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Craig Zelizer, August 1, 2009
Guide to Nonviolence in practice
Peacemakers Trust, Canada
News and events on dispute resolution, conflict transformation and peacebuilding.
Peacemakers Trust posts articles or announcements we believe may interest researchers and educators in the field of conflict studies.
Stephen Zunes, FPIF, January 24, 2008
Nonviolent action and pro-democracy struggles
The United States has done for the cause of democracy what the Soviet Union did for the cause of socialism. Not only has the Bush administration given democracy a bad name in much of the world, but its high-profile and highly suspect “democracy promotion” agenda has provided repressive regimes and their apologists an excuse to label any popular pro-democracy movement that challenges them as foreign agents, even when led by independent grassroots nonviolent activists.
Øyvind Tønnesen, Nobelprize.org (1999)
Mahatma Gandhi, the missing laureate
Christopher Phelbs, Chronicle of Higher Education,
January 18, 2008
The Prophet Reconsidered
New studies emphasize Dr. King's economic and social philosophy
Rohit Patel, The Salt Lake Tribune, Oct 13, 2007
Making peace more compelling than war
Here is what we can do here and now...
GandhiServe Foundation, October 7, 2007
The Mahatma Gandhi News Digest
A fantastic source on everything related to Gandhi - books, events, videos. Subscribe to it!
Andy Sullivan, Reuters, October 3, 2007
US protests shrink while anti-war sentiment grows
Crowds at antiwar rallies in Washington have dwindled even as U.S. opinion has turned against the war in Iraq, as organizers feud and participants question the effectiveness of the street protests.
Sumon K. Charabati, IBN Live, October 2, 2007
Nobel committee regrets missing out on Gandhi
The excutive director of the Nobel Foundation, “We missed a great Laureate and that’s Gandhi. It’s a big regret,” he admits.
John Feffer, FPIF & Asia Times, September 25, 2007
The art of anti-war
This month, at the 10th Istanbul Biennale, the future has arrived in the form of a very different kind of art. The curator of the Istanbul show, Hou Hanru of China, begins his exhibition catalogue with an unadorned statement: "We are living at a time of global wars. The center of the empire has ruthlessly exported violence to other parts of the world." Still, the Biennale's theme is: "Not only possible, but also necessary: Optimism in the age of global war".
John Feffer, FPIF, September 24, 2007
Art as Jujitsu
And therein lies the difference between the art of war and the art of antiwar. The first denies the consequence of violence while the second exposes it. And John Feffer offers many absolutely fascinating links to anti-war artists here.
Susanne Sklar, September 17, 2007
Peace and Freedom?
Why is the stock market more important than the havoc being wreaked in the name of global democracy in Iraq? How can democracy be so inhumane, so destructive? I have been taught and I still believe that democracy gives all people the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Adam Parsons, Share the World's Resources,
July 24, 2007
Mobilising 'world opinion'
Public consciousness is rising fast in the face of propaganda and indoctrination. The astonishing successes of ‘people power’ have also shown, over more than 20 years, that resolute and peaceful protesters can be more indomitable than autocrats or warmongers.Social movement must find new ways and strategies.
Paul Craig Roberts, ICH, Sept. 14, 2007
9/11 explains the impotence of the anti-war movement
The anti-war movement has proven impotent to stop the war in Iraq despite the fact that the war was initiated on the basis of lies and deception. The anti-war movement stands helpless to prevent President Bush from attacking Iran or any other country that he might demonize for harboring a future 9/11 threat.
United Nations General Assembly, June 15, 2007
October 2 shall be International Non-Violence Day
India won a small but significant victory at the United Nations on Friday with the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) unanimously adopting an Indian resolution to declare Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi’s birthday, October 2, as the International Day of Non-Violence.
Robin Hahnel, Michael Foley, and Matt Meyer,
June 6, 2007
What the Peace Movement Should Do Now
In April, FPIF published an essay by historian Lawrence Wittner on the future of the U.S. peace movement. His call for a large, national peace organization generated a flurry of responses, which we published collectively in What’s Next for the Peace Movement. Here we publish three final comments from Robin Hahnel, Michael Foley, and Matt Meyer.
Lawrence S. Wittner,
PFIF, April 26, 2007
How the peace movement
Many of the movement's key goals have broad popular support. Why,
then, is the peace movement not succeeding?
Michael N. Nagler,
February 14, 2007
Hope of Terror? Gandhi and the Other
The history of September 11, 1906 - when Gandhi launched a new way
of waging conflict: Satyagraha. This piece offers many insights
into the basic concepts and thinking of Gandhi. Highly recommended
for students. 44 pages, 7,7 MB, PDF.
The Danish Peace Academy,
February 10, 2007
Friends of Gandhi.
Correspondence of Mahatma Gandhi with Esther Færing (Menon),
Anne Marie Petersen and Ellen Hørup.
An absolutely unique collection of his private correspondence with
three Danish ladies. A book edited by E. S. Rheddy and Holger Terp,
over 400 pages (1.2 MB, PDF).
Indra Adnan, The Guardian,
February 2, 2007
new, non-violent world order
Gandhi's 100-year-old resistance movement could provide a model
for a new approach to international relations.
House, January 15, 2007
truth to power - A Time to Break Silence: By Martin Luther King,
April 4, 1967
Force More Powerful - Computer game on nonviolent strategy
Can a computer game teach
how to fight real-world adversaries - dictators, military occupiers
and corrupt rulers, using methods that have succeeded in actual
conflicts - not with laser rays or AK47s, but with non-military
strategies and nonviolent weapons? Such a game, A Force More Powerful
(AFMP), is now available.
Zinn, The Progressive, Oct 23, 2006
There is something important to be learned from the recent experience
of the United States and Israel in the Middle East: that massive
military attacks are not only morally reprehensible but useless
in achieving the stated aims of those who carry them out.
Yorkers for a Department of Peace &
The M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, September 20, 2006
100 Years of Nonviolence.
Gandhi and September 11,
1906 and 2006
About a 17-minute film called Satyagraha, featuring Arun Gandhi,
grandson of Mohandas Gandhi that will help dispel common myths and
reveal the true power of nonviolence.
M. K. Gandhi, in Satyagraha
in South Africa,
advent of Satyagraha
"The meeting was duly held on September 11, 1906..." Gandhi's
own story on how the Truth-Force concept of Satyagraha came into
There is another September 11, and it turns 100 years this year!
Troops Home Fast, June
as a basis for a fast aimed at bringing the soldiers home from Iraq
On July 3, 2006 a fast starts in front of the White House led by,
among others, Cindy Sheehan and Daniel Elsberg. It's based on Gandhi
's philosophy. It's a truly remarkable moral action as well as one
more evidence of the emerging revival of Gandhi and other nonviolent
Vivek Pinto, June 28,
religion of humanity
Can religion be a source of positive values in political life, rather
than a convenient weapon for mobilising the passions of the mob?
"For me, every, the tiniest, activity is governed by what I consider
to be my religion." Most of Gandhi's political campaigns were planned
at his ashrams in days of solitude, prayer, fasting, self-examination,
and rigorous self-control.
Karen Armstrong, The
Guardian, December 29, 2003
God goes to war
Religions usually espouse peace and goodwill, so why have they sparked
so many conflicts?
Peter Brock, PeaceNews
Mukulika Banerjee, The Pathan Unarmed: Opposition and Memory in
the North West Frontier
The story of the movement's intrepid leader, six-foot-three Badshah
Khan (Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan) and his redshirted Khudai Khidmatgar
(Servants of God) has been told a number of times.
Stephen Zunes, FPIF,
the Power of Nonviolent Action
You probably didn’t notice, but February 20 was Nonviolent
BBC, March 12, 2005
1930 Salt March re-enacted
The famous 1930 "salt march" by India's independence hero
Mahatma Gandhi to defy British colonial rule is being re-enacted
for its 75th anniversary.
Ian Traynor, The Guardian, 26 November
Behind the Turmoil in Kiev
In the center of Belgrade, there is a dingy office staffed by computer-literate
youngsters who call themselves the Centre for Non-violent Resistance.
If you want to know how to beat a regime that controls the mass
media, the judges, the courts, the security apparatus and the voting
stations, the young Belgrade activists are for hire.
Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential
This groundbreaking new work builds on 50 years of Gene Sharp’s
definitive academic research and practical experience aiding nonviolent
struggles around the world.
John Sloboda and Brian Doherty, Oxford
Research Group, June 2004
Human face of Political Dissent: What we know about the anti-war
marchers of February 2003
Martin Smedjeback, Eappi, 30 August
Accompaniers walk in Gandhi’s Footsteps
One of the Mahatma’s grandsons, Arun Gandhi, has continued
his grandfather’s quest for truth and nonviolence. Fourteen
years ago he founded the M.K. Gandhi institute for Nonviolence in
the United States. Recently he visited Palestine and Israel for
his first time to spread the message of nonviolence.
Stephen Zunes, Nonviolent
in the Islamic World
Vithalbhai Jhaveri - Movie of 1968
M A H A T
LIFE OF GANDHI 1869-1948
Script, commentary and direction.
See it here on the Internet.