Amidst the joyful scenes in Tripoli and the satisfaction that Gaddafi’s 40-year-old dictatorship rule has finally come to an end (so reminiscent of the initial joy that greeted the fall & execution of Saddam in Iraq!?), there are, at the same time, some serious questions to be asked to our Western leaders: Is the NATO formula, as some would have us believe, the ideal solution for promoting peace in our modern world?
At first sight, the NATO triumph in Libya (and there can be no doubt that NATO and its individual members have played a leading role in removing the Libyan government) might indeed be celebrated as a victory for peace & democracy. On closer inspection, however, the question still has to be asked whether this formula is really the guarantee for human progress. Of course I do not expect everyone to agree with what I am about to argue, but I do hope that my following comments might evoke some critical thinking and even serious doubts on the legitimacy and efficacy of such a policy. View full article »
A very interesting short summary about the current situations of Palestine / Israel from the global avaaz-network – made as a call for supporting a petition to the UN security council for recognizing Palestine state:
A nice ressource for global climate change knowledge:
No-More-War now has a twitter feed directly integrated into the webpage for short udpates, links, etc. …
Amnesty International published a report on the suffering of civil society in Northern Pakistan – being hit by Taleban, Pakistani army and deadly U.S. drone strikes – as Huffington Post describes it in this article.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism – an NPO founded 2010 to strengthen independent journalism – brought this topic up again by publishing its research on the number of casualties – which translates into human beings murdered by people ordering and operating the drone strikes.
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The people over at http://www.wagingpeace.org/ did a video contest earlier this year – perhaps thats a good incentive for people within SCI to get creative like this as well
Here is the second winner (my personal favorite)
For something even more SCI related I found this article in our international archive, where the work of SCI volunteers in 1949 in Hiroshima is briefly mentioned – it gives a very nice and short overview actually of SCI activities in 1949 Really nice to read and a very interesting way to travel back to earlier days of SCI movement!
Today, I found a very beautiful gem, a peace broadcast called Peace Talks:
Here one of their longer programs on ‘Peace economy’ – really quite interesting and a good resource: If you are looking for input on that issue – a great start into a peaceful weekend, I am sure :
“Today on Peace Talks, we’ll explore the relationship between economic development and peace. We’ll talk with two representatives from the Institute for Economics and Peace. Steve Killelea is the founder of the Institute and the creative force behind both the Global Peace Index and the United States Peace Index. Clyde McConaghy, a Board Director for the Institute, has been involved with the development of the Global Peace Index since its inception in 2007. Their annual rankings hope to identify View full article »