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There are No Words by Tom Fox

Posted in the Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace Vol. 26 (Spring – Summer 2006)

“The ongoing difficulties faced by Fallujans are so great that words fail to properly express it.” Words from a cleric in Fallujah as he tried to explain the litany of ills that continue to afflict his city one year after the U.S.-led assault took place.

“All the men in the mosque were from my neighborhood. They were not terrorists.” Words from a young man who said he left a room of men either injured or homeless thirty minutes before the raid on his mosque, the same mosque shown in the now-famous videotape of an American soldier shooting unarmed men lying on the mosque floor.

“There haven’t been any funds for home reconstruction available since the change in Iraqi government last January.” The words of a civic leader from Fallujah as he showed CPTers the still-devastated areas of his city.

There are no words. A city that has been demonized by Americans and many Iraqis, using the words “the city of terrorists.” A city that its residents call “the city of mosques.” A city that even its residents have to enter at checkpoints, often taking up to an hour to traverse. A city that is being choked to death economically by those same checkpoints.

CPTers and a member of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams came to Fallujah to meet with friends and contacts to ask them if the city was planning on doing something in remembrance of the tragic events of last November when U.S. forces attacked their city of 300,000 to root out, by U.S. estimates, 1,500 terrorists.

What we heard in response were words of remembrance, resistance and resilience. The cleric said that a number of civic leaders had come to him with a proposal for an action in remembrance of the anniversary. Their proposal was to raise funds to contribute to relief efforts for the victims of the earthquake in Pakistan. He said that a teaching of Islam is to always look to aid others in need before asking for aid yourself.

The cleric said that he recently traveled to another Middle Eastern country and during his visit he met with a cleric from Libya. The Libyan cleric said that in his city, and in other places in Libya, parents are naming newborn girls “Fallujah” in honor of the city. The cleric said that more than 800 girls had been named Fallujah in his city alone.

Words are inadequate, but words are all we have. Words like “collective punishment” and “ghettoize” come to mind for the current state of life in Fallujah.

What words or deeds could undo the massive trauma faced by the people of Fallujah every day? Everywhere we went during the afternoon young boys listened to our words and the words of those with whom we were meeting. I kept wondering what was going on in their minds as they relived the events of a year ago and the ensuing trauma. What effect will these events have on their lives as they grow up?

There are no words.

Tom Fox was a member of a Christian Peacemaker Team working in Iraq. On March 9, 2006 Fox was found dead in Baghdad. Text reprinted from Nov. 8, 2005 entry from his blog, “Waiting for the Light”.

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Email to Mother by Rachel Corrie

Posted in the Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace, Vol. 26 (Spring – Summer 2006)

(February 28, 2003) Thanks, Mom, for your response to my email. It really helps me to get word from you, and from other people who care about me.

After I wrote to you I went incommunicado from the affinity group for about 10 hours which I spent with a family on the front line in Hi Salam – who fixed me dinner – and have cable TV. The two front rooms of their house are unusable because gunshots have been fired through the walls, so the whole family – three kids and two parents – sleep in the parent’s bedroom. I sleep on the floor next to the youngest daughter, Iman, and we all shared blankets. I helped the son with his English homework a little, and we all watched Pet Semetery, which is a horrifying movie. I think they all thought it was pretty funny how much trouble I had watching it. Friday is the holiday, and when I woke up they were watching Gummy Bears dubbed into Arabic. So I ate breakfast with them and sat there for a while and just enjoyed being in this big puddle of blankets with this family watching what for me seemed like Saturday morning cartoons. Then I walked some way to B’razil, which is where Nidal and Mansur and Grandmother and Rafat and all the rest of the big family that has really wholeheartedly adopted me live. (The other day, by the way, Grandmother gave me a pantomimed lecture in Arabic that involved a lot of blowing and pointing to her black shawl. I got Nidal to tell her that my mother would appreciate knowing that someone here was giving me a lecture about smoking turning my lungs black.) I met their sister-in-law, who is visiting from Nusserat camp, and played with her small baby.

Nidal’s English gets better every day. He’s the one who calls me, “My sister”. He started teaching Grandmother how to say, “Hello. How are you?” In English. You can always hear the tanks and bulldozers passing by, but all of these people are genuinely cheerful with each other, and with me. When I am with Palestinian friends I tend to be somewhat less horrified than when I am trying to act in a role of human rights observer, documenter, or direct-action resister. They are a good example of how to be in it for the long haul. I know that the situation gets to them – and may ultimately get them – on all kinds of levels, but I am nevertheless amazed at their strength in being able to defend such a large degree of their humanity – laughter, generosity, family-time – against the incredible horror occurring in their lives and against the constant presence of death. I felt much better after this morning. I spent a lot of time writing about the disappointment of discovering, somewhat first-hand, the degree of evil of which we are still capable. I should at least mention that I am also discovering a degree of strength and of basic ability for humans to remain human in the direst of circumstances – which I also haven’t seen before. I think the word is dignity. I wish you could meet these people. Maybe, hopefully, someday you will.

Rachel Corrie died in Palestine on March 16, 2003. According to Democracy Now!, “Eye-witnesses say Rachel was sitting directly in the path of the bulldozer holding a megaphone and wearing a fluorescent jacket when it ran her over, crushing her to death. She was 23 years old.” Text reprinted from rachelswords.org.

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Philosophy of Peace Series Update by William Gay

Gay, Willilam, “Philosophy of Peace: Report from the Editor of the Special Series in VIBS (Value Inquiry Book Series) published by Rodopi,” Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace Vol. 26 (Spring-Summer 2006)

Books under Contract:

Justice and Justification: The Relation between Justice and Peace, eds. Andrew Kelley and Deborah Peterson (presently being formatted under VIBS guidelines, but behind schedule)

Parceling the Globe: Philosophical Explorations in Globalization, Global Behavior, and Peace, eds. Danielle Poe and Eddy Souffrant (editors aim to send copy to me for review by Summer 2006; ahead of schedule)

Philosophical Perspectives on the ‘War on Terrorism.’ eds. Gail Presbey and Wendy Hamblet (editors aim to submit copy to me for review by Summer 2006; on schedule)

Problems for Democracy, eds. John H. Kultgen, Jr. and Mary Lenzi (manuscript has been completed; sample pages in pdf format were reviewed and approved by Rodopi Editor with only minor changes being required; once these changes are made and page numbers are added to the index, the camera-ready manuscript will be sent to Rodopi, probably by April, to put in their production line)

Savage Constructions: A Theory of Rebounding Violence in Indigenous Communities, Wendy Hamblet (monograph that is behind schedule)

Spiritual and Political Dimensions of Nonviolence and Peace, eds. David Boersema and Katy Gray Brown (editors aim to send copy to me for review in Spring 2006; on schedule)

Next Book Expected to Go Under Contract:

Rob Gildert and Dennis Rothermel are collecting manuscripts from our meeting California State University, Chico for an expected volume on Remembrance and Reconciliation (a contract may be issued as early as Summer 2006)

Professor William C. Gay was recipient of the 2005 Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte.

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University of Missouri Peace Studies Review

To members of Concerned Philosophers for Peace and all interested:

The University of Missouri has had an interdisciplinary Peace Studies Program for more than 30 years. For much of this time it circulated a newsletter/informal journal, Peace Talk, to its supporters and interested persons. With the support of the University of Missouri administration, the Program has now inaugurated a scholarly publication, the University of Missouri Peace Studies Review, an interdisciplinary journal with refereed and invited essays and a book review section. There will be two issues a year. The second issue is in press.

The editors invite submissions from any field relevant to the study of roots of violence and routes to peace and the practice of peace-making. I have been asked to serve as book review editor and am seeking good and relevant books to review and capable reviewers. We expect to publish two or three reviews in each issue.

You are invited to subscribe to the Review and submit papers for its consideration. Information about the Review, subscribing and submitting material is available on the website

peacestudiesreview.missouri.edu

Yours in peace,
John Kultgen
Philosophy Department
University of Missouri – Columbia

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New Book: Gandhi’s Essential Writings

This is a new book from Richard Johnson, who tells me that his book is the first Gandhi reader in 50 years with writings by and about Mahatma Gandhi and the first ever with a biography. It looks quite good, and it seems likely that I will use it as a text the next time I teach the Philosophy of Gandhi. –Barry Gan

New from Lexington Books. Order online & save 15% at www.LexingtonBooks.com

Gandhi’s Experiments with Truth: Essential Writings by and about Mahatma Gandhi. Edited by Richard L. Johnson:

“Those looking for an introduction to Gandhi, seasoned nonviolent activists, and long time students of Gandhi will all find this to be a remarkable collection. Johnson has brought together key selections from Gandhi’s writings with insightful essays by a variety of Gandhian scholars on Gandhi’s nonviolence, views on religion, methods of political, economic, and cultural change and his continuing influence and relevance for today. I cannot think of a better book that unites Gandhi’s own words with very readable essays covering a breadth of topics on Gandhi’s life and thought. Johnson’s book makes clear again Gandhi’s importance as a resource for creating a more just and peaceful world.” –Peter R. Gathje, Christian Brothers University

“In a time ravaged by large-scale violence and unending ‘terror wars,’ nothing seems more urgent than to be reminded of another possibility: the path of non-violent struggle for justice exemplified by Gandhi. This volume assembles for the first time writings both by Gandhi and about Gandhi, the latter by some of the most distinguished experts in the field. Richard Johnson deserves credit for his judicious selections and for persuasively arguing that Gandhian satyagraha is ‘the only way to stop terrorism.'” –Fred Dallmayr, University of Notre Dame

This comprehensive Gandhi reader provides an essential new reference for scholars and students of his life and thought. It is the only text available that presents Gandhi’s own writings, including excerpts from three of his books-“An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth”, “Satyagraha
in South Africa”, “Hind Swaraj” (“Indian Home Rule”)-a major pamphlet, “Constructive Programme: Its Meaning and Place ‘, and many journal articles and letters along with a biographical sketch of his life in historical context and recent essays by highly regarded scholars. The writers of these essays-hailing from the United States, Canada, Great Britain and India, with academic credentials in several different disciplines-examine his nonviolent campaigns, his development of programs to unify India, and his impact on the world in the second half of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first.

“Gandh’s Experiments with Truth” provides an unparalleled range of scholarly material and perspectives on this enduring philosopher, peace activist, and spiritual guide.

About the Editor

*Richard L. Johnson* professor of Germanic languages and director of peace and conflict studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Ft. Wayne.

Contents:

Gandhi’s Experiments with Truth: Private Life, *Satyagraha*, and the Constructive Programme, Richard L. Johnson

*Part I: Gandhi’s Life and Thought*

From Childhood to *Satyagrahi *by Richard L. Johnson

Return to India by Richard L. Johnson

*Part II: Selections from Writings by Gandhi*

*An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth*

*Satyagraha in South Africa*

*Hind Swaraj (Indian Home Rule)* and Related Writings

*Constructive Programme: Its Meaning and Place* and Related Writings

Short Moral and Political Writings

*Part III: Writings about Gandhi*

Part A. Gandhi’s Practice and Theory of *Satyagraha*

The Birth of Gandhian *Satyagraha*: Nonviolent Resistance and Soul Force by Michael Sonnleitner

Gandhian Freedoms and Self-Rule by Anthony J. Parel

Gandhi’s Politics by Ronald J. Terchek

“*Satyagraha*, the Only Way to Stop Terrorism” by Richard L. Johnson

Gandhi and Human Rights: In Search of True Humanity by Judith M. Brown

Gandhi’s Constructive Programme by Michael Nagler

Part B. Gandhi’s Impact on the World

Gandhi in the Mind of America by Lloyd I. Rudolph

The Availability of Gandhi: Toward a Neo-Gandhian Praxis by Makarand Paranjape

Gandhi, Contemporary Political Thinking, and Self-Other Relations by Douglas Allen

Gandhi’s Legacy by Bhikhu Parekh

Gandhi’s Contribution to Global Nonviolent Awakening by Glenn Paige

Gandhi, Nonviolence, and the Struggle against War by Richard Falk

Studies in Comparative Philosophy and Religion series
November 2005, 408 pages
ISBN 0-7391-1143-4 $28.95 paper
ISBN 0-7391-1142-6 $90.00 cloth

*Considering this book for your course? Visit
www.RowmanLittlefield.com/CollegePublishing to order an exam copy today.*

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Peace and Justice Studies Association 2006 Conference

“Who Speaks for the Common Good?”

October 5-8, 2006, Manhattan College, New York City

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Shortly after September 11th, peace groups throughout the US distributed world flags with a photo of the earth and a slogan, “We’re all in this together.” That sense of the common good – that we are all bound together, living on one earth, and that our wellbeing is interconnected – is crucial to the development of a more peaceful and just world. Has this notion fallen out of favor? How do we resolve the tension between the dual strivings we each feel, to be autonomous, and yet to be connected?

In an era in which pursuing one’s self-interest is commended, who speaks for the common good? Those who honestly attempt to do so are disempowered to act on it, and those who speak for the nations rarely even pretend to do so. How do we decide what really serves the common good, and how do we work for the common good? The rhetoric of a common good is sometimes misused to ride sacrifice the interests of some people, allegedly for the good of a greater number. How can we, as people committed to creating a peaceful, just world, promote a focus on the common good, properly understood?

The Peace and Justice Studies Association will explore these questions at our 4th annual conference, to be held October 5-8th, 2006, at Manhattan College, in the Bronx, New York City. We invite proposals for paper presentations, organized panels, roundtable discussions, workshops and other creative contributions on these and related questions.

As our mission statement says, “We are dedicated to bringing together academics, K-12 teachers and grassroots activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for peacebuilding, social justice, and social change.” Therefore, we seek contributions that explore the idea of the common good in research, teaching and action:

In Peace Studies, how can we encourage critical exploration of the idea of the common good? How can we prepare our students to work effectively for the common good?

K-12 education for the common good. How can the education of young people foster their appreciation of, and pursuit of, the common good? What can schools of education do to promote this focus in K-12 education? What successful practices can we share?

What does scholarly research, across the disciplines, have to offer on defining the common good? What political, social and economic structures best assist human communities in prioritizing the common good? What case studies, negative and positive, can help us work through these issues?

What strategies can activists share of ways in which they’ve struggled for the common good, or led communities in defining what is in their common interest?

Please send an abstract (no more than 200 words), to Margaret Groarke, Peace Studies, Manhattan College, Bronx NY 10471 or to pjsa2006@manhattan.edu. Please clearly state the preferred format of your proposal (paper, panel, workshop, roundtable discussion, etc.), and please include a brief biographical sketch. The deadline for proposal submission is May 1, 2006. Submissions will be acknowledged by email or by postcard. Late proposals will be reviewed, and may be accepted if there is space on the program.

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IPRA 2006 (Calgary)

This is only the second time in its 42 year history that the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) has held its biennial assembly in North America. In 1981, 25 years ago, IPRA met in Orillia, Ontario. It has never chanced to meet in the USA. The University of Calgary is thus honoured to host this the 21st Biennial Conference of IPRA.

IPRA2006 in Calgary is designed not only to play host to IPRA’s scholars or educators but to involve the Calgary community in the planning, execution and sharing of the conference. Opportunities will be provided for visitors to the city to explore local issues and to meet Calgary and Alberta citizens of all backgrounds. Thus, together, international and national guests as well as local residents will join in the opportunities to consider the wide diversity of Patterns of Conflict and Paths to Peace.

http://www.ipra2006.com/

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New Computer Game: A Force More Powerful

Posted in Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace Vol. 26 (Spring – Summer 2006)

Can a computer game teach how to fight real-world adversaries—dictators, military occupiers and corrupt rulers, using methods that have succeeded in actual conflicts—not with laser rays or AK47s, but with non-military strategies and nonviolent weapons?

Such a game, “A Force More Powerful (AFMP)”, is now available. A unique collaboration of experts on nonviolent conflict working with veteran game designers has developed a simulation game that teaches the strategy of nonviolent conflict. A dozen scenarios, inspired by recent history, include conflicts against dictators, occupiers, colonizers and corrupt regimes, as well as struggles to secure the political and human rights of ethnic and racial minorities and women.

“A Force More Powerful” is the first and only game to teach the waging of conflict using nonviolent methods. Destined for use by activists and leaders of nonviolent resistance and opposition movements, the game will also educate the media and general public on the potential of nonviolent action and serve as a simulation tool for academic studies of nonviolent resistance.

For more Info please visit the website at:
http://www.afmpgame.com/

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The Acorn: Journal of the Gandhi-King Society

Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace Vol. 26 (Spring – Summer 2006)

The Acorn: Journal of the Gandhi-King Society, is a biannual publication devoted to the examination of the theory and practice of nonviolence, especially as it relates to the philosophies of Gandhi and King. The Acorn was founded by Ha Poong Kim. Currently issues of The Acorn are published with the support of St. Bonaventure University.

Papers submitted for publication in The Acorn should be submitted both in hard copy and on disk or via e-mail, preferably in Microsoft Word format. Submissions may be up to 8,000 words in length (approximately 32 typed pages, double spaced). Shorter papers or essays are welcome. Papers should follow M.L.A. style. Papers about which there is some question regarding either quality or appropriateness are presented for blind review to members of our editorial board. Approximately half of all submissions are published.

The Acorn accepts no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts. Unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope, no manuscript will be returned. The Acorn welcomes letters to the editor. The Acorn reserves the right to edit or shorten all submissions.

Subscriptions to The Acorn (two issues per year) are $12.00 (U.S. funds) for all subscribers. Checks should be made payable to The Acorn or to The Gandhi-King Society.

Papers and queries may be directed to:
The Acorn
Box 13
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778 U.S.A
e-mail: bgan (at) sbu.edu
phone: 716-375-2275
website: http://acorn.sbu.edu

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Journal for the Study of Peace and Conflict (Wisconsin Institute)

Posted in the Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace Vol. 26 (Spring – Summer 2006)

The Journal for the Study of Peace and Conflict, the journal of the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (ISSN 1095-1962) publishes a variety of scholarly articles, essays, and poetry on topics such as war, peace, global cooperation, domestic violence, and interpersonal conflict resolution; including questions of military and political security, the global economy, and global environmental issues. We wish to promote discussion of both strategic and ethical questions surrounding issues of war, peace, the environment, and justice.

The Wisconsin Institute is committed to a balanced review of diverse perspectives. Submissions are welcome from all disciplines. Our intended audience includes scholars from a wide range of interests within the university community and educated members of the larger public. The format allows the publication of original previously-unpublished works of sufficient length to give authors the opportunity to discuss a particular topic in depth. Other forms of creative writing are invited. Contributors should avoid submissions accessible only to specialists in their field.

The Journal for the Study of Peace and Conflict may also include book reviews. Persons interested in reviewing should contact the editor.

Submissions should be a maximum of 25 pages, double-spaced. All manuscripts should be composed in MS Word using Bookman Old Style, 10-point font. Citations are to be in the body of the text, e.g., (Jones, p.35), with a full bibliography at the end of the article. Do not use footnotes. Content notes should be placed at the end of the manuscript. Include separately a brief bio statement with a note that includes your institution, your email and mailing addresses, and work phone number.

Submissions for 2006-2007 issue are due June 16, 2006. Five copies of each submission should be sent to the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, UWSP, LRC, 900 Reserve Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481. In addition, supply the manuscript electronically to wiinst@uwsp.edu.

Please visit the institute website for more information: www.wisconsin-institute.org.