To Johan Galtung on His Birthday

POETRY FORMAT, 19 Oct 2015

Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

pic istanbulPeacebuilders/educators/makers everywhere let’s rejoice
Today let’s acknowledge the privilege of hearing Johan Galtung’s voice.

On October 24, 85 blessed years old he will be
He is an extraordinary example for all peace loving persons and organizations to see.

His lectures, workshops, and publications Humankind dignify
May he keep up his inspiring work at TRANSCEND, helping a sustainable peace edify.

Francisco Gomes de Matos, Ph.D. is an applied peace linguist from Recife, Brazil. He has degrees in Languages, Law, and Linguistics. He is Professor Emeritus at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco where he is active in the Dom Hélder Camara Human Rights Commission. He is one of the pioneers in Linguistic Rights (author of 1984 Plea for a Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights) and in the emerging area of Peace Linguistics. Currently he is President of the Board, Associação Brasil América ( He can be reached at

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