The Way

The Way

True world government must be rooted in peace
and so it surely would have to be seeded
and won by peaceful means.
What is needed is a revolution in the peaceful confrontation
mode of Gandhi and King, perhaps over decades.
A moral ‘suasion of the meek and weak to hew a new
ideal and standard of world justice….

The Heresy of Ideological Religion

The Heresy of Ideological Religion

DIETRICH BONHOEFFER was a young pastor and theologian in Germany during the rise of Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer founded an underground seminary, where he helped to lead what became known as the Confessing Church. His fundamental question was always, “Who is Jesus Christ for us today?”

There are never exact analogues in history. But there are questions and challenges from 1930s Germany that we should learn from today.

The Confessing Church and the Barmen Declaration, its statement of theological resistance to Nazism written mostly by theologian Karl Barth, were not simply expressing political opposition to Hitler and Nazism. Their objections were theological, and Hitler’s name was not even mentioned in the declaration. The issue for them was discipleship to Christ, as opposed to the uncritical support that many church leaders were offering to Hitler, creating in effect a “state church”…

Michigan lawmakers file bi-partisan bill to create a State Public Bank

Michigan lawmakers file bi-partisan bill to create a State Public Bank

Michigan leaps forward into the running for the first state in a hundred years to create a Public Bank, thanks to Republicans and Democrats working together in their state’s best interests.

Last Thursday, MI House Bills 5431-5434 were formally introduced — a bipartisan package of bills that would create and maintain a state bank. According to a statement by State Rep. Martin Howrylak (R), the Michigan state-run bank would effectively be a co-operative, holding state and local government funds. The bank could then use those funds to provide loans to the state and its subdivisions (schools, cities, townships, villages, etc.)…

The Rich Are Still Getting Richer: Worldwide Economic Inequality Is Accelerating

The Rich Are Still Getting Richer: Worldwide Economic Inequality Is Accelerating

It has only been a few short years since the heady days of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which began on September 11, 2011, in Zucotti Park, New York. The ensuing weeks created a fervor for economic justice across the United States, with encampments in many cities. In particular, the clarion call for an end to the concentration of wealth among 1% of the population became a social meme. Even the corporate mainstream media — which only sparingly covers financial inequality issues — reported continually on the protests, particularly the main one on Wall Street…

The Missing Message in the Women’s March

The Missing Message in the Women’s March

The large women’s marches that took place in the U.S. to mark a year of the Trump Administration were primarily organized by elements of the Democratic Party. The energy in the streets was strong and positive but the political message was to channel that into winning back congress in the 2018 mid term elections. One does not have to look far back in history to be reminded that the Democrats are every bit a party of continuous war as are the Republicans. The solution is not voter registration drives but building a mass independent movement…

The Responsibility to Protect the World … from the United States

The Responsibility to Protect the World … from the United States

This violent, lawless Pan-European colonial/capitalist project continues today under the hegemony of the U.S. empire. This then begs the questions of who really needs the protection and who protects the peoples of the world from the United States and its allies? The only logical, principled and strategic response to this question is citizens of the empire must reject their imperial privileges and join in opposing ruling elites exploiting labor and plundering the Earth. To do that, however, requires breaking with the intoxicating allure of cross-class, bi-partisan “white identity politics.”

Neocons like William Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Pearl were the driving forces in pushing for the war in Iraq. They understood if they wanted to sell war, “Americans” needed to believe the conflict was about values, not interests. The neocons dusted off and put a new face on that old rationalization for colonialism—the white man’s burden. Interventions were to bring democracy and freedom to those people who were struggling to be just like their more advanced models in the white West. Liberal interventionists further developed those ideas into “humanitarian interventionism” and the “responsibility to protect.”…

WORLD FEDERALIST JOHN ANDERSON (1922 – 2017) RAN FOR U.S. PRESIDENCY

WORLD FEDERALIST JOHN ANDERSON (1922 – 2017) RAN FOR U.S. PRESIDENCY

Here is the sad news of the passing of John B. Anderson, who, as the last President along with Ron Glossop as Vice President, were an excellent pair heading the World Federalist Association till its end in 2003, when it merged with the Campaign for United Nations Reform, which was renamed Citizens for Global Solutions.

As a citizen in 1980 I worked to promote John’s candidacy for U.S. President, and as head of the W.F.A. of Northern California, I had the pleasure of working closely with John and Ron…

The Farewell Sermon of Prophet Muhammad

The Farewell Sermon of Prophet Muhammad

The farewell sermon of Prophet Muhammad is one of the most important charters of human rights and symbolizes the inclusive character of Islam. It has great relevance in present times for both Muslims and the humanity at large.

Prophet Muhammad delivered the historic Last Sermon (khutabat al-wida) on the parched terrain of Mount of Mercy (Jabal ar-Rahmah) in the Uranah valley of Mount Arafat, 20 kilometres east of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It was precisely on the ninth day of Dhu al-Hijjah(12th and last month of the Islamic year -6 March 632)) in the tenth year of hijrah(migration from Mecca to Medina ) that the Prophet addressed 1,44,000 pilgrims The sermon , though seemingly addressed to a Muslim gathering, had a universal message. It consists of summarized exhortations based on some core teachings of the Qur’an and sunnah (Prophetic practices).It captures the ethos of Islam and provides a great lens to view the religion through. Some of his advices have become the fundamental touchstones of the Islamic faith…

Why the Istanbul Declaration Must Succeed

Why the Istanbul Declaration Must Succeed

The Istanbul Declaration adopted at an Extraordinary Islamic Summit Conference in Istanbul on the 13th of December 2017 invites “the whole world to recognize East Jerusalem as the occupied capital of the State of Palestine.” It further pledges to ‘mobilize support in the name of entire humanity to strengthen the State of Palestine and its institutions in every field.”

To obtain the support of the whole world, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which initiated the Summit will have to go beyond the OIC. An international committee should be established comprising states that are committed to the recognition of East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian State. It should be led by China which has endorsed wholeheartedly the East Jerusalem proposal. Chinese leadership will not only lend weight to the proposal but also make it easier to draw in non-Muslim majority states and make it a truly global endeavour. The Turkish President, Recep Erdogan, who was the driving force behind the initiative, should approach the Chinese President, Xi Jinping…

A New UN?  WCPA President Calls For Earth Constitution and World Parliament

A New UN? WCPA President Calls For Earth Constitution and World Parliament

Frustrated with the inability of the United Nations to resolve growing global crises, the President of the World Constitution & Parliament Association, Professor Glen Martin, issued a position paper which condemns the UN Security Council and the fatally flawed UN Charter.

The UN Charter according to Dr. Martin is an obstruction to world peace. The solution is to replace the UN Charter with the Earth Constitution which, he explains, would be the basis for a World Parliament and also provide world laws that can be enforced, unlike the current geopolitical system under the UN wherein leaders of powerful nations commit crimes with impunity…