Articles by David Adams

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(Italiano) Perché Julian Assange è così importante
David Adams | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

Il controllo dell’informazione è diventato un mezzo cruciale per la cultura dei guerra – esnza il quale non può sostenersi. In passato, solo alcuni dei segreti e delle bugie degli US e dei loro alleati sono state rivelate. Ma grazie a Julian Assange e alla sua organizzazione WikiLeaks, ne abbiamo appreso molti di più negli ultimi pochi anni. Come reagiscono i governi?

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Why Julian Assange Is So Important
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

The control of information has become a crucial means for the culture of war – without this control it cannot be sustained. In the past, only a few of the secrets and lies were revealed. But thanks to Julian Assange and his organization WikiLeaks, we have learned about many more secrets and lies in the past few years. How do governments react?

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Can Students Become a Revolutionary Force?
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Apr 2019

1 Apr 2019 – It seems we are now starting to see student strikes to demand that their governments address the problem of climate change. Can this movement become revolutionary? Students are beginning to see that their world is being exploited by their governments and that their schools seem to be in complicity with the governments. The American Youth Climate Strike say in their mission statement that “if the social order is disrupted by our refusal to attend school, then the system is forced to face the climate crisis and enact change.”

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How to Prepare for a Global Financial Crash: Rural-Urban Continuum and Electric Vehicles
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Mar 2019

1 Mar 2019 In this blog we have often proposed that the culture of war is not sustainable and that the American empire is destined to crash for the same reasons that the Soviet empire crashed. It can be an opportunity for a transition from the culture of war to a culture of peace. However, the crash of the American empire may well be accompanied (caused) by a global financial crash with suffering for ordinary people, as it did for the Soviet people 30 years ago.

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(Français) Où est la démocratie?
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Feb 2019

1er février 2019 – Au cours des derniers mois, deux élections ont eu lieu: en République Démocratique du Congo et au Venezuela.

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Where Is Democracy?
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Feb 2019

1 Feb 2019 – In the past few months we have a tale of two elections: In the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Venezuela.

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The Doomsday Clock
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Jan 2019

2 Jan 2019 – Looking back at 2018, we see progress in all of the areas of a culture of peace except one: disarmament, and in particular nuclear disarmament. Symbolic of this, last year the “doomsday clock” of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists was reset to only two minutes before midnight, the shortest it has been since 1953!

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Rationale for an Alternative to the UN Security Council
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Dec 2018

3 Dec 2018 – In last month’s blog, I returned to a previous theme of an Alternative UN Security Council. It has been pointed out to me that I did not provide a very explicit rationale about this proposal and why it should be given priority. So let me try to do that now in terms of the following strategy and tactics involved.

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As the Empire Crashes
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Nov 2018

2 Nov 2018 – As the American empire begins to crash, capitalism becomes desperate and takes off its gloves. We see its fist; all of the characteristics of the culture of war carried to extreme. In fact, that is the simple nature of fascism, the culture of war carried to extreme. Trump in the USA, Erdogan in Turkey, now Bolsonaro in Brazil. The capitalists finance their campaigns in a desperate effort to protect their wealth.

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(Français) La solution souffle dans le vent
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Oct 2018

7 octobre 2018 – Je suis tombé sur an article à propos de deux réunions le même jour aux Nations Unies sur les armes nucléaires. Les principaux États nucléaires (États-Unis, France, Royaume-Uni, Chine et Russie) se sont tous rendus à la réunion sur la non-prolifération et ils ont boycotté ainsi la réunion sur le désarmement! Comme l’article le conclut à juste titre, les États nucléaires “n’accordent pas de priorité à leur obligation d’éliminer leurs propres armes de destruction massive, mais se concentrent plutôt sur l’empêchement des autres d’acquérir de telles armes”.

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The Answer Is Blowing in the Wind
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Oct 2018

7 Oct 2018 – I came across a piece about two meetings at the UN on the same day concerning nuclear weapons. The major nuclear states (USA, France, UK, China and Russia) all went to a meeting for non-proliferation and boycotted the meeting for nuclear disarmament. As the article correctly concludes, the nuclear states “place very little priority on their obligations to eliminate their own weapons of mass destruction, focusing instead on preventing others from acquiring such weapons.”

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The Paradox of the United Nations: Peace vs. Culture of Peace
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Sep 2018

2 Sep 2018 – If we consider the purpose for which the United Nations was formed: “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” it is failing badly. This spring, when we hoped that the UN would convene a High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament, the meeting was cancelled due to pressure from the United States and its allies.

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Movement for Sustainable Development: Model for Culture of Peace?
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Aug 2018

2 Aug 2018 – Already we see that the paradigm of a culture of peace, as opposed to a culture of war, is becoming internalized in the consciousness of a large proportion of humanity. Can we not expect that the closer we come to a collapse of the present system, the more it will become evident that wise financial investment should seek out productive sectors instead of militarized sectors of the economy? If and when this occurs, then the time will be ripe for a social revolution from the culture of war to a culture of peace.

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“Slow News” vs “Fast History”
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jul 2018

2 Jul 2018 – This blog last month suggested that history is moving much faster than we think and that the collapse of the American empire is likely to come within the next two years. This leads me to the question: Can the slow development of the culture of peace make it possible for a transition from the culture of war to a culture of peace when the American empire crashes?

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Why There Is So Much Anger
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jun 2018

7 Jun 2018 – Wherever we turn, people are angry. In France and United States where I live, voters are angry and turn their anger against immigrants and people of color. And they vote for the Front National and for Donald Trump. And the struggle in the US between students protesting school massacres, gun sales and the National Rifle Association is fueled by anger on both sides. We are going through an especially dangerous period of history, and we need to analyze its causes and possible solutions.

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Consequences of the Crash of the American Empire
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jun 2018

1 Jun 2018 – In last month’s article, I mentioned the prediction of Johan Galtung that the American empire cannot last more than another two years. Is that likely, and if so, what will be the consequences? Having witnessed the crash of a previous empire, I think is likely.

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The Times Call for Radical Action!
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 May 2018

1 May 2018 – Johan Galtung predicted the crash of the Soviet empire within one year, and he predicts the end of the American empire within the next two years. If he is correct, the crash of the global economy is likely to come before the threatened wars, before the full development of fascism, and before the full effects of global warming. And if he is correct, it will provide us with a window of opportunity in the next two years to refound the global political system.

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Towards a Global Movement against All Violence
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Apr 2018

1 Apr 2018 – The growing mobilizations by teenagers in the US and Palestine remind me of the mobilizations by youth against the War in Vietnam in the 1960’s and by youth against Apartheid in the 1970’s. The time is short. Johan Galtung has repeated his prediction, first made in 2004, that the American Empire cannot be sustained beyond the year 2020.

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The Role of Media for a Culture of Peace
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Feb 2018

1 Feb 2018 – Over the past century the control of information, especially through the mass media, has become the most important characteristic of the culture of war. Why? It is urgent that we continue to develop media for a culture of peace throughout the world, hoping that someday it will obtain an audience as great as that for the culture of war.

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The Culture of War Is Hiding in Plain Sight: It Is the State
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jan 2018

The state devotes its resources and is more or less controlled, overtly or covertly, by the military throughout the world. This is not new but has been true throughout history. If peace is to be obtained, it cannot be based on the state. Can the state be replaced? Yes!

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The Struggle to Eliminate Violence against Women Is Essential to the Culture of Peace
David Adams | Culture of Peace News Network – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Dec 2017

1 Dec 2017 – The advance this year of the struggle to eliminate violence against women is an important step forward for the global movement for a culture of peace. Here’s why.

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Catalunya: Culture of War or Culture of Peace?
David Adams | Culture of Peace News Network – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Nov 2017

1 Nov 2017 – It seems that the people of Catalunya will vote in December whether to declare independence from Spain, i.e. to form a separate state. If someone were to ask my advice about this election, I would say that it risks becoming a decision to move Catalunya towards the culture of war. There are good alternative for Catalunya, apart from secession.

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Towards a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly
David Adams | Culture of Peace News Network – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Aug 2017

2 Aug 2017 – We need a profound reform of the UN so that it is managed more directly by the peoples of the world – through cities or parliaments instead of the present Member States that are inextricably linked to the culture of war. A significant first step towards such a reform would be the proposed parliamentary assembly of the UN (UNPA). There are proposals from the European Parliament, the Pan-African Parliament and an international conference of around 300 chief justices, judges, legal experts and ambassadors from nearly 60 countries predominantly from the Global South.

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Role of Mass Demonstrations in History
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Mar 2017

I am reminded of mass demonstrations which I have experienced over the years in the United States: the gathering for civil rights at the Washington Monument in 1963 when Martin Luther King made his great speech “I have a dream!”; the mobilization of one million people for a nuclear test ban in New York’s Central Park in 1982; and the mobilizations in 2003 against the American invasion of Iraq which involved millions of people around the world.

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