Articles by Robert J. Burrowes

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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 (October 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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