Posted on April 9, 2005 - 5:47pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Society
By Dennis K. Brown
January 20, 2005 | University of Notre Dame, USA

TF! Editorial Comment: Building a culture of peace is a precondition for integral sustainable development. In a world with too much violence, the work of building peace is ever more urgent. In the book review below, the author of a recent book (Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace) calls moral imagination "the capacity to imagine something rooted in the challenges of the real world, yet capable of giving birth to that which does not yet exist" -- a meditation perhaps for the work in creating a more peaceful and just social order.
Posted on April 9, 2005 - 5:41pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Culture
by Philip Kovacs
6 April 2005 | CommonDreams

TF! Editorial Comment: Education is fundamentally a cultural activity meant to free the human spirit and draw out human potential. Both governments and corporations have different agendas which subvert the more holistic aims of the educational process. In the article below, the author asks: "Should our tax dollars be spent training workers or developing intelligent, creative, and engaged adults?"—-a question that has meaning for school systems in all countries.
Posted on April 9, 2005 - 5:40pm :: ISD-Philippines | Economics
by Jasmin R. Uy
April 6, 2005| The Freeman, Philippines

TF! Editorial Comment: Chemically intensive or "green revolution" agriculture has led to a wide range of negative impacts on farmer's health, ecology and nutrition. Sustainable approaches to agriculture, on the other hand, aim to increase yields of health-giving foods in ways that nurture the soil, the farm, and the surrounding environment. In the article below, concerned groups in Bohol are trying to turn the recent poisoning tragedy into an opportunity to reassess and redirect agricultural development in the province towards a sustainable future.
Posted on April 9, 2005 - 5:39pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Nature
April 05, 2005 | Corporate Watch News, UK

TF! Editorial Comment: Planting trees is a good thing, right? In Brazil, monoculture tree plantations are creating a range of problems both for local communities and the environment. In the article below, indigenous peoples are referring to the plantations as 'green deserts' because of their lack of diversity and ecological complexity, yet the companies responsible are promoting themselves as socially responsible.
Posted on April 9, 2005 - 5:37pm :: ISD-Societal Change | Individual
By J. Sri Raman
05 April 2005 | t r u t h o u t

TF! Editorial Comment: Gandhi still shines as a beacon to many of those working for peace, justice and sustainability who affirm the power of non-violent social change. In the article below, the author recalls Gandhi's Salt Satyagraha which challenged an empire while adhering to the principle of non-violent resistance--a principle that many still fail to grasp in terms of its moral and spiritual power.
Posted on April 9, 2005 - 5:36pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Economics
by Abid Aslam
April 5, 2005 | OneWorld, US

TF! Editorial Comment: The concept of corporate social responsibility together with growing environmental awareness (among others trends) is creating a heightened sense of corporate accountability that extends far beyond the bottom line. Civil society is often at the forefront of efforts to hold corporations accountable and, as the article below discusses, they are using new strategies like activism at annual shareholder meetings, to pressure corporations to change.
Posted on April 9, 2005 - 5:31pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Nature
Stephen Leahy*
Apr 5, 2005 | Tierramérica

TF! Editorial Comment: There are numerous global issues that increasingly push the world towards what many see as an irreversible tipping point. Environmental degradation must be near the top of this list because of its impact on all human activity. The article discusses a recent UN report--the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment--that takes an ecological approach that further affirms the need for integral strategies of conservation and development.
Posted on April 9, 2005 - 5:28pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Integral Sustainable Development (ISD)
by Vladimir Bravo-Salazar
April 03, 2005 | ZNet

TF! Editorial Comment: Against a backdrop of massive global poverty, US hegemony has created a backlash against unilateral approaches that seek to maintain unjust structures. Social movements are advancing new visions for creating healthy societies that support human development and ecological integrity. In the article below, the author condemns US imperialism and the Project for a New American Century and instead calls for the creation of visionary societies in a multi-polar world.
Posted on April 9, 2005 - 5:26pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Culture
By Kyle Alspach
01 April 2005 | Science & Theology News

TF! Editorial Comment: Radical discoveries are going on at the frontiers of science especially in the area of mathematical physics and quantum mechanics. One of the more prolific scientists and philosophers in this area of research is Roger Penrose. Among many of his radical ideas is that he supports the reality of an independent world of ideas brought forward over two thousand years ago by the Greek philosopher, Plato. The great 20th century philosopher, Alfred North Whitehead, once said that all of western philosophy is a footnote to Plato. This article gives a flavor of the kind of thinking occurring at the leading edge of science, a kind of thinking which is increasingly transcending the self-imposed strictures of materialism.
Posted on April 9, 2005 - 5:08pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Culture | Spirit
By Kimberly Roots
01 April 2005 | Science & Theology News

TF! Editorial Comment: Spirituality and science are rarely viewed as compatible with each other. But as modern science pushes the boundaries of research in diverse fields, the encounter with the causative effects of non-material qualities is presaging the emergence of a second and more holistic scientific revolution. In the article below, a physicist was recently given an award for "Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities."
Posted on April 9, 2005 - 5:00pm :: Good News | ISD-Philippines | Nature
By Jun P. Tagalog, Robert Leonoras and Jeehan V. Fernandez
April 2, 2005 | Businessworld

TF! Editorial Comment: The continued depletion of marine resources around the country, a negative trend in many of the world's coastal areas, stands in stark contrast to the general assumption of the limitless bounty of the seas. The article describes the considerable efforts that need to be undertaken by civil society organizations, local governments and indeed all stakeholders in order to ensure that coastal resources are not irretrievably lost, with consequent loss of livelihood, nutrition and environmental services among others. As an archipelago, the Philippines needs more groups like the Visayan Sea Squadron to stand up in defense of coastal ecology both for the present and future generations.