Articles

As the Sun Sets on the Nuclear Wasteland. CounterCurrents.org, December 29th, 2016
“If a person persists in acting in ways that are damaging to their health, a point will be reached beyond which their capacities will inevitably decline, if not collapse. In a similar way, if we continue to collectively live in ways that are fundamentally damaging to the earth and her creatures, thresholds will be crossed beyond which unpredictable and inevitably damaging consequences will result. This is effectively the story of industrial/technological civilisation as it has unfolded over the past century.” ( . . . read more .. . )

Poison in the Heart. The Nuclear Wasting of South Australia. NuclearHeritage.net, July 21st, 2016
“Our planet is deeply burdened. It presently harbours 390,000 tons of high level nuclear waste produced by nuclear reactors and weapons programs over the past 70 years. Spent nuclear fuel is one of the most dangerous materials on earth. Most of it is stored underwater in numerous cooling ponds throughout the world. High level nuclear waste is dangerous to all life for unthinkable periods of time. Plutonium, which is produced in every nuclear fuel rod, has a toxic lifespan of 240,000 years. With each passing year, a further 10,000 tons of spent fuel is added to the world’s accumulated stores of deadly waste. In addition to the spent fuel from nuclear reactors, vast amounts of lower-level radioactive waste lie scattered in mining sites, tailings dams, undersea dumps and soil-borne contamination on every continent.” ( . . . read more . . .)

The Devil’s Century. CounterCurrents.org, June 4, 2016
“Our present generation is living out of the spiritually vacuous philosophies of modernism and post-modernism, the cancerous ideologies of free-market economics and unrestrained economic growth, and the corporate and political tyrannies that have nurtured an energised ethos of transience. The triumphalism of modernity has effectively wiped from our collective memories a coherent view of just what has gone down in the flourish and flash of the late twentieth century. The immensity of human misery and the degree of cultural waste wrought over the past century have been largely forgotten.” ( . . . read more . . . )

The Slow Bleed. Fukushima Radiation Five Years On. Global Research April 16, 2016. [ . . . includes embedded video . . .]
“The melt down of three nuclear reactors at Fukushima in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami of 11th March 2011 seems to have quietly slipped out of our collective awareness – as quietly as the cauldrons of radioactive elements that were once within the active cores of the reactors invisibly bleed into the groundwaters and seawaters of the region. This event has become another minor detail in the distorted mosaic of ruin that mirrors the latter days of a civilisation in free-fall.” ( . read more . )

Reflections on the Indian Nuclear Project. NuclearHeritage.net, January 31, 2016
“I had considered myself to be reasonably conversant with what is going down in matters nuclear. The language is no problem as physics, chemistry and mathematics were all part of my schooling. And together with many of my generation, I was drawn into political activity during the deadly ’80s when over 50,000 nuclear warheads bristled in nuclear silos, on mobile launchers and in nuclear submarines silently plying the dark oceans of the world.” ( . . . read more . . . )

Seeds of Hope for a Hopeless Wasteland. CounterCurrents.org, April 18, 2015
“On July 8th 2014, Israel launched its “Operation Protective Edge” upon Gaza. Such assaults have become a regular part of the Israeli calendar in recent years. During the seven weeks of bombardment, 2,132 inhabitants of Gaza – 500 of whom were children – were killed. A further 11,100 were injured. Following the pattern of all such recent assaults, most of the casualties were civilian non-combatants. On the Israeli side, 66 soldiers and 5 civilians were killed, while 69 civilians were injured by rocket fire.” ( . . . read more . . . )

On Finding Other Ways, CounterCurrents.org, January 18, 2015
“At a certain point, words become pointless. After generating the 38 treatises of his Summa Theologica, Thomas Aquinas lay down his quill in a supremely eloquent statement of the limitations of written text. Not a few who have sought to use the written word as a way of transformation and illumination have since concurred with the angelic doctor’s conclusions.” ( . . . read more . . .)

There Are No Good Wars. CounterCurrents.org, July 31, 2014

On the Wisdom of Duration. CounterCurrents.org, November 23, 2013

Wendell Berry. Finding Our Souls Before We Lose The World. CounterCurrents.org, July 23rd, 2012

Durban. The Supplication of a Dead Man’s Hand. Avena, Autumn 2012, Volume 12, Issue 1, 19-21

Learning to Shine Through the Ruins. CounterCurrents.org, October 30th, 2011

Restoring a Ruined Earth. The Heroic Mission of Thomas Berry. Avena, Spring 2011, Volume 11, Issue 3, 6-9

The Herbal Medicine Tradition. A Long-burning Torch for Darkening Times. Avena, Winter, Volume 11, Issue 2, 16-18

Leopold Kohr. Gentle Messenger of Community, Fellowship and Celebration. Another World is Possible, April 14th, 2011

Of Love and Medicine. Avena, Autumn 2011, Volume 11, Issue 1, 8-9

Where Do We Take Our Instructions? Another World Is Possible, Tuesday March 8th, 2011

Shattered Atoms, Shattered Islands: Remembering Rongelap. Another World Is Possible, March 1st, 2011

And What Rough Beast Slouches Towards Gaza? Operation Cast Lead and the Dismembering of a People. Information Clearing House, December 26th 2010

On the Eve of Cancun, CommonDreams.org, November 26th, 2010

While the Hegemon Caves From Within, CommonDreams.org, November 13th, 2010

Restoring the Caduceus: On Technology and Medicine in a Time of Troubles, Avena, Winter 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 2, 8-13

The Wellsprings of Healing: On the Doctor as Artist, Townsend Letter, May 2009, Issue 310, 90-93

American Capital and the Reign of Biomedicine, Journal of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, September. 2000, Vol. 6, 3, 89-92

Paracelsus: Light of Europe, Parts I – III, Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism, 1994, Vol. 6, 1, 5-8, Vol. 6, 2, 33-36, Vol. 6, 3, 57-60

Towards Regeneration II: Regenerating the Profession, Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism, 1991, Vol 3, 1-2, 10-11

Towards Regeneration I: Regenerating the Person, Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism, 1990, Vol. 2, 3, 55-58

On the Yoga Traditions, The Learning Exchange, December 1982, Issue 118, 5

Interviews

Guarding the Flame. Reflecting on the Herbal Medicine Traditions. An Interview with Mary Allan, editor, Journal of the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists

This discussion between Mary Allan and Vincent Di Stefano explores not only aspects of herbal medicine, but examines the nature of healing in its broader contexts, ranging from personal and interpersonal healing to planetary healing. It can be streamed using the audio player above. A CD quality audio file is available for download here.

The Making of Dante’s Ghost. An Interview with Martin Jansen of Nimbin Community Radio, February 2013

This interview was first posted by Martin Jensen for Kaputt Radio. It can be streamed using the audio player above. A CD quality audio file is available for download here.

Interview with M.H.Sc. (Osteopathy) Student, Victoria University, On ‘Grandfather’ Osteopaths in Victoria and the Registration Process, May 2004

Interview with Monique Lewis, Southern Cross University, The Modernisation of Herbal Medicine in Australia, December 2002

Interview with Diego Ortuso, Victoria University, Australian Osteopathic Medicine Review, vol. 1, no. 1, August 1997, pp. 11-13

Audio Productions

Remembering Hiroshima. Thomas Merton and the Original Child Bomb. “Original Child Bomb” is one of a small number of pieces written by Thomas Merton which he described as “anti-poems.” This unusual group includes “Chant to be Used in Processions around a Site with Furnaces”( an interpretation of which can be heard here). Merton’s anti-poems are characterised by the conscious and ironic use of the debased but now-commonplace language that masks the horror of genocide. In his essay “War and the Crisis of Language”, Merton wrote: “Poets are perhaps the ones who, at the present moment, are most sensitive to the sickness of language – a sickness that, infecting all literature with nausea, prompts us not so much to declare war on conventional language as simply to pick up and examine closely a few chosen pieces of linguistic garbage.”

“Original Child Bomb” was collaboratively recorded and produced in July 2012 by Vincent Di Stefano in Melbourne, Australia and Chaz Kilmer in Fort Collins, Colorado. Audio.

A Beautiful Bohemian was produced early in 2010. It tells the story of Darren Jones, a young musician and father, through the voices of those who knew him and loved him. Darren Jones was murdered in an unprovoked knife attack in February 2006 while returning by train from classes at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne.

This documentary carries the voices of Darren’s community of musicians and family members. It includes both the music of Darren Jones and a number of tributes composed by fellow musicians. This program offers a poignant account of the difficult process of healing that follows such a senseless and violent act.

The audio player above carries the original 54 minute program which was broadcast in March 2010 on 3MDR Emerald and 3PBS Melbourne. An abridged 30 minute version of A Beautiful Bohemian was broadcast on ABC Radio National’s “360 Documentaries” in September 2010 and can be heard here.