[gha] Re: A federal Ukraine? ++ Federalization of Ukraine and Global Peace Science (GPS) + Why stagnation of peace mind persists more than a century?

  • From: Leo Semashko <leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Rene Wadlow <rene.wadlow@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:54:03 +0400

Dear Rene,

Thank you for your concerned letter about Ukraine. But I will be brief in 
response due to the clarity of the situation for me.

I agree with your idea that federalization of Ukraine will reduce "the level of 
tensions and an growth of violence" in it, as you put it, and will ensure the 
rights of 10 million of Russians living in southeast of the country: 1. Right 
to a referendum as freedom of expression, 2. Right to native language, 3. Right 
to the Russian-speaking media sources and other human rights. I also agree with 
you that federalization is not a "magic solution". Therefore, I agree with 
Sergey Lavrov and you about necessity of "creative constitutional dialogue". 

Unfortunately, from my perspective, it's empty dream in the current unipolar 
militaristic civilization under the yoke of a most powerful military world 
hegemon, which recognizes only violent solutions within the Western ideology of 
double standards. Under these conditions, no solution is possible, except for 
the violent in accordance to the hegemon, which supports the Kiev junta in 
suppressing the rights of 10 million Russians. 

We see that all the accepted international agreements (in Kiev in February and 
in Geneva now), under these conditions are violated and they are meaningless. 
The world today, as a hundred years ago, stood up on the brink of world war. 
Nothing has changed in 100 years, except that in 1914 the first world war was 
began by several equal military actors and now the war wants a one world 
hegemon, which wants to repeat Vietnam, Iraq, Yugoslavia, etc. 

But not only governments are not able to dialogue, but also NGOs, which, like a 
hundred years ago, are powerless before the threat of world war. Why stagnation 
of peace mind persists more than a century? Because in the minds of governments 
and NGOs reigns not peace but war, because in their minds there is no peace 
science, because the peace mind is powerless before military science fostered 
governments more than 200 years. No one, no government, no NGOs do not possess 
a common platform for productive (and not empty) peace dialogue. 

Such a platform could be GPS. Without this, scientific, without double immoral 
standards, no any effective dialogue is possible, that proved the last century. 
What do we see today? GHA sent in September 2013 to the G-20 leaders, including 
Obama and Putin, 20 invitation letters to take up GPS. Similarly, we sent 
letters to more than 100 NGOs, including you Rene, your AWC. So what? - 
Complete silence from everyone, including you. In fact, global peace is not 
interested governments. They are interested in the war. All right. We 
understand the silence of the militarists. But we do not understand the silence 
of peacekeepers, including you. Or do you think that Global Peace Science (GPS) 
is superfluous and unnecessary for global peace? 

What dialogue can be, for example, with Yulia Tymoshenko, when in her head get 
on with the one hand, perfect desire of "harmony between East and West of 
Ukraine," and on the other hand, militaristic and barbaric Nazi desire "to burn 
the Russians by atomic bombs?" Overcome this intellectual mess can only in the 
way of scientific knowledge - GPS. 

I do not know where and with whom you want to start your, advance doomed, 
dialogue without such a platform. This is utopia. I invite you better to 
support for beginning GPS and write in its book 2 pages, no more theses on the 
subject, for example: "Association of World Citizens: Global Peace Scientific 
Vision." Of course, if your association and you have a similar vision to share 
it with Obama, Putin, Tymoshenko, etc., that to think about peace and not war, 
that they were capable at effective dialogue on a one scientific platform.

Looking forward to your dialogue with the GHA about GPS. 


Dr Leo Semashko:
State  Councillor  of  St.  Petersburg,
Philosopher, Sociologist and Peacemaker from Harmony;
Director:  Tetrasociology Public Institute, Russia;
Founding President, Global Harmony Association (GHA) since 2005;
Director, GHA Website "Peace from Harmony": www.peacefromharmony.org
Global Peace Science from Harmony: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=585 
In Russian: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=606;
World Interfaith Harmony Project on the ABC of Harmony Base:
GHA Program Book, The ABC of Harmony for World Peace:
GHA Peace Video: http://youtu.be/hbxY5lREOeA;
My Web page: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=253;
Address: 7/4-42 Ho-Shi-Min Street, St. Petersburg 194356, Russia
Phone: 7 (812) 597-65-71; Skype: leo.semahko
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----- Original Message -----
  From: Rene Wadlow, rene.wadlow@xxxxxxxxx
  To: leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx
  Sent: 27 апреля 2014 г., 16:52:47
  Subject: A federal Ukraine?

Ukraine: A Federalist Future?
Rene Wadlow  |  April 23, 2014 
 Map of Ukraine via Shutterstock 
Can tensions in Ukraine be lowered without a federalist-constitutional 
restructuring of the state?
On Thursday April 17, 2014, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign 
Minister Sergey Lavrov, Ukraine's acting Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia, 
and the European Union Foreign Policy representative Catherine Ashton met in 
Geneva for a one-day exchange to lower growing international tensions over the 
situation in Ukraine and to take steps to limit the increasing violence within 
The meeting came shortly after the office of the UN high commissioner for human 
rights warned in an April 15 report that "Misinformation, propaganda and 
incitement to hatred need be urgently countered in Ukraine to avoid the further 
escalation of tensions in the country...It is critical for the Government to 
prioritize respect for diversity, inclusivity and equal participation of 
all—including minorities—in Ukraine."
Also on the eve of the Geneva talks, in a question-and-answer session on 
Russian television, President Vladimir Putin said that he had been authorized 
by the Parliament to use military force in eastern Ukraine if necessary but 
hoped that it could be avoided. The statement highlighted the possible use of 
Russian forces, some 40,000 of which are stationed on the Russian-Ukraine 
frontier. Tensions, including the shooting of some pro-Russian demonstrators 
around occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine are growing. In 
response NATO forces have been strengthened in Eastern Europe and the Baltic 
The diplomatic negotiations in Geneva were basically an appeal to lower 
tensions and to avoid a growing escalation. The Russian government has denied 
that the pro-Russian armed militias around government building in eastern 
Ukraine are under their control. This leaves open the question of under whose 
control are these men in military uniforms but without markings.
The negotiations stressed the "leading role" that the 100 civilian monitors 
from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) should play 
in monitoring the human rights situation including the rights of national 
minorities and in reporting on the security situation and possible violent 
The concluding statement of the Geneva meeting called for the disarming of "all 
illegal armed groups" and vacating "all illegally occupied streets, squares and 
other public places in Ukrainian cities and towns." Since the pro-Russian 
faction has said that they consider the provisional Ukraine Government as 
"illegal," one must not expect a fast disarmament or an end to occupation of 
buildings unless there are radical changes in the near future.
One possibility of lowering tensions on a longer-term basis is the start of 
discussions on a federal-decentralized government structure for Ukraine that 
would not divide the country but would foster local and regional autonomy. Both 
the current president of Ukraine, in an April 13 statement, and authorities of 
the Russian Federation have raised the possibility of new federal structures to 
be approved by referendum. At a press conference following the Geneva meeting, 
Sergey Lavrov said that the Ukrainian crisis must be resolved by the Ukrainians 
themselves and that they should "start a nationwide national dialogue within 
the framework of the constitutional process, which must be inclusive and 
Efforts of both governments and non-governmental organizations must be 
undertaken to lessen tensions and to create opportunities for such a creative 
constitutional dialogue. World citizens who have a long history of reflection 
on federalist approaches in conflict resolution have warned against simplified 
concepts in the Ukraine discussion. Federalism is not a first step to the 
disintegration of the Ukraine. But it is not a "magic solution" either.
Government structures are closely related to the aims which people wish to 
achieve. The aims of the Ukrainians are multiple. The current situation in 
Ukraine does not lend itself to calm considerations of basic orientations or 
for compromises. Dialogue and open discussion is needed so that these aims are 
seen more clearly and then structures created to facilitate these aims. Those 
outside Ukraine, both governments and NGOs must facilitate discussions of aims 
and structures so that common interests may be found and current tensions 
Rene Wadlow, President, Association of World Citizens

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