Build A Different Kind Of World.

Posted on July 14, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“Science is the search for truth – it is not a game in which one tries to beat his opponent, to do harm to others.”

– LINUS PAULING (1901-1994) Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1954, Nobel Peace Prize 1962

ocean33Ever since becoming aware of Press TV’s news-talk program “The Debate”, the show has become a favorite because of its editors’ choice of seemingly always current issues. The only criticism which could be made is that the episodes would be more powerful and effective if longer than the average of roughly 25 minutes. The following video comes from a recent “The Debate” program with commentators from America Danny Schechter and Brent Budowsky.

Brent Budowsky is a journalist who I must admit was unknown to me before seeing him on a few “The Debate” episodes. He has appeared on the program with Danny Schechter in the past, and their on-air discussions have at times been turbulent. Danny Schechter is more well-known for being a documentary filmmaker; he spent time working in the mainstream media world before leaving it to become a filmmaker with “inside knowledge” of the corporate news. His most recent film was a tribute to the late, great South African leader Nelson Mandela: “Madiba.”

For what it’s worth, this writer has a very high opinion of Danny Schechter and the work he’s produced. He’s been producing and directing TV specials and documentaries for decades. From the year 2000 they include: Nkosi: A Voice of Africa’s AIDS Orphans (2001), We Are Family (2002), Counting On Democracy (2003), WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception (2004), In Debt We Trust (2006), and Plunder: The Crime of Our Time  (2010).

Mr. Schechter has written 11 books on media issues and world events.

In my opinion, Mr. Schechter is somewhat under the radar, and it’s disappointing that his voice isn’t heard much more often on talk programs like “The Debate”. Because he is one of the more insightful and knowledgeable journalists out there. So, because of my great respect for the man developed through hearing him speak and watching his films, it’s good to hear from him in the past few days; his discussion with Brent Budowsky could have gone on for hours.

For what it’s worth, Mr. Schechter and Mr. Budowsky should collaborate on a book, film, or something. The reason I suggested that the two men could have gone on for hours is that there is something different about this discussion. What makes this an atypical, extraordinary TV discussion is that both men, consciously or unconsciously, bring to the talk a sense of global change. Perhaps this is the result of what has happened in Gaza in the past days. The violence there seems to have pushed humanity to the point where an “intervention” is now necessary; the human race has become like a “war alcoholic” that, because of the continued war and killing recently, now needs a “sit down” with the human family and treatment for the disease: war.

The alcoholic analogy is apt, because the “drunken” warmongers and their recent escalations are really the same as the addict who’s “hit bottom.” Listening to Mr. Schechter and Mr. Budowsky, one can sense their shared feelings that the world is experiencing events that require a great deal more wisdom, creativity, diplomacy and statesmanship. In addition, qualities like morality, truthfulness and honor must become exercised now more than at any time in recent decades. In other words, it has become painfully obvious that humanity must rise to this occasion in world history and start acting from the basis of human beings’ highest, best, and most ethical principles.

So this is an unusual, enlightening TV discussion in that it focuses on the positive potentials and problem-solving capacity of mankind; one of the rare discussions that has moved beyond the problems and toward solutions. The mostly hidden, not easily discerned aspect of this talk between Mr. Schechter and Mr. Budowsky is its reason for viewers to regain any hope/optimism lost upon witnessing recent world events. These men are saying exactly what’s on the mind of an increasing number of men and women around the world: there is an urgent need for an intense global, all-inclusive focus and striving for fair, just, honorable, and truth-driven solutions to situations of war on Earth where human beings are insanely killing their fellow human beings.

Perhaps when listening to this discussion you’ll feel that new and extraordinary message woven into the words these men speak. And what is that profound message? Humanity is turning the corner – turning the page – and travelling/moving on toward solutions-oriented thinking. This is a long-awaited, welcome sign of things to come, and is good news for those who’ve experienced post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) of any kind, whether less severe from observing tragic events on the outside, or the harshest manifestations through experiences inside real war zones.

As mentioned earlier, journalist Brent Budowsky is a man whom many know little or nothing about. But men and women in rapidly increasing numbers around the Earth are in absolute agreement with his relevant and wise words:

“We have to build a different kind of world.” 

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(Thank you to Press TV News Videos @ YouTube)

Middle East Peace Inititative 2014.

Posted on June 23, 2104

by Jerry Alatalo

“He is not a lover who does not love forever… Love is all we have; the only way that each can help the other.”

– Euripides (480 B.C.-406 B.C.) Greek dramatist

ripple22With the tragic events that are occurring today in Iraq, Syria and the Middle East (ME), along with the seeming lack of good solutions coming from politicians, the corporate world or the media, this post’s sole purpose is to ask for potential solutions. After men and women around the Earth see what has happened in the Middle East – including recent history, long history, and today – almost every one of them have given thought toward solutions which would bring peace to that region. What complicates the Middle East situation is obviously the region’s possession of large energy resources, and the competition for control and profit from oil and natural gas.

The hope behind this post – “Global Middle East Peace Initiative 2014” –  is to begin an effort to identify ideas that would have practical and applicable results of increasing peace in the region. So, another way of wording/describing this effort is asking the question: “what needs to occur for true peace to come forth in the Middle East?” Is this an extremely challenging assignment?

No doubt about it.

Some may see such a proposal and immediately feel that there is no real chance to bring peace to the Middle East, that the ME has always been ravaged by war, and there is nothing anyone, or any group, can do to change that perennial condition. “Those people have fought each other for 1,000’s of years, there’s nothing you or I can do about it” is the view that many people have when Middle East violent events get brought up in discussions. Many, if not most, people (at least in America) have in this sense resigned themselves to the fact that war in the ME is just a forever thing.

Some percentage of people will have some inkling of possible peaceful solutions for the region but, probably because they’ve attempted to convey those thoughts without success: more war and killing seems like on an unstoppable march, have basically given up on peace in the ME even though their ideas have offered real potential. This percentage of men and women gave it their best effort for varying lengths of time and in small to large levels of intensity and focus, then became burnt out after seeing those benevolent works basically come to naught.

And then on the scale and measure of people concerned about the warring in the ME, there are those, probably because they have first-hand experience of tragedy and loss in the region. or a greater base of knowledge from much deeper/broader than average study of the history and facts, will never stop working for peace. This percentage of the population consists of men and women who live in the ME, veterans and military leaders (from both “sides” of battles), academicians/experts in the fields of Middle East Studies, history, economics, international relations, comparative religions, etc., politicians from all nations, peace and journalism activists, writers and artists, religious leaders, business leaders, and so on.

So, basically, when one looks at the various camps in the population on Earth, there are roughly three divisions when it comes to war and peace in the ME:

Those who’ve given up on peace in the Middle East – 100% cynical

Those who’ve become partially cynical, but will at times offer potential solutions – lukewarm

Those who’ve, because of profound direct experience, higher than average knowledge of Middle East reality, or an intense dedication to peace,, made up their minds to exert great effort to bring peace to the people living in the Middle East

Humanity must come together to create peace in the Middle East and everywhere on Earth

This post, this initiative intended to find ways to create a peaceful Middle East, may result in nothing in the way of real solutions for the men, women, and children of the Middle East region. On the other hand, depending on the contributions and subsequent discussion from men and women readers (hopefully from all nations and regions of the Earth), truly feasible Middle East peace solutions will become unveiled/discovered, relayed widely, and peace will come.

“The holiest of all spots on Earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love.”

– A Course In Miracles

Let us begin.

Would a meeting like this bring peace to the Middle East?

The world’s first live meeting broadcasted to the entire human race over satellite/cable television and the internet. At this meeting will be the elected leader, or monarchical head, of each Middle East nation and the leaders of the permanent members (P5) of the United Nations Security Council. The meeting can take place in person at the United Nations in New York or via satellite or other means from remote locations.

The attendees will understand that the meeting has one purpose and one purpose only: “Peace in the Middle East.”

The start of the meeting will consist of talks without any readable material or notes. In other words, the first part of the meeting will be from each person’s heart. During this part of the meeting, each participant will be given unlimited time to share their views/proposals.

After each attendee is given sufficient time to speak, in the next portion of the meeting attendees can use written/presentation materials to clarify their spoken words – with time limits.

After that then, each participant will once again be given unlimited time to talk – without notes or reading material – ending their talk with their best general proposal for peace in the Middle East.

After each participant has spoken, each member will vote on each proposal that has been offered/made. If there is 100% agreement on any proposal then the meeting has achieved its highest possible success. The attendees will agree on the general proposal and pledge their personal honor to help with the drafting of a specific-language peace treaty.

If 100% agreement is not reached on any general proposal suggested by any of the participants, then the proposal with the highest number of “yes” votes will be then further discussed by those who voted “no” only. The “no” voters will be given unlimited time to suggest improvements to the one general proposal that received the highest number of “yes” votes, then any one of the “yes” voters will be given unlimited time to discuss the suggested improvements to the proposal and another vote will take place.

If any/all the original “no” voters change their votes to “yes” that will be seen as good and very positive. If the “no” voters once again vote “no” then it will become felt as disappointing, but they will have the option to decline signing the eventually drafted peace treaty.

This meeting proposal offers a good chance for peace in the Middle East because the format is one which emphasizes honor, truth, and coöperation.

The attendees will understand that their views/proposals will become known by the entire human race.

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(Thank you to DogSwede1 at YouTube)