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Nonviolence in the New World Order

Summer 1994


Major Articles

  • Pax Americana: The New World Order – Mark Scheu
  • Peace Under Arrest: The Burmese Pro-Democracy Movement - Ellen Rehg
  • Neighbors Behind Bars – Bill Ramsey
  • Come to Sarajevo – Teka Childress

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Regular Features

  • Cover – Artwork Sr. Pauline Blandina, OP
  • Why This Issue – Barb Prosser
  • Centerfold – Baptism Mandate:  To Remove the Nails of Oppression, Dorothy Day Quotes,  Artwork Sr. Pauline Blandina, OP
  • From Abroad – Sri Lanka – Pat Coy
  • From Karen House – Mitch McGee
  • From Little House – Mary Ann McGivern, SL
  • RoundTable Talk – Bill Miller

Why This Issue:

No one can argue that we have not seen tremendous changes in the world these past few years. Every few months we hear of events happening in countries whose names send us scrambling to our atlases to find their location. Even then our maps can't keep up with the changes. In recent days we have suffered with the pain of Bosnia and Rwanda and celebrated the changes in South Africa. We feel frustration over events in Haiti and confusion over events in the former Soviet Union. We know the list will grow and change with every passing day.


In this issue, we chose to look at nonviolence in the New World Order. Mark Scheu explores the New World Order as he understands it in our present day. Outlining some basic changes in the world, including the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of economic rivals, he points out how the spectrum of world forces have been altered but not fundamentally changed.


Jim Douglass, in an article by Teka Childress, paints a very real picture of events from Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and in doing so calls us to nonviolent action to counter the paralyzed state many of us feel with suffering on such a grand scale.  In her article on Burma. Ellen Rehg talks of nonviolence as lived out by 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi. Following the example of Mahatma Gandhi, Suu Kyi has challenged an oppressive government and continues to witness to her country and to the world while under house arrest.


In an article on winning our neighborhoods back from violence, Bill Ramsey talks of a new approach to the problem. Bill writes of the need to start over, to reconcile, to reclaim and to redeem our communities. Finally, Pat Coy discusses his experience with Peace Brigades International in Sri Lanka, an organization that allows "a safer political space in which to exercise human rights."


This proves to be a challenging issue. All of this is tempered with news from Karen House from the pen of year long veteran, Mitch McGee. Musings from the Little House are shared by Mary Ann McGivern. Both articles are reminders of the sacredness of the ordinary in our lives. To close, Bill Miller, in his Round Table Talk reflects on the greater issue of suffering and his sense of how to live through the questions.


So, too, does this entire issue, with its heroes and heroines, challenge us to explore the greater issue of suffering. And in doing so, it is our hope you will come to an understanding that nonviolent solutions to fundamental human problems must be at the core of our creation of a truly New World Order. As a faith-filled people of God we are called to do no less.


-Barb Prosser



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