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Science for Peace members organize and host many Meetings, Forums, Workshops and Teach-Ins where important peace and justice issues are discussed. From time to time, we join with other groups — in particular, with the Canadian Pugwash Group — as co-sponsors and co-organizers. These events are typically open to the public who are also encouraged to participate in the planning and in the event itself.

The Eric Fawcett Memorial Forum, held annually, honours Science for Peace’s co-founder, and deals with subjects important to civil society and with the Government of Canada. This forum includes presentation of papers by scholars, discussions, and an interface with government officials and policy makers.

Global Politics

Understanding the current Political/Economic World – Book Review: Quinn Slobodian’s Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism.

17 March

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Climate

Climate Crisis, Fascism and the End of Neoliberalism

8 March

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Civil Society

Let Venezuelans Solve Venezuela’s Problems

13 February

People need to solve their own problems to build a democracy that is meaningful. Foreign interference is not only unethical in the case of Venezuela today, but ultimately will make matters worse.

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Nuclear Weapons

Canada must Support Treaties that Ban Nuclear Weapons

5 February

What must be done to support the ban of nuclear weapons? Enact the UN nuclear ban treaty, dismantle NATO, elect an informed and responsible people to the Canadian government.

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Nonviolence

Nonviolent Action in a Dangerous Age

8 January

Why should we in the Western liberal democracies be interested in nonviolent action? Sure, if you want to participate in anti-globalization protests, block pipeline construction, vent against the one percent, or support indigenous demonstrations or Black Lives Matter you’d be interested, But what about the rest of us?

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Nonviolence

Activism and the Politics of the Possible

11 December

Activism is a serious business when we contemplate the future. But it is not the whole story. Anyone involved in campaigns will talk about the frustrations and difficulties, but also the rewards. They include camaraderie, a strong sense of purpose, the elation of nonviolent protests and demonstrations, and, to be frank, the parties. The pursuit of the politics of the possible is serious, but that’s not to say it can’t be fun.

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General events

How to Save the World in a Hurry

30 May

Two-day conference at University College, Room 140. Visit tosavetheworld.ca for more info, discussion, and resources.

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Statements

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau re Gaza violence

19 May

May 19, 2018 The Right Hon. Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister Trudeau: Re: Violence in Gaza I am writing to you as President of Science for Peace, a civil society group that works for peace by using a scientific approach, and […]

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Blog

Gene Sharp has died and the world has lost a global educator

30 January

Just a week after his 90th birthday Gene Sharp passed away. The journal New Statesman once described Gene Sharp as the “Machiavelli of Nonviolence” and Thomas Weber labelled him “the Clausewitz of Nonviolent Action.” Who was this man and what is his contribution to our understanding of the possibilities to use nonviolent actions in large […]

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General events

Eric Fawcett lecture with Ray Acheson of Reaching Critical Will

25 January

2017-18 Eric Fawcett Lecture: Ms Ray Acheson on the campaign which led to the UN nuclear ban treaty and a Nobel Peace Prize for ICAN.

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General events

Science for Peace weekly lecture series, 2017-2018

10 January

Science for Peace presents our weekly series of free public lectures Wednesday evenings, throughout fall 2017 and winter 2018. Room 140, University College, 15 Kings College Circle, University of Toronto. (video)

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Obituary

Dr. Helmut Burkhardt

18 December

We are sad to announce the sudden and peaceful passing of Dr. Helmut Burkhardt, Professor Emeritus, Ryerson University, on December 18, 2017.

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Contact Science for Peace

2 October

Executive Past presidents Office Campus group Board of directors Email lists Listserv community standards Executive President: Sorpong Peou, Secretary: Margrit Eichler, Treasurer: Martin Muldoon, Richard Sandbrook Rob Acheson Adnan Zuberi Lloyd Helferty Past presidents Office coordinator Stefanija Popovska, Address University College — Room 045 15 King’s College Circle Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3H7 Telephone: 416 […]

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U of T Campus Group

Science for Peace at U of T (campus group)

31 August

Science for Peace also has a presence on campus at the University of Toronto. If you are part of the university community (student, staff, faculty, alumni, etc) and want to meet others interested in how to work towards a more just and sustainable world, or if you would like to help us bring excellent educational […]

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Working Groups

Cybersecurity Working Group

29 July

Description of the Working Group The cybersecurity working group was formed in January 2017 to discuss public policies regarding cybersecurity: the protection of computers, cell phones, and other network-enabled devices or equipment, electronic data and communications, and computer networks including the Internet from unauthorized or unlawful access, interception, interference, exploitation, disruption, damage or attack. This […]

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Working Groups

Militarism Working Group

29 July

The Militarism Working group is very small, so small that it does not make sense at this time to have various officers. We communicate easily with each other by email, and one member attends our meetings via Skype. We only began meeting several months ago, and while there was interest and support from by a […]

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Working Groups

Freedom for Research Working Group

29 July

Concerns of this group are especially the restrictions on the scientific enterprise imposed by governments and employers, and the distortion of research effort and literature resulting from pressure of corporate sponsors and lobbies. Ongoing work on these issues has been reported to the Group. A campaign was conducted to urge Canadian response to offset the […]

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Reports from representatives

24 June

Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW) The Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW) was established in 1996 by representatives of national organizations that share the conviction that nuclear weapons are immoral and should be abolished. Its member organizations include faith communities, professional groups, peace and women’s organizations. CNANW conducts seminars, consultations and meetings […]

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President’s Report

23 June

For the Science for Peace Annual General Meeting 2017 By Metta Spencer The past year has been full and mostly gratifying. But before we consider the details, we should pause for a moment to remember five beloved allies who have left us this year. Some of you may have known them all, but I’ll say […]

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Statements

Submission to the Consultation on Canada’s Approach to Cyber Security

15 June

Author: Jack Gemmell, member, Board of Directors of Science for Peace. About Science for Peace Science for Peace is a Canadian organization consisting of natural scientists, engineers, social scientists, scholars in the humanities and people from the wider community. We seek to understand and act against the forces that drive militarism, environmental destruction, and social […]

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Blog

India and Pakistan’s Long-Awaited Full Membership to SCO Becomes Reality

10 June

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has played a significant role in the region for past sixteen years. This year SCO Summit took place on 8-9 June 2017, in Astana. Expansion of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization became inevitable due to its growing profile and significance. It was argued for many years that SCO is not ready […]

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Blog

Geopolitics of Northern Sea Route: Russia-China-India’s Growing Interest in Arctic

9 May

The Arctic is an ocean surrounded mostly by land and governed by the United Nations Conventions under the laws of the Sea (UNCLOS). The debate and discussions on Arctic has opened up many opportunities in the economic and commercial sectors of the Arctic members and the observer states. Arctic is known to possess one-quarter of […]

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Blog

India-China Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific Region: The ‘Samudra Manthan’

5 May

The phrase ‘Indo-Pacific’ has been drawing significant attention, due to number of reasons. In addition to being a geographical construct, the Indo-Pacific can also be seen as a changing network of Nations for strategic and security issues and concerns. The word Samudra Manthan, taken from the Indian Mythology means “churning of the Ocean”, aptly depicts […]

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Join Science for Peace

4 April

Some people initially get acquainted with us by participating in one or more of our working groups or the University of Toronto campus group, and then may decide to apply for membership. There is no membership fee for working groups or the campus group. However, we expect the chairperson and at least three members of […]

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Working group formation

20 February

What is a Science for Peace working group? It may be large or small, but at least three of its members (including its chair) must be Science for Peace members. It should meet at least once every two months and be open to visitors and students. During each academic year we expect the working group […]

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Current working groups

20 February

The following is a list of Science for Peace’s currently active working groups, including some which are still in formation. Webpages for each new group will be set up once the group members begin to compile information about their goals and activities. We will do our best to ensure that all working group meetings appear […]

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SfP Bulletin February 2017

The President’s Corner: Science for Peace as a Foreign Language

13 February

If you join a group such as Science for Peace, you have to learn its culture, which is mostly a matter of learning its language. For most of us, as when we acquired our first language, this learning is a simple, stress-free matter of absorbing the usage that we hear around us. However, some people […]

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SfP Bulletin February 2017

Report of the Working Group on Global Governance

13 February

(2016-09-17) Members: Helmut Burkhardt (chair), Norman Dyson, Rose Dyson, Brydon Gombay, Julia Morton-Marr, Tom Simunovic, Peter Venton, Adnan Zuberi Mandate: We believe good global governance is meaningful, feasible and necessary. The time is right for replacing globally the inhumane law of force with the just force of law. A World Federation or an effectively reformed […]

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SfP Bulletin February 2017

Report of the Working Group on Non-violence

13 February

(2016-10-25) While anti-militarists are skilled in contesting the West’s armed intervention in Iraq and Syria, many of us are far less convincing when it comes to articulating what a non-violent response to conflict in the area might actually look like. The issue seems particularly pressing at this moment, given the ongoing coalition effort — with […]

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SfP Bulletin February 2017

Science for Peace Position 2017? NATO, Canada, USA, and Russia

13 February

Should Science for Peace, an educational organization promoting non-violence and nuclear disarmament: continue to be silent on Canada’s role in NATO? advocate a security model based on the United Nations rather than NATO? advocate that Canada leave NATO? In 1997 Science for Peace addressed the relationships between Canada, the military alliance NATO (North Atlantic Treaty […]

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SfP Bulletin February 2017

Fact Sheet: A NATO primer

13 February

(source: www.cnas.org/fact-sheet/a-NATO-primer#.V5s4j49OJYc )

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SfP Bulletin February 2017

Report of the Working Group on Oceans and Frontiers

13 February

Geotechnical politics of Ocean Frontiers
Comparative perspectives on Asian & North American disputes and synergies in Global Development
Peace Research Lecture Series: 2016-2017
Organized by the Ocean Frontiers Research Working Group-Science for Peace, Canada
Supported by York Center for Asian Research (YCAR), York University, Toronto, Canada

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SfP Bulletin February 2017

Report of the Nuclear Weapons working group

13 February

(2017-01-03) As we begin a new year, the formidable task of eliminating nuclear weapons remains before us. 2016 was intense for anyone following the politics surrounding nuclear weapons, and although it left us with reasons for increased concern, the year also brought us reasons to hope. North Korea’s nuclear tests and Donald Trump’s tweets on […]

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SfP Bulletin February 2017

UN Votes to Outlaw Nuclear Weapons in 2017

13 February

(source: www.icanw.org/campaign-news/un-votes-to-outlaw-nuclear-weapons-in-2017)

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SfP Bulletin February 2017

Winter 2017 Lecture Series

13 February

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SfP Bulletin February 2017

in memoriam

13 February

Calvin C. (“Kelly”) Gotlieb (March 27, 1921 — October 16, 2016)
Ursula Franklin (September 19, 1921 — July 22, 2016)
David V.J. Bell (April 9, 1944 — January 10, 2017)

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Videos

The Science for Peace video library

21 January

Most of the videos listed below are on Science for Peace’s YouTube page, but the list also includes some SfP related videos which are hosted on other sites. Videos are listed in date order, with the newest in each category appearing first. Each title is a hyperlink. Please click (or tap, if you are using […]

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General events

Science for Peace weekly lecture series, 2016-2017

1 January

Science for Peace presents our weekly series of free public lectures Wednesday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, fall 2016 to winter 2017, University College, 15 Kings College Circle, U. of Toronto. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend. (video)

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Humiliation and the Triumph of Donald Trump

12 November

Yes, some people voted for Trump DESPITE their distaste for his vulgarity. But I think that his base supported him precisely BECAUSE of it. In fact, I think it may partly be an act he put on just to appeal to a certain group of Americans who are consistently humiliated and denigrated for their political […]

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General events

Eric Fawcett Memorial Lecture: “Give Cyber Peace a Chance” with Paul Meyer

27 October

October 27, 2016 at University College, University of Toronto. Sponsors: Science for Peace and Canadian Pugwash Group (video)

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Working Groups

Nuclear Weapons Working Group

2 October

Science for Peace began as a group of scientists who worried about the danger of nuclear war. Today, a working group still continues to function, educating the public and decision-makers about the catastrophic humanitarian effects of nuclear warfare, and promoting nuclear disarmament.

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General events

Sustainable Development by 2030: From your doorstep, to the world

10 September

September 10, 2016, Bahen Centre. Keynote speaker: Ravi Karkara, senior adviser, UN secretariat (video)

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Related Programs

Franz Blumenfeld Peace Education Fund

1 September

The Franz Blumenfeld Peace Education Fund was established by the peace activist and noted urbanist, Hans Blumenfeld, in 1982 to honour his brother, Franz, who was killed in the First World War. The Blumenfeld Peace Education Fund is held by Science for Peace, and an committee awards grants to individuals or organizations for peace-education projects.

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Nuclear Weapons Treaty

Do You Like Nuclear Bombs? If not, let’s eliminate them from the planet!

5 August

For the first time in many years there’s a realistic chance to do that! In October the U.N. General Assembly may vote on whether to hold a conference in 2017, open to all States, international organizations and civil society, to negotiate a legally-binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons. All countries with nuclear weapons would be […]

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Nuclear Weapons Treaty

Remind Prime Minister Trudeau that:

5 August

The first resolution that the United Nations ever adopted in 1945 called for nuclear disarmament. The nuclear states have stalled for 71 years and will continue stalling unless the world declares that time is up! It is foolish to rely on nuclear deterrence for our security. The threat of retaliation does not deter suicide bombers, […]

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Nuclear Weapons Treaty

CNANW’S ‘Call to Action’ by the Government of Canada on Nuclear Disarmament

5 August

Deeply concerned that 15,350 nuclear weapons remain in the arsenals of 9 States, approximately 1,800 of which are on “high alert” status and can be launched within minutes; Aware that even a limited nuclear exchange could result in great loss of human life and could trigger (further) climate change and nuclear famine; Recalling the legally […]

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Statements

Science For Peace Submission to the Defence Policy Review 2016

31 July

Science for Peace welcomes the opportunity to join in the national discussion of the Defence Policy Review. Science for Peace members come from the sciences, engineering, the social sciences, and the humanities. The organization is an NGO and has Canadian charitable status. Members first came together over 30 years ago to oppose nuclear weapons. Our […]

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Working Groups

Community Sustainability Working Group (CoSWoG)

7 July

Mandate: The elucidation and scientific investigation of practical concepts for achieving Peace and Sustainability within various types of (human) communities (habitats). Currently, there area few sub-projects that have been put forward by various people at various times, each of which has been spearheading different sub-project ideas. Every sub-Committee is doing something related to the overall mandate of CoSWoG, and each sub-project is somewhat related to each other through their common 'membership' in CosWoG, but each is a unique task/project unto itself.

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General events

Dinner and Talk: Civil Resistance Against Violent Groups

27 June

How can we handle ISIS and other violent groups? Dr Maciej Bartkowski is a scholar at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, who studies civilian resistance movements against armed groups—not only the case of ISIS but also violent conflicts in Colombia, Bosnia, Liberia, and Mali.

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General events

Drones and Killer Robots: Canada’s Policy

15 June

Military operations have increasingly included precision guided missiles and unmanned aircraft known as drones. (video)

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Working Groups

Working Group on Good Global Governance

6 June

We promote a peace system, people-centered global governance through a World Federation or an effectively reformed UN. In a peace-system security is supplied by enforced world law.

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Working Groups

Ocean Frontiers Working Group

3 June

Ocean Frontier issues are transnational and global in scope, and are part of international security and peace studies. The territorial frontier issues in the global ocean commons include scientific and technological issues of seabed energy exploration, violence and pacification at disputed boundaries at sea, human and weapons trafficking, the threat of terrorism at sea, and militarization of strategic maritime regions of our world that affect human security and peace.

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SfP Bulletin May 2016

Peter Nicholls (1935–2014)

7 May

Almost exactly twenty years ago Peter Nicholls became president of Science for Peace. Unlike most of his predecessors, he was not based at the University of Toronto, but was a professor of biology at Brock University in St. Catharines, near Niagara Falls. Nevertheless, so committed was he to nuclear disarmament that he was always among […]

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SfP Bulletin May 2016

Panglossing the Climate Emergency Connecting the Crises of Climate Change, Militarization, Extreme Poverty

7 May

In his famous satire, Voltaire portrays Dr. Pangloss as the naïve mentor of Candide. Voltaire wrote Candide as a response to Enlightenment optimism even in the face of disasters like the 1755 Lisbon earthquake and tsunami that killed at least 30,000 people. Voltaire saw that nature was unpredictable and at times powerfully destructive, and he […]

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SfP Bulletin May 2016

President’s Corner: Controversy and Conversation

7 May

What is Science for Peace? A club? A social change action group? A scholarly association? Your answer may reveal your hopes for Science for Peace—especially how much conflict to expect and how to handle disputes. The different models entail different, even incompatible, standards of conduct, which we must somehow balance, since we actually combine all […]

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SfP Bulletin May 2016

Report of the Working Group on Freedom of Research

7 May

There are several sides to scientific freedom: freedom to conduct research, access to the physical tools and contact with other researchers, and freedom to publish and otherwise communicate with the scientific and general public. All of these have been threatened in recent years. Prior to the recent federal election, many policies of the federal government […]

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SfP Bulletin May 2016

Report of the Working Group on Drones

7 May

Debating armed drones Drones have become ubiquitous and low-cost. They can be as small as birds, carry high resolution cameras, and be remotely piloted with great accuracy. Drones are mostly used for surveillance, but the Canadian Royal Air Force is now requesting that the Trudeau government authorizes the purchase and the development of armed drones. […]

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SfP Bulletin May 2016

Report of the Working Group on Community Sustainability

7 May

Starting in June 2015 with the task of defining what each of the fifteen of us thought “sustainability” meant, our very diverse group of activists and scholars has amassed a wealth of understanding and determination to meet these global issues at the local level. With Lloyd Helferty’s indefatigable leadership, this working group has been very […]

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SfP Bulletin May 2016

Report of the Working Group on Good Global Governance

7 May

It makes sense to regulate international affairs by the rule of global law instead of military might. Most people agree with this statement. It is safer, more economic, and more ecological than the chaotic violence that we observe in traditional global politics. However, many say proposing such a good world order is unrealistic, it will […]

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SfP Bulletin May 2016

Report of the Working Group on Oceans Ocean Frontiers: the pragmatic search for peace

7 May

Introduction The Ocean, our global commons has long been divided by territorial conflicts and competitive claims over marine and seabed resources. Zealously guarded and patrolled by naval vessels and surveillance aircraft, nationalized seas and transnational waterways of the Arctic, Indian, Atlantic, and the Pacific are not just utilized as natural resources of food, transport and […]

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SfP Bulletin May 2016

Report of the Working Group on Nuclear Weapons

7 May

Despite the well documented and well publicized catastrophic consequences from any use of nuclear weapons, over fifteen thousand remain as an existential threat to both human civilization and the entire ecosystem of our planet. They are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited under international law; and there are currently no negotiations underway […]

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SfP Bulletin May 2016

Report of the Working Group on Nonviolence

7 May

It was an obvious question for a civil resistance workshop, but still unnerving. “What would happen if Donald Trump took the White House and tried to invade Canada?” It came up near the end of the February 27 and 28 seminar organized by Science for Peace’s Working Group on Nonviolent Resistance and Civil Society. The […]

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Statements

Open Letter to the Prime Minister on Saudi arms deal authorization

27 April

Most Canadian peace and human rights activists have deplored the minister of foreign affairs’ allowing the export of military equipment to Saudi Arabia. Hence at a press conference the peace groups have released the following Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau. April 25, 2016 The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada […]

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General events

Vital Discussions of Human Security: 2015-16 Series

6 April

Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, Room 144, University College, 15 Kings College Circle, U.of Toronto. All welcome. No charge.

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The Challenges To Democracy In Myanmar

9 March

by Patrick Stafrace on Dec 6, 2015 On November 8th in Myanmar, The National League for Democracy (NLD)–inaugural democratic party of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi–claimed a historic victory for the young democratic state, winning 60% of the national vote and ending decades of political struggle against unjust military rulers. For proponents of Suu […]

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Donate to Science for Peace

8 March

Donations can be sent to the office or made online through CanadaHelps. Contact the Science for Peace office: 045 University College 15 King’s College Circle Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3H7 Telephone: 416 978 3606 Email: Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/scienceforpeace

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Join Science for Peace

8 March

Some people initially get acquainted with us by participating in one or more of our working groups or the University of Toronto campus group, and then may decide to apply for membership. There is no membership fee for working groups or the campus group. However, we expect the chairperson and at least three members of […]

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General events

A Seminar on Civil Resistance

27 February

International Center on Nonviolent Conflict course at the University of Toronto, February 27 and 28, 2016 (video)

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Donald Trump’s Odious Pledge Stirs Memories of My Muslim and Arab Friends

19 February

by Pat Hynes The original article was posted here: indypendent.org/2016/02/18/donald-trumps-odious-pledge-stirs-memories-my-muslim-and-arab-friends Donald Trump’s odious, ugly American pledge to prohibit Muslims from entering our country stirred long-cherished memories of my Muslim and Arab students and friends. I am looking at 2 small cream-colored pillows nestled into corners of our living room chairs. They are embossed with arabesque […]

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Hard Choices

11 January

Speech to Voice of Women for Peace awards dinner, November 6, 2015 You’re going to hate this talk because I’m going to admit that I’m stuck and can’t propose any good options. In fact, I myself am not even sure what the least bad options are. Possibly you share my ambivalence. I’ll assume so. Much […]

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Sincere Ignorance And Conscientious Stupidity

6 January

by Megan Stagman Martin Luther King, Jr. famously announced that “nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”. Those words have never seemed more apt than when Public Policy Polling (PPP) released the results of a report on Friday which stated that 30% of American Republican primary voters said […]

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“Share my Story” – Humans of Mafraq beyond ‘refugee’ headlines

22 December

by Olivia Lyster on Nov 24, 2015 In 2013, I travelled to Mafraq, northern Jordan. My primary purpose was to learn Arabic, but over the course of the year I caught a glimpse of what day-to-day life was like for a Syrian refugee. Each of the Syrian families I met had decided to leave the […]

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Blog

Us versus Them: An Idealistic Misrepresentation of ISIS

5 December

by Megan Stagman of the Organization for World Peace (OWP) In reporting conflict, there is always a temptation to radically simplify for the sake of ease and accessibility. This year has been all about the ‘bad guys’ ISIS versus the rest of the world, either the innocent victims of cruel attacks or the united heroes […]

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Eric Fawcett Memorial Forum

Canada as a Voice for Peace and Development? A Post-Election Conversation with Hon. Lloyd Axworthy

7 November

Saturday, 7 November 2015. With Hon. Lloyd Axworthy, former Minister of Foreign Affairs. (video)

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Statements

Statement from Science for Peace in support of MSF’s call for a full investigation into the bombing of their hospital in Kunduz

15 October

According to eye-witnesses, on October 3, 2015, a gunship believed to be a US AC-130 attacked a hospital run by Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Twelve staff members and ten patients (including three children) were killed, and thirty-seven people were injured. It is confirmed by several sources that MSF had repeatedly provided US […]

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Helping Others

26 June

Helping Others In her President’s letter to the Bulletin, Metta Spencer reacts with alarm to recent comments by Louise Arbour. After decades of experience in the field, Ms. Arbour concluded that the current approach to the protection of vulnerable people around the world is “not working” and suggested a “more limited approach involving empathy”. In […]

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General events

Nuclear Precipice: Ukraine, Russia, and patterns of U.S. Hegemony

12 June

Friday, June12, 2015 at Beit Zatoun. (video)

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“When Saving Others Doesn’t Work” dialogue and additional essay

6 June

This blog post is a follow-up to my President’s Corner essay in the May 2015 SfP Bulletin: When Saving Others Doesn’t Work. Click the preceding link to read the original, and come back to this page for: Emailed responses by colleagues in Russia, Canada and elsewhere (together with my comments in italics); A follow-up essay, […]

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Blog

Science for Peace Statement supporting Richard Horton, The Lancet Editor-in-Chief, and commending The Lancet’s publication of the Maduca letter on Israel’s brutal attack on Gaza in 2014

22 May

Science for Peace is a Canadian-based non-governmental organization founded in 1981. We research, educate, and advocate on issues of war and peace, human rights and social justice. We are writing now to support The Lancet’s coverage of Israel’s 2014 “Operation Protective Edge” attack on Gaza and to commend Richard Horton for his integrity in covering […]

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SfP Bulletin May 2015

Standing Up for Science for Peace

22 May

Degenerate Global Trends Not Connected or Causally Decoded No-one can reasonably deny global life system crisis on all planes. But almost nowhere are the degenerate trends connected, or their common cause identified. The air, soil and water cumulatively degrade. The climates and oceans destabilize. Species become extinct at a spasm rate across continents. Pollution cycles […]

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SfP Bulletin May 2015

Munk School of Global Affairs and the Harper Government collaborate on “Direct Diplomacy” in Iran

22 May

In early January 2015 the Globe and Mail and the University of Toronto Varsity announced that the federal government gave $9m to the Munk School of Global Affairs for the “direct diplomacy” Digital Public Square project targeting Iran. While Harper severed diplomatic ties with Iran in September, 2012, expelling Iranian diplomats and closing its embassy […]

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SfP Bulletin May 2015

Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the Threat of Nuclear War

22 May

The Ukraine/Russia conflict is particularly ominous because it could escalate into a nuclear war, and for this reason it is necessary to understand the role of the United States. The information presented below needs further research to provide a full picture which must necessarily include nuclear weapons, NATO, the economy, and patterns of U.S. domination. […]

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SfP Bulletin May 2015

President’s Corner: When Saving Others Doesn’t Work

22 May

Is Louise Arbour giving up? After an illustrious career as prosecutor of a War Crimes Tribunal (precursor to the International Criminal Court), High Commissioner of Human Rights, Canadian Supreme Court Justice, advocate of the “right to protect” principle in international law, and head of the International Crisis Group, Arbour has returned to Montreal to a […]

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SfP Bulletin May 2015

Degrowth: A Snail’s Eye View of Social Transformation and Ecological Preservation

22 May

In 1973 economist E.F. Schumacher observed that “infinite growth in a finite environment is an obvious impossibility.”1 Degrowth proceeds from that premise of a collision course between relentless economic growth and the biophysical limits of planet Earth. It rests on an acceptance of the basic assumptions of the Limits to Growth thesis advanced in the […]

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