Articles by Robert J. Burrowes

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Human Violence: Pervasive, Multi-dimensional and Extinction-threatening
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Oct 2019

Perhaps ending human violence is impossible. If that is true, then human extinction is inevitable and it will occur as a result of one cause or another. Moreover, it will happen in the near term. But every person who believes that human violence can be ended, and then takes strategic action to end it, is participating in the most important undertaking in human history: a last ditch strategy to fight for human survival.

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The Global Climate Movement Is Failing: Why?
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2019

25 Sep 2019 – It has been satisfying to note the response to two recent climate campaigns: the Global Climate Strike by school students inspired by Greta Thunberg and the climate actions by Extinction Rebellion. While delighted that these campaigns have managed to mobilize significant numbers of people, I would like to briefly raise some issues for consideration by each of those involved in the climate movement as well as those considering involvement.

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The Struggle for Peace in Afghanistan: Is Community Engagement the Key?
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Sep 2019

19 Sep 2019 – I have just read a superb book by Mark Isaacs, ‘The Kabul Peace House: How a Group of Young Afghans are Daring to Dream in a Land of War,’ which records in considerable detail the struggle, both internal and external, to generate a peaceful future in Afghanistan… Allow yourself to be inspired by a group of young people, each of whom has lived their entire life in a country at war both with itself and with foreign countries, but has refused to submit to the predominant delusion that violence is the way out.

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Comparative Political Leadership: Gandhi vs. Contemporary Leaders
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Sep 2019

On 2 October 2019, it will be the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mohandas K. Gandhi in Gujarat, India. I would like to reflect on the visionary leadership that Gandhi offered the world, briefly comparing it with some national leaders of today, and to invite you to emulate Gandhi’s leadership.

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Our Vanishing World: Glaciers
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Aug 2019

23 Aug 2019 – Something is causing the world’s glaciers and mountain ice fields to melt. And, despite your first thought, it is not the ongoing climate catastrophe. It does not matter where on Earth the glaciers and mountain ice fields are located, they are all melting. Moreover, the projected timeframe for some of them to disappear altogether is ‘imminently’; that is, within years.

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(Français) Notre monde en voie de disparition: Forêts Tropicales
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Aug 2019

Mais l’Amazonie est immense, on pourrait dire: c’est le cas. Est-il important que nous en détruisions quelque chose pour le soja et l’élevage? Eh bien, une étude récente a suggéré que la déforestation de 20-25% de l’Amazonie serait en train de basculer point après lequel il cesse de fonctionner écosystème de la forêt pluviale et ce, comme on peut s’y attendre, serait catastrophique. De plus, les graves sécheresses récentes semblent avoir “Le premier scintillement de ce point de basculement écologique”; suggère qu’il est déjà imminent.

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Our Vanishing World: Rainforests
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Aug 2019

But the Amazon is huge, you might say: Does it matter if we destroy some of it for soy and cattle farming? Well, one recent study suggested that deforestation of 20–25% of the Amazon would be the tipping point beyond which it would cease to be a functioning rainforest ecosystem and this, as you might expect, would be catastrophic. Moreover, recent severe droughts appear to be ‘the first flickers of this ecological tipping point’ suggesting that it is already imminent.

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Extinction Is Stalking Humanity: The Threats to Human Survival Accumulate
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jul 2019

I have previously written a summary of the interrelated psychological, sociological, political-economic, military, nuclear, ecological and climate threats to human survival on Earth. I would like to add to it by focusing attention on three additional threats – geoengineering, medical vaccinations and electromagnetic radiation – that are less well-known (largely because the evidence is officially suppressed and only made available by conscientious investigative activists).

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(Français) L’esprit limité: Pourquoi la peur poursuit l’humanité à l’extinction
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jul 2019

Ma propre préoccupation se termine violence, en prévenant l’extinction des personnes et en reconstruisant et durablement nos relations avec la terre et entre nous. Et vous?

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(Castellano) La mente limitada: por qué el miedo está llevando la humanidad a la extinción
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jul 2019

Mi propia preocupación es poner fin a la violencia, evitar la extinción humana y construir de nuevo y de manera sostenible nuestras relaciones con la Tierra y con los demás. ¿Tú que dices?

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The Limited Mind: Why Fear Is Driving Humanity to Extinction
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jul 2019

My own preoccupation is ending violence, averting human extinction and building anew and sustainably our relationships with the Earth and each other. What about you?

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Understanding NATO, Ending War
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

On 4 April 2019 NATO marked its 70th anniversary. Coinciding with it, peace activists and concerned scholars in several countries conducted a variety of events to draw attention to, and further document, the many war crimes and other atrocities committed by NATO (sometimes by deploying its associate and crony terrorist armies – ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Nusra – recruited and trained by the CIA and funded by Saudi Arabia, other Gulf countries and the US directly.

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The Disintegrated Mind: The Greatest Threat to Human Survival on Earth
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

Given that the expression ‘mental disintegration’ describes a shocking psychological state but also one that is so widespread it afflicts virtually everyone, it can be described as posing the greatest threat to human survival on Earth because it caused – and now prevents virtually everyone from thinking, feeling, planning and behaving functionally in response to – the multifaceted threats to humanity and the biosphere.

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Nonviolence Charter: Progress Report #14 (Apr 2019)
Robert J. Burrowes, Anita McKone & Anahata Giri – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

This is the latest six-monthly report on progress in relation to ‘The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World’ together with a sample of news about Charter signatories and organizations. Our collective effort to build a worldwide consensus against the use of violence in all contexts continues to make progress, even against rather overwhelming odds! At the time of today’s report, we have signatories in 105 countries. We also have 117 organizations/networks from 37 countries.

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Tackling the ‘Impossible’: Ending Violence
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Apr 2019

24 Apr 2019 – Anyone who pays attention to the subject of violence in any detail soon discovers that plenty of people are interested in tackling this problem, even if it is ‘impossible’. Moreover, of course, at least some people recognize that while we must tackle each manifestation of violence, understanding the cause of violence is imperative if we are to successfully tackle its many manifestations at their source. To do all of this effectively, however, is a team effort. And hopefully, one day, this team will include all of us.

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Defending Julian Assange -> Defending the Truth
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Apr 2019

Because of my own longstanding interest in developing thoughtfully-designed nonviolent strategies in our struggle to make our world one of peace, justice and ecological sustainability, let me suggest a strategic way forward that will honor the courage of Julian and Chelsea by maximizing the impact of their truth-telling on the longer-term struggles just mentioned while also taking separate action to provide some additional pressure to assist them in the short and medium terms.

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(Italiano) Perché gli attivisti falliscono
Robert J. Burrowes | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Apr 2019

Nonostante enormi sforzi continui per più di un millennio, durante e a partire dalla formazione e plasmazione del mondo moderno, e con il costante aumento delle tematiche contestate, gli attivisti di vario genere hanno fatto progressi insufficienti su punti chiave, particolarmente in relazione al porre fine alla violenza e alla guerra (e alla minaccia della guerra nucleare), al fermare lo sfruttamento di molti popoli e gli infiniti assalti alla biosfera terrestre.

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Why Activists Fail
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Mar 2019

Despite enormous ongoing effort over more than a thousand years, during and since the formation and shaping of the modern world, and as the number of issues being contested has steadily increased, activists of many types have made insufficient progress on key issues, particularly in relation to ending violence and war (and the threat of nuclear war), stopping the exploitation of many peoples and halting the endless assaults on Earth’s biosphere.

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Elite Banking at Your Expense: How Secretive Tax Havens Are Used to Steal Your Money
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Mar 2019

Tax havens are locations around the world where wealthy individuals, criminals and terrorists, as well as governments and government agencies (such as the CIA), banks, corporations, hedge funds, international organizations (such as the Vatican) and crime syndicates (such as the Mafia), can stash their money so that they can avoid regulation and oversight and, very often, evade tax. According to Nicholas Shaxson: ‘Tax havens are now at the heart of the global economy.’

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A Nonviolent Strategy to Defeat a US Military Invasion of Venezuela
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Feb 2019

To the People of Venezuela: Recently I wrote an article explaining how you could defeat, using nonviolent strategy, the US coup attempt that is taking place in your country. I would like to complement that article by now briefly explaining how you can also defeat a military invasion by the United States and any collaborating invaders by using a strategy of nonviolent defense as well.

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(Português) Uma estratégia não violenta para derrotar uma invasão militar dos EUA na Venezuela
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. | Dinâmica Global – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Feb 2019

Para o povo da Venezuela: Recentemente eu escrevi um artigo explicando como você poderia derrotar, usando a estratégia não-violenta, a tentativa de golpe dos EUA que está ocorrendo em seu país. Gostaria de complementar esse artigo explicando brevemente como você também pode derrotar uma invasão militar dos Estados Unidos e de qualquer invasor colaborador usando uma estratégia de defesa não-violenta também.

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A Nonviolent Strategy to Defeat the US Coup Attempt in Venezuela
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Feb 2019

To the People of Venezuela – Yet again, the United States elite has decided to attempt to impose its will on the people of another nation, in this case, and not for the first time either, your country Venezuela. Your ongoing resistance to the coup is essential if you are to defeat the coupmakers and defend your elected government. But the chances of success are vastly enhanced if your struggle, and that of your solidarity allies around the world, is focused for maximum strategic impact and designed to spread the cost of doing so. Of course, whether or not you decide to consider and/or adopt my proposed strategy, you have my solidarity.

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Learning from Gandhi
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jan 2019

For Gandhi, conflict was a perennial condition. He also viewed it positively and considered it desirable. For him, it is an important means to greater human unity precisely because their shared conflict could remind antagonists of the deeper, perhaps transcendental, unity of life. He viewed violence differently, however: violence was built into social structures and not into people. Gandhi was assassinated on 30 Jan 1948. But his legacy lives on.

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Human Beings Are Destroying Life on Earth but Deluding Ourselves That We Are Not
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jan 2019

Despite the obvious fact that it is human beings who are inflicting all of this violence, it is virtually impossible to get people to pay attention to this simple and incontrovertible fact and to ask why, precisely, are human beings behaving in such violent and destructive ways? And can we effectively address this cause?

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Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Dec 2018

Whether politically, militarily, socially, economically, financially or ecologically, humanity took some giant strides backwards while passing up endless opportunities to make a positive difference in our world. Let me, very briefly, identify some of the more crucial backward steps.

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In Defense of the Human Individual
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Dec 2018

12 Dec 2018 – Tragically, it is that most hallowed of institutions – school – which I call ‘prison for children’ where much of the damage is done. Designed to terrorize children into obedience and conformity on the basis that ‘one size fits all’, school destroys the physical, sensory, intellectual and emotional capacities of children churning out individuals with near-zero capacity to feel anything profound, think creatively and behave powerfully with integrity.

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Human Delusion and Our Destruction of the Biosphere: We Aren’t Even Trying!
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Dec 2018

27 Nov 2018 – Have you heard the expression ‘climate change’? That lovely expression that suggests a holiday in a place with a more pleasant climate… Extinction beckons. The choice is yours.

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(Italiano) La guerra per por fine alle guerre 100 anni dopo: valutazione e riorientamento della nostra resistenza alla guerra
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Nov 2018

L’autore e commentatore sociale britannico H.G. Wells ha forse coniato l’espressione che rese originariamente popolare la 1ª Guerra mondiale: La guerra che porrà fine alle guerre, secondo il titolo del suo libro basato su articoli scritti durante quel vasto conflitto militare. Por fine alla Guerra non è impossibile; tutt’altro, effettivamente. Ma ci vorrà una quantità fenomenale d’intelligente sforzo strategico, coraggio e dedizione.

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The War to End War 100 Years On: An Evaluation and Reorientation of our Resistance to War
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Nov 2018

British author and social commentator H.G. Wells may have coined the expression that originally popularized World War I as The War that Will End War, as his book, based on articles written during that vast military conflict, was titled. Ending war is not impossible. Far from it, in fact. But it is going to take a phenomenal amount of intelligent strategic effort, courage and commitment.

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(Castellano) La psicología del fascismo
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Nov 2018

El continuo aumento del fascismo en todo el mundo está atrayendo cada vez más la atención, sobre todo porque se necesita un mayor control dentro de las sociedades nacionales que durante mucho tiempo se ha visto que lo han rechazado. Algunos estudios recientes nos han recordado las características de los movimientos e individuos fascistas, particularmente cuando se manifiestan entre fascistas políticamente activos.

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The Psychology of Fascism
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Oct 2018

29 Oct 2018 – The continuing rise of fascism around the world is drawing increasing attention particularly as it takes firmer grip within national societies long seen to have rejected it. Some recent studies have reminded us of the characteristics of fascist movements and individuals, particularly as they manifest among politically active fascists.

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Nonviolence Charter: Progress Report #13 (Oct 2018)
Robert J. Burrowes, Anita McKone & Anahata Giri – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Oct 2018

This is the latest six-monthly report on progress in relation to ‘The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World’ together with a sample of news about Charter signatories and organizations. Our collective effort to build a worldwide consensus against the use of violence in all contexts continues to make progress, even against rather overwhelming odds!

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Gandhi’s Despair and the Struggle for Truth and Love
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Oct 2018

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it – always.”
— M.K. Gandhi

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Exposing the Giants: The Global Power Elite
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Sep 2018

This $41 trillion represents the wealth invested for profit by thousands of millionaires, billionaires and corporations. The seventeen Giants operate in nearly every country in the world and are ‘the central institutions of the financial capital that powers the global economic system’. They invest in anything considered profitable, ranging from ‘agricultural lands on which indigenous farmers are replaced by power elite investors’ to public assets (such as energy and water utilities) to war.

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(Italiano) I Giganti: l’élite del potere globale
Robert J. Burrowes | Znet – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Sep 2018

Questi 41 trilioni di dollari rappresentano la ricchezza investito per profitto da migliaia di milionari, miliardari e imprese. I diciassette Giganti operano in quasi ogni paese del mondo e sono “le istituzioni centrali del capitale finanziario che alimenta il sistema economico globale”. Investono in qualsiasi cosa sia considerata redditizia da “terre agricole sulle quali i coltivatori indigeni sono sostituiti da investitori dell’élite del potere” ad attività pubbliche (quali le reti elettriche e idriche).

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Human Extinction by 2026? A Last Ditch Strategy to Fight for Human Survival
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Aug 2018

The evidence in relation to destruction of the Earth’s biosphere, leading to ongoing and rapid degradation of all ecosystems and their services, is readily available and overwhelming. The many and varied forms of destruction are having synergistic impact. An insignificant amount of the vast evidence in relation to this destruction is sampled here. It is going to be a tough fight for human survival, particularly this late in the ‘game’.

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Strategy and Conscience: Subverting Elite Power So We End Human Violence
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jul 2018

The military forces of the United States are not intended to defend it against military attack. The military forces of the countries in NATO are not intended to defend them against military attack. The military forces of the USA and NATO are controlled by the global elite and used by them to aggressively attack, in violation of all relevant national and international laws, any country that seeks independent control and development of its resources, particularly fossil fuels, strategic minerals and water. The global elite, which is in total control of the global economy and world affairs generally, does this in order to expand its own power, profit and privilege. It does this no matter what the cost to any individual (outside the elite), people, country and the biosphere. Why does the global elite do all of this? Because it is completely insane. So what do we do?

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Starving and Bombed Children of Yemen Seek Entrapment in Flooded Thai Cave
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Jul 2018

11 Jul 2018 – While the world watched and waited with bated breath for the outcome of the substantial global effort – involving over 100 cave divers from various countries, 1,000 members of the Thai Army and 10,000 others in various roles – to rescue a team of 12 young football players and their coach, who were trapped inside a flooded cave in Thailand for 17 days, 850,000 children were killed by human adults in other parts of the world, many of them simply starved to death in Yemen or other parts of Africa, Asia and Central/South America.

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Humanity’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’: Starving, Enslaving, Raping, Torturing and Killing our Children
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2018

Let me illustrate and explain the nature and extent of this secret war and what we can do about it. .. We can acknowledge the painful truth that we inflict enormous violence on our children (which then manifests in a myriad complex ways) and respond powerfully to that truth. Or we can keep deluding ourselves and continue to observe, powerlessly, as the violence in our world proliferates until human beings are extinct.

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(Italiano) Uccidere la Biosfera per Accelerare l’Estinzione Umana
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jun 2018

Un lungo articolo di non facile lettura che propone una marea di fonti di approfondimento. L’autore Robert J. Burrowes traccia un quadro complesso di un umanità follemente omicida-suicida. Cercando di individuare le cause suggerisce vie di uscita.

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500 Years Is Long Enough! Human Depravity in the Congo
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 May 2018

I would like to tell you something about human depravity and illustrate just how widespread it is among those we often regard as ‘responsible’ and am going to use the Democratic Republic of the Congo as my example. As I illustrate and explain what has happened to the Congo and its people during the past 500 years, I invite you to consider my essential point.

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Conflict Theory and Biosphere Annihilation
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 May 2018

I would like to explain the psychological origin of this biosphere-annihilating conflict and how this origin has nurtured the incredibly destructive aspects of capitalism (and socialism, for that matter) from the beginning. I would also like to explain what we can do about it.

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(Castellano) Carta de la No-Violencia: Informe de Progreso 12 (abril 2018)
Robert J. Burrowes, Anita McKone & Anahata Giri | Pressenza – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 May 2018

23 abril 2018- Nuestro esfuerzo colectivo para construir un consenso mundial contra el uso de la violencia en todos los contextos continúa progresando, ¡incluso en contra de obstáculos abrumadores!

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Nonviolence Charter: Progress Report 12 (April 2018)
Robert J. Burrowes, Anita McKone & Anahata Giri – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Apr 2018

This is the latest six-monthly report on progress in relation to ‘The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World’ together with a sample of news about Charter signatories and organizations. Our collective effort to build a worldwide consensus against the use of violence in all contexts continues to make progress, even against rather overwhelming odds!

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Challenges for Resolving Complex Conflicts
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Apr 2018

While conflict theories and resolution processes advanced dramatically during the second half of the 20th century, particularly thanks to the important work of several key scholars such as Professor Johan Galtung, significant gaps remain in the conflict literature on how to deal with particular conflict configurations. Notably, these include the following four.

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Nonviolence or Nonexistence? The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Apr 2018

2 Apr 2018 – Fifty years ago, on 4 April 1968, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. The night before he died, King gave another of his many evocative speeches; this one at the packed Mason Temple in Memphis. The speech included these words: ‘Men for years now have been talking about war and peace. Now no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and non-violence in this world, it is non-violence or non-existence. That is where we are today.’

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‘The Global Elite Is Insane’ Revisited
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Mar 2018

21 Mar 2018 – In 2014 I wrote an article titled ‘The Global Elite Is Insane’. I want to elaborate what I explained in the earlier article so that people have a clearer sense of what we are up against in our struggle to create a world of peace, justice and ecological sustainability.

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On Track for Extinction: Can Humanity Survive?
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Mar 2018

8 Mar 2018 – The climate is not the only imminent threat to human survival. With an insane leadership in the White House we are faced with the prospect of nuclear war. And even if the climate and nuclear threats to our survival are removed, there is still a substantial range of environmental threats: rainforest destruction, the ongoing dumping of Fukushima radiation into the Pacific Ocean, extensive contamination from military violence…

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Junk Planet: Is Earth the Largest Garbage Dump in the Universe?
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph. D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Feb 2018

26 Feb 2018 – I don’t know. But it’s a safe bet that Earth would be a contender were such a competition to be held. Let me explain why. To start, just listing the types of rubbish generated by humans or the locations into which each of these is dumped is a staggering task beyond the scope of one article.

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The Fear Driving US Nuclear Strategy
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Feb 2018

The US Department of Defense released its latest ‘Nuclear Posture Review 2018’ on 2 February. Several authors have already thoughtfully exposed a phenomenal variety of obvious lies, invented threats, strategic misconceptions and flaws – such as the fallacious thinking behind ‘deterrence’ and significantly increased risk of nuclear war given the delusional ‘thinking’ in the document – as well as the political fear-mongering in the NPR. So what can we do? Well, I would tackle the problem at several levels and I invite you to consider participating in one or more of these.

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Why Fear and Self-hatred Destroy Human Sharing and Solidarity
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jan 2018

24 Jan 2018 – The lack of solidarity is utterly pervasive and readily evident in our lacklustre official and personal responses to the many ongoing crises in which humanity finds itself. To mention just the most obvious: Every day governments spend $US2 billion on weapons and warfare while a billion people lack the basic resources to live a decent life (and more than 100,000 of these people starve to death)… So what can we do?

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To Liberate Cambodia
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jan 2018

10 Jan 2018 – Cambodian activists require enormous courage to take nonviolent action as the possibility of violent state repression in response to popular mobilization is a real one. So what can Cambodians do? Fortunately, there is a long history of repressive regimes being overthrown by nonviolent grassroots movements. And nonviolent action has proven powerfully effective in Cambodia with Buddhist monk Maha Gosananda.

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(Français) Tuer la biosphère pour accélérer l’extinction humaine
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. | Prepare for Change – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jan 2018

Il y a plusieurs années au Cameroun, un pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest, un rhinocéros noir occidental a été tué. C’était le dernier de son genre sur Terre.

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Violence against Women: Why the UN Secretary-General Got It Wrong
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Dec 2017

6 Dec 2017 – In his remarks on the recent International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women UN Secretary-General António Guterres inadvertently demonstrated why well-meaning efforts being undertaken globally to reduce violence against women fail to make any progress in addressing this pervasive crisis.

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Killing the Biosphere to Fast-track Human Extinction
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Dec 2017

Unless and until you make a conscious personal decision to participate strategically in the struggle to save life on Earth, you will be one of those individuals who kills the biosphere as a byproduct of living without awareness and commitment. So next time you ponder the fate of humanity, which is inextricably tied to the fate of the Earth, it might be worth considering the unparalleled beauty of what Earth has generated.

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Why Are Police in the USA So Terrified?
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Nov 2017

15 Nov 2017 – For those who follow news in the United States, the routine killing of innocent civilians by the police has become a national crisis despite concerted attempts by political and legal authorities and the corporate media to obscure what is happening. So far this year, US police have killed 1,044 people. In contrast, from 1990 to 2016, police in England and Wales killed just 62 people. So why are the police so violent? you might ask.

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A Nonviolent Strategy to End Violence and Avert Human Extinction
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Oct 2017

24 Oct 2017 – Around the world activists who are strategic thinkers face a daunting challenge to effectively tackle the multitude of violent conflicts, including the threat of human extinction, confronting human society in the early 21st century… Given the overwhelming violence that we must tackle, can we succeed? I do not know but I intend to fight, strategically, to the last breath. I hope that you will too.

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The Psychology of Mass Killers: What Causes It? How Can You Prevent It?
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Oct 2017

While there has been a flood of commentary on the incident, including suggestions about what might be done in response based on a variety of analyses of the cause, none that I have read explain the underlying cause of all these mass killings. And if we do not understand this, then any other suggestions, whatever their apparent merits, can have little impact.

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Nonviolence Charter: Progress Report #11 (October 2017)
Robert J. Burrowes, Anita McKone & Anahata Giri – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Oct 2017

This is the latest six-monthly report on progress in relation to ‘The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World’ together with a sample of news about Charter signatories and organizations. Our collective effort to build a worldwide consensus against the use of violence in all contexts continues to make progress, even against rather overwhelming odds!

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Gandhi’s Truth: Ending Human Violence One Commitment at a Time
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Oct 2017

Gandhi Jayanti – 2 October, the date of Mohandas K. Gandhi’s birth in 1869 and the International Day of Nonviolence – offers an opportunity to reflect on human violence and to ponder ways to end it. There may be a fast way to end human violence but, if there is, Gandhi did not know it. Nor do I. Nor does anyone else that I have read or asked either. But this does not mean there is no way to end human violence.

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(Italiano) La verità di Gandhi: porre fine alla violenza umana, un passo alla volta
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Oct 2017

La ricorrenza di Gandhi Jayanti – il 2 Ottobre, offre l’opportunità di riflettere sulla violenza umana e di prendere in considerazione dei modi per porle fine. Ci può essere una via rapida per metter fine alla violenza umana, ma – se c’è – Gandhi non la conosceva. Né la conosco io. E neppure altri di cui ho letto o che ho interpellato. Ma questo non vuol dire che non ci siano vie per porre fine alla violenza umana.

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Profit Maximization Is Easy: Invest in Violence
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Sep 2017

6 Sep 2017 – For those of us committed to systematically reducing and, one day, ending human violence, it is vital to understand what is causing and driving it so that effective strategies can be developed for dealing with violence in its myriad contexts… Of course, these choices aren’t for everyone. As Gandhi observed: ‘Cowards can never be moral.’

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Why Are All Those Racists So Terrified?
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Aug 2017

Racism – fear of, and hatred for, those of another race coupled with the beliefs that the other race is inferior and should be dominated (by your race) – is now highly visible among European populations impacted by refugee flows from the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, racism is ongoingly and highly evident among sectors of the US population but also in countries like South Africa as well as Australia and throughout Central and South America where indigenous populations are particularly impacted.

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You Cannot Trap the ‘Magic Rat’: Trump, Congress and Geopolitics
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph. D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Aug 2017

The ‘magic rat’ is simply the mechanism by which an unconscious and terrified mind instantly switches its attention from something frightening to something more pleasant to avoid having any time to consciously engage with the presented information. The switch happens instantaneously.

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Biological Annihilation on Earth Accelerating
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Jul 2017

26 Jul 2017 – Human beings are now waging war against life itself as we continue to destroy not just individual lives, local populations and entire species in vast numbers but also destroy the ecological systems that make life on Earth possible.

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Why War? Building on the Legacy of Einstein, Freud and Gandhi
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jul 2017

In 1932, Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein conducted a correspondence subsequently published under the title ‘Why War?’ In many ways, this dialogue between two giants of the 20th century is symbolic of the effort made by many humans to understand the institution of war. In a recent article, the founder of peace research, Professor Johan Galtung, reminded us of the legacy of Freud and Einstein and reflected on their dialogue, noting some shortcomings including their failure to ‘unpack conflict’.

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A Nonviolent Strategy to Defeat Genocide
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jun 2017

26 Jun 2017 – It is a tragic measure of the depravity of human existence that genocide is a continuing and prevalent manifestation of violence in the international system. It is not difficult to nonviolently defend a targeted population against genocide. Vitally, however, it requires a leadership that can develop a sound strategy so that people are mobilized and deployed effectively.

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An Open Letter to People with ‘Mental Health’ Issues
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jun 2017

So if you or someone you know is supposed to have a ‘mental illness’ such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder, anorexia nervosa or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), I would like to give you the opportunity to consider an explanation and a way forward that you are unlikely to have come across.

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Truth or Delusion?
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 May 2017

22 May 2017 – One inevitable outcome of the phenomenal violence we all suffer as children is that most of us live in a state of delusion throughout our lives. This makes it extraordinarily difficult for accurate information, including vital information about the endangered state of our world and how to respond appropriately, to penetrate the typical human mind.

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Nonviolence Charter: Progress Report 10 (Apr 2017)
Robert J. Burrowes, Anita McKone & Anahata Giri – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 May 2017

This is the latest six-monthly report on progress in relation to ‘The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World’ together with a sample of news about Charter signatories and organizations. Our collective effort to build a worldwide consensus against the use of violence in all contexts continues to make progress, even against rather overwhelming odds!

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(Castellanto) Colaboración internacional para poner fin a la violencia
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 May 2017

Mientras gran parte del mundo está envuelto en violencia de uno u otro tipo (ya sea violencia en el hogar o en la calle, explotación, destrucción ecológica o la guerra), una red global de individuos y organizaciones se han comprometido a ponerle fin a la violencia en todas sus manifestaciones.

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International Collaboration to End Violence
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Apr 2017

24 Apr 2017 – While much of the world is engulfed in violence of one sort or another (whether violence in the home or on the street, exploitation, ecological destruction or war), a global network of individuals and organizations is committed to ending this violence in all of its manifestations. Here is an outline of what some of these individual signatories of ‘The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World’ are doing. You are welcome to join them.

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Why Do Some Men Rape?
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Mar 2017

Given the overwhelming evidence that violence is rampant in our world and that the violence of the legal system simply contributes to and reinforces this cycle of violence, it seems patently obvious that we would be better off identifying the cause of violence and then designing approaches to address this cause and its many symptoms effectively. And reallocating resources away from the legal and prison systems in support of approaches that actually work.

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Resisting Donald Trump’s Violence Strategically
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Mar 2017

So what are we to do? Well, if you are inclined to resist the diabolical actions of Donald Trump (and his insane and violent equivalents in the United States and other countries around the world), I invite you to respond powerfully. This includes maintaining a large measure of empathy for the emotionally damaged individual who is now president of the US (and his many equivalents). It also includes recognizing that this individual and his equivalents are the current ‘face’ of a global system of violence and exploitation built on many long-standing structures that we must systematically dismantle.

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Nonviolent Action: Why and How It Works
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jan 2017

Nonviolent action is extremely powerful. Unfortunately, however, activists do not always understand why nonviolence is so powerful and they design ‘direct actions’ that are virtually powerless. I would like to start by posing two questions.

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(Turkish-Türk) Yeryüzünde Yaşam Sona Eriyor. Binlerce Tür Yok Oluyor
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. | Özgür Üniversite – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jan 2017

Sizin bu yazıyı okuduğunuz gün, yeryüzünde 200 türün ( bitki, kuş, hayvan, balık, amfibi, böcek, sürüngen ) varlığı ortadan kalkmış olacak. Ertesi gün bir 200 tür daha sonsuza kadar yok olmuş olacak.

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Life on Earth Is Dying
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Dec 2016

The human onslaught to destroy life is unprecedented in Earth’s history. Planet Earth is now experiencing its sixth mass extinction event and Homo sapiens sapiens is the cause… One of the hidden tragedies of modern human existence is that we have been terrorized into believing that we are not personally responsible. And every time you decide to do nothing and to leave it to someone else, you demonstrate why no-one else should do anything either.

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Nonviolence for Brazilians: Suggested Direct Actions
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Dec 2016

As I see and read about the ongoing massive protests, as well as calls by prominent community leaders to mobilize in defense of your country’s democracy, I feel great hope for Brazil. Having been a nonviolent activist for many years, I would like to support Brazilian activists to develop a nonviolent strategy that will increase your chances of success.

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Seeking the True Path
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Nov 2016

One of the more subtle manifestations of the intimate link between (unconscious) human emotions and behaviour is illustrated by the simple concept of choice and how this is so often reduced to a dichotomy between two bad options. In such circumstances, most people choose whatever they consider to be ‘the lesser evil’.

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(Italiano) Una strategia nonviolenta per la liberazione della Siria
Robert J. Burrowes | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Nov 2016

All’inizio del 2011, mentre le Primavere Arabe si diffondevano nel Nord Africa e nel Medio Oriente, in Siria, sottoposta alla legge marziale dal 1963, piccoli gruppi di attivisti nonviolenti iniziarono a protestare contro la dittatura brutale di Bashar al-Assad e a chiedere riforme democratiche, il rilascio dei prigionieri politici, maggiori libertà, l’abolizione della legge d’emergenza e la fine della corruzione.

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A Nonviolent Strategy to Liberate Syria
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Nov 2016

It is the responsibility of the struggle’s strategic leadership to ensure that each of the strategic goals, which should be identified and prioritized according to their precise understanding of the circumstances in Syria, is being addressed. So here is a set of strategic goals to end the war in/on Syria.

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(Português) Carta Aberta aos Ativistas Brasileiros
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Nov 2016

A julgar pelos protestos que têm sido noticiados, bem como pelas mobilizações por influentes líderes comunitários em defesa da democracia, nutro grandes esperanças pelo Brasil. Tendo sido um ativista da não-violência por muitos anos, gostaria de oferecer o meu apoio para que os ativistas brasileiros possam desenvolver uma estratégia não-violenta que irá aumentar suas chances de sucesso.

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Punishment Is Violent and Counterproductive
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph. D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Oct 2016

Next time you hear a public official, judge, terrorist or police officer promising ‘justice’ (that is, retribution), remember that you are listening to an emotionally damaged individual who suffered enormous violence as a child and internalized the delusional message that ‘punishment works’. You might also ponder how bad it could be if we didn’t require obedience and use punishment to get it, but loved and nurtured children, by listening to them deeply, to become the unique, enormously loving and powerful individuals for which evolution genetically programmed them.

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Nonviolence Charter: Progress Report #9 (Oct 2016)
Robert J. Burrowes, Anita McKone & Anahata Giri – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Oct 2016

This is the latest six-monthly report on progress in relation to ‘The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World’ together with a sample of news about Charter signatories and organizations. Our collective effort to build a worldwide consensus against the use of violence in all contexts continues to make progress, even against rather overwhelming odds!

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A Nonviolent Strategy to End the Climate Catastrophe
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Oct 2016

As the evidence mounts that we are fast approaching the final point-of-no-return beyond which it will be impossible to take sufficient effective action to prevent climate catastrophe – the evidence of ineffective official responses climbs too. So what are we to do?

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(Italiano) Gandhi: ‘La mia vita è il mio messaggio’
Robert J. Burrowes | Z Net Italy – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Oct 2016

La vita di Gandhi fu contrassegnata da molte citazioni memorabili, ma una che è meno nota è questa: “Non puoi mai sapere quali risultati produrranno le tue azioni, ma se non fai nulla non ci saranno risultati”. Fortunatamente ci sono molte persone impegnate che hanno identificato l’importanza di agire per por fine alla violenza nel nostro mondo.

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After the Coup: Nonviolent Strategic Actions for Brazilians
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Oct 2016

As I see and read about the ongoing massive protests, as well as calls by prominent community leaders to mobilize in defense of your country’s democracy, I feel great hope for Brazil. Having been a nonviolent activist for many years, I would like to support Brazilian activists to develop a nonviolent strategy that will increase your chances of success. Please read on.

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Gandhi: ‘My Life Is My Message’
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Oct 2016

Gandhi’s life was dotted with many memorable quotes but one that is less well known is this: ‘You may never know what results come of your actions but if you do nothing there will be no results’. Fortunately, there are many committed people who have identified the importance of taking action to end the violence in our world – whether it occurs in the home or on the street, in wars, as a result of economic exploitation or ecological destruction – and this includes the courageous people below.

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An Open Letter to the People of the United States: Election or Revolution?
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Sep 2016

To reiterate: I am not saying ‘Don’t vote and do nothing’ (as so many people do already). I am suggesting that you ponder the dysfunctionality of your society, do some research into the secretive ‘deep state’ (or military-industrial complex or power elite or the 1% or however you wish to describe it) that controls your ‘republic’ with its electoral system designed to delude you into believing that you have a say in governing your nation, and then consider how you want to engage politically and act in accord with your conscience in doing so.

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From a Nonviolent Strategist to Brazilian Activists: An Open Letter
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Sep 2016

As I see and read about the ongoing massive protests, as well as calls by prominent community leaders to mobilize in defense of your country’s democracy, I feel great hope for Brazil. Having been a nonviolent activist for many years, I would like to support Brazilian activists to develop a nonviolent strategy that will increase your chances of success. Please read on.

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An Open Letter to the People of Brazil
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Sep 2016

5 Sep 2016 – As I see and read about the ongoing massive protests, as well as calls by prominent community leaders to mobilize in defense of your country’s democracy, I feel great hope for Brazil. Having been a nonviolent activist for many years, I would like to support Brazilian activists to develop a nonviolent strategy that will increase your chances of success. Please read on.

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Nonviolent Revolt in the Twenty-First Century
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Aug 2016

The incorrect attribution of Gandhi’s insights to others starts on page 3 of the book where Gene Sharp is credited with an ‘epiphany … that nonviolence should not be simply a moral code for a small group of true believers to live by’. But it is not exclusively the fault of the authors that they incorrectly attribute Sharp because Sharp himself claims credit for this insight and they cite his claim, from an interview conducted in 2003, on page 4.

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(Türk) İdeoloji ve din psikolojisi
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph. D. | Alternatif Siyaset – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Aug 2016

Yaşantımızı sürdürmek üzere günlük kararlarımızın alınmasında etkili ve dünyevi konularda da önem arz eden iki faktör; din ve ideolojidir.

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A Nonviolent Strategy to End War
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Aug 2016

There is a long history of anti-war and peace activism. Much of this activism has focused on ending a particular war, other at ending a particular aspect of war, such as the use of a type of weapon. Some of it has aimed to prevent a type of war, such as ‘aggressive war’ or nuclear war. For those activists who regard war as the scourge of human existence, however, ‘the holy grail’ has always been much deeper: to end war.

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The Psychology of Ideology and Religion
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Aug 2016

At the macro level, there are worldwide or regional ideologies such as capitalism, fascism, conservatism, communism, socialism, feminism, pacifism and environmentalism as well as religions including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. There are also variations of these major ideologies and religions. But even at the micro level, the local service club, neighborhood charity and sporting club operates in accordance with an ideology or religion that is shared by its members too.

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The Delusion ‘I Am Not Responsible’
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jul 2016

You might have had a good laugh at some of the examples above. The real challenge is to ask yourself this question: where do I evade responsibility? And to then ponder how you will take responsibility in future.

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Lament for Humanity: A 50 Year Reflection
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jul 2016

Deeply affected by the death of my two uncles in World War II, on 1 July 1966, the 24th anniversary of the USS Sturgeon sinking of the Japanese prisoner-of-war ship Montevideo Maru which killed the man after whom I am named, I decided that I would devote my life to working out why human beings are violent and then developing a strategy to end it. Here is my report on 50 years of concerted effort to understand and end human violence.

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A Critique of Human Society since the Neolithic Revolution
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2016

There is a long history of social critics and progressive thinkers offering critiques of human society. While these and other critiques have much to offer, if we want to trace the origin of the dysfunctional and violent human behaviours that now threaten human extinction, I believe it is necessary to examine what has been happening since the Neolithic (agricultural) revolution some 12,000 years ago.

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(Italiano) Islamofobia: perché sono così tanti, così spaventati
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jun 2016

Infatti ora, naturalmente, i musulmani sono l’obiettivo primario di questa paura e odio di se stessi proiettati, cosa che spiega la guerra dell’Occidente al Medio Oriente guidata dagli Stati Uniti. L’islamofobia quindi permette alle élite e ad altri di proiettare la loro paura e il loro odio per se stessi contro i musulmani, cosicché le élite possano poi cercare di distruggere questa paura e questo odio. Ovviamente, questo non può funzionare. Non si può distruggere la paura, sia propria che di chiunque altro. Si può tuttavia causare un danno eccezionale a coloro contro i quali sono proiettati la propria paura e il proprio odio per se stessi. Naturalmente, non c’è nulla di intelligente in questo processo.

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Islamophobia: Why Are So Many People So Frightened?
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jun 2016

For now, of course, Muslims are the primary target for this projected fear and self-hatred, which accounts for the US-led western war on the Middle East. Islamophobia thus allows elites and others to project their fear and self-hatred onto Muslims so that elites can then seek to destroy this fear and self-hatred. Obviously, this cannot work. You cannot destroy fear, whether yours or that of anyone else. However, you can cause phenomenal damage to those onto whom your fear and self-hatred are projected. Of course, there is nothing intelligent about this process.

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