Celebrate diversity and create symbiosis

Celebrate diversity and create symbiosis

By Johan Galtung May 8, 2019 There is much diversity.  Let us praise that mega aspect of our world as multipolar, passive but peaceful, coexistence of civilizations: Anglo-American; Latin American-Caribbean; Islamic; African pre-, post-colonial; European from Ireland to Russia Far East; West Asian Islamic; with Israel Jewish; Iran Persian; South Asian, SAARC, Hindu and Islamic […]

Anti Reuter

Anti Reuter

By Johan Galtung March 7, 2019 In 1883 P. J. Reuter, head of the news agency carrying his name, wrote the following memorandum: To: Agents and CorrespondentsFrom: P. J. ReuterDate: 1883 Re: Please cover the following: “…fires, explosions, floods, inundations, railway accidents, destructive storms, earthquakes, shipwrecks attended with loss of life, accidents to war vessels […]

Remembering the War on Iraq – March 20, 2003

Remembering the War on Iraq – March 20, 2003

  By Jan Oberg March 20, 2018* Today marks the 15th Anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. Neither solid analyses, moral reasoning and decent argument nor history’s probably largest pre-war, anti-war demonstrations worldwide had any discernible impact on the Bush and Blair Administrations’ decision to go to war and do so on a false […]

American Diplomacy with North Korea and Vietnam

American Diplomacy with North Korea and Vietnam

  By Johan Galtung Foreword to Michael Haas’ Book January 8, 2018 What is that American Diplomacy, after US bombing killed 3,5 million in Pyongyang in 1952 and the US Army killed 3 million in Vietnam from 1961 (Kennedy) to 30 Apr 1975 (Ford)?  Softer? This very rich, well researched book by Michael Haas–a senior, […]

Two Ways of Being Western: Christianity and Science

Two Ways of Being Western: Christianity and Science

By Johan Galtung Farewell Seminar SCAR, George Mason University, Arlington-VA 6 Dec 2017 • Two basic institutions in Western history and individual lives: Christianity offering Salvation to those following Laws, Commandments, and Science offering Truth to those who believe in scientific laws. After Enlightenment ushered in a godless world, one is waning and the other […]

Humankind 2050: A new and better world – Peace, Development and Environment

Humankind 2050: A new and better world – Peace, Development and Environment

  By Johan Galtung • Keynote, World Futures Studies Federation Conference – Jondal, Norway 7 Jun 2017 West of Jondal is Torsnes, named after the Nordic war god Thor with his Hammer, a center of the Viking era from 800 to 1050, only 250 years. Why so short? Successful with raids and colonization–Gardarike in Russia, […]

Nonviolent Economy

Nonviolent Economy

  By Johan Galtung • Two important words enriching each other. “Nonviolent” easily becomes bla-bla, and “economy” is too general. But, does “nonviolent” make a difference for the better to the economy?  And vice versa, can “economy” make “nonviolent” more positive, beyond resistance to evil? Let us start with “economy”, here conceived of as a […]

Professionalization in peace research

Professionalization in peace research

  By Johan Galtung • Keynote, International Peace Research Association (IPRA), Calgary 1/7/2006. Via transnational.org   On professionalization in general Generally, the sociology of professions identifies three characteristics of a profession: [1] There is a range of SKILLS with which a range of professionals will handle a range of problems for a range of clients, […]

Aage Bertelsen (1901 – 1980) – Danish educator for peace

Aage Bertelsen (1901 – 1980) – Danish educator for peace

  By Jan Oberg and Johan Galtung He was a tall man and a great man, a visionary, pacifist, civil resister, educator and philosopher. He took life more seriously than most and he could be playful and fun like a child. His life’s guiding principle was ”Engage in your time!” and while he wrote and […]

Johan Galtung’s Acceptance Speech of the People’s Nobel in Sweden

Johan Galtung’s Acceptance Speech of the People’s Nobel in Sweden

Via transcend.org • The People’s Peace Prize According to Nobel’s Will Celebration-Seminar-Banquet, Orust Peace Movement at Svanvik, Sweden, 2 Dec 2017 – Most gratefully received: a beautifully engraved granite stone that will adorn our garden in Spain, and a wonderful diploma!   I am deeply moved, with a feeling that my long life dedicated to […]