Preventing World War Through Global Solidarity: 100 Years on

Rhodes Forum Opening PlenaryEvery autumn since 2003 the ancient Greek island of Rhodes hosts a session of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" called the Rhodes Forum that brings together public figures and statesmen, academics, religious figures and representatives of the arts, mass media and business spheres from all over the world. The sessions of the WPF "Dialogue of Civilizations" proved the urgency and efficacy of the Forum by brining the focus of world public opinion to the problems of intercultural dialogue and the need to work out instruments to make interaction among cultures and civilizations possible. The results achieved by the Forum give a hope for further harmonization of international relations and strengthening of stability in the world.

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Artículo de Fidel: Triunfarán las ideas justas o triunfará el desastre

Fidel Castro Ruz, 1 septiembre 2014

La sociedad mundial no conoce tregua en los últimos años, particularmente desde que la Comunidad Económica Europea, bajo la dirección férrea e incondicional de Estados Unidos, consideró que había llegado la hora de ajustar cuentas con lo que restaba de dos grandes naciones que, inspiradas en las ideas de Marx, habían llevado a cabo la proeza de poner fin al orden colonial e imperialista impuesto al mundo por Europa y Estados Unidos.

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Dialogue between Civilizations: Vladimir Yakunin's Special Lecture Held at Lanzhou University

LZU.EDU.CN, August 25, 2014

On the afternoon of Aug.24th, Vladimir Yakunin, President of Russian Railway Corporation, Founder of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations", delivered a speech in the lecture hall of LZU Graduates Activity Center at the invitation of Lanzhou University and China Soong Ching Ling Foundation. President Wangcheng chaired this meeting.

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The Battle against Barbarism

Dr Adrian Pabst, Senior Lecturer in Politics, School of Politics and IR, University of Kent; Visiting Professor, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille (Sciences Po), specially for wpfdc.org

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For the past few weeks, the world has watched on in horror as ISIS has intensified its barbarian campaign, killing thousands in unspeakably brutal ways and expelling many more. Eyewitness reports tell a gruesome story of summary executions, beheadings and crucifixions – Christians being nailed alive to crosses and left there to be bleed to death. The severed heads and mutilated bodies have been paraded outside conquered villages. Those Christians who have not already been butchered face a brutal choice: convert to Islam, leave, or die by the sword. Most have abandoned their ancestral lands, which in all likelihood ends the uninterrupted 1,700-year presence of Christian communities in northern Iraq.

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The Caliphate vs. Everyone Else

Immanuel Wallerstein, August 15, 2014

In the endless geopolitical realignments of the Middle East, the Caliphate of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS or ISIL) seems to have frightened just about everyone else involved in Middle Eastern politics into a de facto geopolitical alliance. All of a sudden, we find Iran and the United States, the Kurds (both in Syria and Iraq) and Israel, Turkey and Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian government, western Europe (Great Britain, France, and Germany) and Russia all pursuing in different ways the same objective: stop the Caliphate from expanding and consolidating itself.

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A Vision for the Future

Peace through Development: a true Dialogue of Cultures

A Paper by Toni Kästner, Chairman, Fusions Energie Forum, submitted for the Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon - 2014

The creation of solidarity, collaboration and integration among nations today will only be possible by giving mankind and our individual nations a vision for the future which in turn requires solidarity, collaboration and integration sine qua non. Once you know where you want to go, you may decide which way to take. If we define a vision of a future in which nations collaborate in friendship, we will have to create a durable peace. Such a peace in turn requires all participants to cooperate and to better understand each other.

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Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon Results

On August 25, 2014 the WPFDC Executive Board chose the winners of the Rhodes Marathon – 2014

We are glad to congratulate the following authors who were recognized as winners of the contest:

Beatriz Bissio (Brazil) - Islam and the West: Another Form of Coexistence is Possible. History Allows to Understand Why;

Dimitry Chistilin (Ukraine) - BRICS’ Role in Forming New Architecture of the World System in the Context of Long-term Development;

Toni Kaestner (Germany) - A Vision for the Future. Peace through Development: a true Dialogue of Cultures;

Dimitri Kitsikis (Canada) - Plethon as Founder of Western Civilization;

Tom Mahon (USA) – Technology: A Re-introduction;

Jozef Migas (Slovakia) - Creating a “Warfare Generation”;

Maxim Mikhalev (Russia) - Civilization Borderlands as Spiritual Diversity Specially Protected Areas;

Mikhail Molchanov (Canada) - The Eurasian Union and the Reconstitution of the Regional Order in Eurasia;

Jayshree Sengupta (India) - The Need for Sub Regional Integration in South Asia.

The designated persons are being invited to take part in the 12th Annual Session of the Rhodes Forum that will be convened on September 25-29, 2014.

The Need for Sub Regional Integration in South Asia

A Paper by Jayshree Sengupta, Senior Research Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India, submitted for the Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon - 2014

South Asia today has more poor and malnourished people than sub Saharan Africa. It is also marked by frequent incidents of violence, political instability and regime change. Because of an exponential increase in terrorist activities, it is becoming a global flashpoint.

India, Nepal and Bangladesh are contiguous countries of South Asia. Bangladesh and Nepal are located in a terrain full of rivers that is fertile and the northern and eastern parts of India that are adjacent to these countries form the Gangetic basin with a population of about 400 million people.

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Behind Obama’s ‘Chaotic’ Foreign Policy

An Article by Robert Parry published at Consortiumnews.com on August 21, 2014

The chaos enveloping U.S. foreign policy stems from President Obama’s unwillingness to challenge Official Washington’s power centers which favor neoconservatism and “liberal interventionism” – strategies that have often undercut real U.S. national security interests.

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TTIP o Razvitie? Un'alternativa di sviluppo per una UE più autonoma dagli Usa.

Maria Grazia Bruzzone, La Stampa, 02.08.2014

“L’opinione pubblica sa poco o nulla delle opzioni strategiche davanti alle quali si trova l’Europa :  da una lato il Trattato di Parternariato Transatlantico con gli Stati Uniti, dall’altro la creazione di un enorme corridoio multi-infrastrutturale euroasiatico di sviluppo secondo nuove modalità sintetizzate dalla parola russa ‘razvitie’, che non indica solo crescita economica ma uno sviluppo integrale, culturale, civile, ambientale che la crescita include senza esaurirsi in essa”.

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