Authors of research papers and articles on global issues for this month
John Scales Avery, Carolyn Baker, Dr. Glen Barry, Brent Blackwelder, Jeremy Brecher,
Marie-Antoinette Cordina, Countercurrents.org (4), Guy Crequie (3),
Rob Dietz, Mahboob A. Khawaja, Tara Lohan, Celito Medeiros, Dan O’Neill,
Graham Peebles, Dr. Leo Semashko, Pablo Solon, Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr
John Scales Avery, Just Staying Alive
Carolyn Baker, The Soul Of Community
Dr. Glen Barry, Earth Is Dying, Yet Climate And Forest Movements Lack Urgency And Substance
Brent Blackwelder, What Kind Of Economy Says OK To Tar Sands Oil?
Jeremy Brecher, How EPA Climate Protection Can Be America's Greatest Jobs Producer
Marie-Antoinette Cordina, La paix universelle
Countercurrents.org, Hot Cities Make Environment Hotter
Countercurrents.org, Dramatic Rise In CO2 And Possibility Of More Superstorms Like Sandy
Countercurrents.org, US Cost For Iraq War Could Reach $6 Trillionn; Try Tony Blair As War Criminal, Finds A Poll
Countercurrents.org, The Future Holds Ten Times More Hurricane Surges, Finds Research
Guy Crequie, QUELQUES REFLEXIONS SOCIETALES D’UN OBSERVATEUR SOCIAL QUI PENSE A SON PAYS ET A SON AVENIR !
Guy Crequie, LE DIALOGUE AU XXI e SIECLE (2)
Guy Crequie, QUELQUES ELEMENTS DE REFLEXION "« LE DIALOGUE AU XXIe SIECLE «
Rob Dietz, Enough Is Enough (Excerpt)
Mahboob A. Khawaja, Global Peace And Security: America Needs Soul Searching
Tara Lohan, High Profile Activists Arrested Today in Front of the White House Demanding Obama Deny the Keystone XL Pipeline
Celito Medeiros, Estamos em Paz?
Dan O’Neill, Enough Is Enough (Excerpt)
Graham Peebles, India: Growing Inequality And Destructive Development
Dr. Leo Semashko, Invitation to Discuss the GHA Interfaith Harmony Project
Pablo Solon, What Went Wrong In The Global Climate Negotiations?
Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr, We Did Not Come This Far to Turn Around Now: Join the #ForwardOnClimate Rally in DC
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|February 12, 2013||
We Did Not Come This Far to Turn Around Now: Join the #ForwardOnClimate Rally in DC
by Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr , Daily Kos, AlterNet
We have a moral obligation to ensure for a clean and safe planet for future generations. It is that simple, and it is why the Hip Hop Caucus rejects the proposed plans for the Keystone XL Pipeline project.
The Hip Hop Caucus has joined with 350.org, one of the most dynamic and efficacious climate movement organizations in existence today, and the Sierra Club, the oldest and largest environmental organization in the country, to co-convene the largest climate rally in U.S. history –Forward On Climate on Sunday, February 17, 2013. Over 80 organizations have partnered on this effort, and as a result of so many different groups and people coming together, the climate movement has never been so energized and mobilized.
The stakes are so very high. With so many people in the streets marching, with so many people on social media discussing and sharing information, and with so many diverse leaders and celebrities speaking out and standing up, President Obama truly has a serious decision in front of him. He can either reject the pipeline and stand with the people for a sustainable future for our planet, or he can approve the pipeline to please big oil companies who have spent over $150 million to promote this pipeline project.
I know there are those within President Obama’s fine Administration who are wondering why there are so many people making such a big deal about ‘this one pipeline project.’ The status-quo folks inside Washington, DC do not agree with the line in the sand that the movement has drawn. The line in the sand being that either President Obama is really about a sustainable future for this planet and the health of our people (if he rejects this pipeline project), or instead, he cannot overcome the incredible power of corporate oil interests on our political process (if he approves this pipeline project). This Keystone XL decision is a true litmus test.
The status-quo folks inside Washington, on the left and the right, would rather just give the oil lobby the decision they want on this pipeline, and have the movement look the other way.
I could not be prouder of the leadership of our fellow Forward On Climate Rally co-conveners 350.org and the Sierra Club, and all the partners listed here, for rising above the powerful culture in Washington, DC, where all are encouraged and incentivized not to demand what is right for the people, but to demand what is convenient for the politicians.
The thousands, upon thousands of people who are coming on buses from across the country this Sunday, February 17, sacrificing time, money and energy to march in the streets, are coming to demand what is right. It is surely not convenient for them to travel hours and hours so that they can march in the cold of February and then turn back around and ride home, facing a full workweek ahead. The climate movement is so energized right now because we are standing up for what is right, not what is easy, not what is politically expedient.
This is a courageous moment for our movement, which in turn demands courage from for our President. I believe President Obama is a courageous leader who will make the right decision by rejecting the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline project, and when he does, the people who elected him for a second term - the young, the old, the working class, the middle class, the beautiful Black, Brown, Asian, White, and American Indian people of this country - will have his back.
Join us this Sunday, February 17! #ForwardOnClimate.
|February 13, 2013||
High Profile Activists Arrested Today in Front of the White House Demanding Obama Deny the Keystone XL Pipeline
by Tara Lohan , AlterNet
A massive protest in Washington DC, theForward on Climate Rally, will take place on Sunday the 17th, but it seems the action has already kicked off. Today, it is being reported that 48 environmental, civil rights and community leaders engaged in civil disobedience outside the White House to demand that Obama put a stop to the Keystone XL pipeline.
Sierra Club reports that the group included actress Daryl Hannah; Julian Bond, former president of the NAACP; 350.org's Bill McKibben; Sungevity co-founder Danny Kennedy; and the Sierra Club's executive director Michael Brune.
The Sierra Club released a statement saying:
|February 20, 2013||
How EPA Climate Protection Can Be America's Greatest Jobs Producer
by Jeremy Brecher , AlterNet
As our country is devastated by more and more severe droughts, floods, fires, and superstorms, the public is demanding regulation of the greenhouse gasses that cause climate change. The corporations that profit from coal, oil, and gas fear such regulation will reduce their profits and the value of their investments. They and their political mouthpieces have a solution, however: persuade the public that regulation of greenhouse gasses will destroy American jobs. The truth? Climate change is destroying American jobs right now — but climate protection will produce millions of new jobs. Here’s why.
Climate change is causing extreme weather. The giant reinsurance company Munich Re, which has gathered the world’s most comprehensive database of natural disasters, concludes that worldwide, “Floods have more than tripled since 1980, and windstorm natural catastrophes more than doubled, with particularly heavy losses from Atlantic hurricanes. This rise can only be explained by global warming.”
Floods, fires, droughts, and storms related to climate change are devastating not only health and the environment, but also the US economy. Superstorm Sandy alone caused an estimated $80 billion in damage. The drought that affected 80% of US farmland last summer destroyed a quarter of the US corn crop, stalled transportation on the Mississippi River, raised food and energy prices nationwide, and did at least $20 billion damage to the economy.
What does all this have to do with jobs? Consider Sandy. According to Mark Zandi, the Chief Economist of Moody’s Analytics: “Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the job market in November, slicing an estimated 86,000 jobs from payrolls.” What kind of jobs? “The manufacturing, retailing, leisure and hospitality, and temporary help industries were hit particularly hard by the storm.”
But isn’t that kind of job loss just temporary? Consider hurricane Katrina. In 2004 the New Orleans region had 671,000 jobs. Katrina wiped out 129,000 of them — about twenty percent. In 2011, the region had 90,000 fewer jobs than on the eve of Katrina.
The economic threat of climate change isn’t limited to hurricanes. Heat waves increase energy costs and cause droughts, which kill crops and increase food prices. Floods destroy houses, businesses, and infrastructure. Closed businesses and lost earnings represent an economic loss that can never be recovered. The devastating health effects of extreme weather like heat waves and floods not only harm individuals but represent a cost for the whole economy.
EPA regulation promotes jobs
Many studies have documented the beneficial effects of EPA regulations. Research by the EPA indicates that as of 2008, environmental protection created a net positive increase of 1.7 million jobs. A study by the Office of Management and Budget found that EPA air and water regulations from 1999 to 2009 cost $26-29 billion annually but produced benefits from $82-533 billion. EPA regulation has led to the development of the rapidly growing environmental control industry. It has encouraged technical innovation, such as the development of catalytic converters, which has made the US one of the world’s leading exporters of environmental control technologies.
When the EPA issued new fuel efficiency standards for vehicles and pollution standards for new power plants, they won wide support among unions that represent the workers affected by them. Ten major unions joined environmental groups to issue a statement supporting “the actions by the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act” and urging Congress to “reject efforts to weaken this authority.” Their release on the statement was headed, “BlueGreen Alliance brings Together Unions and Environmentalists in Support of EPA Efforts to Protect Public Health and Safety.” It noted that, complemented by clean energy policies, regulations will create jobs and increase America’s economic competitiveness. Unions supporting the statement included the Steelworkers, Communications Workers, Service Workers, Laborers, Utility Workers, American Federation of Teachers, Transit Workers, Sheet Metal Workers, Auto Workers, and United Food and Commercial Workers.
The evidence supports the jobs benefits of EPA regulation of greenhouse gasses under the Clean Air Act. For example, a study by Ceres and the Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts titled New Jobs — Cleaner Air: Employment Effects of Planned Changes in the EPA’s Air Pollution Rules, examines the jobs effects of some of the new regulations — ones that have been harshly attacked by EPA critics. This well-documented study finds that far from being “job killers,” the new regulations will create nearly 300,000 new jobs, especially skilled, high-pay jobs for engineers, project managers, electricians, boilermakers, pipefitters, millwrights, and iron workers. The regulations would lead to net job increases of more than 120,000 job years in Illinois, 123,000 in Virginia, 113,000 in Tennessee, 76,000 in North Carolina, and 76,000 in Ohio. The study points out that regulation will have many other benefits in addition to increased employment. It will ensure cleaner air, improve public health, promote more efficient, more competitive technologies, reduce greenhouse gasses, and increase state tax revenues. And it will stimulate “induced jobs” that result when workers have money in their pockets to buy things made or sold by other workers.
A Just Transition
All industrial modernization — whether for protecting the environment, increasing productivity, improving the product or any other reason — threatens to eliminate some jobs in obsolete and less efficient facilities. So while the transition to a new energy economy will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, it will also eliminate some existing jobs. The fact that many states and many workers will get new green jobs provides little solace for the people and communities who have lost theirs through no fault of their own.
It is a basic principle of fairness that the burden of policies that are necessary for society — like protecting the environment — shouldn’t be borne by a small minority who happen to be victimized by their side effects. Unless workers and communities are protected against the unintended effects of the transition to a new energy economy, there is likely to be a backlash that threatens the whole effort to protect the environment — and to save the planet. Not only that, the beneficial job creation that comes from appropriate environmental regulation will be lost. How can public policy forestall such undesirable side effects?
A good model here could be the highly successful process that helped local communities adjust to the disruption and job shifting that resulted from the closing of military bases under the Base Realignment and Closing Commission (BRAC). Those communities were provided a wide range of federal assistance, including, planning and economic adjustment assistance, environmental cleanup, Community Development Block Grants and Community Service Grants.
Workers dislocated by base closings also received extensive support. The Department of Defense itself provided advance notification of a reduction in force; pre-separation counseling; a hiring preference system with federal agencies to re-employ qualified displaced DOD employees; financial incentives to encourage early retirement of those eligible. Workers affected by base closings were also eligible for help under National Emergency Grants, “Rapid Response” programs, comprehensive assessments and development of individual employment plans and job training.
Communities and individuals affected by energy transition in general and EPA regulations in particular could be similarly targeted for assistance from such existing programs as the Department of Labor’s Rapid Response Services and the National Emergency Grants of the DOL’s Employment and Training Administration, as well as funding for economic development and industrial efficiency and modernization from the Departments of Energy and Commerce.
Because the needed resources are scattered among many different government agencies, the first step might well be for President Barack Obama to establish an interagency task force composed of U.S. agency officials overseeing issues of employment, energy and the environment. Their first task could be to create a transition package for coal miners, utility workers and other affected workers that would provide robust financial and training support and preferential access to the new jobs created by environmental policies. That could be combined with vigorous support for economic planning and investment in the affected communities, focusing on the development of new clean energy industries. Think of it as a GI Bill for displaced workers and their communities.
Climate protection: A new jobs program?
The next item on the EPA climate-protection agenda is regulation of emissions from existing power plants. Predictably, opponents are claiming that such regulation will be “bad for jobs.” The opposite is the case: EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions will be positive both for jobs and for the broader economy.
How many and what kind of jobs EPA regulation will create of course depends on the specific rules it establishes. Let’s consider one example. A study by Synapse Energy Economics developed a Transition Scenario for the electric power industry based on reducing energy consumption, phasing out high-emission power plants, and building new, lower-emission energy facilities. The study estimated the number of “job years” — one new worker employed for one year — that would be created by the Transition Scenario over a decade.
• 444,000 job-years for construction workers, equivalent to 44,400 construction workers working full time for the entire decade.
• 90,000 job-years for operations and maintenance workers, equivalent to about 9,000 full time workers employed over the decade.
• 3.1 million indirect jobs for people designing, manufacturing, and delivering materials and jobs in local economies around the country induced by spending by workers hired in the Transition Scenario.
Of course, this is only one piece of the climate-protection puzzle. A comprehensive program to convert to a climate safe economy will produce tens of millions of jobs.
When the US went from the Great Depression to World War II, it created millions of new jobs making the products needed for the war. Faced with the devastating threat of global warming, the best protection for the future of our jobs and our communities is to create millions of jobs making what we need to protect us against climate change.
|January 31, 2013||
Huge US east coast cities generate extra heat that affects habitats thousands of miles away. This adds additional warming not explained by existing climate models. In parts of Asia, this pattern was also found.
Scientists Guang J. Zhang, Ming Cai & Aixue Hu found :
The worldwide energy consumption in 2006 was close to 498 exajoules. Although energy consumption is sparsely distributed over the vast Earth surface and is only about 0.3% of the total energy transport to the extratropics by atmospheric and oceanic circulations, this anthropogenic heating could disrupt the normal atmospheric circulation pattern and produce a far-reaching effect on surface air temperature.
They identified the plausible climate impacts of energy consumption using a global climate model.
They concluded that energy consumption is probably a missing forcing for the additional winter warming trends in observations.
Suzanne Goldenberg, the Guardian’s US environment correspondent  reported:
Those who wonder why large parts of North America seems to be skipping winter have a new answer in addition to climate change: big city life.
A study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, found that the heat thrown off by major metropolitan areas on America's east coast caused winter warming across large areas of North America, thousands of miles away from those cities.
Winter warming was detected as far away as the Canadian prairies. In some remote areas, temperature rose by as much as 1 degree C under the influence of big cities, which produced changes in the jet stream and other atmospheric systems, the study found.
Researchers found a similar pattern in Asia, where major population centers resulted in strong warming in Russia, northern Asia, and eastern China.
On the flip side, however, changes in atmospheric conditions had an opposite effect in Europe – lowering autumn temperatures by as much as 1 degree C.
The extra heat generated by big cities was just a fraction of the warming caused by climate change or urbanisation, the researchers said. But the study did help scientists account for additional warming that was not explained by existing climate models.
"What really surprised us was that this energy use was a tiny amount, and yet it can create such a wide impact far away from the heat source," said Guang Zhang, a scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, who led the study.
Global temperature averages were barely affected by the big city heat, barely .01C on average. But big cities had a noticeable impact on regional temperatures almost on a continental scale.
Researchers said the extra heat should be taken into account in future climate projections.
Scientists have for years been trying to untangle how big cities – with the sprawl of buildings and cars – affect climate.
The study suggests cities themselves have far-reaching effects on climate, in addition to the climate pollution caused by the burning of fossil fuels.
In another report  Steve Connor said:
The waste heat generated by large cities can affect temperatures in areas hundreds of miles away by changing wind patterns in the upper atmosphere, a study has found.
Scientists have estimated that the heat released into the atmosphere from buildings, cars and factories could play a significant role in the warming – and the cooling – of locations in other countries.
Using computer models of how heat is transported around the globe, the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change says that waste heat from 86 urban centers in the northern hemisphere could in theory raise temperatures of parts of North America and northern Asia by as much as 1C.
The same models suggest that other parts of the northern hemisphere, notably Europe, could actually become cooler at certain times of the year by up to 1C as a result of the heat affecting the direction of high-altitude winds such as the jet stream.
 Nature Climate Change, (2013), doi: 10.1038/nclimate1803, Jan 27, 2013,
 guardian.co.uk, Jan 27, 2013, “Heat from North American cities causing warmer winters, study finds”, http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2013/jan/27/scienceofclimatechange-climate-change
 The Independent, Jan 27, 2013, “Wasted heat from large cities affects temperatures in distant regions”, http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/wasted-heat-from-large-cities-affects-temperatures-in-distant-regions-8468955.html
|February 21, 2013||
What Went Wrong In The Global Climate Negotiations? by Pablo Solon , Pablo Solon Blo, Countercurrents.org
First paper by Climate activist Pablo Solon kick starting "Climate Space", a discussion forum, in time for the World Social Forum in Tunisia, March 2013 initiating a discussion on climate change, looking for possible solutions
In the last 20 years, the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the world have, instead of declining, increased, by more than a third. In 1990, GHG emissions were 37 Gigatons (Gt) of CO2e. In 2010, they surpassed 50 GtCO2e. At this rate, if business-as-usual continues, global emissions can reach 58 GtCO2e by 2020, which would be a catastrophe for humanity and nature.
How much will they decrease with the agreements of Cancun, Durban and Doha?
Following the current scenario, the agreements will only succeed to decrease GHG emissions to 57 GtCO2e by 2020. This means that with the UNFCCC outcomes, projected emissions will only be 1 GtCO2e lower than the business-as-usual level. In other words, globalemissions will, instead of decreasing, increase by 7Gt CO2e annually until 2020.
Where do we need to be in 2020 to be on the path of staying below 2ºC?
If we want to stay below 2ºC, we would need to be at 44 GtCO2e per year in 2020. This means that the gap between a below 2ºC scenario and where emissions will be in 2020 is 13 GtCO2e.
Why are humanity and nature in such a very bad situation?
During the past few years, climate justice activists from all over the world have developed several initiatives to try to avoid exactly this disaster. Now is the time to rethink and assess what went wrong in order to find ways to overcome this situation. This is the purpose of the Climate Space at the World Social Forum in Tunisia this March 2013 and the purpose of this paper is just to kick off the debate on this issue.
The idea is to begin the discussion in order to hear the opinions of many that will not be able to come to Tunisia in March. The purpose is to invite you to comment on this paper in http://climatespace2013.wordpress.com or http://www.facebook.com/ClimateSpace2013 or email to email@example.com
We have classified some proposed explanations in three big groups: a) campaign, b) governments and negotiations and c) systemic.
We have to look into the past to fight for the future
Many of these bullet points are meant simply to push the debate forward. For sure several aspects are missing and the interconnection between them have to be developed. An evaluation of what has happened is key to rethink our strategies and build a common action plan.
(Next living paper: how to overcome this situation?)
 CO2e: “Carbon dioxide equivalents” is a unit of measurement that allows the effect of different greenhouse gases and other factors to be compared using carbon dioxide as a standard unit for reference.
 “Current global greenhouse gas emissions, based on 2010 data from bottom-up emission inventory studies, are estimated at 50.1 GtCO2e…” UNEP, 2012 Emissions Gap Report. http://www.unep.org/publications/ebooks/emissionsgap2012/
 “If countries implement their lower-ambition pledges and are subject to “lenient” accounting rules, then the median estimate of annual GHG emissions in 2020 is 57 GtCO2e…” UNEP, 2012 Emissions Gap Report
 “Emission scenarios analyzed in this report and consistent with a “likely” chance of meeting the 2°C target have a peak before 2020, and have emission levels in 2020 of about 44 GtCO2e…” UNEP, 2012 Emissions Gap Report
 One-third of carbon dioxide emissions associated with the goods and services consumed in developed countries are actually being emitted outside the borders of those nations, mostly in the developing world.
Pablo Solón Romero served as Ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the United Nations from February 2009 to July 2011. As Ambassador to the UN, Solón spearheaded successful resolutions on the Human Right to Water, International Mother Earth Day, Harmony with Nature, and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He was very active in climate change negotiations under the UNFCCC, and helped organize the World People's Conference on Climate Change in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 2010. Before becoming Ambassador to the United Nations, Pablo Solón Romero worked as an activist for many years with different social organizations, indigenous movements, workers’ unions, student associations, human rights and cultural organizations in Bolivia. He blogs at http://pablosolon.wordpress.com
|February 22, 2013||
Misery for the many, benefits for the few
Upon a foundation of deep spirituality and philosophical treasures, proclaiming unity, justice and service, New India, horns honking in violation of the good; is racing, no time to spare towards the Alter of Materiality and Market Fundamentalism.
Under the careful guidance of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) The Indian government has for the last twenty years or so, (during which time the BBC 7/12/11i found “inequality has doubled”), embraced market liberalization and the global market; garlanded corporations with all manner of subsidies and damned the poor to greater poverty, destitution, suffering and, suicide in the case of farmers: Who by inaccurate government figures, that exclude women, Adivasi and Dalit people among others, are, in deep despair, committing suicide at a rate of two an hour.
In a country of 1.2 billion and counting, all the numbers are mega. Seen through corporate tinted spectacles India is a marketplace unlike any other, and providing business doors stay open 24/7, the international community – meaning America and her bedmates, will allow India to occupy Kashmir, murder, rape and displace the needy, and marginalize the marginal: Growth and profit the mantra of the times chanted hourly to the market God, headless, heartless, all consuming.
Have-nots and billionaires
There are, according to Arundhati Roy, around 450 million Indians living in dire poverty, a total equivalent to all the poor in all the countries of Africa combined. ‘Dire’ poverty, meaning just existing, 12 Rupees or 30 (US) cents a day or less does not allow for anything other than bare survival. Is it possible to be healthy on such a sum: To eat nutritiously - to eat at all, to drink clean water, sleep in clean clothes, on a clean bed, brush your teeth with toothpaste, wear shoes whilst working, rummaging through waste mountains, or digging drought-ridden land, is it possible to be happy and retain ones dignity as one begs for the 12 rupees. All ‘normal’, recognizable requirements of living are regarded as luxuries, the Divine seen as a fresh loaf of bread and men women and children, shrouded in anxiety and despair, condemned to a life of drudgery and exploitation.
In amongst the agony and ugliness of such widespread poverty however, there is good news and billions of it: The fabulous Forbes listii of money-men (what a brilliant world that such a list even exists), places India fourth in the world league table of the greatest number of billionaires – 61 at the last count. With a combined wealth of $250 billion: Billionaires incidentally who are rich billionaires, unlike the German or Japanese ones, who are poor by comparison. In addition to billionaires there are around 200,000 dollar millionaires; between them these billion million mega men, they are of course all men (worldwide women make up only 2% of billionaires), run the massive Indian corporations that in turn run India.
Middlemen and women
At the same time as half a billion men women and children crawl through life on their 30 cents a day, a river of rupees flows ceaselessly into the judiciary, the body politic and corporate lakes, swelling stockholders assets. ‘Gush up’ as Arandhati Roy calls it in ‘Capitalism a ghost story’iii, concentrating she says: “wealth onto the tip of a shinning pin on which our billionaires pirouette”. That’s why in a nation of 1.2 billion, “India’s 100 richest people own assets equivalent to one-fourth of the GDP” (ibid). Power and rupees moving unceasingly into the pockets of the wealthy and mega rich, who are boosted by what Global Research (GR) 3/9/12iv state is an “economic system that ensures the flow of wealth goes upwards via what academic David Harvey calls ‘accumulation by dispossession“. The overflow from ‘Gush Up’ feeding a new and marvelous middle class, of credit card carriers and foreign holiday makers, estimated to be 160 million individuals, which “represents only 13.1 per cent of India's population”, according to India’s Economic Times (ET)v 6/2/2011.
The population of a medium to large size country then; management, IT nerds, professional and semi professionals who have adapted very well thank you, to hallowed capitalist values. They shun the needy, shop and surf, happy to revel on their Harley’s, drink overpriced coffee and i-live on their i-phones and tablets. Is it fear one wonders or greed that consumes the aspiring revellers, content to watch as their countrymen burn on the Party Pyre.
To the utter delight of western corporations there is “a huge market being created for the white goods and automobile makers, [and] huge demand for the products.” Director Rajesh Shukla of the Centre for Macro Consumer Research (CMCR) excitedly proclaims, as reported by ET. Mention of such ‘demand’ sends tremors of excitement and anticipation through business small and large looking east from west; statements sufficient to silence western corporate politicians, happy to bury their heads in India’s eight to nine per cent GDP figures, and snuggle down; whilst the people of Orissa and Kashmir, Jharkhand and West Bengal, starve and are displaced, raped, and persecuted.
In an economic world that see’s all through the simplistic prism of markets and profits, Nation States are recognised as vast department stores, markets to be exploited until exhausted and returns maximised, the natural environment stripped of all that is of value, And what of the people; the rural poor who make up 70% of the population and those who crowd into the glowing, overcrowded filthy cities: Survive, swim if your fit, sink, drown and fade away if not, and quietly please, we’re shopping….
Hailed as the economic miracle nation of out deficit times, blessing the very few however, India is ranked by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)vi 129th of 146 countries on the adjusted Human development Index, that accommodates gender imbalance. The number of poor people in the country has barely fallen over a 30-year period, India Today (22/10/11)vii state “The Human Development Report released by the Planning Commission shockingly revealed that the poor in rural India were better fed about 30 years ago.” By the government’s own figures 50% of the rural population (836 million) live in poverty, surviving somehow on less than 20 rupees (50 cents) a day, 20 cents more than those in ‘dire poverty’, but still not what one would call comfortable. As I said the numbers are mega, even those supplied by the Government – which of course err on the side of flattery and must be taken with a generous helping of salt, however they still put child malnutrition at 46%, the highest in the world. GR state that tragically, criminally we could say, “Every second child is underweight and stunted”. A quarter of the population is, according to GR, “hungry. India was [listed] 73rd out of 88 countries in the annual Global Hunger Index” – six spots lower than the previous year. “The 2010 Multidimensional Poverty Index indicated that…. Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have 421 million poor people.” The miracle is that the people catching the crumbs from the 61 Club as they fall to earth survive at all.
According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) India has the BBCviii report, “the highest number of poor in the world,” with the top 10% earning 12 times that of the bottom 10%, “compared to six times twenty years ago, i.e. inequality under the economic miracle, a nightmare for the 99.9%, is growing and apace. A demographic democratic fact that is of course fundamentally unjust. There are sub divisions within the divisions as inequality stalks the land, the urban wealthy e.g. spending 221% more the BBC report than their rural rich cousins, the chasm between city comfortable and rural desperate is approaching cosmic proportions.
Such are the contradictions (and we have barely scratched the divisive surface), in a country where a mere 1 – 3% according to Palagummi Sainathix have enjoyed ‘unprecedented success due to economic reforms’. The big growth story he maintains, is inequality: ‘It has grown faster than any time in the last 50 years’, promising to cause what Sainath describes as the ‘ death of democracy’. For inequality is fundamentally (socially) unjust and democracy professes, at least in principle if not in practice that justice is a founding father, held close to it’s battered heart. Diluted of meaning hijacked and perverted, social democracy once idealized now married off to become corporate democracy, has failed the 99.9%, in India as in the rest of the world, her roots torn out of the social ground in which she was sewn. “Democracy… who’s she when she’s at home”? asks Arundhati Roy ironically in Listening to Grasshoppersx. Attempts to build local democratic movements, to resist, to protest, to articulate grievances, formulate alternatives are crushed unmercifully by what Sainath terms “the most undemocratic global frameworks”, that bulldoze over demands for the observation of human rights, the manifestation of social justice and expressions of moral decency.
Still its not all bad news: the richest billionaires in the world are Indian and the world’s most expensive ‘house’ – Antilla, a twenty-seven story residential abomination, is in Mumbai, built for India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, whose personal wealth is said to be $20 billion. He holds a controlling share in Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), that has interests in businesses from oil to stem cell storage, supermarkets to schools and of course the media; utilized to create uninformed citizens conditioned into making irrational choices.
Everything everyone everywhere
Throughout India there is a systematic movement towards; the commercialization of the countryside, the raping of the land for its bounty and the commodification of each and every part of human existence, what Arundhati Roy calls “the era of privatization of Everything”, the hunt for profit the clarion call to action. And all impelled by government stimuli, the state happy to channel corporate propaganda, increase quarterly growth figures and expand the business model, the corporate democratic ideal into every corner of every mind in every village in India.
The inevitable albeit unfortunate consequences to market fundamentalism, say Mr.Tata, Mr. Vedanta and of course Mr.Ambani, being the displacement, death and destitution of obstacles: namely and mainly the Adivasi and Dalit people – conveniently demonized as Maoist terrorists, by a government waging war not on terror, that it is content to cause, but its own citizens, marginalized and disadvantaged, who constitute the poorest people in the world.
For nothing must stand in the way of the sacred cow of progress and gigantic growth, certainly not the uneducated troublesome poor; and to wish to obstruct such a noble quest with talk of human rights, social justice or environmental concerns is to talk humbug in the face of a capitalist crusade that has ‘right’ on its side, justifying expressions of might to enforce it.
An unchallengeable model, beyond alternatives and utopian ideas of sharing and justice, that is bathed in a misty glow of polished yet polluted uniformity, where the individual is absorbed into the consumer collective and told: Where to shop and what to buy, how to love and in which colour, what to think and when to think it, and, if in doubt tune into your local multinational media outlet for an update on corporate global acceptability.
Graham Peebles is Director of The Create Trust, www.thecreatetrust.org A UK registered charity (1115157). Running education and social development programmes, supporting fundamental Social change and the human rights of individuals in acute need. Contact , E: firstname.lastname@example.org
|February 25, 2013||
Earth Is Dying, Yet Climate And Forest Movements Lack Urgency And Substance by Dr. Glen Barry , Ecological Internet, Countercurrents.org
Human industrial growth is systematically liquidating the natural ecosystems that are the habitat for humans and for all life. Earth is dying, one logged old-growth tree and tank of gasoline at a time, yet most environmental groups are shilling solutions that are inadequate and ill-conceived - such as logging old-growth forests to protect them. Nothing shows this better than Greenpeace and the Rainforest Action Network - in an age of mass extinction, abrupt climate change, and ecosystem collapse - wanting us to wipe our asses with toilet paper from "certified" old-growth forest pulp.
Industrial growth's destruction of ecosystems is undermining the habitability of the planet, threatening the maintenance of conditions necessary for life, by destroying the ecosystems required for a living planet. As key ecosystems are lost, indications are humanity will soon be going extinct, quite possibly taking the biosphere and all life with us.
Life begets life. It is a miracle of nature that life, together in ecosystems, creates conditions necessary for life. Yet multidimensional ecological crises - climate, forests, water, food, overpopulation and inequitable consumption, and others - are undermining life. A time of great dying looms as humans are destroying their habitat, all life, and the Earth System.
Together either we end fracking, tar sands, coal, old-growth logging, overpopulation, and inequitable overconsumption all at once or our one shared biosphere collapses. Not only do we need to protest, but we need the right solutions. These must be derived from the best ecological minds in broad consultation, not by hipster, non-ecologists who have tapped into celebrity and foundation money.
Protection of old-growth forests is a vital climate solution being given short thrift by the self-appointed, often underqualified environmental movement elite. Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace USA's obstinate support for Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC) massive old-growth logging - across an area twice the size of Texas - for throwaway consumer products is a major obstacle to going forward on climate. I have written at length, including at http://bit.ly/rainforest_heist, how virtually every major NGO greenwashes old-growth forest logging in what I have termed the "Great Rainforest Heist."
In 2009 Lindsey Allen (now Rainforest Action Network's new acting director, then with Greenpeace Canada) claimed victory and ended a campaign against Kleenex because they agreed to have their old-growth boreal forest clearcuts for toilet paper certified by FSC as being sustainable. Ms. Allen has gone on to greenwash old-growth Gucci shopping bags and Disney books with RAN. Before her, Michael Brune, now chief accountant for Sierra Club, did similarly.
Greenpeace and RAN want us to wipe our asses with old-growth forests. Old-growth forest logging and its terrible impacts upon species, climate, and the biosphere will never end as long they - as members of FSC - falsely certify it as sustainable.
I recently presented a scientific paper in Kerala, India, now being prepared for publication, which seeks to quantify how many terrestrial ecosystems - including old-growth forests - can be lost without biosphere collapse. This is an attempt to set an easily understood threshold for old-growth forest loss, like the 350ppm limit on carbon to avoid abrupt climate change.
Based upon an amazing landscape metric called "percolation," I hypothesize that a loss of more than 40 percent of terrestrial ecosystems long-term - including old-growth forests - collapses the biosphere. This is the point where critical deterioration in ecosystem connectivity occurs across scale, from landscapes to bioregions and continents, and on to the biosphere. Instead of humanity existing within a context of nature, ecosystems become fragmented, disconnected, and surrounded by humanity.
We are now at 50 percent natural ecosystem loss globally. I conclude that Earth needs to maintain some two-thirds of its land area as natural and seminatural ecosystems to meet local needs and to maintain local and global ecological sustainability. Along with a number of other planetary boundaries, including climate change and biodiversity loss, Earth is already in ecological overshoot and will collapse unless we pull back from the brink.
It is clear that global ecological sustainability and universal well-being depend critically upon protecting old-growth forests and ending fossil fuel emissions. Large, intact, and connected standing old-growth forests are required for local prosperity and ecosystem service continuity - and for an enduring, naturally evolving, global biosphere.
It is still possible to avoid abrupt climate change and global ecosystem collapse - but only if we both dramatically cut fossil fuel emissions AND protect and restore natural ecosystems immediately. Based upon ecological science, an end to their industrial destruction is vital to limiting climate change.
It is time for the climate movement, led by 350.org, to call for protection of all old-growth forests. And for Greenpeace, RAN and other NGOs supporting their logging to re-examine their position and resign from FSC.
Ending poverty doesn't justify endless ecocidal growth for all, at the ever-advancing cost of liquidating old-growth ecosystems and fouling our atmosphere, an impossible path on a finite planet. Rather the focus for ecologically and socially sustainable development should be meeting basic needs with some of life's luxuries for all, with a reasonable bit more for those who work hard and are gifted.
Earth's people want universal democracy, freedom, economic justice, and sustained ecology for everyone, for the whole world, and they want it now. And governments and corrupt NGOs had better get out of the way.
Your biosphere, old-growth forests, human family, and kindred species need you. Go to them now.
Dr. Glen Barry is an internationally recognized political ecologist, environmental advocate, writer, and technology expert. He is well-known within the environmental community as a leading global ecological visionary, public intellectual, and environmental policy critic. Dr. Barry's work as the President and Founder of Ecological Internet - the Earth's largest biocentric ecological advocacy web portals - was recently recognized as one of "25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" by the Utne Reader. More: http://forests.org/staff/glen.asp
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|February 26, 2013||
What Kind Of Economy Says OK To Tar Sands Oil? by Brent Blackwelder , Daly News, Countercurrents.org
On Sunday, February 17, I marched in the largest climate change protest in U.S. history. About 35,000 people gathered on the Washington Monument grounds for a rally and then marched past the White House, calling on President Obama to deny permission for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that would transport oil from Canada’s tar sands through the heart of the U.S. to the Gulf Coast.
Two of the victims of tar sands development in Alberta, Chief Jackie Thomas of the Saik’uz First Nation and Crystal Lameman of the Beaver Lake Cree First Nation, spoke of the contamination of their lands and people. Even without the pipeline, the gigantic oil extraction operation is already causing plenty of harm.
If carried to completion during the next several decades, over the objections of the indigenous people who have been stewards of this land, tar sands mining will have transformed an area the size of Florida or Wisconsin. A land teeming with fish and wildlife will have been turned into a grotesque zone of toxicity where the lakes will act as predators as they entice unsuspecting waterfowl to land in their polluted waters.
What kind of economy would find such an activity acceptable? At the very least, the economy must be making some perverse calculations to justify such devastation.
As if the direct devastation of the land and water were not enough, the utilization of tar sands oil by the U.S. and other countries means “game over” for the global climate, according to NASA scientist James Hansen. In other words, the energy-intensive extraction followed by the burning of tar sands oil will put so much carbon pollution into the atmosphere that we will enter an era of radical climate destabilization.
The exploitation is proceeding on Cree lands against their consent and in violation of the Canadian Constitution. It represents a blatant refusal to abide by Article 32 of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that says: “States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples… in order to obtain their free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources.”
President Obama appears poised to give permission to build the pipeline and contribute to this industrial nightmare. So what can we do in the aftermath of the big protest?
The time has come to reject the premises of today’s economy, because it is not a true-cost economy, and it undermines good governance. It is an economy set up for cheaters and gamblers. It is also an economy that exploits those lacking political clout and that disrespects international law, except when it comes to trade agreements that enable polluters to enter special secret courts (see the Chevron trade case against Ecuador for one recent example).
A true-cost, sustainable economy would not countenance commercial activities like tar sands mining that are tantamount to an all-out war against the natural environment and a form of industrial genocide. The genocide is underway not because of racial hatred, but because tribal people have stood in the way of a major money-making venture. Furthermore, the indigenous people lacked political power to stop the transnational corporations from ruining their lands.
A true-cost economy would exemplify resilience. It would be less susceptible to disruptions from speculation, violent weather events, and terrorism. Such an economy would not pursue activities that generate or are likely to generate irreversible pollution. No one has to worry about a “solar spill” or a “wind spill” ruining their drinking water.
Today’s economy, on the other hand, is permitting all sorts of damaging activities that violate the criterion of reversibility and bequeath a legacy of poison. Consider the contrast between renewable energy projects and coal mining.
If a wind farm or solar rooftop array is causing problems, it can easily be removed without leaving centuries of pollution behind. The roof or the land can be returned to other uses. In fact, wind farms are fully compatible with agricultural production around the wind turbines. One wind farm I visited near Dodge City, Kansas, consisted of 150 turbines in a 20-square-mile area, and the land requirements were just seven acres.
In contrast, coal mining in West Virginia through mountain-top removal is converting biologically diverse, forested mountains into a Martian landscape. In the words of former Congressman Ken Heckler, reclamation amounts to “putting lipstick on a corpse.” Such mining projects violate the principle of reversibility, just like tar sands oil extraction. What will be available to people in the future who want to live in and explore places like West Virginia’s formerly bountiful mountains and valleys?
Whenever concerns are raised over the destructive impacts of big extractive projects, the predicament of joblessness always comes up. But joblessness cannot be solved with the current economic strategy that allows temporary construction jobs to destroy permanent jobs and livelihoods. Big extraction projects cannot create the volume of jobs that can be had by pursuing renewable energy. In fact, the oil industry generates the fewest jobs of almost any industry in the federal government’s database.
It is time to start demanding a true-cost economy that will create diverse jobs without creating no-go zones of carcinogenic and mutagenic wastes.
Brent Blackwelder recently retired as the president of Friends of the Earth where he was renowned for speaking truth to power. He testified in front of the U.S. Congress on pressing environmental issues more than 100 times. He also was a founder of American Rivers, a top river-saving organization. On the economics front, he initiated campaigns to reform the World Bank and succeeded in getting Congress to enact a series of significant reforms directing the Bank to pay more attention to the environment
|March 6, 2013||
The Soul Of Community by Carolyn Baker , Carolynbaker.net, Countercurrents.org
People use drugs, legal and illegal, because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbors. It should tell us something that in healthy societies drug use is celebrative, convivial, and occasional, whereas among us it is lonely, shameful, and addictive. We need drugs, apparently, because we have lost each other - Wendell Berry
As I travel throughout the United States, as I engage in life coaching with clients, and as I read emails and blog comments sent to me by readers, the bedrock issue that continues to emerge is the longing for community. I often hear remarkable success stories of how a community of individuals has come together to accomplish a milestone project or support each other in disaster. And while my heart is warmed by these stories, my heart is more often broken by the litany of complaints I hear about failed attempts to create community.
What may be necessary, however, is to clarify the definition of community in order to modify our expectations and strive more realistically to achieve it.
It may be useful to first notice what community is not.
One’s community may be defined as a circle of close friends who over time have consistently given and received support. Likewise, a community may be a group of neighbors who care deeply about each others’ well being and who may or may not engage in community projects together. One may or may not have personal contact with the rest of the community on a regular basis but may be confident that if one is in need, the community will be there to provide support. The structure of some communities consists of an annual or semi-annual gathering in which members have face-to-face contact at those times with much more email or phone contact between gatherings.
For those readers seeking to inhabit or establish an eco-village, Diana Leafe Christian has written extensively about creating healthy living communities in her two remarkable books, Finding Community and Creating A Life Together. Her work offers magnificent tools for creating intentional communities and dealing effectively with conflict.
What I’m exploring here is not so much the exact structure of a community, but rather, the deeper sense of community that humans crave and create as a foundation for the literal manifestations of community they may ultimately devise. In other words, what does community mean to the soul, the psyche, the deeper self within us? If we do not attend to this aspect of community, for all of the ostensible successes the community may have achieved, its members may feel vaguely unsatisfied or in some cases, may divest their energy from the community and move on.
It is possible to be in agreement intellectually and philosophically on any number of issues but still not be connected. In fact, this may be one reason why many experiments in community fail. People are connected in a horizontal manner with one another, but they are not connected to the depths of something more profound and expansive than the individual ego. The issue that any community must address, consciously or unconsciously, is whether or not they desire to be connected on a soul level. In many communities such as a group of neighbors who are working together to eliminate litter and beautify their streets, the desire for soul-level connection may not be a priority. Their intention is highly focused and possibly time-limited.
In other contexts a community may consciously seek a connection with the depths. Invariably, this opens the way for intimacy through opening the heart not only to each other but to something greater than any individual or the group itself. However, a longing for connection with the depths is both enchanting and edgy because when people are interacting with one another, not to mention swimming in the depths together, they will invariably be triggered by their interactions and by whatever a connection with the deeper self evokes for them. This is another way of saying that when our hearts open, so does another part of us, the shadow.
The shadow is a word first used by psychologist Carl Jung to describe an unconscious part of the psyche that we disown or insist is “not me.” It consists of aspects of ourselves of which we are unaware—some of which may range from unequivocally repugnant to virtually angelic. A majority of communities fail because they do not grasp the necessity of doing shadow work or lack the skills for doing it. The shadow eventually emerges, or perhaps erupts, in all meaningful human relationships, and shadow work must be done both internally and externally whenever people are interacting or living in community.
When someone says or does something with which we feel some discomfort, we must check in with ourselves and first of all notice the feelings we experience—disappointment, anger, hurt, fear, or any other emotion. Before blaming the other person or becoming offended, it is useful to ask oneself what one’s own part in the interaction might be. For example: How might I have participated in creating this interaction? This requires an honest effort to look within and ponder the situation, and the answer may not come through the intellect. However, if we are willing to stay with the feelings and the question of “what is my part?” we may discover a significant piece of the shadow that is asking for our attention.
Usually, our first reaction when we experience a mis-communication or an uncomfortable exchange is to attempt to “fix” it by dialoging with the person(s) involved. While communicating directly with the other about the exchange may be necessary at some point, we rarely engage ourselves in the process first. That is to say, it is generally more useful to explore what is happening inside of ourselves first before dialoging further with the other person. We can do this by simply staying with the question: What is my part in this? To facilitate our exploration, we can journal about the interaction, we can utilize some form of art such as drawing or painting, or we can go more deeply within through meditation or some type of inner listening.
Whenever conflict arises, something is trying to be created within us and within the other person, or both. As our indigenous ancestors have always known, as painful as it may be, conflict should be welcomed as a wise teacher in our lives and our communities. Soul often generates conflict in order to create something more expansive and to empower us to become larger persons. Relationships without conflict are usually boring and lifeless whereas conflict in relationships breathes vitality and wisdom into the individuals involved, and if allowed, revered, and listened to, can transform a single life as well as an entire community.
The Earth Community
In our discourse on community we often omit the earth community as the principal ally, mentor, and role model for establishing and maintaining a community of human beings. David Korten, author of The Great Turning and Agenda For A New Economy contrasts the models of empire and earth community in his Yes Magazine article, “From Empire To Earth Community”:
We face a defining choice between two contrasting models for organizing human affairs. Give them the generic names Empire and Earth Community. Absent an understanding of the history and implications of this choice, we may squander valuable time and resources on efforts to preserve or mend cultures and institutions that cannot be fixed and must be replaced.
Empire organizes by domination at all levels, from relations among nations to relations among family members. Empire brings fortune to the few, condemns the majority to misery and servitude, suppresses the creative potential of all, and appropriates much of the wealth of human societies to maintain the institutions of domination.
Earth Community, by contrast, organizes by partnership, unleashes the human potential for creative co-operation, and shares resources and surpluses for the good of all. Supporting evidence for the possibilities of Earth Community comes from the findings of quantum physics, evolutionary biology, developmental psychology, anthropology, archaeology, and religious mysticism. It was the human way before Empire; we must make a choice to re-learn how to live by its principles.
In this reference to the earth community, Korten’s focus is on the model that the earth community provides humans who move away from hierarchical models toward partnership. Yet perhaps there is even more to glean from the earth community than the partnership model applied to human community.
Mathematical cosmologist, Brian Swimme prolifically writes and teaches the necessity of being in relationship with the earth community. What does this mean? According to Swimme:
How do you organize your technology so that as you use the technology, the actual use of it enhances the community? That’s a tough one. So long as we have this worldview in which the earth itself is just stuff, empty material, and the individual is most important, then we’re set up to just use it in any way we like. So the idea is to move from thinking of the earth as a storehouse to seeing the earth as our matrix, our fundamental community. That’s one of the great things about Darwin. Darwin shows us that everything is kin. Talk about spiritual insight! Everything is kin at the level of genetic relatedness. Another simple way of saying this is: Let’s build a civilization that is based upon the reality of our relationships. If we think of the human as being the top of this huge pyramid, then everything beneath us is of no value, and we can use it however we want. In the past, it wasn’t noticed so much because our influence was smaller. But now, we’ve become a planetary power. And suddenly the defects of that attitude are made present to us through the consequences of our actions.
A student of Thomas Berry, Swimme came to understand that the story of every human being parallels in some fashion, the story of the universe. For example Swimme notes:
Walt Whitman had an intuition about this when he said, ‘A leaf of grass is no less than the journeywork of the stars.’ And you think, how did he come up with that? Well, that’s called self-knowledge. In other words, a star gave birth to the elements that then assembled themselves in the form of Walt Whitman. So you could say that Walt Whitman had a deep memory of where he came from.
Likewise, when Einstein discovered the general theory of relativity, he discovered it from within. There was no data on the expansion of the universe or anything else. He said he just went into his own visceral movements—a strange way of thinking about creativity—and he paid attention to what was going on within, and he gave birth to the gravitational equations we use now. This is what I think Whitman did. He penetrated the depth of his own bodily reality and had this intuition about stars. And we’ve now discovered the empirical details about this. I just love that—everybody comes out of the stars.
What then is the soul of community?
It is a desire to be connected with something greater than the egos of other people and the projects in which we might engage with them. Fundamentally, a successful human community is the unfolding of a spiritual dynamic. It cannot be contrived or made to happen. Rather, it erupts from our desire for the depths, and that desire is certain to constellate the shadow in ourselves and the other. If we follow our longing for community, we must be prepared to do our own shadow work and support others as they do theirs. Ultimately, we touch the soul of community when we savor our own personal story as the story of the universe and the earth community. The journey of authentic community is also a journey of healing which is guaranteed to take us deep into the inner world of our own demons and angels as well as those in the psyches of our community companions. For as Wendell Berry notes, “To be healed we must come with all the other creatures to the feast of Creation.”
While all of this may sound tedious and laborious, and in fact it often is, the potential rewards are too momentous to ignore—being genuinely seen and lovingly held by the human and more than human community. Argue as we may that that would be too good to be true, fundamentally, this is the soul of community, and something in us refuses to stop longing for it.
Carolyn Baker, Ph.D., was an adjunct professor of history and psychology for 11 years and a psychotherapist in private practice for 17 years. (She is not, and never has been, a licensed psychologist.) Her latest book Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse, is unique in its offering of emotional and spiritual tools for preparing for living in a post-industrial world. Carolyn’s forthcoming book is Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition. Her other books include: Coming Out From Christian Fundamentalism: Affirming Sensuality, Social Justice, and The Sacred (2007) , U.S. History Uncensored: What Your High School Textbook Didn’t Tell You (2006) and The Journey of Forgiveness, (2000) All may be purchased at this site. She is available for speaking engagements and author events and can be contacted at email@example.com. Her blog is http://carolynbaker.net
|March 6, 2013||
The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped dramatically in 2012, making it very unlikely that global warming can be limited to another 2 degrees as many global leaders have hoped, new US federal figures show.
Scientists say the rise in CO2 reflects the world's economy revving up and burning more fossil fuels, especially in China.
Carbon dioxide levels jumped by 2.67 parts per million since 2011 to total just under 395 parts per million, says Pieter Tans, who leads the GHG measurement team for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
That's the second highest rise in carbon emissions since record-keeping began in 1959. The measurements are taken from air samples captured away from civilization near a volcano in Mauna Loa, Hawaii.
More coal-burning power plants are the main reason emissions keep going up – even as they have declined in the US and other places, in part through conservation and cleaner energy.
At the same time, plants and the world's oceans which normally absorb some carbon dioxide, last year took in less than they do on average, says John Reilly, co-director of Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. Plant and ocean absorption of carbon varies naturally year to year.
But, Tans tells The Associated Press the major factor is ever-rising fossil fuel burning: "It's just a testament to human influence being dominant."
Only 1998 had a bigger annual increase in carbon dioxide, the primary GHG from human activity. That year, 2.93 parts per million of CO2 was added. From 2000 to 2010, the world averaged a yearly rise of just under 2 parts per million. Levels rose by less than 1 part per million in the 1960s.
In 2009, the world's nations agreed on a voluntary goal of limiting global warming to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit over pre-industrial temperature levels. Since the mid-1800s temperatures haven risen about 1.5 degrees. Current pollution trends translate to another 2.5 to 4.5 degrees of warming within the next several decades, Reilly says.
"The prospects of keeping climate change below 2-degree goal are fading away," Tans says.
Scientists track carbon pollution both by monitoring what comes out of factories and what winds up in the atmosphere. Both are rising at rates faster than worst-case scenarios that climate scientists used in their most recent international projections, according to Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann.
That means harmful effects of climate change will happen sooner, Mann says.
More Sandy storms
Cornell and Rutgers researchers report in the March issue of Oceanography that the severe loss of summertime Arctic sea ice -- attributed to greenhouse warming -- appears to enhance Northern Hemisphere jet stream meandering, intensify Arctic air mass invasions toward middle latitudes, and increase the frequency of atmospheric blocking events like the one that steered Hurricane Sandy west into the densely populated New York City area .
The article, "Superstorm Sandy: A Series of Unfortunate Events?" was authored by Charles H. Greene, Cornell professor of earth and atmospheric sciences and director of Cornell's Ocean Resources and Ecosystems program; Jennifer A. Francis of Rutgers University's Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences; and Bruce C. Monger, Cornell senior research associate, earth and atmospheric sciences.
The researchers assert that the record-breaking sea ice loss from summer 2012, combined with the unusual atmospheric phenomena observed in late October, appear to be linked to global warming.
A strong atmospheric, high-pressure blocking pattern over Greenland and the northwest Atlantic prevented Hurricane Sandy from steering northeast and out to sea like most October hurricanes and tropical storms from the Caribbean. In fact, Sandy traveled up the Atlantic coast and turned left "toward the most populated area along the eastern seaboard" and converged with an extratropical cyclone; this, in turn, fed the weakening Hurricane Sandy and transformed it into a monster tempest.
Superstorm Sandy's extremely low atmospheric pressure and the strong high-pressure block to the north created violent east winds that pushed storm surge against the eastern seaboard. "To literally top it off, the storm surge combined with full-moon high tides and huge ocean waves to produce record high water levels that exceeded the worst-case predictions for parts of New York City," write the researchers.
Greene, Francis and Monger add: "If one accepts this evidence and . . . takes into account the record loss of Arctic sea ice this past September, then perhaps the likelihood of greenhouse warming playing a significant role in Sandy's evolution as an extratropical superstorm is at least as plausible as the idea that this storm was simply a freak of nature."
 03/05/13, “2012 Rise In CO2 Levels Second-Highest In 54 Years”,
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The story is reprinted from materials provided by Cornell University. The original article was written by Blaine Friedlander.
|March 12, 2013||
Enough Is Enough (Excerpt) by Rob Dietz & Dan O’Neill , Dalynews.org, Countercurrents.org
The following is an excerpt from the first chapter of Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources, published by Berrett-Koehler in the United States and Routledge in the United Kingdom. All rights reserved.
A game of checkers offers very little insight into how to solve the world’s intertwined environmental and social problems, or so I thought. In one particular game, my opponent opened with a series of reckless moves, placing checker after checker in harm’s way. When I jumped the first one and swiped it off the board, I briefly wondered if I was being lured into a trap. But it was just a fleeting thought. After all, my opponent was only five years old.
I was playing against my daughter. She had just gotten home from her kindergarten class, and I was giving her a few strategy pointers from my limited bag of tricks. Her moves showed some modest improvement, but after a while, we both lost interest in the game. Besides, there are other fun things you can do with checkers, like seeing how high a tower you can build.
At first, we were fast and free with our stacking — we even plopped down two or three checkers at a time. But as the tower grew, we changed our approach. With the light touch and steady hands of a surgical team, we took turns adding checkers one by one to the top of the stack. By this point, our formerly straight tower had taken on a disconcerting lean. On our final attempt to increase its height, the mighty checker tower reached the inevitable tipping point and came crashing down to earth. Like a reporter interpreting the scene, my daughter remarked, “Sometimes when things get too big, they fall.”
I sat back amid the pile of checkers scattered on the floor and smiled. With a simple observation and eight words, she had managed to sum up the root cause of humanity’s most pressing environmental and social problems. Even a partial list of these problems sounds grim:
People desperately want to solve these problems, but most of us are overlooking the underlying cause: our economy has grown too large. Our economic tower is threatening to collapse under its own weight, and beyond that, it’s threatening the integrity of the checkerboard and the well-being of the players. The economy is simply too big for the broader social and ecological systems that contain it.
That’s a strong indictment against economic growth, but this indictment is backed up by scientific studies of environmental and social systems. The evidence shows that the pursuit of a bigger economy is undermining the life-support systems of the planet and failing to make us better off — a grave situation, to be sure. But what makes the situation even more serious is the lack of a viable response. The plan being transmitted from classrooms, boardrooms, and pressrooms is to keep adding more checkers to the stack.
The model of more is failing both environmentally and socially, and practically everyone is still cheering it on… it almost makes you want to climb to the top of the highest building and shout, “ENOUGH!”
Crying out in such a way expresses intense frustration at the seemingly intractable environmental and social problems we face, but it also carries the basic solution to these problems. By stopping at enough when it comes to production and consumption in the economy, instead of constantly chasing more, we can restore environmental health and achieve widespread well-being. That’s an incredibly hopeful message, but it opens up all sorts of questions. What would this economy look like? What new institutions would we need? How would we secure jobs? This book attempts to answer these and related questions by providing a blueprint for an economy of enough, with detailed policies and strategies for making the transition away from more.
You probably have some of the same concerns as we do about the environment and the economy. We’re not pessimists, but with all the disturbing facts that confront us, it’s hard to avoid feeling worried about the future we face. Yet there is still hope in the midst of such worries. Once we put aside our obsession with growth, we can focus on the task of building a better economy. Tim Jackson (the author of a brilliant book entitled Prosperity without Growth) has provided this much-needed rallying call:
Here is a point in time where our institutions are wrong. Our economics is not fit for purpose. The outcomes of this economic system are perverse. But this is not an anthem of despair. It’s not a place where we should give up hope. It’s not an impossibility theorem. The impossibility lives in believing we have a set of principles that works for us. Once we let go of that assumption anything is possible.
Enough Is Enough tries to provide a new set of principles that can work for us. We don’t want to mislead you into thinking we have a precise set of directions for fixing everything that’s wrong with the world — after all, the economy and the ecological systems that contain it are highly complex. We do, however, have an economic plan that can help move humanity toward a better future where sustainable and equitable human well-being is the goal, not economic growth. Successful implementation of this plan rests on three requirements:
This book is organized around these three requirements. If you’re already on board with the first one, you may recognize some familiar ideas in the next two chapters. Even so, it’s worth spending some time considering the problem of “too much” before jumping to the solution of “enough.” But the purpose of this book (in fact, the feature that sets it apart from others) is to describe how to establish a prosperous yet nongrowing economy. This is not a book that focuses on problems while relegating solutions to the last few pages.
That said, Part I, Questions of Enough, is more about why than how. It’s where we summarize some of the scientific evidence that condemns the pursuit of continuous economic growth. Part I also considers what constitutes desirable levels of population and consumption, and then makes the turn toward how by describing the defining features of a steady-state economy.
Part II, Strategies of Enough, provides solutions — an escape route from the perpetual growth trap described in Part I. It’s the part of the book that explains how, in a steady-state economy, we can:
Taken together, the policies described in Part II form an agenda for transforming the economic goal from more to enough. But these policies will sit on the shelf unless we can gain extensive support for, and concerted action toward, achieving an economy of enough.
Part III, Advancing the Economy of Enough, provides the call for action. This part of the book contains ideas for moving past the culture of consumerism, starting a public dialogue about the downsides of growth and the upsides of a steady-state economy, and expanding cooperation among nations. All this discussion leads up to the presentation of an economic blueprint that summarizes the components and steps needed to build a steady-state economy.
This blueprint offers hope at a time when we need it most. It provides a viable way of responding to the profound environmental and social problems of our era. The ever-present drone of what we can’t do has become both tiresome and unproductive. The time has come to figure out what we can do. We can build a better economy. We can meet our needs and care for the planet at the same time. We can live balanced lives, including time for the occasional game of checkers. This is our checkerboard, after all, and we don’t have to play by the old rules anymore. Let’s get to it. Enough is enough.
The first $5,000 in royalties from sales of the book go directly to CASSE. Please click here to order a copy.
Rob Dietz is the executive director of Center for Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE). Rob is a devoted advocate for revamping the economy to fit within biophysical limits. He lives with his wife and daughter in a cohousing community striving for development rather than growth.
Daniel O'Neill is a Lecturer in Environmental and Ecological Economics at the University of Leeds, and the Chief Economist at the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy. His research focuses on the changes that would be needed to achieve a successful non-growing economy, and alternative ways of measuring progress besides GDP.
|March 12, 2013||
It is clear that the 21st century will be a period of crisis for civilization. With the world's human population growing at the rate of 200,000 people each day, or 80,000,000 people each year, our environment is under great stress.
Global warming is proceeding at a much faster rate than was predicted by the International Panel on Climate Change. For example, polar ice is disappearing at a rate which is far faster than was predicted by IPCC models. There is a threat that increasing temperatures will release vast quantities of the potent greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere from melting permafrost and from enormous deposits of methane clatherates on the ocean floors. Other feedback loops may be introduced as drying of the Amazon basin and Australia's interior makes these and other regions vulnerable to forest fires ignited by lightning flashes.
Before many decades have passed, climate change will produce aridity in many regions that today are the breadbaskets of the world. The drought experienced in the US Southwest last summer is likely to be followed by other droughts of increasing severity. Meanwhile, aquifers in many parts of the world are being overdrawn, and water tables are falling. Furthermore, melting of glaciers in the Himalayas and the Andes threatens to deprive China, India and parts of South America of river water during the summer months. In addition, rising sea levels produced by melting polar ice will drown many fertile rice-producing regions of Southeast Asia.
Besides being hit by water shortages, global agriculture will suffer a heavy blow as petroleum and natural gas become prohibitively expensive. Modern high-yield agriculture is heavily dependent on fossil fuels. In fact, Giampietro and Pimental have shown that the US food system presently uses 10 fossil fuel calories for each food calorie produced. Thus, there is a danger that just as the global population reaches an the unprecedented level of 9 billion people, the agricultural base for supporting it will collapse.
We can expect the present economic crisis to deepen. Further industrial growth will soon become impossible, both because of the exhaustion of the world's natural resources, and because the carrying capacity of the environment has been exceeded. Meanwhile, our financial system is organized in such a way that it depends on growth for its health. This can be seen especially in our fractional reserve banking system, which works reasonably well when the economy is growing, but fails dramatically when the economy stops growing or contracts.
Finally, a dark cloud hangs over the future of life on earth because of the threat of nuclear war, which would be the ultimate ecological catastrophe.
No one living today asked to be born at a time of crisis. But here we are together, living against our will at a time when the world is hanging by a thread, looking at a future that is frighteningly uncertain. What are we to do? Public action is needed, but the establishment-controlled mass media seem to do everything within their power to prevent us from acting (not to mention advertising agencies, which urge us to forget about the larger world and to concentrate on our own appetites). Anesthetized by sports events, soap operas, programs on cooking and heavily censored news, we slump in our TV chairs, passive, isolated, disempowered and stupefied. The future of the world hangs in the balance, the fates of children and grandchildren hang in the balance, but the television viewer feels no impulse to change the world or to save it.
Also, as economic problems deepen, people tend to concentrate on their own concerns. They excuse their neglect of the larger world's fate by saying, “I use all my energy just staying alive”. But what if the individual fate is lost in the general fate? What will happen to our own small private utopias if society as a whole collapses?
Although the mass media have failed entirely in their responsibility to educate us and to mobilize us to action, we have a duty to do all that we can to prevent the multiple but interlinked catastrophes that are threatening our beautiful world. We owe it to future generations to give an all-out effort to saving the planet. Even failure must not discourage us. The stakes are so high that we must keep trying to do whatever we can, in spite of one failure or a dozen, in spite of repeated failures that make us feel as though we are swimming in sand.
Of course we have our ordinary work, that we need to do to stay alive. But staying alive in the long run, and giving our children and grandchildren a world in which they will have a reasonable chance of staying alive, means that we have two jobs: our ordinary work, and the job of actively confronting the multiple challenges that we face in the 21st century. No single person can achieve the needed reforms, but together we can do it. In the last analysis, who has power if not the people?
John Avery received a B.Sc. in theoretical physics from MIT and an M.Sc. from the University of Chicago. He later studied theoretical chemistry at the University of London, and was awarded a Ph.D. there in 1965. He is now Lektor Emeritus, Associate Professor, at the Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen. Fellowships, memberships in societies: Since 1990 he has been the Contact Person in Denmark for Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. In 1995, this group received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts. He was the Member of the Danish Peace Commission of 1998. Technical Advisor, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe (1988- 1997). Chairman of the Danish Peace Academy, April 2004. http://www.fredsakademiet.dk/ordbog/aord/a220.htm
|March 14, 2013||
Today, the Obama administration was quick to blame Hamad Karzai- the puppet president of Afghanistan for his remarks of “ America colluding with the Talaban.” Talabans are not intruders but native people and political organization of Afghanistan. America and its allies are aggressors and are called occupation forces. The crucial challenge Obama faces is how to exit from Afghanistan and to cope with change and adaptability to a New Beginning that he envisaged but betrayed by conscientious compromise to ensure his own political survival. Paul Craig Roberts called him “The World’s Least Powerful Man – the Obama Puppet.” Obama did not pave the way to hell for the unwanted wars but found it already in place by George Bush to keep on solo walking to entrapment - the Madness of Unthinking. Obama needs people of new ideas to deal with the future. Surely, Obama administration without help from Pakistan and Iran cannot effectively disembark from Afghanistan. What a tragedy that American strategic planners are so ignorant of the facts on the ground. They always THINK BIG and get hurt and lost. American politicians failed to learn anything from the present and past. For all its wrong thinking, American politicians continue to use the false pretext of 9/11 to encroach other nations.
“The World According to Dick Cheney” documentary soon to be aired at ShowTime, Cheney admits to have lied to the American people about the 9/11 events and its threats to the US security. He narrates that "I got on the telephone with the president, who was in Florida, and told him not to be at one location where we could both be taken out." Mr. Cheney kept W. flying aimlessly in the air on 9/11 while he and Lynn left on a helicopter for a secure undisclosed location.” G. Washington (“Cheney admits that he lied about 9/11” OpenEdnews: 3/11/2013), explains how Cheney acted on his own and made conflicting statements: “When they testified together before the 9/11 Commission, W. and Mr. Cheney kept up a pretense that in a previous call, the president had authorized the vice president to give a shoot-down order if needed. But the commission found "no documentary evidence for this call….In other words, Cheney pretended that Bush had authorized a shoot-down order, but Cheney now admits that he never did. In fact, Cheney acted as if he was the president on 9/11.” Cheney convinced Bush that Iraq was linked to the 9/11. Undeniably, Cheney pushed the Justice Department to claim that torture was legal and established its effective administration to victimize innocent people at Guantanmo Bay.
Politics is a game of new and creative ideas not a fixed entity or an end to itself. Those who perceive “points of no return” and scramble “red lines” indulge in self-geared acts of absurdity and can hardly relate to the contemporary informed global intellect and changing priorities of the mankind, open and flexible to change and futuristic developments. George Bush and his neo-conservatives warmongers invested heavily to make America morally, politically and financially bankrupt by waging the bogus wars on terrorism. There was a strategy in No Strategy after the 9/11 events to demonstrate to the fearful American masses that some forceful measures and foreign war engagements will be on the active Bush’s agenda to protect the US security interests. The ultimate aims of the wars on terrorism were to create more terrorism and to destabilize those nations having reservoirs of untapped oil and gas resources and to crop up new markets for the American corporations to sell more arms and weapons to the oil-pumping single-minded Arab rulers.
To spotlight the cruelty of the on-going wars of terrorism for fun and enjoyment, Gordon Duff (“The Baggage of America Extremism: No Enemy, No Negotiation, Only the Dead are Real”, ICH, December 16, 2009), outlines the dilemma: “We had become addicted to the "black and white" version of Bushitism to the extent that we, as a nation, have given up thought entirely. We know we can't win. Do we expect an army of angels to come down from heaven, the ones Cheney, Bush and Rumsfeld dreamed of, or are we going to start acting like a world leader again.”
Obama’s politics does not generate any creative enthusiasm to observers expecting rational thinking. In times of crises and adversity, he appears confused to face the facts of life and global affairs. It is not the Audacity of Hope but consequential dictate of history when nations and leaders violate the Laws of God, and challenge the limits of reason; they end-up in self defeat and destruction. If diplomacy was the foremost choice to search for feasible political accommodation, President Obama did not use it; instead he continued the Bush dictum of insanity in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaida's leaders to lay down their arms,” in reality, there is no al-Qaeda organization operation anywhere. Even General MCrystal admitted that there are hardly less than 100 al-Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan. In his Oslo Nobel Peace Prize speech, President Obama claimed: “to say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism, it is recognition of history.” History offers a learning role that Obama could not comprehend it.
There is something fundamentally wrong with the American thought process on the War on Terrorism and the emerging conflict with Iran. David Perez (“Imagine”, Information Clearing House, 02/2009), attempts to set out the humanistic concerns:
“Imagine being in a room of maimed, deformed and tortured Iraqis, Afghans and Palestinians, accompanied by widows and orphans mourning because their entire family has been exterminated. I imagine this roomful of walking dead sitting around while my friends and I discuss how “realistic” we in the U.S. must be with our electoral politics, how our expectations need to “practical,” how peace is just so damn “complicated.” …. imagine these victims looking at us with blank, scarred faces as we congratulate ourselves for selecting a new President who talks about “our God-given right to lead,” about our duty to spread U.S.-style democracy throughout the globe, and how we are now just so “proud to be American.”
America failed to learn from the despotic Europeans who fought and killed millions during the Two World Wars before settling in at the EU tables to define their religious unity and common economic and political interests. Those who conspired animosity and conducted the warmongering against the mankind of which they were a part, are long buried in graveyards and not available for accountability. Surely, they knew how to escape the dictate of history and now the futuristic European generations are pretending to be civilized after having been in the dark ages for centuries. Recently, one 111 years old British soldier - the last remaining WW1 British veteran made it clear before dying (BBC, 10/2009), “we don’t know why we fought and killed other fellow human beings. Wars do not seem to solve any problem.” One wonders, why human beings fight with their fellow human beings. Edward Glover (War, Sadism and Pacifism) noted: “human beings fight because they are afraid, afraid that worse will happen to them if they do not… to pugnacity and hatred, we must add fear.”
Could we – the rational human beings, take notice of the continued insanity and help to stop its overwhelming convergence to safeguard the future generations from the scourge of wars? This was the role and responsibility of the creations of the UNO, the Security Council and other institutionalized systems to make the humanity safe and secure. Perhaps the human nature is at least part wicked and in part foolish, not realizing the consequences of actions of the few war lords of the world, C.E.M Joad wonders, “the pacifist’s question becomes, how can human beings be prevented from suffering from the results of their wickedness and folly?” C.E.M Joad (Guide to Modern Wickedness), makes the obvious facts abundantly clear that war diminishes happiness and lowers morality….and that men simply do not see that war is foolish and useless and wicked. Now as President Obama claimed that it is necessary and wise and honorable. The bigger question may be asked: how can we induce other leaders to perceive their error of perception and judgment and to make them realize the truth that wars are wrong, and those waging the wars are not peacemakers but wicked enemies of the humanity and certainly not suitable to be prized for wars but to be held accountable for the death and destruction of millions of the fellow human beings.
David Perez (“Imagine”, Information Clearing House, 02/2009), attempts to recall the forgotten consequences – the untold sufferings and agony of the civilian victim population of the War on Terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and how do they reason the unreason in a language of silence:
“Imagine these charred visitors with missing limbs bowing their heads and wondering if they should somehow envy us for always finding a way to celebrate and party and bask in our entertainment-soaked culture – even when it comes to our “handsome” President being sworn in at the same time their homes were being incinerated, courtesy of our state-of-the-art weaponry. Perhaps these “unfortunate” sufferers will understand that we can’t prosecute our own war criminals, because, you see, we simply “have to move on.” And maybe they’ll understand that not one U.S. leader has ever – ever – called our bombings and invasions a terrorist act………May be they’ll understand us when we shake our heads and say, “Well, this is just how politics work here. Sure it’s corrupt but, hell, what can we do?”
"I face the world as it is," President Obama explained at the Oslo Nobel Peace Award ceremony (December 10, 2009), but refusing to renounce the war for his nation or under his leadership, saying that he is obliged to protect and defend the United States. But Obama misled the informed and conscientious global intellect as no nation is threatening the American people or their security. “No matter how justified, war promises human tragedy”, he said. Norman Soloman “Mr President War is not Peace”, Commondreams: 12/10/2009), questions the intent and eloquence of Obama’s speech and strikes a warning note:
“War is not peace. It never has been. It never will be…….in the name of pragmatism, Obama spoke of “the world as it is” and threw a cloak of justification over the grisly escalation in Afghanistan by insisting that “war is sometimes necessary” -- but generalities do nothing to mitigate the horrors of war being endured by others.”
America’s political elite so often remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to fill the moral and intellectual blanks but neglects his advice: “The chain reaction of evil... wars producing more wars... must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.” In a war propelled economy of the few, and given the US history of wars for more than 220 battlefield engagements in its two centuries of evolutionary history and the perpetuated insanity of the warlords to make more wars, Mike Prysner (“Amazing speech by an Iraq war veteran”: 12/25/2009), an Iraqi War veteran has these daring observations to share with the informed and concerned humanity:
“Our real enemy is not the ones living in a distant land whose names or policies we don't understand; The real enemy is a system that wages war when it's profitable, the CEOs who lay us off our jobs when it's profitable, the Insurance Companies who deny us Health care when it's profitable, the Banks who take away our homes when it's profitable. Our enemies are not several hundred thousands away. They are right here in front of us.”
To reconstruct a different and more sustainable future for the besieged humanity, it is incumbent upon the intellectuals, academics, visionaries, poets, philosophers and the thinking people of the Universe to perceive and articulate new and creative ideas, new political imagination for the 21st century organizations to be functional for the people, by the people and accountable to the supremacy of the people’s will.
The 21st century’s new age and opportunities for peace and global unity of the mankind warrant New Thinking, New Leaders and New Visions for change and the future-making. But change and creativity and new visions will not emerge out of the obsolete, redundant and failed authoritarianism of the few insane leaders. A reflection on the on-going wars and resulting destructions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, To challenge the deafening silence of the global warlords for sustainable global peace and security, the mankind must find ways and means to look beyond the obvious and dreadful horizons dominated by the few warlords and continued to be plagued with massacres, barbarity against human culture and civilizations, destruction of the habitats and natural environment as if there were no rational being and people of Reason populating the God-given splendid and evolving Universe. The informed and politically conscientious global community looks toward those thinkers, educated politicians and honest proactive leaders enriched with coherent unity of moral, spiritual and intellectual visions and abilities to be instrumental to rescue it from the planned encroachment of the few Western warlords actively supporting politics of War Economy against the mankind.
(Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja specializes in global security, peace and conflict resolution with keen interests in Islamic-Western comparative cultures and civilizations, and author of several publications including the latest: Global Peace and Conflict Management: Man and Humanity in Search of New Thinking. Lambert Publishing Germany-May,2012)
|March 15, 2013||
US Cost For Iraq War Could Reach $6 Trillionn; Try Tony Blair As War Criminal, Finds A Poll by Countercurrents.org
More than half of Britons believe Tony Blair was wrong to invade Iraq, while 22% tell he should be tried as a war criminal. A poll conducted to mark the 10th anniversary of the war finds.
Richard Norton-Taylor reported:
A majority (56%) of the public believe the war has increased the risk of a terrorist attack on Britain. More than half, (53%), of those questioned think the invasion was wrong, while just over a quarter (27%) think it was right, according to the YouGov survey.
The poll registered a marked gender difference, with almost a third (32%) of men approving the invasion compared with less than a quarter (23%) of women.
Half of those questioned said they believed Blair deliberately set out to mislead the British public about the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Less than a third (31%) say he genuinely believed Saddam Hussein possessed a stockpile of WMD.
More than a fifth (22%) believes Blair knowingly misled parliament and the public and should be tried as a war criminal over the conflict, according to the poll. The figure compares with almost three in 10 (29%) who say he was right to warn of dangers of the Hussein regime, 18% who think he misled people but we should move on and 15% who believe he did not intend to give false information about the threat.
The poll records that a decade after the invasion 41% thinks Iraqis are better off than they would have been under Hussein, and just over a fifth (21%) believe the Iraqis would have been better off under the dictator. However, more than seven in 10n (71%) say Iraq is likely to be a permanently unstable country over the next few years.
In 2010, as the Chilcot inquiry was under way, hearing highly critical evidence about how Britain went to war, 37% thought Blair should be tried for war crimes, according to a ComRes poll at the time.
At the time of the invasion, 53% of those polled said they believed military action against Iraq was right.
The cost of Iraq War could be higher
A report  said:
The war killed at least 134,000 Iraqi civilians and may have led to the deaths of four times that number, said the Costs of War Project by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, ahead of the tenth anniversary of the US-led invasion on March 19.
Cost of the war
An AFP report carried by Khaleej Times said :
At least 116,000 Iraqi civilians and more than 4,800 coalition troops died in Iraq between the outbreak of war in 2003 and the US withdrawal in 2011, researchers estimated on March 15, 2013.
Its involvement in Iraq has so far cost the US $810 billion (625 billion euros) and could eventually reach $3 trillion, they added.
The estimates come from two US professors of public health, reporting in the British peer-reviewed journal The Lancet.
They base the figures on published studies in journals and on reports by government agencies, international organizations and news media.
The paper is authored by Barry Levy of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and Victor Sidel of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
It appears in a package of investigations into the health consequences of the Iraq War, published by The Lancet to mark the 10th anniversary of the start of the conflict.
‘We conclude that at least 116,903 Iraqi non-combatants and more than 4,800 coalition military personnel died over the eight-year course’ of the war from 2003 to 2011, they said. ‘Many Iraqi civilians were injured or became ill because of damage to the health-supporting infrastructure of the country, and about five million were displaced.
‘More than 31,000 US military personnel were injured and a substantial percentage of those deployed suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other neuropsychological disorders and their concomitant psychosocial problems.’
Citing figures from the website costofwar.com, which looks at funding allocated by Congress, the study said that as of January 15 this year, the Iraq War had cost the United States about $810 billion, ‘not including interest on debt.’ ‘The ultimate cost of the war to the USA could be $3 trillion,’ it said.
‘Clearly, this money could have been spent instead on domestic and global programs to improve health. The diversion of human resources was also substantial, in Iraq, the USA, and other coalition countries.’
In 2006, estimates by researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, also published in The Lancet, said 655,000 people had died in the first 40 months of the war. That figure was widely contested.
In 2008, a study by the Iraqi government and World Health Organisation (WHO), published in The New England Journal of Medicine, said between 104,000 and 223,000 Iraqis had died violent deaths between March 2003 and June 2006.
Those figures were based on home visits to around 1,000 neighborhoods across the country.
 guardian.co.uk, March 14, 2013, “53% of Britons think Iraq invasion was wrong, poll shows”,
 scotsman.com, March 15, 2013, “Iraq war could cost US $6tn”,
 March 15, 2013, “Iraq war killed 120,000, cost $800 billion”,
|March 19, 2013||
By examining the frequency of extreme storm surges in the past, previous research has shown that there was an increasing tendency for storm hurricane surges when the climate was warmer. But how much worse will it get as temperatures rise in the future? How many extreme storm surges like that from Hurricane Katrina, which hit the US coast in 2005, will there be as a result of global warming? New research from the Niels Bohr Institute shows that there will be a tenfold increase in frequency if the climate becomes two degrees Celcius warmer.
Tropical cyclones arise over warm ocean surfaces with strong evaporation and warming of the air. These typically form in the Atlantic Ocean and move towards the US East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. If you want to try to calculate the frequency of tropical cyclones in a future with a warmer global climate, researchers have developed various models. One is based on the regional sea temperatures, while another is based on differences between the regional sea temperatures and the average temperatures in the tropical oceans. There is considerable disagreement among researchers about which is best.
"Instead of choosing between the two methods, I have chosen to use temperatures from all around the world and combine them into a single model," explains climate scientist Aslak Grinsted, Centre for Ice and Climate at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen.
The statistical models are used to predict the number of hurricane surges 100 years into the future. How much worse will it be per degree of global warming? How many 'Katrinas' will there be per decade?
Since 1923, there has been a 'Katrina' magnitude storm surge every 20 years.
"We find that 0.4 degrees Celcius warming of the climate corresponds to a doubling of the frequency of extreme storm surges like the one following Hurricane Katrina. With the global warming we have had during the 20th century, we have already crossed the threshold where more than half of all 'Katrinas' are due to global warming," explains Aslak Grinsted.
"If the temperature rises an additional degree, the frequency will increase by 3-4 times and if the global climate becomes two degrees warmer, there will be about 10 times as many extreme storm surges. This means that there will be a 'Katrina' magnitude storm surge every other year," says Aslak Grinsted and he points out that in addition to there being more extreme storm surges, the sea will also rise due to global warming. As a result, the storm surges will become worse and potentially more destructive.
The above story is reprinted from materials provided by University of Copenhagen, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.
|January 31, 2013||
by Dr. Leo Semashko,
© Leo Semashko, 2012
Organizations abbreviation and web addresses:
Brahma Kumaris - BK: http://www.bkwsu.com,
Indus Business Academy - IBA: www.iba.ac.in,
Global Harmony Association - GHA: www.peacefromharmony.org
Dear Global Harmony Association (GHA) Members and Friends around the World:
More than 40 members of the GHA in during almost two months completed an unprecedented peacemaking and educational project of World Interfaith Harmony, including participation of 27 authors from 14 confessions and 14 countries from all continents of the world. The project contains on January 31, 30 authors’ articles, two poems and four Appendixes, including 13 paintings by Nicholas Roerich devoted to leaders of interfaith harmony. It has 123 pages in total.
Please, see project in attachment. It also is published here: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=541.
This unique project embodies interfaith harmony not only in its content and purpose, but also in its authors and their team work and solidary cooperation. This project is purposefully dedicated to the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, February 1-7.
We are happy to present this project to the global civil society, and to invite peace and faith-based organizations, especially the Parliament of World Religions, as well as world citizens to discuss and approve it by your agreement or disagreement with it as a whole or some of its ideas for this week until February 7, inclusively.
All of the reasoned opinion, both positive and negative, will be published in a special section of our project on our website. All authors of responses will be included as the project coauthors if they wish. The project is open to new participants on the basis of ideas and articles of interfaith harmony on the basis of the ABC of Harmony and similar books to join the authors, whom we are happy most of all. This project, we plan to publish in the future as a separate book in the six UN languages.
The discussion will proceed as in the GHA emails with this project, and within GHA two Forums: firstname.lastname@example.org and http://www.forum.peacefromharmony.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2049, as well as: email@example.com, in which you could include without problems.
Please, invite your friends and students to actively participate in the discussion of this unprecedented project!
Discuss it in your schools, colleges, universities, training centers, and your religious communities?
Please, publish the project address on your websites, social networks and your emails!
Please, spread it actively in the global civil society, especially among the believers of different faiths in the regions of inter-religious frictions and conflicts!
This is the peacemaking meaning of the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week! This is the meaning of peace organizations and world citizens!
Best wishes in interfaith harmony,
On behalf of the authors,
Dr. Leo Semashko,
January 31, 2013,
|March 18, 2013||
QUELQUES REFLEXIONS SOCIETALES D’UN OBSERVATEUR SOCIAL QUI PENSE A SON PAYS ET A SON AVENIR !
by Guy Crequie
Guy CREQUIE Global file
QUELQUES REFLEXIONS SOCIETALES D’UN OBSERVATEUR SOCIAL QUI PENSE A SON PAYS ET A SON AVENIR !
(Appel à l’éveil de chaque conscience citoyenne)
Pour compenser un prêt de 10 milliards d’euros que l’Euro groupe accorde à CHYPRE, en contrepartie et d’une façon inédite et hallucinante : il serait demandé à chaque cypriote, y compris les plus modestes et selon le niveau de placements bancaires, une taxe prélevée directement d’un montant de 6 à 10% !
Si DIDEROT a indiqué : » Hâtons-nous de rendre la philosophie populaire » et bien avec une telle proposition l’Euro groupe va contribuer toujours plus à se hâter de rendre l’Union Européenne impopulaire. »
Pourtant CHYPRE, qui a un secteur bancaire énorme, et qui protège les placements gigantesques de possédants russes va appauvrir les citoyens les plus humbles.
Et la France = où en est-elle ? Eh bien : chaque jour, un paysan se suicide dans l’indifférence générale, un chômeur désespéré, en fin de droits s’est suicidé à Nantes, d’autres vivent des situations semblables, et certains ne doivent leur survie que par l’assistance pécuniaire et morale de leur famille, d’associations et de syndicats, même si :et ce n’est pas nouveau, les syndicats éprouvent de la difficulté à organiser les sans –emplois de par la diversité des situations individuelles.*
Oui : avec 9 milliards d’habitants actuellement et 12 milliards prévus en 2050, avant d’aller sur la planète mars pour le plus grand nombre, il va falloir à la fois développer la protection des mers et des océans avec une gestion écologique de leurs ressources
Actuellement, proche de nous, les pays en difficulté = ce sont les pays autour du bassin méditerranéen : Tunisie, Grèce, Italie, Espagne, Chypre, ……N’y aurait-il pas une réflexion à avoir pour de nouveaux types de coopération ?
Le malaise sociétal actuel, l’ambiance morose dans notre pays sur laquelle ironise Gérard DEPARDIEU, lequel, dispose des moyens d’aller voir ailleurs, et hier : le résultat de l’élection législative partielle dans L’Eure, devraient sonner comme un avertissement pour le Président HOLLANDE, et son équipe gouvernementale au plus bas dans les sondages d’opinion. Egalement : interpeller avec vigueur les forces vives de la nation !
La théorie idéalisée » de L’homo Economicus » vient de loin :
Dans les années 80, on nous parlait du déterminisme technologique, durant les années 90, les DRH de nombre de grandes entreprises raisonnaient : lorsqu’ils parlaient de gestion des effectifs = non en terme de personnes humaines, de capital humain : mais en termes comptables de + ou de - !
Alors, il était parlé de déterminisme de la bourse !
Depuis les années 2000, les gendarmes financiers de la gestion économique = sont les agences de notation qui font trembler les dirigeants et chanceler la bourse.
Il nous est vanté le modèle allemand ! Certes la solidité de son appareil productif, l’efficacité de son système d’apprentissage, le rôle de ses länder, sont bien connus. Cependant, durant les années 70, il nous était vanté le système de cogestion à l’allemande avec les puissants syndicats DGB coopératifs .En 2012, ces mêmes syndicats ont participé à Bruxelles à des manifestations contre l’austérité.
Il nous est vanté la politique de l’offre de LAFFER….Non de MERKEL, la Chancelière allemande. Cependant en Allemagne : la CDU /CSU inflige aux salariés une flexibilité accrue, les travailleurs pauvres augmentent même si l’Allemagne continue de vendre de grosses berlines performantes de par le monde.
Pour assurer à sa population vieillissante la retraite par capitalisation à un nombre croissante d’allemands ; il lui faut un euro fort !
L’Allemagne dispose d’un potentiel industriel fort, cependant en matière de technologie la France dispose d’atout s non négligeables et cela a été constaté lors de rallyes internationaux et même en Formule1.Nous pouvions y compris offrir des véhicules petit et moyen modèle de par le monde. Cependant à partir des chocs pétroliers des années 70, nous aurions pu anticiper les recherches relativement aux futures voitures électrique, hybride l’hydrogène, à l’air…Or, nous avons valorisé le diesel polluant !
Alors, sans une réflexion nationale et internationale sur le comment sorti de ce modèle de développement qui est en panne d’innovation, et surtout : qui ne place pas l’être humain au centre de son dispositif, en Europe et en France, un temps viendra ou comme dans des pays Musulman : on entendra ces mots « Dégagez, dehors !
En France : le PS et les verts dans leur majorité part leur marge contestataire se sont ralliés à la logique libérale du marché sans conscience ni miséricorde comme l’exprimait Octavio PAZ.
Un mouvement comme ATTAC, a eu le mérite de regrouper diverses sensibilités de gauche, il a mis en avant les dérives financières du capitalisme, et a prôné la taxation des transactions financières bien avant d’autres. Cependant, plus club de réflexions et d’orientation que de mises en action, il n’a pas eu un impact de masse sur l’opinion publique et les syndicats et partis politiques.
L’extrême gauche : lutte ouvrière, LCR (NPA) se contentant de protester sans désir d’accéder au pouvoir, hormis la révolution quand son heure ….sera venue ! Eh bien, pour la protestation, bien des citoyens préfèrent l’expression spontanée, libre de mouvements du type « les indignés »
La droite classique est affaiblie depuis la caricature théâtral-dramatique de l’élection du Président de l’UMP.
Que devient L’UDI depuis sa création ? , Que sont devenus les électrices et les électeurs de François BAYROU ?
En attendant le FN engrange des voix, en dénonçant tous les systèmes, en exaltant la préférence nationale, ceci : sans être l’initiative de mobilisations de rue ou de démarches contre le gouvernement, il attend son heure en comptant sur la décomposition des autres et l’exaspération, pire le désespoir des français qui faute d’alternative autre lui tendraient les bras.
Alors, il reste le front de gauche qui lui =proteste et aspire également au pouvoir. Cependant : sa composante principale : le PC, n’a plus présentement d’impact national. C’est devenu un parti de militants et d’élus principalement y au plan local ; pour sauvegarder ses bastions, son enjeu sera : ceci, malgré la crise de confiance actuelle, d’assurer des alliances lors des élections municipales de 2014 avec le PS (parti socialiste) et les verts.
Le futur Secrétaire général de la CGT (en tout cas présenté comme tel), a raison d’indiquer que la centrale n’est pas le bras armé du front de gauche, comme elle est indépendante vis-à-vis du MEDEF et du gouvernement.
L’éclaircie malgré le désarroi actuel vient sans doute du mouvement syndical lequel, malgré le taux de syndicalisation extrêmement bas dans notre pays, à partir de propositions alternatives, non pas de l’échelon national mais de structures locales ou régionales professionnelles ou interprofessionnelles ,mobilise des énergies citoyennes et est un révélateur de pratiques démocratiques lesquelles peuvent élever des consciences sur l’exigence attendue des partis politiques et de la prise en compte des besoins du peuple.
Sinon, ce qui peut se produire à moyen et long terme est après le ras-le-bol des partis traditionnels que se cristallise un affrontement des2 pôles : le FN et le Front de gauche !
L’avertissement solennel est lancé, aux forces vives démocratiques : politiques, syndicales, associatives. De réagir !
Copyright Guy CREQUIE
Ecrivain français à finalité philosophique auteur de :
« Chroniques sur le monde et enjeux planétaires » Editions Edilivre Paris 2013
When I note the state of the world and my country, even if certainly I over-estimate my capacities of mobilization, and even if I like to write poetry, this because it is necessary to continue to hope, dream, transmit. However, as social observer my priority seems to be that to lean me on the evils of our world which goes badly and even is in danger and to firstly mobilize my thoughts and my acts like citizen of the world towards the requirement of the respect of the rights and human duties.
For that, I temporarily leave my vocal repetitions which however are the ultimate pleasure of my life.
Of: Guy Crequie [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Envoy: Monday, March 18, 2013 11:33
Subject: SOME REFLECTIONS SOCIETALES OF A SOCIAL OBSERVER WHICH THINKS WITH ITS COUNTRY AND ITS FUTURE!
SOME REFLECTIONS SOCIETALES OF A SOCIAL OBSERVER WHICH THINKS WITH ITS COUNTRY AND ITS FUTURE!
(Call to the awakening of each conscience citizen)
To compensate for a loan of 10 billion euros which the Euro group grants to CYPRUS, on the other hand and in a new and incredible way: he would be requested from each Cypriot, including most modest and according to the level of banking placements, a directly taken tax of an amount from 6 to 10%!
If DIDEROT indicated: ” Hasten we to make philosophy popular” and well with such a proposal the Euro group will contribute always more to hasten to make the European Union unpopular. ”
However CYPRUS, which has an enormous banking environment, and which protects the gigantic placements from having Russian will impoverish the humblest citizens.
And is France = where? Well: each day, a peasant commits suicide in the general indifference, a despaired unemployed, at the end of the rights committed suicide in Nantes, others live similar situations, and some owe their survival only by the pecuniary and moral assistance of their family, associations and trade unions, even if:and it is not new, the trade unions test difficulty of organizing them without - employment from the diversity of the situations individuelles.*
Yes: with 9 billion inhabitants currently and 12 billion envisaged in 2050, before going on the planet March for the greatest number, it will at the same time be necessary to develop the protection of the seas and the oceans with an ecological management their resources
Currently, near to us, the countries in difficulty = they are the countries around the Mediterranean basin: Wouldn't Tunisia, Greece, Italy, Spain, Cyprus, ...... be there a reflection to have for new types of co-operation?
Current discomfort sociétal, morose environment in our country about which Gérard Depardieu is ironical, which, has the means of going to see elsewhere, and yesterday: the result of the partial legislative election in the Eure, should sound like a warning for President HOLLAND, and his Cabinet with low in the opinion polls. Also: to challenge with strength living strength of the nation!
The idealized theory” of gay Economicus” comes by far:
In the Eighties, one spoke to us about the technological determinism, during the Nineties, the DRH of many large companies reasoned: when they spoke about management of manpower = not in term of human people, of human capital: but in countable terms of + or of -!
Then, he was spoken about determinism of the purse!
Since the years 2000, the financial gendarmes of economic management = are the credit rating agencies which make tremble the leaders and stagger the purse.
He to us is praised the German model! Admittedly the solidity of its productive apparatus, the effectiveness of its system of training, the role of its länder, are well-known. However, during the Seventies, he to us was praised the system of coadministration to German with powerful co-operative trade unions DGB.In 2012, these same trade unions took part in Brussels with demonstrations against the austerity.
He to us is praised the policy of the offer of LAFFER….Not of MERKEL, the German Chancellor. However in Germany: CDU /CSU inflicts to the employees an increased flexibility, the poor workers increase even if Germany continues to sell large powerful trucks all over the world.
To ensure its growing old population the retirement by capitalization with a number increasing of German; it needs one euro strong!
Germany has an industrial potential extremely, however as regards technology France has asset S considerable and that was noted at the time of international rallys and even in Formule1.Nous could including offering vehicles small and means models all over the world. However starting from the oil crises of the Seventies, we could have anticipated research compared to future cars electric, hybrid hydrogen, with the air… But, we developed the polluting diesel!
Then, without a national and international reflection on how left this development model which is broken down of innovation, and especially: who does not place the human being in the center of his device, to Europe and in France, a time will come or as in Musulman countries: one will hear these words “Release, outside!
In France: the PS and the greens in their majority leave their margin protestor adopted the liberal logic of the market without conscience nor mercy as Octavio Paz expressed it.
A movement like ATTAC, had the merit to gather various sensitivities of left, it proposed the financial drifts of capitalism, and preached the tax on the financial transactions well before others. However, more club of reflections and orientation that settings in motion, it did not have an impact of mass on the public opinion and the trade unions and political parties.
The far left: workers' struggle, LCR (NPA) being satisfied to protest without desire to reach the power, except the revolution when its hour….will have come! Well, for the protest, many citizens prefer the spontaneous, free expression of movements of the type “made indignant”
The traditional line is weakened since the theatrical-dramatic caricature of the election of the President of UMP.
What becomes the UDI since its creation? , What became the voters and the voters of Francois Bayrou?
While waiting for the FN voices garner, by denouncing all the systems, by exciting the national preference, this: without being the initiative of mobilizations of street or approachs against the government, he bides his time including on the decomposition of the others and aggravation, the worse despair of French who different fault of alternative would tighten the arms to him.
Then, there remains the face of left which =proteste and also aspires to him with the power. However: its principal component: the PC, does not have at present any more of national impact. It became a party of militants and elected officials mainly there with the local plan; to safeguard its bastions, its challenge will be: this, in spite of the current crisis of confidence, to ensure of alliances at the time of the local elections of 2014 with the PS (socialist party) and the greens.
The future General secretary of CGT (in any case presented like such), is right to indicate that the power station is not the armed wing of the face of left, as it is independent with respect to MEDEF and of the government.
The break in spite of the current distress undoubtedly comes from the trade union movement which, in spite of the rate of extremely low unionization in our country, starting from alternative propositions, not of the national level but of local structures or regional professional or interprofessional, mobilizes energies citizens and is revealing democratic practices which can raise consciences on the expected requirement of the political parties and the taking into account of the needs for the people.
If Not, which can occur in the medium and long term is after the dissatisfaction of the traditional parties that a confrontation des2 poles crystallizes: the FN and the Face of left!
The solemn warning is launched, with democratic living strength: policies, trade-union, associative. To react!
Copyright Guy CREQUIE
French Writer with philosophical purpose author of:
“Chronic on the world and planetary challenges” Editions Edilivre Paris 2013
Cuando constato el estado del mundo y mi país, aunque ciertamente sobrestimo mis capacidades de movilización, y aunque me gusta escribir de la poesía, esto ya que es necesario seguir esperando, soñando, transmitiendo. Sin Embargo, como observador social mi prioridad parece ser la inclinarme sobre los males de nuestro mundo que va mal e incluso está en peligro y de movilizar prioritariamente mis pensamientos y mis actos como ciudadano del mundo hacia la exigencia del respeto de los derechos y deberes humanos.
Para eso, dejo temporalmente mis repeticiones vocales que sin embargo es el placer último de mi vida.
De: Guy Créquie [mailto:email@example.com]
Enviado: lunes 18 de marzo de 2013 11:33
Asunto: ¡ALGUNAS REFLEXIONES EMPRESARIALES DE UN OBSERVADOR SOCIAL QUE PIENSA EN EL SU PAÍS Y A SU FUTURO! ¡ALGUNAS REFLEXIONES EMPRESARIALES DE UN OBSERVADOR SOCIAL QUE PIENSA EN EL SU PAÍS Y A SU FUTURO!
(Llamada al despertar de cada conciencia ciudadana)
Para compensar un préstamo de 10 mil millones de euros que el Euro grupo concede a CHIPRE, como contrapartida y de una manera inédita y alucinando: ¡se le pediría a cada chiprota, incluido los más modestos y según el nivel de colocaciones bancarias, impuesto tomado directamente por un importe de 6 al 10%!
Si DIDEROT indicó: ” Aceleran hacer la filosofía popular” y bien con tal propuesta el Euro grupo va a contribuir más siempre a acelerarse hacer la Unión Europea impopular. ”
Con Todo CHIPRE, que tiene un sector bancario enorme, y que protege las colocaciones gigantescas de poseedores rusos va a empobrecer a los ciudadanos más humildes.
¿Y Francia = dónde está? Eh bien: cada día, un campesino se suicida en la indiferencia general, un parado desesperado, en final de derechos se suicidó en Nantes, de otros viven situaciones similares, y algunos sólo deben su supervivencia por la asistencia pecuniaria y moral de su familia, asociaciones y sindicatos, aunque:y no es nuevo, los sindicatos prueban de la dificultad de organizar los desempleados debido a la diversidad de las situaciones individuelles.*
Sí: con 9 mil millones de habitantes actualmente y 12 mil millones previstos en 2050, antes de ir sobre el planeta marzo para el mayor número, va a ser necesario desarrollar a la vez la protección de los mares y océanos con una gestión ecológica de sus recursos
Actualmente, cerca nosotros, los países en dificultad = son los países alrededor de la cuenca mediterránea: ¿Túnez, Grecia, Italia, España, Chipre, ...... no habría una reflexión que tener por nuevos tipos de cooperación?
El malestar empresarial actual, el ambiente sombrío en nuestro país sobre el cual ironise Gérard Depardieu, el cual, dispone de los medios de ir a ver a otra parte, y ayer: el resultado de la elección legislativa parcial en el Eure, deberían sonar como una advertencia para el Presidente HOLLANDE, y su Gobierno a lo sumo bajo en los sondeos de opinión. También: ¡desafiar con vigor las fuerzas vivas de la nación!
La teoría idealizada” el homo Economicus” viene con mucho:
En los años 80, se nos hablaba del determinismo tecnológico, durante los años 90, los DRH de número de grandes empresas se razonaba: cuando hablaban de gestión del personal = no en términos de personas humanas, de capital humano: ¡pero en términos contables de + o de -!
¡Entonces, se hablaba de determinismo de la Bolsa!
Desde los años 2000, los gendarmes financieros de la gestión económica = son las agencias de notación que hacen temblar los dirigentes y escalonar la Bolsa.
¡Se nos elogia el modelo alemán! Ciertamente la solidez de su aparato productivo, se conoce bien la eficacia de su sistema de aprendizaje, el papel de sus Estados Federados. Sin Embargo, durante los años 70, se nos elogiaba el sistema de cogestión al alemana con los potentes sindicatos DGB cooperativos.En 2012, estos mismos sindicatos participaron en Bruselas a manifestaciones contra la austeridad.
Se nos elogia la política de la oferta de LAFFER….No de MERKEL, el Chancelière alemán. Sin Embargo en Alemania: el CDU /CSU inflige a los asalariados una mayor flexibilidad, los trabajadores pobres aumentan aunque Alemania sigue vendiendo grandes berlinas potentes en el mundo.
Para garantizar a su población que envejece la jubilación por capitalización a un número creciente de alemanes; ¡necesita un euro muy!
Alemania dispone de un fuerte potencial industrial, sin embargo en cuanto a tecnología Francia dispone de activo s no desdeñables y eso se constató en reuniones internacionales e incluso en Formule1.Nous podían incluido ofrecer vehículos pequeño y medio modelo en el mundo. ¡Sin Embargo a partir de los choques petrolíferos de los años 70, habríamos podido anticipar las investigaciones relativamente a los futuros coches eléctrico, hibridamos el hidrógeno, al aire… Ahora Bien, nosotros valorizamos el diesel contaminante!
Entonces, sin una reflexión nacional e internacional sobre el cómo salido de este modelo de desarrollo que es averiado de innovación, y sobre todo: quién no coloca el ser humano en el centro de su dispositivo, en Europa y Francia, un tiempo vendrá o como en países Musulmán: ¡se entenderán estas palabras “se Retira, afuera!
En Francia: el PS y los verdes en su mayoría va su margen contestatario suscribieron la lógica liberal del mercado sin conciencia ni misericordia como lo expresaba Octavio Paz.
Un movimiento como ATTAC, tuvo el mérito de agrupar distintas sensibilidades de izquierda, alegó las derivas financieras del capitalismo, y predicó los impuestos de las transacciones financieras bien antes de otros. Sin Embargo, más club de reflexiones y orientación que de puestas en acción, no tuvo un impacto de masa en la opinión pública y los sindicatos y partidos políticos.
La extrema izquierda: lucha trabajadora, LCR (NPA) limitándose a protestar sin deseo de acceder al poder, excepto la revolución cuando su hora….¡habrá venido! Eh bien, para la protesta, muchos ciudadanos prefieren la expresión espontánea, libre de movimientos del tipo “los indignados”
La derecha clásica se debilita desde la caricatura teatral-dramático de la elección del Presidente del UMP.
¿Qué ocurre con el UDI desde su creación? ¿, Que pasaron a ser las electoras y los electores de François Bayrou?
A la espera del FN entroja voces, denunciando todos los sistemas, exaltando la preferencia nacional, esto: sin ser la iniciativa de movilizaciones de calle o gestiones contra el Gobierno, espera su hora contando con la descomposición de los otros y la peor exasperación, la desesperación de los franceses que a falta de alternativa otra le tenderían los brazos.
Entonces, sigue siendo el frente de izquierda que =proteste y le aspira también al poder. Sin Embargo: su componente principal: el PC, no tiene ya actualmente impacto nacional. Se convirtió en un partido de militantes y cargos electos principalmente allí a nivel local; para salvaguardar sus bastiones, lo que está en juego será: y ello, a pesar de la crisis de confianza actual, de garantizar alianzas en las elecciones municipales de 2014 con el PS (partido socialista) y los verdes.
El futuro Secretario General del CGT (en cualquier caso presentado como tal), tiene razón indicar que la central no es el brazo armado del frente de izquierda, como es independiente frente a MEDEF y al Gobierno.
La mejoría a pesar del desasosiego actual viene seguramente del movimiento sindical el cual, a pesar del tipo de sindicalización extremadamente bajo en nuestro país, a partir de propuestas alternativas, no del nivel nacional sino de estructuras locales o regionales profesionales o interprofesionales, moviliza energías ciudadanas y es un revelador de prácticas democráticas las cuales pueden elevar conciencias sobre la exigencia esperada de los partidos políticos y de la consideración de las necesidades del pueblo.
Si No, lo que puede producirse a medio y largo plazo está después del hastío de los partidos tradicionales que se cristaliza una confrontación des2 polos: ¡el FN y el Frente de izquierda!
La advertencia solemne se lanza, a las fuerzas vivas democráticas: políticas, sindicales, asociativas. ¡Reaccionar!
Copyright Guy CREQUIE
Escritor francés con finalidad filosófica autor de:
“Crónicas sobre el mundo y lo que está en juego a niveles planetarios” Ediciones Edilivre París 2013
|February 9, 2013||
LE DIALOGUE AU XXI e SIECLE (2)
by Guy Crequie
Guy CREQUIE Global file
LE DIALOGUE AU XXI e SIECLE (2)
(Pour que l’humanisme contemporain coïncide avec : le respect de la dignité de la vie = de toute vie !
Parler de dialogue peut paraître très décalé par rapport à la réalité du blocage des Nations Unies où le veto de deux pays (la Chine et la Russie) au sein du Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU (instance qui ne correspond plus dans sa composition et dans son fonctionnement aux nécessités de notre temps),fait du drame syrien un conflit banalisé ,mis en parenthèse médiatique, ceci, alors que bien éloigné des chiffres officiels qui parlent de 70.000 morts (où chaque vie perdue est déjà dramatique),le bilan réel des victimes doit avoisiner les 100.000 morts, et ce, dans l’impuissance actuelle de l’organisation mondiale de paix.
Cependant, il faut raviver la flamme de l’espérance, des vertus du dialogue, et poser quelques repères et principes clairs pour un devenir commun possible, mieux = indispensable à la survie de l’humanité.
Les propos ci-dessous, sauf pour la relation au Professeur GALTUNG de ma rédaction, sont extraits du mensuel Valeurs humaines n° 28 de février 2013, page 15.
Comme le dit le philosophe PLATON dans le Phédon : »Haïr la discussion équivaut à haïr les êtres humains….Et ajout de Daisaku IKEDA : » Rejeter le dialogue et la discussion équivaut rejeter les êtres humains.
Nous ne pouvons changer le monde, que si nous changeons nous-mêmes, et cela commence par notre langage et notre façon de communiquer a indiqué pour sa part Arun GANDHI.
Marshall ROSENBERG, fondateur du centre pour la communication non violente a dit : »ce que je recherche dans la vie c’est la bienveillance, un échange avec autrui motivé par un élan du cœur réciproque ».
Le chercheur mondial pour la paix le Professeur Johan GALTUNG, parle de sa méthode du dépassement par la créativité pour résoudre pacifiquement les conflits. Ainsi pour illustrer sa pensée et notre recours fréquent aux schémas simplistes, il prend l’exemple de deux enfants qui se disputent ou se battent pour une orange. Ils n’imaginent pas d’autres solutions alternatives possibles : rechercher une autre orange, faire un jus d’orange, couper l’orange en deux, faire un gâteau à l’orange, planter les pépins, ….
De son côté : inspiré par les travaux de PICHON-RIVIERE, ROSENBERG, Mélanie KLEIN, le psycho- thérapeute français Charles ROJZMAN, a mis au point sa méthode de prévention des conflits ou de résolution des crises sociales par sa méthode de la thérapie sociale.
L’Institut international Joseï TODA, de recherche pour la paix dégage 10 points lesquels qui lui apparaissent incontournables pour le dialogue :
1- Honorer les autres et les écouter profondément avec le cœur et l’esprit .
2- Rechercher une base commune pour un consensus, mais éviter la pensée de groupe et reconnaître et honorer la diversité des points de vue.
3- Eviter = toute intervention inadéquate et intempestive.
4- Reconnaître la contribution des autres à la discussion, avant de mettre la sienne.
5- Se rappeler, que le silence est lui aussi parlant ; ne s’exprimer que lorsque vous avez une contribution a apporter un une question pertinente, en présentant un fait, en définissant ou en clarifiant un point, ou en faisant progresser la discussion vers plus de précision ou un plus grand consensus.
6- Identifier les points de divergence fondamentaux qui demande davantage de discussion. Ajout de GC : s’ils ne conduisent pas à un consensus, acter d’abord les points d’accord, faire preuve de respect mutuel dans le constat de la persistance de désaccords, prévoir une autre dialogue, préparé par l’établissement d’un document préparatoire recherchant de nouvelles bases de dialogue.
7- Ne jamais déformer les points de vue des autres, afin de mettre en avant les vôtres ; essayer de reformuler la position des autres d’une manière satisfaisante pour eux, avant d’indiquer en quoi votre point de vue diffère.
8- Formuler les points d’accord sur chaque sujet à l’ordre du jour, avant de passer au suivant.
9- Tirer les implications d’un accord, en vue d’une politique et d’une action de groupe.
10- Remercier vos collègues ou autres interlocuteurs pour leurs contributions.
Copyright Guy CREQUIE
Ecrivain français à finalité philosophique
The DIALOG TO the XXI E CENTURY (2)
(So that contemporary humanism coincides with: the respect of the dignity of the life = of any life!
To Speak about dialog can to appear very shifted compared to reality of blocking of the United Nations where veto of two country (China and Russia) within Security Council of UNO (authority which does not correspond any more in its composition and its operation to the needs of our time), made drama Syrian conflict standardized, put in bracket media, this, whereas well far away from official figures which speaks about 70,000 deaths (where each ruined life is already dramatic), the real assessment of the victims must border the 100,000 dead ones, and this, in the current impotence of the worldwide organization of peace.
However, it is necessary to revive the flame of the hope, the virtues of the dialog, and to pose some clear reference marks and principles for becoming common possible, better = essential to the survival of humanity.
The remarks below, except for the relation with Professor GALTUNG of my drafting, are extracted from the monthly magazine Human values n° 28 of February 2013, page 15.
Like the philosopher PLATON in Phédon says it: ” To Hate the discussion is equivalent hating the human beings….And addition of Daisaku IKEDA: ” To Reject the dialog and the discussion is equivalent rejecting the human beings.
We cannot change the world, only if we change ourselves, and that starts with our language and our way of communicating indicated for its part Arun GANDHI.
Marshall ROSENBERG, founder of the center for the nonviolent communication said: ” what I seek in the life it is the benevolence, an exchange with others moved by a dash of the reciprocal heart”.
The world researcher for peace Professor Johan GALTUNG, speaks about his method of the going beyond by the creativity to solve the conflicts peacefully. Thus to illustrate its thought and our frequent recourse to the simplistic diagrams, he takes the example of two children who dispute or fight for an orange. They do not imagine other possible alternative solutions: to seek another orange, to make an orange juice, to divide orange in two, to make a cake with orange, to plant the pips,….
On its side: inspired by work of PICHON-RIVIERE, ROSENBERG, Melanie KLEIN, the psycho- French therapeutist Charles ROJZMAN, developed his method of conflict prevention or resolution of the social crises by his method of the social therapy.
The International institute Joseï TODA, from research for peace elucidates 10 points which appears impossible to circumvent to him for the dialog:
1- To Honor the others and to deeply listen to them with the heart and the spirit.
2- To Seek a common base for a consensus, but to avoid the thought of group and to recognize and honour diversity with the points of view.
3- To Avoid = any inadequate and inopportune intervention.
4- To Recognize the contribution of the others to the discussion, before putting his.
5- To remember, that silence is also speaking; to be expressed only when you have a contribution has to bring a relevant question, by presenting a fact, while defining or by clarifying a point, or while making progress the discussion towards more precision or a greater consensus.
6- To Identify the fundamental points of divergence which requires more discussion. Addition of GC: if they do not lead to a consensus, acter initially points of agreement, to show mutual respect in the report of the continuing disagreement, to envisage another dialog, prepared by the establishment of a preparatory document seeking of new bases of dialog.
7- Never not to deform the points of view of the others, in order to propose yours; to try to reformulate the position of the others in a satisfactory way for them, before indicating in what your point of view differs.
8- To Formulate the points of agreement on each subject with the agenda, before passing to the following.
9- To Draw the implications from an agreement, for a policy and of a class action.
10- To Thank your colleagues or other interlocutors for their contributions.
Copyright Guy CREQUIE
French Writer with philosophical purpose
Copyright Guy CREQUIE
|February 8, 2013||
QUELQUES ELEMENTS DE REFLEXION "« LE DIALOGUE AU XXIe SIECLE «
by Guy Crequie
Guy CREQUIE Global file
A VOUS DE DECIDER SI UNE TRADUCTIONS’IMPOSE OU NON ?
QUELQUES ELEMENTS DE REFLEXION
« LE DIALOGUE AU XXIe SIECLE « !
Par Guy CREQUIE, poète et philosophe français
Guy CREQUIE (1 : » Le dialogue, ce n’est pas la lutte des classes entre des esprits, ce n’est pas l’objectif de vaincre l’autre par ses arguments, sa détermination. Ce n’est pas une forme de lutte intellectuelle ; le dialogue implique : d’intégrer, d’intérioriser la réalité de l’autre et permet de sortir de son splendide isolement, de ses certitudes non ouvertes à la position de l’un, ou d’autres interlocuteurs.
S’il y a différence révélée par le dialogue, loin de la vivre comme un obstacle ou une tare, elle doit être vécue comme un moyen de son dépassement pur se rapprocher toujours plus prêt de la vérité : celle du respect de la dignité de la vie, de toue vie ;
(1) Guy CREQUIE, auteur récemment de « Chroniques sur le monde et enjeux planétaires (2) » Editions Edilivre Paris –janvier 2013.
-Toute vie véritable est rencontre, dit le philosophe israélien d’origine autrichienne Martin BUBER (2) (1878-1965) dans son ouvrage : Je et Tu. C’est parce qu’un Tu s’adresse à notre Je, que nous nous sentons vivre, explique t-il : la Rencontre avec l’autre devient possible quand nous ressentons que l’autre n’est pas seulement autre, mais que d’une certaine manière, l’autre est soi-même .Rencontrer l’autre, c’est ainsi se rencontrer soi-même. »
(2) Editions Aubier 2012, réédition, p. 44
- A ce propos Daisaku IKEDA, écrit (3) : »Martin BUBER, décrit l’intensité du dialogue comme une rencontre sur une étroite corniche, où la moindre faute d’inattention pourrait provoquer une chute à pic ; le dialogue représente ce genre de rencontre à haut risque(…) L’humanisme, est capable de modifier l’orientation de la société mondiale. A mesure que les ondes de choc du dialogue se multiplient et se propagent, elles ont le pouvoir de générer un profond changement capable de réorienter les forces du fanatisme et du dogmatisme…. »
(3) Daisaku IKEDA, lors de sa proposition pour la paix du 26 janvier 2005, adressée au Secrétaire général de l’ONU - Rapportée par le mensuel » Valeurs humaines » n°28 de février 2013.
De son côté, le théologien Dennis GIRA, a écrit un ouvrage (4) au sein duquel, il exprime, que le dialogue est l’une des conditions de la paix dans le monde, mais également au plus près des réalités sociales, familiales, de chacune et de chacun. Il dénombre, ce qu’il appelle les 5 amis du dialogue : » Le respect, l’amitié, l’humilité, la patience, l’écoute ». A contrario, il cite les 5 ennemis du dialogue : » le silence (comme refus du dialogue), la peur, la savoir autosuffisant, l’orgueil, le mépris. A la page 287 de son livre, il mentionne : »A notre époque, la situation mondiale appelle tout le monde à s’engager dans le dialogue .Car sans dialogue, les mouvements nationalistes risquent de compromettre les solidarités qui, il y a peu, étaient encore source d’espoir. En Europe, par exemple, elles sont aujourd’hui mises à rude épreuve. Sans dialogue interreligieux, les conflits déjà existants dans certaines régions ne feront qu’empirer. Sans vrai dialogue entre les politiques de différentes tendances, aucun pays ne peut espérer surmonter les défis auxquels il doit faire face aujourd’hui(…) Et que dire, du dialogue entre les croyants de toutes religions et le monde de la culture, du dialogue entre conjoints, entre membres de la même famille, entre collègues (…..) Alors, oui, tout le monde est appelé au dialogue parce qu’il est l’une des conditions de la paix dans le monde, une paix qui va bien au-delà de la simple absence de conflits armés.
(4) Dennis GIRA, est Docteur en études extrême-orientales, spécialiste du bouddhisme et du dialogue interreligieux. Il a été directeur adjoint de l’institut de science et de théologie des religions de l’institut catholique de Paris. Son ouvrage « le dialogue à la portée de tous (ou presque) Editions BAYARD 2012, 296 pages.
Pur ce qui le concerne, le théologien Harvey COX, dans un ouvrage (5) exprime dans les pages 25,26,l’appréciation suivante : » Certains des meilleurs échanges culturels ont lieu non pas dans des salles de séminaire, mais là où les gens se rencontrent de façon informelle, dans les cafés, à leur domicile, sur leur lieu de travail, dans des laboratoires universitaires, ou en voyage (…) Néanmoins, il ne suffit pas d’espérer qu’un dialogue inter culturel ait lieu, nous devons créer des occasions pour qu’il se crée.
Dans le même livre, il est rapporté les propos de l’éducateur et pédagogue brésilien Paulo FREIRE (1921-1997) à la page 117, je cite : »Pour l’éducateur Paulo FREIRE, la connaissance ne devrait pas être dispensé par petits morceaux. Il soutenait, que l’éducation est un dialogue, un échange. Au lieu d’être la transmission des connaissances, c’est une rencontre au cours de laquelle les interlocuteurs conversent. Pour la simple transmission des connaissances l’étude des livres suffit. Mais l’étude des manuels ne crée pas des êtres humains particulièrement sensibles et créatifs. L’essence de l’éducation consiste, pour les Professeurs et les étudiants à peaufiner leur personnalité, et chercher la vérité par le dialogue. De cette façon, ils parviennent à apprendre à un niveau plus profond… »
(5) Harvey COX et Daisaku IKEDA » Persistance de la religion » Editions l’Harmattan Paris, 2012-180 pages. Dans ce livre, les deux auteurs préconisent une large place au dialogue intra et interreligieux, libre de préjugé, à la recherche de ce qui fonde le socle de notre humanité commune, et en abordant également franchement les différences comme condition du respect mutuel.
Me concernant Guy CREQUE, j’ajoute que ce dialogue doit également se faire avec les adeptes de l’humanisme laïc qui sont aussi des représentants de la diversité active.
Pour clore cette contribution, je fais état de propos qui auraient été tenu par l’éducateur et pédagogue japonais Josei TODA, décédé en 1958, et qui a été emprisonné durant la seconde guerre mondiale pour s’être opposé au militarisme japonais, je cite « Pour transformer notre société, (…) il importe que les jeunes aient en toute circonstance le regard assez perçant pour discerner la vérité, et les oreilles assez fines pour percevoir les paroles justes… »
Copyright Guy CREQUIE
FREE REMARKS WITH YOU TO DECIDE IF A TRADUCTIONS' IMPOSES OR NOT?
SOME ELEMENTS OF REFLECTION “The DIALOG AT the 21st CENTURY “
By Guy CREQUIE, French poet and philosopher
Guy CREQUIE (1: ” The dialog, it is not the class struggle between spirits, it is not the objective to overcome the other by its arguments, its determination. It is not a form of intellectual fight; the dialog implies: to integrate, interiorize the reality of the other and allows to leave its splendid isolation, its certainty nonopen to the position of the one, or other interlocutors.
If there is difference revealed by the dialog, far from the food like an obstacle or a tare, it must be lived like a means of its pure going beyond of approaching increasingly readier the truth: that of the respect of the dignity of the life, of warps life;
(1) Guy CREQUIE, author recently of “Chronicles on the world and challenges planetary (2)” Editions Edilivre Paris - January 2013.
- Any true life is meeting, known as the Israeli philosopher of Austrian origin Martin Buber (2) (1878-1965) in its work: I and You. It is because You address yourself to our I, that we feel to live, explains T it: the Meeting with the other becomes possible when we feel that the other is not only different, but that in a certain manner, the other is oneself.To meet the other, it is thus to meet oneself. ”
(2) Editions Sapwood 2012, republication, p. 44
- On this subject Daisaku IKEDA, written (3): ” Martin Buber, described the intensity of the dialog like a meeting on a narrow cornice, where the least careless mistake could cause a fall with peak; the dialog represents this kind of high-risk meeting (…) Humanism, is able to modify the orientation of the world company. As the shock waves of the dialog multiply and are propagated, they have the power to generate a deep change able to reorientate the forces of fanaticism and dogmatism…. ”
(3) Daisaku IKEDA, at the time of its proposal for the peace of January 26th, 2005, addressed to the General secretary of UNO - Brought back by monthly magazine” Human values” n°28 of February 2013.
On his side, the theologist Refusals GIRA, wrote a work (4) in which, it expresses, which the dialog is one of the conditions of peace in the world, but also closest to social realities, family, of each one and each one. He counts, which he calls the 5 friends of the dialog: ” The respect, friendship, humility, patience, listening”. A contrario, it quotes the 5 enemies of the dialog: ” silence (like refusal of the dialog), fear, it to know self-sufficing, pride, the contempt. On page 287 of its book, it mentions: ” At our time, the world situation invites everyone to begin in the dialog.Because without dialog, the nationalist movements are likely to compromise solidarity which, there is little, caused still hope. In Europe, for example, they are put today at severely tested. Without interreligieux dialog, the already existing conflicts in certain areas will do nothing but worsen. Without true dialog between the policies of various tendencies, no country can hope to overcome the challenges to which it must cope today (…) And that to say, of the dialog between the believers of all religions and the world of the culture, of the dialog between couple, members of the same family, colleagues (.....) Then, yes, everyone is called with the dialog because it is one of the conditions of peace in the world, a peace which goes well beyond the simple absence of armed conflicts.
(4) Refusals GIRA, is Doctor in Far-Eastern studies, specialist in Buddhism and the interreligieux dialog. He was assistant editor of the institute of science and theology of the religions of the catholic institute of Paris. Its work “the dialog close to all (or almost) Editions BAYARD 2012.296 pages.
Pure what relates to it, the theologist Harvey COX, in a work (5) expresses in pages 25.26, the following appreciation: ” Some of the best cultural exchanges not take place in rooms of seminar, but where people meet in an abstract way, in the coffees, in their residence, on their workplace, in university laboratories, or on a journey (…) Nevertheless, it is not enough to hope that a dialog inter cultural takes place, we must create occasions so that it is created.
In the same book, it is brought back the remarks of the teacher and Brazilian pedagog Paulo Freire (1921-1997) on page 117, I quote: ” For the teacher Paulo Freire, knowledge should not be exempted per small pieces. It supported, that education is a dialog, an exchange. Instead of being the transmission of knowledge, it is a meeting during which the interlocutors converse. For the simple transmission of knowledge the study of the books is enough. But the study of the handbooks does not create particularly sensitive and creative human beings. The petrol of education consists, for the Professors and the students to polish their personality, and to seek the truth by the dialog. In this way, they manage to learn on a major level…”
(5) Harvey COX and Daisaku IKEDA” Persistence of the religion” Editions the Paris Harmattan, 2012-180 pages. In this book, the two authors recommend a broad place with the dialog will intra and interreligieux, free of prejudice, in search of what founds the base of our common humanity, and by approaching also frankly the differences like condition of the mutual respect.
Relating to me Guy CREQUE, I add that this dialog must also be done with the followers of laic humanism who are also representatives of active diversity.
To close this contribution, I mention remarks which would have been held by the teacher and Japanese pedagog Josei TODA, deceased in 1958, and who was imprisoned during the Second World War to be itself opposite with Japanese militarism, I quote “to transform our company, (…) it matters that the young people have in any circumstance the enough piercing glance to distinguish the truth, and enough fine ears to perceive the right words…”
Copyright Guy CREQUIE
|March 15, 2013||
La paix universelle Crois-tu que le printemps reste en toutes saisons
que la pluie et le vent deviennent douces choses
l'allégresse et la paix vibreraient de chansons
la terre embellirait de mille et une chose.
alors main dans la main et à travers le monde
les enfants tous heureux élargiraient leur ronde...
je veux prendre au soleil une part de chaleur
et au ciel constellé de myriades d'étoiles
partagera l'amour à chaque noble coeur
Le trés haut Rédempteur descendu de ses voiles.
les guerres et tourments seront ensevelis
tout au fond du noyau de notre belle terre.
les messages de paix pour toujours établis
sauront alimenter une grande prière.
hymnes religieux de tendresse et d'amour
le savoir et l'honneur atteindront notre monde
la colombe de paix volera tour à tour
formant sans se lasser une admirable rond.
Do you think that the spring remains in all seasons
the rain and the wind become mild things
joy and peace vibreraient songs
the Earth embellirait of a thousand thing.
then hand in hand and around the world
the children all happy would expand their round...
I want to participate in the Sun's heat
and in the sky studded of myriads of stars
share the love in every noble heart
The very high Redeemer descended from its sails.
the wars and torment will be buried
at the bottom of the core of our beautiful Earth.
the messages of peace forever established
will be able to feed a great prayer.
Religious hymns of tenderness and love
knowledge and honor will reach our world
the dove of peace fly in turn
forming without tiring a wonderful round.
Você acha que a mola permanece em todas as estações
a chuva e o vento tornam-se coisas leves
canções de alegria e paz vibreraient
o embellirait de terra de mil coisa.
em seguida, lado a lado e em todo o mundo
os filhos todos felizes expandiria sua rodada...
Eu quero participar o calor do sol
e o céu cravejado de miríades de estrelas
compartilhar o amor em cada coração nobre
Muito alto Redentor descendente de suas velas.
as guerras e o castigo vão ser enterrados
na parte inferior do núcleo da nossa bela terra.
as mensagens de paz estabelecida para sempre
será capaz de alimentar uma grande oração.
Hinos religiosos de ternura e amor
conhecimento e honra vão chegar a nosso mundo
a pomba da paz por sua vez voar
formando sem cansar uma partida maravilhosa.
¿Crees que la primavera sigue siendo en todas las estaciones
la lluvia y el viento se convierten en cosas suaves
canciones de alegría y paz vibreraient
el embellirait de tierra de 1 mil cosas.
luego de la mano y todo el mundo
los niños felices ampliaría su ronda...
Quiero participar en el calor del sol
y en el cielo tachonado de miríadas de estrellas
compartir el amor en cada corazón noble
El Redentor muy alto descendió de sus velas.
las guerras y el tormento se enterrará
en la parte inferior de la base de nuestra hermosa tierra.
los mensajes de paz establecido para siempre
serán capaces de alimentar una gran oración.
Himnos religiosos de ternura y amor
conocimiento y honor llegará a nuestro mundo
la paloma de la paz a su vez volar
formación sin cansarse una maravillosa ronda.
|February 4, 2013||
Estamos em Paz?
A escala para a Paz é gradativa.
Primeiro precisamos estar em Paz, assim poderemos construir uma Família Universal da Paz, como enunciou nosso presidente Jean-Paul Nouchi.
Nos mesmos princípios estamos seguindo na direção de comando e liderança de Gabrielle Simond, para formarmos um mesmo ‘espírito/alma em corpo e mente, nesta família.
Em corpo a nossa presença no círculo de embaixadores, e em mente o objetivo maior de levarmos a Paz para o Universo, e isto vai além de muitas fronteiras!
E isto tem tudo a ver com o que escreveu algumas vezes o Embaixador Jean-Louis Latsague.
Muitos de nós estamos perdidos nos conceitos políticos das relações humanas, pois também estão perdidos nas relações filosóficas de quem somos, de onde viemos para estarmos nesta vida, seus objetivos e o que poderíamos preparar para o futuro, além deste corpo. E nisto parece entrar a barreira religiosa ao invés da solução para os grupos, incluindo as ‘guerras santas’. E assim, parece difícil termos um movimento na ‘santa paz’!
Precisamos sobreviver além da política, filosofia ou religião. Precisamos de um caminho seguro.
Quem nos tem proporcionado paz? A Política, a filosofia, a religião?
É disto que estou falando, pois a base de orientação da Embaixada Universal da Paz não fala destes itens, mas fala de ‘Família Universal da Paz’.
Eu não posso estar em paz sozinho, você também não, somos um grupo grande de seres humanos, em sociedades tão decaída em seus valores, onde o conceito de ética se mistura aos conceitos morais localizados e não universais como seria a ética.
Todos possuem o sentido de ética, esta condição de avaliar entre o certo e o errado, mas formou-se uma forte condição de salvar a si mesmo, sem olhar para os outros.
Não iremos a lugar algum criticando ou apontando defeitos na humanidade, seja em que governo, filosofia ou religião. Precisamos primeiro olhar para nossos defeitos, buscar resolvê-los e irmos à busca de nossas qualidades básicas.
Não somos uma máquina convencional de trabalho sem mudanças, somos sim, seres com discernimento com a faculdade de pensarmos por nós mesmos e assim conseguirmos ações que possam mudar qualquer contexto em que nos encontramos em qualquer sociedade.
Muito agradável aos crentes falarem em Deus, aos Cristãos falarem em Jesus e assim do ponto de vista religioso, político ou filosófico. Estes também estão pensando em algo maior e do ponto de vista de toda a humanidade. Mas deste modo, o amor e humildade não são as ferramentas ideais, pois para chegarmos a isto, precisamos de outras gradações.
Estamos pulando gradações. Quem é humilde e possui amor incondicional, não faz guerras, não se vende e nem compra, não acusa e nem se defende, não apóia o que não faz!
O Círculo de Embaixadores Universais da Paz é uma esperança de soma de valores em Grupo, incluindo a idéia de todos para um mesmo objetivo. Sem pressa, mas com consistência em seus passos gradativos.
Sim, a PAZ é possível dentro desta união em família com a mesma intenção e ação na direção desta conquista para si e para todos.
Nous et la Paix?
L'échelle pour la paix est progressive.
Premièrement, nous devons être en paix afin que nous puissions construire une famille de la paix universelle, tel qu'il est énoncé par notre président Jean-Paul Nouchi.+
Les mêmes principes que nous suivons la direction du commandement et du leadership Gabrielle Simond, pour former un seul esprit '/ âme, le corps et l'esprit, dans cette famille.
Dans notre présence corporelle dans le cercle des ambassadeurs, et l'objectif plus large à l'esprit que nous prenons pour la paix de l'univers, et cela va au-delà de nombreuses frontières!
Et cela a tout à voir avec ce que vous avez écrit parfois l'Ambassadeur Jean-Louis Latsague.
Beaucoup d'entre nous sont perdus dans les concepts politiques de relations humaines, qui sont également perdus dans les relations philosophiques de qui nous sommes, où nous sommes arrivés à cette vie, vos objectifs et ce que nous pouvons nous préparer pour l'avenir, au-delà de ce corps. Et il semble entrer dans la barrière religieuse plutôt que la solution à ces groupes, y compris les «guerres saintes». Et oui, il semble difficile d'avoir un mouvement dans la «sainte paix!
Nous survivons au-delà de la politique, de la philosophie ou de la religion. Nous avons besoin d'un moyen sûr.
Qui nous a donné la paix? Politique, la philosophie, la religion? C'est ce que je parle, parce que l'orientation fondamentale de la paix universelle ambassade ne parle pas de ces articles, mais parle de «famille de la Paix Universelle.
Je ne peux pas être seul dans la paix, vous n'avez pas, nous sommes un grand groupe d'êtres humains, dans des sociétés aussi tombé sur leurs valeurs, où le concept de l'éthique se mêle avec des concepts moraux et comment il ne serait pas éthique universelle.
Tous ont un sens de l'éthique, afin d'évaluer l'état de bien et de mal, mais formait un état solide se sauver sans chercher d'autres. Nous n'allons nulle part critiquer ou de pointer les défauts de l'humanité, dans tout gouvernement, de la philosophie ou de la religion. Nous devons d'abord regarder nos défauts, chercher à les résoudre et aller à la recherche de nos qualités de base.
Nous ne sommes pas une machine conventionnelle de travail sans changement, nous sommes des êtres plutôt exigeants avec le pouvoir de penser par nous-mêmes et que nous puissions partager pour changer tout contexte dans lequel nous nous trouvons dans une société.
Très sympa de discuter avec les croyants en Dieu, en parlant aux chrétiens de Jésus et donc le point de vue religieux, politique ou philosophique. Ceux-ci ont également penser à quelque chose de grand et le point de vue de l'humanité tout entière. Mais de cette façon, l'amour et l'humilité ne sont pas les outils idéaux parce que pour en arriver là, nous avons besoin d'autres gradations.
Nous sautons notes. Qui est humble et a l'amour inconditionnel, pas les guerres, pas à vendre, ni acheter, ni n'accuse pas pour se défendre, ne cautionne pas ce que fait!
Le Cercle des Ambassadeurs de la Paix universelle est une somme de valeurs espoir au sein du Groupe, y compris l'idée de tous pour le même objectif. Pas pressé, mais avec cohérence dans leurs étapes progressives. Oui, la paix est possible au sein de cette famille l'union avec la même intention et l'action vers cet accomplissement pour eux-mêmes et pour tous.
Nosotros en Paz?
La escala para la Paz es gradual.
Primero tenemos que estar en paz para que podamos construir una familia de la Paz Universal, tal como se enuncia nuestro presidente Jean-Paul Nouchi.
Los mismos principios que estamos siguiendo la dirección de Gabrielle mando y liderazgo Simond, para formar un solo espíritu '/ alma, el cuerpo y la mente, en esta familia.
En nuestra presencia corporal en el círculo de los embajadores, y el objetivo más grande en mente tomamos paz para el universo, y esto va más allá de las fronteras de muchos!
Y esto tiene mucho que ver con lo que ha escrito a veces el Embajador Jean-Louis Latsague.
Muchos de nosotros estamos perdidos en los conceptos políticos de las relaciones humanas, que también se perdieron en las relaciones filosóficas de lo que somos, de dónde venimos a esta vida, sus metas y lo que podemos prepararnos para el futuro, más allá de este cuerpo. Y parece que para entrar en la barrera religiosa en lugar de la solución a los grupos, incluyendo las "guerras santas". Y así, parece difícil que un movimiento en la 'santa paz'!
Sobrevivimos allá de la política, la filosofía o la religión. Necesitamos una manera segura.
¿Quién nos ha dado la paz? La política, la filosofía, la religión? Eso es lo que estoy hablando, porque la orientación básica de la Embajada de la Paz universal no habla de estos temas, sino habla de "familia de la Paz Universal.
No puedo estar sola en paz, no, somos un gran grupo de seres humanos, en sociedades como caída en sus valores, donde el concepto de la ética se mezcla con conceptos morales ubicado y cómo no sería ética universal.
Todos tienen un sentido de la ética, para evaluar el estado de derecho y el mal, sino que formaba un estado fuerte salvarse a sí mismo sin mirar a los demás.
Nosotros no vamos a ninguna parte criticar o señalar errores en la humanidad, en cualquier gobierno, la filosofía o la religión. En primer lugar debemos mirar nuestros defectos, tratar de resolverlos e ir en busca de nuestras cualidades básicas. No somos una máquina convencional de trabajo sin cambios, somos seres bastante exigentes con el poder de pensar por nosotros mismos y que podamos compartir que puede cambiar cualquier contexto en el que nos encontramos en cualquier sociedad.
Muy bonito hablando a los creyentes en Dios, hablando a los cristianos en Jesús y lo que el punto de vista religioso, político o filosófico. Estos también están pensando en algo más grande y el punto de vista de toda la humanidad. Pero de esta manera, el amor y la humildad no son las herramientas ideales porque de llegar a eso, necesitamos otras gradaciones.
Estamos saltando grados. ¿Quién es humilde y tiene un amor incondicional, no hace guerras, no para la venta ni compra, no acusa ni defenderse, no avala que hace!
El Círculo de Embajadores de la Paz Universal es una suma de los valores de esperanza en el Grupo, incluyendo la idea de todos para el mismo objetivo. No hay prisa, pero con coherencia en sus pasos graduales. Sí, la paz es posible dentro de esta familia la unión con la misma intención y acción hacia este logro para ellos y para todos.
We at Peace?
The scale for Peace is gradual.
First we need to be at peace so we can build a family of Universal Peace, as enunciated our president Jean-Paul Nouchi.
The same principles we are following the direction of command and leadership Gabrielle Simond, to form a single 'spirit / soul, body and mind, in this family.
In our body presence in the circle of ambassadors, and the larger goal in mind we take peace for the universe, and this goes beyond many borders!
And this has everything to do with what you wrote sometimes Ambassador Jean-Louis Latsague.
Many of us are lost in the political concepts of human relations, which are also lost in the philosophical relations of who we are, where we came to this life, your goals and what we can prepare for the future, beyond this body. And it seems to enter the religious barrier rather than the solution to the groups, including the 'holy wars'. And so, it seems difficult to have a movement in the 'holy peace'!
We survive beyond politics, philosophy or religion. We need a safe way.
Who has given us peace? Politics, philosophy, religion? That's what I'm talking about, because the basic orientation of Universal Peace Embassy does not speak of these items, but speaks of 'Family of Universal Peace.
I can not be alone in peace, you do not, we are a large group of humans, in societies as fallen on their values, where the concept of ethics mingles with moral concepts located and how it would not universal ethics.
All have a sense of ethics, to assess the condition of right and wrong, but formed a strong condition save himself without looking for others.
We're not going anywhere criticizing or pointing flaws in humanity, in any government, philosophy or religion. We must first look at our shortcomings, seek to resolve them and go in search of our basic qualities.
We are not a conventional machine work without changes, we are rather discerning beings with the power to think for ourselves and so we can share that can change any context in which we find ourselves in any society.
Very nice talking to believers in God, speaking to Christians in Jesus and so the religious point of view, political or philosophical. These are also thinking of something bigger and the point of view of all mankind. But this way, love and humility are not the ideal tools because we get to that, we need other gradations.
We're skipping grades. Who is humble and has unconditional love, does not wars, not for sale nor purchase, does not accuse nor defend himself, does not endorse that does!
The Circle of Universal Peace Ambassadors is a hope sum of values ??in the Group, including the idea of ??all for the same goal. No hurry, but with consistency in their gradual steps. Yes, PEACE is possible within this union family with the same intention and action toward this achievement for themselves and for all.
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