Michael Bentley
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When it comes to peace, how would you describe yourself?
I feel the pain in the world
What do you believe are the 'burning issues' today?
War, Hunger, Poverty, Education, Our Planet, Human Rights, Our Shrinking Freedom
What must we overcome to achieve peace?
I'm aware that it's very complicated and there are many factors involved, but so much of war seems bound up with the desire to control resources, land and fuel, and of course there's the greed for power in itself. For me this reached its peak with the Bush administration, which was willing to tell outrageous lies to justify its actions, continually breach international law and treaties, reintroduce torture and indefinite detention without charge or trial, and whose leaders were intimately involved with oil companies and the military industrial complex, making a personal killing from the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

After Bush, almost anything would seem to be an improvement, and so far with the new administration things look hopeful in at least some areas. But there are already disappointments, such as the doubling of US troop numbers in Afghanistan. And the culture of war, greed and inequality in the world is still present, and an awful lot needs to change, obviously. The people of the world are almost always way ahead of politicians and 'world leaders', and we can but hope that the culture represented by iPeace members and activists all over the planet will eventually help to produce a change in consciousness that will lead to greater peace and justice in the world.

Got to be positive about these things! :-)
Can we change the world?
More about me
I am a peace activist who has reluctantly had to give up activism due to a severe anxiety illness. But I remain deeply concerned about the world and especially the 'war on terror', which has led to illegal wars, assaults on fundamental human rights and the gradual erosion of civil liberties. I am happy to join this growing, international peace organisation.
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'Not One More Death' - London, 8 October 2007

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New Year's Day Peace Vigil

Posted on January 2, 2009 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

This was the third year running that Angie and I turned up on the steps of Eastbourne Town Hall, to join a group of fellow peace activists. Our supportive mayor, Greg Szanto, joined us for the annual New Year's Day vigil. Each year we hold up big letters to spell a slogan, which this time I'd have liked to be something like 'SAVE GAZA'; instead, it was the message below, which seemed fine. Our poor sweet world needs hope as much as… Continue

White Poppy Vigil

Posted on November 9, 2008 at 5:36pm 0 Comments

Sent to our local press today:

Four Eastbourne peace campaigners laid a white poppy wreath at Beachy Head on Sunday, as an alternative Remembrance Day vigil.

Angie Roche, Tania Long, Jean Farebrother and Michael Bentley carried the wreath along the UN Peace Path, before laying it at the foot of the Eastbourne United Nations Association/Eastbourne for Peace and Liberty peace plaque, installed last May at a small… Continue

Why I'm a Pacifist

Posted on November 8, 2008 at 12:24am 0 Comments

Supporters of the Peace Pledge Union make an undertaking saying that:

“I renounce war, and am therefore determined not to support any kind of war. I am also determined to work for the removal of all causes of war.”

The following was written (mostly) by a friend of mine for our local peace group, as a statement to our MP when we present him with white poppies signed by members of his constituency. I thought I’d… Continue

White Poppies

Posted on October 26, 2008 at 4:00pm 2 Comments

Remembrance Day is always a bit of an ambivalent occasion for me. On the one hand, I’m awe-struck by the courage of the thousands and thousands of soldiers who have voluntarily suffered terror, injury and death in the wars of the past hundred years, sometimes - as in World War Two - in defence of the liberty of us all. As someone with an intense fear of hardship and pain, I’m not sure I could be brave enough to do that under any circumstances,… Continue

Dissent is Democracy

Posted on October 12, 2008 at 12:05am 0 Comments

I've written a lot of articles and reports over the past few years, mainly for the newsletter of my local peace group. So as it's a year since Stop the War Coalition's 'Not One More Death' demonstration against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and since there are quite a few photos of the event on my iPeace page, I thought I'd include what I wrote then as my first blog entry.

Somewhat to my own surprise, I made it to Stop the War’s march on Monday 8 October. Tony Benn’s… Continue

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At 10:14pm on June 23, 2010, Eva said…

iPeace is deleted from David Califa the end of June. Here you can find a new home.


You are cordially invited.

Warm regards, Eva
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At 10:03am on April 13, 2009, s <3 said…
Glad we are friends xxx

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At 12:25pm on March 1, 2009, murrrzuk said…
Hi Michael!!
Today is first day of spring! Hura! It's like great occasion for me, because summer is coming! I enjoy when everything is waking up from under snow!

My congratulation! Have a good weekend!
At 7:22pm on February 4, 2009, George Williston said…
Hello Michael,
Nice to meet you. I am an American cousin. You speak of the culture of war and control. I have written a book that examines this cultural trend that we live within. A culture that comes with our language from the Anglo Saxons. The same ones who give us Wodensday and thorsday each week. If you are interested please stop by my website thistribeofmine.com for more of the story. A big part of it applies to your history but then we came to America and started over. Whats with Mr. Rancho Bozo there he doesn't understand the depth of anxiety I do.
At 9:08pm on February 3, 2009, Wayne Elkin said…


redwood: Rancho Bozo del Norte

A relaxed response deliberate natural . . . a little cool calm and collected . . . to be calm to be cool . . . breathing easy . . . RANCHO BOZO dot calm . . . once again a new level of redundancy . . . nothing makes me more uptight than some overly concerned but-in-ski who can't bear to hear a little stress in someone else's voice . . . know what I mean?

Continue to relax deeply . . . attend to your breathing . . . problems seem to disolve into insignificance as you more deeply relax . . . the edge between the tree tops and sky slowly slowly fades . . . . as you continue to relax . . .

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The clouds paint pictures in your mind . . . relax and let your imagination evoke an epic of mythic proportions or perhaps a myth of epic proportions that sweeps you away in alert relaxation . . .

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You are so relaxed you don't know if you're asleep or just in a coma . . . an ever quieting of your mind the cessation of thought the tranquil ever present pause between breaths brings you deeper more peaceful and deeper . . . are you the tiny branch or the space between? . . . well are you? . . .

into or out of the woods
are you walking into the thick of woods lost? or are you all most out of the woods . . . you see?
whistfully west marin
Grant Rauscher's artistic glimps caught on a digital whim . . . still water reflects light as perfectly as a mirror . . . relax while attending to this image of nature . . . attending to your breath - attend - while a butterfly mimics a moths drab colors . . . relax . . .

pretty like nature turned up a little

Photo by the Grantster of Cyberspace

rusty barb wire on a post

the breath out imperceptable to the breath in . . . a sense of presence - a sense of being - a feeling of lightness? . . . a feeling of infinite mass . . . bodily pain a distant memory oneness and quiet joy

Water that lovely wet gift from outer space lest we forget . . .
freshwater waves South Lake Tahoe, California

an oak limb lumbering inches above the ground . . .

you belong in fact it all belongs to you

Mendicino County Hills

The turning of a season the quiet movement of leaf to ground a seamless silent breath relax relax calm down . . .

Pismo Beach

I got to this point and decided to throw the I Cing with RanchoBozo like this by google searching ran cho bo zo . . .

Did you mean?: rancho bozo

ShoshingeCho nichi gak-ko sho jin setsu Is-sai gun jo mu ko sho ... Hon shi don ran ryo ten shi Jo ko ran sho bo satsu rai San zo ru shi ju jo kyo ...

a photograph by my dad Wayne Elkin Sr. circa 1957
At 2:06am on February 3, 2009, Ole A. Seifert said…
Hi Micael,
Please take a look at the group "Basic Income Guarantee — the End of Poverty". You might find it interesting! Join if you like, and spread the word around to your friends.
Peace & Joy
At 4:58am on February 2, 2009, Wayne Elkin said…
Hey Michael
Hope your weekend is a good one. I made this little video another one take wonder. Radiate Peace you do that all the time without trying.
At 5:22pm on February 1, 2009, murrrzuk said…
Dear Michael!
How are you in this hard time?! Do you have new photo?
Sorry for silent, but I really remember about you.
I have enought work and want to go to live in German ( it not so easy, you know thi system).
Actually, today is -22 )) And in England?
What do you think about forum in Davos?

Have a nice day!!
At 12:15pm on January 29, 2009, Mitsuyoshi Mark said…
Hi Michael,
Please don't worry yourself about replying on the spot...I know how it is when you want to correspond with everyone, and only have so much time in the day. Its good to hear from you any time, and that's all there is to it.

I understand your feelings about Obama. He's trying to be a centrist politically, and this makes some of his decisions unpopular at times. Regarding Palestine, He wants a two state solution, I believe. The situation in Gaza is so frustrating...innocents dying. Bottom line. It just fuels the hatred. I can't see any US president ever lessening support for Israel, though. I wanted, on iPeace, to learn from as many people as possible what was really happening. We get so much filtered news and outright propaganda here. I try to keep my opinions flexible in the matter. Sometimes it feels like I come up against a stone wall.

Yeah Rachel Maddow is easy on the eyes...unfortunately for us guys, she likes the ladies. Ah well...no matter, Gotta love her all the same for being so cool.

Here's Keith O on war crimes prosecution.

Warm Aloha to you my Friend. Mark

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