Rene Wadlow's Blog (45)

Syria reconciliation proposal

 
 
Dear Colleague,
 
    The recent use of chemical weapons in Syria (by whatever faction - government or armed opposition) has increased tensions within Syria and its wider region.  There are real possibilities of an escalation of armed conflict unless creative steps for conflict resolution are taken both by governments and civil society as structured in Non-governmental…
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Added by Rene Wadlow on September 8, 2013 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Undeserved influence

 



 
 Before we are accused of setting off demonstrations in Turkey and Brazil, I thought you might be interested in earlier efforts. Best wishes, Rene Wadlow


NEW AGE GLOBAL REVOLUTION IN CLEAR PROGRESS: Occupy Wall Street, Occupy my home town (Fort Wayne), Occupy Detroit, Occupy the World…



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Added by Rene Wadlow on June 24, 2013 at 1:41am — 3 Comments

19 May: "Anniversary" of end of LTTE War

19 May 2009 was the official end of the Government of Sri Lanka-LTTE war, and my essay posted below reflects my understanding of events since. I post it on our Theosophy blog because Theosophists, in particular Col. Olcott had done much to revive the Buddhist institutions in Sri Lanka. He is still widely respected there for his work - a widely-used postage stamp is in his honor. However, the Buddhist monks that he helped to revive became key agents of a narrrow sectarian spirit against the…

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Added by Rene Wadlow on May 19, 2013 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Power of the New Spirituality (Book Review)

William Bloom

The Power of the New Spirituality

(Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 2012)

 

         William Bloom who combines a long-standing interest in New Age approaches to spirituality with an identity focus in international relations (1), has written “We are in changing times. Our culture and technology are continually transforming, and the intellectual certainties of the last few hundred years are no longer secure…It is our need to find a new authenticity in our…

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Added by Rene Wadlow on April 6, 2013 at 10:01am — No Comments

Fire of Reconciliation in the Wider Middle East

Fire of Reconciliation in the Wider Middle East

Rene Wadlow*

 

         The fiery attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, leading to the death of the US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others and the burning of the US flag at the US Embassy in Cairo are symbolic of a fire of hate, mistrust, and violence that sweeps from Afghanistan through Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria to North Africa.

 

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Added by Rene Wadlow on September 14, 2012 at 3:49am — 10 Comments

Syria; Stop the Killing

 



 
 

Supporting young Syrians who say “Stop the Killing”…


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Added by Rene Wadlow on May 26, 2012 at 5:49am — 3 Comments

Timbuktu Protection

         World Citizens Call for Protection of Timbuktu, UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site and Center of Trans-Saharan Cultural History

 

         In a 8 April 2012 Appeal to Irina Bokova, Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Rene Wadlow, President of the Association of World Citizens (AWC) welcomed UNESCO’s speedy effort to prevent damage to Timbuktu and called for negotiations between the…

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Added by Rene Wadlow on April 9, 2012 at 1:01am — No Comments

Rudolf Steiner's Legacy Today

Rudolf Steiner’s Legacy Today

Rene Wadlow

 

            2011 marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of the spiritual and esoteric teacher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925).  Although his key book is titled Theosophy, and he was secretary-general of the German branch of the Theosophical Society from 1902 to about 1913 when he left to start the Anthroposophical Society,(1) I do not recall many blogs here on his life and…

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Added by Rene Wadlow on March 31, 2012 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

World Water Day

World Water Day: A Global Focus and Local Action

Rene Wadlow*

 

May your heart be like a lake — with a calm still surface and great depths of kindness.

 

         Since 1993, the United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 22 March as World Day for Water.  Each year one of the UN agencies involved in water issues takes the lead in promoting World Water Day with a specific focus and a…

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Added by Rene Wadlow on March 16, 2012 at 3:08am — No Comments

8 March: Internatiional Women's Day

 
 
 

 

 

 

         8 March :International Day of Women: Women as Peacemakers

                                                        Rene Wadlow*

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Added by Rene Wadlow on March 4, 2012 at 1:34am — 1 Comment

World Day of Social Justice

World Day of Social Justice: The People’s Revolution is On the March

Rene Wadlow*

 

         The United Nations General Assembly, on the initiative of Nurbch Jeenbrev, the Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to the U.N. in New York, has proclaimed 20 February as the “World Day of Social Justice” .The World Day of Social Justice gives us an opportunity to take stock of how we can work together at the local, national and global level on…

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Added by Rene Wadlow on February 19, 2012 at 4:11am — 3 Comments

The Cooperative Spirit

The Cooperative Spirit and its Many Manifestations

Rene Wadlow*

 

            The United Nations General Assembly in Resolution A/RES/64/136 has designated 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives in order to highlight the large role that cooperatives can play in ecologically-sound development and poverty reduction.  As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “Cooperatives are a reminder to the international community that…

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Added by Rene Wadlow on January 18, 2012 at 2:16pm — 2 Comments

The Muslim Brotherhood (Book Review)

Alison Pargeter

The Muslim Brotherhood: The Burden of Tradition

(London: Saqi Books, 2010, 248pp.)

 

         Although Pan-Islamic and Pan-Arab movements have not been ‘federalist’ in the sense that federalism is usually analysed, Pan-Islamic movements have been an effort to organize political community across State boundaries.  The division of the Arab world into a host of separate States has been condemned by some Pan-Arab thinkers while separate…

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Added by Rene Wadlow on January 6, 2012 at 3:05am — 1 Comment

Tribute to Vaclav Havel

 Vaclav Havel (1936-2011):  His Revolt is an Attempt to Live Within the Truth 

 

            René Wadlow

 

 

           

 

            He rejects the ritual and breaks the rules of the game.  He discovers once more his suppressed identity and dignity.  He gives his freedom a concrete significance.  His revolt is an attempt to live within the truth.”                          …

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Added by Rene Wadlow on December 19, 2011 at 2:16pm — 1 Comment

The Unconditioned Mind (Book Review)

David Edmund Moody

The Unconditioned Mind: J. Krishnamurti and the Oak Grove School

(Weaton: Quest Books, 2011, 260pp.)

 

The function of education is to give the student abundant knowledge in the various fields of human endeavour and at the same time to free his mind from all tradition so that he is able to investigate, to find out, to discover.  Otherwise the mind becomes mechanical, burdened with the machinery of knowledge. …

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Added by Rene Wadlow on December 13, 2011 at 9:49am — No Comments

10 October: Efforts against the Death Penalty

10 October: For Those on the Pay-roll of Death

Rene Wadlow

 

I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death. I am not on his pay-roll. I will not tell him the whereabouts of my friends nor of my enemies either      Edna St Vincent Millay

 

            10 October is the International Day Against the Death Penalty. Since the end of World War II, there has been a gradual abolition…

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Added by Rene Wadlow on September 30, 2011 at 11:03am — 4 Comments

Rio plus 20: The Next Earth Summit

The Next Earth Summit: Rio Plus 20

Rene Wadlow *

        

 

         The United Nations, its Specialized Agencies and programmes, member governments and Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are preparing their policies and evaluations to be discussed at the next Earth Summit to be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012: 20 years after the original 1992 Rio conference that drew up guidelines for…

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Added by Rene Wadlow on September 20, 2011 at 6:34am — 1 Comment

Arnaud Desjardins: Cultural Bridge-builder

Arnaud Desjardins: Cultural Bridge-builder Toward the East Moves On

Rene Wadlow

 

            Arnaud Desjardins (1925-2011) was a leading figure in introducing the broader French public to the philosophies and religious practices of Asia.  His films devoted to Tibetan Buddhist leaders, Indian religious teachers, Japanese Zen philosophers, and Afghan Sufis were widely shown on French television in the 1960s and early 1970s when…

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Added by Rene Wadlow on August 18, 2011 at 5:52am — No Comments

The Goddess and the Role of Women

The Goddess and the Role of Women

Rene Wadlow

 

It is only when women start to organize in large numbers that we become a political force, and begin to move towards the possibility of a truly democratic society in which every human being can be brave, responsible, thinking and diligent in the struggle to live at once freely and unselfishly.

 

            As Ray Grasse, long-time Assistant…

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Added by Rene Wadlow on July 12, 2011 at 3:34am — No Comments

Red Shambhala (Book Review)

Andrei Znamenski

Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia

(Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 2011, 257pp.)

 

         Red Shambhala is a lively historical account of Soviet geopolitics in Central Asia in the first decade of the Communist government.  Znamenski tells the story through portraits of key protagonists, drawing on newly opened archives in Russia and new Russian publications. Znamenski, who now teaches in the USA,…

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Added by Rene Wadlow on June 22, 2011 at 11:12am — No Comments

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