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Nonkilling Political Science Takes Root Globally

an article by Tony Dominski

In an unprecedented national inquiry, the idea of non-killing will be debated in February 2004 at four Universities in the Philippines. In response to the thematic question: Is a Nonkilling Society Possible in the Philippines, university lecturers will present papers on various aspects of ideas presented in the book Nonkilling Global Political Science. The book's author, Dr. Paige, will give the keynote address. The University Lectures are sponsored by the Aurora Aragon Quezon Peace Foundation.

One of the promoters of the lecture series is Dr. Jose V. Abueva, past president of the University of the Philippines, and founder-president of the new Kalayaan College. Dr. Abueva served as the first Secretary of the UN University in Tokyo during 1980-88.

Volunteers are now translating Nonkilling Global Political Science into 11 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi & Tamil, Malayalam, Urdu, Sinhala, Thai, Korean, Russian and Spanish. As Dr. Paige remarked “You can imagine the difficulties and the labor of love of these volunteer translators!”

Two reviews of the book are currently online: Dr. Anis Hamadeh (Germany): Review on "Anis-Online" in English and German and the review in CPNN by Tony Dominski.

Hopefully, over time the potential for nonkilling will be debated in universities of every country on the planet. As Dr. Paige asks: "If political scientists, scholars who dedicate their lives to the study of political power in its multi-faceted manifestations from family life to world war, do not challenge seriously the assumption of lethality, then why should we expect political leaders and citizens of the world to do so?"

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The example set by Philippines universities, What would it take to follow it in New England and other world regions?

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Latest reader comment:

Tony, I think with the renewed interest in Paige's book (See CPNN report July 20,2004) it may be time to invite Dr. Paige to comment on whether he sees his book as a significant advance in the culture of peace. A new feature of the CPNN discussion board might be to discuss this important book on line.  Helen


This report was posted on February 15, 2004.

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