of Ecuador, which is
'at the top of the world list of biodiversity hotspots in terms of
vertebrate species, endemic vertebrates, and endemic plants'. As the
next step in this process, the legal case to save the Los Cedros
Biological Reserve began its case hearing for the Rights of Nature at
the Ecuadorian Constitutional Court on 19 October 2020. If you would
like to read more about this initiative and support the campaign, you
can do so from here: Los Cedros Reserve. https://loscedrosreserve.org/
Our friends Hakim (Dr Teck Young Wee) and the Afghan Peace Volunteers,
based in Kabul, continue their challenging work to build a peaceful
future in Afghanistan and the world with a global network of fellow
peace travelers. In their latest blog post, you can read thoughts from
people in many countries on 'Love in Time of Covid-19'.
http://ourjourneytosmile.com/blog/ In addition, their Relational
Learning Project https://www.relationallearningproject.com/ to
facilitate learning 'from friends across the world' is quite
And, once again, if you would like to read a terrific book by Mark
Isaacs about 'The Kabul Peace House: How a Group of Young Afghans are
Daring to Dream in a Land of War',
is (highly favourably) reviewed in 'The Struggle for Peace in
Afghanistan: Is Community Engagement the Key?'
you will be well rewarded with an inspiring story by a remarkable group
of young people and their mentor.
Ela Gandhi is the granddaughter of Mohandas K. Gandhi but also a great
leader herself. Ela was under house arrest for a decade while resisting
apartheid in South Africa, worked on the transitional task force with
Nelson Mandela following the liberation of South Africa from apartheid,
and she served for a decade in the South African parliament. Long
committed to resisting injustice, she is also committed to doing it
through nonviolence. Like others, she is horrified by the atrocities of
war and is concerned about the plight of the poor and the deprived of
our world. 'In my own life, I have found that peace does not only mean
protesting and resisting injustice, but also living our everyday lives
doing big and small things to bring greater harmony to the world.
Helping sick and injured children, protecting the voiceless animals,
preserving the plants and trees that are being eliminated by
development, and contributing in little ways to save the world by
conserving, reusing, recycling, and reducing both what we need and what
we discard, in the hope that the already distended Mother Earth will
absorb it. We need to appreciate the richness of our diverse heritage
and begin to see the value of global citizenship, so that peace and
social and political justice may prevail in the world.... We all have
power and when we get together, we have more power.'
Kathie Malley-Morrison is professor of psychology in the Human
Development Program Faculty at Boston University. Kathie's general
interest is 'in cross-cultural and international perspectives on
violence. I have done extensive research on violence and abuse in
families and other intimate relationships. My current research projects
focus on the views of ordinary people around the world on the potential
right of governments to conduct acts of aggression (e.g. invasion,
torture) and the rights of individuals to live in a world of peace and
protest against war.' You can access Kathie's CV from the Boston
University http://people.bu.edu/kmalley/ website and keep track of her
non-academic pursuits, including political cartoons, at Engaging Peace.
Canadian Mike Shymkowich Kennedy, at 91 one of our most senior
signatories, has 'been "working" for a change that is much needed before
we are in that world of Orwell's 1984. It is the culmination of my
journey's purpose (at 91) to launch "Reluctant Prophet"
https://www.reluctantprophet.ca/ in an effort to understand the real
evil (psychopaths) in our midst. Both my Ph.D. dissertation and my
Master's degree are the cornerstone of my new website which are rather
dark subjects to say the least but I do offer first steps in creating a
just society that works for all in chapters 6 and 7 of the "Soul
Contracts of the Michael's Three".' onya Mike! Really appreciate you
tackling such a vital subject.
Anahata Giri continues a variety of activities as part of her one Heart
Project: 'I provide Deep Listening sessions where I hold space with
embodied presence, mostly silence and some mirroring, to help the client
deepen into their truth and inquiry. The sessions evoke a stream of
consciousness, intuitive narrative or flow, that is fluid and
meandering, often surprising and inherently symbolic, meaningful,
creative and insightful. It is deeply affirming of the individual's
capacity to access their own deep wisdom and truth. (I aim to run group
Deep Listening Circles when Melbourne is out of the pandemic
'The Poem for You Project has deep listening as its primary process,
then I write and share a poem that affirms the client's experience
drawing on her and my imagery and symbols. I have worked with one client
around their experience of childhood sexual abuse and PTSD and
reclaiming creativity. She found the poem "meaningful and very healing".
'I am running the Inside Out Immersion online course for 23 yoga
teachers, exploring ways they can boldly teach from their deepest
passions and unique gifts, to inspire students to live from their
deepest passions and unique gifts. The world needs this level of
boldness and empowerment.
'At the centre of my work is an approach based on: listening, genuine
human connection, a growing together philosophy, empowerment,
nonviolence and compassion.' You can read more about Anahata's efforts
at one Heart Yoga. http://www.oneheartyoga.com.au
Professor Marc Pilisuk http://marcpilisuk.com/ has had a lifetime
preoccupation: 'the role of ordinary people facing an unjust, often
uncaring, global technological society.' Professor Emeritus at Saybrook
University, Marc https://saybrook.academia.edu/MarcPilisuk has long
worked to expose the truths hidden within and by violence. You can see
more about the book here: 'The Hidden Structure of Violence'.
In a recent article Marc points at the way in which war is sometimes
precipitated to distract populations from other issues, including
incompetence. See 'War and sanctions: Trump's escape route for Covid-19
In sincere appreciation of a lifetime of effort Marc.
Jill Gough of CND Cymru has recently advised that she has been forced
'to "retire" after 30 years, due to ill health. I'm awaiting an
operation now but the COVID 19 situation has postponed everything.'
Despite having 'retired', Jill is still doing the CND Cymru Facebook
page 'and of course campaigning for peace, social justice and human and
environmental rights (where possible). If the work was always important,
it can't suddenly stop can it?'
Well, Jill, as you also note 'the struggle continues!' but, on behalf of
your fellow signatories, we wish you a quick and full recovery and look
forward to your report in six months time!
In the meantime, Brian Jones, the CND Cymru Vice Chair, reports that
other duties previously undertaken by Jill, such as the editing of their
magazine 'Heddwch', are now being performed by other members noting that
'everything else is managed by our committee, sometimes very
successfully, sometimes less so!' (Sounds like most committees to us
Nevertheless, 'CND Cymru continues to work for peace, justice and
nonviolence to the best of our abilities.' CND Cymru's campaigning for
the last couple of years has been dominated by four issues:
1. Lobbying in support of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear
Weapons (including a very successful event at the Senedd: the Welsh
parliament) which we're eagerly looking forward to entering into force;
2. Campaigning against new nuclear power stations - whether 'full size'
or Small Modular Reactors - being built in Wales;
3. Campaigning against an underground nuclear waste dump being located
in Wales (where two government public consultation events were cancelled
because too many people registered to attend!); and
4. Campaigning against the dumping of sediment containing radioactive
particles being dumped off Cardiff Bay (as part of the construction of
the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset, England).
Of course, Brian notes, we have also been involved in other activities
(such as opposing an extension to RAF Valley and trying to stop weapon
sales to Saudi Arabia), including supporting the climate crisis
'Thanks for including us in the Nonviolence Charter report - an outbreak
of nonviolence is needed now more than ever, it seems!'
A pleasure to include our friends from Cymru (Wales). You can read more,
and download copies of 'Heddwch', from their website: CND Cymru.
After serving in the US military in Vietnam from 1966-1970, S. Brian
Willson has spent his life since that time raising awareness and taking
nonviolent action to expose and counter the US empire. His website
contains 'essays describing the incredible historic pattern of U.S.
arrogance, ethnocentrism, violence and lawlessness in domestic and
global affairs, and the severe danger this pattern poses for the future
health of Homo sapiens and Mother Earth. Other essays discuss
revolutionary, nonviolent alternative approaches based on the principle
of radical relational mutuality.' You can see Brian's website here: S.
Brian Willson. https://www.brianwillson.com/
Dr Marty Branagan, who is Convenor of Peace Studies at the University
of New England in Australia, reports as follows (but doesn't mention
what he does in his spare time!):
Apart from having a number of PhD students successfully completing their
degrees in Peace Studies, Marty co-organised the UNE Peace Studies
conference, presented at the International Association for Society and
Natural Resources conference and the Eurasian National University
conference on the subject '75 Years after WWII: Shared lessons and
memories for humanity', celebrated the introduction of Australian
Research Codes for Peace Studies for which he had lobbied, and discussed
his nonviolent action novel 'Locked on!'
on radio stations 4ZZZ and RTRFM.
Marty also co-edited the book 'Rethinking Wilderness and the Wild:
Conflict, Conservation and Co-existence'.
In addition, he wrote or co-authored several chapters for the book.
Separately from this, he published 'Tintin: From Violent,
Communist-Hating Conservative to Radical Peacenik' in the 'International
Journal of Comic Art' with a sequel forthcoming; has two chapters in
press, participated in the Panorama Art Project and made submissions to
the Federal Inquiry into the Australian War Memorial Museum Development
Project, the Independent Planning Commission's review of the Narrabri
gas project, and Armidale Regional Council's Local Strategic Planning
Statement. You can also access his earlier book 'Global Warming,
Militarism and Nonviolence: The Art of Active Resistance' here.
Given the recent circumstances, activist journalist Abby Martin has
spent less time being filmed interviewing prominent progressive thinkers
and more time producing podcasts which, of course, you can access from
Media Roots. https://mediaroots.org/ You can access earlier videos at
'The Empire Files', http://youtube.com/EmpireFiles and watch Abby's
debut feature film 'Gaza Fights for Freedom',
https://gazafightsforfreedom.com/ which she wrote, directed and narrated
by collaborating with a team of journalists in Gaza to present a
stunning cinematic portrayal of the heroic resistance by Palestinians to
Israeli occupation. For something a little less heavy, try Abby's art!
Peter Phillips is a professor of political sociology at Sonoma State
University and author of the book 'Giants: The Global Power Elite'.
to highlight the importance of the book, given its focus on something
critical to us all but not widely appreciated, Peter wrote the
'Concentrated global capital is the binding institutional alignment that
brings the 1% transnational capitalists into a centralized global
imperialism protected by the US/NATO military empire. This concentration
of wealth leads to a crisis of humanity, whereby poverty, war,
starvation, mass alienation, media propaganda, and environmental
devastation have reached levels that threaten humanity's future. Roughly
80% of the world's population lives on less than ten dollars a day and
half live on less than three dollars a day.
'Organizing resistance and non-violently challenging the global power
elite should be foremost on the agendas of democracy movements
everywhere. Addressing top-down economic controls, monopolistic power,
and the specifics of the global power elites' activities will require
challenging mobilizations and social movements worldwide. "The People's
Charter to Create a Nonviolent World" is a solid step towards that goal.
We must stand on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and
non-violently challenge global imperialism and its fascist governments,
media propaganda, and empire armies.'
Cheryl Anne in the US reports that '2020 provided ample opportunities to
practice nonviolent forms of civil disobedience in hopes of setting a
good example of patriotic duty. Alas, people are too frightened to
disobey for fear so great it has ensorcelled their minds and will to
such extent they will not even research or read or listen, and I find
myself protesting the ruling insanity alone in whatever ways I can find.
'I gave my property to my upper middle class career-oriented sister who
will not consider the implications of evil being at the helm of our
world, and goes along to get along. I refused to renew my driver's
license, car registration, and insurance; I refuse to wear a mask, and I
wrote a message on my bumper, "No mask no test no vaccine, no
datamining, no gmo humans; we've been sold out: do research". I have not
voted since the 90s because voting for the lesser evil = evil
nonetheless. There is no option to vote for "none": if no one voted,
they would have to provide all new candidates.
'Until and unless humans act together despite fear, our species is
finished with our generation. New generations (if this one does not
destroy life on Earth by finally shorting it out electrically or
corrupting dna coding so living things forget what they are) will be
assimilated into the Borg/machine hive mind. I am grateful I did not
breed and am deeply angered on the children's behalf: 2021 = last chance
for humanity to save itself; the vaccine finishes our species.'
Activist scholar Professor Noam Chomsky, born in 1928 and old enough to
vividly remember the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, recently
warned that 'The world is facing the most dangerous moment in human
And in an interview on the world's most recent military conflict in
Nagorno Karabakh (which Armenians call 'Artsakh'), Noam brings his usual
penetrating insight to bear on a region that has escaped the attention
of most people. See 'Noam Chomsky Discusses Azeri Aggression on
Ron Fisher, a retired Captain of the U.S. Navy, is Executive Director of
'People Now'. http://www.peoplenow.org/ Based on the premise that
'Implementing the UN SDGs and Green New Deal will help resolve the
coronavirus crisis and all the other crises we face – wars, nuclear
weapons, sanctions, poverty, unemployment, homelessness, inadequate
healthcare, inequalities, poor governance, global warming, Oligarch
controlling the world, etc.' and, given Ron's interest in strategic
planning, the website outlines a strategy to have these SDGs
Gary Steven Corseri is the grandson of Ukrainian-Jewish and
Sicilian-Catholic immigrants to the USA. 'He has taught at universities
in the U.S. and Japan, and in US prisons and public schools. He has
worked as a grape-picker in Australia, a gas-station attendant, and an
editor.' Gary's latest endeavours have been encapsulated in the
'As I wander down the "long and winding road" of my later middle-years
(let's be optimistic!), I wonder how it happened that so many of my
familial Earth-beings have given up on deep and critical thinking...
taking refuge, instead, in a carnival House of Mirrors, i.e. in a world
of memes and tropes. I know we're flooded with "information" (radios,
phones and televisions were bad enuf [sic! sick!], but the Internet and
"smart phones" have made us all like cartoonish daffy ducks. Here's my
somewhat ironic/humorous and hopeful cri de Coeur against the roaring
avalanches: "Lemmings". https://countercurrents.org/2020/07/lemmings/
'In this Pandemic Age, many find good reasons to "rage against the dying
of the light," as sagacious Dylan Thomas had it. We seek peace and
understanding - refuge - in a world that is constantly in flux. We cling
to melting ice floes of memories - some as old as childhood, and some as
recent as this morning; we demand our rights, and wax our ears against
the cries of others: different from us, but on the same journey, riding
the parlous waves. Here's a poem addressing "aging": an issue to which
all may relate: "'Older!'... 'Not: Old!'".
'Last, and certainly not least: I spend a fair bit of precious time
reconsidering, re-thinking, re-writing, revising, re-vivifying! And why
not? Sage critic and poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge called poetry "the
reconcilement of opposites". And Keats called it "a fine excess". How to
reconcile the opposing forces, opposing realities of this vagrant life?
Vagrant - because we know, with certainty, not whither nor how, nor
why... But, we propose, we suggest. And in our propositions, we make
excuses and suppositions. We polish the rough edges until, hopefully,
they shine with fineness. I often think that I was a fetus, swimming in
my mother's womb, when I felt my small world shudder. It was a day in
August, 1945, and I wondered in my congealing brain: what kind of world
am I about to enter? I trace the genesis of this poem to that wondering:
Kristin Christman continues to write her incisive critiques of US
foreign policy by analyzing it within a paradigm that she developed over
many years to better understand the elements that drive war. Kristin's
'Paradigm for Peace' therefore explains how to 'cooperatively and
impartially examine Aggressive and Defensive Roots of Violence on all
sides of conflict'. It is only when we understand these, she explains,
that it is possible to meaningfully work to secure peace.
While Kristin has completed some of her major work on this subject, she
continues to refine later elements of it. In the meantime, the book
'Bending the Arc: Striving for Peace and Justice in the Age of Endless
War' https://www.sunypress.edu/p-6898-bending-the-arc.aspx has been
published (edited by Charter signatory Steve Breyman and two co-editors)
which includes chapters by seventeen peace activists, including
'Paradigm for Peace' by Kristin.
In addition, one of Kristin's most recent commentaries was about the
double standards upheld by US foreign policy towards Iran. See 'Iran And
The US Holy Code Book Of Double Standard Morality'
and, if you do nothing else, check out the map at the beginning of the
Separately from this, in relation to Covid-19, Kristin has 'been alarmed
by the startling lack of freedoms and unilateral seizure of power by
political executives mandating the lockdowns, the lack of cooperative
dialogue on the topic, the lack of logic in the reaction, the groupthink
and herd mentality in obediently observing the lockdowns and reciting
the illogic, the absence of any significant resistance or demand to
create a more intelligent reaction to protect the vulnerable without
sacrificing everyone else, the callous refusal to care for those
severely harmed by the lockdowns, and the hypocrisy of suddenly caring
about lives, while the loss of human and non-human life through war,
suicide, disease, and extinction has never caused any alarm bells to
ring amongst the hypocritical political leadership.'
In partial response, Kristin has also written articles critiquing the
lockdowns in reaction to Covid-19. See 'Covid-19 Quarantine: Oppression
Is Bad for Your Health'
https://www.laprogressive.com/covid-19-quarantine/ and 'Cuomo has the
Leonard Eiger and many other friends such as Cheryl Eiger, Mary
Gleysteen, Mack Johnson and Elizabeth Murray, at the Ground Zero Center
for Nonviolent Action https://www.gzcenter.org in the US, are dedicated
to the study and practice of nonviolence, and the abolition of all
nuclear weapons. Their particular focus is the Trident nuclear weapons
system that was the basis for Ground Zero's creation. Ground Zero Center
is located adjacent to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, which is the West Coast
base for US OHIO Class 'Trident' ballistic missile submarines, and the
largest deployed concentration of nuclear weapons in the United States.
This past summer, Ground Zero focused on bringing the message directly
to the public in the form of public service announcements (PSAs) about
Ground Zero members worked with a local advertising agency for billboard
installations around the city of Seattle. Beginning on 13 July, and for
over a month, four billboards displayed the following paid PSA: 'Naval
Base Kitsap-Bangor... Base with largest concentration of deployed
nuclear weapons in the U.S., Remembering the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima
and Nagasaki, Accept Responsibility!'
Included in the PSA was a map showing the proximity of Seattle to Naval
Base Kitsap-Bangor, homeport for 8 of the Navy's 14 Trident
nuclear-powered submarines, and a U.S. Navy photo of the Trident
submarine, 'USS Nebraska', taken on 2 June 2017 near Seattle's Elliott
Bay. 'The intention of the PSA was to remind people of the atomic
bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as to inform citizens in the
Puget Sound region of our relationship to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor with
the largest concentration of deployed nuclear weapons in the U.S.'
The statement, 'Accept Responsibility', was a plea for citizens of Puget
Sound to accept their role and responsibility – as taxpayers, as members
of a democratic society, and as neighbors to the Trident nuclear
submarine base in Hood Canal – to work to prevent the use of nuclear
weapons. on 2 and 10 August, Ground Zero ran a full-page PSA in the
'Kitsap Sun', the newspaper serving the area incorporating Naval Base
Kitsap-Bangor, speaking to military personnel at the Bangor Trident
base. The PSA was an appeal to Navy personnel to resist orders to launch
nuclear weapons. The appeal with supporting signatures is at GZ's
The Appeal to Navy Personnel specifically requests that members of the
armed forces – 'Resist illegal orders; Refuse to kill innocent
civilians; Refuse the order to use nuclear weapons.' Read more about the
appeal and PSA at 'Ground Zero Appeals to Navy Personnel in Newspaper
Ground Zero also paid for full-page PSAs in the 'Kitsap Sun' for the
75th remembrance of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9
August. The ads regarding Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, state (in
part): 'Our proximity to the largest number of deployed strategic
nuclear weapons puts us near a dangerous local and international threat.
When citizens become aware of their role in the prospect of nuclear war,
or the risk of a nuclear accident, the issue is no longer an
abstraction. Our proximity to Bangor demands a deeper response.
Remembering the atomic bomb victims of Nagasaki [and Hiroshima] is
essential to preventing the use of nuclear weapons from happening
again.' You can read the Hiroshima remembrance PSA at 'Remembering the
Atomic Bomb Victims of Hiroshima, Japan'
and the Nagasaki remembrance PSA at 'Remembering the Atomic Bomb Victims
of Nagasaki, Japan'.
On 10 August approximately 25 people participated in a silent vigil and
nonviolent direct action, coordinated by Ground Zero, at the Main Gate
of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. Three people held a banner – 'Renounce
Militarism Defund the Pentagon' – from the overpass facing incoming
traffic. After Peacekeepers entered the road to safely stop traffic, six
people entered the roadway holding banners declaring, 'Hiroshima
Nagasaki Never Again', 'No More Genocide in My Name'. Another held a
'Black Lives Matter' sign. Traffic was stopped for 5-10 minutes while
resisters blocked the roadway. All who participated in the nonviolent
direct action by blocking the roadway were escorted off by WSP. No
citations were issued. The following statement was collectively written
by those who risked arrest in the nonviolent direct action:
'On the 75th anniversary of the genocidal devastation of Hiroshima and
Nagasaki, and in a time of universal upheaval brought on by racial
injustice, climate crisis, and global pandemic, we view the nuclear
weapons housed at Naval Base Kitsap as the ultimate existential danger
of our time. Nuclear weapons are the knee on the neck of all people of
the globe, choking the life out of our planet. Any order to launch
nuclear weapons would be illegal under International law. We appeal to
military personnel to stand down and to refuse all such orders. We
appeal to all of our fellow citizens to demand abolition of all nuclear
weapons and to re-direct the colossal expenditure of resources to meet
Ground Zero also coordinated weekly bannering on an overcrossing in
Seattle over busy Interstate 5, continuing to remind people that we must
'Ban Nuclear Weapons'.
Construction of the Pacific Northwest Peace Pagoda is in progress at the
Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action. Buddhist monks Rev. Senji
Kanaeda and Rev. Gilberto Perez are leading in the construction of the
peace pagoda. Both monks live at the Nipponzan Myohoji Bainbridge Island
Temple, located west of Seattle across Puget Sound. The peace pagoda is
being built with labor and funds from supporters of the Nipponzan
Myohoji Order. Ground Zero is working to ensure that Nipponzan Myohoji
Order members will forever have access to the property, and that the
property will always be open to the public. The Pacific Northwest Peace
Pagoda will be the first Nipponzan Myohoji peace pagoda on the U.S. West
Coast, and likely the first to be built on land owned by a peace
community other than the Nipponzan Myohoji Order. You can read more on
The Peace Pagoda at Ground Zero.
Moving forward, Ground Zero members are working to stay centered on the
study and practice of active nonviolence, and in solidarity and
cooperation with those in the nuclear abolition movement, as well as
other movements, at a time when it is needed more than ever. Learn more
at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action.
Anna Lubelska https://www.spiritualengland.org.uk/about is leading the
team setting up a Peace Museum and Education Centre in London. 'It will
be called "The Peace Building" https://www.thepeacebuilding.org.uk
because it will be a building as well as being about peace building. Our
vision is of a wonderful Peace Building, attractive and accessible and a
Beacon of Hope for all. I'm passionate about teaching people about how
to build peace and prevent violence because violence affects us all. My
personal experience is that close members of my family were murdered in
World War II and that's had a massive impact on my life. I grew up with
no grandparents or aunts or uncles and with parents who were profoundly
damaged by their experiences of loss, deportation and war. That's what
fuels my commitment to peace. A few years ago I started the Peaceful
Schools Movement https://www.peacefulschools.org.uk/ – based on the
concept of peace on four levels. I brought together many people and
organisations teaching peace in UK schools. I organized 5 national
conferences over the last ten years working in partnership with others.
We have an Award scheme and our "How to Be A Peaceful School" book.
'Recently, I was totally inspired when I visited the Nobel Peace Centre
in Oslo and thought we should have something like that in London. I
found out that there are Peace Museums all over the world – the Peace
Palace in The Hague, in Kyoto Japan and even a small one in Bradford, in
the north of England. It was clear to me that we really must have one in
London! I've put together a winning team of trustees, patrons,
ambassadors and advisors who are peace leaders, researchers, teachers,
authors, peace experts. We are optimistic about the future and the
success of our project. Our aim is to get people to put their attention,
efforts and resources into building a culture of peace, for a world at
'So what will be in the Peace Building? We will have permanent and
temporary exhibitions, a conference and concert hall, workshop rooms, a
library, café and shop of course and a peace garden and memorials for
the victims of violence. We will tell the stories of peace heroes and
heroines like people who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. And we
will showcase the work of courageous and determined people working for
peace and reconciliation in hot spots all around the world. There will
be talks, concerts, art, and performances. We will have special events
to mark the UN International Day of Peace every 21 September. Most
importantly we will have a fantastic schools programme – we will teach
young people the skills of dialogue, cooperation and conflict
resolution. We will equip young people to create a safer and better
'So where have we got to with this project? We've been busy laying the
groundwork. We have registered as a charity, we won a competition for
pro bono help with branding, I personally commissioned Architects to
produce an initial development brief and also a Business Consultant to
put together a 5 year Strategic Plan. We've been consulting widely with
other museums including the IWM and the Museum for London and we are now
members of the Association for Independent Museums. We will be inviting
everyone to contribute to the funding we need to build The Peace
Building that will attract, educate and inspire generations and
generations to come. It will be a place where we can build a global
culture of peace together. This will be our legacy.'
Jade Beaty moved from Montana to Loveland, Colorado in April and,
despite a significant unresolved problem with her current accommodation,
she is developing intentional community arranged around trauma
resolution. This property will have a Wailing Wall for loss and grief
work, and offer equine assisted healing. For more information, check out
the website of Horse Wisdom Ranch. http://www.horsewisdomranch.com/ 'My
vision is that all the peace promoters gather in one voice and open all
human hearts. I know, it's big: but that's just me...' onya Jade! No
real point believing we can think small and get out of this mess though
Professor Richard Jackson, Director of The National Centre for Peace and
Conflict Studies https://www.otago.ac.nz/ncpacs/index.html at the
University of Otago in New Zealand reports as follows: 'The Centre has
experienced its fair share of challenges in 2020, similar to
universities all over the world. The closure of New Zealand's borders in
March prevented a number of overseas students from arriving to start
their studies, and a period of lockdown saw the Centre move its
coursework teaching online. Many of the activities planned for the year
had to be cancelled or postponed. Nevertheless, the Centre has continued
with its work of teaching students in the Master of Peace and Conflict
Studies, recruiting and supervising doctoral students and continuing an
array of peace-related research.
'It has also continued with its search for an indigenous scholar to join
the centre staff, as part of its efforts to honour the Treaty of
Waitangi and promote biculturalism. To offset the loss of international
students and enable students from less privileged circumstances to study
for a masters degree, the Centre will be offering the Master of Peace
and Conflict Studies
https://www.otago.ac.nz/ncpacs/study/otago014226.html by distance in
2021. Among a few notable highlights to come out of 2020, one of our
staff members, Dr Mariska Kappmeier, recently won a grant to study the
role of intergroup trust in the relationship between citizens and the
police in Aotearoa.'
The book arising from an earlier conference at the Centre has now been
published and is available from the publisher. See 'Revolutionary
Nonviolence: Concepts, Cases and Controversies'.
As one reviewer noted: 'In this era of "endless" violence and
interrelated political marginalization, economic inequality, social
dislocation and ecological (including climate) breakdown, this book
explains why revolutionary nonviolence is the most fruitful path for
generating the grassroots, community-led structural change needed to
transcend this complex and multi-faceted crisis. An insightful and
And for those who want a lighter introduction to the politics of
terrorism, Richard's novel is a genuinely eye-opening read: 'Confessions
of a Terrorist'.
Jim Prues offers some deeply considered responses to the multifaceted
nature of our predicament in World 5.0. https://world5.org/ In addition,
his book 'World 5.0 - We Move From Here: Healing Ourselves, Our Earth
and Our Lives Together' https://world5.org/book will be published in
'World 5.0 provides, quite simply, the truth to who and where we are -
self-conscious, biological entites with Awareness at our core. Just like
everything. The time is always Now. Our answer is always Love'.
Philip Farruggio, 'son and grandson of New York longshoremen', continues
to expose what lies beneath the surface of electoral politics in the USA
via his regular column and his radio show 'It's the Empire, Stupid'
https://itstheempirestupid.com/ where you can access his entertaining
articles and podcasts.
The latest newsletter from our friends at the Centre for Global
Nonkilling https://nonkilling.org/ – founded by our departed friend
Professor Glenn D. Paige and dedicated 'To promote change toward the
measurable goal of a killing-free world' – advises that on the occasion
of World Peace Day on 21 September, the Jagran School of Public Policy &
International Affairs, JLU Bhopalin India, announced the inauguration of
the country's first dedicated Centre for Nonkilling and Peace, a new
center for excellence in research and teaching that aims to focus on the
prevention and elimination of killing as a path to peace.
On the CGNK website, you can sign the 'Affirmation of the Global
Nonkilling Spirit' to commit to working for a killing-free world, check
out the various specialist nonkilling research committees and also
access publications co-edited by the tireless CGNK Director Dr. Joám
Evans Pim: 'Nonkilling Education', 'Nonkilling Spiritual Traditions' and
Bevan Ramsden, a member of the Independent and Peaceful Australia
Network's https://ipan.org.au/ coordinating committee, wrote a
thought-provoking article in response to a recent bill to appear before
the Australian parliament: 'A Bill to enable use of foreign troops or
foreign police in Australian "emergencies"'.
Noting a number of obvious concerns, and clearly aware of the ongoing
restrictions on human rights and freedoms that have been and are being
implemented around the world during 2020, Bevan observes that 'Our
political representatives in Federal Parliament should be urged to halt
this legislation until it is closely examined by civil rights and
constitutional law experts to ensure our civil and democratic rights are
not under threat or our sovereignty compromised by this legislation.'
Liz McAlister and Martha Hennessy are two of seven Catholic nuclear
disarmament activists known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7.
https://kingsbayplowshares7.org/ The plowshares activists entered Kings
Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Mary's, Georgia, USA on 4 April 2018,
the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. Carrying hammers and baby bottles of their own blood, the seven
attempted to convert weapons of mass destruction to make real the
prophet Isaiah's command to 'beat swords into plowshares'. Apart from
impeding the ever-heightening threat of nuclear armageddon as the
world's international legal infrastructure against nuclear war rapidly
unravels, they also hoped to call attention to the ways in which nuclear
weapons kill every day by their mere existence and maintenance.
The nonviolent activists were subsequently 'found guilty of trespass,
conspiracy and destruction of federal property' in October 2019. After
spending time in prison, on 8 June 2020 Liz – the widow of Phil Berrigan
– was sentenced to 'time served, three years supervised release and for
a portion of the restitution for the seven of just over $30,000'. Martha
– a granddaugher of Dorothy Day – is due to be sentenced in November.
You can read a detailed account of their action, an inspiring biography
of each activist and follow the court outcome for Martha and the others
at the website above. You can also see an evocative interview of Martha
at 'Martha Hennessy Interview'. https://vimeo.com/380845421
You might also be inspired by the 'Presentencing declaration of Fr.
Steve Kelly, S.J., Kings Bay Plowshares nuclear disarmament action'.
Lawyer Bill Quigley has been busy doing everything from acting as Liz
McAlister's attorney in the trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 to
speaking at the Kateri Tekakwitha Interfaith Peace Conference with his
speech later published as 'No Justice, No Peace' in the book 'Bending
the Arc: Striving for Peace and Justice in the Age of Endless War'.
In Bill's words, '"No justice, no peace" is not just a chant for
protests. Fighting for justice and peace are inseparable.... I am a
lawyer who works with people and organizations struggling for peace and
struggling for justice. These nonviolent fights have taken me to death
row, to prisons in Port au Prince, to public housing developments, to
Baghdad, to homeless shelters, to Gaza, and to protests and courtrooms
across the country. I have represented hundreds of people who have
voluntarily gone to jail for reasons of conscience. I have also
represented thousands of people who have been in jail and want to be
treated with dignity and respect. To me, this is all peace work. And to
me, this is all justice work.'
In Australia, John McKenna is an empowerment advocate, passionate about
supporting people to speak up about their lived experience. He is
currently working for Drummond Street Services, which is committed to
utilising a public health framework to provide family support services
designed to meet the needs of all individuals, families and communities,
with a focus on marginalised communities, including those who experience
violence. His role is as a Lived Experience Worker within a team of
practitioners, supporting people who are adversely impacted, as
identified by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and
Exploitation of People with Disability.
John is also the producer and host of the 'So...' podcast, which
actively explores stories around empowerment in the face of adversity,
including discussions about suicide prevention and women's safety. You
can read and watch more of John's work on his website: John McKenna.
Bruce Gagnon, Dave Webb and other members of the Global Network Against
Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space http://www.space4peace.org/ continue
their efforts to prevent the militarization of Space. This is an
increasing challenge with the advent of the US Space Force (as the
latest branch of the US military) and rapidly increasing corporate
interest in exploiting space for profit. You can read more at the
website above and watch Bruce's interviews on his television program
'This Issue'. http://www.space4peace.org/bgtv.htm
One of the network's members, Will Griffin - an Afghan & Iraq wars
veteran and GN board member - recently produced a compelling video
titled 'Jeju: Island of Resistance'. https://youtu.be/1yoUlXphDdk Jeju
Island is located off the southernmost end of South Korea. The video
focuses on the continuing struggle by the islanders (fisherfolk and
farmers for hundreds of years) against the militarization of the island,
through construction of a naval base and second airport, and its use to
project US imperialism.
Iona Conner reports the ongoing activities of the Grassroots Coalition
that she facilitates which now has country and state representatives who
share a monthly video conference to exchange news and make decisions.
Iona notes that 'We are starting an exciting and vigorous outreach
campaign with Country Representatives. Jussa Kudherezera in Zimbabwe was
the first to think of this idea. He wrote: "I would be very happy to
represent my country and contribute fully to this enchanting idea and
being a country representative I grow our networks, share Grassroots
Coalition works. Also find other like-minded organization to share their
news with us for publications. Let's hit the ground running; together we
can do it." Using the 'Groundswell News Journal' that she compiles, Iona
will devote one page of the journal to news briefs from each country (or
state) with a rep.
'The dream is that we will gather and unite more grassroots activists on
specific campaigns (such as saving forests) and thereby increase our
chance of playing a significant role in healing Earth.'
Iona reports representatives in 6 countries and 3 states: Jussa
Kudherezera of the Manica Youth Assembly in Zimbabwe, Bigboy Musemwa of
Repair Earth Projects in Zimbabwe, Ngo Banfogha of Hope for a Better
Future in Cameroon, John Machiaria of the Schools and Colleges
Permaculture Programme (SCOPE) in Kenya, Prince Kitumaini Kamundala of
Action for Environment Care and Business and Ecosystem Management in the
DR Congo, Idris Bilyaminu Ndasadu'Lau of ALMAJIRI Project, Rescue a
Girl, and Youth Awareness and Peace Development in Nigeria, Bob Maahe of
Uganda Youth Skills Training Organization, Jeannette Bartelt of Green
Earth Goods in Maryland (USA), Doug Davis of Adirondack Council in New
York (USA), and Dylan Weiss, an activist and author in Pennsylvania
'The beauty of this outreach is that we can build a larger and stronger
grassroots network to save and protect the environment and all life.'
You can visit the site of the 'Groundswell News Journal'
https://groundswellnewsorg.wordpress.com/ and download past copies.
The motto of the Grassroots Coalition: 'Use it up, wear it out, make it
do, or do without!' and their slogan: 'The Way Forward: Cycle Back to
Reflecting on a way forward out of this violent world, Grigori Rho
Gharveyn (the grigs) penned the following words to share:
how will peace emerge?
peace is not a goal, peace is a process.
peace is not a set-and-forget mentality, peace is a constant state of
effort and reward.
all peace begins in your heart.
before peace can be reflected in the world around you, peace must
already exist within you.
peace begins within you by a devotion to your own well-being and the
well-being of your support networks.
today, peace has become more important than ever before because most
people's support networks are extended around the globe into nearly
every industry and resource imaginable.
our support networks often depend upon frail, aging, vulnerable
infrastructures that are so complexly interrelated with one another that
any small change can have a large impact on the health and welfare of
many people all over the world, regardless of religion, occupation,
nationality, or ideology.
peace begins with unconditional self-love.
when you hold anger and hatred against yourself in your heart then anger
and hatred are also projected and held against other people; you then
attack what you least like about yourself by attacking those same traits
which you see projected in other people. what you are attacking is
rarely understood by the other person, they take this as a personal
attack; this then becomes a conflict between personalities rather than a
conflict with one's own faults.
this is why you must practice unconditional love in your heart to
nurture peace; all anger and hatred begins with fear, self-hatred, and
anger within one's self.
the more you practice loving yourself unconditionally the easier it
becomes to love all other people unconditionally.
the more you practice loving all other people unconditionally the easier
it gets to love yourself unconditionally.
this is not a vicious cycle, it is a loving cycle.
when you practice unconditional love consciously and conscientiously
you occupy your mind with a foundation for peace that leaves less room
for conflict, violence, or war.
Another signatory deeply concerned about the more obscure layers of what
is taking place under cover of Covid-19 is Nick Rogers in the USA: 'As
difficult as it is to come to terms with, we find ourselves in the
middle of a worldwide false flag psychological operation soon to enter
the "live exercise" second phase. The main function of "Operation
COVID-19", I believe, is to provide cover for the release of the 5G
60GHz weapon capable of killing billions of people through oxygen
deprivation which will be subsequently blamed on the "second wave of
corona virus" (note that "5G beta test cities" such as Wuhan, Milan, and
New York City became ground zero for the worst "COVID-19 outbreaks").
While we continue to face the threat of nuclear "war" and a collapsing
ecosystem (the latter thanks to the 20+ years of
UN-IPCC-NATO-NASA-NOAA-USAF-USN-CIA-run jet aircraft aerosol spraying
operations), I firmly believe that 5G - which encompasses the directed
energy weapons used to start the unprecedented fires in California,
Oregon, Australia, Greece, Portugal, and elsewhere - is the most
imminent threat to all life on earth; the power structure's kill method
'While I am not a "Bible aficionado" or "traditionally religious", I do
believe that many metaphorical truths have been purposefully placed into
the "Good Book" as a warning (or some may say as part of the "Devil's
Deal" in that he — along with his demonic/Archontic minions in banking,
politics, and the "healthcare" industry — must reveal their method
(albeit covertly), and that they must receive active or passive
acquiescence from the population in order to carry out his inverted
deeds ("National Security", anyone?). The clearest and most ominous
Biblical metaphor, to me, is the "Mark of the Beast". He/She who
receives it (translation: implanted digital identity) is allowed to
work, travel, buy and sell. He/She who does not will be shut out
entirely. The soul of he/she who receives it will belong to Lucifer
(translation: directly connected to AI). The soul of he/she who does not
will be free to return to the source of everlasting love and life from
which all of us came. To me, the parallels from this portion of the
Bible to the current impending DNA-altering "vaccine" are chilling to
say the least.
'So, what can we do? Well, I think the time to awaken the willfully
sleeping masses has passed. That is not to say that speaking the truth
is useless. To the contrary, I simply mean that those of us who are
awake - and I believe there to be far more than enough of us - must
spend our time wisely through active (peaceful) resistance to this
genocidal tyranny, grounded and strong in truth, love, and
righteousness. The time to love "others" unconditionally is now. We have
been convinced, since birth, through power-structure mind control and
fear, that limitation will forever shackle humanity. This is, to me, the
greatest lie we have been fed. We have to somehow, as fellow inhabitants
of this glorious planet, reach the point where we know in our hearts
that a collective awakening is possible and, knowing this, face the
oncoming storm with love-based courage. As one of my favorite activists,
Max Igan, says, "Face infinity without flinching." It may be as "simple"
as saying "no". Peace and love to all who read this.' Nick Rogers.
Starting in February 2020, Joana Aboagyewaa of the Splendors of Dawn
Poetry Foundation in Ghana reports making valuable contributions to
schools in the eastern region through their work as poets and educators
under the Foundation's 'SUN Project'. This educational project was
undertaken in Abirem, Achiase, St Roses Senior High (Akwatia) and Akim
Swedru Secondary Schools where teachers taught poetry and art, 'that is
deeply human to secondary school students', for positive change. 'In
April, The Splendors Performance Team held their National Poetry Month
activities to celebrate the importance of poets and poetry in our
society and culture.' Splendors' 'Poetry Exchange Day', with poems
wrapped as gifts and mailed to classmates and friends, was held in basic
schools in the Greater Accra Region. In addition, Splendors' 'Poets in
Schools' project 'was a huge success because we enrolled a high number
of poets in secondary schools, through the poetry awareness campaign, to
encourage students to write and read.' The Covid-19 pandemic 'has
necessitated our coming up with the Splendors of Dawn online "Poets Read
out" series. Splendors of Dawn Poetry Foundation, Ghana believes that we
can change the world and contribute our quota for its development
George Paxton at The Gandhi Foundation based in Scotland, reports that
'Life in the UK has been severely disrupted by the pandemic since
mid-March due to Government lock-downs. We all had to adjust to a
different lifestyle including more communication by computer – zoom,
which I had never heard of before – and mobile phone, which I had never
possessed. Gandhi Foundation events had to be cancelled but the
quarterly newsletter, "The Gandhi Way", came out as usual.
'At the end of July we did manage to hold our Annual Lecture by zoom,
which was well attended. The topic was Employee Ownership given by
Graeme Nuttall, a lawyer who is very actively involved in encouraging
the growth of employee ownership in business. The Gandhi Foundation
wholeheartedly supports this movement which is a modern version of
Gandhi's Trusteeship idea.'
It is interesting to note that the latest issue of 'The Gandhi Way'
(#145), which reproduces the lecture just mentioned, briefly relates
Gandhi's very practical responses - for example, organizing a team to
nurse terminally ill Indian mine workers in a vacant property they had
commandeered - to an outbreak of 'pneumonic plague' in South Africa.
The indefatigable Steve Varatharajan, the Vice President but, more
importantly, for many years the heart and driving force behind the
International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP),
https://iaewp-org.blogspot.com/ headquartered in Malaysia, has recently
announced that, at year's end, he will 'be stepping down from all my
positions in IAEWP as I am having [serious health] problems… [related
to] the aggressive 5G telecommunications network building.' For those
who don't know Steve, it is unlikely that many people have served any
global network with the talent, commitment and productivity that Steve
has demonstrated within the IAEWP.
Steve has also recently announced the appointment of Dr. Alfredo Sfeir
Younis – the Chilean economist, spiritual leader and healer who had a
29-year career at the World Bank including as its first environmental
economist – as Executive Vice President of the IAEWP. In that capacity,
Alfredo has already proposed a visionary program to advance IAEWP aims.
Separately from this, Dr. Priyaranjan Trivedi, the IAEWP Senior Vice
President for Continental Asia and IAEWP Director General of Education,
advises that their continental association has just launched a free
online buffet of 31 courses. For details, see 'Online Peace Education,
Reconstruction, Accord, Non-Violence and Disarmament Initiative'.
http://www.iaewp.asia/iaewp-online-courses.html These courses are
available online for India and the rest of the world.
Gregory Garbulinski reports having recently sent out over 750 'Choose
KINDNESS' signs as one of his ongoing distributions devoted to
encouraging people to consider each other and the Earth. These
distributions always include a message such as this one:
Warmth of HEART
Comedy, Music, Song, Poetry
Triumph of Spirit over Trial
kind touches of Life and our Universal Smile
from "here on, right on, here after"
by the moment Accomplishments
of Anyone who tries, Good People of Earth
in an Alliance of LOVE
OFFERING DIRECT CHALLENGE TO
the 'AXIS OF LIES'
You can read more about Greg on his websites:
'Greg's Universe' http://www.gregsuniverse.com/
'Ongoing Universe' http://www.ongoinguniverse.com/
'Cut Military Spending' http://www.cutmilitaryspending.com/
Gunther Ostermann in Canada rather graphically and poignantly
highlighted much of what is wrong with our world in this letter
published in the 'Kelowna Daily Courier' on 17 September 2020:
'To the Editor.
'Thank you, Carol Millar, for your caring letter from Sep. 12 in the
"Daily Courier", Kelowna, about the uncertain future for over 100
seniors that are living in a mobile home park. The article was titled
"Park-like setting under threat from developers," with a picture of the
well-tended beautiful home park.
'Two days earlier, on Sep. 10, there was a picture in the Courier, where
a North American Development Company Executive took a picture of mayor
Colin Basran, with outstretched arms on top of a 36 story monstrosity,
oops, high-rise. Basran's gesture was like, see what I and council
approved, having the largest concrete jungle between Vancouver and
Calgary! And now, an out-of-town construction company bought the mobile
home park for wealth creation/money making.
'There is much talk about the crisis in mental health, where the dead
from drug-overdoses is 4 times higher than Covid 19. And now, our
soul-destroying predatory system is adding another 100 seniors to the
list, whose stress level must be going through the roof. We need to
seriously question, when intelligent teenagers end their lives with a
message "life having no meaning and purpose."
'Imagine, what a killer whale orca mom would tell us, if she could, who
displayed a compassion that put us humans to shame, as she grieved for
17 days over her dead baby. I'm humbled, when I think about what
inferior physical creatures we humans are, compared to all other
animals: who have, in addition to their superior 5 senses, ultrasound,
heat-seeking, magnetic star and sun navigation abilities, and who knows
what other senses? The only thing we have ahead of other animals, is a
slightly bigger brain and speech, which sadly, is primarily used for
money making, at our peril.
'Some thoughts, from my 84 journeys around the sun, can be found by
typing [into a search engine]: Utopia or Oblivion,Ostermann,Dandelion. I
would welcome a debate, to discuss these and other issues, in an open
forum, where there is no hiding behind name, fame, fortune or position.
'Sincerely; Gunther Ostermann '
In appreciation Gunther.
In recognition of decades of nonviolent antinuclear activism and
education, it is a pleasure to report that Felice and Jack Cohen-Joppa,
editors of 'The Nuclear Resister' http://www.nukeresister.org/ were
recently awarded the 'Nuclear Free Future Award' by The Nuclear Free
Future Foundation, based in Germany. Shared with a select few other
outstanding people, the annual Awards are presented to honor the largely
unsung heroes of the worldwide anti-nuclear movement for the work they
do to end both the military and civilian use of nuclear energy. An
international jury of activists and scientists selects the winners in
the categories of Resistance, Education and Solution each of which
includes a prize of $5,000. Jack and Felice received the award for their
'decades-long work supporting anti-nuclear resisters in prison and
keeping their messages alive on the outside.'
'Beginning in 1980 under the mantel of their newsletter and
organization, "The Nuclear Resister", the couple have provided
comprehensive reporting on thousands of arrests of anti-nuclear
activists, publicizing and supporting those subsequently jailed for
their actions. In 1990, they expanded their work to include reporting on
anti-war resisters, with the same emphasis on prisoner support. Over the
past 40 years, the Nuclear Resister has chronicled more than 100,000
anti-nuclear and anti-war arrests around the world, while encouraging
support for more than 1,000 jailed activists.'
In accepting the Award, Felice noted that 'The words of resisters and
accounts of their actions do a great deal in encouraging others to
strengthen their own commitment. We remember with gratitude all of the
people who have received the Nuclear Free Future Award in past years and
are honored to join the list of recipients.'
We are delighted for you Felice and Jack: richly deserved!
Artist and author Rosie Jackson http://www.rosiejackson.de/ in Germany
advises her excitement to announce the publication of the second volume
(of four) of 'The Complete Seraphin Messages' as part of the process of
publishing all 425 Seraphin Messages to date, 'which have been given to
me telepathically over the last 10 years.... For anyone who wants to
know what is going on in our world, and who wants to contribute to
positive change, the angel Seraphin provides the answers.' See 'The
Complete Seraphin Messages, Volume I: Ten years of telepathic
communication with an angel' https://www.amazon.com//dp/3751976728/ and
'The Complete Seraphin Messages, Volume 2: Ten years of telepathic
communication with an angel'. https://www.amazon.com//dp/3751981500/
Here are two examples of the messages:
'Will you help to rebuild the new earth? only if you are capable of
recognising and ferreting out the roots of destruction will you be able
to reconstruct. We are not into temporary cosmetic repairs. We are into
building eternal paradise. Instead of your humdrum existence, you will
experience the DEPTHS OF DESPAIR and the HEIGHTS OF JOY'. Seraphin
'Do you really want Change? And do you want real change? Are you
genuinely happy with EVERYTHING you see around you? Are you at ease to
fully dedicate yourself to a worthy occupation which brings 100%
satisfaction, which fills you with absolute joy when you open your eyes
every morning, which exhilarates you and all those you encounter, and
which benefits all equally? Or are you content to lead monotonous,
meaningless lives of useless and unappreciated drudgery? Seraphin is an
angel who tells us that we have endless potential.'
Notes Rosie: 'Imagine talking to a person of great wisdom who always
listens, always offers impeccable advice, always exercises compassion
and always explains everything with ultimate patience. Seraphin takes us
by the hand and shows us the way back to our own inner truth, thus
furthering our soul growth.'
Graham Peebles in the UK writes regularly and, perhaps most notably, on
the Horn of Africa. In this recent thoughtful commentary on Ethiopia,
for example, he offers an unvarnished view of the challenges faced by
that country: 'The Volatile Path to Democracy in Ethiopia'.
Kathy Kelly continues to present evocative accounts of her experience
and research in the most war-ravaged countries on Earth. In another
(recent) article on Yemen, Kathy again highlights the plight of children
'who bear no responsibility for governance or warfare [but] endure the
punishment', with thousands dying of starvation every month in what
UNICEF described as a 'living hell for children'. See 'Yemen: A Torrent
of Suffering in a Time of Siege'.
In another article, she recounts the experience of Fahd, who was one of
the victims of a missile strike on his remote community in Yemen where
the bombs that keep weapons manufacturers like Boeing, General Dynamics,
Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon profitable during the
ongoing economic shutdown are often exploded. See 'Reversal'.
http://vcnv.org/2020/08/06/reversal/ Each bomb costs a lot of money and
a lot of lives, depending on how you wish to measure its value.
Paul Buchheit continues to write searing critiques of the enormous harm
done as a result of the vast disparities in wealth in the United States
while offering practical suggestions on how this could be meaningfully
addressed. For just two recent articles, see 'How Big Corporations are
Draining the Life out of a Sick America'
and 'How Hypocrites in High Places Have Contributed to the Riots in the
Professor Bishnu Pathak in Nepal continues his substantial research
output on a variety of subjects, most notably in the past month on
subjects related to the fundamental question of whether international
law can be used as an instrument to achieve peace. For insightful
commentary on two issues in this field, see 'Can Former Child Soldiers
File a Complaint at the International Court against Nepal's Maoist
and 'Nuremberg Tribunal: A Precedent for Victor's Justice'.
Dr Gary G. Kohls is a retired physician. In the decade prior to his
retirement, he practiced what could best be described as 'holistic
(non-drug) and preventive mental health care'. Since retiring, however,
Gary continues to pen articles on a wide variety of subjects including
critiques of official responses to the supposed Covid-19 'pandemic' and
the hazards of vaccinations. See, for example, 'Refuting the Official
Narrative: An Essential Reading List of Banned Resources to Better
Understand the COVID-19 "Pandemic"'.
But other recent research by Gary has drawn attention to a wider range
of issues as illustrated by these articles: 'Atomic Bombings at 75:
Hiroshima and the Backlash Against Historical Truth',
'A Photo Gallery of Doomed Children Who Suffered Because of America's
and 'Demystifying Conspiracy Theories, Internet Trolls Disinformation
Agents, and the CIA'.
In an attempt to throw light on a subject poorly understood and almost
invariably cast very negatively by mainstream commentators, Alice Slater
and David Swanson bring considerable insight to their interview on the
subject 'Obstacles to Nuclear Abolition: Telling the Truth About the
Relationship between the US and Russia: A Conversation With Alice Slater
and David Swanson'.
It is well worth watching.
Pakistani-Canadian scholar Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja wrote a thoughtful
article outlining the failure of the UN system to even remotely achieve
the purposes for which it was supposedly intended. See 'Strange
Celebrations of the UN 75th Anniversary: Leaders Hated and Feared Make
False Claims of Global Peace, Security and Justice'.
In support of his son Mohammad Momin Khawaja, a computer science
graduate and IT entrepreneur, who has been unjustly imprisoned since
2004 on terrorism charges (and facing a sentence of life and 24 years),
Mahboob has created a website https://freemomin.wordpress.com/ to raise
awareness of Momin's struggle for justice and freedom, and organized a
which you are invited to consider signing too. If you would like to read
Momin's own account of his ordeal, you can do so in his article
'Canada's War on Terrorism and Momin Khawaja's Fight for Freedom'.
Prominent environmental journalist Robert Hunziker recently wrote a
sobering article highlighting key elements of the recent 'Living Planet
Report 2020', written by the World Wildlife Foundation in collaboration
with the Zoological Society of London. With its 'eye-popping description
of the forces of humanity versus life in nature', Robert noted 'the
report should really be entitled the "Dying Planet Report 2020" because
that's what's happening in the real world. Not much remains alive.' For
some of the detail of this disastrous state of affairs, read 'The Dying
Planet Report 2020'.
another of Robert's reports on planetary ill-health, see 'Boundless
Dying Trees'. https://www.pressenza.com/2020/09/boundless-dying-trees/
But if you want to be truly horrified, you should read Robert's article
'10C Above Baseline'
https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/05/22/10c-above-baseline/ to get a
clearer sense of where Earth's climate is headed with extinction for
humans at 4C above baseline.
Jonathan Power in Sweden continues his 40-plus years career as an
international foreign affairs journalist and author endlessly scouring
the world for the stories that need attention they might not otherwise
get. one of his recent articles drew a curtain over the life of 'one of
the cruellest men ever to have lived'. See 'A leader of "The Killing
But for access to all of Jonathan's research, writing and films, check
out his website. https://www.jonathanpowerjournalist.com/ Moreover,
don't forget that on Christmas Eve, Jonathan hosts his famous party
offering coffee and home-made mince pies made personally that morning
using an 800 year-old recipe. So you would be wise to angle for an
invitation to what has become one of the most sought-after social
engagements on the European calendar! After all, it is not everyone who
will be able to eat 800-year old mince pies this Christmas is it?
Val Metin in New Zealand has a medical horror story to tell which led to
some deeper learning. Some key elements of the story are mentioned here
but there are links to a fuller version at the end.
'Why inner peace must come first for the manifestation of peace into
'I had a very severe accident in 2006. I had insurance coverage from a
Crown NZ Govt insurer (ACC) the corporation which is an investment fund
that has an undisclosed practice of "knocking claimants off their books"
in any inhuman, violent and cruel way possible. Instead of what is
normal: medical treatments, three months immobilization, daily inpatient
specialist care, treatments and then spinal injury unit etc I was
kidnapped by the NZ govt two weeks after the accident (clinically
unstable with multiple complex life threatening injuries including a
severe traumatic brain injury) taken from hospital and locked up in a
facility for "active rehab".
'I was disoriented, unable to think or consciously remember. Retrograde
and anterior grade amnesia is a great blessing when one is being
tortured for it centers one firmly in the present moment. With help from
family I escaped the facility and I was left by the corporation and med
system isolated without needs or injury care at home....
'After months of the medical system withholding injury care, treatments
and normal pain relief I developed chronic and regional pain syndrome
and was still excluded by the NZ medical system that I was terrified of
anyway. I was denied access to public services and justice, my urgent
complaint ignored by the NZ Govt. Yet because of this I came home in a
journey I could not and would not have made without all the suffering. I
came home to myself and with that to a peace, clarity and depth of being
I had not known.
'Some truths became evident after the accident that changes were
desperately needed in this world, that the foundations on which the
heart-disconnected systems we have are built on are unsound.
'My mind's conditioning had left me with all those things you are told
as a child like "govt is good", the legal system = justice and Drs do
'My state of not knowing had allowed me to discover, to see clearly
without all the conditioned beliefs. I felt duty bound, as the world is
me, to try to effect positive changes to present the truth, which was an
exposure of the oligarchy's mainstream govt propaganda.
'To jump to the present moment I see a world where fear and not love is
prevalent. People have no understanding of who they are or how they have
the power and can be the change they want to see in the world. Those
that have an economic and political monopoly know that people are
ignorant about who they are which is why the media is used to propagate
propaganda, thoughts of powerlessness, negativity and fear.
'The fear, 'media think' feeling co-creates the anger and chaos we see.
'People do not want to be in fear (the nervous system's freeze
response): it is viewed as a weakness and in this case did not work to
alleviate a fake threat. So when put in that state of freeze (fear) by
media govt propaganda [people] have been wired to move to anger (nervous
system's fight response). And that is exactly what the mind controllers
did to incite the violence in regard to racism, riots and police.
'Safety from the fake threat (the psyop covid) then is promised by
obedience and compliance with draconian rules = total loss of freedoms
'What we believe (think and feel) manifests. Angry people manifest angry
outcomes. This is why the ignorant terrified easily manipulated turned
anger by racism in media propaganda and then those people taken over by
negative emotions created violence and chaos.
'What is needed now is a recognition of our sameness in place of a focus
on the media play[ing] on apparent surface differences.
'What is in all of us is the same consciousness/life/"God"/being-ness.
'What is needed is healing, love and inner peace.
'And every single one of us can make a difference, firstly in our
personal sphere which is connected to everyone else so when one person
is in peace and feeling love not fear it effects the whole of humanity.'
You can read more on Val's websites, including her critique of the
'Judgement within the NZ healthcare system: one Person's Story'
https://accisaregionalpainsyndrome.wordpress.com/ and 'BDBinc'.
Dr. Ayo Ayoola-Amale is a certified mediator and peacebuilder. She is
also the President of the Women's International League for Peace and
Freedom (WILPF) in Ghana. Ayo asked Madam Sherry Enyonam Banafoe to
compile this report.
As an organization with its focus on progressive social change, WILPF
Ghana swung into action as Covid-19 spread around the world rapidly. We
had to start by creating awareness and sensitizing the people before the
coronavirus outbreak hit Ghana.
WILPF Ghana held a series of online capacity-building training sessions,
focused on different groups (particuarly involving women) and locations.
This was done so that our members and volunteers were working in tune
with the rules and in respectful dialogue with the people we were trying
to help. Much of the effort focused on distribution of sanitizing
supplies and how to use them effectively.
Because Ghana is currently one of the countries with the highest number
of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the West and Central African region,
the pandemic lockdown and other directives have made it more difficult
for victims of sexual violence in Ghana because people are confined to
their homes and locked down with their abusers. Access to justice for
domestic violence victims in Ghana even before Covid-19 was a big
challenge. In response, WILPF Ghana's 'Stop Violence against Women and
Girls' campaign was executed in the communities in the Greater Accra,
Central and Eastern Regions of Ghana focused on awareness creation,
contact information for those infected or abused, publicizing an
emergency short code, and sending indirect messages to domestic violence
victims and perpetrators alike. For the victims, these announcements
serve as a message highlighting the urgency and gravity of their
situation which they need to report. For the perpetrators and potential
perpetrators, the announcements were designed to put them on notice
about the reporting system in the hope that some may be deterred from
carrying out their acts of violence.
Nevertheless, WILPF was able to provide support for several abused women
who often report, as did one woman at length, the complete disinterest
of the police in assisting, legally or otherwise, women who have
suffered violence at the hands of their partners. This reflects the
longstanding belief among police and Ghanaians generally that victims of
rape are responsible for the violence inflicted on them.
While setting up temporary support points in public spaces, WILPF Ghana
also intervenes directly when alerted in time. But WILPF Ghana is trying
to establish a counseling hotline for women in this situation and to
improve coordination between the various legal, health, medical,
ministry and social entities involved in combating violence against
women and girls in Ghana, particularly given that the present health
crisis has led to an increase in gender inequalities with women and
girls exposed to precarious work conditions, a sharp rise in domestic
violence and an increase in unwanted pregnancies.
In essence, while women as caregivers experience a significant burden on
their time given their multiple care responsibilities as school closures
and confinement measures are adopted, there has been an increase in
violence against women too. However, the role of women as caregivers in
the households and communities places them at a privileged position in
communication and prevention efforts. Hence, keeping the gender
implications of Covid-19 in sight can allow for a more effective
response and action.
WILPF Ghana hopes that the current crisis will be a catalyst for a real
paradigm shift in the integration of a gender perspective in every facet
of society that will be transformed into action.
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches and undertakes research at Bethlehem
and Birzeit Universities in Palestine. He has previously served on the
faculties of Duke and Yale Universities, and the University of Tennessee
in the USA before he and his wife returned to Palestine in 2008, where
they established a number of institutions and projects, including a
clinical genetics laboratory. They founded, and run as full-time
volunteers, the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability
(PIBS) at Bethlehem University. http://palestinenature.org
With a solid and ongoing academic publication record, including in
relation to the Palestinian liberation struggle, Mazin's latest
co-authored article explores an important but easily overlooked theme:
'An Environmental Nakba: The Palestinian Environment Under Israeli
You can access more of Mazin's work from his website.
Well, as always in these reports, an inadequate summary but it gives you
some idea of our shared efforts.
Finally, if you or someone you know has the means and inclination to do
so, any financial support for Anita and Robert to help us do this work
will be much appreciated. You can see how here.
In appreciation of all of your efforts (including all of those not
And don't forget to write to us with a report on what you do!
For a world without violence; Robert, Anita and Anahata
P.S. This Charter progress report is being emailed, in a sequence of
emails, to all signatories of the Nonviolence Charter for whom we have a
current email address. It will also be published in the next TRANSCEND
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https://tinyurl.com/flametree (Flame Tree Project to Save Life on Earth)
https://tinyurl.com/whyviolence ('Why Violence?')
https://feelingsfirstblog.wordpress.com/ (Feelings First)
https://nonviolentstrategy.wordpress.com/ (Nonviolent Campaign Strategy)
(Nonviolent Defense/Liberation Strategy)
https://anitamckone.wordpress.com (Anita: Songs of Nonviolence)
https://oneheartyoga.com.au/ (Anahata: one Heart Yoga)
https://globalnonviolencenetwork.wordpress.com/ (Global Nonviolence Network)