Category Archives: Dealing with Terror nonviolently

Peaceful Language is a Pre-Requisite for Peaceful relationships and a Peaceful World.

These are dangerous times which require all of us to dig deep into our common humanity. We must build bridges across all boundaries of difference and nonviolently resist all efforts from whatever quarter to dehumanise and demonise the other as is happening all around the world at the present time.

Bertolt Brecht who was a dedicated activist as well as poet and writer, acknowledged , many years ago that revolutions would achieve nothing if we could not be kind with ourselves and kind with others-including those with whom we disagreed.

For we knew only too well:
Even the hatred of squalor
Makes the brow grow stern.
Even anger against injustice
Makes the voice grow harsh. Alas, we
Who wished to lay the foundations of kindness
Could not ourselves be kind.
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What next after Paris?:Nonviolent solutions to Violent Politics

The whole point of terrorist political violence is to generate an enemy over reaction that will advance the cause and justify the violence that has occurred and future threats. Unfortunately we ( i.e the media and political leaders in the West) have responded to the appalling terror attacks in Paris of a week ago , in a way that is already an over reaction. If this over reaction is followed with political decisions to expand and deepen military intervention it will undoubtedly complicate what already is an extremely complicated situation and it may do more harm than good. In which case it will perpetuate rather than end the suffering. Continue reading

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Japan’s Prime Minister Knew He Was Putting Hostage Lives at Risk: by Jake Adelstein

This article by Jake Adelstein should be read in conjunction with my last blog . I did not know that the Japanese Foreign Ministry had been involved in hostage negotiations from as early as Mid November and that it had asked media to maintain secrecy on this matter. It confirms my anxiety that the Japanese Prime Minister is willing to sacrifice lives, place Japanese security at stake in order to advance his own agenda for revising the Japanese Constitution, remilitarising and developing an independent military capacity to engage in out of area operations whenever he wishes to. The West and Japan have not learned from the past. It is willingly expanding the military response to IS horror tactics which is exactly what ISIS wants. It wishes to provoke deeper Western engagement in the brutal conflicts over the future shape of the Middle East. Continue reading

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