Robert Burrowes

Robert J. Burrowes has a lifetime commitment to understanding and ending human violence. He has done extensive research since 1966 in an effort to understand why human beings are violent and has been a nonviolent activist since 1981. He is the author of 'Why Violence?' His email address is flametree@riseup.net and his website is at http://robertjburrowes.wordpress.com

30.01.2016

Dispossessed in the Name of ‘Security’

Dispossessed in the Name of ‘Security’

A new book, edited by Nick Buxton and Ben Hayes, both involved with The Transnational Institute, brings together a thoughtful collection of scholars, journalists and activists to explain the pre-eminence of the military and corporations in shaping the global response to the climate catastrophe as an ‘opportunity’. See The Secure… »

14.01.2016

The Struggle for Merdeka in West Papua

The Struggle for Merdeka in West Papua

It has been argued that nonviolent struggles to liberate occupied countries – such as West Papua, Tibet, Palestine, Kanaky and Western Sahara – have failed far more often than they have succeeded but that secessionist struggles (that have sought to separate territory from an existing state in order to establish… »

08.12.2015

Extinction is Forever

Extinction is Forever

What do the Pyrenean ibex, St. Helena olive, Baiji dolphin, Liverpool pigeon, Eastern cougar, West African black rhinoceros, Formosan clouded leopard, Chinese Paddlefish, the Golden Toad and the Rockland grass skipper butterfly all have in common but which is different from the Dodo? The answer is that these species all… »

20.11.2015

The Climate Talks in Paris will Fail: Why?

The Climate Talks in Paris will Fail: Why?

  As expectations build for a global consensus to emerge from the United Nations climate conference in Paris, starting on 30 November 2015, that could agree to taking action to limit any rise in global temperature to 2 degrees celsius, I would like to explain why these expectations are misplaced. »

04.11.2015

Exposed by Wikileaks: the US empire according to itself

Exposed by Wikileaks: the US empire according to itself

For many people, it is easier, safer and more comfortable to live in a world of delusion, particularly when this delusion requires no effort to seek out and understand truths that might prove unpalatable. If the delusion is one that is reinforced by the persistent promulgation of elite propaganda, then… »

01.10.2015

Happy Birthday Gandhiji: Gandhi Jayanti, Gandhi’s Dream

Happy Birthday Gandhiji: Gandhi Jayanti, Gandhi’s Dream

On behalf of those of us who struggle to honor Gandhi’s legacy to the world, I would like to wish Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi ‘happy birthday!’ Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869 and had he defied both the assassin’s bullet and the aging process, he would have been 146… »

25.09.2015

Disaster Capitalism: outsourcing violence and exploitation

Disaster Capitalism: outsourcing violence and exploitation

In his just-released book, Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe, http://www.versobooks.com/books/1985-disaster-capitalism Antony Loewenstein offers us a superb description of the diminishing power of national governments and international organisations to exercise power in the modern world as multinational corporations consolidate their control over the political and economic… »

10.09.2015

Elites want more refugees: Why?

Elites want more refugees: Why?

There is much being written about the refugee crisis in Europe at the moment but none of what I have read explains why the problem is occurring and what will need to be done for the problem to be addressed. Refugees are just one symptom of a deeper crisis. Moreover,… »

27.08.2015

The Psychology of Projection in Conflict

The Psychology of Projection in Conflict

Understanding human conflict requires us to understand human psychology. And it is only when we  understand the psychology that drives conflict that we can take intelligent steps to address it. Unfortunately, understanding the psychology of conflict is not easy and I would like to illustrate one  significant problem in this… »

12.08.2015

Nobel Peace Laureates Endorse Violence

Nobel Peace Laureates Endorse Violence

In a recent letter to US President Barack Obama twelve Nobel Peace laureates declared their support for the long history of US elite violence against Native Americans and enslaved Africans, as well as the US imperial violence around the world that has butchered tens of… »

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