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24.11.2016

Seeking the True Path

Seeking the True Path

One of the more subtle manifestations of the intimate link between (unconscious) human emotions and behaviour is illustrated by the simple concept of choice and how this is so often reduced to a dichotomy between two bad options. In such circumstances, most people choose whatever… »

10.11.2016

Trump’s election provides opportunity to re-assess the fundamentals of Australia’s defence policies

Trump’s election provides opportunity to re-assess  the fundamentals of Australia’s defence policies

IPAN – Independent and Peaceful Australia Network US President-elect, Donald Trump, has served notice of a US withdrawal from a “protective” military role for allies in South East Asia and the Pacific. He has urged these allies to take responsibility for their own defences. »

01.10.2016

Whose work was the inspiration for the first nuke-free country?

Whose work was the inspiration for the first nuke-free country?

By MARILYN WARING 27 September 2016 for openDemocracy If you were growing up in New Zealand and Australia post World War II, there’s a chance you knew about the United States using the Marshall Islands as a nuclear testing site from 1947 until 1962. In an agreement signed with the… »

10.08.2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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… »

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