Keynote speech for academic peace research in Iran

Keynote speech for academic peace research in Iran

November 23, 2020 November 23 and 24, 2020, marks an important event in the international academic/university history of peace and conflict research. The reason is that the Faculty of World Studies at Tehran University holds a large – online – conference – “International Conference on Peace and Conflict Resolution (ICPCR)”. My colleague and friend there, […]

Conversation Between Gandhi & Bin Laden – by Bhikhu Parekh

Conversation Between Gandhi & Bin Laden – by Bhikhu Parekh

By Bhikhu Parekh November 5, 2020 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 in April […]

Do US media provoke post-election chaos for Biden who also offers no hope?

Do US media provoke post-election chaos for Biden who also offers no hope?

Brilliant collage by unknown creator If Biden has, in fact, received so many more votes, why is the CNN-led media flock in such a hurry to declare him the winner? Is it the media’s job to decide the winner in a democracy? How will Trump and his sympathisers, about half of the people, react to […]

Ny bog om Johan Galtung til 90 års dagen

Ny bog om Johan Galtung til 90 års dagen

Jan Øberg 23. oktober 2020 Den norske arkitekt og fredsforkæmper, Susanne Urban har forfattet en righoldig bog, som netop er udkommet for at markere at en af verdens absolut ledende samfundsforskere, Johan Galtung, fylder 90 den 24. oktober 2020. Han er matematiker, sociolog, freds- og fremtidsforsker med en utrolig produktion af foredrag, artikler, gæsteprofessorater og […]

On the coming decline and fall of the US Empire

On the coming decline and fall of the US Empire

By Johan Galtung – TFF Associate October 23, 2020 This paper was written in 2015. Republished here on the occasion of Galtung’s 90th birthday, October 24, 2020. It was originally published at TMS, Transcend Media Service 1.  Definitions and Hypotheses: An Overview Definition: An empire is a transborder Center-Periphery system, in macro-space and in macro-time, […]

Acting is a wonderful way of avoiding feeling despair – A guide

Acting is a wonderful way of avoiding feeling despair – A guide

Louis Kriesberg October 21, 2020 Louis Kriesberg This post also appears on the  Beyond Intractability website.  The blog is the Constructive Conflict Initiative / COVID-19 Blog and Lou’s essay is here.   We Americans are beset by many awful circumstances in our country and in the world. As analysts and sometimes as activists we examine […]

A conversation at the edge of the human future

A conversation at the edge of the human future

Richard FalkTFF Associate October 16, 2020 Introduction Below is a long interview from Konrad Stachnio with Richard Falk – TFF Associate – on a wide-ranging set of questions, which stretched by knowledge past its breaking point, especially in assessing where the technological innovations on the horizons will lead us. It is one of 17 conversations […]

Nothing ever happened: A review of “Seeking Truth In A Country of Lies” by Edward Curtin

Nothing ever happened: A review of “Seeking Truth In A Country of Lies” by Edward Curtin

John Steppling October 7, 2020 Some books demand slower reading than others. Ed Curtin’s new book is such a case. But then this assemblage of essays, many published elsewhere, is a corrective to the growing intoxication with technology, with the surveillance and the policing it is being used for, and to what Jonathan Crary wrote […]

Why the US is falling – and faster than you may expect: A 40-year-old prediction coming true

Why the US is falling – and faster than you may expect: A 40-year-old prediction coming true

Image from Wikileaks Jan Oberg September 30, 2020 The unique, dominating position of the United States in the post-1945 world is well-known. It maintains this position thanks to both a very large historical goodwill capital and former glory in the eyes of generations around the world – and thanks to rampant militarism and imperialism that […]

The world needs to understand what is wrong with America

The world needs to understand what is wrong with America

A demonstrator raises a fist after clashes with police in the US city of Seattle on 8 June (AFP) As calls for racial justice reverberate across the country, the field of American Studies requires a radical rethink – namely, the active engagement of people around the globe at the receiving end of US militarism.  By […]

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