Many people would say not.  But a new and well-researched investigation into the UN’s role in peacekeeping argues otherwise.

Review by Marie Colvin



Do you trust everything you are told or do you think there is usually truth in conspiracies?


Psychologist Dr Patrick Leman, of the Royal Holloway University of London, has devised a test to see how conspiratorial you are.


According to Kai Brand-Jacobsen, the roots of terrorism can be traced back to the rise of colonialism in the 16th and 17th centuries. Imperialism led to race ideology – the idea that certain people are superior to others based on history, skin colour, gender or even a political system. And this 'Chosen People Complex' continues to thrive today


Kai Brand-Jacobsen is a practising peaceworker, and founder and Director of the Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR). This video courtesy of Big Picture TV.

Formerly No 2 at the UN and now the UK's Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN, Lord Mark Malloch Brown continues the discussion started by Alex Evans of the Center on International Cooperation at NYU



Thank you. And I'm glad you're still, even as we get into July, getting such good audience[s] at events like this and I think it shows the concern we all feel about this in a way perfect storm of issues, which has hit Africa - of food, fuel and climate.

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'Anybody who was the least bit surprised by 9/11 was ignorant, naive or both.'  A hard-hitting critique of US empire building by Johan Galtung 


Picture: US military map of the world



1. Definitions and Hypotheses: An Overview

Definition: An empire is a transborder Center-Periphery system, in macro-space and in macro-time, with a culture legitimizing a structure of unequal exchange between center and periphery: economically, between exploiters and exploited, as inequity; militarily, between killers and victims, as enforcement; politically, between dominators and dominated, as repression; culturally, between alienators and alienated, as conditioning.

Empires have different profiles. The US Empire has a complete configuration, articulated in a statement by a Pentagon planner: 'The de facto role of the United States Armed Forces will be to keep the world safe for our economy and open to our cultural assault. To those ends, we will do a fair amount of killing.' In other words, direct violence to protect structural violence legitimized by cultural violence.

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Sorry to scare you - and we know this is not in keeping with the aim of this ezine - but sometimes it's important to know what dangers are on the horizon.  You might want to call your financial advisor...







How does a compliant media 'sell' war to its audience?  A short talk in three parts by Jake Lynch






Jake Lynch is a former BBC TV news journalist and is now Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS), Sydney University, Australia.

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