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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 >>

Why Set Up a Shell Company in Panama?

Friday, 13 May 2016, 12:30 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Why Set Up a Shell Company in Panama? The Psychology Driving Illicit Financial Flows Robert J. Burrowes More >>

Ending Human Violence is a Task for Each of Us

Friday, 8 April 2016, 2:50 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Do you think that ending human violence is impossible? Do you believe that even aiming to do so is unrealistic? Well, you might be right. But you might also be interested to know that there are a lot of people around the world who are committed to trying. ... More >>

Understanding Self-Hatred in World Affairs

Wednesday, 16 March 2016, 12:08 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

If you have ever wondered why the global elite hoards their wealth instead of using it to help break down the violence and injustice in our world, I would like to suggest an answer to your question: self-hatred. More >>

An Open Letter to the People of West Papua

Friday, 26 February 2016, 1:30 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

We have recently been discussing your ongoing courageous struggle to liberate yourselves from more than 100 years of occupation, first by the Netherlands, briefly and brutally by Japan during World War II, and now by Indonesia. In that regard, we would each ... More >>

Dispossessed in the Name of 'Security'

Monday, 1 February 2016, 2:45 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

A new book, edited by Nick Buxton and Ben Hayes, both involved with The Transnational Institute, brings together a thoughtful collection of scholars, journalists and activists to explain the pre-eminence of the military and corporations in shaping the global ... More >>

 

 

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