Peace Magazine

October-December 2017: Vol.XXXIII No.4

You Can Save the World
Harvey, Irma, and Maria are signs of climate change—-one of four types of existential risks to humankind. Metta Spencer believes that these risks can be solved together, but not separately, since they are inter-related as a system. They are: global warming; war and weapons (especially nuclear); public health catastrophes (famine, pandemics, and reactor explosions); and (soon) cyber attacks. They can perhaps be addressed adequately only with a comprehensive “platform for survival.” Science for Peace invites you to identify the changes that are needed and then to attend a forum in 2018 to create a single checklist of bold new policies for system change. COMMENT

North Korea Today: Is There Any Solution?
The rest of the world may not like it, but it is now a reality; North Korea is a nuclear weapon state. What is to be done in response, asks Nivedita Das Kundu.

Liu Xiaobo and Charter 08: Fire under the Ashes
The late Nobel peace laureate was the guiding force behind Charter 08, a document promoting democratic and nonviolent change in China. It was consciously modeled on Charta 77, which had been created in Czechoslovakia by dissidents including Vaclav Havel, writes René Wadlow. But the Chinese government’s crackdown on civil society is continuing. COMMENT

A War against the World: Challenging the Vicious Cycle of Militarism and Climate Change
UN member states are rhetorically committed to “sustainable peace,” but there’s been no shift in thinking, planning, or spending, writes Lee-Anne Broadhead, who sees militarism as an effect and—-more importantly—- cause of climate change.

Wars and Rumours of Wars: On War Prevention
“We spend far more time and resources responding to crises rather than preventing them” says UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Most political leaders would agree with that assessment, but chronic underfunding blocks the saving of succeeding generations from the scourge of war, notes Ernie Regehr. Still, let’s address the grievances that lead to war.. COMMENT

If War Goes On
The Canadian government appears to be taking its cue from Frederick the Great, the 18th century Prussian king famed for his comment “Diplomacy without arms is like music without instruments.” Sean Howard comments on the historic policy errors which may threaten sustainable peace.

Space Weapons: What Does the Future Hold?
As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty, the US administration has signaled that it considers space as a “warfighting domain,” Laura Grego reports.

Newsworthy: Cluster bomb casualties double; Explosive violence in 2017; Cyber experts deadlocked; September nigning of ban treaty begins at UN; Denmark helps counter famine in Africa; Tony de Brum dies

Reviews: Douglas Roche, Hope Not Fear: Building Peace in a Fractured World, reviewed by Subir Guin; Evgeny Afineevsky dir., Cries from Syria, reviewed by Sarah Neiman; Seva Gunitsky, Aftershocks: Great Powers and Domestic Reforms in the Twentieth Century, reviewed by John Bacher.

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