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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 >>

The Struggle for Merdeka in West Papua

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

It has been argued that nonviolent struggles to liberate occupied countries – such as West Papua, Tibet, Palestine, Kanaky and Western Sahara – have failed far more often than they have succeeded but that secessionist struggles (that have sought ... More >>

Extinction is Forever

Tuesday, 8 December 2015, 3:36 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

What do the Pyrenean ibex, St. Helena olive, Baiji dolphin, Liverpool pigeon, Eastern cougar, West African black rhinoceros, Formosan clouded leopard, Chinese Paddlefish, the Golden Toad and the Rockland grass skipper butterfly all have in common but which ... More >>

The Climate Talks in Paris will Fail: Why

Friday, 20 November 2015, 11:40 am | Robert J. Burrowes

As expectations build for a global consensus to emerge from the United Nations climate conference in Paris, starting on 30 November 2015, that could agree to taking action to limit any rise in global temperature to 2 degrees celsius, I would like to explain ... More >>

Exposed by Wikileaks: The US Empire According to Itself

Thursday, 5 November 2015, 12:00 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

For many people, it is easier, safer and more comfortable to live in a world of delusion, particularly when this delusion requires no effort to seek out and understand truths that might prove unpalatable. If the delusion is one that is reinforced by the persistent ... More >>

Gandhi Jayanti, Gandhi's Dream

Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 10:26 am | Robert J. Burrowes

On behalf of those of us who struggle to honor Gandhi's legacy to the world, I would like to wish Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi 'happy birthday!' Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869 and had he defied both the assassin's bullet and the aging process, ... More >>

Elites Want More Refugees: Why?

Sunday, 13 September 2015, 11:00 am | Robert J. Burrowes

There is much being written about the refugee crisis in Europe at the moment but none of what I have read explains why the problem is occurring and what will need to be done for the problem to be addressed. More >>

Nobel Peace Laureates Endorse Violence

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 12:33 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

In a recent letter to US President Barack Obama twelve Nobel Peace laureates declared their support for the long history of US elite violence against Native Americans and enslaved Africans, as well as the US imperial violence around the world that ... More >>

Most Attitudes and Beliefs are Outcomes of Fear

Wednesday, 8 July 2015, 3:43 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

I routinely come across efforts to change an individual's attitude, belief and/or value by using education to teach the 'right' one. This is most usually intended to lead to a better behavioural outcome, such as someone who is not sexist, racist ... More >>

Why Elites Love Drones

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 11:45 am | Robert J. Burrowes

I sometimes read that drone strikes are counterproductive to western security interests because each person killed by a drone results in more new 'terrorists'. See, for example, 'The more civilians US drones kill in the Mideast, the more radicals they ... More >>

Peace Lessons: How to Reduce Violence

Thursday, 7 May 2015, 1:09 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

If you are interested in learning more about the meaning of, and the relationships among, direct, structural and cultural violence and how one peace studies scholar suggests we use the integrative power of nonviolence to address violence constructively, ... More >>

Saving Passengers of the Good Ship 'Titan… Earth'

Monday, 13 April 2015, 9:02 am | Robert J. Burrowes

On 15 April 1912, the 'Titanic', the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service, sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage. The large and unnecessary death toll – more than 1,500 passengers and crew – was ... More >>

Vykom: Strategic Nonviolent Action Against Untouchability

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 3:20 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Why does nonviolent action work? And how good was Mohandas K. Gandhi as a nonviolent strategist? If you want high quality evidence in your search for answers to these two questions then I encourage you to read Professor Mary E. King's latest book on ... More >>

Violence Against Women: Why We Keep Getting it Wrong

Monday, 16 March 2015, 10:43 am | Robert J. Burrowes

With the passing of another International Women's Day, during which much attention around the world has again been focused on tackling violence against women, I would like to explain why none of the initiatives currently being proposed will achieve ... More >>

Why Do We Fear Challenging Authority?

Friday, 27 February 2015, 9:03 am | Robert J. Burrowes

Have you ever noticed your own inclination, or that of other people, to believe what you/they are told by someone seen to be in authority? More >>



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