Peace & Justice in Modern World

Violence and the Struggle for Power in Egypt Violence and the Struggle for Power in Egypt An Article by Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), Malaysia, 14 April 2014 There is no sign to show that political violence in Egypt is abating. Political... Read more...
America's Coup Machine: Destroying Democracy Since 1953 America's Coup Machine: Destroying Democracy Since 1953 Nicolas J.S. Davies, AlterNet, April 8, 2014 Soon after the 2004 U.S. coup to depose President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti, I heard Aristide's lawyer Ira Kurzban speaking in Miami. He began his... Read more...
The Crucible of Iraq The Crucible of Iraq An Article by Chris Hedges published at Truthdig on April 6, 2014 The hierarchy of suffering, part of the dark pathology of war, entices victims to retreat into personal inner sanctums of misery and to... Read more...

Solidarity Economies for Humane Society

The Most Dangerous Word in Tech The Most Dangerous Word in Tech Quentin Hardy, The New York Times, April 12, 2014 The most important word in the technology industry is “innovation.” It is also the most dangerous. Read more...
Five Theses on Financialisation Five Theses on Financialisation By Gabriel Méndez Hincapíe, Critical Legal Thinking, March 11, 2014 The fact is that financialisation constitutes an impersonal system. Its aim is not to destroy the communities and ecosystems of the... Read more...
How and Why Is Global Corporate Capitalism Obsolete? How and Why Is Global Corporate Capitalism Obsolete? By Richard Clark, OpEdNews, August 28, 2012 Not only are personal ethics and a sense of connection-to-nature extrinsic to global corporate capitalism; in fact, the very idea of a fully developed human... Read more...

Sustainability of Modern World and Future

Becoming Human: Different Cultural Approaches Becoming Human: Different Cultural Approaches A Paper by Professor Marietta Stepanyants, Chief Research Fellow and Chairholder, UNESCO Chair "Philosophy in the Dialogue of Cultures", Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, delivered... Read more...
A New Spiritual Horizon for Humankind A New Spiritual Horizon for Humankind A Paper by Hugo Novotny, President, World Center of Humanistic studies, Argentina, delivered at the International Conference "The Relevance of Traditional Cultures for the Present and the Future", New... Read more...
How Western Is Germany? Russia Crisis Spurs Identity Conflict How Western Is Germany? Russia Crisis Spurs Identity Conflict An Essay by Christiane Hoffmann, Spiegel Online, April 9, 2014 Many Germans feel a special bond to Russia. This makes the Ukraine crisis particularly dangerous for Berlin because it raises important... Read more...

PREVENTING WORLD WAR 100 YEARS LATER: THROUGH GLOBAL SOLIDARITY

Rhodes Forum Opening PlenaryEvery autumn since 2003 the ancient Greek island of Rhodes hosts a session of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilization" 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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Violence and the Struggle for Power in Egypt

An Article by Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), Malaysia, 14 April 2014

There is no sign to show that political violence in Egypt is abating.

Political violence has become even more pronounced since the ouster of the democratically elected President, Dr Mohamed Morsi, on the 3rd of July 2013. The ouster is in fact one of the primary causes for the increased violence. They are inter-linked for two reasons. The suppression of Morsi’s movement, the Ikhwanul-Muslimin, by the military backed interim government has been violent. Peaceful protest camps were crushed in a deadly operation on 14 August 2013. At least a thousand people were killed in a week of violence. Thousands of Ikhwan members were arrested, including its spiritual leader, Mohamed Badie. The Ikhwan was declared a “terrorist” group in December 2013. On 25 March 2014, 529 people, many of them connected to the Ikhwan, were sentenced to death by a court for rioting and killing a policeman. It was a decision whose brutal severity shocked the world.

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America's Coup Machine: Destroying Democracy Since 1953

Nicolas J.S. Davies, AlterNet, April 8, 2014

Soon after the 2004 U.S. coup to depose President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti, I heard Aristide's lawyer Ira Kurzban speaking in Miami. He began his talk with a riddle: "Why has there never been a coup in Washington D.C.?" The answer: "Because there is no U.S. Embassy in Washington D.C." This introduction was greeted with wild applause by a mostly Haitian-American audience who understood it only too well.

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A New Spiritual Horizon for Humankind

A Paper by Hugo Novotny, President, World Center of Humanistic studies, Argentina, delivered at the International Conference "The Relevance of Traditional Cultures for the Present and the Future", New Delhi, March 26, 2014

The US, Japan and the European Union nations are gradually losing their dominant positions in the world. At the same time, powerful countries like Brazil, India and China do not try to impose their political and cultural values in less developed countries, but rather they intend to base their relations on a mutually beneficial cooperation. Thus, the new system of international relations taking shape due to the growth of Asian, Latin American and African nations is erasing the fragile dependency and colonial servility inherited from the history of the last few centuries by means of the power of common agreements and convergence of interests. There is hope that this will turn the current global crisis into a true opportunity for global change.

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Five Theses on Financialisation

By Gabriel Méndez Hincapíe, Critical Legal Thinking, March 11, 2014

The fact is that financialisation constitutes an impersonal system. Its aim is not to destroy the communities and ecosystems of the world per se, but rather to increase their dependency on finance.

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The Crucible of Iraq

An Article by Chris Hedges published at Truthdig on April 6, 2014

The hierarchy of suffering, part of the dark pathology of war, entices victims to retreat into personal inner sanctums of misery and to sanctify their own victimhood. The sanctification of victimhood allows them to dismiss the suffering of those outside their ethnic or familial group. This process is used to justify acts of indiscriminate violence carried out in the name of vengeance.

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The New Feudalism and the Common Good

An Article by Tom Mahon published at PragPub, #58, April, 2014

So much of our tool use now is dedicated to the extremes of trivial “cool stuff” or deadly “smart weapons.” We do not need to abandon the many, obvious benefits of our new technologies. But we do need to find, urgently, a middle path in our silicon society between the extremes of trivial and deadly; one that honors the two gold nuggets of ancient wisdom: the golden mean (moderation) and the golden rule (compassion).

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