What Africa taught the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

What Africa taught the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Juan Cole January 15, 2018 – Informed Comment In 1957 Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta went to Ghana in connection with its independence from Britain. The British had grabbed the fabled West African Gold Coast in the nineteenth century in order to profit from its gold and other resources (after having profited […]

Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace

Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace

Pope Franciskus’ Message for the 50th World Day of Peace   1. At the beginning of this New Year, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious, civic and community leaders. I wish peace to every man, woman and child, and I […]

Honor, Humiliation, and Terror – Book note

Honor, Humiliation, and Terror – Book note

New book by Evelin Lindner • Humankind has reached a boiling point. Violence, hatred, and terror have become deeply entangled with honor, heroism, glory, loyalty, and love. Over the past five percent of modern human history on planet Earth, roughly the past ten millennia, human activity has reached a crescendo of rapid and ruthless competition […]

John Scales Avery – A Life for Global Peace and Development

John Scales Avery – A Life for Global Peace and Development

Portrait of a TFF Associate December 29, 2017 • John Scales Avery is a theoretical chemist at the University of Copenhagen. He is noted for his books and research publications in quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, evolution, and history of science.   His 2003 book Information Theory and Evolution set forth the view that the phenomenon of […]

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 […]

The Narrative of Peace: What We Can Learn From the History of Peace Thought

The Narrative of Peace: What We Can Learn From the History of Peace Thought

  By John Gittings • “Although most people have always sought to live in peace, our perception of the past is over-dominated by a narrative that is obsessed with war”, argues John Gittings – long-standing ORG Adviser and Guardian Writer, in his latest book ‘The Glorious Art of Peace: From the Iliad to Iraq’, published […]

The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World

The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World

• The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World was launched simultaneously on 11 November 2011 at several locations around the world. May 25, 2011 by robertjburrowes As of 20 December 2017: 2,270 individuals from 103 countries have signed the Nonviolence Charter pledge, and 112 organisations from 36 countries have endorsed the Nonviolence Charter. Individuals: Signing […]

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 […]

Conversation between Gandhi and Bin Laden

Conversation between Gandhi and Bin Laden

By Bhikhu Parekh Via gandhifoundation.org • If he were alive today, how might Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest apostle of non-violence, challenge Osama Bin Laden’s worldview?  Bhikhu Parekh is Vice-President of The Gandhi Foundation, a professor of political philosophy, a Labour peer, and the author of three books on Gandhi. This article first appeared in Prospect magazine […]

Fighting with nonviolence

Fighting with nonviolence

By Scilla Elworthy Via ted.com • How do you deal with a bully without becoming a thug? In this wise and soulful talk, peace activist Scilla Elworthy maps out the skills we need — as nations and individuals — to fight extreme force without using force in return. To answer the question of why and […]