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Global Peace Science

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Aloha Peace makers all around the world.

I’ve been asked by Dr. Leo Semashko PhD of Philosophy from St. Petersburg, Russia to post the material below on our website.  He published My Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet A Killing Nation. What Has America Become? Inside the U.S. Assassination Complex“on their website http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=688 and asked that we continue the dialogue for peace, which is the urgent task of all humankind.

Global solidarity for peace,

Jim Albertini

Global Harmony Association (GHA)

International Peacemaking Organization, uniting more 600 members from 65 countries,

Headquarters: c/o Lambda Group, 117, 3rd Floor, New Manglapuri, New Delhi 110030, India;

Mob: 91 98 99 937569; Email: ghatrust@gmail.com; Web: www.peacefromharmony.org

Global Peace Science (GPS) for the UN and UNESCO:

Petition

Approved by the GHA on May 16, 2016

Publication:

In English: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=686

In Russian: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=669

Sign the Petition:

https://www.change.org/p/the-honorable-ban-ki-moon-secretary-general-united-nations-to-create-scientific-instrument-for-global-peace-which-will-be-acceptable-to-all-nations

TO: The Honorable Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General, United Nations,

Address: 1st Ave. and 46th street, New York, NY 10017 USA

TO: Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO,

Address: 7, Place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France

TO: The Governments of Nuclear Powers and the G20 Leaders

SUBJECT: Discussion of Global Peace Science (GPS) on the UN General Assembly and the UNESCO General Conference in order to create the most powerful intellectual (scientific) instrument for global peace with the new peacebuilding technologies, which will be acceptable to all nations, cultures and nuclear powers providing constant pacifization* overcoming militarism.

ENCLOSURE: The “Global Peace Science” book by 174 co-authors from 34 countries, 2016, 616 pages or in PDF: http://peacefromharmony.org/docs/global-peace-science-2016.pdf

Global Peace Science is the dawn of a shining, harmonious

vision of peace and prosperity for all the nations!

Abdul Kalam, 2015, President of India, 2002-2007.

- This is the first great recommendation of GPS for the UN and UNESCO.

Dear Mr. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and
Director General of UNESCO Madame Irina Bokova

The UN Charter and the UNESCO Constitution have formulated the key peace idea: “That since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed.” If the war minds received a powerful rooting in military science, founded more than two centuries ago, which now concentrates military intellect with invention of the most devastating weapons of mass destruction, the defences of peace minds were left fragmented and powerless before the war without their science up to now. Therefore humanity has not been able to put an end to the wars so far. The war minds seem invincible for the defences of peace minds as long as they remain outside and without science. If this dependence is true and is recognized by the UN and UNESCO, the main aspiration for them ‘must be constructed’ peace science. Unfortunately, the world community does not see it. To overcome this lack, we, the undersigned, offer you to discuss peace science.

The first version of this science – Global Peace Science (GPS) – was completed in the Global Harmony Association (GHA) for 11 years by the 174 co-authors from 34 countries and was published in English in 2016.** This project joined dozens of different authors and integrated almost all diversity of constructive peacemaking ideas, relieving itself from their fragmented impotence before war and military science. This science, as the supreme, scientific understanding of peace, has all reasons to become the most powerful intellectual and technological alternative to military science and all wars, including prepared and matured nuclear war in the new “Barbarossa” spirit, which will be a catastrophe for humanity and the planet. Only GPS and its new peacebuilding technologies, which provide continuous pacifization and open a new era of humanity – the Peacefulness Age – is capable to confront it.

Therefore, the GPS intellectual potential, its technologies and its revolution of the peacemaking thinking, are deserving of the closest attention and the most careful discussion in the UN and UNESCO in order to further development of this science and its institutionalization in politics, peace culture and education to recommend it to all Members – States of the UN and UNESCO. This step practically will confirm your real aspiration to put an end to wars, finding them an alternative in scientific peace consciousness and in its new peacebuilding technologies. GPS will make a common platform for global sustainable disarmament during 50 years at 2% per year that without GPS is unthinkable and impossible.

The GPS development, including an International Scientific Contest for its best version, to which is dedicated the GPS special section, is the most favorable in the UNESCO Social and Human Sciences Sector (www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/about-us/who-we-are/whos-who) under the UN aegis. The GPS development corresponds to the UN and UNESCO fundamental statutory demand: “Building peace in the minds of men and women,” which is impracticable without the peace science. Only with its help the UN and UNESCO may drastically lift their peacebuilding mission to provide humanity with the real dream and scientific project of purely peaceful sustainable development without wars in the 21st century. The Petition is the fruit and quintessence of our ‘collective consciousness’ (Durkheim) of the GPS key importance for humanity global peace inspiring and you and us.

* Pacifization (or peacescienization) in GPS is universal process similar to globalization and informatization, embodying in the constant growth of reconciliation in global society as result of spreading consciousness and peacebuilding technologies of GPS. Not to be confused with the local attempts of violent reconciliation – with “pacification.”

** The GPS book in the Russian language has been completed by the 89 coauthors from 30 countries and was published in 2015 (432 pages) and in English – in 2016 (616 pp.). The GPS Resume (in 1 page) was translated into nine languages ​​and published together with this book on the GHA website “Peace from Harmony»: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=656. The GPS book was published in India, Russia and the US becoming the property of all continents and freely available to almost every citizen of the Earth.

Sincerely,

The coauthors of Global Peace Science (50 of 174), peacemakers:

Dr. Subhash Chandra, GHA President, India

Dr. Leo Semashko, GPS Editor in Chief, GHA Honorary President, Russia

Ramesh Kumar, GHA Executive Director, India

Kanakmal Dugar, IASE Pedagogical University Chancellor, India

Dr. Surendra Pathak, IASE Pedagogical University Dean, India

Dr. Chand Bhardwaj, scholar, India

Dr. Laj Utreja, scholar, India

Dr. Uraz Baimuratov, academician-economist, Kazakhstan

Dr. John Scales Avery, Nobel Peace Prize, Denmark

Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize, Northern Ireland

Dr. Ernesto Kahan, former Vice-President of IPPNW, awarded Nobel Peace Prize, Israel

Dr. Johan Galtung, pioneer of peace studies, Germany

Delasnieve Daspet, lawyer and poet, Brazil,

Dr. Ayo Ayoola-Amale, teacher and jurist, Ghana

Dr. Susana Roberts, poet and writer, Argentina

Dr. Maria Cristina Azcona, psychologist and writer, Argentina

Marianna Poghosyan, artist and writer, Armenia

Dr. Manijeh Navidnia, teacher and scientist, Iran

Dr. Maitreyee Roy, teacher and scientist, India

Dr. Tatiana Kablova, teacher and scientist, Ukraine

Dr. Erica Lazarova, teacher and scientist, Bulgaria

Julia Budnikova, scientist, Russia

Svetlana Vetrova, singer, Russia

Svetlana Kuskovskaya, teacher, Russia

Alla Voronova, teacher, Russia

Dr. Victor Shenyagin, teacher and scientist, Russia

Dr. Alexander Subetto, scientist, Russia

Dr. Ashok Chakravarthy, poet, India

Dr. Takis Ioannides, writer, Greece

Dr. Apostolos Paschos, doctor and scientist, Greece

Dr. Bishnu Pathak, scientist, Nepal

Dr. Chintamani Yogi, teacher, Nepal

Dr. Ammar Banni, teacher and linguist, Algeria

Jose Maria Lopera, poet, Spain

Dr. Francois Houtart, Catholic priest and scholar, Belgium

Dr. Heli Habyarimana, teacher and linguist, Rwanda

Dr. Guy Crequie, writer and vocalist, France

Prof. Reimon Bachika, scholar, Japan

Dr. Renato Corsetti, teacher and linguist, Italy

Dr. Robert Burrowes, scientist and writer, Australia

Prof. Henri Giraud, scientist, Canada

Prof. Noam Chomsky, scientist and linguist, US

Dr. Bruce Cook, editor and publisher, US

Dr. Charles Mercieca, scholar, US

Dr. Roger Kotila, psychologist, US

David Swanson, writer, US

Prof. Rudolf Siebert, scientist, US

Frank Dorrel, publisher, US

Dr. Kurt Johnson, priest and scholar, US

Dr. Chuck Woolery, writer, US

Jim Albertini, writer, peace activist, Hawaii

http://peacefromharmony.org/docs/global-peace-science-2016.pdf

Global Peace Science (GPS):

The Book, its Authors and Significance. Resume

In Russian: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=662

In English: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=656

In French: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=fr_c&key=137

In Portuguese: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=po_c&key=87

In Spanish: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=es_c&key=109

In Greek: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=gr_c&key=9

In Arabic : http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ar_c&key=8

In Esperanto: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=esp_c&key=88

In Persian: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ar_c&key=9

The positive fate of humanity and each country in the 21st century will be

determined by the recognition of GPS and its democracy of SPHERONS.

GHA

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you,

then they fight you, then you win.

Gandhi

The unprecedented Global Peace Science (GPS or Peacescience), published at the book some name, was created in the Global Harmony Association (GHA) for 11 years since its establishment on February 15, 2005. Of these, 8 were the preparatory years, for which GHA has published seven previous books, discussed and approved 47 projects of global peace from harmony (Chapter 7.1). Work with GPS as the 48th project began directly in March 2013.

In Russian language, this book of 432 pages by 89 coauthors from 30 countries was published in St. Petersburg, Russia, in January 2015:

http://peacefromharmony.org/docs/Nauka-globalnogo-mira-2015.pdf.

In English language, this book of 616 pages (almost 200 pages longer Russian one) by 174 coauthors (on 85 more than the Russian edition) of 34 countries was published in the early February 2016 in India, Russia and the USA: http://www.lulu.com/shop/dr-leo-semashko-and-173-co-authors/global-peace-science-updated/paperback/product-22605037.html. Its PDF format was posted in January here: http://peacefromharmony.org/docs/global-peace-science-2016.pdf.

The book coauthors are people of different age (from 9 to 90) and professions (from worker to academician and president of the country), 15 religious confessions and diversity of cultures from 34 countries in all continents, including 59 coauthors from the USA, 33 – from Russia, 15 – from India, 6 – from Canada, 5 – from Australia, etc. Only international group integrating in a harmonious unity the planet cultural diversity could create Peacescience.

Among the Peacescience coauthors are: former President of India – Abdul Kalam, the Nobel Peace Laureate from Northern Ireland – Mairead Maguire, intellectual peacemaking leader of the USA – Noam Chomsky, pioneer of peace studies from Norway – Johan Galtung, Chancellor of the IASE Pedagogical University of India – Kanakmal Dugar, sociologist of Catholic University from Belgium – Francois Houtart, leader of the women’s peace-making organization in Africa – Ayo Ayoola-Amale of Ghana, researcher of the Roerich creativity – Julia Budnikova from Russia, director of the Finance Institute, academician from Kazakhstan – Uraz Baimuratov, one of the Indian yoga leaders – Ramesh Kumar and many other outstanding scientists and peacemakers (6). Initiator, editor in chief and manager of the project is Leo Semashko, GHA Founder and President, Russia.

The contribution of these authors in GPS for three years composed 309 articles, including Leo Semashko 101 articles (81 solo and 20 coauthorship), Subhash Chandra 17 articles (10 solo and 7 coauthorship), Charles Mercieca 6 articles (5 solo and 1 coauthorship), Johan Galtung 5 articles, etc.

The book 309 articles are united into its 13 Chapters, 3 Sections, 2 Parts, Annex and Philosophical Final, which have been a collective discussion and approval of the GHA members. The most important parts of this three years discussion in a wide variety of assessments and comments of Peacescience were posted here: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=598. Diversity of opinions is complemented a variety of more than 600 sources in the book bibliography on 17 pages (580–597).

The GPS book is published on the GHA 72 members donations gathered in 2014 and amounting $8.677. It is the first budget of global peace in the history in 2015. Its comparison with the world military budget this year, nearly $ 2 trillion (according to unofficial data it is several times more), shows the militaristic, self-destructive priority of the global ruling elite and its national governments. Unfortunately, humanity has long reconciled with this priority and it is not looking to change it that is possible only on the GPS basis.

We will not talk about the shortcomings that Peacescience are full as the first attempt of similar science. We will emphasize its key advantages and significance.

1. Uniqueness. Peacescience is incomparable to anything else today. Mankind today does not have any similar or comparable knowledge of global peace, alternative to military science that has arisen over two centuries ago in 1799. GPS is able to overcome this lag of peace from war and create a fundamental alternative to military science and militarism in general. Uniqueness of GPS is determined by the discovery of SPHERONS – deep harmonious social structure of society in all its historical forms. This unknown up to GPS creation deep structure is peaceful on its objective nature and the key for scientific understanding global peace.

2. SPHERONS’ discovery. GPS is based on the unprecedented social discovery of universal and harmonious classes of the population in a whole – SPHERONS employed in four spheres of social production, which is possible only in peace. Therefore SPHERONS are fundamental actors not only production but also global peace at all social levels, starting from the family. SPHERONS constitute a deep and eternal social structure of society as a whole and all its parts, without exception, in all its historical forms (Chapters 1 and 2). The discovery of SPHERONS has a revolutionary cognitive, social and political (democratic) significance for society.

This discovery is complemented by the discovery of Socioeconomic Harmony Paradigm: “D + 3D”, which expresses the spiritual/ethical basis (“D” – of Russian “Duh” – spirit) of harmonious development and adequate to it the development of other three “D” spheres: demography (Sociosphere), democracy (Orgsphere) and demo-economy (Technoecosphere). The essence of a Harmony Basic Law in this paradigm is priority elevation of the spiritual needs for the individuals and society, which is opposed to disharmonious Law of destructive domination of material needs. (It is Academician Baymuratov’s Paradigm, 2014, Kazakhstan. See Chapter 8.15).

3. Integral, holistic character and dynamism. Peacescience, thanks SPHERONS universality, allows to synthesize and preserve in itself the peacemaking achievements of the past and future evolution (Chapters 3, 4, etc.). It provides a holistic approach to solving the problems of global peace at all levels. GPS does not pretend to finality but it assesses itself as “the initial version”, which does not exclude other options and is ready to enter with them into international scientific Contest (Chapter 8, etc.). It supposes the possibility of another interpretation for deep social structure.

4. Value of Peacescience. In any case, regardless of the Peacescience truth measure of its various theories, it is an undoubted epistemological achievement and social value as the first in history precedent of scientific knowledge of global peace in a whole (history does not know other similar examples). Therefore, following the wise Italian saying “If it is not true, it is well conceived,” (se non è vero, è ben trovato) about Peacescience can say that even if it is not right in all parts, it is well conceived and certainly useful to mankind. Peacescience opens for it the way of search and upgrading an absolutely necessary for it science and fundamentally new, breakthrough knowledge, enriching it and saving it from wars, from which it is still (for the 6 thousand years of history) not has the radical vaccine and spiritual immunity. It is the way of conscious geopolitics of SPHERONS’ peace under the Earth Constitution International Law. Peacescience opens the Peacefulness Era of humanity since 2016.

The completion of the Peacescience book in GHA is just the beginning of a new, broader development, dissemination and application of the GPS new paradigm of thinking in academic, educational, political, religious and other cultural institutions.

Resume. Peacescience from harmony defines the THIRD, harmonious and just way of humanity development in all its four spheres. The third way organically integrates the advantages and softly (non-violently) overcomes the pathological extremes of the two equally disharmonious and violent, traditional for the 20th century ways: socialism and capitalism and their basic ideologies: Marxism and liberalism. The past and the beginning of the new century showed that without scientifically conscious and realized social harmony live further in a nightmare of any militaristic form of traditional society, mired in endless wars, terrorism, murders, crimes, corruption, lies, elitist-totalitarian pseudo democracy of billionaires behind the screen of the elected puppets, drugs, glaring inequality, and other pathologies on the brink of the world’s nuclear suicide is impossible. GPS offers a way out of their impasse through science, education, culture and democracy of SPHERONS as the political center of the federalist Earth Constitution (Chapter 8.19). Therein lies the GPS historical significance.

Top. The fate of humanity and its key countries in the 21st century with different cultural, economic and political orientations: Russia, China, India, EU and the US, will be determined by the recognition of GPS and its democracy of SPHERONS (spheral democracy) ensuring the dominance of spiritual elevation, social priority of children and women, geopolitics of global peace, general and complete disarmament and economic prosperity for all nations from their harmony as one family on one planet.

Dr. Leo Semashko, GHA President, GPS Editor in Chief

Leo Semashko, Ph.D. (Philosophy), Founding President, Global Harmony Association (GHA) since 2005; State Councilor of St. Petersburg; Philosopher, Sociologist and Peacemaker from Harmony; Author of more than 400 scientific publications, including 18 books in 1-12 languages; Author of Tetrism as the unity of Tetraphilosophy and Tetrasociology – science of social harmony, global peace and harmonious civilization; Director: Tetrasociology Public Institute, Russia; Director, GHA Website “Peace from Harmony”: http://peacefromharmony.org; Initiator, Manager and Editor in Chief of the book project “Global Peace Science” (GPS).

Address: St-Petersburg, Russia; Phone: +7(812)-597-6571

E-mail: leo.semashko [at] gmail.com

When will we put an end to war?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Memorial Day!

Let us remember loved ones and the tragedy of war!

memorial day

     Since 1900, more than 80 million people have been killed in wars worldwide, hundreds of millions have been injured and made refugees, and tens of trillions of dollars have been spent on wars.  Tragically, things are not getting better.                                                                             

      United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon recently said: “Human suffering from the impacts of armed conflicts and disasters has reached staggering levels.” He documented his statement with specific figures: nearly 60 million people, half of them children, have been forced from their homes due to conflict and violence. As if this was not enough, the UN chief talked about another man-made tragedy: In recent years hundreds of millions of people are being affected by disasters at an annual cost to the global economy that now exceeds 300 billion dollars.  http://www.ipsnews.net/2016/05/human-suffering-has-reached-staggering-levels/

UN Assessment: Global Destruction of Mother Earth on Fast Track

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/20/un-assessment-global-destruction-mother-earth-fast-track

     As we pause to remember loved ones, and our own complicity in violence and suffering, let us rededicate our lives to peace, justice, and a healthy environment for all – present and future generations.

No More War!   Stop Climate Disaster Now!

  1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties.
    4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
    5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

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US Dangerous escalation of tension with Russia

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

MAY 18 ,2016

BY DAVID SWANSON

United States wants war with Russia

After provoking Russia for decades, the United States government has apparently concluded that the Russians are all saints and decided to escalate the provocations with confidence that nothing will go wrong, or go nuclear. Either that or the U.S. government truly wants World War III.

I wouldn’t treat a diseased rat the way the United States treats Russia. The Russian government has exercised such incredible restraint that the United States has apparently decided it can get away with being even nastier, a move that is now openly described by Washington insiders as being driven by weapons profiteering:

“‘This is the “Chicken-Little, sky-is-falling” set in the Army,’ the senior Pentagon officer said. ‘These guys want us to believe the Russians are 10 feet tall. There’s a simpler explanation: The Army is looking for a purpose, and a bigger chunk of the budget. And the best way to get that is to paint the Russians as being able to land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. What a crock.'”

In fact, the United States spends well over 8 times what Russia does on militarism, not counting “Homeland Security” or Energy or State or Veterans, etc. The world still contains enough nuclear weapons to destroy human life if just a small fraction of them are used, and 93 percent of them belong to Russia and the United States.

Why aren’t the nukes gone, when Gorbachev was willing to give them up?

Because Reagan was unwilling to give up a stupid, non-functioning, and fraudulent technological defense against a threat that would not have existed if he had. That technology is back in the movie theaters and back in the news: Star Wars.

The Cold War continued. The Soviet Union broke up. Germany reunified. And the Cold War still continued at the Pentagon. The Warsaw Pact went away. NATO expanded. When Germany reunited, the United States promised Russia that NATO would never expand eastward. NATO then added the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovenia, Albania, and Croatia to its membership. Since the U.S.-facilitated coup in Ukraine, and against the desires of the Ukrainian people, NATO has been pushing for a partnership with Ukraine, as well as with Georgia.

Imagine if Russia had promised not to expand the Warsaw Pact and then added to its membership Greenland, Canada, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Cuba, and Mexico. If Russia claimed to have done all that to protect itself from Iran, how many U.S. pundits would treat that as a serious, non-laughable claim? And if Russia made a deal with Iran under which more stringent inspections than ever endured by any nation would verify that Iran had no threatening weapons, and if Russia bragged about this deal, but if Russia went right on expanding the Warsaw Pact, would the United States take that as the harmless gesture of friendship that NATO depicts its actions as?

NATO has also been “looking for a purpose” and rushing off to wage wars in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Libya. The United States and some of its NATO allies are waging wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen. In a number of those places, drone wars and proxy wars have been turned into U.S. ground wars, perfectly primed for major expansion. Yet, the United States speaks of its actions as “defensive,” describes Russia as aggressive, and falsely accuses Russia of invading Ukraine, a mythical act that Hillary Clinton determined made Vladimir Putin the equivalent of “Hitler.”

Now the United States has sent ships to the Black Sea, sent tanks to Georgia, planned a huge military “exercise” in Poland, opened a “missile defense” site in Romania, which Russia calls a “direct threat” (and a violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty), and begun building another “missile defense” site in Poland. There’s a videoonline of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the opening of the new site in Romania, describing it as a “team effort” involving Romania, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, and the UK. Stoltenberg’s stilted speech claims repeatedly that “Missile defense is for defense. It is defensive.” Stoltenberg claims the “missile defense” missiles are too close to Russia to intercept Russian missiles, which misses the point that Russia views the U.S. missiles as offensive, not “defensive.”

Even CBS News finds it impossible to take NATO’s nonsense completely seriously:

“U.S. officials say the Romanian missile shield, which cost $800 million, is intended to fend off missile threats from Iran and is not aimed at Russia. But NATO decided in January 2015 to set up command-and-control centers in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria by the end of 2016 — at least partly in response to challenges from Russia and Islamic extremists and to reassure eastern partners.”

What challenges? Essentially the 10-foot giants landing in the U.S. rear and on both flanks simultaneously — in other words: money to be made.

Read this further bit from CBS News carefully:

“President Obama and other NATO heads of state and government met in September and ordered an overhaul of the alliance’s capabilities and defense posture, called the Readiness Action Plan, or RAP, to take into account Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and purported military interference in eastern Ukraine.”

The key word there is “purported.” It’s been years now since the weekly announcements that Russia had invaded Ukraine, something it obviously never did. And of course the people of Crimea voted to join Russia after the U.S. state department facilitated a violent coup in Ukraine that installed a government significantly made up of Nazis. CBS can’t bring itself to comment on whether or not there is any evidence of the “purported military interference,” so it just calls it “purported” and hopes that not too many people know what that word means.

Russia, believe it or not, is expressing some annoyance. As Jonathan Marshall recounts: “Moscow spokesmen have warned that Romania could become a ‘smoking ruins’ if it continues to host the new anti-missile site; threatened Denmark, Norway and Poland that they too could become targets of attack; and announced development of a new generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles designed to penetrate the U.S. missile shield.”

Russian planes have come near U.S. ships and planes in recent weeks, although U.S. reports have generally failed to focus on the fact that those ships and planes were quite near Russia’s borders. These near misses at starting a war between the world’s major nuclear militaries present a far greater threat than is generally imagined, because most U.S. citizens have zero interest in starting World War III and so don’t think about it, but the U.S. government and NATO want blood. NATO’s new commander says he wants to be ready to fight Russia immediately.

Donald Trump blurted out the common sense solution of abolishing NATO but quickly backed off and reversed himself, as on so many other topics. Hillary Clinton has wholeheartedly supported NATO’s expansion from the beginning, when she was First Lady. Bernie Sanders generally accepts whatever the military is doing, so as not to rock the boat, which still might leave him the best of the three on foreign policy, as he so obviously is on domestic.

But a great deal can happen in 8 months. A lot can happen before anyone new is elected. And with all eyes focused on the election, it’s more likely than ever to do so. And what could happen makes climate change seem manageable by comparison.

 

Military Industrial Complex

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Prevent Nuclear War!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

USA – Stop Threatening Russia

& the World!

In 1962, when the Soviet Union placed missiles in Cuba, 90 miles from U.S. shores, and the U.S. had missiles on Russia’s border in Turkey, events nearly escalated to a nuclear war. Today, the U.S. and NATO’s 27 member nations have moved troops and missiles to Russia’s door step resulting in escalating tensions that again, by accident or design, could result in a nuclear war.

The movement of U.S. and NATO troops and missiles on or near  Russia’s borders goes directly against the promise made in 1991 by then president George H.W. Bush to Mikkhail Gorachev of the USSR that the U.S. and NATO would not move one inch closer to Russia. That U.S. and NATO promise has been broken and dangerous tensions escalate.

The U.S. ABM missile systems being deployed in Eastern Europe is part of the U.S. nuclear war first -strike policy defined in the 1980s as the “Victory is Possible” crazy doctrine supported by Obama’s now secretary of defense, Ashton Carter. Today, there is a new U.S. cold war campaign to vilify the Russians that includes damaging economic sanctions, provocative military actions, and even plans by neocons for regime change in Russia, following the neocon $5 billion coup and regime change in the Ukraine. See http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44660.htm and https://www.popularresistance.org/americas-biggest-of-all-big-lies-were-not-threatening-russia/

Charges of Russian expansionism are bogus. In an article by Conn Hallinan, entitled “Bear Baiting Russia” he states that “Russia has two bases in the Middle East and a handful in Central Asia. The U.S. has 662 bases around the world and Special Forces (SOF) deployed in between 70 and 90 countries at any moment. Last year SOFs were active in 147 countries. The U.S. is actively engaged in five wars and is considering a sixth in Libya. Russian military spending will fall next year, and the U.S. will out-spend Moscow by a factor of 10. Who in this comparison looks threatening?”  https://www.popularresistance.org/natos-dangerous-game-bear-baiting-russia/

The U.S. Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) yields great profits from new Cold War threats and escalating military budgets for weapon systems. The $1.5 trillion new F-35 bombers are for the Russkies, not terrorists. “Scare the hell out of people.” That’s the game for weapon makers. Since March 2015 there have been over 60 incidents that could have triggered a major crisis between Russia and the United States. Let’s put a stop to this escalating tension. Speak out for peace now!  A nuclear war threatens the entire planet!

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NO MORE WAR!

  1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties.
    4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
    5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

Contact: Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai’i 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622. Email:
ja@malu-aina.org
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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (May 20, 2016 – 765th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

A Killing Nation!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

What Has America Become?

Inside the U.S. Assassination Complex

Reaper drone #2U.S. Reaper Killer Drone

Let’s summarize: 4 million Muslims killed in U.S./NATO wars.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/four-million-muslims-killed-in-us-nato-wars-should-we-call-it-genocide/5470424

800,000 Iraqi children orphaned by conflict since 2003.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44588.htm

      We could go on-and-on: $trillions spent on endless wars and militarism, a national security surveillance state that has bombed and conducted drone and Special Ops assassinations (even of American citizens) in 7, or is it 8, 10, or 12 countries in the last 15 years. In addition the U.S. plans to spend another trillion dollars to modernize its nuclear weapons over the next 3 decades.

A must read new book: The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program by Jeremy Scahill and the staff of The Intercept, with a foreword by Edward Snowden and afterword by Glenn Greenwald, published by Simon & Schuster.   In short, it is a book about what America has become – not hope and change, but unrestrained power.

      It has become increasingly clear that the U.S. is not about the business of “freedom and democracy” but rather global domination that benefits an economic corporate elite at the expense of nearly everyone else and the earth itself. Of course the domination is disguised and fueled by fear: war on terror, regime change, destroying Al Qaeda, ISIS, etc. but increasingly the world is seeing through the disguise.

So what are we to do? It is an illusion and a fraud to say we can bring real change and put an end to U.S. imperial wars through electoral politics controlled by the very people and money system of empire. The solution is not a Trump, Hillary or even a Bernie Sanders. Any hope for real change must begin at a much deeper level.  In the midst of empire, the task before us is to build communities, people’s movements, and take action of non-violent resistance for justice, peace, and the earth.  Do it because it is the right thing to do.and it needs to be done.  Then, keep standing and keep acting.  It won’t be easy but never give up.  As the late Father Dan Berrigan said: ”There is no peace because there are no peacemakers. There are no makers of peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war.” The real question is – Are we willing to pay the price? To stop the violence, to stop the killing, the buck stops here!

The Wars Stop Here!

  1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties.
    4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
    5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

Contact: Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai’i 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622. Email:
ja@malu-aina.org
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Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (May 13, 2016 – 764th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office