Notes

If we truly have faith in democracy
As superior to all forms of tyranny,
We would have scant fear of being converted
And to other state forms covertly subverted.
De Tocqueville and De Custin 150 years ago
Visited America and Russia,
the better each to know.
Estrangement today we must avoid,
Our main hazards include being paranoid.

— from Murray Wilton November 24

Language & peace

Opening ceremonies of a three-day conference on the “Language of Disarmament” at the Technische Hochschüle in Darmstadt, West Germany — the first such conference in a German-speaking country — honored Hellma and Dr. Günther Schwarz, Verlag Darmstadter Blatter publishers. The Schwarzes have published over 60 books on peace research, language and communication. Dr. Schwarz was honored on his 80th birthday last year by the president of West Germany for his work on the relationship between language use and peace.

Dr. Schwarz has translated and made available to his world-wide readership many issues of the Science for Peace Bulletin.

LIPRA Award

The 1987 Lentz International Peace Research Award has been bestowed on Prof. Dr. Dieter Senghaas of the University of Bremen, W. Germany, by an international jury of Anatol Rapoport, U. of Toronto, Yoshikazu Sakomoto, U. of Tokyo and Marek Thee, Int’l Peace Research Institute Oslo.

Prof. Senghaas was one of the founders of the Berghof Foundation for Conflict Research and of the Peace Research Institute Frankfort. He has received especial recognition for research in the domains of internal determinants of armaments, economic development strategies and prerequisites for peace in Europe.

A bibliography of Dr. Senghaas’ work is available from the national office. Many of his books and papers are available in English. The English translation of his “peace Capacity of the Superpowers” (by A. Rapoport) is available from the SfP office.

Science Fairs

Science For Peace and the National Youth Science Foundation announce the first national PEACE FROM SCIENCE AWARD

Projects to be considered should be related to some theme associated with the enhancement of chances for peace by application of science.

Suggested themes:

  • risks of military diversion of the peaceful uses of nuclear power
  • environmental consequences of chemical warfare
  • militarization of space
  • the role in peacemaking of satellites and telecommunications
  • the consequences or pressures from overpopulation or resource depletion
  • promotion of the United Nations
  • nuclear winter
  • the science and politics of armaments
  • the agricultural, demographic, medical, social, political, psychological consequences of a nuclear war
  • conversion of military projects to civil use
  • verification of arms control treaties
  • computer simulation of the arms race
  • the application of game theory to competition or cooperation

Nominations for the award will come from Regional Science Fairs to the Canada-wide Science Fair judges. Information, application forms, etc., are distributed by the National Youth Science Foundation

Members of Science for Peace can help judge at the 70 Regional Science Fairs across Canada and can offer prizes at the Regional Fairs as the Ottawa and New Brunswick Chapters did last year. Most Regional Fairs are held in early April and prizes of up to $100 are considered ample.

The list of Regional Science Fairs from the East Coast to the West plus the names of their contact persons and telephone numbers are enclosed. Chapters can be especially helpful in establishing a continuing relationship with Regional Fairs within their membership areas and providing prizes for coming years.

The Award is established in recognition of the United Nations International Year of Peace. In addition to a Certificate of Achievement, the winner will receive a week-long, all expenses paid, escorted visit to the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Contributions to the Regional prizes or to the national award are income-tax exempt, and should be sent to the national office earmarked for the Regional Fair of your choice or for the national award.

-James Neelin, Ottawa

Changes in the nature of the Soviet threat to North America and NATO require a close examination of how the government of Canada should best respond to the responsibility to enhance the security and defence of Canada.

— Perrin Beatty