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10.08.2016 Robert Burrowes

A nonviolent strategy to end war

A nonviolent strategy to end war

There is a long history of anti-war and peace activism. Much of this activism has focused on ending a particular war. Some of this activism has been directed at ending a particular aspect of war, such as the use of a type of weapon. Some of it has aimed to… »

27.07.2016 Robert Burrowes

The Psychology of Ideology and Religion

The Psychology of Ideology and Religion

  Two of the drivers of world affairs that manifest in the daily decisions that affect our lives are ideology and religion.  Ideology is the term widely used to describe the underlying set of values, myths, ideas, attitudes, beliefs and doctrine that shape the behavioral approach to political, economic, social,… »

13.07.2016 Robert Burrowes

The Delusion ‘I Am Not Responsible’

The Delusion ‘I Am Not Responsible’

One of the many interesting details to be learned by understanding human psychology is how a person’s unconscious fear works in a myriad of ways to make them believe that they bear no responsibility for a particular problem. This psychological dysfunctionality cripples a substantial portion of the human population in… »

29.06.2016 Tony Henderson

Timor-Leste vs Australia over disputed oil-gas and proximity rights

Timor-Leste vs Australia over disputed oil-gas and proximity rights

Australia is showing its worst side in its dealings with Timor-Leste over territorial waters claims that involve oil and of a lesser import to the big island, fisheries, by ignoring the smaller country’s legitimate rights which it intends taking to the international court. According to the tiny nation of Timor-Leste,… »

23.06.2016 Pressenza Hong Kong

IPAN – The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

IPAN – The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

IPAN – The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network IPAN is a network of organisations from all regions of Australia who are united by our support for an independent Australian foreign policy based on peaceful resolution of conflicts. See our Response to the 2016 Defence White Paper National… »

15.06.2016 Robert Burrowes

A critique of human society since the neolithic revolution

A critique of human society since the neolithic revolution

  There is a long history of social critics and progressive thinkers offering critiques of human society. Among those who are better known, Karl Marx offered a critique of capitalism, anarchists have critiqued the state, Mohandas K. Gandhi offered a critique of industrial society, Sigmund Freud and Herbert Marcuse offered… »

01.06.2016 Robert Burrowes

Islamophobia: Why are so many people so frightened?

Islamophobia: Why are so many people so frightened?

Islamophobia has become a significant factor driving politics in many western countries. Islamophobia – fear of Muslims – is now highly visible among European populations concerned about terrorist responses from Islamic groups claiming Jihadi links. However, it is also evident among those same populations in relation to the refugee flow… »

17.05.2016 Robert Burrowes

A Friendly Critique of the Break Free Climate Actions

A Friendly Critique of the Break Free Climate Actions

I have enjoyed reading accounts and seeing photos of those committed and courageous climate activists who participated in the recent Break Free from Fossil Fuels actions conducted at various locations in 13 countries from 4-15 May 2016. See ‘Break Free from Fossil Fuels’. https://breakfree2016.org/ Much of what was done… »

12.05.2016 Robert Burrowes

Why set up a shell company in Panama?

Why set up a shell company in Panama?

Why Set Up a Shell Company in Panama? The Psychology Driving Illicit Financial Flows Robert J. Burrowes A previously little-known law firm called Mossack Fonseca, based in Panama, has recently been exposed as one of the world’s major creators of ‘shell companies’, that is, corporate structures that can be used… »

26.04.2016 Pressenza Hong Kong

We stand with the Marshall Islands

We stand with the Marshall Islands

Yesterday marked two years since the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) took a courageous stand against the world’s nine nuclear-armed nations. On April 24, 2014, the RMI filed nine groundbreaking lawsuits at the International Court of Justice and another lawsuit, separately, against the United States in U.S. Federal Court. »

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