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09/02/2019

Starving and Bombed Children of Yemen

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By Robert J. Burrowes*

8 February 2019 (Wall Street International)* — 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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Children in Yemen | Photo from Wall Street International.
03/02/2019

A Nonviolent Strategy to Defeat the US Coup Attempt in Venezuela

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By Robert J. Burrowes Ph.D.

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 3 February 2019

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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.

On 23 January 2019, following careful secret planning in the preceding weeks and a late night telephone call the previous day from US Vice President Mike Pence – see ‘Pence Pledged U.S. Backing Before Venezuela Opposition Leader’s Move’ and ‘Venezuela – Trump’s Coup Plan Has Big Flaws’ – the US initiated a coup against your President, Nicolás Maduro, and his Government, whom you democratically re-elected to represent you on 20 May 2018. See ‘The Case for the Legitimacy of Maduro’s Second Term’.

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29/01/2019

Learning from Gandhi

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By Robert J. Burrowes Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 28 January 2019 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869: 150 years ago this year.There will be many tributes to Gandhi published in 2019 so I would like to add one of my own.

This reflects not just my belief that he gave the world inspiration, ideas and powerful strategies for tackling violence in a wide range of contexts but because my own experience in applying his ideas has proven their worth.

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17/01/2019

Human Beings Are Destroying Life on Earth but Deluding Ourselves that We are Not

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By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 17 January 2019 —  It is easy to identify the ongoing and endless violence being inflicted on life on Earth. This ranges from the vast multiplicity of assaults inflicted on our children and the biosphere to the endless wars and other military violence as well as the grotesque exploitation of many peoples living in Africa, Asia and Central/South America. But for a (very incomplete) list of 40 points see ‘Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019’.

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However, 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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01/01/2019

Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019

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By Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

In many ways it is painful to reflect on the year 2018; a year of vital opportunities lost when so much is at stake.

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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, starting with the recognition by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in January that the year had already started badly when they moved the Doomsday Clock to two minutes to midnight, the closest it has ever been to ‘doomsday’ (and equal to 1953 when the Soviet Union first exploded a thermonuclear weapon matching the US capacity). See ‘It is now two minutes to midnight’.

This change reflected the perilous state of our world, particularly given the renewed threat of nuclear war and the ongoing climate catastrophe.

It didn’t even mention the massive and unrelenting assault on the biosphere (apart from the climate) nor, of course, the ongoing monumental atrocities against fellow human beings.

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13/12/2018

In Defense of the Human Individual

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By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 13 December 2018 – While it is now very late in the life cycle of homo sapiens, with extinction now due to consign us to Earth’s fossil record – see ‘Will humans be extinct by 2026?’ – I would like to make a belated pitch for the importance of the human individual and why nurturing each individual’s uniqueness is so important even if it is now probably too late.

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‘Why are you writing about this?’ you might ask, adding that many people accept that each one of us is unique, important and deserves the opportunities and support necessary to live a fulfilling life according to our own culture and choices.

It is just the sexists, racists, bigots (religious and otherwise), upper class, governments, corporations, members of the global elite, and some other categories of people, as well as many organizations, particularly those that are violent, that do not.

Well, I wish that this was true. But I am troubled by the overwhelming evidence that suggests it is not.

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09/12/2018

On Track for Extinction – Can Humanity Survive?

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By Robert J. Burrowes*

8 December 2018 (Wall Street International)* Anyone reading the scientific literature (or the progressive news outlets that truthfully report this literature) knows that homo sapiens sapiensis on the fast track to extinction, most likely some time between 2025 and 2040.
The Global Warming
The Global Warming | Image from Wall Street International
28/11/2018

Human Delusion and Our Destruction of the Biosphere: We Aren’t Even Trying!

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By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 27 November 2018 – Have you heard the expression ‘climate change’? That lovely expression that suggests a holiday in a place with a more pleasant climate.

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Unfortunately, only the rarest individual has the capacity to see through the elite-promulgated delusion that generated this benign expression and its twin notions that 1.5 degrees celsius (above the preindustrial level) is an acceptable upper limit for an increase in global temperature and that the timeframe for extinction-threatening outcomes of this ‘climate change’ is the ‘end of the century’.

If you believe that this 1.5 degree increase is achievable or even viable for sustaining life on Earth and that the ‘end of the century’ is our timeframe then you are the victim of your own fear, which is suppressing your capacity to seek out, analyze and comprehend the evidence that is readily available and to then behave powerfully in response to it. 

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14/11/2018

The War to End War 100 Years On: An Evaluation and Reorientation of Our Resistance to War

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By Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service*

12 November 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. In any case, in one version or another, the expression was one of the most common catchphrases of the Great War of 1914-1918 and has survived as an expression, often used with a grimace of sarcasm, ever since.

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German soldiers in a railway goods wagon on the way to the front in 1914. Early in the war, all sides expected the conflict to be a short one. | Unknown German war photographer | Public Domain

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11/11/2018

The Global Elite Is Insane… Revisited

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By Robert J. Burrowes*

8 November 2018 (Wall Street International)*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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Behind the business | Photo from Wall Street International

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Of course, as I explained previously, it is not just the global elite that is insane.

All those individuals – politicians, businesspeople, academics, corporate media editors and journalists, judges and lawyers, bureaucrats…. – who serve the elite, including by not exposing and resisting it, are also insane.

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