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16/04/2019

Defending Julian Assange; Defending the Truth

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 15 April 2019  — On 11 April 2019, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was dragged from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London by UK police and arrested for breaching a bail condition. See ‘Arrest update – SW1’.

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Demonstration in support of Assange in front of Sydney Town Hall, 10 December 2010 | ElekhhOwn work | CC BY-SA 3.0

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26/03/2019

Why Activists Fail

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

Despite enormous ongoing effort over more than a thousand years, during and since the formation and shaping of the modern world, and as the number of issues being contested has steadily increased, activists of many types have made insufficient progress on key issues, particularly in relation to ending violence and war (and the threat of nuclear war), stopping the exploitation of many peoples and halting the endless assaults on Earth’s biosphere.

Of course, in order for those of us who identify as activists to have any prospect of success in these and other endeavors, we need to understand how the world works and to develop an interrelated set of nonviolent strategies that are being effectively implemented to address each of the key aspects of this crisis.

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24/03/2019

The Psychology of Fascism

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By Robert J. Burrowes*

23 March 2019 (Wall Street International)*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.
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Fascism is rising around the world | Image from Wall Street International.

Some recent studies have reminded us of the characteristics of fascist movements and individuals, particularly as they manifest among politically active fascists.

For example, in his recent book How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us And Them Professor Jason Stanley has identified ten characteristics shared by fascists which have been simply presented in the article Prof Sees Fascism Creeping In USA.

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06/03/2019

Elite Banking at Your Expense: How Secretive Tax Havens Are Used to Steal Your Money

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By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 6 March 2019Tax havens are locations around the world where wealthy individuals, criminals and terrorists, as well as governments and government agencies (such as the CIA), banks, corporations, hedge funds, international organizations (such as the Vatican) and crime syndicates (such as the Mafia), can stash their money so that they can avoid regulation and oversight and, very often, evade tax. According to Nicholas Shaxson: ‘Tax havens are now at the heart of the global economy.’

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Which is why, as he explains it: ‘The term “tax haven” is a bit of a misnomer, because such places aren’t just about tax. What they sell is escape: from the laws, rules and taxes of jurisdictions elsewhere, usually with secrecy as their prime offering.’ See ‘The tax haven in the heart of Britain’.

A tax haven (or ‘secrecy jurisdiction’) then is a ‘place that seeks to attract business by offering politically stable facilities to help people or entities get around the rules, laws and regulations of jurisdictions elsewhere’. See Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World.

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26/02/2019

Gandhi’s Despair

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By Robert J. Burrowes*

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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M.K. Gandhi | Photo from Wall Street International.

23 February 2019 (Wall Street International)* – As we remember Gandhi Jayanti on 2 October, the Mahatma’s 149th birthday and the International Day of Nonviolence, there is plenty of room for despair.

Never before has the Earth and its many inhabitants been under siege as they are now, more than 100 years after Gandhi started warning us of the predicament in which we are embroiled and presenting his strategy for addressing it before it spiraled out of control.

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19/02/2019

A Nonviolent Strategy to Defeat a US Military Invasion of Venezuela

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

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To the People of Venezuela

Recently I wrote an article explaining how you could defeat, using nonviolent strategy, the US coup attempt that is taking place in your country. See ‘A Nonviolent Strategy to Defeat the US Coup Attempt in Venezuela’.

I would like to complement that article by now briefly explaining how you can also defeat a military invasion by the United States and any collaborating invaders by using a strategy of nonviolent defense as well.

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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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