Peace Journalism

Radio Programs Promoting Alternative and Informed Voices for Positive Change

‘…it is the responsibility of those who know to tell the blindman on a blind horse that he is heading towards the abyss…’ Lao Tzu

We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power.’  William Gladstone

I have come to understand a few realities.  We have to face pain, feel emotions and dialogue our issues fairly with an intention of responsibility, honesty and a win/win as we are in this together. The challenge is to focus on what we want with a real intention for solutions.  If this is achieved many of the problems highlighted by the speakers below will evaporate.

When the love of who we are and inner peace is our modus operandi harmony will inspire mutually beneficial decisions.  We will come together in unison to solve and face the pain together in the final realisation that we can evolve beyond our conflicts to discover we are indeed One.

It is a zero sum game when what we do to others we do to ourselves, what we resist persists and to learn what we look at (face) disappears.  This is a primordial universal wisdom.  Our world is moving towards this but first we go through the shadow side.

Peace Journalism is to listen to all voices, as Stephen Covey wisely stated: To Seek First to Understand Then Be Understood.

One of the keys is to listen deeply. I am open to all. There are no enemies in my world.
Below is a sample of important informative radio programs that are still relevant in the present time.  Peace journalism is dedicated to inspiring peace, education and understanding about our world. Sometimes we have to face the dark side of our nature in order to bring light (understanding) to it.  From the perspective of light we can see the dark. Life is about contrasts and making decisions about who we all become individually and collectively.

I produced 136 programs and interviewed a wide range of guests speaking about current conflicts, peace issues, academics, peace educators, public figures, activists, politicians, soldiers, spiritual persons indeed anyone, who in their way, is seeking a better world.  Peace is not a subject it is who we are when we come into harmony with ourselves and others.  Empowering education through listening and dialogue is one of the keys to peace.  Its usefulness is in understanding different perspectives and transforming all negativity into compassion.  I have categorised a few key areas impacting global community and personal choices.


International Relations

The first program features one of the world’s experts on peace and conflict issues and an insider in Global policy.  He is a truly articulate speaker, intellectual and genuine peacemaker.

‘Pros and Cons of the United Nations’ Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA FAIIA has been Chancellor of the Australian National University since January 2010. He was a Cabinet Minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments from 1983-96, in the posts of Attorney General, Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Transport and Communications and – from 1988-96 – Foreign Minister. During his 21 years in Australian politics he was Leader of the Government in the Senate (1993-96) and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives (1996-98). From 2000 to 2009 he was President and CEO of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, the independent global conflict prevention and resolution organisation.

This lecture will give insights into the paralysis and virtues of global decision making in the United Nations.

Gareth Evans website speeches refer: http://www.gevans.org/speeches.html 

Part 1: Professor Gareth Evans (7.47) Introduction and UN Reform

Part 2: Professor Gareth Evans  (9.14) Human Rights, Peace Keeping, UN programs …

Part 3: Professor Gareth Evans (9.52) Peace agenda, disarmament and non-proliferation …

Part 4: Professor Gareth Evans (9.38) The Secretary General….

Part 5: Professor Gareth Evans Q&A (17.43) Multilateral issues, Australian credibility. Millenium Development Goals, Aid etc…

Part 6: Professor Gareth Evans Q&A (9.13) Nuclear weapons, black hole, NPT architecture

Part 7: Professor Gareth Evans Q&A (12.47) A paradigm shift from long held traditions in democracy, right wing reactionary push …


Leadership in Service to Humanity

‘I met Gandhi’ (16.49)

An interview with Dr. Kunwar Singh who speaks about international relations, the United Nations, politics, Australian politics, service in politics and meeting Gandhi.   Refer Gandhi website http://www.mkgandhi.org/


Wars serving ‘self interest’ not ‘best interest’

‘US is involved in an illegitimate war of aggression’.

This is a recording at the University of Melbourne, Australia of a lecture by Scott Ritter the former US Weapons Inspector in Iraq and CIA operative.  He was a whistle blower highlighting the politics and deception of war.  He makes clear the war was about name change not regime change. He asserts it was an illegitimate war.

The seeds of Syria and the middle east conflict link to politics and special interests.  To prevent a repeat of mistakes in the future we have to understand the history of those in positions of power, the media and how the public are not told the full story. Whistle blowers can assist by informing an uninformed public. The knowing of truths can change everything. Why change? It is not a statement of who you really are!

Part 1: Scott Ritter (12.13). Questions the deception and true intent of the US Government. He asserts the only sedition is silence.

Part 2: Scott Ritter (11.45).  What matters is what is going on behind the scenes…

Part 3: Scott Ritter (12.56). What did the United Nations do? …

Part 4: Scott Ritter (13.43). The bottom line is the CIA knew Iraq was disarmed ….

Fools Gold: Until self interest genuinely and visibly becomes best interest and force becomes cooperation, human lives will be taken in the name of false security.


Secrecy and Deception is not in the public interest

‘Worse than Watergate’ (3.23). John Dean former Counsel for Richard Nixon speaks about secrecy …

Fools Gold: Secrecy and deception is the opposite of democracy as a lived experience.


Uranium is Toxic to Everyone

‘War is a Toxic Wasteland’ 

This is a unique and highly informative interview with Major Douglas Rokke the former head of the Depleted Uranium Project in the Pentagon.  He is a whistle blower about the toxic munitions used in war.  Here is an excerpt from the interview about his background and conclusion.

“…During Gulf War 1 I was a US Army Health Physicist and I was specifically assigned to clean up the Uranium munitions mass contamination friendly fire contamination from Gulf War 1, that dealt with the United States Military personnel that were wounded or injured during friendly fire using uranium munitions. In 1994-95 I was the Director of the United States Army in the US Department of Defence Depleted Uranium Project. My specific task as Director was to develop the education and training necessary to ensure safe operations of everything around uranium munitions when used, before they’re used or after they’re used, and also specifically tasked how to clean up uranium munitions contamination. What I have learned from first-hand experience, both from cleaning and doing the research and putting the program together and my own adverse health effects from uranium exposure, is uranium munitions are a catastrophe they leave a trail of health and environmental effects that very simply rule out their use forever…” 

Part 1:  Major Douglas Rokke (9.59).  Speaking about his background and core message is to rule out depleted uranium, he explains the extensive use of uranium munitions and why …

Part 2: Major Douglas Rokke (15.16).  If the US Government was going to clean up, how would they do it…?

Fools Gold: What you do to another returns to the self.  Inner toxicity is outer toxicity. When you spread it to others it will return to sender.  This is a universal law.  We are One world there are no real boundaries, only those we create when we decide there is an other or enemy to fear.

 

Come Together As One Global Family

‘Questions about Possible Pathways and a Department of Peace’ (3.29)

Nothing can be done from a legal point of view to restrain the United States. Countries can group together.

Fools Gold: Until all countries come together in a spirit of equality and democracy working for the common unity of all, self interest will dominate. Focusing on peace instead of defence (attack) will attract insights into what is in common or shared interests in enlightened forums.

 

Peace Education and Nonviolent Alternatives

‘Peace is a viable alternative to violence’ (10.45).

An Interview with Dr Linda Hogan from the University of Dublin,  speaks about peace, nonviolence, justice and violence issues.

Fools Gold:   To create a context in which peace issues are taken seriously as a viable alternative to violence in this world.   What our history has shown us, force and violence leads to more violence.


‘Clowning instils peace in action and education’
(14.54).

An ABC radio interview with Susan Carew on peace, clowning and making difference …

Fools Gold:  As you see the world through the eyes of a clown, you will see there is nothing to fear, only true beauty arises. To be a clown is remember not to take life seriously.

 

Soulution: Peace as Oneness, Calmness and Environmental Balance

This interview typifies the idea that the problem is not political but spiritual. What this means is the separated state of consciousness sees itself as separate from others and takes no responsibility for their impact on others.  Those who live in a holistic consciousness understand they are one with the universe and each other. Many will start to identify beyond the physical body and connect with nature itself or the source of life. This is the emerging new consciousness on the planet. Inner peace mirrors outer peace.  Our world is a mirror of our belief systems. So if we see the world as a the world of tooth and claw (dangerous) then we will notice this, if we see the world as safe, friendly and fun we will experience this. It is not about forcing peace it is about making peace with who and where you are. This changes everything.

‘Yoga means union and oneness’ (13.34)

The interview with Swamaji an Indian yogi illustrated the importance of inner harmony and outer harmony.  Yoga means union and healthy balance.  It is to learn emptiness and selflessness unifies with the world as self interest dissolves. The experience of oneness is gentleness. The realisation is that you are one with the world.

Part 1: Swamaji (13.34).  Background to life, journey, guru and the benefits of yoga …

Part 2: Swamaji (5.14).  Global Climate change is the problem…

Fools Gold:  Gentleness, balance and being is peace-full. Climate change is a bigger than terrorism, pesticides and pollution is the inner pollution. When the ocean is dying we cannot live.  We are living in a throw away society. We must come back to the nature. Change the consciousness in the people.

Listing of Peace Journalism Programs

Citizen journalism is a growing area where people can become involved and informed.  If you do not find information you are seeking then become your own journalist.  Always source references for independence and authenticity. Don’t take all information on face value, learn to discern between propaganda and genuine information that provides insights and information to empower citizens around the world.  This was my first experience in community journalism, I found freedom from suppression that is usual in mainstream media, therefore I was able to explore any topic in this very fascinating area of inquiry.  There are many people concerned and active in creating positive change.

  • Quakers: Bev Polzin, Australian Quakers
  • Nonviolence and War: Martin Luther King
  • Democrats: Interview with Senator Allison
  • Worse than Watergate: John Dean the former Counsel of Richard Nixon speaks about his book ‘Worse than Watergate’. Lecture at La TrobeUniversity
  • Falun Gong: Kati Vereshaka, spokesperson Falun Gong
  • Non Proliferation Treaty: Gareth Evans, International Crisis Group
  • Depression: Dr. Dorothy Rowe an expert on depression.
  • Peace Works Unlimited: Therese van Wegen from Peace Works Unlimited creates a different kind of conversation about Socratic Dialogue.
  • WMDs in Iraq and Corruption: Scott Ritter, Senior Weapons Inspector, Iraq – public lecture Pt1.
  • WMDs in Iraq and Corruption: Scott Ritter, Senior Weapons Inspector, Iraq – public lecture Pt2.
  • Freedom of Speech and Anti-Terrorism Laws: Exploring freedom of speech and anti-terrorism laws in respect of US peace activist Scott Parkin.
  • Women in Black II: Israeli women’s group conducting silent vigils to opposed to Israeli occupation of Palestine. Dr. Hannah Safran, University of Haifa
  • Women in Black I: Israeli women’s group conducting silent vigils to opposed to Israeli occupation of Palestine. Dr. Hannah Safran, University of Haifa
  • Psychologists for Peace: Dr Susie Burke
  • Promoting community harmony: Ken Jacob
  • Australian Multicultural Foundation: Mr Bulent (Hass) Dellal OAM, speaking about promoting a strong commitment to Australia as one people drawn from many cultures
  • Bill of Rights: Barry Jones, Barry Jones was speaking at Melbourne University at the Liberty Victoria symposium entitled GET UP STAND UP! Stand up for a Charter of Rights held on Saturday 13th August 2005, University of Melbourne Law School University.
  • Veterans for Peace: James Hill, he is a former non-combat veteran of the US Army and a member of Veterans for Peace
  • Refugees: Julian Burnside QC
  • Social Movements: Stop the War Coalition
  • Bill of Rights: Professor Zifcak, La TrobeUniversity
  • UN Reform: Gareth Evans
  • Melbourne Social Forum: Maria Rodrigues
  • Buddhism: Buddhist Council of Australia
  • Gandhi: Background of his life
  • Amnesty International: Katie Wood
  • Freedom of Speech and Anti-Terrorism Laws: Exploring freedom of speech and anti-terrorism laws in respect of US peace activist Scott Parkin. Interview with Jason MacLeod, Australian peace activist.
  • International Relations: Live recording of Professor Richard Falk, US International Relations Scholar in Melbourne.
  • Shamanism and Peace: Serna was born in Altai, Siberia, Russia an area well-known for its shamanic traditions and culture. She discusses her work as a sharman and the Russian settlement called the Settlement of Happy Ones.
  • Fulbright Symposium on Peace and Human Rights: Recording of Speech Professor Kevin Clements is Director of the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland. His talk is entitled ‘The Relationship Between Peace and Human Rights’.
  • Reconciling Sudan: Faten Mohamed, RMIT, Nelson Manyiel – Victoria University and member of Sudanese Youth for Reconciliation. The group aims to reconcile the people of Sudan who have just ended a 50 year civil war.
  • Fulbright Symposium on Peace and Human Rights: Recording of Professor Hurst Hannum, Professor of International Law and Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
  • Nuclear and Peace: Anniversary of Hiroshima. Recording of Dr. Tilman Ruff, Medical Association for the Prevention of War.
  • Inner Peace and Politics: Kate Vereshaka, spokesperson Falun Gong.
  • Comedy and Religion: Rev. Howard Langmead ‘Seriousness is a Sin’ interview.
  • Fulbright Symposium on Peace and Human Rights: Recording of Professor Dinah Shelton, Faculty of Law, George Washington University. Recording of Professor George Williams, Director Gilbert & Tobin Centre of Public Law.
  • Tariq Ali and Peace: Peter Rogers (journalist) in conversation with Tariq Ali about Iraq, the Middle East and the Media. Interviews with audience members.
  • Law and Peace: Sir Ninian Stephens, former Govenor General, The Maimonides Society, discussing a lecture on ‘The Dynamics of Judgement’.
  • Chomsky and Peace: Recording of Noam Chomsky re: consent, media and activism.
  • United Nations and Peace: Sarah Lendon, Program Coordinator, UNICEF, Canberra.
  • Nonviolence and Peace: National Nonviolence Gathering, Caloundra. Recordings and interviews with participants at the National Nonviolence Gathering. Organised by the Quakers.
  • Global Peace Force and Peace: Recording of Professor Stuart Rees, University of Sydney, Global Action to Prevent War.
  • International Relations and Peace: Recording of Professor Camilleri, La Trobe University, Global Action to Prevent War Forum.
  • International Law and Peace: Recording of Professor Spencer Zifcak, La Trobe University, Global Action to Prevent War Forum.
  • Social Activism and Peace: Interview with Maria Rodrigues, World Social Forum in Brazil.
  • Metaphysics and Peace: Steve MacDonald, Executive Director, Spirituality, Leadership and Management Network.
  • NGO’s and Peace: Kelly Watson from Sewalanka Foundation, Sri Lanka. An interview with Rory Gallagher, East Timor volunteer.
  • Unionism and Peace: Interview with Zicho Tameila, South African Communist Party and member of the ANC.
  • Environment and Peace: Recording of David Suzuki, book launch ‘Tree’, interviews with audience.
  • Anti-Terrorism and Peace: Interview with Donna Dohnt, Community Lawyer, Whittlesea Community Legal Service.
  • Environment and Peace: Interview with Julia Vanderoord, Environment & Community Planning Officer, City of Whittlesea.
  • Peace Education: Interview with Linda Hogan, Dublin University, Ecumenical Summer School.
  • Anti-Bullying and Peace: Maree Stanley from the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.
  • Media and Peace: Recording of John Pilger Lecture, Melbourne Town Hall.
  • Iraq and Peace Part 2: Ghali Hassan, researcher in Science Education, Curtin University.
  • Iraq and Peace Part 1: Interview with Ghali Hassan, research in Science Education, Curtin University, Western Australia.
  • Conflict Resolution and Peace: Interview with Melissa Conley Tyler, International Conflict Resolution Centre, Melbourne University.
  • Spirituality and Peace: Interview with Jon Marc Hammer, Shanti Christo Foundation
  • Poverty and Peace: Basil Varghese, Brotherhood of St Laurence.
  • NGO’s and Peace: Malcolm Wilton, Manager of World Vision.
  • Social Forum and Peace : Interviews with FOE, Nuclear Free Australia, International Conflict Resolution Centre, La Trobe, Author on Free Trade.
  • Peace and Journalism: Interview with Phillip Adams.
  • Hostages and Peace: Diana Thomas speaking of her kidnapping in Afghanistan.
  • NGO’s and Peace: Sue Mitchell, Executive Director, International Women’s Development Agency.
  • US & World Peace: Discussion on the US election, implications.
  • Emotional Literacy and Peace: Dr. Sue Roffey, Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology, University of Western Sydney.
  • Nonviolent Action and Peace: Ciaron O’Reilly, Ploughshares Movement.
  • Uncertainty and Peace: Clem Molloy, author ‘Understanding Uncertainty’.
  • Political Integrity: John Hough, author of ‘Integrity’. A fictitious story based on politics in Canberra. Recordings of La Trobe Election Reflection e.g. Judith Brett
  • BSL Social Policy and Peace: Basil Varghese, Brotherhood of St. Laurence.
  • Corporate values and spirituality: June Hope on values in Corporate settings.
  • Education, Clowning and Peace: Susan Carew giving a speech to the Diamond Valley Learning Centre on the theme of ‘peace’;
  • Welfare and Peace: Basil Varghese, Education Coordinator, Brotherhood of St. Laurence.
  • Men and Peace: Robin Cawley from Men Alive, men’s group.
  • Humour and Peace: Clowns talking about creating unity and peace.
  • Politics and Peace: Review of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911.
  • Inner Peace: Sohalya from the Bahai community.
  • International Law and Peace: Tariq Ali on the war in Iraq and US Occupation.
  • Trade and Peace: Mike Cebon – Global Trade Watch (NGO), FTA.
  • Energy and Peace: Malcolm Green, author of Cosmic Accounting, renewable energy.
  • Politics and Peace: John Dean, Watergate Lawyer on political corruption.
  • Love and Peace: Wayne Clayton – Stand for Love (caravan towed across Australia).
  • Politics, Environment and Peace: Bob Brown, Australian Greens, book launch.
  • Environmental Products and Peace: Annette Moran – Grand Boulevard Hair Help Salon on environmental products.
  • National Security and Peace: Lecture and interview with Andrew Wilkie, former Intelligence officer, Office of National Assessment.
  • Swamaji on World Peace: Interview with Swamaji.
  • Peace and National Security: Andrew Wilkie on the Decline of Democracy, Former Intelligence Officer, Office of National Assessment.
  • Politics and Peace: Robert Manne, La Trobe University on politicians and democracy.
  • Inner Peace: Sister Vedanti, Director of the Brahma Kumaris, based in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Social Justice and Peace: Mark Zirnsak, Social Justice and Development Officer, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania.
  • Yoga and World Peace: Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda or Swamaji – Yoga for Daily Life.
  • Environment and Peace: Cam Walker, Friends of the Earth.
  • Nonviolence and Peace: David Hartsough, Nonviolent Peaceforce, USA.
  • Politics and Peace: David Glanz, Socialist Alliance on The World Social Forum.
  • Peace Pilgrimage: Updates on the walk with Marcus Atkinson.
  • Yoga and Peace: Interview with Swamaji, World Peace Guru.
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution: Stella Cornelius, Director, Conflict Resolution Network.
  • Peace and Community Groups: Jacque Boulet, Borderlands Community Cooperative.
  • Trade and Peace: Dee Margetts, Australian Greens; US Free Trade Agreement.
  • Peace and Bullying: Evelyn Field, Author ‘Bully Busting’.
  • Peace and Catalysts for Change: Danielle Bowler, Pioneers for Change.
  • Humour and Politics: Overview of humour and comments about Michael Moore.
  • Community Service and Peace: Judy and Glen Friend, Friends Free Soup Kitchen.
  • Poverty and Social Justice: Basil Varghese, Brotherhood of St Laurence.
  • Inner Peace: Anthony Finna, Spiritual CWG group.
  • Peace Poets and Peace: Michael and Gaye Reynolds, Peace poets.
  • Peace Pilgrimage: Marcus Atkinson walking to Japan to raise awareness about nuclear issues.
  • Democracy and Peace: Mike Salvaris, public opinion, direct democracy, academic.
  • Peace and the Middle East: Maher Mughrabi (Palestinian) and Jason Lasky (Jewish).
  • Spiritual Peace Activism: Jane Chesneau, former expert on children’s violence, clairvoyant.
  • Children, T.V. Violence and Peace: Dr. Suzie Burke, Conflict Resolution Centre, University of Melbourne.
  • Nuclear Issues and Peace: Gigi Guya, Medical Association for Prevention of War.
  • Nonviolent Training and Peace. Discussion on Pt’ Chang’s nonviolent activism.
  • Nonviolence and Peace: Dr. Tom Weber, Peace Studies Lecturer, Latrobe University.
  • Love and Healing: Sheynah Pritchard. Healing practitioner.
  • Love and Peace: Richard Fletcher – World Peace 2000.
  • Peace Centre and CERES: Launch of the CERES Peace Centre.
  • Refugees and Peace: Gabrielle Fakhri, Thornbury Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
  • Environment and Peace: Andrew Hamilton from CERES Environmental Park.
  • Education and Peace: Ursula Wilks, Principal, Olympic Village Primary School.
  • Women and Peace: Reta Kaur from Women for Peace. Nonviolent action.
  • Nuclear Free Future and Peace: Marcus Atkinson from a nonprofit organization called International Peace Pilgrimage.
  • UNESCO and Peace: Richard Fletcher – Chairman, World Peace 2000 Messenger UNESCO Manifesto.
  • Religion and Peace: Sister Patty Fawkner, The Director of Uniya, The Jesuit Social Justice Centre.
  • Peace & Reconciliation: University of Melbourne Conference entitled ‘International Perspectives on Peace and Reconciliation’, interviews with selected speakers.
  • Peacemakers: Jackie Bornstein, Melbourne University discussing her PHD paper on Nobel Peace Prize Winners.
  • Depleted Uranium: Former US Army Major, Douglas Rokke, Director of the Depleted Uranium Project in the Pentagon and expert on depleted uranium (with presenter Marie Ryan).