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A New World Order: Grassroots Movements for Global Change by Paul Ekins

By Paul Ekins

Ekins combines a compendium of our planet's maximum ills with stirring, real-life examples of individuals breaking out of outdated moulds to turn into sensible challenge solvers.

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But his main campaigning work in the 1980s was on the theme of peace. In 1983 he became a member of the Pugwash Conference and was co-founder of the Scientists’ Initiative ‘Reponsibility for Peace’, leading to the Scientists’ Peace Congress in Mainz, attended by 3, 300 scientists, and the ‘Mainzer Appell’, a declaration against further nuclear armament. The following year another huge scientists’ convention in Göttingen warned against the militarisation of space. Out of these conventions came interdisciplinary lecture series in 40 per cent of West German universities.

These Zones will be immediately recognised as examples of the Palme Commission’s ‘Common Security’ . The process that is seeking to bring them about is a striking vindication of Palme’s expressed belief some years earlier, quoted in Chapter 2, that governments would only move towards disarmament if pushed by popular pressure. A NEW WORLD ORDER 35 Yesh Gvul (Israel) All the sources so far quoted in this study have stressed that regional tension and wars remain a significant source of global instability and human misery.

I give man all his human dimension and in addition, I give him his divine dimension. 1) You just have to look around you to realise what methods all dictatorships throughout the world and throughout history use: lies, torture, political murder, hatred, injustice, exploitation of people and domination, open or latent. One word sums all that up: violence. Now what are the bases of all great revolutions? Truth, justice, solidarity, human rights, respect for men, love. It’s easy to sum up: nonviolence.

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