Category Archives: Violence

The Love of One’s Country is a Dangerous Thing.

The best way to security is through connection rather than division; dialogue rather than megaphonic diplomacy and through a radical quest to expand and exhaust all nonviolent options before utilising force. France has come through a second major trauma in a year but that does not mean it has to succumb to the tactics of those who have committed violence against them. It can and must appeal to nobler enlightenment and humanistic traditions so that it disarms by reminding those who commit violence of their deeper humanity.
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Oh No, Not More Bombing in Syria?

The reality is that bombing Syria will not prevent disgruntled political actors living in Europe from engaging in lone wolf or even coordinated violent politics as acts of revenge for what they perceive as unjustifiable attacks on their homeland by foreign forces. In other words it does not make Britain and British citizens more secure it might in fact make them more insecure. If this is true Cameron’s principle argument for deeper British military engagement fails. Continue reading

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Western immorality and paralysis in the face of violence

The reality is the West is morally corrupt and impotent to take a strong stand for a less violent world as long as it is so reliant on violence. What is very obvious when moving from New Zealand ( where there are high levels of skepticism about the utility of the military and coercive power) to the UK where the opposite prevails is that this “love in ” with violence is deeply engrained in a political system that is highly hierarchical, highly entitled and where the military is elevated to a determinant position in the UK moral and political order. Continue reading

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Uniting for Peace:Building sustainable Peace Through Universal Values

Uniting for Peace:Building sustainable Peace Through Universal Values Kevin P Clements The 25th General Conference of the International Peace Research Association is nearly over. 500 people came from all around the world to Istanbul Turkey to learn about ways in … Continue reading

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Tears of Regret, Tears of Fear, Tears of Grief:Its raining tears in Istanbul

Tears of Regret, Tears of Fear, Tears of Grief:Its raining tears in Istanbul Kevin P Clements Its the final day of  electioneering in Turkey before tomorrow’s Presidential election. Erdogan is expected to win  and the opposition is already crying foul, … Continue reading

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Singapore to Istanbul:Boundaries of Blood and Tears

Singapore to Istanbul:Boundaries of Blood and Tears Kevin P Clements   I had an enforced stopover in Singapore of 6 hours, almost as long as it took me to fly from Christchurch. There’s a limit to how many phone calls, … Continue reading

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First World War Commemorative Ceremony-Honouring the Dead by ending War

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/311633/ceremony-fallen-promotes-peace Press report from our Vigil Last Night. They were there to honour the fallen, but there were no brass bands, no 100-gun salutes, no nationalism and no xenophobia at the Cenotaph in Dunedin’s Queens Gardens last night. Instead, the … Continue reading

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