War & Conflict

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Norway's Nonviolent Example, A Happy Note in Conflict Struggles

  Human Potential For Peace Pursuing economic justice with nonviolent protest is not new, not an invention of the present Occupy movement. It has been around probably as long as economic injustice has been around. One relatively recent example is that it effectively produced change in the 1930s for Northern Europeans who were starving. George […]

March 16th

Kony & Invisible Children

  UPDATES: There’s been a lot of criticism about “Invisible Children” in the past few days. This “Visible Children” blog is focused, thoughtfully, on that. Boing Boing has a nice roundup of some of the criticisms. The AP also has what I would consider a good piece on the topic, one that “presents both sides” […]

March 10th

The Drums of War: Iran Edition

  We Americans are not the best at history. Because of the spin of corporate-controlled media, we are not reminded of the consistent pattern of deception exhibited by our government when the ‘power behind the wheel’ wants a new conflict. Nor are we reminded of the tremendous profitability of war for the corporations who count […]

March 8th

Occupy: New Wine and Old Skins

There is a famous biblical parable where Jesus speaks of his new way of thinking as something that cannot be contained in the existing Jewish culture. The idea is that if you put new wine into a used skin, the skin will burst as the new wine ferments, having already been stretched once from its […]

February 10th

Top 10 Posts of the Week

  In case you missed them, or are just interested in seeing which of our posts from the last week have gotten the most views, here’s a list of our top 10 posts from the past 7 days: US Map of Biggest Polluters (Interactive) Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day – End Modern Slavery South […]

January 16th

Climate Change Could Dramatically Affect African Population

Africa has never been a quiet continent, often the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons; wars, famine, drought, poverty, AIDS, to name just a few. Now, according to new research, climate change has the ability to cause Africa further harm by altering the water flows in many of the major river basins throughout […]

November 15th

Beliefs That Others' Beliefs are Changeable Are Key to World Peace, New Studies Find

Successful conflict resolution –especially long-standing conflicts — requires over-coming barriers to peace and compromise. Chief among these barriers are the intensely negative feelings and attitudes towards the ‘other’; there is a natural and pervasive belief shared by both sides in a conflict: that the other group’s beliefs are fixed and inflexible (Kelman, 2007). However, direct […]

November 11th

The Climate Movement and Occupy Wall Street

We are all a movement for change for the better, whether that be towards a sustainable future, or whether it’s towards ending corporate rule over our economy. We must stand together for change, change that happens, change that makes sense, change that is in our hands, not in the hands of the 1% and not in the hands of people who put religion and their personal morals over our freedom.

October 13th

Wars, Social Upheavals, Caused by Climate Changes, New Analysis Claims

Were history’s “golden ages” and “dark ages”, its wars, epidemics and great social upheavals, ultimately due to climate shifts? A new analysis by researchers from the University of Hong Kong find causal links between 14 key, socio-economic, ecological, and demographic variables, and the rise of “large-scale human crisis” events, such as economic downturns, famines, epidemics, social upheavals/rebellions, and war. The strongest linked variable to all these crises events was ‘climate’ The researchers also determined a “crisis threshold” that accurately backwards-predicted the major conflicts and upheavals over the past millennium.

October 5th

Let's Occupy Together

Movements have broken out all across the US (and even across the world) with their subjects ranging from war to corporate greed. Kicking off the start of protests was (in my opinion) the Tar Sands action in DC, where 1,252 people got arrested. Then it was Occupy Wall Street. Now it’s Occupy EVERYWHERE.

October 5th

Whale Wars' Paul Watson Video Interview — "Arrest Me or Shut Up" (& Calls Greenpeace Activists Cowards)

From his earlier days at Greenpeace to his current efforts with the show “Whale Wars” in Libyan waters, Paul Watson has focused on direct action that not only attracts eyes but gets results. In this short interview with NYTimes’ Andy Revkin, Watson speaks about his strategy compared to current-day Greenpeace’s — intervening in illegal whaling, not protesting it (and doesn’t refrain from calling Greenpeace activists cowards!).

June 6th

Celebrating a Terrorist's Death – The Psychology & Biology of Revenge

Psychologists and biologists who study the phenomenon of revenge from an evolutionary point of view will acknowledge that the impulse for taking revenge is pervasive in human societies, but will also add that this impulse is constrained, and has its costs. It is natural to have feelings of revenge, but to act on those feelings may cost inclusion in the social group. But vengeance towards someone outside one’s group is another matter.

Limited Nuclear War Could Halt Global Warming, Short Term, NASA Predicts

The scientists used a general circulation model known as ModelE (developed at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York). The model calculates ocean-atmosphere coupling effects in addition to allowing varying aerosol inputs.

The initial input for the simulation was 5 teragrams (megatons) of black carbon particles injected into Earth’s upper troposphere. This is the estimated result of the surface detonation of 100 Hiroshima-size bombs (each equivalent to 15K tons of TNT).

March 2nd