In human civilization there has always been a dialectic between culture, values, and the structure of the world system. Value transformation, cultural transformation, and system transformation are all required for a real liberation of our human situation. As Swami Agnivesh says about today’s world system: it intrinsically promotes “the love of power rather than the power of love.” But often the “value revolution” people and the “peace culture” people tend to have it wrong, for they ignore the need for system transformation to democratic world government. Without system transformation, values and culture alone will not save us. On the other hand, promoting system transformation through the Earth Constitution will dialectic-ally promote value and cultural transformation as well. It will also establish a global educational system that will promote peace culture and loving human values….read more
Most of us here in Rossmoor don’t have a big problem about how to pay for our medical bills. Medicare is a blessing for those of us over 65. I hesitate to think of what my financial situation would be if I had had to pay for the quadruple bypass heart surgery I had five years ago this month. I certainly would have had to file for bankruptcy and my wife and I probably would have lost our home. I guess most conservatives would then have said “tough bananas, Hanson…you should have saved more money during your working years.” It’s your own fault that you are now homeless.
Actually, I think even most of my Republican neighbors will admit that Medicare for senior citizens is a good thing. I haven’t heard of anyone refusing it out of principle. So why won’t the Republicans who now control Congress and the presidency consider Medicare For All, otherwise known as the single payer plan? You guessed it…”We can’t afford it.” This is what they say. The real reason that they won’t consider single payer is that it would jeopardize the profits of the pharmaceutical and insurance industries-major campaign contributors…read more
The United Nations was ready for Myanmar. In March, the Human Rights Council issued a resolution calling for an independent, international fact-finding mission to investigate atrocities committed by the country’s security forces against Rohingya Muslims. By late May, the president of the council had vetted and assigned three experts known as special rapporteurs. A month later they were ready to fly to Southeast Asia – an alacrity virtually unprecedented in getting a U.N. commission off the ground.
But Myanmar said no, ordering its embassies not to issue visas to the U.N. investigators. Even Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto head of government and Nobel Laureate whose personal struggle brought democracy to Myanmar, claimed the Rohingya were responsible because they instigated armed factions. As of last week, the three inspectors, led by U.N. special rapporteur on human rights, Yanghee Lee of South Korea, were in Bangladesh refugee camps, interviewing survivors of the atrocities, trying to piece together a picture of a potential Rohingya genocide…read more
Many people still want to believe that the United Nations engages in impartial investigations and thus is more trustworthy than, say, self-interested governments, whether Russia or the United States. But trust in U.N. agencies is no longer well placed; whatever independence they may have once had has been broken, a reality relevant to recent “investigations” of Syrian chemical weapons use.
There is also the larger issue of the United Nations’ peculiar silence about one of its primary and original responsibilities, shouldered after the horrors of World War II – to stop wars of aggression, which today include “regime change” wars organized, funded and armed by the United States and other Western powers, such as the Iraq invasion in 2003, the overthrow of the Libyan government in 2011, and a series of proxy wars including the ongoing Syrian conflict…read more
While Board member Jerry Tetalman visited Nobel Peace headquarters during his trip to Europe, Board member Dr. John Sutter offers to match donations up to a total of $5000. For example, if you donate $500, it’s worth $1000 to us! John’s offer closes at the end of September 2017.read more
Now some people argue that that authority can violate the constitution if the president orders the first use of nuclear weapons, others say the constitution provides this authority through Article 2, which designates the president as commander of chief of the armed forces. So you get into a little bit of debate about what is constitutional or not. But the system, the protocol, is designed to allow for one person with a single verbal order to launch nuclear weapons.
Can you describe the nature of this protocol and how the use of nuclear weapons would be carried out in practice?read more