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113 Nonviolence International

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Release Date: 05/26/2020

198 The Sticky Accelerator show art 198 The Sticky Accelerator

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Craig Smith reminds Metta that global warming is marked by "latency," whereby the effects become visible long after the cause has been finalized. It is hard to slow down global warming, for we must mainly wait for the effects of emission reduction to kick in. This is the "sticky accelerator" problem, though Metta disagrees that the metaphor is quite apt, for there are ways of slowing global warming by sequestration.

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197 Middle Eastern Societies show art 197 Middle Eastern Societies

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Ayad Al-Qazzaz and Metta discuss the stereotypes that Westerners (including intellectuals) hold about Arabs and other ethnic groups from the Middle East. The term "Middle East" is itself ambiguous and ethnocentric, but too commonplace now to challenge. Islam also varies widely and is certain to undergo great changes in response to Muslims in the West. Soon there may even be female imams whose flocks include males.

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196 The Origins of WHO show art 196 The Origins of WHO

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David Webster reminds Metta that the Spanish Flu killed more people than World War I, and that in the aftermath, people realized the need for an international body to coordinate global medical responses, so the League of Nations created such an organization, which functioned until it was succeeded by the World Health Organization, when the League was succeeded by the UN. We also talk about other pandemics, such as malaria and smallpox.

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195 Outer Space show art 195 Outer Space

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Jessica West is more than a Star Wars fan; she is a professional researcher following the developing technology and international norms that will make space war possible. But at Project Ploughshares the goal is to develop and promote alternative ways of resolving international conflict, and Jessica is on the case.

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194 Drivers of Deforestation show art 194 Drivers of Deforestation

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Bill Fletcher reports that almost all the serious deforestation going on today is in tropical rainforests, resulting in the lost habitat of species and increasing access to viruses from forest animals. The worst examples are in Asia, where palm oil plantations are replacing forests, and Brazil, where the main cause is cattle ranching.

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193 Why Are There Still Nuclear Weapons? show art 193 Why Are There Still Nuclear Weapons?

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Lawrence Wittner is a historian of the peace movement. He and Metta share memories of the eighties and compare their guesses about the prospects for nuclear disarmament. You can watch this series (or listen to them as audio podcasts) on our website, then post your own thoughts on our comments column. https://tosavetheworld.ca/videos/#comments .

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192 Internet Challenges show art 192 Internet Challenges

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Rose Dyson and Charlene Doak-Gebauer are both activist-scholars who work to reduce the societal harm from exposure to negative entertainment, especially on the Internet. Charlene demands that parents supervise their childrens' access and prevent predators from preying on them through pornography sites. Rose is more concerned with the effects of violence, especially in video games, and the desensitizing, brutalizing effects on both children and adults. You can watch this series (or listen to them as podcasts) on our website, then share your own thoughts on the comments column:...

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191 International Cooperation show art 191 International Cooperation

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Michael Simpson is director of the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation, a network of NGOs that are all working one various aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals. He tells Metta that his group has compiled a list of 12,600 such groups in Canada. Now there is a tendency for young activists to want to work inter-generationally.

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190 Russia, NATO and Risk show art 190 Russia, NATO and Risk

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Sergey Rogov, emeritus director of Moscow's Institute for U.S and Canada Studies, is an influential leader in Russia's arms control establishment. He has organized a number of prominent foreign policymakers in 20 webinar discussions of the dangers resulting from what he calls “Cold War 2.0”. Here he discusses their recommendations with four Western disarmament activists, Alyn Ware, Erika Simpson, Alvin Saperstein, and Frederic Pearson. They all endorse those recommendations but are uncertain how much the Biden administration will enable them to be fulfilled.  You can watch this series...

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189 Key Drivers of Global Warming show art 189 Key Drivers of Global Warming

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Craig Smith tells Metta about the changes he observed in a remote Brazilian village over a period of 50 years. Everything about it illustrates the basis for his claim that energy consumption per person X size of population = amount of global warming.

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Mubarak Awad was a Palestinian Christian psychotherapist who found that his clients did not need therapy; they needed freedom. So he founded a center for nonviolence, which the Israeli government did not appreciate -- since it created an effective nonviolent intifada. But the work continues, and Metta speaks with Awad and three other leaders in nonviolent resistance: Michael Beer, Andre Kamenshikov (working now from Kiev), and Yeshua Moser Puangsuwan (working from both Thailand and Canada). At least three of the people are optimistic about being able to continue their work, even in the hard post-covid economy.

https://youtu.be/DAInkwifZf4

This series of weekly discussions is produced by Peace Magazine (see http://peacemagazine.org) and Project Save the World (see http://tosavetheworld.ca). On the latter website, you are invited to comment on this podcast episode and endorse the Platform for Survival, a list of 25 public policy proposals that, if enacted, will markedly reduce the risk of the six most urgent threats to humankind.