Thursday, February 11, 2010
RESOURCES: Human Rights/War are about More than Legal and Pragmatic Concerns
Announcing: INVALUABLE RESOURCE post (to Be UPDATED)
"If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turns into increased aliveness, alertness and creativity." Tolle in -A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
(first entry in A New Earth Calendar for 2010)
I love to find the intersection between spirituality and peace action. I believe in the right kind of RESISTANCE to evil at times and the right sort of NONRESISTANCE when that is what is called for most. Let's not get tripped up by the terms: nonresistance and resistance...seek the RIGHT ACTION for your PRESENT MOMENT and your present calling...you can find that COUNTRY for all peacemakers - beyond all temporary and limited labels of Rights and Wrongs - a place for just law and love for all...Seek and Find this country now...I will meet you there...
Connie oneheart blogger...
Watch here for some resources I haven't mentioned much if at all in this blogsite.
First of all, I've done readers here a great disservice in covering Dr. Aafia Siddiqui's trial in not posting items from Pakistan...so I just posted an earlier one from February 4th just go below for AAFIA -an OMEN in that date with references to others which I hope you will look up on the Republic of Rumi blogsite where there are a number of interesting, poignant blogposts at The Republic of Rumi blog - Be sure also to go there and see various others...Friends from Republic of Rumi, I sure hope to make amends in time and feature your thoughtful items with more visibility - give me a few weeks and/or remind me and also send any new articles and posts on Aafia to my email with clear subject heading to firstname.lastname@example.org !
The pattern I've noticed in terms of Peace and Justice issues of late require a deepening awareness of many aspects beyond yet including our current preoccupations with what's LEGAL and what's Pragmatic. So I plan to look for the resources which highlight ETHICS, MORALITY and HISTORY (which are of course all connected). This greater awareness of issues we are up against includes our own HISTORY at home (continually revisted) and abroad - the decent and not - and includes the HISTORY of the regions where America has been hated and is becoming more and more despised and disrespected and for all manner of reasons. What about a DEEPER look into the question: "Why do they hate us?"
At the same time, I want to look for resources which may not be entirely gloom and doom because how if there is no light can we go on with our work and offer any basis of goodness for our children?
Finally, although I don't expect perfect, I want to find resources which I wouldn't mind sending to friends abroad and at home which are a little more careful with ads and flippant religious/ethnic comments which might be either unnecessarily offensive on purpose or lacking in interpersonal skills which seeks common ground and respect.
So rather than post many individual items each week, I want to offer an occasional resource which I have not explored well enough. These are resources which themselves offer reports: Books, Media, Updates. While my choices will not be perfect nor please everyone, my requirements will be stricter in the future - resources which don't run so many extraneous and problematic ads and assumptions that all general readers, assumptions of those who are spiritual and religiously devout even international contacts who are not necessarily as blaise about our usual sarcasms and assumptions. Read between the lines...
So keep watching this blogsite and this particular post for RESOURCE updates over the next few weeks - also earlier items may be UPDATED. Please suggest your own favorites or discoveries in COMMENTS.
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BOOK recommended on Tom Dispatch: After Empire: The Birth of a Multipolar World
Dilip Hiro, an Iran expert and TomDispatch regular, has just written a new book that puts Iran, the United States, China, and Russia into a global context. It’s called After Empire: The Birth of a Multipolar World and I’m proud to say that it grew from an article Hiro wrote for this website back in 2007, “The Sole Superpower in Decline.” It offers the kind of balanced, knowledgeable assessment of our world that we’ve come to expect from him and which should put After Empire on every bookshelf.
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BOOK Recommended at Tom Dispatch: Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities
"Seemingly lost in the woods of deceit and banality, bereft of hope, we are confronted by Rebecca Solnit and her astonishing flashlight. In a jewel of a book that is poetic in substance as well as style, she reveals where we were, where we are and the step-by-step advances that have been made in human rights, as we stubbornly stumble out of the darkness." --Studs Terkel
ARTICLE: America, a Shadowy Base World here
Other recent articles at Tom Dispatch:
Tomgram: Pratap Chatterjee, Destabilizing Pakistan
Posted at 10:00PM on February 07, 2010.
Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, The Commercials Are the Super Bowl
Posted at 10:40AM on February 04, 2010.
Tomgram: Michael Schwartz, Will Iraq's Oil Ever Flow?
Posted at 4:50PM on February 02, 2010.
Tomgram: Engelhardt, Movie Favorites from the Secretary of Defense
Tomgram: Anand Gopal, Afraid of the Dark in Afghanistan
Tomgram: Our Wars Are Killing Us
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