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International Collaboration to End Violence

Friday, 21 April 2017, 2:04 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

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 ... More >>

Why Do Some Men Rape?

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 11:21 am | Robert J. Burrowes

A recent report from Equality Now titled 'The World's Shame: The Global Rape Epidemic' offered a series of recommendations for strengthened laws to deter and punish sexual violence against women and girls. More >>

Resisting Donald Trump's Violence Strategically

Monday, 6 March 2017, 1:09 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

It is already clearly apparent, as many predicted, that Donald Trump's election as president of the United States would signal the start of what might be the final monumental assault on much of what is good in our world. Whatever our collective ... More >>

Nonviolent Action: Why and How it Works - Robert J. Burrowes

Thursday, 26 January 2017, 12:11 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Unfortunately, however, activists do not always understand why nonviolence is so powerful and they design 'direct actions' that are virtually powerless. More >>

Life on Earth is Dying - Robert J. Burrowes

Monday, 12 December 2016, 4:53 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

On the day that you read this article, 200 species of life on Earth (plants, birds, animals, fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles) will cease to exist. Tomorrow, another 200 species will vanish forever. More >>

Seeking the True Path - Robert J. Burrowes

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 4:31 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

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, ... More >>

A Nonviolent Strategy to Liberate Syria - Robert J. Burrowes

Monday, 21 November 2016, 4:51 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

In early 2011, as the Arab Spring was moving across North Africa and the Middle East, small groups of nonviolent activists in Syria, which has been under martial law since 1963, started protesting against the brutal dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad and demanding ... More >>

Punishment is Violent and Counterproductive

Friday, 28 October 2016, 3:56 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Punishment is a popular pastime for humans. Parents punish children. Teachers punish students. Employers punish workers. Courts punish lawbreakers. People punish each other. Governments punish 'enemies'. And, according to some, God punishes evildoers. More >>

A Nonviolent Strategy to End the Climate Catastrophe

Wednesday, 12 October 2016, 4:07 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

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 – see ' The World Passes 400 PPM Threshold. Permanently ' – ... More >>

Gandhi: 'My life is my message' - Robert J. Burrowes

Friday, 30 September 2016, 11:57 am | Robert J. Burrowes

As most of the world ignores or hypocritically celebrates the 147th birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on the International Day of Nonviolence on 2 October, some of us will quietly acknowledge his life by continuing to build the world that he envisioned. ... More >>

Election or Revolution? Open Letter to the People of the US

Friday, 23 September 2016, 4:48 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Election or Revolution? An Open Letter to the People of the United States Robert J. Burrowes More >>

Nonviolent Resistance: Open Letter to the People of Brazil

Tuesday, 6 September 2016, 3:38 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

As I read of the latest coup in Brazil, once again removing a democratically elected leader from power, my anger surged. Not again! However, as I see and read about the ongoing massive protests, as well as calls by prominent community leaders to mobilize ... More >>

Nonviolent Revolt in the Twenty-First Century

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 4:33 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

I sometimes wonder whether one of the ways in which 'Amercian exceptionalism' manifests is that many US scholars and others are unable to consider the contributions of those who are not from the USA. For example, I routinely read about studies of Martin Luther ... More >>

A Nonviolent Strategy to End War

Thursday, 11 August 2016, 3:03 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

There is a long history of anti-war and peace activism. Much of this activism has focused on ending a particular war. Some of this activism has been directed at ending a particular aspect of war, such as the use of a type of weapon. Some of it has aimed ... More >>

The Psychology of Ideology and Religion

Friday, 29 July 2016, 12:26 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Two of the drivers of world affairs that manifest in the daily decisions that affect our lives are ideology and religion. More >>

The Delusion 'I Am Not Responsible'

Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 4:00 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

One of the many interesting details to be learned by understanding human psychology is how a person's unconscious fear works in a myriad of ways to make them believe that they bear no responsibility for a particular problem. More >>

Lament for Humanity: A 50 Year Reflection

Friday, 1 July 2016, 4:14 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

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 ... More >>

A Critique of Human Society since the Neolithic Revolution

Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 3:48 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

There is a long history of social critics and progressive thinkers offering critiques of human society. More >>

Islamophobia: Why are So Many People So Frightened?

Wednesday, 1 June 2016, 2:02 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Islamophobia – fear of Muslims – is now highly visible among European populations concerned about terrorist responses from Islamic groups claiming Jihadi links. However, it is also evident among those same populations in relation to the refugee flow from ... More >>

A Friendly Critique of the Break Free Climate Actions

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 4:44 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

I have enjoyed reading accounts and seeing photos of those committed and courageous climate activists who participated in the recent Break Free from Fossil Fuels actions conducted at various locations in 13 countries from 4-15 May 2016. See 'Break Free ... More >>

 

 

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