Oceania

06.05.2015

Peace Lessons: how to reduce violence

Peace Lessons: how to reduce violence

If you are interested in learning more about the meaning of, and the relationshipsamong, direct, structural and cultural violence and how one peace studies scholar suggests we use the integrative power of nonviolence to address violence constructively, then I suggest you read the new book by historian, playwright and novelist… »

05.05.2015

Rugby or Thugby OR just May-weather perhaps…

Rugby or Thugby OR just May-weather perhaps…

I was trying to ignore, via a head in the sand approach, what I consider should have been banned years ago like fox-hunting, i.e. that boxing event last weekend.  It’s not easy though as so much of the Western world is shouting about it and someone – yes a man… »

23.04.2015

Legacy of War

Legacy of War

As the world continues to engage in various commemorations in relation to World War I, Australia approaches the centenary anniversary of a defining event in the nation’s history: ANZAC Day. On 25 April 1915, and for many days after, Australia suffered savage losses at Gallipoli in Turkey. Sometimes when we… »

08.04.2015

Saving Passengers of the Good Ship “Titan… Earth”

Saving Passengers of the Good Ship “Titan… Earth”

On 15 April 1912, the Titanic, the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service, sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage. The large and unnecessary death toll – more than 1,500 passengers and crew – was the result of many factors. »

30.03.2015

‘It is heart breaking to see the extraordinary scale of devastation’ of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu

‘It is heart breaking to see the extraordinary scale of devastation’ of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu

Human Wrongs Watch 30 March 2015 – Two weeks after Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the archipelago on a tour through one of the most severely affected provinces Saturda [28 March 2015], warned of a “secondary emergency” and urged a scale-up in efforts… »

03.03.2015

Grid-connected wave power supplying Australia

Grid-connected wave power supplying Australia

Myles Gough writing on the Science Alert website has detailed the launch of Australian company Carnegie Wave Energy’s wave power generating project where energy is continuously produced and the device can also supply zero-emission desalinated water.  The boast is that this is a world’s first grid-connected wave power station and… »

25.02.2015

Why Do We Fear Challenging Authority?

Why Do We Fear Challenging Authority?

Have you ever noticed your own inclination, or that of other people, to believe what you/they are told by someone seen to be in authority? For example, did you know that there is overwhelming scientific evidence that the 911 destruction of the World Trade Center buildings 5, 6 and 7… »

19.02.2015

We Will Not Cease, or, “Lest We Forget”

We Will Not Cease, or, “Lest We Forget”

Lest We Forget, a phrase in the poem “Recessional,” by Rudyard Kipling, is the reason we engage in this memory, suggested by Vonnie Boston* following her attendance over last weekend’s (14 – 15 February 2015) conference on, “Bringing-spreading the Light” at a special centre – Tauhara Conference Space and Retreat… »

13.02.2015

A gaping wound in the heart of West Papua

A gaping wound in the heart of West Papua

Free West Papua – a campaign A photo the Indonesian government does not want you to see, above, title: “The Recklessness of Extractive Mining Industries: the Sanctity and Beauty of this Sacred Mountain is gone forever… let us stand tall to stop this genocide”. The Grasberg Mine, owned by US… »

11.02.2015

Terrorism: Ultimate Weapon of the Global Elite

Terrorism: Ultimate Weapon of the Global Elite

The usual definition of a ‘terrorist’ is simple: a person who uses violence in the pursuit of a political objective. By this definition, the two major categories of terrorist are those political leaders who perpetrate state terror by attacking other countries (ranging from launching a war, perhaps following a false… »

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